River Deep, Mountain High, Jungle Very Jungly

Guinea pig - a Peruvian delicacy
On the water in the Amazon
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 floating reed islands of the Uros people on the highest navigable lake in the world - Lake Titicaca
The perfect pisco sour?
UNESCO World Heritage-listed ancient Inca capital of Cusco
UNESCO World Heritage-listed historic centre of the Peruvian capital Lima
Visit a clay lick
Warminwanusca - 'Dead Woman’s Pass' on the Inca Trail
  • Start the good times rolling in Lima before taking to the Amazon for some jungly action. Travel on Cusco for a Pisco Sour before hitting the Inca trail for Machu Picchu. Score the adventure/ nature trifecta with a few nights at Lake Titicaca before heading back to Lima for your last fill of delicious treats. Peru = amazeballs.


    Amazon animals to avoid: poison dart frogs, piranhas, anacondas, jaguars, vipers, caimans, tarantulas. We could go on but we’re starting to freak ourselves out. Quick, everybody think about sloths. Awwwww.



    Day 1 - Lima

    You've got two days to see Lima. Try to find a chifa restaurant - a fusion of Peruvian and Chinese food. It's delicious.

    Day 1

    • Arrive in Lima, pre-departure meeting is at 2pm.
    • Orientation walk with tour leader.
    Hotel The Place or similar

    Day 2-3 - Puerto Maldonato- Amazon Jungle

    Take a boat down the Tambopata River to our jungle lodge. Your local guide will point out the weird and wonderful, like the lipstick tree, voodoo lily and misshapen penis plant.

    Day 2

    • 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

    Day 3

    • 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
    Caiman lodge or similar

    Day 4-5 - Cusco

    Treat yourself to a bit of "me time". Make friends with the juice ladies at San Pedro market, get a massage, or find a bakery that sells borrachitos - chocolate cupcakes soaked in pisco (maybe wait until after breakfast for this one).

    Day 4

    • Flight back to Cusco
    • Trek briefing with guide

    Day 5

    • Take a walking tour of central Cusco
    • Explore Cusco and see the local sights during free time
    Rimacpampa Hotel or similar

    Day 6-10 - Inca Trek- Machu Picchu -Cusco

    Imagine the look on Hiram Bingham's face when he stumbled across Machu Picchu in 1911. Old Hiram was an academic and senator from America so it was probably the single most exciting thing that happened in his life.

    Day 6

    • 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 7

    • 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 8

    • 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 9

    • The final, and most spectacular, leg of the trek to Machu Picchu 
    • Arrive at Inti Punku, the Gateway of the Sun at approximately 730-8am
    • Experience a panoramic view of Machu Picchu
    • Explore Machu Picchu on a guided tour
    • Return to Cusco by train
    • Day 10
    • Just relax and rest your weary legs, which should be looking quite svelte by this stage of the trip. Bonus.

    • Relax or spend free time exploring Cusco's many markets, museums, eateries and local sights
    Inca Trail camping 3 nights, Rimacpampa or similar 2 nights
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 11-13 - Puno- Lake Titicacca- Puno

    Take a bus to Puno on the shoes of Lake Titicaca. Stay with a local family on the island of Amantani. This is one of the more remote islands so prepare yourself for a 'real' house with a lot of mod-cons (ie no hairdryer).

    Day 11

    • Take a bus to Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca, arrive early afternoon

    Day 12

    • Take a boat across Lake Titicaca to the Uros' floating reed islands
    • Enjoy a homestay on Amantani Island

    Day 13

    • Indulge in a breakfast with your host family
    • Board an afternoon boat back to Puno
    Hotel Balsa Inn or similar (2 nts), Homestay (1 nt)

    Day 14-15 - Lima

    • Fly into Lima and make the most of stacks of free time. Head to the Plaza de Armas for culture and treat your eyeballs to some Inca ruins, then why not head to the Larcomar, a food, shopping and entertainment complex. It's disgustingly commercial, but those ocean views make it for it. Tell us we're wrong.
    • Say goodbye to your fellow travellers who may be heading to La Paz.
    • Fly back to Lima, transfer to hotel
    • Explore the Peruvain Capital further
    • Trip ends on Day 15 after breakfast, no activities planned so departure flights can be at any time
    Hotel The Place or similar
  • What's Included

    • • 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 Lima to Puerto Maldonado, Puerto Maldonado to Cusco and Puno 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.

      • Cusco walking tour.

      • Return 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.

      • Boat trip to the floating reed islands on Lake Titicaca.

      • Homestay on Amantani Island including meals with host family and an exploration of the island.


    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.
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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.

    River Deep, Mountain High, Jungle Very Jungly

    Kylie - Australia, 26 May, 2013
    Overall Rating

    Overall, despite some dissapointments and being sick 3 times I had a fantastic trip and would definitely recommend Geckos and our tour guide. The tour was great, however it would be better to have some guide (perhaps an average amount or range) in the detailed tour notes about how much to budget for for tips for the whole trip so that we know what to expect when on tour. Often we felt obliged to tip but didn't know how much or in some cases didn't feel the service/food etc was worthy of a tip. It would also have been better for us to have had a base amount for tips included in the overall tour amount and the tour guide could have allocated the tips accordingly based on whether the group felt the service was poor, average, good or excellent. The Tour Guide Giscard Abner Condori Chavez was awesome and made what was a good trip into a great trip!

    River Deep, Mountain High, Jungle Very Jungly

    Veronica. - Australia, 14 Apr, 2013
    Overall Rating

    Really loved it! We had a good balance of activities and free time and our tour guide was patient and made us all feel included.

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What to know


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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