When arranging your transportation, such as flights, please take into consideration the below time restrictions for joining and departing from your group. With these times, we have taken into account travel time to/from the airport in the given destination and required time for check-in or baggage collection/immigration.

Your flight must arrive by or before: 11:59 p.m. on Day 1

Your flight must depart no earlier than: 12:00 a.m. on Day 15

Itinerary

Day 1Lima

Arrive at any time.

Arrive in Lima at any time. There are no planned activities so check into our hotel and enjoy the city.

Peru is made up of three main geographical areas: the Andes, the Amazon, and the desert coastal area. In this trip, we concentrate on the Andes region of south-central Peru and the ancient Inca capital of Cusco.

Note: If you have pre-booked the Peru Culinary Bundle, your Lima cooking class will be today. You will be picked up in the morning. Please book an extra night accommodation and flights accordingly. 

 
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
1h19:00

The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.

Accommodation

 
Hotel Monte Real (or similar)
Hotel

Day 2Lima/Cusco

Early flight to Cusco. Free day for shopping and to explore the city. Optional city tour.

Transfer early in the morning to the airport for the flight to Cusco; the flight usually departs early – we may leave the hotel as early as 4:30. Spend the afternoon relaxing and exploring this fascinating city, and take time to acclimatize to the high altitude.

Our best advice for exploring Cusco is to wear a comfortable pair of shoes, arm yourself with a city map, and set off to explore!

Please note that if you booked the Culinary Bundle you will be picked up from your hotel at approx 12:30 and taken to a local market and restaurant to prepare and enjoy a traditional Peruvian meal. You will return back to your hotel around 16:00.

 
Plane
Lima – Cusco1h-1h30m

Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.

 
Carte Blanche
CuscoFull Day

There's plenty to see and do in Cusco, and we wanted to make sure that you had some time to take it all in. Feel free to relax or try optional activities like visiting Museo Inka, Museo de Historia Regional, and whitewater rafting. Your CEO has more ideas if you need them. Just ask!

Optional Activities - Day 2Accommodation

 
El Puma Hotel (or similar)
Hotel

Meals included:

 Breakfast

Day 3Cusco/Ollantaytambo

Begin two days of guided biking excursions through the Sacred Valley, in the Maras, Moray, and Pisac areas, using Ollantaytambo as a base. Visit the G Adventures-supported women's weaving co-op and Parwa community restaurant in Huchuy Qosco.

We start the day by stopping at the G Adventures-supported women's weaving co-op before travelling by private transport to Abra de Corao, on the edge of the Sacred Valley, where we will begin our biking excursion. Visit the G Adventures-supported Sacred Valley Community Restaurant in Huchuy Qosco, an indigenous village, for lunch.

After lunch, we continue by bicycle to the majestic Inca ruins of Pisac, where we will enjoy a guided tour of the site before transferring to Ollantaytambo for the night.

 
Private Vehicle
Cusco – Huayllabamba

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

 
Sacred Valley Mountain Biking Excursion
Huayllabamba – Pisac

From our starting point at 3,700m (12,139 ft) above sea level, we descend on our bikes into the Sacred Valley, eventually arriving at Taray (2,800m/9,186 ft above sea level), enjoying magnificent views along the way. We will also pass through rural areas where we can see the traditional farming and agricultural activities.

Throughout the bicycle excursion, we will be able to rely on an expert local guide as well as a support vehicle.

 
Pisac Ruins Guided Tour
Pisac

Tour the fascinating hilltop citadel of Pisac, an Incan ruin with plunging gorges, a ceremonial centre, and winding agriculture terracing that's still in use today. Be captivated by this truly amazing site sitting amid sweeping green valleys and mountain peaks. Explore the back of the site to see a pocketed cliff across Kitamayo Gorge, which once contained hundreds of Inca tombs.

