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13 Day Inca Trail To Machu Picchu

  • Trek the Inca Trail to the Grand Citadel
  • Tour Cusco City & hike to Rainbow Mountain
Includes Return International Flights

Snow-capped peaks, fertile valleys, jaw-dropping plains, amazing wildlife, a rainbow mountain, towns in the clouds, Incan ruins and architectural delights… this 13 day fly, tour and hike package is the once-in-a-lifetime adventure you were destined to take!

Discover Machu Picchu and beyond with the satisfaction of getting there on your own two feet. After a night in Lima, fly to Cusco where you will spend the next three nights to acclimatise ahead of the Inca Trail journey ahead. Witness archaeological remains and Spanish colonial architecture on a city tour including the Temple of The Sun, Plaza de Armas and the San Pedro market. Take in panoramic views of Red Valley, Nevado Ausangate and small lagoons on a full day tour to Rainbow Mountain. Then, it’s time for your four-day hike. On your way to the peak, discover Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley, the complex platforms and terraces of Llactapata, Phuyupatamarca ‘the Place in the Clouds’ and so much more. As you near the end of the incredible Inca Trail, you’ll come to the Winay Wayna 'Forever Young' site, and beyond that the main attraction - the jaw-dropping citadel of Machu Picchu. Situated at an elevation of 2040m, Machu Picchu is epic in every possible way.

This amazing adventure includes return international flights, two internal flights, seven nights hotel accommodation and three nights in tented accommodation on the Inca Trail, 19 meals and more!

16 Day Lake Titicaca extension also available including a homestay on Luquina Island, visit to the Uros floating islands, boat trip across Lake Titicaca, and more!

ITINERARY

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Itinerary - 1

Today depart from either Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth for Lima, Peru via Santiago. Fly with LATAM Airlines or Qantas Airways to name a few (subject to availability). Upon arrival in Lima, you will be met by a tour representative and be transferred to the hotel.

Please note: due to flight scheduling and availability, some departures may occur on day 0. Affected customers must be at the airport the day before. Flight times will be indicated on your final documentation which you will receive prior to departure.

Overnight: Jose Antonio Hotel or similar, Lima
Meals included: In-Flight

After breakfast you will be picked up from the hotel and transferred to the airport for your flight to Cusco. Upon arrival at Cusco Airport be met and transferred to the hotel. The city of Cusco sits at 3413m above sea level. You will spend the next three nights here allowing you to acclimatise in preparation of your upcoming 4-day Inca Trail hike.

Cusco was once capital of the Inca Empire and is now known for its archaeological remains and Spanish colonial architecture. Plaza de Armas is the central square in the old city, with arcades, carved wooden balconies and Incan wall ruins.

This afternoon, you will enjoy a city tour. Starting at the city centre you will view the Incan foundations of many buildings, the famous Cathedral, and the Temple of the Sun and you will also visit a typical market of San Pedro. Next, you will visit the hills around Cusco and enjoy a full tour of four ruins: Sacsayhuaman, Q’enqo, Puca Pucara, and Tambomachay.

This evening head to Tunupa Restaurant, located just near the central Plaza de Armas (a short walk from the hotel), and enjoy a fabulous buffet dinner. There is a large selection of typical dishes: meat, fish, vegetables and desserts. The night becomes more enjoyable when the traditional dance show begins and you can get involved with folk, traditional, classical music, and sweeten your ears with the sounds of Andean instruments: Quena, charango, flute, zampona. If you wish, you can also share the dance floor with the dancers and enjoy a great experience.

Overnight: Jose Antonio Hotel or similar, Cusco
Meals included: Breakfast;Dinner

Early this morning you will be picked up from the hotel and head out for a full day tour to the picturesque Rainbow Mountain. Along the way you will travel through the town of Chillihuanii, where you will pass by picturesque places like Tintinko, Rio Tigre and the Mountain of Surina in Llacto, where you can also marvel at some flora and fauna in its natural habitat (llamas, alpacas, vicunas etc.).

Shortly after you will reach the starting point of the walk to Rainbow Mountain. The walk will take approximately 1.5 hours. Along the way you will enjoy panoramic views of Red Valley, Nevado Ausangate and small lagoons before arriving at the perfect spot to view all the colours of this beautiful mountain. The guide will explain to you the science behind the colours while you enjoy some hot tea and something to eat. Then you will make your way back to the starting point and then return back to the hotel in Cusco, arriving around 6:00pm.

Overnight: Jose Antonio Hotel or similar, Cusco
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Enjoy the day free at leisure to either relax or explore. Alternatively, you can take the opportunity to join an optional tour (not included). This evening around 7:00pm you will meet your guide and the rest of your group for a briefing in preparation for your hike the following day. Please note: any luggage/belongings not required during the trek can be stored at the hotel until your return.

Optional Tour: Biking Tour of Maras Moray Ruins: $115 per person
Early this morning you will be picked up from the hotel and head to Chinchero and Cruzpata (3200m). Here you will begin your bike trip. You will pass by small villages, see sweeping views of the high plain and surrounding mountains. You will also pass by Lake Huaypo, the archaeological sites of Moray and Maras, and the salt pools or Salineras. Lastly, you will descend a steep route to Pichingoto to reach the Sacred Valley.

Please note: The biking tour is suitable for all types of riders as it has fairly easy sections over its roughly 35km length, where you can choose from paved roads or trails. It’s an unforgettable experience no matter which route you choose. The total approximate time is 5 hours.

Overnight: Jose Antonio Hotel or similar, Cusco
Meals included: Breakfast

This morning begins with an early pick up from the hotel (approx. 4.30am). Please note breakfast will not be included today. Enjoy the early morning light during a scenic drive northwest across the highlands with panoramic views of the snow-capped Urubamba range, including Veronica and Pitusiray peaks, both over 5400m above sea level. Continuing onwards enjoy a stop in the town of Ollantaytambo and view the impressive terraced remains of its ancient Sun Temple and marvel at the town’s original street plan and foundations, which were designed by the Incas thousands of years ago.

