Find adventure at every turn on this 14-day trip through Peru. Catch the scenic train to Machu Picchu, or challenge yourself by hiking the famous Inca Trail. Peer up into the canopy of the Amazon rain forest to search for jungle wildlife. From sacred ruins to otherworldly mountain vistas and cloud forests, set your sights on this celestial place.
Travel Style: National Geographic Journeys By Nautica
Highlights from Iconic Peru
Visit the Cusco Planetarium, which is surrounded by the natural beauty of the Llaullipata Ecological Reserve. Use telescopes to gaze up at the southern sky and see thousands of stars. Spot the constellations of the southern hemisphere, and learn about the ancient Incas’ relationship with the cosmos.
Visit the Luquina Chico community on the shores of beautiful Lake Titicaca and take in sweeping views of the lake and its islands. During lunch in the home of a local family, get a personal view of everyday life in rural Peru.
Learn how the resident-run restaurant was kickstarted by G Adventures / Nautica along with the Planeterra Foundation and the Multilateral Investment Fund, to become a successful farm-to-table program that boosts the local economy and several spin-off microenterprises.ut the ancient Incas’ relationship with the cosmos.
Day 1 Lima
Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.
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.
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.
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.
National Geographic Journeys Exclusives Cusco Planetarium
Day 5 Cusco/Urubamba
Enjoy a full-day excursion to the Sacred Valley including the Pisac and Ollantaytambo ruins. Visit the “Parque de la Papa” (“Potato Park”), exclusive to Journeys and part of G Adventures / Nautica for Good – walk through this rural community with a local guide to learn about potato cultivation, weaving, and the importance of both to Andean culture. Also, enjoy lunch at the G Adventures / Nautica-supported Sacred Valley Community Restaurant in Huchuy Qosqo, an indigenous village.
National Geographic Journeys Exclusives Traditional Andean Experience|G Adventures / Nautica for Good Parwa Community Restaurant the Sacred Valley
Day 6 Ollantaytambo/Wayllabamba Camp
Depart Ollantaytambo by van to km 82 where the hike begins.
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.
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).
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 any non-hiking members of your group. Eat and relax before your train back to Cusco in the afternoon.
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.
Day 11 Cusco/Puno
Drive to Puno, enjoying scenic mountain views.
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.
National Geographic Journeys Exclusives Lake Titicaca Community Home Lunch
Transfer to Juliaca and fly back to Lima to enjoy your last night in Peru.
Depart at any time.
- National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Lake Titicaca Community Home Lunch, Lago Titicaca
- National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Traditional Andean Experience, Urubamba
- National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Cusco Planetarium, Cusco
- G Adventures for Good: Parwa Community Restaurant the Sacred Valley, Lamay
- Arrival transfer
- Three-day (2 nts) excursion to the G Adventures exclusive rainforest lodge (two nights)
- Sacred Valley tour including Pisac and Ollantaytambo ruins
- Choice of four-day Inca Trail hike with local guide, cook and porters, or Cusco/Aguas Calientes stay with scenic train
- Guided tour of Machu Picchu
- Guided tour of Taquile and Uros Islands on Lake Titicaca
- Internal flights
- All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
Hotels (8 nts), G Lodge Amazon (2 nts), Inca Trail camping or Cusco-stay hotel (3 nts)..
13 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 5 dinners
Allow USD295-385 for meals not included.
Staff & experts
Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, specialist Inca Trail CEO on hike.
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