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Heights Of Machu Picchu

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness. Strenuous
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
13 days
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Overview

Highlights

  • Lake Titicaca - The highest navigable lake in the world. (Optional visit to Uros and Taquile islands)
  • The Inca Trail - Fully supported four-day trek along the classic Inca Trail
  • Machu Picchu - One of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Discover this famous Inca citadel surrounded by cloudforest
  • Cusco - Explore the ancient capital city of the Incas

Short Description

Explore the highlights of Peru on this fascinating two-week trip. Along the way discover the reed islands of Lake Titicaca, the birthplace of the Inca civilisation. From Cusco, the ancient Inca capital, travel into the Sacred Valley to begin our four-day trek along the Inca Trail to the impressive mountain citadel of 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 Cusco

Travel Theme

Education / Learning

Destinations

Peru

Cities & Attractions

Cusco Machu Picchu

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Trip Includes

Included Activities:

Additional notes for trips that include the Inca Trail 1. In order to regulate the number of people walking on the Inca Trail it is necessary to buy an Inca Trail Pass specific to the days that you wish to travel. There are 200 passes per day for tourists, the remainder are for guides and porters. 2. If you are travelling on an Explore trip, Explore buy the necessary permit on your behalf. This is non-refundable and can't be refunded or transferred after you have confirmed your booking. 3. Passes sell out quickly, so we would urge that you book your tour well ahead of your intended travel date. New Inca Passes are released in early October of each year, so ideally we would recommend that you book your trip at least 6 months ahead and by December for the following year where possible. 4. Please note that due to the way the passes are distributed in October although a tour departure may be 'Guaranteed' we are unable to guarantee individual Inca Trail passes until we have confirmation that the passes have been purchased. On booking we will be able to tell you the date that your pass should be confirmed, and will contact you immediately in the (unusual) event that it is not. Because of this we would recommend that you either book your flights through Explore or ensure that your tickets are flexible / refundable. 5. In order to buy your pass we will need to take an additional £125 per person non refundable deposit and require your: name as per passport, passport number, date of birth and nationality. If you change passport before travelling it will be necessary to provide a copy of both passports in advance of travelling and to carry a copy of your previous passport with you. 6. The Peruvian authorities may change the regulations for the Inca Trail Pass at any time. In the event of this we will inform you as soon as possible.

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Join tour Lima

Description

Arrive to Lima and check-in at hotel. Afternoon city tour of Lima. Lima, Peru's capital, was founded in 1535 AD by the Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro. It was built on the Pacific coast, by the Rimac River and close to the natural harbour of Callao, on land that had already been inhabited for thousands of years. Today Lima is a modern city, but there are obvious reminders of its ancient and colonial past. It is also gaining a reputation as a culinary centre.

Included Meals : None

Day 2 - Fly to Juliaca; drive to Puno

Description

We fly up to Juliaca on the high Altiplano after a short city tour in the morning. On arrival in Puno we will take a short drive to Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world at an elevation of 3860m, and also the legendary birthplace of the Inca civilisation. The local Aymara, Quechua and Uros people have larger lungs, hearts and spleens, and blood that is particularly rich in red corpuscles, so have adapted to high altitude living. We drive to our hotel in Puno, a lake side town, and relax and acclimatise for the rest of the day.

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 3 - Visit Sillustani pre-Inca burial ground. Explore around Lake Titicaca

Description

This morning we drive to the 'chullpas' (funeral towers) of Sillustani, which probably date from the 14th century. They are positoned on a peninsula overlooking a lagoon amongst stunning highland scenery. There is also the opportunity to visit a local farmers house (optional). In the afternoon we explore the small town of Chucuito, visiting the colonial churches, Inca fertilty temple and the Totora Museum.

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 4 - Free day. Optional visit to Uros and Taquile Islands

Description

Today is free to explore the local area. We have the option to take a boat trip on Lake Titicaca to explore the floating reed islands, home to the Uros people who live on the lake itself. Their islands are made from totora, a reedlike papyrus that grows in the shallows and is used in most aspects of their life, including the construction of their boats and homes. We then continue to the less visited island of Taquile which has preserved much of its Inca and pre-Inca heritage and the islanders still speak the language of the Inca - Runa Simi or Quechua.

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 5 - Travel through the Andes to Cusco

Description

Today we follow the legendary route taken by the first Inca ruler - Manco Capac - on his way to find Cusco. Driving up to the northern limit of the Altiplano we cross Las Raya pass (4335m) and descend to Cusco visiting the Inca temple ruins at Raqchi en route. Depending on time, those who wish may visit the colonial church at Andahuaylillas. The scenery is desolate but magnificent and we may spot flocks of llamas and alpacas grazing on the windswept pastures.

