Girl swinging in the trees, Amazon, Peru

Inca & Amazon Adventure Family Holiday Trip Notes

Ways to Travel:
Family Group, Private Group Adventures
Destinations:
Peru
Programmes:
Family
Trip Code:
FNP
Activity Rating - Challenging
Challenging

Challenging trips are much more taxing (most of the best adventures are!) In addition to a faster-paced itinerary, there’ll be less downtime and likely a more demanding climate. Children and teenagers taking on challenging trips should be willing to take part in several hours of activity a day. If your youngsters are happy outdoors, excited by a challenge and don’t mind ‘roughing it’ on occasion, then this grade is for them.

16 Days Flight Inclusive
14 Days Land only
Designed for: Ages 13-16

Trip Overview

The ancient Inca capital of Cuzco is brimming with Spanish churches and Inca fortresses just waiting to be explored. There’s fun to be had in the nearby Sacred Valley, with the chance to go paddle-boarding on Lake Piuray or mountain biking around the salt flats of Maras. Having acclimatised, we follow in the footsteps of the Incas along the classic four day Inca Trail to the mysterious citadel of Machu Picchu via the Sun Gate. In contrast to the Andes we delve into the tropical Amazon Rainforest and spend three days exploring the jungle trails, canopy towers and river banks in search of wildlife. 

At a Glance

  • 7 nights en suite hotels, 3 nights full-service camping and 3 nights rainforest lodge
  • 4 days point-to-point walking with full porterage.
  • Group normally 8 to 16, plus leader and support staff
  • Altitude max. 4215m, average 3050m
  • Travel by minibus, train, 2 internal flights, boat and on foot
  • 7kg personal weight limit on trek
  • Alternative Lares Trek or One Day Inca Trail Option available when Inca Trail permits have sold out

Trip Highlights

  • Trek the classic Inca Trail 
  • Morning tour of Machu Picchu when it's at its quietest
  • Jungle walks, canopy towers and boat rides to discover the Amazon Rainforest and its wildlife
  • Time to visit the markets and museums of Cuzco
  • Chance to go mountain biking, paddle-boarding or zip-lining in the Sacred Valley (all optional)

Is This Trip for You?

This trip is graded Level 5, Challenging. It is designed for ages 13 to 16.

Our family activity levels are aimed at children in the primary or ‘Designed for’ age group. Please see the family activity levels on our website for further information.  When grading our trips we consider multiple factors, the pace — how busy an itinerary is — and the level of activity involved as well as the amount of time a family will spend travelling. The weather is an important factor too as is the altitude on this itinerary. 

We consider the Inca Trail as 'challenging' (for families) and this tour is designed for families with older (teenage) children in mind - please refer to our activity level guidelines. There are four days point-to-point walking with full porterage, reaching a maximum altitude of 4,215m, average 3,050m. You may walk for up to seven hours a day and the route involves considerable ascent and descent. 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 walking 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. We have many Exodus staff members who have completed this trek therefore if you have any concerns about the difficulty of the walking or your own/your families capabilities please feel free to speak to us before booking on.

You may find our Fitness Training Guide a useful reference.

The climate in the Amazon is hot and humid which can make activities tiring.

There is a degree of flexibility within the itinerary, with an array of optional activities to choose from in Cuzco depending on your family's interests.

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 leader may have to adapt your itinerary in response to this. 

As this trip spends considerable time at altitude, we ask you to refer to the altitude warning within the Trip Notes. We spend three days in Cuzco (3,400m) acclimatising before starting the trek.

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.

Please Note: Whilst your departure date may be 'Guaranteed', your Inca Trail permit itself will initially be 'On Request'. If travelling within the current year we will try to purchase your permit immediately upon receiving your booking. If travelling next year, we will apply for your permit as soon as they are released for sale. In either case, in the event that we are unable to get your permit we will contact you to discuss your options. 

List of Regulations for visiting Machu Picchu:

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.
  4. The local authorities have restricted the temples which can visited at Machu Picchu depending on the time of the visit to the site.

