Un Poco Peru
Peru for the wild at heart. Tune into Lima’s lowdown on a guided walking tour, then do the same in Cusco before hitting the Inca Trail. Explore Ollantaytambo, summit Dead Woman’s Pass and catch Machu Picchu at sunrise. Then find out what’s creeping and crawling about the Amazon.
Your first priority should be ordering a plate of fried cuy (guinea pig). Peruvians eat around 65 million of the critters each year. Cusco’s main cathedral even has a version of the Last Supper showing Christ and his disciples dining on one.
Day 1 - Lima
Once you've seen enough of the sights, stop by one of the bars in the Barranco Quarter and bust a traditional Afro-Peruvian move or two.
Orientation walk with tour leader.
- Pre-departure meeting is at 2pm.
Day 2-3 - Cusco
Fun Cusco fact #487: the last surviving Inca was called Tupac. Depending on your Google skills he was either beheaded by Spanish conquistadors or went on to become one of the highest-selling rappers of all time.
- Spend time acclimatising in Cusco
- Take a walking tour around the central part of town
- Perhaps explore the great Inca sites of Sacsayhuaman, Quenca and Tambo Machay
- Enough free time to take in all of the local sights
Day 4-7 - Inca Trek
It's cliched but oh so true - trekking Machu Picchu will be a once in a lifetime experience - unless you're the sort of sick masochist who needs to do it again.
- 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 Ayapata
- 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 at approximately 730-8am
- Experience a panoramic view of Machu Picchu
- Explore Machu Picchu on a guided tour
- Return to Cusco by train
Day 8 - Cusco
Shop, recover, sprawl dramatically on the footpath groaning in pain - do whatever you want because the day is yours.
- Relax and unwind or spend free time exploring Cusco's many markets, museums, eateries and local sights
- Enjoy free time in Cusco
Day 9-10 - Puerto Maldonato - Amazon Jungle
See toucans, otters, spider monkeys and hopefully avoid anacondas. Oh, and don't pat the poison dart frogs. Got it?
- 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
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
Day 11 - Lima
If you don't board the plane in Lima wearing a colourful woolen poncho and a beanie then you're probably naked.
- Transfer by boat back to Puerto Maldonado
- Fly over the Andes back to Lima
- 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 experienced English-speaking local leader, a specialist trekking guide, assistant trekking guide and local guides at some sites in Peru.
• Local flights from Lima to Cusco, 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 & 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 and a visit to a parakeet clay-lick with a local native guide, a traditional boat excursion and a visit to the indigenous Indian farmlands.
• 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.
Un Poco Peru
Ben - Australia, 29 Oct, 2012
Te trip was absolutely amazing, the guides were great and we couldn't have asked for a better trip :) only thing is allow a bit of extra cash for tipping!
Un Poco Peru
Richard - New Zealand, 26 Sep, 2011
Really good memorable trip, we did the Lares Trail as we booked late, fair enough. Overall the guides were of a good standard and the accommodation comfortable. We are pretty experienced travellers and did feel at some times the guides and advise was over cautious, and time allowed for catching trains etc was a bit long.
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.