Salt Pans of Maras, Peru

Discover Peru  - Premium

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Trip code: 
APQ
Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Premium Adventures, Tailormade Adventures
Activity:
Culture
Min age:
18
Group size:
5–16

Discover Peru's Andean scenery, ancient fortresses and vibrant culture in comfort

Incomparable Andean scenery, ancient fortresses and vibrant culture make Peru one of the most diverse South American countries. This tour encompasses the Ballestas Islands seal colony, the remarkable 3000m deep Colca Canyon and Lake Titicaca’s isolated reed island communities to name but a few highlights. The attractive cities of Lima, Arequipa and Cuzco, replete with Inca and colonial architecture, speak for themselves and you’ll also get acquainted with Peru’s highly-acclaimed gastronomy. Perched in splendour atop a mountain spur is Peru’s crowning glory; Machu Picchu - which we save till last. Carefully designed with comfort in mind, this premium tour not only includes four-star hotels exclusively throughout but also upgraded trains, a fast boat on Lake Titicaca, and a domestic flight to minimise road journeys.

Highlights

  • Watch condors soaring above the 3000m deep Colca Canyon
  • Ballestas Islands boat trip to see the seal colony, penguins and seabirds
  • Optional flight over the Nazca Lines, etched into the desert (additional cost: must be pre-booked through Exodus)
  • The 'White City' of Arequipa in the shadow of El Misti Volcano
  • Indigenous communities of Lake Titicaca (by fast boat to reach isolated islands)
  • Pisac, Ollantaytambo, the salt pans of Maras, and Moray in the Sacred Valley
  • Machu Picchu perched majestically atop a mountain spur

Key information

  • 14 nights centrally located premium 4-star hotels; 4 nights with swimming pools
  • Group normally 4 to 16, plus leader. Min age 18 years
  • Time spent at altitude; route designed for acclimatisation
  • Travel by internal flight, train (upgraded service), boat and private bus
  • One long drive from Puno to Cuzco

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 1 lunch and 4 dinners 
  • Drinking water (pease bring a refillable bottle)
  • All accommodation
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
  • Arrival and departure transfers

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations
Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Colca Canyon, Peru

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Itinerary

London
to
London
  • Day 1

    Depart London.

    The group flight is an overnight flight and departs London this evening. 

  • Day 2

    Arrive Lima

    The group flights arrive into Lima early this morning. Early check-in at your hotel in Lima is included today for those who have booked flights through Exodus. There will be a group briefing this evening; your leader will provide details of where and when this will be held and there will also be a notice board in the hotel reception.

    A special welcome dinner at Huaca Pucllana overlooking a 5th century archaeological site is included this evening. The ruins, built from small adobe bricks, are particularly attractive when illuminated at night.

    NM Lima Hotel **** (or similar)

    Meals included: Dinner
  • Day 3

    Full day tour of colonial and modern Lima.

    Today we have a tour of colonial and modern Lima. We visit the modern residential district and then explore the historical downtown area. We will discover the Plaza San Martin, Plaza de Armas, Basilica Cathedral and wil see the façade of the Presidential Palace on a short walk around the colonial centre, and we visit the incredible Church of San Francisco, which houses one of the oldest libraries in the Americas and sits on top of a labyrinthine of catacombs which still house the bones of Lima's wealthy 18th and 19th century residents.

    NM Hotel Lima **** (or similar)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Coastal drive to Paracas, visiting Pachacamac and a pisco distillery en route.

    The drive to Paracas is about a four and a half hour direct journey but we make a couple of interesting stops en route. Located 40km southeast of Lima, are the remains of an important Pre-Columbian archaeological site: Pachacamac, named after the 'Earth-maker' creator god, 'Pacha Kamaq'. Today many of the structures are in crumbling disrepair but we will visit the better preserved adobe brick palaces and temple pyramids. The original structures date to A.D.100 but other civilisations, including the Incas, later added to them. It was a thriving ancient city for over 1000 years until the Spanish invaded. The energetic can climb to the top of the Temple of the Sun, which affords excellent coastal views on a clear day.

