I can’t rate these guys highly enough they have really got there shit together conducting informative tours really cool group sizes not to big not to small. At the end of it all it’s what YOU put into it is what you get out it.Inca trail is amazing whether pattu mumma is looking after you or not.I think I got that right Peruvian for Mother Nature.(pattu mumma).
Excellent leadership by group guide. Information given in coherent, timely and friendly manner. No question was considered inappropriate and all questions answered with good humour and confidence.
Intrepid are a great company to travel with. They are responsible, well organized, safe and professional with great guides and experiences.
Intrepid are an environmentally conscious company, however be aware of the lower standard of accommodation to expect in 3rd world countries!
Great trip to experience what Peru has to be offer. There will be unexpected delights to show that Peru has much more to offer than just the famous Nasca lines and Machu Picchu. Be prepared to be on the move constantly!
This trip was fantastic! It was a very fast-paced itinerary and I recommend getting to Cusco early to see the town and to acclimate to the altitude. The hike was very challenging but so beautiful and rewarding. Traveling with Intrepid was easy and really organized, our tour leader was incredibly friendly and helpful, and the trek was an unforgettable experience. We really enjoyed the people in our group and had a great time all around! I highly recommend this trip for those who want a challenge and an adventure with like-minded travelers.
For travelers that want a fully inclusive and comprehensive cultural experience, Intrepid is the way to go. The company ensures that you have rich vacation and that every last detail is thought through.
Intrepid is responsible tourism at its best! My husband and I chose to do an Intrepid Tour for our Honeymoon and was made to feel very special while enjoying the wonderful cultural experiences from the excellent leaders and guides!
The Intrepid experience was extremely positive, and I would (and have already) highly recommend it.
Peru was a trip of a lifetime, delivering on all levels and above. Do it, you won’t regret it. We had so many opportunities to immerse ourselves in the culture with Manny, the best tour guide ever! Homestays, dancing in the main square during Corpus Christi, trying to learn salsa with the locals and doing the Inca Trail are something that will stay with me forever ??????
This really was Peru Encompassed! No two days were the same, long journeys broken with plenty of stops, every mode of transport was excellent (always felt safe) Clean local hotels within a short walk of town, seamless organisation & a brilliant guide Shirley. The perfect way to see Peru & feel immersed in their culture & history
Wonderful trip with intrepid! very organized and tour guides are great! Overall great experience and would definitely use them again
We enjoyed our trip very much, it was challenging at times, with the altitude, you need to be reasonably fit with the amount of walking there is to do, also with some early morning starts. Our group got on great together, though coming from different parts of the world.
I would highly recommend Intrepid Travel to anyone interested in really experiencing a country/culture. There was a great mix of visiting landmarks (bucket list items) and interaction with local people. The trip far exceeded my expectations. The small tour group size provided an opportunity to get to know my travel companions which also enhanced the experience. I will definitely travel with Intrepid again!
Intrepid is the way to go in South America!
Varied, stunning scenery, fascinating interaction with a homestead community, great food, and always the triumph of Machu Picchu. Be prepared for cold-take warm clothing.
[See other comments] Absolutely amazing trip! I felt so accomplished, and had so much fun on this trip. Although I realized that camping might not be for me haha, I wouldn’t trade this experience for anything. I definitely recommend consulting multiple packing lists (see my previous comments), and packing for a very cold nighttime.
Machu Picchu lives up to the hype, and we found the altitude to be manageable. Decide where on Machu Picchu you want to go ahead of time (Sun Gate or Inca Bridge), there’s not much free time for you to explore after the tour. If you have an extra day in Lima, check out the Larco Museum and the Barranco District. If you’re going in the southern hemisphere’s winter, be prepared for it to be very, very cold and bring lots of layers.
Classic Peru for Solo Travelers really packs a lot into 9 days. The itinerary was well thought out and reasonably paced. Our guide, Ale, was terrific. The accommodations were all quite acceptable, never fancy, but always clean and comfortable and usually quirky in a cool way. The food in Peru was superb!
Peru is a trip of a lifetime. The culture the people and the sites are amazing. The homestays are a highlight and of course Machu Picchu is just spectacular. Galapagos is amazing as well, swimming and waking so close to the wildlife is something that you will never forget.
This trip was fabulous! The scenery amazing! Be sure to get in shape before you go because there are long hikes! Wonderful trip for singles, couples or family w older kids.
This is NOT a review, but some suggestions: 1. Connecting flight to Cusco from Lima on the same day; a wasted day was spent in Lima when more time could have been spent in Cusco. 2. Itinerary did not allow much free time in Cusco before and after the Inca Trail; and 3. Intrepid T-shirt (to buy and wear) on completion of the Inca Trail in Machu Picchu?
Intrepid provided the perfect balance we were looking for on a trip we took to Peru: a combination of local culture, a hiking challenge, and an authentic experience with a cause: they are truly dedicated in support of the communities they serve and are not like some other touristic tour company. I recommend Intrepid for anyone looking for a unique local experience with a personal touch.
There is a lot of tipping required including local guides most days. Unclear if we needed to tip our guide as well as the local guides. This was confusing.
Well organised, small group was great, get to really know everyone, most people want to do the same thing, Excellent Tour Guide and Local Guides, Really willing to help. Good variety of things to do and nice places to eat. Vechiles we travelled in were excellent, some days we had long distances to travel. Accommodation was good
The Inca Trail is a wonderful experience that should be done sooner rather than later.
Peru Encompassed showcased the diversity of Peru’s landscape, cultural and historical sights.
Peru is a fascinating and highly diverse country offering a huge range of great travel experiences. Manny is the king of tour leaders!
Did my first interpid tour and everything was great. Your well looked after and everything is well organized. Cannot fault interpid from start to finish.
Be sure to check and ask questions about the itinerary and where you will actually go. Also be prepared to have to tip a lot to all Intrepid staff as Intrepid does not pay them enough but rather tells them that they should ask/expect it from you.
Take your time reading the detailed itinerary notes which describe very well what’s included in the trip
Choose Intrepid! You wont regret it.
Intrepid was great for two reasons, 1- alot of interaction with the local people, really got to see what life was like for them, 2- with that interaction it was nice knowing that my money was going to support the locals.
Really enjoyed the Peru Encompassed trip! Lots to see and do (but don’t underestimate the distances between cities). Had an absolutely amazing time and would definitely recommend this tour!
For this particular trip I would say it was very enjoyable and a fulfilling experience but I would also say that it was VERY difficult. Reading other reviews I would not have thought the trek to be so difficult both physically and mentally. Everyone on our trip was in very good condition and many of us had problems due to the altitude. It was a great personal challenge and I am glad I did it! I wish I would have prepared more beforehand, though. The 4/5 physical rating is serious! The reward throughout the journey is the amazing views and landscape you get to see which totally makes it worth it. Also, the friends you make in the group you’re traveling with. It was the trip of a lifetime for sure. Note: I did the Quarry Trail, not the Incan trail.
I JUST FEEL THE TRIP WAS A BIT RUSHED AND WOULD LIKE TO STAY IN THE SAME BUS AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE. I AM 68 YEARS OLD AND THE LESS MOVING OF BAGS INTO OTHER BUSES FOR SHORT TRIPS WOULD MAKE IT EASIER FOR ME, NO PROBLEM FOR YOUNGER PEOPLE I SUSPECT.
peru encompassed is a great trip, it covered everything I wondered about the country and didn’t shy away from some aspects that are less touristy which were interesting to see. The only tip I would give to future travellers is be prepared for tipping, bring more cash than you think you need, but the guides are so good they deserve it.
A hassle free experience jam packed with activities that are not to be missed.
The Inca Trail is a stunning 43km walk over 4 day. The destination (Miachu Picchu) was the dream, but in reality the journey was the highlight filled with stunning scenery and unforgettable memories.
Very good size of groups, with mixed ages and profile, which made the trip very interesting. Intrepid seems like a responsible and sustainable company and all the staff involved were great.
Intrepids itinerary is well organised and well planned. It has a good combination of pre-planned activities for the day and time to explore by yourself. I had a really good trip in Peru because of how beautiful and amazing the place is but also largely due to our leader who has incredible knowledge of the history of the place. Norma (team coordinator) went out of her way to make sure we had the best time in Cusco. I would highly recommend intrepid and would definitely choose them again on my next trip.
Very well organised, amazing tour guide and an excellent trip throughout with so many highlights! Also love the interaction with the local communities that Intrepid offers! Highly recommend!
Everything is absolutely gorgeous and the food is delicious, if you are hiking make sure you look back to admire what you just hiked through.
This is the kind of holiday that allow you to see a large cross section of Peru. It has an amazing history & lovely people.
Our Intrepid trip was wonderful from start to finish. The 5 of us on the Quarry Trail formed a fabulous bond, and will travel together again. Wonderful sights along the way, fabulous guides. Machu Picchu itself was amazing, but VERY touristy. Highly recommend the Quarry trail and Intrepid.
A great experience! A must do for all. I recommend preparing with some incline step training before the trip.
A must-do trip to discover the amazing sites of Peru
This trip was fantastic, I walked the Inca Quarry trail and it was beautiful, and nice to turn up to Machu Picchu well rested and showered. All the guides were very knowledgeable and friendly. Every part of the trip was an unforgettable moment and I can’t wait to go back to Peru.
Impeccable organization. Meeting new people. Small travel group. Excellent local guide. Come 2 days earlier to Lima
Peru – a country that exceeded my expectations. The food, people and culture were delightful. You couldn’t find a friendlier place to holiday. The history is amazing… and the diveristy from one end of Peru to the other changes frequently. If you have a chance to trek, the Inca trail was my choice and although it’s challenging, it is rewarding as well-just be prepared for the sudden changes in the weather.
The porters that were on the inca trial were absolutely amazing to see what they do day in day out is outstanding the food they cook and camp site they set up its an experiance
If you are considering doing the Inca Trail, book with Intrepid without hesitation. It provides a fantastic service all around.
Intrepid travel is the travel group you want to take to get a truly authentic experience of a country. Every travel detail is taken care of so that you can just ride along and enjoy the experience. The groups are small with excellent tour guides who immerse you in their country. These trips are educational and fun!
The tour leaders have been outstanding on each trip I have experienced with Intrepid over the last ten years.
a very in depth tour of peru ,a lot of bus travelling but necessary to fit it in but worth it machu picchu and the hike to it definitely the highlight also helps to travel with a great fun group and wonderful guide cris
Excellently organised, explained, catered and hosted! Can’t recommend enough!
This trip ticked both Machu Pichu & Galapagos from my bucket list. The Peru leg was comprehensive in what is a spectacularly diverse country. This trip prepared you well for the arduous but rewarding Inca Trail. Book early for the Trail as the numbers are strictly limited.
This was my 2nd trip with Intrepid and I look forward to planning my 3rd. I am a solo traveler, 54 years old, yet with Intrepid you are never alone. Our group was very cohesive and supported each other to make sure everyone was successful and made it to the end. That’s what I love about travelling with Intrepid. Our guide Joseph was the most positive, and encouraging leader and could not have been better. I valued his help and support. Our co-guide Mel had to be the most compassionate person. She was such a comforting supporter. They had a great team. I went during the dry season and it was wet! I advise to bring a very good rain jacket and poncho even if you book in the dry season. The poncho’s you buy on the trail and not sturdy enough for the gusting winds and rain.
Peru Encompassed was excellent. Our guide was excellent and really treated us as if it was our special event.
Peru Encompassed gave us an amazing cultural experience of the diversity that Peru has to offer. The diversity in Culture, Language, Geography, History, Architecture and Agriculture made this an amazing experience. Peak Adventures provided us with an exceptional experience trekking the Classic Inca Trail. Manuel Alcalde was exemplary in his leadership
Intrepid was awesome; great bang for the buck; loved the cultural experience; fortunately we had lovely people on our trip which made it really fun!
This was my first Intrepid Tour and I will definitely be back. Everything was so very well organised – the whole trip just flowed so well … little extra details & inclusions along the trail really just added to the extra enjoyment of the whole experience. Truly appreciate the friendliness and dedication of the team we had. Bucket list item … Inca Trail – Check!! 🙂
This trip was nothing short of amazing. We did the Inca Quarry Trail route and were very pleased overall with the trip. Perfect for somebody who likes adventure as well as having basic facilities. Definitely recommend at least having a moderate level of fitness for the trip: this hike is not easy or for people who are out of shape. Also, take the altitude seriously! Highly recommend
Encompass Peru a must do. Train or trekk either was fantastic to see Machu Picchu. Guide was very friendly caring and knowledgeable. Got to experience the treasures of Peru. A diverse country.
The Quarry trail trek, Machu Picchu and Amazon jungle tour was absolutely amazing. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone.
Never liked group travel until my first trip with Intrepid to Thailand 14 years ago. Now when I travel for fun, Intrepid is the first place I look to see if they have an itinerary that matches my ideal trip.
Majestic Peru-Intrepid provide a rich experience for learning about and seeing the local culture. We did and saw a number of amazing things. However, the itinerary was poorly planned-a lot of the time riding in buses and wasted time which could have been reduced by better planning on their part. Felt they tried to stretch out the days which could have been reduced by 2-3 days. Also we were only given a half day at Machu Pichu when we could have had a full day or at least more than a few hours. We were given a free day in Cusco the next day so it didn’t make a lot of sense. I understand that they don’t want people to linger in the park but then we were upsold-we were told we could also go the afternoon before in addition to our regular half tour day-at an additional expense to us of course-so it didn’t make a lot sense. The tour was rated a 1 for difficulty-climbing steep steps/paths to the ruins and locales in the Andes at elevations above 10,000 feet is not a 1-it was deceptive on their part. It was winter in Peru-accomodations were not adequate for the winter conditions. The overall tour was excellent if you’re interested in the overall cultural experience-if not, just go straight to Machu Pichu-stop at Arequipa on the way back-a better bargain for your time and money-and spend time in Lima. I wouldn’t recommend the Majestic Peru tour-what ever tour you choose, look closely at the itinerary to see if it is what you are expecting.
This is a great trip which will introduce you to a beautiful country. There are a few long bus rides, but the buses were clean and comfortable. There were also restrooms onboard as well as a few breaks to stretch your legs. The guides give great information and the small group size allows you to feel very comfortable with the other travelers.
The Peru adventure is just amazing. Make the most of it, have fun and dont worry about the small stuff. The home stays and the Inca trek were the highlights, they are something you will never forget. Having the best tour leader in Peru was also a huge plus ??????
Intrepid are very professional. Guides and tour leaders know there stuff. They have genuine care for their groups and are very passionate about the areas visited.
Be prepared for all weather conditions! Invest in top quality shoes. Come with an open mind if you have not travelled in this region before. Try and learn some Spanish. Remember to enjoy every moment 🙂
Had a wonderful experience with Intrepid. Travelled to Peru and saw so many interesting places in a short amount of time. Transportation was all taken care of , which could be a headache for a family of 5 . Accomodations were very clean and comfortable. They were very conscious of being environmentally friendly which we greatly appreciate. We would definitely recommend Intrepid tours because they are very professional and organised.
Great trip with many cultural experiences. I recommend hiking boots for Machu Picchu, Cusco, and Lake Titicaca or good sneakers at a minimum. Some of the surfaces are slippery, especially when wet. For June trips, be prepared for warm and cold weather and a little rain.
Peru Encompassed is a comprehensive tour which covers the coastal, highland and jungle regions of a diverse and fascinating country. There were so many highlights – flying over the Nazca lines, watching condors soar over Colca Canyon, seeing flocks of alpacas, llamas and vicunas in the high country, meeting local communities at Lake Titicaca, the wonder of Machu Picchu and other Inca sites, trekking the Quarry Trail and exploring the jungle of the Amazon basin.
I was very pleased with all aspects of Intrepid and the guides (local and otherwise) were amazing! They really make the trip and I couldn’t be more pleased with my overall experience.
The highlight of this trip was Machu Picchu, but Peru is so much more than that! This tour was so interesting and gave real insights into the diverse environments, people and cultures of Peru, including the traditional villagers’ way of life.
“Peru Encompassed” is an excellent hassle free way to view and appreciate Peru’s diverse past and present culture across the coastal, desert, highlands and jungle environments.
We had the best time of our lives cant wait until the next trip
Peru is an exceptional and contrasting place with top culinary delights ( although a little expensive i found ) , it was daunting at first but I grew to love it as it changed from dry desert mountains to green valleys , Machu Pichu and mountain lakes . I did suffer from a little altitude sickness but coped OK . I highly recommend visiting this wonderful country.
A terrific experience encompassing ancient Inca sites, amazon adventures and, of course, Machu Picchu. Highly recommended.
This was the first time we had used Intrepid (Inca Encounter). The trip was well organised, with excellent guides who were knowledgeable and helpful without being bossy. The guides took time to get to know as individuals instead of just one of a group.
Encompassed a great deal of Peru. Tour leader was great. Did underestimate length of bus trips. Oversee had an amazing time.
Put this trip on your bucket list. Peru delivers so much culture and history and awakens your senses with the stunning and ever changing scenery
A fun, informative, educational experience of three amazing countries. Well organised, great guides and of course all main aspects covered. Also enough free time to explore. A must for all to experience.
Amazing places in this tour and highly recommend. Stay an extras night or two in Lima to have a good look around as this a a very big city. Machu Picchu is an amazing place and the scenery is spectacular and eye-catching.
The Inca tour is a great way to see and experience an excellent selection of places in Peru.
Peru is so much more than just Machu Picchu, which is the expectation a lot of people, myself included, have of the country. Intrepid do an exceptional job at showing you the diversity of this country and immmersing you in the local culture.
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Peru was a facinating country with great variety of activities and cultural diversity. Homestay was fabulous. Be prepared for cold nights and altitude issues.
