Inca Encounter

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Inca Encounter
Inca Encounter
Inca Encounter
Inca Encounter
Start:Lima
Finish:Cusco
Duration:9 Nights
Group size:1 - 12
Suitable for: 15-99 years
Accommodation:Camping (with basic facilities) (3 nights), Hotel (4 nights), Jungle Lodge (2 nights)
Physical rating:High
Meals:9 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners
Diets:Vegetarians
Tour operated in: English

Overview

Travel to South America and tour Peru on an eye-opening sojourn from the depths of the Amazon to the heights of the Andes. Visit Lima, explore ancient Cusco, see the lush Sacred Valley and Ollantaytambo, and marvel at the wonder of Machu Picchu. Offering an up close look at Peru's diverse attractions, this is an unforgettable trip at a relaxing pace. Discover ancient cultures, natural wonders, welcoming locals and vibrant modern life as you journey through the homeland of the Incas. .......read more
Highlights
  • Descend into the vast catacombs beneath Lima on an underground tour. This is a side of Peru's capital not many people have seen
  • Marvel at ancient Incan architecture throughout the fertile Sacred Valley, before discovering the mother of all Incan cities, Machu Picchu. Enjoy a guided tour of the ruins and free time to explore on your own
  • Experience the untouched world of the Amazon rainforest. Stroll along jungle trails on the lookout for monkeys, parrots, otters and caiman, and sleep in a nature lodge lit by candles and kerosene lamps
  • Enjoy plenty of free time in Cusco to discover the city's colonial and Inca architecture
Accommodation
  • Camping (with basic facilities) (3 nights), Hotel (4 nights), Jungle Lodge (2 nights)
Transport
  • Plane , Canoe , Private Vehicle
Included Activities
  • Lima - Guided tour of San Francisco Monastery including The Catacombs
  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
  • Cusco - Orientation Walk
  • Cusco - Full Boleto Turistico Pass (access to 16 archaeological sites, transport & guides not included)
  • Cusco - Chocolate Museum Visit & Hot Chocolate
  • Sacred Valley - Community visit & lunch

Itinerary

Location: Lima

Bienvenidos! Welcome to Lima, Peru. On arrival at Lima's Jorge Chavez International Airport, you'll be transferred to your hotel in the well-known coastal suburb of Miraflores. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 2 pm where you'll meet your tour leader and travel group. After the formalities are out of the way, dive in to life in Lima. Jump on public transport and head downtown for a guided walking tour of the city's historical centre. Take in the ornate spectacle of the colonial mansions, palaces and churches that line the streets; pay a visit to San Francisco Monastery and its catacombs; and browse the fresh produce on offer at Lima's central market, tasting fresh fruit and street food. Your walking tour wraps up in Lima's main square, with the rest of the day free to do as you wish. Perhap head out for dinner with the group.

Included Activities:
-Lima - Guided tour of San Francisco Monastery including The Catacombs
-Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer

Optional Activities:
-Lima - Museo de la Nacion
-Lima - Gold Museum
-Lima - Museum of the Inquisition - Free
-Lima - Cathedral visit
-Lima Coast Biking Tour - Urban Adventures
-Lima - Night Bites & Sights - Urban Adventures
-Lima - Private Lima: Home Cooked Tour Urban Adventure (price from)

Accommodation: ,Hotel,

Meals: ,No Meals,

Location: Amazon Jungle

Rise and shine for your journey into the wilds of the Peruvian Amazon. Take an early morning transfer to Lima airport, then board a three-hour flight to the frontier town of Puerto Maldonado. Upon your arrival, lodge staff will take you to their office in town. Pack a small duffle bag with clothing and other items needed for two days in the jungle, stow the rest of your luggage and then travel by private vehicle to the water. Here, board a motorised canoe and cruise deep into the jungle. The journey to your eco-lodge in the Madre de Dios region will take around three hours, and you'll be given a packed lunch on the way. Arrive and settle in to your thatched-roof lodge before a short orientation walk of the immediate area and a briefing. Spend the evening getting aquainted with the sights and smells of the jungle and fall asleep to the sounds of nature.

