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Walking in the Andes

Peru

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Discover authentic Latin America on foot...

Lace up your hiking boots on this walking tour through the Andes mountains range, staying in boutique accommodation in each destination. Trek through the Sacred Valley, ascend to the lofty ruins of UNESCO-listed Machu Picchu – sure to be a highlight of your trip and head out on to the waters of Lake Titicaca. Along the way, you’ll experience the traditions, taste the local cuisine, seek out rare wildlife and admire the natural scenery of Peru.

Including...

Hands shaking Included travel insurance

Bed12 nights in hotels and 2 in flight

Dinner plate23 meals: 12 breakfasts (B), 6 lunches (L) and 5 dinners (D)

PersonSaga tour manager

Plus...

  • Expert Host
  • Included themed activities
  • Hosted welcome drinks reception
  • Meet and greet with expert host
  • Leisure time
  • Local walking guides
  • Welcome dinner
  • Farewell dinner
  • Bottled water during excursions
  • Return flights and transfers
  • Hotel porterage

PersonIncluded excursions and visits

  • Vistadome train to Machu Picchu
  • Dinner show in Cuzco
  • Visit the Church of St Peter the Apostle in Andahuaylillas and the Incan remains of the Temple of Viracocha
  • Lake Titicaca by boat, visiting the islands of Uros and Taquile
  • Andean condor spotting in Colca Canyon
  • Arequipa city tour with visit to Santa Catalina

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Day 1 UK-Lima

After taking your VIP door-to-door travel service to the airport, fly overnight to Peru.


Day 2 Lima

Lima, Peru

On arrival in Lima, transfer to the 4-star Mercure Ariosto Lima (4Q), where you will stay overnight (11 miles, one hour and 20 minutes).

Tonight you can look forward to an included welcome dinner at the hotel where you can meet other members of your small group of fellow travellers. D


Day 3 Lima-Cuzco-Sacred Valley

Sacred Valley of the Incas

Take an onward flight to Cuzco this morning (90 minutes), then transfer to the 4-star Sonesta Posada del Inca (4Q) in the Sacred Valley (35 miles, 80 minutes), for a two-night stay. B


Day 4 Sacred Valley

Salt flats in Salineras

Join an included full-day excursion touring Moray and Maras. Transfer to Moray this morning to explore the ancient terraces which pre-date the Incas. The vast amphitheatre comprising four circular farming terraces are nearly 11,500 feet above sea level and were used by the Incas for agricultural experiments.

After lunch at a local restaurant, head to Maras to see the salt flats at Salineras, where salt has been mined for hundreds of years from thousands of ponds and pools fed by underground saltwater springs. B, L


Day 5 Sacred Valley-Macchu Picchu

Machu Picchu

Walking: 6 miles

A long day of adventure hiking the Inca Trail begins with a train ride through the Sacred Valley and up into the mountains, where the lofty ruins of Machu Picchu hide among the peaks. Disembark along the way close to the Inca site of Chachabamba and after a brief visit to the site, begin the trek to Wiñaywayna, a beautiful Inca ruin, which translates as Forever Young, with stunning scenery.

You’ll pause en route for an included packed lunch.

The moderate-grade walk will include an ascent of some 2,000 feet of altitude but passes an array of flora and fauna, including orchids along the way. Cross the stone threshold to the Machu Picchu site through Inti Punku – the Sun Gate – and enjoy breathtaking views before trekking down to the bus stop before transferring to Aguas Calientes where you will spend the night in the 4-star El Mapi Hotel (4Q). B, L, D


Day 6 Macchu Picchu-Cuzco

Cuzco

Return by bus to Machu Piccu for a guided tour of this UNESCO-listed site, led by a local guide.

Unearthed for modernity by Hiram Bingham more than a century ago, Machu Picchu is considered one of the new seven wonders of the world. Join a short hike of Machu Picchu or Huayna Picchu mountain, then this afternoon, return to the valley and transfer to Cuzco (35 miles, 90 minutes).

Stay two nights at the 4-star Costa del Sol Cusco Hotel (4Q). B


Day 7 Cuzco

Sacsayhuaman

Walking: 6 miles

This morning visit Tambomachay archaeological site. Known as Baños de Inca – the bath of the Inca – the site consists of a series of aqueducts, canals and waterfalls running through the terraced rocks. After a tour of the site, trek from Tambomachay to Sacsayhuaman, an incredible fortress, built using stones of mind-boggling size.

Visit San Cristobal viewpoint, then continue walking back to Cusco. After a quick tour of the Main Square revealing the elegant Spanish colonial additions to the city, return to the hotel on foot, and spend the afternoon at leisure. Tonight enjoy an included dinner show at a local restaurant. B, D


Day 8 Cuzco-Puno

Raqchi: Temple of Wiracocha

The long coach journey to Puno (240 miles, seven hours) is punctuated by a visit to Andahuaylillas to see the Church of St Peter the Apostle and its flamboyant interior. En route you’ll also visit the Incan remains of Raqchi, home to the monumental walls of the Temple of Viracocha, and enjoy an included lunch.

