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Colca Canyon and Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
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This 11 night sample itinerary includes:
  Hotel for 1 night in Lima
  Flight from Lima to Arequipa
  Hotel for 1 night in Arequipa
  Transfer from Hotel in Arequipa to Hotel in Colca Valley
  Hotel for 2 nights in Colca Valley
  Transfer from Hotel in Colca Valley to Airport in Arequipa
  Flight from Arequipa to Cuzco
  Hotel for 2 nights in Cuzco
  Inca Trail Classic Camping - 3 nights
  Services Included in the Inca Trail Classic: Private transportation from Cusco to the start of the trail - A pre departure information meeting and valuable Inca Trail map - Entrance fee to the archaeological site - Overnight in Eureka tents including comfortable sleeping pads - A duffle bag to store your luggage during the trek (please return upon your arrival in Cusco)- Meals according to the itinerary - Bottled water to refill your canteen - Bilingual guide on the trek and in Machu Picchu - Equipped with a first aid kit - Toilet Tent - An oxygen tank - Excellent cartographies - Porters - Kitchen crew and cooking equipment - Provisions - Bus transportation from Machu Picchu - OW return train ticket to Ollantaytambo or Poroy station - Transfer from Ollataytambo or Poroy Station to Cuzco.
  Hotel for 1 night in Cuzco
  Flight from Cuzco to Lima
  Hotel for 1 night in Lima
  Thursday Departure all year, except all February due to heavy rain and maintenance
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Lima (98)     Cuzco (94)     Arequipa (12)     Machu Picchu (55)     Colca Canyon (7)    

Route of the Condor and Machu Picchu!. Visit Lima City for a chance to taste its colonial and cosmopolitan sites and its unique and world renowned peruvian cuisine then fly to Arequipa; the so-called 'White City' abounds with colonial mansions and churches made of with white volcanic stone, which have been perfectly preserved throughout the centuries. Continue with a visit to the Colca Canyon, three times deeper than the Grand Canyon, is not just scenically beautiful, but is also home to various types of birds, of which stand out the giant hummingbird, eagles, gooses and the mighty Andean Condor. Then, spend two nights in Cuzco< City to get acclimated. Proceed with a four-day trek along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. This magnificent hike is for travelers who are in condition to hike up to ten hours, with breaks, in a single day. The pace may be daunting for some, but the beauty and history of the area surround the hiker every step of the way. On the last morning you'll arrive at Machu Picchu with plenty of time to explore the ruins before returning to Cuzco City by train and spending a night there to discover more Incan and Colonial sites and enjoy lots of shopping and endless nightlife. Finish with a stay in Lima before heading back home. This is a flexible package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.
Trip Summary
no image 1 nights in Lima

Lima is a sophisticated and cosmopolitan city that has retained much of its classic colonial architecture and pre-Colombian archaeological sites, that features many of South America`s most beautiful historic museums, churches and cathedrals. The city is alive with activity in its trendy neighborhoods like Miraflores, the beach fronts of Costa Verde and Barranco, and the upscale boutiques, massive shopping plazas, and exclusive shops.

Visit the Plaza Bolivar, Plaza Italia, Plaza de Armas, Alameda Chabuca Granda Viewpoint, and much more!
no image 1 nights in Arequipa

The beautiful and breathtaking White City of Arequipa is located in southern Peru, a magnificent city made up of sparkling white Spanish colonial style architecture on historic cobblestone streets offering visitors plenty of enticing activities. Views of the magnificent Misti Volcano can be seen from idyllic rooftop terraces, visit the awe-inspiring Colca Canyon, see the largest Church in Peru and marvel at excellent museums. Sit back and relax in the bustling heart of the city at the stunning Plaza de Armas with manicured lawns, sparkling fountains and open-air eateries serving delicious local cuisine.

Visit the Plaza de Armas, Basilica Cathedral of Arequipa, El Misti Volcano, Colcay Canyon, Mansion del Fundador, Museo Santuarios Andinos, and much more.
no image 2 nights in Colca Canyon

The Colca Canyon is a canyon of the Colca River situated in Southern Peru, one of the deepest canyons in the at a depth of 10,730 feet, the third most visited tourist destination in Peru. The canyon is a breathtakingly beautiful destination where condors soar high above the canyon and hiking, mountain biking, trekking, and rafting can be enjoyed in the great outdoors. The region offers an abundance of excursions allowing seeing the magnificent beauty of the canyon. Experience the old world charm of old-world Peru at Colca Canyon which is the perfect vacation destination for nature lovers.

