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Highlights

  • Walk the Royal Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
  • Explore the ancient Incan ruins of the Sacred Valley
  • Wander through Cusco’s colourful Plaza de Armas
  • Cruise across Lake Titicaca and visit the reed island community of Uros
  • Enjoy a local Cusqueno cerveza in the lively Plaza de Armas

Walk the Royal Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and cruise across Lake Titicaca on this adventure discovery tour of Peru.

Starting out in the colourful plazas and cobbled streets of Cusco, trek into the hills above Cusco and explore the mighty Incan fortress of Sacsayhuaman. Accompanied by your expert guide, venture into the Sacred Valley and follow in the footsteps of the Incas, hiking along the Royal Inca Trail to Inti Punkti (the sun gate) where the hidden citadel of Machu Picchu is revealed.

Journey through the high snow-capped Andes to the shores of Lake Titicaca. Cruise to the floating reed island community of Uros and visit Isla Taquile renowned for their production of fine woven textiles. Rounding each day off in comfortable Peruvian hotels and lodges, evenings can be spent relaxing with Pisco sour cocktail or Cusqueña cerveza.

Day 1 Arrive Cusco

The Incan city of Cusco is an hour’s flight from Lima. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Cusco sits at 3400m above sea level and therefore we suggest to take the day to relax and allow your body to gently acclimatise to the altitude. After lunch, enjoy a gentle stroll to the nearby Plaza de Armas. Later in the day, your guide will return to brief you on the days of adventure ahead!


Meals included: Lunch


Overnight: Cusco


Day 2 Hill of Cusco & Sacsayhuaman

After breakfast, transfer to the hills above Cusco and explore the giant Incan fortress of Sacsayhuaman (3700m). Once the site of fierce battles between Incan leaders and the Conquistadors hike through the giant amphitheatre and discover the water temple of Tambo Machay. Follow a trail to the Temple of the Moon, and descend into the artistic quarter of Cusco, San Blas. A final downhill finishes at the Plaza de Armas, where you can return to your luxury hotel or further explore the colonial architecture of Cusco.


Walk: 6km


Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch


Overnight: Cusco


Day 3 Cusco to the Sacred Valley

Leaving Cusco, transfer to the fascinating agricultural circular terraces of Moray (approx 1-hour drive). Here, begin a 2-day walk to Machu Picchu. From Moray, the trail heads downhill and depending on the time of year, you may have the opportunity to chat with local farmers. Breaking for lunch, enjoy panoramic views of the snow-capped Viilcanota mountains before continuing onwards to the salt pans of Maras. The trail then descends into the Sacred Valley where llamas once carried out salt to be sent across the Incan empire.


Walk: 15km


Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch


Overnight: Ollantaytambo


Day 4 Royal Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Begin with an early morning train journey along the Urabamba River, jumping off at KM104 to join the famous ‘Inca Trail’. Your guide will set a steady pace as the trail ascends over 1000m through tropical cloud forest to the ruins of Chachabamba and impressive Incan bath houses at Winay Wayna. After a picnic lunch, the afternoon walk heads through lush vegetation accompanied by the sounds of tropical birdsong. A final Incan stone staircase ascends to the spectacular Inti Punkti, the gateway to Machu Picchu and the ‘famous first glimpse’ of this well-preserved citadel. From here, continue the descent to your hotel, as tomorrow a full day of exploration is dedicated to Machu Picchu.


Walk: 12km


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


Overnight: Machu Picchu Pueblo


Day 5 Guided explorations of Machu Picchu

Perched high on a hill top, cloaked in dense vegetation and flanked by steep escarpments, Machu Picchu is an incredible feat of Incan engineering. A short 20-minute bus journey transports you from your hotel to the entrance. Your guide will reveal the temples, gardens and exquisitely preserved stone architecture of this 15th century citadel. With time for your own exploration, soak up the scale of this ancient site and wander between the giant terraces. In the afternoon, return to Machu Picchu Pueblo and board a train for a picturesque journey along the Urubamba River to Cusco.


Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch


Overnight: Cusco


Day 6 Discover Cusco

Enjoy a free day in the explorer’s city of Cusco. Begin with a relaxed breakfast. After, wander the cobbled streets and visit colourful artisan markets. Sip a café con leche and people watch from a café balcony in the Plaza de Armas. Later in the day sample traditional Pisco Sour cocktails and a spot of latino dancing!


Meals Included: Breakfast


Overnight: Cusco


Day 7 Transfer to Puno, Lake Titicaca

This morning you will be collected from your hotel and transferred to Cusco bus station. Here you will board a guided tourist coach service to Puno and spend the day driving through the high Andes stopping to explore the archaeological sites of Raqchi, Litich Andahuaylillas. On arrival at Puno, you will be met by out local representative and transferred to your lake side hotel.


