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Join us April 8th-18th as we discover culture, cuisine and camaraderie on the Inca Trail. Immerse in the colorful culture and history of Peru. Learn about the epic clash of the Spanish colonist and the Inca Empire, encounter locals still living traditional lives in tiny villages in the Sacred Valley and explore the vast wilds of Peru's nature along cobblestone streets in the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage city of Cusco and embark on a culinary journey sampling decadent Peruvian cuisine. Whether you opt to hike the Inca Trail or go by train, the legendary UNESCO World Heritage site of Machu Picchu will intrigue and amaze.

Itinerary

April 8:
Depart Phoenix at 12:30pm
 
April 9:
Arrive Lima, transfer to short flight to Cusco.. Spend the day at leisure, relaxing in the town square, taking in Holy Thursday Easter celebrations. Cusco is know for their colorful festivals and traditional dress and Easter week is sure to bring out the best!
 
Overnight Casa Andina Premium Cusco or similar
 
April 10:
Discover the clash of two civilizations: the Spanish colonials and the Inca Empire. On this full day tour, we visit Coricancha, Temple of Gold, where a Spanish monastery sits atop Inca Walls. Then, it’s on to Sacsayhuaman, a large Inca fortress, and Cusco Cathedral.
 
Overnight Casa Andina Premium Cusco or similar (B)
 
April 11:
Spend the day at leisure in Cusco. Perhaps, visit nearby alpaca farm to see how wool is made or peruse the markets, or join us in an optional volunteer activity with a local after school program.
 
Overnight Casa Andina Premium Cusco or similar (B)
 
April 12:
On this day, we split into two groups, “Inca Trail hikers” and “Sacred Valley explorers”.
 
Hikers:
Hike KM 82 to Wayllabamba (5 – 6 hours, 7 – 8 miles, +984 ft.)
Visit Mesccay and the ruins at Llactapata
Overnight: Camping (B, L, D)
 
Explorers:
After breakfast, and Easter Mass, visit Chinchero famous for its agricultural terraces and Inca fortress, as well as a church dedicated to the Virgin of the Nativity
Overnight Casa Andina Premium Valle Sagrado or similar (B, L)
 
 
April 13:
Hikers:
Wayllabamba to Pacamayo (6 – 7 hours, 7+ miles, +3,938 ft.)
Visit Warmi Wanusca with views over the surrounding mountains
Overnight: Camping (B, L, D)
 
Explorers:
After breakfast, visit Pisac famous for its market where villagers come from the surrounding countryside to sell local fruits and vegetables, textiles, and handicrafts. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant and then it’s on to Ollantaytambo where locals live a very traditional life. Walk amongst mud bungalows where locals in traditional dress herd goats, sheep, and llamas.
Overnight Casa Andina Premium Valle Sagrado or similar (B, L)
 
April 14:
Hikers:
Pacamayo to Winayhuayna (8 – 9 hours, 10 miles, -3,117 ft.)
Today, the jungle gives way to cloud forest for a unique view of the wild life of the area. Visit Puyupatamarca ruins and view many agricultural terraces.
Overnight: Camping (B, L, D)
 
Explorers:
Visit the Moray Terraces, which were thought to be an agricultural testing ground, another innovation that helped the Inca Empire grow in size. Afterwards, continue to Maras Salt Mines where colorful pons of salt are harvested.
Overnight Casa Andina Premium Valle Sagrado or similar (B, L)
 
April 15:
Hikers:
Winayhuayna to Machu Picchu (2 hours, 2 ½ miles, -724 ft.)
A short hike to Inti Punku (Sun Gate) brings you to the summit entrance of Machu Picchu where royalty once entered this sacred city. Continue down for a two-hour tour of the ruins and time to explore on your own before departing for Aguas Calientes.
 
Explorers:
Take the train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes and then continue on to Machu Picchu where you will enjoy a two-hour tour and then time to explore on your own before heading back to Aguas Calientes.
 
Both groups:
Overnight Inkaterra or similar (B, L)
 
April 16:
Enjoy the morning at leisure…perhaps explore the vast gardens at Inkaterra, or visit the local hot springs or the colorful markets. Midday, take the train/bus back to Cusco.
Overnight Casa Andina Premium Cusco or similar. (B)
 
April 17:
Spend the morning at leisure in Cusco. In the evening board a flight back to Lima.
 
April 18:
Depart Lima at 12:10am
Arrive Phoenix at 1:26pm
 

Contact

Polly Fitz-Gerald '68
Director of Advancement and Alumnae Relations
602.240.3131 or alumnae@xcp.org 

Organized by:
Carrie Whitten-Simmons '89 and experts at TWK Travel.

What's Included?

Price:
$2,790 per person* Sacred Valley
$3,390 per person* Inca Trail Land Package 
$500 non-refundable deposit to reserve your spot. 
 
Inclusions:

All accommodations in 4- and 5-star resorts (and camping for those doing Inca Trail)
English-speaking guide available 24/7
All transfers with the group
All breakfasts
Lunches and dinners based on chosen itinerary

Not included:

Airfare (Phoenix – Lima, Lima-Cusco)
Personal expenditures like passport/visa services, vaccinations, meals/activities not mentioned in itinerary, beverage, laundry, gratuities, and travel insurance

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