Updated: May 31, 2018
MEANINGFUL ESCAPES PERU JUNE 04, 2018 – JUNE 13, 2018
June 4-6 Group arrives
JUN 07 CUSCO (B)
HALF DAY CITY TOUR & ARCHEOLOGICAL RUINS
Get to know the city of Cusco, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site and possessor of a style all its own. The tour begins at the Koricancha Temple, an old Incan palace and main centre for the worship of the sun god, Inti. Once the Spanish conquered Peru, the Dominican order built a church over this temple’s foundations: The Temple of Santo Domingo. We will make a stop in the San Cristobal Lookout, from where you will enjoy a beautiful view of the city. Your next destination is the Main Square, then the adventure continues at the Sacsayhuaman Fortress built of enormous stone blocks expertly shaped by the Incas. The tour continues with visits to three archaeological sites: Kenko and Puca-Pucará, important religious and administrative centres for the Incas.
Finally, you will visit the art workshop named Inka’s Expresion that presents artists working on silver pieces and painting in wood. It is an ideal place for those who like Andean art.
JUN 08 INCA TRAIL (BLD)
INCA TRAIL - DAY 1 - CUSCO – LLAQTAPATA
From Cusco, drive into the Sacred valley of the Incas. At the end of the road (82km), meet the support team of porters for lunch then begin the Inca trail. The first section is ideal for acclimatization purposes as you hike along the sacred Urubamba River. You will camp tonight at Llactapata (2,288m) beside some spectacular ruins. Camping and trekking in style, whilst walking all you need to carry is your daypack. Your support team of traditional porters will carry the camping equipment and perform all camp chores, and all food will be prepared by the cook.
Total Distance: 5km (3.1 miles)
Approximate Hiking Time: 2 ½ -3 hours
Maximum Height: 2,650m (8,692 ft.)
Accommodation: overnight tent camping at Llactapata, (1 night)
JUN 09 INCA TRAIL (BLD)
INCA TRAIL - DAY 2 - LLAQTAPATA – LLULLUCHAPAMPA
Trek up the Cusichaca valley to the small hamlet of Huallyabamba, the last inhabited place on the trail. The path continues on up past humming birds and stunted cloud forest. The camp is the beautiful grassy area at Llulluchupampa (3680m). Here, experience outstanding views down the valley.
Total Distance: 12 km (7.5 miles)
Time Spent Hiking: 5-6 hours
Maximum Height: 3,850m (12,589 ft.)
Accommodation: overnight tent camping at Llulluchapampa, (1 night)
JUN 10 INCA TRAIL (BLD)
INCA TRAIL - DAY 3 - LLULLUCHAPAMPA – PHUYUPATAMARCA
Today is possibly the hardest day of the trek. Rise early and head to the highest point of the trail - the impressive Warmiwanusca (Dead Woman's Pass, 4200m). Then descend into the Pacasmayo Valley and climb again, passing the Rucuracay Inca ruins. Your second pass of the day (3998m) gives you spectacular views of the Vilcabamba Range. Walking on incredibly well-preserved Inca pathway, pass the Sayacmarca ruins with plenty of time for an in depth tour and explanation. Continue along the ridge, passing through tunnels and fantastic views, where a slight ascent brings you to the Phuyupatamarca ruins where you will camp (3650m).
Total Distance: 15 km (9, 32 miles)
Approximate Hiking Time: 8 hours
Maximum Height: 4,200m (14,200 ft.)
Accommodation: overnight tent camping at Phuyupatamarca, (1 night)
JUN 11 INCA TRAIL – AGUAS CALIENTES (BLD)
INCA TRAIL - DAY 4 - PHUYUPATAMARCA – MACHUPICCHU
Your final day's hiking brings you down into the Cloud Forest on a seemingly endless Inca Stairway to Winay-winay (2,600m), another impressive ruin full of orchids and swallows. You will also visit Inti Punku, the gateway of the Sun, for your first glimpse of Machu Picchu. After treasuring the moment, pass through the ruins and catch a bus down to the train station near the town of Aguas Calientes (2,000m)
Total Distance: 11 km (6, 84 miles)
Approximate Hiking Time: 5 hours
Maximum Altitude: 3,600m (11,772 ft.)
Height of Machu Picchu: 2,400m (7,872 ft.)
Accommodation: Casa Del Sol Boutique Hotel (1 night)
JUN 12 MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO (B)
INCA TRAIL - DAY 5 – MACHU PICCHU – CUZCO
Early in the morning, you'll take the bus that will take you to visit the spectacular citadel of Machu Picchu. After a guided tour you will have enough free time to explore the site. At the agreed time the group will board the train in Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo station where a driver will be waiting to drive the group to your hotel in Cusco.
Accommodation: Hotel Palacio Inka Cusco (1 night)
JUN 13 DEPART (B)
At the scheduled time you will be transferred by private vehicle to Cusco airport where your tour ends.