2. The Itinerary

  1. Inca Trail Peru Itinerary
  2. Amazon Extension
  1. Inca Trail Peru Itinerary

    Day 1 - Monday 22 June 2020: Flight to Lima

    Your journey of South American Incan discovery begins!

    You will meet the Walk the Walk Team at the airport nice and early for our flight to Lima... belt yourself in… this is the start of an action packed adventure! Food on the flight included.

    You will arrive in the bustling metro city of Lima in the early evening, which is the capital of Peru replacing Cusco in 1535. Initially called La Ciudad de Los Reyes (City of Kings), Lima was the principal Spanish capital of South America, and gateway to the continent, responsible for establishing their Empire. Lima has maintained its character and heritage and has grown into a bustling, modern metropolis with an abundance of things to see and do.

    After touching down, you will be transferred to our hotel in Lima.  This evening, we will venture out for our first South American dinner together and try a little Peruvian dancing if it takes your fancy.

    Included: Dinner 

    Day 2 - Tuesday 23 June 2020: Lima - Cusco – Amaru - Cusco

    Today we will take an early morning short flight to Cusco, then head to the mountain town of Pisaq, located in the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

    We will explore Amaru and the community that lives in the Sacred Valley; where you will be welcomed traditionally. You will have the opportunity to learn about their beliefs, customs and a very different lifestyle that is all ruled by their respect for Mother Earth. We will also visit their local farm, where we can learn about the different uses and properties of medicinal plants. This afternoon you will also have the opportunity to learn about the process of weaving, from how to shear sheep and alpacas, to using natural plants to dye the wools… then you’ll help weave a garment.

    You will have time in this area to explore the local community and its markets, including jewellery, crafts, clothes and wonderful fresh food… it’s a great place to start practising your bargaining skills.

    In the evening we will return to Cusco and check in at our hotel. As Cusco is at a height of 3,400 metres, you will have begun to acclimatise to the altitude already in preparation for the trail!  

    In the evening we will come together and have a lovely meal and begin to explore and discover this wonderful and historic city that has also become a bustling hub. 

    Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

    Day 3 - Wednesday 24 June 2020: Explore Cusco, enjoy the Inti Raymi Festival!

    A day and evening to yourself to indulge in the wonders of Cusco... where to begin!

    Today is a very special day… not only are you in Peru during the Winter Solstice at this special time of year, but you will also get to be part of the world renowned Inti Raymi Festival ‘Festival of the Sun’. This is the largest festival in South America, and you will have the day to watch the colourful parades through the streets of Cusco, enjoy the festivities, street music and re-enactment of ancient Incan rituals. If it’s magic and mythology you’re looking for, you’re in the right place!

    Apart from the historical aspects of this town and of course the influence of the Incas, there is an abundance of little side streets to explore, shops to meander around and lots of lovely cafes and restaurants offering delicious local food. One of our favourite pastimes is to sit in a restaurant in the main square and just watch Cusco in all its glory.

    This evening is free for you to explore and try out the local restaurants and delicacies and see what Cusco has to offer at night - enjoy.

    Included: Breakfast 

    Day 4 - Thursday 25 June 2020: Inca Trail

    Well, this is it; an exciting day... your Inca Trail Adventure begins! 44 kilometres, 3 nights and 4 days of being totally immersed in the Andean Mountains; a stunning combination of the region's ruins and Incan history. The Trail breathlessly winds its way up from the Sacred Valley near Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu is the centuries old Inca Trail, twisting through undulating landscapes, with three high mountain passes and snow-capped peaks, of which you will soon see.

    With an early start today, we will have a quick stop in the market square of Ollantaytambo for our team bra photo and to pick up last minute supplies. Then onwards to the famous start of the Inca Trail, kilometre 82 (so called because it is 82km along the railroad from Cusco). Here you will have your Inca Trail permits checked and stamped and then the Challenge begins. The route will take you up through ever-changing landscapes, with panoramic views and unforgettable moments above the clouds!

    Tonight will be our first night under canvas, with just our campmates and the stars for company. 

    Included: Breakfast. Lunch and Dinner

    Day 5 - Friday 26 June 2020: Inca Trail

    Today is one of the more challenging sections of the trek, with a fairly steep ascent to the village of Wayllabamba. We will follow a rushing stream and walk through native polylepis woodland and it feels like you’re in the jungle, ascending through the cloud forest to a campsite at Llulluchamampa Valley. We will then reach our first and highest pass, Warmiwanusca (4,200m) also known as ‘Dead Woman’s Pass’, and from here we will take the trail down to our camp for the night.

    Included: Breakfast. Lunch and Dinner

    Day 6 Saturday 27 June 2020: Inca Trail

    One of the longer days, yet one of the most impressive of the Trail, passing archaeological sites and rich Andean flora. You will climb to the first pass in the Pacaymayo Valley to Runkuracay Pass and our highest pass today (3980m) as we descend into the Valley to reach the Runkurakay ruins and onto the next archaeological site and the beautiful ruins of Phuyupatamarca (3,850m) known also as the "town above the clouds" before heading down to our camp. Tonight will be our last night under canvas, an experience to be savoured! 

