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The Inca Trail, Machu Picchu and The Wonders of Peru


June 30-July 15, 2018

Price:

$2,995.00

You can RSVP without a deposit, however please note that the deposit secures your spot.

 

CLICK HERE TO MAKE YOUR DEPOSIT

 

Let’s celebrate 4th of July with a two-week trip to one of the most beautiful places in the world, seeing one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World and hiking a must-do trail of the world! Come with us on a trip-of-a-lifetime to the breathtaking Inca Trail, see the majestic Inca city of Machu Picchu and visit beautiful Peru in a two week vacation filled with adventure, fascination and fun.

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This trip is not your average - we’re going to do it 1000 Treks/Adventure Us style! We will not only be doing all the usual things tourists do, but some extra activities many people never have the chance to experience.

  
For example, one (optional) activity will be to spend a night in the AMAZING Skylodge! If you have not heard of it, the Skylodge is a hotel where the rooms are made of glass, hanging on the side of a cliff overlooking the Sacred Valley of the Incas. In my book, this is a must-do! 

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We will also take a flight over the mystical Nazca Lines. These are world-famous mysterious drawings on the ground, called geoglyphs, which to this day puzzle archaeologists and historians. They are thought to have been made as early as 600BC and can only be seen when flying thousands of feet above.

 

Here is a run-down of what we’re going to do on this two-week trip of a lifetime: 

- Spend three days in the beautiful city of Cusco, visiting Inca ruins and other unique sites.

- Climb the breathtaking Via Ferrata, spend the night at the Skylodge (optional) and zipline back down.

- Hike Huayna Picchu, the towering mountain that stands behind Machu Picchu. This is one of National Geographic’s must-do hikes in the world. 

- Visit the city of Aguas Calientes and soak in its hot springs (perfect after a four-day hike).

- Take a beautiful scenic train ride through the Andes Mountains on a Vistadome train.

- Visit Lake Titicaca, the largest lake in South America.

- Visit the exotic Uros floating islands at Lake Titicaca

- Spend the night at a local indigenous family house at Lake Titicaca (very cool!).

- Visit the city of Lima, the capital of Peru.

- Visit Paracas National Reserve and Ballestas Islands, with such an incredible variety of animals that it's often compared to the Galapagos Islands.

- Visit Huacachina, an authentic oasis in the middle of a sandy desert.

- Fly over the Nasca lines. 

- And of course, hike the breathtaking Inca Trail to the mystical and beautiful Inca City of Machu Picchu, one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World.

Our itinerary is truly one-of-a-kind, but to top it off, we will be doing something that no other company does - we will train you to complete the Inca Trail hike. We are a team of very experienced leaders who have a lot of outdoors and teaching experience. Eduardo is a fitness trainer with extensive outdoors experience. He has successfully trained two groups that had a 100 percent summit rate, climbing the tallest free-standing mountain in the world, Mt. Kilimanjaro. Olga, who is going to be your leader on the trail, is a former competitive swimmer and instructor and a professional rock climbing guide and instructor with over 10 years of experience. Eduardo has done the Inca Trail before and successfully trained the group to finish the full trek.

Completing the Inca Trail is very achievable for most people, but the biggest challenge is the altitude. The trail starts at 8,500 feet and reaches 13,800 feet. Altitude training is a major focus of our preparation so you will not only finish the trek, but will actually enjoy it. We have put together hikes and backpacking trips specifically designed to train for this trail so, no matter your experience level, you will succeed, have a great time and meet some fantastic travel mates.

 

Day-by-day itinerary

SATURDAY, JUNE 30: ARRIVE IN CUSCO + WALKING TOUR OF CUSCO 

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We’ll arrive in Cusco before 12:00pm and be transferred to our hotel.


2:00PM - WALKING TOUR

We will be visiting the following places:

·  Main square of Cusco

·   Wall of 12 angles stone

·   San Pedro market

·   San Blas (Artisan neighborhood)

·   Cathedral of Cusco

·   Koricancha

Accommodation: Hotel Rumi Punku or Tierra Viva

Meals included: N/A

 

SUNDAY, JULY 1: VIA FERRATA + SKYLODGE

Via Ferrata GIF

We will be picked up from the hotel at 8:00am and taken to the breathtaking Sacred Valley of the Incas. 

