For travellers willing to step outside their comfort zone, who don’t mind being thrown in at the deep end. Just the ticket for those aged between 18-35 or anyone young at heart with an open mind, an eye on the budget & a nose for adventure.
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.
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Trip code : GSAI
Trip valid from : 01/01/2013
Trip valid until : 31/12/2013
Trip length : 15
Trip starts in : Lima
Trip ends in : Lima
Maximum group size : maximum 16
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
Day 2Morning tour briefingSpend free time exploring Peru's capital
Catch a flight 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 3 Catch a flight to Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca
Day 4 Take a boat across Lake Titicaca to the Uros' floating reed islandsEnjoy a homestay on Amantani Island
Day 5 Indulge in a breakfast with your host familyBoard an afternoon boat back to Puno
Jump on a bus to Cusco, via Le Raya Pass (4321m). Keep yourself amused by a game of "Spot The Animals Getting It On" and "Rocks That Look Like Your Mum". Acclimatise in Cusco in preparation for the Inca trek
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). Take a walking tour of central Cusco. Explore Cusco and see the local sights during free time
Just relax and rest your weary legs, which should be looking quite svelte by this stage of the trip. Bonus. Relax and unwind or spend free time exploring Cusco's many markets, museums, eateries and local sights
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 13 Fly to Puerto Maldonado, deep in the Peruvian AmazonTake 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 faunaTake in the views from a 30m high canopy tower
Day 14 Wake early and take a boat ride in search of giant river otters, caimen, hoatzin and wading birds. Journey to indigenous Indian farmlandsOptional evening presentation on the Infierno Ecotourism project
Boat and fly back to Lima. You're now a certified jungle explorer and can pretty much do the voiceover for a BBC wildlife doco. Transfer by boat back to Puerto MaldonadoFly over the Andes back to LimaThe trip ends once you arrive in the Peruvian capitalTour ends on arrival at Lima Airport – please ensure departure flights are not booked out of Lima prior to 1700hrs.
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.
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.
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.
14 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners
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.
The local payment is the final part of your overall tour cost. It MUST be paid in cash, in the currency indicated, to your tour leader at the start of your trip. Having a local payment helps us to pass cost savings on to you. Please note that the Local Payment is non-refundable.
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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