many years has PumaPeru been doing Journeys?
was founded in 1985 by Richard Aguayo Rodriguez,
the company itself has a profound connection
with the Andean and Amazon World… and
the name comes from that feeling, combining
two important symbols , Puma...The
Sacred Animal of the Andean Cosmology, representing
the Second Level of Life….the one in which
we physically inter-act, the level in which
we mediate between the Lower Level of life “the
Snake” and the Higher Level of Life “
The Condor” …and Peru...
A unique country, a cultural center, a spiritual
community, a powerful place .. a land of feelings….
PumaPeru Expeditions is the essence of almost
20 years of explorations and investigations
made by Richard Aguayo R. in the Coast, Andes
and Amazon jungle of Peru.
What the essence (Journey-Trips) of PumaPeru
Our main interest in to share the natural,
cultural and spiritual world of one of the most
spectacular countries of this planet,,, Peru.
Our journeys are designed to learn instead of
just visiting, to explore instead of just touring…
to feel instead of just seeing. The journeys
combines historical cities as well as walks-hikes-treks
in natural sacred areas.. Allowing you to really
go "Into the Spirit of Nature"
Who books PumaPeru Trips-Journeys
Travelers with whom you’ll share
your journey are a lot like you, families join
us as well as couples, friends and solo travelers.
All of them with a spirit ready to really connect
with the beauty and energy of our Wonderful
Pachamama... Our Mother Earth. People traveling
with us are from of all ages, we do not limit
the age-spirit wishes
Peru a safe country?
Since we began our Journeys-trips in Peru, we
had never cancelled a trip, but we know that
security and safety are the first steps for
a smooth trip, however there are risks associated
with adventure travel, and travel to overseas
destinations, We are constantly monitoring the
areas of our operation, and we always work with
the native people living in the areas that we
will visit,, since they are the ones knowing
all about their villages and territory in general,
but we always keep in mind that we will cancel
or re-route a trip if we feel a destination
does PumaPeru rate the trips in terms of difficulty?
Peru has many different options to travel.
PumaPeru classify travel experiences in: Adventure,
Soft Adventure, Cultural Travel. And ... (under
request)…Special Interest Tours, (that
explain themselves for those that want to give
a specialized focus to their travels) and Short
Escapes & Extensions. Our services include
guides, trained staff and first-rate equipment
and on tours we contract with transport that
ensures safety, quality and punctuality. We
offer many combinations of itineraries in different
forms of travel. In all our Adventure and Soft
Adventure Journeys, porters, pack animals, or
support vehicles carry all the gear. All you
ever carry is a light daypack. That said, you'll
get more enjoyment out of any trip if you are
in good physical condition, so the best advice
we can offer is to get in shape. Check with
your doctor before undertaking any new fitness
included in my PumaPeru Journey-trip?
Included is Transportation within the
itinerary, accommodation…. best available
4 starts hotels-Peru standard and or best available
lodges, sightseeing where specified, Services
of a Expert leadership, local guides where specified,
meals as noted in the itinerary (CB = Continental
Breakfast B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, BL=Box Lunch,
D=Dinner), airport transfers, entrance fees
to local ruins mentioned in the itinerary only,
basic medical assistance and evacuation (while
we are out of Cities) (We strongly recommend
that you purchase a travel insurance.)
is Not Included in our trips:
International and –or National
airfares, charter flights, Airport Taxes (National
within Peru $ 3.5 to 5.4, or International $
29 to leave Peru), meals not mentioned on itinerary,
insurance of any kind (other than basic medical
assistance and evacuation while we are out of
Cities), optional tipping to leader, guides
and local staff, excess baggage charges, cost
of medical immunizations, and items of a personal
nature (sodas, alcoholic beverages, laundry,
etc.) Telephone calls. Please check our Day
by Day Program…
Tips at hotels are usually not included
since your contact with the hotel porters is
personal at baggage delivery in the rooms, and
baggage pick-up at check-out. Passengers are
free to tip them once inside the hotel.Tipping
is not included for drivers, guides and/or camp
crews, trekking and/or river guides during journeys;
the amount depends on the number of days the
people accompany you and the size of the party.
Camp crews tend to be with you a minimum of
4 days. These are voluntary contributions and
if desired, we recommend that the following
guidelines be followed:·
- Transfer Agents $10-15
- Head Cook $40
- Camp Crew each $20
- Porters/ mule drivers $10-15
- Adventure or Tour Guides $60-100
types of hotels does PumaPeru use?
A variety of local style accommodations
are used including hotels, guesthouses, pensions,
hostels, home-stays and of course camping. (Most
hotels are 4 stars –Peru standard), offering
clean secure accommodation.
I have a single room/tent? Do I have to share?
On most of our trips accommodations in
hotels and tents are based on double occupancy.
If you prefer single accommodations, you are
requested to pay the Single Supplement Fee.
