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This adventure offers up an intriguing combination of beauty and contrasts in scenery, wildlife, and cultures, whether you’re scanning the canopy for wildlife from the comfort of our intimate and exclusive G Lodge Amazon or climbing the ancient trail of the Incas to Machu Picchu, situated in the heavens of the Americas. Because we run our own treks, we can ensure the fair treatment of our porters and the quality of food and equipment which leaves you free to enjoy the beauty of the region.

Latin America
  • Duration: 12 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of:
  • Physical rating: Demanding
  • Accommodation standard:   Budget%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 100%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: PAA.F/201779
  • Starts: Lima, Peru
  • Finishes: Lima, Peru
You will Visit
  • Lima
  • Cusco
  • Ollantaytambo
  • Aguas Calientes
  • Tambopata

Itinerary

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Day 1: Lima

Arrive at any time.
Arrive in Lima at any time. There are no planned activities so check into the hotel and enjoy the city. There is a welcome meeting in the evening.

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Day 2: Lima/Cusco

Hop on a flight to Cusco. Enjoy a free day of shopping and exploring the city. Opt for a city tour.
Take a transfer to the airport for the flight to Cusco. Spend the rest of the day relaxing and exploring this fascinating city, and getting used to the altitude.

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Day 3: Cusco/Ollantaytambo

Enjoy a full-day guided tour of the Sacred Valley. Stop at the G Adventures-supported women's weaving co-op before visiting a local pottery making community. Break for lunch at the G Adventures-supported Parwa community restaurant in Huchuy Qosco. After lunch, opt to head out on a hike to the Ollantaytambo storehouses and look out over the ruins. Or, wander around the cobblestone streets and visit a local Chicheria (corn beer bar).
Travel through the stunning Sacred Valley of the Incas, visiting a G Adventures-supported women's weaving co-op. Meet the women and learn about traditional weaving and dyeing. Opt to pick up some handmade souvenirs and textiles directly from the women who made them.

Have lunch at the G Adventures-supported Parwa community restaurant. Learn about the G Adventures for Good project and eat a delicious buffet-style lunch. Proceeds of this meal go directly back to the remote community.

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Day 4: Ollantaytambo/Cusco

Return to the Sacred Valley with the CEO to explore the sites of the Maras Salt Mines and the ancient Incan agricultural terraces of Moray. Continue on a scenic drive through small villages and stunning views of the Andean countryside. Stop for a picnic lunch at Piuray Lagoon and opt to explore by kayak or stand-up paddleboard. Return to Cusco for the evening.
Leave the hikers to start their trek and head out to explore Moray and Maras ancient Incan ruins. Enjoy a scenic drive through Andean farmland on the way to Piuray Lagoon.

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Day 5: Cusco

Enjoy a free day to explore the city or take advantage of the many optional activities available.

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Day 6: Cusco/Aguas Calientes

Travel by van to Ollantaytambo to catch the scenic train to Aguas Calientes.

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Day 7: Machu Picchu/Cusco

Enjoy a guided tour of Machu Picchu. Opt to visit the Inca Bridge before returning to Cusco in the evening.
Rise early to catch the first bus up to Machu Picchu with the guide. Enjoy a guided visit of the ruins followed by free time to explore. When ready, head back down by bus to Aguas Calientes to meet up with the rest of the group and take a train back to Cusco.

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Day 8: Cusco

Continue to explore Cusco on a free day in the city.

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Day 9: Cusco/Tambopata

Fly to Puerto Maldonado and continue by motorized boat to the comfortable and intimate G Lodge Amazon.
Fly to Puerto Maldonado, deep in the lowlands of the Amazon Jungle.

After a brief stop in town to store large luggage, drive to the pier and travel by covered motorized boat to the jungle lodge. En route, spot bird species typical of the river and forest edge. The Tambopata Rainforest area holds the world record for the most bird sightings in one area.

Local community members make up the majority of lodge staff, including multilingual naturalist guides. Take the opportunity to learn about the area's rich flora and fauna and locals' extensive use of medicinal plants and other forest plant resources through traditional techniques for building, fishing, and hunting.

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Day 10: Tambopata

Enjoy guided excursions led by expert naturalists to spot wildlife at nearby oxbow lakes and along jungle trails. Spend some time relaxing in a hammock, enjoying the local swimming hole, or visiting a nearby plantation. Go on a caiman-spotting cruise after dinner.
Head out early to catch the jungle at its wildest (and coolest). Walk slowly through the forest searching for wildlife before heading out on an oxbow lake by canoe. Search for anaconda, the elusive giant river otter, or black caiman. Even if you don't spot these shy creatures, there are plenty of other birds, interesting plants, and other animals about.