Afterwards continue onwards to the trailhead which begins at kilometre 82, near the village of Piscacucho. Here you will meet your camp staff and the Quechua Indian porters and the hiking journey begins.

Please note:
- All camp chores will be done for you and delicious food will be provided daily by the cooks.
- Porters will carry camping (including foam mattresses but excluding sleeping bags) and cooking equipment and customers will only be required to carry their own personal belongings e.g. clothes, toiletries, camera equipment etc and sleeping bag.

The first day is relatively easy and you will start by following a relatively level trail winding above the Urubamba River as the fertile valley narrows into a rugged gorge. You will hike through a desert-like environment interspersed with cacti and interesting flowering plants before reaching the Inca ruins of Llactapata (2550m). Here you can admire an immense and complex system of platforms/cultivation terraces, dedicated since ancestral times to the cultivation of food at more than 2,800m of altitude. Continue onwards and begin an uphill ascent with a gentle gradient passing fields and the Inca terraces of the Cusichaca River Valley. The snow-capped Mt. Veronica (5850m), the highest peak in the Urubamba range, looms silently behind you as you approach the village of Ayapata, a Quechua community built on original Inca foundations. Here you will find the camp ready for you upon arrival, and your dinner will be prepared whilst you unwind and soak up the amazing views all around. Temperatures at night are around 5ºC. Please note, all campsites used during this track have toilet facilities but do not include shower facilities.

Hiking Distance: Approximately 12km
Hiking Time: Approximately 5-6 hours
Start Elevation (Km 82): 2720m
Peak Elevation (Ayapata Camp): 3309m
Finish Elevation (Ayapata Camp): 3309m

Overnight: Tent accommodation, Ayapata Camp
Meals included: Lunch;Dinner

Today is the most challenging day of the trail. Start early this morning where the trail becomes quite steep as you follow the narrow Llullucha Gorge leading up toward the highest pass of your journey. The switchbacks are well-marked, passing through a dense forest with abundant birdlife and flowering plants before topping out in the wide, open meadows of Llulluchapampa. Enjoy expansive views of the surrounding Andean peaks behind you and the highest pass of your route before you, Warmiwanusqa, at 4200m. On the way up to the pass, you will see plenty of hummingbirds and other birdlife. You will have the time to appreciate the incredible variety of endemic native plants and trees such as the Polylepis or Q'ueuna trees which grow in the astonishing cloud forest located at 3650m above sea level.

Reaching the top, you will enjoy views of the rugged, glacier-clad Wiyaney peaks across the valley and the forested Pacaymayo Gorge on the other side. After a rest here, you will begin your descent to the lunch stop which is located at Pacaymayu (3550m). After lunch, begins the second steep climb of the day to the Runkuraqay pass (4000m) and then back down arriving at Chaquicocha Camp by early evening, where you will find your tents set up and dinner being prepared for another magic night in the mountains. Temperatures at this campsite are around 4ºC during the night.

Hiking Distance: Approximately 16km
Hiking Time: Approximately 8-9 hours
Start Elevation (Ayapata Camp): 3309m
Peak Elevation (Warmiwanusqa Pass): 4200m
Finish Elevation (Chaquicocha Camp Camp): 3600m

Overnight: Tent accommodation, Chaquicocha Camp
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

This is the most impressive day (in our opinion) so just keep thinking of that on the ascent. Wake up for breakfast at 6:00am and start the day with a gentle climb to visit the archaeological site of Phuyupatamarca 'Town in the Clouds' and reach the third highest point on the trail (3680m). The views of the mountains, canyons and surrounding areas are spectacular! The Incan site of Phuyupatamarca, is located a few minutes walk from the third pass and after visiting this, you will continue walking (3000 steps) through the cloud forest and the impressive agricultural Incan site of Intipata until you arrive at the third campsite Winay Wayna (2680m).

Today your hiking time will only be about 4 to 5 hours and you will arrive at camp by lunchtime. A short distance from the campsite is the Incan site of the same name Winay Wayna 'Forever Young'. Even if you are tired after your day's trek, don't miss out on visiting one of the most impressive sites on the trail. Temperatures during the night are about 12ºC.

Hiking Distance: Approximately 10km
Hiking Time: Approximately 4-5 hours
Start Elevation (Chaquicocha Camp): 3600m
Peak Elevation (Phuyupatamarca): 3680m
Finish Elevation (Winay Wayna Camp): 2680m

Overnight: Tent accommodation, Winay Wayna Camp
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Start early this morning, with a 5:00am departure from the campsite in order to arrive at Inti Punku or Sun Gate before daybreak. As the sun begins to rise, the dramatic views of Machu Picchu are revealed. Here you will spend some time taking photos then continue onwards to Machu Picchu itself. Enjoy a guided tour (approx. 2 hours) of the area. Afterwards, you are free to explore the mysterious city at leisure and then you can walk or take a short bus ride down (bus fare not included) to the nearby town of Aguas Calientes and meet your guide for lunch. Here you will be issued your train ticket for the following day and taken to your nearby hotel where you may enjoy a well earned afternoon and evening at leisure.

Hiking Distance: Approximately 5km
Hiking Time: Approximately 2-3 hours to Machu Picchu
Start Elevation (Winay Wayna Camp): 2680m
Peak Elevation (Winay Wayna Camp): 2680m
Finish Elevation (Aguas Calientes): 2040m

Overnight: Casa Andina Standard Machu Picchu or similar, Aguas Calientes
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch

This morning is free at leisure to explore Aguas Calientes and its surroundings, or even take another trip back up to Machu Picchu (not included) before meeting at the train station in the early afternoon and boarding a train to Ollantaytambo (approx. 2 hours). Here you will be met and transferred back to Cusco (approx. 2 hours) and to the hotel for an evening at leisure in this magical city.

