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Discover the diversity of Peru on this fascinating journey through the highlights of the country. Explore the floating reed islands of Lake Titicaca, travel through the Andes mountains to Cusco, the ancient Inca capital and head into the Sacred Valley to trek the spectacular Inca Trail.
Explore Tour Leader
3 nights simple camping
9 nights comfortable hotel
1 nights premium hotel
Moderate and Challenging
Trip maximum 16 Explore Average 11
Itineraries on some departure dates may differ, please select the itinerary that you wish to explore.
Arrive in Lima, Peru's capital, that was founded in 1535 AD by the Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro. It was built on the Pacific coast, by the Rimac River and close to the natural harbour of Callao, on land that had already been inhabited for thousands of years. Today Lima is a modern city, but there are obvious reminders of its ancient and colonial past.
For those arriving on time our Leader plans to meet you in the hotel reception at 2pm for the welcome meeting and for those that wish, there is the chance to go out for lunch at a local restaurant. There are no activities planned today, so you are free to arrive in Lima at any time.
If you would like an airport transfer today, you'll need to arrive into Jorge Chavez International Airport (LIM), which is 45 minutes to 1 hours' drive (traffic dependant). Should you miss the welcome meeting, your Leader will inform you of any essential information as soon as you catch up.
If your flight arrives earlier in the day, perhaps you might choose to take an independent stroll along the coastal path to Miraflores and through the bohemian district of Barranco. The city is also gaining a reputation as a culinary centre; try some ceviche (fish marinated in citrus) or sip on a Pisco sour.
Arawi Express Miraflores Hotel (or similar)
This morning we take a short Lima city tour, passing through the colonial squares and by the convent of San Francisco. In the early evening we fly up to Juliaca on the high Altiplano. On arrival we will take a short drive to our hotel in Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world at an elevation of 3,860m, and also the legendary birthplace of the Inca civilisation. The local Aymara, Quechua and Uros people have larger lungs, hearts and spleens, and blood that is particularly rich in red corpuscles, so have adapted to high altitude living.
Hotel Hacienda Puno (or similar)
This morning we drive to the 'chullpas' (funeral towers) of Sillustani, which probably date from the 14th century. They are positoned on a peninsula overlooking a lagoon amongst stunning highland scenery. There is also the opportunity to visit a local farmers house (optional). In the afternoon we explore the small town of Chucuito, visiting the colonial churches, Inca fertilty temple and the Totora Museum.
Today we take a boat trip on Lake Titicaca to explore the floating reed islands, home to the Uros people who live on the lake itself. Their islands are made from totora, a reedlike papyrus that grows in the shallows and is used in most aspects of their life, including the construction of their boats and homes. We then continue to the less visited island of Taquile which has preserved much of its Inca and pre-Inca heritage and the islanders still speak the language of the Inca - Runa Simi or Quechua.
In the late afternoon we take a boat back to Puno and our hotel.
Today we follow the legendary route taken by the first Inca ruler - Manco Capac - on his way to find Cusco, passing through a landscape that is both desolate and magnificent, where flocks of llamas and alpacas graze amongst the windswept meadows. Rising early, we head to the public bus terminal where our coach awaits us. During the 10 hour bus trip, we make several stops including at the small market town of La Raya, and the Inca ruin of the Temple of Wiracocha in Raqchi. Traversing the northern extremes of the Altiplano, we cross the La Raya pass (4321m) and the continental divide, before beginning the descent towards Cusco along the Rio Vilcanota. We arrive into the fascinating city in the late afternoon and check into our hotel. Today's total driving time is approximately 7 hours.
There is also the possibility today to take the classic rail journey from Puno to Cusco (optional). One of the great railway journeys of the world, this full day trip covers some spectacular scenery over the high altiplano. It includes a meal aboard the train, with the chance to try some local delicacies and make use of the outside viewing platform before arriving into Cusco.
