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Inca Trail Until Dec 17 Lares Trek Until Dec 17 Cusco Stay Until Dec 17

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:
  • Physical rating: Demanding
  • Accommodation standard:   Moderate%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID/Link Tour Code: SPQNG.B/201949
  • Starts: Lima, Peru
  • Finishes: Lima, Peru
You will Visit
  • Lima
  • Tambopata
  • Cusco
  • Urubamba
  • Ollantaytambo
  • Cuncani
  • Kuyoc
  • Aguas Calientes
  • Puno

Itinerary

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Day 1: Lima

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.

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Day 2: Lima/Tambopata

Fly to Puerto Maldonado and continue by motorized canoe to the comfortable, intimate, and exclusive G Lodge Amazon located in the lush Tambopata Rainforest.
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.

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Day 3: Tambopata

Enjoy guided jungle excursions led by expert naturalists to spot wildlife at nearby oxbow lakes, rivers, and clay licks. Spend some time relaxing in a hammock, enjoying the local swimming hole then go for 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 birds, interesting plants, and other animals about.

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Day 4: Tambopata/Cusco

Travel by boat out of the jungle to Puerto Maldonado for the flight over the Andes and into the heart of Inca territory, Cusco. This evening, look to the night sky for a different view at the Cusco Planetarium. Enjoy a presentation on the southern sky, contemporary astronomy, and the ancient Incas' relationship with the cosmos. Visit the on-site museum and use the telescopes to admire the stars.
Afternoon arrival into the Inca capital. Time for strolling around the plazas and markets. Admire the cobblestones streets, and visit some museums and Cathedral.

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Day 5: Cusco/Urubamba

Enjoy a full-day excursion to the Sacred Valley including the Pisac and Ollantaytambo ruins. Visit the “Parque de la Papa” (“Potato Park”), exclusive to Journeys and part of G Adventures for Good – walk through this rural community with a local guide to learn about potato cultivation, weaving, and the importance of both to Andean culture. Also, enjoy lunch at the G Adventures-supported Sacred Valley Community Restaurant in Huchuy Qosqo, an indigenous village.


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Day 6: Lares Trek

Depart Ollantaytambo by van to Lares town where the hike begins. Spend the first night at a G Adventures-supported campsite in Cuncani.
The Lares Trek is a scenic, less touristic route to hike through the Andes. It is one day shorter than the Inca Trail but higher in elevation. Enjoy G Adventures-supported handmade biodegradable soap products for use on the Lares Trek.

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Day 7: Lares Trek

Start early to hike from the foothills of Sicllaccasa Mountain to its high pass (4,750m/15,583 ft), providing scenic views of lagoons and the snow-capped Chicon Mountain. Celebrate after reaching the highest point by making an offering of coca leaves to the Andean gods. After the morning hike, stop to rest and take in the amazing view. Continue hiking downhill to our second campsite near the stream for the night.

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Day 8: Lares Trek/Aguas Calientes

Enjoy the last few hours of hiking before travelling by van to Ollantaytambo and train to Aguas Calientes. Spend some time relaxing in town or visiting the nearby hot springs.

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Day 9: Machu Picchu/Cusco

Enjoy a guided visit to Machu Picchu at sunrise. Use some free time to explore the ruins on your own. Later, travel back to Cusco.
Rise early to catch the first bus up to Machu Picchu with your guide. Enjoy a guided visit to the ruins followed by free time to explore. Opt to walk up to the Sun Gate or Inca Bridge.

When ready, head back down by bus to Aguas Calientes to meet up with the rest of the group. Take the scenic train back to Ollantaytambo to meet the van for the ride back to Cusco.

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Day 10: Cusco

Free day in Cusco - explore this UNESCO World Heritage site at your leisure. Opt to visit museums and ruins or try white water rafting or rock climbing.
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.

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Day 11: Cusco/Puno

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

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Day 12: Puno

Enjoy a guided boat tour of Lake Titicaca visiting the floating Islands of Uros and Taquile. Explore a bit further afield on the Lake, visiting the Luquina community and enjoy a traditional lunch in local homes. Option to visit the Sillustani burial site.
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.

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Day 13: Puno/Lima

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

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Day 14: Lima

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Arrival transfer
    • Three-day (2 nts) excursion to the G Adventures exclusive rainforest lodge
    • Visit Cusco Planetarium
    • Sacred Valley tour including Pisac and Ollantaytambo ruins
    • Lunch at Sacred Valley Community Restaurant
    • Traditional Andean Experience
    • Choice of four-day Inca Trail hike with local guide, cook and porters, or Cusco/Aguas Calientes stay with 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
    • Internal flights
    • 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)
    • 13 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 4 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
  • 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