Peru vacation, encompassed
Travel overland for two weeks as part of a small group from Lima to Arequipa, via Machu Picchu, Cuzco and Lake Titicaca, before flying back to Lima.
Lima Ballestas Islands Nazca Lines Cuzco (3400m) Aguas Calientes Machu Picchu Lake Titicaca (3800m) Amantani Island Puno altiplano to Colca Canyon Arequipa (2350m) Santa Catalina Convent
US $3599ToUS $3949excluding flights
Optional single supplement from £736 - £792.
Minimum age 16.
Minimum age 16.
Description of Peru vacation, encompassed
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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.
3 Reviews of Peru vacation, encompassed
4.5 out of 5 stars
Reviewed on 01 Oct 2019 by Beth WalshMachu Picchu was better than I expected it to be, the Condors were awesome, Nazca lines a great experience, the people were lovely. Everything was fab. Our guide, Renzo, was genuinely caring, available nearly always, patient with a good sense of humour.! Read full review
Reviewed on 18 Nov 2017 by Rosemary ChinchenOur visit to Machu Picchu and also our night on the homestay at Almantani Island. The food was great and it was fun helping to prepare the evening meal. Read full review
Reviewed on 06 Aug 2017 by Kay Emblen-PerrySo many memorable moments!! Penguins on the Ballestas Islands, seeing the the Milky Way and the sky completely full of stars when staying on Amantain Island in Lake Titicaca, Machu the Nasca Lines from a small plane...the list could go on and on. Read full review
As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) vacation so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.
PlanetAccommodation and meals:
We spend 13 nights in hotels and 1 night in a homestay on Amantani Island. 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. The homestay on Amantani Island on Lake Titicaca is a great opportunity, offering an authentic experience of staying with a local family, and the income from our stay is divided amongst the island community. Where meals are not supplied, guides will be able to recommend local cafes, restaurants and markets to get a bite. Local specialties to look out for include ceviche (a spicy dish of fish marinated in lime juice), lomo saltado (a Peruvian take on a stir fry) and hearty soups.
This small group tour has a maximum of 18 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the 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 a unique, family-run hotel that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to its limited size.
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.
PeopleLocal Craft & Culture:
There are several chances to support craftsmanship on the tour, including with the Amantani people who sell produce and various handmade souvenirs. By buying something we are providing an avenue of income for these people. There is also an optional excursion to the Sacred Valley on which you 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 harmful deforestation activity.
A Fair Deal:
Our local partner in Peru is extremely committed to staff welfare and to protecting the environment. All staff are paid a fair wage and receive proper treatment by their employers in exchange for their incredibly valuable local expertise. They are also encouraged to put environmental protection practices into use in their own communities - regular training courses are held for all staff to increase their understanding of how to protect their natural and cultural heritage. This should filter through to clients in briefings, which help to minimise detrimental effects on the people and environments we visit.
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