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- 7 nights
- From $2499 USD
- Departing 24 May 2014, 21 June 2014, 26 July 2014, 23 August 2014, 27 September 2014, 11 October 2014
- South and Central America
- Gay men and Lesbians
Peru - Machu Picchu & the Inca Trail (Active)
Discover the treasures of one of the Americas' most fascinating civilisations. Follow Inca traditions and history from Cuzco, through the fertile Sacred Valley and then hike to the ultimate Peruvian icon, magnificent Machu Picchu. Get a taste for colonial Spain in Lima and discover colourful traditions that remain to this day during this action-filled adventure.
Explore Lima's historic centre, Trek the challenging Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Wander the atmospheric streets of Cuzco, Admire the might of the Inca empire in the Sacred Valley, Explore Peru's mixture of colonial and Inca architecture
Be prepared for some serious physical activity. This may be treks of up to 6 hours per day in steep terrain, or extended bike rides of more than one day. The fitter you are, the more you will enjoy your holiday.
Culture Shock Rating
Expect to rough it every now and again, whether it's very simple group-share accommodation at a homestay, a packed public bus where you are forced to stand, the odd cold shower or an encounter with a squat toilet.
• Group leader from beginning to end of tour
• 6 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
• Lima orientation walking tour
• Flight from Lima to Cuzco
• Cuzco orientation walk and coca tea taste
• Visit to a community in Sacred Valley
• 4 days Inca Trail hike
• Machu Picchu
• Travel insurance package covering medical, trip interruption & baggage loss.
• International Airfare
• Arrival/Departure Transfer
• Meals and activities not outlined in itinerary
Hotels (4 nights), Camping (3 nights)
We have carefully chosen these gay-welcoming properties with you in mind. They have the right balance of comfort while still being locally owned.
Sleeping - This trip has three nights of camping. All tents are set up by guides/porters and sleeping pads are provided.
Food - During the trek on this trip there is a private dining tent with a fully supported cooking staff. Three meals per day are provided on the trek portion of this trip.
Luggage - During the day while on the trek, porters will carry your duffle bag. This bag is provided the night before the trek begins, and has a 6kg limit (including clothes, supplies and your sleeping bag). The only thing you will need to carry is a day-pack.
|Day 1||Lima||The Plaza Mayor, in the heart of Lima's historic centre, is an excellent place to get a feel for Peru's colonial past. Nearby, the Museo de la Inquisicion offers an insight into the Spanish Inquisition and the beautiful Monasterio de San Francisco houses some fascinating catacombs.|
|Day 2||Cuzco||With an intriguing blend of Inca and Spanish architecture, there is plenty to see and do in Cuzco. Take a walking tour to get acquainted with some of the lesser-known sights of this fascinating town.|
|Day 3||Sacred Valley||Visit Pisac with its famous artisan market and travel through the fertile Sacred Valley, where most of the region's fresh produce is grown. Look out for the maize crops surrounding the river and covering the terraces stretching high into the valley walls. These crops have long been the main source of food for the high Andes.|
|Day 4||4-7 Inca Trail/Machu Picchu||Trek along one of the trails that once linked the Inca Empire. The ancient paths wind past mountains, across high plateaus and through dense cloud forest and temple ruins. Climb over challenging mountain passes, including Dead Woman's Pass, and camp out in the evenings. On the final day, climb the steps to Intipunku, the Sun Gate, and watch magnificent Machu Picchu rising from the mist. Rest for a moment before striking out to uncover the mystery of these amazing Inca ruins.|
|Day 8||Cuzco||For an active farewell to Peru, it's possible to explore the Urubamba River or go mountain biking through the Sacred Valley. For those with weary legs, head to Plaza de Armas and enjoy free time to explore more of Cuzco's sights.|