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PERU ON A SHOESTRING - 1 (INCA TRAIL)

15 Days, Lima to Cusco
PERU ON A SHOESTRING - 1 (INCA TRAIL)

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Climb the legendary Inca Trail to the cloud forest citadel of Machu Picchu, dine the traditional way at a ceremonial Pachamanca feast, or take an optional flight over the read more...

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    • Are young at heart
    • Prefer fast-paced and budget-friendly trips
    • Want to have meaningful encounters with local people
    • Love making new friends
What's Included
  • Overseas Medical Insurance for the duration of the tour (Sum of US$ 2,50,000 covered).
  • 14 nights accommodation with breakfast (Simple hotels (8 nts, some multi-share), overnight bus (2 nts), homestay (1 nt), camping (3 nts)).
  • 4 Lunches
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  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities (Hiking, local bus, train).
  • Pachamanca ceremony (Nazca).
  • Overnight Colca Canyon excursion.
  • 4-day Inca Trail hike with local guide, cook, and porters.
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu.
  • Planeterra-supported handmade biodegradable soap products for use on the Inca Trail.
  • Homestay experience and visit to a Planeterra-supported women's weaving project (Ccacaccollo).
  • specialist Inca Trail CEO on hike, local guides.
VERY IMPORTANT
Please ensure that you print a final copy of your trip details provided by Cox & Kings as pdf format.
Important Notes

We recommend you to have a meal budget of USD 250-390 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme. (Keep is as per PDF)


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Itinerary
Day 1 Arrive Lima
Day 2 Lima/Nazca
Day 3 Nazca/Arequipa
Day 4 Arequipa
Day 5 Arequipa/Chivay
Day 6 Chivay/Cusco
Day 7 Cusco
Day 8 Cusco/Urubamba
Day 9 Urubamba/Ollantaytambo
Day 10 Ollantaytambo/Wayllabamba Camp
Day 11 Wayllabamba Camp/Paqaymayo Camp
Day 12 Paqaymayo Camp/Winaywayna
Day 13 Winaywayna/Cusco
Day 14 Cusco
Day 15 Depart Cusco
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TRIP SPECIFIC SAFETY

Cox & Kings takes all reasonable measures to ensure your safety and enjoyment while travelling with us. The aim of this document is to give you an insight into ways you may further enhance your own personal safety while abroad.

Places Visited
  • Lima
  • Nazca
  • On Board The Bus
  • Arequipa
  • Chivay
  • Cusco
  • Urubamba
  • Ollantaytambo
  • Wayllabamba Camp
  • Paqaymayo Camp
  • Winaywayna
  • DAY 1 Arrive Lima

    Arrive at any time.

    Arrive in Lima at any time. There are no planned activities, so check into the hotel and enjoy the city. (Check-in time is approx 3pm.)

    After the welcome meeting, head out for an optional dinner at a nearby local restaurant. If you arrive late, no worries, the CEO will leave you a message at the front desk.

    Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
    17:00
    In the late afternoon (approx 5pm), meet with your fellow group members to go over the details of the trip. Check the notice board (or ask reception) to see the exact time and location of this group meeting. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 2 Lima/Nazca

    Travel south to Nazca, home to the mysterious Nazca Lines.

    Head south to Nazca, home to one of the world's greatest archaeological mysteries: the Nazca Lines. It is also possible to visit a pre-Inca cemetery where well-preserved mummies can be seen in their original place of burial along with the belongings they took with them for their next life.

    Local bus
    Lima - Nazca8h
    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 3 Nazca/Arequipa

    Opt for a flight over the Nazca Lines. Overnight bus to Arequipa.

    Free Time
    Nazca Full Day
    Enjoy some free time during the day.

    Pachamanca
    Nazca
    Enjoy a traditional dinner. Assist in the preparation of a thousand-year-old tradition: "Pachamanca," an ancient ceremony akin to the Polynesian meal of burying a variety of delicious treats wrapped in banana leaves and slow-cooking them with pre-heated rocks buried in the ground.

    Overnight bus
    Nazca - Arequipa9h
    Curl up and catch a snooze en route to the next stop.

    Optional Activities
    Flight over Nazca Lines

    Nazca
    105USD per person
    Take to the skies for the best view of the enigmatic Nazca Lines, a series of patterns and pictures etched in the ground, crisscrossing a wide area of flat desert. Marvel at the lines measuring up to 10km (32 mi) in length, yet, remaining perfectly straight. See depictions of birds, insects, and animals only recognizable from the air. Decide for yourself the origin of the lines - who drew the lines, and why, remains a mystery. Current beliefs suggest that they may be part of complex agricultural calendar.

    Nazca Desert Cemetery and Potter's Studio Guided Tour
    Nazca
    80PEN per person
    See remains of the Nazca culture during an included tour of the ancient Pre-Inca desert cemetery site of Chauchilla. Spot 1500-year-old mummies, bones, and pottery on the desert floor. The entire desert area was also once home to the ancient Paracas and the Nazca cultures, which preceded the Incas by more than half a millennium. Stop for a visit at an artisan's workshop, where modern masters create Nazca style pottery.

    Sandboarding in Ica
    Ica45m-1h
    40PEN per person
    Drive into the dunes in a sand buggy, making four stops along the way. Take some photos of the magnificent scenery before trying your hand at sandboarding down dunes of different sizes. (Dinner)

  • DAY 4 Arequipa

    Wander the streets of the 'white city' and opt to visit the Catalina Convent.

    Those with an interest in history and architecture may opt to visit the Convent of Santa Catalina, which offers a brief respite from the outside world and a unique view into a bygone way of life. Other optional excursions include rafting and mountaineering.

    For spicy food lovers, checking out one of the "Picanterias" is a must. Arequipa has a variety of regional food: alpaca, shrimp, pork, lots of soups, and spicy sauces.

    Free Time
    Arequipa Full Day
    Make the most of your time here.

    Optional Activities
    Santa Catalina Monastery Visit

    Arequipa
    Visit this 16th-century monastery (over 20,000 sq m) for its beautiful architecture built in the Mudejar style. Travel back in time wandering its small streets lined with colourful walls, and take some time to learn about its captivating history.

    Arequipa City Tour
    Arequipa
    Head out and see the sights, exploring all you can of "the white city." (Breakfast)

  • DAY 5 Arequipa/Chivay

    Take a full-day tour of the spectacular Colca Valley, and soak in hot springs. Admire the pre-Inca terraces and the wildlife, including alpacas, llamas, and vicunas.

    Enjoy an overnight excursion to the impressive Colca Canyon - one of the deepest canyons in the world. Stop in fascinating villages and at "miradors" (scenic lookouts), where, with a little luck, visitors can see Andean condors soaring over the majestic Andes. Other unusual animals that can be spotted in the Andean landscape include three different species of camelids: alpaca, llama, and vicuna.

    Private Vehicle
    Arequipa - Chivay4h30m-5h165km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Colca Canyon Guided Tour
    Colca Canyon
    Spot condors on this guided tour, and keep your eyes peeled for other unusual animals. Look for three different species of camelids: alpaca, llama, and vicuna, which are all typical of Peru.

    Optional Activities
    Hot Springs

    Chivay
    Soak your weary bones in steaming hot water pouring from the earth and relax. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 6 Chivay/Cusco

    Set out looking for the majestic soaring codors. Return to Arequipa, and catch an overnight bus to Cusco.

    Get an early start to go on the lookout for flying condors. Travel from Chivay town to a condor viewpoint to admire these magnificent birds in the air. On the way back, stop by some local villages and viewpoints to see old terraces and sections of Colca Canyon, the deepest canyon in the world. Take a lunch break and return to Arequipa in the afternoon. Get ready for the overnight bus to Cusco.

    Colca Canyon Guided Tour
    Colca Canyon
    Spot condors on this guided tour, and keep your eyes peeled for other unusual animals. Look for three different species of camelids: alpaca, llama, and vicuna, which are all typical of Peru.

    Private Vehicle
    Chivay - Arequipa 4h 30m-5h 165km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Overnight bus
    Arequipa - Cusco10h
    Curl up and catch a snooze en route to the next stop. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 7 Cusco

    Free day in Cusco to explore. Opt to go mountain biking, whitewater rafting, or just relax in a cafe.

    Please note: if you booked the Peru Adrenaline Theme Pack, you will be picked up from your hotel today at approximately 8am for the fantastic opportunity to raft in Class III and IV rapids. Return back to the hotel around 5pm.

    Free Time
    Cusco Full Day
    Make the most of your time in Cusco.

    Optional Activities
    Cusco Archaeological Tour

    Cusco
    Explore some of the most important Inca ruins outside the city. Admire Saqsaywaman's monumental stonework. See Tambomachay's fountains, thought to be an ancient spa or a military outpost. Discover the natural cave in Qenqo - home to the ancient temple of Puma.

    Cusco Cathedral Visit
    Cusco
    Enjoy a visit to this beautiful cathedral - its construction began in 1559 and continued for another hundred years. Be sure to check out its excellent collection of colonial art, and the vault containing the remains of the famous Inca historian, Garcilaso de la Vega.

