Northern Peru & The Inca Trail
Experience the icons and tucked-away treasures of Peru on this in-depth Andean adventure. Kicking things off in Lima, head north to a mountain lodge outside Cocachimba that’s tailor-made for viewing Gocta Falls, the monumental natural beauty somehow kept secret from the world until 2006. Delve into the world of the Chachapoyas, the pre-Colombian warriors of the cloud forest, visiting the fortifications, mausoleums and mummies that carry the secrets of the afterlife. Then it’s off to beautiful Cusco to hike the Inca Trail, drink in the magic of Ollantaytambo and Sacred Valley, and explore the must-see Inca site of South America, Machu Picchu. Those looking for the perfect mix of Peru’s highlights and latest nature hotspots need look no further than this stellar two-week adventure.
- Until 2005, the Gocta Falls sat hidden in the Andes, known only to the locals. These secret waters flow to create one of the tallest falls in the world, setting a magical scene of mist, water and flourishing rainforest
- Spend a full day exploring the ruined Chachapoya fortress of Kuélap, one of the most important archaeological site of the Andes
- Understand the cultural importance of Chachapoya afterlife on an excursion to visit the rock-face mausoleums of Revash and the mummies of Leymebamba
- The breathtaking cascade of the Gocta Falls has to be seen to be believed – witness it from the comfort of the Gocta Lodge while sipping cocktails by the pool
- Lima’s grand colonial facades, Spanish houses and endless culture make it one of the prettiest cities to explore in Latin America. Adjust to the altitude with a pisco sour and some ceviche
- Machu Picchu may just be the greatest icon of ancient South America. There's a reason this site is so famous, and it has something to do with how truly amazing it is
- The Inca Trail is one of the best ways to approach Machu Picchu, along the way you'll see multiple Inca sites and beautiful landscapes
- Explore Cusco, South America's oldest continuously inhabited city. The city has ancient foundations, an interesting blend of Inca and colonial influences and endless things to do and see
- The Sacred Valley is known for its steep and soaring scenery, its mystical significance for the Inca and the indigenous cultures that still reside here
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