This 18-day tour is perfect if you want to focus on major spots with enough time to enjoy them: the colonial city of Arequipa, the Colca Canyon (one of the deepest in the world), lake Titicaca and, of course, all the treasures around Cusco… including the most challenging way to get to the Machu Picchu: the Inca Trail Trek!
IMPORTANT: BOOK IN ADVANCE!
Permits for Inca Trail Trek are limited, on a first come, first serve basis…
In high season (April to November), you should book and pay a deposit 8-6 months in advance. In low season (December to March), 4-3 months in advance.
Please contact us to check availability! Then we will need your passport details to book your Inca Trail.
|PHYSICALITY||5 or 6 on a scale of 1 to 10 (1= for everyone / 10= only for athletes!)
Most of this tour could be rated 2-3/10, but the 4 days of the Inca Trail Trek are more physical: 8 to 12 hour-daily walk with a lot of climbs.
More difficult during rainy season (December to March).
|DEPARTURE TIME||Time of collection will be discussed the day before in your briefing.|
DAY 1 - ARRIVAL IN LIMA
Welcome to Peru! Your Peruvian Andes & Inca Trail Trek.
Private transfer will be arranged from Lima airport to your hotel. There is not scheduled activity today assuming you will take a good rest for adapting the jet lag or spend the day at your leisure. We recommend you to visit Larco Museum (entrance fee of US$10), where showcases chronological galleries that provide a thorough overview of 4,000 years of Peruvian pre-Columbian history.
Accommodation: 1 night 3 star hotel in Lima
DAY 2 AND 3 - CUSCO
Private transfer will be arrnaged from hotel to Lima airport to take flight from Lima to Cusco (domestic flight is not included). This flight will last an hour, taking you up into the Andes over spectacular scenery. After arriving to Cusco you will have the rest of the day free to acclimatize and explore this charming city, which is one of the most beautiful combinations of Inca and Colonial architectures.
est in the morning, in the afternoon, you will take a part of the city tour including: the Cathedral (a marvel of religious art with 300 paintings from the Cusqueña School), the ‘Qorikancha’ temple (the most important one in the Inca Empire and the religious, geographical and political centre of Cusco), the archaeological complex of Sacsayhuamán (a majestic place with a great view over Cusco and impressive works in stone, some up to 120 tons), the Q’enqo Labyrinth (a religious centre dedicated to the adoration of the Earth), Tambomachay (a center of adoration and worship of water), and Puca Pucara (once used as a military centre).
Included Excursions: City Tour of Cusco (private transfer and tour guide, entrance of all sightseeing places)
Accommodation: 1 night 3 star hotel in Cusco
DAY 4 - SACRED VALLEY OF INCAS
The Sacrd Valley tour begins with a visit to the ruins of Pisac. The ruins are located on the top of the hill and the view is incredible. After climbing down from the ruins, on the market days you have a change to visit the famous, traditional market where you can buy souvenirs. We will eat lunch and continue to charming town of Ollantaytambo. We visit the temple fortress and see the impressive Inca terraces which were built on the sides of the steep mountains.
Included Excursions: Guided Tour of Sacred Valley of the Incas with entrance of Pisac and Ollantaytambo Inca runis
Accommodation: 1 night hostel in Ollantaytambo
DAY 5 ,6 AND 7 - INCA TRAIL TREK
This spectacular trek last over 4 days and the trail is 44 kilometres long ensemble of the Inca paths. You will hike over 3 high passes and explore many ancient archaeological sites along the way, before the stunning citadel of Machu Picchu.
The Inca Trail Trek is a challenge and even for those who live a reasonably active life and maintain a healthy level of fitness. Nevertheless, everyone can walk at its own pace and there is no rush to finish. The group is led by an expert local guide and supported by a team of porters and cooks, leaving you with only your personal backpack. If you have any concerns or medical conditions that may affect your ability to trek, we advise you to consult your doctor beforehand.
Day 7: After an initial short bus journey, the trek starts. The first day is relatively easy with a 13km walk, which will take approximately 4½ hours.
Day 8: This day is the biggest challenge during the whole Inca Trail Trek as you climb over the highest pass at Warmiwañusca (‘Dead Woman’s Pass’), standing at an impressive 4,200m.a.s. l. You will walk approximately 9km, which will take 5-7 hours. After the high pass of the trail you will continue downhill, along old Inca stairs to the campsite, where you will spend the night.
Day 9: We will trek approximately 15km in 7 hours, you will pass the ruins of Runkurakay, Sayacmarca and Phuyupatamarca, you will have an opportunity to stop and admire the ancient structures.
For more details about this itinerary, please take a look at the ‘Inca Trail Trek’ tour.
VERY IMPORTANT: Due to a limited number of people being allowed on the trail per day, permits can sell out far in advance. Please contact us to check availability. Then we need your passport details via email to book your Inca Trail.
