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Best Time of Year: March - September
Inca Trail Sacred Valley
Join Adventure Café for an amazing trip to the famous sights of the Inca Empire including some less well known spots. We have time to acclimatise, and get ready for an amazing exploration of this incredible area.
Including a 4 day trek along the well restored and carefully preserved Inca Trail, leading you along the valleys, around and across the mountains, through the cloud forest reaching the Sungate for the classic photo before culminating at the ruins of Machu Picchu Mountain themselves... This trip takes you to the heart of the ancient Inca Empire—to Cuzco, the regional Adventure Capital, and then on to the Sacred Valley, the surrounding extensive ruins, and culminates in the incredible Machu Picchu at the top if the Inca Trail. This itinerary has been designed to maximise your time in Peru, crammed to the limit it pulls together the most amazing experiences, and is a trip you will never forget!
DAY 1: Depart UK to Lima
DAY 2: Lima - Cusco, Acclimatisation day, free day to explore Cusco, optional guided tour. Sleeping above an altitude of 3000m so may be your first taste of sleeping at high altitude.
DAY 3: Transfer to Ollantaytambo, the warrior town where we spend the night.
DAY 4-6: Trek km82 to Machu Picchu (arriving day 7)
DAY 7: Early morning start as we trek to the famous Sungate for memorable view down to Machu Picchu. A short walk later and we arrive at the spectacular ruins where we have a guided tour. The rest of the day is free to either remain on the mountain and even attempt the higher Huyana Picchu or head down to Machu Picchu Town/ Aguas Calientes. Evening spent at Aguas Calientes.
DAY 8: Return train from Aguas Calientes down the mountain followed by a transfer to Cusco for final evening stay and celebratory meal.
DAY 9: Transfer to Cusco airport
DAY 10: Arrive UK
Occasionally, it may not be possible to follow the itinerary as planned. This may be for a variety of reasons – climatic, political, physical or other. In these circumstances we will make the best alternative arrangements possible that maintains the integrity of the original itinerary, you will be advised as soon as possible to this effect.
You will stay in tourist category accommodation whilst in towns. On trek we will be using tents. In all accommodation you will be sharing with someone of the same gender to yourself (unless you have booked as a couple). Your accommodation is always selected in order to be clean and comfortable. Usually you will have en-suite facilities—if they are available where you are stopping for the night. You may have single accommodation where available at a supplement. Please request at time of booking.
What is a Level 2.5 Trekking Challenge Like?
For this type of challenge - you can expect either distance (up to 12 or 15 miles), or altitude gain - around 1000m. But not both! If you climb, then the distance will be less, if you cover the distance, then the altitude gain will be little. Typically conditions underfoot will be good - although there are exceptions to this. If you encounter rough conditions underfoot, then the distance / altitude will be reduced. These events would suit someone of good all round fitness, who takes exercise regularly - without neccessarily being of high fitness.
How Fit Do I need to be to join a Level 2.5 ‘Trek’ ?
You must be active and with moderate fitness level. You should be taking regular exercise, consisting of regular walks and possibly other sports (swimming / football etc.) You should be comfortable in undertaking long country walks of up to 7+ hours or 15+ miles in the lowland English countryside.
Please note, it is extremely important for this physical challenge that you are in good health. If you have any pre-existing medical conditions, please consider carefully whether you should be joining the challenge. Please ensure you fill in the booking form accurately and honestly, this is important. In the case of serious conditions (epilepsy, diabetes, heart conditions, recent illness or operations), please discuss the challenge with your GP. Please also ensure you notify us of any allergies or similar.
You should be used to walking reasonable distances each day to contemplate this trek. It requires stamina and good aerobic fitness - but good willpower will also come in handy! Failure to disclose medical conditions is a serious omission - that could have serious repercussions on any of our challenges.
Travel insurance is required for all overseas adventures and can be purchased through Ventureguard using the link on the left hand toolbar of the website.
