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Inca Trail and Beyond Guided Walking Holiday
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Tour Summary


The connoisseur`s Inca Trail – an extended trek to Machu Picchu

· Acclimatisation in the colourful city of Cusco
· Hike the Silque Valley and the Ancascocha Pass
· Early morning at Machu Picchu
· Ollantaytambo and the Sacred Valley of the Incas

6 nights hotels and lodges, 6 nights camping, 7 days trekking, Max altitude – 4625m, Join in Cusco, MEAL PLAN: Breakfasts 7 lunches and 6 dinners included

Tour Introduction


The Inca Trail is recognised to be one of the world’s greatest treks. Traversing the foothills of Peru’s Cordillera Vilcabamba, provides an unforgettably dramatic trek to the fabulous Inca ruins of Machu Picchu.

Crossing three high passes, the established trek follows sections of stone pathway created by the Incas of South America four centuries ago and provides tremendous views of spectacular forested valleys and of the snow-capped peaks of the Vilcabamba. Our visit to Peru begins in ancient Inca capital of Cusco, high in the Andes.

Here we have 2 days of sightseeing and acclimatisation including visits to the fortresses at Sacsayhuaman and at Ollantaytambo in the nearby Sacred Valley. We then set off on a picturesque trail around Huayanay Peak, passing through forest to alpine meadows and crossing the Ancascocha Pass (4625m) to reach the Inca Trail.

On this memorable 3-day section of trail, we are likely to see few other trekkers. This short introduction also ensures that we are fit, well acclimatised and ready to enjoy one of the world’s greatest walks.

Once on the main trail, we encounter increasingly impressive Inca ruins such as Sayacmarca and Winay Huayna, before arriving at Machu Picchu, the world-famous lost city of the Incas. With blue glacial lakes, cloud forest, orchids, hummingbirds, magnificent Inca settlements and stone-paved trails, there is no other short trek in the world that offers such a variety of experiences.

Day-by-Day Walking Holiday Itinerary


Day 1: Arrive into Cusco

Arriving in Cusco, Land Only package services begin with a transfer to our centrally located hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax and acclimatise. Overnight at the group hotel.

Day 2: Sightseeing in Cusco

A further acclimatization day in Cusco. During the morning we make a walking tour of the city and visit the impressive fortress of Sacsayhuaman. Afternoon free. Hotel.

Day 3: Sacred Valley of the Incas

We drive from Cusco to Urubamba in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. En route we’ll stop off and walk from Maras through the spectacular salt mines of Moray down in the Valley. Overnight at hotel in the Sacred Valley.

Day 4: Slique Valley

We take a short transfer to Ollantaytambo where we began our trek along the Silque Valley, through potato and quinoa farms. Our first campsite is at Hatunrumiyoc (c.3000m.).

Day 5: Ancascocha

Trek to the head of the valley, with great views of peak Veronica (5700m.) to reach the lake and village of Ancascocha (4000m.) where we set up our overnight camp.

Day 6: Muyu Muyu

Trek over Ancascocha Pass (4625m) and then descend to camp (3810m) at Muyu Muyu.

Day 7: Paucarcancha

Trek down to Paucarcancha (3048m) where we have a typical BBQ Peruvian style. Camp.

Day 8: Llulluchapampa

Today we join the Inca Trail and continue uphill to Llulluchapampa (3810m). Camp.

Day 9: Phuyupatamarca

We cross the Warmihuanusca Pass (4175m.) and on down to lunch at Pacaymayo, Continue to our last campsite at Phuyupatamarca (3600m.).

Day 10: Machu Picchu

After lunch at the beautiful settlement of Winay Huayna today we trek on to the Sun Gate and Machu Picchu. Transfer by bus to Aguas Calientes (2040m.). Hotel.

Day 11: Machu Picchu then train to Cusco

We’ve virtually a whole day to explore Machu Picchu – the Inca Bridge and the Temple of the Moon. We then take the train to Ollantaytambo and drive to our hotel in Cusco.

Day 12: Free day in Cusco

A free-day in Cusco – ideal for last minute shopping and sightseeing. Overnight in group hotel.

Day 13: Depart Cusco

Land Only group package services end after breakfast. Complimentary airport transfers are provided.

Package services end after breakfast. Complimentary airport transfers are provided.

Is this holiday for you?

This classic adventure offers a variety of trekking conditions. Most of the walking is on well-defined tracks, including some sections of ancient Inca highways, which are paved with stone.

