PERUVIAN ADVENTURE TO MACHU PICCHU

Our Peruvian Adventure to Machu Picchu combines the very best of the area’s archaeological sites, a taste of Peruvian cuisine, expertly-guided adventures such as biking and hiking, as well as visits to the sacred sites of Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu. These rarely traveled highland trails are surrounded by beautiful glacier peaks. Opportunities to spot llamas or alpacas while traversing near stunning turquoise lakes, abound. 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 à la carte activities and daily cultural encounters. At each day’s sunset, settle into deluxe mountain lodges run in partnership with local communities, to prepare for a new day of multi-activity adventure and exploration.

SUMMARY

TRIP TYPE: Adventure

ACTIVITY LEVEL: Easy/Moderate

TRIP LENGTH: 9 days/8 nights

SPACES AVAILABLE: 8 – 22

TRIP COST: From

Double Occupancy

$ 5,400

per person

Single Supplement

$ 975

per person

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Immerse yourself in Peruvian culture as you explore the ancient ruins of the Incan empire
  • Tour the Sacred Valley with your choice of cultural activities, hikes, bike excursions, and more
  • Cruise the lavish Hiram Bingham Orient Express train while returning to Cusco

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ITINERARY

Day 1: Welcome to Cusco (11,220’) - 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
  • Welcome orientation and gear check
  • Group dinner and evening entertainment at the hotel
  • Overnight: El Mercado or comparable
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 2: Transfer from Cusco to Chinchero to Lamay (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 | 6 hours | Elevation at pass 14,550′
  • 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 spend time with the 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 | 2.5-3 hours | Mountain pass elevation 14,200′
  • 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 a 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 | 3-4 hours | Mountain pass elevation 13,838′
    • Option 3: Hike: (Easy to Moderate): Hike from Quelqena to Huacahuasi | 2-3 hours | pass elevation 12,595′
  • 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 | 6-7 hours | mountain pass elevation 14,505′
  • Overnight: Huacahuasi Lodge
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 6: 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 | 5-6 hours | elevation 14,646′
  • 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) Lower Pinkuylluna Mountain above Ollantaytambo | 1-1.5 hours
    • Option 3: Hike: (Moderate to Challenging) Higher Pinkuylluna Mountain above Ollantaytambo | 2 hours
  • Afternoon:
    • Guided tour of archaeological site in Ollantaytambo
    • Free time to explore market
    • Take train to Aguas Calientes
    • 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 for a 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 or comparable
  • 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

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.

Arrivals & Departures:

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

* 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 airfares are not included in program pricing. There are many flight options. Our travel expert, Danny Genung at Harr Travel is more than happy to help you with all of your travel arrangements from the U.S. to Cusco. You can reach him 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, we do not recommend using them, due to instability in the itineraries. We also recommend that you protect your flight with travel insurance and a refundable ticket.

Customs, Visas, & Immigration:

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

*Please Note: Your passport must be valid for at least six months after your trip. Make two copies of your passport, leave one at home and bring the other with you to Peru along with two extra passport photos in case of an emergency. Ensure you provide a color copy of your passport to WWTrek 90-days prior to your departure date.

Travel Insurance:

We recommend purchasing travel insurance, which will protect you in the event of an unanticipated cancellation of your trip, and depending on the plan you choose, can refund all the costs already paid (including flights, trip costs, and your payment to us). Please note: you must purchase this plan within 14 days of your deposit payment. There are three plans that we recommend choosing from: Cavalry, Rip Cord or Harbor. 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 while staying in lavish lodgings such as the El Mercado in Cusco. Enjoy stays in other hotels including the Lamay Lodge, Huachuasi Lodge, and Inkaterra Hotel to name a few. Finish out your trip riding the Hiram Bingham Express train and stay in the luxurious Hotel Monasterio.

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 phones 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 travel vaccination 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 Dr. Levy, our medical advisor at 801.943.0264.

Our Team:

World Wide Trekking boasts an extensive support crew for all of our groups ranging from eight 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 during your Adventure.

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 a tipping guide once you sign up for a trip.

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).

Capital 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 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.

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.

Money:

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.