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Machu Picchu Calling tour
Andes Mountains Arequipa Machu Picchu Calling Trip

Machu Picchu Calling

Encounters Travel
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Travel Style: For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
15 days
From: $ 2,759 $ 184 / day
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Short Description

Discover the lost land of the Incas and visit Machu Picchu on this 15 day tour of Peru. Starting in Lima we visit the mysterious Nazca Lines before travelling into the majestic Andes mountains for the classic trek to Machu Picchu

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
Spend most of the time outdoors. Common trip themes and activities include cycling, hiking, kayaking, whitewater rafting.
Itinerary Focus Active
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City N/A
End City N/A

Trip Includes

  • Airport transfer on arrival in Lima
  • Ballestas Islands boat tour
  • Overnight desert camp & barbeque
  • Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu (4-day trek including all meals and guide)
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu
  • Return train from Machu Picchu
  • Flight Cuzco to Lima
  • All accommodation (small & simple hotels & guesthouses & 3 nights camping on Inca Trail)
  • Meals as per itinerary (approx 40%)
  • Services of tour leader
  • All local transport
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    Itinerary

    Day 1, Arrive into Lima
    Upon arrival our staff will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel in Lima for the start of your trip.
    | OVERNIGHT:
    Lima Hotel

    Day 2, Lima. Drive to Paracas National Reserve. Ballestas Island boat trip
    Departing Lima, our tour begins with a trip south to the Ballestas Islands nestled in the Paracas National Reserve. We enjoy a boat ride here to view the incredible concentration of rare and exotic birds and sea mammals which make this one of the most important marine reserves in the world.
    | OVERNIGHT:
    Ica hotel
    | MEALS:
    Breakfast

    Day 3, Drive through the Ica Desert to the Oasis of Huacachina
    This morning we make the short drive through the Ica Desert to the heart of Peru’s wine region. Visiting the Tacama winery we have the chance to sample the local wine as well as the country’s national drink, Pisco. We then head to the nearby Oasis of Huacachina – a palm fringed lake surrounded by sand dunes where we can relax on the beach and enjoy a swim before we take things up a notch with a thrill inducing dune buggy ride over the massive sand dunes. This evening enjoy the desert sunset as we make camp and sleep under the stars.
    | OVERNIGHT:
    Camping
    | MEALS:
    Breakfast

    Day 4, Visit the Nazca Lines & Chauchilla Cemetery. Drive to Arequipa
    Today we travel to one of South America’s most mysterious sites as we visit the intriguing Nazca Lines. Believed to have been present for over 2,000 years these huge figures carved into the desert floor were only discovered 80 years ago from the air and as such there are many contrasting theories as to what they actually signify – feel free to ask the locals! We then head to the Chauchilla Cemetery famous for its well-preserved mummies before saying goodbye to the Atacama Desert to begin our climb into the Andes towards Arequipa.
    | OVERNIGHT:
    Arequipa
    | MEALS:
    Breakfast

    Day 5, Arequipa and the Colca Canyon
    The next four days are spent in and around Colca Canyon and the surrounding areas. We include an overnight visit to the Colca Canyon, which at 900m is not only one of the deepest in the world but also the home of the majestic Condors. Here you can view the condors circling lazily in the thermals rising from the canyon floor. Some of the other activities available to arrange in this beautiful part of Peru include white water rafting, cycling, horse riding and trekking.
    | OVERNIGHT:
    Arequipa hotel
    | MEALS:
    Breakfast

    Day 6, Arequipa and the Colca Canyon
    Full day in and around Colca Canyon to enjoy optional activitis including white water rafting, cycling, horse riding and trekking.
    | OVERNIGHT:
    Arequipa hotel
    | MEALS:
    Breakfast

    Day 7, Arequipa and the Colca Canyon
    Full day in and around Colca Canyon to enjoy optional activitis including white water rafting, cycling, horse riding and trekking.
    | OVERNIGHT:
    Arequipa hotel
    | MEALS:
    Breakfast

    Day 8, Arequipa and the Colca Canyon
    Full day in and around Colca Canyon to enjoy optional activitis including white water rafting, cycling, horse riding and trekking.
    | OVERNIGHT:
    Arequipa hotel
    | MEALS:
    Breakfast

    Day 9, Arrive in Cuzco. Sacred Valley of the Incas tour
    An overnight coach journey carries us through the Andes to Cuzco – the adventure capital of Peru and starting point of the Inca trail. We will be based here for the next 7 days as we seek to explore the dramatic landscape and learn about the unique cultures that have existed here for thousands of years. Arriving early morning we have chance to tour the stunning Sacred Valley of the Incas, home to temples, terrace fields and bustling local markets before returning to Cuzco for a good night’s sleep in preparation of our trek the next day.
    | OVERNIGHT:
    Cuzco Hotel
    | MEALS:
    Breakfast Day 10, Begin Inca Trail, trek to Machu Picchu
    We head out early from Cuzco to the Urubamba Valley from where we begin our 4-day trek along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. A stunning combination of panoramic views, Inca ruins and magnificent mountains make this one of the most exotic adventures in the world. Reaching over 4,200m in places the trail winds up through lush valleys and tiny, hospitable villages where we spend the nights. All guides and porters are included on the trek.
    | OVERNIGHT:
    Basic accommodation
    | MEALS:
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Day 11, Trek to Machu Picchu
    Full day spent trekking along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
    | OVERNIGHT:
    Basic accommodation
    | MEALS:
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Day 12, Trek to Machu Picchu
    Full day spent trekking along the Inca trail to Machu Picchu.
    | OVERNIGHT:
    Basic accommodation
    | MEALS:
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Day 13, Trek to Machu Picchu, train to Cuzco
    Today we complete our trek to Machu Picchu then we return to Cuzco by train.
    | OVERNIGHT:
    Cuzco hotel
    | MEALS:
    Breakfast Day 14, Cuzco. Free time
    To help recover from our trek we have 2 free days in Cuzco. Feel free to explore more of the city and its museums and churches or look for local crafts from Alpaca woollen jumpers to Andean musical instruments and local jewellery. If you still have the energy you can arrange an adventurous white water rafting trip on either the Urubamba or Apurimac River.
    | OVERNIGHT:
    Cuzco Hotel
    | MEALS:
    Breakfast Day 15 Cuzco. Transfer to airport for flight to Lima
    Today sees the end of the trip as we board the plane back to Lima. Extra nights are available on request where the trip ends on arrival.
    | OVERNIGHT:
    None
    | MEALS:
    Breakfast

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    Intimate Group - 12 max

    Maximum Number of People in Group: 18

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  • Optional excursions as listed in the pre-departure information
  • International flights
  • End of trip airport transfers
  • Meals not specified
  • Travel insurance
  • Airport taxes
  • National Park entrance fees totalling approx. US$30
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