Nazca Lines Amazon & Inca Trail 13 Days – Peru Package

 

Next Event: May 21th

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Cusco – Sacred Valley of the Incas – Classic Inca Trail 4D/3N to Machu Picchu – Amazon Jungle 3D/2N – Huacachina Oasis – Ballestas Island/Paracas National Reserve – Nazca Lines

This amazing Peru Adventure travel package takes you through the Enigmatic Nazca Lines, the rich biodiversity of the Amazon rainforest, to the hidden city of Machu Picchu and along the legendary Inca Trail. One of the most popular of our Peru Tours, your explorations begin in Cusco City, while you acclimatize your body for your Inca Trail 4D/3N them Amazon Rainforest where experienced naturalist guides will lead you on exciting jungle treks and canoe trips downriver while teaching you about this fascinating region’s ecological wonders. Along the Inca Trail, you will marvel at engineering feats that attest to the advanced civilization of these ancient people. Then explore the compelling ruins of Machu Picchu. We will end this adventure in the coastal area of lima Capital of Peru, visiting the iconic and unknown Nazca Lines tour. This fascinating Peru tour was designed for explorers and adventurers alike who seek the journey of a lifetime.

Per Person

$4,295

Domestic Airfare:
$550 (Lima/Puerto Maldonado/Cusco/Lima) – Subject to change

Single Supplement: $750
A single supplement is the additional cost of a single traveler not sharing a room in double occupancy.

 

Items for Rent For The Inca Trail

  • Single Tent $40 (if you wish to sleep alone)
  • Sleeping Bag $20 per person (minus 5 degrees Celsius)
  • Air Mattress $20 per person (REI inflatable mattress)
  • Professional Walking Poles $20 per pair
  • Backpacks $25
  • Head Lamp $10
  • Extra kilograms $10/kg (Example 5kg=$50)

 

Note: your itinerary will change depending upon the day of the week you depart. Click a day above to see what is included.

 

Day 1:  Depart from SJC or SFO airport. Or Any airport from the USA.

Contact Us if you need help with your international tickets, we will be more than happy to help you.

Day 2:  Arrival in Lima – Early Flight to Cusco and transfer to your Hotel – Acclimate

Once you all gather at Lima airport you will await your flight to Cusco. There is a Starbucks at Lima airport and a large food court where you can relax while you wait for your flight. Check-in your bags at Sky Airlines counter between 2:30-3 am. Once you arrive in Cusco one of our staff members will be waiting for you holding a sign saying “Bradski Family.” You’ll then be transferred to your hotel. Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and then relax. Today is meant for you to rest after a long trip and acclimate to the altitude for the rest of the day.

Day 3: Sacred Valley of the Incas

Sacred Valley Tour begins at 8:00 am. Pick up will be from your hotel in our private transportation. You will visit the 3 main archeological sites within the Sacred Valley of the Incas and observe firsthand how native people to this day continue to dye their textiles like their Inca ancestors. After various pictures and a wealth of new knowledge, you’ll head back to Cusco and be dropped off at your hotel around 6:30 pm.

Tonight you’ll have a pre-departure briefing with your Inca trail tour guide so that you can have an idea of what to expect the next day and ask any questions you may have. Your duffel bag will be given to you where you can pack your belongings for the Inca Trail along with any other equipment you have chosen to rent (sleeping bag, inflatable mattress, hiking poles, etc.)

DAy4: Inca Trail 4D/3N to Machu Pichcu

Training Day: Cusco – Ollantaytambo – Piscacucho – Yuncaypata Campsite

Early hotel picks up at 5 am in your private transportation. You will go on a 3-hour drive towards Kilometer 82. A hearty breakfast will be served to you right before KM 82 checkpoint and any last-minute snacks can be purchased during this stop as well. Here you will have the chance to repack any personal belongings and then head to the checkpoint for the Inca Trail.

You will begin this trail hiking a gentle up and down path until you reach the first Inca remain called Llactapata. Your tour leader will give you information about this site and also begin their guiding introduction about the Incas and the many remnants left. You will continue to hike for two hours and stop for your gourmet-style lunch. If there is extra time on our hands we can stop for a short nap, if not, we can continue our 3-hour hike towards the Yuncaypata campsite. After dinner, we recommend you get a good night’s rest because the following day is the most challenging day of all.

