Explore the Highest Tropical Mountain Range in the World

Trekking the Cordillera Blanca

Peru

15 Days

From $4,995

Overview

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    Overview

    With fluted ice peaks and serene turquoise lakes, Peru's Cordillera Blanca has long been a world-class destination for trekking. More than 70 summits here top 18,000 feet, including Huascarán (22,204'), Peru's highest peak, and Alpamayo (19,506'), an extraordinary pyramid with one of the most beautiful ice faces in the Andes. We'll have an Exploration Day from our camp at emerald-green Laguna Jancarurish (14,380'), below Alpamayo Base Camp, with optional hikes to stunning overviews of the whole region. Our 10-day trek is a dramatic one—and a challenge due to the altitude—but well rewarded with exhilarating days on the trail and spectacular lakeside campsites.

    Arrive: Lima, Peru

    Depart: Lima, Peru

    Highlights

    • Experience our perfectly designed trek in the world's highest tropical mountain range
    • Acclimatize with a hike to the pre-Inca archaeological site of Wilkahuaín
    • Enjoy spectacular campsites at turquoise lakes, incredible views of glacier-clad peaks
    • Hike across a total of seven stunning mountain passes over 15,000 feet!
    • Take optional day hikes from our camp beneath the stunning pyramid of Alpamayo

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      Itinerary

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      From Lima, we head north along the Pan American Highway to the mountain town of Huaráz (10,200'), the trekking hub of the Cordillera Blanca. We acclimatize to the altitude with day hikes, including a fascinating one to the archaeological site of Wilkahuain, with its burial chambers dating from the time of the pre-Inca Wari people. Another hike brings us up to deep blue Lake Churup, set at 14,700 feet at the base of the Churup Glacier.

      Heading out to the farming community of Hualcayán, we join our trekking crew and pack animals. On trek, our camps are at 13,000 feet or higher, usually with views of beautiful glacial lakes, and we cross a total of seven passes over 15,000 feet! On our first two passes, we'll have sensational views of the main summits of Nevado Santa Cruz, with a hike to Cullicocha (15,184') for views of Santa Cruz Glacier. Descending into the wide, green Quebrada de los Cedros, we'll see Inca terraces on the far side of the valley.
      We savor our first panoramas of the perfect pyramid of Alpamayo, with an Exploration Day to visit the base camp below emerald-green Laguna Jancarurish (14,380'). Crossing two passes brings us breathtaking views of the jagged summits of Pucajirca as we make our way to the village of Huillca.
      There are stunning glacier views en route as we ascend Pucajirca Pass, with a descent into a valley dotted with waterfalls and lakes. Our last two passes are Tupatupa Pass, with panoramas down the eastern cordillera, and Pucaraju Pass, where the knife-edged peak of Taulliraju towers above. Return to Lima and depart on Day 15 (or Day 16 if your flight departs the following day).

      Dates & Pricing

      Pricing below is per person and based on double occupancy. The earlier you book, the more choice you’ll have. WT also has the most generous cancellation and transfer policies in the industry, we make it easy if you change your mind. Have a small group of your own? Take over an existing date or choose your own. You’ll have your own private guide–and the adventure–all to yourselves!

      Payment & Cancel Schedule

      At time of reservation: $600
      90 days prior to departure: Balance

      Cancellation & Transfer Schedule

      Up to 91 days prior to departure: No Charge!
      61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
      46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
      45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

      Included
      • Expert leadership of a Wilderness Travel Trip Leader and local guides
      • Accommodations in hotels and full-service camping
      • All meals included except 1 dinner as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      • Services of camp staff and all group camping and cooking equipment
      • All ground transportation and baggage handling from meeting until departure
      • All activities as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      Not Included
      • Travel to and from the arrival and departure location as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      • Additional hotel nights outside the trip's scheduled dates
      • Optional gratuities to Trip Leaders or staff
      • Optional travel insurance
      • Other expenses of a personal nature (some alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.)

      Accommodations

      Scroll through our signature accommodations for this trip below. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

      Wyndham Costa Del Sol Lima Airport Hotel

      Lima, Peru

      Day 1 (1 night)

      Very conveniently located at the Lima international airport, this hotel is just a two-minute walk across the street from the terminal, and you can wheel your bags (no need to take a taxi). Rooms are well appointed and comfortable.

      Hotel Club Andino

      Huaraz, Peru

      Days 2-4 (3 nights)

      A 10-minute uphill walk from the main plaza, the Swiss-owned Hotel Club Andino is the best available in the remote mountain town of Huaraz. It offers clean and comfortable rooms, plenty of hot water for showers, and stunning views of the Cordillera Blanca. The restaurant offers Swiss specialties and the...

      Hotel Club Andino

      Huaraz, Peru

      Day 14 (1 night)

      A 10-minute uphill walk from the main plaza, the Swiss-owned Hotel Club Andino is the best available in the remote mountain town of Huaraz. It offers clean and comfortable rooms, plenty of hot water for showers, and stunning views of the Cordillera Blanca. The restaurant offers Swiss specialties and the...

      Wyndham Costa Del Sol Lima Airport Hotel

      Lima, Peru

      Day 15 (1 night)

      Very conveniently located at the Lima international airport, this hotel is just a two-minute walk across the street from the terminal, and you can wheel your bags (no need to take a taxi). Rooms are well appointed and comfortable.

      Trip Leaders

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      What the Trip is Like

      This trip is rated Level 6, Very Strenuous, according to our trip grading system. It is expected that each participant be in excellent health and physical condition.

      Average Hiking Day
      • 6-8 hours
      • 2,000-2,500 feet gain/loss
      • Altitudes range from 10,000 to 15,000 feet
      Challenge Days
      • Day 6: approximately 9 hours, 2,500 feet gain/2,480 feet loss
      • Day 9: approximately 8 hours, 2,270 feet gain/1,510 feet loss
      How Tough is This Trip?
      • You need to be able to hike on uneven surfaces on mountain trails at high elevations. You must feel comfortable and confident on your feet for up to 8 hours a day, with recent experience hiking at least 8 miles in a day (preferably at high altitude).