Please note that rail strikes are common in Peru and so there is the possibility that the train may not always be running. In the event that you have chosen the optional train ride and it is not operating, then we will make the journey from Puno to Cusco by bus, with the rest of the group. Refunds for trains cancelled due to strike action is at the rail companies discretion.
Yawar Inka Hotel (or similar)
This morning we take an immersive walking tour through the captivating city of Cusco, kicking things off in the colossal archeological site of Sacsayhuaman, a stone fortress still at the core of Cusco's traditions. Winding our way along an old Incan trail, we head down to the colonial neighborhood of San Cristobal, where the plaza will surprise us with sweeping view over the cities roof tops. Navigating the narrow streets of the old city we reach the aqueduct of Sapantiana, a hidden engineering marvel only known by locals. This aqueduct directs us to arty San Blas, where coffee shops converge with traditional artisan's workshops, we explore the cobbled calles, venturing inside the studios to marvel at the local craftsmanship.
Entering the main Plaza de Armas of Cusco, the focal point of the city, we are welcomed by the baristas of 3 Monkeys Coffee who serve us up the finest Peruvian beans. Revived, we continue walking, gazing upon the Qoricancha complex, once the Inca's most sacred site dedicated to the Sun God. Our final destination is Mercado de Wanchaq, a truly local affair jammed with rows of colourful stalls and filled with the aromas of seasonal fruit. Slurping freshly pressed juice we witness the sellers hawking their wares before returning to the hotel. The walking tour is approximately four kilometres, expected to take around four-to-five hours.
The afternoon is at leisure to rest and acclimatise, you may want to visit one of Cusco's museums.
We will be picked up from the hotel in Cusco early this morning, around 6am and drive south for three-and-a-half hours to the village of Palccoyo (4,200m). The Palccoyo trek is a quieter alternative to the Rainbow mountain trek, the trailer is shorter with far less crowds. Walking in the Vilcanota Mountain Range of the Andes we slowly and gradually ascend to the top of the red mountains passing llamas and alpacas. After walking for approximately one hour we will reach the Palccoyo, Montaña Colorada at 4,980 metres/16339 feet. Here you can admire this unique landscape of multi coloured layered mountains. The descent back to the bus is along the same route, from where we return to Cusco.
Today's moderate 6 kilometre/3.7 miles walk is expected to take around two-and-a-half hours with an ascent and descent of 180 metres/590 feet, following a path with is uneven underfoot in places .
This morning we leave the city of Cusco behind and drive to Ollantaytambo, an original Inca town.
We will stop at Piuray lake within the mountains near Chinchero for a Peruvian picnic prepared with ingredients from local farmers. After lunch you could take a walk around the lake shore.
On arrival into Ollantaytambo we have a short walking tour, visiting a traditional house and our first view of Inca terracing.
Hotel Tikawasi Valley (or similar)
Today the group will split for the next four days, depending on which trek you have chosen.
This morning we continue by bus for another hour to reach KM82, the starting point for the classic Inca Trail. The trail was first explored by Hiram Bingham in 1911 and opened for walkers in 1970. The famous ruins of Machu Picchu are not the only historical remains within the area: many other interesting sites are hidden in places which can only be reached on foot, and have scarcely been explored.
We meet our porters and support staff, beginning our trek after lunch. The route crosses the Urubamba river, following a wide dirt trail alongside the riverbank. The undulating path takes us into the Sacred Valley of the Incas to Llaqtapata (2,700metre/8858feet). Here we camp opposite the ruins of Llaqtapata, a spectacular spot with amazing night skies. There are no permanent facilities here, the camp crew will set up a toilet tent for the group to use.
Today's 8 kilometre/ 4.97 miles walk is expected to take around two-and-a-half hours with an ascent of 100 metres/328 feet.
This morning we drive to Rafq'a, the starting point for the Quarry Trek and where we meet our porters and support staff. After walking for an hour, we will reach the small remote community of Socma, from where we take a trail to the viewpoint of the Perolniyoc waterfall. The path continues towards the camp, located at 3750 meters/12303 feet above sea level. We'll arrive in time for lunch and the afternoon is free to rest and explore the archaeological site of Q'orimarca, which once served as a control point for the Incas.