Meals: B/L/D snacks, hot drinks, boiled water

Maximum Altitude: 3,300m/10,826ft             Minimum Altitude: 2,700m/8,852ft

Distance Travelled: 14 Km/8.5 miles              Walking Time: approximately 8 hours

Day 5: – Challenging Day: Ayapata – Warmi Wañuska (Dead Woman’s Pass) – Paqaymayu – Chaquicocha

Wake up time will be at about 5:00 am followed by an early breakfast. Today will be the most challenging day of this entire trek so we make sure to head out early. Your hike begins going slowly and gradually uphill over Dead Woman’s Pass. This path is composed of original steps used by the Incas. We highly recommend you take walking poles to assist you during this hike (available for rent). This is the highest point in this entire trail and takes about 4-5 hours to hike this entire pass. When we all reach the top we will have a short break to take pictures and appreciate the view.

We will then descend the steps of this pass which takes us about 2-3 hours until we reach our lunch spot at Paqaymayu. After lunch, we head out to the second pass called Runkurakay. This pass is a lot shorter and it will take about 2 hours to trek this entire pass. This pass is also composed of original Inca steps. After finishing the Runkurakay pass you will begin to feel a different type of weather and microclimate.

You will appreciate a striking sunset and feel amongst the clouds. Few groups do this second pass the same day but we believe it is too beautiful of a view to be overlooked. After a much-deserved rest, we continue walking to our campsite in Chaquicocha where we will have our happy hour of hot drinks followed by your gourmet dinner. We will go to sleep early for the next day is an unforgettable day.

Meals: B/L/D snacks, hot drinks, and boiled water

Maximum Altitude: 4,200m/13,774ft           Minimum Altitude: 3,600m/11,811ft

Distance Travelled: 16 Km/ 9.94 miles         Walking Time: approximately 10 hours

Dia 6 Dec. 26th- Unforgettable Day: Chaquicocha – Phuyupatamarca – Intipata – Wiñayhuayna

Today your hike will only be for a half-day walk so you can sleep in till 6 am. Breakfast will be served gourmet style, as are all of your meals. After breakfast, we begin our walk to one of the most beautiful days of this trail. You will walk along the Andes Mountains where you will appreciate stunning views of cloud forests, glaciers, the affluent Urubamba River, and the beginning of tropical valleys. Once you reach the Phuyopatamarca summit you will have a short break and adjust your walking sticks for the descent. A 1000 meter/ 3,280 ft. of steps downhill will follow.

Prior to reaching your last campsite, you will visit Intipata Inca remains. Here you will see massive terraces left by the Incas and have the chance to take photos. You will continue your descent until you reach your last campsite of Wiñayhuayna. Hot drinks will be waiting for you followed by your gourmet dinner. A good night’s rest will follow as Machu Picchu awaits for you the next day.

Meals: B/L/D snacks, hot drinks, and boiled water

Dia 7: – MACHU PICCHU: Wiñayhuayna – Intipunku – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes- Upgraded Vistadome Train to Cusco

After a very early breakfast, we say a farewell to our Chaskis (porters) and set off on the trail leading to Machu Picchu. This last part of the trail from Wiñayhuayna to Machu Picchu takes about 1 ½  hr of hiking. This trail is clearly marked but knows ahead of time that you will be walking in darkness prior to sunrise. It is highly recommended to bring a headlamp, as the path is narrow. Your first stop will be at Intipunku, where the famous Sun Gate to Machu Picchu is located. All efforts up until this point are rewarded with an unforgettable sight. A backdrop of natural beauty, human art, and forested peaks framing the magical city of Machu Picchu will be available for you to see as the sun is rising. You will have plenty of time to take photos of Machu Picchu, from the classic postcard view and different angles around. A final short hike will bring us to the entrance and into the heart of Machu Picchu itself, where we spend the rest of the morning with a 2 ½  hour guided tour of the citadel.

The shuttle bus ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes is included in your tour. This departs every 15 minutes and will be available for you to descend whenever you decide it is time to go and have lunch. Make sure to double-check your train schedule and be at the train station 30 minutes before departure. Once you arrive in Cusco you’ll be picked up by one of our staff members and dropped off at your hotel. 

Meals: Breakfast only

Maximum Altitude: 2,700m/8858 ft.                Minimum Altitude: 2,100m/6889 ft.

Distance Travelled: 8 km                                  Walking Time: 5-6 hrs including Machu Picchu

Day 8: – Cusco City Tour at 1 pm

After you’ve had lunch we will go on a ½ day Cusco City Tour. Your Tour Leader will take you to the Main Plaza of Cusco city. Afterward, you will visit the Qoricancha (Temple of the Sun) museum and then head over to the archaeological sites of Sacsayhuaman, Qenko, Tambomachay, and Puca Pucara. Your Tour Leader will explain in full detail the meaning of these sites and answer any questions you may have. Afterward, you’ll be dropped off at your hotel and the rest of the night is free for you to enjoy. Don’t forget to pack your bags for your Amazon Tour.