These regulations will affect how long you are able to spend at Machu Picchu and which temples you can visit.  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. You will be able to visit the Condor’s Temple, but not the Sun Dial Temple or the Sun Temple on this itinerary.

 Schedule of visit to Machu Picchu on this itinerary:

  • Early bus to Machu Picchu and explore upper part with the tour 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 or Lares Trek there will be a full trek crew of porters (on the Inca Trail), cooks and assistant guides.

Adult min age:
17
Child min age:
13
Child max age:
16
Min group size:
8
Max group size:
16

Itinerary

Land Only

Start City:
Cuzco
End City:
Lima

Flight Inclusive

Start City:
London
End City:
London

Land Only Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Start Cuzco (3400m); afternoon orientation tour (on foot).

    Set amidst hills in the altiplano, the Imperial City of the Incas, Cuzco (3,400) 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. There will be a walking orientation tour this afternoon. It is recommended to take it easy upon arrival into Cuzco and to drink plenty of water to allow your body time to acclimatise to the altitude (3,400m). There will be a welcome briefing in the hotel lobby this evening.

    Koyllur Inn / Hostal Inkarri (or similar)

  • Days 2-3

    Sightseeing and activities in Cuzco to acclimatise; choice of optional activities including a cookery class, paddle-boarding, mountain biking or zip-lining in the Sacred Valley.

    The next two days have been left free for exploring Cuzco, one of South America's most beautiful cities. The Plaza de Armas is a fantastic spot for people watching, and Qorikancha - Sun Temple, located in the Santo Domingo Church and monastery are worth a visit. The Mercado San Pedro is the place to try some local produce and there are many handicraft markets to shop for souvenirs such as alpaca jumpers and scarves.

    Outside the town are more Inca ruins, notably the fortress of Sacsayhuaman where the Inca armies made their last stand against the Conquistadores. Cuzco is also the gateway to the Sacred Valley of the Incas and should you wish to visit the sites, your leader can help organise an excursion, including Pisac Market (optional).

    If you fancy something more active then there is an array of other optional activities available from Cuzco. These include a cookery lesson, paddle-boarding on Lake Piuray, mountain biking in the Sacred Valley between Maras and Moray, or a combination of via ferrata and zip-lining in the Sacred Valley. For some activities, a minimum number of participants is required.

    On your last evening in Cuzco, there will be a full trek briefing.  You will also need to pack and weigh your duffel bag ready for the Inca Trail the following day (the weight limit is 7kg per person for your duffel bag) - remember to keep your passport somewhere accessible.

    Koyllur Inn / Hostal Inkarri (or similar)

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 4

    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.

    We leave Cuzco early and drive for roughly two hours to Ollantaytambo, our last chance to buy any items needed for the trek. From here we 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 our trekking crew, we show our passports 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 we reach the enormous Inca ruins of Llactapata, where we continue up a side valley to camp near the hamlet of Huayllabamba.

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

    Full-service Camping - Huayllabamba Camp

    Inca Trail - Meals Included: breakfast lunch dinner

    Lares Trek: Trek from the town of Lares through the valley to Cuncani

    We leave Cuzco in the morning and drive up to the Lares Pass at 4400m, stopping to purchase snacks en route and to visit the Inca site of Totora. From the pass it is another hour and a half drive to the Lares hot springs where we stop for lunch.  After lunch our trek begins; we’ll walk up through the valley to the Cuncani community where we spend the night.  

    Walk Profile: approx. 11km / 4-5hrs walking

    Full‐service Camping

    Lares Trek - Meals included: breakfast  lunch  dinner

    One Day Inca Trail Option: Full day walking tour of nearby ruins including Tambomachay and Sacsayhuaman

    The hills above Cuzco city are dotted with some of the most interesting Inca ruins. We drive to the highest, Tambomachay, and return on foot to Cuzco via Puca Pucara, Qenco and Sacsayhuaman: an easy acclimatisation walk to get used to the altitude. An open-air picnic lunch is included during the hike near the spectacular ruins.

