Ultimate Machu Picchu & Amazon Adventure

  • 14 Days
  • Avg Group Size: 12
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  • Trip Start: Cusco
  • Trip End: Lima
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The ultimate adventure to explore iconic ancient ruins, travel deep into the dense Amazon jungle, and experience the vibrant Peruvian culture at Lake Titicaca.

The ultimate Peruvian adventure! Immerse yourself through Peru's most enchanting landscapes on a captivating 14-day adventure. Start by trekking the scenic Lares Trail, of the Inca Trail, where ancient ruins and stunning vistas abound. Delve into the heart of the Amazon jungle, experiencing its vibrant biodiversity and rich indigenous culture. Finally, unwind on a picturesque island in Lake Titicaca, immersing yourself in the serene beauty and timeless traditions of the world's highest navigable lake. This journey promises unforgettable discoveries and enriching Peruvian cultural experiences.

Trip Highlights

The Amazon Jungle

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Sacsayhuamán fortress

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The Sacred Valley of the Incas

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Lares Trek & Inca Trail

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Hike Lake Titicaca

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In the Sacred Valley of the Incas

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Bike Lake Titicaca

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Kayak Lake Titicaca

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Trip Start: Cusco Trip End: Lima

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  • Day 1Arrive in Cusco, Sacsayhuaman Fortress

  • Day 2Cycle Sacred Valley, visit Pisac Market, hike Pisac Ruins

  • Day 3Lares Trail: Hike to Cuncani

  • Day 4Lares Trail: Hike over Paso de Pumahuanca to Paccha

  • Day 5Lares Trail: Hike to Ollantaytambo

  • Day 6Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu

  • Day 7Machu Picchu Excursion

  • Day 8Journey to Amazon rainforest, wildlife hike (short flight from Cusco to Puerto Maldonado)

  • Day 9Wildlife hug, virgin jungle exploration, travel by dugout canoe

  • Day 10Boat to Puerto Maldonando & Return to Cusco

  • Day 11Cycle La Raya Pass

  • Day 12Hike Taquile Island (Lake Titicaca), stay with local Quechua people

  • Day 13Sea kayak Lake Titicaca

  • Day 14Return to Lima, depart for Home

  • Day 1

    Arrive in Cusco, Sacsayhuaman Fortress

    The trip starts in Cusco, the heart of the Inca empire. Your trip leader will greet you with a cup of hot coca tea – the local specialty to help you adjust to the altitude. After lunch, we’ll set off for a walk around this amazing ancient city and up to Sacsayhuamán fortress overlooking the main Plaza and Cusco Valley. The fortress is a magnificent archaeological site representing a set of jaguar’s teeth with massive, perfectly fitted stones weighing up to 130 tons each and was the place where the Incas made their final stand against the Spanish conquistadores. No one really knows what the Incas used Sacsayhuamán for – some say it was a sanctuary and temple of the Sun, others say it was a granary, and yet another theory is that it was the place where the old Inca king would play football using the heads of his enemies! No matter who is right, you’ll have a lot of fun hearing all the stories this amazing area inspires. Later, we’ll take a walk through the colorful Cusco street markets. If you prefer, you can take some time to soak in the vibrant atmosphere of Cusco’s lively town square and meet up again later for an evening meal.

    Wyndham Costa del Sol, Cusco (Lunch, Dinner)

    Hiking: 2 kilometers (1.2 miles), 2-3 hours, elevation +/- 200 meters (656 feet)

  • Day 2

    Cycle Sacred Valley, visit Pisac Market, hike Pisac Ruins

    We’ll head into the fertile Sacred Valley of the Incas this morning, stopping just above Cusco where we’ll jump on our bikes and ride down through breathtaking scenery, dotted with local villages and surrounded by the massive green slopes of the Andes. We’ll finish our ride in the small town of Pisac, where we’ll have a chance to check out the colorful mercado artisanal. From here we’ll begin a spectacular hike up to the Pisac ruins. These Inca terraces rise 2,000 feet up from the river below. It’s a heart-pumping walk up through ancient agricultural terraces – you’ll never forget the views of Pisac and the Urubamba valley! After exploring the ancient complex, we’ll descend the original Inca stairways and head back down the valley. This is the largest existing fortress-city of the Incas, and it’s the perfect warm-up for your Inca Trail trek tomorrow!

