Peru Adventure Tour – 12 Days
Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley Biking and Rafting, Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca
Day 1: Arrive Lima.
A View Peru staff member will greet you at the airport, answer any questions you may have about your trip, and then transfer you to the hotel of your choosing. You have the remainder of they day to relax and enjoy this diverse city.
Day 2: Lima City Tour.
After breakfast in your hotel, you will be picked up for your full Lima city tour. This amazing, sprawling capital city was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991 and will show you the contrast between colonial Peru and the modern, edgy culture in some of its residential neighborhoods. You will board a bus with an English-speaking guide who will lead you through the history and modern significance of this vibrant city. You will visit the Main Square with its Cathedral, famous tree balconies, Governmental Palace, and the San Francisco Convent with its eerie Catacombs holding many skeletons. From here you will move on to admire the hip residential neighborhoods of Miraflores and San Isidro with their many upscale shopping areas, restaurants, and bars. You will have the rest of the day free for you to further explore the city, it is recommended you experience Lima’s famous gourmet culinary scene.
Day 3: Lima – Cusco (B)
After a breakfast at your hotel, you will be transferred to the airport for your one hour flight to Cusco. Another knowledgeable staff member will greet you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel of your choosing. Use today to acclimatize to the altitude and to explore the city at your leisure. Your hotel will be within walking distance of a multitude of attractions – the Plaza de Armas, museums, and historic buildings as well as surrounded by the diverse culinary scene of downtown Cusco.
Day 4: River Rafting the Urubamba River – Pisaq (B,L)
In the morning we will pick you up at your hotel to drive about one and a half hours to the departure point for rafting on the shore of the Urubamba River at our private camp, “Cusipata River Camp”. Our professional rafting guides will give you a tutorial for your adventure and prep you on safety, as well as provide you with all the proper equipment for rafting.The trip will take about two and a half hours, braving through Class II and III rapids, however, in the rainy season (Dec. -March) the rapids can easily be class IV or higher, so this is sure to be an adrenaline pumping trip. At the end of the trip, we will end at the departure point camp where a steaming hot sauna and hot showers will be waiting to warm you up. You will be treated to a full course lunch, and you have to option to do a zip-line trip over four cables across the river. You will return to Cusco at around 5:00pm where you will have the night at your leisure, and you can look at the pictures of your rafting adventure in our office.
Day 5: Mountain Biking to Moray and Maras (B,L)
We will pick you up at your hotel in Cusco at 9:00am to bring you on a 30 minute ride to the town of Chinchero where you will start your mountain biking excursion. This small, charming village retains the Inca layout of streets and still has several buildings dating back to pre-Colombian times. From Chinchero, we head towards Lake Huaypo to come accross the agricultural ruins of Moray, the colonial village of Moras, and finally the amazing salt pans of Maras. These expansive salt pans were used by the Incas to extract salt from a salinated spring on the mountainside and also the mines were used for precious mineral collection when the Spanish arrived. We will complete our trip on a beautiful descent into the village of Urubamba at the bottom of the valley and along the sacred Vilcanota river. This is a fairly easy excursion of about 35km bicycling that will bring you through rural farming villages and secluded areas you would not see any other way. After this unforgettable journey, our car will bring you back to your hotel in Cusco around 4:00pm.
Day 6: Inca Trail (B,L,D)
After an early morning breakfast and pick-up, you will be transferred from Cusco to Chilca where you will meet your Quechua porters and begin your journey on this ancient Inca pathway. We will cross the turbulent Vilcanota river and continuously get amazing views of Nevado Veronica (5,900m/19,000ft). From here we will continue the trek to the Llactapata archaeological site where you will have a chance to explore these secluded ruins, and we will stop at banks of the Huayllabamba river for lunch. Continuing on, we will cross paths with the archeological sites of Patallacta and Qente. We will also experience the natural beauty of the steep Cusichaca valley and the Polylepsis forest. The first day of the journey will last approximately seven hours. We will have dinner at our campsite and camp at 3,800m tonight.
