The ancient civilization of the Inca’s built some of the world’s most mind-bending sites, even by today’s standards. In fact, many of the 22,000 kilometers of roads they built are still in use. Journey through Peru, from New to Old, as we meet in the modern, bustling city of Lima. Journey to islands, camp under the stars on Peru’s only desert oasis, meet with leaders working hard to keep sustainable living a priority, and of course, complete the often spiritual experience of reaching Machu Picchu.
Hola! Welcome to Lima. Today is open for arrivals and exploration. Visit any of the museums, taste fresh Peruvian food, bike the coast, check out Iglesia de Santo Domingo, or even paraglide the cliffs of Miraflores! In the evening, we come together for dinner, introductions, and trip overview. You may wish to arrive earlier to have more time in Lima.
The day begins with a short drive (3-4 hours) north to Paracas. The day is free to take a boat to Ballestas Islands, known as ‘Poor Man’s Galapagos,’ explore the fishing port, market, and coast. In the afternoon, we depart for Huacachina, the only desert oasis in South America. Huacachina has a population of about 100 people, and hosts tens of thousands of tourists each year. To help reduce the environmental impact on this small yet incredible piece of nature, we will be spending the night camping in the dunes. Get a rush sandboarding the dunes, followed by a bonfire, BBQ, local wine, and reflection under the stars after watching the sun disappear behind the dunes.
After traditional breakfast, we meet with local environmental groups who share their challenges and wins working in this unique area. Spend the rest of the day exploring the oasis before hopping on an overnight luxury sleeper bus to Cusco.
Today is spent relaxing and exploring Cusco, allowing time to acclimate to the elevation. Enjoy an optional group dinner where we reflect on how far we’ve come and what’s next: the climb to Machu Picchu!
An early start to the Sacred Valley and Ollantaytambo allows you to meet your porters, gather equipment, and explore the town before beginning the hike. After only a few kilometers, you’re already at an incredible sight – Llactapata, 2,550m above sea level. Spend time exploring the archaeological complex before continuing on to Wayllabamba, our first night campsite.
Day 2 of the hike starts in the Valley of Huallabamba, followed by a climb to Llulluchapampa which gives way to a birds eye view of the valley below. Then, follow the first set of stairs at Warmiwausca, known as Dead Woman, roughly 4,200m up. Tonight, camp in Pacaymayo.
Hiking Day 3 is the ascent to Runkurakay. Take in views of snow-capped mountains, valleys, the Sayacmarca ruins, two other historic sights, and a final arrival at Intipata camp. Matchu Picchu will be enjoyed tomorrow. Today is the perfect time to center, focus, and appreciate the journey thus far.
After breakfast, head to Intipunku, the Door of Sun. Here, savor the world famous Lost City of the Incas – Machu Picchu. A local tour guide will share knowledge and history with you prior to time to explore on your own. After the hike, we walk down to the station for a train to Cusco. Enjoy one final night with everyone before we all head in our own directions.
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