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Anticipated itinerary; actual route may vary.

Day 1: arrive lima

Upon arrival in Lima, proceed to the Ramada Costa del Sol airport hotel for overnight.

Lodging
Costa del Sol

Day 2: cusco

The architecture of Cusco will amaze you.The architecture of Cusco will amaze you.

Your day begins with an early morning flight to Cusco, high in the Andes (11,200'/3,400m), where you will be met and transferred to your local hotel. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon at leisure walking around the ancient city. From the Plaza de Armas, visit many of the city’s historical sites, see Incan stone walls serving as the foundations of Spanish architecture, and view the cathedral built atop the ruins of an Incan temple. For lunch and dinner, enjoy the variety of great places to eat in the city. We recommend for acclimatization purposes that you don't push yourself on your first day at this altitude. Also, be sure to drink plenty of water!

Meals
Breakfast
Lodging
El Mercado Hotel

Day 3: cusco

This morning you will have a guided tour of the four extraordinary nearby ruins: Sacsayhuaman, Qenko, Puca Pucara, and Tambomachay. Cusco was the center of the Incan Empire and was built in the shape of a puma. The city itself is the puma’s body, and the enormous Sacsayhuaman ruins represent the head and teeth. The largest and most impressive of Sacsayhuaman’s original rocks are still in place, though only about 20% of the entire site remains today. Qenko, meaning zig-zag, consists of a large limestone rock covered with carvings with mysterious caves and alters below, and its zig-zag walls and channels are thought to have been used for ritual sacrifices. Puca Pucara, or red fort, is so named because it appears red when viewed in the right light. Tambo Machay, known locally as “El Bano del Inca” or the Incan bath, is a small site with beautiful ceremonial stone fountains and bathing pools. The afternoon is for continued relaxed acclimatization or independent exploration.

Meals
Breakfast
Lodging
El Mercado Hotel

Day 4: sacred valley/explore chinchero and huchuyqosqo

Depart for Chinchero.Depart for Chinchero.

The next few days offer travelers a wide range of alternate activities, with same day decision flexibility!  Can it get any better?

After an early breakfast, we depart Cusco for the village of Chinchero, where we stop for a guided visit of the Inca archeological site and the 16th century colonial church.  From here there are two options:

Alternate Activity A:  Extend your morning visit to Chinchero before departing for a guided tour of the Moray Inca terraced agricultural site (11,464’/3,550m).  Lunch is taken before visiting the Maras salt mines.  Continue with a hike to see the native houses of Pichingoto, after which you are picked up and are transferred to Lamay. 

Alternative Activity B:  Board the vehicle for a short drive to the small community of Taucca (12,717’/3,877m), the start of a scenic hike that includes views of beautiful Lake Piuray and the Urubamba and Vilcabamba mountain ranges. We hike for about 2.5 hours uphill to Huallata Pass (14,107’/4,300m) and on to Huchuyqosqo Pass, from where we can see the spectacular Sacred Valley of the Incas. We start our descent to Huchuyqosqo (11,811’/3,600m), once an important religious and commercial center, and known as the place to observe thunder and lightning. After lunch, we continue our descent for about an hour to the community of Calca (9,650’/2,925m). On this section of the trail we may enjoy views of the Pitusiray and Sahuasiray glaciers. Our vehicles will meet us at the end of the hike and take us to the lush green town of Lamay (9,649’/2,941m).

The group reconvenes at the Lamay Lodge for a guide briefing before dinner and a comfortable overnight.

Hiking time including lunch: about 5 hours.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Lamay Lodge

Day 5: sacred valley: explore the pisac valley and ruins

Meet locals from Pisac.Meet locals from Pisac.

This morning you have the choice of how to wend your way to the village of Viacha. 

Morning Alternative Activity A:  Depart the lodge for a visit of the picturesque village of Pisac, well known for its colorful handicraft market held on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays.  If you would like to bike from Lamay to Pisaq town along the river, instead of taking the vehicle, that can be arranged as well.  After the visit, it is just a short drive to Viacha. 

Morning Alternative Activity B:  For those who wish to hike, a short drive to the community of Amaru (10,550’/) brings you to the trailhead for the morning’s moderate hike to the rendezvous point in Viacha.  The trail winds uphill for two hours to Challwaccasa Pass (13,943’/4,250m), which grants us great views of the peaks of the Vilcanota and Vilcabamba mountain ranges and the more distant and giant snow-capped peaks of Ausangate and Salcantay. We then head downhill to the community of Viacha.

