Spectacular altiplano, coastal desert and the classic trek
This trip offers a great chance to combine the best-known trek in the Americas with a taste of Peru's diverse landscapes and fascinating culture. Lake Titicaca, nestled between snow-capped mountains and high altitude plains, is home to some of the most traditional indigenous groups in Peru. We visit floating reed islands and Taquile Island, where life has remained virtually unchanged for centuries.
Cuzco, once the Inca capital and now a vibrant city packed with historic buildings and lively markets, is an ideal base for archaeological discovery and the starting point for our Inca Trail trek to the imposing citadel of Machu Picchu, perched precariously on a ridge in the cloud forest.
Crossing the mountains on a remote and beautiful Andean road, we notice a dramatic change of scenery when we reach the coastal desert and the town of Nazca, famous for the mysterious lines etched into the sand.
Wildlife enthusiasts will particularly enjoy the optional boat tour of the wildlife-rich Ballestas Islands from the attractive fishing port of Paracas.
Moonstone Trek Option
We now offer the Moonstone Trek as a fantastic, more challenging and isolated trekking alternative to the Inca Trail route on this trip - and no permits are required! For more information please visit Moonstone Trek Option page.
What makes this trip responsible?
On this trip, we operate a zero-impact policy on the Inca Trail, removing all waste from campsites and separating it so that it can easily be recycled or composted. Using a toilet tent at our lunch stops and in camp removes the need to dig holes at campsites. Our camp staff are paid a fair wage and receive all accommodation, transport and food during the trek. They are also trained and encouraged to put environmental protection practices into use in their own communities.
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Admiring the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu