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Total Adventure Peru

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Nine days packed with the best adventures Peru can offer: Apurimac class IV rafting and hiking the famous Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

Length: 9 Days
Destination: Cusco, Apurimac River, Inca Trail, Machu Picchu
Lodging: Tent camping, 3-star hotels (upgrades available)
Activities: Challenging hiking, whitewater rafting, Inca Ruins

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WHY THIS TRIP

Raft the best whitewater in South America and hike the unforgettable Inca trail to Machu Picchu in this action-packed non-stop adrenaline rush of trip covering the best adventure options in Peru in just 9 days! The Total Adventure Peru trip is surely the very best multi-activity adventure offered. The Black Canyon of the Apurimac is one of the world’s hidden gems of whitewater. Combining a mix of exhilarating Class III and IV rapids, stunning scenery, deserted sandy beaches, and great hikes to explore, this two day section of the Apurimac is great for experienced whitewater rafters and novices. The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is the most famous and popular trek in South America. It is a spectacular trek through the high Andes on original Inca highway with a chance to visit extraordinary ruins, enjoy beautiful mountain views, walk through strikingly different climatic zones and finally experience the unique feeling of arriving at Machu Picchu by foot. ​The five-day Inca Trail is carefully tailored to avoid the crowds. You begin the trek after the hordes have departed on the traditional 4-day trek, allowing them to clear out so you can hike and camp in relative solitude away from the masses of other trekkers. This schedule also gives you more time to explore ruins along the way and at Machu Picchu.​

TRIP DESCRIPTION

On your arrival in Cusco you drive straight to the start of the Rio Apurimac rafting adventure, deep in the heart of an impressive 3,000-meter-deep canyon. Following a full briefing, all supplies are taken for three days of truly amazing whitewater rafting. As well as being the true source of the mighty Amazon River, the Rio Apurimac is undeniably one of the world’s hidden gems of whitewater. The Granite Canyon of the Rio Apurimac is justifiably gaining a reputation as one of the world’s top ten rafting rivers: it combines a perfect mix of exhilarating rapids and awesome scenery. This is the river-rafting section that was featured on Bruce Parry’s “Amazon” series on the BBC, the logistics for which were provided by Amazonas Explorer.

Even the most novice crews are expertly trained to meet the challenges and thrills of this non-stop adrenaline-pumping roller coaster ride of a life time. Apart from world-class rapids, the Apurimac boasts pristine sandy beaches for camping, spectacular sun-bleached rock formations and rare wildlife including otters, puma and the ultra-elusive Andean bear. It is an adventure-lover’s dreams come true

The next adventure on Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is a fantastic journey on an ancient trail used by the Incas, passing numerous ruins and with fantastic mountain views. Entering Machu Picchu through the Gate of the Sun is something you will remember for life.

While the 26-mile Inca Trail is most commonly hiked in four days (with the last half-day spent at Machu Picchu), this is not the best way to do the trek. This five-day trek allows for a later start (more sleep!) on day one so you avoid starting your  trek with the multitudes on the four-day trek, and then puts you on a different schedule so you are not walking and camping with all the trekkers on the four-day trip. This schedule also breaks up the trek so you only cross one high pass a day, making for a much more pleasant experience. You also have more time to stop and explore ruins along the way without feeling the need to rush onward to camp.

Finally, late on day four you arrive to Machu Picchu, entering through the Gate of the Sun. You have time to enjoy the views of the ruin before heading to your comfortable hotel in town, peaceful with the knowledge that you will return the next morning full of energy, and with plenty of time, to fully explore this sacred site.

A team of porters takes care of the work on this remote trek, carrying all the group gear and all your personal items except for those items you will carry in a small daypack i.e water, snacks, camera, raincoat, etc. When you arrive in camp your tent will already be set up and the cook staff will be hard at work preparing your 3- to 4-course meals, which you will enjoy sitting at a table in the dining tent.

The trip begins and ends in Cusco, the fascinating former capital of the Inca Empire. Upon arrival you’ll be met at the airport and given a short orientation walk around Cusco’s central square, the Plaza de Armas, for the latest on where to eat, where to find local markets, and about iconic city sites to check out. In the evening, you’ll meet your guide for a full briefing on the days to come. After the trek you’ll have nearly a full day to explore Cusco on your own.

This trip can be combined with other highlight destinations like the Amazon, Colca Canyon, Lake Titicaca or even the Galapagos Islands.

LOCAL OPERATOR: AMAZONAS EXPLORER

For more than three decades Amazonas Explorer has led high-quality trips and alternative adventures throughout South America. Based in Cusco, its professionally trained guides, cooks and support crew bring their passion and skills to the travelers they serve and, in turn, build rewarding careers for themselves. This talented staff of local experts is focused on providing you with safe and comfortable adventures, all centered on making your holiday as memorable as possible.

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Itinerary

DAY 1: Arrive Cusco

Welcome to Cusco- touch down, collect your luggage and meet your guide, then drive twenty minutes through the colourful South American streets to your hotel.

Meet in the Coffee Museum at 1pm to enjoy a tasty lunch and learn about the story and people behind this popular drink.

After lunch step out into the Cusco streets and explore with one of our carefully chosen guides. They are not only very knowledgeable but also great fun to be with. You do not want to cram too much in on your first day at altitude, so relax and get used to being up high with a gentle walk around this old Inca capital.

Visit the Plaza de Armas, the Cathedral and the Qoricancha temple of the sun and perhaps take in the sights, sounds and smells of San Pedro food market too. If you normally shop in supermarkets and farmers markets, you are in for a surprise. Stands full of juicy exotic fruits, counters heaving with cow heads and sheep hooves and cheerful local women selling handmade cheeses, local breads, healthy juices and even toad soup.

The evening is free to relax and wander around the UNESCO World Heritage Site city centre.

Overnight in Cusco:
3 Star Hotel: Casa Esmeralda or similar
3 Star Plus Hotel: Quinta San Blas or similar

DAY 2: Raft the Rio Apurimac

You head out from Cusco for the spectacular drive to the Apurimac canyon, hopefully glimpsing the snow-capped Vilcanota mountain range before descending into the canyon to start your Apurimac rafting adventure.

Here your guides inflate your specialised rafts, load them up with provisions, and after a full safety talk and instruction in the art of white water rafting, you head off into the canyon in search of adventure.

For the next two days you enjoy some of the least visited, but in our opinion best Peru rafting.

The river enters a truly impressive steep sided gorge where you run many excellent class III and IV rapids. In between the rapids, there are relaxing floats through breath-taking scenery. You also have the opportunity to get out and explore waterfalls and colonial bridges.

At night you camp on a deserted beach and enjoy great food, a few drinks and great camaraderie around the camp fire.

Camping accommodations

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 3: Raft the Rio Apurimac. Return to Cusco

More great Peru rafting today. Depending on water levels there may be the odd portage between the fun rapids. There are also stretches to just sit and float down the river and enjoy being in this fantastic location.

Keep an eye out as you go for Andean Foxes, Torrent Ducks, otters and even Condors.

Finally you reach a break in the canyon walls in time for lunch. From here it is a four to five hour drive back to Cusco, with views of the towering snow- capped Salkantay Mountain along the way.

Overnight in Cusco:
3 Star Hotel: Casa Esmeralda or similar
3 Star Plus Hotel: Quinta San Blas or similar

(Breakfast, Lunch)

DAY 4: Ollantaytambo & Start the Inca Trail

Your five-day Inca Trail is carefully tailored to avoid the crowds. By leaving later than everyone else, and allowing an extra day, you spend the whole trail out of sync with other tourists. Thus you will literally have the trail to yourselves.

This morning you visit the old Inca town of Ollantaytambo. After a look around and some lunch you have a short drive to the trailhead at Piscacucho (km 82). Here you meet the porters and cooks that will support your journey to Machu Picchu. With the crowds now long gone, you hike an undulating trail above the Urubamba River to camp beside the spectacular ruins of Llactapata (2,788 meters/9,146 feet). While walking all you need to carry is a daypack. Your luggage is carried by the porters, your tents are put up for you and your food is prepared for you. All you have to do is shoulder your daypack and enjoy the walking.

Camping Accommodations

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 5: Inca Trail: Llactapata to Llulluchapampa

After a hearty breakfast you climb gently up the Cusichaca valley to the small hamlet of Huayllabamba. This is the last inhabited place on the trail. A little steeper now, you head up the beautiful Inca path, past hummingbirds and stunted cloud forest to your camp at Llulluchapampa (3,680 meters/12,073 feet). This beautiful grassy area has outstanding views and you may be even see the Andean deer that come to feed here.

Camping Accommodations

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 6: Inca Trail: Llulluchapampa to Phuyupatamarca

Today is the most challenging day but also the most exhilarating. You climb to Dead Woman’s Pass (4,212 meters/13,819 feet) the high point of the trail before dropping into the Pacasmayo valley. Climbing once more you pass the Inca control post of Runkuracay to the second pass of the day (3,998 meters/13,117 feet). On a clear day there are spectacular views toward Pumahuanca Mountain in the Vilcabamba range.

You continue on a well-preserved Inca trail to Sayacmarca. Located at the junction of two old Inca roads, historians still argue over its exact purpose. A few more gentle ups and downs and you arrive to your stunning campsite for the night, Phuyupatamarca, or “the place above the clouds” (3,650 meters/11,975 feet).

