Peru: Land of the Incas

Code: LPWHW

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Activity types:

  • Culture
  • High Mountains
  • History

Level

  • Easy
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From £3,139.00 - 12 nights

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Holiday overview

Trip notes will be available to download early in 2017 

This delightful walking holiday takes the traveller on an in depth exploration of the famous sights, very best hidden trails and rarely visited corners of the truly amazing Land of the Incas.

With the Sacred Valley of the Incas as base, take a selection of the finest day hikes available, taking in all the most interesting sights, markets and Inca ruins of note and several off the beaten tourist track gems too. As we journey down the Valley, we learn about the Inca civilisation and the Spanish conquest, before exploring the truly amazing “Lost City of the Incas” – Machu Picchu.

Holiday highlights

  • Lovely character lodges and hotels in great locations
  • Time to explore Machu Picchu once the crowds have gone
  • Plenty of time in Cuzco to see the Inca capital at leisure as well as the surrounding sights
  • Walks with first class guides, discovering the scenery, culture and rich history of the Andes
  • Take the train across the Andes from Lake Titicaca (2016 only)

Price includes

  • 12 nights’ accommodation in en-suite rooms
  • Full Board from dinner on arrival to breakfast on departure
  • All internal flights
  • A full programme of guided walks, led by an expert local guide and experienced tour conductor
  • Sightseeing, entrance fees and travel in private air conditioned coach/minivan
  • Tips

Accommodation

A mix of 3 and 4-star hotels, spa-resorts and lodges, all chosen for their location, comfort and character.

In Lima (1 night) stay at the 4-star Hotel Boulevard in the modern Miraflores area of the city. The hotel offers a warm welcome, comfort and good service. It has a swimming pool and fitness centre.

Moving on to the white-walled colonial city of Arequipa (1 night) our accommodation is at the Hotel Maison D'Elise. The 43 comfortable rooms offer air-conditioning, TV, safe and mini bar.

In the Colca Canyon, we stay at the relaxing haven of the Colca Lodge (2 nights). Unwind in the private thermal springs and take in your natural surroundings and stunning panoramic views. There's also an eco-spa where you can indulge in a massage, Jacuzzi and sauna.

To the shores of Lake Titicaca and Puno, where we stay at the Casa Andina (2 nights). Rooms open to balconies with lake or garden views and feature television, wireless internet and safe. The restaurant serves delicious local specialties and dishes made from local lake fish.

In Cusco stay at the 3-star Eco Inn (3 nights), with a range of modern facilities located just a few blocks from the main square near the Quori Cancha temple. We spend 2 nights here to start with, then return to Cusco after our travels, for a further night. 

Our base in the Sacred Valley, Inkallpa (2 nights), is a delightful Andean-style hacienda lodge located close to Urubamba town. With a friendly restaurant and bar, the lodge is set in a quiet mountain location with delightful gardens and is a perfect place to relax. (July and October 2016 guests will stay at the boutique hotel Lizzy Wasi)

At Machu Picchu we stay at the Inti Inn (1 night), a basic but comfortable guest house in Machu Picchu Town, formerly known as Aguas Calientes, in the valley below the ruins.

Each accommodation has individual character and gives an excellent snapshot of both modern and traditional Peru.


On occasion we may need to change the accommodation listed above. If this happens, your replacement accommodation will be of the equivalent standard or higher. In the rare instance this is not possible, we will contact you in advance.

Itinerary

Trip notes will be available to download early in 2017 

A mixture of part day walks and full day hikes ranging from 2-8 miles (3.25-12.75km), mostly on historic trails past Inca ruins, small villages and in timeless valleys. 

Day 1: arrival in Lima (1 night).

Day 2: fly to the attractive colonial city of Arequipa (1 night). Admire views of the spectacular volcanoes that surround the city. An afternoon’s walking tour explores the charming Santa Catalina Monastery, and visits the “Ice Maiden” – Juanita.

Day 3: driving out of Arequipa we enjoy spectacular views of the mountains surrounding the city before climbing high into the Andes and descending into the Colca canyon (2 nights).

Day 4: an early morning drive to Cruz del Condor, in search of one of the world's largest birds. Afterwards we take a walk along the canyon rim or to nearby ruins, experiencing local culture and admiring the local weavings as we wander through the villages.

