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Peru - Our Happy Place!

February 17, 2017
  |   Kristy Royce
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Peru is a place that makes us happy. Our Peru story is filled with love and memories. Kristy lived and worked with Machiguenga indigenous community setting up a rainforest ecolodge, deep in the Peruvian Amazon during her youth. This time spent working with the Machiguenga changed Kristy. It made her realize just how important indigenous knowledge, conservation and environmentally responsible tourism is. This time was, for her, an aha moment, that caused a shift in how she viewed the world. 

Lori has explored Peru in-depth and really enjoys crafting unique trips.  She was lucky enough to experience a varied trip that had her venturing from light trekking on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu to the depths of Colca Canyon.  Wildlife, culture, and plenty of ruins for this ancient history buff keeps her dreaming of returning to Peru.

Recently, she sent her sister Lynda and nephew on a graduation trip to Peru, who had this to say: “Our visit to Macchu Picchu was a trip of a lifetime, and Lori's expertise made it all possible. Even though we decided to go at the last minute, she quickly organized a great itinerary that allowed us to visit all the highlights, plus some special outdoor activities for bonding with my teenage son. She even found a great restaurant for us on New Year's Eve. What a pleasure to work with!”

Adventure travel has become commodified. Like much of life, it is about efficiency, the bottom line, increased market share. With this, some of the magic has been lost.

Our philosophy is unique.

We are experts and a bit "old school" about how we use our knowledge, our ethics, and our relationships to craft trips that are truly magical. We believe that travel, connections with other cultures and other ways of living are critically important. We believe that walking through the rainforest with a native guide and experiencing his or her intimate knowledge of everything flora and fauna is valuable. We believe that staying in small locally-owned properties helps the local economy and enhances your trip. We also believe that taking the time to talk to our clients and understand their hopes and dreams helps us set up really special trips, trips that create life-long memories and unique experiences.

We understand this takes more time, but we think the extra time is worth it.

Really, it comes down to relationships with both our clients and with our partners. We are a tiny company, with deep knowledge and connections. Because we have deep relationships with our local partners, we are able to offer our clients something special. And, we feel really good about what we do.

Our Peru partners offer a range of experience and expertise. We partner with the best in class companies, mostly small family run operations that operate with high ethics, concern for the environment and local cultures.  We use small locally-owned properties.  Best of all, the trips on our site are private and flexible. Because we are tiny, our overhead is low, so our pricing is competitive.  We are happy to customize the trips and add extra days in Lima, Cusco, the Sacred Valley or even beyond to Lake Titicaca, the Northern Kingdoms and Colca Canyon and Arequipa.

If you are flexible with your time but less so with your budget, inquire with us regarding small group shared departures that operate on a weekly or bi-monthly basis as some of these can offer significantly reduced prices compared to the flexible private departures that we have on the site.  

The variety of trips we offer in Peru are for any fitness level - some bring you to the best sites in the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu without any hiking at all, others involve moderate day hikes and we also offer more classic Inca Trail treks with camping as well as having the ability to do custom treks on lesser know areas of the Inca Trail system. They are all accompanied by top notch English speaking guides and feature full porterage and camp crews as applicable. 

We invite you to explore our Peru portfolio in brief below, or on our site by heading to our Peru page:

Machu Picchu & Sacred Valley Discovery

This 5 day private and guided tour brings you into the heart of Peruvian Andes- from Cusco and the Sacred Valley to the "New World Wonder" of Machu Picchu. Top-notch English-speaking guides and private transportation allow you the flexibility and pace to experience Peru in a one of a kind manner and without having to hike or camp on the Inca Trail. Carefully designed to ease the effects of altitude, and to visit sites during their quieter less crowded periods, this trip has been thoughtfully curated by seasoned Peru specialists to provide you with unforgettable experiences. 

Peru Family Adventure

Designed for you and your kids, by us and our kids. This fun family package is the result of years exploring Cusco and the Sacred Valley with our children and watching what makes their eyes sparkle. Start with arrival into Cusco and a private journey by car to the sites, culture and outdoor activities of the Sacred Valley including biking, stand up paddle boarding, easy hiking, pottery making and traditional Andean cooking. Spending 3 nights in the Sacred Valley, you are given ample time to acclimatize to the altitude you will encounter on the Inca Trail and at Machu Picchu. Next you'll do a day's hike along the Inca Trail via the Sun Gate, followed by a full day to explore the unforgettable enigma that is Machu Picchu. Finally you'll head back to the Cusco area by train to overnight and then some city and ruins touring followed by an exciting day of river rafting. With so much adventure woven around a once in a lifetime visit to one of the world's most famous ruins, this trip is sure to become one your family never forgets.

6 Day Inca Trail Trek & Tour

This 6 day private tour features a classic 5 day trek along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and is for travelers who are in condition to hike up to 4-8 hours, with breaks, in a single day. The pace may be daunting for some, but the beauty and history of the area surround the hiker every step of the way. The tour is designed with a pre-trek day and evening at leisure in the Sacred Valley to allow for altitude acclimatization. After trekking you will have a full day Machu Picchu with plenty of time to explore the ruins with your guide before  returning to Cusco by train the next day. You will have the services of excellent English-speaking guides, trek porters and included and provided high standard camping gear, as well as thoughtfully curated lodging throughout your journey when not camping.

Machu Picchu Whirlwind

Short on time?  Combining Machu Picchu with another itinerary? This 3 day Machu Picchu whirlwind of a tour offers a quick jaunt out of Cusco to the ancient Incan citadel and Unesco World Heritage site at Machu Picchu.  It has a flexible any day departure and is best for those short on time or as an extension to an existing trip in South America, whether from a Galapagos cruise, Amazon Lodge program or another Peru tour.

Inca Trail Explorer

Explore sections of the Inca Trail on this private day-hiking tour where instead of camping you relax each night in comfortable local lodgings. You will experience on foot and by vehicle the people, traditions and culture of best of Cusco, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu with one of the best reputed trail operators in Peru. Carefully designed to ease the effects of altitude, and to visit sites during their quieter less crowded periods, this trip has been thoughtfully curated by seasoned Peru specialists to provide you with unforgettable experiences. 

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