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Overview

 Highlights


  • Experienced local Peruvian group leader to show you ‘their’ Peru
  • Trek KM 104, the last section of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
  • Explore the ancient archaeological site of Machu Picchu
  • Discover the charming town of Aguas Calientes
  • Full day exploring the beautiful Sacred Valley
  • Experience a local cooking class
  • Marvel at the churches, cathedrals, plazas and markets in the great Inca city of Cusco
  • Community Service Project at a coffee plantation in the Peruvian jungle
  • Land services 100% carbon neutral- supporting renewable energy and reforestation projects

Our Peru adventure commences in the capital of Peru, Lima where we will have a full safety briefing on arrival to get ready for our adventure. We will then fly East to Jauja and make our way to La Merced the the satisfaction of giving something back by way of a community service project at a coffee plantation in the Peruvian jungle. We spend the first day discovering the beautiful surroundings of the peruvian jungle, including a local waterfall and the next two days visiting the the plantation working with the local peoples learning about their work. 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 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 followed by a hands on cooking class where you will learn all about the world wide famous Peruvian cuisine. 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.

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Starting Point:

Lima

Grading:Introductory to Moderate   


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 your guide who will explain about the city attractions and assist you along the way. Overnight: El Tambo II Note: Early check in from 8am

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, our transfer will be waiting for us to take us to our accommodation in La Merced. On the way, we will stop in a stunning waterfall and will have time to enjoy this beautiful location and grab some lunch before continuing to the lodge. Rest of the afternoon at leisure. Overnight: Fundo San Jose Lodge * Flights subject to change

Meals:  B

After breakfast, get ready to board our 4x4 vehicles to be transfered from the Fundo San Jose Lodge to the coffee plantation. Today you will start the service program at the Coffee Plantation before returning to our accommodation for the night. Overnight: Fundo San Jose Lodge

Meals:  B

Continue your service project with a visit the local coffee shop. 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 morning flight to Cusco, via Lima. Upon arrival, our 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 *Flights are 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

Meals:  B,L

From our hotel, we drive to the railway station at Ollantaytambo where we take an early morning train to the 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. Overnight: El Mapi Hotel

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

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. After our cultural morning, it is time to for us to experience the world famous local cuisine with a hands on cooking class. You will get to enjoy what you prepared! 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. Optional activities: Sacsauhuaman Fortess, Puca Pucara- the Red Fortress, Quenqo religious archaeological complex. Extra charges apply. Overnight: Casa Andina Standard

Meals:  B,L

Transfer to the airport to catch our flight back to Lima. Services conclude in Cusco airport. * Flights subject to change

Meals:  B


Inclusions

  • Daily breakfast and meals as itinerary
  • All airport group transfers
  • All internal transport by private coach or scheduled services
  • All site entrance fees and permits for scheduled activities
  • Expert local bilingual guide to accompany the whole trip and medical kit
  • Comfortable well located hotels on a twin share basis
  • Train to Machu Picchu
  • Internal flights
  • 1 Teacher from The Harbour School Hong Kong to accompany the group

  • 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
  • Optional activities

Grading

Introductory to Moderate

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.


Why travel with us

Why travel with us

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14,000 Students Worldwide

Since the 1980's, we have helped students from around the globe to experience the world's most exciting destinations, allowing them to travel, give, grow.

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