Andean Discovery (Southbound) Machu Picchu, Inca Trail, Peru

Andean Discovery (Southbound)

Machu Picchu, Inca Trail, Peru

Hiking
Biking
21 days
Hard
Transfer, Meals, Accomodation, Equipment
Individuals, Friends, For groups
2019

Tue, Nov 26

Mon, Dec 16

€1,522

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Overview

  • Take the party to new heights in the rarefied air of the Andes.
  • With other young travellers not afraid to try new things, you'll journey from the enigmatic Nazca Lines to the lost city of Machu Picchu and onward to incredible La Paz.
  • You'll commune with the condors in Colca Canyon and feel like a local while crashing at a small village homestay at Lake Titicaca.
  • Think of this as three weeks of climbing higher, going further, and pushing boundaries on the roof of South America.

Price Includes

Accommodation
  • Simple hotels (10 nts)
  • Hostel (4 nts, multi-share)
  • Overnight buses (2 nts)
  • Camping (3 nts)
  • Homestay (1 nt)
Meals
  • 15 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
Transportation
  • Local bus, train, hiking
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
Tour Guides
  • CEO (Chief Experience Officer) throughout
  • Specialist Inca Trail CEO on hike
  • Local guides
Activities
  • Pachamanca-style dinner (Nazca)
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu
  • Inca Trail hike with a local guide, cook, and porters (4 days)
  • Colca Canyon excursion
  • Guided Lake Titicaca excursion


Extra Activities

See the bottom of the page

Route

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Lima

Paracas

+9 more

La paz

Map

Itinerary

Day 1Lima
Arrive at any time. Arrive at any time. There are no planned activities, so check into the hotel and enjoy the city.
Day 2Lima/Paracas
Free morning in Lima before travelling by bus to Paracas. Savour a pisco sour while staying in Pisco's neighbouring town of Paracas.
Day 3Paracas/Nazca
Optional visit to Ballestas Islands before travelling to Nazca. En route, stop at a winery and at the oasis of Huacachina. There is time in the morning for an optional excursion to the popular Ballestas Islands, which provide an excellent chance to view a lively sea lion colony, pelicans, penguins, and other varieties of birdlife. Pre-book by adding the Ballestas Islands Wildlife Tour on the checkout page or ask your GCO or travel agent for assistance. Back on land, catch a bus south to Nazca. On the way, pass by the pleasant colonial town of Ica. Ica enjoys a dry, sunny climate year-round and is known for its huge sand dunes. Located around the nearby oasis of Huacachina, the dunes are perfect as subjects for photographs and for a favourite local past time: sandboarding. Apart from the dunes, Ica is famous for its wines and there are several wineries and distilleries in the area.
Day 4Nazca/Arequipa
Opt for a flight over the Nazca Lines before an overnight bus to Arequipa. Opt to pre-book your Flight over Nazca Lines on the checkout page to include this optional activity on your tour or ask your GCO or travel agent for assistance.
Day 5Arequipa
Opt to explore the Arequipa on a city tour or soak in a local hot spring. Explore Arequipa, the 'white city'. Interested in history and architecture? Opt to visit to the Santa Catalina Monastery, offering a brief respite from the outside world and a unique view into a bygone way of life. Pre-book by adding the Arequipa City Tour & Santa Catalina Monastery on the checkout page or ask your GCO or travel agent for assistance. 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.
Day 6Arequipa/Colca Canyon
Take a full-day tour of the spectacular Colca Valley, and opt for a soak in hot springs. 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.
Day 7Colca Canyon/Arequipa
Set out looking for the majestic soaring condors over Colca Canyon. Head back to Arequipa to enjoy the city in the evening. 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.
Day 8Arequipa/Cusco
Explore Arequipa and opt to take a city tour. Take an overnight bus to Cusco.
Day 9Cusco
Free time to explore Cusco. Choose to pre-book the optional Cusco Cooking Class. Opt for a city tour or go whitewater rafting, horseback riding or mountain biking.
Day 10Cusco
Enjoy another free day in Cusco. Choose to pre-book the Cusco Cooking Class. Opt to visit and hike the famed Rainbow Mountain, pre-book on the checkout page to include this optional activity on your tour or ask your GCO or travel agent for assistance.
Day 11Cusco/Ollantaytambo
Learn about the Sacred Valley en route to Ollantaytambo. Opt to take a Sacred Valley tour with a visit to a G Adventures-supported women's weaving co-op. Ollantaytambo is a major Inca ruin site and a first taste of what lies ahead. For those craving more before they head out on the Trail, opt to take a Sacred Valley tour which includes a visit to a G Adventures-supported women's weaving co-op.
Day 12Inca Trail
Depart Ollantaytambo by van to km 82 where the hike begins. Trek through beautiful scenery, with a variety of flora that changes with the seasons, passing several smaller ruin sites like Llactapata.
Day 13Inca Trail
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.
Day 14Inca Trail
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).
Day 15Machu Picchu/Cusco
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 any non-hiking members of your group. Eat and relax before your train back to Cusco in the afternoon.
Day 16Cusco
Free day to explore more of Cusco or just relax.
Day 17Cusco/Puno
Travel through the high Altiplano region to travel to Puno on Lake Titicaca.
Day 18Puno/Lake Titicaca
Guided tour of Lake Titicaca with a homestay in a local village. Head out by boat across Lake Titicaca. Visit the community on Taquile Island and enjoy a local lunch with spectacular views. After, cruise to another village for an overnight homestay on the shores of the lake (the homestay location can vary based on community availability). 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 Quecha and Spanish language skills, try on traditional costumes, and help out with daily chores around the village.
Day 19Lake Titicaca/Puno
Visit the floating islands of Uros. Optional visit to the Sillustani burial site. 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. Opt to pre-book the Lake Titicaca Kayaking on the checkout page to include this optional activity on your tour or ask your GCO or travel agent for assistance.
Day 20Puno/La Paz
Cross over into Bolivia for a night out in the highest city of the trip. Oxygen bar anyone? Enjoy a full-day drive around the lake and through the Altiplano to La Paz. Bolivia is filled with spectacular views of the countryside. La Paz sits nearly 4,000m (13,120 ft) above sea level, so be prepared for cool evenings and mornings.
Day 21La Paz
Depart at any time.

