Inca Trail & Amazon vacation

“This is a three-in-one trip, traveling from colonial Cuzco to high Andean passes on the way to Machu Picchu, before plunging into the steamy Amazon - in just ten days.”

Highlights

Cuzco | Sacred Valley | Pisac market | Ollantaytambo | Inca Trail | Patallacta ruins | Wiñay Wayna | Runkurukay | Machu Picchu | Gateway of the Sun | Puerto Maldonado | Monkey Island | Amazon rainforest excursions

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Our top tip:
The fitter you are before hiking the Inca Trail, the better. The altitude and nights under canvas make it tougher than anticipated.
Trip type:
Tailor made tour.
Activity level:
Moderate/challenging.
Accomm:
Hotels, camping on Inca Trail, ecolodge in the Amazon.
Solos:
Solo travelers welcome. Single rooms available with surcharge.
Included:
Accomm., local flights, transport, listed activities, camping equipment (except sleeping bags), guide, porters.
Meals:
All breakfasts. Full board in Amazon and on trek.
Vouchers
Accepted
Vacation type

Avoid disappointment - book your Inca Trail vacation in time

Over the last few years, the Peruvian government has imposed increasing restrictions on tourism on the Inca Trail in order to protect it from overuse.The aim is to minimise ecological impact and erosion, mainly by having limited access and improving the quality of the operators. There are now only a very limited number of trekking permits available - 500 per day (around 200 for travelers and the rest for staff) - and they are being issued on a first-come-first-served basis. In order to avoid disappointment we recommend booking well in advance (up to a minimum of 3 months in peak season), unless you are extremely flexible over your travel dates.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Inca Trail & Amazon vacation

Environment

In our pre departure information pack and throughout the orientation on the ground we help you to minimise your carbon footprint on your tour, and help protect the fragile ecosystem of the Machu Picchu sanctuary and the Amazon basin. This information comes from simple advice on waste disposal while trekking, and the offsetting of carbon emissions through our carbon offsetting program for your journey with us.

The Amazon is a unique ecosystem, and we encourage you to learn and to come and appreciate the vital role it plays in the fight against global warming. Furthermore, all entrance fees paid by us for your tour go to help upkeep the Machu Picchu and Inca trail Sanctuary as well as the Manu national park and contribute to help maintain these magnificent sites for future generations.

By booking your tour with us, you will be making a real impact on the community you are visiting. We can also assist you to visit community projects in order to get a lot more out of your trip to Peru. From a city orphanage run by a UK charity to an environmental project which involves local children and their communities from a high profile Peruvian NGO, ask us to see how you can give back. Our Peruvian charity ANIA do have a some large projects in the Puerto Maldonado area, and here you can see ideas in action. Most importantly a percentage of funds from your tour (10%) will go back to our charities and assist us support the next generation and the environment they live in.

We really work hard to keep all our operations green! All our worldwide offices currently run on 90% green energy (we are working towards 100%) from hydro electric, wind to solar power. Being web based, we are close to becoming a paperless environment, brochure prints are at a minimum (and printed on a requirement basis) and all pre departure information is emailed. We use energy saving bulbs in our work centres, and recycle all our waste. We currently work with 3 different charities, giving us a broad spectrum and diversifying where our monies go. We work with Project Peru in the UK who run an orphanage in Zapallal in the shanty town outskirts of Lima, ANIA in Peru which is a high profile Peruvian NGO which works with children and helps to teach them about their local environment and how to manage it affectively, and GVI Foundation in Australia which work on several development projects in Latin America and around the world. We help these charities by fundraising treks, through donations as a company and through our clients and also through many of our customers who volunteer their time and expertise. These charities are close to our core of supporting the environment and children in need.

Community

Our tours source as much as possible from the local community, whether it be our knowledgeable local guides, porters from local villages or food prepared and cooked for you on our treks. We shop locally, use local transport and do not use imported goods when local produce is available. We aim to minimise our impact on the environment and give as much back as possible to the communities we work in. All operations for this tour are done by locally owned companies, a fact we pride ourselves on. Hotels used are all locally owned and we try to choose where possible hotels which hold the same values and understand their responsibilities to the local environment as we do.

Our guides are all highly qualified (most with university degrees) or many years of experience and are paid above the standard wage. We also abide by all rules concerning porter treatment set down by the APTAE (Peruvian Ecotourism association).

