At the moment of reservation

You can go to the agency. We are happy to meet with you in our agency and to share a tea to make your reservation.

Now, you can also reserve through our new website. The reservations are required to help us to determine the number of guides, tourist transports, to accompany you and offer you the best tour possible.

Before your departure...

What is amazing about Peru, is that depending on the time of the year, you can take advantage of the different regions of Peru. Nevertheless, some months have advantages:

High season: From June to August

  • Dry season in the High Andes and the Amazon rainforest to the East of the country.
  • Best time for festivals and activities at high altitudes.
  • Most popular tourist season

 Mid season: From September to November and March to May

  • Spring and autumn in the High Andes.
  • Major sites are less crowded with people.
  • The months from September to November are ideal for trekking in the Amazon rainforest.

Low season: From December to February

  • Rainy season in the High Andes.
  • The Inka Trail is closed in February for annual maintenance.
  • Hot season in the coastal regions.
  • Rainy season in the Amazon rainforest (From December until May)

→ A piece of advice:

A piece of advice: You might prefer the mid season (April to June and September to November). The weather is generally mild, the amount of tourists is low and taxes and rates are often reduced.

  • Participate in a tourism experience more in line with the values of eco-responsible tourism. That is to say, make a difference on a local scale in a variety of aspects: social, cultural, economic, and environmental.
  • Live an authentic experience: discover authenticity in the the indigenous Quechua population outside of Cusco. Also, we are committed to cultural exchange and we strive to create an atmosphere of trust between tourists and the rural communities through shared activities.
  • Support an agency that is not like the others! It is part of the oldest NGO in Cusco:  Centro Bartolomé de las Casas (CBC). This association promotes: intercultural dialogue, management of territory and natural resources, economy solidarity, and self-financing.

Then, why travel with CBCtupay?

We guarantee that you will discover the true nature of Cusco and its population: less manufactured and more authentic.

When you arrive, you will discover some differences from your country, but remain calm, we will explain what those are. These are anecdotes and can change depending on what country you are from.

  • Greeting someone!

Traveling in Peru, you will surely encounter Peruvians. You will see that they give a “kiss” upon greeting someone. Also, Peruvians give nicknames based on physical characteristics: for example “el gordito” (the fat boy), “la flaquita” (the skinny girl),… These are classic nicknames, widely used without malice.

  • In the street…

Pedestrians beware! The cars always have priority and will not make the slightest effort to allow you to cross the street. Do not try to force the crossing because the drivers do not care.

In Peru, seatbelts are only required for the driver. Don’t be surprised if you do not see anyone wearing a seatbelt.

  • Money

In Peru, it is very difficult to find change in the beginning of the day. If you only have bills of 50, 100 or more, some stores will refuse your purchases. Remember always to carry some small change. Also, we recommend that you go to the bank to change your bills.

At times, when you pay with a 100 Nuevo Sol bill in a store or restaurant, they may verify its authenticity. Why? Because there are many false bills in circulation. Be careful!

  • Schedules

South Americans are well known for their less stressed temperament compared to Europeans. They are “calmer” and this can translate to inefficiency or a lack of punctuality for tourists. But don’t worry, our agency will do its best to satisfy you in and meet your needs in a punctual manner

 

  • Bathrooms

The plumbing system in Peru is very different. It is necessary to throw away toilet paper in a trash can outside of the toilet. The pipes cannot accept paper with the current waste water treatment system. So, don’t forget to throw your toilet paper in to the appropriate garbage can.

 

If you would like more information, you can consult our technical information about the destination Cusco .

Peru is an extensive country with different climates. With respect to your wardrobe, it isn’t complicated, bring clothes appropriate for the places that you will visit. Here is a list:

  • Comfortable hiking boots
  • A hat
  • A raincoat
  • A windbreaker
  • Warm clothing for the high-andes
  • A scarf and or a handkerchief and gloves for the high Andes
  • A bathing suit
  • Light clothes for the forest or coast
  • Mountain equipment for your treks (you can rent them easily)
  • Natural medicine for altitude sickness
  • Insect repellent for the Amazon Rainforest

In any case you can find everything that you need in the Peruvian cities.

Here is our traveler’s check-list:

  • Your passport
  • Photocopies of your passport
  • Your traveler’s insurance
  • Money in cash (in dollars or local currency)
  • Vouchers (if you have them)
  • Your medical prescriptions (If you are traveling with your medicines)

For our trips in communities, we advise you to bring some sentimental objects (photos, memories, etc.) to share and aid intercultural exchange

  • It is highly recommended to get the universal vaccines (diphtheria, tetanus, polio, whooping cough, and hepatitis B)
  • The vaccines against yellow fever, typhoid, and hepatitis A are recommended as well.
  • The vaccine against yellow fever is required to go to the Amazon Rainforest, and it should be taken 10 days before your departure
  • For long stays, vaccines against whooping cough and hepatitis A are necessary

Conditions of Payment

To reserve your next tour with us, we offer 3 different options

  • A national or international bank transfer,
  • A transfer through Western Union
  • In cash, if you are already in Cusco.

If you have any doubts about these methods of payment, don’t hesitate  to call or email us. 

If you would like to pay through international bank transfer, you will have to pay an additional charge according to the conditions of your bank. On average, the additional charge is 22 USD per transfer.

If you would like to pay via a Western Union Transfer, we recommend that you look at the conditions of payment with Western Union according to your country of origin.

Go a step further...

Our primary project in the future is the leitmotiv of our efforts for years. It is a long-term process. The project is the strengthening of the capacities of the indigenous populations of Cusco and Apurimac for the sustainable management of Andean territories. This project can be divided up in to 4 objectives:

Social:

  • Strengthen the rural community tourism network (TRC) of peasant families in an equitable manner.
  • Achieve political and social positioning (Leaders take on the commitment of representing their organization of Andean textile artisans in different events at international, national and regional level, and political participation (municipal elections) as a part of the Inka RCT network ).

Economic:

  • Increase the net income of families involved in RCT by 50%. In the future, the rural communities will be totally independent in regards to managing tourism in their community.
  • Improve the quality of life of the members of the rural communities through Rural Community Tourism (RCT). Additionally, present this potential income as a complement to the primary economic activities of the region (agriculture, fishing, handiworks, raising animals, etc.).

Cultural:

  • Form community partners to become participants who prudently promote their material and immaterial assets (training and workshops every month in each community on eco-responsible tourism).
  • Develop cultural exchanges through tourism and voluntary trips with universities and schools of the world through projects that have a positive and sustainable impact.

Environmental:

  • Through Rural Community Tourism RCT, inform local populations and tourists about the vulnerability of the nature of the region: the issue of water, climate change, sanitation systems, etc.

 

Finally, our main project is to help rural communities adapt in this changing world, while maintaining their authentic identity and their ancestral values.

Our agency is a part of the NGO Centro Bartolomé de las Casas (CBC). We do not have a policy of accepting donation and we encourage self-financing. But if you wish to involve yourself in our family, the best way is to be conscious tourists while traveling with CBCTupay, staying at CBC Hotels ( La CasaCampesina and Fray Bartolomé ), buying gifts from our Quechua communities in the store  Inkakunaq Ruwaynin, and participating in the cultural projects of the local CBC center.

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