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Escorted Tours

Lima Cusco and the Inca Trail including

Amazon Adventure


Route:
  • UK
  • Lima
  • Cusco
  • Huacawasi
  • Willoq
  • Ollantaytambo
  • Aguas Calientes
  • Cusco
  • Amazon Jungle
  • Lima
  • UK

4 NIGHTS from £629pp

Tour Highlights
  • Journey along the Madre de Dios River
  • Trek through the Tambopata National Reserve
  • Discover the Sacred Valley on foot, as you discover the Inca Trail
  • Visit the incredible lost city of Machu Picchu
  • Enjoy a walking tour of Peru's capital, Lima
  • Embark on four full days hiking through the Sacred Valley
  • Meet the self sustaining families of Willoq village

Extension from £629pp

Tour + Extension from £2528pp

To book call us on 0800 781 4893

Amazon Adventure

Adventure into one of the world's most biodiverse rainforests, the lush Peruvian Amazon, to witness a truly unique 'country-within-a-country'. Offering phenomenal wildlife-spotting, vast untamed forests and indigenous communities, a stay in the famous amazon is a once in a lifetime experience.

Tour Itinerary

1
UK to Lima

Depart the UK on your scheduled, overnight flight to Lima, via Bogota.

2
Lima

On arrival in Lima, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Your morning tour of Lima, the 'City of Kings', takes you past the stately Government Palace, located in the Main Square, to the city cathedral, where the remains of conqueror Francisco Pizarro lie. Explore the highly embellished cloisters and entryway of San Francisco Monastery and its network of underground catacombs, used as cemeteries during the colonial period. Wander through the picturesque neighbourhood of San Isidro and the modern district of Miraflores with its beautiful parks, squares, cafes and restaurants. In the late afternoon, take a leisurely walk towards 'Love Park' where you'll soak in incredible sunset views over the Pacific Ocean before dinner at a nearby restaurant.

  • Lunch & Dinner
3
Lima to Cusco

After breakfast and a leisurely morning of relaxation, transfer to the airport for your flight to Cusco, located high in the Peruvian Andes. On arrival, take some time to settle in and adjust to the altitude before dinner at a traditional Peruvian restaurant.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
4
Cusco to Huacawasi - 3,600m - Average 4 hours total hiking time with breaks

Set out on your Inca trek early this morning as you are transferred to the starting point of your trek in the village of Lares, stopping en route at a market in Calca. The Lares Valley trek offers a combination of astounding scenery, traditional culture, and ancient Mayan ruins while the Inca Trail is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful trails in the Americas, leading through tropical jungle reserves and forest-steppe and marking the path used by the Incas for their pilgrimage to the sacred citadel of Machu Picchu. On arrival in Lares, visit the hot springs and relax in their rejuvenating waters. After lunch, walk towards Huacawasi, up a gentle incline that eases you into your trek. On arrival, make your way to the house of one of your horsemen where your tents will be ready and you will receive popcorn, sweets and hot tea before a hearty dinner.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
5
Huacawasi to Willoq - 3,600m to 3,400m - Average 6 hours total hiking time with breaks

After breakfast, set out on a 4-hour hike up to the Ipsay pass which lies at an altitude of 4,400m and offers spectacular views. Visit a local family and discover more about their daily life, farming techniques and colourful textile design. Continue onward to the village of Patacancha (3650m) for a relaxing break before continuing by car to Willoq village (3,400m), where Andean families live in self-sustaining communities, making their own clothes and rearing livestock. Enjoy dinner with a local family and experience an authentic slice of Andean life, before staying at a local campsite for the evening.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
6
Willoq to Ollantaytambo - 3,400m to 2,850m - Average 5 hours total hiking time with breaks

Enjoy a morning observing the daily rituals of the Willoq community then begin your walk into the Sacred Valley, reaching Pumamarca (3200m) where you will visit the well-preserved ruins of a hillside fortress. Journey on to Ollantaytambo village (2,850m), home to some of the oldest continuously occupied dwellings in South America. Check into your lodge for an evening of relaxation and dinner.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
7
Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes - 2,850m to 2,040m - Average 5 - 6 hours total hiking time with breaks

After an early breakfast, transfer to the train station and board a tourist train bound for the starting point of the Royal Inca Trail. Take a scenic hike to Chachabamba (2,270m) for a guided tour of these ancient Inca ruins and ceremonial plaza. Continue your trek to the ruins of Winayhuayna (2,650m), built into a steep hillside overlooking the Urubamba River. Walk onward to the Sun Gate, 'Inti Punku', an excellent observation point where you can soak in amazing views of night falling over Machu Picchu. End your trek at your hotel in Aguas Calientes.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
8
Aguas Calientes to Cusco

Depart your hotel early this morning and drive towards Machu Picchu, arriving early in the morning to avoid the crowds. This morning, experience one of the highlights of your trip - the incredible citadel of Machu Picchu. Set between 2 forested Andean peaks beneath swirling clouds, the 550-year-old site offers spectacular views in addition to its archaeological wonders. After a tour of the tombs, temples and palaces of this ancient city of ruins, believed to be built for an Incan emperor, enjoy free time to explore the site on your own. Later, a coach carries you back to Aguas Calientes, where you have the option to visit the hot springs (at a fee). In the afternoon, transfer to the train station and board your train to Cusco, arriving in the evening.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
9
Cusco to the UK

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Lima and onward connection to the UK or continue on to your extension.

