Peru tour, Andes to Amazon

Price:
From £1390 (6 days) excluding flights
Price based on 2 people sharing. Includes travel from Cusco (ending in Puerto Maldonad), accommodation, most meals (see itinerary), activities and guide. Private departures available, inquire for details
Vouchers: accepted
Dates:
2014: 25 Oct
Reviews:
1 review4 star rating
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Peru tour, Andes to Amazon

Responsible travel: Peru tour, Andes to Amazon

Cock of the Rock Lodge is owned by the Peru Verde Conservation Group, a non-profit non-government organization involved in rainforest conservation projects.

Manu Wildlife Centre is part owned by a non-profit group and private enterprises. The lodge relies heavily on workers from the local Machiguenga communities and provides jobs and training that help better the standard of living in the local villages. They are offered choice and opportunity that, prior to tourist, did not exist.

We were voted most responsible tour operator by UK NGO Tourism Concern. On average 75% of the cost of your trip with us - excluding flights - remains in the destination.

Flights are automatically carbon offset through The Travel Forest, which plants 10 indigenous trees on your behalf (currently in northern Tanzania). Whilst the primary motivation for planting the trees is to offset carbon emissions, the project also works as a poverty alleviation and environmental improvement scheme.

Group sizes are kept to a maximum of about 12 (less on some trips) to minimise our impact on the local people, the wildlife and the environment. Small groups tend to have much better dynamics, and allow you to get closer to the people, wildlife and places you are visiting. We promote a respect for local communities and their environment. Our guides will help you to understand and respect the areas and people you are visiting, which will help you to feel more comfortable and enjoy your experiences all the more. We try to ensure that the local people are happy to receive tourists in their home region, and are informed of the possible impact.

In the office, we use environmentally friendly paper for the brochure and promotional/administrative materials. The folders are hand-made in Nepal from an environmentally responsible alternative to paper. Our ‘brochure’ format of a folder and inserts means that you only get the information you are interested in and therefore there is less paper wastage. A general recycling regime is adhered to, and energy consumption is kept as low as possible.

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The story of the provider of Peru tour, Andes to Amazon

Amanda set up this adventure tour operators with her husband in 1998 because she wanted to involve local people in offering authentic travel experiences. She believes in sticking closely with who you want to work with and maintains strong relationships with her staff. As a result, her vacations offer imaginative itineraries with unusual add-ons, thanks to the interesting links with grass roots companies. Amanda is passionate about green travel and has her own travel foundation which promotes sustainability. She and her staff work hard to 'keep it real' so that your vacation leaves you truly inspired.

Peru tour, Andes to Amazon

Reviewed 01 Jul 2009 by Christine Kinkel4 star rating

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


On the Andes to Amazon I believe it was the Manu Wildlife Center. It was a charming facility with nice staff. Of course, the wildlife that we were fortunate enough to see was fabulous. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable.

Unfortunately during our time in Peru I picked up a nasty bacteria & viral infection. I was admitted into the hospital for 3 days / 2 nights which was during a portion of our arranged trip. We were not able to drive from Cusco through the cloud forest, visit an indigenous village or spend 6 hours on a boat but Inka Natura was extremely accommodating in changing the trip so that we flew from Cusco to Manu.

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


I felt the information provided by the tour operator and the briefing by the local operator, Inka Natura, was quite comprehensive so I can't think of any additional tips.

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


I believe it minimized the impact on the environment. I would have loved more interaction with the local population, however, with the reduction in trip it was difficult.

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


Paul was excellent at getting back to me quickly. He had a friendly email demeanour and I was happy with the service I received. Overall the vacation was magnificent. We hiked the Inca Trail (with a private group) and it was certainly the highlight of our 16 days in Peru.
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Small group adventure vacation

Typically you will be sharing your experiences with between 4-20 like minded travelers (depending on the trip, operator and how many others are booked on the trip) and you'll have a group leader with you. Whether you are traveling alone or with friends its good value, and a great way to meet new people! While itineraries are pre-planned there is some flexibility and you'll have plenty of privacy. This trip will appeal to travelers of all ages who enjoy meeting new people as well as seeing new places.

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