Day 5: to Puno (2 nights) and the shores of Lake Titicaca. En route we enjoy a walk to the fascinating pre-Inca burial chambers at Silustani. Our drive takes us through the high Andes, passing stunning lakes, herds of the wild vicuña, accompanied by far-reaching vistas.

Day 6: a boat trip across Titicaca’s sapphire waters to the famous floating reed islands of Uros and Taquile, for a walk traversing the island.

Day 7: today we board the train from Puno to Cusco (2 nights). Cutting across the Peruvian Altiplano, through high plains, rich with llama herds, and passing time-forgotten mountain villages. On arrival at the ancient Inca city of Cusco, we transfer to our hotel, before stretching our legs with an exploration of the city’s spectacular Plaza de Armas. (Note:  in 2017, the train journey will be replaced by a bus journey, train will not be running during the day time in 2017)

Day 8: an early start, beginning with a visit to the Inca ruin of Tambo Machay, close by is our second stop, Puca Pucara. We now cut across country following the old Inca road from Cusco to Pisac, with views of traditional Andean farming and crops en route. Near Cusco, we visit the fascinating Q’enko, and the most stunning ruin, the extensive Sacsayhuaman.

Day 9: into the Inca heartland of the Sacred Valley (2 nights), our first stop is the picturesque Andean village of Pisac. Afterwards, a short journey brings us to Urubamba for lunch. In the afternoon, we visit the Inca fortress town of Ollantaytambo.

Day 10: the Maras–Moray walk combines big views, local farming techniques, Inca ruins, ancient towns and astounding saltpans. We begin with the plains of Chinchero, before reaching the Inca ruins of Moray, where we explore these fascinating ruins. Mule trails then take us to the ancient town of Maras from where we descend into the Sacred Valley of the Incas. En route, are some of the most astounding saltpans covering the hillside.

Day 11: by train to Chachabamba to enjoy a “taste” of the Inca trail. Our route, the Royal Inca Trail, was the ceremonial path of the royal Incas en route to the sacred site of Machu Picchu. Pass picturesque ruins surrounded by wild orchids at Winay Wayna, and continue through cloud forest on a trail to the Sun Gate, for our first glimpse of the ancient city of Machu Picchu. We relax tonight in Machu Picchu Town (1 night).

Day 12: the Lost City of the Incas – Machu Picchu. An extensive tour of the ruins introduces us to its fascinating history. For those with extra energy, there’s the chance to climb Huayna Picchu for superb vistas, before returning to Cusco (1 night) for our final evening.

Day 13: some last minute shopping or sightseeing before flying to Lima and our flight home.

Day 14: arrive UK. 


Extend your stay - Amazon jungle lodge extension

Extend your stay in Peru. Spend 3 days/2 nights at our Jungle Lodge in the heart of Tambopata National Reserve.

The Tambopata National Reserve and the adjacent Bahuaje-Sonene National Park, are home to over 20,000 plant species, over 900 species of birds, 91 mammals, 1,230 butterflies, 127 amphibians and reptiles, and much more. A visit to our well-appointed jungle lodge is one of the best ways to see rainforest wildlife that is available in a short stay. Six species of monkeys live in the surrounding forest, a family of Giant Otters are regularly seen fishing in a nearby oxbow lake, a large flooded palm grove harbours hundreds of Red-Bellied Macaws, and at nightfall Black Caimans, the rarest of the crocodilians, head out into the lake to fish. 

Day 13: To the jungle lodge: transfer to Cusco airport for a short but spectacular flight from Cusco to Puerto Maldonado deep in the Amazon rainforest, where you will be met by your expert resident guide and taken to the docks to board a motorised dugout canoe for the trip to your jungle lodge. You will be able to leave any excess luggage at their offices in Puerto Maldonado. On arrival at the lodge you can choose from a number of activities, from jungle hikes to canoe trips or simply take a siesta and enjoy the sounds of the jungle from your hammock. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.)

Day 14: there are a variety of options to choose from; the jungle is alive early in the morning so if you can get out pre-dawn and explore, it is your best chance to see wildlife. There is plenty of time to have a siesta to avoid the hottest part of the day, before a canoe trip on a lake, or explore more trails and catch a beautiful sunset over the Amazon basin. The evening can be free to relax or head out on foot in search of nocturnal mammals, or by canoe in the hope of glimpsing the rare black caimans that inhabit the nearby waterways. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.)