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What to Take

  • Most people automatically assume that the weather is hot in South America, but because of the higher altitude in the Andes, the temperature can feel quite cold, especially at night.
  • We recommend using a backpack for your convenience, or a medium-sized suitcase if you prefer.
  • A daypack is also essential for carrying everyday items.
  • Space is limited on transportation, so there is a limit of one main piece of luggage per person.
  • You will be responsible for carrying your own luggage.

Extra Activities

Arequipa City Tour - From €34.00

  • Get out and explore "the white city" on this walking tour, stop at picturesque viewpoints to capture the surrounding volcanoes, marvel at the white volcanic sillar rock architecture, and visit one of the most stunning colonial buildings in the country, Santa Catalina Monastery.


Ballestas Islands Wildlife Tour - From €17.00

  • Get ready to see some amazing wildlife on this trip to the Ballestas Islands (aka Peru's Little Galápagos).
  • Spot playful sea lions, Humboldt penguins, boobies, pelicans, and more than 200 sea birds. Be sure to bring your camera along!


Cusco Cooking Class - From €39.00

  • Channel your inner chef with a Peruvian cooking class.
  • Take a trip to the market with your teacher and learn about regional flavours as you pick out the freshest ingredients.
  • Head back to the kitchen for a hands-on lesson and learn to prepare local Peruvian specialties.


Flight over Nazca Lines - From €106.00

  • Take to the skies for the best view of the enigmatic Nazca Lines, a series of patterns and pictures etched in the ground, crisscrossing a wide area of flat desert.
  • Marvel at the lines measuring up to 10km (6 mi) in length, yet, remaining perfectly straight.
  • See depictions of birds, insects, and animals only recognizable from the air.


Lake Titicaca Kayak Excursion - From €51.00

  • Begin your journey early in the morning by transfering from the hotel to the port, then head out by motorboat to the base camp at the Peninsula of Capachica, a 2.5 hr trip.
  • Learn about sea kayaking from our guide and paddle towards
  • Taquile Island and enjoy the beauty and serenity of the moment.
  • Hike to a village upon arrival and enjoy lunch with the locals. Continue on by motor boat to Amantani Island to meet your hosts for the night.


Lima Cooking Class - From €68.00

  • Get a taste of Peruvian cuisine, visit local markets, sample exotic fruit, select fresh ingredients, and try your hand at preparing unique Peruvian dishes influenced by China, Italy, West Africa, and Japan.


