Peru holiday, encompassed
Optional single supplement from £495 - £610.
Minimum age 16.
Description of Peru holiday, encompassed
Spend 16 days on an all-encompassed Peru holiday that will take you overland through some of South Americas most mesmerising landscapes including coastal deserts, the snow-covered peaks of the Andes and some of the worlds most intoxicating cloud forests.
From Lima to Arequipa, via the Nazca Lines, Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca, this Peru holiday, encompasses all of the regions highlights with the high altiplano, home stays on Lake Titicaca and the jaw-dropping sight of the Colca Canyon all adding to the thrill of overland travel in South America.
Alongside the exciting natural and cultural experiences, youll be treated to no end of organic encounters with llamas and wheeling condors bound to stick long in the memory just as strongly as chance meetings with friendly and hospitable local Peruvians.
On 18 June we typically run a departure to coincide with Cuzcos Inti Raymi Festival (Festival of the Sun). This is a fantastic time of year to experience Andean culture with numerous colourful parades and traditional dances, costumes and festivities. If travelling around this time an additional day in Cuzco has been placed within the current itinerary. Please ask for more details.
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6 Reviews of Peru holiday, encompassed
Reviewed on 12 Sep 2022 by Anne TeeIt was all good, mostly the lovely people we traveled with. Our guide was excellent. Highlights were the home stay on Amantani Island on Lake Titicaca and visiting a family on a reed island. Read full review
Reviewed on 26 Jul 2022 by Anne TeeIt was all good, mostly the lovely people we traveled with. Our guide was excellent. Read full review
Reviewed on 21 May 2022 by Anne TeeIt was all good, mostly the lovely people we traveled with. Our guide was excellent. Highlights were the home stay on Amantani Island on Lake Titicaca and visiting a family on a reed island. Machu Picchu, hot springs in Colca Canyon and the Condors flying over. Cusco and all things Inca. Accommodation was good. The cuisine was surprisingly wonderful also. Read full review
Reviewed on 01 Oct 2019 by Beth WalshMachu Picchu was better than I expected it to be, the Condors were awesome, Nazca lines a great experience, the people were lovely. Everything was fab. Our guide, Renzo, was genuinely caring, available nearly always, patient with a good sense of humour.! Read full review
Reviewed on 18 Nov 2017 by Rosemary ChinchenOur visit to Machu Picchu and also our night on the homestay at Almantani Island. The food was great and it was fun helping to prepare the evening meal. Read full review
Reviewed on 06 Aug 2017 by Kay Emblen-PerrySo many memorable moments!! Penguins on the Ballestas Islands, seeing the the Milky Way and the sky completely full of stars when staying on Amantain Island in Lake Titicaca, Machu the Nasca Lines from a small plane...the list could go on and on. Read full review
PlanetAccommodation and meals:
We spend 13 nights in hotels and 1 night in a homestay on Amantani Island. We prefer to use small businesses for our accommodation, activities and services as these are the companies which have most direct benefit to the communities which we visit. All of our hotel managers have signed a sustainability contract which ensures they employ locals and endeavour to reduce waste, whilst our campsites are very eco-friendly in terms of energy reduction. The homestay on Amantani Island on Lake Titicaca is a great opportunity, offering an authentic experience of staying with a local family, and the income from our stay is divided amongst the island community. Where meals are not supplied, guides will be able to recommend local cafes, restaurants and markets to get a bite. Local specialties to look out for include ceviche (a spicy dish of fish marinated in lime juice), lomo saltado (a Peruvian take on a stir fry) and hearty soups.
This small group tour has a maximum of 18 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.
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.
PeopleLocal Craft & Culture:
There are several chances to support craftsmanship on the tour, including with the Amantani people who sell produce and various handmade souvenirs. By buying something we are providing an avenue of income for these people. There is also an optional excursion to the Sacred Valley on which you can eat a traditional meal in the village and buy handicrafts. Our local guides are able to advise clients on which products to buy and which to avoid- for example, walking sticks made of wood are one to avoid as they are potentially a product of harmful deforestation activity.
A Fair Deal:
Our local partner in Peru is extremely committed to staff welfare and to protecting the environment. All staff are paid a fair wage and receive proper treatment by their employers in exchange for their incredibly valuable local expertise. They are also encouraged to put environmental protection practices into use in their own communities - regular training courses are held for all staff to increase their understanding of how to protect their natural and cultural heritage. This should filter through to clients in briefings, which help to minimise detrimental effects on the people and environments we visit.
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