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Peru on a Shoestring
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This is a trip that’s packed with all the essentials – 15 days of maximum Peru at minimum cost. The Nazca Lines provide a little mystery and Colca Canyon provides the ‘wow’ factor. With Peru on a Shoestring there’s enough time to soak up the delights of Cuzco, including markets, churches and museums, before a little added extra that not every visitor to Peru gets to experience – a home-stay in the Scared Valley. After meeting the locals, your next mission is the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. There are a more activities in store back in Cuzco, all you need is the energy to keep going.

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  • Duration: 15 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of: Trekking, Hiking, History, Local Culture & Cuisine
  • Physical rating: Demanding
  • Accommodation standard:   Not Rated%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 60.0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Tour code: 126778
  • Starts: Lima, Peru
  • Finishes: Cusco, Peru
You will Visit
  • Lima
  • Cusco

Itinerary

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Day 1: Lima

Arrive in Lima at any time. There are no planned activities, so check into the hotel and enjoy the city. (Check-in time is approx 3pm.)

After the welcome meeting, head out for an optional dinner at a nearby local restaurant. If you arrive late, no worries, the CEO will leave you a message at the front desk.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

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Day 2: Lima/Nazca

Head south to Nazca, home to one of the world's greatest archaeological mysteries: the Nazca Lines. Opt to visit a pre-Inca cemetery where well-preserved mummies can be seen in their original place of burial along with the belongings they took with them for their next life.

Transport:
Local bus (8.00 hour(s))

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Day 3: Nazca/Arequipa (1D)

Enjoy free time to explore Nazca, opt for a flight over the Nazca Lines. Assist in preparing a traditional "Pachamanca" dinner, before the overnight bus to Arequipa.

Included Activities:
Pachamanca

Transport:
Overnight bus (9.00 hour(s))

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Day 4: Arequipa

Those with an interest in history and architecture may opt to visit the Convent of Santa Catalina, which offers a brief respite from the outside world and a unique view into a bygone way of life. Other optional excursions include rafting and mountaineering.

For spicy food lovers, checking out one of the “Picanterías” is a must. Arequipa has a variety of regional food: alpaca, shrimp, pork, lots of soups, and spicy sauces.

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Day 5: Arequipa/Chivay (1B)

Enjoy an overnight excursion to the impressive Colca Canyon - one of the deepest canyons in the world. Stop in fascinating villages and at “miradors” (scenic lookouts), where, with a little luck, visitors can see Andean condors soaring over the majestic Andes. Other unusual animals that can be spotted in the Andean landscape include three different species of camelids: alpaca, llama, and vicuña.

Included Activities:
Colca Canyon Guided Tour

Transport:
Private Vehicle (4.50-5.00 hours, 165km)

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Day 6: Chivay/Cusco (1B)

Get an early start to go on the lookout for flying condors. Travel from Chivay town to a condor viewpoint to admire these magnificent birds in the air. On the way back, stop by some local villages and viewpoints to see old terraces and sections of Colca Canyon, the deepest canyon in the world. Take a lunch break and return to Arequipa in the afternoon. Get ready for the overnight bus to Cusco.

Included Activities:
Colca Canyon Guided Tour

Transport:
Private Vehicle (4.50-5.00 hours, 165km)
Overnight bus (10.00 hour(s))

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Day 7: Cusco

Free day in Cusco to explore. Opt to go mountain biking, whitewater rafting, or just relax in a café.

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Day 8: Cusco/Ccaccaccollo (1B, 1L, 1D)

Meet the women at the weaving co-op and learn about traditional weaving and dyeing. Opt to pick up some handmade souvenirs and textiles directly from the women who made them. Get to know your Quechua family and take part in a variety of community activities before a soccer match with the locals.

Included Activities:
Ccaccaccollo Community and Women's Weaving Co-op visit
Ccacaccollo Community Homestay

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Day 9: Ccaccaccollo/Ollantaytambo (1B)

Travel through the stunning Sacred Valley of the Incas. Opt to take a Sacred Valley tour and visit the impressive Pisac ruins, the colourful artisan market (market days only), and the large ruin site of Ollantaytambo that lies adjacent to the town of the same name. Catch our breath at Ollantaytambo and prepare for the hike the next morning.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (0.75-1.00 hours)

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Day 10: 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:
Inca Trail Hike

Transport:
Private Vehicle (0.75 hour(s))

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Day 11: 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:
Inca Trail Hike

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Day 12: 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:
Inca Trail Hike

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Day 13: 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 any non-hiking members of your group. Eat and relax before your train back to Cusco in the afternoon.

Included Activities:
Inca Trail Hike
Machu Picchu Guided Tour
Big Night Out

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

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Day 14: Cusco (1B)

Cusco is considered the mecca of Peru and rightly so. This beautiful colonial town offers nearby ruins, cobblestone 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; whitewater 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 15: Cusco (1B)

Depart at any time.

Included Activities:
Departure Day

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Pachamanca ceremony (Nazca)
    • Overnight Colca Canyon excursion
    • Homestay experience and visit to a G Adventures-supported women's weaving project (Ccaccaccollo)
    • Inca Trail hike with local guide, cook, and porters (4 days)
    • G Adventures-supported handmade biodegradable soap products for use on the Inca Trail
    • Guided tour of Machu Picchu
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Simple hotels (8 nts, some multi-share), overnight bus (2 nts), homestay (1 nt), camping (3 nts)
    • 10 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
    Transport
    • Hiking, local bus, train
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, specialist Inca Trail CEO on hike, local guides
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Tour 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.


Reviews (8)
Amie L. Posted on: 

This is my second trip with them and overall it was a great journey. There was a lot of freedom to do activities with the group or break away on your own and I had a wonderful experience.

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Pardeep S. Posted on: 

Very well organized whilst maintaining a relaxed atmosphere. Allowed me to do a lot more in 2 weeks than I would have been able to do for myself.

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Malcolm V. Posted on: 

Excellent as usual! Both tour leaders (we had a trainee as well as a tour leader) were exceptionally knowledgeable, social, outgoing, informative, friendly, and accommodating! Our supplemental tour staff was just as friendly and informative (porters, Inca trail, etc.). They made this an unforgettable trip and I'd definitely recommend it to anyone!

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Lisa G. Posted on: 

I had the time of my life with great fellow travelers and tour guides. Everyone was so helpful, caring, and fun loving. The accommodations, transportation, and itinerary worked for all of us.

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Natasha S. Posted on: 

Our tour leader Roberto Manco was amazing. His commitment to the group was unparalleled and his passion for Peru shone through everything he did. We were all pleasantly surprised to find out that our accommodation was nowhere near "shoestring" standards, comfortable beds, friendly staff and clean and inviting rooms. I had a fantastic time and wouldn't hesitate booking through them again.

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Cheryl W. Posted on: 

This was a fantastic trip for us. The Peru on a Shoestring tour allowed a fair amount of flexibility to do what we wanted along the way, while still providing enough structure to ensure that we never had to waste our own time making hotel or bus reservations. We are recommending this experience to all our adventurous friends with a heart for sustainable travel.

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James C. Posted on: 

I had an absolutely incredible trip, seeing more of the country than I thought possible across 2 weeks. Our tour leader was outstanding - With great leadership from our tour guide we were able to relax and spend our time enjoying the country, meeting people and forming a good friendship with our fellow passengers. Additionally local tour guides for day trips were friendly and highly knowledgeable.

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Charlotte C. Posted on: 

Our trip to Peru was even better than I imagined. Everything was so well thought out and the whole tour ran really smoothly. The rest of our group were fantastic and we had an awesome time.

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