Explore the Cabanaconde, Condor`s Cross, Colca Valley, Coporaque Town, Yanque Town, La Calera Hot Springs, and so much more!
no image 2 nights in Cuzco

Cuzco was the epicenter of Inca civilization until the arrival of the Spaniards in 1533. Fortunately, many stunning Incan structures have survived and helped to make Cuzco the archaeological capital of the Americas, and Peru`s most popular destination. Gateway to the Sacred Valley, and the lost city of Machu Picchu, Cuzco has a seemingly endless array of historic attractions, both Inca and colonial.

Visit the Cuzco main square, Cathedral, Sol Avenue, Koricancha Temple, Kenko, Don Antonia dinner show, and much more!
no image 3 nights - Camping - Inca Trail Classic
departing from Cuzco

Cuzco was the epicenter of Inca civilization until the arrival of the Spaniards in 1533. Fortunately, many stunning Incan structures have survived and helped to make Cuzco the archaeological capital of the Americas, and Peru`s most popular destination. Gateway to the Sacred Valley, and the lost city of Machu Picchu, Cuzco has a seemingly endless array of historic attractions, both Inca and colonial.

Visit the Cuzco main square, Cathedral, Sol Avenue, Koricancha Temple, Kenko, Don Antonia dinner show, and much more!
no image 1 nights in Cuzco

Cuzco was the epicenter of Inca civilization until the arrival of the Spaniards in 1533. Fortunately, many stunning Incan structures have survived and helped to make Cuzco the archaeological capital of the Americas, and Peru`s most popular destination. Gateway to the Sacred Valley, and the lost city of Machu Picchu, Cuzco has a seemingly endless array of historic attractions, both Inca and colonial.

Visit the Cuzco main square, Cathedral, Sol Avenue, Koricancha Temple, Kenko, Don Antonia dinner show, and much more!
no image 1 nights in Lima

Lima is a sophisticated and cosmopolitan city that has retained much of its classic colonial architecture and pre-Colombian archaeological sites, that features many of South America`s most beautiful historic museums, churches and cathedrals. The city is alive with activity in its trendy neighborhoods like Miraflores, the beach fronts of Costa Verde and Barranco, and the upscale boutiques, massive shopping plazas, and exclusive shops.

Visit the Plaza Bolivar, Plaza Italia, Plaza de Armas, Alameda Chabuca Granda Viewpoint, and much more!

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Flexible Itinerary
Lima
Day 1
Arrive to Lima
Overnight in Lima   81 hotels offered
Optional   430 Things to do
Day 2
Departing from Lima
Transportation to next city by: Regional Air
Arequipa
Day 2
Arrive to Arequipa
Overnight in Arequipa   21 hotels offered
Optional   91 Things to do
Day 3
Departing from Arequipa
Transportation to next city by: Regional Air
Colca Canyon
Day 3
Arrive to Colca Canyon
Overnight in Colca Canyon   8 hotels offered
Optional   2 Things to do
Day 4
Overnight in Colca Canyon   8 hotels offered
Optional   2 Things to do
Day 5
Departing from Colca Canyon
Transportation to next city by: By Air - .Intercity Flight
Cuzco
Day 5
Arrive to Cuzco
Overnight in Cuzco   72 hotels offered
Optional   1001 Things to do
Day 6
Overnight in Cuzco   72 hotels offered
Optional   1001 Things to do
Day 7
Departing from Cuzco
Transportation to next city by: Regional Air
3 nights - Camping - Inca Trail Classic
Day 7 to Day 10
3 nights - Camping - Inca Trail

3 nights - Camping - Inca Trail

In this route, we will follow the original footprint of the Incas toward Machu Picchu Sanctuary, this path keeps the mystery of our ancestors and shows the great road development that the Incas had to integrate a Great Empire, through these four days we will be part of the Andean world and we will have the opportunity to walk along the route visiting the different archaeological groups and enjoying the environment and the different ecosystems.