Included Excursions: Permits and guided hike on the Inca Trail
Accommodation: 3 nights in campsites
DAY 8 - MACHU PICCHU
This is the last morning of the Inca Trail Trek, you will take your final hike to Machu Picchu: early in the morning, we will hike about an hour across a steep mountainside through humid cloud forest of giant ferns and broad-leaf vegetation. A guide will show you the most important places and describe their purposes during the Inca times. It will be a great lecture of the history and culture of Inca Empire connected with the very nice walk in the beautiful scenery. After your guided tour, you will have time for discovering this unique place on your own. Then we will descent to the small city of Aguas Calientes, lying on the foot of the mountain: you will settle in your room and have a hot shower before choosing the best way to relax for example at the hot springs (optional).
Included Excursions: Guided Tour of Machu Picchu
Accommodation: 1 night 3star hotel in Aguas Calientes
DAY 9 - FROM AGUAS CALIENTES TO CUSCO
After 4 days Inka Trail trail, you will enjoy rest in the hotel in the morning. In the afternoon, taking train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo. Arriving at Ollantaytambo in late afternoon, you can take a rest or explore the small town of Ollantaytambo at your own.
Included Excursions: Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
Accommodation: 1 night 3star hotel in Cusco
DAY 10 - FREE DAY IN CUSCO
Most of the people appreciate the opportunity to some after the great challenge of the Inca Trail Trek. For those who prefer being active, there is a lot to see in the amazing city of Cusco. Choose between museums, art galleries, colonial courtyards mixed with the Inca architecture, artisan souvenir shops, chocolate shops, traditional massages, restaurants and more.
Accommodation: 1 night 3 star hotel in Cuscol
DAY 11 - PUNO
Pick you up at early morning to start the journey to Puno. We will drive through the beautiful scenery. The drive goes along roads with herds of llamas, alpacas and vicuñas, before reaching the Altiplano (high plain). We will visit some colonial churches and Inca ruins including Andahuaylillas, Raqchi and Pucara. At the highest point, La Raya pass 4,321m, is located a research station for high altitude animals. Puno lies on the shores of Lake Titicaca. The lake is 3,855m.a.s. l and it means it is the highest accessible lake in the world. Arrive at Puno around 5 pm and you can spend the time in Puno at your own leisure.
Accommodation: 1 night 3 star hotel in Puno
DAY 12 to 13 - LAKE TITICACA
he morning starts with departing Puno for an overnight excursion. First we will visit the floating reed islands and see the Uros islanders’ way of the life. There will be an option to ride in the traditional reed boat before it is time to continue the excursion with a 3-hour boat ride to the island of Amantaní. After arriving to the island we will hike to the top of the mountain (4150m) to see the Temples of the Pachamama and Pachatata. Then you will be welcomed by the local Aymara/Quechua families and experience their hospitality by staying with them for the night. You will experience the local life with their traditional manners: food made in a traditional way and authentic music performed by the family.
On the following day we will visit the neighbouring Taquile Island, where you will take a part of the our around the ruins and see another way of islanders’ life. The men are busy knitting distinctive woollen hats and the women are working on the fields. They are also world famous for their complicated and fascinating weavings. There will be an opportunity to buy some of these unique handicrafts.
After the lunch we will return to Puno for the night.
Included Excursions: Overnight Excursion including tour guide, entrance of all islands, meals in the islands and homestay in Amantani Island
Accommodation: 1 night in a rustic island accommodation, 1 night 3 star hotel in Puno
DAY 14 to 15 - COLCA CANYON
We will leave from Puno early in the morning to enjoy the beautiful journey on the bus: the road takes you high up into the Andes, where you will see abandoned towns; destroyed by earthquakes, typical fauna and flora of the region and the Pre-Inca farming terraces known as “Andenerias”. On an arrival to Chivay, you will take a stroll to the entrance of the Colca Canyon, which is said to be one of the deepest canyons in the whole world. If the weather permits it will be possible to visit the nearby hot springs in the afternoon.
The following morning, you will be transported to the Colca Valley to visit the famous Cruz del Condor (Condor’s Cross) vantage point, where you can observe condors which are majestically overflying the canyon. Then you will enjoy a gentle walk along the canyon’s edge. The road to Arequipa is also beautiful, on the way you can see the crater of an extinct volcano (Chucura), the famous volcano’s panorama (from 4.800m.a.s.l.), the snow-covered Chachani mountain and the Aguada Blanca National Park, natural habitat of the beautiful South American camelids (vicuñas, alpacas, guanacos and llamas). We will arrive to Arequipa in the late evening and spend the night there.
