Group - Discovery

Tico Tico: Culture of the Northern Andes

14 days from £2,505pp

Peru

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Essentials

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Tour Leader

On this tour, you’ll be accompanied from start to finish by one of our exceptional Journey Latin America tour leaders. From the moment you land in Latin America until the day the tour ends they will deal with all the practicalities, expertly adapting to the circumstances and individual needs of the group. Rather than different guides in different cities, your leader will get to know the group and keep you informed and entertained as you go.

Transport

2 flights (longest 1 hour), 6 road journeys (longest 10 hours, most 1-3 hours).

Accommodation

For our Discovery Journeys we aim to use good quality, value-for-money accommodation, in a mix of larger more modern and smaller family run hotels. All the properties we use are well maintained and rooms will have a private bathroom.

The focus of these trips is on getting outside, seeing the sights, and experiencing local restaurants and cafes, therefore a few hotels may not have evening dining facilities.

• Lima: Hotel El Tambo I
• Trujillo: Hotel Paraiso
• Cajamarca: Hotel Cajamarca
• Leymebamba: La Casona
• El Chillo: Hostal El Chillo
• Chachapoyas: Casa Vieja
• Chiclayo: Intiotel

These hotels are subject to change and are dependent on availability. Address and contact details will be sent out with your final documents.

Meals

Breakfast daily; dinner day 7.

Summary Of Nights

14 days, 13 nights: Lima 1; Trujillo 2; Cajamarca 2; Leymebamba 1; El Chillo 1; Chachapoyas 3; Chiclayo 2; Lima 1.

Optional Excursions

There are optional excursions available throughout this tour, which are booked locally through your tour leader once you are in Latin America. Not all excursions available will suit everybody, whilst others only operate within certain seasons, with minimum numbers or may not be included due to time constraints. A budget of around $100 USD should cover participation in most of the following options, but prices can fluctuate depending on the size of the party and so cannot be provided accurately until travel commences.

• Cajamarca: visit the pre-Inca aqueducts of Cumbe Mayo
• Lima: the Inca ceremonial centre at Pachacamac
• Lima: Larco Museum

Budget

A budget of around $35 USD per day should cover the cost of meals, drinks and the odd souvenir.

How To Take It

Cash machines are available in all major cities and towns, and so a debit or credit card with a PIN is the most convenient way of withdrawing money while on your trip, and in most shops and restaurants you can also pay by card. However, since cards can get lost, damaged, withheld or blocked, you should not rely exclusively on a card to access funds.

We recommend that you take a reasonable quantity of US dollars cash (no more than the amount covered by your insurance), which you can exchange into local currency. These bills should be in good condition as soiled or torn bills may be refused. Travellers’ cheques are increasingly less favoured by visitors who find them difficult to exchange as well as offering a poor rate of exchange. If you do decide to carry some with you they should be US dollar cheques only (American Express are by far the most accepted brand).

Currency

The unit of currency in Peru is the sol.

Tipping

Tips are normally welcomed and expected. Local guides often rely on their tip as a significant proportion of their income. We recommend approximately $3 USD (or local equivalent) per person per day for each of guides and drivers, depending on the size of the group.

Most service industry workers will expect a tip of some kind and so it is useful to have spare change for hotel porters, taxi drivers and the like. It is common to leave 10 – 12% in restaurants.

If you would like to show your appreciation to your Journey Latin America tour leader, who you may feel has exceeded your expectations, a discretionary gratuity would be gratefully received. As a guideline we recommend an amount of between $4 and $6 USD per person, per day. You are obviously free to tip more or less as you see fit, depending on your perception of service quality.

Insurance

Travel insurance is essential. Details of our recommended policy can be found on our Travel Insurance page.

Airport Taxes

All airport taxes will be included in the price of the tickets.

Journey Grade

There are some early mornings and very long days of travel on this trip. All walks are optional, and you can discuss with your tour leader which are suitable for you.

