Company : G Adventures
Activities: Machu Picchu Tours / Tours
Duration: 2 weeks to 3 weeks
Approx Costs: 1500 to 2000 £ Pound (UK)
Spot macaws in the jungle and caimans on the riverbanks, sail the waters of Lake Titicaca, delight in the smells of markets and explore ancient ruins — including a trek along the Inca Trail.
As we operate our own treks, our quality equipment and the expertise of our porters and CEOs will ensure that your first glimpse of Machu Picchu will leave you in awe. Whether you’re scanning the canopy for wildlife from the comfort of our intimate and exclusive G Lodge Amazon or following in the footsteps of the Incas, this fast-paced adventure provides a sweeping view of this diverse country.
Day 1 Lima
Arrive at any time.
Day 2 Lima/Puno
Fly to Juliaca and transfer to Puno. Take it easy in the afternoon, wandering the markets and exploring the city.
Day 3 Puno/Lago Titicaca
Enjoy a guided tour of Lake Titicaca and a homestay in a small village.
Day 4 Lago Titicaca/Puno
Visit the floating islands of Uros before returning to Puno. Opt to visit to Sillustani burial site.
Day 5 Puno/Cusco
Hop on the bus for a full day's drive to Cusco.
Day 6 Cusco/Ollantaytambo
Enjoy a full-day guided tour of the Sacred Valley. Stop at the G Adventures-supported women's weaving co-op before visiting a local pottery making community. Break for lunch at the G Adventures-supported Parwa community restaurant in Huchuy Qosco. After lunch, opt to head out on a hike to the Ollantaytambo storehouses and look out over the ruins. Or, wander around the cobblestone streets and visit a local Chicheria (corn beer bar).
Day 7 Inca Trail
Depart Ollantaytambo by van to km 82 where the Inca Trail begins. Ease into the adventure with a straightforward day of hiking the meandering streams, stunning Andean scenery, and ancient Incan ruins.
Day 8 Inca 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 9 Inca Trail
Cross two more passes and ruins on today's trek. 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 the cloud forest on a gentle climb to the second pass of the day, walking through original Incan constructions. Camp here or go another 1.5 hrs to the Wiñay Wayna ruins ("forever young") located at 2,650m (8,694 ft).
Day 10 Machu Picchu/Cusco
The final day of the hike starts pre-dawn to reach the Sun Gate before sunrise. Catch the first views of the breathtaking ruins of Machu Picchu on a clear day. Hike down for a guided tour of the site and enjoy free time to explore until noon as permitted by the tourist ticket. 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 11 Cusco
Enjoy a free day to explore Cusco or relax. Opt to go whitewater rafting, horseback riding, or mountain biking.
Day 12 Cusco/Tambopata
Fly to Puerto Maldonado and continue by motorized boat to our comfortable and intimate G Lodge Amazon.
Day 13 Tambopata
Enjoy guided excursions led by expert naturalists to spot wildlife at nearby oxbow lakes and along jungle trails. Spend some time relaxing in a hammock, enjoying the local swimming hole, or visiting a nearby plantation. Go on a caiman spotting cruise after dinner.
Day 14 Tambopata/Lima
Fly back to Lima for an optional final dinner and night out.
Day 15 Lima
Depart at any time.
It was my first time on a guided tour and my first time in South America. I had an absolutely fantastic time exploring Peru - G Adventures tailored a perfect itinerary to blend culture, history and nature in the first week while allowing for acclimatization to the high altitude. This involved a trip and homestay on Lake Titicaca, plus stays in Cusco and Ollantaytambo. The second week was breath taking, involving a three day trek in the Lares district, visit to Machu Picchu and two days in Tambopata national reserve in the Amazon.
Our guide Ricardo was a local of the cloud forest and was fantastic. Friendly, fun and knowledgeable, he seemed so excited to show us what Peru is about and he definitely delivered. All the other local guides used in the jungle and on the trek were equally exceptional. G Adventures focuses a lot on local communities, resources and experiences, in order to give back to the small communities we came across in each part of Peru. A lot of charity work, social enterprise and entrepreneurship is involved and I heavily appreciated this aspect of the company. You got to meet genuine and real people and believed that your visit made a genuine impact on the local economy.
All in all I would definitely use G adventures again, for a personal, impactful and enlightening tour of whatever destination you choose to go to with them.