Description of Peru tailor made holiday, Machu Picchu & Tambopata
This is a trip full of stunning Andean scenery and steeped in Inca history, plus delves into the steamy Amazon rainforest.
Nothing can quite prepare you for your first view of Machu Picchu - however many photos you have seen. The charming town of Cusco will enchant you, the Sacred Valley is not only stunning to see, but culturally fascinating.
The Bahuaje-Sonene National Park and the adjacent Tambopata National Reserve protect habitats ranging from the Andean highlands around the rivers' head waters through some of the last remaining intact cloud forests to the lowland rainforests of the Amazon basin.
Over 1,300 bird species (including 32 parrot species - 10% of the world's total), 200 mammal species, 90 frog species, 1,200 butterfly species and 10,000 species of higher plants are protected within these reserved areas.
This is an amazing trip for any lover of nature with a fascination for the history and culture of Peru too.
Of course it's just one idea though. We can always make exactly the tailor made itinerary you have in mind.
Fly to Lima. Transfer to hotel.
CUSCO: Fly to Cusco. Free day to explore the city and get used to the altitude. (B).
CUSCO: Half day morning city tour of Cusco's main sites, plus time to perhaps try a culinary tour (optional). (B).
SACRED VALLEY: A day's exploration of the Sacred Valley including Pisac market and ruins, and Ollantaytambo. We'll have lunch in a local restaurant. Overnight in the Valley. (B,L)
MACHU PICCHU: Travel to Machu Picchu by train this morning. A day to enjoy these incredible ruins with a guide, and we've arranged lunch for you at Sanctuary Lodge by the citadel. Overnight in a hotel in the village below the ruins. (FB)
MACHU PICCHU: Another day to enjoy Machu Picchu by yourself (second entrance fee included), or simply relax this morning, before heading back to Cusco on the afternoon train. (B)
RAINFOREST: Fly to Puerto Maldonado and then travel by boat to Heath River Wildlife Centre on the Peruvian/Bolivian border of the Amazon rainforest. (Must be Monday or Thursday). (FB).
RAINFOREST: Two full days in the jungle at Heath River Wildlife Centre. Enjoy wildlife and nature walks, and trips onto the lake. It has a spectacular macaw clay lick here. (FB)
RAINFOREST: This morning you travel back down the river to Tambopata's Sandoval Lake Lodge stopping on the way to see any wildlife. This afternoon you explore this area of rainforest. (FB).
TO LIMA AND HOME: You fly to Lima this morning in time to connect with your international flight home. (B)
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This tailor made trip can be arranged at any time to suit yourself.
Tailor made holidays
This trip can be tailor made to create a unique holiday for your individual requirements by travel experts with intimate knowledge of the destination. It is a more luxurious trip that will suit those who enjoy immersing themselves in new cultures and environments before relaxing in comfort. As this trip can be tailor made it would be helpful if you could you provide the following information: rough budget per person (stating with or without flights), your address and postcode, contact phone number, preferred date of travel, length of trip, number of passengers, preferred countries and areas within those countries, specific interests & type of accommodation.
Responsible tourism: Peru tailor made holiday, Machu Picchu & Tambopata
The company that organises this holiday is a multi award-winning responsible travel company. They try to ensure that nothing they do at home (in UK) or abroad compromises the environment or wildlife or exploits people. They believe in ensuring that travellers are well-informed, as an informed traveller tend to be a more respectful and sensitive traveller. They also believe in giving back to the country, people wildlife and environments which are affected by tourism. In terms of information, all travellers are given guidelines on Travelling with Respect, which includes advice on cultural aspects of your travels as well as protecting the environment.
Carbon Offsetting: Every person that travels with this company automatically has their flights carbon offset. This is done through The Travel Forest, a project of registered charity, The Tribes Foundation. The Travel Forest plants indigenous trees to offset the carbon emissions produced when you fly on holiday. Whilst this is the primary motivation for planting the trees, the project also works as a poverty alleviation scheme and also aims to combat environmental degradation In the UK: The UK head office has a good policy of recycling, reducing and re-using (electricity, paper, plastic etc). They also buy only fair trade goods such as tea, coffee, and use biodegradable detergents etc. They also make a point of buying only top eco-rated equipment (eg monitors).
Eco-ratings & community tourism: The company works with partners on the ground in each destination, and only uses local guides. They also primarily promote locally-owned services (hotels etc). They have eco-rated about 300 properties worldwide which they work with closely, so they are very clear which accommodations have good environmental and social responsibility credentials. This information is used to ensure that any traveller wanting to ensure they are really making a difference, can choose between one property and another on eco-issues. They also promote community-owned projects and services where applicable and possible. Indeed they were instrumental in setting up two community-owned ventures in Tanzania and Peru.
Travel Philanthropy: The company backs a charity called The Tribes Foundation with funds and administration. This is a registered UK charity whose principle aim is to relieve the poverty of indigenous communities in areas outside of the UK which are affected by tourism. The charity backs poverty alleviation, education, cultural preservation and conservation projects within these regions. It has backed schools, clinics, micro-business projects and more. They are currently raising funds for 9 different grassroots projects in nine different counties, which travellers are encouraged to donate to if they would like to give something back.
Reviews of Peru tailor made holiday, Machu Picchu & Tambopata
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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
It was OK
A bit disappointing really
Reviewed on 13 Jan 2014 by Nadia Al-Alawi
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
Taking boat trips on the side tributaries of the Amazon! We loved seeing all the animals.
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
Allow more time at the Ankatera Maccu Picchu Hotel. There is a lot to do there and we didn't allow any time there (except for seeing the ruins).
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
The Amazon portion of our trip benefited local villages and supported conservation of primates. The time in the Sacred Valley definitely benefited local cooperatives and individuals.
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?