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From $2,695.00
15 Days 14 Nights
Lima
15 days / 14 nights Weekly Departures Year Round Adult $ 2895.00 | Child $ 2695.00

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Trip Overview This 15-day program from Adventures to Peru Tours combines living heritage and the incomparable biodiversity of the Peruvian Amazon with one of the best hikes in South America. Fly from the bustling capital of Lima to the majestic Lake Titicaca, the highest tropical lake in the world, including an eye opening Quechua family home stay. Explore the architectural jewel that is the Inca capital of Cusco and the archeological wonders of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Embark on the 4-Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, the most renowned hike in South America, home to high alpine lakes, snowcapped peaks and fairy-tale Incan archeological sites. Enjoy a full day to discover the finale, Peru’s premier attraction, Tours Machu Picchu. Immerse yourself in the incomparable biodiversity that is the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest, one of nature’s true marvels. We’ll embark on an unforgettable river journey by dugout canoe to a remote rainforest lodge, as our expert locals boldly navigate the chocolate rivers of the Amazon basin.

*As on all Adventures to Peru tours, you’re taken care of from beginning to end: airport transfers are included!

Details

Tour Details

Prices
Prices are per person based on double occupancy, unless otherwise noted. Prices are subject to change. Prices based on 3.5% cash discount. Prices based on a group minimum of 2 adult travelers. Deposit is 50% of total. Remaining balance becomes due 60 days prior to tour departure.

See Booking Terms and Conditions

Accommodation
3 star hotels (8 nts), home-stay (1 nt), camping (3 nts), jungle lodge (2 nts)

Group Size
Minimum 2, Maximum 12

Meals Included
All breakfasts are included, (B,L,D) while on home stay, Inca Trail and jungle lodge
Key: (B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner

Transport
Private bus/van, public bus, Machu Picchu shuttle, train, domestic flight, tricycle taxi, motorboat, motorized canoe, canoe

Inca Trail Notes
All itineraries including the Inca Trail or Lares Valley Trek can be modified to exclude the hikes. Please advise at time of booking if you do not wish to hike the Inca Trail. Instead you will have 2 nights in Cusco, travel by train for a night in Aguas Calientes, and join the hikers for the tour of Machu Picchu.

Booking after Inca Trail spaces have been filled?
For those booking after Inca Trail spaces have been filled, Cusco accommodation or the alternative Lares Valley trek will be included in the tour for the days you are not hiking the Inca Trail.
1. Last minute bookings of this trip and all trips that include the Inca Trail will be on an “on request” basis only. To make a booking request for a tour that includes the Inca Trail, Adventures to Peru requires your full name, date of birth, nationality and passport number.
2. A good fitness level is recommended on this tour.

Quick Itinerary

Day 1 Lima
Days 2-4 Puno / Lake Titicaca home stay / Puno
Day 5 Cusco
Day 6 Sacred Valley / Ollantaytambo
Days 7-9 Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Day 10 Machu Picchu / Cusco
Day 11 Cusco free day
Days 12-13 Amazon Jungle
Day 14 Lima
Day 15 Departure Day

Full Itinerary

Day 1 Lima
Arrive in Lima at any time. A representative from Adventures to Peru will greet you at the airport and private transfer to your hotel. There are no planned activities today so check-in and enjoy the city. This afternoon you are free to explore colonial and modern Lima, with visits to the Government Palace, cathedral, Plaza de Armas and the Archaeological Museum. Or hang around the bustling commercial districts of and Miraflores and Barranco.

Day 2 Puno / Lake Titicaca (B)
A morning flight takes us up to Puno on the shores of spectacular Lake Titicaca. The afternoon is free to explore the plazas, churches and markets of this lakeside town.

Puno, a city of 150,00 inhabitants, is considered by local populations as a linguistic, cultural and political border. To the south toward Bolivia the Aymara people and language are dominant. To the north, the better-known Quechua is the dominant tongue. Fortunately, you will see both.

Day 3 Amantani Island Lake Titicaca (B,L,D)
After breakfast, our local guide will take to the floating reed island’s of the Uros (Aymara roots) and then on to Amantani Island (Qechua roots) by motor boat. The Uros people are a specific cultural group apart from the Incas. They are more sensitive and protective. We ask that visitors always proceed with respect. Please ask before snapping pictures, as some of the older generations will object

The locals are very friendly and produce souvenirs representing life on the Lake. You can support them by buying a souvenir if you choose.

After the Uros, we will take a step back in time as we arrive to Amantani. The island culture offers a glimpse into their ancient traditions and customs. A rural home stay will open your eyes to the true beauty of this place and the people that have inhabited the lake for thousands of years. All local food and beverages included.

Today’s focus: Andean views of life, death and marriage; Origins of The Sacred Lake

Day 4 Puno (B)
We’ll start with an early wake up call to enjoy a spectacular sunrise over Lake Titicaca before visiting the neighboring island of Taquile. Famous for textiles and weavings Taquile is a cultural treasure chest. We’ll spend an hour hiking to the summit of Taquile Island before enjoying lunch overlooking the Lake Titicaca. Our lunch will include local favorites, trout or kingfish, before heading back to Puno.

Day 5 Cusco (B)
After breakfast our overland journey continues through the high plateau. Our full day overland journey through the majestic Andes will astound you. We’ll cover 400km, go over mountain passes at 4,334m 1(4,222ft) above sea level, visit some of our favorite local indigenous villages and sample some of the best local roast lamb available. Approximate arrival in Cusco is 5.00pm.

Day 6 Ollantaytambo (B)
One of the most spectacular days of the tour takes us through the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Once an important source of food for the Inca, the Sacred Valley is a lush agricultural region that continues to supply the city of Cusco with much of its produce. As it is 600m lower than Cusco, temperatures are on average 5 degrees Cº higher in the Sacred Valley.

Our travels will bring us through the major archaeological sites of Pisac and Ollantaytambo. At Pisac, an optional two hour or 5km hike will allow us to fully appreciate the Incan city nestled high in the Andean range. Later, the colorful artesian market at Pisac will no doubt be a highlight for those in search of unique souvenirs.

The day trip finishes in the picturesque village of Ollantaytambo, location of another large Inca site. This major ruin is known as the best surviving example of Inca urban planning and engineering. But more than that, Ollantaytambo is a living breathing Inca City. Here we catch our breath and prepare for the hike ahead.

Focus today: Inca stone working techniques, 3 Peruvian blessings: Coca leaf, Andean Maca, Potato

Days 7-9 Inca Trail (B,L,D)
The 4-day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is physically challenging but worthwhile, and within the ability of most reasonably fit travelers. Go for it. As an old college professor once said, “The saddest words ever coined by mouth and pen, what might have been.” Harold Mueller, San Diego State University.

NOT HIKING? Those passengers not interested in the hike spend 2 days in Cusco, then travel by train to Aguas Calientes, where they overnight. Next morning they take the bus to the Machu Picchu entrance and rendezvous with the hikers at the ruins. If you decide not to do the hike we need to know prior to your departure in order to obtain train tickets. Please advise your Adventures to Peru contact as soon as you know you will not hike. Also note that portions of the Inca Trail will be closed for general maintenance during the month of February each year. Also, closures may occur at various times throughout the year due to weather or other conditions beyond our control. During these periods, any tour affected will take an alternate route along the Urubamba River.

The Inca Trail is exceptional; however it is important to be prepared! It is a 43-km (25 mile) hike, with 3 high passes to be crossed, one of which reaches an elevation of 4200m (13776 ft). The trail is often steep, and it may rain even during the dry season. The temperatures at night may fall below zero, so it is important to come prepared. If you do not wish to bring a sleeping bag or inflatable Thermarest mattress, they will be provided to you before the hike.

Our local crew of porters, cook and guide will look after us well for the duration of the hike. You can be sure there will be no shortage of food, and we’ll guarantee superb quality.

Porters carry the majority of the gear for the hike, so those passengers doing the hike only carry a small daypack with water, rain gear, snacks, a camera and personal items. As you walk the trail that linked this ancient empire, admire breathtaking views at every step as we move from high plateau areas to dense cloud forest. Depending on the season, you may see a great variety of flora, including miniature and large orchids, and fiery rhododendron bushes.

Day 7 Inca Trail (B,L,D)
Day one of the Inca Trail is considered ‘the easy day’. We’ll depart Ollantaytambo early for Piscacocha at km 82 where we begin our walk in the footsteps of the Incas. Take in the scenic views of the Urubamba River and Vilcanota mountain range as we hike 7km northeast along the Urubamba River Valley. We will then detour and make our way up the Huallabamba Valley in route to lunch and then 3 more hours to our first campsite at Ayapata (3300m).

Day 8 Inca Trail (B,L,D)
Day two takes us along a steep path to Warmiwañusca, or Dead Woman’s Pass. At 4198m (13769 ft) above sea level, this pass is the highest point of the trek. Then a steep decent takes us to the valley of Pacaymayo for lunch. Following lunch, we will summit the second pass of the hike, which is at 3998m (13113 ft). With some luck we’ll enjoy superb views of the snow-capped Cordillera Vilcabamba. After a visit to the serine ruins of Sayacmarca, we will pitch our tents for the night at Chaquicocha (dry lake) in hopes of crystal clear views of the Salkantay range at dawn the next morning.

Day 9 Inca Trail (B,L,D)
On day 3, the trail goes through some beautiful cloud forest on the gentle climb to the third pass, where you will walk through a causeway and a tunnel, both original Inca constructions. The highest point of the third pass is at 3700m (12136ft). On clear days you are rewarded for all this work with beautiful views of the Urubamba Valley below. Soon you reach the mysterious ruins of Puyupatamarca, or the ‘Town above the Clouds’, at about 3650m (11972ft) above sea level.

We camp for the final night close to Wiñay Wayna (Forever Young) ruins, a grandiose terraced hillside site, with panoramic views of the valley below and just a short hike from Machu Picchu. On the final day of the hike we climb the steps to the Sun Gate overlooking the peaks that surround Machu Picchu. There is no way to describe the feeling of the first views of Machu Picchu, as the mist rises off the mountains early in the morning and the famous ruin appears in front of you.

