Exploring Peru Tour
16 Days / 15 Nights

Tour Location: This Peru tour highlights the most desirable locations in the country
Tour Type: Hiking, Adventure, History, Culture
Good For: Those wanting to visit the highlights of Peru, including hiking the Inca Trail
Difficulty: Challenging
Considerations: Permit required
Enjoy some of the highest and lowest points of earth on this Peru tour. Highlights include Lima, Amazon, Inca Trail, Cusco, Lake Titicaca and Colca Canyon.
Tour Price
Exploring Peru Tour 16 Days / 15 Nights

Price $ 2,969 USD Per Person

Group Size Up to 16
Activity Level Challenging

Trip Details


  1. Night 1: Welcome to Peru

    Our representative will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel in Miraflores (you may stay at the airport or at the hotel next to the airport, if you prefer).

    Accommodations: Casa Andina Standard Miraflores* (3 stars),
    Hotel Casa Andina* (4 stars)
    Meals Included: None
    Entrance Tickets: N/A

    Since the lodges book up quickly we have chosen two options  described below for your Amazon stay. It will depend on availability, both lodges are located in the same area and the tours held are almost the same, after you book we will let you know which will be your lodge on your itinerary.

    First Option

    Day 1: Flight to Puerto Maldonado (Flight arrangements must be before 13:00 hours )

    We will transfer you back to the airport for your morning flight to
    Puerto Maldonado.

    Please send us your flight information. This is not included.

    Upon arrival, you will be met at the airport by your naturalist guide and transferred to a dugout canoe for the trip up the Tambopata River to the lodge. On the journey, the vegetation changes from colonized deforested areas to virgin rain forest. A box lunch is provided on board. Once you arrive, you’ll be offered a welcome drink and meet the rest of the staff. In the late afternoon, you set off for an introductory walk into the “terra firme” forest behind the lodge (trail two), dominated by giant Brazil-nut and Dipteryx trees. Frequently seen mammals on this trail are Saddle-back Tamarins, Brown Capuchins, Agoutis, Pacas, Blue-Morpho butterflies, Trogons, Toucans and many other species of birds. After dinner, there will be a night walk to find nocturnal animals or insects by the eye-shine, a specialization for increasing the light and to see better. About 50 percent of the animals in the rain forest are nocturnal.

    Accommodations: Tambopata Eco Lodge* (3 stars)
    Accommodations: Incaterra Reserva Amazonica* (4 stars)
    (itinerary is slightly different)
    Meals Included: Breakfast, Boxed Lunch, Dinner
    Entrance Tickets: N/A

    Day 2: Hike to Lake Condenado

    After an early breakfast, you and your nature guide will board the motorized canoe, once again. You will partake in a short journey to the trail head to begin a morning’s exploration by foot and paddle canoe of the lake system of Condenado, which is rich in bird and aquatic life. A family of Giant Otters lives in the vicinity of the lake and is often observed. Birds to look forward to are: Rufescent Tiger-herons, Great Egrets, Wattled Jacanas, Hoatzin, and the noisy Donacobius, among many others. Remember to bring your hat and sunscreen, for there is no shade out on the water. You will return to the lodge in time for lunch. The afternoon is for exploring the forest close to the lodge (with or without your guide) or relaxing and bathing in the Gallucunca (a cool clear stream beside the lodge). After dark, you will go searching for caiman (alligators) and other nocturnal animals by motorized canoe along the Tambopata River.

    Accommodations: Tambopata Eco Lodge* (3 stars)
    Incaterra Reserva Amazonica* (4 stars)
    (itinerary is slightly different)
    Meals Included: Breakfast, Boxed Lunch, Dinner
    Entrance Tickets: N/A

    Day 3: Hike to Lake Sachavacayoc (Tapir Lake)

    After an early breakfast, you will take a short boat ride down river to the trail head. Here, you will embark on a longer trail which leads to a spectacular hidden lake, requiring the crossing of streams and swampy ground, past the giant Lupuna trees (Kings of the Jungle), which abound in this part of the forest. On the walk you are introduced to more aspects of the forest and its animals. At the lake itself, it is possible to spot the elusive Black Caiman and Giant Otters. We will return for lunch. The afternoon is free for relaxation and bathing.

