The city of Cusco was the capital of the Inca empire. Declared Cultural Patrimony of Humanity by UNESCO in 1983, it is undoubtedly one of the most important destinations in Peru.
DIFFICULTY LEVEL RATINGS
Our tours are designed for adventurers who are in relatively good physical shape. We rate the difficulty level of each tour from Easy to Extreme in order to help you decide which route is most appropriate for you given your aptitude and prior experience.
In establishing a difficulty level, we consider the difficulty of the routes, the daily activities planned, the total distance covered in each itinerary, the altitude, the likely variations in temperature and weather along the route, as well as the general conditions experienced and services available along the way. This information should serve as a good general guide for most travelers.
Easy — The terrain is fairly easy, and all long distances are traveled in a transport vehicle. Our easy itineraries are designed for anyone and everyone who wants to visit a specific destination.
Moderate — Requires about three to four hours of walking each day. You don’t have to be an experiened excursionist, and it is not necessary to be in excellent shape. But you do need to come with positive, can-do mentality.
Challenge — Reuqires six to eight hours of walking. We recommend that you be physically fit and willing to climb regularly to elevations over 3,800 m (12,467 feet) and at least once to 5000 m (15,404 ft) above sea level.
Extreme — These are expeditions or adventure sports that are among some of the most challenging in the world, and should only be undertaken by those who are in excellent physical shape and who are mentally prepared for a true adventure.
WHY RELY ON A TOUR GUIDE?
Some experience hiking at high altitude and on difficult terrain is recommended for some tour packages. For this reason, please get in touch with us with your requests for general information and with any questions you might have about any of the destinations we offer in Peru.
Here in Peru, there are destinations, situations, and specific places where tourists will need a tour guide. Even though some travelers may find the company of a guide irksome at times, sometimes you must have someone who specializes in Peruvian tour routes to rely on. The following are some reasons to explain when you’ll need a guide during your trip to Peru and why.
While visitors to Peru may do their own research, reading and studying about Peru, hiring a guide will offer you something you can’t get from a book, something extra that comes in the form of detailed and entertaining explanations and little-known stories and historical anecdotes about Peru’s tourist attractions. In this manner, a guide will give meaning to the places you visit, allowing you to understand and enjoy the time spent in each unique destination.
A guide can also offer extremely useful recommendations for the traveler. From which sites to visit and the best places to eat or shop, to the corners and situations you should avoid and advice about staying safe, to tips on saving money, a guide knows all the secrets that only locals know. And since we all know that vacations are short and time when travelling is of the essence, it’s important to have a guide to help you design an itinerary that really optimizes your time.
During any excursion, outing or visit, there is always a chance that unseen problems can arise. In these situations, your guide takes on the responsibility of solving the problem so that you don’t have to worry about it and can focus on enjoying yourself.
There are certain tourist attractions that are accessible exclusively to tourists who hire a guide. This includes, for example, the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
When travelling to a destination like Peru, where a variety of languages and local dialects are spoken, communication can become a barrier. However, with the help of a guide, this barrier transforms into a bridge, and it becomes possible to interact with the locals and learn more about Peru and its many cultures. For this reason, sometimes travelling is richer and more interesting when you can rely on the verbal ability and experience of a professional guide.
Another option, one that is ideal for those who are still not convinced they should hire a guide, is also available. Along our tour routes, we rely on local guides who can really give you a different experience, allowing you to see everything through the eyes of the locals. In this way, you can get to know all the tourist attractions as only those who live there do, learning their secrets and enjoying local restaurants and other unique experiences.