Inca Trail and Machu Picchu

Walk the Inca Trail - the world`s most famous short trek

8

days

Trek

From $1,620 Land only

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Holiday Overview

Highlights

  • A guided visit to magnificent Machu Picchu
  • Visit vibrant Cusco and explore the Sacred Valley of the Incas
  • KE`s most popular Peru trekking holiday
  • Maximum group size of 12 people means great service for all

Trekking the Inca Trail and then arriving at the Sun Gate above the 15th Century Inca citadel of Machu Picchu is one of the outstanding highlights of any visit to Latin America. We begin this superb 8-day walking holiday in Peru with two vital acclimatisation days where we explore Cusco and the Sacred Valley - the former capital of both the Inca Empire and Spanish colonial government. In the company of like-minded travellers from around the world, we then set off on the Inca Trail, the famous ancient paved pathway of the Incas, trekking from the Urubamba River to a high point at the Warmiwanusca Pass (4200m), before descending to the Sun Gate at Machu Picchu. Averaging 10 kilometres of walking on each of 4 days this brilliant fully supported short trek provides us with spectacular views of the peaks of the Cordillera Vilcabamba. The holiday culminates in an early morning visit to Machu Picchu with a knowledgeable guide who will bring alive the history of the city of the Incas before we take the classic train ride back to Cusco. With 2 departures each week, we're sure we will have a trip to fit your busy schedule, but be quick! Inca Trail permits go on sale each year in January and it is not unusual for the permits for popular periods to sell out by the end of February.

BOOK EARLY for the Inca Trail! The rules governing the issue of Inca trail permits mean that these permits are limited and allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Book early to guarantee your place on your chosen departure. We strongly advise booking a year in advance if possible. Note that we offer WEEKLY departures throughout most of the year making it easier to get those elusive permits.

explore international

Explore International. This is one of our Explore International holidays. Participants on these trips can book through KE or through one of our international partners. This helps us to gather together sufficient numbers of like-minded adventurers to get your holiday up and running quickly. Led by an English-speaking guide, the cosmopolitan nature of these groups can be an important part of the experience!

Is this holiday for you?

This classic trekking holiday includes a variety of terrain and conditions. Most of the walking is on well-defined tracks, including some sections of ancient Inca highways and staircases, which are paved with stone. There are a couple of quite tough days - but overall the trekking is straightforward and not sustained or committing. We have allowed two nights at an altitude of a little over 3000 metres before we start trekking and this provides excellent and vital acclimatisation plus the opportunity to see some of the wonderful sights in Cusco and the Sacred Valley.

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the group hotel in Cusco. Transfers from the airport are provided.
  • Drive to the Sacred Valley of the Incas stopping off at the market in Chinchero and on to Ollantaytambo.
  • Begin the Inca Trail Trek at Km82, crossing the Urubamba River and ascending to Llactapata (2600m).
  • Trek the Inca Trail to Huayllabamba, then on to Llulluchapampa (3650m). Great views of snowy peaks.
  • Trek over Dead Woman's Pass (4200m) and the 2 other passes to Phuyupatamarca (3650m).
  • Trek to Machu Picchu via Inti Punku, the Sun Gate. Descend the valley by vehicle to Aguas Calientes.
  • Full day guided tour of Machu Picchu, returning by train to Ollantaytambo and onward to Cusco.
  • Departure day.
2016
Mon 02 May - Mon 09 May Code IMP /18/16/ Adult$1,620 Status Departed
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  • Single Supplement $180 - Single supplement price includes single tent
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  • This tour begins on Mon 21 Nov and departs on Mon 28 Nov
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Mon 28 Nov - Mon 05 Dec Code IMP /78/16/ Adult$1,620 Status 2 more to guarantee Book now
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  • This tour begins on Mon 28 Nov and departs on Mon 05 Dec
  • This departure is available to book. Secure your place today with a deposit of $550
  • Single Supplement $180 - Single supplement price includes single tent
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.

Flights SHOULD NOT be booked until you have received your booking confirmation and the trip is showing 'Guaranteed to Run' or 'Limited'.


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We have undertaken to guarantee that all of our Land Only prices will not change once you have booked your holiday. Unlike some of our competitors we have decided never to surcharge, whether you are booking for this year or the next.

Map & Itinerary

The Route

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Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at the group hotel in Cusco. Transfers from the 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. After checking in we are free to explore this utterly charming city. The group hotel is a short walk away from the main square - the Plaza de Armas, where there are numerous cafes, restaurants and craft shops as well as the stunning architecture left behind by both the Inca and Spanish colonial empires that made Cusco their capital city. As we are now at an altitude of 3400 metres, we will want to take it easy in order to acclimatise to the rarefied air. In the evening, we can relax in one of the excellent restaurants that overlook the square.