Day 10 Cusco (B)
An early morning start from Wiñay Wayna takes us to the steps of Intipunku, or the ‘Sun Gate’. See Machu Picchu in all its glory and discover Machu Picchu on a 2 hour guided tour. Then, free time at site to explore, rest, meditate or simply chill out in the ruins. Climb Wayna Picchu (Young Peak not included), hike to the Moon Temple or venture to the Inca Draw Bridge! There is no shortage of things so see and do in Machu Picchu. Lunch in Aguas Calientes, soak in the thermal baths before an afternoon train to Cusco and transfer to your hotel.

Focus: Machu Picchu practical explanations and theories

Day 11 Cusco (B)
One free day in Cusco is never enough. But we’ll do our best to discover Cusco’s enchanting network of narrow streets and white wash mud-brick walls, all built atop Incan stone foundations. A true amalgamation of cultures! Explore the many markets, churches, museums, plazas and first-rate restaurants, all at your fingertips while exploring the city center on foot. Or, visit nearby ruins of Sacsayhuaman and Tambomachay on horseback. More active options include river rafting, motorcycle tours and mountain biking.

Day 12 Amazon Jungle (B,L,D)
Fly from high in the Andes to Puerto Maldonado, deep in the lowlands of the Amazon jungle. Travel by motorized canoe to our isolated lodge in the Tambopata Candamo Rainforest Area, which holds the world record for the most bird sightings in one area.

Listen for howler monkeys in the tropical forest canopy above and spot macaws perched high on the riverbanks. After we arrive at a small portage, we’ll hike through the jungle to our own Amazon Jungle lodge. The lodge itself combines native architectural style and materials with low-impact eco-friendly technology. Rooms are simple but comfortable, with mosquito netting for individual beds, flush toilets, showers (no hot water), and kerosene lamps for lighting (no electricity in bungalows). Local community members make up the majority the lodge staff, including multilingual Naturalist Guides. Here you have the opportunity to learn from them not only about the area’s rich flora and fauna, but also about their extensive practical uses for medicinal plants and other forest plant resources, through traditional techniques for building, fishing, and hunting.

After lunch, we’ll head out on a rainforest trail in search of macaws and other rainforest dwellers that come out in search of food in the late afternoon. Then, later that night, we’ll venture out on an Amazon night walk, probing the forest for the nocturnal creatures we normally hear but don’t see.

Day 13 Amazon Jungle (B,L,D)
A pre-dawn departure will get us up and into the forest at the crack of dawn. Our local nature guide will show the way to one of the Oxbow lakes in the vicinity. This area is teeming with life – we’ll look for giant otters, capuchin monkeys, caiman, snakes, spiders and many other jungle animals on our boat trip and various hikes around the area. During our voyage you will have the chance to see bird species typical of the river or forest edge such as Black Skimmers, Pied Lapwings, Capped Herons, Jabiru Storks, Roadside The area is renowned for its diverse plant and animal populations and include over 1,300 bird species (including 32 parrot species – 10% of the world’s total), 200 mammal species including 4 species of primates, 90 frog species, 1,200 butterfly species and 10,000 species of higher plants—all protected within the reserve. Some of the more famous residents are the Harpy Eagle, the prehistoric looking Hoatzin, tapir, peccary, jaguar, ocelot and playful river otters who live in the area’s oxbow lakes. Additionally, we can see hawks and several species of kingfishers, swallows, and flycatchers.

Focus: Medicinal plants, endemic animals, indigenous tribes, hunting, deforestation, locally sponsored preservation projects.

Day 14 Lima (B)
Fly to Lima for the last stop on our journey. Finish up last minute shopping and one last night in the capital.

Day 15 Departure Day Lima (B)
Adios amigos! Adventures to Peru services end today. Adventures to Peru will reconfirm your outgoing flight. Transfer to the airport for your international flight out of Peru.

Included Highlights

Adventures to Peru local destination hosts
Lake Titicaca indigenous Quechua family home stay
Visit to Taquile and floating Uros Islands
Full day excursion of the Sacred Valley of the Incas
4-day Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picch trek with local guides, cook and porters (all food and hot beverages included).
Sleeping Bag and deluxe Thermarest sleep mattresses on Inca Trail
Guided tour of Machu Picchu
Amazon Jungle Excursion (2 nights, 3 days, all food)

What’s Included

Airport arrival AND departure transfers
All accommodations, family stay, jungle lodge, camping as per itinerary
All land transport along the route
3 domestic flights
Domestic airport taxes
Guide service throughout as per itinerary
Entrance fees for included excursions
All breakfasts
Meals on Lake Titicaca home stay, Inca Trail trek, Amazon Jungle Lodge
Sleeping Bag and deluxe Thermarest sleep mattresses on Inca Trail
Reconfirmation of ongoing flights out of Peru

What’s Not Included

International Flights
Visa and passport fees
Insurance
All meals (see above)
Alcohol, Drinks
Tips
Optional activities/day-tours/excursions
International departure taxes and excess baggage fees

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From $2,195.00
13 Days 12 Nights
Altiplano
13 days / 12 nights Weekly Departures Year Round Adult $ 2395.00 / Child $ 2195.00

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Trip Overview This 13-day program combines the urban and the isolated. Fly from the bustling capital of Lima to the majestic Lake Titicaca, the highest tropical lake in the world, including an eye opening Quechua family home stay. Explore the architectural jewel that is the Inca capital of Cusco and the archeological wonders of the Sacred Valley. Embark on the Lares Valley trek, one of the most picturesque in southern Peru, home to high alpine lakes, snowcapped peaks and traditional farming communities that still live like the Incas. Enjoy sunrise and a full day to discover the finale, Peru’s premier attraction, Machu Picchu.

*As on all Adventures to Peru tours, you’re taken care of from beginning to end: airport transfers are included!

Details

Tour Details

Prices
Prices are per person based on double occupancy, unless otherwise noted. Prices are subject to change. Prices based on 3.5% cash discount. Prices based on a group minimum of 2 adult travelers. Deposit is 50% of total. Remaining balance becomes due 60 days prior to tour departure.

See Booking Terms and Conditions

Accommodation
3 star hotels (9 nts), home-stay (1 nt), camping (2 nts)

Group Size
Minimum 2, Maximum 12

Meals Included
All breakfasts are included, (B,L,D) while on home stay, (B,L,D) while on Lares Valley trek
Key: (B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner

Transport
Private bus, public bus, Machu Picchu shuttle, train, domestic flight, tricycle taxi, motorboat

FAQ’S
See Tour Dossier index

Inca Trail Trekking Regulations
All itineraries including the Inca Trail or Lares Valley Trek can be modified to exclude the hikes. Please advise at time of booking if you do not wish to hike the Inca Trail. Instead you will have 2 nights in Cusco, travel by train for a night in Aguas Calientes, and join the hikers for the tour of Machu Picchu.

Want to do the Inca Trail?
If you like this program but you’d like to the Inca Trail rather than the Lares Valley, please let us know, as the hikes are interchangeable pending Inca Trail hiking permit availability.

Lares Valley trek notes
1. Last minute bookings of this trip and all trips that include the Lares Valley will be on an “on request” basis only. To make a booking request for a tour that includes the Inca Trail or Lares Valley, Adventures to Peru requires your full name, date of birth, nationality and passport number.
2. A moderate-good fitness level is recommended on this tour.

Quick Itinerary Featuring

Day 1 Lima
Days 2-4 Puno / Lake Titicaca / Puno
Day 5 Cusco
Day 6 Sacred Valley / Ollantaytambo
Days 7-9 Lares Valley Trek
Day 10 Machu Picchu / Cusco
Day 11 Cusco
Day 12 Lima
Day 13 Lima Departure Day

Full Itinerary

Day 1 Lima
Arrive in Lima at any time. A representative from Adventures to Peru will greet you at the airport and private transfer to your hotel. There are no planned activities today so check-in and enjoy the city. 
This afternoon you are free to explore colonial and modern Lima, with visits to the Government Palace, cathedral, Plaza de Armas and the Archaeological Museum. Or hang around the bustling commercial districts of and Miraflores and Barranco.

Day 2 Puno / Lake Titicaca (B)
A morning flight takes us up to Puno on the shores of spectacular Lake Titicaca. The afternoon is free to explore the plazas, churches and markets of this lakeside town.

Puno, a city of 150,000 inhabitants, is considered by local populations to be a linguistic, cultural and political border. To the south toward Bolivia the Aymara people and language are dominant. To the north, the better-known Quechua is the dominant tongue. Fortunately, you will see both.

Day 3 Amantani Island Lake Titicaca (B,L,D)
After breakfast, our local guide will take to the floating reed island’s of the Uros (Aymara roots) and then on to Amantani Island (Qechua roots) by motor boat. The Uros people are a specific cultural group apart from the Incas. They are more sensitive and defensive. We ask that visitors always proceed with respect. Please ask before snapping pictures, as some of the older generations will object

The locals are very friendly and produce souvenirs representing life on the Lake. You can support them by buying a souvenir if you choose.

After the Uros, we will take a step back in time as we arrive to Amantani Island. The island culture offers a glimpse into their ancient traditions and customs, where a rural home stay will open your eyes to the true beauty of this place and the people that have inhabited the lake for thousands of years.

Today’s focus: Andean views of life, death and marriage; Origins of The Sacred Lake

Day 4 Puno (B)
We’ll start with an early wake up call to enjoy a spectacular sunrise over Lake Titicaca before visiting the neighboring island of Taquile. Famous for textiles and weavings, Taquile is a cultural treasure chest. We’ll spend an hour hiking to the summit of Taquile Island before enjoying lunch overlooking the Lake Titicaca. Our lunch will include local favorites, trout or kingfish, before heading back to Puno.

Day 5 Cusco (B)
After breakfast our overland journey continues through the high plateau. Our full day overland journey through the majestic Andes will astound you. We’ll cover 400km, go over mountain passes at 4,334m (14,222ft) above sea level, visit some of our favorite local indigenous villages and sample some of the best local roast lamb available. Approximate arrival in Cusco is 3:00pm.

Day 6 Ollantaytambo (B)
One of the most spectacular days of the tour takes us through the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Once an important source of food for the Inca, the Sacred Valley is a lush agricultural region that continues to supply the city of Cusco with much of its produce. As it is 600m lower than Cusco, temperatures are on average 5 degrees Cº higher in the Sacred Valley.

Our travels will bring us through the major archaeological sites of Pisac and Ollantaytambo. At Pisac, an optional two hour or 5km hike will allow us to fully appreciate the Incan city nestled high in the Andean range. Later, the colorful artesian market at Pisac will no doubt be a highlight for those in search of unique souvenirs.

