6 Ways to Get the Most for Your Money on a Tour
June 19, 2014|Posted in: Travel Advice
Comparing Peru tours can be very confusing. It can be difficult to tell why one tour is sometimes thousands of dollars less than another tour. Aren’t all tour operators’ costs based on the same components—guides and other support staff, hotels, meals, transportation, entrance fees, and equipment?
Yes, tour operators are generally working with the same cost components. The difference is often in the fine, sometimes invisible, print that spells out what is included in the tour.
Wildly differing prices are usually based on the following factors:
1) Tour duration—Longer tours naturally cost more.
2) Group size—Generally the bigger the group, the less expensive the tour is. This is because certain costs, such as bus transportation or guides, can be spread across more people.
3) Number of free days—More free days usually equate to a budget tour because the tour operator doesn’t have to pay for a guide, transportation, or entrance fees during free days.
4) Hotel class—Luxury tour groups usually stay in 4- or 5-star hotels. Budget tour groups may stay in 2-star hotels or hostels.
5) Number of meals included—In Peru, hotels usually include breakfast in their rates. As a result, many tours include breakfast, but they exclude lunch and dinner. This lowers the price of the tour. Remember, though, you still have to pay for lunch and dinner once you are in Peru.
6) Transportation—Budget tours may use local buses while more expensive tours use private cars.
You can use these factors to prepare a grid to compare Peru tours. Then, you can determine what is included and what the impact will be on the quality of your experience. This approach will help you ensure that you aren’t making compromises you are not prepared to make. After all, visiting Machu Picchu will most likely be a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. As a result, you will undoubtedly want to remember your trip for all the right reasons.