      Review Trip Level Details
      Trails can be rough, not the well-maintained switchbacks you may be accustomed to in the United States. Hiking distances on trek are normally measured in hours, not miles, since many maps aren't really accurate enough to assess how far we walk up and down winding mountain trails. An average day's walk is seven or eight hours. With rest stops and photo stops, few people walk faster than one mile an hour in a mountainous region. Some hiking days are shorter than others, and some days are more difficult than others due to altitude gain and loss. The optional climb of Nevado Pisco is non-technical but requires basic knowledge of the use of ice axe and crampons (we'll have some training on one of our acclimatization hikes) and a lot of stamina.
      Being so close to the equator, Peru has only two seasons: a dry season from April to October, and a wet season from December to March. Altitude is the main factor controlling the climate. In the mountains, you'll encounter sunny days with daytime temperatures ranging between 65°F and 70°F, dropping to the 40s and lower at night. The sun is very strong at high altitude and it can often be warm enough to hike in shorts and a t-shirt. However, it can also get extremely cold; if you're familiar with mountain weather, you know how suddenly it can get cold even in the daytime if the sun slips behind a cloud. Nighttime is always cold and temperatures can drop to below freezing. Be prepared with warm layers for cold nights. Rain should not be a problem on our trek, but always keep in mind that mountain weather is unpredictable and sudden storms can occur, especially on high mountain passes. The best preparation for the changeable climate of the high Andes is to dress in layers. Lima lies in a coastal desert where rainfall is rare and temperatures are usually warm (70s and 80s).
      Accommodations on the trail are in sturdy mountain-style tents. Camp amenities include a dining tent with a table and chairs (with backs), meals prepared by our trained staff, and a toilet tent. Our camp crew takes care of all camp chores, including bringing a basin of warm washing water, and tea or coffee to your tent each morning. Most members bring their own sleeping bag, but we can arrange for you to rent one if you prefer.
      On trekking days, breakfast is normally a light meal of pancakes, oatmeal, eggs, or something similar, along with tea, coffee, and hot chocolate. Lunch is served picnic-style in a scenic spot along the trail, perhaps chicken salad, potato salad, guacamole salad, or macaroni salad, along with fruit, cheese, bread, and chocolate bars for extra energy. At camp, we have late afternoon tea (or coffee or cocoa) and snacks such as popcorn, cookies, or crackers, which hit the spot after a long day on the trail. Dinner, served to us in a dining tent with a table and chairs, is delicious hot soup followed by a substantial main course and a dessert. Please let us know of any dietary needs and we will accommodate as best as possible.

      On a typical trekking day, wake-up is around 7:00 am, when a cup of hot tea or coffee and a basin of warm washing water are brought to your tent by one of the camp crew. After packing up our duffels and having breakfast, we set off on the trail while the crew strikes camp and the porters shoulder their loads. The crew passes us by midmorning to get ahead and prepare our lunch. We typically walk for three or four hours in the morning, then stop for a leisurely lunch of an hour or more at a scenic spot on the trail. After lunch, we walk for another three hours or so until we reach our next night's camp. The porters and crew pass us in mid-afternoon and usually have camp set up by the time we arrive. At camp, we have late afternoon tea (or coffee or cocoa) and snacks. Before dinner in the dining tent, there's free time to read or relax. Temperatures drop quickly as the sun drops behind the peaks, and it can get very cold at night, so have a few extra layers of clothing ready. It gets dark fairly early (around 6:30 pm). After dinner, we can chat away the evening in the dining tent or read by flashlight until bedtime.

      For the most part, you can hike at your own speed. There is always a guide in the lead, usually the Trip Leader or the camp manager, who supervises the crew, and a "sweeper" who trails behind the slowest hiker to ensure that no one becomes lost on the trail. Most groups tend to spread out over the trail, taking photos, stopping to rest, and enjoying the scenery. We ask you not to hike ahead of the leader because trails are often not well-marked. If you feel breathless during a long ascent or wobbly during a long descent, by all means stop until you feel restored.

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      Client Testimonials

      "This was an amazingly beautiful trip."

      Deborah S.

      Buffalo, NY

      "This was a beautiful trip, with outstanding hiking, magnificent vistas, and wonderful interactions with local people."

      Frank J.

      Fremont, CA

      "An amazing trip! I felt the true vastness of the Cordillera Blanca through the well planned itinerary and the thoughtful and professional leadership."

      Galia S.

      Hong Kong

      "We can depend on Wilderness Travel to offer exceptional trips and great attention to detail, and the quality of the Trip Leaders is unsurpassed."

      Jocelyn S.

      Arvada, CO

      "This was one of the best organized treks I have been on. Outstanding crew and leader."

      Marc R.

      Belmont, MA

      "An absolutely fantastic trip. We loved the scenery and had a really great time."

      Matthew E.

      Chapel Hill, NC

      "One of the best treks I have ever been on."

      Rich G.

      Wyndmoor, PA

      "I think this was one of the best hiking trips I have ever taken. I loved the guides, staff, itinerary, food, and the MOUNTAINS! The scenery and weather were spectacular. This was my first trip with Wilderness Travel and I think every aspect of it was well designed and planned out, in every detail."

      Scott R.

      Woodstock, VT

      "A magical tour of some of the most beautiful mountains in the world. Flawless planning and support by Wilderness Travel. Excellent trip leaders!"

      Thomas C.

      Isle Of Palms, SC

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      Trip Levels

      With more than 200 different adventures to choose from, we want to help you find the trip that’s right for you. Our Trip Level system ranks each trip in two ways: a number rating from 1 to 6 according to the activity, and general travel rigors. 1 is the easiest and 6+ the most difficult—see descriptions below for explanations of each number. A plus (+) sign means the trip is a bit more strenuous than other trips of that level. The detailed explanation of each trip—below the bar with the number rating—is perhaps more important, specifying activities, altitudes, hiking, and travel conditions. The Detailed Itinerary, available by download or mail, gives further information. Our Area Managers can also answer questions and guide you to the trip that best suits your interests.

      Level 1 – Easiest

      Non-camping journeys, optional walks, little elevation gain or loss.

      Level 2 – Easy to Moderate

      Hotel nights and/or safari-style camping, hikes of two to four hours on some days. Other physical activities are sometimes included, such as optional sea kayaking.

       

      Level 3 – Moderate

      Half- to full-day hikes (3-6 hours) over rolling countryside on most days, occasional steep trails. Many of our hotel-based walking tours are in this category, as are our snorkeling adventures.

      Level 4 – Moderate to Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (4-6 hours), mountainous terrain, significant elevation gains and losses (hiking up or down as much as 3,000 feet) on many days. Altitudes no greater than about 10,000 feet.

       

      Level 5 – Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (4-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Trips with hiking at average altitudes of 10,000 to 12,000 feet are in this category.

      Level 6 – Very Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (5-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Most hikes take place at altitudes above 10,000 feet, with some days ascending as high as 18,000 feet.

