MOUNTAIN CHICKS PERU TRIP 2019!
14 Days 13 Nights: JUNE 23 – JULY 6, 2019
14-DAY MOUNTAIN CHICKS PERU TRIP
June 23 – July 6, 2019
Set amongst the colorful Peruvian landscape, the Mountain Chicks Peru Trip will be a 14-day journey past stunning snow-capped mountains, turquoise lakes, glacial peaks, colorful mountains and valleys – including Rainbow Mountain, and of course a tour of one of the 7 man-made wonders of the world, Machu Picchu! This once in a lifetime trip is open to all Mountain Chicks members and their friends/loved ones!
CUSCO FOUR RUINS
INTI RAYMI FESTIVAL
and so much more...
Mountain Chicks Mountain Chicks is a women-focused adventure group, founded in 2016 by @Dani_The_Explorer. What started as just an Instagram page turned into a global community for adventurous women. Mountain Chicks has Chapters across the North America that are used as community hubs for women across the globe. Their team of ambassadors work together to plan outdoor excursions, encouraging others to get out and explore.
Killa Expeditions Killa Expeditions is a professionally-licensed tour operator and adventure travel company based in the historical Andean city of Cusco, Peru. Killa was founded by a Peruvian with over 16 years of guiding experience and a trekking/travel/adrenaline junky from the United States. Killa operates treks, guided hiking tours and adventure travel throughout Peru, with a strong commitment to sustainable, ethical, and responsible travel. Our team is made up of the most knowledgeable, passionate and experienced Peruvian guides. Killa gives back to several local communities in the Cusco region. Ask how you can help out!
OVERVIEW OF THE TRIP
DATES: JUNE 23 – JULY 6 (14-DAYS, 13-NIGHTS)
GROUP SIZE: Max of 15 participants so spaces are limited!
BOOKING: You may book online using our booking link or over the phone with us. We require 100% payment at time of booking. The full amount if non-refundable.
ROOM OCCUPANCY: All rooms will be shared double rooms with separated single beds unless people book together and request one room with one bed, etc. Please let us know at time of booking. There will be three nights of camping in 4-season Mountain Hardware tents w/ double occupancy (unless preferred/booked otherwise).
FITNESS LEVEL: Tour days are rated as easy to moderate with gentle walking but at moderate to high altitudes. The hiking and trekking portion of this trip is rated as moderate to challenging considering the high altitudes (5000m/16,400ft and above) and length of walking.
PRICE: $2300 USD
- Pre-trip briefing upon arrival in Cusco
- All transfers to and from airport/hotels and trek/tour sites
- Professional guided service with a licensed, professional English-speaking guide
- Tours of Sacred Valley, Cusco Four Ruins, Maras, Moray Salineras, Lake Humantay, Machu Picchu
- 9 Nights in a Cusco Hotel (double occupancy)
- 1 Night in an Aguas Calientes Hotel (double occupancy)
- 3 nights camping in 4 season Mountain Hardwear Tents (double occupancy)
- Extra thick foam mattress sleeping pads and self-inflating mattresses
- Warm sleeping bag
- Meals and boiled/purified water on the trek
- Personal porters to carry overnight gear on the Rainbow Trek up to 8kg/person
- Dry bags in which to put your overnight gear on the Rainbow Trek (for horses to carry)
- Machu Picchu Entrance fees (both time slots AM and PM)
- Trek cook, kitchen and dining tents, tables and stools, stainless steel dishes and utensils (on the trek)
- First aid kit including emergency oxygen tank and emergency horse (on the trek)
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED:
- International and domestic flights
- Single Supplement (Single room, Single tent)
- Meals outside of the trek and as noted
- Travel/medical insurance (required)
- Tips and gratuities
- Expenses beyond what is included above
Jun 22: TRAVEL DAY
Today’s the day to book a flight to a major international hub (Lima being the closest to Cusco). Depending on the timing you may need an overnight in Lima or you may not.
