Ultimate Peru AdventureJaguar

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Overview

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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Itinerary

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 specialty to help you adjust to the altitude. After lunch, we’ll set off for a walk around this amazing ancient city and up to Sacsayhuamán fortress overlooking the main Plaza and Cuzco Valley. The fortress 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, and yet another theory is that it was the place where the old Inca king would play football using the heads of his enemies! No matter who is right, you’ll have a lot of fun hearing all the stories this amazing area inspires. Later, we’ll take a walk through the 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.
Koyllur Inn, 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 breathtaking scenery, dotted with local villages and surrounded by the massive green slopes of the Andes. We’ll finish our ride in the small town of Pisac, where we’ll have a chance to check out the 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!
Koyllur Inn, 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!

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 breathtaking 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.

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 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 rejoin the rest of our group.

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.
Koyllur Inn, 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.
Koyllur Inn, 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 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 onboard 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.
Koyllur Inn, 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 La Raya Pass

Today we’ll cycle from the spectacular La Raya Pass towards Puno, the capital of the Altiplano area and the gateway to Lake Titicaca – an amazing ride you won’t want to miss! This is one of Peru’s great highland areas where herds of alpaca and llama graze and snowcapped mountains rise steeply from the valley. If you’d prefer not to cycle, you can sit back and simply enjoy the view out the window on this incredibly scenic journey to Puno, known as the folklore capital of Peru. Its narrow streets are filled with the sounds of the typical Andean music known as saylla, the hustle and bustle of the local market, and the bell-ring of the triciclos, the local bicycle taxis!
Hotel Camino Real, 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 breathtaking 360º views of Lake Titicaca, the Capachica Peninsula, Amantani Island and the Bolivian Andes. On the way, we’ll visit an isolated village and have the chance to meet the local people and learn about their famous textiles and culture. Then it’s a short boat ride to Amantani Island, where we’ll spend the night. Our hosts, members of the indigenous Quechua community, will meet us at the lake’s edge and are always up for a game of high-altitude soccer, if you’re keen! Aside from being a great workout, it’s good fun and a unique way to get to know your hosts. 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 hugging its shores, grazed by sheep and shadowed by ancient remnant agricultural terraces. We’ll get in our motorboat for the final section of the trip back to Puno, stopping along the way to visit the 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 Camino Real, Puno (All meals)

Saturday — Return to Lima, depart for home

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

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Useful Info

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 South America representative will meet you at the airport at 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. Should our accommodation in Cuzco change for any reason, we’ll let you know at least two weeks prior to the start of your trip.

Trip end:

On the last day of your trip we’ll fly you to Lima airport 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, but 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.

What's Included?

Our trip fares are all shown in US dollars, so our guests from all over the world can more easily relate prices to their own currency. The fares quoted on each itinerary include taxes and are pretty much all-inclusive, it specifically includes:
• All guiding services. We have an experienced trip leader with every trip and also have a specialist guide on many of the activities to provide extra local knowledge
• Comfortable accommodation for the entire trip. We can also organise pre- and post-trip accommodation for you if you let us know
• All meals, as indicated, except on free days
• All drinking water and puritabs where drinking water isn’t readily available. (Alcohol and other drinks are not included)
• All activities as described in the itinerary – such as hiking, snorkelling, canoeing, sea kayaking, biking and jungle boat tours – and you’re welcome to sit out or do your own thing from time to time
• Tips for local specialist guides, drivers and boat captains are taken care of by Active Adventures South America, except for Inca Trail guides and porters on our ‘Jaguar’ trip, where your trip leader will suggest an appropriate tip
• Transport including buses, boats, trains and domestic flights as indicated

Not included:

Tips for your Inca Trail guides and porters are not included. You’ll be amazed how hard they work and we like to have a little presentation on the last night of the trail to show our appreciation.

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Reviews

Reviews

  • My first trip to Peru

    “Peru is an extraordinary country/place/culture. It is so diverse and expansive. I left longing and continue to long to see more of Peru and understand more of Peru's history, it's people and their culture. My wife and I have been blessed by our travels over the years, but I believe Peru has been the most impressionable. I look forward to our return.”
    Javier Lucio – Texas, United StatesAugust 2014
  • Never a dull moment

    “We ALL loved our Peru trip - including our 4 children aged 11- 17 years. We could never have seen or done so much without Active in such a relatively short time. Peru itself is so hugely diverse and being able to have a glimpse into some of the varying cultures was very special.”
    Tracey Brick – , New ZealandAugust 2014
  • “Erick was a gracious knowledgeable guide. We loved the Inca trail. Erick named us the "Gonzales family" because we were a bit speedy on the trail. Food was great. Even tried Guinea Pig! Machu Picchu was a highlight. Peruvian jungle provided the opportunity to befriend an eccentric parrot who wanted to come running with me. Lake Titicaca home stay was fantastic. Even managed a couple of goals playing football with the locals - they still won 4-2 though.”
    Matthew Brick – , New ZealandJuly 2014
  • Jaguar

    “If only we had more time.... We opted for 7 of the 14 day Jaguar trip and would have loved to stay for all of it. Sadly, we only had 7 days to travel. WOW! What an amazing 7 days! This was my first hiking trip and Cynthia made every step of it. Peru is amazing! The people, food and breathtaking scenery are all incredible! Active Adventures gave us a first rate experience with enough free time to explore and wander on our own. Cynthia is an amazing guide and made us feel like family. She fostered a love of the land and people. Her passion for the mountains and her country was infectious. She also had a wicked good card game that our family is still playing!! Everything was "my favorite!" Can't wait to book again (with Cynthia) on an Adventure to Patagonia. Our first Active Adventure has created a new passion for hiking and a thirst to see more of South America. From start (gathering info thru New Zealand office) to finish (arriving home) every member of the AA team treated us with professionalism, urgency and friendliness. Give them all a raise! ;)”
    Janet Valesares – Florida, United StatesJuly 2014
  • Jaguar Peru

    “Peru is definitely a trip of a lifetime and Active South America knows all the hidden gems for you to explore from hikes to restaurant selection. Cynthia, our tour guide, absolutely thought of everything to make our trip itinerary seamless, from bottled water every night down to having bowls of water to wash our hands in before eating while hiking. I cannot say enough fabulous things about Cynthia, who no doubt played a huge role in making the trip as memorable as it was. She was the perfect balance of friendly, patient, knowledgeable, and organized. When my flight got delayed almost 24 hours, there was an Active employee waiting for me at the airport to get me caught back up with my group. When I wasn't feeling well, she had chicken soup made for my dinner. I will no doubt be looking to book another trip with Active Adventures in the very near future as the price of the trip truly was all-inclusive and I did not feel nickeled and dimed for anything. I can honestly say the trip was worth every penny.”
    Tammy Whalen – New Jersey, United StatesJuly 2014
  • Fabulous trip - Active Adventure delivers once again!

    “This trip was my fourth trip (3rd one to South America) with Active and it didn't disappoint. Our trip leader Erick (who lives in Cusco himself) was amazing, knowledgable, attentive & considerate and went out of his way to ensure everybody's safety and enjoyment at all times. We had a fabulous group (9 of us) with mixed backgrounds and abilities but we all had a wonderful time and managed to see the best and worst of Peru!”
    Catriona Hellicar – New South Wales, AustraliaAugust 2014
  • Trip of a lifetime

    “My spouse and I really enjoyed going to Peru and experiencing the breathtaking landscape of South America (quite literally, we were hiking at 14,000 feet!). Our guide, Cynthia, was fantastic and the key to our trip's success. The views were amazing, we did something physically active everyday, and it was great not having to worry about meals, lodging, or boredom.”
    Kat Voth – DC, United StatesJuly 2014
  • Our Peru Adventure

    “This was truly a trip of a lifetime. For our 25th Anniversary we decide to head to Peru, and we couldn't have picked a better adventure. Cynthia, our guide was fantastic and so much fun. Every aspect of the trip was incredible - the guides, the people, the hiking, biking, kayaking - it was all so memorable. Thank you for helping us celebrate our anniversary with such a wonderful adventure.”
    Nancy Geyer – Colorado, United StatesJuly 2014
  • Best Trip I've Ever Taken

