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: Expect the weather in Lima to be fairly consistent, with daytime highs around 18C/65F, and evening lows around 15C/58F. April through October are the coolest and driest months in the Andes Mountains (Cusco, Sacred Valley, Inca Trail), where the average daily high is around 20C/68F, with 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: Free Wi-Fi is available at our hotels in Lima, Cusco and the Sacred Valley. However, unless you have a local SIM card, you won't have a data connection while we hike the Inca Trail.
INCA TRAIL PERMITS: In order to secure Inca Trail permits, it is vital that you provide the correct and most up to date passport information at the time of booking. Once purchased, your $750 deposit becomes fully non-refundable and non-transferable.
IMPORTANT MACHU PICCHU INFO: 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 2-hour guided tour. You will be required to temporarily sign off your OUT Adventures trip if you choose to do this activity, and we strongly advise against it due to serious safety concerns.
SLEEPING: This trip has three nights of camping. All tents are set up by guides/porters and sleeping pads are provided.
FOOD: During the trek on this trip there is a private dining tent with a fully supported cooking staff. Three meals per day are provided on the trek portion of this trip.
LUGGAGE: During the day while on the trek, porters will carry your duffle bag. This bag is provided the night before the trek begins, and has a 6kg/13lb limit (including clothes, supplies and your sleeping bag). The only thing you will need to carry is a day-pack.
Altitude sickness and oxygen deprivation may be felt while travelling in high altitudes. Symptoms include shortness of breath, headaches, general lethargy, and a reduced appetite. It's important that you drink plenty of water, and not overexert yourself. A comprehensive first-aid kit is carried by our support crew during treks, and senior staff are trained to prevent, detect and - if necessary - deal with AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). Contrary to what many say, AMS is not that common, at least not on well-paced treks.
For the trek on this trip, you'll be walking with your daypack, and faced with some potential weather extremes. The greatest enjoyment will come from the best preparation, so we recommend you partake in regular aerobic exercise in the months before you travel, particularly if you aren't in the habit of being active. In addition to swimming, jogging, or bike-riding, take some mountain walks, or climb long staircases with a backpack.
For everybody's peace of mind, all OUT Adventures include comprehensive travel insurance. That's up to $200 you won't have to fret about adding to your budget, unless you want to insure the value of your trip for cancellation. Here's what's covered:
- Unlimited Trip Interruption
- Up to $50,000 Emergency Medical plus up to $300,000 for ambulance transportation, up to $5,000,000 CAD with valid GHIP coverage.
- Baggage Loss or Damage up to $1,500
- Baggage Delay up to $500
- Flight Accident up to $100,000
- Travel Accident up to $50,000
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.
While on the mountain, 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
The four-star Dazzler Hotel Lima is centrally located in the upscale neighbourhood of Miraflores, near major shopping centres and walking districts. The hotel features a restaurant, bar, rooftop pool, and a small gym.
If you are checking in to the hotel under your OUT Adventures reservation, a complimentary arrival transfer will be included.
El Mercado Hotel Cusco
Siete Cuartones, Cusco
Phone + 51 1 4217777
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 heavier than a celebrity breakup if you don't keep your baggage under 20kg/44lb. If you bring along a steam trunk, chances are you'll be leaving it behind on domestic flights. You should also bring something smaller for day trips to carry water, your camera, and any souvenirs you pick up along the way.
The following packing list should be used as a guideline, not as gospel. Our 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
- Yellow Fever vaccine certificate if travelling from a country with risk of Yellow Fever
General Personal Items:
- Eye mask/ear plugs
- Alarm clock/watch
- Camera, memory cards, spare batteries
- Smart device/charging cord
- Portable battery/device charger
- Travel plug/international adapter
- Sunglasses with UV filter lenses
- Small umbrella
- 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
- Vaseline to prevent chafing skin and heel friction blisters
- Blister pads such as Band-aid or Dr. Scholls blister cushions
- Smart clothing/shoes for welcome/farewell dinners
- Sweat-wicking short and long sleeve t-shirts
- 2 sweat-wicking short-sleeved shirts
- 2 sweat-wicking long-sleeved shirts
- Fleece sweater/jacket
- Light sweater/sweatshirt
- 2 Pairs of lightweight zip-off pants
- 1 Pair of lightweight shorts
- 2 pairs of long-sleeved quick-dry thermal shirts
- 2 pairs of thermal quick-dry bottoms
- Sweat-wicking underwear (briefs provide less chaffing)
- Day pack (30-50 litres of capacity) to carry anything you need access to during the day
- Waterproof bags to protect items in your daypack
- Sleeping bag (can be rented in Cusco for approximately US$16)
- Sleeping bag liner (can be purchased in Cusco)
- Extra sleeping mat (can be rented in Cusco)
- Waterproof jacket or rain poncho (can be purchased in Cusco for a couple of dollars)
- Warm hat and gloves
- Walking sticks/Poles (can be rented locally)
- Comfortable hiking shoes with good grip (broken-in)
- Rubber flip-flops and/or easy to slip on shoes for the campsite
- Travel-size towel
- Toilet Paper
- Snacks/Supplements(light snacks will be provided through the day, however please bring any supplements you may require/prefer)
- Personal Wipes
- Refillable water bottle(s) and/or bladder for daypack (1.5 litre capacity)
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.