Inca Trail 2018 Join us for the Experience of a Lifetime... !!!
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US$ 2,140.00 p/person
(Based on Double / Triple accommodation)
USD$ 50.00 Discount with ISIC card.
Single supplement US$390 for SOLO traveler.
This package offers the best of Peru including the inca trail to Machu Picchu. If you are booking at the last minute and there are no permits left for the standard Inca trail, then you have the opportunity for either the Lares trek to Machu Picchu or the Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu which are both wonderful alternatives but actually many peoples first choice these days as they have become more well known and popular for their off the beaten track feel and the charm of seeing the real Peru through meeting the families of the local Andean Villages of Lares and the spectacular panoramas of the trek around Salkantay mountain to Machu Picchu.
The only thing this package does not include is jungle but it is offered in additional options so we can tailor make this to suit your time frame and place preferences!
If you have a little extra time to make this a holiday and not just a whirl wind tour around Peru to see most of what it has to offer then you will love this as you have some time to really relax and enjoy Cusco and Arequipa with a few extra nights to really appreciate the panoramic scenes, beautiful arquiteture and crafts, colourful cultures and warmth of the people !! Plus you have time to do some optional adventures such as rafting or mountain biking to name a few!
Discover Cuzco the ancient capital city of the great Incas Empire where only nobles and privileged people had their residence... explore the typical Ruins & Market of Pisaq, the legendary Sacred Valley of the Incas with Yucay, Urubamba, the Inca living town of Ollantaytambo, Chincheros with its Colonial XVII century church and Inca residence... follow in the footsteps of the Incas... trek to Machu Picchu, hiking the famous, now a classic Inca Trail trek supported by our andean sherpas, with well educated guides and gourmet Peruvian meals. Explore Cusco, discover their ancient treasures as Koricancha the temple of the sun once decorated with gold and silver before the arriving of spanish conquest in 1534. Fly over the enigmatic Nazca Lines, explore the small Galapagos Sea Lions and dolphins in Ballestas Islands, then visit the highest navigable lake in Puno.. Uros Taquile and Amantani Islands in the Titicaca Lake and finally see condors flying at Colca Canyon in Chivay near Arequipa.
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.
AROUND PERU in 18 Days Tour. Daily Departures !!!
Magic Cusco, Sacred Valley of the Inkas, Inca Trail hike to Machupicchu, Night in Aguas Calientes, Floating islands at Lake Titikaca, Colca Canyon in Arequipa, Nazca Lines & Ballestas Islands, Lima.
Day 1: Arrive to Cusco. Reception and transfer to Hotel Marqueses.
Day 2: Cusco Free Morning. Afternoon Cusco City Tour Hotel Marqueses
Day 3: Sacred Valley tour Hotel Marqueses, breafing for IncaTrail trek at 7 pm
Day 4: Classic 5 Day Inca Trail trek with shared porter 8 Kg per person. Camp
Day 5: Classic 5 Day Inca Trail trek Woman`s Pass Camp in Chaquicocha.
Day 6: Classic 5 Day Inca Trail trek Sayaqmarca,Phuyu and Wiñaywayna.
Day 7: 5 Day Inca Trail trek Machupicchu, hot springs. Night in A.Calientes
Day 8: Train at 9:00am return to Cusco, Free afternoon, Hotel Marqueses.
Day 9: Free Day to relax. Hotel Marqueses
Day 10: VIP class Cusco to Puno bus (Titikaca Lake) Accom in Qalasaya Hotel
Day 11: Boat to Uros + Amantani islands, meals B,L,D Accom in rustic home.
Day 12: Taquile island, return to Puno by boat, night in Qalasaya Meals: B,L
Day 13: Puno to Chivay bus, condors and Canyon, Accomm in Pozo del Cielo.
Day 14: Cruz del Condor, canyon tour bus return to Arequipa. Hotel P Castillo
Day 15: Free Day in Arequipa. Hotel Posada Castillo.
Day 16: Afernoon. Arequipa to Nazca overnight bus to Nazca.
Day 17: Flight Nazca Lines, tour 2 hrs. Bus to Paracas Hotel Emancipador.
Day 18: Ballestas Island tour. Transfer to Bus Terminal Bus Paracas - Lima.
(Bus Terminal at Javier Prado (Miraflores), end of our service). Official Taxis inside the terminal available).