The day trip finishes in the picturesque village of Ollantaytambo, location of another large Inca site. This major ruin is known as the best surviving example of Inca urban planning and engineering. But more than that, Ollantaytambo is a living breathing Inca City. Here we catch our breath and prepare for the hike ahead.

Focus today: Inca stone working techniques, 3 Peruvian blessings: Coca leaf, Andean Maca, Potato

Day 7 Lares Valley Trek to Machu PIcchu – Calca / Totora Canyon / Lares hot springs / Huacahuasi (B,L,D)
Departure from Ollantaytambo at 07:00 am. We journey through the Sacred Valley of the Incas to Calca, then head north toward The Lares Valley. From here you’ll be treated to beautiful views of the famous Sacred Valley of the Incas and the ornamental terraces of Pisac. After passing Machacancha hot springs we will start an easy hike for 2-3 hours through an old Inca road of Totora Canyon, which is ideal for acclimatization to the altitude. Stunning views of the snow capped Vilcanota mountain range. Your guide points out an abundance of local flora and Andean medicinal plants along the trail such as Molle, Retama, Muña, Marku, Kuñuco etc. Then our private transport will take you to Lares Hot Springs to relax and enjoy lunch. After lunch we will walk for 3 more hours to Huacahuasi (3,700m), where we will make our first camp. Warm clothes are a must, as below zero temperatures are not uncommon.

*Included: Lunch, Dinner + Camping facilities.

*Today’s walking distance approximately 8 km

Day 8 Huacahuasi / Ipsaychocha Pass 4,400m / Ipsaycocha Lake (B,L,D)
mBreakfast around 6:00am as we start walking around 7:00am. We will stop for a short visit of Huacahuasi community, where your local guide will give you some insight into local Andean background. Learn about ancient customs and traditions, ancestral farming secrets, food preservation and most of all local weaving techniques. If you’ve carried gifts or school supplies for the children now is the time.

We continue will climbing around Sondor Mountain and over the first pass (4440mtrs) and after a short decent we have lunch.

We resume our hike upstream 3-4 hours until we make Ibsaycocha pass the second pass of the trip at 4300m. From here the views are again fabulous and for the first time we have a clear view of mount Veronica standing at 5682m. We then begin the descent to Ipsaycocha Lake to make camp.

*Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner + Camping facilities.

*Today’s walking distance approximately 11 km

Day 9 Patacancha / Willoq / Ollantaytambo / Aguas Calientes (B,L,D)
Today you’ll have ample opportunities for some spectacular photos. The gentle downhill path is covered in Andean flora, and animals such as llamas and alpacas are fairly commonplace. If we’re lucky, we might even catch a glimpse of Andean geese, Andean cara caras (Andean Raptor) or the famous Andean Condor. We will feel welcomed by the warm Quechua people, whose homeland we have the rare opportunity to see firsthand.

After approximately 4 hours hiking we’ll arrive to the village of Willoq where lunch will be waiting. After lunch, our private van will take us to Ollantaytambo to board the local tourist train for a picturesque journey to Aguas Calientes (2 hours). We check into our hostel for the night, get a hot shower and a real bed! The willing can enjoy the local hot springs and shopping before dinner.

* Included: Breakfast, Lunch, 1 night hotel accommodation

*Today’s walking distance approximately 8 km

Day 10 Aguas Calientes / Machupicchu / Cusco (B)
Up before dawn for breakfast, then complete your journey on a 1-hour walk, or catch the bus 25 minutes up to the Citadel of Machu Picchu. Join our local guide for a detailed interpretation of the site without the pressure of day-trippers that arrive at midday. Then take advantage, as you’ll have plenty of free time for exploring further. Optionally, climb Wayna Picchu peak, providing the chance to see Machu Picchu and its surroundings from a more exclusive angle. Or hike to the Temple of the Moon, Inca Bridge or the Sun Gate. Others may choose to meditate, write in their journal or simply take it all in. Return to Aguas Calientes generally around 1:00pm for lunch and at 4:00pm we catch our return train to Cusco arriving approximately 9:00pm

*Train departure times quoted here are not guaranteed and may vary according to season and availability.

*Included: Breakfast, Entrances, guided tour & round trip bus to Machu Picchu,

*Today’s walking distance approximately 5 km

Focus: Machu Picchu practical explanations and theories

Day 11 Cusco (B)
Today is a free day in the Incan Imperial Capital. We recommend a stop by the Incan Archaeological Museum located just around the corner from the Plaza de Armas. Then, time permitting, visit the recently opened ‘Casa Concha’, which houses hundreds of pieces removed from Machu Picchu by Hiram Bingham in 1912 and recently returned in 2011 (Centennial Anniversary of Machu Picchu’s scientific discovery) to Peru by Yale University in the United States.

Also worth a visit is the colorful local market at San Pedro and the bohemian neighborhood of San Blas, full of artists, craftsmen and street vendors, both only minutes from the hotel.

Or, visit nearby ruins of Sacsayhuaman and Tambomachay on horseback. More active options include river rafting, motorcycle tours and mountain biking.

Day 12 Lima (B)
Fly to Lima for the final stop on our journey. Finish up last minute shopping at the Indian market and enjoy one last evening in the capital city.

Day 13 Depart Day Lima (B)
Adios amigos! Adventures to Peru services end today. Adventures to Peru will reconfirm your outgoing flight. Transfer to the airport for ongoing flight home.

Included Highlights

Adventures to Peru local destination hosts
Lake Titicaca indigenous Quechua family home stay
Visit to Taquile and floating Uros Islands
Full day excursion of the Sacred Valley of the Incas
4-day Lares Valley trek with local guides, cook, porters and llamas/donkeys (all food and hot beverages included).
Sleeping Bag and deluxe Thermarest sleep mattresses on Lares Valley Trek
Guided tour of Machu Picchu

What’s Included

Airport arrival AND departure transfers
All accommodations, family stay, camping as per itinerary
All land transport along the route
2 domestic flights
Domestic airport taxes
Guide service throughout as per itinerary
Entrance fees for included excursions
Meals on Lake Titicaca home stay, Lares Valley trek
All breakfasts
Sleeping Bag and deluxe Thermarest sleep mattresses on Lares Valley trek
Reconfirmation of ongoing flights out of Peru

What’s Not Included

International Flights
Visa and passport fees
Insurance
All meals (see above)
Alcohol, Drinks
Tips
Optional activities/day-tours/excursions
International departure taxes and excess baggage fees

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13 Days 12 Nights
Northern Peru
13 days / 12 nights Weekly Departures Year Round

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Trip Overview Our Northern Peru Discovery 13-day excursion has it all! Well off any tourist circuit, we begin at the thriving northern jungle town, Tarapato, land of the waterfalls. Venture to Chachapoyas, situated in the heart of Peru’s Amazon Cloud Forest. Trek to the recently discovered tropical waterfall of Gocta at Cocachimba and and conquer the distant ruins of Kuelap. See coastal Peru with a stop in Chiclayo, nicknamed “The City of Friendship” and soak up the rays at the trendy fishing village and surfer’s haven of Mancora. Then, a ½ day boating excursion takes us through the ‘Mangroves of Tumbes’ national sanctuary before returning to the capital.

*As on all Adventures to Peru tours, you’re taken care of from beginning to end: airport transfers are included!

*Seasonal Note: Recommended departure dates (April-November)

Details

Tour Details

Prices
Prices are per person based on double occupancy, unless otherwise noted. Prices are subject to change. Prices based on 3.5% cash discount. Prices based on a group minimum of 4 adult travelers. Deposit is 50% of total. Remaining balance becomes due 60 days prior to tour departure.

See Booking Terms and Conditions

Accommodation
2-3 star hotels (11 nts), camping (1 nt)

Group Size
Minimum 4, Maximum 12

Meals Included
All breakfasts are included, (B,L,D) on Kuelap trek

Transport
Private bus/van, public bus, domestic flight, motorboat

Seasonal Notes
1. Trip will run year round, however recommended departure dates are between April-November.

Quick Itinerary

Day 1 Lima
Day 2 Tarapoto
Day 3 Chachapoyas
Day 4 Karajia / Gocta / Cocachimba
Day 5 Cocachimba / Tingo
Day 6 Kuelap / Chachapoyoas
Days 7-8 Chiclayo
Days 9-11 Mancora
Day 12 Puerto Pizzaro / Lima
Day 13 Lima Departure Day

Full Itinerary

Day 1 Lima
Arrive in Lima at any time. A representative from Adventures to Peru will greet you at the airport and private transfer to your hotel. There are no planned activities today so check-in and enjoy the city. This afternoon you are free to explore colonial and modern Lima, with visits to the Government Palace, cathedral, Plaza de Armas and the Archaeological Museum. Or hang around the bustling commercial districts of and Miraflores and Barranco.

Day 2 Lima / Tarapoto (B)
We’ll have the morning free day to explore Lima, the City of Kings. Optional activities in Lima such as a city tour, museum visits or shopping can be arranged by your tour host. An afternoon flight will take us from the metropolis of Lima to one of Peru’s thriving northern jungle towns, Tarapato. Tarapoto is located in the province of San Martín, nestled in a valley between two mountain ranges. At an elevation of approximately 350 meters above sea level, Tarapoto enjoys a hot, tropical climate and has abundant and interesting flora and fauna. This small city has been dubbed the “Land of Waterfalls” due to the incredible waterfalls found in the area. This afternoon, time permitting, we’ll visit Lamas, a nearby indigenous Quechua speaking village seemingly lost in time.

Day 3 Tarapoto / Chachapoyas (B)
The morning is dedicated to visiting one of the famous attractions in area the Ahuashiyacu waterfall, plunging 35 meters and forming a beautiful lagoon at the bottom. Close by is a bird sanctuary housing species of birds and animal species endemic to the region.

An afternoon bus departure takes us from Tarapoto, climbing through the beautiful eastern Andean foothills to the calm town of Pedro Ruiz, then 1 hour further to Chachapoyas. Chachapoyas is a quiet, friendly town nestled in a huge area of cloud forest between the Maranon and Huallaga Rivers. Check into the hotel and we have a briefing to prepare for the coming days in Karajia, Gocta and Kuelap.

