Andean Trails

00 44 131 467 7086
33 Sandport Street, Leith, Edinburgh, EH6 6EP, Scotland, United Kingdom

Andean Trails is a specialist tour operator offering challenging small-group trekking, mountain biking and jungle expeditions in the South American Andes and Amazon.

Through our fixed departures, as well as individually created tailor made itineraries, we aim to discover the spectacular wilderness areas, fascinating native cultures and diverse wildlife of this spellbinding continent.

Andean Trails is governed by a commitment to sensitive travel. Our philosophy means keeping groups small and working as much as possible with locally owned businesses and fairly paid local staff.

Activities

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Inca Trail trek

The Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu in Peru is one of the greatest treks in Peru, and indeed the world. The Inca Trail trek is deservedly...   read more
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Manu Amazon camping tour

Manu National Park in Peru is one of the best places to spot wildlife and explore the Amazon biosphere. Peru’s Manu National...   read more
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White water raft river Apurimac, Peru

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Galapagos multi activity adventure

This carefully planned multi-activity tour of the Galapagos islands is perfect for all lovers of outdoor adventure. We combine...   read more
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Additional Information

Year started operating
1997
Number of employees
6
Frequently Asked Questions

Local People & Customs
Start enjoying your travels before you leave by tapping into as many sources of information as you can. Learn about and appreciate the cultures which you come across – it will enhance your experience.
Try to avoid behaviour that may be considered offensive. Think carefully about what’s appropriate in terms of your clothes and the way you behave. You’ll earn respect and be more readily welcomed by local people.
Don’t treat people as part of the landscape, they may not want their picture taken. Put yourself in their shoes, ask first and respect their wishes. Do not expect any special privileges – remember that you are only one of many visitors.
Meeting and talking to local people will add to your enjoyment. Trying to learn a few words of Spanish or even Quechua (in the high Andes) will be appreciated.
Do not trespass. Wherever possible, ask for permission to enter someone’s land.
Make no promises to local people that you can’t keep – be realistic about what you will do when you return home.
Respect the laws of the country you are travelling in.

The Local Economy
Try and put money into local people’s hands; drink local beer or fruit juice rather than imported brands and buy and eat locally produced food.
Pay a fair price for the goods or services you buy – if you haggle for the lowest price your bargain may be at someone else’s expense. Haggle with humour and not aggressively.
Don’t encourage begging by offering money. There are charities that could use your money productively. Also remember that there are very few dentists in the Andean countries, so giving out sweets is not recommended.
Tipping is an accepted part of all of the Andean economies. Ensure you are aware of when this is relevant, as some people rely on tips.

Natural Resources & Pollution
Minimise your environmental impact – Help preserve local wildlife and habitats by respecting rules and regulations, such as sticking to footpaths and not buying products made from plants or animals.
Think about what happens to your rubbish – remove extra packaging from anything you are taking with you so as not to add to the rubbish disposal problems, take biodegradable products and a water filter bottle. Be sensitive to limited resources like water, fuel and electricity.
Do not pollute or bathe in rivers. Often those streams will be someone’s drinking water source further down river.
Never leave rubbish. Take out what you bring in. Always try to leave a campsite in as good or better state than you found it.