Day 7: Inca Trail (B,L,D)
Today is the most challenging day of the trek as we climb about 1,000m in five hours, but is also esteemed as the most beautiful and rewarding day. On the walk today we will be treated to gorgeous views of the Huayanay peaks and West into the rugged Vilacabamba Range. In the morning we will climb through the first pass at 4,200m/13,750ft at Warmiwanusqa.This pass will take us through three beautiful ecological areas, the Yunga, Quechua, and Puna. We will set up camp in Pacaymayu and prepare dinner.
Day 8: Inca Trail (B,L,D)
After an early, hearty breakfast we will trek down through the valley of Pacaymayu to the famous archeological sites of Runquraqay. From here we will continue to the second pass of the trek and visit the well kept site of the town of Sayaqmarka, “Town in a Steep Place” and will have time to explore the ruins of the town. This section of the Inca Trail is a gorgeous white granite roadway, traversing through a thick cloud forest on the mountainside, guiding you to Machu Picchu. We will descend to the magnificent site of Phuyupatamarka “Cloud Level Town” where we will have lunch along side these outstanding ruins. From here, we will futher descend to to the Winaywayna ruins where we will have dinner and set up camp.
Day 9: Inca Trail – Machu Picchu (B,L)
We wake up early today to ensure we make the sunrise over Machu Picchu and Wayna Picchu. After a 4:30am breakfst, we will head with our flashlights to the Inti Punku (Sun Gate) to complete the trek and get to the viewing point for the sunrise. The last descent of your journey after Inti Punku will take you almost one hour before you finally arrive at your destination – the lost city of Machu Picchu (2400m/7874ft) around 8:00am. In this ultimate destination, you will get a guided tour of approximately two hours, followed by ample time for you to explore this wonder of the world at your leisure – for instance you could climb Wayna Picchu for the best panoramic picture of Machu Picchu and its surroundings. Once you have had your fill, a bus will take you down to Aguas Calientes for your return ride into Cusco. At the train station in Cusco you will be transferred to your hotel.
Day 10: Cusco – Puno – Lake Titicaca (B, L)
After breakfast at your hotel in Cusco, you will be picked up and transferred to the bus station to board the tourist bus to Puno. This bus is great because you will make five stops along the way, breaking up the trip and seeing many sites in the rural antiplano. You will visit the Sistine Chapel of America, Andahuailinnas, and the Wirachocha temple Raqchi-Time for a buffet lunch. Along the way you will see gorgeous landscapes of the altiplano, and have opportunities to see alpacas and vicuñas in their natural habitats. At the highest point of the journey, La Raya (4319m) the bus will stop for great photo opportunities, and finally a stop at the Pukara Museum before you reach Puno where you will be transferred to your hotel. Use this free day to acclimatize to the high altitude (3,800m) of Puno.
Day 11: Lake Titicaca (B, L)
Breakfast at your hotel to get you ready for your full day tour of Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world. The first stop on the tour will be to the floating reed islands of Uros. Here, the community members will show you how the islands were built and then will take you on a short trip on one of their hand-made reed boats. From Uros, we will travel to Taquile, a gorgeous island where the locals live as they have been for centuries using small scale agriculture and animals. A guide will walk you around the island before bringing you to where you will have a traditional lunch. You will be transferred back to Puno, arriving late in the afternoon.
(OPTIONAL: It is possible for you to stay the night on the island in one of the families homes, this is a special experiencee that will really show you the lifestyles of the island people. Keep in mind, the houses are very rustic, which is part of their charm!)
Day 12: Puno – Juliaca – Lima (B)
After breakfast in your Puno hotel, you will be transferred to the airport in Juliaca for your flight back to Lima. In Lima you will be transferred to your international flight home.
End of our Services
HOW LONG IS THE TREK?
4 days, 45 KM
Inca Trail Elevation
WHAT SITES ARE VISITED?
Lima, Cusco, Ollantaytambo, Llactapata, Wayllabamba, Yuncachimpa, Warmihuañusca, Runkurakay, Phuyupatamarca, Wiñay Wayna, Inti Punku, Machu Picchu, Aguas Calientes
from 5 to 30 people, every 8 people has guide during the inca trail
3 nights camping (Basic facilities included, except sleeping bag), 4 nights in a standard hotel in Cusco, 1 night in a standard Aguas Calientes, hotel2 night in a standard Puno hotel and 1 night in a standard Lima hotel
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO BRING?