Camping Accommodations

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 7: Inca Trail: Phuyupatamarca to Machu Picchu

This is the day you finally reach Machu Picchu. As you step out of your tent the views are stunning. Perhaps you will see the sun rising over the snow-capped mountains of Salkantay (6,200 meters/20,341 feet) and Veronica (5,800 meters/19,029 feet). Or perhaps you will have a cloud inversion, with the clouds filling the valleys beneath your feet. After saying a fond farewell to your porters it is time to put on your boots and head to Machu Picchu.

You descend through the cloud forest on beautiful Inca stairways, to Winay Wayna, another interesting ruin full of swallows and orchids. Finally you contour the hillside to arrive at Inti Punku, the gateway of the Sun. As you step through the old stone gateway Machu Picchu appears laid out before your eyes. After plenty of photos you carry on past this wonder of the world to catch the bus down to the colorful town of Machu Picchu Pueblo and a well-deserved hotel and shower.

Overnight in Machu Picchu Pueblo:
3 Star Hotel: Waman Hotel or similar
3 Star Plus Hotel: El MaPi by Inkaterra or similar

(Breakfast, Lunch)

DAY 8: Machu Picchu

Today you explore the pinnacle of Inca engineering – Machu Picchu.

For years it was lost to the jungle. Rediscovered in 1911 by the Yale professor Hiram Bingham, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983 and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007, Machu Picchu exceeds all expectations.

This astounding site lies in an even more astonishing location. Perched high on an inaccessible hilltop it is protected by huge cliffs and the raging Urubamba river. Things are slightly easier now than in the time of the Incas and so you start your day with a twenty minute bus ride up to the site.

You will arrive early, allowing you to explore the ruins in the company of your guide, before they get too busy. The guided tour takes around two hours leaving you a few hours free to wander amongst the old Inca walls and just sit and take in the scale of the place on your own. For those who want to walk a bit more, you could take the hour long trail up to the Sun Gate, or a shorter trail to visit the Inca Bridge which once spanned a sheer cliff face.

Eventually the time comes to catch the bus down to Machu Picchu Pueblo and board your train back along the Urubamba River. The scenery is beautiful and the train jolts softly along, allowing you to sit, stare out the window and reflect on a wonderful week.

Overnight in Cusco:
3 Star Hotel: Casa Esmeralda or similar
3 Star Plus Hotel: Quinta San Blas or similar

(Breakfast)

DAY 9: Depart Cusco

Back again in the old Inca capital you have time to enjoy all that this city has to offer. Museums, chocolate-making classes, souvenir hunting or even just sitting in one of the many cafes and watching the world go by. The new late flights out of Cusco allow you to really maximize your time and get the most out of this holiday of a lifetime. You will be transferred to the Cusco Airport in time for your departure flight.

(Breakfast)

*If the Inca Trail permits are sold out for your trip dates, you can opt for the Lares Valley Trek for Days 4 through 7 (see below). The remainder of the itinerary will remain the same.


DAY 4: Begin Lares Trek: Totora Canyon to Quishuarani

A scenic two-hour drive through the Sacred Valley of the Incas takes you to the start of your trek, at the small village of Totora. You follow an ancient Inca trail into a narrow canyon, where Inca tombs perch in the cliffs. Emerging from the canyon you pass through tiny rural communities before emerging to a delicious picnic lunch. Your bus then takes you to the small and very traditional community of Quishuarani, your camp for the night (3,700 meters/12,140 feet).

Comfortable tent camping

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 5: Lares Trek: Quishuarani to Huacahuasi

This is a stunning day of hiking. You leave camp behind and climb past colorfully dressed locals, and up toward the native forests that Amazonas Explorer has been heavily involved in re-planting. These forests harbor Andean deer, vizcachas and several rare species of birds and are essential to the future of this area.

A further push and you reach the stunning views from your highest pass of the trek, the Huchayccasa pass (4,450 meters/14,600 feet). A chain of emerald-blue lakes fills the hillside below you, and in the distance rise the snow-clad Urubamba mountains. Descending through hand turned potato fields you come to the ancient community of Cuncani at (3,800 meters/12,460 feet).

Fueled by a hearty lunch you carry on along the valley floor to reach the once notorious village of Huacahuasi. Once home to bandits and cattle rustlers it is now a peaceful place to spend the night. You are sure to be visited by local women selling the hand woven textiles for which the area is famous and entertained by the cheery local children who accompany you as you walk.

Comfortable tent camping

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 6: Lares Trek: Huacahuasi to Patacancha Valley

Another great day awaits you. After a hearty breakfast you begin to climb gently towards your final pass. This is a day filled with encounters with locals. Strong legged men head off to work in the potato fields, wooden ploughs slung over their shoulder. Rough handed women sit, legs outstretched weaving their traditional clothes on wooden looms. And small children sit motionless guarding herds of alpaca and llama, their ever faithful dog by their side.

From your camp you begin towards the final pass. Lying at 4,200m/13,780ft the Ipsaycocha pass marks the border between Lares and the Patacancha Valley. You start gently and then climb one final steep section to gain the summit. If you are lucky, you will have spectacular views of Mount Veronica. You take lunch by the beautiful Ipsay lake then follow an ancient trail to the Patacancha Valley and the village of Patacancha where the trek ends. Our waiting vehicle takes us onto our hotel for the night.

3 Star Hotel: Tunupa Lodge or similar
3 Star Plus Hotel: Hotel Pakaritampu or similar

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 7: Royal Inca Trail (km 104) trek to Machu Picchu Pueblo

You start the day with an early transfer to catch the train towards Machu Picchu. Jumping off at km104 you pass through the control point and begin your Inca Trail trek.

First you visit the recently restored ruins of Chachabamba before gradually ascending through tropical cloud forest up towards the the base of Wiñay Wayna. Here you climb more steeply on old Inca stairways through these beautiful terraces, stopping to explore the various buildings and water features.

Here we can enjoy our packed lunch, with a great view. You then continue on perhaps the loveliest part of the whole Inca Trail.  Lush vegetation flanks you on either side, the scent of wild orchids fills the air, and all around you brightly coloured tropical songbirds fill your ears with song.

Soon you will reach a final set of stairs to arrive at Inti Punku, the gateway of the Sun. As you step through the old stone gate-way, Machu Picchu appears laid out before your eyes. After plenty of photos you carry on past this wonder of the world to catch the bus down to the lively town of Machu Picchu Pueblo and a well-deserved hotel and shower.

Whilst walking all you need is your daypack as your over-night luggage will be transferred to your hotel in Machu Picchu town to await your arrival.

3 Star Hotel: Waman Hotel or similar
3 Star Plus Hotel: El MaPi by Inkaterra or similar

(Breakfast, Lunch)

End Lares Valley Trek alternate itinerary.

Getting To and From the Trip: 

You will need to arrive in Cusco on Day 1 of this trip. You can arrive at any time this day, by flight, train, or bus. You will be met by your guide upon your arrival, and transferred to your hotel in Cusco.

All international flights to Cusco must route through Lima. Most likely, you will need to overnight in Lima the night before you fly to Cusco. We can help you arrange a hotel and transfer services upon your request.

At the end of this trip on Day 9, you will be transferred to the Cusco Airport, train station, or bus terminal in time for your departure. We can also help you add to your journey with trips to the Amazon, Colca Canyon, Lake Titicaca, the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador, or any other destination in South America.

We do not sell international or domestic Peru airfare but partner with a flight specialty company, Exito Travel, who can arrange all of your flights for you, simplifying the process of this part of your trip.

Trip Start: Trip starts upon your arrival at the Cusco Airport. All international flights route through Lima. Depending on your flight schedule, you may need to overnight in Lima the night before your arrival in Cusco. A hotel in Lima can be added upon request.

Trip End: Trip ends at the Cusco Airport in time for you to catch your flights home, or continue on to the next part of your adventure.


This trip is a complete package, starting and ending in the Cusco Airport. International and domestic Peru flights are not included, but can be booked through our travel partner Exito Travel. Depending on your flight schedule, you may need to overnight in Lima. We can help you arrange a hotel and transfer services if this is necessary.

We can also help you add to your journey with trips to the Amazon, Colca Canyon, Lake Titicaca, the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador, or any other destination in South America.

2017 PRICES: 

GROUP DEPARTURES

Prices are per person and based on double occupancy

3-Star Hotels
2 – 3 People: $3,000.00
4+ People: $2,438.00
Single Supplement: $250.00

3-Star Plus Hotels 
2 – 3 People: $3,125.00
4+ People: $2,625.00
Single Supplement: $363.00

Note: Group sizes refer to the overall group booked on a certain departure date, not number of people in your personal travel group.

PRIVATE DEPARTURE

Please inquire for rates.

2018 PRICES: 

For 2018 pricing, please inquire using the “I Am Interested” button above or by calling 1-866-386-4168.


INCLUDED: 

  • All airport transfers and transport in private vehicles.
  • State-of-the-art rafting equipment including self-bailing rafts, paddles high-flotation life jackets, helmets, sleeveless wet suits, wet suit boots, spray jackets, dry bags for personal gear, special containers for cameras, Therm-a-rests, and spacious two person tents
  • Professional English and Spanish speaking guides, trained in Wilderness first-aid, swift-water rescue, and C.P.R. Full safety cover at all times. Extensive first-aid kit including Oxygen.
  • Entrances & guided tours Inca Trail or Lares Valley and Machu Picchu
  • Hotels in Cusco and Machu Picchu Pueblo
  • All meals as indicated in the itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
  • Trek includes all porters, cook team, camping and cooking equipment, dining tent, toilet tent, therm-a-rests, and spacious two person tents.
  • The porters’ correct wages, Inca Trail entrances, train, and insurance.
  • A bus transfers between the ruins and your hotel in Machu Picchu Pueblo
  • Transport from Machu Picchu to your hotel in Cusco will be the Skydome / Vistadome train service and bus transfer.

