A South Peru Adventure – 18 Days

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18 Day
Availability : Jan 1' - Dec 31'
Cusco
Amazon Jungle; Choquequirao & Machu Picchu
Min Age : 18+
Max People : 15
Overview
South Peru Adventure

Incorporating the best cultural, historical and natural environments of South Peru in and around Cusco. This is a multi-day adventure; that can be fully customised to your requirements; taking you to some of the best Peru adventure sites in the Andes & Amazon Jungle.

  • Start by landing in Lima and transfer directly, by domestic flight, to Cusco.
  • Flying down to Cusco, you’ll do a Sacred Valley tour to acclimatise fully with some touring & activities before embarking on a warm-up trek of Rainbow Mountain (Mt. Vinicunca). Here you’ll trek one of the most intriguing and colourful mountain ranges in Peru.
  • Then onto the main expedition trek of Choquequirao to Machu Picchu, an epic trek traversing the Apurimac valley taking you through both Incan citadels of Choquequirao and Machu Picchu.
  • – Choquequirao to Machu Picchu Trek: This 65 km trek takes you through lush jungles; deep canyons, and many snow-capped peaks along the way to Machu Picchu. If you’re in for a great Peru adventure, this is one of the most beautiful treks in the Cusco Region.
  • Peru Amazon Tours – Flying into the Amazon jungle, for some exploration & relaxation after a long trek. This trip is designed for the adventurous; whilst also allowing you to see the best of Tambopata Jungle Reserve wildlife.
  • Take a domestic flight back to Cusco on your final day; before heading back out to Lima for onward connecting international flights.

Included
Breakfast x 17
Lunch x 13
Dinner x 10
Private Transport – collection & drop-off for all tours and airport transfers
Professional bilingual guide
High-Mountain Cook
Horsemen & mules
All camping equipment (Sleeping bags to hire + Walking sticks)
Entrance to Machu Picchu & return trip bus tickets to Aguas Calientes
Accommodation in Aguas Calientes x 1 night
Train tickets to Cusco
Accomodation in Cusco/Lima/Sacred Valley x 7 nights (3-4*)
Domestic flights from Lima to Cusco (Return trip)
Domestic flights from Cusco to Puerto Maldonado (Return trip)

Excluded
International Airfares
Tips for crew
Any additional extras

Joining Arrangements There will be a pre-trek briefing held usually the evening before departure, at your hotel, to go over the details of the trek and any specific requirements not already captured.
Food & Water Prior to setting off we recommend you steer clear of street food and only eat in good restaurants, to avoid any stomach complaints. Likewise with tap water, it is largely untreated, please only consume bottled water only or sterilised water if you have the right equipment.
Special Diets We’ll ensure that we cater for all of your dietary needs, at the point of booking we’ll collect this information from you. We can secure special menu requests also for your trek party.
Trekking Crew We are able to customise our treks to suit you, but usually our treks are guided by a professional bilingual guide, mountain cook, arriero (horseman) and mules to carry all equipment (passenger horses also available on request). They become a large part of your trekking expedition and it’s a great experience working together.
Acclimatisation
This is a really important part of your trip planning process, please find a link below which explains a little more about preparing for altitude. Altitude Preparation
Preparation
Attached below are a couple of links which will explain how to prepare for your trip & trek in advance of your arrival. We recommend being prepared in advance to save time & stress whilst you’re in Peru. Trip Planning | Trek Planning
Machu Picchu An excursion to Machu Picchu can be included as part of your trip, including professional bilingual guide, entrance tickets, return trip bus tickets, Huayna Picchu & Machu Picchu Mountains (mountain climbs to be confirmed on reservation) & your return train ticket to Cusco. To be confirmed on reservation.
Covid-19 (Coronavirus) We are working with the latest protocols issued by the Ministerio de Salud (Ministry of Health) to ensure our operations are safe and compliant for the future. We also have access to on-call health services for your time with us.
Covid-19 (Useful Links) World Health Organisation | World Health Organisation – Peru | Covid-19 Data – Peru | Covid-19 Daily Statistics
Available Discounts Throughout 2022 we’re offering a 15% discount for each member of a group larger than 4+
Reservation Please contact us to reserve your trek and we will send you our deposit & payment options.
Customer Service Please feel free to contact us at any point before your trip for any queries or problems.