    Walk Profile: approx. 6.5km / 5-6hrs walking (inclusive of the time for visiting the sites)

    Hotel Warari / Koyllur (or similar)

    One Day Inca Trail Option - Meals Included: breakfast lunch

    Distance covered: 11 km / 6.8 miles
    Activity (hours):
    6-7
  • Day 5

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

    This is the longest and most strenuous day of the trek. A long climb takes us 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 we camp in the scenic valley of the Pacamayo River (3600m).

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

    Full-service Camping - Pacamayo Camp

    Inca Trail - Meals Included: breakfast lunch dinner

    Lares Trek: Trek from Cuncani to Kiswarani

    This morning we start our walk through a small valley, passing waterfalls and incredible blue lagoons until we reach the Wilkiqhasa Pass at 4200m.  The climb up to the pass is quite steep and goes up in a zig zag pattern.  Reaching the top, we are rewarded with views of the snow-capped Qolqe Cruz, Sawasiray  and Pitusiray mountains, some of the highest mountains in the Urubamba mountain range. Our trek continues down through the Kisawarani Collana conservation area to lake Queunacocha where we stop for lunch. After lunch it is only another hour until we reach our campsite at Kiswarani.

    Walk Profile: approx. 11km / 7 hrs walking

    Full‐service Camping

    Lares Trek - Meals Included: breakfast lunch dinner

    One Day Inca Trail Option: Andean Musical Experience

    This morning we will spend two hours in a local musician’s home in San Blas. He will play local instruments for us as well as explain some of the history of these instruments - some which have been played since before Inca times and others which were inspired by the conquistadors’ influence and which are now part of a blended culture. You will get the chance to play some of your favourites among the drums, strings and wind instruments – and will get the chance not only to play the most emblematic Andean pipes, the zampoña, but also to make one!  You will get the chance to make your own zampoña and take it with you as a souvenir of your time in Peru.

    Hotel Warari / Koyllur (or similar)

    One Day Inca Trail Option - Meals Included: breakfast

    Distance covered: 10 km / 6.2 miles
    Activity (hours):
    6-7
  • Day 6

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

    We start the day with an easier climb which takes us 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. As we leave behind the ruins of Sayajmarca, we suddenly enter rainforest; at one point the trail passes through an Inca tunnel. We spend the night 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

    Inca Trail - Meals Included: breakfast  lunch  dinner

    Lares Trek: Trek from Kiswarani to Cancha Cancha

    We start early today, walking uphill for approximately 4 hrs, with views of the Kiswarany Valley and several lakes below, to reach the highest point of the Lares Trek, the Pachakuteq Pass at 4600m. From this high point, we once again will have views of the snow-capped Qolqe Cruz, Sawasiray and Pitusiray mountains. From the summit, we walk mostly downhill for approximately an hour to reach Acopata, where we’ll stop for lunch. After lunch we will walk approximately 2 hours, mostly downhill, to reach our campsite in Cancha Cancha. 

    Walk Profile: approx. 14km / 7-8 hrs walking

    Full‐service Camping

    Lares Trek - Meals Included: breakfast lunch dinner

    One Day Inca Trail Option: Visit Pisac market and Inca ruins in the Sacred Valley

    This morning, we head out of Cuzco to the colourful handicraft market at Pisac, at the entrance to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. After some free time to browse the stalls, we take a walking tour of the huge Inca ruins above the village. We will enjoy a local meal in a community along the Valley and will learn about local lifestyle and activities.. After lunch, we drive down the valley to Ollantaytambo where we visit the immense Inca fortress and explore the unique village whose streets still follow the pre-conquest grid plan.

    Tunupa Lodge (or similar)

    One Day Inca Trail Option - Meals Included: breakfast lunch

    Distance covered: 12 km / 7.5 miles
    Activity (hours):
    5-6
  • Day 7

    The Classic Inca Trail: Descend to the Sun Gate for majestic views of Machu Picchu; overnight in Aguas Calientes.