    Wyndham Costa del Sol, Cusco (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Biking: 20 kilometers (12 miles), 2-3 hours
    Hiking: 3 kilometers (1.8 miles), 2-3 hours, elevation + 250 meters (1,476 feet)

  • Day 3

    Lares Trail: Hike to Cuncani

    From Cusco, we’ll head in the direction of the Sacred Valley. The road leads to Lares and crosses the Amparaes Pass. This phenomenal drive winds through arid landscapes, crosses rivers and you’ll see some of the most stunning mountain vistas in Peru. Our final destination is the hot baths of Lares. Here, naturally occurring hot springs await us before we set out on our trek. From the thermal baths unfolds a small track used by local children and community members of Lares. We’ll pass through hand-tilled fields and crops of quinoa and potato, amongst quaint stone houses. After a gradual climb of a few hours, we’ll stop for a delicious lunch, before continuing on to the community of Cuncani, where we’ll set up camp for the evening. Elevation: Lares Inca Trail Camp - 12,600 feet ( 3,840 meters)

    Lares Inca Trail Camp (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Hiking: 11 kilometers (6.8 miles), 4-6 hours, elevation + 600 meters (1,968 feet)

  • Day 4

    Lares Trail: Hike over Paso de Pumahuanca to Paccha

    If we have clear skies at sunrise, we’ll wake to the imposing view of Colque Crus, a majestic mountain capped by a glacier, which provides water to the local community. We follow the path next to an icy stream that will take us towards the pass. The ascent is challenging. On reaching the summit a stunning view of the Pampas of Anta awaits us, followed by a descent that will be most welcome after the challenging climb. The descent is steep but beautiful, crossing a small forest of ‘Polylepis’, the endemic and endangered trees of the high Andes. Just after the forest and with an incredible view of the valley below we will stop for lunch. After which the drop continues until we reach our camp, a tranquil paradise surrounded by trees and crossed by a small river. Elevation: Lares Inca Trail Camp - 4,040 meters (13,400 feet)

    Lares Inca Trail Camp (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Hiking: 14.4 kilometers (9 miles), 7-9 hours + 1,000 meters (3,280 feet)

  • Day 5

    Lares Trail: Hike to Ollantaytambo

    This morning will be our last on the trail and after breakfast there will be a chance to take photos with our support crew, cooks and field staff. All those who made this trip possible. From here the walk becomes easier down to the piscigranja (fish farm). We will feel the climate changing, becoming warmer and more alive, with more variety in vegetation as hummingbirds accompany us on our journey. After a few short hours we will meet our private transportation that will take us to Ollantaytambo for an overnight stay at the stunning & unique El Albergue hotel.

    El Albergue Hotel (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Hiking: Distance: 5 kilometers (3.1 miles), 4 hours, elevation -800 meters (2,624 feet)

  • Day 6

    Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu

    Embarking on the exhilarating journey from Kilometer 104 to the Sun Gate of Machu Picchu is an awe-inspiring adventure that promises a blend of natural beauty, ancient history, and physical challenge. From Ollantaytambo, we take the train to Kilometer 104 to begin our day trek along the famous Inca Trail. The anticipation builds with each step as we hike high above the valley floor to the magnificent Incan site of Wiñay Wayna. Here we find a fabulous sense of peace far from the crowds, with superb views of the imposing verdant mountains and native orchids. The trail now becomes gentler, meandering through beautiful rainforest, then up the ancient stone "monkey steps", until eventually there it is – our first glimpse of the Machu Picchu citadel! Arriving at the Sun Gate, with its panoramic views of Machu Picchu, is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. This iconic vantage point reveals the grandeur of the ancient citadel, framed by the surrounding lush green mountains and the winding Urubamba River. After snapping photos to your heart’s content, we make our way across the site to take the bus down to Aguas Calientes. But don’t worry, we’ll be back for a full day of exploration tomorrow!

