Trek to Machu Picchu

Inca Trail Private Journey

Peru

9 Days

From $5,695

Level 5

Strenuous

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    Overview

    This Private Journey is one of the great hikes of the world! Join your private guide for an amazing trek on the world-renowned Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, lost city of the Incas. On the trail, you just carry a daypack as you experience this unforgettable journey with our famous Wilderness Travel full-service camping support. Many other treats are in store on the Inca Trail: absolutely spectacular campsites, haunting Inca fortresses tucked among the rugged crags of the Cordillera Vilcabamba, the beauty of walking in a cloud forest of bamboo and orchids, and the mysterious dancing clouds that shroud, then reveal, these steep green mountains. We designed the trek for maximum altitude acclimatization and to get the most out of each trekking day on your incredible five-day hike. Along the way, enjoy the rich experience of hiking to three of the most fantastic Inca ruins on the trail: Runkuracay, Sayacmarca, and Phuyupatamarca (“Town in the Clouds”), then make your much-anticipated hike to Intipunku, the Gate of the Sun, to enter the magical world of Machu Picchu.

    Arrive: Cusco, Peru

    Depart: Cusco, Peru

    Highlights

    • Hike in the footsteps of the Incas and enter the citadel of Machu Picchu on foot
    • Your own private guide and porters, delicious camp cuisine prepared by your personal cook
    • Enjoy the comforts of our legendary Inca Trail camping services—the best on the trail!
    • Discover Peru's vibrant traditional culture and renowned archaeological treasures
    • Deluxe option includes an overnight at the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge, with its extraordinary access to the ruins

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      Itinerary

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      Note: You must depart the US the day before Day 1 of this trip, which may require an overnight in Lima. We recommend that you arrive in Cusco a day early so that you can acclimatize to the altitude. We are happy to book additional hotel nights for you.
      Enjoy a walking tour of Cusco, with its fine churches, museums, and archaeological sites, then head to the Urubamba Valley for a warm-up hike to the mighty Inca fortress of Pisac, a wondrous ruin that is still an enigma to archaeologists.
      The famed Inca Trail to Machu Picchu threads its way across mountain passes and through fascinating Inca ruins accessible only on foot. Intricate stonework, orchid-draped cloud forests, and breathtaking vistas fill your hiking days, while each evening you are welcomed to a spectacular campsite by our experienced staff. Enjoy a private guide, cook, camp staff, and porters, with wonderful meals served to you in your own dining tent. Sharing this amazing adventure with your Peruvian crew is always a highlight of the journey.
      Hike in the footsteps of the Incas through Intipunku, the Gate of the Sun, and see the dramatic ruins of Machu Picchu before you—an unbelievable sight! The most spectacular of all Inca citadels, Machu Picchu is perched on a deeply terraced saddle between two sharp green peaks and set against a vast panorama of mist-shrouded mountains. Enjoy a comprehensive tour of the ruins with your private guide. Return to Cusco in the afternoon of Day 8 and depart on Day 9.

      Dates & Pricing

      Best months to go: January to December. For our Private Journeys, you choose your own group and your preferred dates. Prices are per person and not guaranteed until services are confirmed. Contact us for availability, questions, or to book your adventure!

      Payment & Cancel Schedule

      At time of reservation: $1,000
      90 Days prior to departure: Balance


      Please note that this differs from our standard policy.

      Cancellation & Transfer Schedule

      Minimum fee (including Inca Trail permit fee): $610 per person
      61-90 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
      46-60 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
      45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

      Please note that this differs from our standard policy.

      Included
      • Expert leadership of private guide on trek and all tours
      • Accommodations in hotels and top quality tents on trek
      • All meals included except 2 lunches and 2 dinners as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      • Entrance fee to Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu
      • All ground transportation and baggage handling from arrival until departure
      • All activities as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      Not Included
      • Travel to and from the arrival and departure location as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      • Additional hotel nights outside the trip's scheduled dates
      • Optional gratuities to guide or staff
      • Optional travel insurance
      • Other expenses of a personal nature (some alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.)
      • Any activities and services described as an upgrade or optional

      Accommodations

      Scroll through our signature accommodations for this trip below. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

      Casa Andina Premium Cusco

      Cusco, Peru

      Day 1 (1 night)

      Just three blocks from the Plaza de Armas in the heart of old Cusco, this charming hotel is a renovated colonial manor house. It features a series of interior garden courtyards and a small sitting room and bar with a wonderful stone fireplace—a great place to relax after a day...

      Hotel Pakaritampu

      Ollantaytambo, Peru

      Day 2 (1 night)

      A cozy hotel with a countryside feeling, the Pakaritampu is just a few blocks from the main plaza in the traditional village of Ollantaytambo. There is a lodge-style lounge with a large fireplace, a library, and games—perfect for relaxing after a day exploring Ollantaytambo. Guest rooms are simple and comfortable,...

      Private Camp at Kilometer 82

      Chilca, Peru

      Day 3 (1 night)

      We have exclusive use of the private tented chalet camp at legendary Kilometer 82, right by the start of the classic Inca Trail. This “only with WT” feature gives us wonderful privacy for our groups, incredible views of the Veronica snow peak, and great access to the Inca Trail. The...

      Inca Trail Trek Camps

      Inca Trail, Peru

      Days 4-6 (3 nights)

      We make hiking and camping in the Andes as comfortable as it can get! On the trail, you are accompanied by our experienced team of trail guides, and all your gear is carried for you, leaving you free to hike with just a light daypack to hold your camera, water...

      Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

      Aguas Calientes, Peru

      Day 7 (1 night)

      Located in Aguas Calientes below the Machu Picchu ruins, this hotel is spread over 12 acres of lush cloud forest. The rooms are comfortable bungalows with fireplaces and private terraces for admiring the tropical foliage and watching birds. Not having TVs in the rooms adds to the “away from it...

      Casa Andina Premium Cusco

      Cusco, Peru

      Day 8 (1 night)

      Just three blocks from the Plaza de Armas in the heart of old Cusco, this charming hotel is a renovated colonial manor house. It features a series of interior garden courtyards and a small sitting room and bar with a wonderful stone fireplace—a great place to relax after a day...

