Machu Picchu and the Amazon

Application: Fall 2017

Dates: May 2018

Price: $699 | 11 Days | Lima to Cusco

Trip Code: SPSNG

These eleven days are a brief but full introduction to the very best natural wonders and local culture Peru has on offer. Get in touch with the Andean past in the former Inca capital of Cusco, spend two unforgettable nights in our jungle lodge listening to the wildlife orchestra all around you, and hike the Inca Trail (or catch the scenic train) to the once-in-a-lifetime destination of Machu Picchu. Be assured you’re travelling with the region’s leading experts.

Physical Rating: 4 - Demanding

Some high-altitude hikes or more strenuous activities, but accessible to most healthy travellers.

Trip Type: Small Group

Small group experience; Max 16, Avg 10

Award Winning Inca Trail Program

Named Best Inca Trail Tour Operator by the Regional Direction of Foreign Trade and Tourism of Cusco (RDFTTC) in Peru. Your purchase of this tour helps employ over 560 local guides, porters, cooks, drivers, and office staff – connecting local communities to the global tourism chain. Learn more.

 

 

 

 

 

Travel Style: National Geographic Journeys

Greater exploration, insider access, and the freedom to roam – all without sacrificing comfort.

Service Level: Upgraded

Quality accommodations and more inclusions than on other G Adventures tours, like meals, private transport, and activities.

Highlights from Machu Picchu and the Amazon

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

Cusco Planetarium

Visit the Cusco Planetarium, which is surrounded by the natural beauty of the Llaullipata Ecological Reserve. Use telescopes to gaze up at the southern sky and see thousands of stars. Spot the constellations of the southern hemisphere, and learn about the ancient Incas’ relationship with the cosmos.

Parwa Community Restaurant the Sacred Valley

Learn how the resident-run restaurant was kickstarted by G Adventures along with the Planeterra Foundation and the Multilateral Investment Fund, to become a successful farm-to-table program that boosts the local economy and several spin-off microenterprises.

Traditional Andean Experience

Exclusive to National Geographic Journeys travellers – and part of G Adventures for Good – visit the “Parque de la Papa” (“Potato Park”), a network of six rural agricultural communities in Peru’s Sacred Valley. Walk through this special community with a local guide for immersive time observing agricultural, weaving, and cultural traditions.

Itinerary

Day 1/2 - Lima

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.

  • Complimentary pre-night hotel included on this FAM

Day 3 - Lima/Tambopata

Fly to Puerto Maldonado and continue by motorized canoe to the comfortable, intimate, and exclusive G Lodge Amazon located in the lush Tambopata Rainforest.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 4 - Tambopata

Enjoy guided jungle excursions led by expert naturalists to spot wildlife at nearby oxbow lakes, rivers, and clay licks. Spend some time relaxing in a hammock, enjoying the local swimming hole then go for a caiman-spotting cruise after dinner.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 5 - Tambopata/Cusco

Travel by boat out of the jungle to Puerto Maldonado for the flight over the Andes and into the heart of Inca territory, Cusco. This evening, look to the night sky for a different view at the Cusco Planetarium. Enjoy a presentation on the southern sky, contemporary astronomy, and the ancient Incas’ relationship with the cosmos. Visit the on-site museum and use the telescopes to admire the stars.

Exclusive Inclusions:

National Geographic Journeys Exclusives Cusco Planetarium

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 6 - Cusco/Urubamba

Enjoy a full-day excursion to the Sacred Valley including the Pisac and Ollantaytambo ruins. Visit the “Parque de la Papa” (“Potato Park”), exclusive to Journeys and part of G Adventures for Good – walk through this rural community with a local guide to learn about potato cultivation, weaving, and the importance of both to Andean culture. Also, enjoy lunch at the G Adventures-supported Sacred Valley Community Restaurant in Huchuy Qosqo, an indigenous village.

Exclusive Inclusions: National Geographic Journeys Exclusives Traditional Andean Experience|G Adventures for Good Parwa Community Restaurant the Sacred Valley

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch

Day 7 - Ollantaytambo/Wayllabamba Camp

Depart Ollantaytambo by van to km 82 where the hike begins.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 8 - Wayllabamba Camp/Paqaymayo Camp

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.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 9 - Paqaymayo Camp/Wiñaywayna

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).

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 10 - Wiñaywayna/Cusco

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.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 11 - Cusco

Depart at any time.

  • Complimentary departure transfer included on this FAM

Meals included: Breakfast

Full Itinerary

Tour Details

What's Included

  • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Traditional Andean Experience, Urubamba
  • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Cusco Planetarium, Cusco
  • G Adventures for Good: Parwa Community Restaurant the Sacred Valley, Lamay
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Pre-night hotel
  • Three-day excursion to the G Adventures exclusive rainforest lodge (two nights)
  • 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

Accommodations

Hotels (5 nts), G Lodge Amazon (2 nts), Inca Trail camping or Cusco-stay hotel (3 nts).

Meals

9 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners
Allow USD170-225 for meals not included.

Transportation

Private van, plane, train, boat, canoe, hiking, walking.

Staff & experts

Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, specialist Inca Trail CEO on hike, local guides.

Available extras (Add these to your tour when you book)

Peru Culinary Bundle - From $223.00

Enjoy two half-day cooking activities: one in Cusco and one in Lima. During both, visit local markets, select ingredients, and enjoy unique Peruvian dishes influenced by such faraway places as China, Italy, West Africa, and Japan. The activity in Lima is supported by the G Values Fund – an initiative that provides low-interest loans to CEOs who wish to start businesses that enhance the experience of our travellers. Best Bite Peru is run by former CEO Ruben Diaz.