Classic Inca Trail holiday, 10 days
Description of Classic Inca Trail holiday, 10 days
Trek the world-famous Inca Trail on this 10-day tailor-made holiday to Peru. 3* accommodation in locally-owned hotels, private airport transfers with your own personal guide, a fully supported 4-day Inca Trail trek with all equipment provided (including North Face tents or similar), internal flights within Peru, and 24-hour assistance throughout your holiday.
Begin in the capital of Lima before flying into the Andes to acclimatise in the ancient Inca city of Cusco. Enjoy a guided tour and a trek briefing before heading into the breathtaking Sacred Valley to begin the most popular 4-day Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu. Walk at your own pace with a dedicated guide and enjoy a comfortable night's sleep at our fully equipped camps. Cross the Sun Gate into Machu Picchu at sunrise for your guided tour of the Lost City of the Incas. Then spend the night in the little pueblo at the foot of the mountains, so you can return to the site for a second visit. Catch the train from Aguas Calientes through the Sacred Valley and back to Cusco, where you will spend a final night before departing for Lima for your international flight.
This is a completely tailor-made holiday which can be customised or amended in any way to suit your requirements and budget. No fixed departure dates or minimum numbers, and we can include private services throughout if desired. Can begin and end on any date to suit you.
. 9-nights accommodation
. Breakfast everyday
. All meals during the trek
. Private airport transfers
. Guided tours & entrance fees
. Inca Trail permit & high quality equipment
. Machu Picchu train
. Domestic flights
. Meals not specified
. Travel insurance
. International flights* & airport taxes
*We can also compare and book international flights from any destination on dates to suit you.
PlanetIn order to ensure we protect the environment and minimise our ecological footprint we always recommend overland travel using local transportation as opposed to short domestic flights where possible, however due to the vast distances covered during this trip flying is unavoidable. To put it into perspective the bus journey from Lima to Cusco takes nearly 2 days, which is why we then recommend spending at least a week exploring Cusco and Machu Picchu.
We work with Inkaterra in Peru, who have pioneered ecotourism and sustainable development in the country since 1975. They are committed to scientific research and conservation, and are able to offer biodiversity and culture through their authentic travel experiences. Our other partner InkaNatura in Peru, offer ecotourism opportunities and have a number of conservation initiatives, including the Macaw Conservation Project which has helped the species to breed in areas affected by deforestation. They also contribute heavily to the maintenance of national parks, reserves and archaeological sites.
On all of our trips we include national park entrance fees in all of our holidays. This money goes directly towards protecting and sustaining the parks. We also like to keep our office green by recycling and using recycled ink cartridges. We also minimise our waste by limiting the number of holiday brochures we print. Instead, we refer potential customers to our online resources and send most of our holiday information via email.
PeopleIn order to ensure we have a positive impact on local economies and provide socially responsible holidays we only use local suppliers, which helps keep the money generated through tourism within local communities through employment of local guides, drivers and reps.
We always recommend locally-owned restaurants and hotels where possible, aiming to support local communities and give customers the opportunity to Ďtravel like a localí. We also provide customers with a list of recommended restaurants tailor-made to their destination and dietary requirements but with a focus on family-run restaurants.
We recommend historical hotels where possible, for example, the Rumi Punku in Cusco is situated within an original Inca building, which is restored and cared for using income generated from tourism.
We only use tour operators with similar ethical beliefs, for example, fair wages and appropriate working conditions for cooks and porters on the Inca Trail.
As a member of Sustainable Travel International, a leading not-for-profit organisation dedicated to promoting awareness, we have an appreciation and respect for local people and the environment through education and outreach programmes. We encourage our guides to promote responsible purchasing of handmade items and genuine local crafts, rather than buying imported good, especially in places like Cusco and Machu Picchu where competition between market sellers is high.
This trip offers a range of cultural activities aimed at supporting local economies and preserving local cultures, including: homestays with local families on Lake Titicaca; visiting community projects in the Sacred Valley; and visiting communities in the Amazon.
For all of our guests we provide pre-departure information on social and cultural issues in each location, including language guides, and advice on how to travel responsibly and respectfully.