You Can Come With Me to PERU!
I’ve been keeping something under tight wraps the last couple months.
Ever since returning from Colombia, many of you have reached out wondering if they can join the next trip. I heard you loud and clear, and IT’S HAPPENING! That’s right guys, YOU can join me on an EPIC adventure to PERU! I’ve partnered up with EF Ultimate Break to bring you an incredible opportunity to visit Peru and hike Machu Picchu with me in March 2020.
That’s right, you have an entire YEAR to plan for this trip. No excuses! Better yet, you can reserve your spot on the trip with just $150!
Up the altitude and dive into jungles, cities and ancient ruins on this adventure through the heart of Peru. After living like a local in Lima, we’ll journey to Cuzco and Machu Picchu, where we’ll learn about its mysterious past, watch the sunrise and, most importantly, pet a llama.
The 10 day, 3 city journey starts in Lima before we head high into the mountains and plant ourselves within Cuzco (elev. 11,152 feet). From there we’ll experience the wonder of Machu Picchu. On day 8, you can skip a ‘relax day’ in the city and instead come with me on a side trip to experience the incredible Rainbow Mountain (elev. 17,000ft).
The best part? We get you to all the most amazing locations, AND you still have a ton of free time to explore on your own! Don't expect 10 days of hop-on, hop-off bus stops.
WHEN ARE THE EXACT DATES?
March 20-29, 2020
- Round-trip flights & airport transfers (airport of your choice)
- Multilingual Tour Director & local guides
- Private motorcoach
- 9 nights in hand-picked accommodations
- Welcome mixer with appetizers & drinks
- Daily breakfast & three-course Farewell Dinner
- Entrance to Machu Picchu & other select attractions
- Dinner Q & A session with me
WHAT ARE THE ACCOMMODATIONS?
Don’t worry, I won’t make you camp on this one!
You’ll stay at hand-picked accommodations by the team over at EF Ultimate Break. Breakfast is included every day. Each property is located in a safe, convenient area. You’ll receive your exact accommodations 30 days before your trip departs.
WHAT'S THE ITINERARY?
Day 1: Flight
Board your flight, and arrive in Lima late tonight. After you get through customs, our Tour Director will be there to take you to the hotel where we will all meet for the first time!
Day 2: Sightseeing tour of Lima
Sightseeing tour of Lima
Today, a local guide will lead you on a tour of both the modern and colonial quarters of Lima. Lima was once the center of “the New World,” and is now a bustling metropolis. The city is home to many of South America’s best museums, swankiest shops and tastiest restaurants. You’ll see the city’s cathedral, Plaza de Armas and Church of San Francisco, which houses a museum of religious art and some creepy 16th-century catacombs.
Get to know me and your fellow travelers over a drink or two (or three).
Day 3: Travel to Cuzco
Travel to Cuzco
Wake up and head to Lima’s airport for a flight to Cuzco, the center of Incan culture and a beautiful Spanish colonial city. The entire city is located about 11,200 feet above sea level, and boasts some amazing local food and shopping. This afternoon, check in at your hotel and do some exploring on your own.
Day 4: Sightseeing tour of Cuzco
Sightseeing tour of Cuzco
On today’s guided sightseeing tour, you’ll stop by the old Spanish cathedral, La Merced Church, and the extravagant Koricancha Temple, which was once fully covered in gold and serves as a testament to the wealth and power of the Incas. Later, venture off to three separate Incan archaeological sites, including the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, the location of a historic battle that forever changed Peruvian life. The Spanish defeated the Incas here in 1536.
Day 5: Sacred Valley of the Incas
Sacred Valley of the Incas
A local guide leads you on a full-day sightseeing tour of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, nestled between Cuzco, Machu Picchu and the surrounding Andes Mountains. The valley is rich in ruins and traditional, native villages, and is in some ways even more historically important than Machu Picchu. You’ll see the famous ruins of Ollantaytambo, and visit several local market towns, including Pisac.
After your tour, you'll head to your accommodation in Ollantaytambo, home to massive Inca ruins, and a common starting point for travelers to Macchu Pichu.
Day 6: Experience Machu Picchu
Experience Machu Picchu
Today, take a train ride through the lush valleys that lead to Machu Picchu, the “Lost City of the Incas.” You will be staying the night at the foot of the mountain in the town of Aguas Calientes. Machu Picchu is completely hidden from the valley floor and is truly one of the world’s most incredible sights. Cross a big one off your bucket list. Explore the perfect stonework of the Temple of the Sun, the fountains of the Royal Sector, and the views from the Temple of the Three Windows.
Day 7: EXTRA EXCURSION: Sunrise Return to Machu Picchu
Make an optional return to trip Machu Picchu at sunrise to soak in the glory before all the crowds arrive. Otherwise, have a free morning before taking the train back to Cuzco.
Day 8: Free Day or Rainbow Mountain
Free Day + Pisco Sour Workshop, or Unguided Trip to Rainbow Mountain
Spend a free day in Cuzco exploring on your own, or join the group for an optional excursion to taste some local Pisco.
**This day will have an optional side trip to Rainbow Mountain with me, separate of EF Ultimate Break. This hike is considered strenuous and those who join should be in good physical condition.**
Say your goodbyes over one last dinner with your group.
Day 9: Travel to Lima
Travel to Lima and Fly Home
Head back to Lima for the afternoon, then board your flight home.
Day 10 (Travel Day): Arrive Home
Arrive home in the late morning or afternoon from your overnight flight.
WHAT’S THE COST?
All things included (even flights!) the total cost $2960. Not to mention once we have 7 people booked, EVERYONE will get $250 back.
Reserve your spot for just $150! Once your spot is reserved, you can set up a payment plan that best fits your needs.
*Please note: SPACE IS LIMITED. Spots are on a first-come, first-serve basis with reservations.*
“I’M INTERESTED! WHAT’S NEXT?”
EEP! I’m SO excited to have you on board and I can’t wait to meet you!
You can also book online. Make sure to choose the dates, March 20-29, 2020. After you book online you still MUST email me so we can place you in my group. If you don't you may be separated from us and you will not receive the discount of $250 after seven slots are booked.
Please note: EF Ultimate Break focuses on travelers ages 18-30.
SEE YOU IN PERU!
Soulful adventurer. Probably lost. Definitely eating ice cream.
In her late-teens, Shalee drove out of her small hometown watching the sunset behind her along the two-lane highway. Her ventures began in Michigan, where she taught herself to travel on a budget. Today, Shalee shares her tips and stories to thousands of readers interested in adventure, budget, and outdoor travel. Learn more about her here.