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Backroads & Highlands of Peru
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Get off the beaten path in the highlands of Peru and discover stunning mountain scenery and remote cities few tourists visit. Getting to Cusco is half the adventure travel by public bus keeps costs down and allows you to connect with the locals in the rarefied mountain air of the Andes. Climb the legendary Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, the "Lost City of the Incas." We operate our own treks in Peru and can ensure the fair treatment of our porters and an exceptional experience for you.

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  • Duration: 17 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Physical rating: Demanding
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  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: SPBH.D/201893
  • Starts: Lima, Peru
  • Finishes: Cusco, Peru
You will Visit
  • Lima
  • Huancayo
  • Huancavelica
  • Ayacucho
  • Andahuaylas
  • Cusco
  • Ollantaytambo
  • Wayllabamba Camp
  • Paqaymayo Camp
  • Wiñaywayna

Itinerary

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Day 1: Lima

Arrive at any time.
There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting.

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Day 2: Lima/Huancayo

Enjoy a spectacular bus ride into the Andes to Huancayo.
Travel the route of the locals and start the Andean adventure on the road from Lima to Huancayo in the central Andes.

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Day 3: Huancayo

Spend the day enjoying optional activities like hiking, biking, horseback riding, or just enjoy the scenery.
The villages of Cochas Grande and Cochas Chico are two interesting day trips in the Mantaro Valley, some 12km (7mi) south of the city.

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Day 4: Huancayo/Huancavelica

Travel to the picturesque colonial city of Huancavelica aboard el Tren Macho. Take in the Peruvian countryside passing by the window and enjoy the ride amongst the locals.

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Day 5: Huancavelica/Ayacucho

Travel through the highlands and remote communities of the Andes to Ayacucho.
The altitude of Ayacucho, its colonial feel, and the local pre-Inca history make it one of the most fascinating cities in the Andes.

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Day 6: Ayacucho

Spend two days in Ayacucho, with optional day tours to nearby archaeological sites, markets, city tours or individual exploration.
The city is known for a handicrafts district famous for silver, carvings and woven items. There are many beautiful colonial churches and mansions to visit as well. The surrounding area also offers a number of attractions, including the Huari Capital and Quinua and Vilcashuaman, considered the geographical centre of the Inca Empire.

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Day 7: Ayacucho

Spend two days in Ayacucho, with optional day tours to nearby archaeological sites, markets, city tours or individual exploration.
The city is known for a handicrafts district famous for silver, carvings and woven items. There are many beautiful colonial churches and mansions to visit as well. The surrounding area also offers a number of attractions, including the Huari Capital and Quinua and Vilcashuaman, considered the geographical centre of the Inca Empire.

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Day 8: Ayacucho/Andahuaylas

Pass by rural areas, massive mountain peaks and small villages to reach Andahuaylas.
The focus of the day is the journey itself. You can't beat the scenery like this and there's no better way to get to know the country than to travel straight through some of the most remote regions.

Arrive at Andahuaylas, set amidst a beautiful glacial valley. Agriculture is key to the lives of the locals here and the town has a good market.

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Day 9: Andahuaylas

Enjoy free time in Andahuaylas. Opt to visit to the Sondor archaeological site, the Pacucha Lagoon or the market.

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Day 10: Cusco

Enjoy free time to explore Cusco or take an optional city tour, head out whitewater rafting, horseback riding or mountain biking.
The nearby Sacred Valley, museums, churches and cobblestoned streets steeped in history, all combine to create a terrific atmosphere.

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Day 11: Cusco

Enjoy free time to explore Cusco or take an optional city tour, head out whitewater rafting, horseback riding or mountain biking.
The nearby Sacred Valley, museums, churches and cobblestoned streets steeped in history, all combine to create a terrific atmosphere.

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Day 12: 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 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).
Travel through the stunning Sacred Valley of the Incas, visiting a G Adventures-supported women's weaving co-op. Meet the women and learn about traditional weaving and dyeing. Opt to pick up some handmade souvenirs and textiles directly from the women who made them.

Have lunch at the G Adventures-supported Parwa community restaurant. Learn about the G Adventures for Good project and eat a delicious buffet-style lunch. Proceeds of this meal go directly back to the remote community.

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Day 13: Inca Trail

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.

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Day 14: 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.

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Day 15: Inca Trail

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).

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Day 16: 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 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.

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Day 17: Cusco

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • G Adventures for Good: Ccaccaccollo Community and Women's Weaving Co-op visit, Ccaccaccollo G Adventures for Good: Parwa Community Restaurant the Sacred Valley, Lamay
    • Sacred Valley guided tour
    • Pottery making demonstration
    • Inca Trail guided hike with cooks and porters (4 days)
    • Machu Picchu guided tour
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Simple hotels (13 nts), camping (3 nts)
    • 12 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners
    Transport
    • Public bus, private van, hiking, train
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, specialist Inca Trail CEO on the hike, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Gaze at Andean vistas
  • Experience the culture and mingle with the locals
  • Conquer the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
  • Savour the diverse cuisine in Peru.