Is there only one Inca Trail?

No, there are actually hundreds of trails constructed by the Incas in Peru, Ecuador, and Chile.  You can hike on a number of these non-permitted trails for a truly off-the-beaten-path adventure.  The Inca Trail for which you need a permit is the only trail that leads directly into Machu Picchu.  Travelers have the option of […]

What kind of Accommodations Can I Expect on My Peru Trek?

The accommodations for a typical trekking trip in Peru will be camping. Typically, you will have to provide the sleeping bag and pad yourself while the trek operator will provide the tents, cooking equipment, food, and water purifiers.  For specific trip deatils, you should refer to the “What’s Included” section of a particular trip.  With […]

What happens in case of a medical emergency while I’m trekking?

All treks featured by Detour include first aide kits and guides will have relevant safety training as well. For more specifics on training, certification, and safety awards won, please visit the provider information page through the Detour website. However, medical expenses beyond first-aide, including air evacuation, are not covered by trek providers. We highly recommend […]

I want an off-the-beaten path trekking experience in Peru. What treks can Detour recommend for me?

Choquequirao (5-day trek) is certainly a fascinating destination for any experienced hiker with a desire to explore amazing Inca ruins. Due to it’s remote location, extensive ruins, and uncrowded nature, many guides attest that this is like visiting Machu Picchu 20 years ago. For experienced trekkers, treks along the Cordillera mountain range offer an exciting […]

What will the weather be like on a Choquequirao trek?

The Andean weather can be unpredictable, despite the sharp divide between dry and wet seasons.  The dry season runs from May to October or November; the rainy season goes from December through April.  Nevertheless, Choquequirao lies in the forested fringes of the Amazon basin, where showers can occur at any time of year.   Therefore, even […]

What type of bag should I use for my trek?

If there are porters for your trek, we recommend duffel bags that are waterproof or can be lined with plastic bags to protect your clothes 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).Typically, the weight limit […]

What should I pack for my trek?

Here is a sample packing list for a trekking trip, courtesy of Explorandes. Adventure Gear for Trekking • Cotton short-sleeved shirts or t-shirts • Light colored long-sleeved shirts • Fleece or Wool sweater and/or trousers • Lightweight pants • Hiking shorts • Regular and long underwear (at over 13,000 ft/4,000 m. asl) • Medium weight […]

How fit should I be for a trek?

It depends on how challenging the trek is.  In general, you should be comfortable hiking for about 5 hours.  To see the level of difficulty for a given trek, you should review Detour’s Difficulty Rating, which is on each trip’s overview page.  Also, customer’s reviews can be helpful. To prepare, a regular exercise routine that […]

What kind of footwear do I need?

Take strong, comfortable footwear. Heavy boots are probably not required or advised; all you need is something that you can walk in all day, that gives good traction and which supports the ankle. Lightweight modern hiking boots are probably ideal. Remember to wear your boots in thoroughly before you go and get used to walking […]

Will I need to pay an entrance fee for this trek?

Most National Parks require an entrance fee, so be prepared.  The Inca Trail is the most notable trek that requires a permit.  Most treks do not require a permit however.  If you have questions, please contact a Detour representative. Trekking Tours

When is the best time to do a trek in Peru?

The dry season is generally the best time to do a trek anywhere in Latin America. In Peru the dry season usually runs from April to November, while the wet season runs from December to March. The Inca Trail is closed in February.June to September are the most popular months for treks in Peru (plan […]

What is the weather like in Cusco?

Cusco (and nearby Machu Picchu) has two distinct seasons, but it’s actually possible and sometimes advisable to visit during some parts of the rainier or off-season.  While June through August are fail-safe months for dry weather, you may actually prefer to visit in May, September, October or November. 

How much cash should I bring with me to Peru?

It is recommend that travelers bring in at least $500 (in US dollars) cash each, then change into PEN at the change house in the airport arrivals and ask the teller to explain what a false Sol note looks like. You can then use your debit card to access dollars from your US account and […]

What is the currency in Peru?

