Hiking Adventure to Machu Picchu, Peru - Cusco, Lares Trekking Trip

  • September 25, 2009 · 12:00 PM

Join our travel group on this exciting adventure vacation to Peru! On the Lares trail, situated high in the Andes Mountains of Peru, Machu Picchu is a fascinating and magical place which was built by the great Inca Empire more than 100 years before the arrival of Spanish conquistadors. Now, it has been voted one of the new seven wonders of the world! It was never discovered by the Spanish or mentioned in their chronicles, but a professor from Yale - Hiram Bingham, discovered the ruins buried beneath dense undergrowth in 1911.

Trip overview:
This multi-sport trip to Peru offers a wide range of different adventure activities as well as cultural tours and archeology of the Inca Empire. It includes visits to Lima, Cusco, and Machu Picchu, as well as locations in the famous Sacred Valley of the Incas. You will have a chance to interact with locals, try local cuisine, explore ancient ruins, learn the history of this unique area, pursue outdoor activities, see glaciers, jungles and other fantastic scenery in the Andes mountains, sample the fun nightlife, and visit local markets. Our guides will take you to the famous sites of Peru as well as off the beaten path destinations.

* September 25th- October 3rd, 2009 (9 days, 8 nights)
* Deposit: $500
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LAND PACKAGE COST $1,725 * **
* double occupancy accommodations
** Additional 5% Service Charge for Credit Cards

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: 2,175 *
* Additional 5% Service Charge for Credit Cards

FULL ITINERARY & PURCHASE TICKETS HERE !!
(Balance due 60 days ahead of travel)

Difficulty degree of this hike is "Challenging".

Questions? Call [masked] or e-mail [masked]


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Day 1 Fri Sep 25th . ARRIVE LIMA AND TRANSFER TO CUSCO
Mid- Morning flight from Lima to Cusco (this flight included in package). In the afternoon we will get together for a meet and greet with all members of the trip, introductions, and a chance to taste a Coca tea (Andean leaf) while you are informed and given some tips about Cusco of what to do or where to go on your free time. Then your tour guide In the afternoon your tour guide meets you at your hotel and takes you on a sightseeing tour of the town taking in the colonial churches and visiting Inca ruins outside the city; Sacsayhuaman (temple of the Lightning), Qenqo (ceremonial place, Pucapucara (Inca Fortress) and Tambomachay (Temple of the water).

Day 2 CUSCO: Free day in Cusco to partake in one of the numerous adventure tours at additional cost (horseback riding, white water rafting, mountain biking- or just take a free day to explore the city.

Day 3 CUSCO - CALCA - AGUAS TERMALES LARES - HUACAWASI We leave from Cusco early in the morning by bus and travel through the Sacred Valley. We reach Pisac (3,350 mts) where we will proceed on directly to the ruins before a short stop at Pisac and its famous market and then on to Lares (3,250 mts) to enjoy some time soaking in the medicinal hot springs, after lunch we have four hours of trekking to our campsite above Huacawasi (3,850 mts) L, D

Day 4- HUACAWASI - EPSAYCOCHA
After continuing up through the valley, we arrive to the community of Huacawasi. People here produce some of the finest weaving in Peru. Passing this community we begin climbing up to Condor Pass, the second of the trip at 4300m. From here, we catch a stunning view of the renowned Mount Veronica (5750m.) Descending gently we come to the beautiful Epsaycocha Lake, and our last campsite.

Day 5- EPSAYCOCHA - HUILLOQ - PUMAMARKA - OLLANTAYTAMBO - AGUAS CALIENTES:
Today our trail leads downhill to an overlook facing a wide valley. Descending into the valley, we eventually arrive to the administrative Pumamarka Inca site and enjoy our guided tour. Lunch.
We continue the hike for an hour and half to arrive Ollantaytambo. This Inca fortress is situated in a fertile river valley and sheltered by mammoth mountains, this ancient Inca village is considered one of the most important living museums in the world. This is a perfect place to appreciate the vast archaeological remains and a wide variety of flowers and birds species.

Day 6- MACHU PICCHU - CUSCO:
Spend all day in this unique archaeological site, allowing ample opportunities to explore on your own. Those not yet tired of heights might like to climb Huaynapicchu for an unparalleled view of the lost city of the Incas. Optional visit to Aguas Calientes Hot springs before the train ride back to Cusco.

Day 7- CUSCO: Free day for adventure activities or just relax and shopping and exciting nightlife of Cusco.

Day 8- LIMA: 3 hour city tour in Lima plus Farewell dinner Day 9-LIMA: Transfer you to the airport based on your departure time.

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