Machu Picchu 

Long ago, Machu Picchu was once the mountaintop citadel of the Inca Empire. History intertwines itself within the stone structures hiding the true story of the rise and fall of this miraculous wonder. Machu Picchu stands at 2,430 m above sea-level, in the middle of a tropical mountain forest entangled within this extraordinarily beautiful setting on the eastern slopes of the Andes. Situated amongst such a dramatic landscape where the Peruvian Andes meets the Amazon Basin, the Historic wonder of Machu Picchu is among the greatest architectural and artistic legacy of the Inca Empire.

 

Cusco, the historical capital of Peru is revelry in ruins. Cusco transforms you back into the heart of the Andean Culture preserved within the walls of this bustling city. Full of cathedrals, museums, restaurants, and more nestled on top of Inca Stone structures transports you back to how life was over 200 years ago. Immersed in a fusion of cultures, Cusco is the perfect city for travelers to sit back and enjoy. Stone streets makes the city’s “living museum” come to life as its best to walk most on foot to not miss a moment of the magic. 

Outside of Cusco lies the miraculous wonders of Sacred Valley and even more complexities of ruins all with a different aspect of history intertwined.  Railroads and houses dot the countryside as most roads point to the epic landmark, Machu Picchu.

This is a once in a lifetime chance to explore one of the oldest wonders of the world before tourism cripples the chances with continued rules and regulations of this historic site.

  • Machu Picchu 

  • April 29th-May 9, 2021  (includes travel days)

  • 7  nights/8 days

  • Hiking Group (20) :  SOLD OUT for Hike 

  • Train option (7): 5 spots left

  • Trip cost with Group Airfare: $3500 

  • Trip Cost without Group Airfare  $2500

  • Booking Deposit:  $25.00 now $325.00 due June 1, 2020 

Trip Summary

 

This epic bucket list adventure will begin and end in the Cusco which consistsof two great central squares: Huacaypata, or the “square of tears”; and Cusipata, or the “square of joy”.

This tour will have two different groups. Group 1 will be with my friend Tammy who will lead the group on wonderful excursions through and around the city of Cusco before taking the group up via bus/train to meet group 2 for a day of exploring Machu Picchu. 

Group 2 is led by me and will involve hiking the Classic Inca trail while still exploring cultural Cusco and its surroundings. This requires physical ability to incline hike 27 miles and sleep in a tent on a mountain for 3 nights . 

Group 1: This group will explore the city of Cusco, surrounding Sacred Valley, and the ruins before heading up to Machu Picchu via bus and train to meet the hiking group for a day exploring Machu Pichu.  ** All tourist tickets for all items mentioned on itinerary (when it is fully published or more detailed is included in the total cost of the trip**

Day 1: The day we fly in will be spent acclimating to the altitude of 11,000 feet and exploring the city on our own. 

Day 2: will have an epic plan exploring the city and surrounding ruins.

Day 3-5: will involve more of exploring the ruins, Cusco, Sacred Valley and more

Day 6: All day exploration to Machu Picchu to meet the hiking group

Day 7: relax and explore Rainbow Mountain

Day 8: Fly home

*This is a tentative itinerary will be more detailed closer to event day and is subject to change.  

Group 2: This group will explore Cusco at a smaller scale and more in the first 2 days before heading on a guided 3 day/night hike up the classic Inca Trail where we meet group 1 on the 4th day, explore Machu Pichu and we have a bus/train that takes us back to Cusco.

Day 7: relax and explore Rainbow Mountain

Day 8: Fly Home

The Inca Trail Hike:

We will have a safety briefing the day before we leave, and it will be an early 2-330 am start. It is a 2-hour drive to the start of the Inca Trail.

Day 1 of hiking:

  • Walking distance: 5 to 6 hours

  • Starting elevation: 2800 m /8765 ft

  • Highest elevation: 3000 m / 9840 ft

  • Difficulty: Moderate 

  •       Meals Included:  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner (including a                    snack and afternoon tea).

