Machu Picchu Adventure 
Join me on the trip of a lifetime to include trips and hiking in Ecuador, hiking the ancient Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, attending the Inti Raymi Festival of the Sun in Cusco and hiking the magical Rainbow Mountain.
  • Explore and discover the majestic mountains of Ecuador and Peru
  • Explore and discover your inner courage and strength
  • Explore and discover your soul and gain clarity of purpose
  • Conquer your fears and limitations
  • Prove to yourself that YOU CAN DO IT!
And SMASH any goal that you set yourself in future!

12th - 27th June 2020


PART 1 – ECUADOR

Discover the magic of Ecuador by visiting and exploring the volcanoes Avenue and cultural towns around Quito. On your journey learn all about the different local tribes and their cultures. This Ecuador trip is the perfect combination of cultural experiences, wildlife spotting, adventure activities and natural wonders that make Ecuador one of the most highly diverse countries on the planet. It is also the perfect way to acclimatise for the goal of hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in Peru.

> Soaking in volcanic hot springs of Papallacta.
> The Equatorial Line
> Cotopaxi – the highest active volcano
> Quilotoa enchanted crater lagoon


Day 1 - 12th June: Quito
We meet in the beautiful city of Quito in Ecuador, which at 2,850m above sea level is the 2nd highest capital city in the world and the nearest capital city to the equator. Surrounded by the majestic Andean mountains, you will already begin to feel the power of the setting.  


Day 2 - 13th June: Papallacta Hot Springs
Today is all about connecting with nature and connecting with yourself, while you begin the altitude acclimatisation process. The journey to Papallacta takes you over a mountain pass at 4,200m with the most magnificent views of the mountains. We then descend to 3,300m begin with a short hike to explore the fauna and flora and experience hiking at altitude for the first time. Then relax mind, body and soul in the natural, thermal springs. A total detox from the stresses of day to day living.   


Day 3 - 14th June: Mitad del Mundo
Today we take a trip to the ‘Middle of The World’ where you get the unique opportunity to stand on the equator and literally have a foot in each hemisphere. This also continues the acclimatisation process.  


Day 4 - 15th June: Quilotoa Lagoon
Journey to the majestic Quilotoa Lagoon, and enjoy a downhill hiking trek to reach the stunning body of emerald water inside the crater of this now-dormant volcano. The lagoon is 3,500m above sea level and a short kayak trip continues the acclimatisation process. Then we hike back up to the top which is around 3,800m. We continue accessing your inner strength and courage as well as continuing your preparation for the Inca Trail.


Day 5 - 16th June: Cotopaxi Volcano
The Cotopaxi Vocano is one of the highest active volcanos in the world and a perfect opportunity to not only enjoy the incredible views but to test your ability to hike at altitude. Once you’ve hiked this, you will feel much more confident about the Inca Trail as this takes you higher than anything you will encounter there.  

PART 2 - PERU


Day 6 - 17th June: Ollantaytambo
Today we transfer from Quito to Ollantaytambo, via Lima, the modern capital city of Peru and then via Cusco, the historical capital and formerly the capital of the Incan empire. Cusco is situated at a lofty 3,400m above sea level – which should now be more manageable due to our acclimatisation in Ecuador.   


Day 7 - 18th June: Sacred Valley
From your hotel, we’ll head to the famous Sacred Valley of the Incas. We will stop in the village of Pisac and then we explore the extensive ruins whilst enjoying stunning views over the valley. You will be given a guided tour of the Citadel of Pisac, in which we will see temples, homes, altars, carvings, tunnels, caves and the famous Intihuatana, "The hitching post of the sun". 


Day 8 - 19th June:  Ollantaytambo
A relaxed day with opportunity to explore the archaeological sites around Ollantaytambo and prepare for the Inca Trail.  After breakfast, you will continue on to the Ollantaytambo Archeological Complex. Discover here the perfection of the Imperial Period Incan stonework


Day 9 - 20th June:  Inca Trail Day 1
We transfer to the starting point of 82Km and the Inca Trail begins.
The Inca Trail is one of the most magical treks on the planet with a variety of environments, from river valleys and pretty woodlands to high mountain passes. It’s challenging but massively rewarding and you will experience nothing like it on earth.   


Day 10 - 21st June: Inca Trail Day 2
Today is the toughest day on the trail as you ascend to the infamous "Dead Woman's Pass" - an elevation gain of 1200m to a point 4,215m above sea level.  The views from the top are incredible and you're well rewarded for your effort.  Once you've achieved this - you know you can achieve anything that's to come!


Day 11 - 22nd June: Inca Trail Day 3
We start off with an easy undulation and then climb up to Runkuruquay Pass - another of the trail highlights.  Then - you realise that the uphill slog is over and it's downhill from this point.  And there are more ruins to explore.


Day 12 - 23rd June:  Machu Picchu - Inca Trail Day 4
Machu Picchu is classed as one of the 7 modern wonders of the world and you will be enchanted by its magic. Once we arrive after our last day of hiking, we will receive a guided tour of the incredible ancient city and you get your passport stamped.
We finish with a well-deserved celebratory lunch before heading back to Cusco.


Day 13 - 24th June: Inti Raymi (Festival of The Sun)
The unique Inti Raymi or Sun Party is a religious Inca ceremony that takes place every 24th of June in Cusco.
The Sun was considered the most important deity in the Inca empire, and was worshiped by the Incas; therefore, Inti Raymi was of the most important celebrations during Inca times.


Day 14 - 25th June:  Cusco
After breakfast, you’ll have a full Cusco city tour, starting at the city center viewing the Incan foundations of many buildings, the famous Cathedral, and the Temple of the Sun. You will also visit the typical market of San Pedro. In the end, you will visit the hills around Cusco to get a full tour of four ruins: Sacsayhuaman, Q’enqo, Puca Pucara, and Tambomachay.  


Day 15 - 26th June:  Rainbow Mountain
Our final challenge takes us to the summit of Mount Vinicuna 5,200m above sea level so it’s not for the faint hearted. However – by now, you know you can do this!  Mount Vinicuna, also known as the mountain of 7 colours or The Rainbow Mountain, is a magical and part of the ancient Quechua culture, where trading used to take place. Now it has become a natural wonder similar to the rainbow mountain of China.


Day 16 - 27th June:  Time to Go Home
Your adventure ends after breakfast and you return home as a completely new person - one who is unstoppable!

You also have the option to extend your trip and explore more of what Peru has to offer. 

Tina Sibley
Transformational Travel Club
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