7 days from £2700pp plus international flights.
You trek through 9 eco-zones in 6 days between 200 and 4,600m. You'll walk through the Andes, trek over Salcantay Pass, descend through the cloudforest and end at the incomparable Machu Picchu. Throughout the week you'll enjoy a wide variety of scenery and climates, and stay in comfortable lodge in remote locations. You can even enjoy a jacuzzi at the end of the day!
This is a trek with a maximum group size of 12 people, though you could well find yourself on a private trek if no-one else chooses to depart on the day you've chosen. It is led by an experienced mountain guide. Your luggage is transported from lodge to lodge by mules, so all you have to carry is a small daypack.
All the meals are prepared for you by the lodge staff, and all lodges have good heating and plenty of hot water.
There are fixed departures most weeks of the year on a Friday or Saturday from March to December.
Guide price from (pp sharing): £2700 (ex. international flights)
Price notes: 2017 guide price pp sharing: £2700 in low season (March and Nov-Dec 14), and £3125 in high season (April-Oct and Dec 15-31).
5 nights accommodation in luxury lodges; 1 night in good hotel in Aguas Calientes; all meals from lunch on day 1 to lunch on the last day; tea, coffee, filtered water and soft drinks at all the mountain lodges; transport to and from your hotel in Cusco; guide; mule and muleteers to transport baggage; train tickets; guided tour of Machu Picchu; all entrance fees.
Flights and taxes; visa; insurance; accommodation in Cusco; alcoholic drinks; all drinks at the hotel; tips; personal expenses; horse riding (about £40 for 2-3 hours); zipline tour for minimum 2 people (about £70 pp).
Getting there: This trip starts and ends in Cusco. To get to Peru you need to fly into Lima. From here a domestic flight takes you to Cusco. From Europe Iberia Airlines or KLM are most frequently used for this route. There is no direct flight from the UK to Lima. A return flight will cost from about £900.
Departure dates: This is a trek which can depart any day from 1st March to the end of December.
How this holiday helps
Taking this trek not only helps local people, but you get an amazing experience walking the Andes yet come 'home' each night to high quality lodges with great food.
The trek is run by a company committed to helping their local communities. They work through a charity arm known as Yanapana a not-for-profit Civil Association. Their purpose is to reduce the condition of extreme poverty in the Andean Highlands, and improve the quality of life through sustainable community development.
Most of the projects are related to education and health for those families and individuals in poverty so they have helped schools and clinics, but they also help with income-generating projects such as organic coffee production, women making handmade textile, provision of clothing in the cold periods and so on.
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Flight time: Both KLM and Iberia have flights to Lima via Europe, leaving the UK early in the morning to arrive in Lima in the evening. The flight time is about 14 hours. It is also possible to fly to Lima via America.
Language: Spanish and Quechua are the official languages.
Visas: Not required for British travellers (up to 90 days). EC nationals can ask us for further advice.
Health: There are no compulsory vaccinations, except yellow fever if visiting the rainforest. Malaria prophylactics are also recommended in the rainforest.