Arrive at Puno for a two-night stay at the 4-star Sonesta Posada del Inca Puno Hotel (4Q).

Please note: You can opt to make the scenic journey from Cuzco to Puno by the Titicaca train for an additional charge, though you will not visit Andahuaylillas and the Temple of Viracocha. B, L


Day 9 Lake Titicaca

Lake Titicaca

Today’s included excursion immerses you in the customs and traditions of authentic Latin American life.

Head out onto the waters of Lake Titicaca – the highest lake in the world – to visit the Uros community, who make their homes on artificial floating islands made of reeds. Then visit Taquile Island, where the inhabitants have used the typical Incan terraces to cultivate crops and colourful flowers.

Enjoy lunch at the home of a local family on the island before returning to your hotel this afternoon. B, L


Day 10 Puno-Colca

Chivay

This morning enjoy a scenic drive to Chivay in the stunning Colca Valley (200 miles, five hours and 30 minutes), traversing the dramatic mountain pass of Patapampa en route.

Look forward to making several stops en route, keep an eye out for Andean flamingos in the Lagunillas and perhaps take the chance to drink some traditional mate to help combat altitude sickness. Travel past the source of the Amazon River at Pata Pampa before an included lunch at a local restaurant.

Later visit a natural hot springs where you might wish to take a relaxing dip (entrance and towels not included) before heading to spend the night at the 4-star Aranwa Hotel (4Q). B, L, D


Day 11 Colca-Arequipa

A majestic Andean Condor in flight

Early this morning scale the slopes of Colca Canyon to the Condor’s Cross, where you can hope to spot majestic Andean condors – the world’s largest flying bird – soaring overhead.

On the way back, pass through the villages of Pinchollo, Achoma and visit the towns of Maca, at the base of the volcano Sabancaya and then Yanque, which boasts a delightful colonial church with a baroque façade.

After an included lunch, transfer to Arequipa (116 miles, four hours) for two nights at the 4-star Hampton Arequipa Hotel (4Q). B, L


Day 12 Arequipa

The colourful Monastery of Santa Catalina

Arequipa has a lower altitude and is flanked by three volcanic peaks. An included half-day city tour also takes in Santa Catalina, a huge monastery with brightly painted walls, originally built in 1579 and enlarged in the following century to more than 20,000 square metres. Some 20 nuns still reside in the northern corner of the complex.

Should you wish to explore the treasures of the city further, perhaps join an optional tour and seek out ‘Mummy Juanita’ at the Museum of Andean Sanctuaries at the Catholic University. Also known as Lady of Ampato after the mountain on which she was discovered in 1995, she was a young girl killed as an offering to the Inca gods in the mid 15th-century. Her body was naturally mummified in ice and remains incredibly well preserved. B.


Day 13 Arequipa-Lima

Huaca Pucllana, a great adobe and clay pyramid

Transfer to the airport this morning and fly to the Peruvian capital (90 minutes). Check in to the 4-star Mercure Aristo Miraflores (4Q) for an overnight stay with breakfast included.

This afternoon perhaps join an optional excursion, with a choice of two optional tours of the city revealing its colonial elegance, from the vast cathedral to the 17th-century San Francisco Convent. On one excursion participants can also visit the Larco Museum. Housed within a huge Spanish mansion and covering 3,000 years of pre-Columbian history – it also features some diverting examples of erotic ceramic art!

This evening look forward to a memorable farewell dinner this evening at the Huaca Pucliana Restaurant. Adjacent to the ruins of the same name – a vast pyramid built on seven levels using millions of clay bricks – is a restaurant with spectacular views of its illuminated surroundings after dark. The pre-Inca site, which is believed to be around 1,500 years old and among the oldest in the city, once served as an important ceremonial site dedicated to the God Pachacamac in the Lima Culture. B, D


Day 14 Lima-UK

Lima main square and cathedral

This morning transfer to the airport for your return overnight flight to the UK. B


Day 15 UK

Arrive in the UK this morning, and take your VIP door-to-door travel service home.


Instead of travelling from Cuzco to Puno by coach on Day 8 of the tour, for a supplement, you can make the journey by rail aboard the Titicaca Train. The route covered is considered one of the most beautiful train journey’s in the world, taking you along the shores of Lake Titicaca, through deep valleys in the shadow of the mighty Andes, and across the vast Andean Plains. The journey takes ten hours, and includes lunch and afternoon tea served in the 1920s-style Pullman cars.

A good level of fitness is required for this tour. Walks are challenging, some at altitude and covering uneven terrain, ascents and descents. The moderate-grade walk on Day 5 will include an ascent of some 2,000 feet up to an altitude of 8,100 feet over a distance of six miles. There are some shorter walks and most days involve some walking.

Walking in the Andes

Peru