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Inca Trail & the Amazon Rainforest

from $4,149.00

Trekking, jungle and indigenous culture – the best Peru has to offer

  • Reviews 39 Reviews
    5/5
  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Guided
  • Activity Level Moderate
    5/8
  • Group Size Small Group
    4 - 16
All about the Inca Trail & the Amazon Rainforest.

Peru has been home to many civilisations, most notably the Incas, whose ancient cities and fortresses are still being discovered across this fascinating region. This three-part itinerary includes the Inca Trail (or alternative Moonstone Trek [1]), which takes in beautiful mountains and cloud forest as it follows a historic route to Machu Picchu, the best-preserved and most dramatic Inca ruin. It also explores the harsh landscapes of the high altiplano and the islands of Lake Titicaca and, in complete contrast, the dense jungles of the Amazon Rainforest. [1] https://www.exodus.co.uk/peru-holidays/moonstone-trek-option

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

* All breakfasts, 8 lunches and 6 dinners
* All accommodation
* All transport and listed activities
* Tour leader throughout
* Airport arrival and departure transfers
* Full porterage throughout trek
* Kitbag
* Inflatable sleeping mat while camping

What is not included in this tour?
  • Flights
  • Single Accommodation (available on request, inquire for supplement)
  • Sleeping bag (hire locally from US$20)

Highlights

  • Trek the classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, plus have an early morning tour of the ruins
  • Spend three nights deep in the Amazon Rainforest
  • Explore Lake Titicaca, with a homestay on one of its islands
  • Enjoy the old Inca capital of Cuzco, with its Inca and colonial architecture
  • Alternative remote Moonstone Trek available when Inca Trail permits have sold out.  Inquire for details on the itinerary which replaces those days in the trip when the group walks the standard Inca trail.
  • 7 nights hotels and 3 nights rainforest lodge in en suite rooms, 1 night homestay with basic shared facilities, and 3 nights full-service camping
  • 4 days point-to-point walking with full porterage
  • Travel by private bus, train, boat and 3 internal flights
  • Altitude maximum 4215m, average 3050m
  • 7kg personal weight limit on Inca Trail trek
  1. Day 1 Start Lima; free afternoon.

    The group flights are scheduled to arrive this morning. Free arrival transfers are available for any flight as long as you have provided Exodus with your flight details in advance and have requested a transfer. Check-in is in the early afternoon, and the morning is free for you to explore the local area, change money or visit Lima’s many museums until the rooms become available. There will be an Exodus noticeboard in the hotel reception with details of where and when the group welcome briefing will be held. *Hotel El Tambo 1 (or similar)***

  2. Day 2 Fly to Puerto Maldonado; boat journey into Tambopata Reserve; guided jungle walks.

    We have an early start today for the flight via Cuzco to Puerto Maldonado, a small jungle town. After a short drive via the lodge office (where we will store our main luggage) to the river, we take a boat to our jungle lodge in the Tambopata Reserve (generally between 1½ and 3 hours depending on the lodge used). On the way we may see caimans (alligators), river turtles and a wide variety of birdlife.Our rainforest lodge is basic but all accommodation has en suite facilities with cold showers. Electricity is by generator and only available for a few hours a day in the dining room area. *Cayman Lodge (or similar)*

  3. Day 3-4 Jungle exploration including forest walks and boat trips.

    The next two days are spent exploring the forest, rivers and lakes surrounding the lodge, on foot and in both motorised and paddle canoes. Although a lot of the wildlife tends to hide in the dense foliage, we should expect to see a wide variety of birds, including herons and egrets, jacanas, macaws and the almost prehistoric-looking hoatzin, as well as several species of monkey, reptiles and insects, and with luck the Giant otters which live in the rivers of the Amazon basin.*Cayman Lodge (or similar)*

  4. Day 5 Fly to Cuzco (3400m); free time to explore the ancient capital replete with Inca buildings and Spanish churches.

