Ancient Incan trails to Machu Picchu, hands-on cooking classes in Lima, indigenous artisans keeping traditions alive. (Plus llamas!) This Toad&Co journey shows the true Peru.
You can’t see where the steps go. Only what they’re made of. Ancient, tiny stones, laid out centuries ago up a misty Andean peak. The thrill of what’s to come outweighs any sore legs you have from the day’s hike on the iconic Inca Trail. Pressing on, you’re suddenly at the top. Sprawling before you is a first look of a “lost” 15th-century city, hemmed in by forest-clad mountains…
Many visitors limit a visit to Peru to Machu Picchu. And we’ll see it – of course we will! – but it’s only part of the Toad&Co adventure into Peru. There’s also Lima, the artsy capital on the coast, now a worldly culinary star equally noted for indigenous street food and Michelin-star restaurants. We’ll eat, bike, walk, bar-hop, cook Peruvian cuisine with local chefs and generally have FUN. Then we head to the Sacred Valley for a couple days of hiking in the glorious Andes, capped with an unforgettable sunrise visit of Machu Picchu. We finish by savoring Cusco, ancient capital of the Incan empire, now a lively city where past and present lives in harmony – well, except for when a llama holds up traffic on the cobblestone streets.
This is true Peru. A journey and a celebration of a land where the Inca’s age-old traditions flourish in the 21st century. You won’t forget it.
We believe travel can be a force for good in the world. Here’s how you contribute to a brighter future for Peru traveling with Toad&Co and Modern Adventure.
67 cents of every dollar we earn on average is spent locally. The cost of your trip has a direct positive impact on Peru.
This trip directly supports local nonprofits and collectives in Peru. The Llama Pack Project supports llama-raising communities not usually reached by tourists. We’ll meet a Andean women’s weaving collective working to keep traditional techniques alive in the 21st century.
1% of all profits from this trip are donated to the Adventure Travel Conservation Fund, supporting sustainable tourism globally.
“Machu Picchu seems to demand silence... You fumble for words, trying vainly to assemble a private narrative… In the end, you’re happy you were there, with your eyes open.” – Anthony Bourdain
Lima’s food scene is second to none, from humble street markets to Peruvian haute cuisine. Two of the world’s top ten restaurants are in Lima - come hungry.
Toad&Co is about so much more than clothing: We use business to spark social and environmental change; we have an insatiable passion for life’s most curious quirks and hidden gems; and we‘ll never give up on our quest for the perfect grilled cheese. From ancient ruins to modern libations, every day is an adventure when you see things from the Toad perspective. Join us as we gallivant across the globe in search of it all.
True Peru celebrates the best of the Incan way, ancient and modern. Over eight days, we'll bike through hip Lima neighborhoods, taste modern Peruvian cuisine, hike the Inca Trail, and witness an unforgettable sunrise over Machu Picchu.
Bienvenidos! Because Lima’s become a global culinary hotspot, we begin exploring the city with a local chef, who leads us to markets to take in its colors, sounds, smells. Then it’s a hands-on cooking class to try making our own Peruvian classics.
In the afternoon, a Lima artist joins us for a leisurely walk of our home base in hip Barranco. We’ll see its landmarks and hidden gems – and sample a couple beers at a local craft brewery. The evening is yours to explore – and try one of the city’s legendary restaurants.
Today we move into the Andes! But first, we hop on cruisers for a low-key bike ride through hip Lima neighborhoods, past shops, along clifftop paths, finally coasting down to the oceanfront promenade below.
After a quick flight to Cusco, we ride into the Sacred Valley to reach the Incan village of Ollaytaytambo. Stone homes built before conquistadors appeared line the narrow, cobbled lanes. Meals at our lovely hotel here are a pleasure too – using authentic recipes using local organic ingredients – and the well-kept gardens and cozy reading rooms are nice places to relax with a drink.
Our Andean morning begins with a yoga session on a mirrored lake reflecting snow-capped peaks. Appetites raised, we’ll try traditional pachamanca where food is cooked in a covered pit to respect an Incan goddess. It’s delicious, with smoke-perfumed meats falling off the bone, potatoes perfectly charred.