    Accommodations: Tambopata Eco Lodge* (3 stars)
    Incaterra Reserva Amazonica* (4 stars)
    (itinerary is slightly different)
    Meals Included: Breakfast, Boxed Lunch, Dinner
    Entrance Tickets: N/A

    Second Option

    Day 1: Flight to Puerto Maldonado (Flight arrangements must be before 13:00 hours )

    Arrival & Reception by Guide

    Our guides are biologists, tourism professionals, or community members. Unless noted otherwise, our guides speak English. We assign guides at 10:1 ratio in Posada Amazonas. This means groups smaller than 10 people will be merged with other groups under one guide. If you would like a private guide or a guide in a language other than English please let us know.

    Transfer Airport to Puerto Maldonado Headquarters

    Upon arrival from Lima or Cusco, we will welcome you at the airport and drive you ten minutes to our Puerto Maldonado headquarters. While enjoying your first taste of the forest in our gardens we will ask you to pack only the necessary gear for your next few days, and leave the rest at our safe deposit. This helps us keep the boats and cargo light.

    Transfer Pto Maldonado Headquarters to Tambopata River Port

    Skirting Puerto Maldonado, we drive 20 kilometers to the Tambopata River Port, entering the Native Community of Infierno. The port is a communal business.

    Boxed Lunch

    Transfer Boat – Tambopata River Port to Posada Amazonas
    The forty five minute boat ride from the Tambopata Port to Posada Amazonas will take us into the Community´s Primary Forest Private Reserve.


    Upon arrival, the lodge manager will welcome you and brief you with important navigation and security tips.

    Canopy Tower

    A twenty minute walk from Posada Amazonas leads to the 30 meter scaffolding canopy tower. A bannistered staircase running through the middle provides safe access to the platforms above. From atop you obtain spectacular views of the vast expanses of standing forest cut by the Tambopata River winding through the middle. Now and then toucans, parrots or macaws are seen flying against the horizon, or mixed species canopy flocks land in the treetop next to you.

    Ecotourism Lecture

    A daily presentation on the Infierno ecotourism project is available every night from a staff member.

    Accommodations: Posada Amazonas*
    Meals Included: Boxed Lunch, Dinner
    Entrance Tickets: N/A

    Day 2: Tres Chimbadas Oxbow Lake

    Tres Chimbadas is thirty minutes by boat and forty five minutes hiking from Posada Amazonas. Once there you will paddle around the lake in a catamaran, searching for the resident family of nine giant river otters (seen by 60% of our lake visitors) and other lakeside wildlife such as caiman, hoatzin and horned screamers. Otters are most active from dawn to eight or nine AM.

    Ethnobotanical Tour

    A twenty minute boat drive downriver leads you to a trail designed by the staff of the Centro Ñape. The Centro Ñape is a communal organization that produces medicines out of forest plants and administers them to patients who choose their little clinic. They have produced a trail which explains the different medicinal (and other) uses of selected plants.

    Night walk

    You will have the option of hiking out at night, when most of the mammals are active but rarely seen. Much easier to find are frogs with shapes and sounds as bizarre as their natural histories.

    Accommodations: Posada Amazonas *
    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Entrance Tickets: N/A

    Day 3: Parrot Clay Lick

    This clay lick is only a twenty minute walk from Posada Amazonas. From a blind located about twenty meters away you will see dozens of parrots and parakeets descend on most clear mornings to ingest the clay on a river bank. Species such as Mealy and Yellow- headed Amazon, Blue-headed Parrot and Dusky headed Parakeet descend at this clay lick. The clay lick is active at dawn, during the late mornings and mid-afternoons.

