River Deep, Mountain High, Jungle Very Jungly Trip Notes

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Trip code : GSAI
Trip length : 15
Trip starts in : Lima
Trip ends in : Lima
Maximum group size : maximum 16

highlights

  • Guinea pig - a Peruvian delicacy
  • On the water in the Amazon
  • Puno - a town four kilometres above sea-level
  • Drink like a local in Peru
  • The 'Lost City of the Incas' - UNESCO World Heritage-listed Machu Picchu
  • The floating reed islands of the Uros people on the highest navigable lake in the world - Lake Titicaca
  • The perfect pisco sour?
  • UNESCO World Heritage-listed ancient Inca capital of Cusco
  • UNESCO World Heritage-listed historic centre of the Peruvian capital Lima
  • Visit a clay lick
  • Warminwanusca - 'Dead Woman’s Pass' on the Inca Trail

Start the good times rolling in Lima before taking to the Amazon for some jungly action. Travel on Cusco for a Pisco Sour before hitting the Inca trail for Machu Picchu. Score the adventure/ nature trifecta with a few nights at Lake Titicaca before heading back to Lima for your last fill of delicious treats. Peru = amazeballs. Amazon animals to avoid: poison dart frogs, piranhas, anacondas, jaguars, vipers, caimans, tarantulas. We could go on but we’re starting to freak ourselves out. Quick, everybody think about sloths. Awwwww. 

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Day
1

Lima

You've got two days to see Lima. Try to find a chifa restaurant - a fusion of Peruvian and Chinese food. It's delicious.Day 1Arrive in Lima, pre-departure meeting is at 2pm.Orientation walk with tour leader.

Day
2-3

Puerto Maldonato- Amazon Jungle

Take a boat down the Tambopata River to our jungle lodge. Your local guide will point out the weird and wonderful, like the lipstick tree, voodoo lily and misshapen penis plant.Day 2Fly to Puerto Maldonado, deep in the Peruvian AmazonTake a two-hour boat trip to the jungle lodgeHead into the jungle with a guide and learn about the Amazon's wildlife, jungle food and flora and faunaDay 3Wake early and take a boat ride in search of giant river otters, caimen, hoatzin and wading birdsJourney to indigenous Indian farmlandsOptional evening presentation on the Infierno Ecotourism project

Day
4-5

Cusco

Treat yourself to a bit of "me time". Make friends with the juice ladies at San Pedro market, get a massage, or find a bakery that sells borrachitos - chocolate cupcakes soaked in pisco (maybe wait until after breakfast for this one).Day 4Flight back to CuscoTrek briefing with guideDay 5Take a walking tour of central CuscoExplore Cusco and see the local sights during free time

Day
6-10

Inca Trek- Machu Picchu -Cusco

Imagine the look on Hiram Bingham's face when he stumbled across Machu Picchu in 1911. Old Hiram was an academic and senator from America so it was probably the single most exciting thing that happened in his life.Day 6Gaze upon massive Inca fortifications in Ollantaytambo Begin the Inca trekHike past the ancient hilltop fort of Huillca Raccay and the archaeological site of LlactapataStunning views of snow-capped Veronica PeakCamp near the village of WayllabambaDay 7The most difficult part of the trek - Dead Woman’s PassPanoramas of the Vilcanota and Vilcabama mountain ranges, and ruins in the valley belowCamp with a view over the cloud forestDay 8Climb up to the ruins of RunkuracayContinue up the Inca staircase Spectacular views of Pumasillo and the entire Vilcabamba rangeEnter the beautiful cloud forestDay 9The final, and most spectacular, leg of the trek to Machu Picchu Arrive at Inti Punku, the Gateway of the SunExperience a panoramic view of Machu Picchu at sunriseExplore Machu Picchu on a guided tourReturn to Cusco by train

Day
10

Cusco

Just relax and rest your weary legs, which should be looking quite svelte by this stage of the trip. Bonus.Relax or spend free time exploring Cusco's many markets, museums, eateries and local sights

Day
11-13

Puno- Lake Titicacca- Puno

Take a bus to Puno on the shoes of Lake Titicaca. Stay with a local family on the island of Amantani. This is one of the more remote islands so prepare yourself for a 'real' house with a lot of mod-cons (ie no hairdryer).Day 11Take a bus to Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca, arrive early afternoonDay 12Take a boat across Lake Titicaca to the Uros' floating reed islandsEnjoy a homestay on Amantani IslandDay 13Indulge in a breakfast with your host familyBoard an afternoon boat back to Puno

