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)
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.
- Arrive in Lima, group meeting at 2pm followed by an orientation walk with your tour leader.
- 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).
- 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
- 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!
- Travel to and explore the Colca Canyon
- Perhaps be lucky enough to spot Andean Condors
- Stay overnight in a local hotel
- 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.
- Catch a bus to Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca
- Take a boat across Lake Titicaca to the Uros' floating reed islands
- Enjoy a homestay on Amantani Island
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
- 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.
- Acclimatise in Cusco in preparation for the Inca trek
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- 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
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
- 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.
- 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
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
- 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.
What to Know
• 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.
- 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.
Trip Dates and Prices
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Past Travellers' Ratings & Comments
At the end of each trip, we ask our travellers to provide feedback. We publish the positive, negative and neutral feedback on this page to give you an overall idea of what to expect on this trip.
Claire - Australia, 28 Jan, 2014
We had such an amazing trip! So happy that we decided to go with Gecko's - it was great value for money, got to do everything we wanted to do in Peru, but still had enough free time to do our own thing as well. Overall a fabulous trip - thanks Gecko's! :-D
Eric - Canada, 9 Jun, 2013
My first ever group travel experince with Geckos was absolutely fantastic! The itinery was well laid out, the group was generally very cohesive and got on well (ages ranged from 20 to 67). The treks were superb except the wet ¨dry season¨weather. Acomodation was above what i had expected, the provided meals were always enjoyable. Transportaion, transfers and hotels were well coordinated. Best ot all, the guide was very knowledgable about all aspects of Peru, showed a lot of patience with the group, was very helpful in dealing with problems (such as a broken camera, and thefts), and was very energetic about proposing and being involved in various optional activities.
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