Today's 9 kilometre/5.59 miles walk is expected to take around five hours with an ascent of 800 metres/2624 feet.
Campsite (or similar)
After a hearty breakfast we cross the river to visit the Llaqtapata Inca ruins before continuing with the trek. Today we follow the course of the Kusichaca river past small communities, crossing it to reach Wayllabamba, a quiet village of Inca origins and the last settlement on the route. After lunch we gradually ascend through the start of the cloud forest to Llulluchapampa (3,800metre/12467 feet) which affords stunning views of the snowy peaks of Veronica (5,750metre/18865feet). Here we set up camp for the night; there is a well maintained facilities block with flushing toilets and sinks at this site.
Today's moderate 10 kilometre walk is expected to take around six hours with 1,080 metres/3543 feet ascent.
This is the most challenging and rewarding day of the hike. After 3 hours of trekking, we will reach the top of the first pass of Puccaqasa (4,370metre/15519 feet), with spectacular view of snowy mountains on one side, and the Sacred Valley on the other, some of the best views in the Andes! From here we descend for half an hour to the lunch spot. In the afternoon, we'll arrive to Kuychicasa, the highest pass of the trek (4,450metre/14600 feet). Continuing, we will visit the sacred site that the Incas called Intipunku or "Puerta del Sol" (Gate of the Sun), where we can see the Veronica Mountain and the Sacred Valley of the Incas in all its splendor. Tonight's campsite is Choquetacarpo camp (3,600metre/11811feet).
Today's challenging 15 kilometre/9.32 miles walk is expected to take around 9 hours with an ascent of 700 metres/2296 feet.
Today is an earlier start as we trek over the Warmiwanusca (Dead Woman's) Pass to 4,200 metres/13780 feet. The 2 hour ascent is one of the more challenging sections of the trek, we take is slow and steady with many stops to admire the view and sunrise. After a rest and photo opportunity we descend along a stepped path to the valley of the Pacamayo river with its tropical vegetation. Here we break for brunch before beginning the ascent (mainly on steps) to the second pass of the day. We visit the ruins of Runkuraqay and then it's the final ascent to cross the Runkuraqay Pass (3,950metre/12959feet).
After the pass it was a long gradual descent passing into the start of the main cloud forest to reach the bottom of the valley. The Sayacmarca ruins are visible on a rocky outcrop, they command an imposing view and have only one means of access, a narrow granite stairway. We cross the valley to reach the Sayacmarca campsite for a late lunch. From here the trail goes through cloud forest with vines, exotic flowers (among them orchids) and luxuriant trees, with views (if we are lucky) of the snowcapped peaks of Salkantay. We walk through an Inca tunnel and along a ridge above the Urubamba River to our campsite above the Phuyupatamarca ruins (3,579metre/11742 feet). The campsite has amazing panoramic views of the surrounding peaks and down the valley towards Machu Picchu mountain. There is a toilet block but it's not kept in the best condition so the camp crew will set up a toilet tent for the group to use.
Today's challenging 15 kilometre/9.32 miles walk is expected to take around eight hours with 1,000 metres/3281 feet ascent and 630 metres/2067 feet descent.
Today's walk is mainly downhill, our first stop will be Cachicata, the Inca quarry, where it is told that the Incas were intercepted by the Spanish conquerors and was subsequently never finished. Here we can observe the Inca stone works before continuing our descent for 3 hours to reach Ollantaytambo. Ollantaytambo, is an original Inca town, we'll have lunch here and take a short walking tour to visiting a traditional house and viewing the of Inca terracing. The rest of the day is for relaxing ahead of an early start tomorrow, we stay in a hotel here tonight.
There is an optional excursion this afternoon to visit a traditional Peruvian farm, learning about artisanal distillation methods and coffee production and enjoying a delicious Pachamanca lunch (stew baked underground).
