13-Nights Iconic Peru - National Geographic Journeys
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.
13 nights from $3499 per person
Supplier: G Adventures
Lima, "the City of the Kings," became the effective capital of the Viceroyalty of Peru, established 1560. Today, a visit to Lima may serve as a unique Peruvian experience that offers a glimpse into the Andean world, Spanish tradition and the country's modern aspect. Visit handsome old buildings and baroque churches that testify to the city's religious background and the Plaza de Armas, shared by the realms of the Catholic church, municipality and national government. The pre-Inca ruins of Pachacamac lie a short distance south of the city. Once a ceremonial site, Pachacamac has been the most important religious center of the Andean world since before the age of Christ. Stop and admire The Temple of the Sun and the Moon, Lima's outstanding museums, and Machu Picchu - a "Jewel in the Mist."
The Cuzco region of Peru combines Inca legacy with Spanish colonial architecture in an atmosphere at once provincial and sublime. The chaotic marketplaces where campesinos barter grain or potatoes for multi-colored fabric belie the mute spirituality of the Lost Cities, where Inca stonework conveys order and balance. Such diversity enhances this inspiring nine-day adventure. The blue sky radiates with an intensity achieved only at high altitudes (the city of Cusco lies 11,150 feet above sea level), while the landscape offers its unique pattern of exacting agricultural grids and tangled jungle masses.
The Urubamba valley is also named the Sacred Valley. It begins in the Urubamba's village and continues to Macchu Picchu.
Machu Picchu is a fortress city of the ancient Incas, in a high saddle between two peaks 50 miles NW of Cuzco, Peru. The extraordinary pre-Columbian ruin consists of five sq. miles of terraced stonework link by 3,000 steps; it was virtually intact when discovered by Hiram Bibghan in 1911.
Urubamba is a well endowed town situated in the shadow of beautiful Chicon and Pumahuanca glaciers. The attractive Plaza de Armas is laid back and attractive, with palm trees and a couple of pines sourounded by interesting topiary. Weekends there's a large market on Jirón Palacio, which serves local villages; and at the large ceramic workshops set around a lovely garden at Avenida Berriozabal 111, new and ancient techniques are used to produce colourful, Amerindian inspired pots, household items and artistic pieces for sale on site. Urubamba makes an ideal base from which to explore mountains and lower hills around Sacred Valley, which are filled with sites. Also within walking distance, the salt pans of Salinas, still in use after more than four hundred years, are situated only a short distance from the village of Tarabamba, 6km along the road from Urubamba to Ollantaytambo.
Puno lies on the shores of Lake Titicaca. This area is the cradle of the Aymara civilization and the birthplace of the Inca Empire.
Tambopata is a nature reserve in the Peruvian Amazon Basin. Its diverse rainforest adjacent to the Heath and Tambopata River is a protected area home to Incan communities. For thousands of years, it was home to the aboriginal Amazonians but an increase in colonists, mining and road constructions have challenged the preservation of Tambopata until 1977 when the first protected zone was established. Protected zones expanded quickly and 271,000 hectares formed the Tambopata National Reserve. Today, this nature reserves harbors over 10,000 species of flora, 600 species of birds, 200 species of mammals, 1,000 species of butterflies and 100 species of amphibians and reptiles!
Valid Travel Dates
- Hotels (8 nights), G Lodge Amazon (2 nights), Inca Trail camping or Cusco-stay hotel (3 nights)
- Meals: 13 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 5 dinners (allow USD295-385 for meals not included)
- Transportation: Private van, plane, train, boat, canoe, hiking, walking
- Staff & Experts: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, specialist Inca Trail CEO on hike
- Arrival transfer
- Three-day/two-night excursion to the G Adventures exclusive rainforest lodge
- Visit Cusco Planetarium
- Sacred Valley tour including Pisac and Ollantaytambo ruins
- Visit the Women's Weaving Co-op
- Lunch at Sacred Valley Community Restaurant
- Choice of four-day Inca Trail hike with local guide, cook and porters, or take the scenic train
- Guided tour of Machu Picchu
- Guided tour of Taquile and Uros Islands on Lake Titicaca
- Visit the Luquina community and enjoy a home lunch
- Interesting articles, helpful tips, and photography advice from National Geographic before you depart
- All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
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