Machu Picchu 

Long ago, Machu Picchu was once the mountaintop citadel of the Inca Empire. History weaves itself within the stone structures masking the true story of the rise and fall . In the Eastern slopes of the Andes, Machu Picchu stands at 2,430 m above sea-level in the middle of a tropical mountain forest of extraordinary beauty. 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 make 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.

Trip Summary

 

This epic bucket list adventure will begin and end in the Cusco which consists of two great central squares: Huacaypata, or the “square of tears”; and Cusipata, or the “square of joy”. Everyone will get to discover themselves through the unique magic of the city.  Connecting with locals, with nature, and with each other.  This is a trip many will only do once in a lifetime. Make 2021 your year to say yes to you and yes to this adventure!

This tour will have two different groups. Group 1 (City) 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 (Hiking) 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 (City): 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 Picchu.  ** 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

Group 2 (Hiking)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 Picchu 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. 

Click here: Printable Hiking Itinerary which includes daily miles, inclines, packing list, and more.  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and snack are all included on our 3 days of hiking. The 4th day at Machu Picchu no meal is included.  All permits/tickets are included. 

Machu Picchu 

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

  • 7  nights/8 days

  • Hiking Group (16) : SOLD OUT 

  • Train option (2): SOLD OUT 

  • Trip cost per person with Group Airfare and double occupancy: $3500 

  • LIMITLESS Members Price: $3425.00 (you must purchase the Limitless membership to get this) 

  • Trip Cost per person double occupancy without Group Airfare  $3000

  • Members Only Price without airfare $2925.00

  • Booking Deposit:  $350.00

  • Flexible payment schedule will be emailed. Last payment is due 60 days prior to departure. 

  • Pricing is per person. 

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

Activity/Fitness Level

  • Hiking: #5

  • City/Train #3 (lot's of walking)

Activity/Fitness Key:

#5: OMG! I need oxygen. WTF my legs are like rubber. What was I thinking?

#4: I don't think I am gonna make it. I may need Bengay and a hot bath tonight.

#3: Out of breath. I may need to take up more spin classes when I get back.  Hey at least I am getting my steps in.

#2: I will sleep good tonight.

#1: Just got to put my shoes on, get up, and go. 

Cancellation Policy specifically for Machu Picchu

  • Loss of initial $350.00 deposit due to non refundable permits and other expenses.

  • 91 days or more prior to departure: Loss of all deposits/airline fees  

  • 61-90 days: loss of 50% of tour cost 

  • 40-60 days: loss of 60% of tour cost

  • Less than 39 days 100% loss of tour cost 

  • To protect your investment travel insurance is highly recommended.

SPECIAL THANKS:  David Herrera Almiron: our hiking guide from Andean Path Travel for sharing some amazing on site photos. Let's show him some love since I had to find the best of the best in order to hike the Sacred Inca Trail since you cannot do it without a certified guide.  

 

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 will be provided in town 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) That is paid directly to them when we are there. 

 

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. You will be required to make your own travel arrangements to and from the airport we fly out of.  The group airline travel service requires a non-refundable $200.00 deposit to secure the airline contract within 60 days after your initial registration date. Airline tickets are contracted between the Company and the airline carrier selected by the Company in its sole discretion. The Company will select the airline based on the unique needs of the trip. The factors considered while selecting an airline will include, but not limited to the airline’s reviews, travel availability and schedule to the desired location, and cost. The Company will communicate with you which airline carrier has been chosen at least 9 months prior to the departure date.  

 

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

Weather

  • In May it is considered the Dry season with temperature highs of 77 degrees.  For anything you are doing in Peru, you may want to make a pair of yoga pants part of your wardrobe.  Since clothing is required, please make it thin. This is not wear a winter sweater weather.  A waterproof light jacket (yes waterproof means it may rain) because temperatures go as low as 37 degrees but that isn't enough to wear a Yeti outfit.  Think of dry like you are visiting Arizona in the summer.  Warm during the day very cool at night.  Plus if you are hiking Machu Picchu the mountain has 4 seasons all the time. 

Gear to Bring

  • A camera or go pro. Remember what you bring you carry.  If you are a photographer like me, I will be bringing a light weight pocket size tripod so I can capture some amazing images along the way. 

  • See the hiking list for hikers. That is all you need but hikers: you will need a small duffle bag that will hold your items the porter will carry like sleeping bag and pillow.  Remember no more than 40lt hiking bag or you will not get it into Machu Picchu and that would stink to lose all your stuff. Key word: clothes that are universal like trekking pants that zipper into shorts.  So you are packing one item not 2.  Like tanks to layer, plenty of socks, and an extra pair of trail shoes in case your boots do not make it off the trail. 

  • For everyone else:  Lightweight pants and shirts that can be layered. Shoes you can sustain walking in since you will be walking everywhere.  Flip flops are great to walk around your lodging with.  Water proof light jackets.  77 degrees should help you decide how to layer.  We are definitely not winning any fashion awards on this trip ha-ha. 

  • Sunscreen please do not forget. I do not want to have anyone BBQed. 

  • Pajamas: many of you have room mates that may not want a show

 

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