    We continue our journey to Paracas, but not without stopping at a distillery to sample some pisco and learn about the fermentation process. Although best known for being the key ingredient in Peru's national cocktail - the Pisco Sour, the more refined varieties are traditionally drunk neat.

    We arrive at the seaside port of Paracas in the mid-afternoon with time for a stroll to look at the fishing boats or to take a dip in the hotel pool.

    Hotel San Agustin Paracas **** (or similar)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    Boat trip to the wildlife-rich Ballestas Islands or optional Nazca Lines overflight; return to Lima.

    Those who have pre-booked the optional Nazca Lines overflight will be collected from the hotel this morning and transferred to Pisco airport (those taking the flight will not be able to visit the Ballestas Islands). The rest of the group will take a boat to the Ballestas Islands (approx. 2 hours) which lie a short distance off the coast here and are home to one of the highest concentrations of seabirds in the world.

    On the outward journey we pass the Candelabra geoglyph, a huge (over 150m high) three-pronged trident shape etched into the sandy hillside, the origin and purpose of which remains unknown (although there are many theories). Upon reaching the islands we explore the caves and rock archways by boat, and observe the Sea lion and Fur seal colonies as well as Humboldt penguins and an array of birds such as cormorants, pelicans, tendrils, and Peruvian Blue-footed booby birds.

    The boats are open-top motorised boats and are shared with other non-Exodus clients. Take heed of seabirds above - it is advisable to wear a hat! Occasionally the sea is too rough and the boats can't operate, in which case we will go to the Paracas National Reserve instead.

    The group reunites in Paracas and after lunch we set off for the drive directly back to Lima, arriving in the evening.

    NM Lima Hotel **** (or similar)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Fly to the 'White City' of Arequipa (2,335m); city tour including Santa Catalina Convent.

    We transfer to Lima airport and take a morning flight to Arequipa. The city is located at around 2,335m above sea level: our time here will help us to acclimatise before moving on to Colca Canyon and Lake Titicaca. After dropping our luggage off at the hotel we take a guided tour of this beautiful colonial city. Set in a fertile oasis, the many historic buildings are characterised by their use of white volcanic stone from the nearby Misti Volcano, whose dramatic cone dominates the town. Some believe it is the use of this white stone that gave reference to the ‘White City’ as Arequipa is known, whilst others believe it is down to the pale-skinned Spanish Basque immigrants who built much of the city.

    We visit the Cathedral, the Jesuit church of La Compañia and the huge serene convent of Santa Catalina, which retains typical features from the 16th and 17th centuries and is a peaceful refuge for the nuns who still live there today.

    Hotel Libertador Arequipa **** (or similar)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7

    Drive past huge volcanoes to Colca Canyon (3,575m).

    A spectacular drive takes us to Colca Canyon, which reaching over 3,000m deep, is one of the world's deepest canyons. On the way we pass volcanoes and will almost certainly see vicuñas in the highlands before we cross the Patapampa Pass (4,850m) which marks the descent into the canyon itself. The sight of the green and fertile terraces of the canyon as we take the winding road to the town of Coporaque is a real contrast to the barren yet beautiful landscapes we have travelled through for most of the day. This is the first day where we are likely to feel the effects of altitude - although we do not linger at the top of the pass we spend the night at almost 3,600m and so it is a good idea to take it easy on arrival and keep hydrated.

    Hotel Aranwa Pueblito Encantado del Colca **** (or similar)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 8

    Morning condor viewing; afternoon drive to Puno (3,800) on the shores of Lake Titicaca.

    We set off early and drive for around an hour and a half to Cruz del Condor, the best place to see the mighty Andean condors as they glide on the morning thermals. We also see ancient tombs which line the cliffs on one side of the canyon, and make stops in the villages along the way which house several interesting colonial churches.

    In the afternoon we drive to Puno (3,800m) on the shores of Lake Titicaca (approx. drive time 5 hours).

    Hotel Sonesta Posada del Inca Puno **** (or similar)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 9

    Day trip to discover Lake Titicaca's floating reed islands and indigenous communities.

