PEARLS OF PERU TOUR - LIMA, NAZCA, INCA TRAIL, MACHU PICCHU, AMAZON, HUARAZ

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 Ballestas Islands and just inland, the Nazca Lines, the high Andes range and also 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 to Machu Picchu ruins. 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 Taquile Islands on Lake Titicaca where the locals live on floating reed beds. We also take in the enigmatic Nazca lines and travel to Puerto Maldonado to see the Amazon Jungle

Overview

Day-1. Lima

Day-2: Lima - Cuzco (B)

Day-3. Cuzco

Day-4: Sacred Valley - Ollyantaytambo (BL)

INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU STARTS

Day-5: Chilca - Wayllabamba

Day-6: Wayllabamba - Pacamayu

Day-7: Pacamayu - Winayhuayna

Day-8: Winayhuayna - Machu Picchu - Cuzco (B)

Day-9. Cuzco-Puerto Maldonado - (Amazon Jungle) (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)

Day-10. Posada Amazonas (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)

Day-11. Posada Amazonas - Cuzco (B)

Day-12. Cuzco - Puno (Breakfast & lunch)

Day-13. Puno - Lake Titicaca (Breakfast & lunch)

Day-14. Puno - Juliaca- Lima (B)

Day-15. Lima - Huaraz (B)

Day-16. Llanganuco Lake (B)

Day-17. Chavin - Huaraz (Breakfast and boxed lunch)

Day-18. Lima - Pisco (B)

Day-19. Paracas and Ballestas Islands- Nazca (B)

Day-20. Nazca - Lima (B)

Day-21. Lima (B)

Fast Facts

The tour is a total of 21 days which includes the Inca Trail but can be modified
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 https://www.nomadicadventures.co.za/South-America/Peru/Inca-Trail-permit-availability.html

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 option 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's your responsibility
to ensure you have correct and adequate cover. If you live in South Africa, we have other cover options

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.

Our grade: Trek Grade: 2c (SP )In terms of it is a moderate trek. The highest point is Dead Woman’s Pass, and at 4,198 metres it is the toughest of the three passes. The biggest issue the stairs and there are a lot of them. In some places the stairs a narrow and closely packed and in other places quite steep, especially as you near Inti Punku sun gate.

Detailed Itinerary

Day-1. Lima

Arrival in Lima, reception and transfer to hotel.

Day-2: Lima - Cuzco (B)

Flight and arrival in Cuzco, reception and transfer to Hotel. Cusco is the starting point for most journeys to Machu Picchu and sits at 3400 metres above sea level, so many travellers experience altitude sickness here. For this reason it's worth spending a few days in town and taking your time acclimatising. Remainder of the day at leisure

Day-3. Cuzco

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

Day-4: Sacred Valley - Ollyantaytambo (BL)

Full-day excursion to the Sacred Valley of the Inca and then a visit to Pisac markets and Ollantaytambo. Also known as Ollanta, the town offer a traditional Inca experience with its cobbled streets, small traditional stone houses and canals. The attraction is the the nearby ruins on the outskirts of town. It was the a former Inca administrative center and served as the last stronghold for Inca Manco Yupanqui, leader of the Inca at the time. The steep terraces served as a fortress during the Spanish conquest, and are one of the few locations in Peru where the Spanish conquistadors lost their battle.

INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU STARTS

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

Day-5: 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-6: 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 Huayanaya peaks and west into the rugged Vilcabamba Range. After breakfast, we 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 climb 1000 metres in 5 hours. On the descent to our lunch spot, we will encounter a large number of stairs. After lunch, we again climb about 500m in altitude before dropping again, about a further 400.Today camp and dinner near Pacamayu. Overnight on the trail.

Day-7: 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 toward 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 into 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-8: 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 hike down 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.

Day-9. Cuzco-Puerto Maldonado - (Amazon Jungle) (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)

Transfer for the flight to Puerto Maldonado situated at the confluence of the Madre de Dios and Tambopata Rivers. After a brief survey of the town you will depart on a 1 hour ride via Infierno road, followed by a 30 minute boat journey by motorized canoe to Posada Amazonas. During your voyage you may see bird such as: Black Skimmer, Pied Lapwing, Capped Heron, Jabiru Stork, Roadside Hawk, and several species of kingfishers. A short orientation and briefing on the lodge and the Ecotourism Project before your afternoon activity, the canopy tower. Here, you will visit a 35 metre scaffolding tower that is only 15 minutes walk from the lodge. A video about the forest of Tambopata will be displayed after dinner.