    Ceiba Trail Hike

    We leave from the lobby at Posada Amazonas and embark on a two hour hike crowned by the largest tree in the vicinity: a giant ceiba tree. During the hike we will focus on the natural history of the rain forest and its principal taxonomic groups.

    Farm Visit

    A thirty minute boat drive downriver takes us to the most complete farm in the community of Infierno. The owner grows a diverse variety of popular and unknown Amazon crops. In his garden, just about every plant and tree serves a purpose.

    Accommodations: Posada Amazonas*
    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Entrance Tickets: N/A

  2. Day 4: Journey to Cusco

    The time to return to the city of Puerto Maldonado is scheduled according to flight times of the group. In the morning, you can see the wildlife that is particularly active; howler monkeys are frequently heard here. Your guide will give support upon his arrival in Puerto Maldonado and will relocate to the airport to assist you on your flight.

    Please send us your flight information. This is not included.

    We will welcome you at the airport in Cusco and transfer you to your Hotel. The rest of the day will be free to explore Cusco.

    Accommodations: Hotel Rumi Punku* (3 stars)
    Aranwa Cusco Hotel*  (4 stars)
    Meals Included: Breakfast Only
    Entrance Tickets: N/A

  3. Day 5: City Tour Cusco

    Your afternoon tour of the city will begin at 1 p.m. It will start at your hotel and visit Cathedral , Koricancha, Sacsayhuaman, Quenqo, Tambomachay and Puca Pucara. This tour ends around 6:30 p.m. You will return back to your hotel.

    Accommodations: Hotel Rumi Punku* (3 stars)
    Aranwa Cusco Hotel* (4 stars)
    Meals Included: Breakfast
    Entrance Tickets: Included

  4. Day 6: Sacred Valley Tour

    This full day tour begins at 8 a.m. from your hotel and visits Awana Cancha Alpaca Farm, Pisaq Market, Ruins and the Ollantaytambo fortress. You will return back to your hotel in Cusco around 6 p.m.

    Accommodations: Hotel Rumi Punku* (3 stars)
    Aranwa Cusco Hotel* (4 stars)
    Meals Included: Breakfast
    Entrance Tickets: Included

  5. Day 7: Km 82: The Inca Trail

    Today you will begin your Inca Trail trek. After an early wake up, you will drive to the head of the trail, Km 82 and start the trek. You will see views of Inca ruins, valleys, waterfalls and of course, snow capped peaks. The walking distance is 14 km, or around 8 miles.

    Accommodations: Camping
    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    Entrance Tickets: Included

  6. Day 8: Dead Woman’s Pass: The Inca Trail

    Today, we will survive the two highest peaks on the Inca Trail and witness views from the tops of the mountains. We will also visit some spectacular ruins along the way. Total walking distance will be 16 km or around 9 miles.

    Accommodations: Camping
    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    Entrance Tickets: Included

  7. Day 9: Wiñay Wayna: The Inca Trail

    While, today is the shortest day of hiking, it is the most beautiful one. We will hike in the morning and then lunch will be at the final campsite. In the afternoon, we will visit the most famous ruins, called Wiñay Wayna. There will be plenty of time to explore. Throughout the day, you will walk around 3,000 steps down. In the evening, you will say goodbye to your porters.

    Accommodations: Camping
    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    Entrance Tickets: Included

  8. Day 10: Machu Picchu

    After an early wake up and breakfast, we will walk to the Sun Gate and following, to Machu Picchu. You will get there around 7: 30 a.m. and will then begin your two hour guided tour. There will be plenty of time afterwards, to explore on your own. If you have a Huayna Picchu ticket, your guide will direct you to your climb. Afterwards, you will take the bus down to Aguas Calientes and take an afternoon expedition (tourist) train to Ollantaytambo, where you will be transferred back to the hotel in Cusco.

