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Peru: The Amazon & Culture of Lake Titicaca

12 days Nature & Wildlife Tours
Uncover the vibrant wildlife and unwavering culture that define Peru, the country that was once the pulse of the fierce Incan empire. As you explore the exotic flora and fauna of the Amazon Basin, you’ll discover local Peruvians’ commitment to preserving their natural resources. And as you meet the people who inhabit the Sacred Valley and famed floating islands of Lake Titicaca, you’ll partake in colorful cultural traditions that have been lovingly protected and passed down for generations.

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      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Maximum tour group size: 20 travelers

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 10 nights in handpicked hotels and eco-lodges

  • Breakfast daily, 8 lunches, 7 three-course dinners, with beer or wine

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • 3 internal flights, private deluxe motor coach and boat transfers

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Lima 2 nights Hotel info

Day 1: Flight & arrival in Lima

Board your flight to Lima and arrive later this evening. A Go Ahead representative will greet you at the airport and accompany you to your hotel.

Day 2: Sightseeing tour of Lima

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

This afternoon, take a guided tour of Lima’s historic center

• See the catacombs at the Monastery of San Francisco 

• Visit Plaza de Armas, the historic “Parade Square” 

• Marvel at the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Lima, built in 1535 

• Delve into the archaeological complex of Huaca Huallamarca

• Stroll through the Park of Love, admiring stunning ocean views

 Later,  gather with your fellow travelers at a welcome dinner.

Puerto Maldonado 2 nights Hotel info

Day 3: Hacienda Concepción Lodge

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, catch a flight to Puerto Maldonado and check in to the Inkaterra jungle headquarters. 

• Navigate by motorized canoe along the Madre de Dios River to arrive at Hacienda Concepción lodge

• Learn about the differences between the primary and secondary rainforests

• Return to the lodge for dinner, followed by a twilight boat ride

Day 4: Sandoval Lake

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning, embark on a walk in the Tambopata National Reserve. 

• Learn why the Madre de Dios region is called the biodiversity capital of Peru 

• Navigate a dugout canoe across the mirror-like Lake Sandoval

• Take a boat ride to the Inkaterra Canopy Walkway, where you can climb the tall towers and cross the hanging bridges to see what goes on in the treetops

• Catch a glimpse of the wealth of wildlife, including white-throated toucans, squirrel monkeys and three-toed sloths

Sacred Valley Region 2 nights Hotel info

Day 5: Sightseeing tour of Cuzco

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Take a scenic boat cruise back to Puerto Maldonado. Then, fly to Cuzco and get to know the city with a guided tour. 

• Delve into Incan sites, including the Koricancha (Temple of the Sun)

• Take in colonial landmarks, like the Cuzco Cathedral

Afterward, travel to Urubamba, a small town within the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

Day 6: Sol y Luna Foundation & community visit

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Learn about the Sol y Luna Foundation before visiting a Sacred Valley community.

• See a presentation about the foundation’s initiatives, followed by a short visit to the nearby school that the foundation supports

• Spend the rest of the day in a local village, where you’ll have time to meet the villagers and try your hand at agricultural and weaving techniques

• Enjoy dinner at Sol y Luna, where 100 percent of profits support the eponymous foundation and school

Cuzco 1 night Hotel info

Day 7: Free day in Urubamba & Cuzco

Included meals: Breakfast

Spend a free morning in Urubamba before traveling back to Cuzco, where you may enjoy free time or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Machu Picchu $399*pp Details

Journey by train through the lush valleys leading to the mysterious Lost City of the Incas. Surrounded by the emerald green Andes Mountains, shrouded in mist and totally hidden from ground level, Machu Picchu is one of the world’s most unforgettable sites. During a guided tour, explore the Temple of the Sun, Royal Sector, Temple of the Three Windows, Temple of the Condor and the mysterious calendar of Intihuatana. Lunch is included in Aguas Calientes today.

Must be booked 45 days before departure

Puno 1 night Hotel info

Day 8: Transfer to Puno

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Wake up early for a ride through stunning Andean landscapes on your way to Puno.

• Stroll the Incan ruins at Raqchi, an archeological site on the Wilkanuta River 

• Make a photo stop at La Raya Pass, which—at 14,000 feet—offers an incredible panorama of the snowcapped peaks

Lake Titicaca 2 nights Hotel info

Day 9: Suasi via Taquile & Uros Islands

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today, you’ll embark on a half-day boating trip on Lake Titicaca, where you’ll visit two local communities.  

• Stop at floating island of the Uros, where locals build homes and rafts from reeds

• Continue to Taquile Island, where islanders will show off their traditional weaving techniques

• Arrive at Suasi Island in time for a barbecue lunch

Day 10: Free day on Suasi Island

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Enjoy a full free day relaxing on Suasi Island.

Day 11: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast, Boxed lunch

Take some time to relax before transferring to Juliaca for your flight to Lima. In Lima, you’ll connect to your international flight home.

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 12: Arrival at home

Arrive home today.

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  • Puno, Peru
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Passport & Visa Requirements

In order to enter Peru, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport. The expiration date must extend at least six months beyond the date of your return home. No visa is required for U.S. or Canadian citizens. If you’re not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact the Peruvian consulate for your specific entry requirements. Upon arrival in Peru, you’ll be given an Andean immigration card. Please keep this with you. You’ll need it for the optional excursion to Machu Picchu.

Baggage Allowance

Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage; be advised that you are responsible for any such costs.  Contact your airline for detailed information regarding luggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that Go Ahead travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other internal transfers, which may include train connections or flights. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 total inches (length + width + height).  Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on bag.

