What conditions should you consider while choosing a tour agency? Choosing the right agency is key when you decide to visit a site. Some of the worst travel experiences come not from the destination, but from the agency’s service. Do yourself a favor and choose quality over price. Especially, if you are coming from miles away expecting to visit fascinating tourist attractions. Please, don’t ruin your trip by choosing any agency that doesn’t match your expectations. Next, we tell you how to identify the right agency and what’s the bare minimum you can expect from tour agencies.
Visiting Cusco right at this time of the year is more affordable; therefore, choosing a quality service won’t be impossible for you.
Working Air Conditioning on Buses
If you read our previous posts on what to bring to Rainbow Mountain and the things you don’t know about it, you know Cusco is cold. That’s why you have to ask agencies for heating on buses. Most people who have been to too high destinations in Peru complain about the transport up to the destination. This is a result of, unfortunately, having chosen a low-cost agency that doesn’t care about tourists’ comfort. As a result, they reach the site unrested, mad and disappointed. Even if you are heading to a destination with hot temperatures, please, check this item before booking with an agency.
First Aid Kit
This is the basic bare minimum item that you can expect from an agency. It’s even required on technical inspections of vehicles. If you don’t check they have a kit with the following essentials, consider looking for another agency:
- Compression wrap
- Antibiotic and analgesic ointment
- Antihistamine tablets
- Hand sanitizer
- Antiseptic wipes
The truth is trips to Rainbow Mountain are adventure trips and accidents are a possibility. Even if you accidentally cut your finger with a sharp rock or if you fall and need assistance to keep walking. In any case, Rainbow Mountain is not a trail hard to hike, but it’s necessary you choose an agency that guarantees your safety.
This item might not be a must for tour agencies, but it definitely ensures a safe trip for tourists. Why? Because most of them are not aware of their own vital signs. What would happen if your blood pressure is high once you get off the bus? Or if, as you trek, it started rising? Probably, your trip would end up in a hospital. A pulse oximeter and the measure of vital signs at begging, during, and the end of the trip are key when it comes to preventing unnecessary adversities.
This is an item probably not most agencies have, and it will be important or not for you depending on your personal background. However, if you have the chance to book with an agency that provides this tank, do it! Some tourists enjoy trekking and are kind of experienced, others are amazed by Raining Mountain and take the trek just to see it by themselves. Considering the elevation of these hills, the physical endurance required, and the weather conditions… it doesn’t sound like a bad idea to carry an oxygen tank. Actually, you don’t have to carry one, the tourist guide’s assistant does it. Almost 45% of the tourists who travel with us have used it! Choose your tour agency carefully.
Bilingual Tour Guides
Of course! Imagine trying to explain in a language you aren’t very fluent in the guide any need you have, unsuccessfully. Maybe you only need a picture and you could ask someone else. But, what if you needed first aid help during the trek up to the top of the mountain? Or if you need clarification about the tour itself? There is nothing like the certainty that you will be heard. That’s why you should check the availability of guides fluent in English. In our team, we work with high-mountain guides fluent in both Spanish and English.
Remember the destination might be great, but not being able to communicate your needs, desires, or doubts can affect the quality of your trip.
Satellite Phones, Food Services, and Blankets
Yes, please! All of these items might sound non-essential or important to you, right? But you must have into account that phone and internet services might not work at the height of the mountain. Leaving the height aside, imagine the impact of weather conditions on the phone lines. You might not be interested in using your phone on such a magical trip; however, what if an emergency happened?
On the other side food services and blankets is the warm touch of the trip. Although you will find communities, they don’t provide food and you won’t find stores in the mountain. Choosing a tour agency with food service guarantees someone who is aware of your vital signs, the elevation of the site, and the weather conditions are thinking about a homemade menu for you.
Most cheap agencies lower their costs avoiding formality and national safety regulations. Have you considered checking their record before booking with them or even buying tickets directly from themselves? By the way, the lines above just described the service we proved and we’re booking now. We are waiting for you! Facebook.