Inclusions: Transportation/Transfers, Bilingual Tour Leader, 4-Star Hotel Accommodation in Cusco,  ALL Entrance fees at Qoricancha museum and the 4 archaeological sites

Meals: Breakfast at your hotel

Day 9: Amazon Jungle Tour 3D/2N

Cusco – Manu Learning Center

After an early breakfast at your hotel, you’ll depart in your private transportation and begin your journey from the high Andes to the Amazon Jungle. On the way, you’ll visit Huacarpay Lake and Paucartambo Town. You will continue your journey to Acjanaco, the entrance to Manu National Park. If weather conditions permit, you will see spectacular views of Peru’s largest National Park. You’ll visit one of the park’s main attractions, the Cock of the Rock, the Peruvian national bird, and see right before you their dance spectacle. You’ll then journey down further into the cloud forest and visit a Coca plantation where you will learn about the uses of coca leaves and their medicinal properties. After a short stop at Pillcopata, you will head on to the port town of Atalaya and board a motorized boat. A one-hour ride to Manu Learning Center Lodge gives you your first impression of the legendary Amazon River. In the afternoon, explore the local trail system with your tour guide, before relaxing to the sounds of the forest.

During your stay, guests can learn about the history of Manu Park and the challenges of conserving this beautiful and fragile environment by talking to the guides and researchers on-site.

 Lodging: Manu Learning Center

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 10 Dec. 30th: Manu Learning Center – Macaw Clay Lick

 One of the most anticipated activities at Manu Learning Center is the Clay Lick where various birds including the endangered Blue-headed Macaw are observed and studied. Join the scientists and researchers on an early morning boat trip to the hide and observe the activity of macaws, parrots, and parakeets. As day breaks you’ll see the magical colors of the birds as they flock together on the walls of the clay lick. On your way back for breakfast, you’ll head into the forest and visit a bio-garden, part of the center’s sustainable project. You’ll visit multiple forest types, running into squirrel monkeys, hummingbirds, razor-billed curassows, and much more. The afternoon can be spent with one of the specialist guides exploring the 25km rainforest trails or spent at your own leisure. After dinner, that evening enjoys a presentation on conservation, sustainability, and learn more about the ongoing work the foundation does to help preserve the Amazon region. There is also the option of heading out on a night walk to spot all the nocturnal species.

 Lodging: Manu Learning Center

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 11 December 31st: Manu Learning Center – Cusco – Dinner

After breakfast at the lodge, you’ll prepare your belongings for departure. You’ll take the boat back to the port town of Atalaya, where you will have your private transportation waiting for you to head back to Cusco city. You will be dropped off at your hotel bringing your Amazon trip to an end. At your hotel tonight enjoy a special New Year’s Eve dinner included in your tour package. If you wish, after dinner you can go to the main plaza and see how locals & tourists gather to celebrate welcoming the New Year.     **We recommend for you to take Diamox today in the morning and in the evening, as you will be heading back to a higher altitude**

 Hotel: Novotel Cusco (or Similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 12 Jan. 1st – Flight to Lima – Nazca Lines – Regional Museum Ica – Huacachina Oasis

Today make sure to have an early breakfast. You’ll be picked up from your hotel at 6 am and dropped off at Cusco airport where you will board your flight to Lima at 7:20 am. From Lima airport, you’ll have lunch along the way and then head towards Ica, Peru, and board your flight tour over the Nazca Lines – an archeological wonder of lines and drawings in the plains. You will see the famous Nazca line figures Today make sure to have an early breakfast. You’ll be picked up from your hotel at 6 am and dropped off at Cusco airport where you will board your flight to Lima at 7:20 am. From Lima airport, you’ll have lunch along the way and then head towards Ica, Peru, and board your flight tour over the Nazca Lines – an archeological wonder of lines and drawings in the plains. You will see the famous Nazca line figures 

Day13:  Ballestas/Paracas Reserve – Lima Airport

Your private transportation will pick you up from your hotel and drop you off for your Ballestas Islands and Paracas Reserve (“the Peruvian Galapagos”) tour. You’ll see a variety of birds and marine mammals such as sea lions, Humboldt penguins, dolphins, flamingoes, pelicans. and etc. Afterward, you’ll head back to Lima airport where you will await your international flight. You will arrive at Lima airport at 6 pm or earlier. This concludes your Peru tour.