    Included: Breakfast. Lunch and Dinner

    Day 7 - Sunday 28 June 2020: Inca Trail - Machu Picchu

    Today is our final trek and final ascent on the famous Inca Staircase towards the Inti-Punku ‘Gate of the Sun’ and your first magnificent view of Machu Picchu and the Lost City of the Inca. This vast site is a stunning end of your Inca Trail Challenge. 

    Once there rest, relax and take it all in... you completed 44km of the Inca Trail.

    After some lunch, we will head to Aguas Calientes and our Hotel the Casa Del Sol Machu Picchu Boutique Hotel 4*. This afternoon you can relax or explore Aguas Calientes (a great place to shop). Tonight we will come together for our celebration meal! 

    Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

    Day 8 - Monday 29 June 2020: Machu Picchu - Cusco

    An early start today, as we want to make the most of the peaceful beauty and serenity of Machu Picchu at dawn… 

    Here you will experience and learn about one of the seven wonders of the new world with a guided tour... overlooked by Huayna Picchu and the Vilcanota River, the lost city is the most revered archaeological site in the world. The Lost City was discovered on 24 July 1911 by Hiram Bingham, whilst searching for the ancient ruins of Vilcabamba, concealed beneath dense Andean foliage. The site has a colourful history which you can actually feel as you wander around.

    In the afternoon our team will catch the famous train that you will have heard about known as the ‘tourist train’ back to Ollantaytambo’ and then you will be transferred back to Cusco.

    Included: Breakfast and Dinner

    Day 9 - Tuesday 30 June 2020: Lima - London

    Today you will be transferred to the airport in Cusco for the flight back to Lima, to then connect with our onward overnight flight back to London. 

    Included: Breakfast

    Day 10 - Wednesday 1 July 2020: London

    Arrive back in London and homeward bound!

  2. Amazon Extension

    Due to circumstances out of our control the Amazon extension will not be offered for the 2020 Challenge - if you wish to discuss this in further detail please call 01483 741430.

    Information below is based on the 2019 challenge, to be used as a guide only and subject to change.

    Please note the extension is on a request basis only.

    Visit the world’s largest rainforest; The Peruvian Amazon!

    The Peruvian jungle seems endless… well over half of the country is covered by dense tropical rainforest, sharing the western edge of the Amazon with Colombia, Ecuador and Brazil. 

    You have the opportunity to extend your Peruvian adventure and spend 3 nights in the Amazon, staying in the wonderful Refugio Amazonas, built on a 200-hectare private reserve in the Tambopata National Reserve.

    Day 1 Extension - Sunday 30 June 2019: Cuzco – Amazon 

    You will fly down to the stunning jungle region of Puerto Maldonado, known as the gateway to the Amazon, and home to an abundant array of wildlife.

    Collected from the Airport, you will be driven to the river port of Tambopata, where we board boats for the 2-and-a-half-hour river journey to our base for the next few days, the Refugio Amazonas.

    After dinner, we will head to the river's edge in search of the jungle inhabitants.

    Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

    Day 2 Extension - Monday 1 July 2019: Amazon 

    An action packed day of exploring this fascinating rain-forest region. Our day will start with a paddle around the lake on a canoe or catamaran looking for lakeside (and sky) wildlife such as hoatzin, caiman and horned screamers, and also hope to see the otters which can sometimes be found here. You will also be rewarded with overhead sightings of macaws.

    From here we head to the brilliant canopy tower, stretching 25 metres into the sky. We will trek up a staircase tower which has been built up on high ground, extending out towards the Tambopata National Reserve. From here you may catch a glimpse of mixed canopy flocks, as well as toucans, macaws and raptors.

    This afternoon we visit a nearby farm, with a variety of popular Amazon crops… just about every plant and tree you see serves a purpose and we will learn about the medicinal (and other) uses of Ajo-Sacha, Yucha de Venado, Uña de Gato, Charcot-Sacha, among several others. 

    Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

    Day 3 Extension - Tuesday 2 July 2019: Amazon 

    This morning we go in search of parrots and parakeets; we head out to a clay lick where we will spot these amazing creatures descend and bathe in the clay on the river bank. With luck, we will also see Mealy and Yellow-Crowned Amazons, Blue-Headed Pionus, Severe Macaw and Orange-Cheeked (Barraband’s) Parrots.

    After lunch we walk to a beautiful old growth area of Brazil Nut forest that has been harvested for decades (if not centuries), where the precarious remains of a camp used two months a year by Brazil Nut gatherers can be seen. A short walk from here we will visit another clay lick where we hope to see some wild pigs coming to feast on the clay!

    This evening, after dinner we will have a night walk to look for nocturnal wildlife.

    Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included. 

    Day 4 Extension Tuesday 3 July 2019: Puerto Maldonado – Lima 

    Reluctantly, we leave the Amazon jungle behind and head back to Tambopata by river, then to Puerto Maldonado to fly back to Lima where you will connect with your onward overnight flight home.

    Included: Breakfast

    Day 5 Extension - Wednesday 4 July 2019: London 

    Arrive home in London.

    Please note: Flights are not yet confirmed as this is in addition to the standard trip and is subject to confirmation and timetable alterations, this will be confirmed to you in due course. Food will be included on your flights.

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