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South America Holidays - Peru - road along a coastline by night

Classic Peru

Reference WW41233
11 nights from
£1189 pp
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Classic Peru

This compact tour of the archaeological highlights and cultural treasures of the Andean highlands has it all. Cruise Lake Titicaca and immerse yourself in rural life with a homestay in a small village. Wander the cobblestoned streets of Cusco before breaking a sweat hiking mountain passes along the Inca Trail on your way to Machu Picchu. Because we run our own treks, we can ensure the fair treatment of our porters and the quality of food and equipment, which means you’re free to enjoy the beauty of the region.

What's Included

Ccaccaccollo Community and Women's Weaving Co-op visit, Ccaccaccollo
Parwa Community Restaurant the Sacred Valley, Lamay
Lake Titicaca Homestay, Lago Titicaca
Floating islands of Uros visit
Lake Titicaca guided tour
Sacred Valley guided tour
Pottery making demonstration
Inca Trail guided hike with cooks and porters (4 days)
Machu Picchu guided tour
Internal flight
All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Itinerary

Itinerary

Arrive at any time.

Fly to Juliaca and transfer to Puno. Take it easy in the afternoon, wandering the markets and exploring the city.

Enjoy a guided tour of Lake Titicaca and a homestay in a small village.

Visit the floating islands of Uros before returning to Puno. Opt to visit to Sillustani burial site.

Hop on the bus for a full day's drive to Cusco.

Enjoy a full-day guided tour of the Sacred Valley. Stop at the G Adventures-supported women's weaving co-op before visiting a local pottery making community. Break for lunch at the G Adventures-supported Parwa community restaurant in Huchuy Qosco. After lunch, opt to head out on a hike to the Ollantaytambo storehouses and look out over the ruins. Or, wander around the cobblestone streets and visit a local Chicheria (corn beer bar).

Depart Ollantaytambo by van to km 82 where the Inca Trail begins. Ease into the adventure with a straightforward day of hiking the meandering streams, stunning Andean scenery, and ancient Incan ruins.

Start early to climb the long steep path to Warmiwañusca, 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.

Cross two more passes and ruins on today's trek. 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 the cloud forest on a 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.

The final day of the hike starts pre-dawn to reach the Sun Gate before sunrise. Catch the first views of the breathtaking ruins of Machu Picchu on a clear day. Hike down for a guided tour of the site and enjoy free time to explore until noon as permitted by the tourist ticket. Opt to visit the Inca Bridge, if time allows.

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

Enjoy a free day to explore Cusco or relax. Opt to go whitewater rafting, horseback riding, or mountain biking.

Depart at any time.

Local Info

Language

The official language in Peru is Spanish

Local Time

Peru is 6 hours behind the UK (GMT)

Where to fly from

Fly from a variety of UK airports

Currency

The official currency in Peru is the Sol