Peru Contrasts Trek Packages

MOUNTAINS and INCAS

Hiking Cordillera Blanca, Cordillera Huayhuash & Machu Picchu

Peru is a vast & diverse country of startling scenic and cultural contrasts.

Our Peru Contrasts Treks packages encompass the best of mountain trekking & culture, combining incredible mountain scenery with the unbelievable Inca culture & history.

Start in the relaxed mountain city of Huaraz with a trek through the heart of the towering snow covered mountains of the Cordillera Blanca or Cordillera Huayhuash. There are few other places in the world where you hike so closely to huge mountains and our treks take you over high passes and traversing around the highest mountains in Peru.

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Punta Union Pass Santa Cruz Trek- WOW!

Thanks to David Buccigrossi & his family from the USA who trekked the Santa Cruz with us in 2010.
You can see more fantastic photos from David on:
http://davidbuccigrossi.smugmug.com/Peru/Trekking-in-the-Peruvian-Andes/1364

Then to the Inca capital of Cusco..We prefer to stay away from the very busy and heavily regulated Inca Trail, instead taking you to either the more remote and relaxing Lares or Salkantay routes, ensuring you a quality personalised trek experience.
The Inca Trail Option is available on request (private service only) but needs to be booked many months in advance to obtain a trek permit.
We finish with the highlight of the tour, visiting the incredible Inca citadel of Machu Picchu perched high on a mountain ridge where we marvel at the engineering and architectural skills of the ancient Inca civilization.

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Machu Picchu

SERVICE
PERU CONTRASTS TREKS & TOURS is a Peruvian Andes Adventures Private Guided Service  for discerning clients wishing to enjoy a unique hiking & trekking experience with quality personalised service in a relaxed friendly atmosphere.

Minimum Number: 2 people
Trek service is for PRIVATE TREKS. We do not operate pool group trek service.

You have the option to invite other people to join with you for treks if you would like company in a small private group by advertising your treks on our Join A Group Page.

George from the USA with his family did Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu and Santa Cruz  Ulta trek said: Both our treks were superb with wonderfully professional service that were unmatched in our many years of adventure travel. The pre-trip planning communication with Anne & Hisao all the way through the many details of our itineraries were excellent. Our special vegan meals requests were graciously and deliciously prepared with fantastic Peruvian flavours. Our guides were outstanding. We also wanted to comment on the inventive style and superb quality of our cooks. Everyone in your organisation was extremely professional & delightful to work with. I wanted to send a special thank you to Anne, Hisao, Eli (Huaraz) & Bryan (Cusco).

Our Peru Contrast Treks & Tours Packages Include:
*Private Guided service with professional English speaking trek & tour guides
*Lima private transfers
*Guesthouse accommodation in cities, Options from 2 star B & B through to 3 or 4 star hotels
*Bus tickets, transfers, Machu Picchu train tickets
*Private trek & tour transport
*All meals & snacks on treks, good quality tents, cook tent, dining tent with tables & chairs, toilet tent
*Donkeys or horses carry all equipment on treks (Except for Inca Trail), you only carry a light day pack.
*Inca Trail – you must carry your own sleeping bag, mattress & clothes
*Thermorest Sleeping Mattress
*All National Park Entrance fees, entrance fees to archaeological sites
*OPTION: for us to buy domestic flight tickets or you buy your own tickets on line

Not Included:
*Sleeping bags (available for hire)
*Meals & drinks in the cities
*Tours not included in the itinerary
*Insurance, reconfirmation of international flights, tracking lost luggage, personal expenses, International flights

Trekking-ServiceBirthday Celebration Santa Cruz Trek                                                       Meal Service                 


TREKS IN OUR PERU CONTRASTS TREKS PACKAGES:

We combine these fabulous treks into our Peru Contrasts Treks

HUARAZ TREKS
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Santa Cruz Llanganuco Classic Trek 4 days

A circuit through the heart of the Cordillera Blanca Mountain range, offering unequalled close views of the highest mountains in Peru from the top of Punta Union Pass 4750m & of the famous twin lakes of Llanganuco.

