5. Visas, Vaccinations, Altitude & Equipment

  1. Visas and Visiting
  2. Vaccinations
  3. Altitude
  4. Insurance
  5. Camping
  1. Visas and Visiting

    At present (August 2018) there are no requirements for a visa to enter Peru - as a UK national you are able to visit Peru for up to 90 days without a visa. However, the situation does change periodically. We at Walk the Walk will check this regularly, but it is your responsibility to check your personal requirements prior to departure. If you are not a UK national your requirements may be different please contact our Unique Challenges Team

  2. Vaccinations

    Prior to travelling to Peru, you will need to seek medical advice regarding any vaccinations or inoculations you may require for the areas you are visiting, those visiting the Amazon jungle region are likely to need additional vaccinations or medication and you will need a copy of your Yellow Fever certificate for entry to the Amazon.  

    Although the risks to health are very low in the areas we visit, they do vary between individuals and many issues need to be taken into account, for example, activities you will be doing, your length of stay and general health of the traveller. It is recommended that you consult with your General Practitioner, Practice Nurse or Travel Clinic around 11-6 weeks in advance of travel. They will assess your particular health risks before recommending vaccines and/or antimalarial tablets.

  3. Altitude

    Travelling to Cusco, Peru and the Inca Trail is at high altitude; Cusco is 3,300m and The Inca Trail itself reaches 4,200m. This adventure is exciting, challenging and rewarding, however, there are risks associated with this environment. Any travellers can experience altitude sickness, a condition also known as Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). At altitude the air pressure is lower ‘thinner’ than at sea level and gets lower as you climb higher; this means the higher you get the less oxygen in each breath you take at altitude. Our challenge is designed so that everyone has the very best opportunity to acclimatise and this normally takes around 3-5 days to occur but will vary between individuals and conditions. Anyone can suffer from AMS regardless of age, gender, level of fitness or training. But there are many remedies out there, that are known to help with the effect of altitude, please consult medical advice on these.

  4. Insurance

    It is a condition of booking that all travellers are adequately insured for their challenge. You must arrange a special insurance product, which offers you cover that is wide in scope and designed for all of the events and activities you will be doing whilst on the challenge, including trekking at high altitude. It should also cover medical evacuation/repatriation for those travelling to an area of high altitude, and cover for cancellation of the trip due to an injury or illness; this may not be provided by standard travel insurance products. It must also include standard cover such as baggage.

    Our Operator for this challenge are able to offer a policy that will cover you for your challenge and any extensions that you choose. They can provide you with a personal quote that specifically covers your chosen activities with policies please note that these are dependant on your age, health and previous history. You can also use your own travel insurer but do make the policy will cover you for trekking at altitude appropriately.  Please contact us for more information and we can put you in touch with our Operator.

  5. Camping

    One of the very best parts of the challenge is sleeping in tents and enjoying the campsite camaraderie. As part of the camping element of the challenge, you will experience 3 nights camping on the Inca Trail and this will include full board and all equipment. Each person’s camping kit bag will be carried by porters from each campsite (you will be required to walk with a backpack).

    • Prior to departing onto the Trail, you will split your main bag into a Kit Bag with a weight limit of 7kg (including sleeping bag)
    • The tents are for 2 people and your kit bags. 
    • At each campsite, there will be basic toilet facilities (please bear in mind that this is Peru and the Inca Trail).
    • A large mess tent for everyone to meet each evening for dinner.

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