From the bustling market-filled streets of La Paz to Incan culture high in the Andes, this two-week adventure provides a panoramic view of Peru and a glimpse of Bolivia. Embrace cultures past and present in Cusco and La Paz and interact with locals from the regions communities for an immersive experience that few rarely get to know. Conquer the Inca Trail, one of the worlds best known and challenging hikes, and experience the stunning views of majestic Machu Picchu. As the regions largest operator, we run our own treks, which ensures the fair treatment of our porters, quality food, service, and equipment.
Duration: 15 Days
Activities: Hiking, Community Project , Sightseeing, Boating, Local Living
Guide (Language): english
Start City: La Paz, Bolivia
Guaranteed Departure: No
Physical Demand: Demanding
Trip Rating: 80.0%
Trip ID: 126436
End City: Lima, Peru
|Duration: 15 Days||Guaranteed Departure: Yes|
|For lovers of: Hiking, Community Project , Sightseeing, Boating, Local Living||Physical rating: Demanding|
|Accommodation standard: Budget%||Traveller Tour Rating: 80.0%|
|Your Guide: English speaking||Tour code: 126436|
|Starts: La Paz, Bolivia||Finishes: Lima, Peru|
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Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Little is known about the Tiahuanaco people who constructed the great ceremonial centre on the southern shore of Lake Titicaca over 1000 years ago. Spend most of the day visiting these mysterious ruins—a cradle of Incan civilization—before returning to La Paz.
Tiahuanaco Ruins Visit
Local bus (2.00 hour(s), 70km)
Local bus (2.00 hour(s), 70km)
Peru is made up of three main geographical areas: the Andes, the Amazon, and the desert coastal area.
Enjoy spectacular views of the countryside on a full day of travel from La Paz, around Lake Titicaca, and on to Puno.
Border Crossing (Bolivia - Peru)
Local bus (2.50 hour(s))
Local bus (3.50 hour(s))
Head out by boat across Lake Titicaca. Visit the community on the Taquile Islands and stop at a restaurant and enjoy a local lunch with spectacular views.
After, cruise to the another village (this can vary based on community availability) for an overnight homestay on the shores of the lake. This experience provides an opportunity to learn more about rural life in the Peruvian highlands and to participate in local traditions. Eat with the family, pick up some Quecha and Spanish language skills, try on traditional costumes, and help out with daily chores around the village.
Lake Titicaca Guided Boat Tour Day 1
Lake Titicaca Homestay
Leave the homestay families late in the morning and visit the Uros Islands on the way back to Puno. A popular optional activity in Puno is a visit to the spectacular chullpas (funerary towers) of Sillustani, a pre-Inca archaeological site only a short drive away.
Uros Floating Islands Visit
Lake Titicaca Guided Boat Tour Day 2
The bus trip from Puno to Cusco takes the better part of the day, with stark, beautiful scenery en route as you travel through the high Altiplano region. Check out a bit of Cusco, find a spot for dinner, or get prepared to head into the Sacred Valley.
Local bus (7.50 hour(s), 389km)
While most ruins are just outside of the city, the main ruin within is that of the Coricancha, once the Inca Empire's richest temple. It forms the base of the colonial church of Santo Domingo. There are several good museums in Cusco, including the Archaeological Museum, which also houses a small art museum, the Regional History Museum, and the Religious Art Museum.
Travel through the stunning Sacred Valley of the Incas, visiting a G Adventures-supported women's weaving co-op. Meet the women who work here and learn about traditional weaving and dyeing. Opt to pick up some handmade souvenirs right from the source.
Take a guided tour of the impressive Pisac ruins, the colourful artisan market (on market days only), and a small indigenous village of Huchuy Qosco. Here, have lunch at the G Adventures-supported Parwa community restaurant. Learn about the project and eat a delicious buffet-style lunch, the proceeds from which go directly back to the remote community.
Continue on to the town of Ollantaytambo. Go for a guided tour of the large ruin site just adjacent to the town. Ollayntaytambo is the first taste of what lies ahead in Machu Picchu.
