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DURATION:
12/16Days
Spirit:
Andes, mountain, hiking, people, great spaces, archeology, gastronomy
Level:
3
Accomodation:
Hotel, lodge, camping
Ways to travel:
Local Francophone guide
Group:
5 to 13 people
TYPE:
Great Adventures
Great Adventures
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THE VOYAGE

If there were a South American « roof of the world », it would be somewhere in Peru. It is easy to make the connection between the sacred cities of Tibet and a spectacular site like the one at Machu Picchu. Besides the discovery of the Incan world in the archaeological sites around Cuzco, this trip is a meeting with the Peruvian people, their folklore and their traditions. We offer you a variation of the popular Incan Trail that is wilder and in a high Andean environment. We cross a huge range surrounded by glacial tongues before descending again to the lost city of Machu Picchu hidden in the middle of equatorial forest.

HIGHLIGHTS

• The festive atmosphere of Cuzco and the many small picturesque Indian markets of the surrounding area.
• Visiting the archaeological sites of Sacsayhuaman and Pisac.
• Discovering Ollantaytambo and archaeological sites of Moray and Maras.
• On the trail from Salcantay, surrounded by high summits and huge glaciers, we head toward the enigmatic lost city of Machu Picchu.
• Five day trek in the heart of the Cordillera Andina in the Ausangate region.
• Climb of a 5,500 m summit ; Mt Jampa.

THE TERRA ULTIMA DIFFERENCE

• A Québécois Terra Ultima guide supervises this trip. He has all the training necessary for your safety and for supervising a group in mountainous country. He also knows Peru. Our guides are always paired with our local Peruvian guides. Together, they ensure the trip complies with international standards.

FACTORS TO CONSIDER

• Route demands physical effort and adaptability
• Several days of hiking (trekking) or climbing at between 3,000 and 4,500 metres
• Several nights in a shelter or tent in temperatures that can be below freezing
• Few creature comforts (no shower for days, for example)

DATES & PRICES
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BUILD YOUR OWN PRIVATE GROUP FROM 4 PEOPLE !
GROUP DEPARTURE DATES - TO BE ANNOUNCED

DATES & PRICES

HOW TO BOOK?

Choose an option from the table above, click Reserve Now and complete the registration form. A $500 deposit per person is required to confirm your booking. The amount of this deposit will be deducted from your final invoice. A first payment of 50% is required 90 days before the departure date. Full payment must be received 45 days before the departure date.

PRICE INCLUDES

• Land transportation to the interior of the country
• Qualified Terra Ultima guide and local guide
• All meals while trekking (with water, juice, tea and coffee)
• A few meals in town (see details in itinerary)
• Accommodations are all-inclusive
• Entry fees for locations visited during the trip
• Baggage transportation
• All the shared equipment for the trek (tents, camp stoves, mess kits, etc.)
• A preparatory group meeting and outing

PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE

• Beverages (alcoholic or not)
• International airport taxes
• Tips
• Insurance
• Vaccinations
• Personal items (backpack, sleeping bag, clothing, etc.)

VALIDITY OF OFFER

Pricing is valid for all bookings before September 15, 2019.

Conditions of participation
PRACTICAL INFO

PRACTICAL INFOS

SUPERVISION

• Small group (6 to 13 travellers)
• All-inclusive
• A qualified Québécois Terra Ultima guide supervises all travel, ensuring things go as planned on the route, the technical aspects of trekking and the quality of services, besides sharing his or her knowledge of Peru with the travellers.
• The presence of numerous locals: guides, drivers, mule wranglers, etc. They proudly represent Peru!
• Our guide team will take good care of you, set up camp and do the cooking. We will have a big main tent for sharing meals and spending enjoyable evenings throughout the expedition except in camps at altitude, in which creature comforts are more limited.
• Informative preparatory meetings with your group before departure

LUGGAGE AND EQUIPMENT TRANSPORTATION

We use mule or human porter services to carry baggage, food and shared equipment, so you will only have to carry a day backpack throughout the trek. We limit each person to 12 kg of personal effects during the trek. The rest of your things will be stored safely at the hotel.