If you are traveling alone and wish to share
accommodations, we will assign you a roommate
of the same gender. If there is no one with
whom you can share, you are required to pay
a "forced" single supplement fee.
in Comfort & Style
Most of our programs includes journeys
to natural-sacred areas, and Typical towns,
far from regular tourist routes, for this, we
stay in our own mobile camps. By their very
nature, they feature more rustic accommodations,
but you'll be pleasantly surprised by how comfortable
we can make you feel. We provide roomy tents,
a dining tent with tables and stools where we
will share cultural, historical and ceremonial
teachings as well as tasty local meals, bathroom
tents, besides of our kitchen tent where our
native cooks are always available to help you,
we also have a friendly camping staff who takes
care of all the details while you relax and
enjoy yourself. They'll set up tents, prepare
tasty, wholesome meals, clean up, and see to
it that you stay healthy. Most treks are supported.
However on some trips you will need to carry
your own baggage to buses, or trains etc.
I need a sleeping bag?
Trekking and camping in the Andes is
one of the most incredible adventures, however
nights can get really cold, a good sleeping
bag will be a prefect combination for a cozy
journey in the Andes,, please bring your own
sleeping bag on Adventure and Soft Adventure
Journeys, on Cultural trips, no.
the food like? I'm a vegetarian, is that a problem?
Our kitchen and dining tents allow us
to offer the best in dining. Avoiding the use
of canned foods, we use only the natural foods
typical of the area such as Quinoa Soup, or
breakfasts of eggs, yogurt, granola, oatmeal,
milk, fruits and teas of medicinal herbs. Everything
is specially prepared by our cooks who each
year add new recipes based on natural products
and with fresh vegetarian alternatives.
the water OK to drink? Do I need to bring purifying
All over Peru bottled water is readily
available. On camping trips our cooks make sure
that the water you drink is always purified…boiled.
While camping you can re-fill your water bottles
as many times as you want.
someone going to meet me at the airport?Are
Participants arrive-leave from-to different
countries and-or different flights, we do meet
every single traveler in Lima International
Airport , we usually take a sign with your name
which enables you to identify us. All transfers
are included according to program, In –Out
aren't all meals included on the trips?
Food is not always included, so that
you can choose from a wide variety of local
cafes and market stalls, to really experience
the local cuisine and atmosphere.
Can I use credit cards in the places visited?
In all cities around Peru yes, to some extent,
however once you leave those cities behind,
no. In some more remote, less developed destinations,
you cannot use your credit card at all. We will
make sure that you can exchange into local money
before you start any new Journey out of cities
I use US Dollars-Euros to pay my meals and other
Most restaurants and shops around Peru
accept US Dollars and Euros are starting to
be accepted, however it is very advisable to
have Peruvian money, In most cities there are
Exchanging Houses/Casa de Cambio where you will
be able to get Soles for Dollars or from Euros,,
the exchange rate for 1 US Dollar is S/. 3,46
(soles). Most restaurants have a list of what
they serve in Spanish and English,, a regular
meal will go from $ 3 up to $ 15
have elderly parents. How can they contact me?
The best way is to contact PumaPeru and
have us try to get any urgent message to you.
Prepare your family and friends that there will
be some occasions when you will be unreachable
for days. Pumaperu Avenida Pardo # 800 Cusco
Peru, Telephone-Fax ( From US-011-51-84-251856
) firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
I arrive a day(s) early, can you help with hotel
Yes, we can arrange additional accommodation
at the joining hotel if you plan to arrive early.
Just let us know in advance and we will send
you the confirmation and what you will need
to pay for this.
should I book my trip?
Because our trips book up months in advance,
we recommend booking early to avoid disappointment.
We will of course make every effort to accommodate
last minute bookings.
do I need to bring?
Keep it light! Storage space on vehicles
is limited and you may need to carry your bag
between vehicles and hotels. All you need to
bring—besides your spirit of adventure—is
your personal gear..(see the detailed list )
We provide the rest: top-quality, state-of-the-art
tents, camping and commissary equipment, and
to Go? What you should know.
How do I sign up for ?
Please let us know what kind of trip you are
interested on, and then we will send you the
reconfirmation of the trip departure. Depending
where you live, we will let you know the name
of the bank where you can do your deposits
kind of deposit is required and how often are
Regular DeparturesAt time of reservation:
60 Days Prior: Balance of land cost
STRONGLY RECOMMEND THE USE OF A TRAVEL/ MEDICAL
Limited insurance is available in Peru with
local insurance companies and international
travel insurance companies. Daily rates range
from $2.00 - $8.00, depending on coverage requested.
We prefer not to get involved with supplying
these services, since it is easier and cheaper
to purchase this kind of coverage abroad, at
your point of origin; although we are willing
to acquire coverage for you upon request. If
a member of the group gets sick or is incapacitated,
we take care of him by getting a qualified doctor
to him/her, in these cases extra costs are assumed
by the individual client, including hospitalization
if necessary. In the case of accident and/or
necessary emergency evacuation, all expenses
will be covered by the individual.
All passengers are subject to a cancellation
fee, which will be charged if a reservation
is cancelled less than the 30 days prior to
the arrival date of a passenger. The following
fees apply to the cancellations:· 16/30
days prior = $ 800 fee 1/15 days prior = 100
% of total cost
– PLEASE READ CAREFULLY
PumaPeru reserves the right to modify
or withdraw any travel arrangements when deemed
necessary, in the best interest of our clients.
