This adventure offers up an intriguing combination of beauty and contrasts in scenery, wildlife, and cultures, whether you’re scanning the canopy for wildlife from the comfort of our intimate and exclusive G Lodge Amazon or climbing the ancient trail of the Incas to Machu Picchu, situated in the heavens of the Americas. Because we run our own treks, we can ensure the fair treatment of our porters and the quality of food and equipment which leaves you free to enjoy the beauty of the region.
Arrive at any time.
Arrive in Lima at any time. There are no planned activities so check into the hotel and enjoy the city. There is a welcome meeting in the evening.
Hop on a flight to Cusco. Enjoy a free day of shopping and exploring the city. Opt for a city tour.
Take a transfer to the airport for the flight to Cusco. Spend the rest of the day relaxing and exploring this fascinating city, and getting used to the altitude.
Enjoy a full-day guided tour of the Sacred Valley. Stop at the G Adventures-supported women's weaving co-op before visiting a local pottery making community. Break for lunch at the G Adventures-supported Parwa community restaurant in Huchuy Qosco. After lunch, opt to head out on a hike to the Ollantaytambo storehouses and look out over the ruins. Or, wander around the cobblestone streets and visit a local Chicheria (corn beer bar).
Depart Ollantaytambo by van to km 82 where the Inca Trail begins. Ease into things with a straight forward day of hiking, the meandering streams, stunning Andean scenery, and ancient Incan ruins will give you plenty to look at.
Trek through beautiful scenery, with a variety of flora that changes with the seasons, passing several smaller ruin sites like Llactapata.
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.
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).
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 to Machu Picchu for a guided tour of the site and free time to explore until noon as permitted by the tourist ticket. 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.
Continue to explore Cusco on a free day in the city.
Fly to Puerto Maldonado and continue by motorized boat to the comfortable and intimate G Lodge Amazon.
Fly to Puerto Maldonado, deep in the lowlands of the Amazon Jungle.
After a brief stop in town to store large luggage, drive to the pier and travel by covered motorized boat to the jungle lodge. En route, spot bird species typical of the river and forest edge. The Tambopata Rainforest area holds the world record for the most bird sightings in one area.
Local community members make up the majority of lodge staff, including multilingual naturalist guides. Take the opportunity to learn about the area's rich flora and fauna and locals' extensive use of medicinal plants and other forest plant resources through traditional techniques for building, fishing, and hunting.
Enjoy guided excursions led 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 on a caiman-spotting cruise after dinner.
Head out early to catch the jungle at its wildest (and coolest). Walk slowly through the forest searching for wildlife before heading out on an oxbow lake by canoe. Search for anaconda, the elusive giant river otter, or black caiman. Even if you don't spot these shy creatures, there are plenty of other birds, interesting plants, and other animals about.
Fly back to Lima for an optional final dinner and night out.
Enjoy a delicious Amazonian breakfast before heading back to the airport by motorized boat and van. Fly to Lima and opt for a final night out for dinner or Pisco Sours.
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I just wanted to say thanks for an amazing trip. I recently completed the Inka Trail and spent some time in the jungles of Peru celebrating my 30th birthday. It was the most amazing vacation I've ever been on. The tour was amazingly organized, and the food on the trail far exceeded all of my expectations. Thank you for making my 30th memorable. I can't wait until I can book another G Adventure.Overall Rating
I was reviewing my pictures from our trip to Machu Picchu in June 2006 and reminding me of what a great trip it was. Percy our guide was great. His knowledge and dedication was tremendous. Everyone in our group of 10 was looked after wonderfully not only by Percy but by our porters and staff that was with us. I would not think there is a better company to travel with. I would have no problem in recommending G Adventures as the THE company to travel with. This information was passed onto our Travel Agent when she called to follow up on our trip. Your whole crew made the trip easy and a lot of fun. Thank you to all your staff for a great trip. You can be very proud as a Canadian company for the work you are going with the people we met on the trip and how you are trying to improve their lives.Overall Rating
Great experience of Peru in a short time. A beautiful country and the experience was one of the best of my life, made all the better by G Adventures.Overall Rating
I was quite happy with the trip. Hiking was good. Well taken care of and the Amazon was good as well. Always good food.Overall Rating
I loved how safe we felt the entire way through. Our guide made sure we got through the road blocks and turmoil that happened during the strikes while we were there. I heard some people on different tour groups couldn't make the trail because of the strikes, but our guide found a way! I also have to praise the chefs that were with us on the Inca Trail. The made sure my many allergies were taken care of and made me special dishes so I wouldn't have to resort to something less enjoyable. The entire trip Amazon as well as the Inca tour was more then I would have expected.Overall Rating
I had a great time on the tour. Everything was organized and handled professionally. Also the food on the Inca Trail was phenomenal. It´s unbelievable that the chef is able to create such great dishes with so little supplies! I don´t eat that well even when I´m at home!Overall Rating
The tour was very well organized and an incredible experience.Overall Rating
I thought the trip and entire tour was fabulous. I enjoyed all aspects of it, and thought things were well-thought out and organized.Overall Rating
Wonderful package - great mix of hiking in the mountains and exploring the rain forest.Overall Rating
Hi G Adventures Folks, We just got back after a wonderful and breath taking trip to the Andes and the Amazon(Peru) G Adventures you did an outstanding job, the tour was well organised and went like clock work. The guide we had for the Inca Trail, Richard Perez, outdid himself. Not only was he very courteous, but well informed, had a sense of humour and was very caring towards all of us. He spoke fluent English too. There were 11 of us on the tour and every one of us fell in love with his personality. He was so kind. The food on the trail was just fantastic, the cook and the porters did a great job as well. Being a vegeterian I did not have any issues. The amazon trip was intersting as well, and the guide pretty good. The lodge was very lovely. With so little the people were so generous, my husband Peter not only got wished on his birthday but even got to have a chocolate cake!! Outstanding work G Adventures... we will join you again...and will pass on your company name to friends and family!! Thank you!Overall Rating
Trip Name: Amazon to the Andes
Duration: 12 Days
From Price: $2,623
Supplier Tour ID: PAA.D/201777
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