    “I absolutely loved the Jaguar trip. Not only was Peru beautiful, but Cynthia was a phenomenal guide who went the extra mile to make sure all of her clients were comfortable and happy. I enjoyed every part of the trip, and I will book with Active again in the future!”
    Shannon Arts – Virginia, United StatesMay 2014
  • Jaguar (7day)

    “Jaguar (7 day version) was a 40th birthday present to myself. Every detail was taken care of by Active Adventures, which is important when traveling abroad alone. My guide(s), Frank and John, were knowledgable and entertaining. The food was amazing and Machu Pichhu did not disappoint. I will be using Active for my next Adventure!”
    Emily Devers – Missouri, United StatesMay 2014
  • Fantastic

    “It was a superb trip and great experience: incredible landscapes and nature, great history and architecture, warm and welcoming people, grand food. The various activities enabled us to appreciate and enjoy Peru and its people, and the superior guiding of Elder really made the difference.”
    Flavia Alzetta – London, United KingdomMarch 2014
  • Jaguar Dec-Jan

    “As if the views were not spectacular enough, every location we went, we got to know our local guides who gave us incredible insight into the Peruvian culture and spirit. Local people were so proud of their homes, farms and families. They were eager to show us that pride, answer all of our questions, make us feel comfortable. I was very humbled by how hard these people work and how happy they are. A breath of fresh air!”
    Shana Hirchert – Kansas, United StatesFebruary 2014
  • “Life changing fantastic trip. Met great people. Had an unforgettable time.”
    Billy Hirchert – Kansas, United StatesFebruary 2014
  • Hiking Inca Trail is Excellent Four Days

    “Challenging but fun, educational, and inspiring. We saw MANY amazing Inca sites. Never imagined that those mountains could support such a huge and busy civilization. The genius involved in developing the systems is astounding. The scenery is truly magnificent. Loved learning about the native flora and fauna. The Amazon was fascinating as well, and we were super lucky to get glimpses of river otters. The drive up to the Altiplano was most interesting. My least favorite spot was the Uros Islands, which while interesting in construction, did not seem to remain an authentic culture, but mostly a tourist attraction. However our subsequent trip to Taquile and Amantani were delightful.”
    Donna Cleverdon – Maryland, United StatesJanuary 2014
  • Inca Trail Trek, Peru

    “My family and I have traveled with Active before and really enjoyed it. When looking for your groups to go to South America we immediately decided on Active. The trip was amazing! Being a teenager, it was to share my experiences with my friends when we got back home! My family and I went on the Inca Trail trek. While hiking on the first day, I was amazed with the scenery! No picture can show the beauty of the mountains and valleys! It was amazing to turn the corner and see Inca ruins throughout the hike! On the second day, the views got even better! Also the feeling of accomplishment when I reached Dead Women's Pass at 14,000 feet was great! The third day was one of my favorites. Though it is the longest day of hiking, the Inca ruins were amazing! Also at lunch it was amazing to see the back of Machu Picchu mountain! It was really exciting to know we were that close! On the last day, we reached Machu Picchu! I was so happy to be there! By hiking there I felt like I earned my right to be there! I would not have had the same satisfaction that I had by hiking the 4 days to get there!!! I was amazed about the size of Machu Picchu! It is so much bigger than I imagined it! Again no picture can show the sheer size of it! Also the scenery around Machu Picchu was spectacular!!! I will remember this trip for the rest of my life, thank you Active for giving me an my family the opportunity to experience Peru and Machu Picchu!”
    Jenna Weidner – Minnesota, United StatesJanuary 2014
  • Non-stop adventure

