Choquequirao to Machu Picchu

A fantastic trekking holiday on the alternative Inca Trail

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Holiday Overview

Highlights

  • Trek between the premier Inca sites of Peru
  • Visit the lost Inca fortress of Choquequirao
  • Hike through the dramatic Apurimac Canyon
  • Including Machu Picchu, this is the ultimate Peru holiday

Sitting astride a high ridge amongst the snow-capped peaks of Peru, the Inca outpost of Choquequirao is one of the most important discoveries of Inca antiquity. Already a rival to Machu Picchu in terms of its size and splendour, more buildings and llama-decorated terraces are being exposed in Choquequirao each year. Choquequirao is more difficult to access and much less visited than Machu Picchu. Our fully supported trek to this so-called 'Cradle of Gold' in Peru is by way of the awe-inspiring canyon of the Apurimac River, involving a descent and ascent of almost 2000 metres to reach our camp beside the citadel of Choquequirao. We have a full day to explore the Choquequirao site before setting off on a 5-day trek through the rugged and beautiful Cordillera Vilcabamba, a region dominated by impressive 6000 metre peaks including Pumasillo and Salcantay. Following a rarely-used Inca trail which once connected Choquequirao to Machu Picchu, we cross the Totora Pass (4500m) then turn north to descend the Rio Colpa, passing untouched Andean villages whose Quechua inhabitants still wear traditional dress. Arriving at the cloud forest cloaked valley of the Rio Urubamba, this great trip concludes with a guided tour of Machu Picchu and a welcome free day in Cusco. This is a superb holioday in Peru for everyone who loves to follow in the footsteps of the early explorers and for those who want the genuine Inca trail experience but without the crowds. This is a simply superb trekking holiday - probably the best in Peru.

Is this holiday for you?

This walking holiday to Choquequirao in Peru is a classic trek and we will cover a  variety of terrain. Most of the walking is on fairly well-defined tracks, including some sections of ancient Inca highways, which are paved with stone in places. There are occasional river crossings and some steep sections of trail. It is possible that the highest passes might have a light covering of snow. The descents and ascents out of  the Apurimac and Rio Blanco Canyons are steep downhill and uphill, and it can be very hot.  There are several consecutive long trekking days, some high pass crossings and we will accumulate more than 5000 metres of ascent and descent during the course of the trek; a good level of fitness is essential to enjoy this trek.

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the group hotel in Cusco. Transfers from Cusco Airport are provided.
  • Acclimatisation day in Cusco (3200m), with a walking tour of the city including Sacsayhuaman.
  • Drive to the start of the trek at Capuliyoc and descend to the campsite at Chiquiska (1875m).
  • Traverse the Apuriman Canyon and ascend to Choquequirao.
  • Full day visit and exploration of the Choquequirao ruins.
  • Trek across the Choququirao Pass (3340m) to the ruins at Pincha Unuyoc.
  • A tough day, trekking to Maizal above the Rio Blanco.
  • Cross the San Juan Pass (4150m) and descend to the Rio Yanama Valley.
  • Trek over the Totora Pass (4660m) with views of Salkantay (6271m), the highest peak in the area.
  • Descend to the semi-tropical valley and follow the Rio Santa Teresa to Lucmabamba (1800m).
  • Trek into the Urubamba Valley to Machu Picchu.
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu, then return to Cusco via the Sacred Valley.
  • Departure day. Cusco Airport transfers are provided.
2016
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  • The departure reference for this tour is CHQ /09/16/
  • This tour begins on Sun 02 Oct and departs on Fri 14 Oct
  • This departure has limited availability. Don't delay - secure your place today with a deposit of $400
  • Single Supplement $400 - Includes all group hotel and lodge nights (single tent not included)
  • Single Tent $150
The LAND ONLY dates and prices are for the itinerary joining in Cusco, Peru. For clients making their own flight arrangements, Cusco airport is the most convenient for transfers to the group hotel. Please refer to the 'Joining arrangements & transfers' section in the trip dossier for further details.

