For travelers who dream of adventure and getting off the beaten track, Apus Trek offers treks to the world of the ancient kingdom throughout Peru. We are specializing in the alternative trails in the Andes of Peru.

Passionate about adventure treks and travels we share your exploratory spirit and desire exciting and authentic travel experiences. Our trips will let you explore the Peru’s most amazing places, discover local people and culture and have incredible real life experiences along the way.

Apus Trek is for people of all ages. We will provide you with a quality, affordable and exciting tours in small groups in a travel style which suits you best. The important thing is that you have an adventurous spirit to explore and desire to get off the beaten track!…

Our friendly reservations staff will help you to choose and book your adventure of a lifetime… READ MORE…

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La experencia por el camino del Salkantay fue realmente magica, no solo por sus montanas, sus paisajes, el desafio fisico y los indiscriptibles momentos vividos. Tambien lo fue por la parte humana, el maravilloso grupo que partimos, nuestra organizadora Miriam, las 12 discipulas y los increibles guias que estaban ahi siempre, en silencio pero muy presentes, festejando nuestros logros, apoyandonos a todas y solucionando cada cosa, quiero agradecer especialmente a Felix por poner todo de el y tambien a Cristian y Roger. Gracias apus trek , por habernos acompañado en esta experiencia unica en mi vida. READ MORE…
Cecilia Grigio-Arzeno, Miami, Florida, USA
The route is very pleasant with exceptional landscapes. We liked the diversity of the route, every day we could admire different panoramas, plants and birds. Even the new build road didn’t take away the charm of the trek. The trekking was just as we expected, not too easy not too hard. Just right. The main highlight was first day for the excellent view on Salkantay and amazing campsite where there were only us. And of course last day in Machu Picchu, the best part was the view from Wayna Picchu on Machu Picchu. The main challenge is trekking above 4 thousands with altitude sickness…  
Magda and Krzysztof, UK

Responsible travel

Our purpose is to serve, structure and minimise the impact upon diverse cultures, communities, the environment and the wildlife that we interact with.
 
Apus Trek Mountain Adventure is committed to operate by ensuring that we offer responsible and sustainable tourism that benefits host communities economically and is sensitive to native cultures and the environment. These guidelines are at the very heart of all of Apus Trek´s operations and forms the underlying principles of the company. READ MORE….
Peruvian territory was home to ancient cultures spanning from the Norte Chico civilization in Caral, one of the oldest in the world, to the Inca Empire, the largest state in Pre-Columbian America. The Spanish Empire conquered the region in the 16th century and established a Viceroyalty with its capital in Lima, which included most of its South American colonies. Ideas of political autonomy later spread throughout Spanish America and Peru gained its Independence, which was formally proclaimed in 1821. After the battle of Ayacucho which took place three years after proclamation is when Peru ensured its independence. After achieving independence, the country remained in recession and kept a low military profile until an economic rise based on the extraction of raw and maritime materials struck the country, which ended shortly before the war of the Pacific. Subsequently, the country had undergone changes in of government from oligarchic to democratic systems. Peru has gone through periods of political unrest and internal conflict as well as periods of stability and economic upswing. Peru is a representative democratic republic divided into 25 regions. It is a developing country with a high Human Development Index score and a poverty level around 25.8 percent. Its main economic activities include mining, manufacturing, agriculture and fishing.

BAJADA DE REYES (Three Wise Men) – January 6, 2015

Traditional Christmas Cusco ends with the Feast of the Bajada de Reyes, event also known as coming of the three wise men, is a clear mixture of Christian and native religiosity, as part of the long process of change and assimilation in Andean society to which all the festivities are within the agricultural cycle. Therefore, those of pre-Hispanic origin have been adapted to Christian celebrations, because the Andean people are deeply devoted to Christ without this stopping them from devoting to the apus and making offerings to Pachamama.

Event in Cusco shows a lot of artists live in performances accompanied by the presentation of choirs. This event has various scenarios in parishes of the city mainly in San Blas and Recoleta.

The way Ollantaytambo celebrates the Bajada de Reyes is worth mentioning. It is a folk and traditional festival in which the people of the highlands come down to Ollantaytambo and celebrate in their traditional costumes bring with them the Infant Jesus of Marcacocha, accompanied by typical and ancient dances

CARNIVAL CUSQUEÑO – February 15, 2015

The main attraction of this festival outside Cusco is “yunzas o cortamontes” – a game with water, talc and confetti that includes cutting a tree.

The main festival of Carnival Cusqueño takes place in the Plaza de Armas of Cusco, with the parades of dances. The festival is accompanies by a carnival food festival, where public can try various dishes and drinks like “puchero” or “t’impu”.

The cusqueño carnival takes place in February or March, the date is movable.

The festival also takes place in various districts and provinces of the department of Cusco, in particular, through the Sacred Valley of the Incas (Pisac, Qoya, Calca, Urubamba, Lamay, Yanahuara etc.), as well as the South Valley (San Jerónimo, Oropesa and Canchis).

SEMANA SANTA (Easter week) in CUSCO – March 30 – April 3, 2015

Easter is one of the most important events of the Christian world, when death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is celebrated. In Cusco it is a religious commemoration, where Andean Catholic syncretism manifests. The day most distinctive for Cusco is Easter Monday.

Easter is between the second half of March to mid-April, the date is movable.