    Hatun Inti Boutique (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Hiking: 11 kilometers (6.8 miles), 7-8 hours, elevation - 650 meters (2,120 feet)

  • Day 7

    Machu Picchu Excursion

    Good Morning! Rested and enthusiastic for our ultimate day you have the option to relax this the morning or have a wander round the town. Then we will lunch early in one of Aguas Calientes’ excellent restaurants in order to arrive to the Citadel in good time for our full afternoon tour. Accompanied by our guide, we take a 25-minute bus ride to the sanctuary of Machu Picchu at 2,400 meters (7,874 feet). Our guide will lead us on a 2-hour tour of exploration and discovery of the many curious corners within this enigmatic Citadel. We will then exit Machu Picchu citadel and have our lunch at Sanctuary Lodge, just outside the entrance to the citadel, before joining the group for the afternoon tour of the citadel. As the site closes for the day at 5:30pm we will take a bus back down to Aguas Calientes. We then have a charming train journey back to Ollantaytambo and time to reflect on the amazing day at Machu Picchu. Our private transport will be waiting to take us back to the hotel in Cusco.

    Ramada Wyndham Costa Del Sol, Cusco (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Hiking: Wander around the ruins, 2 hours, elevation +/- 200 meters (656 feet)

  • Day 8

    Journey to Amazon rainforest, wildlife hike (short flight from Cusco to Puerto Maldonado)

    Today we’ll take a short flight from Cusco to Puerto Maldonado, a frontier town in the Amazon basin. We’ll take to dugout canoes and glide down the headwaters of the Amazon, deep into the jungle. Listen for howler monkeys in the tropical forest canopy above and spot macaws perched high on the riverbanks. This area is teeming with wildlife – we’ll look for giant otters, capuchin monkeys, caiman and many other jungle animals on our boat trip to the lodge. After lunch we’ll head out in search of the plethora of monkey species this area is famous for. Keep an eye out for the rainforest dwellers that come out in search of food in the late afternoon!

    Sachavacayoc Jungle Lodge (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Hiking: 2 hours, short hikes in the jungle

  • Day 9

    Wildlife hug, virgin jungle exploration, travel by dugout canoe

    This morning we’ll explore some of the many miles of jungle trails that crisscross the dense rainforest. We’ll travel by dugout canoe and hike through virgin forest to experience the wealth of native flora and fauna under the Amazon rainforest canopy and learn how the indigenous people thrive in this challenging environment. The Amazon is the most biodiverse place on Earth, and you’ll have the chance to find out more about the amazing flora and fauna here, as well as learning about the incredible medicinal plants that are found in this region. After lunch, you have the rest of the afternoon free to hang out at the lodge with a book or continue exploring the surrounding area on your own. If you’d prefer to hike a little more this afternoon, you can head out with our naturalist guide on little-known trails that pass by the homes of some of the rarest animals in the rainforest. This evening we’ll brave the jungle again in search of the nocturnal South American crocodile – the caiman.

    Sachavacayoc Jungle Lodge (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Hiking: 2 kilometers (1.2 miles), 1 - 2 hours

  • Day 10

    Boat to Puerto Maldonando & Return to Cusco

    This morning, we leave the rainforest and take a boat back to Puerto Maldonado where we’ll catch a short flight to Cusco. After our mid-afternoon arrival, you will have time to explore the bustling town of Cusco and enjoy dinner on your own at one of the many fantastic restaurants.

