PERUVIAN ADVENTURE TO MACHU PICCHU

 World Wide Trekking offers you the perfect adventure to Machu Picchu and several Incan archaeological sites. Customize your experience by selecting from multiple options each day. As a group, we experience the rich culture, learn about the incredible history, and enjoy breathtaking scenery along the way to the Incan ruins of Machu Picchu. This trip also lets you explore the ancient ruins of Sacsayhuaman in Cusco. Guest will leave this trip with a rich cultural memory steeped in history, tradition, and splendor.

SUMMARY

TRIP TYPE: Trek

ACTIVITY LEVEL: Strenuous

TRIP LENGTH: 9 days/8 nights

SPACES AVAILABLE:

TRIP COST: From $7,300/person

DATES

Aug. 17 – 25, 2018

Custom Dates Available

HIGHLIGHTS

MEDIA

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ITINERARY

Day 1: Welcome to Cusco (11,220’) and Sacred Valley (9,000') Acclimatization Day

  • Fly from Lima to Cusco
  • WWTrek representative will meet you at the airport and bring you into Cusco to explore for the morning
  • After lunch we will transfer to the hotel in Sacred Valley
  • Welcome orientation
  • Group dinner and evening entertainment at the hotel
  • Overnight: El Mercado or comprable
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 2: Transfer from Cusco to Chinchero to Lamar (9,649')

  • Morning: waking early, we will depart our hotel and make our way to the archaeological site of Chinchero
  • Afternoon options:
    • Option 1 (Cultural Activity – Easy): Guided tour of Moray Inca Agricultural site and the Salt Mines of Maras
    • Option 2 (Hike – Moderate to Challenging): Hike from Tuacca to Huchuyqosqo (14,550′) | 6 hours
  • Overnight: Lamay Lodge
  • Meals: B/L/D

Day 3: Explore Lamay | Tour Pisaq | Hike to Viacha | Return to Lamay

  • Morning Options:
    • Option 1 (Cultural Activity – Easy): Visit Pisaq Town & local market and encounter local community of Viachan
    • Option 2 (Bike Excursion – Easy to Moderate): Scenic bike upstream along the Urubamba River from Lamay to Pisaq Town | 2-3 hours
    • Option 3 (Hike – Moderate): Hike from the Amaru community to the community of Viacha (14,200′) | 2.5-3 hours
  • Afternoon:
    • Walk around Viacha and learn about agricultural comunity, enjoy a traditional meal, tour of archaeological site of Pisaq, (optional hike from the ruins to the town of Pisaq), return to Lamay Lodge
  • Overnight: Lamay Lodge
  • Meals: B/L/D

Day 4 : Explore Lamay | Drive to Lares and on to Huacahuasi

  • Morning:
    • Walk around town of Lamay, drive to archaeological site of Ancasmarca and enjoy guided tour of ruins
    • Drive to town of Lares for lunch
  • Afternoon options:
    • Option 1 (Cultural Activity – Easy): Visit Choquecancha town and meet with local weavers
    • Option 2 (Hike – Moderate): Hike from Cuncani to Huacahuasi (13,838′) | 3-4 hours
    • Option 3 (Hike – Challenging): Hike from Quelqena to Huacahuasi (12,595′) | 2-3 hours
  • Overnight: Huachuasi Lodge
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 5 : Experience Huacahuasi (12,579')

  • All-day options
    • Option 1 (Cultural Activity – Easy): Explore the village, meet local weavers and participate in a cooking class
    • Option 2 (Hike – Easy): Visit to the community of Huacahuasi and walk to nearby waterfall | 1-2 hours
    • Option 3 (Hike – Challenging): Hike from Quiswarani to Quelqena (14,505′) | 6-7 hours
  • Overnight: Huacahuasi Lodge
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 6: Transfer from Huacahuasi to Ollantaytambo (9,160')

  • All-day options:
    • Option 1 (Cultural Activity – Easy): Drive back to Sacred Valley, visit museum, lunch at a country restaurant and, in the afternoon, explore the town of Ollantaytambo
    • Option 2 (Bike Excursion – Easy to Moderate): Drive back to Sacred Valley, explore the valley on mountain bike, lunch at a country restaurant and, in the afternoon, explore the town of Ollantaytambo
    • Option 3 (Hike – Moderate to Challenging): Hike from Huacahuasi to Patacancha (14,646′) | 5-6 hours
  • Overnight: Ollantaytambo
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 7: Train Ride from Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu (7,972')

