Classic: The Inca Journey (SPIJ)

Countries Visited: Peru
Trip Style: Classic - Designed for maximum variety, these trips are geared towards travellers searching for a healthy mix of active exploration, uncommon landscapes, amazing wildlife and local cultures.
Service Level: Standard
  • Great value, reasonable prices, quality experiences
  • Comfortable and varied tourist-class accommodations chosen for location and character
  • Mix of public and private transport for the best overall experience
  • All the top highlights included, plus plenty of time to explore on your own
    Trip Style: Classic - Designed for maximum variety, these trips are geared towards travellers searching for a healthy mix of active exploration, uncommon landscapes, amazing wildlife and local cultures.
    Physical Demands Rating: 1 - You'll have to walk around on your own, climb some stairs and carry your own bag. Easy does it.
    Group Size: Max 16, avg 12
    Meals Included: 9 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners
    Accommodations: Hotels (7 nts), G Lodge Amazon (2 nts).

    Highlights
    Explore the Sacred Valley ruins and bargain in local markets, enjoy the view from the train on the way to Machu Picchu, track wildlife at the exclusive G Lodge Amazon, learn traditional weaving at the G Adventures-sponsored Womens Weaving Co-op

    Description
    This tour will introduce you to the best of Peru, from ruins high in the Andes to wildlife deep in the Amazon. Embrace cultures past and present in Cusco before travelling by rail to Machu Picchu. With years of experience, we directly employ the finest guides so that youll see the best of the region. And, with no hiking, you'll have lots of time to explore ruins, museums, and markets. Following your visit to the Andes, travel deep into the Amazon to explore the jungle.
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    Tour Operator
    G Adventures
    Offer
    Offer valid through 6/30/2017
    Duration
    10 Days
    Escorted
    Escorted - Yes
    DayDestinationDescription
    Day 1LimaDay 1 Lima
    Arrive at any time. Additional Notes: Please note: if you booked the Culinary Theme Pack it does not include extra time in Lima - booking pre-trip accommodation is highly recommended. You will be picked up from your hotel at approximately 10:00 and taken to a local market and restaurant to prepare and enjoy a traditional Peruvian meal. Return back to the hotel around 13:00. 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. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting with G Representative
    Day 2CuscoDay 2 Lima/Cusco (1B)
    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. Additional Notes: Please note: if you booked the Culinary Theme Pack 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. Transport: Plane (1.00-1.50 hours)
    Day 3OllantaytamboDay 3 Cusco/Ollantaytambo (1B, 1L)
    Travel through the stunning Sacred Valley of the Incas, visiting a G Adventures-supported womens weaving co-op. Meet the women and learn about traditional weaving and dyeing. Opt to pick up some handmade souvenirs directly from the women who made them. Take a guided tour of the impressive Pisac ruins, the colourful artisan market (on market days only), and the small indigenous village of Huchuy Qosco. Have lunch at the G Adventures-supported Parwa community restaurant. Learn about the project and eat a delicious buffet-style lunch. Proceeds from the meal go directly back into the remote community. Continue on to the town of Ollantaytambo. Go for a guided tour of the large ruin site adjacent to the town. Ollantaytambo is the first taste of what lies ahead in Machu Picchu. Included Activities: Ccaccaccollo Community and Womens Weaving Co-op visit Pisac Ruins Guided Tour Parwa Community Restaurant the Sacred Valley Ollantaytambo Ruins Guided Tour Transport: Make stops along the way as you pass through this gorgeous valley, descending in elevation the whole way. Private Vehicle (95km)
    Day 4Aguas CalientesDay 4 Ollantaytambo/Aguas Calientes (1B)
    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. Transport: Train (1.75 hour(s), 30km)
    Day 5CuscoDay 5 Aguas Calientes/Cusco (1B)
    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. Included Activities: Machu Picchu Guided Tour Transport: Local bus (0.25 hour(s)) Local bus (0.25 hour(s)) Train (1.75 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (2.00-2.50 hours, 95km)
    Day 6CuscoDay 6 Cusco (1B)
    Enjoy a free day in Cusco. Active options include whitewater rafting, horseback riding, and mountain biking. Additional Notes: If you pre-booked the Peru Culinary Theme Pack, your Cusco cooking class will be today.
    Day 7TambopataDay 7 Cusco/Tambopata (1B, 1L, 1D)
    Fly to Puerto Maldonado, deep in the lowlands of the Amazon Jungle. 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 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. Additional Notes: The lodge itself combines native architectural style and materials with low-impact, eco-friendly technology. Rooms are simple but comfortable, with mosquito netting for individual beds, flush toilets, showers (with solar-heated hot water), and candles for lighting (no electricity). Included Activities: Wildlife-spotting Night Walk Transport: On arrival, head by private vehicle to the lodges office in Puerto Maldonado to store large luggage. Use a provided duffel to bring just what you need into the jungle. From there, travel about 1 hr to reach the boat landing. Plane (1.00 hour(s), 320km) Motorized canoe (2.50-3.00 hours)
    Day 8TambopataDay 8 Tambopata (1B, 1L, 1D)
    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 dont spot these shy creatures, theres plenty of other birds, interesting plants, and other animals about. Included Activities: Jungle Excursions Caiman-Spotting Cruise
    Day 9LimaDay 9 Tambopata/Lima (1B)
    Enjoy a delicious Amazonian breakfast before heading back to the airport by motorized boat and van. Fly to Lima and opt for a final night out for dinner or Pisco Sours. Transport: Motorized canoe (3.00 hour(s)) Take a van from the pier to pick up stored luggage before heading to the Puerto Maldonado airport. Make a brief stop in Cusco en route to Lima. A private vehicle will be waiting to take the group to the Lima hotel. Plane (1.50-2.00 hours)
    Day 10LimaDay 10 Lima (1B)
    Depart at any time.
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    Local Flights: All local flights are included in the cost of your tour unless otherwise noted. It is important that we have your passport information at the time of booking in order to process these tickets. Internal flight tickets are issued locally and will be given to you prior to the flight departure.

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