Uncover Iconic Peru with National Geographic Journeys

Explore Costa RIca14 Days - Lima to Lima - From $2879

Whether you’re challenging yourself by hiking the Inca Trail or peering up into the canopy to search for jungle wildlife, this two-week trip throughout Peru is the ideal Incan-Amazon adventure. Whether you catch the scenic train to Machu Picchu or embark on one of the world’s best-known hikes to its peaks, you’ll be rewarded with a stunning combination of ruins, mountainscapes and cloud forests. This is the Peru you’ve been looking for.

ITINERARY

DAY 1 - LIMA

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.

 

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DAY 2 - LIMA/TAMBOPATA

Fly to Puerto Maldonado and continue by motorized canoe to the comfortable, intimate, and exclusive G Lodge Amazon located in the lush Tambopata Rainforest.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

 

DAY 3 - TAMBOPATA

Enjoy guided jungle excursions led by expert naturalists to spot wildlife at nearby oxbow lakes, rivers, and clay licks. Spend some time relaxing in a hammock, enjoying the local swimming hole then go for a caiman-spotting cruise after dinner.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

 

DAY 4 - TAMBOPATA/CUSCO

Travel by boat out of the jungle to Puerto Maldonado for the flight over the Andes and into the heart of Inca territory, Cusco. This evening, look to the night sky for a different view at the Cusco Planetarium. Enjoy a presentation on the southern sky, contemporary astronomy, and the ancient Incas’ relationship with the cosmos. Visit the on-site museum and use the telescopes to admire the stars.

Meals included: Breakfast

 

DAY 5 - CUSCO/URUBAMBA

Full-day excursion of the Sacred Valley with an expert local guide including the Pisac and ollantaytambo ruins and a visit to a G Adventures-supported women's weaving project in a local community. Also, enjoy lunch at the G Adventures-supported Sacred Valley Community Restaurant in Huchuy Qosqo, an indigenous village.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch

 

DAY 6 - OLLANTAYTAMBO/WAYLLABAMBA CAMP

Depart Ollantaytambo by van to km 82 where the hike begins.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

 

DAY 7 - WAYLLABAMBA CAMP/PAQAYMAYO CAMP

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.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

 

DAY 8 - PAQAYMAYO CAMP/WIÑAYWAYNA

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).

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

 

DAY 9 - WIÑAYWAYNA/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 the CEO and any non-hiking members of your group. Eat and relax before your train back to Cusco in the afternoon.

Meals included: Breakfast

 

DAY 10 - CUSCO

Free day in Cusco - explore this UNESCO World Heritage site at your leisure. Opt to visit museums and ruins or try white water rafting or rock climbing.

Meals included: Breakfast

 

DAY 11 - CUSCO/PUNO

Drive to Puno, enjoying scenic mountain views.

Meals included: Breakfast

 

DAY 12 - PUNO

Enjoy a guided boat tour of Lake Titicaca visiting the floating Islands of Uros and Taquile. Explore a bit further afield on the Lake, visiting the Luquina community and enjoy a traditional lunch in local homes. Option to visit the Sillustani burial site.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch

 

DAY 13 - PUNO/LIMA

Transfer to Juliaca and fly back to Lima to enjoy your last night in Peru.

Meals included: Breakfast

 

DAY 14 - LIMA

Depart at any time.

Meals included: Breakfast