    “What a truly excellent adventure. Peru is an amazing place and having great tour guides and a tour group makes in even more enjoyable. The places visited and activities balance out adventure with culture with environment. Great balance between being on the go and having a chance to relax and take in as much of Peru as you can. The tour guides make this trip, always in control and ensure that everyone is having fun. The group I was on were a great bunch of people from all over, each was there to have a good time and enjoy the trip. Definitely be recommending the trip and looking at Active Adventures for my next holiday adventure.”
    Peter Hoult – New South Wales, AustraliaJanuary 2014
  • Inca Trail At Christmas

    “The Active South America 'Jaguar' trip far exceeded our expectations. We knew ACTIVE would do a good job, and the experience and adventure of the Inca Trail was fantastic! Hard, but worth it.”
    Kirk Weidner – Minnesota, United StatesJanuary 2014
  • “This is probably the best trip I have taken. Peru is amazing - the landscape and the people are unmatched. I'd travelled with Active before (to the Galapagos) and I enjoyed that trip. However, this trip truly has set the bar higher. Elder and Erik were amazing leaders. Consistently, they put forth effort to make sure everyone was happy and to meet individual needs.”
    Christine Soskins – California, United StatesJanuary 2014
  • Todd and Kelli's Excellent Adventure

    “This was our honeymoon trip and it was perfect! The organization and details of each day were well thought out and executed and it was a treat just to get up and enjoy each day. This was our first trip with an agency/group and we were pleased with how much we enjoyed it. What stood out to us about Active Adventures was their social responsibility, including the environment, supporting local businesses, and charity. Active was recommended to us and we would definitely recommend an Active trip to others.”
    Todd Goatley – Nevada, United StatesJanuary 2014
  • Great way to experience Peru!

    “This was our second trip with Active, and once again, we found ourselves well cared for! Our guide, Elder, was great! He was fun, knowledgeable, and extremely helpful. His love for his country was so evident and he shared it with all of us.”
    BJ Siegel – California, United StatesJanuary 2014
  • Fantastic trip!!

    “The Weidner family really enjoyed this trip. We LOVED our Active New Zealand trip five years ago so our expectations were very high. Active South America not only met but far exceeded our expectations.”
    Angie Weidner – Minnesota, United StatesJanuary 2014
  • Incredible!!

    “This was a once in a lifetime adventure that I would do again in a heartbeat!”
    Jennifer Kelleher – Massachusetts, United StatesJanuary 2014
  • Wonderful experience

    “We loved the Jaguar trip - recommend it to anyone looking for a fun active vacation!”
    Victoria Stephen – California, United StatesJanuary 2014
  • Great Trip!

    “I can't believe how much we got to see and do in just two weeks! It was so nice to travel as part of a small group - there was always somebody walking your speed on the hike or sharing your interests. It was also great to see so much without having to plan the little things that can become big things in a hurry: where to eat, where to stay, how to get from A to B. Definitely looking forward to the next trip!”
    Mary Combs – Virginia, United StatesDecember 2013
  • Enchanting Peru

    “My Jaguar trip with Active Adventures was a truly unique experience and one that I will always remember fondly. The trip was active, but allowed for some rest days to reset between activities. The trek to Machu Picchu was incredible and we were fortunate to have little rain even though it was the beginning of the rainy season. I enjoyed the interactions with the local people and being immersed in the culture with the stay with the local family on Lake Titicaca. I highly recommend this adventure to anyone who wants to experience the beauty and culture of Peru.”
    Carrie Lehtonen – Colorado, United StatesDecember 2013
  • An amazing adventure in Peru!

