Inca Trail 2018 Join us for the Experience of a Lifetime... !!!
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US$ 1,920.00 p/person
(Based on Double / Triple accommodation)
Single Supplement for solo traveler US$ 450.00
You can be assured that this package will not be cancelled like many companies do at the last minute due to lack of passengers as this is not a tour where you travel with the same people from start to finish. You will meet different people on each of the tours to enhance your enjoyment of meeting new people in new places as the idea with our packages is that we link your favourite tours with lovely accomodation and the security of good transport and transfers between each point! Each different tour is run by experts in the field and you have the assurance that you will not be told your dates are cancelled at the last minute.
Adventure PERU-EXPRESS 17 Days (No trek): ... LIMA the city of the kings, Paracas, Ballestas Islands, Nazca Lines, Arequipa, Colca Canyon, Lake Titicaca, Floating Islands, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machupicchu by train, Cusco, Lima. DAILY DEPARTURES !!!.
Day 1: Arrival to Lima, Transfer to Hotel Mariel located at Miraflores.
Day 2: VIP class Bus Lima to Paracas. Peruvian coast and the Pacific.
Day 3: Tour to Ballestas Islands - (small Galapagos) Night in Paracas.
Day 4: Bus to Nazca. Flight over the mysterious Nasca Lines
Day 5: Bus to Arequipa The white city with El Misti Volcano. Hotel Posada.
Day 6: Colca Canyon guided tour stops in towns. Hotel Pozo del Cielo.
Day 7: Colca Canyon and Condors at Mirador Cruz del Condor.
Day 8: Tour bus Chivay to Puno – Hotel Qalasaya
Day 9: Lake Titicaca, Lake Los Uros,Taquile
Day 10: Taquile Island Hotel Qalasaya
Day 11: Inka Express bus or Train Puno – Cusco. Hotel Marqueses
Day 12: City Tour in Cusco, Saqsawaman, Koricancha. Hotel Marqueses
Day 13: Sacred Valley to Pisac, Ollantaytambo and Chincheros. Cusco.
Day 14: Cusco - Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu) Hotel Presidente
Day 15: Machu Picchu - Cusco Hotel Marqueses
Day 16: Cusco – Lima Hotel Melodia San Miguel.
Day 17: International Departure
OPTIONAL.- To take a train from Puno to Cusco (the Andean Express train) extra of USD$ 110 per person.
Hotel Marqueses SPECIAL: Free up-grade to our Deluxe or Suite room in this tour / Package for early bookings (5-6 months in advance.)
Our staff will meet you at Jorge Chavez Lima's airport (at international arrival área) he will have a sign with your names) and driven to your hotel in the bustling, cosmopolitan Miraflores District of the city (45 minutes drive). Quite safe area with lots of nice restaurants and shops. (Most people speak english but learning a few words in spanish will be very helpful).
Mariel Hotel in Miraflores District.
approx 6am Transfer from your Hotel to the tourist bus terminal and departure to Paracas town, Comfortable bus journey from Lima to Paracas town (04 Hours). Transfer to your Hotel in Paracas, then once setting in your room, we will have a sightseeing tour to visit the National Reserve of Paracas scorted by an experienced guide. (3-4 Hrs) Lunch and Dinner not inlcuded
Emacipador Paracas or similiar
Collect for your hotel at 07:30 am, then we walk to the port for our 2 and half hours motor boat sightseeing tour to the Ballestas Islands (The small Galápagos), where you will be able to appreciate Sea Lions, Penguins and thousands of sea birds flying around the islands the Candelabro and Factories. After tour return to hotel to collect luggage and transfer to Bus. Bus Journey departs 11.30am. from Paracas and arrives in Nazca approx 3.30 pm. Only light snack served on board.
Transfer to your accomodation where you can settle in and relax for the rest of the day.!
Hotel Oro Viejo or Similar category hotel
Flight over Nasca Lines Am. Flight over the mysterious Nasca Lines for Panoramic views of a monkey, a fish, a spider, a hummingbird and many drawings and geometric figures on the desert visible only from the air. Pm. Overnight tourist bus Nasca - Arequipa (09 hours).
Arrival in Arequipa early at the morning and free Day to rest after many bus trips to get to this beautiful City. Take time to rest and acclimatize this morning. Maybe get some laundry done!!
After Lunch make sure to visit the famous Santa Catalina Convent. Take your time as you have tomorrow to visit the different Plazas and monuments here.
Hotel Corregidor or Posada Castillo Hotel
Arequipa is the second largest city in Peru with strong Spanish architecture influence maintained in a good conditions, The Plaza the Armas is spectacular. you can do an optional city tour (see Additional Options) or if you didn´t get time to visit the Santa Catalina Convent yesterday ensure you do today!
Available tours to add with extra cost: City tours + Monasterio de Santa Catalina , Tour Campiña tour + Mansión, Tour Campiña tour en bus Panoramico - Full loop.
Hotel Corregidor or Posada Castillo Hotel
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 an 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.
Recently we have decided to use upgrade hotel accomodation and so we are requesting Pozo De Cielo when ever available and if you would like a little more luxury request the upgrade to Delux room in Pozo De Cielo which is an additional USD$ 30 pp (based on 2 people sharing a room)
Accommodation:Pozo De Cielo
Early breakfast, we continue 06:30 in our private transport to the view-point called " Cruz del Cóndor " about 1.5 hour drive into this National Park where you have a very beautiful view of the Colca Canyon. This is also the place where you should be able to observe several flying condors, sometimes passing very close to you (up to a few meters). Just near this area your tour guide will show you the Pre-inca tombs hanging in the mountains. Plenty of time to spend in this natural region for pictures and gentle walking around the San Pedro cactus area. On the return we will stop in the towns of Pinchollo, Maca and Yanque, with their beautiful colonial churches, as well as in the viewpoints of Choquetico and Antahuilque, from where we will observe impressive andenería farming platforms of the valley, and tombs in pre-Incas scale models.
