General Information about Peru

Climate & Terrain

Peru’s rainy season runs November through April, with a dry season from May to October. Temperatures are about the same year round, with lows in the mid 40s and highs in the low 80s. View the current weather in Cusco…

Peru is a beautiful & fun missions destination; however, the spectacular views are generally a result of rugged mountainous terrains. Cusco is located at about 11,000ft and CDA at 8,100ft. High altitude affects people in different ways. Visits to CDA generally entail walking and perhaps manual labor, depending on your team’s ministry project. While we make every effort to keep you comfortable, this is not a five-star resort. You may consider asking your doctor for medication that prevents or lessens the affects of altitude sickness.

Legal needs

  • Passports: everyone needs a valid passport that does not expire within 6 months of travel dates. Applications can take six or more weeks. Please plan accordingly. The Peruvian travel visa is granted upon arrival in Lima.
  • Travel insurance: we recommend travel insurance, but it’s not required. Each group is responsible for purchasing their own third-party insurance if so inclined.

Health

All normal vaccines are recommended for travel to Peru. You do not need Malaria medications or Yellow Fever vaccine to enter Peru or to visit Casa del Aguila and Machu Picchu. If you plan on visiting other places within Peru please consult the CDC website for other recommended vaccines.

Transportation Expenses

International airfare will vary by season, availability, and U.S. departure city, but an average ticket is $1100. A domestic flight from Lima to Cusco will also be required at a cost of around $200. There may be a need for a 1 night hotel stay in Lima, due to your specific flight arrival/departure times. Ramada Inn at the airport has rooms for $165. per night (double occupancy).

Ground transportation is required to reach CDA, which is approximately 50 miles from Cusco. Transportation general costs about $20 per person and can be arranged just prior to your arrival date.

Tourism

A visit to Machu Picchu is a must. A one day visit costs about $250 per person. A 2 day visit is about $300. Cusco also boasts some amazing white water rafting, and it’s very easy to book a trip into the jungle. We can help you accomplish all your tourism goals.