Five Good reasons to take an Escorted Tour to Peru

When planning a trip to Peru, should you travel independently or take an escorted tour? The answer lies in what kind of traveller you feign to be and the expectations you have for your trip. But even independent travelers are registering for escorted tours, hoping to transfer the actual of trip planning and organizational details to someone else. And now that tour companies are cognizant that travelers prefer more leisure time, smaller groups and unique, hands on experiences, the escorted tour is most common than previously.

I know what you may be thinking: Escorted tours are for senior citizens in Bermuda shorts and fanny delivers. You’re imagining hoards of tourists disembarking from buses with cameras at your fingertips, disturbing the natural flow of things near the beautiful wrecks where you’ve just arrived.

Thankfully, that is an outdated notion of escorted tours. They’ve evolved, and escorted tour companies are selling many of the same experiences that independent travelers are aiming for. Many companies are restraining the variety of passengers per tour, looking for unique experiences through contacts at their destinations, and offering the kind of comfort and care that seals the deal for many travelers.

A full time tour manager accompanies the group, and her sole job is to make sure you are comfortable and happy in your travels. Is your room not properly? Is your stomach pestering you? Can’t find that little shop someone recommended to you? Fed up with carrying your own suitcases, or standing in line for tickets to a site or attraction? Your tour manager is charged with answering your questions, looking for resources to help you in your travel pastimes, looking after your gear, and anything else that will make your trip more pleasant. Tour companies based in the united states will often have an American tour manager accompany the group, who will work in concert with a Peruvian tour guide. A tour guide is charged with narrating sites and bringing local color to your trip; the tour manager sees to the details of the plans and the comfort and well being of her passengers. Be sure to ask your tour company if they employ both basic steps and a manager on their tours. And remember: A good tour manager can make your trip. You want to find a company that employs experienced tour operators. And like a good cashier, he or she is there to work with you in your travels, not dominate your time or control the journey.

Leave the details to us: From start to finish, the fine details of your travel experience are in a person’s hands. Travellers, hotels, guides, transportation, meals, gear and entrance fees are taken of. Your job is to rest and luxuriate in your time away. But that doesn’t mean you become a passive traveller. A good tour company will consider plenty of leisure time into the plans for the pastimes. They will employ experienced guides who can answer your questions and point you to other sites or activities that might interest you. Sure, the converter should have somewhat of a “group mentality” for a tour to go well: things like being on time or being a pleasant travel companion are important to the experience, but smaller groups and less frenetic tours mean that the journey is less automatic than it used to be, and more about taking your time and enjoying the experience. Other details–like not having to worry about your gear, or checking into or out of hotels, along with meal planning and site visits are already done. That is the reason tours are so popular.

Peru is fascinating, endlessly entertaining and gorgeous, but it’s a foreign country–in many ways taken from common experience. There are stomach bugs and pesky bacteria; there is altitude to take on, occasional petty crime and a spanish to deal with. A good tour company utilizes tried and true restaurants–hand picked from experience. Their tour operators understand altitude and how it effects travelers and they know the tricks of the trade to make you feel more comfortable in altitude. Good companies don’t wish to misinterpret your experience for you, but alternatively desire to make your experience more enjoyable by removing any obstacles along the way. I’ve summoned doctors, changed restaurants, made runs to receive prescriptions, and helped to translate the language for travelers in Peru. For some people, knowing they’ve got support along the way adds up to a better journey.

Lone travelers–and even couples– often enjoy the experience of traveling with others. Great bonds can form through the course of a trip, and I’ve had passengers that meet new people on tour whom they develop life long friendships with. You have a lot in accordance with your fellow adventurers: love of travel and experience, an enthusiasm for new foods, love of history or archaeology. You might find you are journeying with several grouped people much like you. Group foods are often the highlight on tours, where everyone all fits in place at the end of a long day for a mixture and a shared meal. Most people prefer to enjoy the experience of traveling with others.

It’s that team mindset that develops on tour that keeps people coming back. Each tour takes on a life of its own–with a unique highlights, private jokes, new friendships, and themes. You are traveling together, after all, and it’s truly your choice whether you want to rest and luxuriate in the ride or engage your fellow travelers. But the tour becomes a thin filter in which you experience a culture, often exacerbating your skills, your experiences and your memories.

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