Day
14-15

Lima

Fly into Lima and make the most of stacks of free time. Head to the Plaza de Armas for culture and treat your eyeballs to some Inca ruins, then why not head to the Larcomar, a food, shopping and entertainment complex. It's disgustingly commercial, but those ocean views make it for it. Tell us we're wrong.Fly back to Lima, transfer to hotelExplore the Peruvain Capital furtherTrip ends on Day 15 after breakfast, no activities planned so departure flights can be at any time

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While the information presented here details our planned itinerary, including routes taken, activities included, accommodation and meeting times, please accept that unforseen changes may occur. We are constantly on the lookout to improve our program and further enhance your experience. Naturally, we will keep you up to date with any last minute amendments to your tour.

trip-grade

RAW

Our Raw tours are best suited for those with a sense of adventure, are willing to step outside their comfort zone and don’t mind being thrown in at the deep end. For independent travellers who want to travel with others. Just the ticket for those aged between 18-35 or anyone young at heart who has an open mind, an eye on the budget and a nose for adventure. Authentic experiences that expand the mind rather than hold the hand.

Style Facts

  • The freedom to explore without breaking the bank
  • Time to do your own thing – or join in optional group activities
  • YOU choose where YOU want to eat
  • Basic accommodation
  • A variety of public transportation
  • Fully trained and experienced leader.

Basic

Our Basic tours offer superb value and are ideal for those who are happy to forgo some creature comforts in favour of an authentic and fun experience. Under the leadership of a fully trained tour leader, you will enjoy all the highlights and freedom of independent travel with the convenience, security and companionship of a small group.

Style Facts

  • Plenty of free time to explore independently
  • Optional activities to suit your budget
  • Freedom to choose your own meals
  • Simple famliy run hotels
  • Mostly public transportation
  • Fully trained and experienced leader.

Active

Explore the world on two feet - or two wheels! Our active trips range from classic treks & trips where walking forms an integral part of the itinerary to cycling tours offering a totally new perspective on a destination.

Some of our active adventure tours include the classic treks such as the Inca Trail, Kilimanjaro or Everest Base Camp as well as shorter one day or overnight hikes. Our cycling tours allow you to access hidden corners of a destination, discover remote villages and meet the locals – either en route or even by cycling alongside them. All our active trips are fully supported – with either porters and mules or by a support vehicle.

This tour is operated by our partners Geckos Adventures

included

  • Expert English-speaking local leader throughout the tour, a specialist trekking guide, assistant trekking guide, and local guides at some sites.
  • Local flights Lima to Puerto Maldonado, Puerto Maldonado to Cusco and Puno to Lima.
  • Trek on the ‘Classic’ or ‘Quarry’ routes to Machu Picchu with full service camping including porters, cook and equipment (tent and inflatable sleeping mat).
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu, including entrance and park fees.
  • Cusco walking tour.
  • Return boat trip on the Tambopata River to/from Amazon jungle lodge.
  • Two nights in the Amazon including jungle activities with a local native guide, a visit to a parakeet clay-lick, a traditional boat excursion and a visit to the indigenous Indian farmlands.- Boat trip to the floating reed islands on Lake Titicaca.
  • Homestay on Amantani Island including meals with host family and an exploration of the island.

not-included

International flights, arrival and departure transfers, departure and airport taxes, visas, all other meals, all optional tours or activities during free time, transfers outside of the tour program, travel insurance, tips and items of a personal nature.

meals

13 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners

single-room-sup

Most of our travellers like the thought of travelling with a few like-minded souls. There are NO compulsory single supplements on most tours as we simply arrange twin shared accommodation for you and another tour member of the same sex. But don't worry if that doesn't appeal. We do understand there are times when you just want a bit of privacy and 'me' time so we are more than happy to arrange a private room upon request when you book.

other-important-information

A good level of fitness and pre-trip training is essential for the Inca Trek. You will trek on hilly terrain or mountainous terrain at altitudes of up to 4200 metres, for up to 7 hours per day.

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