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Peru and the Inca Trail
19 days
Peru - Trip code PE

Peru and the Inca Trail

On this tour of Southern Peru journey along the Pacific Coast to the mysterious Nazca Lines, up to the 'White City' of Arequipa and on to the impressive Colca Canyon. At Lake Titicaca visit Taquile Island and stay in a local village guesthouse and explore the vibrant former Inca capital of Cusco. Discover the ancient 'Inca Empire of the Sun' on a four-day trek following the famous Inca Trail to the archaeological jewel of Machu Picchu. Hike through majestic mountain scenery, past impressive Inca ruins and amongst cloudforest. As a contrast to the mountains and cloudforests of the trail we then venture into the Peruvian Amazon jungle. Staying as guests of the Infierno Amazon community we learn about both the people and the wildlife of the Tambopata region through the eyes of our local guides.

Trip highlights

  • The Inca Trail - Fully supported four-day trek following the classic Inca Trail
  • Machu Picchu - Discover one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, surrounded by cloudforest
  • Cusco - Explore ancient capital city of the Incas
  • Arequipa - Discover the fascinating Santa Catalina Convent
  • Lake Titicaca - Cruise on the highest navigable lake in the world. Spend the night on Taquile Island
  • Nazca - View the intiguing Nazca lines from platforms
  • Colca Canyon - See condors fly above one of the world's deepest canyons
Accommodation grade:
Standard
Our standard, mid-range accommodation offers a good level of service, often with other amenities such as a restaurant, bar, garden or swimming pool. Generally rooms will be comfortable with en suite facilities.
Walking grade:
Moderate To Challenging
Combining moderate grade walks with some more strenuous hikes. This grade is ideal if you are fit and want to challenge yourself with a few longer, more demanding trekking days, possibly on difficult terrain or at higher altitudes.
Group Size:
10 - 16
Maximum group size ranges from between 6 to 20 people, depending on the type of trip, the transport and accommodation used and activities included. We rarely have groups that are smaller than five or six people and the average is 12 people plus an Explore leader.

Itinerary

Itineraries on some departure dates may differ, please select the itinerary that you wish to explore.

Day 1 - Join trip Lima

Arrive to Lima and check-in at hotel. Afternoon tour of Lima. Lima, Peru's capital, 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. It is also gaining a reputation as a culinary centre.

Accommodation: Britania Hotel(or similar)

Standard Hotel
Single room available
Meals Provided: None
Day 2 - Visit Pachacamac. Drive to Paracas National Park

Heading south on the Panamerican Highway we stop at the ancient religious centre of Pachacamac, whose many pre-Inca and Incan adobe walls and temples have miraculously stood for hundreds of years, preserved by the desert climate. We continue on to Paracas and its national park where we can observe some extraordinary lunar landscapes and have the chance to see varied birdlife.

Accommodation: El Mirador Hotel(or similar)

Standard Hotel
Meals Provided: Breakfast
Day 3 - Optional boat trip to Islas Ballestas. Continue to Nazca

There is the possibility this morning to take an optional excursion to the Ballestas Islands to see a large colony of sea lions, seabirds and even penguins. We then continue south pausing at Ica to visit the small but excellent museum (optional) or the huge sand dunes outside the town at Huacachina Oasis. Then we drive to the mysterious Nazca Lines. Some specialists have speculated that they represent the world's largest astrological calendar. Huge birds, spiders, whales, other creatures and geometrical figures are represented in outline. Here we'll climb the nearby viewing platform for views out over the lines etched into the desert. There should also be time for optional visits to the nearby Antonini Archaeological Museum, the Chauchilla pre-Inca cemetry or the Nazca aqueduct.

Accommodation: Oro Viejo Hotel(or similar)

Simple Hotel
Single room available
Meals Provided: Breakfast
Day 4 - Follow coastal road to Puerto Chala

Following the coastal route through the desert we reach the settlement of Puerto Chala. In Inca times relays of chasquis (runners) transported fresh fish 250km to Cusco in the mountains in just one day from nearby. Depending on timing we will visit Quebrada de la Vaca Inca ruins either en route or tomorrow morning. These remains are thought to be part of an original Inca Trail to Cusco, and include ancient llama corrals and grain stores.

