Vegan Peru Tour – Machu Picchu and the Amazon - 11 Days

Explore Peru, the vegan way!

Explore the top destination of South America with like minded fellow travelers. Immerse yourself in Peru’s vibrant culture and historic sites like Cusco and Machu Picchu. Travel to the gorgeous Peruvian Amazon and take part in wildlife conservation projects. Enjoy first class accommodation and marvel at the vegan version of the world famous Peruvian cuisine! Peru truly has it all and we can’t wait to show you around!

US$2,479.00 per person (double room) / single supplement US$570.00 per person

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Overview

  • Absolutely incredible Peruvian vegan food, a fusion of amazing flavors that you have never before  tasted.
  • Handpicked hotels with character featuring great locations, superior service, and all the necessary facilities for a very comfortable stay.
  • The incredible Tambopata National Reserve in the Peruvian Amazon. We will enjoy wildlife observation and learn about the Tambopata macaw project, one of the world’s foremost studies on wild macaws.

  • Discover and marvel at the Incan culture, the Imperial City of Cusco, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Sacred Valley, with attractive colonial towns and home of important Inca citadels like Ollantaytambo. Machu Picchu, the most famous archaeological site on the continent, a must for all visitors to Peru.
  • Make new like-minded friends. Experience this incredible adventure with a group of 18-25 fellow travelers that share your values.

Itinerary

Day 1
September 6th, 2021 Lima: Welcome to Lima, Peru!

After a warm welcome at the airport, we will take you to your hotel for a well deserved rest. During this transfer you will appreciate a safe and modern city that offers beautiful ocean views mixed with bustling city vibes. Your hotel is located in Miraflores district, the main tourist area in the city, where you can some of the best vegan restaurants of the city.

Since most international flights arrive late in the evening, there are no planned activities for this day. If you arrive one or more days before the trip and decide to stay in your own accommodation, no worries, we will drive you there too!

Day 2
September 7th, 2021 Lima: The rising vegan scene in Lima!

We will have our orientation meeting while enjoying a delicious welcome breakfast at our hotel. Here you’ll have a chance to meet your group and ask any last minute question to your tour leader. In the mid-morning we will go discover the most typical Peruvian flavors in a vegan way. Our 4-hour unique walking tour will take us to taste a diversity of vegan dishes, drinks and products and discover the historical and cultural background behind each of them. In the evening we will have our celebration dinner to get acquainted with our fellow travelers.

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Day 3
September 8th, 2021 From Lima to Puerto Maldonado (Amazon region)

After breakfast, we will head to the airport for our 1h25 flight to Puerto Maldonado, capital of Madre de Dios. Upon arrival, we will join a 1-hour bus and a 2.5 boat journey till the lodge. Our first taste of the Amazon culinary will be in the river while you leave the city to enjoy the amazing jungle landscapes. Within the 700,000 hectares uninhabited nucleus of the reserve, sightings of capybara, caiman, geese, macaws and other large species will become more frequent. Tambopata Research Center awaits – a spacious boutique eco-lodge, with bar, a massage center in the heart of National Reserve of Tambopata, being the only lodge inside the reserve surrounded by dozens of macaw nests belonging to the Macaw Project. This afternoon, we will leave for a three to five-kilometer hike that will lead us to witness magnificent views of the Tambopata winding its way into the lowlands. The forest on this trail, regenerating on the old bamboo forest, is good for Howler Monkey and Dusky Titi Monkey. In the evening, we will have the option of hiking out at night when most of the mammals are active but difficult to see. Easier to find are frogs with shapes and sounds as bizarre as their natural histories.

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Day 4
September 9th, 2021 Tambopata Reserve: Wildlife observation and introduction to the Macaw Conservation Project

On most clear mornings of the year, dozens of large macaws and hundreds of parrots congregate on this large river bank in a raucous and colorful spectacle which inspired a National Geographic cover story. Discretely located fifty meters from the cliff, we will observe Green-winged, Scarlet and Blue-and-gold Macaws and several species of smaller parrots descend to ingest clay. Outings are at dawn when the lick is most active. This five-kilometer trail covers the prototypical rain forest with immense trees crisscrossed by creeks and ponds. Amongst the figs, ceibas, and shihuahuacos we will go for a monkey search Squirrel, Brown Capuchin, and Spider Monkeys as well as peccaries. Our lodge is located within this habitat.
Ten minutes upriver from the lodge we will explore the island where is a tiny pond with a platform in the middle. It is a great place to spot waterfowl such as Muscovy duck, sun bittern and hoatzin along with the woodpeckers, oropendolas, flycatchers, and parakeets that call this pond their home. After dinner, scientists will provide a night lecture, an in-depth look at the biology of macaws, their feeding habits, the theories for clay lick use, their breeding and feeding ecology, population fluctuations and the threats to their conservation.