SEÑOR DE LOS TEMBLORES (Lord of the Earthquakes) – Monday, March 30, 2015

Cusco starts Easter celebration worshiping the image of the Lord of the Earthquakes and Tremors (Taitacha in Quechua) – a huge image of the crucifixion of Jesus from the Cathedral of Santo Domingo in Cusco. The image is popularly believed to have placated any further disaster caused by the 1650 earthquake. It is the patron saint of Cusco.

Señor de los Temblores is paraded every Easter Monday through the historical centre Cusco with chants and preyers. In the windows of the houses on the way, refined pieces of upholstery in velvet with gold stripes, bright fabrics and carpets are displayed by families. Meanwhile, small mortars, firecrackers and rockets are fired to the air.

WEATHER IN PERU

Peru can be visited all year round, but it all depends what you want to do or visit.

The country covers three major geographic and climatic zones. It is split north to south by the Andes Mountains, is covered by the Amazon Jungle in the east and has coast to the west.

The Mountain Highlands (Cusco, Lake Titicaca, etc)

Mid April – October is the dry season, with hot, dry days and cold, dry nights, often hovering just above freezing, particularly in June and July. May is perhaps the best month with the countryside exceptionally lush with superb views and fine weather. You will find the flowers in full bloom, the grass green and the streams full.

November – Mid April is the wet season with most rain in January and February. It is usually clear and dry most mornings with outbursts of heavy rain in the afternoons. The daily temperatures are typically mild with only a small drop at night. The Inca Trail is much less crowded during this period and there is a more abundant fresh water supply, but of course be well equipped for the rain.  You will also find some roads may become impassable particularly when trying to visit villages off the beaten track. Many of Peru’s major festivals such as Carnival and Easter Week take place during this period.

The Coast (Lima, Nasca, Arequipa)

December – April is summertime on the coast where the weather is hot and dry and ideal for swimming and getting a tan. Temperatures on average range from 25 – 35C. There is little or no rain during these months. The beaches around Lima and the North can packed during the months of January and February which coincide with school holidays.

From May to November the temperature drops a bit and there is a sea mist on the coast from the south right up to about 200 km north of Lima. At this time of year only the northern beaches such as Mancora and Punta Sal are warm enough to provide pleasant swimming.

The Jungle and Amazon

April – October is the dry season with daily temperatures averaging 30 -35C. However cold fronts from the South Atlantic are common when the temperatures can drop to 15C during the day and 13C at night. The dry season is the best time to visit the jungle regions, there are fewer mosquitoes and the rivers are low, exposing the beaches. It is also a good time to see nesting and to view the animals at close range, as they stay close to the rivers and are more easily seen.

November – March is the wet season, hot and humid, when you can expect heavy rain at any time. It only rains for a few hours at a time, so it is not enough to spoil your trip.

INTER-CITY TRANSPORT IN PERU

BUSES

Inter-city travel in Peru can be done by long distance buses, which are cheaper than flights but take much longer. The most popular between tourists is Cruz del Sur which serves majority of bigger Peruvian cities. Buses in most of the cities depart from bus terminals called terminal terrestre. Some companies have their own terminals in big cities.

TRAINS

This is not an option for inter-city travel any more. There are only tourist services available with the most popular way from Cusco/Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu. Another tourist options are Lima – Huancayo – until not long ago the highest railway in the world spectacular with its 69 tunnels, crossing 58 bridges and negotiating six zigzag switchbacks on its way to Huancayo. As it climbs through the Andes, the train reaches a maximum height of 15,689 feet (4,782 m) above sea level.

AIRLINES:

The fastest way to get from Lima to Cusco, Arequipa and Iquitos is taking a plane. LAN Peru has the most extensive network. Other options include TACA, Star Peru and Peruvian Airlines.

SAFETY IN PERU

Personal security is a very subjective thing to talk about. Like in any country in the world a traveller need to be careful and use common sense. The basic advice is not to do what you wouldn’t do in your own country. To reduce risk of being assaulted or subject to theft, take a few simple precautions:

  • When taking taxis from an airport to your hotel, use airport taxis with official identification. Never take a taxi waiting outside the airport grounds
  • Use taxis recommended by your hotel
  • Try not to arrive in a new city or town late at night
  • Keep your valuables hidden. This includes expensive jewellery and photo cameras.
  • Avoid going on your own to remote areas/ruins where tourist would be expected to go. Seek local advice or take a guide. Travel in a group if possible.
  • Read the guide books and talk with other tourists to find out which areas are best avoided
  • When arriving in a new town, be aware of taxi drivers and unofficial people at the airport offering various services. They not always trustworthy.
  • Even better, when arriving by plane/train in a new city, try to reserve your hotel in advance, preferably with a hotel that has an airport/station collection service.
  • It’s always a good idea to learn the basics of Spanish before you arrive in Peru. Not everybody speaks English.
  • Learn the basics in Spanish before you arrive in Peru. Don’t expect that people will speak English
  • Keep your day pack/bag close to you at all times – during sightseeing, in crowded areas and on transport. Don’t put your bag on the floor in busses or when taking photos. On long distance buses ask for a receipt for your bags. On short rides just watch your luggage at stops. In the event of having your bags stolen, stay with the bus – you will probably require a declaration from the bus company accepting responsibility for the loss in order to claim any money from your insurance company.
  • Leave your valuables in your hotel safe when making day trips or longer tours. Obtain a receipt not just for your money belt/wallet etc. but for its contents, with each item listed.

 

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