Peru holiday, Machu Picchu, Cusco & Lake Titicaca

“Inca ruins, colourful markets, Andean scenery and beautiful Lake Titicaca – this tailor made holiday takes in Peru’s celebrated sights and natural beauty.”


Cusco city tour | Sacsayhuaman | Sacred Valley | Pisac | Ollantaytambo | Vistadome train to Aguas Calientes | guided tour of Machu Picchu | train to Puno | Lake Titicaca | Uros Island | family homestay on Amantani Island | Taquile Island | Lima city tour

Description of Peru holiday, Machu Picchu, Cusco & Lake Titicaca

This Peru holiday, Machu Picchu, Cusco and Lake Titicaca, takes in some of the best loved sites in the country and will be perfect for travellers looking for a bit of adventure and some unique insights into the local culture.

In Cusco, take the opportunity to visit the Qoricancha, one of the most important temples during Inca times. Above Cusco, overlooking the city, you'll view the amazing stone work at Sacsayhuaman, former capital of the Inca empire.

Explore the Sacred Valley of the Incas, visiting Pisac known for its arts and crafts market and then on to Ollantaytambo and the ruins of an Inca fortress. After travelling on the Vistadome train and a short bus ride you will catch your first glimpse of the awe-inspiring 'Lost City of the Incas' at Machu Picchu.

The next leg of the trip will be a stunning train journey through the Andes to Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world, where you will visit the floating islands of Uros and stay with a local family on the remote island of Amantani. Then on to Taquile Island where you see a different culture and hear a different language, Quechua. The community here is known for its prowess in weaving and unusually this is practiced by men rather than women.

Your journey finishes with a tour of Peru's capital, Lima, before a night's rest to reflect on the rich cultural heritage of this Andean nation.

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Departure information

Can be arranged at any time to suit you (except January to March), and adapted to your requirements as necessary
Holiday type

Avoid disappointment - book your Inca Trail holiday in time

In the last few years, the Peruvian government has imposed increasing restrictions on tourism on the Inca Trail in order to protect it from overuse. The aim is to minimise ecological impact and erosion, mainly by having limited access and improving the quality of the operators. There are now only a very limited number of trekking permits available - 500 per day (around 200 for travellers and the rest for staff) - and they are being issued on a first-come-first-served basis. In order to avoid disappointment we recommend booking well in advance (up to a minimum of 3 months in peak season), unless you are extremely flexible over your travel dates.

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

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

Where possible we use local guides in order to provide you with the best insights into Peruvian cultures, and to help contribute to the local economy and foster a sense of pride in Peruvian heritage. We believe that spending some time staying in comfort with local families can be of great benefit to both visitor and host and provide some truly memorable experiences.

A night of your trip will be spent in locally owned accommodation. We hope that you will ensure the fabulous cultural and natural heritage that Peru has to offer, by travelling with us you can help ensure that your visit benefits local communities and the conservation of their heritage.

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.

For every person that travels with the company, it plants trees through The Travel Forest initiative. Depending on where they plant and the requirement of the specific area, they plant either indigenous trees or a mix of indigenous and non-native species. Planting non-native seedlings may seem counter-intuitive but doing this can often help any remaining indigenous forest from being cut down (e.g. for fuel) as some non-native trees grow much more quickly than indigenous types. They particularly aim to save ancient or older indigenous forest, through offering an alternative option for fuel requirements of local communities. In addition to this benefit, their Travel Forest initiative helps with such things as planting for water-course retention, soil erosion, shade and even food – all depending on what is planted and where. They have planted almost 100,000 trees to date in various degraded locations including the Andean mountains in Peru, northern Tanzania and Malawi. This has always been done in conjunction with the local communities who plant and then tend the seedlings. Trees are far more important to the health of this planet (and us) than many people imagine. This global Travel Forest initiative can and does make a big difference.

Due to the nature of the holidays provided by the company, it is impossible to eliminate all flights but where possible we use the minimum flight hours an itinerary can operate with. The packages we have on offer include rail portions in some areas, which keep emissions low, many walking options and shared transportation.

