GEMS OF PERU TOUR - LIMA, NAZCA, LAKE TITICACA, INCA TRAIL, MACHU PICCHU

Why do the Inca trail you may ask? Because it is the most famous hike in South America a and a must-do experience. It combines the cultural highlights of the Sacred Valley with a stunning combination of ancient architecture, a cloud forest, plant life and Machu Picchu.

 

As a country, Peru offers visitors 3 distinct geographical zones, from the dry arid coastline which is home to the incredible Ballestas Islands and just inland, the Nazca Lines, to the high Andes range and also to the Amazon. There is so much to see in this diverse region, that one is spoilt for choice. Part of this tour to Peru includes the sacred valley and the Inca Trail which follows the ancient Inca Paths through to the complex of Machu Picchu. Any reasonably fit person should be able to cover the route. However, the second day of the trek is quite challenging as one heads up to an altitude of 4200m to the top of Dead Woman's Pass.

The tour also includes a magical visit to the islands of Taquile on Lake Titicaca where the locals live on floating reed beds. We also take in the enigmatic Nazca lines

Overview

Day-1: (Sunday) Lima

Day-2: (Monday) Lima - Nazca (B)

Day-3: (Tuesday) Nazca - Lima (B)

Day-4: (Wednesday) Lima - Puno (B)

Day-5: (Thursday) Lake Titicaca (B)

Day-6: (Friday) Puno - Cuzco (B)

Day-7. Cuzco

Day-8: Sacred Valley - Ollyantaytambo (BL)

INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU STARTS

Day-9: Chilca - Wayllabamba

Day-10: Wayllabamba - Pacamayu

Day-11: Pacamayu - Winayhuayna

Day-12: Winayhuayna - Machu Picchu - Cuzco (B)

Day-13. Cuzco-Lima

Day-14. Lima (B)

Fast Facts

The tour is a total of 14 days which includes the Inca Trail
It is 4200m or 13,780 ft above sea level which is the highest point on the trail at Dead Woman's pass
The shortest number of days required for hiking the Inca Trail is one day which is known as the "Royal Inca Trail" which only covers the last day of the route. Then there is the standard 4 day trek. Alternately, one can do the longer Salktantay trek which is 7 days.
The Inca Trail covers a distance of 54km when done over 4 days
The Inca Trail to Macchu Picchu can be hiked throughout the year, although the drier months are May till October. High season on the trail is from June through August and so the paths are very busy, are the camp sites. However, as it is a mountain, one can encounter rain at any time of the year and thus a rain poncho is essential. The trail is closed every year from the month of February.
Yes you do. Permits become available for sale on the 1st March every year. They tend to book up quite quickly and can sell out three months in advance so it is advisable to book with plenty of time in hand. Permits are also passport specific, and cannot be transferred to another person, refunded, or moved to another date once purchased. The cost of the permit is included in the tour price. If you want to look at current permit availability, please go to http://goo.gl/Jvrg8n 

Yes you do. We (Nomadic Adventures) do not allow anyone to climb with us unless they have adequate travel insurance. Adequate, means you must be covered for

1) trekking or hiking - this may sound strange, but many insurance list that as an exclusion.

2) altitude up to 4,500 meters. Most travel insurance providers do not include this under their standard cover and often limit it to 3500m or less.

3) Sprains strains and physiotherapy - yes, many insurers exclude this, though ironically, this is what you will most likely need cover for.

4) personal accident - this is the horrible part of insurance. Yes, you need to be covered in the case of death. We are often told by clients - "if anything happens to me, just leave me there." It is not that simple. Bodies need to be brought home or laid to rest overseas, and this can run into thousands of dollars, creating a huge burden on family members.

We will assist in helping you provide good cover. If you need cover or simply a quote, follow the details herewith:. Once you have done your initial quote, you will need to upgrade your cover to include altitudes up to 6000m. Towards the bottom of the page you will see a section called, Options: Upgrade your cover. Click the link called 'View Adventure Sports Benefits'. A blue pop up screen will open. Look for the level of cover required for 'trekking to 4,500 meters' or 'hiking to 4,500 meters'. Depending on your country it is usually a level 1 or 2. Note: we are not insurance experts and it is your responsibility
to ensure you have correct and adequate cover.

 

Many people like to hike with trekking poles so it is a matter of choice. However, if you bring them they must have a spike cover on them, i.e. protected by rubber tips. We also recommend that you bring some bringing some spare rubber tips with you.

 

Detailed Itinerary

ay-1: (Sunday) Lima

Arrival in Lima, reception and transfer to your hotel.

Day-2: (Monday) Lima - Nazca (B)

After breakfast you will head out on a guided visit of both colonial and modern Lima. This will include the cathedral dated to 1654, the main square and the original bronze fountain built in 1650 as well as the San Francisco Convent and its catacombs. Known as the city of the kings, Lima was founded in 1535 by Pizarro and rebuilt in 1991, the same year that UNESCO declared it a world heritage site. One of the very few South American cities that preserve the colonial past, Lima was home to the Spanish viceroy during the time of the Spanish colonialists. After lunch at Rosa Nautica, the foremost seafood restaurant in Lima, private transfer to Nazca. Arrival and overnight accommodation in Nazca.

