18-29's Inca Trail hiking trip, Peru

“Choose your own small group adventure trek to Machu Picchu. Classic, Quarry or train? Six days in Peru - you decide.”

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Classic Inca Trail, Quarry Trail or train options | Cusco | Local trekking guide, cook and porters | Fully prepared overnight camps | Arrive in time for the sunrise over Machu Picchu |

Description of 18-29's Inca Trail hiking trip, Peru

Ideal as an add on adventure in Peru or well worth the experience if you’re pushed for time, this Inca Trail hiking trip will take you to Machu Picchu in time to see the sunrise at the end of an unforgettable six days.

Acclimatise to the Andean altitude in Cusco on Day One before departing for the lost city of the Incas on Day Two. Travellers will be given the choice of following the classic Inca Trail route over four days or the lesser-known Quarry Trail alternative over three days.

Of course, another option is to hang out in Cusco for a couple of days before taking the train to Aguas Calientes and then making your way to Machu Picchu by bus. You'll still get to see the sunrise and a lot of Inca temples and pisco sours besides.

Both treks involve camping and will be led by a local hiking guide and accompanied by Peruvian porters. Main luggage will be left in Cusco and all you’ll need is a small 5kg duffle bag, a positive attitude and a fully charged camera before you’re good to go.

This is a great opportunity for a small group of 18-29 year olds to form friendships as they undertake one of the most iconic trekking trails on the planet.

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Small group adventure

What is a small group adventure?
It's a great way to travel! Whether you are travelling on your own, with a partner or with friends, a small group trip is a fantastic way to see the world. You'll travel on a fixed itinerary that has been designed to help you discover the best of region. From the known highlights, the hidden gems that you won't find in the guidebooks.

Itineraries run on set departure dates, accompanied every step of the way by an English speaking local group leader. You chose the itinerary and the date that suits you best and you book on.

Why travel on a small group adventure?
Small groups allow us to explore where larger tour groups can't. Our maximum group size of 16 travellers allows us to use local transport to get from A to B, to visit rural villages, spend time with the locals and even stay at a local home overnight, and it allows us to give our travellers genuine, real life experiences of the countries we are visiting; what you'll be doing and how you'll travel depends entirely on your chosen itinerary.

Is an adventure right for me?
The word adventure means something different to everyone, and our range of trips reflects that. Whether you want to explore local markets, visit out of the way temples and meet local people or go on an early morning safari drive searching for the 'big five', we'll have a trip for you. If you are looking for a physical challenge such trekking the Kokoda Track or summiting Kilimanjaro, we can help with that too.

So what can I expect on this trip?
This is a classic style of small group adventure. You'll find your trip combines a good mix of included activities and free time, with some meals included as per your itinerary. We don't want you to feel chaperoned, it's your holiday not ours. Your group leader will be on hand to assist with organising anything you might wish to do in your free time, but how you spend it is up to you. Anything listed as included in your itinerary will be included in trip price; whereas anything listed as optional will be at an additional cost should you wish to take part.

These trips are great value, including things that you would struggle to organise independently, such as a night at a homestay in a remote village, or local guides around a remote place of interest. Transport will be a combination of private vehicle and public transport, whichever is the most appropriate for the route we are travelling; this might include train, plane, camel, tuk tuk, bicycle, boat…

On a majority of these trips you'll stay in 2-3 star accommodation, locally owned and reflective of the region you are travelling through. All solo travellers will be automatically roomed on a twin share basis with another group member of the same sex, unless you opt to pay for your own room at time of booking. There are no compulsory single supplements for solo travellers willing to share. Single rooms aren't available on camping trips, and you will be expected to help out with camp tasks such as setting up and breaking down your camp.

Can I book my flights with you?
Yes! We are a fully ATOL bonded tour operator meaning that we can book flights from the UK as part of your holiday package. Just ask us for a quote including flights when you make your enquiry.

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

Environment
We use local transport where safe, reliable and feasible to do so, and when this is not feasible, use private, locally owned transport instead. We also ensure our vehicles/fleets are well maintained and fuel-efficient.

When visiting fragile environments, remote areas and national parks we use a “take in, take back out” system. For instance, on this trip travellers are provided with biodegradable toilet paper and all rubbish accumulated from the trek is taken back to Ollantaytambo to be disposed of. This is how we encourage and educate clients to act responsibility and respect the environment in such a beautiful landscape.

It’s easy to use plastic excessively, especially during the warmer months. And so, to counteract this, we encourage our travellers to buy large 5-10 litre bottles to refill their smaller water bottles.

This trip is run by our own local Peruvian operator who shares our commitment to responsible travel, from waste and water management to ensuring we leave as minimal a footprint as possible. By establishing our own local operator in-country, we have created employment opportunities and invested in educating local industry experts in responsible business practices.
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The Impacts of this Trip

We employ exclusively local leaders to guide this trip. We also engage with at least four rural communities to employ porters. We 100% comply with all laws and regulations aimed at ensuring the fair pay and treatment of local porters.

This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environment we visit. These small numbers also allow us to stay in a unique, family-run hotel that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to its limited size.

We have a foundation which was set up to empower travellers to give back to the communities they visit. It now supports more than 50 local, grassroots projects around the world. Over the past 15 years, the foundation has distributed over AU $5 million to projects tackling areas such as sustainable development, human rights, child protection, environmental conservation, wildlife protection, education and healthcare. Our foundation supports one project in Peru called Kusimayo that improves the living conditions of children, families and the elderly affected by poverty and malnutrition in Puno’s rural communities.

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