Inca Trail 2018 Join us for the Experience of a Lifetime... !!!
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US$ 2,870.00 p/person
(Based on Double / Triple accommodation)
USD$ 50.00 discount with ISIC card
Single room supplement US$480.00
Colca Canyon-Arequipa, Lake Titikaca Puno, Cusco Magic, Inca Trail to Machupicchu (Lares or Salkantay Trek, if you booking is late for Inca Trail permits), Tambo Jungle Lodge - Sandoval Lake, Lima Kings City.
This package has something for everyone and gives you the opportunity to experience the rich diversity of tradition, adventure and mystery as you experience so many “one of a kinds” here in Peru! The deepest canyon in the world to watch in awe the condors flight overhead at Colca Canyon. The highest navigable lake in the world to enjoy an overnight stay with local Indian families on Lake Titicaca.
Discovery of lush national parks of the vast Amazon Jungle, stroll around Sacsayhuaman and back down through the delightful stoned streets of Cuzco, and the ultimate hike of the famous Inca Trail to Machu Picchu the 8th wonder of the world.
You do need to be fit and ready for adapting to a lot of travelling and higher altitudes as you climb from Lima sea level to Arequipa at 2400m to Puno at 3800m all in preparation for the highest point on the Inca trail at 4200 meters. The gradual increase of altitudes during the trip will assist your acclimatising and you will meet different people on each of the tours to enhance your enjoyment of meeting new people in new places!
Moderate to Challenging.
Flights, tourist bus, train
SPECIAL : Booking of this package for any dates between Nov and March entitles you to a free upgrade to delux room in Hotel Marqueses. Please quote this offer at the time of booking. This package includes flights but we know that often people can get flights with their points and we indicate that often it is cheaper for you to purchase the domestic flights connected with your international ticket. Both for financial reasons and security I believe it is better to buy a through flight ie from your leaving destination to your final destination so that if there are any delays into Lima then the airline will take responsibility for the connection.
Therefore if you would like to know the cost of this package without the flights just ask. A lot depends on how far in advance a booking is paid so let us know if you would like this information as soon as possible .
Lima, Colca Canyon-Arequipa, Lake Titikaca Puno, Cusco Magic, Inca Trail ( Lares or Salkantay Trek if Permits for Inca Trail trek are not available due to late booking) to Machupicchu , Puerto Maldonado Jungle Lodge. Lima Kings City.
PROGRAM ITINERARY: Daily Departures !!!.
Day 1: Arrive to Lima. Transfer to Hotel Melodia in San Miguel.
Day 2: Flight from Lima to Arequipa. Transfer to Posada Castillo.
Day 3: Free Day.Arequipa.(Santa Catalina Convent, Optional). Posada Castillo
Day 4: Colca Canyon guided tour. Night in Chivay Pozo del Cielo.
Day 5: Mirador del Condor. Chivay - Puno (VIP tour bus to Puno). Hotel
Day 6: Uros Floating Islands guide tour, night in Island at Amantani.
Day 7: Taquile Islands tour return to Puno. Hotel Qalasaya.
Day 8: Puno Cusco (Inka Express bus) Transfer to Hotel Marqueses.
Day 9: Cusco City Tour (Saqsawaman,Temple of the Sun. Hotel Marqueses
Day 10: Sacred Valley Tour Pisaq,Ollanta. Cusco. Hotel Marqueses
Day 11: Cusco – Hotel Marqueses. Free Day previuos your hike to MP.
Day 12: Inca Trail -Group tour with 8 Kg personal porter.
Day 13: Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Day 2. Camp in Pacaymayo.
Day 14: Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Day 3. Camp in Wiñaywayna
Day 15: Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Night in Aguas Calientes.
Day 16: Aguas Calientes – Return to Cusco. Hotel Marqueses.
Day 17: Cusco- Puerto Maldonado. Morning Flight to Puerto Maldonado.
Day 18: Corto Maltes Lodge- Puerto Maldonado
Day 19: Gamitada island “Project for the Rescue of Cultural Values”
Day 20: Corto Maltes Lodge Flight from Puerto Maldonado - Lima
Day 21: Lima Transfer to the airport. (end of our service).
FREE up-grade to a Deluxe room in this package for bookings 6 months before. Please note that if your international flight arrives early to Lima it is much nicer to take a connecting flight to Arequipa on Day 1! Therefore let us know what your flight details are so we can give you some advice!
