Machu Picchu, Peru

Tailor Made: Inca Trail & the Amazon Rainforest Trip Notes

Ways to Travel:
Tailor Made Adventures
Destinations:
Peru
Programmes:
Walking & Trekking, Tailor Made
Trip Code:
BBK
Activity Rating - Moderate
Moderate

You are moderately fit and possess a spirit of adventure. Some previous experience is required for most activity based trips.

Days Flight Inclusive
15 Days Land only
Min age:

Trip Overview

Peru has been home to many civilisations, most notably the Incas, whose ancient cities and fortresses are still being discovered across this fascinating region. This three-part itinerary includes the Inca Trail (or alternative Moonstone Trek), which takes in beautiful mountains and cloud forest as it follows a historic route to Machu Picchu, the best-preserved and most dramatic Inca ruin. It also explores the harsh landscapes of the high altiplano and the islands of Lake Titicaca and, in complete contrast, the dense jungles of the Amazon Rainforest. 

At a Glance

  • 7 nights hotels and 3 nights rainforest lodge in en suite rooms, 1 night homestay with basic shared facilities, and 3 nights full-service camping
  • 4 days point-to-point walking with full porterage
  • Travel by private car/bus, train, boat and 3 internal flights
  • Altitude maximum 4215m, average 3050m
  • 7kg personal weight limit on Inca Trail trek
  • Countries visited: Peru

Trip Highlights

  • Trek the classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, plus have an early morning tour of the ruins
  • Spend three nights deep in the Amazon Rainforest
  • Explore Lake Titicaca, with a homestay on one of its islands
  • Enjoy the old Inca capital of Cuzco, with its Inca and colonial architecture
  • Alternative remote Moonstone Trek available when Inca Trail permits have sold out

Is This Trip for You?

You should be aware that the size of Peru means that this trip involves some long drives, particularly the one from Cuzco to Puno (around 10hrs), and you should be prepared for this. The buses used are comfortable and the scenery is outstanding. There will be several stops along the way to help break up the journey.

The Inca Trail is a Moderate grade trek (level 3) - please refer to our activity level guidelines. There are four days point-to-point walking with full porterage, reaching a maximum altitude of 4215m, average 3050m. Though not without its difficulties (in particular the ascent and descent of the first pass, known as Dead Woman's Pass!) this trek is certainly possible for anyone in a good state of health and fitness, but we would not recommend it as a beginner's trek to anyone with no previous trekking experience. If you are not a regular walker you should put in some physical preparation beforehand. The trek is also not particularly suitable for those with bad knees due to the number of steep and uneven steps, particularly on the third and fourth days of the trek.

You may find our Fitness Training Guide a useful reference.

As this trip spends considerable time at altitude, we ask you to refer to the altitude warning within the Trip Notes. We spend two days in Cuzco (3400m) acclimatising before starting the trek.

Protest action/strikes are not uncommon in Peru, and whilst these are generally peaceful, they can involve roadblocks and cause disruption to travel. Occasionally your itinerary may be adapted in response to this. 

Walking hours stated within the itinerary are given as approximates only. Timings stated include lunch and photo stops and will vary depending on the pace of your group.

Inca Trail Regulations

An Inca Trail permit is required for this trip. There are a number of important regulations regarding the Inca Trail that we would like to make you aware of:

  1. Spaces on the Inca Trail are on a first come, first served basis and we urge you to book as early as possible. 
  2. If you cancel your booking more than 8 weeks before departure and wish to transfer your deposit to another departure or another trip the transfer fee is £150 as we will lose the permit we have purchased on your behalf. This is an amendment to our Booking Conditions. No transfers are possible within 8 weeks of departure. 
  3. Bookings can only be made if we are supplied with your full name, passport details, date of birth and nationality, exactly as per the passport you will be using to travel to Peru (this information is used to purchase your Inca Trail permit). If your passport details do not match those on your permit you will be refused entry to the Inca Trail by the local authorities. 
  4. Should the passport used to purchase your permit be lost, stolen or expire before your Inca Trail start date, you must purchase a new passport and notify Exodus immediately as we will need to apply to amend your Inca Trail permit. To do so, you must supply copies of both your old and new passports to Exodus in advance of travel and pay an administration fee of £25. For this reason, we strongly recommend that you make a copy of your passport at the time of booking.
  5. Please be aware that these regulations may change at any time, and Exodus is not responsible for the decisions made by Peruvian authorities.
  6. There is a possibility that the Peruvian authorities may increase the entrance fees to the Inca Trail, Machu Picchu and other major sights at any time. If they do so, we will inform you of this increase and the extra amount will need to be paid locally in cash in Peru. 

Alternative Moonstone Trek

Once Inca Trail permits have sold out for a given date, we can no longer accept bookings for the classic Inca Trail trek. However, we can offer an equally spectacular alternative trek (not requiring a permit) in its place. The remote high altitude Moonstone Trek takes in a number of recently discovered Inca and pre-Inca archaeological sites and there are practically no other tourists along the route.

If selected, the Moonstone Trek will replace days 7 to 10 of the standard land only itinerary. The maximum altitude on the Moonstone Trek is 4625m (higher than that of the classic Inca Trail) and the route is slightly more strenuous. Therefore we class it as a Moderate/Challenging trek (level 4).

New List of Regulations for visiting Machu Picchu (which apply from July 1st 2018).

The main points impacting your visit are the following:

  1. The tickets are valid only for one entry which means that you cannot leave the site and re-enter.
  2. Once you have done the chosen circuit with your guide, you cannot walk back to view anything already visited and once you finish the circuit, you will have to leave the site. You can no longer explore the site further after the guided tour.
  3. The two visit times for visiting the site, either 6am-12pm or 12-16.30pm.

These new regulations will affect how long you are able to spend at Machu Picchu.  In the past, after the guided tour passengers could stay longer to explore the site, this is not possible anymore. The alternative that we are implementing on our visits to allow you further time, is to explore the upper part of Machu Picchu (Sun Gate and Inca Bridge) before starting the guided tour.  The guided tour will be about 2 hrs in duration, and unfortunately at the end of it, you will need to exit the site.