Day 1:

You will be picked up from your hotel in Cusco and transferred to Ollantaytambo, where you will have time to do some last-minute shopping before starting your trek. You will then head to Piscacucho community, at Km. 82, where you will find the starting point of your excursion. You will take the course and walk about 3 hours along the Urubamba River, enjoying unparalleled landscapes and beautiful wildlife along the route. You will arrive to Willca Racay at the archaeological complex of Llaqtapata, where you will have some time to enjoy and appreciate the ruins, then have lunch and rest before continuing with your walk. You will resume the journey to ascend to the community of Huayllabamba, where the camp will be established.

Day 2:

After a healthy breakfast, you will begin to ascend towards the first and highest pass of the Warmiwañusca route (4215 m.a.s.l.), from where you will have a spectacular view of the Vilcabamba and Vilcanota mountain ranges. This ascent will take you almost all morning, arriving at Lllulluchapata at lunchtime. After having time to rest and eat, you will continue your walk to Pacaymayo, where the camp will be set up at 3600 masl, basically the most challenging day of the walk.

Day 3:

Your third day of trekking will begin with an ascent to the second step, Runcuracay, which is a little lower than the first one (4000 m.a.s.l.). Then, you will descend for a couple of hours to Phuyupatamarca, where you can rest and have lunch surrounded by the beauty of the place. At the end of your lunch, you will continue your journey to Wiñaywayna, enjoying the view of the snowy mountains and the valley as you go. Finally, you will arrive at the area where you will camp, this day is the longest of the entire walk, passing trough cloud forests and visitng few archeological sites built by The Incas.

Day 4:

Your last day will also start very early and with an energetic breakfast. The journey will start towards Inti Punku, or Sun Gate, from where you will have an impressive view of Machu Picchu. You will walk a little more and you will find yourself inside Machu Picchu, where -after a short break- your guide will explain the history, organization and mysteries of the place. At the end of the almost 2-hour guided tour of the citadel, you will board the bus that will take you to the town of Aguas Calientes, where you will have the option of walking around town or having lunch, as you prefer. Then, you will board the train that will take you back to Ollantaytambo station, from where you will be taken back to your hotel.

Your package includes:

- Briefing lecture before the tour.

- A licensed, well-trained, English-speaking guide.

- Camping Equipment.

- Full board except lunch and dinner on the last day.

- Transportation from Cusco to the start of the trail.

- Train - the Vistadome.

- Bus transportation from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes.

- Permit fees to the Inca trail.

Not included: meals in the cities, alcoholic beverages, extras, tips, laundry service, additional tours, insurance, sleeping bags, hiking boots, and other personal gear.

Recommendations:

- Although the trek is rated as moderate, we strongly suggest spending at least two nights before the start of the trek to totally adjust to the altitude.

- Do some exercise before you go.

- Altitude at the Inca Trail: Minimum 2430m/Maximum 4200m.

- Keep hydrated. Drink Plenty of water that also helps to acclimatize to the altitude.

- The paving on the trail is irregular. Please be careful with your steps.

Please note, in total, passengers will walk around 45 kilometers for the Inca Trail.

Weather:

The Andean weather can be unpredictable, despite the sharp divide between dry and wet seasons. The dry season runs from May to October or November (the best time for this amazing trek); the rainy season goes from December through April. Nevertheless, in the forested fringes of the Amazon basin where Machu Picchu lies, showers are not uncommon at any time of year. Therefore rain pants and jacket are essential gear that should always be in your daypack

Upon boarding the train, an ID (identification) and the train ticket will be required. A photocopy of the passport or other ID is accepted. If the passengers will overnight in the Machu Picchu area, they must take the original passport or ID, along with the Andean Immigration Card, so that the hotel may exonerate the sales tax of the overnight. The Andean Immigration Card is handed by the plane crew upon arrival in Peru. Only carry on or backpacks will be allowed with the following characteristics: Not more than 11 pounds,not more than 62 inches (157 centimeters) (height+length+width). Backpacks or Carry On will go with the passenger, and by no means should block the access gates or the corridors.

PLEASE NOTE: There is a possibility that the trek will not operate due to climatological circumstances.



