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Ultimate Peru Adventure

Jaguar

4.49 out of 5 (from 1915 reviews)

  • 10 Days - US$3899

Trip Introduction

The ‘Jaguar’ is our most action-packed multi-activity trip in Peru. It captures everything this beautiful country has to offer, from the towering peaks of the Andes down to the steamy depths of the Amazon jungle. You’ll have a blast in this land of geographical and cultural extremes! We start our trip in the heart of the Inca empire where we explore fortresses and surrounding valleys, hike over stunning mountain passes to Machu Picchu, cycle into the Sacred Valley of the Incas and view Amazon wildlife up close. 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!

For a great way to see Lake Titicaca and the Bolivian salt flats too, combine this trip with our Titicaca and Bolivia 'Chinchilla' - chat to our team to learn how! 

Highlights

• Hike the Classic Inca or Lares Trail
• Explore Machu Picchu
• Hike in the Amazon jungle
• Hike Sacsayhuamán fortress
• Hike and cycle in the Sacred Valley of the Incas
• Explore Cuzco

What's included on our Jaguar trip?

  • All guiding services
    - You’ll have an experienced trip leader with you for the entire duration, as well as specialist local guides in select locations.
  • All accommodations
    - Charming hotels in the cities.
    - Jungle lodge.
    - Inca trail camping with the full support of our team.
  • All meals
    - Breakfast, lunch and dinner on all days except the free day in Cuzco.
  • All activities
    - Hiking, biking, market visits, Inca ruins and jungle wildlife viewing.
  • All domestic transport
    - Airport transfers.
    - Domestic flights to and from Cuzco to the Amazon Jungle, and return.
    - Boat journeys in the Amazon.
  • Hiking permits on the Classic Inca Trail
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Daily itinerary

Day 1—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. 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.
Hotel Royal Inca, Cuzco (Lunch, Dinner)

Day 2—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 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!
Hotel Royal Inca, Cuzco (All meals)

Day 3 (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

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

From Cuzco, we will head in the direction of the Sacred Valley. The Calca market will be our last stop before losing contact with the big cities. This is our final chance to buy any last minute items we might need for the trek. The road leads to Lares and crosses the Amparaes Pass a 4,770m. 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 (All meals)

Day 4 - Hike Lares Inca Trail 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. We will have a few hours of demanding but rewarding uphill, on rocky trails passing through incredible landscapes punctuated by high altitude lagoons. As we get closer to the pass, the trail becomes steeper and rockier. 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 (All meals)

Day 5 - Hike Lares Inca Trail to Ollantaytambo

This morning will be our last on the trail and after breakfast there will be a chance to take photos withour porters, cooks and field staff. All those who made this trip possible. From here 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 will 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 clourd forests begin to appear, on our approach to the Machu Picchu Sanctuary. We will disembark the train at Aguas Caleintes. Hotel staff will be waiting to help us with our luggage and escort us to the hotel. After a well-deserved shower we’ll enjoy a delicious dinner at one of the best restaurants in town.
Local hotel, Aguas Calientes (All meals)

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.

Classic Inca Trail option

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 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)

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 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)

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 (All meals)

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!

Day 6 (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)

Day 7—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)

Day 8—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)

Day 9—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)

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)


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Itinerary

Day 1 — 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. 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.
Hotel Royal Inca, Cuzco (Lunch, Dinner)

Day 2 — 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 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!
Hotel Royal Inca, Cuzco (All meals)

Day 3 (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

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

From Cuzco, we will head in the direction of the Sacred Valley. The Calca market will be our last stop before losing contact with the big cities. This is our final chance to buy any last minute items we might need for the trek. The road leads to Lares and crosses the Amparaes Pass a 4,770m. 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 (All meals)

Day 4 - Hike Lares Inca Trail 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. We will have a few hours of demanding but rewarding uphill, on rocky trails passing through incredible landscapes punctuated by high altitude lagoons. As we get closer to the pass, the trail becomes steeper and rockier. 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 (All meals)

Day 5 - Hike Lares Inca Trail to Ollantaytambo

This morning will be our last on the trail and after breakfast there will be a chance to take photos withour porters, cooks and field staff. All those who made this trip possible. From here 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 will 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 clourd forests begin to appear, on our approach to the Machu Picchu Sanctuary. We will disembark the train at Aguas Caleintes. Hotel staff will be waiting to help us with our luggage and escort us to the hotel. After a well-deserved shower we’ll enjoy a delicious dinner at one of the best restaurants in town.
Local hotel, Aguas Calientes (All meals)

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.

