PERU CLASSIC TOUR AND 4 DAYS INKA TRAIL
Know The Ancestral, The Colonial And Today Peruvian Culture - REC
Peru Classic Tour and 4 days Inka Trail trek is dedicated travelers coming to Peru and wants visit the most popular and amazing tourist attractions along the coast, the high Andes and the cloud forest around the historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu.
Peru Classic Tour and 4 days Inka Trail trek combine the perfect know of the ancestral, colonial and today culture seeing on the 4 different natural regions of Peru. 15 days of travel in Peru is more than to see the culture, costumes, national parks, museums, Andean Mountain, hot spring, good food or the best hotels.. To take this tour is to taste the essence of a real meeting with local people and amazing contact with nature of every place where our guide will lead you.
To know the ancestral, colonial and today Peruvian culture is one of the best alternative recommended by our local guides and tour leaders, this tour is recommend for everyone acclimatized to high altitudes. This offer to everyone to discover Paracas and Ballestas Islands, the most popular adventure sport of the desert as known Sandboard (like snowboard) and Sand Buggy (4x4 uphill and downhill drive over the sand dunes) on Ica region, The enigmatic and mysterious figures and lines dated from the Nasca Culture, Arequipa is considerate the most nicer and colonial city of Peru, the Colca Canyon as known like the second deepest canyon in the world, The highest navigable Lake Titicaca located on the Altiplano of Puno region, Cusco is the most cosmopolitan city located on the heart of the Andes and where was the center of the Inca culture and finally include a nice and well organized trekking from the Andes to the high jungle following the impressive Inca network as known "The Inka Trail" to the historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu, consider "the lost city of the richest Inca civilization" and one of the 7 wonders in world.
Welcome to join this tour offering by PERU ADVENTURE TOURS, we guarantee one of your best experiences traveling around Peru with the best qualify tour leaders and local guides.
PERU CLASSIC TOUR DESTINATIONS
Lima - Paracas - Ica - Nasca - Arequipa - Colca Canyon - Puno - Lake Titicaca - Amantani Islands - Cusco - Sacred valley of the Incas - Ollantaytambo - 4 Days Inka Trail - Machu Picchu - Cusco - Lima.
PERU CLASSIC TOUR DISCRIPTION
DAY 1: ARRIVAL TO LIMA - WELCOME TO PERU
Reception at the airport of Lima and transfer to the selected hotel.
DAY 2: LIMA - PARACAS - PISCO (SEA LEVEL)
Morning we travel 4 hours to Pisco, by private transport (Privet VIP service) or luxury public bus - At 11am tour to the national reserve of Paracas, coastal landscape with sea fauna. Short hike inside of this reserve, where we will visit the Cathedral, is a natural rock formation around the sea, Mirador de lobos is located at the top of the huge cliff, with nice view of the Pacific Ocean. Late afternoon come back to the selected hotel in Pisco or Paracas (B).
DAY 3: PISCO - SANDBOARDING & SAND BUGGY TOUR - NASCA (600M)
Excursion to Ballestas islands (8/10am) by speedboat, on this trip we appreciate the sea wildlife of this part of the Pacific Ocean and view of the candelabrum, is a figure drawing on the slope of the huge sand dune, located in front of the islands - Transfer to the Huacachina Oasis and Sandboarding / Dune buggy tour on the hundreds sand dunes - 2 hours travel to Nasca, by private van or luxury public bus - Stay at the hotel of Nasca (B).
DAY 4: NASCA - NASCA LINES - AREQUIPA (2300M)
In the morning flight over the Nasca Lines in light plains to observe the mysterious and enigmatic line and figures drawing on the flat driest land by the ancient Nasca culture. At 11am land trip to Chauchilla cemetery where there are real mummies as old as 2000 years, located on the right bank of the Chauchilla valley - In the evening travel to Arequipa by luxury public bus - Overnight in the bus to Arequipa (B).
DAY 5: AREQUIPA - SANTA CATALINA MONASTERY - COMPLETE GUIDED CITY TOUR
Reception at the bus station and transfer to the hotel - Morning city tour to visit the Santa Catalina Monastery and the museum of Santuarios Andinos, were is the Juanita mummy; also know such as "The ice maiden". Afternoon is leisure for your personal activities - Stay at the selected hotel (B).