Overnight: Jose Antonio Hotel or similar, Cusco
Meals included: Breakfast

Today you will be transferred to the airport for the flight back to Lima. On arrival into Lima Airport, you will be transferred to a nearby airport hotel where you can enjoy an evening at leisure.

Overnight: Costa Del Sol Wyndham Lima Airport or similar, Lima
Meals included: Breakfast

Today you will be transferred to Lima Airport for your return flight back to Australia after the adventure of a lifetime! Please note: if your flight departs early, breakfast will be arranged for pick up from the hotel reception the night before.


Meals included: Breakfast;In-Flight

*Please note, some flights may arrive in Australia +1 day later.

Itinerary - 2

Today depart from either Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth for Lima, Peru via Santiago. Fly with LATAM Airlines or Qantas Airways to name a few (subject to availability). Upon arrival in Lima, you will be met by a tour representative and be transferred to the hotel.

Please note: due to flight scheduling and availability, some departures may occur on day 0. Affected customers must be at the airport the day before. Flight times will be indicated on your final documentation which you will receive prior to departure.

Overnight: Jose Antonio Hotel or similar, Lima
Meals included: In-Flight

After breakfast you will be picked up from the hotel and transferred to the airport for your flight to Cusco. Upon arrival at Cusco Airport be met and transferred to the hotel. The city of Cusco sits at 3413m above sea level. You will spend the next three nights here allowing you to acclimatise in preparation of your upcoming 4-day Inca Trail hike.

Cusco was once capital of the Inca Empire and is now known for its archaeological remains and Spanish colonial architecture. Plaza de Armas is the central square in the old city, with arcades, carved wooden balconies and Incan wall ruins.

This afternoon, you will enjoy a city tour. Starting at the city centre you will view the Incan foundations of many buildings, the famous Cathedral, and the Temple of the Sun and you will also visit a typical market of San Pedro. Next, you will visit the hills around Cusco and enjoy a full tour of four ruins: Sacsayhuaman, Q’enqo, Puca Pucara, and Tambomachay.

This evening head to Tunupa Restaurant, located just near the central Plaza de Armas (a short walk from the hotel), and enjoy a fabulous buffet dinner. There is a large selection of typical dishes: meat, fish, vegetables and desserts. The night becomes more enjoyable when the traditional dance show begins and you can get involved with folk, traditional, classical music, and sweeten your ears with the sounds of Andean instruments: Quena, charango, flute, zampona. If you wish, you can also share the dance floor with the dancers and enjoy a great experience.

Overnight: Jose Antonio Hotel or similar, Cusco
Meals included: Breakfast;Dinner

Early this morning you will be picked up from the hotel and head out for a full day tour to the picturesque Rainbow Mountain. Along the way you will travel through the town of Chillihuanii, where you will pass by picturesque places like Tintinko, Rio Tigre and the Mountain of Surina in Llacto, where you can also marvel at some flora and fauna in its natural habitat (llamas, alpacas, vicunas etc).

Shortly after you will reach the starting point of the walk to Rainbow Mountain. The walk will take approximately 1.5 hours. Along the way you will enjoy panoramic views of Red Valley, Nevado Ausangate and small lagoons before arriving at the perfect spot to view all the colours of this beautiful mountain. The guide will explain to you the science behind the colours while you enjoy some hot tea and something to eat. Then you will make your way back to the starting point and then return back to the hotel in Cusco, arriving around 6:00pm.

Overnight: Jose Antonio Hotel or similar, Cusco
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Enjoy the day free at leisure to either relax or explore. Alternatively, you can take the opportunity to join an optional tour (not included). This evening around 7:00pm you will meet your guide and the rest of your group for a briefing in preparation for your hike the following day. Please note: any luggage/belongings not required during the trek can be stored at the hotel until your return.

Optional Tour: Biking Tour of Maras Moray Ruins: $115 per person
Early this morning you will be picked up from the hotel and head to Chinchero and Cruzpata (3200m). Here you will begin your bike trip. You will pass by small villages, see sweeping views of the high plain and surrounding mountains. You will also pass by Lake Huaypo, the archaeological sites of Moray and Maras, and the salt pools or Salineras. Lastly, you will descend a steep route to Pichingoto to reach the Sacred Valley.

Please note: The biking tour is suitable for all types of riders as it has fairly easy sections over its roughly 35km length, where you can choose from paved roads or trails. It’s an unforgettable experience no matter which route you choose. The total approximate time is 5 hours.

Overnight: Jose Antonio Hotel or similar, Cusco
Meals included: Breakfast

This morning begins with an early pick up from the hotel (approx. 4.30am). Please note breakfast will not be included today. Enjoy the early morning light during a scenic drive northwest across the highlands with panoramic views of the snow-capped Urubamba range, including Veronica and Pitusiray peaks, both over 5400m above sea level. Continuing onwards enjoy a stop in the town of Ollantaytambo and view the impressive terraced remains of its ancient Sun Temple and marvel at the towns original street plan and foundations, which were designed by the Incas thousands of years prior.

Afterwards continue onwards to the trailhead which begins at kilometre 82, near the village of Piscacucho. Here you will meet your camp staff and the Quechua Indian porters and the hiking journey begins.

Please note:
- All camp chores will be done for you and delicious food will be provided daily by the cooks.
- Porters will carry camping (including foam mattresses but excluding sleeping bags) and cooking equipment and customers will only be required to carry their own personal belonging e.g. clothes, toiletries, camera equipment etc and sleeping bag.

