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Peru with Holly Hiking

Pisac - Cusco

2021: Oct 3 - Oct 10


Prepare to have your breath taken away (literally) on this epic 8-day journey through Peru with your host Holly Johnson! Visit ancient sites, explore the famous Incan ruins, hike off the beaten path, and indulge in delicious foods on this once-in-a-lifetime Peruvian adventure.

  • 8 days

  • 10 - 20 spots

  • Double occupancy in 3-star hotels (single rooms available)

  • 4 lunches & 2 dinners included

  • Fly into Cusco Airport (CUZ) - Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport. We'll provide 3 transfers on the first day between 8am - 5pm.

  • Fly out of Cusco Airport (CUZ) - Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport. We'll provide two airport transfers in the morning.

Activities Included

  • Pisac Ruins Guided Tour
  • Ollantaytambo Tour
  • Kinsa Concha Lake Hike
  • Hike Humantay Lake and Chonta
  • Peruvian Cooking lesson and Market Visit
  • Waqrapucara Hike
  • Rainbow Mountain Hike

Other Inclusions

  • Double Occupancy in 3-star Hotels
  • Local Guide throughout Trip
  • All City Transfers
  • Arrival Airport Transfer (until 5pm on first day)
  • Departure Airport Transfer (morning of last day)
  • 4 Lunches & 2 Dinners

Exclusions

  • International Flights
  • Food & Alcohol (except as noted)
  • Visas & Travel Insurance
  • Airport Transfers Outside of Designated Times

Your Host

Holly Johnson

Holly is a Seattle based outdoor enthusiast, photographer and social content creator, on top of maintaining her career at an advertising agency. She loves traveling and immersing herself in nature, but her true passion is hiking and backpacking.

Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Peru! You’ll be picked up at the airport before transferring to Pisac (~1 hour). Explore Pisac Market on your own or rest up and adjust to the high altitude (11,000 ft) before you meet for dinner and cheers to the adventure to come!

Overnight in Pisac

Arrival: Fly into Cusco Airport (CUZ) - Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport. We'll provide 3 transfers on the first day between 8am - 5pm.

Included: Welcome Dinner, Airport Transfer


Day 2

Time to explore! Today you’ll hike up to the Pisac Ruins and learn about Quechua culture. Make sure to bring your camera, the viewpoints up here are surrounded by 360 degrees of mountains. After you hike back down to town, you’ll start making your way to Ollantaytambo. After a lunch stop on the way, explore this ancient town and the unique rock formations that surround it.

After an incredible first day spent exploring, you'll head back to the hotel in Pisac for a well earned rest.

Overnight in Pisac

Included: Breakfast, Pisac Ruin Tour, Lunch, Ollantaytambo Tour


Day 3

Grab you water and lace on those boots because its hiking time! Today you'll get to explore two mountain lakes along the Kinsa Cocha trail just outside Pisac. Marvel at Incan terracing and keep an eye out of mountain goats as you explore these breathtaking hills.

Later the group will drive to Cusco to stay overnight.

Kinsa Cocha Lakes:

Hike Duration: 3-4 hours

Hike Length: 4 mile loop

Elevation: 13,241 feet to 13,928 feet

Hike Difficulty: Moderate

Overnight in Cusco

Included: Breakfast, Kinsa Cocha Lake Hike


Day 4

Today you’ll get your legs moving on a full day hike to Humantay Lake and Chonta Viewpoint! The gorgeous views of the blue lake (and the elevation) are sure to get your heart pumping. This is also a great spot to look for the massive Andean Condor! If you’re lucky, you’ll be able to see these winged giants in flight.

Enjoy some lunch to refuel from the trek before making your way back to Cusco.

Humantay Lake:

Hike Duration: 3-4 hours

Hike Length: 3.5 miles roundtrip

Elevation: 12,800 feet to 13,900 feet

Hike Difficulty: Moderate

Chonta Viewpoint:

Hike Duration: 3 hours

Hike Length: 3.6 miles roundtrip

Elevation: 11,000 feet to 11,200 feet

Hike Difficulty: Easy

Overnight in Cusco

Included: Breakfast, Humantay Lake and Chonta Viewpoint Hike, Lunch


Day 5

Enjoy a break day from hiking and fuel your body with a Peruvian cooking class. First the crew will stop by a local market to grab some fresh ingredients before the lesson. Then a local chef will teach you the tricks to whipping up some delicious Peruvian dishes!

You have the afternoon free to explore Cusco on your own.

Overnight in Cusco

Included: Breakfast, Peruvian Cooking Class & Market Visit, Lunch


Day 6

Time to hit the trails again on a full day hike to Waqrapucara! This hike will take you up rugged terrain until you reach the unique site of Waqrapucara. Keep an eye out for wildlife as you hike up and then enjoy a guided tour of the archaeological site at the top. After free time to snap some pictures and explore, you’ll hike back down to the town of Huayqui.

After the hike, you will transfer to your hotel in Cusco for the night.

Waqrapucara:

Hike Duration: 5-6 hours

Hike Length: 8 miles total

Elevation: 10,200 feet to 13,200 feet

Hike Difficulty: Moderate

Overnight in Cusco

Included: Breakfast, Waqrapucara Hike, Lunch


Day 7

Early bird gets the view! Today you’ll hike to the epic saddle of Rainbow Mountain for views of the colorful, natural formation. The elevation is steep, but if you go your pace, all levels can make it to the top to bask in this natural wonder.

Catch some zzz's in the car as you make your way back to Cusco. Once you settle into your hotel, meet up with the crew for your farewell dinner where you can cheers to all the trail memories and friends you’ve made.

Rainbow Mountain

Hike Duration: 4 hours

Hike Length: 4.4 miles round trip

Elevation: 15,180 feet to 16,619 feet

Hike Difficulty: Moderate

Overnight in Cusco

Included: Breakfast, Rainbow Mountain Hike, Farewell Dinner


Day 8

All good things must come to an end, until next time!

Included: Breakfast, Airport Transfer

Departure: Fly out of Cusco Airport (CUZ) - Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport. We'll provide two airport transfers in the morning.

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