10 Day Inca Encounter

Travel to South America and tour Peru on an eye-opening sojourn from the depths of the Amazon to the heights of the Andes.

Ref:  IN1048

  • £200 Deposit
  • Start: Lima
  • End: Cusco
  • Physical Rating: 4/5
  • Duration: 9 nights hotel, lodge, camping
  • Meals: 9 Breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners
  • Domestic flights included
  • Gear: All Gear Included

  • Fully Guided Throughout
  • Max Group Size 12
  • Minimum Age 15
  • Your Own Room Supplement Available

The Essentials

  • Price

    £1 Deposit

  • Activities

    Lima tour and attractions, Cusco tour and attractions, Inca Trail, Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley, Amazon activities and much more!

  • Accommodation and Meals

    Camping (with basic facilities) (3 nights), Hotel (5 nights), Jungle Lodge (2 nights) and 9 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners

  • Transport

    Plane, Canoe, Private Vehicle and all internal flights and all transport between destinations / activities

  • Gear

    All equipment hire included

  • Guides

    Fully guided with qualified instructors

  • Group

    Maximum size 12 (average is 8)

  • Age

    Minimum age 15  (under 18’s to be accompanied by an adult) and no maximum age

Summary

Travel to South America and tour Peru on an eye-opening sojourn from the depths of the Amazon to the heights of the Andes. Visit Lima, explore ancient Cuzco, see the lush Sacred Valley and Ollantaytambo, and marvel at the wonder of Machu Picchu. Offering an up close look at Peru’s diverse attractions, this is an unforgettable trip at a relaxing pace. Discover ancient cultures, natural wonders, welcoming locals and vibrant modern life as you journey through the homeland of the Incas.

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Itinerary

  • Day 1: Lima

    Bienvenidos! Welcome to Peru. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 2 pm on Day 1. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place. Straight after the meeting enjoy a walking tour of downtown Lima, including the city’s historical centre. Flanked by streets of ornate colonial mansions, palaces and churches, Plaza Mayor is the best place to start any exploration of Lima.

  • Day 2: Amazon

    Take a flight to Puerto Maldonado in the Amazon Jungle, where you’ll be staying for two nights. A representative from the lodge will welcome you at the airport. You’ll then make a quick trip to the lodge’s office in town by van. Here you’ll be able to pack the gear you’ll need for the next few days and leave the rest, securely stored, behind. Travel by bus or motorised canoe to the Amazon lodge (approximately 30–45 minutes). Once you arrive, there will be time to unpack and unwind before a short orientation and briefing. Either tonight or tomorrow night, you’ll venture into the jungle for a night jungle excursion.  We stay at two different lodges in the same area. The activities may vary slightly according to which lodge you are at. As both of our lodges are in the same area of the jungle, you will see the same wildlife and your overall jungle experience will be the same in either lodge.  The Amazon accommodation is simple but comfortable, with en suites, flush toilets and mosquito nets. There is no power here, kerosene lamps are used for light, and showers run cold water only.

  • Day 3: Amazon

    Your full day in the jungle starts with a boat ride (approximately 30 minutes) followed by a short walk (between 25 and 45 minutes). You’ll arrive at an oxbow lake in the middle of the rainforest – the habitat of a family of giant otters. Along the way you’ll see a variety of jungle fauna – perhaps hoatzins, monkeys, macaws, black caimans, flying parrots, and, if you are lucky, a family of endangered giant river otters (pteronoura brasilienses). In the late morning you will head to the parrot clay lick. Every morning the macaws and birds come here to feed on the salt in the clay. The macaws begin by ceremoniously circling the cliff area. Usually the feeding frenzy lasts 20 to 25 minutes. The salt from the clay is thought to detoxify the birds’ fruit diet. After lunch back at the lodge, you’ll head back out to the jungle to take a short walk and learn about the medicinal properties and practical uses of the plants. Return to the lodge once again to freshen up, then enjoy some dinner. After dinner there will be an optional night walk through the jungle.

