Perfect for those looking to experience the region’s archaeological and cultural treasures in a short amount of time, this adventure includes a four-day trek along the Inca Trail. This is one of the world’s best-known hikes and will reward those willing to break a sweat with a stunning combination of mountainscapes, cloud forests, and jungles. We run our own treks, which ensures the fair treatment of our porters and quality equipment.
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Arrive in Lima at any time. There are no planned activities so check into the hotel and enjoy the city. There is a welcome meeting in the evening.
Early flight to Cusco. Free day for shopping and exploring the city. Optional city tour.
Transfer to the airport for the flight to Cusco (the flight usually departs early – we may leave the hotel by 4:30 am). The day is free to relax and explore the fascinating city of Cusco, and to acclimatize to the altitude.
Enjoy a full-day guided tour of the Sacred Valley. Stop at the G Adventures-supported women's weaving co-op before exploring the Pisac ruins. Break for lunch at the G Adventures-supported Parwa community restaurant in Huchuy Qosco. Finish the day exploring the Ollantaytambo ruins with a local guide.
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.
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 G Adventures for Good project and eat a delicious buffet-style lunch. Proceeds of this meal go directly back to the remote community.
Continue on to the town of Ollantaytambo. Take a guided tour of the large ruin site adjacent to the town. Ollantaytambo is the first taste of what lies ahead in Machu Picchu.
Depart Ollantaytambo by van to Lares town where the hike begins. Spend the first night at a G Adventures-supported campsite in Cuncani.
The Lares Trek is a scenic, less touristic route to hike through the Andes. It is one day shorter than the Inca Trail but higher in elevation. Enjoy G Adventures-supported handmade biodegradable soap products for use on the Lares Trek.
Start early to hike from the foothills of Sicllaccasa Mountain to its high pass (4,750m/15,583 ft), providing scenic views of lagoons and the snow-capped Chicon Mountain. Celebrate after reaching the highest point by making an offering of coca leaves to the Andean gods. After the morning hike, stop to rest and take in the amazing view. Continue hiking downhill to our second campsite near the stream for the night.
Enjoy the last few hours of hiking before travelling by van to Ollantaytambo and train to Aguas Calientes. Spend some time relaxing in town or visiting the nearby hot springs.
Enjoy a guided visit to Machu Picchu at sunrise. Use some free time to explore the ruins on your own. Later, travel back to Cusco.
Rise early to catch the first bus up to Machu Picchu with your guide. Enjoy a guided visit to the ruins followed by free time to explore. Opt to walk up to the Sun Gate or Inca Bridge.
When ready, head back down by bus to Aguas Calientes to meet up with the rest of the group. Take the scenic train back to Ollantaytambo to meet the van for the ride back to Cusco.
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Just wanted to give some feedback on the fantastic Peru Inca Discovery trip we had with G Adventures. The trip was amazing and our guides, Percy and Huvert were brilliant. They had so much knowledge about the history and wildlife to share and I was especially grateful for their patience while I work my way round the steep ledges very slowly! They really did make the trip, but our Porters were also amazing - still can't believe how they nearly ran the trail AND carried our stuff. The food was also excellent - was most surprised to be treated to morning and afternoon tea as well as breakfast lunch and dinner! I would definitely travel with G Adventures again and have already recommended you to two colleagues thinking of doing the Inca trail.Overall Rating
Although I headed to Peru by myself, I made instant friends with the rest of my group on the Inca Discovery trip. Our guide, Mauro, was a fountain of knowledge and was so supportive the whole way. And I certainly didn’t expect gourmet food in the middle of the Andes – I can’t get the pancakes or guacamole out of my head! From the moment we had our group meeting the night before we departed to the moment I landed back home, the trip was meticulously organized, but still flexible. Going on the Inca Discovery trip with G Adventures has me hooked, I’ve already sent two friends on the same trip and I’m scouring the G Adventures brochures for my next adventure. Thank you, G Adventures! Trip Report Card: Excitement: A+ Landscape: A+ Guide and Porters: A+ Food and Accommodations: A+ Overall experience: A+++Overall Rating
Overall, a good trip. Loved seeing the Inca Trail.Overall Rating
It was a great trip, really good composed!Overall Rating
It was a trip of a lifetime, full of challenges and struggles, but was very well organized and we felt supported.Overall Rating
The group guides were fabulous and very knowledgeable! Our group members were a blast and everyone was incredibly supportive.Overall Rating
I enjoyed the whole experience and appreciated the closer contact with the local populations. To me this was much better than staying at a resort.Overall Rating
This was our first trip using G Adventures. We could not have been more pleased. We had a wonderful time.Overall Rating
I have gone to many beautiful places but this trip beats all of them by far. It's all because of my group and Perci, the best tour guide out there.Overall Rating
I just wanted to let you know what a wonderful guide we had last month. My husband, daughter, and I were part of the Inca Discovery group May 10 and were led by Jaramy, who was assisted by Nelli. My husband and I were celebrating our 50th birthdays a little early, and our daughter's graduation from university. It was a special trip for us since my husband and I normally stay in more luxurious places (!) but our daughter really wanted this trip. We had a fabulous time largely due to the fact that Jaramy especially, but also Nelli, were so supportive even though I was very slow on the uphill parts of the trail. I never felt that I was holding anyone back and they really made the journey great for me. I think the most I finished behind the others was 45 minutes on the climb to Dead Woman's Pass and Jaramy told me it was no big deal, he'd had people finish lots later than that. We have already been searching for our next G Adventures trip. Despite the Cultural Shock rating of the Inca Discovery we found the hotels to be wonderful! Very comfortable and fabulous locales, especially the one in Ollantaytambo. Thanks to Jaramy and Nelli's patience I think we are hooked on this kind of travel! You should be pleased you have such great people working for you! Thanks for making our milestone events memorable!Overall Rating
Trip Name: Inca Discovery
Duration: 8 Days
From Price: $1,359
Supplier Tour ID: PID.B/201787
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