    A dawn start is required for the boat trip back to Puerto Maldonado, giving memorable views of the sunrise over the river. Look out for the early morning wildlife, which is particularly active at this time; Howler monkeys are frequently heard as they stake out their territories. After our flight to Cuzco, there is usually time for an afternoon orientation tour of the city. At 3400m Cuzco is an extremely high city and you may find yourself short of breath on arrival.*Hotel Warari / Hotel Koyllur (or similar)***

  5. Day 6 Free day; optional Sacred Valley excursion.

    We have a free day in Cuzco today. The Inca Capital is among the most attractive cities in South America, with many interesting buildings, museums and sites. There are various optional activities that can be arranged through your leader, such as a full day tour of the Sacred Valley (including the fortresses of Pisac and Ollantaytambo) or a visit to the ruins of Sacsayhuaman, situated on a hillside above the city.You will have a full trek briefing this afternoon (usually around 6pm).*Hotel Warari / Hotel Koyllur (or similar)*

  6. Day 7 The Classic Inca Trail: Start Inca Trail trek from km82; walk along Urubamba River, climb to Huayllabamba.

    The Classic Inca Trail is a tangential branch part of a 45,000km road network linking the whole empire to Cuzco. It was built in the 15th Century to reach Machu Picchu but was abandoned soon after the Spanish conquest. American adventurer, Hiram Bingham travelled along the trail when he came across Machu Picchu in 1911. The trail opened to the public in 1970.We leave Cuzco early and drive for roughly two hours to Ollantaytambo; our last chance to buy any items needed for the trek. From here we veer off the road and follow a track beside the river (45 minutes) to the start of the Inca Trail at Piscacucho, commonly known as Km82. After greeting our trekking crew, we show our passports at the checkpoint and begin the Inca Trail trek. The trail runs alongside the Vilcanota River beneath the impressive snow-capped Nevado Veronica, passing through cactus gardens and fields of corn until we reach the enormous Inca ruins of Llactapata, where we continue up a side valley to camp near the hamlet of Huayllabamba.*Walk Profile: approx. 11km / 6‐7hrs walking**Full-service Camping – Huayllabamba Camp*

  7. Day 8 The Classic Inca Trail: Cross Dead Woman's Pass (4215m), then descend to Pacaymayu.

    This is the longest and most strenuous day. A long climb (largely up stone staircases) takes us first through an area of cloud forest to the meadows of Llulluchapampa, then over the Warmihuañusca (Dead Woman’s) pass, at 4215m the highest point on the trek. After quite a long, steep descent we camp in the scenic valley of the Pacamayo River (3600m).*Walk Profile: approx. 10km / 6‐7hrs walking**Full-service Camping – Pacamayo Camp*

  8. Day 9 The Classic Inca Trail: Over Runquracay Pass (3800m) to ruins of Sayajmarca and Phuyupatamarca.

    We start the day with an easier climb which takes us past the ruins of Runquracay and over the Runquracay Pass (3930m). From now on the Inca Trail becomes a clearly defined path made of flat boulders. We pass the ruins of Sayajmarca and suddenly enter rainforest; at one point the trail passes through an Inca tunnel. We camp at a spectacular campsite on the ridge above the Inca site of Phuyupatamarca (3680m) to benefit from the views of sunset and sunrise.*Walk Profile: approx. 12km / 5-6hrs walking**Full-service Camping – Phuyupatamarca Camp*

  9. Day 10 The Classic Inca Trail: Walk down Inca steps to Wiñay Wayna and Machu Picchu via the Sun Gate.

    From the ridge, we embark on the infamous Inca steps: a two kilometre stone staircase taking us rapidly downhill amid a panorama of overwhelming immensity, with the peaks of the Vilcabamba range above and the river thousands of metres below. After visiting the attractive ruins of Wiñay Wayna, we have an undulating walk through cloud forest high above the river to Inti Punku, the Sun Gate. From here we get our first full sight of Machu Picchu itself, with Huayna Picchu rising behind.Traditionally busy with groups of trekkers clamouring for photos, we plan our arrival at Inti Punku later in the day so we can enjoy unobstructed views of the magnificent ruins. Passing around the edge of the ruins, we exit the site and descend to Aguas Calientes for a well-earned rest, a shower and a comfortable bed for the night. Our trekking permits allow us one entry into the site, which we use for our tour tomorrow, but anyone wishing to visit the citadel on both days can purchase an additional entry ticket today – your tour leader will assist with this.There is usually time for an optional visit to the hot springs in Aguas Calientes, however, in recent years they have become over-crowded and the water quality can suffer as a result. We will be reunited with those who have been on the Moonstone Trek at the hotel this afternoon.*Walk Profile: approx. 9km / 6-7hrs walking**Hotel Inti Punku El Tambo (or similar)*