We source them due to their unique knowledge of their native country (we do not use foreign guides like other companies) and they will give you a valuable insight into the history, traditions and culture of both the Andes and the Amazon basin. On daily excursions in the lodge you will have contact with naturalist guides – who will explain to you the challenges the region faces in light of deforestation and an increasing population.

Reviews of Inca Trail & Amazon vacation

You can trust Responsible Travel reviews because, unlike many other schemes, reviews can ONLY be written by people who we have verified have been on the vacations.

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 Aug 2016 by

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


Galapagos cruise

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


Allow a few more days in Cusco

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


Yes

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


We had a fantastic time

Reviewed on 17 Nov 2014 by

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


Cusco.. Lake Titicaca...The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

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


The Inca Trail was a challenge...you need to be fit..which I am for a 68 yr old.
Sleeping in small tents close to the ground was difficult. Toilet and washing
facilities during the 4 days was poor. Food was acceptable.
Decide on your itinerary, do you want to be up at 5 and get home at 6 or do you
want half days with more leisure? We abandoned a full day before we started the Inca Trail...needed a day off

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


Yes to a point, but tourism over load and the ecomomy for the country and its
population is a difficult balancing act.

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


Too much information from Guides. You switch off....information over load



Reviewed on 24 Apr 2012 by

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


The most exciting part of my vacation was walking through the Sun Gate after climbing the last 50 super steep steps of the Inca Trail. We were so happy to have done it.

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


Make sure you are flexible about toilet hygiene. If not, stay off the Inca Trail and ride the train to Machu Pichu instead. Think your sleeping bag is warm enough? Think again!!

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


I hope that all of the staff in the jungle and along the Inca Trail are paid a sustainable wage for their hard work but I can't substantiate that.

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


Outstanding as long as you're looking to challenge yourself, enjoy nature and can go with the flow.

Reviewed on 24 Apr 2012 by

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


There were some many memorable moments - from watching Machu Picchu arise out of the mist to spotting Giant Otters in the lake in the Amazon. The whole vacation was exciting.

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


Take plenty of money for tips and presents, it adds up!

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


Local people were employed as guides so it helped them in that way. The lodge in the Amazon was trying to support conservation.

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


It was brilliant.

Reviewed on 23 Sep 2011 by

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


Hiking through the Andes.

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


If you take the 3day hike through the Andes, do not just accept the place the guide finds for you to camp at night. The current arrangement is that each hiking group stays in the back yard of someone's house in each community. This is to ensure that each family has a chance to sell their crafts to the hikers in the morning.

The problem is that some of the yards are pretty awful -full of garbage, really noisy, etc. On the second day, we asked the guide if we could just camp out in the country. He found us a beautiful place beside a river. A better arrangement (and this comes from the guide) would be to stay in the countryside near a town and then to make a small donation to the leaders of the community to spend or distribute as they see fit.

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


Yes. The only problem was that in the Amazon, on a hike, the guide caught a little eyelash (eyebrow?) frog and held it for several minutes. During that time, he handled it extensively. Our 10 year old son was quite upset as he believed the frog was harmed (and I was inclined to agree with him).

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


Very good, lots of diversity.

Reviewed on 29 Aug 2011 by

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


The Inca Trail was amazing!!!! Incredibly hard work but so rewarding. Our tour guide and crew were really spot on and made the trip so enjoyable.

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


Be prepared physically for the Inca Trail. The part of the trip that included the Jungle had a LOT of down time in it. Either prepare for that or go with another lodge. The EcoAmazonia Lodge near Puerto Maldonado was beautiful; great facilities and excellent food but their day activities were very light and only lasted a few hours, leaving you with a lot of nothing to do around the lodge. I'm just saying....

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


Very eco friendly and all guides were encouraging eco tourism. Very knowledgeable guides.

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


A fabulous experience and super well organised!!!! I would consider finding a different operator for the Jungle part of the trip as it was a bit of a let down after the Inca Trail experience. The Jungle should be full of adventure and hiking and amazement. We were a bit disappointed with the activities organised by the EcoAmazonia Lodge (even though we loved the local guides).

Reviewed on 28 Feb 2009 by

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


The Lares trek was amazing, some really beautiful views! Get to see Machu Picchu as well!!!

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


Equipment that you may not have thought of include a coat, torch and warm sleeping bag!

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


Yes, though whilst on the trek I would have liked to take colouring pencils or sweets to give to the village children. I think giving them something for their youth is better than simply giving money.

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


Something that I hope will stay with me forever.

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