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The Connoisseur`s Inca Trail and Beyond Trek

Starts: Cusco, Peru
Finishes: San Sebastián, Peru

Visit: Cusco, Ollantaytambo, Machu Picchu, Cusco, San Sebastián

Tour Type: Small Group

Accommodation: Moderate

Activity: Trekking

Overview

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The Inca Trail is recognised to be one of the world's greatest treks. Traversing the foothills of Peru's Cordillera Vilcabamba, provides an unforgettably dramatic trek to the fabulous Inca ruins of Machu Picchu. Crossing three high passes, the established trek follows sections of stone pathway created by the Incas of South America four centuries ago and provides tremendous views of spectacular forested valleys and of the snow-capped peaks of the Vilcabamba. Our visit to Peru begins in ancient Inca capital of Cusco, high in the Andes. Here we have 2 days of sightseeing and acclimatisation including visits to the fortresses at Sacsayhuaman and at Ollantaytambo in the nearby Sacred Valley. We then set off on a picturesque trail around Huayanay Peak, passing through forest to alpine meadows and crossing the Ancascocha Pass (4625m) to reach the Inca Trail. On this memorable 3-day section of trail, we are likely to see few other trekkers. This short introduction also ensures that we are fit, well acclimatised and ready to enjoy one of the world's greatest walks. Once on the main trail, we encounter increasingly impressive Inca ruins such as Sayacmarca and Winay Huayna, before arriving at Machu Picchu, the world-famous lost city of the Incas. With blue glacial lakes, cloud forest, orchids, hummingbirds, magnificent Inca settlements and stone-paved trails, there is no other short trek in the world that offers such a variety of experiences.

Permits for the Inca Trail are limited and allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Book early to guarantee your place on your chosen departure.

Is this holiday for you?

This classic adventure offers a variety of trekking conditions. Most of the walking is on well-defined tracks, including some sections of ancient Inca highways, which are paved with stone. There are occasional river crossings and some steeper sections of trail on the first two days of the trek. It should be noted that trekking at altitudes above 3000m. makes greater demands on the body than walking at low elevations, and is of itself challenging even for fit hikers. We have allowed three nights at an altitude around 3000 metres before we start trekking and this should provide adequate acclimatisation. You will need to ensure you are physically prepared for the trek. You should be comfortable with walking for 5 or 6 hours each day with the occasional longer day, and for several days continuously. You will encounter some long ascents and/or descents on some days. There are also long sections of Inca built steps to negotiate on a couple of the days.

Highlights

    • Acclimatisation in the colourful city of Cusco
    • Hike the Silque Valley and the Ancascocha Pass
    • Early morning at Machu Picchu
    • Ollantaytambo and the Sacred Valley of the Incas

Trip Details

The Trip

Product Code: 62460
Tour Type: Small Group
Accommodation: Moderate
Transport: Private & Local (Public)
Guide Language: english

Starts: Cusco, Peru
Finishes: San Sebastián, Peru
Duration: 13 days
Physical rating: Average

Includes

  • An experienced English-speaking local leader
  • Inca Trail permit fee and entrance to Machu Picchu
  • Cusco Airport transfers (on designated group arrival and departure days only)
  • All land transport required in the itinerary
  • Hotel accommodation as described in the trip dossier
  • Meals as detailed in the Meal Plan. (12 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 6 dinners)
  • Guided sightseeing tour of Cusco
  • A full service on trek including food and all equipment (excluding personal equipment)

Excludes

  • Travel Insurance
  • Cusco airport departure taxes
  • Tips for porters and other trek staff
  • Lunch and dinner in Cusco / Ollantaytambo / Aguas Calientes
  • Miscellaneous personal expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc.
  • Single Supplement $535 - Includes all 6 group hotel nights and single tent
  • Single Tent $135

Price

Price person (sharing double) $2,315 ($178/day)

Deposit:

$300 per person for bookings made 56 days or more prior to departure

Full Amount for bookings made less than 56 days prior to departure

Cancellation: Super Strict

Trip Notes

Price does not include airfare (to the Trip start & from the end location)

Trip Price generally includes accommodation, transport/transfer, activities, services of a professional guide & more. (Please refer to the include/excludes section for details)

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Peru Cusco, Plaza De Armas, Ollantaytambo, Silque Valley, Ancascocha, Ancascocha Pass, Muyu Muyu, Paucarcancha, Llulluchapampa, Phuyupatamarca, Machu Picchu, Aguas Calientes
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Jerri-Ann M  

I thoroughly enjoyed the scenery, trekking, local culture and ruins. I found the beyond trek to be so well worth it as it gave me insight into the local culture and the chance to view areas off the beaten track.