NOT INCLUDED: 

  • National or International flights
  • Personal belongings
  • Sleeping bad (available for rent at $10 per night, or you can bring your own)
  • Airport taxes (if applicable)
  • Entrances for optional visits to Huayna Picchu ($80) & Machu Picchu Mountain ($80)*
  • Travel insurance (required)
  • Personal or medical expenses
  • Tips for guides and staff
  • Lima services (hotels, airport transfers, day rooms, & tours) are not included but can also be quoted for and organized on request
  • Services and meals not indicated

Note: Permits to hike Huayna Picchu Mountan or Machu Picchu Mountain are not automatically included in this trip. Before you confirm your trip to Machu Picchu, consider whether or not you want to do one of these hikes, and let us know what you decide. For more details: http://www.detourdestinations.com/blog/should-you-hike-huayna-picchu-mountain-or-machu-picchu-mountain

* Permit fees subject to change


ADDITIONAL EXPENSES TO CONSIDER:

  • Sleeping bags are available for rent at $10 a night (or bring your own)
  • Personal travel insurance (required)
  • Entrances for optional visits to Huayna Picchu ($80) and Machu Picchu mountain ($80)*
  • Tips (optional)
  • National and International flights
  • Lima services (hotels, airport transfers, day rooms, & tours) are not included but can also be quoted for and organized on request

* Permit fees subject to change


 

 

 

Plan Your Trip

2017 GROUP DEPARTURES (requires a minimum of 2 travelers)
MAR 11 – 19 – MAR 18 – 26; MAR 25 – APR 2; APR 1 – 9; APR 8 – 18; APR 15 – 23; APR 22 – 30; APR 29 – MAY 7; MAY 6 – 14; MAY 13 – 21; MAY 20 – 28; MAY 27 – JUN 4; JUN3 – 11; JUN 10 – 18; JUN 17 – 25; JUN 24 – JUL 2; JUL 1 – 9; JUL 8 – 16; JUL 15 – 23; JUL 22 – 30; JUL 29 – AUG 6; AUG 5 – 13; AUG 12 – 20 ; AUG 19 – 27; AUG 26 – SEP 3; SEP 2 – 10; SEP 9 – 17; SEP 16 – 24; SEP 23 – OCT 1; SEP 30 – OCT 8; OCT 7 – 15; OCT 14 – 22; OCT 21 – 29; OCT 28 – NOV 5; NOV 4 – 12; NOV 11 – 19; NOV 18 – 26; NOV 25 – DEC 3; DEC 2 – 10; DEC 9 – 17; DEC 16 – 24; DEC 23 – 31

2017 PRIVATE DEPARTURES
Private Trips can start on any date from March through December, pending availability.

There are no set family departures. All departures are open to families to join. The minimum age for this trip is 12 years old.

Trip Start: Trip starts upon your arrival at the Cusco Airport. All international flights route through Lima. Depending on your flight schedule, you may need to overnight in Lima the night before your arrival in Cusco. A hotel in Lima can be added upon request.

Trip End: Trip ends at the Cusco Airport in time for you to catch your flights home, or continue on to the next part of your adventure.

How Do I Get To and From the Trip: 

You will need to arrive in Cusco on Day 1 of this trip. You can arrive at any time this day, by flight, train, or bus. You will be met by your guide upon your arrival, and transferred to your hotel in Cusco.

All international flights to Cusco must route through Lima. Most likely, you will need to overnight in Lima the night before you fly to Cusco. We can help you arrange a hotel and transfer services upon your request.

At the end of this trip on Day 9, you will be transferred to the Cusco Airport, train station, or bus terminal in time for your departure. We can also help you add to your journey with trips to the Amazon, Colca Canyon, Lake Titicaca, the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador, or any other destination in South America.

We do not sell international or domestic Peru airfare but partner with a flight specialty company, Exito Travel, who can arrange all of your flights for you, simplifying the process of this part of your trip.

For all your transportation in Cusco, to the rafting put in point, from the rafting take out point, and to the Inca Trail or Lares Valley starting point, you will be in a private van with your guide, fellow travelers, and driver.  Between Machu Picchu ruins and Machu Picchu Pueblo, you will be on a tourist bus.  From Machu Picchu Pueblo to the Sacred Valley or Cusco, you will take the Vistadome Train or similar, and have a private van transfer from the train station to your hotel in Cusco.

Lima Hotels: Depending on your international flight schedule, you may need to overnight in Lima.  We can help you arrange hotels, transfers, day rooms, and/or tours here upon your request.

Cusco Hotels: If you would like to extend your stay in Cusco beyond the scope of this trip, we can help you arrange this.

We can also help you add to your journey with trips to the Amazon, Colca Canyon, Lake Titicaca, the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador, or any other destination in South America.

Cusco is great starting point to explore Peru. You can extend your stay in Cusco, and explore the area by mountain bike, stand-up paddle board, rafting and kayaking, horseback, and hiking.

If you want to go further afield, you can take the luxury train or a comfortable bus to Puno and Lake Titicaca (we recommend spending 3 or 4 days on Lake Titicaca). You can catch a short flight to the Amazon (flying into Puerto Maldonado or Iquitos) to check out the incredible wildlife. We recommend spending 4 to 6 days in the Amazon. You can take a flight or an overnight bus from Cusco to Arequipa, and from there explore the Colca Canyon, one of the world’s deepest canyons.

A trip in Peru combines very well with a visit to the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador. You will need at least 5 days, but preferably 8 days, to have a great trip in the Galapagos. Allow yourself a full day to fly from Cusco, Peru to either Quito or Guayaquil in Ecuador.  All trips to the Galapagos start in either Quito or Guayaquil, and you will need to spend at least one night in one of these cities before starting your Galapagos trip.

We work with local trip operators throughout Latin America, and we can help you plan the rest of your trip to where ever sparks your curiosity.

Countries Visited: Peru

Destinations Visited: 

Cusco, Apurimac River (Black Canyon), Ollantaytambo, the Inca Trail, and Machu Picchu

Green Certifications: 1% for the Planet

Trip Sustainability: 

Amazonas Explorer recognizes that tourism has the potential to create many problems. Here are their beliefs and goals to create more sustainable trips and to help eliminate these problems.

  • They try to further reduce their impact on the environment and conserve energy when possible.
  • They endeavour to become a paperless company and prefer the use of e-mail and on-line banking where possible.
  • They use re-cycled paper where available in the office, for brochures and adventure-dossiers. They make full use of the recycling paper and plastic rubbish has finally come to Cusco.
  • They are committed to running small groups tours, to exploring new routes away from the busiest areas and to operating these tours where possible in conjunction with local communities, maximizing the benefit to local areas and minimizing the impact on the environment.
  • They educate clients and locals on how to preserve the fragile environment and endangered species they encounter. This includes on-going guide and porter awareness programs, and thorough pre-departure information and in-country briefings for travelers.
  • They continue to carefully dispose of all their waste. All non-biological waste, and as much non-biological waste, as possible is carried out and disposed of correctly. On the Apurimac rafting trip, all human excrement is also carried out. On other trips they carefully bury all biodegradable waste below the high-water mark, at the official deposits on the Inca Trail, or as deep as possible elsewhere.
  • They employ as many locally trained guides as possible, using foreign guides only where their overseas expertise is essential.
  • All food produce is purchased locally and they try to minimize the amount of imported foreign goods on trips, using locally grown fresh produce where possible. They are developing new menus to minimize the use of canned and packaged products, and encouraging cooking with local Andean products. They bulk purchase items when possible to reduce excessive packaging and reduce the need for constant trips to shops.
  • They work to reduce the use of all plastic products (bags, bottles, etc) to the absolute minimum, and to recycle what little they do use.
  • They use as much locally made equipment as possible, designing and modifying equipment using local ideas and materials, and only importing equipment otherwise unavailable, or not of sufficient quality when available locally.
  • They encourage the most efficient use of fossil fuels, using the most suitable and efficient transport options available, ie cooking with gas not kerosene or firewood.
  • They have introduced recyclable glass bottles whenever possible on trips, and not disposable plastic bottles, while at the same time encouraging travelers to do likewise.
  • They continue to educate clients in local customs and languages where possible so as to promote local pride and not bring offense.
  • They are committed to encouraging sustainable tourism projects in conjunction with local communities.
  • They are committed to providing all staff a realistic wage and correct working conditions. This will include regular staff training in Responsible Tourism management, on-going assessments and quality control of Staff conditions, health insurance policies for porters, and correct clothing and equipment made available.
  • They encourage responsible tipping. Nothing for nothing – locals are rewarded for helping set up camp and pose for photographs but not for doing nothing.
  • They encourage the purchasing of local weavings directly from the local women encountered en-route.
  • They are actively looking at new ways to reduce their carbon footprint,and minimize the use of excessive transport where possible without compromising our service.
  • They have reduced our attendance at International travel shows and encourage ‘face to face’ meetings with our agents using Skype instead.
  • In 2007 Amazonas Explorer joined www.onepercentfortheplanet.org and chose to support the local NGO Ecoan www.ecoanperu.org for its 1% donations.

 

According to Peruvian legislation, the definition of a porter is “an independent worker who offers his services and who with his own body carries gear, personal equipment and other goods necessary for touristic expeditions.” Each individual can establish working relationships with one or more employer, subject to the laws being obeyed by the operating company.

