Machu Picchu Explorer

Comfort, Lima to Lima

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

A wonder of the ancient world, the “Lost City of the Incas” is the ideal place to unleash your inner historian. With 2 days to explore the Sacred Valley, once you’ve left the road less travelled, you’ll find majestic ruins, striking views of the Andes and local villages bursting with culture. Add in a local lunch at a G Adventures-supported community restaurant and a traditional pachamanca-style feast and your taste buds will be thanking you. As the premiere operator in the region, be assured we'll leave no stone unturned.

What’s included

  • G Adventures for Good: Ccaccaccollo Community and Women's Weaving Co-op visit, Ccaccaccollo G Adventures for Good: Parwa Community Restaurant the Sacred Valley, Lamay
  • Arrival transfer
  • Two-day Sacred Valley tour including Ollantaytambo, Moray and Pisac ruins, pre-Incan salt pans, and visit to the G Adventures-supported women's weaving co-op in a local village
  • Lunch at the G Adventures-supported Sacred Valley Community Restaurant in Huchuy Qosco, an indigenous village
  • Experience a traditional Pachamanca-style lunch
  • Scenic train and guided tour of Machu Picchu
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Explore ancient ruins off the beaten path in the sacred valley with our expert guide
  • Meet local artisans at a g adventures-supported women's weaving co-op and local village
  • Take in mountain views on the scenic train to machu picchu
  • Enjoy traditional treats and foods

Itinerary

Day 1 Lima Get ready for a very busy tour exploring the best of Peru in a week. We recommend booking a pre-night in Lima (in particular if your flight arrives into Lima in the evening) to recover from international flights and rest up before the excitement. Additional Notes: Please note that if you booked the Peru Culinary Bundle 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 10:00am and taken to a local market and restaurant to prepare and enjoy a traditional Peruvian meal. You will return to your hotel around 13:00. Please note that 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. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting Transport: Private Vehicle (0.75-1.00 hours)
Day 2 Lima/Urubamba (1B, 1L) Board an early flight to Cusco then on to the Sacred Valley to visit the Ccaccaccollo community and Planeterra-sponsored Women's Weaving Co-op, explore the Pisac ruins and visit the G Adventures-supported Sacred Valley Community Restaurant in Huchuy Qosco. Included Activities: Ccaccaccollo Community and Women's Weaving Co-op visit Pisac Ruins Guided Tour Parwa Community Restaurant the Sacred Valley Transport: Plane (1.00-1.50 hours) Private Vehicle (6.00-8.00 hours, 95km)
Day 3 Urubamba (1B, 1D) Visit the pre-Incan salt pans of Las Salineras and tour the Ollantaytambo and Moray ruins. Enjoy a traditional Pachamanca-style meal of local specialities. Included Activities: Moray Ruins Guided Tour Las Salineras Pre-Incan Salt Pans Guided Tour Ollantaytambo Ruins Guided Tour Traditional Pachamanca Dinner Transport: Private Vehicle (7.00-8.00 hours)
Day 4 Urubamba/Aguas Calientes (1B) For serious archaeology buffs, there is time for an optional independent visit to Machu Picchu before the guided tour the following morning. Additional Notes: Please bear in mind that the town has several amenities, but is also geographically remote meaning services are sometimes more basic than one would assume. As the only option for travellers visiting Machu Picchu, the development of infrastructure has happened quite quickly, much without proper planning, and the focus on providing quality service may not be up to the standards experienced in other parts of the country. Those who have chosen the option in advance to hike the "1-day Inca Trail" will disembark the train at km 104 to begin the trek. The trail rises steeply up into the mountains and will take hikers past the archaeological sites of Wiñay Wayna and Inti Pata, where the local guide will provide insights into the fascinating culture of the Incas en route to the trek's culmination at the Sun Gate. Enjoy a packed lunch along the way and reach the Sun Gate in the late afternoon with a chance for a preliminary exploration of Machu Picchu before the guided tour on Day 5. Transfer by bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes to rejoin the group and spend the night in a hotel. If time permits, take an optional visit to the nearby hot springs to soak your sore muscles. 1-day Inca Trail option: Approximate Distance: 7km Estimated hiking Time: 5-6 hours Transport: Private Vehicle (1.00-2.00 hours) Train (1.50 hour(s))
Day 5 Aguas Calientes/Cusco (1B) Enjoy a guided tour of the Machu Picchu ruins. Free time to explore on your own or take an optional visit to the Inca Bridge before returning to Cusco by train. Included Activities: Machu Picchu Guided Tour Transport: Local bus (0.25 hour(s)) Train (2.00-3.00 hours, 118km) Private Vehicle (2.00-2.50 hours, 95km)
Day 6 Cusco (1B) Explore Cusco's historic streets, museums and local markets. Active options include whitewater rafting, horseback riding and mountain biking. Additional Notes: Please note that if you booked the Peru Culinary Bundle, on day 6 you will be picked up from your hotel at approx 12:30 and taken to a local market and restaurant to prepare and enjoy a traditional Peruvian meal. You will return back to your hotel around 16:00.
Day 7 Cusco/Lima (1B) Fly back to Lima and spend an afternoon in Peru's bustling capital. Transport: Plane (1.50-2.00 hours, 572km)
Day 8 Lima (1B) Depart at any time. Additional Notes: Your CEO can help arrange an optional transfer to the airport. Included Activities: Departure Day
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