Machu Picchu & Amazon Adventure

  • 10 Days
  • 14 People Max

    This trip has a maximum of 14 guests, plus one experienced Active Adventures guide and specialist local guides in select locations.

  • Activity Level 4
    • Activity Level 4

      Challenge Accepted

      I'll let my trusty guides sweat the small things, so I can focus on my goal. Getting to the top, reaching the end, achieving my dreams! Sure, it'll be tough, but the views will be worth it.

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  • Trip Start: Cuzco
  • Trip End: Cuzco
Ultimate Peru Adventure Trip

Feast your eyes on magnificent landscapes, ancient ruins and dense jungles on our Machu Picchu & Amazon Adventure

Starting and finishing in Cuzco, you'll hike in the footsteps of the Incas, cycle through Andean villages and explore the Amazon jungle on our 10-day Machu Picchu & Amazon Adventure. Every day will have you exploring new landscapes and taking in the captivating history Peru has to offer. You'll have the choice to hike either the Classic Inca Trail or the lesser-known Lares Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, where you'll have plenty of time to explore the enchanting passageways and stone structures. That's not all this adventure entails though, you'll also cycle through the Sacred Valley of the Incas, hike the Sacsayhuamán fortress, visit Pisac market and wander the virgin jungle of the Amazon. The variety of activities and landscapes on this Ultimate Peru Adventure tour will give you a Peruvian trip like no other – and an experience you'll never forget!

Machu Picchu & Amazon Adventure ~ Itinerary

Trip Start: Cuzco Trip End: Cuzco
  • Day 1Arrive in Cuzco, hike Sacsayhuamán fortress

  • Day 2Cycle Sacred Valley, visit Pisac market, hike Pisac ruins

  • Days 3, 4, 5 and 6Inca Trail options

  • Days 3 to 6Option A, Lares Inca Trail

  • Days 3 to 6Option B, Classic Inca Trail

  • Day 6 (continued)Explore Machu Picchu

  • Day 7Free day in Cuzco

  • Day 8Journey to the Amazon, wildlife viewing in Tambopata Reserve

  • Day 9Wildlife hike, virgin jungle exploration

  • Day 10Return to Cuzco, depart for home

  • Day 1

    Arrive in Cuzco, hike Sacsayhuamán fortress

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    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. 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 (143 tons) 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.
    Ramada Wyndham Costa del Sol, Cuzco (Lunch, Dinner)

    Hiking Distance: 2 kilometres (1.2 miles), 2-3 hours
    Elevation Gain: 
    200 metres (656 feet)
    Elevation Loss: 
    200 metres (656 feet)

  • Day 2

    Cycle Sacred Valley, visit Pisac market, hike Pisac ruins

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    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 610 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!
    Ramada Wyndham Costa del Sol, Cuzco (All meals)

    Sacred Valley Biking Distance: 20 kilometres (12 miles), 2-3 hours

    Pisac Ruins Hiking Distance: 3 kilometres (1.8 miles), 2-3 hours
    Elevation Gain: 
    250 metres (1,476 feet)

  • Days 3, 4, 5 and 6

    Inca Trail options

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

  • Days 3 to 6

    Option A, Lares Inca Trail

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    Day 3 (afternoon) - Hike Lares Inca Trail to Cuncani

    From Cuzco, we’ll head in the direction of the Sacred Valley. The road leads to Lares and crosses the Amparaes Pass. This phenomenal drive winds through arid landscapes, crosses rivers and you’ll see some of the most stunning mountain vistas in Peru. Our final destination is the hot baths of Lares. Here, naturally occurring hot springs await us before we set out on our trek. From the thermal baths unfolds a small track used by local children and community members of Lares. We’ll pass through hand tilled fields and crops of quinoa and potato, amongst quaint stone houses. After a gradual climb of a few hours we’ll stop for a delicious lunch, before continuing on to the community of Cuncani, where we’ll set up camp for the evening.
    Lares Inca Trail camp (3,840 metres (12,600 feet)) (All meals)

