$3995.00

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UPCOMING: Aug. 11, 2017

Peruvian Lodge Trek & Machu Picchu

A Gay Lodge-To-Lodge Trek in Peru

DESCRIPTION

Starting with a night in Peru’s colourful capital of Lima, this adventure takes you to Machu Picchu via a challenging, three-night, lodge-to-lodge trek spent in charming Peruvian tambos. We’ll visit South America’s oldest continually-inhabited city, enjoy a night being fed and entertained by village locals, and ride aboard the Vistadome! Our visit to Machu Picchu even includes a private two-hour tour, with extra time to revel in this global landmark. PLEASE NOTE: We close bookings for this tour 90-days prior to departure, therefore we recommend you book as early as possible.

QUICK FACTS

Duration: 10 Days/9 Nights
Starts In: Lima
Ends In: Cusco
Group Size: Min 4, Max 16
Deposit: $750
Accommodation: 3-Star + (6 nts), Comfort Lodges (3 nts)
Physical Rating: 4.5/5

DEPARTURES & PRICES:

HIGHLIGHTS

• Explore Lima's historic centre and world-famous cuisine
• Dance the night away in one of Lima’s gay bars
• Get to know what animals like huallatas, vizcacha, and vicuñas are
• Watch the sunrise over the snow-capped Andes Mountains
• Get physical without roughing it on a 4-day lodge-to-lodge trek
• Meander through ancient Incan ruins
• 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

AREA MAP

ITINERARY:

Hola! Welcome to Peru. Things kick off at 2PM, when you’ll meet your Group Leader and fellow OUT Adventurers to discuss the trip ahead. We’ll then tour Lima’s historic centre by foot to explore its Spanish colonial architecture. And for our included Welcome Dinner, we’re off to a gay-welcoming local restaurant to savour some authentic Peruvian cuisine. If you’re not too jet-lagged, join us after for some cocktails on the town.

Today starts bright and early with a flight Cusco (or Cuzco), South America’s oldest continually-inhabited city. After we check-in to our central boutique hotel, we’ll orient ourselves with a walk to the hyper-local San Pedro market. As we’ll be at 3,400m/11,150ft, it’s best to take it easy and limit strenuous activity, or the lofty altitude could take its toll. The evening is yours to enjoy, although we often head for dinner as a group.

Today we dive deeper into Cusco, with a private tour that begins overlooking the city, at the Inca Ceremonial Center of Sacsayhuaman. This epic structure allegedly took ten thousand workers fifty years to build. We’ll then visit Qenqo’s subterranean passages and carved stone, followed by stops at Tambomachay – a temple dedicated to the God of Water – and the ancient military fortress of PucaPucará. We’re back at our hotel by late afternoon, with the evening free.

Our day begins early with a drive to Checacupe along the fertile Vilcanota Valley. After a visit to the colonial temple of the Immaculate, our 4-day/3-night Andean hike begins! The first ascent, though the Pitumarca Valley and the spectacular Japura Gorge, leads to Chillca at 4,370m/14,330 ft. Prepare for a warm welcome by the locals, and look out for our personal llama caravan that will carry our luggage to our first lodge (or tambo). Savour a hot shower, get some rest, then enjoy some dinner and music care of the locals. Today’s hiking time: approximately 1.5 hours.

Today we’ll pass the Ausangate River en route to the small community of Astanapata, with great views of the nearby mountains along the way. The spirits of the mountains, or apu, will inspire us to carry on to the red sandstone formations of the Nevado del Inca. Our hike wraps at 4,750m/15,585ft, where a cozy lodge built and operated by the local community awaits. Today’s hiking time: approximately 8 hours.

After breakfast, we’ll venture through spectacular mountains featuring red, ochre, and blue strata. It’s a marvelous geological wonder to behold, and you may even see vicuñas, which are a relative of llamas. Our last night of the hike is spent in Huampococha (15,750ft/4,800m), in the heart of large rock formations near a lagoon where Andean geese known as huallatas nest. Today’s hiking time: approximately 8 hours.

After climbing over the Anta pass (4,900m/16,000ft), our descent begins. The landscape changes quickly, from red sandstone formations to eroded limestone. We’ll pass through a stone forest happily inhabited by vizcacha, members of the chinchilla family. Then finally, at the bottom of the valley, our transfer bus awaits for a 4.5 hour drive to Ollantaytambo. Here, we can relax in our centrally located boutique hotel for the evening. Today’s hiking time: approximately 5 hours.

Today begins with an orientation walk of Ollantaytambo. Situated 2,792m/9,160ft above sea level, this perfectly geometrical town is overlooked by ancient fortress ruins on the mountain above. Around 11AM, we’ll hop aboard the quaint Vistadome and ride the rails to the riverside town of Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu’s entry point. After dropping off our luggage and picking up lunch, we’ll bus up the zig-zagging road to the impressive Lost City of the Incas. Here, we’ll enjoy a private two-hour tour of the UNESCO World Heritage site. Take the extra time to explore the many temples, palaces and living quarters before we head back to town for a relaxing night.

If you’re craving more Machu Picchu, you can head back this morning to watch the sun rise over the Inca ruins (additional ticket required, approximately $70 USD). We then head back to Ollantaytambo aboard the Vistadome, and carry on Chincheros, a small village, for a weaving demonstration that we assure you is fare more engaging than it sounds. Then finally back to Cusco for one last night. Our Farewell Dinner, on the patio of the Pre-Columbian Art Museum, is included (and it happens to be one of the city’s finest restaurants). Raise your glass to one wild adventure!

There are no activities planned today, so you are free to depart at your leisure. You could also keep exploring, as this is a great jump-off point for the Amazon Jungle, the Nazca Line geoglyphs, and many more areas of Peru. Ask one of our Adventure Specialists for more details and a personalized quote!

• Arrival transfer to accommodation booked through OUT Adventures 
• Group leader from beginning to end of tour 
• 9 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 6 dinners
• Walking tours of Lima, Cusco, and Ollantaytambo 
• Flight from Lima to Cusco 
• Visit to a Sacred Valley community

• 4-day, fully supported lodge-to-lodge Andes Mountain hike with all meals included
• Private guided tour of Machu Picchu 
• Train travel between Ollantaytambo & Aguas Calientes aboard the Vistadome 
• Visit the ruins of Saqsayhuaman, Qenqo, Pachacutec, Puca Pucará and Tambomachay 
• Travel insurance package covering medical, trip interruption & baggage loss 

• International Airfare
• Meals & Activities not mentioned in itinerary
• Gratuities for Group Leader ($50-$100 USD)

• Gratuities for Trekking Crew ($50 USD)
• Gratuities for drivers, hotel staff, porters (approximately $30-$50 USD)

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