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Peru Explorer

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An in-depth discovery of southern Peru from the Andes to the Amazon

  • Reviews 10 Reviews
    5/5
  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Guided
  • Activity Level Leisurely / Moderate
  • Group Size Small Group
    5 - 16
All about the Peru Explorer.

This trip is the perfect introduction to the highlights of one of the most diverse countries in South America. Our journey contrasts the incomparable scenery of the Andes with the lush vegetation of the Amazon Rainforest and the barren coastal desert, as we discover ancient cities, buildings and fortresses of colossal size in settings of amazing beauty. For walking enthusiasts, there is the option to trek the famous Inca Trail to Machu Picchu or to follow the remote Moonstone Trek [1] (at no extra cost), and for wildlife lovers, the Ballestas Islands and the rainforest are sure to impress.[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, 6 lunches and 3 dinners included. Additional meals on Inca
Trail option.
* All accommodation
* All transport and listed activities
* Airport arrival & departure transfers
* Inca Trail permit (if Inca Trail option selected at time of booking)

What is not included in this tour?
  • Flights
  • Single Accommodation (available on request, inquire for supplement)

Highlights

  • Discover the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu and the colonial cities of Cuzco and Arequipa
  • Have the option to walk the classic Inca Trail, at no extra cost – must be requested at time of booking
  • Spend two nights deep in the Amazon
  • Visit Lake Titicaca’s traditional island communities
  • See beautiful Arequipa plus Colca Canyon and its condors
  • 19 nights hotels and 2 nights jungle lodge, all with en suite facilities
  • Group normally 5 to 16, plus leader. Min. age 16 yrs
  • Spends time at altitude
  • Travel by internal flight, train, boat and private bus
  • Inca Trail option: no extra cost – please request on booking.
  • 3 nights full-service camping replaces 3 nights hotels. Additional meals included during trek
  1. Day 1 Start Lima.

    The trip starts in Lima today. Those on the group flights from London will arrive this evening.*Hotel El Tambo 1 (or similar)*

  2. Day 2 Free morning; afternoon city tour.

    This morning has been left free, and in the afternoon we have a tour of colonial and modern Lima. We visit the modern residential district of Lima (Miraflores) and then explore the historic downtown area. We will discover the Plaza de Armas, Basilica Cathedral and Government Palace (also known as ‘House of Pizarro’) as we take a short walk around the colonial centre. We also visit the incredible Church of San Francisco, which houses one of the oldest libraries in the Americas and sits on top of a labyrinthine network of catacombs complete with the bones of Lima’s wealthy eighteenth and nineteenth-century residents. This evening perhaps take a visit to the bohemian district of Barranco for some local food and a taste of the famous Pisco Sour, Peru’s national cocktail.*Hotel El Tambo 1 (or similar)*

  3. Day 3 Drive to Paracas, visiting Pachacamac and Pucusana.

    We drive south from Lima today, visiting Pachacamac Fortress, the Incas’ largest coastal city at the time of the conquest. We stop for a late lunch of fresh seafood at the attractive fishing village of Pucusana. A stroll around the village where the day’s catch is displayed at the market and a boat ride around the bay (subject to weather conditions) offer great insight into a contemporary Peruvian coastal town. We continue southwards to the town of Paracas where we spend the night.*Hotel Gran Palma (or similar) *

  4. Day 4 Sail to Ballestas Islands; continue to Nazca via Ica.

    A short drive from our hotel takes us to the port where we board our launch to visit the world famous Ballestas Islands, a national park which contains the highest concentration of marine birds in the world. There are sea lions and numerous species of birds on the islands themselves and we will also see the Paracas Candelabra, a curious pre-Inca design on the cliff-face, only recognisable from the sea. We drive on to Nazca in the afternoon and visit the viewing platforms close to the famous Nazca Lines. These are one of the world’s great archaeological mysteries, consisting of enormous figures and patterns etched in the desert sand, best seen from the elevated position of the viewing platforms. There should also be time for optional visits to the nearby Antonini archaeological museum, a pre-Inca cemetery, or the Nazca Aqueduct, which gives an insight into the Nazca civilisation’s ingenious subterranean irrigation system.*Hotel Alegria (or similar)*