The first day is relatively easy and you will start by following a relatively level trail winding above the Urubamba River as the fertile valley narrows into a rugged gorge. You will hike through a desert-like environment interspersed with cacti and interesting flowering plants before reaching the Inca ruins of Llactapata (2550m). Here you can admire an immense and complex system of platforms/cultivation terraces, dedicated since ancestral times to the cultivation of food at more than 2,800m of altitude. Continue onwards and begin an uphill ascent with a gentle gradient passing fields and the Inca terraces of the Cusichaca River Valley. The snow-capped Mt. Veronica (5850m), the highest peak in the Urubamba range, looms silently behind you as you approach the village of Ayapata, a Quechua community built on original Inca foundations. Here you will find the camp ready for you upon arrival, and your dinner will be prepared whilst you unwind and soak up the amazing views all around. Temperatures at night are around 5ºC. Please note, all campsites used during this track have toilet facilities but do not include shower facilities.

Hiking Distance: Approximately 12km
Hiking Time: Approximately 5-6 hours
Start Elevation (Km 82): 2720m
Peak Elevation (Ayapata Camp): 3309m
Finish Elevation (Ayapata Camp): 3309m

Overnight: Tent accommodation, Ayapata Camp
Meals included: Lunch;Dinner

Today is the most challenging day of the trail! Start early this morning where the trail becomes quite steep as you follow the narrow Llullucha Gorge leading up toward the highest pass of your journey. The switchbacks are well-marked, passing through a dense forest with abundant birdlife and flowering plants before topping out in the wide, open meadows of Llulluchapampa. Expansive views abound of the surrounding Andean peaks behind you and the highest pass of your route before you, Warmiwanusqa, at 4200m. On the way up to the pass, you will see plenty of hummingbirds and other birdlife. You will have the time to appreciate the incredible variety of endemic native plants and trees such as the Polylepis or Q'ueuna trees which grow in the astonishing cloud forest located at 3650m above sea level.

Reaching the top, you will enjoy views of the rugged, glacier-clad Wiyaney peaks across the valley and the forested Pacaymayo Gorge on the other side. After a rest here, you will begin your descent to the lunch stop which is located at Pacaymayu (3550m). After lunch, begins the second steep climb of the day to the Runkuraqay pass (4000m) and then back down arriving at Chaquicocha Camp by early evening, where you will find your tents set up and dinner being prepared for another magic night in the mountains. Temperatures at this campsite are around 4ºC during the night.

Hiking Distance: Approximately 16km
Hiking Time: Approximately 8-9 hours
Start Elevation (Ayapata Camp): 3309m
Peak Elevation (Warmiwanusqa Pass): 4200m
Finish Elevation (Chaquicocha Camp Camp): 3600m

Overnight: Tent accommodation, Chaquicocha Camp
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

This is the most impressive day (in our opinion) so just keep thinking of that on the ascent. Wake up for breakfast at 6:00am and start the day with a gentle climb to visit the archaeological site of Phuyupatamarca 'Town in the Clouds' and reach the third highest point on the trail (3680m). The views of the mountains, canyons and surrounding areas are spectacular! The Incan site of Phuyupatamarca, is located a few minutes walk from the third pass and after visiting this, you will continue walking (3000 steps) through the cloud forest and the impressive agricultural Incan site of Intipata until you arrive at the third campsite Winay Wayna (2680m).

Today your hiking time will only be about 4 to 5 hours and you will arrive at camp by lunchtime. A short distance from the campsite is the Incan site of the same name Winay Wayna 'Forever Young'. Even if you are tired after your day's trek, don't miss out on visiting one of the most impressive sites on the trail. Temperatures during the night are about 12ºC.

Hiking Distance: Approximately 10km
Hiking Time: Approximately 4-5 hours
Start Elevation (Chaquicocha Camp): 3600m
Peak Elevation (Phuyupatamarca): 3680m
Finish Elevation (Winay Wayna Camp): 2680m

Overnight: Tent accommodation, Winay Wayna Camp
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Start early this morning, with a 5:00am departure from the campsite in order to arrive at Inti Punku or Sun Gate before daybreak. As the sun begins to rise, the dramatic views of Machu Picchu are revealed. Here you will spend some time taking photos then continue onwards to Machu Picchu itself. Enjoy a guided tour (approx. 2 hours) of the area.

Afterwards, you are free to explore the mysterious city at leisure and then you can walk or take a short bus ride down (bus fare not included) to the nearby town of Aguas Calientes and meet your guide for lunch. Here you will be issued your train ticket for the following day and taken to your nearby hotel where you may enjoy a well earned afternoon and evening at leisure.

Hiking Distance: Approximately 5km
Hiking Time: Approximately 2-3 hours to Machu Picchu
Start Elevation (Winay Wayna Camp): 2680m
Peak Elevation (Winay Wayna Camp): 2680m
Finish Elevation (Aguas Calientes): 2040m

Overnight: Casa Andina Standard Machu Picchu or similar, Aguas Calientes
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch

This morning is free at leisure to explore Aguas Calientes and its surroundings, or even take another trip back up to Machu Picchu (not included) before meeting at the train station in the early afternoon and boarding a train to Ollantaytambo (approx. 2 hours). Here you will be met and transferred back to Cusco (approx. 2 hours) and to the hotel for an evening at leisure in this magical city.

Overnight: Jose Antonio Hotel or similar, Cusco
Meals included: Breakfast

This morning rise early for breakfast and transfer to the bus station to travel to Puno. This is a great bus trip on a modern vehicle stopping at several interesting sites along the way such as Raqchi (Wiracocha God Temple), an Incan church of monumental dimensions and La Raya: the half-way point between Cusco and Puno and also the highest point (4335m above sea level). Along the way enjoy a rest stop and delicious buffet lunch in the town of Sicuani. The landscapes along this route are stunning and typical Andean animals like the llama, alpaca and vicuna are common sights. Upon arrival at the bus station in Puno, you will be met and transferred to the hotel where you will meet your guide who will welcome you and provide you with some extra information for the following days activities.

Please note: the bus transportation includes wifi, food and drink services on board, entertainment options, guided narration in English and Spanish, leather seats with wide leg rests, individual tables and air conditioning. Buses do not have toilets onboard, but this journey includes stops approximately every hour to allow for this.