Inclusions: All Transportation/Transfers, Bilingual Tour Leader, Speedboat excursion to the Ballestas Islands and Paracas Reserve with the admission fee (Group Service in the speedboat) 

Meals: Breakfast at your hotel

 

All accommodations are based on  1 double room (queen bed) and 1 triple room (3 twin beds) in a 4-star Hotel

Know Before You Go

Although most of the planning and preparation is taken care of for you, there are still a few things you should know and some details you should take care of to ensure your comfort, safety, and peace of mind. Please review the following information before your departure to ensure that any surprises along the way will only be pleasant ones.
Getting Ready to Go

Passports and Visas

It is each traveler’s responsibility to have a passport valid for at least 6 months beyond the dates of travel and a visa if required. Please check the information at (lINK) for the specific country/region you are visiting for more details. IMPORTANT: Passengers who are not U.S. citizens must check with the respective consulate or a visa agency to determine what personal identification is required. Passengers who enter, leave, and then re-enter the same country on their itinerary should check if they require a double-entry visa. Passport applications are available at most U.S. Post Offices, as well as at regional Passport Agencies. Passengers requiring visas, whether obtained in advance or locally upon arrival, should ensure that their passport has blank pages.

Peru – Passport information must be submitted to Tour Leaders Peru at least 60 days prior to departure. This information is necessary to issue Machu Picchu train tickets.

Train to Machu Picchu (Overnight)

Tickets for Machu Picchu will be provided locally. On the day of your visit to Machu Picchu, you will depart by motorcoach to the Ollantaytambo station. Your Tour Manager will check that you are carrying your passport which is required to board all Machu Picchu trains. Prior to arrival at the station, you will receive your round trip tickets including seat assignments from your Tour Manager. Passport names and numbers on the tickets must match your passport. You will present your ticket to the conductor prior to boarding the train for Aguas Calientes. You should hold on to your ticket as it will be required for the return journey. Due to very limited storage space, only one small backpack/daypack/handbag per passenger is permitted onboard trains to Machu Picchu. This applies to overnight stays as well. Additional luggage will be transported to and held at your next hotel for no additional charge. Passengers who wish to bring extra luggage on the train will be charged an additional fee payable directly to the train operator; this extra luggage might follow in a separate train car.

Traveling with Friends or Family?

If you are traveling with friends or family who are booked on another reservation, please make sure that we are aware. On occasion, we may operate more than one vehicle on your tour departure in which case we will ensure that guests will be assigned together. This is achieved by connecting your reservations before your departure. Once you arrive at your destination, it may not be possible to make assignment changes. To check that your reservations are linked, log in to (Link) with your email and password, select your reservation number, and check to see that your reservations are indicated as “Traveling With” at the top right side of the display.

Travel Preparation For Peru

A little pre-planning can make your trip go a lot smoother. Several weeks before your trip, make a list of what you will need to take with you. Make sure your personal documents (passports, visas, driver’s license) are in order. Make sure also that you have enough prescription medications to last through the trip and carry them with you in case your luggage is delayed. Bring a change of clothes in your carry on bag in the event that your luggage is delayed or lost. We suggest that you make photocopies of passports, visas, personal ID, and any other important travel documents and pack them separately from the originals. You may also make a digital copy of your passport to keep a clear picture with the important details in your cell phone or digital camera photos. If you lose the originals while traveling, you’ll have copies for easier reporting and replacement. Pack a list of medications including dosage and generic names. You may consider bringing a small supply of over the counter medications for headaches and/or anti-diarrhea pills (especially when traveling outside of the USA and Western Europe). We recommend that you pack a portable alarm clock. Due to security reasons, many museums have restrictions on the size of bags that can be taken inside and backpacks, carry-on bags or large purses may not be permitted. It is recommended to bring a small shoulder bag or purse to use in these situations instead. Avoid placing valuables such as cameras in your checked luggage. Airplane pressure can cause similar pressure in your body, most notably in ears, as well as liquid tubes and bottles. Your physician can suggest medication for decongestion. We suggest that you place liquid containers into Ziploc bags to catch any leaks.

Travel Safety Advice:

The safety of our guests is TLPA’s #1 concern. Before making the decision to reserve your vacation, we want you to be aware of potential situations that may impact your holiday. While most of the time our programs run precisely according to plans, on rare occasion force majeure events including weather, transportation mechanical issues, or uninhabitable accommodation, civil unrest, and even criminal or terrorist activities will present themselves unexpectedly and with little or no notice. Tour Leaders Peru will make the decision to cancel a tour only after receiving verifiable government-issued information. We are otherwise obliged to comply with contractual airline and vendor agreements and carry out the tour until or unless we are advised otherwise. In the event of such an occurrence anytime after your date of departure, Gate 1 and the local destination ground staff, in coordination with government advisories, airlines, hotels, and other vendors, will make decisions with regard to your safety first. We strongly recommend that tour participants review the destination country’s specific information at https://travel.state.gov/

