High Altitude & General Health
The majority of all tourists visit the Cusco region in the Andes Mountains which includes Machu Picchu. The high altitude reaches above 12,000 feet above sea level (2,430 meters), and it is recommended that visitors acclimatize by spending the first day of arrival by exerting very little energy. Failure to do so could result in extreme fatigue & dizziness. Visitors with advanced arthritis, cardiovascular conditions, or respiratory conditions may not be able to fully conduct all daily activities. Travelers should consult their doctor(s) about traveling to altitudes at 12,000 feet for walking & hiking activities.
Peru is a developing country neither at war with any countries nor experiencing any civil war. Visitors should be mindful of their personal safety as in any country by avoiding the use or display of valuable jewelry that could attract too much undesirable attention. Crimes against foreigners often occur during instances of transportation, such as fake taxis, and pickpocketing in cities. It is advised that visitors keep close attention to their valuables.
Best time to visit Peru (Weather)
Peru tours vary between cities, as does each region's climate. Peru has jungles, deserts, tropics, and snowy mountains. The best time to visit the top tourism locations of Machu Picchu or the Amazon Rainforest is anytime that is not February to April, which is height of El Nino with extreme rains limiting transportation. Solstice Tours does not offer services during these months as Machu Picchu often closes due to weather. Hotels & Machu Picchu train tickets we shall purchase 3-4 months in advance of arrival as the Peruvian government restricts ticket entrance to Machu Picchu.
Two services are provided, Public & Private. Private is recommended so each traveler receives individual attention and the tour is conducted at the traveler's pace. Public tours range from 12-16 travelers of different physical capabilities and tours will be modified where not all locations & activities may be accomplished as per itinerary. Private option is the best by delivering individual service.
There are three main languages in Peru, in order of speakers, they are Spanish, Quechua (Inca language), Aymara (pre-Inca language). Tours are conducted in English, Spanish, French, German, Japanese, and Portuguese.
Peru has been represented & granted several winning culinary awards. Peruvian cuisine reflects the people, influenced from South American, Asian, and African fusions. Typical poultry, seafood, vegetables experienced in western countries are found on most menus.
As Peru tourism increases as do the hotels & services. Since quality & service vary among hotels, all hotel partners are audited regularly for cleanliness, safety, service, and fair practice with their employees.
Hotel Pick Up
Travelers are picked up at airports & transferred to their hotels accordingly. Flights are constantly watched for delays or early arrivals so that staff arrive on-time to pick up travelers.
Peru is a developing nation and is still improving infrastructure. Logistics is a topic of everyday life in Peru, and should not be expected to be convenient & comfortable as in Europe or North America. All land transport is managed & conducted for travelers to ensure a more enjoyable & reliable experience. Tour vans & Mercedes Sprinter buses are used for tours & transfers.
Payment & Guarantee
It is recommended that reservations are made 3-4 months in advance of arrival date to ensure entry to Machu Picchu, which is limited by government regulation. All payment must be paid in full at time of reservation, and only 50% is refundable if requested 150 days before arrival date.
Sustainability & Fair Trade
Employees and partners receive a fair compensation, which is not a common practice in Peru where travelers are over-charged and employees are still unfairly compensated.