Perú is one of the most unique countries in the world. Aside from being home to 30 of the world’s 32 distinct climates, it boasts an extremely rich cultural heritage that has been passed down from communities and civilizations dating long before the famous Inca Empire.
We take you on the famous 8 mile Inca Trail trek leading to the sacred Inca City of Machu Picchu - exploring mysterious archaeological sites, amazing mountain scenery and the lush cloud forest along the way.
The Peruvian lowland forests and tropical savannas of Tambopata are some of the most bio-diverse areas on the globe.
Duration: 9 days, 8 nights
Start: Jorge Chavez International Airport (LIM), Lima
To ensure shuttle service, plan to arrive Day 1 by 12:00 PM
Finish: Jorge Chavez International Airport (LIM), Lima
To ensure shuttle service, plan to depart Day 9 after 7:00 PM
Airfare booking details will be sent after registration – please wait to book your flight until you receive further instructions
-9 days / 8 nights in double accommodations
-8 Breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 6 dinners
-Round Trip Domestic Flight from Lima to Cusco
-Round Trip Domestic Flight from Cusco to Amazon
-Pickup and drop-off at Lima (LIM) Airport
-Train from Machu Picchu to Ollantaytambo
-General Activity Entrances & Park Fees
-Inca Trail Permits, booked 6 months in advance
-Under30Experiences staff members
-The chance to meet kick-ass people!
Attendees are responsible for their own airfare
-Lima, known as the "City of the Kings" and declared an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988
-Cusco, UNESCO World Heritage City is considered the historical capital of Peru
-Hike the famous 8 mile Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu
-Explore one of the seven wonders of the world, Machu Picchu
-Experience the world’s largest tropical rainforest, the Amazon
-Peruvian cuisine: cebiche, causa, lomo saltado, guinea pig and much more
Check off two bucket-list items in one epic experience! On this trip you'll have the opportunity to experience two of Peru's most famous offerings -- The Amazon and Machu Picchu.
We will visit remote areas like the Amazon Rainforest where wifi and electricity are unavailable. If you want to disconnect and fully immerse yourself in the marvels that Peru has to offer, this trip is for you!
-Age requirement: 21+
-Group size: 15 max, average 10
-Physical rating: Moderate. This trip is a good mix of activity and relaxation and includes moderate physical activities. Participants should expect to be active 5-6 hours most days. An active lifestyle is helpful though not required to enjoy the trip.
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Travel can be unpredictable. Our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience.
While it is our intention to adhere to the itinerary, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into it and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations.
Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.
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We do our best to accommodate dietary restrictions
Shuttle or Taxi to and from the Airport.
Private shuttle to Community project and Ollantaytambo.
Public train to km 104 to start the trek.
Public Bus from Machu Picchu down to Aguas Calientes
Train back to Ollantaytambo from Aguas Calientes
Private shuttle from train station back to Cusco
Motorized canoe and shuttle from Puerto Maldonado to the eco lodge
Local flights from Lima to Cusco and from Puerto Maldonado to Lima
Boutique hotel rooms & bungalows with roommates for the duration of the trip
Solo travelers are placed with someone of the same gender
*Private room options available upon request subject to hotel availability (for an extra charge)
Laundry available at most hotels (inquire with front desk)
*Accommodations can vary but will be the same quality.
Travel insurance is mandatory in order to participate on any of our trips.
When selecting a travel insurance policy please bear in mind that all travelers must have medical coverage and that we require a minimum coverage of USD 200,000 for repatriation and emergency rescue. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. If you have credit card insurance we require proof of purchase of the trip (a receipt of credit card statement) with a credit card in your name. Contact your bank for details of their participating insurer, the level of coverage and emergency contact telephone number.
All Under30Experiences trips are accompanied by experienced trip leaders and community managers.
The goal of the trip leaders is to facilitate an awesome experience and help our travelers have the best trip possible. They will provide information on the places you are traveling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends.
You can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects.
We recommend using a travel backpack for your convenience, or a medium-sized suitcase if you prefer. A daypack is also essential for carrying everyday items. Space is limited on transportation, so there is a limit of one main piece of luggage per person. You will be responsible for carrying your own luggage.
