Beware of Illegal Rogue Local Travel Operators in Peru

Apavit, the Peruvian Association of Travel and Tourism Agencies, estimates that between 55%-60% of travel agencies in Peru are informal. This means that almost 4,500 agencies are not registered with the Ministry of Tourism. Major tourist cities are affected by this problem including Cusco, Puno, Arequipa, Lima, Huaraz, Trujillo, Chiclayo and Piura. These agencies may charge up to 50% less than formal agencies, but there are often hidden costs for transport, guides etc. Travelers are advised to choose their agencies carefully and not just opt for the cheapest optio

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