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Inca Trail Until Dec 17 Lares Trek Until Dec 17 Cusco Stay Until Dec 17 Inca Trail From Jan 18 Lares Trek From Jan 18 Cusco Stay From Jan 18

Perfect for those looking to experience the regions archaeological and cultural treasures in a short amount of time, this adventure includes a four-day trek along the Inca Trail. This is one of the worlds best-known hikes and will reward those willing to break a sweat with a stunning combination of mountainscapes, cloud forests, and jungles. We run our own treks, which ensures the fair treatment of our porters and quality equipment.

Latin America
  • Duration: 8 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of:
  • Physical rating: Demanding
  • Accommodation standard:   Budget%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 100%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: PID.C/201788
  • Starts: Lima, Peru
  • Finishes: Cusco, Peru
You will Visit
  • Lima
  • Cusco
  • Ollantaytambo
  • Aguas Calientes

Itinerary

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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 the hotel and enjoy the city. There is a welcome meeting in the evening.

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Day 2: Lima/Cusco

Early flight to Cusco. Free day for shopping and exploring the city. Optional city tour.
Transfer to the airport for the flight to Cusco (the flight usually departs early – the group may leave the hotel by 4:30am). The day is free to relax and explore the fascinating city of Cusco, and to acclimatize to the altitude.

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Day 3: Cusco/Ollantaytambo

Enjoy a full-day guided tour of the Sacred Valley. Stop at the G Adventures-supported women's weaving co-op before exploring the Pisac ruins. Break for lunch at the G Adventures-supported Parwa community restaurant in Huchuy Qosco. Finish the day exploring the Ollantaytambo ruins with a local guide.
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.

Take a guided tour of the impressive Pisac ruins, the colourful artisan market (on market days only), and the small indigenous village of Huchuy Qosco. 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.

Continue on to the town of Ollantaytambo. Take a guided tour of the large ruin site adjacent to the town. Ollantaytambo is the first taste of what lies ahead in Machu Picchu.

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Day 4: Ollantaytambo/Cusco

Return to the Sacred Valley with the CEO to visit the sites of the Maras Salt Mines and Moray. Spend the evening in Cusco.
When the hikers leave in the morning, return to Cusco with the CEO, visiting the sites of the Maras Salt Mines and Moray on the way.

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Day 5: Cusco

Enjoy an included tour around the old part of Cusco, visit a Choco Museum and explore the local food market.

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Day 6: Cusco/Aguas Calientes

Travel by van to Ollantaytambo to catch the scenic train to Aguas Calientes.

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Day 7: Machu Picchu/Cusco

Enjoy a guided tour of Machu Picchu. Opt to visit the Inca Bridge before returning to Cusco in the evening.
Rise early to catch the first bus up to Machu Picchu with the guide. Enjoy a guided visit of the ruins followed by free time to explore. When ready, head back down by bus to Aguas Calientes to meet up with the rest of the group and take a train back to Cusco.

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Day 8: 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 and Ollantaytambo ruins guided tour with a visit to a G Adventures-supported women's weaving project and lunch at the G Adventures-supported Sacred Valley Community Restaurant in Huchuy Qosco, an indigenous village (full-day)
    • Inca Trail guided hike with cooks and porters (4 days)
    • G Adventures-supported handmade biodegradable soap products for use on the Inca Trail
    • Internal flights
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (7 nts)
    • 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch
    Transport
    • Plane, train, van, hiking
    Group Leader
    • G Representatives in Lima and Cusco
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Tour Highlights:
  • Sample seafood in Lima
  • Explore ruins and haggle at local markets in the Sacred Valley
  • Conquer the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
  • Learn ancient traditions at the G Adventures-supported Women's Weaving Co-op


Reviews (10)
Alice H Posted on: 

Just wanted to give some feedback on the fantastic Peru Inca Discovery trip we had with G Adventures. The trip was amazing and our guides, Percy and Huvert were brilliant. They had so much knowledge about the history and wildlife to share and I was especially grateful for their patience while I work my way round the steep ledges very slowly! They really did make the trip, but our Porters were also amazing - still can't believe how they nearly ran the trail AND carried our stuff. The food was also excellent - was most surprised to be treated to morning and afternoon tea as well as breakfast lunch and dinner! I would definitely travel with G Adventures again and have already recommended you to two colleagues thinking of doing the Inca trail.

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Meagan R Posted on: 

Although I headed to Peru by myself, I made instant friends with the rest of my group on the Inca Discovery trip. Our guide, Mauro, was a fountain of knowledge and was so supportive the whole way. And I certainly didn’t expect gourmet food in the middle of the Andes – I can’t get the pancakes or guacamole out of my head! From the moment we had our group meeting the night before we departed to the moment I landed back home, the trip was meticulously organized, but still flexible. Going on the Inca Discovery trip with G Adventures has me hooked, I’ve already sent two friends on the same trip and I’m scouring the G Adventures brochures for my next adventure. Thank you, G Adventures! Trip Report Card: Excitement: A+ Landscape: A+ Guide and Porters: A+ Food and Accommodations: A+ Overall experience: A+++

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Barry M Posted on: 

Overall, a good trip. Loved seeing the Inca Trail.

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Ingrid Ø Posted on: 

It was a great trip, really good composed!

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Kennedy L Posted on: 

It was a trip of a lifetime, full of challenges and struggles, but was very well organized and we felt supported.

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Farrell M Posted on: 

The group guides were fabulous and very knowledgeable! Our group members were a blast and everyone was incredibly supportive.

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Alan R Posted on: 

I enjoyed the whole experience and appreciated the closer contact with the local populations. To me this was much better than staying at a resort.

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Daniel N Posted on: 

This was our first trip using G Adventures. We could not have been more pleased. We had a wonderful time.

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Han B Posted on: 

I have gone to many beautiful places but this trip beats all of them by far. It's all because of my group and Perci, the best tour guide out there.

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Kim C Posted on: 

I just wanted to let you know what a wonderful guide we had last month. My husband, daughter, and I were part of the Inca Discovery group May 10 and were led by Jaramy, who was assisted by Nelli. My husband and I were celebrating our 50th birthdays a little early, and our daughter's graduation from university. It was a special trip for us since my husband and I normally stay in more luxurious places (!) but our daughter really wanted this trip. We had a fabulous time largely due to the fact that Jaramy especially, but also Nelli, were so supportive even though I was very slow on the uphill parts of the trail. I never felt that I was holding anyone back and they really made the journey great for me. I think the most I finished behind the others was 45 minutes on the climb to Dead Woman's Pass and Jaramy told me it was no big deal, he'd had people finish lots later than that. We have already been searching for our next G Adventures trip. Despite the Cultural Shock rating of the Inca Discovery we found the hotels to be wonderful! Very comfortable and fabulous locales, especially the one in Ollantaytambo. Thanks to Jaramy and Nelli's patience I think we are hooked on this kind of travel! You should be pleased you have such great people working for you! Thanks for making our milestone events memorable!

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