    We take to the waters of Lake Titicaca to visit the descendants of the Uros Indians who live on islands of floating reeds and, save for a few modest concessions to the modern world, still live as their ancestors would have done centuries ago. Fishing, bartering and weaving remain key elements of their daily life. Most tourists visit a group of reed islands close to the mainland but with our fast boat we are able to reach the more isolated and authentic reed islands of the Uros Titinos. A local guide will explain how the islands are constructed and how they live, and the families may invite you to look inside their homes.

    Afterwards we continue on to Taquile Island (one of the solid landmasses), home to a community known for their remarkable weaving and traditional lifestyle. There is a short uphill walk to the main village which feels tiring at this altitude (3,800m) so we take our time. The panoramic views of the lake from the island are incredible, and it is often possible to see the snow-capped peaks of the Cordillera Real in Bolivia in the distance. We eat lunch on the island before returning to Puno.

    Hotel Sonesta Posada del Inca Puno **** (or similar)

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 10

    Drive over the altiplano to Cuzco (3,400m).

    An early start for the magnificent drive across the vast altiplano, the high plains separating the Andes from the jungle. Although it is quite a long drive (approx. 7 hrs), it gives us an appreciation of the immensity of the Andean landscapes. We will stop to stretch our legs at La Raya Pass (4,313m), the watershed and geographical dividing line between the altiplano and the Vilcanota Valley. We should arrive into Cuzco in the mid-afternoon. The rest of the day is free.

    Hotel San Agustin Plaza **** (or similar)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 11

    Free day in Cuzco; optional activities available.

    Today is at your leisure to discover Cuzco at your own pace. There are many markets, museums, churches and galleries to visit and a wealth of restaurants and café's to choose from. Your leader will be able to make some recommendations for you, depending on your interests. Options for today include the Choco Museum, visiting San Pedro Market, a Southern Valley tour, or perhaps a Marcelo Batata cookery course. 

    You will have a guided city tour later in the holiday so we recommend leaving those sights until then.

    Hotel San Agustin Plaza **** (or similar)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 12

    Visit Pisac market and ruins, Moray and the salt pans of Moras in the Sacred Valley; overnight Urubamba.

    The Sacred Valley of the Incas runs along the Urubamba River and is the true heartland of Incan culture and tradition. The high-Andean scenery is dotted with old towns and villages dating back to pre-Columbian times. We first visit the colourful handicraft market at Pisac and take a walking tour of the huge Inca ruins above the village.

    We then continue on to our hotel in Urubamba, drop our luggage and have lunch, before visiting the salt pans of Maras (the light reflections on the salt lagoons cause a beautiful array of colours). We also visit the nearby archaeological site of Moray, particularly impressive due to the scale of the unusal circular terraced depressions - speculated to be an agricultural laboratory built by the Incas.

    Dinner is included at our hotel this evening. 

    Hotel Taypikala Valle Sagrado **** (or similar)

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 13

    Visit the ruins of Ollantaytambo; scenic train journey to Aguas Calientes.

    It's a short drive to Ollantaytambo, where we visit the immense Inca fortress before catching the train to Aguas Calientes (the gateway town to Machu Picchu). The fortress at Ollantaytambo was the royal estate of Inca Emperor Pachacuti as well as being of religious and defensive significance. It's also worthwhile exploring the town to see the well-preserved cobbled Inca streets which still follow the pre-conquest grid plan.

    In the afternoon we make the scenic journey through the Urubamba River Valley to Aguas Calientes on the Vistadome Train (approx. 1 hour 30 minutes) - the panoramic windows enable views of the dramatic valley sides rising steeply on either side. 

    Aguas Calientes is a bustling town with a large handicraft market (although prices here are at a premium in comparison to Pisac or Cuzco markets). There are some nearby hot springs however they are often overcrowded and the water quality suffers as a result, therefore we don't recommend visiting them.

    Dinner is included at our hotel this evening.

    Hotel El Mapi Hotel by Inkaterra **** (or similar)

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 14

    Guided tour of Machu Picchu; return to Cuzco.

