Peru walking and cultural vacation

“Ten day tailor made tour featuring optional activities in and around Cusco before a relaxed five day Inca Trail trek to reach Machu Picchu after the crowds leave.”

Highlights

Cusco | Inca Trail trek | Huayllabamba | Wiñay Wayna | Machu Picchu | Optional activities include: biking, rafting or horse riding. Optional tours include: Cusco city and the Sacred Valley to Chinchero Market, Pisac and Ollantaytambo |

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Departure information

This trip can be organised at any time (except February when the Inca Trail is closed) with a minimum of two people. Note: itinerary can be adapted to suit your requirements.
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Peru walking and cultural vacation

Carbon reduction

Your vacation will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this vacation and how to reduce them.

Environment

We operate this trip in conjunction with the most ecologically aware tour operators in Peru.

For hiking the Inca Trail we buy fresh local produce. In preference we choose local over imported goods, encouraging the use of Andean products in our cooking. On our treks we minimize waste by using products with minimum packaging, leaving no litter and keeping all water sources clean, leaving camp-sites cleaner than we find them. Rubbish is carried out. We ask for your full consideration and co-operation concerning all ecological matters, especially in the disposal of rubbish. Our local staff will outline for you the procedures we use in Peru.

We are involved in the ongoing training of our trek staff. All our porters on hiking the Inca Trail carry a maximum We support the Tourism Concern Porters Policy and are involved with the social project Huchuy Yachaq . We are happy to distribute your donations of much needed warm clothes and shoes to Peruvian children through this organization - please contact us for details of how you can help. Volunteers are welcome to work on the project.

Please note that as a result of a recent government environmental improvement scheme, metal tipped walking poles are no longer allowed on the Inca Trail so please ensure you pack rubber tips. Plastic water bottles are also banned so please remember to take your water carriers or platypus hydration systems with you.

We are also now supporting the UK registered chairty Amantani. As this charity is very much in keeping with our ethos of small scale, targetted help which is educational & sustainabale. HuchuyYachaq is the other main Peruvian charity we support by paying a for a full time teacher. A % of all our income goes to support those projects.

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Reviewed on 14 Oct 2019 by

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


Visiting the less touristy areas of Peru - Kuelap, Gocta, Revash and Leymabamba.
Going deep into the Amazon Rainforest and learning more about this important ecosystem. The sheer diversity of Peru.

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


Peru is huge, distances between attractions are large and travel can take big chunks out of your vacation. Watch out for altitude sickness, there is medication you can take and it’s worth discussing with your GP before leaving home.

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


I hope that the money we spent in country will benefit local people. The rainforest visit certainly supported conservation efforts and the learning from that visit will allow us to modify some of our behaviours now we are back home, for example we will stop eating beef unless it is UK reared.

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


Fantastic but hard work. We saw lots of Peru and really enjoyed all of the places we visited but to do that we were up early every morning and traveling most days. Lots to see and do, good food, lovely people, and everything very smoothly organised.

Reviewed on 21 May 2019 by

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


Multiple events throughout the entire Galapagos and Peru vacation: snorkelling with Sea Iguanas, snorkelling into a cave where white tipped sharks were sleeping, a Llama selfie along the classic Inca Trail, sleeping in pods on the side of Sacred Valley, condors at Colca Valley

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


Get walking ahead of the trail. Walking sticks are a must. Bring some music for the trip.

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


Yes - The thing I like about responsible travel is that I always meet the guides and find they are all locals. Also, the hotels we stay in notably are trying to make a reduced impact on the environment with reduced plastic, encouraging avoidance of a daily clean set of towels/bedding etc.

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


Bucket list vacation, bucket list memories.

Reviewed on 14 Aug 2018 by

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


Staying with local families, going to the local farm in peru!


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


Take your probiotics so you can eat all the amazing street food!

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


Absolutely! As highlighted by the farm tour with the local tour provider.


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


Excellent

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