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Ryan has extensive training in outdoor leadership education, high altitude medicine, Leave No Trace ethics, and mountaineering. He&apos;s grateful to have worked with and been inspired by incredibly diverse groups, including leading blind students up high peaks in the Andes and helping injured veterans navigate rugged expeditions. He lives in Colorado with his wife and loves writing, gardening, and wandering down backroads and overlooked places with camera in hand. "},{"GuideID":850525,"First_Name":"Holly","Last_Name":"Wissler","BioShort":"Holly Wissler, a musician and ethnomusicologist, is passionate about Andean culture. A key Trip Leader for WT since 1982, she has been called &ldquo;chaka warmi&rdquo; (bridge woman) because of her ability to facilitate meaningful (and fun!) exchanges between travelers and locals. Holly produced a documentary, &ldquo;Qoyllur Rit&apos;i: A Woman&apos;s Journey,&rdquo; about Peru&apos;s Andean pilgrimage festival, and&nbsp;&ldquo;From Grief and Joy We Sing,&rdquo;&nbsp;illuminating the musical traditions of the remote Quechua community of Q&apos;eros, Peru. She&nbsp;speaks Spanish, Quechua, and ASL.&nbsp; &ldquo;People have said that I bring passion and love to my trips and that I laugh a lot&mdash;which I do!&rdquo;","BioLong":"Holly Wissler, a musician and ethnomusicologist, is one of our most experienced and gifted Trip Leaders, drawing upon her many years of trekking and living in Peru and Nepal. Holly is deeply passionate about Andean culture and music, the topic of her PhD in ethnomusicology and the focus of two documentaries she has produced, &ldquo;Qoyllur Rit&apos;i: A Woman&apos;s Journey,&rdquo; on Peru&apos;s largest Andean pilgrimage festival, and &ldquo;From Grief and Joy We Sing,&rdquo; illuminating the musical traditions of the remote Quechua community of Q&apos;eros, Peru. A key leader for our Peru team since 1982, Holly feels at home with the people of the Andes, especially since she adopted her godson, Dante, from the Q&apos;eros community. She is often called &ldquo;chaka warmi&rdquo; (bridge woman) because of her extraordinary ability to facilitate meaningful (and fun!) exchanges between travelers and locals.&nbsp;&ldquo;People have said that I bring passion and love to my trips and that I laugh a lot&mdash;which I do!&rdquo; During the academic year, Holly is professor of World Music Cultures and Music History at Texas State University. 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Also, certain countries might require a booster dose of the vaccine; visit <a href=\"https:\/\/wwwnc.cdc.gov\/travel\/\">cdc.gov\/travel<\/a> for information on specific country requirements. Have proof of the shot recorded in your International Health Card and carry the card with your passport. Health officials at borders often (but not always) request proof of the shot. <br><br>Please note: According to the CDC, people 60 years or older may be at increased risk for serious adverse events following vaccination, compared with younger persons. This is particularly true if they are receiving their first yellow fever vaccination. If you are over 60, please discuss this with your physician. <br><br>If you are advised to decline the vaccine, please get a written waiver from your physician or travel clinic in case you might need it during the visa application process. <br><br><br><strong>Polio: <\/strong>People who have received the primary series of at least three doses of polio vaccine are considered fully immunized. People who are unsure of their status should receive the vaccine (three doses spaced at intervals). <br><br><br><strong>Hepatitis: <\/strong>The vaccines HAVRIX and VAQTA (two injections, six to 18 months apart) give long-term protection against Hepatitis A and are worthwhile if you travel regularly to developing countries. <br><br><br><strong>Tetanus Booster: <\/strong>It is very easy to get a small cut. A booster is strongly recommended (effective for 10 years). <br><br><br><strong>Typhoid: <\/strong>The CDC recommends the shot or the oral vaccine, Vivotif Berna, a course of four capsules, one every other day for a week, with full effectiveness reached in a week. You may not be able to take the oral vaccine simultaneously with mefloquine (for malaria prevention).","Custom_International_Health":"","Custom_Malaria_Prevention":"","Custom_Staying_Healthy":"<div>Don't brush your teeth with tap water; use bottled water, and don't use ice in your drinks unless you are sure it was made with treated water. When in doubt, ask your Trip Leader for guidelines. All water on trek will be boiled and safe to drink.<\/div>","Custom_Getting_In_Shape":"For maximum enjoyment of the trip, you must be in good shape and ready to hike at high altitudes. We strongly urge you to train for the trip with regular hiking, especially over hills and uneven terrain. Running, swimming, bicycling, and stair-climbing are all great options as well. As you progress, practice these hikes with your loaded daypack (full water bottle, camera gear, jacket). The object is to improve your overall level of fitness and aerobic capacity and get your legs and lungs in shape for the Andes. As the time for departure approaches, try to climb a high peak near you or go on strenuous weekend hikes that involve 6-7 hours of uphill and downhill walking. Your feet should be fully prepared and accustomed to long days in sturdy, well broken-in hiking boots.<br><br>","Custom_Medical_Care":"","Custom_Altitude_Considerations":"Individuals vary widely in their ability to acclimatize. Since physical fitness does not confer any protection or facilitate acclimatization, it is impossible to predict how you will adapt to the altitude. The greatest protection is avoiding rapid ascents and allowing time for acclimatization. Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) is not uncommon at the altitudes reached in the high Andes. Early symptoms of AMS include headache, nausea, loss of appetite, sleeplessness, vomiting, dry cough, irregular breathing, shortness of breath, fatigue, and swelling of the ankles and eyelids.<br><br>It is not uncommon to experience some of these symptoms when you first arrive at high altitude and then have them decrease in severity within a few days. It is important that you inform your Trip Leader immediately of any symptoms or discomfort, however minor, so that he or she can help you monitor the situation. While acclimatizing, avoid pushing yourself too hard, however physically fit you may be or feel. Pace yourself comfortably, rest often. You may find that you hike more slowly than others in the group, or more slowly than you are used to.<br><br>Proper hydration is essential at high altitude. You need to drink much more fluid than you are used to. Try to drink even if you're not feeling thirsty. Avoid caffeine, which is a diuretic, and avoid alcohol, which is dehydrating. Cut down on salt. Your appetite will probably decrease, but it is still important to eat well (especially carbohydrates), even if you're not feeling well. Sleeping pills and narcotic painkillers (such as codeine) should not be used at altitude because they depress respiration.<br><br>Severe progressions of AMS are high-altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE) and high-altitude cerebral edema (HACE). Symptoms of HAPE include breathlessness that continues at rest, severe cough with watery or bloody sputum, and noisy, bubbling breath. Symptoms of HACE include extreme weariness, vomiting, severe headache, staggering walk, and changes in behavior. If any such symptoms develop, you must notify the Trip Leader immediately and descend to a lower altitude at once.