Arrive in Lima on an afternoon or evening flight as you begin your holiday in Peru ! You will be met at the airport and driven to your hotel. If you arrive late afternoon you can relax and recover and perhaps wander around the San Miguel complex in the evening. If you arriving on an early morning flight today then we suggest our better option of connecting straight through to Arequipa in this case. (see recommendations)
Hotel Melodia or similar
The White City of Arequipa - Flight Lima-Arequipa. After a lie-in to recover from your flight, we will take you back to the airport to catch a flight up to Arequipa - 'The White City'. This is probably the most beautiful city in Peru - a kind of Seville at the foot of a snow-capped volcano! We will meet you at the airport to take you to your hotel and you will then have the rest of the day free to rest or to visit some of the fantastic sights in Arequipa such as the monastery of Santa Catalina.
Posada Castillo Hotel.
Free day in the White City of Arequipa We'll given you a free day in Arequipa so you can relax and settle into your holiday. It's just such a lovely place to wander around so perhaps you might like to explore the colonial centre, with its churches and museums? For some hustle and bustle you could check out the local markets or, to get that perfect photo, maybe take a walk up to the Yanahuara mirador for a stunning view of the El Misti volcano?
Posada Castillo Hotel.
Colca Canyon to see the Andean Condor. Today, you'll set out from Arequipa on a guided tour of Colca Canyon. The Canyon is deeper than the Grand Canyon and is home to a stunning array of wildlife and also some great natural hot springs! You will stay overnight in a hotel in Chivay, a small town right in the middle of the Canyon.
We will pick you up from your Hotel between 07:30 – 8:00 am to initiate our trip to the one of the deepest Canyons of the world, taking the highway from Yura, bordering the snow-covered Chachani mountain towards Cañahuas Pampas. We stop for coca leaf tea at the Aguada Blanca National Park, the habitat of the beautiful South American cameloidaes, the vicuñas, alpacas, waris and llamas. At Tocra lake we will be able to appreciate a variety of migratory birds, sometimes flamencos. We will pass the crater of an extinct volcano (Chucura) and then stop at the famous volcanos panoramic viewpoint, at a high 4.800 meters above sea leavel. From here we will appreciate a great part of the western mountain range, where you can truly appreciate the Pre-Inca farming Terraces / platforms know as "andenerias". Approximately 13:30, Arrival to Chivay and stop for Lunch (not included).
At 15:00 our private transport will transfer to us towards the colorful town "pueblito" of Coporaque, from where we will initiate a walk of approximately 2 hours, to enjoy the beautiful landscapes and nature of this side of the valley; as well as a pre-Inca cemetery located in the skirts of a mountain. You will notice that this region was intensively populated by andean communities.
At 17:00 on return from the walk you have the opportunity to enjoy the thermal baths in the lime kiln whose thermo-medicinals waters oscillate between 35º to 38º degrees Celsius in the swimming pools. (US$ 3 entry).
At 20:00 Hrs Dinner (not included) accompanied by a folkloric show; be ready for the Peru andean dances.
Pozo De Cielo (Private room with bathroom and hot shower)
local payment Tourist Entry Ticket to the Colca Valley (US$26)
Colca Canyon A very early start this morning, as your guide and driver take you to the 'Cruz del Condor', a natural viewpoint opposite the nesting-sites of the famous Andean Condors. We'll arrive in time to see these majestic birds launch themselves into the Canyon as they set out on their day's hunt. After spending more time in the Canyon, you will return to Chivay and from here take the 4 M Express tour bus to Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca. Arrriving around 7pm and still time to explore as it is the perfect place to pick up those alpaca scarves and sweaters...
Between 7.40am and 8am Transfer from the hotel to the port and by motor boat we take you to one of the legendary Uros Islands where you can observe the lives of the Uros people who live on floating reed islands, some only 20 metres in length. After a beautiful 3hr boat ride we reach Amantani island where we will break into smaller groups to stay with the local families. You have the opportunity to trek to the top of the mountain (4150 mtrs) to see the Temples of the Pachamama and Pachatata and enjoy the traditional customs of the island people. Food and authentic music prepared and performed by your designated family.
rustic accomdation with family
After breakfast we take a short boat ride to the neighboring Taquile island, where we will tour around the ruins and visit these beautiful people, world famous for their intricate and fascinating weavings, After lunch we take the return trip to Puno. Arrival in the afternoon and transfer back to your hotel approx 5-6 pm.
Along the Andes to Cusco We will pick you up in the morning to take you to the station to catch the touri bus to Cusco
the ancient Inca capital. This is one of the most spectacular road journeys in the world as you travel right along the spine of the Andes and is an amazing experience as you stop off at several sites of interest along the way. On arrival, we'll take you to your hotel, just off the main square at the heart of Cusco. Hotel Marqueses Cusco
local payment Entries to Ruins on route Puno to Cusco $10 pp.
Welcome to Cusco .
Free morning to get some washing done and then the afternoon is spent on a tour of the main sites in the city itself, and also in the surrounding hills. You will visit the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, the temple complex at Kenko, Tambomachay and many other unique and beautiful locations. You will have the evening free to relax and enjoy a meal overlooking the lively central square.
