From the awe-inspiring archeological and cultural treasures of the Andean highlands to the Nazca Lines on Peru’s enigmatic coast, this epic adventure explores the heart and soul of the Andes. Embrace Inca culture in Cusco, sail Lake Titicaca, and trek the Inca Trail to the majestic ruins of Machu Picchu.
Interact with locals from the region’s communities for an immersive experience that few get to know. With the services of a tour guide, your accommodation and transport taken care of, this trip offers great value as it introduces the region’s main sights while providing plenty of flexibility.
Departs Dublin 6th October
(Alternative dates may be available – call for details)
International Flights* airport taxes, Lake Titicaca excursion and homestay. Guided tour of Machu Picchu. Inca Trail hike with a local guide and cook (4 days). Handmade biodegradable soap products for use on the Inca Trail. Colca Canyon excursion (2 days). Pachamanca ceremony (Nazca). Winery Visit (Huacachina). All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
*International flights are live at the time of issue but are always subject to availability
Day 1 La Paz
Arrive at any time.
Day 2 La Paz/Puno (Breakfast)
Travel by bus through the Altiplano, crossing the border to the Peruvian city of Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca.
Day 3 Puno/Lago Titicaca (Breakfast | Dinner)
Guided tour of Lake Titicaca with a homestay in a small village.
Optional Lake Titicaca Kayakaing – €55pp
Day 4 Lago Titicaca/Puno (Breakfast)
Visit the floating islands of Uros. Optional visit to the Sillustani burial site.
Day 5 Puno/Cusco (Breakfast)
Travel through the high Altiplano region to Cusco.
Day 6 Cusco (Breakfast)
Free time to explore Cusco. Opt for a city tour, or go whitewater rafting, horseback riding or mountain biking.
Day 7 Cusco/Ollantaytambo (Breakfast)
En route to Ollantaytambo, opt to take a Sacred Valley tour and visit a our supported women’s weaving co-op.
Day 8 Ollantaytambo/Wayllabamba Camp (Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner)
Depart Ollantaytambo by van to km 82 where the hike begins.
Day 9 Wayllabamba Camp/Paqaymayo Camp (Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner)
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.
Day 10 Paqaymayo Camp/Wiñaywayna (Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner)
Cross two more passes and ruins along the way. 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 cloud forest on the 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.
At 3,650m (11,972 ft), reach the ruins of Phuyupatamarca, the “town above the clouds.” Camp here or go another 1.5 hrs to the Wiñay Wayna ruins (“forever young”) located at 2,650m (8,694 ft).
Day 11 Wiñaywayna/Cusco (Breakfast)
The final day of the hike starts pre-dawn to reach the Sun Gate before sunrise. Wake up around 03:30 and walk to the checkpoint. Catch the first views of the breathtaking ruins of Machu Picchu on a clear day. Hike down to Machu Picchu for a guided tour of the site and free time to explore. 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.
Day 12 Cusco (Breakfast)
Free day to explore Cusco or relax after the trek. If you are ready for more adventure, opt to go whitewater rafting, horseback riding or mountain biking.
Day 13 Cusco/Arequipa (Breakfast)
Enjoy a final free day in Cusco before an overnight bus to Arequipa.
Day 14 Arequipa
Travel from Cusco to Arequipa. Opt to visit the Santa Catalina Convent or soak in local hot springs.
Day 15 Arequipa/Chivay (Breakfast)
Take a full-day tour of the spectacular Colca Valley and opt for a soak in hot springs.
Day 16 Chivay (Breakfast)
Continue exploring Colca Canyon with opportunities to view condors, visit local villages, and see the old terraces. Free afternoon to unwind in the hot springs.
Day 17 Chivay/Nazca (Breakfast)
Drive to Arequipa and enjoy free time in the afternoon. Overnight bus to Nazca.
Day 18 Nazca (Dinner)
Optional flight over the Nazca Lines. – €110pp
Day 19 Nazca/Paracas
Transfer to Paracas with a stop at a winery and at the Oasis of Huacachina.
Day 20 Paracas/Lima
Opt to visit the Ballestas Islands in the morning before travelling to Lima for a final night. Be sure to try some ceviche and a Pisco Sour.
Day 21 Lima(Breakfast)
Depart at any time.
If you want your own room just add €309 to the price (Only 2 available)
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