Frequently Asked Questions

Is there an age restriction on any of these trips?
Inca Trail LunchBecause of the physical demanding nature of our trips, the suggested minimum age is 10 - 12 years old (depending on the trip). However, if you feel confident that your son or daughter can handle the rigors of the trip, Peaks & Places will be glad to discuss it with you. By the same token, if you are part of the "over the hill gang", we have had many people in their 60's and 70's go trekking with us. If you have age concerns, contact us and we'll be happy to discuss your individual situation.

Can I purchase my airline tickets through Peaks & Places?
Yes! Peaks & Places provides personalized service with your flight reservations, ticketing and travel plans worldwide. If you would like to fly over earlier, stay on afterwards, or make other stops en route, please let us know and we will be happy to arrange it for you. We specialize in finding the least expensive fares, both for group and individual travel. We recommend you reserve space as soon as possible to take advantage of low airfares and to assure yourself a spot on the trip. All airfares quoted are subject to change until tickets are puchased.

Ishinca Valley BreakfastWhat equipment do I need?
Peaks & Places provides all group camping equipment including cooking gear, tables and chairs, medical supplies, safety items, tents (personal, ktichen, dining), mattresses and portable toilets. You are expected to bring a sleeping bag, clothing, and other items of a personal nature. Upon receipt of your trip application and deposit, a detailed equipment list will be provided.

Inca Trail LunchWhat kind of food will be available on these trips?
While we are in towns and villages, we will be eating the local cuisine. In the mountains, all meals are prepared fresh daily with the highest possible degree of sanitation by our camp cooks. We use fresh food purchased in the local markets and create a variety of different dishes from pastas to stews, and even tasty desserts. We take great care to ensure that all drinking water is purified. If you have special dietary requirements, let us know in advance and we will try to accommodate you. However, special diets are not always available and cannot be guaranteed.

When do I need to pay for my trip?
A $1000 non-refundable deposit, along with a completed trip application will reserve a place for you. Final payment is due 120 days before departure.

Do I need to be in good shape to go on a trip with Peaks & Places?
Peaks & Places will work closely with you to help you select a trip that combines your interests and abilities. Trips are graded and described for your convenience. You are held responsible for being in sufficiently good health to undertake the trip. You are also responsible for preparing for the trip by reading the detailed itineraries and pre-departure information sent by Peaks & Places, and for bringing the appropriate clothing and equipment as advised.

Can I get a refund on my deposit?
Trip deposits are non-refundable. However, if you would like to go on a future trip with Peaks & Places, we can transfer the deposit to another trip. Peaks & Places reserves the right to cancel any trip with fewer than 4 participants. In such cases, all land cost (including trip deposit) will be refunded. This refund can be transfered to another trip with no service charge.

What is your cancellation policy?
At the time Peaks & Places, LLC receives written notice that participant must cancel a trip the following fees apply:

  1. Canceling more than 90 days before departure, Peaks & Places will refund all money you have paid above the $1000 non-refundable trip deposit.
  2. Canceling 60-89 days prior to departure, Peaks & Places will refund 50% of what you have paid above the $1000 non-refundable trip deposit.
  3. Canceling 59 days or less, prior to departure, no refunds can be made.

Can I get a refund on any part of the trip that I don't participate in?
No refunds will be given for unused hotel rooms, meals, sightseeing trips or trek arrangements for any reason whatsoever. Land cost is quoted as a package and credits are not given for unused services.

Can I change my mind and transfer to another trip?
If you transfer from one trip to another, Peaks & Places must be advised 90 days prior to departure. The transfer fee is $50.00. Transfer requests less than 90 days before departure will be treated on a individual case basis and may be subject to the stated cancellation fees for that trip.

What is included in my land cost?
All transportation and accommodations (double occupancy). Most meals in cities, except where noted in the daily itinerary. All cooks, porters, pack animals, entrance fees and/or permits, baggage handling, assistant guides and trip leaders. Peaks and Places also provides all group camping equipment including cooking gear, tables and chairs, medical supplies, safety items, tents (personal, ktichen, dining), mattresses and portable toilets. Cost does not include airfare except where noted in the daily intineraries.

What is not included in my land cost?
Cost of medical immunizations, insurance of any kind, excess baggage charges, airport taxes, laundry, liquor, personal camping equipment and other items of a personal nature. Medical costs including prescription medicines, evacuation by helicopter or other conveyance or cost of hospitalization are not covered. If any trip has to be delayed because of bad weather, road conditions, flight delays, sickness or other contingency for which Peaks & Places or its agents cannot make provision, the cost of delays are not included.

Can I get travel protection insurance through Peaks & Places?
If you need to cancel due to an accident, personal or family illness, Peaks & Places strongly recommends that you obtain trip cancellation insurance to protect from loss of trip deposits or trip payments. Baggage insurance is highly recommended as well. Baggage is carried entirely at owner's risk. Peaks & Places assumes no responsibility whatsoever for damage, loss or delay of property beyond its control. Insurance application forms will be mailed to you along with your deposit receipt and package of information.

Should I bring traveler's checks or cash?
It is recommended that you bring both cash and traveler's check while traveling abroad.

How do I sign up for a trip with Peaks & Places?
There are two simple ways to sign-up for a Peaks & Places trip.

  1. Download an application in MS Word format here, fill it out, and email or fax it back to Peaks & Places at (970) 626-5251.
  2. Call Peaks & Places at (970) 626-5251.

Can I have my own room if I'm traveling alone?
Peaks & Places does provide single room and tent at an extra single supplement charge. Check the "Detailed Description" of each individual trip for pricing information.

Will I need a visa?
A Visa or American Express is highly recommended ...... just kidding.
Seriously though, visas are necessary to enter foreign countries. If you are an American traveling to either Peru, Nepal or Ecuador, visas can be obtained upon entrance into those countries at the airport immigration counter. If you are not an American traveling to the countries listed above, please check with their embassies for visa requirements.

Do I need to bring extra money for tipping?
Yes, we highly recommend that you bring an extra money for tipping kitchen and camp staff, personal porters, assistant guides, drivers and trip guides. We provide more detailed information about tipping in our pre-trip information packets.


Peaks & Places • 45 Ridgeview Lane • Ridgway, Colorado 81432
Email: bradjohnson@peaksandplaces.com
Ph: 970-626-5251 Fax: 970-626-3286