Peru F.A.Q's

I want to try an active tour but I am worried...

 

Don’t be! There is no time like the present to give it a go. We will provide you with all the information pre-trip to help you prepare for what to expect, and even once you come along there are always plenty of options to suit different abilities.

To really ease your mind, all our cycle tours are fully supported with vans, so you can get off whenever you have had enough.

So what are you waiting for, we promise you that once you try one active holiday, you’ll never look back.

 

I’ve never been to altitude, what can I expect?

 

It is difficult to predict as everyone adjusts differently to altitude and until you go, there is no way to tell how your body may adjust. There is no evidence to suggest any group of people adjust better than others, it is truly luck of the draw.

We recommend you talk to your doctor if it will be your first time at altitude, especially if you have any pre existing medical conditions. There are also medications you can take that may help with adjustment, again this is an individual choice and needs to be discussed with your doctor.

All our trips aim to give you the best possible chance to adjust naturally to the altitude and we are happy to help you with pre-trip arrangements if you want to give yourself some extra time to adjust.

All our cycling trips have options to evacuate in the event of problems and all our tour leaders are fully trained in first aid and have experience with recognizing the symptoms of altitude sickness early. All tours will be carrying comprehensive first aid kits and oxygen.

 

What type of accommodation can I expect on tour?

 

We try wherever possible to use small locally owned and operated hotels, motels and home-stays. Our hotels are three star rated in the cities. In some of the smaller centres we have a more limited choice and we sometimes use home-stays to give our groups the chance to meet and interact with local families. In this situation you can expect clean and tidy rooms and bathrooms; however we cannot always guarantee private bathroom facilities.

 

How safe is it in Peru?

 

Peru and South America are at present the safest they have even been for travelers. Politically Peru has been reasonably stable for a number of years, and apart from the odd strike there are very little problems.

Violent crime is low, and although the rates of petty crime such as pick-pocketing remain high, with a few precautions, it is as safe as many other large countries to travel in.

Your local guides know the places to go and can give you plenty of advice on how to keep yourself safe, if you listen to their advice and use common sense it is unlikely you will have problems.

 

I want to bring my own bike on the cycle tour is that possible?

 

Certainly! First you need to check with your airline carrier to see how it fits into your baggage allowance, and make sure it is covered in your insurance policy.

Before bringing your bike you need to consider a few factors; for instance

Will this affect my plans after my trip?

Is my bike in safe and working order to complete the trip?

It is very hard to find bike shops so you need to carry all spare parts you may need with you, we have spares for our bikes but they may not fit your bike.

When you arrive in Lima, the Aduanas (Customs police) will require a receipt of purchase or valuation of your bike. A 14% deposit of the total cost of the bike may be required to enter the country with it. This will be returned when you leave the country with your bike. Make sure you keep all receipts relating to this deposit in a safe place or you may have trouble getting this money back.

Bikes with hydraulic disc brakes or shocks are not recommended as the changes in altitude can create bubbles in the hydraulic fluid and can cause serious safety problems.

If you weigh up all the pros and cons and decide against taking your own bike, bringing along a few parts can make a big difference in comfort for you on a hired bike. Consider bringing the following items: Your personal helmet, shoes, pedals and seat.

 

If I choose to hire, what sort of bike can I expect?

 

Here in Peru we use mountain bikes on all our tours, as travel is on both sealed and unsealed roads and often on sealed roads the condition of the seal is not as good as you might find at home. Mountain bikes offer the extra comfort of shocks and have nice low gearing to make your job easier on any climbing we do.

Our bikes have 24 speed gearing (3 cogs on front and 8 on back) and have mechanical discs brakes.

Below is a link to show you the specifications of the bikes we typically use. Please be aware that from time to time we may use different bikes to those shown due to availability, but of the same quality as the specs shown.