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GEMS OF PERU

Nazca Lines, Lake Titicaca and the Inca Trail

Gems of Peru

This tour is of some of the highlights of Peru, to include the Nazca Lines, Lake Titicaca and the Inca Trail which follows the ancient Inca Paths through to the complex of Macchu Picchu.

Any reasonably fit person should be able to cover the route. However, the second day of the trek is quite challenging as one heads up to an altitude of 4200m to the top of Dead Woman's Pass.


GEMS OF PERU OVERVIEW

Day-1: Lima

Day-2: Lima - Nazca (B)

Day-3: Nazca - Lima (B)

Day-4: Lima - Puno (B)

Day-5: Lake Titicaca (B)

Day-6: Puno - Cuzco (B)

Day-7. Cuzco

Day-8: Sacred Valley - Ollyantaytambo (BL) INCA TRAIL TO MACHU Picchu STARTS

Day-9: Chilca - Wayllabamba

Day-10: Wayllabamba - Pacamayu

Day-11: Pacamayu - Winayhuayna

Day-12: Winayhuayna - Machu Picchu - Cuzco (B)

Day-13. Cuzco-Lima

Day-14. Lima (B)

GEMS OF PERU ITINERARY

Day-1: Lima

Arrival in Lima, reception and transfer to your hotel.


Day-2: Lima - Nazca (B)

After breakfast, a guided visit of colonial and modern Lima, including the cathedral, dating from 1654, the main square, which still houses the original bronze fountain built in 1650, and the San Francisco Convent and its catacombs. Known as the city of the kings, Lima was founded in 1535 by Pizarro and rebuilt in 1991, the same year that UNESCO declared it a world heritage site. One of the very few South American cities that preserve the colonial past, Lima was home to the Spanish viceroy during the time of the Spanish colonialists. After lunch at Rosa Nautica, the foremost seafood restaurant in Lima, private transfer to Nazca. Arrival and overnight accommodation in Nazca.


Day-3: Nazca - Lima (B)

Today a tour flight over the enigmatic Nazca Lines; gigantic drawings and geometrical figures engraved in the driest desert of Peru and dating back to 250 AD. Drawn throughout over 1000 Km2 of desert on the Pampas of San Jose in Ica, and due to their enormous size and largely unknown origin, leaves an indelible impression on all who visit this most mysterious archaeological site. With representations of animals, such as a spider, a monkey and several birds, they are believed to be an enormous astronomical calendar or possibly an offering to the gods. First discovered in 1550 it was not until the advent of flight, in the 1920's that the lines were first realised for their significance. The drawings are not in actual desert sand but on small rock debris, varying in length from 150m to 300m and with a depth of 20cm. A tour of Chauchilla cemetery before transferring to Lima and your hotel in the late afternoon.


Day-4: Lima - Puno (B)

Flight to Juliaca, before transferring to Puno visiting en route the Sillustani funereal towers. Arrival to Puno for overnight accommodation.


Day-5:  Lake Titicaca (B)

After breakfast, transfer to the port for the boat trip on Lake Titicaca to the reed Islands of Uros. A visit to the Aymara island of Taquile before returning in the afternoon to Puno. Overnight accommodation.


Day-6: Puno - Cuzco (B)

Departure by private vehicle to Cuzco visiting en route several Inca ruins and the remains of the great Viracocha temple, Raqchi. We shall also stop at the highest point along the way, La Raya Arrival to Cuzco and transfer to your hotel for overnight accommodation.


Day-7. Cuzco  (B)

Afternoon visit to the main ruins of Sacsayhuaman, Kenko, Puca-Pucara and Tambomachay, followed by a city tour of Cuzco.


Day-8: Sacred Valley - Ollyantaytambo (BL)

Full-day trip to the Sacred Valley of the Inca and then a visit to Ollantaytambo.


INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU STARTS

(Breakfast, lunch & dinner included - only breakfast on the final day)

Day-5: Chilca - Wayllabamba

After an early morning breakfast, you will be transferred to Chilca by bus, where you will meet the Quechua porters and have breakfast. Crossing over the turbulent Vilcanota River, with magnificent views of Nevado Veronica (5,900m/19,000ft) we will continue the expedition admiring the Llactapata archaeological site, and stopping at the Huayllabamba river for lunch. We will visit the archeological sites of Patallacta, Qente, and the valley of Cusichaca and the magical Polylepsis forest. Today the hike will last approximately 7 hours, arriving in camp around 17h00. Camp and dinner at 3,800 meters. Overnight on the trail.