    Accommodations: Hotel Rumi Punku* (3 stars)
    Aranwa Cusco Hotel* (4 stars)
    Meals Included: Breakfast Only
    Entrance Tickets: Included

    *Huayna Picchu tickets are $75 per person with the Inca Trail.

  9. Day 11: Journey to Puno

    After an early breakfast, we will pick you up between 6:00 a.m. to 6:20 a.m. to transfer you to the bus station, where you will take the tourist bus. This is a full day ride, to Puno. You will enjoy stops along the way and visit some Inca and pre-Inca ruins. When you arrive at Puno, our representative will pick you up and transfer you to your hotel.

    Accommodations: Tierra viva Puno*
    Meals Included: Breakfast

  10. Day 12: Lake Titicaca: The Floating Island

    Pick up will be between 7:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. You will be transferred to the lakes port where you will take a boat to the floating islands of Uros, where you will have time to explore around. Following, you will take a boat ride to the next island, Amanti Island, where you will stay with a local family. Tonight will be a basic accommodation, but a memorable one, as you will be surrounded by a nice family. This will allow for an opportunity to see how the indigenous people of the lake live. In the afternoon, you will climb to the mountain to watch the sunset and party with the locals.

    Accommodations: Overnight with a local family
    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    Entrance Tickets: Included

  11. Day 13: Lake Titicaca: Taquile Island

    You will have an early breakfast with the family and take a boat to the next islands called Taquile. You will learn about the agriculture and textile of local people. You will return to Puno around 3:30 p.m. and have a free evening to relax in Puno.

    Accommodations: Tierra Viva Puno* (3 stars)
    Hotel Libertador Titicaca* (4 stars)
    Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch
    Entrance Tickets: Included

  12. Day 14: Journey to Colca Canyon

    Between 6:00 a.m. to 6:15 a.m. we will pick you up from your hotel in Puno and transfer you to the bus station. You will take a bus to Chivay and we will transfer you to your hotel, where you can relax for the evening.

    Accommodations: Colca Lodge* (3 stars)
    Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch
    Entrance Tickets: Included

  13. Day 15: Colca Canyon

    There will be an early wake-up and you will begin your tour of the canyon. Between 6:45 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. We will pick you up from your hotel. You will also have the chance to walk to Mirador del Condor (Lookout Point) to spot the biggest birds in the Andes. At the end of the afternoon, you will drive to Arequipa for the evening.

    Accommodations: Casa Andina Classic* (3 stars)
    Hotel Libertador* (4 stars)
    Meals Included: Breakfast
    Entrance Tickets: Included

  14. Day 16: Goodbye Peru

    You will be transferred to the airport.

    Please send us your flight information. This is not included.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

    *Please note that these hotels are based on availability. We will book a similar hotel if the ones listed are full for your dates. Nothing will be booked and final without your approval.


  1. Included

    • Rainforest Expeditions (transportation, meals, entrance fees)
    • Inca Trail 4D/3N in small group organized by Alpaca Expeditions with porters, fees, meals, tour guides, train tickets.
    • 4 nights in a hotel in Cusco
    • 2 nights in a hotel in Puno
    • 1 night in a hotel in Arequipa
    • Private day tours of Cusco City and Sacred Valley
    • Tourist bus to Puno with entrance fee and lunch
    • Group tour of Lake Titicaca 2D/1N, staying with a local family
    • All airport transfers
    • Rain ponchos (made in Cusco, by Alpaca Expeditions)
    • Day pack rain covers (made in Cusco, by Alpaca Expeditions)
  2. Not Included

    • Meals not mentioned above
    • Domestic flights & airport taxes


  1. When you choose this itinerary, you will inform us which class of hotels you are interested in. The prices below reflect the hotels you choose. Please remember that hotels are based on availability and might vary from the itinerary. There will be no changes made without your approval.

