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From $3600 / person | All inclusive package including accommodation for all nights, in-country transport by private bus, train, or flight, lecture and instruction materials from our expert guides, all activities, and 2 meals per day. *International Airfare and Visa Fees not included

+ Single Supplement + $300

+ 4 Day Extension to Amazon +$1600 / person

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IMPORTANT NOTE: Permits to hike the Inca trail are booked up quickly! The Peruvian government offers a set number of permits every year in order to preserve the beauty and experience of hiking the Inca trail. After booking this trek, we will need a copy of your passport picture ASAP to make sure we can get your trip reserved for the dates that you requested. Once we have your permit purchased, your deposit will become non-refundable and non-transferrable. Please note that we also do not know which campsites will be used until after the purchase and confirmation of the permits (campsites are also assigned by the government).


This Acanela Expedition © is the perfect fusion between comfort & adventure. Embark on this small group exploration and have hands-on encounters with local peoples and cultures, while experiencing all the historical & culinary highlights along the way.


+ How intense is the climb to Machu Picchu?

Visiting Machu Picchu is actually not a strenuous experience. Unless you are doing the Inca Trail, most people choose to take the Train from the Sacred Valley to Aguas Calientes, and from Aguas Calientes a Bus to the Entrance of Machu Picchu. From the entrance it is a short 5-10 minute up-hill walk to reach the ruins.

+ How intense is the climb to Machu Picchu on the Inca Trail?

The Inca Trail is considered to be a moderately difficult trek. The trail is a solid pathyway, made of stone and boulders so there is nothing technical along the trek. The first day and a half are the most difficult due to the quick elevation gain. We recommend acclimatising by spending a few days in Cusco prior to your journey on the Inca trail.

+ Is there a chance I will get Altitude sickness?

While most people do not experience Altitude Sickness while visiting Peru, it is common for some to feel a slight headache or stomach ache the first day visiting Peru. This is because Cusco (where you spend your first night) is located at the highest elevation of 11,000 feet, where as the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu are only 9,000 feet and 8,000 feet respectively. For those who do experience symptoms, we always have oxygen on hand, and usually after only few minutes you will feel a lot better.

+ Is Peru a family friendly destination?

Peru is one of the most family-friendly destinations due to history, culture, adventure, wildlife, and hospitable people. Our other popular family-friendly destinations include The Galapagos, The Serengeti, and Southeast Asia.

+ What to expect on a Machu Picchu vacation?

Peru is one of our most popular destinations, as it is home to one of the 7 Wonder's of the World - Machu Picchu. This trip is catered to travelers of all ages who are looking for an adventure with plenty of opportunities to immerse themselves in the local culture, learn about the history of the Incas, and try some Peru's most delicious cuisine!

+ What should I pack for Peru?

Preparing for your trip to Peru can be overwhelming, so we put together our packing essentials to help you best prepare for your travel experience! Peru Packing Guide

Itinerary

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Trip Highlights:

Trip Highlights:

  • Climb Machu Picchu at sunrise

  • Trek along the world-famous Inca Trail

  • Stroll through Ollantaytambo’s bustling markets

  • Canopy walk atop the Amazon rainforest

  • Photograph the endless stunning sights

  • Learn about Peru’s history and culture

Journey Overview
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Join us on a small group tour to Peru, traversing through ancient ruins and the Amazon rainforest. On this Peru Tour you will immerse yourself in the country’s culture, history, and landscapes. Climb Machu Picchu at sunrise, stroll the bustling markets of Ollantaytambo and Pisac,and canopy walk above the Amazon Jungle. On this ultimate Machu Picchu Vacation, you will travel with some of the best guides and local artisans Peru has to offer.

Day 1: Arrive in Peru!
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Arrival Airport: Cusco International Airport (CUZ) Welcome to Peru! Today we’ll arrive in Cusco, where we’ll acclimate to the altitude with an introductory lesson on Peru. Spend the afternoon on a walking tour of Historic Cusco, and capture the magical golden hour—photographing the ancient cobblestone streets of the Old City’s passageways and bustling squares. In the evening, we’ll have a traditional welcome dinner as we learn about Peruvian culture & cuisine. Accommodation: Tierra Viva Boutique Hotel or Casa Adina

