School Trek - Inca Trail & Machu Picchu
Peru, School Expeditions, 11 days - from £1,795 (land only) - from €2,515 (land only) - from $2,900 (land only)
- A 4-day trek, mountain biking, rafting and sightseeing
- Learn about the fascinating Inca ruins of Machu Piccu
- Looking down on Machu Picchu from Inti Punku, the Sun Gate
- Browsing in the craft market at Pisac in the Sacred Valley
- The most popular Peru trek
Hidden in the remote Andes, north-west of the city of Cusco, the 15th Century Inca citadel of Machu Picchu is arguably the outstanding highlight amongst both the natural and man-made wonders of the entire South American continent. Starting out from the Sacred Valley of the Incas and traversing the foothills of Peru's Cordillera Vilcabamba, the classic approach to Machu Picchu takes 4 days, with an average of 10 kilometres of walking per day. Known as the Inca Trail, this is recognised to be one of the world's great short treks. Crossing 3 high passes, this long-established route follows sections of stone pathway created by the Incas 4 centuries ago and provides tremendous views of spectacular forested valleys and of the snow-capped peaks of the Vilcabamba. Airy campsites and a wealth of historical interest add to the appeal of this great trek. This school-specific Peruvian itinerary begins in the old inca capital of Cusco, high in the Andes. We start out with some time for exploration in and around this charming and cosmopolitan city, which is famous for the wealth of its Inca stonework, as well as for its extravagant Spanish Colonial architecture. Dropping down into the Sacred Valley of the Incas, the trip continues with a day's whitewater rafting on the Urubamba River, followed by a day of mountain biking, before setting off on trek. Of course, for many people the highlight of this trip will be Machu Picchu itself, which is unquestionably the most important and most spectacular archaeological site in South America. At the end of our trek, we have a day for sightseeing at Machu Picchu, with a guided tour and also time for independent exploration. In conclusion, this school trip offers an almost unbelievable variety of experiences - from snow-capped peaks, blue glacial lakes, cloud forest, orchids and hummingbirds to magnificent Inca remains and fascinating South American cities. This tried and tested KE Schools itinerary can be adjusted to better fit the needs of your group - please call and speak to a KE School Groups Coordinator or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Is this holiday for you?
This multi-activity schools adventure in Peru includes horse riding, rafting, mountain biking and a hike along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. The classic Inca Trail offers a variety of trekking conditions. Most of the walking is on well-defined tracks, including some sections of ancient Inca highways, which are paved with stone in places. There are occasional river crossings and some steeper sections of trail on the first 2 days of the trek. There are a couple of quite tough days - but, overall the trekking is straightforward and not sustained or committing. We have allowed four nights at an altitude of a little over 3000 metres, before we start trekking which should mean that the group is well acclimatised before setting off. During the optional biking part of the trip we will be following jeep roads, with some sections of paved road and some sections of footpath and singletrack. The biking is principally downhill or on the level. It is not strenuous or technically difficult. There is always the option of taking the support vehicle if you don't fancy any part of the riding. The Urubamba River, on the stretches that we will encounter, involves whitewater rafting which varies between River Grade 1 and River Grade 3 plus. The most challenging rapids that we run will be quite exciting enough for beginners to the sport. Comprehensive instruction is given by our professional river guides prior to setting off and full safety equipment is used. We recommend a minimum age of 14 years.