    Hiking Distance: 11 kilometres (6.8 miles), 4-6 hours
    Elevation Gain: 600 metres (1,968 feet)

    Day 4 - Hike Lares Inca Trail over Paso de Pumahuanca to Paccha

    If we have clear skies at sunrise, we’ll wake to the imposing view of Colque Crus, a majestic mountain capped by a glacier, which provides water to the local community. We follow the path next to an icy stream that will take us towards the pass. The ascent is challenging. On reaching the summit a stunning view of the Pampas of Anta awaits us, followed by a descent that will be most welcome after the challenging climb. The descent is steep but beautiful, crossing a small forest of ‘Polylepis’, the endemic and endangered trees of the high Andes. Just after the forest and with an incredible view of the valley below we will stop for lunch. After which the drop continues until we reach our camp, a tranquil paradise surrounded by trees and crossed by a small river. Tonight, if we find some dead tinder, we’ll enjoy a cosy campfire.
    Lares Inca Trail camp (4,040 metres (13,400 feet)) (All meals)

    Hiking Distance: 12.5 kilometres (7.8 miles), 7-9 hours
    Elevation Gain: 1,000 metres (3,280 feet)

    Day 5 - Hike Lares Inca Trail to Ollantaytambo

    This morning will be our last on the trail. From camp the walk becomes easier down to the piscigranja (fish farm). As we descend we’ll feel the climate changing, becoming warmer and more alive, with more variety in vegetation, and we’ll be accompanied by hummingbirds along the way. After a few short hours we’ll meet our private transportation that will take us to Ollantaytambo Station to board the train to Aguas Calientes. As the train travels along, the valley turns into a canyon and the scenery alters, as the cloud forests begin to appear, on our approach to the Machu Picchu Sanctuary. We will disembark the train at Aguas Calientes. After a well-deserved shower we’ll enjoy a delicious dinner at one of the best restaurants in town.
    Local hotel, Aguas Calientes (2,040 metres (6,692 feet)) (All meals)

    Hiking Distance: 6 kilometres (3.6 miles), 4-5 hours
    Elevation Loss: 800 metres (2,624 feet)

    Day 6 (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.

    Hiking Distance: wander around the ruins, 3 hours
    Elevation Gain: 200
     metres (656 feet)
    Elevation Loss: 200 metres (656 feet)

  • Days 3 to 6

    Option B, Classic Inca Trail

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    Day 3 (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. 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 (3,000 metres (9,842 feet)) (All meals)

    Hiking Distance: 12 kilometres (7.3 miles), 5-7 hours
    Elevation Gain: 400 metres (1,312 feet)

    Day 4 - 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 914 metres (3000 feet) up to Warmiwañusqa, or ‘Dead Woman’s Pass’ altitude 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 (3,580 metres (11,745 feet)) (All meals)

    Hiking Distance: 11 kilometres (7 miles), 6-8 hours
    Elevation Gain: 1,200 metres (3,937 feet)
    Elevation Loss: 600 metres (1,968 feet)

    Day 5 - 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 (3,600 metres (11,810 feet)) (All meals)

    Hiking Distance: 12 kilometres (7.3 miles), 6-8 hours
    Elevation Loss: 800 metres (2,624 feet)

    Day 6 (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!

    Hiking Distance: 7.3 kilometres (4.5 miles), 6-7 hours
    Elevation Gain:
    600 metres (1,968 feet)
    Wander around the ruins: 3 hours, +/- 200 metres (656 feet)

  • Day 6 (continued)

    Explore Machu Picchu

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    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.
    Ramada Wyndham Costa del Sol, Cuzco (All meals)

  • Day 7

    Free day in Cuzco

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    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.
    Ramada Wyndham Costa del Sol, Cuzco (Breakfast)

  • Day 8

    Journey to the Amazon, wildlife viewing in Tambopata Reserve

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    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.
    Amazon Lodgings, Amazon jungle (All meals)

    Hiking Time: 2 hours, short hikes in the jungle

  • Day 9

    Wildlife hike, virgin jungle exploration

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    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 biologically diverse 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.
    Amazon Lodgings, Amazon jungle (All meals)