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Map & Itinerary

The Route

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Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at the group hotel in Cusco. Transfers from Cusco Airport are provided.

    Arriving in the former Inca capital of Southern Peru, we are met by our guide or a KE representative who will arrange the transfer to the group’s hotel. As we are now at an altitude of 3200 metres we spend most of today taking it easy in order to acclimatise to the rarefied air. Depending on arrival time, we have the afternoon to relax and explore at our leisure and we may want to sample the local altitude remedy, coca tea.

    • Accommodation Hotel

  • Acclimatisation day in Cusco (3200m), with a walking tour of the city including Sacsayhuaman.

    We have a full day in Cusco to explore and acclimatise to the altitude. We have the option of taking a relaxing walking tour of the city. Every small street or alley-way that we enter and every corner that we turn, brings another surprise, in the form of superbly constructed Incaic walls or the rather more architecturally extravagant Spanish Colonial churches and palaces. The city, once capital of the extensive Inca Empire, has seen many changes since Pizarro took control of the city in 1535. The highlight of this tour is our visit to the impressive Inca fortress citadel of Sacsayhuaman, which is set high above Cusco. The afternoon is free for further independent exploration. In the evening, we can relax in one of the excellent restaurants close to the main square - the Plaza de Armas.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals b

  • Drive to the start of the trek at Capuliyoc and descend to the campsite at Chiquiska (1875m).

    After an early breakfast at our hotel, we will set off on the scenic drive westwards from Cusco. We pass to the south of impressive Andean peaks such as Huayanay and Salcantay and have the chance to visit the Inca ruins at Tarawasi. We also stop off at Sahuite, where there is an incredible boulder, which was carved by the Incas into the form of animals, plants, houses and streets. Turning off the main highway onto a dirt road, we arrive at the beautiful village of Cachora (2900m). From here we take the dirt road high above the Apurimac Canyon to Capuliyoc where we meet our muleteer team and have lunch. In the afternoon we’ll begin our trek by hiking down into the Apurimac Canyon to our first campsite at Chiquiska at 1875m. The path is straightforward with a few switchbacks and downhill all the way, and there are fantastic views of the surrounding snow peaks and Choquequirao in the far distance.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Distance 8km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1100m

    • Time Approx 3 - 4 hrs trekking

  • Traverse the Apuriman Canyon and ascend to Choquequirao.

    Our arrieros load the group's gear onto mules and after breakfast we set off towards Choquequirao, descending further into the Apurimac Canyon for the first hour on a switchback trail. The temperature increases as we lose height and close to the river we find ourselves amongst lush vegetation; trees, cacti and colourful flowers. We reach Playa Rosalinda in the bottom of the valley (1475m) and cross the small bridge over the mighty Apurimac. We are then faced with a steep climb up the other side of the canyon. The trail climbs upwards, again with sections of switchbacks, through lush vegetation and cloud forest up to Marampata (2930m) where we will stop for lunch after the long trek. The views to snowy peaks and across the canyon are a stunning diversion from the uphill walking. After lunch we traverse the undulating path to the campsite situated below the ruins at Choquequirao (2860m).

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 2190m

    • Distance 15km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1230m

    • Time Approx 8 - 10 hrs trekking

  • Full day visit and exploration of the Choquequirao ruins.

