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 : 16
  • Ages : 18 - 39
  • Meals : 12 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Accommodation : 3 Nights Full Service Camping, 2 Nights Jungle Lodge, 1 Night Island Homestay, 8 Nights Hotel
  • Transport : Boat, Bus, Plane, Public Bus, Riverboat, Taxi, Train

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  • Guinea pig - a Peruvian delicacy
  • 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
  • The perfect pisco sour?
  • The floating reed islands of the Uros people on the highest navigable lake in the world - Lake Titicaca
  • 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

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

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel The Place or similar, 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 1

  • Arrive in Lima, pre-departure meeting is at 2pm.
  • Orientation walk with tour leader.
Day
2-3

Puerto Maldonato- Amazon Jungle

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Caiman lodge or similar, Puerto Maldonado

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 2

  • Fly to Puerto Maldonado, deep in the Peruvian Amazon
  • Take a two-hour boat trip to the jungle lodge
  • Head into the jungle with a guide and learn about the Amazon's wildlife, jungle food and flora and fauna

Day 3

  • Wake early and take a boat ride in search of giant river otters, caimen, hoatzin and wading birds
  • Journey to indigenous Indian farmlands
  • Optional evening presentation on the Infierno Ecotourism project
Day
4-5

Cusco

Meals included: 2 breakfasts

Accommodation: Rimacpampa Hotel or similar, 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 4

  • Flight back to Cusco
  • Trek briefing with guide

Day 5

  • Take a walking tour of central Cusco
  • Explore Cusco and see the local sights during free time

 

Day
6-10

Inca Trek- Machu Picchu -Cusco

Meals included: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners

Accommodation: Inca Trail camping 3 nights, Rimacpampa or similar 2 nights

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 6

  • Gaze upon massive Inca fortifications in Ollantaytambo 
  • Begin the Inca trek
  • Hike past the ancient hilltop fort of Huillca Raccay and the archaeological site of Llactapata
  • Stunning views of snow-capped Veronica Peak
  • Camp near the village of Wayllabamba

Day 7

  • The most difficult part of the trek - Dead Woman’s Pass
  • Panoramas of the Vilcanota and Vilcabama mountain ranges, and ruins in the valley below
  • Camp with a view over the cloud forest

Day 8

  • Climb up to the ruins of Runkuracay
  • Continue up the Inca staircase 
  • Spectacular views of Pumasillo and the entire Vilcabamba range
  • Enter the beautiful cloud forest

Day 9

  • The final, and most spectacular, leg of the trek to Machu Picchu 
  • Arrive at Inti Punku, the Gateway of the Sun
  • Experience a panoramic view of Machu Picchu at sunrise
  • Explore Machu Picchu on a guided tour
  • Return to Cusco by train

Day 10

  • 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

Meals included: 2 breakfasts

Accommodation: Hotel Balsa Inn or similar (2 nts), Homestay (1 nt), Puno/ Lake Titicaca

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 11

  • Take a bus to Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca, arrive early afternoon

Day 12

  • Take a boat across Lake Titicaca to the Uros' floating reed islands
  • Enjoy a homestay on Amantani Island

Day 13

  • Indulge in a breakfast with your host family
  • Board an afternoon boat back to Puno
Day
14-15

Lima

Meals included: 2 breakfasts

Accommodation: Hotel The Place or similar, 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.
  • Say goodbye to your fellow travellers who may be heading to La Paz.
  • Fly back to Lima, transfer to hotel
  • Explore the Peruvain Capital further
  • Trip ends on Day 15 after breakfast, no activities planned so departure flights can be at any time

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  • Gecko's 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 orientation walk.- 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-included1

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.

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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.

This tour is operated by our partners Geckos Adventures

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A necessary bugbear of adventure travel, visas can appear complicated, costly and confusing to apply for. Imaginative Traveller recommend applying for visas with a professional visa service who can guide you though the process and take care of lodging and collecting your passport with multiple embassies, so we have teamed up with The Visa Machine.

The Visa Machine ‘live and breathe’ visas and have the expertise to provide current and accurate information and arrange the correct visas for your trip, quickly and at a good price.

Please click here for more information. 

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We strongly recommend you visit your doctor to discuss health requirements for your trip. They will advise you regarding the appropriate inoculations. In some places anti-malaria medication may also be required. Some vaccines need to be administered a few weeks before departure so allow yourself plenty of time. Obtain a certificate of vaccination and carry this with you on this trip. A dental check up is also highly recommended.

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Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping, participating in optional activities, and tipping. Please also remember the following specific recommendations when planning your trip.

You will need to take cash to cover all additional expenses not included in your tour cost. These include food, drinks, optional sightseeing, tips, laundry, souvenirs and possible delays. If in doubt, bring more than you think you will need. It is always useful to carry an additional amount for emergencies. If there is a medical emergency you are sometimes required to pay at the time; providing your claim falls within the scope of your policy, your insurance company will make reimbursement later.

travel-insurance

You must have extensive travel insurance as a condition of booking with us, and without evidence of a valid policy you won’t be allowed to start your trip. Please click here for more information

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Responsible tourism is at the heart of Imaginative Traveller. For 20 years we have taken customers to places around the world in social and environmentally responsible manner, ensuring everyone involved respects and maintains the natural and often delicate balance of the destination.As travellers ourselves we are well aware of the impact that tourism can have and whilst economic gain from tourism is often fundamental to a country, it should never be at the expense of its culture or the environment. It is our aim to provide journeys that have minimal negative and maximum positive impact on the places we visit. We do not believe that, as visitors, we should impose our own cultures on others; rather that we should experience foreign cultures and appreciate them for what they are.We believe giving something back is essential. We therefore work with our customers and the people we visit to ensure the benefits go directly to contribute to local cultures and environmental conservation. This is not only good the communities we visit but it also gives our travellers more enriched adventures.For further information about responsible travel please click here.

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Itinerary Variation

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.

Meals

12 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners

Single room supplement

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 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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