Lima – Inca Trail – Rainbow Mountain – Titicaca – Nazca Line – Lima

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Lima is the capital: of Peru located on the arid Pacific coast of the country. Although its colonial center is preserved, it is an overflowing metropolis and one of the largest cities in South America. The Larco Museum houses a collection of pre-Columbian art and the Museum of the Nation traces the history of the ancient civilizations of Peru. The Plaza de Armas and the 16th century cathedral are the core of the old center of Lima.

The Colca Canyon: is located in the valley of a river in southern Peru and is famous for being one of the deepest in the world. It is a famous destination for hiking. It is a habitat of the giant Andean condor, which can be seen from viewpoints such as the Cruz del Cóndor. The canyon landscape encompasses a green valley and traditional remote villages with terraced agriculture that preceded the Incas. The Colca River is popular for rafting.

Uros floating islands occupy a small corner of the world’s highest altitude navigable lake. It’s fair to say that there is no other place like it on earth. The people of Uros are believed to be descended from the earliest inhabitants of Lake Titicaca.

The island of Taquile, on Lake Titicaca, belongs to the district of Amantaní, Puno, Peru and is located 45 km from the regional capital. It has an approximate population of 2,200 inhabitants. The main villa is at 3,950 meters above sea level and the highest point on the island reaches 4,050 meters above sea level.

Cusco is a city in the Peruvian: Andes that was the capital of the Inca Empire and is known for its archaeological remains and Spanish colonial architecture. The Plaza de Armas is the center of the ancient city, with galleries, carved wooden balconies and ruins of Inca walls. The convent of Santo Domingo, in baroque style, was built on the Temple of the Inca Sun (Qoricancha) and has archaeological remains of Inca stonework.

The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu: or Red road from Tahuantinsuyo to Machu Picchu consists of three overlapping trails: Mollepata, classic, and one day. Mollepata is the longest of the three routes with the highest mountain pass and intersects the classic route before crossing Warmiwañusqa.

Machu Picchu: is an Inca citadel located in the heights of the Andes mountains in Peru, above the Urubamba river valley. It was built in the fifteenth century and then abandoned, and is famous for its sophisticated dry stone walls that combine huge blocks without the use of a mortar, fascinating buildings that relate to astronomical alignments and panoramic views. The exact use he had remains a mystery.

The Nazca Lines: in southern Peru, are a group of pre-Columbian geoglyphs that extend into the desert sands. They cover an area of almost 1,000 square kilometers and there are about 300 different figures, which include animals and plants. They are composed of more than 10,000 lines, some of them 30 meters wide and more than 9 kilometers long. It is easier to see the figures from the air or from nearby mountains.

A journey could not be more varied. A journey into the natural wonder of Peru.
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Travel Program

Flight from Europe or the country of origin (USA or Canada), etc. Arrival in Lima – Transfer Hotel the large city in South America; population approximately 11 million. Rest or explore the city on your own.

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Arrival to Lima and flight to Cusco, for the coming days, scene change is announced: from nature to culture. Our trip to Peru takes us via Lima to the south of Peru to Cusco. The former capital of the Inca empire is rich in churches and palaces from the Spanish colonial era. A vibrant city that you just have to let yourself be.in the afternoon visit the capital city of the Incas and Peruvian culture.

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Visit – Maras is a small town located west of Cusco, Peru. It is at 3300 meters above sea level, on a plain that in the past was a plateau where you could see different snow mountains. Moray is an archeological site that is located near Cuzco, in Peru. It is characterized by being made up of several circular platforms and is located at 3,500 meters above sea level.

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The full day Sacred Valley Plus Tour visits the stunning Inca Sites of Sacsayhuaman, Pisaq, Ollantaytambo and Chinchero. You will experience beautiful colonial architecture, indigenous Inca and pre – Incan ruins at Ollantaytambo and Chinchero, we will learn about the traditional Inca textile practices that are still alive to this day. This is the perfect day trip for those seeking the perfect mix of culture and natural beauty. The end of our tour is going to be massive ruins of Ollantaytambo beautiful architecture at Pisac, and cultural practices in Chinchero. Hotel in Ollantaytambo.