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or
Santa Cruz Ulta Trek 6 days

An extension to the Classic Santa Cruz trek, added two days to cross into another valley and climb to the top of spectacular Yanayacu Pass 4800m from where you are greeted by magnificent views of the mountain greats Huascaran, Chopicalqui & Ulta.

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or
Cordillera Huayhuash Trek 8 days

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A “mini trek” around the most spectacular half of the Cordillera Huayhuash Circuit – noted in some trek guide books to be one of the most awe inspiring trek experiences anywhere in the world.

TREK to MACHU PICCHU
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Lares Trek to Machu Picchu 4 days

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Lares Trek

or
Salkantay Mountain Trek to Machu Picchu 5 days

Salkanaty-Pass
Or
Option for Inca Trail 4 days (early booking essential – private service only)

Inca-Trail

CUSCO DAY TOUR
We continue our theme of Peru Contrasts enjoying the company of our informative Cusco tour guide when we visit two very diverse Inca & Colonial sites – the village of Chincheros where there is a colourful local market & we are treated to a demonstration of traditional weaving, and then the Incas Salt Production Pans at Salineras.

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Chincheros Weavers                                                                Incas Salt Pans

LIMA CITY TOUR
Option for a private half day City Tour of bustling Lima, with its eclectic mixture of pre Inca history, Spanish colonial architecture and modern business & tourist sector.

Lima-TourMonasterio San Francisco                                                                    Miraflores

PROGRAMS:
Our programs here are a brief description only. Contact us for detailed program descriptions and prices.

Itineraries are flexible and we will “tailor make” a special itinerary to suit your individual travel needs.

Note: Inca Trail – If you wish to hike the Inca Trail, early booking is essential. There are a limited number of permits issued for Inca Trail departures each day and these permits are sold out months in advance.

Permits are not needed for the alternative Lares or Salkantay treks to Machu Picchu and the trails & campsites are less busy than the Inca Trail, giving the opportunity for a more relaxed Machu Picchu hiking experience.

14 Days Zippy Contrast Treks

A short program for active hikers with limited time but who would like to experience the best of  Peru high mountain trekking and Machu Picchu.

Features high mountain trekking through the Cordillera Blanca on the Santa Cruz Llanganuco Trek followed by either the remote Andean Lares Trek to Machu Picchu or Inca Trail option.

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Santa Cruz Trek                                                                              Lares Trek

Day 01: Arrive Lima
Day 02: Bus or flight to Huaraz
Day 03: Huaraz. Day hike for acclimatisation
Day 04: Santa Cruz Llanganuco Trek
Day 05: Santa Cruz Llanganuco Trek
Day 06: Santa Cruz Llanganuco Trek
Day 07: Santa Cruz Llanganuco Trek & return to Huaraz
Night 7: night bus 10:00pm VIP bus to Lima
Day 08: Arrive Lima 06:30am, flight to Cuzco. Relax in Cuzco
Day 09: Lares Trek Lares Trek (or Inca Trail)  to Machu Picchu
Day 10: Lares Trek (or Inca Trail)  to Machu Picchu
Day 11: Lares Trek (or Inca Trail)  to Machu Picchu  
Day 12: Guided tour of Machu Picchu & return to Cusco
Day 13: Options: Morning relaxing in Cusco & afternoon flight to Lima OR morning flight to Lima & Lima City Tour
Day 14: Flight home

Machu-Picchu
Final Destination – Machu Picchu

16 Days Relaxed Contrasts Treks

The same treks as for 14 day Zippy Contrasts, but with added days for time to relax & enjoy the atmosphere of Huaraz and Cusco between the treks.

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Santa Cruz Trek                                                Machu Picchu

Day 01: Arrive Lima
Day 02: Bus or flight to Huaraz
Day 03: Huaraz. Free day & Recover from Travel
Day 04: Huaraz. Day hike for acclimatisation
Day 05: Santa Cruz Llanganuco Trek
Day 06: Santa Cruz Llanganuco Trek
Day 07: Santa Cruz Llanganuco Trek
Day 08: Santa Cruz Llanganuco Trek & return to Huaraz
Night 8: night bus 10:00pm VIP bus to Lima
Day 09: Arrive Lima 06:30am, flight to Cuzco. Relax in Cuzco
Day 10: Cusco: Tour Chincheros & Salineras
Day 11: Lares Trek (or Inca Trail)  to Machu Picchu
Day 12: Lares Trek (or Inca Trail)  to Machu Picchu
Day 13: Lares Trek (or Inca Trail)  to Machu Picchu
Day 14: Guided tour of Machu Picchu & return to Cusco
Day 15: Options: Morning relaxing in Cusco with afternoon flight to Lima OR morning flight to Lima & Lima City Tour
Day 16: Flight home

