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Tailor Made – Peru: The Amazon & Machu Picchu – Academy SF

This exciting gay Peru tour showcases the Amazon, Andes and more!

From the depths of the Amazon to the heights of the Andes, this eye-opening Peruvian adventure will immerse Academy SF in the country’s diverse land and distinctive way of life. Taste the cuisine and gay nightlife of big city Lima, then head into the depths of the Amazon on a jungle safari. Discover ancient cultures as we journey through the homeland of the Incas on our way to the monumental Machu Picchu. And, to keep Academy SF smiling, we’ll encounter friendly locals at every turn. It all adds up to a luxurious trip at an easygoing pace.


Quick Facts

  • Who's it for? LGBTQ+ folks, friends & family
  • Countries visited: Peru
  • Duration: 8 Nights/9 Days
  • Starts in: Lima, Peru
  • Ends in: Cusco, Peru
  • Group size: Min 9; max 16
  • Accommodations: 4-Star+ Hotels, Luxury Jungle Lodge
  • Physical Rating: 2/5
  • Theme: Culture
  • Activities: UNESCO Site Visit, Wildlife

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Meander among the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu
  • Awake to the sounds of an Amazonian animal orchestra
  • Wander the atmospheric streets of Cuzco
  • Admire the might of the Inca empire in the Sacred Valley
  • Explore Barranco and Miraflores, Lima’s trendiest neighbourhoods 
  • Learn the secrets of the Amazon Jungle from a local guide
  • Stroll geometrically perfect streets in Ollantaytambo
  • Become versed in the fusion of Incan and Spanish colonial architecture
  • See how locals live in the countryside
  • Ride a motorized canoe to a an Amazon jungle lodge
  • Cross 7 hanging bridges through the lush canopy on the Inkaterra Canopy Walkway
  • Ride the 360​° Machu Picchu Train which offers a scenic journey to Aguas Clientes

DATES AND PRICES

2024
July 12-20, 2024 (From $3,950 USD)
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  • Tour Prices - All tour prices are in USD and based on double/twin occupancy
    • Tour Price: $3,950.00 per person
  • Single Supplement (Optional) - All single supplement prices are in USD and additional to the tour price
    • Single Supplement: $850.00 per person
  • Payment Terms: $750 Deposit - Balance Due 90 Days before trip
  • Guides and Hosts for this trip: Ale
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ITINERARY

Day 1 Lima

Hola! Welcome to Lima. Our adventure kicks off at 2PM with an important Group Meeting. You’ll meet your Group Leader, and fellow Out Adventures travellers, to talk about our upcoming adventure. We’ll then head for the trendy historic neighbourhood of Barranco for a walking tour that explores the streets lined with traditional casonas (colonial-style houses). This charming area is also home to many artists, musicians, and writers. We’ll also make some stops in trendy Miraflores, taking in the seaside views along the “Malecon”, a six-mile strip of parks, gardens and green space along the cliffs overlooking the sea. Later in the evening we’ll reconvene for our included welcome dinner to sample the finest delicacies of this foodie capital. 

Day 2 Amazon Jungle

Today begins with an early flight to Puerto Maldonado. We’ll leave most of our luggage behind, aside from an Out Adventures duffel bag packed for two nights, then take a motorized canoe up-river to our remarkable jungle lodge. The hotel exudes tropical chic. After an included lunch we’ll get our first taste of the jungle, when our local guides introduce us to some sensational fauna and flora in their natural habitat on a walking tour. From macaws to monkeys, with thousands of butterflies thrown in, this is biodiversity at its best. This evening, before dinner, you will enjoy a cocktail hour around a bonfire with pisco chilcanos and local snacks. Then we head to the Casa Grande’s dining room for dinner.

 

Please note: Today’s flight is not included in the cost of the tour. Please see Important Information for a special note on purchasing domestic airfare.

Day 3 Amazon Jungle

Here’s your chance to explore the Amazon in-depth with our guide. After a hearty buffet breakfast, we’ll trek through terra firma into Tambopata National Reserve. Look out for the endangered giant river otter, blue and yellow macaw, red howler monkey and black caiman. Lunch awaits back at the lodge, then onto the Inkaterra Canopy Walkway. Climb a 91ft/28m tower into the canopy, then cross 7 hanging bridges. Enjoy breathtaking vistas while photographing white-throated toucans, three-toed sloths, woodpeckers, trogons and squirrel monkeys. The day ends on another nocturnal safari before dinner is served at the lodge.

