Essentials Peru (20th September)

Any tips for what to pack :-) 

Hi Lauren,

I am also on this trip. Not got as far as thinking packing needs, but I believe the temp range is going to be fairly large, with some areas being cool at night. Soon need to start thinking as only 2+ months away. John

Hi both - I’m on the trip that week too. We definitely need something to cover our heads on the first morning for the trip to the Ballestas Islands !

Yes i think a hate will be a necessity !! 

Have you guys looked into doing anything on your free day in Cuzco?? I'm wanting to go to Rainbow Mountain, so just seeing if you guys have seen any independant trips? 


Also will you be doing the optional flight while at Nazca? Is worth looking at. I certainly want to visit some of the Incan sites whilst there. Rainbow Mountain looks stunning.

The flight over the Nazca lines is something I’m looking forward to.

I have just got the below information from my Ops Exec.

Thought you may want to see :-) 

Hotel List



El Tambo I Hotel - 01nt  

El Tambo I


Villa Jazmin Hotel - 1nt

Villa Jazmin


Casa Andina Classic Nazca Hotel - 01nt

Casa Andina


Tampumayu Hotel - 1nt



Casa Andina Classic Koricancha

Casa Andina


Casa Andina Classic Koricancha

Casa Andina

    Aguas Calientes   

Inti Punku El tambo

Inti Punku Hoteles


Casa Andina Classic Koricancha

Casa Andina


Casa Andina Classic Koricancha

Casa Andina


Homestay Amantani Community D-B



Casona Plaza Hotel - 01nt

Casona Plaza


Pozo del Cielo



Ensueño Hotel - 1nt



Tambo I Hotel - 01nt  

Tambo I



Optional Activies:

Lima: City tour (half day – 3 hours): From US$40 per person (based on 4 participants)
Visit ‘Pucllana Pyramid’, the colonial centre including Lima's Plaza Mayor (Main Square), the Government Palace, the City Hall, and other important monuments. Later, visit the Convent of San Francisco with its catacombs (entrance included) and continue to the modern Miraflores District.

Nazca: Nazca Lines Scenic Flight (approx. 35 min. flight*): From US$100 (plus PEN25 airport tax). *Please be aware that there can be up to 4hrs waiting to board your scenic flight. Please also note that anyone over 90kg might be charged for a second seat due to weight restrictions and regulations. Please note that PEN is the preferred currency for this payment.

A Partial Tourist Ticket (BTG) is required for entrance to the sites in and around Cuzco and the Sacred Valley – this is not included in the excursion prices below but can be purchased locally From PEN70 (approx. US$21).

Cuzco: City tour and 4 ruins (half day – 5 hours): From US$45 per person (based on 4 participants), excludes BTG.
This includes visits to the nearby ruins of Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Tambomachay and Puca Pucará as well as a tour of the city itself, including the Plaza de Armas, where the Cathedral is located, Koricancha ‘Sun Temple’ (entrance included) and San Pedro Market.

Cuzco: Sacred Valley tour (full day – 8 hours): From US$55 per person (based on 4 participants), excludes BTG.
Drive to the Sacred Valley, stopping at El Mirador viewpoint en route. Visit Pisac Market and fortress and Ollantaytambo; return to Cuzco.

Cuzco: South Valley tour (full day – 7 hours): From US$63 per person (based on 4 participants), excludes BTG.
Visit the little-known valley to the south of Cuzco, including the terraces at Tipon, the pre- Inca ruins of Pikillaqta and the ‘Sistine Chapel of the Americas’ in Andahuaylillas (entrance included); return to Cuzco.

Cuzco: Stand Up Paddle (half day – 04 hours ): From US$55 per person. Fruit, water and hot drinks included.

Cuzco: Zip-Line (full day – 8-9  hours): From US $66 per person. Includes Transport security equipment, specialized guide, box Lunch.

Cuzco: Via Ferrata (full day – 8-9  hours): From US$66 per person. Includes Transport, security equipment, specialized guide, box Lunch.

Cuzco: Via Ferrata + Zip line( full day – 8-9  hours): From US$100 per person. Includes Transport, security equipment, specialized guide, box Lunch.

Mountain Biking Excursion in the Sacred Valley (full day – 07  hours): From US$172 per person (based on 2 participants). Includes private transfer, security equipment, specialized guide, box Lunch.

Hi Lauren

Thanks for the info, list of hotels good and certainly gives some ideas for the time whilst there, hopefully costs are possibly up to date. The Valley tour at Cuzco sounds good, with visit to market. Lima tour also a possible way of seeing the sights. Beginning to think about things more as time gets closer. Only about 5 weeks to go. 

I did this holiday in September 2017 - one of my best holidays ever! The flight over the Nasca Lines is *the* only way to experience them - it’s difficult to appreciate them properly from the viewing tower. We all had to be weighed before the flights so that the planes could be balanced properly! Try to sit immediately behind the pilot & co-pilot - many of group who sat in the back two seats felt/were airsick! The planes do a lot of steep baking around each of the shapes to ensure passengers on both sides get to see them properly. I did an unusual optional extra in Cusco - a cookery lesson and tasting which was great fun. Learned how to make pisco sours and made alpaca saltado which we ate at the end. I didn’t need to buy dinner that night - just went out with the group and had a few drinks whÎle everyone else ate! If you go in the cathedral in Cusco don’t miss the ‘Last Supper’ painting featuring a roast guinea pig!!


Thanks Sharon for the above info regarding the Nazca lines, worth thinking about the seating positions, but I guess if balanced by weight, there is apossibility of being told where to sit. 

I am sure that both Lauren and John N as well as myslef appreciate the heads up on this.

Hi all

I’m on this trip too, with my partner (never sure what to call him!), Rich. I’m beyond excited about this holiday. We too are interested in Rainbow Mountain if we can face another very early start. Have you guys sorted your travel insurance. Who have you used? 


Hi Deb & Rich

Nice to hear from more travellers on this trip. Ref insurance I have it via Campbell Irvine directly (these are the ones Exodus use), as one of the main areas that we need cover for is Altitude. A lot do not cover at the height that is on this tour should Altitude sickness be a problem, when I was looking for myself. Hope this is useful.

Thanks, John. It was the cover at altitude I was concerned about. As you say, most companies don’t seem to deal with this. I’ve not been at those altitudes before. 

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