Chincheros-Cusco-2-Santa-Cruz-TrekChincheros Ladies– Cusco Tour                                              Unexpected Snow – Santa Cruz Trek


19 Days Super Contrasts Treks
      
A longer program for active hikers wanting to spend more time enjoying the serenity of the mountains.

Features a 6 day Cordillera Blanca trek Santa Cruz Ulta with 2 spectacular high mountain passes and a 5 day trek around Salkantay mountain to Machu Picchu.

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Santa Cruz Ulta Trek                                                                   Machu Picchu

Day 1: Arrive Lima
Day 2: Bus or flight to Huaraz
Day 3: Huaraz. Free day & recover from travel
Day 4: Huaraz. Day hike for acclimatisation
Day 5: Santa Cruz Ulta Trek
Day 6: Santa Cruz Ulta Trek
Day 7: Santa Cruz Ulta Trek
Day 8: Santa Cruz Ulta Trek
Day 9: Santa Cruz Ulta Trek
Day 10: Santa Cruz Ulta Trek & return to Huaraz
Night 10: night bus 10:00pm VIP bus to Lima
Day 11: Arrive Lima 06:30am, flight to Cuzco. Relax in Cuzco
Day 12: Cusco : Tour Chincheros & Salineras
Day 13: Salkantay Mountain Trek to Machu Picchu
Day 14: Salkantay Mountain Trek to Machu Picchu
Day 15: Salkantay Mountain Trek to Machu Picchu
Day 16: Salkantay Mountain Trek to Machu Picchu
Day 17: Guided tour of Machu Picchu & return to Cusco.
Day 18: Options:  Morning relaxing in Cusco with afternoon flight to Lima OR morning flight to Lima & Lima City Tour
Day 19: Flight home

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Final pass Santa Cruz Ulta Trek                                           Machu Picchu

*20 Day Mountains & Incas Bonanza Treks
     
Combine a trek into the heart of the Cordillera Huayhuash which has been touted in many guide books to be one of the most spectacular treks in the world with its towering jagged peaks, high passes and glacier fed lakes with cultural wonders in Cusco and finally hiking the Inca pathways to Machu Picchu.
This trek package offers the lot – the BONANZA!

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Cordillera Huayhuash - Carhuacocha lake                         Looking Down – Machu Picchu

Day 1: Arrive Lima
Day 2: Bus or flight to Huaraz
Day 3: Huaraz. Day hike for acclimatisation
Day 4: Huaraz. Day hike for acclimatisation
Day 5: Cordillera Huayhuash Trek
Day 6: Cordillera Huayhuash Trek
Day 7: Cordillera Huayhuash Trek
Day 8: Cordillera Huayhuash Trek
Day 9: Cordillera Huayhuash Trek
Day 10: Cordillera Huayhuash Trek
Day 11: Cordillera Huayhuash Trek
Day 12: Cordillera Huayhuash Trek and return to Huaraz
Night 12: night bus 10:00pm VIP bus to Lima
Day 13: Arrive Lima 06:30am, flight to Cuzco. Relax in Cuzco
Day 14: Cusco : Tour Chincheros & Salineras
Day 15: Lares Trek (or Inca Trail)  to Machu Picchu
Day 16: Lares Trek (or Inca Trail)  to Machu Picchu
Day 17: Lares Trek (or Inca Trail)   to Machu Picchu
Day 18: Guided tour of Machu Picchu & return to Cusco.
Day 19: Options: Morning relaxing in Cusco with afternoon flight to Lima OR morning flight to Lima & Lima City Tour
Day 20: Flight home


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Inca Architecture                                                                      Cordillera Huayhuash

Contact us for more details and prices and also for help to “Tailor Make” a program for your Peru Contrasts Treks Experience.

 

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