    • Accommodation Hotel

  • Drive to the Sacred Valley of the Incas stopping off at the market in Chinchero and on to Ollantaytambo.

    After breakfast, we set off for an impressive drive to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. The road climbs out of the valley to reveal stunning views of the Vilcabamba peaks, Salkantay Este and Huayanay – our first glimpse of the high mountains. We make a stop to visit the artisan market at Chinchero then continue our drive to Ollantaytambo. The town is built on top of original Inca foundations, and is one of the best surviving examples of Inca town layouts. We visit the spectacular ruins of an Inca fortress and temple complex set on top of steep terracing above the town before settling in to our hotel in Ollantaytambo.

    • Accommodation Hotel

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  • Begin the Inca Trail Trek at Km82, crossing the Urubamba River and ascending to Llactapata (2600m).

    We have a short drive to Piscaycucho also known as Km82 where we meet our porters and trek crew and start the Inca trail. This is an easy start to the hike as we trek above the Urubamba River. We will stop at Q’oriwayrachina for lunch and then cross the Urubamba River at Q’ente, with an option to visit the ruins of Wayna Q’ente. After 5 – 6 hours trekking we reach our first camp at Llactapata (2600m) where we camp among Inca terracing.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 260m

    • Distance 10km

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    • Descent 350m

    • Time 5 - 6 hours trekking

  • Trek the Inca Trail to Huayllabamba, then on to Llulluchapampa (3650m). Great views of snowy peaks.

    We continue our trek into the steep valley of the tributary Cusichaca River. We climb to the small hamlet of Huayllabamba, the last inhabited place on the trail. We then begin a long ascent through beautiful patches of cloud forest, to the campsite at Llulluchapampa (3650m). There are great views of Huayanay during this part of our walk and we will also see many species of orchid, as well as some of the more than 250 varieties of hummingbirds that can be found in the Machu Picchu National Park.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 1320m

    • Distance 11km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 130m

    • Time 7 - 8 hours trekking

  • Trek over Dead Woman's Pass (4200m) and the 2 other passes to Phuyupatamarca (3650m).

    After breakfast, we start the hour and a half climb towards the Huarmiwanusca Pass (4200m) which affords superb views of Huayanay, to the south and also of the Pacaymayo Valley, which lies in front of us, to the west. Dropping down into this valley takes about two hours and then we start the ascent to Runkcuracay, a small Inca “tambo” or inn. We have lunch at Cochapata (3900m) beside a small lake, with breathtaking views of the valley below. We then continue our trek, climbing to the Runccuracay Pass (3985m) where, weather permitting, we should have great views of the Vilcabamba range in the far distance. The trail here becomes wider, now paved with the original Inca stones, and weaves through a forest which is becoming ever more luxuriant. We make a short detour to climb the 98 steps which lead up to Sayacmarca “the place with a dominant view” - an impressive Inca ruin which looks out towards the Aobamba Valley. Continuing our descent, we pass the small Inca site known as Qonchamarca and then climb to the so-called “third pass,” trekking through magnificent forests (and also negotiating a tunnel carved by the Incas) to our next campsite at Phuyupatamarca (3650m). There are magnificent views of Salcantay (6271m), Humantay (5800m) and the whole Vilcabamba range

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 1140m

    • Distance 12km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1130m

    • Time 7 - 8 hours trekking

  • Trek to Machu Picchu via Inti Punku, the Sun Gate. Descend the valley by vehicle to Aguas Calientes.

    We make an early start to catch the sunrise on Salkantay (6271m) from a viewpoint above camp. Then, after breakfast, we say farewell to our porters and kitchen crew and begin the descent of the more than 3000 steps which lead down to the beautiful settlement of Winay Huayna, a name which means eternally young. A detour away from the main trail leads to this wonderful citadel overlooking the Urubamba River. A further hour of descent and a final 30 minute climb, takes us to the famous Inti Punku, or Sun Gate, where we will have our first, and most impressive view, of Machu Picchu, the famous lost city of the Incas. Passing through the Sun Gate, we descend past the citadel itself and then catch the bus down to the town of Machu Picchu Pueblo, formerly known as Aguas Calientes (2040m) where we spend the night at our designated hotel. This little town has a very special atmosphere, with hot springs (don’t forget to bring your swimsuit!) and a range of good restaurants and bars

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 300m

    • Distance 11km

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    • Meals bl

    • Descent 1500m

    • Time 5 - 6 hours trekking

  • Full day guided tour of Machu Picchu, returning by train to Ollantaytambo and onward to Cusco.