    “My now wife Sarah and I decided a few years ago that we wanted to have a small, intimate destination wedding at Machu Picchu. We've been travel junkies for just under a decade and have been to a number of European countries as well as a few trips to other states here in the USA. Born and raised in central New York State, we're city folk that look forward to occasionally getting out into the world to appreciate the variety of amazing natural wonders, history, cultures, languages and people that share this enormous planet with us. In the past, we've always mapped out and navigated our own vacation adventures. This was our first ever guided trip... and Active Adventures set a new bar of expectation for how we'll look into our vacations going forward, in fact we were so impressed that our next vacation will almost certainly be one of the other guided adventures that Active offers. Peru is like no place in the world we've ever been before. The constant but ever-changing backdrop of the Andes coupled with the timeless landscaping and stonework of the Incas and pre-Incas immediately removes you from your day-to-day life and transports you to another time. There aren't adequate words to describe the sensation of wonder that the scenery evokes...it's something that has to be experienced in order to understand. Our guide Yohn was immediately likeable and was, in my opinion, a master of his trade. Not only did he provide us with facts about where we were, he also elaborated on a lot of the myths, legends and musings in order to give us a better sense of the mystery that abounds in the mountains the Incas and their predecessors once called home. But he was always careful to separate fact from fable so we could come away from our trip with both proven knowledge and a heightened sense of wonder about this world and its history. Furthermore, he talked about his own life and experiences growing up in Peru which even further rounded out our immersion. By the end of the trip, we had an experience of Peru that was deeper, more intimate, and more memorable that anything we could have arranged on our own. I could literally write a book-long review of how awesome this trip was and there wouldn't be a single sentence of negativity. Active handled the arrangements of our wedding, and we were provided a ceremony conducted by two Shamans (father and son) and catered to by wonderful staff on the mountainside of the Pisac Ruins (we were unable to book a ceremony at Machu Picchu due to recently enacted Peruvian regulations. But I'm glad it worked out the way it did! It was amazing!). Like I said, I could go on and on and on... There are so many things I haven't even mentioned like the unforgettable few days in the Amazon Rainforest, the 4-day hike up the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, the plethora of ruins we encountered, the man-made floating islands on Lake Titicaca, and SO MUCH MORE. And the people of Peru were AWESOME. We never for a moment felt unsafe, in fact we felt welcome by everyone. I'll end by saying this... Our primary point of interest in deciding on this trip to Peru was, of course, Machu Picchu. Machu Picchu is every bit as amazing as you can imagine and more, BUT... I say with full conviction that nearly every day we spent in Peru was filled with sights and wonders we didn't expect. In hindsight, Machu Picchu was just one small part of the overall experience, and there are a great many places on this trip that rivaled it in its ability to just leave you speechless in their presence. If you are considering this trip... Stop considering and start planning. It will enrich your life immensely. Also, be prepared to sweat... They're not called ACTIVE Adventures for nothing :-)”
    Michael Weed – New York, United StatesDecember 2013
  • Peru 2013

    “The Jaguar trip was one of my favorite trips ever and my wife and I do a lot of traveling. My favorite portion of the trip was the Lares Trail hike where we were able to get away from the tourist areas and see people living in the mountains the way that they have lived for centuries. I may need to go back and do the classic Inca Trail for comparison. I feel as though we had a good overview of Peru and it's Inca heritage. Cynthia was the best guide I have had on a tour such as this and we gave her some challenges!”
    – , December 2013
  • Awesome

    “This trip exceeded our expectations! Michael and I were looking to get to married in Peru and the Active team put together a beautiful wedding ceremony for us that we will remember for a lifetime. I have waited to visit Peru for a long time and loved the itinerary for this tour. We had a lot of great experiences around the country and it was beautiful. Our tour guide Yohn was fantastic; it was like traveling with a friend who took care of all the details. On the Inca Trail we had a great guide in Frank and the best porters on the trail. I cannot wait to take another trip with Active Adventures!”
    Sarah Busco – New York, United StatesDecember 2013
  • Jaguar trip comments

    “Trip was outstanding....active, wonderful and very varied locations...saw many beautiful sights and a rich variety of environments/nature/wildlife. Inca Trail hike was difficult (altitude) but well worth the effort. Excellent guide (Frank) and support team. Amazon headwater trip was exceptional. Wonderful location (Amazonia Ecolodge) and good jungle hikes. The anaconda we saw was an unexpected highlight.”
    Bruce Kirchner – North Carolina, United StatesNovember 2013
  • Climbing the Mountain

