Explore the Magic of Peru
Along Inca trails, the amazon and the “city of kings”
Known for its ancient ruins, spiritual wisdom, and wandering Inca trails, on this trip we’ll also go off the beaten path for a local experience.
From climbing aboard a local bus to a family home for a traditional Peruvian meal and introduction to Peruvian life (as we pour drinks, break bread, and fall into conversation as if we’ve known each other all our lives) to following mystery, tradition and legend as we trek, paddle board, and travel by boat through sacred valleys, snow peaked mountains, Andean landscapes, ancestral lakes, the mysterious Amazon jungle, and the incredible Machu Picchu.
You’ll experience what most people overlook as we connect with local stories, venture to hidden lodges, and witness all sides of Peru.
Who this trip is for
Travel off-the-beaten-path like true explorers.
Real connection with each other and the communities we meet.
Chase stories, culture, heritage, and discovery.
11 NIGHTS / 12 DAYS
TWIN SHARE (SINGLE SUPPLEMENT AVAILABLE)
11 BREAKFASTS / 7 LUNCHES / 5 DINNERS
A FEMALE-LEAD ADVENTURE WITH REAL PEOPLE AND REAL STORIES…
Our guide Tina (a passionate, knowledgeable, single mum raised in the depths of the amazon jungle) will take us to her favourite places and beyond. We think you’ll be amazed by Tina’s story and moved by her passion for the land!
We’ll plunge from ancient to modern as we go from Peru’s tribal and colonial past to current life among artists, activists, and entrepreneurs who are doing everything from challenging Peru’s patriarchy to crafting the local drink, chichi. Will be sitting, talking, sampling, tasting and learning as part of our truly immersive experience of Peru.
You’ll leave this beautiful country with a new perspective, lifelong friends and understanding of how the wisdom from the ages meets modern life.
Arrive in Lima, the Peruvian capital established by Spanish "conquistadores" in 1535, with settlements that date back to pre-Incas. We’ll explore ancient ruins and the city that’s built on top of a palace and temples that belonged to the local chief. Prepare to be fully transported into the rich culture of Peru.
An active day as we explore the hidden gems of Lima by bike and foot. With a guided tour of its Colonial side, we’ll move through fascinating history to modern day artists, writers and musicians.
Meet a local artist as we join her painting workshop and learn about the Peruvian pursuit for freedom, independence and capitalist femininity.
We arrive in Cusco, amid a vivid mixture of Inca and Spanish culture. We’ll tour sacred Inca monuments and colonial landmarks before traversing the picturesque San Blas.
Tucked in the foothills, the beautiful Sacred Valley has a very Peruvian feel thanks to the authentic towns and isolated weaving villages. Inca ruins are dotted throughout its hairpin turns, making this a full-day immersion into the hidden corners of the Andes.
No trip to Peru would be complete without visiting this sacred location, where you can’t help but stand in awe of the Incan Empire. Only discovered in 1911, Machu Picchu is nestled high in the Andes and remains a modern wonder shrouded in magic and mystery.
An excursion through snow-capped peaks, we visit Moray Ruins and the Maras Salt Ponds to learn about the Inca’s agricultural laboratory and other treasured archaeological sites.
We take the quiet, lesser-known path to really soak up the Andes. We’ll be 3,720 above sea level, flanked by mountains as we paddle mirror waters in the Sacred Valley.
One of the most mesmerizing places in Peru, we’ll make our way past the “red river” to Palcoyo, hiking to a panoramic view of the Red Valley and three rainbow mountains. We’ll walk to the “Stone Forest” and among colonial infrastructure as a full day trek.
We head to the “Capital of Biodiversity”, taking a boat ride through clay-coloured waters to a hidden jungle lodge. You’ll be immersed in the intricate ecosystems of the Amazon basin as it teems with exotic wildlife and tropical plants.
Board a dug-out wooden canoe to quietly paddle through mangroves unto Lake Sandoval, home to thousands of species of birds, the endangered giant river otter, anacondas and black caimans. Climb suspension bridges strung together by treetops for an unforgettable opportunity to observe the colossal rainforest.
Spend the last day waking to the cacophony of jungle sounds as monkeys swing and parakeets chatter away. We’ll stop at the butterfly house on the way to the airport, home to the great variety of butterflies in the world, with over 3700 known species.
MEET YOUR GUIDE
Our guide Tina is an incredible, passionate and knowledgeable single mum raised in the depths of the Peruvian jungle. She came to Cusco to finish a basic education and ended up working in a restaurant as a waitress so she could provide for her child and send money back to her family in the Amazon. Picking up the odd English words and phrases from the tourists who ate there, and listening to their exciting stories sparked something inside of her.
At the age of twenty-seven, (which in Peru is not considered the time for women to be embarking on a career) she decided she wanted to train as a professional guide, a career that was primarily focused on men. In fact, at that time there were less than fifteen female guides in the whole of Peru and none were Inca Trail guides, an area Tina wanted to specialize in. Training was hard, but her will to succeed and be the best possible guide was greater. She excelled in the rigorous exams and is now not only living her ultimate dream, but is also one of the most humble, authentic and genuine guides in the whole of Peru. I feel honoured that Tina is our personal guide.
- Arrival & departure airport transfers
- 11 Nights accommodation (twin occupancy)
- Single supplement available
- 11 Breakfasts /7 Lunches / 5 Dinners
- Ground transportation
- Local guides
- Entry fees & tickets to activities
- Transportation to/from Peru
- Any visas required
- Services not mentioned in the itinerary
- Early check in nor late check out at hotels
- Meals and drinks not mentioned in the itinerary
- Drinks with included lunches and dinners
- Tips for leader, guides and drivers
- Expenditure of personal nature
- Travel & medical Insurance
- Optional activities