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Jaguar

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  • 14 Days - US$4,599
  • 10 days - US$4,099
  • 7 days - US$3,499
  • The ‘Jaguar’ trip includes domestic flights to and from the Amazon, and from Puno back to Lima.

Trip Introduction

The 'Jaguar' is our most action-packed multi-activity trip in Peru. Start your trip in the heart of the Inca empire where you'll explore fortresses and surrounding valleys. Hike over stunning mountain passes to Machu Picchu, cycle into the Sacred Valley of the Incas, view Amazon wildlife up close and sea kayak across Lake Titicaca to stay with an indigenous family.

The variety of activities and landscapes on this trip will give you a Peruvian adventure like no other – and an experience you’ll never forget! It captures everything this beautiful country has to offer, from the towering peaks of the Andes down to the steamy depths of the Amazon rainforest. You’ll have a blast in this land of geographical and cultural extremes!

Highlights

  • Hike the Lares or Classic Inca Trail
  • Explore Machu Picchu
  • Hike in the Amazon jungle
  • Sea kayak on Lake Titicaca
  • Stay with a local family on Amantani Island
  • Hike Sacsayhuamán fortress
  • Hike and cycle in the Sacred Valley of the Incas
  • Explore Cuzco
  • Cycle through Andean villages and La Raya Pass
  • Hike Amantani and Taquile Islands

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What's included in our trips?

  • All guiding services
    Two experienced guides per trip.
  • All accommodations
    For the entire trip.
  • All meals
    Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • All activities
    Hiking, kayaking, biking, rafting.
  • All transport
    From trip start to end.

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Daily itinerary

Sunday — Arrive in Cuzco, hike Sacsayhuamán fortress

Our trip starts in Cuzco, the heart of the Inca empire. Your trip leader will greet you with a cup of hot coca tea – a local speciality to help you adjust to the altitude. After lunch, we’ll set off for a walk around this amazing ancient city and up to Sacsayhuamán fortress overlooking the main Plaza and Cuzco Valley. The fortress, meaning 'House of the Sun', is a magnificent archaeological site representing a set of jaguar’s teeth with massive, perfectly fitted stones weighing up to 130 tonnes each and was the place where the Incas made their final stand against the Spanish conquistadores. No one really knows what the Incas used Sacsayhuamán for – some say it was a sanctuary and temple of the sun, others say it was a granary. No matter who is right, you’ll have a lot of fun hearing all the stories this amazing area inspires. Later, we’ll take a walk through the colourful Cuzco street markets. If you prefer, you can take some time to soak in the vibrant atmosphere of Cuzco’s lively town square and meet up again later for an evening meal.
Hotel Royal Inca, Cuzco (Lunch, Dinner)

Monday — Cycle Sacred Valley, visit Pisac market, hike Pisac ruins

We’ll head into the fertile Sacred Valley of the Incas this morning, stopping just above Cuzco, where we’ll jump on our bikes and ride down through breath-taking scenery, dotted with local villages and surrounded by the massive green slopes of the Andes. We’ll finish our ride in the small town of Pisac, where we’ll have a chance to check out the colourful mercado artesanal. From here we’ll begin a spectacular hike up to the Pisac ruins. These Inca terraces rise 600 metres (2000 feet) up from the river below. It’s a heart-pumping walk up through ancient agricultural terraces – you’ll never forget the views of Pisac and the Urubamba Valley! After exploring the ancient complex, we’ll descend the original Inca stairways and head back down the valley to Cuzco. This is the largest existing fortress-city of the Incas, and it’s the perfect warm-up for your Inca Trail trek tomorrow!
Hotel Royal Inca, Cuzco (All meals)

Tuesday (morning) — Start your Inca Trail options

It’s an early start this morning as we start our trek to Machu Picchu!

Lares Inca Trail option

Tuesday (afternoon) - Hike Lares Inca Trail to Cuncani

From Cuzco, we’ll travel to the town of Quiswarani where we’ll begin our hike along raging Andean rivers and among towering snow-capped peaks with curious grazing llamas nearby. We’ll continue to Hualcajasa Pass and have a relaxed hike down the other side to our first camp in the tiny Andean community of Cuncani. This remote outpost is the first of many small communities we’ll visit that is populated by direct descendants of the Incas. On the Lares Inca trek, you’ll have many natural opportunities to genuinely experience the local customs and way of life of a unique culture that’s barely changed for 500 years. When you arrive at camp, you’ll be greeted with tea by your porters and find your tent already set up.
Lares Inca Trail camp (All meals)

Wednesday - Hike Lares Inca Trail to Ipsaycocha Lake

Today is an unforgettable day. You’ll be woken with a cup of coca tea, brought to your tent door. After a hearty breakfast we’ll begin our second day of hiking down into the Chancachaca Valley with incredible views of the Lares Valley and the old stone houses that are scattered along the valley floor. Then we’ll continue on to the small village of Huacawasi for lunch, before following the trail as it winds its way up Ipsay Qasa Pass, giving us stunning panoramic views of the surrounding alpine terrain. At the top of the pass, we’ll get our first glimpse of Mount Mantanay standing at 5600 metres (18,400 feet). From here it’s a short hike to Ipsaycocha Lake and our second campsite. If you catch a trout here, it’s on the menu for dinner!
Lares Inca Trail camp (All meals)

Thursday - Hike Lares Inca Trail to Ollantaytambo

Today we’ll descend into a beautiful valley to Patacancha, where children dressed in traditional red ponchos, white short pants and colourful hats can often be seen out herding their llamas and alpacas. Then we’ll carry on towards the village of Ollantaytambo, passing local farmers tending their crops meticulously terraced into the steep mountain walls above us. We’ll have lunch at Pallata or Ollantaytambo and have time to explore the cobbled streets and thatched houses of this ancient Inca town – you’ll feel like you’ve gone back in time! This afternoon, we’ll take an unforgettable train ride down to the sub-tropical village of Aguas Calientes. You’ll have a chance to wander around this colourful little town before dinner and relax after a full day’s hiking!
Local hotel, Aguas Calientes (All meals)

Friday (morning) - Visit Machu Picchu

After an early breakfast, we’ll head up to the ancient city of Machu Picchu, where we’ll join the rest of our group.

Classic Inca Trail option

Tuesday (afternoon) - Hike through the sacred Valley of the Incas

We’ll leave Cuzco and make our way through the Sacred Valley of the Incas before starting our hike at Piscacucho, or Kilometre 82 as it is known by the locals. From here we’ll spend the day hiking alongside the Rio Cusichaca, surrounded by massive Andean peaks, Inca ruins and semi-arid forest. We’ll visit a couple of small villages along the way, then have lunch and rest a while on the way to our first camp, Pisonay 2895 metres (9500 feet). When you arrive at camp, you’ll find our porters have set up your tent so you can simply relax with a hot drink and get to know your fellow travellers. Tonight our cooks will prepare the first of many sumptuous hot meals for us to enjoy in our dining tent – you’ll be impressed how well we take care of you on the trail.
Classic Inca Trail camp (All meals)

Wednesday - Hike Inca Trail to Pacaymayo

Today is an unforgettable day. You’ll be woken with a cup of coca tea brought to your tent door. After a hearty breakfast, we’ll begin our hike on what will be our most challenging day. Today we climb 900 metres (3000 feet) up to Warmiwañusqa, or ‘Dead Woman’s Pass’ 4400 metres (14,435 feet). The trail winds its way up through a beautiful mountain pass with stunning panoramic views of the alpine wonderland. It’s a challenging hike to the pass, and the 360º views make every step worthwhile. After celebrating our ascent, we’ll walk down cobbled steps paved by the Incas over 500 years ago to Pacaymayo Valley, our camp for the evening. Again, we’ll already have tents set up so all you need to do is relax and enjoy the evening.
Classic Inca Trail camp (All meals)

Thursday - Hike Inca Trail to Wiñay Wayna

The scenery gets even better today! We’ll explore several fascinating Inca fortresses as we descend, with the cloud forest becoming more and more lush as the air becomes warmer and denser. The ancient ruins and increasingly verdant surroundings lend an eerie mood to the day as we make our way down to our next camp, Wiñay Wayna. This is our final night on the trail, with breath-taking views and another hearty dinner!
Classic Inca Trail camp (All meals)

Friday (morning) - Hike to Machu Picchu

After a very early breakfast, we hike about an hour in the dawn light to Inti Punku, the Sun Gate. We’ll wait here for the sun to rise and the morning fog to lift, giving us our first glimpse of Machu Picchu. It’s a moment to savour before we make our way down to explore this mysterious ancient city!

Friday (continued) — Explore Machu Picchu

We’ll meet our local guide who will show us around this fascinating ancient city. Afterwards, you’ll have all morning to explore the many passageways and stone structures of this mysterious place on your own. If you were on the Lares Trail, you’ll also have the chance to hike back to the Sun Gate for a unique perspective on these remote Inca ruins, set high on the top of a mountain surrounded by lush peaks. After plenty of time to explore Machu Picchu, we’ll take a scenic train ride back to Cuzco.
Hotel Royal Inca, Cuzco (All meals)

Saturday — Free day in Cuzco

Cuzco is the archaeological capital of the Americas and it’s a fabulous place to spend a day exploring – it’s no wonder it’s the continent’s oldest continuously inhabited city! Walk along Cuzco’s central streets, lined with massive Inca-built stone walls that form the foundation of the city and blend into the colonial and modern architecture that has been added over the years. You can take the day to explore Cuzco’s most popular temples, museums, churches and fortresses. Alternatively, we’ll help you arrange one of the many optional guided activities available including mountain biking, hiking, or horseback riding. There’s also no shortage of great food and entertainment in Cuzco, with restaurants to suit any taste, cafés for coffee in the Plaza de Armas and great bars with local music.
Hotel Royal Inca, Cuzco (Breakfast)

If you’re short on time, the 7-day 'Jaguar' trip finishes this morning and we’ll fly you back to Lima.

