Explore Machu Picchu Adventure - June & August 2022

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Explore Machu Picchu Adventure - June & August 2022
£250.00
Non-refundable deposit

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Our Machu Picchu trip explorers’ tour is a stunning combination of Inca ruins, magnificent mountains and exotic vegetation. Throughout the trip you will be fully looked after by our guides and be shown the very best that Cusco, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu has to offer. 

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Machu Picchu Adventure 

Trip 1: June 2022

Trip 2: August 2022

Working with The British Expedition Company, Life Changing Challenges are now able to offer this amazing new adventure!!

Our Machu Picchu trip explorers’ tour is a stunning combination of Inca ruins, magnificent mountains and exotic vegetation. Throughout the trip you will be fully looked after by our guides and be shown the very best that Cusco, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu has to offer.  We allow 2 full days in Cusco prior to commencing our tours in order to help you acclimatize sufficiently.  Our tour then begins with cultural tour of Cusco itself starting at Plaza de Armas and a visit to world famous Cusco Cathedral.  Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Cathedral will awe you with its impressive architecture, extensive collection of original art works and gold-leaf altars. We follow this with a tour of Tambomachay an incredible Water Temple with impressive water fountains. The following days leading up to the Machu Picchu day visit are spent in the Sacred Valley sightseeing from the El Mirador viewpoint, touring the ruins of Ollantaytambo and salt pools of Maras Moray and visiting the beautiful and colourful markets of Chinchero.

Your trip departs from London Heathrow where you’ll fly to Bogota and onward to Cusco (Peru).  The Amaru Hotel will be your base for the next few days while you acclimatise to Peru’s altitude and soak up the Peruvian culture. All our tours are led by an English speaking professional guide who takes you along the magnificent Inca ruins and fabulous markets for three day before you arrive at the ruins of the Machu Picchu’s Historical Sanctuary at day break - giving you a full day to explore. You’ll then be transferred back to your base at the Amaru Hotel in Cusco for a good nights rest. You have two full days in Cusco where you can simply relax and enjoy the city of Cusco. However some travellers opt for a days rafting or a jungle tour (not included in the trip cost but we are more than happy to arrange any extra excursions for you). On the final day you be transferred to Cusco airport and fly back to Bogota and on to London Heathrow.


Outline Itinerary


Day 1 - Meet your group and fly from London Heathrow Airport to Bogota.

Day 2 – Onward flight to Cusco - the centre of the ancient Inca Empire. When you land you are then transferred to your hotel to enjoy the area and acclimatise to the altitude of 3400m. Overnight bed and breakfast hotel accommodation

Day 3 - The day is free to enjoy Cusco and acclimatise Overnight bed and breakfast hotel accommodation.

Day 4 – A second full day in Cusco to acclimatise to the altitude.

Day 5: Cusco City Tour.  Your Cusco City Tour will begin after lunch when our guides will meet us in the hotel lobby. In this tour, you will visit the key sights in the city centre and the Inca archaeological sites that surround the city. This includes Cusco Cathedral, the Q’oricancha Museum, Sacsayhuaman, Q’enqo, Puca Pucara and Tambomachay.  To begin, we will head to Cusco’s Plaza de Armas (main square), to visit the famous Cusco Cathedral. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Cathedral is amazing with its impressive architecture, extensive collection of original art works and gold-leaf decorated altars. Continuing on, we will continue on foot through an ancient Inca-built street from the Plaza de Armas to the Q’oricanca also known as the Temple of the Sun. At the Q’oricancha, you will be able to see the building methods of the Incan culture and the Spanish conquerors. This was the key spiritual center of the Incas, leading to all four quarters of the Inca Empire. From Q’oricancha, the group will walk down Avenida El Sol, where we will head out of the city to visit the most important archaeological sites around Cusco including the majestic Inca site of Sacsayhuaman - with its enigmatic 200-ton monoliths. Here you will have a guided tour of the site and then free time to explore on your own.  From Sacsayhuaman, we will take a five minute drive to the Q’enqo Inca site to see its fascinating Incan altars. After this we head to Puca Pucara, a small, circular Inca site. The final stop on our tour is Tambomachay, a water temple with impressive water fountains, thought to be used by the Inca for bathing. We’ll then drive back down to Cusco and drop you off in Plaza de Armas. Hotel accommodation provided.

Day 6 - Sacred Valley Tour - Full Day.  Your guide will collect you up from the hotel lobby at 8 am. Our drive today starts on the winding mountain roads north of Cusco. On the way we will stop at world famous look-out point of El Mirador and from there, we will be able to see the entire Sacred Valley below. The Sacred Valley was one of the main areas of Incas settlement as there is an abundance of fertile plains in this high area of the Andes. You will also witness vast contour terracing and irrigation channels left behind by the Incas.  Later on, we will drive towards the ruins of Pisac. Here, you will see and learn about the Inca culture and view amazing works of stone art and impressive agricultural terraces. After exploring, we will drive back to the lower town of Pisac to stop at a bustling handicraft market.  After you spend some time exploring the market we will meet for lunch at a local Andean restaurant.  After lunch, we will drive along the Urubamba River towards the town of Ollantaytambo. Once we reach Ollantaytambo, we will visit the ruins, an important area of Incan construction, built during the Inca’s heydays. This is an extraordinary Inca site because you can find rock formations representing the Inca god - Wiracocha.  Afterwards, we will return to Cusco and the guides will drop you off at the hotel.

