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Inca Trail Until Dec 17 Lares Trek Until Dec 17 Cusco Stay Until Dec 17 Inca Trail From Jan 18 Lares Trek From Jan 18 Cusco Stay From Jan 18

Climb the legendary Inca Trail to the cloud forest citadel of Machu Picchu, dine the traditional way at a ceremonial Pachamanca feast, or take an optional flight over the Nazca Linesthe adventure is yours to choose! With the services of a CEO and your accommodation and transport taken care of, this trip offers great value as it introduces the regions main sights, providing plenty of flexibility so you can experience an adventure you'll never forget. Take a trip that's packed with just the essentials15 days of maximum Peru at minimum cost. This is everything you imagined Peru would beand more!

Latin America
  • Duration: 15 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Physical rating: Demanding
  • Accommodation standard:   Not Rated%
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  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID/Link Tour Code: SPPS.C/201944
  • Starts: Lima, Peru
  • Finishes: Cusco, Peru
You will Visit
  • Lima
  • Nazca
  • Arequipa
  • Chivay
  • Cusco
  • Ccaccaccollo
  • Ollantaytambo
  • Aguas Calientes

Itinerary

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Day 1: Lima

Arrive at any time.
Arrive in Lima at any time. There are no planned activities, so check into the hotel and enjoy the city. (Check-in time is approx 3pm.)

After the welcome meeting, head out for an optional dinner at a nearby local restaurant. If you arrive late, no worries, the CEO will leave you a message at the front desk.

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Day 2: Lima/Nazca

Head south to Nazca, home to one of the world's greatest archaeological mysteries: the Nazca Lines. Opt to visit a pre-Inca cemetery where well-preserved mummies can be seen in their original place of burial along with the belongings they took with them for their next life.

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Day 3: Nazca/Arequipa

Enjoy free time to explore Nazca, opt for a flight over the Nazca Lines. Assist in preparing a traditional "Pachamanca" dinner, before the overnight bus to Arequipa.

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Day 4: Arequipa

Wander the streets of the 'white city' and opt to visit the Catalina Convent.
Those with an interest in history and architecture may opt to visit the Convent of Santa Catalina, which offers a brief respite from the outside world and a unique view into a bygone way of life. Other optional excursions include rafting and mountaineering.

For spicy food lovers, checking out one of the “Picanterías” is a must. Arequipa has a variety of regional food: alpaca, shrimp, pork, lots of soups, and spicy sauces.

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Day 5: Arequipa/Chivay

Take a full-day tour of the spectacular Colca Canyon, and soak in hot springs. Admire the pre-Inca terraces and the wildlife, including alpacas, llamas, and vicuñas.
Enjoy an overnight excursion to the impressive Colca Canyon - one of the deepest canyons in the world. Stop in fascinating villages and at “miradors” (scenic lookouts), where, with a little luck, visitors can see Andean condors soaring over the majestic Andes. Other unusual animals that can be spotted in the Andean landscape include three different species of camelids: alpaca, llama, and vicuña.

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Day 6: Chivay/Cusco

Set out looking for the majestic soaring condors. Return to Arequipa, and catch an overnight bus to Cusco.
Get an early start to go on the lookout for flying condors. Travel from Chivay town to a condor viewpoint to admire these magnificent birds in the air. On the way back, stop by some local villages and viewpoints to see old terraces and sections of Colca Canyon, the deepest canyon in the world. Take a lunch break and return to Arequipa in the afternoon. Get ready for the overnight bus to Cusco.

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Day 7: Cusco

Free day in Cusco to explore. Opt to go mountain biking, whitewater rafting, or just relax in a café.

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Day 8: Cusco/Ccaccaccollo

Visit the G Adventures-supported women's weaving co-op in the Ccaccaccollo community. Learn a few Quechua words while staying overnight with one of the families and taking part in daily activities.
Meet the women at the weaving co-op and learn about traditional weaving and dyeing. Opt to pick up some handmade souvenirs and textiles directly from the women who made them. Get to know your Quechua family and take part in a variety of community activities before a soccer match with the locals.

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Day 9: Ccaccaccollo/Ollantaytambo

Embark on an optional Sacred Valley tour that includes markets and Incan historical sites and ruins.
Travel through the stunning Sacred Valley of the Incas. Opt to take a Sacred Valley tour and visit the impressive Pisac ruins, the colourful artisan market (market days only), and the large ruin site of Ollantaytambo that lies adjacent to the town of the same name. Catch our breath at Ollantaytambo and prepare for the hike the next morning.

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Day 10: Ollantaytambo/Cusco

Return to the Sacred Valley with the CEO to visit the sites of the Maras Salt Mines and Moray. Spend the evening in Cusco.
When the hikers leave in the morning, return to Cusco with the CEO, visiting the sites of the Maras Salt Mines and Moray on the way.

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Day 11: Cusco

Enjoy an included tour around the old part of Cusco, visit a Choco Museum and explore the local food market.

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Day 12: Cusco/Aguas Calientes

Travel by van to Ollantaytambo to catch the scenic train to Aguas Calientes.

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Day 13: Aguas Calientes/Cusco

Enjoy a guided tour of Machu Picchu. Opt to visit the Inca Bridge before returning to Cusco in the evening.
Rise early to catch the first bus up to Machu Picchu with the guide. Enjoy a guided visit of the ruins followed by free time to explore. When ready, head back down by bus to Aguas Calientes to meet up with the rest of the group and take a train back to Cusco.

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Day 14: Cusco

Free time to explore Cusco and surroundings. Take an optional city tour and be sure to experience the nightlife.
Cusco is considered the mecca of Peru and rightly so. This beautiful colonial town offers nearby ruins, cobblestone streets, museums, churches, and a lively atmosphere.

The more adventurous optional activities available in Cusco include horseback riding around archaeological sites such as Sacsayhuaman, Tambo Machay, and Puca Pucara; whitewater rafting on the Urubamba River; and mountain biking down to the Sacred Valley, perhaps visiting an Inca ruin along the way.

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Day 15: Cusco

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Pachamanca ceremony (Nazca)
    • Overnight Colca Canyon excursion
    • Guided tour of Machu Picchu
    • Homestay experience and visit to a G Adventures-supported women's weaving project (Ccacaccollo)
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Simple hotels (11 nts, some multi-share), overnight bus (2 nts), homestay (1 nt)
    • 10 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
    Transport
    • Hiking, local bus, train
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Conquer the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
  • Meet the locals at an Andean homestay
  • Spot soaring condors at Colca Canyon
  • Sip pisco sours and eat ceviche.