The Republic of Peru, or just Peru as it is more commonly known, is a country in South America known for its arid plains, tropical Amazon rainforest and the peaks of the Andes mountains. It’s a diverse country, which is the 19th largest in the world. It’s a country visitors enjoy exploring, and now Intrepid is offering an all-female expedition to the Peru for an 8-day adventure that will open your eyes to a different way of living.
The Places You’ll See
No trip to Peru would be complete without visit the capital city of Lima, which is where your adventure begins. You’ll visit the historic downtown where you will see manor houses and grand churches. The Almeda Chabuca Granda park is the perfect place to pick up some tasty snacks at one of the many food stalls. In Cusco you will explore the spectacular Plaza de Armas, which is the heart of the city, complete with colonial and Inca buildings and beautiful churches. On your way to the Sacred Valley you will visit the small community of Umasbamba, and the Umasbamba Textile Museum and you will spend the night in the Inca site of Ollantaytambo. You will travel the Inca Trail on your way to Machu Picchu, passing by ancient ruins, travelling through the Dead Woman’s Pass and seeing the snow-capped peak of Cordillera Vilcabamba. Visiting the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu is of course a highlight you won’t ever forget, after all it is one of the world’s most spectacular locales.
Things To Love
Not only will you get a lot of outdoor exercise on Intrepid’s Peru: Women’s Expedition, thanks in part to a four day trek along the Inca Trail, but you will be following in the footsteps of the Incas themselves. Part of the charm of the all-women tour is that you will be led by a female leader and accompanied by female porters. You will get to eat local food, learn traditional techniques such as weaving, and meet inspiring women. Of course visiting Lima and Machu Picchu are huge highlights, but hearing the history of the country from a female perspective is unique onto itself.
Things To Keep In Mind
The Peru: Women’s Expedition visits places that are at high altitude, which means thinner air. This can cause sickness, regardless of health or age. You will also be doing a lot of walking, meaning you need to have a good level of fitness to enjoy this getaway. You also need to be aware that you will be camping along the Inca Trail, so you will only have access to basic facilities at times. You also need to make sure to pack proper footwear and clothing for a hiking trip. Machu Picchu also has regulations that must be followed when visiting, including a pre-determined route that only goes in one direction, and that once the tour is over you must leave the grounds. No solo exploration is allowed.
Due to the ongoing civil unrest in Peru, Intrepid has cancelled all departures up to the end of February and posted the following on their website: At Intrepid, the safety of our travellers, leaders and operators is a major priority. Since our very first days as a tour operator, travelling responsibly and safely has been at the heart of everything we do. With this in mind, we monitor world events very closely. Intrepid makes operational decisions based on informed advice from a number of sources.
Intrepid has been taking people on adventures around the world for over 30 years. They are a responsible business that is committed to their customers, making sure they are there for them every step of the way. Whether it’s their first adventure, or their tenth, Intrepid will always find ways for their travellers to experience something new. From new foods, to new learned skills, Intrepid takes people away from their home to have an experience of a lifetime. Along the way they make sure to respect the local communities and the environment of the places they visit, while bringing everyone closer together.