The Incas Explorer 

10 Nights/11 Days

With over 60 years of Travel organising Experience

Hi, I'm Jacqueline

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From the companies origins as pioneers of travel up until the modern day, our focus is quite simple - it's all about people!  We focus on our team so that they can focus fully on your holiday experience.  Sure we have won lots of Awards, but the real reward for us, is making your holiday the best it can possibly be.

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Trip highlights

  • Lima

  • Machu Picchu

  • Cusco Exploration

  • Trekking on Inca trail

  • Sacred Valley

  • Rafting

  • Optional Zip Line across River (Extra cost)

Day 1

Arrive (Peru)- transfer from Lima Airport

 

Welcome to Peru!

 

You will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel in Lima. Our representative will assist you with check-in procedures and provide you with a detailed itinerary, vouchers covering all the services included in your tour and additional information on the organisation of your Peru trip.

 

You will also receive a contact information sheet with all the hotel details and a 24-hour emergency number.

Overnight in Lima :

Jose Antonio Lima Hotel

Bed & Breakfast

Day 2

Lima

After Breakfast today  you shall embark on a Lima City tour.

Overnight in Cusco :

Jose Antonio Lima Hotel - B&B

Details

 

Lima

After breakfast, this special City Tour will show you 500 years of history in Lima. You will discover the history and traditions hidden in every corner of the capital. Visit the market of Surquillo where we will see and try some exotic fruits and vegetables grown in the country. Continue to downtown Lima.

 

We will stop at El Cordano bar, a Lima institution since 1905. This old-world dining hall with its swinging, “saloon-style” doors has received practically every Peruvian president for the last 100 years as a customer. From here we will visit some historical buildings on a pleasant walking tour. We will visit The Archbishop's Palace of Lima, the residence of the Archbishop and the administrative headquarters of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Lima. The current building is considered a prime example of neo-colonial architecture that developed in Lima.

 

Continue with our walking visit, we will pass through The Jiron de la Union, a pedestrian street that for many years was one of the most important boulevards of the city. We will finish our downtown Lima visit with a delicious Piscosour at El Bolivar Hotel, that was declared an historical monument in 1972.

 

Finally, we will visit the modern part of Lima, passing through Huaca Huallamarca ending in Miraflores with a pleasant 10-minute walk in the Malecon with a nice ocean view.

Overnight in Cusco :

Jose Antonio Lima Hotel - B&B

Day 3

Lima - Cusco

After breakfast you will be assisted to board your flight to Cusco. Upon arrival in Cusco our representative will assist you with your luggage and drive you to the hotel.

 

An afternoon walking city tour, including a visit to the district of San Blas, with its winding streets, the whitewashed houses, the blue balconies hung with geranium-filled flowerpots, the uneven line of the tiled rooftops and the endless stairways.

In the neighborhood live the folk artists of Cusco, who for centuries have used their hands to tell the tale of their longings and frustrations working in stone and woodcarving, sculpture, doll-making, silverware, weaving and textile arts, gold-leaf, mask-making, and an array of ceramics in utilitarian, architectural, sculptural, monumental, grotesque and many other styles.  

Continue with a visit to the Cathedral and the Korikancha temple.

Overnight in Cusco :

Jose Antonio Cusco Hotel -  B&B

Day 4

Cusco - Sacred Valley

Today we take a rafting adventure.

We pick you up at your hotel with our private transportation, after one and a half hours drive we arrive to the put -in at the shores of "Cusipata River Lodge " our private campground.

Our professional Rafting Guides will give you a safety talk and provide you with all the proper equipment for Rafting. You would be floating for approximately two hours, running class II, introductory type rapids. As additional toys to play on this section of the river you will have Hydrospeeds and Inflatable kayaks.

Afterwards, we arrive at the drop off and drive to our lodge for lunch. Then as an option you can do a Zip line across the river. Transfer back to the hotel.

Overnight in Sacred Valley:

Casa Andina Private Collection Valle Sagrado

Breakfast and Lunch

Day 5

Sacred Valley

 

After breakfast your guide will meet you at your hotel.

Today we hike from Pumamarca to Ollantaytambo - approx 2.5 hrs hiking over a 7 hour day.

Overnight in Sacred Valley:

Casa Andina Private Collection Valle Sagrado

Breakfast and Lunch

Details

Sacred Valley

 

After breakfast your guide will meet you at your hotel.

Today we hike from Pumamarca to Ollantaytambo - approx 2.5 hrs hiking over a 7 hour day.

Level              : Easy to moderate trek.

Duration      : 6 to 7 hours approximately

(2 ½ hours of hiking approx..)

 

After breakfast, the guide will meet you at your hotel, you will be transferred to the sacred valley and the community of Willoc, where we will have the  chance to have a short walk over this traditional Andean Village that keeps its  original  way of life; here will have the opportunity to attend a weaving demonstration, to learn their techniques used in the preparation of their materials, the raw material used, and the use of natural dye.

After this visit our transportation will drive us to Pumamarca the beginning of this hike. Pumamarca has Inca remains, where we will have time to explore the area and see Inca’s terraces, water canals and the amazing architecture, all this surrounded by a beautiful view from the high part of the Sacred Valley. After this short visit, we will have time to enjoy our meals (box Lunch) in the pure air of the Andes.

 

After lunch, we continue our hike down to Ollantaytambo crossing Inca terraces, agricultural fields. This hike will be around 1 hour and 45 minutes until we get Ollantaytambo town.

Transfer back to your hotel.