      Trip Leaders

      Wilderness Travel Trip Leaders have a passion and a joy for creating an unforgettable journey. We are extremely proud of them and the incredible travel experiences they make possible. For more information, including client comments about them and which specific trips they will be leading, please click on their profiles below.

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      What the Trip is Like

      This trip is rated Level 5, Moderate to Strenuous, according to our trip grading system. Most hiking is between 8,000 and 12,000 feet. The maximum elevation we reach is 13,766 feet, and the highest place we camp is 12,033 feet. The total mileage hiked is about 29. Our group will spread out along the trail during about six to seven hours of hiking each day (shorter on some days).On the trail, you will just carry your own daypack for the items that you want with you on the trail, such as a water bottle and a jacket. Our team of Inca Trail porters carries all your other gear from camp to camp.

      Review Trip Level Details

      Trails can be rugged, not the well-maintained trails you may be accustomed to in the United States. For the most part, you can hike at your own speed. The altitudes are high, but our first hotel night is in Cusco at 11,200 feet, our second overnight is in the Sacred Valley of the Incas at 9,500 feet, our third is at our first camp at 8,900 feet, and our fourth is at our second camp at 9,840 feet. These four days will help your altitude acclimatization before climbing the first pass.

      You must make a concerted effort to get in top physical condition for the trip by engaging in regular exercise well beyond your normal routine. We recommend you do aerobic exercise that causes you to break a sweat for at least 30 minutes, at least three times a week, over the course of a couple of months prior to the trip.

      To accelerate your conditioning, try walking faster than 1.5 miles per hour, walking on steeper inclines, and using your gym's stair-climbing machines. As you progress, practice these walks with your loaded daypack (full water bottle, camera gear, jacket). Walks are also a great way to break in your hiking boots. The object is to improve your overall level of fitness and aerobic capacity and get your legs and lungs in shape for the Andes.

      This journey can best be enjoyed from March through December. Being so close to the equator, Peru has only two climate seasons: a dry season from April to October, and a wet season from December to March. Altitude is the main factor controlling the climate. In the mountains, you'll encounter sunny days with daytime temperatures ranging between 65°F and 70°F degrees, dropping to the 40°s and lower at night. The sun is very strong at high altitude and it can often be warm enough to hike in shorts and a t-shirt. However, it can also get extremely cold; if you're familiar with mountain weather, you know how suddenly it can get cold even in the daytime if the sun slips behind a cloud. Nighttime temperatures can drop to below freezing. Rain should not be a problem on our treks, but always keep in mind that mountain weather is unpredictable and sudden storms can occur, especially on high mountain passes.

      Lima lies in a coastal desert where rainfall is rare and temperatures are usually warm (70°s and 80°s). Days are overcast most of the year due to the Humboldt current that comes up from Antarctica and meets the warm, tropical El Nino current from the north to create the garua, or coastal fog/mist.

      The climate in the Amazon Basin is generally warm and humid throughout the year but can also be unexpectedly cool (usually 60°s) due to the breezes that blow down from the Andes.

      Hiking distances on trek are normally measured in hours, not miles, since maps aren't really accurate enough to assess how far we walk up and down winding mountain trails. An average day's walk is seven or eight hours. With rest stops and photo stops, few people walk faster than one mile an hour in a mountainous region. Some hiking days are shorter than others, and some days are more difficult than others due to altitude gain and loss.

      On a typical trek day, wake-up is around 7 am, when a cup of hot tea or coffee and a basin of warm washing water are brought to your tent by one of the camp crew. After packing up our duffels and having breakfast (often pancakes, oatmeal, eggs, or something similar), we set off on the trail while the crew strikes camp and the porters shoulder their loads. The crew passes us by midmorning to get ahead and prepare our lunch.

      Most groups tend to spread out over the trail, taking photos, stopping to rest, and enjoying the scenery. We ask you not to hike ahead of the leader because trails are often not well-marked. If you feel breathless during a long ascent or wobbly during a long descent, by all means stop until you feel restored.

      You will typically hike for three or four hours in the morning, then stop for a leisurely lunch of an hour or more at a scenic spot on the trail. Lunch is a picnic, perhaps chicken salad, potato salad, guacamole salad, or macaroni salad, along with fruit, cheese, bread, and chocolate bars for extra energy. After lunch, you will hike for another three hours or so until you reach the next night's camp. The porters and crew pass you in mid-afternoon and usually have camp set up by the time we arrive. At camp, there is late afternoon tea (or coffee or cocoa) and a snack such as popcorn, cookies, or crackers, which hit the spot after a long day on the trail. Before dinner, there's free time to read or relax. Temperatures drop quickly as the sun drops behind the peaks, and it's easy to get chilled after exerting yourself for several hours, so have a few extra layers of clothing ready. It gets dark fairly early (around 6:30 pm). Dinner, served in a dining tent with table and chairs, is delicious hot soup followed by a substantial main course and a dessert. After dinner, you can chat away the evening in the dining tent or read by flashlight until bedtime.

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      Client Testimonials

      "Fun, exciting, and uplifting."

      Bruce N.

      Malibu, CA

      "Could not have been better. I felt so taken care of by Wilderness Travel."

      Candace H.

      Miami, FL

      "This was the trip of a lifetime for our family. Jhon was a superb trip leader. He knew just the right amount of information to tell us at any given time. His knowledge of the ruins we visited was excellent. He was funny, charming, and encouraging from the very beginning. He spent a lot of time interacting with all of us. He made this trip quite enjoyable even though we couldn't believe he has hiked it that many times."

      Danette V.

      Loveland, CO

      "This was the trip of a lifetime—we had a blast! I have wanted to go to Machu Picchu for 25 years, and it did NOT disappoint. The surprise was that the HIKE was the best part of the trip! Beautiful and fabulous in every way!"

      Deborah F.

      Laguna Niguel, CA

      "The trip was extraordinary and my hiking companion and I agreed, as we watched the other guides and groups, that we had clearly chosen the best in the field."

      Drew C.

      Albany, NY

      "I can’t give enough wonderful feedback! Our Trip Leader did a superlative job of helping to balance challenge with wonderment. The rest of the team on the trail were warm, professional, and kind. The food was terrific!"