Rainbow Mountain Hike - Full-day Trip - From €42.00

  • Lookout over these colourful Andean mountains striped with maroon, turquoise, lavender, and gold.
  • The sediment, elevation, and proximity to the ocean create a landscape that has to be seen to be believed.
  • Get started early to drive around 2 hours to the starting point of this challenging, yet rewarding full-day hike.
  • Reaching 5,029m (16,500 ft) this 14km hike is no walk in the park, but these unique mountains do not disappoint.

Price Includes

Accommodation
  • Simple hotels (10 nts)
  • Hostel (4 nts, multi-share)
  • Overnight buses (2 nts)
  • Camping (3 nts)
  • Homestay (1 nt)
Meals
  • 15 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
Transportation
  • Local bus, train, hiking
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
Tour Guides
  • CEO (Chief Experience Officer) throughout
  • Specialist Inca Trail CEO on hike
  • Local guides
Activities
  • Pachamanca-style dinner (Nazca)
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu
  • Inca Trail hike with a local guide, cook, and porters (4 days)
  • Colca Canyon excursion
  • Guided Lake Titicaca excursion


Extra Activities

See the bottom of the page

Route

Andean Discovery (Southbound) Machu Picchu, Inca Trail, Peru #mapImageWidget

Lima

Paracas

+9 more

La paz

Map

Itinerary

Day 1Lima
Arrive at any time. Arrive at any time. There are no planned activities, so check into the hotel and enjoy the city.
Day 2Lima/Paracas
Free morning in Lima before travelling by bus to Paracas. Savour a pisco sour while staying in Pisco's neighbouring town of Paracas.
Day 3Paracas/Nazca
Optional visit to Ballestas Islands before travelling to Nazca. En route, stop at a winery and at the oasis of Huacachina. There is time in the morning for an optional excursion to the popular Ballestas Islands, which provide an excellent chance to view a lively sea lion colony, pelicans, penguins, and other varieties of birdlife. Pre-book by adding the Ballestas Islands Wildlife Tour on the checkout page or ask your GCO or travel agent for assistance. Back on land, catch a bus south to Nazca. On the way, pass by the pleasant colonial town of Ica. Ica enjoys a dry, sunny climate year-round and is known for its huge sand dunes. Located around the nearby oasis of Huacachina, the dunes are perfect as subjects for photographs and for a favourite local past time: sandboarding. Apart from the dunes, Ica is famous for its wines and there are several wineries and distilleries in the area.
Day 4Nazca/Arequipa
Opt for a flight over the Nazca Lines before an overnight bus to Arequipa. Opt to pre-book your Flight over Nazca Lines on the checkout page to include this optional activity on your tour or ask your GCO or travel agent for assistance.
Day 5Arequipa
Opt to explore the Arequipa on a city tour or soak in a local hot spring. Explore Arequipa, the 'white city'. Interested in history and architecture? Opt to visit to the Santa Catalina Monastery, offering a brief respite from the outside world and a unique view into a bygone way of life. Pre-book by adding the Arequipa City Tour & Santa Catalina Monastery on the checkout page or ask your GCO or travel agent for assistance. 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.
Day 6Arequipa/Colca Canyon
Take a full-day tour of the spectacular Colca Valley, and opt for a soak in hot springs. 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.
Day 7Colca Canyon/Arequipa
Set out looking for the majestic soaring condors over Colca Canyon. Head back to Arequipa to enjoy the city in the evening. 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.
Day 8Arequipa/Cusco
Explore Arequipa and opt to take a city tour. Take an overnight bus to Cusco.
Day 9Cusco
Free time to explore Cusco. Choose to pre-book the optional Cusco Cooking Class. Opt for a city tour or go whitewater rafting, horseback riding or mountain biking.
Day 10Cusco
Enjoy another free day in Cusco. Choose to pre-book the Cusco Cooking Class. Opt to visit and hike the famed Rainbow Mountain, pre-book on the checkout page to include this optional activity on your tour or ask your GCO or travel agent for assistance.
Day 11Cusco/Ollantaytambo
Learn about the Sacred Valley en route to Ollantaytambo. Opt to take a Sacred Valley tour with a visit to a G Adventures-supported women's weaving co-op. Ollantaytambo is a major Inca ruin site and a first taste of what lies ahead. For those craving more before they head out on the Trail, opt to take a Sacred Valley tour which includes a visit to a G Adventures-supported women's weaving co-op.
Day 12Inca Trail
Depart Ollantaytambo by van to km 82 where the hike begins. Trek through beautiful scenery, with a variety of flora that changes with the seasons, passing several smaller ruin sites like Llactapata.
Day 13Inca Trail
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.
Day 14Inca Trail
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).
Day 15Machu Picchu/Cusco
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 any non-hiking members of your group. Eat and relax before your train back to Cusco in the afternoon.
Day 16Cusco
Free day to explore more of Cusco or just relax.
Day 17Cusco/Puno
Travel through the high Altiplano region to travel to Puno on Lake Titicaca.
Day 18Puno/Lake Titicaca
Guided tour of Lake Titicaca with a homestay in a local village. Head out by boat across Lake Titicaca. Visit the community on Taquile Island and enjoy a local lunch with spectacular views. After, cruise to another village for an overnight homestay on the shores of the lake (the homestay location can vary based on community availability). 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 Quecha and Spanish language skills, try on traditional costumes, and help out with daily chores around the village.
Day 19Lake Titicaca/Puno
Visit the floating islands of Uros. Optional visit to the Sillustani burial site. 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. Opt to pre-book the Lake Titicaca Kayaking on the checkout page to include this optional activity on your tour or ask your GCO or travel agent for assistance.
Day 20Puno/La Paz
Cross over into Bolivia for a night out in the highest city of the trip. Oxygen bar anyone? Enjoy a full-day drive around the lake and through the Altiplano to La Paz. Bolivia is filled with spectacular views of the countryside. La Paz sits nearly 4,000m (13,120 ft) above sea level, so be prepared for cool evenings and mornings.
Day 21La Paz
Depart at any time.