Below includes our staff picks of the best items on the market that we travel with! All products selected are 3 ounces or less to comply with TSA carry-on size and certified organic when possible.
Do not forget: Bring a two prong 220 volt power adaptor to charge your electronics. water bottle, sunscreen, sandals, waterproof rain jacket, quick-dry travel towel, insect repellent, sunglasses and a hat.
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Passports and Visas (Guidelines for US passport holders)
The weather can be described as tropical and humid for the majority of the country during most of the year. Average temperatures are in the mid to upper 80’s Fahrenheit.
The rain season is from December to February. Very rainy in the Amazon lasting through May.
Between April and September, the average highs are around 70 Fahrenheit while average lows can drop to the upper 30s Fahrenheit at night. There’s a big temperature swing so make sure to have plenty of layers.
Machu Picchu is located in the cloud forest. Even in the dry season, don’t be surprised to encounter clouds and maybe some rain.
Peruvians are some of the kindest people in South America. One kiss on the cheek or a good hug is a common greeting.
Peruvians love to eat Ceviche, Chicharron(deep-fried pork), Chifa (Peruvian-Chinese food), Anticuchos(Beef heart skewers), Guinea pig is a delicacy for the Andes area like
Peruvians love to drink Inca Kola (Peruvian soft drink), beer, Chicha, and Pisco Sours.
Altitude Sickness is common for travelers coming to Peru, especially Cusco. Coca Tea, rehydration, and good acclimatization always help. Symptoms can be similar to those of a bad hangover.
Coca leaves are legal in Peru and you can find coca crackers, toffees and sweets, but do not attempt to take them out of the country.
Peruvians love Salsa, Cumbia and Reggaeton and when they are listening to music as a family they opt for local music like Huaynos and Huaylas.
Rainbow Mountain Hike
Challenge yourself and get a great payoff on this full day trip to Rainbow Mountain (Vinicunca Mountain) from Cusco. This little-known spot in Peru is a must-see because of its naturally colorful mountains and is an ideal location for photos. Take the 3 to 4 hour hike into the mountains, enjoy breakfast, snacks, lunch, and round-trip transport on this trip.
Price: $130.00 USD approx.
Rafting in the Urubamba River
The Urubamba river runs from the high Andean mountain ranges down through the Sacred Valley of the Incas, past Machupicchu and into the jungle. One of our most popular rafting sections during the season is the class three Chuquicahuana "Chuqui" section on the upper Urubamba river.
Price: $75.00 USD approx.
Condor Lookout View
Immerse yourself in a full day adventure on the majestic Condor sightseeing trip to the Apurimaq Canyon.
Price: $130.00 USD approx.
Caving tour & Inca Hanging bridge
Explore Qarañahui, one of the greatest caves near Cusco. Rise early to drive southeast of Cusco, cross the Qeswachaka hanging bridge and explore caves!
Price: $155.00 USD approx.
Respect the people around you and the environment in which you’re traveling. This includes, but is not limited to fellow travelers, trip leaders, the local community, nature, wildlife, and yourself.
Do your best to keep yourself and fellow travelers out of harm’s way.
It’s important to obey local laws and customs while on our trips. This includes, but is not limited to wearing appropriate clothing while visiting certain communities, refraining from taking photos of people without asking, avoiding the use of illegal drugs, having weapons, and soliciting prostitution. If you’re not sure about something, take time to educate yourself, or ask.
Travel involves contact with new cultures. When confronted with a different way of living than you’re used to, do your best to understand that neither way is better or worse. They’re simply different ways of life.
Know your limits! This applies to physical ability, emotional space, social situations, and alcohol consumption. If you can’t participate in something, be upfront about it. If you need a break from people, take it. Stop drinking before you get too drunk.
Trip leaders are working in the travelers’ best interest. If they say something or ask you not to do something it’s not because they’re tyrants, but because they want you to have a good time!
Lying or withholding information about any physical or mental condition that might affect your ability to participate in any of the activities may be grounds for removal from your trip with no refund.
Spend some time in the Amazon in Iquitos or Puerto Maldonado
Check out the Rainbow Mountain outside of Cusco
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