Our Peruvian Adventure to Machu Picchu combines the very best of the area’s archaeological sites, Peruvian cuisine, expertly-guided adventures, as well as visits to the sacred sites of Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu. These rarely-traveled highland trails are surrounded by the Andes Mountains. This adventure offers a special cultural experience that is off the beaten path, more authentic, and immersive. Each day, expert guides tailor the experience with an offering of a la carte activities and daily cultural encounters. At each day’s sunset, settle into deluxe mountain lodges to prepare for the next day of adventure and exploration.

SUMMARY

TRIP TYPE: Trek

ACTIVITY LEVEL: Easy to Challenging

TRIP LENGTH: 7 days/6 nights

SPACES AVAILABLE: 10 – 24

TRIP COST: From

Double Occupancy

$ 4,900

per person

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Completely immerse yourself in the culture while exploring the Peruvian landscape.
  • Choose from a variety of hikes, cultural activities and activity levels to suit individual traveler.
  • Experience the luxury Hiram Bingham Express, offering multi-course gourmet meals, live music and a view from the observatory car.

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ITINERARIES

Day 1: Arrival Cusco, Peru

  • Arrive to Alejandro Velasco Astete Airport (CUZ), Cusco, Peru, where you will meet your guides
  • Transfer to the Cusco Hotel and check in
  • Afternoon, half day city tour
  • Orientation and gear check
  • Overnight: El Mercado
  • Meals included: L/D

Day 2: Cusco - Chinchero - Lamay

  • Morning departure to the archaeological site of Chinchero
  • Option 1: Explore natural salt mines Maras and Moray (easy)
  • Option 2: Hike from Chinchero to Urquillos (challenging)
  • Overnight: Lamay Lodge
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 3: Lamay - Pisaq - Lamay

  • Travel to Pisaq in two different ways
  • Option 1: Scenic drive to the town square for cultural exploration (easy)
  • Option 2: Hike to Pisaq archaeological site (moderate)
  • Overnight: Lamay Lodge
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 4: Aguas Calientes

  • Transfer in the morning to Ollantaytambo train station for a scenic ride to the trailhead
  • Ascend the Inca trail to catch your first glimpse of the famed Machu Picchu citadel
  • Overnight: Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 5: Mach Picchu

  • Take a bus to Machu Picchu sanctuary for a guided tour of the Inca Citadel
  • You will have two options of how you will tour Machu Picchu
  • Option 1: Free time to explore Machu Picchu Citadel (7,872′) (easy)
  • Option 2: Guided hike to the Sundial Gate (moderate)
  • After a full day visiting Machu Picchu, transfer back to Aguas Calientes for the night
  • Overnight: Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 6: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu

  • Visit the Manuel Chavez Ballon Museum in Aguas Calientes
  • Free time to explore the Aguas Calientes Artisanal Market
  • After lunch, take a voyger train from Aguas Calinetes to Ollantaytambo train station
  • Transfer to Cusco
  • Overnight: El Mercado
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 7: Departure Day

  • Free time to explore Cusco before catching your international departure flight home
  • Meals included: B

What's Included:

  • All services, tours, hikes, entrance and excursion fees described in the attached itinerary
  • 6 nights lodging
  • 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 6 dinners
  • Transportation by trains, vans, and buses
  • Transfer from Cusco airport on Day 1 to hotel
  • Baggage handling throughout adventure
  • WWTrek Lead Professional Medically Certified Guide
  • Local Peruvian guides
  • Services of local English speaking guides throughout
  • Drinking water throughout
  • Services of local porters and staff
  • Pre-trip six week fitness and nutrition program with a consultation with the WWTrek Fitness Specialist

Not Included:

  • International airfare
  • Passport and visa fees (if applicable)
  • Medical expenses and immunizations
  • Travel, evacuation, and medical insurance
  • Meals or bottled beverages other than those specified in the itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature: laundry, soft drinks, incidentals, etc.
  • Expenses incurred due to circumstances outside of the control of World Wide Trekking
  • Gratuities for guides

HUMAN OUTREACH PROJECT IN PERU

One of World Wide Trekking’s founding principles is giving back to the places we travel. Through our sister non-profit, Human Outreach Project, we are making a difference in lives around the globe, and connecting trekkers with voluntourism opportunities in local communities. We have a number of diverse projects in Peru that WWTrek guests can get involved with.

Since 2014, Human Outreach Project has sponsored the annual Pashpa Village Chocolatada Festival by providing food, traditional drinks, and gifts. In 2016, we began construction of a solar powered computer center in Pashpa, followed by a second computer center in the nearby village of Huaripampa, to connect the villages to the world and empower them.