 
G Adventures for Good: Ccaccaccollo Community and Women's Weaving Co-op visit
 

Visit the Ccaccaccollo community centre which G Adventures travellers' donations helped create in 2005, thereby enabling local women to sell traditional textiles to travellers. See local weaving and dyeing techniques used to create garments and souvenirs, and learn how the Planeterra weaving co-operative has impacted the community and those who visit it. This includes the purchase of alpacas to provide a steady supply of wool, looms, and sewing machines as well as several training courses on production, sales and small business management. 

 
G Adventures for Good: Parwa Community Restaurant the Sacred Valley
 

Contribute to sustainable tourism in Huchuy Qosqo, a small village of 65 families in the Sacred Valley, by eating at the Parwa Community Restaurant. Learn how the resident-run restaurant was kickstarted by G Adventures and the Multilateral Investment Fund, to become a successful farm-to-table program that boosts the local economy and several spin-off microenterprises.

 
Private Vehicle
Pisac – Ollantaytambo

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Accommodation

 
Ollantaytambo Lodge (or similar)
Lodge

Meals included:

 Breakfast | Lunch

Day 4Ollantaytambo

Our second day biking in the Sacred Valley. Expore the town of Maras, the archaeological site of Moray before heading down to the Salt mines (Las Salineras), ending in Urubamba.

We rise early and travel to Chinchero. After the obligatory safety briefing by the local guide, we will continue our bicycle adventure. We'll have lunch here before returning to Ollantaytambo for a free evening to relax our sore legs.

 
Private Vehicle
Ollantaytambo – Chinchero30m

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

 
Sacred Valley Mountain Biking Excursion
Chinchero – Urubamba

Today's journey takes us past Huaypo Lake and the picturesque town of Maras, where we will enjoy great views of the Sacred Valley. We will visit the archaeological site of Moray and then descend to the Salt mines (Las Salineras), eventually finishing our excursion in Urubamba.

 
G Adventures for Good: Parwa Community Restaurant the Sacred Valley
 

Contribute to sustainable tourism in Huchuy Qosqo, a small village of 65 families in the Sacred Valley, by eating at the Parwa Community Restaurant. Learn how the resident-run restaurant was kickstarted by G Adventures and the Multilateral Investment Fund, to become a successful farm-to-table program that boosts the local economy and several spin-off microenterprises.

 
Private Vehicle
Urubamba – Ollantaytambo

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Accommodation

 
Ollantaytambo Lodge (or similar)
Lodge

Meals included:

 Breakfast | Lunch

Day 5Ollantaytambo

Free day in Ollantaytambo for optional activities like visiting the ruins, horseback riding, or relaxing before embarking on the Inca Trail.

Enjoy a free day in Ollantaytambo for optional activities like visiting the ruins, horseback riding, or relaxing before embarking on the Inca Trail.

Ollantaytambo is your first taste of what lies ahead on the Inca Trail. We spend the night in this small town before heading out for the start of the hike the next morning.

 
Free Time
Ollantaytambo

Enjoy some free time in this charming area.

Optional Activities - Day 5

Ollantaytambo Ruins Visit
Ollantaytambo

Explore this ancient site right in the heart of Ollantaytambo city. Learn about the principles of Incan architecture and get a first taste of climbing around a massive ruins site.

 
Horseback Riding
Ollantaytambo

Get on a saddle and enjoy the ride!

Accommodation

 
Ollantaytambo Lodge (or similar)
Lodge

Meals included:

 Breakfast

Day 6Ollantaytambo/Wayllabamba Camp

Depart Ollantaytambo by van to km 82 where the hike begins.

Trek through beautiful scenery, with a variety of flora that changes with the seasons, passing several smaller ruin sites like Llactapata.

A crew of local porters, cooks, and guides will take care of all the details for the duration of the hike. Porters carry the majority of the gear so you’ll only need to carry a small daypack with water, rain gear, snacks, a camera, etc. 

 
Private Vehicle
Ollantaytambo – Inca Trail45m

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

 
Hike Inca Trail
Inca Trail KM 82 – Wayllabamba Camp5h-6h11km

Get your blood pumping on this first day of hiking the Inca trail. The trekking is fairly easy and serves as good training for the next few days. Pass rambling rivers and a small village, and enjoy scenic mountain views; it’s just a taste of what’s to come.