Day 4 Chachapoyas / Karajia (B, L, D)
We set out from Chachapoyas on a 2-hour drive over breathtaking roads and incredible scenery of the Northern Andes. We stop in the village of Luya for supplies and continue 30 minutes, where we’ll begin our hike. After approximately 2 hours of moderate hiking we arrive at the ancient burial site of Karajia. We encounter 3-meter tall anthropomorphic plaster coffins re-enforced with wood frames located high under a cliff. Learn about the history of this region and the burial site. After lunch we set off for the 2-hour hike to our vehicle on the opposite side of the valley and travel to our campsite for the night. Along the way we pass again through the village of Luya where we can make a brief stop at the local market held every Thursday. Once at our campsite, enjoy an evening of good food, good company, and a good night’s sleep!

*Included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

*Today’s walking distance approximately 6 km

Day 5 Cocachimba / Gocta Waterfall (B, L, D)
Our day starts early with a hearty breakfast before embarking on a full day (5-6 hours) of moderate / semi-difficult hiking. We will enjoy the enchanting waterfalls and with some luck spot toucans, hummingbirds, monkeys, and much more as we hike through the dense jungle. Our final destination is the base of the recently discovered Gocta Waterfall, verified to be the third largest waterfall on the planet (measured to be a height of 772m (2,532ft). This waterfall, with 2 drops, has been known by locals for centuries and was only brought to the world’s attention in 2002 following an expedition by German explorers to the region. You can go for a swim but it is chilly. Otherwise, relax, have your box lunch and absorb the magic. Then it’s back to Cocachimba and on to our next campsite. We may stop along the way for viewing distant ruins and other sites of interest by telescope, time and weather permitting.

*Included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

*Today’s walking distance approximately 10 km

Day 6 Tingo / Kuelap (B,L)
Following breakfast this morning, we begin our 6-7 hour hike to the Chachapoyan archaeological site of Kuelap. Little is known about this pre-Incan site and the Chachapoyan people themselves (also known as the Cloud Forest people). Kuelap is a massive fortress built on the top of a mountain and is sometimes referred to as the “Machu Picchu of Northern Peru”. This site is surrounded by a 30m high wall and measures 584m by 100m in size. Construction of the site is estimated to have taken approximately 200 years to complete and taken millions of cubic feet of stone. Kuelap is comprised of three levels containing over 400 circular buildings. Who the Chachapoyan people could have been protecting themselves from remains a mystery. We have a few hours to explore the site and learn about the history from our local guide. Standing at the outer wall’s edge of this site you can enjoy the incredible view of the valley below, spreading out approximately 1,200m below. Also impressive is the thin ribbon of road that hugs the near and far walls of the treed canyon. A short walk of about ten minutes will bring us to our waiting vehicle for the 4-hour return trip to Chachapoyas. Take advantage of a hot shower, enjoy a local dinner and sleep well!

*Included: Breakfast, Lunch

*Today’s walking distance approximately 12 km

Day 7 Chachapoyas / Chiclayo (B)
No activities are planned for the morning following breakfast, enjoy time to relax and enjoy what the town of Chachapoyas has to offer. At 1:00pm we depart by bus and travel down from 1,700m to sea level to the coastal city of Chiclayo. Chiclayo acts as a central hub for commercial and tourist activities in Northern Peru. Nicknamed “The City of Friendship”, Chiclayo certainly lives up to its name, as you will find the locals to be welcoming and friendly. Take time to enjoy what the city has to offer. We arrive in the late evening in time for dinner and a chance to rest for the following full day.

Day 8 Chiclayo (B)
We spend the full day today in Chiclayo. We’ll take you to visit the coveted Royal Tombs of Sipán Museum. Opened in 2003, this museum showcases the most important archaeological remains from the Mochica Culture, including the contents of the tomb of a Mochica leader called “El Señor de Sipán”, found in 1987. Other things to do around Chiclayo are a visit to Mercado Modelo’s “witch doctor’s market”, with a large selection of herbs and tools used by shamans. If you prefer a visit to the ocean, travel 14 kms to nearby Pimentel Beach. This fishing town is well known for seafood and surfing. Watch the fishermen in the totora reed boats paddling out through the waves as their ancestors have done for hundreds of years. Enjoy one last evening in Chiclayo before departing north the following morning.

Day 9 Máncora (B)
This morning we leave for the beach town of Máncora. Famous for it’s surf, this small fishing town of 15,000 people has a relaxed bohemian feel. Enjoy a few leisurely days taking optional surf lessons, enjoying the abundant fresh seafood and year-round sunshine. Try your hand at one of the newest extreme sports, as Mancora is the new Mecca for kite surfing in Peru. Máncora also has handicraft stores, a low-key nightlife with local bars and a range of restaurant options.

Day 10 Mancora (B)
Today is yours to soak up the rays. Long walks on the beach, visit the local mud baths or grab a kayak. But If you are feeling lazy then simply relax with your favorite book, a seaside hammock and a cold beer.

Day 11 Mancora (B,L)
This afternoon Adventures to Peru prepares a succulent seafood barbeque on the beach, all you can eat of course.

Day 12 Mancora / Tubes / Lima (B)
The morning to enjoy breakfast and prepare our things, we say goodbye to Máncora. A short 2-hour bus ride take us to Tumbes close to the Ecuadorian border to catch a return flight to Lima and transfer to our hotel. Enjoy one last Pisco Sour and your last ‘hurrah’ in the Peruvian capital.

Day 13 Depart Lima (B)
Adios amigos! Adventures to Peru will collect you from the hotel and private transfer to the airport.

Included Highlights

Adventures to Peru local destination hosts
Excursion to Ahuashiyacu waterfalls in Tarapoto
Private guides and staff on treks around Chachapoyas
Guided trek to Karajia burial grounds
Guided trek to Gocta Waterfall
Guided trek to Kuelap
Visit to Señor de Sipan Museum in Chiclayo
Beach barbeque in Mancora
Excursion to ‘Mangroves of Tumbes’ Sanctuary

What’s Included

Airport arrival AND departure transfers
All accommodations, camping
All land transport along the route
2 domestic flights
Domestic airport taxes
Guide service throughout as per itinerary
Entrance fees for included excursions
All breakfasts
Meals on Chachapoyas trek
Reconfirmation of ongoing flights out of Peru

What’s Not Included

International Flights
Visa and passport fees
Insurance
All meals (see above)
Alcohol, Drinks
Tips
Optional activities/day-tours/excursions
International departure taxes and excess baggage fees

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12 Days 11 Nights
Chachapoyas
12 days / 11 nights Weekly Departures Year Round

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Trip Overview Our Northern Peru Chachapoyas & Chan Chan trip spotlights less visited ancient ruins and Peru’s northern cloud forest. After that, Colonial Trujillo on the central west coast and its surrounding pre-Inca sites will fascinate any intrepid traveler. Well off any tourist circuit, we begin at the thriving northern jungle town, Tarapato, land of the waterfalls. Venture to Chachapoyas heart of Peru’s Amazon Cloud Forest. Trek for 3 days to the recently discovered tropical waterfall of Gocta at Cocachimba and the distant ruins of Kuelap. See coastal Peru with a stop in Chiclayo nicknamed “The City of Friendship” and visit Chan Chan, the largest pre-Columbian city in the Americas and the principal mud city in the world.

*As on all Adventures to Peru tours, you’re taken care of from beginning to end: airport transfers are included!

*Seasonal: Recommended departure dates (April-November)

Details

Tour Details

Prices
Prices are per person based on double occupancy, unless otherwise noted. Prices are subject to change. Prices based on 3.5% cash discount. Prices based on a group minimum of 2 adult travelers. Deposit is 50% of total. Remaining balance becomes due 60 days prior to tour departure.

See Booking Terms and Conditions

Accommodation
2-3 star hotels (10 nts), camping (1 nt)

Group Size
Minimum 4, Maximum 12

Meals Included
All breakfasts are included, (B,L,D) while on Kuelap trek
Key: (B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner

Transport
Private bus, public bus, domestic flight

Seasonal Notes
1. Trip will run year round, however recommended departure dates are between April-November.

Quick Itinerary

Day 1 Lima
Day 2 Tarapoto
Day 3 Chachapoyas
Day 4 Karajia / Cocachimba
Day 5 Gocta, Tingo
Day 6 Kuelap / Chachapoyoas
Days 7-8 Chiclayo
Days 9-10 Trujillo / Chan Chan / Temples Moon & Sun
Day 11 Lima
Day 12 Lima Departure Day

Full Itinerary

Day 1 Lima
Arrive in Lima at any time. An Adventures to Peru representative will greet you at the airport and private transfer to your hotel. There are no planned activities today so check-in and enjoy the city. This afternoon you are free to explore colonial and modern Lima, with visits to the Government Palace, cathedral, Plaza de Armas and the Archaeological Museum. Or hang around the bustling commercial districts of and Miraflores and Barranco.

Peru is made up of three main geographical areas: the Andes, the Amazon and the Atacama Desert coastal area. On this trip we visit all three.

Day 2 Lima / Tarapoto (B)
We’ll have the morning free day to explore Miraflores, the bustling upper-class commercial district of Lima. Optional activities in Lima such as a city tour, museum visits or shopping can be arranged by your tour host. An afternoon flight will take us from the metropolis of Lima to one of Peru’s thriving northern jungle towns, Tarapato. Tarapoto is located in the province of San Martín, nestled in a valley between two mountain ranges. At an elevation of approximately 350 meters above sea level, Tarapoto enjoys a hot, tropical climate and has abundant and interesting flora and fauna. This small city has been dubbed the “Land of Waterfalls” due to the incredible waterfalls found in the area. This afternoon, time permitting, we’ll visit Lamas, a nearby indigenous Quechua speaking village seemingly lost in time.

Day 3 Tarapoto / Chachapoyas (B)
The morning is dedicated to visiting one of the famous attractions in area, the Ahuashiyacu waterfall, plunging 35 meters and forming a beautiful lagoon at the bottom. Close by is a bird sanctuary housing species of birds and animal species endemic to the region.

An afternoon bus departure takes us from Tarapoto, climbing through the beautiful eastern Andean foothills to the calm town of Pedro Ruiz, then 1 hour further to Chachapoyas. Chachapoyas is a quiet, friendly town nestled in a huge area of cloud forest between the Maranon and Huallaga Rivers. Check into the hotel and we have a briefing to prepare for the coming days in Karajia, Gocta and Kuelap.