Sunday — Journey to the Amazon, wildlife viewing in Tambopata Reserve

Today we’ll take a short flight from Cuzco to Puerto Maldonado, a frontier town in the Amazon basin. We’ll take to motorised canoes and glide deep into the jungle down the Tambopata River, one of the headwaters of the Amazon. Listen for howler monkeys in the tropical forest canopy above and spot macaws perched high on the riverbanks. This area is teeming with wildlife and the boat trip to our jungle lodge is a great opportunity to look for giant otters, capuchin monkeys, caiman and an array of birds that can be found in this area. After lunch, we’ll experience the jungle with all of our senses by exploring on foot this time. Keep an eye out for the rainforest dwellers – including several species of monkeys – that come out in search of food in the late afternoon! After dark, you’ll have a chance to get back on board the canoes with a spotlight in search of the nocturnal caiman (South American crocodile) lurking in the river.
Refugio Amazonas, Amazon jungle (All meals)

Monday — Wildlife hike, virgin jungle exploration

This morning, we’ll explore some of the many miles of jungle trails that criss-cross the dense rainforest. We’ll travel by motorised canoe and hike through virgin forest to experience the wealth of native flora and fauna under the Amazon rainforest canopy, and learn how the indigenous people thrive in this challenging environment. The Amazon is the most biodiverse place on Earth and you’ll discover more about the amazing flora and fauna here, as well as learning about the incredible medicinal plants that are found in this region. After lunch, you have the rest of the afternoon free to hang out at the lodge with a book or continue exploring the surrounding area on your own. If you’d prefer to hike a little more this afternoon, you can head out with our naturalist guide on little-known trails that pass by the homes of some of the rarest animals in the rainforest. This evening we’ll brave the jungle on foot to look for tarantulas, insects and frogs that come out after dark.
Refugio Amazonas, Amazon jungle (All meals)

Tuesday — Cycle through Andean villages and farms

This morning we leave the rainforest and take a boat back to Puerto Maldonado, where we’ll catch a short flight to Cuzco. After lunch, we’ll be fitted with bikes and safety gear and head off for a spectacular ride through the golden hills of the Cuzco valley. We’ll spend part of the afternoon riding through Andean farms and villages, where we’ll have the chance to meet the locals tending their crops and herds of llamas. The biking today is mostly gentle downhill riding through picturesque villages and valleys. If cycling is not your thing, you can skip it altogether and relax in Cuzco, or hike up to the many Inca fortresses overlooking the ancient city.
Hotel Royal Inca, Cuzco (All meals)

If you’re short on time, the 10-day 'Jaguar' trip finishes this morning and we’ll fly you back to Lima.

Wednesday — Cycle towards Puno, visit Huacarpay Lagoon

We’ll begin riding today just south of Cuzco. Along our journey we’ll visit a number of Andean towns, each with its own unique attraction. The town of Saylla is known for its pork chicharron, a favourite of Andean gastronomy, whilst further along, the town of Huasao is famous as the land of the paqos (priests of the Andean religion). Further up the valley we’ll take a walk through Oropesa, the town of delicious ‘chuta bread’. The ride finishes at the Huacarpay Lagoon, a wetland of international importance due to the vast number of migratory birds that stop here. After lunch at a local restaurant we’ll stop at the spectacular La Raya Pass, the capital of the Altiplano area and the gateway to Lake Titicaca! This is one of Peru’s great highland areas where herds of alpaca and llama graze and snow-capped mountains rise steeply from the valley. Tonight we’ll stay in Puno, known as the folklore capital of Peru. Its narrow streets are filled with the sounds of the typical Andean music, the hustle and bustle of the local market, and the bell-ring of the triciclos, the local bicycle taxis!
Hotel Hacienda, Puno (All meals)

Thursday — Hike Taquile Island, stay with local Quechua people

At 3800 m (12,500 ft), Lake Titicaca is the world’s highest commercially navigable body of water. The Incas believed it was the cradle of civilisation – the place where all life began. It’s a very special place dotted with islands that have unique living cultures and traditions, two of which we’ll visit today. The first is Taquile Island, where we’ll hike to the highest point of the island for breath-taking 360º views of Lake Titicaca, the Capachica Peninsula, Amantani Island and the Bolivian Andes. On the way, we’ll visit an isolated village and have the chance to meet the local people and learn about their famous textiles and culture. Then it’s a short boat ride to Amantani Island, where we’ll spend the night. Our hosts, members of the indigenous Quechua community, will meet us at the lake’s edge and are always up for a game of high-altitude soccer, if you’re keen! Aside from being a great workout, it’s good fun and a unique way to get to know your hosts. When the game is over, we’ll hike to the Pachamama (Mother Earth) temple at the summit of Amantani Island for unforgettable views of the sun setting over Lake Titicaca. Later we’ll return to the homes of our hosts for a home-cooked meal. The Quechua people have maintained their traditional way of life for centuries, weaving wool, keeping cuy (guinea pigs), and farming their smallholdings. After dinner, we head down to the community hall to learn a few traditional dances with the locals. It’s very quiet here – no streetlights, no cars, no dogs even! So we’re sure you’ll love the tranquillity.
Family home, Amantani Island (All meals)

Friday — Sea kayak Lake Titicaca, Uros Reed Islands

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

Saturday — Return to Lima, depart for home

This is the last day of your two-week trip in Peru. We have a short drive to the nearby town of Juliaca before jumping on a plane to Lima. if you’re on your way home today, we’ll send you back refreshed and invigorated from the great food, exercise, rest and adventures you’ll have had with us in Peru!
(Breakfast)

Optional Lima City Tour (add US$90)
We recommend this 5-6 hour tour if you've time to spare in Lima before your departing flight. You'll arrive in Lima around lunchtime and your guide will collect you from the airport and drop you back at the airport that evening ready for your departing flight, or at your accommodation in the city. During this tour you'll see the best spots in Lima, learn about the history and traditions of the region and taste the fares of Lima; the gastronomical capital of Latin America! 


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Itinerary

Sunday — Arrive in Cuzco, hike Sacsayhuamán fortress

Our trip starts in Cuzco, the heart of the Inca empire. Your trip leader will greet you with a cup of hot coca tea – a local speciality to help you adjust to the altitude. After lunch, we’ll set off for a walk around this amazing ancient city and up to Sacsayhuamán fortress overlooking the main Plaza and Cuzco Valley. The fortress, meaning 'House of the Sun', is a magnificent archaeological site representing a set of jaguar’s teeth with massive, perfectly fitted stones weighing up to 130 tonnes each and was the place where the Incas made their final stand against the Spanish conquistadores. No one really knows what the Incas used Sacsayhuamán for – some say it was a sanctuary and temple of the sun, others say it was a granary. No matter who is right, you’ll have a lot of fun hearing all the stories this amazing area inspires. Later, we’ll take a walk through the colourful Cuzco street markets. If you prefer, you can take some time to soak in the vibrant atmosphere of Cuzco’s lively town square and meet up again later for an evening meal.
Hotel Royal Inca, Cuzco (Lunch, Dinner)

Monday — Cycle Sacred Valley, visit Pisac market, hike Pisac ruins

We’ll head into the fertile Sacred Valley of the Incas this morning, stopping just above Cuzco, where we’ll jump on our bikes and ride down through breath-taking scenery, dotted with local villages and surrounded by the massive green slopes of the Andes. We’ll finish our ride in the small town of Pisac, where we’ll have a chance to check out the colourful mercado artesanal. From here we’ll begin a spectacular hike up to the Pisac ruins. These Inca terraces rise 600 metres (2000 feet) up from the river below. It’s a heart-pumping walk up through ancient agricultural terraces – you’ll never forget the views of Pisac and the Urubamba Valley! After exploring the ancient complex, we’ll descend the original Inca stairways and head back down the valley to Cuzco. This is the largest existing fortress-city of the Incas, and it’s the perfect warm-up for your Inca Trail trek tomorrow!
Hotel Royal Inca, Cuzco (All meals)

Tuesday (morning) — Start your Inca Trail options

It’s an early start this morning as we start our trek to Machu Picchu!

Lares Inca Trail option

Tuesday (afternoon) - Hike Lares Inca Trail to Cuncani

From Cuzco, we’ll travel to the town of Quiswarani where we’ll begin our hike along raging Andean rivers and among towering snow-capped peaks with curious grazing llamas nearby. We’ll continue to Hualcajasa Pass and have a relaxed hike down the other side to our first camp in the tiny Andean community of Cuncani. This remote outpost is the first of many small communities we’ll visit that is populated by direct descendants of the Incas. On the Lares Inca trek, you’ll have many natural opportunities to genuinely experience the local customs and way of life of a unique culture that’s barely changed for 500 years. When you arrive at camp, you’ll be greeted with tea by your porters and find your tent already set up.
Lares Inca Trail camp (All meals)

Wednesday - Hike Lares Inca Trail to Ipsaycocha Lake

Today is an unforgettable day. You’ll be woken with a cup of coca tea, brought to your tent door. After a hearty breakfast we’ll begin our second day of hiking down into the Chancachaca Valley with incredible views of the Lares Valley and the old stone houses that are scattered along the valley floor. Then we’ll continue on to the small village of Huacawasi for lunch, before following the trail as it winds its way up Ipsay Qasa Pass, giving us stunning panoramic views of the surrounding alpine terrain. At the top of the pass, we’ll get our first glimpse of Mount Mantanay standing at 5600 metres (18,400 feet). From here it’s a short hike to Ipsaycocha Lake and our second campsite. If you catch a trout here, it’s on the menu for dinner!
Lares Inca Trail camp (All meals)

Thursday - Hike Lares Inca Trail to Ollantaytambo

Today we’ll descend into a beautiful valley to Patacancha, where children dressed in traditional red ponchos, white short pants and colourful hats can often be seen out herding their llamas and alpacas. Then we’ll carry on towards the village of Ollantaytambo, passing local farmers tending their crops meticulously terraced into the steep mountain walls above us. We’ll have lunch at Pallata or Ollantaytambo and have time to explore the cobbled streets and thatched houses of this ancient Inca town – you’ll feel like you’ve gone back in time! This afternoon, we’ll take an unforgettable train ride down to the sub-tropical village of Aguas Calientes. You’ll have a chance to wander around this colourful little town before dinner and relax after a full day’s hiking!
Local hotel, Aguas Calientes (All meals)

Friday (morning) - Visit Machu Picchu

After an early breakfast, we’ll head up to the ancient city of Machu Picchu, where we’ll join the rest of our group.

