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.
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. All our active trips are fully supported.
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.
At Imaginative Traveller we always aim to provide accurate information for our travellers. Unfortunately information such as the price of optional activities is occasionally subject to change, and this means that we are constantly revising our trip notes. In order to ensure that you have the most up to date information for your trip we suggest that you check the trip notes for your tour around one month before departure.
Trip code : GSPE
Trip valid from : 01/01/2013
Trip valid until : 30/06/2014
Trip length : 20
Trip starts in : Lima
Trip ends in : Lima
Maximum group size : maximum 16
(Was Peru Encompassed)
There are llamas in Lima. But there are no lemurs in Lima. Sat but true. Head to the Barranco district for a nightcap.
Day 1 Arrive in Lima
Day 2 Morning tour briefing
The Nazca Lines were created somewhere between 200BC and 600AD. See if you can spot the hummingbird, spider, monkey, fish, shark, llama and Mark Wahlberg (OK, maybe not Mark Wahlberg).
She's known as Ciudad Blanca, but you can call her The White City. Arequipa has heaps of great coffee bars, a busy main square and live volcanoes that regularly puff white smoke. Free time to explore one of the most beautiful cities in Peru, Arequipa
What's twice as deep as the Grand Canyon, surrounded by live volcanoes and filled with enormous Andean Condors? This place!
Day 7 - Journey back to Arequipa
Stay with a local family on Amantani Island - delicious home-cooked meal guaranteed. Bring a little something to say thanks, like cooking oil, rice or pens. Don't bring lollies - not many dentist out this way.
Day 8 - Catch a bus to Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca
Day 9 - Take a boat across Lake Titicaca to the Uros' floating reed islands. Enjoy a homestay on Amantani Island
Day 10 - Indulge in a breakfast with your host family. Board an afternoon boat back to Puno
We took a quick office poll and Puno was voted as having the best "cuy". That's guinea pig to you. To reach the Incan ruins at Sacsayhuaman, just ask for directions to "sexy woman" - the locals will know what you mean.
Day 11 - Acclimatise in Cusco in preparation for the Inca trek
Day 12 - Take a walking tour of central Cusco. Explore Cusco and see the local sights during free time
Markets. Pisac. Touristy knick knacks. Ceviche. Sacred Valley. A slab of juicy alpaca. Beer. Pisco sour. Bed.Relax and unwind or spend free time exploring Cusco's many markets, museums, eateries and local sights
Here's some of the weirdos you might meet in the Amazon: tyrant leech king, wood eating catfish and Brazilian wandering spider. We urge you not to Google them before bed.
Day 18 - Fly to Puerto Maldonado, deep in the Peruvian Amazon
Day 19 - 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
There are 43 districts in Lima. One of our favourites is Barranco with its cafes, art galleries, Beatles-themed bar and gorgeous walkway stretching from the central square down to the ocean. Transfer by boat back to Puerto Maldonado. Fly over the Andes back to LimaThe trip ends once you arrive in the Peruvian capital. Tour 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.
19 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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