Peru & Inca Trail small group holiday
Description of Peru & Inca Trail small group holiday
This 19 day small group tour of Peru includes a four day trek on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu from Cuzco and the Urubamba Valley. However, there's so much to get excited about pre and post trek.
Starting out in the capital of Peru, Lima, you'll travel south to the animal abundant Paracas National Reserve where a birdwatching and marine wildlife boat ride takes you around the absolutely beautiful Ballestas Islands.
This is a fantastic opportunity to see some of South America's indigenous species in one of the most important marine sanctuaries on the planet. Next stop is an altogether drier destination as you journey inland towards the Ica Desert in search of some of Peru's best-loved wines at the Tacama winery.
An exciting dune buggy ride and a night under the desert stars always make the oasis village of Huacachina a memorable highlight before you set off the following morning en-route to the Nazca Lines and the mummies of Chauchilla Cemetery.
After bidding farewell to the Atacama Desert you'll ascend into the Andes Mountains and the stunning Colca Canyon for four days of optional outdoor activities. This section of the tour can be as fast-paced or as relaxed as you wish with lots of opportunities to hang out with new friends or just sit and stare at the mountain peaks prior to preparing for Cuzco and the start of the Inca Trail.
An early start signals one of South America's most fabled trails is just moments away. For the next four days you'll follow the legendary Inca Trail to Machu Picchu accompanied by guides and porters. This is an absolutely unforgettable highlight of this 19 day tour and features some stunning valley views from sections of the trail that are located at an altitude of over 12,000ft.
After spending time at Machu Picchu you'll ride the rails down into the valley and back to Cuzco from where you'll have two whole days free to recover and take in the sights. Once you're fully rested you'll take a short flight from Cuzco to Puerto Maldonado and head for three nights in the jungle.
Tambopata National Reserve makes the come down from Machu Picchu so much more bearable with a boat ride to a jungle lodge ensuring your exotic adventure begins as it means to go on. Guided nature walks allow you to find out more about Peru's indigenous plants and animals as well as providing untold organic encounters to set your senses buzzing into overdrive. Exploring the rivers of Tambopata National Reserve by canoe allows you to experience the wildlife from a whole new angle with giant otters, monkeys, caimans and a huge variety of exotic birds adding to the thrill of being completely immersed in a South American jungle.
Unfortunately, all good things have to come to an end and after your final day of optional jungle activities and your last night at the lodge you'll head back to Puerto Maldonado and your return flight to Lima from where you'll depart for home.
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In Peru, we encourage our travelers to not contribute to the already excessive rubbish that floods the cities. We brief them on the best means of disposing of empty water bottles and food wrappers.
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Tourism plays a vital role in contributing to Peru's economy and providing employment, but schooling is yet to be acknowledged. We encourage our travelers to always take school stationary with them that they may hand over to the organizers of these initiatives to support schools