Inca Heartland Bolivien · Peru

Inca Heartland

  • Overlandtour auf den Spuren der Inka vom Pazifik zu den Anden
  • Besuch der Ballestas Inseln & Paracas Nationalpark
  • Entdecke das Geheimnis der Nazca Linien
  • Mumien auf dem Chauchilla Friedhof
  • Majestätische Kondore im spektakulären Colca Canyon
  • Wanderung auf dem einsamen Quechua Community Trek oder wahlweise auf dem klassischen Inka Trail
  • Ruinen des legendären Machu Picchu
  • Bootstouren auf dem Titicaca See
  • Aufenthalt bei einer Gastfamilie
  • Charme von La Paz
  • Überblick
  • Leistungen
  • Reiseverlauf
  • Termine & Preise
  • Zusatzinformationen

22 Tage Bolivien · Peru

ab 2.729 € Anfragen oder buchen

Erkunde auf dieser Abenteuerreise das Herz des facettenreichen Andenstaates Peru. Auf unserer Tour von Lima nach La Paz beobachtest du majestätische Kondore über dem Colca Canyon, schlenderst durch die Straßen der Kolonialstadt Cusco und wanderst auf den Spuren der Inkas nach Machu Picchu, die berühmteste und sagenhafteste Ruinenstadt Lateinamerikas. Auf dem Titicaca See unternimmst du eine Bootstour zu den schwimmenden Inseln der Uros und besuchst auf bolivianischer Seite die schöne Sonneninsel. Während eines Homestay erhälst du Einblicke in das dörfliche Leben und die Kultur und Sitten der Bewohner Perus. Lasse dich begeistern von der Kolonialarchitektur Arequipas, lüfte das Geheimnis der mysteriösen Nazca Linien und halte Ausschau nach den Wildtieren der Ballestas Inseln und des Paracas Nationalparks. Deine Reise endet in La Paz.

1. Tag: Lima
2. Tag: Paracas / Ballestas Inseln
3. Tag: Nazca
4. Tag: Puerto Inca
5.-6. Tag: Arequipa
7.-8. Tag: Chivay / Colca Canyon
9. Tag: Raqchi Homestay
10.-11. Tag: Cusco
12.-15. Tag: Inca Trail / Quechua Community Trek / Ollantaytambo
16.-17. Tag: Machu Picchu / Cusco
18. Tag: Puno
19.-20. Tag: Titicaca See / Copacabana
21.-22. Tag: La Paz

Leistungen enthalten

  • Südamerika Rundreise gemäß Programm
  • Transporte, Unterbringung und Verpflegung gemäß Programm
  • Ausflüge, Aktivitäten und Besichtigungen wie im Tourverlauf beschrieben:
    • Ballestas Islands Tour & Paracas NP
    • Chauchilla Friedhof
    • Colca Canyon Tour
    • Raqchi Ruinen & Handwerker-Zentrum
    • Inka Trail Trek oder Quechua Community Trek
    • Tour durch das Sacred Valley, Sacsayhuaman und Ollantaytambo
    • Führung Machu Picchu
    • Sillustani Ruinen & Museum
    • Titicaca See: Bootstour zu den schwimmenden Insel der Urus und zur Isla des Sol

Leistungen nicht enthalten

  • Internationale Flüge (gerne über uns buchbar)
  • Nicht genannte Mahlzeiten und Getränke
  • Optionale Ausflüge und Aktivitäten
  • Reiseversicherungen
  • Visumgebühren
  • Vor- und Nachübernachtungen zur Tour
  • Flughafentransfers
  • Persönliche Ausgaben, Trinkgelder

Unterbringung

16x Standard-Hotel / Hostel / Lodge / Hütte
5x Camping (2er-Zelt)

Die Unterbringung erfolgt in Doppelzimmern und Zwei-Personen-Zelten. Eine Unterbringung in Einzelzimmern ist bei dieser Tour nicht möglich. Alleinreisende werden mit Mitreisenden gleichen Geschlechts untergebracht.

Verpflegung


7x Frühstück
7x Mittagessen
7x Abendessen

Bitte planen Sie ca. US$ 330 für nicht enthalten Mahlzeiten ein.

Tourbegleitung

Englischsprachige Reiseleitung (2 Crewmitglieder)

Transportarten

Overland-Truck, Boot

Zusätzliche Übernachtungen

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Flughafentransfer

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Day 1: Lima
A Note on our Community Trek: From July 2016, we have renamed our flagship Community Trek, The Wild Andes Trek, we feel this sums it up pretty well - trekking in the remote, pristine mountains of Peru. The only thing thats changing is the name - Dragoman's commitment to genuine, responsible tourism remains at the heart of the trek and the route remains the same, so rest assured by opting for this trek you are supporting communities and protecting the environment.
Border information: if joining in Lima, you will most likely enter Peru at Lima Jorge Chavez International Airport (IATA code: LIM).
There will be an important group meeting at 6:00pm at the joining hotel - please look out at the hotel reception for a note from your leader with more details about this important meeting.
Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Lima before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Lima.
In Lima we will stay in a comfortable hotel in the city's historical centre.
Hotel Kamana
Jr. Camaná 547
Lima (Downtown)
Peru
Tel - +51 1426 7204

About Lima: Lima is Peru's buzzing and busy capital city, and the second largest city in the Americas behind São Paulo! Despite its colossal size and chaotic areas, if you explore the capital's streets, parks and plazas you'll discover a real gem of a city. Lima was founded by the infamous Conquistador Francisco Pizarro in 1535 and was originally the administrative centre for Spain’s Vice royalty in South America, making it the continent’s most important city for nearly three centuries. It became a city of great wealth financed by the massive quantities of gold and silver that were mined in the area, and became the capital of independent Peru after its liberation from the Spanish in 1821. There are many museums in Lima showcasing the finest artefacts from the country's many ancient civlisations, and you can visit the finely preserved catacombs at the Church of San Francisco. There are many excellent restaurants in the city and a thriving nightlife in the lively district of Miraflores.