 Schedule of visit to Machu Picchu on this itinerary:

  • Early bus to Machu Picchu and explore upper part with local leader
  • Between 9-10am start the guided tour
  • Between 11.30am-12.30pm passengers leave Machu Picchu

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as generally not suitable for persons of reduced mobility. However if you are a regular traveller on such trips, please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Group

In the Amazon we will be accompanied by local guides from the lodge. On the Inca Trail (and Moonstone Trek) there will be a full trek crew of porters (horses and their wranglers on the Moonstone Trek), cooks and assistant guides.

Itinerary

TPJ Trip Map

Land Only

Start City:
Lima
End City:
Lima

Land Only Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Start Lima; free afternoon.

    The trip starts in Lima today.  An arrival transfer is provided; you will be met at the airport and transferred to the hotel. Check-in is in the early afternoon, and the morning is free for you to explore the local area, change money or visit Lima's many museums until the rooms become available.

    Hotel El Tambo 1 (or similar)

  • Day 2

    Fly to Puerto Maldonado; boat journey into Tambopata Reserve; guided jungle walks.

    You will have an early start today for the flight via Cuzco to Puerto Maldonado, a small jungle town. After a short drive via the lodge office (where you will store our main luggage) to the river, take a boat to your jungle lodge in the Tambopata Reserve (generally between 1½ and 3 hours depending on the lodge used). On the way you may see caimans (alligators), river turtles and a wide variety of birdlife.

    Your rainforest lodge is basic but all accommodation has en suite facilities with cold showers. Electricity is by generator and only available for a few hours a day in the dining room area. 

    Cayman Lodge (or similar)

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
  • Days 3-4

    Jungle exploration including forest walks and boat trips.

    The next two days are spent exploring the forest, rivers and lakes surrounding the lodge, on foot and in both motorised and paddle canoes. Although a lot of the wildlife tends to hide in the dense foliage, you should expect to see a wide variety of birds, including herons and egrets, jacanas, macaws and the almost prehistoric-looking hoatzin, as well as several species of monkey, reptiles and insects, and with luck the Giant otters which live in the rivers of the Amazon basin.

    Cayman Lodge (or similar)

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
  • Day 5

    Fly to Cuzco (3400m); free time to explore the ancient capital replete with Inca buildings and Spanish churches.

    A dawn start is required for the boat trip back to Puerto Maldonado, giving memorable views of the sunrise over the river. Look out for the early morning wildlife, which is particularly active at this time; Howler monkeys are frequently heard as they stake out their territories. After your flight to Cuzco, there is usually time for an afternoon orientation tour of the city. At 3400m Cuzco is an extremely high city and you may find yourself short of breath on arrival.

    Hotel Koyllur (or similar)

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Free day; optional Sacred Valley excursion.

    You have a free day in Cuzco today. The Inca Capital is among the most attractive cities in South America, with many interesting buildings, museums and sites. There are various optional activities that can be arranged through your local guide, such as a full day tour of the Sacred Valley (including the fortresses of Pisac and Ollantaytambo) or a visit to the ruins of Sacsayhuaman, situated on a hillside above the city.

    You will have a full trek briefing this afternoon (usually around 6pm).

    Hotel Koyllur (or similar)

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 7

    The Classic Inca Trail: Start Inca Trail trek from km82; walk along Urubamba River, climb to Huayllabamba.

    The Classic Inca Trail is a tangential branch part of a 45,000km road network linking the whole empire to Cuzco. It was built in the 15th Century to reach Machu Picchu but was abandoned soon after the Spanish conquest. American adventurer, Hiram Bingham travelled along the trail when he came across Machu Picchu in 1911. The trail opened to the public in 1970.

    You leave Cuzco early and drive for roughly two hours to Ollantaytambo; your last chance to buy any items needed for the trek. From here you veer off the road and follow a track beside the river (45 minutes) to the start of the Inca Trail at Piscacucho, commonly known as Km82. After greeting your trekking crew, you show your passport at the checkpoint and begin the Inca Trail trek. The trail runs alongside the Vilcanota River beneath the impressive snow-capped Nevado Veronica, passing through cactus gardens and fields of corn until you reach the enormous Inca ruins of Llactapata, where you continue up a side valley to camp near the hamlet of Huayllabamba.

    Walk Profile: approx. 11km / 6‐7hrs walking

    Full-service Camping - Huayllabamba Camp

    Moonstone Trek: Trek past ruins and hamlets to the village of Chillipawa.

    An early start as it's a very busy first day! Take a private minibus to the trailhead, stopping first to explore the nearby ruins from which the trek takes its name. This is a large site with several distinct Inca remnants, clearly of religious importance. As with the rest of the trek, you are most likely to have the site completely to ourselves. The Moonstone itself is a large carving on an enormous boulder, and its significance is not yet understood.

    The trailhead is in a quiet, dusty valley and you soon climb high enough from the floor to enjoy some great views. At around lunchtime you'll stop to explore the imposing pre‐Inca fortress of Wata that straddles the trail. The ruin has not yet been accurately dated and pottery can often still be found lying on the ground. The path then traverses along a green side valley as you make your way above a few tiny villages before entering the village of Chillipawa, where you camp.

    Walk Profile: approx. 10.5km / 6‐7hrs walking

    Full‐service Camping

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
    Distance covered: 11 km / 6.8 miles
    Activity (hours):
    6-7
  • Day 8

    The Classic Inca Trail: Cross Dead Woman's Pass (4215m), then descend to Pacaymayu.

    This is the longest and most strenuous day. A long climb (largely up stone staircases) takes you first through an area of cloud forest to the meadows of Llulluchapampa, then over the Warmihuañusca (Dead Woman's) pass, at 4215m the highest point on the trek. After quite a long, steep descent you'll camp in the scenic valley of the Pacamayo River (3600m).

    Walk Profile: approx. 10km / 6‐7hrs walking

    Full-service Camping - Pacamayo Camp

    Moonstone Trek: Up the Accoccosa Pass and onto the high pampas.

