Legendary Machu Picchu & the Galapagos Islands - 2017

Sacred Valley • Machu Picchu • Cuzco • Lima • Quito • Galapagos Islands
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Before You Go

From money matters to packing tips, we’ve got all the information you need to prepare for your upcoming Vantage journey. Just click on an item below to read more about it.

Passports & Visas


Planning your trip

Your trip will be here before you know it! Here's some information specific to the destinations you'll be visiting to help you prepare for your journey.

Travel Documentation

Passport

  • Must be valid for at least 6 months following your scheduled departure 
  • Bring a photocopy of the pages of your passport that contains your personal information with you, as well as extra passport photographs. These are useful in the event of loss.

No Visa requirements for Peru or Ecuador

  • Please note: Non-U.S. citizens or passport holders, it is your responsibility to contact your local embassy or consulate for requirements that may vary from above.
  • Please note: Beginning on 9/1/2017, it will be mandatory for travelers to provide proof of health insurance in order to be admitted into Ecuador. Please make sure you have purchased travel insurance before departing for your trip and have written proof of coverage during your travels.

Passport and Visa

The following information applies to U.S. citizens only. Those traveling on other than a U.S. passport must contact the embassies or consulates of the countries to be visited for further information and special requirements.
Country Passport Visa
Peru Y N
Ecuador Y N

Should the above requirements change, you will be notified in a mailing prior to departure. All visa, entry requirements, and fees are subject to change without advance notification by action of the government and port authorities. Vantage is not responsible for any additional charges resulting from such changes.
For up-to-date information, please visit Generation Visa at http://www.genvisa.com/vantage

U.S. Customs Information

If you are traveling internationally, it is important to understand U.S. Customs regulations including required documents, rules for bringing back items, and duty-free exemption. Please click the link below to visit the U.S. Customs website and read their helpful booklet, "Know Before Yo Go." This publications is available online and as a printer-friendly "PDF" document.

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Gratuities

Suggested tipping guidelines in USD:

  • Adventure Leader: $8-$12 per person, per day
  • Local Guide: $2-$3 per person per day
  • Driver: $1-$2 per person per day
  • Portage at Hotels & Restaurants: Tips to luggage porters & included meals will be taken care by your Adventure Leader. For hotel maids, it is customary to leave $1 per person per day.
  • Non-included meals: 10% depending on service (cash only / cannot be added to the check)

ONBOARD deluxe expedition cruise M/V Santa Cruz II

  • Expedition Naturalist guides: $11 per person per day
  • Crew & Staff: $14 per person per day

Vaccinations

At this time, vaccinations are not required for your tour; however, we advise that you check with your personal physician to verify your particular needs. For more information on health-related issues while traveling overseas, contact the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) by visiting http://www.cdc.gov/travel or calling toll-free 1-800-232-4636.

Precautions

  • Do not drink the tap water at hotels, however, it is safe for brushing your teeth. One bottle of water per person per day will be provided, as will most meals.
  • Drink plenty of bottled fluids, bring vitamins or supplements if you use them at home, and take precautions in the sun. Pre-moistened, individually antibacterial hand gel is also recommended.
  • Be sure to bring insect repellent (preferably with DEET), especially if you’re joining the pre-extension to the Amazon or for Machu Picchu from Sept.-Nov. (black flies art present there in this season)

Climate/Time Zone


Time Differences

Time Differences: Traveling to South America is very convenient, as you will not have to cross many time zones. Therefore there is no jetlag following your arrival from overnight flights. Peru and Ecuador are both one hour behind Eastern Standard Time (or Daylight Saving Time) in America. 

Country
Time Difference
Peru -1 hours
Ecuador -1 hours
Note: The above times are based on Eastern Standard Time. 

 

Climate

  • LIMA: The coast is sunny and very dry, with heavy sea mist from April to November.
  • CUZCO & MACHU PICCHU: The highlands have two very distinctive seasons: Dry season (May to September), with clear and sunny days and cold at night, and Wet season (October to April), with frequent downpours
  • GALAPAGOS ISLANDS: Located about 650 miles west of Ecuador’s coast, there are no extremes of heat or cold, and temperatures range from 75° to 86°F year-round. The weather is hot and sunny on the islands and sea temperatures average 67° to 72°F. Rainfall is low at sea level and comes during the months of January to April, but it’s very abundant on hilly islands such as Santa Cruz. Drizzle and fog however, are quite common at other times of the year.
Since the weather is unpredictable, please use this chart as a general guideline and check weather sites online for 10-day forecasts closer to your departure date to plan your packing accordingly.

