When planning a trip to Peru, should you travel independently or take a guided tour? The answer lies in the kind of traveler you want to be and the expectations you have for your trip. But even freelance travelers are signing up for escorted tours, hoping to transfer the hassle of travel planning and organizational details to someone else. And now that travel companies are aware that travelers prefer more leisure, smaller and unique groups, trying out experiences, coupled touring is more popular than ever.
I know what you might be thinking: escorted tours are for senior citizens in Bermuda shorts and fanatical packages. You are imagining some tourist areas departing from cameras with hand-held cameras, disrupting the natural pace of things near the beautiful ruins where you have just arrived.
Thankfully, this is an outdated notion of accompanied tours. They have grown, and associated tourist companies are offering many of the same experiences that freelance travelers want. Many companies are limiting the number of passengers on the tour, seeking unique experiences through contacts at their destinations and providing the kind of comfort and care that seals the deal for many travelers.
Here are five good reasons to make an escorted tour in Peru:
1. A full-time tour manager accompanies the group, and its only task is to make sure you are calm and happy on your travels. Isn't your room right? Worrying about your stomach? Can't find that little store that someone recommended to you? Sick of carrying your luggage, or standing in line for tickets to a site or tow? Your tour manager is tasked with answering your questions, seeking resources to help you with your travel pursuits, your luggage drive, and anything else that will make your trip more enjoyable. US based travel companies will often accompany an American tour manager who will work in concert with a Peruvian tour guide. A tour guide is tasked with narrating places and bringing local color to your trip; the tour manager looks at the itinerary details and the comfort and well-being of its passengers. Be sure to ask your tour company if they use a guide 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 managers. And as a good waiter, he or she is there to help you on your travels, not overpower your time or control the trip.
2. Leave the details to us: From start to finish, the fine details of your travel experience are in someone else's hands. Flights, hotels, guides, transportation, food, luggage and entrance fees are taken from. Your job is to sit back and enjoy your time away. But that doesn't mean you become a passive traveler. A good touring company will spend a lot of free time on the itinerary for your pursuits. They will employ experienced guides who can answer your questions and direct you to other sites or activities that may interest you. Of course, there has to be some sort of "group mentality" for a tour to go well: things like being on time or being a fun travel companion are important to the experience, but smaller groups and less frenetic tours means traveling is less robotic than it used to be, and more about taking your time and enjoying the experience. Other details – such as not worrying about your luggage, or checking in or out of hotels, along with meal planning and site visits are already done. This is exactly why tournaments are so popular.
3] Peru is captivating, infinitely entertaining and wonderful, but it is a foreign land – in many ways removed from the usual experience. There are stomach defects and annoying bacteria; there is a height to face, petty crime and a foreign language to deal with. A good tour company utilizes tried and true restaurants hand-picked from experience. Their tour managers understand the altitude and how it affects travelers and they know the tricks of the trade to make you feel more at ease. Good companies do not want to interpret your experience for you, but hope to make your experience more enjoyable by removing any obstacles along the way. I & # 39; I called doctors, changed restaurants, ran recipes, and helped translate language for travelers to Peru. For some people, knowing that they have received support along the way makes for a better ride.
4] Lonely travelers – and even couples – often enjoy the experience of traveling with others. Excellent bonds can be formed during a trip, and I've had passengers meet new people on tours with whom they develop long-lasting friendships with. You have a lot in common with your adventurers: a love of travel and experience, an enthusiasm for new foods, a love of history or archeology. You may find that you are traveling with a group of people much like you. Group dinners are often the highlight of the tour, with everyone gathering at the end of a long day for a cocktail and a shared meal. Most people prefer to enjoy the experience of traveling with others.
5] That team mentality that develops in the tournament keeps people coming back. Each tour takes on a life of its own – with highlights, private jokes, new friendships and themes. You are traveling together, after all, and this is really your choice whether you want to sit down and enjoy the ride or engage your travelers. But touring becomes a subtle filter in which you experience a culture, often adding to your insights, experiences, and memories.
Be sure to read my article about choosing the right tour company before booking a trip. Find one that suits your particular interests, your sense of rhythm and expectations. Great to see a itinerary loaded with attractions and sightseeing, but remember that you are the one to include it! Make sure there is free time for your pursuits, a sense of reach that encourages rest and renewal, and a company that insists on the best, most qualified tour managers and guides.
Happy trips …