Peru Ultimate Trip 14D
Peru Ultimate Trip 14D
Peru is incredible. Whether you want to stand among ancient ruins at Machu Picchu, try the world-famous food in Lima, or explore the Amazon, Peru has something for you.
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DAY 1. Arrive to Lima- transfer to the hostel
Arrival into Lima city and transfer to hotel.
Day2. Lima walking tour - Peruvian food – San Francisco museum
The Historic Centre of Lima has been the seat of the Colonial and Republican governments since the Spanish foundation in 1535 on top of an existing indigenous urban center. Until the forties it was as well the residential area for the country’s most influential families. The route passes all the important and lesser known official buildings, churches and houses, with attention to the different building styles and the typical balconies. More than 30 buildings looked at in detail, including of course the Church and Convent of Santo Domingo, the Church of San Agustin, the Church of San Pedro, Casa Osambela and Casa Riva Agüero. Around Plaza San Martin the dream of modernity, during the presidencies of Augusto Leguía (1919-1930) and José Manuel Odría (1948-1956) the Historic Centre of Lima felt the breath of modernization. Then we will have time to taste our Pisco sour finally taste our Peruvian Gastronomy.
Da3. Fly to Iquitos- Cumac lodge.
We will pick you up from the hostel to the airport.
Reception at Iquitos airport, short city tour. Transfer to our private harbor to take our speed boat to visit the floating thatch roof houses in the district of “Belen”, located on the edge of the Itaya river,(From November to July) continue traveling down the Amazon River we arrive at the ecological reserve “Cumaceba Lodge”. The reception will be with a welcome drink made of a typical fruit, accommodation in the bungalows with private bathrooms, typical lunch, a long walk in the primary forest to know and learn about medicinal plants and the wild life of the reserve. Dinner and over night in Cumaceba Lodge.
DAY 4: Cumac Lodge – Bird Watching - Yagua Indian - Small Zoo.
Early morning, excursion for bird watching on Shansho Cocha. (Hoatzin Lake) Breakfast. Jungle visit to the Yagua community, observing typical dresses (grass skirt) their native language and life styles. Blowgun demonstration and the way how they hunt in times gone by, handicrafts commerce or trading. Typical lunch. Amazon journey to visit a family conservation animal shelter with: sloths, monkeys, turtles, anacondas and constrictor boas. Grey and pink river dolphins watching. Night excursion by canoe to hear rainforest typical sounds. Dinner. Overnight in cumaceba Lodge.
DAY 5: Cumac Lodge – Monkey Island.
Breakfast. Amazon trip to visit a private Monkey Conservation Project with different endangered species like maquisapa, Choro, Huapo Negro y Colorado, musmuki, Tocon, Coto Aullador, Pichicos etc. Lodge return. Overnight in Cumaceba Lodge.
DAY 6: Cumac Lodge – Paiches- Lily Pad – Canoeing.
Breakfast. Amazon trip to visit a private Arapaima gigas - Paiche conservation project (The largest fresh- water fish in the Amazon River biggest of the Amazon River). Caimans and Victoria Regia, lily pads. Return to Cumaceba Lodge. Lunch self-service. Tour in canoe with paddle special for Photos. Overnight in Cumaceba Lodge.
DAY 7: Iquitos fly to Lima - fly to Cusco
Breakfast and canoe ride for piranha fishing (and other species such as cat fish and sardines). Visit a small village to know their way of living. After which we will return to Lodge and have a typical lunch. Back to Iquitos, fly to Lima and then fly to Cusco is about 1:40 min.
Reception at Cusco airport. Transfer to the hotel.
DAY 8. Cusco – ollantaytambo
This day we will visit different archeological sites built by the Incas. The valley sagrago of the Incas is one of the most beautiful places to visit since it keeps the mystery among the people who live along this valley customs and traditions that only you can enjoy and discover local experiences interacting with local people. Moray unique construction with circular terraces that were used for the acclimation of different products of the forest and the mountain range. Salt mines, the salt mines that have been mined for more than 800 years and you can still see how people work in those salt ponds. Ollantaytambo considered the living Inca city for its streets, people, customs and above all the Quechua language that is still alive. Overnight at Ollantaytambo
DAY 9. Sacred valley – Cusco
This day we will visit one of the oldest communities of the sacred valley Willoq, this people still are maintaining one of the oldest technologies. The textile that was transmitted by generations and generations and still is alive, we will interact with the children of the Incas and we will learn how to make textiles from the moment that the wool of the Alpaca or Llama both (Andean camels) is obtained until the finest finish of textiles, They will teach us how ancient writing is impregnated in the textile. After this wonderful experience we continue our journey to one of the enigmatic places Pisaq, considered as bigger city than Machupicchu by the extension and amazing constructions of the neighborhoods. Overnight at Cusco.