  • The payment for porters has been established as a percentage of the UIT (an official tax code) by INRENA and the ministry of employment. Amazonas Explorer pay their porters the correct amount on time for their work done in accordance with this legislation. This wage has been agreed by Amazonas Explorer and their porters and is also accepted by the Porters’ union in Cusco.
  • Porters are contracted by a designated Head Porter, and payment is made directly by the Head Guide, thus avoiding any intermediaries or other possible conflicts.
  • While the legislation is unclear at present, Amazonas Explorer pays the $15.00 per person Inca Trail Porter fee, and they do not take this fee out of their wages.
  • The Inca trail rules state that porters can not carry more than 20kg (44lbs) of company equipment and 5kg (11lbs) of personal equipment. Amazonas Explorer abides by this, and it is enforced by the Inca trail governing body at several weigh stations on the way.
  • They provide a large communal tent with carry mat floor for the porters to sleep in. It is not the dining tent used by travelers.
  • They provide their porters with plenty of good food. This is not the same menu given to the passengers, but it is nutritious, abundant, and what they are used to eating. They have their own cooking facilities so do not have to wait for the clients to finish eating before they get their food.
  • They provide the porters transportation from Ollantaytambo to the trail head. They also provide them with return train tickets (with designated seat allocation) from Machu Picchu Pueblo to Ollantaytambo. They do not take this out if their wages.
  • They only use registered Inca trail porters (as Inca trail rules stipulate) – these porters have to pass several forms of ID, character reference, a letter of good health, and to have attended an Inca Trail Porter Awareness course.
  • All porters work freelance. Amazonas Explorer provides them with accident insurance and work contracts for each period of work they do for the company.
  • They provide each porter with a uniform, a back support, a carrying frame, and footwear. (Please note the porters often prefer their own sandals.)
  • As good quality sporting equipment is unavailable in Peru, Amazonas Explorer encourages travelers to donate any excess outdoor clothes, sleeping bags, etc directly to the porters.
  • Tipping porters is also encouraged and guidelines are provided at the pre-departure meeting. The tip is administered by the travelers with assistance from the head guide whose tip is completely separate.
  • Amazonas Explorer holds an annual, end-of-season, porters’ party and football tournament. The 2008 hotly-contested tournament had over seventy participants; the final winners were the red team captained by Anacleto Suclli, Cook.
  • Amazonas Explorer is a member of www.onepercentfortheplanet.org. We support a local native-tree re-forestation program www.ecoanperu.org and planted over 57 thousand trees in 2014. These native-trees are planted in the water-tables above our porters’ villages. The porters are proud to be essential part of achieving these goals and maintaining the projects.

Activities: Expedition, Multisport, Rafting, Trek

Activity Description: 

On the first day, you’ll arrive in Cusco and your guide will take you on an acclimatization walk around town.

On the second day of your trip, you’ll head out to the Rio Apurimac and warm up for the days ahead. Half the day will be spent getting to the put in – a beautiful and rugged switchback descent down steep mountain road to the river valley below. After a delicious riverside lunch, we’ll pack up our dry bags and have a safety briefing for the days ahead. You’ll spend about 2 to 3 hours on the river this afternoon, practicing what to do when the raft flips, high-sides, and perfecting your paddle stroke. All important skills for the big water that awaits. Some very fun, splashy Class III rapids bring you into camp.

Day 3: Today feels short compared to the previous day. It is 2 to 3 hours to the take out, tackling a few Class III and Class IV rapids. You meet your van, change into some warm, dry clothes, and start packing up for the drive back to Cusco, stopping for lunch along the way.

On the Inca Trail or Lares Valley Trek (Days 4 to 7), you will be trekking most of the day, with breaks for snacks and meals, visiting communities, and exploring Inca ruins.

On Day 8, you will explore Machu Picchu ruins with your guide. If you have permits to hike Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain, you will be able to do this after your guided tour. Please note, these permits must be purchased in advance.

On your last day (Day 9), you’ll take the morning to enjoy Cusco and then have a transfer to the airport for your onward journeys.

Trip Difficulty: Strenuous

Fitness Level: 

RIO APURIMAC RAFTING
While no experience is needed to enjoy this trip, this is a full 3-days of solid Class III and IV rapids in a rocky, remote canyon. It is strenuous, and you will be very tired at the end of each day.

Day 1: Warm up for the days ahead. Half the day will be spent getting to the put in – a beautiful and rugged switchback descent down steep mountain road to the river valley below. After a delicious riverside lunch, we’ll pack up our dry bags and have a safety briefing for the days ahead. You’ll spend about 2 to 3 hours on the river this afternoon, practicing what to do when the raft flips, high-sides, and perfecting your paddle stroke. All important skills for the big water that awaits. Some very fun, splashy Class III rapids bring you into camp.

Day 2: Today feels short compared to the previous day. It is 2 to 3 hours to the take out, tackling a few Class III and Class IV rapids. You meet your van, change into some warm, dry clothes, and start packing up for the drive home, stopping for lunch along the way.

You can read a trip report here: http://www.detourdestinations.com/blog/2011/05/3-day-apurimac-river-trip-amazing-fun

INCA TRAIL OR LARES VALLEY TREKKING
Both the Inca Trail and the Lares Valley trek are strenuous, but achievable for travelers who are active in their daily lives. It is best to have some long distance hiking experiences, but not necessary. Trekking is at a slow to moderate pace, with plenty of time for rests, visiting communities, and exploring the ruins on route, but it is still challenging.

The Inca Trail is rarely flat, and you will be hiking up and down very steep trails and old Inca stairs. The stairs are uneven in height and width, rocky, and steep. The longest day of hiking is approximately 12 hours, including breaks and stopping for lunch, and you will cross over the two highest passes of the trail: Dead Woman’s Pass (4,212m / 13,819ft) and Runkuracay (3,998m / 13,117ft).

Similarly, the Lares Valley trek is rarely flat, and you will have very steep ascents and descents. This trail does not have as many stairs as the Inca Trail, it is mostly on dirt paths. You will be hiking at very high elevations, with the highest pass at 14,600ft / 4450m.

The best way to prepare for trekking in Peru is to go hiking when ever you can. Chose the steeper and longer trails at higher elevations when possible. If you don’t have access to hiking trails, the stair master at your gym will help immensely.

Plenty of time to acclimatize has been built into this itinerary, so by the time you begin trekking, you should be getting accustomed to the high altitudes.

And make sure to drink plenty of coca tea while you’re in Peru, this will help you deal with the side effects of being at a high altitude and help you adjust more quickly.

Minimum Age: 12

Maximum Age: 85

Minimum Group Size: 2

Maximum Group Size: 16

Typical Group Size: 8

Months Offered: March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

Best Time to Go: 

This trip is great at any time, except during the rainy season and when the water in the river is high (November through April). July and August are dry but cold. May is the most popular month, as it is warm and dry.  However, Inca Trail permits tend to sell out quickly during this time.

Food and Special Diets: 

Amazonas Explorer prides itself on excellent cuisine, with a heavy emphasis on hygienically prepared, wholesome, and copious quantities of really tasty food. Vegetarian dishes are a specialty and any unusual dietary requirements can easily be accommodated. Each morning, you start with a breakfast at your hotel, and around noon you stop for a leisurely lunch break, either prepared by the talented cooks at Amazonas Explorer or in a local restaurant. Snacks are also provided for the longer day hikes. Amazonas Explorer’s aim is to source as much produce locally and organically as possible and their menus reflect a wonderful mix of delicious local recipes and international favorites. They regularly run catering courses for their cooks and chefs, and introduce new menus and ideas including the latest hygiene policies.

All fresh vegetables are washed in iodine water prior to serving. Boiled, filtered, or iodized water is provided for drinking.

Amazonas Explorer is trying to cut back on all packaging by buying in bulk, using recyclable containers for foodstuffs, and shopping sensibly. Where possible, they recycle all vegetable waste, tins, and plastic. They only use plastic bottles where no alternative is available and they provide water for you to refill yourself when needed.

By sourcing food locally, Amazonas Explorer aims to reduce the carbon footprint of their food and to encourage local farmers to provide quality products, which are often far superior to imported equivalents. Their cooks also produce a range of in-house delicacies from birthday cakes to quiches, biscuits, and pizzas. It is unlikely you will ever be disappointed by their range of delicious home-cooked meals and the variety of choice they can provide.

All dietary requirements from vegans, lactose intolerant, gluten allergies, and general dislikes can be catered for, so long as prior warning is given when booking the trip.

Drinking Water: 

Boiled, filtered, or iodized water is provided for drinking during your rafting trip and trek. Please bring a refillable water bottle. While you’re in hotels in Cusco and Machu Picchu Pueblo, you will be responsible for procuring your own drinking water.

Equipment Provided: 

RAFTING
State-of-the-art rafting equipment includes self-bailing rafts, paddles, high-flotation life jackets, helmets, sleeveless wet suits, wet suit boots, spray jackets, dry bags for personal gear, and special containers for cameras. Camping gear includes spacious two person tents or single tents, mobile kitchen, portable camp toilet, Therm-a-rest inflatable mattresses, camping stools, utensils, etc. Sleeping bags and pillows are not included, but can be rented upon request.

TREKKING
Gear includes spacious two person tents or single tents, dining tent, cook tent, portable camp toilet, and toilet tent. All camping and cooking equipment including Therm-a-rest inflatable mattresses, camping stools, tables, utensils, etc. Sleeping bags and pillows are not included, but can be rented upon request.

