Marvel at Machu Picchu and the Amazon in incredible Peru
Peru for the wild at heart. Tune into Lima’s lowdown on a guided walking tour, then do the same in Cusco before hitting the Inca Trail. Explore Ollantaytambo, summit Dead Woman’s Pass and catch Machu Picchu at sunrise. Then find out what’s creeping and crawling about the Amazon.
Your first priority should be ordering a plate of fried cuy (guinea pig). Peruvians eat around 65 million of the critters each year. Cusco’s main cathedral even has a version of the Last Supper showing Christ and his disciples dining on one.
This trip requires Inca Trail Permits. View permit availability here.
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This tour gives you tonnes of time in Cusco where you can dig into the archaeological awesomeness of this ancient capital (please don't dig at the archaeological sites)
Whether you trek the classic Inca Trail, the Inca Quarry Trail or take the scenic train route, trust us, this is one classic adventure that'll make all you left at home jealous
Although the Classic Inca Trail is hard work, the rewards are incredible. Imagine walking in the footsteps of the ancient Inca and being treated to wowza views of Machu Picchu at the end
This trip involves a lot of hiking and walking, so requires a moderate level of fitness. There are a few different trail options to suit your interests and physical capabilities. Please bring durable footwear suitable for hiking. See the ‘What to Take’ section of the Essential Trip information (ETI) for more information.
You’ll be camping with very basic shared facilities along the Inca Trail (where there are drop toilets and no showers). This is all part of the adventure of being among nature.
While hiking the 4 Day Inca Trail or 3 Day Inca Quarry trail portion of this trip you may be joined by some other Intrepid travellers, who might be over the age of 29 years old.
The Amazon jungle can be very hot, humid and sticky. Prepare by wearing light cotton clothing and don’t forget to bring insect repellent.
It’s important to wear sunscreen and other sun protection, and always drink plenty of water.
Due to the high altitude of many of places we visit some people can suffer altitude sickness. Some people aren’t affected at all, but if you are, be sure to drink plenty of water and don’t push yourself too hard. Please see the ‘Health’ section of the Essential Trip information (ETI) for more important information about altitude sickness.
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A good level of fitness and pre-trip training is essential for the Inca Trek. You will trek on hilly terrain or mountainous terrain at altitudes of up to 4200 metres, for up to 7 hours per day.
INCA TRAIL PERMITS
Very Important - In order to obtain the necessary permit to trek the Inca Trail, we must be provided with accurate details of the passport to be used whilst travelling in Peru. If the name, passport number, nationality or date of birth shown on the permit are different from the passport, park authorities will refuse entry. If passport details have not been supplied, the permit cannot be issued. When we are unable to secure the "Classic Trail", our groups take the "Quarry Trek". This also applies during February each year, when the Classic Trail is closed for restoration. http://www.geckosadventures.com/inca-quarry-trail
A Single Supplement to have your own room is available on this trip however excludes nights 9 &10 (Amazon Jungle) where you will be in shared accommodation.
PASSPORT DETAILS REQUIRED
Full passport details are required at the time of booking in order to purchase Entrance fees to certain sites. Additionally on certain trips it's needed to book bus, train or flight tickets. Delays to provide this information may result in booking fees or changes to your itinerary.
INCA TRAIL OR INCA QUARRY TRAIL
While hiking the 4 Day Inca Trail or the 3 Day Inca Quarry trail portion of this trip you may be joined by other Intrepid and/or non-Intrepid travellers.
On June 30th Peruvian authorities released a new list of regulations for visiting Machu Picchu, which came into effect from July 1st. The main points impacting our visits are:
1. There is now a time limit to visit the citadel. Morning visitors must exit the site by 12pm and afternoon visitors by 4.30pm
2. Visitors must complete a designated circuit, in one direction only. Exiting and re-entering the site is not permitted and, upon completion, visitor must exit the site. There is no allowance for personal exploration of the site any longer.
Overall we support these changes as they help preserve this invaluable archaeological site. While this somehow restricts the amount of time we are now allowed to spend in Machu Picchu, we’ll do all possible to maximise your time there and make sure you have the best possible experience.