As of July 1, 2018, Peruvian authorities have enacted new regulations surrounding all Machu Picchu visits in order to preserve the site. This will affect all Out Adventures in the following capacity:
- Entry tickets are valid for one entry only, meaning you cannot leave the site and re-enter.
- After entry, our group will be directed to one of three "circuits" around the site. We will not have the ability to backpedal, switch circuits or explore Machu Picchu after completing the circuit. We must immediately leave the site after completing the circuit.
- We will have a set time slot for our tour, either 6am-12pm or 12pm-4:30pm, and this slot will be chosen in advance by our operations team.
- We will spend additional time exploring the famous Sun Gate and Inka Bridge which will be less regulated.
For safety reasons, our Machu Picchu entrance tickets do not include the fee to climb/hike to the top of Huayna Picchu (the mountain in the background of Machu Picchu photos). You will, however, have access to the entire site along with a guided tour. You will be required to temporarily sign off your OUT Adventures trip if you choose to do this activity, and we are not able to provide any assistance or comments about it due to serious safety concerns.
Out Adventures is all about good times with likeminded guys. Whatever's on the itinerary-from fireside camping to five-star decadence-our goal is to make the experience magical. We're also committed to supporting the communities we visit by hiring local guides, staying at locally-owned accommodations when possible, and celebrating local cuisine. It all adds up to a great way to immerse yourself in the culture.
VISAS: A visa is not typically required for American, Australian, British and Canadian citizens travelling to Peru for fewer than 90 days. There may be exceptions, and all visas are the responsibility of the traveller.
CULTURE SHOCK: Peru is a developing country with infrastructure, values, customs and standards that may differ from what you're accustomed to. Expect poor road conditions, along with unanticipated inconveniences such as restaurants and tourist sites being closed from time-to-time. Please note our transportation may be altered, and/or our itinerary changed, due to such circumstances beyond our control.
LOCAL LGBT SCENE: Many people frequently mistake the Inca national flag for a rainbow Pride flag...if only that were the case. Peru is predominantly Catholic, quite conservative, and hasn't progressed far in terms of LGBT rights. That said, Lima does have a large LGBT community, some popular gay bars, and a friendly restaurant and art scene.
WEATHER: You can expect weather in Lima to be somewhat consistent with daytime highs around 18C/64F, and evening lows around 15C/58F. In the Amazon Jungle, it can get quite hot and sticky, but it can also cool down with the occasional cold front. Daytime highs at our lodge can reach 32C/90F and evening temperatures can drop to 18C/64F. In the Andes Mountains (Cusco, Sacred Valley, Inca Trail), April through October are the coolest and driest months of the year, with an average daily high around 20C/68F, and evening lows around 4C/40F.
REQUIRED VACCINATIONS: Based on entry requirements, there are no vaccinations needed for Peru. To determine if you should take preventative measures to reduce the risk of illness, you should consult your doctor or a travel medical clinic, as OUT Adventures cannot provide vaccination recommendations.
ELECTRICITY: You will need an international travel plug/adapter for type A/B/C sockets. Visit http://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/peru/ for more information.
CONNECTIVITY: Wi-Fi will be available at no cost at our hotels in Lima, Cusco and the Sacred Valley. Unless you have a local SIM card, you won't have a data connection during our hike on the Inca Trail.
Altitude sickness and oxygen deprivation may be felt while travelling to high altitudes. Symptoms include shortness of breath, headaches, general lethargy and a reduced appetite. It is important that you drink plenty of water, and don't attempt too much in a day.
For everybody's peace of mind, medical travel insurance is required on all Out Adventures tours. At a minimum, your travel insurance must provide cover against personal accident, death, medical expenses, emergency repatriation and personal liability, with a minimum medical coverage of US $50,000.
For more details, visit www.outadventures.com/insurance.
All Out Adventures are led by a gay (or gay-welcoming) guide. Whenever possible, we hire destination locals. And we can also connect you with the right people if you'd like to delve deeper into the local culture.
Out Adventures are a great way to meet people from around the world and all walks of life. Bear in mind that everybody's there for a good time, so mutual respect will go a long way. Please be on time for any meet ups, empathetic to the needs of others, and ready to roll with whatever the adventure brings.
Although we can't tell you who your fellow travellers will be for privacy reasons, we can tell you many great friendships began with an Out Adventure. And just because we're a gay tour operator doesn't mean we're exclusive: friends and family are always welcome to join the fun.
If you've never travelled on your own, it's an amazing way to get to know yourself while making new friends along the way. We can arrange for you to share a room with people in your age range at no charge, or you can pay a supplement for your own room. And if there's an odd number of solos, we'll rotate a single room on a random basis.
The itinerary is correct at time of publishing. If anything, it will only get better based on feedback from prior travellers and our own research. It's best to reference your final trip documents rather than our website in case there have been any changes that affect your departure.
Every Out Adventure offers optional excursions that are not included in price of this trip. Please see your daily itinerary in your final pre-trip packet to see what’s available.
To keep things flexible, not all meals are included in the trip price. Although we typically dine together so that everybody can get a taste of everything, feel free to explore on your own...your guide will always have some restaurant recommendations. While in the Amazon Jungle, all meals will be included. You will have a selection of meat, fresh fruit, and vegetables, with hot meals throughout.
