Arrive Lima, Peru
At your arrival to Lima’s airport you will be picked up and transferred to your hotel.
LIMA - CUSCO/ CITY TOUR & SURROUNDING ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITES
After early breakfast you will be transferred to the airport to take you flight to Cusco.
At your arrival to Cusco’s airport you will be transferred to your hotel. You need to rest and acclimatize yourself.
In the afternoon at 14:00 pm approx we start to explore the city of Cusco in which your guide will explain the history and significance of the Incan culture and vast changes that took place with the Spanish Conquest. You will visit the main plaza, the Cathedral and the Temple of the Sunor Koricancha. We then visit the ruins on the outskirts of the city stopping at the Inca ritual site of Quenqo, the water temple of Tambomachay, the customs house of Puca Pucara and the impressive temple fortress of Saqsaywaman, built strategically on the hill above the city of Cusco.
It’s famous for its enormous stone blocks, assembled with incredible precision to form the imposing external walls of the complex. Some of the stones stand 9 meters tall and weigh more than 350 tons. We then return you to our hotel in Cusco.
SACRED VALLEY EXCURSION - OLLANTAYTAMBO
In the morning after an early breakfast, we set out with the guide on a tour of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, along the Urubamba River, to visit the famous Andean market town of Pisac.
We stop at the picturesque town of Chinchero, where we will visit the ruins of a royal hacienda built for Tupac Inca Yupanqui. You will be amazed to see the well-preserved Inca wall in the main plaza and visit the beautiful colonial church with intriguing frescos painted on its portico, all built on Inca foundations. This will be followed by lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, we pass through the towns of Calca and Urubamba on the way to the Fortress and Citadel of Ollantaytambo. We have the opportunity to walk through the stone alleys of the city and get an idea of what life was like in terms of its military, religious and cultural centers at the height of the Incan Empire. We then transfer you to the hotel in Ollantaytambo.
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
OLLANTAYTAMBO - CHACHABAMBA (2250M) - WIÑAYWAYNA (2700M) - MACHU PICCHU (2400M) - AGUAS CALIENTES (2000M)
After early breakfast we will go to the train station of Ollantaytambo where we will take our train to the town of Chachabamba. It is from here where we start our trek after checking into the checkpoint Sanctuary of Machu Picchu. We will cover a distance of 13 kms in approximately 7 hours
AGUAS CALIENTES (2000M) - MACHU PICCHU (2400) & HUAYNAPICCHU* - AGUAS CALIENTES
After an early breakfast, we will try to catch the first bus at 05:30 am from Aguas Calientes to the city of Machu Picchu and will then arrive at 6:00 am. At this early morning we will enjoy the Machu Picchu ruins while the sun slowly warm up the site and the fog disappears. We will enjoy a guided 2 ½ hour visit of the great Machu Picchu sanctuary-city. After that, hike to the top of the Huayna Picchu Mountain, the pyramid-shaped peak that overlooks Machu Picchu Citadel. After our visit, we will have lunch at Sanctuary Lodge restaurant and finally take the bus back down to Aguas Calientes.
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
FREE DAY IN AGUAS CALIENTES - CUSCO (3350M)
You will have a free day in Aguas Calientes. You can return to the ruins (optional), visit the hot springs or walk around the village. At the appropriate time take the train for Poroy station in Cusco. At your arrival you will be received and transferred to the Hotel in Cusco.
FULL DAY UROS & TAQUILE ISLANDS TOUR
Early in the morning we start an unforgettable boat tour around Lake Titicaca. Our first stop is the Floating Islands of Los Uros, where people have lived since pre-Inca times. These Andean natives have built their own islands out of reeds, stacking new layers to form floating structures dozens of meters deep. The vegetable fiber used is Scirpus Totora, from the papyrus family. They also use this material to build their houses and boats.
We continue to Taquile, inhabited by Quechua speakers who have developed, generation after generation, an efficient and original social system, and their own magnificent textile techniques. We walk around it’s hill-sides and archaeological sites. In the evening we return to Puno. Enjoy the evening in Puno.
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
PUNO – SILLUSTANI / LIMA
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Juliaca airport to board your flight to the city of Lima. Enroute to the airport we will visit the famous Chullpas (burial towers) of Sillustani, cylindrical mausoleums built by the Aymara people to entomb their high priests. Umayo Lake, in front of the Chullpas, only adds to the beauty of the site. Here we also have the opportunity to spot distinctive native birds of the region. At your arrival to Lima you will be transferred to the hotel.
After breakfast, we transfer you to the airport to board your international flight back home or to your onward flight to join our Futaleufú Adventure in Chile.
