The Daily Telegraph - Saturday - Travel



Given the assortment of factors you’ll need to take into account when planning a trip to Machu Picchu – including the range of train and hiking options, the various circuits inside the site, and the ever-changing rules and regulation­s about time spent at there, follow-up visits and visitor numbers – booking with a tour operator is highly recommende­d.

Rainbow Tours (020 8131 9304; rainbowtou­

has a 12-day Sacred Valley and Lares Adventure tour, including a lesser-known route to Machu Picchu through the Urubamba Valley and the remote passes of the Lares region. Travellers can meet farmers, weavers and high-altitude communitie­s, discover local traditions and enjoy the incredible scenery while hiking from one comfortabl­e mountain lodge to another. Additional­ly, visits to Ollantayta­mbo and Pisac are included before your arrival at Machu Picchu. From £3,985 per person, including accommodat­ion, guided trekking, transfers, all flights, most meals and entry to Machu Picchu.

Cox & Kings (03330 603303; coxandking­

offers a 15-day Train to Machu Picchu group tour that includes Cuzco and Arequipa, the Colca Canyon, Lake Titicaca and, of course, Machu Picchu, staying in good hotels. From £3,595 per person, including guides, entrance fees, all breakfasts, several other meals, transfers and flights.

Select Latin America (020 7407 1478; selectlati­

has a 12-day Mountain Lodges of Peru tour, combining guided visits of Lima and Cuzco, six days of trekking and stays at the Mountain Lodges (mountainlo­dgesofperu. com). From £5,005 per person, including accommodat­ion, guided touring, private transfers, domestic flights, all breakfasts, and most other meals. Internatio­nal flights are not included. Allow a budget of £750-£1,000 for internatio­nal flights.

Journey Latin America

(020 8747 8315; journeylat­ has an 11-day luxury tour to Peru that includes four nights at the Explora Lodge in the Sacred Valley, plus guided tours of Machu Picchu. From £7,189 per person, including internatio­nal flights, transfers, excursions, touring Machu Picchu, first-class accommodat­ion and most meals.

KE Adventure Travel (01768 77396; keadventur­

has regular departures for its eight-day Inca Trail holiday, which includes the classic four-day hike. From £1,865 per person, including Cuzco and Machu Picchu, four nights’ hotel accommodat­ion, three nights’ camping, and meals on the trek. Flights are not included; so you’ll need to budget £1,000 to £1,200 for these.

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