Overview & Highlights
Travel to recently-opened up traditional areas of Andean Peru close to the highlights Machu Picchu and Cusco. Guided lodge-based trips to remote rural communities and little trodden mountain landscapes, strolling, hiking or travelling by road: it’s up to you.
On this holiday you can get under the skin of Peruvian culture and set foot on wild landscapes little trodden by visitors. You won’t miss out on the highlights: you visit imperial Cusco, Machu Picchu and the temple fortresses of Pisac and Ollantaytambo. But between visits to these stars of Inca heritage you’ll be walking along silent, sun-blistered upland trails, usually within sight of snow-dazzled Andean peaks, discovering buzzing village markets and the rustic settlements of weavers and livestock herders, meeting giggling bands of children making their daily rural trek to school, all under the scrutiny of grazing llamas. You don't have to go far: new community roads are opening up previously little-visited regions not far from the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
You don’t have to rough it either: sleep in cosy purpose-built lodges, nourished with hot meals. You’re accompanied by guides who will lay out a menu of options for you: drives, strolls or more serious hikes; visits to co-operatives, hamlets or archaeological sites: it’s up to you. The idea is that you enjoy an off-road adventure exerting as much physical effort as you feel comfortable with. Travel between the lodges by road if you wish. Or choose the toughest hikes and be rewarded with sight of truly wilderness landscapes.
In addition, a lot has been going on in Peru. Boutique hotels, fusion cuisine and chic shopping opportunities are springing up in all the tourist hotspots.
- Walking tour of the city of Cusco and nearby ruins
- Chocolate, coffee and pisco tasting in Cusco
- Guided walks and culture-focussed activities in the Lares valley
- Guided visit to Pisaq market and ruins
- Guided visit to Ollantaytambo village and Inca fortress
- Guided tour of Machu Picchu
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Arrive Lima, walk to airport hotel.
Fly to Cusco, Inca capital, high in the Andes.
Guided walking tour of Sacsayhuaman and the historic centre of Cusco.
Chocolate, coffee and pisco tasting tour.
By road to the Sacred Valley, visit Pisac and isolated Viacha community.
Explore the Lares valley; hikes and weaving villages.
Learn about Huacahuasi community. Hiking and biking in the Sacred Valley.
Visit the ruins at Ollantaytambo with optional hike.
Guided tour of Machu Picchu. Return to Cusco.
At leisure in Cusco; optional excursions.
Fly to Lima and onward destination.
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Charlotte's fascination with Latin America began with a family holiday to Belize. She went on to study Spanish in school and at university before spending a year living in Santiago, Chile.
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After graduating with a degree in Anthropology and History and having been fascinated by Latin America since childhood by the book featuring photos of Nazca, Juliet first visited the region in 2003. Since then, Juliet has visited the majority of countries in Latin America but has particularly extensive experience with Peru, a country she loves for many reasons but not least, its incredible archaeological richness and delicious food!
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