School Trek - Inca Trail & Machu Picchu
Peru, School Expeditions, 11 days - from £1,795 (land only) - from €2,425 (land only) - from $2,990 (land only)
Day 1: On arrival in Cusco (3326m), we are met by our KE School Group leader or a KE representative who will arrange the transfer to our centrally located hotel. In the afternoon we will have a walking tour of this fascinating ancient city.
Day 2: Today, is a day of sightseeing, visiting the major Inca sites of the Cusco Valley, by vehicle, on horseback and on foot. We will take a picnic lunch and visit the impressive fort of Sacsayhuaman, before returning to our hotel in Cusco.
Day 3: We start the day with rafting on the Urubamba River. The accent is on fun and full instruction is provided. After our session on the river, we take a rarely used road along the Urubamba Valley to Pisac, where we will check in at our hotel and then visit the local artisan market.
Day 4: Today, we transfer to Chinchero for a session of mountain biking. This is a mostly downhill ride on old Inca trails and through Maras village to the spectacular salt pans. Later, we transfer through the Sacred Valley to Ollantaytambo, where we check in at our hotel.
Day 5: We drive to 'Kilometre 82' where we start the trek on the Inca Trail, following the Urubamba River to our first camping place at Llactapata (2288m). We arrive here in good time to explore these fascinating ruins.
Day 6: We continue our trek via the small hamlet of Huayllabamba and then ascend through the cloud forest of the Chaupihuayjo Valley to our camping place at Llulluchapampa (3680m).
Day 7: Today, we trek to cross the high point of our route at the Warmiwanusca Pass (4200m). En route, we visit Inca ruins at Runccuracay and Sayacmarca. We set up our final camp of the holiday at Phuyupatamarca.
Day 8: Our last day on trek follows a series of Inca stairways down to Winay Wayna. Passing through the Sun Gate, we enter Machu Picchu (2400m) and transfer by bus to Aguas Calientes, where we check in at a hotel.
Day 9: We are up early and return to Machu Picchu for a guided tour and optional ascent of Huayna Picchu. In the afternoon, we take the train to the Sacred Valley of the Incas and then transfer by bus to the hotel in Cusco.
Day 10: Well acclimatized now, we can make the most of a free day in Cusco. We can take it easy or set out to make a further exploration of this beautiful city.
Day 11: We have a transfer to Cusco Airport, coordinated with the departure of the homeward flight.
Learning Outside the Classroom
If you have a particular part of your curriculum that needs fulfilling whilst you are away, we are more than happy to work this into your itinerary. Incorporating learning objectives into your School Group Adventure allows the pupils to engage with the learning process. If you send us your list of criteria, we will write the programme for you.