Average High/Low Temperature (Farenheit)
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
Quito H 66 66 66 66 66 67 67 67 68 67 67 66
L 50 50 50 51 51 49 49 49 49 49 49 50
Iquitos H 88 87 87 87 86 85 85 87 88 88 88 88
L 73 73 73 73 72 71 72 72 72 72 73 73
Galapagos Islands H 88 87 86 85 80 75 83 84 78 77 78 73
L 75 74 72 73 71 68 72 72 69 68 68 68
Sacred Valley (Machu Picchu) H 70 70 65 72 73 75 76 75 74 69 64 69
L 41 42 40 40 45 45 46 45 44 42 39 43
Cuzco H 64 64 65 66 67 66 66 66 67 68 67 66
L 45 46 46 43 39 35 34 37 41 44 45 45

Money Matters


Country Unit of Currency
Peru nuevo sol Get Exchange Rate
Ecuador US dollar Get Exchange Rate

  • ATMs are widely used in South America, though there might be a bank fee for using the ATM. Please notify your bank with your exact trip dates to use your ATM and credit cards.
  • Credit cards are widely accepted at restaurants and some stores.
  • Travelers checks are not recommended, as they cannot be easily cashed
  • Cash (in USD) is still the most convenient and widely accepted form of payment in South America:
  • Bring small bills ($1s, $5s and $10s) for small tips and purchases
  • Bring $100 bills for exchanging into local currency, as you will get a better exchange rate

 Note: Make sure you bring newer bills – bills that are torn or are in poor condition may not be accepted. 

Peru's Currency

The unit of currency in Peru is the nuevo sol, which is divided into 100 centimos. Banknote and coin denominations are as follows:

  • Banknotes: 10, 20, 50 and 100
  • Coins: 1, 2 and 5 nuevos soles; 10, 20, and 50 centimos

Ecuador's Currency

The unit of currency in Ecuador is the U.S. dollar

  • Banknotes: 10, 20, 50 and 100
  • Coins: 5, 10 and 25 cents
  • Be aware that some coins are produced in Ecuador and ONLY have value in Ecuador.

Exchanging Money

Money can be changed at some hotels (though not at the best rates), banks or exchange offices known as Casas de Cambio. They are typically open during regular American banking hours on weekdays, and some also have weekend hours. Your Adventure Leader will assist you on this matter at arrival.

How much to bring?

We suggest bringing $600-$800 per person in U.S. cash; bring even more if you are planning on shopping for gold and silver jewelry or alpaca textiles at Vantage Adventures’ recommended stores.

Meals

In major cities, allow about $10-15 for lunches and $15-$30 for dinners that are not included in your adventure.  

Packing Guidelines


What to Pack

Items can be expensive to buy once in South America, and limited sizes will create additional issues. Please take everything you are likely to need other than food, especially medicines and health supplies like contact lenses, insect repellent and SPF. If you are bringing these items in a carry-on bag, please make sure they are in containers of 3 oz. or less. 

Please visit us online at www.vantageadventures.com or www.vantageadventurestore.com for a selection of products that may be helpful as you determine the packing list that’s best for you. The following suggestions are also available online by referencing the “Before You Go” section of our website.  

Your Machu Picchu and Galapagos adventure is casual. Dress for comfort and convenience with a wardrobe that is adaptable and allows for layering. During the day, comfortable cotton hiking clothing is recommended. Cool weather at night in the Andes will require warmer, layered clothing. It will be colder in Cuzco and Quito due to high altitudes, but warmer at seal level in the Galapagos. Please leave all jewelry at home, especially expensive watches. 

Valet laundry service is available at all the hotels, but only a clothes dryer is available onboard the M/V Santa Cruz II, so consider packing a number of garment combinations that you can mix and match over 5 days.