Today's moderate 5 kilometre/3.10 miles walk is expected to take around four hours with an descent of 1,500 metres/4921 feet.
Campsite or Hotel (or similar)
Today is our final day walking along the Inca Trail. We say thanks and goodbye to our porters and begin our trek into Machu Picchu. We pass the Puyupatamarca ruins and spend the majority of the morning going down following stone paths and stairways, 80% of which are original Inca architecture. Coming out of the cloud forest we are greeted by the spectacular views down the valley, walking through the impressive Inca terraces at Intipata we reach our lunch stop at Winay-Wayna (2,591metre/8501feet). Those who wish can visit the ruins here, this Inca site is built into the steep hillside and like Machu Picchu, was abandoned for unknown reasons.
Winding our way along the edge of the mountain we follow a wide path adorned with wild flowers and orchids to we take the final steps up to reach Inti Punku - the Gate of the Sun. Passing through there is a sudden and fantastic view of the Lost City itself, Machu Picchu, set in a grandiose landscape that amazes all spectators. We walk down through the site and then take the public bus down the mountainside to our hotel in the town of Aquas Calientes situated on the valley floor below Machu Picchu.
Today's moderate 14 kilometre/8.7 miles walk is expected to take around 6 hours with 1,000 metres/3281 feet descent.
This morning is our final day trekking and we join the Inca Trail. We drive to Ollantaytambo train station and board the train towards 104kilometre/64.6 miles, where we begin our trek crossing the River Vilcanota, following the Inca Trail through woodland ascending to the magnificent ruins of Wiñay Wayna (2,591metre/8501feet) where you will be reunited with the group. From Wiñay Wayna the route is the same as above, trekking through the Sun Gate into Machu Picchu.
Today's moderate 12 kilometre/7.45 walk is expected to take around six hours with an ascent and descent of 500 metres/1640 feet.
We'll enjoy a celebratory group dinner in Aquas Calientes tonight.
El Mapi Hotel (or similar)
Our final morning is spent at Machu Picchu, probably the most astounding feat of engineering in all of ancient America. Temples, stairways, palaces and gabled stone dwellings are scattered everywhere, testifying to the energy and ingenuity of the builders. We have a guided tour with our Explore Leader before taking the bus back down to Aguas Calientes.
Prior to your guided tour, it is possible to get up early to climb (unguided) the steep peaks of either Machu Picchu Mountain or Huayna Picchu Mountain, and look down on the citadel. Machu Picchu Mountain is a 700metre/2296 feet climb from the top of the citadel. There are cobbled stairs all the way up with a few eye-opening drops in some parts, but predominantly very enclosed and with a fairly steady, but not too strenuous, gradient. The round-trip takes about 2.5-3 hours. Huayna Picchu Mountain is only 350metre/1148feet, half the size of Machu Picchu Mountain, but much steeper. There are many more sheer drops, and it is definitely not suitable for someone with a fear of heights. For those who fancy doing the 1 hour climb, you'll be rewarded with world-beating views of Machu Picchu, and the feeling that you're standing on a precipice at the top of the world.
These climbs must be pre-paid at time of booking. If you change your passport between your time of booking and prior to travel please take your original passport with you. Those doing one of the optional climbs will take the first bus up to Machu Picchu to begin the climb, after which you will exit the site and meet up with the rest of the group to take the guided tour.
In the afternoon we get the train to Ollantaytambo, located in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, and then return to the historic town of Cusco by bus.
The trip ends after breakfast at our hotel in Cusco.
There are no activities planned today, so you are free to depart from Cusco at any time. If your flight is departing later in the day, luggage storage facilities are available at our hotel. If you would like an airport transfer today, you need to depart from Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport (CUZ), which is around 15 minutes' drive.
Depending on the schedule of your flights, you may have some additional time to visit a museum or do some souvenir shopping in the winding streets and alleys of the city.
If you are travelling onto the Amazon, you will be transferred to Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport this morning for your flight to Puerto Maldonado.