    $2969 US Per Person including 3-star hotels

    $3995 US Per Person including 4 and 5-star hotels

Travel Info

  1. Altitude

    As soon as people book their trip to Peru, specifically Cusco, they start wondering about altitude sickness. The air at high altitudes contains less oxygen than at sea level and forces your body to work harder to get the oxygen it needs. Over several days at high altitude, your body adjusts to the lower amount of oxygen in the air. This is why we always recommend spending at least two days in Cusco before beginning any trek. If you have more time, even better. Cusco is an amazing city with a lot to do, so you won’t be bored.

    With altitude sickness, you may first feel like you have the flu or a hangover. You may have a headache, tiredness, loss of appetite, nausea or vomiting, dizziness, trouble sleeping, trouble breathing during exercise. If any of these effects become severe, please contact our office and we will help you get to a doctor.

    Most of the time, these symptoms will be mild. We always recommend easing into activity slowly, allowing your body to adjust. Drink plenty of fluids such as water or coca tea. Coca tea has been used since ancient times to help prevent altitude sickness. Leaves from the coca plant contain alkaloids which helps bring oxygen into your blood, helping your body avoid the effects of altitude sickness. Avoid drinking a lot of alcohol and coffee. They will cause you to urinate more often and become dehydrated. Avoid smoking. Smoking makes it more difficult for your body to get oxygen. Avoid sleeping pills. They may cause shallow breathing at night, making it more difficult for your body to absorb oxygen while you sleep.

    Remember the trek to Machu Picchu is not a race. Even those in the best shape will suffer from altitude sickness when they race to the top of the mountain too quickly. Go slowly, it will give your body time to adjust to the mountain.

    Your healthcare provider may prescribe medicines, such as are acetazolamide and dexamethasone, to help prevent altitude sickness. Start the medicine two days before you get to a high altitude. Continue to take it while you are at high altitude.

    You must remember that this is your holiday and you do not want to stress out about the possibility of getting sick from the mountains. Do everything slowly. Drink lots of water. And enjoy the coca tea. If anything does happen and you unfortunately get sick, let your guide know right away – all Alpaca Expeditions guides are trained in how to help you get through it.

  2. Weather

    Of course weather is unpredictable. Typically the dry season in Cusco is from April through October, but this does not stop rain from falling in June or the sun from coming out in December – just be prepared. No matter what month you are doing the trek, please make sure that you have rain gear that includes a waterproof jacket, pants, poncho and waterproof gloves. Many people forget about gloves, but being cold and wet makes hiking very unpleasant.

    Also prepare for 4 seasons. Many of the treks through the Andes involve many micro-climates and you will need to be prepared for all seasons. Layers are always key as they are easy to adjust to the different temperatures. And evenings will always be cold, so please be prepared with a warm, winter-weight jacket.

  3. First Aid

    Every Alpaca Expeditions guide has received training in first aid from a physician. We conduct mandatory training every February – every single Alpaca guides attend. When guiding you, they will have with them a first aid kit for basic medical problems (traveler’s diarrhea, cuts/ scrapes, etc.) and oxygen. They know how to make you feel better.

    In case something unexpected happens and you feel you can no longer complete the trek, they will figure ou the safest and quickest way off the course and to a clinic. You will never be left alone, you will have a member of the team escort you every step of the way until safely with a doctor. When you are feeling up to it, we will make sure that you still have the chance to visit Machu Picchu and re-connect with your group, traveling by train comfortably.

  4. Travel Insurance

    Because there are so many logistics to plan and pay for before your trek occurs, payment for your trek is due even if you are unable to complete the hike. Please read our Booking Conditions carefully so you know what is due. Obtaining travel insurance before you leave home is strongly encouraged. This way, if something happens, and this is rare, you will not be out of pocket a tremendous amount of money. Alpaca will provide a letter and your invoice to submit to your insurance in this case to help expedite your processing.