Terms and Conditions

The following are the* ANDEAN TRAILS* Booking Conditions:
1. Your booking is made with Andean Trails Ltd, 33 Sandport STreet, Leith, Edinburgh EH6 6EP.
2. When you buy an ATOL protected air holiday package from us you will receive a Confirmation Invoice from us confirming your arrangements and your protection under our Air Travel Organiser’s Licence number 6275. In the unlikely event of our insolvency, the CAA will ensure that you are not stranded abroad and will arrange to refund any money you have paid to us for an advance booking. For further information visit the ATOL website at www.atol.org.uk. Not all holiday or travel services offered and sold by us will be protected by the ATOL Scheme. Please ask us to confirm what protection may apply to your booking.
For land only holidays not involving any air travel, in accordance with “The Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992”, all UK passengers booking with Andean Trails Ltd. are fully protected for the initial deposit and subsequently the balance of all money paid to us, arising from cancellation or curtailment of travel arrangements due to the insolvency of Andean Trails.
3. To book a tour: send the completed booking form together with a non-refundable deposit. (£250 per person for Inca Trail only bookings, or £150 per person for land only tours that cost under £400 per person, 30% of total tour cost for any tour costing over £400 per person, full payment for international flights). The balance is due eight weeks prior to departure. No reminder will be sent, so if the balance is not paid by the due date we will regard the booking as cancelled.
Cancellation charges:
more than 8 weeks before departure – deposit only
4-8 weeks before departure – 60%
2-4 weeks before departure – 80%
less than 2 weeks before departure – 100%
4. We reserve the right to increase the price of a holiday 30 days before departure by 10%, due to fuel costs, taxes or exchange rate changes.
5. A minimum number of bookings is set for scheduled group tours and if there are insufficient members or if we have to cancel your trip for any other reason a full refund will be given. If we cancel your tour we will advise you at least six weeks prior to the departure date.
6. Our tours involve travel in remote, mountainous regions, at high altitudes, where amenities and medical facilities are few and far between. Every effort is made to ensure your safety and well being, but bookings are accepted on the understanding that you appreciate the risks and hazards associated with this sort of travel. Andean Trails Ltd. will not accept responsibility for accidents, injury, lack of fitness, carelessness, illness, negligence or lack of punctuality attributable to the customer. If you have any disability or illness, you must inform us at the time of booking the holiday so advice can be given on the suitability of the trip.
7. All customers must be fully insured for the duration of the tour. Customers are responsible for arranging their own insurance which must cover medical expenses, injury, death, rescue, helicopter rescue (if appropriate), repatriation, cancellation and curtailment. Customers must provide Andean Trails Ltd. with evidence of their insurance. We recommend you take out insurance at the time of booking and double check the small print to ensure it covers all activities you are involved in.
8. With regard to international flights: Andean Trails Ltd. can book flights for customers as we are an ATOL bonded agency. Andean Trails cannot however take responsibility for changes or alterations to any flights whether booked direct or through Andean Trails.
9. Personal items and baggage remain at all times the responsibility of the customer. In addition responsibility must be accepted for any equipment loaned to you, and you must agree to pay for any loss or damage caused to this equipment while in your care.
10. At this moment, British citizens do not require a visa to visit Peru, Bolivia, Chile or Argentina. Customers of any other nationality should inform us at the time of booking so we can advise on the current situation. A full British passport, valid for at least one year beyond the return date, is required by British citizens travelling on our tours. You are responsible for arranging your passport, and any necessary visas and vaccination certificates. Please check with the relevant embassy for the latest requirements with regard to visas and vaccinations.
11. Andean Trails cannot be held responsible for; the consequences of any delays, expenses incurred or alterations caused by illness, weather, war, terrorism, political events, civil strife, strikes, natural disaster, technical difficulties or any event beyond our control.
12. The tour itinerary may have to be changed due to altered circumstances and conditions. We will make alternative arrangements as required but no refunds will be given for services which are not utilised as a result.
13. Due to the adventurous nature of the tours, all customers must at all times agree to comply with the decisions taken by the guide.
14. If you should have a complaint about the tour, it must be made by letter and received by Andean Trails within 14 days of the end of the tour.
15. In the unlikely event of any sort of dispute arising, the Law of Scotland shall apply. If the dispute cannot be resolved directly between us within 6 weeks of written intimation of the dispute, both Andean Trails Ltd.and our customer shall attempt to settle the dispute by Mediation. A Mediator will be selected with the assistance of the Law Society of Scotland. If the mediation is unsuccessful, the Sheriff Court at Edinburgh shall have jurisdiction.

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Mailing address
33 Sandport Street, Leith
City
Edinburgh
Zip / Postcode
EH6 6EP
State / Region
Scotland
Country
United Kingdom

Latitude: 55.9764408
Longitude: -3.1718485