    A long, steady climb with plenty of rest stops to aid acclimatisation takes you above the villages and into the high pampas ‐ rugged meadows of long grass. You'll normally stop for lunch shortly before the crest of the Accoccosa Pass (and the very rare Andean Flicker is sometimes seen (although often heard!)). The last leg of the pass is on loose red scree, but the view from the top makes it all worthwhile: a broad, hidden valley surrounded by snowy peaks ‐ the Huayanay Range on the left, the Urubamba Range straight ahead and beautiful, triangular Mt Veronica (5,800m) to the right. You have time to explore this plateau and experience walking in the high altiplano before returning to your camp for a well‐deserved hot dinner. The camp's isolation, well away from any settlements, results in spectacular night skies when clear.

    Walk Profile: approx. 8.8km / 4‐5hrs walking

    Full‐service Camping

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
    Distance covered: 10 km / 6.2 miles
    Activity (hours):
    6-7
  • Day 9

    The Classic Inca Trail: Over Runquracay Pass (3800m) to ruins of Sayajmarca and Phuyupatamarca.

    Start the day with an easier climb which takes you past the ruins of Runquracay and over the Runquracay Pass (3930m). From now on the Inca Trail becomes a clearly defined path made of flat boulders. You pass the ruins of Sayajmarca and suddenly enter rainforest; at one point the trail passes through an Inca tunnel. You camp at a spectacular campsite on the ridge above the Inca site of Phuyupatamarca (3680m) to benefit from the views of sunset and sunrise.

    Walk Profile: approx. 12km / 5-6hrs walking

    Full-service Camping - Phuyupatamarca Camp

    Moonstone Trek: Continue along a narrow canyon and Incan aqueduct before crossing over to the Inca quarry of Canchiqata.

    Start after breakfast by following the stream from down this hidden valley into a narrow canyon. Rare polylepis trees grow here and you pass through a small grove as you leave the canyon. Your path then turns North and traverses very high above a deep and steep valley separating you from the Huayanay Mountains. This is probably the most spectacular section of the trek and you roughly follow a (now defunct) Inca aqueduct spectacularly carved out of the cliffs to take water from the hidden valley of your campsite to the Sacred Valley several miles away. At the end of the traverse you have a short but steep climb up to your lunch spot, a flat, ridge‐top meadow facing straight across the Sacred Valley to the snowy Urubamba Range.

    After lunch you walk down to Huayrapunku. Meaning "Gate of the Wind", this is a ridge‐top Inca shrine oriented to Mt Veronica, of which it has a simply incredible view. Finally a short walk brings you to your final campsite in amongst the granite stones of the Canchiqata Quarry. It was here that huge blocks were cut from the rose‐coloured granite before being dragged down the mountainside and across the river to the Sun Temple at Ollantaytambo.

    Walk Profile: approx. 11.8km / 5‐6hrs walking

    Full‐service Camping

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
    Distance covered: 12 km / 7.5 miles
    Activity (hours):
    5-6
  • Day 10

    The Classic Inca Trail: Walk down Inca steps to Wiñay Wayna and Machu Picchu via the Sun Gate.

    From the ridge, you embark on the infamous Inca steps: a two kilometre stone staircase taking you rapidly downhill amid a panorama of overwhelming immensity, with the peaks of the Vilcabamba range above and the river thousands of metres below. After visiting the attractive ruins of Wiñay Wayna, you have an undulating walk through cloud forest high above the river to Inti Punku, the Sun Gate. From here you get our first full sight of Machu Picchu itself, with Huayna Picchu rising behind.

    Traditionally busy with groups of trekkers clamouring for photos, your arrival at Inti Punku is planned for later in the day so you can enjoy unobstructed views of the magnificent ruins. Passing around the edge of the ruins, you exit the site and descend to Aguas Calientes for a well-earned rest, a shower and a comfortable bed for the night. Your trekking permits allow us one entry into the site, which you use for your tour tomorrow, but anyone wishing to visit the citadel on both days can purchase an additional entry ticket today - your local guide will assist with this.

    There is usually time for an optional visit to the hot springs in Aguas Calientes, however, in recent years they have become over-crowded and the water quality can suffer as a result.

    Walk Profile: approx. 9km / 6-7hrs walking

    Hotel Inti Punku El Tambo (or similar)

    Moonstone Trek: Descend to Ollantaytambo where the trek ends; catch the train to Aguas Calientes and re-join the rest of the group.

    Photographers are advised to wake up before dawn this morning, to watch the sun rise over the Sacred Valley from your campsite high above it. The sun's first rays catching the glaciers of Mt Veronica certainly makes the effort more than worthwhile. This is your last day on the trek and you descend from the pampas down into the lush valley floor along the enormous stone ramps on which the Incas dragged the stones. Cross the river and explore the huge Sun Temple complex to see where the stones ended and what use they were put to. Your trek ends as you board the train to Aguas Calientes.

    Walk Profile: approx. 8km / 2‐3hrs walking

    Hotel Inti Punku El Tambo (or similar)

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch
    Distance covered: 9 km / 5.6 miles
    Activity (hours):
    6-7
  • Day 11

    Guided tour of Machu Picchu; return to Cuzco by train and by road.

    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. 

    New regulations for visiting Machu Picchu are now fully enforced; of the three possible visiting slots, Exodus 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. 

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

    Hotel Koyllur (or similar)

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 12

    Drive across altiplano to Puno (3800m), on the shores of Lake Titicaca.

    Today take a bus ride across the altiplano, the high plains separating the Andes from the jungles. Although it is quite a long drive (10 hours including stops), the views are spectacular. There are scheduled stops along the route to visit some of the most interesting sites which helps break up the day and get a feel for the immensity of the Andean landscapes. A packed lunch is included today.  You arrive in the evening in Puno, a high, chilly town on the shores of Lake Titicaca.

    Casona Plaza Hotel (or similar)

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch
  • Day 13

    Boat to Amantani Island for village homestay.

    Explore Lake Titicaca, visiting the lesser-known Titinos communities who live on islands of floating reeds and produce some fine textiles. Though the altitude here (3850m) is tiring, the air is very clear and the lakeside views can be magnificent, with the snow-capped peaks of the Andes towering in the background. There is the option to go on a walk to the top of the island to watch the sunset. You spend the night on Amantani Island where you experience a homestay with the local villagers - this really allows you to see what life is like for the people in an isolated island community.

