Peru trekking tour, tailor made
Description of Peru trekking tour, tailor made
Explore the best of Cusco, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu on stunning guided hiking trails in Peru. Hike gently along little known Inca Trails and discover the people, traditions and culture of Peru. Relax each night in comfortable local lodgings to prepare for your next day’s adventure.
This 7 day adventure holiday for you and your family allows you to enjoy Peru at the perfect pace. Travelling with experienced guides, you’ll embark on short to medium hikes in spectacular locations around Cusco, ending with the legendary Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
|Day 1:||Arrive in Lima - you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Rest of the evening is at leisure.|
|Day 2:||The "Locals' guide to Cusco" tour : After settling in, we introduce you to Cusco with the "Locals' guide to Cusco". This short city walking tour is a great way to get your bearings and also helps you get used to the altitude.|
|Day 3:||Cusco Ruins Hike (B, L)Today you stretch your legs with a delightful hike in the hills above Cusco. First you visit the impressive site of Sacsayhuaman, then on to the Inca water temple of Tambo Machay. A trail through the fields leads you to the intricately carved Inca Temple of the Moon. From here a beautifully preserved section of royal Inca Trail leads you down into the old San Blas district, home to the city's artists and finally into the Plaza de Armas.|
|Day 4:||Moray to Salt Pans Hike (B, L) A great day of hiking, and your support vehicle will be on hand all day if needed. Leaving Cusco behind you start your journey to Machu Picchu. Explore the circular ruins of Moray and the salt pans of Maras. Finally you take the old track down to the Sacred Valley.|
|Day 5:||Royal Inca Trail to Machu Picchu (B, L) Start the day with an early transfer to catch the train towards Machu Picchu. Jumping off at km104 you pass through the control point and begin your Inca Trail trek. This is a 11km hike in total where you’ll enjoy phenomenal scenery before Machu Picchu reveals itself up ahead. Consider this a teaser day as you continue past the ancient site and ride the bus to the lively town of Machu Picchu Pueblo. Don’t worry, you’ll be back tomorrow!|
|Day 6:||Machu Picchu tour (B,L) Today you explore the pinnacle of Inca engineering - Machu Picchu. Save your hiking legs on the bus ride to the site and join a 2 hr guided tour of Machu Picchu, leaving you a few hours free to wander amongst the old Inca walls, take some short trail walks or just sit and take in the scale of the place on your own.|
|Day 7:||Back once more in the old Inca capital you have time to enjoy all that this city has to offer. Coffee museums, cooking classes, chocolate making, souvenir hunting or even just sitting in one of the many cafes and watching the world go by. The new late flights out of Cusco allow you to really maximise your time and get the most out of this holiday of a lifetime. This afternoon we will take you to the airport for your return journey home. For those with more time we can offer you extensions to the Amazon rainforest, Lake Titicaca, Colca Canyon and Arequipa or even to the little visited northern Peru. Please ask us for details.|
PlanetSpend half an hour in Peru and you will see the huge amount of waste produced by disposable bottles of water. Recycling is not the answer. What is needed is to reduce the amount of plastic produced in the first place. We have pledged to work to reduce the amount of plastic water bottles being used by travelers. We always provide large containers of purified water from which you can refill your non-disposable water bottle. We also promote the use of UV filters, water bottles with in built filters and spend time trying to convince hotels we work with to make drinking water available, rather than selling plastic disposable bottles. This last point is quite a hard task as hotels and restaurants make a lot of money from selling throw away bottles of water
PeopleThe guides we use while out on the walks are all local to the area, not only do they know the routes very well and their knowledge is fantastic but we feel that it is important to create local employment from adventure tourism.
All porters are freelance. The fact many have chosen to work with our ground agents for over ten years, speaks for itself.
They are provided career progression opportunities – porter to waiter to assistant cook to cook.
The porters we work with are paid more than the wage stipulated by the authorities.
The porters are contracted by a designated Head porter and payment is made directly by the Head guide, thus avoiding any intermediaries or other possible conflicts.
The ground agents pay the porter’s Inca Trail fee and do not take it out of their wages.
Inca trail rules set a maximum load for porters – 20kg of company equipment and 5kg of personal equipment. Our ground agents abide by this and it is enforced by the Inca trail governing body at several weigh stations on the trail.
A large communal tent with carry mat floor is provided for porters to sleep in. It is not the clients’ dining tent.
The porters are privided with plenty of good food. This is not the same menu given to the passengers, but it is nutritious, abundant and what they are used to eating. They have their own cooking facilities so do not have to wait for the clients to finish eating before they get their food.
The porters are provided with transport from Ollantaytambo to the trail head and with return train tickets (with designated seat allocation) from Aguas
Calientes to Ollantaytambo. This is not deducted from their wages.
Only registered Inca trail porters (as Inca trail rules stipulate) are used – these have to pass several forms of ID, character reference and a letter of good health and to have attended an Inca Trail Porter Awareness course.
Each porter is provided with a uniform, a back support, a carrying frame and footwear. (Please note the porters often prefer their sandals.)
As good quality camping equipment is unavailable in Peru, we encourage clients to donate any excess outdoor clothes, sleeping bags etc directly to the porters.
Tipping porters is also encouraged and guidelines are provided at the pre-departure meeting. The tip is administered by the clients with assistance from the head guide whose tip is completely separate.
Our tree planting is done above our porters’ villages. The porters are proud to participate in caring for their future.
If you would like to give a donation to a charity whilst in Peru then do look at Chicuchas Wasi – The Children’s Project. The charity’s focus is on providing free education; teaching academic skills to poor indigenous girls who are otherwise forgotten by mainstream education. One of our head guides was a student and is now a patron. The school can be contacted directly by visiting their website: www.chicuchaswasi.org
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