Travel Protection:

At any time before you complete Final Payment, you may choose to purchase Travel Protection that helps provide coverage for Trip Cancellation, Interruption, Baggage Loss or Delay, Pre-Existing Medical Conditions, and more. The protection plan premium is non-refundable after a 10 day review period. For new bookings made on or after October 1, 2019, in order to qualify for the Pre-Existing Medical Condition portion of Plan coverage, Travel Protection must be added within 21 days of the booking date for the full cost of all travel arrangements that are subject to cancellation penalties or restrictions. In addition, you must be medically able to travel at the time the premium is paid. For a summary of the plan details on coverages, benefits, limitations, and exclusions, please refer to the Description of Coverage by visiting get my insurance here.

Additionally, the optional Cancel For Any Reason Waiver allows you to cancel your tour up to 72 hours before your scheduled departure for any reason and receive a credit equal to the full cost of your travel arrangements, less the cost of deposit(s), late/amendment fees, and insurance premium cost. The credit is reduced by the amount of any cancellation benefits paid by Travel Protection or any other insurance plan providing Trip Cancellation benefits. Credit will be issued in the form of travel certificates which are applicable for a period of one year from the original date of travel. In the event that Instant purchase airfare was purchased in conjunction with the original tour program, you must travel within one year of the original date of airfare booking. Certificates have no cash value and may be used only for travel to the originally booked destination, using the same carrier, same or similar hotels, and same tour package. Price adjustments will be made at the time of the new reservation. Should the price decrease, you will receive a credit for the difference. Should the price increase, you will be invoiced for the balance. The Cancel for Any Reason Wavier may only be purchased in addition to TLPA Protection coverage and must be paid at the same time as the applicable Travel Protection premium. This program does not apply to packages that include a Sea or River cruise, Passion Play, travel to Israel, nor does it apply to custom groups. A waiver may only be purchased in conjunction with and at the same time as Travel Protection. (link).

Cell Phones & Calling Cards

You may wish to carry a cell phone while traveling. Check with your cell phone provider if your phone will work in the destination(s) you are visiting. If you can access the Internet as you travel, you can take advantage of an email or a Skype Internet telephone (VOIP) account for the best value. Additionally, if your phone can connect to WiFi you may be able to make voice and video calls free of charge. Please contact your cell phone provider for further details. Alternatively, you may investigate renting a cell phone before you leave or buying an inexpensive phone locally. When calling the U.S. from a foreign country, you may also use a prepaid calling card; normally, the only additional charge (besides the prepaid long distance charges) is a local fee of a few cents and possibly a connection fee if you are using your card at your hotel. It is best to check with the hotel’s reception desk prior to making phone calls to avoid unexpected charges. Please note that we are unable to provide compensation for phone calls regardless of the reason.

Code Numbers Making Telephone Calls from One Country to Another

When dialing a number from one country to another, you should proceed as follows: dial your country’s Exit Code (often indicated with a “+” sign), then the destination Country Code, then the Phone Number. For most countries, the exit code is 00. Exceptions include the USA and Canada (011), Hong Kong and Cambodia (001), Australia (0011), and Russia (8 Pause 10*). For Brazil, please consult with the local telephone company. If you are dialing from a mobile phone, you can enter a “+” instead of the international Exit Code (011, 001, 0011, or 00) by pressing and holding the 0 key. For most countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, South America and South Pacific, if you are calling from a local phone to a number within the same country, you should drop both the exit and country codes and then add a leading 0 (zero). Exceptions include Spain, Italy, Hungary, and Malta (no additional zero needed to dial locally).

Example:
To dial the following number in Germany (as listed on your voucher): +(49) 0555-555
From the USA or your US cell phone: 011-49-555-555
From another country in Europe: 00-49-555-555
From a German phone within Germany: 0555-555

WiFi Access
WiFi access has improved. Free or inexpensive WiFi internet is accessible at coffee shops, airports, restaurants, libraries and on some trains and buses. WiFi access in hotels and cruise lines often involves a fee, determined by that property. Signal strength is subject to local conditions and not guaranteed. Availability on cruises is also dependent upon its location while sailing through multiple countries. Please note that WiFi can be extremely slow, unreliable and sometimes nonexistent in developing countries or, on moving conveyances such as buses and cruise ships.

Staying Healthy While Traveling

All travelers should familiarize themselves with local conditions, such as high altitude or required immunizations, which could affect their health. We recommend you consult with your personal healthcare provider, the Centers for Disease Control (www.cdc.gov), and/or the World Health Organization (http://www.who.int/en/) for their recommendations.