    Wyndham Costa Del Sol (Breakfast)

  • Day 11

    Cycle La Raya Pass

    Today we’ll cycle down from the spectacular La Raya Pass towards Puno, the capital of the Altiplano area and the gateway to Lake Titicaca – one of the most amazing rides you’re ever likely to do! This is one of Peru’s great highland areas where herds of alpaca and llama graze and snow-capped mountains rise steeply from the valley. If you’d prefer not to cycle you can sit back and enjoy the ride on this incredible scenic journey to Puno, known as the folklore capital of Peru. Its narrow streets are filled with the sounds of the typical Andean music called saylla, the hustle and bustle of the local market, and the bell-ring of the triciclos, the local bicycle taxis!

    Casa Andina Private Collection (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

  • Day 12

    Hike Taquile Island (Lake Titicaca), stay with local Quechua people

    At 13,500 feet, Lake Titicaca is the world’s highest commercially navigable body of water. The Incas believed it was the cradle of civilization – the place where all life began. It’s a very special place dotted with islands that have unique living cultures and traditions, two of which we’ll visit today. The first is Taquile Island, where we’ll hike to the highest point of the island for breathtaking 360º views of Lake Titicaca, the Capachica Peninsula, Amantani Island and the Bolivian Andes. On the way we’ll visit an isolated village and have the chance to meet the local people and learn about their famous textiles and culture. Then it’s a short boat ride to Amantani Island, where we’ll spend the night. Our hosts, members of the indigenous Quechua community, will meet us at the lake’s edge and are always up for a game of high-altitude soccer, if you’re keen! Aside from being a great workout it’s good fun and a unique way to get to know your hosts.

    Amantani Local Houses (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

  • Day 13

    Sea kayak Lake Titicaca

    Our hosts will wave us off from Amantani’s port this morning as we leave under our own steam in sea kayaks! This is one of the most unforgettable activities of the whole trip. The lake is so big it feels like - and even smells like - the sea, and it has its own unique dark blue color. We’ll spend the morning making our way across it to Capachica Peninsula, then hugging its shores, grazed by sheep and shadowed by ancient remnant agricultural terraces. We’ll get in our motorboat for the final section of the trip back to Puno, stopping along the way to visit the manmade Uros Reed Islands – you’ll be amazed at the unique lifestyle of the people who make these islands their home. After lunch we’ll return to Puno by boat for our final dinner together.

    Casa Andina Private Collection (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

  • Day 14

    Return to Lima, depart for Home

    This the last day of your two-week trip in Peru. We have a short drive to the nearby town of Juliaca before jumping on a plane to Lima. If you have extra time after your trip, join us for an optional Lima city tour or we’re happy to make suggestions on how to make the most of it. On the other hand, if you’re on your way home today, we’ll send you back refreshed and invigorated from the great food, exercise, rest and adventures you’ll have had with us in Peru!

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Do you provide porters on the trails?

Included in your trip fare are the services of our group porters who carry your tents, food and cooking equipment.
They also can take up to 8 kilograms (17 pounds) of your personal gear – including your sleeping bag and sleeping mat. The night before you hit the trail, we’ll give you a porter duffel bag to pack 8 kilograms (17 pounds) worth of overnight gear into (e.g. sleeping bag, sleeping mat, toiletries, spare clothes) - scales are provided at your hotel to help you pack.

The porters will whisk your duffel bag away, leaving you to walk at your own pace self-sufficiently with your day gear in your daypack (e.g. passport, water, raincoat, fleece, camera, personal items). Your excess gear is stored securely in Cusco.

Tell me about the Lares Trail?

This three day trek through the real Peru will take you over high Andean passes, past secluded lakes, along remote valleys and into local villages. This trail is somewhat less well known than the Classic Inca Trail, but it’s an equally spectacular wilderness experience.

The Lares Trail is 40km (25 miles) in total length and you’ll average around 5 hours or 10km (6 miles) per day. The greatest elevation reached on the Lares Trail is 4,730 metres (15,700 feet) at the top of Pumahuanca Pass. It involves three days of hiking, two passes, two nights of camping, one night in a hotel and time in numerous quaint villages. You’ll feel like you have Peru to yourself on this trail – it’s a hidden gem that you’ll be very glad that you found!