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).

The company is located on a former farm and the directors grow fruit and vegetables which are shared with the team (apples, pears, blackcurrants, broad beans, lettuce, mint, courgettes, squashes etc!), so we keep our own footprint low. In addition, there are other members of staff that have home grown products that are available to their team members. As a company, we look to buy energy-efficient computers, and believe in recycling, so the latest computers bought have been both energy efficient and re-conditioned.

As part of our commitment to the environment we have a programme to plant trees in Tanzania, Malawi, Peru etc. through the company’s foundation. This was set up to help alleviate poverty, conserve endangered wildlife, and protect earth’s environmental diversity for the benefit of us all. All the projects have a link with tourism in some way, and many benefit the wider world as well as local people, through conserving areas of natural beauty. We don’t just look overseas when considering the environment, even at the office the team planted tress in the fields surrounding the buildings to celebrate the company’s 21st birthday in 2019.

As a company we think about our partners overseas carefully. Whereas it is not always possible for them, due to their locations in remote areas, the company ethos is to use properties around the globe that have a similar ethical stance to ourselves. If they can use local suppliers for their provisions, be it food or furnishings then they do, and all offer a variety of menus including vegetarian and vegan/plant-based options. Our partners support the use of solar/renewable energies, and many are looking at ways of switching their current supplies to more eco-friendly options in order to be more efficient. The use of solar, water and air are options in use or being explored, as well as grey water run offs. Energy efficient appliances and practices, card operated in room lighting, low energy bulbs, and a change in laundry practices, are all in operation, and show just a few of the initiatives used. Our partners also use local staff within their properties. Many live on-site in seasonal properties for example reducing the travel emissions of the company, many come from the local villages and communities surrounding the properties. This includes everyone from house keeping to management and the guides that are from the locale.


The Impacts of this Trip

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 constantly raise funds for grassroots projects, which travellers are encouraged to donate to if they would like to give something back.
Working with partners on the ground in each destination, the company only uses local guides. They also primarily promote locally-owned services (hotels etc). They have internally eco-rated about hundreds of 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.


2 Reviews of Peru holiday, Machu Picchu, Cusco & Lake Titicaca

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 10 Jun 2012 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Inca trail and Machu Picchu.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Allow some chill time between doing as was well rushed as our programme and we had an extra day in Machu Picchu.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Inkaterra choices certainly seemed to want to be more conscious of the environment.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Need a holiday as a lot fitted in - think home stay in lake Titicaca should be re titled as more like a b&b with no heating which we v much enjoyed but think the home stay title gives a different impression.

Reviewed on 06 Jun 2012 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

The Andean explorer train ride from Cusco to Lake Titicaca was an excellent way to see many aspects of Peru from the city suburbs through the slums then farming communities, through the middle of market towns and past the spectacular backdrop of the Andes. The train ride was a real piece of luxury after the hard work of the Inca Trail.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

I cannot praise enough the porters and guides who took such good care of us on the trail, on the last night of camping it is something of a ceremony for the porters to gather to say goodbye and receive their tips individually from us, we gave 50 nuevos sol to each porter and 100 to the cook, I don't feel that we were given correct advice on tipping.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

The Amantani family that we stayed with (Walter and Vilma) welcomed us with open arms and treated us as honoured guests, I hope that our stay was of some financial benefit to them, we brought all Vima's hats anyway!

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Our trip went very smoothly after an initial hiccup when our travel co-ordinator wasn't aware that our Andean Explorer train tickets hadn't been confirmed just a few days before departure, somehow they managed to get it sorted I'm pleased to say as the train trip was fantastic. There were no problems with any travel arrangements, the guides and porters were second to none the hotel staff at the Casa Andina Plaza, Cusco were particularly friendly and helpful. I would definitely recommend this operator to anyone but keep in regular contact with your co-ordinator to make sure everything is happening.

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