Peru holiday, encompassed

“Travel overland for two weeks as part of a small group from Lima to Arequipa, via Machu Picchu, Cuzco and Lake Titicaca, before flying back to Lima.”

Highlights

Lima | Ballestas Islands | Nazca Lines | Cuzco (3400m) | Aguas Calientes | Machu Picchu | Lake Titicaca (3800m) | Amantani Island | Puno | altiplano to Colca Canyon | Arequipa (2350m) | Santa Catalina Convent |

Description of Peru holiday, encompassed

Spend 16 days on an all-encompassed Peru holiday that will take you overland through some of South America’s most mesmerising landscapes including coastal deserts, the snow-covered peaks of the Andes and some of the world’s most intoxicating cloud forests.

From Lima to Arequipa, via the Nazca Lines, Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca, this Peru holiday, encompasses all of the region’s 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, you’ll 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.

Cuzco’s Inti Raymi Festival (Sun festival) takes place during our 18th June departures for 2017 & 2018. This is a fantastic time of year to experience Andean culture with numerous colourful parades and traditional dances, costumes and festivities adding to the authenticity of animal sacrifices. If travelling around this time an additional day in Cuzco has been placed within the current itinerary.

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Small group holiday

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.
Valerie Parkinson
Meet a group Leader
Name: Valerie Parkinson

Story: The first British woman to climb Manaslu, Valerie climbed Everest for her 50th birthday. She’s spent fourteen Christmas Days trekking to Everest Base Camp, and is involved insetting up Responsible Tourism initiatives in the Himalayas.
Roshan Fernando
Meet a local guide
Name: Roshan Fernando

Story: Roshan has led over 130 trips – he adores showing travellers around Sri Lanka. He won the company Leader Award in 2010, but his career highlight was working on their Tsunami Project – which earned him a responsible tourism award.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Peru holiday, encompassed

Accommodation 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.

Local 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.

Group size:
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.

UK office:
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.

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


So 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 Picchu, the Nasca Lines from a small plane...the list could go on and on.

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


Go with the flow. If you get held up in a traffic jam or behind a protest don't let it wind you up; its normal for Peru and getting upset won't make the bus go faster!! Drink lots of water as suggested by the guide you're less likely to get altitude sickness.

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


Yes -we ate in local restaurants (some of which gave 10% of profits to a local foundation), stayed in locally owned hotels etc. The guide bought 20 litre water boxes so we could reuse plastic bottles rather than dispose of them after one use. Local guides and drivers were used.

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


Excellent, a great experience!

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