TRANSPORTATION

Because they are treks, walking is the primary means of transportation during the Ausangate and Salcantay-Machu Picchu trips. The longest distance to travel is by plane, between Lima and Cuzco. Several trips will be in a local minibus or chartered minivan. Hiking is still the best way to get around when visiting the regional archaeological sites.

ACCOMMODATIONS

In the cities and villages, accommodations will be in small, clean and comfortable hotels, two people per room, with private bath. During treks, you will spend the night alone in a tent or with one other person (Mountain Hardwear brand tents). We have complete campsite facilities with a main tent, kitchen tent and toilet tent. Single occupancy is possible for an additional charge.

EATING & DRINKING

Local food is based on potatoes and corn. Several dishes contain tomatoes and are rarely very spicy. Several restaurants in Cuzco offer continental-based cuisine. Breakfasts are also continental. When trekking, meals are prepared on the spot in a bivouac kitchen. The food is excellent and plentiful.

WEATHER

Because the region is south of the equator, the seasons are reversed. Temperatures vary based on altitude but, generally speaking, we can assert that days will be comfortable (rarely over 22° C), and nights will be cool (and even cold at very high altitudes). It rains more often between mid-October and January. The ideal season for travelling in Peru is from May to early October (average temperatures: days: 15° C to 25° C and 0° C to 10° C at altitude; nights: 10° C to 15° C and -15° C to 0° C at altitude).

CASH AND CURRENCY

In Peru, the currency is the nuevo sol. Credit cards and debit cards are accepted in major cities. In some locations, you can exchange Canadian travellers’ cheques but, to make your life easier, we advise you to use ATMs or US cash. To find out the current exchange rate, consult https://www.xe.com/en/.

TIPPING

You should plan on approximately $5 per day per person per Québécois Terra Ultima guide. It is up to you, but you can consider this information as an indicator of the industry standard. Of course, you can increase it based on your appreciation !

TRAVEL INSURANCE

As you will be supplied with spikes and an ice axe during this trip, you must subscribe to an insurance that covers mountaineering. Contact us to learn more about specialized insurance.

Yosemite Decimal System (YDS) for this trip (class is in bold) :
The YDS divides trails into 5 classes :
Class 1 : Walking
Class 2 : Possible use of hands for stability
Class 3 : Easy climbing with some exposure. A rope is sometimes used.
Class 4 : Easy climb with exposure. A rope is often used.
Class 5 : Free climbing technique
N.B. – Mountaineering insurance is generally required from Grade 3 and/or from 6 000 m of altitude.

VISAS/FORMALITIES

Canadian citizens do not have to apply for visas, but your passport must be valid for a minimum of six months after the date you plan to leave Peru.

HEALTH, VACCINATION AND SAFETY

We strongly advise you to consult a doctor in a travel clinic near you to get an opinion in this regard. Various vaccinations will be suggested to you depending on the places we visit on our treks, so it is up to you to make a decision. Hepatitis A and B and typhoid immunization is required for our treks in the Peruvian Andes. For more information, consult https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/advisories?_ga=2.262265481.487343613.1524082107-1113155714.1524082103, and select Peru as the destination from the drop-down menu.

ELECTRICITY AND INTERNET

In Peru, 220 V outlets identical to those in North America are used. Internet access is generally easy in Peru. There are wi-fi networks in most hotels and in some restaurants, sometimes free, sometimes for a fee.

EQUIPMENT AND BAGGAGE

All you need to carry is a day bag large enough to hold what you need to get through the day. This will be the bag that you will carry with you and that you may use on the plane. This bag can be either a backpack (whether with handles or wheels) or a duffel bag. Hard shell suitcases (especially large ones) are not recommended, as they are not practical for storage on smaller transport vehicles, like minibuses. Don’t forget to label all your bags with your name and address.

A complete list of equipment will be given upon registration for the trip (See the appendix).

VOYAGE DOCUMENTS
Here are a few complimentary documents to download: