Peru

Peru

Incas of Peru and Jungles of Bolivia

Ross and Hazel will guide you to some of their favourite places in South America for a chance to trek high in the Andes, swim with the pink dolphins in the Amazon, cycle a 4,000m descent in the Andes and experience the culture of these special regions.

Trip Starts in Cusco on Sat 7 October 2018 - Finishes La Paz on 27 October. We can arrange flights and transfers if you prefer an NZ departure.

Description Cycling Comfort Adventure Culture
This 22 day fully guided, all inclusive trip combines trekking through the Incan Andes, cycling the highlands of Bolivia and exploration of the Amazon jungle by canoe. 2 Star lodges, camping, eco lodge
Description
This 22 day fully guided, all inclusive trip combines trekking through the Incan Andes, cycling the highlands of Bolivia and exploration of the Amazon jungle by canoe.
Cycling
Comfort
2 Star lodges, camping, eco lodge
Adventure
Culture

Trip Highlights

Explore Cusco and the Sacred Valley

Cusco is an enchanting city high in the Andes.  A great place to acclimatise, Cusco is nestled amongst Inca ruins and is a great place to chill and explore.  We will walk down through the ruins above Cusco, explore the Sacred Valley, visit fascinating salt mines that have provided the region with salt for thousands of years and learn about ancient horticulture experiments.  You will also have time to relax here both before and after the trek, enjoying the views and culture with options to visit the Cathedral and many interesting museums.

Hike to Choquequirao

Choquequirao is considered a sister site to Machu Picchu, without the crowds.  The Choquequirao trek is a spectacular hike goes through the Apurimac canyon and then up to the fascinating ruins of Choquequirao. The ruins of Choquequirao, perched on a ledge high above the Apurimac are not as extensive as Machu Picchu, but probably more fascinating and much more remote. This is a very unique trail in the high Andes.  We will be supported by a horse and mule team that will carry our tents and food.  You have the option to carry your own personal gear, or hire a mule to do this.  

Bike and Canoe through the Jungle

Three stunning days of biking down to and then through the Bolivian jungle (with options to jump in the support van as needed), followed by three days of canoeing and hiking through the jungle.  On the first day we drive out of La Paz and have the option of an easy or more challenging bike ride to Sorata with a chance to chill in this pleasant town.  The next day is one of the biggest descents in the world as we descend from the high Andes to the depths of the jungle.  The majority of the trip is on 4WD tracks, with our support vehicle close behind for anyone wanting a break.  Expect some stunning views.  Our final day of riding is through the jungle itself with smaller climbs and descents and the chance to swim in the river.

The next 3 days we relax on the river, 4 hours per day on the boat, a total of twelve hours over 3 days. We break up the river ride with side hikes and two nights camping in the jungle.  We pass several active gold mines, before entering the protected area of Madidi national park. Keep your eyes peeled it’s here that we start to see wildlife.

Explore the Pampas

The Pampas are famous for the wildlife that lives here.  We have great opportunities to see sloths, anteaters, birds, and other animals on the way to Santa Rosa.  From here it is a short boat ride to the eco-lodge where we will stay for the next two nights. From the lodge we will do short boat trips and walks to look for pink dolphins, many varieties of birds and monkeys, as well as turtles, alligators and anacondas if we are lucky.

La Paz

After flying back from the jungle we have a day and a half to relax before the flight home.  La Paz has some great architecture and churches as well as the intriguing Witches Market.  We will travel like locals down to the Valley of the Moon and catch a gondola back up the valley over some of the more exclusive parts of La Paz.  

Fitness and Challenge level

The trek involves 6-8 hours a day of walking with a day-pack at altitudes up to 3050m (lower than Cusco).  The total climb over 4 days is around 3000m as we go down through a canyon and up the other side.  We have planned enough time for acclimatisation but participants should be comfortable walking steadily uphill for long climbs.

The cycling is fully supported with a 4WD available to take you and your bike at any time.  The roads are unsealed and sometimes bouldery 4WD routes. Good riding skills are not essential, but will enhance the experience.

Price and Inclusions

The tour from Cusco on 14 October to La Paz on 3 November is $4,500NZD plus $200USD in-country payment.

Included are:

  • all accommodation
  • most meals
  • guides throughout the trip
  • all tours (except optional tour on the last day in La Paz
  • all transport

Not included:

  • Flights to Cusco or return from La Paz (although we will coordinate flights as requested and offer a guided service to-from NZ)
  • Incidental costs
  • Alcoholic drinks 
  • Snacks and other drinks
  • Tips (The local guides for the trek, ride and Pampas tours will expect and deserve tips for good service, it is a core part of their remuneration)

 

 

  

Your guides are Ross Bidmead and his daughter Hazel.

Hazel is fluent in Spanish having spent a year living in Chile, and two years living in Spain.  

Ross and Hazel have guided several trips to the region including one of the first to complete the Andes to Amazon cycle.  

When not guiding Hazel works as a Business analyst in Wellington.  Her hobbies include circus trapeze, Aikido and canoe polo.

Ross is failing at retiring and with his wife Frances runs the bike and kayak tours in Samoa.

Your guides are Ross Bidmead and his daughter Hazel.

Hazel is fluent in Spanish having spent a year living in Chile, and two years living in Spain.  

Ross and Hazel have guided several trips to the region including one of the first to complete the Andes to Amazon cycle.  

When not guiding Hazel works as a Business analyst in Wellington.  Her hobbies include circus trapeze, Aikido and canoe polo.

Ross is failing at retiring and with his wife Frances runs the bike and kayak tours in Samoa.

Choquequirao Llamas

Choquequirao

Weaving Group

Anteater

Start at 5,000m

Beginning the descent

Jungle ride

Jaguar prints over ours

Dynamite fishing results

Jungle sunset

Warm up ride to Sorata

Cayman

Piranha

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