Absolute Peru

Classic, Lima to Lima
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Tour description

Scan the canopy for wildlife from the comfort of our intimate and exclusive G Lodge Amazon, contemplate mountain vistas or take an optional flight over the Nazca Lines — this epic journey explores the geography, culture, and history of Peru, offering you the perfect blend of guided excursions and free time. Hike the Inca Trail, which rewards those willing to break a sweat with stunning views of ruins, mountainscapes, and cloud forest. And because we run our own treks, we can ensure the fair treatment of our porters and the quality of food, service, and equipment.

What's included

  • Your G for Good Moment: Ccaccaccollo Community and Women's Weaving Co-op visit, Ccaccaccollo Your G for Good Moment: Parwa Community Restaurant the Sacred Valley, Lamay Your G for Good Moment: Handmade Biodegradable Soap Products Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your Foodie Moment: Huacachina Winery Visit, Huacachina Your Local Living Moment: Lake Titicaca Homestay, Lake Titicaca Your Discover Moment: Cusco
  • Nazca desert cemetery and potter's studio guided tour
  • Arequipa stay
  • Colca Canyon guided tour
  • Floating islands of Uros visit
  • Lake Titicaca guided tour
  • Sacred Valley guided tour
  • Pottery making demonstration
  • Inca Trail guided hike with cooks and porters (4 days)
  • Machu Picchu guided tour
  • Amazon Jungle stay at the exclusive G Lodge Amazon (3 days)
  • Guided excursions with naturalists
  • Rubber boot use
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Trek the inca trail to machu picchu
  • Search for wildlife at our exclusive g lodge amazon
  • Spot condors at colca canyon
  • Experience local life at a homestay on lake titicaca
  • Opt to explore the mysterious nazca lines

Itinerary

Day 1: Lima Arrive at any time.

Day 2: Lima/Paracas Enjoy a free morning in Lima before travelling by bus to Paracas.

Day 3: Paracas/Nazca Optional visit to Ballestas Islands before travelling to Nazca. En route, stop at a winery and at the Oasis of Huacachina.

Day 4: Nazca/Arequipa Take a guided tour of the Nazca desert cemetery and potter's studio. Opt for a flight over the Nazca Lines before the overnight bus to Arequipa.

Day 5: Arequipa Enjoy a free day in Arequipa. Opt for a city tour or visit to the Santa Catalina Monastery.

Day 6: Arequipa/Colca Canyon Travel to Chivay, a village near Colca Canyon, relax or take an optional dip in the thermal baths.

Day 7: Colca Canyon/Puno Rise early for a tour of Colca Canyon to spot condors. Continue by bus to Puno. Arrive with a little time to wander the markets and explore the city.

Day 8: Puno/Lake Titicaca Enjoy a guided tour of Lake Titicaca with a homestay in a small village.

Day 9: Lake Titicaca/Puno Visit the floating islands of Uros before returning to Puno. Opt to visit to Sillustani burial site.

Day 10: Puno/Cusco Hop on the bus for a full day's drive to Cusco.

Day 11: Cusco Take advantage the day to choose from a wide variety of optional activities like the Rainbow Mountain hike, a cooking class, or simply explore the city by foot and relax in a café.

Day 12: Cusco/Ollantaytambo Enjoy a full-day guided tour of the Sacred Valley. Stop at the G Adventures-supported women's weaving co-op before visiting a local pottery making community. Break for lunch at the G Adventures-supported Parwa Community Restaurant in Huchuy Qosco. After lunch, opt to head out on a hike to the Ollantaytambo storehouses and look out over the ruins. Or, wander around the cobblestone streets and visit a local Chicheria (corn beer bar).

Day 13: Inca Trail Depart Ollantaytambo by van to km 82 where the Inca Trail begins. Ease into the adventure with a straightforward day of hiking the meandering streams, stunning Andean scenery, and ancient Incan ruins.

Day 14: Inca Trail 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.

Day 15: Inca Trail Cross two more passes and ruins on today's trek. 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 the cloud forest on a 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).

Day 16: Machu Picchu/Cusco The final day of the hike starts pre-dawn to reach the Sun Gate before sunrise. Catch the first views of the breathtaking ruins of Machu Picchu on a clear day. Hike down for a guided tour of the ruins, before your train back to Cusco.

Day 17: Cusco Enjoy a free day to explore Cusco or relax. Opt to go whitewater rafting, mountain biking or get a massage.

Day 18: Cusco/Tambopata Fly to Puerto Maldonado and continue by motorized boat to the comfortable and intimate G Lodge Amazon.

Day 19: Tambopata Enjoy guided excursions by expert naturalists to spot wildlife at nearby oxbow lakes and along jungle trails. Spend some time relaxing in a hammock, enjoying the local swimming hole or visiting a nearby plantation. Go for a caiman-spotting cruise after dinner.

Day 20: Tambopata/Lima Fly back to Lima for an optional final dinner and night out.

Day 21: Lima Depart at any time.