Inca Trail is not fix in this trip and only an option
A unique experience with great company.
Peru is more interesting than you imagined and Intepid are the Company to go with to get the best experience.
I believe that was one of my best holidays I ever have had . For me, it was great opportunity to learn about the country and meet a lot of interesting people. I liked to see how local people care about their traditions and history, how proud they are of their country. I am really impressed by breathtaking views of sacred Machu Picchu and Titikaka lake. Thanks to Desi and all our local guides for the great work they did.
The Inca Encounter was incredible. A crash course in Peruvian culture, with a taste of the amazon, rain forest and the Andes. The people of Peru are kind, generous and wonderful. The landscapes are beautiful and the food delightful. Bring small Peruvian Sols for tipping – the tourism industry survives on tips – and a portable charger for remote locations – you’ll want to capture as much beauty as you can.
A very demanding but very rewarding adventure. You need to be fit, agile and sure-footed to do the trails but the rewards in terms of views and sheer achievement are worth it. Be prepared for long periods at high altitude which can be very draining.
This was a good trip; the group happend to be a great one togethetand the orgsnisation was tops. Greats historical and cultural informatio given. I learned a lot!
Very diverse range of offers to suit different needs
This was the trip of a lifetime. The Amazon and Machu Picchu were amazing! The local guides took this trip the next level! They were very generous with their passion and knowledge. You should train for this; even if you are doing the train options. Hitting the stairs at work will help. So does hiking on uneven territory. The altitude sickness made parts of this really challenging even for the most fit people. Take the anti-altitude sickness meds!
If you are short on time on the ground and want to see the well-known areas then this tour is for you. A great introduction to Peru suitable for all ages with a basic level of fitness as you need to climb around Machu Picchu.
This tour has a packed itinerary which allows you to visit the key sights in Peru in a short time with no hassles. Note however that some travel days are long given the size of the country.
The trip was excellent, very well organised, although it was more challenging than I expected. We could have done with a bit more time in some places.
Peru is an incredible mix – from deserts to rainforests and the magnificent Andes – the people are wonderfully warm and welcoming – it deserves to be explored and enjoyed in a respectful way and the Intrepid Quarry Trail option made this possible. Many thanks for the experience of a lifetime.
There are many tour companies, but none support the local resources and empower the local community like Intrepid. Our tour guide, Renaldi, is a shining example of what Intrepid can do through the local people. Choose Intrepid
Majestic Peru was truly amazing. If you haven’t done it yet I strongly recommend it. The bus ride might be too much for some but bring a book to read or catch a sleep at your own comfort level. Most of all, soak in the beautiful scenery laced along the way.!
There is always a trip to be chosen with Intrepid. You just have to look for it.
Inca Quarry Trail was amazing experience and the views along the trek are breathtaking. This experience along with homestay at Lake Titicaca makes you feel connected with Peru and the people.
Perfect trip, wonderful 3 weeks. You have to be in good Fitness and HealthKit conditions and be Open minded to locals
I just returned from the 9 day Classic Peru trip. Im still on a high…and not because of the altitude! It was my first group tour and it turned out to be so much more than I hoped. The Itinerary was perfect, enough time to visit historical sights and local culture, enjoy some free time, sample wonderful cuisine, experience different modes of transportation and meet new friends in our small group from other parts of the world. Our Leader Norma was amazing and made our entire trip an experience to remember. Machu Picchu was my dream trip, but there was so much more! The homestay was incredible, I wont even forget it all. I was so worried in advance about altitude sickness, it wasnt too bad at all. Just take it easy the first day in Cusco, walk slowly, dont drink alcohol and stay hydrated, drink the coca tea and relax. I cant wait to book my next trip with Intrepid.
Washing is available very regularly on t, so you are able to pack light!
