AMAZON TO THE ANDES
This Peruvian adventure offers up an intriguing combination of beauty and contrasts in scenery, wildlife, and cultures, whether you’re scanning the canopy for wildlife from the comfort of the intimate and exclusive G Lodge Amazon or climbing the ancient trail of the Incas to Machu Picchu, situated in the heavens of the Americas. Since G Adventures runs their own treks, they can ensure the fair treatment of the porters and the quality of food and equipment which leaves you free to enjoy the beauty of the region.
Named Best Inca Trail Tour Operator by the Regional Direction of Foreign Trade and Tourism of Cusco (RDFTTC) in Peru. Your purchase of this tour helps employ over 560 local guides, porters, cooks, drivers, and office staff.
Some high-altitude hikes or more strenuous activities, but accessible to most healthy travelers. Age requirement: 12+. All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
• Inca Trail
• Machu Picchu
12-day Lima to Lima
Very active and physically demanding small group journey
with G Adventures
Day 1 – Lima arrival
Day 2 - Lima/Cusco - hop on a flight to Cusco. Enjoy a free day of shopping and exploring the city.
Day 3 - Cusco/Ollantaytambo - 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. 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).
Day 4 - 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.
Day 5 - Inca Trail - climb the long steep path to Warmiwañusca, better known as Dead Woman’s Pass. This is the highest point of the trek at 13,769 ft. Most hikers reach camp by early afternoon, with ample time to rest and relax.
Day 6 - Inca Trail - cross two more passes and ruins on today's trek. The first pass is Runquraqay at 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. On a clear day, enjoy the spectacular views of the Urubamba Valley. At 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 8,694 ft.
Day 7 - 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.
Day 8 – Cucsco - continue to explore Cusco on a free day in the city.
Day 9 - Cusco/Tambopata - fly to Puerto Maldonado and continue by motorized boat to the comfortable and intimate G Lodge Amazon.
Day 10 – Tambopata - enjoy guided excursions led by expert naturalists to spot wildlife at nearby oxbow lakes and along jungle trails. Spend some time relaxing in a hammock, enjoying the local swimming hole, or visiting a nearby plantation. Go on a caiman-spotting cruise after dinner.
Day 11 - Tambopata/Lima - fly back to Lima for an optional final dinner and night out.
Day 12 – Lima - departure
G Adventures Ccaccaccollo Community and Women's Weaving Co-op visit
G Adventures Parwa Community Restaurant the Sacred Valley, Lamay
Sacred Valley guided tour
Inca Trail guided hike with cooks and porters (4 days)
Machu Picchu guided tour
Amazon Jungle stay at the exclusive G Lodge Amazon (3 days)
Guided excursions with naturalists
Rubber boot use
All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
Accommodations - Hotels/guesthouses (6 nts), camping (3 nts), G Lodge Amazon (2 nts).
Meals - 11 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners . Allow USD 200-260 for meals not included.
Transportation - Public bus, plane, train, boat, canoe, hiking.
Staff & experts - G Adventures Representatives in Lima and Cusco, specialist Inca Trail CEO on hike, expert jungle guide in Amazon.
To check off your bucket list:
✓ Machu Picchu
✓ Hike the ancient Inca trail
✓ Sacred Valley
✓ The Inca Sun Gate
✓ Hike through a cloud forest
✓ Stunning Andean scenery
✓ Jungle Cruise on the Peruvian Amazon
✓ Corn Beer
✓ Stay in a lodge on the Amazon
✓ See a caiman