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National Geographic Journeys – Iconic Peru
 

Find adventure at every turn on this 14-day trip through Peru. Catch the scenic train to Machu Picchu, or challenge yourself by hiking the famous Inca Trail. Peer up into the canopy of the Amazon rain forest to search for jungle wildlife. From sacred ruins to otherworldly mountain vistas and cloud forests, set your sights on this celestial place. 

 

This itinerary includes an award winning Inca Trail Program. Named Best Inca Trail Tour Operator by the Regional Direction of Foreign Trade and Tourism of Cusco (RDFTTC) in Peru.

 

WHAT'S INCLUDED
•Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Cusco Planetarium, Cusco
•Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Traditional Andean Experience, Urubamba
•Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Lake Titicaca Community Home Lunch, Lago Titicaca
•Your G for Good Moment: Parque de la Papa (Potato Park), Urubamba
•Your G for Good Moment: Parwa Community Restaurant the Sacred Valley, Lamay
•Your Discover Moment: Cusco. Arrival transfer. Three-day (2 nts) excursion to the G Adventures exclusive rainforest lodge. Sacred Valley tour including Pisac and Ollantaytambo ruins. 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. Guided tour of Taquile and Uros Islands on Lake Titicaca. Internal flights. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
 

HIGHLIGHTS
Spot wildlife in the Amazon jungle at the G Adventures exclusive lodge, explore the Cusco Planetarium, choose to hike the Inca Trail with our expert local guides or catch the comfortable train to Machu Picchu, visit the Luquina community and have lunch on Lake Titicaca.
 

Pricing starts at $3,499 per person based on double occupancy. Air and recommended travel insurance are additional. Passports are required and must be valid for six months after return date.
 

Tour prices are land only. All tour specials are subject to availability and rates are subject to change. Travel insurance is highly recommended. Not responsible for publishing/printing errors. Additional taxes, surcharges, and luggage fees may apply.
 

2019 Available Departure Dates: March 17*, March 23, March 31, April 6, April 11, April 21^, April 25, May 2, May 9, May 16, May 19, May 23, June 2, June 9, June 30, July 6, July 11, July 14, July 28, August 1, August 15, August 18, August 25, September 1, September 5, September 12, September 15, September 19, September 22, September 26, October 13, October 20, October 27, October 31, November 3, November 9, November 17, November 24, December 15, December 21, December 29
 

2020 Available Departure Dates: January 5, March 1, March 8, March 15, March 29, April 5, April 16, April 19, April 26, May 10, May 17, May 28, May 31, June 7, June 18, June 21, June 28, July 9, July 12, July 19, August 2, August 9, August 23, August 30, September 3, September 10, September 13, September 17, September 20, September 24, October 1, October 4, October 8, October 11, October 22, October 25, November 1, November 15, December 27
 

*Starting at $2,974 per person
^Starting at $3,329 per person

Itinerary

Day 1: Lima
Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.
 

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. 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
 

Day 3: Tambopata
Enjoy guided jungle excursions led by expert naturalists to spot wildlife at nearby oxbow lakes, rivers, and clay licks. Take advantage of free time to relax or swim, and go on 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. 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
 

Day 4: Tambopata – Cusco 
Travel by boat out of the jungle to Puerto Maldonado for a 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. 
Meals: Breakfast
 

Day 5: Cusco – Urubamba 
Enjoy a full day exploring the Sacred Valley with a local guide. Tour the G Adventures-supported Parque de la Papa, or Potato Park, a network of rural agricultural communities working to preserve more than 700 species of potatoes. Learn about potato cultivation and traditional weaving, and the importance of each to Andean culture. Next, explore the Pisac ruins and visit the G Adventures-supported Sacred Valley Community Restaurant in the village of Huchuy Qosqo. 
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
 

Day 6: Inca Trail
Depart Ollantaytambo by van to km 82 where the Inca Trail begins. Ease into the adventure with a straightforward day of hiking the meandering streams, stunning Andean scenery, and ancient Incan ruins.
 

Trek through beautiful scenery, with a variety of flora that changes with the seasons, passing several smaller ruin sites like Llactapata. 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
 

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. 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 
 

Day 8: Inca Trail
Cross two more passes and ruins on today's trek. 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 the cloud forest on a 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).
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
 

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 for a guided tour of the site and enjoy 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.
Meals: Breakfast
 

Day 10: Cusco

Free day in Cusco — explore this city, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, at your leisure. Choose to pre-book the Cusco Cooking Class. Opt to visit museums and ruins or try whitewater rafting or rock climbing.
 

Cusco is considered the mecca of Peru and rightly so. This beautiful colonial town offers nearby ruins, cobblestoned streets, museums, churches, and a lively atmosphere. The more adventurous optional activities available in Cusco include 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.
Meals: Breakfast
 

Day 11: Cusco – Puno 
Drive to Puno, taking in scenic mountain views along the way.
 

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

Day 12: Puno
Enjoy a guided boat tour of Lake Titicaca visiting the floating Islands of Uros and Taquile. Explore a bit further afield on the Lake, visiting the Luquina community and enjoy a traditional lunch in local homes. Option to visit the Sillustani burial site.
 

In the morning, board a comfortable 35-foot, fully equipped speed boat to explore the lake. Stop at various islands to enjoy the lake's scenic splendor and to meet the friendly people of these communities.
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
 

Day 13: Puno – Lima 
Transfer to Juliaca and fly back to Lima to enjoy your last night in Peru.
Meals: Breakfast
 

Day 14: Lima
Depart at any time.
Meals: Breakfast




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