There we will climb a via ferrata. What’s a via ferrata? Well, I’m glad you asked! A via ferrata is a protected climbing route, where iron steps with steel cables running parallel are built along a cliff to make climbing very easy. You are also harnessed and clipped to a safety cable. This turns a wall that would be sometimes impossible to climb into an easy and safe experience, but it is still very exciting, as you sometimes ascend thousands of feet this way. To add to the excitement, once you get to the top, you get to zipline down! There are only a handful of via ferratas in the world, and Sacred Valley via ferrata is considered by many the most beautiful of all.

The adventure is only just beginning though! Eight of us will have the option of climbing and then staying there for the nigh! The company that built the via ferrata at Sacred Valley also built glass hanging capsules on the side of the cliff, where people can spend the night. This is The Skylodge.

Skylodge GIF

Unbelievable, right? And, guess what? I have reserved all the capsules for our group that day. This will no doubt be one of the coolest nights of your life, so book in quick to secure your spot as one of the eight. You will have dinner at the Skylodge, sleep overnight then have breakfast, before ziplining back down to join the rest of the group. 

Other members of our group not spending the night will zipline down and go back to our hotel for the night. 

Accommodation: Hotel Rumi Punku or Tierra Viva

Meals included: Breakfast

 

MONDAY, JULY 2: CITY TOUR + SACRED VALLEY

Cusco Full Day GIF

After breakfast, the group will be picked up from the hotel at 7:00am to start the tour and visit the following places; 

·  Sacsayhuaman: Majestic place with impressive works in stone, some up to 120 tons.

·  Q´enqo: (Labyrinth) a religious center dedicated to the adoration of the Earth.

·  Puca Pucara: (reddish place) that was used as a military control center.

·  Tambomachay: (Temple of the Water) a center of adoration and worship of water.

We will then continue on to the Urubamba Valley, visiting the vibrant Indian market in Pisac where we will have the opportunity to appreciate the mixture of color and tradition. Here we will also be able to test our bartering skills, interact with the local craftsmen and purchase their hand-made souvenirs. Pisac is located at the entrance of the Sacred Valley. The Valley is 31km/19miles from Cusco at an altitude of 2,970m/9,700 ft.

Followed by Pisac is a visit to Urubamba where we will have a delicious buffet lunch at Tunupa Restaurant, then continue through to Ollantaytambo, the oldest continuously occupied town on the American continent. The narrow streets of Ollantaytambo, along with their canals, have not changed much from the time of the Inca Empire. They evoke their ancestral inheritance and give a feeling of what it would be like to live during that time. The last stop for the day will be the Chinchero market. Chinchero is believed to be the mythical birthplace of the rainbow. We will return to the Plaza de Armas in Cusco at approximately 6:30pm.

Accommodation: Hotel Rumi Punku or Tierra Viva

Meals included: Breakfast

 

TUESDAY, JULY 3: THE INCA TRAIL ADVENTURE TO MACHU PICCHU BEGINS

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Total distance to be covered: 12km/7miles (5 to 6 hours). 

We will be picked up from our hotel at 4:30am (time to be confirmed) and travel by bus to Piskacucho (called Kilometer 82) where the trail starts. There will be a breakfast stop in Ollantaytambo (6:30-7:00am) to load up on energy. On arrival at Kilometer 82 (at approximately 8:30am), we will have some time to organize ourselves (use the restrooms, put on sun screen, mosquito repellant, etc.) and show our entrance tickets and passports at the Trail’s first control point.

The first day is relatively easy, a warm-up on the 'Inca flat' terrain. We will have great views of the site of an Inca Fortress (‘Huillca Raccay'), the vast and incredible Inca site ‘Llactapata' (officially called ‘Patallacta'), the Urubamba mountain range that divides the jungle and the Andes, and the beautiful snow-capped peak of 'W'akay Willca', known in books as ‘Veronica’.

Our first campsite (Ayapata) will be one hour and a half up the small village of Wayllabamba (3000m/9842ft) in the temperate green valley of the same name. Temperatures at night are usually around 5ºC (40ºF).

Accommodation: Camping

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

 

WEDNESDAY, JULY 4: THE TRAIL TRIAL!

Inca Trail Day 2 GIF

Total distance to be covered: 16km/9miles (8 to 9 hours). 

After waking up at 5:30am and having a quick breakfast, we will start a steep ascent towards the highest pass, Abra de Warrmihuañusca, or 'Dead Woman's Pass’, at 4200m/13779ft. Trust us, reaching the top will give you an incredible sense of achievement! After a short rest here, we will begin the descent to the lunch stop which is located at Pacaymayu (3550m/11646ft). On the way up to the pass we will be able to see lots of hummingbirds and other feathered friends. We will have time here to appreciate an incredible variety of native plants and trees such as the ‘Polylepis’ or Q'ueuña trees, that grow in the astonishing cloud forest located at 3650/11972m.