It is possible take an optional excursion from Puno to Cusco on the Andean Explorer Train. This needs to be pre-booked at the time of booking. However please note that the train will no longer be running from 1st May 2017.

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 6 - Visit to Sacsayhuaman and Pisac market

Description

The old capital of the Inca Empire survives only in its ruins, imbued with an atmosphere of mystery and grandeur. The Spanish-style city of today's Cusco, with its attractive pink tiled roofs, arcaded plazas and steep winding alleyways, stands upon tremendous Inca foundation stones. The interlocking stones, assembled so carefully that a knife blade cannot be forced between the multi-sided joints, were highly functional as well as beautiful - they are earthquake-proof! During our stay, we plan to visit the remarkable market at Pisac, perhaps the most famous indigenous market in Peru. We will also visit Cusco's temple-citadel Sacsayhuaman which broods high above the town, its huge, zigzagging stone walls broken into 66 sharply projecting angles to catch attackers in a withering crossfire - It took 20,000 conscripted workers toiling for 90 years to finish this fortress. We also plan a walking tour of the lovely city of Cusco to see important Inca monuments, such as the Inca wall of Hatunrumiyoc with its famous twelve-sided stone. The stone, measuring some 5 feet across, has the typical bevelled joints which create the patterns of light and shadow on Inca walls.

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 7 - Commence Inca Trail. Walk to Llaqtapata ruins

Description

We drive to Km 82, stopping at the Inca site of Ollantaytambo. The major highlight of the trip is without doubt the trek along the Inca Trail. The trail was first explored by Hiram Bingham in 1911 and opened for walkers in 1970. The famous ruins of Machu Picchu are not the only historical remains within the area: many other interesting sites are hidden in places which can only be reached on foot, and have scarcely been explored. Our trek starts by crossing the Urubamba river, then follow its rapids down the Sacred Valley of the Incas to Llaqtapata (2700m). Here we camp below the ruins of Llactapata.
Todays 6km walk is expected to take around 2.5hrs with an ascent of 100m

Included Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 - Follow river to Wayllabamba village. Continue to Llulluchapampa

Description

Following the course of the Kusichaca river the trail leads to Wayllabamba, a quiet village of Inca origins and the last settlement on the route. We continue to Llulluchapampa (3800m) which affords stunning views of the snowy peaks around us. Here we set up camp for the night.
Todays 12kms walk is expected to take around 6hrs with 1080m ascent.

Included Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 - Cross 'Dead Woman's Pass' (4200m). Through cloudforest to Phuyupatamarca

Description

Today we trek over the Warmiwanusca (Dead Woman) Pass (4200m), to the valley of the Pacamayo river with its tropical vegetation. We then cross the Runkuraqay Pass (3950m). Here the selva (jungle) becomes visible on the slopes of the mountains. Sayacmarca ruins are on a rocky promontory. They command an imposing view and have only one means of access, a narrow granite stairway. Our trail goes through cloud forest with vines, exotic flowers (among them orchids) and luxuriant trees, then on through an Inca tunnel and along a ridge above the Urubamba river to the lovely Phuyupatamarca ruins (3579m). The views of the Urubamba and (if we are lucky) the snowcapped peaks of Veronica (5750m) and Salkantay make these ruins one of the most beautiful places on the trail. We set up camp nearby.
Todays 15km walk is expected to take around 9hrs with 1000m ascent and 630m descent.

Included Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 - Arrive to Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate

Description

We descend to Winay-Wayna ruins (2591m), a small Inca city which, like Machu Picchu, was abandoned for unknown reasons. Then from Inti Punku - the Gate of the Sun - there is a sudden and fantastic view of the 'Lost City' itself, Machu Picchu, set in a grandiose landscape that amazes all spectators. We walk down through the site, then travel down to our simple accommodation in the town of Aguas Calientes situated on the valley floor below Machu Picchu.
Todays 12km walk is expected to take around 6hrs with 10o0m descent.

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 11 - Revisit Machu Picchu. Return to Ollantaytambo by train. Continue by bus to Cusco

Description

Our final morning is spent at Machu Picchu, probably the most astounding feat of engineering in all of ancient America. Temples, stairways, palaces and gabled stone dwellings are scattered everywhere, testifying to the energy and ingenuity of the builders. We have a guided tour with our Tour Leader then have some free time to explore further. It is also possible to climb the steep peak of Huayna Picchu to look down on the Temple of the Sun, or the nearby peak of Machu Picchu Mountain. (These must be pre-paid at time of booking. If you change your passport between your time of booking and prior to travel it is important for both the Inca Trail pass and these excursions that you bring your original passport with you). Later we return to Cusco by train and then by bus.