      Faithi B.

      Potomac, MD

      "All our guides showed such a passion for their work, the country of Peru, the Peruvian people, and the Inca archaeological sites."

      Gayle G.

      Silverton, OR

      "We had a great trip. It was clear that lots of knowledge, experience, and planning had gone into the itinerary."

      Jeff J.

      Denver, CO

      "We loved the trip, especially the hiking. Our guide also gave us a great education in history and Inca culture."

      Lisa H.

      Newtown Square, PA

      "The trail and food were wonderful—hiking in luxury!"

      Rachel G.

      Fairport, NY

      "Outstanding adventure in every possible way! This trip absolutely exceeded our expectations!"

      Rachel R.

      Contoocook, NH

      "First class service from our moment of arrival until departure. It was very apparent on the trail that Wilderness Travel was a higher level experience than any other agency. We were very pleased with all services."

      Randy F.

      Laguna Niguel, CA

      "Awesome! The experience of a lifetime."

      Sid P.

      Atlantic Beach, FL

      "Wilderness Travel put together the perfect excursion and we all had the time of our life. I really can't think of anything else you could've done to make this the most memorable vacation I've ever had."

      Suki J.

      Valley Springs, CA

      "What a great time we had on the Inca Trail Private Journey!  We were very impressed with the quality of the staff and the planning that went into the itinerary."

      Tom H.

      Raleigh, NC

      FAQs

      March through first week of January. Mid-January through February are the rainiest months for the Inca Trail. They close the trail for two weeks in February for trail maintenance. The high season for the Inca Trail begins in May and extends through September, Peru's winter and the dry season. The shoulder season is March and April, and again from October and November to December. The rains begin in earnest in late December, but this is also the time with fewer hikers on the trail. The rain does not usually affect the trail itself since it is mostly stone-paved.

      Best Time to Hike the Inca Trail

      To protect the Inca Trail's monuments and environment, Peruvian authorities issue a very limited number of permits for hikers on the Inca Trail. Only 500 permits are issued for each day, with 200 permits going to hikers and 300 permits going to the licensed porters who carry your gear on the trail. As you can imagine, permits sell out extremely fast! We strongly recommend you book your trip at least six months in advance, especially if you are considering going between May and September. When you sign up, please be prepared to give us your passport number and your name as it appears on your passport so that we can request a permit for you.

      • We are experts on the Inca Trail with over 40 years of experience.
      • A perfectly paced itinerary, with five full trekking days (most companies push it with just four days on the trail — and some even three). This allows for a better pace, fewer crowds, and more sites and exploration along the way.
      • Exceptional camps with the finest equipment, delicious meals, and hot coffee, cocoa, or tea brought to your tent each morning. The first two nights are in private campsites completely to ourselves!
      • The most qualified guides — experts in Inca history and culture.
      • Overnight at the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge, the only hotel just steps away from the ruins, giving you access to Machu Picchu without the crowds.

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      Our Area Specialists know every detail about our tours. They will be happy to answer any questions and help you choose the journey that’s right for you. Contact us to learn more or book your trip today!

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      Trip Levels

      With more than 200 different adventures to choose from, we want to help you find the trip that’s right for you. Our Trip Level system ranks each trip in two ways: a number rating from 1 to 6 according to the activity, and general travel rigors. 1 is the easiest and 6+ the most difficult—see descriptions below for explanations of each number. A plus (+) sign means the trip is a bit more strenuous than other trips of that level. The detailed explanation of each trip—below the bar with the number rating—is perhaps more important, specifying activities, altitudes, hiking, and travel conditions. The Detailed Itinerary, available by download or mail, gives further information. Our Area Managers can also answer questions and guide you to the trip that best suits your interests.

      Level 1 – Easiest

      Non-camping journeys, optional walks, little elevation gain or loss.

      Level 2 – Easy to Moderate

      Hotel nights and/or safari-style camping, hikes of two to four hours on some days. Other physical activities are sometimes included, such as optional sea kayaking.

       

      Level 3 – Moderate

      Half- to full-day hikes (3-6 hours) over rolling countryside on most days, occasional steep trails. Many of our hotel-based walking tours are in this category, as are our snorkeling adventures.

      Level 4 – Moderate to Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (4-6 hours), mountainous terrain, significant elevation gains and losses (hiking up or down as much as 3,000 feet) on many days. Altitudes no greater than about 10,000 feet.

       

      Level 5 – Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (4-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Trips with hiking at average altitudes of 10,000 to 12,000 feet are in this category.

      Level 6 – Very Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (5-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Most hikes take place at altitudes above 10,000 feet, with some days ascending as high as 18,000 feet.

