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Peru: Inca Trail & the Amazon

Hike the Inca Trail with a more comfortable camping experience and explore the Amazon jungle on this active exploration of the best of Peru. Explore ancient ruins and immerse yourself in the traditional cultures of the Sacred Valley before setting off on the iconic four-day trek along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Wake each morning of your hike feeling a bit more rested after sleeping on cots with air mattresses and blankets, staying at specially chosen campsites to minimize crowds of other hikers. After you see Machu Picchu in all its glory, head to the Amazon jungle to search for wildlife by boat and on foot before finishing off the adventure back in Lima with a couple less items on your bucket list.
Tour details
Tour Provider G Adventures
Price From
$9,639
Number of Days
14
Start Location
Cusco, Peru
End Location
Lima, Peru
Age Range
Avg. 30+
Group Size
1 to 16
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
Virtuoso
Physical Rating
Moderate to Challenging
Itinerary Open all
Day 1 - Cusco: The Land of the Incas
The air is a bit thinner when you step off of the plane and you can immediately sense the magic of Cusco as you make your way to the city centre along the cobblestone streets past grand buildings and ancient Inca stonework. We welcome you to Peru, a diverse land of natural beauty and traditional cultures and we invite you to open yourself to curiosity and wonder as you embark on this adventure up in the Andes.
Day 2 - The Sacred Valley: Pisaq Ruins and Cultural Traditions
The Sacred Valley is aptly named for its importance to the people who have lived there and it is also stunningly beautiful with mountain scenery and colourful farmland along the Urubamba River. You'll see the massive ruins of Pisaq perched up above the town as you approach and you'll get to spend time with a local community on the way up to the site. Lunch is an experience unto itself at a community-run restaurant, using locally-grown ingredients for a delicious and traditional meal.
Day 3 - The Sacred Valley: Your OMG Day
Sitting at a slightly lower altitude than Cusco, spending time in the Sacred Valley helps to get you used the altitude in these parts. Choose from a scenic acclimatization hike to a waterfall or get the adrenaline flowing by scaling a via ferrata network of rungs and ladders for lunch with a view. Back at the hotel, feast on a traditional pachamanca meal consisting of various types of meat, potats and vegetables cooked for hours in the ground under hot stones.
Day 4 - Inca Trail day 1: Setting Off
The Inca Trail has become one of the most well-known treks in the world and with good reason. Hiking past ancient ruins through incredible mountain scenery and to finally arrive to Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and a very satisfying accomplishment. Start the first day of the trek at a gentle pace to warm your legs up for the days to come, allowing yourself to take in the views of the valley and river below.
Day 5 - Inca Trail day 2: Ascent
Awake at the mountain campsite and enjoy a cup of tea and a warm shower without any need to rush up the mountain. The morning mist and the joviality amongst the porters make for a homely atmosphere as you get ready for the day and prepare your things to walk.
Day 6 - Inca Trail day 3: Dead Woman's Pass
Open your tent to the cool air and see some warm washing water and a cup of tea waiting for you. You'll get wafts of something delicious being cooked and the increasing murmur of the cooks and porters going about their morning. Savour the moment and be present to your surroundings. Dead Woman's Pass is nothing you can't handle today.
Day 7 - Inca Trail Day 4: The Sun Gate and Machu Picchu
Wake up next to beautiful Inca ruins known as the "town above the clouds" and take the time to enjoy them without many others in the morning hours. Pack away some of the extra layers as you prepare to descend into cloud forest and with the anticipation of finally reaching the ultimate goal, Machu Picchu.
Day 8 - Cusco: Discover Machu Picchu
Exploring the mountaintop Inca citadel of Machu Picchu is a magical experience, no matter how many pictures you may have seen of it. The history of the ancient Inca that you've heard in the days leading up to this moment seem to all come together as you wander the site's temples and terraces. Relive the memories and take in the views as you return by train on the way back to Cusco.