There are occasional river crossings and some steeper sections of trail on the first two days of the trek. It should be noted that trekking at altitudes above 3000m. makes greater demands on the body than walking at low elevations, and is of itself challenging even for fit hikers. We have allowed three nights at an altitude around 3000 metres before we start trekking and this should provide adequate acclimatisation.

You will need to ensure you are physically prepared for the trek. You should be comfortable with walking for 5 or 6 hours each day with the occasional longer day, and for several days continuously. You will encounter some long ascents and/or descents on some days. There are also long sections of Inca built steps to negotiate on a couple of the days.

Altitude

This holiday involves going to high altitude. During the course of your trip you will reach altitudes in excess of 3500 metres. This is not something that you should worry about; the human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of altitudes, but it is important that we follow some simple rules in order to acclimatise successfully.

Before coming on this holiday you should read the advice on trekking at high altitude.

Map & Route Information

Is this holiday for you?

This classic adventure offers a variety of trekking conditions. Most of the walking is on well-defined tracks, including some sections of ancient Inca highways, which are paved with stone.

There are occasional river crossings and some steeper sections of trail on the first two days of the trek. It should be noted that trekking at altitudes above 3000m. makes greater demands on the body than walking at low elevations, and is of itself challenging even for fit hikers.

We have allowed three nights at an altitude around 3000 metres before we start trekking and this should provide adequate acclimatisation. You will need to ensure you are physically prepared for the trek. You should be comfortable with walking for 5 or 6 hours each day with the occasional longer day, and for several days continuously.

You will encounter some long ascents and/or descents on some days. There are also long sections of Inca built steps to negotiate on a couple of the days.

BOOK EARLY for the Inca Trail! The rules governing the issue of Inca trail permits mean that these permits are limited and allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Book early to guarantee your place on your chosen departure.

For departures in 2015, we strongly advise booking by the end of January. Note that we offer WEEKLY departures throughout most of the year making it easier to get those elusive permits.

Where is the starting point of the holiday?


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Tour Information

Holiday Information


What’s Included?

• English-speaking local guide
• Airport transfers on group arrival and departure days
• All accommodation as described in the trip dossier
• Meals as detailed in the Meal Plan
• Inca Trail Permit and entrance to Machu Picchu
• All camping equipment excluding personal equipment but including inflatable mattress
• Inca Trail trek crew including guides cook and porters
• All rail and road transfers (private vehicle for groups of 6 or more)

What’s Not Included

• Travel Insurance
• Tips for porters and other trek staff
• Cusco Airport transfers (other than group arrival / departure days)
• Some meals as detailed in the Meal Plan
• Airport departure taxes (if applicable)
• Miscellaneous personal expenses

Meal Plan

All breakfasts, 6 lunches and 3 dinners are included in the trip price.

Where there is a wide range of dining options it makes sense to leave the choice of meals and budget to you and we have therefore not included lunches and dinners while staying in hotels in Cusco, Ollantaytambo and Machu Picchu Pueblo (Aguas Calientes). In practice this is a total of 1 lunch and 4 dinners which you will need to pay for directly.

We recommend that you allow between US$5 and US$15 for each of these meals.

Accommodation

The group will spend a total of 4 nights in comfortable tourist class hotels with private bathroom in Cusco, Ollantaytambo and Machu Picchu Pueblo (Aguas calientes).

There will also be a total of 3 nights wild camping. During the camping accommodation is in 2-person tents and the group will also have use of a dining tent with table and chairs and a toilet tent.

All accommodation is based on two people sharing. If you are booking by yourself we will pair you with another individual traveller of the same sex to share accommodation.

Depending on availability, single rooms are available at a supplementary charge.

Is this holiday for you?

This classic adventure offers a variety of trekking conditions. Most of the walking is on well-defined tracks, including some sections of ancient Inca highways, which are paved with stone. There are occasional river crossings and some steeper sections of trail on the first two days of the trek.

It should be noted that trekking at altitudes above 3000m. makes greater demands on the body than walking at low elevations, and is of itself challenging even for fit hikers. We have allowed three nights at an altitude around 3000 metres before we start trekking and this should provide adequate acclimatisation.

You will need to ensure you are physically prepared for the trek. You should be comfortable with walking for 5 or 6 hours each day with the occasional longer day, and for several days continuously. You will encounter some long ascents and/or descents on some days. There are also long sections of Inca built steps to negotiate on a couple of the days.

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Inca Trail and Beyond, 13 days, 12 nights
6 nights in comfortable tourist class hotels and lodges. 6 nights camping.

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