FRQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
FAQ- General Questions & Logistics
Q: How do I know if this retreat is right for me?
A: Our retreats are about connecting with yourself, spirit and the Andes. Yoga and meditation is for everyone and all levels, if you’ve never practiced this might be the introduction that is calling you in. We hold a safe and loving space for everyone, no judgement.
Q: Do I need to join all the sessions?
A: Absolutely not. Everything is optional! This retreat is for you and what you want/need. You can join or opt out of any yoga sessions or ceremonies, take care of YOU.
Q: Where do we meet or check-in?
A: Arrive in Cusco, Peru on the morning of the first day of retreat. Full Moon Tours will collect all flight itineraries and there will be a private car at the airport in Cusco (CUZ) to pick you up. Our drivers will have a sign “FULL MOON” and will drive you, almost a two hour drive, to Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley to our lodge.
If you arrive before the first day please send us your information of where you will be staying.
With your flight Itinerary we will also arrange for transport for your departure.
Q: What are the Visa requirements for Peru?
A: Please look up visa requirements from the Embassy of your country. For U.S. citizens and most other countries, you do not need to apply for a visa. Travelers need a passport valid at least half a year. The maximum stay in Peru on a tourist visa is 183 days per year which they will issue you at the airport at immigration.
Q: Do I need Travelers Insurance?
A: Travel Insurance is not required, but suggested to be safe. It is up to you! Here is a link to Trip Assure, a good travel insurance company if you want to get a quote. https://www.tripassure.com/main/
Q: I am planning to travel to other areas of Peru before or after the trip, is there someone to help me with this?
A: We are happy to help you with suggestions and more information on other places/sites in Peru. If you need to book tours, hotels and transportation a good company to contact is Kuoda travel, https://www.kuodatravel.com/ If we have direct contacts in certain areas we can connect you via e-mail as well.
Q: What's the weather like?
A: In the Andes we have rainy season and dry season. December- March is rainy, before and after these months you may find some light showers, but they’re short and pass quickly, a rain jacket is advised. The early mornings and late evening will be cold as we are high in the mountains, around 45-50 degrees Fahrenheit. During the day the sun is strong at this elevation and temperatures jump up to 65 degrees fahrenheit. Pack good layers.
Q: How much money should I bring?
A: You can exchange money at the airport or in town. It is best to notify your bank of your travels and use the atm’s for the best exchange rate. I suggest around $200 for meals and an additional $100-$300 for gifts, souvenirs or extra activities.
Q: Will I have access to Wifi?
A: Yes! Everywhere we stay has wifi internet access and most cafes/restaurants. You will be able to connect at least once a day.
Q: What kind of electrical adapters do I need?
A: Peru has the standard U.S. two pronged plug system. If any of your electrical devices has three prongs, you need to bring a converter for the 3 to 2 prong outlet.
Q: I have a layover in Lima, what should I do?
A: Depending on how long your layover is there are a couple options. If you only have 4-5 hours before your flight to Cusco, you can go upstairs in the airport and find a place to nap before checking in. If you have over 4-5 hours, you can book a hotel or hostel close to the airport in Lima, there are many different price options and reviews on Trip Advisor or Booking.com. Your hotel can provide transport. If you have a whole day, we recommend booking a hotel in Miraflores district. This is a nice and touristy area of Lima, but 45 minutes from the airport.
Q: I am worried about Altitude Sickness, what do I need to know?
A: Altitude sickness can happen to anyone, the trip is designed to take us to a lower elevation upon arrival (Sacred Valley) and after having the week to acclimate, end our journey at the highest elevation, which is Cusco, at 12,000feet.
Cusco is generally the only location where altitude sickness may be a concern, we will move very slowly here and won’t be doing anything too strenuous.
Oxygen is available at local clinics if needed.
Diamox is a prescription drug for altitude sickness, it improves oxygen saturation in your blood. Natural remedies to help with altitude: Ginkgo Biloba and Ginger!
Coca Leaves will be available in Peru to chew or put into tea, a powerful natural remedy for the altitude and sacred medicinal plant to the Inca.