Classic Inca Trail option

Tuesday (afternoon) - Hike through the sacred Valley of the Incas

We’ll leave Cuzco and make our way through the Sacred Valley of the Incas before starting our hike at Piscacucho, or Kilometre 82 as it is known by the locals. From here we’ll spend the day hiking alongside the Rio Cusichaca, surrounded by massive Andean peaks, Inca ruins and semi-arid forest. We’ll visit a couple of small villages along the way, then have lunch and rest a while on the way to our first camp, Pisonay 2895 metres (9500 feet). When you arrive at camp, you’ll find our porters have set up your tent so you can simply relax with a hot drink and get to know your fellow travellers. Tonight our cooks will prepare the first of many sumptuous hot meals for us to enjoy in our dining tent – you’ll be impressed how well we take care of you on the trail.
Classic Inca Trail camp (All meals)

Wednesday - Hike Inca Trail to Pacaymayo

Today is an unforgettable day. You’ll be woken with a cup of coca tea brought to your tent door. After a hearty breakfast, we’ll begin our hike on what will be our most challenging day. Today we climb 900 metres (3000 feet) up to Warmiwañusqa, or ‘Dead Woman’s Pass’ 4400 metres (14,435 feet). The trail winds its way up through a beautiful mountain pass with stunning panoramic views of the alpine wonderland. It’s a challenging hike to the pass, and the 360º views make every step worthwhile. After celebrating our ascent, we’ll walk down cobbled steps paved by the Incas over 500 years ago to Pacaymayo Valley, our camp for the evening. Again, we’ll already have tents set up so all you need to do is relax and enjoy the evening.
Classic Inca Trail camp (All meals)

Thursday - Hike Inca Trail to Wiñay Wayna

The scenery gets even better today! We’ll explore several fascinating Inca fortresses as we descend, with the cloud forest becoming more and more lush as the air becomes warmer and denser. The ancient ruins and increasingly verdant surroundings lend an eerie mood to the day as we make our way down to our next camp, Wiñay Wayna. This is our final night on the trail, with breath-taking views and another hearty dinner!
Classic Inca Trail camp (All meals)

Friday (morning) - Hike to Machu Picchu

After a very early breakfast, we hike about an hour in the dawn light to Inti Punku, the Sun Gate. We’ll wait here for the sun to rise and the morning fog to lift, giving us our first glimpse of Machu Picchu. It’s a moment to savour before we make our way down to explore this mysterious ancient city!

Friday (continued) — Explore Machu Picchu

We’ll meet our local guide who will show us around this fascinating ancient city. Afterwards, you’ll have all morning to explore the many passageways and stone structures of this mysterious place on your own. If you were on the Lares Trail, you’ll also have the chance to hike back to the Sun Gate for a unique perspective on these remote Inca ruins, set high on the top of a mountain surrounded by lush peaks. After plenty of time to explore Machu Picchu, we’ll take a scenic train ride back to Cuzco.
Hotel Royal Inca, Cuzco (All meals)

Saturday — Free day in Cuzco

Cuzco is the archaeological capital of the Americas and it’s a fabulous place to spend a day exploring – it’s no wonder it’s the continent’s oldest continuously inhabited city! Walk along Cuzco’s central streets, lined with massive Inca-built stone walls that form the foundation of the city and blend into the colonial and modern architecture that has been added over the years. You can take the day to explore Cuzco’s most popular temples, museums, churches and fortresses. Alternatively, we’ll help you arrange one of the many optional guided activities available including mountain biking, hiking, or horseback riding. There’s also no shortage of great food and entertainment in Cuzco, with restaurants to suit any taste, cafés for coffee in the Plaza de Armas and great bars with local music.
Hotel Royal Inca, Cuzco (Breakfast)

If you’re short on time, the 7-day 'Jaguar' trip finishes this morning and we’ll fly you back to Lima.

Sunday — Journey to the Amazon, wildlife viewing in Tambopata Reserve

Today we’ll take a short flight from Cuzco to Puerto Maldonado, a frontier town in the Amazon basin. We’ll take to motorised canoes and glide deep into the jungle down the Tambopata River, one of the headwaters of the Amazon. Listen for howler monkeys in the tropical forest canopy above and spot macaws perched high on the riverbanks. This area is teeming with wildlife and the boat trip to our jungle lodge is a great opportunity to look for giant otters, capuchin monkeys, caiman and an array of birds that can be found in this area. After lunch, we’ll experience the jungle with all of our senses by exploring on foot this time. Keep an eye out for the rainforest dwellers – including several species of monkeys – that come out in search of food in the late afternoon! After dark, you’ll have a chance to get back on board the canoes with a spotlight in search of the nocturnal caiman (South American crocodile) lurking in the river.
Refugio Amazonas, Amazon jungle (All meals)

Monday — Wildlife hike, virgin jungle exploration

This morning, we’ll explore some of the many miles of jungle trails that criss-cross the dense rainforest. We’ll travel by motorised canoe and hike through virgin forest to experience the wealth of native flora and fauna under the Amazon rainforest canopy, and learn how the indigenous people thrive in this challenging environment. The Amazon is the most biodiverse place on Earth and you’ll discover more about the amazing flora and fauna here, as well as learning about the incredible medicinal plants that are found in this region. After lunch, you have the rest of the afternoon free to hang out at the lodge with a book or continue exploring the surrounding area on your own. If you’d prefer to hike a little more this afternoon, you can head out with our naturalist guide on little-known trails that pass by the homes of some of the rarest animals in the rainforest. This evening we’ll brave the jungle on foot to look for tarantulas, insects and frogs that come out after dark.
Refugio Amazonas, Amazon jungle (All meals)

Tuesday — Cycle through Andean villages and farms

This morning we leave the rainforest and take a boat back to Puerto Maldonado, where we’ll catch a short flight to Cuzco. After lunch, we’ll be fitted with bikes and safety gear and head off for a spectacular ride through the golden hills of the Cuzco valley. We’ll spend part of the afternoon riding through Andean farms and villages, where we’ll have the chance to meet the locals tending their crops and herds of llamas. The biking today is mostly gentle downhill riding through picturesque villages and valleys. If cycling is not your thing, you can skip it altogether and relax in Cuzco, or hike up to the many Inca fortresses overlooking the ancient city.
Hotel Royal Inca, Cuzco (All meals)

If you’re short on time, the 10-day 'Jaguar' trip finishes this morning and we’ll fly you back to Lima.

Wednesday — Cycle towards Puno, visit Huacarpay Lagoon

We’ll begin riding today just south of Cuzco. Along our journey we’ll visit a number of Andean towns, each with its own unique attraction. The town of Saylla is known for its pork chicharron, a favourite of Andean gastronomy, whilst further along, the town of Huasao is famous as the land of the paqos (priests of the Andean religion). Further up the valley we’ll take a walk through Oropesa, the town of delicious ‘chuta bread’. The ride finishes at the Huacarpay Lagoon, a wetland of international importance due to the vast number of migratory birds that stop here. After lunch at a local restaurant we’ll stop at the spectacular La Raya Pass, the capital of the Altiplano area and the gateway to Lake Titicaca! This is one of Peru’s great highland areas where herds of alpaca and llama graze and snow-capped mountains rise steeply from the valley. Tonight we’ll stay in Puno, known as the folklore capital of Peru. Its narrow streets are filled with the sounds of the typical Andean music, the hustle and bustle of the local market, and the bell-ring of the triciclos, the local bicycle taxis!
Hotel Hacienda, Puno (All meals)

Thursday — Hike Taquile Island, stay with local Quechua people

At 3800 m (12,500 ft), Lake Titicaca is the world’s highest commercially navigable body of water. The Incas believed it was the cradle of civilisation – the place where all life began. It’s a very special place dotted with islands that have unique living cultures and traditions, two of which we’ll visit today. The first is Taquile Island, where we’ll hike to the highest point of the island for breath-taking 360º views of Lake Titicaca, the Capachica Peninsula, Amantani Island and the Bolivian Andes. On the way, we’ll visit an isolated village and have the chance to meet the local people and learn about their famous textiles and culture. Then it’s a short boat ride to Amantani Island, where we’ll spend the night. Our hosts, members of the indigenous Quechua community, will meet us at the lake’s edge and are always up for a game of high-altitude soccer, if you’re keen! Aside from being a great workout, it’s good fun and a unique way to get to know your hosts. When the game is over, we’ll hike to the Pachamama (Mother Earth) temple at the summit of Amantani Island for unforgettable views of the sun setting over Lake Titicaca. Later we’ll return to the homes of our hosts for a home-cooked meal. The Quechua people have maintained their traditional way of life for centuries, weaving wool, keeping cuy (guinea pigs), and farming their smallholdings. After dinner, we head down to the community hall to learn a few traditional dances with the locals. It’s very quiet here – no streetlights, no cars, no dogs even! So we’re sure you’ll love the tranquillity.
Family home, Amantani Island (All meals)

Friday — Sea kayak Lake Titicaca, Uros Reed Islands

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

Saturday — Return to Lima, depart for home

This is the last day of your two-week trip in Peru. We have a short drive to the nearby town of Juliaca before jumping on a plane to Lima. if you’re on your way home today, we’ll send you back refreshed and invigorated from the great food, exercise, rest and adventures you’ll have had with us in Peru!
(Breakfast)

Optional Lima City Tour (add US$90)
We recommend this 5-6 hour tour if you've time to spare in Lima before your departing flight. You'll arrive in Lima around lunchtime and your guide will collect you from the airport and drop you back at the airport that evening ready for your departing flight, or at your accommodation in the city. During this tour you'll see the best spots in Lima, learn about the history and traditions of the region and taste the fares of Lima; the gastronomical capital of Latin America! 

