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Unu Raymi Expeditions

We design custom tours in the Peruvian Amazon Jungle, specialised Andean treks and trips to festivals around Peru.

Trek deep into the Andes on tracks that are less explored and require specialist knowledge.

Travel along the Madros de Dios in the Tambopata & Manu National Reserves, encounter places like Huitoto Lake, visit local communities, take routes that aren’t well traveled and see parts of the jungle that tourism doesn’t touch.

Experience the best local fiestas and festivals in Peru, join in with local communities celebrating their traditions.

Featured trips & expertise

Snow-capped peaks in the Cordillera Huayhuash
Huaraz & Cordillera Huayhuash Trekking - 9 Days

Explore Peru's remote Huayhuash range in the northern Peruvian Andes during this 9-day adventure. Start in metropolitan Lima, then transfer to Huaraz in the north. Join your trekking group and support team in the village of Pacllón, then hit the trail for a spectacular 5-day hike. You will trek through rugged landscapes, camp beneath a spectacular night sky, and spend afternoons relaxing by turquoise mountain lakes. Alpine meadows and snow-capped mountains that reach 19,685 ft (6,000 m) are the backdrops for this adventure. At night, relax at camp to a hot meal prepared by the camp cook. 

Mt. Vinicunca (Rainbow Mountain) at sunrise
The Ausangate Lodge-to-Lodge Trek

Avid hikers, this one's for you! Follow the Camino del Apu Ausangate through the Cordillera Vilcanota mountain range, accompanied by llamas and horses loaded up with gear. You'll overnight in traditional tambo lodges, enjoy authentic Peruvian cuisine, and gain a better understanding of life in Andes.

Stone mask on the ancient temple at Chavin de Huantar
10 Days in Peru: 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

With 10 days in Peru, you can explore several regions by taking internal flights or get to know one region in more depth. The highlights of the Cusco and Machu Picchu region can easily be combined with Lake Titicaca or the Amazon jungle. Alternatively, head north to enjoy lesser-known archaeological highlights, spectacular treks and beaches. See more ideas in this great list.

Traveler Interview:  High Altitude Trekking in Peru
Traveler Interview: High Altitude Trekking in Peru

Avid hiker and kimkim traveler Kristin Monesmith lives in Peru halftime, working remotely and exploring the endless mountain trails. The Ausangate Trek checked all her boxes: incredibly beautiful, essentially devoid of tourists, and enough of a challenge to leave her feeling accomplished at the end. She spoke with us about her five-day adventure circumnavigating one of the most spectacular mountains in Southern Peru.

Biking trail in the Andes
Multi-Activity Adventure En Route to Machu Picchu - 9 Days

Beyond Machu Picchu, where the Andes slope off into the Amazon, lies the forgotten region of Concepción. Little penetrated by foreign tourists, it is a multisport playground for adventurous travelers. If you're prepared to rough it a little, you'll be richly rewarded with biking, hiking, ziplining, swimming in rivers, waterfalls and jungle water parks, and the best rafting in Peru!

Recent Trip Reviews for Unu Raymi Expeditions

Best day hikes in the sacred valley near cusco, Peru - Dec 3 - Dec 3, 2018

Traveler: Esta S. - Local specialist: James M

James was readily available to arrange me a guide for a hike in the mountains just one day in advance. The guide Washington had very good knowledge about the area and nature. Although I paid to have private transfer, we only used public transport. Just something to be aware of when you make your bookings. Other than that; highly suggest KimKim.

James M, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Esta, many thanks for your review. It was great to have you with us, and we're really pleased you enjoyed your trekking with Washington, he's a top guide :) Because it was such a last minute setup, there was some confusion about the logistics unfortunately but that has been rectified for the future & I think it's fair to note we did refund the difference for the transportation costs. Please keep in touch Esta, we'd love to see you back here at some point! best regards, James

Kristi

Trip to peru, Peru - Aug 31 - Sep 9, 2018

Traveler: Kristi N. - Local specialist: James M

Amazing trip! Have not done much traveling outside the U.S., so was a bit nervous. Our travel specialist was James Mackender, and he made us feel very at easy with traveling abroad in Peru. Everything was perfectly planned--flights, pick-ups and drop-offs. Our guide for the Treehouse Lodge/Iquitos was Guido. Very knowledgeable, spoke excellent english, friendly, very personable. The Treehouse Lodge was beautiful, and the day and night excursions were once in a lifetime. Our next part... read more