Day 4 Cusco

Today we return to Puerto Maldonado by canoe, then board a flight to Cusco (also spelled Cuzco), South America’s oldest continually-inhabited city. In order to adjust to the altitude (3,400m/11,200m), we’ll take it easy this afternoon, with a short orientation walk. This evening you’re free to explore, take advantage of the incredible hotel’s amenities, or you may join the group for an optional dinner.

 

Please note: Today’s flight is not included in the cost of the tour. Please see Important Information for a special note on purchasing domestic airfare.

Day 5 Sacred Valley/Urubamba

We’re off to the Sacred Valley via private transport. We’ll visit a farming community en route, before we arrive in the town of Ollantaytambo. Take some time to explore, and be sure not to miss the fortress above town, as the entrance fee is included. Tonight we’ll enjoy an incredible included meal at our chic hotel. Note: We’ll safely lock up the majority of our luggage in our hotel just outside Ollantaytambo for the next few days while we explore the Sacred Valley, Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu. We’ll use our Out Adventure duffel bags to carry the items you’ll need for the following few days.

Day 6 Aguas Calientes

We’ll begin our day riding the rails on the charming 360​° Machu Picchu Train, aboard which glass panels in the ceiling ensure you soak in as much of the view as possible. Venturing through the Urubamba Valley, we’ll eventually arrive in the town of Aguas Calientes, which is the closest civilization to Machu Picchu. You could take this afternoon to rest up, as tomorrow’s visit to Machu Picchu will be a long day, or you could treat yourself to a sneak peak of the ancient citadel before our guided tour tomorrow. Dinner is included back at the hotel.

For those who want a sneak peek, there may be time to visit Machu Picchu independently‬‭ (entrance ticket NOT included)‬‭ before our included‬‭ guided tour tomorrow. Otherwise, you can‬ while away the afternoon in the natural hot springs that give the town its name.‬

Day 7 Machu Picchu/Cusco

This morning we’ll depart by bus around 5:30AM in order to make our way along the notoriously windy road to Machu Picchu. Upon arrival, we’ll explore Sun Gate and the Inka Bridge for a few hours. These two sites offer an incredible photo opportunity overlooking the main ruins themselves. After exploring the upper area, we’ll meet a private guide who will tour us through the UNESCO World Heritage Site itself, providing fascinating insights into Inkan culture and history. Please Note: As of July 2018, no one is allowed to explore Machu Picchu on their own. We’ll enjoy an optional lunch before taking the 360° Machu Picchu Train back to the Sacred Valley, where we’ll connect with our private transport to Cusco. Take the rest of the night to enjoy our luxe accommodations.

 

Note: According to Machu Picchu visiting regulations, all visitors must follow a pre-determined‬ route within the site. This route must be followed in one direction only, and once the guided visit‬ commences, exiting and re-entering the site is not permitted. Once the guided visit concludes,‬ visitors must exit the site and personal exploration of Machu Picchu is not permitted.‬

Day 8 Cusco

For the final morning of our tour, you’ll have the option to visit the archaeological sites of Saqsayhuaman, Qenqo & Tambomachay via private transport (price will depend on number of participants). While these sites may not be as mesmerizing as Machu Picchu, they remain historically significant, and are still worth a visit. This evening, we’ll gather one last time to share some fond memories over a lovely dinner at MAP Café, a‬ gay-welcoming restaurant located on the patio of the‬ Pre-Columbian Museum of Art.

Day 9 Departure

There are no activities planned today, so you are free to depart at your leisure. Thank you for joining our gay Peru tour.

 

Note: Standard check-out is 11:00 AM


GUIDES AND HOSTS

Ale
PERU GROUP LEADER

WHAT’S INCLUDED?

  • Arrival & departure transfers to/from Out Adventures’ joining/finishing point hotel
  • Group leader from beginning to end of tour
  • 8 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 6 dinners
  • Lima orientation walking tour
  • Cuzco orientation walk
  • Gratuities for drivers, day/city guides, hotel porterage and included meals
  • Visit to a community in the Sacred Valley
  • Guided Amazon Jungle walks
  • Private, guided tour of Machu Picchu
  • Bottled water on all bus rides
  • Train trip between Aguas Calientes and Ollantaytambo on the Vistadome train
  • A $50 USD Rainbow Railroad donation to help resettle LGBTQ+ refugees. Read more here.

