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    Inca Encounter Tour
    9 nights
    from $4,372* per person twin share
    Save $1,093, breakfast daily, Inca Trail or guided Cusco stay plus more
    Explore Peru on an eye-opening journey from the depths of the Amazon to the heights of the Andes. Get to know downtown Lima’s ornate buildings and markets and uncover Cusco’s ancient charms. This tour will take you through the Amazon all the way to the lush Sacred Valley and Ollantaytambo. Your four-day-trek to Machu Picchu will be a hike of epic proportions as you make long-lasting memories on your journey through the homeland of the Incas. This is an unforgettable trip at a relaxing pace.
    Your package includes: Package highlights:

    Your package includes:

    Package highlights:

    Your package includes:

    Your package includes:

    • 9 nights accommodation including:
      • 7 nights in hotels
      • 2 nights in a Jungle Lodge
    • Breakfast daily
    • 6 x lunches and 5 x dinners
    • Sacred Valley community visit with coffee and cake
    • 4-day Inca Trail trek or guided Cusco stay including a visit to Machu Picchu by train
    • Amazon rainforest jungle walk
    • All domestic transport via plane, canoe and private vehicle
    • Arrival transfer
    Package highlights:

    Package highlights:

    On your nine-night Inca encounter, you’ll visit these destinations:

    • Lima
    • Amazon Jungle
    • Cusco
    • Sacred Valley – Ollantaytambo
    • Inca Trail or train option
    • Machu Picchu

    Travel style: Comfort – mix of included leader-led activities and free time, several meals including breakfast daily, comfortable accommodation and feature stays.

    Physical rating: 4 out of 5 – be prepared for some serious physical activity. The fitter you are, the more you’ll enjoy it, as most activities will be challenging.

    Valid for travel
    Tour departing 4 Nov and 10 Nov, 2024. Subject to availability. Other departure dates available. Seasonal surcharges may apply. Ask your personal travel manager for a quote.
    Offer expires
    27 May 2024 unless sold prior


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    Day 1


    Bienvenidos! Welcome to Lima, Peru. On arrival at Lima’s Jorge Chavez International Airport, you’ll be transferred to your hotel in the well-known coastal suburb of Miraflores. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 2 pm where you’ll meet your tour leader and travel group. From here, you’ll jump on public transport and head downtown for a guided walking tour of the city’s historical centre. Take in the ornate spectacle of the colonial mansions, palaces and churches that line the streets, pay a visit to the San Francisco Monastery and its catacombs, and browse the fresh produce on offer at Lima’s central market. Your walking tour wraps up in Lima’s main square, with the rest of the day free to do as you wish. Perhaps head out for dinner with the group – your leader will have plenty of local recommendations.

    Day 2

    Amazon Jungle

    Rise and shine early today for your journey into the wilds of the Peruvian Amazon. Take an early morning transfer to Lima airport, then board a flight to Puerto Maldonado. From here, you’ll board a motorised canoe and cruise deep into the jungle. The journey to your eco-lodge in the Madre de Dios region will take around three hours, and you’ll be given a packed lunch on the way. Arrive and settle in to your thatched-roof lodge before a short orientation walk of the area close-by. Spend the evening getting acquainted with the sights and smells of the jungle and fall asleep to the sounds of nature.

    Day 3

    Amazon Jungle

    Get ready for an unforgettable day exploring the depths of the Amazon Jungle. Set out on a half-day walk guided by local experts on the area’s flora and fauna. Learn from your guides about the medicinal and practical uses for some of the plants that grow here, which Indigenous people have been studying and using for thousands of years. On your walk, keep an eye out for rainbow coloured macaws and butterflies, and listen for the barking call of the peccaries and chattering of monkeys that call the jungle home. This part of the Amazon is also known to house capybaras, giant otters and jabirus, so keep your eyes peeled for these creatures. Return to the lodge for lunch and some free time to relax. Once the sun goes down, venture out on a night walk in search of some of the jungle’s nocturnal inhabitants.  

    Day 4


    Leave behind the natural wonders of the Amazon for the man-made wonders of Cusco today. Return to Puerto Maldonado on a three-hour canoe ride to collect your luggage, then take a flight to the lofty city. When you arrive, get acquainted with Cusco during an orientation walk with your leader. This evening, you may like to head out for dinner with your fellow travellers – your leader can recommend some great local places to grab a meal. If you’re feeling adventurous, why not try one of the many establishments serving up cuy, which you might know by the English name of guinea pig.

    Day 5

    Sacred Valley - Ollantaytambo

    Start the day with a visit to Sacsayhuaman – the archaeological site of an Incan citadel on the outskirts of Cusco. Travel by private bus through the Sacred Valley. Known as Wilcamayo to the Incas, the valley has been a source of livelihood to the locals for hundreds of years. You’ll see maize crops covering the terraced valley walls and the sacred river beneath. Along the way, you’ll stop for coffee and cake at a restaurant that gives single mothers from the Sacred Valley (who often struggle to find work that allows them to care for their children) job opportunities and a chance to earn an income. Here, you can tuck into sweet treats made from local, organic produce. Then continue on to your next stop – the Huilloq community above Ollantaytambo. You’ll be hard-pressed to find any tourists in this village. You’ll get a chance to meet the locals and learn about their traditional textile weaving and join in on an offering to Pachamama (Mother Earth) before enjoying lunch together. In the afternoon you’ll continue to your final stop for the evening – Ollantaytambo, where you’ll visit the town’s archaeological site of ancient Incan ruins.