    From the ridge, we embark on the infamous Inca steps: a two kilometre stone staircase taking us 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, we have an undulating walk through cloud forest high above the river to Inti Punku, the Sun Gate. From here we get our first full sight of Machu Picchu itself, with Huayna Picchu rising behind.

    Traditionally busy with groups of trekkers clamouring for photos, we plan our arrival at Inti Punku later in the day so we can enjoy unobstructed views of the magnificent ruins. Passing around the edge of the ruins, we exit the site and descend to Aguas Calientes for a well-earned rest, a shower and a comfortable bed for the night. Our trekking permits allow us one entry into the site, which we use for our tour tomorrow.

    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. We will be reunited with those who have been on the Lares Trek or One Day Inca Trail Option at the hotel this afternoon.

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

    Hotel Presidente / Inti Punku El Tambo (or similar)

    Inca Trail - Meals Included: breakfast  lunch  

    Lares Trek: Trek from Cancha Cancha to Huaran; transfer to Ollantaytambo and take the train to Aguas Calientes

    An early start this morning as we walk downhill for approximately four hours to reach the Sacred Valley at Huaran town.  Along the way we’ll pass farms and have the chance to see llamas and alpacas.  We’ll stop for lunch at the end of the trek and then say goodbye to our trekking staff before the drive to Ollantaytambo town (approximately 1 hour).  We’ll have a short walking tour and the chance to explore the ancient town of Ollantaytambo before making the scenic train journey through the Urubamba River Valley to Aguas Calientes (approx. 1 hour 30 minutes), arriving in the late afternoon. We will be reunited with those who have been on the Inca Trail or One Day Inca Trail Option at the hotel when we arrive.

    Walk Profile: approx. 10 km / 4 hrs walking

    Hotel Presidente / Inti Punku El Tambo (or similar)

    Lares Trek - Meals included: breakfast  lunch  

    One Day Inca Trail Option: One Day Inca Trail via Wiñay Wayna to Machu Picchu

    This morning we travel to Ollantaytambo and take the train to Km104 where we embark on the infamous Inca steps: a two kilometre stone staircase taking us 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, we have an undulating walk through cloud forest high above the river to Inti Punku, the Sun Gate. From here we get our first full sight of Machu Picchu itself, with Huayna Picchu rising behind.

    Traditionally busy with groups of trekkers clamouring for photos, we plan our arrival at Inti Punku later in the day so we can enjoy unobstructed views of the magnificent ruins. Passing around the edge of the ruins, we exit the site and descend to Aguas Calientes for a well-earned rest, a shower and a comfortable bed for the night. Our trekking permits allow us one entry into the site, which we use for our tour tomorrow, but anyone wishing to visit the citadel on both days can purchase an additional entry ticket today – your tour leader 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 Presidente / Inti Punku El Tambo (or similar)

    One Day Inca Trail Option - Meals Included: breakfast lunch

    Distance covered: 9 km / 5.6 miles
    Activity (hours):
    6-7
  • Day 8

    Morning 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. 

    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. 

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

    Koyllur Inn / Hostal Inkarri (or similar)

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 9

    Free day in Cuzco for shopping or activities.

    Today has been left free to relax after the trek or explore Cuzco further. Again, your leader can help to arrange optional excursions and activities for you - please see the Optional Activities section of the Trip Notes for more details.

    Koyllur Inn / Hostal Inkarri (or similar)

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 10

    Fly to Puerto Maldonado; boat transfer to Amazon lodge in the Tambopata Reserve.

    We leave Cuzco early today as we take a short flight to Puerto Maldonado (please note that due to poor flight availability, on some departures this flight will connect through Lima and be considerably longer), a small town in the rainforest. On arrival, we transfer to the dock for a boat trip to our lodge in the Tambopata Reserve (approx. 45mins by boat). On the way, we may see river turtles and a wide variety of birdlife.

    The order of activities in the rainforest may change depending on the weather and other factors. However, there will be a briefing upon arrival at the lodge followed by the chance to learn about the traditional use of bow and arrows – and even get a chance to try your hand at it!