Accommodation: Hotel de Turistas de Chala(or similar)

Standard Guesthouse
Single room available
Meals Provided: Breakfast & Dinner
Day 5 - Journey through the Andean mountains to Arequipa

A full day's drive takes us through strange desert scenery. As we leave the coastal plain behind, our road climbs steadily through the Andean mountains to reach the beautiful city of Arequipa.

Accommodation: El Conquistador - Arequipa(or similar)

Standard Hotel
Single room available
Meals Provided: Breakfast
Day 6 - Explore Peru's 'White City'. Visit Santa Catalina Convent

This morning we explore this beautiful city, situated at 2380m and surrounded by snowcapped mountains including the perfect conical peak of El Misti (5822m). Arequipa is famed for it's colonial architecture and the arcaded city square, dominated on one side by the twin towered cathedral (1612), is among the finest to be found in South America. Our walking tour includes Santa Catalina Convent, a miniature walled town which once housed 450 nuns and serving ladies in total seclusion. The afternoon is free to further explore this fascinating city.

Accommodation: El Conquistador - Arequipa(or similar)

Standard Hotel
Single room available
Meals Provided: Breakfast
Day 7 - Ascend to the Altiplano and town of Chivay

Heading north from Arequipa we enter the world of the Altiplano. We pass behind the volcanoes that ring Arequipa and on to Chivay. Passing herds of Llama and Alpaca - if lucky we may spot the elusive Vicuña. Today we briefly reach the highest point of our trip at 4,800m before descending towards Colca.

Accommodation: Casa Andina Standard Colca - Chivay(or similar)

Standard Hotel
Single room available
Meals Provided: Breakfast
Day 8 - Walk by Colca Canyon. Drive to Lake Titicaca

From Chivay we make an early start to the mirador Cruz del Condor, overlooking the magnificent Colca Canyon, in the hope of spotting the rare Andean Condor. Seeing these magnificent birds in flight is a highlight of any trip. From here we make a short walk to Cruz del Cura before continuing to Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca: the highest navigable lake in the world at an elevation of 3,856m, and the legendary birthplace of the Inca civilisation. The local Aymara and Quechua-speaking indigenous people have adapted over generations to life at altitude and have larger lungs, hearts and spleens, and blood that is particularly rich in red corpuscles. Todays 4km walk is expected to take around 1hr with an ascent of 100m

Accommodation: Qelqatani Hotel(or similar)

Meals Provided: Breakfast
Day 9 - Boat to Taquile. Stay in island village house

The Uros people dwell on the lake itself, on floating islands of totora, a reedlike papyrus that grows in the shallows and is used in the construction of houses and boats. We continue by motorboat to Taquile Island which has preserved much of its Inca and pre-Inca heritage and the islanders still speak the language of the Inca-Quechua. Accommodation is limited to rustic, dormstyle facilities in a local house. In the late afternoon we walk to the top of this terraced island to watch the sun set. Todays 1km walk is expected to take around 1hr with 200m of ascent.

Accommodation: Taquile Village House(or similar)

Simple Village House
Meals Provided: Breakfast
Day 10 - Island walk. Return to Puno by boat

This morning we walk across the island for the views. On Taquile Island the local people still preserve a rich tradition of music and dance. This is the ideal opportunity to buy locally produced knitted goods - produced by the men of the island. In the afternoon we walk back to the harbour to return to Puno by boat, where there is the opportunity to visit the British built Yavari Steamer now under restoration (optional). Todays 5km walk is expected to take around 2.5hrs

Accommodation: Qelqatani Hotel(or similar)

Meals Provided: Breakfast
Day 11 - Drive through mountains to Ollanta via Sillustani funeral towers

Today we follow the legendary route taken by the first Inca ruler - Manco Capac - on his way to Cusco. En route we stop at the beautifully scenic site of Sillustani - where the chullpas (funeral towers) are thought to date from the 14th century. Driving up to the northern limit of the Altiplano we cross La Raya pass (4335m) and descend towards Cusco, and then continue on to Ollanta in the Sacred Valley. The mountain scenery is desolate but magnificent and we may spot flocks of llamas and alpacas grazing on the windswept pastures. Depending on time, those who wish may visit the colonial church at Andahuaylillas (45kilometres south of Cusco).

Accommodation: Hotel Tikawasi Valley(or similar)

Standard Hotel
Meals Provided: Breakfast
Day 12 - Free day in Sacred Valley. Optional whitewater rafting

Today is left free to explore the Sacred Valley and there are plenty of things to do. There is the opportunity to go whitewater rafting on the Urubamba River (grade 2-3) - no previous experience is necessary and all safety equipment is provided. You can also choose to visit the market at Pisac and its incredible Inca ruins spread out amphitheatre fashion far above the town.

