Peru highlights holiday including Inca trail trek

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Small group holidays
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travellers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.
What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Simplicity
Make the most of your holiday time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travellers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your holiday.

Solo travellers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those travelling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travellers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
Mythbuster
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travellers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travellers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
No.
Meet a local guide
No matter how experienced your group leader, they can never make up for the knowledge gained from a lifetime in the destination. That’s why many of our trips work with local guides around the world – who invite you into their homeland with pleasure.

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.

Environment
This Peru trekking trip allows you to gradually acclimatise to the attitude, travelling to the floating reed islands of Lake Titicaca, through the Andes mountains to Cusco, and into the Sacred Valley. Over tourism is becoming a big problem for the world's most iconic locations and as this trip includes two, The Inca Trail and Machu Picchu and Rainbow Mountain, we have put thought into how we visit in order to mitigate our impact on the country.

The Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain with its coloured layers has quickly become a popular addition to a Peru highlights trips. Rather than adding to the crowds ascending to get that perfect picture, we trek in a alternative but none less beautiful area, Palccoyo. Located within the same mountain range, the Palccoyo trek is a quieter, the trailer is shorter with far less crowds and views towards three rainbow mountains.

With no more than 200 hikers allowed on the trail each day, you have time and space to explore the ruins that line the route and take in the spectacular and varied scenery - from wide sweeping valleys beneath soaring peaks, to bubbling streams in lush cloud forest. To protect the trail, no wild camping is allowed and trekkers have to hike with a certified guide. This ensures that everyone sticks to the designated path and limits any damage to the path itself and the flora that surrounds its length.

In 2018 non-reusable plastic was banned and the porters are asked to weigh their rubbish before and after the hike, to meet regulations. There's no refuse collection on the trail so anything that goes with you must come back off the trail - either with you or as part of the porters' rubbish. We only use designated campsites on the trail and all water is boiled or available fresh from streams along the trail. The food served is sourced from the local area - you'll likely have fish from the rivers and vegetables from the surrounding farms.

As a travel company we are continually looking for ways to improve and are proud to be ‘Responsible in everything we do’. Education is key, and so all staff, Tour Leaders and partnering suppliers are trained in responsible and sustainable tourism. At our Head Office, we continually strive towards a sustainable and planet-friendly working environment, including having solar panels installed and a company commitment to reducing our plastic usage.

The Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain with its coloured layers has quickly become a popular addition to a Peru highlights trips. Rather than adding to the crowds ascending to get that perfect picture, we trek in a alternative but none less beautiful area, Palccoyo. Located within the same mountain range, the Palccoyo trek is a quieter, the trailer is shorter with far less crowds and views towards three rainbow mountains.

With no more than 200 hikers allowed on the trail each day, you have time and space to explore the ruins that line the route and take in the spectacular and varied scenery - from wide sweeping valleys beneath soaring peaks, to bubbling streams in lush cloud forest. To protect the trail, no wild camping is allowed and trekkers have to hike with a certified guide. This ensures that everyone sticks to the designated path and limits any damage to the path itself and the flora that surrounds its length.

In 2018 non-reusable plastic was banned and the porters are asked to weigh their rubbish before and after the hike, to meet regulations. There's no refuse collection on the trail so anything that goes with you must come back off the trail - either with you or as part of the porters' rubbish. We only use designated campsites on the trail and all water is boiled or available fresh from streams along the trail. The food served is sourced from the local area - you'll likely have fish from the rivers and vegetables from the surrounding farms.

As a travel company we are continually looking for ways to improve and are proud to be ‘Responsible in everything we do’. Education is key, and so all staff, Tour Leaders and partnering suppliers are trained in responsible and sustainable tourism. At our Head Office, we continually strive towards a sustainable and planet-friendly working environment, including having solar panels installed and a company commitment to reducing our plastic usage.
Community

The Impacts of this Trip

All of the porters and cooks for our tours are local people, often farmers, employed from the Sacred Valley area. They know the region like the back of their hand and they are well-acclimatised to the altitude. We ensure that they are all paid fairly - being a porter on the Inca Trail pays much better than a farming job and one trip can often mean that they can support their family for weeks.

We run our trips using local leaders and suppliers, which not only supports the local economy but gives our guests a real insight into the traditions and cultures of Peru. Whilst travelling on public buses, the leader will be able to point out places of interest, and sightseeing during the journeys.

As a company we have valuable and longstanding partnerships with UK charities Toilet Twinning and Send a Cow, plus many smaller initiatives and projects around the world. We’re members of the UK travel industry body AITO because we believe it’s important to share our knowledge and experience, as well as learn from other operators.

We run our trips using local leaders and suppliers, which not only supports the local economy but gives our guests a real insight into the traditions and cultures of Peru. Whilst travelling on public buses, the leader will be able to point out places of interest, and sightseeing during the journeys.

As a company we have valuable and longstanding partnerships with UK charities Toilet Twinning and Send a Cow, plus many smaller initiatives and projects around the world. We’re members of the UK travel industry body AITO because we believe it’s important to share our knowledge and experience, as well as learn from other operators.

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