After lunch we begin the second two hours of steep climbing to Runkuraqay Pass (at almost 4000m) then arrive at our campsite by 5pm. Temperatures at this campsite are around 3ºC (35ºF) during the night.

Accommodation: Camping

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

 

THURSDAY, JULY 5: BACK IN THE PAST AND SOME BEAUTIFUL SCENERY

Inca Trail Day 3 GIF

Total distance to be covered: 10km/6miles (4 to 5 hours). 

This is the most impressive day, so just keep in mind this goal during your steep ascent! After breakfast at 6:00am, we will start the day with a gentle climb to visit the archaeological site of ‘Phuyupatamarca’ (meaning ‘Town in the Clouds’) and reach the third highest point on the trail (3680m). The views of the mountains, canyons and surrounding area here are spectacular. The Inca site, ‘Phuyupatamarca’, is located a few minutes’ walk from the third pass. From here, we will continue walking through the cloud forest and the impressive agricultural Inca site of ‘Intipata’ until we arrive at our third campsite Wiñay Wayna (2680m/8792ft).

On this day we will have only walked about four to five hours and will have arrived at camp by lunch time for a bit of rest and recouperation. A short distance from this campsite is the Inca site of the same name ‘Wiñay Wayna’ (‘Forever Young’). Even if you are tired after your day’s trek, don’t miss out on visiting the most impressive site on the trail. Temperatures during the night are around 12ºC (50ºF).

Accommodation: Camping

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

 

FRIDAY, JULY 6: MACHU PICCHU IN ALL ITS GLORY!

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Total distance to be covered: 5km or 3miles (about 2 hours).  

We leave the last campsite at about 5:30am on the final day. It is an early start in order to get to ‘Inti Punku’ (‘Sun gate’) at 2730m/8792ft before sunrise. This is the place from where we will have our first dramatic view of Machu Picchu. We will then walk down the last part of the trail to the spot where we can take the classic picture postcard photo of this ancient city. Finally, we visit Machu Picchu itself with a guided two-hour walking tour followed by some time to quietly explore this magnificent place by ourselves.

After our Machu Picchu visit, we will take the bus to Aguas Calientes, where we will have the rest of the day to enjoy the town.

Accommodation: Waman Hotel or La Cabaña or similar

Meals included: Breakfast

 

SATURDAY, JULY 7: CLIMB WAYNA PICCHU MOUNTAIN AND BACK TO CUSCO

Wayna Picchu GIF

After breakfast, we leave at 8:00am and take the bus up to Machu Picchu to climb the Wayna Picchu Mountain. This towering mountain stands behind Machu Picchu and from here you can enjoy the most spectacular views.

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From here, we will descend the mountain and take the bus to Aguas Calientes for lunch (not included) and hop on a Vistadome (glass train) for a breathtaking ride through the Andes mountains and back to Ollantaytambo train station. This train ride is listed as one of the TOP TEN RIDES IN THE WORLD.

Accommodation: Hotel Rumi Punku or Tierra Viva

Meals included: Breakfast

 

SUNDAY, JULY 8: CUSCO – PUNO

Bus Tour GIF

After breakfast, we will be picked up at 6:00am and taken to the bus station for a luxury ride to the city of Puno.

We’ll stop at four interesting sites along the way, each with guided tours:

  • Andahuyalillas: Sistine chapel of South America - this church is one of the most beautiful examples of Andean popular religious art.
  • Raqchi (Wiracocha God Temple): This is an Inca church of monumental dimensions; 100m long, 26m wide and 14m high. The temple is divided in two naves and each nave shows 11 giant columns.
  • La Raya: This is the half-way point between Cusco and Puno and also the highest point (4335m above sea level). The landscape here is stunning and typical Andean animals like the llama, alpaca and vicuña are common. It is also the geographic border between the two cultures, Quechua and Aymara.
  • Pukara: This is the most important and oldest ceremonial center of the altiplano and has interesting life-sculptures and tombs.

Arrival time at Puno will be around 5:00pm.

Accommodation: Tierra Viva Puno or similar.

Meals included: Breakfast

 

MONDAY, JULY 9: UROS ISLANDS AND AMANTANI

Lake Titicaca Day 1 GIF

Next, we will spend two amazing days at Lake Titicaca, the largest lake in South America, where we will spend one night on the Island of Amantani in a home stay with indigenous families.