    Cusco Kids Project Visit
    Cusco
    Visit the Cusco Kids Project, a local drop-in program that helps to create a haven for children and youth living in extreme poverty. Children can come here to get homework help and meals and participate in skill-building workshops. See how this Planeterra effort supported by a local organization, Inti Runakunaq Wasin (IRW), has made a difference in the community; so far, generous donations from travellers and partners have helped to purchase a home to support the program and a new art workshop.

    Whitewater Rafting Urubamba
    Urubamba
    Rise for an early morning pick up and drive to Chuquicahuana for a safety briefing. Enjoy a full day of rafting on the Upper Vilcanota River (about 2.5 hrs on the water). Be thrilled by fast rapids that are a constant Class III and IV for around 11km (9 mi), and don't forget to take in the gorgeous scenery. Rehash all the excitement afterward over a riverside picnic lunch.

    Horseback Riding
    Cusco
    Hop in the saddle and explore Cusco's archaeological sites by horseback on a 3.5 hr tour - no previous experience needed. Dress for the weather, and bring sunblock and a hat, just in case.

    Mountain Biking
    Cusco
    Take to two wheels and head out into the hills around Cusco for some nature-meets-adrenaline fun. Try a trip to the Sacred Valley, perhaps, visiting an Inca ruin along the way. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 8 Cusco/Urubamba

    Visit a local community and a Planeterra-supported weaving project. Learn a few Quechua words while experiencing a family homestay.

    Travel by bus to the community and weaving project of Ccacaccollo. Overnight in a family homestay.

    Ccaccaccollo Community and Planeterra-Sponsored Women's Weaving Co-op visit
    Calca
    Visit the Ccaccaccollo community centre which G Adventures travellers' donations helped to create through the Planeterra Foundation in 2005, enabling local women to sell traditional textiles to travellers. See local weaving and dyeing techniques used to create garments and souvenirs, and learn how the Planeterra weaving co-operative has impacted the community and those who visit it. This includes the purchase of alpacas to provide a steady supply of wool, looms, and sewing machines as well as several training courses on production, sales and small business management.

    Ccacaccollo Community Homestay
    Urubamba
    Learn about daily local living during an overnight homestay experience. Travellers will be split between different families and will have the opportunity to interact with the Quechua villagers. (Dinner,Lunch,Breakfast)

  • DAY 9 Urubamba/Ollantaytambo

    Embark on an optional Sacred Valley tour that includes markets and Incan historical sites and ruins.

    Travel through the stunning Sacred Valley of the Incas. Opt to take a Sacred Valley tour and visit the impressive Pisac ruins, the colourful artisan market (market days only), and the large ruin site of Ollantaytambo that lies adjacent to the town of the same name. Catch our breath at Ollantaytambo and prepare for the hike the next morning.

    Private Vehicle
    Urubamba - Ollantaytambo45m-1h
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Optional Activities
    Ollantaytambo Ruins Visit

    Ollantaytambo
    Explore this ancient site right in the heart of Ollantaytambo city. Learn about the principles of Incan architecture and get a first taste of climbing around a massive ruins site.

    Pisac Ruins Guided Tour
    Pisac
    Tour the fascinating hilltop citadel of Pisac, an Incan ruin with plunging gorges, a ceremonial centre, and winding agriculture terracing that's still in use today. Be captivated by this truly amazing site sitting amid sweeping green valleys and mountain peaks. Explore the back of the site to see a pocketed cliff across Kitamayo Gorge, which once contained hundreds of Inca tombs.

    Parwa Community Restaurant the Sacred Valley
    Lamay
    Contribute to sustainable tourism in Huchuy Qosco, a small village of 65 families in the Sacred Valley, by eating at the Parwa Community Restaurant. Learn how the resident-run restaurant was kickstarted by G Adventures along with the Planeterra Foundation and the Multilateral Investment Fund, to become a successful farm-to-table program that boosts the local economy and several spin-off microenterprises. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 10 Ollantaytambo/Wayllabamba Camp

    Depart Ollantaytambo by van to km 82 where the hike begins.

    Trek through beautiful scenery, with a variety of flora that changes with the seasons, passing several smaller ruin sites like lactapata.

    A crew of local porters, cooks, and guides will take care of all the details for the duration of the hike. Porters carry the majority of the gear so you'll only need to carry a small daypack with water, rain gear, snacks, a camera, etc.

