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   Peru Trekking Tour

What better way to appreciate a country than by hiking its most famous trails? This trip takes you to the backcountry of various parts of the majestic Andes, tracing the footsteps of the civilizations that have come before you.

15 Day / 14 Night Tour:
Day 1
Arrive in Lima and take a half day tour of this city, learning the history and culture of the nation where you'll be trekking.

Day 2
This morning, you'll have an early transfer to Huaraz where you'll have a chance to organize your pack and meet your guide for a briefing before you have the option of visiting Wilcahuain Monument, a small set of Wari ruins. You'll have a carbo-loaded meal and get to bed early because the work begins tomorrow!

Day 3
Today you begin your trek from Olleros and enjoy a relatively easy climb surrounded by snow-capped peaks. When you arrive at camp you can relax in the pristine wilderness while your guide prepares your dinner.

Day 4
Today is a more challenging hike. You'll spend four or five hours ascending to Yanashallash Pass, following Inca paths. After lunch, you'll descend to camp, appreciating some stones laid by Incas that still remain.

Day 5
Your last day of trekking in the Cordillera Blanca takes you past remote Andean villages where local children will delight in seeing your digital camera photos of them. You'll have a chance to explore the Chavin ruins before returning to Huaraz for the evening.

Day 6
In the morning, you head south to Arequipa and have the evening free to explore this mountain town.

Day 7
You'll head out to Colca Canyon, one of the deepest in the world where your guide will take time to teach you about the flora and fauna you see along the trek. You'll camp among the canyon and hear the echoes of the night sounds.

Day 8
You'll climb back out of the canyon- this is the hard part!- in time to stop at hot springs for a refreshing soak. Then it's back to Arequipa to prepare for your final destination.

Day 9
An early morning transfer to Cuzco leaves the afternoon free for exploring. Take a day tour and wander the ancient walled streets. You'll rest up to prepare for your final trek -to Machu Picchu

Day 10
A pre-dawn start brings you, via bus, to KM 82 where you'll begin your trek. Walking alongside the Urubamba River, you ascend to view the Inca city of Patallacta. From here, you'll begin a gradual ascent to Wayllabamba village where you'll spend your first night, camping with views of Veronica peak.

Day 11
You'll awaken early in the fresh mountain air and enjoy a hearty breakfast, preparing you for the most challenging day of your trek. You'll be hiking for about 9KM, climbing over the 13,769' Warmiwanusca - or Dead Woman's- Pass. In addition to the steep grade and magnificent views, the high altitude will leave you breathless. After reaching the summit, you'll descend into the Pacaymayo valley where you will spend your second night camping, sleeping deeply after a day of great accomplishments.

Day 12
Today, you'll hike for many hours, but nothing will be as steep as yesterday's pass. You'll start your hiking going up a second pass and take a break halfway up to visit the archaeological site of Pacaymayo. After appreciating the former watchtower here, you'll continue over the pass to the impressive Sayamarca complex. From here, you'll truly follow the footsteps of the Incas; walking on the very stone paths they built hundreds of years ago. The cloud forest you'll walk in takes on a mystical quality, and you will appreciate the unique flora of the area. You'll arrive at your final campsite of the trek, Winaywayna. This well-developed site includes a lodge with a restaurant and bar as well as hot showers, so you can relax and enjoy the effort you've made on your Inca trail trek so far.

Day 13
You'll awaken before dawn to hike to the Sun Gate, and watch the sun rise over the Lost City of the Incas- Machu Picchu itself. As the first light of day bathes the ancient citadel in a warm glow, you'll congratulate yourself on you accomplishment. From here, you'll descend into Machu Picchu just as the ancient Incas did upon arrival. After stowing your packs, you'll receive a detailed guided tour, learning about the technological achievements of these ancient people. The afternoon is free for more wanderings and the chance to climb Huayna Picchu, where you can view the citadel from above. Your day concludes with a chance to wander in the town of Aguas Calientes, meeting and bargaining with the locals of today, and the opportunity to soak your tired trekking muscles in the natural thermal baths. In the late afternoon, you'll catch the train to Cuzco, arriving after dark, and ready to sleep in a comfortable bed!

Day 14
Today is your last day in this tourist hub and you'll have a chance to visit artisans in their workshops to pick up gifts and souvenirs as well as just take in the Peruvian culture for one more day.

Day 15
An early morning return flight to Lima is your last stop before you return home.

Peru: Lima | Cusco | Machu Picchu | Puno & Lake Tikicaca | Nazca
Special Interest: Inca Trail

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