Meals Included: Breakfast


Overnight: Puno


Day 8 Lake Titicaca Cruise

From Puno harbour, board a day cruise to explore Lake Titicaca. At 3827m above sea level the lake is the highest navigable lake in the world, straddling the Peruvian and Bolivian border. The cruise visits the floating reed islands of Uros and Isla Taquile where you can take on a short but challenging walk to the top of island and soak up mountain vistas across to Bolivia. Cruising back Puno, enjoy an evening of sundowners in your hotel bar.


Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch


Overnight: Puno


Day 9 Onward Travel

Included today is an airport transfer at a time of your choice.


Meals Included: Breakfast


Accommodation

During this trip you will spend 7 nights in stylish 3* and 4* hotels and lodges. Examples of the types of accommodation booked on this tour are listed below. On occasion, we may have to use alternate accommodation and will let you know at the time of booking should alternatives have to be used.



Meals


All breakfasts, 7 lunches and 1 dinner is included. Typically,
breakfasts consist of fruits, juices, breads, eggs, muesli, yogurts and a
plentiful supply of tea and coffee.


Included lunches will be in a traditional restaurant or when walking,
will be a picnic style lunch. Picnic lunches are made up of sandwiches
(made of different breads), fruits, sweet treats and local specialities.
Your guide will arrange the picnic lunch for you.


You can choose to dine at your hotel restaurant or in one of the many restaurants nearby. There are also an excellent choice of cafes, bars and restaurants in Cusco, so we do recommend exploring the streets to sample the local fayre available.


Should you have any special dietary requirements please let us know. We try to accommodate all requirements where possible but as some of the accommodations are in remote locations, dietary alternatives may not be possible without prior notice. It is essential you let us know at least a month in advance of any dietary needs. Should you have a specific diet, it is always worth bringing a small supply of your own snacks.


Extra Nights

You may like to add extra nights at any
point on this tour. There is always plenty to see in Cusco. If you are
travelling via Lima, we can also easily arrange extra nights in the
capital city if required. Extra nights can easily be added to your
booking at anytime.


Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

If you’re exploring
with friends or family and prefer to have your own room, single rooms
are available subject to a supplementary payment. This tour is not
available to solo adventurers.




 

 

 



Hotel Ananay Quintana - Cusco

Located in artistic quarter of San Blas, this boutique hotel is only a couple of minutes from the mighty rock of Hatun Rumiyoc and San Blas Church. Guests can enjoy a sipping a Pisco Sour on the terrace or in the lounge area. Rooms are spacious, fresh and are haven of peace after a day of exploring the nearby Plaza de Armas.



 

 

 



Hotel Pakatitampu - Ollantaytambo

This comfortable 3* hotel is a only a few minutes walk from the main square and famous ruins of Ollantaytambo. The extensive gardens are wonderful to rest the legs and soak up the sun before your early morning train journey. Inspired by mother earth, the hotel has been designed to showcase the best of Peruvian culture.



 

 

 



Hotel Mapi – Machu Picchu Pueblo

A 4* contemporary hotel in the heart of Machu Picchu Pueblo. Lofty ceilings, panoramic windows and natural furnishing create an ambience of well-being. After a day on the trails, relax in the hotel spa or around the open lobby bar where you enjoy a beer with like minded adventurers.



 

 

 



Hotel Casa Andina - Puno

Located in Puno, 4* Hotel Casa Andina boasts extensive views across Lake Titicaca and is only a few minutes journey from the harbour. Guest can dine in the Alma Restaurant, sampling local specialities and after a day on the water, enjoy a sundowner from the hotel bar.


Availability


This tour departs on any day of the week from mid-March through to
early December. If you are planning on travelling from June through to
August we suggest contacting us as soon as your travel plans are
finalised as theese can be very busy months on the trails.


Can I tailor the itinerary?

Of course! If you have limited holidays you can easily remove the days spent in Lake Titicaca. Please do let us know at the time of booking so we can adjust the price for you.


Grade &Terrain

This adventure tour is graded moderate. The tour begins
in Cusco which is at an altitude of 3400m. Spending the first 2 nights
at this altitude  helps your body acclimatise. For further information
on altitude and acclimatisation we would happy to discuss this with you.


