When traveling somewhere for the first time, it feels really nice to be completely taken care of. Here’s a list of 5 top budget Peru tours you can enjoy in 2019!
- 6 days on the Inca Trail – Intrepid Travel
Most tourists that visit Peru want to see Machu Picchu and access the impressive site through the Inca Trail. If what you are looking for is to “get straight down to business and up the Inca Trail”, as it says on their website, this Intrepid Travel tour is perfect for you. For an approximate price of $889 US dollars per person, the agency will take you on a six-day adventure that you won’t forget easily.
As specified on their website, this tour is exclusively for people aged between 18 and 29 years. The size of the groups can reach up to 16 persons, which means that you’ll probably make some good friends along the road! If you don’t feel like hiking the Inca Trail, no worries, Intrepid Travel has sorted everything out: you can choose to hike the Inca Trail, which is 45 km long and often steep, and the three nights are spent camping; or take the Quarry Trail, an easier hike as it is 26 km long, and you spend the last night in a hotel; or a third option that consists of spending two extra nights in Cusco and taking the train on the third day towards Aguas Calientes.
The tour starts when you meet your group at 4:00 pm. To begin calmly, a guide will take you around downtown Cusco, so you can get to know your group while doing the must-see attraction of the ancient capital of the Incas.
On the second day, for those who’ve decided to do one of the two trails, the adventure starts early. Get your legs and your lungs ready, the trek begins! The fifth day is the day when you’ll visit Machu Picchu with the whole group with an experimented guide that will tell you all about the “Lost city of the Incas”. You’ll return to Cusco in the afternoon, and have a good last night sleep in the accommodations prepared by Intrepid Travel. To have a more detailed itinerary of the six-day tour, feel free to check out their website.
2. Peru Amazon – Intrepid Travel
Puerto Maldonado is a little town in the Peruvian Amazon, surrounded by several National Reserves and Parks such as the Parque Nacional Del Manu. It is, therefore, a great idea to take a trip in the rainforest close to Puerto Maldonado, as it offers the opportunity to see many wild animals and interesting Amazonian fauna.
Intrepid Travel proposes a 4-day tour in the jungle, for between $420 and $510 US dollars per person, starting and ending in Puerto Maldonado. If you want to treat yourself and experience the Peruvian rainforest while relaxing in a jacuzzi, taking a cruise ship can also be a really good option!
The Peru Amazon tour proposed by Intrepid Travel is available in two options: an original trip that will take you on all the planned activities; and a comfort trip for persons that want to be a little more comfortable with less adventure, and spending less time in the transports on the river.
On the first day of your trip, the agency will pick you up at the airport and take you all the way to the accommodation. On the second day, those of you doing the original trip will wake up at 3:00 am and take a two-hour boat ride to visit parrots of the clay lick, an incredible spectacle of colors and sounds.
For the comfort style tour, what is planned is a little boat ride and a short walk, along which you’ll see a big variety of jungle fauna, to get to the habitat of a family of giant otters. After that, you’ll also be able to enjoy the parrots of the clay lick. One the third day, while the comfort style tour takes you to see animals in different feeding areas, the ones of you on the original tour will go on a real adventure: an 11 km-jungle trek, where you’ll enter and lose yourself in the wide jungle of Peru. Be prepared to get all soaked but happy during your last day!
For more information about the tour, and the differences between the two options, take a look at the Intrepid Travel website.
3. Amazon Eco Lodge Budget tour – Responsible Travel
If you wish to experience the Amazonian Forest while traveling responsibly, this tour is made for you! For $350 US dollars for groups of two or three people, and $300 US dollars if your group is over four people, Responsible Travel will take you on a three- day tour in the Peruvian Rainforest, starting and ending in Iquitos.
On the first day, a local guide picks you up early at the airport, and takes you into the forest with a moto taxi, to the ecolodge. After a generous glass of tropical juice, the guide will take you on a small discovery tour of the premises, and you’ll then learn to prepare a traditional Amazonian dish in a nice outdoor kitchen. The afternoon is dedicated to visiting a local community and playing volleyball and soccer with the local children. After a nice typical local fish dinner, the guide can take you out on a night walk to listen to the sounds of the forest and look for interesting animals.
On the second day, your guide will take you on a tour around the city of Iquitos, the largest Peruvian town of the rainforest, where you’ll walk around the streets, visit interesting museums, and go through the local market to taste Amazonian fruits. Are you interested in knowing more about the special fruits and plants of the jungle? Don’t worry, the third day is dedicated to just that: you’ll learn about fruits and medicinal plants on the farm of the lodge. And finally, before accompanying you back to the airport, a last nice walk in the forest is planned. More information about the tour can be found on their website.
4. Lake Titicaca Tour – Responsible Travel
Lake Titicaca, Peru’s most famous lake, is something special to experience as the Aymara inhabitants living there have very interesting lifestyles. Moreover, the views over Bolivia’s Cordillera Mountain is impressive, and the cultural heritage of the Incas is very strong. For an approximate cost of $540 US dollars, Responsible Travel takes you on a four-day tour around the lake, starting and ending in Puno.
After being welcomed by your guide upon arrival in Puno, you’ll visit in the afternoon the Pre-Inca burial ground of Sillustani. The trip on the lake starts on the second day when you will visit the human-made floating islands of Uros. As for the next night, you’ll spend it on an island with locals, where you’ll be able to enjoy their hospitality while learning more about how they live.
The third day is dedicated to visiting the island of Taquile, where around 350 Quechua-speaking families live and operate a collective agricultural system dating from the 14th century. During the afternoon, it will be time to get back to Puno, to enjoy a last tranquil night before being transferred back to the airport the day after.
More information about the tour is available here on their website!
5. Peru 20-day trip – Fast and Easy Traveler
Can’t decide whether you want to visit Arequipa, the beautiful white city, Cusco, the ancient capital of the Incan Empire, or Huacachina, the amazing oasis in the middle of the Peruvian desert?
Book yourself on this 20-day tour proposed by Fast and Easy Traveler, that takes you around the south of Peru for a cost starting at $1,930 US dollars. In 20 days, five stops are planned: Lima, Huacachina, Arequipa, Cusco, and, of course, Machu Picchu!
The tour starts at Lima, with a calm first day to get to know your companions and the capital of Peru. From the 2nd to the 5th day, Huacachina is your destination: enjoy good pisco sour when passing by the town Pisco, sandboard in dunes, relax by the pool, and live your adventure in the Peruvian desert to the fullest!
Next stop: Arequipa, from the 6th to the 9th day. For those of you that want more adventures, you’ll have the possibility to do the optional two additional-day tour in the Colca Canyon, twice as deep as the Grand Canyon!
After visiting the white city, you will make a one-night stop at Cusco before going to what you’ve probably been waiting for the most: Machu Picchu! On the 12th day, a private bus and glass rooftop train takes you through the Andes to Machu Picchu town. The hike up to the Sacred sanctuary is during the sunrise of the next day.
On the 15th day of the tour, a train and a bus will get you back to Cusco, where you’ll have four additional days to fully immerse yourself in this impressive city. Your trip is then coming to an end: time to fly back to Lima on the 19th day, to spend a few last moments enjoying Peruvian food with your new friends.
The Fast and Easy Traveler website gives you more details about the trip!
By Julia Natri
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