<br><strong><br>Diamox (Acetazolamide)<\/strong><br>The prescription drug Diamox is now accepted as an effective prophylactic against the early symptoms of altitude sickness. Most people start taking it a day before going to altitude and continue until they feel they are comfortably acclimatized, although some decide to continue its use throughout their time at altitude. Consult with your physician for directions concerning proper usage and dosage. You can also read more about it at <a href=\"https:\/\/www.himalayanrescue.org\/health-problems\">himalayanrescue.org\/health-problems<\/a>. <br><br>Please note: it is not effective in dealing with more serious symptoms of altitude sickness and it is important you keep your Trip Leader informed of any symptoms you are feeling.","Custom_Covid-19":"","Custom_Reading_List":"Elevate your travel experience by delving into this curated collection of books tailored to your upcoming adventure. They will not only entertain but also provide invaluable insights into the history, culture, cuisine, wildlife, mountain trails, or even folklore of the places you're about to explore. Discover the perfect companions for your journey ahead by <a href=\"https:\/\/bookshop.org\/lists\/wilderness-travel-trekking-the-cordillera-blanca\">following the link<\/a> or scanning the QR code.","Custom_Photography":"","Custom_Cultural_Considerations":"","Custom_Giving_Back":"","Custom_Enviromental_Concerns":"We have instituted policies to reduce the impact our trekking groups have on the areas we visit:<br><br><strong>Bathing and Washing<\/strong><br>Please use biodegradable shampoo and soap. If for some reason this is not possible, rinse off your soap well away from streams and other water sources. You can use basins provided by our staff.<br><strong><br>Toilet Facilities<\/strong><br>There is a toilet tent for use at camp. On the trail, you will locate quiet spots for toilet purposes. Try to be at least 100 feet from any water source and bury or cover waste.<br><br><strong>Garbage<\/strong><br>Please carry a small plastic bag in your daypack to store your garbage throughout the day. Bring all tissues, wrappers, and other garbage with you to camp where the staff can bury or burn them. We ask that you carry your own nonburnable garbage, especially used batteries and plastic products, back home for proper disposal since there are limited facilities in Peru.","Custom_Shopping_and_Souvenirs":"","Custom_Seasickness":"","Custom_Explore":"Lima is the capital of Peru and is renowned as one of the great gastronomic capitals of the world. It also offers exceptional museums, a wide spectrum of arts and crafts from all parts of the country, and excellent choices for enjoying Peruvian cuisine. Here are tips for how to maximize free time in Lima. <br><br>RESTAURANTS <br><br>Rosa Nautica<br>This legendary restaurant has a great location on a pier overlooking the sea.<br>Espigon, 4 Circuit de Playas, Miraflores<br>Tel: 4450149, 4470057, 4475450 <br><br>Astrid y Gast&oacute;n<br>175 Calle Cantuarias Lima<br>Tel: 2425387 <br><br>Huaca Pucllana<br>8 General Borgono Cuadra, Lima<br>Tel: 4454042 <br><br>Pescados Capitales<br>Avda. La Mar 1337, Lima<br>Tel: 2225731 <br><br>Brujas de Cachiche<br>Av. Bolognesi 460, Miraflores<br>Tel: 4471883, 4460346 <br><br>There are many cafes for sandwiches, coffees, and desserts. They include (for sidewalk-caf&eacute; sitting and people watching) La Tiendecita Blanca and the Haiti on the Ovalo of Miraflores, where Avenidas Pardo, Larco, and the Diagonal meet. There is also Vivaldi on R. Palma 258 near the Ovalo, and a grouping of new restaurants across the street from it. <br><br>Your hotel reception desk or taxi drivers can help you with the location of any of these restaurants, or if you prefer, have the reception desk call one of Lima's radio taxis for you. <br><br>MUSEUMS<br><div><br>There are many to choose from, but five of the finest in Lima are: <br><br>The Larco Herrera Archeological Museum<br>There are said to be more than 55,000 ceramics in this private collection, including exceptional Moche face-portrait ceramics, along with mummies, fine gold textiles, and Moche erotic pots. The museum also has an excellent restaurant. Open 9am to 6pm daily except Mondays. Located on Ave. Bolivar 1515, in Pueblo Libre. <br><br>The Gold Museum<br>This collection of the Mujica Gallo family includes the Sipan gold pieces and an extensive Chimu gold collection, plus rare textiles, ceramics, and costume pieces. Open 12 noon to 7pm daily; $4.50 entry. No cameras are allowed. Nearby are excellent stores, including Vasco and H. Stern, offering fine jewelry. Located in Monterrico. <br><br>The National Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology<br>Located on Plaza Bolivar in Pueblo Libre, this museum has a good chronological display, from pre-Inca cultures to models of Machu Picchu and other Inca sites. Open 10am to 6pm, Tuesday through Sunday. <br><br>Amano Museum<br>Located on Calle Retiro 160 in Miraflores, the Amano has a particularly fine collection of ceramics and Chancay textiles with an excellent presentation. No charge, but you must call for a tour appointment ahead of time. Tel: 412909. Small groups, with tours only in Spanish. <br><br>National Museum<br>Displays of beautiful ceramics, paintings, carvings, and artifacts housed in a grand museum. Located on Av. Javier Prado Este 2466 in San Borja. Tel: 76-9882. Open Tuesdays through Fridays 9am to 6pm. <br><br>SHOPPING <br><br>In the Miraflores district, the shops in the Suche shopping area and El Alamo on the 500-600 blocks of Av. La Paz have good selections of artesania from throughout Peru, including fine alpaca sweaters, stuffed animals, and more. Antisuyo on Jr. Tacna 460-486 in Miraflores represents more than 30 jungle Indian groups and offers very high quality merchandise. Tel: 47-2557. Check the shops at The Gold Museum, they are excellent and if you want gifts or some remembrances of Peru in clothing and artesania, you'll find them there. Mercado Indio on Ave. Petite Thouars (at General Vidal) has less expensive but still attractive souvenirs from all over Peru. <br><br>TIPS FOR SAFE SHOPPING AND WALKING IN LIMA <br><br>A little precaution goes a long way. Do not carry purses, wallets, daypacks, or bags that you don't need while walking on the streets. Do not carry your passport in the streets unless you're cashing travelers checks. All hotels have safes and safety deposit boxes available for storage of valuables. When you go out, carry your money and a photocopy of your passport's first pages in a money belt or neck pouch. If you carry your camera, wear it across your chest&mdash;if it's small, carry it in an inside pocket. Do not wear much jewelry, especially expensive jewelry. If you have a fanny pack, wear it in the front, preferably with something over it. Be aware in the streets; there's no reason to be afraid, but you should always be alert. <br><br>OTHER SITES OF INTEREST <br><br>Colonial Lima<br>The restored colonial district of Lima is a gem full of wonderful architecture, including beautiful mansions and historic government buildings. It includes the Plaza de San Martin, pedestrian-zone streets bustling with people and shops, and the Plaza de Armas, the site at which Francisco Pizarro (the Conquistador who eradicated the Inca Empire) founded the city in 1535. The plaza is surrounded by colonial buildings and the Palacio del Gobierno (or Presidential Palace). If you are at the plaza at noon sharp, you can see the changing of the guards. Also on this square is Lima's main cathedral, with its beautifully carved 17th century choir stalls, silver-covered altars, and Pizarro's remains in a glass coffin. The Monastery of San Francisco, over 300 years old, has fine Sevillian tile work and paneled ceilings. <br><br><\/div>","Custom_Additional_Information":"","Custom_Essentials":"<ul><li>Air tickets (or E-tickets)<\/li><li>Passport<\/li><li>One other picture ID, such as a driver's license<\/li><li>International Health Card (&#8220;Yellow Card&#8221;) with proof of Yellow Fever inoculation within the last 10 years (strongly recommended if you are visiting the Amazon)<\/li><li>Expense money<\/li><\/ul>","Custom_Luggage":"Airline luggage service to Lima is reliable, but you should carry or wear your hiking boots on your flights to make sure they arrive with you. <br><br>You are allowed three pieces of luggage on the trip: a duffel bag, daypack, and an optional small roll-up bag that can fit inside your duffel. <br><br><ul><li>Duffel bag with small padlock (must be unlocked for travel). We recommend a minimum size of 30&#8221; x 15&#8221; and a maximum of 36&#8221; x 18.