DAY 10. Beginning Salkantay Inca Trail.
We pick you up from your hotel and then we go the bus station and travel by bus for about 3 hours to Mollepata where we will have breakfast this firs breakfast need to be order in a local restaurant in Mollepata after that we take again the private transport until Challacancha where is going to start our trek. A 3 hour walk will take us to Soraypampa where we will have lunch with panoramic views of beautiful snow-capped mountains (Humantay; 4120m/13500ft and Salkantay; 6271m/20575ft) – just the start! We will begin our trek towards Humantay lake, our first campsite (3800 m/11750ft; the highest and coldest campsite of the trip) taking in the beautiful landscape along the way as optional visit we will go to Humantay lake which is 1 hour walking from Soraypampa our first Campsite
DAY 11. Soraypampa – huayracmachay.
We will have breakfast at around 5.30am and begin our walk to the highest pass on this trek (4650m/15200ft) located halfway between 2 huge mountains; Salkantay on the right and Tucarhuay on the left. From the pass, the views of the 2 snow-capped mountains are incredible. There is a possibility of snow here. Lunch at Soyrochocha, After a rest, we will continue our walk (downhill) through a dramatic cloud forest towards Huayracpunku, We hike again after lunch in the direction of the start of the jungle until we reach our second campsite, Huayracmachay (3000m/9800ft).
DAY 12. huaymachay- lucmabamba (coffe experience)
After breakfast, at 6.30am, we start trekking for the day through the upper jungle crossing the Lluskamayo River and a variety of little brooks to reach La Playa walking about 5 hours. We will arrive to a small village Chaullay where we will have lunch then take a local car to get the coffee plantation where we will learn about the process of the coffee so we will harvest, toast and ground the coffee as part of this trek. Today we will pass through valleys and have wonderful views of waterfalls, tropical fruits, plants and as soon as we are at la playa place where we are going to camp at a coffee plantation, on the other hand the horses will go back to Mollepata. From the coffee plantation we have an option the visit a natural hot springs. At night we are going to have another local experiences THE ANDEAN AQQ. Overnight here
DAY 13. Lucmabamba – Aguas Calientes
We will have breakfast at 6am and leave our campsite then we will take our private car to get Santa Teresa Town where we are going to do the zip line, after we arrive to Hydroelectric where we are going to have our lunch then we continue walking, passing a variety of crop plantations, coca, banana we will be walking about two and half hours along the train road till reaching Aguas Calientes town where we will spend the night in a hotel. In Aguas Calientes,
DAY 14. Machupicchu – Cusco
We wake up early morning about 4 am to then to 4:30 to have the breakfast and leave to walk up to machupichu which takes one and half hours up to machupicchu but there is another option to catch the first bus which leaves 5:30 to Machu Picchu (25-minutes long) in order to appreciate the magnificent city as the sun is rising. A walking tour (approximately 2 hours) is given by your Guide and after this you can explore the mysterious city by yourselves. If you still have energy you can also climb Huayna Picchu (2720m/8890ft)!!! It takes 45 minutes to reach the top. You will meet your guide in Aguas Calientes (it can be reached by bus or on foot) to be given your train tickets back to Ollantaytambo and then bus to Cusco. The first train usually leaves at 15.55 and we will arrive back in Cusco at about 20.20.or the second train which leaves 4:20 and goes to ollantaytambo where someone will be waiting for you with your guide’s name who will take you to take a bus to Cusco. If desired, an extra night in Aguas Calientes town can be arranged. (Please let us know whether you would like to stay an extra night when booking your tour.)
DAY 15. Fly to Lima end of the trip
Transfer to Cusco airport with the Guide
Lima airport end of the service.
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE PACKAGE
- Profesional bilingual tour guide
- Internal flights
- First day Andean ceremony, offering to the mother earth
- All ground transportation. Boat, bus, train.
- Collection from your hotel (we pick you up from where you are staying)
- Private transport to Mollepata Marcocasa ( trailhead)
- Tourist train back to ollantaytambo
- Private transport back from Ollamtaytambo to Cusco
- Entrance fee Machu Picchu
- All entrances Inquitos, Lima and Cusco
- Food: all meals during your trip B. L, D
- Professional chef for the trek
- 14 nights’ accommodations between hotels, hostels and camping tents.
- 3-people tents capacity jus for two paxs only to have more space to store your luggage ( 4season tent)
- Camping equipment (tent, cooking and eating tent. Chairs and tables)
- Thermarest(air mat) sleeping mat
- Horseman , mules or porters (they just carry cooking stuff and camping equipment)
- 7 kilos of your personal belongins to be carry by the horses
- Bus ticket from Aguas calientes to Machu Picchu $24 dolars round trip (one way 12 dollars and you can buy it at the Aguas Calientes bus station).