Accommodation: Hotel Tikawasi Valley(or similar)

Standard Hotel
Meals Provided: Breakfast
Day 13 - Commence Inca Trail. Walk to Llaqtapata ruins

We drive to Km 82, stopping at the Inca site of Ollantaytambo. The major highlight of this trip is without doubt the trek along the 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. Our trek starts at by crossing the Urubamba river, then following its rapids down the Sacred Valley of the Incas to Llaqtapata (2700m). Here we camp below the ruins of Llaqtapata. Todays 6km walk is expected to take around 2.5hrs with an ascent of 100m

Accommodation: Llactapata Camp(or similar)

Simple Camping
Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 14 - Follow river to Wayllabamba village. Continue to Llulluchapampa

Following the course of the Kusichaca river the trail leads to Wayllabamba, a quiet village of Inca origins and the last settlement on the route. We continue to Llulluchapampa (3800m) which affords stunning views of the snowy peaks around us. Here we set up camp for the night. Todays 12kms walk is expected to take around 6hrs with 1080m ascent.

Accommodation: Llulluchapampa Camp(or similar)

Simple Camping
Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 15 - Cross 'Dead Woman's Pass' (4200m). Through cloudforest to Phuyupatamarca

Today we trek over the Warmiwanusca (Dead Woman) Pass (4200m), to the valley of the Pacamayo river with its tropical vegetation. We then cross the Runkuraqay Pass (3993m). Here the selva (jungle) becomes visible on the slopes of the mountains. The Sayaqmarka ruins are on a rocky promontory. They command an imposing view and have only one means of access, a narrow granite stairway. Our trail goes through cloud forest with vines, exotic flowers (among them orchids) and luxuriant trees, then on through an Inca tunnel and along a ridge above the Urubamba river to the lovely Puyupatamarka ruins (3597m). The views of the Urubamba and the snowcapped peaks of Veronica (5750m) and Salkantay make these ruins one of the most beautiful places on the trail. We set up camp nearby. Todays 15km walk is expected to take around 9hrs with 1000m ascent and 630m descent.

Accommodation: Phuyupatamarka Camp(or similar)

Simple Camping
Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 16 - Arrive to Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate

We descend to Winay-Wayna ruins (2591m), a small Inca site which, like Machu Picchu, was abandoned for unknown reasons. Then from Inti-Punku - the Gate of the Sun - 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, then travel down to our simple accomodation in the town of Aquas Callentes situated on the valley floor below Machu Picchu. Tonight we recommend a dip in the thermal springs. Todays 12km walk is expected to take around 6hrs with 10o0m descent.

Accommodation: El Santuario Hotel(or similar)

Simple Guesthouse
Meals Provided: Breakfast
Day 17 - Revisit Machu Picchu. Return to Ollantaytambo by train.

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 then have some free time to explore further. It is also possible to climb the steep peak of Huayna Picchu to look down on the Temple of the Sun, or the nearby peak of Machu Picchu Mountain. (These must be pre-paid at time of booking. If you change your passport between your time of booking and prior to travel it is important for both the Inca Trail pass and these excursions that you bring your original passport with you). 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.

Accommodation: Emperador Plaza Hotel(or similar)

Standard Hotel
Single room available
Meals Provided: Breakfast
Day 18 - Walking tour of Cusco. Visit to Sacsayhuaman

The old capital of the Inca Empire survives only in its ruins, imbued with an atmosphere of mystery and grandeur. The Spanish style city of today's Cusco, with its attractive pink tiled roofs, arcaded plazas and steep winding alleyways, stands upon tremendous Inca foundation stones. The interlocking stones, assembled so carefully that a knife blade cannot be forced between the multi-sided joints, were highly functional as well as beautiful - they are earthquake-proof! During our stay, we plan a walking tour of this lovely city to see important Inca and colonial monuments, such as the Inca wall of Hatunrumiyoc with its famous twelve-sided stone. The stone, measuring some 5 feet across, has the typical bevelled joints which create the patterns of light and shadow on Inca walls. We also visit Cusco's temple-citadel, Sacsayhuaman which broods high above the town, its huge, zigzagging stone walls broken into 66 sharply projecting angles to catch attackers in a withering crossfire - and walk back down to the city centre.