Travel insurance is not compulsory for UK adventures but it is advised. For further information, please don't hesitate to contact the Café.
Visas / Redtape
When travelling abroad you may require a Visa. Please check the Travcour website (www.travcour.com) for up to date Visa information. Here they can advise you on the best action to take. If you require further information please don't hesitate to contact the Café.
Included In Trip
Return transfers between Cusco airport and Cusco town, all accommodation (4 nights in hotel with breakfast) and camping on trek, all park entrance fees, local guides, porters, all meals on trek, UK leader.
Excluded From Trip
Exclusions - International flights to /from Cusco. Transfers to/from UK airport. Tips for in country guide/porter team, lunches and evening meals when not on trek.
Suncream, Blister Repair Kit, Plasters, Vaseline
Rehydration Salts, Painkillers, Sunbloc, Immodium
Anti-Malarial Medication, Hand Disinfectant Lotion (optional)
Pack Towel (lifesystems recommended), Soap (small bar)
Shampoo (not a full size bottle!)
Toothbrush, Toothpaste (small size)
Hill Walking Items
Sleeping Bag - 4 season rated to -15°C comfort rating
Sleeping Mat (thick Karrimat/Thermarest style)
Day Sack (25-35 litre)
Big Rucksack (to carry all your overnight gear)
Rucksack Liner(s) / Plastic Liner(s) for Rucksack
Bladder System (highly recommended - or other water bottles e.g. exercise bottle/Nalgene bottle)
Walking Poles (highly recommended)
Sun Hat (wide brimmed), Neck Scarf
Snack Foods for time in trek - esp. items that you may crave on the trail
Lightweight Fleece, Medium Weight Fleece, Heavyweight Fleece
Duvet Jacket, Lightweight Gloves, Heavy Gloves (mitten type recommended)
Fleece Hat, Balaclava
Long Cotton Trekking Trousers, 1 Pair Tracksuit Bottoms
Comfortable Trekking Shirts (long/short sleeved)
Walking Boots (broken in with ankle protection)
Walking Socks, Liner Socks
Underwear, Thermal Underwear
1 Change of Casual Evening Wear
Outer Fully Waterproof Jacket (Gore-tex, E-vent)
Outer Waterproof Bottoms
Toilet Roll / Pack of Travel Tissues
Diary, Spare Lace
Camera, Film / Memory Card / Spare Battery
Travel Documents, Visa's (if applicable - in most of our long haul countries you may pay for your visa on arrival)
Travel Insurance (compulsory)
Wallet, Money Belt, Credit Cards, Cash (local currency - please note on long haul treks it may not be possible to get currency before you travel)
Sunglasses, Spare Comfortable Shoes
Penknife, Mobile Phone (packed in a plastic bag deep inside your day pack!)
Emergency Rations (energy foods - for the tough days on trek)
Head Torch with spare batteries and bulb
Specialist Items for Long Haul Trips
Mosquito Nets, Water Purification Kit, Sewing Kit
Non-Caffeinated Drinks - i.e fruit powdered drink / green tea / herbal tea
US Dollars are the most convenient and convertible form of currency in many distant corners of the world - recommended!
It is possible to hire equipment via our specialist kit hire providers Outdoor Hire Ltd. We have negotiated a 10% discount for all our mountain challengers.
By nature all activities contain an element of risk.Your leader will be first aid qualified and will carry the appropriate safety kit for the activity, such as mountain safety shelters, walking rope and from time to time mobile radios. Safety equipment carried will be appropriate to trip. The leader's primary role is to ensure your safety, but it is your responsibility to listen to their guidance and instructions.
Normal weather for Cusco, and the surrounding area depends heavily upon the altitude. Typical temperature range for Cusco fluctuates at night from +2 or 3 degrees, up to 18 or 20 during the daytime.
There is also a moderate wet season inland from December until April.
The Best time of year to visit is from June to October, when you can enjoy brilliant sunshine from very early in the day in Cusco.
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