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THE ANDEAN ROOTS


 

Description

Trip Code: IE-THIAR/b>
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Day 1. ARRIVE LIMA: upon arrival in Lima you will be met and transferred to your hotel in the lively district of Miraflores.

Day 2. LIMA/CUSCO: early morning flight to the capital of the Incas, Cusco. You will be met and transferred to your hotel. Free afternoon to relax in Cusco and adjust to the altitude.

Day 3. CUSCO: free day in Cusco, Peru's fourth largest city. An oportunity for you to explore the attractions of this lively Mecca on your own. A chance to try local cuisine and shop around.

Day 4/9. MOLLEPATA, SALKANTAY, MACHUPICCHU: 4th day: early breakfast, then by bus across the high pampa, down the old Inca road, stopping at a local market en route to Mollepata (2,700 metres) collecting pack animals and ascent to the first campsite at Soraypampa (3,750m). Here you have magnificent views of Salkantay and Humantay. 5th day: a long steep ascent toward the high Andes pass at 4,800 meters. Camp that day at 3,900 metres between the peaks of Mts. Salkantay (6,271m), Palcay (5,700m) and Nevada Rayusca (5,350m). 6th day: a gentle hike down to our next camp site at Huayllabamba (3,000 metres).

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7th day: before climbing to Warmihuañasca Pass (4,200m), our second high Andes pass, we hike through three ecological zones with great views. After crossing the pass we descend to our camp in the river meadows of Pacaymayu (3,500m). 8th day: today we climb to Runkuracay Pass (3,900m) through the hewn rock tunnel to Phuyupatamarca (city above the clouds) for fabulous views of the sacred mountain Apu Salkantay (6,271m). Then its downhill to our camp at Wiñawayna (2,650m) where we`ll see the terraces and the impressive ruins that fill the steep valley. 9th day: hike to Machupicchu (2,400m) and through the sun-gate to witness the sunrise over the lost city before the crowds arrive from Cusco by train. Return to Cusco by train in the early evening.

Day 10. SACRED VALLEY: full day tour with a local guide visiting Pisac, a typical Indian market and the ruins above the town. After lunch on to Ollantaytambo exploring the terraces and ruins in the town. Returning to Cusco late afternoon.

Day 11. CUSCO/LIMA: morning flight to Lima, transferring to your hotel. Afternoon tour visiting the Gold Museum, a great collection of pre-Columbian gold jewellery and an evening to relax in Peru's capital city.

Day 12. DEPARTURE LIMA: transfer out to the airport for your flight home. End of tour.


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Additional Information

Best season: May to September
Transportation: Plane, Autowagon class train, tourist bus. Horses, mules and porters on trail.
Participants: Min 6; Max 12 pax
Location of trek: High Andes & cloud forest
Degree of difficulty: Grade 3, difficult
Temperature range:
Andes: -8ºC to 25ºC
Coast: 15ºC to 25ºC
Cloud forest: 5ºC to 30ºC
Duration of trip: 12 Days
   

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Included

Included in this package are:
  • Domestic flights within Peru,
  • Airport transfers in/out,
  • Two nights hotel in Lima and four in Cusco - Superior Class,
  • Professional local tour guides while on the tours,
  • Hotels include: breakfast, taxes,
  • Tours in Lima and Cusco,
  • Meals on Days 4/9,
  • Tent, sleeping bag, dinning tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent, seats while on the trek toSalkantay.

Departure Dates 2007

The departure dates for 2007 are:

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Travellers Comments

Maria Calvo Acurio is the Director of Inca Explorers and was responsible for setting up all our arrangements in Peru. She was recommended by the South American Explorers Club and we were more than pleased with everything she did for us.

Local Tour guide she used with us was Eddy Pizzaro. Jaime went with us on the trek. Both were excellent and should be requested for any of your trips.

Andy Heiskell

Relyall@aol.com


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