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Let’s start the adventure!!!! To start this incredible venture, we wil pick you up very early at morning from your hotel, around 7:00 am to 7:30 am. Please this is important: make sure you carry your original passport or ISIC card if you book like a student it is necessary to entry to Inca Trail and Machu Picchu. Then you will be received with an spectacular morning, driving through the Sacred Valley of the Incas that will takes us to our trailhead at Km. 82 (Piskacucho). Along the way, we will stop in Ollantaytambo to stretch our legs, use the bathroom, and enjoy breakfast, before continuing to Piscacucho (2,680 m / 8,790 ft.). There we will meet our cook and the porters who will carry our belongings during the four days of the trek. This is the moment when you will have your passports in your hand; we will check the documents and give it to the first official at Inca Trail checkpoint,and finally we will start our adventure crossing a suspension bridge across the Urubamba River, and begin our trek with a gentle climb. We will have three hours on relatively level terrain as we follow the course of the river, rewarded with superb views of snow mountain Veronica (5,750 m). The easy walk passes through a forest of giant cactus and native bushes. Then we will stop at Miskay where we will take our delicious and nutritive lunch, you will continue hiking towards the large Inca settlement of Llactapata and appreciate the impressive farming terraces of this complex. The Inca Trail follows the left bank of the Cusichaca side river up to the village of Huayllabamba at 9840 feet above sea level (3000 m.a.s.l) where you will enjoy dinner and camp for the night.

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Do you like challenges? So this day is for you!! Today is our challenging day; and we can do it, my friends!!! We wake up early at 6:00 am, with a comforting hot coca tea brought to your tents, to prepare for today’s trek which is considered by many people, the hardest day of the Inca trail. You need to complete a steep ascent reaching an altitude of 13779 feet above sea level (4200 m.a.s.l) at Warmi Wañuska pass. After our breakfast, we will depart from the campsite at around 07:00 hrs. The uphill hike through Llulluchapampa will give you the opportunity to appreciate several species of birds (if we are so lucky, we will see hummingbirds, Falcons or some black-chested eagles). From here the trail traverses beautiful cloud woodlands full of Polylepis or Queñua trees before entering the Puna, a zone characterized by treeless grasslands only found at this altitude across the Andes. Walk at your own pace, to catch your breath or to stretch a muscle. The last hard climb takes us the right to the highest pass of the Inca trail at Warmi Wañuska. Once at the top you will be rewarded with spectacular views of the Andes!!, and you can take some photos of the snow-covered peaks that surround the zone. You will also feel a great sense of accomplishment after conquering Dead Woman’s pass, continue traversing the slopes on the left side of the valley all the way to our campsite in Paqaymayu at 11811 feet above sea level (3600 m.a.s.l.).

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And after the effort comes the calm you know , you did it!! Today’s hike is very beautiful know why? because we will pass the ruins of Runkuraqay; Sayacmarca, Phuyupatamarca, Wiñayhuayna and we enjoy dramatic views of Aobamba Valley. We will start with a steady ascent to the second highest pass at Runkuracay reaching 12400 feet above sea level (3780 m.a.s.l) and passing through a circular Inca control point that occupies a commanding position overlooking the spectacular Vilcabamba mountain range below. Catch your breath, and the rest of the Inca trail is mostly downhill. Be careful with your knees as the descent from the pass to the ruins of Sayacmarca is very steep and you may feel the strain at the end of the day. Once in Sayacmarca, you will enjoy the histery that your tour guide will explain. The name Sayacmarca means “inaccessible town” and describes the position of the site, awesome perched on the rocks. The one of a kind Inca trail, now a great structure of granite stones, continues through ever-changing layers of cloud forest full of rare orchids, hanging mosses, bromeliads, and tree ferns. Past the Inca tunnel, a gentle climb will take you to the third pass at 12139 feet above sea level (3700 m.a.s.l), offering incredible views of several snow-capped peaks including the most famous Salkantay (20574 ft./6271m) and Veronica (18865 ft./5750m). Close to the pass you will find the impressive ruins of Phuyupatamarca (Cloud-level Town) where you will feel in the clouds. A brief explanation of the mysteries of Inca architecture, before continuing along splendid Inca road to the important agricultural site of Intipata and go up to the third and our last campsite at Wiñayhuayna (forever young) located at 8856 feet above sea level (2700 m.a.s.l). Wiñayhuayna, named after a variety of pink orchid that grows here, is the last official campsite before our destiny the wonder Machu Picchu!!. Tea time and Dinner..

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Ready?? Today is our big day!!! We will get up very early around 4:00 am – to get to Inti Punku (the Sun Gate), we say very early to be those luckies that will see Machu Picchu whit the first rays of the sun. To reach there, we will hike for about 1 or 2 hours, with significant upward stretches in the last half. You will be walking in darkness, so a headlight is strongly recommended. The trail is marked and takes about 1½ hours. The trail contours a mountainside and drops into cloud forest before coming to an almost vertical flight of 50 steps leading up to the final pass at Intipunku (Sun Gate). Suddenly the whole of Machu Picchu. A final short hike will bring us to the entrance and into the heart of Machu Picchu itself, where we spend the rest of the morning with 2 hours guided tour and some more exploring on your own. The shuttle bus ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes is included, departs every 15 minutes and will be available for you descend to Aguas Calientes town. Remember this is one of the best rewards for your effort during the 4 Day hiking Inca Trail, so enjoy full the most amazing adventure and feel all the energy of Machu Picchu!.