Jun 23 / Day 1: ARRIVAL TO CUSCO
Please book a domestic flight to Cusco arriving no later than 10 AM
Jun 24 / Day 2: INTI RAYMI FESTIVAL (FESTIVAL OF THE SUN)
Enjoy the incredible, full day Inca inspired festival today. The largest in Cusco, it begins at Qoricancha (Temple of the Sun) on Sol avenue and works its way up to the Main Plaza (Plaza de Armas) and finally to Sacsayhuaman 10 minutes above Cusco City. Pack a lunch, snacks and some water and make a full day of it! Read more about the festival here: Inti Raymi In Cusco
Jun 25 / Day 3: SACRED VALLEY TOUR
Tour Ollantaytambo, Chincheros, Pisac Ruins & Pisac Market. Overnight in Cusco.
Jun 26 / Day 4:CUSCO, FOUR RUINS TOUR
Explore the Four Ruins just above Cusco City (Tambo Machay, Puca Pucara, Q’enqo, Sacsayhuaman), then prepare for your Rainbow Mountain Trek tomorrow!
June 27 -30 / Day 5-8: 4 DAY AUSANGATE/RAINBOW MOUNTAIN TREK (CAMPING)
Begin the 4-day hike along part of the Ausangate Trail to the Rainbow Mountain. This trek includes a sunset and sunrise hike to Vinicunca (Rainbow Mountain), avoiding the crowds. Camping overnight (3 nights in 4 season tents) with final night (June 30) in a Cusco hotel
Jul 1 / Day 9: MARAS, MORAY, SALINERAS TOUR
Tour the colonial town of Maras, Moray circular Inca terraces and Salineras (Salt Mines), train to and overnight in Aguas Calientes
Jul 2 / Day 10: FULL DAY AT MACHU PICCHU
Machu Picchu at dawn, explore the ruin site all day, overnight in Aguas Calientes
Jul 3 / Day 11: REST DAY IN CUSCO
Take today to rest and/or explore Cusco’s colorful markets and other city sites, museums
Jul 4 / Day 12: LAKE HUMANTAY DAY HIKE
Hike to the incredibly beautiful glacial Humantay Lake! We depart early at 4am to beat the crowds: 2 hours uphill and 1 hour back down to a hot buffet lunch.
Jul 5 / Day 13: REST DAY
Take today to rest and/or explore Cusco’s colorful markets and other city sites, museums
Jul 6 / Day 14: FLY TO LIMA & HOME
Sadly today is your last day in Cusco (unless you extend your trip). Depart for Lima sometime today
THE FINE PRINT
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Registration is completed by booking via our online link and the paying the full trip cost which is non-refundable
CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY
- Full trip cost is non-refundable
TRIP CANCELLATION AND INSURANCE
It is required that all travelers purchase travel medical and trip cancellation and interruption insurance as protection against an emergency which may force you to cancel or leave from the tour either before it begins or while it is in progress.
We reserve the right to change the tour dates, itinerary, or accommodations as conditions warrant. We reserve the right to change the itinerary due to weather conditions, political conditions and other factors beyond our control without consulting the participants. It is understood that such decisions will be made in the best interests of all participants and with regards to safety first. Participants have no right to any refund or other considerations in the event of these inevitable itinerary changes. If a trip must be delayed, or the itinerary changed due to bad weather, road conditions, transportation delays, government intervention, sickness, volcanic eruption or other contingency, the cost of delays or changes is not included.
We reserve the right to cancel the tour before departure for any reason whatsoever, including too few participants or logistical problems such as strikes, wars, acts of God, volcanic eruptions, or any other circumstances which may make operation of the trip inadvisable. All trip payments received will be promptly refunded, and this refund will be the limit of our liability. We are not responsible for any expenses incurred by trip members in preparing for the trip, including non refundable or penalty-carrying airline tickets, special clothing, visa or passport fees or other trip related expenses.
LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY
We assume no responsibility whatsoever caused for injury, loss or damage to person or property in connection with any service resulting directly from: acts of God, detention, annoyance, delays, expenses arising from quarantine, strikes, thefts, pilferage, failure of any means of conveyance to arrive or depart as scheduled, civil disturbances, terrorism, government restrictions or regulations and discrepancies or changes in transit or hotel services over which it has no control. Reasonable changes in the itinerary may be made where deemed advisable for the comfort and well being of the participants. In case of a medical problem arising during the expedition, which results in costs for evacuation, use of aircraft or repatriation, the responsibility for payment of these costs belongs solely to the passenger. We strongly advise that passengers ensure that such eventualities are covered by travel insurance. If not covered by travel insurance the responsibility still remains with the passenger and Mountain Chicks and Killa Expeditions assume no responsibility.
1. Camera/electronic Gear We suggest bringing a good camera or just an iphone if you prefer. There will be no power on the trek so we also suggest bringing a solar panel or power bank of some kind if you wish to charge your phone or other devices along the way.
2. Other Gear The weather varies a lot in Peru, having 28 climates and 84 of the worlds 104 ecosystems. Cusco is set high up (3380 m/11089 ft) near the Andean Mountain Range and the dry season (winter) is from April/May to October/November with the wettest part of the year (summer) being January through March. If the sun is out it can be quite warm, but in the shade, it gets cool fast. Temperatures change quickly and you will need layers as you hike during the day. At night it is quite cold in the mountains (usually near or below freezing). It is recommended not to hike in cotton or jeans in the event of rain as cotton takes a very long time to dry.
- Sunscreen: the sun is very strong in Cusco
- Lip balm
- Hiking shoes/boots
- Hiking pants and shirts (layers)
- Layers – long underwear and/or warm sleep pants for cold nights
- Warm hat, gloves, scarf and thick warm socks (or you can buy a traditional Peruvian hat and scarf)
- Daypack w/ rain cover
- Rain gear – rain jacket, can buy an inexpensive poncho before the trek
- Cash (in soles) for tipping porters, cooks, horsemen, guides, buying items along the trail, for in town, emergencies, etc.
- Insect repellent
- Personal medication and toiletries you might want
- Camera, extra memory cards, batteries
- Water bottle or water bladder to refill
- Passport (must be valid 6 months past your travel dates for most countries)
- Power adapter/converter (outlets and voltage are different in Peru)
- Tickets, itinerary, emergency contact information
- Any medications you currently are taking or need/may need (see suggestions below)
How concerned should I be about the altitude? Cusco sits at 11,089 feet/3380 meters and Machu Picchu is actually lower (8,000 feet/2430 meters), with some mountain passes going over 16,400 ft/5000m. Altitude affects each traveler differently and until you have visited an area with high altitude, it is impossible to predict how your body will react. For this reason, we recommend having at least 2 or 3 days to acclimatize in Cusco before beginning your trek. This time allows your body to begin acclimatizing (though full acclimatization would take several weeks) and provides travelers a good indication of how they will feel once they begin hiking. Travelers commonly report mild altitude symptoms such as fatigue, headache, or light-headedness during their first day or two at elevation. Many Cusco hotels have oxygen available for travelers feeling the effects of the elevation. Severe altitude sickness is rare. In this case, the best treatment is to go down to lower elevation as soon as possible. Many severe cases of altitude sickness are the result of a pre-existing condition that is aggravated by the altitude. It is important to ask your doctor whether or not travel to high altitude is advised, especially if you have a pre-existing heart or lung condition such as high blood pressure, asthma, angina, etc. You might also want to ask your doctor about prescription diuretics that many travelers swear by to help them adjust to the altitude more readily.
Can I drink the water in Peru? The tap water is not safe to drink in Peru. Bottled water is readily available at tourist sites, hotels, local shops, and restaurants. Don’t forget to use bottled water when brushing your teeth as well! Ice is not always made with boiled/ bottled water. Order your beverages without ice (“sin hielo”) or ask your tour leader if the ice is safe in a particular restaurant. You can also bring iodine tablets or other filtration systems if you like, though on the trek we provide filtered/boiled water for you to drink.
Do I need a visa/passport? Travelers will all need a passport valid for at least 6 months after they depart. Currently, citizens from the US, Canada, Scandinavia, Western Europe, Japan, Latin America, South Africa, South Korea, and the Caribbean (except Cuba) do not need a visa. Australians and New Zealanders do need a visa. Travelers from other nationalities should check with the Peruvian Embassy for visa information. Entry requirements change with surprising frequency. It is each traveler’s responsibility to check with the consulate for the most up-to-date visa information.
