What kind of kiteboarding experience do I need to join this retreat?

Kiters on this retreat should be independent in the water and be able to ride and stay upwind. They should also be confident with self rescue and being in the waves without a kite or board. Your coaches can give you a refresher on riding safely in waves if needed.

Do I need a visa or any vaccinations to travel to Peru?

Visitors from the EU, USA, Canada, and Latin America do not need to organize a visa in advance to travel to Peru. Visitors from these locations will receive a visa on arrival. Please note that many countries require 6 months validity on your passport to enter. There are no special vaccinations required to visit Peru, although we recommend checking the travel advice from your country before traveling.

Can you accommodate my dietary needs?

Yes, we can accommodate for most dietary needs including vegetarian, gluten free, and other allergies. Please be sure to contact Johanna with your requirements 30 days before to request a specific meal plan.

Will there be WiFi available at the hotels?

Yes, there will be WiFi available at your accommodation. Please note that the signal strength and speed may not be what you're familiar with at home! This trip is a great opportunity to take a break from your devices and enjoy the environment around you.

How many people will be on my retreat?

The Cusco Yoga + Adventure Retreat is a co-ed trip with a blend of solo travelers and couples. The average group size at a retreat is 6-10 (with 10 being the maximum).

Do I have to participate in all the activities?

We encourage everyone to take part in all of the scheduled activities including the yoga an meditation so you can make the most of the adventure. However, we appreciate the need of each individual to listen to their body. If you choose not to participate in an activity or portion of the retreat, please let your host know in advance so they can plan accordingly.

Are there any additional expenses I should be aware of?

While you are on the retreat, all of your accommodation, food, and the activities listed are organized. The additional expenses to expect are your flight costs and baggage fees, any alcoholic beverages or special drinks, optional activities, personal shopping, and gratuities.

What are the deposit and payment options?

For the North Peru Wave Retreat, a USD$800 deposit is required to secure your booking. Full payment for your retreat is due by June 15. If you require any special arrangements, please contact Johanna at go@samanalegacyadventures.com. You can pay by Zelle, cash app, or check (if in the US). It is possible to pay via Credit Card through PayPal with an additional processing fee.

What is the cancellation policy for the Retreats?

Deposits are non-refundable. Cancellation 120+ days before the retreat will receive a 80% refund. Cancellation 60+ days before the retreat will receive a 50% refund. Cancellation less than 60 days before the retreat is non-refundable.

Can I buy or rent kite gear in Peru?

If you don't have the gear you need, there may be limited gear available for rental from the kite school in the area. To buy, gear is alot more expensive in Peru and difficult to get.

Is this trip for wave riders only or can I bring a twintip?

While this trip is designed to get kiters into the waves and progressing on the wave board, riders on twin tips are also welcome. Your coaches are also experienced at coaching twin tip riders. The focus will still be on progression in the waves and board skills for riding downwind and slashing waves. For those that have been riding on a twintip only, a strapped wave board is a good way to get started on the waves with the security of a board still attached to your feet!

What is the wind like in Peru? What size of kites should I bring?

The average wind range for this time of the year (September) is between 16 and 22 knots. Of course, mother nature is always in charge and anything can happen! At a minimum, we recommend bringing the kite sizes you would normally ride in this wind range. If you'd like to play it safe, bring more sizes just in case.

Can I book a private room with my non-kiteboarding friend or partner?

Yes, you can bring your friend or partner that is not a kiteboarder. You'll be able to connect at mealtimes and they can participate in all non-kiting activities during the retreat including yoga, meditation, and group excursions. If they are interested in learning to kiteboard, we can arrange for 10 hours of one-on-one beginner lessons with one of our trusted partners at the local kite school for USD$500. If your friend or partner is not interested in kiteboarding and you haven't trained them to be your personal kite caddy or photographer (haha!), they can book other excursions or activities to participate in nearby or enjoy the beautiful beachfront at the retreat.

Will I be able to get photo or video of myself kiting in Peru?

There will be a photographer/videographer on the beach (and off!) during much of your retreat to capture the experience. After the trip, you'll get to see the retreat highlight video and access to photos that you can download and share with your friends and family. If you would like a personalized video made or to book a private photo session during your retreat, that can be arranged with the photographer/videographer while you are in Peru.

What will happen in a mixed level group of kiters?

We want to make sure that everyone gets the opportunity to progress at the pace that they want, while encouraging you to take it to the next level! With profressional coaching by Luke and Gary and a support team available, we'll be able to split up the group if needed to ensure everyone gets the attention they need. With video coaching days on our schedule, we'll make sure that no matter your level - you will have the opportunity to progress your riding.

Which airport do I fly into for the North Peru Wave Retreat?

The airport to fly into is Lima, Peru (LIM) and your local connection to either Talara or Piura will be organized for you by your hosts. Johanna will reach out to you with recommended flights and flight times when confirming your retreat.