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Peru 's appeal lies in its beautiful landscapes, abundance of wildlife and fascinating history. It was home to the world’s first stone pyramids and its desert coast is studded with monumental temples and ruins from pre-Inca civilisations. With 2414 km of coastline and over half a million square meters of Amazon rainforest, Peru is arguably the most varied of all South American countries. The mountains and desert coastlines are divided by the breath-taking peaks of the Andes. Peruvian culture is filled with a rich diversity of music, dance and fiesta activity.

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Terra Incognita ECOTOURS - Peru
In Peru, travel from the mighty Amazon to the Andes as we journey through a wild and exotic land. Visit the awe-inspiring ruins of Machu Picchu, witness ancient cultures and see all manner of exotic animals. Travel back in time as we trek through the High Andes.

Jungle Trips - Peru
Peru Jungle & Cultural Adventures - Experience life with Indigenous Amazonian Cultures in their own village. You will stay in an Amazonian village, not a jungle lodge. - A unique oppertunity!

Voga Travel Peru
Peru Amazon & Andes Tour by Voga Travel is ideal for those who wish to combine a marvelous Amazon Jungle experience with the unforgettable Machu Picchu. With both culture and beautiful scenery, this trip is one of our most sought after tours. We do encourage you to spend extra days in Cuzco and Lima. Contact us for further details.

EcoTours Online
ecotours organizes small-group creative adventures that aim at balancing leisure travel with sustainable development. Discover the cultural and natural treasures of the countries you visit while minimizing the negative impact of your trip.

Gecko's Adventures
Small groups, great prices. Gecko's offers the value and freedom of backpacking, without the hassles. Your local leader will take you off the beaten track, but you won't miss out on the famous sites! 181 adventures across 50 countries.

Latin Trails
Latin Trails have over 22 years of travel experience in South America. They develop programs for local tour operators and helping communities grow through sustainable tourism.

Adventure Life Journeys
Rich local culture, landscapes & small group travel. Explore South & Central America and Antarctica through thoughtful itineraries designed to step lightly and give back to local communities.

Andean Trails
Andean Trails organises relaxing and hassle free activity and adventure holidays in the Andes: Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Patagonia, Argentina, Chile, Guyana and Cuba. Group tours and tailor-made itineraries to suit all tastes and budgets.

Amerika Venture
Ecotourism, documentary production, scientific & study travel, adventure group tours throughout the Americas. Experts in thematic group travel, adventure & ecotourism in Canada and Latin America.

Tribes Travel
Tribes, the Fair Trade Travel company, offers quality small group and tailor made holidays worldwide. Whether you want a luxury safari, a Galapagos cruise or to hike the Inca trail, Tribes can help.

A Closer Look Travel
Specializes in booking eco travel, community (real cultural connection) travel and volunteer travel. We have one of the largest databases (about 3,300) of worldwide sustainable travel opportunities in the US.

Explore Worldwide
Explore pioneers small, group adventure holidays around the world. Explore's responsible tourism policy is the cornerstone of the company's approach to tour operating.

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Travel with Respect

Even if you have about 20 "No drugs" T-shirts at home, accept that especially people from the country side chew coca leaves. See it as a part of the culture with social and ritual components. And keep in mind: Coca leaves are not cocaine and they are legal. You can try them to experience the culture. If you don't like to chew them, try a mate de hojas de coca. Also quite effective against altitude sickness.Officially, most of the Peruvians are Roman Catholic, but especially on the country-side, the ancient pre-Hispanic religiosity is still alive. Respect that when visiting temple ruins or other ritual places and behave as it were a church.

Information from wikitravel.org*

Travel Safe

Emergency numbers in Peru are 011 / 5114. In Lima ring 105. In Lima and some of the larger cities there is a sort of local police called "Serenazgo": you may ask for help but they have no tourist oriented services.Be aware of your surroundings and try to avoid unlit or unpopulated areas especially at night. There is a lot of petty crime that can turn violent. Avoid groups of male youngsters since there are many small gangs trying to rob passerbys. If you witness a robbery be very careful before intervening, since robbers may be armed and are quite prone to shooting if they feel threatened. Armed robberies of tourists are fairly common.A dirty old backpack with valuable contents is safer than a new one with old clothes in it. It's often good not to look too rich. Some travelers don't use wallets, but keep the bills and coins directly in their pocket. Let's say some little bills on the left side and the rest on the right side. Thus, the pickpocket's job gets much harder. Don't walk around with debit- or creditcards in your pocket. Leave them in a safe place, when you do not directly need them, because tourists have been kidnapped and forced to take out money each day for a period of a few days.If you want to take large amounts of cash out with you, a neck wallet is always a good idea - you can hide it under your shirt.Watch out for false bills. Every bank has posters that explain what to check when getting higher valued bills. The only security element that has not been falsified is the bichrome 10,20,50,100 or 200 now also used on US$ bills. Don't be shy about checking any bills you receive. Most Peruvians do so, too. You may get false bills even at upscale places or (quite unusually, but it's been known to happen) banks, so check there too. Ignore any requests to carry luggage or packages for strangers. There could be illegal items or drugs in there, and you are the one who'll be caught with them and have the problems afterwards. It's also illegal to "consider to maybe accept" an offer to buy drugs. If you are offered drugs, be careful: it might easily be a trap from police, and sentences are harsh for drugs. The best thing, if offered, is simply to just say no. Some police officers will tell you that it's legal to hold some amount of marijuana, but well, just don't trust them. When taking a taxi, take a quick look in the backseat, and in the trunk, to make sure there is nobody hiding there. There've been reports of armed robberies/kidnappings taking place in taxis. Afterwards, tourists are blindfolded and driven outside the city and left behind by the highway. At the border crossing from Ecuador (Huaquillas) to Peru people have tried to steal passports by acting like plainclothes police officers. They give you another form to fill in which is fake. This has taken place although police and customs personnel have been next to them.When traveling on buses it is recommended to keep your backpack under your seat with the strap hooked around your leg.

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