 

Itinerary

Day 1Landing Day - Lima Airport & transfer to Barranco (or overnight Ramada Costa del Sol)

Depending on time of arrival into Lima there are a couple of options:

Early morning to mid – afternoon : Transfer to Miraflores or Barranco for overnight
Early evening to late evening: Overnight in Ramada Wyndham Costa del Sol

Day 2Transfer to Cusco

Head to the Lima airport for your transfer flight to Cusco. Remember: you will be 11,000 feet (3,000 m) above sea level, so take it easy and remember to drink lots of water. Take a walk through the plaza — if the weather is beautiful, it’s a perfect place to sit and have a cup of coca tea while adjusting to the elevation. In the evening, take the opportunity to experience Cusco’s celebrated culinary heritage at a local restaurant.

  • Overnight: Cusco
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3Free Day in Cusco

Today is a free day to explore Cusco and the surrounding ancient ruins. Explore the narrow cobblestone streets by foot, go for a short hike in the hills outside the city, or simply relax in the mountain sun. Eat lunch at a local Peruvian restaurant and sample local flavors and cooking techniques—crackling pork, pickled vegetables, seasonal flavors, bread baked in earthen ovens, roasted vegetables, and sweet donuts make for a delicious and filling meal.

  • Overnight: Cusco
  • Meals included: Breakfast

Day 4Rainbow Mountain (Mount Vinicunca) - Vilcanota Cordillera

Leaving around 7:30 a.m, we begin our journey to Rainbow Mountain. The hike starts from Hanchipata-Quesuno at 3,700 m elevation above sea level. From here, it´s a three hour, uphill hike to reach the famous pass Rainbow Mountain. Once we arrive at the top of Rainbow Mountain, there is enough time to enjoy the beauty of the surrounding landscapes. It is also possible to view Ausangate Glacier Peak from this point. There are a couple of options here for accommodation.

You can camp in a small community Chacco Huayllasca. Located at the bottom of the rocks we climb, which is very picturesque, that also be quite cold, but we have the best equipment to combat the elements. The other option is an overnight stay on a small dairy farm (Tambo Queque Norte) where you can experience a nice warm bed, dinner and farm life.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5Return from Rainbow Mountain & transfer to Cachora

Today you’ll leave the Ausangate region and transfer to the Apurimac/Choquequirao region in readiness for the expedition that lies ahead. Upon reaching Cachora you’ll take the opportunity to rest.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Overnight: Cachora

Day 6Choquequirao to Machu Picchu Trek - Cusco to Chiquisca

Drive from your hotel in Cusco to the rustic Cachora village where your trek will begin. After having lunch, start your trek by following a switchback trail down into the Apurimac canyon. You’ll stay the night in Chikiska, a small mountainside settlement with beautiful views down into the Apurimac valley. Accommodation: Camping

  • Overnight: Chikiska
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7Choquequirao to Machu Picchu Trek - Chiquisca to Choquequirao

Depart from your campsite at Chikiska and continue your trek across the Apurimac River and pass through the communities of Santa Rosa and Maranpata. The steep path passes through territory which can get humid and hot depending on the season. One of the more strenuous days, with dramatic views of the canyon as you approach the ruins of Choquequirao. In the evening, we will arrive at our campsite, located right near the ruins of Choquequirao.

  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Overnight: Choquequirao
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8Choquequirao to Machu Picchu Trek - Day at Choquequirao

After breakfast at your campsite, head out to visit the ruins. With few other tourists around, explore the main plaza, ritual bath, and inlaid stone llamas at the ruins of Choquequirao. The site sits atop a hill rising 1,600m above the Apurimac and was hidden from the Spanish for centuries until Hiram Bingham stumbled upon it before Machu Picchu. The site is yet to be completely excavated, with much of it still shrouded by jungle and cloud forest. In the evening, return to your campsite near the Choquequirao ruins.
 
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Overnight: Choquequirao
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9Choquequirao to Machu Picchu Trek - Choquequirao to Mayisal

Get ready for the toughest day of the trek. You’ll start by trekking 1,400m downhill from your campsite near Choquequirao to the newly uncovered ruins of Picha Unuyoc, then down to Rio Blanco where you can dip your feet in the refreshing water. You’ll then climb 1,200m back up to Maizal, a beautiful campsite at 3,000 m.

  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Overnight: Maizal
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10Choquequirao to Machu Picchu Trek - Mayisal to Yanama

Depart from your campsite in Maizal and hike past long-lost silver mines through the Abra San Juan mountain pass to the highest point of the trek at 4,150m. From here, you’ll have breathtaking views of the Cordillera Vilcabamba range, then you’ll descend down to the village of Yanama. Overnight Camp

  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Overnight: Yanama
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11Choquequirao to Machu Picchu Trek - Yanama to Totoru

Today begins with a climb up to the Yanama Pass (4,668m / 15,315ft) – this is the highest point of this trail. From the pass the mountain track then begins to descend to another small village called Totora (4,100m / 13,450ft). Camping at Totoru is the highest altitude campsite you will encounter on this trek expedition. At this point you will be well acclimatised so the altitude won’t be a problem.

