Exploring Lima and Machu Picchu Peru will offer a fascinating combination of the region’s archaeological and cultural treasures as well as social enterprise. Travelers will have the option of retracing the steps of the Inca on a four-day trek along the Inca Trail or you may visit Machu Picchu by train.
June 20- 28, 2016
Your trip will also include a visit to a G Adventures/Planeterra-supported women’s Peru social enterprise project and co-op. You will also have lunch at the G Adventures-supported Sacred Valley Community Restaurant in Huchuy Qosqo, an indigenous village. This is a perfect blend of cultural immersion and social enterprise. No greater way to give back to a local community than through the support of Peru social enterprises and locally owned businesses.
Day 1 Lima (June 20, 2016)
Arrive in the am
Enjoy two half-day cooking activities in both Cusco and Lima. Visit local markets, pick out ingredients and enjoy learning and eating unique Peruvian dishes influenced by such faraway places as China, Italy, West Africa and Japan. You will be picked up from the hotel at approx 10:00 and taken to a local market and restaurant to prepare and enjoy a traditional Peruvian meal. You will return back to the hotel around 13:00.
Day 2 Lima/Cusco (B) (June 21, 2016)
Early flight to Cusco. Free day for shopping and exploring the city. Optional city tour.
Day 3 Cusco/Ollantaytambo (B,L) (June 22, 2016)
Travel through the stunning Sacred Valley of the Incas, visiting a G Adventures-supported women’s weaving co-op. Meet the women and learn about traditional weaving and dyeing. Opt to pick up some handmade souvenirs and textiles directly from the women who made them.
Tour the fascinating hilltop citadel of Pisac, an Incan ruin with plunging gorges, a ceremonial centre, and winding agriculture terracing that’s still in use today. Be captivated by this truly amazing site sitting amid sweeping green valleys and mountain peaks. Explore the back of the site to see a pocketed cliff across Kitamayo Gorge, which once contained hundreds of Inca tombs.
Contribute to sustainable tourism in Huchuy Qosqo, a small village of 65 families in the Sacred Valley, by eating at the Parwa Community Restaurant. Learn how the resident-run restaurant was kickstarted by G Adventures 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.
Tour the town and fortress of Ollantaytambo with a local guide. Take a step back in time at this Inca archaeological site; it still shows signs of its former glory, including agricultural terraces, a Temple Hill, and storehouses. Learn how the area, overlooking the Urubamba River Valley, was an important stronghold during warfare between the Spanish and Incas.
Day 4 Ollantaytambo/Cusco (B) (June 23, 2016)
Return to the Sacred Valley with the CEO to visit the sites of the Maras Salt Mines and Moray.
Drive a little more than an hour to get to the Moray archaeological site. Tour these unique Inca ruins, consisting of circular terraces and a sophisticated irrigation system located at 3500m (11483 ft). Learn about the history and study of this fascinating site – speculation has it that it was an Inca agriculture experiment station.
Visit the impressive Maras Salt Mines, after Moray. See thousands of individual ancient salt pools spilling over a hillside. Learn about the different varieties of salt, and try the renowned pink salt, famous worldwide.
Spend the evening in Cusco.
Day 5 Cusco (B) (June 24, 2016)
Enjoy an included tour around the old part of Cusco, visit a Choco Museum and explore the local food market.
Live like a local today and enjoy a unique tour of Cusco. Start the day with a visit to the Choco Museum and enjoy some tasty samples and chocolatey drinks. Afterwards, explore old Cusco and discover the history of this Incan city. Finally wander the food stalls in San Pedro Market.
Day 6 Cusco/Aguas Calientes (B) (June 25, 2016)
Travel by van to Ollantaytambo to catch the scenic train to Aguas Calientes.
Day 7 Aguas Calientes/Cusco (B) (June 26, 2016)
Enjoy a guided tour of Machu Picchu. Opt to visit the Inca Bridge before returning to Cusco in the evening.
Rise and shine – the best time to see the Lost City of the Incas is in the early morning light. Follow the local guide to Machu Picchu to learn about its history at a leisurely pace. Gain local insight into the Inti Mach’ay cave, Inti Watana, the Temple of the Sun, the Temple of the Water, the Temple of the Condor, and the Room of the Three Windows. Take time to sit and feel the energy of this 15th-century site, now both a UNESCO World Heritage site and voted one of the new Seven Wonders of the World (in a worldwide Internet poll).
Day 8 Cusco/Lima (B) (June 27, 2016)
In the morning, fly back to Lima and enjoy the last night in the city.
Day 9 Lima (B) (June 28, 2016)
Depart at any time.
Land and Tour Package below includes deluxe accommodations, airport transfers, meals as indicated, local transportation, tours
|Per Person Double Occupancy||$2069|
|Optional Single Supplement||$199|
♣ Guided tour of old Cuzco
♣ Maras Salt Mines and Morray
♣ Choco Museum
♣ Guided tour of Machu Picchu
♣ Internal flights
♣ All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
♣ Hotels 8 nts
♣ Meals, 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch
♣ G Representatives in Lima and Cusco
¥ International air
¥ Applicable tourist visas
¥ Airport taxes
¥ Tips or gratuities
¥ Meals not mentioned above