Optional Activities:
- Visit Lima's famous Museo del Oro (Gold Museum), containing over 7000 pieces of gold, silver and gilded copper from a number of Peru's different pre-Columbian cultures - PEN 33
- Visit the beautiful Baroque cathedral of San Francisco in Lima's historical centre, and explore the morbidly fascinating catacombs underneath - PEN 7
- Visit the excellent Museum of the Nation in Lima, which has numerous exhibits highlighting many of the pre-conquest civilisations and an outstanding photo exhibit on Peru's Internal Conflict of the 1980s and 1990s - PEN 9
- Explore the bohemian areas of Barranco and Miraflores on a cycling tour of Lima - USD 35
- See the incredible 'Magic Water Circuit' in Lima's Parque de la Reserva, an astounding evening display of water, music, light, images, and laser effects across 13 huge water fountains : PEN 4
- Explore the Rafael Larco Herrera Museum in Lima, containing the largest private collection of pre-Colombian art in the world - PEN 30
- Take a cebiche and pisco sour class at one of the top restaurants in Miraflores, a lively district of Lima - USD 40

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 2: Huacachina / Ballestas Islands / Paracas
Today we will have a very early start to leave Lima before the rush hour, and drive 270kms south to Paracas. There we will board one of the local boats for an included trip to the Ballestas Islands to view its incredible array of resident wildlife and birds.
After lunch, we will continue south to arrive at the stunning desert oasis town of Huacachina, where we have the option to head out for an evening of sand boarding and dune buggying and the further option to camp out under the stars in the deserts.
For those that do not wish to participate in the optional camping in the desert, in Huacachina we will stay in dorm accommodation in the village itself.
Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).

About Huacachina: Huacachina is a sparkling oasis nestled in the deserts near Ica in northern Peru - an area that is more reminiscent of the Sahara than South America! The picturesque lagoon is surrounded by palm trees and towering sand dunes and creates a tranquil oasis in the dusty coastal desert. The small town here has become a popular destination for travellers due to its incredible sand boarding and dune buggying opportunities.

About Ballestas Islands: The Ballestas Islands are a series of rock formations in the turbulent waters of the Pacific just off the coast of Paracas. Sometimes referred to as the "poor man's Galapagos", the islands have an abundance of wildlife, including Humboldt penguins, Blackish oystercatchers, cormorants and Peruvian boobies living alongside vast colonies of sealions, all noisily crowding the Ballestas coastline and jostling for space. The wildlife is fantastic to see on a boat trip around the islands. The startling biodiversity around the Ballestas Islands and the Paracas National Park is the result of two merging currents in the Pacific - the warm northern waters of El Niño and the cooler waters of the Humboldt. The climatic conditions produced by the combination of these two currents create the perfect environment for a proliferation in the number of plankton and phytoplankton, the core constituents in the diet of fish.

About Paracas: Paracas National Park is widely regarded as one of the most important marine reserves in the world. This coastal and marine national park is located on a peninsula in the Pacific Ocean and is home to one of the highest concentration of marine birds in the world as well as providing a vital habitat for sealions and dolphins. Historically the peninsula was the home to the Paracas people from 1200 BCE through to around 200 CE and some remains of their culture can be found in the area, the most spectacular of which is the enormous candelabra - a giant etching depicting a cactus inscribed onto a coastal hill overlooking the ocean.

Included Activities:
- Ballestas Islands - Guided Tour
- Paracas National Park

Optional Activities:
- Head out for an exhilarating dune buggy ride and sandboarding trip into the sand dunes of Huacachina, followed by a camp out around the fire and under the stars in the beautiful deserts - USD 60

Accommodation: Bush camp (no facilities)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Nazca / Huacachina
Today we continue south to the world-famous village of Nazca, the location of the mysterious Nazca Lines. On the drive, we will stop at a viewing platform to get a glimpse of some of these lines. The Nazca Lines are a series of figures, lines, and geometric shapes that were etched into the ground of the desert plateau over a thousand years ago by the ancient Nazca culture, and their purpose is still unknown to this day.
In the afternoon, we will have the opportunity to take an optional 30-minute flight over the Nazca Lines in a small aircraft - this is by far the best way of seeing the figures, and we use a local operator with an excellent safety record.
In Nazca we will camp at a well-equipped campsite. Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours

About Nazca: Nazca is home to the famous and mysterious Nazca Lines, enormous geometric designs and petroglyphs inscribed on the ground of the desert on the arid high plateau between Nazca and Palpa - some of the figures are over 200m across in size. Many of the lines form stylised depictions of animals, such as monkeys, spiders and hummingbirds, as well as trees and other designs. Archaeologists believe the Nazca Lines were created between 500 BCE and 500 CE by the Nazca culture - although scholars are unsure as to their exact purpose, but they almost certainly has religious significance to the Nazca. The designs are simply shallow lines made in the ground by removing the reddish pebbles and uncovering the grey ground beneath. The Nazca Lines were discovered in 1927 by Peruvian archaeologist Toribio Mejia Xesspe, and later famously studied by the German archaeologist Maria Reiche. You can view the lines from a viewing tower or take a flight in a small plane to see them from above. Close to the town are the sites of the ancient Nazca city of Cahuachi and the Chauchilla Cemetery, where you can see the tombs of people of the ancient Nazca civilisation. It is something of an eerie sight to see the skulls, bones and even hair of the dead, preserved in a remarkable state thanks to the dry desert air.

