Cusco & Inca Trail holiday, tailormade

Description of Cusco & Inca Trail holiday, tailormade

Set in high Andean mountains at 3320m, Cusco is an attractive town which draws people from all over the world. Built on the foundations of an Inca city, you can still see intricate Inca masonry and buildings as you walk through the town.

It is the favourite city of most visitors to Peru, as the mixture of ancient history, traditional Andean culture and a relaxed atmosphere makes it a charming place to stay for a few days.

Part of the Urubamba Valley , close to Cusco , was known as the Sacred Valley to the Incas due to its beauty and great fertility. Today the valley not only has a number of important Inca sites like the fortress at Ollantaytambo, but also has some of the best village markets where you can get a glimpse of what life is like nowadays for the Andean villagers.

Lastly you will have time at the incredible Machu Picchu. This is one of the best known sites in the world, and you'll be awed.

Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1:ARRIVE LIMA: As most flights arrive later in the day we've simply arranged a night in a nearby hotel.
Day 2:TO CUSCO: This morning you fly to Cusco. We'll transfer you to your hotel and then you have the rest of the day to relax and acclimatise in this incredible town. Perhaps have a wander in the town stopping at a café for some coca tea.
Day 3:CUSCO: We will pick you up this morning and take you for a private half day guided tour of the city and nearby Inca ruins. You have the afternoon free. Breakfast.
Day 4:SACRED VALLEY: we drive you through some stunning scenery today to explore the Sacred Valley. You have a full day's private guided tour including Pisac market and Ollantaytambo fortress. We will stop for lunch at a local restaurant. In the late afternoon you'll check into your lovely lodge in Ollantaytambo. Breakfast, Lunch.
Day 5:MACHU PICCHU: Walking to Ollantaytambo station you'll catch the Vistadome train to Aguas Clientes. Then you get a shuttle bus up to Machu Picchu. At this incredible site you have a private guided tour, and we'll stop for lunch at the unique hotel up here by the ruins - Sanctuary Lodge. This evening you are in a comfortable lodge at Aguas Calientes. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 6:MACHU PICCHU, THEN TO CUSCO: You have another entrance ticket for these magnificent ruins, but this time you enjoy them by yourselves. You'll catch the shuttle bus (included) down to Aguas Calientes in time to catch the afternoon train back to Cusco. You'll be back in Cusco in the evening. Breakfast.
Day 7:TO LIMA: This morning you'll be driven to the airport in time for your flight back to Lima to await your connecting flight home or onward. Breakfast.

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Departure information

This trip can be arranged at a time to suit you (except for January to March)
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Avoid disappointment - book your Inca Trail holiday in time

In the last few years, the Peruvian government has imposed increasing restrictions on tourism on the Inca Trail in order to protect it from overuse. The aim is to minimise ecological impact and erosion, mainly by having limited access and improving the quality of the operators. There are now only a very limited number of trekking permits available - 500 per day (around 200 for travellers and the rest for staff) - and they are being issued on a first-come-first-served basis. In order to avoid disappointment we recommend booking well in advance (up to a minimum of 3 months in peak season), unless you are extremely flexible over your travel dates.

Tailor made holidays

This trip can be tailor made to create a unique holiday for your individual requirements by travel experts with intimate knowledge of the destination. It is a more luxurious trip that will suit those who enjoy immersing themselves in new cultures and environments before relaxing in comfort. As this trip can be tailor made it would be helpful if you could you provide the following information: rough budget per person (stating with or without flights), your address and postcode, contact phone number, preferred date of travel, length of trip, number of passengers, preferred countries and areas within those countries, specific interests & type of accommodation.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Cusco & Inca Trail holiday, tailormade

Environment

The owners of the lodge we use at Machu Picchu are fervent supports of conserving their natural heritage. They manage over 30,000 acres of Amazonian forest, they have an agroforestry programme and encourage and organic production to lead the way for a sustainable production that can coexist with the forest. In addition they monitor biodiversity with a view to increasing knowledge of key species and learning more about forest ecosystem dynamics.
In addition they run an Andean Bear Rescue Centre. They were awarded a Tourism for Tomorrow Award for their conservation efforts.

Booking through this company your flights are automatically carbon offset through The Travel Forest, which plants indigenous trees on your behalf. Whilst the primary motivation for planting the trees is to offset carbon emissions, the project also works as a poverty alleviation and environmental improvement scheme.

Community

We use local guides in order to provide you with the best insights into Peruvian cultures, and to help contribute to the local economy and foster a sense of pride in Peruvian heritage.
In addition we encourage eating in local restaurants, and spending time (and money) in local markets which helps the local economy.

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