In Viacha, take a walking tour of the community to learn about the local agricultural activities before enjoying a gourmet lunch of Pachamanca, a traditional Peruvian spiced meat dish cooked in an earthenware pot over hot stones.    After lunch and a well-earned rest, we join a restored Inca trail that leads to the stunning archaeological site of Pisac, which dominates the valley below.  The lower slopes of the surrounding mountains feature impressive agricultural terraces and irrigation systems dating from Inca times.   For those who want to continue hiking, continue downhill for an hour to the picturesque village of Pisac.

Our vehicle will be waiting to take us back to Lamay. Dinner and overnight at Lamay Lodge.

Hiking time including lunch: about 6 hours.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Lamay Lodge

Day 6: lares: trek from cuncani to huacawasi, meet the communities

Trek today for approximately 6 hours.Trek today for approximately 6 hours.

This morning the group will depart the lodge and walk around the small town of Lamay.

A one hour drive brings us to Ancasmarca (13,267’/4,044m), where we explore an old Inca site that features a variety of ancient food warehouses, dwellings, and farming areas. Its location was strategic since it connected the higher part of the Sacred Valley with the cloud forest communities of Lares.  Lunch is taken in Lares.

Afternoon Alternative Activity A:  Drive to the small town of Choquecancha for a guided tour of the imposing Inka ruins and the colonial church.  Arrive at the Huacahuasi Lodge, where the rest of the day is at leisure.

Afternoon Alternative Activity B:  Drive to the small village of Quelqena and then start a beautiful and easy 3-hour hike to the Huacahuasi Lodge.

Afternoon Alternative Activity C:  Heading over the Lares Pass (14,501’/4,420m), we arrive at Cuncani, the starting point of our hike. Walking uphill for about two hours, we pass farmhouses and fields. The local inhabitants, descendants of the Incas, have maintained their traditional way of life, growing an amazing variety of potatoes nearly year-round and using their llamas as transportation and alpacas as food and clothing. Reaching Cruzccasa Pass (13,740’/4,188m), we enjoy an impressive view of Veronica peak before the two-hour descent to Huacawasi Lodge (12,579’/3,835m). 

In the late afternoon, the whole group has an opportunity to experience a unique cultural encounter with the local community.

The group reconvenes for the guide briefing and dinner.  Overnight at Huacahuasi Lodge.

Hiking time including lunch: about 5 hours.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Huacawasi Lodge

Day 7: lares: trek from quiswari to huacawasi, high mountain lakes

Take a break by one of the lakes you come across.Take a break by one of the lakes you come across.

Today travelers choose from three very exciting and different options:

Alternative Activity A:  Depart from the lodge for a visit to the community of Huacahuasi and to meet the local people in their homes.  Return to the lodge for a cooking class, lunch and an afternoon of leisure.

Afternoon Alternative Activity B:  Depart from the lodge for a visit to the community of Huacahuasi and an easy walk to a nearby waterfall and refreshing snack.  Return to the lodge for lunch and an afternoon of leisure.

Afternoon Alternative Activity C:  A great day awaits us as we hike one of the most beautiful trails in the Cusco region! From our lodge, we drive to the quaint village of Quiswarani, where we begin hiking westward up a small valley dotted with lakes and herds of grazing alpacas. Our trail then narrows into a series of switchbacks to Abra Huchuyccasa pass, which we reach after three hours. From the pass we have the most amazing views of distant mountain ranges and stunning turquoise lakes, whose brilliant hues are the result of bronze metal elements in their icy waters. Descending slightly, we continue hiking another hour toward our second pass of the day at Phoñoccasa. From here we descend to Qeywaqocha Lake for a leisurely lunch, then end our hike at the village of Qelqena. Along the way, enjoy spotting native bird species, including Andean geese, ducks, and plovers. Our vehicle meets us at the trailhead for the drive back to Huacawasi.

The group reconvenes for the guide briefing and dinner.  Overnight at Huacahuasi Lodge.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Huacawasi Lodge

Day 8: lares: trek from huacawasi to patacaancha and on to ollantaytambo

The kind locals will give you a warm welcome!The kind locals will give you a warm welcome!

Today you have the choice to hike from Huacahuasi to Patacancha or explore the Sacred Valley of the Incas, local markets and town of Ollantaytambo.

Activity A:  Depart in the vehicle for the Sacred Valley, where we visit the market town of Calca (optional bike ride along the river).  Visit a musuem of historical artifacts and have lunch at a local restaurant before driving on to explore Ollantaytambo, the oldest continuously inhabited dwelling in South America.