&#8221; Your duffel will be cinched very tightly for loading on the pack animals, so it is essential that you have a sturdy duffel. Note: Wheeled duffels cannot be used because they are rigid and can't be securely strapped to the pack animals.<\/li><li>Daypack, large enough for a fleece jacket, rain gear, water bottle, camera, and other items you want on the trail. It should be a shoulder pack (not a fanny pack) with a supporting waist belt. Packs with a capacity of 25-35L are recommended. 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Prepare well with layers for all conditions. <br><br><strong>Fabrics: <\/strong>An insulating base layer (top and bottom) beneath your hiking clothes will keep you warm and comfortable. Capilene, fleece, and other synthetic fabrics are excellent, as are lightweight wool insulating layers by Patagonia, Icebreakers, and SmartWool. Cotton is not a good insulator, especially as a first layer next to the skin. Once it gets wet from perspiration, it stays wet and keeps you cold. <br><br><strong>Shell Clothing: <\/strong>Shell clothing includes jackets and pants that protect from rain and wind. Gore-Tex and equivalent fabrics are waterproof and breathable. Shell clothing should be roomy enough to fit over other layers of clothing. <br><br><strong> <br><br><br>The clothing list below is provided as a guideline only. Even if you do not use each item listed, it's better to be prepared. <\/strong><br><ul><li>Gore-Tex rain\/wind shell jacket with hood. A poncho is not adequate raingear for a trek.<\/li><li>Gore-Tex rain\/wind pants (preferably with leg zippers so that they can be taken off without removing your boots)<\/li><li>Down, fiberfill, or thick fleece jacket. Temperatures can be below freezing at night.<\/li><li>Fleece sweater<\/li><li>Hiking pants. Convertible hiking pants with zip-off legs are a practical choice. Some women like wearing a mid-calf hiking skirt with thermal underwear underneath; a skirt also provides some privacy for toilet purposes on the trail. Jeans are not suitable for trekking because they are made of dense cotton and are slow to dry.<\/li><li>Lightweight cotton pants or jeans for city wear<\/li><li>Sturdy hiking shorts<\/li><li>Polypropylene, Capilene, or wool long underwear, bottoms and tops. Bring an additional set if you really feel the cold. You will appreciate it at camp and when you're sleeping.<\/li><li>Long-sleeved shirts. Fleece or quick-drying &#8220;travel&#8221; fabrics like nylon.<\/li><li>T-shirts. Synthetics are best for the trek; cotton will get soggy with perspiration.<\/li><li>Shade hat with wide brim<\/li><li>Fleece hat for warmth<\/li><li>Fleece mittens or gloves<\/li><li>Fleece neck gaiter<\/li><li>Medium to heavyweight hiking boots<\/li><li>Running shoes, Tevas, or other comfortable shoes for city wear<\/li><li>Hiking socks. Thorlo hiking socks (moisture-wicking synthetic with padded toes and heels) are excellent, as are SmartWool.<\/li><li>Casual socks for city wear<\/li><li>Underwear; synthetics dry faster<\/li><li>Sports bra for women (for trekking)<\/li><li>Bathing suit (for hotel pools)<\/li><li>Sleepwear (long underwear can double)<\/li><li>Casual city\/hotel attire<\/li><\/ul>","Custom_Hiking_Boots":"<strong>Your boots must be waterproof, warm, comfortable, and broken in, with an excellent tread!<\/strong> If you are uncertain about the tread quality of your boots, buy a new pair rather than risk slipping on rocky trails and scree. Please choose your boots carefully. It is a sensible precaution to wear or hand-carry your hiking boots on the plane. Nearly everything else can be replaced in case of baggage loss, but not a pair of well-fitted, fully broken-in hiking boots.<br><br><br>For this trip, you need medium- to heavyweight hiking boots designed for on- and off-trail hiking with multi-day hikes in mind. Lightweight boots don't offer the high degree of ankle support and foot protection you need. Full-grain leather is extremely water-resistant and durable and is preferable to split-grain leather or nylon. Remember that full-grain leather boots tend to be stiffer and will need a break-in period. If you are shopping for new boots, ask your store about boots with built-in Gore-Tex-type waterproof barriers that enhance water-resistance. If you have old full-grain leather boots, coat them with silicon waterproofing material to increase their water resistance. Waterproofing materials wear off over time and need to be re-applied. Gore-Tex boots are considered waterproof for one year unless the membrane is punctured.<br><br><br>If you're buying a new pair of boots, make sure a qualified salesperson gives you proper guidance in determining fit. Don't buy any boots that you are not permitted to return after wearing for several hours around the house. Blisters caused by improperly fitted or insufficiently broken-in boots are the most common and painful problem normally encountered on hiking trips. Before you depart, you should be able to wear your boots for a full, active day with no discomfort. Even boots you have owned for years can sometimes produce blisters when you are doing this amount of hiking. Limber up feet and boots before departure, and bring a good supply of Second Skin.<br><br><br>Running shoes are not sufficient for the hiking conditions you'll encounter, although they are comfortable to change into at night.","Custom_Equipment":"<ul><li>Down or fiberfill sleeping bag rated to 0&deg; F. You must have a very good, very warm bag suitable for the cold conditions of high altitude. Temperatures often drop to below freezing at night!<\/li><li>\rTherm-a-Rest or Ensolite sleeping pad, full length<\/li><li>\rHeavy-duty Hefty-type trash bags to line and protect your sleeping bag, duffel, and daypack. This offers protection from rain.<\/li><li>\rTwo sturdy reusable water bottles (preferably Nalgene), 1 qt. capacity. Wide-mouth bottles are easier to fill. CamelBaks are fine for during the day.<\/li><li>\rGood quality sunglasses with case. Side shields are recommended for high altitude treks. A spare pair of sunglasses is invaluable.<\/li><li>\rPersonal toiletries, biodegradable soap<\/li><li>\rSmall, quick-drying washcloth or towel<\/li><li>\rStrong flashlight or headlamp and extra batteries; cold temperatures are tough on batteries. Bring a spare bulb as well.<\/li><li>\r\rAssorted plastic bags to organize items in duffel and collect your garbage in during the day<\/li><li>\rToilet paper (Kleenex pocket packs are handy) for use along the trail<\/li><li>\rMoney belt or neck pouch. Always carry your passport, credit cards, and cash with you in a money belt or neck pouch tucked down inside your shirt or blouse.<\/li><li>\rTrekking poles. Hiking with a collapsible hiking pole helps to distribute your body weight, takes pressure off your knees, and improves your balance. Most hikers like using one pole, and some hike with two poles.<\/li><\/ul>","Custom_Personal_First_Aid":"Every trip member should bring a small kit for personal use. Your own experience will influence your choices.