Overnight: Casa Andina Classic or similar, Puno Tikarani
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch

After breakfast this morning, transfer from the hotel to the port of Puno where you will board a motorboat to visit the unique floating Uros Islands, located approx. 25 minutes from the port of Puno.

The islands have been created entirely from the buoyant totora reeds that grow abundantly in the shallows of the lake. Partially edible (tasting like non-sweet sugarcane), the reeds are used to build homes, boats and handicrafts. The islands are constructed from many layers of the totora, which are constantly replenished from the top as they rot from the bottom, so the ground is always soft and springy. You will visit two different islands and your guide will explain a little about the history and lifestyle of the people who have lived here for many years. You will have the opportunity to visit some of their homes to learn a little about their lifestyle.

Enjoy a trip to Taquile Island (approx. 2 hours). A traditional Quechua speaking community, the island is full of ancient agricultural terraces and some ruins dating to pre-Inca times. Community and family are of great importance to the local population, who were relatively isolated from the mainland up until the 1950s. When you reach the island, take the opportunity to enjoy impressive views of Lake Titicaca. Enjoy some free time to explore the island on your own and then come together for lunch at a local restaurant. Following lunch, head down to the harbour to take a one-hour boat ride to the Chicuito Peninsula, south of the city of Puno, where the Luquina Karina community is located. Luquina Karina has remained relatively untouched and tourism is a new concept here. The inhabitants are very willing to receive visitors in their community. You will be warmly received by the families who will take you to their homes to spend the night and cook you a delicious dinner from locally sourced food.

Overnight: Traditional Homestay, Luquina Island
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Today enjoy breakfast with your host family and then participate in some local activities. After lunch, say goodbye to the local family and head down to the harbour for your boat transfer back to Puno arriving in the early evening.

Overnight: Casa Andina Classic or similar, Puno Tikarani
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch

After breakfast, transfer to Juliaca Airport (approx. 1 hour) for your flight to Lima (approx. 1 hour) where you will be met on arrival and transferred to the hotel. The rest of the evening is free at leisure.

Overnight: Costa Del Sol Wyndham Lima Airport or similar, Lima
Meals included: Breakfast

Today you will be transferred to Lima Airport for your return flight back to Australia after the adventure of a lifetime! Please note: if your flight departs early, breakfast will be arranged for pick up from the hotel reception the night before.


Meals included: Breakfast;In-Flight

*Please note, some flights may arrive in Australia +1 day later.

Tour Inclusions

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  • Stay in the historical city of Lima
  • Explore the Imperial City of Cusco on a guided city tour
  • See the Temple of the Sun, Sacsayhuaman and more
  • Practice your bartering skills at the San Pedro market
  • Marvel at the contrasting colours of Rainbow Mountain on a guided tour
  • Enjoy panoramic views of Red Valley, Nevado Ausangate and more
  • Relax with a day at leisure in beautiful Cusco
  • Experience an active 4-day hike along the Inca Trail
  • Witness panoramic views of the snow-capped Urubamba range
  • Discover Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley
  • Admire the complex platforms and terraces of the Incan ruins of Llactapata
  • Enjoy the stunning scenery and amazing wildlife along the trail
  • Take in views of the rugged, glacier-clad Wiyaney peaks
  • Witness endemic native plants and trees which grow in the astonishing cloud forest
  • Visit Phuyupatamarca ‘the Place in the Clouds’
  • Explore the agricultural Incan site of Intipata
  • Take in the impressive Incan site of Winay Wayna 'Forever Young'
  • Witness Machu Picchu at sunrise from the Sun Gate
  • Tour the 15th century ruins of Machu Picchu
  • Stay in Aguas Calientes ‘hot springs’ town
  • Witness the spectacular Andes Mountains
  • Return international flights (economy class) ex SYD/MEL/BNE/ADL/PER
  • 2 x internal flights (economy class): Lima to Cusco and Cusco to Lima
  • 7 nights quality hotel accommodation
  • 3 nights tented accommodation on the Inca Trail hike
  • Enjoy 19 meals including a traditional Peruvian Folklore Show & Dinner
  • Cooks and porter assistance during the hike
  • All drinking water whilst on the hike
  • Tents and cooking equipment whilst on the hike
  • All national park fees, taxes and permits
  • English-speaking tour guides
  • Airlines taxes and surcharges
  • Transportation by A/C vehicles
  • 1-way train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo with Inca Rail Company or Peru Rail Company
  • Return airport transfers
All of the above (except Cusco to Lima flight) plus the following:
  • 2 additional nights quality hotel accommodation
  • 1 night traditional homestay on Luquina Island
  • 1 x internal flight (economy class): from Juliaca to Lima
  • Enjoy 7 additional meals
  • Enjoy a guided tour of Pukara and Raqch’i
  • Visit the fascinating Uros floating islands
  • Marvel at impressive Lake Titicaca
  • Visit traditional villages on Taquile Island
  • Enjoy a boat trip across Lake Titicaca

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After purchase, you will receive a receipt and a Purchase Confirmation, directing you to an online Passenger Information Form. The Passenger Information Form must be completed within 72 hours of purchase.
 
Any special requests, preferences and optional extras MUST be clearly stated in your Passenger Information Form. Any change requested after submitting your Passenger Information Form cannot be guaranteed, is strictly subject to availability and will incur surcharges as outlined in the Schedule of Fees below.
  
On purchasing this Travel Offer you are bound by the General Terms and Conditions, in addition to the specific terms and conditions outlined in this Important Information. 
 
Please note: all additional charges are payable direct to your Travel Consultant in AUD (unless otherwise stated).


Travel offer is valid for travel on selected dates until the 9th November 2020.
  
This travel offer is priced for one person based on twin share.
  