Optional Activities:
- See a section of the famous Nazca Lines from the viewing tower built by the archeologist Maria Reiche - PEN 3
- Take a scenic flight over the mysterious Nazca Lines, to get the best possible view of the world-famous figures - USD 130

Accommodation: Camping (with facilities)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Puerto Inca
This morning we head south of Nazca, and have an included visit to the nearby ancient sites of the Chauchilla Cemetery and the Cahuachi Pyramid, thought to have once been the religious centre of the Nazca civilisation.
In the afternoon we will continue our drive to the coastal resort of Puerto Inca, where we camp at a well-equiped campsite on the beach. Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

About Puerto Inca: Puerto Inca is situated on the Peruvian Pacific coast, nd was once the Inca port that supplied the city of Cuzco with supplies of fish. It is a great place to relax on the beach, enjoying scenic views of the ocean and a dip in the swimming pool!

Included Activities:
- Chauchilla cemetery

Accommodation: Camping (with facilities)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Arequipa
Today we will start our drive inland, and head uphill to the beautiful ‘White City’ of Arequipa. In Arequipa we will stay in a good local hotel. Estimated Drive Time - 7-9 hours.

About Arequipa: Situated on the Peruvian Altiplano, Arequipa sits at almost 3,500m above sea level and is the second largest city in the country. Set against the stunning backdrop of the snow-covered volcano El Misti, salt lakes, thermal springs and high-altitude deserts, the landscape of the area around Arequipa truly unique. It's possible to arrange mountain-biking and rafting trips in the area as day tours from the city The city itself is very beautiful, full of stunning colonial buildings built out of the soft white volcanic rock that is found in the area. As a university town, there is always a lively buzz about the place and there are plenty of good bars and restaurants to discover. No trip to Arequipa would be complete without paying a visit to Juanita in the Museo Santuarios Andinos. Sometimes known as the "Ice Maiden", Juanita is the mummy of a young Inca girl aged about 11-14 at the time of her death in approximately 1450 CE - she was discovered near to the summit of Mount Ampato in 1995 by two climbers, her body frozen and well-preserved in the low temperatures and high altitude. Arequipa is also famous for the Santa Catalina Convent, which is almost a city within a city in the centre of the town. Not only are the buildings of the convent stunningly beautiful, with brightly painted walls and shady courtyards, it also has a fascinating history which you can learn about on a guided tour.

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 6: Arequipa
Today we will have a free day to explore the colonial city of Arequipa, or for some optional activities in and around the city.

Optional Activities:
- Visit Arequipa's Museo Santuarios Andinos, home of the famous mummy of 'Juanita' mummy - the frozen remains of an Inca girl that was sacrificed on a nearby mountain over 600 years ago - PEN 20
- Freely explore the beautiful monastery and convent of Santa Catalina, an incredibly photogenic 'city within a city' in Arequipa - PEN 35
- Head out for an exciting morning of white-water rafting on the Chili River near Arequipa - USD 35
- Take a 'Reality Tour' of Arequipa, a walking tour with an alternative focus on the daily lives of the local people and contemporary issues facing modern Peru - PEN 40
- Take a fascinating cooking class in Arequipa, learning how to create some iconic Peruvian cuisine and taking a tour of the nearby food markets - PEN 90

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 7: Chivay / Colca Canyon
We will have some more free time to explore Arequipa this morning, before continuing our drive to the highland town of Chivay after lunch. In Chivay we will stay in a local hotel. Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

About Chivay: The rural town of Chivay is the gateway to the magnificent Colca Canyon - one of the largest canyons in the Americas, which at a maximum depth of 3,270m is twice as deep as the Grand Canyon in the USA. As well as boasting some of the most spectacular mountain scenery in Peru, the Colca Canyon is famous as being one of the best places in the world to spot the mighty Andean Condor - this stunning bird is one of the largest in the world with a wingspan of around 2.5m, and the Colca Canyon provides a perfect natural habitat for them so it is very common to see them as they swoop around the canyon walls.

Included Activities:
- Colca Canyon -Guided tour

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 8: Chivay
This morning we will head out on a short drive to some of the best viewpoints along the spectacular Colca Canyon, one of the deepest canyons in the world! The canyon is famous for its resident condors, and we will spend a good amount of time at the viewpoints to give ourselves the best chance of spotting them. We will also visit a couple of local communities on the way back to Chivay.
We will have a free afternoon to explore Chivay, and possibly take an optional trip to the nearby hot springs and zip-lining course.

Included Activities:
- Visit the phenomenal Colca Conyon and search for the native Andean Condors that fly through its spectacular scenery: Included in Kitty

Optional Activities:
- Visit the La Calera thermal springs near Chivay - PEN 15

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 9: Raqchi Homestay
Today we will drive through the stunning landscapes of the Peruvian highlands to the small village of Raqchi. Here we will stay at a homestay as guests of the local villagers in their traditional family homes. The houses are very clean and have basic facilities. This evening the villagers will invite us to take part in a traditional Quechua religious ceremony, and we'll have some lively music from some of the village's musicians. Estimated Drive Time - 8-9 hours.

About Raqchi: Raqchi is a small village situated 100kms southeast of Cuzco, famous as being the site of the only surviving temple of the ancient Inca creator deity Wiracocha. It is a special place for us as it is where we have one of the best local homestay experiences to be found in the world - on our Dragoman trips we stay here as guests of the local families in their traditional houses, a fantastic way to get a real insight into how people live here and to learn about their culture and customs. There is often the chance to participate in some of the ceremonial and spiritual aspects of village life, and there is always plenty of singing and dancing as we get to know our new Peruvian families. The village is also well known for its talented craftsmen and women, and there will be the chance to buy some of the beautiful hand-made and intricately decorated pottery that is made here.