13:00 approx. At the end of your tour of Colca Canyon, your guide will take you to your transportation and to meet another guide who will take you to the city of Puno , we will make several stops enroute such as Patapampa , the highest point of the route (4,900msnm), from where you can appreciate various mountain peaks belonging to the western mountains, such as the Sabancaya , Ampato , the Misti , Chachani , etc. .
We will also appreciate the cairns, mounds of rocks that were left by travelers in order to ask their deities for a safe trip and now tourists are encouraged to do the same. The route will be the same as already done in their journey from Arequipa to Chivay , to the area called Patahuasi , where it is then diverted to the city of Puno. Here there is a small restaurant located in the " Chinaman " where we also briefly stop. Continuing with the tour we see a number of small lakes where we will have the opportunity to observe migratory birds , including the beautiful flamingos.
Arrive in Puno at approximately 19:30 hrs approximately and transfer to your hotels
Between 7.20am and 7.45am 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.
Breakfast, Lunch Dinner
Family rustic accomodation
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 hotel approx 5-6 pm.
Approx 6.15am Transfer from your hotel in Puno to the bus Station to travel by the Inka Express VIP /service Tourist Bus to Cusco. departs 7am. Accompanied by an English speaking guide for tours of 3 sites along the way; Andahaylillas, Rhachi and Puka Pukara with spectacular views. (entrance to 3 sites not included = total 28 soles approx $10 )
Buffet Lunch near Sicuani town. Arrival around 5pm Transfer to your hotel in Cusco.
Today we recommend to walk to San Pedro Market, San Francisco plaza, San Blas the artists neighborhood, Plaza Nazarenas, Inca Museum, Yale University Museum or Chocolate Museum.
Cusco Tour Inca Imperial City 14:00 Guided City tour of Cusco and visit to the four nearby Inca Ruins: Sacsayhuaman, with its massive walls they carry out here the famous Inti-Raymi in June Winter Solstice every year, Qenko, site of carved living rock, Puca Pucara, an Inca lodging Site & Tambo Machay, known as the Baths of the Inca. Our expert guides will help you to discover the secrets of the Incas. Overnight in Cusco. (Entrance fee for 6 sites, 105 Soles not included.)
Approx 8.20am transfer in a tourist bus, we travel from Cusco past Saqsaywaman & Tambomachay, over the mountains toward the Sacred Valley. We descend 1500 feet to the valley floor of the sacred Urubamba river and the village of Pisac where we will visit a traditional market and you can buy some local souveniers. We then drive up to explore the extensive ruins of Pisac with stunning views over the valley. On the guided walk into the Citadel of Pisac you can observe temples, residences, altars, channels, carvings, tunnels/caves and the famous Intihuatana “The hitching post of the Sun",
For those who would prefer to spend more time in the market instead of visiting the ruins, advise your guide so he can organise a time and place to pick you up when returning through the market.
We continue on to Urubamba where we stop for you to buy lunch. A further 30 mins drive takes us to Ollantaytambo surrounded by the sacred mountains, where we will again discover the magnificence of the Incan constructions, the amazing temple of the Sun, enormous blocks of rock perfectly carved and polished, stone water fountains, stairs, terraces and the beauty of the local people in their traditional dress, all surrounded by the sacred mountains and Valley of Patacancha and Willoq.
On our return, we quickly visit the famous church and archeological site in Chincheros, arriving to Cusco at about 6.30-7:00pm.
Classic Special Tour to Machu Picchu- Train Special Excursion. Am. Transfer from your Hotel to train station & departure to Aguas Calientes (4 Hrs).This train ride is suppose to be one of the nicest journeys in South America due to the very impressive views of the andean landscapes, snow capped mountains, andes pintoresques villages ,the sacred urubamba river,and some inca remains along both sides of the Valley and finally the high jungle of Aguas Calientes, where the representative from Hotel Wiracocha will meet you and settle you into your accommodation. Free time to wander around the markets and settle in. Buffet Lunch in Hostal Viajeros from 1.30pm. Recommended activities in Aguas Calientes to climb Putucusi Mountain or the solf hike to Mandor waterfalls to see the site of the first Base Camp of Hiram Bingham the discoverer of Machupicchu in 1911, see the renewed MP site Museum or just see the old Train Station Puente Ruinas. Late afternoon Free to relax in Hot springs. Pm.
upgrade hotel of your choice see Recommendations
The Magic of Machupicchu 05.00 early breakfast , 30 minutes bus to Machu Picchu. where you will have a guided tour of this amazing,magic & mysterious Inca Site so that you can get some insight into the various features of the city Inca temples, Nobles residences, Ceremonial buildings and rocks, water channels and fountains, farming platforms-gardens and plazas will be visited. Full Guided Tour and extra time to explore this unique site. Optional activities; climb to Huaynapicchu, temple of the moon, Inti Punku, the Sun gate or Inca bridge . late afternoon an hour walk to Aguas Calientes , Train back to Cusco. Arrival in Cusco & transfer to your Hotel Marqueses Cusco Breakfast included.
Flight Cusco - Lima Am. Transfer from your Hotel to Cusco airport & departure to Lima. Am. Arrival at Lima airport & transfer to your Hotel. Pm. Overnight in Lima.
Hotel Mariel with Breakfast
International Departure Transfer at any time from your Hotel to the airport for your international flight