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Day 11: Tambopata/Lima

Fly back to Lima for an optional final dinner and night out.
Enjoy a delicious Amazonian breakfast before heading back to the airport by motorized boat and van. Fly to Lima and opt for a final night out for dinner or Pisco Sours.

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Day 12: Lima

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • G Adventures for Good: Ccaccaccollo Community and Women's Weaving Co-op visit, Ccaccaccollo G Adventures for Good: Parwa Community Restaurant the Sacred Valley, Lamay
    • Sacred Valley guided tour
    • Pottery making demonstration
    • Cusco Stay
    • Machu Picchu guided tour
    • Amazon Jungle stay at the exclusive G Lodge Amazon (3 days)
    • Guided excursions with naturalists
    • Rubber boot use
    • Internal flights
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels/guesthouses (9 nts), G Lodge Amazon (2 nts)
    • 11 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners
    Transport
    • Public bus, plane, train, boat, canoe, hiking
    Group Leader
    • G Representatives in Lima and Cusco, expert jungle guide in Amazon
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Tour Highlights:
  • Explore ruins and bargain at Sacred Valley markets
  • Devour seafood in Lima
  • Climb the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
  • Spot wildlife at our exclusive G Lodge Amazon


Reviews (10)
Dan G Posted on: 

I just wanted to say thanks for an amazing trip. I recently completed the Inka Trail and spent some time in the jungles of Peru celebrating my 30th birthday. It was the most amazing vacation I've ever been on. The tour was amazingly organized, and the food on the trail far exceeded all of my expectations. Thank you for making my 30th memorable. I can't wait until I can book another G Adventure.

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Robert H Posted on: 

I was reviewing my pictures from our trip to Machu Picchu in June 2006 and reminding me of what a great trip it was. Percy our guide was great. His knowledge and dedication was tremendous. Everyone in our group of 10 was looked after wonderfully not only by Percy but by our porters and staff that was with us. I would not think there is a better company to travel with. I would have no problem in recommending G Adventures as the THE company to travel with. This information was passed onto our Travel Agent when she called to follow up on our trip. Your whole crew made the trip easy and a lot of fun. Thank you to all your staff for a great trip. You can be very proud as a Canadian company for the work you are going with the people we met on the trip and how you are trying to improve their lives.

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Tyrone G Posted on: 

Great experience of Peru in a short time. A beautiful country and the experience was one of the best of my life, made all the better by G Adventures.

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Wendy M Posted on: 

I was quite happy with the trip. Hiking was good. Well taken care of and the Amazon was good as well. Always good food.

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Robert K Posted on: 

I loved how safe we felt the entire way through. Our guide made sure we got through the road blocks and turmoil that happened during the strikes while we were there. I heard some people on different tour groups couldn't make the trail because of the strikes, but our guide found a way! I also have to praise the chefs that were with us on the Inca Trail. The made sure my many allergies were taken care of and made me special dishes so I wouldn't have to resort to something less enjoyable. The entire trip Amazon as well as the Inca tour was more then I would have expected.

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Jennierae P Posted on: 

I had a great time on the tour. Everything was organized and handled professionally. Also the food on the Inca Trail was phenomenal. It´s unbelievable that the chef is able to create such great dishes with so little supplies! I don´t eat that well even when I´m at home!

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Anja N Posted on: 

The tour was very well organized and an incredible experience.

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Rebecca S Posted on: 

I thought the trip and entire tour was fabulous. I enjoyed all aspects of it, and thought things were well-thought out and organized.

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John R Posted on: 

Wonderful package - great mix of hiking in the mountains and exploring the rain forest.

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Chitra L Posted on: 

Hi G Adventures Folks, We just got back after a wonderful and breath taking trip to the Andes and the Amazon(Peru) G Adventures you did an outstanding job, the tour was well organised and went like clock work. The guide we had for the Inca Trail, Richard Perez, outdid himself. Not only was he very courteous, but well informed, had a sense of humour and was very caring towards all of us. He spoke fluent English too. There were 11 of us on the tour and every one of us fell in love with his personality. He was so kind. The food on the trail was just fantastic, the cook and the porters did a great job as well. Being a vegeterian I did not have any issues. The amazon trip was intersting as well, and the guide pretty good. The lodge was very lovely. With so little the people were so generous, my husband Peter not only got wished on his birthday but even got to have a chocolate cake!! Outstanding work G Adventures... we will join you again...and will pass on your company name to friends and family!! Thank you!

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