Included Activities:
- Stay at an incredible Quechua homestay with local families in Raqchi, taking part in a traditional religious ceremony and visiting a community crafts project in the village: Included in Kitty
- Take a guided visit to the ruins of the Inca Temple of Wiracocha in Raqchi: Included in Kitty

Accommodation: Homestay

Day 10: Cuzco
This morning we will visit the Inca ruins of the Temple of Wiracocha at Raqchi, and then see a pottery demonstration at a local artisan centre.
In the afternoon we will drive to the incredible historical city of Cuzco, the former Inca capital. In Cuzco we will stay in a good colonial hotel. Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours.

About Cuzco: The Inca Empire was the largest empire in the pre-Columbian Americas - the civilisation arose in the early 13th Century under the leadership of the first Inca ruler Manco Capác, founding the city of Cuzco as their capital. The civilisation thrived in the area until 1438, when the new leader Pachacuti embarked on a massive campaign of expansion and used military conquest and peaceful assimilation to incorporate a massive portion of western South America under his control - at its largest, the Inca Empire stretched all the way from southern Colombia through Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, northwest Argentina, all the way down to central Chile. In 1526, the Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro first entered Inca territory from his expedition through Colombia. After quickly determining that it was evidently a civilisation of great wealth and power, he quickly received royal permission to conquer the empire - he decisively kidnapped and later executed the Inca ruler Ayahualpa in 1533 and installed their own puppet ruler, Manco Inca Yupanqui. The new leader quickly turned on the invaders and briefly took control of Cuzco for the Incas again, until the Spanish finally pushed them back permanently from the city. The remnants of the civilisation formed a Neo-Inca state centred around Vilcabamba in the mountains above Lima until the Spanish invaded them completely in 1572, ending the last major resistance to their rule in Peru. Any adventure tour to Peru naturally centres around the stunning city of Cuzco - it is world-famous as the gateway to the spectacular ruins of Machu Picchu and the various Inca trails through the Peruvian highlands. However, the city is a fantastic destination in its own right, and many of its buildings still retain some of the original Inca stonework as part of their structure. This unique and intricate stonework was an ingenious construction method that prevented damage from earthquakes - examples of their amazing building techniques can still be seen in and around Cuzco, including the famous 'twelve-sided stone', now part of the logo of Cuzco's native Cusqueña beer! A good place to start your explorations is the majestic main plaza, surrounded by cobbled streets lined with attractive colonial buildings. Head up the hill into the neighbourhood of San Blas and you will discover another hidden square with a quiet laid-back feel. All the streets are lined with shops, bars and restaurants, from small local cafes to five star dining experiences. There are also some fantastic museums and historical sites in and around the city, showcasing the wonderful history and culture of the Incas.

Included Activities:
- Raqchi Artisan Centre and ruins

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 11: Cuzco
A Note on Altitude: If you are joining in Cuzco, we strongly recommend arriving at least 24 hours before the trip begins to allow additional time to acclimatise.
A Note on our Community Trek: From July 2016, we have renamed our flagship Community Trek, The Wild Andes Trek, we feel this sums it up pretty well - trekking in the remote, pristine mountains of Peru. The only thing thats changing is the name - Dragoman's commitment to genuine, responsible tourism remains at the heart of the trek and the route remains the same, so rest assured by opting for this trek you are supporting communities and protecting the environment.
Border information: if you are joining in Cuzco, you will most likely enter Peru at Cuzco Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport (IATA code: CUZ).
There will be an important group meeting at 10:00am at the joining hotel - please look out at the hotel reception for a note from your leader with more details about this important meeting. There will be a further meeting this evening for our Community and Classic Inca Trails, where we will have a full detailed briefing from our local trekking guides about the next few days!
The rest of today will be free to explore the wonderful city of Cuzco, discover its many historical gems, or to take part in number of optional activities near the city.
Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Cuzco before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Cuzco.
In Cuzco we will stay in a good colonial hotel.
Hotel Cahuide
Calle Saphi No. 845
Cuzco
Peru
Tel - + 51 8422 2771

About Cuzco: The Inca Empire was the largest empire in the pre-Columbian Americas - the civilisation arose in the early 13th Century under the leadership of the first Inca ruler Manco Capác, founding the city of Cuzco as their capital. The civilisation thrived in the area until 1438, when the new leader Pachacuti embarked on a massive campaign of expansion and used military conquest and peaceful assimilation to incorporate a massive portion of western South America under his control - at its largest, the Inca Empire stretched all the way from southern Colombia through Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, northwest Argentina, all the way down to central Chile. In 1526, the Spanish conquistador FranciscoPizarro first entered Inca territory from his expedition through Colombia. After quickly determining that it was evidently a civilisation of great wealth and power, he quickly received royal permission to conquer the empire - he decisively kidnapped and later executed the Inca ruler Ayahualpa in 1533 and installed their own puppet ruler, Manco Inca Yupanqui. The new leader quickly turned on the invaders and briefly took control of Cuzco for the Incas again, until the Spanish finally pushed them back permanently from the city. The remnants of the civilisation formed a Neo-Inca state centred around Vilcabamba in the mountains above Lima until the Spanish invaded them completely in 1572, ending the last major resistance to their rule in Peru. Any adventure tour to Peru naturally centres around the stunning city of Cuzco - it is world-famous as the gateway to the spectacular ruins of Machu Picchu and the various Inca trails through the Peruvian highlands. However, the city is a fantastic destination in its own right, and many of its buildings still retain some of the original Inca stonework as part of their structure. This unique and intricate stonework was an ingenious construction method that prevented damage from earthquakes - examples of their amazing building techniques can still be seen in and around Cuzco, including the famous 'twelve-sided stone', now part of the logo of Cuzco's native Cusqueña beer! A good place to start your explorations is the majestic main plaza, surrounded by cobbled streets lined with attractive colonial buildings. Head up the hill into the neighbourhood of San Blas and you will discover another hidden square with a quiet laid-back feel. All the streets are lined with shops, bars and restaurants, from small local cafes to five star dining experiences. There are also some fantastic museums and historical sites in and around the city, showcasing the wonderful historyand culture of the Incas.