We often have travelers comment on how strongly they’re touched by the interactions they have with the local communities on the Lares Trail. You’ll see many young children on this hike, so feel free to bring along some small spin tops or other fun gifts to hand out.

What are the accommodations/meals on the trails?

While on the Lares Trail you’ll be camping for two nights. We provide spacious four-person tents for those with twin and double share rooms and those who opt for the single bedroom supplement get a tent of their own. Thermarest brand sleeping mats are provided by us and your porter will carry this. When you arrive into camp you’ll find your tent already pitched, water on the boil and a hot meal being prepared for you. Latrine bathrooms with running water can be found nearby. If you’re up for it you’ll also have the option of a cold shower at some stage too.

You’ll be provided with three delicious hot meals while on the trail, and you’ll also be provided with two litres of boiled water at the beginning of each day, as well as at lunch and dinner for drinking and brushing teeth.

Where does the trip end?

Your trip ends with a flight to Lima Airport (LIM) in time for flights below.

Tell me about the Amazon Jungle?

For three days during this trip you’ll be visiting the Amazon Jungle near Puerto Maldonado. Once again, we’ll only take what we need for these 3 days, and leave any excess luggage stored securely at your Cusco hotel for when we return. You’ll take a short flight from Cusco to Puerto Maldonado before boarding a boat down an Amazonian tributary to a jungle lodge – your home for the next three days.

We stay at a variety of jungle lodges and many are built from a combination of traditional native materials and modern day eco-lodge technology deep in the jungle. The modest facilities are built with wood, palm fronds, wild cane and clay. All rooms are separated by drapes (so they’re not sound proof) and each bedroom has beds, mosquito nets, bedside tables, hammocks or lounge chairs and a private cold-water bathroom. A generator is turned on once a day to recharge batteries for guests or lodge facilities. Light is provided by numerous kerosene lamps and candles. Common areas are open and spacey and offer ample area for resting and socialising, they include a dining room and bar, a reception lounge with souvenir shop, and an interpretation centre.

The climate here is very different to that of the Andes – hot and humid is a pretty accurate description! Some long sleeved/ legged clothes are a good idea for sun and bug protection, though we don’t recommend doing any washing while you’re here - it probably won’t dry. The amounts on the mini gear list below are guide for what to pack from April to October. If you’re travelling from November to March, you might like to bring a little extra clothing also as things can get a little more wet and muddy! Hiking boots are also better than shoes at this time of year. Some jungle lodges provide rubber boots in the wet season, but others don’t, so it’s better to come prepared!

How much luggage can I bring on this trip?

You are allowed one piece of luggage on your trip, plus a daypack. Your main piece of luggage should not exceed 50 pounds (23 kilograms) and can be anything from a duffle bag to a sports bag with wheels or a suitcase. You’ll also want a good quality backpack sized 25-30 liters (2000 cubic inches) to use throughout the days. 

We’ll give you an Active Adventures South America porter bag to pack 17 pounds (8 kilograms) of your main gear into to give to your porter for the Lares Trail, and you’ll hike with your daypack. You can store remaining gear at the hotel in Cusco while we trek.  

When we go to the Amazon Jungle, we only need to take along what we need for these nights, so you can leave your extra gear securely in your Cuzco hotel for when you return. Therefore, please bring along a collapsible bag to take your overnight gear away in. 

Tell me about the Lares Trail?

This three day trek through the real Peru will take you over high Andean passes, past secluded lakes, along remote valleys and into local villages. This trail is somewhat less well known than the Classic Inca Trail, but it’s an equally spectacular wilderness experience.

