Because of this trip’s backcountry nature and challenges, returning students must be invited to join Peru, and preference is given to those who have successfully completed Alaska Expedition. Any new student applying to Peru must have previous backcountry experience (i.e. multi-day backpacking experience); please call us at 828-698-0399 to inquire about a director interview. Students need a valid passport whose expiration date is valid for six months past the start of their travel to Adventure Treks. For non-US citizens, please confirm your country’s requirements for traveling to Peru.
Included in tuition:
- All meals
- Tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, backpack, and all group gear
- Guided activities
- In-country flights to and from Cusco and Lima
Not included in tuition:
- Airfare to and from Lima, Peru (LIM)
- Program, travel, and medical insurance
- Personal clothing and items
Sleeping arrangements will be comprised of “frontcountry” campsites, where we’ll generally have a more developed campsite with running water, toilets, and sometimes cell phone service. Some of our nights will be spent “backcountry” camping, referring to wilderness locations where we are most likely out of cell phone service and away from our vehicles, electricity, and other amenities. Some of our nights (mostly in the city) will be spent at hostels or lodges.
Fitness and physical challenge are subjective, so Adventure Treks does not “rate” its trips based on challenge. However, as noted above, Peru is one of our most challenging trips—we will have lengthy, strenuous hiking trips at high elevations. Because we’ll be highly engaged in backcountry activities throughout trip, our students have the responsibility to be physically fit.
We cannot stress enough how important it is to come prepared so that you and your fellow students can succeed. One student not coming prepared with physical fitness can severely impact the entire group. In the months leading up to their trip, students should develop a routine that emphasizes stamina and sustaining a moderate to high level of exertion for many hours, several days in a row. Running, swimming, bicycling, aerobics classes, and team sports are all beneficial and will help improve cardiovascular fitness in preparation for a student’s trip.