Machu Picchu Adventure

Lima to Lima

8 days from 1,099 pp

Get acquainted with the wonders of the Incas in this exhilarating introduction to Peru. Embrace cultures past and present in the hills surrounding Cusco and delight in the amazing views of the Sacred Valley as you travel by rail to Machu Picchu. Taking the train will allow you lots of time to explore ruins, museums, and markets. With years of experience, we employ the best local guides so that you’re free to enjoy the beauty of the region.
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8 days Lima to Lima

From 1,099 per person

Is this tour for me?

 

Travel Style: Classic

All of the highlights, culture, access, and I-can’t-believe-we-did-that moments, all at a great price.

 

Service Level: Standard

Comfortable tourist-class accommodations with character; mix of public and private transport.

 

Physical Rating: 3 – Average

Some tours may include light hiking, biking, rafting, or kayaking in addition to walking.

 

Trip Type: Small Group

Small group experience; Max 16, avg 10

 

Age requirement: 12+

All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Day 1: Lima

Arrive at any time.

If you booked the Culinary Bundle it does not include extra time in Lima and we highly recommend booking pre-trip accommodation. You will be picked up from your hotel at approx 10:00 (10:30 from Aug-Dec) and taken to a local market and restaurant to prepare and enjoy a traditional Peruvian meal. You will return back to your hotel around 13:00.

Please note that hot water shortages and power outages can be fairly common in Peru (even in upgraded hotels and private homes). We appreciate your patience and understanding that these occurrences are outside of our control.

Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting with G Representative:

The adventure begins today. Feel free to explore, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. Your G Representative will review the details of your tour.

 

Accommodation:

Casa Bonita Colonial (or similar)

Day 2: Lima/Cusco

Fly to Cusco. Free time to shop and explore. Opt for a city tour, visit museums or archaeological sites.
Travel to the airport for the early morning flight to Cusco. Spend the day relaxing and exploring this fascinating city.
Our best advice for exploring Cusco is to wear a comfortable pair of shoes. Arm yourself with a city map and set out to explore.
Please note: if you pre-book 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. 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:
Cusco Full 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!

 

Accommodation:
Hotel Prisma (or similar)
Meals included:

Breakfast

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 visiting a local pottery making community. Break for lunch at the G Adventures-supported Parwa community restaurant in Huchuy Qosco. After lunch, opt to head out on a hike to the Ollantaytambo storehouses and look out over the ruins. Or, wander around the cobblestone streets and visit a local Chicheria (corn beer bar).

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.

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.

Private Vehicle:
Cusco – Ollantaytambo1h45m Full Day94km

Make stops along the way as you pass through this gorgeous valley, descending in elevation the whole way.

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.

Cuyo Chico Pottery Making Demonstration:
Pisac

In the rural village of Cuyo Chico in the Sacred Valley, a group of families joined together to create a small business based on their traditional adobe ceramic crafts. Using clay from their surroundings, they mold bowls, plates, and all manner of decorations. Learn about the ceramics process as well as the traditional adobe brick-making that forms the basis of houses throughout the valley, all while taking in a spectacular view of the Pisac Ruins. After the demonstration, peruse the items for sale directly from the artisans in their shop.

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.

 

Accommodation:
Hotel Inka Paradise (or similar)
Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch

Day 4: Ollantaytambo/Aguas Calientes

Journey to Aguas Calientes and opt to visit the local hot springs and hit the market. Those who have purchased and pre-booked the ‘1-day Inca Trail’ hike will disembark the train at 104km and trek to the Sun Gate for the first glimpse of Machu Picchu before re-joining the group at Aguas Calientes for the night.

Board a morning train that winds through the spectacular Urubamba Valley to the end of the line: the village of Aguas Calientes, a frontier town nestled in the hills beneath Machu Picchu. Enjoy the rest of the day taking advantage of the hikes and hot springs in the area.

Train:
Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes1h30m

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

Free Time:
Aguas Calientes Afternoon

Opt to visit the local market, the botanical garden, and the Mandor waterfalls or soak in the hot springs.

 

Accommodation:
Hotel Pachaqutec (or similar)
Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 5: Aguas Calientes/Cusco

Enjoy a guided tour of Machu Picchu. Opt to visit the Inca Bridge before returning to Cusco.

Start early to catch the sunrise at the top. Take the bus up to the historic spiritual centre of the Incas, the ‘Lost City’ of Machu Picchu. Tour the ruins with an expert guide then explore on your own.

Later, return by train to Ollantaytambo and meet a private vehicle to head back to Cusco.

Local bus:
Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu15m

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

Machu Picchu Guided Tour:
Machu Picchu

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).

Local bus:
Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes15m

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

Train:
Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo2h-3h118km

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

Private Vehicle:
Ollantaytambo – Cusco2h-2h30m95km

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

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:
Hotel Prisma (or similar)
Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 6: Cusco

Enjoy a free day in Cusco. Active options include whitewater rafting, horseback riding, and mountain biking.

Carte Blanche:
Cusco Full 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!

 

Accommodation:
Hotel Prisma (or similar)
Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 7: Cusco/Lima

Head to the airport and fly back to Lima.

Plane:
Cusco – Lima1h30m-2h572km

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

Free Time:
Lima Evening

Make the most of a few more hours in Lima. Free time is yours to explore any way you want.

 

Accommodation:
Casa Bonita Colonial (or similar)
Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 8: Lima

Depart at any time.

Meals included:

Breakfast

What’s Included

  • 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 guided tour
  • Pottery making demonstration
  • Train to Machu Picchu
  • Machu Picchu guided tour
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

 

Accommodations:

Hotels (7 nts).

 

Meals:

7 breakfasts, 1 lunch
Allow USD230-300 for meals not included.

 

Transportation:

Public bus, train, private van, plane.

 

Staff & experts:

G Representatives in Lima and Cusco, specialist Inca Trail CEO for Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu.

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