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Classic Peru

Starts: Lima, Peru
Finishes: Cuzco, Peru

Visit: Lima, Cusco

Tour Type: Small Group

Accommodation: Budget

Activity: Hiking, Local Culture & Cuisine, History, Trekking

Overview

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This compact tour of the archaeological highlights and cultural treasures of the Andean highlands has it all. Cruise Lake Titicaca and immerse yourself in rural life with a homestay in a small village. Wander the cobblestoned streets of Cusco before breaking a sweat hiking mountain passes along the Inca Trail on your way to Machu Picchu. Because we run our own treks, we can ensure the fair treatment of our porters and the quality of food and equipment, which means youre free to enjoy the beauty of the region.

Highlights

    • Feel like a local at a Lake Titicaca homestay
    • Climb the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
    • Sample the seafood in Lima
    • Explore ancient ruins and villages

Trip Details

The Trip

Product Code: 126375
Tour Type: Small Group
Accommodation: Budget
Transport: Public bus, private van, plane, train, boat, hiking.
Guide Language: english
Travel Styles: Budget

Starts: Lima, Peru
Finishes: Cuzco, Peru
Duration: 12 days
Departures: Guaranteed
Physical rating: 4 - Demanding

Includes

    Activities
    • Floating islands of Uros visit
    • Lake Titicaca guided tour and homestay
    • Sacred Valley and Ollantaytambo ruins guided tour with visit to a G Adventures-supported women's weaving project (full-day)
    • Lunch at the G Adventures-supported Sacred Valley Community Restaurant in Huchuy Qosco, an indigenous village
    • Inca Trail guided hike with cooks and porters (4-day)
    • G Adventures-supported handmade biodegradable soap products for use on the Inca Trail
    • Machu Picchu guided tour
    • Internal flight
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels/guesthouses (7 nts), camping (3 nts), homestay (1 nt).
    Meals Included
    • 11 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners
    Transport
    • Public bus, private van, plane, train, boat, hiking.
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, specialist Inca Trail CEO on the hike, local guides.

Price

Price person (sharing double) $2209 ($184/day)

Deposit:

$250 per person for bookings made 60 days or more prior to departure

Full Amount for bookings made less than 60 days prior to departure

Cancellation: Flexible

Trip Notes

Price does not include airfare (to the Trip start & from the end location)

Trip Price generally includes accommodation, transport/transfer, activities, services of a professional guide & more. (Please refer to the include/excludes section for details)

Tour packages spare you the hassles of trip planning, a la carte booking, organizing and managing the logistics at a foreign location.

Itinerary

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Day 1: Lima

Arrive at any time.

Additional Notes:
If you booked the Culinary Theme Pack 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 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.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Day 2: Lima/Puno (1B)

Fly to Juliaca then take a short bus ride to Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca. Titicaca is also the largest lake in the world above 2000m, and the views from both Amantaní and Taquile Islands are stunning.

Transport:
Transfer to the airport in Lima by van (about 45 minutes away) for the short flight to Juliaca.
Plane (1.50 hour(s))
Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s))

Day 3: Puno/Amantani (1B, 1D)

Head out by boat across Lake Titicaca. Visit the community on the Taquile Islands and enjoy a local lunch with spectacular views.

Afterwards, cruise to the another village (this can vary based on community availability) for an overnight homestay on the shores of the lake. This experience provides an opportunity to learn more about rural life in the Peruvian highlands and to participate in local traditions. Eat with the family, learn some Quechua and Spanish language skills, try on traditional costumes, and help out with daily chores around the village.

Included Activities:
Lake Titicaca Guided Boat Tour Day 1
Lake Titicaca Homestay

Day 4: Isla Amantani/Puno (1B, 1L)

Leave the homestay families late morning and visit the Uros Islands on the way back to Puno. A popular optional activity in Puno is a visit to the spectacular chullpas (funerary towers) of Sillustani, a pre-Inca archaeological site only a short drive away.

Included Activities:
Lake Titicaca Guided Boat Tour Day 2
Uros Floating Islands Visit

Day 5: Puno/Cusco (1B)

The trip from Puno to Cusco takes the better part of the day, with stark, beautiful scenery en route as you travel through the high Altiplano region. Check out a bit of Cusco, find a spot for dinner or get prepared to head into the Sacred Valley.

