Peru tailormade holiday

“From pre-Inca ruins and preserved ice mummies to bustling Lima, you’ll feel like you’re time travelling on this highlight-packed tour of Peru.”

Highlights

Lima | Arequipa | Colca Canyon Group Tour | Coporaque village & the San Antonio hill | Cruz del Condor | Lake Titicaca Uros & Taquile Islands | Cusco & Ruins | Sacred Valley Tour | Train to Aguas Calientes | Machu Picchu Guided Tour

Description of Peru tailormade holiday

Travel through Peru, experiencing its beautiful landscapes, ancient sites and fascinating cities on this 14-day tour. View condors soaring above the Colca Canyon, sail on Lake Titicaca, explore colonial Lima and marvel at the mountain-top ruins of Machu Picchu.

Begin in Lima, exploring the modern and colonial sides to this lovely city, before flying to Arequipa, where you have a free day to explore. Then head over the high mountain pass to the town of Chivay, travelling through the Pampa Cañahuas National Reserve where you can see flamingos feeding on the mineral rich waters. An early morning excursion to see condors flying above Colca Canyon at dawn is a highlight, and there is also the chance to visit small village communities, to learn about local life. A boat tour of Lake Titicaca, visiting the floating islands of Uros and Taquile, is followed by time in Cusco, where you have a whole day to enjoy the city’s varied museums, markets and restaurants. Finally, step back into Inca history with a tour of the Sacred Valley, the train to Aguas Calientes and a guided tour of the Incan citadel of Machu Picchu.

This holiday itinerary is only a suggestion, and you can customise it to suit your interests and preferences. Included in the price is all transport and transfers on the ground, 13 nights in twin or double rooms with private bathrooms, breakfast, tours with an English speaking local guide (in a group unless otherwise specified), entrance fees and all specified meals. Domestic and international flights are available separately.

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Our top tip:
With Alpaca wool on tap, it'll be hard to resist the hand woven textiles so make sure you leave some room in your suitcase.
Trip type:
Tailor made.
Activity level:
Moderate.
Accomm:
13 nights hotel, 1 night lodge.
Solos:
Welcome. A surcharge might apply for single rooms.
Included:
Accomm., transport, transfers, guide, listed activities, entry fees.
Meals:
All breakfasts, 3 lunches.
Vouchers
Accepted

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Peru tailormade holiday

Environment

On our Highlights of Peru Holiday we take great care to preserve the environment in the areas you will be visiting. By travelling overland from Arequipa to Puno, and from Puno to Cusco, (in shared or public transport where possible) you will reduce the domestic flights needed to get around the country and lower the carbon footprint of your trip.

We are proud to support our local operator in Arequipa in annual clean-up and reforestation campaigns. In 2013 over 400 people participated in the Colca Canyon clean-up, including school and university students, local people and professionals from Arequipa. In the Corporaque area, 550 new trees were planted by our local operator and volunteers from the local community. By working with the community on these projects, local people are involved in dealing with waste disposal in remote areas and caring for the environment in their daily lives.

We provide responsible travel guidelines to all our travellers with advice on how they can help to preserve the environments they are visiting.

Community

We work with local operators and accommodation owners who share our commitment to responsible travel wherever possible.

The Highlights of Peru Holiday includes a stay in a community run lodge in the Colca Canyon, as well as a visit to the local community in Puno. You will meet local people and eat locally sourced and prepared traditional foods. Your participation will directly benefit local communities economically and also socially, as traditional ways of life and customs are validated. We are respectful towards the communities that we will take you to visit, and you will always be accompanied by a local guide. The family run tour operator you will travel with in the Colca Canyon organises and finances regular events such as travelling clinics and environmental projects in Colca, so that the wider community benefits from tourism, not just those directly involved.

Our local operator in Cusco is owned and run by a local family who take pride in employing local people and in giving back to the wider community. They organise regular events to support isolated communities in the Cusco area, including emergency relief campaigns to areas affected by flooding during the rainy season.

