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Machu Picchu and the Amazon
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Inca Trail From Jan 17 Lares Trek From Jan 17 Cusco Stay From Jan 17

Introduce yourself to the best of Peru’s natural wonders and local culture on a 10-day adventure. Get in touch with the Andean past in the former Inca capital of Cusco, spend two unforgettable nights in our jungle lodge listening to an orchestra of wildlife all around you, and hike the Inca Trail (or catch the scenic train) to Machu Picchu. With the region’s leading experts as your guide, the sky’s the limit in this inspiring place.

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  • Duration: 10 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of:
  • Physical rating: Demanding
  • Accommodation standard:   Moderate%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: SPSNG.A/201951
  • Starts: Lima, Peru
  • Finishes: Cusco, Peru
You will Visit
  • Lima
  • Tambopata
  • Cusco
  • Urubamba
  • Ollantaytambo
  • Wayllabamba Camp
  • Paqaymayo Camp
  • Wiñaywayna

Itinerary

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Day 1: Lima

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.

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Day 2: 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.
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 local 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 a welcome drink and orientation. Before dinner, head out for a night walk around the lodge grounds.

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Day 3: 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.
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 birds, interesting plants, and other animals about.

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Day 4: 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.
Afternoon arrival into the Inca capital. Time for strolling around the plazas and markets. Admire the cobblestones streets, and visit some museums and Cathedral.

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Day 5: 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.


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Day 6: 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 7: 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 8: 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 9: 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 10: Cusco

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Cusco Planetarium, Cusco National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Traditional Andean Experience, Urubamba G Adventures for Good: Parque de la Papa (Potato Park), Urubamba G Adventures for Good: Parwa Community Restaurant the Sacred Valley, Lamay
    • Arrival transfer
    • Three-day (2 nts) excursion to the G Adventures exclusive rainforest lodge
    • Sacred Valley tour
    • Choice of four-day Inca Trail hike with local guide, cook, and porters or Cusco/Aguas Calientes stay with scenic train
    • Guided tour of Machu Picchu
    • Internal flights
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (4 nts), G Lodge Amazon (2 nts), Inca Trail camping or Cusco-stay hotel (3 nts)
    • 9 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners
    Transport
    • Private van, plane, train, boat, canoe, hiking, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, specialist Inca Trail CEO on hike, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Spot wildlife at the exclusive G Lodge Amazon
  • Explore the Incan city of Cusco
  • Conquer the Inca Trail or enjoy the scenic train to Machu Picchu
  • Meet local people at a G Adventures-supported community restaurant
  • Explore the Cusco Planetarium