Peru highlights tour, Inca trail, Titicaca and Nazca
This bestselling Peru vacation combines trekking Inca trails with time in Nazca and Lake Titicaca. Led by fairly paid local guides and supported by porters who have all experienced Machu Picchu for themselves thanks to the people behind this trip.
Lima Ballestas Islands Nazca Lines llamas and flamingos in the high Andes acclimatise in Cuzco (3400m) visit Inca Saywiti stone and Tarawasi ruins trek the Inca Trail from km82 Vilcanota River Dead Woman's Pass (4200m) Runcuray Pass (3800m) Sayajmarca and Phuyupatamarca ruins approach Wiñay Wayna and Machu Picchu via the Sun Gate guided tour of Machu Picchu Lake Titicaca Uros floating islands Optional activities, include: sand surfing, scenic flights, paddle boarding
US $3679ToUS $4249excluding flights
Optional single supplement from £704 - £736.
Minimum age 16.
Minimum age 16.
Late availability on these dates: 15 Apr
Description of Peru highlights tour, Inca trail, Titicaca and Nazca
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Small group tours:
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modeled 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. Those with a two-week vacation, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.
Our top tip:
Go slow and keep hydrated whilst at altitude. Walking poles, layers of clothing and good hiking boots should also be noted as well as small denominations for tipping. Finally, listen to your guide as they are a mine of impassioned Inca information.
Small group. Average group size 12. Minimum age 16.
Moderate. 4 days trekking 4-6 hours per day at altitude.
10 nights en-suite hotels, 4 nights camping (dining and toilet tents).
Accommodation, transport, listed activities and tour leader.
All breks, 4 lunches, 4 dinners.
Indivudals welcome, single hotel rooms only, at a surcharge.
5 Reviews of Peru highlights tour, Inca trail, Titicaca and Nazca
5 out of 5 stars
Reviewed on 23 Oct 2019 by Marilyn ColeExcellent. Read full review
Reviewed on 08 Oct 2019 by Alasdair CameronI think all of Peru was great and the home stay was probably the best Read full review
Reviewed on 15 Jul 2017 by Dave JacksonWalking the trail was very hard in places, but so well organised that it was a great sense of achievement to complete each day and the trail itself. When we got to the Sun Gate above Machu Picchu we arrived in a lot of low cloud which took the edge off it, however we walked on a bit further and got a great high level view of the lost city so we were more than happy with this. Read full review
Reviewed on 16 Jun 2014 by Teresa TrippenbachIt was the most challenging vacation I have ever been on. I came back home with many wonderful memories. Our guide, Carlos Luchuga, contributed a great deal in the success of my vacations. Read full review
Reviewed on 04 May 2013 by Jack BondGreat...Hiking the Inca Trail to see Macchu Picchu at the end and the Nazca Lines were the most memorable parts. Read full review
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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. 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. In addition to the Inca Trail, we also visit the Ballestas Islands and the mysterious Nazca lines where our entry fees go towards maintenance of these sites, leaving a positive impact.
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.
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.
PeopleAccommodation and meals:
We will spend ten nights in hotels and the remaining four nights on the trek in full service campsites. 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. 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. 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.
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.