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The Inca Journey

  • 10 Day(s)
  • Trip Code : GASPIJ

This tour will introduce you to the best of Peru, from ruins high in the Andes to wildlife deep in the Amazon. Embrace cultures past and present in Cusco before travelling by rail to Machu Picchu. With years of experience, we directly employ the finest guides so that you'll see the best of the region. And, with no hiking, you- This tour will introduce you to the best of Peru, from ruins high in the Andes to wildlife deep in the Amazon. Embrace cultures past and present in Cusco before travelling by rail to Machu Picchu. With years of experience, we directly employ the finest guides so that you'll see the best of the region. And, with no hiking, you-

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Day 1 Lima

Arrive at any time.

Arrive in Lima at any time. There are no planned activities, so check into our hotel and enjoy the city. Please note that if you booked the Culinary Theme Pack 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 back 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. Known as the City of Kings, Peru-

Day 2 Cusco (1B)

Fly to Cusco. Free time to shop and explore. Optional city tour, museums and archaeological sites.

The group will be transferred to the airport for the early morning flight to Cusco (the flight usually departs early -

Day 3 Sacred Valley/Ollantaytambo (1B,1L)

Full-day guided tour of the Sacred Valley and Ollantaytambo ruins along with a visit to a Planeterra-supported women's weaving project in a local community. Visit the Planeterra-supported Sacred Valley Community Restaurant in Huchuy Qosco, an indigenous v

Travel through the stunning Sacred Valley of the Incas, visit a Planeterra-supported women's weaving co-op, the impressive Pisac ruins, the colourful artisan market (market days only) and the large ruin site of Ollantaytambo that lies adjacent to the town of the same name where we catch our breath and prepare for the hike ahead. Starting in 2014 travellers will have the chance to visit Huchuy Qosco, an indigenous village previously bypassed by the tourism industry, now running the Planeterra-supported Sacred Valley Community Restaurant and tour in their own village. Planeterra has been working with the Ccaccaccollo community since 2005 to develop a viable economic alternative for women by creating a weaving cooperative to sell traditional textiles to travellers. Donations by travelers have helped build a community centre supplied with looms and sewing machines for the women to use to expand their production. This project allows the women of the Ccaccaccollo community to maintain their cultural heritage and benefit from the tourism industry. Ollantaytambo is one of the best examples of an Inca town. The town and fortress of Ollantaytambo are strategically situated overlooking the beautiful Urubamba River Valley. This major ruin site is known as the best surviving example of Inca urban planning and engineering. It is admired for its huge steep terraces guarding the Inca Fortress and for being one of the few places where the Spanish lost a major battle during the conquest. Approximate Distance: 95km Estimated Travel Time: 2.30 hours

Days 4 Aguas Calientes (1B)

Enjoy a scenic train journey to the mountain town of Aguas Calientes. Optional visit to local hot springs and shopping opportunities. Those who have pre-booked and purchased the '1-day Inca Trail' hike will disembark the train at 104 km and trek to the S

Board a morning train that winds through the spectacular Urubamba Valley to the end of the line: the village of Aguas Calientes, a frontier town nestled in the hills beneath Machu Picchu. Enjoy the rest of the day taking advantage of the hikes and hot springs in the area. *Please note: those who have pre-booked and purchased the "1-day Inca Trail" hiking option 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 the sore muscles. Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes Approximate Distance: 30km Estimated Travel Time: 4.15 hours Those taking the 1-day Inca Trail option: Approximate Distance: 15km Estimated hiking Time: 5-6 hours

Day 5 Machu Picchu/Cusco (1B)

Enjoy a guided tour of the Machu Picchu ruins. Optional visit to the Inca Bridge before returning to Cusco by train and van.

Early wakeup early to take the bus up to the historic spiritual centre of the Incas, the "Lost City" of Machu Picchu. Tour the ruins with our expert guide, explore on your own or hike up spectacular Wayna Picchu to get away from the crowds. In the evening return by train to Ollantaytambo or Poroy and will then be transferred by van to Cusco. Machu Picchu is both the best and the least known of the Inca ruins. It is not mentioned in any of the chronicles of the Spanish conquistadors and archaeologists today can do no more than speculate on its function. The local Quechua farmers in the area knew of Machu Picchu for centuries, but it was not until an 11-year-old boy led the American historian Hiram Bingham (who was in search of Vilcabamba) to the site on July 24, 1911, that the rest of the world became aware of its existence. At that time the site was covered in thick vegetation, and Bingham and his team returned in 1912 and 1915 to clear the growth. Over the years, much work has been done on excavating and studying the site. Despite these efforts, many unanswered questions remain. Aguas Callientes to Cusco Approximate Distance: 118km Estimated Travel Time: 3.15 hours

Day 6 Cusco (1B)

Free day in Cusco. Active options include whitewater rafting, horseback riding and mountain biking.

Cusco is considered the mecca of Peru and rightly so. This beautiful colonial town offers much to the visitor with its nearby ruins, cobble-stoned streets, museums, churches and lively atmosphere. Among the more adventurous optional activities available in Cusco are: horseback riding around archaeological sites such as Sacsayhuaman, Tambo Machay and Puca Pucara; white water rafting on the Urubamba River; and mountain biking down to the Sacred Valley, perhaps visiting an Inca ruin along the way. Note: If you have pre-booked the Peru Culinary Theme Pack, your Cusco cooking class will be today and the Lima cooking class will be on Day 1. As this pack does not include extra on-trip time in Lima, it is necessary to bundle it with a pre-trip stay.

Days 7-8 Amazon Jungle (2B,2L,2D)

Fly to Puerto Maldonado and continue by motorized boat to the comfortable G Lodge Amazon, which boasts sustainable operational initiatives like solar panels, a recycling program and rechargeable flashlights. Guided excursions by expert naturalists to spot

Fly from Cusco, high in the Andes, to Puerto Maldonado, deep in the lowlands of the Amazon jungle where you will be met by your local guide. Travel by motorized canoe to our lodge in the Tambopata Rainforest Area, which holds the world record for the most bird sightings in one area. Explore the jungle with local guides before flying to Lima for a final night out. About half of Peru is located within the Amazon Basin, however, due to its isolation, not a lot of it is available to the casual traveller. Puerto Maldonado is the region-

Day 9 Lima (1B)

Fly back to Lima for an optional final dinner and night out.

Fly to Lima via Cusco for a final night in the City of Kings. Approximate Distance: 856km Estimated Travel Time: 6 hours

Day 10 Lima (1B)

Depart at any time. We highly recommend booking pre- or post-accommodation to fully experience this lively city.

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  • Trip Style: Small Group Adventures
  • Comfort Level: Standard
  • Physical Demands: There'll be some light walking and hiking. Suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.

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  • Sacred Valley and Ollantaytambo ruins guided tour with visit to a Planeterra-supported women’s weaving project (full-day). Lunch at the Planeterra-supported Sacred Valley Community Restaurant in Huchuy Qosco. Machu Picchu guided tour. Amazon Jungle stay at the exclusive G Lodge Amazon (3-day). Guided excursions with naturalists. Rubber boot use. Internal flights. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
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