Peru Completo Trip Notes

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  • Trip code :GSPE
  • Trip length : 20
  • Trip starts in : Lima
  • Trip ends in : Lima
  • Maximum group size : 16
  • Ages : 18 - 39
  • Meals : 20 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 6 Dinners
  • Accommodation : 3 Nights Full Service Camping, 1 Night Overnight Bus, 1 Night Island Homestay, 2 Nights Amazon Jungle Lodge, 12 Nights Hotel
  • Transport : Boat, Bus, Canoe, Plane, Taxi, Train

highlights1

  • Ballestas Islands: Little Galapagos
  • Guinea pig - a Peruvian delicacy
  • 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 condors of one of the deepest canyons in the world - Colca Canyon
  • The floating reed islands of the Uros people on the highest navigable lake in the world - Lake Titicaca
  • The perfect pisco sour?
  • The white volcanic 'sillar' architecture and Cathedral of UNESCO World Heritage-listed Arequipa
  • UNESCO World Heritage-listed ancient Inca capital of Cusco
  • UNESCO World Heritage-listed historic centre of the Peruvian capital Lima
  • UNESCO World Heritage-listed Nazca Lines - gigantic lines, symbols and animal images etched into the ground
  • Warminwanusca - 'Dead Woman’s Pass' on the Inca Trail

Pisco is the local version of grape brandy. Shake it up with lemon juice, sugar, egg white and you've got your new favourite drink - a Pisco sour.(Was Peru Encompassed)

daily-itinerary1

Day
1-2

Lima

There are llamas in Lima. But there are no lemurs in Lima. Sad but true. Head to the Barranco district for a nightcap.

Day 1

  • Arrive in Lima, group meeting at 2pm followed by an orientation walk with your tour leader.

Day 2

  • Morning tour briefing
  • Spend free time exploring Peru's capital
  • Follow the Pan American highway to the seaside village of Paracas
Day
3-4

Ballestas Islands - Nazca

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).

Day 3

  • Today is a free day with the option to Travel by boat to the Ballestas Island where you can gain good views of wildlife and natural rock formations.
  • Travel by bus to Nazca later in the day

Day 4

  • Free day to explore the mysterious Nazca Lines
    Board a bus at 2pm to Arequipa
Day
5

Arequipa

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
Day
6-7

Colca Canyon

What's twice as deep as the Grand Canyon, surrounded by live volcanoes and filled with enormous Andean Condors? This place!

Day 6

  • Travel to and explore the Colca Canyon
  • Perhaps be lucky enough to spot Andean Condors
  • Stay overnight in a local hotel

Day 7

  • Journey back to Arequipa
Day
8-10

Puno - Lake Titicaca

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 dentists 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
Day
11-12

Cusco

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
Day
13-16

Inca Trek

After you're done, join all the other travellers at a bar along the Aguas Calientes train tracks. Make sure you shout your guide a celebratory Pilsen Callao.

Day 13

  • 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 14

  • 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 15

  • 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 16

  • 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
17

Cusco

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
Day
18-19

Amazon Jungle

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
  • 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
  • Take in the views from a 30m high canopy tower

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
Day
20

Lima

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 Lima
  • The 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 9pm.

included1

  • 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 from Cusco to Puerto Maldonado and Puerto Maldonado 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.
  • 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.
  • Excursion to Colca Canyon staying overnight at a hotel inside the canyon.
  • A boat ride to the floating reed islands on Lake Titicaca.
  • A homestay on Amantani Island including meals with host family and an exploration of the island.
  • Cusco walking tour.

optional-extras

We have chosen a selection of some great optional activities to enhance your travel experience. You will need to cover any additional costs yourself. The below list is not exhaustive and should be used as a guide only. Prices are approximate and are for entrance only and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability and it may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination.

Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. This means that it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, however we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Activities not listed below have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with booking these activities. The decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk.

  • Arequipa - Juanita Museum
    US$10
  • Arequipa - Santa Catalina Convent
    US$13
  • Ballestas Islands tour
    PEN55
  • Cusco - Inca Museum
    US$4
  • Cusco - City tour
    US$10
  • Lima - City tour
    US$25
  • Lima - Inquisition Museum
    US$4
  • Lima - National Museum
    US$3
  • Lima - San Francisco Church and Catacombs
    US$3
  • Nazca - Desert Cemetery Excursion
    US$9
  • Nazca - Scenic flight over Nazca lines (Operator Alas Peruanas)
    Approx USD100
  • Puno - Sillustani
    US$15

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.



tripgrade1

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.

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.

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

visa1

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.

medical-preparation1

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.

Money1

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.

other-important-information

 

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

20 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 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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