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 12: Sacred Valley, Inca Trail
These four days will be spent either trekking in the Andes, on our pioneering Wild Andes Trek, on the Classic Inca Trek or for those not wishing to hike, free time to explore and a guided tour of the Sacred
Valley on our Train package.

Option 1 - Wild Andes Trek
Leaving Cuzco early in the morning, we visit the ruined temples of Sacsayhuaman for a fascinating tour of the site. We then head on to Chinchero, a small Quechua-speaking village in the Sacred Valley. Here
we will see a traditional weaving demonstration that has been unchanged for a thousand years, and explore their beautiful archaeological ruins. We will drive to a stunning viewpoint for a picnic lunch, and then visit the Quillarumiyoc temple (the Temple of the Moon). We will start our trek from here in the afternoon, heading by foot to Zurite where we have a picturesque stay in a colonial house.
Tonight we will enjoy a traditional dinner and get a taste of the local village lifestyle. Approximate walking distance: 8km, Estimated time: 4hrs, Meals provided: Lunch and Dinner

Option 2 - Classic Inca Trek
This morning we go for a guided tour of the Sacred Valley, followed by a visit to the market town of Pisac, where we will have lunch. We then head to Ollantaytambo, where we will explore this impressive archeological site. Tonight we stay in a comfortable hotel. There is no trekking today. Meals provided: Lunch, Dinner, Snacks

Option 3 - Train Package
You will leave Cuzco with your fellow passengers who will be trekking the Wild Andes Trek. You will visit the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, followed by a beautiful scenic drive over mountains and through valleys, via the ancient city of Pisac and on to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. After lunch you will head back to Cuzco where you will stay at our nice, centrally located hotel for a further 3 nights. Meals included: Lunch

PLEASE NOTE: YOU MUST ADVISE AT TIME OF BOOKING IF YOU WISH TO BOOK THE CLASSIC INCA TRAIL OR THE NON TREKKING OPTION, OTHERWISE YOU WILL AUTOMATICALLY BE PUT ON OUR WILD ANDES TREK. Included in Kitty

About Sacred Valley: The valley of the Urubamba river is more often referred to as "The Sacred Valley". In the Peruvian highlands close to the Inca capital of Cuzco, the valley extends from the small market town of Pisac to  Ollantaytambo, nestling at the foot of the Andean mountain ranges that are home to the magical lost Inca city of Machu Picchu.Together with Machu Picchu itself, the Sacred Valley was a cradle of the Inca Empire and the area is littered with archaeological sites including the magnificent ruins of Pisac with its famous terraced fields, the old temple complex of Sacsayhuaman and the remarkably well-preserved Inca city of Ollantaytambo. Together with the temperate climate, lively markets, sleepy Andean villages and stunning surrounding landscape, the rich history of the area makes it a truly bewitching place.

About Inca Trail: The difference between the Classic and the Dragoman Inca Trail When people talk about 'The Inca Trail', they are usually referring to a particular trekking route which follows an ancient pathway that leads to
Machu Picchu. However there are a huge number of Andean Trails that criss-cross the Urubamba Valley and surrounding mountain ranges, many of which are genuinely remote and rarely used by western tourists. On our Dragoman tours that travel via Cuzco we offer you the choice to trek either the Classic Inca Trail or our unique alternative, the Wild Andes Trek, which is exclusive to Dragoman. The Classic Inca Trail
The Classic Inca Trail route usually starts at Kilometre 82 of the CuzcoAguas Calientes railway, taking in Abra Warmihuañusca (Dead Woman's Pass, 4,200m) and the ruins of Phuyupatamarca and Wiñay Wayna en route, eventually arriving at the Sun Gate above Machu Picchu early in the morning after 3 days of trekking. This route is still extremely popular as it is seen by many as the original Inca Trail, and it is also probably the best trek to choose if you're really interested in history and archaeology, because of all the smaller Inca sites it passes  along the way. Unfortunately, due to its own popularity, the Classic Trail is always very busy, with around 500 people starting the trek every day - due to there being restrictions on camping areas, the campsites are often very busy with other trekkers as well. Nevertheless it is still an awesome trek, passing through some stunning scenery from snow-capped peaks to abundant cloud forests, and the sense of achievement you'll have when you catch your first sight of Machu Picchu is something you'll never forget. Please note that the Classic Trail is always closed for maintainance during the entire month of February each year.

The Wild Andes Trek: The Wild Andes Trek is a unique trekking route where you'll hike through pristine unspoilt Andean scenery, walking ancient Inca Trails and passing by local communities. This trek is all about getting away from the overcrowded thoroughfares of the Classic Inca Trail and getting out into the real Andes - not to mention being part of a project with provides a genuine, direct benefit to the host communities we travel through, by supporting education, income generation and environmental sustainability projects. The trek itself is about the same as the Classic Inca Trail in terms of length and difficulty, taking three to three and a half days and ascending to about 4,700m when you cross the highest pass. The scenery out here is truly magnificent, spectacular mountain peaks, verdant hillsides dotted by isolated villages and the odd llama and alpaca, you are unlikely to see another tourist here. Although you won't trek into Machu Picchu via the Sun Gate as on the Classic Trail, you will arrive to Machu Picchu well rested after a night in a comfortable hotel and ready to get the most out of the tour of this magnificent site.