Day 9 - Cusco: Capital of the Incas
The day is yours to explore Cusco at your own pace and style, with plenty of options in and outside of the city for discovery. Feel the energy of the city as you wander the cobblestone streets past the mix of Spanish colonial-style architecture and Inca stonework.
Day 10 - Cusco: Your OMG Day
The options of what to do in Cusco are seemingly endless, and today you'll get the choice to approach the day on your terms. Take to the trails on a hike outside of the city past ancient ruins with sweeping views of the city or stay local to dig deeper into the history and the delicious local cuisine as well as learn how to prepare some dishes at a cooking class.
Day 11 - Amazon Jungle: Rainforest Wilderness
The Amazon has sparked the imagination for as long as curious travellers have known about it, conjuring up images of lush green vegetation and exotic wildlife. The biodiversity of plant and animal life is staggeringly varied, and the cultural traditions of those who live here have thrived along the rivers and from living off of the land.
Day 12 - Amazon Jungle: In Search of Wildlife
Awake to the sounds of the forest, hearing tropical birds and animals moving through the canopy above you, and maybe the eerie call of a howler monkey in the distance. You never know what you might see on any given occasion which is part of the adventure, and the anticipation adds to the excitement as new and incredible animals, birds and plants could be spotted around every corner or bend in the river.
Day 13 - Lima: Back to the coast
By now you willl have realized just how incredibly diverse Peru is, both culturally and geographically, from the mountains to the jungle and to the desert coastline. Equally as diverse and delicious is the regional food, highlighted and concentrated in Peru's capital city of Lima, which has become a hotspot on the global food map and with good reason. Celebrate the old and new over a final dinner with your travel companions next to an ancient adobe pyramid in the heart of the city.
Day 14 - Lima
Today your adventure comes to an end, but the memories made during your time in Peru will live on.
Inclusions
  • Your G for Good Moment: Cuyo Chico Visit & Empanada Making Demonstration, Valle Sagrado Your G for Good Moment: Parwa Community Restaurant the Sacred Valley, Lamay Your G for Good Moment: Handmade Biodegradable Soap Products Your Welcome Moment: Welcome Moment - Meet Your CEO and Group Your OMG Day: Hike to Perilnilloq Waterfall or Via Ferrata, Valle Sagrado Your Foodie Moment: Traditional Pachamanca Dinner, Yanahuara Your Discover Moment: Cusco Your OMG Day: Hike to Templo de la Luna or Historical & Culinary Tour of Cusco, Cusco Your Foodie Moment: Dinner at Huaca Pucllana, Lima
  • Complimentary arrival transfer
  • Welcome dinner
  • Explore the ruins of Pisaq in the Sacred Valley with a local guide
  • 4-days trekking the Inca Trail with an expert local guide, cooks and porters
  • Upgraded camping experience with included cots, air mattresses, blankets, portable toilets and warm showers
  • Included sleeping bag and trekking poles along the hike
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu
  • Lunch at Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge
  • 2 days of excursions to spot wildlife in the Amazon jungle by boat and on foot with a naturalist guide
  • Rubber boot use
  • Internal flights
  • Farewell dinner
  • All tips included for activities and meals, except for CEO and porterage
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
Departure dates
Start End Availability Price NZD
03 Aug 2024 16 Aug 2024 11 $10,579
10 Aug 2024 23 Aug 2024 16 $10,579
17 Aug 2024 30 Aug 2024 14 $10,579
25 Aug 2024 07 Sep 2024 14 $10,579
31 Aug 2024 13 Sep 2024 15 $10,579
07 Sep 2024 20 Sep 2024 11 $10,579
14 Sep 2024 27 Sep 2024 16 $10,579
21 Sep 2024 04 Oct 2024 15 $10,579
28 Sep 2024 11 Oct 2024 12 $10,579
19 Oct 2024 01 Nov 2024 12 $9,639
26 Oct 2024 08 Nov 2024 11 $9,639