There are several easy steps you can take to stay healthy while traveling which may help prevent contracting an illness while away from home.

Watch what you eat. Try new foods in modest quantities, and depending upon your destination, you may want to avoid street foods, salad bars, raw vegetables and fruits, unless they have thick peels like bananas or grapefruit.
Stay hydrated. Drink bottled water and avoid consuming ice cubes made with tap water.
If you have allergies to foods, medications, or insect bites, or have any other unique medical issues, consider a medical alert bracelet and/or a physician’s note detailing required treatment should you become ill.
Wash your hands regularly and carry hand sanitizer.
Where appropriate, pack sunscreen and insect repellent (for both active and warm destinations).
You may also want to bring a small first-aid kit with bandaids, antibiotic cream, pain killers, bug bite cream, digestive aids like antidiarrheal or anti-bloat medications, antacids, and cold medicine. This is in addition to any prescription medications which should be adequate for the entire trip.

Notice on Aircraft Cabin Insecticide Treatment – Please note that some countries may require aircraft cabin insecticide treatment for in-bound foreign flights. A list of such countries is available at http://www.dot.gov/office-policy/aviation-policy/aircraft-disinsection-requirements.

Peru

Peru – While no inoculations are required, vaccination against yellow fever is recommended, especially if traveling to the Amazon. For the latest health requirements and recommendations, please visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization websites. You should also consult with your personal healthcare provider.

You may encounter mosquitoes in both urban and rural areas, especially during the wet season. Travelers are encouraged to bring insect repellent and consider wearing clothing that adequately covers arms and legs.

Traveler’s diarrhea is common and is caused by contaminated food or water, often resulting in dehydration. You are advised to follow these steps to avoid or reduce the symptoms.
Drink only bottled water.
Avoid unpasteurized cheeses, unpeeled fruits, and raw vegetables.
Eggs, meat, and seafood should be properly and fully cooked.
Please note that the popular Peruvian alcoholic beverage, Pisco Sour is often made with uncooked egg white.
If you have contracted diarrhea, let your stomach rest. Do not eat for several hours or until you are feeling better.
Drink bottled or boiled water and re-hydration beverages containing electrolytes (sports drinks) frequently and in small amounts.
Resume your diet with simple and bland foods, such as crackers, rice, bread, potatoes, and bananas.

High Altitude sickness in Cusco Peru:

Altitude sickness occurs when there is less oxygen in the air that you breathe at high altitudes, including Cuzco (11,000 feet) and Puno (12,600 feet). Altitude sickness will affect some travelers regardless of age, gender, or physical fitness. Symptoms may include headache, loss of appetite, dizziness, and trouble sleeping. For some it will pass within a few hours, however for many the condition if gone untreated may last for several days. We urge you to read and follow these suggestions in order to reduce the chances and/or severity of altitude sickness.
Prior to departure, speak with your healthcare provider. They may recommend the medication acetazolamide (Diamox), which has been found to reduce the symptoms if taken a day or two before you depart.
Stick to a light diet the day before traveling to a high altitude area. Foods found easy to digest include fish, chicken, and hot liquids. Avoid fried foods, beef, lamb, and caffeinated or alcoholic beverages.
Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water before and during your stay. Many find saline nasal drops/spray beneficial.
Upon arrival take it easy. Allow your body to adjust by lying down for 10-15 minutes. Rest as much as possible during the trip. Overexertion can exacerbate the symptoms.
Oxygen can be beneficial and is easily found in airports, hotels, and pharmacies.
For headaches, over-the-counter medications like acetaminophen (Tylenol), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), and naproxen (Aleve) have been found to be helpful.
Coca tea and wild mint (Munia) may ease the symptoms.
A diet high in carbohydrates, bread, cereals, grains, and pasta can also help alleviate the symptoms.
Once again, we highly recommend that you consult your personal healthcare provider before making the decision to travel to any high altitude destination and before choosing any course of treatment.