Activity B:  Start hiking from the lodge.  Huacawasi is a famous weavers’ village, where the men still wear traditional colorful ponchos and women’s attire includes wide handmade skirts and decorated hats. As we begin our hike right from the lodge, we are immersed in scenes of community life, including women working on looms and children heading to school. The wide and easy trail takes us uphill for 2.5 hours to the top of Ipsaycocha Pass (14,757’/4,499m), where we enjoy stunning views of the surrounding mountains. As we hike, we often meet locals traveling from village to village with their goods and herds. We descend gently for about 40 minutes to Lake Ipsaycocha (14,081’/4,292m) where we may have the chance to see condors circling lazily in the sky while enjoying our lunch. We continue our descent for 2.5 hours to the village of Patacancha (12,624’/3,848m), where high quality weavings are also produced. Our vehicle will meet us here to take us to the Inca town of Ollantaytambo (9,160’/2,792m) in the Sacred Valley.

The group reconvenes for the guide briefing and dinner.  Overnight in Ollantaytambo.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Ollantaytambo hotel

Day 9: explore ollantaytambo inca sites

Machu Picchu should absolutely be on your bucket list.Machu Picchu should absolutely be on your bucket list.

Early morning optional hike to Pinkuylluna, an Inka site with great views of the valley (choice of easy or moderate hike).

After our five-day hike, we can enjoy a more relaxing day by skipping the morning hike and having a leisurely breakfast before visiting Ollantaytambo, which boasts an impressive archaeological site and a well-preserved Inca town structure. This was the estate of Emperor Pachacutec who conquered the region, building the town and the ceremonial center. Ollantaytambo dates from the late 15th century and has some of the oldest continuously occupied dwellings in South America.  Explore the town and market independently before boarding the train late morning with box lunch in hand for the 1.5-hour ride to Aguas Calientes, also known as Machu Picchu town.  Check-in to the hotel on arrival and spend the remainder of the afternoon at leisure.  There may be the opportunity for an optional visit to Machu Picchu Sanctuary in the afternoon hours when we can enjoy the site with fewer visitors.

Guide briefing, dinner and overnight at Inkaterra Pueblo Hotel.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Inkaterra Pueblo Hotel

Day 10: visit machu picchu sanctuary

After a very early breakfast at the hotel, we walk to the bus station for the 30-minute ride up to Machu Picchu Sanctuary. Our trip leader will give a two-hour guided tour of the evocative ruins, after which we have the option of climbing the sheer Inca staircase of Huayna Picchu, a steep and vertically challenging hike that affords encompassing views of Machu Picchu and the surrounding mountain ranges (about a two-hour hike). Afterwards, we meet up with our guide again and return by bus to Aguas Calientes for a late lunch. The afternoon train ride from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo takes about 1.5 hours, and then a private vehicle drives us back to Cusco (an additional 1.5 hours). Upon arrival in Cusco (approximately 7 or 8 p.m.), we are dropped off at El Mercado Tunqui Hotel (or other hotel of your choice) for overnight.

 

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
El Mercado Tunqui Hotel (or similar)

Day 11: cusco/depart

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Lima. Transfer to international flight home.  Note that most international flights departing Lima leave in the late evening.  If you take a morning flight from Cusco, there is time in the afternoon to continue exploring Lima before heading home.

Meals
Breakfast

Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
$4,850
Internal Airfare est. $450
Single Supplement:
$1,250
The single supplement is applicable if a roommate is not available or if single accommodation is specifically requested. While single accommodation is not available on all trips, we will try and honor this request whenever possible.
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Need to Know

Duration:
11 days
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Group Size:
2-14
The stated range indicates minimum required for guaranteed departure and maximum accepted on the scheduled dates. Exceptions can often be made for private departures.
Terms & Conditions: 

Mountain Lodges of Peru Terms & Conditions

Please note that this trip operates under different payment and cancellation policies than those described in our complete Terms & Conditions as noted on our website and elsewhere. Please review the complete Terms & Conditions prior to submitting a deposit. 

Expenses covered

Normally, our stated land costs include the cost of all guides, leaders, permits obtained after arrival, lodging accommodations, food and entry fees as specified, and all surface transportation associated with the planned itinerary. We do our best to avoid increasing prices after receipt of your deposit, but, rarely, factors beyond our control might require us to change our prices without prior notice, even after you have signed up. 

Expenses not covered

Costs not included in the price may include: meals not indicated as included in itineraries; meals prior to arrival in starting cities; transfers, if not arriving or departing on the scheduled group flights; soft drinks, bottled water, and alcoholic beverages; medical expenses, costs of hospitalization, or evacuation from remote areas; laundry; airport departure taxes not included on your airline ticket; accommodations en route to starting cities; visas; airfares; gratuities; and insurance. 

Deposit and payment schedule
$800 non-refundable deposit per person per trip or the applicable amount based on the trip and the proximity of the departure date. A second deposit of $1000 per person is due four months prior to departure, and final payment for land arrangements is due 60 days prior to departure. Airlines require full payment when tickets are issued. The deposit may be made by Visa, Master Card, American Express, or check, and the Reservation Form may be submitted via our website. 