HOTEL MARQUESES SPECIAL: Free up-grade to our DELUXE room or Suite room in this Package for early bookings (6 months in advance.) Free storage while you are touring in Cusco.
Reception in Cusco airport and Transfer to Hotel Marqueses, Relax, rest and acclimatise. We advise you to get an early flight so you can just spend your first 2 hours in Cusco seriously doing nothing but trying to breathe!! just relax today and maybe a short afternoon stroll as Marqueses hotel is in the perfect location to see Cusco right outside your door as you are in the safe tourist district and amidst 3 bein the midst of the most beautiful combination of Inca and Colonial architecture to souvenir shop or add some amazing photos to your collection.
If you are not exhausted tonight you can go to the Cusco Folk Dances and Music at Cusco Art Center in the main Ave el Sol which are included on the tourist ticket 6.30pm 10 min slow walk from Hotel Marqueses.
Free morning to acclimatise and in the afternoon City tour
Afternoon: Guided Visit to the City as well as the nearby ruins of Tambomachay, Puca Pucara, Qenko and Sacsayhuaman. (Tourist Cusco Ticket to visit City Tour, Sacred Valley and Other Sites NOT included )
1.5- 2 hours ; local payment: Cusco Tourist Ticket and entrance to Qorikancha and Cathedral
Guided Visit of the Sacred Valley of the Incas . ( Daily Departures ) Morning: Departure from Cusco in direction of the Sacred Valley. This Tour includes a Visit to the Pisac colourful Handcraft Market, Pisac archaeological Park, Ollantaytambo Inca Fortress and Return to Cusco via Chinchero site and Market.
2-3 hours spread throughout the day; local payment: Cusco Tourist Ticket
The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 4 Day Trek At 06:00 am a spectacular early morning drive through the Sacred Valley takes us to our trailhead at Km. 82 Piskacucho After meeting our staff and 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, where we camp.
Breakfast Lunch Dinner
12 km approx
The Inca Trail trek adventure 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, Warmiwañusca (4,200m). Here we encounter spectacular views of the trail ahead to the second pass, and look back to the sweeping snowpeaks Huayanay and valleys We then follow the trail to the floor of the Pacaymayo valley, where we camp for the night.
Breakfast Lunch Dinner
16 km approx
The Inca Trail trek adventure 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 Wiñay Wayna (Forever Young), the largest and most exquisite of the Inca Trail sites.
Breakfast Lunch Dinner
10 Km approx.
An early morning hike takes us an hour 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; after your guided visit in this unique sanctuary you will have a free time for picture or exploration in your own. In the early afternoon a bus takes us down to the foot of the mountain to the small town of Aguas Calientes where you can settle into your room and have a hot shower before we have lunch together in the Hostel Viajeros . Rest finally and maybe soak in the Hotsprings here in "Aguas Calientes before dinner.
Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Viajeros Hostel or let us know if you like to upgrade to a Hotel
After Breakfast you are assisted to board the train that departs Aguas Calientes at 09.22 am and arrives
at Ollantaytambo at 11.25 am. The tour ends at Ollantaytambo.
It is a lovely place to walk around, to visit the Incan sites and even to spend the night;
There are many public buses and collectivos at the Ollantaytambo Train Station that provide a cheap transfer to Cusco via Urubamba for around 8-10 soles or $3, departing regularly throughout the day; there are also many tourist buses now who provide transoprt for around $5 -$6 directly from the train station area
free day to relax and get your washing back!
7am transfer to Inka Express Class tourist bus to Lake Titicaca - Puno. With a lovely buffet lunch in Sicuani and tours with English speaking guide to Andahuaylillas, Raqchi, La Raya & Pukara. Bus is fully equipped for tourism. Please have some soles for the entrance fees
1 hour spread over different sites: localk payment Entries to Ruins in Journey from Puno to Cusco;(US$8)
Titicaca Lake Uros,Taquile and Amantani Islands . 8.00am Transfer from the hotel to the port and by motor boat we take you to one of the legendary Uros Islands where you can observe the lives of the Uros people who live on floating reed islands some only 20 metres in length. After a beautiful 3hr boat ride we reach Amantani island where we will break into smaller groups to stay with the local families. We will trek to the top of the mountain (4150 mtrs) to see the Temples of the Pachamama and Pachatata and enjoy the traditional customs of the island people. Food and authentic music prepared and performed by your
Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Rustic accomodation with local families
Titicaca Lake Uros,Taquile and Amantani Islands . Short boat ride to the neighbouring Taquile island, where we will tour around the ruins and visit these beautiful people, world famous for their intricate and fascinating weavings, lunch and return trip to Puno. Arrival in the afternoon and transfer back to hotel approx 5 pm
6am transfer to transport 4M express to Chivay depart Puno 6.30 beautiful journey. arrive to Chivay 12.45pm to have lunch. the part of group that starts from Arequipa and continue tour from here together to see the beautiful landscapes, local people.
