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Gay Group Trip: Salkantay Trek To Machu Picchu

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11 days£4295
Group Trip

Follow the Inca trail and discover the ruins of the Inca empire, including Machu Picchu. This gay group trip will take you high up into the Andes on one of the world’s best hikes. You’ll camp in the shadow of a glacier, explore the mountain city of Cusco and ascend Salkantay Mountain Pass.

This trip combines adventure with culture. Getting to Machu Picchu isn’t easy but when you’re there it’s worth the effort – sort of like stepping into Arthur Conan Doyle’s novel, The Lost World.

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Included
    • Accommodation as listed
    • Transfer from Lima Airport
    • All accommodations as listed
    • Breakfasts, 8 lunches and 7 dinners
    • Group transfers and other transportation
Excluded
    • International Flights
    • Travel insurance
    • 1 dinner and 1 lunch
Departing on
  • 29th June 2019 Saturday

Group Trip Breakdown

Lima

Day 1 To 2: Lima

If you arrive in during the afternoon of day 1 you can join an optional tour of the Pachacamac ruins – for an additional charge.

The following day we’ll go on a bike tour of Lima, as well as visiting a collection of Inca and pre-Incan artefacts. Then, we’ll visit the Larco Herrara Museum, including its huge collection of erotic art.

In the evening we’ll dine at a top restaurant.

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Day 3 To 4: Cusco

Take a deep breath as we’ll be heading to the high altitude Inca capital. We’ll take a short flight from Cusco, check into our hotel and acclimatise to the altitude. It’s important to prepare your lungs for the mountain trek.

We’ll explore the colonial town of Cusco, have dinner in a museum and set out on a city tour. Just outside Cusco we’ll visit the Incan Sacsayhuaman fortress complex.

In the evening we’ll explore the ancient streets of the trendy San Blas neighbourhood.

 

Inca

Day 5: Salkantay Trail

Prior to 1450, Peru was comprised of many fragmented communities. It was unified by the Incas. They presided over a vast empire comparable to ancient Rome. They established sophisticated roadways and administrative bodies. Sadly, their empire wasn’t to last.

The conquistadors arrived, determined to make the New World an outpost of the Spanish empire. They succeeded and took over Peru in 1530. Historians are still piecing together the Inca’s story, as it was largely erased after the Spanish conquest.

We’ll set out on an early trek to Challacancha. On the way we’ll visit the Inca town of Limatambo, see the Tarawasi ruins and have coffee in the village of Mollepata. Continuing on to Challacancha we’ll ascend to the base of Mount Salkantay. Tonight we’ll camp at Soyrococha in the shadow of a glacier – bring warm clothes.

Inca

Day 6: High Mountain Pass

We’ll begin the ascent of  Salkantay Mountain Pass. Here we’ll see the surrounding glaciers and see chinchillas in their natural habitat. It’ll then be time to descend to  Urubamba River valley and then have lunch at Wayracmachay.

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Day 7: Santa Teresa River Valley

Today we’ll take an easier hike through Santa Teresa River Valley. Coffee lovers rejoice – you’ll find some of the world’s best organic coffee here. We’ll have a hot picnic and head to our campsite in Lucmabamba.

OutOfOffice flag at Machu Picchu in Peru

Day 8: Machu Picchu

After breakfast we’ll hike to the Incan Llactapata Ruins. Today we’ll get our first glimpse of Machu Picchu. Descending into the bamboo forests of the Aobamba River valley.

When we check into our hotel have a well-deserved rest and a hot shower.

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Day 9: Machu Picchu

This morning we’ll take a bus to Machu Picchu. Our tour guide will show us around and give us some insights into the fascinating history of “The Lost City Of The Incas.”

It was built in the Medieval period, perhaps as a royal residence for the Inca Kings. After the Spanish conquest it was lost to history until 1911, when it was “rediscovered.” To this day no one knows exactly what purpose it served.

Ollantaytambo

Day 10 And 11: Sacred Valley

Today we’ll visit the ruins of the Ollantaytambo fortress, the former estate of Emperor Pachacuti. It then became a military stronghold for the Inca resistance as the Spanish conquered the country.

It’ll then be time say goodbye to Peru and your new friends, transfer to Cusco and fly to Lima for our return flights.

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