Day 15: Fly to Puerto Maldonado, then onward to Lima, then home: after a dawn breakfast we return to Puerto Maldonado to catch the flight to Lima and onto your International connection. (Breakfast included.)

General Information

Passport
A full passport valid for the duration of the stay is required to enter Peru.

Visa
No visa is required by British citizens with full right of residence in the UK. Other nationals should check with their nearest Peruvian embassy for details of entry requirements.

Visitors are issued with a tourist card on arrival. Keep this safely as you will need to present it on your departure.

Health advice
Before booking, you should check with your doctor to see if any health precautions are needed. The following websites provide a wealth of information on travelling and health: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk   www.traveldoctor.co.uk

Vaccines: Diphtheria, Hepatitis A, Typhoid & Tetanus vaccinations are recommended. Malaria, Rabies and Yellow Fever are sometimes recommended too. Altitude sickness is also a risk, our itinerary is planned to help reduce this.

Travelling in Peru does not carry major health risks, provided simple precautions are followed.

The tour has been devised to ensure that acclimatisation to altitude takes place gradually, so that by the time you go on your hikes in the Cusco region you should be well acclimatised. To reduce any symptoms of altitude sickness, you should drink at least 2 litres of water per day.

Climate
Peru has very distinct climate zones between the coastal plain, the highlands and the Amazon basin. The holiday departures are planned for when the weather is generally at its best in the mountains, generally from March/April to October when the days are usually dry, clear and warm, with perhaps the occasional cloudy and rainy day. Temperatures drop considerably in the evenings and at night due to the altitude, so taking layered clothing is essential. During this season Lima and the coastal plain, where we spend a short amount of time, is often enveloped in a fine mist.

Money
The unit of currency in Peru is the Nuevo Sol (S/). US Dollars are the easiest currency to change and usually offer the best rate. Please ensure that you have access to emergency funds, a credit card being the most convenient.

Credit cards are widely accepted in hotels and stores, but usually a charge will be added. Often the most convenient and economical way to obtain money is to use a credit or debit card to withdraw cash from an ATM machine. Visa cards are the most widely accepted by ATM’s. Traveller’s cheques are not advised.

Dietary requirements

Please ensure you advise at time of booking of any specific dietary requirements. Once on the trip it may be difficult to cater for dietary needs that haven't been advised ahead of time.

Tipping
Tips are included on this holiday.

For flights information please see the Dates and Prices tab

Leaders

Efrain Valles

Efrain has been working as a professional guide in Peru for the last 12 years. He is a local Peruvian leader and has led all our holidays since we first introduced Peru to our Worldwide Journeys.

He has travelled all over Peru leading treks and exploring. Efrain’s boundless energy and enthusiasm have always been much appreciated by our groups. He is married with three children, and between work and family commitments, he still found the time to train and compete in the London Marathon in 2012, dressed as a chaski runner. In 2014 he was named the ‘World’s Best Guide’ by Wanderlust magazine.

In any other free time he has, Efrain also volunteers with the charity Chicuchaswasi, which looks after girls in extreme poverty and he is a member of the board.

Efrain’s passion for Peru is infectious and his efforts will ensure you a fabulous holiday.

Here is an example of what our guests say about him:

“Very knowledgeable, passionate about his country”

Reviews

Date & Rating Customer Review HF Holidays says
3 Aug 2016, 2:40 p.m.

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I loved the holiday. Pity there was so much travel involved, but given the huge distances, I know it clue not not been avoided. I think HF holidays could have given me more information about the jungle experience. I di not know we had to bring a torch and I did not know that I would be provided with a kit bag.

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The holiday overall was fantastic. All the guides were excellent and so knowledgeable about the culture, the landscape, the Stars etc.
8 Dec 2015, 3:34 p.m.

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Initial booking arrangements went well but later pre-departure information was poor. Little useful information was given and even a change to an earlier outbound departure time was not notified until the airline tickets were sent, meaning extra costs for people who had already booked travel to Heathrow.