The Sacred Valley A full day away from Cusco today as you journey into the Andes for a tour of the Sacred Valley of the Urubamba. As you wind your way along one of the most beautiful valleys in the world, you will be able to visit the village of Pisac (including its famous market and temple) and the temple-fortress of Ollantaytambo. You really begin to feel the spirit of the Incas as you visit these extraordinary locations. Buffet Lunch Included Hotel Marqueses Cusco.
Hotel Marqueses Cusco
Free day in Cusco A holiday isn't a holiday if you don't have a chance to relax so today is all yours - you can have a wander around the local markets, stroll through the bohemian San Blas district and check out the art and jewellery, or just sit back with a few coca teas and get those postcards written before you set off on.
Hotel Marqueses Cusco
The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu (If not available due to Permits; Lares or Salkantay Trek) A spectacular early morning drive back through the Sacred Valley takes us to our trailhead at Km. 82 of the Machu Picchu railroad. After getting acquainted with our porters you will set out, crossing a footbridge to hike a gentle two hours down the Urubamba canyon, and then visit imposing sculpted Inca farming terraces and the settlement of Llaqtapata on the banks of the Cusichaca side river. We then climb a short way up the Cusichaca valley to Huayllabamba, the last inhabited village on the trail, where we camp.
12 km approx
The Inca Trail We climb the steep-sided Llullucha valley past a rushing stream and through enchanting subtropical woodland. Crossing the rim of a small plateau, we find ourselves in the puna, the treeless grasslands of the high Andes. The trail traverses an open slope opposite mighty mountain crags as we ascend to the first and highest pass, Warmiwa?usca (4,200m). Here we encounter spectacular views of the trail ahead to the second pass, and look back to the sweeping snowpeaks and valleys of the Huayanay massif. We then follow the trail to the floor of the Pacaymayo valley, where we camp for the night.
16 km approx
The Inca Trail This morning, we pick up an Inca stairway and ascend again past the small Inca site of Runkuracay. As we reach the second pass, the landscape opens onto spectacular new views to the snowpeaks of the Pumasillo range. We descend to the ruins of Sayacmarca ( Inaccessible Town), an intricate labyrinth of houses, plazas and water channels, perched precariously on a rocky spur overlooking the Aobamba valley. The Inca trail, now a massive buttressed structure of granite paving stones, continues along the steep upper fringes of the cloud forest through a colorful riot of orchids, bromeliads, mosses and ferns. At the third pass pinnacles topped with Inca viewing platforms overlook the archaeological complex of Phuyupatamarca (Cloud-level Town).Pausing to explore the maze of Inca stone towers, fountains and stairways that spills down the mountainside here, we begin a long descent through ever-changing layers of cloud forest. An Inca stairway partly cut from living granite leads us finally to our camp by the ruins of Wi?ay Wayna (Forever Young), the largest and most exquisite of the Inca Trail sites.
10 Km approx.
The Inca Trail An early morning hike takes us across a steep mountainside through lush, humid cloud-forest of giant ferns and broad-leaf vegetation. Suddenly we cross the stone threshold of Intipunku (Sun Gate) and encounter an unforgettable sweep of natural beauty and human artistry -a backdrop of twisting gorge and forested peaks framing the magical city of Machu Picchu.We complete the final leg down the royal flagstone walkway, past outlying shrines and buildings and into the heart of Machu Picchu, where we spend the rest of the morning with a guided tour of the highlights and some individual exploring among Machu Picchu's multitude of hidden nooks and corners. In the early afternoon a bus takes us down to the foot of the mountain to the small town of Aguas Calientes, where you will be staying overnight.
Hotel InkaTown or Quilla Inn.
After Breakfast you are assisted to board the train that departs Aguas Calientes at 08.53 am and arrives at Ollantaytambo at 10.30 am. We will organise transport from here to Cusco which is about an 1.5hr drive.
So hope to be back in Cusco for you to get some lunch and get all that washing done and packed for leaving Cusco tomorrow!
After your arrival at Puerto Maldonado Airport where your professional guide will await you, we will go to our office to obtain the official waterway permits. Meanwhile you can visit the town main square and also take some photos of the beautiful scenery overlooking the confluence of the rivers Madre de Dios and Tambopata from Grau square.
After a 40 minute boat ride we will arrive at Corto Maltes Amazonia.. After your welcome cocktail you can enjoy the delicious international dishes that the Lodge offers. After that you will have some free time to get comfortable in your bungalow overlooking either the river or the jungle, or simply take a refreshing dip in our pool.