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American historian Hiram Bingham, who had a fascination with Peruvian archaeology, found the site in 1911 while searching for the ruins of Vilcabamba, known to be the last place where the rebel Manco II took refuge. A villager told Bingham about some ruins on a high ridge above the Urubamba River and led him there; thus, Bingham found the ruins not of Vilcabamba, but of a mysterious Inca city now believed to be one of the royal estates of the 9th Inca king, Pachacuti&mdash;whose name translates as &ldquo;Transformer of the World.&rdquo; Pachacuti was a kind of New World Alexander the Great, whose son and grandson continued and consolidated the expansion of Inca power. Bingham returned in 1912 and 1915 to undertake the difficult task of clearing the thick forest that had engulfed the ruins. Peruvian archaeologist Luis Valcarcel undertook further studies and vegetation clearing in 1934, and in 1940 and 1941, a Peruvian-American expedition led by Paul Fejos did more study. Archaeologists know that Machu Picchu was built, occupied, and then abandoned in the course of 100 years. Discoveries in the 1980s of many other small ruin sites close to Machu Picchu have given weight to the theory that Machu Picchu also served as the administrative center of a huge and populous region. Whatever Machu Picchu&apos;s purpose was, it is certainly one of the most stunning archaeological sites in the world.","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":1,"Dinner":1,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":8,"DayTo":8,"Headline":"Machu Picchu \/ Cusco","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"Explore the wonders of Machu Picchu with your guide. So well hidden in the jungle-covered ramparts of the Cordillera Vilcabamba that the Spaniards never knew of it, this &ldquo;lost city&rdquo; allows a vivid experience of the Inca world. 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If you had stored luggage in Cusco while on trek, he will get you this luggage to repack for your return home. You will return the duffel bags to him. He will advise you of the exact transfer time to the Cusco airport. Once in Lima, walk from the domestic part of the terminal to the international terminal for flight check-in.<br \/><\/p>","Custom_Extra_Services":"","Custom_Contact_Information_for_Friends_and_Family":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-04-26T14:14:18 --><p>If friends or family wish to contact you during the trip, we encourage them to call, text, or email you directly. Another option is to reach you by calling the hotel (please see the enclosed Hotel List). If they are unable to reach you directly, please instruct them to call our office in Berkeley, California, and we will get a message to you as soon as possible. If they need to reach you outside of our office hours, we ask that they reach out to our local contact (contact information is listed below) and also leave a message with our Berkeley office, so that we can follow up with our team on the ground.<\/p>","Custom_Outfitter_Contacts_Left":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-04-26T14:14:42 --><p><strong>RUNA TRAVEL (LIMA)<\/strong><br \/>Office Manager: Consuelo Flores<br \/>Office: (+51) 99 337-9762<br \/>Mobile: (+51) 97537-0786<br \/>Gerencia@perurunatravel.com<\/p><p>&nbsp;<\/p>","Custom_Outfitter_Contacts_Right":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-04-26T14:15:04 --><p><strong>Cusco Transfer Agent: <\/strong><\/p><p>Carlos Ramos<br \/>Mobile: (+51) 96794-3292 <br \/><\/p>","Custom_name_slug":"inca-trail-private-guided-trek","Custom_Meta_Description":"Join your private guide and camp staff for an amazing trek on the world-renowned Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, lost city of the Incas, and enjoy our famous Wilderness Travel full-service camping support along the way.","Custom_List_Description":"Join your private guide and camp staff for an amazing trek on the world-renowned Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, lost city of the Incas, and enjoy our famous Wilderness Travel full-service camping support along the way.","Custom_Redirect":"","Custom_PJ_-_Best_Months":"January to December","Custom_After_Dates":"","Custom_Trip_Web_Note":"","Custom_Title_Tag":"Inca Trail Private Guided Trek | 9-Day Hiking Tour","Custom_Before_Days":"Note: You must depart the US the day before Day 1 of this trip, which may require an overnight in Lima. We recommend that you arrive in Cusco a day early so that you can acclimatize to the altitude. 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Airlines with the most convenient schedules for this trip include American Airlines, United Airlines, and Delta.<br \/><br \/>There are many online consolidators for booking travel, but for more personal help arranging air transport, you can contact Exito Travel at 1-800-655-4053 in the US or 1-800-670-2605 in Canada. They are very adept at putting flight itineraries together, to even the most far-flung places. More information can be found on Exito's website at <a href=\"https:\/\/exitotravel.com\/\">www.exitotravel.com<\/a>.<br \/><br \/>Note: It is necessary to depart from the US at least one day prior to Day 1 of the trip itinerary. We also encourage you to arrive in Cusco a day earlier to help adjust to the altitude. <br \/><br \/>The name on your airline ticket must match the name on your passport exactly, and your passport must be valid for at least six months after your date of return to the US.<br \/><br \/><strong>Please do not purchase your tickets until you are confirmed on the trip.<\/strong> Once tickets have been purchased, please forward a copy of your email confirmation from the airline. It is your responsibility to ensure your flight times coordinate with the arrival and departure logistics for this trip.<\/p>","Custom_Extra_Hotel_Nights":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-05-17T13:21:49 --><p>We are happy to arrange additional hotel nights for you in Cusco or Lima. 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The rain does not usually affect the trail itself since it is mostly stone-paved.<\/p><p><a href=\"https:\/\/wildernesstravel.com\/latin-america\/peru\/inca-trail-best-time\/\">Best Time to Hike the Inca Trail<\/a><\/p>","Custom_FAQ_-_Header_2":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-06-11T21:50:03 --><p>Why Do You Need to Book So Early?<\/p>","Custom_FAQ_-_Text_2":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-06-11T21:49:56 --><p>To protect the Inca Trail's monuments and environment, Peruvian authorities issue a very limited number of permits for hikers on the Inca Trail. Only 500 permits are issued for each day, with 200 permits going to hikers and 300 permits going to the licensed porters who carry your gear on the trail. As you can imagine, permits sell out extremely fast! We strongly recommend you book your trip at least six months in advance, especially if you are considering going between May and September. 