Day 4 Chachapoyas / Karajia (B,L,D)
We set out from Chachapoyas on a 2-hour drive over breathtaking roads and incredible scenery of the Northern Andes. We stop in the village of Luya for supplies and continue 30 minutes, where we’ll begin our hike. After approximately 2 hours of moderate hiking we arrive at the ancient burial site of Karajia. We encounter 3-meter tall anthropomorphic plaster coffins re-enforced with wood frames located high under a cliff. Learn about the history of this region and the burial site. After lunch we set off for the 2-hour hike to our vehicle on the opposite side of the valley and travel to our campsite for the night. Along the way we pass again through the village of Luya again where we can make a brief stop at the local market. Once at our campsite, enjoy an evening of good food, good company, and a good night’s sleep!

*Included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

*Today’s walking distance approximately 6 km

Day 5 Cocachimba/ Gocta Waterfall (B,L,D)
Our day starts early with a hearty breakfast before embarking on a full day (5-6 hours) of moderate / semi-difficult hiking. We will enjoy the enchanting waterfalls and with some luck spot toucans, hummingbirds, monkeys, and much more as we hike through the dense jungle. Our final destination is the base of the recently discovered Gocta Waterfall, verified to be the third highest waterfall on the planet (measured to be a height of 772m). This waterfall, with 2 drops, has been known by locals for centuries and was only brought to the world’s attention in 2002 following an expedition by German explorers to the region. You can go for a swim but it is chilly. Otherwise, relax, have your box lunch and absorb the magic. Then it’s back to Cocachimba and on to our next campsite. We may stop along the way for viewing distant ruins and other sites of interest by telescope, time and weather permitting.

*Included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

*Today’s walking distance approximately 10 km

Day 6 Tingo / Kuelap (B, L, D)
Following breakfast this morning, we begin our 6-7 hour hike to the Chachapoyan archaeological site of Kuelap. Little is known about this pre-Incan site and the Chachapoyan people themselves (also known as the Cloud Forest people). Kuelap is a massive fortress built on the top of a mountain and is sometimes referred to as the “Machu Picchu of Northern Peru”. This site is surrounded by a 30m high wall and measures 584m by 100m in size. Construction of the site is estimated to have taken approximately 200 years to complete and taken millions of cubic feet of stone. Kuelap is comprised of three levels containing over 400 circular buildings. Who the Chachapoyan people could have been protecting themselves from remains a mystery. We have a few hours to explore the site and learn about the history from our local guide. Standing at the outer wall’s edge of this site you can enjoy the incredible view of the valley below, spreading out approximately 1,200m below. Also impressive is the thin ribbon of road that hugs the near and far walls of the treed canyon. A short walk of about ten minutes will bring us to our waiting vehicle for the 4-hour return trip to Chachapoyas. Take advantage of a hot shower, enjoy a local dinner and sleep well!

*Included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

*Today’s walking distance approximately 12 km

Day 7 Chachapoyas / Chiclayo (B)
No activities are planned for the morning following breakfast, enjoy time to relax and enjoy what the town of Chachapoyas has to offer. At 1:00pm we depart by bus and travel down from 1,700mtrs to sea level to the coastal city of Chiclayo. Chiclayo acts as a central hub for commercial and tourist activities in Northern Peru. Nicknamed “The City of Friendship”, Chiclayo certainly lives up to its name, as you will find the locals to be welcoming and friendly. Take time to enjoy what the city has to offer. We arrive in the late evening in time for dinner and a chance to rest for the following full day.

Day 8 Chiclayo (B)
We spend the full day today in Chiclayo. We’ll take you to visit the coveted Royal Tombs of Sipán Museum. Opened in 2003, this museum showcases the most important archaeological remains from the Mochica Culture, including the contents of the tomb of a Mochica leader called “El Señor de Sipán”, found in 1987. Other things to do around Chiclayo are a visit to Mercado Modelo’s “witch doctor’s market”, with a large selection of herbs and tools used by shamans. If you prefer a visit to the ocean, travel 14 km to nearby Pimentel Beach. This fishing town is well known for seafood and surfing. Watch the fishermen in the famous totora reed boats paddling out through the waves as their ancestors have done for hundreds of years. Enjoy one last evening in Chiclayo before departing the following morning.

Day 9 Chiclayo / Trujillo (B)
Travel 4 hours south of Chiclayo by bus to the colonial city of Trujillo. Enjoy the afternoon at your leisure. Set 10km from the Pacific Ocean, Trujillo is rich in colonial architecture with beautiful wrought-iron grillwork and splendid, imposing facades. Visitors can wander the many quarters and venture to the Plaza de Armas. On the weekends a colorful flag raising ceremony and parades make the Main Plaza de Armas a popular destination. Other not-to-be-missed venues include optional visits to the museums and churches.

Day 10 Trujillo (B)
This day of sightseeing will include a guided visit to the ancient Chimu capital of Chan Chan. Considered the largest pre-Columbian city in the Americas and the principal mud city in the world, Chan Chan will truly mesmerize with its maze of palaces, temples and alters. Afterwards it’s off to another archeological site that is even older than Chan Chan. The Temples of the Sun and Moon appear like two pyramid-shaped Huacas (Sacred site or place) overlooking the south bank of the Moche River. Evening in Trujillo.

Day 11 Trujillo/Lima (B)
The morning to enjoy breakfast and prepare our things. We say goodbye to Trujillo and the north as we catch a 1-hour our flight back to Lima. Enjoy one last Pisco Sour with our farewell dinner and a night out on the town for those interested.

Day 12 Depart Lima (B)
Adventures to Peru will collect you from the airport and private transfer to the airport.Adios amigos!

Included Highlights

Adventures to Peru local tour host
Excursion to Ahuashiyacu waterfalls in Tarapoto
Private guides and staff on 3 day excursion around Chachapoyas
Guided trek to Karajia burial grounds
Guided trek to Gocta Waterfall
Guided trek to Kuelap
Visit to Señor de Sipan Museum in Chiclayo
Guided excursion to mud city of Chan Chan
Guided excursion to temples of the Sun & Moon

What’s Included

Airport arrival AND departure transfers
All accommodations, camping
All land transport along the route
2 domestic flights
Domestic airport taxes
Guide service as per itinerary
Entrance fees for included excursions
Meals on Chachapoyas trek
All breakfasts
Sleeping bag and deluxe Thermarest sleep mattress while on trek
Reconfirmation of ongoing flights out of Peru

What’s Not Included

International Flights
Visa and passport fees
Insurance
All meals (see above)
Alcohol, Drinks
Tips
Optional activities/day-tours/excursions
International departure taxes and excess baggage fees

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From $3,250.00
16 Days 15 Nights
Lima
16 days / 15 nights Weekly Departures Year Round Adult $ 3450.00 / Child $ 3250.00

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Trip Overview If you are passionate about the outdoors and physical activities, then the ‘The Peruvian Beast’ is for you. Retrace the footsteps of the Inca Nobility on the Classic 4-Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, the most renowned hike in South America, home to high alpine lakes, snow capped peaks and fairy-tale Incan archeological sites. White water river raft the ravenous Apurimac Canyon River, one of the reputed rivers in the world and journey on mountain bike to the Manu Biosphere Reserve in the Peruvian Amazon cloud forest. This is the ultimate athletic trip and most dynamic program we offer!!

*As on all Adventures to Peru tours, you’re taken care of from beginning to end: airport transfers are included!

*A good-strong fitness level is required on this tour

Details

Tour Details

Prices
Prices are per person based on double occupancy, unless otherwise noted. Prices are subject to change. Prices based on 3.5% cash discount. Prices based on a group minimum of 2 adult travelers. Deposit is 50% of total. Remaining balance becomes due 60 days prior to tour departure.

See Booking Terms and Conditions

Accommodation
3 star hotels / guest houses / jungle lodge (10 nts), camping (5 nts)

Group Size
Minimum 4, Maximum 12

Meals Included
All breakfasts are included. All meals while on Inca trail, Apurimac rafting excursion and Manu Biosphere Bike tour.

Transport
Private bus, public bus, train, domestic flight, inflatable raft, bicycle.

Inca Trail Trekking Regulations

All itineraries including the Inca Trail or Lares Valley Trek can be modified to exclude the hikes. Please advise at time of booking if you do not wish to hike the Inca Trail. Instead you will have 2 nights in Cusco, travel by train for a night in Aguas Calientes, and join the hikers for the tour of Machu Picchu.

Booking after Inca Trail spaces have been filled?
For those booking after Inca Trail spaces have been filled, Cusco accommodation and two optional excursions (your choice) or the alternative Lares Valley trek will be included in the tour for the days you are not hiking the Inca Trail.

Inca Trail Notes
1. Last minute bookings of this trip and all trips that include the Inca Trail will be on an “on request” basis only. To make a booking request for a tour that includes the Inca Trail, Adventures to Peru requires your full name, date of birth, nationality and passport number. 2. A good-strong fitness level is required on this tour.

Quick Itinerary

Day 1 Lima
Day 2 Cusco free afternoon
Days 3-5 Rafting Apurimac Canyon River / Cusco
Day 6 Sacred Valley / Ollantaytambo
Days 7-9 Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Day 10 Machu Picchu / Cusco
Day 11 Cusco free day
Days 12-14 Mountain bike to Manu Biosphere / Cusco
Day 15 Cusco / Lima
Day 16 Departure Day

Full Itinerary

Day 1 Lima
Arrive in Lima at any time. A representative from Adventures to Peru will greet you at the airport and private transfer to your hotel. There are no planned activities today so check-in and enjoy the city. 
This afternoon you are free to explore colonial and modern Lima, with visits to the Government Palace, cathedral, Plaza de Armas and the Archaeological Museum. Or hang around the bustling commercial districts of and Miraflores and Barranco.

Day 2 Cusco (B)
Transfer early this morning to the airport for the flight to Cusco. Often times the flights depart early – we may leave the hotel as early as 5:30 am.

Today is a free day in the Incan Imperial Capital. If you like museums we recommended a stop by the Incan Archaeological Museum located a block from the Plaza de Armas. Then, time permitting, visit the recently opened ‘Casa Concha’, which houses hundreds of pieces removed from Machu Picchu by Hiram Bingham in 1912 and recently returned in 2011 (Centennial Anniversary of Machu Picchu’s scientific discovery) to Peru by Yale University in the United States.