  5. Day 5 Drive along coast then turn inland to Arequipa (2350m).

    Today we have a long drive (approx. 10 hrs) south through the coastal desert, with great views of the dunes and the Pacific Ocean, before heading inland into the mountains on the road to Arequipa.**Su Majestad* Hotel (or similar) *

  6. Day 6 Arequipa city tour, including Santa Catalina Convent.

    Arequipa is a beautiful colonial city set in a fertile oasis, with many historic buildings characterised by their use of white volcanic stone from the nearby Misti, whose dramatic cone dominates the town. In the morning we visit the Cathedral, the Jesuit church of La Compañia and the huge serene convent of Santa Catalina, which retains typical features from the 16th and 17th centuries and is a peaceful refuge for the nuns who still live here today.*Su Majestad Hotel (or similar) *

  7. Day 7 Drive to Colca Canyon.

    A spectacular drive takes us to the Colca Canyon, one of the world’s deepest canyons. On the way we pass volcanoes and will almost certainly see vicuñas in the highlands before we cross the Patapampa Pass (4910m) which marks the descent into the canyon itself. As we take the winding road to the town of Chivay, the sight of the green and fertile terraces of the canyon is a real contrast to the barren yet beautiful landscapes we have travelled through for most of the day. This is the first day where we may feel the effects of altitude – although we do not linger at the top of the pass, we spend the night at around 3600m and so it is a good idea to take it easy on arrival.*Hotel Pozo del Cielo, Chivay (or similar) *

  8. Day 8 To Colca Canyon; explore and search for condors.

    Today we have a full day exploring the Colca Canyon, starting with a visit to the Cruz del Condor, the best place to see the mighty Andean condors as they glide on the morning thermals. We also see ancient tombs which line the cliffs on one side of the canyon, and make stops in the villages along the way which house several interesting colonial churches. Depending on time, we may take a short walk along farm tracks to learn more about the agriculture on which the whole region is dependent. After a long day of exploration, an optional visit to the hot springs near Chivay this evening is a wonderful way to relax.*Hotel Pozo del Cielo, Chivay (or similar) *

  9. Day 9 Drive via Sillustani to Puno (3800m), by Lake Titicaca.

    Today, we drive through the mountains to Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca. En route we have opportunities to see vicuñas before making a short visit to the unique burial towers (chullpas) of Sillustani. The altitude here (3800m) makes physical effort very tiring and the evenings are very cold, so taking time to rest is highly recommended.*Casona Plaza Hotel (or similar)*

  10. Day 10 Sail to floating reed islands; afternoon explore lake shore.

    We have a full day on and around Lake Titicaca visiting the descendants of the Uros Indians who live on islands of floating reeds and, save for a few modest concessions to the modern world, still live as their ancestors would have done centuries ago. These days, although tourism has had a significant economic impact on the islands, the Indians still use a barter system to trade with those living on the mainland, and fishing and weaving remain key elements of their daily life. An afternoon of short walks is designed to highlight the culture of the indigenous groups who inhabit the small towns and villages alongside the lake.*Casona Plaza Hotel (or similar)*

  11. Day 11 Drive across the altiplano to Cuzco (3400m).

    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 (approx. 10hrs), it is often spectacular. There are scheduled stops to visit some of the most interesting sites to help break up the day and appreciate the immensity of the Andean landscapes. These include La Raya Pass (4313m), the watershed and geographical dividing line between the altiplano and the Vilcanota Valley where Raqchi Inca temple is located. We arrive in Cuzco (3400m) in the evening.*Hotel Casa Andina Koricancha (or similar)*

  12. Day 12 Visit Pisac market and Inca ruins in the Sacred Valley.

    This morning, we head out of Cuzco to the colourful handicraft market at Pisac, at the entrance to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. After some free time to browse the stalls, we take a walking tour of the huge Inca ruins above the village. We enjoy a traditional ’pachamanca’ lunch today, whereby the food is wrapped up and buried in the earth along with hot stones which cook it slowly. After lunch, we drive down the valley to Ollantaytambo where we visit the immense Inca fortress and explore the unique village whose streets still follow the pre-conquest grid plan.*Tunupa Lodge (or similar)*

  13. Day 13 Return to Cuzco or start Inca Trail

    Today the group divides between those doing the Inca Trail and those staying in Cuzco.