  10. Day 11 Guided tour of Machu Picchu; return to Cuzco by train and by road.

    In order to beat the day-trippers arriving from Cuzco and reach the ruins as early as possible, a very early start is required to queue for Machu Picchu; only government-registered buses can make the 30-minute drive up the winding road to the site entrance and during high season (May-October) queues can be hours long. Machu Picchu is one of the architectural and engineering marvels of the ancient world and what makes it all the more dramatic is its mountain backdrop of staggering immensity. The Spaniards never found it, the Incas left no records of it, and so Machu Picchu remained a great enigma, a city lost for centuries in the jungle until it was rediscovered in 1911 by the American historian Hiram Bingham. New regulations for visiting Machu Picchu are now fully enforced; of the three possible visiting slots, Exodus will purchase the morning slot from 06:00 until 12:00 (unless unavailable), you will be limited to a maximum of four hours within the site and must be accompanied by a guide. There will also be three set routes to follow around Machu Picchu; Exodus selects the most comprehensive route. We catch an afternoon train back to Ollantaytambo (1hr 30 mins) and continue by private bus to Cuzco (2hrs 30 mins).*Hotel Warari / Hotel Koyllur (or similar)***

  11. Day 12 Drive across altiplano to Puno (3800m), on the shores of Lake Titicaca.

    Today we take a bus ride across the altiplano, the high plains separating the Andes from the jungles. Although it is quite a long drive (10 hours including stops), the views are spectacular. There are scheduled stops along the route to visit some of the most interesting sites which helps break up the day and we get a feel for the immensity of the Andean landscapes. A packed lunch is included today.  We arrive in the evening in Puno, a high, chilly town on the shores of Lake Titicaca.*Casona Plaza Hotel (or similar)***

  12. Day 13 Boat to Amantani Island for village homestay.

    We explore Lake Titicaca, visiting the lesser-known Titinos communities who live on islands of floating reeds and produce some fine textiles. Though the altitude here (3850m) is tiring, the air is very clear and the lakeside views can be magnificent, with the snow-capped peaks of the Andes towering in the background. There is the option to go on a walk to the top of the island to watch the sunset. We spend the night on Amantani Island where we experience a homestay with the local villagers – this really allows us to see what life is like for the people in an isolated island community.*Titicaca Homestay (basic accommodation)*

  13. Day 14 Morning travel to mainland; evening fly to Lima.

    We take a boat to Chifron Bay and spend some time exploring the peninsula before flying back to Lima (from nearby Juliaca airport). Depending on the flight taken, we may have some time free for shopping and sightseeing, including an optional visit to the Gold Museum. Flight times do vary and some groups will not arrive into Lima until late afternoon or early evening.*Hotel El Tambo 1 (or similar)***

  14. Day 15 End Lima.

    The trip ends after breakfast today. Those on group flights will be transferred to the airport in the morning for the overnight flight to London.**

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Where you stay

Hotels, Lodges, Camping & Homestay

The hotels normally used are indicated within the itinerary however accommodation may differ from those stated depending on your departure date. In Lima, Puno and Cuzco, we stay in small, locally-owned hotels with en suite rooms and breakfast facilities. Most hotels have a safety deposit box in the room but if not, there will be one at reception.

Please note that central heating is very rare in Peru, even in good standard hotels. Most hotels provide plug in heaters and spare blankets. Additionally whilst all of the hotels have a hot water supply, it can be temperamental when there is high demand.

A railway line runs straight through the centre of Aguas Calientes and whilst we try to allocate rooms away from it whenever possible, the trains might be heard from some rooms.