DAY 6: AREQUIPA - HUAMBO - CABANACONDE - COLCA CANYON (3280M)
Departure to the Colca canyon in our private 4WD, travel to see the rest of the north part of Desierto de Atacama and drive up to the highlands crossing the valley of Vitor, Alto Sihuas, El Pedregal - short explore the remains of Wary culture named Huacan - Visit the south part of the Volcanoes range named Pampa Qerqe - Ampato mountain viewpoint (4300m). Arrival to Cabanaconde (3280m) and lodging in the hotel - Afternoon is at leisure - Stay at the selected hotel of Cabanaconde (B - L - D).
DAY 7: COLCA CANYON - PUNO (3820M)
Early morning short hike to the Condor Cross - After wait for the Condors flights - Visit several remote villages on the left bank of the second deepest canyon in the world - Arrival to Chivay (3600m) to have buffet lunch and then 6 hours travel in private 4x4 vehicle to Puno (3800m) - Stay at the hotel of Puno (B - L).
DAY 8: PUNO - UROS AND AMANTANI ISLANDS (4200M)
After breakfast we will be transferred to the port in Puno to start our Titicaca tour, we will use a speed motor boat to visit the floating Islands of Los Uros, and head towards Amantani where we will become one more islander. Tonight we will be welcome with an Andean party, with local musicians. Stay in a family home (B - L - D).
DAY 9: EXPLORE TAQUILE ISLAND - PUNO
After breakfast we will board our boat to move to Taquile Island, explore hiking the biggest Island of this highest navigable lake in the world - After lunch come back to Puno - Hotel in Puno (B - L).
DAY 10: FLIGHT FROM PUNO - CUSCO (3400M) - SACRED VALLEY TOUR
Early breakfast and then private transfer from hotel to Juliaca Airport (45 min), there we aboard the plane around 8am and flight to Cusco (45 min).
Welcome reception at Cusco airport and the aboard our private van to Visit the Sacred Valley of The Incas. Where we visit Inca archaeological sites and Andean markets of Pisaq, Calca, Urubamba and Ollantaytambo - Hotel in Ollantaytambo town (2700m), located in the heart of the sacred valley of the Incas (B - L).
DAY 11: OLLANTAYTAMBO - KM 82 - WAYLLABAMBA (18km)
Around 8am you will be from the hotel and 1 hours travel by private transport to the trailhead at Kilometer 82. In this place where we will meet the second part of our camp staff (porters and cooks), also here is the checkpoint to get in The Inca Trail. Officials from INRENA or INC check all users of the Inca Trail Network identify themselves with their original Passports and the valid entrance fee.
The hikers cross the Vilcanota River and follow the trail on the right as it climbs steadily up from the river. After passing through a small village, the ruins of the Inca hill fort of Huillca Raccay come into view high above the mouth of the river Cusy Chacca. From parts of this trail there are great views of the Urubamba mountain range and the snow capped peak of Veronica (5870m).
Here we also have a good view over the extensive Llactapata Inca ruins. Llactapata means "Upper town" in Quechua and was first discovered by Hiram Bingham in 1911. We continue hiking 8 km on the left bank of the river up to the small village of Wayllabamba "Grassy Plain", 3000m. We will eat dinner and spend the first night here (L - D).
DAY 12: WAYLLABAMABA - PAQAYMAYO (12km)
After breakfast, following the left bank of the Lluyuchayoc river for about 1 hour we climb up to three stones and cross a small bridge over the Wayruro river. There is a toilet facility. The stream is named after the Wayruro, an ornamental tree.
Hiking up 4½ hours, you will see spectacular views of Lluyucha Pampa (3680m). Continuing up you will get to the first and highest pass of the Inca trail, called Abra Huarmy Wañusca meaning "Dead Woman's Pass" (4200m). At the top hikers can celebrate having completed the most difficult section of the trail with a warm and delicious lunch. We then do a steady decent following the trail on the left side of the Paqaymayo valley. Our dinner and second campsite is at 3600 meters over sea level (B - L - D).
