Peru adventure holiday, small group

“A stunning 19 day circuit of Peru, starting and ending in Lima, and including Inca Trail trek. Travelling by bus, boat and one domestic flight. A superb in depth Inca trip. ”

Highlights

Lima | Paracas | Ballestas Islands | Nazca | Arequipa | Colca Canyon | Puno and Lake Titicaca | Cusco | Sacred Valley | Ollantaytambo | Inca Trail trek | Machu Picchu | Puerto Maldonado | Amazon rainforest boat trip and stay

Description of Peru adventure holiday, small group

This 19 day adventure holiday in Peru, a small group tour, follows a carefully crafted itinerary around a circuit of the country’s most spectacular natural heritage highlights. The top two on the list are hiking the Inca Trail up to the iconic ancient citadel of Machu Picchu, and then spending a couple of nights at a riverfront lodge in the Amazon jungle.

There are many other adventures to be had in Peru, however, such as exploring the great Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world, at a breathtaking 3,800m, where we visit the extraordinary floating reed islands. Or watching condors soaring over the Colca Canyon, which plunges over 4km into an Andean valley and is one of the world's deepest canyons.

On this small group tour, we travel by bus (including an overnight bus trip to Arequipa), riverboat on the Amazon, a reed boat on Lake Titicaca and by air back to Lima at the end of the trip, so be prepared for quite a lot of time travelling. However, the destinations that we take you to are very much worth the trip. Not forgetting the three days on foot along the Inca Trail of course. With the most stunning destination of all at the end of that!

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Top tip:
The Inca Trail Trek is very popular and permits for peak season (May to September) can sell out several months in advance. To guarantee your permit, we recommend booking as early as possible.
Trip type:
Small Group Adventure with Inca Trail
Activity level:
Challenging
Accomm:
11 night(s) in hotels, 1 night(s) in a guesthouse, 1 night(s) on overnight sleeper buses, 3 night(s) camping, 2 night(s) in a jungle lodge
Meals:
18 Breakfast(s), 2 Local Lunch(es), 1 Buffet Dinner(s), 4 Lunch(es), 4 Dinner(s)
Included:
Accommodation, transport on tour, tour leader, listed activities, some meals.
solo travellers:
Solo travellers welcome. No supplement for solo travellers. Solo travellers will share a room with a group member of the same sex. Single rooms for a surcharge are available to book in advance.
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Accepted
Holiday type

Small group adventure holiday

Whether you are travelling alone or with friends/family its good value, and a great way to meet new people! While itineraries are pre-planned there is plenty of free time to explore at your own pace. This trip will appeal to travellers of all ages who enjoy meeting new people as well as seeing new places.

Responsible tourism

Peru adventure holiday, small group

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

Environment - Local guides lend their expertise to the journey, including the ecological, historical background and cultural significance of the places we visit. Our Inca Trail Porters policy protects the rights and conditions of porters and is strictly enforced. For other activities we choose only the best trained guides, who will help you to appreciate the importance of respecting the environment of these heritage sites and understand the conservation efforts being undertaken in various areas. Your entrance fees will help to conserve and preserve heritage sites, such as ancient ruins, while entrance fees at national parks support the conservation efforts of forest and native animal and bird species.

Travellers are asked to adhere to strict responsible travel practises while on tour, including switching off all lights, electricity and air conditioning when leaving hotel rooms, requesting with the hotel that towels and bedding are not changed unless necessary and ensuring no litter or waste is left behind when visiting important sites. Travellers are asked to respect the flora and fauna on the visit to the Amazon Jungle, ensuring they stick to marked paths and do not disturb the environment around them, including wildlife.

Community

We will visit many local shopping districts and markets along the way, giving you plenty of opportunity to support local merchants. We encourage you to purchase traditional handicrafts from local artisans rather than mass produced goods from chain stores, as you will learn more about the skill involved in the production, while also supporting the craft itself.

We have developed a policy on porters in Peru, pledging that all porters hired on the Inca Trail will have the same meals as clients hiking the trail; they will have access to tents; should they fall sick while hiking they will be evacuated; all gear must be weighed prior to trekking to ensure it is not too heavy; and an enforced weight limit of 5kg for each passenger is set.