Single Traveller Supplement
For solo travellers a mandatory single supplement applies:
- 13 Day Package: $610
- 16 Day Package: $830
  
Departure Dates (2020)
April: 28
May: 19, 29
June: 9
July: 21
August: 4, 25
September: 8
October: 13
November: 9
  
Departure Cities
Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth
 


Full Service Airline(s) Used


Latam Airlines, Qantas Airways, Air New Zealand, United Airlines plus any codeshare partners (subject to availability).

 

Please note: One way flights can not be accommodated. Travellers must take all included flights within the package, and any flights intentionally forfeited will result in later flights being subject to cancellation. 

 

Arrive early in Lima, Peru
$200 per person, subject to availability
Please note:
- This fee does not include extra nights accommodation, meals or airport transfers.
- No flight booking changes or cancellations permitted after air tickets have been issued.
- Flight changes are subject to availability at the time of booking.
- Blackout dates apply between the below date ranges:
*28th March - 27th April 2020 
*26th June - 19th July 2020
*18th September - 11th October 2020
*11th December 2020 - 4th February 2021
 
Stay behind in Lima, Peru
$200 per person, subject to availability
Please note:
- This fee does not include extra nights accommodation, meals or airport transfers.
- No flight booking changes or cancellations permitted after air tickets have been issued.
- Flight changes are subject to availability at the time of booking.
- Blackout dates apply between the below date ranges:
*28th March - 27th April 2020 
*26th June - 19th July 2020
*18th September - 11th October 2020
*11th December 2020 - 4th February 2021
  
Stay behind in Santiago, Chile
$200 per person, subject to availability
Please note:
- If you are interested in this stay behind option, please contact our friendly reservations team at TripADeal to make this booking and provide your preferred travel dates. This stay behind option is not available through the online check out.
- This fee does not include extra nights accommodation, meals or airport transfers.
- This fee does however include an internal flight from Lima to Santiago. If you wish to forfeit this flight please advise our friendly reservations team so we may secure your return flight back to Australia. Please note, by choosing to forfeit your connecting flight the cost does not change.
- If you fail to notify TripADeal that you will not be taking the Lima to Santiago flight with this Stay Behind option, and do not show up for this flight, your entire return flight will be at risk of cancellation by the airline.
- No flight booking changes or cancellations permitted after air tickets have been issued.
- Flight changes are subject to availability at the time of booking.
- Blackout dates apply between the below date ranges:
*28th March - 27th April 2020 
*26th June - 19th July 2020
*18th September - 11th October 2020
*11th December 2020 - 4th February 2021
- Entry into Chile also requires the additional payment of a Chilean reciprocity fee at approximately $117 USD (subject to change) per person payable upon entry.
 
Stopover Packages
Twin share: $450 per person/one way
Solo Traveller: $700 one way
Locations:
* Santiago
Includes:
- 2 Nights in 4 star accommodation
- Daily breakfast
- Return airport transfers 
Please note: 
- A pre and post-tour stopover may be chosen; however the stopover location must be the same each way, due to the airline used.
- Abu Dhabi stopovers are not available for Perth departures due to Etihad no longer flying out of Perth from October 2018.
- Stopover packages are subject to availability.
- Blackout dates apply between the below date ranges:
*28th March - 27th April 2020 
*26th June - 19th July 2020
*18th September - 11th October 2020
*11th December 2020 - 4th February 2021
- Entry into Chile also requires the additional payment of a Chilean reciprocity fee at approximately $117 USD (subject to change) per person payable upon entry.
  
Flight Class Upgrades
- Premium Economy: Not available.
- Business Class (International Sectors Only): Starting from $5999 per person
Please note: 
- *Starting from quotes will be processed and returned for your consideration.
- All Premium Economy and Business Class upgrades are subject to availability (if we are not able to fulfill your business class request the upgrade cost will be refunded).
- On any upgrade purchase, short haul flights and domestic flight sectors are not guaranteed in a Premium or Business cabin; subject to aircraft configuration.
 


Accommodation Used


3-4 Star (self-rated)

- Lima: Jose Antonio Hotel, Casa Andina Classic Miraflores Centro, San Agustin Exclusive or similar

- Cusco: Jose Antonio Hotel, Ramada Costa Del Sol, San Agustin Dorado or similar

- Aguas Calientes: Casa Andina, Inti Punku Machu Picchu or similar

- Lima (day 10): Costa Del Sol Wyndham Lima Airport or similar

 

No star rating (days 5-7)
- Tented accommodation on the Inca Trail Hike
Please note: all campsites used during the trek have toilet facilities but do not include shower facilities.
- Ayapata Camp
- Chaquicocha Camp
- Phuyupatamarca Camp
 
16 Day with Lake Titicaca Extension
- Puno Tikarani: Hacienda Puno Hotel, Casa Andina Standard Puno or similar
- Lima (day 13): Costa Del Sol Wyndham Lima Airport or similar
 
No Star rating:
- Luquina Island: Traditional Homestay Experience
Please note: Accommodation/rooms offered are based on a lead-in room type, and are subject to availability based on seasonality. Properties will be confirmed, no later than two weeks prior to travel.
  
Extra Nights
- Lima, Peru (Pre/Post Tour): $130 per room including breakfast.
Please note: extra nights are subject to availability until the time of booking. Airport transfers are not included if you wish to arrive early or stay behind.
  
Maximum Room Capacity
2 people.
  
Child Policy
- No child discounts. Full price applies for all children travelling with their parents.
- Valid for Children/infants 16 years old and over.
Please note: Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult 18 years old and over to travel. No unaccompanied minors allowed.
  
Triple Share
Not available.
  
Bedding Configuration
Double or twin bedding (subject to availability).
  
Adjoining / Interconnecting Rooms
Subject to availability and at the hotels discretion. Please enquire on booking if you require this option.


Minimum group size 10, maximum group size 16 per vehicle.
  
Optional Tours / Activities Available for purchase upon checkout
Day 4: Biking Tour of Maras Moray Ruins: $115 per person
Please note:
- prices are based on per person, are subject to availability, time permitting and weather conditions.
- The optional tours listed above must be purchased on checkout or over the phone prior to submitting your passenger information form (subject to availability) 
- Some tours require minimum numbers to operate.
 
