Inca trail & Amazon Rainforest vacation

“This three-part Peru adventure will have you trekking through cloud forests & ruined Inca fortresses, exploring floating islands & delving into the steamy Amazon jungle...”

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Inca Trail trek | Machu Picchu | Lake Titicaca | Amazon rainforest | Lima | Rainforest lodge | Cuzco | Homestay | Cloud forest | Opportunity for Sacred Valley of the Inca's tour, Cuzco sightseeing, paddle boarding and Moonstone trek alternative

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Our top tip:
Inca Trail permits are limited so book well in advance.
Trip type:
Small group (min age 16)
Activity level:
Moderate
Accomm:
6 nights hotel, 3 nights rainforest lodge, 4 nights full-service camping, 1 night homestay
Solo:
Solo travelers welcome. Single rooms available at a supplement.
Included:
Accommodation, transport, (minibus & plane), local tour guides, listed activities, Inca Trail permit, listed meals
Meals:
All breakfasts, 8 lunches, 7 dinners
Vouchers
Accepted
Vacation type

Small group vacation

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, traveling 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 vacation, 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 travelers’ 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 vacation 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?
Travelers 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 vacation.

Solo travelers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those traveling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travelers
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 travelers 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 travelers!”
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 travelers 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: Inca trail & Amazon Rainforest vacation

Environment

Activity:
Few vacations have as little detrimental impact on the environment and local residents as a trekking trip. Erosion on and adjacent to popular paths is a growing problem in certain places and therefore our trip leaders encourage clients to stick to advised routes in order to minimise this. Permits are limited on the Inca Trail in order to reduce overcrowding and damage due to footfall, but our guides and porters are still very mindful of how we treat the environment. The same can be said for exploring the Amazon. We do believe in leaving no more than footprints, although this tour actively encourages guests to talk to local people, visit local cafes and restaurants and to purchase traditional crafts. Our entrance fees for the Inca Trail also go towards maintenance and improvement of local facilities, therefore leaving a positive impact.

Water:
Water is a really important issue with cycling trips and whilst we must stay hydrated, it is also vital that we have a system for providing clean water without causing lots of waste with plastic bottles. We suggest that instead of repeatedly buying bottled water, guests should re-fill a singular bottle. In order to make this easier, we provide treated water throughout the Inca Trail trek. We also recycle waste along the trail with organic and non-organic containers and we do not dispose of it until there is an appropriate place to do so.

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.

Community

Accommodation and meals:
We will be spending 6 nights in hotels, 3 in a rainforest lodge, 1 night in a traditional homestay and 4 nights full-service camping. We prefer to use locally staffed, small businesses for our accommodation, activities and services as these are the companies which have most direct benefit to the communities which we visit. Our campsites are very eco aware and we buy all of our food to cook on the trail from local supermarkets or even indigenous groups where possible despite this sometimes being more expensive. The homestay at Lake Titicaca is a great opportunity, offering an authentic experience with the Amantani community, whilst also benefiting them financially. Where meals are not included, clients are encouraged to eat at authentic restaurants and to try snacks at markets e.g. Local markets in Puno and San Pedro market in Cuzco.

Local Craft & Culture:
We walk through the Huayllabamba village on the first day, which is the only community inside the trail. They sell produce and various homemade snacks, so by stopping and buying something we are providing an avenue of income for these people. There is also an optional opportunity in the Sacred Valley where clients 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 deforestation.

Group Size:
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and 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 unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.

Reviews of Inca trail & Amazon Rainforest vacation

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I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 04 Nov 2009 by

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


Reaching Machu Picchu after 4 days trekking!

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Travel light as there is a lot of packing and re-packing as you leave one place for the next.
Have some Peruvian Sol in small denominations as change is very hard to find

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes, there were a large group of porters with us that worked so hard for the money they earned and tips. We also visited a local farm, small museum, the floating islands and numerous markets selling souvenirs etc which all relied on tourists spending some money or on tips

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


Extremely enjoyable. There was a lot of travel involved and a fully packed itinery but well worth it as we seen so much and so many great experiences.

Reviewed on 10 Aug 2009 by

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


The Inka Trail and the first glimpse of Machu Picchu from the Sun Gate.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Be prepared for lots of traveling and fatigue. Also. it would be advisable to do some kind of physical training in readiness for the trail. Be prepared to shell out a

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Most definately.

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


The overall experience was very good. However, there were certain areas I think that need addressing. Firstly, there was far too much emphasis on tipping and group members sometimes felt under pressure to tip the most insignificant contributor. Secondly, there was a bit too much structure with the vacation and a lack of opportunity for people to think for themselves or do their own thing. Some of the tours were a bit too commercial and felt a bit 'tacky' i.e the Reed island on Lake Titicaca. Lastly, the vacation could benefit from a few more free days, especially at the beginning of the vacation where everyone is jet lagged and tired.

Reviewed on 25 Nov 2007 by

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


Machu Picchu.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


You have plenty of time to get clothes washed in Cusco after the rainforest section - so you don't need to take a full fortnight's worth of clothes with you. This will give you a chance to load some kids colouring books and soft toys in your case that you can leave at the Rainbow Centre.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


It did as much as possible in both respects. An optional visit to a farm in the rainforest was real eye-opener. The Libertador Tambopata lodges were excellent and gave you a real feel for the rainforest without having monkeys on a chain or snakes in a tank as you might see in other uncaring developments.

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


It was the best vacation of my life so far.

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