  • Day 4: Cusco

    Today, travel back to Puerto Maldonado before taking the short flight to Cuzco (approximately 35 minutes).
    Take the time to acclimatise to the city’s 3,450 m (11,150 ft) altitude and explore the many Baroque churches and ancient temples that dot the city. Your tour leader will take you out on an orientation walk. You’ll visit the facade of Qoricancha temple, the local San Pedro market, the main square, past the 12 Angled Stone, Regocijo Square and San Blas Square. Finally you’ll visit the Chocolate museum where there will be an opportunity to sample a hot chocolate made from local cacao beans. This might be a good opportunity to purchase some gifts or souvenirs. There’s a small store where you’ll find various handicrafts and a variety of artisanal chocolate products. Tonight is free, perhaps head out for dinner your fellow travellers. Your leader will be able to recommend some good place sot eat!

  • Day 5: Sacred Valley and Ollantaytambo

    Travel by private bus for around two hours through the Sacred Valley, on the outskirts of Cuzco. Known as Wilcamayo to the Incas, this fertile valley has long been the main source of food for the high Andes. At the Sacred Valley, visit the stone fortress of Sacsayhuaman where massive stone blocks that form the walls of this site give you a clear image of how highly developed Inca engineering was.   Venture to a community in the valley to learn about the local lifestyle. If your visit coincides with market day (Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday), spend time browsing the stalls in search of hand-painted beads or warm ponchos. Lunch will also be provided by the local community. Continuing on, drive 20 minutes to Ollantaytambo. Ollantaytambo’s archaeological site is located to the east of the Plaza de Armas. The upper terraces of this site offer great photo opportunities of the squared grid town below.

  • Day 6: Inca Trail

    Today after breakfast you will set off to visit the archeological site of Ollantaytambo.   Next stop is KM 82, the starting point of the Inca Trail and your next few days of adventure. Here you will meet your trail crew and begin the trek. The first day includes uphill trekking to your first campsite which is at 3,100 metres about sea level. On the way you will you’ll see the Inca sites of Huillca, Raccay and Llactapata as well as incredibl views of snow-capped Veronica Peak. Relax and unwind this evening at the campsite with a nourishing meal.

    This is camping made easy; as you walk, you’ll carry only a day pack while an experienced team of porters carries all the other gear. 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. Tonight you’ll camp in a spacious tent; porters, a cook and a helper will take care of all camp chores. A toilet tent is provided at camp and at each lunch stop (you’ll find this is usually the cleanest option for nature calls).

  • Day 7: Inca Trail

    Wake up to a hot drink and prepare for the most demanding climb of the trek. Set off along the course of the Cusichaca River, ascending a broad valley to the village of Wayllabamba (3,000 m). This is the last place of human habitation on the Inca Trail. Your porters will go ahead and prepare lunch, which will be waiting for you at a spot that’s close to the summit. The trail steepens through fertile cloud forest and eventually onto high-altitude grassland. Finally you will reach the highest point of the entire trail, called Warmiwañusca (Dead Woman’s Pass) (4,200 m). At this point you can pause to rest and enjoy the views, perhaps snapping a photo or two of the lush surrounds from this vantage. Then you will begin the steep descent into the valley below. Your camp is located at Pacaymayo (3,700 m).

  • Day 8: Inca Trail

    A second ascent leads past a fine set of ruins to Runkuracay Pass (3,998 m). From here, you’ll be pleased to discover, the trail is mostly downhill! The vegetation gradually changes as you walk through part of the cloud forest. You’ll be skirting the outer edges of the Amazon Jungle. Cross the Aobamba River, from where you can see the Sayacmarca ruins sitting on a rocky spur up above. A final, easy ascent over a lower pass takes you to the campsite, which is perched above the ruins of Phuyupatamarca. On this final stretch you’ll take in many incredible vistas out across the vast mountains and jungle.

  • Day 9: Machu Picchu

    The final day of the trek starts with an amazing view, and after breakfast you’ll set off on one of the most scenic parts of the whole trail. It’s all downhill for the first 2.5 hours until you reach your lunch stop at inca site of Winay Huayna. From here, it is just 2 more hours until you reach the highlight of today: Machu Picchu. The toil of the day is forgotten at a stroke as you are treated to an out-of-this-world view of Machu Picchu before you. After lingering to admire this panorama, catch a bus to Aguas Calienets Here you can check into your accommodation, stretch your legs and take a long-awaited hot shower.