    Day 6

    Inca Trail - Day One

    Depending on the travel arrangements you made before the trip, during the next four days you’ll be doing one of the following: hiking the Inca Trail (Route 1), hiking the Quarry Trail (Route 2) or staying in Cusco for two days before taking the train to Aguas Calientes (Route 3). All routes visit Machu Picchu.

    Route 1 Inca Trail
    Today travel by minivan to the 82 km marker and meet your crew of local porters, cook and guide. The first day includes uphill trekking to the campsite, which is at 3100 m above sea level. On the way you’ll see the Inca sites of Ollantaytambo, Huillca Raccay and Llactapata, as well as incredible views of snow-capped Veronica Peak. In the evening, unwind at the campsite with a nourishing meal prepared by your cook.

    Route 2 Quarry Trail
    Make an early start today and drive to Choquequilla, a small ceremonial place where Incas worshipped the moon. Drive to the starting point of the trek, Rafq’a, and meet the horsemen who join us on the hike. After an hour’s walk, reach the small community of Socma. Carry on to the Perolniyoc Cascade lookout, an opportunity to stop for photos and a food break. Continue to the campsite, which is 3700 m above sea level. You should reach the campsite around lunchtime. After lunch, set off to explore the Q’orimarca archaeological site, which once served as a checkpoint to the Incas.

    Route 3 Cusco
    For those travellers not hiking, today you visit the archaeological site of Chinceros, on the way back to Cusco. Your Intrepid leader travels with you and is at hand to provide recommendations for your time in Cusco.

    Day 7

    Inca Trail - Day Two

    Route 1 Inca Trail
    This is the most challenging day of the trek as you ascend a long steep path (approximately 5 hours) to reach the highest point of the trail. Colloquially known as ‘Dead Woman’s Pass’, Warmiwanusca sits at a height of 4200 m above sea level, providing amazing views of the valley below. The group will then descend to the campsite in the Pacaymayo Valley at 3650 m.

    Route 2 Quarry Trail
    This is the most challenging and rewarding day of the hike. A 3 hour walk takes you to the top of the first pass of Puccaqasa (approximately 4370 m high). After enjoying picturesque views of the valley, it’s a short walk before stopping for lunch. After, make the two-hour hike to Kuychicassa, the highest pass of the trek at 4450 m. From here, descend to the sacred site the Incas called Intipunku. This is a sun gate, where the sun will stream through at particular times of the year and there are views of the Nevado Veronica mountain year-round. The Incas built several sun gates, the most notable overlooking Machu Picchu. Head to the campsite, only a stone’s throw away and at 3600 m.

    Route 3 Cusco
    Enjoy a free day in Cusco, the heart and soul of Peru. You may like to purchase a boleto turistico, which allows entry to the city’s many museums and archaeological sites. Ask your leader for their recommendations.

    Day 8

    Inca Trail - Day Three

    Route 1 Inca Trail
    Start the day with a climb through the Pacaymayo Valley to Runkuracay Pass (3980 m). Enjoy views of the snow-capped mountain of Cordillera Vilcabamba before descending for around 2 to 3 hours to the ruins of Sayacmarca. Continue over the trail’s third pass to the ruins of Phuyupatamarca (3850 m), also known as ‘Town Above the Clouds’. Start the 2 hour descent down the Inca steps to the final night’s campsite by the Winay Wayna archaeological site.

    Route 2 Quarry Trail to Aguas Calientes
    Today’s hike will all be downhill. The first stop is the incomplete Kachiqata quarry, where the Incas were intercepted by the Spanish. Around midday, come to the end of the trek. Explore the cobbled streets of Ollantaytambo before taking the short train journey to Aguas Calientes. This is where you’ll meet up with the travellers in your group who didn’t hike. Spend the night in a comfortable hotel before tomorrow’s visit to Machu Picchu.

    Route 3 Train to Aguas Calientes
    After a 1.5 hour drive to Ollantaytambo, catch a train through the winding Urubamba Valley to Aguas Calientes (another 1.5 hours). The city is nestled in the cloud forest at the foot of Machu Picchu. This is where you’ll meet up with the travellers in your group who hiked the Quarry Trail. Spend the night in a comfortable hotel before tomorrow’s visit to Machu Picchu.

    Day 9

    Inca Trail - Day Four - Machu Picchu

    Route 1 Inca Trail
    This is the final and most spectacular leg of the trek to Machu Picchu. The day starts before dawn with breakfast at 4 am. Say farewell to the porters as they descend to the train station and then begin hiking by 4.30 am. Once the final checkpoint opens at 5 am, begin the final leg of the trek. The walk to Intipunku (the Sun Gate) takes around 2.5 hours. Weather permitting, enjoy unforgettable views over the ‘Lost City of the Incas’ as you enter Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate.

    Route 2 Machu Picchu to Cusco
    Take an early bus up to Machu Picchu at 5.30 am. The city was built around 1440 AD as a country retreat for Incan nobility, but there’s evidence that the land had been a sacred Incan site for much longer. Take a guided tour around the ruins of temples, palaces and living quarters.

    Route 3 Machu Picchu to Cusco
    Take an early bus up to Machu Picchu at 5.30 am. The city was built around 1440 AD as a country retreat for Incan nobility, but there’s evidence that the land had been a sacred Incan site for much longer. Take a guided tour around the ruins of temples, palaces and living quarters.

    For all travellers, after taking advantage of the seemingly endless photo opportunities, it’s time to catch the bus to Aguas Calientes where you’ll stop for lunch together. From here, take a scenic train ride to Ollantaytambo, then drive back to Cusco, arriving in the evening.

    Day 10


    Your Inca Encounter comes to an end after breakfast this morning. There are no activities planned for the final day.

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