PERU


Peru fascinates the adventurer, the anthropologist and the biologist equally. It is a country with tremendous contrasts, from arid coastline and high mountain peaks to vast Amazonian jungles. Culturally, Peru offers small indigenous tribal communities, beautiful colonial cities and mysterious, awe-inspiring Inca ruins. Peru’s biological diversity and opportunities for exploration stretch beyond your wildest imagination!

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Traveling through Crooked Trails opened my eyes to what really being an active traveler means. For me it was a way to connect with the places and people in Peru and as I said I will never go back to passive traveling again. I can’t wait for my next Crooked Trails adventure!
Katie S.

The Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu


PRICE:

From $2,485

DURATION

8D / 7N

DEPARTURES

Available year-round

ACTIVITY LEVEL

Moderate

ROUTE

Cusco – Pisac – Ollantaytambo – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo – Chinchero – Cusco

PROGRAM ELEMENTS

Customizable, village experience

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Overview

This is the ultimate way to experience the best of the Sacred Valley – unhurried, rich and meaningful. Take your time as you work your way down the valley towards Machu Picchu, and get a fuller picture of the cultural significance of this area – both in ancient history and today.

Highlights
  • Hike the Royal Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
  • Wander colorful Inca markets and buy direct from local artisans
  • Enjoy the magic after the tourists leave in beautiful Ollantaytambo
  • Learn about traditional weaving during a village stay with families in the Sacred Valley
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The World Through Soccer


PRICE

$2,275 based on double occupancy

DURATION

8D / 7N

DEPARTURES

April 6 – 13, 2019 (Optional Machu Picchu extension April 13 – 18)

ACTIVITY LEVEL

Easy

ROUTE

Lima – Huaraz – Vicos – Huaraz – Lima

PROGRAM ELEMENTS

Village experience, Volunteering, Student trip

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Overview

Join Crooked Trails and professional coach Emily Cole on the trip of a lifetime to build a soccer field and participate in a homestay in a remote Andean village in Peru. Help build a field, participate in soccer clinics, and immerse yourself with this remote community. End of week celebrations include fun matches with the locals, and traditional food and dancing celebration. Optional extension to Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley.

Highlights
  • Become immersed in the social, spiritual, cultural and economic life of a native community
  • Complete a meaningful volunteer service project with community support
  • Gain valuable soccer skills and game ethics with a pro soccer player
  • Return to home with a measurable appreciation and greater understanding of the Andean peoples
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Trek to Choquequirao and Machu Picchu


PRICE:

From $1,940

DURATION

10D / 9N

DEPARTURES

Sep 10-19, 2018 or custom departures available year-round

ACTIVITY LEVEL

Moderate – Challenging

ROUTE

Cusco – Cachora – Chikiska – Choquequirao – Maizal – Yanama – Totora – Playa Santa Teresa – Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

PROGRAM ELEMENTS

Customizable, village experience

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Overview

Discover the breathtaking site of Machu Picchu and it’s lesser-known ‘sister’ Choquequirao on this Andean adventure! Trek along the Inca highways, through high Andean landscapes with spectacular views of snow-capped mountains, descend into deep canyons, pass through biologically diverse cloud forest ecosystems, across one of Peru’s largest rivers, and into another world on this 10-day odyssey.

Highlights
  • Special opportunity to hike the incredible Choquequirao Trail to Machu Picchu
  • Fully supported trek operated by and supporting the local community 
  • Explore incredible Inca ruins that few travelers see
  • Exhilarating physical challenge with great rewards  
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Trek to Choquequirao


PRICE:

From $1,035

DURATION

6D / 5N

DEPARTURES

Sep. 2-7, 2018 -or- custom departures available year-round

ACTIVITY LEVEL

Moderate – Challenging

ROUTE

Cusco – Cachora – Chikiska – Santa Rosa – Marampata – Choquequirao – Chikiska – Chapuliyoc – Cusco

PROGRAM ELEMENTS

Customizable, village experience

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Overview

Everyone knows Machu Picchu, but few have seen the lesser-known site of Choquequirao – one of the last refuges for the Inca after the Spanish conquest. This “Lost City of the Incas” was never found by the Spanish, and it’s still tucked away from the main tourist circuit as you can still only trek to get there. Discover a truly unique and magical experience that few visitors to Peru may ever see.

Highlights
  • Community trek fully supported by local guides and horsemen
  • Enjoy amazing views and an off-the-beaten-path perspective
  • Explore incredible Inca ruins that few travelers see
  • An unforgettable trek that is both challenging and rewarding 
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Andes Homestay and the Desert South


PRICE

From $2,550

DURATION

12D / 11N

DEPARTURES

Available year-round

ACTIVITY LEVEL

Easy-Moderate

ROUTE

Lima – Huaraz – Vicos – Lima – Arequipa – Aplao – Lima

PROGRAM ELEMENTS

Customizable, village experience, volunteering

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Overview

We bring together two of our favorite community-based program: a homestay in the remote mountain village of Vicos, and desert explorations with Julio on the Majes in the Colca Canyon deep in the desert south. A great add-on to the Sacred Valley or just a stand-alone adventure for those wanting to do something different.

Highlights
  • Unforgettable homestay in a remote Quechua village in the Andes
  • Adventure in the desert south with river rafting and desert exploration
  • Explore the city of Arequipa and the ‘adventure capital’ town of Huaraz
  • Get a truly local experience and see Peru through the eyes of your hosts
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Volunteer and Homestay in the Andes


PRICE

From $1,395

DURATION

9D / 8N

DEPARTURES

Custom departures available year-round

ACTIVITY LEVEL

Moderate

ROUTE

Lima – Huaraz – Vicos – Huaraz – Lima

PROGRAM ELEMENTS

Customizable, village experience, volunteering

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Overview

A rare opportunity to experience a cultural exchange while helping with a much needed community project. Vicos provides a rural and rustic setting for those intrepid travelers looking for a truly authentic travel experience.

Highlights
  • Take part in a meaningful service project to improve the living conditions for the residents of Vicos
  • Experience traditional life with a native Quechua family in the Andes Mountains during a homestay
  • Try rock climbing, rafting, biking or just relax in beautiful Huaraz
  • Enjoy the sea cliff views and explore the historic and artists’ districts of Lima
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WHY TRAVEL WITH US

Crooked Trails is a non-profit organization focused on transforming tourism into a positive force in the world. We create travel programs that reflect our values and are worthy of the trust placed in us by our travelers. By traveling with us, you can be assured that your money will go to support our partner communities, the causes we support, and our on-going work to make tourism better. We do this by:

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    Selecting locally-owned hotels, restaurants and transportation in order to ensure your money benefits local people.

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    Employing experienced local guides who are paid a fair wage.

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    Offsetting the environmental impacts of travel through initiatives such as our Travelers Against Plastic (TAP) campaign, demonstrating ways to protect local resources, and encouraging the purchase of carbon offsets.

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    Educating travelers in cultural sensitivity and the social, economic, and environmental impacts of their travels.

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    Acting on our commitment to the social and cultural protection of people in our host countries.

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    Offering unique experiences and opportunities for authentic engagement.

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    Donating a portion of your trip fees to the community development projects we support.

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