    It is a short walk to the site (45 mins), which is on a prominent spur between two tributaries of the Apurimac and situated at around 3000m above sea level. This is a spectacular spot, with views of snow-covered peaks to the north and east and southwards across the vastness of the Apurimac Gorge to the small town of Huanipaca. The Inca ruins here are extensive and only partly cleared of vegetation. In fact, it is anticipated that Choquequirao will be just as impressive as Machu Picchu when its full glories are revealed. Excavation of the site continues to unearth new archaeological surprises, some totally unique to this site. There are signs of Inca terracing and further ruins everywhere we look. Amongst the ruins that have been unearthed are an enormous curving bank of fine terracing, a chain of ritual baths and a central plaza surrounded by ceremonial and high status residential architecture. Beyond, large areas still remain covered in the thick cloud forest, giving us an insight into how the 18th century explorers must have felt on reaching this deserted city. Choquequirao's function is also unclear, as it is not mentioned in the Inca chronicles although with such a setting it would be likely to be a ceremonial place. In the morning we visit the main plaza, the unique llama terraces and the Usnu (altar) before returning to our campsite by an alternative route for lunch. In the afternoon there is the option to visit the most recently cleared section of the Choquequirao site at Pacchayoq, or "House of the Cascades" close to a waterfall below our campsite. The terraces here are thought to have been used for agriculture, whereas the llama terraces are likely to have had a more ceremonial purpose.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 600m

    • Distance 6km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 600m

    • Time 4 - 5 hrs trekking

  • Trek across the Choququirao Pass (3340m) to the ruins at Pincha Unuyoc.

    Today we ascend back to Choquequirao for another quick look at the ruin site. Arriving early in the morning, it’s possible we will have the site to ourselves and we can enjoy further exploration of the ruins. From the main plaza, we strike uphill, initially following an Inca aqueduct, to the Choquequirao Pass (3340m). There are great views from this point including down into the Rio Blanco valley, our next challenge. From here it’s a steep descent to the Inca terraces at Pincha Unuyoc, the “Water Shrine” where we set up camp either on or close to the terraces. We’ll take a late lunch at camp and enjoy some time to relax or explore this lovely Inca site in the late afternoon.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 530m

    • Distance 8km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 900m

    • Time Approx 6 hrs trekking

  • A tough day, trekking to Maizal above the Rio Blanco.

    Today we begin by descending further into the deep valley of the Rio Blanco (shown on the IGN map as the Rio Victoria). We descend for almost 600 metres to the Rio Blanco, crossing the river on a rudimentary bridge in the rocky bottom of the canyon. After a short break here we will begin the tough 1200m climb through cloud forest and bamboo to the small campsite at Maizal (3000m). This is another steep pull uphill, but with glorious vegetation and views to enjoy on the way and there will be some time to relax at camp in the late afternoon.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 1170m

    • Distance 8km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 620m

    • Time Approx 5 hours trekking

  • Cross the San Juan Pass (4150m) and descend to the Rio Yanama Valley.

    A superb day's trekking as we climb to cross the Abra San Juan (4150m) and have spectacular views of the peaks of the Cordillera Vilcabamba, including Sacsarayoc, Pumasillo and Choquetecarpo. Climbing up to the pass, we see in the distance another recently discovered Inca ruin, Corihuayrachina and the equally interesting old silver mines of Mina Victoria, thought to have been worked for over 1000 years. Descending to the north into the Rio Yanama Valley, we follow a high trail which traverses steep slopes and provides another excellent opportunity to spot condors. We camp at the charming Andean village of Yanama (3500m).

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 1200m

    • Distance 11km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 650m

    • Time Approx 7 hours trekking

  • Trek over the Totora Pass (4660m) with views of Salkantay (6271m), the highest peak in the area.

    A stunning days trekking up the Yanama Valley and bearing right towards the 4660m Totora Pass. Again we follow ancient Inca trails as we wind upwards steadily. From the pass spectacular views of the snow capped Sacsayraoc peak dominate, and once we’ve crossed the pass, the largest peak in the area, Salkantay comes into view. We descend from the pass on alternating sections of trail and dirt road until we arrive at Hornopampa. From here it’s a short walk on to the village community of Totora (3400m).

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 1220m

    • Distance 19km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1400m

    • Time Approx 8 - 10 hs trekking

  • Descend to the semi-tropical valley and follow the Rio Santa Teresa to Lucmabamba (1800m).

    Today offers an incredible range of changing scenery as we descend almost 2000m from the high altitude trails down into the semi-tropical environment of the valleys below. We follow the Rio Santa Teresa for approximately 6 - 7 hours passing numerous waterfalls on the way. The variety of birdlife, the butterflies and differing vegetation make the trek down to Lucmabamba through the cloud forest quite special and continually interesting. We make camp on the outskirts of the village (2100m).

