Highlights of Peru tour & Manu Biosphere

“An extraordinary 11 day, tailor made journey to two very contrasting heritage highlights of Peru – Manu National Park and Machu Picchu, both sacred in their own ways. ”


Lima | Paucartambo | Manu National Park | Atalaya | CREES | Boat trip on Alto Madre de Dios | Amazon birdlife | Visit to clay lick | Cusco | Sacred Valley | Ollantaytambo | Aguas Calientes | Machu Picchu | Rupa Wasi eco-lodge

Description of Highlights of Peru tour & Manu Biosphere

This highlights of Peru tour and Manu Biosphere is an independent trip, following a carefully crafted itinerary that takes you to some of Peru’s most famous and astounding cultural and natural heritage highlights. Starting in the waterfront capital of Lima, also famous for its superb restaurants and lively night life, you then take a flight to Cusco the heart of the ancient Incan civilisation. From here you head to Manu National Park to spend the next few days in the heart of the country’s largest national park, famous for its biodiversity with a mix of dense Amazon rainforest that stretches up to the Andes.

Also a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, this part of the trip to Manu is supervised by the world renowned CREES, or Conservation, Research, Environmental Education towards Sustainability. You will be able to do some substantial wildlife watching including bird watching at the rainforest’s clay licks, but also learn about the efforts to conserve the rainforest, as CREES works hand in hand with the local communities.

You then head back to Cusco for the rest of the trip to spend time in the ancient city itself as well as the Sacred Valley, culminating in a train journey to the great citadel of Machu Picchu. All to be explored with an expert local guide. The icing on the cake is a two night stay at Rupa Wasi ecolodge on the edge of Machu Picchu’s protected nature sanctuary where you will most definitely feel on top of the world.

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements

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.

Our internal processes are also structures to create a paperless office and to reduce waste. There are also internal programmes to help staff minimise their carbon footprint such as our staff bike purchase assistance plan which encourages office staff to commute to work via bicycle. Currently almost half of our office based staff commute to work via bicycle.
In our pre tour information we provide a range of tips and advice on how to minimize your impact on both local environments and communities.

During this trip, you will be staying at the Rupa Wasi eco-lodge on the edge of Machu Picchu’s protected nature sanctuary which takes their role in protecting this pristine environment very seriously. The hotel is built from sustainable materials, they only use alternative energy sources and only use biodegradable products. A two night stay at the lodge allows you to not only visit the awesome Machu Picchu, but also explore the beautiful eco-system surrounding the lodge.

The Impacts of this Trip

We are only using local guides and office staff to both maximise local employment opportunities and minimise carbon footprints. Local guides also ensure you benefit from the intimate knowledge, passion and culture of the country you’re visiting. Where possible, we are using locally owned and operated boutique hotels to maximise the return to the local community.

Our “Pass it on” programme has provided funding to hundreds of local community projects in Latin America. Our aim is to empower local communities, helping them to develop their own infrastructure for the future. Since 2006, we have been working with Kiva (a well-known Non-Governmental Organisation), providing hundreds of loans to local businesses all over South America.

During this trip, you will be staying at Los Niños Hotel. The hotel was set up in 1998 to raise funds for the charity Niños Foundation. The foundation offers assistance to over 600 neglected children in the Cusco area, offering daily meals, education support and dental and medical care. A stay at this hotel helps support the fantastic work this charity does in the area


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