Peru changed the law last year so that everything is now priced in Peruvian Nuevo Soles (PEN). US dollars and Peruvian Nuevo Soles are still fairly interchangeable in hotels and restaurants, but they will probably give you a poor rate. It is important to note that in the country-side, Soles are now the only currency […]

What vaccinations should I get to travel to Peru?

No vaccinations are required for travel to Peru from the USA. Call the CDC Travelers’ Hot Line at 800-232-4636 or visit the website (http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel). Most travelers receive inoculations for Hepatitis A, Typhoid Fever and Tetanus. If traveling to the Amazon region, you should consider Malaria prophylaxis and Yellow fever. Peru Tours

Should I visit Machu Picchu if I Am Afraid Of Heights?

Visiting Machu Picchu shouldn’t be a problem if you are afraid of heights if you take the train to get there.  However if you hike the Inca Trail to get there be aware that there are some steeper areas and some exposed areas on the trail.  This means there are chances of loose rocks and unsure […]

What is the train ride like from Cusco to Machu Picchu?

This service to the ancient ruins at Machu Picchu offers a spectacular journey in the Andes region. The just over 3-hour journey begins with a series of switchbacks, known appropriately as the ‘zig-zag’, out of Cusco, before a stop at the village of Poroy. The train then descends from the highest point into the Sacred […]

What is Aguas Calientes like?

Aguas Calientes, also known as Machu Picchu Pueblo, is the small village at the base of Machu Picchu, and it is the train depot for Machu Picchu. This tiny town is located 5 miles (8 km) away from of Machu Picchu at 6,500 feet above sea level (2000 meters) and has trains that depart daily […]

What is the Inca Trail?

The Inca Trail, as it’s now known, was the Royal Highway that led pilgrims and officials of the Empire to the Sacred City of the Incas. Although there are thousands of mile of Inca Trail in South America, the trail known as the Inca Trail is the only way to reach Machu Pichu on foot. […]

What is Machu Picchu?

Often called the “Lost City of the Incas”, Machu Picchu is a well-preserved pre-Columbian Inca ruin located on a high mountain ridge in Peru about 44 miles (70 km) northwest of Cusco. Forgotten for centuries by the outside world, although not by locals, it was brought back to international attention by Yale archaeologist Hiram Bingham […]

Should I get travel insurance when I travel?

YES! Trip insurance does not cost much but can save you a huge loss in case you must cancel your trip for some reason at the last moment. Based on our experience, trip cancellation due to unexpected medical circumstances is quite common. Many trips require that you have insurance and we always recommend it to […]

What is Adventure Travel?

Adventure travel is another of those terms that can mean many things, as there is no official definition for it. We use the term to mean traveling with an adventurous spirit. Basically, if you want to take a trip that is just like being at home, that isn’t an adventure. Having an adventurous spirit means […]

How can I make sure I’m taking an environmentally and socially responsible trip?

Travel has the potential to make the world a better place (poverty alleviation, environmental protection) or to do a great deal of harm (resource destruction or exploitation of local cultures). It is important that you choose a trip that does more good than harm, that is a sustainable trip. www.detourdestinations.com is a fabulous resource to […]

What is green certification?

Over the last decade, many “green” certification programs have been created in different countries around the world. These programs use independent auditors to rate the environmental and social impacts of hotels (or other tourism businesses). While certification progams vary in quality and standards, chooisng a green certified company or hotel can help travelers make responsible […]

What is Detour doing to promote Sustainable Travel?

Detour is committed to promoting sustainable travel and ecotourism and to helping tourism reach its potential to make the world a better place. Detour’s business model is based on principles of sustainable tourism and fair trade: We only sell trips operated by locally owned companies that are committed to sustainable tourism. By traveling with local […]

How do I purchase a trip from Detour?

Once you have found the trips you want on the dates you want to travel, send Detour’s expert travel advisor a reservation request directly from the trip’s web page, or call 1-866-386-4168, or 1-720-246-8884 to reserve and purchase your trip. We will then contact the travel provider to confirm that there is space for your […]