Transport:
Local bus (7.50 hour(s), 389km)

Day 6: Cusco/Ollantaytambo (1B, 1L)

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 the traditional weaving and dyeing practiced here. Opt to pick up some handmade souvenirs right from the source.

Take a guided tour of the impressive Pisac ruins, the colourful artisan market (on market days only) and a small indigenous village of Huchuy Qosco. Here, have lunch at the G Adventures-supported Parwa community restaurant. Learn about the project and eat a delicious buffet-style lunch, the proceeds from which go directly back to the remote community.

Continue on to the town of Ollantaytambo. Go on a guided tour of the large ruin site just adjacent to the town. Ollayntaytambo is the first taste of what lies ahead in Machu Picchu.

Included Activities:
Ccaccaccollo Community and Planeterra-Sponsored Women's 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 7: Ollantaytambo/Wayllabamba Camp (1B, 1L, 1D)

Trek through beautiful scenery, with a variety of flora that changes with the seasons, passing several smaller ruin sites like Llactapata.

Additional Notes:
A crew of local porters, cooks, and guides will take care of all the details for the duration of the hike. Porters carry the majority of the gear so you'll only need to carry a small daypack with water, rain gear, snacks, a camera, etc.

Included Activities:
Hike Inca Trail

Transport:
Private Vehicle (0.75 hour(s))

Day 8: Wayllabamba Camp/Paqaymayo Camp (1B, 1L, 1D)

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.

Included Activities:
Hike Inca Trail

Day 9: Paqaymayo Camp/Wiñaywayna (1B, 1L, 1D)

Cross two more passes and ruins along the way. 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 cloud forest on the 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).

Included Activities:
Hike Inca Trail

Day 10: Wiñaywayna/Cusco (1B)

The final day of the hike starts pre-dawn to reach the Sun Gate before sunrise. Wake up around 03:30 and walk to the checkpoint. Catch the first views of the breathtaking ruins of Machu Picchu on a clear day. Hike down to Machu Picchu for a guided tour of the site and free time to explore. Opt to visit the Inca Bridge, if time allows.

Catch the bus to Aguas Calientes to meet the CEO and any non-hiking members of your group. Eat and relax before your train back to Cusco in the afternoon.

Included Activities:
Hike Inca Trail
Machu Picchu Guided Tour

Transport:
Train (1.50 hour(s), 118km)
Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))

Day 11: Cusco (1B)

Enjoy a free day to explore Cusco or relax. Opt to go whitewater rafting, horseback riding, or mountain biking.

Additional Notes:
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. You will return back to your hotel around 16:00.

Day 12: Cusco (1B)

Depart at any time.

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Peru Lima, Cusco
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Hiking, Local Culture & Cuisine, History, Trekking

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Robert B 

It was truly amazing. The G Adventures representative and the local tour guides were tremendous. Everyone should hike into Machu Picchu at least once. It is a personal challenge. The fact that our group was comprised of no more than one couple each from different countries around the world is a testament to your talents. Keep up the fun.

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Ryan C 

My husband and I really enjoyed the tour as we were able to truly experience Peruvian culture during our homestay on Lake Titticaca. Further, the service we were provided on the Inca Trail was outstanding.

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Danielle M 

This was my first time that I travelled with a tour group so I was a bit apprehensive. I really enjoyed it! I liked sharing my experience with others and hearing about others' travel experiences.

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Sheila Karbel R 

Very enjoyable, mostly well-planned. Great guides, good hotels.

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Glen K 

Carlos did an excellent job of getting us place to place and keeping us entertained in Cuzco. Percy's knowledge and love for the the Inca trial made my trip. Percy gave the trail spiritual meaning for me.

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Neil H 

The trip was well organised and nothing was left to chance. Every connection, flight, bus, train was on time as were the guides we were supposed to meet.

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Robert M  

From my booking over the internet to the arrangements everything was perfect. The tour leader went way out of his way to make our trip a memorable experience. Everyone, tour leader, guide, bus was 100% on time, we never had to wait even a minute. The was not one low point.

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Alexandra P 

Incredible trip, no complaints, wonderful time.

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Sandra J 

I've been traveling since I was 16, never had I experience a trip such as this one. I must say that I'll definitely do this one again.

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Katherine L 

G Adventures did a great job planning the trip, organizing all fo the details, and selecting excellent local guides. There was a good balance of group activities and freedom to wander.