Family Peru tour

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Small group holiday

Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travellers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.

What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Simplicity
Make the most of your holiday time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travellers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your holiday.

Solo travellers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those travelling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travellers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
Mythbuster
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travellers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travellers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
No.
Valerie Parkinson
Meet a group Leader
Name: Valerie Parkinson

Story: The first British woman to climb Manaslu, Valerie climbed Everest for her 50th birthday. She’s spent fourteen Christmas Days trekking to Everest Base Camp, and is involved insetting up Responsible Tourism initiatives in the Himalayas.
Roshan Fernando
Meet a local guide
Name: Roshan Fernando

Story: Roshan has led over 130 trips – he adores showing travellers around Sri Lanka. He won the company Leader Award in 2010, but his career highlight was working on their Tsunami Project – which earned him a responsible tourism award.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Family Peru tour

Accommodation and Meals:
On this trip, we will spend most nights in hotels and 2 nights in a lodge, we try to use accommodations that employ local staff and use local produce wherever possible. The Chaparri lodge is located at the foothill of the Andes where it offers a tranquil escape with its excellent wildlife viewing opportunities. The lodge is constructed in a traditional style from local materials blending well with the natural environment. Electricity is supplied through the solar panels and water is supplied by solar water heaters. Peru is widely known for their food and the cuisine has developed a reputation for its flavours and originality. Our local guides will be sure to recommend and encourage clients to visit local restaurants and cafes to try some local specialties. The ingredients used in most of these restaurants are locally sourced to support the agriculture sector, one of the primary sectors for the economy. Some local delicacies include ceviche (a spicy dish of seafood or fish marinated in lime juice), lomo saltado (a Peruvian take on a beef stir-fry) and a variety of hearty soups like the delicious quinoa soup.

Local craft and culture:
One of the main highlights of this trip is the visit to Machu Picchu, one of the architectural and engineering marvels of the ancient world. Considered as one of the seven wonders of the world, the citadel is full of cultural significance and a masterpiece of architecture. In Cuzco, there are plenty of opportunities for clients to support local craft especially in San Pedro market where clients can try some local produce and there are many handicraft markets to shop for souvenirs such as alpaca jumpers and scarves. Clients will also participate in an art workshop to learn about the process of making glass ceramics and have the chance to craft their own traditional torito (little bull) and caballito (little horse) of Pucará as a memorable souvenir of their trip. When in the Sacred Valley, there will be time to visit the Pisac market which is famous for its locally handcrafted variety. Definitely, our local guides will advise clients on what to avoid buying such as items made from Condo’s feathers, wood from their primary endemic tree – Quenua and the husk of the Spectacled bear.

Activity:
As a family trip, there are plenty of activities for both the adults and the children. In Cuzco, we will visit a chocolate museum to learn about the chocolate making process starting from the Cocoa tree in the Peruvian jungle. On our way to the sacred valley, we will also visit an alpaca farm where we will have the chance to learn about alpacas and llamas, possibly have a chance to feed them, see the different techniques used for weaving and dyeing the wool. Chaparri is where Peru’s first wildlife rescue centre was designed specifically for spectacled bears. The bears are rescued from illegal captivity and housed in semi-wild enclosures where we will visit with a local guide and watch the bears in their natural habitat and learn more about the threatened animals.
We adhere to all Machu Picchu regulations. There are limited permits in order to reduce overcrowding and damage due to footfall, but our guides and porters are still very mindful of how we treat the environment. Likewise, our entry fees to the trail as well as archaeological and historic sites contribute directly towards their maintenance and upkeep.

Community:
In Cuzco, it is a good chance to visit Cafe Daria, the first vocational training site for young adults with disabilities in the area, creating employment opportunities for youth in their own community. In 2018, we funded £5,000 where during the first three months of operation has directly benefitted 15 youths as well as 52 other community members indirectly. Having a meal there is a great way to interact with the locals while also supporting a cause that gives those who would normally be isolated from society the opportunity to meet people from all over the world.
The porters we work with are not directly employed by our local partner, but we work with the same communities each year; they are fairly paid and we also supply uniforms, walking shoes and provide safe transport and community support for them. Our trek manager is a leading figure and consultant for the Porters' Federation, which campaigns for the fair treatment of porters in the region.

Water:
Water is a really important issue with trips such as this and whilst we must stay hydrated, it is also vital that we have a system for providing clean water without causing lots of waste with plastic bottles. Wherever possible we provide safe alternative sources of water to buying single use plastic bottles. This may be through large water containers, or encourage our passengers to filter, sterilise or purify water. We encourage all our passengers to come prepared with a reusable water bottle for this purpose.

Group Size:
This is a small group tour, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.

UK Office:
It all starts at home where we work towards reducing our carbon footprint in our offices through energy conservation measures, recycling policies and the promotion of cycling and walking as a means for our staff to commute. Our head office has become a plastic-free zone with the use of plastic bottles being banned in our head office and we distributed reusable water bottles and tote bags to every staff member. We also support a large number of community and environmental projects in different parts of the world and try to give something back to the places we visit.


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