Total distance : 32 miles
There is a rainy season from Dec - Mar however on the coast it rarely rains. Jun-Oct is damp and misty, but temperatures never drop below 10°C. At high altitudes although there are sunny days temperatures can drop dramatically, and conditions can change suddenly.
2 Pin Flat
Puno - Titicaca Train £220, subject to availability and cost may fluctuate depending on demand. This must be requested and pre-paid no later than one month prior to departure and is non-refundable. If you change your passport between your time of booking and prior to travel please take your original passport with you to avoid being fined. Machu Picchu - Huayna Picchu Mountain £69; Machu Picchu Mountain £69. Subject to availability - these must be pre-paid at time of booking and is non-refundable. If you change your passport between your time of booking and prior to travel please take your original passport with you to avoid being fined Aguas Calientes - Hot springs US$ 6(cash)
In the highlands conditions can be dry and sunny during the day but bring warm clothing such as a warm fleece, thermal underwear, warm hat and gloves. These will be needed when the temperatures drop, especially at night when temperatures can drop dramatically. Lightweight waterproofs are also essential. You may also wish to bring your swimsuit. Thermals: Useful for walking when cold, around camp and much more practical (and warmer) to sleep in than pyjamas. Trainers or Trekking sandals: Useful around camp, in towns and when travelling. Waterproof sandals are ideal for rafting. Socks: Use good quality socks that you are used to walking in, plus liner socks if you are used to these. Waterproofs: Breathable waterproofs not only protect against rain and wind, but also stop you from overheating. Thick jumper/fleece jacket: A thick jumper or fleece jacket is necessary as nights can be very cold at altitude, especially in the summer months. Make sure that your waterproof jacket is loose enough to wear over your sweater or fleece. T-shirts: We recommend t-shirts made from wicking materials as these keep you drier and warmer. Shorts: Shorts can be comfortable to walk in but carry long trousers with you in case of strong sun or you feel cold. Remember we shall be passing through the occasional remote village and short shorts (especially on women) can give offence to the local inhabitants. Gloves and Hat: Essential around camp in the morning, and in the evening, at higher altitudes.
We recommend you bring well broken in and comfortable walking boots with ankle support. We do not recommend borrowing or renting boots. It is a good idea to carry your boots in your hand luggage on international flights or wear them - should your luggage be delayed, your boots are the one thing which will be irreplaceable.
For your trek bring one main piece of baggage and a daypack. Main luggage: Your main bag should be lockable as this will be left in storage in Cusco whilst on the trek. Trek Kit Bag (provided): Before leaving Cusco there is time to re-organise your luggage. Your trek luggage, including sleeping bag, should be packed into a kit bag, to be carried by the porters.The weight limit for this is 7kg but you will probably find that you do not need this much. Advice on how to pack will be given at the trek briefing. Small Rucksack/Daypack: During the course of a trekking day, you do not have access to the luggage, which is being carried for you by the porters. In any mountain region the weather can change rapidly and you must be equipped for this eventuality. Your daypack should be large enough to carry your day things including: waterproofs, sweater, long trousers (if walking in shorts), warm hat and gloves, sun hat, suncream, water bottle, tissues and your packed lunch. Camera equipment can be heavy so think carefully when deciding what to take. A rucksack with 20 or 25 litres capacity is usually sufficient.