At 3:30pm you will be accompanied by you guide who will show you tropical trees, medicinal plants and the abundance of nature in the 60 ha concession that Corto Maltes Amazonia holds. From our lookout you can observe toucans, macaws and other species of birds before your return for sunset. Duration of this trek is between 2 and 3 hours.
The rest of the afternoon you can relax in the pool or take a nap in the hammocks at the terrace of your bungalow. If you wish you can also go on a nightly boat trip to go caiman spotting before dinner.
At 8pm dinner is served. After dinner you can retire to our bar to have some tropical cocktails, relax in our reclining seats at the central terrace or bathe in the pool underneath the shining Amazon sky.
CORTO MALTES LODGE.
At 5:30am we will go on a trek of about 20 min until we arrive at the parrot clay- lick. Here a minimum of five different species feeds on special clay, vital to their metabolism. It’s a truly marvelous, multicolored spectacle.
8am: Breakfast and free time to explore the splendid gardens of Corto Maltes Amazonia. We have dozens of varieties of exotic plants and flowering trees.
10:30am: Again we will navigate the Madre de Dios River. This time on an expedition destined to “Monkey Island” where some species of these interesting and entertaining animals live in freedom. Following another boat ride of 30 min we will enter the territory of the Tambopata- Candamo National Reserve. We will trek 5km through the dense vegetation of the tropical rainforest. Giant trees, snakes, monkeys, birds and sometimes even the illusive jaguar can be observed here
Our destination is heavenly Sandoval Lake. Its privileged settings are shared by numerous species of animals: Birds (in particular Hoatzins, Kingfisher, and Cormorants), different species of monkeys (Squirrel monkeys, Howler monkeys, Capuchin monkeys). At the lake itself we can enjoy the spectacle of Giant River Otters. Black Caimans and Piranhas (sometimes we can even observe anacondas in the areas covered by reed). This is also the habitat of the giant Arapaima, a fish of more than 2,5m, weighing in at +200kg. Traveling by canoe, the sunset in the lake is a spectacular unforgettable sight. On our return to the river we might be able to spot some nocturnal animals.
8pm: The body demands rest and food after an active day in the jungle. You will enjoy the exotic tastes of our meals, especially our desserts. If you still have energy left you can share moments of music and conversation in the bar whilst having a cocktail or enjoy the sounds of the rainforest surrounding you from your hammock.
After a long day full of activity you will enjoy the comfort of you bungalows hammocks. You can also recover with a massage by the lodges’ qualified masseurs.
CORTO MALTES LODGE
8am: Breakfast and free time to have a bath in the pool or maybe buy some exclusive Amazon handicrafts and jewelry in our shop.
10am: We will follow the course of the river for approximately 1,5 hours in order to visit a native community. Occasionally we can see monkeys, river turtles, caimans and various birds in the dense vegetation of the riverbanks. We will also see some medicinal plants. (Sangre de Grado, Oje, Capirona)
The “Project for the Rescue of Cultural Values” supports the local native community “Palma Real”. It is the biggest with approximately 200 families of the Ese’eja tribe.
his project, located at Gamitada island works together with two families that will introduce us to the cultural values of their ancestors, their language, their customs, their garments and their dances. In an era where globalization rapidly changes traditional societies this is a great opportunity to have direct contact with this tribe of ancient warriors and hunters. As well as a chance to support them economically with the purchase of some of their handmade products
1pm: Circumnavigating the Gamatida Island we can occasionally see animals escaping the human presence. Afterwards we will visit a chakra (local term for farm). We will get to know a variety of tropical fruits and other local products (Cocoa, bananas, café, cocona). Here we will also have lunch consisting of a typical Amazon dish.
The chacarero(farmer) will also let us taste some of the fruits that will later be taken to the city of Puerto Maldonado for consumption.
Upon return to the lodge you will surely enjoy a bath in our swimming pool; maybe with a cocktail that might also serve as an aperitif for dinner.
8pm: Dinner is served. After dinner you can retire to our bar to have some tropical cocktails, relax chit-chatting in our reclining seats at the central terrace or have a bath in the pool underneath the shining Amazon sky.
CORTO MALTES LODGE
Very early departure to witness the spectacle of the Collpa de Loros, Sunrise on the river as we journey 1 and a half hours to a clay wall where hundreds of green parrots congregate at first light each morning. We will generally be able to spend about an hour here before reboarding the boat to enjoy breakfast on our return to Puerto Maldonado. Checkin 2 hours before flight and then time to visit the stunning Butterfly farm before your flight on to Lima.Transfer into your hotel in Lima in Miraflores.
Leon de Oro or similar
Adios Peru. Last day in Peru
Sadly, today is the last day of your Peru holiday. You have a pretty much full day to explore the capital and enjoy its museums (or its shops!) before we pick you up from your hotel and take you to the airport for your international flight