Accommodation: Emperador Plaza Hotel(or similar)

Standard Hotel
Single room available
Meals Provided: Breakfast
Day 19 - Trip ends

Your trip ends in Cusco this morning after breakfast.

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Walking and Trekking information

Walking grade
Moderate to challenging
Trek details
4-day trek walking for an average of 5 hours each day. Maximum altitude of 4200m. This trip has been graded moderate to challenging.
Max walking altitude (m)
4200

Why book this trip

Our three night Inca Trail trek is designed so that we stay on quieter campsites away from the crowds. We also ensure that our porters are local people, so that the communities benefit from your visit, and we abide by the strict guidelines regulating both their working conditions and care of the Inca Trail. Our local partner also actively supports community projects in the villages of Mismanay and Anccoto.

What's included?

Included meals
  • Breakfast: 18
  • Lunch: 3
  • Dinner: 4
Transport
  • Bus
  • Boat
  • Train
Trip staff
  • Explore Tour Leader / Trek Guide
  • Boat Crew
  • Cook
  • Local Guide(s)
  • Porter(s)
Accommodation
  • 2 nights
  • 3 nights simple camping
  • 1 nights standard guesthouse
  • 1 nights simple guesthouse
  • 9 nights standard hotel
  • 1 nights simple hotel
  • 1 nights simple village house
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Trip information

Country information

Peru Holidays & Tours

Climate

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.

Time difference to GMT

-5

Plugs

2 Pin Flat

Religion

Catholicism

Language

Spanish

Budgeting and packing

Optional activities

Paracas - Trip to Ballestas Islands by launch US$ 38 Nazca - Antonini archaeological museum entrance fee US$ 8 (US$ 33 for guided tour [includes entrance fee]); Chauchilla pre-Inca cemetery US$ 39 (includes guide, transport and entrance fee); Nazca aqueduct US$ 22 (includes guide, transport and entrance fee); Nazca Planetarium US$9 Puno - Yavari steamship US$ 5. Cusco - Pisac market and ruins US$ 48 (min 4 persons); Maras and Moray tour US$ 54 (based on 4 persons); Outlying sites US$ 30; Machu Picchu - Huayna Picchu £60; Machu Picchu Mountain £60 both are subject to availability and 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 to avoid being fined. Yucay - (Non-trekkers) Rafting on Urubamba River US$ 45 (depending on numbers). Visit Misminay Village US$ 75 (based on 4 people). Aguas Calientes - Hot springs US$ 4 Lima - City tour US$ 35; Larco Herrera museum guided US$ 35, unguided US$ 11.00; Lima detour - alternative view of the city of Lima US$ 35 (price may go up if less than 4 passengers). Pucusana Fishing Village US$65 (based on 3); Pachacamac site US$45 (based on 4) inc. pottery class US$60 (time permitting)

Clothing

For your trek: 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 their winter months (June to September). 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.

Footwear

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. If you are rafting bring shoes that you don't mind getting wet.

Luggage

20kg

Luggage: On tour

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 the 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.

Equipment

For your trek: Remember to bring: torch, water bottle, insect repellent, suncream (at least factor 30), lip salve, good quality sunglasses and sunhat. 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. Your bottle should hold at least one litre. 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 and a small towel. Wet wipes are great for a quick clean up in your tent. Personal First Aid Kit: On each trek a first aid kit is carried but you should have your a blister kit, supply of plasters, pain relief etc. for you own use. The following equipment list is provided by Explore for the trek: \bullet 2-person tents \bullet Dining tent \bullet Thermarest sleeping mat \bullet Stools and table

Tipping

Explore leader
At your discretion you might also consider tipping your Explore Leader in appreciation of the efficiency and service you receive.
Local crew
Although entirely voluntary, tipping is a recognized part of life in this region of the world. Some local staff will look to members of the group for personal recognition of particular services provided. In order to make things easier for you, the Explore Leaders may organise a group's tips kitty and if this is the case, they will account for it throughout the trip. You should allow US$ 65 for tipping. It is customary to tip our porters, cooks and trail guide at the end of the trek, although this is entirely at your discretion.
Country Information

Peru Holidays & Tours

Food and drink

The costs for meals may vary depending upon location, type of restaurant and number of courses eaten and so the prices given are an average guide. Local restaurants located off the beaten track may be less expensive, whereas an upmarket restaurant located in the centre of a major city may charge more.