DAY 13: PAQAYMAYO - WYÑAY WAYNA (15km)
After breakfast we climb up for one hour to the ruins of Runkuracay. These small circular ruins occupy a commanding position overlooking the Paqaymayo valley. Another hour hiking we will be at the top of the second pass, called Abra de Runkuracay at 4000m. The descent down the steps from the pass is steep. This section of the trail is particularly beautiful as the path crosses high stone embankments and skirts deep precipices. After about one hour walking we will arrive at the pass called Sayaqmarca = "Inaccessible Town". This describes the position of the ruins perfectly, protected on three sides by sheer cliffs. No one knows the exact purpose of these ruins. After lunch, we level out into cloud forest full of orchids, hanging mosses, tree ferns and flowers, passing through an impressive Inca tunnel.
We then climb up to the 3rd pass called Puyupatamarca = "Town in the Clouds" (3700m). Here excellent views are offered of several snow-capped peaks, Salkantay Mountain (6180m) and Veronica Mountain (5750m). Access to the ruins is down a steep flight of stairs passing six Inca Baths, probably used for the water ritual.
Leaving the site via an impressive Inca staircase leading from the west side of the ruins, you will descend a thousand steps. Take care with your knees. After three hours walking through cloud forests you will arrive to Wyñay Wayna. This is our last campsite before Machu Picchu. There is a restaurant, a patio bar to buy drinks and well deserved hot showers.
That afternoon we go to the ruins of Wyñay Wayna "Forever Young".
The ruins located on a nice slope comprise magnificent agricultural terraces. There are many buildings of quality stonework, suggesting that the site was probably a religious center associated with the worship of water (B - L - D).
DAY 14: WYÑAY WAYNA - SUN GATE - MACHU PICCHU (5km) - AGUAS CALIENTES - CUSCO
At 4am we will wake early, have breakfast and hike up to the last pass at to Inti Punku "Sun Gate" to get Machu Picchu before sunrise. From here you will appreciate Machu Picchu ruins, Wayna Picchu and the low canyon called Aguas Calientes. We will spend an hour watching a spectacular sunrise over the ruins.
Continuing down the trail to the best views of the ruins, you will have plenty of time to take photos of Machu Picchu. We then descend to the main entrance, where you can safely check your large backpacks. Following a guided tour for two hours of the major sections, you will have free time to explore the ruins alone or to climb to Wayna Picchu (2 hours to go up and down).
At 1:30pm the entire group together hikes down through low jungle and continue hiking on left bank of the river to Aguas Calientes. There you will have a short time to buy some lunch, drinks or go to the toilet. The train departs at 4pm from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo (Sacred Valley) and from there we take a tourist bus to drop you to the hotel in Cusco, arriving around 8pm (B).
DAY 15: CUSCO COMPLETE GUIDED TOUR - AFTERNOON FLIGHT TO LIMA
Today the tour begins after breakfast (8am). The tour include 4 hours of guided tour and private tourist van to visit the plaza de Armas, colony Churches, Qorikancha sun temple, Saqsayhuaman moon temple, Qenqo, Pucapukara, Tambomachay.
Around 1pm pick up from the hotel and transfer to airport and catch the flight to Lima and end of the service (B).
If you like to stay one more night in Aguas Calientes after the Inca Trail or in Cusco, please tell us at the booking time to make reservation in the hotel.
B = American breakfast / L = Buffet lunch / D = Tourist dinner / S = Snack
THE PERU CLASS TOUR INCLUDES
- All transfers IN/OUT in each city
- Private and luxury public transport according the program
- All mentioned tour with local official tour guide
- All entrance fees according each excursion
- All mentioned meals in each tours
- 10 nights in the selected hotels according the program
- Assistance in each airport/bus/train stations
- Daily briefing of the next day tour
- Internal flight tickets according the program
- Airport tax according each flight
- Personal tour leader from Lima to Cusco (13 days)
THE INCA TRAIL INCLUDES
- Official English speaking guide (two guides for groups over 8 people)
- Transfer from Cusco to Km 82 by private or shared tourist van
- Entrance to the Inca Trail
- Entrance to Machu Picchu ruins (one day)
- Porters to carry food and camping equipment
- Experienced cook
- Cooking equipment
- Teatime everyday (coffee, tea, popcorn, biscuit)
- 3 nights of camping
- 4 capacity tent ( four season tent ) - 2 persons per tent with plenty space for backpacks
- Double thickness foam sleeping mattress
- All meals on the trail (3 breakfasts - 3 lunches - 3 dinners)
- Water supply (boiled) after every dinner or breakfast time
- Return train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Cusco (Backpacker train)
- Bus from Machu Picchu down to Aguas Calientes village (Not all tour operators include this service)
- Dining tent with camp tables and chairs
- Kitchen tent
- Porters insurance
- Accommodation and meals for our porters
- First aid kit and oxygen bottle for any participant and our camp staff
Important: Concern about overuse leading to erosion has led the Peruvian government to place a limit on the number of people who may hike this trail per season, and to sharply limit the companies that can provide guides. As a result, advance booking is mandatory. A maximum of 500 people per day, including guides and porters, are permitted to begin the Trail every day. As a result, the high season books out very quickly.