Amazing trip! Have not done much traveling outside the U.S., so was a bit nervous. Our travel specialist was James Mackender, and he made us feel very at easy with traveling abroad in Peru. Everything was perfectly planned--flights, pick-ups and drop-offs. Our guide for the Treehouse Lodge/Iquitos was Guido. Very knowledgeable, spoke excellent english, friendly, very personable. The Treehouse Lodge was beautiful, and the day and night excursions were once in a lifetime. Our next part of our Journey in Peru was seamless--the guide from the Treehouse took us directly to the river boat. The 7 man crew on the Spondias was amazing. They were so attentive, knowledgable about the amazon and Peru. My favorite part of this portion of the trip was when we spent time with a local family at the river village. They invited us into their home, we shared some food, and discussed the commonalty and differences of our daily lives. Our guide on the Spondias was Charlie, and he likes birds and was very knowledgeable about the different species of birds. Our chef, Francisco, was wonderful and his creations were excellent. Our waiter/purser was Jairo, he was a friendly young man, full of knowledge and we practiced english and spanish together. The only flaw was that we missed our connecting flight in Lima to Cusco. After an hour of being sent to 5 different desks to get our flight rescheduled, one phone call to James and in 10 minutes the whole situation was remedied. It relieved so much stress to know that James was looking after us. The last stretch of our trip was to Cusco and Machu picchu, and Zac was our guide. Zac was, hands down, the best guide I have ever had. He was so knowledgeable about Peru, Cusco, Incan history, Machu Picchu. The way he introduced us to Machu Picchu was perfect, and he even took video of our initial reaction to seeing this Wonder of the World. He was so kind, so enthusiastic, I definitely would do another trip with him as our guide.

This trip was just perfect. James did an amazing job listening to what we wanted to do, and making all of those wishes come true. Will definitely be using James and/or KimKim again when we travel!!

James M, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Kristi, many thanks for your comments & it's incredible to hear about your trip. When we found out your friends were unable to join you I was little concerned about the logistics of the trip in general but we're delighted you had a great time, & despite the connection issues from Iquitos that we could get you to Machu Picchu also. Peru is an awesome place & I think you've experienced some of the best of it! It was a pleasure to have you both with us and look forward to keeping in touch, best James

Choquequirao to machu picchu - 6 days, Peru - Jul 25 - Jul 30, 2018

Traveler: Maximilian A. - Local specialist: James M

James did an awesome job. Due to bad weather conditions, we had to change to a different route and he met all my needs. The Choquequirao Trek was beautiful, my guide Noé was fit, knowledgeable and always in a good mood. The equipment was brand new and well suited for the trek. I was able to get a special diet during the trek and the food tasted very good. The cook and horseman worked really hard! I thank James for this five star experience in the Andes!

James M, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thanks for your kind words Max, it was a pleasure to have you with us & the crew loved trekking with you. Keep in touch, would be great to see you back in Peru another year!

Tiffany

Lima, huaraz & cordillera huayhuash, Peru - Aug 11 - Aug 20, 2018

Traveler: Tiffany M. - Local specialist: James M

James is such a wonderful specialist and I had the best experience with him. Before, during, and after the trip, he was thorough in keeping contact and made sure that we were on the same page about all of our treks and events we were planning on doing while in Peru. He gave lots of tips about what to pack for a trip such as this one, a trek through the Andes. He went above and beyond all of my expectations; his encouragement and enthusiasm for planning and following through with this trip... read more

James is such a wonderful specialist and I had the best experience with him. Before, during, and after the trip, he was thorough in keeping contact and made sure that we were on the same page about all of our treks and events we were planning on doing while in Peru. He gave lots of tips about what to pack for a trip such as this one, a trek through the Andes. He went above and beyond all of my expectations; his encouragement and enthusiasm for planning and following through with this trip made the Peru adventure a life-changing experience for the better! He set us up with a tour company named "Peru Expeditions Tours" where we met Edwin and Eric Lliuya. Edwin was our official tour guide in Huaraz and the Cordillera Huayhuash. Edwin is a great tour guide who has lots of expert experience. I felt very safe and had such a fun time. Both hiking throughout the mountains and experiencing Peruvian culture changed my perspective on traveling and living, all due to James and Edwin. Working with James and the group at KimKim was the best option for traveling. I will definitely use KimKim again when I travel.

