The Harbour School Hong Kong- Peru April 2019


The Harbour School Hong Kong- Peru April 2019

Trip Highlights

  • Community Service Project at a coffee plantation in the Peruvian jungle
  • Explore the ancient archaeological site of Machu Picchu
  • Full day exploring the beautiful Sacred Valley
  • Marvel at the churches, cathedrals, plazas and markets in the great Inca city of Cusco
  • Discover the charming town of Aguas Calientes
  • Experienced local Peruvian group leader to show you ‘their’ Peru

Trip Summary

This Peru adventure commences with the satisfaction of giving something back by way of a community project at a coffee plantation in the Peruvian Jungle. We spend 2 days at the plantation working with the local peoples learning how to cultivate and work on the land. We then embark on a short flight to the city once known as the capital of the Inca Empire: Cusco. The next few days will be filled with culture, history, tradition and stunning Andean landscapes. On arrival, we head straight to the beautiful town of Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley and rest for the night. Our time in the Sacred Valley allows us to acclimatize to the altitude before heading to higher ground. The morning after we will spend a full day exploring the town of Chinchero, where the inhabitants still preserve the traditions and knowledge of the Incas. This is followed by a visit to Ollantaytambo and its iconic archaeological sites.

After an early morning start, we will experience a picturesque train journey to Km 104, the last section of the famous Inca Trail and where our full day trek to the enchanting ruins of Machu Picchu starts. Words cannot describe the exhilaration of the first sighting of Machu Picchu. We spend a night in Aguas Calientes for the opportunity to visit Machu Picchu again, at its best, early the following morning. Upon our return to Cusco, our guide will take us to the most iconic sites around Cusco, including the Cathedrals, Sacsayhuaman, Quenqo and Puka Pukara. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure to explore this amazing city before heading back to the hotel and get ready for your morning flight back to Lima.

Suitability

This trip is graded as Adventure Touring. Although there is no commitment to extended walking on this journey we nonetheless want to keep the ‘accent on the active’. We therefore advise that any physical training you complete before undertaking the trip will be to good effect. Although the day walks are optional there is no shortage of advantages of packing as much into your time in South America as possible. Whether you are exploring Cusco or Machu Picchu, the fitter you are the more this will enhance your experience. Much of this trip takes place at altitudes in excess of 3000m in the Andes.

Itinerary

Welcome to Peru! A representative will be waiting for you on arrival to Lima Airport to transfer you to your hotel. On the way, you will be accompanied by a guide who will explain about the city attractions and assist you along the way. Overnight: Hotel El Tambo- II

Meals:  Nil

We will rise early to be ready for our 4am transfer to take us from the hotel to the airport for our short 1 hour flight to Jauja (Francisco Carle Airport), a high altitude airport standing at over 3000m. Upon landing, a representative will be waiting for us to take us to our accommodation in La Merced (20min drive from San Ramon). After we check in to our hotel we will join our private vehicle for the transfer to the coffee plantation to begin the two day service program. Pick up: 4am. Flights: LA2190 LIM-JAU DEP 07:11 ARR 08:03 Overnight: Fundo San Jose Lodge * Flights subject to change

Meals:  B

Transfer from the Fundo San Jose Lodge to the coffee plantation. Today we will continue our service program at the Coffee Plantation before returning to our accommodation for the night. Overnight: Fundo San Jose Lodge

Meals:  B

We will rise early to be ready for our 4:30am transfer to take us back to the Jauja Airport and catch our 8:33am flight to Cusco, via Lima. Upon arrival, our local driver will be ready to transfer us to our hotel in the beautiful Urubamba Valley, the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Rest of the evening at leisure. Overnight: Tikawasi Valley * Check with your local guide for arranged flight times, flights subject to change

Meals:  B

After breakfast, we will be picked up from our hotel in Urubamba to visit the town of Chinchero, a traditional town located high in a plateau from where we will get impressive views of mountain ranges and the valley. The inhabitants of this area preserve the artisan traditions and knowledge inherited from the Incas and display them in their clothes and daily activities. We will marvel at archaeological remains and seventeenth-century buildings. We will then make our way to the Living Museum of Yucay with a stop over at the Raqchi viewpoint. The museum is a centre of Andean traditions, where we will witness how the inhabitants work on textile, adobe, pottery and silverware, recreating ancient Inca techniques. Other residents of the museum include llamas, sheep and alpacas, eager to be fed! Mid afternoon, we will make our way to Ollantaytambo where we will have some free time for lunch before exploring the village. This village is famous for its monolithic granite blocks that had been hauled 500 years ago from the quarries more than 8 km away to become part of an unfinished temple high above the village. The monumental ruins site you'll visit here is definitely the most impressive in the valley. Transfer back to the hotel. Overnight: Tikawasi Valley Hotel