Between 7:40am and 8:00am, we will be taken to the port where we’ll catch a boat to one of the legendary Uros Islands. Here we will get to observe the lives of the Uros people who live on floating reed islands, some only 20m long!

After our beautiful three-hour boat ride we’ll reach Amantani Island where we will break into smaller groups to stay with the local families. We’ll have the opportunity to trek to the top of the mountain (13,625 feet above sea level) to see the temples of the Pachamama and Pachatata and enjoy the traditional customs of the island people. Throughout this section of the trip we will enjoy food and authentic music by our designated family.

Accommodation: Overnight with a local family (Amantaní)

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

 

TUESDAY, JULY 10: TAQUILE ISLAND – PUNO + FLY FROM JULIACA TO LIMA

Lake Titicaca Day 2 GIF

After breakfast, we take a short boat ride to the neighboring Taquile Island, where we will tour around the ruins and visit the beautiful local people, world-famous for their intricate and fascinating weavings. After lunch we will take the return trip to Puno and get transferred to the airport for our flight to Lima.


Accommodation: San Antonio Abad Miraflores or similar

Meals included: Breakfast

 

WEDNESDAY, JULY 11: LIMA + CITY TOUR

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Today we will explore Lima with a city tour starting at 9:00am.

We will be visiting the following places:

·  ‘Huaca Pucllana’: A magnificent ceremonial and archeological center.

·  The historic center of Lima.

·   Colonial buildings: Plaza Mayor, the Government Palace, the Archbishop's Palace, the Cathedral, the City Hall.

·  The Central Bank Museum.

·   San Francisco.

·   The modern Lima.

Accommodation: San Antonio Abad Miraflores or similar

Meals included: Breakfast

 

THURSDAY, JULY 12: LIMA - PARACAS, RUTA DEL PISCO & HUACACHINA (WITH DUNE BUGGY TOUR)

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This will be a fun-filled day that will start VERY early – we will be picked up at 3:00am! (Don’t worry, you can go back to sleep on the bus!). Today we’ll be doing the Ruta del Pisco, where we’ll travel through the beautiful Ica Valley and visit vineyards that make pisco, the national drink of Peru. After that, we’ll head to Paracas National Reserve and go on a boat tour to the breathtaking Ballestas Islands, often compared in a small scale to the Galapagos Islands for its beauty and variety of animal life. We’ll get to see the beautiful blue-footed booby, sea lions, seals, penguins, guano birds and turtles. We’ll also get to see our first geoglyph, El Candelabro, a large drawing of a chandelier carved on the side of the sand dunes somewhere around 600-200 BC.

El Candelabro

We will then board the bus and head out to Huacachina Oasis, an authentic oasis on the border of the Atacama Desert. This is one of the driest places on Earth and sports gigantic sand dunes. Here you will have the opportunity to go on a dune buggy tour (included) and try sandboarding. 

Huacachina GIF

We are aiming to stay here until sunset so we can watch a magnificent sunset from the dunes before heading out. 

We’ll arrive at Nasca at the end of the day for a much-needed rest.

Accommodation: Casa Andina Classic Nasca or similar

Meals included: Breakfast

 

FRIDAY, JULY 13: NASCA LINES

Nasca Lines GIF

Today we’ll get so see something only a handful of people in history have had the privilege of seeing - the mysterious Nasca Lines. These are ancient geoglyphs created 2,500 years ago that can only be seen by aircraft.

The Nazca Lines we will see include the monkey, dog, whale, tree, hands, the astronaut, hummingbird and spider, among others.

Depending on the size of our group, we should be done by early afternoon. We’ll have the rest of the day free in Nasca.

Accommodation: Casa Andina Classic Nasca***

Meals included: Breakfast

 

SATURDAY, JULY 14: LIMA

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Today we will be picked up early at the hotel for our trip back to Lima on a coach. We should back in Lima by early afternoon and will have the rest of the day free. That night, the group will have the chance to go to the bohemian district of Barranco to celebrate a successful trip and new-found travel friends. 

Accommodation: San Antonio Abad Miraflores or similar

Meals Included: Breakfast

 

SUNDAY, JULY 15: RETURN TO USA

After two full weeks and one of the most amazing vacations of our lives, we will get transferred from the hotel to the airport for our flight back home with memories we will cherish forever.

