Peru Completo Trip Notes

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 length : 20
Trip starts in : Lima
Trip ends in : Lima
Maximum group size : maximum 16

highlights

  • Ballestas Islands: Little Galapagos
  • Guinea pig - a Peruvian delicacy
  • Puno - a town four kilometres above sea-level
  • Drink like a local in Peru
  • The condors of one of the deepest canyons in the world - Colca Canyon
  • 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?
  • 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
  • Warminwanusca - 'Dead Woman’s Pass' on the Inca Trail
  • UNESCO World Heritage-listed Nazca Lines - gigantic lines, symbols and animal images etched into the ground

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)

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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 1Arrive in Lima, group meeting at 2pm followed by an orientation walk with your tour leader.Day 2Morning tour briefingSpend free time exploring Peru's capitalFollow 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 3Today 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 dayDay 4Free day to explore the mysterious Nazca LinesBoard 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 6Travel to and explore the Colca CanyonPerhaps be lucky enough to spot Andean CondorsStay overnight in a local hotelDay 7Journey 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 8Catch a bus to Puno, on the shores of Lake TiticacaDay 9Take a boat across Lake Titicaca to the Uros' floating reed islandsEnjoy a homestay on Amantani IslandDay 10Indulge in a breakfast with your host familyBoard 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 11Acclimatise in Cusco in preparation for the Inca trekDay 12Take a walking tour of central CuscoExplore 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 13Gaze 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 14The 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 15Climb up to the ruins of RunkuracayContinue up the Inca staircase Spectacular views of Pumasillo and the entire Vilcabamba rangeEnter the beautiful cloud forestDay 16The 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
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 18Fly 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 faunaTake in the views from a 30m high canopy towerDay 19Wake 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
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 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 9pm.

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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 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.

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

20 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 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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