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Peru Machu Picchu Adventure

Peru Machu Picchu Adventure

For nearly a century Machu Picchu has intrigued archaeologists and visitors alike. Make the pilgrimage the easy way to enjoy the breathtaking views from the city in the sky.

Prices from $695

Venture into a land of lost cities, rising through the mountain mists like ghosts. The Inca Trail is the most famous trek in South America and the highlight of any trip to Peru. The highlight of the trail is when it passes through the spectacular Incan ruins of Machu Picchu. Feel the spine tingling and magical atmosphere that pervades the very air around the ancient Incan city, one of the new Seven Wonders of the World and a designated UNESCO Natural and Cultural World Heritage site.

For nearly a century Machu Picchu has intrigued archaeologists and visitors alike. Perched atop a steep, emerald green peak 8,000 feet high in the Andes in southern Peru, this ancient ruined city was built in roughly AD1400 and was home to Incan emperors for over 100 years before it was abandoned for pastures new. Make the pilgrimage the easy way to discover this wonderous site and enjoy the breathtaking views from the city in the sky.

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • See one of man’s most astounding achievements
  • Challenge yourself on an awe inspiring trek
  • Make lifelong friends and forge incredible memories
  • This is a Frontier Connect project!

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum age of 17 years

FAST FACTS

Location Inca Trail, Peru
Activities Visit the lost city of Machu Picchu
Revel in Peru’s natural beauty
Learn about the empire of the Incas
Transport All transfers
Accommodation Hostel

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go Pre-departure support & documentation
Travel & medical advice
Advice on visas & equipment
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country Food
Accommodation
Project and country orientation
Guide and travel chef
Camping equipment
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up

QUALIFICATIONS

A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.

WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?

Experience the delights of the ancient world of the Incas and the archaeological remains left behind. Take the train from Cusco and be left speechless by the beautiful natural scenery surrounding you as the train winds its way up valleys and through the cloud forest to the town of Aguas Calientes. The town is famous for two reasons, its hot springs and as the gateway to the majestic Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. 

You will have the chance to see the sunrise over this ancient city and be taken on a guided tour of the most important Incan archaeological sites in Machu Picchu, giving you the chance to learn more about this fascinating civilisation. 

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

Day 1: Cusco to Aguas Calientes

It’s straight in from the word go! Day one starts with a guided tour of the Sacred Valley of the Incas and a hike around the archaeological Pisac Ruins site before stopping at the Market in Pisac to admire the picture perfect scenery of the fertile Andean lands and to experience ancestral customs and traditions displayed by the locals. You will then get to enjoy the magical ambiance in the Valley of Urubamba and Yucay Town all before lunchtime! After a lunch break in Urubamba town, you will continue on to explore the impressive temples and edifications of Ollantaytambo, the living Inca village. In the late afternoon it’s time to board the train to Aguas Calientes. Once onboard you can sit back and enjoy the ride with breathtaking views of steep sided valleys, often dramatically terraced by the Incas for farming, snow capped mountains, sub-tropical jungle and from Pachar onwards, the sacred Vilcanota river. After being transferred to your accommodation in Aguas Calientes, there will be dinner and a short briefing offered by your guide for your Machu Picchu’s visit the following morning.

Day 2: Machu Picchu and return to Aguas Calientes

It’s an early start on day two as you jump on the bus to get to Machu Picchu in time to see the sun rise. Machu Picchu is huge so you will spend most of the morning on a guided tour with an expert guide exploring this magnificent citadel taking in all the significant archaeological sites and the awe inspiring views. After your informative guided tour you will have plenty of free time for more exploration. You could go on one of the many short hikes surrounding Machu Picchu. Walk to Intipunku (the Sun Gate) where the famous Inca Trail ends, visit the Inca Bridge, or climb Huayna Picchu (the young mountain) for outstanding views back down to the ruined city. Your guide will advise you of where and when to meet to walk back down to Aguas Calientes for your second night. At Puente Ruinas Bridge there may be time visit a small museum dedicated to Machu Picchu and discover the Orchid Garden. There will be time to unwind after a big day with the option of relaxing your muscles by visiting the Hot Springs that give Aguas Calientes its name.

Day 3: Aguas Calientes to Cusco

Day three is much more relaxed after a busy two days. After a more civilised breakfast time, you will get the train back to Ollantaymbo. Many people love to have another look around as it is such a lovely town. You may wish to enjoy lunch there before taking the bus back to Cusco in the afternoon.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

The tour begins when you are picked up from your accommodation in Cusco early on day one.

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

You will be staying in a comfortable hostel in Aguas Calientes and rooms are based on two people sharing an ensuite room.

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

You will be provided with dinner on day one, breakfast, packed lunch and dinner on day two and breakfast on day three.  A combination of international and Peruvian cuisine will be served and there will be plenty of opportunities for you to try some of the local delicacies. Peruvian cuisine typically consists of rice, beans and potatoes served with meat, local specialities include llama and guinea pig!

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ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

Peru has no shortage of attractions to offer any traveller either before or after the highlight of the Inca Trail. Walk on the wild side in the lush national parks of the vast Amazon Jungle, stroll around the Sacsayhuaman complex (the walled former capital of the Incan empire), explore the delightful cobbled streets of Cusco, or enjoy an overnight stay with the locals on the floating islands of the Uros people on Lake Titicaca. Watch in awe as the condors fly overhead in the Colca Canyon, the deepest canyon in the world! Take a flight over the mysterious Nazca lines which will leave you wondering for days to come or visit Peru’s bustling capital Lima and wander around the many museums, mansions and churches that line its streets.
 

COSTS

Project fee $445

Registration fee $295

Dates and Costs

Daily departures

Duration

3 days/ 2 nights

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Cuzco (CUZ)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Flights

Flights are not included in our trip costs. However, we have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with us. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact our dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .

Visas

For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.

Insurance

You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.


LEGAL STATEMENT
Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

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