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Day 5
September 10th, 2021 Tambopata Reserve: Creating unforgettable memories

Stepping carefully over the winding “highways” of leaf-cutter ants, the todays hike will leave you with unforgettable memories and a profound sense of accomplishment. Due to their years of local experience, our Tambopata Research Center guides know everything about the forest. They’ll spot the tiniest bird hiding in the canopy, the most elusive monkey, and the most spectacular plant life. Twilight descends early in the jungle. Now, as afternoon slips into evening, you’re about to see one of the world’s most spectacular sunsets. The Sunset Cruise floats down the wide river, countless oranges and pinks reflecting off the water in lovely patterns.

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Day 6
September 11th, 2021 From Tambopata, Puerto Maldonado to Cusco, land of the Incas!

After breakfast, we will take the journey back to the airport for our 55-minute flight to Cusco city. Upon arrival, we will be welcomed and taken to our comfortable hotel in the Sacred Valley of the Incas (Urubamba Valley), located between Cusco and Machu Picchu and home to some of Peru’s most interesting pre-Columbian ruins and attractive colonial towns and villages. Due to its lower altitude, staying here helps for a better acclimatization. The rest of the day is to relax and enjoy the breathtaking Andean views of the area from your comfortable accommodation.

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Day 7
September 12th, 2021 The Incan Culture - Maras Salt Flats and the impressive Moray Crop Terraces

Today we will leave our hotel to visit the small town of Maras featuring a number of churches from the colonial era, a few other colonial buildings and the famous salt mines of Maras. Hundreds of years ago locals used stones to section off pools of salt water along the side of the mountain. Once the water evaporates, it leaves behind a glistening patchwork of salt. After this, we will continue to Moray, best known for its terraced pits. Archeologists believe that rain formed these large indentations in the soft soil. Using stones, the Incas divided the depressions into distinct levels, each concentric circle growing smaller toward the bottom. The largest of the pits is 118 feet (36 m) deep. Historians have deduced that these terraced pits aided the Inca’s experimentation with crops. The temperature gradually dips toward the bottom of the pit, protecting plants that need less heat. Using these different elevations, the Inca could experiment to figure out what conditions worked best for which crop.

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Day 8
September 13th, 2021 The masterful Inca stonework at Ollantaytambo

After breakfast we will depart towards Ollantaytambo town, perched at the northern end of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Here we will visit the Ollantaytambo Ruins that were once the administrative center of the Inca Empire. Inside the complex, we will appreciate the massive Inca fortress that soars above the village’s cobbled streets and then, the monolithic stones of the Temple of the Sun built by Inca Pachacuti in the 1400s.

After a delicious vegan lunch at a local restaurant we will head to Ollantaytambo train station, where we will board our comfortable train to Aguas Calientes, the town where Machu Picchu is located. We will spend the night here.

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Day 9
September 14th, 2021 The greatness of Machu Picchu, wonder of the world!

We will wake up early to board the bus that will take us to the amazing citadel of Machu Picchu! There, our guide will led us though the main areas of the place such as the main plaza, the circular tower, the cemeteries, the Intihuatana sundial, the royal quarters, the temple of the sun and a few more. You will be amazed at the engineering ingenuity of the Incas which was so far ahead of their time and still partially a mystery today! Without having modern tools or even steel and iron to work with, the people who built this city were genius in organizing this community in a sustainable and beautiful way on the side of a mountain, even bringing water in canals through its streets for the people to use. For those with energy enough, there is the chance to climb Huayna Picchu mountain to get amazing views from the top. After luch in Aguas Calientes, we will take our comfortable train back to Cusco city, where we will spend the night.

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Day 10
September 15th, 2021 Exploring the vegan scene in Cusco on your own!

Today, we will have the entire day free to explore and enjoy the city on your own. All the experiences and information received and digested during the previous days will make this day rewarding. Of course, you will have our recommended places to eat.

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Day 11
September 16th, 2021 Return to Lima

It is time to say goodbye as our adventure comes to an end. We will be taken to the airport for our 1h10 back to Lima and connect with our international flight.

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Included

  • 10 hotel nights
  • 10 breakfasts
  • 8 lunches
  • 8 dinners
  • All activities as described in the itinerary
  • All transfers and entrance fees
  • Train to / from Machu Picchu

Not included

  • International airfare to/from Peru
  • Domestic airfare
  • Tips
  • Travel insurance

Frequent questions

Is this trip 100% confirmed?

This trip is not 100% confirmed and depends on reaching the minimum amount of sign-ups (18 people). The deadline to confirm this trip (or not) will be March 24th, 2021​.

Do I need a visa for this trip?

Travelers from most countries do NOT require a visa for Peru as long as they stay for 90 days or less.

Do I need vaccinations for this trip?

No, vaccinations are not required.

Trip Facts

  • 6 September, 2021
  • 16 September, 2021
  • 15 - 20
  • Lima
  • Lima

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