The Inca Trail (and Moonstone trek) is on a full-service camping basis with full porterage, meaning that our camp staff will erect and dismantle the tents for you, cook, and do all of the camp chores for you. You need only carry your day pack. There is a separate dining tent for meal times, as well as a toilet tent for use both in camp and during lunch stops. On the Inca Trail we stay in organised campsites which are administered by the Regional Cultural Directorate, whilst on the Moonstone Trek we use wild campsites.

On Amantani Island on Lake Titicaca, the group will split up overnight to stay with local families. There will be a few of us in each house and we may have to share rooms en masse – single supplements do not apply here. The rooms are basic but clean and your beds will have sheets and plenty of blankets. There are outside toilets and washbasins. The lack of electricity or road noise (there are no roads!) and the starlit sky on clear nights makes for a truly peaceful and serene experience.

In the rainforest we stay in a variety of lodges in the Tambopata Reserve. All offer a similar standard of accommodation and rainforest experience, and each has a network of walking trails through the forest. The lodges are usually located between 1½ and 3½ hours by boat from Puerto Maldonado, and each has a main building surrounded by lodge/bungalow accommodation. The rooms are usually based on two people sharing, and all have private bathrooms with a shower, as well as individual mosquito nets over the beds and, in some cases, mosquito screens on the windows. There is generally no electricity in the bedrooms, and lighting is provided by lanterns or candles. The main buildings each have a dining room and bar, as well as a small library of books relating to the rainforest and its flora and fauna. These are usually the only areas of the lodge with an electrical supply (not 24 hour).

Additional accommodation

Should you wish to extend your stay in Peru, Exodus can book additional nights’ accommodation prior to or after your tour in Lima. Please enquire at the time of booking. We recommend the early booking of pre/post tour accommodation to guarantee availability.

Single Supplement

Single rooms can be booked, subject to availability (the supplement excludes the night in the homestay).

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, 8 lunches and 6 dinners included in the price of the tour.

Peruvian cuisine has developed a reputation for its flavours and originality and it’s well worth trying out a few of the local delicacies. Amongst these are ceviche (a spicy dish of seafood or fish marinated in lime juice), lomo saltado (a Peruvian take on a beef stir-fry) and various hearty soups such as the delicious quinoa soup. Other dishes include roasted cuy (guinea pig), alpaca steak, and to drink, the national beverage: Pisco Sour.

Hotel breakfasts are normally simple buffet-style affairs, usually including bread/toast and jam, cereal, sometimes eggs or a cooked dishes, sometimes fruit, tea/coffee and fruit juice. Regrettably, we cannot guarantee that wheat/gluten-free products will be available for breakfast in all locations – if you have an intolerance you may wish to bring your own breakfast food.

Lunches in the rainforest are either buffet lunches or picnics, depending on the day’s activities. Dinners in the Amazon are buffet style, taken at the lodge

During the Inca Trail (or Moonstone Trek) hearty breakfasts are served and good quality cooked lunches and dinners are provided, and usually consist of soup or a starter, a main course with meat/fish and some form of carbohydrates, followed by a dessert. Some snacks between meals are also provided. Drinking water (boiled and filtered) is provided in the mornings and at lunch during the trek so that you can refill your bottles. Bed tea/coffee is brought to your tent each morning and juice or hot drinks are provided with all meals during the trek.

Where lunch and dinner is not included we’ll visit a variety of cafes and restaurants.

Drinking water is provided. The tap water in Peru is not safe to drink; boiled and filtered drinking water is provided on the trek and elsewhere your leader will buy large water containers for you to refill your bottle from.

You should be aware that the size of Peru means that this trip involves some long drives, particularly the one from Cuzco to Puno (around 10hrs), and you should be prepared for this. The buses used are comfortable and the scenery is outstanding. There will be several stops along the way to help break up the journey.