    Titicaca Homestay (basic accommodation)

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
  • Day 14

    Morning travel to mainland; evening fly to Lima.

    Take a boat to Chifron Bay and spend some time exploring the peninsula before flying back to Lima (from nearby Juliaca airport). Depending on the flight taken, you may have some time free for shopping and sightseeing, including an optional visit to the Gold Museum. Flight times do vary and it is possible you will not arrive into Lima until late afternoon or early evening.

    Hotel El Tambo 1 (or similar)

  • Day 15

    End Lima.

    The trip ends after breakfast today. 

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
Altitude charts
Inca Trail Altitude Chart

All ascents, descents and distances listed above have been measured by our local partners or tour leaders. Please note that different GPS measuring devices can give differing results dependent on the barometric pressures at the time. Measurements stated throughout these trips notes are given to help you understand the types of terrain and distances you will encounter.

Accommodation

Hotels, Lodges, Camping & Homestay

The hotels normally used are indicated within the itinerary however accommodation may differ from those stated depending on your departure date. In Lima, Puno and Cuzco, we stay in small, locally-owned hotels with en suite rooms and breakfast facilities. Most hotels have a safety deposit box in the room but if not, there will be one at reception.

Please note that central heating is very rare in Peru, even in good standard hotels. Most hotels provide plug in heaters and spare blankets. Additionally whilst all of the hotels have a hot water supply, it can be temperamental when there is high demand.

A railway line runs straight through the centre of Aguas Calientes and whilst we try to allocate rooms away from it whenever possible, the trains might be heard from some rooms.

The Inca Trail (and Moonstone trek) is on a full-service camping basis with full porterage, meaning that our camp staff will erect and dismantle the tents for you, cook, and do all of the camp chores for you. You need only carry your day pack. There is a separate dining tent for meal times, as well as a toilet tent for use both in camp and during lunch stops. On the Inca Trail we stay in organised campsites which are administered by the Regional Cultural Directorate, whilst on the Moonstone Trek we use wild campsites.

On Amantani Island on Lake Titicaca you will stay with a local family. The rooms are basic but clean and your beds will have sheets and plenty of blankets. There are outside toilets and washbasins. The lack of electricity or road noise (there are no roads!) and the starlit sky on clear nights makes for a truly peaceful and serene experience.

In the rainforest we stay in a variety of lodges in the Tambopata Reserve. All offer a similar standard of accommodation and rainforest experience, and each has a network of walking trails through the forest. The lodges are usually located between 1½ and 3½ hours by boat from Puerto Maldonado, and each has a main building surrounded by lodge/bungalow accommodation. The rooms are usually based on two people sharing, and all have private bathrooms with a shower, as well as individual mosquito nets over the beds and, in some cases, mosquito screens on the windows. There is generally no electricity in the bedrooms, and lighting is provided by lanterns or candles. The main buildings each have a dining room and bar, as well as a small library of books relating to the rainforest and its flora and fauna. These are usually the only areas of the lodge with an electrical supply (not 24 hour).

Where a single supplement is available, paying for a single only guarantees a room for single use. It does not always mean a twin or double room will be provided for sole occupancy.

Food & Transport

Eating & Drinking

All breakfasts, 8 lunches and 6 dinners included in the price of the tour.

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.

Hotel breakfasts are normally simple buffet-style affairs, usually including bread/toast and jam, cereal, sometimes eggs or a cooked dishes, sometimes fruit, tea/coffee and fruit juice. Regrettably, we cannot guarantee that wheat/gluten-free products will be available for breakfast in all locations - if you have an intolerance you may wish to bring your own breakfast food.

Lunches in the rainforest are either buffet lunches or picnics, depending on the day's activities. Dinners in the Amazon are buffet style, taken at the lodge

During the Inca Trail (or Moonstone Trek) hearty breakfasts are served and good quality cooked lunches and dinners are provided, and usually consist of soup or a starter, a main course with meat/fish and some form of carbohydrates, followed by a dessert. Some snacks between meals are also provided. Drinking water (boiled and filtered) is provided in the mornings and at lunch during the trek so that you can refill your bottles. Bed tea/coffee is brought to your tent each morning and juice or hot drinks are provided with all meals during the trek.

Where lunch and dinner is not included we'll visit a variety of cafes and restaurants.

Drinking water is provided. The tap water in Peru is not safe to drink; boiled and filtered drinking water is provided on the trek and elsewhere your local guide will buy large water containers for you to refill your bottle from.

Transportation

A variety of transport is used during this tour and vehicle types may vary depending on group size: travel is by train, boat, car/bus, and 3 internal flights.

Airport transfers and the main road journeys are by private car or mini-bus. 

In the Amazon Rainforest we may share boats with other guests staying at the lodge.

We travel by train (with Peru Rail/Inca Rail) from Aguas Calientes (the town below Machu Picchu) to Ollantaytambo in Expedition/Executive Class. Seating is four seats to a table and the carriages have panoramic windows and there is air conditioning/heating.

On Day 10 (returning from the Inca Trail) and on Day 11 (for the guided tour of Machu Picchu) we take the public bus the short journey between Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu - this is the only transport option available on this route as private vehicles are not permitted. Queues can be very long first thing in the morning, especially during the peak summer months.

The boat on Lake Titicaca is private to our group, and there will be a local guide from one of Lake Titicaca’s island communities. The boat is enclosed as it can get cold at this altitude but there large windows on all sides and an outside deck to the rear. Life jackets are provided.

Weather & Seasonality

Weather Information

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

Lima falls 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.

Whilst the Amazon Rainforest is generally warm and humid, it can be subject to drops in temperature caused by cold fronts pushing in from the south - this can occur at any time of year, but happens most often in June and July. This can send temperatures dropping into single figures, and we recommend that you take some warm clothing with you to the lodge in case of sudden changes in the weather.

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 is high, lying at 3,800m above sea level, and at this altitude 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.

Weather Charts

Cuzco, Peru

Cuzco, Peru

Joining Instructions

Travelling land only: 15 days starting and ending in Lima

Your trip normally starts at our accommodation in Lima in the afternoon of Day 1 of the itinerary Details of how to reach the start point are provided in the Final Joining Instructions ‐ sent approximately two weeks before departure.

