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Iconic Peru

Whether youre challenging yourself by hiking the Inca Trail or peering up into the canopy to search for jungle wildlife, this two-week trip throughout Peru is the ideal Incan-Amazon adventure. Whether you catch the scenic train to Machu Picchu or embark on one of the worlds best-known hikes to its peaks, youll be rewarded with a stunning combination of ruins, mountainscapes and cloud forests. This is the Peru youve been looking for.

Latin America

Duration: 14 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Hiking, Parks & Nature Reserves, Local Culture & Cuisine, History, Wildlife, Trekking Physical rating: Demanding
Accommodation standard:   Moderate% Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 155230
Starts: Lima, Peru Finishes: Lima, Peru
You will visit
  • Lima
  • Lima

Itinerary

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Day 1: Lima

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.


Additional Notes:
Please note: if you booked the Culinary Theme Pack it does not include extra time in Lima, and we highly recommend booking pre-trip accommodation. You will be picked up from your hotel at approx 10:00am and taken to a local market and restaurant to prepare and enjoy a traditional Peruvian meal. Return back to your hotel around 13:00.

Also, hot water shortages and power outages can be fairly common in Peru (even in upgraded hotels and private homes). We appreciate your patience and understanding that these occurrences are outside of our control.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Transport:
Private Vehicle

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Day 2: Lima/Tambopata (1B, 1L, 1D)

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 local 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.

Enjoy a welcome drink and orientation. Before dinner, head out for a night walk around the lodge grounds.

Additional Notes:
The lodge itself combines native architectural style and materials with low-impact, eco-friendly technology. Rooms are simple but comfortable, with mosquito netting for individual beds, flush toilets, showers (with solar-heated hot water), and candles for lighting (no electricity).

Included Activities:
Wildlife-spotting Night Walk

Transport:
Plane (2.50-3.00 hours)
Head by private vehicle to the lodge's office in Puerto Maldonado to store large luggage. From there, travel about 1 hr to reach the boat landing.
Motorized canoe (2.00-3.00 hours)

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Day 3: Tambopata (1B, 1L, 1D)

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 birds, interesting plants, and other animals about.

Included Activities:
Jungle Excursions
Caiman-Spotting Cruise

04

Day 4: Tambopata/Cusco (1B)

Afternoon arrival into the Inca capital. Time for strolling around the plazas and markets. Admire the cobblestones streets, and visit some museums and Cathedral.

Included Activities:
Cusco Planetarium

Transport:
Motorized canoe (2.00-3.00 hours)
Plane (1.00-1.50 hours, 320km)

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Day 5: Cusco/Urubamba (1B, 1L)

Travel through the stunning Sacred Valley of the Incas, with guided walks through the Ollantaytambo and Pisac ruins.

Also visit a G Adventures-supported women's weaving co-op, and Huchuy Qosqo, an indigenous village previously bypassed by the tourism industry, now running the G Adventures-supported Sacred Valley Community Restaurant. Stop to enjoy lunch.


Included Activities:
Ccaccaccollo Community and Planeterra-Sponsored Women's Weaving Co-op visit
Parwa Community Restaurant the Sacred Valley
Pisac Ruins Guided Tour
Ollantaytambo Ruins Guided Tour

Transport:
Times includes all stops and visits enroute through the Sacred Valley.
Private Vehicle (6.00-8.00 hours, 95km)

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Day 6: Ollantaytambo/Wayllabamba Camp (1B, 1L, 1D)

Trek through beautiful scenery, with a variety of flora that changes with the seasons, passing several smaller ruin sites like Llactapata.

Additional Notes:
A crew of local porters, cooks, and guides will take care of all the details for the duration of the hike. Porters carry the majority of the gear so you'll only need to carry a small daypack with water, rain gear, snacks, a camera, etc.

Included Activities:
Hike Inca Trail

Transport:
Private Vehicle (0.75 hour(s))

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Day 7: Wayllabamba Camp/Paqaymayo Camp (1B, 1L, 1D)

Start early to climb the long steep path to Warmiwañusca, better known as Dead Woman's Pass. This is the highest point of the trek at 4,198m (13,769 ft). Most hikers reach camp by early afternoon, with ample time to rest and relax.