  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Overnight: Totoru
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12Choquequirao to Machu Picchu Trek - Totoru to Santa Teresa

On your last day of hiking, you’ll walk from your campsite in Lucmabamba through fields and cloud forests along an imperial Inca trail. Llactapata is a small, beautiful set of ruins hidden in the wilderness with a view across to  Machu Picchu. Soon you’ll arrive at the small town of Santa Teresa, here you can take hot baths to relax after a long trek.

  • Overnight: Santa Teresa – Camping
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13Choquequirao to Machu Picchu Trek - Hydroelectric train to Machu Picchu & Tour

Machu Picchu Travel: From Santa Teresa, you’ll continue down to the Hydroelectric power station, where you can either take a train or hike to the town of Aguas Calientes. Upon arrival, mid morning you’ll be in good time for the afternoon entrance to Machu Picchu, which is a quieter and more serene time to visit. From Aguas Calientes, it’s an easy 25-minute bus ride up to the Machu Picchu ruins. This 15th-century Inca citadel is located at 7,970 ft (2,430 m) and is a masterpiece of engineering that served as a sanctuary and retreat for the Incan Emperor Pachacutec and his royal court.

Machu Picchu, which means “Old Mountain,” is considered a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and is one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. Your guide will lead you around the site and explain the different buildings and curious corners of the building complex. Approximately one-third of the site has been reconstructed into its original structure, giving visitors a sense for the grandeur and artistry of the original citadel. After the tour, take the bus back to Aguas Calientes ready for the return train journey back to Cusco early in the evening.

  • Overnight: Cusco
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 14Flight to Puerto Maldonado - transfer to Huitoto Lake lodge - Day 1

In the morning we’ll collect you from your hotel and transfer you to Cusco Airport. Flying out of Cusco this morning you’ll head to the jungle town of Puerto Maldonado. Upon arrival in Puerto Maldonado, you will be transferred to Huitoto Lake Lodge by boat. The ride offers terrific views of the jungle and its rich biodiversity. After settling into the lodge, take a jungle walk to observe the fascinating life of nocturnal creatures, including tarantulas, snakes and a variety of insects and birds – take a moment to appreciate the glorious cacophony of the jungle.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 15Huitoto Lake Lodge - Tambopata Jungle Lodge - Day 2

Depart the lodge early on Day 2 to enjoy a brilliant sunrise over Huitoto Lake while listening to the morning songs of macaws and other birds. Then go on a wildlife watching excursion along the Aguajal Trail to spot birds, monkeys and other animals. In the early afternoon, it’s back to the relaxing environment of the lodge to enjoy the lake from the viewpoint. In the late afternoon, you’ll visit an enchanted island on the lake to discover giant trees, insects, birds, alligators and monkeys, such as the coto or howler, capuchin monkey, maquisapa. You can fish for piranhas, croakers and many other types. Finally, take an evening catamaran ride to see alligators inhabiting Lake Huitoto.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16Huitoto Lake Lodge - Tambopata Jungle Lodge - Day 3

Take another early morning walk through the forest to look for lion river turtles, alligators and monkeys. Take a close look at the unique plants and trees of the rainforest, including the giant ceiba tree. After breakfast, hike along the Lupuna Trail to observe wildlife and medicinal plants.

Halfway along the trail is a salt lick where animals gather. You will have the opportunity to observe white-lipped peccary (a hog-like animal), peccaries and tapirs. More wildlife trips and rides along the lake continue throughout the day. Jacamar, motmots, eagles, toucans and herons are some of the birds commonly sighted along the lake. Leaving late morning you’ll journey back by riverboat to Puerto Maldonado in time to catch your connecting flight to Cusco.

  • Overnight: Cusco
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17A last day in Cusco

For your last day, you can look around Cusco, visit local Markets like San Pedro and the old artisanal quarters like San Blas.

  • Meals included: Breakfast

Day 18Domestic flight out from Cusco to Lima

In the morning or afternoon, you will be met at your hotel for a transfer to Cusco Airport, where you will transfer to your flight to Lima. It’s never goodbye, only until the next time!

  • Meals included: Breakfast
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