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 730m

    • Distance 23km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1920m

    • Time Approx 7 - 8 hrs trekking

  • Trek into the Urubamba Valley to Machu Picchu.

    Our final day’s trekking on this outstanding Andean journey. Through the lush vegetation of coffee and tropical fruit plantations we are soon climbing through pristine cloud forest and join another ancient Inca trail leading to Llactapata, an Inca site that has only recently been excavated. We will also have a truly amazing view of Machu Picchu as we approach from the back of the Inca citadel, a sight very view visitors to the area are afforded. We then descend into the Urubamba Valley from where we will enjoy the spectacular train journey on the railway track which parallels the Urubamba river gorge to reach the bustling tourist town of Aguas Calientes. Here we check into our hotel and enjoy a hot shower in the afternoon before heading out to one of the excellent restaurants nearby.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 940m

    • Distance 13km

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    • Meals bl

    • Descent 1170m

    • Time 5 - 6 hrs trekking

  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu, then return to Cusco via the Sacred Valley.

    First thing in the morning we take a bus up to Machu Picchu where we will take a guided tour of the main site. Arriving early allows plenty of time to wander through the ruins soaking up the atmosphere. It is possible to walk up to the Sun Gate (Inti Punku) for the classic view of Machu Picchu (the walk takes around 1.5hrs as a round trip). Alternatively you are free to explore the ruins at your leisure before meeting back with the group to return by bus to Aguas Calientes. From here we will take the afternoon train back to Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, where we meet our waiting bus and ride back to Cusco and our comfortable hotel. A full day. For those with the energy we can venture out into Cusco to sample some of the excellent nightlife in the town.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals b

  • Departure day. Cusco Airport transfers are provided.

    KE Land Only package services end after breakfast. Complimentary group transfers to the airport are provided. Why not extend your holiday in Peru to include a visit to the Amazon Rainforest, an excursion to Lake Titicaca or a trip to Colca Canyon to watch condors. We can also arrange flights to Ecuador and cruises around the Galapagos Islands. Contact our office for further details.

    • Meals b

Holiday Information

  • An experienced English speaking local leader
  • Cusco Airport transfers on Day 1 and Day 13 only
  • All accommodation as described in the trip dossier
  • Meals as detailed in the Meal Plan
  • When camping a full service including food and all equipment (excluding personal equipment)
  • Camping mattresses are provided as a part of the camping equipment
  • All land transport involved in the itinerary
  • A guided walking tour of Cusco
  • Machu Picchu entrance fee
  • Travel insurance
  • Cusco Airport transfers other than on Days 1 and 13
  • Tips for porters and other trek staff
  • Some meals as described in the Meal Plan
  • Cusco airport departure taxes (if applicable)
  • Miscellaneous expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc

On trek the food provided is a mixture of local and European-style, all purchased in Peru and cooked for us by highly trained staff cooks. In Cusco and in Aguas Calientes there is a wide range of restaurants cafes and bars serving excellent and varied cuisine.

Where there is a wide range of dining options and budgets, it is sensible to leave this choice to you and we have therefore not included in the trip price, meals (other than breakfasts) while staying in Cusco and in Aguas Calientes. All breakfasts, 9 lunches and 8 dinners are included in the trip price. For full details of which meals are included, please refer to the itinerary in the trip dossier. Clients will be expected to pay for a total of 3 lunches and 3 dinners and we recommend you budget $10 - $25 dollars per meal.
All clients arriving in Cusco on Day 1 of the Land Only itinerary will be met by a KE representative who will arrange the transfer to the group hotel. Clients must provide the KE office with full details of their flights. Hotel contact details and an emergency number will be provided with your booking confirmation. At the end of the holiday, Cusco Airport transfers are provided for clients departing on the last day of the Land Only itinerary.
During the holiday there are a total of 3 nights in a comfortable centrally located hotel in Cusco and 1 night in a basic hotel in Aguas Calientes. Whilst trekking there will be a total of 8 nights camping. All accommodation is allocated on a twin-sharing basis. If you are travelling by yourself you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex. It is possible to hire a single tent while on trek for an additional cost. This must be arranged ahead of departure and is subject to availability (please note that single tent hire does not include single rooms in hotels). Depending on availability, it may also be possible to pre-book single hotel rooms. For additional hotel prices and single supplement costs please refer to the dates and prices page of the trip on our website.

