Q: What do your trip prices include?
• All first class or best available hotel accommodations based on double occupancy.
• Continental breakfasts in all hotels.
• All transfers by private motor coach or train.
• Porters and baggage handling from airports on first and last day of trip itinerary.
• All entrance fees to sites as outlined in programs.
• All activities, archeological tours, teachings, and personal assistance from our qualified multilingual staff.
• All meals while camping.
• Airfare, international or domestic.
• Airport departure taxes.
• Lunch and Dinner unless camping or Amazon Expedition.
• Transfers for early arrivals or late departures.
• Tips and gratuities to guides, porters, bus drivers, or hotel staff.
• Additional hotel nights made necessary by airline schedule changes or other factors.
• Traveler’s insurance.
• Cost of medical immunizations, if any.
• Items of a personal nature.
• Hotel nights are non–transferable.
Q: What level of fitness do I need to be in to enjoy my trip?
A: Our expeditions are designed for all levels of fitness. Some trips are more challenging than others (specifically, the mountain trips: Ausungate, Salkantay and Choquequirao). Talk to one of our staff about your current activity level and the type of experience you are looking for. They’ll be happy to help you choose the right trip. Call 888-437-4077 or 435-647-5988
Q: How should I prepare physically for my Peru trip?
A: You will get the most enjoyment out of your expedition if you are reasonably fit – especially for those who will be visiting the mountains (Ausungate, Salkatay and Choquequirao) where altitude can have an effect on some. Any physical activity including walking, for at least 30 minutes, three times a week can be beneficial.
Q: How do you accommodate people of varying abilities?
A: Our trips attract people of varying abilities so there’s typically someone else traveling at your speed. Our guides and leaders will work with individuals requiring special assistance to ensure that their needs are adequately met.
Q: How long will we be active everyday?
A: Activity will vary by trip and by day – talk to one of our staff for more details on the specific expedition you have chosen.
Most sites require the ability to walk to the sites – these walks range from 30 minutes to 3 hours.
Q: How do your leaders/guides support the trips?
A: One leader or guide takes the lead while another brings up the rear. Arrangements are made prior to the days outing to accommodate those with special needs.
Q: Do I have to carry any of my own luggage or gear on mountain (Ausungate, Salkatay and Choquequirao) trips?
A: You will carry a day pack holding your day’s snacks, clothing and personal items for each day’s activities. All luggage including sleeping bags, and personal camping gear – will be carried by horses or porters; soft sided luggage (without wheels) is necessary for the mountain portions of the trips. You can store hard-sided luggage at the hotel while you are on the mountain journeys.
Q: Do I need to bring a tent for the mountain journeys?
A: Tents and all meals will be provided while on the mountain journeys. You need to bring your sleeping bag, air mattress or thermarest, other camping gear, water bottles and clothing. See our suggested packing list for more detailed information.
Q: Who travels with The Four Winds
A: About half the people who travel with us are between the ages of 35 and 55. Older and younger travelers are also well represented. Most are either students or graduates of The Four Winds.
Q: How large will my group be?
A: The average group size is under 30. Although the overall group size for the Via Illuminata is larger than this, you are part of a smaller tribe with your own guides and leaders.
Q: Are children welcome on Peru Expeditions?
A: Kids are welcome to participate. Kids ages 8-16 may choose to join the “Kids of the Future” program which is offerred every other year and occurs simultaneously to our Via Illuminata and has a specific itinerary geared just to their age groups. Kids younger than 8 will need to be accompanied by a sitter or nanny.
The property is geared towards kids featuring a swimming pool, soccer field and horseback riding.
Q: If I’m traveling alone, will you find me a roommate or can I have a private room?
A: Our prices are based on double room occupancy (two people per room). We will assign roommate or will be happy to accommodate any rooming request you may have. If you prefer a single room, we can arrange this if there is one available – but there is a single room supplement. Our staff can provide you with complete information on the costs and procedures for obtaining a single room.
Q: What is the Four Winds cancellation policy and other terms and conditions?