Q: Do I need any Vaccinations before coming to Peru?
A: Please read over the Center of Disease Control and Prevention’s website (CDC) for Peru, https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/peru Our trip is in the Sacred Valley of Peru in the Andes, Cusco region. There are generally no concerns here, being high in the mountains, unless your routine vaccines are out of date. If you plan to travel to the Amazon there may be other requirements like Yellow Fever. Talk to your physician about what is best for you in your travel plans.
Q: I’ve heard of people getting sick from the food and having traveler's diarrhea in Peru, is there anything I need to do to prepare for this?
A: We do our best to connect you to clean and healthy food sources here in Peru. If you want to be safe you can ask your physician for a medication like Cipro or bring an over the counter, like Imodium. I recommend taking probiotics a couple weeks before leaving and bringing them with you, to help prepare your gut for new bacterias. Probiotics: Lactobacillus Acidophilus & Bifidobacterium Bifidum
Q: I have some dietary restrictions, am I going to be okay? How many meals are provided?
A: Breakfast is provided each day. Breakfast will consist of fresh eggs from happy local chickens, fresh bread with butter and jam, local fruits, oatmeal, juice, coffee or tea. We will be eating out for almost all other meals. You will be guided to local restaurants that are clean, healthy and safe that will be able to cater to your dietary needs. Please inform us of any allergies or dietary needs beforehand.
Q: What about my physical health, will I be able to keep up?
A: This trip is catered for a wide range of physical capabilities. Some people may climb the mountains to the ruins and others may opt to take a car or sit out. Please let us know if you’re concerned about your physical health and we can discuss further. We are at a high elevation in the mountains and it is important to feel that you are physically, mentally and spiritually capable of traveling through the Andes. You must inform Full Moon Tours of any health concerns when applying for the trip.
Q: Can we drink the tap water?
A: You do not want to drink the tap water in Peru. However, there is clean, filtered and safe water everywhere we go. Our lodges will have filtered water to refill our water bottles and there is bottled water for purchase everywhere we go.
Q: Where are the closest clinics in case of a Health emergency?
A: The main Hospital in Cusco is located at BellaVista Street, Residencial Huancaro C-11- Santiago- Cusco. Call for free in Peru for any emergency help: 080 026 685.
Health for Ceremony
Q: I am planning to participate in medicinal plant medicine ceremonies, what do I need to know?
A: When you register for the trip you must let Full Moon Tours know if you plan to participate or are interested in plant medicine ceremony, Ayahuasca and/or San Pedro cactus. There are separate instructions and details for preparation to read over.
FAQ- Packing List
Official Papers- Passport(Make sure your Passport is current and not about to expire) •Airline ticket
Luggage- A traveler’s backpack, suitcase or duffle bag works, we will be staying in hotels for the whole trip.
• A good day pack is important. A small to medium sized backpack for carrying water, lunch, rain gear and camera.
•Passport pouch or money belt
Outerwear - Rain jacket and Warm Jacket for the evening (down jacket).
Footwear- Lightweight hiking boots or sneakers- worn in and comfortable for trekking.
Clothing- Bring a few lightweight, easily washable items for travel and evening wear •Midweight fleece or wool sweater •Lightweight thermal underwear top, synthetic or wool •Hiking pants •Long-sleeve shirts •T-shirts •Swimsuit •Underwear•Hiking socks •Casual socks
Clothing Accessories - Sun hat •Wool or fleece hat
Travel Accessories- Water bottle •Yoga Mat •Watch with alarm or travel clock •Sunglasses •Sun block and lip balm •Toiletry kit •Baby wipes •Hand sanitizer gel •Small first-aid kit •Insect repellent •Head Lamp
Things to Consider- Please remember to always pack essential items such as your passport, money, eyewear, a change of clothing and medications in your carry-on baggage, in case your luggage is delayed.
If your luggage is exploding with clothes and gear, don’t be afraid to ditch a couple shirts or a pair of pants. Sometimes less is more, we’re staying in a lodge...you don’t need to pack too much gear and it’s always possible to purchase something you need or forgot in Peru.
Laundry service available.