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Private Llama Trek to Machu Picchu

9 Days From $4,355

This trek with llamas winds through the picturesque Lares Valley. It gives you a chance to interact with local people and see how little their lives have changed over the last 500 years.

Highlights

Explore the mysterious citadel of Machu Picchu.

Trek with llamas through local communities.

Soak in the Lares Hot Springs.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Lima

Arrive in Lima.

Your guide meets you at the airport and accompanies you to the hotel to help you check in.

Relax after your international flight.

Hotel: Ramada Costa del Sol (or similar)

Day 2: Tour Colonial Cusco

Depart for Cusco, high (10,856 ft.) in the Andes.

Your guide meets you at the airport and accompanies you to the hotel to help you check in.

Stroll through the Plaza de Armas.

Visit the ancient Inca temple of Qorikancha and Cusco’s magnificent colonial cathedral to witness how the Spanish and Inca cultures melded.

Explore Cusco’s vibrant traditional Andean market.

Meals: Breakfast at your hotel and lunch

Hotel: Rumi Punku (or similar)

Day 3: Explore Inca Ruins & Meet Everyday Heroines

Visit Chicuchas Wasi, an alternative school for impoverished girls, and be inspired by director Ruth Uribe’s story.

Marvel at the Inca stonework on display at the four most important Inca ruins just outside of Cusco: Sacsayhuamán, Q’enko, Puca Pucara, and Tambomachay.

Lunch at Aldea Yanapay. The proceeds from this playful restaurant support various social projects, including an alternative after-school program for local children.

Meet Nilda Callañaupa to learn about ancient Peruvian textile traditions and how she plans to save them.

Join a local Cusqueña family in their home for a delicious home-cooked meal.

Meals: Breakfast at your hotel, lunch, and dinner

Hotel: Rumi Punku (or similar)

Day 4: Discover the Sacred Valley

Stroll through the crafts market at Chinchero and explore the community’s beautiful church built in the early 1600s.

See the ancient Inca terraces at Moray. Many think these terraces served as an ancient Inca agricultural laboratory.

Picnic at Salinas de Maras. The Incas diverted water to form thousands of pools where a thin crust of salt remains as the sun evaporates the water.

Meals: Breakfast at your hotel and lunch

Hotel: Rumi Punku Hotel (or similar)

Day 5: Soak in the Lares Hot Springs & Hike to Huacahuasi

Stock up on supplies at the local market in Lares.

Take a soothing dip in the Lares Hot Springs.

Meet our llamas and horses.

Hike up the valley of the rushing Trapiche River to reach camp in the highland village of Huacahuasi.

Meals: Breakfast at your hotel, lunch, and dinner

Hiking Details: 7.5 miles; 3 to 4 hours; elevation gain of 2,297 feet; altitude of 10,170 to 12,467 at camp

Day 6: Hike From Huacahuasi to Patacancha

Start your day with a cup of steaming hot tea brought to the door of your tent.

Climb steadily over a treeless landscape of ground-hugging plants and flowers and through pastures where herds of alpacas and llamas graze.

Summit the Ipsaycocha pass at 13,996 feet and descend into the Patacancha watershed. Hike through the wetlands as you look for Andean geese and Punis Ibis.

Greet farmers and their families as you hike through various rural communities.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Hiking Details: 5.6 miles; 5 to 7 hours; elevation gain/loss of 1,804/2,132 feet; altitude of 12,467 to 14,271 over pass to 12,139 at camp

Day 7: Visit a Rural Weaving Community & Ollantaytambo

Spend the morning learning about life as a weaver in the rural community of Patacancha.

Stroll through Ollantaytambo’s Old Town. Many residential blocks, each inhabited by several families during the 15th century, are still present.

Check into your hotel and enjoy dinner on your own.

Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Hotel: Pakaritampu (or similar)

Day 8: Explore Machu Picchu

Take the bus to Machu Picchu.

Tour Machu Picchu with your guide. Then, explore the ruins on your own before returning to Cusco via train.

Meals: Breakfast at your hotel and lunch

Hotel: Rumi Punku Hotel (or similar)

Day 9: Tour Historic Lima & Learn to Make Ceviche

Return to Lima for a last tour of the City of Kings.

Head downtown for a ceviche cooking lesson. Then, lunch alongside the locals.

Visit Casa Aliaga, one of the oldest colonial mansions in Lima, and the only one continuously inhabited by the same family – seventeen generations of the descendents of its original owner.

Tour the Monastery of San Francisco and its catacombs. Built in the 17th century, these catacombs were once the biggest cemetery in Lima.

Dine at Rosa Nautica. Set in a fabulous Victorian-style building on the end of a pier, this restaurant is the perfect place to relax over a last pisco sour and the Peruvian and international specialties of renowned chef Enrique Blondet.

Meals: Breakfast at your hotel, lunch, and farewell dinner

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Trip Rating

Moderate to Strenuous

Prices

Prices for 2019

2 to 4 people – $5,738/person

5 to 8 people – $4,355/person

Solo travelers – contact us.

Included In Price

Accommodations – double occupancy

Airport/hotel transfers

Carbon offsets

English speaking guides

Entrance fees for scheduled tours

Ground transportation according to the itinerary

Meals as specified in the itinerary

Excluded From Price

Airfare

Airport taxes

Alcoholic drinks

Baggage fees

Meals not specified by the itinerary

Personal expenses

Tips

Travel insurance (required)

Voluntary philanthropic gifts

Departure Dates

Best time to go is April through October.

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