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Useful Info

No Forced Single Supplement:

Most other travel companies charge all solo travellers a single supplement fee. We don't! When it comes to accommodation, our trip fares are based on a twin-share rate, which means we'll match you up with another person of the same gender to share a room with. If there's no one suitable to share with, there's no forced single supplement! Having said that, if you specifically request your own room, you can opt to pay the additional single supplement fee.

Trip start:

If you arrive on the first day of your trip, an Active Adventures South America representative will meet you at the Cuzco airport (CUZ) (flights to arrive by 11am) and take you to your accommodation. If you’re already in Cuzco, you’ll meet your trip leader and the rest of your group in the lobby of your joining hotel at 12 noon.

Trip end:

On the last day of your trip we’ll fly you to Lima airport (LIM) where your trip ends.

Recommended flights:

You need to arrive in Cuzco by 10.30am at the latest on the first day of the trip. If you have extra time, we recommend heading to Cuzco early for more time to acclimatise to the high altitude, and to spend as long as possible in this incredible town! Most international flights get to Lima in the evening, so you’ll probably fly in to Lima at night and then on to Cuzco the following morning. On the last day of the trip, we recommend booking your flight to depart out of Lima any time after 8pm. If you are considering other flight times, let us know and we’ll see what we can do to make your trip run smoothly.

Accommodation:

The 'Jaguar' is an active adventure trip around Peru. We’ve chosen the places we stay for their location, cleanliness and charm – not the number of channels available on the television! Many of the places we stay are off-the-beaten-track and set in amazing locations. For example, on both Inca Trail treks we’re under canvas, and it’s pretty fancy camping. Our porters carry tents and supplies, cook meals, boil drinking water for us and take care of everything around camp. On the nights where we stay in towns such as Cuzco and Puno, we have chosen good hotels, ideally situated close to the main attractions without being too central, in order to avoid the most touristy and noisy areas. It’s worth keeping in mind that Peru is a noisy place – people here have a festive way of looking at life and often enjoy beeping their horns and playing loud music! We have chosen the quietest areas practical in order for people to get the best sleep possible (although after hiking the Inca Trail trek most people find they have no trouble sleeping!), though earplugs are recommended in this energetic and lively part of the world. In contrast, the jungle lodges in the Amazon and the local family homes on Amantani Island are very tranquil and quiet.

Fitness:

The ‘Jaguar’ is an active hiking trip, and has options to suit a wide range of fitness levels and outdoor experience. If you keep reasonably active and like to give things a go, you’re likely to enjoy the trip much more. Typically, hikes on the ‘Jaguar’ trip range between three and six hours to complete, with longer hikes on the Inca trails. If you think you’d prefer a more relaxed pace, we recommend checking out our ‘Capybara’ trip. Please get in touch with us if you’d like to chat about the various options.

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Reviews

  • Knowledgeable Guides

    “Our Classic Inca Trail Guide, Puma, showed me how much he loved this land and the people who lived on the land, both present and future!”
    Carrie Martin – Ontario, CanadaNovember 2016
  • Like an Inca in Peru

    “This trip was better than I could've ever expected. The Inca Trail was the most incredible hardest thing I've ever done both mentally and physically and I could not have done it without our guide Zac and my new found friend Cynthia. Machu Picchu was the perfect culmination to the pilgrimage. The rest of the trip and all of my other wonderful new friends including our guide Erick will never be forgotten. I will be talking about this trip for years to come and cannot wait to go on my next Active Adventure!”
    Jennifer Kenna – New York, United StatesNovember 2016
  • Fantastically organized

    “The planning, organization and minute by minute support provided by Active Adventures was top notch. Erick was always there for us and the additional guides that we had along the way for cycling, kayaking and jungle tours were excellent. We really enjoyed the surprises that Erick provided to top off our days! Except for Lima, there were not a lot of English speaking locals in Peru, so I found it imperative to have such good local guides. We were also impressed with the food and equipment provided for cycling, kayaking and the support on the Inca trail. Active Adventures is a great company to work with!”
    Doug Martin – Ontario, CanadaNovember 2016
  • Best trip ever!

    “We had a fantastic time and I must give top marks to Active Adventures. The whole trip was orchestrated wonderfully from start to finish. We could see that all contingencies were anticipated well before the trip commenced and it ran very smoothly. I talked with a person who did not use this company and the difference was like night and day.”
    Stuart Bowser – Ontario, CanadaNovember 2016
  • BEST TRIP EVER!!!

    “First of all, I want to say what a FANTASTIC "Jaguar" trip we had with Active Adventures in Peru. After talking with many other travellers we meet in Peru, Active Adventures were head and shoulders above other tour groups. They meet and exceeded my expectations. Thanks to the best guides "Eric" and our 4 day Inca hike Guide "Puma". They started as our guides and we finished as friends.”
    Kathleen Bowser – Ontario, CanadaNovember 2016
  • One from the bucket list

    “We had high expectations for this trip and they were exceeded!”
    Larry Gammon – Ontario, CanadaNovember 2016
  • My Excellent Active Adventure!

    “Such a fabulous trip. The challenge of hiking at altitude, biking and kayaking through some amazing scenery, and experiencing the culture and the diversity of Peru is something I will always remember. I was so impressed with everyone involved - our guide (Erick), our trail specialist (Puma), our activity specialists for the Amazon, biking and kayaking, our porters on the trail, and the support they received in dealing with any and all issues that arose during the two weeks.”
    Donna Gammon – Ontario, CanadaOctober 2016
  • Awesome Active Adventure

    “We had been told how well organized the trip would be but we were blown away by the organized, efficient and professional manner in which all of the staff conducted themselves and their duties. Not having to worry about tents and campsites and food allowed us to thoroughly enjoy the scenery and the people we encountered. Our guides Eric and Jose were excellent historians as well as trailblazers and were especially good at adjusting our trek through the Andes since we had some health and fitness issues to deal with (including Debby having an intestinal problem on the very first day of our journey).”
    Jimmy Robinson – Kentucky, United StatesOctober 2016
  • A true meeting

    “A trip that allows you to meet with the true peruvian insider ..... You just keep asking for more”
    Anne Le Leizour – , New CaledoniaOctober 2016
  • Jaguar trip 9-16

    “I was interested in this trip because I had always dreamed of going to Machu Picchu and the only reason I was traveling to Peru was because that is where Machu Picchu was. As it turned out, getting to Machu Picchu was great but it wasn't even one of the highlights of the trip! I am so glad I went on this trip with Active Adventures because it exposed us to much more of Peru than we would have seen had we just trekked to Machu Picchu. Erick our guide was like our "peruvian google" who could answer just about any question we had about his country. As with the Condor trip I took to Patagonia last year, I always felt taken care of and could relax because all the little details were worked out by Erick and his Active Adventures Crew. Couldn't have had a better time in Peru than our Jaguar trip!”
    Randy Yee – Hawaii, United StatesOctober 2016
  • Colorful Peru!

    “Peru is a marvelous canvas of color, music and history; beautiful people, delicious food and breathtaking scenery. This adventure to Peru was amazing! It was a dynamic journey full of beauty and fun. From an unforgettable hike at the Lares Inca Trail to submerging into the life of the local families at Amantani Island! Everything during the trip was executed in an organized and safe manner. Thank you to our fantastic group leader, Erick, and to all my lovely travel Amigos for making this adventure a colorful one! This is how you celebrate Life!
    Abinette from Puerto Rico”
    Abinette Soto – South Carolina, United StatesOctober 2016
  • “The adventure begins to become just a wonderful memory. Over all the trip was amazing and the organisation with its (almost) all inclusive arrangements was impressive. There were so many high spots, it is hard to give a single highlight. The stay on Amantani island was very special, the views in the Andes were spectacular, the hotels were comfortable and the food everywhere was plentiful and delicious.
    One of the best things about this trip was meeting such a lovely group of fellow travellers. We had such fun together. Erick our guide was very efficient and hard working. He must have found it challenging to shepherd such a lively group around but he managed to make it great fun as well as keeping us safe and free of worry.
    All in all I am so happy that I took this trip and will recommend Active Adventures to anyone considering such an adventure.”
    Maggie Kirkup – North Somerset, United KingdomOctober 2016
  • Awesome experience

    “It was a life changing experience... I highly recommend this trip to everyone.”
    Trudy Coombs – Newfoundland and Labrador, CanadaOctober 2016
  • Amazing

    “Every detail surprised and delighted.”
    Joe Hedges – California, United StatesOctober 2016
  • Once in a Life Time Experience

    “The entire staff on the trip from our incredible guide to the individual drivers made the trip amazing even when things don't go the way you want them to.”
    Ilan Angwin – New Jersey, United StatesSeptember 2016
  • Fantastic Peru!

