Peru: Machu Picchu Trek 2022
End Date: Sunday 23 October 2022
Celebrate the hospice’s 30th anniversary with a special overseas challenge to Peru.
Friday 14 October to Sunday 23 October 2022
Voted one of the top 25 treks in the world, this challenging expedition will take you beneath spectacular Andean peaks, through epic Peruvian landscapes and misty cloud forest.
After an overnight stay at a hotel in Lima, you will begin your adventure by taking a domestic flight to the colonial town of Cusco then spend a day exploring the sights of the Sacred Valley while acclimatising to the high altitude of the region.
The next day you will begin your hike along the Salkantay trail. The route follows an ancient and remote Inca footpath, where snow-capped mountains collide with lush tropical rain forests. The paths are filled with wild strawberries, colourful butterflies and other exotic flora and fauna. Off the beaten path, this trek is one of the most interesting and challenging ways to experience the land of the ancient Incas. One of the highlights will be catching your first glimpse of Machu Picchu across the valley.
You will spend your last night of the trek at the spa town of Aguas Calientes and in the morning you will take a short transfer to the ancient site where you can enjoy a guided tour, unlocking the mysteries of this glorious ancient city. After returning to Cusco you will have our final celebratory meal in this stunning UNESCO World Heritage Site, before returning home via Lima the following day.
This is a challenging trip as you will be trekking over varying terrain, exposed to high altitudes (up to 4,630m) and sleeping in campsites with basic facilities. You should be prepared for all weather conditions and variable temperatures. Each day’s trek is between 5-8 hours and there are some big hills to climb! This is an endurance challenge so you are strongly advised to build up a good level of fitness – the fitter you are the more you will enjoy the challenge.