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The last few pages of your passport, which say &#8220;Amendments and Endorsements,&#8221; and the final page of your passport, which may not have a page number, are not considered to be legitimate visa pages. The service of adding pages for visas was discontinued as of January 1, 2016. You can request a new passport through <a href=\"http:\/\/travel.state.gov\/passport\">US Passport Services Office<\/a> or use a visa service agency, which can take care of your passport renewal and expedite the process, if needed. We recommend <a href=\"http:\/\/www.passportvisasexpress.com\/?affId=2120\">Passport Visas Express<\/a>. Be sure to allow sufficient time to acquire this before your trip. <br><br>It is very important to carry photocopies of your passport's photo page and any acquired visa pages for your trip (if applicable) in case your passport is lost or as an additional piece of identification, as well as two extra passport photos.","Custom_Visas_and_Entry_Notes":"US citizens do not need a visa for countries visited on this trip. If you are a citizen of any country other than the US, check with a local consulate for entry requirements.","Custom_Money":"The unit of currency in Peru is the Peruvian sol (PEN). We suggest you carry some of your spending money in US cash, and the rest on debit or credit cards. Traveler's checks are not recommended as they can be difficult and time-consuming to cash. Smaller denominations such as $20s are a convenient amount to exchange, as the exchange rate from PEN back to USD is not nearly as good. Make sure your US bills are crisp and clean. Worn, tattered, or torn bills may not be accepted. You may secure your cash and valuables in the hotel safe while you are on trek. For valuable items that you need to keep on your person, we strongly recommend carrying a money belt that can be worn under your clothes. We also suggest you bring along a small pocket calculator to help you exchange money and purchase souvenirs. <br><br>Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are widely accepted at major hotels and stores. There are ATMs in the Lima airport and in Cusco. To use an ATM internationally, you must have a four-digit PIN. If you plan to use your credit cards, inform your credit card company before your departure that you will be using the card abroad. <br><br>You will need to budget spending money for gratuities, any meals not included in the trip itinerary (approx. $10-$20 for lunches and $15-$30 for dinners), international and domestic airport departure taxes, and personal items such as beverages.","Custom_Tipping":"Tipping is completely discretionary, but over the years, clients have asked us for tipping guidelines to reward guides for outstanding service. A range of reference would be:<br><ul><li>Local Agents (assisting with airport transfers): $5 per agent. 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Plugs have two round pins or two flat-blade pins. Bring a converter and plug adapter kit for appliance use. Note: Most newer appliances do not need a voltage converter.","Custom_Laundry":"Laundry service is available at most of the hotels. There is no laundry service on the trek.","Custom_Ship_Notes":"","Custom_Inoculations":"No inoculations are required for entry into Peru and Bolivia. Entry requirements and international health situations are subject to change; check with the Centers for Disease Control for updates. All shots should be entered on your International Health Card (yellow card), which is provided by the facility giving the shots. Keep it with your passport while traveling. This provides an important personal record for you to refer to when making future travel plans. We recommend you discuss the following with your physician: <br><br><strong>Yellow Fever (For Amazon Extension Only): <\/strong><em>A Yellow Fever shot is strongly recommended if you are traveling to the Amazon rainforest or if you plan to travel to Bolivia.<\/em> For most travelers, a single dose of yellow fever vaccine provides long-lasting protection and a booster dose of the vaccine is not needed. However, some travelers may require a booster dose. Also, certain countries might require a booster dose of the vaccine; visit the CDC Travelers' Health link (<a href=\"https:\/\/wwwnc.cdc.gov\/travel\">cdc.gov\/travel<\/a>) for information on specific country requirements. Have proof of the shot recorded in your International Health Card and carry the card with your passport. Health officials at borders often (but not always) request proof of the shot. <br><br>Please note: According to the CDC, people 60 years or older may be at increased risk for serious adverse events following vaccination, compared with younger persons. This is particularly true if they are receiving their first yellow fever vaccination. If you are over 60, please discuss this with your physician. If you are advised to decline the vaccine, please get a written waiver from your physician or travel clinic in case you might need it during the visa application process. <br><br><br><strong>Polio<\/strong><br>People who have received the primary series of at least three doses of polio vaccine are considered fully immunized. 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Use repellent containing DEET. <br><br>If, after returning from your trip, you have a persistent fever with chills, muscle aches, and headache, report to your doctor the possibility of exposure to malaria. <br><br>For further malaria information, consult your doctor or the CDC Malaria Hotline (<a href=\"https:\/\/www.cdc.gov\/malaria\/travelers\/\">cdc.gov\/malaria\/t<a href=\"https:\/\/www.cdc.gov\/malaria\/travelers\/\"><\/a>ravelers<\/a>) or by phone at 888-232-3228.","Custom_Staying_Healthy":"On the trek, our camp crew is well trained in hygienic practices. Our drinking water is filtered and is available each day at camp for filling your water bottles. A basin of washing water is put out before meals so you can wash your hands before eating. In hotels, don't brush your teeth with tap water; use bottled water. Don't use ice in your drinks unless you are sure it was made with treated water. 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Since physical fitness does not confer any protection or facilitate acclimatization, it is impossible to predict how you will adapt to the altitude. The greatest protection is avoiding rapid ascents and allowing time for acclimatization. Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) is not uncommon at the altitudes reached in the high Andes. Early symptoms of AMS include headache, nausea, loss of appetite, sleeplessness, vomiting, dry cough, irregular breathing, shortness of breath, fatigue, and swelling of the ankles and eyelids. <br><br>It is not uncommon to experience some of these symptoms when you first arrive at high altitude and then have them decrease in severity within a few days. It is important that you inform your Trip Leader immediately of any symptoms or discomfort, however minor, so that he or she can help you monitor the situation. While acclimatizing, avoid pushing yourself too hard, however physically fit you may be or feel. Pace yourself comfortably, rest often. You may find that you hike more slowly than others in the group, or more slowly than you are used to. <br><br>Proper hydration is essential at high altitude. You need to drink much more fluid than you are used to. Try to drink even if you're not feeling thirsty. Avoid caffeine, which is a diuretic, and avoid alcohol, which is dehydrating. Cut down on salt. Your appetite will probably decrease, but it is still important to eat well (especially carbohydrates), even if you're not feeling well. Sleeping pills and narcotic painkillers (such as codeine) should not be used at altitude because they depress respiration. <br><br>Severe progressions of AMS are high-altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE) and high-altitude cerebral edema (HACE). Symptoms of HAPE include breathlessness that continues at rest, severe cough with watery or bloody sputum, and noisy, bubbling breath. Symptoms of HACE include extreme weariness, vomiting, severe headache, staggering walk, and changes in behavior. If any such symptoms develop, you must notify the Trip Leader immediately and descend to a lower altitude at once. <br><br>Medical conditions aggravated or complicated by high altitude include: heart diseases, lung diseases, pregnancy, anemia, and sickle cell disease. Anyone with these conditions should discuss participation on the trip with their physician. <br><br><strong>Diamox (Acetazolamide)<\/strong><br>The prescription drug Diamox can be used as a prophylactic against the early symptoms of altitude sickness. Consult with your physician for proper dosage. It is usually recommended above 14,000 feet, but for anyone not sleeping well, Diamox can be started before reaching that elevation. Some cautionary notes: Diamox can severely dehydrate you; be sure to drink the minimum 3-4 quarts of water daily if you take it. Diamox is a sulfa drug and should not be taken by sulfa-allergic travelers. It is not effective in dealing with more serious symptoms of altitude sickness. 