    “The guides were great; the weather was perfect (even the snow just after cresting a 15,000' peak); the sites were amazing; the activities well planned and thought out. Every excursion went smoothly and all told it was a fantastic trip.”
    Travis Mawyer – Virginia, United StatesSeptember 2016
  • “Excellent combination of cultural and geographic aspects of Peru. Trip was well organized and well led. Hiking the Inca Trail was definitely the highlight!”
    Barb Pippenger – Wisconsin, United StatesSeptember 2016
  • Great trip!

    “We had a smart, funny, and skilled guide who showed us beautiful and amazing things. Peru was incredible, it was a great trip.”
    Kevin O'Brien – Washington, United StatesAugust 2016
  • Jaguar 2016

    “The world is a diverse place. Peru is a must-see. The Jaguar trip by Active South America gives you a very good sampling of what this country is about from the cities and towns to the mountain to the jungle to the lake environments and the peoples and wildlife which make them home. This is quite the challenging trip for those of us who are relative lowlanders. This was our third trip with Active and they never disappoint. The guides are always first rate as they do everything possible to help you maximize your enjoyment of the trip no matter the circumstances. We love adventure and surely there will be more trips in our future. Out of the many many choices today Active will always be given first consideration.”
    Ron Bortz – Pennsylvania, United StatesAugust 2016
  • The best of Peru

    “Our trip with Cynthia and Zac was super well organized and so informative. We were well informed about what to expect for every meal, hike, bike ride, flight and boat trip. This was enhanced by what was the best crew team in Peru. Every person connected with our Active Adventure was so welcoming. We learned so much about the history of the Inca's, the wildlife and foliage, customs of areas and current issues. Amazing meals on the Inca trail and adventures on picnics and in restaurants. It was truly a perfect and unforgettable active adventure!”
    Reed Ellis – Alberta, CanadaAugust 2016
  • Macchu Picchu JULY24 2016

    “We were on the Jaguar trip and had no complaints whatsoever! Cynthia Valladores was our trip leader, she was absolutely fantastic. My girlfriend got sick and was on the verge of not hiking when she arranged for a doctor which allowed her to make the hike. All that expense and planning would have been for nothing! She made ALL the difference!”
    Bill Naumann – California, United StatesAugust 2016
  • Amazing experience

    “Everything was perfect!!! Cynthia, our group leader, is amazing!!! Every detail is attended to and we were very well taken care of. I was very pleasantly surprised how good the food was while hiking the Inca trail! That cook is able to make a better meal on a hiking trail than most people can make in a fully stocked kitchen!!!”
    Cheryl Chamberlain – California, United StatesAugust 2016
  • Wonderful Trip

    “Terrific Trip!! Beautiful Country! Terrific Organization! Wonderful Guides! Great Food! I was very impressed with Cynthia and Puma and all the others that contributed to making this kind of trip possible. It is a sign of a well run organization when it values and hires such terrific people. They took very good care of us, were extremely well educated, and were very easy to get along with not to mention patient and fun. The Inca Trail views were absolutely breath taking but this really was a very well rounded trip. I enjoyed the cities of Cuzco and Puno, the trip to Porto Maldonado and the jungle with the extremely interesting hotel, and Lake Titicaca with our trips to a couple of the islands and stay with one of the families. Our tour of Lima was a great way to finish off our trip. One more thing-the food was absolutely the best. I have never eaten that well.”
    Edward Olson – Minnesota, United StatesAugust 2016
  • Amazing trip to Peru

    “Our trip to Peru surpassed my expectations. Cynthia our trip leader was amazing and truthfully made our experience a once in a lifetime one. I would most definitely travel with Active Adventures again in the future!”
    Jennifer Finley – California, United StatesJuly 2016
  • Amazing adventures!

    “Active Adventures totally lived up to their name for our trip in Peru! Hiking the Inka trail, boating on the amazon, fishing for piranhas, cycling to the sacred valley and kayaking on Lake Titicaca we were active every day of the trip! Thank you Cynthia, Zack and the amazing team at Active Adventures for the trip of a lifetime in Peru!”
    Naomi Keech – California, United StatesJuly 2016
  • Re-energised

    “This trip was certainly "active". The Lares trail was my highlight and pushed me to the limits. It was wonderful to share this trip with such an amazing group of people of all ages. The guides were superb.”
    Anne Oliver – Western Australia, AustraliaJuly 2016
  • Jaguar to Peru June 19

    “This truly was the trip of a lifetime! Peru is a beautiful and fascinating country. Active adventures is a first rate organization and we were well prepared upon arrival and throughout the trip. We cycled, hiked, camped and journeyed into the jungle. All equipment was first rate and the food excellent. Loved Erick, a wonderful guide in every regard. Daniel as well was terrific.
    Our group of ten were fearless and hilarious. Would do this again tomorrow. Thank you Active!!”
    Judy Wismer – Ontario, CanadaJuly 2016
  • Amazing time!

    “We had an amazing time on our Active Adventures Jaguar trip to Peru. The Active Adventures team were incredible, taking care of everything so well. Our guide for the whole two weeks, Cynthia, was so friendly and went over and above multiple times to make sure that everyone had a great time. The Inca Trail was tough, and the weather didn't entirely cooperate, but when we finally got to Macchupicchu it was so worth it. Just seeing that stunning place made the journey worthwhile, but then the rainforest and Lake Titicaca were waiting for us! I'd highly recommend this trip and this company, and they certainly live up to their name!”
    Adam Salter – California, United StatesJuly 2016
  • Amazing adventure

    “I was unsure of exactly what I signed up for when I started this trip but it truly was the trip of a lifetime. Each day we had something unique and exciting planned. We were never board and the adventures we participated in soon helped our tour group bond together and become a second family. The tour was very well organized and our tour leader was excellent.”
    Ben Neilson – Indiana, United StatesJuly 2016
  • We did it! With style and fun!

    “This was a bucket list trip of a lifetime! Active Adventures went above and beyond to make us comfortable, safe and we had a bunch of fun from the Andes to the Amazon!”
    Jenna Forstrom – Oregon, United StatesJuly 2016
  • Why Peru?

    “Reasons to go to Peru? Fabulous food, people, culture and geography.
    Reasons to choose Active Adventures? Outstanding local guides (notably Erick) who provide a myriad of experiences for a complete & truly active immersion experience.”
    Dawn Johnson – California, United StatesJuly 2016
  • Couldn't Have Done It Ourselves

    “From four course picnics to an entire team to assist in the trek, we simply couldn't have had the same experience if we'd planned our own trip. Our guide Erick was simply the best. A wonderful trip!”
    Stephanie Hunter – Washington, United StatesJuly 2016
  • Jaguar June 2016

    “Well ran trip. Very active itinerary. You will be tired. Lots of early mornings but ultimately worth it. History at every turn. Cynthia was/is awesome. All of our guides were great and passionate. All very knowledgeable. If you want to see Peru and Macchu Picchu, this is the way. Details are handled, flights on the trip handled for you. Any concerns addressed and handled. Highly encourage anyone to take this trip. This is my second trip with Active and I am sure there will be more.”
    Brandon Kibby – Indiana, United StatesJuly 2016
  • Amazing adventure - amazing guide

    “The trip from beginning to end was an incredible, although challenging, experience. I would not have thought it was possible to jam so many incredible experiences into so short of time. The variety of experiences, activities, and landscapes was amazing. And Cynthia was the most incredible guide to show us all through it.”
    Al Goodfellow – Maine, United StatesJuly 2016
  • Peru a country with oppurtunities for the future

    “What struck me traveling in Peru was beside the wonderful nature, the healthy way of living. Healthy food, healthy people with healthy teeth. Not so much stress as we are used to nowadays. I would like to go back!”
    Carin Martin – Värmland, SwedenJuly 2016
  • You won't regret it!

    “Awesome fun with family and friends. Really enjoyed meeting new friends, hiking, biking, kayaking and eating!”
    Robyn Sandin – Tennessee, United StatesJuly 2016
  • Jaguar trip Peru June 2016

    “This is a trip I had wanted to do for a couple of years now and I finally did it and it certainly didn't disappoint, this truly was a trip of a lifetime for me. Peru is an amazing country, the culture, the people, the colour, all of it was stunning. It was certainly challenging, even more so because of the high altitude, but that is what I want out of my travel experiences. Our guide Cynthia was the best guide we could have asked for, her wealth of knowledge on her country was so vast and interesting and she always made us feel like one big family. Thank you Cynthia and thank you Active Adventures for giving me the best memories.”
    Christine Rowley – New South Wales, AustraliaJune 2016
  • Unbelievable Peruvian adventure

    “Nine months of preparation still didn't prepare us for the unbelievable non-stop action Active Adventures had in store for us. They really do put "active" at the top of the list. For two weeks our guides immersed us and saturated us with Peru. As we reflect on our trip it is hard to believe we did and saw so much.
    Active Adventures were impeccable in their their arrangements and execution. The logistical details for the trip were considerable and our group was constantly amazed at the seamless delivery of everything.
    We were kept fully informed and attended to as we took airplanes, trains, private coaches, tut tuks, bikes, kayaks, motor boats and, hiked and toured through Peru.
    All we had to do was enjoy ourselves and our companions.
    Our guides and other support help always made us feel safe, secure and well attended to. To a person they were exceptional.”
    Tony Boettger – Ontario, CanadaJune 2016
  • “Cynthia was excellent going above and beyond in all areas. She was constantly upping herself daily. She was great and I would welcome going on a trip with her”
    Penny Fink – California, United StatesJune 2016
  • Peru - an amazing South American country :)

    “Peru is a beautiful country full of culture contrasts, food, history and breathtaking landscapes. The trip we had was unforgettable. The guide was excellent - always willing to share the extensive knowledge about his country. He always made sure we had everything in check and supported us every step of the way. The group we were with was also a really great bunch making the trip even more memorable, thus making it easier to make new friends through this venture. We were exposed to all possible experiences during our 2 week trip. I will surely recommend Active Adventures to others.”
    Roberta Said – , MaltaJune 2016
  • One for the books!

