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We’ve developed a range of dedicated solo holidays & solo travel packages; exclusively for people booking on their own. Around 40% of all our passengers are solo travellers.
Transport - Minibus/small coach, boat, train, in country flight, on foot.
Accommodation - Hotels (15nts), basic hotel (1nt), rustic huts/houses (1nt), camping (3nts).
Meals - 18 breakfasts, 4 lunches & 3 dinners.
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Flight to Lima
After your flight you transfer to your hotel in Lima and check in. Please meet your tour leader in the hotel reception in the evening.
Hotel – 1 night
After a quick tour of Lima you head south on the Pan-American highway. Pachacamac is a large pre-Inca complex on the coast, 30 kms outside Lima. At the time of the Spanish conquest, this was the largest city on the coast and the scale of the site is best appreciated from atop the Temple of the Sun. There is also a small museum. On leaving Lima, you visit the ruins at Pachacamac before starting your afternoon drive south on the Pan-American Highway along the Pacific coast for 3 ½ hours to reach the small fishing village of Paracas. Here you settle into your beachfront hotel and enjoy a sunset over the calm Paracas Bay. Hotel - 1 night (B)
Boarding your boat early this morning, you embark on a sea trip to visit the spectacular Ballestas Islands. Here thousands of seabirds wheel around the skies, and pelicans jostle with basking sea lion on rocky ledges - a truly unforgettable experience. Returning to Paracas you have an opportunity to explore the Paracas Nature Reserve where flamingos can be seen wading in the shallows. After lunch (not included) you take a short drive of one hour to Ica, where you can taste local wines and visit the excellent regional museum. You stay tonight at the atmospheric oasis of Huacachina, set on a tiny lagoon amidst palm trees and high sand dunes. Hotel - 1 night (B)
the adventurous may opt to hit the dunes today, trying their hand at dune boarding. Back on the vehicle, the Panamericana continues south through fields of cotton and oranges to the flat and stony pampa of Nazca, where after two hours you pause to view the mysterious lines etched into the desert floor many centuries ago. Despite years of research and conjecture on how and why they were made, their purpose remains unexplained. Hotel - 1 night
You spend much of today travelling (about 10 hours in all), through some spectacular scenery. The road follows rocky coastline past surf-lashed beaches before turning inland. As you climb away from the coast, a group of volcanic mountains heralds your arrival in Arequipa (2400m). This colonial city stands in a warm and sunny climate overlooked by the perfect, snow-draped cone of El Misti (5882m). Its fine buildings, constructed in distinctive local stone, are built to resist the ever-present threat of earthquakes. Arriving in the late afternoon you have the evening free to savour the atmosphere of the beautiful arcades of the plaza. Hotel - 2 nights
Today you spend a full day in the city. You visit the walled enclosure of the Convento de Santa Catalina - a miniature town occupying an entire block and which remained isolated from the rest of the city until 1970. Nowadays it provides a fascinating record of ecclesiastical life in bygone days. In the afternoon, there is time to explore the city further; perhaps an optional visit to the museum of Andean Sanctuaries whose highlights include the extraordinary ice mummies found atop some of Arequipa’s numerous surrounding volcanoes is highly recommended. (B)
Leaving the city of Arequipa, you begin the four-hour drive to the staggering Colca Canyon. In the national reserve of Pampa Canahuas you may see groups of vicunas - the rarest and most timid of the American cameloids. As you descend, you take a short side route to the largely unvisited village of Canocota. From here a three-hour walk follows the rim of the upper canyon, allowing you spectacular views of the river below. The walk ends at the thermal springs of La Calera where you can enjoy the piping hot waters (optional) before boarding the vehicle for the short trip to the village of Chivay (3600m) where you stay. Hotel - 2 nights (B)
Leaving Chivay early, you drive about 1 ½ hours to the viewpoint at Cruz del Condor where you find the ideal spot to peer 1200m down to the floor of the canyon. It’s here that the legendary condor can be seen rising and circling on the morning thermals, silhouetted against the magnificent backdrop of the mountain scenery. The canyon is of mythical proportions; controversy still rages over whether or not this is the world’s deepest! In some parts it is more than 1km from cliff edge to river bottom. During the return journey to Chivay you visit the picturesque villages of Maca and Yanque with their Baroque-fronted churches overlooking quiet plazas. After lunch in Chivay, you can try a two-hour walk on the lesser-visited northern rim of the canyon, close to the village of Coporaque. Here you may enjoy distinct views of the canyon and visit the Huari ruins of Ullo Ullo. (B)
A spectacular and literally breathtaking journey, (about five hours driving time), over the high pass of Patapampa (4900m) offers spectacular views of the volcanoes of Ampato, Hualca Hualca and the smoking Sabancaya. Travelling over the high plains, or altiplano of southern Peru, you see yet more herds of llamas and alpacas before arriving at the eerie ruins of Sillustani. The site comprises several curious stone burial towers built by the 15th century Colla tribe which overlook the primeval landscape in a brooding, sinister fashion. After exploring this site you reach the town of Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca. At this altitude the sun is very hot in the daytime but temperatures at night can drop below freezing in the winter months of June, July and August.
