Homeland of the Incas
About this Adventure
Duration: 21 Days
This adventure is bursting at the seams with Inca goodness.
The Plaza Mayor, in the heart of Lima’s historic centre, is an excellent place to begin explorations of the Peruvian capital. Nearby, the Museo de la Inquisicion offers an insight into the Spanish Inquisition and the beautiful Monasterio de San Francisco houses some fascinating catacombs and interesting art.
On day 2 in Cuzco be seduced by the charms of Cuzco on a walking tour. Take the chance to taste coca tea at a local market. Next up on day 3 is the Sacred Valley/ Ollantaytambo, where you’ll travel through the Sacred Valley to learn about the local lifestyle. Browse colourful markets for traditional handicrafts and pick up a few words of the Quechua language during a community visit. Spend the night in Ollantaytambo – a magnificent example of geometric Inca urban planning.
On days Days 4-7 you’ll get to spend time at the Inca Trail/ Machu Picchu/ and Cuzco. Wow. Slip into hiking boots and trek the iconic trail that once linked the Inca Empire. The ancient paths wind around mountains, across high plateaus, through dense cloud forest and past temple ruins. Climb over challenging mountain passes – including the 4,198 m Warmiwanusca (Dead Woman’s Pass). Camp out in the evenings under a blanket of stars.
On the final day of the trek, climb the steps to Intipunku – the Sun Gate – and watch Machu Picchu appearing through the mist. Rest for a moment before heading down into the site to further uncover the secrets of the mysterious ruins. This is an unforgettable experience to be savoured. Return to Cuzco and perhaps visit to the Aldea Yanapay restaurant to support local underprivileged children – eat up for a good cause!
Finally on your last day depart Cuzco at your leisure. In need of a top lunch spot before heading off? Then why not pay a visit to the Aldea Yanapay restaurant, part of a sustainable organisation that provides the underprivileged children of Cuzco with health and education facilities. Be sure to eat up for a good cause!
The amazing adventure is brought to you by Intrepid Travel. Visit their website for information on this and other trips. This adventure runs over the course of 21 days, and is priced at £1775. Happy travelling.