Classic Peru with Inca Trail Hike
7 Apr 2018
15 Apr 2018
This group was created to bring men & women of the African Diaspora in their 30's & 40's together to travel the world, create friendships, & of course, to have fun! Join us as we explore the Peru.
In our travels on this trip, we'll be visiting one of the 7 Wonders of the Modern World, Machu Picchu! Then we've got 6 more to go!! We will visit Peru's incredible natural and historical highlights on this awesome adventure. Retrace the steps of the Incas to Machu Picchu, admire colonial cities, explore vibrant markets and meet the locals in this South American country with a difference. Return home with incredible memories of the panoramas and people of Peru.
Start: Cusco, Peru
Finish: Lima, Peru
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Arrive in Cusco, historic heartland and former capital of the Incan Empire. Your tour leader will welcome you at the airport and will transfer you to your hotel. On route he will explain you the next few days' activities. Spend a little time acclimatizing to the high altitude (3,450 m) and then head out on an orientation walk with your tour leader. You’ll visit the facade of Qoricancha temple, the local San Pedro market, the main square, past the 12 Angled Stone, Regocijo Square and San Blas Square. Finally you’ll visit the Chocolate museum where there will be an opportunity to sample a hot chocolate made from local cacao beans. This might be a good opportunity to purchase some gifts or souvenirs. There’s a small store where you’ll find various handicrafts and a variety of artisanal chocolate products. Tonight is free; perhaps head out for dinner your fellow travelers. Your leader will be able to recommend some good place sot eat!
Inkarri Hotel 3* or Similar
In the morning, travel by private car through the Sacred Valley (approx 2 hours total drive), on the outskirts of Cusco. Known as Wilcamayo to the Incas, the lush, fertile valley has long been the main source of food for the high Andes. Maize crops can be seen surrounding the river and covering the terraces carved high into the valley walls.
You will head to a community in the Valley to learn about local lifestyle and activities and if our visit coincides with market day you can spend time browsing the stalls in search of hand-painted beads or warm ponchos and maybe practicing some of the local language, Quechua. Later you will continue the tour visiting the town of Ollantaytambo which has been built over an ancient Inca town. This is a magnificent example of Inca urban planning and one of the few places where the Incas defeated the Spanish.
Ollantaytambo's archaeological site is located to the east of the Plaza de Armas. The upper terraces of this site offer great photo opportunities of the squared grid town below.
by the afternoon, transfer to your hotel.
Tunupa Lodge Hotel 3* or Similar
This morning you'll wake up quite early in preparing to take an early train (depending on availability the train may depart between 6 and 8am). You will take the train from Ollantaytambo to KM104 which is the beginning of the trek. Begin the trek by crossing the Vilcanota/Urubamba River, and we'll enter the Inca Trail at approximately 9 am. Shortly after, it's on to the Inca ruins of Chachabamba. While this is one of the easiest treks around the Cuzco region, you still need to have a reasonable level of fitness to complete it. After an upwards climb, we arrive at Wiñay Wayna ('Forever Young') (2,680 m). Many visitors consider this impressive complex to be the best sight on the whole trail. Continue for about an hour further to Inti Punku (The Sun Gate) (2,730 m) from where you will have your views of Machu Picchu (2,400 m). Arriving late in the day, you may be lucky enough to enjoy the view by yourself. Depending on what time you arrive to Machu Picchu, you'll have some time to take a few pictures and look around; however, your guided tour will be tomorrow morning when you return to Machu Picchu. Afterwards, take a bus down to your hotel in Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu town).
Intipunku Alameda Hotel 3* or Similar
Early in the morning, take the bus back up the winding road to Machu Picchu. Upon your arrival, you will get into the archaeological zone of Machu Picchu and the tour guide will show you the most important sectors of this great Inca City, such as the great Intiwatana (solar clock), the Sun Temple, the urban sector, the agricultural sector among others. Machu Picchu was long thought to be legendary. Then in 1911, the explorer Hiram Bingham stumbled upon it remains. Machu Picchu stands 2,430 m above sea-level, in the middle of a tropical mountain forest, in an extraordinarily beautiful setting. It was probably the most amazing urban creation of the Inca Empire at its height; its giant walls, terraces and ramps seem as if they have been cut naturally in the continuous rock escarpments.
After the tour, you will return to the town by bus to take the train back to the city of Cusco.
Upon arrival, you will be picked up from the train station in Ollantaytambo and transferred to your hotel in Cusco.
Inkarri Hotel 3* or Similar
Enjoy free time to relax shop and explore more of Cuzco's sights, or simply rest your legs at a cafe on Plaza de Armas. For those who can't get enough active adventure, a mountain bike adventure into the surrounding hills is recommended.
Inkarri Hotel 3* or Similar
Travel by local bus across the spectacular Altiplano to Puno, located on the shores of Lake Titicaca (approximately 6 hours). Mingle with the locals in this melting pot of Aymara and Quechuan Indian cultures and see how traditional Andean customs are still strongly represented here. If you're lucky your visit might coincide with one of the colourful evening parades, which see the streets fill with costumed dancers and musicians.
Cordelius Hotel 3* or Similar
Take a tour of the lake by slow motor boat, stopping off to visit the Uros floating islands. Using the versatile totora reeds found in the shallows of the lake, the Uros originally built their islands to isolate themselves from rival tribes. To get a closer look at daily life in the Lake Titicaca region, you'll be welcomed into the home of a local community and stay the night. Make the most of your visit by helping your host family with their daily activities, communicating to them in Quechua or perhaps trying your luck with them at soccer.
Puno is the hometown of Kusimayo, a terrific local organisation that works towards improving the living condition of children and adults affected by poverty and malnutrition in this part of the world you have now come to know so well. Take a look at this short video for more information on this wonderful project: https://vimeo.com/154422813
Depart your homestay this morning and take a bus to Juliaca airport (approximately 2 hours). In the afternoon take an included flight back to Lima (approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes). Enjoy a last night out with your fellow travelers in Lima.
La Castellana Hotel 3* or Similar
Your trip comes to an end after breakfast this morning. Departure flights can be booked for any time as there are no activities planned for today.
More about your trip
English Speaking Leader throughout
Where applicable with included activities
*Flight details are needed 45 days in advance.
In order to book, a deposit of USD 250/person is required and the remaining balance must to be supplied at 90 days prior to departure. Single supplements must be requested at the time of booking. All transfers, pre-trip accommodations,and post-trip accommodations must be requested by 120 days prior to departure.
Pricing per person (twin share basis): $1950.00
Want your own room?
Single Supplement: $245
Airport Transfers: 1-4 passengers per vehicle
Pre & Post Accommodation in Cusco
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