Classic Inca Trail option

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 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)

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 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)

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 (All meals)

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!

Day 6 (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)

Day 7 — 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)

Day 8 — 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)

Day 9 — 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)

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)

Dates

Trip Date Price Status  
Jul 08, 2018 – Jul 17, 2018 US$3899 Filling up Check Availability
Jul 22, 2018 – Jul 31, 2018 US$3899 Filling up Check Availability
Jul 29, 2018 – Aug 07, 2018 US$3899 Filling up Check Availability
Aug 26, 2018 – Sep 04, 2018 US$3899 Filling up Check Availability
Sep 09, 2018 – Sep 18, 2018 US$3899 Filling up Check Availability
Sep 23, 2018 – Oct 02, 2018 US$3899 Almost full Check Availability
Oct 07, 2018 – Oct 16, 2018 US$3899 Almost Full - Check Now! Check Availability
Oct 21, 2018 – Oct 30, 2018 US$3899 Filling up Check Availability
Oct 28, 2018 – Nov 06, 2018 US$3899 Filling up Check Availability
Nov 04, 2018 – Nov 13, 2018 US$3899 Filling up Check Availability
Nov 11, 2018 – Nov 20, 2018 US$3899 Great Check Availability
Nov 18, 2018 – Nov 27, 2018 US$3899 Filling up Check Availability
Nov 25, 2018 – Dec 04, 2018 US$3899 Great Check Availability
Dec 02, 2018 – Dec 11, 2018 US$3899 Filling up Check Availability
Dec 16, 2018 – Dec 25, 2018 US$3899 Filling up Check Availability
Dec 23, 2018 – Jan 01, 2019 US$3899 Filling up Check Availability
Dec 30, 2018 – Jan 08, 2019 US$3899 Filling up Check Availability
2019
Jan 13, 2019 – Jan 22, 2019 US$3899 Filling up Check Availability
Mar 10, 2019 – Mar 19, 2019 US$3899 Great Check Availability
Mar 24, 2019 – Apr 02, 2019 US$3899 Filling up Check Availability
Apr 07, 2019 – Apr 16, 2019 US$3899 Great Check Availability
Apr 21, 2019 – Apr 30, 2019 US$3899 Filling up Check Availability
May 05, 2019 – May 14, 2019 US$3899 Great Check Availability
May 12, 2019 – May 21, 2019 US$3899 Filling up Check Availability
May 19, 2019 – May 28, 2019 US$3899 Great Check Availability
May 26, 2019 – Jun 04, 2019 US$3899 Filling up Check Availability
Jun 02, 2019 – Jun 11, 2019 US$3899 Filling up Check Availability
Jun 16, 2019 – Jun 25, 2019 US$3899 Filling up Check Availability
Jun 30, 2019 – Jul 09, 2019 US$3899 Filling up Check Availability
Jul 07, 2019 – Jul 16, 2019 US$3899 Great Check Availability
Jul 14, 2019 – Jul 23, 2019 US$3899 Great Check Availability
Jul 21, 2019 – Jul 30, 2019 US$3899 Great Check Availability
Jul 28, 2019 – Aug 06, 2019 US$3899 Great Check Availability
Aug 11, 2019 – Aug 20, 2019 US$3899 Great Check Availability
Aug 25, 2019 – Sep 03, 2019 US$3899 Great Check Availability
Sep 08, 2019 – Sep 17, 2019 US$3899 Great Check Availability
Sep 22, 2019 – Oct 01, 2019 US$3899 Great Check Availability
Oct 06, 2019 – Oct 15, 2019 US$3899 Filling up Check Availability
Oct 20, 2019 – Oct 29, 2019 US$3899 Great Check Availability
Oct 27, 2019 – Nov 05, 2019 US$3899 Great Check Availability
Nov 03, 2019 – Nov 12, 2019 US$3899 Great Check Availability
Nov 10, 2019 – Nov 19, 2019 US$3899 Great Check Availability
Nov 17, 2019 – Nov 26, 2019 US$3899 Great Check Availability
Nov 24, 2019 – Dec 03, 2019 US$3899 Great Check Availability
Dec 01, 2019 – Dec 10, 2019 US$3899 Great Check Availability
Dec 15, 2019 – Dec 24, 2019 US$3899 Great Check Availability
Dec 22, 2019 – Dec 31, 2019 US$3899 Great Check Availability
Dec 29, 2019 – Jan 07, 2020 US$3899 Great Check Availability
2020
Jan 12, 2020 – Jan 21, 2020 US$3899 Great Check Availability
Mar 08, 2020 – Mar 17, 2020 US$3899 Great Check Availability
Mar 22, 2020 – Mar 31, 2020 US$3899 Great Check Availability
Apr 05, 2020 – Apr 14, 2020 US$3899 Great Check Availability
Apr 19, 2020 – Apr 28, 2020 US$3899 Great Check Availability
May 03, 2020 – May 12, 2020 US$3899 Great Check Availability
May 10, 2020 – May 19, 2020 US$3899 Great Check Availability
May 17, 2020 – May 26, 2020 US$3899 Great Check Availability
May 24, 2020 – Jun 02, 2020 US$3899 Great Check Availability
May 31, 2020 – Jun 09, 2020 US$3899 Great Check Availability
Jun 14, 2020 – Jun 23, 2020 US$3899 Great Check Availability
Jun 28, 2020 – Jul 07, 2020 US$3899 Great Check Availability