    “When we booked this adventure, we were unsure of the difficulty between the two options to choose - classic Inca Trail or the Lares. Being in our 70's we have always held our own in all kinds of adventures. But this time the altitude got Gloria. She was all right with the muscle required, but could not keep up from labored breathing and often rest. Soon we could not meet the time schedule for each night's camp site. Alas! we must turn back. Indeed, we saw many people of all ages returning also. This short account is written to praise Active for the way in which they handled this disappointing turn of events. They turned a bad experience into a good one and arranged to get us on the Lares and ultimately to Machu Picchu. The trip was full of great adventure and we sincerely recommend Active for the trip.”
    Jerry Funderburg – Texas, United StatesNovember 2013
  • Beautiful mountains

    “This was a wonderful adventure along the Inca Trail and more. The only downside is that the route is well-traveled. This is more about seeing classic sites than a wilderness adventure.”
    Peter Cramton – Maryland, United StatesNovember 2013
  • Peru Lares Trail October 2013

    “Our family group of seven, aged 31 to 61, had a wonderful time with aggressive hikes for 5 days including a 9 hour hike to just short of 16,000 feet, nice bike ride, day unscheduled and 3 days in the jungle. Unscheduled day was white water rafting 2 hours outside of Cuzco which I recommend adding to all trips. Our primary guide, Cynthia, was terrific and very helpful keeping us all challenged, entertained, well fed and full of smiles.”
    Larry Hennessy – Wisconsin, United StatesNovember 2013
  • Travels with friends, old and new

    “We traveled with another couple that we met on an adventure in southeast Asia. This proved to be equally exciting and a good way to make new friends. A highlight was homemade Martinis in our tent after a long day of hiking.”
    Paul Richards – Washington, United StatesNovember 2013
  • Trip of a lifetime is an understatement

    “Even though the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in itself is an experience, I will never forget that without Active Adventures it wouldn't have been quite the same. We had the most knowledgeable guides and we were all treated like one big family. Cynthia was fantastic; it was if we had known her all our lives. Because of Cynthia I would consider doing another trip to South America with Active Adventures.”
    Mari Jewell – Colorado, United StatesNovember 2013
  • Jaguar 2013

    “This trip was phenomenal. The activities were great. The main guide was wonderful, easy to work with, and extremely helpful. The individual activity guides were also very friendly and knowledgeable. Every trip detail was very well thought out. For example, on our travel day from Cuzco to Puno, they brought bicycles along so we could bike some of the track instead of sitting in the van for six hours. The trip was perfectly balanced between activities and free/relaxation time. We also learned a lot about Peruvian culture and history, much more than we expected. All in all, an incredible trip.”
    Sean Avery – Washington, United StatesOctober 2013
  • Great trip!

    “Peru was an amazing country and seeing it on the Jaguar trip was great! Cynthia our guide, was awesome. She was informative, easy to get along with, and definitely had a passion for what she does. The activities we did were fun, all the food we ate was delicious, and I can't speak highly enough about the trip! We also happened to have a really fun, and easy going group, which added to the experience.”
    Mike Anaya – California, United StatesOctober 2013
  • Unlike anything I've ever done!

    “The Jaguar trip was the perfect mix of relaxation and adventure. I originally planned this trip around checking Machu Picchu off my bucket list but throughout the course of the trip, I did things I never knew I always wanted to. From hiking the Lares Trail to staying with a family on Amantani Island, I experienced more than I ever thought I would. This was unlike any vacation I have ever taken and something I will never forget. I can't wait to go on my next Active Adventure.”
    Brenna Robinson – California, United StatesOctober 2013
  • What a challenge!

    “This trip was extremely challenging! I had never done anything like it before, and it really pushed me to the limit ... in a good way! Peru is incredibly beautiful and has so much to offer. What made out trip amazing was our incredible guide, Elder. The people we met were incredible. Definitely the trip of a lifetime!”
    Nina Mansfield – Connecticut, United StatesSeptember 2013
  • The Only Way to See the Andes

    “Incredible experience. We had a great group of mixed ages and experiences to travel with. The ability to be active on a trip like this meant I went home feeling in better shape than when I started. Best kind of vacation!”
    Sandy Martin – Minnesota, United StatesSeptember 2013
  • Fantastic Adventure!