  14. Day 14 Inca Trail option: cross 'Dead Woman's Pass'.

    This is the longest and most strenuous day of the trek. A long climb 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).*Inca Trail option: Meals included *–/ breakfast, lunch, dinner. /*Full-Service Camping, Pacamayo Camp**Distance covered: 10 km / 6 miles**Activity (hours): 6-7*

  15. Day 15 Inca Trail option: walk via Runcuracay and Sayajmarca to Phuypatamarca camp.

    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.*Inca Trail Option: meals included –* /breakfast, lunch, dinner. /*Full-service camping, Phuyupatamarca Camp**Distance covered: 12 km / 7.5 miles**Activity (hours): 5-6*

  16. Day 16  Inca Trail option: walk via Wiñay Wayna to Machu Picchu.

    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. *Inca Trail Option: Meals included* – /breakfast, lunch./*Hotel Presidente (or similar)**Distance covered: 9 km / 5.5 miles**Activity (hours): 6-7*

  17. Day 17 Morning guided tour of Machu Picchu; afternoon return to Cuzco.

    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. Please note that exploring the ruins involves a reasonable amount of walking, including up and down steep and uneven stone steps. We catch an afternoon train back to Ollantaytambo (1hr 30 mins) and continue by private bus to Cuzco (2hrs 30 mins).*Hotel Casa Andina Koricancha (or similar)*

  18. Day 18 Tour of Cuzco and Inca fortress of Sacsayhuaman.

    We have a full-day tour combining the highlights in and around the city. Outside the town are Inca ruins, notably the fortress of Sacsayhuaman where the Inca armies made their last stand against the Conquistadores. In the centre, we visit the Plaza de Armas, and many examples of the famous Inca stonework like those of the Qoricancha Sun Temple located in the Santo Domingo church and Monastery.*Hotel Casa Andina Koricancha (or similar)*

  19. Day 19 Free time in Cuzco.

    Today has been left free to relax and enjoy the many attractions of Cuzco. It is possible to visit the Cathedral, San Blas Church and a religious art museum (sites not visited the previous day) on a combined entrance fee ticket for approx. US$15.*Hotel Casa Andina Koricancha (or similar)*

  20. Day 20 Short flight to Puerto Maldonado; travel by boat into rainforest; afternoon jungle walk.

    We leave Cuzco early today as we take a short flight to Puerto Maldonado, a small town in the rainforest. On arrival, we transfer to the dock for a boat trip to our lodge in the Tambopata Reserve – this journey takes between 1½ and 3 hours depending on which lodge we stay in. On the way, we may see caimans, river turtles and waterfowl. After some time to settle in, we will take a short walk along the forest trails near the lodge to look for nocturnal animals.*Cayman Lodge Amazonia (or similar) *

  21. Day 21 Jungle exploration by boat and on foot.**

    Activities today will vary according to the lodge used, but will generally include a mixture of walks along the forest trails, time spent in canoes to explore rainforest lakes, and the opportunity to go high into the canopy for a completely different view of the forest. The resident guides are normally around in the evening to answer questions, and from some lodges (not all) there is the option to take a canoe out onto the river in search of caiman by torchlight.*Cayman Lodge Amazonia (or similar)*

  22. Day 22 Fly to Lima; end Lima.

    We return to Puerto Maldonado after breakfast today and board our flight back to Lima. Those who have booked a flight inclusive package through Exodus depart Lima this evening and arrive into London the following afternoon. For land only clients, the tour ends at Lima airport. If booking an onwards flight from Lima today please ensure that it does not depart before 20:00hrs.

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Where you stay

Hotels & Jungle Lodge (plus camping on Inca Trail option)

We spend 18 nights in hotels and 2 nights in a jungle lodge all with en-suite facilities. For the optional Inca Trail trek, 3 nights full-service camping replace 3 hotel nights.

The hotels normally used are indicated within the itinerary, however, accommodation may differ from those stated depending on your departure date. All of our hotels are clean and comfortable, and we stay in central locations wherever possible in the towns and cities. 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 while we try to allocate rooms away from it whenever possible, some rooms might hear the trains.

In the rainforest, we use several 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 rain forest and its flora and fauna. These are usually the only areas of the lodge with an electrical supply (not 24 hours).