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Early at morning, approximately 3 – 4 a.m we will pick you up from your Hotel to start the adventure!! We will start going to the town of Checacupe,to then take the road to Pitumarca. After a repairing breakfast we will continue on our way to Pampachiri located at 3800 m.a.s.l, where we will start the trek from approximately 3 to 4 hours. The road is full of beautiful landscapes and variety of Andean camelids that delight the view forgetting a little the slope of the route. Once in the mountain Vinicunca or also called Rainbow Mountain, we will have a brief conversation with the guide who will explain the reason for the coloration and also have a privileged view of the Snow Mountain Ausangate. After the respective photos we proceed to the descent, then have lunch and go back to the city of Cusco. Exclusive bus to Puno at nithg.

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After breakfast we start with our private service. Islas flotantes de los uros (Uros floating islands) The floating islands of the Uros are a set of habitable artificial surfaces built of totora, an aquatic plant that grows on the surface of Lake Titicaca. Amantaní Island, belonging to the district of the same name in the Puno Region, Peru, is located east of the Capachica peninsula, north of the island of Taquile, on Lake Titicaca. It is almost circular in shape with an average diameter of 3.4 km. There we will meet our designated host family. With them we will have a typical lunch made from natural products. Throughout the day, we will be able to participate in intercultural activities until dinner time. After dinner, you will watch a typical show with our family where we will staying this night 7:30: We start the transfers from hotels to the dock in Puno. 8:00: We embark on a boat journey towards Amantaní Island. On the way, we stop by the floating Islands of Uros for a guided interpretation of the local way of life of the Uro people. 13:30: We arrive in Amantaní Island where a welcoming group of local people is waiting for us. After we are assigned to our host families, we will walk with them to the houses. 14:00: Lunch in local house. 15:00: We will spend time with the local family and share with them the regular activities they do as farmers. This way, you will have a closer look about life in a rural community in the Andes and experience the beauty of a simple life. If there is time we can visit the little library of the community. 16:00: We will follow the stone pathway fixed among the farmers’ fields of the islands and walk towards the highest point in Amantaní Island. This lookout point is called “Pachatata” and it has been for many centuries the sacred place of worship for the people of this community. From this site we will enjoy the view of the magnificent Lake Titicaca and its islands. 19:00: Dinner in local house. 20:00: In our local culture, there is always a reason to enjoy the folk music and dance because that is an important part of life in the Andes. This is the reason why after dinner, the community of Amantaní organizes a gathering of local families and guests in the “salon communal”. A local group of musicians play Andean music with the traditional instruments and we are invited to join in the dance and happy celebration. We are also given the wonderful opportunity to try on the local dresses, “ponchos” and costumes. Lodgment in homestay.

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8:00: After breakfast, we will leave Amantani Island and continue in direction to Taquile. 9:00: We arrive in Taquile Island and start a soft hike up to the community. At some point during the visit we will enjoy a textile and cultural exhibition and the tour guide will offer an interpretation of the traditional clothing and textile designs from Taquile. 12:00: We will have a delicious lunch in a local restaurant of Taquile Island. Right after lunch, we start a 45 minute hike down to the main dock. Lunch is not included in the price. 13:00: We embark on the boat back to Puno. 16:00: We arrive in Puno dock and we will be transferred to your hotel. Night Bus to Arequipa city.

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Pick up at the hotel between 2:30 a.m and 3:00 a.m in Arequipa to head to the town of Chivay, where we will stop for a breakfast amidst amazing Andean landscapes. We will continue our journey to the “Cruz del Cóndor” where we can appreciate the formation of the Colca Canyon and the flight of the condors. In the area, we will be approximately 1 hour. Later we will go to visit the natural viewpoints of Wayrapunko, Antahuilque, and Choquetico, where we can appreciate the work of our pre-Inca ancestors: hanging tombs and litho-scale models. We continue with stops in the towns of Maca and Yanque and finish in Chivay where we will go to the Thermal Baths of “La Calera” to enjoy the thermal medicinal waters for about 1 hour. Then, we will return to the town of Chivay for a lunch buffet (included). At 5:00 p.m. we’ll return to your hotel in Arequipa.

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After breakfast about 8:00am, we are going to visit the magnificent Arequipa is a delightful Colonial City, situated at the foot of El Misti Volcano, a perfect snow-capped cone of 5,822 meters. Known as the White City, Arequipa teems with beautiful Spanish buildings and beautiful natural landscape. At the heart of the City, tourists may visit the magnificent Santa Catalina Monastery, the most remarkable sight in Arequipa. At the Museum of Santuarios Andinos you may meet Juanita The Ice Girl, a good preserve mummy, found high into the Andean glaciers. Its Plaza de Armas is one of the most beautiful of Peru, beautifully laid-out with palm trees and gardens, surrounded by arcaded buildings in colonial style. In the afternoon flight to Lima.