Hotel - 1 night (B)
A short drive to the port brings you to the shores of the lake. At this altitude (3850m), the air is thin and clear and the glistening icecaps of a cordon of Andean peaks seem close. You sail to Amantani via the floating reed islands of the Uros Indians. The life of the Uros is based on the tortora reed, which grows in the lake and is used to construct their houses and boats. You spend around four hours sailing between islands and marvelling at the views across this vast body of water. The island of Amantani has six tiny villages and carefully maintained terraced fields where life continues much as it has done for centuries. It is well worth climbing to the island’s highest point for sunset. Spending the night in a village house affords a very special insight to the lives of the islanders. Rustic village house - 1 night (B)
Taquile Island & Puno
Travelling by boat you cross over to Taquile Island where you glimpse an age-old way of life with rich traditions of weaving, music and dance. The local style of dress echoes that worn in colonial times. The beautiful weaving and knitting here is famous and available for sale in the crafts co-operative. Boarding the boat you make the pleasant return trip across the lake to Puno. Hotel - 1 night (B)
An early start today as you take a shared tourist bus across dusty altiplano, dotted with llama, alpaca and the simple adobe dwellings of local herders. Once over the pass at La Raya (4321m) the scenery changes. The fertile valleys are still worked by beast or groups of industrious villagers; their timeless agricultural methods prove the value of the knowledge of long ago. You have the opportunity to stop at several places of interest along the way including La Raya pass and the Inca ruins of Racchi and Pucara (about seven hours drive). Alternatively you may prefer the option of making this classic journey by rail (additional cost) taking you through the same spectacular scenery in the comfort of Orient Express carriages. In the evening you arrive in Cusco, the seat of Inca rule for some 500 years. Hotel - 2 nights (B)
A walking orientation tour this morning reveals more of Cusco’s historical and archaeological treasures. The imperial city was laid out in the rough shape of a puma. Today, its orderly streets bear witness to the extraordinary skill of Inca stonemasons; many are still lined with precisely interlocked stonework which serves as the foundation for later buildings from the colonial era, creating an atmospheric pastiche of contrasting architectural styles. With your local guide, you explore the inner city on foot. The rest of the day is free to relax. (B)
The Sacred Valley
You spend this morning exploring the vast fortress of Sacsayhuaman. The skillfully constructed outer walls consist of massive blocks of stone, the largest weighing over 350 tonnes. Close by you also visit some of Cusco’s outlying Inca sites – Q’enqo, Puka Pukara and Tambo Machay. A short drive of about 30 minutes brings you to Pisac where the local Thursday market fills the main plaza with bustle and brightly-coloured costume. Sitting high above the town perch the ruins of Pisac with sweeping terraces and spectacular views. After a 40-minute drive through the heart of the valley you arrive in Yucay your base for the next two nights.
Hotel - 2 nights (B)
The Sacred Valley
The Sacred Valley was the heartland of the Inca Empire; full of farmer’s fields, mountain views and quiet rural charm; you have the whole day to enjoy its delights. There is plenty to do in the valley; you can take to mountain bikes for a stunning ride from Chinchero via the Inca ruins of Moray before descending past the salt pans of Maras; alternatively you can explore on horseback or go white water rafting on the Urubamba River, stretch your legs with some stunning walking or relax and enjoy the peace (all optional). (B)
Minibus to Pachar (Sacred Valley). Follow the Huarocondo Gorge a short way upstream to our trailhead at the village of Raphcca, (2,900m). Visit the little-known Inca ruin of Corimarca, high above the Soccma Valley. Camp here, or at a spacious set of Inca terraces a short distance up valley. Approx. walking 5hrs. Distance 5km.
Camp - 3 nights (BLD)
Ascend through meadows and puna to the pass of Chancachucu (4,400m). In clear weather this section of the journey offers dramatic panoramas of every major peak in the region: Ausangate, the Qoyllur Rit’i range and the Cordillera Urubamba. Cross the pass with views of the glaciers of Verónica to camp at Q’euñacancha. Approx. walking 7hrs. Distance 9km. (BLD)
Continuing along the Chancachucu Valley, follow the broken remains of an Inca water channel. The stream plunges through Punkuyoc, a narrow ravine enclosed by vertical cliffs. The narrow trail zig-zags steeply down open, grassy slopes, offering spectacular views of the Camicancha Valley. Enjoy lunch near the well-preserved Inca complex of Choquetacarpo and camp near Cachicata village. Approx. walking 7hrs. Distance 11km. (BLD)
Machu Picchu (2,400m)
After an early breakfast, walk to Ollantaytambo then on by train to Aguas Calientes, your base for visiting the famous ruins of Machu Picchu, which you will see with the group tomorrow – Overnight at Aguas Calientes. Approx. walking 1.5hrs. Distance 4km. Basic Hotel - 1 night (BL)
Machu Picchu & Cusco
Rising early this morning your group has Machu Picchu ruins largely to itself before the train brings in day-visitors from Cusco. Today you'll meet up with the rest of the group who have been on the classic Inca Trail.
The magnificent lost city, rediscovered by American archaeologist Hiram Bingham in 1911, stands on a high saddle dominated by the jungle-clad peak of Wayna Picchu. Later in the day you catch the train back to Cusco. Hotel - 1 nights (B)
Lima/ Fly Home
Transfer to the airport for a flight to Lima and connect with your flight home. (B)
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