    “To be honest, I wasn't sure what I was getting into when my sister and I signed up for this trip - but it definitely turned out the be one of the best trips I had so far.
    I really did have a great time. The organisation of the whole 2 weeks was very well managed, with excellent guides who knew the local culture and the best options to accommodate preferences of each individual. The locations visited and the accommodation were perfect. The food provided was of the best quality and amount! We were never left hungry nor thirsty.
    The activities were well spread to have breaks in between and the level of difficulty was adjusted to each individual. I would definitely recommend this trip to anyone who is into culture and some physical exercise.
    I simply had a fantastic time with the whole group and guide :)”
    Stephanie Said – , MaltaJune 2016
  • Peru

    “Peru is a fascinating country and our trip covered four very different regions and we were able to really experience the land and people. It was an intense trip. I am very glad we made the trip. Thanks”
    Debbie Ybarra – California, United StatesMay 2016
  • Absolutely amazing!!!

    “This was the trip of a lifetime. It was easily the most physically challenging thing I have ever done, but so worth it. Our guide Cynthia could not have been any better. Her knowledge, organization, and care made her the perfect leader. Our Inca Trail guide Chemma (sp?) was wonderful as well. The only part of the entire program that I would have changed was the long bus ride to Puno, but it was a necessary evil to get us where we needed to go. I cannot offer enough praise for the entire experience! Thank you Active Adventures and Cynthia, I will never forget the experience or the people I shared it with!”
    Sandra Conner – Washington, United StatesMay 2016
  • Jaguar May 2016

    “Cynthia was fantastic! Great group of people. Truly the hardest thing I have ever done and most memorable. Local guides knowledgable and supportive. Chama got me through on the Inka Trail when I was struggling.”
    Noel Carroll – Washington, United StatesMay 2016
  • It Was an Active Adventure!

    “The activities, the people, the food were all outstanding. Each of our guides was knowledgeable and friendly. They were sincere in their desire to show us their country and share the culture. Although we went during the wet season we had beautiful weather and the only rain we encountered was during one of our bike rides. Erick, our main guide was extremely helpful whether it was recommending a place to do laundry, a place to eat or an emergency visit to the dentist. My husband and I are both 60 and we participated AND completed all the activities planned so don't be intimidated by itinerary. No pressure to do everything either if you would rather ride in the van or skip a day hike. We will be back!”
    Mary Ricciardello – Texas, United StatesMarch 2016
  • Fantastic Jaguar trip!

    “I took my nephew on the Jaguar trip in January, and we had a great time. The guide, Erick, was extremely prepared, organized, and easy to get along with. I could not imagine a better experience. It exceeded our expectations!”
    Curtis Kline – Oklahoma, United StatesMarch 2016
  • Zacarias was amazeballs

    “To the say the least, Zacarias was the best guide I could have ever hoped for. 11 out of 10, would go again!!!”
    Paul Hough – Idaho, United StatesJanuary 2016
  • Fantastic trip!

    “This was a great trip in many ways. The details of the trip were well planned and well executed. Our guide, Erick, did a great job of staying on top of everything. All of the transfers and accomodations were excellent- on time, always ready, never a worry.
    Erick also did a great job of introducing us to Peruvian culture- food, customs, traditions, ancient and modern history were incorporated into our daily routines. This was one of the most interesting and educational trips I've ever taken.”
    Douglas Sandvig – Texas, United StatesJanuary 2016
  • A Perfect Trip That I Will Never Forget

    “I wish I was better with words so I could write a beautiful review, but I will do this anyway because I really want people to know how spectacular this trip was. Erick was amazing beyond all expectations as a guide (and on this trip covering numerous locales, that is saying a lot). I can't say enough positive things about Peru as a country! From Machu Picchu to the people in the villages on the Lares trail to the porters on the hike (who I am forever indebted to) to the animals in the Amazon.... The two week itinerary would be complicated if handled on your own, but the Active Adventures team and Erick made the details a non issue. I would recommend this trip for sure!!”
    Jennifer Steel – Colorado, United StatesJanuary 2016
  • When can I move??

    “You know a trip has been successful when you'd rather lose your passport than get on the plane home. The hike on the Lares Trail was some of the most spectacular scenery I have seen in my life. We camped out in the school yard of a local Quechua village and stopped along the path to pass out school supplies to kids. It felt like an actual introduction to Peruvian culture instead of typical tourism. The trek into the Amazon was a lot more removed from reality, but the rest of the trip was so amazing, that was almost irrelevant. Probably the most important aspect of the experience was our guide, Zacarias. He was exceptional. He was very knowledgeable and great at explaining, but he was also incredibly personable, fun, and wonderful to be around. We were also very fortunate to have two professional cameramen with us, Alex and Leo, that really helped pull the group together and make it an incredible experience. The only problem I see with this trip was liking it so much I want to move there...”
    Gretchen Hough – Wyoming, United StatesJanuary 2016
  • BJ Peru

    “Exceeded expectations. Educational but painless...you didn't feel like you were pumped full of information. Guide was exceptional. Knowledgable, personable (had friends EVERYWHERE) and managed to tailor activities to interest/fitness level. I would change nothing!”
    BJ Barger – Virginia, United StatesDecember 2015
  • Machu Picchu - Lares

    “What an unbelievable life-changing trip. AA thought of every detail and was highly organized and great. Erick was an awesome trip leader and really looked out for our safety and well-being at all times. Highly recommend Active for your next adventure trip!”
    Shruti Verma – Massachusetts, United StatesDecember 2015
  • “Erick Farfan was great dealing with the demonstrations,road barriers and schedule changes needed.”
    Michael Brown – New York, United StatesNovember 2015
  • An epic adventure that we are still talking about!

    “There is a huge amount to say about our trip but to summarise:
    Active are a brilliant company to travel with. Their itinerary, logistics, people and service are incredible.
    Peru is such a beautiful and diverse place to visit and the Jaguar trip gave us a great taste of it from the high plateau and mountains to the dense jungles and stunning villages. It is a well crafted mix of activities, sights, food and experiences. The shorter excursions to markets and villages added so much and the chance to hike, kayak and mountain bike in carefully selected areas was awesome.
    The people were great. Our group were great fun to be with and our guide Erick was brilliant - really thoughtful, knowledgeable, relaxed and an organisational machine. He really is exceptional. We miss him and everyone on the trip!”
    Andrew Polley – Bristol, United KingdomNovember 2015
  • The importance of the trip leader

    “Two things made the trip:
    The leader (Erick Farfan) was excellent. In spite of demonstrations and a cancelled flight (after we had boarded the plane even) he came through with alternatives and worked to keep people positive.
    We had a small group (7) who all got along.”
    Peter Jones – Alberta, CanadaNovember 2015
  • Don't just visit Peru, experience it!

    “Climb the rocky trails. Camp by a mountain lake. Touch the Inca ruins. Zoom into the Sacred Valley on a bike. Savor a home cooked Peruvian meal. Taste a guinea pig. Listen to the Amazon rain forest at night. Watch the soaring Caracara birds. Paddle across crystal clear Lake Titicaca and feel the cool water run down your arm. Know the difference between a llama and an alpaca. Dance to the panpipe flute music. Smell the fresh cut reeds of a floating island. Learn about the culture, the history, and maybe a bit of Quechua language along the way.
    All this and more will be part of your Active Adventure Peru trip. You may encounter a few travel challenges, this is South America after all, not Disneyland. But be assured you will be in the capable hands of Active Adventures, and your intrepid guide will always have 'Plan B' up his/her sleeve.
    Truly a unique travel experience for those who want to go a bit beyond traditional sightseeing. You will return home with many many tales to tell and a smile on your face.”
    Janis Zinn – California, United StatesOctober 2015
  • “Our guide Frank was exceptional and made sure that we experienced everything- the people, the culture, the history, the food and of course the beautiful scenery!”
    Annabelle Irey – New York, United StatesOctober 2015
  • “I have taken many tour led trips with several different companies. and Active Adventures was by far the best. The guides were exceptional and "ACTIVE" was the name of the game. Whether we were hiking, biking, or kayaking, the guides were spot on to make sure personal needs were met with genuine smiles and caring. The attention to detail was very impressive and the ease of moving from one location and mode of transportation to another was flawless. I was very spoiled on this trip and Look forward to taking another trip with Active Adventures. I really liked traveling with only eleven people, small groups make a big difference. Our guide, Cynthia, is a jewel. Thank you Active Adventures!!”
    Patrice Petersen – Colorado, United StatesOctober 2015
  • Incredible Experience

    “The trip exceeded all my expectations The itinerary was fantastic and our guide Frank was one of the very best I have ever encountered in over 20 trips. His insight into Peruvian life, history was incredible. The feeling of Peruvian family that he instilled in our group is something I will remember for a long time. The encounters with Peruvian children and adults on our Lares trek will always be remembered fondly. Most of all, Frank's quiet encouragement, concern and help with climbing the highest pass on the Lares trek helped me make it. I tested my limits to the maximum but Frank was always there for me and others to make sure we did not exceed those limits.”
    Jim Locke – New York, United StatesOctober 2015
  • OK, but needs to be improved in a few areas

    “We had a general feeling that with our small group size (4) on the Inca trail, we had the lesser pick of porters, campsite locations, sanitary conditions, etc. Our local guide even mentioned to us that we were short on porters, and they were reluctant to provide adequate, SAFE drinking water and restroom facilities. Other larger groups had portable toilet facilities, instead of having to use the limited, NASTY toilets at the campsites. We felt like second class citizens during the entire Inca trail, when comparing ourselves to the larger groups who appeared to have much nicer amenities. All 4 of us were sick on the Inca trail, and we are convinced the unsanitary conditions and improperly managed drinking water was the cause. This was entirely unacceptable for any reputable tour guide company.”
    Kevin Tempel – South Carolina, United StatesOctober 2015
  • Best 65th Birthday Present to Myself Ever! What an adventure!

