Incan Dreams: Machu Picchu & The South
Why take this trip?
- Visit the awe-inspiring highlands then go mountain biking down through lush green landscapes; ultimately arriving at the Peruvian jungle
- Capture one of the most amazing sights in the world, sunrise over the infamous Machu Picchu
- Experience the adrenaline rush as you go white water rafting on the Vilcanota River with captivating scenery and mountains around you
- Explore Cusco with its fusion of pre-colonial architecture and ancient Incan facades
Peru will always remain one of the most exciting moments of my life. Every day was so full of experiences! I’ll never forget a minute of this incredible adventure nor any of the places/people I discovered.
It was great! If all of the trips are like the Peru one, then you're doing a really great job!
My trip to Peru with Wild Guanabana was more than amazing. Every thing was perfect and well organised to the tiniest detail! I will definitely seize any chance to travel again with WG.
Ahmed Nabil Abdel Salam
From the land of the Pharaohs to the land of the Incas, We came as strangers, worked as a team & left as friends. We all conquered our physical & mental barriers & came out as stars due to the environment WG provided. May your spirits always soar high.
An impressive trip that introduced us to wonderful food, amazing scenery & exhilarating adventures. From mountain biking, to hiking the ancient Inca Trail, to visiting Machu Picchu Temple, every morning there was a new adventure!
Mahdi Al Olabi
Travelling with WG was a great & unique experience, they simply take care of everything so you just enjoy. all the details show they are experts in such a special kind of tourism. Well done WG!!
The details were perfectly planned, The hotels/lodges were superb, The guides were knowledgable & fun with good English. WG made our trip carefree & the experience was wonderful. I'm already looking into joining WG on another adventure!
WG's trip was a gate to a parallel universe where your senses are constantly teased. A chance to rekindle with a self long forgotten, you meet souls united by their will to break boundaries & land back to reality with an open heart.
Hadir El Hakim
I can safely say that those guys are simply the BEST at what they do. I blindly and highly recommend them to anyone who wants to discover the wilderness of the world. Peru's trip was very meticulously planned. To many many returns for sure!
- Sightseeing and/or relaxation
- Light adventure, no previous experience or training required
- A challenge, no previous experience necessary. A moderate level of fitness and preparation are required
- Previous experience and intensive training is required
- Basic: lodging in guest houses, small hotels and/or camping. Mix of private and public transportation
- Standard: Clean and comfortable accommodation and/or well-maintained campsites. Mostly private transportation with occasional public transport when unavoidable.
- Luxury: Hand-picked luxury lodging or pampered campsites. Private and upgraded transportation facilities.
tCO2 = Tonnes of Carbon Dioxide Equivalent
How we do it
As an ethical and responsible travel company, we reduce our carbon footprint by designing trips that are low carbon impact and carefully calculating the impact with the help of an environmental consultancy. We then buy carbon credit equivalents to offset all emissions that cannot be reduced including those resulting from our day-to-day business operations. Our offsetting is done through an energy efficient stoves project in Kenya. On request, every traveller receives their own PDF offset certificate post-travel. Wild Guanabana is the first carbon-neutral travel company in the Middle East & North Africa. Note: We do not sell or issue flight tickets ourselves so consequently we don't offset those emissions.
What does offsetting mean anyway?
It's a way of reducing your ecological impact by 'neutralizing' the impact of your carbon footprint. Actions associated with travel amount to around a third of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. Carbon offsetting offers a solution to reduce the impact of your travel by purchasing carbon credits that are invested in activities that reduce CO2. While this doesn't erase all of the environmental impact, it does serve to help reinvest into the planet and contribute to activities which help its conversation. For more information on Carbon offsetting read more from our partners ERCC Carbon and our Sustainable Travel International.
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Itinerary Details / Price Inclusions & Exclusions
Day 1: Hello Latin America (L/D)
You will be picked up from your hotel in Lima at 10:30am for the first day of exploration of Lima! Today we visit one of Lima’s symbolic markets to see, smell, and taste the amazing variety of fish, fruit, and vegetables used in Peruvian food. You'll be equipped with a list of names and descriptions of the foods so it doesn't get confusing. Afterwards, watch as chefs from a famous restaurant demonstrate how to prepare Peru’s main dishes, and learn how to make a mouthwatering ceviche or perfect the famous lomo saltado (sautéed tenderloin strips and French fries). Of course, you can't have such a stellar culinary experience without a delicious lunch. Overnight in Lima.
Day 2: Off to Arequipa (B)
After waking up to a delicious breakfast, you'll be transferred to the airport for your flight to Arequipa (depending on your flight time), which will be around 1.5 hours. You will be picked up from the airport in Arequipa and transferred to your hotel - that's when the adventure starts! We'll start by walking through the Plaza de Armas, the most notable city streets, and checking out the facades of the Iglesia de San Francisco (The Church of St. Francis) as well as a nearby smaller church named La Tercera Orden (The Third Order). From there we'll head to the Monastery of Santa Catalina – founded in 1580, at the time of Viceroy Toledo – where you'll see the cloisters, and picturesque streets and squares that have remained intact over the centuries, as well as learn about the lifestyle of a select group of nuns who inhabited the monastery. Then we'll head to the beautiful Barrio del Solar and visit the Church of the Company of Jesus, the temple which is the oldest and is an important witness of religious architecture made with ashlar. Overnight in Arequipa.
