I'll Take the High Road
Sexy Woman and Dead Woman's Pass. You can climb all over one and the other will haunt your dreams. Peruvian icons don’t mess around.
(Was Inca Highway)
Day 1-2 - Lima
Nearly 9 million people means there's a fair bit to see. Good bits: Cathedral de Lima, Plaza de Armas, the Barranco district for bars and food, Museo Rafael Larco Herrera.
- Arrive in Lima
- Morning tour briefing
- Spend free time exploring Peru's capital
- Follow the Pan American highway to the seaside village of Paracas
Day 3-4 - Ballestas Islands - Nazca
Sea lion pups are very cute. Birds are kinda creepy. See them both on Ballestas Island and don't think twice about taking the optional flight over the Nazca lines.
- Travel by boat to the Ballestas Islands
- Gain good views of wildlife and natural rock formations
- Travel by bus to Nazca later in the day
- Free day to explore the mysterious Nazca Lines
- Take an option flight to view the lines
- Board an overnight bus to Arequipa
Day 5 - Arequipa
Wander plazas, museums, cathedrals and monasteries, which are all dwarfed by El Misti Volcano (that explains the mist then). A great place for mountain biking and horse riding.
- Free time to explore one of the most beautiful cities in Peru, Arequipa
Day 6-7 - Colca Canyon
The Andean condor has the largest wingspan of any land bird, so that shadow overhead might not be a cloud. This place is twice as deep as the Grand Canyon, and it's pretty overwhelming. Some people have even been known to lose their lunch over it (Steve, we're looking at you).
- Travel to and explore the Colca Canyon
- Perhaps be lucky enough to spot Andean Condors
- Stay overnight in a local hotel
- Journey back to Arequipa
Day 8-10 - Puno - Lake Titicaca
Puno will leave you breathless. By which we mean it's 4km above sea level. Stay with a local family on Amantani Island, and don't forget to bring a little present for the kids. In return, they'll beat you at soccer.
- Catch a bus to Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca
- Take a boat across Lake Titicaca to the Uros' floating reed islands
- Enjoy a homestay on Amantani Island
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
- Indulge in a breakfast with your host family
- Board an afternoon boat back to Puno
Day 11-12 - Puno - Cusco
Drive over Le Raya Pass (4321m), past Aguas Calientes and on to Cusco. Take a trip out to the ruins at Sacsayhuaman ('Sexy Woman'), where the stones are so tightly stacked that you can't even fit a piece of paper between them.
- Acclimatise in Cusco in preparation for the Inca trek
- Take a walking tour of central Cusco
- Explore Cusco and see the local sights during free time
Day 13-16 - Inca Trek
Welcome to day 2, and your new mortal enemy. Her name is Dead Woman's Pass and she will haunt your dreams, but kicking her arse feels really good.
- Gaze upon massive Inca fortifications in Ollantaytambo
- Begin the Inca trek
- Hike past the ancient hilltop fort of Huillca Raccay and the archaeological site of Llactapata
- Stunning views of snow-capped Veronica Peak
- Camp near the village of Wayllabamba
- The most difficult part of the trek - Dead Woman’s Pass
- Panoramas of the Vilcanota and Vilcabama mountain ranges, and ruins in the valley below
- Camp with a view over the cloud forest
- Climb up to the ruins of Runkuracay
- Continue up the Inca staircase
- Spectacular views of Pumasillo and the entire Vilcabamba range
- Enter the beautiful cloud forest
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
- The final, and most spectacular, leg of the trek to Machu Picchu
- Arrive at Inti Punku, the Gateway of the Sun
- Experience a panoramic view of Machu Picchu at sunrise
- Explore Machu Picchu on a guided tour
- Return to Cusco by train
Day 17 - Cusco
Buy yourself borrachitos to celebrate. The name means "little drunkards" and it's a chocolate cupcake soaked in pisco (so maybe hold off until after breakfast). Cusco is a great place to unwind, with markets, bars and heaps of travellers feeling as smug as you after finishing the trek.
- Relax and unwind or spend free time exploring Cusco's many markets, museums, eateries and local sights
Day 18 - Lima
Culture doesn't have to be highbrow. Head to Larco Museum for their extensive collection of erotic artifacts. Finish up with a bit of people watching at the Plaza de Armas, the main plaza in Barranco, Parque Kennedy in Miraflores or Parque Reserva downtown.
- The trip ends once you arrive in the Peruvian capital
- If you are flying out today, please ensure departure flights are not booked out of Lima prior to 1700hrs.
What to Know
• Gecko's experienced English-speaking local leader, a specialist trekking guide, assistant trekking guide and local guides at some sites in Peru.
• Local flight from Cusco to Lima
• Trek on the ‘Classic’ or ‘Quarry’ routes to Machu Picchu with full service camping including porters, cook and equipment (tent & inflatable sleeping mat).
• Guided tour of Machu Picchu including entrance and park fees.
• Boat excursion to the Ballestas Islands.
• Excursion to Colca Canyon staying overnight at a hotel inside the canyon.
• A boat ride to the floating reed islands on Lake Titicaca.
• A homestay on Amantani Island including meals with host family and an exploration of the island.
• Cusco walking tour.
• Transfers to/from hotels to bus stations/ports in Lima, Pisco, Arequipa and Tazi Puno.
- International flights, arrival and departure transfers, departure and airport taxes, visas, all other meals, all optional tours or activities during free time, transfers outside of the tour program, travel insurance, tips and items of a personal nature.
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