Included Activities:
- Alternative Inca Trail and Quechua Community trek
- Tour of the Sacred Valley, Sacsayhuaman and Ollantaytambo

Accommodation: Camping (with facilities)
Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Inca Trail
Option 1 - Wild Andes Trek, Zurite to Amaruwatana
After a hearty breakfast we leave Zurite and head towards Amaruwatana camp. The walk will take us through Qenteqentiyoc (the Hummingbird Temple), where we will visit and admire this Inca archaeological site. We will then follow the ancient path all the way to the top of our first pass at 4,400m, where we will have a dramatic view of both the Vilcabamba and Vilcanota mountain ranges. From here we start walking down on the way to our first camp in the Sambor Valley where we will spend the night camping. Approximate walking time: 8hrs, Distance: 13kms, Meals provided:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Option 2 - Classic Inca Trek, Ollantaytambo to Wayllabamba
After breakfast, we catch a bus to Piscaycuscho and the start of the Classic Inca Trek - the railroad KM82 marker (at 2,700m altitude). Here we are joined by our crew of local porters and cooks. We will cross the
bridge over the River Urubamba and following a trail along the lefthand shore of the river, enjoying stunning views of the snow-capped Mount Veronica (5,830m) and the Incan archaeological remains at Llactapata. Continuing through lush farmland and woodland, we gradually climb for approximately 5 hours to our first campsite at Wayllabamba (3,000m). Approximate trekking time: 5-6hrs, Distance: 12kms, Meals provided:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks

Option 3 - Train Package
Today is a free day to enjoy Cuzco, with its museums, churches, incredible colonial architecture, beautiful restaurants and a vast array of shops, selling textiles and handicrafts.

Accommodation: Camping (with facilities)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Inca Trail
Option 1 - Wild Andes Trek, Amaruwatana to Ancascocha
We have an early start this morning, trekking for approximately 2 hours to reach the top of our second pass at 4,700m. From here we have fantastic views of the rock formations below us, and if we're lucky we
may spot Andean ibises, caracaras, eagles or foxes up here! After descending for approximatley 2 hours, we arrive at a stunning highland valley with a glacial river named Kenqo Mayu (meaning "Zig-zag River") flowing down it - which makes an idyllic stop for lunch! After lunch we will continue trekking downhill following the ancient trail, which leads us to our campsite in the Ancascocha area. Approximate trekking time: 6-7hrs, Distance: 10kms, Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Option 2 - Classic Trek, Wayllabamba to Pacaymayo
This is the most challenging day of the trek as we ascend a long steep path (approximately 4 hours) through Andean cloud forest and highlandv puna to reach the highest point of our trek, Warmiwañusca (meaning "Dead Woman's Pass") at a height of 4,200m. During our ascent, we can appreciate the wide variety of plant, flower and bird species supported by this unique eco-climate. On reaching the pass, our
challenge is rewarded by an astonishing panoramic view of the Vilcanota and Vilcabamba mountain ranges. From here we descend for 2 hours into the Pacaymayo Valley (3,650m altitude) and to our second
campsite. Approximate trekking time: 6-7hrs, Distance: 11kms, Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks

Option 3 - Train Package
Today is a free day for you to enjoy Cuzco, with its museums, churches, incredible colonial architecture, beautiful restaurants and a vast array of shops selling textiles and handicrafts.

Accommodation: Camping (with facilities)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: Inca Trail
Option 1 - Wild Andes Trek, Ancascocha to Ollantaytambo
Today we will descend the narrow Silque Canyon, allowing us to observe its tall granite walls which are populated by a large variety of orchids and bromeliads, filling the environment with magnificent colours when they bloom. After crossing many little bridges we will reach the Camicancha area, where we stop at a
magnificent volcanic viewpoint looking towards the snow-capped Mt. Veronica. From here it is only a short trek to Chilca, where our trail ends. We'll be picked up by our vehicle and head to Ollantaytambo, taking a wellearned shower and rest at our hotel. In the afternoon we will have an included guided tour around the
incredible archaeological site of Ollantaytambo and its worldfamous Temple of the Sun. Approximate trekking time: 5hrs, Distance: 12kms, Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Option 2 - Classic Inca Trek, Pacaymayo to Wiñay Wayna
Today we follow ancient stone paths and steps to ascend the wellpreserved Inca remains of Runkurakay, Sayacmarca, and Phuyupatamarca (the "Town above the Clouds") where we can appreciate the Incas’ complex architectural style and reverence of natural geography and beauty. Heading down the Andean slope, we reach our final night's camp by the Wiñay Wayna (meaning "Forever Young") ruins, with panoramic views of the valley below. Approximate walking time: 8hrs, Distance: 16kms, Meals provided:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks

Option 3 - Train Package
After being picked up from your hotel in the morning you will be driven to the fortress city of Ollantaytambo and our hotel for the night, the Tunupa Lodge. Here you will rejoin the Wild Andes Trekkers and your tour leader who will be arriving from their trek this afternoon.