  • Accommodation:  Camping

Day 2 of Hiking:

  • Walking distance: 7 to 8 hrs

  •   Starting elevation: 3000 m / 9840 ft

  • Highest elevation: 4215 m / 13,828 ft

  • Difficulty:  Challenging

  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (including a snack and afternoon tea)

  • Accommodation: Camping

 

Day 3 of Hiking:

  • Walking distance: 9 to 10 hrs

  • Starting elevation: 3600 m / 11,896 ft

  • Highest elevation: 3600 m / 12,465 ft

  •   Difficulty:  Moderate

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (including snack and               afternoon tea)

  • Accommodation: Camping

Day 4: We wake up to head to see sunrise at Machu Picchu top before we explore than take a bus/train down

  • Walking distance: 3 hrs / 6 km

  •   Starting elevation: 2600 m / 7956 ft

  • Highest elevation: 2700 m / 8233 ft

  • Difficulty: Moderate

  • Meals: Breakfast

 

What we see along the way: Epic snow-covered mountain tops, hidden Incan Villages, amazing rain forests and nature, and much more.

Please review terms and conditions before booking. 

Wanderlust Explorations Highlights

 

  • Machu Picchu

  • Cusco

  • Architectural History 

  • Ruins 

  • Culture of Peru 

Includes

  •  7 nights accommodation

  • Tickets to all locations (if it is required)

  • Guided Itinerary and instruction (if needed)

  • Travel to locations via van/car

  • What is included for Hikers:

    • All permits and entrance fees for Machu Picchu

    • Tents for 2 persons:  (extra $35.00 per person if you want a single tent

    • Breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea, snack for the duration of the hike *vegetarian food can be prepared

    • Sleeping mat

    • Porters to carry your sleeping bag/pillows

    • Full history guided hike with a certified Peruvian Guide

  • A special Wanderlust Explorations Commemorative Piece

 

What is not included

  • Airfare if you do not do group travel

  • Transportation to and from the DC airport

  • Meals, Snacks, and Drinks

  • Any costs of your own exploring as we move to each location

 

Key information

  • We will be travelling by vehicle and walking around Cusco and there will be significant amount of walking.  

  • Hikers: the Inca trail is a difficult incline hike up to 14,000 feet. Please read the additional terms and conditions.

  • All trips/outings are rain or shine.

  • We will be possibly staying in different locations every few nights in order to maximize seeing the highlights of Cusco.

  • This tour is geared specifically for the traveler, the photographer, the historian, the hiker, and the nature lover.  We will be touring as a group in vans, buses, and walking  in which will have allotted times at each location to explore on your own and enjoy your adventure. If you want to learn or improve your photography I will be there to help at each location.

  • Each night opportunities to eat in town will be provided for you to join as a group or venture on your own. 

  • Hikers: please see your brief itinerary as some of the above does not apply while we are on the Inca Trail 

 

Accommodations

  We may be in different lodging locations dependent on itinerary. Double occupancy rooms unless noted.  Extra $800.00 for single occupancy room.  Lodging will be unique to Peru and its culture.

*For the Hikers: Tents will be provided that are double occupancy. You can choose a single tent for an added $35.00 to the total trip. (not per day charge)

 

Getting there

  • I offer discounted group airline travel out of Hampton Roads and or Washington D.C as long as there is a minimum of 10 travelers participate.  This is included in the package price if you choose this option. I will make all the arrangements. You will be required to make your own travel arrangements to and from the airport we fly out of.   All airlines will be well known, ones I have personally flown on. Seats will be chosen after ticket is issues which is usually 60 days prior to trip.  Group seats are all coach with options to upgrade at your own expense after tickets are issues.   Group airline requires a $200 non refundable deposit to secure your ticket which is due 60 days after initial deposit date.  There will be a payment schedule if needed to pay your airline ticket off.  Once all group tickets are paid for, they are all issued to each individual traveler.

  • Typical group savings have airfares with bags included and up to a 50% savings over individual travel. We do need 10 people to participate in group travel in order to secure the rates.  If we do not have 10 people airline tickets are booked by the individual traveller and pricing is variable dependent on airline travel costs. 

 

  • If you book your own airline ticket you will need to ensure you are in  Cusco, Peru for pick up  with the group by 11am on May 1, 2021. 

 

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