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Travel Peru – Inca

Travel Peru – Inca Trail Express (Intrepid Tours), 6 Nights, LAND ONLY REFERENCE: 16177 PRICES FROM: R14 430 LAND ONLY VALID FROM: 05 JANUARY 2017 VALID TO: 30 SEPTEMBER 2017 SET DEPARTURES: MULTIPLE DEPARTURE DATES PER MONTH LOCATION: PERU, CUZCO, MACHU PICCHU HIGHLIGHTS: This trip allows you to choose how you want to approach Machu Picchu. Hike the Inca Trail, Quarry Trail or relax and take the train You’ll have plenty of free time to explore the greatest icon of ancient South America, Machu Picchu. Take a guided tour and then wander around it at your own pace Explore Cuzco, South America’s oldest continuously inhabited city. The city has ancient foundations, an interesting blend of Inca 28 and colonial influences, and endless things to do and see The Sacred Valley is known for its steep and soaring scenery, its mystical significance for the Inca and the indigenous cultures that still reside here Includes:peru_incatrailexpress1 Meals – 6 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners Transport – Private minibus, Train Accommodation – Camping (with basic facilities) (3 nights), Hotel (3 nights) Included activities: Cuzco – Coca Museum Cuzco – Orientation Walk Sacred Valley – Local community visit Itinerary: Day 1: Cuzco Day 2: Sacred Valley/ Ollantaytambo Day 3: Inca Trail, Quarry Trail or Train Option Day 4: Inca Trail, Quarry Trail or Train Option Day 5: Inca Trail, Quarry Trail or Train Option Day 6: Inca Trail, Quarry Trail or Train Option (Machu Picchu) Day 7: Cuzco EXCLUDES: Transportation/Flights to/ from tour start/end points Passport & Visa costs (if applicable) Porterage and Tipping Meals/Drinks not mentioned above Travel Insurance All items of a personal nature e.g. laundry, telephone calls etc Optional Sightseeing and Activities

Travel Things to Know Before a Trip to Cusco For any traveller exploring South America, Cusco is almost definitely on the itineraary. There is one reason for this – Machu Picchu. The iconic, historic landmark is one of the ‘must-sees’ on the continent and, as Cusco is the gateway to it, thousands descent on the city every year. If you’re planning a trip there you might want to know is it safe? How bad will the altitude affect you? Are there any other attractions than the aforementioned spiritual spectacle? In this post Hostelworld.com’s Tracy Lynch and Colm Hanratty have the answers. • Cusco's Orientation • Safety in Cusco • Bars in Cusco • Restaurants in Cusco • Cusco's Attractions • How to Save Money • Orientation There are two things you need to know about Cusco in terms of orientation: Altitude: One thing to keep in mind before your trip to Cusco (and you won’t be able to forget it once you arrive) is that it is situated at an elevation of approximately 3,400 m (11,200 ft). So remember that it will feel a bit strange as your body adjusts to the altitude, which can take a couple of days. Many travellers stop off in Cusco before they embark on a trip of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. However, it is advisable to get to Cusco 2 – 3 days before you set off on your trek as many travellers experience altitude sickness on arrival and it takes a few days to adjust. It’s Easy to Get Around: In comparison to other South American cities, Cusco is extremely compact and can be explored easily on foot. Its focal point is Plaza de Armas (one of many in South America – both Lima and Santiago also have a ‘Plaza de Armas’). This is where you will base yourself when exploring. Two of the city’s main attractions are here, most of the nightlife is here and when finding your bearings, you will always refer to this square. While you can let your legs be your primary mode of transport around this Peruvian city, there is still some hill climbing involved. One of its top attractions, Sacsayhuaman, is at least a one-hour walk from the city centre. Unless you’re in the mood to battle some steep inclines, we suggest you take a bus or taxi there – neither are expensive. Another part of the city you’ll want to explore is the San Blas neighbourhood. Again, this is up hill from Plaza de Armas, but still easily reached by walking. Safety Speaking of walking, you’re probably wondering whether or not it’s safe to walk around Cusco at night? I can tell you that I walked around this city for two days and didn’t spot any trouble. This was with a digital SLR camera that might’ve attracted the attention of undesirables in other cities on the same continent. It definitely has a better reputation in terms of safety than its counterparts. In saying that, I did speak to different people who encountered trouble walking the city’s streets. So, like with any city anywhere in the world, be street smart and be safe. Avoid walking on your own. But try not to feel threatened. There’s a good atmosphere in this city, not a menacing one. Bars Cusco is no shrinking violet when it comes to nightlife so prepare for lots of partying. And it’s also worth noting before you book your accommodation in Cusco that two of its most popular hostels are renowned for their bars and entertainment... The Wild Rover, Calle Matara 261 If you’ve booked a bed here and you want to party hard then you really won’t have far to go once you’ve danced the night away. The Wild Rover is a hostel and nightlife institution around South America and this one in Cusco is no different. This infamous Irish Bar is home to great music, fancy dress parties and lots more. Continue reading 29

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