High Inca Trail trek in Peru
Description of High Inca Trail trek in Peru
Taking your time within the Cordillera Vilcabamba mountain range can be just as satisfying as hiking the Inca trail itself however, as this 16 day trek in Peru incorporates both experiences you can rest assured that no stone has been left unturned when it comes to fulfilling your Inca travel dreams.
As this High Inca trail trek takes you from Cuzco at 3400 metres to the Chiriasqa Pass at nearly 5000 metres, taking your time to acclimatise and absorb the surrounding scenery is essential, which is just another reason as to why this two week hike is such a worthwhile experience.
After encountering Inca canals, river camps and the dominating peaks and shimmering glaciers of Mount Salcantay youll pick up the classic Inca trail trek route at Dead Womans Pass on Day Nine with remote mountain villages and smoothed Inca steps leading to the Sun Gate and your first glimpse of Machu Picchu.
After a train journey to the Sacred Valley your Inca trail hike continues to unearth the past with the impressive archaeological sites of Ollantaytambo and Pisac offering still more Inca adventures prior to free time in Cuzco to embark on optional activities or cultural sightseeing, as limbs dictates.
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Few holidays have as little detrimental impact on the environment and local residents as a trekking trip. Erosion on and adjacent to popular paths is a growing problem in certain places and therefore our trip leaders encourage clients to stick to advised routes in order to minimise this. Permits are limited on the Inca Trail in order to reduce overcrowding and damage due to footfall, but our guides and porters are still very mindful of how we treat the environment. We do believe in leaving no more than footprints, although this tour actively encourages guests to talk to local people, visit local cafes and restaurants and to purchase traditional crafts. Our entry fees also go towards maintenance of significant cultural sites, therefore leaving a positive impact.
Water is a really important issue with cycling trips and whilst we must stay hydrated, it is also vital that we have a system for providing clean water without causing lots of waste with plastic bottles. We suggest that instead of repeatedly buying bottled water, guests should re-fill a singular bottle. In order to make this easier, we provide treated water throughout the Inca Trail trek. We also recycle waste along the trail with organic and non-organic containers and we do not dispose of it until there is an appropriate place to do so.
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.
PeopleAccommodation and meals:
We will spend 7 nights in small, locally owned hotels and the remaining 6 nights on the trek in full service campsites. We prefer to use small businesses for our accommodation, activities and services as these are the companies which have most direct benefit to the communities which we visit. All of our hotel managers have signed a sustainability contract which ensures they employ locals and endeavour to reduce waste, whilst our campsites are very eco-friendly in terms of energy reduction. We buy all of our food to cook on the trail from local supermarkets or even indigenous groups where possible despite this sometimes being more expensive. Where meals are not included, clients are encouraged to eat at authentic restaurants and to try snacks at markets e.g. San Pedro market in Cuzco.
Local Craft & Culture:
We walk through the Huayllabamba village on the first day, which is the only community inside the trail. They sell produce and various homemade snacks, so by stopping and buying something we are providing an avenue of income for these people. There is also an optional opportunity in the Sacred Valley where clients can eat a traditional meal in the village and buy handicrafts. Our local guides are able to advise clients on which products to buy and which to avoid- for example, walking sticks made of wood are one to avoid as they are potentially a product of deforestation.
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.
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