Ccaccaccollo Community and Women's Weaving Co-op visit
Pisac Ruins Guided Tour
Parwa Community Restaurant the Sacred Valley
Ollantaytambo Ruins Guided Tour
Make stops along the way as you pass through this gorgeous valley, descending in elevation the whole way.
Private Vehicle (95km)
Trek through beautiful scenery, with a variety of flora that changes with the seasons, passing several smaller ruin sites like Llactapata.
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.
Hike Inca Trail
Private Vehicle (0.75 hour(s))
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.
Hike Inca Trail
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).
Hike Inca Trail
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.
Hike Inca Trail
Machu Picchu Guided Tour
Train (1.50 hour(s), 118km)
Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))
Enjoy a free day to explore Cusco or relax. Active options include whitewater rafting, horseback riding, and mountain biking.
Take a short flight to the coast and the capital city of Lima. This vibrant city has a fantastic main square, tons of shopping, and incredible eating. Opt to join the group for one final evening out.
Plane (1.25 hour(s), 572km)
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My tour turned out to be a trip of a lifetime. I really appreciated G Adventures's consideration of local persons and services. It really made it possible to experience Peruvian culture. I have a great deal of respect for G Adventures's low-impact tourism policy!Overall Rating
Extemely well organized! Also, the local tour leaders were really interesting and made the trip an unforgetable experience.Overall Rating
The G Adventures tour far exceeded my expectations, and I would recommend G Adventures to anyone when considering a tour group option. Everything was taken care of, and a special mention to our tour leader Caroline who did a tremendous job from chasing down lost luggage, to taking us to the best restaurants every night! The high point of the trip was when our group made it first to the Sun Gate at Machu Picchu and watched an awesome sunrise over the Inca City. A big mention also to G Adventures for outsourcing their treks to tremendous companies.Overall Rating
I thoroughly enjoyed my first ever trip to South America. The Inca Trail and Cusco were great, but for me the homestay on Lake Titicaca and the stunning views of La Paz were the highlights. I was very, very, very impressed by the staff of G Adventures in Lima in helping me catch up with the group in Peru after my flights in were disrupted by Hurricane Jeanne.Overall Rating
It was a fantastic trip and we had a wonderful group leader. I have recommended G Adventures to everyone I know as a result of my trip.Overall Rating
I got back two days ago from a tour Inca Empire. Our tour leader did a great job for the group and amazed me. He had a good sense of humor; was well organized, made good decisions in special situations and took care of everyone who needed the most. I have no doubt in my mind that I will recommend G Adventures to all of my friends. Thank you G Adventures for giving me a chance to meet many nice people and making my trip unforgettable.Thanks also to our tour leader who encouraged me and took care of me during the difficult Inca Trail hike.Overall Rating
My name is Rebecca Durbin. I recently went on a G Adventures tour - the inca trail from April 27 to May 11. My tour leader was Jeff Kennedy. I can not express how INCREDIBLE he was!! Not only was he a fun person to be around, he made the trip itself interesting and I learned a great deal about Peru and the people of Peru. Jeff went from a great leader to an outstanding leader very quickly, however. I had some trouble with the trail and Jeff immediately took my health into his own hands without a thought. He was gracious and made me feel at ease, difficult because of the disappointment that came with what I thought to be as failure. When at the hospital, he acted as a translator - and even insisted that I take notes to pass along to my doctor at home, and receipts so that I might be reimbursed for expenses. Because of his clear thinking even in the midst of a possible emergency, my doctors here have been able to use the info gathered with his help, and therefore are better able to treat me. I can not express how deeply grateful and thrilled that Jeff was my tour leader. If there were an award, a medal, anything at all, I would gladly recommend him to be a recipient. I can only say that when I describe my experiences with friends and family, I will encourage them to use G Adventures because of Jeffs impeccable performance. If all your leaders are as wonderful as he is, your program will only grow in popularity and prestige.Overall Rating
The trip was amazing, a great blend of culture from the Incan civilisations as well as the modern day Andean culture. The Inca trail was definetely the highlight of the whole trip and having a guide who was a local was a fantastic asset for us all.Overall Rating
The pace of visits were not to strenuous and the stops made were fantastic.Overall Rating
Trip Name: Inca Empire
Duration: 15 Days
From Price: 2649
Trip Code: 126436
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