Machu Picchu and the Amazon

National Geographic Journeys, Lima to Cusco

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

Introduce yourself to the best of Peru’s natural wonders and local culture on a 10-day adventure. Get in touch with the Andean past in the former Inca capital of Cusco, spend two unforgettable nights in our jungle lodge listening to an orchestra of wildlife all around you, and hike the Inca Trail (or catch the scenic train) to Machu Picchu. With the region’s leading experts as your guide, the sky’s the limit in this inspiring place.

What’s included

  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Cusco Planetarium, Cusco Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Traditional Andean Experience, Urubamba Your G for Good Moment: Parque de la Papa (Potato Park), Urubamba Your G for Good Moment: Parwa Community Restaurant the Sacred Valley, Lamay
  • Arrival transfer
  • Three-day (2 nts) excursion to the G Adventures exclusive rainforest lodge
  • Sacred Valley tour
  • 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
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Spot wildlife at the exclusive g lodge amazon
  • Explore the incan city of cusco
  • Conquer the inca trail or enjoy the scenic train to machu picchu
  • Meet local people at a g adventures-supported community restaurant
  • Explore the cusco planetarium

Itinerary

Day 1 Lima Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included. Additional Notes: Please note: if you booked the Lima Cooking Class it does not include extra time in Lima, and we highly recommend booking pre-trip accommodation. You will be picked up from your hotel at approx 10:00 am (10:30 from Aug-Dec) and taken to a local market and restaurant to prepare and enjoy a traditional Peruvian meal. Return back to your hotel around 13:00. Also, hot water shortages and power outages can be fairly common in Peru (even in upgraded hotels and private homes). We appreciate your patience and understanding that these occurrences are outside of our control. There are some very early morning starts on this trip to make the best use of our time and see as much as we can of Peru as we can. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting Transport: Private Vehicle
Day 2 Lima/Tambopata (1B, 1L, 1D) 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. Additional Notes: The lodge itself combines native architectural style and materials with low-impact, eco-friendly technology. Rooms are simple but comfortable, with mosquito netting for individual beds, flush toilets, showers (with solar-heated hot water), and candles for lighting (no electricity). Included Activities: Wildlife-spotting Night Walk Transport: Plane (2.50 hour(s)) Head by private vehicle to the lodge's office in Puerto Maldonado to store large luggage. From there, travel about 1 hr to reach the boat landing. Motorized canoe (3.00 hour(s))
Day 3 Tambopata (1B, 1L, 1D) 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. Included Activities: Jungle Excursions Caiman-Spotting Cruise
Day 4 Tambopata/Cusco (1B) Afternoon arrival into the Inca capital. Time for strolling around the plazas and markets. Admire the cobblestones streets, and visit some museums and Cathedral. Additional Notes: This adventure travels to high altitude, medically defined as anything over 8,000 ft (2,440m). Included Activities: Cusco Planetarium Transport: Motorized canoe (3.00 hour(s)) Plane (1.00-1.50 hours, 320km)
Day 5 Cusco/Urubamba (1B, 1L) Included Activities: Traditional Andean Experience Parque de la Papa (Potato Park) Parwa Community Restaurant the Sacred Valley Pisac Ruins Guided Tour Ollantaytambo Ruins Guided Tour Transport: Times includes all stops and visits enroute through the Sacred Valley. Private Vehicle (1.75 hour(s), 94km)
Day 6 Inca Trail (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))
Day 7 Inca Trail (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
Day 8 Inca Trail (1B, 1L, 1D) 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). Included Activities: Inca Trail Hike
Day 9 Machu Picchu/Cusco (1B) 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 site and enjoy free time to explore until noon as permitted by the tourist ticket. 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 Transport: Train (2.00-3.00 hours, 118km) Private Vehicle (2.00-2.50 hours, 95km)
Day 10 Cusco (1B) Depart at any time. Additional Notes: Want more time to explore? G Adventures offers post-accommodation. Please request at time of booking. Note: Return flight to Lima can be arranged if requested. Included Activities: Departure Day
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