Quest of the Gods
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Trek the Inca Trail one day and explore the canopy for native wildlife and exotic birds the next – this 14-day tour gives you a new perspective on this wonderful region by immersing you in the very cultures and landscapes of South America. Admire the views of Machu Picchu, be inspired by ancient ruins and pristine cloud forests, and trek through the Inca Trail and the Amazon rainforest for one of the most memorable travel experiences of your life. (GCO)
- Take a canoe ride through the Amazon Rainforest
- Explore the colonial city of Cusco to visit some of the museums and aged churches
- Take part in a guided tour of the Sacred Valley, stopping at the Ollantaytambo ruins
- Traverse the Inca Trail to reach Machu Picchu
- Visit the floating islands and Lake Titicaca
- Spend time enjoying the delights of Lima
Arrive into Lima and transfer to your hotel (arrival transfer included). As there are no planned activities today, you can use the remainder of the day to explore at leisure and enjoy the city.
Fly to Puerto Maldonado which is found deep in the lowlands of the Amazon jungle. Puerto Maldonado is located at the confluence of the Madre de Dios and Tambopata Rivers, and is the region’s principal city. After briefly stopping in the town, you’ll take a boat trip by motorised canoe to the jungle lodge. There will be an hour-long walk in the Tambopata Rainforest Area, which holds the record for the most bird sightings in the world, before taking a guided excursion with local guides through the nature trails.
(Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
Today you’ll travel by boat out of the jungle to Puerto Maldonado for your flight over the Andes to Cusco. There will be some free time for you to explore this colonial city at leisure.
Take a full-day guided tour of the Sacred Valley today, including the Ollantaytambo and Pisac ruins. You’ll have lunch at the Sacred Valley community restaurant in Huchuy Qosco, an indigenous village, as well as visiting a women’s weaving project. Your stop at Ollantaytambo is your first taste of what lies ahead within the Inca Trail – a beautiful town and fortress which overlooks the Urubamba River Valley.
(Breakfast and lunch included)
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu/Cusco
A physically challenging but rewarding excursion, the next four days see you traverse the Inca Trail to arrive at Machu Picchu – the most-renowned feature of this region. Please note there are two alternatives to the hike through the trail. You can either hike the Lares Trek or you can spend two extra days in Cusco before travelling to Machu Picchu.
On day one, you will depart from Ollantaytambo and trek through breath-taking scenery, passing smaller ruins such as the site at Llactapata. On day two, you will start your climb early along the Warmiwañusca pass which is also known as Dead Woman’s Pass. This is the highest point of the trek – you’ll reach the camp by early afternoon, giving you time to rest and unwind for the next portion of the excursion.
On day three, you’ll cross two more passes and ruins, where you’ll be rewarded with views of snow-capped Cordillera Vilcabamba and the Urubamba Valley. At 3650m you’ll also reach the ruins of Phuyupatamarca which is referred to as ‘the town above the clouds’. Begin day four pre-dawn to reach Sun Gate before the sun rises, where you’ll be treated to your first views of Machu Picchu as it’s bathed in sunlight. Hike down to the iconic landmark and enjoy a guided tour of the site, with free time to explore. You’ll then catch a bus from outside Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes where you’ll enjoy a meal and time to relax before heading to Cusco.
(Four breakfasts, three lunches and three dinners included)
Enjoy a free day in Cusco where you can explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site for yourself. If you’re still feeling energetic after your hike, you can opt for cycling or rafting. If not, you can choose more leisurely activities such as shopping, visiting the museums or people-watching from a café in the main square.
Take in the beautiful views of the surrounding scenery and you drive to Puno, through the high Altiplano. On day 12, visit the floating islands of Uros and take a guided boat tour of Lake Titicaca. There’s also an optional visit to the Sillustani burial site, which is a pre-Inca archaeological site.
Transfer to Juliaca and fly back to Lima in the morning. In the evening, enjoy one last night in Preu with your fellow travellers.
Depart from Lima today.
- International flights and arrival transfer
- Internal travel: private van; plane; train; boat; canoe; hiking; walking
- Comfort hotels (8 nights); G Lodge Amazon (2 nights); camping (3 nights)
- 13 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners (Allow USD200-320 for meals not included)
- 3-day/2-night excursion to exclusive rainforest lodge; Sacred Valley and Ollantaytambo ruins guided tour with visit to a women's weaving project and lunch at the Sacred Valley Community Restaurant in Huchuy Qosco, an indigenous village; 4-day Inca Trail hike with local guide, cook and porters, or take the scenic train; Guided tour of Machu Picchu; Handmade biodegradable soap products for use on the Inca Trail; Guided tour of Taquile and Uros Islands on Lake Titicaca
- Tour guide throughout; specialist Inca Trail tour guide on hike
- Small group experience; max 16, avg 10