Meals:  B,L

From our hotel, we drive to the railway station at Ollantaytambo where we take an early morning train to KM 104, the starting point of our hike and the last section of the famous Inca trail. After crossing the suspension bridge over the Urubamba River, we will visit the archaeological site of Chachabamba (2,150m/7,052ft) before continuing our hike upwards for about 8km (approx. 4 hours) to reach the magnificent Wiñayhuayna Inca site (2,700m). It is an impressive complex made up of an agricultural center with numerous terraces, a religious and an urban sector. We will stop for lunch (boxed lunch) and a rest before trekking for another hour to Inti Punku (The Sun gate) located at 2,730m where the first impressive and dramatic views of Machu Picchu will be waiting for us. On our way down, we will take a side path of the trail to take a bus back to the town of Aguas Calientes for the night. Pick up: 5:45am Overnight: El Mapi Hotel-Machu Picchu

Meals:  B,L

This morning we get up early to savour the views and atmosphere of the mystical morning light over Machu Picchu. We will spend the whole morning with our guide, who will walk us along the different sector of this great Inca legacy, considered cultural heritage and one of the seven wonders of the world. In the afternoon or early evening we depart from Machu Picchu for the train ride back to Ollantaytambo where we transfer to our vehicle for the drive back to Cusco. Overnight: Casa Andina Standard

Meals:  B

09:00 We will start exploring Cusco today with a visit to Coricancha, also known as the "Temple of the Sun", which was built by the Inca ruler Pachacuti and, upon the arrival of the Spaniards, became the base for the construction of the Santo Domingo Convent. Here, during the Inca Empire, reverence was surrendered to the sun, and there was even a time when the structure was covered in gold. Next, we will visit the Cathedral, the most imposing monument in the "Plaza de Armas" square. The construction of the cathedral took almost 100 years to complete, beginning in the mid-16th century. Hundreds of stones were extracted and transported from the Sacsayhuaman fortress under the command of the Ecclesiastical Council to use for the construction of the church. We will continue to the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, a magnificent building conceived and built by Inca ruler Pachacuti in the 15th century. The Sacsayhuaman complex was built with megalithic blocks, the transportation and construction of which continue to be a fascinating mystery. The Inti Raymi Sun Festival is reenacted here every year on 24 June during the winter solstice. Our next stop is Quenqo, located only four kilometres from the city of Cusco. Quenqo is an archaeological complex of mainly religious use where it is believed agricultural rituals were performed. Finally, we will visit Puka Pukara, located seven kilometres from the city of Cusco. Puka Pukara, meaning "Red Fortress", was an architectural complex of alleged military use with multiple spaces, plazas, baths, aqueducts, walls and towers, and it is believed the entourage of the Inca ruler used the space while he rested in Tambomachay. Return to the hotel with the remainder of the day at leisure to explore local craft work on sale in open-air artisan markets and shops. Overnight: Casa Andina Sandard

Meals:  B

After breakfast, a transfer will be transfering us to the airport today to catch our 10:30am flight back to Lima. Services conclude in Cusco airport. Pick up: 8am Flights: LA2022 CUZ-LIM DEP 10:30am ARR 12:02pm * Flights subject to change

Meals:  B

What's Included

  • 8 breakfast, 2 lunch
  • 1 airport group transfer on day 1 and day 9 of the trip
  • Expert local bilingual guide
  • Comfortable well located hotels
  • Private air conditioned transportation
  • Train to Machu Picchu
  • Sightseeing and site entrance fees as listed
  • Three internal flights

What's Not Included

  • International airfares and departure taxes
  • Meals not stated in itinerary
  • Tips
  • Personal expenses such as beverages, laundry costs or phone calls
  • Visas
  • Travel Insurance (compulsory)
  • Extra transfers required

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AT A GLANCE

Duration:9 Days
Countries:Peru
Starting Point:Cusco
Activities:Adventure Touring
Service Learning
Grade:Introductory to Moderate  Click for more information
Trip Code:SOG5830