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Lima Cusco and the Inca Trail

  • Route:
  • UK
  • Lima
  • Cusco
  • Huacawasi
  • Willoq
  • Ollantaytambo
  • Aguas Calientes
  • Cusco
  • UK
WALKING TOUR PACE:
9 DAYS from £2184pp

Tour Highlights

  • Discover the Sacred Valley on foot, as you discover the Inca Trail
  • Visit the incredible lost city of Machu Picchu
  • Enjoy a walking tour of Peru's capital, Lima
  • Embark on four full days hiking through the Sacred Valley
  • Meet the self sustaining families of Willoq village

To book call us on 0800 408 0506

Lima Cusco and the Inca Trail

Trek past idyllic farming villages, ancient archaeological sites and the snow-capped peaks of the Andes as you make your way along Inca trails to the breath-taking ruins of Machu Picchu.

Walking Tour Itinerary

Day 1: UK to Lima

Depart the UK on your scheduled, overnight flight to Lima, via Bogota.

    Day 2: Lima

    On arrival in Lima, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Your morning tour of Lima, the 'City of Kings', takes you past the stately Government Palace, located in the Main Square, to the city cathedral, where the remains of conqueror Francisco Pizarro lie. Explore the highly embellished cloisters and entryway of San Francisco Monastery and its network of underground catacombs, used as cemeteries during the colonial period. Wander through the picturesque neighbourhood of San Isidro and the modern district of Miraflores with its beautiful parks, squares, cafes and restaurants. In the late afternoon, take a leisurely walk towards 'Love Park' where you'll soak in incredible sunset views over the Pacific Ocean before dinner at a nearby restaurant.

    • Lunch & Dinner

    Day 3: Lima to Cusco

    After breakfast and a leisurely morning of relaxation, transfer to the airport for your flight to Cusco, located high in the Peruvian Andes. On arrival, take some time to settle in and adjust to the altitude before dinner at a traditional Peruvian restaurant.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 4: Cusco to Huacawasi - 3,600m - Average 4 hours total hiking time with breaks

    Set out on your Inca trek early this morning as you are transferred to the starting point of your trek in the village of Lares, stopping en route at a market in Calca. The Lares Valley trek offers a combination of astounding scenery, traditional culture, and ancient Mayan ruins while the Inca Trail is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful trails in the Americas, leading through tropical jungle reserves and forest-steppe and marking the path used by the Incas for their pilgrimage to the sacred citadel of Machu Picchu. On arrival in Lares, visit the hot springs and relax in their rejuvenating waters. After lunch, walk towards Huacawasi, up a gentle incline that eases you into your trek. On arrival, make your way to the house of one of your horsemen where your tents will be ready and you will receive popcorn, sweets and hot tea before a hearty dinner.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 5: Huacawasi to Willoq - 3,600m to 3,400m - Average 6 hours total hiking time with breaks

    After breakfast, set out on a 4-hour hike up to the Ipsay pass which lies at an altitude of 4,400m and offers spectacular views. Visit a local family and discover more about their daily life, farming techniques and colourful textile design. Continue onward to the village of Patacancha (3650m) for a relaxing break before continuing by car to Willoq village (3,400m), where Andean families live in self-sustaining communities, making their own clothes and rearing livestock. Enjoy dinner with a local family and experience an authentic slice of Andean life, before staying at a local campsite for the evening.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 6: Willoq to Ollantaytambo - 3,400m to 2,850m - Average 5 hours total hiking time with breaks

    Enjoy a morning observing the daily rituals of the Willoq community then begin your walk into the Sacred Valley, reaching Pumamarca (3200m) where you will visit the well-preserved ruins of a hillside fortress. Journey on to Ollantaytambo village (2,850m), home to some of the oldest continuously occupied dwellings in South America. Check into your lodge for an evening of relaxation and dinner.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 7: Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes - 2,850m to 2,040m - Average 5 - 6 hours total hiking time with breaks

    After an early breakfast, transfer to the train station and board a tourist train bound for the starting point of the Royal Inca Trail. Take a scenic hike to Chachabamba (2,270m) for a guided tour of these ancient Inca ruins and ceremonial plaza. Continue your trek to the ruins of Winayhuayna (2,650m), built into a steep hillside overlooking the Urubamba River. Walk onward to the Sun Gate, 'Inti Punku', an excellent observation point where you can soak in amazing views of night falling over Machu Picchu. End your trek at your hotel in Aguas Calientes.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 8: Aguas Calientes to Cusco

    Depart your hotel early this morning and drive towards Machu Picchu, arriving early in the morning to avoid the crowds. This morning, experience one of the highlights of your trip - the incredible citadel of Machu Picchu. Set between 2 forested Andean peaks beneath swirling clouds, the 550-year-old site offers spectacular views in addition to its archaeological wonders. After a tour of the tombs, temples and palaces of this ancient city of ruins, believed to be built for an Incan emperor, enjoy free time to explore the site on your own. Later, a coach carries you back to Aguas Calientes, where you have the option to visit the hot springs (at a fee). In the afternoon, transfer to the train station and board your train to Cusco, arriving in the evening.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 9: Cusco to the UK

    After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Lima and onward connection to the UK or continue on to your extension.