  • Morning options:
    • Option 1 (Cultural Activity – Easy): Late breakfast, meet at the archaelogical site in Ollantaytambo for guided tour
    • Option 2 (Hike – Moderate): Hike Lower Pinkuylluna Mountain above Ollantaytambo | 1-1.5 hours
    • Option 3 (Hike – Moderate to Challenging): Hike Higher Pinkuylluna Mountain above Ollantaytambo | 2 hours
  • Afternoon:
    • Guided tour of archaeological site in Ollantaytambo
    • Free time to explore market
    • Take train to Machu Picchu, check in at hotel
    • Free afternoon
  • Overnight: Inkaterra Lodge
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 8: Explore Machu Picchu and Return to Cusco

  • Morning
    • Take bus to Machu Picchu Sanctuary; guided tour of Inca citadel
  • Late morning options:
    • Option 1 (Cultural Activity – Easy): Free time to explore Machu Picchu Citadel (7,872′)
    • Option 2 (Hike – Moderate to Challenging): Guided hike of Huayna Picchu peak (8,924′) | 2-2.5 hours
  • Afternoon:
    • Lunch at Sanctuary Lodge
    • Transfer back to Aguas Calientas for the Hiram Bingham Express train back to Poroy | 3 hours
    • Take short bus ride from Poroy to Cusco
    • Transportation: Hiram Bingham Train & Private Coach
  • Overnight: Hotel Monasterio
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 9: Cusco to Lima for International Departure

  • Free day in Cusco
  • Lunch on your own
  • Late-afternoon flight to Lima for international departure
  • Meals included: B

TRAVEL NOTES

BEST TIME OF YEAR TO VISIT:

In general, Peru is divided into three temperate zones. The coast is temperate, warmer to the north, while the Andean area is cold and fairly dry, whereas the Amazon area is tropical, hot and humid. There is a wet and a dry season as well. The rainy season spans between October and April with the dry season falling between May and September.

Weather and temperatures during our trek can be extremely variable. Please prepare for a variety of conditions and temperatures ranging between 30 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

ARRIVALS & DEPARTURES:

This trip begins and ends in Cusco, Peru. You will fly into and out of Cusco International Airport (CUZ).

RECOMMENDED FLIGHTS:

There are many flight options.  WWTrek has an expert travel agent that can help you with all of your travel arrangements. We utilize Danny Genung at Harr Travel to book all of our flights. He can be reached at: danny@harrtravel.com or 909.266.0117. The benefit of using a travel agent is in the event of itinerary changes, the travel agent will find the best flight connections, and land arrangements, for you. Though third-party travel websites are convenient, they are not recommended, due to instability in the itineraries.

We recommend that you protect your flight with travel insurance and a refundable ticket.

CUSTOMS, VISA, AND IMMIGRATION:

You will need a passport valid for more than six months after your trip. Make two copies of your passport. Leave one at home and bring the other with you in case of an emergency. Ensure you provide a color copy of your passport to WWTrek, 90-days prior to your departure date. Carry two extra passport photos when you travel.

(U.S. Citizens are not required to obtain a visa for travel in Peru.)

EARLY ARRIVALS/LATE DEPARTURES:

Many guests prefer to arrive before, or leave after, the scheduled itinerary. We can help you make arrangements. Additional charges for early arrival, transportation, lodging, meals, and activities will apply.

GRATUITIES:

As in many parts of the world, tipping is a symbol of a job well done. In addition to recognizing service people such as taxi drivers, restaurant and hotel personnel, we also acknowledge our staff with a tip. You should plan to tip any service person that helps you, 10% for taxi drivers and restaurant staff is usually in order. Check to see that a tip is not already included in the bill. Remember, if tipping in US dollars, to calculate the exchange rate; be careful not to tip too much.

Trekking Staff: At the trails end you will have the opportunity to contribute to a group tipping pool that will be presented as we say our goodbyes.
WWTrek staff tip pool: budget: $200 -$250 / per person
WWTrek lead guide tip: budget: $200-$250 / per person

CURRENCY EXCHANGE:

The official currency in Peru is the Peruvian Nuevo Sol (PEN), referred to as the sol. Due to the fluctuating exchange rates, we recommend doing some research on the current rate before your adventure.