Actually more feedback for you. Up to you if you want to add it. Whilst we are touring, we are also on holiday and I think that all of the group leaders and local guides need to remember this. Not everything needs to be educational… sometimes we need to have a bit of fun, a laugh can help to relieve tension and tiredness and is not an indicator that we are not interested in what is being said. The local guides also need to ensure they are setting the pace of the group by the slowest person, not the fastest. We had one particular person who would literally run everywhere and the guides set the pace by this. This meant that many of the older and less fit people where often left behind and some of us in the group ended up waiting for them to ensure the group kept together. The other issue with this, is that the guide would tell the people up front about the particular thing we were visiting, or the history of a place, and when everyone else caught up, the guide would move on, meaning many people missed what was being said. All in all the local guides were entertaining, knowledgeable and great fun. In particular Angel who took us through the Colca Canyon and Alex who took us through Lake Titicaca. Great information sharing and great senses of humour who allowed us to actually enjoy the place with much fun and joy. Another piece of feedback for all of the guides is to not assume that people can go the whole day on breakfast and dinner alone. This was a real bone of contention with several of our guides, telling us that they had decided that we would have an early dinner and therefore we would not have lunch. This is quite disrespectful of peoples needs and as an adult I feel I should have a say in when i eat. In addition to this many of the available snacks are sugary biscuits or chips and getting your hands on fresh fruit difficult, (also you cant take fruit across border crossings so the border crossing between Peru and Bolivia was difficult) so relying on snacks alone is not acceptable. We also had people with some health issues that needed to eat regular and substantial meals and deciding that we can skip meals is not OK. Something for Intrepid to discuss with group leaders and local guides. I loved Peru. I believe that Raul had a lot to do with the way I saw his country and I am grateful for his care and support during my stay. I believe some people may have some negative comments about Raul, but they were very difficult to deal with and had some very unrealistic and negative attitudes about their experiences. I think Raul did very well to manage this particular group of people as well as he did. I personally struggled with a couple of people on this group and found them challenging, so I was very impressed with the way Raul dealt with everything that came his way. I would thoroughly recommend this tour. I have continued onto Bolivia and have another 10 days until Buenos Aires. I have also recently completed an Intrepid tour in India and Nepal in feb/mar this year and really like your itineraries, safety ethos and social responsibilities. I think all of your group leaders have been exceptional and love the smaller group sizes. I am looking forward to undertaking more trips with intrepid because of the experiences your group leaders such as Raul have held my hand through.
Intrepid made traveling easy. It was extremely reasonably priced for everything that was included. Not having to worry about transportation between cities was the biggest draw for me. Without intrepid, I would not have been able to see all of the areas of Peru that I wanted to. Great company!
This is an incredible trip! Intrepid are top notch. Our guide Norma was incredible.
The Classic Peru trip comes highly recommended for the chance to see and experience the best of Peru with enthusiastic and knowledgeable guides. Highlights were Cusco, Machu Picchu … and the local food (try the guinea pig)!
Great REAL FOOD TOUR. Our guide was so organized and thoughtful. He was authenic and sincere without being showy or overbearing. We really got to spend time with people and share their lives with them. One thing: I would skip LIMA altogether if booking again. Machu Pichu! Salt MINES great!!
Excellent trip. Fantastic scenery throughout. Very well organised and the buses for the long trips were very comfortable
The tour enabled to see me a fantastic array of destinations, in a short time with good group of people with the support of an excellent tour guide. It was all covered- ancient ruins, small villages, historic cities, desert, lakes, mountains and of course Machu Picchu.
If you would like to see Peru in a short period of time, this is the ideal trip. It covers a lot and it can be quite tiring, but it was all worth it. The tour guide is very knowledgeable and do a great job of taking care of the people on the tour. I was quite nervous about travelling to South America for the first time and this tour is great if you are in a similar situation. Cannot recommend highly enough.
Magnifique voyage à travers le Pérou, paysages spectaculaires et variés, découverte de la culture Incas et richesse des sites, villes charmantes, excellente cuisine, gens sympathiques et bien plus encore … Ce voyage était tout simplement incroyable et ma tête est pleine de souvenirs!
Intrepid is a responsible company who considers each travellers personal needs providing a unique, authentic and personal experience for all. Intrepid take the social, economic and environmental needs of a country into consideration and promote the proper culture attitude required by visitors to a country to ensure the best outcomes for that country. Intrepid have responsibilities and adhere to these putting the country you are visiting first, while still making sure you know you are important and taking care of all your needs. Thank you Intrepid for a wonderful life experience in Peru, where I felt safe, and able to really enjoy my time in this most beautiful country.
The Peru Real Food Tour is a fantastic tour if you like food and interacting with locals to learn about their culture as related to food. All the food experiences are fun and unique from each other. An awesome trip in an extremely beautiful country.
The Classic Peru trip is simply a great adventure. You have an amazing opportunity to meet local people. The home stay is a fantastic opportunity to get an understanding of the local people at Lake Titicaca. I met 10 new friends and had an amazing time exploring, laughing and getting to know Peru. What a wonderful holiday. Would highly recommend it.
A fantastic trip that covered the highlights of Peru with a very good balance between trip time, travel distances and activities. Basix in style but top quality in terms of local experiences, highlights, accommodation, food and transport. We were a small group with an excellent group leader (Sebastian) which left us all with wonderful & unforgettable memories.
