Registration is now open for our 2015 Peru Expedition taking place July 11 – 18, 2015. You can register by simply filling out the contact form here. This 8 day journey will prove to be the best of Peru! This is a fascinating trip into the cultural heart of the Incas and a look into the Peruvian Amazon region. Our trip starts and ends in Cuzco. After experiencing the local Peruvian culture (food, shopping, touring local religious and historic temples, cathedrals, and other local sites) we take the very infrequently traveled ‘Super Inca Trail‘ (Ankascocha Trail) where you are almost guaranteed to not see another tourist.
In total, five days of hiking this variation of the Inca Trail will bring you to the ‘lost city’ of Machu Picchu. We will spend an entire morning in ruin sites discovering many of its hidden treasures. First class accommodations in Lima, Cusco, Aguas Calientes and throughout the trekking journey, make this the perfect adventure for anyone. The cost is $2,900 which includes almost everything except airfare to Lima.
The itinerary for this trip is as follows:
Day 1 Depart home for Lima, Peru
Depart home for Lima, Peru. Depending on individual flight schedules, you will either arrive in Lima in the evening or very early the next morning. Those arriving in the evening will overnight in a hotel in the suburbs of Lima (Miraflores) and return to the airport early the next morning for the flight to Cusco.
Day 2 Cusco
Check into hotel. In the afternoon you will have a walking tour in Cusco downtown, exploring the ancient streets of this magical city, visiting the cobble stones streets and taking pictures of the amazing Incan and colonial monuments of the city. Overnight at Royal Inka hotel.
Day 3 Pacchar to Chillipahua
Early morning bus will take us to the Pacchar trailhead to begin our trek up the Inca Trail. The trail climbs via a small ‘pampa’ at Amparaki to the Watuq’asa pass (3900m) where we will pass an Inca wall and fortress known as Qosqoq’awarina (the place where one can see the surrounding the pass). There are also great views of the Vilcabamba massif, 3 large mountains in a row. Then we descend from the pass to a small valley with a stream running through it called Anapahua, head up the valley to your campsite at the small settlement of Chilipauhua (3700m). 5-6 hours of trekking.
Day 4 Chillipahua to Ankascocha
A long day of hard trekking to the second highest pass, Pampaq’asa (4400m). Once over the pass, a further hour down brings you to the lunch spot by the Silque River. After lunch, walk a further 2-3 hours downhill until you reach your campsite at Ankascocha (3900m) near a lake. 7-8 hours of trekking.
Day 5 Ankascoha to Km 82 or Piscacucho
The day begins with a steep ascent to the Ankascosha Pass (4700m). Passing a beautiful glacial lagoon, we will have magnificent views of snow-capped peaks as well as the Silque Valley. The trail descends past small farmsteads and patchwork fields to the KamicanchaValley , beautiful scenary, and snow cap mountains will be our companion along the trail. Overnight at piscacucho campsite. (2900m). 6-7 hours of trekking.
Day 6. Piscacucho to Machupicchu
This morning we will wake from camp and make our way over to the train station where we will take an hour train ride to Aguas Calientes, and begin our final push up to the holy site. A bus ride will bring us to the famous Inca ruin of machupicchu. . Here we join the standard Inca Trail which cuts across the ridge to the Incan ‘gate of the sun’ and the first exhilarating view of machupicchu, then we will travel up hill to Machu Picchu mountain. Just a few minutes to enjoy the sun setting around this amazing place and then we will return to machupicchu ruins to touring around, then we take a short bus ride down to Aguas Calientes where we will lodge at the Hotel Santuario Inn. 6-7 hours of trekking.
Day 7 Machu Picchu to Cusco
Morning guided tour of Machu Picchu with lunch. This afternoon take the train back to Cusco (3hours). Overnight in Cusco at the Royal Inka Hotel
Day 8 Cusco to Lima – Depart Lima for home
This morning we flight back to lima, then we will visit lima´s downtown and we will have an special time visiting the upper class district of Miraflores, then by the afternoon we will take the International flight back home; arrive home late in the evening.