Join like-minded supporters on the adventure of a lifetime and help raise money for Plan International Australia.
As part of this incredible adventure, you will start off in the historic city of Cusco, where you will acclimatise and roam quaint cobble streets bursting with unforgettable sights, smells and colours. You will then go beyond city limits to explore ancient ruins, marvel at stunning valley vistas and trek the legendary Inca trail to Machu Picchu.
- Dates: 5 October – 13 October 2019
- Trip duration: 9 days
- Challenge duration: 5 days
- Fundraising target: $3500
Day 1, Saturday 5 October 2019: You’ll arrive in Cusco and start acclimatising to the altitude of the Andes, take a short tour of the city and enjoy the first group dinner.
Day 2, Sunday 6 October 2019: Today you’ll be taking on your first trek from Cusco to the famous Inca ruin of Sacsayhuman. You’ll then trek to the Inca water temple of Tambo Machay lying at 3,700m, followed by the Red fort of Puca Pucara where you’ll enjoy a picnic lunch. In the afternoon, you’ll return to Cusco to enjoy a free evening to explore this bustling historic city.
Day 3, Monday 7 October 2019: Today marks the start of your trek along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu! First you’ll visit Ollantaytambo before transferring to the start of the Inca Trail at Piscacucho. Here you’ll meet the porters and cooks that will support you on your journey. After a light lunch, you’ll start trekking by following the sacred Urubamba River. Tonight you’ll camp at Llactapata (2,788m) beside spectacular ruins.
Day 4, Tuesday 8 October 2019: After breakfast, you’ll begin trekking through the Cusichaca Valley to the small hamlet of Huallyabamba, the last inhabited place on the trail (3,000m). From here, the path follows a mountain stream to your campsite at Llulluchapampa (3,680m). On reaching your destination, you’ll be treated to spectacular views of the valley while the crew sets up camp and prepares dinner.
Day 5, Wednesday 9 October 2019: This will be the most challenging day but also the most exhilarating. You’ll be starting early to begin a steady climb to the highest point of the trail, the incredible Abra de Warmiwanusca or Dead Woman’s Pass (4,212m). You’ll feel on top of the world as you gaze out at surrounding peaks. Final stop on this trek will be the Phuyupatamarca ruins (3,650m), the “place above the clouds”, where you will camp for the night.
Day 6, Thursday 10 October 2019: This is the day you’ll reach Machu Picchu. You’ll make an early morning start to witness the glorious sunrise over the snow-capped mountains of Salcantay and Veronica. You’ll then descend on an ancient Inca staircase through beautiful cloud forest to Wiñay Wayna (2,600m). You’ll move through cloud forests high above the mighty Urubamba River to Inti Punku, the Gateway of the Sun, where you will have your first glimpse of Machu Picchu. You’ll be back tomorrow, but tonight you’ll head into the nearby town of Aguas Calientes to enjoy a hot shower and celebratory meal.
Day 7, Friday 11 October 2019: After breakfast you’ll return by bus to Machu Picchu, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Your guide will conduct an extensive walking tour, explaining the fascinating history of the Incas. After a late lunch in Aguas Calientes, you’ll take the afternoon train to Ollantaytambo and then continue by bus to Cusco.
Day 8, Saturday 12 October 2019: Enjoy a free day in Cusco for some rest and recuperation. If you’re feeling more active, you can explore Inca ruins, colonial churches, chocolate museums, local markets or while away the hours in a café overlooking the Plaza de Armas. Maybe even stretch your legs on a dance floor!
Day 9, Sunday 13 October 2019: After breakfast, say farewell to the Andes and Peru as you go back to the airport for your return flight home.