Day 2: Sacred Valley
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After breakfast, we'll meet our guide and begin our journey to the beautiful Sacred Valley of the Incas. Our first stop is the archaeological site of Moray, which is thought to have been used for agricultural research by the Incas. These concentric stone terraces constructed within naturally-occurring depressions are impressive, and offer great views of the Sacred Valley and the snow-capped peaks that surround it. Next, begin a pleasant hike to the Salineras, a complex series of spring-fed, terraced salt pans, build into a steep mountainside. From the Salineras, we will break for a picnic lunch, before continuing to the picturesque town of Ollantaytambo. Active canals run along Inca constructed stone-paved streets and passageways, and many original stone buildings remain in use today. After a full day take some time to explore Ollantaytambo, and prepare for the world famous Inca Trail the following morning! Accommodation: Pakaritampu or similar

Day 3: Inca Trail
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This morning we depart for a gorgeous hike along the world famous Inca Trail! From Ollantaytambo you will travel with your guide by train to the point of entry for the Inca Trail. During the hike we will pass through incredible mountain scenery, lush cloud forest and subtropical forest, and an outstanding mix of Inca paving stones, ruins and tunnels. After a long day of hiking, we will set up camp and enjoy a wonderful dinner by the fire. Accommodation: Campsite on Inca Trail

Day 4: Inca Trail
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After a delicious breakfast we will begin our hike to the famous Dead Woman’s Pass! There are many opportunities to see a variety of plant and birdlife on the trail. We will pass through beautiful mountains and the grasslands of the Andes. In the Afternoon we will take a break for lunch and to take in the beauty of the Andes mountains. We will continue our ascent along the Inca trail into the late afternoon. In the evening, we will set up camp and enjoy another delicious meal while relaxing after a long days journey. Accommodation: Campsite on Inca Trail

Day 5: Inca Trail
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After another fantastic breakfast we will start our hike to reach Phuyupatamarca. We will have amazing views of Aguas Calientes, Machu Picchu Mountain, and Huayna Picchu mountain. We will begin to descend into the rain forest for a change of scenery after a break for lunch. Later in the afternoon we will reach Wiñay Wayna, one of the largest archeological sites on the Inca trail, and have the chance to explore here. At the end of another long day, we will rest at the campsite and get ready for an early morning as we make our way to Machu Picchu.

Accommodation: Campsite on Inca Trail

Day 6: Machu Picchu
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Long before sunrise, we’ll be up and making the final stretch to Machu Picchu, arriving in time to witness the sun crest over the mountains, bathing them in warm, morning light. Explore the ruins and take in their colossal majesty before the hordes of tour groups appear. After we’ve taken countless photos, befriended the famous roaming alpacas, and enjoyed a history lesson about the significance of this ancient city, we’ll head back down to Aguas Calientes. Following a long day exploring, we will make our way back to Cusco and relax at the hotel. Accommodation: Tierra Viva San Blas or similar

Day 7: Depart Peru
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After spending a beautiful week in the heart of the Ancient Incan Civilization, we we pack up our bags and continue onwards to the airport where we will catch our connecting flights back home, or onwards into the Amazon basin, where we’ll arrive at the famous city of Puerto Maldonado - the entrance to the Amazon Jungle. Departure Airport: Cusco International Airport (CUZ)

4-Day Extension to the Amazon Jungle
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Day 7: Arrive to Puerto Maldonado in the afternoon and check into your beautiful lodge for the next three nights. Enjoy a morning canoe ride deep into a jungle oasis. We’ll spend the day floating through the canals of Lake Condenado, an area famously rich with wildlife. Later on, we’ll hike to the forest’s canopy to watch the fiery sun set below the lush trees and star gaze. Look for famous constellations lighting up the night sky, such as the Southern Cross. Accommodation: Hacienda Concepcion

Day 8: Get an early start to spot and photograph the abundant rainforest wildlife, such as caiman, toucans, butterflies, howler monkeys, and an unbelievable array of birdlife. Since 50% of the Amazon’s animals are nocturnal, we’ll also do a night walk, allowing ourselves to become completely enveloped in the incomparable magnificence of the jungle at dusk. Accommodation: Hacienda Concepcion

Day 9: After a delicious breakfast, we will head towards Lake Sandoval, navigating by dugout canoe around the beautiful oxbow lake. Here you will learn about the reserves conversation efforts, the lake formation, the water palms, and the animals that the inhabit this lake - such as the giant river otters, blue and yellow macaws, red howler monkeys, and one of the world's largest freshwater fish. If you desire, you can even take your turn at fishing native style using the "catch and release" technique as you enjoy the scenery around you. Return back to your lodge in the evening to enjoy a traditional dinner and relaxing evening. Accommodation: Hacienda Concepcion

Day 10: After several days of diverse wildlife, stunning landscapes, and welcoming locals, our Peruvian adventure must sadly come to an end. From our lodge, we’ll make our way back to Puerto Maldonado, where we’ll catch our flight back home.

Departure Airport: Puerto Maldonado International Airport (PEM)


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