Cancelation Policy
If you must cancel before departure, money will be returned less the cancellation fees as follows:

  • 60 days or more     $600 non refundable deposit
  • 30-59 days               $50% of land cost
  • 0-29 days                 $100% of land cost

Transfer Fees
If you want to change your tour dates, the following fees apply:

  • 60 or more days prior to departure:     $150 per person
  • 59-30 days prior to departure: $300 per person
  • 29 to 8 days prior to departure: $400 per person
  • 7 to 0 days prior to departure: $600 per person

*Transfers are only valid until the end of the next year (e.g., if you cancel in 2016, you must travel on a departure date by December 2017). In addition to the transfer fee, if there is an increase in the rate of the trip, from one year to the next, you are responsible for paying the difference.

*Transfer fees are charged at the time the new departure date is confirmed. You do not have to decide at that time which future departure date you would like to join, however, your trip must be taken by December of the next year.

Insurance
We REQUIRE a valid and enforceable* insurance policy for medical expense and emergency evacuation/repatriation for the duration of the trip. Any rescue, evacuation, repatriation and/or medical costs that may be required during a program including, but not limited to, cost of aircraft, must be paid by the guest. All guests are required to provide valid proof of insurance at time of final payment of their trip.

In consideration of the normal nuances and situations regarding travel in general, we highly recommend that every traveler purchase travel insurance that covers events like baggage loss, cancellations/interruption and trip delays. We recommend Travelex Insurance, also accessible at: www.journeysinternational.com/sign_up/. For fastest service, enter your location number (22-0398) into the Quick Enrollment box and click “Go”. Or, reach them by phone at 800-228-9792.  There are significant benefits in obtaining this insurance within 21 days of your original trip deposit. 

In the case that a guest abandons the trip by choice or as a consequence of medical emergency protocol (which allows the guide or resident doctor to deny further participation of a guest on a trip), we will issue no refunds on the trip cost. Alternative plans can be arranged at additional costs to the guest.

*Some insurance providers discriminate between “Standard Travel Activities” and “Adventure Travel Activities”, for enforceability of medical coverage. Guests should make sure that the insurance policy acquired includes coverage for “Adventure Travel Activities” or similar.

Airfare
We can help you secure air travel arrangements to correspond with land travel booked through Journeys International. We work with an airfare consolidator to assist in booking the flights that suit your needs. If you decide to make your own flight arrangements, you must provide Journeys International with a complete copy of your itinerary showing departure and arrival flights and times. You should plan to arrange your own air travel if you are using mileage credit or originating outside North America, but please be in touch with our office before you finalize ticketing so that we can help you to coordinate the correct arrival and departure dates and times.

Itinerary Change Fee

There will be a $40 fee for changes once an itinerary has been confirmed and approved. Additional cancellation penalties or change fees may apply as per our terms and conditions. The passenger is responsible for such fees.

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Depart for Chinchero.
Depart for Chinchero.
Meet locals from Pisac.
Meet locals from Pisac.
Trek today for approximately 6 hours.
Trek today for approximately 6 hours.
Take a break by one of the lakes you come across.
Take a break by one of the lakes you come across.
The kind locals will give you a warm welcome!
The kind locals will give you a warm welcome!
The architecture of Cusco will amaze you.
The architecture of Cusco will amaze you.
Machu Picchu should absolutely be on your bucket list.
Machu Picchu should absolutely be on your bucket list.

Hiking Sacred Inca Paths

Trek ancient Andean trails, visit Machu Picchu, enjoy comfortable lodges en route

overview

Join this active cultural exploration of the Urubama Valley, the celebrated "Sacred Valley of the Incas," and the spectacular archaeological site of Machu Picchu. Trek in the less visited and uncrowded Lares region north of Cusco, noted for its rural atmosphere, traditional weavers in colorful dress, and roving herds of alpacas and llamas. All of this in the context of high, snow-capped Andean Peaks and richly forested valleys alive with birds and other wildlife.

This is a lodge-based hiking trip with vehicle transportation to and from hikes. Overnight in three of the famous Mountain Lodges of Peru and spend a comfortable night in Aguas Caliente at the base of Machu Picchu.

Hike to archaeological sights, visit rural communites, and cross several mountain valleys and passes.  Optional easy hikes each day or transfer by vehicle is available to those not up for the more difficult hiking. The trekking can range from moderate to strenuous or even easy depending on the hiking you choose for that day. This trip can accommodate participants with differing hiking abilities and ambitions. 

 

 

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overview

Join this active cultural exploration of the Urubama Valley, the celebrated "Sacred Valley of the Incas," and the spectacular archaeological site of Machu Picchu. Trek in the less visited and uncrowded Lares region north of Cusco, noted for its rural atmosphere, traditional weavers in colorful dress, and roving herds of alpacas and llamas. All of this in the context of high, snow-capped Andean Peaks and richly forested valleys alive with birds and other wildlife.