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 Cuzco 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 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.

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-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.

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.

Reviews

  • Exploring Peru!

    “What an adventure! We had an amazing trip led by our fearless leader Gustavo. We had a great crew helping us and we felt very well cared for the entire time...and very safe! I would highly recommend this trip to anyone who asks.”
    Kristina Kenning – Montana, United StatesJune 2018
  • Peru

    “Awesome experience! All went well and our guide (Danny) was fantastic! No bad days!”
    Andrew Randazzo – Virginia, United StatesJune 2018
  • Aptly Named Tour company

    “They told us they were “Active Adventures” and it was! Every day brought a new adventure with a variety of activity levels from low (bus rides) to very high (hiking the Inca trail). Overall, the trip was well-organized and the attention to detail (safe restaurants, drinking water in hotels, arranging laundry service) was greatly appreciated.”
    Pat Drews – Saskatchewan, CanadaJune 2018
  • So Many Amazing Surprises!

    “Our guide was a delight, well informed and interesting. I was so surprised at the great accommodations on the trail and in the jungle. I felt very well taken care of. The chef on the trail was a food genius. This was our first tour, so pleased with all.”
    Tammy Joerger – Idaho, United StatesMay 2018
  • Cusco, Inca Trail

    “Eric Farfan was an amazing guide. He was very knowledgeable, patient, kind, and had so much respect for my fear of heights. Which I did overcome while hiking the Inca Trail.”
    Robin Goebel – Texas, United StatesMay 2018
  • Jaguar trip - May 2018

    “Wonderful experience. The four day Classic Inca Trail hike that ended at Machu Picchu was by far the best part of the trip!”
    Dave Joerger – Idaho, United StatesMay 2018
  • The Challenge of the Classic Inca Trail

    “For anyone who wants to challenge themselves this is the trip for them. The scenery was breath taking and the camping is certainly luxury. You are treated like a queen.”
    Maggie Means – Florida, United StatesApril 2018
  • The majesty of Peru

    “Peru is chock full of natural beauty and culture, and Active Adventures provides the best way to see it. From the culturally significant urban center and Incan capital of Cusco, to the challenging and rewarding Inca Trail, to the verdant Amazon basin and Puerto Maldonado, and finally the breathtaking Lake Titicaca. Every stop along the tour provides insight into the cultures and peoples that comprise the ancient and modern day Peru. If you are ready for an adventure look no further. ”
    Simon Driskell – Oregon, United StatesJanuary 2018
  • Really loved Peru and the Jaguar itinerary

    “The Jaguar trip was a great overall experience for us - we loved the itinerary and the mix of accommodation, the activities - sightseeing and really enjoyed learning about the immense and fascinating cultural depth the country has to offer.”
    Martin Wiemers – n/a, NamibiaNovember 2017
  • Trip of a Lifetime!

    “Trip of a lifetime for me! Thoroughly enjoyed my 2 week adventure with Erick leading the way to Machu Picchu, the Amazon and Lake Titicaca. There were a few challenges along the way but Erick did a great job of working with the various personalities in our group and kept everyone on track and moving in the right direction.”
    Cathy Collins – New Brunswick, CanadaAugust 2017
  • Family adventure

    “Wonderful way to spend time together being active and exploring ”
    Maureen Grace – Ontario, CanadaJune 2017
  • Fun Adventure