The Inca Trail is a Moderate grade trek (level 3) – please refer to our activity level guidelines. There are four days point-to-point walking with full porterage, reaching a maximum altitude of 4215m, average 3050m. Though not without its difficulties (in particular the ascent and descent of the first pass, known as Dead Woman’s Pass!) this trek is certainly possible for anyone in a good state of health and fitness, but we would not recommend it as a beginner’s trek to anyone with no previous trekking experience. If you are not a regular walker you should put in some physical preparation beforehand. The trek is also not particularly suitable for those with bad knees due to the number of steep and uneven steps, particularly on the third and fourth days of the trek.

As this trip spends considerable time at altitude, we ask you to refer to the altitude warning within the Trip Notes. We spend two days in Cuzco (3400m) acclimatizing before starting the trek.

Protest action/strikes are not uncommon in Peru, and while these are generally peaceful, they can involve roadblocks and cause disruption to travel. Occasionally your leader may have to adapt your itinerary in response to this.

Walking hours stated within the itinerary are given as approximates only. Timings stated include lunch and photo stops and will vary depending on the pace of your group.

Inca Trail Regulations

An Inca Trail permit is required for this trip. There are a number of important regulations regarding the Inca Trail that we would like to make you aware of:

  1. Spaces on the Inca Trail are on a first come, first served basis and we urge you to book as early as possible.
  2. If you cancel your booking more than 8 weeks before departure and wish to transfer your deposit to another departure or another trip the transfer fee is £150 as we will lose the permit we have purchased on your behalf. This is an amendment to our Booking Conditions. No transfers are possible within 8 weeks of departure.
  3. Bookings can only be made if we are supplied with your full name, passport details, date of birth and nationality, exactly as per the passport you will be using to travel to Peru (this information is used to purchase your Inca Trail permit). If your passport details do not match those on your permit you will be refused entry to the Inca Trail by the local authorities.
  4. Should the passport used to purchase your permit be lost, stolen or expire before your Inca Trail start date, you must purchase a new passport and notify Exodus immediately as we will need to apply to amend your Inca Trail permit. To do so, you must supply copies of both your old and new passports to Exodus in advance of travel and pay an administration fee of £25. For this reason, we strongly recommend that you make a copy of your passport at the time of booking.
  5. Please be aware that these regulations may change at any time, and Exodus is not responsible for the decisions made by Peruvian authorities.
  6. There is a possibility that the Peruvian authorities may increase the entrance fees to the Inca Trail, Machu Picchu and other major sights at any time. If they do so, we will inform you of this increase and the extra amount will need to be paid locally in cash in Peru.

Please Note: Whilst your departure date may be ‘Guaranteed’, your Inca Trail permit itself will initially be ‘On Request’. If travelling within the current year we will try to purchase your permit immediately upon receiving your booking. If travelling next year, we will apply for your permit as soon as they are released for sale. In either case, in the event that we are unable to get your permit, we will contact you to discuss your options. 

Alternative Moonstone Trek

Once Inca Trail permits have sold out for a given date, we can no longer accept bookings for the classic Inca Trail trek. However, we can offer an equally spectacular alternative trek (not requiring a permit) in its place. The remote high altitude Moonstone Trek takes in a number of recently discovered Inca and pre-Inca archaeological sites and there are practically no other tourists along the route.

If selected, the Moonstone Trek will replace days 7 to 10 of the standard land only itinerary. The maximum altitude on the Moonstone Trek is 4625m (higher than that of the classic Inca Trail) and the route is slightly more strenuous. Therefore we class it as a Moderate/Challenging trek (level 4).

Depending on the split of the group between the Inca Trail and Moonstone Trek, you may find small group sizes on the Moonstone Trek. Please ask your Sales Consultant if you would like to know how many people are booked on each.

Whilst the Moonstone Trek can be selected preferentially when Inca Trail permits are still available, a small group supplement may apply.

New List of Regulations for visiting Machu Picchu (which apply from July 1st 2018).

The main points impacting your visit are the following:

  1. The tickets are valid only for one entry which means that you cannot leave the site and re-enter.
  2. Once you have done the chosen circuit with your guide, you cannot walk back to view anything already visited and once you finish the circuit, you will have to leave the site. You can no longer explore the site further after the guided tour.
  3. The two visit times for visiting the site, either 6am-12pm or 12-16.30pm.

