Peru & the Inca Trail

Days

7

Price per couple

$2,540 USD

Theme 

Walking & Trekking

Travel to Peru to retrace the steps of the Inca, Peru's fascinating ancient civilisation. Follow the Inca from Cusco, through the fertile heartland of the Sacred Valley and to the magnificent Ollantaytambo ruins before the ultimate adventure – trekking to Machu Picchu. This action-filled express Peruvian tour gets you closer to the secrets of this elusive civilisation on a breathtaking adventure along the Inca Trail.

 

Start: Cuzco, Peru

Finish: Cuzco, Peru

Countries: Peru

Theme: Walking & Trekking 

Physical Rating: 4 out of 5

 

 

Why you'll love this trip

  • This trip allows you to choose how you want to approach Machu Picchu. Hike the Inca Trail, Inca Quarry Trail or relax and take the train
  • You'll have plenty of free time to explore the greatest icon of ancient South America, Machu Picchu. Take a guided tour and then wander around it at your own pace
  • Explore Cuzco, South America's oldest continuously inhabited city. The city has ancient foundations, an interesting blend of Inca and colonial influences, and endless things to do and see
  • The Sacred Valley is known for its steep and soaring scenery, its mystical significance for the Inca and the indigenous cultures that still reside here

 

Is this trip right for you?

  • This trip visits places that are at high altitude, and as a result some people can suffer from altitude sickness, regardless of age or physical health. Please see the ‘Health’ section of the trip notes for more important information on this.
  • This trip involves a lot of walking to see the sites, and if you do the Inca trail, there'll be strenuous hiking. The trip is recommended for those with a moderate level of fitness but there are also a few different trail options to suit your interests and physical capabilities. Please bring durable footwear suitable to hiking. See the ‘What to Take’ section of the trip notes for more information.
  • For those who do the Inca trail, you'll be camping with basic facilities. It's not exactly the Hilton Hotel, but the rewards of the trek are great.
  • Inca Trail permits are sold on request basis only. Once deposit is paid and passport details provided, Intrepid will endeavor to secure a permit for you.
  • If Inca Trail permits are unavailable by the time you book, you can opt to hike the Inca Quarry Trail instead https://www.intrepidtravel.com/en/inca-quarry-trail 
  • Full passport details are required at the time of booking to purchase Entrance fees to important sites such as Machu Picchu. Delays to provide this information may result in booking fees or changes to your itinerary.

Departure Dates

Start: 04-Aug-2018 Finish: 10-Aug-2018 Trip Code: PE-GUSI180804
Start: 18-Aug-2018 Finish: 24-Aug-2018 Trip Code: PE-GUSI180818
Start: 01-Sep-2018 Finish: 07-Sep-2018 Trip Code: PE-GUSI180901
Start: 15-Sep-2018 Finish: 21-Sep-2018 Trip Code: PE-GUSI180915

How to book

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What we need to complete your booking: 

  • Full name, as per passport
  • Passport number and nationality
  • Passport issue and expiry dates
  • Emergency contact name and telephone number
  • Dietary and/or medical needs

Gallery

Inca Trail
Cuzco Cathedral
Machu Picchu

 

Itinerary

Welcome to Cuzco, Peru. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 2PM Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader.

Spend a little time acclimatizing to the high altitude (11,319 ft) 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.
 

Accommodation Style - Hotel

Travel by private bus through the Sacred Valley for about two hours. Known as Wilcamayo to the Incas, the valley has been a source of livelihood to the locals for hundreds of years. You’ll see maize crops covering the terraced valley walls and the sacred river beneath. For lunch, visit a community that live in the valley and learn about the local lifestyle and language. If it’s market day, you may have the opportunity to browse the local handicrafts such as beads and ponchos. Continue your journey to the town of Ollantaytambo where you’ll spend the night. If there’s time you may like to see the town’s archaeological site, which includes remnants of an Inca city and soaring views over the present-day settlement.
 

Accommodation Style - Hotel

Today travel by minivan to the 82-kilometre marker and meet your crew of local porters, cook and guide. The first day includes uphill trekking to the campsite, which is at 10,171 feet above sea level. On the way you’ll see the Inca sites of Ollantaytambo, Huillca Raccay and Llactapata, as well as incredible views of snow-capped Veronica Peak. In the evening, unwind at the campsite with a nourishing meal.
 

Accommodation Style - Camping

This is the most challenging and rewarding day of the hike. A three-hour walk takes us to the top of the first pass of Puccaqasa (approx. 14,337 ft). After enjoying picturesque views of the valley, it’s a short walk before stopping for lunch. Afterwards, make the two-hour hike to Kuychicassa, the highest pass of the trek at 14,600 feet. From here, descend to the sacred site the Incas called Intipunku (Sun Gate), with views of the Nevado Veronica mountain. Head to the campsite, only a stone’s throw away at Choquetacarpo.
 

Accommodation Style - Camping

Start the day with a climb through the Pacaymayo Valley to Runkuracay pass (13,058 ft). Enjoy views of the snow-capped mountain of Cordillera Vilcabamba before descending for around two to three hours to the ruins of Sayacmarca. Continue over the trail’s third pass to the ruins of Phuyupatamarca (12,631 ft), also known as 'Town Above the Clouds'. Start the two-hour descent down the Inca steps to the final night's campsite by the Winay Wayna archaeological site.
 

Accommodation Style - Camping

This is the final and most spectacular leg of the trek to Machu Picchu. The day starts before dawn with breakfast at 4AM. Say farewell to the porters as they descend to the train station and then begin hiking by 4:30AM. One the final checkpoint opens at 5AM, begin the final leg of the trek. The walk to Intipunku (the Sun Gate) takes around two-and-a-half hours. Weather permitting, enjoy unforgettable views over the ‘Lost City of the Incas’ as you enter Machu Picchu through the Sungate.
 

Accommodation Style - Hotel

Our tour comes to an end today and there are no activities planned. You will be transferred to the airport at the proper time to catch your flight home.

More about your trip

Accommodation

  • Hotel - 3 nights

  • Camping - 4 nights

 

Meals not included

  • Host Couples are responsible for the full cost of group meals, not included in the itinerary, and will be reimbursed by WinShape Marriage upon return from their trip.
  • Additionally, Host Couples are responsible for billing all meal time non-alcoholic drinks to a separate tab which will also be reimbursed upon return.

Transport

  • Air-conditioned vehicle transfers

 

Leader/Guide

  • English Speaking Leader throughout and local guides

 

Airport Transfers

Arrival and departure transfers are included on a group basis. Those arriving outside the group can purchase private transfers at an additional cost.

Exclusions

  • International airport departure tax
  • Any visas required
  • Services not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Early check in or late check out at hotels
  • Tips for leaders, guide and driver
  • Expenditure of personal nature
  • Personal Insurance
  • Optional activities
  • Host Couples will be reimbursed for all additional expenses upon return*

 

 

Package Price

In order to book, a non-refundable deposit of USD 800 per couple is required and the remaining balance is due 60 days prior to departure. Single supplements must be requested at the time of booking. All transfers, pre-trip and post-trip accommodations must be requested 90 days prior to departure.

Pricing per couple: $2,540 USD

Intrepid Travel's booking conditions will apply to your reservation. By making payment you are agreeing to our booking conditions http://www.intrepidtravel.com/booking-intrepid/booking-conditions

This trip is a private departure and is exempt from any promotions, sales and discounts advertised. 

 

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