5. Visas, Vaccinations, Altitude & Equipment

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

    At present (May 2020) 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, if the situation does change Walk the Walk will be in contact. If you are not a UK national your requirements may be different please contact our Unique Challenges Team

    It is your responsibility to check your personal requirements prior to departure.

  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.

    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. It is recommended that you consult with your General Practitioner, Practice Nurse or Travel Clinic around 10 - 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 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. 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.

     

  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 / 4 days camping on the Inca Trail and this will include full board and all camping equipment. Each person’s camping kit bag will be carried by porters from each campsite (you will be required to walk with a backpack)

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