Packing for this adventure is not easy, as you will go from the high Andes in Cuzco at 12,000 feet to the sub-tropical weather of the Galapagos. You need to be ready both for hiking and also for enjoying the water, as marine wildlife is better appreciated while snorkeling.

Here are essential items:

  • 2 short-sleeved cotton shirts. Polo-style shirts are more versatile than T-shirts.
  • 2 long-sleeved cotton shirts — for sun protection as well as for warmth.
  • Lightweight safari-style convertible trousers that zip off at the knee to be worn as shorts. They are available at most outdoor outfitting and clothing stores. Also consider taking one pair of smart casual-style trousers that you can wear for evenings out, as we will be staying mostly in cities.
  • 2 pairs of walking shorts
  • 5 or 6 changes of underwear minimum
  • Light fleece/soft shell or wool sweater
  • Light rain jacket. This should be sized to fit over your sweater.
  • Fold-up umbrella or rain poncho.
  • Wide-brim sun hat
  • Sleepwear: 1 to 2 pairs of light- or medium-weight pajamas
  • Sunglasses
  • Medium-sized rolling bag since there are long distances within air and boat terminals, and you will need to carry your bag as porters are not available.
  • Day pack for carrying water, change of clothing, etc.
  • Hiking poles are very useful as they give extra support.
  • Safety neck wallet or money belt to protect your valuables.
  • Sundries and toiletries that may be difficult to find en route.

Swimwear is very important as you will be snorkeling and kayaking, and most landings are wet landings in the Galapagos. 

NOTES:

  • The water is not always warm, but you can rent a wetsuit once onboard the M/V Santa Cruz II at an extra cost of $14USD for all 5 days
  • Fins and snorkeling equipment will be provided onboard at no extra cost. If you use a prescription mask, you will need to bring it with you.
  • Snorkel tops (water shirts) are very important as they will prevent you from getting seriously sunburned.

Footwear

  • Hiking boots are very important for both Machu Picchu and the Galapagos due to the irregular volcanic terrain. 
  • Water shoes are very important for the Galapagos since we will have some wet landings. Good brands include Tevas, Nike, and Merrell.
  • 2 to 4 pairs of socks

Here are some more suggested items:

  • Travel alarm
  • Travel journal/notepad
  • Extra pair of reading glasses (expensive to get in South America)
  • Washcloth
  • Earplugs

Optional Amazon Pre-Extension: For passengers going to the Amazon, binoculars, mosquito-repellent clothing and head nets are highly recommended. Always wear light colors.


Flight Information


Flight Information

When planning your flights, Vantage considers each airline's reputation for quality, service, and routing options to the destination. Vantage selects flights that both serve our groups' needs and ensure the best balance of quality and cost. Our flight team members will do their utmost to select flights that will get you to your destination as quickly and easily as possible.

First and Business Class Airfare Upgrades
Many of our programs offer first and/or Business Class upgrades, for more information, please visit our FlightChoice page.

Vantage encourages you to check current airport security regulations well in advance of travel, as rules may have changed since your last trip. For the latest information on airline security guidelines and boarding procedures, please visit the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) web site.

While on Tour


While on Tour

The information below applies in general to Vantage European river cruising. To learn more about our exclusive river cruises on Vantage-owned ships, click here.

Briefing sessions

Prior to arriving at most ports, your Vantage Program Manager will conduct an informative briefing concerning the daily schedule, local customs, and the included features of the program. It is strongly advised that all tour members attend the briefings.

Extending Your Trip

Vantage offers specially arranged pre- and post-extensions on many of our river cruises. See specific river cruises for details.

Additionally, if you would like to do some exploring on your own, either before or after your river cruise, Vantage can help arrange the details. In most cases, your flights can be adjusted for an earlier arrival date or a later return date. A non-refundable administrative fee will be assessed, plus any additional costs that may apply to the air ticket and hotel. Transfers to and from your hotel are not included when traveling independent of a Vantage group. Please ask a Vantage Sales Representative for additional details. Note also that some airline contracts may exclude changes to routing.

NOTE: Should you wish to make any changes to your plans to extend your trip, please do so no later than 60 days prior to your scheduled date of departure. Change and cancellation penalties apply to changes made after airline tickets have been issued.