We believe that along with the privilege of adventure in the outdoors comes a serious responsibility, the responsibility to protect and contribute to its ecology, cultures and its tremendous beauty. The “Leave No Trace” philosophy is followed to the letter and we work to minimize the environmental impact of our trips. We are scrupulous in our camping, cooking and sanitation practices; we limit the number of trekkers we allow to join us on our trips and the number of trips we lead in a given area.
In the wilderness, commercial agreements between service provider and client require a depth of understanding that is more than what is routinely attached to similar agreements elsewhere. In the outdoors, we have to balance the pursuit of stated objective and risk. We try to overcome risk and deliver the objective promised in the agreement between client and service provider. But that does not mean that we ignore risk altogether to chase an objective. We wish you to be informed about what makes a trip safe for you and everyone else.
Please take a few minutes to read the following:
The nature of wilderness
By definition wilderness implies remoteness. It means that response to any accident or mishap takes time. Timely intervention is a life saver. Working back from this, it becomes imperative that any commercial adventure in the wilderness be conservative in terms of the risk it courts. Yet adventure means there will be a risk. The way out is to manage the risk involved in such a fashion that a safe experience is provided. There are a few things that the client can do.
Prepare in advance
Commercial expeditions entail strain even if others are carrying your load and doing the team’s work. Prior physical conditioning – particularly of the cardiovascular sort contributing to improved endurance – helps. Please invest time and effort for that before embarking on the trip. It will help you in the field.
Be honest, speak up
We encourage clients to be honest about how they are feeling on expedition days; voice any personal difficulties they may be experiencing. This helps the team make relevant decisions for clients’ well being, something crucial when venturing into altitude. Not all of us are meant for altitude. If your physiology rebels, there is nothing to be ashamed of it. Speak up. Make sure that your disclosures about self are not biased by an objective you are feverishly trying to achieve like getting to the summit of a peak or crossing a high pass at any cost. Don’t let summit fever and similar instances of extreme personal ambition, consume you. It puts you and your support team at risk. Stay with the team’s assessment of risk. Go with the resultant decisions. If you think you have a point to make by all means do so. We will hear you out. But risk assessment and decisions, will be by the team leaders as the onus of a safe expedition primarily rests with them.
Let the leaders work
You may be familiar with rivers, mountains and altitude. We don’t wish to question that. But there are reasons why many of us choose to go as clients. One of them is that our primary vocation is something else, while those working in the mountains as guides have chosen to make that their primary vocation or at the very least, dedicate time to it. More than us, they are in the mountains. They are alive to it. That’s why we entrust our passage to them. So, please let them work free of interference. Please don’t influence their judgement. Your expedition needs their best work and best judgement. In any expedition, leadership style will vary with the risk being tackled in a given situation. There will be times when we can travel easy in a very consultative fashion. There will be times when that is not advisable and a more directive style may be adopted by your guides. Please comply.
Be open to alternatives
We can set up the best safety systems possible, checking and double checking to make sure that nothing is left to chance. But we don’t control or totally overcome variables like weather and terrain/river conditions. They impact the expedition’s progress. If team leaders review / alter plan citing concerns on any front, we request that it be respected and not viewed as money’s worth denied even if it dims prospects for achieving an expedition’s original goal. Such challenges are frequent in the outdoors. Seasoned trekkers and climbers, when they realize that a particular objective does not seem achievable on a given trip, learn to be happy with other pursuits to compensate – like staying camped and enjoying the mountain environment or attempting more doable hikes from wherever they are. We request you to stay aware of these possibilities. Be open to them. Decades ago when exploration and first ascents were happening in the Himalaya, the explorers / mountaineers / hikers devoted months to their work. Committed outdoorsmen still do. They wait out unfavourable circumstances by having a lot of time and patience. Time is what the modern world does not have even as the mountains remain the same, posing the same challenges; the same risk, the same unpredictable circumstances. An exceptionally lucky circumstance may deliver success. But luck isn’t commonplace. We should be mentally prepared for the above-mentioned alternatives.
If you don’t achieve your objective it isn’t the end of the world. Be patient, another chance will emerge. There is a simple reminder, climbers often tell their colleagues leaving for a summit: “ the mountain will always be there; make sure you are there.’’
In other words – be safe.
Our expedition trips are designed for energetic and flexible people who have the spirit of adventure and a positive attitude. Previous experience in the outdoors and camping helps, though is not a must. These trips are participatory in nature, and everyone is expected to pitch in, set up and break down their own tent, clean their own dishes. Look up our trip grading before you sign up.