As advice about luggage allowances for both hand and hold luggage is subject to change, we suggest you check the airline's website for the latest information prior to your departure. The usual, standard check-in baggage weight allowance is 20kg.

Regional Flights

The Flight Inclusive price is based on a London departure, but we are happy to tailor this to your local or regional airport. Please ask about flights from local or regional airports.

If booking regional flights other than with Exodus, you must allow a minimum connecting time (in addition to the international check-in time) of 1 hour at Gatwick, and 1.5 hours at Heathrow; this is longer than the official minimum, but baggage handling is known to be subject to delays.

Free Transfers

Exodus offers FREE airport arrival and departure transfers on any flight for this trip, for both Land Only and Flight Inclusive clients. Unless specified otherwise, the transfer will be to the Exodus start (or pre-tour) hotel and from the end (or post-tour) hotel, and will be on the date on which the tour starts/ends; transfers to other hotels in the same city and/or on different dates may attract an extra charge. Transfers may be shared with other Exodus customers on the same flight, or on a flight with similar arrival times. All those taking advantage of the free airport transfers must provide full flight details for both arrival and departure in advance. 

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers will be sent to you as part of our Final Joining Instructions. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

Transfers Details

The cost of a taxi is likely to be about £20 or US$30 should you decide to make your way independently.

Should you decide to make your way independently there is also an airport shuttle bus, which runs a direct service from Lima Airport to the Miraflores District of Lima every 30-60 minutes for US$8 one way or US$15 round trip. Tickets can be bought online or at the counter in Lima Airport. Visit the website and select your hotel to find the nearest stop and see a map of where it is in relation to your hotel: https://www.airportexpresslima.com

Location start:
Lima
Location end:
Lima

What to Take

Essential Equipment

For full details of what to take, please see our Inca Trail kit list

Sleeping bag (3-4 seasons)
Warm jacket
Leather or lightweight walking boots
Hat and gloves
Waterproof jacket and over trousers
Sunglasses
2 x 1 litre water bottles
Sunhat
Sunscreen
Daypack to carry personal items during the daytime
Thermal underwear
Light-weight clothes with long sleeves and trousers
Sandals for wearing in the lodge
Insect repellent
Torch (head torches are ideal)
Small trek towel

On arrival at Puerto Maldonado, a small bag (which can take between 7-8kgs) is provided in which you must pack only what you need to take into the jungle. The rest of your luggage will be stored for you until your return. As well as lightweight clothing, we also recommend you take some warm clothing since the rainforest can be subject to sudden cold snaps, especially in June and July.

Exodus provides (in Cuzco) a sleeping mat for the duration of the Inca Trail trek. The mat is full length and approximately 4cm thick when inflated.

A sleeping bag is not included but is required for the trek - these can be hired locally through your local leader in Cuzco from US$20 (PEN64).

Inca Trail Baggage & Weight Restriction

Whilst any type of normal luggage or suitcase can be used for this holiday, a soft kitbag or duffel bag (measuring approximately 70cms x 30cms) will need to be used for the trek portion (since porters cannot carry hard suitcases or bags with wheels etc.). 

If you book this trip, we provide an Exodus kitbag to pack your luggage in whilst on trek. If you book via an agent, it is at the agent’s discretion and you should speak directly to them to arrange delivery. Please note that if you book less than three weeks before the departure date we cannot guarantee that your kitbag will arrive before your trip starts, so if this is the case please contact us on [email protected] to let us know. For full T&Cs see www.exodus.co.uk/kitbags.

As the kitbags do not have wheels, you may prefer to pack it inside your own wheelie case for ease of travelling to, and moving through, the airport. Your suitcase can then be left in Cuzco with anything not needed for the trek, whilst the kitbag will be carried by your porter on trek. If however, you can't fit the Exodus kitbag in your main luggage (or do not receive one in time) then our local partners will provide a soft duffel bag in Cuzco (this should be returned to your local leader after the trek).

There are strict regulations regarding luggage on the Inca Trail. These regulations are strictly enforced and were created to reduce environmental damage to the Inca Trail and to comply with porters work laws.

Porterage for up to 7kg of personal gear is allowed on the Inca Trail trek. This is inclusive of your sleeping bag, which usually weights approx. 1.8kg. Your sleeping mat, however, does not count towards your personal weight limit. If your packed duffel bag exceeds the allowed weight, you will have to transfer excess items from your duffel bag to your daypack.

The above weight restrictions do not apply to the alternative Moonstone Trek as porterage is by horses/mules. Nevertheless, on the Moonstone trek please try to keep your duffel bag to a maximum of about 10kg (give or take a couple of kg) so as not to overladen the animals.

Donations for porters and schools

If while packing you find a spare bit of space in your bag, you may be interested to hear of our school project, "Exodus Educates" which was set up by one of our local leaders, Wilbert Ramos. This project supports a rural school in the Chitapampa community in the Sacred Valley. The school has 40 students in primary (6-11 years old) and secondary grades (12-15 years old), the families are mainly farmers / sheep farmers and some also work as porters for our local partner in Peru. If you have room for any of the following items they would be appreciated: children’s books for 6-15 year olds, bilingual books, notebooks, pens, crayons, other stationery, educational games. Donations should be given to your local leader, who will drop them at the office and our local partner will distribute them to the school.

The porters we work with are mostly from rural farming communities. If you have any old walking gear you no longer need, or any unwanted warm children’s clothing, these would be much appreciated by the porters and their families. Please leave any donations with your leader in Cuzco, or alternatively, you can give items directly to your porters on the last night of the trek.

Water Included

Plastic bottles are a big issue in many countries where recycling isn’t yet widely available; they often end up in landfill sites or get burnt, both processes are harmful to the environment and we would like to reduce our impact here. For your trip we provide an alternative to single-use plastic bottles in order to reduce the amount of plastic used. This means that safe drinking water will be available throughout so all you need to do is bring a bottle to re-fill along the way. Please add this to your packing list!

