TailorMade Peru: Andes & Machu Picchu

Classic, Lima to Lima

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

Make it truly your own. Start with this TailorMade sample itinerary, then work with our Private Travel team to customize the tour. Ancient civilizations and incredible animal life come together on this Peru itinerary that you can tweak and craft to your liking. Spot boobies, pelicans, and sea lions at the Ballestas Islands (known as Peru's Little Galápagos) then trek the challenging but rewarding Inca Trail to bask in the sight of Machu Picchu at sunrise.

What’s included

  • Your Local Living Moment: Lake Titicaca Homestay Experience & Boat Tour, Puno Your Discover Moment: Tambopata Jungle Lodge 3D/2N, Puerto Maldonado
  • Ballestas Islands Wildlife Tour
  • Nazca desert cemetery and potter's studio guided tour
  • Flight over Nazca Lines
  • Arequipa City Tour & Santa Catalina Monastery
  • Colca Canyon Overnight
  • 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
  • Cusco Cooking Class
  • 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

  • See birds and sea lions at the ballestas islands
  • Experience traditional life during a lake titicaca homestay
  • Choose your route to machu picchu

Itinerary

Lima Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.
Lima/Paracas Enjoy a free morning in Lima before travelling in a private vehicle to Paracas.
Paracas/Nazca Visit the Ballestas Islands before travelling to Nazca. En route, stop at a winery and at the Oasis of Huacachina.
Nazca/Arequipa Take a guided tour of the Nazca desert cemetery and potter's studio and enjoy a flight over the Nazca Lines before an overnight drive to Arequipa.
Arequipa Enjoy a city tour of Arequipa and visit the Santa Catalina Monastery.
Arequipa/Colca Canyon Travel to Chivay, a village near Colca Canyon, for an optional dip in the thermal baths. Continue on to nearby Colca Canyon for the day, take a guided tour to spot condors.
Colca Canyon/Puno Travel by private vehicle to Puno. Arrive with a little time to wander the markets and explore the city.
Puno/Lake Titicaca Enjoy a guided tour of Lake Titicaca with a homestay in a small village.
Lake Titicaca/Puno Visit the floating islands of Uros before returning to Puno.
Puno/Cusco Hop in a private vehicle for a full day's drive to Cusco.
Cusco Enjoy a half-day tour of Cusco's main sights. Walk around the Plaza de Armas (main square) and explore this city steeped in one of the world's most alluring and ancient cultures. Visit Qenqo, Koricancha, the Cathedral, Puca Pucara, Tambomachay, and the archaeological site of Sacsaywaman. After, enjoy a free afternoon.
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 the Pisac ruins. Break for lunch at the G Adventures-supported Parwa community restaurant in Huchuy Qosco. After lunch, enjoy a guided tour of the Ollantaytambo ruins.
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.
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.
Inca Trail Cross two more passes and ruins on today's 16km (9h) 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).
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 site and enjoy free time to explore until noon as permitted by the tourist ticket. Opt to visit the Inca Bridge, if time allows before returning to Cusco.
Cusco Enjoy a free morning in Cusco before visiting a local market and learning about Peruvian cuisine in a cooking class.
Cusco/Tambopata Fly to Puerto Maldonado and continue by motorized boat to the comfortable and intimate G Lodge Amazon.
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.
Tambopata/Lima Fly back to Lima for a final night in the city.
Lima Depart at any time.
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