8 Reviews of Peru tailormade holiday

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Reviewed on 08 Jul 2018 by

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


Meeting local people

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


Do not bother visiting Lima

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


Yes

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


Great

Reviewed on 07 Jun 2018 by

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


Machu Picchu and the climb to the top of Wayna Picchu which overlooks the magical Inca site was our final day of the three week trip and an unbelievable
day. All three areas we visited, the Galapagos Islands, the Peruvian jungle and the Inca sites of Cusco and Machu Picchu were so different it is difficult to say
which was the most memorable. Snorkeling with green marine turtles and Galapagos sea loins and sharks was wonderful.

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


Do your planning and research ahead and have an idea of your itinerary before having discussions with travel agents. Responsible Travel were excellent in
understanding our brief and made very useful suggestions and alternatives. The agents you put us in contact were the best we spoke with.

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


Yes indeed. All the accommodation, whether in hotels or lodges, staying in the Pervian jungle or our time in Cusco and Machu Picchu, or on the boat
travelling around the Galapagos, the environment and sustainability were always at the forefront. Our guides and the locals we met were always helpful,
smiling and polite. Lovely people. The manner in which the Galapagos is being managed is a world' flagship' to how to conserve and sustain the wildlife and
the environment.

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


Wonderful! A holiday of a lifetime. The memories will stay with us forever.

Reviewed on 05 Jun 2018 by

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


There were so many! - but if I have to choose it would be the Inca Trail; the camaraderie built up in our small group, the incredible meals, looking up at the stars so bright you could touch them, and the sense of achievement on the 4th day looking down on the incredible ruin that is historic Machu Picchu; and then, totally different, the 2 days spent on Lake Titicaca - the relaxation travelling in a boat, but so interesting with the insights into Peruvian island communities, craft and culture, including the overnight host family stay.

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


I decided to do the Inca Trail rather than the alternatives e.g. the Salkantay Trail as I wanted my first sighting of Machu Picchu (1) to be from above (2) having been isolated from civilization for several days (3) one day shorter. The Inca Trail is physically demanding and if you are 50+ (I am nearly 70) some good training in preparation is essential to enjoy the trek. There are literally many hundreds of roughly constructed rock steps up and down, many equivalent to 2 normal house steps on a set of internal stairs. Aching muscles uphill and jarring knees downhill. Trekking poles a big help.

If you go to one museum before or after Machu Picchu make it the Casa Concha Museum in Cusco which features all the artefacts found by Hiram Bingham during his excavations and returned a century later by Yale University. It is an excellent multi-media presentation and much better than the Inca Museum which I found boring.

Cusco streets noisy from 4.00am so try to stay in a room towards the back of a hostel or in a quiet part of the city to avoid being woken up early!

In the Rain Forest wrap all your clothes in plastic bags otherwise they will all get very damp by the time you leave!

Take refillable water bottles and buy your water in 2 litre bottles from a local shop rather than the small bottles from the many stalls - much cheaper.

Always ask for the special midday menu at restaurants at lunch times - very inexpensive and good value.

Take a power pack to charge your mobile phone


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


Certainly my holiday seemed to benefit local people providing employment which may not otherwise have been there and giving them a reasonable wage. Llama Path seem to provide many benefits to their employees over and above that of a wage. Certainly, all of the people that supported me were very helpful and seemed happy with their work. In many ways tourism has brought much needed income to improve their standard of living as well as enable the local communities to continue to live in traditional patterns. However, the improvements brought through the tourism also can also bring conflict at times with their culture as many people coming in from outside impacts on their space and lifestyle.

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


The holiday fulfilled all that I had hoped for and more. As I anticipated it was more of an experience that a "holiday" which was what I wanted - to start to understand the Inca civilisation and how, together with the colonial rule of Spain, the many Peruvian communities, craft and culture has developed to what it is today.

The hostels and other accommodation were excellent (except the Hostel Apu Huascaran in Cusco which was very noisy from 4.00am in the morning in the bedrooms overlooking the one-way street outside as taxis, vans, etc., would stop to pick people up from the hostel, sounding their horns and leaving their engines running and blocking other passing vehicles which would also sound their horns if they were being delayed!) I asked to be moved to a room not overlooking the road which was much quieter.