Your Health & Comfort

Vantage wants you to have a safe, healthy, and happy journey. Our river cruises are planned to combine just the right amount of activity and leisure.

For personal medical attention while on your river cruise, your Vantage Program Manager can refer you to reliable physicians in the cities on your tour.

Please note that Medicare and U.S health insurance are generally not accepted in foreign destinations. If you have an insurance claim, it should be made upon your return to the USA and filed through your health insurance provider or through the Vantage Travel Protection Plan if you have purchased it. Keep relevant receipts and doctors' reports for processing your claim.

Please note: Beginning on 9/1/2017, it will be mandatory for travelers to provide proof of health insurance in order to be admitted into Ecuador. Please make sure you have purchased travel insurance before departing for your trip and have written proof of coverage during your travels.

Jet Lag Precautions

When you cross several time zones to reach your destination, you often lose many hours of regular sleep. Upon arrival your body must quickly adjust to new sleeping and eating patterns. The result is jet lag. Its symptoms may include fatigue, irritability, and vague disorientation. You cannot completely avoid jet lag but you can minimize it. Here's how:

  • Try to sleep on overnight flights
  • Avoid heavy eating and drinking caffeine or alcoholic beverages right before - and during - your flight
  • Drink plenty of water and/or fruit juice while flying
  • Try to stay awake your first day until after dinner

Pace of the River Cruise

Vantage river cruises are planned to provide a well-balanced mix of activities and free time. Certain river cruises, however, may prove to be more challenging than others, particularly for passengers with physical limitations.

Passengers with physical difficulties or concerns about the pace of the travel program should contact their Vantage Customer Relations Representative for tips on which travel programs best suit their individual needs and abilities. See also Medical Issues, below.

Your Personal Safety

Please keep in mind that in any tourist destination, you need to be aware of your surroundings. We recommend that you use a money protector that can be worn around your neck. Flashy jewelry should be left at home. Never place your camera or purse down, or hang it on the back of your chair. Although incidents of theft and pickpocketing while on tour are rare, it is important to be cautious and aware.

Medical Issues

Click here to read important information about travelers with physical, emotional, or mental conditions that may require professional attention or the use of special equipment. "Medical Issues" information also appears in the "Tour Participation Agreement - Terms and Conditions" bound into Vantage catalogs and printed on the back of your Vantage invoice.

Hotels

If your Vantage river cruise includes a stay in a hotel, please note that Vantage makes every effort to reserve only hotels that offer well-appointed rooms and a convenient location. We remind you that quality of accommodations may vary from destination to destination. Vantage strives to provide the best hotels available that meet our standards of quality.

How We Rate Our Hotels

While some tour companies devise their own ratings systems (based on their particular standards), Vantage ranks hotels based on the industry-accepted classifications published by the Hotel & Travel Index - the travel industry standard.

Deluxe/Moderate Deluxe ***** Outstanding accommodations in every way, offering superior service, facilities, and location.

Superior First-Class ****+ Above average accommodations, with many special amenities, including more restaurants, shops, and usually a fitness center.

First-Class/Moderate First-Class **** Comfortable, well-equipped standard rooms with private bath and attractive public areas and amenities.

Please Note: In some areas where the hotels aren't rated, it's often due to the fact that the hotel may be too new, too remote, or too small. However, the hotel where you stay has been inspected and approved by Vantage personnel.

Religious Services

At Vantage, we count individuals from all walks of life and all religious denominations among our customers. Although we do not offer religious services on our travel programs, services may be available in the cities and towns you visit while on tour. Your Vantage Program Manager can advise you when religious services are available. Please keep in mind that not all religious denominations have a presence in every travel destination. We cannot guarantee the availability of religious services.

Shopping

Shopping for local merchandise is always a part of the travel experience. We are aware that local guides do recommend shops on their tours. Always keep in mind that a purchase is between the buyer and the seller. Always keep receipts and credit card copies. Shipping should always include insurance in the event of breakage. Some credit cards such as American Express also include insurance protection for purchases, but it is best to check with your card issuer for any insurance that may be included when you use your card.

