2021 Traveler Information
Treks & Tours Are Open, New & Rescheduled Reservations, Latest Updates
Dear Alpaca Expeditions Guests:
We are open and taking 2021 reservations for all treks! We are very excited to welcome you back to Peru this year, after a very tough year of being closed most of 2020. Of course, it is still a soft start to the year, but we are very optimistic that we will be back to full time trekking this season. The promise of vaccines and continued rigorous protective safety protocols will make all the difference for Peru’s growing ability to welcome travelers back to our wonderful country.
We will update this page with relevant information as often as needed with any new information that comes out from Peru’s government about travel in Peru.
Yes, Reservations are Open for 2021 & 2022 Treks!
All treks and tours are open for reservations for 2021 AND 2022. If you haven’t already rebooked your trek from 2020, please contact us so we can reserve a new date. You may reschedule anytime in the next 5 years and even choose a different trek!
Early 2021 Treks can also be rescheduled to later in 2021 or moved to 2022 or beyond. Contact us for help with this.
CURRENT PERU GOVERNMENT TRAVELER INFORMATION - Updated JANUARY 14, 2021
New 14 day quarantine requirement for January and possibly February travelers. At this time, we anticipate that this mandate will be lifted before the Inca Trail opens in March. The government of Peru announced a mandatory 14-day quarantine on arrival for all foreigners, nationals, or residents who enter Peru on or after January 4, 2021. All travelers must complete the full 14 day quarantine, regardless of whether they plan to visit Peru for fewer than 14 days. The Inca trail is closed every February for maintenance, per normal annual operations.
Travelers will be required to quarantine for two weeks at home, in the Pan American Village or other temporary isolation center, or in other lodging. In addition to the quarantine time once travelers arrive in Peru, travelers still have to present a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours before departure to enter the country.
Yes, you can reschedule any early 2021 trek dates.
What does this mean if you have booked a trek to Machu Picchu with Alpaca Expeditions? You may change your dates to later in 2021 or even in 2022. Please contact us with your request to rebook your trek.
Machu Picchu Sites Are Now Open
Peruvian government opened Machu Picchu November 1, 2020 to the general public. Having limited permits per day is the first step towards returning to the good old days at the World Wonder.
Short 2 Day Inca Trail Treks Are Open
The government re-opened the short version 2D/1N with hotel November 1, 2020. This option is being operated as usual and requires that everyone travels with a licensed tour operator like Alpaca Expeditions. In order to get to the trailhead, you will need to catch a train from Ollantaytambo to Km 104. This train ticket is included on our itinerary.
Rainbow Mountain Is Open
The famous rainbow mountain re-opened November 15, 2020 and can be booked with us. This trek will be a full day and will include both breakfast and lunch cooked by our trekking chef using all the safety protocols.
Cusco, Sacred Valley & More Places Are Open
Different museums and archeological sites have been opened to the public in different cities of Peru. All of these are following the needed safety protocols and also asking for a sign-up done prior to your visit to be able to enter.
Cusco’s archeological sites are open to the public and Guided tours to these locations are available. These are located around: Cusco (Sacsayhuamán), South Valley (Tipón, Pikillacta) and Sacred Valley (Ollantaytambo, Pisaq, Chinchero and Moray).
Yes, you can transfer Inca Trail Permits to a friend or family member.
The Peruvian government is allowing the transfer of Inca Trail permits to another person. Remember, only the Inca Trail 4, 5 and 7 day tours require the historically non-transferrable Inca Trail Permit. If you book or reschedule any of our other tours or treks (for example Sacred Valley, Salkantay, Lares, Machu Picchu packages, etc.), you don’t need an Inca Trail permit so this doesn’t apply to you.
Alpaca is taking it a step further; you are welcome to transfer your Peru trek to another person for any time during the next 5 years as well.
Contact us with information on the person you will transfer your booking to and we will handle the rest.
Please note: We are running treks and tours now. We know 2021 will still not be a typical trekking and touring year in Peru, so contact us if you have questions. There are no refunds for any trips, as per our reservation policy.
How to book my preferred Inca Trail Tour dates?
All 2021 AND 2022 Inca Trail Treks are open now for reservations.
Choose the best date based on your schedule. However, we encourage you to choose dates and book them if you plan to book during high season. This is because Inca Trail permits sell out quickly for the most popular dates as soon as the government releases permits. This is proving true even in 2021 with new protocols for travelers in Peru.
For alternative trekkers, you can start on any day you wish, as long as we have a minimum group of two trekkers.
Alpaca Expeditions’ Safety Protocols
With these announcements, we also want to let you know that Alpaca Expeditions is ready to operate the allowed tours with all the needed safety protocols. To guarantee an amazing but safe experience to you and your loved ones.
The protocols are as follows:
- All of our staff. Including guides, porters, cooks and drivers will go through a COVID19 molecular discard test before being able to work.
- Our doctor will check on our staff to go through a discard triage for any risk of infection before every service.
- Temperature control is mandatory to both staff and passengers.
- Hand-washing is mandatory for both our staff and clients.
- Alpaca guides always carry a personal first-aid kit including masks, gloves and thermometers, etc.
- The usage of masks is mandatory to both staff and passengers.
- The 1 and a half meters minimum-distance between each person will be respected and organized by our guides.
- Our vehicles will be disinfected following the biosecurity protocols given by the Health Ministry in Peru before and after every service.
- Inside our vehicles there will always be masks, hand sanitizer and a first-aid kit with oxygen masks, etc. in case any of our clients need them.
- We will only use 50% of the vehicle capacity in order to respect the social distancing requirements.
We have gone through difficult times, however, it is always possible to book now and travel tomorrow. We will be ready to make your travel dreams come true.
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A Humble Note
Alpaca Expeditions is a small, local Peruvian tour company. We are experiencing thousands of calls about cancellations and refunds this time and want you to know that while this is really scary for our company, we are committed to helping our guests, staff and community, and being resilient to come through this together. At this time we are choosing not to lay off any of our regular staff, because they rely on us so they can provide for their families. We are also supporting our porters, for the loss of work, even if only a month, is devastating for their families and communities.
Most of you have only paid your initial deposits for Alpaca Expeditions tours, this is $200 per person. All guests pay the balance of their tour cost when they get to Cusco to start their tour. We ask for your patience and hope that you are able to postpone your tour and move it to a later date in 2020, or 2021, 2022, 2023 as your first option.
For others, you may like to know that if you are unable to do your tour, and you wish to donate your deposit to out-of-work porters fund or communities hit hard by the stop in tourism or the devastating landslides of February, we will also move your deposit to our new non-profit Alpaca Expeditions Foundation, and will directly send 100% of that deposit to the cause of your choice.