Consideration for Tour Participants (Escorted Tours)

For the benefit of all tour participants, we ask tour members to be considerate of their fellow travelers in the following ways:
Refrain from wearing colognes, perfumes, and/or personal products containing excessive fragrance in respect for other guests who may be allergic
Avoid smoking cigarettes, e-cigarettes, or cigars in the vicinity of other tour members, including in outdoor areas where smoking may be permitted but may still affect other tour participants
Avoid attire with political or religious messages that may offend other travelers
Respect your fellow passengers. Guests come from all walks of life and varied lifestyles. Please refrain from topics of conversation which might cause offense, such as religion and politics
Refrain from conversation or talking on mobile phones while commentary is in progress
Respect the mandatory seat rotation policy on the coach
Make use of the available hand sanitizer on the coach to support a healthy environment
Seek approval before taking photographs of other tour participants
Respect tour departures times to avoid delay and loss of sightseeing opportunities

Climate & Clothing For Peru Trip

Peru – The sun is strong, particularly in the higher altitudes. Please bring a sun hat that has a circular brim all the way around (not a baseball cap) and sunscreen. Pack comfortable, cushioned walking shoes for the hard cobblestone streets, a sweater, clothes you can layer, and an all-weather jacket. Remember that during your trip you will be traveling between different climate zones and will need to be prepared for all weather conditions. Please check to which season and region(s) you will be traveling and pack accordingly. The Winter months (May – October) are cold. During those periods you will need a warm jacket, gloves, a hat, and a scarf. Some religious sites may require modest dress to enter (no shorts, short skirts, or sleeveless tops).

Peru’s climate varies by season and region. The coastal region (Lima) has two clear seasons, summer (December – March) and winter (May – October). Summer temperatures in this region can reach 80°F. Winter is generally damp and chilly, with temperatures dropping to 53°F. This region sees little rain but can see mist and drizzle during the winter. The coastal area of Ica (Paracas, Nazca) enjoys warm dry weather throughout the year, with average temperatures around 75 – 80°F. The highlands region of Peru (Cuzco, Puno, Urubamba, Machu Picchu) has a dry temperate climate that also experiences two distinct seasons. The dry season (May – October) consists of sunny days and cold nights with very little rain. The rainy season in the highlands runs from December to March. Temperatures can change drastically during the day in this region, with highs around 65°F and lows of 35°F during the same day. The jungle region (Amazon River) is tropical and humid. Throughout the year temperatures range from the mid to upper 80s during the day and drop into the 70s during the night. The summer months (April – October) are considered the dry season, though despite the name it should be noted that it rains two-thirds of the year in the rainforest. The rainy season (November – March) sees frequent showers and high river levels.

Peru Average Temperatures:

About Drones

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) or “drone” technology has quickly become affordable and is increasingly popular with recreational users. While some countries have clear, established drone laws, others do not, or existing regulations are undergoing review and change. Travelers who wish to bring a drone on their trip are responsible to research and abide by the laws and regulations of the countries they are visiting, as well as to check with their airline(s) regarding their rules for transporting drones. Please note that tours are unable to extend the length of scheduled visits and stop to accommodate the use of drones.

Book & Film Recommendations
Many of our guests enjoy reading about their destination – either in advance of their trip or while traveling – as a way of adding context to their visit. Whether reading a traditional guide book, learning about the history and culture, or simply enjoying a fictional novel set in the destination, a good book can add greatly to your experience. Similarly, a good movie set in your destination helps set the mood before you travel. We asked our Tour Managers and staff to recommend books and films which past guests may have enjoyed. The following does not constitute an endorsement of any authors, books, or films listed, it is merely a collection of guests’ recommendations.

PERU: Books

Machu Picchu:
Lost City of the Incas by Hiram Bingham (1948)
Machu Picchu Sacred Center by Johan Reinhard (2007)
Turn Right At Machu Picchu by Mark Adams (2011)
Machu Picchu: Unveiling the Mystery of the Incas by Richard L Burg (2008)
Incas: Book 3: The Light of Machu Picchu by A.B. Daniel (2003)
The Steamer Trunk Adventures #2: The Ghosts of Machu Picchu by R.M. Garcia (2006)

Nazca Lines:

The Nasca Lines by Johan Reinhard (1986)
Nazca: Eighth Wonder of the World by Anthony Adams (2001)
Nazca by Steve Rogoff (2003)

General Peruvian Life / Exploration:
The Peru Readers by Orin Starn, Carlos Ivan Degregory, and Robin Kirk (2005)
The Art of Peruvian Cuisine by Tony Custer (2003)
Eight Feet in the Andes: Travels with a Mule in Unknown Peru by Dervla Murphy (2003)
Conversation in the Cathedral by Mario Vargas Llosa (1975)
Aunt Julia & the Scriptwriter by Mario Vargas Llosa (1977)
The White Rock – An exploration of the Incas heartland by Hugh Thomson (2001)

Incas:

The Conquest of the Incas by John Hemming (1970, reprint 2003)
Narrative of the Incas by Juan de Betanzos (originally from 1550s, not discovered and published until 1980s)
The Secret of the Incas by William Sullivan (1997)
Incas: Books 1&2 by A.B. Daniel (2002-2003)