WHAT ISN’T INCLUDED?

  • International airfare and domestic airfare (Details will be provided when the official Trip Guarantee is sent to group)
  • Travel insurance is mandatory for all travellers. Click here for more details.
  • Gratuities for Group Leader ($60-$90 USD)
  • Meals & Activities not mentioned
  • COVID-19 rapid tests, or any expenses related to a guest contracting COVID-19. Click here for more details

LGBT INFO FOR Peru

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EXAMPLES OF ACCOMMODATIONS

Lima
Manto
Deluxe Room
Lima
Manto
Bar
The Amazon
Inkaterra Hacienda Concepcion
Exterior
The Amazon
Inkaterra Hacienda Concepcion
Cabana Room
The Amazon
Inkaterra Hacienda Concepcion
Cabana Ensuite
Cusco
Costa Del Sol Wyndham
Courtyard
Cusco
Costa Del Sol Wyndham
Lobby
Cusco
Costa Del Sol Wyndham
Corridor
Cusco
Costa Del Sol Wyndham
Standard King
Cusco
Costa Del Sol Wyndham
Standard Double
Cusco
Costa Del Sol Wyndham
Bathroom
Ollantaytambo
Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba
Exterior
Ollantaytambo
Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba
Casitas Room
Ollantaytambo
Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba
Lounge
Aguas Calientes
El Mapi
Lobby
Aguas Calientes
El Mapi
Superior Deluxe Room
Aguas Calientes
El Mapi
Cocktail Bar


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Gus & Justin R

Amazing!
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Amazing. Our Guide was very fun and knowledgeable. She made the trip seem seamless and was a great resource of information.

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Willem

A wonderful Adventure!
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It was a wonderful adventure that provided a great introduction to different parts of Peru.

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Evan & Lonnie

We would highly recommend this trip to others.
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Out Adventures gay Peru tour was great. We planned the trip because we wanted to go to Machu Picchu. But the itinerary planned for us included so much more of Peru, including the Amazon and Cusco, and it was a wonderful experience. We would highly recommend this trip to others.

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Don R

Peru was amazing, and this tour gives you a great overview of this beautiful and friendly country.
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This was my third trip with Out Adventures, and I am still not sure how they do it, but they always have the best guides, activities and itineraries. Peru was amazing, and this tour gives you a great overview of this beautiful and friendly country. This will certainly not be my last Out Adventures tour – highly recommend the tour company and this trip!

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Ian M

An ecologically- and culturally-responsible vacation.
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It exceeded my expectations. Not only was the gay Peru tour a fun vacation but it was also an ecologically- and culturally-responsible vacation.

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John C

I can't say enough good things about our guide!
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Great advice during the planning phases resulted in an EXTREMELY well planned itinerary. And I can’t say enough good things about our guide!

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Who's it for?

While these trips typically attract gay men, all genders are welcome, and we encourage friends and family to join the fun as well.

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Accommodations

All accommodations on Out Adventures tours include breakfast and are located in areas central to our activities. All amenities are examples only, and may differ from hotel to hotel.

4-Star+ Hotels: Very comfortable, some very luxurious, always well-decorated rooms along with quality amenities such as a stylish restaurant and/or bar, a fitness centre, and a pool and/or sauna. Customer service is very good, and there is usually a concierge.

Luxury Jungle Lodge: Expect a fabulous experience complete with open-air cabanas, quality beds, proper linens and unique extras such as a stunning restaurant and scenic lounge. Bathrooms are private and feature hot water at various times, and a flushing toilet. Due to the remote location of this eco-lodge, there is no air conditioning and the electricity is only on for part of the day, shutting off in the evening. If you use a CPAP it must be the chargeable battery-operated type.

Scroll down to ‘Examples Of Accommodations’ for specific information and photos about the accommodations used on our gay Peru tour.

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Physical Rating: 2 - LIGHT

2.5 – Light/Average

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If you are a solo traveller interested in booking a private room, please select single supplement when booking this tour (based on availability). If you are willing to share a room with another solo traveller, please select Solo Shared.

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