    Walking Distance: 2 kilometres (1.2 miles), 1-2 hours

  • Day 10

    Return to Cuzco, depart for home

    This morning we leave the rainforest and take a boat back to Puerto Maldonado, where we’ll catch a short flight to Cuzco. This is the last day of your trip in Peru, 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, Lunch)

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What Our Guests Say About The Machu Picchu & Amazon Adventure

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- May 2022

Amazing trip with great guides

"I had a great time on the Jaguar trip - our guides were friendly, knowledgeable,… read more

"I had a great time on the Jaguar trip - our guides were friendly, knowledgeable, organized, and always helpful. Our porters and camp staff also were friendly and highly competent. The sites chosen by the guides for us to visit were always interesting, and the guides were able to provide great information about them. The information provided to us by Active Adventures was helpful and comprehensive - my only comments regarding the pre-trip information would be to update the materials to clarify that guests need a small day pack for biking and day hikes AND a 30L plus hiking bag for the Inca trail, and the pre-trip information could have included information about tipping for the porters and guides. While it is sensible that the company would not want to pressure guests into tipping a certain amount, everyone in my group had a wonderful time and genuinely wanted to show appreciation to our porters and guides. It would have been helpful to know how much cash we should have with us when departing on the trail to be able to tip each individual adequately, as well as information about when in the trip we would have an opportunity to tip both porters and guides. read less

5 Stars (2056 reviews)

Amy, United States

- May 2022

Bucket list trip for sure!!

"After having had my retirement bucket list trip snatched from under me in 2020, I… read more

"After having had my retirement bucket list trip snatched from under me in 2020, I was delighted to finally take it this April. Active Adventures deserves huge kudos for honouring its commitment to the trip. I travelled with two friends, and we were in a group of 15 on the trip - from the US and Canada. What a fantastic group of people! Best of all though, were our two tour guides from the Galapagos, Pepo and Paulo. They were the best ambassadors for the islands and Ecuador - very knowledgeable, professional, kind hearted - and just plain fun. They made us feel safe and relaxed throughout the trip. The islands are gorgeous - and the wildlife does not disappoint. I found deep ocean snorkelling a bit out of my comfort zone, and wished I had practiced a bit in a pool before I left. However, it is an essential part of the trip, and cannot be skipped. Learning about tectonic plates, volcanoes and the conservation efforts for the giant tortoises was food for thought. As for helpful tips, bring lots of sun screen, sun protective clothing, and bug spray. These items are not readily available on the islands, but they are absolutely essential. Also bring a reusable water bottle as recommended by AA, because although bottled water is available for purchase everywhere, it makes more sense to fill up from the large reusable containers provided and not create plastic waste. I would definitely recommend this beautiful active adventure - my first with this company, but not my last. read less

5 Stars (1564 reviews)

Serena, Canada

- May 2022

Bucket List Trip

"We loved our trip to Galapagos! Our guides, Pepo and Paulo were so knowledgeable… read more

"We loved our trip to Galapagos! Our guides, Pepo and Paulo were so knowledgeable about the islands and loved sharing it all with us. The warm weather was so welcome after a winter in New England. All of the logistics were handled smoothly so that all we had to do was enjoy the varied land and marine wildlife. An amazing trip that I highly recommend! read less

5 Stars (1564 reviews)

Claudia, United States

- May 2022

Somethings really do live up to the hype. This was AMAZING!!

"To be honest, I was a little leery traveling with a new company, with new… read more

"To be honest, I was a little leery traveling with a new company, with new people and well, Covid. But this was abso-fricking-lutely the BEST ADVENTURE TRIP! From our guide, Pepo (who completely hit it out of the park), to the places we saw, to the organization behind the scenes and those wonderful meals, this was amazing! If you want the best way to SEE the Galapagos Islands, this is it. I can't say enough great things about Galakiwi (Active's partner) and our guides. They made this trip unforgettable. Pepo and Paolo answered our flora/fauna questions (we had lots!) and happily shared us what makes this place so special. And man, Pepo can dance - and surf! We're already talking about our next Active Adventure - we can't wait! :) read less

5 Stars (1564 reviews)

Lori, United States

Ultimate Patagonia & Chile Adventure - April 2022

Wonderful Patagonia

"Although initially disappointed that the border with Argentina remained closed, the Torres del Paine hiking… read more

"Although initially disappointed that the border with Argentina remained closed, the Torres del Paine hiking with Alvaro and Christian was compensation aplenty. read less

4 Stars (1175 reviews)

Nick, United Kingdom

Ultimate Patagonia & Chile Adventure - April 2022

Bucket List Trip!