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(Note: The weight limit does not apply to what you carry in your daypacks.) <br><br>Before you depart Cusco, you will be allowed to put a change of clothes in a separate group duffel bag that your guide will send ahead to Machu Picchu so you can enjoy a change of clothes at Machu Picchu. The rest of your luggage will be stored at the hotel while on trek. <br><br>The weight limit is strictly enforced and your duffel will be weighed by our camp manager on the morning prior to the trek. Your Trip Leader will talk with you about packing prior to departing on the trek and will be happy to answer questions to help you stay within this limit. <br><br><strong>Note: <\/strong>On internal flights, you are allowed one checked bag with a total weight of 50 lbs., plus a small carry-on with a 17 lb maximum.","Custom_Clothing":"Dress on the trip is very informal, with the exception of two or three city dinners for which you may want to dress up a little (jackets are not required for men). 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If you are shopping for new boots, ask your store about boots with built-in Gore-Tex-type waterproof barriers that enhance water-resistance. If you have old full-grain leather boots, coat them with silicon waterproofing material to increase their water resistance. Waterproofing materials wear off over time and need to be re-applied. Gore-Tex boots are considered waterproof for one year unless the membrane is punctured. <br><br>If you're buying a new pair of boots, make sure a qualified salesperson gives you proper guidance in determining fit. Don't buy any boots that you are not permitted to return after wearing for several hours around the house. Blisters caused by improperly fitted or insufficiently broken-in boots are the most common and painful problem normally encountered on hiking trips. Before you depart, you should be able to wear your boots for a full, active day with no discomfort. 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Your hotel in Cusco provides 110 and 220 outlets and hairdryers.<\/li><li>Camera, spare batteries, flashcards<\/li><li>Bandanas; good for protecting your neck from the sun and for use as handkerchiefs<\/li><li>Reading\/writing material<\/li><li>Binoculars<\/li><li>Travel clock<\/li><li>Small pocket calculator<\/li><li>Biodegradable wipes for washing<\/li><li>Small camping pillow (not included with sleeping bag and pad)<\/li><li>Trekking gaiters (keeps dust and small rocks from entering your boots)<\/li><li>Trail Snacks&mdash;There is plenty of food on the trip but you to bring a small supply of your own favorite trail snacks, such as raisins, hard candies, M&amp;Ms, dried fruits, chocolate bars, granola bars, decaffeinated tea\/coffee, powdered drink mixes, trail mix, and energy bars (do not bring a lot of these items as it is a short trek).<\/li><li>Carbohydrate Energy Gels &amp; Chews&mdash;At high altitudes, we find that high energy chews are key (easy to digest and high calorie). 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Most hiking is between 8,000 and 12,000 feet. The maximum elevation we reach is 13,766 feet, and the highest place we camp is 12,033 feet. The total mileage hiked is about 29. Our group will spread out along the trail during about six to seven hours of hiking each day (shorter on some days).On the trail, you will just carry your own daypack for the items that you want with you on the trail, such as a water bottle and a jacket. Our team of Inca Trail porters carries all your other gear from camp to camp.<\/p>","Custom_Terrain":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-06-11T21:47:20 --><p>Trails can be rugged, not the well-maintained trails you may be accustomed to in the United States. For the most part, you can hike at your own speed. The altitudes are high, but our first hotel night is in Cusco at 11,200 feet, our second overnight is in the Sacred Valley of the Incas at 9,500 feet, our third is at our first camp at 8,900 feet, and our fourth is at our second camp at 9,840 feet. These four days will help your altitude acclimatization before climbing the first pass.<\/p>","Custom_Getting_in_Shape":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-06-11T21:47:28 --><p>You must make a concerted effort to get in top physical condition for the trip by engaging in regular exercise well beyond your normal routine. We recommend you do aerobic exercise that causes you to break a sweat for at least 30 minutes, at least three times a week, over the course of a couple of months prior to the trip.<\/p><p>To accelerate your conditioning, try walking faster than 1.5 miles per hour, walking on steeper inclines, and using your gym's stair-climbing machines. 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However, it can also get extremely cold; if you're familiar with mountain weather, you know how suddenly it can get cold even in the daytime if the sun slips behind a cloud. Nighttime temperatures can drop to below freezing. Rain should not be a problem on our treks, but always keep in mind that mountain weather is unpredictable and sudden storms can occur, especially on high mountain passes.<\/p><p>Lima lies in a coastal desert where rainfall is rare and temperatures are usually warm (70\u00b0s and 80\u00b0s). 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With rest stops and photo stops, few people walk faster than one mile an hour in a mountainous region. Some hiking days are shorter than others, and some days are more difficult than others due to altitude gain and loss.<\/p><p>On a typical trek day, wake-up is around 7 am, when a cup of hot tea or coffee and a basin of warm washing water are brought to your tent by one of the camp crew. After packing up our duffels and having breakfast (often pancakes, oatmeal, eggs, or something similar), we set off on the trail while the crew strikes camp and the porters shoulder their loads. The crew passes us by midmorning to get ahead and prepare our lunch.<\/p><p>Most groups tend to spread out over the trail, taking photos, stopping to rest, and enjoying the scenery. We ask you not to hike ahead of the leader because trails are often not well-marked. If you feel breathless during a long ascent or wobbly during a long descent, by all means stop until you feel restored.<\/p><p>You will typically hike for three or four hours in the morning, then stop for a leisurely lunch of an hour or more at a scenic spot on the trail. Lunch is a picnic, perhaps chicken salad, potato salad, guacamole salad, or macaroni salad, along with fruit, cheese, bread, and chocolate bars for extra energy. After lunch, you will hike for another three hours or so until you reach the next night's camp. The porters and crew pass you in mid-afternoon and usually have camp set up by the time we arrive. At camp, there is late afternoon tea (or coffee or cocoa) and a snack such as popcorn, cookies, or crackers, which hit the spot after a long day on the trail. Before dinner, there's free time to read or relax. Temperatures drop quickly as the sun drops behind the peaks, and it's easy to get chilled after exerting yourself for several hours, so have a few extra layers of clothing ready. It gets dark fairly early (around 6:30 pm). Dinner, served in a dining tent with table and chairs, is delicious hot soup followed by a substantial main course and a dessert. After dinner, you can chat away the evening in the dining tent or read by flashlight until bedtime.