This is a lodge-based hiking trip with vehicle transportation to and from hikes. Overnight in three of the famous Mountain Lodges of Peru and spend a comfortable night in Aguas Caliente at the base of Machu Picchu.

Hike to archaeological sights, visit rural communites, and cross several mountain valleys and passes.  Optional easy hikes each day or transfer by vehicle is available to those not up for the more difficult hiking. The trekking can range from moderate to strenuous or even easy depending on the hiking you choose for that day. This trip can accommodate participants with differing hiking abilities and ambitions. 

 

 

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Anticipated itinerary; actual route may vary.
  • Day 1: arrive lima

    Upon arrival in Lima, proceed to the Ramada Costa del Sol airport hotel for overnight.

    Lodging
    Costa del Sol
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  • Day 2: cusco
    The architecture of Cusco will amaze you.The architecture of Cusco will amaze you.

    Your day begins with an early morning flight to Cusco, high in the Andes (11,200'/3,400m), where you will be met and transferred to your local hotel. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon at leisure walking around the ancient city. From the Plaza de Armas, visit many of the city’s historical sites, see Incan stone walls serving as the foundations of Spanish architecture, and view the cathedral built atop the ruins of an Incan temple. For lunch and dinner, enjoy the variety of great places to eat in the city. We recommend for acclimatization purposes that you don't push yourself on your first day at this altitude. Also, be sure to drink plenty of water!

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    El Mercado Hotel
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  • Day 3: cusco

    This morning you will have a guided tour of the four extraordinary nearby ruins: Sacsayhuaman, Qenko, Puca Pucara, and Tambomachay. Cusco was the center of the Incan Empire and was built in the shape of a puma. The city itself is the puma’s body, and the enormous Sacsayhuaman ruins represent the head and teeth. The largest and most impressive of Sacsayhuaman’s original rocks are still in place, though only about 20% of the entire site remains today. Qenko, meaning zig-zag, consists of a large limestone rock covered with carvings with mysterious caves and alters below, and its zig-zag walls and channels are thought to have been used for ritual sacrifices. Puca Pucara, or red fort, is so named because it appears red when viewed in the right light. Tambo Machay, known locally as “El Bano del Inca” or the Incan bath, is a small site with beautiful ceremonial stone fountains and bathing pools. The afternoon is for continued relaxed acclimatization or independent exploration.

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    El Mercado Hotel
    Show on a map
  • Day 4: sacred valley/explore chinchero and huchuyqosqo
    Depart for Chinchero.Depart for Chinchero.

    The next few days offer travelers a wide range of alternate activities, with same day decision flexibility!  Can it get any better?

    After an early breakfast, we depart Cusco for the village of Chinchero, where we stop for a guided visit of the Inca archeological site and the 16th century colonial church.  From here there are two options:

    Alternate Activity A:  Extend your morning visit to Chinchero before departing for a guided tour of the Moray Inca terraced agricultural site (11,464’/3,550m).  Lunch is taken before visiting the Maras salt mines.  Continue with a hike to see the native houses of Pichingoto, after which you are picked up and are transferred to Lamay. 

    Alternative Activity B:  Board the vehicle for a short drive to the small community of Taucca (12,717’/3,877m), the start of a scenic hike that includes views of beautiful Lake Piuray and the Urubamba and Vilcabamba mountain ranges. We hike for about 2.5 hours uphill to Huallata Pass (14,107’/4,300m) and on to Huchuyqosqo Pass, from where we can see the spectacular Sacred Valley of the Incas. We start our descent to Huchuyqosqo (11,811’/3,600m), once an important religious and commercial center, and known as the place to observe thunder and lightning. After lunch, we continue our descent for about an hour to the community of Calca (9,650’/2,925m). On this section of the trail we may enjoy views of the Pitusiray and Sahuasiray glaciers. Our vehicles will meet us at the end of the hike and take us to the lush green town of Lamay (9,649’/2,941m).

    The group reconvenes at the Lamay Lodge for a guide briefing before dinner and a comfortable overnight.

    Hiking time including lunch: about 5 hours.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Lamay Lodge
    Show on a map
  • Day 5: sacred valley: explore the pisac valley and ruins
    Meet locals from Pisac.Meet locals from Pisac.

    This morning you have the choice of how to wend your way to the village of Viacha. 

    Morning Alternative Activity A:  Depart the lodge for a visit of the picturesque village of Pisac, well known for its colorful handicraft market held on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays.  If you would like to bike from Lamay to Pisaq town along the river, instead of taking the vehicle, that can be arranged as well.  After the visit, it is just a short drive to Viacha. 