    “As a solo traveler, I had some concerns about going on this trip, since I was "Number 11". However, the group meshed together well, thanks in large part to our leader Cynthia's ability to facilitate group dynamics, and the structure of the trip itself. Active Adventures provides such diversity of experiences, that there is always something to be enjoyed, and everyone is always included. I loved Peru, the people, the food the many festivals we saw, and all the guides who introduced us to their amazing culture. The Lares Trail was truly luxury camping with wonderful, tasty meals and a warm cozy place to sleep at night. We were given hot water bottles for our sleeping bags! Even the "Porta potty" was luxurious and private! I have no idea how those porters could pull off such efficiency. They even baked me a cake and decorated our dining tent! If you are a solo traveler, don't hesitate to take this trip, it was a blast! I am also grateful for the "emergency horse" I was provided when the hiking at high altitude was a bit too grueling for me, and my struggle turned into fun! That sweet tempered horse, along with his porter, Santiago, made it possible for me to complete the trail! Thank you, Active Adventures, for the best birthday present, Ever!”
    Trish Peterson – Florida, United StatesOctober 2015
  • The Peruvian indigenous people

    “Where to start? An unexpected rich exposure to the world of the indigenous Peruvian people: past and present. Jaguar is much more than a multi sport adventure into the Andes and the Amazon jungle. The Andes and Amazonia provide the context to better understand the history of the people who lived in this area and to appreciate the people who live there now.”
    John Petrich – Washington, United StatesOctober 2015
  • Ancient Peru at our fingertips

    “While a summary of the trip was provided before we embarked, in no way we're we prepared for the intensity of the experience of embracing locals cultures, and there are many separate groups. Our guide Frank, is descended from proud Incas and allowed us entry into the mysterious past of these clever people. The discoveries did not stop with Incas as we traveled south to meet, and stay with, other groups who live in their ancient ways. We came away with a lot of respect for the "Peruvian" peoples.”
    Carole Petrich – Washington, United StatesOctober 2015
  • Adventure with Inca history

    “This is my second visit in Peru, I was so happy to be back and see Machu Picchu in all the Inca glory and to be able to walk to the Sun Gate (my previous visit to Machu Picchu it rained and it was foggy, I only had a glimpse of 15 minutes). The other highlight that I loved on this trip was our trek on the Lares Valley and the encounter with the local people and children, beautiful landscape and the achievement of reaching the pass when I thought I couldn't take another step. .....At the top it was so beautiful and breathtaking. The bike rides gave us the possibility to enjoy the surroundings at our leisure. Walking up to the terraces of Pisaq and rediscover Ollantaytambo in the sacred valley i was able to see and enjoy the Inca history. Everything was so well organised and the food provided was yummy.”
    Gilda Acerbis – New South Wales, AustraliaOctober 2015
  • A good cross section on Peru

    “From the moment our group met in Cusco until the end in Lima 2 weeks later I enjoyed every moment of the trip. Cynthia the tour leader as well as the local tour guide were all very good and really nice people to get to know.”
    Rudi Ringger – New South Wales, AustraliaOctober 2015
  • “I was excited about this trip before I left, more excited after arriving in Peru and continued that way until I returned home.”
    Ginger Kelly – Colorado, United StatesOctober 2015
  • “A great adventure, many different activities and excellent support from our guide.”
    Alan Cantor – New Hampshire, United StatesSeptember 2015
  • Amazing Awesome Active Adventures!!

    “Well done Active. You supplied all you promised..even managing to provide a delightful group to share our adventure with. For an organised trip we feel we have a good understanding of real Peruvians and their lifestyle. We were spared none of life's realities for ordinary people there while feeling we contributed a little to improving their lives..we hope by adding to their tourist dollar. Our guides were first class and shared themselves and their lives, passions and hard bits with us. The physical challenges were just right and well monitored and managed. Thankyou”
    Jayne Kensington – Queensland, AustraliaSeptember 2015
  • Amazing trip!

    “Fantastic trip, I loved hiking the Lares trek and arriving at Machu Picchu at the crack of dawn. Elder was a fun and exciting leader and the group was very close-knit after two weeks.”
    Mackenzie Furman – Connecticut, United StatesSeptember 2015
  • Amazing guide

    “Erick made our Peru experience a trip of a lifetime.”
    Conrad Yarmoloy – Alberta, CanadaSeptember 2015
  • Money well spent.

    “This is hands down the most tiring and most exhilarating trip I have ever been on. The itinerary was very well organized with plenty to do. We also were blessed with awesome people in our group, and outstanding leadership from our guides. Elder and Danny were a wealth of knowledge and insight into the culture of the Quechua people and the history of Peru. I would not trade this trip for anything in the world. Other tour companies exist, but there is only ONE Active Adventures. Thanks for the great memories.”
    Daniel Sibold – Ohio, United StatesSeptember 2015
  • Jaguar 7/26/15 Team Haqu

    “Hiking up mountains, petting Alpacas, having a wild monkey on your shoulder, kayaking, and of course Macchu Picchu. This was an amazing trip made even more so by our guide Frank and all of the Active staff.”
    Steve Yonkof – Illinois, United StatesAugust 2015
  • Sheer Amazingness!!

    “This trip was life changing and beyond what we could have expected! Active made this trip memorable by providing us with gregarious, experienced, and incredibly knowledgeable guides.”
    Natalie Kalich – Illinois, United StatesAugust 2015
  • Peru Rocks

    “It was a great trip, well organized, perfect weather, great tour guide.”
    Phil Schmidt – Colorado, United StatesAugust 2015
  • Trip of a lifetime

    “It was hard to know what to expect when we booked the tour, but it was truly way beyond our expectations. Elder our guide was so much fun and extremely dedicated to his job, it was obvious that he loves his job. Attention to detail was great, food was great and plentiful. A trip that was hard to fault.”
    Liz Fowke – Otorohanga, New ZealandAugust 2015
  • Still buzzing!

    “Our Jaguar trip really did deliver the trip of a lifetime and we arrived home ready to book our next holiday with Active. The itinerary was well thought out in every detail, with great little surprises dropped in along the way just adding icing to the cake. Elder is an exceptional guide who over delivers in every facet of his job. Frank, our Inca Trail guide also did a great job.”
    Pete Fowke – Otorohanga, New ZealandAugust 2015
  • Definitely Active, Definitely Awesome!

    “This trip was a fantastic way to truly experience Peru in a variety of authentic ways, while staying active and also eating some of the best food of my life! It was awesome not to have to worry about any of the details, and the part of the trip I was able to attend (I could only do the seven day trip) was fantastic. Our guide was incredibly knowledgeable and fun, and went to great lengths to make sure everyone in our group was having a great time. I would absolutely recommend this trip for anyone that wants to really experience Peru, and go deeper into the culture than most tourists go.”
    Liz Gossens – DC, United StatesAugust 2015
  • Simply Awesome Active Adventures Lares Trail Trip

    “The 14-day Jaguar trip in Peru is definitely my best vacation experience. Active Adventures has done an awesome job in its meticulous planning of a good spread of activities and our trip leader, Elder Bejar executed the plan flawlessly. The selection of activities was excellent and we were treated to numerous pleasant surprises along the way. Choice of menu during the Lares trail and selection of restaurants was excellent. Elder Bejar was outstanding!!! Such passion in the way he shared his knowledge and experiences was simply a joy to listen to his anecdotes and not forgetting the numerous occasions that he went out of the way to ensure that the group's needs were taken care off and in encouraging me to complete the biking trips. Thank you Elder and thank you Active for a truly great and awesome experience. Active will certainly be my first choice of vacation hereafter!!”
    Jaya Marimuthu – , SingaporeAugust 2015
  • "Excellent, the trip of a lifetime!" doesn't even cover it.

    “This really was a trip of a lifetime and more! I've been dreaming of visiting Peru for over 13 years, and being able to save up enough money to finally make my dream come true was a lot of work. With that being said, I must say that every year of dreaming, every hour worked, and every penny spent was worth it!

    We've always traveled independently, and were a bit nervous about booking and traveling on a group excursion. Even though Active came highly rated by a friend who had traveled with your group about 10 years ago, we were still nervous about what it would actually be like to be with the same people for two weeks, rather than on our own. I was so happy to find that all our fears were unfounded. The people we were paired with for travel were easy to get along with and our leader was excellent (more about him later).

    Peru is an amazing country with so much to offer. Traveling independently would have been fine, but I have a hard time believing that we would have been immersed in the country's culture, history, and scenic beauty as thoroughly if we had not gone with Active. We loved everything we did on the trip, but what stood out the most as highlights were our days hiking the Lares trail and all the amazing food that we got to try (oh, and pisco sours too).

    The most important reason we were able to learn as much about Peru as we did was because of our amazing leader, Elder. I believe Elder went above and beyond what would be expected of a group leader. He was so enthusiastic about showing us his love for and knowledge of Peru. I have no idea where all his energy comes from, but it was refreshing to experience and made for a memorable time. Not only did he always have the answers to our questions, he anticipated what we'd want to know by pointing out what to see, explaining more details about nature, history, culture, telling us what was best to order at each restaurant, or what it was like to grow up in Peru. Everything we did was well-timed and organized, and our movement from one activity to another or from place to place was seamless.