    “This trip has so many highlights - the people, the trek, the home stay, the kayaking, the food ... couldn't have asked for more!”
    Judith Wilson – Midlothian, United KingdomSeptember 2013
  • Peru!

    “Peru is a beautiful country! My view of Peru expanded as a result of going on the tour. Before the trip Peru was Machu Picchu ... but now when I think about the country I remember impressive mountains and colourful culture and music and jungle and history and friendships! I had a fantastic trip!”
    Andrea McIntee – Ontario, CanadaSeptember 2013
  • Amazing experience!

    “The trip provided us with an intimate view of the breathtaking Peruvian landscape and warm people. We loved our hikes although the altitude was challenging at times. Cynthia was a fabulous guide who helped our group to bond in a very special way. Our favorite part was the Amazon where we hope to return.”
    Hanina Ruttenberg – New Jersey, United StatesSeptember 2013
  • Thank you!

    “Amazing trip ... fantastic job of coordinating all travel arrangements and everything ran so smoothly. I absolutely cannot say enough about our guides Yohn, Frank and Eric. They made the trip ... so knowledgeable, calm, and helpful.”
    Deena Toukan – Pennsylvania, United StatesAugust 2013
  • Trip of a lifetime

    “I've just returned from a Jaguar tour in Peru; it was a trip I will never forget!! The whole trip was well organised and worth every penny. I found myself with a fantastic mix of people and a brilliant tour guide. The activities took us away from the tourist trail and allowed you to experience the 'real' Peru from a completely different perspective ... whether that was from a bike, kayak or from a mountain pass at 4800m altitude!”
    Kat Mills – Somerset, United KingdomAugust 2013
  • Very impressed!

    “Really enjoyed the trip and loved Cynthia! She's amazing and everything was very organized and well run. Already recommending it to friends!”
    Ashley Devery – Colorado, United StatesAugust 2013
  • One heck of a trip this was!!

    “Having been lucky enough to have had the chance to travel around the world a fair bit, I would rate my Jaguar trip with Active as probably the best trip ever. Even as I write this, I can't help but go down the memory lane and think of those two incredible weeks spent in Peru. Serenity, thrill, adrenalin rush, joy and sheer beauty - mix these with some lemon, salt, spice, chopped onions and salmon, and voila - you get a 'ceviche' of a trip! Loved it to bits and can't wait for another one with Active!”
    Vishnu Sankaran – Dubai, United Arab EmiratesAugust 2013
  • If you're physically able to make the trip, don't think twice!

    “This trip was everything I could have asked for and more. I couldn't have asked for a better leader - Cynthia definitely made the trip what it was. She knew so much, was so helpful, and extremely fun and friendly. The Jaguar trip was incredibly well planned and excellently structured. It is clear that Active has done its research and knows what is best for its clients. I was certainly encouraged to take another trip with Active, and didn't want Jaguar to end - the people, the program, the experiences and the memories are all unforgettable!”
    Angelica Conway – New York, United StatesAugust 2013
  • Another fine Active trip

    “Wonderful trip with Active. Hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu was an experience of a lifetime. The Amazon was also great. My favorite part of the trip was Lake Titicaca. Our guide, Cynthia, was really good. The local guides used along the way were also great.”
    Doug Bertossi – Minnesota, United StatesJuly 2013
  • Great time, unique honeymoon experience

    “My husband and I had a wonderful time on the Jaguar trip to Peru. It made for a fun and unique honeymoon experience that we will remember forever. Elder, our guide, was fantastic, extremely helpful and knowledgeable, and enthusiastic about sharing his home country with everyone. In addition to a memorable trip to Peru, we made lasting friendships with everyone on our excursion and hope to reunite on another Active Adventure some day!”
    Kimberly Dresdner – Texas, United StatesJune 2013
  • Amazing!

    “What an amazing trip! Our Jaguar adventure was very well organized - we were well taken care of every step of the way. I'm recommending it to all my friends as something they simply must do. Yohn did a wonderful job and our group was so much fun! We are looking forward to planning another Active Adventure.”
    Darcie Eddy – Colorado, United StatesMay 2013

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