The Lares Trail is 40km (25 miles) in total length and you’ll average around 5 hours or 10km (6 miles) per day. The greatest elevation reached on the Lares Trail is 4,730 metres (15,700 feet) at the top of Pumahuanca Pass. It involves three days of hiking, two passes, two nights of camping, one night in a hotel and time in numerous quaint villages. You’ll feel like you have Peru to yourself on this trail – it’s a hidden gem that you’ll be very glad that you found!

We often have travelers comment on how strongly they’re touched by the interactions they have with the local communities on the Lares Trail. You’ll see many young children on this hike, so feel free to bring along some small spin tops or other fun gifts to hand out.

What are the accommodations/meals on the trails?

While on the Lares Trail you’ll be camping for two nights. We provide spacious four-person tents for those with twin and double share rooms and those who opt for the single bedroom supplement get a tent of their own. Thermarest brand sleeping mats are provided by us and your porter will carry this. When you arrive into camp you’ll find your tent already pitched, water on the boil and a hot meal being prepared for you. Latrine bathrooms with running water can be found nearby. If you’re up for it you’ll also have the option of a cold shower at some stage too.

You’ll be provided with three delicious hot meals while on the trail, and you’ll also be provided with two litres of boiled water at the beginning of each day, as well as at lunch and dinner for drinking and brushing teeth.

Do you provide porters on the trails?

Included in your trip fare are the services of our group porters who carry your tents, food and cooking equipment.
They also can take up to 8 kilograms (17 pounds) of your personal gear – including your sleeping bag and sleeping mat. The night before you hit the trail, we’ll give you a porter duffel bag to pack 8 kilograms (17 pounds) worth of overnight gear into (e.g. sleeping bag, sleeping mat, toiletries, spare clothes) - scales are provided at your hotel to help you pack.

The porters will whisk your duffel bag away, leaving you to walk at your own pace self-sufficiently with your day gear in your daypack (e.g. passport, water, raincoat, fleece, camera, personal items). Your excess gear is stored securely in Cusco.

Tell me about the Amazon Jungle?

For three days during this trip you’ll be visiting the Amazon Jungle near Puerto Maldonado. Once again, we’ll only take what we need for these 3 days, and leave any excess luggage stored securely at your Cusco hotel for when we return. You’ll take a short flight from Cusco to Puerto Maldonado before boarding a boat down an Amazonian tributary to a jungle lodge – your home for the next three days.

We stay at a variety of jungle lodges and many are built from a combination of traditional native materials and modern day eco-lodge technology deep in the jungle. The modest facilities are built with wood, palm fronds, wild cane and clay. All rooms are separated by drapes (so they’re not sound proof) and each bedroom has beds, mosquito nets, bedside tables, hammocks or lounge chairs and a private cold-water bathroom. A generator is turned on once a day to recharge batteries for guests or lodge facilities. Light is provided by numerous kerosene lamps and candles. Common areas are open and spacey and offer ample area for resting and socialising, they include a dining room and bar, a reception lounge with souvenir shop, and an interpretation centre.

The climate here is very different to that of the Andes – hot and humid is a pretty accurate description! Some long sleeved/ legged clothes are a good idea for sun and bug protection, though we don’t recommend doing any washing while you’re here - it probably won’t dry. The amounts on the mini gear list below are guide for what to pack from April to October. If you’re travelling from November to March, you might like to bring a little extra clothing also as things can get a little more wet and muddy! Hiking boots are also better than shoes at this time of year. Some jungle lodges provide rubber boots in the wet season, but others don’t, so it’s better to come prepared!

What is not included?

Flights to and from trip start/end points
Pre/Post accommodation
Optional extra activities
Travel insurance
Gratuities for your guides
Rental gear

How do rooming arrangements work?

Trip prices are based on shared arrangements (typically two guests per room), unless otherwise stated. For solo travelers, we’ll pair you with another person of the same gender to share rooms and if there’s no one suitable to share with, there’s no forced single supplement. However, if you specifically request your own rooms, you can opt to pay the single supplement. Solo travelers who book within 90 days of departure, where there are no other solo travelers willing to share, will be required to pay the single supplement. 