Accommodation: Camping (with facilities)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16: Machu Picchu, Cuzco
Option 1 - Wild Andes Trek, Ollantaytambo – Machu Picchu – Cuzco
Today we will have an early start to catch the train to the small town of Aguas Calientes. From there, we will take a bus up the winding mountainside to the legendary ruined city of Machu Picchu - one of the
world's most iconic sights! We have a guided tour with our expert local guide and there will be plenty of free time to explore this magical place. In the afternoon we will head back to Ollantaytambo and then on to
Cuzco, where we return to our joining hotel at the end of a long but phenomenal day! Meals provided: Breakfast

Option 2 - Classic Trek, Wiñay Wayna to Machupicchu
Leaving Wiñay Wayna, we descend gradually further through the highland jungle to our destination - Intupunku (the "Sun Gate") leading into Machu Picchu. Arriving at daybreak, we catch our first breathtaking
view of this historical wonder. As with the Wild Andes Trek, our local guide will show us the most important constructions as well as explain the history and the mythology of this magnificent place. There is also some free time to explore the ruins further at your own pace or just chill out and watch the hummingbirds or vizcachua. In the afternoon we head back down to Aguas Calientes and take the train back to Ollantaytambo and return to Cuzco for a well-deserved rest. Approximate walking time: 2hrs, Distance: 4kms, Meals provided: Breakfast, Snacks

Option 3 - Train Package
After an early breakfast and walk to the train station, your stunning 2 hour train ride to Aguas Calientes begins. The journey takes you through several different micro-climates, past Inca terraces, lookout posts, ancient river bank reinforcements and small towns. You will get a glimpse of different temples and the beautiful Mount Veronica (5,750m). Passing through 8 tunnels, the train journey finally comes to an end in the busy pueblo, Aguas Calientes. From here you take a local bus that winds up the mountainside for about 30 minutes until you arrive at the entrance to Machu Picchu (2,400m), the awe inspiring 'Lost City of the Incas'. The guide will take you around the immense, mystical ruins for about 2 hours to 2 hours 30 minutes, explaining the rich history of the ancient site. Afterwards, you will have time to explore on your own before returning down the mountain to Aguas Calientes. In the afternoon you will catch a train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and a private transfer will take you back to your hotel in Cuzco.
Meals provided: Breakfast Activity Approximate Cost Guided tour of Machu Picchu Included in Kitty

About Machu Picchu: Machu Picchu is a world-famous 15th-Century Inca citadel perched 2,430m above sea level on a mountain ridge above the Sacred Valley. One of the historical highlights of the world and a phenomenal icon of
Peru, the ruins have been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1983 and was voted on of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007. Machu Picchu was most likely built as an estate for the Inca emperor Pachacuti (1438–1472), and is thought to have been built in around 1450 but abandoned after the Spanish conquest in the 1530s. Although the city remained known about by the local Quechua people, it was undiscovered by the Spanish during the colonial period and remained unknown to the outside world until American historian Hiram Bingham discovered it and brought it to international attention in 1911. Machu Picchu was built in the classical Inca style with intricatelydesigned dry-stone walls built without mortar - it has three primary structures: the Inti Watana, the Temple of the Sun, and the Room of the Three Windows. Most of the outlying buildings have been reconstructed and restored, and the iconic steep mountain of Huayana Picchu looms over the site. The city consists of more than 200 buildings, from houses to temples, storage buildings and public spaces. It's fascinating to be able to gaze down on the city from above and imagine how it would have looked during the height of the Inca empire. A visit to Machu Picchu is a major highlight of any adventure tour to Peru. A genuinely magical place, catching your first glimpse of the Inca city through the early morning mist is definitely a moment you’ll never forget. Discover which of our Inca Trails to Machu Picchu is the right one for you.

Included Activities:
- Machu Picchu - Guided tour

Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 17: Cuzco
Today is a free day to relax after the treks, further explore the historical city of Cuzco, and take part in some optional activities around the city.

Optional Activities:
- 3 day guided trekking on ancient Inca trails through remote valleys - USD 125
- Guided visit to Machu Picchu - PEN 20
- White-water rafting and mountain biking in the Cuzco region - USD 69
- Take part in a Peruvian cooking class in Cuzco, learning how to make a variety of local dishes- USD 79
- Take a Spanish class in the beautiful city of Cuzco (suitable for all levels)- PEN 20

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 18: Puno, Cuzco
Today we will leave Cuzco and head through the highlands of Peru to the town of Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca. We will have an included visit to the Inca site of Tipón en route. In Puno we will stay in a local hotel.
Estimated Drive Time - 6-7 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).

About Puno: Located on the shores of Lake Titicaca in the south eastern region of Peru is the small town of Puno. The town is a melting pot of Aymara and Quechuan Indian cultures and traditional Andean customs are still strongly represented here. Lake Titicaca is the highest navigable lake in the world, and a mythical expanse of deep blue waters dotted with islands, some of which are still home to communities who have been living in the same way for hundreds of years.

Included Activities:
- Sillustani Ruins and Museum w/Guide

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 19: Copacabana, Isla Del Sol
Border information: Exit Peru at Yunguyo, enter Bolivia at Kasani. This morning we will cross into Bolivia and head to the lakeside town of Copacabana, before boarding a boat to the stunning island of Isla del Sol.
In Isla del Sol we will stay in a basic local hotel. Estimated Drive Time - 3-5 hours.

About Copacabana: Copacabana, Bolivia, is quite different from the famous Brazilian beach that shares its name, but both are wonderful destinations to visit! It is a picturesque small town on the shores of Lake Titicaca, centred around its small whitewashed square which is home to a pleasant Moorish-style cathedral. At sunset there is no better place to be than sat at one of the many simple local fish restaurants on the shoreline, watching the sun slip down behind the horizon.

