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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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You join the trip in Lima, at the hotel. 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 to Pachacamac. At the time of the Spanish conquest, this pre-Inca complex was the largest city on the coast and the scale of the site is best appreciated from atop the Temple of the Sun. Leaving Pachacamac you continue 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.
In Ica 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 (not included). Back on the vehicle, the Pan-American Highway 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. Finally, 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, snowdraped 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. You then spend athe next day in the city. 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. Hotel - 2 nights (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. A three-hour walk follows the rim of the upper canyon, with spectacular views of the river below. As you descend, take a short side route to the largely unvisited village of Canocota. The walk ends at the thermal springs of La Calera where you can enjoy the piping hot waters.
From La Calera, it is a short trip to the village of Chivay (3600m) where you stay for the next two nights. 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. Hotel - 2 nights (Bx2)
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. Known as ‘chullpas’, these funeral towers predate the Inca, and have confounded architects as to their design.
The ruins comprise 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, not least because it is entirely the work of the male population of the island and the results are 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 for about seven hours, a journey dotted with llama, alpaca and the simple adobe dwellings of local herders. Along the way sites of interest include the Inca ruins of Racchi and Pucara. 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.
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.
A walking orientation tour the following 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. Hotel - 2 nights (Bx2)
The Sacred Valley
You spend this morning exploring the vast fortress of Sacsayhuaman. The skilfully 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. Sitting high above the town perch the ruins of Pisac with sweeping terraces and spectacular views. The local Thursday market here fills the main plaza with bustle and brightly-coloured costume.
After a 40-minute drive through the heart of the valley you arrive in Yucay your base for the next two nights. The Sacred Valley was the heartland of the Inca Empire; full of farmer’s fields, mountain views and quiet rural charm; you have a 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). Hotel - 2 nights (Bx2)
Driving along the Sacred valley, you pass many buildings that show the highly developed organisation of the Inca; nowhere more so than the terraced complex of temple, fortress and granary at Ollantaytambo, guarding the entrance to the Urubamba Gorge. We stop to explore the Inca site before a short drive takes us to the trailhead at the entrance to the national park at Piscacucho. You begin the walk before lunch along the Urubamba river below the snow-capped peak of Mt. Veronica.
Then in the afternoon a gentle climb brings you to a pleasant campsite just beyond the ruins at Llactapata (2950m). You carry only a daypack containing personal items as a team of porters carries all your main luggage, camping equipment and supplies. You will be provided with a duffle bag in which to put items needed for the trek. Anything you don’t need is left behind in Cusco in your main bag. Dome tents for sleeping are supplied and meals are served in a mess tent with folding tables and stools. The camp sites have basic toilet and washing facilities. Your team of porters and cooks take care of all camp chores leaving you free to relax and enjoy the magnificent Andean scenery. About 4/5 hrs easy walking today. Camp - 1 night (BLD)
You are woken with a hot drink and a bowl of warm water at your tent to prepare for what will be the most demanding climb of the trek. You follow the course of the Cusichaca River, ascending a broad valley to the village of Wayllabamba (3,000m), the last human habitation on the trail. Your porters go ahead and prepare your lunch which will be waiting close to the summit. The trail steepens through fertile cloud forest and eventually onto high altitude grassland. Finally you reach the highest point of the entire trail, called Warmiwañusca or Dead Woman’s Pass, located at 4200m. We pause to rest and enjoy the views before starting a steep descent into the valley below and our camp at Pacaymayo (3700m). About 6/7 hrs demanding walk mostly uphill. Camp – 1 night (BLD)
It will be a cold morning in the high Andes as we leave camp and start the ascent to the second pass at Runkuracay (3998m). At the summit we may experience spectacular views of the surrounding mountain glaciers and steep fertile gorges in the knowledge that the most strenuous parts of the trail are behind us. On the descent we encounter the first long stretches of original Inca paving leading to the Inca ruins of Sayacmarca high on a rocky spur above the trail. The mountain-top trail now meanders through thickets of cloud forest and even a short Inca-made tunnel until you reach our camp above the ruins at Phuyupatamarca (3800m). The Inca named this settlement the “town in the clouds” and you will see why as you observe the clouds rising from the temperate valleys hundreds of meters below. About 6/7 hrs moderate walking. Camp – 1 night (BLD)
You awake to a spectacular vista and set off this morning on one of the most beautiful parts of the trail. A steep downhill section of some 2000 Inca steps brings you to your lunch stop at the picturesque ruins of Winay Wayna - meaning ´forever young` - considered by many to be their favourite ruins. Continue down through a forest of large trees and giant ferns towards your final stop. Excitement mounts as you conquer a steep flight of steps and arrive at Inti Punku, the Sun Gate.
The toil of the day is forgotten in an instant as you are treated to a spectacular view of Machu Picchu below. After lingering to admire the panorama, you walk through the site and catch a bus down the narrow access road to rejoin the Urubamba River in the village of Aguas Calientes where you check in to your accommodation and enjoy a well-earned long shower. About 4/5 hrs walking today, mostly downhill. 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. 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. The ruins of the site reveal a vast complex of immense structural, historical and archaeological worth. Later in the day you catch the train back to Cusco. Hotel - 1 night (B)
The trip ends in Cusco. (B)
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