Cusco & Inca Trail holiday, tailormade

“A tailor made, week long introduction to Peruís most celebrated sites, with guided tours to bring each to life, lovely hotels and freedom to explore, too.”

Highlights

Lima | Cusco | half day guided tour | full day guided tour of Sacred Valley | Pisac market | Ollantaytambo fortress | Aguas Clientes | private guided tour of Machu Picchu | free day in Machu Picchu

Description of Cusco & Inca Trail holiday, tailormade

This Cusco & Inca Trail tailor made holiday takes you to Peru's celebrated highlights. Set in high Andean mountains at 3,320m, Cusco is an attractive town which draws people from all over the world. Built on the foundations of an Inca city, you can still see intricate Inca masonry and buildings as you walk through the town. It is the favourite city of most visitors to Peru, as the mixture of ancient history, traditional Andean culture and a relaxed atmosphere makes it a charming place to stay for a few days.

Part of the Urubamba Valley, close to Cusco, was known as the Sacred Valley to the Incas due to its beauty and great fertility. Today the valley not only has a number of important Inca sites like the fortress at Ollantaytambo, but also has some of the best village markets where you can get a glimpse of what life is like nowadays for the Andean villagers.

Lastly you will have time at the incredible Machu Picchu. his is one of the best known sites in the world, and you'll be awed.

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This trip can be arranged at a time to suit you (except for January to March)
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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

Cusco & Inca Trail holiday, tailormade

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.

At the company location in the UK there are fifteen staff members. Of these, four work from home (no commuting), one who cycles twenty miles a day to & from work, and another cycles ten miles a day (in summer). The new office that was recently built is very energy efficient. It is well-insulated, the roof is shaded by trees which helps with the building not overheating during the summer months and therefore air-conditioning is not a daily requirement, and it has lots of natural light to reduce electric light usage whenever possible.

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 companyís foundation. This was set up to help alleviate poverty, conserve endangered wildlife, and protect earthís 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 donít just look overseas when considering the environment, even at the office the team planted tress in the fields surrounding the buildings to celebrate the companyís 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.

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.

Environment

The owners of the lodge we use at Machu Picchu are fervent supports of conserving their natural heritage. They manage over 30,000 acres of Amazonian forest, they have an agroforestry programme and encourage and organic production to lead the way for a sustainable production that can coexist with the forest. In addition they monitor biodiversity with a view to increasing knowledge of key species and learning more about forest ecosystem dynamics.
In addition they run an Andean Bear Rescue Centre. They were awarded a Tourism for Tomorrow Award for their conservation efforts.

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 Ė 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.

Community

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.
In addition we encourage eating in local restaurants, and spending time (and money) in local markets which helps the local economy.

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


The Royal Inca Trail, without doubt was the highlight of the holiday. The view of Machu Picchu as you get to the Sun Gate Temple is quite something else!!

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


To be prepared for altitude sickness, but it does dissipate after a day or two. Pack light. You really don't need to take a lot, and there is a good laundry service at the hotels. If you get an outer room at Cusco, be prepared for noise as the traffic is quite persistent all night, and they like to use the car horn...A LOT!! The
hotel will re-room you upon request if they can.

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


We feel that it benefited local people through tourism. Environmental impacts and support of conservation were not overtly obvious on this trip.

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


The holiday was excellent, with a great mix of excursions and free time. Overall the balance suited us perfectly.

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