Clothing & Packing Tips

To ensure you’re comfortable while out exploring, we recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered. For sightseeing, we suggest bringing a sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers, sunscreen, a flashlight and a lightweight sports jacket or rainwear. You may also want binoculars for observing wildlife in the Amazon jungle and Peruvian highlands, as well as insect repellent and longer clothing for the jungle and visits to the local communities and the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Please remember that it’s preferable to avoid showing bare legs or shoulders during visits to small villages and churches or other religious sites (entrance may be denied on this basis). Those seeking to swim in the cold waters of Lake Titicaca or in the hotel pools should also bring a bathing suit. We recommend that you bring a second, smaller bag for your two nights in Puerto Maldonado.


Travelers should be aware of high-altitude conditions in Peru. The altitude of Cuzco is 11,000 feet, and Isla Suasi and Lake Titicaca are at 12,500 feet. Travelers (especially those with heart or lung conditions) are encouraged to take precautions and consult with their personal healthcare providers before undertaking high-altitude travel. The best way to prevent “altitude sickness,” which sometimes results in headaches and nausea, is to make sure that you are well-hydrated throughout your stay. Additionally, there is risk of contracting malaria in Puerto Maldonado, so be sure to check with your doctor at least eight weeks prior to departure about possible preventive measures. Your healthcare provider can also advise you about high-altitude medications and other health requirements.

Important Health Tips

In order to stay healthy throughout your tour, we recommend the following:

  • Drink bottled water. (Refrain from drinking tap water, including when brushing teeth.)
  • Avoid eating fresh fruits and vegetables, unless they are cooked or washed in clean water and peeled.
  • Bring a small first-aid kit, including antacids, anti-diarrhea medication and any prescription medications.

Walking on Tour

Sightseeing on your tour will be conducted on foot or by private motor coach or boat. Travelers who choose to explore Machu Picchu and the Incan ruins should be in reasonable shape and prepared for some uneven terrain.


Peru’s seasons are reversed, but the climate varies dramatically by region. While the Lima coast tends to be temperate, the high-altitude highlands of Cuzco and Machu Picchu typically experience warm days and cool nights. Meanwhile, the Amazon jungle can be very hot and humid. The rainy season is generally from December to April.


Peruvian dishes are rich and varied, from the light seafood of the coast to the substantial meals of the highlands. The cuisine features a blend of indigenous and European (mainly Spanish) tastes. Typical dishes on the coast include cebiche: shellfish, sea bass and scallops, often marinated in lemon juice, chili peppers and onion, and served with potato or corn. Highland dishes are heartier, featuring corn, potatoes and roasted meat. A popular favorite is lomo saltado, strips of beef fried with onions, tomatoes, peppers and potatoes and served with rice. Social drinking is less popular in Peru, and local beers and wines don’t have the same reputation as those of Chile, Argentina and Brazil. However, you might sample the native pisco, a delicious (but sour) white-grape brandy.


Round-trip flights arrive in and depart from Lima. Internal flights to Puerto Maldonado, Cuzco and Lima are also included in your trip cost. Transfers to and from the jungle lodge and Isla Suasi will be on a small motor boat. Round-trip train travel is included for those who take the optional excursion to Machu Picchu. All other transportation is by private motor coach.


Peru operates on 220 volts.

Time Zones

Despite having reversed seasons, Peru actually falls on a similar time zone to Eastern Standard Time (EST), except Peru doesn’t observe daylight-saving time. Therefore, Peru has the same time as New York from October to April, and is one hour behind New York from April to October.


The Peruvian sol is the currency you will be using on your tour. Better rates of exchange are usually available at your destination, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive. The most efficient and cost effective method is using ATMs, which are widely available in both Lima and Cuzco (mostly on the Visa and Plus international networks). In the jungle, at Lake Titicaca and in the Sacred Valley, ATMs can be scarce, so you should plan on stocking up on soles in advance, especially if you plan on purchasing local handicrafts. We also recommend that you take credit cards, although direct credit card transactions (at hotels, shops and restaurants) sometimes attract an 8 percent commission in Peru. We suggest informing your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so they don’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.


At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity. We recommend tipping in the local currency, the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver and $6USD/CAD to $9USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director. We also recommend tipping your local guide in Lima and Cusco $2 USD/CAD per inclusion and your wildife guides in Puerto Maldonado and Isla Suaasi $3-5 per day. Tips can only be paid in cash. Please keep current local currency exchange rates in mind when tipping.

School Visits

During your trip, you’ll have the opportunity to visit the Sol y Luna School. The school is supported by the profits from the Sol & Luna hotel, where you’ll be staying, but also welcomes donations in the form of school supplies, such as textbooks, notebooks and pencils. You may also have the chance to visit a local school in Umasbamba, which also welcomes such supplies. While most gifts are welcome, bringing candy is considered somewhat controversial because the availability of dental care for these children may be negligible.

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Traveled On: 3/15/2014

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: MI

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Getting Down to Grass Roots in Peru

If you are adventurous, try this eco tour to Macchu Pichu, Lake Titicaca and the Amazon. You'll enter some truly sacred places that will take your breath away, from a gold-leaf covered cathedral, to the depths and mystery of the Amazon jungle, to the expanse of Lake Titicaca and the people who live there on their floating island homes, to the soaring heights of Macchu Pichu. Yes, you need to be in pretty good shape, as there is a bit of hiking involved and it can be muddy in the jungle and the altitude makes for effortful steps– and many of them. The hotels were wonderful, the most outstanding were those out of the cities and off the beaten track. Food was superb. We especially loved visiting local indigenous people, seeing them at their crafts and timeless, unaltered culture. Juxtapose that with the children's schools. The kids are computer savvy and working in some subjects at levels beyond our own children. These are a gentle and sweet people, open, bright, curious and friendly. We felt warmly welcomed and learned so much. Our guide, Saul, was fun, easy, organized, knowledgeable and articulate.

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