Boat Specifications:

Special Equipment You Should Bring: 

  • Trekking poles & protective tip covers
  • Sleeping bag, -5C / 20F (available to rent)
  • Head lamp & spare batteries
  • Day pack & rain cover
  • Refillable water bottle (with capacity for at least 2 liters)
  • Water proof jacket & pants and/or rain poncho
  • Good, well worn-in hiking boots
  • Swimsuit
  • Personal first aid kit to include: painkillers, plasters (band-aids), moleskin, antiseptic cream, after bite, anti-diarrhea tablets, throat lozenges, re-hydration salts & personal medication. (Amazonas Explorer carries an extensive first aid kit & Oxygen on all trips, but these are generally for emergencies only)

For a complete packing list, see the Suggested Packing List under the More Info Tab.

 

HOTEL / LODGE AMENITIES:  Breakfast, Restaurant, WiFi

BOAT AMENITIES: You do not stay on a boat on this trip

CAMP AMENITIES: Single Tents, Double Tents, Sleeping pads/mattresses, Porters, Toilet Tent, Dining Tent, Dining Tables, Dining Chairs

ROOM AMENITIES: Twin Beds, Double Beds, Safebox, Telephone, Hot Water, Private Bathroom, Shower, Soap and Shampoo, Towels

ROOMING OPTIONS: Double, Single, Willing to Share, Single Supplement

DESCRIPTION:

CAMPING
Gear includes spacious two person tents or single tents, dining tent, cook tent, portable camp toilet, and toilet tent. All camping and cooking equipment including Therm-a-rest inflatable mattresses, camping stools, tables, utensils, etc. Sleeping bags and pillows are not included, but can be rented upon request. Bowls of hot water are supplied in the morning and in the evening at camp. Clean hand washing water is available in camp. Filtered water is available in camp and at meal times (please bring a refillable water bottle).

CUSCO HOTEL OPTIONS
3 Star Hotel: Casa Esmeralda or similar
3 Star Plus Hotel: Quinta San Blas or similar

MACHU PICCHU PUEBLO HOTEL OPTIONS
3 Star Hotel: Waman Hotel or similar
3 Star Plus Hotel: El MaPi by Inkaterra or similar

Upgrades to 4 star hotels available upon request.

 

 

 

Local Tour Operator:

For more than 30 years Amazonas Explorer has used a different approach in leading high-quality trips and adventures in South America. While the company had its beginnings in adventure tourism, its success in building a strong team of knowledgeable guides has enhanced its ability to offer a range of innovative cultural tours. By raft, bike, foot, horse and even paddleboard, travelers are immersed in their surroundings to explore in unique ways the highlights of southern Peru, the company’s home turf. Every adventure with Amazonas Explorer is treated with impeccable care and top-notch services, all focused on the client’s comfort and safety.

The current owners, while originally from the United Kingdom, have lived and played in the Cusco region for more than 20 years. The itineraries they’ve crafted are based on places they love and activities they enjoy. Their obvious love for Peru shines through in the company’s efforts to maximize benefits to local economies and to promote responsible tourism across the country. Beginning in the home office, its professionally trained guides, cooks and support crew are well cared for as they build rewarding careers for themselves within the hierarchy of the company. With more than 20 office staff and a Peruvian team total of nearly 200, Amazonas Explorer prides itself on being a great place to work. On an Inca Trail hiking trip, for instance, it is likely you will have the support of porters who have been with the company more than 10 years. Amazonas has a porter protection policy in place and all employees enjoy the provisions of proper working conditions, fair wages, quality gear, and insurance.

Dedicated to sustainable tourism projects in alliance with local communities, Amazonas Explorer purchases local food and, when available, local equipment and gear. Its exceptional cultural experiences include engagement with local people and opportunities for travelers to purchase local crafts and weavings directly from their source. The largely paperless company takes significant steps to further reduce its carbon impact by minimizing its impact to the environment with small group sizes, smart transportation choices, recycling whatever it can, cooking with gas not kerosene or firewood and carefully disposing of all waste generated on trips. Above all, the entire crew of experts holds collective focus on safety and on providing memorable experiences that are equal to none. Amazonas Explorer is also a member of One Percent for the Planet, donating annually its time and money to reforestation efforts in Peru’s Lares Valley.

Guides:

Amazonas Explorer staff are true professionals dedicated to making your trip an unforgettable experience. From your first contact with our office sales staff to your guide’s briefing, the driver who picks you up from your hotel to the porters who carry your camping equipment, the cooks that prepare your meals to the muleteers who load the mules, our aim is to make your stay with us as comfortable and as memorable as possible. We love what we do, we love where we live and above all we love to share our knowledge of and respect for all the beautiful places we are going to show you.
Efrain Valles, Amazonas Explorer Guide

Efrain Valles – Trek guide and Tour Conductor
A graduate of Cusco’s Tupac Amaru University, Efrain’s knowledge of Peruvian history, culture and fauna together with his fluent English makes him one of our most popular trekking guides and tour conductors. His latest trip involved exploring the central highlands of Peru to set up a new trip for Christian Aid and he also leads all of our “Traidcraft- Meet the people tours”. His dream is to compete in the London Marathon.

Zacarias de Ugarte – Trek guide and Tour Conductor
Zacarias comes from a family of guides who were amongst the first to explore Peru and its potential as a travel destination. His ability to share his love of Peru, his wild sense of humour and deep love of all things Peruvian makes him one our most popular trek leaders and tour conductors. Several of the photos on this website were taken by “Zac” whilst leading trips for Amazonas Explorer.

Wilo Cardenas – Trek and Cultural tour guide
Wilo started out as a porter but decided to put himself through college where he met up with Efrain and Zacarias and then joined Amazonas Explorer as a trainee trek leader. Several years later, he leads his own treks, tours and has even been seen on a bike. His wicked sense of humour makes him great fun to be around but you might not want to believe everything he says!

Ruben Apaza – Trek and Cultural tour guide
“Chino” as he likes to be called once taught Peruvian history at uinversity but decided he preferred the great outdoors and joined Amazonas Explorer where he has excelled himself leading treks and tours throughout Peru. To travel with Ruben is like having your own friendly professor along to show you round.

Nilo Gamarra – Trek and Cultural tour guide
Nilo’s quiet confident manner with clients has made him a firm favourite to guide many of our cultural tours and treks. His knowledge of Machu Picchu, Cusco and surrounding ruins and his ability to share his love of all things Peruvian, make Nilo a very popular guide.

Alain Abril – Multi-Activity Guide
Alain has been studying tourism for so many years now, we are wondering if he’ll ever finish his course as for much of that time, he’s been delighting our clients, families and travellers with his amazing abilities as safety kayaker, head river guide, bike guide, family trip leader, charity trek leader and full on expedition leader. There are very few trips Alain hasn’t been on and if he doesn’t tire you out by day, his “Cusco by night” knowledge is truly impressive too.

Efrain Castro – Head River Guide
Efrain has been guiding the rivers of Peru and South America for over two decades and his unflappability on and off the river makes him a plus to have on any river journey. He also cooks a delicious camp meal and makes a mean Pisco Sour for the all important “Happy Hour” when on multi-day raft trips.

Jose Soldevila – Multi-Activity Guide
“Pepe Negro” has been guiding Rivers and Bike trips throughout Peru and Central America since early nineties and has been seen in a number of TV shows guiding celebrities such as Bruce Parry in his “Amazon” series in 2008 and the BBC wildlife unit’s “Wild and Dangerous” series in 1999. Fluent in English and German, Pepe loves to guide our Jungle rafting trips and is a skilled ornithologist as well as excellent camp cook and has enough stories up his sleeves to make even the rainiest day a truly memorable journey.

Juan Carlos Salazar – Mountain bike guide and Trek leader
I first met JC or “El chato” at the tender age of 16 in 1993 when I dragged him out of his brother’s bike shop to become our first bike mechanic. 15 years later, he’s gone to university and graduated in tourism, learnt English and travelled all over Peru with Amazonas Explorer. His infectious smile and competent manner with groups makes him always popular and he is still a legend on a bike, coming second in his category in the 2009 Mega Avalanche downhill race. He looks after all our bikes, cooks a delicious Spaghetti and can tell you all about the Incas too.

Simon Leishman – Mountain Bike Guide and Tour Conductor
Originally from Cornwall in the UK, Simon has been living in Cusco for over ten years. He is a highly experienced mountain leader and expert Mountain bike guide and leads many charity trips each year as well as running trips for Amazonas Explorer.

Javier Salazar – Bike Guide and Mechanic
Juan Carlos’s little brother works for us as a bike guide and mechanic and is studying English and tourism in his spare time. Amazing on a bike, he recently came first in a local Cusco downhill race despite breaking his collarbone crashing only a few months previously.

Gabriel Gygax – Bike and Tour guide
Gabriel studied tourism in Lima and did his internship with Amazonas Explorer. Since then, he has led bike trips, coordinated treks and school groups, and swum down most of the rivers chasing his kayak. He is at present helping to develop our “Green Policy” and recently joined us on our latest recce trip to cycle from Titicaca to Cusco.

Richard Pethigal – River Guide
Richard originally hails from California but has lived on the beach in Brazil and in Cusco for as long as we can all remember. When not taking our gear boat skilfully through the dangerous rapids of the Rio Apurimac, he can be found high above the Andes, flying customers in his tandem Paraglider.

Marcia Cardenas – Trainee Guide
Wilo’s little sister, Marcia joined us as a trainee trek guide a few years ago and now helps out on the Inca trail where possible. Her infectious smile and good nature has encouraged many an exhausted traveller to make it up Dead woman’s pass and as her English improves she will become regular and sure to be favourite amongst Amazonas Explorer groups in the years to come.

Aaron Zarate – River, Trek and Climbing guide
Aaron’s fluent English and competent river and mountain skills has led him to become first choice for many of our trips and he has been reported to have been able to talk the hind legs of a llama so there’s never a dull moment when Aaron is around!

John Leivers – Trek leader and TV Fixer
There’s hardly a country in the World that Australian John hasn’t travelled in, driven across or lead expeditions to but he now calls Peru his home. His in depth studies of the Incas and never ending fascination with all things Peruvian makes travelling with John like having your very own Peruvian encyclopaedia on board. John has helped “fix” several of our latest TV programs from Bruce Parry’s “Amazon” to the BBC’s Human Planet filming of the ritual battle called Chiaraje. His ability to micro-manage complex projects like this makes him an invaluable member of our team. When not working, John is always off exploring in search of Inca ruins, ancient trails and one day we are hoping he will write a book about it so we can find out where’s he’s been!

Other guides, logistics and Support staff
Besides the above mentioned, Amazonas Explorer support staff include cooks, porters, drivers, hotel transfer staff, horse wrangler, muleteers, tree planters and other specialist guides etc. In fact enough to provide at least 5 football teams at our annual get together and when added to wives and children, the extended Amazonas Explorer team has well over 200 of us all involved. We like to think of it as one huge family with the common shared aim of making sure your holiday to Peru is as memorable as possible. We love what we do and we hope you’ll enjoy the time you spend with us as much we will enjoy spending it with you.

TMI (Too Much Information)

SUGGESTED PACKING LIST

In the Apurimac Canyon, both on and off the river, we recommend you wear long-sleeved shirts and pants to avoid the strong tropical sun and persistent sand-flies. Wet suits, splash jackets, and wetsuit boots are provided. Dry bags are provided to store your gear in and Pelican cases for cameras while on the rafts.

On the Inca Trail or Lares Valley Trek, we recommend you wear long quick-dry hiking pants, a quick-dry t-shirt, a warm long sleeve layer, and good, well-broken in hiking boots. You will also need to have a rain jacket and rain pants on hand.

  • Smart clothes for night life in Cusco
  • Shorts (quick dry)
  • Pants (quick dry)
  • T-shirts (quick dry)
  • A warm fleece, down jacket, or wool sweater (available in Cusco)
  • Thermal underwear
  • Underwear and socks
  • Long-sleeve thermal top for under wetsuit
  • Old sneakers or waterproof sandals & socks
  • After river change of clothes (light weight, long sleeved, & shoes)
  • Warm hat, gloves, & scarf
  • Water proof jacket & pants and/or rain poncho
  • After trekking trousers & t-shirt
  • Good, well worn-in hiking boots
  • Trekking poles & protective tip covers
  • After trek shoes (sandals)
  • Sleeping bag, -5C / 20F (available to rent)
  • Towel
  • Water bottles, 2 liter capacity (one with attaching string or carabiner for rafting)
  • Sunglasses
  • Eyeglasses or contacts (if necessary)
  • Swim suit
  • Sun hat
  • Head lamp & spare batteries
  • Book, notepaper & pen (optional)
  • Suntan lotion with 15 SPF or higher
  • After sun care
  • Lip balm
  • Insect repellent (high DEET)
  • Camera & spare battery (charging is not availability during the raft trip or trek)
  • Personal toiletries (only soap is provided)
  • Money belt
  • Passport
  • Day pack & rain cover
  • Personal first aid kit to include: painkillers, plasters (band-aids), moleskin, antiseptic cream, after bite, anti-diarrhea tablets, throat lozenges, re-hydration salts & personal medication. (Amazonas Explorer carries an extensive first aid kit & Oxygen on all trips, but these are generally for emergencies only)

 

HOW TO PACK 

For trekking, you will need a day backpack, large enough to hold water bottles, rain jacket & pants, a warm layer, sun screen, insect repellent, camera, and snacks. The day backpack makes a good carry-on for your flights.

For your main luggage, you can use whatever type of suitcase, duffel bag, or backpack you prefer. The main bulk of your luggage and your main suitcase will be left at your hotel in Cusco while you are on your raft trip or trek.

At your pre-raft trip briefing, your guide will provide you with dry bags. In these, you will want to put all your clothing and gear that you will need for the trip. Please try to bring as little as possible.

At your pre-trek briefing, your guide will provide you with a small duffel bag. In this, you will want to put all your clothing and gear that you will need for the trek. Please remember that this is limited to 17.6lbs / 8kg per person. Your porters will be carrying this duffel, and you will not have access to it during the day. You will need to take everything you need during the day in your day pack.

Pro Tip: We recommend carrying on all of your most essential items on your flights to Cusco. This way, if your checked luggage is lost in transit, you will still be able to do this trip comfortably. For example, wear or carry on your hiking boots. Good, comfortable, and broken-in hiking boots are irreplaceable. Also carry on any prescription medications, sunglasses, and anything else that is irreplaceable for you. Everything else required for your rafting trip or trek (sleeping bags, sandals, swimsuit, trekking poles, rain jackets & pants, etc. can be found in Cusco).

 

NOTES

  • The porters carry all you heavy camping gear but this is inaccessible during the day so please bring a small day-pack to carry your personal day gear in (i.e. water bottle, camera, sun block, insect repellent, light fleece and rain jacket).
  • Due to Inca Trail rules limiting the numbers of porters and the weight they carry, we have to limit your heavy gear to 8kg (17.6 lbs). This is usually more than adequate. Kit bags are supplied for these porter carried items.
  • Any excess gear may be stored in Cusco at your hotel while you are on the Rio Apurimca, the Inca Trail or Lares Valley Trek. 
  • New rules at Machu Picchu limit the number of visitors to Huayna Picchu.  Please let us know when booking your trip if you wish to climb this peak so we can include your permits.
  • Inca Trail regulations stipulate ski poles are only allowed with plastic protecting covers. This is to prevent trail damage. ‘Native’ tree walking sticks are also banned on the trail. This is to prevent de-forestation.
  • We recommend trekkers take around 600 soles in local currency for any emergencies and expenses both on the river and in Machu Picchu.
  • We implement a ‘porter protection policy’ that ensures all porters are well treated, paid, insured, fed and looked after.
  • Most good quality sporting equipment is unavailable in Peru so if you wish to donate any outdoor clothes, sleeping bags, etc they will be gratefully received by any of our staff.
  • 1491 – Charles Mann
  • Turn Right at Machu Picchu – Mark Adams
  • The White Rock or Cochineal Red – Hugh Thomson
  • Exploring Manu or Where the Andes Meets the Amazon – Kim MacQuarrie & Andre Bartschii
  • Field Guide to the Birds of Machu Picchu – Barry Walter
  • Exploring Cusco – Peter Frost
  • Lost City of the Incas – Hiram Bingham
  • The Inca Trail – Richard Danbury
  • Neo-Tropical Companion – John C. Kricher
  • Running the Amazon – Joe Kane
  • The Last Days of the Incas – Kim MacQuarrie
  • Birds of Peru – Clive Byers
  • The Bridge of San Luis Rey – Thorton Wilder
  • Conquest of the Incas – John Hemmingway
  • Into the Forest of the Night – John Simpson
  • Touching the Void – Joe Simson
  • Heart of the Amazon – Yossi Ghinsberg
  • Inca Kola – Matthew Paris
  • Inca Gold – Clive Cussler
  • Realm of the Incas – Max Milligan
  • Peruvian Wildlife  – Gerard Cheshire, Huw Lloyd & Barry Walker
220 Volt outlets are standard in Peru, although outlets in most hotels and tourist areas can accommodate 110 Volt appliances. Peru uses two styles of outlets: two-pronged plugs with flat, parallel blades (same as the US), and two round prongs. Most outlets are designed to accommodate both styles. You will not have access to electricity during your raft trip or trek.

You will be hiking and traveling through several small communities, and you will have opportunities to purchase drinks, snacks, and local handicrafts in these communities. Bring small denominations of coins, as it is unlikely that they will have enough change for larger bills.

Smoking is not allowed on the Inca Trail, in Machu Picchu, in hotel rooms, or in enclosed public areas.

Safety:

SAFETY FIRST
Amazonas Explorer pride themselves on their safety record, and plan to maintain their claim as being the safest and best equipped team on any expedition. While rafting, safety kayaks and cata-rafts are present wherever deemed necessary, and guides carry an extensive emergency first aid kit and satellite telephones on all remote expeditions.  The key to Amazonas Explorer’s Safety Policy is their highly trained and superbly motivated staff. The guides make decisions that put safety above all else. These decisions include walking around rapids, waiting out for better weather, route changes, and limiting trip participation if a traveler is too sick to continue. They expect travelers to abide by these decisions.

RISK ASSESSMENT
Amazonas Explorer has undertaken a risk assessment for all activities that they offer. Individual risk assessments per activity are available on request. Travelers should be aware they are taking part in adventurous activities in remote locations with inherent risks including possible personal injury. They should be prepared to accept such inherent risks and personal injury that may occur on a trip of this nature. A prerequisite of joining an Amazonas Explorer trip is all travelers must take out personal travel insurance that will cover personal injury (including search & rescue) should any accident occur while partaking in an adventure, details of which must be given to their tour guide at the start of the trip.

