3 Trips to Peru that get you off the beaten path

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Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu

Whether you’ve always wanted to see Machu Picchu, explore the wild Amazon or just really like llamas (I do), Peru is a great tourist destination with immense geographic diversity. From the mountaintops of the Andes to the Pacific coast to the tropical jungles of the Amazon, Peru has a lot to offer any adventurous traveler. In the span of just a few hundred miles you can move from mountains to desert to ocean to jungle. Once the home to the powerful Incan Empire, Peru is also the site of the world famous “Lost City of the Incas,” Machu Picchu. One of the seven world wonders and a popular tourist destination, no trip to Peru is complete without checking out the ancient city built on mountaintops.

If you’ve always wanted to explore Peru, but aren’t sure if you can hike the Andes without a guide or head into the Amazon without someone who knows their way, then a signing up for an adventure tour can be the best way to explore Peru. If you imagine Edna with blue hair and her husband Bob when you hear the words travel tour, you are imagining these great adventure tours. The truth is travel tours have come a long way since the days of giant air-conditioned buses and old ladies. Today there are tours designed specifically for the independent, adventure traveler. That’s right—active, interesting and adventurous tours that allow travelers to explore and experience a foreign place. You’ll be riding in traditional boats down the famous Amazon River, scaling mountains or hanging out with llamas. The groups are also kept small, usually capping out at 16 people, so you won’t be traveling around with some awkwardly huge group of gawking tourists. Instead, you’ll be boldly adventuring with fellow travelers and active tourists. These tours don’t just scratch the surface of the places you visit, either. In fact, by using a combination of local and experienced guides, you’ll often see and experience MORE than you would on your own. Want to do the famous Inca trail? We’ve got a guide who will take you. Want to venture into the unknown jungle, we’ve also got a guide for that. Also, because these tours have already been developed to showcase the best of the best, you’ll save yourself from countless hours of potentially pointless research trying to find out where to go and what to eat. Plus, you won’t get lost in the Amazon. Oh, and don’t worry, you definitely won’t be experiencing Peru from the window of some bus the entire time. These tours have you hiking, boating and adventuring into the wild, all while seeing the highlights this country has to offer and getting off the beaten path. Book one of these three great tours of Peru, pack your bags and get ready for the adventure of a lifetime.

Amazon to Andes

This twelve day tour starts and ends in Lima and combines two radically different regions of Peru. This tour provides a taste of the beauty and extreme contrasts this stunning country has to offer. You will get to see South America’s oldest continually inhabited city, Cuzco, before heading into the Andes and visiting the Scared Valley of the Incas. Travelers will then go on the 4-day trek of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, experiencing some of Peru’s most beautiful scenery on the way to the famous tourist destination. The last few days will have you traveling by motorized canoe deep into the Amazon jungle where you’ll see unique birds and other wildlife and be lead by local guides who know the jungle like the back of their hand. This is a great trip to experience the two extremes Peru has to offer while also getting away from tourists and learning from local guides who know their country the best.

Bolivia Crossing and Amazon

If you’ve got a little more time on your hands, this 26 day tour starts in Lima and ends un Buenos Aires. This trip is the perfect combination of nature and culture. Head to the Amazon jungle, climb into the Andes and the heart of the Inca Empire in Cuzco. Hike the Inca Trail, visit Machu Picchu, travel to Puno and La Paz all on your way to the wilderness extremes of the Uyuni salt flats and the Atacama Desert. Discover the little known gem of Salta and the sophisticated city of Buenos Aires. This trip has a little bit of everything and will have travelers getting away from other tourists and exploring Peru and Bolivia’s incredible natural beauty and extremes.

Absolute Peru

For those who want a truly Peruvian experience, this is the trip for you. The 3-week tour will take through the entire country, making sure you experience the highlights and getting you off the beaten path. Experience parts of Peru often forgotten by tourists and enjoy all this diverse and spectacular country has to offer. You’ll experience mountain vistas, colonial cities, jungle adventures and get to hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu as you wind your way through Peru. You’ll even get to visit Lake Titicaca, where you’ll spend the night with the Uros people, who live on reed islands. This tour will have you spending time with the native peoples, making friends with camelids (llamas and such), eating authentic food and having an altogether unforgettable experience that would be completely impossible on your own.





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