Travel to Peru and discover its fascinating history, from the depths of the Amazon to the heights of the Andes and on to the unique islands of Lake Titicaca. Experience diverse ecology, geology, cultures and witness daily Peruvian life. Uncover the mystery of Peru's culture and history on this unforgettable journey that is sure to leave you enthralled and wanting more.

This trip requires an Inca Trail Permit. To view permit availability click here.

Start
Lima, Peru
Finish
Lima, Peru
Countries
Peru
Themes
Explorer
Code
GGKIC
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 16
Carbon offset
927kg pp per trip

Experience the magic of Peru on this 2-week small group adventure.


Highlights

  • Sample life on Lake Titicaca's floating islands
  • Behold Peru's 'Lost City' of Machu Picchu
  • Visit Lima and explore Peru's churches and colonial history
  • Admire the pre-Inca funerary towers at Sillustani
  • Relax in Cuzco’s Plaza de Armas
  • Experience sleeping in the Amazon Jungle
  • Visit a community in the Sacred Valley
  • Be amazed by the geometric perfection of Ollantaytambo

Itinerary

Welcome to Peru! Head out on a guided orientation walk of Lima beginning in Plaza Mayor, the capital's historic centre. Marvel at the city's churches, palaces and ornate colonial mansions, and don't miss the opportunity to try a Pisco Sour - the national tipple.
Fly into Puerto Maldonado, Peru's premier Amazon outpost town. Learn about the jungle's intricate ecosystem and wildlife on a nature walk with a well-versed local guide.
Get to know Cuzco with a stroll around the city centre. A melting pot of Spanish and Inca influences, the city is rich in history and awash with charm. Visit a coca tea shop for a taste of the world's most controversial plant, before haggling for wares at the colourful San Pedro market.
Journey through the lush, picturesque landscape of the Sacred Valley, keeping an eye out for quaint hilltop towns and villagers dressed in brightly coloured traditional garb. Be treated to lunch prepared by a local community, and perhaps pick up some Quechuan lingo. Stay overnight in the ancient Inca town of Ollantaytambo and scale its imposing cliff fortress.
Make the most of two days in charming Cuzco, ancient epicenter of the Inca empire. Check out the archaeological sites of Qenqo, Tambomachay and Sacsayhuaman dotting the town's hillsides, or simply settle back with a mug of coca tea at a cosy cafe. Alternatively, there is the option to hike the mighty Inca Trail. Traverse high, rocky plateaux and challenging mountain peaks, trek through dense cloud forest and pass crumbling temple ruins. Climbing the steps of the Sun Gate and seeing majestic Machu Picchu rising from the mist is an experience to remember.
Arrive at the ambient mountain village of Aguas Calientes after a scenic train ride. Soak away the afternoon in the town's natural hot springs, or wander along the road for a sneak peek of Machu Picchu.
Enjoy a guided tour of Machu Picchu and be sure to have cameras ready - these ruins are seriously photogenic. Return to Cuzco for more sightseeing. For a meal with a difference, head to Aldea Yanapay Cafe. With all proceeds going towards Cuzco's underprivileged children, it's an excellent place to splurge.
Be enchanted by the striking scenery and unique cultures on a cruise around Lake Titicaca. Stop by the amazing floating Uros islands which are created entirely from reeds. Then call into Taquile Island for some woollen handicrafts.
Discover a pre-Inca burial ground at Sillustani. End this adventure back by the seaside in Lima.
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Inclusions

Meals
12 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
Transport
Canoe
Accommodation
Hotel (12 nights), Jungle Lodge (2 nights)
Included activites
  • Catacombs - Lima
  • Coca Museum
  • Full Day Lake Titicaca tour
  • Sillustani archaeological site (time permitting)

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This trip requires an Inca Trail Permit. To view permit availability click here.

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Notes

1. Name and passport number are required at time of booking.
2. A single supplement is available on this trip. Single Supplement is not available on Days 6-8 if you choose to hike the Inca Trail.
3. An airport arrival transfer is included. Please provide your flight details at the time of booking.
4. The itinerary of this trip has been slightly modified from the version printed in the 2013 Latin America brochure. We now visit the Sacred Valley of the Incas on day 5 of the trip (as opposed to day 6)
5. You can opt to hike the Inca Trail on this itinerary. This must be specifically requested at the time of booking, otherwise the normal (non hiking) itinerary will be booked for you.

Inca Trail (and Quarry Trek) hiking groups have a maximum capacity of 16 travellers. If you opt to take the hiking alternative of this itinerary your group size may increase to 16 (as opposed to 12 as advertised) during the trekking part of the itinerary.

During the trek you may travel alongside other Intrepid and non Intrepid like minded travellers.

Inca Trail permits are sold on request basis only. Once deposit is paid and passport details provided, Intrepid will endeavor to secure a permit for you.

If Inca Trail permits are unavailable by the time you book, you can opt to hike the <a href="incatrail"> Inca Quarry Trail </a> instead or to continue with the normal (non hiking) itinerary of this trip.

The Inca Trail closes in February to allow cleaning and restoration works. If the trek portion of your trip starts in February you will be offered to hike the <a href="incatrail"> Inca Quarry Trail.</a>

Important information regarding new regulations and booking procedures for the <a href="inca-advisory.php"> Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.</a>

Important notes

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Reviews

Our Peruvian Pathways trips score an average of 4.6 out of 5 based on 5 reviews in the last year.

Peruvian Pathways, March 2015

Peruvian Pathways, March 2015