    • Breakfast

    Included in your Walking Tour

    In addition to wonderfully scenic walking trails, we've included a number of features with your comfort, convenience and safety in mind:

    • Included All walks and treks are led by a knowledgeable, local, English-speaking guide and accompanied by a back marker, with well-timed rest stops and picnic breaks factored into all itineraries
    • Included While we can never guarantee weather conditions, departure dates have been carefully selected in order to avoid extreme weather conditions, such as severe heat, cold or rain
    • Included Enjoy comfortable, hand-picked accommodation with all meals provided; packed meals may be provided for long walks and treks.
    • Included Baggage is always transported to your next hotel or lodging with porterage included
    • Included A wide selection of extensions is available at the end of your tour, giving you time to relax and unwind or explore your destination further
    • Included Once you've booked your tour, a comprehensive dossier will be sent to you with a more detailed day-by-day itinerary, flight details, visa requirements and helpful information on what to pack
    • Important Information

      Visas

      British passport holders are not currently required to obtain a visa to travel to Peru. Further advice should be sought from the applicable tourist authority for other nationalities and for general queries. We strongly advise you to check your destinations' Tourist Board or Embassy for the most up to date guidelines regarding passport validity.

      Payment

      If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of £250pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.

      Flight Information

      Your flight is to Jorge Chavez International Airport in Lima with Avianca (AV), via Bogota departing from London Heathrow Terminal 2.
      Each passenger is entitled to 23kg of hold luggage plus one item of hand luggage providing the exterior dimensions (height length width) do not exceed 115cm and 10kg in weight. Weight restrictions will be finalised on your e-ticket receipt. Should you wish to take additional luggage you will need to pay extra at check-in. Heathrow Airport advises that check-in should be three hours before your flight departure time.
      If you wish to arrange Airport car parking or accommodation at preferential rates, we recommend you book this in advance with Holiday Extras on 0871 360 2000, quoting HX313.

      Health and Vaccinations

      It is your responsibility to check any health and vaccination requirements applicable to your booked arrangements. We can only provide general information about this. Health and hygiene facilities and disease risks vary from country to country. You should take health advice about your own needs as early as possible and in good time before your departure. Sources of information include; www.fco.gov.uk, www.travelhealthpro.org.uk/, www.hpa.org.uk, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic. Flying insects including mosquitos are common in this part of the world, you may find it useful to wear long-sleeved, long-legged clothes and use repellents which contain DEET.
      Altitude sickness is a fairly common condition that can occur when you ascend to a high altitude (generally higher than 2,500 metres above sea level) quickly. The decrease in atmospheric pressure can make breathing more difficult as the body is not able to take in as much oxygen. Most cases are mild with symptoms that can include: headache, nausea, dizziness and exhaustion. Several of the places on your trekking holiday are located at high altitude (over 2,500 metres above sea level). Therefore, you may find you experience some symptoms at this altitude. It is advised that at these high altitudes, you keep hydrated and avoid alcohol. If you do experience symptoms of altitude sickness during your tour, ensure you tell your guide immediately who will be able to advise the best thing for you to do. It is advisable to consult your doctor before your holiday for any advice on the effects of altitude sickness and if you have any health problems that this could affect. It is advisable to carry the name, address and telephone details of your GP, in the event of becoming unwell your insurance company may require this information.

      Physical Accessibility

      For this trekking holiday, previous experience and a high level of fitness & stamina is important. Trekking along the Inca Trails can be challenging and consists of varied terrain, steep ascents/ descents and steps. You will be able to take short breaks during your treks, however, please do consider the pace may vary depending on the abilities of the group. It is important to note altitudes vary with most walks between 2,040m and 4,400m, the highest altitude that you will reach will be around 4,400m. We recommend carrying a small backpack and if you are in any doubt as to the tours suitability, please speak to your GP as soon as possible as this is a physically challenging holiday. We recommend that you undertake regular aerobic exercise in the months before you travel, particularly if you are not in the habit of regular exercise. Doing mountain walks or climbing long staircases with a pack is good preparation. Walking, jogging, swimming or riding a bike are all good ways to increase your aerobic fitness, which will allow you to enjoy the trekking to its fullest

      Group Size

      The minimum number of travellers in your group will be 8, and the maximum will be 15. If in the unlikely event there are less than 8 people booked on your tour date, we will endeavour to reduce any disruption to your holiday and try to operate your tour with lower passenger numbers. If we are not able to operate your departure date then you may be asked to change to a different date and a full refund will be made available to you should this alternative not be suitable.

      Currency Information

      The currency in Peru is the Nuevo Sol, the symbol is S/. We recommend that you exchange your currency before you leave the UK. US Dollars are widely accepted in Peru should you wish to keep an alternative currency on you. Cash machines are available in all the major cities to withdraw money in the local currency.

      Personal Expenses

      You will need to take some extra money with you to cover any lunches and dinners where these are not mentioned on your itinerary and personal purchases, such as souvenirs, laundry and extra drinks and snacks. Approximately £100- £200 per person will be sufficient for the duration of the tour.
      Tipping is not compulsory and is at your discretion. Should you wish to tip, we recommend tipping your guide, porter and cook approximately £2-£4 per person per day in total. This will be collected at the end of each day or at the end of your tour for your convenience. Tips are accepted in the local currency and US dollars.

    Tour Dates & Prices

    Depart UKArrive UKPrice
    2018 Dates
    01 Nov 201809 Nov 2018£1999pp
    £1899pp
    2019 Dates
    21 Mar 201929 Mar 2019£1899
    04 Apr 201912 Apr 2019£1999
    16 May 201924 May 2019£2099
    06 Jun 201914 Jun 2019£2049
    12 Sep 201920 Sep 2019£2049
    03 Oct 201911 Oct 2019£2049
    07 Nov 201915 Nov 2019£1999

    Itinerary changes

    Our intention is to adhere to the day-to-day itinerary as printed, however the order of events and sightseeing may vary according to local conditions or for operational purposes. Your local guide will inform you of any schedule changes as they are informed of them. Some road construction and/or weather conditions may lengthen the driving/ trekking times.

    Tour Map

    Lima Cusco and the Inca Trail Route Map

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    • UK
    • Lima
    • Cusco
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    • Willoq
    • Ollantaytambo
    • Aguas Calientes
    • Cusco
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