Equipment Hire

Duvet jackets and sleeping bags are available for hire from Trek Hire UK. Trek Hire UK can also provide a range of trekking essentials and accessories, from rucksacks to trekking poles. Please note that supplies are limited, and it is advisable to reserve any equipment as early as possible. For trips to Kilimanjaro, Nepal and Peru, certain items such as duvet jackets, sleeping bags and thick mattresses (mattresses not available in Nepal) can be hired through our local agents. For Kilimanjaro and Nepal trips these must be pre-booked through the Exodus office to ensure availability. For trips to Peru there is no need to pre-book these as they can be arranged locally through your tour leader in Cuzco. Please call for details.

Environmental Considerations

We believe in reducing our negative environmental impacts wherever possible, this goes for when you need to spend a penny in the great outdoors! If no facilities are available there may come a time when you need to go to the loo behind a tree/bush/rock. To avoid leaving toilet paper behind we recommend taking biodegradable dog poo/sandwich bags with you. Once you have done your business you can pop the used toilet roll in here and take it off the mountain or trail at the end of the day and dispose of it when there are appropriate facilities available.

Optional Equipment

We strongly recommend taking trekking poles for the Inca Trail, as the number of steps can be hard on the knees, but please note that due to recent environmental legislation poles must have a plastic tip or protector fitted on the end. Walking poles with rubber tips can be hired through your local leader in Cuzco from US$8 (PEN26) per pole. Please note that walking poles are not permitted inside the ruins of Machu Picchu without a medical certificate detailing their necessity.

We also recommend: A small sewing kit (with safety pins), wet wipes, cold water detergent or laundry soap (biodegradable, a personal music player/ books / pack of cards, swimwear for hot springs.

Internal Flights Weight Limit

The weight limit for internal flights in this destination is generally 20kg.

Practical Information

Passport

Peru

All nationalities require a full passport that must be valid for a minimum period of six months from the date of entry into Peru. It is your responsibility to have the correct personal documents and to obtain your own visa, if one is necessary, in accordance with the regulations of the country you are to visit. The information below is primarily for UK passport holders, and other nationalities should check with their travel agent or the relevant embassies. We are not responsible for the actions of local immigration and customs officials, whether at points of entry or otherwise, and any subsequent effects.

Visa

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.

Visa regulations can change without notice: please check the current regulations in good time to obtain a visa if one is required.

If you are travelling via the USA and are eligible to transit under the Visa Waiver Programme (most British and western European citizens with a machine readable passport are), you are now required to register in advance for an Electronic Travel Authority (ESTA). There is a US$14 charge for the ESTA, which is only payable online with a credit card. Please see our website www.exodus.co.uk/usvisa for further information. All other nonresidents passing through the US must get a visa in advance. Check with your local embassy or consulate for more details on how to obtain a visa.

Vaccination

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 places visited on this trip. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available, we therefore strongly 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.

Travel health can often be something people forget about before going away, but a little preparation and knowledge can go a long way to help you stay fit and healthy while abroad.

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. Please note: vaccinations that are routinely recommended to residents of the UK, North America or Australasia are not considered to form part of the travel health advice, and you should ensure these are kept up to date where necessary.

For additional information please visit: https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/countries

Altitude warning

This trip includes one or more nights over 3500m above sea level, where there is a genuine risk of being affected by Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). If left untreated AMS can be life-threatening. We expect most clients to experience some mild symptoms of altitude sickness, such as headaches and shortness of breath while walking or sleeplessness. Our leaders are trained to identify symptoms of severe AMS and if a client requires extra care, arrangements such as rapid descent will be made immediately.

On some days this trip climbs faster than commonly published ascent rate recommendations. Based upon an assessment by our external safety and medical advisors and our risk assessment process, we consider the ascent rate is acceptable due to the additional safety measures that are in place for our customers. All our trips operating at high altitude meet our internal altitude safety standards that minimise the risk of serious incidents occurring whilst travelling at altitude.

A number of medical conditions or medications can reduce your body's ability to acclimatise. This may affect your performance and make you more susceptible to AMS. If you are worried about any pre-existing conditions, such as heart conditions, or your overall physical ability, you must seek medical advice prior to booking. The drug Diamox (also known as acetazolamide and normally only available on prescription) has been shown to aid acclimatisation in some individuals, and therefore may reduce the risk of AMS. Clients considering using Diamox should speak to their doctor about the drug, its side-effects and a prescription. Please note that while we endeavour to assist all our clients in achieving their goals, there may be times when your leader decides to delay or stop your ascent based on your overall condition, or the onset of AMS.

If you are not taking out Exodus Travel Insurance, make sure that your policy covers you up to the maximum altitude on this trip (if trekking in the Himalaya your policy should also cover the use of a helicopter for emergency medical evacuation).

Insurance - are you adequately covered?

It is a condition of joining any of our holidays that you must be fully insured against medical and personal accident risks (to include repatriation costs and air ambulance or helicopter rescue services where appropriate). On arrival in destination for your trip, you will be asked to present details to your leader or local representative of your policy.

If you are resident in the UK we strongly recommend the Exodus travel insurance policy, this is specifically designed to cover all activities on your trip. If arranging your own policy please ensure that you are covered for all activities that are part of the trip, optional activities that you intend to take part in and/or on high altitude itineraries, that you are covered up to the maximum altitude of the trip.

Local Time

Peru's Timezone:
America/Lima -05 (GMT -05:00)

Electricity

Peru's Electricity:

220 Volts/60hz. Most sockets will take both European round pin plugs and flat U.S. plugs. On camping treks, spare batteries or a solar charger may come in handy. If staying in an Amazon lodge there is no mains electricity; a generator will provide power for a few hours a day only in the main lodge/dining area, whilst lanterns, torches or candles will be provided in the bedrooms.

There are no charging facilities available on the Inca Trail, and we recommend you take spare batteries for the duration of the trek and the visit to Machu Picchu.

Money

Peru's Currency

The national currency of Peru is the Peruvian Nuevo Sol (PEN), with an exchange rate at the time of publication (August 2018) of approximately 4.24 to the GBP, 3.31 to the USD, 2.54 to the CAD, 3.81 to the EUR, 2.43 to the AUD and 2.208 to the NZD.