- 1 night Hotel in a hostal Aguas Calientes(private room,cable tv, wi fi)
- Oxygen balloon for any emergency
- First Aid kit
- *Vegetarian/special diet options available
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE PACKAGE
- Entrance fees to Waynapicchu.( if you take this entrance it will be charge 35 dollars to the original price)
- Sleeping bag
- Breakfast on first day and lunch on the last day.
- Extra snacks
- Extra drinks like: Beer, soda, Pisco, Ron, Tequila among others.
- Extra horse to ride or for any extra backpack.
- Tips for our staff
- Valid, STUDENT CARD (if you booked as a student)
- Immigration Card (given on the plane as you enter Peru)
- Good daypack (the smaller, the better)
- Water storage: Water reservoir like Camelbaks are encouraged - but enough for at least 2-3 liters.
- Comfortable hiking boots (lightweight with good soles)
FOR YOUR DUFFEL:
Remember you are packing for 13 nights.
. Porters will carry up to 8 kg of your personal items. This must include your sleeping bag and air matt (if you bring/rent one). From us these two items weigh 3.5 kg.
- 10 wicking t-shirts
- 6 hiking pants
- 7 sets of undergarments.
- 9 sets of hiking socks
- Bathing suit for Hot Springs
- 1 Fleece
- 1 Warm, down jacket: this trek includes 2 cold nights camping
- 1 Rain jacket and pants
- 1 sun hat
- 1 wool hat
- Headlamp: essential
- Waterproof gloves (even if they are ski gloves, take them)
- Comfortable shoes for camp
- Walking boots
- Waterproof jacket/rain poncho
- Quickdry towel. We provide small ones, you might enjoy something a little larger.
- Small bottle of soap: we provide warm water each day to clean - might make you feel fresh if you had a little soap.
- Battery Charger: There is no place to plug in while trekking!
- Large plastic bags: to help organize and keep clean from dirty.
- Sleeping bag: Recommend down bags for -10C at least
- Face moisturizer
- Bug spray
- Wet wipes
- Toothbrush and paste
- Personal medication
- First aid kit: band aids, moleskin, etc.
INSIDE YOUR DAYPACKS:
Daypacks can be any size for hiking, but we always recommend the smaller, the better. Inside Machu Picchu, no bag larger than 25L will be allowed in. If larger, you will need to store outside citadel gates.
PassportValid, STUDENT card (if you booked as a student)Immigration Card (given on the plane as you enter Peru)Good daypack (the smaller, the better)Water storage: Water reservoir like Camelbaks are encouraged - but enough for at least 2-3 liters.Comfortable hiking boots (lightweight with good soles)
- Water: we supply clean water at each meal. You are responsible for your first morning of water only as we won't have time to filter water until your first lunch.
- Rain gear
- Music (IPhone)
- Toilet paper and small plastic bag for waste
- Extra Money for Souvenirs, Drinks & Tips
- Hire of sleeping bag 5 season $25.00
- Walking stick highly recommended! $15.00
- Single supplement $60.00
- Additional night at 3 star hotel $85.00
Is the trek difficult? Do I need to be in good physical condition?
All our treks (Inka Trail, Salkantay, Ausangate, Lares, etc) are moderately difficult, lengthy and traverse rough mountain terrain. We kindly recommend that if you plan to conquer any of these routes to be in relatively good physical condition, plus acclimatization. These means arriving to Cusco at least 02 days prior to your trek departure to adjust to altitude. During the last two months leading up to your trek we suggest a regular and moderate exercise routine to improve endurance and stamina. We wish for you to have the best experience possible! To Cusco at least 02 days prior to your trek departure to adjust to altitude. During the last two months leading up to your trek we suggest a regular and moderate exercise routine to improve endurance and stamina. We wish for you to have the best experience possible!
Are vegetarian, vegan, and/or other special diet needs available?
Of course! Without any additional costs! When you make your reservation, please inform us of any dietary needs or requirements, including allergies!
Vegetarian foods will be absent of all meats, chicken or fish. We will assume that eggs and cheese or other lactose products are OK.of all meats, chicken or fish. We will assume that eggs and cheese or other lactose products are OK.
Most of our main meals are a buffet-style, leaving you the option to avoid anything undesirable to you.
If there are any food items or veggies that you cannot stomach, perhaps onions, tomatoes, mushrooms.. etc, upon your request we will ask our chef to leave them out or separate this item.
We can also attend lactose-intolerant or gluten-intolerant diets. We cannot accept individuals with serious allergic or life-threatening reactions.
I have a food allergy. May I still participate?
Every day we receive many clients with food allergies to nuts, wheat, etc. Please inform us in detail of your condition upon making your reservation.
