Inca trail & Amazon Rainforest holiday
Optional single supplement from £385 - £400.
Minimum age 16.
Description of Inca trail & Amazon Rainforest holiday
This fantastic 17 day small group tour takes travellers on a round-trip from Lima via the Inca trail and the Amazon rainforest to offer an exciting and efficient experience solely based within the perimeters of Peru.
Splitting the itinerary into three parts allows for a deeper understanding of Perus inimitable highlights: the Amazon, Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca with plenty of time spent in each allowing for a more organic and immersive experience including camping and homestay accommodation.
The scenery alone make this holiday an absolute must for any adventurers hoping to tackle the Inca Trail and Amazon rainforest in one trip with rugged Andean landscapes combining with cultural sites and the islands of Lake Titicaca to provide further insight into the legends of Peru.
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1 Reviews of Inca trail & Amazon Rainforest holiday
Reviewed on 28 Aug 2018 by Paul Brown
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
It is really hard to single out any one thing. There were a number of magical moments along the way - rounding a corner on Day 1 of the Moonstone Trek to see an eagle sitting perched, less than 100 feet away from us; climbing up through the snowline to reach the top of the highest pass on Day 2, and see the long view down on the other side; Machu Picchu (which is mind-blowing); ... and then the entire three days in the rainforest.
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
Don't understimate the altitude: the two and a half days that the operator gives you in Cusco before starting the trek is really useful time to acclimatise (and easily filled with interesting things to see and do). I would take poles, even on the Moonstone Trek.
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
Yes. Most of our guides/horsemen/cooks were locals; we were shown some of the best places to by locally made souvenirs; the operators commitment to the
environment was apparent throughout the holiday.
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
Just do it!
Few holidays have as little detrimental impact on the environment and local residents as a trekking trip. Erosion on and adjacent to popular paths is a growing problem in certain places and therefore our trip leaders encourage clients to stick to advised routes in order to minimise this. Permits are limited on the Inca Trail 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. The same can be said for exploring the Amazon. We do believe in leaving no more than footprints, although this tour actively encourages guests to talk to local people, visit local cafes and restaurants and to purchase traditional crafts. Our entrance fees for the Inca Trail also go towards maintenance and improvement of local facilities, therefore leaving a positive impact.
Water is a really important issue with cycling trips 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. We suggest that instead of repeatedly buying bottled water, guests should re-fill a singular bottle. In order to make this easier, we provide treated water throughout the Inca Trail trek. We also recycle waste along the trail with organic and non-organic containers and we do not dispose of it until there is an appropriate place to do so.
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.
PeopleAccommodation and meals:
We will be spending 6 nights in hotels, 3 in a rainforest lodge, 1 night in a traditional homestay and 4 nights full-service camping. We prefer to use locally staffed, small businesses for our accommodation, activities and services as these are the companies which have most direct benefit to the communities which we visit. Our campsites are very eco aware and we buy all of our food to cook on the trail from local supermarkets or even indigenous groups where possible despite this sometimes being more expensive. The homestay at Lake Titicaca is a great opportunity, offering an authentic experience with the Amantani community, whilst also benefiting them financially. Where meals are not included, clients are encouraged to eat at authentic restaurants and to try snacks at markets e.g. Local markets in Puno and San Pedro market in Cuzco.
Local Craft & Culture:
We walk through the Huayllabamba village on the first day, which is the only community inside the trail. They sell produce and various homemade snacks, so by stopping and buying something we are providing an avenue of income for these people. There is also an optional opportunity in the Sacred Valley where clients can eat a traditional meal in the village and buy handicrafts. Our local guides are able to advise clients on which products to buy and which to avoid- for example, walking sticks made of wood are one to avoid as they are potentially a product of deforestation.
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, 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.
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