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Terre Haute, Indiana
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visit to peru

My husband and I are planning a trip to peru in June of 2007. We would like to visit Cusco, Machu Picchu, Nasca Lines and the Amazon. Neither of us speak spanish and were told not to attempt to travel without and escort.

Can anyone suggest a good tour company to travel with that is smaller groups?

Any help or suggestions would be appreciated

Fox Island...
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My daughter and I (her 51 year old mother) went to Peru last May and visited Cusco, spent 6 days in the Amazon, and hiked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. We went on our own and just hired tours for the Amazon and the Inca Trail. We don't speak Spanish and we did just fine. We used SAS for our tours. You will have a great time on your own, most arrangements can be made after you arrive in Cusco. Only Machu Picchu needs to be arranged early. If you want to do the trek you should book now. If you want the train you can probably wait a little longer. You will love Peru, I can't wait to go back and see more!

Port Moody, Canada
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You do not need to speak Spanish to have a great time in Peru. You also do nlot need an escort the entire time. 4 of us went in November..hotels such as KR ( see reviews this forum) were most helpful in arranging local guides and all hotels had someone who spoke some english. Peru is amazing and the people are wonderful. If you don't like travelling in tour groups DON'T..just make arrangements ahead with reputable agency for Inka trail part if you are doing trail, deal with good hotels ( doesn't mean expensive!) and enjoy.

Halifax, Canada
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A lot of people get by just fine traveling on their own with little to no spanish skills.

However, if you are looking to do a tour...most companies that offer smaller tour groups are "adventure/budget" tours. I did one through GAP Adventures and had a good experience. We had the maximum group size, which was 12. Other companies you might want to look into for comparison, Imaginative Traveller, Geckos Adventures, Peregrine Adventures (more expensive, but higher class), Kumuka, Tucan, Explore!, Exodus.

glasgow
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Hi, I am also travelling to south america in June and doing the Inca trail in July. Can anyone give any advice on the type of footwear and clothing I will need? I am then leaving to go round the world - is there a safe place to leave my rucksack when doing the inca trail?

Thanks

Fox Island...
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futuretraveller - You have quite an adventure ahead of you! You will need hiking boots that go above the ankle for support on the rocky trail. Many parts have loose rocks and there are thousands (no exaggeration) of steps. I used trekking poles which helped take strain off my knees on the downhill parts. It will be hot in the day and very cold at night so layer and wear a hat for sun. Gloves and a warm hat for night were important. The hotel you stay at in Cusco will store your rucksack while you are gone or you can store it with the company you are using for the trail. I would put a luggage lock on it and a big name tag.

Halifax, Canada
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"Hi, I am also travelling to south america in June and doing the Inca trail in July. Can anyone give any advice on the type of footwear and clothing I will need? I am then leaving to go round the world - is there a safe place to leave my rucksack when doing the inca trail?"

RE: Inca Trail in July...

First, if you haven't already, think about booking the trail soon. Many people who delay end up disappointed when there are no openings left.

Many people will tell you that trainers are fine. I had hiking boots and was very happy to have the additional support...very easy to roll over on an ankle along the trail. Good grip is also important. The trail is mostly well worn rock steps that get really slick when wet.

As for everything else, the lighter the better. If you hire a porter to carry your main bag, there will be a weight limit. I'd suggest a t-shirt for each day. You'll be warm while you're moving, and it'll be smelly by the end of the day. A pair of zip off pants. I only had them zipped off the first day, after that it was cool enough with the altitude that I didn't need shorts. Pair of long johns for PJ's and to wear around camp after the day's hike. A sweater, good socks to avoid blisters, winter hat, maybe gloves. In your day pack you'll need a fleece (you'll likely stop along the way for lunch and be cold so you'll need it while hiking) and just pick up a cheap poncho at the start of the trail for wet weather. It'll cover you and your day pack. The cheap ones are 3 soles, the more pricey ones are 10 soles (which is still really cheap). You might want to bring a small quick-dry towel, most companies camp at a place with a shower on night 3.

Someone above mentioned a walking stick. You can rent a really cheap one at the start of the trail, but if you think you'll really need to rely on it, I'd get a proper one (I rented a good one in Cusco). The cheap ones are just a bamboo pole with a weaving for a hand grip. If you actually needed to use it regularly, I imagine there would be a blister problem. If you do bring/rent a proper walking stick it needs to have a rubber tip on the end.

I'd suggest just renting a sleeping bag for the 3 nights unless you think you'll need it somewhere else along the trip.

If your Inca Trail company doesn't provide bag storage while you're on the trail, your hotel will. It's a common need in Cusco.

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For more info on Peru and the Inca Trail, pls go to the Peru inside pages on this forum.

glasgow
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thank you so much for your replys! they have been very helpful!!

thanks again

Terre Haute, Indiana
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Thank you for all your great suggestions. We may try to go it on our own. It is a relief to know we can get by without speaking Spanish.

Thanks for all the hints.

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