These new regulations will affect how long you are able to spend at Machu Picchu.  In the past, after the guided tour passengers could stay longer to explore the site, this is not possible anymore. The alternative that we are implementing on our visits to allow you further time, is to explore the upper part of Machu Picchu (Sun Gate and Inca Bridge) before starting the guided tour.  The guided tour will be about 2 hrs in duration, and unfortunately at the end of it, you will need to exit the site.

Schedule of visit to Machu Picchu on this itinerary:

  • Early bus to Machu Picchu and explore upper part with the tour leader
  • Between 9-10am start the guided tour
  • Between 11.30am-12.30pm passengers leave Machu Picchu
Overall Rating
5/5
Reviewed On 25/06/2020
5/5

INCA TRAIL & THE AMAZON RAINFOREST - Moonstone trek

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    It would be difficult to pick just the one moment! The Amazon rainforest was a great experience and I thoroughly enjoyed my time in the jungle on the nature walks seeing all of the different animals and creatures that live there.  Reaching the top of the Accoccosa Pass on the Moonstone trek was amazing and well worth the effort. The views when on the tops of the mountains were incredible and we did not see a single tourist for the whole trek J
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Our guide Fabrico was really good, well organized and made all of our arrangements for us sorting everything out making our two weeks trouble free. He also looked after us well, and made sure we remembered to drink plenty of water and to put sunscreen/ insect repellent on. The local guides should also get praise. Emerson and Hugo in the rainforest were great and spotted all sorts of insects and animals we would have walked right passed. Even a 6m anaconda when we were canoeing on the lake.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    I can highly recommend doing the moonstone trek as an alternative to the Inca Trail; there are no real restriction of your luggage weight as it is carried by horses. The views when on the top of the mountains are amazing and we did not see a single tourist for the whole trek. Prior to getting to Macho Picchu you can book the Wayna Picchu mountain trail. The Climb is a bit of a hard slog but well worth the views at the top looking out over Machu Picchu (assuming the weather is good). It takes about 2 – 2 ½ hours to do the full loop including the Great Cave. Machu Pichu - best to opt for the hotel rather than camping, as this would have been less rushed. It was a bit hectic getting to the hot springs and then only having a hour to enjoy them before having to get back to the campsite for the evening meal. It would have been less of a rush to have booked a hotel in town allowing you to enjoy the hot springs followed by a meal in a local restaurant. ·         Good waterproofs are a must especially on the trek; mine were good and meant I was dry when we reached our tents in the evening.·         Some Euros would be handy for snacks if you are travelling via Europe (Madrid) ·         When you arrive in Lima change quite alot of dollars into soles straight away and get small notes (they give you 20s and 50s you need much smaller than that). The trip notes suggest you can use dollars (and you can) the exchange rate is not very good and we it was easier to use soles. ·         Don’t forget the Deet 50 or 100 a must for the jungle, sun screen and walking poles for the trek. ·         Pack as light as you can and be organised, work out what you need for the jungle and trek. It will make repacking your bags much easier as you are limited to what you can take.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Gifts for the local home stay on Amanti Island - It would have been good to bring something from the UK rather than the market in the port. It was hard to chose an appropriate gift as you do not know if the family you will be staying with will have children or not! The reed islands were disappointing - it was extremely interesting to see how the islands were constructed and how the people live on the islands, but this was followed by the hard sell of their items (which were on offer everywhere) before the next boat load of tourists arrived. Tipping got somewhat tiresome as it was hard to work out who you had to tip and how much (Tour Leader, Local Guides in the Jungle, Titicaca, the bus driver to Puno, all staff on the trek).   You should visit Peru at least once in your life and this trip is a good way to see it.

Reviewed On 25/06/2020
5/5

MACHU PICCHU & THE AMAZON RAINFOREST

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    walking through the sun gate and arriving at the top of the mountain over looking machu piccchu it was magical especially after the walk to get there.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    flaminia was very knowledgeable about all areas that needed covering.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    definatly goooooooo its amazing.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    would like to thank everyone on the team for making it the experience it was.......THANK YOU SO MUCH xxx 

Reviewed On 25/06/2020
5/5

Trip of a lifetime!