Backpack with rain shelter, sleeping back, clothing for warm and cold climate like a waterproof jacket,rain pants and lightweight pants, trekking shoes, slippers or sandals (for showers and hot springs), woolen or synthetic socks, a sweater, long- and short-sleeved polo’s/t-shirts, a rain poncho, a hat, bathing suit (for the hot springs in Aguas Calientes), sunscreen, insect repellent, disinfecting alcohol and gel, water bottle and sterilizing tablets, toiletries and toilet paper, camera (wrapped in plastic bag), a flash light and batteries, some snacks like chocolate bars and dry fruit, original passport, original ISIC student card and extra money in soles.
Please Contact us for a personalized quote:
Inca Trail Map
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN OUR INCREDIBLE PRICES?
- All pick-ups and transfers and tours as indicated in group service with English speaking guides.
Private transfer from your hotel in Cusco to km 82
- 8 Hotel Nights
- 3 camping nights
- sleeping bags
- Tourist train from Aguas Calientes to Cusco (Poroy)/or Ollantaytambo and bus to Cusco
- Bus going downhill from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes where the train station is situated.
- Transfer from the train station in Cusco to your hotel in Cusco
- Entrance fees to the Inca trail and Machu Picchu
- Professional bilingual guide (Spanish and English)
- Camping equipment (professional two-persons tents: Doite, model Cima 4, extra light/4kg, Doite, model Kailas 3, extra light/4.5kg and Doite, model Himalaya, extra light/4.5kg; sleeping mats, dining tent equipped with a table and chairs, a sanitary tent)
- Cook, cooking equipment, meals (3 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners). Food includes pancakes, omelets, soups, fresh fruit and spaghetti, chicken, fish, meat and rice, all rich in carbohydrates and very suitable for trekking, hot drinks including coca leafs tea which is excellent for the altitude
- Tea and snack time everyday (tea, coffee, wantan, popcorn, cracker)
- Porters to carry the main luggage (all the equipment and cooking stock)
- First-aid kit and oxygen bottle
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN OUR INCREDIBLE PRICES?
- International air tickets to Peru and airport taxes (US$32 per person)
- Breakfast on the first day and last lunch in Aguas Calientes
- Sleeping bag (if you don’t have a sleeping bag there is the possibility of renting one)
- Meals not indicated.
- Domestic flights
- Additional expenses such as telephone bills, laundry, etc.
- Personal Travel Insurance.
DETAILS OF YOUR TRIP TO PERU:
- If you go to high altitudes you may suffer “Soroche” (altitude sickness), bring diamox or ask your doctor for advice, just in case.(See more details).
- Checked-in luggage weight limit on domestic flights is 20 kg (44.09 lb). The fee for excess luggage is US$1.8 per kilo.
- Carry-on luggage for domestic flights cannot exceed 8 kg (17.64 lb).
- Insurance against theft, loss, illness and/or accident.
- In addition to your carry-on, you can bring with you a personal item such as a purse, a lap top, a video camera or a diaper bag (when traveling with an infant).
- The rate for tips is at your discretion.
- The exchange rate is about 2.50 soles per dollar.
- Airport taxes for international flights are $30.25, payable at the airport.
- We will assist you in every step of your trip, so please feel free to call us at any time, day or night, if necessary.
- We reserve the right to make changes in the schedule of the trip without prior notice, due to changes in climate conditions, river water levels, flight or bus arrival and departure times or any other unforeseeable reason that may develop, in order to make the best of the trip.
- We would be pleased to arrange additional free days to your tour, if you so desire, in order to give you more time to explore things, or places that may be of particular interest to you
- Visit to Huayna Picchu: For Huayna Picchu mountain requires to be booked long time in advance however we charge additional $ 79.00 USD and then we’ll guarantee your entrance for Huayna Picchu as well
- Extra porter: According to the law (26702) and supervised by the Ministry of Employment, the collaboration of an extra porter is given under the conditions the customer requires. However, the customer’ luggage mustn’t exceed 15 kg, since the porter is only allowed to carry 20 kg. The Service costs 130 USD and includes transport, entrance fee to the Inca Trail, food and camping equipment.