You will have the opportunity to exchange money after you are picked up by your WWTrek guide at the airport. It is easy to exchange money at gift shops both in Cusco and in the smaller villages we will visit. You can exchange money as you go on your trek, using your credit card for your personal expenses at the lodge (or cash if you so choose). Typically, our guests spend about $1,000 for various personal expenses and souvenirs.

BEGIN YOUR ADVENTURE

GENERAL INFORMATION

COUNTRY:

Between the ever-evolving cultural landscape of indigenous peoples and Spanish influences, its multitude of natural wonders, and its economic growth, Peru is a nation of discovery. With a resurgence in cultural pride and open arms to tourists, Peru is an old world destination with an increasingly modern and progressive attitude.

POPULATION:

30.38 million

TIME ZONE:

Peru Time (PET) is 5 hours behind Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). This time zone is in use during standard time in South America.

CAPITAL CITY:

Lima, Peru

PEOPLE:

Essentially, there are two populations in Peru, that of the whites and mestizos (people of mixed indigenous and Spanish decent) and that of the criollos (natives). Many Peruvians maintain the belief that being white is better, contributing to issues of inequality that permeate the government and economical sectors of Peru. There is a significant divide between the wealthy elite, typically whites and mestizos, and the poor, predominantly the criollos. Many Peruvians ascribe to the tradition that men go to work and women stay at home, although this trend is changing. In addition, the government and the Catholic church are closely tied, the official religion of the military is Roman Catholic and priests and other religious figures receive government stipends.

LANGUAGE:

The official languages of Peru are Spanish, Quechua, and Aymara. Quechua and Aymara are languages of the Incas whereas Spanish is a colonial language. Spanish is by far the most widely used, from the coast to the highlands. Here are a few Spanish and Quechua words and phrases you can use during your trip to Peru.

RELIGION:

From the cobblestone streets of the Spanish era to the vine entangled Incan temples hidden among the mountains, Peru has a rich and ever present multicultural heritage. In terms of the national psyche, Peru has its internal struggles related to its tumultuous history such as race, class, gender, and religious issues, but continues to maintain solidarity in their devotion to relationships with friends, family, and the welcoming of guests.

Introduced by the Spanish, Peru is predominantly a Roman Catholic country. However, many of the indigenous Peruvians ascribe to their own blend of Catholicism and traditional beliefs. Reportedly, 80% of the country is Roman Catholic, with about 15% regularly attending church. Religion is perhaps one of the best examples of how indigenous beliefs have melded with Spanish traditions. Many indigenous people symbolize Viracocha (the creator) as the Christian God and Pachamama (the earth mother) as the Virgin Mary.

MONEY:

MONEY TIPS

#1 NEW BILLS: Bring only new bills, less than ten years old, that are in good condition with no rips or damage to them. Old, worn-out bills often cannot be exchanged.

#2 SEPARATE: Do not put your money with your passport since you may have to show it when you do not want to show your money. Money belts come in handy for this reason.

#3 DAY WALLET: Take a small amount of money for your pocket and keep the rest in a safe place.

#4 COUNT YOUR CHANGE: Many people do not count their change and get shorted regularly when they travel.

#5 SMALL BILLS: When you exchange money be sure to ask for small bills. It is hard to buy anything with large bills because local people often times do not have enough change.

#6 CHEAT SHEET: Make an exchange rate cheat sheet. This way when you are buying things it makes sense to you how much you are spending and helps you bargain effectively. A small calculator can be handy as well.

#7 PHOTOCOPY: Photocopy or scan the front and back of your credit cards and passport and keep them in a separate place. If either of them get lost or stolen you will have all of the information necessary to quickly call and report it.

#8 LOCK BOXES: Use the lock boxes in your room and carry a small amount of money outside the hotel. The lock boxes are a safe place for anything valuable.

#9 CHECK FEES: If you use a credit card, check the fees associated with overseas charges. Some places charge as much as 10% to run a card from overseas.

#10 POCKET CHANGE :Keep a small amount of change in your pocket. A quick tip for some help is much easier if you have small bills in your pocket rather than a large bill.