The mystery and majesty of Machu Picchu – Peru’s Lost City of the Incas – have drawn visitors for generations. And as Peru celebrates the 100th anniversary of the rediscovery of the ruins this year, awareness and interest is sure to pick up.
A legendary way to access Machu Picchu is by hiking the Inca Trail, one of the world’s most famous and memorable hikes. However with access limited only to those with a trail permit, some would-be travellers may be disappointed – unless they book with Intrepid Travel. The worldwide sustainable-travel company is the first company to announce that it will guarantee you a coveted Inca Trail permit when you book any of its 40 itineraries that feature Machu Picchu. All you have to do is book by January 31, 2012 on any of Intrepid’s 2012 departures. As there are only 200 permits in total issued worldwide per day, this represents a rare opportunity.
In the event that Intrepid Travel is unable to obtain a permit for the dates you wish to travel (and no tour operator is able to pre-purchase or bulk purchase Inca Trail permits), they’ll be pleased to offer compensation by way of a $100 discount off any itinerary featuring their new Inca Quarry Trail trek. Coming in at 23 kms (compared to the 43 km Inca Trail), the Quarry Trail offers trekkers the chance to hike through breathtaking landscapes and past lesser-known Inca archaeological sites. The Quarry Trail, which does not require a permit, has been incorporated into a number of Intrepid’s Peru itineraries.
“Peru – and Machu Picchu in particular – is hugely popular with Canadians,” says Steven Larkin, Intrepid’s president/North America. “We’re very proud of the diversity of tours we have featuring the ancient city, and that our presence is so strong in the country that we can offer this guarantee.”
Intrepid Travel specializes in small group travel (averaging 10 passengers) which permits Intrepid guests to get off the beaten path, staying in alternative accommodation such as small family-run inns, travelling in unusual ways such as local public transit, and getting to know the local people.
For further information, visit www.intrepidtravel.com/peru or call 416-531-1332/8666-360-1151. Reservations are also available through any travel agent.