Sightseeing & Cultural Connections

Vantage offers a variety of included sightseeing tours and special cultural events to enrich your travel experience and bring you "closer to the world." Our tours are specially designed for Vantage travelers. They let you feel the atmosphere, gain a cultural understanding, and become a part of the area you are visiting. They include all transportation and the services of expert local guides.

Optional Excursions

Vantage makes every effort to provide the right balance of both included activities and time for exploring on your own. We've found, however, that many of our passengers prefer an additional guided activity in lieu of free time. For that reason, some of our river cruises may include a limited number of optional tours and activities, which you may choose to take at a moderate fee. In no case do we replace an included sightseeing tour with an optional tour. Optional tours are strictly voluntary, providing you with the opportunity to visit an attraction that you may not see otherwise.

Transfers

All transfers between airport and hotel/pier are included when purchasing Vantage air. However, travelers purchasing their own airline tickets will be responsible for their own round-trip transfers to and from the airport/hotel/pier based on the itinerary.

Travel Itinerary

Each Vantage River Cruise is planned with two criteria in mind: It must be an interesting destination and the tour must offer good quality at an exceptional value.

Although everything is planned well in advance of your departure, our ultimate goal is to ensure that each departure is enjoyable, interesting, and safe. Therefore, the day-by-day itinerary provided is subject to change depending upon local conditions. If any significant changes occur in advance of your departure, Vantage will notify you by phone or by mail. If changes occur while on tour, your Vantage Program Manager or local representative will notify you.

Your Vantage Program Manager / Local Representative

During your river cruise you'll be accompanied by an experienced, English-speaking Vantage Program Manager - at least three on every Vantage River Cruise ship. You will also benefit from the insights of expert Local Representatives. Both your Program Manager and Local Representatives can give you suggestions on the best restaurants, shops, and local sights; help coordinate optional tours and excursions; and assist in any manner possible.

Vantage Hospitality Desk

For your convenience, a Vantage Hospitality Desk will be available during scheduled hours aboard your river cruise ship (staffed by an experienced team of local travel professionals or by your Vantage Program Manager). The desk hours vary, depending on your daily scheduling. Tour members will be advised of the desk.

Electricity 

Electricity is 220 volts in Peru and on the Ecuadorian mainland. The M/V Santa Cruz II has outlets for both 110v & 220v.

Internet

Most hotels offer complimentary Wi-Fi in their lobbies and in other social areas. Wi-Fi is usually available in guest rooms at a charge. Satellite Internet is available onboard the M/V Santa Cruz II, so it is very slow and costs $40USD for the whole stay.  

Bring your IPads, Kindles and smart phones. This will allow you to communicate with friends and family much easier. Also, this way you will have access to city guides, post-trip surveys and trip information while on tour.  

Telecommunications

U.S. cell phones can be used in South America with different roaming charges depending on your plan, which can reach up to $5USD per minute. There are phone booths (locutorios) in downtown areas that are more convenient. To call the U.S., dial 1, followed by the area code and number. If you are unable to connect, dial 119-1, followed by the area code and number.

Photography

You can photograph just about anything in South America, although pictures of government buildings and officials in uniform are discouraged. Please ask your Adventure Leader for best practices. 

In any culture, it is polite to ask permission before taking pictures of people (permission from parents is mandatory when taking pictures of children), and South America is no exception. There are many official “models”—especially in tourist areas like Lima, Cuzco, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu —who will request $1-$3 USD to have their picture taken, so it is always wise to ask first to avoid undesirable situations.

When not using your camera, always keep it in your pocket, in a case attached to your belt, or hanging on a strap around your neck.

  • Weights and measures: South America uses the metric system.
  • Postal services: Postcards can be purchased at souvenir shops in tourist areas as well as stamps. Mail may take several weeks to reach the U.S.

Special Meal Requests

The M/V Santa Cruz II is able to accommodate a variety of special dietary requirements, including low salt, low fat, gluten-free, and diabetic meals, provided that requests are received by Vantage prior to departure. Please submit any special dietary requests at the time of booking, then confirm with the Reception Desk once onboard. We regret the ship is unable to guarantee special requests, and is not equipped to prepare or serve kosher or halal cuisine.