<\/p>","Custom_What_the_Trip_is_Like_-_Header_2":"","Custom_What_the_Trip_is_Like_-_Text_2":"","Custom_Trip_Level_Note_1":"","Custom_Trip_Level_Note_2":"","System_Choosing_the_Right_Trip":"<p>Adventure travel often involves exotic destinations, unusual levels of physical exertion, or activities you may not have participated in previously. We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please call Wilderness Travel at 1-800-368-2794 or email us at <a href=\"mailto:\/\/info@wildernesstravel.com\">info@wildernesstravel.com<\/a>.<\/p>","System_References":"<p>We&rsquo;d be happy to put you in touch with a past client that has traveled with us.<\/p>","System_Visit_Our_Website":"<p>At <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/\">www.wildernesstravel.com<\/a>, you can book your trip online or find out about added departures, last-minute deals, and one-time Limited Edition adventures that aren&rsquo;t listed in our catalog. You can also access our complete library of detailed itineraries filled with enticing photos and videos, read bios of our Trip Leaders, find descriptions of trip accommodations, and check real-time availability of any trips that interest you.<\/p>","System_Helpful_Links":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-01-27T07:52:03 --><p>Wilderness Travel has compiled a list of useful websites for travelers. Find the Toucan Club tab on the home page of our website and choose Helpful Links: <a href=\"http:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/ toucan\/links\">www.wildernesstravel.com\/ toucan\/links<\/a>.<\/p>","System_About_New_Trips":"This is a new adventure and one that we are particularly excited about offering. However, as with all new departures, flexibility and a spirit of adventure are always appreciated! Activities are described in the itinerary but they can vary, sometimes considerably, depending on weather conditions, the group, and other factors.","System_About_Private_Journeys":"<p>Wilderness Travel Private Journeys are designed for people who want to travel with their own small private group, but who still want to experience the same superb itinerary design, great accommodations, and signature quality of Wilderness Travel's escorted group trips. These Private Journeys allow you to choose your own dates and your traveling companions&mdash;and enjoy the WT touch on all aspects of the journey.<\/p>","System_Limited_Edition_Adventures":"This is a Limited Edition adventure&mdash;which means a unique trip we've never run before or offer only every few years. Led by our most experienced Trip Leaders, these journeys often take place in remote destinations with only the most basic infrastructure for tourism. If you see a Limited Edition trip scheduled for this year, now is the time to sign up, as spaces fill very early and the trip may not be back for a while! Planned daily activities and actual timings may vary due to local conditions or the discretion of your Trip Leader&mdash;it is important to bring your spirit of adventure for these special exploratory journeys!","System_Social_Media":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:33:43 --><p><strong>SOCIAL MEDIA:<\/strong> We invite you to share your adventure with us on social media. Tag @wildernesstravel and we may even feature your content on our pages!<\/p>","System_If_You_Miss_Your_Flight":"<p><strong>IF YOU MISS YOUR FLIGHT<\/strong><br>If you miss your flight or are otherwise delayed, contact our Wilderness Travel office, as well as our local partners, with your new flight information. Refer to the Emergency Contact Information listed in this Final Bulletin.<\/p>","System_Valid_Passport":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-06-16T10:26:21 --><p><strong>VALID PASSPORT:<\/strong> Check that your passport is valid for at least six months from the last day of your trip, and that you have at least two blank pages for any necessary visa or entry and exit stamps.<\/p>","System_Insurance_Policy":"<p><strong>INSURANCE POLICY:<\/strong> If you have purchased the Travelex Travel Protection Plan, you should have received an email confirmation of your policy. Please bring a digital or printed copy of this policy with you. If you cannot find your email confirmation, please contact Travelex's Customer Solutions team at 844-877-1885 or e-mail customersolutions@travelexinsurance.com. If you have not purchased Travelex insurance already, you have the option to do so up to 24 hours prior to your departure.<\/p>","System_Covid-19_Travel_Requirements":"<p><strong>PRE-DEPARTURE INFORMATION<\/strong><strong>: <\/strong>Please review your Pre-Departure Information booklet included in this packet for important information regarding Wilderness Travel's COVID-19 protocols, packing lists, recommended reading, tipping, etc.<\/p>","System_Wilderness_Travel_Office":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:38:07 --><p>Our office in Berkeley, California can be reached at 510-558-2488, or by email at info@wildernesstravel.com. We are available during regular business hours (M-F, 8:30 am-5:00 pm, PST). <\/p>","System_ECI_Travel_Insurance":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:38:31 --><p>If you have purchased the Travelex Travel Protection Plan through Wilderness Travel, please remember to bring your Confirmation of Coverages (COC) with you on the trip, including your Plan Number and important emergency contact information.<\/p><p>If you've purchased a travel protection plan on your own, we recommend that you bring a copy of your policy, including all coverages, with you on your trip.<\/p>","System_Face_Masks_and_Hand_Sanitizer":"","System_DidNotPurchase_Insurance":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-02-28T12:27:44 --><p>Travel Insurance: We recommend that you purchase travel insurance for this trip. For your convenience, we offer Travelex travel protection. Please let us know if you would like us to add the Travelex Travel Protection Plan to this final invoice. You can learn more about the policy on our <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/toucan\/travel-insurance\">website<\/a>.<\/p>","System_Purchased_Insurance":"Please remember to bring a copy of your Travelex Confirmation of Coverage and State Specific Policy with you on your trip. You should have received an email directly from Travelex with these documents. If you need this email to be re-sent, please contact Travelex's Customer Solutions team at 844-877-1885 or e-mail customersolutions@travelexinsurance.com. <br><br><br>","System_COVID-19":"The Public Health Emergency for COVID-19 declared by the World Health Organization and the US Department of Health and Human Services expired in 2023. As of March 2024, we no longer require guests who exhibit cold or flu symptoms to test for COVID-19. Guests who test positive for COVID-19 will be required to follow local health protocols, wear a mask in group vehicles and during indoor activities for the remainder of the trip, and may be asked to dine separately. Any travel companion sharing a room with them will also be required to wear a mask at all times in the shared group vehicles for the remainder of the trip.