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Peru: Ancient Cities & the Andes

Peru: Ancient Cities & the Andes
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14 Days

Highlights

Conquer the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, meet the locals at an Andean homestay, spot soaring condors at Colca Canyon, sip pisco sours and eat ceviche.

What's included

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Breakfast
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Climb the legendary Inca Trail to the cloud forest citadel of Machu Picchu, dine the traditional way at a ceremonial Pachamanca feast, or take an optional flight over the Nazca Lines — the adventure is yours to choose! With the services of a CEO (Chief Experience Officer) and your accommodation and transport taken care of, this trip offers great value as it introduces the region’s main sights, providing plenty of flexibility so you can experience an adventure you'll never forget. Take a trip that's packed with just the essentials — 14 days of maximum Peru at minimum cost. This is everything you imagined Peru would be — and more!
Peru: Ancient Cities & the Andes
Starts
Lima
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14 Days
Ends
Cusco

Itinerary

  • Arrive at any time. Get to know your group tonight as you head out to one of the many bars and restaurants in the bohemian neighbourhood of Barranco. Enjoy a local craft beer with your fellow travellers as you get excited for the adventure to come.
  • Head south to Nazca, home to one of the world's greatest archaeological mysteries: the Nazca Lines.
  • Enjoy free time to explore Nazca and opt for a flight over the famous Nazca Lines. Assist in preparing a traditional "Pachamanca" dinner, before the overnight bus to Arequipa.
    Meals: DINNER
  • Wander the streets of the 'white city' and opt to visit the Catalina Convent.
  • Take a full-day tour of the spectacular Colca Canyon, and soak in hot springs. Admire the pre-Inca terraces and the wildlife, including alpacas, llamas, and vicuñas.
    Meals: BREAKFAST
  • Set out looking for the majestic soaring condors. Return to Arequipa, and catch an overnight bus to Cusco.
    Meals: BREAKFAST
  • Free day in Cusco to explore. Choose to pre-book the Cusco Cooking Class. Opt to go mountain biking, whitewater rafting, or just relax in a café.
  • Visit the G Adventures-supported women's weaving co-op in the Ccaccaccollo community. Learn a few Quechua words while staying overnight with one of the families and taking part in daily activities.
    Meals: BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER
  • Embark on an optional Sacred Valley tour that includes markets and Incan historical sites and ruins.
    Meals: BREAKFAST
  • Depart Ollantaytambo by van to km 82 where the hike begins.
    Meals: BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER
  • 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.
    Meals: BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER
  • 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).
    Meals: BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER
  • 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 any non-hiking members of your group. Eat and relax before your train back to Cusco in the afternoon.
    Meals: BREAKFAST
  • Depart at any time.
    Meals: BREAKFAST