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What to Take

  • Most people automatically assume that the weather is hot in South America, but because of the higher altitude in the Andes, the temperature can feel quite cold, especially at night.
  • We recommend using a backpack for your convenience, or a medium-sized suitcase if you prefer.
  • A daypack is also essential for carrying everyday items.
  • Space is limited on transportation, so there is a limit of one main piece of luggage per person.
  • You will be responsible for carrying your own luggage.

Extra Activities

Arequipa City Tour - From €34.00

  • Get out and explore "the white city" on this walking tour, stop at picturesque viewpoints to capture the surrounding volcanoes, marvel at the white volcanic sillar rock architecture, and visit one of the most stunning colonial buildings in the country, Santa Catalina Monastery.


Ballestas Islands Wildlife Tour - From €17.00

  • Get ready to see some amazing wildlife on this trip to the Ballestas Islands (aka Peru's Little Galápagos).
  • Spot playful sea lions, Humboldt penguins, boobies, pelicans, and more than 200 sea birds. Be sure to bring your camera along!


Cusco Cooking Class - From €39.00

  • Channel your inner chef with a Peruvian cooking class.
  • Take a trip to the market with your teacher and learn about regional flavours as you pick out the freshest ingredients.
  • Head back to the kitchen for a hands-on lesson and learn to prepare local Peruvian specialties.


Flight over Nazca Lines - From €106.00

  • Take to the skies for the best view of the enigmatic Nazca Lines, a series of patterns and pictures etched in the ground, crisscrossing a wide area of flat desert.
  • Marvel at the lines measuring up to 10km (6 mi) in length, yet, remaining perfectly straight.
  • See depictions of birds, insects, and animals only recognizable from the air.


Lake Titicaca Kayak Excursion - From €51.00

  • Begin your journey early in the morning by transfering from the hotel to the port, then head out by motorboat to the base camp at the Peninsula of Capachica, a 2.5 hr trip.
  • Learn about sea kayaking from our guide and paddle towards
  • Taquile Island and enjoy the beauty and serenity of the moment.
  • Hike to a village upon arrival and enjoy lunch with the locals. Continue on by motor boat to Amantani Island to meet your hosts for the night.


Lima Cooking Class - From €68.00

  • Get a taste of Peruvian cuisine, visit local markets, sample exotic fruit, select fresh ingredients, and try your hand at preparing unique Peruvian dishes influenced by China, Italy, West Africa, and Japan.


Rainbow Mountain Hike - Full-day Trip - From €42.00

  • Lookout over these colourful Andean mountains striped with maroon, turquoise, lavender, and gold.
  • The sediment, elevation, and proximity to the ocean create a landscape that has to be seen to be believed.
  • Get started early to drive around 2 hours to the starting point of this challenging, yet rewarding full-day hike.
  • Reaching 5,029m (16,500 ft) this 14km hike is no walk in the park, but these unique mountains do not disappoint.
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