Airport Pick Up
Welcome to Peru! Once you have arrived into Jorge Chávez International Airport, one of our Travel Ninjas aka tour guide (but way cooler) will be waiting for you and will take you to the hotel! Finally, you get to meet your TruFam and what better way to get to know one another than over FOOD! Try out Chupe de Camarones, a traditional soup made with crayfish and chilli or try out Pollo a la Brasa which is a classic Peruvian rotisserie packed with flavour! Go on, get those taste buds tingling! Here’s a quick read of our tips for travelling to Latin America to get you ready for your Inca Adventure (you're welcome)!
Lima City Tour & Flight To Cusco
Sitting in a valley surrounded by the desert is Peru’s capital, Lima. This ancient city is full of colour and history, which is why we are going on a city tour (duh!). Wander around and take in the amazing street art, take your pick at trying some Peruvian dishes, explore Lima’s highlights and coastal viewpoints! Yup, we said coastal views because Lima is on the coast, winner!
It’s time to say goodbye to Lima and hellooooo Cusco! We catch a short flight to the city of Cusco and check in to our hotel. Cusco is a city which has a mixture of both Incan and Spanish influences; it’s the best of both worlds (literally!). Learn about the heritage of the former capital of the Incan empire and THE gateway to Machu Picchu! It’s now time to get those dancing shoes on, or even better salsa dancing shoes on, after all, you are in Peru, and we’re off to a salsa bar to the dance the night away (test out Cusco’s nightlife ya know). Practice those moves, TruFam!
Cusco City & Ancient Sites
Make sure you fill yo’ stomachs at breakfast as we’re off on a walking tour of Cusco city, headfirst into Peruvian culture where we will learn all about this city’s fascinating history. Time for those taste buds to get tingling again as we sample the local food around the market; it doesn’t just have food but also creative craft stalls! So take your time and have a wander! Next on our list is the ancient Inca and Spanish site of Sacsayhuamán. Marvel at the stones of the Incan wall complex before we finish off the day at a coffee bar with an amazing view of Cusco City Square, reminiscing over our day & watching the world go by! We’ve got an early rise tomorrow so get those sleeping masks on!
Cusco City Tour, Entrance to Ancient Site Sacsayhuamán
Lake Humantay Trek
Morning campers! We know, we know, it’s early and we are all still half asleep, BUT you know what they say, the early bird catches the worm and trust us, this is well worth it. Guess what; the bus journey is 3 hours so you’ll be able to catch up on sleep until we arrive at our destination which is *drum roll please* the impressive Lake Humantay! Fun fact, the locals call it Laguna Humantay! A whopping 4000 metres up in the Andes, the lake is a sacred and spiritual area to the Incas! Spend the full day trekking up the mountains and taking in the majestic scenery (it looks like it’s straight out of a postcard, trust). Think snow-capped mountains, lush greenery and of course, the incredible turquoise lake. How brave are you? Take a dip in the glacier lake, if you dare because yes, it’s cold (extremely cold). Known as one of the best things to do in Peru today and an unforgettable experience, you can cross that off your travel list! Check you out.
Ollantaytambo & Ancient Sites
It’s time for your daily dose of beautiful landscapes that Peru has to offer, as we stop off at the sites of Maras Salt Mines and Moray Ancient Site and that’s only on the way to our destination! Which is the picturesque small town of Ollantaytambo. You’ll learn about the 500-year-old ancient process of salt mining while marvelling at the mines dug into the mountainside. It’s a lot more interesting when learning from the locals though, so let’s stop there. Make sure you take in the fantastic archaeological Moray ancient site before we head off! On the way to Ollantaytambo, we stop off at the small local brewery, where you can choose to sample some home-brewed beers. Once we have checked in to our hotel in Ollantaytambo, a small town in the northern end of the Sacred Valley, we have the evening to relax and get ready for the big hike ahead!
Transfers to Ollantaytambo, Maras Salt Mines, Moray Ancient Site
All aboard the Inca Trail Train! Today we say goodbye to Ollantaytambo lodge, and catch the train to Km 104, which is 12 Kilometres before Machu Picchu! That’s one seven wonder ticked off the bucket list! Look out the window and take in the amazing views of Urubamba river, the snowy mountains and small villages, before it’s time for us to start the famous one day Inca trail hike. Did someone say more spectacular views and ancient sites? You bet! Along the way to the jaw-dropping Machu Picchu Sun Gate, make sure you marvel at the scenes around you. Don’t worry, we’ve got your Inca Trail permit sorted! Stress-free travels for the win!
Inca Train Ride, 1 Day Inca Trail Hike, Inca Trail Permit
Machu Picchu & Inca City
Would you believe us if we said your Peruvian adventure is about to get a whole lot better? Well, you better believe us because today is a day you’ll never forget! Up the winding (but scenic) road we’ll reach the entrance of the Incan citadel Machu Picchu, the most famous (and the best) archaeological site in South America. A must-see, obvs! We spend our day taking a guided walk around the unreal ancient ruins, surrounded by lush greenery high in the Andes Mountains. Cameras at the ready, because you’ll defo want to take a few snaps, ya know for memories and... Insta, of course! Once we’ve got our pics for the gram, and we’ve explored at the sites a bit longer, it’s time to head back to Cusco city baby! Your experience of Machu Picchu will be a day you’ll never ever forget.
Return Bus Transfers To Machu Picchu Entrance, Guided Tour
White Water Rafting
Feeling adventurous? We hope so because today we’re going to hit those white water rafts and get our dose of adrenaline with some grade 2 & 3 rapids on the Urubamba River! After a splashing start to the day (pun very much intended), it’s time for our final dinner & drinks in the city of Cusco (sad sigh). Soooo you know what that means, get those dancing shoes on, you’ve had some practice by now, salsa dance your last night away! It’s been real!
It’s time to say adios! We know goodbyes are hard, but hey, you can always come back, and you’re leaving with a wonderful TruFam who you’ve made some amazing memories with, so it’s not all sad BUT we know the blues hit hard which is why it’s not a goodbye it’s a see you later. If your adventure is continuing, then our Travel Ninjas are there to help with any onward travel. Stay epic, TruFam!
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