Also worth a visit is the colorful local market at San Pedro and/or the bohemian neighborhood of San Blas, full of artists, craftsmen and street vendors, both only minutes from the hotel. The day is yours!

While most ruins are just outside of the city, the main ruin within is that of the Koricancha, once the Inca Empire’s richest temple. Today the ruin forms the base of the colonial church of Santo Domingo. During Inca times this temple was literally covered with gold, but within months of the arrival of the first conquistadors this incredible wealth had all been melted down. It is left to the individual imagination to envision the magnificence of the original structure.

Our best advice for exploring Cusco is to wear a comfortable pair of shoes, arm yourself with a city map and set off to explore!

Days 3-5 Apurimac Canyon (2B, 3L, 2D)
Raft through the Apurimac canyon, reputedly one of the best rafting spots in the world. Spend 3 challenging days on this turbulent river, descending class III, IV and V rapids. Camp along the white sand shores of the river for 2 nights, returning to Cusco on Day 5.

High in the Andes of southern Peru, the Apurímac River flows north for 428 miles before uniting with the Urubamba River to form the Ucayali River. One of the sources of the powerful Amazon River, the Apurímac canyon is one of the deepest depressions on the continent. With such a rapid change of altitude there are a variety of climates in this rugged area, ranging from warm and humid tropical weather on the jungle floor, to the cool, temperate weather of the high Andean plateau. We drive about 4 hours outside of Cusco to our drop-in point, the Huallpachaca Bridge (2000m). Here we have a training session on the river before descending class II and III rapids to our campsite. The second day will be a full day on the river, battling through mostly class III and IV rapids. We will again sleep on the sandy shores of the river for one last night on the Apurimac. Our last day we face a couple of class V rapids, with names like “Tooth Ache,” and “Last Laugh.” Anyone not wishing to do these rapids can easily pass on them, as there are support rafts and trails to detour around the biggest ones. After three to four hours on the river, we return to Cusco in the evening of day 5.

Day 6 Ollantaytambo (B)
One of the most spectacular days of the tour takes us through the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Once an important source of food for the Inca, the Sacred Valley is a lush agricultural region that continues to supply the city of Cusco with much of its produce. As it is 600m lower than Cusco, temperatures are on average 5 degrees Cº higher in the Sacred Valley.

Our travels will bring us through the major archaeological sites of Pisac and Ollantaytambo. At Pisac, an optional two hour or 5km hike will allow us to fully appreciate the Incan city nestled high in the Andean range. Later, the colorful artesian market at Pisac will no doubt be a highlight for those in search of unique souvenirs.

The day trip finishes in the picturesque village of Ollantaytambo, location of another large Inca site. This major ruin is known as the best surviving example of Inca urban planning and engineering. But more than that, Ollantaytambo is a living breathing Inca City. Here we catch our breath and prepare for the hike ahead.

Focus today: Inca stone working techniques, 3 Peruvian blessings: Coca leaf, Andean Maca, Potato

Days 7-9 Inca Trail (B,L,D)
The 4-day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is physically challenging but worthwhile, and within the ability of most reasonably fit travelers. Go for it. As an old college professor once said, “The saddest words ever coined by mouth and pen, what might have been.” Harold Mueller, San Diego State University.

NOT HIKING? Those passengers not interested in the hike spend 2 days in Cusco, then travel by train to Aguas Calientes, where they overnight. Next morning they take the bus to the Machu Picchu entrance and rendezvous with the hikers at the ruins. If you decide not to do the hike we need to know prior to your departure in order to obtain train tickets. Please advise your Adventures to Peru contact as soon as you know you will not hike. Also note that portions of the Inca Trail will be closed for general maintenance during the month of February each year. Also, closures may occur at various times throughout the year due to weather or other conditions beyond our control. During these periods, any tour affected will take an alternate route along the Urubamba River or the trek to the Lares Valley.

The Inca Trail is exceptional; however it is important to be prepared! It is a 43-km (25 mile) hike, with 3 high passes to be crossed, one of which reaches an elevation of 4200m (13776 ft). The trail is often steep, and it may rain even during the dry season. The temperatures at night may fall below zero, so it is important to come prepared. If you do not wish to bring a sleeping bag or inflatable Thermarest mattress, they will be provided to you before the hike.

Our local crew of porters, cook and guide will look after us well for the duration of the hike. You can be sure there will be no shortage of food, and we’ll guarantee superb quality.

Porters carry the majority of the gear for the hike, so those passengers doing the hike only carry a small day pack with water, rain gear, snacks, a camera and personal items. As you walk the trail that linked this ancient empire, admire breathtaking views at every step as we move from high plateau areas to dense cloud forest. Depending on the season, you may see a great variety of flora, including miniature and large orchids, and fiery rhododendron bushes.

Day 7 Inca Trail (B,L,D)
Day one of the Inca Trail is considered ‘the easy day’. We’ll depart Cusco or Ollantaytambo early for Piscacocha at km 82 where we begin our walk in the footsteps of the Inca. Take in the scenic views of the Urubamba River and Vilcanota mountain range as we hike 7km northeast along the Urubamba River Valley. We will then detour as we begin our first ascent and make our way up the Huallabamba Valley in route to lunch. After a couple hours of relatively easy ascent you arrive in Huallabamba. Depending on your particular trip, you may camp for the night near the small village of Huallabamba or continue trekking about 1 more hour to our first campsite at Allapata campsite (3,300mts).

* Accommodation: Tents

* Included: Lunch, Dinner, + Camping facilities.

* Today’s walking distance approximately 12km

Day 8 Inca Trail (B,L,D)
After full and nutritious breakfast you’ll begin trekking toward today’s goal, Dead Women’s Pass. At 4198m (13769 ft) above sea level, this pass is the highest point of the trek. Today, you must take your time, find your own pace and stop to appreciate the views, for this is why you have chosen to hike the Inca Trail. Once you summit, have a few minutes for photos followed by a steep decent accompanied by insane scenery takes us to the valley of Pacaymayo for lunch. Depending on your particular campsite assignment, following lunch you’ll either have the afternoon free to relax, or continue on to summit the second pass of the hike, which is at 3998m (13113 ft). With some luck we’ll enjoy superb views of the snow-capped Cordillera Vilcabamba. After a visit to the serine ruins of Sayacmarca, we will pitch our tents for the night at Chaquicocha or ‘Dry Lake’ in hopes of crystal clear views of the Salkantay range at dawn the next morning.

* Accommodation: Tents

* Included: Lunch, Dinner, + Camping facilities.

* Today’s walking distance approximately 11km

Day 9 Inca Trail (B,L,D)
On day 3, the magnificent views of the snow-capped Cordillera Vilcabamba and the Salkantay range are still visible. After breakfast, set off through some beautiful cloud forest on the gentle climb to the third pass, where you will walk through a causeway and a tunnel, both original Inca constructions from about the 14th century. The highest point of the third pass is at 3700m (12136ft). On clear days you are rewarded for all this work with beautiful views of the Urubamba Valley below. Soon after the pass, you reach the serene ruins of Phuyupatamarca (poo-yu-pata-marca), or the ‘Town above the Clouds’, at about 3650m (11972ft) above sea level.

After a short explanation and guided visit at Phuyupatamarca, begin the decent to Wiñay Huayna (Forever Young) ruins, a grandiose terraced hillside site, with panoramic views of the valley below and just a short hike from Machu Picchu. Our campsite is located 5 minutes from the archaeological site, which even if exhausted after a full day, we recommend you visit. Enjoy an afternoon tea, hot shower and final dinner. Before calling it a night, say good bye to your porters, cook and crew.

Tomorrow you’ll get an early wake up call, have breakfast and set off by torch light in route to the steps of the Sun Gate overlooking the peaks that surround Machu Picchu. There is no way to describe the feeling of the first views of Machu Picchu, as the mist rises off the mountains early in the morning and the famous city appears in front of you.

* Accommodation: Tents

* Included: Lunch, Dinner, + Camping facilities.

* Today’s walking distance approximately 14km


Day 10 Cusco (B)
An early morning start from Wiñay Huayna takes us to the steps of Intipunku, or the ‘Sun Gate’. Here you are rewarded with your first, distant views of the Inca Citadel Machu Picchu. From the Intipunku decent another 1 hour to Machu Picchu. Following a short break, you’ll then begin a 2 hour guided tour visiting the principle temples, plazas and shrines within the Citadel.

After the guided tour, you’ll want free time to explore independently, rest, meditate or simply chill out, which you will have. Climb Huayna Picchu (Young Peak not included), hike to the Moon Temple or venture to the Inca Draw Bridge! There is no shortage of things so see and do in Machu Picchu. Lunch in Aguas Calientes, soak in the thermal baths before an afternoon train to Cusco and transfer to your hotel.

Focus: Machu Picchu practical explanations and theories

* Included: Breakfast, Expedition Train service to Ollantaytambo or Cusco

* Today’s walking distance approximately 8km

* Focus: Machu Picchu practical explanations and theories

Day 11 Cusco (B)
One free day in Cusco is never enough. That is why you’ll have 2 days to really soak up Cusco’s ethnically brilliant atmosphere. Relax in the main ‘Plaza de Armas” or explore the enchanting network of narrow streets and white wash mud-brick walls. Set off on foot to Sacsayhuaman and Q’enko, located near Cusco’s X-zone. Investigate the markets, churches, museums and first-rate restaurants, all at your fingertips while exploring the city center on foot. Take a short walk to the ‘Koricancancha’, or Incan Temple of the Sun. As the only Incan Temple in Cusco still standing, the Koricancha unique because it has a Dominican Church built around it, all atop Incan stone foundations. A true amalgamation of cultures!

More active options include river rafting, motorcycle tours and mountain biking. The day is yours!

Have a laid-back undemanding evening and get ready for the biking trip to the jungle!

Days 12-14 Biking to the Manu Biosphere Reserve (2B,3L,2D)
The Manu area includes habitats ranging from the Andean highlands around the rivers’ headwaters through some of the last remaining intact cloud forests, to the lowland rainforests of the Amazon basin. Over 1,300 bird species (including 32 parrot species – 10% of the world’s total), 200 mammal species, 90 frog species, 1,200 butterfly species and 10,000 species of higher plants are protected within this reserve.