    An early morning start to catch the first bus back up to Machu Picchu. This early start is hard if you stayed up until late the night before, but it is worth it! A local guide will give us the “tour” of Machu Picchu and we will also have enough time to go exploring on our own. After the tour of the main buildings and structures with our expert guide, we can walk to the Inca Bridge, discover hidden corners of the ruins, or just soak up the atmosphere of one of the most famous places on earth. We will spend a full day in the citadel before catching the bus (or walking) back down to Aguas Calientes in time to catch the afternoon train back to Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley where we transfer by bus to Cusco. We check into our hotel and have time to enjoy a final evening in the city.

    • Accommodation Hotel

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  • Departure day.

    KE Land Only package services end after breakfast. Complimentary airport transfers are provided.

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Holiday Information

  • English-speaking local guide
  • Airport transfers on group arrival and departure days
  • All accommodation as described in the trip dossier
  • Meals as detailed in the Meal Plan
  • Inca Trail Permit and entrance to Machu Picchu
  • All camping equipment excluding personal equipment but including inflatable mattress
  • Inca Trail trek crew including guides cook and porters
  • All rail and road transfers (private vehicle for groups of 6 or more)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips for porters and other trek staff
  • Cusco Airport transfers (other than group arrival / departure days)
  • Some meals as detailed in the Meal Plan
  • Airport departure taxes (if applicable)
  • Miscellaneous personal expenses

On trek, the food is a mixture of local and European-style, all purchased in Peru and cooked for us by highly trained trek cooks. Breakfast includes fresh fruit, porridge, pancakes or omelette with plenty of toast and home-made jam. Lunch is usually a picnic - fresh fruit, salad and bread, cheeses, cold meats, avocado and plenty to drink. Dinner is served in the mess tent and is a delicious three-course meal. In Cusco, Ollantaytambo and Aguas Calientes there is a wide range of restaurants cafes and bars serving excellent and varied cuisine.

All breakfasts, 6 lunches and 3 dinners are included in the trip price. Where there is a wide range of dining options it makes sense to leave the choice of meals and budget to you and we have therefore not included lunches and dinners while staying in hotels in Cusco, Ollantaytambo and Machu Picchu Pueblo (Aguas Calientes). In practice this is a total of 1 lunch and 4 dinners which you will need to pay for directly. We recommend that you allow between US$10 and US$20 for each of these meals.
All clients arriving in Cusco on day 1 and departing Cusco on day 8 of the trip itinerary will be met by a KE representative and provided with an airport transfer. Land Only clients must forward their flight details to the KE office. Hotel contact details together with an emergency contact number, will be provided with your booking confirmation.
The group will spend a total of 4 nights in comfortable tourist class hotels with private bathroom in Cusco, Ollantaytambo and Machu Picchu Pueblo (Aguas calientes). There will also be a total of 3 nights wild camping. During the camping accommodation is in 2-person tents and the group will also have use of a dining tent with table and chairs and a toilet tent. All accommodation is based on two people sharing. If you are booking by yourself we will pair you with another individual traveller of the same sex to share accommodation. Depending on availability, single rooms are available at a supplementary charge.

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

The cost of your permit for the Inca Trail is included in the trip price. Please note that the Peruvian Authorities strictly limit the amount of Inca Trail Permits issued for each day and that permits are issued on a first come, first served basis. The permits are only issued against a name and a passport number. Once issued they cannot be amended, cancelled or transferred. In order to ensure your place on the Inca Trail, KE will purchase your permit as soon as the trip is guaranteed to run or when you make your booking if the trip is already guaranteed. To cover this you will be asked to pay an additional deposit at the time of booking. Once the trip is guaranteed to run, the cost of your Inca Trail permit cannot be refunded (unless we cancel the trip).

A typical day on the Inca Trail starts with an early morning cup of tea or coffee and a bowl of hot washing water brought to your tent. After a hot breakfast 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 picnicand takes about an hour or so. We aim to pitch camp for the night by 3 or 4 p.m., ie. well before dusk. Dinner is served in the mess tent early evening 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 an English-speaking local guide. During the trek on the Inca Trail the guide will be assisted by a crew of porters, cooks and assistant guides where appropriate. During the visit to Machu Picchu the group will be accompanied by a knowledgeable local guide.