Included Activities:
Hike Inca Trail

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Day 8: Paqaymayo Camp/Wiñaywayna (1B, 1L, 1D)

Cross two more passes and ruins along the way. The first pass is Runquraqay at 3,950m (13,113 ft) where, on a clear day, hikers can catch a glimpse of the snow-capped Cordillera Vilcabamba. Hike through cloud forest on the gentle climb to the second pass of the day, walking through original Incan constructions. The highest point of the pass is 3,700m (12,136 ft). On a clear day, enjoy the spectacular views of the Urubamba Valley.

At 3,650m (11,972 ft), reach the ruins of Phuyupatamarca, the "town above the clouds." Camp here or go another 1.5 hrs to the Wiñay Wayna ruins ("forever young") located at 2,650m (8,694 ft).

Included Activities:
Hike Inca Trail

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Day 9: Wiñaywayna/Cusco (1B)

The final day of the hike starts pre-dawn to reach the Sun Gate before sunrise. Wake up around 03:30 and walk to the checkpoint. Catch the first views of the breathtaking ruins of Machu Picchu on a clear day. Hike down to Machu Picchu for a guided tour of the site and free time to explore. Opt to visit the Inca Bridge, if time allows.

Catch the bus to Aguas Calientes to meet the CEO and any non-hiking members of your group. Eat and relax before your train back to Cusco in the afternoon.

Included Activities:
Hike Inca Trail
Machu Picchu Guided Tour

Transport:
Train (1.50 hour(s), 118km)
Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))

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Day 10: Cusco (1B)

Cusco is considered the mecca of Peru and rightly so. This beautiful colonial town offers nearby ruins, cobblestoned streets, museums, churches, and a lively atmosphere. The more adventurous optional activities available in Cusco include horseback riding around archaeological sites such as Sacsayhuaman, Tambo Machay, and Puca Pucara; white water rafting on the Urubamba River; and mountain biking down to the Sacred Valley, perhaps visiting an Inca ruin along the way.

Additional Notes:
Please note: if you booked the Culinary Theme Pack you will be picked up from your hotel at approx 12:30 and taken to a local market and restaurant to prepare and enjoy a traditional Peruvian meal. You will return back to your hotel around 16:00.

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Day 11: Cusco/Puno (1B)

Enjoy spectacular views of the countryside on this full day of travel from Cusco to Puno, through the high Altiplano.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (7.00-8.00 hours, 389km)

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Day 12: Puno (1B, 1L)

In the morning, board a comfortable 35-foot, fully equipped speed boat to explore the lake. Stop at various islands to enjoy the lake's scenic splendor and to meet the friendly people of these communities.

Included Activities:
Day Trip to Lake Titicaca
Lake Titicaca Community Home Lunch

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Day 13: Puno/Lima (1B)

Transfer to Juliaca and fly back to Lima to enjoy your last night in Peru.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s))
Plane (1.50-2.00 hours)

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Day 14: Lima (1B)

Depart at any time.

Included Activities:
Departure Day

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Arrival transfer
    • Three-day/two-night excursion to the G Adventures exclusive rainforest lodge
    • Visit Cusco Planetarium
    • Sacred Valley tour including Pisac and Ollantaytambo ruins
    • Visit the Women's Weaving Co-op
    • Lunch at Sacred Valley Community Restaurant
    • Choice of four-day Inca Trail hike with local guide, cook and porters, or take the scenic train
    • Guided tour of Machu Picchu
    • Guided tour of Taquile and Uros Islands on Lake Titicaca
    • Visit the Luquina community and enjoy a home lunch
    • Interesting articles, helpful tips, and photography advice from National Geographic before you depart
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (8 nts), G Lodge Amazon (2 nts), Inca Trail camping or Cusco-stay hotel (3 nts)
    Meals Included
    • 13 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 5 dinners
    Transport
    • Private van, plane, train, boat, canoe, hiking, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, specialist Inca Trail CEO on hike
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Tour Highlights:
  • Spot wildlife in the Amazon jungle at the G Adventures exclusive lodge
  • Learn the art of weaving at a women's co-op in a traditional village
  • Explore the Cusco Planetarium
  • Choose to hike the Inca Trail with our expert local guides or catch the comfortable train to Machu Picchu
  • Visit the Luquina community and have lunch on Lake Titicaca