Accommodation: ,Lodge,

Meals: ,Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner,

Location: Amazon Jungle

Get ready for an unforgettable day exploring the depths of the jungle! Set out on a half-day trek guided by local experts on the area's flora and fauna. Learn from your guides about the medicinal and practical uses for some of the plants that grow here, which indigenous people have been studying and using for thousands of years. On your walk, keep an eye out for rainbow coloured macaws and butterflies, and listen for the barking call of the peccaries and chattering of monkeys that call the jungle home. This part of the Amazon is also known to house capybaras, giant otters and jabirus, so keep your eyes peeled for these exotic creatures. Return to the lodge for lunch and some free time to relax. Once the sun goes down, venture out on a night walk in search of some of the jungle's nocturnal inhabitants.  

Accommodation: ,Lodge,

Meals: ,Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner,

Location: Cusco

Leave behind the natural wonders of the Amazon for the man-made wonders of Cusco today. Return to Puerto Maldonado to collect your luggage, then take a flight to the lofty city. Once you have arrived, maybe head out for dinner with your fellow travellers – your leader can recommend some good places to grab a meal. If you're feeling adventurous, why not try one of the many establishments serving up cuy, which you might know by the English name of guinea pig. Or perhaps head to Manos Unidas cafe, a central pizzeria which also provides vocational training for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Included Activities:
-Cusco - Leader-led orientation walk
-Cusco - Full Boleto Turistico Pass (access to 16 archaeological sites, transport & guides not included)
-Cusco - Chocolate Museum Visit & Hot Chocolate

Accommodation: ,Hotel,

Meals: ,Breakfast,

Location: Sacred Valley, Ollantaytambo

After a short walking tour of Cusco, travel by private bus through the Sacred Valley. Known as Wilcamayo to the Incas, the valley has been a source of livelihood to the locals for hundreds of years. You’ll see maize crops covering the terraced valley walls and the sacred river beneath. For lunch, visit a community that live in the valley and learn about the local lifestyle and language. If it’s market day, you may have the opportunity to browse the local handicrafts such as beads and ponchos. Continue your journey to the town of Ollantaytambo where you’ll spend the night. If there’s time you may like to see the town’s archaeological site, which includes remnants of an Inca city and soaring views over the present-day settlement.