About Isla Del Sol: Isla del Sol is a serene and peaceful island set in the glittering Lake Titicaca off the shore of the Bolivian village of Copacabana. The island was famous in Inca mythology as the supposed birthplace of the sungod
Inti - a legend that is still told by many of the modern-day Aymara and Quechua peoples of the area. There small ancient ruins dotted on the island, as well as tiny traditional villages and beautiful walking routes. You can take a boat trip to the island and wander through its atmospheric landscape, exploring the island's dry slopes covered with sweet smelling incense brush, or hike over the ancient pampas which are still cultivated by the island families.

Included Activities:
- Uros Island boat trip on Lake Titicaca

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 20: Isla Del Sol, Copacabana
Today we will take an included day trip across Isla del Sol in Lake Titicaca, one of the holiest sites in ancient Inca mythology and supposedly the birthplace of the Sun God Inti. We will take a 14km walk across the length of the island, taking in the incredible and serene scenery and soaking up the calm atmosphere of the island (this walk can be skipped by anybody who does not want to do it). We will return to Copacabana for the evening. In Copacabana we will stay in a basic local hotel.

Included Activities:
- Isla del Sol boat trip

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 21: La Paz
Today we will drive to the famous city of La Paz, Bolivia’s seat of government and the highest administrative capital in the world! On arrival we will have free time to explore the city. In La Paz we will stay in a good hotel in the historical centre. Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

About La Paz: Bolivia's largest city of La Paz is spectacularly located lying huddled in a canyon basin, hiding from the harsh conditions of the surrounding altiplano. It is a fascinating city - the old town and more expensive neighbourhoods at the bottom of the canyon in the centre, surrounded by sprawling shanty-towns which extend up the slopes of the bowl, merging into the huge Aymara district of "El Alto" back on the plains, a suburb of La Paz that has grown to be a city in its own right. The city skyline is dominated by the snow-capped peaks of Mount Illimani, a staggeringly beautiful backdrop that leaves many visitors stunned when then catch their first glimpse of the city as they descend into the canyon. The old town is full of markets and winding cobbled streets full of people in traditional Aymara clothing selling anything and everything you could ever think of, including dried llama foetuses on sale in the witch's market! There are plenty of other activities to do in La Paz, including the famous downhill bike ride through the Yungas on the 'world's most dangerous road'!

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 22: La Paz
Border information: if you are finishing in La Paz, you will most likely exit Bolivia at La Paz El Alto International Airport (IATA code: LPB). Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in La Paz. Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight - please contact the Dragoman Sales team if you are interested in booking extra nights of accommodation in order to fully explore and take part in some of the optional activities listed below.

Optional Activities:
- Downhill "gravity assisted" mountain biking from La Paz to Coroico - USD 110
- Guided tour to explore Tiahuanacu Inca Ruins - BOB 220
- Take a trip out to the mountain resort of Chacaltaya and the other-worldly landscape of the Moon Valley near La Paz - BOB 130
- Take a guided tour of the main sights and viewpoints around La Paz - BOB 150
 Discover Bolivia's history, art, and culture in some of La Paz's many museums such as the San Francisco Museum and the Museum of Ethnography - BOB 20

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Hinweis
Bitte beachte, dass du bei der Buchung entscheiden musst, ob du den Klassichen Inka Trail oder den Wild Andes Trek wandern möchtest. Wenn du keine Präferenz hast, wird automatisch der Wild Andes Trek für dich gebucht.

Der Inca Trail wird jedes Jahr im Februar für Säuberungs- und Instandhaltungsmaßnahmen geschlossen. Sollte der Trekkingteil Ihrer Tour in diesen Zeitraum fallen, wandern Sie automatisch den Wild Andes Trek.

Trip Kitty
Bitte beachte, dass der angezeigte Tourpreis ein Trip Kitty beinhaltet. Dieser Betrag ist vor Ort von jedem Teilnehmer in die Gemeinschaftskasse einzubezahlen, die von der Crew und der Gruppe gemeinsam verwaltet wird. Davon werden Campingplatzgebühren, die Mahlzeiten während des Campings und einige der eingeschlossenen Aktivitäten bezahlt. Der Betrag wird entweder am ersten Tag der Reise oder - wenn es sich um eine längere Reise handelt - phasenweise während der Tour eingesammelt. Das Trip Kitty ist Bestandteil des Gesamtreisepreises und muss vor Ort in bar entrichtet werden.

Mithilfe
Bei dieser Overlandtour bist du nicht nur Zuschauer, sondern aktives Mitglied der Gruppe. Alle Teilnehmer packen bei den täglich anfallenden Aufgaben mit an. Dazu gehören beispielsweise die Unterstützung bei der Zubereitung der Mahlzeiten, Einkaufen, Geschirrspülen oder der Auf- und Abbau der Zelte. Jeder in der Gruppe beteiligt sich und man wechselt sich täglich mit den Aufgaben ab. Der Spaß steht dabei im Vordergrund!

Tourstil
Echtes Abenteuer für budgetbewusste Reisende, die Unabhängigkeit mit der Sicherheit einer Gruppe verbinden wollen oder ein Maximum an Flexibilität suchen. Du kannst alles erwarten, aber keine Extras, die du nicht in Anspruch nehmen willst. Das bedeutet in der Regel einfache landestypische Unterkünfte, einige inkludierte Mahlzeiten und viel Freiraum für eigene Erkundungen. So hast du unterwegs die Möglichkeit, dir aus zahlreichen optionalen Aktivitäten je nach Interessen, Reisebudget und Schwierigkeitsgrad dein persönliches Programm zusammenstellen.

Kombireise
Diese Tour setzt sich aus verschiedenen Tourabschnitten zusammen, daher kann sich die Gruppenzusammensetzung und Reiseleitung während der Tour ändern.