Grading of Trips
We have graded our trips in four different categories and you should choose one that suits you the most. Grading of each trip has been done keeping in mind a lot of factors like the trip duration, the altitude, the terrain, the no. of hours of activity every day, temperatures and conditions encountered, and the level of fitness needed. Any kind of exercise which gets you, fitter, before this trip is advisable, as it will enable you to enjoy the region more.
- Easy : Most of our camp based trips, with easy activities, that are optional and involve fairly easy travel. Trips may include short hikes of two to three hours or optional walks at low elevations. Includes less demanding whitewater trips with easy support and myriad options.
- Moderate : Active trips involving hiking over reasonable terrain, within vehicular access, upto elevations less than 4000 meters, or trips with long walking days, multiple rafting days, wilderness camping. Includes more demanding whitewater trips with Class III rapids.
- Demanding : Hiking and trekking to elevations exceeding 4000-5000 meters, away from vehicular access, over multiple days. Encompasses demanding whitewater with Class IV rapids.
- Challenging : Our most demanding trips include climbing at high elevations in excess of 5000 meters, in remote and extreme conditions with no access to roads; trips to remote, extreme wilderness; mountaineering trips, and demanding whitewater trips with Class IV-V rapids.
The Next Step
Ready to go? Email us at [email protected] to book your place and we will guide you through the booking process. Please sign and scan/email us your booking form and inform us about the status of your payments at the time of confirming the trip (Booking form and Payment details below).
Why travel with Aquaterra Adventures?
We are a pioneer in active adventure travel, and run the most number of rivers in India, having opened them up over the past several years. We set the standard and have a strong reputation for excellence. We have a lot to live up to and we ensure we provide the safest, quality trips for our guests.
Should you wish to contact any of our past guests for a trip reference, write to us.
In remote regions, we often use local suppliers who provide services that may include vehicles for transportation, equipment, logistical support, hotels, guest houses etc. We do not own or operate these independent services or suppliers. We work with them as they share our commitment to service and quality.
Land Cost Included:
- Airport transfer in and out in each city in a group. (Individual transfers will be additional)
- 09 nights of accommodation + breakfast
- Cusco City tour & surrounding archaeological sites in private service
- Sacred Valley Tour + lunch in private service
- Inca Trail 02days/01night + Huayna Picchu hike in private service
- Inka Express shared bus tickets Cusco – Puno + lunch on board
- Full Day Uros & Taquile islands tour + lunch in private service
- Tour Sillustani enroute to the airport in private service
- English speaking guide (Bilingual guide for Cusco – Puno route)
- Entrance fees
Assistance during the trip
Inca Trail Included:
- Map of the Inca Trail
- Transportation to and from Hotel – Ollantaytambo Train station / Poroy train station Cusco Train Service from Ollantaytambo – Km.104(Chachabamba)
- Train service from Aguas Calientes – Poroy Train Station
- Professional guide
- Entrance fee Inca trail, Machu Picchu, Huayna Picchu
- Meals mentioned in the program
- Busticket: Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes (1st day)
- Busticket: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes (2nd day)
- Single Supplement
- All prices are based on double occupancy. If you are traveling alone a Single Supplement surcharge will be applied to the total cost of your trip if we are unable to match you with a roommate of the same gender.
- This charge depends on your itinerary and number of nights spent in hotels or lodges. We will not know if this charge will apply until 30 days prior to the departure date. You may also, of
course, request to room alone and pay the Single Supplement.
- International flight to Lima and back
- Domestic flights (Lima– Cusco/Juliaca (Puno)–Lima) flights. Will advise fares when bookings open
- Visa Fees
- Airport taxes
- Tipping and gratuities to staff and guide
- Additional meals (meals not mentioned in plan)
- Visits and activities not indicated in Plan
- Personal expenses like Telephones, Drinks, faxes and e-mail, laundry etc
- Any items not mentioned in the inclusions
- International travel and medical insurance cover.
If it becomes necessary to cancel your tour, you must notify Aquaterra Adventures India Pvt. Ltd. immediately in writing. Once we receive your notice, cancellation will take effect. Please note that the following charges will apply on cancellation:
- if cancellation takes place more than 45 days prior to departure, your full deposit
- will be returned except a processing charge of Rs. 5000 or US$ 77 ; (60 days for Brahmaputra trip)
- if cancellation takes place between 45 and 30 days prior to departure, 50% of the
- tour price will be forfeited (between 60 and 30 days for Brahmaputra trip); and
- if cancellation takes place less than 30 days prior to departure, 100% of the tour price will be forfeited.
Some trips attract a minimum processing charge – please check.
The tour price is quoted as a package. No partial refunds or credit will be given for services not used. We recommend that you obtain travel insurance upon booking.