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Frequently Asked Questions

Most sleeping bags are not included in the final price of our hiking tours and can be rented for a small fee. Should you wish to include one please let us know and we will gladly arrange for it.

Yes, there are several shops in the centre of Cusco where you can rent hiking clothes, shoes, sleeping bags, walking sticks and other items. Please let us know and we will provide you with the contact information.

Cusco has changed a lot in the last few years with most restaurants providing a vegetarian option and a few offering vegan options. All of our tours offer vegan and vegetarian options as well as any special dietary needs; religious food needs (such as kosher) and allergies.

Many of the hikes have steep ascents and descents and walking sticks help support your joints especially when carrying a backpack, such as on the Inca Trail. They are great especially if you have bad knees, hips or back or just need a little stability when hiking. Walking sticks are not essential but are great asset to have should you wish more support.

Tips are not mandatory but are expected by the guide and staff (horsemen or porters or cook). Tips can be made at your discretion however to have an idea please consult your tour leader as it may vary from tour to tour.

It is not mandatory but if you are heading to Iquitos or Puerto Maldonado especially during the rainy season (Oct-May) it may be advisable. From all of our clients that have been, we did have one case of Dengi Fever. We recommend that you check with your health provider before traveling.

CUSCO- It is recommended to bring warm and comfortable clothes. Layers are a good way to dress, as it can be hot during the day but cooler at night. If you plan to visit the hot springs ensure to bring your swimsuit and of course don’t forget your hat and sunglasses to protect yourself from the sun.

JUNGLE – light clothes for tropical climate. Shorts, tee shirts but light long sleeves and pants are recommended during the evening to prevent mosquito bites, flip-flops and comfortable shoes for walking and of course don’t forget your hat and sunglasses to protect yourself from the sun.

The exchange rate can vary from day to day so we recommend using the website www.xe.com. Note that when exchanging money in Cusco most money exchange bureaus will charge 2 points below the official website rate.

JUNGLE – light clothes for tropical climate. Shorts, tee shirts but light long sleeves and pants are recommended during the evening to prevent mosquito bites, flip-flops and comfortable shoes for walking and of course don’t forget your hat and sunglasses to protect yourself from the sun.

If you are a student, you may be eligible for student rate for the Machu Picchu entrance ticket or Tourist Ticket. However, you must meet the Peruvian government requirements, as the discount is applied to the cost of your Machu Picchu ticket and is not something that we are able to negotiate. In order to receive the discount, you will need to send us a photo of both sides of your STUDENT CARD and a picture of your PASSPORT. It must be an original student ID, given from the university in PVC material and include university information, personal student information, student picture, expiration date valid only for one year, and must coincide with the year that student visits Machu Picchu. You will also need to bring the card with you and verify it at the Machu Picchu checkpoint. The discount only applies to students 25-years-old or younger. ISIC cards are NOT valid for the discount.

Please email us a picture of your student card and passport to the following email: info@bloodybuenoperu.com

Salineras is not included in the Tourist Ticket and has an entrance fee of soles 10 per person.

It is provided but we recommend that you bring your own toilet paper especially for long hikes.

Boiled water is available on the hikes and at certain campsites you can buy bottled water from the locals.

It is NOT recommended to drink the tap water, which contains bacteria and parasites that can make you very ill.

You should check with your bank before leaving what the withdrawal charges are from an ATM in Peru. Note that the Peruvian banks may also add a fee when withdrawing funds and may have a limit. When paying by credit card a fee of 5-10% may be added to the final amount. It may be better to bring cash in USD and change it into soles. Many businesses such as travel agencies, restaurants, hotels etc. bill and/or accept payments in USD. You will need soles to purchase goods from local markets and shops.

If you are visiting the jungle, Aguas Calientes or Hidroelectrica (Salkantay Hike & Inca Jungle) it is highly recommended.

Altitude sickness can affect anyone of any age. It is not essential to take anti-sickness pills but if you are planning to do a hike without time to acclimatise of 3 days then we recommend that you do take them.

From April-November the climate is hot during the day and cold at night.
From December-March it is the rainy season and usually can have heavy showers during the day and night.
For more information about the weather visit: https://www.weather-atlas.com/en/peru/cusco-climate#climate_text_1

We recommend hiking books or shoes (i.e. Salomon) with a good grip, especially from December-March during rainy season.

There are 4 types of tourist tickets that allow you to visit the archealogica parks and museums located in Cusco and surrounding areas.



University students and under 18s pay PEN S/. 70 for the General Ticket
 
  • University students: they must purchase the ticket with their physical ISIC card. They must also be under 25 years old at the time of their visit in Cusco. It is also mandatory to show a copy of the student’s identity document (or passport). The discount applies to the ‘General Ticket’ (reduction of approximately 45% of the real value of the ticket).
  • Under 18 years old: to access this discount, tourists must be between 10 and 17 years old (it does not apply to people 18 years or older). They should only make the purchase with their valid identity document (or passport). The discount also applies to the ‘General Ticket’ (reduction of approximately 45% of the real value of the ticket).