View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used

A typical day starts with an early morning brew and a bowl of hot washing water brought to your tent at about 6.30 a.m. After a hot breakfast (which includes fresh fruit, porridge, pancakes or omelette with plenty of toast and home-made jam) during which camp will be struck and the porters will be given their loads, we start walking in the pleasant cool of the morning. We usually walk for about 3 hours in the morning. Lunch is usually a picnic - and a chance for more excellent food from our cook team - fresh fruit, salad and bread, cheeses, cold meats, avocado and plenty to drink. Lunch takes about an hour or so and offers a chance for a little siesta! We aim to pitch camp for the night well before dusk. Dinner is served in the mess tent and is a delicious three course meal. The cooks never fail to impress! During dinner is a good time to socialise and to talk over the events of the day. We are usually in bed by 9.00 pm - plenty of time to re-charge the batteries before the next day's walk.

The group will be accompanied by a professional English-speaking local tour leader. During the trek the group will also be supported by a full trek crew including guides, camp staff, cooks, baggage animals and their handlers.

We estimate that $300 will be sufficient to cover your requirements including the above mentioned non-included meals, and incidental expenses such as tips for drivers, trek crew and local guides. There is no need to purchase local currency (Peruvian Soles) prior to travelling. It is possible to withdraw your money in local currency from ATMs in Cusco. If you are bringing your travel money with you we recommend you bring it in the form of US dollars in cash as this provides for the easiest exchange and in emergency can even be used to purchase goods. Credit cards can be used to purchase goods and to pay for meals in Cusco and in Machu Picchu Pueblo.

Tipping is common in Peru, however you must remember that it is voluntary, and how much you give depends on how you feel about the service you have received. Airport baggage carriers are the only exception and tipping is compulsory. These people are unwaged and make a living by carrying your luggage. The general rule is 1 or 2 soles per bag. For hotel staff, tipping is not expected, but is welcome. For hotel porters 1 or 2 soles per bag is reasonable. Drivers of standard taxis do not usually expect a tip. As with most countries, it is usual to tip in restaurants and 10% is expected for good service. For the support crew on trek (guides, cooks, porters etc.), it is recommended that each client contributes around £60 to £70 to a group tipping pool.

Please note that baggage allowance on internal flights (eg. Lima to Cusco) is 20 kg and that this limit is strictly enforced. Your baggage on trek will be carried by pack animals. Whilst trekking, the packed weight of your trek bag including your sleeping bag, should be no more than 15 kgs. It is possible to leave clothes and other items not required on trek at the group hotel in Cusco.

All KE clients will receive a FREE KE trek bag.  These have been specially made to stand up to the rigours of adventure travel.  Your KE bag will be posted to you when your trip is guaranteed to run or on receipt of your booking if the trip is already guaranteed.  If you have travelled with us before and already have a KE trek bag you can select an alternative free gift in the booking process.

This holiday involves going to high altitude. During the course of your trip you will reach altitudes in excess of 3500 metres. This is not something that you should worry about; the human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of altitudes, but it is important that we follow some simple rules in order to acclimatise successfully. Before coming on this holiday you should read the advice on trekking at high altitude on our website which can be viewed via the link below. You can also talk to one of our trekking experts if you have any concerns about altitude. www.keadventure.com/page/altitude.html

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum.

 

The packed weight of your trek bag whilst trekking should be no more than 15 kgs.