- Tips for porters, cooks and guides are always welcome. The porters are also very grateful for a small donation, for example clothes or school equipment for their children.
CONDITIONS & TERMS:
- Please note that the program deposit is non-refundable. The deposit is used to purchase the ticket entrance to the Inca Trail, Machu Picchu and also the entrance for the porters (they will carry just camping equipment and the food for the trek), and once a space is purchased it cannot be resold.
- View Peru will not give any refunds if a participant decides to cancel the trip prior to departure or during the trip (except from the entrances to the archeological sites and the bus/train tickets)
- If View Peru doesn’t confirm the reservation, your payment will be refunded totally.
- All participants have to carry their own back packs, including sleeping bag and mattresses unless they booked an extra porter or the service includes porters, horsemen or mules.
- A participant must declare if he/she has any sickness or medical disorder and must bring his/her own medicines.
- All participants must bring their original passport and, if available, their original student card ´ISIC´.
It is compulsory that all clients have personal travel insurance. This insurance must cover personal accident, medical expenses, loss of effects and all other expenses which might arise as a result of loss, damage or injury occurring to the client. View Peru cannot be accounted for any accident or loss of personal belongings the customer caused by his/her own.
- In case force majeure occurs, like impossibility to operate the program or trek due to unusual or unforeseen circumstances outside View Peru’s control like: extreme weather conditions, landslides, strikes not allowing operation or putting it at risk, sudden inaccessibility of route, etc. View Peru will propose viable solutions to operate the program within the available dates, or if impossible, will then propose an alternative program. If the alternative program chosen by the client is of lower value than that originally booked then the client is entitled to a refund of the price difference. All costs derived will be at the expense of the client. In case none of these would be feasible, View Peru would refund all the money paid except all the incurred expenses so far. General information and recommendations
- Reservation: Since the number of trekking permits is limited to 500 per day (about 200 tourists and 300 trekking staff) it is important to book well in advance – especially in the high season between May and September. In the low season between December and January, it is possible to get a ticket about 20 days in advance.
- Passport details: Please make sure that your passport is valid for the time you intend doing the Inca Trail. Furthermore, assure that the passport’s details you send us via email, such as the passport’s number, your name etc., are correct. Changes on short notice will complicate the entrance to Machu Picchu.
Travel Insurance: It is compulsory that all clients have personal travel insurance. This insurance must cover personal accident, medical expenses, loss of effects and all other expenses which might arise as a result of loss, damage or injury occurring to the client. View Peru cannot be accounted for any accident or loss of personal belongings the customer caused by his/her own actions.
- Porters: The Porters will only carry general camping equipment. Backpacks, sleeping bags, mattresses and additional equipment must be carried by the customer. However, if you wish to have a personal porter, this can be arranged. Please let us know in your reservation. Tips for the porters are always welcome.
Camping sites: The camping sites on the journey to Machu Picchu can vary from those described in our brochure. This is because some camping sites are already booked out, depending how far in advance a client books. In this case, the INC (Instituto Nacional de Cultura), supervising all agencies that offer the Inca Trail, will assign a camping site.
- Return ticket: We will leave Aguas Calientes by train either at 2:55 pm or at 6:45 pm. This depends on the ticket availability and on how far in advance you booked your trip. During the afternoon, you will have time to have lunch in one of the nice restaurants in Aguas Calientes. Moreover, you can visit the hot springs to relax a bit. You will be back in your hotel either at about 6:00 pm or at about 10:00 pm.
- Your health: It is a common misconception that because many people do the Inca Trail it must be easy. It is not. The trail is 45km (26 miles) long and involves great physical exertion to complete. Combined with high altitude and extreme weather the trek can be hard work. Therefore, we strongly recommend ensuring that you are well acclimatized, in good shape and healthy. Hence, you will enjoy your trip from the beginning on. o A participant must declare if he/she has any sickness or medical disorder and must bring his/her own medicines.