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Once in Peru the tour was very well organised, led by one of the best tour managers we have ever travelled with.
There is a lot of travelling on this holiday. Often the day started very early, sometimes a 6.00 am breakfast or even earlier, and not getting to the next hotel with much time before dinner. However if you are happy with long days and a very busy schedule the itinerary shows you a lot about the fascinating history of the Incas as well as seeing many aspects of current life in that part of Peru. An excellent tour.
Thank you for your feedback.

I was pleased to read that you enjoyed your holiday to Peru. It is always a pleasure to know that our guests have had a good holiday experience.

With regards to the administration of your pre holiday despatch, please accept our sincere apologies. This should not have occurred and we are taking steps to ensure better service in the future. Your comments have been passed onto our Head of Administration to take note.

I do hope we can welcome you on another HF holiday in the future.

Kind regards
Toni

Toni McNulty
Customer Relations Manager
HF Holidays
5 Nov 2015, 12:11 p.m.

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Too much food

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Excellent help given to resolve missed flight and lost luggage
21 Oct 2015, 11:17 a.m.

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Friendly and efficient organisation who produced an excellent itinerary.

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A busy but varied itinerary that gave an excellent snapshot of Peru.
28 Sep 2015, 8:44 p.m.

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Well planned with friendly companions.

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The holiday itself was wonderful, but the advance information and booking process need improvement.
27 Sep 2015, 12:13 p.m.

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Holiday was fantastic, but customer service, administration and quality of information in the UK was very poor.
25 Oct 2014, 8:28 p.m.

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Itinerary sometimes was too rushed

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Insufficient details given prior to holiday
24 Oct 2014, 11:44 p.m.

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Trip was great. Would have appreciated a bit more detail from hgholidays on what to expect.

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We had very ardent leaders on all occasions and appreciated the effort they put into their work;
6 Oct 2014, 11:36 a.m.

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Good, well organized.
6 Oct 2014, 8:58 a.m.

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Excellent organisation, support and guides.

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Was not prepared for all the traveling involved - it would be helpful if the brochure gave some more detail about the time spent on coaches etc. and about the weather conditions to be expected - Peru was much hotter than I anticipated, even at altitude.
However, I cannot praise our guide enough for his friendliness, local knowledge and organisational skills - in what was a complicated itinerary everything ran perfectly smoothly and we had a great time.

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Dates & Prices

Date Description Nights Brochure price Book
16 Jul 2017 LPWHW - Peru Land of the Incas
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 16 Jul 2017, 1:10 p.m.
  • Arrive: 16 Jul 2017, 7:45 p.m.
  • Depart from: London Gatwick
  • Arrive at: Lima Jorge Chavez International

Flight - Return

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 28 Jul 2017, 8 p.m.
  • Arrive: 29 Jul 2017, 2:20 p.m.
  • Depart from: Lima Jorge Chavez International
  • Arrive at: London Gatwick
12 £3,989.00 Book Now
16 Jul 2017 LPWHW - Peru Land of the Incas 12 £3,139.00 Book Now
3 Sep 2017 LPWHW - Peru Land of the Incas
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 3 Sep 2017, 1:10 p.m.
  • Arrive: 3 Sep 2017, 7:45 p.m.
  • Depart from: London Gatwick
  • Arrive at: Lima Jorge Chavez International

Flight - Return

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 15 Sep 2017, 8 p.m.
  • Arrive: 16 Sep 2017, 2:20 p.m.
  • Depart from: Lima Jorge Chavez International
  • Arrive at: London Gatwick
12 £3,989.00 Book Now
3 Sep 2017 LPWHW - Peru Land of the Incas 12 £3,139.00 Book Now
17 Sep 2017 LPWHW - Peru Land of the Incas
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 17 Sep 2017, 1:10 p.m.
  • Arrive: 17 Sep 2017, 7:45 p.m.
  • Depart from: London Gatwick
  • Arrive at: Lima Jorge Chavez International

Flight - Return

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 29 Sep 2017, 8 p.m.
  • Arrive: 30 Sep 2017, 2:20 p.m.
  • Depart from: Lima Jorge Chavez International
  • Arrive at: London Gatwick
12 £3,989.00 Book Now
1 Oct 2017 LPWHW - Peru Land of the Incas 12 £3,139.00 Book Now

Prices are per person

Information

  • Single room: £480
  • Non-member associate fee: (2016) £5 per person; (2017) £10 per person