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 12 - Free day. Opportunity to go white water rafting

Description

Today is free to relax in Cusco. Alternatively for those interested in archaeology, the Inca sites of Qenko, Puka Pukara and Tambo Machay are readily accessible. Or you may wish to go white water rafting (grade 2-3) on the Urubamba river (optional). No previous experience is necessary as instruction is given and all safety equipment is provided.

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 13 - Tour ends in Cusco

Description

Our tour ends today in Cusco after breakfast.

Included Meals : Breakfast

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The highlight of this trip was seeing Machu Picchu, which I loved it.

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Optional Activities

Optional Excursions

Lima - Half day Urban cooking classes Sky Kitchen class US$97 pp; Yummy Class US$77 (both based on a minimum of 2 pers) - These are available to those who arrive early or have pre tour accommodation. On arrival you will receive a message in Reception. Puno - Boat trip to Taquile island including Uros island en route US$ 47; Cusco - Rafting on Urubamba River US$ 65 (depending on numbers); Outlying sites US$ 36; Machu Picchu - Huayna Picchu £60; Machu Picchu Mountain £60. Subject to availability - these must be pre-paid at time of booking and is non-refundable. If you change your passport between your time of booking and prior to travel please take your original passport with you to avoid being fined Aguas Calientes - Hot springs US$ 4 Lima - City tour approximately US$ 30; Larco Herrera Museum US$ 35 guided, US$ 11 unguided; Lima detour - alternative view of the city of Lima US$ 35 (price may go up if less than 4 passengers) Pucusana Fishing Village US$65 (based on 3); Pachacamac site US$45 (based on 4) inc. pottery class US$60 (time permitting)

Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Intimate Group - 12 max

Generally 10 - 16

Accomodations

Accommodation Notes

We avoid the crowds on our three night trek, and camp away from the main campsites. Two-man tents are provided with plenty of room for two people and bags. There is also a dining tent and a toilet tent. The trek is fully supported by our team of porters who set up and take down the tents, and prepare our meals. They also carry water and all bags except daysacks, under strict guidelines. Your guesthouse on day 10 has ensuite twin rooms.

Guides

An Explore Leader is an integral part of any Explore trip and your trip will be led by one of our experienced Explore Leaders who have been handpicked and expertly trained. We believe that our Explore Leaders are the key to the success of our trips; they are passionate travellers who are bursting with first-hand local knowledge which they love to share. Your Explore Leader will also take care of all the planning and organisation throughout your journey. Their passionate approach will make this trip fun and inspiring, bringing the destination to life whether you're travelling alone or with others.

Tour Staff

Local Guide(s), Boat Crew, Cook, Explore Tour Leader / Trek Guide, Porter(s), Local Guide(s), Boat Crew, Cook, Explore Tour Leader / Trek Guide, Porter(s)

Additional Information:

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Additional JIs for FI - Start Tour

For this tour the meeting time in the table above is your hotel earliest check in time. Our representative meeting you at Lima airport will give you the details of your transfer back to Lima airport on day 2 - Should you wish to meet other members in the group we recommend you meet in reception at 7pm. You will not meet your Explore Leader on day 1 but on day 2. They will meet you on your arrival at Juliaca airport . The representative taking you to Lima airport on Day 2 will have the tickets for your internal flight to Juliaca. The Peruvian customs officials no longer require you to fill in a landing card. Therefore, on arrival in Peru please make sure you receive a hard copy of the Andean Immigration Card (known as TAM) from immigration officials. Showing this card is mandatory during check-in. Airport arrival transfers - There have been incidents of unofficial taxis taking business within the airport, with fake signs from travel companies. If you have an included transfer please look for a representative wearing an Explore or Condor T-shirt.

Additional JIs for LO - Start Tour

For this tour the meeting time in the table above is your hotel earliest check in time. There will be a note left for you in reception with details of your transfer to Lima airport on day 2 - Should you wish to meet other members in the group we recommend you meet in reception at 7pm. You will not meet your Explore Leader on day 1 but on day 2. They will meet you on your arrival at Juliaca airport . The representative taking you to Lima airport on day 2 will have the tickets for your internal flight to Juliaca. The Peruvian customs officials no longer require you to fill in a landing card. Therefore, on arrival in Peru please make sure you receive a hard copy of the Andean Immigration Card (known as TAM) from immigration officials. Showing this card is mandatory during check-in. Airport arrival transfers - There have been incidents of unofficial taxis taking business within the airport, with fake signs from travel companies. If you have an included transfer please look for a representative wearing an Explore or Condor T-shirt.

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