Travelling together is twice the fun...

Curious about the climb to Machu Picchu or tantalised by the taste of a zesty pisco sour? Leave your pondering at the door and join us on a small group tour of iconic Peru to see the sights for yourself. Our tours are ideal for those looking to travel solo but favour the comfort of an experienced guide and the company of other travel-keen explorers. Our local leaders know the best ways around the most favoured local sites, such as the most captivating Inca ruins to the best eateries for trying your first ceviche

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The perks of solo travel in Peru with Intrepid

An Intrepid local leader on Machu Picchu, Peru

A local leader

Local leaders are the metaphorical bread and butter of an Intrepid trip. They're the ones who will take you to the best vantage points, the most memorable places and the greatest culinary experiences which are often hard to find if you don't know the way. While travelling with your small tour group, you can spend time with your local leader and get the inside scoop on where to check out your travel must-sees. 

Puerto Maldonado Amazon River Cruise

Safety

While every country can present dangers, Peru is generally a safe travel destination if you are informed and alert but this is also where a group tour comes in handy. You'll have the guidance of your local leader and the company of others while exploring the gems of Peru's cities, towns and rural regions. Your leader can also help you haggle with merchants and provide advice on avoiding pickpocketers and scammers that can often be found around major tourist areas. With safety taken care of, you can simply focus on the fun.

People cheering drinks in a bar in Cusco, Peru

Ready-made friends

If you're looking for the freedom of solo travel with the option to share experiences with others, then a small group tour is a perfect fit. Want to take a day to yourself to recover from your hike to Machu Picchu or are you looking for the day's next whirlwind adventure? Travelling on one of our tours means you'll likely find shared interests with others even if you're different from completely opposite ends of the world. 

A traveller boarding a train in to Machu Picchu, Peru

Logistics and convenience

Travel comes with logistics, there's no way around it. Unless you leave the organising to us that is. From accommodation and trail hikes to transport and tours, we've sorted out the nitty-gritty to ensure you can simply bring your suitcase (and passport) to fully soak up your trip to the max.

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Trips from 1 January 2023 onwards

From 1 January 2023, Intrepid will no longer require travellers to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 (excluding all Polar trips and select adventure cruises). 

However, we continue to strongly recommend that all Intrepid travellers and leaders get vaccinated to protect themselves and others.

Specific proof of testing or vaccination may still be required by your destination or airline. Please ensure you check travel and entry requirements carefully.

Learn more about Intrepid's COVID-19 policy

It's your call. Rooming on our trips is organised on a twin-share basis, but most of our trips also have the option to pay an extra fee for your own room. Just let us know at the time of booking and we'll arrange it for you.

For twin-share rooms, we pair up solo travellers with another traveller of the same gender as per the gender marker on each of their passports. As a responsible tour operator, we strive to create a safe and inclusive environment for everyone. In the case that your gender identity differs from what's indicated on your passport, please contact us so that we can discuss rooming options with you.

On a small selection of itineraries some accommodations are booked on an open-gender, multi-share basis. In those instances it will clearly be stated in your Essential Trip Information.

Whether you’re travelling alone or with a partner, our trips have a set itinerary. But within that there’s time set aside for your own exploration (if you want to – no pressure). Depending on how you're feeling, you may want to have some downtime, ask your guide for a few tips then head out alone, or hang out with the group and see where the day takes you.

You sure do. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of their tour. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.

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Most hotels, large retailers and tourist attractions accept credit cards but will usually charge a fee (about 7%) for using them. Make sure you carry cash for when you're dealing with small vendors, family-run restaurants and market vendors. 

 

Intrepid is committed to making travel widely accessible, regardless of ability or disability. That’s why we do our best to help as many people see the world as possible, regardless of any physical or mental limitations they might have. However, we’re always happy to talk to travellers with disabilities and see if we can help guide them towards the most suitable itinerary for their needs and where possible, make reasonable adjustments to our itineraries.

Learn more about Accessible Travel with Intrepid

    Our solo travel safety guide

    Good advice for us all, but particularly for people travelling solo. Make copies of your itinerary, contact details, passport and travel insurance, then email them to yourself and to one or two friends/family at home. Check-in on social media when you can so people can keep track of where you are. 

    If you’re arriving late in a city by yourself, book a hotel with a front desk or concierge service (many hotels also offer private transfers that don’t cost the earth from the airport or train station). If you're travelling with us, we can help you organise an arrival transfer. Read your maps before you head out for a walk (you can use a map app on your smartphone – or take screenshots of where you’re going if you don’t want to use up your precious data). If you need to check your map when you’re out and about, duck into a shop or café to do it. Leave the blingy jewellery, wedding rings and designer clothes at home, and aim to dress like the locals do – hit up the local markets if you haven’t packed the right outfits. Aim to keep track of travel times, so you’re not caught out after dark.

    Most mobile/cell providers now offer travel passes to help manage your international roaming costs (which, let’s face it, are expensive!). For a few dollars a day, you’ll have access to data, which means you can log into your apps (like Skype, email and WhatsApp) when you’re out of WiFi zones and quickly get in touch with someone – a friend at home, someone in your group, or the police – if you need to. It might also be worth checking out the local cell/mobile providers as these can be quite cost effective. 

    Solo travellers are way more likely to be ‘taken for a ride’ at the airport by unscrupulous taxi drivers, so do your research before you arrive. Make sure you get a cab from the airport/station taxi rank – if you’re not sure where to go, just head to the information desk for help. Touts tend to hang out in the arrivals area and promise cheaper rates, but can often be dodgy. When you get to the cab rank, ask the driver to use the meter or request a cost estimate before you hop in the car – if it’s way higher than it should be, pick another vehicle. A lot of airports have train stations attached as well, so consider public transport if you want to save a dollar or two.

    It’s one of the advantages of travelling solo on a group tour: safety in numbers. The big, 50-person bus groups stand out on the road, but a small Intrepid group of eight or nine people, with a local leader showing the way – including areas to avoid and getting around safely – won’t draw much attention. Plus, it’s a great way to see parts of the world you may feel uncomfortable exploring on your own. If you want to do things on your own, consider a day tour to familiarise yourself with a city and get to know the local way of life. 

    Solo travel is all about confidence. If you’re relaxed and self-assured on the street, you’re more likely to blend in. When you meet new people, don’t assume they’re all out to get you, but be sensible too and trust your gut. If it feels wrong, it probably is. Remember: the popular tourist areas are often the most well-lit and secure, but they’re often a juicier target for pickpockets and scammers. Just use your common sense; half of travel safety is simply being aware of your surroundings.

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