FAQs

WHY CHOOSE PACHA PERU?

With over 6 years of experience organising treks and tours, Pacha Peru Explorers is one of the top operators in Peru and has built up an excellent record with our customers. We always aim to offer an excellent service to each and every person and are constantly looking for ways we can improve to make your trip of a lifetime even better.

Another very important reason to book with us is so that you can guarantee that you will be going on a fair and ethical trip. Pacha Peru Explorers is the leader in sustainable tourism here in Cusco.


HOW IS THE WEATHER IN PERU?

Peru’s climate varies depending on where you visit.

On the coast it is usually quite hot although during the winter (April-August) it can get chilly early in the morning and at night.

In the Andes there are two main seasons – wet and dry. The wet season runs from November to April and is wet but usually warmer overall. The dry season runs from May to October and has hot clear days but cold nights.

The only one thing you can say about the weather in Peru is that it is difficult to accurately predict. You can beautifully clear hot days in the middle of the wet season and hail storms in the dry season – it’s one of the beauties of Peru.


WHAT VACCINES DO I NEED FOR PERU?

You should always consult your local travel clinic regarding vaccines. In general the regular vaccines such as Tetanus, Diptheria, Polio etc are recommended. If you are visiting the low-land jungle then Yellow Fever is recommended.


DO I NEED TO BE FIT TO DO ONE OF YOUR TREKS?

All of our treks (the Inca Trail, Salkantay, Ausangate etc.) are moderately difficult, long and mountainous. We highly recommend that you are relatively fit and acclimatised to altitude (a minimum of 2 days at altitude) before undertaking them.  During the months (or at the very least, one month) before your trip, you should take regular, moderate exercise.  We want you to have an amazing experience and the fitter you are, the more enjoyable the treks will be.


HOW CAN I BOOK A PLACE ON ONE OF YOUR TREKS/TOURS?

Check out our booking page for more information!


WHAT’S ALTITUDE SICKNESS?

What Causes Altitude Illnesses :
The primary cause of altitude illnesses is going too high too quickly. Given time, your body can adapt to the decrease in oxygen at specific altitudes. This is known as acclimatization and generally takes 1 to 3 nights at a given altitude.

Prevention of Altitude Illnesses:
Prevention of altitude illnesses falls into two categories, proper acclimatization and preventive medications. Below are a few basic guidelines for proper acclimatization. Start below 10,000 feet (3,048 meters) and walk up.

  •  Do not over-exert yourself or move higher for the first 24 hours.
  •  If you go above 10,000 feet (3,048 meters), only increase your sleeping elevation by 1,000 feet (305 meters) per day and for every 3,000 feet (915 meters) of elevation gained, take a rest day.
  •  If you begin to show symptoms of moderate altitude illness, don’t go higher until symptoms decrease
  •  If symptoms increase, go down, down, down!
  •  Keep in mind that different people will acclimatize at different rates.
  •  Stay properly hydrated.
  •  Take it easy; don’t over-exert yourself when you first get up to altitude.
  •  Avoid tobacco, alcohol and other depressant drugs including, barbiturates, tranquilizers, and sleeping pills.
  •  Eat a high carbohydrate diet while at altitude.

Preventive Medications  (requiring prescriptions):

* Diamox (Acetazolamide) changes acid balance which allows you to increase breathing and improve oxygen uptake – the same mechanism as in normal acclimatization , but  faster

* Dexamethasone (a steroid) is a drug that decreases brain and other swelling, helping to reverse the effects.


IS POSSIBLE TO ENTER WITH A DIFFERENT ID?

No, you need to carry a valid ID (passport) with the name you used during your booking to enter the park.

 

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