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Stephen M  

What did it for me was the amazing scenery, ability of crew to set up camp and produce such good food, Macchu Picchu to Ollantaytambo train ride and the friendly Peruvians, in fact, almost everything!

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Hugh J  

High praise for the catering. Not one dodgy tummy and consistently high quality tuck. "Chema" is a complex character and can appear quite dark and moody but these are minor quibbles. His knowledge is breathtaking, matched only by his passion for the mountains. He is also a master tactician and brilliantly avoided all crowds on the final days on the Inca Trail, while both walking and sleeping. His English is superb by the way. I most enjoyed the 'beyond' bit of the trek...

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Joy B  

Our trip guide was wonderful. Very knowledgable about every aspect of his country, passionate about sharing his knowledge, & a very good leader. As the slowest member of the group he made me feel comfortable with my own pace going up the mountains, so that I didn't feel guilty of holding everyone back. I've got a feeling our beach holidays may now be a thing of the past!

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Jeanne E  

The knowledge of the guide was outstanding and the support crew were wonderful.

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David S  

The trip was pretty well faultless throughout. The food on trek was excellent, in fact remarkable considering the remoteness of the ealy part of the trek. By the time the trek was over we had eaten a wide variety of classic local dishes. I have trekked in most high places in the world and this was one of the best. Machu Pichu is an unforgettable experience but for me the best part of the trip was the trek before joining the Machu Pichu trail especially the camp before the Ancascocha pass. A truly beautiful camp site.

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Philip B  

Would just like to thank everyone involved, great overall commitment and understanding from the whole company, quick replies to any problems and efficient organisation throughout.

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Elizabeth S  

The extension to Lake Titicaca was very good, the Orient Express train relaxing and the stay on Taquile island particularly interesting. George gave us a very interesting detailed insight into the way of life on the island. The people very wonderful and everyone did their best for us. George ensured that everything went well and stayed at the airport to make sure we got thr ough okay. He checked on the flight times, which had been changed again, and so ensured everything went according to plan.

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Janet D  

I most enjoyed the sun actually shining when we reached the Sun gate at Machu Picchu. Cusco was a brilliant city with something going on all the time.

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Robert G  

A very good trek, I've done a good number of different ones now and would say this was amoungst the best. The group was a fit bunch and we all had a sense of humour which was similiar including the leader and this helped greatly. Going thru the Sun gate from rainy to all sun as we stepped through was fantastic.... what holidays are made off.

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John C  

In 2011 I went on the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek. The Inca Trail and Beyond Trek I found to be an even better experience. Up to the part where you enter the Machu Picchu park, the trek is over rugged landscape with incredible views. Trekking was more challenging than the Annapurna Sanctuary trip, trails in the park were stepped but often steep (Peruvian Flat!). The food was better on my previous trek but this did not spoil the overall enjoyment. Initially it seemed the part of the trek where we were not actually trekking seemed excessive but on reflection, it was useful to avoid altitude problems. And who could not enjoy the Fashion Show on the train to Cusco from Machu Picchu, train travel in the UK will never be the same! A fantastic experience that we will not forget! The staff were very helpful in planning the trip, the Amazon Rainforest extension and my additional flights

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Michelle H  

On our 7 day trek, the food was unbelievable. Here we are at 4200m, and the chef, Juan, in his chef whites, cooking us a three course meal. Not any one day did we have the same meal. For me, the food was excellent, varied, nutritional, but too much. Our guide was very knowledgeable and passionate about the trek and the environment of which we were in. This was my first trek, and already I am looking for my next one. I had an incredible time, and considering my normal holidays are spent on a beach somewhere exotic, not once did I complain or ail anything.

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Martin  

We are two very active outdoor enthusiasts, the trip was booked to give us a challenge in a new country, it did just that. The height gain was difficult for most, me included, underfoot conditions were good, pre Inca trail section was remote but this in itself made this trip so good, no crowds here, just mountains of great stature. On reaching the Inca Trail the crowds arrived too, but this was not a problem and only added to the whole atmosphere. On reaching Machu Picchu this was a totally emotional experience for 4 tired happy Trekkers. Anyone thinking of booking this trip should go and do so, arrive fit, prepared to experience Altitude related conditions, walk light,use poles, be prepared to snap away on phone or camera, take back up batteries, little chance of recharging during the trip.

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