<br><ul><li>Sunscreen SPF 30 or higher. Essential at high altitudes! We recommend mineral-based sunscreens with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide because they do not contain harsh chemicals that are harmful to the environment. Brands such as Honest Company, Badger, and Alba Botanica are found in most sporting goods stores and drugstores.<\/li><li>Lip balm with sunscreen and\/or zinc oxide<\/li><li>Aspirin, ibuprofen, or Tylenol for muscle pain or headache<\/li><li>Topical antibiotic (such as Neosporin) for cuts, bites, or sores<\/li><li>Insect repellent. Repellents with DEET are recommended. DEET content of about 30-35% is ideal (higher DEET content is not recommended). Wipe DEET off your hands before touching plastic surfaces (such as binoculars) because it can damage plastic. Aerosol repellents are useful for spraying on clothes.<\/li><li>Blister kit, Second Skin. Look for the new long-lasting gel-type bandages that you can apply directly on blisters, such as Band-Aid Advanced Healing Bandages, Curad Gel Multi-Day Bandages, or Band-Aid Advanced Healing Blister Cushions.<\/li><li>Vaseline for nose\/lips (for dry air at altitude)<\/li><li>Anti-bacterial gel for hand washing<\/li><li>Antihistamine such as Benadryl and cold remedy such as Sudafed<\/li><li>Imodium for diarrhea. If you wish to bring an antibiotic for diarrhea prophylaxis, please consult your physician.<\/li><li>Prescription medications properly labeled<\/li><li>Electrolytes and Emergen-C or other soluble tablets to add to water for flavor and energy boosts.<\/li><li>Optional&mdash;Diamox for altitude acclimatization.<\/li><\/ul>","Custom_Optional_Items":"<ul><li>Converter\/plug adapter for appliance use in hotels. Peru has 220-volt current; plugs have two round pins or two flat-blade pins.<\/li><li>Camera, spare batteries, flashcards<\/li><li>Bandannas; good for protecting your neck from the sun and for use as handkerchiefs<\/li><li>Reading\/writing material<\/li><li>Binoculars<\/li><li>Travel clock<\/li><li>Small pocket calculator<\/li><\/ul>","Custom_Prohibited_Items":"","Custom_When_to_Go":"","Custom_Children":"","Custom_Tag_Line":"Explore the Highest Tropical Mountain Range in the World","Custom_Lodging":"6 nights hotels, 9 nights full-service camping","Custom_Meals":"All meals included except 1 dinner","Custom_Difficulty":"Physically demanding 10-day trek, moderate to steep trails, 6-8 hours a day, altitudes of 13,000-15,929 feet","Custom_Currency_Exchange_Rate":"","Custom_Fuel_Surcharge":"","Custom_Signing_Up_For_a_Trip_-_Email":"","Custom_Optional_Hotel_Upgrades_-_This_Year":"","Custom_Optional_Hotel_Upgrades_-_Next_Year":"","Custom_Trip_Cost_Misc_Header":"","Custom_Trip_Cost_Misc_Text":"","Custom_What_the_Trip_is_Like":"<p>This trip is rated&nbsp;<strong>Level 6, Very Strenuous,<\/strong>&nbsp;according to our trip grading system. It is expected that each participant be in excellent health and physical condition.<\/p><div><strong>Average Hiking Day<\/strong><ul><li>6-8 hours <\/li><li>2,000-2,500 feet gain\/loss <\/li><li>Altitudes range from 10,000 to 15,000 feet<\/li><\/ul><strong>Challenge Days <\/strong><ul><li>Day 6: approximately 9 hours, 2,500 feet gain\/2,480 feet loss <\/li><li>Day 9: approximately 8 hours, 2,270 feet gain\/1,510 feet loss<\/li><\/ul><strong>How Tough is This Trip? <\/strong><ul><li>You need to be able to hike on uneven surfaces on mountain trails at high elevations. You must feel comfortable and confident on your feet for up to 8 hours a day, with recent experience hiking at least 8 miles in a day (preferably at high altitude).<\/li><\/ul><p><\/p><\/div>","Custom_Terrain":"Trails can be rough, not the well-maintained switchbacks you may be accustomed to in the United States. Hiking distances on trek are normally measured in hours, not miles, since many maps aren&apos;t really accurate enough to assess how far we walk up and down winding mountain trails. An average day&apos;s walk is seven or eight hours. With rest stops and photo stops, few people walk faster than one mile an hour in a mountainous region. Some hiking days are shorter than others, and some days are more difficult than others due to altitude gain and loss. The optional climb of Nevado Pisco is non-technical but requires basic knowledge of the use of ice axe and crampons (we&apos;ll have some training on one of our acclimatization hikes) and a lot of stamina.","Custom_Getting_in_Shape":"","Custom_Weather":"Being so close to the equator, Peru has only two seasons: a dry season from April to October, and a wet season from December to March. Altitude is the main factor controlling the climate. In the mountains, you&#39;ll encounter sunny days with daytime temperatures ranging between 65\u00b0F and 70\u00b0F, dropping to the 40s and lower at night. The sun is very strong at high altitude and it can often be warm enough to hike in shorts and a t-shirt. However, it can also get extremely cold; if you&#39;re familiar with mountain weather, you know how suddenly it can get cold even in the daytime if the sun slips behind a cloud. Nighttime is always cold and temperatures can drop to below freezing. Be prepared with warm layers for cold nights. Rain should not be a problem on our trek, but always keep in mind that mountain weather is unpredictable and sudden storms can occur, especially on high mountain passes. The best preparation for the changeable climate of the high Andes is to dress in layers. Lima lies in a coastal desert where rainfall is rare and temperatures are usually warm (70s and 80s).","Custom_Accommodations":"Accommodations on the trail are in sturdy mountain-style tents. Camp amenities include a dining tent with a table and chairs (with backs), meals prepared by our trained staff, and a toilet tent. Our camp crew takes care of all camp chores, including bringing a basin of warm washing water, and tea or coffee to your tent each morning. Most members bring their own sleeping bag, but we can arrange for you to rent one if you prefer.","Custom_Cuisine":"On trekking days, breakfast is normally a light meal of pancakes, oatmeal, eggs, or something similar, along with tea, coffee, and hot chocolate. Lunch is served picnic-style in a scenic spot along the trail, perhaps chicken salad, potato salad, guacamole salad, or macaroni salad, along with fruit, cheese, bread, and chocolate bars for extra energy. At camp, we have late afternoon tea (or coffee or cocoa) and snacks such as popcorn, cookies, or crackers, which hit the spot after a long day on the trail. Dinner, served to us in a dining tent with a table and chairs, is delicious hot soup followed by a substantial main course and a dessert. Please let us know of any dietary needs and we will accommodate as best as possible.","Custom_Transportation":"","Custom_What_the_Trip_is_Like_-_Header_1":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-06-11T22:08:17 --><p>A Typical Trekking Day<\/p>","Custom_What_the_Trip_is_Like_-_Text_1":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-06-11T22:08:06 --><p>On a typical trekking day, wake-up is around 7:00 am, when a cup of hot tea or coffee and a basin of warm washing water are brought to your tent by one of the camp crew. After packing up our duffels and having breakfast, we set off on the trail while the crew strikes camp and the porters shoulder their loads. The crew passes us by midmorning to get ahead and prepare our lunch. We typically walk for three or four hours in the morning, then stop for a leisurely lunch of an hour or more at a scenic spot on the trail. After lunch, we walk for another three hours or so until we reach our next night's camp. The porters and crew pass us in mid-afternoon and usually have camp set up by the time we arrive. At camp, we have late afternoon tea (or coffee or cocoa) and snacks. Before dinner in the dining tent, there's free time to read or relax. Temperatures drop quickly as the sun drops behind the peaks, and it can get very cold at night, so have a few extra layers of clothing ready. It gets dark fairly early (around 6:30 pm). After dinner, we can chat away the evening in the dining tent or read by flashlight until bedtime.