Most major currencies including Sterling, Euros and US Dollars can easily be changed into local currency (Sol) at all bureau de change in Peru, although US Dollars usually attract the best exchange rates. Torn, damaged or marked foreign bills are often refused in Peru.

ATM Availability

ATMs are available in the larger cities and towns and are particularly recommended since they often allow you to withdraw either Dollars or Soles and exchange rates are generally good. Most international credit and debit cards are accepted, but you should inform your bank you are travelling to Peru and check if your card will work in the local ATMs. There are a couple of ATMs in Aguas Calientes, but they do sometimes run out of cash so it is a good idea to take your spending money for Machu Picchu with you on the trek itself. Credit card acceptance is increasing, but generally they can be used only at the large (and more expensive) restaurants and shops. You should check with your card provider to ensure your card can be used in Peru. We do not recommend taking travellers cheques as these are becoming increasingly difficult to exchange.

Extra Expenses & Spending Money

We recommend either taking cash with you to change into Sol locally, or using local ATMs to withdraw money in Peru as you go, so you are not left with excess at the end of your trip. It is a good idea to change a small amount into Sol at the counters in the baggage hall upon arrival. Change is often in short supply, so ask for small denomination banknotes and try to break up any large notes at the earliest opportunity. It is possible to obtain Peruvian Sol before you travel but exchange rates can be lower than exchanging money locally in Peru. Some larger establishments and hotels accept US Dollars but the vast majority of places will only accept Sol.

Food, drinks and similar incidentals can vary in price enormously in Peru and are relatively expensive compared to other developing nations. Allow about US$15-20 per meal not included to eat at tourist class restaurants. Cheaper food is abundant at small local cafes, although sanitary conditions at these places cannot be guaranteed. Bottled water and soft drinks are readily available for around US$1-2 each.

You may want to hire equipment for your trek in Cuzco - please see the Packing Section for prices.

Peruvian airport taxes are included in the price of your flight ticket and there will be no need to pay these locally.

Please note that there is a possibility the Peruvian Ministry of Tourism may increase entrance fees to archaeological sites at any time. If this happens, we will inform you of the increase and the additional amount will be payable locally.

Peruvian passport or identity card holders

Please note that the cost of Exodus holidays in Peru is based on the assumption that you do not hold a Peruvian passport or resident's card. If you are officially resident in Peru or are a Peruvian passport holder, you will be liable to an additional 18% tax on the majority of services, and this extra sum will be payable locally to our local partner. Other nationalities are exempt from this tax. Please notify us at the time of booking if you are legally resident in Peru or hold a Peruvian passport so that we can advise you of the total cost of these taxes.

Optional Excursions

Your local guide will be able to tell you about the full range of optional excursions available throughout your holiday however the most popular ones are as follows:

A Partial Tourist Ticket (BTG) is required for entrance to the sites in and around Cuzco and the Sacred Valley – this is not included in the excursion prices below but can be purchased locally From PEN70 (approx. US$21).

Cuzco city tour and 4 ruins (half day – 5 hours): From US$45 per person (based on 4 participants), excludes BTG. This includes visits to the nearby ruins of Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Tambomachay and Puca Pucará as well as a tour of the city itself, including the Plaza de Armas, where the Cathedral is located, Qorikancha ‘Sun Temple’ (entrance included) and San Pedro Market.

Sacred Valley tour (full day – 8 hours): From US$55 per person (based on 4 participants), excludes BTG. Drive to the Sacred Valley, stopping at El Mirador viewpoint en route. Visit Pisac Market and fortress and Ollantaytambo; return to Cuzco.

South Valley tour (full day – 7 hours): From US$63 per person (based on 4 participants), excludes BTG. Visit the little-known valley to the south of Cuzco, including the terraces at Tipon, the pre- Inca ruins of Pikillaqta and the ‘Sistine Chapel of the Americas’ in Andahuaylillas (entrance included); return to Cuzco.

Lima city tour (half day - 3 hours): From US$40 per person (based on 4 participants). Visit ‘Pucllana Pyramid’, the colonial centre including Lima's Plaza Mayor (Main Square), the Government Palace, the City Hall, and other important monuments. Later, visit the Convent of San Francisco with its catacombs (entrance included) and continue to the modern Miraflores District.

Cuzco: Stand Up Paddle (half day – 4 hours ): From US$55 per person. Fruit, water and hot drinks included.

Cuzco: Zip-Line (full day – 8-9  hours): From US $66 per person. Includes Transport security equipment, specialized guide, box Lunch.

Cuzco: Via Ferrata (full day – 8-9  hours): From US$66 per person. Includes Transport, security equipment, specialized guide, box Lunch.

Cuzco: Via Ferrata + Zip line( full day – 8-9  hours): From US$100 per person. Includes Transport, security equipment, specialized guide, box Lunch.

Mountain Biking Excursion in the Sacred Valley (full day – 7  hours): From US$172 per person (based on 2 participants). Includes private transfer, security equipment, specialized guide, box Lunch.

Prices of excursions vary depending on the number of people taking part. The prices given within these Trip Notes are based on 4 participants and are intended as a guideline only. Actual prices will be more for smaller group sizes and less for larger group sizes. All tours use private transport and there will be an English-speaking guide.

For some activities, a minimum number of participants may be required. Some activities may not always be possible due to weather, seasonality, national holidays, or unforeseen circumstances.

Tipping

Exodus encourages customers to tip local support staff if they would like to. In Peru, it has become customary for local staff to receive tips and these tips can be an important source of extra income for hard-working crew. While whether and how much to tip should be a personal decision, customers often ask us for a suggestion of appropriate amounts for different individuals. Together with our local partner we have prepared the below guidelines which we hope will be useful.

On this trip we recommend you allow approximately US $75 for small tips to various people who have helped during the trip (i.e. drivers, local guides, hotel staff). 

Tipping of your trekking crew

The trekking crew is made up of guides, cooks, kitchen staff, and porters (or horsemen on the Moonstone Trek). Tips are best arranged on a group basis, and a volunteer from the group should gather the money and split the total collected into smaller amounts for each person. This is normally done on the last night of the trek. Your leader will be happy to assist as needed. 