    Private Vehicle
    Ollantaytambo - Inca Trail45m
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Hike Inca Trail
    Inca Trail KM 82 - Wayllabamba Camp 11km
    Get your blood pumping on this first day of hiking the Inca trail - the trekking is fairly easy and serves as good training for the next few days. Pass rambling rivers and a small village, and enjoy scenic mountain views - it's just a taste of what's to come. (Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner)

  • DAY 11 Wayllabamba Camp/Paqaymayo Camp

    Start early to climb the long steep path to Warmiwanusca, better known as Dead Woman's Pass. This is the highest point of the trek at 4,198m (13,769 ft). Most hikers reach camp by early afternoon, with ample time to rest and relax.

    Hike Inca Trail
    Wayllabamba Camp - Paqaymayo Camp 12km
    Trek over progressively spectacular and steeper terrain on your way to Warmiwanusca (aka Dead Woman's Pass), the highest point of the trek at 4,198m (13,769ft). Be prepared to face strong Andean weather (blazing sun or cold winds) around the pass. Take the hike slow, and drink lots of water along the way - amazing views are waiting as a reward. Enjoy some ample time to rest and relax after reaching the camp; most campers arrive around early afternoon. (Dinner,Lunch,Breakfast)

  • DAY 12 Paqaymayo Camp/Winaywayna

    Cross two more passes and ruins along the way. The first pass is Runquraqay at 3,950m (13,113 ft) where, on a clear day, hikers can catch a glimpse of the snow-capped Cordillera Vilcabamba. Hike through cloud forest on the gentle climb to the second pass of the day, walking through original Incan constructions. The highest point of the pass is 3,700m (12,136 ft). On a clear day, enjoy the spectacular views of the Urubamba Valley.

    At 3,650m (11,972 ft), reach the ruins of Phuyupatamarca, the "Town Above the Clouds." Camp here or go 1.5 hrs further along, near the Winay Wayna ruins (Forever Young) located at 2,650m (8,694 ft).

    Hike Inca Trail
    Paqaymayo Camp - Winaywayna9h 16km
    Cross two passes and more ruins along the Inca Trail on the last full day of hiking. Traverse Runquraway at 3,950m (13,113 ft), and then reach the second pass at 3,700m (12,136 ft). Spot the gorgeous Cordillera Vilcabamba and the Urubamba Valley in the distance on a clear day. Camp at either the Phuyupatamarca ruins or the Winay Wayna ruins. (Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner)

  • DAY 13 Winaywayna/Cusco

    The final day of the hike starts pre-dawn to reach the Sun Gate before sunrise. Wake up around 03:30 and walk to the checkpoint. Catch the first views of the breathtaking ruins of Machu Picchu on a clear day. Hike down to Machu Picchu for a guided tour of the site and free time to explore. Opt to visit the Inca Bridge, if time allows.

    Catch the bus to Aguas Calientes to meet the CEO and any non-hiking members of your group. Eat and relax before your train back to Cusco in the afternoon.

    Hike Inca Trail
    Winaywayna - Machu Picchu 4km
    Wake around 03:30 to reach the Sun Gate before sunrise. Head to the checkpoint and join the lineup to wait for the gate to open. Catch the first views of the breathtaking ruins of Machu Picchu (fingers crossed for a clear day). Hike down to Machu Picchu (about 45 mins) for a 1.5 hr guided tour of the site, and free time to explore. Opt to visit the Inca Bridge (a 15 min walk one way) for no additional charge, if time allows.

    Catch the bus outside the Machu Picchu gate after your visit for a 25 min downhill ride to Aguas Calientes to meet the CEO and any non-hiking members of your group. Eat and relax before the train ride back to Cusco this evening.

    Machu Picchu Guided Tour
    Machu Picchu1h30m-2h
    Rise and shine - the best time to see the Lost City of the Incas is in the early morning light. Follow the local guide to Machu Picchu to learn about its history at a leisurely pace. Gain local insight into the Inti Mach'ay cave, Inti Watana, the Temple of the Sun, the Temple of the Water, the Temple of the Condor, and the Room of the Three Windows. Take time to sit and feel the energy of this 15th century site, now both a UNESCO World Heritage Site and voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World (in a worldwide Internet poll).

    Train
    Aguas Calientes - Ollantaytambo1h30m118km
    Climb aboard, take your seat, and enjoy the ride.

    Private Vehicle
    Ollantaytambo - Cusco2h
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 14 Cusco

    Free time to explore Cusco and surroundings. Take an optional city tour and be sure to experience the nightlife.

    Cusco is considered the mecca of Peru and rightly so. This beautiful colonial town offers nearby ruins, cobblestone streets, museums, churches, and a lively atmosphere.