We reserve the right to refuse, accept or retain
any person as a member on any of our trips.
Baggage is carried at owners risk throughout
the tour. PumaPeru acts only in the capacity
of an AGENT upon the legal conditions that,
while exercising every possible precaution,
PumaPeru is not responsible for injury, sickness,
damage, loss, additional expenses, accidental
delay or other irregularities which may be caused
either through willful or negligent acts or
omissions on the part of companies or individuals
providing or engaged in transportation, accommodation
or other services related to the accomplishment
of the tour, or through natural disasters, social
upheavals or acts of nature.
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and Equipment List
The following travel equipment is recommended
for the different types of trips:
Gear for Trekking
Cotton short-sleeved shirts or t-shirts,
wool sweater or wool trousers, jeans and hiking
shorts. Regular undergarments. Medium weight
parka with fiber fill. Light cap and wool hat,
rain poncho (or rain gear). Light wool gloves.
Medium weight socks. Tennis or running shoes
and hiking boots. Sleeping bag and small day
pack. Strong waterproof duffel bag. Sun glasses,
sun block, flashlight with spare batteries and
bulb. Towel and swimsuit. Water bottles. Personal
first aid kit. On each trip we carry a medical
kit but we suggest a small personal first-aid
kit for bruises and blisters. A knee and ankle
brace are sometimes useful especially if you
suffer from weak knees or ankles. Include any
special medication your doctor might suggest
adventure trips, trekking or rafting.
we recommend duffel bags that are waterproof
or can be lined with plastic bags to protect
yourclothes from water. These are easily tied
on pack-animals and can be carried by porters
(we use porters only on the Inca Trail since
pack-animals are not allowed). Please try to
keep your luggage light. Sometimes couples choose
to share a duffel bag.
Good walking shoes, standard clothing used for
travelling world-wide. Rain protection gear
or umbrella and warmer clothes especially in
the months of May - July when temperatures can
vary from hot days to freezing nights.
I need a visa?
Visas may be required for your destination
and are not included in the Land Cost of your
trip. You can avoid the potential hassles of
getting your own visas and let Zierer Visa Service
purchase them for you. We will send you the
necessary forms (if your trip requires a visa)
to help you obtain visas through Zierer Visa
Service in your pre-departure package. You must
apply 45 to 90 days before departure because
the process takes time.
CHECK THE FOLLOWING
Passport and Embassy Information
Everything you need to know about passports,
plus a list of embassies worldwide
- The US State Department site with everything
you need to know about passports and the overseas
services this agency offers travelers.
- A list of all embassies in Washington
Need a visa?
www.zvs.com - Zierer
Visa Services has offices in San Francisco,
New York, Houston, Miami, Washington DC, and
Florida (call center).
U.S. State Department information and
other sites that provide an "a to z"
on countries everywhere.
- The US State Department site with current
travel warnings, public announcements, and consular
- Published by Interknowledge, this site contains
concise profiles of major countries in Africa,
Asia, Caribbean, Europe, and Latin America.
- The CIA Factbook is an encyclopedic
summary of every country's key statistics and
details (geography, politics, climate, economy,
demographics, communications, etc.)
Country Watch is an information provider
for individuals who need up-to-date information
and news on the countries of the world.
- Find out what time it is, just about
anywhere on the planet.
Getting to know the destination and prepare
for your adventure is (almost) as fun as being
- Longitude books has expert book and
map recommendations, featuring hard-to-find
maps, field guides, classic accounts of exploration,
travel narratives, books on art and archaeology,
novels, and essays.
- Fine hardcover editions of the greatest
books of exploration, survival, and discovery
- With content sections labeled The Thorn Tree,
World Guide, On the Road, and The Scoop, you
know Lonely Planet's site is much more than
just their terrific guidebooks.
- The maps.com Online World Atlas covers 7 continents,
12 regions, 190 countries, and 50 US States,
including maps, flags, and statistics.
Sites to help you convert currencies
and locate automated teller machines (ATM's)
- Universal Currency Converter for just about
every currency in the world, created by Xenon
exchange rates, currency forecasts, and easy
to use currency converter from Olsen & Associates.
- Locations of over Visa/Electron/Plus ATM's
- Locations of Mastercard/Maestro/Cirrus
Information on vaccines and advice on
how to stay healthy while traveling.
- Travel health information from the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Includes reference material, recommendations
by geographic region, and much more.
- The High Altitude Medicine Guide provides
current medical information on the prevention,
recognition, and treatment of altitude illness,
as well as other health issues affecting travellers
to high mountainous regions of the world.
Also known as Travel Health Online, this site
will help you have a safe, healthy adventure.
Loads of useful information organized into three
categories: Destination Information; Traveler
Information; and Travel Medicine Providers (in
the U.S. and around the world)
The latest world and national news plus
weather conditions worldwide.
- CNN's portal with world news, travel, health,
- The Foreignwire has worldwide news,
comments, and analysis written by professional
journalists and commentators.
- The Weather Channel's site has forcasts and
- Intellicast bills itself as the weather
site for active travelers.