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Machu Picchu and The Northern Kingdoms
16 days from £5,520pp
Venture off the beaten track into the heartland of the Chachapoyas, or cloud people, and rediscover their lost world.
Trek to Gocta Waterfall, one of the world's highest.
Explore the former Inca capital of Cuzco.
End at the awe-inspiring ancient citadel of the Incas, Machu Picchu.
- Sacred Valley
- Machu Picchu
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Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Day 1 Lima
International outbound flight , Lima
Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Lima. On arrival in Lima you will be met by your private guide and assisted to your airport hotel for the evening. As you will be off again tomorrow morning it doesn't make sense to trek into the city centre.
Day 2 Cocachimba
Day 3 Cocachimba
Walk though the magnificent cloudforest scenery on your private trek to the spectacular Gocta waterfall. There are a number of steps and it can be muddy so please do wear appropriate footwear.
Day 4 Chachapoyas
Day 5 Leymebamba
Chachapoyas , Leymebamba
Continue on your journey through northern Peru via a private transfer to Leymebamba via the Kuelap ruins. At Kuelap you will take a glorious 20-minute cable car ride, followed by a 1km walk up to the ruins. Here you will learn about the current theories on the site and take in the incredible views.
Day 6 Leymebamba
Today begins with a visit to the Leymebamba Museum to view the collection of over 200 Chachapoya mummies and remarkably well-preserved textiles. It can be rather unnerving! After a 90 minute drive through the countryside you will arrive at the village of Santo Tomas where you will begin your walk to the viewing platform of the Revash ruins built high into the cliffs above.
Day 7 Cajamarca
Leymebamba , Cajamarca
Today you will embark on one of the most spectacular drives in Peru as you cross landscapes ranging from cloud forest to the desert-like region around the Marañón Canyon. For the most part the road is a paved single track winding up and down the mountains - the views are gorgeous.
Day 8 Cajamarca
On your privately guided tour of the Cajamarca region today you will visit the site of Cumbe Mayo, see 3,000 year old petroglyphs, and admire the stonework at an altar once used for rituals performed on the full moon. Please bring layers and comfortable footwear as the weather changes quickly up in the gorgeous landscapes of Cumbe Mayo.
Day 9 Cuzco
An early start this morning as you make your way to the airport via private transfer for your flight to Lima. Here you will pick up the onward flight to Cuzco. Upon arrival you will be met at the airport and driven to your hotel in Cuzco. You have the afternoon to begin acclimatising.
Day 10 Cuzco
Day 11 Sacred Valley
Leave Cuzco and head into the beautiful Sacred Valley of the Incas. On the way you will stop to visit the Inca fortress at Pisac as well as the bizarre agricultural terraces of Moray and salt pans at Maras.
Day 12 Sacred Valley
Enjoy a day at leisure in the beautiful Sacred Valley. You might like to have a relaxing day to catch your breath before visiting Machu Picchu tomorrow. However, if you are still feeling energetic there are plenty of things to do in the area, including walking, mountain biking and horse riding.
Day 13 Machu Picchu
Get your hiking shoes on for an active day as you make your way towards Machu Picchu. Begin with a privately guided trek along km104 (the final days of the classic Inca Trail) before reaching the ancient Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. In the evening you will make your way down to the town of Aguas Calientes below the ruins.
Day 14 Cuzco
Today you may return to Machu Picchu for a guided tour with your private guide. You also have tickets to climb Huayna Picchu mountain for an alternative view of this fascinating site. In the afternoon return to Cuzco by rail and road.
Day 15 International return flight
Day 16 International return flight
International return flight
Arrive home today to complete your journey.
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