Included Excursions: Entrance of Colca Canyon & Guided Tour of the Colca Canyon
Accommodation: 1 night hostel in Colca Canyon and 1 night 3 star hotel in Arequipa
DAY 16 - AREQUIPA
In the morning or afternoon, subject to your request. Pick you up for 3 hours Arequipa city tour. In this tour you will visit the Compañia church, it has a impressive Andean Baroque style and also its cloisters where young men were formed to become priests. After you will visit the beautiful Main Square, with its Cathedral and its impressive facade Classic style where we will enter. The interior demonstrates us a French pulpit, a Belgian organ of big size, Italian decoration. We will continue towards the Santa Catalina Monastery where you will visit the most famous constructions made in the Colony time for women, who wanted to become nuns.
Accommodation: 1 night 3 star hotel in Arequipa
DAY 17 - LIMA
rrange your own domestic flight from Arequipa to Lima in the morning. Upon arrival at Lima, you will be transferred to your hotel by our private bus and start half day Lima city tour, which will take you to the city’s main historical, religious and contemporary sites. We will visit Lima’s historic center, now world heritage site, founded by the Spanish conquistador, Francisco Pizarr and the colonial Plaza Mayor (the central square). You’ll then travel a few blocks to the San Francisco Monastery, famous for its catacombs where over 250,000 human bones are still on display. The tour will be ended at Miraflores, where is modern and upscale areas full of numerous world-class restaurants.
Included Excursions: Entrance of all sightseeing points in Lima & Guided Tour in Lima
Accommodation: 1 night 3star hotel in Lima
DAY 18 - DEPART LIMA
Your grand Peruvian Andes & Inca Trail Trek Tour comes to an end today.
If you want to stay on longer in Peru and explore more, please contact us.
Our tours are customized for small group starting from minimum 2 persons and maximum 12 persons. The price shown in this itinerary is applied 2-4 persons.
If your group is more than 4 people, please contact us for the price.
We can provide a tour guide in some other languages like French, German, Polish, etc as you requested.
All our tours are aimed at people in good physical and mental condition.
Some tours requires better physical conditions than others: please check the “Physicality” information.
All accommodations are done in double rooms unless you ask for single room (with extra-cost).
Breakfast are generally included in the accommodation.
To allow the freedom of food option, lunch and dinner are not included in the tour. However, upon your request, we can arrange lunch and dinner with additional cost.
Some details of the tour may change depending on weather conditions, physical condition of the participants and other unpredictable things, like for example strikes.
Our prices are “all inclusive” as far as possible. Nevertheless, some excursions, visits or activities cannot be included in order to give you more freedom and to adapt to each traveler.
Please read carefully the “Included” and “Not included” information in the “DETAILS” tab of the tour, and also the details of the “ITINERARY” tab that provides more information about optional excursions, visits or activities.
The prices of our tours may vary in high season (April to November) when some rates can increase.
For Machu Picchu, there is a discount of USD$20 for students who send us the scan of their ISIC card by email during the booking process and who then bring the original, valid ISIC card with them for the trip (without valid ISIC card, you would not only loose the discount but also the possibility to explore the ruins since you would not get permission to entrance). There is another discount of USD$20 for Peruvians and another USD$10 for Peruvian University students. Peruvian citizens have to indicate DNI number during booking process and to bring valid DNI for the tour. Peruvian students have to send a scan of their student card during booking process and bring valid document with them for the tour. In both above mentioned situations, if you do not show the valid document(s) at the entrance to Machu Picchu, you will not get permission to entrance and will loose the possibility to explore the ruins.
RESERVATIONS & PAYMENT
To book any tour, first we will confirm its availability for your specific date. Then we need to receive an advance payment (50% or full payment) according to current prices and to have your full details (no errors), which are necessary to book the entrance tickets on your behalf.
Please note that your reservation is not confirmed or safe until we receive these elements.
VACCINATIONS & INSURANCE
Before travelling, you should always check current information about the necessary vaccines.
We recommend you to take the vaccine against yellow fever at least one week before your travel.
Please note that to participate in any of our tours you have to have valid travel insurance. Please check the regulations and exclusions of your insurance company, especially if trekking in the high mountains or planning adventure sports.
CHECK SOME IMPORTANT POINTS
Avoid unforeseen situation by being at departure location at least one day before the beginning of the tour.
Check requirements about passports and visas to enter Peru enough time in advance.
WHAT TO BRING
Here you will find some recommendations what kind of items may be needed on the tour:
A lightweight water&windproof jacket with hood
Sandals or thongs/ flip flops
Wide-brimmed hat or cap
Lip balm, sun block with high UV factor
Antibacterial hand cleansing gel
Travel plug adaptor with a USB port
Your medicines if you are taking any
Small backpack for 2 days tour
Warm jacket and pullover
Gloves, hat and scarf
Comfortable trekking trousers
Original of your passport