  • Breakfast
10
Cusco to the Amazon Jungle

Departing Cusco after breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Puerto Maldonado. Here you will be welcomed by the friendly staff and transferred to the nearby wharf where you will board a motorised canoe. Journeying along the beautiful Madre de Dios River, marvel at the never-ending forests and abundant wildlife that is home to this area with some of the richest biodiversity in the world. Upon reaching your lodge and getting back onto dry land you will enjoy lunch before taking a stroll through the property's nature trails to learn about primary and secondary rainforests in the region. When dusk falls, an exciting twilight river excursion awaits you. A motorised canoe will again take you along the Madre de Dios River where your guide will explain about its ecosystem, Amazonian creeks, nocturnal animals inhabiting the area and the southern sky's stellar constellations. Return to the lodge for dinner and your overnight stay.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
11
Amazon Jungle

This morning you will prepare for a long trek deep into the Tambopata National Reserve and towards the sparkling, palm-fringed Lake Sandoval. Navigating across the tranquil, oxbow lake by dugout canoe you may be able to spot one of the many species of wildlife that call the area home, such as the endangered giant river otters, macaws, red howler monkeys and one of the world's biggest freshwater scaled fish, the paiche. After returning to the lodge for lunch you will take a 20-minute canoe ride to a canopy walkway where you can cross the seven hanging bridges connecting the treetops at a height of 90 feet before to gain a birds-eye appreciation of the vast jungle. Descend to walk along the 650-foot wooden bridge over the swamps which are home to the legendary anaconda. This evening get ready to further explore the nocturnal activity of the Amazon rainforest with an excursion into the surrounding jungle areas where you will listen to the sounds of nature and observe the intriguing behaviour patterns of the wildlife found here.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
12
Amazon Jungle

Rising early after daybreak, visit a native farm to learn local techniques of cultivation and even sample some of the products. Continuing on to the botanical gardens, discover the immense variety of medicinal plants considered part of the 'natural pharmacy' and used by the locals in the Amazon region. This afternoon you will take a dugout canoe ride on the lake by your lodge to try your hand at the native 'catch and release' fishing technique whilst enjoying the beautiful scenery and wildlife.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
13
Amazon Jungle to Lima

Today journey back to Puerto Maldonado by motorised canoe and transfer to the airport there to board your flight to Lima. On arrival, you will be met and transferred your hotel to spend the evening.

  • Breakfast
14
Lima to UK

After breakfast transfer to the airport to catch your flight back to the UK.

  • Breakfast

Important Information

Visas

British passport holders are not currently required to obtain a visa to travel to Peru. Further advice should be sought from the applicable tourist authority for other nationalities and for general queries. We strongly advise you to check your destinations' Tourist Board or Embassy for the most up to date guidelines regarding passport validity.

Payment

If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of £250pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.

Flight Information

Your flight is to Jorge Chavez International Airport in Lima with Avianca (AV), via Bogota departing from London Heathrow Terminal 2.
Each passenger is entitled to 23kg of hold luggage plus one item of hand luggage providing the exterior dimensions (height length width) do not exceed 115cm and 10kg in weight. Weight restrictions will be finalised on your e-ticket receipt. Should you wish to take additional luggage you will need to pay extra at check-in. Heathrow Airport advises that check-in should be three hours before your flight departure time.
If you wish to arrange Airport car parking or accommodation at preferential rates, we recommend you book this in advance with Holiday Extras on 0871 360 2000, quoting HX313.

Health and Vaccinations

It is your responsibility to check any health and vaccination requirements applicable to your booked arrangements. We can only provide general information about this. Health and hygiene facilities and disease risks vary from country to country. You should take health advice about your own needs as early as possible and in good time before your departure. Sources of information include; www.fco.gov.uk, www.travelhealthpro.org.uk/, www.hpa.org.uk, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic. Flying insects including mosquitos are common in this part of the world, you may find it useful to wear long-sleeved, long-legged clothes and use repellents which contain DEET.
Altitude sickness is a fairly common condition that can occur when you ascend to a high altitude (generally higher than 2,500 metres above sea level) quickly. The decrease in atmospheric pressure can make breathing more difficult as the body is not able to take in as much oxygen. Most cases are mild with symptoms that can include: headache, nausea, dizziness and exhaustion. Several of the places on your trekking holiday are located at high altitude (over 2,500 metres above sea level). Therefore, you may find you experience some symptoms at this altitude. It is advised that at these high altitudes, you keep hydrated and avoid alcohol. If you do experience symptoms of altitude sickness during your tour, ensure you tell your guide immediately who will be able to advise the best thing for you to do. It is advisable to consult your doctor before your holiday for any advice on the effects of altitude sickness and if you have any health problems that this could affect. It is advisable to carry the name, address and telephone details of your GP, in the event of becoming unwell your insurance company may require this information.

