Overview & Highlights
This economical holiday includes Peru’s top sights and features visits to charitable projects and local communities. An excellent budget choice if you’re interested in local community life.
This unusual private tour of Peru explores the Inca heartland in the Andes, and includes attractions in and around Cusco and Lake Titicaca. Fly up to the Andes from Lima and stay in historic Cusco, the former Inca capital and a treasure trove of Inca stonework and colonial architecture. Continue by road into the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
Next is a rail journey alongside the tempestuous Urubamba river through a narrow gorge leading to the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, set on a mountain saddle above the valley. Finally travel to shimmering Lake Titicaca on the altiplano, visiting islands and local communities as well as the ruined artefacts of a long-gone pre-Columbian civilisation.
What makes this holiday special is its community focus: you are staying at two hotels set up to support a street children’s charity established by a Dutchwoman, you visit indigenous communities on the Uros and Taquile Islands of Lake Titicaca and stay with a local family on the shores of the lake. This gives you the opportunity to engage with local people and learn about their lifestyle at first hand.
- Tour of the city of Cusco and Sacsayhuamán ruins
- Visit the Los Niños charity project
- Full day guided visit to the Sacred Valley of the Incas
- Guided tour of Machu Picchu
- Inca ruins and museums en route to Puno
- Sillustani ruins near Lake Titicaca
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Arrive in Lima. Airport assistance.
Fly to Cusco; guided tour of the city and Sacsayhuamán temple fortress.
Day at leisure in Cusco.
Guided exploration of the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
At leisure in the Sacred Valley.
By road and train to Machu Picchu, guided tour of the site.
Return by rail and road to Cusco.
Day at leisure in Cusco.
By coach to Puno on Lake Titicaca.
By boat to Taquile Island; overnight with a family at Luquina Chico.
Return to Puno.
Visit Sillustani ruins, fly to Lima and connect with international flight home.
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After graduating in Computer Science, Paul spent seven months travelling from Colombia to Argentina and came home hooked on Latin America.
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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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Heloise started her Latin American journey as an exchange student in Santiago, Chile. With extended summer holidays this was the perfect opportunity to backpack through Bolivia, Peru, Argentina and Brazil.
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Maggie visited Latin America on her first backpacking trip when she was 19. Since then, she has taken every opportunity to travel, and has managed to explore a lot of the region in subsequent trips.
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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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