We estimate that $300 will be sufficient for your requirements. This amount should cover non included meals, tips for local staff, and other incidental expenses such as refreshments. There is no need to purchase local currency 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 cash US dollars as this provides for the easiest exchange and in emergency can even be used to purchase goods. Credit and debit cards can be used to purchase goods and to pay for meals in Cusco (we advise telling your bank you will be travelling to Peru if you intend to use your cards overseas).

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 £50 to £60 to a group tipping pool.

Pack animals are not allowed on the Inca Trail and all baggage will be carried by local porters. Each group on the Inca Trail is restricted to a maximum number of porters designated by the park authority. The limit is imposed by the Peruvian National Park Authorities and is designed to minimise the impact on the Inca Trail from the many visitors it receives. Before starting on the Inca Trail you will be provided with an ‘approved’ Inca Trail duffel bag which is smaller than your KE trek bag. Whilst trekking, the packed weight of this trek bag including your sleeping bag, should be no more than 8 kgs. Please note that this baggage limit is considerably less than on the majority of our treks. It is of course possible to leave clothes and other items not required on trek at the group hotel in Cusco, and in some cases luggage can be forwarded to Aguas Calientes for use at the end of your trek - this will be coordinated by the guide.

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.

 

For conservation reasons, the packed weight of your trek bag (including your sleeping bag) when trekking on the Inca Trail is limited to a maximum of 8 kgs. A small duffel bag will be provided for your baggage whilst trekking the Inca Trail. Items not required on trek can be stored in your main luggage/KE kitbag at the group hotel in Cusco.

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

  • Warm hat

  • Sunglasses

  • Gloves or mittens

  • Sleeping Bag (comfort rated -5ºC)***

  • Daypack 30 litres*

  • Headtorch and spare batteries

  • Water bottles 1 Litre (x2)

  • 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, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite).

The following items are optional:

  • Down jacket

  • Trekking poles ** (recommended)

  • Sleeping bag liner

  • Trainers or similar for camp use

  • Thermal baselayer - leggings

  • Shorts

  • Swim wear (for the hot springs at Machu Picchu Pueblo)

  • Spare laces

  • Insect repellant

  • Travel clothes

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

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

  • Camera

Notes

* 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.

** Trekking Poles

For conservation reasons, trekking poles cannot be used on the Inca Trail unless they have rubber tips. Please make sure that when flying, sharp objects such as trekking poles and knives are packed into your check-in luggage.

*** Sleeping Mat

An inflatable sleeping mat is provided so there is no need to bring your own.

 

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. Our treks can be physically demanding, but more as a result of altitude and terrain than distances walked. We would suggest that you adopt a weekly exercise regime. Running, cycling and swimming are good for developing aerobic fitness and better stamina. You should gradually increase your exercise leading up to departure, and in the month before setting off, 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 climate of Peru is very varied across different regions. For each region the determining factors are its latitude, its distance from the coast and most importantly, its altitude. The climate of the Andean valleys which corresponds to the region between 3000 and 4000 metres is characterised by hot wet summers and cool dry winters. 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, with temperatures between 12 and 20°C (54 – 68°F). Above c. 3500m. / 11,000ft. during this season, the night-time temperatures will fall below freezing. At our highest camps we might experience night-time temperatures as low as -5°C / 23°F at any time and in mid-winter (July and August) temperatures may dip to -10ºC / 14ºF overnight. As with all mountain areas, short-lived storms can occur at any time of the year.

  • Trekking and Climbing in the Andes. (Globetrotter Adventure). Val Pitkethly and Kate Harper.

  • The Conquest of the Incas. (MacMillan). J. Hemming.

  • The South American Handbook.

  • The Andes are Prickly. Martin Slessor.

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

  • Inca Cola. Matthew Parish.

  • Latin America Spanish phrasebook. Lonely Planet.

Inca Trail – Machu Picchu. 1:50,000 Editorial Lima 2000

This topographic map from the Lima-based publisher Lima 2000 shows the Inca Trail from Kilometre 88 to Machu Picchu. Peak altitudes and shading show relief and the contours interval is 100m. The map shows towns and villages, roads and footpaths, rivers, ruins, terraces etc. A small inset shows a street plan of Aguas Calientes, another shows the Machu Picchu ruins.

Extend Your Holiday

Extensions

When booking your holiday, you will be able to 'add an extension option'.

Once we have received your booking we will contact you to discuss additional services required for the extension and to take any additional deposit.

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.

Peru Rainforest Extension

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 Extension

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 Extension

From $3190 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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