  • Day 10: Cusco

    Your ‘Inca Encounter’ adventure comes to an end this morning. There are no activities planned for the final day and you’re able to depart the accommodation at any time.

  • Notes

    Allow USD $200 for meals not included.

    This trip requires Inca Trail Permits, if permits are unavailable an alternative route is taken, check at time of booking.

What To Take

Most people automatically assume that the weather is hot in South America, but because of the higher altitude in the Andes, the temperature can feel quite cold, especially at night. We recommend the use of a duffel bag or backpack, whichever is easiest for you to carry. A good size daypack is also essential.

Checklist

Available for Rent:
• Camping mattress/sleep mat (45 soles)
• Sleeping bag (45 soles)
• Walking poles (15 soles each (30 per pair))

Cold Weather:
• Long-sleeved shirts or sweater
• Scarf
• Warm gloves
• Warm hat
• Warm layers

Documents:
• Flight info (required) (Printouts of e-tickets may be required at the border)
• Insurance info (required) (With photocopies)
• Passport (required) (With photocopies)
• Required visas or vaccination certificates (required) (With photocopies)
• Vouchers and pre-departure information (required)

Essentials:
• Binoculars (optional)
• Camera (With extra memory cards and batteries)
• Cash, credit and debit cards
• Day pack (Used for daily excursions or short overnights)
• Ear plugs
• First-aid kit (should contain lip balm with sunscreen, sunscreen, whistle, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, bandaids/plasters, tape, anti-histamines, antibacterial gel/wipes, antiseptic cream, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, rehydration powder, water purification tablets or drops, insect repellent, sewing kit, extra prescription drugs you may be taking)
• Flashlight/torch (Headlamps are ideal)
• Fleece top/sweater
• Footwear
• Hat
• Locks for bags
• Long pants/jeans
• Moneybelt
• Outlet adapter
• Personal entertainment (Reading and writing materials, cards, music player, etc.)
• Reusable water bottle
• Shirts/t-shirts
• Sleepwear
• Small travel towel
• Sunglasses
• Toiletries (Preferably biodegradable)
• Watch and alarm clock
• Waterproof backpack cover
• Windproof rain jacket

Inca Trail:
• Hiking pants (Convertible/Zip-off and quick dry recommended)
• Pack liners to waterproof bags
• Rain gear
• Sleeping bag (Also available for rent)
• Thermal base layer
• Travel pillow
• Walking poles, rubber-tipped (Also available for rent)
• Waterproof hiking boots

Warm Weather:
• Sandals/flip-flops
• Shorts/skirts (Longer shorts/skirts are recommended)
• Sun hat/bandana

Note: The best clothing for trekking is either wool or synthetic materials in layers, as this is quick-drying and can keep heat in better. We suggest a base-layer, then a mid-layer such as a light fleece jacket or similar, then a windproof and waterproof layer.

Dates and Prices

2018Per Person
Start DateEnd DatePrice
Sun 7 JanTue 16 JanSold Out
Sun 28 JanTue 6 FebSold Out
Sun 25 FebTue 6 Mar£1,909
Sun 4 MarTue 13 Mar£2,.099
Sun 18 MarTue 27 Mar£2,.099
Sun 1 AprTue 10 Apr£2,.099
Sun 15 AprTue 24 Apr£2,399
Sun 6 MayTue 15 May£2,179
Sun 13 MayTue 22 May£2,179
Sun 27 MayTue 5 Jun£2,179
Sun 10 JunTue 19 Jun£2,259
Sun 24 JunTue 3 Jul£2,259
Sun 8 JulTue 17 JulSold Out
Sun 22 JulTue 31 Jul£2,259
Sun 12 AugTue 21 Aug£2,199
Sun 26 AugTue 4 Sep£2,199
Sun 2 SepTue 11 Sep£2,239
Sun 9 SepTue 18 Sep£2,239
Sun 23 SepTue 2 Oct£2,239
Sun 7 OctTue 16 Oct£2,239
Sun 14 OctTue 23 Oct£2,239
Sun 21 OctTue 30 Oct£2,239
Sun 28 OctTue 6 Nov£2,239
Sun 4 NovTue 13 Nov£2,099
Sun 18 NovTue 27 Nov£2,099
Sun 2 DecTue 11 Dec£1,999
Sun 16 DecTue 25 Dec£2,239

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