Day 7 Maras Moray.  This is a fantastic day tour to explore part of the Sacred Valley. You will see amazing views of the Urubamba mountain ranges, the Veronica Mountain and the green valleys of the farms below. On the first half of the day you will be able to learn about the local agriculture, textiles, and the history of the Incas and visit the colourful markets of Chinchero. In the evening we will take the train to Aguas Calientes ready for the early start tomorrow and the Machu Picchu tour.  Our guides will collect the group from the hotel around 8 am and head to the farming region of Moray. This beautiful drive is about one hour and 20 minutes. On the drive you will see the snow-capped peaks of the Andes, lush yellow fields of wheat, and beautiful villages. Finally, you will arrive at the terraces in Moray. Moray boasts three amphitheater like terraces, made by the Incas. These terraces, which are carved deep into the earth in the shape of a bowl, were thought to produce the optimal conditions for growing crops.

When you have finished exploring Moray, we will travel to the salt mines of Maras. This village is known as a former salt-producing center and is thought to date back to pre-Incan times. There are over 3,000 salt pools carved into the mountain side and these are filled daily by a stream of water.  Later on in the day we will head to Chinchero which is a small Andean/Indian village located at 3,762 meters high, on the windswept plains of Anta, about 30 km from Cusco. There are beautiful views overlooking the Sacred Valley of the Incas, with the Cordillera Vilcabamba and the snow-capped peak of Salkantay dominating the western horizon. Chinchero is believed to be the mythical birthplace of the rainbow. Its major claim to tourism is its colorful Sunday market which coincides with our day visit. Here you can watch a demonstration on how to make beautiful, natural sweaters from Alpaca wool. Finally, you will visit the famous Roman Catholic Church, which was built over the Inca palace.  Towards the end of the day we will head back to Ollantaytambo, where you can enjoy dinner at one of local restaurants, then take a 2 hour train ride to Aguas Calientes where you will be brought to your hotel, to prepare for your next day - visiting Machu Picchu.

Day 8 - Machu Picchu Day
The usual departure is at 5:20am from the hotel following a hearty breakfast. Our coach ride to Machu Picchu takes 25 minutes and on arrival you will see the sunrise over the ruins – an amazing site!  Our guide will give you a detailed tour around the ruins giving you a full explanation of the highlights along the way. After the tour, you will have plenty of time to explore on your own or use your tickets to climb Huayna Picchu Mountain or Machu Picchu. After your exploration and when you are ready to leave the Machu Picchu complex, you will take a bus back down to Aguas Calientes to enjoy lunch and explore the village. You will take a late afternoon train back to Ollantaytambo and then we will bring you back by coach to Cusco, arriving around 8:30 PM

Day 9: Full days rest at the Hotel

Day 10: Optional days rafting or a full day to explore Cusco

Day 11: Morning in Cusco and transfer to the airport for your home bound flight

Day 12: Land at Heathrow Airport 

Training Event – May 2022 (exact dates will be confirmed in January 2022)
A local training day is provided for all Machu Picchu participants (optional). The day provides an opportunity for the whole team to get to know each other prior to your departure and to run through important information about the trip. It also gives you plenty of opportunity to ask questions and collect advice.

What’s included
All our expeditions are ‘all inclusive’ this means that the cost covers all the accommodation, flights, flight tax, transfers, guides and most food throughout the tour. The price also covers the local training day. *The only costs not included are travel insurance, tips, lunch, dinner and drinks in Cusco (this gives you plenty of opportunity to explore the cities and eating out is inexpensive).

Costs and payment structure
The cost of the trip is £2,395. There is a £250 trip deposit (non-refundable) to book your place and the remaining balance is paid in manageable instalments.

1st September 2021 £750
1st December 2021 £600
1st April 2022 £500
1st June 2022 £295

 

Trip organiser

The Machu Picchu trip is organised by  ‘The British Expedition Company’

How to reserve your place on the trip

To book a place on the trip simply pay deposit online  

When your deposit is received a trip booklet is sent out detailing every element of the trip.                    

On advancement of deposit for a booking on any of our trips or expeditions the deposit acknowledges that he/she has read and understands the below booking conditions and agrees to be bound by them.

What's Included

 

What’s included


All our expeditions are ‘all inclusive’ this means that the cost covers all the accommodation, flights, flight tax, transfers, guides and most food throughout the tour. The price also covers the local training day. *The only costs not included are travel insurance, tips, lunch, dinner and drinks in Cusco (this gives you plenty of opportunity to explore the cities and eating out is inexpensive).

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