We kindly ask that you declare the severity of your reaction and any medication that you take in case of emergency.
If your allergy is severe, we ask that you be accompanied by a friend or individual conscious and fully responsible of your situation and ready with any medication.
WE CANNOT ACCEPT CLIENTS WITH LIFE-THREATENING ALLERGIES
When must I arrive in cusco or arrive to your office?
We require that all clients arrive to Cusco at least 48 hours before the start of your trek, although 03 nights before is ideal. You must pay your remaining balance two days before your departure for your trek. This will assure that all individuals are acclimatized and adjusted to the high altitude conditions to begin your trek comfortably. Please note that your remaining balance must be paid in cash in our office and cannot be paid before your arrival.
Our office hours are Monday – Saturday 9:00am – 1:00pm, 4:00pm – 8:00pm. (Please aim to arrive 7:30pm at the latest!)
Are hiking sticks or poles necessary?
For this trek more than any other, we do recommend hiking sticks, especially for those with any known knee problems. The poles will assist your balance and reduce the impact on your knees.
Inca Footsteps Company will rent hiking sticks for $25
Where can I store my baggage that I dont need for the trail?
Any baggage that is not necessary for your trek may be stored in your hotel in Cusco (most hotels offer this service free of charge). In the case that your hotel may not provide this service, we will store your baggage safely in our office free of charge.
What is the weather like during the trek?
The best time for making the trek with good weather is between the months of April – October when there is minimal rainfall and clear skies. The driest months are June – August, which is winter in the Andes.
January to March is summer in Peru, which means rainy season for Cusco and especially the Inka Trail, which is located mostly in the tropical cloud forest.
Where do I have to be the morning of the start of my trek and where will I finish at the end?
We will pick you up from your hotel to begin your trek and upon finishing, we will also leave you at your hotel.
I wish to have a train company or train option different to that which Inca Footsteps Company offers, is this possible?
If you wish to change your train company or option (such as Vistadome de Peru Rail, to Ollantaytambo or the whole route to Poroy), or your departure time, additional fees may apply. You must speak with one of our sales agents to inquire about availability and the additional costs.
RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE JUNGLE
- Take with you light-colored clothing, windbreaker, hat, goggles, water bottle, hiking shoes, flashlight, mosquitoes repellent, sun block, antihistamines and anti-inflammatory tablets for mosquito bites for your stay in the jungle The use of boots and plastic poncho for the rains is necessary. In the city feel free to wear clothes according to your taste.
- Please let us know about any restriction on your food and / or any health condition you may have to prevent and avoid complications in the jungle excursions.
- Children travel with parents, it is recommended from 3 years onwards.
- Vaccines are not mandatory. All our excursions are developed in non-ENDEMIC areas free of epidemics like malaria, dengue and yellow fever. You can be vaccinated at your 10 days before your trip to the jungle. Ask your Doctor.
- You may leave any extra baggage in our office for the days you will be in the jungle, likewise it is recommended not to carry more than S/. 200 soles for expenses in the lodge. In case of having valuables declare them to the personnel in charge.
- The company is not responsible for losses of objects and accessories that are under your responsibility and that have not been declared or placed in custody, it is recommended to carry in a personal bag (fanny pack, backpack) all these personal objects, as well as documents and money. If there is an incident, immediately notify the Lodge manager, in the second instance at INCAFOOTSTEPS S.A.C COMPANY for the immediate solution, otherwise there will be no claim after the service has been completed.
- Electricity from 18:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. to charge batteries of electronic equipment, such as cameras, cell phones, camcorders, among others.
- FOR THE EXCURSIONS: Please pay attentions and follow the indications of the guide for the fulfillment of the excursions. The order of such may vary depending on weather conditions. The average temperature in Iquitos fluctuates between 28° and 35° degrees Celsius.
- It is completely forbidden to carry weapons of any kind that could put your life and others in danger.
What you need to take for Cusco
- Original passport and Student card (ISIC) green card
- Insurance card is essential
- Hiking water proof boots (with ankle protectors )
- Waterproof jacket or rain poncho
- Warm jack
- Hat and gloves
- Comfortable trousers
- Rain pants
- Sun hat, Bathing suit (for hot springs in santa teresa and Aguas Calientes)
- Sun protection cream ( factor 35 recommended ) sun is strong
- Insect Repellent 40 % deed ( for mosquitos )
- Water bottle
- Water purification tablets (Microspore recommended)
- Toilet paper
- Personal medication
- Camera and films
- Torch with spare batteries (flashlight)
- Extra contribution suggested money for tipping porters, cook and guide. and for any emergency (300 soles)
- Walking poles ( black diamond or leki brand)
Optional items to take
- Short pants
- Walking poles (with rubber tips) they can also be hired from us.
- Plaster and bandages