Dazzler Hotel Lima
José Pardo 879, Miraflores, Lima
Phone +51 1 6344000
Standard check-in time is between 2PM and 3PM. We are unable to arrange early check ins, however you are able to store your luggage and explore the central area near the hotel while you wait. If you would like a guaranteed early check-in, you will need to reserve a pre-tour night of accommodation.
If you are checking in to the hotel under your OUT Adventures reservation, a complimentary arrival transfer will be included.
Siete Cuartones, Cusco
If you are happy with services throughout your trip, a tip is recommended. Tipping details will be provided in your final trip documentation, however we recommend budgeting approximately $200 USD.
The local currency is the Peruvian Nuevo Sol. Credit cards are accepted at hotels and upscale restaurants, but not for gratuities. We recommend carrying approximately $400 USD to be used only in the case of an emergency, or if your credit/ATM cards are placed on hold.
Most Out Adventures entail carrying your own luggage on occasion. And while you'll never schlep far, things can quickly get costlier than a celebrity breakup if you don't keep your baggage under 20kg/44lb thanks to costly surcharges on domestic flights. You should also bring something smaller for day trips to carry water, your camera, and any souvenirs you find along the way.
The following packing list is a guideline, not gospel. Our Out Adventure Specialists are happy to answer any specific questions about how much or little to bring.
- Passport/Visas/Flight Itineraries/Travel Insurance
- Pre-trip packet
- Credit/ATM card
General Personal Items:
- Eye mask/ear plugs
- Smartphone/camera/tablet/charging cords/International travel plug.
- We'll provide a duffel bag for you to carry 2 nights of clothing and personal belongings for the Amazon Jungle & Sacred Valley/Machu Picchu Excursions
- Luggage lock
- Personal Wipes
- Guidebook/Phrase book/Reading material
- Protection for your devices from water
- Travel-size towel
- Walking shoes
- 'Nice' shoes for dinners
- 'Nice' pants for dinners
- Short-sleeved shirts
- Long-sleeved shirts
- 'Nice' shirts for dinners
- Fleece sweater/jacket
- Waterproof jacket/poncho
- Warm hat and gloves (Mornings can be surprisingly cold in the Andes)
- Small Umbrella
- Refillable water bottle(s)
- Small First aid kit including ibuprofen, acetaminophen, zinc oxide tape and small scissors, blister pads, diarrhea tablets, dioralyte rehydration packs
- Personal Medication
- High protection sunscreen/lip balm + sun barrier cream for nose/ears
- Insect repellent/bite cream/antihistamine
- Antibacterial gel/wipes
- Toiletries including toothbrush, toothpaste & deodorant
We'll provide a duffel bag that can be used for the Amazon Extension for 2 nights/3 days along with our journey to the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu for 2 nights/3 days. You get to keep this bag after the tour. Your main luggage will be securely stored during these two excursions.
We love when groups of friends join us on an OUT Adventure, whether you're celebrating a major milestone, or you just love to travel together. However, since we have travellers that will be flying solo, or as a couple, we would love your help ensuring everybody feels welcome and has an epic time. Here are some ways you can give us a hand, while also getting to know and befriending your fellow travellers:
- Sit with (and get to know) different people at different meals
- Mix up walking partners on excursions
- Invite solo travellers to join you for an optional excursion or meal
- Enjoy inside jokes in privacy, or let the group in on the secret ;)
If you'd rather relish an exclusive escape with just your own party, we also offer private departures. This is a great way to create and manage your own holiday guest list, while possibly saving money as well. Please contact one of our Adventure Specialists if you're interested in a customized quote.
All Out Adventures guests must have a good level of health. All tours, regardless of activity level, involve uneven steps, stairs, walking tours, and you will be required to carry your own luggage from time to time. Unfortunately, we are not able to accommodate individuals with limited mobility unless they are willing to absorb the cost of a private guide/assistant which varies by country and is only possible on a case by case basis. It is also your responsibility to advise Out Adventures of any pre-existing medical conditions that may increase the risk of you requiring medical attention, or that may affect the normal conduct of the tour and the enjoyment of the tour by other participants.
Below is a breakdown of our Physical Rating guide.
1 - Relaxing
- Very little or no hiking
- Light activities such as walking, bike tours, paddling or swimming are completely optional
- Low altitude
- Suitable for all fitness levels
2 - Light
- Light walking and hiking (2 hours or less per day and at low altitude)
- Light activities such as bike tours, paddling or swimming are completely optional
- Suitable for most fitness levels
3 - Average
- Light walking and hiking (3 hours or less per day, rarely at high altitude)
- Some activities such as biking, paddling or swimming. Active days are mixed with relaxed days
- Suitable for an average fitness level
4 - Demanding
- Walking, hiking is a component of the tour (can range from 2 hours to 6 hours per day, at various altitudes)
- Activities such as biking, paddling or swimming may be mixed in
- Suitable for a good fitness level
5 - Challenging
- Walking, hiking, biking, paddling or kayaking are the vast majority of the trip (can range from 2 hours to 8 hours per day, generally at high altitude)
- Activities will likely happen day after day with limited rest days
- Suitable for above average fitness level