Meals included:

 Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 7Wayllabamba Camp/Paqaymayo Camp

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.

 

 
Hike Inca Trail
Wayllabamba Camp – Paqaymayo Camp6h-7h12km

Trek over progressively spectacular and steeper terrain on your way to Warmiwañusca (aka Dead Woman’s Pass), the highest point of the trek at 4,198m (13,769ft). Be prepared to face strong Andean weather (blazing sun or cold winds) around the pass. Take the hike slow, and drink lots of water along the way – amazing views are waiting as a reward. Enjoy some ample time to rest and relax after reaching the camp; most campers arrive around early afternoon.

Meals included:

 Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 8Paqaymayo Camp/Wiñaywayna

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). 

 

 
Hike Inca Trail
Paqaymayo Camp – Wiñaywayna9h16km

Cross two passes and more ruins along the Inca Trail on the last full day of hiking. Traverse Runquraway at 3,950m (13,113 ft), and then reach the second pass at 3,700m (12,136 ft). Spot the gorgeous Cordillera Vilcabamba and the Urubamba Valley in the distance on a clear day. Camp at either the Phuyupatamarca ruins or the Wiñay Wayna ruins.

Meals included:

 Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 9Wiñaywayna/Cusco

The final day of the hike starts pre-dawn to reach the Sun Gate before sunrise. Wake up around 03:30 and walk to the checkpoint. 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. 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.

 

 
Hike Inca Trail
Wiñaywayna – Machu Picchu1h30m4km

Wake around 03:30 to reach the Sun Gate as early as possible. Head to the checkpoint and join the lineup to wait for the gate to open. Catch the first views of the breathtaking ruins of Machu Picchu (fingers crossed for a clear day). Hike down to Machu Picchu (about 45 mins) for a 1.5 hr guided tour of the site, and free time to explore. Opt to visit the Inca Bridge (a 15-min walk one way) for no additional charge, if time allows. 

Catch the bus outside the Machu Picchu gate after your visit for a 25-min downhill ride to Aguas Calientes. Eat and relax before the train ride back to Cusco this evening.

 
Machu Picchu Guided Tour
Machu Picchu1h30m-2h

Rise and shine – the best time to see the Lost City of the Incas is in the early morning light. Follow the local guide to Machu Picchu to learn about its history at a leisurely pace. Gain local insight into the Inti Mach’ay cave, Inti Watana, the Temple of the Sun, the Temple of the Water, the Temple of the Condor, and the Room of the Three Windows. Take time to sit and feel the energy of this 15th-century site, now both a UNESCO World Heritage site and voted one of the new Seven Wonders of the World (in a worldwide Internet poll).

 
Train
Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo1h30m118km

Climb aboard, take a seat, and enjoy the ride.

 
Private Vehicle
Ollantaytambo – Cusco2h

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Optional Activities - Day 9

Inca Bridge Visit
Machu Picchu

Use any leftover energy from your Machu Picchu hike to visit the Inca Bridge site nearby (thought by some to be a secret back entrance to Machu Picchu). Trek up to the bridge that's cleaving to a 579m (1,900 ft) cliff, and soak in amazing views of cloud forest along the way. 

Accommodation

 
El Puma Hotel (or similar)
Hotel

Meals included:

 Breakfast

Day 10Cusco

Free day to explore Cusco or relax. Active options include whitewater rafting, horseback riding, and mountain biking.

Today is free to relax, explore, and shop in Cusco, or discover its surroundings on any number of optional excursions.

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.

 
Carte Blanche
CuscoFull Day

There's plenty to see and do in Cusco, and we wanted to make sure that you had some time to take it all in. Feel free to relax or try optional activities like visiting Museo Inka, Museo de Historia Regional, and whitewater rafting. Your CEO has more ideas if you need them. Just ask!

Optional Activities - Day 10Accommodation

 
El Puma Hotel (or similar)
Hotel

Meals included:

 Breakfast

Day 11Cusco/Puno

Spend the day travelling from Cusco to Puno by bus.