GUIDE TRAINING
Amazonas Explorer considers training to be vital investment to ensure the security and safety of all their trips. They also believe that trained guides are confident guides which help them to relax and enjoy the trip which the company firmly believe will massively enhance your own personal enjoyment. Their guides are all qualified in first aid qualifications, the more senior guides in Wilderness First Aid by NOLS, and the majority by multi-day local courses run by medical organizations in the local area such as Hampiland, O2, Clinica Paredes, Clinicas Pardo, and San Jose. With all of these organizations, Amazonas Explorer has close contacts and experience this ensures that they are able to organize visits by doctors and treatments as quickly and as comfortably as possible.

RAFTING GUIDES
All river guides hold the internationally recognized “Swift-water Technician” qualification. Staff training on safe river-running techniques is constantly being reviewed. All guides are deemed experienced and capable to raft at the high levels necessary on these demanding rivers. All have up to date Wilderness first aid certificates, have agreed to abide with our commitment to maximum risk reduction and are aware of emergency and evacuation procedures at any point.

TREKKING GUIDES
All guides have the necessary Tourism University degree required to be a registered guide. This course includes Peruvian history, languages, International tourist circuits, geography, geology, company organization, and administration. They have up to date Wilderness first aid certificates and a working knowledge of hypothermia and altitude sickness. They are aware of emergency & evacuation procedures at any point.

SAFETY RESPONSIBILITY OF PASSENGERS
People traveling with Amazonas Explorer are expected to abide by certain basic safety rules including:

  • Informing the guide of any medical condition or any other factors that may affect your or another traveler’s safety
  • Respecting the guide’s decisions
  • Being responsible and taking care of individual equipment that is assigned you
  • Keeping covered to avoid sun exposure and insect bites
  • Drinking plenty of water to avoid sunstroke and dehydration
  • Understanding that you are entering National parks and there are certain rules concerning, litter, waste, and wildlife that you must abide by
  • Being honest with yourself concerning how comfortable you are and if your limits are being pushed.
  • Advising your guide if any medical emergency arises that it left untreated could jeopardize the safety of the entire group.

Medical Attention:

RAFTING GUIDES
All river guides hold the internationally recognized “Swift-water Technician” qualification. Staff training on safe river-running techniques is constantly being reviewed. All guides are deemed experienced and capable to raft at the high levels necessary on these demanding rivers. All have up to date Wilderness first aid certificates, have agreed to abide with our commitment to maximum risk reduction and are aware of emergency and evacuation procedures at any point.

TREKKING GUIDES
All guides have the necessary Tourism University degree required to be a registered guide. This course includes Peruvian history, languages, International tourist circuits, geography, geology, company organization, and administration. They have up to date Wilderness first aid certificates and a working knowledge of hypothermia and altitude sickness. They are aware of emergency & evacuation procedures at any point. By trekking the Inca Trail in five days instead of four days, you never camp between the two high altitude passes where altitude sickness can take its toll. This means evacuation is a simple, quick, and effective operation. Guides carry an extensive first aid kit and Oxygen on all trips, but this is generally for emergencies only.

Staff/ Crew on Trip: You will have one guide for a group of 1 to 7 travelers. You will have one guide and one assistant guide for groups of 8 to 16 travelers. While rafting, you will have support staff, including a cook and safety kayakers. During the trek, you will have support staff, including a cook and porters.

DETOUR'S POLICIES

DETOUR’S DISCLAIMER
Detour acts only as an agent for the various independent suppliers that provide hotel accommodations, transportation, sightseeing, activities, or other services connected with this tour. Such services are subject to the terms and conditions of those suppliers. Detour, LLC and their respective employees, agents, representatives, and assigns accept no liability whatsoever for any injury, damage, loss, accident, delay, or any other incident which may be caused by the negligence, defect, default of any company or person in performing these services. Responsibility is not accepted for losses, injury, damages or expenses of any kind due to sickness, weather, strikes, hostilities, wars, terrorist acts, acts of nature, local laws, or other such causes. All services and accommodations are subject to the laws and regulations of the country in which they are provided. Detour, LLC is not responsible for any baggage or personal effects of any individual participating in the tours /trips arranged by Detour, LLC. Individual travelers are responsible for purchasing a travel insurance policy, if desired, that will cover some of the expenses associated with the loss of luggage or personal effects.

Cancellations: If you cancel the trip at any point after confirmation, you will forfeit a $100 per person handling fee to Detour. This is separate and in addition to the fees, deposits, and payments potentially owed to the tour operator (see information below).

Trip Changes:  If you decide to make any changes to your trip (changes to your itinerary, travel dates, tours, or accommodations) after it is booked, you will incur a $50 change fee per person, per change.  Unavoidable changes (such as those imposed by an international flight schedule change) will not incur this fee.  Adding on services before or after your confirmed tour will not incur this fee.

Rate Changes to Domestic Flights, Park Entrance Fees, Government Taxes and Fuel Surcharges:  The rates for all these items are subject to change at any point and these fees or fee changes can be imposed on any trip, even after a trip has been confirmed and paid for in full.  These rate changes are beyond the control of Detour or our local operating partners.  Oftentimes, these changes are imposed by government decree and take effect immediately.  While this is a rare occurence and the rate changes themselves are typically quite small, these changes are unpredictable and sometimes unavoidable.  Travelers are responsible for any additional costs or fees due to these rate changes, even after the trip is paid in full.

Passports and Traveler Details:  Passengers are responsible for sending up-to-date and correct information that is requested in the “Trip Reservation Form.”  If any of those details change, it is the passenger’s responsibility to notify Detour of the change before the trip departure.  If you need to renew your passport prior to your trip, you must notify Detour that you will be renewing your passport and you will have to email a scanned copy of both your old and new passports to Detour.  Additionally, you will have to bring both passports with you on your trip. Please make sure that you request to receive your old passport at the start of the renewal process.

Airport Transfers:  Airport transfer rates are based on group size with the assumption that all travelers will be taking the same transfer.  If some travelers in your personal group arrive or depart on different days or at different times, additional airport transfers will have to be booked and the passenger is responsible for this additional cost.

 

AMAZONAS EXPLORER’S DISCLAIMER
Amazonas Explorer’s trips travel through remote and rarely visited parts of Peru and they believe travelers should be aware that the remoteness that makes these trips so very special could also cause certain problems. Thus, while Amazonas Explorer endeavors to minimize the chances of anything unexpected happening, it has to be noted that no itinerary can or should be rigidly adhered to. This is the very nature of adventure travel and they expect travelers to be prepared for delays and slight alterations in itineraries. At certain times of the year, these trips may be run with the activities (walking, trekking the Inca trail, mountain biking, rafting and jungle) taking place in a slightly different order to those indicated in the itinerary. This is to best suit the weather, take in any local fiestas, or due to availability of permits for the Inca Trail. In all cases, they will advise you of any changes in the itinerary as early as possible. They have taken all these possibilities into account when planning your expedition, and have allowed sufficient leeway to enable them to successfully run these exceptional trips. You should also be aware that adventure travel, in particular trekking, white-water rafting, inflatable canoeing, mountain biking and traveling in remote areas such as southern Peru, does carry with it certain inherent risks that you, the traveler, will have to assume. You will have to take out an adequate travel insurance to cover these risks. National flight time tables are also subjected to local weather conditions. Please ensure your travel insurance covers any cost incurred due to delayed and cancelled flights. Excess baggage is also at the traveler’s expense. A pre-departure meeting will be held upon your arrival in Peru. It is highly recommended you attend. All travelers will be asked to sign a release and waiver form and must provide a photocopy of their passport, Peru entry stamp and details of their travel insurance.

AMAZONAS EXPLORER’S CANCELLATION POLICY
1: We will invoice you on confirmation of your trip at which time a 20% deposit is required to hold your reservation or payment in full if less than two months prior to departure.
2: Full payment is required two months prior to trip departure unless previously negotiated credit terms with Amazonas Explorer.
If the trip is cancelled by yourselves, we reserve the right to charge:
A) A $200 or 20% non-refundable deposit. This covers the cost of Inca Trail clients’ and porters’ permits purchased on client’s behalf.
B) 60-15 days prior to departure we charge 50% of price.
C) 14 days or less we charge 100% of net price
In exceptional circumstances and entirely at our discretion, we can offer up to 50% off net price as an advance towards a future Amazonas Explorer fixed departure trip.

INCA TRAIL CANCELLATION POLICY
With the new Inca Trail regulations in force, Machu Picchu has become a very expensive and inflexible place to visit. Any last minute cancelling or dropping out of the Inca Trail during the trip has certain repercussions. An outline of extra expenses incurred as a result of cancellation and continuing to Machu Picchu via the Sacred Valley is detailed below. These extra expenses may be paid for directly by the client in situ. Full payment in cash US dollars will be required prior to agreeing to make any changes or alternative arrangements. A full receipt from Amazonas Explorer can be given to the passengers to claim of their insurance to cover all expenses incurred.

AMAZONAS EXPLORER’S BOOKING CONDITIONS
The purchase of Inca Trail permits is strictly controlled by the Peruvian Institute of Culture (INC). There are only 500 permits for guides, porters, and trekkers per day. This has led to very competitive demand with permits often being sold out three to four months in advance. With regard to any trip that involves trekking the Inca Trail, we are therefore introducing the following booking conditions.
1: Space on the trip cannot be confirmed until:
A): Full client information (Full name, Passport number, Nationality and Date of Birth) are sent to us in order to purchase your Inca trail permit.
B): Amazonas Explorer has confirmed that an Inca Trail permit is available for the trip of your choice.
C) The USD $200 non-refundable deposit has been paid.
2: Clients must bring with them the passport with which the permit was issued – ie the passport number that was provided us with at time of booking – otherwise entry to the Inca Trail will not be permitted.
3: Inca Trail, Machu Picchu and local ruins entrance fees for 2015 have not yet been confirmed and should there be a significant increase, Amazonas Explorer will not be able to assume this extra cost and the extra will  have be passed onto the clients
4: Any changes will be entirely at the discretion of the INC and, if possible, will incur a penalty fee of $50 per change.