"I finally made it to Patagonia! And I couldn't have done it with a better… read more

"I finally made it to Patagonia! And I couldn't have done it with a better company! This was my 5th tour with Active!
The landscape was even more breathtaking than I had imagined. And every guide was so much fun to hang out with and incredibly knowledgeable about the culture and the land. If you are planning a trip to Patagonia and you love being in the outdoors, this is the tour company for you! read less

5 Stars (1175 reviews)

Jolene, Canada

- April 2022

West Coast is a must visit

"This is our second Active Adventures trip and we weren't disappointed. The itinerary was excellent… read more

"This is our second Active Adventures trip and we weren't disappointed. The itinerary was excellent and food and accommodation of a high standard. We loved the West Coast scenery. The walks were amazing, particularly around Lake Matheson and Punakaiki. Kayaking on Okarito Lagoon, heli-hiking on Franz Joseph Glacier and the scenic flight over Mt Aspiring National Park out to Milford Sound were fantastic experiences. Our guide Clare was first class. Everything was organised to perfection and nothing was too much trouble. read less

5 Stars (2 reviews)

Robert, New Zealand

- April 2022

Fabulous trip!

"First “big” trip in 2 years due to the pandemic. Honestly, more anxiety than excitement… read more

"First “big” trip in 2 years due to the pandemic. Honestly, more anxiety than excitement prior to the trip but once I arrived in the Galapagos, the excitement hit and so glad my friend and I decided to go on the adventure together. AA tour made the trip really easy. I really like the balance of being “active” and some downtime of my own. The tour guides were friendly and very knowledgeable. The meals were all very good except for the first night dinner on San Cristobal Island…to me, it wasn’t good. I thought the fish weren’t well prepared and tasted too fishy. Another person ordered the same meal and I noticed she hardly touched hers. Later I found out hers was too salty. Another low light for me was the accommodations on Floreana Island. Apparently, very limited hotel selections on the island. Hotel Wittmer was ran down and we all had cold showers that night. I also found a smashed dead mosquito with blood on the wall! Isabela Island was fun and where we stayed was wonderful. I wish we had more time on Santa Cruz Island. All in all, I had a fantastic trip and would recommend this trip to my friends who enjoy the outdoor and animals! read less

5 Stars (1564 reviews)

Hui-Chien, United States

- April 2022

Wonderful wildlife adventures

"The Tortuga trip was full of once in a lifetime experiences. Pablo, our guide was… read more

"The Tortuga trip was full of once in a lifetime experiences. Pablo, our guide was so passionate about the islands and knowledgeable about the wildlife and all aspects of our trip. We swam with sea turtles, rays, sea lions, and sharks!. The land tortoises were great to see in their natural habitat and in the breeding centers. I learned so much about the history of the islands, the environment, Darwin's studies and plans for the furture on the island. The snorkeling in Los Tunels was the highlight as well as the hike to the volcano lava fields. The Galapagos is truely a unique and fascinating place. read less

5 Stars (1564 reviews)

Barb, United States

- April 2022

Great experience

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5 Stars (863 reviews)

Adrian, New Zealand

Ultimate Patagonia & Chile Adventure - April 2022

Almost to Antarctica

"The Condor trip and the W Trek were wonderful. I was there in early February… read more