Day 12 Paucartambo (B,L,D)
We leave early from our hotel and drive over an amazing road towards the eastern part of Cusco. Our first stop will be the familiar village of Pisac, home to both ruins and a small market. An hour later we will arrive at the pass of Qolqepata where bikes will be unloaded and get ready for some exciting and easy downhill towards the colonial town of Paucartambo (3017m), about 35 km, where will have the opportunity to stretch our legs and rest as we stroll through this picturesque town.

Day 13 San Pedro (B,L,D)
After breakfast and an hour long drive we will ride mostly down hill for about 50 kms to our lodge in San Pedro. During the ride, photo opportunities will abound as the vegetation becomes greener and more lush and the opportunities to spot wildlife increase. Take the afternoon to explore the San Pedro area where your guide will show you the habitat of this unique cloud forest.

Day 14 Cusco (B,L,)
An early morning visit to the Cock of the Rock Lek (a mating ground for the bird) is possible. Located within walking distance from our lodge where we are likely to have the chance to see these birds in their natural habitat and demonstrating their typical behavior. After breakfast we will start our drive up the road up to Ajanacu Pass to start our descent by bike as far as Paucartambo where will have lunch. We will leave Paucartambo to start our drive back to Cusco taking the Pisac road and have a smooth descent by bikes back to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, where we will meet our bus that will drive us back to Cusco arriving late afternoon.

Day 15 Lima (B)
Fly to Lima for the final stop on our journey. Finish up last minute shopping at the Indian market and enjoy one last evening in the capital.

Day 16 Departure Day (B)
Adios amigos! Adventures to Peru services end today. Adventures to Peru will collect you from the hotel and private transfer to the airport.

Included Highlights

Adventures to Peru local destination hosts
Professionally guided 3-day rafting trip to Apurimac Canyon
Full day excursion of the Sacred Valley of the Incas
Classic 4-day Inca Trail trek with local guides, cook and porters
Sleeping Bag and deluxe Thermarest sleep mattresses on Inca Trail
Guided tour of Machu Picchu
3-day guided mountain biking excursion to the Manu Biosphere Reserve

What’s Included

Airport arrival AND departure transfers
All accommodations as per itinerary
Guide service throughout as per itinerary
All land transport along the route
2 domestic flights
Domestic airport taxes
All breakfasts
Meals on Inca Trail, Manu Jungle Lodge & Apurimac rafting trip
Entrance fees for included excursions as per itinerary
Sleeping Bag and deluxe Thermarest sleep mattresses on Inca Trail
All equipment for biking and rafting excursions

What’s Not Included

International Flights
Visa and passport fees
Insurance
All meals (see above)
Alcohol, Drinks
Tips & Gratuities
Optional activities/day-tours/excursions
International departure taxes and excess baggage fees

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16 Days 15 Nights
Machu Picchu
16 days / 15 nights Weekly Departures Year Round Adult $ 2950.00 / Child $ 2650.00 Trip Overview This vigorous program is designed for the energetic, intrepid traveler craving expert local guidance along with first-class outdoor physical activity. On this exciting Peruvian expedition we’ll fly to the fascinating “White City” of Arequipa, travel through the notorious Valley of the Volcanoes, trek into the famed Colca Canyon, home of the elusive Andean condor. We’ll then kayak the highest tropical lake in the world, the famous Lake Titicaca and spend the night with a brilliant Quechua family. The Imperial Inca Capital of Cusco is next, along with a full day of white water rafting through the Sacred Valley of the Incas. A 3-day trek through the traditional Andean Lares Valley and an evening in Aguas Calientes brings us to the finale, Peru’s premier attraction, Machu Picchu. Now that is active!

*As on all Adventures to Peru tours, you’re taken care of from beginning to end: airport transfers are included!

*A good-strong fitness level is required on this tour.

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Details

Tour Details

Prices
Prices are per person based on double occupancy, unless otherwise noted. Prices are subject to change. Prices based on 3.5% cash discount. Prices based on a group minimum of 2 adult travelers. Deposit is 50% of total. Remaining balance becomes due 60 days prior to tour departure.

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Accommodation
3 star hotels (11 nts), home-stay (1 nt), camping (3 nts)

Group Size
Minimum 2, Maximum 12

Meals Included
All breakfasts are included, (B,L,D) Colca Trek, Titicaca Quechua home stay & Lares Valley trek
Key: (B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner

Transport
Private bus, public bus, Machu Picchu shuttle, train, domestic flight, tricycle taxi, motorboat

Want to do the Inca Trail?
If you like this program but you’d like to the Inca Trail rather than the Lares Valley trek, please let us know, as the hikes are interchangeable pending Inca Trail hiking permit availability.

All itineraries including the Inca Trail or Lares Valley Trek can be modified to exclude the hikes. Please advise at time of booking if you do not wish to hike the Inca Trail. Instead you will have 2 nights in Cusco, travel by train for a night in Aguas Calientes, and join the hikers for the tour of Machu Picchu.

Lares Valley trek notes
1. Last minute bookings of this trip and all trips that include the Lares Valley will be on an “on request” basis only. To make a booking request for a tour that includes the Inca Trail or Lares Valley, Adventures to Peru requires your full name, date of birth, nationality and passport number.
2. A good-strong fitness level is recommended on this tour.

Quick Itinerary

Day 1 Lima
Days 2-3 Arequipa Highlights city tour
Days 4-5 Colca Canyon Trek
Days 6-8 Puno / Lake Titicaca kayak trip / Quechua home stay
Day 9 Cusco
Day 10 Ollantaytambo / Sacred Valley Rafting excursion
Days 11-13 Lares Valley Trek to Machu PIcchu / Aguas Calientes
Day 14 Machu Picchu / Cusco
Day 15 Cusco free day
Day 16 Lima departure day

Full Itinerary

Day 1 Lima
Arrive in Lima at any time. A representative from Adventures to Peru will greet you at the airport and private transfer to your hotel. There are no planned activities today so check-in and enjoy the city. This afternoon you are free to explore colonial and modern Lima, with visits to the Government Palace, cathedral, Plaza de Armas and the Archaeological Museum. Or hang around the bustling commercial districts of and Miraflores and Barranco.

Day 2 Arequipa (B)
A midday flight takes us to ‘The White City. Vying with Lima as Peru’s most important city, Arequipa’s city center can be visited on foot. Free afternoon sightseeing at you leisure. Plazas, markets, and churches are all found in Arequipa’s remarkable historic center.

Day 3 Arequipa (B)
This morning you will have the opportunity to enjoy a general overview of the city on a 3-hour city tour.

Begin with Yanahuara Belvedere look out plaza and the neighborhood of Carmen Alto followed by a visit to the Plaza de Armas and its Cathedral, the cloisters of La Compañia Church and the Church and Square of San Francisco. Last, but not least we visit the extraordinary Santa Catalina convent, which is built from white volcanic lava and dates from the 16th century.

The afternoon is free to explore the city. Arequipa’s vibrant atmosphere will no doubt keep you busy for the rest of the day. If you dare, see the best-preserved mummy in South America, Juanita the ‘Ice Maiden’.

Then at dusk we will seriously indulge in some of Peru’s richest spice and flavor, as Arequipa has some of the finest cuisine in the country.

Day 4 Colca Canyon El Oasis Trek (B,L,D)
After an early breakfast, we will set off overland some 5 hours to reach Chivay, the capital of the province of Colca. During which we will climb through the National Reserve of Pampa de Cañahuas at approximately 3,800m. With some luck we’ll get glimpses of alpacas, llamas and vicuñas. The area is know as Ring of Fire due to the numerous volcanoes in the region, many of which can be appreciated form short distances. We’ll make out the Chilca Mountain Range while also seeing volcanoes Mismi (source of the Amazon River), Hualca Hualca, Sabancaya, Ampato, Chachani, Misti and Ubinas.

Our highest pass will be an astounding 4900m above sea level, but just for a quick panorama. Then we’ll continue down to Chivay, capital of the Colca Valley. After a break in Chivay to buy water and supplies we continue to the village of Cabanaconde where we commence our decent into the mighty canyon. Then, it’s 4 hours down to our basic accommodation with local family or camping, in the inviting oasis at the base of the canyon.

*Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

*Today’s walking distance approximately 8-10 km

Focus: Ancient indigenous agricultural techniques.

Day 5 Colca Canyon, Corporaque (B)
After some time to enjoy the sub-tropical oasis we start our hike out of the gorge. Ascending approximately 1000m(3300 ft) to the village of Cabanaconde will take close to 6 hours. We then visit Tapay look out point to appreciate our accomplishment. Next is a stop at Cruz del Condor. With some luck, here you will be able to appreciate the famous Andean Condors in magical flight as they soar well above the depths of the impressive canyon. Then an optional hike takes us along the rim of the canyon, in search of local wildlife including the Andean Cara-Cara or (a local Raptor), Viscachas (Andean rabbits) and much more.

Accommodation at the fabulous the Mamayachi near the village of Corporaque, set in the Colca Valley. We’ll have the opportunity to soak in the natural hot springs, hike to the surrounding villages or simply relax in the fabulous surroundings of the Canyon.

In many ways Colca Canyon was left untouched, even after the Spanish Conquest. Its isolation and distance from Arequipa allowed local indigenous customs and traditions in Colca Canyon to survive in peace more so than in other parts of Peru.

*Included: Breakfast

*Today’s walking distance approximately 8-10 km

Day 6 Maca / Yanque / Puno (B)
Explore the local communities of Maca and Yanque, two typical villages seemingly lost in time. We’ll stop in Chivay to buy water and supplies. Our crossing through the Ring of Fire continues, stopping to enjoy a lunch pick-nick and wine at 4,000 meters above sea level. Inhale the thin, clean air of the Andes in spectacular settings that reinvigorate your being. This is why you are here!!! With some luck we’ll get glimpses of the Viscacha (Andean Rabbit) and the Andean Flamenco.

Puno is what many Peruvians consider both a cultural and political border. To the south toward Bolivia the Aymara people and language are dominant. To the north, the better-known Quechua is the dominant tongue. Fortunately, you will see both.

Day 7 Quechua Home Stay Amantani Island, Lake Titicaca (B,L,D)
Today we set off for an overnight excursion on Lake Titicaca, considered by many as the cradle of Peruvian civilization. From Puno we’ll travel 20 minutes to a small community near the Capachica peninsula. Here, we receive a short water safety course before boarding our sea kayaks for an unforgettable paddling journey across the highest navigable lake in the world. Small communities and herds of livestock dot the landscape as we draw near our destination, Amantani Island.