Climate

The rainy season in the Andes runs between November and March when there are showers most afternoons. The dry season is in June, July and August when the sun is strong during the day, but at night the temperature drops dramatically (from freezing point to 10°C). April, May, September and October are less predictable, with both rainy and sunny spells.

On the coastal strip it is generally warm and dry with hazy sunshine with temperatures averaging 22-26°C. Generally the further north you go along the Peruvian coast, the warmer it gets, and from November to April it can be extremely hot. Lima is covered in a dull grey mist for much of the year, although the sun does break through between November and March. It almost never rains in Lima, and temperatures are moderate. The rest of the coast is sunnier than Lima and for most of the year it is warm enough to wear a t-shirt during the day and perhaps a light jumper at night.

Altitude

Several days are spent at high altitude (over 2.500m). You may notice the effect of high altitude; symptoms vary: most common are mild headaches and breathlessness. If you drink plenty of water and allow your body to acclimatise (don’t exert yourself or drink alcohol) in the first couple of days after arrival, you will minimise your chances of being adversely affected.

Clothing And Special Equipment

For day-to-day wear you should go prepared to encounter all seasons. Both warm clothing and a sun hat are essential at altitude; a light fleece jacket and a Gore-Tex outer shell make a good combination. Trousers or shorts made from light, quick-drying synthetic materials work well. Strong, comfortable footwear is essential and you should bring insect repellent, sun block and sun glasses. You should also take swimwear.

Please get in touch with the office before departure if you have any doubts. Good equipment is very important and hard to come by in South America.

Vaccinations

Preventative vaccinations are recommended against the following: typhoid; polio; tetanus; hepatitis A. For specific requirements you must consult your GP. You can also find helpful information on the Masta Travel Health pages.

Visas

Holders of a full British passport do not require a visa, although passports must be valid for at least 6 months after the trip begins. Anyone with a different nationality should enquire with us or check with the relevant consulate.

If flying to the US, or via the US you will need to fill in your online ESTA application.

Travelling Alone

There is no extra cost for single travellers who are willing to share a room. You will be accommodated with a same-sex member of the group who is usually also travelling solo. For single travellers who wish to be sure of having their own room there are a limited number of single supplement places available, which carry a surcharge.

What's included in the price

  • Services of Journey Latin America tour leader
  • All land and domestic air transport
  • Accommodation as specified
  • Meals as specified
  • Excursions as specified

Included Excursions

  • Lima: walking tour
  • Trujillo: Chan Chan and Huacas del Sol y de la luna
  • Cajamarca: walking tour
  • Leymebamba: museum
  • Leymebamba: tombs of Revash
  • Chachapoyas: citadel of Kuelap
  • Chachapoyas: sarcophagi at Karajía
  • Chachapoyas: Gocta Falls
  • Chiclayo: Lord of Sipán and Túcume

What's not included in the price

  • Tips and insurance
  • Meals other than specified
  • Optional excursions
  • Some domestic flight taxes

What's included in the price

  • Services of Journey Latin America tour leader
  • All land and domestic air transport
  • Accommodation as specified
  • Meals as specified
  • Excursions as specified

Included Excursions

  • Lima: walking tour
  • Trujillo: Chan Chan and Huacas del Sol y de la luna
  • Cajamarca: walking tour
  • Leymebamba: museum
  • Leymebamba: tombs of Revash
  • Chachapoyas: citadel of Kuelap
  • Chachapoyas: sarcophagi at Karajía
  • Chachapoyas: Gocta Falls
  • Chiclayo: Lord of Sipán and Túcume

What's not included in the price

  • Tips and insurance
  • Meals other than specified
  • Optional excursions
  • Some domestic flight taxes

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    Having spent part of her childhood in Colombia and worked in Brazil and Costa Rica, Hannah's ties to Latin America run deep. Hannah is an invaluable part of our Group Tours team.

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