Included Activities:
-Sacred Valley - Community visit & lunch

Accommodation: ,Hotel,

Meals: ,Breakfast,Lunch,

Location: INCA TRAIL, Inca Quarry Trail

Depending on the travel arrangements you made before the trip, during the next four days you’ll be doing one of the following: hiking the Classic Inca Trail, hiking the Inca Quarry Trail or staying in Cusco for another two days before taking the train to Aguas Calientes. While away from Cusco, the bulk of your luggage will be stored at your hotel. If you’re hiking the Inca Trail or the Inca Quarry Trail, the evening before you leave Cusco you'll receive a small duffle bag to carry your clothes in for the next four days (5 kg maximum). Your team of porters will carry these bags for you, together with the food and equipment for the trail. Please note that you won't have access to these items until the end of each day, as the porters will always be ahead of the group. If you’re travelling to Aguas Calientes by train, you'll be able to leave most of your luggage at the hotel in Cusco and only travel with the necessary items during the excursion by train. Route 1 Classic Inca Trail: Today travel by minivan to the 82 kilometre marker and meet your crew of local porters, cook and guide. The first day includes uphill trekking to the campsite, which is at 3100 metres above sea level. On the way you’ll see the Inca sites of Ollantaytambo, Huillca Raccay and Llactapata, as well as incredible views of snow-capped Veronica Peak. In the evening, unwind at the campsite with a nourishing meal. Note: The Inca Trail is within the abilities of most reasonably fit people, but please come prepared, as the trail is 45 kilometres long and often steep. Each day's journey generally consists of seven hours of walking (uphill and downhill), with stops for snacks and lunch. Trekking usually begins at 7 am (except on the fourth morning) and you reach the campsite around 5 pm. Accommodation on the trek is camping (three nights). Double tents (twin-share) and foam camping mats will be provided. The porters will set up the tents while the cook prepares meals. Route 2 Inca Quarry Trail: Make an early start today and drive to Choquequilla, a small ceremonial place where Incas worshipped the moon. Drive to the starting point of the trek, Rafq'a, and meet the horsemen who join us on the hike. After an hour’s walk, reach the small community of Socma. Carry on to the Perolniyoc cascade lookout, an opportunity to stop for photos and a food break. Continue to the campsite, which is 3700 metres above sea level. You should reach the campsite around lunchtime. After lunch, set off to explore the Q'orimarca archaeological site, which once served as a checkpoint to the Incas. Note: The Inca Quarry Trail is within the abilities of most reasonably fit people. The hike is 26 kilometres long in total and its highest pass is at 4450 metres above sea level. Throughout the trek, horses will carry your gear and camping equipment. The first two nights are spent camping and the third night you will stay at a simple hotel. Double tents (twin-share) and foam camping mats will be provided. The porters will set up the tents while the cook prepares meals. Route 3 Train: For those travellers not hiking, today you visit the archaeological site of Chinceros, on the way to Cusco. Your Intrepid leader travels back to Cusco with you and is at hand to assist you make the most of your time. Notes: Included lunch and dinner on this day is for people trekking the Inca or Inca Quarry Trail only.

Accommodation: ,Camp,

Meals: ,Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner,

Location: INCA TRAIL, Inca Quarry Trail

Route 1 Classic Inca Trail: This is the most challenging day of the trek as you ascend a long steep path (approximately five hours) to reach the highest point of the trail. Colloquially known as 'Dead Woman's Pass', Warmiwanusca sits at a height of 4200 metres above sea level, providing amazing views of the valley below. The group will then descend to the campsite in the Pacaymayo Valley at 3650 metres. Route 2 Inca Quarry Trail: This is the most challenging and rewarding day of the hike. A three-hour walk takes us to the top of the first pass of Puccaqasa (approximately 4370 metres high). After enjoying picturesque views of the valley, it’s a short walk before stopping for lunch. Afterwards, make the two-hour hike to Kuychicassa, the highest pass of the trek at 4450 metres. From here, descend to the sacred site the Incas called Intipunku (Sun Gate), with views of the Nevado Veronica mountain. Head to the campsite, only a stone’s throw away at Choquetacarpo. Route 3 Train: Today is free for you to continue exploring Cusco at your own pace. For you to make the most of your free time in Cuzco, your trip includes a “Full Boleto Turistico”, a tourist pass that gives you access to 16 archaeological sites in and around Cuzco, including Qenqo, Tambomachay, Pukapukara, Saqsaywaman, amongst others. Notes: Included lunch and dinner on this day is for people trekking the Inca or Quarry Trail only.

Accommodation: ,Camp,

Meals: ,Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner,

Location: INCA TRAIL, Inca Quarry Trail

Route 1 Classic Inca Trail: Start the day with a climb through the Pacaymayo Valley to Runkuracay pass (3980 metres). Enjoy views of the snow-capped mountain of Cordillera Vilcabamba before descending for around two to three hours to the ruins of Sayacmarca. Continue over the trail’s third pass to the ruins of Phuyupatamarca (3850 metres), also known as 'Town Above the Clouds'. Start the two-hour descent down the Inca steps to the final night's campsite by the Winay Wayna archaeological site. Route 2 Inca Quarry Trail: Today’s hike will all be downhill. The first stop is the incomplete Kachiqata quarry, where the Incas were intercepted by the Spanish. Around midday, come to the end of the trek. Explore the cobbled streets of Ollantaytambo before taking the short train journey to Aguas Calientes. This is where you’ll meet up with the travellers in your group who didn't hike. Visiting the natural hot springs in town is a soothing way to spend the late afternoon. Spend the night in a comfortable hotel before tomorrow’s visit to Machu Picchu. Route 3 Train: After a drive to Ollantaytambo (about one and a half hours), catch a train through the winding Urubamba Valley to Aguas Calientes (another one and a half hours). The city is nestled in the cloud forest at the foot of Machu Picchu. For those who want a sneak peak, there is time to visit Machu Picchu independently before a guided tour the following day. Otherwise, you can while away the afternoon in the natural hot springs at Aguas Calientes. Notes: Included lunch and dinner on this day is for people trekking the Inca or Quarry Trail only.