Don´t let people scare you or tell you to bring extra items because Intrepid will look after everything and you will feel safe and happy.
Travel with Intrepid is nice. They arrange the tour very well. No worry of anything. Good leader to take care of everything in the tour, no hassle, clear and safe.
Intrepid is a wonderful travel company who we will travel with again in the future. They provide excellent itineraries that always include some non touristic destinations. Their tour leaders are fantastic having terrific local knowledge and super organisation so that you can just enjoy the experience of travelling to far flung destinations.
Go to Peru! It is beautiful, interesting and the people are phenomenal. Inca trail very hard, but worth every step to reach the magical Machu Pichu. I will never forget this wonderful experience.
Glad I have visited Machu Picchu at the age 60+ though suffered a bit of altitude headache. Peru is an amazing country with stunning scenery, interesting culture, good food and wine.
I recommend this trip if you’d like to see most of Peru’s major sites in 2 weeks. There are a few long travel days by private van (including 1 day by tourist bus), so take that into account whether this is the right trip for you. I loved watching the changing landscape. I did opt for the flight over the Nazca lines — well worth it. It’s a 4 seater plane, and you might need to adjust to the pilot moving the plane from side to side. Some tips: drink at least 2L water each day, bring sun screen, dress in layers. I didn’t have much of an issue with altitude, but take it easy. Drink the coca / muña tea. The food is excellent everywhere (except maybe in Aguas Calientes). Try the Tumbo Pisco Sour in Arequipa. Finally, I’d say that there are a lot of mysteries in Peru — you be the judge 🙂 Cheers, Katie
Great tour, diverse mix of cultures and ages. Great if you want to experience the real culture.
This trip was a really great way to see the major highlights of Peru and get a feel for the diversity of the country. The Inca trail especially was amazing, everyone’s highlight!
What you read in the brochures and website is exactly what you will see and do but BETTER! If you want to do a life change, eye opener trip and feel like a local while travelling then this is for you! Just book a trip now and have something incredible to look forward to soon!
A window into Andean people, culture and way of life that leaves an indelible impression.
Brilliant way in which a solo traveller feels safe and able to see some amazing sights with company of people/ friends from all over the world. I have made friends for life!
Great was to see Machu Picchu and see the wonderful town of Cusco. While also experiencing the beautiful Lima
Had a fabulous time on the Classic Peru trip. Nothing quite prepared us for our 1st sight of Machu Picchu though. Be prepared for the altitude though, listen to your body. Oxygen is available in the hotels if you need it. But most of all ENJOY!
Best trip. Best guide/leader. The group got on well and had a fantastic time. Unforgettable scenery. My tip – Altitude sickness was a surprise, take suitable medication. Our guide was very knowledgeable and understanding in managing our health and safety.
See the world through the eyes of locals.
Wonderful way to see different aspects of Peru in a short time period. Was slightly worried about missing out your n the Inca trail by taking the train but then had the opportunity to spend more time in gorgeous towns and wasnt exhausted by the time we got to Machu Picchu, so zero regrets there!
Travel with Intrepid (this is our fifth trip) has always been worry free. Our trip leader Angela was very helpful in organising our plans for free days.
We felt the balance of this trip was good, we were not rushed or felt that we spent too long in any specific place. The guide (Lucho/Luis) was unbelievably knowledgeable and approachable. He really made our trip!
This trip gives you an insight into Peru’s culture, history and peopke in a short period. Make sure you are prepared for the high altitude as this may impact on your ability to fully enjoy all aspects of the trip
We found the staff to be very professional and helpful at all times. The knowledge of the local and rural area was great and interesting. The floating islands and the home stay were very memorable and we enjoyed it so much. Highly recommend Intrepid travel and the staff – Thank you
Inca encounter tour is a great introduction to Peru! We wish we had the time to explore it more on this trip but we will be back. Our tour guide Fernando was excellent, the tour was so well organised and nothing was to hard or too much to ask for our tour guide! The locals everywhere were friendly and welcoming!
Highly recommend intripid tour, feel really safe and enjoyable for the whole trip, tour leaders are all very professional , knowledgeable and passionate.
The only thing would be to add the Condor sighting into the trip. The whole trip was different and with desert on one side and ocean on the other. Machu Piccu and Oleoantambo fantastic. Villages great. Can,t say enough about our trip. Loved the custom and dress of the andian people.
Strongly recommend training prior to travelling. Although we didn’t have a lot of walking in our tour, my pre-training helped my ability to particpate, particularly at altitude. And drink water!
Wonderful trip, great location, excellent tour company
Intrepid was always mindful of customer safety, respect for cultures and protecting the environment. The Peruvian trip was extremely well organized.