<\/p><p>For the most part, you can hike at your own speed. There is always a guide in the lead, usually the Trip Leader or the camp manager, who supervises the crew, and a &quot;sweeper&quot; who trails behind the slowest hiker to ensure that no one becomes lost on the trail. Most groups tend to spread out over the trail, taking photos, stopping to rest, and enjoying the scenery. We ask you not to hike ahead of the leader because trails are often not well-marked. If you feel breathless during a long ascent or wobbly during a long descent, by all means stop until you feel restored.<\/p>","Custom_What_the_Trip_is_Like_-_Header_2":"","Custom_What_the_Trip_is_Like_-_Text_2":"","Custom_Trip_Level_Note_1":"","Custom_Trip_Level_Note_2":"","System_Choosing_the_Right_Trip":"<p>Adventure travel often involves exotic destinations, unusual levels of physical exertion, or activities you may not have participated in previously. We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please call Wilderness Travel at 1-800-368-2794 or email us at <a href=\"mailto:\/\/info@wildernesstravel.com\">info@wildernesstravel.com<\/a>.<\/p>","System_References":"<p>We&rsquo;d be happy to put you in touch with a past client that has traveled with us.<\/p>","System_Visit_Our_Website":"<p>At <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/\">saito8.com<\/a>, you can book your trip online or find out about added departures, last-minute deals, and one-time Limited Edition adventures that aren&rsquo;t listed in our catalog. You can also access our complete library of detailed itineraries filled with enticing photos and videos, read bios of our Trip Leaders, find descriptions of trip accommodations, and check real-time availability of any trips that interest you.<\/p>","System_Helpful_Links":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-01-27T07:52:03 --><p>Wilderness Travel has compiled a list of useful websites for travelers. Find the Toucan Club tab on the home page of our website and choose Helpful Links: <a href=\"http:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/ toucan\/links\">saito8.com\/ toucan\/links<\/a>.<\/p>","System_About_New_Trips":"This is a new adventure and one that we are particularly excited about offering. However, as with all new departures, flexibility and a spirit of adventure are always appreciated! Activities are described in the itinerary but they can vary, sometimes considerably, depending on weather conditions, the group, and other factors.","System_About_Private_Journeys":"<p>Wilderness Travel Private Journeys are designed for people who want to travel with their own small private group, but who still want to experience the same superb itinerary design, great accommodations, and signature quality of Wilderness Travel's escorted group trips. These Private Journeys allow you to choose your own dates and your traveling companions&mdash;and enjoy the WT touch on all aspects of the journey.<\/p>","System_Limited_Edition_Adventures":"This is a Limited Edition adventure&mdash;which means a unique trip we've never run before or offer only every few years. Led by our most experienced Trip Leaders, these journeys often take place in remote destinations with only the most basic infrastructure for tourism. If you see a Limited Edition trip scheduled for this year, now is the time to sign up, as spaces fill very early and the trip may not be back for a while! Planned daily activities and actual timings may vary due to local conditions or the discretion of your Trip Leader&mdash;it is important to bring your spirit of adventure for these special exploratory journeys!","System_Social_Media":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:33:43 --><p><strong>SOCIAL MEDIA:<\/strong> We invite you to share your adventure with us on social media. Tag @wildernesstravel and we may even feature your content on our pages!<\/p>","System_If_You_Miss_Your_Flight":"<p><strong>IF YOU MISS YOUR FLIGHT<\/strong><br>If you miss your flight or are otherwise delayed, contact our Wilderness Travel office, as well as our local partners, with your new flight information. Refer to the Emergency Contact Information listed in this Final Bulletin.<\/p>","System_Valid_Passport":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-06-16T10:26:21 --><p><strong>VALID PASSPORT:<\/strong> Check that your passport is valid for at least six months from the last day of your trip, and that you have at least two blank pages for any necessary visa or entry and exit stamps.<\/p>","System_Insurance_Policy":"<p><strong>INSURANCE POLICY:<\/strong> If you have purchased the Travelex Travel Protection Plan, you should have received an email confirmation of your policy. Please bring a digital or printed copy of this policy with you. If you cannot find your email confirmation, please contact Travelex's Customer Solutions team at 844-877-1885 or e-mail customersolutions@travelexinsurance.com. If you have not purchased Travelex insurance already, you have the option to do so up to 24 hours prior to your departure.<\/p>","System_Covid-19_Travel_Requirements":"<p><strong>PRE-DEPARTURE INFORMATION<\/strong><strong>: <\/strong>Please review your Pre-Departure Information booklet included in this packet for important information regarding Wilderness Travel's COVID-19 protocols, packing lists, recommended reading, tipping, etc.<\/p>","System_Wilderness_Travel_Office":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:38:07 --><p>Our office in Berkeley, California can be reached at 510-558-2488, or by email at info@wildernesstravel.com. We are available during regular business hours (M-F, 8:30 am-5:00 pm, PST). <\/p>","System_ECI_Travel_Insurance":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:38:31 --><p>If you have purchased the Travelex Travel Protection Plan through Wilderness Travel, please remember to bring your Confirmation of Coverages (COC) with you on the trip, including your Plan Number and important emergency contact information.<\/p><p>If you've purchased a travel protection plan on your own, we recommend that you bring a copy of your policy, including all coverages, with you on your trip.<\/p>","System_Face_Masks_and_Hand_Sanitizer":"","System_DidNotPurchase_Insurance":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-02-28T12:27:44 --><p>Travel Insurance: We recommend that you purchase travel insurance for this trip. For your convenience, we offer Travelex travel protection. Please let us know if you would like us to add the Travelex Travel Protection Plan to this final invoice. You can learn more about the policy on our <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/toucan\/travel-insurance\">website<\/a>.<\/p>","System_Purchased_Insurance":"Please remember to bring a copy of your Travelex Confirmation of Coverage and State Specific Policy with you on your trip. You should have received an email directly from Travelex with these documents. If you need this email to be re-sent, please contact Travelex's Customer Solutions team at 844-877-1885 or e-mail customersolutions@travelexinsurance.com. <br><br><br>","System_COVID-19":"The Public Health Emergency for COVID-19 declared by the World Health Organization and the US Department of Health and Human Services expired in 2023. As of March 2024, we no longer require guests who exhibit cold or flu symptoms to test for COVID-19. Guests who test positive for COVID-19 will be required to follow local health protocols, wear a mask in group vehicles and during indoor activities for the remainder of the trip, and may be asked to dine separately. Any travel companion sharing a room with them will also be required to wear a mask at all times in the shared group vehicles for the remainder of the trip.