On this journey into ancient history and culture you will have the opportunity be be involved in assisting at a community project just outside of Cusco to improve conditions at a medical centre, school or community centre. After completing your project tasks you will commence your challenging 4-day trek along the Salkantay Trail, an ancient trail of the Incas. This route takes you through the quieter and more remote regions of other trails and you will see mighty snowcapped mountains, lush jungles and ancient sites along the way. You trek culminates with a visit to the mystical city of Machu Picchu after a night relaxing in the spa town of Aguas Calientes.
You will spend two days helping alongside the local community just outside of Cusco to improve conditions at a medical centre, school or community centre. The activities you will be involved in will vary depending upon the greatest need at the time but may include building walls, creating a garden, painting and decorating or erecting a boundary fence.
Day 1 (Sat 1st April 2017): London – Lima
Fly to Lima via Europe or North America. On arrival transfer to a hotel for overnight stay.
Day 2 (Sun 2nd April 2017): Lima - Cusco
An early start this morning for our short flight to Cusco (3400m). On arrival you will be met by your guide and transfer to your hotel. Take it easy for the rest of the day as you acclimatise to the altitude, or alternatively take in some of the local sights at a gentle pace.
Days 3 – Day 4 (Mon 3rd - Tues 4th April 2017): Cusco area
Meet and work alongside the local people as you spend two days assisting on a local community development project. There is also plenty of time to further explore the surrounding area. You will be camping close to the project.
Day 5 to 8 (Wed 5th - Sat 8th April 2017): Salkantay Trail
Set off on a 4-day trek along the 'Salkantay Route', named by National Geographic Adventure Travel Magazine as one of the 25 best treks in the world. Connecting the city of Mollepata with Machu Picchu, the Salkantay Trek follows an ancient and remote footpath located in the same region as the Inca Trail, where massive snowcapped mountains collide with lush tropical rain forests.
Off the beaten path, this trek is a delightful way to experience the land of the ancient Incas, surrounded by spectacular snowy peaks, crossing high passes (up to 4600m), and with an amazing view over Machu Picchu to be enjoyed on the last day. Spend the last night of the trek in Aguas Calientes, at the foot of Machu Picchu. (BLD)
Day 9 (Sun 9th April 2017): Machu Picchu – Cusco
This morning we depart before sunrise to visit the ancient city of Machu Picchu. We will transfer by bus and enjoy a guided tour of the city. You will then have free time to walk around, climb the Huayna Picchu Mountain (optional and subject to availability) or hike up to the Sun Gate where you can experience spectacular views of Machu Picchu, the valleys and mountains that surround it. Later this afternoon we take the train to Poroy and a short transfer back to Cusco.
Day 10 (Mon 10th April 2017): Cusco - Lima
Fly back to Lima and enjoy a final afternoon exploring, or a chance for some last-minute shopping, before an overnight flight to the UK via Europe or North America. (B)
Day 11 (Tues 11th April 2017): London
Arrival in London.
N.B. This itinerary may change due to unusual weather patterns, the ability of the group and so on. We will do our best to keep to the set itinerary however we cannot be held responsible for changes that might occur outside of our control. In all such circumstances your guide and tour leader will have the final say in the interest of the health and safety of the group.
What is included
- Return flights from the UK
- Airport taxes and charges
- Local transfers and transport in Peru
- 2-3* hotels, tents for trek and project
- Camping mattresses
- Horsemen and expert English-speaking local guides
- Different Travel UK tour manager
- All meals as per itinerary
What is not included
- Any necessary vaccinations
- Drinks, laundry and personal expenses
- Spending money
- Transport to/from UK airports
- Tips and gratuities
- Travel insurance
- Peruvian visa (if required)
- Carbon emission offsetting
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1st - 11th April 2017
Registration Fee: £399
This trip is graded as Challenging
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