Note: that the Trail is closed every February for cleaning.
INKA TRAIL TREK FAQS - Trail Permits for the Inca Trail To Machu Picchu
[Inca Trail Trek permit availability 2014]
|TRIP RATE 2014 - INCLUDE 4 DAYS INKA TRAIL
|$2752 USD each
||$2664 USD each
||$2643 USD each
3* Hostels or 2* Hotels
|$2904 USD each
||$2778 USD each
||$2723 USD each
3* or 4* Hotels
|$3056 USD each
||$2904 USD each
||$2885 USD each
4* or 5* Hotels
|$3547 USD each
||$3494 USD each
||$3430 USD each
All prices stated above are subject to change.
Exchange rate $1 USD = S/. 3.02 (rate may vary daily).
DON'T INCLUDED IN THE PERU CLASSIC TOUR
- Travel insurance
- Alcoholic drinks
- Not mentioned meals
- Optional excursions can be arranged in each destiny
- International flight tickets from to Lima
- International airport tax $28.24 USD
- Extra nights in hotels
- Sleeping bag
- Travel insurance
- Tip for guide and camp staff
ADVICE FOR TRAVELERS
This tour is organized for all edges of travellers, don't demands good physical condition because there not hard activities to do. This package is dedicated to families.
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO BRING/CARRY
- Rain jacket for the Andes and the Jungle
- Waterproof boots
- Sleeping bag -15ºC
- One complete change of clothing
- Flashlight and batteries
- Hat or cap to protect you from the sun
- Sun block (sun protection cream)
- Insect repellent
- Toiletries, towel and toilet paper
- Camera, plenty of film and spare batteries
- Good sunglasses
- Swimsuit, on the tour are many possibilities to find hot spring
- Personal first aid kit
- Extra money (soles)
AVAILABLE DEPARTURE DATES 2014
Inca trail (2 or 4 days) will be closed for maintenance, not available permit... sorry.
JANUARY - MARCH - APRIL - JUNE - JULY - AUGUST - SEPTEMBER- OCTOBER - NOVEMBER - DECEMBER:
The Inca Trail Trek leaves every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. If you have like to book for other day let know us to add the departure date. We recommend that you make a trek booking as early as possible with bank deposit of 80% and the final balance (20%) can be paid when you arrive in Cusco, one day before we will meet you in your hotel or you come to our local office.
The Peruvian government has not announced the increase for Inca Trail permit price 2008; same is happen with the train company from Cusco to Machu Picchu (www.perurail.com
). If any of costs listed above change to increase the cost of the trek permit and the train tickets we will update the new price on our website. We will notify by email all our clients affected by the price increase who will be liable for paying the increased cost of the Inca Trail trek upon arrival in Cusco.
After you fill the BOOKING FORM
and you provide us the copy of your passport we will buy your Inca Trail trek permit using the same passport number that you send us with your BOOKING FORM
. You must bring this same passport with you to the Inca Trail (departure date). If your passport number is different from the number on the Inca Trail trek permit the government authorities don’t will accept you to start the trek and also you will not be entitled to a refund.
If you like to stay an extra night in Aguas Calientes we can arrange any hotels. If you spend an extra night in Aguas Calientes we will book your train tickets to return to Cusco on the following day.
Daily departures are available all year, except every February. The Inca Trail is close for maintenance.
With this service, we provide a private official tour guide, assistant and porters to make your trip as comfortable as possible and you can explore much more every ruins in the old Inca trail and Machu Pichu complex.