Day 3: Colca Canyon here We Come! (B/L/D)
Rise and shine bright and early! We're waking up early today to start the trek through the incredible Colca Canyon through the National Reserve of Aguada Blanca & Salinas. We'll will arrive at Chivay, capital of the Cayollma Province, where you'll enjoy a quick continental breakfast before continuing to the town of Cabanaconde. On the way, you will have the chance to stop at Condor Cross, the best viewpoint of the canyon and – if the weather allows – the flight of the majestic Condor. The trek starts at San Miguel viewpoint where we'll descend to San Juan de Chuccho village for lunch. Afterwards, we will walk to the famous “oasis” of Sangalle, passing by Cosñirhua & Malata villages along the way. You will be trekking for around 7 hours today. Overnight in Sangalle.
Day 4: Colca Canyon (B)
It's another early morning today as we walk up to Cabanaconde, where transportation will be ready to take us back to Chivay. On the way, you will visit the beautiful towns of Maca and Yanque. Lunch will be at Chivay before we start the trip to back to Arequipa, through Patapampa, where we'll stop to take pictures of volcanoes at 360°. As soon as you get back to the hotel in Arequipa, you can leave your luggage and have a bit of free time till you are picked up for the overnight bus ride to Cusco. You will be trekking for 3 hours today. Overnight bus ride to Cusco.
Day 5: The Capital of Ancient Incan Civilization (B)
We arrive at Cusco, the ancient capital of Incan civilization, at around 5 AM where you'll be welcomed by a delicious breakfast at your hotel. Then the day starts with a tour of this spectacular city with our experienced guides. We will visit the Koricancha (Temple of the Sun) where we can appreciate the incredible masonry of the Incas, the Plaza de Armas, and the Cathedral with its carved woodworks, altars, and paintings. Then we will drive to the Inca fortress of Sacsahuamán, to the underground cave and temple of Kenko, where we'll have a panoramic view of Puca Pucará before entering into Tambomachay – known as the Baths of the Inca. Finally, we stop at the living art the workshop “ Inka´s Expression then have the rest of the day to explore, shop, and relax as we experience the fusion of pre-colonial architecture and ancient Incan facades that intertwine beautifully to give this city an unmistakably rich character. Overnight in Cusco.
Day 6: From Highlands To Jungle (B/L/D)
We depart early to the awe-inspiring ancient ruins of Ollantaytambo en-route to an altitude of 4,350m, and the starting point of our mountain biking adventure. As we descend to the lower, lusher green landscapes at 1,130m winds, we cross a variety of diverse landscapes as the high mountains give way to valleys before ultimately arriving at the Peruvian jungle. There is a stop midway at the ruins of Wamanmarka and a packed lunch before heading to the jungle lodge and our home for the evening. Overnight in lodge.
Day 7: Going Native (B/L/D)
Today’s adventure takes place on foot. We will hike trails passing areas of coffee bean cultivation and harvest, as well as the sacred plant of the Incas: cocoa leaves. We continue by following original Inca paths and learn the history of this incredible road system. At the trail end there is an opportunity to visit the medicinal thermal baths of Santa Teresa. When the sun goes down, we kick back and spend the night at another jungle lodge further towards our goal. Overnight in lodge.
Day 8: Doing Things Differently (B/L/D)
We continue our trek, this time in search of the hanging bridges that allow us to cross the river Vilcanota (holy river of the Incas). Along the way you'll enjoy the large variety of butterflies, parrots, and iguanas that surround us before lunching in Hidroeléctrica. We'll finally arrive in Aguas Calientes for dinner and our overnight stay in the village. Overnight in Aguas Calientes.
Day 9: The Amazing Machu Picchu (B/L)
In order to capture one of the most amazing sights in the world – sunrise over the ancient Incan ruin complex of Machu Picchu, one of the wonders of the modern world – we'll need to be up before daybreak and walk for an hour. Then you'll have access to a 2-hour guided tour followed by time to explore the city on your own before descending to the village of Aguas Calientes. Late in the afternoon, we'll take the train back to Cusco to arrive there in the evening, just in time to experience some more Cusquenan nightlife. Overnight in Cusco.
Day 10: Homebound (B)
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back to Lima.
- This price is based on a minimum of 4 participants
- Consultation on every aspect of preparation
- Buses and private car transfers
- All hotels as mentioned above (4* hotels)
- All meals as mentioned above (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
- All adventure activities as mentioned above
- Mountain bikes and all group hiking equipment (e.g.: tents, stoves etc)
- All national park fees including Machu Picchu ticket
- Premium Vista-Dome train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Cusco
- Donkeys and porters to help manage loads during the entire trek
- Professional English-speaking guides throughout the journey
- First-aid supplies and experienced professionals in its use
- Rooms are on double room shared basis
- This price is based on a minimum of 4 participants
- International flights to and from Lima, Peru
- Domestic flights from Lima to Arequipa on Day 2 and from Cusco to Lima on day 10
- Single room supplement
- Optional visit to the Ollantayatmbo Fortress on Day 3
- Airport Tax in Lima
- Bus ride up to/down from Machu Picchu
- Rental of personal hiking equipment
- Travel and medical insurance
- International flights to and from Lima, Peru