For those who select the Inca Trail Trek option: during the trek we spend three nights full-service camping, meaning that our camp staff will erect and dismantle the tents, cook, and do all camp chores for you. You need only carry your daypack. There will also be dining and toilet tents and bowls of warm water are provided both morning and evening for washing with.

We recommend the early booking of single supplements and of pre/post-tour accommodation. Single rooms can be booked for an optional single supplement, subject to availability at the time of booking (excludes two nights in the Amazon lodge). If you are taking the Inca Trail option, this supplement covers the cost of a single tent for the duration of the trek.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, 6 lunches and 3 dinners are included in the price of the tour. For those doing the Inca Trail (or Moonstone) trek option, all meals, some snacks, and drinks/water are included during the trek.

Drinking water is included throughout the holiday as 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.

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 can not 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.

Dinner in Nazca is a traditional ‘pachamanca’ dinner, cooked on hot coals in the ground. Where lunch and dinner is not included we’ll visit a variety of cafes and restaurants. For some of the days with long drives, we may take some packed lunches to eat at a scenic spot along the way.

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.

You should be aware that the size of Peru means that this trip involves some long drives and early starts. The longest drive is about 10 hours. The private buses used are comfortable and the scenery is outstanding. There will be several stops along the way to help break up the journey.

Although the rainforest lodges we use are clean and comfortable, they are remote and facilities are limited. In particular, you should note that electricity is usually only provided in the main buildings, not in the bedrooms.

Many of the Inca sites (including Machu Picchu) are built on hillsides, and sightseeing often involves walking up and down steep streets or on uneven steps or terraces. As such, you should have a good level of mobility and a reasonable level of fitness.

Although graded Leisurely/Moderate (level 2), the altitude can make physical activity feel more tiring than at sea level. As this trip spends considerable time at altitude we ask you to refer to the Altitude Warning within the Trip Notes for more information and advice on how to limit the effects of altitude sickness. Although we do not linger there, the maximum altitude visited on this trip is 4,910m (Patapampa Pass) which we drive over near Chivay, Colca Canyon – please ensure your travel insurance covers you up to this altitude.

Strikes are not uncommon in Peru and while these are generally peaceful protests, they can result in roadblocks and disruption to travel. In this event, your leader will amend your itinerary if necessary to minimize the impact.

There are two itinerary options to choose from on this tour as follows:
1. Spend extra time exploring in and around Cuzco, then take the train to Machu Picchu (Aguas Calientes).
2. Trek the four day classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

You must select/request either the ‘train option’ or the ‘Inca Trail trek option’ at the time of booking.

There are extremely stringent booking procedures in place for the Inca Trail. A trekking permit is required and there is a daily cap on the number of these available. Inca Trail permits sell out very quickly, especially for peak season treks (May to August). If you wish to do the trek, we therefore recommend booking at least 6-8 months in advance to avoid disappointment. We will also need your full passport details (required to purchase your Inca Trail permit) or we will be unable to process your booking.

Should you wish to trek but find that Inca Trail permits have already sold out, we can also offer an alternative trek (not requiring a permit) in its place – the Moonstone Trek. Please enquire for details.

No matter which option you decide on, this trip spends considerable time at altitude. Although we have taken care to design the itinerary to allow for gradual acclimatisation, you should be aware of this. The journey from Puno/Lake Titicaca to Cuzco (day 11) takes us across the high altiplano and over La Raya Pass (4313m). We also travel over Patapampa Pass (4850m) en route to Chivay near Colca Canyon – the highest point on the tour.

The Inca Trail trek option
Please note that the trek itself is graded as Moderate (level 3). There are 4 days walking with full porterage, at 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 who is totally unused to walking. If you are not a regular walker you should put in some physical preparation before departure. It 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.

Inca Trail Regulations
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. 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 and keep it somewhere safe.
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: While 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.

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 07/10/2019
5/5

Fantastic three weeks exploring Peru

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    In terms of physical effort, going over Dead Woman's Pass on the Inca Trail. However, seeing the condors gliding in and around the canyons and cliffs and viewing the Lines of Nazca from above were also pretty inspirational moments. The Inca sites were all phenomenal in terms of size and construction.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Group Leader Luis Gonzales was brilliant. Knowledgeable, attentive, always careful as to our health, particularly when we were at altitude and very keen to show us everything Peru offers, Luis was always professional and had a great sense of humour.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepared for all weathers. We had heat and humidity in the jungle and rain, wind, sleet, mist, cold as well as sun and heat in the Andes. Invest in a good poncho - the plastic ones for sale locally are not up to the job.