Optional Camping & Hiking Equipment – Available for purchase on tour
- Sleeping bag - $35USD per person
- Inflatable mattress – $25USD per person
- Walking Sticks – $20USD per person
- Wayna Picchu mountain climb (Machu Picchu - subject to availability) – $72USD per person
- Extra Porter (to carry your personal belongings up to 7kgs) – $70USD per person
- Extra Porter (to carry your personal belongings up to 14kgs) – $140USD per person
Please note:
- prices are based on per person, are subject to availability and are to be requested & paid direct to the tour operator in the currency specified on the evening of day 4 of the tour during your Inca Trail briefing.
  

- Visa fees and requirements (A tourist visa is not required for Peru if travelling on an Australian passport)
- Meals/beverages not stated in the itinerary
- Recommended gratuities/tipping: please see tipping guide below
- Optional activities/tours
- Personal expenses
- Travel insurance (Mandatory)
Please note: A comprehensive travel Insurance policy must be organised BEFORE all details can be finalised.


 
ALTITUDE SICKNESS
It’s difficult to predict who will be affected by the altitude as your ability to adapt can vary from person to person. We do recommend you undertake the trek in a good state of physical fitness. Most travellers have no problem, as long as they take the time to acclimatize properly. For this purpose, you will arrive 2 days prior to Cusco (3,400m above sea level). Also whilst on tour please ensure you are drinking plenty of water. If you still have concerns about it, please see your doctor.
 
MONEY
If you are bringing cash, please make sure to bring good bills. Bills cannot be torn, worn, ripped because these won´t be accepted. American dollars and Peruvian soles are welcome anywhere and you can also use your credit card in most of the places, with 5% - 9% transaction fees.
 
If you arrive on Sunday, please have Peruvian money before you leave the airport because on Sundays banks are not open.
 
WHAT TO BRING
Sleeping Gear:
- Sleeping bag (can be rented at additional cost on tour)
- Thermal inflatable mattress (can be rented at additional cost on tour)
  
Clothing:
- Mid weight fleece or wool sweater
- Fleece pants or tights
- Mid weight thermal underwear tops and bottom, synthetic or wool
- Hiking shorts / pants
- Long-sleeve shirts / t-shirts
- Underwear and socks
- Swimming suit
  
Clothing accessories:
- Cap / Fleece hat
- Bandana
- Fleece gloves
- Waterproof jacket / rain poncho
  
Footwear:
- Sturdy hiking boots, waterproof, lightweight, broken-in
- Camp shoes such as tennis shoes or sandals or other comfortable footwear to use in the campsites
  
Travel Accessories:
- Bottle of water or camelback
- Flash light
- Watch with alarm or travel clock
- 2 rolls of toilet paper
- Sunglasses and retainer strap
- Sunblock and lip balm
- Toiletry kit
- Small washcloth
- Personal first-aid kit
- Hand sanitizer gel
- Insect repellent
- Several ziplock plastic bags
 
Extra Money For:
- Drinks.
- Tip/ Gratuity to Guide, Cook, and Porters.
- Souvenirs
  
Tam Card
- Please don’t forget to bring the Andean migration card (TAM) with you, which you will receive when you enter to the country (important document in order to not be charged Peruvian taxes).
 
LUGGAGE
Any luggage/belongings not required during the trek can be stored at the hotel in Cusco until your return.
 
PORTERS
Porters will carry camping (including foam mattresses but excluding sleeping bags) and cooking equipment and customers will only be required to carry their own personal belonging e.g. clothes, toiletries, camera equipment etc and sleeping bag.
 
TOUR GUIDE VS. TOUR LEADER
Tour Guide: 
Often locals with intimate knowledge of an area, its culture, and history. Their role entails providing commentary, routing the tour, and seeing that people have a good time. They are a licensed, qualified expert who supplies specific information on history, art, architecture and culture of the city/village/attraction in which he or she is guiding the tour. The guide meets the group at the required place and leaves the group at the end of the tour, they do not travel with the group. 
 
Tour Leader: 
An experienced person tasked with ensuring the smooth operation of tours, as well as providing practical support to passengers throughout the whole trip. Their role primarily includes assisting with accommodation, transportation between locations, and communication with tour guides in each stop. A tour leader may provide general guidance around a city or village, and offer information on the place visited on the bus, however they are not required to have specific knowledge on art, architecture, or history. They are not allowed to provide a guided tour or commentary of a city/village/attraction once there and if caught doing so, can be fined. 
 
Please note: Tour leaders/guides are not a standard inclusion in all travel offers. Tour leaders/guides will only be made available when particularly required to enhance the experience of the destination featured. 
 
CLIMATE & AVERAGE TEMPERATURES
Lima:
Lima is usually described as mild and warm throughout the year without noteworthy rain making Lima one of the driest capitals in the world. The average temperatures range from 18°C to 28°C.
  
Cusco:
Cusco has a subtropical highland climate due to its elevation (3500m above sea level). It is generally dry and temperate, with two defined seasons. The dry season lasts from May to August, with abundant sunshine and occasional night time freezes; July is the coldest month with an average of 9.7°C. The wet season lasts from December to March, with night frost less common; November averages 13.3°C. Although frost and hail are common, the only snowfall ever recorded was in June 1911. Temperatures usually range from 0.2°C to 20.9°C.
 
16 Day Extension Package
Puno:
As Puno is located at such a high elevation (3830m above sea level), it experiences more extreme weather conditions than would be expected for its tropical latitude. The average annual temperature is about 8.4°C, and the weather never gets overly warm. During the winter months from June to August, night-time temperatures usually drop well below 0°C. At this high altitude, the rays of the sun are very strong. Most of the annual precipitation falls during the southern hemisphere summer, with the winter months being very dry.
 
