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Lima: city tour; Follow the footsteps of the ancients; Most important Inca sites in the Cuzco area; Breathtaking Machu Picchu; Colourful, lively Pisac market
At least two meals daily; all meals and snacks while camping. All trek and camping arrangements in the field. Sleeping bags are NOT provided though you can rent one on arrival in Peru for $12. We suggest that you bring your own personal sleeping bag liner. All sightseeing, park entrance permits and fees for sites noted as 'visited' in the detailed itinerary. Gratuities for local guides, camp staff, restaurant staff and porters. We be provide the tents, stoves, pots, cutlery AND waterproof duffels for the trek portion, to hold a maximum weight 10 kg (22 lb), including a foam pad, also PROVIDED. Airport transfers for land & air customers arriving / departing on tour dates. All customers are entitled to airport transfer for internal flights.
Tour Leader gratuity, some lunches and drinks, personal items (phone, laundry, sleeping bags can be rented in Cuzco for a nominal fee), domestic and international air taxes (if applicable), excursions referenced as 'optional'. Airport transfers for Land Only customers. Optional trip cancellation insurance. Our post-reservation trip notes offer further guidance on optional meal costs, packing, weather, shopping, and locally paid departure taxes.
Seasonality and Weather
Temperatures range from a low of 7C (45F) to a high of 20C (68F) in upland areas (Cuzco), and highs of 22-28C (74-82F) at lower levels (Lima). From May-Oct it can be downright chilly, especially at night or early morning. Generally the weather on the trail is similar to that in Cuzco. During the day you can expect blue skies and sunshine. Trekking in T-shirt and shorts is ideal but have warm sweater handy in your daypack. From April to October there is little chance of rain. As soon as the sun goes down the temperature can rapidly drop to below freezing during the early hours of the morning.
Transport and Travel Conditions
We grade this trek MODERATE-STRENUOUS, which is easier than many of the more commonly walked routes to Machu Picchu due to the relatively little elevation loss and gain overall. For any trek at this level, however, fitness is most important and you may have to improve yours before departure. This trek is equivalent to extended walking in mountainous terrain at home, but usually at significantly higher altitudes (8,000-12,000 ft) and climate. Paths are primitive. Previous trekking experience is desirable but not essential if you are confident of your physical condition. There is a guide at the lead, and at the rear to ensure that no one falls too far behind. We usually spread out on the trail, taking photos and striking our own pace. There is no stigma attached to arriving last in camp, as your purpose is to watch your step and enjoy!
All group camp equipment (including sleeping bags), food, etc is carried and set up for you ahead of time; all you carry is you day pack-water, lunch, camera, personal items, and extra clothing for the day. Road transport provided by vans or mini-buses, depending on group size. Local flights via scheduled carriers.
Well-located, heated / air-conditioned, mid-range (3 star) hotels with en suite toilet and bath throughout (probably shower only). Single rooms are limited and likely smaller than doubles. Porter service is usually available though you should be independent with your luggage, especially at airports and train stations. Tents are spacious, 2-person (singles available).
Staff and Support
Tour Leader, local guides, porters & camp cook.
8-12 (plus Tour Leader)
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