Reviewed On 26/07/2019
5/5

A wonderful Peruvian adventure

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Too many to list!
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Our group leader was Renaldi Chacca. After all our years of travelling we can honestly say that Rennie, as we called him, was the best we have ever known. This was a sentiment shared by everyone else in our group. His depth of knowledge about the history, culture, politics and all things Peruvian was truly amazing. He was by turns kind, sympathetic, humorous, efficient but firm when the situation required it. We felt that we were saying goodbye to a friend at the end of the trip.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    In July it snowed on the Inca Trail so go prepared for all conditions.

Reviewed On 26/07/2019
5/5

Peru Holiday

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The completion of the Inca trail trek, despite the dreadful weather, was a moment of true inspiration. Firstly for having completed the physically demanding trek and secondly for the panoramic view of the historic site of Macchupiccu, and realising the scale of it all.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    The group leader was excellent, dealing with every situation in a cool, efficient manner. His personality was very endearing and his knowledge of the various different places was inspirational. His frankness about the problems facing Peru as a country was refreshing to hear.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Do not be fooled by the Exodus rating of the trip. It is harder than they would have you believe. In fact probably one of the most physically challenging things I have ever undertaken. Despite significant preparation there is no way, living in Britain, can you prepare for the altitude effect which affected the majority of our group to some degree.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The standard of the hotels used, whilst on the whole was good, there was some variation which at times was slightly disappointing.

Reviewed On 26/07/2019
5/5

Excellent trip, do it!

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Many wonderful moments. Flying over the Nasca lines was a highlight, having studied pre-Hispanic South American history decades ago and finally seeing them. The condors at Colca Canyon were amazing. On of our free days, we visited Rainbow Mountains; a surreal landscape that was breathtaking.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Excellent leader. Knowledgable, passionate, very calm and relaxed. Very hard working and kept everything running smoothly, organising many activities for the diverse group. Amazing organisational skills. I've done a number of small group tours (Intrepid, Geckos) and Reynaldi is one the best tour leaders I've known. Outstanding.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Plenty of sunscreen. If hiking, take good equipment, although some can be hired before trekking. Take layers of clothing, as weather ranges from very cold to very hot.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    If you wish to visit museums on the itinerary, check that they are open on the day that you visit. I was looking forward to visiting the Ica Museum, but it was closed on the day we were there. Unfortunately, that wasn't mentioned in the trip notes. I think it would be good if Exodus mentions museum closures in the trip notes.

Reviewed On 26/07/2019
5/5

A Great Adventure

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Walking the trail, arriving at and visiting Machu Picchu was the real culmination as that was our main objective, but was heightened as a result of what we had experienced on the trip beforehand. There was magnificent scenery in many places, but especially at sunset and sunrise on the trail. Condors soaring overhead in Colca Canyon were also awe inspiring.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Mike was exceptional. His knowledge enthusiasm and passion for his country and its cultural heritage added a whole extra and very special dimension to the trip. He ensured that everything was very well organized and he managed individual needs particularly well - especially on the Inca Trail. He also ensured that we got full benefit from other local guides and anyone else supporting the trip, such as porters and drivers. There was a real feeling of one team dedicated to helping us to get the most from the trip. He also engendered a real sense of 'family' for us trippers. All this with a 'wicked' sense of humour!
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Money - we didn't have any need for US dollars. Credit cards were usable in most restaurants. Credit and debit cards gave a far better exchange rate than cash in the UK - especially if you have a fee free card. Climate / Weather - didn't really get a feel for the temperature range from the trip notes and most towns got colder earlier than anticipated. Inca Trail - the packing list for the trail possibly over complicated requirements. Also trip notes were not clear that you need stuff for six days allowing for the night in Ollantaytambo before (as well as the night in Aguas Calientes after) - but you can leave things in the lodge at Ollantaytambo and pick up on return. It is worth doing aerobic activity beforehand as the altitude on day 2 had experienced walkers puffing!
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Other companies often have a different schedule for the 4 day Inca Trail. The Exodus model suited us perfectly and we often had the trail seemingly to ourselves. If you are thinking about doing it - just go for it!

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