Itinerary

Duration:

9 days / 8 nights

Dates:

Friday 18th – Saturday 26th November 2016 [Please depart from your country origin on Thursday 17th November ]

If participants are keen to hike on the Inca Trail they must register at least 6 months before the start of the trip to guarantee their place as permits are limited and get booked up very quickly all year round. Those who are not able to secure a permit can still take part in the rest of the trip and visit Machu Picchu without the Inca Trail hike.

The package includes:

The package comes without flights and visa (provided on arrival) but includes local transportation, breakfast only, 3* hotel accommodation and entrance fees to sites of interest mentioned in the itinerary below: Sample itinerary (Subject to slight modifications). Each day there will be a brief for the day, spiritual reminders throughout the day with important historical facts and points by our guide and an evening summary.

Day 1: Arrival in Lima. Attend Jumu‘ah prayers at Mezquita de Magdalena and meet local Muslims. Visit Larco museum of pre-Colombian art. Stay overnight in Lima.

Day 2: Spend a day with a local Muslim guide exploring one of South America’s most dynamic cities. Places to be visited include Plaza de Armas, Museo Nacional, San Isidro and ruins of Huaca Pucllana.

Day 3: Catch an early morning flight to Puerto Maldonado from where our excursion into the Amazon begins. Travellers will be transported by boat along the Tambopata River to a jungle lodge. Towards the end of the day there will be an excursion to discover nocturnal wildlife in the rainforest.

Day 4: After an early breakfast we hike in the jungle for about 2-3 hours to a lake. Along the way we have the opportunity to observe a wide variety of flora and fauna. We then board a canoe to further seek out colourful birds and mammals living along the periphery of the lake. In the evening we take a short boat ride to observe caimans.

Day 5: After sunrise we take an early boat back towards Puerto Maldonado. The morning flora and fauna which are particularly active at this time of the day include howler monkeys and macaws. From Puerto Maldonado we catch an internal flight to Cusco. Upon arrival we continue by road to Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley. The afternoon is spent acclimatising to the high altitude and exploring this historic Inca town.

Day 6: We catch an early train towards Machu Picchu through the picturesque Sacred Valley. Midway we stop to join the Inca trail. During the hike we climb to Wiñay Wayna. After lunch we walk for another hour onto Inti Punku before descending to Machu Picchu. Overnight stay in the nearby town of Aguas Calientes.

Day 7: There is the option to have a quiet morning around Machu Picchu or get up to catch the sunrise. The rest of the day is spent exploring ruins and other sites of interest followed by a second night in Aguas Calientes.

Day 8: Take a mid morning train from Aguas Calientes back towards Cusco. Spend the rest of the day exploring Cusco town including the Plaza de Armas and San Blas areas.

Day 9: Visit the ruins of Sacsayhuaman which was once the capital of the Inca Empire. Depending on time we have the option to visit further ruins in the vicinity. We then head off to the airport for an internal flight to Lima from where onward international connections are made.

Overnight Locations:
* Lima – 2 nights
* Amazon Jungle – 2 nights
* Ollantaytambo – 1 night
* Aguas Calientes – 1 or 2 nights
* Cusco – 1 or 2 nights

Overland journeys may be tiring and sometimes uncomfortable due to changes in altitude, temperature and humidity, therefore a basic level of fitness is required to fully benefit from this trip. Days will begin relatively early at around 8.00 am but exact times will be provided by our guide. Suitable places for lunch and dinner will be suggested by our guide.

Getting to Peru:

As flights to and from Peru (Lima – capital city) are not included in the package, you are advised to book flights according to the dates advertised.

Destination: Jorge Chávez International Airport (LIM)
Arrival Date: Friday 18th November 2016  [Please depart from your country origin on Thursday 17th November 2016]
Time: Any time in the morning, preferably before 11.00 am
Departure Location: Jorge Chávez International Airport (LIM)
Departure Date: Saturday 26th November 2016
Time: Any time after 4.00 pm

Upon arrival to Lima our local operatives will take over all transportation within the country, including to and from the airport.

Hotels:

3 star hotels in convenient locations will allow you to easily reach the most important attractions. Participants will typically spend 1-2 nights in each city or town.

Rooms: The standard is twin rooms (2 separate beds in a room) or 1 double bed for couples. A triple room (3 single beds in a room) can be arranged for larger families if available. Rooms include en-suite bathroom with shower and toilet, air-conditioning, wi-fi internet connection (except in the Amazon) and TV.

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