    After dinner, we will go by boat in search of alligators in the river, using torches to look for the red reflections of their eyes on the riverbank, as well as looking for other nocturnal animals.

    Accommodation: Nape Lodge (or similar)

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
  • Days 11-12

    Discover the rainforest and its wildlife on foot, by boat and via a canopy tower.

    The next two days are spent exploring the forest, rivers and lakes surrounding the lodge, on foot and by boat. Although a lot of the wildlife tends to hide in the dense foliage, we 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.

    We will visit Tres Chimbadas Lake where we hope to see a great variety of wild fauna such as monkeys, macaws, black alligators, flying parrots and if we are lucky, one of the families of the River otter in the area. We will also visit a Parrot clay lick where every morning at dawn, different types of parrots and parrots and other species of birds meet. We will go on a night walk in search of insects, amphibians, tarantulas, bats, nocturnal birds and large nocturnal mammals.

    Accommodation: Nape Lodge (or similar)

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
  • Day 13

    Fly to Lima and overnight

    A dawn start is required for the boat transfer 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. The adventure ends at Puerto Maldonado airport.  We’ll say goodbye to our leader at Puerto Maldonado airport and take a short flight to Lima.  A local representative will transfer us to our included hotel where we will spend the night.  

    Hotel El Tambo 1 (or similar)

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 14

    End Lima

    Our adventure ends after breakfast this morning in Lima.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast

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, Camping & Lodge

camping on the Inca Trail

7 nights en suite hotels, 3 nights full-service camping and 3 nights rainforest lodge.

All hotels have en suite facilities, are centrally located and most have colonial charm. On the Inca Trail our camp staff erect and dismantle the tents, cook and do all camp chores for you - you need only carry your daypack. There will be a toilet tent, dining tent and bowls of warm washing water are supplied. Our rainforest lodge has en suite rooms and mosquito nets are provided. Power is by generator for a few hours a day in the main building only but lanterns and candles are supplied.

Single accommodation

A limited number of single supplements can be booked, subject to availability (the supplement excludes the stay in the rainforest lodge, where singles are not available).

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

Please note that a member of the group may be allocated a single room by default if the make-up of the group means there isn’t anyone for them to share with. Paying the supplement in advance is the only way to guarantee a single room.

Single supplements cannot be refunded retrospectively.

Whilst we will do our very best to ensure that families are roomed close together (in some cases, we can arrange adjoining rooms), we can't guarantee this. Most family holidays occur during peak season and we sometimes have little to no control over where you will be put. You need to come prepared for this.

Food & Transport

Eating & Drinking

All breakfasts, 7 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.

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 leader will buy large water containers for you to refill your bottle from.

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.

Where lunch and dinner is not included in Cuzco/Aguas Calientes we'll visit a variety of cafes and restaurants.

During the Inca Trail or Lares 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.

Whilst in the Amazon, all meals are included at the lodge.

Transportation

A variety of transport is used during this tour and vehicle types may vary depending on group size: travel is by train, boat, bus, and 2 internal flights.

Airport transfers are by private car or mini-bus. The main road journeys are by private mini-bus or coach with heating/air-conditioning.

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

We travel by train (with Peru Rail/Inca Rail) between Aguas Calientes (the town below Machu Picchu) and 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 8 (for the guided tour of Machu Picchu) we take the public bus for 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.

Weather & Seasonality

Weather Information

Peru's diverse geography results in a very varied climate. The coastal desert, including Lima, is generally dry but cloudy through most of the year. The exception is January to March when the skies are clear and the temperatures rise.

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! 

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.

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.

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 flight inclusive from London: 16 days

The group flight from London is an overnight flight departing the day before Day 1 of the itinerary.

Flights from London

We normally use the scheduled services of Avianca (depending on availability). As flight timings and schedules change regularly we recommend you call one of our specialist sales staff or your agent to confirm up‐to‐date timings. Please note timings may change at a later date and cannot be confirmed until approximately two weeks before departure.

Internal flights during the trip are normally with Lan Peru.