  5. Environmental Impact

    Alpaca Expeditions uses biodegradable soap and transports all our garbage back to Cusco. Our porters are trained to look after the trail and pickup any waste from other groups as well. We also use environmentally-friendly chemical portable toilets that allow us to pack waste out. We believe in leaving no footprint behind.

  6. Community

    Alpaca Expeditions is really proud of the work we do for our community. This is a main focus for our company. We have worked with villages directly to help supply them with needs their families were missing. We have supported local schools with by giving them computers and books. We currently sponsor a teacher at the village most of our porters come from to ensure their children are offered the best education.

    We buy all our food from local farmers and markets and serve the freshest ingredients. We provide English classes for all our team: guides, porters, chefs and drivers. And we are building a house for our porters to give them a safe and comfortable place to stay before and after our treks so they no longer need to sleep on the floor of a friend.

    And twice every year we bring our porters and their families to Machu Picchu. This is our favorite trip to do as they guys who work tirelessly have never visited the Lost Citadel of the Incas. Showing them this place is our biggest honor.

    We are always looking to do more and for partners. Please let us know of your ideas and we will work to help.

  7. Our Equipment

    Alpaca is dedicated to making sure we have the best equipment available. Casual Adventure Camping Store is a family owned business in the United States that is dedicated to the outdoor travelers needs and helps us with all our equipment needs.

  8. Our Tents

    Enjoy a good night’s sleep in our spacious Eureka tents. All our tents are 4 man tents, but you will only have to share with one other trekker leaving lots of room to spread out comfortably and store your duffels. They are an A-frame design with entrances on both sides of the tent. They also include a little vestibule in front, giving you some extra outdoor space to leave your boots and walking sticks so you don’t have to bring in dirt. We are proud to be the only company to use these tents.

  9. Our Toilet Tents

    No need to add some additional hiking in the middle of the night when you have to use the bathroom! We set up our spotless, environmentally friendly, toilet tents right at your camping site and lunch sites so you don’t have to bother with the park toilets that are not in great condition. This is our way to lessen our footprint on the environment while adding the convenience and luxury of a private bathroom to your trekking adventure.

  10. Our Mats

    A foam mat is included to separate and insulate you from the ground. For added comfort you may want to consider upgrading by renting an inflatable sleeping pad which adds 3 inches of foam comfort on top of the provided foam mat to help you sleep like a baby alpaca each night on the Andes. We use Thermarest and Eureka inflatable air mats.

  11. Our Sleeping Bags

    We use only mummy style sleeping bags that are fully down for -15°C/5°F . Please note that if you are over 1.95 meters / 6´4″ tall then you won’t be able to find a sleeping bag rental in Cusco. In this case it is recommended to bring your own. For everyone else, you will have a great night sleep in this comfy, warm bag. We provide liners to everyone that are machine washed between every use. These do need to be included in your duffel weight and weigh 2 kg.

  12. Our Walking Sticks

    All our sticks are black diamond and fold up for when you are not using them. They are sturdy and adjust to your height. Even for those of you who are great trekkers, having a set of sticks is helpful on all treks. Especially if the weather turns bad or just heading down some of the steeper portions of the hike.

  13. Personal Porter Included

    All of our treks include porters, who are responsible for carrying and setting up all equipment. They will also carry your personal duffel, which you will receive at your briefing the night before your trek. This duffel can not exceed 7kg/14lbs, and must include your sleeping bag and air mat.

    Each Alpaca Expeditions porter is given a proper uniform, salary and insurance. They are the backbone of our company.

  14. Read Before Booking

    1. The Amazon tour 4D/3N is really only two full days in the Amazon. The rest of the time will be spent traveling. The first day, you will arrive at the lodge around 1 p.m. After breakfast, on the last day, you will take a motorboat back to Puerto Maldonado for your flight to Cusco.

    2. The City and Sacred Valley tours in this package are booked through a trusted third party. The group tours in this package are available as a private tour with all Alpaca tour guides for an additional cost, based on your group size.