Day 7
Arrive to Cuzco
Overnight in Cuzco   72 hotels offered
Optional   1001 Things to do
Day 8
Overnight in Cuzco   72 hotels offered
Optional   1001 Things to do
Day 9
Overnight in Cuzco   72 hotels offered
Optional   1001 Things to do
Day 10
Departing from Cuzco
Transportation to next city by: Regional Air
Cuzco
Day 10
Arrive to Cuzco
Overnight in Cuzco   72 hotels offered
Optional   1001 Things to do
Day 11
Departing from Cuzco
Transportation to next city by: Regional Air
Lima
Day 11
Arrive to Lima
Overnight in Lima   81 hotels offered
Optional   430 Things to do
Day 12
Departing from Lima

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Lima
Lima is a sophisticated and cosmopolitan city that has retained much of its classic colonial architecture and pre-Colombian archaeological sites, that features many of South America`s most beautiful historic museums, churches and cathedrals. The city is alive with activity in its trendy neighborhoods like Miraflores, the beach fronts of Costa Verde and Barranco, and the upscale boutiques, massive shopping plazas, and exclusive shops.

Visit the Plaza Bolivar, Plaza Italia, Plaza de Armas, Alameda Chabuca Granda Viewpoint, and much more!
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Arequipa
The beautiful and breathtaking White City of Arequipa is located in southern Peru, a magnificent city made up of sparkling white Spanish colonial style architecture on historic cobblestone streets offering visitors plenty of enticing activities. Views of the magnificent Misti Volcano can be seen from idyllic rooftop terraces, visit the awe-inspiring Colca Canyon, see the largest Church in Peru and marvel at excellent museums. Sit back and relax in the bustling heart of the city at the stunning Plaza de Armas with manicured lawns, sparkling fountains and open-air eateries serving delicious local cuisine.

Visit the Plaza de Armas, Basilica Cathedral of Arequipa, El Misti Volcano, Colcay Canyon, Mansion del Fundador, Museo Santuarios Andinos, and much more.
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Colca Canyon
The Colca Canyon is a canyon of the Colca River situated in Southern Peru, one of the deepest canyons in the at a depth of 10,730 feet, the third most visited tourist destination in Peru. The canyon is a breathtakingly beautiful destination where condors soar high above the canyon and hiking, mountain biking, trekking, and rafting can be enjoyed in the great outdoors. The region offers an abundance of excursions allowing seeing the magnificent beauty of the canyon. Experience the old world charm of old-world Peru at Colca Canyon which is the perfect vacation destination for nature lovers.

Explore the Cabanaconde, Condor`s Cross, Colca Valley, Coporaque Town, Yanque Town, La Calera Hot Springs, and so much more!
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Cuzco
Cuzco was the epicenter of Inca civilization until the arrival of the Spaniards in 1533. Fortunately, many stunning Incan structures have survived and helped to make Cuzco the archaeological capital of the Americas, and Peru`s most popular destination. Gateway to the Sacred Valley, and the lost city of Machu Picchu, Cuzco has a seemingly endless array of historic attractions, both Inca and colonial.

Visit the Cuzco main square, Cathedral, Sol Avenue, Koricancha Temple, Kenko, Don Antonia dinner show, and much more!
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Cuzco
Cuzco was the epicenter of Inca civilization until the arrival of the Spaniards in 1533. Fortunately, many stunning Incan structures have survived and helped to make Cuzco the archaeological capital of the Americas, and Peru`s most popular destination. Gateway to the Sacred Valley, and the lost city of Machu Picchu, Cuzco has a seemingly endless array of historic attractions, both Inca and colonial.

Visit the Cuzco main square, Cathedral, Sol Avenue, Koricancha Temple, Kenko, Don Antonia dinner show, and much more!
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Cuzco
Cuzco was the epicenter of Inca civilization until the arrival of the Spaniards in 1533. Fortunately, many stunning Incan structures have survived and helped to make Cuzco the archaeological capital of the Americas, and Peru`s most popular destination. Gateway to the Sacred Valley, and the lost city of Machu Picchu, Cuzco has a seemingly endless array of historic attractions, both Inca and colonial.

Visit the Cuzco main square, Cathedral, Sol Avenue, Koricancha Temple, Kenko, Don Antonia dinner show, and much more!
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Lima
Lima is a sophisticated and cosmopolitan city that has retained much of its classic colonial architecture and pre-Colombian archaeological sites, that features many of South America`s most beautiful historic museums, churches and cathedrals. The city is alive with activity in its trendy neighborhoods like Miraflores, the beach fronts of Costa Verde and Barranco, and the upscale boutiques, massive shopping plazas, and exclusive shops.

Visit the Plaza Bolivar, Plaza Italia, Plaza de Armas, Alameda Chabuca Granda Viewpoint, and much more!