Peru as a nation greatly respects the contributions and wisdom of society's elders, but that consideration doesn't necessarily translate into automatic deferential treatment of senior tourists. Discounts for seniors are not automatic across Peru. Still, you should mention the fact that you're a senior when you first make your travel reservations; although almost all airlines have canceled their senior discount and coupon book programs, many hotels still offer lower rates for seniors.

Members of AARP, 601 E St. NW, Washington, DC 20049 (tel. 888/687-2277;, get discounts on hotels, airfares, and car rentals. AARP offers members a wide range of benefits, including AARP The Magazine and a monthly newsletter. Anyone 50 and older can join.

Many reliable agencies and organizations target the 50-plus market. Elderhostel (tel. 877/426-8056; arranges study programs for people 55 and older (and a spouse or companion of any age) in more than 80 countries, including Peru. Most courses last 2 to 4 weeks, and many include airfare, accommodations in university dormitories or modest inns, meals, and tuition. ElderTreks (tel. 800/741-7956; offers small-group tours to off-the-beaten-path or adventure-travel locations, restricted to travelers 50 and older; it currently offers a 19-day trip to Peru and Bolivia.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.