    3. After the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu, your train returning to Cusco will either beat 2:55 or 4:42 p.m., depending of the availability. They will be booked on the Expedition (tourist class) train, but can be upgraded to the Vistadome train for $65 per person. The Vistadome train leaves at 3:20 p.m..

    4. In order to climb Huayna Picchu you must purchase a permit for $65 each. You can climb at 10:30 a.m. following your Machu Picchu tour. You climb needs to be booked in advance, due to limited availability. However, if this does not appeal to you, there are similar views from the Sun Gate.

Packing List

  1. Packing List

    • Good day back pack
    • Copy of your passport
    • Good hiking gear like hiking boots, warm jackets, gloves, hat warm fleece and socks
    • Sleeping bag
    • Walking boots
    • Waterproof jacket/rain poncho
    • Hat and gloves
    • Warm clothes: Layers for variable temperatures, especially at night
    • T-shirts
    • Comfortable trousers
    • Sun hat
    • Sun protection cream
    • Insect Repellent
    • Re-usable plastic or metal water container or camel bags
    • Water (only for first 4 hours of trek, then we will provide you with drinking -previously boiled- water)
    • Toiletries
    • Personal medication
    • Camera and film
    • Flashlight with spare batteries
    • Walking stick
    • Bathing suit for the hot springs
    • Extra money for souvenirs, drinks & tips

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The Alpaca Difference

Alpaca Expeditions is a 100% peruvian, indigenous owned company. Started by Raul Ccolque, a former porter and tour guide, Alpaca Expeditions separates ourselves by our dedication to both our customer and our team. We work very hard to make sure that all our clients needs are taken care of throughout the tour with us. At the same time, we never forget about our brothers and sisters working tirelessly for us to make all of this possible. Responsible and sustainable tourism that gives as much to our community as to our clients.

Meet the AE Trekking Team!

Everyone on the Alpaca Team is from Cusco region, living the traditions and history they share with you while on one of our tours. Our guides are all graduates of university studying tourism, history and english. Our chefs are trained every February by a professional cooking team learning new meals, adding varieties of entrees for all types of eating. And all our porters are from HUARQUI, HUACAHUASI, PATACANCHA, QUISWARANI, CANCHACANCHA, QUEYUPAY, UMACHURCO and CCACCACCOLLO villages, very often working this job on top of maining their farms back at home. Most of our team has been with us for years, as we have the most loyal, hard working, happy employees in Cusco. We know how lucky we are to have the best team trekking and you will immediately fall in love with all the men and women who call Alpaca Expeditions their home.

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Alpaca Expeditions would not be where we are today without these hardworking men and women. We could not imagine a harder job and our team does it smiling. We do our best to thank them for their hard work and loyalty by doing as much as we can to make their lives and their families lives better. All our porters receive all their equipment for free from warm winter hats to proper hiking boots. They sleep in proper tents and are given warm sleeping bags for night. They enjoy the same food we serve our clients and all leftovers are donated to their families. We visit their villages with doctors and dentists, donate school supplies and sports equipment. And our favorite time of the year is when we bring a group of porters and their families to Machu Picchu to visit the ruins for the first time.

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Proper Equipment for our Porters

Every porter of ours receives proper equipment. That includes moisture-wicking long/short sleeve shirts…

Nutritious Meals for our Porters

Nutritious Meals for our Porters

A general comment from trekkers on an Alpaca Expeditions tour is that we serve too much food. Well…

Extra information

Alpaca Expeditions is always ready to make your trip safe and as easy as possible for you. Because these trips are a bit more complicated than your typical tour, we have put together some notes on logistics, storage, and even recommendations on where to stay in Cusco. And of course our team is ready to answer any other question, as we promise to be your partner from the moment you first contact us to our last goodbye in Cusco.

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Our goal at Alpaca Expeditions is to create the best experience for all of our clients. We create journeys that are to be remembered for a lifetime. Journeys you can be proud of and can share with everybody around you.

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