"The Condor trip and the W Trek were wonderful. I was there in early February and the weather was good; clouds mixed with sun, and surprisingly warm…but windy. The guides, as always, were special and took care of everything. The scenery is amazing, and constant for the entire 4+ days. The Argentina border was closed so the trip was modified to include the Chile Lake District, and I opted out of that portion of the trip because it was similar to the Active Adventures Puma trip which I did a couple years ago (also a great trip!). Even doing only the W Trek was great…and I hope to return for the whole trip! read less

5 Stars (1175 reviews)

Mark, United States

- April 2022

Great trip with Great people

"I could write pages about our Tortuga trip in April . Instead I will just… read more

"I could write pages about our Tortuga trip in April . Instead I will just say that we were so surprised how much we enjoyed traveling with Active Adventures. We are typically not "group travel" people but in the Galapagos it seems necessary...so many things to line up and local people and facilities to communicate with. AAdventures did this with amazing competency. Things flowed seamlessly. Our guide Pepo and his assistant Paolo were amazing. They seemed to do all this and yet still ENJOY being with us, answering questions and getting everyone excited for the next adventure. I will advise that this is an active trip, not intense but lots of exercise, sweating and moving every day. It is important to know that and be prepared or know that you might skip some of the longer things. I also want to add that the guides' English was beautiful and Pepo's knowledge about the area, the geography and the animals was impressive. To anyone who is worried about the "group" aspect but needs the logistics AAdventures can provide, be assured. They still respect your privacy, your right to skip something if its not for you and the small size makes it not feel chaotic. Food was also very good, fresh and simple but abundant and well prepared. I had dreamed of this trip since I was a little girl and read about the tortoises in National Geographic. I never thought the experience would live up to the dream, but it truly did and I think Active Adventures had a big part in that. read less

5 Stars (1564 reviews)

Lynn, United States

Ecuador Volcano and Jungle Adventure - April 2022

Tapir with Alberto

"This was an excellent way to see more of mainland Ecuador. The scenery was… read more

"This was an excellent way to see more of mainland Ecuador. The scenery was breathtaking with waterfalls, rushing river and majestic mountains. Got to sample local cuisine with I enjoyed very much. read less

5 Stars (294 reviews)

Sandy, United States

- April 2022

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"This was a trip down memory lane for me revisiting old haunts & visiting new… read more

"This was a trip down memory lane for me revisiting old haunts & visiting new ones. I was thrilled with how it all went & with the experience of our guides & their enthusiasm. The weather was perfect & I achieved everything on my bucket list! read less

5 Stars (863 reviews)

Colleen, New Zealand

- April 2022

Our 4th trip with Active

"Another great guide. Beautiful diving, biking and hiking adventures. Great local food and accommodations. We… read more

"Another great guide. Beautiful diving, biking and hiking adventures. Great local food and accommodations. We have loved every single Active Adventure. As always though, the Active guides are what make the trip special. This time Pepo and Paulo were absolutely awesome with their knowledge and communication. The people in the group always seem to come together as great friends and we have the guides to thank for that! Can't wait for the next one! read less

5 Stars (1564 reviews)

Paul, United States

- April 2022

Amazing trip

"We loved our Active Adventures trip. The guides were amazing, super organised and great company. read more

"We loved our Active Adventures trip. The guides were amazing, super organised and great company. read less

5 Stars (64 reviews)

Kate, New Zealand

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Accommodation

We’ve selected the accommodation on your ‘Jaguar’ trip for the unique character and adventuresome feel – this trip is not designed as a tour of the fanciest hotels in Peru. We prefer to stay in quaint, comfortable B&B’s and lodges, some of which have private bathrooms and some shared bathrooms.
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What's the maximum group size on this trip?

This trip has a maximum of 14 guests, plus one experienced Active Adventures guide and specialist local guides in select locations.

Where does the trip start?

On the first morning of the trip, our two pick-up locations are Cuzco airport (CUZ) (if your flight arrives by 11am) or you’ll meet your trip leader and your group in the lobby of Ramada Wyndham Costa del Sol at 12pm. You are welcome to stay at any hotel in Cuzco if you arrive before the first day, though you must make your own way to one of the two pick-up points at the pre-designated times.

Where does the trip end?