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Reviewed on 11 Jun 2019 by

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


Salkantay trekking option and Machu Picchu: in particular the Salkantay trekking was originally NOT in the fixed itinerary of the tour operator. But they offered us to arrange the trekking when we got to know that were out of Inca Trail limit and asked them to give 5 days off the group so that we can book the Salkantay with local operator. The operator did a superb job to provide a private trip (for 2 of us, one great guide Hernan from the tour operator, 2 cooks, a horseman and 3 horses!) only to pay additional CAN$150. Their flexibility and the great information/ communication skill made us feel trusting.

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


Physically tough going through the pretty high altitudes with long hours riding in the bus/ van even before committing to the 4days trekking. Be prepared! However, it's totally worth seeing all the wonders Peru can offer us.

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


"Benefited local people" Yes, by hiring the tour leader, local guides and the transportation, eating and shopping locally must have done that. "reduced environmental impact or supported conservation" No, (as we fly, it inherently cannot happen, however, in the long term perspective, travelling have us think about it).

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


Eye opener! Big thanks for the Responsible Travel and the tour operator, I will get back with you for my future trips again! I am especially grateful that you provided us with the wonderful leader and guides.

Reviewed on 16 Jul 2018 by

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


All of it and seeing what I have wanted to see for years! The operator packed a lot in and ensured we saw sites at their best and at the right time of day.

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


This is an excellent company who look after their travellers. Peru is not an easy option and requires some support on a first visit in terms of organising long distance travel to different sites etc. within (for me) a reasonable budget

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


It did benefit local guides who were very knowledgable and extremely helpful on many occasions. Particularly as I was travelling alone. Also local drivers who, on the whole, were brilliant. Not sure about environmental impacts. I saw deserts awash with plastic so this needs addressing as we all know. The staff on the Inca Trail were amazing and protected it and others carefully logged who went on (and off!) the trails and where. Macchu Pichu it is a bit like a theme park which is a shame but I gather access is going to be limited further so good - it needs protecting.

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


The tour more than exceeded my expectations.

Read the operator's response here:

Hi Valerie, thanks so much for taking the time to leave a review and we are so pleased you joined us in Peru! We hope to see you on another adventure in the future.

All the best,
Rosanna

Reviewed on 17 Jan 2018 by

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


Getting to Macchu Picchu which has been a dream of mine for years.

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


Go with an open mind, try everything!

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


The fact that local guides were used was a great way of helping the community. We were encouraged to be economic and think about our waste so yes.

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


It was my first time booking with a tour and I'd certainly do it again!

Reviewed on 30 Aug 2018 by

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


Saw Machu Pichu. Got impact and knowledege about inca.

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


No need to stay in Lima. Can get Cusco by yourself and spend more time in Cusco.

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


Yes. Used the local transportation. Paid visit to local market.

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


It's expensive to travel in Peru. Compare with the cost, I thnk it's OK but not great.

Reviewed on 28 May 2017 by

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


The whole trip has been the most fantastic experience, we cannot actually pick out any single part of it which stood out more than any other. We have never
had such a varied range of experiences and adventure in one trip before. Incredible journey.

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


Go!!!! If you take American Dollars ensure that the notes are in pristine condition, they majority of exchange places will not accept any note then shows any sign (no matter how small) of damage. The main banks in the larger towns/cities will accept damaged notes but obviously being a bank the rate will be slightly lower.

All the main towns/tourist areas have recycle bins for plastics/paper/organic waste but unfortunately rubbish management is not yet high on the locals
priorities so be prepared to see rubbish literally everywhere!

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


We believe so, you have the opportunity to buy souvenirs/products from local people in many places which obviously supports them and their families directly. The authorities are working to support the conservation and maintenance of important areas/ historic sites whilst also facilitating access to encourage tourism, they are trying hard to maintain this balance between both as the country needs the income generated from this.

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


One of the best experiences of our lives!

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