TRAVEL NOTES

Best Time of Year to Visit:

The Peruvian winter (May through October) provides the best traveling experience. This dry season still offers largely varying weather conditions and temperatures. Please prepare for a variety of conditions and temperatures ranging between 30 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

Arrival & Departures:

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

* 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.

Recommended Flights:

International airfare is not included in program pricing. There are many flight options to Cusco, Peru.

We also recommend that you protect you flight with travel insurance and a refundable ticket. Contact Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance to get more information.

Customs, Visas, & Immigration:

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

*Note: Please be sure to have at least six months validity on your passport. Most countries won’t allow travelers in their country unless their passport is expected to expire six months after the last day of travel. Make two copies of your passport. Leave one at home and bring the other with you to Peru, in case of an emergency. Ensure you provide a copy of your passport too WWTrek 90-days prior to your departure date.

Travel Insurance:

We recommend you safeguard your trip by purchasing travel insurance. World Wide Trekking has partnered with Redpoint Travel Insurance as our preferred travel insurance provider. For a price quote, or to purchase travel insurance, visit Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance.

Please Note: You must purchase this plan within 14 days of your deposit payment. Please send us a copy of your plan if you choose to purchase one.

Accommodations:

Upon arrival in Peru, you can expect the finest accommodations.

Health & Safety:

Our stringent commitment to safety means you have access to our medically certified guides before and throughout your trip. Our staff also carries emergency medical equipment such as satellite communicators and medical kits.

Prior to the trip, you will need to get a few prescriptions from your physician: Diamox for altitude sickness, Cipro for stomach ailments, and Z-Pack for respiratory ailments. In addition, we recommend visiting your local International Travel Clinic one month before your trip. Needed vaccinations include a current tetanus shot, annual influenza shot, Varicella, Typhoid, Hep A, and MMR.

Helpful over the counter medications include Imodium Ad, throat lozenges, ibuprofen, eye drops, and any other personal medications you may need.

For more information, feel free to contact us directly with any questions, at 801-943-0264. We can reschedule a phone call with our medical advisor, Dr. Levy, to answer any specific questions regarding your personal needs.

Our Team:

World Wide Trekking boasts an extensive support crew for all of our groups ranging from 8 to 12 people. At headquarters in Salt Lake City, our staff is dedicated to helping you every step of the way. If you’re planning your trip and have a question about which boots to buy, our adventure specialist is just a phone call away.

We provide medically certified, English-speaking Western guides for all of our adventures. Additionally, you have access to a local operations manager and a plethora of local professionals to aid the group on during your trek.

Gratuities:

In many parts of the world, gratuities are given in appreciation for a job well done. Our guides will take care of tipping service personnel along the way so that you don’t have to think about it.

For any additional services outside of our itinerary, plan to tip 10% (transport, restaurants, baggage, lodges, etc). We will provide you with detailed tipping recommendations in your ‘Trip Detail’ document once you sign up.

At the trails end you will have the opportunity to contribute to a group tipping pool that will be presented to your WWTrekking guides and trekking staff as we say our goodbyes.

Currency Exchange:

You will have the opportunity to exchange money after your WWTrek guide escorts you from the airport. You can easily exchange money at gift shops in both Cusco and the smaller villages we visit. Exchange money as you go using your credit card or cash for your personal expenses at the lodge. Typically, our guests spend about $1,000 for various personal expenses, souvenirs, and incidentals.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Country:

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

Population:

With 31.2 million inhabitants, Peru is the 5th most populated country in South America.

Time Zone:

Peru Time (PET) is 5 hours behind Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).

Capitol City:

Lima, Peru

People:

Essentially, two populations reside in Peru, that of the whites and mestizos (people of mixed indigenous and Spanish descent) and that of the criollos (natives). Many Peruvians believe that being white is better. This belief contributes to inequality issues that permeate Peru’s government and economic sectors. A significant divide exists between the wealthy elite, typically whites and mestizos, and the poor, predominantly the criollos. Many Peruvians subscribe 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 work closely together. The official religion of the military is Roman Catholic while priests and other religious figures receive government stipends.

Language:

The official languages of Peru include 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.

Culture & Religion:

From the cobblestone streets of the Spanish era to the vine entangled Incan temples hidden among the mountains, Peru boasts a rich and deep-rooted multicultural heritage. In terms of national psyche, Peru carries its internal struggles related to its tumultuous history such as race, class, gender, and religious issues. Even so, the people continue to maintain solidarity in their devotion to relationships with friends, family, and the welcoming of guests.

Introduced by the Spanish, Peru’s predominant religion is Roman Catholic. However, many of the indigenous Peruvians subscribe 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.

Currency:

The official currency in Peru is the Peruvian Nuevo Sol (PEN), referred to as the sol. Due to fluctuating exchange rates, we recommend searching online to find out the current rate before your adventure.