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Arriving for sunset at Machu Picchu. All of us were in awe about what a special place it was. Also it was brilliant to arrive in the evening as it was nearly empty so we had it to ourselves.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Wilfredo was brilliant - he was organised, friendly and had a great sense of humour. He really made the trip and managed to show us what a great destination Peru is.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    This really is a bucket list trip. If you are undecided about whether it is worth doing the amazon bit I would say a big YES. I don't like spiders and didn't even think i was that interested in wildlife - this trip changed my perceptions and the amazon was fantastic.

Reviewed On 25/06/2020
5/5

INCA TRAIL & THE AMAZON RAINFOREST

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Walking through the Sun Gate to see the Ancient ruins of Machu Picchu below you after toing for the previous few days through, sun, rain and whatever the weather had to throw at you. The support from all those in the group tomake sure that everyone made it. A wonderful moment that even brought a lump to my throat and the joy of everyone within the group as having made it. Hugs all round. So worth it.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    BRILLIANT. As simple as that. Wilbert Ramos -- if you get him on your trip you will have an amazing time. Words really cant describe how good he was. Inspiartional and yet knew what to do in all circumstances and his knowledge was second to none. I think I will leave it there as to add any other words would probably dumb down how good he really was. Thanks you.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Enjoy what ever is thrown at you. It will be worth it and you will be rewarded.As far as the trail is concerned, make sure you have plenty of batteries for your camera. I took both a compact and an SLR with zoom lense but to be honest the latter was probably a waste of time and adds extra weight to what you have to carry. By the way -- buy a plastic poncho as they really are worth it and will cover your day pack at the same time without adding a lot of weight to your daypack by carrying a coat.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Thank you for a wonderful holiday. It was everything and more that I had hoped for and have some truly wonderful memories and smashing photos which will get looked at on a regular basis. Will definately book with you agin  

Reviewed On 25/06/2020
5/5

Inspiring Inca Trail

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The Inca Trail. There are some breath-taking views (not to mention altitudes!), which are simply stunning. The second day is the toughest, with 1200m of ascent and 600m of descent from a base of 3000m above sea level. The third day of the trek was my favourite - has the best scenery and the campsite was perfectly placed to watch sunset, stars and sun-rise (cloud permitting).
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Wilfredo, our group leader was excellent. He was really supportive and took care of us brilliantly. He gave us lots of information and insight into local culture. He also managed to organise around unexpected events and ensured that everyone completed the trail - showing real concern, when a couple of our group were struggling or ill.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepared for a fairly full-on trip, from the moment you arrive in Lima. Consider booking an airport lounge at Madrid for the 3h stoppover - there is very little at the terminal (Starbucks and Burger King only) and most of it was closed. Also consider booking an extra nights accommodation in Lima for the start of the trip - you'll arrive early morning and check-in isn't until early afternoon, so after a 20h+ travelling, you might appreciate the shower/nap! Pack as light as you can. There are opportunities to do laundry (via the hotel in Cusco) after the rain forest and after the Inca Trail, so 6-7 days worth of clothes is probably enough. Take plenty of layers and don't worry too much about taking snacks from home, as you are given snacks on the trail and can buy them before the trek in a supermarket near the hotel in Cusco. Do bring US dollars to exchange, but if you have a good bank card, you can also withdraw cash from ATMs in the cities. About $500 is probably enough per person, depending on how many souvenirs you buy! Leave some shopping until the final days on Amantani Island, where you can buy crafts (mainly knits) made by the family you stay with, and which are probably more genuine that the tat in Cusco market! Walk at your own pace on the trek and you'll be fine. The 2nd day is tough, but any one with the right attitude and reasonable fitness would make it. Do take well-worn in walking boots/shoes and walking poles are a great help (there are opportunities to buy extra kit in Cusco and before the trail).
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Just an all-round fantastic trip. We had a brilliant group and were very lucky with weather conditions. Go for it - book it, you won't regret it!

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