Be yourself ??
I really liked this trip. Especially the hiking to Machu Picchu was a great adventure. But thanks to you I could enjoy this trip without worrying about anything. I would highly recommend you this trip!
Intrepid is a great tour company that provides true immersion into the culture of the company that you are travelling through, there are a range of great activities that you can do without being constricted to a tense itinerary.
Interesting trip with varied activities. Be prepared for some long overland travel days but it is the best way to see the country. Our tour leader Paulo was fantastic and our travel group was fun.
Certainly don’t over-pack, layer,layer. Our tour leader organised some quick laundry for us. Immerse yourself in the culture, we found it be amazing and take loads of photos, you can never have enough to keep your memories ALIVE!
If you are out-going and mix easily with people of all ages then this is the way to travel. It takes the oldies out of their comfort zone and puts the “tingle” back in travel. Not your ” If this is Tuesday then this must be Belguim” type of experience.
This trip had almost everything I wanted to do in Peru. I feel I learnt a lot about both the ancient and modern inhabitants.
Make sure you do detailed research of your own before embarking on these trips Peru is not an easy country to explore due to the altitude of many of the more famous sites and you need to factor in how tired this will make you no matter how fit you are. Altitude sickness is not all about vomiting most people seem to be affected as was I at night sleeping in high altitude becomes a problem until you can acclimatise so be warned !
Our Intrepid guide through Peru made our trip a true ‘once in a lifetime’ and made us feel safe and pampered as well as organising every full minute on the tour … we loved it
If you can afford it, take a flight from Arequipa to Cusco as it takes 45 Min, gives you an extra half day to explore the city, you don’t arrive tired and allows you to book/do extra activities around Cusco. You will be able to do Rainbow mountain, Moray and Salerinas which are very worthwhile seeing.
Visiting Peru with Intrepid was an amazing travel experience! We loved the cities and communities we visited and were so impressed with Sebastian´s organisation of day to day logistics with a slightly tricky group. The Quarry Trail was also orgaised with precision and Machu Picchu a dream come true.
Very impressed with Intrepid as a tour company and will definitely consider future tours with them. Great guide and well organised tour.
Wonderful and varied family tour of Peru. We had never done a tour before, but would certainly recommend Intrepid. Our guide Norma was amazing; well organised and fun – she made the trip. I would never have dreamed we could have such a successful adventure around Peru with a 5 year old, but a well planned itinerary created specifically for families made it easy. Would definitely use Intrepid again. Thank you.
We enjoyed everything including the cooking lessons, demonstrations, interaction with the locals, the organisation by Intrepid, great tour leader Jhonn, great tour mates but most of all we enjoyed going to Machu Picchu
Very interesting trip so many different highlights from nazca Lines to Machu Picchu to floating villages on lake titicaca Guinea pig was different (I’m vegetarian) but that was others said Some long travel days but that means you get to know your fellow travellers or sleep Bring sense of humour and don’t forget trip runs on Peruvian time (actually only one flight was delayed )everything well organised Have a great adventure
Intrepid make lone travelling easy and fun. A good way to immerse yourself in a new culture and meet new people and make new friends.
Intrepid provides you with and education, experiences and perspective that help shape you.
This is a fantastic trip for those who are fit and want a challenge. We thoroughly enjoyed exploring the Inka sites around Cusco and the Sacred Valley, a four-day trek to Ollantaytambo where we only saw one other group in the whole time – and a visit to Machu Picchu as the final crowning glory.
Great trip, but not for people who want information clearly up front. Tour leaders on site are fantastic, however.
The Real Food Peru tour was excellent. Great leader and great group of participants. The tour covers the best of Cusco, the Sacred Valley and the jewel in the crown Macchu Pichu with the added bonus of food. It would be helpful to take Spanish lessons before venturing to this part of the world.
I was so lucky to have such a marvellous and competent tour leader, Hilda Jiminez. She was so aware of each member’s needs and coped admirably. She was always calm and collected, and i cannot praise her enough. She gave so much of her private time to satisfy a rather demanding member of the tour group! Her interactions with other guides, drivers, local people showed a mature respectful approach.
Fantastic trip. Excellent guides. Wide range of food for the kids. The rain forest lodge was gorgeous. Good mix of Lima at the coast, Jungle in the East and Machu Picchu & Cusco in the Central area. Very active trip: walking, boating, Piranha fishing, wildlife spotting, paddle boarding, exploring the towns and cities etc.
Our guide made the trip awesome!
Ensure lots of small change is always on hand for tips.