Machu Picchu and the Amazon

Application: Fall 2017

Dates: May 17 - 27, 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 Lares Trek 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

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 Lares Trek 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 Lares town where the hike begins. Spend the first night at a G Adventures-supported campsite in Cuncani.

G Adventures for Good Cuncani Community Campsite

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 8 - Wayllabamba Camp/Paqaymayo Camp

Start early to hike from the foothills of Sicllaccasa Mountain to its high pass (4,750m/15,583 ft), providing scenic views of lagoons and the snow-capped Chicon Mountain. Celebrate after reaching the highest point by making an offering of coca leaves to the Andean gods. After the morning hike, stop to rest and take in the amazing view. Continue hiking downhill to our second campsite near the stream for the night.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 9 - Paqaymayo Camp/Wiñaywayna

Enjoy the last few hours of hiking before travelling by van to Ollantaytambo and train to Aguas Calientes. Spend some time relaxing in town or visiting the nearby hot springs.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 10 - Wiñaywayna/Cusco

Enjoy a guided visit to Machu Picchu at sunrise. Use some free time to explore the ruins on your own. Later, travel back to Cusco.

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
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Accommodations

Hotels (6 nts), G Lodge Amazon (2 nts), Lares Trek camping (2 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 Lares Trek 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.