Accommodation: N/A

Meals included: Breakfast

 

PRICE AND PAYMENT TERMS:

- Price: $3,095.00

 - A deposit of $500 (non-refundable) reserves your spot. You then have until March 30 (90 days before departure) to complete the full payment. This can be organized as installments or as a one-off. 

 

CLICK HERE TO MAKE YOUR DEPOSIT

 

- If you want to spend the night at the Skylodge, we will send you a separate PayPal invoice for $440. That invoice will be due upon receipt.

 

INCLUDED

- Juliaca – Lima airfare.

- All hotel stays at double occupancy (please see ABOUT OCCUPANCY below)

- All transportation to our scheduled activities as well as to and from terminals to hotels while with the group (if you do your own activity, arrive or leave at a different day, you’ll have to arrange your own transportation).

- All breakfasts (included with the accommodation).

- Entrance fees to our activities.

The four-day Inca Trail hike includes:

- Entrance fee to the Inca Trail.

- Entrance fee to Machu Picchu.

- Professional bilingual tour guide.

- Assistant guide (for groups of nine people or more).

- Transportation – bus to Kilometre 82 and train back (Vistadome).

- Bus ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes.

- Collection from Ollantaytambo train station.

- Water (you need to bring your own water for the first morning only. After that, you will be provided hot or cold boiled water).

- Three breakfasts, three lunches, three afternoon snacks, three dinners and various snacks to be eaten throughout the day.

- Dining tent with tables and chairs.

- Professional chef.

- Tent (4-person sized) per two people.

- Foam mattress pad.

- Porters to carry cooking and camping equipment (foam mattress pad and camping tent only).

- Oxygen bottle.

- First aid kit.

 

NOT INCLUDED:

- Flights other than Juliaca-Lima (see FLIGHT below).

- Meals unless specifically stated in the itinerary.

- Travel insurance (highly recommended). We do offer Travel Guard travel insurance and can send you a quote once you pay your deposit. You can also book your insurance with any number of other agencies.

- Tips to guides, drivers, staff, etc.

- Rentals.

- Souvenirs or anything extra you would like to purchase.

- Any activity not described in the itinerary.

The four-day Inca Trail hike does NOT include:

- Sleeping bags

- Inflatable mattress

- Trekking poles

- Extra personal porter

- Gratuity

 

ABOUT OCCUPANCY:

- Double occupancy: you will be paired up with someone of the same gender as a roommate and tent mate. Friends/partners/family traveling together will automatically be paired up.

 - Single supplement (if you want a room for yourself), add $900

- If you want a tent for yourself at the Inca Trail, add $100

- The last people to RSVP and pay the deposit MAY be put in triple occupancy rooms (if we end up with an odd number of men or women).

 

FLIGHT

Flights are NOT included to allow travelers the option of booking side trips or using personal points or miles for cost-effectiveness. While we don’t book the flights for you, we will offer suggestions on which are appropriate and you can go through agencies such as Kayak.com, Expedia.com, Orbitz.com, or any other booking website. The best time to book a flight is usually three-four months before departure (the best day is Tuesday and the best time is between 12:00pm and 3:00pm). We will book our flights at that point and then will e-mail the group with these details. If you do book the same flight from LA, we’ll meet at LAX. If not, we’ll just meet you in Cusco. A shuttle to the hotel is included regardless, as long you arrive on the same day as the group.  

 

FLIGHT GUIDELINES

- Arrive in Cusco on Saturday, June 30 by 12:00pm (noon).

- Leave Lima (NOT CUSCO) on Sunday, July 15 before 5:00pm. Our checkout time at the hotel is 11:00am.

- It is cheaper to buy a round trip flight to Lima (as of right now the cost is about $700) and a separate ticket to Cusco (right now about $100) than to buy them together.

 

SOME OTHER IMPORTANT THINGS TO KNOW

- Because of the adventurous nature of our trips, our itinerary and some locations are subject to change due of weather, tides, road conditions, logistics and other unforeseen circumstances. It’s not likely, but it could happen. Whenever we make a change in the itinerary, we will do our best to keep the integrity of the trip.

- A current passport is required, of course. If you don't have a valid passport, make sure to get started on it ASAP. Here's the link for the Department of State Passport section: https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/passports.html

- As of right now, American citizens don’t need to get a visa in advance. You will be issued a visa when you arrive in Peru. If you have a foreign passport, you may need to get a visa in advance. Here's the Peruvian Consulate website for you to look into that: http://www.consuladoperu.com/

 

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