<br><br>We encourage all travelers to actively monitor their own well-being and to use common-sense preventative measures such as regular handwashing (or use of hand sanitizer) and\/or wearing a face mask. If you are feeling sick, we encourage you to self-isolate and\/or wear a mask to protect your fellow travelers. Guests may be required to wear a mask if the Trip Leader believes the situation warrants it.<br><br>Leading up to the trip, we encourage you to do everything possible to stay healthy, including avoiding close contact with anyone displaying cold or flu symptoms and washing your hands often. As always, by traveling with Wilderness Travel, guests agree to be accountable for their own well-being. If you are worried about a fellow traveler's cold or flu-like symptoms, you may opt to wear a mask or distance yourself as needed. It's important to remember that there are inherent risks associated with travel and group settings.<br><br>These protocols will be reviewed and adjusted as guidance evolves. <br><br>","System_Photography":"<strong>Camera Recommendations<\/strong><br>With the many advances in digital technology, a simple compact digital camera or even your smartphone is capable of taking pictures suitable for the needs of most people. For higher quality images and the ability to use long lenses for closer wildlife pictures, a DSLR camera is well worthwhile, though heavier. Most digital cameras and phones have good video options, but you may want to consider a GoPro for a lightweight, waterproof option. Always practice ahead of time with new equipment and bring your manual with you. You may want to consider renting camera equipment for your trip from places such as <a href=\"https:\/\/www.lensrentals.com\/\">lensrentals.com<\/a>. This is an especially good idea for renting large zoom lenses that you may need for just one trip. Adding their extra insurance fee to cover expensive equipment is recommended. <br><strong><br>Camera Accessories<\/strong><br>We recommend bringing at least two large capacity memory cards or a small digital storage unit (or tablet) to back up your photos, freeing space on your memory cards. Don't forget to bring a battery charger and a backup battery so one is always charged and ready to use. For trips where you may be away from power sources for multiple days, consider looking into a solar-powered battery charger or buying additional backup batteries, and check that you have the appropriate adapter for the electrical outlets in your destination.<br><strong><br>Sharing Your Images<\/strong><br>We would love for you to share photos from your trip, and with your permission, may even use your photos in our marketing materials or on our photo blog. We request that you send us a small sample of your best images. Please email your photos to wtphotoblog@gmail.com or tag us @WildernessTravel on social media.<br><strong><br>Photography Etiquette<\/strong><br>When taking pictures of local people, be aware of cultural considerations. Approaching people with a warm smile and using polite gestures or simple phrases to ask permission to photograph them usually works well. It is always recommended to engage people in conversation before asking to photograph them, but if people do not wish to have their photo taken, please honor their requests. We urge travelers to avoid giving money in exchange for photo opportunities, which makes it harder for future travelers to have a meaningful personal interaction with local people. Please always heed your Trip Leader's guidelines for what is appropriate. ","System_Gear_Store":"To help you prepare for your next WT adventure, we've put together a great collection of top brands including Patagonia, Outdoor Research, Eagle Creek, and more at our WT Gear Store (<a href=\"https:\/\/wildernesstravel.newheadings.com\/\">wildernesstravel.newheadings.com<\/a>).","System_Questions?":"<p>Our Area Specialists are your single point of contact and would be happy to answer any questions about your trip!<br>800.368.2794 | 510.558.2488<\/p>","System_Pricing_Detail-Small_Group_Adventure":" <br><br>To offer the lowest possible cost, our trips are priced according to the number of participants on the trip. All costs are per person, based on double occupancy. If you wish to have a single room, you must pay the single supplement fee. Please note that Wilderness Travel staff, or guests of Wilderness Travel such as travel writers, photographers, or leaders-in-training, are not included in the tier pricing count.","System_Travel_Insurance":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-01-27T07:58:05 --><p>We highly recommend you purchase travel insurance. You can take advantage of a comprehensive Travel Protection Plan designed for Wilderness Travel by Travelex, or purchase other insurance on your own. See our website for details: <a href=\"http:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/insurance\">www.wildernesstravel.com\/insurance<\/a><\/p>","System_Make_it_Your_Trip":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:44:18 --><p>The prices above are for the ready-to-book adventure outlined in this Detailed Itinerary, a popular option that has been handcrafted by our Area Specialists to include the best of every destination. While many travelers choose to book this tour as is, our Area Specialists are also happy to work with you to customize this Private Journey to suit your specific interests and style of travel. We can arrange for longer or shorter stays, offer hotel upgrades (see below for sample costs), or add an extension to additional places of interest. We can even add special activities or customize excursions depending on your interests. We invite you to contact us to discuss your options!<\/p>","System_Signing_up_for_a_Trip":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:44:42 --><p>Early reservations are recommended since accommodations often sell out far in advance. Please call 1-800-368-2794 and ask for our [Africa Manager] or email us at [africa@ wildernesstravel.com] with any questions that you may have about this trip. To reserve your Private Journey, we will need to know your preferred dates of travel. We will then check availability and send you a proposed itinerary with exact pricing for your adventure. We can typically hold a provisional booking for one week. At that time, we must collect your initial deposit or accommodations will be released. We accept Visa, Mastercard, or American Express card. Upon receipt of your deposit, we will send you a Welcome Packet that includes a letter of confirmation, Detailed Itinerary, Trip Application, Medical Form, and Pre-Departure Information Booklet with information to help you prepare for your adventure. Please see our Cancellations and Transfer Fee Schedule for specific payment information.<\/p>","System_Trip_Leaders":"<p>Wilderness Travel Trip Leaders have a passion and a joy for creating an unforgettable journey. We are extremely proud of them and the incredible travel experiences they make possible. For more information, including client comments about them and which specific trips they will be leading, please visit <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/leaders\/\">wildernesstravel.com\/leaders<\/a>.<\/p>"},"terms":{"PaymentSchedule":"<p>At time of reservation: $1,000<br>90 Days prior to departure: Balance<div><br><\/div><div><em>Please note that this differs from our standard policy.<\/em><\/p>","CancelSchedule":"<p>Minimum fee (including Inca Trail permit fee): $610 per person<br>61-90 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost<br>46-60 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost<br>45 days or less: 100% of trip cost<\/p><p><em>Please note that this differs from our standard policy.<\/em><\/p>"}}