Our first destination is a cultural treasure chest. Taquile is an island famous for its textiles, weavings and simplistic lifestyle. Here there are no roads, only paths. We’ll spend 2 hours hiking to the summit of Taquile Island before enjoying lunch overlooking the Lake Titicaca. The island culture offers a glimpse into their ancient traditions and customs

After lunch we head back to the boat and make the 1-hour trip by motor boat to Amantani. Take a step back in time as we arrive to Amantani(Qechua roots).

Arriving to Amantani we met up with our family for the night, stepping back in time as they take us into their simple traditional mud brick homes. The island culture offers a glimpse into their ancient traditions and customs and this rural homestay will open your eyes to the true beauty of this place and the people that have inhabited the lake for thousands of years.

This evening we’ll summit the island (4150m / 13,200 ft) for sunset on a 1½ hour trek. Later, take part in a local fiesta with music, dance and plenty of atmosphere.

The locals are very friendly and produce souvenirs representing life on the Lake. You can support them by buying a souvenir if you choose.

Day 8 Taquile/Puno (B)
We’ll start with an early wake up call to enjoy a spectacular sunrise over Lake Titicaca. Have breakfast with your family before saying ‘adios’ and boarding our boat to our first destination, the neighboring island of Taquile.s

Thought to a cultural treasure chest by locals, Taquile is an island famous for its textiles, weaving and simplistic lifestyle. Here there are no roads, only paths. No dogs, just sheep and cows. We’ll spend 1.5 hours hiking to the summit of Taquile Island before enjoying a detailed explanation of Taquile’s culture, history and tradition, followed by lunch overlooking Lake Titicaca. Our lunch will include local favorites, trout or kingfish. Then head back to Puno with a visit to the floating islands of the Uros Community (Aymara roots).

*Note: The Uros people are a specific cultural group apart from the Incas. They are more sensitive and protective. We ask that visitors always proceed with respect. Please ask before snapping pictures, as some of the older generation will object

Day 9 Cusco (B)
After breakfast you’ll be collected from the hotel and private transfer to the Puno bus terminal. As your overland journey continues through the high plateau, enjoy one of the most beautiful journeys on earth, and without a doubt in Peru. We’ll cover 400km, go over mountain passes at 4,334m (14,222ft) above sea level, travel through some of our favorite local indigenous villages and Approximate arrival in Cusco is 3:00pm. Have the afternoon and evening free to spend at your leisure.

Day 10 Sacred Valley of the Incas, Ollantaytambo (B)
One of the most amazing days of the tour takes us on a spectacular rafting excursion through the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Once an important source of food for the Inca, the Sacred Valley is a lush agricultural region that continues to supply the city of Cusco with much of its produce. As it is 600m lower than Cusco, temperatures are on average 5 degrees Cº higher in the Sacred Valley.

The day trip finishes in the picturesque village of Ollantaytambo, location of another large Inca site. This major ruin is known as the best surviving example of Inca urban planning and engineering. But more than that, Ollantaytambo is a living breathing Inca City. Here we catch our breath and prepare for the trek ahead.

Day 11 Lares Valley Trek to Machu Picchu Calca / Totora Canyon- Lares hot springs / Huacahuasi (B,L,D)
Departure from Ollantaytambo at 07:00 am. We journey back through the Sacred Valley of the Incas to Calca, then head north toward The Lares Valley. From here you’ll be treated to beautiful views of the famous Sacred Valley of the Incas and the ornamental terraces of Pisac. After passing Machacancha hot springs we will start an easy hike for 2-3 hours through an old Inca road of Totora Canyon, which is ideal for acclimatization to the altitude. Stunning views of the snow capped Vilcanota mountain range. Your guide points out an abundance of local flora and Andean medicinal plants along the trail such as Molle, Retama, Muña, Marku, Kuñuco etc. Then our private transport will take you to Lares Hot Springs to relax and enjoy lunch. After lunch we will walk for 3 more hours to Huacahuasi (3,700m), where we will make our first camp. Warm clothes are a must, as below zero temperatures are not uncommon.

*Included: Lunch, Dinner + Camping facilities

*Today’s walking distance approximately 8 km

Day 12 Huacahuasi / Ipsaychocha Pass 4,400m / Ipsaycocha Lake (B,L,D)
Breakfast around 6:00am as we start walking around 7:00am. We will stop for a short visit of Huacahuasi community, where your local guide will give you some insight into local Andean background. Learn about ancient customs and traditions, ancestral farming secrets, food preservation and most of all local weaving techniques. If you’ve carried gifts or school supplies for the children now is the time.

We continue will climbing around Sondor Mountain and over the first pass (4440m) and after a short decent we have lunch

We resume our hike upstream 3-4 hours until we make Ibsaycocha pass the second pass of the trip at 4300m. From here the views are again fabulous and for the first time we have a clear view of mount Veronica standing at 5682m. We then begin the descent to Ipsaycocha Lake to make camp.

*Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner + Camping facilities.

*Today’s walking distance approximately 11 km

Day 13 Patacancha / Willoq / Ollantaytambo / Aguas Calientes (B,L,D)
Today you’ll have ample opportunities for some spectacular photos. The gentle downhill path is covered in Andean flora, and animals such as llamas and alpacas are fairly commonplace. If we’re lucky, we might even catch a glimpse of Andean geese, Andean cara caras (Andean Raptor) or the famous Andean Condor. We will feel welcomed by the warm Quechua people, whose homeland we have the rare opportunity to see firsthand.

After approximately 4 hours hiking we’ll arrive to the village of Willoq where lunch will be waiting. After lunch, our private van will take us to Ollantaytambo to board the local tourist train for a picturesque journey to Aguas Calientes (2 hours). We check into our hostel for the night, get a hot shower and a real bed! The willing can enjoy the local hot springs and shopping before dinner.

* Included: Breakfast, Lunch, 1 night hotel accommodation

*Today’s walking distance approximately 8 km

Day 14 Aguas Calientes / Machupicchu / Cusco (B)
Up before dawn for breakfast, then complete your journey on a 1-hour walk, or catch the bus 25 minutes up to the Citadel of Machu Picchu. Join our local guide for a detailed interpretation of the site without the pressure of day-trippers that arrive at midday. Then take advantage, as you’ll have plenty of free time for exploring further. Optionally, climb Wayna Picchu peak, providing the chance to see Machu Picchu and its surroundings from a more exclusive angle. Or hike to the Temple of the Moon, Inca Bridge or the Sun Gate. Others may choose to meditate, write in their journal or simply take it all in. Return to Aguas Calientes generally around 1:00pm for lunch and at 4:00pm we catch our return train to Cusco arriving approximately 9:00pm

*Train departure times quoted here are not guaranteed and may vary according to season and availability.

*Included: Breakfast, Entrances, guided tour & round trip bus to Machu Picchu,

*Today’s walking distance approximately 5 km

*Focus: Machu Picchu practical explanations and theories

Day 15 Cusco (B)
Today is a free day in the Incan Imperial Capital. We recommend a stop by the Incan Archaeological Museum located just around the corner from your hotel. Then, time permitting, visit the recently opened ‘Casa Concha’, which houses hundreds of pieces removed from Machu Picchu by Hiram Bingham in 1912 and recently returned in 2011 (Centennial Anniversary of Machu Picchu’s scientific discovery) to Peru by Yale University in the United States.

Also worth a visit is the colorful local market at San Pedro and the bohemian neighborhood of San Blas, full of artists, craftsmen and street vendors, both only minutes from the hotel. Or, visit nearby ruins of Sacsayhuaman and Tambomachay on horseback. More active options include river rafting, motorcycle tours and mountain biking.

Day 16 Depart Day Lima (B)
Adventures to Peru services end today after a quick flight back to Lima and your ongoing international connection. We can arrange a later flight date out of Cusco or additional post tour accommodation in Lima or Cusco upon client request. Contact Us if additional planning is necessary.

Included Highlights

Adventures to Peru local destination hosts
Highlights of Arequipa city tour
Guided excursion and trek into Colca Canyon (2 nights, 3 days)
Titicaca high altitude kayak excursion
Lake Titicaca indigenous Quechua family home stay
Visit to Taquile and floating Uros Islands
Full day rafting excursion in the Sacred Valley of the Incas
4-day Lares Valley trek to Machu Picchu with local guides, cook, porters and llamas (2 nights camping, 1 night hotel)
Sleeping Bag and deluxe Thermarest sleep mattresses on Lares Valley Trek
Guided excursion to Machu Picchu

What’s Included

Airport arrival AND departure transfers
All accommodations, family stay and camping as per itinerary
All land transport along the route as per itinerary
2 domestic flights
Domestic airport taxes
Guide service throughout as per itinerary
Entrance fees for included excursions
All breakfasts
Meals (B,L,D) on Colca Trek, Lake Titicaca home stay and Lares Valley Trek

What’s Not Included

International Flights
Visa and passport fees
Insurance
All meals (see above)
Alcohol, Drinks
Tips
Optional activities/day-tours/excursions
International departure taxes and excess baggage fees

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From $3,350.00
21 Days 20 Nights
Lima
21 days / 20 nights Weekly Departures Year Round Adult $ 3750.00 | Child $ 3350.00 Trip Overview Peru Encompassed is Adventures to Peru’s most comprehensive adventure trip! It encompasses all of the country’s top natural attractions, together with five UNESCO World Heritage sites, all in one trip.

This program takes you from the Capital Lima to the lively marine reserve at the Ballestas Islands and the enigmatic Nazca Lines. Travel down the thirsty desert coast to the glorious “White City” of Arequipa, celebrated for its colonial buildings and plazas shaped of ashen volcanic rock. Cross the Aguada Blanca National Reserve in route to the famed Colca Canyon, home of the obscure Andean condor. Climb soaring Andean mountain passes on the way to Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable tropical lake in the world and considered by many as the ‘The cradle of Andean Civilization.’ Travel overland on one of the ‘Most beautiful journeys on earth’, to the ancient Imperial Inca Empire, Cusco. See the lush Sacred Valley and surrounding mountains before embarking on the celebrated Classic Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu. Navigate the chocolate rivers of the world’s largest rainforest, the deepest darkest Amazon Jungle. Peru Encompassed is an absolute journey of a lifetime.

*As on all Adventures to Peru tours, you’re taken care of from beginning to end: airport transfers are included!

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