Physical Accessibility

For this trekking holiday, previous experience and a high level of fitness & stamina is important. Trekking along the Inca Trails can be challenging and consists of varied terrain, steep ascents/ descents and steps. You will be able to take short breaks during your treks, however, please do consider the pace may vary depending on the abilities of the group. It is important to note altitudes vary with most walks between 2,040m and 4,400m, the highest altitude that you will reach will be around 4,400m. We recommend carrying a small backpack and if you are in any doubt as to the tours suitability, please speak to your GP as soon as possible as this is a physically challenging holiday. We recommend that you undertake regular aerobic exercise in the months before you travel, particularly if you are not in the habit of regular exercise. Doing mountain walks or climbing long staircases with a pack is good preparation. Walking, jogging, swimming or riding a bike are all good ways to increase your aerobic fitness, which will allow you to enjoy the trekking to its fullest

Group Size

There is no minimum number of travellers for this extension however the main tour passenger numbers will apply for the main part of the tour. If in the unlikely event there are less than the required number of people booked on your main tour date then you may be asked to change to a different date. A full refund will be made available to you should this alternative not be suitable.

Currency Information

The currency in Peru is the Nuevo Sol, the symbol is S/. We recommend that you exchange your currency before you leave the UK. US Dollars are widely accepted in Peru should you wish to keep an alternative currency on you. Cash machines are available in all the major cities to withdraw money in the local currency.

Personal Expenses

You will need to take some extra money with you to cover any lunches and dinners where these are not mentioned on your itinerary and personal purchases, such as souvenirs, laundry and extra drinks and snacks. Approximately £100- £200 per person will be sufficient for the duration of the tour.
Tipping is not compulsory and is at your discretion. Should you wish to tip, we recommend tipping your guide, porter and cook approximately £2-£4 per person per day in total. This will be collected at the end of each day or at the end of your tour for your convenience. Tips are accepted in the local currency and US dollars.

Tour Dates & Prices

Depart UKArrive UKExtension PriceTour PriceTotal PriceBook Now
2018 Dates
01 Nov 201813 Nov 2018£629£1999£2628Book Now
2019 Dates
21 Mar 201902 Apr 2019£659£1899£2558Book Now
04 Apr 201916 Apr 2019£659£1999£2658Book Now
16 May 201928 May 2019£659£2099£2758Book Now
06 Jun 201918 Jun 2019£659£2049£2708Book Now
12 Sep 201924 Sep 2019£659£2049£2708Book Now
03 Oct 201915 Oct 2019£659£2049£2708Book Now
07 Nov 201919 Nov 2019£659£1999£2658Book Now

Included in the Price

  • Fully Escorted Tour with local English Speaking Guides throughout
  • Scheduled Flights from the UK.
  • All internal travel including air-conditioned/heated transportation.
  • Accommodation, meals as specified and entry fees to all sights.
  • All airport taxes and security charges.

Additional Expenses

  • Visas
  • Insurance
  • Tips
  • Any meals not specified in your itinerary
Itinerary changes

Our intention is to adhere to the day-to-day itinerary as printed, however the order of events and sightseeing may vary according to local conditions or for operational purposes. Your local guide will inform you of any schedule changes as they are informed of them. Some road construction and/or weather conditions may lengthen the driving/ trekking times.

What to expect

Fact File
Currency

Nuevo Sol

Average Flying time

16 Hours

Min/Max temperature

11 °C / 27 °C

Spoken languages

Spanish

When to go

The climate in the Andes can vary, there is a rainy season from December through to March, however, on the coast, it rarely rains. The best months to do the Inca Trail are from May to September when the conditions are dry and the weather generally sunny. However, the months of June, July and August can also be very cold at night, with temperatures dropping dramatically at high altitude.

Lima

Cusco

Ollantaytambo

Aguas Calientes

What to pack
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Hat
  • Personal first aid kit
  • Camera
  • Electric plug converter
  • Loo paper for public WCs
  • Binoculars
  • Sunglasses
  • Torch
  • Water Bottle and Chlorine Dioxide to sterilise
  • Anti-bacterial hand wash
  • Towel or sarong
  • Trail mix/nuts/muesli bars
  • Trekking poles with rubber points are recommended
  • Rucksack to use during treks, we recommend 30-35 litres
  • Suitable Clothing
  • Bathing suit
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