Day-6: Wayllabamba - Pacamayu

Today is one of the most demanding days of the trip as we gain a lot of altitude. We will see outstanding views east to the Huayanay peaks and west into the rugged Vilcabamba Range. After breakfast, we will continuously climb up through the first pass at 4,200 m/13,750 feet at Warmiwanusqa. Passing 3 ecological areas such as the Yunga, Quechua and Puna. we will climb 1000 metres in 5 hours. On the descent to the lunch spot, we will encounter a large number of stairs. After lunch, we will again climb about 500m in altitude before dropping again, about a further 400.Today camp and dinner near Pacamayu. Overnight on the trail.


Day-7: Pacamayu - Winayhuayna

Today is a much easier and shorter day. After breakfast, we will trek down through the valley of Pacamayu to the famous archaeological sites of Runquraqay. We will continue to the second pass and the restored town site of Sayaqmarka ("Town in a Steep Place") and explore the Sayaqmarka Ruins. The Inca Trail in this section is a white granite roadway, traversing a thickly forested mountainside. We will then descend to the magnificent archeological Phuyupatamarka ("cloud Level Town") and have lunch. We will then begin the decent to Winaywayna where a visit of the ruins and have dinner will conclude the day.


Day-8: Winayhuayna - Machu Picchu - Cuzco (B)

Early morning wake up at 4:30 a.m. for breakfast and to begin the trek to be the first at the archaeological site of Macchu Picchu for the sunrise. We will descend rapidly from cloud forest into high jungle habitat. Orchids and hummingbirds are commonly seen along this spectacular section of the trail high above the river. We will arrive at Intipunko "Gate of the Sun" to observe the sunrise over Macchu Picchu from an elevated vantage point. We continue down to the royal road and at last the "Lost City of the Incas". A guided tour of the marvelous citadel, visiting the Main Plaza, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of Three Windows, the Circular Tower and the Sacred Sun Dial and Burial Grounds. After the guided tour, transfer to Aguas Calientes onto the train station for your return train to Cuzco. Arrival and transfer to your hotel.


Day-9. Cuzco-Lima

  (B)

Day-10. Lima (B)

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your return flight home.


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Inca Trail Variations

Salkantay 11 days Lares Trek 9 days

Day-1: Lima

Day-2: Lima- Cuzco (B)

Day-3. Cuzco

Day-4: Sacred Valley - Ollyantaytambo (BL)

SALKANTAY TRAIL STARTS

Day-5: Cusco - Mollepata - Soraypampa - Ichupata

Day-6: Ichupata - Incachiriasca Pass - Sisaypampa

Day-7: Sisaypampa - Ayapata

Day-8: Ayapata - Chaquicocha

Day-9: Chaquicocha - WiNaywayna

Day-10: WiNaywayna - Machu Picchu - Cuso

Day-11: Cusco - Lima

 

Day-1: Lima

Day-2: Lima- Cuzco (B)

Day-3. Cuzco

Day-4: Sacred Valley - Ollyantaytambo (BL)

LARES TRAIL STARTS

Day-5: Cusco - Pumahuanca - Puyoc

Day-6: Puyoc - Yanacocha - Cuncani

Day-7: Cuncani - Lares

Day-8: Machu Picchu - Cuzco

Day-9: Cusco - Lima

 

Your Questions Answered

It is 4200m or 13,780 ft above sea level which is the highest point on the trail at Dead Woman's pass
The Inca Trail covers a distance of 54km when done over 4 days.
The thing that makes the Inca Trail difficult is the altitude so it is strongly recommended to spend the extra time in Cuzco before starting hiking. The toughest day involves day two where you climb 1000m in one day. There are several steep sections all the way after that. If you are worried, then start training.
The Inca Trail to Macchu Picchu can be hiked throughout the year, although the drier months are May till October. High season on the trail is from June through August and so the paths are very busy, are the camp sites. However, as it is a mountain, one can encounter rain at any time of the year and thus a rain poncho is essential. The trail is closed every year from the month of February.
Yes you do. Permits become available for sale on the 1st March every year. They tend to book up quite quickly and can sell out three months in advance so it is advisable to book with plenty of time in hand. Permits are also passport specific, and cannot be transferred to another person, refunded, or moved to another date once purchased. The cost of the permit is included in the tour price. If you want to look at current permit availability, please go to https://www.nomadicadventures.co.za/South-America/Peru/Inca-Trail-permit-availability.html.
Many people like to hike with trekking poles so it is a matter of choice. However, if you bring them they must have a spike cover on them, i.e. protected by rubber tips. We also recommend that you bring some bringing some spare rubber tips with you.
Yes they can but we dont recommend children under 12 do it
There are other treks you can hike that are no less spectacular, including the alternate Salcantay base camp trek which is longer with higher altitudes. This joins the classic Inca Trail. You could also do the the Inca Rivers Trek from Choquequirao to Machu Picchu which is a more remote trek, but offers a more varied trail away from the crowds