1. Passport: A valid passport is required for entry into Peru and Bolivia. All participants should carry a second form of photo ID, such as a driver’s license, as well as a photocopy of the personal data page of your passport. A copy of your passport is the easiest way to prove your identity if you happen to lose your passport.
As tourist requirements may change, please contact the Peruvian and Bolivian embassy or consulate in your country for visa and passport requirements to enter both countries. A passport with an expiration date of 6 months beyond your arrival might be required.
The visa is a small piece of paper that you can keep inside your passport. Please make sure you SAVE this visa as you will need it when you exit the country.
2. Flights and Transfer to Lake Titicaca: You are responsible for booking your own flights to Peru. Ground transportation to Lake Titicaca from the hotel in Sacred Valley is provided by the Four Winds.
When booking your flights, please note your arrival airport will be Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport in Cusco, Peru; your departure airport will be El Alto International Airport, in El Alto, Bolivia.
Given the altitude, we encourage you to consider arriving in Cusco a few days before for acclimation.
Note that you are responsible for early arrival accommodations and for your transfer to the Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel, our expedition departure meeting place in the Sacred Valley:
Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness
Antigua Hacienda Yaravilca, Huayllabamba
Urubamba, Cusco, Peru
3. Travelex Insurance: The Four Winds Society STRONGLY recommends that you purchase travel insurance to protect yourself in case extenuating circumstances force you to cancel your trip. If for some unforeseen reason you must cancel your journey, your deposit is non-refundable. One option is Travelex Insurance, which offers Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Trip Delay and Baggage insurance. We suggest you purchase travel insurance within three weeks of your initial trip deposit for the best coverage.
For complete details, please visit: www.travelexinsurance.com or call customer service at 1-800-228-9792 Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. CST. Please refer to Location 09-0821.
4. Extra Nights:If you are arriving before the expedition start date, or staying on afterwards, we recommend the following hotels:
Lima Airport: Costa del Sol Wyndham: It is located at the International Airport Jorge Chavez.
Phone Number: 011-51-1-200-9200 or #011-51-1-711-2000
Email is: firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com
Online reservations: www.Wyndham.com or www.costadelsolperu.com
Sacred Valley: Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness, Antigua Hacienda Yaravilca, Huayllabamba, Urubamba.
Online reservations: http://www.aranwahotels.com/en/sacred-valley/
Sacred Valley: Sonesta Posadas del Inca, Plaza Manco II 123, Yucay, Urubamba.
Online reservations: https://www.sonesta.com/pe/cusco/urubamba/sonesta-posadas-del-inca-sacred-valley-yucay/contact-us#
5. Meals: Daily breakfast at the hotel is included. Lunches and dinners are not covered except for the days we are in the islands when all meals are covered. The typical cost for a lunch or dinner ranges from US $15.00 to US $20.00. If you choose to eat at the hotel, your meals will be charged to the credit card on file for your room at the hotel and must be paid when you check out. Please feel free to bring power bars or other organic healthy snacks.
6. Vegetarians: If you are a vegetarian, you will have plenty of food options to choose from. The Peruvian cuisine is very pure and natural.
7. Supplements and special dietary products: Please be sure to pack supplements you are taking and any special dietary products such as protein powder mix, tea, or other packaged goods that are absolutely essential to your diet. Please check with the Peruvian and Bolivian Consulates if these products can be brought into Peru..
8. Prescription medications: If you take prescription medications, be sure to bring enough for your travels. Containers should be clearly labeled with prescription forms to avoid problems at Customs. Packing a standard first aid kit is advisable, as well as bringing your own favorite personal “remedies.” Since we will be hiking, consider bringing moleskin dressing for blisters.
9. Health and safety: You can visit the CDC website for information about traveling to Peru and Bolivia, including vaccinations you may need to have: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list. Keep in mind that the Four Winds Society cannot offer medical advice. It is best that you consult with your primary care physician, who knows your medical history and can best advise you.
Most illnesses while traveling are caused by contamination of food or water. Drink only bottled water and do not use ice cubes unless you know them to be safe. Freezing does not kill bacteria. Do not drink from the streams. Eat only cooked foods and fruits with peel. Avoid food from sidewalk vendors. Our hotels all have excellent hygiene and food preparation practices.
Hydration is the key to avoiding altitude sickness. We recommend you drink at least two full liters of water per day. Drinking wine or beer will dehydrate you, so limited consumption is strongly advised. Emergen-C Packets (containing vitamins and electrolytes) and simple Electrolyte Packets can be added to bottled water to assist hydration. If you experience sleeplessness it might be caused by dehydration; drink more water immediately.
- We recommend purchasing Emergency Evacuation Insurance from Travelex or any other Traveling Insurance Company.
10. Money: Consider exchanging US $200-$400 at the airport, to be used for tips and other eventualities. When you bring US dollars or Euros into Peru, they must be new bills with no tears or rips. Damaged bills are not accepted in Peru. Should you need more money, you can find ATM machines in Lima, Cusco, and in Urubamba.
11. Tips: We collect tips for our guides, bus drivers, and porters. These are collected by a volunteer and given as a group donation at the end of each outing. We ask for US $10 per day so plan on having US $60-$80 for these gratuities/tips.
12. Airport taxes: All Peruvian airports charge “Exit Taxes.” Most airlines include this tax in the cost of your ticket. Please contact your airline to confirm.
13. Packing tips: For this expedition, you may bring a total of two bags plus your backpack/fanny pack. Please make sure that you only use SOFT DUFFEL bags for this journey, no hard luggage.
14. Temperatures & Elevation
- Cusco: 11,400-foot elevation, temperature during the day is around 60° Fahrenheit, with lows of 50°s at night
- Sacred Valley: 8,500-foot elevation, temperature during the day is around 70° Fahrenheit, with lows of 40°-50°s at night
- Lake Titicaca: 12,600-foot elevation, temperature during the day is around 50°-60° Fahrenheit, with lows of 25°s at night
15. What to bring:
Please pack with care, remember LESS IS MORE! Each of us reacts to temperature differently. The following list is meant to provide a guideline, but you may need to adjust based on your temperature comfort level and needs.
- Sunglasses, sun hat and sunscreen, the sun can be very strong at high altitudes. A high SPF will be needed for the first days. Don’t forget to put lotion on the back of your neck, hands and ears
- Lightweight hiking boots (Gortex or water-resistant w/ankle support are best)
- Wool socks or good hiking socks (extra pairs in case they get wet)
- Tevas or strapped hiking sandals (optional)
- Comfortable hiking pants
- Layered clothing for day hiking
- Long-sleeved lightweight shirts (the ones that wick away moisture are worth the extra expense)
- Warm/down jacket for nighttime
- Warm hat/gloves for nighttime
- Long underwear for sleeping
- Swimsuit for the spa
- Bring one dress, skirt, or nicer clothes for ceremonies
- Daypack or waist pack
- Pocketknife (for fruit, etc.)
- Organic and healthy protein bars or snacks
- Small flashlight/headlamp with extra batteries
- Camera, digital cards and extra batteries
- Emergen-C or Electrolyte packets
- Water bottles
- Personal care items and toiletries: Tissues, wet wipes and zip lock bags for day hikes (as with everything, what you carry IN during a hike must be brought OUT and disposed of properly). Ladies, be prepared with feminine hygiene products.