James M, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Tiffany, thanks for your review. It's great to hear you had a good time with Edwin, he's a top guide. It was a lot of fun helping yourself & Marissa plan your trip, you definitely got the most from your time here in the 10 days you had. The photos are great, thanks for coming with us & hope you'll keep in touch!

connor

An experience to remember forever, Peru - May 17 - May 20, 2018

Traveler: connor m. - Local specialist: James M

so this wasn’t just you’re average planned trip, I was in a bind from a last minute trip because i had broken up with my ex girlfriend, flights were paid for. looking online i discovered kimkim, so i thought i’d give it a shot. I was referred to james on kimkim, was the best trip planner i could ask for, he was very accomadating to my needs, even helped me out when i got to cusco for my shortened trek, trip to machu picchu, day tour to salt mines, moray and sacred valley! His team are very... read more

so this wasn’t just you’re average planned trip, I was in a bind from a last minute trip because i had broken up with my ex girlfriend, flights were paid for. looking online i discovered kimkim, so i thought i’d give it a shot. I was referred to james on kimkim, was the best trip planner i could ask for, he was very accomadating to my needs, even helped me out when i got to cusco for my shortened trek, trip to machu picchu, day tour to salt mines, moray and sacred valley! His team are very professional and handle everyone to their needs and wants in treks and tours around peru! also had met james personally as i was travelling alone, he’s a great planner as well now a great friend! i plan on returning soon and meeting up again with james!

James M, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Connor, thanks for your comments. Was awesome having you here, and becoming friends. I'd love to see you back another year and hopefully we can plan some longer trekking routes together and get some surfing in! Keep in touch mate, best James

Deborah

Deborah's trip to the amazon, Peru - Apr 14 - Apr 16, 2018

Traveler: Deborah H. - Local specialist: James M

I'm a traveler success manager at kimkim, and I booked part of my recent trip to Peru with James at Unu Raymi.

I had been itching to check out the Amazon rainforest, but knew that I wouldn't have a lot of time to explore during my recent trip to South America. James helped me plan a great 3-day trip to Huitoto Lodge; a beautiful, family-owned, remote lodge in the Tambopata region of the Peruvian Amazon.

Huitoto Lodge is situated on the bank of its very own oxbow lake, slightly removed... read more

I'm a traveler success manager at kimkim, and I booked part of my recent trip to Peru with James at Unu Raymi.

I had been itching to check out the Amazon rainforest, but knew that I wouldn't have a lot of time to explore during my recent trip to South America. James helped me plan a great 3-day trip to Huitoto Lodge; a beautiful, family-owned, remote lodge in the Tambopata region of the Peruvian Amazon.

Huitoto Lodge is situated on the bank of its very own oxbow lake, slightly removed from the powerful Madre de Dios river. This location affords the lodge a great amount of privacy, peace, and access to pristine jungle areas.

Each day, I had the opportunity to participate in different excursions with my guide, Efrain, including jungle walks, birding, fishing, and caiman-watching. In the downtime between activities, I enjoyed reading and relaxing in the peace and quiet of the lodge.

During my stay, I also had the pleasure of meeting the owners of the lodge, Flor and Gilberto. The two built the lodge together to share the beauty of the region with travelers, and to protect the land and its inhabitants in perpetuity. They take pride in providing great experiences for all of their guests. I should mention, Flor also helps out in the kitchen and is an excellent cook.

My favorite memory from my stay is of the boat trip I took around the island located in the middle of the oxbow lake. Efrain, Elmer (the boat driver), and I had the lake all to ourselves, so we had the opportunity to see an incredible amount of flora and fauna without interruption. On our way around the island, Efrain pointed out one spider monkey and two howler monkeys. He said that Flor and Gilberto had rescued these monkeys from illegal trafficking, and had given them a home on this island where they could remain free, but also protected from territorial monkeys in the mainland jungle areas. I loved seeing these monkeys playing in the wild!

I feel very fortunate that I had the opportunity to experience this unique lodge, and meet some of the passionate people behind its success.

James M, local specialist, responded to this review:

Many thanks for your review of the lodge Deborah, it was great to be able to organise this trip for you. It's a great lodge in the Tambopata & I'm really pleased that Flor & Gilberto were able to host you also. There are a few routes we can do in the jungle that incorporate Huitoto Lake Lodge & it's a secluded place that offers a unique experience of the Amazon Jungle that we like to include as part of our trips. We'd love to show you more next time you're down this way! best regards, James