Remember to bring: torch, water bottle, insect repellent, suncream (at least factor 30), lip salve, good quality sunglasses and sunhat. Please note drones are prohibited in most tourist areas in Peru. You may also wish to bring binoculars and your own sleeping bag. Sleeping Bag: This may be down or synthetic, but should be 4-season. A cotton liner helps to keep your bag clean. You do not need a foam mat as thermarests are provided. It is possible to hire an appropriate down sleeping bag for the trek locally (US$ 20). Personal Equipment On Trek Trekking poles: Trekking poles are recommended. Please note metal tipped trekking poles are NOT permitted so please ensure they have rubber/plastic tips Water Bottle: Water along the trail must never be considered as drinkable. The camp staff provide purified water each day with which to fill your bottle or camelback. Your bottle should hold at least two litre and be resuable as disposable plastic bottles are not allowed on the trail. Metal bottles can also double up as hot water bottles when hot water is available. Torch/Batteries/Bulb: A small torch is essential for finding things in your tent, visiting the 'toilet' in the night etc. Often a head torch is the most practical option as it allows you to have both hands free. Remember to bring spare batteries. Toiletries: Only bring essential toiletries such as toothbrush/paste, soap, toilet roll, face cloth and a trek/quick dry towel. Personal First Aid Kit: On each trek a first aid kit is carried but you should have your own blister kit, supply of plasters, pain relief etc. for you own use. Cloth bags: Single use plastic bags are not allowed on the trail. Personal First Aid Kit: On each trek a first aid kit is carried but you should have a blister kit, supply of plasters, pain relief etc. for you own use. The following equipment list is provided by Explore for the trek: 2-person tents Dining tent Thermarest sleeping mat Stools and table Toilet tent Equipment Hire and Trek Training Days - Trek Hire UK hire out a wide range of kit including quality sleeping bags, down jackets, therm-a-rest sleeping mats and walking poles http://www.trekhireuk.com. They also run regular trek training and preparation days from their base in the Surrey Hills, ideal for getting an indication of your overall fitness level and also covering advice on kit and altitude.
Bus, Flight, Train
Avoid the crowds on our three night trek, and camp away from the main campsites. Two-man tents are provided with plenty of room for two people and bags. The trek is fully supported by our team of porters who set up and take down the tents, and prepare our meals. They also carry water and all bags except daysacks, under strict guidelines. A single tent is available on request prior to departure costing £60, please discuss with your sales consultant (limited availability). Llactapata camp - We camp opposite the ruins in a field to ourselves, there are no permanent facilities. Llulluchapampa camp - High camping ground with views down the valley. Here there is a well-maintained facilities block with sinks and with 3 toilets squat flush style for women and 3 for men. Phuyupatamarca camp - Campsite above the clouds, with the best views of the trail, some tent pitches are on an incline. There is a toilet block but it's not kept in the best condition.
Can you drink the water?
The water quality is poor and therefore it is recommended to avoid drinking tap water during your trip.
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This trip goes to an altitude where there is a risk of being affected by Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), a common and usually harmless condition caused by reduced air pressure and a lower concentration of oxygen. Whilst the itinerary has been specifically designed to allow your body to acclimatise gradually, the speed of onset and severity - as well as the height at which AMS develops can vary greatly between individuals; being physically fit affords no special protection. If symptoms occur while on your trip you must let your Explore Leader know immediately. For further advice when travelling at altitude we recommend visiting the medical advice website of "Medex" and downloading their information booklet: http://medex.org.uk/medex_book/english_version.php Travellers with heart or lung conditions, anaemia, asthma, high blood pressure, or taking the contraceptive pill must seek the advice of their GP and specifically mention the maximum altitude the trip reaches (please refer to Tour Essentials box on front page of your Trip Notes). Please take the trip notes to your medical appointment so that your doctor has the full details of your trip. You must have adequate travel insurance for your trip. Please ensure that your insurance policy covers you to the maximum altitude indicated above. If you have Explore insurance you will be covered to this altitude.
