DAY 01 - WELCOME LIMA AIRPORT
Upon arrival at Lima International Airport, you will be met by our representative and private driver and will be transferred to your hotel. Our representative will assist you with check-in procedures and provide you with a detailed itinerary, vouchers covering all the services included in your tour and additional information on the organization of your Peru trip. You will also receive a contact information sheet with all the hotel details as well as our office's contact information for each city and a 24-hour emergency number.
Meals Included: None
DAY 02 - LIMA COLONIAL CITY TOUR
Get ready for a busy morning, starting with a guided sightseeing tour to the most attractive and important sites in Lima, the “City of Kings”. The tour includes Lima’s Historical Center, passing by Plaza San Martin, Plaza Mayor, the Government Palace, the City Hall, the Cathedral and its Religious Art Museum (closed on Sunday and Saturday pm, Santo Domingo Convent is provided instead on these days) as well as San Francisco Monastery and its famous underground crypts known as the Catacombs.
Finally, visit the residential Districts of San Isidro and Miraflores, passing by the Huaca Pucllana, a Ceremonial and Administrative Center of the Lima Culture built in the II Century A.C. that the Incas considered as “Ñaupallaqta” or Sacred Town. Also visit El Olive Grove Park with olive trees brought from Spain in the XV Century, the Central Park of Miraflores and El Parque del Amor, or Peruvian Love Park.
The Love Park, located on the cliffs of Miraflores overlooking the Pacific Ocean, is a beautiful natural lookout, where you can see the waves of the Pacific rolling in towards the coast below and the Morro Solar in Chorrillos at a distance, with the coast extending further along the bay until the port of Callao. This is also the perfect spot for a romantic view of the setting sun in the late afternoon, right in front of you.
Meals Included: Breakfast
DAY 03 – A TASTY GASTRONOMIC TOUR
Passengers will be picked up at their hotel and driven to the local Market Surquillo Fresh Produce in order to start the tour.
Visita Typical Peruvian Market
During the visit to the Mercado Modelo Market in Surquillo passengers will have the chance to see the ingredients used to prepare our most traditional Peruvian dish. Preparation of
Pisco Sour and Ceviche
Arrival at a traditional eatery where our Chef will give us a demonstration of how ceviche, a popular Peruvian dish is prepared. Also we will be tasting different dishes and mixing Pisco sour, our world-famous cocktail.
We will continue to another well-known restaurant in Miraflores, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. There we will visit to taste a wide variety of traditional Peruvian dishes.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 04 – FLIGHT FROM LIMA TO CUSCO
Your local tour guide will meet you at the hotel lobby at a pre-determined time and transfer you to the Lima Airport to board your flight to Cusco.
Our representative will assist you with check-in procedures and all departure formalities.
Flight Lima – Cusco: Many tout this flight path as one of the most spectacular scenic flights to be experienced anywhere in the world. During the course of the flight, the major glaciated peaks of the Cordillera Vilcabamba and Vilcanota ranges can be seen, surrounded by an agricultural patchwork quilt of tranquil Andean fields and small hamlets (some of which we will explore in the coming days).
The approach to Cusco Airport is unique in that it requires the pilot to make a sweeping 180-degree turn to enter the valley, providing a staggering panorama of the Inca city center.
Meals Included: Breakfast
Brief Classic Inca to Machu Picchu (4 days – 3 nights)
The Inca Trail is without a doubt one of the most beautiful trails in the Americas and therefore an unforgettable experience, not to be missed. The trail leads through the protected wild nature of the Peruvian jungle and forest-steppe, passes several archeological Inca sights and offers impressive views. The Incas used this route for the pilgrimage to the sacred citadel Machu Picchu.
- Code: XA-01
- Altitude: 2050 – 4200m/6730 – 13780f
- High Season: March – January
- Duration: 4 days – 3 nights
- Level of Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
- Route: Closed in February
DAY 05 - CUSCO - KM 82 - WAYLLABAMBA - YUNCACHIMPA
We will leave Cusco (3350m/10990f) at 5:30 am by tourist bus and head for the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Before we reach our starting point, KM 82, we will have a short break in Ollantaytambo and have the option to get breakfast. The official beginning of the Inca Trail is called KM 82. Here we will meet the rest of the group and take care of the registration formalities. After crossing the Rio Urubamba (2200m) we will start the legendary Inca Trail. The first day the trail is easy to walk and a good warm up for the following days. In Miskay we’ll have lunch at a small river bank while getting some in-formation about the archaeological complex of Llactapata. After that, we will continue our hike to Wayllabamba (3100m/10170f) and ascend to Yuncachimpa (3300m/10826f), the camping site we will spend the night on. From here, we have a great view of the mysterious Nevado de Verónica.
- Level of difficulty: Moderate
- Hiking time: 6-7 hours
- Total distance: 11km approx.
DAY 06 - YUNCACHIMPA - LLULLUCHAPAMPA - WARMIHUAÑUSCA PASS - PACAY-MAYU - RUNKURAKAY PASS - CHAQUICOCHA
The second day is the ‘Free-Hike-Day’, this means that everybody should walk in his/her own pace. Of course, you will meet during the small breaks or see each other while beating the stairs. Early in the morning the trail first leads through the Valley of Llulluchapampa (3850m/12631f). The first 3km are steps - enjoy the humid woodland and the water sounds. From Llulluchapampa follow the way for 2-3 hours until you reach the highest point of this section, the Warmihuañusca (Dead Woman Pass) (4200m/113780f). This climb is known as the most difficult part of the Inca Trail. After a short break at the summit, you continue your hike down with a long and steep descent to the river Pacaymayu (Sunrise River) towards the Runkurakay pass (3050m/10007f) until you reach our camp site called Chaquicocha at (3650m/11975f). Here you can re-lax from the tough day while enjoying an amazing view over the mountains.
- Level of difficulty: challenging
- Hiking time: 8-9 hours
- Total distance: 15 km approx.
DAY 07 - CHAQUICOCHA - PHUYUPATAMARCA – WIÑAYHUAYNA
The third day is the most beautiful one. You can notice a change in the eco-system while walking to the tropical forest of Wiñayhuayna. We will pass two small lakes at the top of the second pass (3950m). It’s a gentle climb through beautiful cloud forest and a small Inca tunnel before the third pass (3700m) offers a grand view over the Rio Urubamba Valley. The nearest settlement is named Phuyupatamarca/"Town above the clouds" (3600m/11811f). A well-preserved site with long chain Inca baths where one can enjoy impressive ancient engineering. We pass another Inca tunnel before visiting the ruins of Wiñayhuayna/"Forever young" (2650m/8694f). The Inca stairs change into a zigzag trail until you reach a red-roofed white building, our last camping site, and also a location with hot water (S5) and bottled drinks.
- Level of difficulty: normal
- Hiking time: 5-6 hours
- Total distance: 10 km Approx.
DAY 08 - WIÑAYHUAYNA - MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO
After our breakfast at 4:30am, we will head, equipped with our flashlights, to the Inti Punku (Sun Gate) to get the first glimpse of Machu Picchu and watch the sunrise over Machu Picchu. The last triumphal descent will take almost one hour before visiting the citadel of Machu Picchu (2400m//7874f) around 8.00am. You can enjoy its spiritual charm during a guided tour (about two hours) that helps you to understand the meaning and ancient use of the different buildings. After this tour you will have enough time to explore the archaeological site on your own (f.ex. go to the Inca Bridge, explore the variety of buildings or climb Huayna Picchu for an amazing panorama picture). From Machu Picchu, there will be a bus awaiting you to take you down to Aguas Calientes. Here you can soak away your aches and pain in the town’s hot springs (S10). We will leave Aguas Calientes in the afternoon.
- Level of difficulty: normal
- Hiking time: 2-3 hours
- Total distance: 7 km approx.
Extra porter: According to the law (26702) and supervised by the Ministry of Employment, the collaboration of an extra porter is given under the conditions the customer requires. However, the customer’s luggage mustn’t exceed 12 kg, since the porter is only allowed to carry 20 kg. The service costs the US
What do you need to bring?
- Backpack with rain shelter.
- Sleeping bag.
- Clothing for warm and cold climate like a waterproof jacket.
- Rain pants and lightweight pants.
- Trekking shoes.
- Slippers or sandals (for showers and Hot Springs).
- Woolen or synthetic socks and a sweater.
- Long- and short-sleeved polo’s/T-Shirts.
- Rain poncho and a hat.
- Bathing suit (for the Hot Springs in Aguas Calientes).
- Sunscreen, insect repellent, disinfecting alcohol and gel, water bottle and steriliz-ing tablets, toiletries and toilet paper.
- Camera (wrapped in plastic bag).
- Flash light and batteries.
- Some snacks like chocolate bars and dry fruit.
- Original passport, original ISIC student card and extra money in soles.
- Since the weather can be very cold and moistly, your clothes - once gotten wet - won’t dry at night. So take some clothes to change.
DAY 09 – FLIGHT FROM CUSCO TO LIMA / DEPART HOME
After enjoying breakfast at your hotel.
At the scheduled time you will be shuttled from the hotel to the airport to board your flight back to Lima. Our representative will assist you with check-in procedures and then to your connecting flight back home. We hope that you have enjoyed your stay with us and the fond memories of Peru.
Meals Included: Breakfast
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