Travelling land only: 14 days starting in Cuzco, ending in Lima

Your trip normally starts at our accommodation in Cuzco 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.

Collecting Baggage in Lima

If you are flying via Lima, you will need to collect your baggage in Lima, even if your bag has been checked all the way through to Cuzco (and even if you are told in London that you do not need to pick it up). After collecting the bag, you are required to clear customs, and you should then drop it off at the bag drop for the onward flight. If you do not pick up your bag, there is a chance it may not reach Cuzco for the start of the trek. This is a requirement of Lima airport and also applies to your return flight.

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 £6 or US$10 should you decide to make your way independently.

Location start:
Cuzco
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 season)

Warm jacket
Leather or lightweight walking boots
Hat and gloves
Waterproof jacket and over trousers
Sunglasses
2 x 1-litre water bottles
Small trek towel
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)
Thin long sleeved shirt/tops for in the rainforest
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 leader in Cuzco from US$20 (PEN64).

Inca Trail Baggage

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. Once you have booked you will be sent instructions on how to claim your free bag (they will not be sent out automatically). There are also details on how to claim for another item from the Exodus shop should you already have one of these. 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 leader after the trek).

Inca Trail Weight Restriction

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.

Donations for porters 

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 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 / travel games, and swimwear if you intend to bathe in the hot springs in Aguas Calientes. We strongly recommend storing electronics (cameras etc.) in a sealed waterproof bag to prevent damage during rain.

Internal Flights Weight Limit

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

Boy arriving at Machu Picchu, Peru

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.

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.

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 2019) of approximately 4.08 to the GBP, 3.38 to the USD, 2.55 to the CAD, 3.79 to the EUR, 2.29 to the AUD and 2.18 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.

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 tour leader 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/£15).

Cuzco city tour and 4 ruins (half day – 5 hours): From US$48 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$58 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$66 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.

Other optional activities include: stand-up paddle boarding, mountain biking, or via ferrata and ziplining in the Sacred Valley, or a cookery course at Marcelo Batata in Cuzco. Please ask your tour leader for prices and further information.

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. Whether to tip and how much to tip should be a personal decision. As customers often ask us for a suggestion of how much is appropriate for different individuals, we have prepared some guidelines together with our local partner - your leader will provide a handout which we hope will be useful to your group.  Please note that PEN is the preferred currency for tips.

Tipping Kitty: On this trip we recommend running a tipping kitty. A tipping kitty means we tip as a group, and individuals don’t need to worry about giving out small tips to various people who have helped during the trip (i.e. drivers, local guides, boatmen, hotel staff). The contribution per person per day we suggest is US$5 (PEN 15).

Tour Leader: Leaders are fairly paid for their role but are of course always grateful for recognition of their skills and hard work. Tips for your leader should be based on their performance and engagement with the group, and if you are happy with the leader’s work, we recommend somewhere around US$5 (PEN 15) per person per day, but customers are encouraged to contribute what they feel happy giving - either less or more than the amount suggested above. 

Those on the Lares Trek should deduct 4 days' worth as the Tour Leader does not accompany you on the Lares Trek. 

Tipping of your trekking crew

The trekking crew is made up of guides, cooks, kitchen staff, and porters. 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). 

Lares 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.

Family group trekking the Inca Trail, Peru

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.

In the Amazon we use lodges with sustainable practices and tours are on foot and by boat to learn about the ecosystem.

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 14 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.

Family trips

On all trips the staff are there to help ensure the holiday runs as smoothly as possible and, in the unlikely event that it does not, to sort out the best possible alternatives. What they cannot do is act as child minders or babysitters; they will treat your children as 'young adults', but it is your responsibility to look after your young ones. During free time or if you decide to opt out of part of the itinerary, you are responsible for your family and any arrangements that need to be made. Under no circumstances should this responsibility fall on our staff or any of your fellow travellers outside of your immediate family.

TRAVEL AWARE – STAY SAFE & HEALTHY ABROAD

 

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development 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 our website for online bookings, 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.