Overnight in Sacred Valley:

Casa Andina Private Collection Valle Sagrado

Breakfast and Lunch

Day 6

Inca Trail

Transfer from the hotel to Km. 82, where we will meet our porters and equipment. We start our trek escorted by the porters, going through semi-arid terrain along the Uruamba River with magnificent views of snow-capped mountains. We leave the Urubamba valley and set off up the Kusichaca River to our first camp site in Huayllabamba (around 3000 m.a.s.l – 9842 f.a.s.l).

 

  • Km 82 to Huayllabamba: 11 km / 6 hours approximately.

Overnight Camping on the Inca Trail

Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

(Shared Services)

Day 7

Inca Trail

After a healthy breakfast we begin to walk to the Warmihuañusca pass (4200 mts - 13860 ft. approximately).  After a short time, we will reach the top of the pass. From here, it is possible to see the other side of the way leading to Runkurakay ruins.

At the end of a gorge, we will stop at  Pacaymayo (3600 mts. – 11181 ft.), our second camp.

 

  • Huayllabamba-Pacaymayo: 7km / 7 hours approximately

Overnight Camping on the Inca Trail

Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

(Shared Services)

Day 8

Inca Trail

Today we travel from Pacaymayo to Winaywayne a 9 km journey which should take about 7 hrs with possible extension of 3 hrs to Phuyupatamarca.

Overnight Camping on the Inca Trail

Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

(Shared Services)

Details

Inca Trail

PACAYMAYO – WIÑAYWAYNA:

 

We depart from Pacaymayo and begin the zigzagging but short ascent that will take us to the Runkurakay circular ruins. There is no sign of human life, only great forests and abrupt hills. After a rest, we start our way down and we’ll clearly notice that the Inca Trail is well preserved from this point. In a while we reach the steps which go up to Sayacmarca ruins (3620 mts – 11946 ft approximately). From Sayacmarca the stone road begins to go into the jungle, continuing our trek towards Phuyupatamarca ruins. The trail crosses the "Lago Seco".  We will then cross "The Tunnel", a natural cavity produced by a landslide but adapted by the Incas. After crossing a small pass, we will see some steep steps and under these the Ceremonial Center of Phuyupatamarca ruins (3650 mts – 12045 ft approximately). We continue hiking for 3 more hours until we reach Wiñaywayna (2700 mts – 8,856ft approximately), the main archaeological site before Machu Picchu in the Inca Trail. After visiting this site, we head to our campsite

 

  • Pacaymayo – Wiñaywayna: 9 km / 7 hours approximately.

  • Phuyupatamarca – Wiñaywayna: 4 Km / 3 hours approximately

 

Note: If passengers must return to Cusco the 4th day, then campsite must be Wiñaywayna. If passengers can get to Cusco the following day, then last campsite may be Phuyupatamarca.

Overnight Camping on the Inca Trail

Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

(Shared Services)

Day 9

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

WIÑAYWAYNA - MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO:

 

We start early in the morning going down the trail, from where we can see the Urubamba valley and the river.  The path goes down to Wiñay Wayna ruins (2650 mts – 8745 ft approximately), the most important ruins after Machu Picchu, heading then towards Inti Punku (2740 mts - 9042 ft approximately), the Gate of the Sun, our last pass. A boxed lunch will be provided. From this place, Machu Picchu (2450 mts - 8085 ft approximately) looks unreal and beautiful. We have the rest of the day to visit the entire citadel. Then we will head down to the town of Aguas Calientes.

 

  • Wiñaywayna – Machu Picchu : 5 km /4 hours approximately

  • Phuyupatamarca – Machu Picchu: 9 km / 7 hours approximately

 

Overnight in Aguas Calientes

El Mapi - Breakfast and Dinner

Day 10

Machu Picchu to Cusco

Check out at 10am. Morning at leisure without guide (2nd entrance fee NOT included)

Excellent opportunity to perform some of the following activities by your own:  

 

  • Visit the Citadel of Machu Picchu for the second time.

  • For the most adventurous people, we suggest to go up the Huayna Picchu (if it is not raining) from where you can appreciate the immensity of Machu Picchu, even more amazing being high and distant. Arriving at the top takes about two hours and a half and you must be before 13:00 hours. It is necessary to register in an office at the beginning of the trail.

 

In the afternoon, back to Cusco by train (Vistadome train), and transfer to your hotel.

 

Overnight in Cusco

Jose Antonio Cusco Hotel

Bed & Breakfast

Day 11

Cusco and last day transfer to airport

After breakfast your driver will be available to transfer you to the airport.

Departure - We recommend that you arrive at the airport 3 hours prior to your departure flight (or 2 hours if travelling business class). It is recommended that you check in online for your departure flight so that you can avoid long queues at the airport check in counters. On line check in is available for most airlines 24 hours before your flight. Your hotel will be able to help you with this if necessary. We wish you a pleasant journey back home or to your next destination.

International flights home

Trip details

Price from £2225 Per person based on twin share basis, subject to exchange rates.

With all international and domestic  flights  prices from approx 

£3025 per person

Price includes

  • Transfers as outlined

  • Accomodation as shown

  • Meals as shown

  • Private services of english speaking guide (except Inca Trail where services shared)

  • Tickets for entrance to Machu Picchu and archaeological sites mentioned

  • train tickets from Machu picchu to Ollantaytambo (Vistadome train)

  • ATOL protection (When taking international flights)

Additional Extra's

  • International and internal local Flights or taxes.

  • Additional unscheduled excursions

  • Meals not mentioned in the trip information

  • For the trek (Sleeping bags, walking poles, personal porter for personal bag)

  • Additional meals & drinks (soft & Alcoholic)

  • Immunisations

  • Visa's

  • Personal travel insurance

  • local gratuaties & Tips