What To Expect
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From providing accommodation options based on your budget, to recommendations on pre- or post-tour travels, to assisting you with booking regional air, to meeting you at the airport when you arrive: Boundless Journeys can help you with each step in planning your custom tour. We will seamlessly guide you, so that you can simply relax and enjoy the adventure of a lifetime in Peru.
Peru's geography is as diverse as its culture, with altitudes from sea level to over 22,000 feet. Most of our custom trips begin and end in Cusco, which is situated at 11,150 feet, in the foothills of the Andes, while our walks and hikes will take place at elevations of 8,000 feet to approximately 12,000 feet. There is time to move at a comfortable pace, allowing ourselves to adjust to the mountain air.
The mountainous areas of Peru have pronounced rainy and dry seasons, which are more responsible for the prevailing weather than seasonal temperature fluctuations. While the dry season lasts only from May through September, the most significant rains fall from January through March. Temperatures do not fluctuate as much, although nights do tend to be colder from May through September. Any time of year, dressing in layers is a good strategy, so that you can shed or add layers as the day heats and cools.
You may obtain more detailed weather information at www.weatherbase.com.
When to Go
Peru is generally delightful for hiking from April through December. We avoid scheduling trips January through March, as this is the height of the rainy season. That being said, the hillsides and valleys tend to be greener in April, May and June. Later in the dry season, the fields turn golden and the campesinos harvest their crops.
In the Amazon River basin, daytime temperatures are fairly consistent year-round, although nighttime temperatures are a bit cooler from May to September. During those same months, the weather is driest, although this is a typical rainforest climate and it is not unusual for it to rain for a part of each day. It is fine to plan a trip at any time of year, although we do suggest avoiding the rainiest months of December through March.
When to Reserve
If you are planning to hike along the Inca Trail, It is important to reserve your trip early, as the Peruvian government has a permit system in place which strictly limits the number of hikers on the Inca Trail at any given time. Permits are issued on a first-come, first-served basis, and they can only be confirmed upon receipt of your deposit, as well as informing the government of your passport information to reserve a permit for you.
Now is the time to reserve, if you dream of hiking into Machu Picchu on the Inca Trail. Please contact our office with any questions regarding this.
Guides for our "Into the Amazon" Itinerary
All excursions from the lodge are guided in small groups by one of Reserva Amazonica's trained professional Explorer Guides in English (other languages available upon request, and may be subject to additional charge). Their knowledge, interpretive skills, and local connections combine to provide understanding, insight, and an enhanced experience of the surrounding environment.
Dinners in Peru feature generous portions of beef, lamb, chicken, or fish, potatoes or rice, and fresh vegetables, such as locally grown avocados, summer squash, and olives. Delicacies such as roast cuy (guinea pig), alpaca, and ceviche (chilled marinated fish) are available on some menus. Breakfast generally features common continental offerings, cereals made from quinoa, as well as scrambled eggs and sausage. Delicious hearty soups are also a staple of Peruvian meals, and are often available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Vegetarians can be accommodated with advance notice, though choices tend to be more limited.