Tipping

We include tipping for all meals that are included in your package and all porterage. Tips are not included for your Vantage Program Manager, local guides and drivers, or any maids or other personnel in hotels, ships or trains.

Payment Information


What does my Reservation Deposit Guarantee?
Payment of your initial deposit holds your spot on your journey. However, it does not guarantee the price of your trip. Participation in our Smart Pay Discount Plan can save you up to 10% on your Vantage trip AND it ensures that the land, cruise, and international airfare portions of your trip will not increase. This includes 100% guaranteed protection against most additional taxes (does not include entry fees or arrival taxes), fuel surcharges, and currency fluctuations, from the moment you pay in full under the terms of Vantage's SmartPay Discount Plan. If you do not participate in our SmartPay Discount Plan, all prices are subject to change.
When is my Final Payment due?
Final payments are due 90-120 days prior to departure, depending upon the program.
Can I extend my final payment due date?
Unfortunately, we are unable to extend any final payment due dates because of our vendor contractual obligations.
What is an E-Check?
ECheck is a commonly used term to refer to an online payment method via electronic check from your bank account.
What are the benefits of paying via E-Check?
Paying by E-Check is fast, easy and 100% secure – and there is no fee involved. Plus, paying by E-Check with our SmartPay Discount Program, you can realize hundreds of dollars in savings right away. When you compare those savings to the frequent flyer miles you might earn when you pay by credit card, you come out on top for two reasons: first, you enjoy your savings right away, whereas frequent flyer miles need to be accumulated over time before you cash them in; second, frequent flyer miles have restrictions of usage.
How do I make payments via an E-Check?
It's easy to set up E-Checking on My Account. Have your checkbook handy and simply go to the Make a Payment screen and follow the instructions provided. Please note that E-Check payments appear on your invoice immediately but take 2-3 business days for your bank to process.
What is the SmartPay Discount Plan?
The SmartPay Discount PlanSM allows our travelers to receive a discount by paying for their trip in full before their final payment due date. The further in advance of the final payment date you pay, the greater the discount. Just as important, you’ll guarantee your price against price increases resulting from currency fluctuations, fuel costs, and other unanticipated occurrences.
How can I take advantage of your SmartPay Discount Plan?
You can only take advantage of our SmartPay Discount PlanSM when paying by E-Check. Paying by E-Check is fast, easy and 100% secure – and there is no fee involved. All you need is your checking account number and bank routing number, both of which are printed on your checks. 50% of your trip’s total cost must be paid by check. Payments made inside of 60 days prior to departure will not qualify.
Can I pay by credit card and still take advantage of your SmartPay Discount Plan?
While we do accept credit card payments, you can only take advantage of our SmartPay Discount PlanSM when paying by E-Check, unless part of your payment is made by credit card and at least 50% of your total payment is paid by E-Check.
How do I redeem my Vantage Credit Voucher?
Vantage credit vouchers should be mailed once you receive your first invoice. Any overpayment that results from the credit voucher will be refunded to you, if applicable.
How do I cancel my trip and how long will it take for me to receive a refund?

If you must cancel your trip, you should contact our Customer Service department. Refund requests must be made in writing – indicating the reason for cancellation – and received by the respective final payment due date to avoid additional cancellation charges.

Vantage realizes that most people who cancel their reservations do so out of real necessity. Nevertheless, there is a non-refundable administrative fee of $300 per person for each program you cancel. This low fee covers only our costs of reservation maintenance or cancellation.

Payments made to your credit card will be refunded as a credit to that card. Payments made by check will be refunded by check. Payments paid by electronic check will be refunded electronically. Please allow 35 days for refunds to be manually verified and processed by our accounting department. Please refer to the Tour Participation Agreement for your program's cancellation fee schedule.

Why does it take just one day to charge my credit card at the time of booking but 30 days to refund it in the event of cancellation?
After you book a trip with us, we process charges within 24 hours in order to hold and confirm your reservation quickly for you. Because refunds are processed manually by our accounting department, we require a 30-day processing period to assure utmost accuracy.
I was just reviewing my invoice online and noticed a discrepancy. What should I do?
Please contact us and we will attempt to resolve the situation as soon as possible. To help expedite matters, you should print out your invoice and have it handy when you contact us.

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