21829
Peru

Two Worlds of Peru: The Inca Highlands and the Amazon

Experience the highs and lows of Peru as you explore Cusco and Machu Picchu up in the Andes and the Sacred Valley and tribal villages by riverboat down in the Amazon Basin.
Rating (4.95)
Program No. 21829RJ
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15 days
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4.95 Average
Sharon
(5)

The program was amazing. It was totally different from the Amazon to Manchu Pichu. The Amitista was a great experience. It gave us a chance to get to know each other. Our guides were very entertaining and the crew were exceptional. The Cusco Valley and Manchu Pichu were very impressive. Our guides made it very fascinating.

Alvani
(5)

This website is user-friendly and easy to navigate. Congratulations!.

Nancy
(5)

Victor, the guide, was phenomenal in his knowledge of Peru hustory. He always arranged the meals correctly for the next day, and made all of the necessary travel arrangements between cities effortless. The second guide, Ribe was also very knowledgeable and provided additional information about today's Peru and its historyl Overall, I cannot say enough compliments about Victor and his handling of everything during the cruise. The ship was very comfortable and clean and the crew was always ready to make out trip very nice.

Nancy
(5)

I have been on 2 Road Scholar trips and both were excellent. I plan to go on another one next year.

Alice
(5)

This program is a great introduction to Peru, with ample time on a very comfortable boat on the Amazon, plus some major Inca sites, including the astounding Machu Picchu and fascinating Cusco. The timing of the higher altitude portions make it easier to adjust.

Chris
(5)

This was a great program that I would recommend to anyone interested in learning about the diversity of Peru.

Virginia
(5)

It is incredible that the Amazon River and the Cusco/Machu Picchu experience is offered in this one trip! Our group enjoyed the river experience so much that we didn't think it could get any better - until we arrived in the Sacred Valley of the Incas and started exploring there. During the two weeks, we learned and saw so much about culture, history, people, animals and the environment - and on top of that we ate well, laughed together and enjoyed one another's company. If you have a chance to sign up for this trip, don't hesitate!

Sara
(5)

This is the best trip ever! It's the perfect combination of locales and gives you a truly great perspective of the country. Our tour leader was the best yet. I'd recommend this trip to everyone.

Mary
(5)

This the only program I have found that includes both the Amazon and the Highlands of Peru. Either one in and of itself would be a great learning opportunity, but combined! It really is the Two Worlds of Peru.

Tom
(5)

Discovering the wonders of the Amazon was an amazing, once in a lifetime experience. To be able to see the highlands of the Andes and Machu Picchu in the same trip put this experience over the top. A perfect exploration of nature, history, and culture. It was so much more than I'd hoped for!

John
(5)

it is long.

Laurie
(5)

Run do not walk to sign up for this adventure, because that's exactly what it is. The Amazon was a revelation, the guides were passionate and knowledgeable. And Machu Picchu, while very crowded, was incredible. This was truly the trip of a lifetime.

Meenal
(5)

I have just returned from this trip and highly recommend this tour to all. The first half is on a houseboat on the spectacular Amazon. The river is truly a natural wonder, looks almost like a sea, banks covered by dense vegetation, river dolphins cavorting just by the house boat, etc. The boat by the way is luxurious and pampered us with excellent food and great service. The second half of the tour explores the ancient sites related to the Incas, Machu Picchu and other sites with spectacular ruins. In all, the tour includes the coast (Lima), the rain forest (Amazon) and the highlands (Cusco and Machu Picchu) of Peru.

Dana
(5)

The trip was amazing! Just as advertised: Two Worlds of Peru. Extremely well organized, never more strenuous than described. Always felt safe. The group leader went above and beyond what I expected of him. He was always helpful, informative, kind and often funny. The outings from the ship were very interesting, a lot of contact with the lovely people who live there. The Andean part was very educational, beautiful and fun. It was the trip of a lifetime for me, though I've traveled a lot. I loved every minute of it (except the flights). I had Road Scholar arrange all our flights, and was not quite happy with seating and connections. I would recommend this trip to anyone who is up for adventure and still in good enough physical condition to climb lots of stairs. Get fit and go!

Gary
(5)

great trip tremendously informative,quite active.you will love it

Scott
(5)

Our guides were patient, knowledgeable and fun. Long, tiring days but definitely worth it. Starting our trip at the end of March turned out to be the best decision possible.

