Your Guide to Machu Picchu
If you're headed to Peru on our Machu Picchu Trek, check out our advice and packing guide for your expedition to the Lost City of the Incas
Traveling in Peru
When arriving in Peru at the airport, there will be a Choose a Challenge In-Country Operations staff member there to greet you and bring you to your accommodations. It is important to remember (whether arriving for the first time, or if you elect to travel on your own in Cusco, or after your Challenge) that traveling in the developing world is not the same as traveling as you're used to it. Having a bit of patience, your wits, and a plan is always advisable to make sure you get wherever you're going successfully.
The culture of the Andean peoples (the Quechua) who live in the region surround Cusco and in the High Andes where you'll be traveling is much different from the western culture of Peruvian cities. Cusco is a mixing pot of these two cultures as it is a city within the High Andes. It is important to consider someone's cultural background before addressing them or judging them for their clothes & actions in Peru as well as anywhere you may go. We encourage you to ask questions and be open to new experiences, ideas, and cultures while on your trek so you can gain the best experience immersing yourself in Quechua culture.
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