Additional notes for trips that include the Inca Trail 1. In order to regulate the number of people walking on the Inca Trail it is necessary to buy an Inca Trail Pass specific to the days that you wish to travel. There are 200 passes per day for tourists, the remainder are for guides and porters. 2. If you are travelling on an Explore trip, Explore buy the necessary permit on your behalf. This is non-refundable and can't be refunded or transferred after you have confirmed your booking. 3. Passes sell out quickly, so we would urge that you book your tour well ahead of your intended travel date. New Inca Passes are released in early October of each year, so ideally we would recommend that you book your trip at least 6 months ahead and by December for the following year where possible. 4. Please note that due to the way the passes are distributed in October although a tour departure may be 'Guaranteed' we are unable to guarantee individual Inca Trail passes until we have confirmation that the passes have been purchased. On booking we will be able to tell you the date that your pass should be confirmed, and will contact you immediately in the (unusual) event that it is not. Because of this we would recommend that you either book your flights through Explore or ensure that your tickets are flexible / refundable. 5. In order to buy your pass we will need to take an additional £125 per person non refundable deposit and require your: name as per passport, passport number, date of birth and nationality. If you change passport before travelling it will be necessary to provide a copy of both passports in advance of travelling and to carry a copy of your previous passport with you. 6. The Peruvian authorities may change the regulations for the Inca Trail Pass at any time. In the event of this we will inform you as soon as possible.
Additional notes for trips that include the Inca Trail
1. In order to regulate the number of people walking on the Inca Trail it is necessary to buy an Inca Trail Pass specific to the days that you wish to travel. There are 200 passes per day for tourists, the remainder are for guides and porters.
2. If you are travelling on an Explore trip, Explore buy the necessary permit on your behalf. This is non-refundable and can't be refunded or transferred after you have confirmed your booking.
3. Passes sell out quickly, so we would urge that you book your tour well ahead of your intended travel date. New Inca Passes are released in early October of each year, so ideally we would recommend that you book your trip at least 6 months ahead and by December for the following year where possible.
4. Please note that due to the way the passes are distributed in October although a tour departure may be 'Guaranteed' we are unable to guarantee individual Inca Trail passes until we have confirmation that the passes have been purchased. On booking we will be able to tell you the date that your pass should be confirmed, and will contact you immediately in the (unusual) event that it is not. Because of this we would recommend that you either book your flights through Explore or ensure that your tickets are flexible / refundable.
5. In order to buy your pass we will need to take an additional £125 per person non refundable deposit and require your: name as per passport, passport number, date of birth and nationality. If you change passport before travelling it will be necessary to provide a copy of both passports in advance of travelling and to carry a copy of your previous passport with you.
6. The Peruvian authorities may change the regulations for the Inca Trail Pass at any time. In the event of this we will inform you as soon as possible.
An ability to swim is essential for your safe enjoyment of the water based activities on this trip. If you wish to participate in these activities then we insist that you are able to swim.
Nothing compulsory, we recommend protection against typhoid, tetanus, polio and hepatitis A. Please consult your travel clinic for the latest advice on Malaria, Dengue and Zika Virus. Please take preventative measures to avoid mosquito bites - these include mosquito repellent as well as long trousers and long sleeve shirts to cover up when necessary. Please note many countries in Central America, South America and the Caribbean require a yellow fever vaccination certificates if travelling from infected areas. A detailed list of these countries can be found on the NaTHNaC website - http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/countries. Also on the NaTHNaC site there is a list of Countries (and specific areas within a country) which are at risk of infection and a vaccination is therefore recommended. Please check the latest requirements with your travel clinic or doctor prior to departure. The above is not an exhaustive list. Further information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found by following the NHS and NaTHNaC links at Explore Travel Health and from your local healthcare provider. Visa and vaccination requirements are subject to change and should be confirmed by you before travelling.
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In order to regulate the number of people walking on the Inca Trail it is necessary to buy an Inca Trail trekking permit, these are included in our trips but can sell out quickly for certain months.
With Inca Permits limited to 200 trekkers per day and popular dates selling out months in advance we now have an alternative trek that can be substituted into our Inca Trail trips (PE, PM, FPT). When the permits have sold out on a given departure date, the Quarry trail can be booked instead. We are offering a three-day trek along the Quarry route combined with the one-day Inca Trail from KM104, giving you the opportunity to still trek through the Sun Gate down to Machu Picchu. The quarry trek follows a quieter and less trodden path, taking in spectacular views across the Andes Mountains, Inca ruins and isolated communities. Talk to one of our adventure consultants about requesting this.