    I would never hesitate to recommend this particular trip or your company. It is with great pleasure and enthusiasm that I share details of our adventure with my friends and coworkers. Thank you, Active and Elder for making this a true dream come true!”
    Jen Risser – Pennsylvania, United StatesJuly 2015
  • An absolutely amazing trip!

    “What a great way to see Peru and experience the rich culture Peruvians offer to visitors. Every detail of our 2 weeks was well organized. The Active Adventures team supported travelers prior to and during the trip. They have partnered with local companies and guides to provide additional support for each aspect of the trip. We had fantastic guides on our Inca Trail hike; our bike rides; in the Amazon and at Lake Titicaca. Our trip leader, Erick, was PHENOMENAL and helped to make this trip so memorable for us. Each day he shared his knowledge and sense of humor with us and was attentive to the needs of each traveler in our group. We packed a lot into each day – getting to see many beautiful sunrises and sunsets along the way. This was our first vacation with a tour company and Active Adventures has set the bar for us!”
    Brenda Stevenson – Maine, United StatesJuly 2015
  • What a great experience

    “Active was so organized. Every day was planned and worked smoothly. We were always on the move. The information we received from our our guide as well as his friendship was excellent.”
    Harry Dickens – Florida, United StatesJuly 2015
  • My most amazing adventure

    “Just returned from my Jaguar trip in Peru. So well organized, from first email to last, itinerary was accurate with some surprises too, equipment list given to us included everything we needed for the two weeks, the food was amazing as were all the restaurants we were taken to. The hike on the Inka Trail was the hardest thing I have ever done but with the help of the wonderful Guide, Porters and Cook we were able to accomplish our goal. The one thing I will always be thankful for other than meeting 8 other wonderful trip mates, is that I got to meet our guide, Elder. He is the most passionate, honest, respectful person I have ever met.”
    Linda Dickens – Florida, United StatesJuly 2015
  • “Well organized, guides were excellent. Erick made this holiday for sure.
    Will look for more Active Adventures”
    Eric Henstridge – Manitoba, CanadaJuly 2015
  • Great trip

    “Great trip. Got to celebrate my moms 68th Birthday while hiking through the Sacred Valley. What a way to ring it in!!! Active made our whole trip a breeze. Our guide was beyond knowledgeable and a great friend to everyone in the group by the end of our trip.”
    Peter Gossens – California, United StatesJuly 2015
  • Definitely the trip of a lifetime

    “This trip was incredible. Erick was an amazing trip leader - he was extremely passionate and knowledgable about the history and the activities. He was fun to be around and made sure that all the members of our group were well taken care of. Peru is unbelievably beautiful and diverse and we were able to see so much more that I could have on two weeks of my own. Everything was so well organized, planned and executed.”
    Kristen Deffenbaugh – Arizona, United StatesJune 2015
  • Mother / Daughter Peru Trip

    “The best experience I've had in my life. I am so thankful my daughter and I did this, worth every dollar spent. These memories will stay with us for a lifetime.”
    Robin Monson – Arizona, United StatesJune 2015
  • Amazing travel in Peru

    “Amazing trip! Couldn't have asked for a better guide, Erick truly made the trip. There is quite a bit of hiking the first week so make sure you prepare. Also most of the trip will be at high altitudes so altitude sickness medicine is essential. This was my second trip with Active Adventures and they continue to impress me. I will definitely plan other trips with them.”
    Crystal Schaefer – APO/FPO AP, United StatesJune 2015
  • 5 Gold Stars for Active Adventures & Elder!

    “The answer to all the questions I get about my time in Peru: it was a cultural immersion, which is precisely what I wanted. All I knew about the country was Machu Picchu, the Peruvian textiles, and Lake Titicaca. Being a 'foodie' I was bowled over by the wonderful food I experienced - especially what our porters created after they set up our camp sites. Our leader, Elder, combined in depth knowledge with careful attention to each person (and we were a challenging group! 2 drop outs due to a biking accident, 3 drop outs due to altitude sickness & I ended up on my magnificent mount - a mule, due to altitude sickness) and a wonderful sense of humor. The man is made of pure energy. We couldn't stop marveling at his ability to be up beat at all times, no matter what the fates threw at him. I am so happy I took the Lares Trail instead of the Classic Trail - hiking through the mountains with no one but ourselves and the local people, mixed with alpacas & sheep.”
    Mary Kellough – Florida, United StatesJune 2015
  • Jaguar, May, 2015

    “We had an amazing time with Active Adventures during our two weeks in Peru. Every part of the trip was well planned and carried out. Elder was a great trip leader: knowledgeable, patient, organized and extremely personable. From the Amazon to the Andes to the Altiplano regions, we had a great time!”
    Mary Jo Breckenridge – North Carolina, United StatesJune 2015
  • Jaguar trip

    “This trip was amazing! Every day we were so impressed by the incredible amount of intricate coordination and care taken to ensure that we needed to worry about nothing but enjoying an incredible country with incredible people. There are not enough words to express how professional, caring, helpful, intelligent, and just plain wonderful our guide Erik was. Everyone in contact with us through Active Adventures was truly amazing. I have highly recommended Active adventures already and will book another tour with them. Thank you for a GREAT experience!”
    Jacqueline Futia – Connecticut, United StatesJune 2015
  • Nonstop Adventures

    “At first, being with Active in Peru seemed all about the fun -- trekking, kayaking, mountain biking, hiking in the jungle mud; looking out at jaw-dropping Andes vistas; waking up to exotic jungle noises. The trip definitely was an immersion into the perfect sampling of what the country has to offer. Thinking back, though, what enriched my life most is the deep pride Peruvians -- including our guide, Erick and all the Active crew -- have in their culture, their country and their history. They never stopped sharing their extensive knowledge and their pride was compelling. My favorite moment: silently observing our muleteer ask the gods of the earth and the mountains to bless his food and listening as our guide respectfully and quietly explained privately to me the rich history and meaning of that moment.

    Yes: fabulous fun; great nonstop adventures in Peru's mountains, lakes and jungles; flawless logistics; endless caring and support for each of us. But bottom line? One of the richest cultural experiences I've ever had, and sharing it with my two grown children does make this the trip of a lifetime. Thank you!”
    Myra Gossens – DC, United StatesJune 2015
  • Amazing adventure!

    “My Jaguar adventure was absolutely amazing and I highly recommend this trip! We explored Peru from a very human level- by personally interacting with local people from several different parts of the country, trying new foods at the best restaurants and shopping at local markets, and of course by engaging in all kinds of different activities from hiking to biking to kayaking. I can't say enough positive things about my guide Elder- he was supportive, fun, intuitive, caring, knowledgeable, and able to make decisions on the fly based on the needs of the group. Every moment of this trip was well thought out, well organized, and thoughtfully constructed. As a solo traveler, I always felt included and that I was a valued member of the group. I will definitely travel with Active on another trip!”
    Dana Howell – Kentucky, United StatesJune 2015
  • “The trip was made excellent by having such an excellent guide in Elder! He's one in a million!”
    Erika Alexander – New South Wales, AustraliaJune 2015
  • “I was worried about traveling internationally, but thanks to our guide and active adventures I couldn't have felt safer! It really was a trip of a lifetime!”
    Taylor Monson – California, United StatesJune 2015
  • Talk about Active Adventure, I lost 12lbs in Peru, no joke!

    “The best thing about our trip was our tour guide Eric. We've had many guides over the years, and Eric was by far the best tour guide ever! He's so patient, so kind, so caring, so real. He obviously loves his job and it shows through in everything he does. Eric is fun, energetic, professional, and makes the trip all it's meant to be and more. The whole trip is excellent, but Eric is the glue that brings it all together.”
    Kenneth Osherow – Massachusetts, United StatesJune 2015
  • What a trip

    “This trip was beautiful and certainly active.
    14 days days allowed us to really emerge into the Peruvian culture. The memories will last forever.”
    James Silva – Massachusetts, United StatesJune 2015
  • Peru: Andes to Amazon adventure

    “This trip was two weeks of solid fun. Despite being the home of tourist-draw Machu Picchu, Peru still feels fairly unspoiled.”
    Cheryl Allebrand – , SwedenMay 2015
  • “A very good trip. Well organized and tons of stuff to do. Our guide was great and very knowledgeable. I never worried about a thing it was seamless.”
    Bev Belliveau – Ontario, CanadaMay 2015
  • Dad & Son get away

    “It was a very good trip. Peru is an excellent choice for interesting sights and a variety of experiences. The people are warm, friendly and very humble. High praise to Zac who was very attentive, informative & knowledgeable. A great representative for Active Adventures. I really enjoyed the small group and the many varied activities.”
    Michael Fitzhugh – California, United StatesMay 2015
  • Active review jaguar trip

    “From start to finish this Active trip was perfectly organized. Our guide ( Elder) was as good as it gets and had the personality to not just get along with everyone but befriend and give the impression he was enjoying the trip just as much as we were. His enthusiasm was contagious! The trip exceeded our high expectations!”
    Bob Ford – California, United StatesMay 2015

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Above all, we aim to be amazing hosts. We're proud of our kiwi roots, and our professional, warm and relaxed style of running trips around the world is unforgettable.

Expert LOCAL Guides & Trip Leaders

We're VERY picky about who we select to work in our team, and we have people from all over the world lining up to guide our trips. So we get to hire the absolute BEST in the business.

Everything is Included

As soon as you get off the plane, we've got all the details of your vacation covered – top notch meals, comfortable transport & accommodation, amazing guides and INCREDIBLE service.

A Sense of Achievement

Whether you’re new to adventure travel, or you’ve never travelled in a group before, you’ll find yourself arriving home positively different from when you left.

Small Groups

With our small groups (no more than 14), you'll get to know our team, your fellow travellers, and have the flexibility and freedom to do as much (or as little!) as you like.

Diverse Experiences

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