Day-10. Posada Amazonas (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)

Early wake at dawn for a visit to Tres Chimbadas oxbow Lake. From here you will take a long, easy canoe ride around the lake looking for giant river otters, turtles, hoatzin, and wading birds. The giant river otters that are seen in Tres Chimbadas belong to a resident family of nine. Return to our lodge for lunch before embarking on your afternoon outing to a local community's ethno botanical centre. From this little shop, the community has been registering the uses of medicinal plants from elders and planting, producing and distributing them for over ten years. You will hike the trails around the centre with one of the residents. Return to Posada Amazonas for dinner and overnight. Optional night walk to look for amphibians and insects

Day-11. Posada Amazonas - Cuzco (B)

After an early breakfast, depart by boat back to Puerto Maldonado, directly to the airport, for your return flight back to Cuzco.

Day-12. Cuzco - Puno (Breakfast & lunch)

Transfer to the bus station for the tourist bus to Puno. The journey will take you across the imposing altiplano region of Peru affording magnificent views of the majestic snow peaks of the. It is a long bus journey but with lovely sites on route. Arrival in Puno and overnight.

Day-13. Puno - Lake Titicaca (Breakfast & lunch)

Early transfer to the port for the boat journey on Lake Titicaca to the floating Islands of Uros. Made entirely of reeds and inhabited by the Aymara Uros people. Short hike on the islands, then the boat trip continues as far as the island of Taquile. Lunch before your return to Puno in the early afternoon. Accommodation in Puno.

Day-14. Puno - Juliaca- Lima (B)

After breakfast, transfer to Juliaca airport for the flight back to Lima. Free at leisure.

Day-15. Lima - Huaraz (B)

After breakfast, journey along the northern coast of the Pan-American Highway, before turning east and through the spectacular mountain scenery of the Andes. The town of Huaraz, set amongst the giant snow peaks of the Andes is the most beautifully situated town in the whole of Peru. Transfer to your lodge.

Day-16. Llanganuco Lake (B)

Trip tothe north along the Callejon de Huaylas from Huaraz. Stopovers include Carhuaz, Yungay, the village that was totally destroyed in the 1970 earthquake, and Ranrahirca. Llanganuco is a beautiful, turquoise coloured glacial lake of the Cordillera Blanca, the highest tropical mountain range in the world. Return to Huaraz.

Day-17. Chavin - Huaraz (Breakfast and boxed lunch)

After breakfast, trip to Chavin de Huantar, site of the oldest pan-Andean civilisation dating back to 2000BC. Located on the outskirts of the village of the same name, the site has many galleries and subterranean tunnels and houses many carved stone figures of anthropomorphic semblances reminiscent of the Maya culture. It is the oldest known pre-Columbian culture discovered and is known as Chavin-Kotosh. The most remarkable piece of carving is "El Lanzon", a granite carving 4.5 metres in height. Its head is built into the roof of the gallery and its base into the floor, making it immovable. An anthropomorphic figure with feline teeth, it is thought to indicate an important ceremonial, religious artifact. Return to Huaraz where the journey takes you over the continental divide at the high Kawish pass. Return to Huaraz and then by night bus return to Lima.

Day-18. Lima - Pisco (B)

Arrival and transfer to your hotel for a day-in-use. Midday transfer to Paracas by first class bus, which will take us along the coast line through the arid Atacama desert, for about three hours south from Lima. Transfer to a hostel in Pisco, a bustling vibrant little desert town well known for its production of wine and the famous Pisco Sour.

Day-19. Paracas and Ballestas Islands- Nazca (B)

After breakfast, transfer to the port for a guided tour in boat of the Ballestas islands. Commonly referred to as the "little Galapagos", here you will see an amazing concentration of sea birds and sea lions in their natural habitat. Return to the mainland and a trip to Paracas National Reserve, the only Protected Coastal Reserve in Peru. Transfer to Nazca by Bus inland to Nazca and accommodation

Day-20. Nazca - Lima (B)

Before breakfast, 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. After breakfast, return journey by bus to Lima.

Day-21. 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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