    Morning Alternative Activity B:  For those who wish to hike, a short drive to the community of Amaru (10,550’/) brings you to the trailhead for the morning’s moderate hike to the rendezvous point in Viacha.  The trail winds uphill for two hours to Challwaccasa Pass (13,943’/4,250m), which grants us great views of the peaks of the Vilcanota and Vilcabamba mountain ranges and the more distant and giant snow-capped peaks of Ausangate and Salcantay. We then head downhill to the community of Viacha.

    In Viacha, take a walking tour of the community to learn about the local agricultural activities before enjoying a gourmet lunch of Pachamanca, a traditional Peruvian spiced meat dish cooked in an earthenware pot over hot stones.    After lunch and a well-earned rest, we join a restored Inca trail that leads to the stunning archaeological site of Pisac, which dominates the valley below.  The lower slopes of the surrounding mountains feature impressive agricultural terraces and irrigation systems dating from Inca times.   For those who want to continue hiking, continue downhill for an hour to the picturesque village of Pisac.

    Our vehicle will be waiting to take us back to Lamay. Dinner and overnight at Lamay Lodge.

    Hiking time including lunch: about 6 hours.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Lamay Lodge
    Show on a map
  • Day 6: lares: trek from cuncani to huacawasi, meet the communities
    Trek today for approximately 6 hours.Trek today for approximately 6 hours.

    This morning the group will depart the lodge and walk around the small town of Lamay.

    A one hour drive brings us to Ancasmarca (13,267’/4,044m), where we explore an old Inca site that features a variety of ancient food warehouses, dwellings, and farming areas. Its location was strategic since it connected the higher part of the Sacred Valley with the cloud forest communities of Lares.  Lunch is taken in Lares.

    Afternoon Alternative Activity A:  Drive to the small town of Choquecancha for a guided tour of the imposing Inka ruins and the colonial church.  Arrive at the Huacahuasi Lodge, where the rest of the day is at leisure.

    Afternoon Alternative Activity B:  Drive to the small village of Quelqena and then start a beautiful and easy 3-hour hike to the Huacahuasi Lodge.

    Afternoon Alternative Activity C:  Heading over the Lares Pass (14,501’/4,420m), we arrive at Cuncani, the starting point of our hike. Walking uphill for about two hours, we pass farmhouses and fields. The local inhabitants, descendants of the Incas, have maintained their traditional way of life, growing an amazing variety of potatoes nearly year-round and using their llamas as transportation and alpacas as food and clothing. Reaching Cruzccasa Pass (13,740’/4,188m), we enjoy an impressive view of Veronica peak before the two-hour descent to Huacawasi Lodge (12,579’/3,835m). 

    In the late afternoon, the whole group has an opportunity to experience a unique cultural encounter with the local community.

    The group reconvenes for the guide briefing and dinner.  Overnight at Huacahuasi Lodge.

    Hiking time including lunch: about 5 hours.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Huacawasi Lodge
    Show on a map
  • Day 7: lares: trek from quiswari to huacawasi, high mountain lakes
    Take a break by one of the lakes you come across.Take a break by one of the lakes you come across.

    Today travelers choose from three very exciting and different options:

    Alternative Activity A:  Depart from the lodge for a visit to the community of Huacahuasi and to meet the local people in their homes.  Return to the lodge for a cooking class, lunch and an afternoon of leisure.

    Afternoon Alternative Activity B:  Depart from the lodge for a visit to the community of Huacahuasi and an easy walk to a nearby waterfall and refreshing snack.  Return to the lodge for lunch and an afternoon of leisure.

    Afternoon Alternative Activity C:  A great day awaits us as we hike one of the most beautiful trails in the Cusco region! From our lodge, we drive to the quaint village of Quiswarani, where we begin hiking westward up a small valley dotted with lakes and herds of grazing alpacas. Our trail then narrows into a series of switchbacks to Abra Huchuyccasa pass, which we reach after three hours. From the pass we have the most amazing views of distant mountain ranges and stunning turquoise lakes, whose brilliant hues are the result of bronze metal elements in their icy waters. Descending slightly, we continue hiking another hour toward our second pass of the day at Phoñoccasa. From here we descend to Qeywaqocha Lake for a leisurely lunch, then end our hike at the village of Qelqena. Along the way, enjoy spotting native bird species, including Andean geese, ducks, and plovers. Our vehicle meets us at the trailhead for the drive back to Huacawasi.

    The group reconvenes for the guide briefing and dinner.  Overnight at Huacahuasi Lodge.

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    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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    Huacawasi Lodge
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  • Day 8: lares: trek from huacawasi to patacaancha and on to ollantaytambo
    The kind locals will give you a warm welcome!The kind locals will give you a warm welcome!

