Choquequirao Trekking Tour - 4 days
Starting at 580
Enjoying only a fraction of the fame and publicity of its neighbour Machu Picchu the Inca city of Choquequirao is nevertheless equally impressive. Covering an area twice the size of Machu Picchu this spectacular site overlooks the magnificent Apurimac River Canyon in an area often visited by Condors and other distinctive Andean Wildlife. The region is also crisscrossed by thousands of kilometres of ancient Inca Trails, some of which we will use in the course of our Choquequirao Trekking Tour. The local Quechua communities here go about their agricultural way of life in this harsh environment, surrounded by spectacular glacier capped ‘apus’ or mountain gods, in ways that have changed little for hundreds of years. Come and join us on our trek to this little Inca known gem!
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu - 4 days
Starting at 580
The 4 day trek Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is truly one of the World’s great walking routes – almost a pilgrimage for many visitors to Peru. The objective of our trek is the magnificent Inca City of Machu Picchu, an Inca city left undisturbed by looters and unknown to the outside world until its remarkable discovery by Yale professor and explorer Hiram Bingham in 1911. The site is now listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as was recently voted one of the seven ‘New Wonders of the World’.
Remarkable as Machu Picchu may be, the 4 day Inca Trail, part of a vast network of roads binding together the Inca Empire from Ecuador to Northern Chile is equally special. Traversing a wonderful range of Andean Ecosystems from mountain meadows to lush cloud forests and with vistas of magnificent snow crested summits this trail should be appreciated for its natural assets in addition to historical ones. In many places we use sections of the Inca trail to Machu Picchu that have been in use for hundreds of years, passing Inca archaeological sites and storehouses as we go – sites that themselves possess their own unique fascination. This is truly an adventure of a lifetime!
Peru Classic Tour - 13 days
Starting at 2070
Our Peru Classic Tour itinerary packs in many of Peru’s magnificent landscapes and classic experiences into a nonstop 13 day tour. Witness the awe-inspiring beauty and power of nature at the Colca Canyon, a dramatic tear in the Earth’s surface, twice as deep as North America’s Grand Canyon. Above this vast landscape the world’s largest flying bird, the Andean Condor rides the thermals on 3 m wings. The plains around Arequipa provide sanctuary for Vicunas, the wild relatives of Llamas and Alpacas and vast volcanoes, some still active, dominate the landscape. Explore the highest navigable lake in the world, Lake Titicaca, home to the Uros, the floating islands and indigenous people from both the Quechua and Aymara cultures.
The great glacial mountains in the vicinity of Cusco and the Sacred Valley, gods to the Incas and to the local people are additional reminders of the great forces that have sculpted not only this landscape but also its people and its cultures. From Indigenous cultures arriving in South America thousands of years ago grew the power of the Incas. Machu Picchu, the remarkable UNESCO world heritage site and ‘lost city’ was discovered 100 years ago by Hiram Bingham and remains a unique example of an ‘untouched’ Inca city. Cusco, our base in this part of Peru is a remarkable, cosmopolitan city than provides ample demonstration both of its position of Inca capital and colonial stronghold. It was here that two of world’s great cultures collided. Historical, natural and cultural the Peru Classic Tour will inspire all visitors to this truly remarkable and enchanting country.
Peru Classic Program - 16 days
Starting at 2660
From the marine wonders of Pacific Ocean through ancient desert cultures of the Nazca and up on the spectacular Mountain heights of the Andes, Peru is a nation of awesome landscapes and diverse living cultures. In our 16 day Peru Classic Program Itinerary we investigate the offer 2 ½ weeks of action packed adventures, from flying low over huge and mysterious forms of the Nazca Lines, carved into the vast and empty desert to watching thousands of playful sealions and even dolphins surrounding the rich seas of the Ballestas Islands.
In Cusco, Ancient Capital of the magnificent Inca Empire we discover Peru’s living culture and magnificent ancient monuments. We visit the inspiring and beautiful ‘Lost City of the Incas’, Machu Picchu, located in an awesome location on an Andean Ridgetop, surrounded on 3 sides by steep forested canyons and often enveloped by the clouds themselves. Often enveloped by mists rising from the Amazon Basin, Machu Picchu is truely a ‘city in the clouds’. The reasons why it was abandoned are still a mystery, but our guided tours throughout the journey provide an intimate understanding of Peru’s living and ancient cultures, landscapes and wildlife.
We visit the world’s highest navigable lake, Titicaca, visiting the floating ‘islands’ of the ingenious Uros people and traditional communities on Amantani and Taquile, witnessing lifestyles that have changed little since before the arrival of the conquistadors. From lakes suspended nearly 4km above sealevel we visit the plunging Canyon of Colca, one the deepest on Earth. Here we witnesses the world’s largest flying bird, the Andean Condor soaring above the depths on 3m wings, a moment not easily forgotten. Machete Tours Peru Classic Program offers action packed and fascinating insight into one of Latin America’s most engaging countries.
Peru Classic Program - 19 days
Starting at 2960
Peru is a land of contrasting landscapes and cultures, a land with fascinating history and a nation bursting with spectacular wildlife, proud traditions and colourful, welcoming people. Our most extensive Peru Classic tour takes you on a 19 day odyssey across landscapes as unique, strange and wonderful as any on earth, from the cool wildlife rich waters of the Pacific Ocean, across the barren and seemingly lifeless plains of the driest desert on Earth, into the great ice clad heights of the Andes Mountains and finally into the lush green wildlife wonderland of Amazon Rainforest - the planets greatest and most biodiverse expanse of Tropical Wilderness.
On Peru Classic tour route we discover the little known marine hotspot of the Ballestas Islands, a fantastic area to spot Sea Lions (which occur here in their thousands), flying over the enormous mysterious Nazca Lines – geometric figures and images of animals echoed into the landscape more than 2000 years ago – an awesome site. We witness the living beauty of the world’s largest flying bird, soaring on 3m wings over the Colca Canyon, one of World’s deepest gorges and surrounded by towering volcanoes near the elegant colonial city of Arequipa. From vast Canyons we climb further into high Andean plain and World’s Highest Navigable Lake of lake Titicaca, where we visit the islands of fascinating Indigenous people who have thrived here for Centuries.
Travelling onwards we visit the lovely city of Cusco, also set high in the Andes. Cusco is our base for visiting one of the new ‘seven wonders of the world’ the UNESCO world heritage site of Machu Picchu. From lost worlds of the past we visit the planets last great wildernesses, the Amazon, where we explore the wildlife wonders of a lush and rain soaked wilderness. Machete’s 19 day Peru Classic tour
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu - 2 days
Starting at 495
The fabulous ruins of the Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu set amongst the outstanding forested peaks of the Peruvian Andes have achieved almost legendary ‘must see’ status with visitors to Peru. Machu Picchu was recently voted one the ‘New Seven Wonders of the World’ and has long held UNESCO World Heritage Status – a unique Inca settlement never raided by the Spanish conquistadors and unknown to the outside world until rediscovered by explore and Yale University Hiram Bingham in 1911.
As impressive as Machu Picchu itself is the beautiful Inca Trail to Machu Picchu that winds through the stunning scenery of the Urubamba Valley, passing stunning vistas of snow clad peaks and numerous Inca archaeological sites that are fascinating in their own right. To arrive at Machu Picchu and look down at this world renowned vista after hiking part of the Inca trail to Machu Picchu is a very special experience. For those who may not have the time to complete the full 4 day Inca Trail hike but still want to get out on the trail we offer this 2 day itinerary, consisting of a day on the trail, followed by an in depth exploration of Machu Picchu World Heritage Site. Enjoy!