Peru walking and cultural holiday

“Ten day tailor made tour featuring optional activities in and around Cusco before a relaxed five day Inca Trail trek to reach Machu Picchu after the crowds leave.”

Highlights

Cusco | Inca Trail trek | Huayllabamba | Wiñay Wayna | Machu Picchu | Optional activities include: biking, rafting or horse riding. Optional tours include: Cusco city and the Sacred Valley to Chinchero Market, Pisac and Ollantaytambo |

Description of Peru walking and cultural holiday

Explore the unique culture and history of Peru’s Sacred Valley in style, combining time in atmospheric Cusco with a relaxed trek along the legendary Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Travel in the dry season from May to September for the best weather.

Cusco’s colonial streets are a perfect introduction to this ten day tailor made trip and guests can choose how they spend the first four days. Take a city tour, go rafting or cycling, relax in style at a historic hotel or take a trip deep into the Sacred Valley to Ollantaytambo and the bustling traditional market at Pisac.

The five-day Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu has been designed with a relaxed pace in mind, giving plenty of time to enjoy the spectacular scenery and archaeological sites scattered along the route. Three nights are spent camping in quality tents with delicious local food cooked along the way. And unlike many Inca Trail treks, your arrival into Machu Picchu is timed for late afternoon to beat the crowds and enjoy some quiet moments at the site.

A 14-day culture and walking holiday is also available which includes first class train travel across the altiplano to Lake Titicaca after the trek.

Travellers who prefer not to camp can also choose a more luxurious 16-day trip, which includes a six-day alternative trek to Machu Picchu with accommodation in luxury mountain lodges. This trek gives you the chance to learn more about local culture – exploring local indigenous communities and Incan sites en route - with six to seven hours of walking each day through stunning mountain scenery.

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Departure information

This trip can be organised at any time (except February when the Inca Trail is closed) with a minimum of two people. Note: itinerary can be adapted to suit your requirements.
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Peru walking and cultural holiday

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.

Environment

We operate this trip in conjunction with the most ecologically aware tour operators in Peru.

For hiking the Inca Trail we buy fresh local produce. In preference we choose local over imported goods, encouraging the use of Andean products in our cooking. On our treks we minimize waste by using products with minimum packaging, leaving no litter and keeping all water sources clean, leaving camp-sites cleaner than we find them. Rubbish is carried out. We ask for your full consideration and co-operation concerning all ecological matters, especially in the disposal of rubbish. Our local staff will outline for you the procedures we use in Peru.

We are involved in the ongoing training of our trek staff. All our porters on hiking the Inca Trail carry a maximum We support the Tourism Concern Porters Policy and are involved with the social project Huchuy Yachaq . We are happy to distribute your donations of much needed warm clothes and shoes to Peruvian children through this organization - please contact us for details of how you can help. Volunteers are welcome to work on the project.

Please note that as a result of a recent government environmental improvement scheme, metal tipped walking poles are no longer allowed on the Inca Trail so please ensure you pack rubber tips. Plastic water bottles are also banned so please remember to take your water carriers or platypus hydration systems with you.

We are also now supporting the UK registered chairty Amantani. As this charity is very much in keeping with our ethos of small scale, targetted help which is educational & sustainabale. HuchuyYachaq is the other main Peruvian charity we support by paying a for a full time teacher. A % of all our income goes to support those projects.

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Reviewed on 21 May 2019 by

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


Multiple events throughout the entire Galapagos and Peru holiday: snorkelling with Sea Iguanas, snorkelling into a cave where white tipped sharks were sleeping, a Llama selfie along the classic Inca Trail, sleeping in pods on the side of Sacred Valley, condors at Colca Valley

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


Get walking ahead of the trail. Walking sticks are a must. Bring some music for the trip.

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


Yes - The thing I like about responsible travel is that I always meet the guides and find they are all locals. Also, the hotels we stay in notably are trying to make a reduced impact on the environment with reduced plastic, encouraging avoidance of a daily clean set of towels/bedding etc.

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


Bucket list holiday, bucket list memories.

Reviewed on 14 Aug 2018 by

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


Staying with local families, going to the local farm in peru!


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


Take your probiotics so you can eat all the amazing street food!

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


Absolutely! As highlighted by the farm tour with the local tour provider.


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


Excellent

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