INCA TRAIL CANCELLATION
Amazonas Explorer reserves the right to charge the following additional costs for a full alternative service. Discretion may be used by Amazonas Explorer as to the implementation of these costs.
1. More than five days before: (100% of permits is lost, pax food can be cancelled, admin fee). Alternative arrangements for a private Sacred valley tour, hotels and a train (if available) to join group in Aguas Calientes would incur costs of approx $150 extra.
2. Less than 5 days before. (100% of permit & porters is lost, food may be cancelled, admin fee). Alternative arrangements for a private Sacred valley tour, hotels and a train (if available) to join group in Aguas Calientes would incur costs of $250 extra.
3. The day before: (100% of permit, porters and food is lost). Alternative arrangements for a private Sacred valley tour, hotels and a train (if available) to join group in Aguas Calientes would incur costs of $350 extra.
4. Day 1 of Inca trail: (100% of permit, porters and food is lost). Alternative arrangements for a private Sacred valley tour, hotels and a train (if available) to join group in Aguas Calientes would incur costs of $350 extra. The travelers, if turned back on the Inca trail, are accompanied to KM88 by an Inca trail guide and put on the train back to Cusco or Ollantaytambo (with or without the guide depending on the health and attitude of the client.) The Guide would then have to catch up with the group to ensure their continued safety & enjoyment.
5. Day 2 of Inca trail: (100% of permit, porters and food is lost). Alternative arrangements for a guide to accompany passenger to join group in Aguas Calientes would incur costs of $350 extra. The passenger involved would have to continue on the train to Aguas Calientes (again with or without a guide depending on passenger condition), and catch a bus up to Machu Picchu and enter Machu Picchu on their Inca trail permit (this is valid only 1 day, the next day is $32 entrance payable in cash). They could if desired then walk back up to the sun gate and wait for the remaining Inca trail groups to arrive.
6. Day 3 of Inca trail: (100% of permit, porters and food is lost). Alternative arrangements for the guide to accompany passenger to join group in Aguas Calientes would incur costs of $350 extra. The guide would then be unable to return to the main group.
7. Day 4-5: This evacuation is to Machu Picchu. No extra cost incurred. Passengers should note an emergency evacuation helicopter is not always available in Cusco, depending on where in Peru the helicopter is. The Inca trail is a serious undertaking with very steep, high & remote passes. Passengers should not expect an easy evacuation at any point. Passengers are advised to be educated in the symptoms of High Altitude sickness and have the strength of character to turn back if considered too sick to continue or a danger to other clients’ safety. Our Inca trail guides have the final decision regarding passenger safety.

TYPICAL RAFTING DAY
7:00am: Wake up call and time to pack up gear and tents
8:00am: Breakfast while guides load kit on the rafts
8:30am – 9:00am: Begin rafting*
11:00am: Snack time
12:30pm – 1:30pm: Lunch break
3:30pm: Stop rafting and set up camp
6:00pm: Dinner
* Rafting is at the speed deemed safe by the raft guides at the water conditions at the time. Plenty if time is allowed for portaging/walking the rapids deemed too dangerous to run. 

TYPICAL TREKKING DAY
6:00 am – Wake up with a cup of tea and bowl of water for washing. You then have one hour to pack up your rucksack before breakfast at 7:00 am. This enables the porters to take down your tents while you are eating.
7:00 am – Breakfast
7:30 am – Start trekking*
11:00 am – Snack break
12:30-1:30 pm – Lunch break
3:30 pm – Arrival at camp. The porters will have set up camp and have hot drinks and snacks waiting.
6:00 pm – Three-course dinner and hot drinks
*Trekking is at a slow to moderate pace with plenty of time for rests and exploring the ruins on route. This itinerary is flexible depending on the weather and group health.

Most hotels in Cusco and Machu Picchu Pueblo will have wifi and/or computers available. You will not have access to wifi during your raft trip or trek. Your guide will have a satellite phone in case of emergencies.

PERU TIPPING
Tipping in many countries can be a problem and can add a great deal of stress to your holiday. This is a rough guideline to try and help you work out how much you should tip. Remember Tipping is entirely voluntary and how much you give depends on how you feel about the service you have received.

For background, Peru has a minimum salary of 800 Nuevo Soles (US$300) monthly for a 6 day 48 hour week. However in many of the lower paid jobs (eg waiters, porters etc) this is not always enforced. 2.60 Peruvian Soles are roughly the equivalent of GBP 60p, USD$1 and 1 Euro.

AIRPORT BAGGAGE CARRIERS
Strictly this is not a tip as these people make their living by carrying your luggage from the carousel to your bus. The general rule is one or two soles per bag.

HOTEL STAFF
If the hotel staff are helpful and friendly a tip of roughly one / two Soles per bag for the porters helping carry bags to your room, and for the breakfast staff, leave on the breakfast table a tip of roughly one Sol per person per breakfast. In many hotels this is not expected but the staff will be grateful.

DRIVERS
Generally drivers doing transfers from the airport to hotel or vice-versa don’t expect tips.  However if you have a driver for a few days then it is generally expected to tip. Again the service supplied (ie. did he drive safely, did he help with luggage, was he friendly) should determine the size of the tip. A reasonable average would be a total of 10-30 Soles a day from the group.

SPECIALIST GUIDES
On many trips you will have a number of specialist guides e.g. cultural, jungle, rafting, biking, or trekking guides. In most instances these guides have spent a number of years studying at Colleges or Universities to qualify as guides. Generally these guides will be with you for a few days but sometimes just for a day trip.

As a general guideline it would be expected to tip each specialist guide US$10-30 a day in total from the group. Again the group size, depth of knowledge of their area or specialist skill, command of English and friendliness should help determine the tip.

TREKKING SUPPORT STAFF
The Inca Trail or Lares Valley where you will be supported by a full crew of cooks, porters, waiters etc is far more complicated to organize in terms of tipping. We recommend that each traveler contributes 100 – 200 soles (US$40 – 80) into a pot and following the advice of the guide divide it out between the crew of cooks, waiters and porters.

For tipping the actual guides and assistants we recommend following the advice for specialist guides above.

TOUR CONDUCTORS
On some of our bigger tours you will be accompanied by a Tour Conductor who will help deal with all the small problems that crop up when travelling in a foreign non English speaking land. Again it would be expected that the group would tip the tour conductor around US$10 – 30 per day. The group size, their friendliness, patience, availability and ability to resolve your problems should help determine their tip.

RESTAURANTS
As with most places in the world it is normal to tip in restaurants if the service was reasonable and the food good. A tip of 5% would be adequate, 10% is normal and 15% would be considered excellent.

SUMMARY

Airport porters Minimum 1-3 Soles per bag – compulsory
Hotel staff 1-2 Sole per bag / per breakfast
Transfer drivers Generally not expected
Drivers 10-30 Soles per day total from the group
Specialist guides US$10-30 per day total from the group
Inca trail cooks, porters 100-200 Soles per client divided up following advice of guide
Tour Conductors US$10-30 per day total from the group
Restaurants 5-15% for adequate to excellent food and service

We hope you find the above information useful, remember this information is a general guide, the only rule with tipping is that:  IT IS VOLUNTARY

Laundry: Laundry services are available through your hotels in Cusco and Machu Picchu Pueblo, but you may not have enough time in each hotel for your laundry to be done. It will depend on the individual hotel. Laundry services are not available during the rafting trip or trek.

Food and Special Diets: 

Amazonas Explorer prides itself on excellent cuisine, with a heavy emphasis on hygienically prepared, wholesome, and copious quantities of really tasty food. Vegetarian dishes are a specialty and any unusual dietary requirements can easily be accommodated. Each morning, you start with a breakfast at your hotel, and around noon you stop for a leisurely lunch break, either prepared by the talented cooks at Amazonas Explorer or in a local restaurant. Snacks are also provided for the longer day hikes. Amazonas Explorer’s aim is to source as much produce locally and organically as possible and their menus reflect a wonderful mix of delicious local recipes and international favorites. They regularly run catering courses for their cooks and chefs, and introduce new menus and ideas including the latest hygiene policies.

All fresh vegetables are washed in iodine water prior to serving. Boiled, filtered, or iodized water is provided for drinking.

Amazonas Explorer is trying to cut back on all packaging by buying in bulk, using recyclable containers for foodstuffs, and shopping sensibly. Where possible, they recycle all vegetable waste, tins, and plastic. They only use plastic bottles where no alternative is available and they provide water for you to refill yourself when needed.

By sourcing food locally, Amazonas Explorer aims to reduce the carbon footprint of their food and to encourage local farmers to provide quality products, which are often far superior to imported equivalents. Their cooks also produce a range of in-house delicacies from birthday cakes to quiches, biscuits, and pizzas. It is unlikely you will ever be disappointed by their range of delicious home-cooked meals and the variety of choice they can provide.

All dietary requirements from vegans, lactose intolerant, gluten allergies, and general dislikes can be catered for, so long as prior warning is given when booking the trip.

Drinking Water: 

Boiled, filtered, or iodized water is provided for drinking during your rafting trip and trek. Please bring a refillable water bottle. While you’re in hotels in Cusco and Machu Picchu Pueblo, you will be responsible for procuring your own drinking water.

 

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