How do I get to Cusco? Peru might seem like an exotic destination, but it is closer than you think! Only a 5 hour flight from Miami to Lima, 6 hours from Atlanta, 7.5 hours from NYC and 8.5 hours from Los Angeles. There are no direct flights from foreign countries into Cusco City. You can fly from another major hub (example: Lima, Quitos, Buenos Aires, etc) or take a bus. The four main airlines that fly to Cusco from Lima are LATAM, Avianca, Peruvian Airlines, and LC Peru.
How do I charge my electronics? Electricity in Peru is 220 Volts, alternating at 60 cycles per second. In some places they have 110v, 50 cycles but not everywhere and there are often power surges for any outlet. If you travel to Peru with a device that does not accept 220 Volts at 60 Hertz, you will need a voltage converter. Outlets in Peru generally accept 2 types of plugs: If your appliance/device plug has a different shape, you may need a plug adapter. It is not a bad idea to also have a surge protector.
Is the food safe to eat in Peru? Food in Peru, when prepared correctly is not only safe but delicious too! That being said, Peru can carry bacteria that foreign travelers are not used to. It is generally advisable to avoid eating street food and eat fruit you can peel and fruits and veggies that you know have been washed well in boiled/filtered water or peeled in a hygienic kitchen. Nicer restaurants do a good job of food preparation but it is often a good idea to still avoid salads. On the trail we make sure that all food is prepared in a hygienic manner and wash all fruit/vegetables in boiled/filtered water. In case you do end up with stomach upset from eating something on the streets or in a restaurant it is a good idea to stay hydrated and bring medicine with you such as antacids, indigestion pills, and antibiotics. Talk with your doctor prior to your trip to discuss the best medications to bring with you if you choose to do so.
How safe is Peru? Peru has a stable government and tourism has boomed in recent years. With the added tourist dollars, the government has made a concerted effort to keep travelers and their valuables safe. There have been no terrorist attacks in Peruvian tourist areas in over a decade. Travelers should take the same precautions that they would in a major city in the US. Pay attention to the advice of your tour leader and hotel reception and take common-sense precautions such as not going into unfamiliar areas alone, especially at night. Petty theft is common in busy tourist areas such as airports, markets, and other tourist sites so be aware of your valuables and don’t leave them unattended. Monetary scams also sprout up occasionally so beware of any offers that sound too good to be true. Check out the US State Department travel advisories for the latest information.
Is travel insurance recommended? Absolutely! In fact we require it – with a minimum of $300,000.00 USD medical evacuation coverage. There are many companies that provide reasonably priced insurance for trip cancellation, medical expenses, medical evacuation, lost bags, etc. Please be sure to arrange for trip cancellation/medical insurance coverage as we are not responsible for these problems or costs incurred. Be aware that many insurance companies only cover trips before you have left and they only cover trips where you are returning to your country of residence within a specified time frame. Check their policy prior to purchase. Once you have this insurance please email us a copy of the policy and coverage.
Should I tip? Local guides, porters, horse handlers, cooks, and other trekking staff all work for a set wage per trip. They are not on salary and many of these employees have families back home and travel great distances to get to work. Many have farms that they tend to in the off season, working on treks only to help their families financially. While tipping is not required, it is highly encouraged, as these dedicated professionals work very hard to bring you a pleasant, culturally and historically interesting experience. Your guide will explain the typical tipping system should you choose to partake in it.
What immunizations are recommended/required? No immunizations are currently required for visiting the areas we will cover in Peru. For the most current information, please consult your doctor and/or check out the Center for Disease Control.
How do I secure my spot? Book here and send us a snapshot of your passport bio page. Let us know if you want a single room/tent on the trip as extra costs are incurred with this option.
The trip cost is non-refundable and due at the time of registration. Spots are limited and we anticipate high demand for this trip so we encourage you to book as soon as you can!