Getting to Machu Picchu isn’t easy but when you’re there it’s so worth it. This gay group trip will take you on the Inca trail. You’ll camp in the shadow of a glacier, see the ruins of the Inca empire and ultimately arrive at Machu Picchu.
This will be a once in a lifetime adventure.
If you arrive early on day one you can go on a tour of Pachacamac ruins – for an additional charge.
We’ll be going on a bike tour of Lima and discovering Peru’s history at the Larco Herrara Museum. In the evening we’ll dine at a top restaurant.
We’ll take a short flight to Cusco, check into our hotel and acclimatise to the high altitude. The colonial city of Cusco has plenty to discover and its surrounding sacred valley.
Just outside the city we’ll explore the Incan Sacsayhuaman fortress complex, and then return for dinner in the trendy San Blas area.
The Inca Empire ruled over Peru from around 1450 to 1530. Prior to the Incas, Peru was made up of many fragmented communities. The empire the Incas created was truly great. They built sophisticated roadways and created an administrative bureaucracy. As with so many empires, they must have thought that theirs would last forever.
The arrival of the Spanish would bring their short reign to an end. Spain’s rapid conquest obliterated most of what the Incas had built. We’ll be exploring the ruins, and trying to piece together their story from the wreckage of history.
We’ll visit the Inca town of Limatambo, the village of Mollepata and the Tarawasi ruins. Tonight we’ll camp in the shadow of a glacier at Soyrococha.
Today we’ll see more glaciers as we ascend Salkantay Mountain Pass, seeing some chinchillas in their natural habitat on the way.
Attention coffee lovers: we’ll be trying some of the world’s best coffee on our hike through Santa Teresa River Valley. We’ll have a picnic and camp at Lucmabamba.
As we hike to the Incan Llactapata Ruins we’ll get out first glimpse of Macchi Picchu. We’ll then descend into the bamboo forests of the Aobamba River valley.
This morning we’ll take a bus to “The Lost City Of The Incas”, Machu Picchu. A mountain citadel built by the Incas, it was “rediscovered” in 1911 and now it’s Peru’s most iconic attraction. It’s a place of great mystery; no one knows why it was built.
We’ll be visiting the Ollantaytambo fortress, a fortress used by the Inca resistance when the Spanish invaded. It was once the estate of Emperor Pachacuti.
Our epic adventure will then come to a close. We’ll return to Cusco and fly to Lima for our return flights.