    The more adventurous optional activities available in Cusco include horseback riding around archaeological sites such as Sacsayhuaman, Tambo Machay, and Puca Pucara; whitewater rafting on the Urubamba River; and mountain biking down to the Sacred Valley, perhaps visiting an Inca ruin along the way.

    Please note: if you booked the Adrenaline Theme Pack, you will be picked up from the hotel at approx 9am and transferred to the ranch for horseback riding. Ride to a few archaeological sites and enjoy the countryside of Cusco. Return back to the hotel around 13:00.

    Free Time
    Cusco Full Day
    Get out and explore beautiful Cusco.

    Optional Activities
    Horseback Riding

    Cusco
    Hop in the saddle and explore Cusco's archaeological sites by horseback on a 3.5 hr tour - no previous experience needed. Dress for the weather, and bring sunblock and a hat, just in case.

    Whitewater Rafting Urubamba
    Urubamba
    Rise for an early morning pick up and drive to Chuquicahuana for a safety briefing. Enjoy a full day of rafting on the Upper Vilcanota River (about 2.5 hrs on the water). Be thrilled by fast rapids that are a constant Class III and IV for around 11km (9 mi), and don't forget to take in the gorgeous scenery. Rehash all the excitement afterward over a riverside picnic lunch.

    Mountain Biking
    Cusco
    Take to two wheels and head out into the hills around Cusco for some nature-meets-adrenaline fun. Try a trip to the Sacred Valley, perhaps, visiting an Inca ruin along the way. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 15 Depart Cusco

    Depart at any time

    Departure Day
    Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure. (Breakfast)

  • Meal basis

    As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals

  • TRIP DETAILS

    If you have booked this trip or are curious about all of the details, you can download this trip's information as a PDF.

    Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

  1. We recommend you to have a meal budget of USD 250-390 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme. (Keep is as per PDF)


  2. Important Notes

    This programme is operated on a Coach tour. Maximum Group size is 18 passengers, at an average there are 14 passengers travelling on this tour.

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  3. Itinerary descriptions are guaranteed with the exception of unforeseen conditions which include, but are not limited to, road closures due to weather, acts of God, safety concerns, changes to highway legal restrictions, and acts by third parties beyond the control of Service Provider.

  4. There is no refund for any non-utilization of any services.

  5. All holiday prices are subject to Govt. Service Tax of 5% payable to Govt of India.

  6. At this point of time no services are confirmed and the same is subject to availability.

  7. Request for an early hotel check in or late checkout is at the discretion of the accommodation unless pre-booked and pre-paid in advance.

  8. All payment to be made strictly by cheque / Demand Draft / Direct bank transfer in favour of ?COX AND KINGS LIMITED?.

  9. The rules and regulations controlling the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu are continually changing. Before embarking on your adventure to Peru it is very important that you familiarize yourself with the Inca Trail booking policies and guidelines as described in a document available on our website, at the following URL address: http://www.gadventures.com/inca-advisory.php

  10. Please advise at time of booking if you do not wish to hike the Inca Trail. Instead, you will have 2 nights in Cusco, travel by train for a night in Aguas Calientes, and join the hikers for the tour of Machu Picchu.

  11. Portions of the Inca Trail will be closed for general maintenance during the month of February each year. Also, closures may occur at various times throughout the year due to inclement weather or other conditions beyond our control. During these periods, any tour affected will hike the Lares Trek.

  12. In our continued effort to support the rights of the porters on the Inca Trail, we would like ensure that they never exceed the weight limit for their packs as set out by the Peruvian authorities. Porters are allowed to carry no more than 6kg of personal belongings per hiker (for all other Peru treks the limit is 8kg). That means that including your sleeping bag, toiletries, clothing, etc, you are allowed a total weight of 6kg for the hike which will be carried in a duffle bag provided by our local office. Any additional weight must then be carried by you in your day pack. To help achieve this goal we recommend that you carry travel sized toiletries, that you bring sport sandals that can be worn with socks (which are lighter than running/walking shoes) and that you limit electronics to those that you are willing to carry. Any additional baggage can be left in Cusco, but is advised that you bring anything of value (eg. money, passport, credit cards, camera, etc) with you on the trek.

  13. If at the end of your trek you felt your trekking guide and support team did an outstanding job, tipping is appreciated. The amount is entirely a personal preference, however as a guideline, we suggest each hiker contributes the following to a collective pool. We suggest a tipping amount of $40 per person for the Inca Trail and $35 per person for the Lares Trek.


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