Enjoy spectacular views of the countryside on this full day of travel from Cusco to Puno, through the high Altiplano.

 
Local bus
Cusco – Puno7h30m389km

Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

Accommodation

 
Balsa Inn (or similar)
Hotel

Meals included:

 Breakfast

Day 12Puno/Lago Titicaca

2-day kayaking excursion on Lake Titicaca, visiting Uros, Taquile, and Amantaní islands, including a homestay in a small village. 

Enjoy an unforgettable kayak adventure, paddling to Taquile & Amantani and exploring the beauty of Lake Titicaca. This trip will give you the chance to get in contact with the nature, culture, & traditions of the islands from up close. The expert local guides will make you a direct participant in the local culture and not just an observer. Visit 3 different islands on this trip, and get a wide perspective of life in Lake Titicaca.

 
Motorboat
Puno – Capachica2h30m

Climb in and move swiftly through the water to the next stop.

 
Lake Titicaca Kayak Excursion 
Capachica – Taquile2h

Begin your journey early in the morning by transfering from the hotel to the port, then head out by motorboat to the base camp at the Peninsula of Capachica, a 2.5 hr trip. Learn about sea kayaking from our guide and paddle towards Taquile Island and enjoy the beauty and serenity of the moment. Hike to a village upon arrival and enjoy lunch with the locals. Continue on by motor boat to Amantani Island to meet your hosts for the night. 

 
Motorboat
Taquile – Amantani

Climb in and move swiftly through the water to the next stop.

 
Local Living: Lake Titicaca Homestay
 

Split into smaller groups and get a taste of local life firsthand as we move into family homes for the night. Play soccer with the children, enjoy some dancing, watch dinner being made, learn about regional cuisine, and dress up in local clothes for an unforgettable evening with the whole village, enjoying traditional music and dancing. Lend a hand the next morning, and help out with chores like feeding animals, harvesting local produce, or bringing back buckets of water from the well.

Optional Activities - Day 12

Football Match
Amantani

Enjoy watching a football match with locals. 

Accommodation

 
Amantani Homestay (or similar)
Homestay

Meals included:

 Breakfast | Dinner

Day 13Lago Titicaca/Puno

Kayak to Llachon and visit the Uros islands before returning to Puno. Opt to visit a Sillustani burial site.

 

 
Lake Titicaca Kayak Excursion 
Amantani – Llachon2h30m

After breakfast, we say good bye to our host families and kayak onto Llachon, paddling for about 2.5 hrs. The kayaks are two person, sit-on-top kayaks, which can be piloted with limited experience after a short introductory briefing. It is a great kayak experience with the fresh morning winds. Upon arrival back to the base camp, enjoy a hot drink before continuing.

 
Uros Floating Islands Visit
Lago Titicaca

Take a tour of these unique islands. Learn about the buoyant totora reeds that grow in the shallows of Lake Titicaca used to make everything from the islands themselves to the boats the islanders use for transportation (if constructed well, they last up to six months ). Find out from locals how the islands are constructed; as the layers closest to the water start to rot, they are replaced with fresh reeds on top.

Optional Activities - Day 13

Sillustani Burial Towers
Puno
45PEN per person

Take a guided tour of the Sillustani burial towers known as "chullpas." Be awed by these fantastic ruins located outside Puno – their remarkable towers stretch up to 12m (39 ft) in height.

Accommodation

 
Balsa Inn (or similar)
Hotel

Meals included:

 Breakfast

Day 14Puno/Lima

Fly back to Lima and enjoy a free evening for exploring or sampling some yummy seafood.

 

 
Local bus
Puno – Juliaca1h

Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

 
Plane
Juliaca – Lima1h30m-2h

Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.

 
Free Time
LimaEvening

Spend time exploring this fantastic city and be sure to sample the fantastic seafood here. 

Accommodation

 
Hotel Monte Real (or similar)
Hotel

Meals included:

 Breakfast

Day 15Lima

Depart at any time.

 

 
Departure Day
 

Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure. 

Meals included:

 Breakfast

 

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