    Today you have the choice to hike from Huacahuasi to Patacancha or explore the Sacred Valley of the Incas, local markets and town of Ollantaytambo.

    Activity A:  Depart in the vehicle for the Sacred Valley, where we visit the market town of Calca (optional bike ride along the river).  Visit a musuem of historical artifacts and have lunch at a local restaurant before driving on to explore Ollantaytambo, the oldest continuously inhabited dwelling in South America.

    Activity B:  Start hiking from the lodge.  Huacawasi is a famous weavers’ village, where the men still wear traditional colorful ponchos and women’s attire includes wide handmade skirts and decorated hats. As we begin our hike right from the lodge, we are immersed in scenes of community life, including women working on looms and children heading to school. The wide and easy trail takes us uphill for 2.5 hours to the top of Ipsaycocha Pass (14,757’/4,499m), where we enjoy stunning views of the surrounding mountains. As we hike, we often meet locals traveling from village to village with their goods and herds. We descend gently for about 40 minutes to Lake Ipsaycocha (14,081’/4,292m) where we may have the chance to see condors circling lazily in the sky while enjoying our lunch. We continue our descent for 2.5 hours to the village of Patacancha (12,624’/3,848m), where high quality weavings are also produced. Our vehicle will meet us here to take us to the Inca town of Ollantaytambo (9,160’/2,792m) in the Sacred Valley.

    The group reconvenes for the guide briefing and dinner.  Overnight in Ollantaytambo.

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    Ollantaytambo hotel
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  • Day 9: explore ollantaytambo inca sites
    Machu Picchu should absolutely be on your bucket list.Machu Picchu should absolutely be on your bucket list.

    Early morning optional hike to Pinkuylluna, an Inka site with great views of the valley (choice of easy or moderate hike).

    After our five-day hike, we can enjoy a more relaxing day by skipping the morning hike and having a leisurely breakfast before visiting Ollantaytambo, which boasts an impressive archaeological site and a well-preserved Inca town structure. This was the estate of Emperor Pachacutec who conquered the region, building the town and the ceremonial center. Ollantaytambo dates from the late 15th century and has some of the oldest continuously occupied dwellings in South America.  Explore the town and market independently before boarding the train late morning with box lunch in hand for the 1.5-hour ride to Aguas Calientes, also known as Machu Picchu town.  Check-in to the hotel on arrival and spend the remainder of the afternoon at leisure.  There may be the opportunity for an optional visit to Machu Picchu Sanctuary in the afternoon hours when we can enjoy the site with fewer visitors.

    Guide briefing, dinner and overnight at Inkaterra Pueblo Hotel.

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    Inkaterra Pueblo Hotel
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  • Day 10: visit machu picchu sanctuary

    After a very early breakfast at the hotel, we walk to the bus station for the 30-minute ride up to Machu Picchu Sanctuary. Our trip leader will give a two-hour guided tour of the evocative ruins, after which we have the option of climbing the sheer Inca staircase of Huayna Picchu, a steep and vertically challenging hike that affords encompassing views of Machu Picchu and the surrounding mountain ranges (about a two-hour hike). Afterwards, we meet up with our guide again and return by bus to Aguas Calientes for a late lunch. The afternoon train ride from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo takes about 1.5 hours, and then a private vehicle drives us back to Cusco (an additional 1.5 hours). Upon arrival in Cusco (approximately 7 or 8 p.m.), we are dropped off at El Mercado Tunqui Hotel (or other hotel of your choice) for overnight.

     

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    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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    El Mercado Tunqui Hotel (or similar)
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  • Day 11: cusco/depart

    Transfer to the airport for your flight to Lima. Transfer to international flight home.  Note that most international flights departing Lima leave in the late evening.  If you take a morning flight from Cusco, there is time in the afternoon to continue exploring Lima before heading home.

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Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
$4,850
Internal Airfare est. $450
Single Supplement:
$1,250
The single supplement is applicable if a roommate is not available or if single accommodation is specifically requested. While single accommodation is not available on all trips, we will try and honor this request whenever possible.
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Need to Know

Duration:
11 days
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Group Size:
2-14
The stated range indicates minimum required for guaranteed departure and maximum accepted on the scheduled dates. Exceptions can often be made for private departures.
Terms & Conditions: 

Mountain Lodges of Peru Terms & Conditions

Please note that this trip operates under different payment and cancellation policies than those described in our complete Terms & Conditions as noted on our website and elsewhere. Please review the complete Terms & Conditions prior to submitting a deposit. 

Expenses covered

Normally, our stated land costs include the cost of all guides, leaders, permits obtained after arrival, lodging accommodations, food and entry fees as specified, and all surface transportation associated with the planned itinerary. We do our best to avoid increasing prices after receipt of your deposit, but, rarely, factors beyond our control might require us to change our prices without prior notice, even after you have signed up. 

