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UPCOMING: Aug. 18, 2018

The Inca Trail & Machu Picchu

A Peruvian Gay Active Adventure

DESCRIPTION

Transport yourself from Peru’s bustling colonial capital, through the charm and history of Cuzco, into the stunning Sacred Valley, and along the epic Inca Trail before arriving at the infamous Machu Picchu. There may be hiking involved, but we certainly won’t be roughing it, as we’ll stay at 3- and 4-star properties en route, with a few nights of ‘glamping’ thrown in (it’s sort of like camping, only with guides, porters and cooks pampering our tender souls). PLEASE NOTE: Inca Trail Permits typically sell out 3-6 months in advance, so plan as far ahead as possible.

QUICK FACTS

Duration: 9 Days/8 Nights
Starts In: Lima
Ends In: Cusco
Group Size: Min 4, Max 16
Deposit: $750
Accommodation: 3-Star +, Camping
Physical Rating: 4/5
Prices: Based on double occupancy

DEPARTURES & PRICES:

Aug. 18, 2018 to Aug. 26, 2018 - 3295.00 USD CLOSED
Oct. 20, 2018 to Oct. 28, 2018 - 3295.00 USD CLOSED
June 1, 2019 to June 9, 2019 - 3395.00 USD
Oct. 12, 2019 to Oct. 20, 2019 - 3395.00 USD

HIGHLIGHTS

• Explore Lima's historic centre and world-famous cuisine
• Dance the night away in one of Lima’s gay bars
• Hike the 4-day Inca Trail
• Reach an altitude of nearly 4,200m/14,000ft at Dead Woman’s Pass
• Watch the sunrise on the snow-capped Andes Mountains
• Meander through ancient Incan ruins
• Admire Machu Picchu through the renowned Sun Gate
• Wander the atmospheric streets of Cuzco
• Marvel over the might of the Inca empire in the Sacred Valley
• Become versed in the fusion of Incan and Spanish colonial architecture
• See how locals live in the countryside

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ITINERARY:

Hola! Welcome to Peru. Our adventure kicks off at 2PM with an important group meeting. You’ll meet your Group Leader, and fellow OUT Adventures travellers, to talk about our upcoming adventure. We’ll then head for the historic centre of Lima for a walking tour that celebrates the city’s Spanish colonial architecture. Tonight’s Welcome Dinner is included, and will be in a local gay-welcoming restaurant. If you’re not too jet-lagged, we’ll then head out for some kick-off cocktails.

Today we rise bright and early for a flight to South America’s oldest continually-inhabited city, Cusco (also spelled Cuzco). After checking in to our centrally located boutique hotel, we'll head out for an orientation walk, including a visit to the hyper-local San Pedro market. Later today, we’ll have a mandatory briefing regarding our upcoming hike. The evening is free, with an option to head for dinner as a group.

This morning we'll travel to the Sacred Valley. This lush, fertile land is the primary food source for those living in the high Andes Mountains. We'll stop by a farming community, then head to our quaint hotel in Ollantaytambo, a geometrically-perfect town famous for the huge terraces that guard the ancient temple overlooking the valley. Rest well tonight, because our big hike begins tomorrow.

Today we travel by minivan to a starting altitude of 2,850m/9,350ft, where we’ll be met by our esteemed crew of porters, cooks and guides. Our first day of hiking includes some uphill trekking to our campsite, which sits at an altitude of over 3,300m/10,800ft. While the campsite will be shared with other groups, OUT Adventures will have private dining and washroom tents. En route we’ll see the ruins of Llactapata, burnt to the ground by the last Inca emperor, to discourage Spanish pursuit down the trail.

This is the most challenging day of our trek. We’ll ascend a long, steep path to our apex – Dead Woman's Pass – at a height of 4,200m/13,779ft. We’ll then descend to the Pacaymayo Valley at 3,650m/12,000ft, before another climb to Runkuracay Pass at 3,980m/13,000ft. From here, we can enjoy views of the snow-capped Cordillera Vilcabamba, before our final descent of the day to the ruins of Sayacmarca. At last, ready for rest, we’ll arrive at our campsite at 3,620m/11,900ft.

For our last full day of hiking, we’ll continue over the third pass, then eventually encounter the enigmatic ruins of Phuyupatamarca, the 'Town above the Clouds’, at 3,850m/12,630ft. From here, we’ll descend along the famed Inca steps to our final camp by the Wiñay Wayna ('Forever Young') archaeological site at 2,750m/9,022ft.

Today we’ll rise just before dawn so we can hike to the Sun Gate in time to watch Machu Picchu emerge from the mist below. Following a two-hour guided tour of this UNESCO World Heritage site, we’ll have time to explore, before an optional lunch in the town of Aguas Calientes. We’ll then hop aboard the charming Vistadome Train to Ollantaytambo, where a private transfer will return us to Cusco. The evening is free for some well-earned rest and relaxation.

This morning you’ll have the option to visit the archaeological sites of Saqsayhuaman, Qenqo & Tambomachay via private transport (price will depend on number of participants). While these sites may not be as mesmerizing as Machu Picchu, they remain historically significant, and are still worth a visit. This evening we’ll gather one last time, at a gay-welcoming restaurant, to share some fond memories over our Farewell Dinner.