    “Active Adventures does an excellent job of organizing adventure trips that allow you to actively explore the country and experience the local culture. This trip was an outstanding opportunity to see the entire country of Peru. It was wonderful to hike the Inca Trail and see Machu Pichu, explore the beautiful town of Cusco, visit the Amazon as well as the different islands of Lake Titicaca.”
    Stephanie Richardson – California, United StatesJanuary 2017
  • Jaguar Adventure

    “Loved the Jaguar trip, and especially our guide, Erick. The trip covered a lot of ground over two weeks and we learned a lot about Peru. Food was amazing! The Lares trail was tough but stunning. Really enjoyed the Amazon and Lake Titicaca - especially the local experiences on the island in the lake. If Active Adventures has options in other areas where I am looking to go, they will be my first consideration!! Thanks for another wonderful trip!”
    Jennifer Cox – New Jersey, United StatesJanuary 2017
  • Phil and Marje

    “Wonderful trip. We really enjoyed Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca and the days over in the jungle. The best thing was our guide, Erick, who was interesting, informative, extremely well prepared but most important a lot of fun to travel with. He's one of the best guides we've ever had.”
    Phil Clark – Colorado, United StatesDecember 2016
  • Going solo, coming home with 7 new friends

    “Really enjoyed my trip with Erick. He was a great guide, and a good friend.
    The best part of an Active trip is having supper every night with your new friends with a host who knows the best places to go and picks up the tab. (so to speak)”
    Dave Bacon – Alberta, CanadaDecember 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • “Erick Farfan was great dealing with the demonstrations,road barriers and schedule changes needed.”
    Michael Brown – New York, United StatesNovember 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • “A great adventure, many different activities and excellent support from our guide.”
    Alan Cantor – New Hampshire, United StatesSeptember 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
  • 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
  • “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
  • 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
  • The Ups and Downs of Peru

    “Peru is about lots of going "up" and lots of going "down" and that rhythm was the fun "comment" of our group. The excitement was achieving the "up" experiencing the incredible environment on the journey and the joy of reaching the end of the "down." Above all, the variety of the Jaguar trip was invigorating and exciting. It was not always easy... but it was always a great day. ”
    Bob Connors – Massachusetts, United StatesMay 2015
  • “We had a great time on our trip. The hiking was great as was the food and lodging. Our guide was excellent and so were the porters and chefs. We couldn't have asked for more!”
    Tracey Taylor – Ontario, CanadaApril 2015
  • Trip leader Zacarius de Ugarte was the best!

    “What I will remember is not the places, but the people we met, including our three guides. Most especially, our trip leader, Zacarius de Ugarte, was a true host for Peru, an ambassador for his native country. Places like Peru become real when they are represented by one who "feels" the place in himself. Zacarius's energy was infectious, and his knowledge of all things Peruvian way more than we could digest. Hit by altitude sickness, I might have gone home. His generosity carried me through, and is something I will always remember. He made the trip for me!”
    Ron Chen – New Jersey, United StatesFebruary 2015
  • A great way to see Peru and Machu Picchu

    “A very well designed, well supported trip that prepares you to hike up and over The Andes at high altitude and in good spirits. The visit to Machu Picchu was the centerpiece of the trip, but every day's activities were vigorous and enjoyable. Good companionship and excellent food served every meal. ”
    Andrew Morse – California, United StatesDecember 2014
  • Jaguar - October 2014

    “We had a great group on this trip and on the Rimu trip we did a few years ago. It is great to meet like-minded folks with such energy and enthusiasm for everything these holidays bring.”
    Patrick Neville – Midlothian, United KingdomNovember 2014
  • Jaguar..

    “Our guide Cynthia was awesome. She was very informative, interesting and accommodating. Always had a smile on her face and nothing was too much trouble. The food during the whole trip was exceptional... even when hiking the trails!! THANK YOU... I loved every minute ”
    Deborah Jones – Western Australia, AustraliaNovember 2014
  • Great way to see Peru

    “I decided to do this trip because I was already in Ecuador and thought I wanted to see Machu Picchu and was amazed at the beauty and diversity of Peru- a wonderful experience and I was sorry at the end that I didn't do the full 2 weeks”
    Jackie Brown – New York, United StatesSeptember 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
  • 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
  • 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 Titikaka. I highly recommend this adventure to anyone who wants to experience the beauty and culture of Peru. ”
    Carrie Lehtonen – Colorado, 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Peru Aug-Sept 2014

    “Active Adventures devised a wonderful way to experience a magnificent country such as Peru, it's people, its history, its cuisine and its breathtaking scenery.”
    Gina Marozzi – New South Wales, AustraliaSeptember 2014

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