Day-3: (Tuesday) Nazca - Lima (B)

Today a tour flight over the enigmatic Nazca Lines; gigantic drawings and geometrical figures engraved in the driest desert of Peru and dating back to 250 AD. Drawn throughout over 1000 Km2 of desert on the Pampas of San Jose in Ica, and due to their enormous size and largely unknown origin, leaves an indelible impression on all who visit this most mysterious archaeological site. With representations of animals, such as a spider, a monkey and several birds, they are believed to be an enormous astronomical calendar or possibly an offering to the gods. First discovered in 1550 it was not until the advent of flight, in the 1920's that the lines were first realised for their significance. The drawings are not in actual desert sand but on small rock debris, varying in length from 150m to 300m and with a depth of 20cm. A tour of Chauchilla cemetery before transferring to Lima and your hotel in the late afternoon.

Day-4: (Wednesday) Lima - Puno (B)

Flight to Juliaca, before transferring to Puno visiting en route the Sillustani funereal towers. Arrival to Puno for overnight accommodation.

Day-5: (Thursday) Lake Titicaca (B)

After breakfast, transfer to the port for the boat trip on Lake Titicaca to the reed Islands of Uros. A visit to the Aymara island of Taquile before returning in the afternoon to Puno. Overnight accommodation.

Day-6: (Friday) Puno - Cuzco (B)

Departure by private vehicle to Cuzco visiting en route several Inca ruins and the remains of the great Viracocha temple, Raqchi. We shall also stop at the highest point along the way, La Raya Arrival to Cuzco and transfer to your hotel for overnight accommodation.

Day-7. Cuzco

Afternoon visit to the main ruins of Sacsayhuaman, Kenko, Puca-Pucara and Tambomachay, followed by a city tour of Cuzco.

Day-8: Sacred Valley - Ollyantaytambo (BL)

Full-day trip to the Sacred Valley of the Inca and then a visit to Ollantaytambo.

INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU STARTS

(Breakfast, lunch & dinner included - only breakfast on the final day)

Day-9: Chilca - Wayllabamba

After an early morning breakfast, you will be transferred to Chilca by bus, where we meet the Quechua porters and have breakfast. Crossing over the turbulent Vilcanota River, with magnificent views of Nevado Veronica (5,900m/19,000ft) we will continue the expedition admiring the Llactapata archaeological site, and stopping at the Huayllabamba river for lunch. We will visit the archeological sites of Patallacta, Qente, and the valley of Cusichaca and the magical Polylepsis forest. Today the hike will last approximately 7 hours, arraign in camp around 17h00. Camp and dinner at 3,800 meters. Overnight on the trail.

Day-10: Wayllabamba - Pacamayu

Today is one of the most demanding days of the trip as we gain a lot of altitude. We will see outstanding views east to the Huayanay peaks and west into the rugged Vilcabamba Range. After breakfast, we will continuously climb up through the first pass at 4,200 m/13,750 feet at Warmiwanusqa. Passing 3 ecological areas such as the Yunga, Quechua and Puna. we will climb 1000 metres in 5 hours. On the descent to the lunch spot, we will encounter a large number of stairs. After lunch, we will again climb about 500m in altitude before dropping again, about a further 400.Today camp and dinner near Pacamayu. Overnight on the trail.

Day-11: Pacamayu - Winayhuayna

Today is a much easier and shorter day. After breakfast, we will trek down through the valley of Pacamayu to the famous archaeological sites of Runquraqay. We will continue to the second pass and the restored town site of Sayaqmarka ("Town in a Steep Place") and explore the Sayaqmarka Ruins. The Inca Trail in this section is a white granite roadway, traversing a thickly forested mountainside. We will then descend to the magnificent archeological Phuyupatamarka ("cloud Level Town") and have lunch. We will then begin the decent to Winaywayna where a visit of the ruins and have dinner will conclude the day.

Day-12: Winayhuayna - Machu Picchu - Cuzco (B)

Early morning wake up at 4:30 a.m. for breakfast and to begin the trek to be the first at the archaeological site of Macchu Picchu for the sunrise. We will descend rapidly from cloud forest into high jungle habitat. Orchids and hummingbirds are commonly seen along this spectacular section of the trail high above the river. We will arrive at Intipunko "Gate of the Sun" to observe the sunrise over Macchu Picchu from an elevated vantage point. We continue down to the royal road and at last the "Lost City of the Incas". A guided tour of the marvelous citadel, visiting the Main Plaza, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of Three Windows, the Circular Tower and the Sacred Sun Dial and Burial Grounds. After the guided tour, transfer to Aguas Calientes onto the train station for your return train to Cuzco. Arrival and transfer to your hotel.

Day-13. Cuzco-Lima

Day-14. Lima (B)

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

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What's Included

Price includes

Airport transfers by private vehicle
Three four or five star hotels with breakfast
All sightseeing tours, entrance fees, guide, transportation
Guide, their wages, insurance and expenses

Inca Trail entrance permit

Camping in the Inca Trail

Internal flights

Train from Aquas Calientes

Price Excludes

International flights, departure taxes and any excess baggage charges.
Mandatory travel and medical insurance
Tips, baggage and porterage
Expenses of a personal nature such as bottled drinks, mineral water, morning and afternoon teas etc laundry etc.
Extra expenses and/of additional days caused due to unexpected events (such a flight delays, porterage because of land slides and other natural events.)
Entry Visa if applicable
Tips and gratuities
Single supplements if applicable

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