Is my departure guaranteed? Is there a minimum number of people per departure?
Barring natural disasters or other circumstances where safety is of concern, expeditions are guaranteed regardless of group size. There is no group minimum. However, please wait to make travel arrangements until you receive confirmation from OneSeed Expeditions.
Is there a minimum age requirement?
Yes. Participants must be at least 16 years old and travel with a parent or guardian.
What is the best way to get to the trip start location?
Arrive in Cusco at any time on Day 1 of your itinerary. Fly into Cusco, Peru (CUZ), where you'll be met by a representative from OneSeed Expeditions and transferred to your accommodation.
What kind of shape do I need to be in for this trip?
This expedition requires above average physical fitness. You'll reach high altitudes and experience high levels of physical exertion. No technical skills are required and first-time trekkers are welcome. Typical days require 5-10 hours of trekking and some expeditions include large elevation changes.
What should I do to prepare physically for the trip?
The more prepared you are for the trail, the more you'll be able to enjoy the adventure. For any expedition, the most important thing you can do is get outside and get walking. Break in new gear--especially boots!--and get used to walking on varying terrain (uphill, downhill, trail, etc.). Check the daily activity level for your expedition and use this as a training guide.
Do I need a visa for my trip?
Visas requirements vary by country and are usually determined by the passport you're using. Currently, US citizens do not need a visa for entry into Peru. For travelers of other nationalities, information on visa fees and entry requirements, please see the relevant embassy website or contact OneSeed directly.
What is the average group size?
Group sizes will vary, however, all trips are limited to a maximum of 10 persons.
What are the accommodations like?
Lodging in Cusco and Aguas Calientes will be in 3-star boutique hotels. Lodging in Santa Teresa is more basic due to the remote location.
Can solo travelers get their own room? Is there a single supplement fee?
Yes, there is a single supplement fee of $200 for solo travelers and individuals who wish to have their own private room. Please contact Oneseed Expeditions to make arrangements.
What is the food like?
All meals are included except for Day 1 and Day 7 of the trip. On Day 1 a welcome dinner is included and on Day 7, only breakfast is included. All food for the trip is either prepared in the kitchen of the lodging property or will be provided at local restaurants along the trip route. The type of food varies but includes lots of rice, beans, chicken, and vegetables. Almost all dietary needs can be accommodated, but please let OneSeed Expeditions know ahead of time.
How much extra money should people budget?
Plan to spend at least $25-$35 per day for expenses not covered by the trip.
What should people bring? Do you have a packing list?
You are responsible only for personal clothing and gear listed below. OneSeed will take care of everything else. A gear check will be completed before you depart for the trail. This list does not include additional clothing/items you may want for travel or for your time off the trail. Any luggage not needed on the trail can be left at the hotel in Cusco during your expedition.
Change of clothes for Cusco - to be kept in storage during expedition
Medium-weight down jacket
Fleece jacket or vest
Synthetic hiking pants (zip-away shorts are a great option)
Synthetic long underwear (top and bottom)
Wool or synthetic hat
Waterproof hiking boots
Nylon-wool blend socks (3)
Socks for hiking and zip-line
Sandals (Tevas, Chocos, etc.)
Water bottles (1-2 to carry 2 liters)
Personal toiletries and medicine
Casual clothes for city
Toilet paper in ziplock bag
Documents and logistics
International flights booked and confirmed to Cusco
Flight information submitted
Passport valid for 6 months after arrival date (to be carried at all times)
Photocopy of passport
Medical insurance card
Cash for tipping guides, buying souvenirs, incidental costs, etc.
Note: Please bring crisp US bills. Many places will not accept torn, wrinkled, or worn bills
Hand sanitizer or wet wipes
Hotel reservations for extended time in Cusco (if applicable)
Zip-lock bags for waterproofing passport and other valuables
Should I purchase travel insurance? If so, do you have a recommended provider?
We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance for all trips. Travel insurance allows you to seek reimbursement if you are forced to cancel your trip for unforeseeable reasons, or if you need to cover medical help, emergency transport, and/or theft or accidental damage while traveling. For travel insurance, we recommend World Nomads.
Can I cancel the trip?
Book confidently with Free Cancellations within 72 hours of booking. After 72 hours, cancellation fees will apply. Cancellations are subject to the full discretion of OneSeed Expeditions. For more information on our Travel Cancellation Policy please Click Here.