FLIGHTS
Seat Selection & Frequent Flyer Points:
At TripADeal we do not arrange seat selection. It is important to highlight that some Airlines do not allow pre-selected seats. We strongly suggest you contact the Airline directly with seating allocation requirements and or arrive at the airport earlier to arrange your seating. While we do not add frequent flyer member details to bookings, you can do this directly with the Airline once you have your flight information.
 
Passport Validity:
Customers are required to provide valid passport details either at the time of purchase, or no later than 45 days prior to departure date. Failure to do so may result in cancellation of the booking. In this instance customers will be responsible for any costs and fees incurred.
 
COACH TOUR
Meals:
19 meals are included in the tour, for all other meals; lunches and dinners the tour leader (when available) will offer assistance with reservations, suggestions and directions to local restaurants. It is your responsibility to notify TripADeal of any dietary requests/requirements. Please note; we will do our best to meet your requests/requirements, however cannot guarantee that we will always be able to.
 
Luggage:
You will be responsible for all your personal belongings whilst on the tour. With regards to luggage, you must carry your own luggage from the coach to the hotel room and back to the coach. The driver will assist with the uploading and off-loading of the luggage from the coach.
 
OTHER
Fitness Level Required / Mobility:
Our vehicles are not equipped with wheelchair access, so unfortunately our tours are currently not suitable for wheelchair users and those less mobile. 

Please note: A decent level of fitness will be required for this tour due to the Inca Trail component. You will be required to hike for 6-7 hours a day at high altitudes on well-formed hiking trails. If you haven't done a multi-day hike in the last 8 months, we recommend that you test drive your stamina with equipment on local hikes before you go. 
 
This tour is not suitable for:
- Anyone who has difficulty walking, whether it be on flat surfaces or inclines.
- People over the age of 70 unless they are dedicated hikers at home.
- People with chronic health conditions that affect their mobility or activity level.
- Pregnant women should not hike as there are no medical services available near the trail. 
 
You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information well before departure. We recommend that you carry a First Aid kit and hand sanitizers / antibacterial wipes as well as any personal medical requirements. Please be aware that during the Inca Trail Hike you will be in remote areas and away from medical facilities.
 
Please note: inoculations may be required to enter the country visited, along with re entry into Australia after your visit. It is your responsibility to consult with your travel doctor for up to date medical travel information well before departure.
 
Yellow Fever:
A valid international certificate of vaccination against Yellow Fever is required in many countries. You may need to present this on arrival at the airport or border crossing. Some countries will refuse entry if you are unable to present your certificate. It's also quite common for your home country to request a Yellow Fever certificate on your arrival back home.
 
It is your responsibility to check with your doctor well in advance of leaving home about the Yellow Fever requirements for the countries you'll be visiting.
 
Gratuities / Tipping:
Gratuities (tips) are not included in the tour price for services throughout the tour. The recommended tipping for the tour leader is approximately $10 USD per person per day, which will be collected on tour. Tipping for other services provided on tour such as tour guide’s on optional tours, drivers, porters etc is always a matter of personal discretion and is recommended at approximately $1-3 USD per service provided dependent on the service provided. Gratuities may be paid in local currency or US dollar equivalent where accepted. Please be aware that tipping is considered by many locals to be a part of their normal remuneration and some may approach you for additional "compensation." There is no need to be intimidated by the request, nor should you feel pressured to pay more than recommended.
 
Inca Trail Tipping:
Generally, on the Inca Trail, groups give collective tips that are shared between the cook and all porters and are usually given on the last night of the trek. If the group pools together money and at the end of the hike and each porter receives 60 soles (approx. $24 AUD) and the cook receives 120 soles (approx. $48AUD), they will end with a great tip! Often, the tip for your guide is done personally and is generally 50 soles (approx. $20 AUD) per traveller. Tipping is of course 100% voluntary and it should only be done if you feel that your guide, porters and cooks have done an amazing job. For reference, a group of 10 travellers will have 16 porters (including the cook) and 2 guides.
 
Sightseeing:
Please note: In the event entrance to a site is affected by changes in operating hours or public holiday closures, your itinerary will be adjusted to ensure you do not miss out on the experience. 
 
Shopping:
Shopping overseas can be a daunting and confusing experience, especially when there is a language barrier. Please be very cautious when foreign currencies and prices are involved. If paying by credit card, please pay close attention to the amount you are being charged and keep all of your receipts. 
Do not make any purchases you are not comfortable with or feel pressured into. If you are uncertain or need assistance with the language barrier, please seek assistance from your Tour Guide/Leader.
Please refer to our Terms and Conditions in regards to shopping for further information.



Peru


A tourist visa for Peru is not required if travelling on an Australian Passport.

 

Please note: Customers choosing the stay behind or stopover package will be required to pay a Chilean Reciprocity Fee of approximately $117 USD (subject to change) per person paid at airport customs in Chile. This fee is paid in US dollars and we recommend customers carry sufficient US dollars in cash to pay this fee as credit card facilities may be unavailable. This does not affect customers who do not choose to take the stopover package.

 

Please note: Passengers who are not Australian citizens must check with the respective consulate or visa agency to determine what their visa requirements are and what personal identification is required. It is also important to note, some areas of employment such as journalism, government authorities and charity organisations may have additional restrictions in applying for Visas. This may in turn affect the type of application required.




We are proud to offer a range of travel insurance products - please ask your Travel Consultant for more information.



Voluntary Changes


This includes booking changes requested by you, including but not limited to those changes requiring an airline ticket or a Purchase Confirmation reissue.

  

·   1st Change - $100.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.

·   2nd Change - $150.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.

·   Subsequent changes - $250.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.

·   Changes within 30 days of departure $350.00 person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.

·   Changes within 14 days of departure $500.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.

  

Name Changes Due To Passenger Error
·   If the incorrect name has been advised to TripADeal, charges of $150.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.