Inca Trail Trek: the recommended contribution per group member is PEN160-210 (or PEN 180-230 pp for small groups of 6 or less). 

Moonstone Trek: the recommended contribution per group member is PEN140-190 (or PEN 160-210 pp for small groups of 6 or less). Around PEN200-300 of the total collection would normally be allocated to the Main Trek Guide.

Responsible Tourism

At Exodus, we believe in the power of Responsible Travel.

We operate a zero‐impact policy on the Inca Trail, removing all waste from campsites and separating it so that it can easily be recycled or composted. Using a toilet tent at our lunch stops and in camp removes the need to dig holes at campsites, and alleviates the waste problems caused by the fixed toilet blocks. Our camp staff are paid a fair wage and receive all accommodation, transport and food during the trek. They are also trained and encouraged to put environmental protection practices to use in their own communities. The porters we work with are not directly employed by our local partner but we work with the same communities each year; we supply uniforms, walking shoes and provide safe transport and community support for them. Our Trek Manager is a leading figure and consultant for the Porters' Federation, which campaigns for the fair treatment of porters in the region.

We include drinking water, provided in large containers to refill a reusable bottle from, to reduce the amount of single-use plastic. 

There are plenty of opportunities to visit the markets and purchase local handicraft products or to sample Peruvian street food; try the Mercado San Pedro in Cuzco for local produce and the artisan market in Aguas Calientes for textiles. The entrance fees for the archaeological sites, museums and churches we visit, including Machu Picchu, help support their maintenance, restoration and upkeep.

The homestay on Amantani Island on Lake Titicaca is a positive exchange actively encouraging group members to talk to locals and learn about traditional customs - the income from our stay is divided amongst the island community. In the Amazon we use lodges with sustainable practices and tours are on foot and by boat to learn about the ecosystem.

Café Daria is the first vocational training site for young adults with special needs. Students are trained across all aspects of hospitality and the food is prepared by the students on site. It's a great way to interact with locals, while also giving those who would normally be isolated from society the opportunity to meet people from all over the world. Exodus support this cafe, and you will have the opportunity to visit it in Cuzco if you wish.

Every time we travel, we are part of a global movement that creates jobs, builds more sustainable societies, encourages cultural understanding and safeguards common natural and cultural heritage. To learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus click here… 

Exodus Community

Join the Exodus online community

Don't forget to visit the Community area on our website. You can view the range of Exodus videos and podcasts, read trip write-ups which have featured in the national media and take advantage of some special deals on travel gear and equipment.

In the Community Travel Forum you'll find the Departure Lounge where you can discuss your trip with fellow travellers before you depart. When you get back from your holiday remember to upload your images to the relevant trip page on our website. This helps other people see what our holidays are really like and you'll be entered automatically into our monthly photo competition.

To make full use of the Community you'll need to join My Exodus. It's free, registration is simple and easy, so what are you waiting for?

Important Information

On all guided trips

Although our leaders are well trained to deal with different capabilities, if they have any concerns about someone’s ability to safely partake in an activity, or their impact on other people’s enjoyment, we authorise them to take necessary action which, in some circumstances, may involve asking someone to miss that activity.

Although rarely enforced, by booking this trip you agree to section 16 of our Booking Conditions which clearly states that our leaders have the authority to do this. In these circumstances we will ensure anyone sitting out is safely provided for and offered alternative options where possible. Refunds will not be provided for activities missed and customers may be liable for additional costs incurred.

On all trips

In booking this trip you should be confident in your ability to participate in all activities described in these Trip Notes. If you have any doubt about your suitability you should call the Exodus office and ask to speak to one of the experts on this itinerary.

In an emergency, please contact our 24 hour out of hours service on +44 (0) 844 326 7041.

Every time that you travel abroad you should take the time to read the warnings in the essential information in the brochure.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers, and details of how to reach the start point, will be sent to you approximately 2 to 3 weeks prior to departure. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

The information in these Trip Notes is given in good faith. Where differences exist between the Trip Notes and our current brochure or website, the Trip Notes supersede the brochure and website. All holidays can be subject to unexpected changes; in order to enjoy them you should be prepared to be flexible where necessary. Occasionally, as stated in our brochure, it may not be possible to follow the itinerary as planned. This may be for a variety of reasons - climatic, political, physical or other. In these circumstances we will make the best possible alternative arrangements that maintain the integrity of the original itinerary.

As fuel prices, airport taxes and exchange rates fluctuate, and airlines manage their rates to match demand, it is proving harder than ever to guarantee our Flight Inclusive prices. Although we endeavour to keep our website as accurate as possible, daily fluctuations mean that our Flight Inclusive price may be out of date. For accurate prices we recommend that you contact one of our Travel Experts, or your Travel Agent.

TRAVEL AWARE –STAY SAFE & HEALTHY ABROAD

 

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office and the NHS have up-to-date advice on staying safe and healthy abroad. For more on security, local laws, plus passport and visa information, see https://travelaware.campaign.gov.uk/

Keep informed of current travel health news by visiting https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/

Advice can change so check regularly for updates.

For all latest travel information about your holiday, please visit our Travel Safety Advice page.

How to Book

1. Check availability

Go online to check availability, or contact us by phone or email.

2. Secure your place

You can provisionally hold a place on this trip, usually for between three and seven days.

3. Complete your booking and payment

When you're ready to book, go to www.exodus.co.uk for online booking, book over the phone or you can complete a booking form (available online or on request by calling us). We accept all major credit and debit cards, or you can pay be cheque. Book with confidence: Exodus is fully licensed and bonded as a tour operator. We hold Air Traffic Organisers Licence (ATOL) number 2582 issued and bonded with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). We are also bonded to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and we are members of the Federation of Tour Operators (FTO) and ABTA ‐ The Travel Association. This means you can book your Exodus holiday with confidence, as all monies paid to us for your trip are fully protected.

TRIP NOTE VALIDITY

These Trip Notes are valid from the "Current as" date on page one. They will occasionally be updated post booking and pre-departure; if there are any updates that significantly impact the inclusions or itinerary bookers will be written to separately. All customers will also receive a link to the most up-to-date version of the Trip Notes with their Final Joining Instructions pre-travel.