Bailey
(5)

I am so glad we chose this trip from all the options available in Peru. We wanted to spend significant time on the Amazon getting a better appreciation for its inhabitants and environment. Machu Pichu and Inka sites were a bonus. The leader, naturalists and the local guide were top notch and exceeded our expectations. Food and accommodations, including the boat, were great. I can’t recommend this tour highly enough!

Richard
(4)

This is a wonderful program. I am so impressed with the trip leader and the subject matter experts. We have traveled a lot and never experienced anything as exotic. The two weeks of the trip are completely different experiences, and we learned a great deal about the natural history and human cultures of these two places. Be aware, though, that the trip may be significantly more challenging than the "keep the pace" rating would indicate. There are slippery, muddy trails in the Amazon, weather in the Amazon is very hot and humid, and the high altitude in the Andes meant we were out of breath most of the time there. Don't drink the Peruvian water.

Richard
(5)

Had a great time.

Robin
(5)

Great experience to see all parts of Peru - coast, rain forest and highlands. Glad I was able to climb Machu Picchu.

Paul
(5)

A little long, but very concise....

Michael
(5)

Very well designed itinerary. Nice combination of cultural, historical and natural learning experiences. I do wish there were more options for exploring the Amazon on foot. Also, I'd recommend arriving in Lima at least two days earlier to explore on your own while staying in the same hotel in Miraflores.

Carolina
(5)

Sorry this review is so late!! I thought I had already done it!! The trip was a wonderful a combination of the Amazon with Machu Picchu. Enjoyed every minute of it and would highly recommend it!! The scenery of Peru is magnificent, with the high snow capped mountains and the terraced valleys. Learned so much during our Amazon adventures... the local guides were very knowledgeable and helpful. I was particularly impressed that Road Scholar "discovered" the small little butterfly protection program run by two women from a very poor community. Of all the river boats on the Amazon, only Road Scholar stops there which is a great help for the community. Thank you!!

Veronica
(5)

As always with Road Scholar it was an amazing adventure. The part on the Amazon was challenging due to the heat and humidity, but the early morning and late afternoon trips to explore the jungle, visit schools and villages and farms was worth the perspiration. Seeing the gritty life in Nauta showed how challenging life on the river can be. Sitting on the deck in the afternoons was the perfect place to watch life on the river and see the pink dolphins playing nearby. The Riverboat Amatista was all we could ask for. A stately wooden riverboat that felt comfortable and provided a cool respite either in the AC or on deck with fans. Great food and a wonderful crew with the music of the "Chunky Monkeys" livening up the cocktail hour before dinner. The serious Peruvian music was great. The oldies american tunes, nice try. Then it was off to the high peaks and sacred valley. As much as the amazon was flat the peaks just seem to rise straight out of the valley floors. Visiting small town and markets immersed us in local life. Not seeing other tour groups a definite plus. The visit to an Inca agricultural site showed us how advanced they were and what a loss it was when the Spaniards imposed their religion and culture. A visit to the sun temple also inspiring. The train ride to Machu Picchu was beautiful and brought us to the crown jewel of the trip. There was a question of how high to climb with the fog around, but when we arrived at the high point, the fog parted and the ruins came out of the mist in an almost spiritual way. Alex, our local guide was extremely knowledge and we were sorry to leave. A full day in Cusco to explore on our own was also interesting and finding back alleys and lots of interesting finds made it a great day. Oscar, our RS coordinator managed to pull off miracles and get us places dealing with weather and the foibles of travel. He has an amazing knowledge of the Inca culture and history of Peru that was greatly appreciated.

Lois
(5)

One of our guides in the Amazon Basin named us "Explorers." That epithet was perfect and we ventured out in the villages with his careful leadership.

Dawn
(5)

This trip "Two Worlds of Peru: The Inca Highlands and the Amazon" was a truly amazing experience. We saw so many interesting sites, and we learned so much about this amazing part of the world. Our leader Oscar was informative, professional, and passionate about his country. The other participants were interesting and friendly. I highly recommend this trip!

Carol
This reviewer did not give a star rating.

This was a terrific trip. We enjoyed the two very different types of travel combined into one trip. The Amazon was full of experiential activities that were fun and informative, while the highlands were more a sightseeing adventure. The trip was very well organized and the guides, especially our RS leader Eliasan, were superior and always helpful. We loved the Amatista and the Chunky Monkeys musical entertainment. Highlights included jungle walks (seeing a tarantula and anaconda up close), swimming in the Amazon and fishing for pyranna. And of course Machu Picchu was glorious to see in person. We highly recommend this trip for anyone looking for adventure and a varied experience.