Reviewed on 09 May 2018 by

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


I loved Machu Picchu. It totally lived up to my expectations - and was pleased that we did a 'two day trek' to get there as it added to the experience (actually
only one day of trekking and one day of being there. Tina loved the rain forest most - it came a very close second for me.

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


Make sure you have time in Cusco or Ollantaytambo to acclimatize to the altitude before doing any trekking. I wish we had had time to stay on one of the islands on Lake Titicaca but we only had 2 weeks so had to prioritize. In hindsight I would have liked a canopy walk in the rain forest but did not think of this beforehand.

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


All our guides were local people and all seemed to have an interest in and active involvement in local environmental work or animal welfare.

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


It was amazing!

Reviewed on 11 Nov 2017 by

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


It was all a wonderful experience but the definite high spot was the Machu Picchu visit and the 2 day Inca Trail

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


Research your holiday well in advance and tailor your trip to meet individual needs. Allow time to acclimatise before moving on to high altitude. Ensure you build in time to rest and do your own thing.

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


Yes. Local people are very tuned in to environmentally friendly behaviour and encourage visitors to do likewise. We were able to support local industries through local visits and purchases.

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


Excellent value for money. First class accommodation and guiding service. All local agents (guides/transport) engaged by DSA were highly organised and well informed.

Reviewed on 25 Sep 2017 by

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


Our group of 8 visited an elementary school in the Sacred Valley (near Chinceros). We gave each child a goodie" bags filled with small toys and school
supplies (we brought from the U.S.) We enjoyed interacting with the children and seeing their smiles! Enjoyed the Vistadome train from Ollantaytambo to Aquas Calientes. The views around Machu Picchu were amazing!

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


Important to know the new rules and guidelines for traveling/hiking Machu Picchu.

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


We hope so.

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


Our 10-day trip in Peru was fantastic from beginning to end! From the moment our group (4 couples) started planning our trip to Peru with our tour operator. Her suggestions and recommendations couldn't have been more perfect for us and our interests. Heather is an extremely competent travel consultant; great communicator and very knowledgeable about the areas we were visiting. While we were planning, she always got back to us promptly to answer our questions. The properties were perfect. All our guides and drivers were warm, friendly and loved teaching us about their country. A few times we spontaneously wanted to visit something not on our itinerary and our guides were flexible with these new additions. Our trip was flawless! You can totally put your trust in this company to organize a fantastic trip for you, whatever your budget. I can highly recommend this company.

Reviewed on 05 Jan 2017 by

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


The hospitality of the hotel staff and guides. The Amazon jungle trips. And Heather's constant monitoring even over the Christmas week end….

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


On arrival at Lima, take an immediate connection to Cusco, rather than spend half a night in Lima. Do Pisac on the way back from Ollantaytambo to Cusco, rather than as part of the Sacred valley tour. There is no baggage restriction on luggage on the boat from PEM to the Inketarra Resort. Ensure the guides speak good English. Remember that even water is charged for in "all inclusive AP rates". Very European, un American practice.

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


Yes, nice to meet NO EXPATS, meaning every service was provided by locals.
The bus from Aguas Caliente to Machu Pichu reduced the number of vehicles that would otherwise make that round trip.

The few resorts approved in the Amazon forest results in higher rates, but must be good for the environment.

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


Very Good - a "4" on a scale of 1 to 5..

Reviewed on 01 Oct 2015 by

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


Peru is a wonderful destination with so much more to offer than just the iconic Machu Picchu - all thoroughly recommended.

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


As we did, do the circuit in an anti-clockwise direction, so that you finish up with
Macchu Pichu as the jewel in the crown, but don't miss out Arequipa and Colca Canyon.

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


In a relatively poor country where tourism is so important to the economy, every aspect of such a trip benefits the people somehow - even paying a child to take their photograph is a valuable contribution. Likewise, tourism as a source of income, by its very need, supports conservation of the tourist sights. Balancing this need with the reduction in environmental impact is a conundrum that Peru seems more aware of than a number of other countries we have visited. We wish them well in their efforts.

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


A first rate and memorable experience made to run like clockwork by the efforts of the team at the Holiday providers.

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