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At the time previously arranged with a representative of Expedition Travel Peru, you will set off from your hotel to begin your journey through the south of Peru. Along the way you will bear witness to the driest desert in the world, set in contrast to the stunning, fertile valleys nearby. Upon arriving in the city of Ica, you will visit artisanal wineries where you will learn about the manufacture of Pisco, wine, and other alcoholic beverages. Continuing this circuit you will arrive at the Regional Museum of Ica to appreciate the impressive collection of artifacts from the Nazca, Paracas, Ica, China, and Inca cultures. From here we will move on to Lake Huacachina to enjoy the charm of this bustling oasis, as well as explore the sand dunes in a dune buggy. As night falls, we will continue the journey towards Nazca.

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At the arranged time, we will set out from your hotel to the María Reich airport, located 5km outside the city. Here, we will watch a documentary about the enigmatic Nazca lines, which will prepare us for an unforgettable plane ride over giant drawings etched into the sand in the driest desert in the world. During the flight you will observe a whale, an astronaut, a condor, a dog, a monkey, a hand, a tree, a lizard, a flower, a spider, a spiral, a parrot, a flamingo, and a hummingbird, in addition to the spectacular geometric lines that crisscross the vast plains. Enjoy an exciting 35-minute flight over the Nazca Lines. In the afternoon, you will board the bus to return to Lima. Upon your arrival, a representative will meet you to facilitate transport back to your hotel, where our service will come to an end.

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Go back home – end tour in Peru / South America.

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Included meals: B=breakfast; L=lunch; D=dinner

What's Included

Services included in the prices:

  • Flight Lima – Cusco
  • Flight Arequipa – Lima
  • All transfers as shedule program
  • Full board on the whole trip except in Lima, Arequipa and Cusco only breakfast
  • Boat tours on Lake Titicaca
  • Bus or private transport ride from Puno to Cusco
  • Hikes and excursions with local guides english speakers
  • Enter fees Machu Picchu, train, tickets bus, etc
  • Hotels *** Lima, Nazca, Arequipa, Puno, Cusco
  • Courtesy transfer from the airport to your hotel in Cusco (Please provide us your flight information)
  • Transport according to the Schedule
  • Courtesy transfer from the airport to your hotel in Cusco (Please provide us your flight information)
  • Pre-departure Inca Trail briefing, presented by your tour guides at our downtown Cusco office
  • Collection from your hotel in Cusco and transfer to head of Inca Trail at Km 82- Piscacucho (trek starting point)
  • Entrance ticket to Inca Trail & Machu Picchu
  • Visit & entrance ticket to the different Inca archaeological sites during the Inca Trail
  • Bus ticket Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes
  • Expedition train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and transfer to your hotel
  • Professional multilingual Inca Trail leaders
  • Assistant Guide (for groups of 9 or more people)
  • Professional cooks and cooking equipment
  • Well treated local porters
  • Porters service (to carry tents, food and cooking equipment)
  • 3 Nutritious Breakfasts, 3 High-energy Lunches, 3 Delicious Dinners
  • 3 Tea times
  • Vegetarian food is available upon request with no extra charge.
  • Nutritious Snacks
  • Hot tea kindly brought to your tent first thing in the morning
  • One liter boiled water every day after breakfast to refill your bottles, from the second day
  • Clean and spacious 4P-capacity Tents (Marmot Limestone)– only two people per tent
  • Comfortable Personal foamy pad (double foam), given to you at the beginning of the trek
  • 24 hours emergency oxygen assistance
  • First aid equipment
  • Biodegradable personal hand soaps
  • Biodegradable detergents to dishwashing used by our kitchen staff
  • Accommodation, food, transport, permits for our porters and cooks
  • Inca Trail survivor certificate

Not included:

  • Restaurants: Lunch and dinner in Lima, Arequipa and Cusco
  • Entrances to the thermal baths in Aguas Calientes
  • Hotel in Lima capital city
  • Breakfast on the first morning
  • Sleeping bag that can be rented at our office
  • Tips for the guide and field staff recommended 200 USD
  • Travel and medical insurance & emergency evacuation insurance
  • Personal equipment and clothing
  • Personal Equipment
  • International flight from USA, Europe, Canada, etc.
  • Pick-ups from Lima airport to the Hotel and viceversa
  • Travel luggage and Travel cancellation insurance
  • Not mentioned food and beverages
  • Personal Spending

Prices & Dates

TOUR INFORMATION:

Season: April – September
Difficulty: Moderate

Dates & Prices:

More information about dates and prices upon request.

Juventino

Juventino Albino Caldua

Expert guide certified by IVBV - UIAGM - IFMGA
Co-Founder, Peru Expeditions
Telephone: (+51) 943780600
E-Mail: [email protected]

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