Your trip ends with a flight to Cuzco Airport (CUZ) in time for flights below.

What flights would you recommend?

Arrival: If you're flying in on the first day of the trip, we recommend arriving in Cusco by 10.30am.

Departure: On the last day of the trip, we recommend booking your flight to depart out of Cuzco any time after 6pm. If you are considering other flight times, let us know and we’ll see what we can do to make your trip run smoothly.

NOTE: We recommend arriving in Cuzco a couple of days before your trip begins to get accustomed to the 3,300 metres (10,000 feet) elevation. If this isn’t possible that’s okay – your trip is designed to begin very gently and ease you into being active at altitude!

How fit do I need to be for this trip?

As an Activity Level 3-4 trip, you’ll need a solid level of fitness for this trip. Typically, hikes on this trip range between three and six hours to complete, with longer hikes on the Inca trails. So get out there with a daypack on and train so you’ll be ready to join us! While you don’t have to be extremely fit, you should be in the habit of doing regular aerobic exercise, ideally involving some up hills and down hills and carrying a pack! With a little preparation before your trip begins, you’ll enjoy the active and outdoor nature of your trip all the more.

Please head to our Fitness Guide for great tips on how to prepare along with a workout plan!

What accommodations do we stay at on this trip?

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-beatentrack and set in amazing locations. For example, on both Inca Trail treks we’re under canvas, though 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 Cuzco we have chosen good lodgings, 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!), and earplugs are recommended in this energetic and lively part of the world. In contrast, the jungle lodges in the Amazon are very tranquil and quiet.

We recommend bringing enough clothing to only have to do laundry once during your trip and the best time will be during our two night stay in Cuzco (during your free day).

How much luggage can I bring on this trip?

You'll need one piece of luggage plus a daypack. Your main piece of luggage can be anything from a backpack, to a sports bag with wheels or a suitcase and a good quality trekking daypack 25-30 litres (2000 cubic inches) is required for the days on the trail.

When we go to the Amazon Jungle we only need take along what we need for these nights, so you can leave your extra gear securely in your Cuzco hotel for when you return. Therefore, please bring along a collapsible bag to take your overnight gear away in.

Tell me about the Classic Inca Trail?

This amazing four day trek will take you past ancient Incan ruins, over high Andean passes and through mysterious cloud forest. This trail is the most widely known of all the Inca trails and as a result it’s the most popular, which is why a trekking permit system exists to protect the trail and why everyone who treks the trail must do so with the assistance of a local Peruvian operator (we take care of that for you).

The Classic Inca Trail is 45km (25 miles) in total length and you’ll average around 6 hours or 12km (7 miles) per day. The greatest elevation reached on the trail is 4,200 metres (13,800 feet) at the top of Dead Woman’s Pass. It involves three and a half days of hiking, three nights of camping, three passes and many Incan ruins to walk past and explore. While the many steps on the Inca Trail might be a bit of a challenge, the rewards are well and truly worth it!

How fast do Classic Inca Trail permits sell out?

There are limited numbers of permits available for trekkers and porters on the Classic Inca Trail and permits can sell out many months in advance during busier periods. It’s important to get your passport details to us as soon as possible as we can’t secure your permits without them.

Please make sure the passport details you provide us are 100% accurate. The National Park authorities who police the Inca Trails and Machu Picchu permits can refuse you entry to the trail if the details in their system and on your passport do not match – so please double check the passport name and number you’ve provided. If you find an error please email us immediately so we can do our best to rectify things for you.

If you need to renew your passport please provide us with your ‘old’ info prior to applying for your new one, just in case Inca Trail permits are limited, as we wouldn’t want you to miss out. In this case please remember to bring the ‘old’ passport with you too, to collect your permits in Cuzco and at Machu Picchu.

Tell me about the Lares Trail?

This three day trek through the real Peru will take you over high Andean passes, past secluded lakes, along remote valleys and into local villages. This trail is somewhat less well known than the Classic Inca Trail, but it’s an equally spectacular wilderness experience.

