We follow the footsteps of the Incas who built a high route from their capital city of Cuzco westward through the rugged cordillera for passing Llama trains bringing goods from the more tropical lowlands, and filled their empire with amazing temples and royal residences. We camp high, and discover the beauty of tranquil Andean valleys with sublime views toward the 18,000-foot snow peaks of the Urubamba and Huayanay Ranges. We are authorized outfitters of the most famous trek – The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and have a quality alternative when Inca Trail Permits are sold out (they sell quickly!). Beyond Machu Picchu lies a remote, wild region of cold high uplands and hot tropical valleys known as the Vilcabamba. The is a steep mountainous region of extreme relief that served as a jungle border province and later, last refuge for the Inca resisting the Spanish colonization of Peru. This is our trek to the lost city of Choquequirao. Our Quechua speaking packers supported by professional cooks and wranglers insure comfortable, organized camps. Delicious meals and daily happy hour/tea are served in a dining tent.
On all our Horse Rides no previous horse riding experience is necessary,. We raise and train horses at our ranch in the Sacred Valley of the Incas at the village of Lamay. We own special mountain bred horses descended from noble Spanish Barbs brought from Spain in the 1500s...Crossed with the comfortable but less sure-footed Paso breed our mountain horses give a strong, comfortable ride with greater endurance, stability and reliability needed for steep Inca trails. Although you do not need to be an expert rider, we recommend confidence around horses and we have shorter rides for families and beginners. We give instruction and attention to the less experienced as we travel. Our skilled Quechua speaking wranglers give careful attention to each rider as needed and we finds the right horse for you and care for our mounts while we lunch or hike through ruins.. We emphasize stunning scenery, small traditional communities, little know archaeological sites and tend to stay away from more popular and overcrowded routes This is exploration of Inca trails on Horseback and educational journey's through Inca ruins on ancient trails on quality horses. We follow ancient Inca and colonial pathways through Peru's Sacred Valley including a narrated visit to Machu Picchu… We stay each night in a different comfortable inn or hotel or camp. The focus is learning as much as possible about Andean culture, traditions, history of the Incas and their ancestors while enjoying an unusual, memorable mountain excursion on quality, dependable horses and tack..
Our fixed departures leave on Fridays, Wednesdays and Mondays (4, 5 and 7 days) but should you want a private or customized trip for your group only we can of course organize a trip to fit your requirements. The trips use a variety of lodges ranging from rustic to very comfortable. All our leaders are bi-lingual biologists and naturalists. The trips emphasize a pristine rainforest experience coupled with comfort and expert leadership. Our lodges and boats are top quality and safety is an important factor. It's fun and you learn something along the way.
Manu Expeditions is a bespoke professional company in Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Guyana and Colombia specialized in catering for serious bird watchers. We are bird watchers ourselves and we know how important it is for bird watchers to have trouble free logistics arranged for them while in country. We run birding trips throughout the coast, highlands and rainforests of the region and our leaders for these trips are experienced neo-tropical birders who have many years experience in these countries and know where to find the more sought after and difficult species. All guided trips are led by highly qualified neo-tropical Bird tour leaders who carry the essential equipment, including 'scopes, sound library etc. Our aim is to provide you with excellence in birding trips with trouble free logistics whilst in country. We use only top class accommodations and vehicles and cut no corners. Private trips can be tailored to suit your needs and be as intense or relaxed as you like.