You must bring the following items:

  • Hiking boots

  • Socks

  • Trekking trousers

  • Waterproof over-trousers

  • Underwear

  • Baselayer shirts (2 short sleeve, 2 long sleeve)

  • Casual shirts and/or T-shirts

  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper

  • Waterproof jacket

  • Sunhat including neck protection

  • Warm hat

  • Sunglasses

  • Lightweight thermal gloves

  • Warmer over gloves or mittens

  • Sleeping bag (comfort rated to -5ºC)

  • Daypack 30 **

  • Headtorch and spare batteries

  • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)

  • Water bottles 1 Litre (x2) – preferably wide-necked Nalgene refillable bottles

  • Washbag and toiletries

  • Antibacterial handwash

  • Small towel

  • Selection of dry bags (to keep trek bag contents dry)

  • Small padlock (to lock your KE trek bag)

  • Basic First Aid Kit including: Antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), Diamox, painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, insect repellent (DEET or similar as sandflies and mosquitoes can be a problem), and re-hydration salts (Dioralite).

The following items are optional:

  • Trekking poles

  • Trainers or similar for travelling and camp use

  • Sleeping bag liner

  • Spare laces

  • Thermal baselayer - leggings

  • Shorts

  • Warm jacket (down)

  • Travel clothes

  • Pen-knife (note: always pack sharp objects in hold baggage)

  • Repair kit – (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)

  • Camera

  • Camping mattress – see notes*

Notes

You will experience a wide range of temperatures on this trip. It will very hot in the Apurimac Canyon, pleasantly warm on the majority of trekking days, and cooler in the evenings with overnight temperatures possibly below freezing at the highest camps.

 

*Camping mattress - A sleeping mat is provided locally (issued in Cusco). You do not have to bring one with you, unless you prefer to use your own.

 

 

** Daypack - Perurail has a strict policy on hand baggage on the train to the Inca Trail and from Machu Picchu. The weight of your hand baggage on the train must not exceed 5kg and the sum of its dimensions (length + width + height) must not exceed 157 cm. If your daypack exceeds these dimensions it must be placed inside your trek bag for transportation on the train.

For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport.

Visa Peru

UK and USA passport holders do not require a visa for short stays. Keep the immigration paper given to you on arrival in a safe place, as you will need to show this on departure.

Transit via USA

You will require an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorisation), and you must get this before boarding any US-bound aircraft or ship, or entering on a land border. The fee is USD$14 and you should apply for it at https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/. With the ESTA complete, the majority of British Citizen passport holders can enter the US under the Visa Waiver Programme, VWP. As of 1st April 2016 you will be required to have a passport with an intergrated chip. Note that if you have travelled to Iraq, Syria, Iran or Sudan in the last 5yrs you will have to apply for a visa.

NOTE: This is required if you are transiting through the USA 

Transit via Canada

From 15 March 2016

All citizens (except for USA citizens) will require an eTA (Electronic Travel Authorisation), and you must get this before boarding any Canada-bound aircraft or ship, or entering on a land border. The fee is CAD$7 and you should apply for it at http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/eta-start.asp

NOTE: This is required if you are transiting through Canada

You should contact your doctor or travel clinic to check whether you require any specific vaccinations or other preventive measures. You should be up to date with routine courses and boosters as recommended in the UK e.g. diphtheria-tetanus-polio and measles-mumps-rubella, along with hepatitis A and typhoid. Malarial prophylaxis is not usually required for trips in the mountains, however if you are visiting rural and remote low lying areas then they might be necessary. On holidays to more remote areas you should also have a dentist check up. A good online resource is Travel Health Pro.

We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:

http://www.worldstandards.eu/electricity/plugs-and-sockets/

It makes a lot of sense to spend some time before coming on a trekking or climbing trip getting some additional exercise. The fitter you are, after all, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. This is a demanding trek and you need to be aerobically fit and also comfortable with walking up to 8 hours each day. The best preparation for this trip is regular hiking in mountain or hill country. If this is not possible, we suggest that you adopt a weekly exercise regime and gradually increase your work rate as you get nearer to departure.  Running, cycling and swimming are all good for developing better stamina. Whatever your preparation, before departure, we suggest that you try to fit in a number of long walks in hilly country.