    In order to beat the day-trippers arriving from Cuzco and reach the ruins as early as possible, a very early start is required to queue for Machu Picchu; only government-registered buses can make the 30 minute drive up the winding road to the site entrance and during high season (May-October) queues can be hours long. 

    Machu Picchu is one of the architectural and engineering marvels of the ancient world and what makes it all the more dramatic is its mountain backdrop of staggering immensity. The Spaniards never found it; the Incas left no records of it, and so Machu Picchu remained a great enigma, a city lost for centuries in the jungle until it was rediscovered in 1911 by the American historian Hiram Bingham. 

    Having been trialled in 2017, new regulations for visiting Machu Picchu will be fully enforced for 2018; of the three possible visiting slots, Exodus we will purchase the morning slot from 06:00 until 12:00 (unless unavailable), you will be limited to a maximum of four hours within the site and must be accompanied by a guide. There will also be three set routes to follow around Machu Picchu; Exodus selects the most comprehensive route. Please note that exploring the ruins involves a reasonable amount of walking, including up and down steep and uneven stone steps. Should you wish to visit for longer, you can purchase a second entrance ticket on the day (if available) although please be aware that there won't be time for a further four hours before we have to catch the train (you may only get another 1-2 hours) - for the second visit it is not mandatory to have a guide.

    We catch an afternoon train back to Ollantaytambo (1hr 30 mins) and continue by private bus to Cuzco (2hrs 30 mins).

    Hotel San Agustin Plaza **** (or similar)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 15

    Cuzco city tour including the magnificent Cathedral, Qoricancha Sun Temple and the Inca site of Sacsayhuaman.

    Set amidst hills in the altiplano, the imperial city of the Incas, Cuzco, was the geographic, cultural and political centre of a vast empire which, at its peak, stretched from present day Quito in Ecuador to Santiago in Chile. After the Spanish Conquistadores invaded the city they started building on top of the Incan structures, resulting in unique architecture, a fusion of the Incan and Spanish colonial styles. It is among the most attractive cities in South America.

    We will have a walking tour around the compact city centre, visiting the Basilica Cathedral in the Plaza de Armas, as well as the Santo Domingo Church and Qorikancha – the Sun Temple, the archaeological site of Tambomachay and the ceremonial temple of Quenqo. We also drive to the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, set on a hillside overlooking the city. Another feat of engineering; the fortress is built out of enormous perfectly interlocking slabs of rock, and is where the Inca armies made their last stand against the Conquistadores.

    A farewell dinner is included at one of Cuzco's top restaurants this evening.

    Hotel San Agustin Plaza **** (or similar)

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 16

    Depart Cuzco.

    The tour ends today. The group flight is an overnight flight, departing in the afternoon - a group transfer to the airport is included if you have booked flights through Exodus.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 17

    Arrive London.

    Th group flights are scheduled to arrive into London this afternoon. 

Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Extend Your Trip

Amazon Rainforest extension (from Lima)

Code: XPL

Easily accessible via a short flight to Puerto Maldonado from Lima, the Amazon is the world's largest rainforest and home to an astonishing array of wildlife, as well as countless plant species. Spending three nights at a lodge in the incredibly rich Tambopata Reserve, we use motorised canoes to explore its lakes and rivers, and follow jungle trails to discover its dense forests. The detailed itinerary can be found here

Please ask your sales consultant for more details.

Amazon Rainforest extension (from Cuzco)

Code: XPC

Easily accessible via a short flight to Puerto Maldonado from Cuzco, the Amazon is the world's largest rainforest and home to an astonishing array of wildlife, as well as countless plant species. Spending three nights at a lodge in the incredibly rich Tambopata Reserve, we use motorised canoes to explore its lakes and rivers, and follow jungle trails to discover its dense forests.The detailed itinerary can be found here.

Please ask your sales consultant for more details.

Essential Info

Visas

Peru

Visas are not required by UK citizens, Western European nationals, Americans, Canadians, Australians, New Zealanders, South Africans and most other nationalities. If you are in any doubt please contact the nearest Peruvian Embassy.

Vaccinations

Peru

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements.

Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Typhoid, Hepatitis A.

Zika fever is a mosquito‐borne viral disease and a known risk in Peru. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

If you are travelling to the Tambopata reserve in the Amazon rainforest, the risk of malaria is slight, but you may wish to consult your GP or travel health clinic for further advice. We also strongly recommend that you obtain a Yellow Fever vaccination. Dengue fever and/or Chikungunya are known risks in the Amazon region. Both are tropical viral diseases spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for either, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites: always apply insect repellent and wear long-sleeved shirts and trousers while in the rainforest to avoid being bitten.

The above information can change at short notice; as we are not qualified to answer all your questions about travel health we strongly recommend you contact your Medical Professional or a Travel Health Clinic at least 8 weeks prior to departure for up‐to‐date information.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, 1 lunch and 4 dinners are included in the price of the tour.

A welcome dinner is included at Huaca Pucllana overlooking a 5th century archaeological site. In the Sacred Valley and Aguas Calientes dinner is included at our hotels, and on our last night in Cuzco we will have a farewell dinner at one of the top restaurants.

The included lunch is a traditional meal on Taquile Island, Lake Titicaca.

Hotel breakfasts are normally buffet-style affairs with a choice of continental and cooked options, tea, coffee and juice.

Where lunch and dinner is not included we'll visit a variety of local cafes and restaurants; your leader will suggest a selection of good quality restaurants in each location.

Peruvian cuisine has developed a reputation for its flavours and originality and it’s well worth trying out a few of the local delicacies. Amongst these are ceviche (a spicy dish of seafood or fish marinated in lime juice), lomo saltado (a Peruvian take on a beef stir-fry) and various hearty soups such as the delicious quinoa soup. Other dishes include roasted cuy (guinea pig), alpaca steak, and to drink, the national beverage: Pisco Sour.

Drinking water is included in the tour as tap water in Peru is not safe to drink; to minimise the use of plastic bottles, your leader will buy large containers for you to refill your water bottles from. Additionally, in some hotels complimentary drinking water is provided in the rooms.

If you have a dietary requirement or an intolerance please inform Exodus at the time of booking; gluten and dairy free products are not as readily available in Peru and you may wish to bring some of your own snacks from home to supplement your diet.

Weather

Peru's diverse geography results in a very varied climate between different regions.

Lima and Paracas fall within the coastal desert region of Peru, with a mild climate and very little rain all year. From April to November the sky is almost always grey and cloudy and the air humid. Average day time temperatures in Lima remain between about 18 and 24 degrees Celsius during this period, with July and August typically being the coolest. Nights are also mild - typically 15-18 degrees Celsius. From December to March the skies in Lima are clear and temperatures at their warmest but elsewhere in the country this is the rainy season.

Cuzco and the Andes have a temperate climate. December to March is the rainy season in Cuzco/the Andes and April to November is the dry season; characterised by clear skies and strong sunshine in the mornings, sometimes clouding over as the day progresses. Daytime temperatures are usually pleasant (approx. 20 degrees C on average) but night times only 5-10 degrees C, except for May, June, July and August when days are cooler and nights are often close to, or a few degrees below, freezing. In the Andes, however, anything is possible at any time of year, including cloud, rain or even snow, and rapid and unexpected changes! 

Lake Titicaca and Colca Canyon are high, and at 3,800m and 3,600m above sea level respectively, the sun is strong but the air can be cold, and nights can be close to freezing. You will need to bring some warm layers and a waterproof or wind-stopper. 

Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu are in the cloud forest and as such attract large amounts of precipitation all year as clouds move up from the Amazon Basin. Rain here can be heavy, but is seldom prolonged. Cold fronts sometimes occur from July-August.

Peru is affected by the El Niño weather phenomenon whereby warming of Pacific Ocean surface water off South America drives a shift in the atmospheric circulation resulting in abnormally high levels of rainfall over parts of South America. These events occur at irregular intervals of two to seven years, and last nine months to two years. A strong El Niño event occurred in 2014-16. In El Niño years, temperatures in Lima can be much warmer than described above but it still rarely rains in Lima.