Accommodation: ,Camp,

Meals: ,Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner,

Location: Machu Picchu, Cusco

Route 1 Inca Trail: This is the final and most spectacular leg of the trek to Machu Picchu. The day starts before dawn with breakfast at 4 am. Say farewell to the porters as they descend to the train station and then begin hiking by 4.30 am. One the final checkpoint opens at 5 am, begin the final leg of the trek. The walk to Intipunku (the Sun Gate) takes around two-and-a-half hours. Weather permitting, enjoy unforgettable views over the ‘Lost City of the Incas’ as you enter Machu Picchu through the Sungate Route 2 Inca Quarry Trail: Depending on weather conditions, take a bus at 5.30 am this morning along the winding road to Machu Picchu. The journey takes around 30 minutes. At Machu Picchu, join up with the travellers in your group who hiked the Classic Inca Trail. If skies are clear, enjoy a spectacular views over the ancient city from the Sun Gate, before going on a guided walk around the ruins. Route 3 Train: Take an early bus up to Machu Picchu at 5.30 am. The city was built around 1440 AD as a country retreat for Incan nobility, but there’s evidence that the land had been a sacred Incan site for much longer. Take a guided tour around the ruins of temples, palaces and living quarters, and enjoy free time afterwards to wander around on your own before the group returns to Cusco. Visiting Machu Picchu: According to Machu Picchu visiting regulations, all visitors must follow a pre-determined route within the site. This route must be followed in one direction only and once the guided visit commences exiting and re-entering the site is not permitted. Once the guided visit concludes, visitors must exit the site and personal exploration of Machu Picchu is not permitted. For all trails - after taking advantage of the seemingly endless photo opportunities, it's time to return to Cusco for a well-deserved shower and a Pisco sour.

Accommodation: ,Hotel,

Meals: ,Breakfast,

Location: Cusco

Your 'Inca Encounter' adventure comes to an end after breakfast this morning. There are no activities planned for the final day.

Optional Activities:
-Cusco - Pisco Making - Urban Adventures
-Cusco - Totem painting workshop
-Cusco - Stand Up Paddle Boarding
-Sacred Valley - Mountain Biking
-Sacred Valley - Via Ferrata & Zipline
-Rainbow Mountain Hike

Accommodation: ,

Meals: ,Breakfast,

What's Included

Included
  • Sacred Valley - Community visit & lunch
  • Lima - Guided tour of San Francisco Monastery including The Catacombs
  • Cusco - Leader-led orientation walk
  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
  • Cusco - Full Boleto Turistico Pass (access to 16 archaeological sites, transport & guides not included)
  • Cusco - Chocolate Museum Visit & Hot Chocolate
  • Meals
    9 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners
  • Accommodation
    Camping (with basic facilities) (3 nights), Hotel (4 nights), Jungle Lodge (2 nights)
  • Transport
    Plane, Canoe, Private vehicle

Not Included
  • Tipping and Gratuities
  • International Travel

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Start:Lima
Finish:Cusco
Duration:9 Nights
Group size:1 - 12
Suitable for: 15-99 years
Accommodation:Camping (with basic facilities) (3 nights), Hotel (4 nights), Jungle Lodge (2 nights)
Physical rating:High
Meals:9 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners
Diets:Vegetarians
Tour operated in: English
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