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.
Early flight to Cusco. Free day for shopping and to explore the city. Choose to pre-book the Cusco Cooking Class. 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!
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 Qosqo. 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 Qosqo, 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.
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.
Free day in Ollantaytambo for optional activities like visiting the ruins, a hike up to the ancient storehouses, 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.
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.
Start early to climb the long steep path to Warmiwanusca, 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.
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 Winay Wayna ruins ("forever young") located at 2,650m (8,694 ft).
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 ruins, before your train back towards Cusco.
Free day to explore Cusco or relax. Active options include the Rainbow Mountain hike 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 a visit to nearby 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.
Opt to visit and hike the famed Rainbow Mountain, pre-book on the checkout page to include this optional activity on your tour or ask your GCO or travel agent for assistance.
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.
2-day kayaking excursion on Lake Titicaca, visiting Uros, Taquile, and Amantani 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.
Kayak to Llachon and visit the Uros islands before returning to Puno. Opt to visit a Sillustani burial site.
Fly back to Lima and enjoy a free evening for exploring or sampling some yummy seafood.