The Lares Inca Trail is 40km (25 miles) in total length and you’ll average around 5 hours or 10km (6 miles) per day. The greatest elevation reached on the Lares Inca Trail is 4,730 metres (15,700 feet) at the top of PumahuancaPass. It involves three days of hiking, two passes, two nights of camping, one night in a hotel and time in numerous quaint villages. You’ll feel like you have Peru to yourself on this trail – it’s a hidden gem that you’ll be very glad that you found!

We often have travelers comment on how strongly they’re touched by the interactions they have with the local communities on the Lares Trail. You’ll see many young children on this hike, so feel free to bring along some small spin tops or other fun gifts to hand out.

What are the accommodations/meals on the trails?

While on your Inca Trail you’ll be camping for two or three nights, depending on your chosen trail. We provide spacious four-person tents for those with twin and double share rooms and those who opt for the single bedroom supplement get a tent of their own. Thermarest brand sleeping mats are provided by us and your porter will carry this. When you arrive into camp you’ll find your tent already pitched, water on the boil and a hot meal being prepared for you. Latrine bathrooms with running water can be found nearby. If you’re up for it you’ll also have the option of a cold shower at some stage too.

You’ll be provided with three delicious hot meals while on your chosen Inca Trail. You’ll also be provided with two litres of boiled water at the beginning of each day, as well as at lunch and dinner for drinking and brushing teeth.

Do you provide porters on the trails?

Included in your trip fare are the services of our group porters who carry your tents, food and cooking equipment.
They also can take up to 8 kilograms (17 pounds) of your personal gear – including your sleeping bag and sleeping mat. The night before you hit the trail, we’ll give you a porter duffel bag to pack 8 kilograms (17 pounds) worth of overnight gear into (e.g. sleeping bag, sleeping mat, toiletries, spare clothes) - scales are provided at your hotel to help you pack.

The porters will whisk your duffel bag away, leaving you to walk at your own pace self-sufficiently with your day gear in your daypack (e.g. passport, water, raincoat, fleece, camera, personal items). Your excess gear is stored securely in Cuzco.

Tell me about the Amazon Jungle?

For three days during your ‘Jaguar’ trip you’ll be visiting the Amazon Jungle near Puerto Maldonado. Once again, we’ll only take what we need for these 3 days, and leave any excess luggage stored securely at your Cuzco hotel for when we return. You’ll take a short flight from Cuzco to Puerto Maldonado before boarding a boat down an Amazonian tributary to a jungle lodge – your home for the next three days.

We stay at a variety of jungle lodges and many are built from a combination of traditional native materials and modern day eco-lodge technology deep in the jungle. The modest facilities are built with wood, palm fronds, wild cane and clay. All rooms are separated by drapes (so they’re not sound proof) and each bedroom has beds, mosquito nets, bedside tables, hammocks or lounge chairs and a private cold-water bathroom. A generator is turned on once a day to recharge batteries for guests or lodge facilities. Light is provided by numerous kerosene lamps and candles. Common areas are open and spacey and offer ample area for resting and socialising, they include a dining room and bar, a reception lounge with souvenir shop, and an interpretation centre.

The climate here is very different to that of the Andes – hot and humid is a pretty accurate description! Some long sleeved/ legged clothes are a good idea for sun and bug protection, though we don’t recommend doing any washing while you’re here - it probably won’t dry. The amounts on the mini gear list below are guide for what to pack from April to October. If you’re travelling from November to March, you might like to bring a little extra clothing also as things can get a little more wet and muddy! Hiking boots are also better than shoes at this time of year. Some jungle lodges provide rubber boots in the wet season, but others don’t, so it’s better to come prepared!

Is tipping expected in Peru?

Most people do choose to tip their Active Adventures guides at the end of an awesome trip. S/350 (US$100) per person per Trip Leader and S/100 (US$30) to be shared amongst your trekking crew (Classic Inca, Lares Inca guide and porters) seems to be the norm, however less, more or not at all is also fine too. During your Active Adventures trip, your trip leader will take care of all included restaurants and service tips for you. For other restaurants or services during your time in Peru, 5-10% is a typical gratuity amount.

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