Breakfast price
£4.00 - 7.00
Dinner price
£6.00 - 8.00
Beer price
£2.00 - 4.00
Water price
£1
Foreign Exchange
Local currency
Nuevo Sol
Recommended Currency For Exchange
Carry all your funds in US cash NOT Sterling or Travellers Cheques which are more difficult to exchange. We recommend to take a minimum of US$400-$500 of your total spending money in cash for your tour, in mixed denominations. Notes should be in good condition otherwise they might be difficult to exchange.
Where To Exchange
Most major towns - your Tour Leader will advise you on arrival.
ATM Availability
Available in Major towns. Always have some cash as back-up as they are not always reliable
Credit Card Acceptance
In major restaurants.In some establishments Master card is not accepted.
Travellers Cheques
Travellers Cheques are not always easy to exchange.

Transport, Accommodation & Meals

Transport Information

Bus, Boat, Train

Accommodation notes

Booking a Single Room

All of our group tours are planned and operated on a twin-share basis, meaning that the standard cost is based either on individual travellers sharing accommodation with another group member of the same sex, or people who book together sharing accommodation. Please refer to the tour notes where the single room option availability is detailed on a night by night basis for this tour, and the price for the available nights is detailed on the dates & prices tab by departure date. For Self-Guided trips the Single Room supplement offers the option of a single room each and is charged per person. The Single Room supplement also applies to the third person in a party of three that will be accommodated in a single room.


We 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. There is also a dining tent and a toilet tent. 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. Day three you stay in a simple hotel with en-suite rooms and a small swimming pool. Day nine you stay in a simple village house, with dormitory accommodation and basic toilet facilities. Day 16 you stay in a simple hotel with en-suite facilities.

Essential information

FCO Advice

We strongly recommend that you check your government's travel advisory for up-to-date information and advice about your destination: safety and security, entry requirements, health, local laws and customs. For UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office advice click here.

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Under 18 immigration guidance

Please note that some countries require proof of parental consent when travelling overseas with under 18s. Please check requirements with the relevant embassy or consular office well in advance of travel if this applies to your party.

Essential Information

Once your booking has been confirmed we guarantee the price will not increase, whatever the circumstances. Before booking please ensure you have read our important tour pricing information.Booking Conditions

Visa Information

Peru: Visas are not required for UK, New Zealand, Australian, US and Canadian citizens. Other nationalities should consult the relevant consulate. USA: (including those in transit) Citizens of the UK, New Zealand, Australia, Canada and passport holders from several EU countries can enter the United States without a visa under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) - where you apply for an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorisation), which applies if you enter the country by sea or by air. This must be done on line - https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov no later than 72 hours prior to travel. Travellers who have not registered before their trip are likely be refused boarding. You must have an electronic passport with a digital chip containing biometric information about the passport owner. UK passports which are biometric feature a small gold symbol (camera) at the bottom of the front cover. If you have visited Iraq, Syria, Iran or Sudan since 2011 or are dual nationals of these countries, you cannot travel with an ESTA and instead you will need to apply for a visa from the nearest US Embassy or Consulate. If you are unable to provide a valid visa before boarding flights to the US, or entering via another method, you may not be permitted to travel. Please note for your ESTA application you will be required to supply Point of Contact information. Explore' s USA contact information will be listed on your final documentation which you will receive approximately 3-4 weeks before departure. If you are leaving for the USA before this, please call the Explore team to get this information.(Not necessary if in transit) For further information please check out the US embassy website. Visa applications - http://london.usembassy.gov/niv/apply.html Canada: An electronic travel authorisation (ETA) is required by British citizens transiting via Canada. For more information see the official Canadian government website: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/eta.asp Other nationalities should consult their local embassy or consular office.


If you do require assistance in obtaining a visa then you may consider applying through Explore's recommended visa service in the UK, Travcour. See www.travcour.com to download the relevant visa application for your trip, if applicable (UK citizens only), along with details of how to apply for your visa through Travcour. The Team at Travcour will be happy to answer specific questions relating to visa applications, please call them directly on 0208 5431846.

Booking conditions

Before booking your Explore trip, please ensure that you read both our Essential Information and Booking Conditions.

Transfers

Find out more about Trip Transfer Terms and Conditions before you book.