Cuzco, Peru

Cuzco, Peru

Is this trip for you?

This well-paced premium itinerary encompasses Peru's main highlights in just two weeks. It has been designed to include two night stays wherever feasible and incorporates an internal flight to minimise prolonged road journeys. There is one longer drive of approximately 7 hours, from Puno (Lake Titicaca) to Cuzco, but the scenery over the high altiplano is spectacular and there are stops at points of interest along the way.

Although graded Leisurely/Moderate (level 2), the altitude can make physical activity feel more tiring than at sea level. As this trip spends considerable time at altitude we ask you to refer to the Altitude Warning within the Trip Notes for more information and advice on how to limit the effects of altitude sickness. The tour allows for gradual acclimatisation, visiting Arequipa (2,335m) before moving on to Coporaque, Colca Canyon (3,575m), Lake Titicaca (3,800m) and Cuzco (3,400m). The maximum altitude on this tour is Patapampa Pass (approximately 4,850m) on the drive from Arequipa to Colca Canyon.

Cuzco, Arequipa, and many of the Inca sites (including Machu Picchu) are built on hillsides and sightseeing often involves walking up and down steep streets or on uneven steps or terraces. As such, you should have a good level of mobility and a reasonable level of fitness.

Strikes are not uncommon in Peru and whilst these are generally peaceful protests, they can result in roadblocks and disruption to travel. In this event, your leader will amend your itinerary if necessary to minimise the impact.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

4-star Premium Hotels

High quality four-star hotels are used throughout this tour. The hotels usually used are listed and whilst we do not anticipate these changing, they cannot be 100% guaranteed.  

Lima: NM Lima Hotel - located in Lima’s upmarket San Isidro district. Facilities/services include a 24-hour front desk, a restaurant, gym. Rooms are equipped with free WiFi, Cable TV, air-conditioning/heating, a hairdryer, safe and a minibar.

Paracas: Hotel San Agustin Paracas - located on the coast and has a swimming pool with a sea view. All rooms face the sea and are equipped with Cable TV, heating, hairdryer, safe and a minibar. Free WiFi in public areas.

Arequipa: Libertador Arequipa - located five minutes from the Plaza de Armas and just 20 minutes from Arequipa airport. The hotel has a pool, a spa with a sauna and jacuzzi, a gym and spacious gardens. Rooms have air-conditioning/heating, free WiFi, a minibar, Cable TV, and a hairdryer.

Colca Canyon: Aranwa Pueblito Encantado del Colca - This peaceful riverside retreat is set amidst natural surroundings, the hotel grounds include two waterfalls and an old watermill. Hummingbirds are frequently seen amidst the well-maintained gardens, and freshly picked organic crops and vegetables are used in the kitchen. There is a spa with massage rooms, a solar heated pool and a sauna/steam room. The spacious rooms have a minibar, TV, safe and hairdryer and views of the Andes.

Puno: Sonesta Posada del Inca Puno - located on the shores of Lake Titicaca, the restaurant enjoys fantastic views over the water. Rooms are equipped with Cable TV, WiFi, a safe and a hairdryer.

Cuzco: San Agustin Plaza - located opposite Qoricancha, the Sun Temple, and within easy walking distance of the central Plaza de Armas. The cosy bar is furnished with warm textiles and the restaurant has excellent views over the Sun Temple. Rooms all have WiFi, Cable TV, a minibar, safe and a hairdryer, as well as heating.

Urubamba/Sacred Valley: Taypikala Valle Sagrado - set in spectacular surrounds between the mountains and the Urubamba River with lots of outdoor space and an outdoor swimming pool. There are areas set aside for yoga and relaxation. All rooms have heating/air-conditioning, WiFi and a safe. 

Aguas Calientes; El Mapi Hotel by Inkaterra - a contemporary, bright and airy hotel within walking distance of town. Please note that a railway line runs through the centre of Aguas Calientes and the trains might be heard from some rooms. Rooms are well-appointed but compact; amenities include a safe. TV, hairdryer, minibar and coffee machine.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

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