When arriving in Peru, clients will face an altitude adjustment

CUSCO, Peru -- Mountain Travel Sobek's Andean Explorer itinerary spends eight days in Peru -- the shortest and the easiest of its Peru offerings -- and appeals to busy professionals.

The itinerary enables them to visit to an exotic destination on an active, walking vacation and return home with just a little over a week out of the office.

The operator has scheduled 12 Andean Explorer departures in 2000, one each month. Land cost starts at $2,190 per person, double, which includes hotels, transportation, services of a guide and nearly all meals.

For information, contact the firm at (888) 687-6235 or visit the Web site at www.mtsobek.com.

Here are some tips for booking clients on walking trips in Peru:

  • Remind clients about the altitude. Although Machu Picchu is comfortable at 7,000 feet, Cusco is at 11,200 feet and takes some getting used to.
  • When I got off the plane from Lima at Cusco, a sharp ache in my right foot flared up (at the place I had broken the foot six years before) and the foot swelled a bit.

    Mountain Travel Sobek helps ease the adjustment to the attitude by planning a three-night stay in lower-altitude Urubamba Valley for the first nights in the Andes.

  • Remind clients that hats, sunglasses and strong sunscreen are critical when spending time in the sun at this altitude.
  • Despite the precautions taken -- drinking only bottled water and avoiding raw fruits and vegetables -- many in our group came down with stomach aches and diarrhea. Those who brought Imodium were glad they had done so.
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