MAKING A TREK BOOKING
Prior to making a reservation with PERU ADVENTURE TOURS it is important to read through our Inca Trail FQA`s
(Frequently Asked Questions), there you will find answer any queries that you may have about this trek.
INCA TRAIL FAQS
NOT INCLUDE IN THE INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU
- Optional entrance to the hot springs in Aguas Calientes ($3 USD last day)
- 2 soles for towel to use in the hot spring
- Alcoholics drinks
- Porters to carry your personal items (see below)
- Sleeping Bag can be hired in our local office in Cusco $5 USD per day
- Breakfast on the first day before to be collected from your hotel, if your hotel dont offer early breakfast service, we stop at Ollantaytambo village to have breakfasta for additional cost
- Lunch on the last day in Aguas Calientes before the train back to Cusco
- Tips for guide and camp staff
- Optional night in Aguas Calientes can be arranged easily
STAY AN EXTRA NIGHT AT AGUAS CALIENTES
Stay an extra night at Aguas Calientes? Yes, if you want to stay an extra night in Aguas Calientes after Inca Trail Trek this can easily be arranged. We will purchase your train ticket to return to Cusco the following day. You need to let us know at the time of making the trek reservation so we can reserve your train tickets in advance. Obviously if you stay an extra night then you will have to pay for your accommodation.
WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING/CARRY
- Backpack 65Lt
- Sleeping bag -15ºC (can be hired from our office for $5 USD per day)
- Rain jacket or poncho (December - April)
- Strong comfortable and waterproof footwear
- One complete change of clothing (you can afford to carry more changes of clothing if you hire personal porters, see options below)
- Sweater and jacket (something warm)
- Bottle of water and purification tablets (Micropur are recommended and can be bought in local pharmacies in Cusco)
- Flashlight and batteries
- Hat or cap to protect you from the sun
- Sun block (sun protection cream)
- Insect repellent
- Toiletries, towel and toilet paper
- Selection of small snacks, chocolate, dried fruit, biscuits, etc
- Camera, plenty of film and spare batteries
- Swimsuit (if you plan on visiting the hot springs at Aguas Calientes after the trek)
- You also need to bring your original passport on the trail
- Optional: walking sticks or poles (rubber covers required in order not to damage the Inca Trail).
INKA TRAIL WEATHER
Dry season (April & November)
Day temperature 20ºC/25ºC
Night temperature -1ºC/7ºC
Wet season (December & March)
Day temperature 17ºC/22ºC
Night temperature 4ºC/10ºC
To carry up to 12Kg = $380 USD ($95 USD per day) for the full duration of the tour from Cusco to Aguas Calientes. Regarding porters who carry personal items. You will need to carry with you a daypack with your Camera, bottle of water, snacks, a fleece or something warm and a poncho in case of rain (unlikely in dry season but as a precaution) and anything you will need before lunch as porters do not walk alongside you. Your bag will be waiting for you in your tent at campsites.
Best to put everything up to 12kgs in one backpack for the porter so that you don't have 2 large backpacks in your tent. We can provide you with a big rice sack that is not heavy but also not water proof so use plastic bags around your gear. The porters have large ponchos to cover them and the bag.
On day 2 you can hire a porter from the village of Wayllabamba to carry your pack over the pass to the second campsite approximately $95 USD.
IMPORTANT NEW TRAIL REGULATIONS INC (Instituto Nacional De Cultura)
Please note the INC has confirmed a 50% increase on the Inca trail fee for trekkers and porters but from August not January 2007 as previously indicated.
- Limited number of people can enter the trail each day (500 PEOPLE PER DAY) and hikers require permits obtained in advance by a licensed tour operator to do so.
- Your passport details and ISIC student card if applicable must be presented to the UGM park control to obtain a permit. You most scan / fax your valid ISIC card at the time of booking and carry these documents on the trail or risk loosing your permit. YOUTH TRAVEL CARD or ISTC is not accepted by the control.
- We have daily departuresfor the 4 day Inca trail(except in all February - the trail is closed) and from May to October (high season) you need to confirm your booking at least 3 months in advance if you do not have flexibility in a departure date.
- For lower season dates November to April there are often many dates with permits available so just make your reservation (minimum 1 month before) through the website and confirm by email the deposit booking.
For more information about the tour or you request a new date to departure for this tour, please contact us....
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