<br><br>We encourage all travelers to actively monitor their own well-being and to use common-sense preventative measures such as regular handwashing (or use of hand sanitizer) and\/or wearing a face mask. If you are feeling sick, we encourage you to self-isolate and\/or wear a mask to protect your fellow travelers. Guests may be required to wear a mask if the Trip Leader believes the situation warrants it.<br><br>Leading up to the trip, we encourage you to do everything possible to stay healthy, including avoiding close contact with anyone displaying cold or flu symptoms and washing your hands often. As always, by traveling with Wilderness Travel, guests agree to be accountable for their own well-being. If you are worried about a fellow traveler's cold or flu-like symptoms, you may opt to wear a mask or distance yourself as needed. It's important to remember that there are inherent risks associated with travel and group settings.<br><br>These protocols will be reviewed and adjusted as guidance evolves. <br><br>","System_Photography":"<strong>Camera Recommendations<\/strong><br>With the many advances in digital technology, a simple compact digital camera or even your smartphone is capable of taking pictures suitable for the needs of most people. For higher quality images and the ability to use long lenses for closer wildlife pictures, a DSLR camera is well worthwhile, though heavier. Most digital cameras and phones have good video options, but you may want to consider a GoPro for a lightweight, waterproof option. Always practice ahead of time with new equipment and bring your manual with you. You may want to consider renting camera equipment for your trip from places such as <a href=\"https:\/\/www.lensrentals.com\/\">lensrentals.com<\/a>. This is an especially good idea for renting large zoom lenses that you may need for just one trip. Adding their extra insurance fee to cover expensive equipment is recommended. <br><strong><br>Camera Accessories<\/strong><br>We recommend bringing at least two large capacity memory cards or a small digital storage unit (or tablet) to back up your photos, freeing space on your memory cards. Don't forget to bring a battery charger and a backup battery so one is always charged and ready to use. For trips where you may be away from power sources for multiple days, consider looking into a solar-powered battery charger or buying additional backup batteries, and check that you have the appropriate adapter for the electrical outlets in your destination.<br><strong><br>Sharing Your Images<\/strong><br>We would love for you to share photos from your trip, and with your permission, may even use your photos in our marketing materials or on our photo blog. We request that you send us a small sample of your best images. Please email your photos to wtphotoblog@gmail.com or tag us @WildernessTravel on social media.<br><strong><br>Photography Etiquette<\/strong><br>When taking pictures of local people, be aware of cultural considerations. Approaching people with a warm smile and using polite gestures or simple phrases to ask permission to photograph them usually works well. It is always recommended to engage people in conversation before asking to photograph them, but if people do not wish to have their photo taken, please honor their requests. We urge travelers to avoid giving money in exchange for photo opportunities, which makes it harder for future travelers to have a meaningful personal interaction with local people. Please always heed your Trip Leader's guidelines for what is appropriate. ","System_Gear_Store":"To help you prepare for your next WT adventure, we've put together a great collection of top brands including Patagonia, Outdoor Research, Eagle Creek, and more at our WT Gear Store (<a href=\"https:\/\/wildernesstravel.newheadings.com\/\">wildernesstravel.newheadings.com<\/a>).","System_Questions?":"<p>Our Area Specialists are your single point of contact and would be happy to answer any questions about your trip!<br>800.368.2794 | 510.558.2488<\/p>","System_Pricing_Detail-Small_Group_Adventure":" <br><br>To offer the lowest possible cost, our trips are priced according to the number of participants on the trip. All costs are per person, based on double occupancy. If you wish to have a single room, you must pay the single supplement fee. Please note that Wilderness Travel staff, or guests of Wilderness Travel such as travel writers, photographers, or leaders-in-training, are not included in the tier pricing count.","System_Travel_Insurance":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-01-27T07:58:05 --><p>We highly recommend you purchase travel insurance. You can take advantage of a comprehensive Travel Protection Plan designed for Wilderness Travel by Travelex, or purchase other insurance on your own. See our website for details: <a href=\"http:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/insurance\">saito8.com\/insurance<\/a><\/p>","System_Make_it_Your_Trip":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:44:18 --><p>The prices above are for the ready-to-book adventure outlined in this Detailed Itinerary, a popular option that has been handcrafted by our Area Specialists to include the best of every destination. While many travelers choose to book this tour as is, our Area Specialists are also happy to work with you to customize this Private Journey to suit your specific interests and style of travel. We can arrange for longer or shorter stays, offer hotel upgrades (see below for sample costs), or add an extension to additional places of interest. We can even add special activities or customize excursions depending on your interests. We invite you to contact us to discuss your options!<\/p>","System_Signing_up_for_a_Trip":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:44:42 --><p>Early reservations are recommended since accommodations often sell out far in advance. Please call 1-800-368-2794 and ask for our [Africa Manager] or email us at [africa@ wildernesstravel.com] with any questions that you may have about this trip. To reserve your Private Journey, we will need to know your preferred dates of travel. We will then check availability and send you a proposed itinerary with exact pricing for your adventure. We can typically hold a provisional booking for one week. At that time, we must collect your initial deposit or accommodations will be released. We accept Visa, Mastercard, or American Express card. Upon receipt of your deposit, we will send you a Welcome Packet that includes a letter of confirmation, Detailed Itinerary, Trip Application, Medical Form, and Pre-Departure Information Booklet with information to help you prepare for your adventure. Please see our Cancellations and Transfer Fee Schedule for specific payment information.<\/p>","System_Trip_Leaders":"<p>Wilderness Travel Trip Leaders have a passion and a joy for creating an unforgettable journey. We are extremely proud of them and the incredible travel experiences they make possible. For more information, including client comments about them and which specific trips they will be leading, please visit <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/leaders\/\">wildernesstravel.com\/leaders<\/a>.<\/p>"},"terms":{"PaymentSchedule":"<p>At time of reservation: $600<br>90 days prior to departure: Balance<\/p>","CancelSchedule":"<p>Up to 91 days prior to departure: No Charge!<br>61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost<br>46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost<br>45 days or less: 100% of trip cost<br><\/p>"}}