At 15:00 our private transport will transfer to us towards the colorful town "pueblito" of Coporaque, from where we will initiate an walk of approximately 2 hours, to enjoy the beautiful landscapes and nature of this side of the valley; as well as a pre-Inca cemetery located in the skirts of a mountain. You will notice that this region was intensively populated by andean communities.
At 17:00 on return from the walk you have the opportunity to enjoy the thermal baths in the lime kiln whose thermo-medicinals waters oscillate between 35º to 38º degrees Celsius in the swimming pools. (US$ 3 entry).
At 20:00 Hrs Dinner (not included) accompanied by a folkloric show; be ready for the Peru andean dances.
Nativa Inn or Colca Terra or similar
2 hours; local payment: Tourist Entry Ticket to the Colca Valley (US$25-26)
early excursion to the famous Crus de Condor to see the condors flying and visit other sites n the return to Chivay.
After lunch enjoy the journey to Arequipa ! arrival between 5 and 6pm overnight Arequipa Posada del Castillo Hotel.
Posada del Castillo Hotel
free day to enjoy Arequipa visit the famous Santa Catalina Convent, Molino, city attractions maybe even Misti Volcano. ! do some washing !
Posada del Castillo Hotel
Sleepin today as you have an overnight bus tonight.
Last chance to enjoy Arequipa the white City.
Evening Transfer from your hotel in Arequipa or Colonial Tour at approx 9:20 pm.to the Bus Terminal.
From Arequipa you`ll take the CIAL Royal Class Bus at 10:00 pm for the overnight bus to Nazca arriving at approx 06:00 am.
Assistance upon arrival and transfer to Hotel Maison Suisse in Nazca ( our Flight Operation Center ) time to enjoy a Shower and relax. There are a couple of local restaurants nearby where you can buy breakfast if you like or also in the hotel but many prefer to eat something after the flight instead!
Between 8 amd 8.30am you are transferred to the Nazca Aerodromo for your Flight over the mysterious Nazca Lines. Approximately 35 Minutes flying over this enigmatic zone,
Afterwards, we will visit the pre-Inca cementry of Chauchilla. For many years this pre Inca place was looted by treasure hunters, who ransacked the place completely, taking away all the treasures the mummies kept in their tombs for centuries. These grave robbers just left behind the corpses, which can be seen today all over the ground. In addition to skulls and bones, you also can see several tombs centuries old, as well as long human hairs, ceramic fragments and others remains scattered on the desert surface. After touring around we go back to Nazca to visit a ceramic studio, where a craftsman will give us a better insight about the Nazca civilization and the colorful vessels they made hundreds of years ago. Free time for lunch.
Nazca Paracas Bus ; Transfer from to pick up your luggage then at 13:00 Hrs pm transfer to bus terminal for the 14.30pm Cruzero Royal Class Bus or Peru-Bus to Paracas arriving Paracas at approx 18.00 pm. Transfer to your Hotel Emancipador. Meals are not included.
Hotel in Paracas
Excursion to Ballestas Islands : 07.45am after your breakfast we will transfer you to the mole of Paracas where you will take a motorboat excursion to the Ballestas island. These Islands are spectacular, eroded into numerous arches and caves, which provide shelter for thousands of seas lions and seabirds, some of which are very rare. The Islands are known as "The Galapagos of Peru".. A boat tour to the Ballestas Islands will be the perfect deal for those in search of marine life. Touring around these small Islands visitors may easy spot hundreds of birds, Humboldt penguins and dozens of sea lions, resting on the shores of the Islands. In addition, visitors will also see a huge figure etched on the slope of a hill known by the locals as "El Candelabro".
Free time for a relaxing Lunch before a 1pm transfer to the 13.30pm Ormeño Royal Class Bus or Cruzero Bus to Lima arriving to Lima approximately 7pm
End of our services We highly recommend you to take an Official Taxi for 15-20 soles from inside the Lima Bus Terminal to your final destination