Joanne
(5)

This is an amazingly diverse, unique trip, exploring very different regions and cultures of Peru. From canoeing on an Amazon tributary (just one of our many adventures) to exploring the wonders of the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu to experiencing the delights of Cusco - this trip is varied, experiential, educational and enlightening.

Harriet
(5)

This was one of the complete tours I experienced

Marie
(5)

PERU WAS ONE OF THE MOST INTERESTING AND AMAZING PLACES I HAVE EVER BEEN. The natural beauty of the Amazon and the Andes were complemented by the rich indigenous Inka/Quechua culture and the superb skills and personal warmth and humor of the Peruvian staff!

Barbara
(4)

We will have some wonderful memories to last forever! Barbara and Jerry Klein

Don
(5)

perfect for me !!!!!!!

Terry
(5)

This was really the trip of a lifetime for me, and I encourage anyone who has had the dream of an immersion into Peruvian culture and life to consider this actual trip.

Cecile
(5)

Very engaging experience. Our overall experience was first-rate.

Rhonda
(5)

This trip offers the chance of a lifetime to visit Machu Picchu, one of the seven modern wonders of the world; explore the incredible beauty of the Amazon; and sample the rich culture of a proud and ancient people.

David
(5)

This is an outstanding program. The Lima portion was brief, but educational and enjoyable. The artifacts at the Larco Museum helped me appreciate the depth and breath of the Peruvian culture. The Amazon portion was even better than I expected. Amazing wildlife, swimming in the Amazon, riding in a dugout, fishing for Piranha, who can ask for more. Machu Picchu is truly a wonder of the world and our group benefitted from our guides experience on how best to appreciate it. The archaeological sites we toured in Sacred Valley and Cusco demonstrated how advanced the Incan culture was. Our guides on this progam were all first rate, especially Kiki, as were the accommodations and food.

Carey
(5)

We just got back from the Peru/Amazon River/Machu Picchu trip and had a thoroughly fantastic time. The entire Road Scholar staff are to be congratulated for carrying out such an informative and enjoyable venture!!

Dennis
(5)

Our trip to the Amazon and Machu Pichu in Peru was a lifetime dream come true! My husband and I had a wonderful time and the quality of service provided by Road Scholar was excellent. I can't wait to go another Road Scholar adventure!!!!

Joan
(5)

This was an amazing trip, my best trip ever. The cruise on the Amazon was not the most comfortable because of threat of mosquitoes (but I used spray and protective clothing and didn't get many bites), high humidity, rain every day but not all day, and poor showers (sometimes no water for a time) on the Amatista, but I kept telling myself it was better than camping. The total immersion in the Amazon experience, interaction with native people and culture, interesting and informative guides and naturalists, and the great band (Chunky Monkeys composed of ship crew and guides) on the Amatista more than made up for the discomfort. The trip to the highlands, Machu Pichu and Cusco, was also uncomfortable because of the effects of altitude (shortness of breath made it hard to climb to sites) but the informative guides and splendid Incan sites and scenery more than made up for it.

A. David
(5)

Peru was a refreshingly and wonderful place to visit. The people are beautiful and the culture incredible

Barb
(5)

The Two Worlds of Peru is a great trip for those who are traveling with friends or relatives with differing physical capacities and needs than the other. The Amazon part was perfect for me as I enjoy more relaxed and low-physicality activities whereas my sister was happier with the Andes section as she likes to keep very physically active. The guides on all sections of this trip were totally amazing. One of the highlights was the night time excursion in the Amazon when the guide(s) pulled up a juvenile caiman onto the boat after gently securing her/his mouth. That was so awesome. The caiman was very cute and calm. We saw so many wonderful animals. Bring the best binoculars you can as it will make it so much more rewarding.

Thomas
(5)

This program far exceeded expectations. The Road Scholar staff and guides were well organized, extremely knowledgeable and very helpful. Other participants were friendly and eager to learn. The insight into the Inca and Peruvian culture was mind expanding.

Molly
(5)

Another great Road Scholar experience! Don't miss visiting the Amazon River and Machu Picchu. This trip was truly memorable.






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