There are no activities planned today, so you are free to depart at your leisure. This journey ends in Cusco to allow you the opportunity to explore other areas of Peru: The Amazon Jungle, The Nazca Lines, and more. Inquire with one of our Adventure Specialists for more details, and a personalized quote.

• Arrival & departure transfers to/from accommodation booked through Out Adventures
• Group leader from beginning to end of tour 
• 8 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5 dinners
• Lima orientation walking tour 
• Flight from Lima to Cuzco 
• Cuzco orientation walk 
• Visit to a community in the Sacred Valley

• Inca Trail Permit
• 4-day, all-inclusive, fully supported Inca Trail hike 
• Private, guided tour of Machu Picchu 
• Signature Out Adventures duffel bag
• Train trip between Aguas Calientes and Ollantaytambo aboard the Vistadome train 
• Travel Insurance (medical, trip interruption & baggage loss) on tours with a start date of January 31st, 2019 or earlier. Visit www.outadventures.com/insurance for more details.

• International Airfare
• Meals & Activities not mentioned in itinerary
• Gratuities for Group Leader ($45-$90 USD)

• Gratuities for Inca Trail Crew ($50 USD)
• Gratuities for drivers, hotel staff, porters (approximately $30-$50 USD)
• Travel Insurance on tours with a start date of January 31st, 2019 or later. Travel insurance is mandatory for all travellers. Visit www.outadventures.com/insurance for more details.

RATING:

Timothy L

Peru: The Inca Trail & Machu Picchu

Let me tell you, I had the time of my life on the Peru trip and it was one of the best experiences of my life. The group was great, the porters and cooks , Darwin, Bruce, and Ali were awesome. I was a bit apprehensive traveling to the developing world, but as I quickly found out, we were in good hands and there was nothing to worry about. The people of Peru are so friendly, and the crew that was assembled to help us with the trip represented OUT and their people in an exemplary manner.

ACCOMMODATION RATING: 4/5

TRANSPORTATION RATING: 5/5

MEALS RATING: 5/5

GUIDE RATING: 5/5

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Brian Y

Peru: The Inca Trail & Machu Picchu

Hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu lived up to all of my expectations. The trail was challenging, but the stunning vistas, incredible Inca ruins and diverse flora and fauna made it worthwhile. Our guide, Maritza, is very knowledgeable about the history, culture and must-see places/activities. Not a minute of our time was wasted as we visited local sights in Lima, Cusco, Wilcamayo and Ollantaytambo getting acclimated to the altitude before starting our trek on the Inca Trail. We dined at some of the local restaurants, tasting some of the local fare (cuy anyone?). Once we started on the trail, the hospitality of the staff is outstanding as was our trail guide, Tomas. It's amazing to think that we we had 3 hot meals a day + happy hour.

ACCOMMODATION RATING: 4/5

TRANSPORTATION RATING: 5/5

MEALS RATING: 5/5

GUIDE RATING: 5/5

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Brent K

Peru: The Inca Trail & Machu Picchu

I had been thinking about this trip for over 20 years, and had been saving for about 5, so making the right choice for a tour operator was very important to me. I was very glad we went with Out Adventures. The tour was small enough with enough structure and free time to feel like we were traveling with friends. The guides were just amazing. They were so knowledgeable and took care of us every step of the way. Robert and his team do an amazing job. Being able to direct dial a travel agency and speak directly to the owner is just amazing. I would recommend this tour to anyone.

ACCOMMODATION RATING: 5/5

TRANSPORTATION RATING: 5/5

MEALS RATING: 5/5

GUIDE RATING: 5/5

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Rob B

Peru: The Inca Trail & Machu Picchu

The tour was GREAT! We had an absolutely amazing time. The guides hired by Out Adventures were excellent. Super friendly and personable. Pre-hike accommodations were spartan but clean but that is to be expected as we prepped for a 26 mile hike with camping. Food was also simple but good. Anyone who can bake a cake in a soup pot at 13,000 feet gets kitchen cred in my book!

ACCOMMODATION RATING: 3/5

TRANSPORTATION RATING: 5/5

MEALS RATING: 3/5

GUIDE RATING: 5/5

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Luis A.

Peru: The Inca Trail & Machu Picchu

An amazing trip full of unexpected situations that were all handled smoothly and with personal warmth. Peru and OUT Adventures did not disappoint!

ACCOMMODATION RATING: 5/5

TRANSPORTATION RATING: 5/5

MEALS RATING: 5/5

GUIDE RATING: 5/5

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Jeb s.

Peru: The Inca Trail & Machu Picchu

OUT Adventures programmed an OUTstanding trip and made excellent choices on food, hotels, transport, and especially guides. In advance of the trip, OUT staff (in our case, Kevin and Robert) were very attentive and responsive to all of our questions and concerns.

ACCOMMODATION RATING: 5/5

TRANSPORTATION RATING: 5/5

MEALS RATING: 5/5

GUIDE RATING: 5/5

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Steve H.

Peru: The Inca Trail & Machu Picchu

The hike was tough, but doable with some good cardio training before leaving. The views and sights during the hike are amazing! It's the only way to see many Inca sites before arriving at Machu Picchu.

ACCOMMODATION RATING: 5/5

TRANSPORTATION RATING: 5/5

MEALS RATING: 5/5

GUIDE RATING: 5/5

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