Other Archaeology/sites
Lost Tomb of Viracocha by Maurice Cotterell (2001)
Temple by Matthew Reilly (2002)

PERU: Films
The Secret of the Incas (1957)
The Motorcycle Diaries (2004)
The Royal Hunt of the Sun (1969)
Indiana Jones & The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)

PACKING LIST:

  • Original passport and (ISIC student card if applicable).
  • A comfortable 45 Lt trek backpack if you want to carry all your belongings.
  • A small daypack to carry your personal belongings
  • Warm sleeping bag Minus 8ºC (You can hire from SAS Travel.)
  • Lighter style trekking boots with good ankle support or tough sport shoes, (light sandals or clogs are recommended to rest at campsites).
  • Trekking poles with rubber tips. (metal tips are not allowed on the trail).
  • Warm clothes, layers for variable temperature especially at night
  • Thermal underwear can be worn in the sleeping bag or in cold conditions
  • Gloves or mittens, scarf, wool socks, woolen hat for cold nights
  • T-shirts and trekking pants that zip off to short pants for comfort
  • Flashlight, head torch, and extra batteries
  • Camera and extra batteries, – Binoculars
  • Wear a hat with a broad visor to keep the sun off your face
  • Sunscreen, and sunglasses
  • Personal medical kit, insect repellent
  • Rain Gear: a good rain jacket, rain poncho
  • Toiletries, toilet paper, small towel
  • 2-liter water bottle, (disposable plastic bottles are forbidden).
  • Bathing suits for hot springs for hikers with a night in Aguas Calientes (5 Day Special Inca Trail)
  • Extra money for drinks en route, Machupicchu and Aguas Calientes. ($10-15)
  • Tips for (porters, cooks, guides. ($30-40) Not mandatory.
  • Emergency money at least 200-300 soles. ($ 120)

 

COVID-19 MEASUREMENT

  • Temperature checks for all traveler are mandatory
  • Face masks required for travelers and staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff at all times
  • High traffic places and equipment sanitized regularly between use
  • Maximum 8 people per group to reduce crowds, for bigger groups we will assign two teams
  • Transportation and touristic sites capacity will be reduced to 50%
  • Printed material such as maps or vouchers will be avoided.
  • 100% online payments with no booking fees at all
  • Flexible bookings during COVID – 19 outbreak

 

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INCLUTIONS

INCLUDE

 

  • Pre-departure briefing at 7:00 pm the night before your tour in our office.
  • Collection from your hotel in Cusco from (05:30 am) or from Sacred Valley.
  • Private bus to Pumahuanca (Start of our trek).
  • Breakfast in Urubamba in our farmhouse,
  • 11 Full meals for the entire tour (4 Breakfast, 4 Lunch 3 Dinner) + snacks (vegetarian, vegan option, gluten, wheat-free or special diets upon your request.)
  • Permit and fees for Short Inca Trail Park and Machupicchu Sanctuary.
  • Porters to carry (camping equipment: client tents, dining and cooking tents, table, stools, cooking gear, stove, gas container, cutlery, plates, food, and fresh vegetables).
  • 2 Excellent experienced top tour guides (9-16 person / 6-8 with 1 tour guide)
  • 2 expert gourmet mountain cooks, assistants.
  • Happy hour with macho-tea and hot drinks every afternoon on camp.
  • Boiled water provided from 2nd day.
  • A gentle start to the day with a wake-up coca tea in your tent.
  • 2 people per tent clean, new, spacious (4 people REI Half Dome 4 tents).
  • Thick, comfortable sleeping mattress,
  • Buckets of hot water for washing in your tent every day.
  • Biodegradable soap and hand cleansing gel.
  • Emergency First-aid kit and Oxygen assistance.
  • 3-4 hours guided tour in Machupicchu
  • Round trip Bus Ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machupicchu.
  • Tourist Expedition train return to Poroy Station or Ollantaytambo.
  • Bus to Cusco
NOT INCLUDE
  • Sleeping bag (4 season -Minus 8ºC)
  • Sleeping pad (Personal)
  • Walking Sticks
  • Tips for the trekking crew, guides, cooks, and porters at your discretion.
  • Flight Ticket to Cusco. (include when is Tour Package)
  • Accommodation in Cusco.
  • see recommendation
  • Travel Insurance. (check that your insurance covers you for treks above 4,200 masl)

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Don’t get stressed about food and forget your power bar. We serve you a 5-star outdoor restaurant with delicious organic gourmet food in your dining tent.

8 kg per person in each Hiking Tours, other companies offer you only 6 kg

We include Hotels according your Destination

Free and Safe Storage in Cusco and Aguas Calientes while you are hiking and visiting Machupicchu

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