There are 4 guided hiking days (days 2-5) on this trip. Distances are
between 6-11km with a maximum altitude of 3700m with day 6 being a more
challenging day of walking (with up to a 1300m of ascent). Your experienced hiking
guide will help pace the day for you so you can take the day at a steady tempo. During each walking day, all you
have to do is carry a small day pack (with your daily essentials) and
enjoy the beauty of Peru. Although the paths are well maintained you
will encounter some sections
that have uneven ground underfoot, so should be happy to walk along
uneven terrain. You will also encounter stretches of typical Incan stone
stairs cases on several of the walks, so be prepared to tackle longer
stretches of steps!


Travelling to Lake Titicaca (day 7), will be via a shared guided tourist coach
service, which includes visits to archaeological sites, towns and
villages. If you have any further questions about the travel included,
please contact us.


Local Guides & Support


This trip is a private ‘day guided’ tour. This means each day (with
the exception of day 6 and day 7), a local expert guide (together with a private
vehicle where required) will arrive at your accommodation each morning
and lead you through the trails, towns and natural wonders of Peru. While exploring Lake Titicaca (day 8), enjoy cruising around the lake via a shared fast boat with the knowledge and expertise of a private guide.


Days are paced around your needs which means you experience the
ultimate in hassle-free travel. In the evening you are free to spend the
time as you wish. You will have also 24/7 telephone local partner
support should you need to contact your guide or Macs Adventure at
anytime during the tour.


Equipment

While hiking you will only have to carry a day bag
with water, snacks, and extra layers and your camera. On days when you
will be travelling to a new destination, your main baggage will be
transported for you. Please limit your main baggage to one bag of up to
20kg per person. It is possible to store excess luggage at your hotel in
Cusco if you are returning there at the end of your journey.


General Information:

The distances and ascents/descents are approximations of the
recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items,
(for example, proper rain gear jacket and pants, sun hat, sunscreen).
Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes
standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and
waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for
summer, and a day pack.


Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this trip that you have adequate
travel insurance in place, including for emergency medical evacuation
and/or curtailment of your trip. Please ensure that you check your
policy as it should include cover for trekking at altitude.


Getting to Cusco / from Puno (Juliaca)

For general travel planning, we recommend the helpful site www.rome2rio.com  


To Cusco


Most travellers arrive into Cusco Airport via a 60 minute flight from Lima Airport which has excellent connections to North America and
Europe. We would suggest checking Sky Scanner for the extensive flight
options available.


You may prefer to have an overnight in stop in Lima before travelling
onto Cusco. Please let us know if you would like extra hotel nights in
Lima.



From Puno (Juliaca)


Depending on your onward travel plans, you can fly from Juliaca to Lima (approx 90mins), Cusco (approx 35 mins).


If you would like domestic flights in Peru arranged for you, we can include this as part of your package. Please let your adventure specialist know at the time of booking.


Included

  • 8 nights in 3* & 4* hotels & lodges
  • All transfers as described in the itinerary
  • All breakfasts, 6 lunches & 1 dinner
  • National Park Fees & trekking permits
  • Lake Titicaca Cruise
  • Train ticket from Aguas Caliente to Cusco
  • 4 guided day walks
  • 24/7 local telephone support

Excluded

  • Travel to Cusco / from Puno
  • Entrance fees for attractions
  • Lunches & dinners other than those described
  • Personal equipment and expenditure
  • Travel insurance (details of your travel insurance must be provided before travel)

Extras

  • Additional nights
  • Single room sypplement
  • Domestic flights within Peru

How fit do I need to be?

This trip is graded moderate with 4 walking days. You will be a regular walker and enjoy an active lifestyle. Although the paths are well maintained you will encounter some sections that have uneven ground underfoot, so should be happy to walk along uneven terrain. You will also encounter stretches of typical Incan stone stairs cases on several of the walks, so be prepared to tackle longer stretches of steps. It’s always a good idea to get out and trek back to back days in the lead up to your tour, together with any other activities or fitness classes you usually do.

It’s always a good idea to get out and walk back to back days in the lead up to your tour, together with any other activities or fitness classes you usually do.

When is the best time of year?

Peru has very distinct seasons. The main trekking season in southern Peru is March through to December. Daytime temperatures are usually between 20 to 25 degrees from March through to December, which make for pleasant trekking conditions. Being at altitude means the evenings are cooler and the month (with June to September temperatures dropping to 0-5 degrees). 

The months of March, November and December may have some showery days but usually the rain doesn’t last for long and typically is an afternoon downpour.

What equipment do I need?

You will not need to any specific equipment for this tour, besides your standard walking gear, including sturdy footwear. We supply you with a comprehensive kit list but if you would like to discuss this tour, please contact the office and we'd happy to share our own experiences.


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