Peru adventure holiday, Sacred Land of the Incas
Description of Peru adventure holiday, Sacred Land of the Incas
Travel to Peru and discover the land of the Incas as you journey along the coastal shores of Lima, travel beneath the Amazon Jungle’s lush canopy, past the llama-filled plains of the Sacred Valley and beyond to tiny colonial towns. This 15-day small-group adventure is packed with sights, natural delights and outdoor activity, so bring sturdy footwear and a moderate level of fitness.
Begin in beautiful Lima with its colonial architecture before flying into the untouched world of the Amazon rainforest. Wander along jungle trails on the lookout for monkeys, parrots, otters and caymans, and sleep in a nature lodge lit by candles and kerosene lamps.
Marvel at the mother of all Incan cities, trekking the Inca Trail to magical Machu Picchu. Enjoy a guided tour of the ruins and free time to explore on your own. If trekking’s not your thing, simply take a train to Machu Picchu instead – a great excuse to stay longer in lovely Cuzco.
Head to the dizzy altitude of Lake Titicaca, the world’s highest navigable lake, and stay with a local family there. You’ll be able to admire the floating reed islands of Uros up close – a marvel of concept, construction and history. Finally, end your journey in Bolivia, immersing yourself in the history of La Paz.
You will be camping and staying on a family homestay, with six nights in hotels and two in a jungle lodge, too. Travel between destinations is by bus, plane, private minibus and vehicle, with boat and canoe trips included.
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On this trip we visit a couple of small businesses run by community members. They might include a small ‘chicheria’ where a local beer is made using locally grown purple corn, a pottery workshop and a chocolate making demonstration.
In Lake Titicaca travellers will stay overnight in the community of Llachon with a local family in their home. Here passengers will enjoy 3 meals cooked by the family. Ingredients used for the lunch are locally produced and sourced goods where possible. The opportunity to stay at a local family’s house is a truly amazing experience, raw and wonderful. Travellers in the past really got to interact with the family by playing games, helping cook meals and just feeling part of the community, even if it’s only for a short while.
For all non-included meals leaders will generally recommend restaurants that are making a difference to the local community. Often these restaurants in particular will donate a percentage of the bill to the tour operator’s foundation which supports around 50 global projects and has raised just shy of £3 million.
Normally run with minimal power, no hot water this community based lodge in the Amazon Jungle is a real lodge. There’s no point travelling if you can’t experience something different.
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the 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 a unique, family-run hotel that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to its limited size.
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