Booking a land only package with Explore

Customers who have chosen to book on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements of our tour, please ensure that you have checked your tour specific ‘Joining Instructions’ prior to booking your own travel arrangements. Your joining instructions can be found below in the dates and prices information. 

You may also be eligible for the Free Explore Transfer.


Joining Tour Abroad

Customers booked on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements will now receive a Free Transfer, provided you arrive and depart on the tour only itinerary start and end dates. The transfers will be from the Explore designated airport or train station to the joining point of your tour, and then back from the ending point to the designated airport or train station. The exception to this rule is customers who are booked on a tour where the joining and ending point is at the designated airport or train station.  

Free transfers are not available for Self-Guided, Tailormade or Tours for Churches customers.

If you are not eligible for the Free Transfer then you will need to make your own way through to the joining and ending point. On a majority of our tours Explore will be able to provide a private transfer at an additional cost. Please ask for a quote at the time of booking.  


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Insurance

It is a condition of booking with Explore that you have adequate valid travel insurance. It is your responsibility to arrange appropriate travel insurance and ensure you have read and understood the full terms and conditions of your travel insurance policy to ensure that you are covered for all activities you intend to undertake whilst on the tour, including all optional activities. Your Insurance Policy must fully cover you for medical expenses and emergency repatriation to your home country. Please ensure your policy includes medical emergency helicopter evacuation in the event of illness or injury and covers the entire duration of your holiday. If you are trekking at altitude please ensure that there is no upper altitude limit which may limit or exclude cover for your trip. Medical and repatriation insurance cover is not mandatory for UK residents who are travelling on trips within the United Kingdom.
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Flight information

Explore offers a wide range of flexible flying options to make joining and leaving our trips easy. Read more about them here.


Flight Information

You are able to book this tour on a 'land only' basis or as a ‘flight inclusive’ package. Your flight inclusive package will be fully protected by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) ATOL protection scheme.

  

Booking a flight inclusive package with Explore

We have a good selection of flights not only from London but from many regional airports around the UK allowing us to compare fares between scheduled carriers as well as low cost and charter airlines. Our dedicated flights team will match the best flight options to your arrival and departure airport.

On our website we display a UK flight inclusive package guide price which is generally based on a London departure. To avoid paying supplements or to secure your preferred flight option, we recommend booking as early as possible, especially for peak travel dates.

Maximum altitude (m)

4200

Altitude information

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.

Included activities

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.

Non refundable permits

Peru Holidays & Tours

Vaccinations

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.. 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 http://www.explore.co.uk/Travelhealth/ and from your local healthcare provider.

Dates, prices and booking

Date
Price from
Single room option
Friday 30 March 2018 - Thursday 19 April 2018
This departure is guaranteed
PE_2018
From £2959
Single room option +£310

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All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
Joining Point
Town
Lima
Time and place
14:00 at Hotel Reception
Information
The Peruvian customs officials no longer require you to fill in a landing card. Therefore, on arrival in Peru please make sure you receive a hard copy of the Andean Immigration Card (known as TAM) from immigration officials. Showing this card is mandatory during check-in. Airport arrival transfers - There have been incidents of unofficial taxis taking business within the airport, with fake signs from travel companies. If you have an included transfer please look for a representative wearing an Explore or Condor T-shirt.
Ending Point
Town
Cusco
Time
09:00
If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
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Friday 3 August 2018 - Thursday 23 August 2018
This departure is guaranteed
PE_2018
From £3169
Save£30
was£3199
Single room option +£310

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On request
Show full details for this departure, including trip notes
All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
Joining Point
Town
Lima
Time and place
14:00 at Hotel Reception
Information
The Peruvian customs officials no longer require you to fill in a landing card. Therefore, on arrival in Peru please make sure you receive a hard copy of the Andean Immigration Card (known as TAM) from immigration officials. Showing this card is mandatory during check-in. Airport arrival transfers - There have been incidents of unofficial taxis taking business within the airport, with fake signs from travel companies. If you have an included transfer please look for a representative wearing an Explore or Condor T-shirt.
Ending Point
Town
Cusco
Time
09:00
If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
Download Trip Notes
Friday 21 September 2018 - Thursday 11 October 2018
This departure is guaranteed
PE_2018
From £3049
Single room option +£310