As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Offices ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all KE travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on the official FCO website: www.fco.gov.uk. North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: www.travel.state.gov for essential travel advice and tips.

KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

The Southern Hemisphere winter season in the Andes runs roughly from April through to October and this is the optimum period for trekking in this part of Peru. At this time we can expect the days to be warm and generally sunny. The major influence on regional climate is the altitude. On this holiday you will experience a wide variation in altitide in the initial part of the trek and consequently a big range of temperatures. It will be very hot in the bottom of the Apimurac canyon although we trek most of the lower canyon in the coolest parts of the day. For the majority of ythe holiday you will be near or above 3000 metres and daytime temperatures will range between with temperatures between 12 and 20°C. Evenings can be quite chilly and it is likely that night-time temperatures will fall below freezing at our highest camps.

  • The last days of the Incas - Kim MacQuarrie

  • The Conquest of the Incas. J. Hemming.

  • The Andes are Prickly. Martin Slessor.

  • Exploring Cusco. Peter Frost (available in Cusco).

  • Inca Cola. Matthew Parish.

 

Cuzco Region & Peru South ITMB Publishing - 1:110,000 / 1:1,500,000

A detailed road map of the region around Cuzco with a clear street plan of central Cuzco. Road detail distinguishes paved and unsurfaced roads and includes dirt tracks. Elevation tinting and faint contours at 100m intervals represent the general relief, with spot heights for many peaks. Symbols mark ruins and archaeological sites, and an index has a separate list of Inca ruins. An insert shows Machu Picchu at 1:50,000 and on the reverse is an indexed road map of southern Peru at 1:1,500,000

Extend Your Holiday

Peru Rainforest Extension

Visit Tambopata National Reserve, a haven of pristine Amazon wilderness where the river provides access to an uninhabited and vast 2.5 million acre area, home to the Amazon’s five top predators – Jaguar, Giant Otter, Black Caiman, Harpy Eagle and Anaconda. It is a short flight to Puerto Maldonado, and then a ride in a motorised canoe to our jungle lodge. Highlights are the macaw clay-lick, otters, monkeys and an array of colourful birds.

Tambopata National Reserve

From $700 per person

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Lake Titicaca Extension

Forming part of the border between Peru and Bolivia, this sacred lake of the Incas at an elevation of 3830 metres was where the god Viracocha rose and created the sun, moon, stars and the first people. It is the largest navigable lake in the world. There are several islands in the lake including the ‘floating’ Uros Islands which are man-made from reeds and are home to a pre-Incan people who live a simple traditional life. Lake Titicaca is a ‘must see’ on a holiday in this region.

Lake Titicaca Excursion

From $1030 per person

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Galapagos Islands Extension

The Galapagos Islands are said to be the crown jewels of the natural world. These paradise islands have a mythological status following Charles Darwin’s visit in 1835. Blue-footed boobies, frigate birds, albatross, giant tortoises, seals,turtles, dinosaur-like marine and land iguanas are just a few of the species you will encounter. Part of the magic of the Galapagos is getting up close to the wildlife that has lost all fear of man. Please call us for an accurate quote for your departure.

Galapagos Islands Cruise

From $3290 per person

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Arequipa and the Colca Canyon

The city of Arequipa lies below the edge of the Altiplano in Southern Peru. This ‘White City’ is surrounded by impressive volcanoes and is a rich mixture of indigenous and Spanish influences. Nearby is the natural wonder of the Colca Canyon, one of the world’s deepest canyons and home to many Andean Condors. The area is also well known for its vibrant indigenous culture and locally produced handicrafts. A visit is a great way to experience Southern Peruvian culture.

Arequipa and the Colca Canyon

From $760 per person

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