You’ve decided you’d prefer to take an escorted tour to Peru, but which company should you travel with? An upscale company with a well known brand or a smaller tour company with a more personalized approach?
So much depends on your own travel style, your expectations and your budget. But beware of the “cookie cutter” tour, where large groups of tourists are shuttled from place to place following a tired itinerary, often housed in hotels on the outskirts of town and eating meals that don’t often showcase the region’s best cuisine.
As a Certified International Tour Director, I’ve done tours of varying quality for many different companies, and the most expensive tours didn’t necessarily mean they were the best. Escorts in islamabad A good tour company understands the needs of its travelers. They’ve incorporated the newest trends into their itineraries and they do their best to help you experience and define the culture you’re visiting.
Many of the bigger tour companies are experiencing a great amount of competition from smaller companies that give the traveler a more defined experience: smaller groups, more hands on experiences, better meals and hotels that are located in the center of a destination rather than on the outskirts of town. Many of these larger companies have started smaller brands to accommodate the traveler who wants to get away from “cookie cutter” tours.
It takes a bit of research to find a tour that is right for you. Google a few companies under the search term “escorted tours to Peru” and look closely at the following criteria:
Itinerary: Are they offering the attractions you have on your wish list, and how much time do they allow at each? Many tours that bring you to Machu Picchu only offer an afternoon at the site—way too little time in my opinion. If your life’s dream is to visit Machu Picchu, a few hours in the ruins isn’t going to cut it. Look for a tour that offers an overnight opportunity at a hotel near the site. Your pass is good for the entire day, and many visitors enjoy having extra time to walk a mile on the Inca Trail or slowly walk the site for photo opportunities. A few tour companies offer a pass for the next day as well, so you can watch the sunrise over the ruins or spend a few hours taking one last excursion to the site before the train leaves for Cusco in the afternoon. I also recommend finding a company that offers a guided tour by an experienced Peruvian guide once you get to the site, so you can better understand what you are seeing.
Other must-see items on a Machu Picchu itinerary include the Sacred Valley, the ruins in and around Cusco, the Pisac market, and the churches of Cusco. Beyond the must-see attractions, what else are they offering? Look for something unique, like a pesonalized tour through a museum by the curator, a Paso horse show and lunch at a hacienda in Lima, a cooking class, or a lecture by an archaeologist. You’re looking for a company that really has a passion for the area. You’ll notice that all tour companies have the same prerequisite stops and attractions on their itineraries, so look for something special– something that showcases their passion and knowledge of Peru.