In the afternoon a local women’s cooperative, on a mission to preserve ancient weaving traditions, shows us how they use natural dyes to create intricate and stunning works of art. After dinner, rest up. An epic adventure is coming.
Get your hiking boots on. Today we hike the ancient Inca Trail. We join the iconic path, after a short train ride, for our day’s walk. We pass over suspension bridges, through jungle and by amazing archaeological sites before reaching the last climb: up steep, narrow stone steps that lead to our first look at Machu Picchu, spilling down – almost impossibly – over a mountainside. Walking through the Sun Gate, Intipunku, is the absolute best way to approach Machu Picchu to see it for first time.
Tonight, we sleep in luxury at Aguas Calientes, celebrating our epic day with a big dinner (and maybe a visit to the spa).
We’re not done with Machu Picchu yet! We’ve arranged an early morning visit with minimal crowds. The morning clouds lift to reveal the scale and sheer audacity of a ridge-top site built between towering peaks. It’s spellbinding to walk through ruin-filled terraces. Plus, you can pose for selfies with llamas!
Next, we learn more about these cute Andean residents at a local non-profit that supports llama breeders often overlooked by the mass-market tourism industry. Then we move on to Cusco, our last home base.
We’ve been busy explorers, so today is a leisurely Cusco introduction. Your first glance of the ancient capital of the Inca will span centuries. Modern Peruvian eateries fit into Spanish-colonial buildings, locals in indigenous clothing sell crafts and produce on cobblestone streets.
We’ll explore a few key sites including Koricancha, ground zero for the Andean cosmology that dominated life for centuries before the Spanish showed up (and made it a cathedral). Then the evening is yours. Somewhere there’s a pisco sour with your name on it!
For our last day together, we’ll drive to the nearby Saqsayhuaman, a hillside fortress built by the Inca by stacking enormous stones fit into a perfect, mortar-free puzzle. To return to Cusco, we follow Quechua-speaking locals walking from mountain villages to city markets on the fabled Qhapaq Ñan network of Incan roads.
We re-enter Cusco by its bohemian neighborhood of San Blas, loaded with hidden alleyways, shops and bars. That evening, we’ll follow our big farewell feast with live music and soaking up Cusco’s timeless atmosphere.
Alas, our journey comes to end. We fly back to Lima today, bid a fond farewell, and leave changed by seeing how past and present in Peru mingles in such unforgettable ways. Buen viaje!
A boutique design hotel in Lima, a luxurious hacienda in the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu, a colorful colonial inn in Cusco - our accommodations reflect the beauty and grace of Peru, setting the tone for our week of inspired exploration.
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Seven nights of four- and five-star accommodations; most meals; all guided activities, tours and excursions as noted; Inca Trail permit; entrance fees; internal round-trip flights between Lima and Cusco; private ground transportation; train and bus tickets in Sacred Valley; luggage transfers; Llama Pack Project donation.
Air transportation to/from Peru; travel insurance; four dinners and two lunches; alcoholic beverages (except brewery tasting); activity fees, meals and all personal items purchased during leisure time; excess baggage chargers; gratuities and items of a personal nature; personal services in hotels (telephone, laundry, room service, etc.).
Before your reservation can be confirmed, and in order to secure our internal flights and our permits to visit Machu Picchu, we need to gather your full name as it appears on your passport, your passport country of issue, passport number, and your date of birth. Please note your reservation cannot be guaranteed until we receive this information for each traveler. We will contact you immediately following your booking to collect this critical information.
You may cancel up to 96 days prior to the scheduled departure date and receive a full refund minus a $630 per-person service fee. If you cancel between 95 and 61 days in advance, there is a 50% cancellation fee. Within 60 days or less of departure there is a 100% cancellation fee. (See our Terms and Conditions for full details.)
Yes, there is a $900 supplement for solo travelers, to be paid after your booking is confirmed.
We limit the group to no more than 20 fellow adventurers. You can expect to be joined by a diverse range of fellow travelers in terms of age, background and configuration – including solo travelers, couples and friends traveling together. Our experiences are about being fun and inclusive.