Expenses not covered

Costs not included in the price may include: meals not indicated as included in itineraries; meals prior to arrival in starting cities; transfers, if not arriving or departing on the scheduled group flights; soft drinks, bottled water, and alcoholic beverages; medical expenses, costs of hospitalization, or evacuation from remote areas; laundry; airport departure taxes not included on your airline ticket; accommodations en route to starting cities; visas; airfares; gratuities; and insurance. 

Deposit and payment schedule
$800 non-refundable deposit per person per trip or the applicable amount based on the trip and the proximity of the departure date. A second deposit of $1000 per person is due four months prior to departure, and final payment for land arrangements is due 60 days prior to departure. Airlines require full payment when tickets are issued. The deposit may be made by Visa, Master Card, American Express, or check, and the Reservation Form may be submitted via our website. 

Cancelation Policy
If you must cancel before departure, money will be returned less the cancellation fees as follows:

  • 60 days or more     $600 non refundable deposit
  • 30-59 days               $50% of land cost
  • 0-29 days                 $100% of land cost

Transfer Fees
If you want to change your tour dates, the following fees apply:

  • 60 or more days prior to departure:     $150 per person
  • 59-30 days prior to departure: $300 per person
  • 29 to 8 days prior to departure: $400 per person
  • 7 to 0 days prior to departure: $600 per person

*Transfers are only valid until the end of the next year (e.g., if you cancel in 2016, you must travel on a departure date by December 2017). In addition to the transfer fee, if there is an increase in the rate of the trip, from one year to the next, you are responsible for paying the difference.

*Transfer fees are charged at the time the new departure date is confirmed. You do not have to decide at that time which future departure date you would like to join, however, your trip must be taken by December of the next year.

Insurance
We REQUIRE a valid and enforceable* insurance policy for medical expense and emergency evacuation/repatriation for the duration of the trip. Any rescue, evacuation, repatriation and/or medical costs that may be required during a program including, but not limited to, cost of aircraft, must be paid by the guest. All guests are required to provide valid proof of insurance at time of final payment of their trip.

In consideration of the normal nuances and situations regarding travel in general, we highly recommend that every traveler purchase travel insurance that covers events like baggage loss, cancellations/interruption and trip delays. We recommend Travelex Insurance, also accessible at: www.journeysinternational.com/sign_up/. For fastest service, enter your location number (22-0398) into the Quick Enrollment box and click “Go”. Or, reach them by phone at 800-228-9792.  There are significant benefits in obtaining this insurance within 21 days of your original trip deposit. 

In the case that a guest abandons the trip by choice or as a consequence of medical emergency protocol (which allows the guide or resident doctor to deny further participation of a guest on a trip), we will issue no refunds on the trip cost. Alternative plans can be arranged at additional costs to the guest.

*Some insurance providers discriminate between “Standard Travel Activities” and “Adventure Travel Activities”, for enforceability of medical coverage. Guests should make sure that the insurance policy acquired includes coverage for “Adventure Travel Activities” or similar.

Airfare
We can help you secure air travel arrangements to correspond with land travel booked through Journeys International. We work with an airfare consolidator to assist in booking the flights that suit your needs. If you decide to make your own flight arrangements, you must provide Journeys International with a complete copy of your itinerary showing departure and arrival flights and times. You should plan to arrange your own air travel if you are using mileage credit or originating outside North America, but please be in touch with our office before you finalize ticketing so that we can help you to coordinate the correct arrival and departure dates and times.

Itinerary Change Fee

There will be a $40 fee for changes once an itinerary has been confirmed and approved. Additional cancellation penalties or change fees may apply as per our terms and conditions. The passenger is responsible for such fees.

Trip Extensions

There are currently no suggested extensions for this itinerary. Please ask the Destination Specialist if you'd like to customize one.

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Choose accommodations and amenities that fit your personal style
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Our most natural accommodations. Bath facilities often shared, sometimes rustic.
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Comfortable and especially personal. Small to mid-sized lodges, typically with private bath.
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Lodges and hotels with additional amenities, refined artistry, or extra-special settings.
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Exclusive or luxury lodges, hotels, or safari camps with fine dining options.
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The most indulgent accommodations arranged specially for private trips.
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Match the trip’s intensity to your ability and motivation.
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Easy walking, with opportunities for low-key physical activity.
●●○○○ Active
Energetic exploration with optional day hikes, leisurely cycling, or light canoeing.
●●●○○ Vigorous
Day-long active excursions and options for demanding activity in varied environments.
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Strenuous hiking or other intense activity that may be at high altitude or over rough terrain.
●●●●● Demanding
Multi-day trekking and other activities requiring endurance or strength. Steep trails. No technical expertise necessary.
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