Peru expedition tour, land of the condor

“A comprehensive 16 day small group tour taking in Peru’s top highlights in the company of likeminded travellers and expert guides.”


Cusco | Sacred Valley | Huancacalle | Santa Teresa | Machu Picchu | Llachon | Colca Canyon | Arequipa | Lima

Description of Peru expedition tour, land of the condor

This Peru expedition takes you to the most diverse and surprising country on the South American continent. Known as the land of the condor, it offers dramatic mountain scenery, vast shimmering lakes, deep canyons and elegant colonial cities, as well as significant gastronomic delights, from zesty ceviche to tangy pisco sours. Combine this with the warmth of the local people and you’re sure to return home raving about your experience.

As well as covering Peru’s most popular highlights, including Lima, Arequipa, Colca Canyon, Lake Titicaca, Cusco, the Sacred Valley and iconic Machu Picchu, we take you away from the beaten path to some of the country’s hidden gems. These include Vitcos, an archeological site on the edge of a jungle that was one of the Incas final strongholds; and the little visited ancient complex at Llactapata, from where you’re treated to incredible views over Machu Picchu.

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Responsible tourism: Peru expedition tour, land of the condor


We have a strict environmental policy to make sure that the environments we visit are not damaged or spoilt in any way. Our “Leave No Trace” ethic is applied to this trip and as tour operators, it is something we are careful to promote. Your guide on this trip will have been trained to uphold this policy and all clients are fully briefed on appropriate/responsible behaviour whilst in wilderness areas.

We are very aware of the economic, ecological and ethical impact tourism can have on ancient cultures and fragile environments. We realise that taking clients through this region can have a negative impact on the environment if not handled responsibly and as such, on all of our trips we go to great lengths to minimise the negative and accentuate the positive - after all, there are also many good things that the traveller can bring.

By keeping the group size to a maximum of 12, we can also minimise the human impact on the fragile sites we visit – particularly important as this trip visits some delicate ecosystems. This is something we need to be particularly aware of when doing walks in some of the more remote and unvisited regions on this trip. This will be particularly relevant when travelling in the delicate areas around Machu Picchu which might have been affected by large numbers of tourists visiting the region over the years. The fact that we approach Machu Picchu from a rarely visited viewpoint (from the less-trodden Salcantay Trek) means that we will need to be particularly conscious of this on day 6 of this trip. Another area we will need to be particularly aware of minimising our human impact will be on days 4 and 5 when we are staying in the remote village of Huancacalle, exploring the fascinating sights of this rarely visited region.

The fact that a local homestay is used on night 10 when staying in Llanchon on the shores of Lake Titicaca on the peninsula means that our environmental impact will be less than by staying in a purpose built hotel as we will be making use of facilities already in place rather than those added for tourists.

When you take one of our trips, we make a contribution to “Carbon Clear” – an organisation devoted to ‘offsetting’ or ‘neutralising’ harmful greenhouse gas emissions caused by your flight. This is done by funding projects across the world that will reduce greenhouse gases on your behalf through sustainable energy or rainforest restoration.


In Peru we use local ground handlers - this means that all the operational costs go directly into the local economy and helps to improve employment opportunities in remote regions. By incorporating homestays, locally owned hotels, family run restaurants and the services of guides and drivers into our itineraries, we ensure that money you spend on your trip goes directly into the local economy and local communities benefit from tourism. This can be seen through our use of local homestays on nights 9 and 10 of the trip, and by our choice to stay on the remote and traditional Llachon peninsula rather than in the rather functional city of Puno.

We believe it is important to show respect for local traditions, cultures and history. For this reason we are sure to visit some of the lesser explored sites on our Land of the Condor trip which are equally fundamental in aiding our understanding of Inca culture. An example of this is on day 4 of the trip when we visit the sacred ‘White Rock’, a megalith formed of white granite carved on every side and considered one of the finest examples of Inca sculpture.
In order to facilitate an enduring support structure for the communities we visit, and to show a commitment to these values, in January 2009 we set up a charitable foundation through which we can directly channel funds to both existing NGOs and our own development projects. In addition to organising ethically sensitive tours, having our own charitable foundation allows us to raise money – through the cost of our tours, charity trips and fund raising events – which can then be used to fund various projects in education, sanitation, reforestations and a number of other important issues facing developing communities. We also support several other Aid agencies and NGOs around the world which are all carefully selected to improve the standard of living for the communities we visit.

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