For Family Vacation bookings, families consisting of four guests traveling with children aged 17 and under will be automatically assigned one shared room. However, the following alternative rooming allocations are available:

  • Families consisting of four guests with all children aged 13 and above are welcome to opt for additional rooms as per advertised double occupancy adult rates.
  • Families consisting of four guests with at least one child aged 12 and under are automatically assigned a shared room. However, families can opt to pay the adult rates for all guests in their family to have an additional room.
  • The same principles apply for families consisting of more than four guests.

Rooming preferences are subject to availability and must be communicated in writing at time of booking. Automatic assignments as per this policy will be applied in the absence of any specification provided by guests. Any request for additional rooms during trips will be at guests’ own expense and subject to rates made available by the accommodation provider at the time. All minors (guests aged 17 and under) must be accompanied by at least one adult.

Is tipping expected in Peru?

Most people do choose to tip their Active Adventures guides and we recommend USD$20 per day, per guest, per trip leader. You are welcome to tip an equivalent amount in the local currency. There are plenty of ATM’s and banks in the larger towns of Peru. During your Active Adventures trip, your trip leader will take care of all included restaurants and service tips for you. For other restaurants or services during your time in Peru, 5-10% is a typical gratuity amount.

On the Machu Picchu & Amazon Adventure you’ll be accompanied by a trekking crew and porters on the Lares trail, and we recommend S/100 (US$30) to be shared amongst them.

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Why Travel With Us

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Just-right group sizes allow you to get off the beaten path

With an average of 12 guests per departure and an industry-leading average 6:1 guest-to-guide ratio, you’ll enjoy a highly personalized experience.

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Award-winning guides lead the way

It’s so much easier to relax and enjoy your adventure when you have fun, caring guides who know the land, sweat all the details and whip up incredible meals, too!

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You’ll never need to sweat the details

When we say all inclusive, we mean it! Meals and snacks, activities, lodging, transportation, guiding services and more. All you need to do is show up!

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Enjoy freedom to push your boundaries – safely

Every aspect of your trip is thoroughly considered for your safety, from highly vetted partners and well-maintained equipment to extensively trained guides.

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Decades of expertise mean you’ll experience only the best

Family travel and North American National Parks are our specialty. We’ve perfected our itineraries for decades, ensuring you'll experience your destination to the fullest.

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"Wow Moments” take your trip from enjoyable to extraordinary

For us, the extra mile is never extra, it’s part of the way! Count on special touches throughout your trip that will amplify your experience.

Trip Inquiry

Central & South America

Ultimate Machu Picchu & Amazon Adventure

USD $6999/per adult
$500 USD deposit per person required to secure your place on the trip

What To Expect

  • Place your booking
  • Receive your confirmation email & details to set up your Travel Wallet
  • Our dedicated team will keep you up to date all the way to the departure date

Dates

2025
2026

March 2025

Sunday 2 March 2025
To Saturday 15 March 2025
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Sunday 16 March 2025
To Saturday 29 March 2025
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Sunday 30 March 2025
To Saturday 12 April 2025
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Sunday 13 April 2025
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Sunday 27 April 2025
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Sunday 4 May 2025
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Sunday 11 May 2025
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Sunday 18 May 2025
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Sunday 25 May 2025
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Sunday 8 June 2025
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Sunday 22 June 2025
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Sunday 6 July 2025
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Sunday 20 July 2025
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Sunday 3 August 2025
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Sunday 17 August 2025
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Sunday 31 August 2025
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Sunday 14 September 2025
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Sunday 28 September 2025
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Sunday 12 October 2025
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Sunday 26 October 2025
To Saturday 8 November 2025
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Sunday 9 November 2025
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Sunday 16 November 2025
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Sunday 7 December 2025
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Sunday 14 December 2025
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Sunday 21 December 2025
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Sunday 4 January 2026
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