Please call us

On request
Show full details for this departure, including trip notes
All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
Joining Point
Town
Lima
Time and place
14:00 at Hotel Reception
Information
The Peruvian customs officials no longer require you to fill in a landing card. Therefore, on arrival in Peru please make sure you receive a hard copy of the Andean Immigration Card (known as TAM) from immigration officials. Showing this card is mandatory during check-in. Airport arrival transfers - There have been incidents of unofficial taxis taking business within the airport, with fake signs from travel companies. If you have an included transfer please look for a representative wearing an Explore or Condor T-shirt.
Ending Point
Town
Cusco
Time
09:00
If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
Download Trip Notes
Friday 19 October 2018 - Thursday 8 November 2018
This departure is guaranteed
PE_2018
From £2959
Single room option +£310

Please call us

On request
Show full details for this departure, including trip notes
All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
Joining Point
Town
Lima
Time and place
14:00 at Hotel Reception
Information
The Peruvian customs officials no longer require you to fill in a landing card. Therefore, on arrival in Peru please make sure you receive a hard copy of the Andean Immigration Card (known as TAM) from immigration officials. Showing this card is mandatory during check-in. Airport arrival transfers - There have been incidents of unofficial taxis taking business within the airport, with fake signs from travel companies. If you have an included transfer please look for a representative wearing an Explore or Condor T-shirt.
Ending Point
Town
Cusco
Time
09:00
If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
Download Trip Notes
Date
Price from
Single room option
Saturday 31 March 2018 - Wednesday 18 April 2018
This departure is guaranteed
PE_2018
From £2245
Single room option +£310

Please call us

On request
Show full details for this departure, including trip notes
All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
Joining Point
Town
Lima
Time and place
14:00 at Hotel Reception
Information
The Peruvian customs officials no longer require you to fill in a landing card. Therefore, on arrival in Peru please make sure you receive a hard copy of the Andean Immigration Card (known as TAM) from immigration officials. Showing this card is mandatory during check-in. Airport arrival transfers - There have been incidents of unofficial taxis taking business within the airport, with fake signs from travel companies. If you have an included transfer please look for a representative wearing an Explore or Condor T-shirt.
Ending Point
Town
Cusco
Time
09:00
If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
Download Trip Notes
Saturday 4 August 2018 - Wednesday 22 August 2018
This departure is guaranteed
PE_2018
From £2245
Single room option +£310

Please call us

On request
Show full details for this departure, including trip notes
All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
Joining Point
Town
Lima
Time and place
14:00 at Hotel Reception
Information
The Peruvian customs officials no longer require you to fill in a landing card. Therefore, on arrival in Peru please make sure you receive a hard copy of the Andean Immigration Card (known as TAM) from immigration officials. Showing this card is mandatory during check-in. Airport arrival transfers - There have been incidents of unofficial taxis taking business within the airport, with fake signs from travel companies. If you have an included transfer please look for a representative wearing an Explore or Condor T-shirt.
Ending Point
Town
Cusco
Time
09:00
If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
Download Trip Notes
Saturday 22 September 2018 - Wednesday 10 October 2018
This departure is guaranteed
PE_2018
From £2245
Single room option +£310

Please call us

On request
Show full details for this departure, including trip notes
All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
Joining Point
Town
Lima
Time and place
14:00 at Hotel Reception
Information
The Peruvian customs officials no longer require you to fill in a landing card. Therefore, on arrival in Peru please make sure you receive a hard copy of the Andean Immigration Card (known as TAM) from immigration officials. Showing this card is mandatory during check-in. Airport arrival transfers - There have been incidents of unofficial taxis taking business within the airport, with fake signs from travel companies. If you have an included transfer please look for a representative wearing an Explore or Condor T-shirt.
Ending Point
Town
Cusco
Time
09:00
If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
Download Trip Notes
Saturday 20 October 2018 - Wednesday 7 November 2018
This departure is guaranteed
PE_2018
From £2155
Single room option +£310

Please call us

On request
Show full details for this departure, including trip notes
All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
Joining Point
Town
Lima
Time and place
14:00 at Hotel Reception
Information
The Peruvian customs officials no longer require you to fill in a landing card. Therefore, on arrival in Peru please make sure you receive a hard copy of the Andean Immigration Card (known as TAM) from immigration officials. Showing this card is mandatory during check-in. Airport arrival transfers - There have been incidents of unofficial taxis taking business within the airport, with fake signs from travel companies. If you have an included transfer please look for a representative wearing an Explore or Condor T-shirt.
Ending Point
Town
Cusco
Time
09:00
If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
Download Trip Notes

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