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AMAZON TO THE ANDES-TEENAGE ADVENTURE - 2 (LARES TREK)

12 Days, Lima to Lima
AMAZON TO THE ANDES-TEENAGE ADVENTURE - 2 (LARES TREK)

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This adventure offers up an intriguing combination of beauty and contrasts in scenery, wildlife and cultures, whether you're scanning the canopy for wildlife from read more...

IS THIS Family TRIP FOR ME ? YES ! IF YOU...
    • Want to introduce your kids to the beauty of our planet
    • Are looking beyond beach resorts and theme parks
    • Are enthusiastic about giving back to the communities you visit
What's Included
  • Overseas Medical Insurance for the duration of the tour (Sum of US$ 2,50,000 covered).
  • 11 accommodation (Hotels/guesthouses (6 nts), camping (3 nts), G Lodge Amazon (2 nts)).
  • 11 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners.
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  • Public bus, plane, train, boat, canoe, hiking.
  • Internal flights.
  • Full-day guided tour of the Sacred Valley and Ollantaytambo ruins
  • Visit to Ccaccaccollo Community Planeterra-Sponsored Women's Weaving Co-op.
  • Pisac Ruins Guided Tour
  • Enjoy Lunch at Parwa Community Restaurant the Sacred Valley
  • Hike from Lares to Cuncani
  • Guided Jungle Excursion
  • Services of G Representatives in Lima and Cusco, specialist Inca Trail CEO on hike, expert jungle guide in Amazon.
VERY IMPORTANT
Please ensure that you print a final copy of your trip details provided by Cox & Kings as pdf format.
Important Notes
We recommend you to have a meal budget of USD 200 - 260 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.
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Itinerary
Day 1 Arrive Lima
Day 2 Lima/Cusco
Day 3 Cusco/Ollantaytambo
Day 4 Ollantaytambo/Cuncani
Day 5 Cuncani/Kuyoc
Day 6 Kuyoc/Aguas Calientes
Day 7 Aguas Calientes/Cusco
Day 8 Cusco
Day 9 Cusco/Tambopata
Day 10 Tambopata
Day 11 Tambopata/Lima
Day 12 Depart Lima
Departures
  • Aug
    2017
  • Dec
    2017
  • Mar
    2018
  • Jul
    2018
  • Aug
    2018
  • Dec
    2018
  • Start
  • Finish
  • Mon, 14 Aug '17
  • Fri, 25 Aug '17
  • Mon, 18 Dec '17
  • Fri, 29 Dec '17
  • Mon, 26 Mar '18
  • Fri, 06 Apr '18
  • Mon, 23 Jul '18
  • Fri, 03 Aug '18
  • Mon, 13 Aug '18
  • Fri, 24 Aug '18
  • Mon, 17 Dec '18
  • Fri, 28 Dec '18
TRIP SPECIFIC SAFETY

Cox & Kings takes all reasonable measures to ensure your safety and enjoyment while travelling with us. The aim of this document is to give you an insight into ways you may further enhance your own personal safety while abroad.

Places Visited
  • Lima
  • Cusco
  • Ollantaytambo
  • Cuncani Camp
  • Kuyoc
  • Aguas Calientes
  • Tambopata
  • DAY 1 Arrive Lima

    Arrive at any time.

    Arrive in Lima at any time. There are no planned activities, so check into the hotel and enjoy the city.

    Please note that hot water shortages and power outages can be fairly common in Peru (even in upgraded hotels and private homes). We appreciate your patience and understanding that these occurrences are outside of our control.

    Note: If you have pre-booked the Peru Culinary Bundle, the Lima cooking class will be Day 1 and the Cusco cooking class will be on Day 2. As this pack does not include extra on-trip time in Lima, it is necessary to bundle it with a pre-trip stay.

    Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
    19:00
    Tonight, the adventure begins. Feel free to explore - but make sure you're back in time to meet your group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your trip. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 2 Lima/Cusco

    Early flight to Cusco. Free day for shopping and exploring the city. Optional city tour.

    Transfer to the airport for the flight to Cusco. Spend the rest of the day relaxing and exploring this fascinating city, and getting used to the altitude.

    Plane
    Lima - Cusco 2h 30m 572km
    Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.

    Free Time
    Cusco Full Day
    Slip on a comfortable pair of shoes, arm yourself with a city map and set off to explore!

    Optional Activities
    La Merced Visit

    Cusco
    Enjoy a visit to this historic church and convent, first built in 1536 and rebuilt in 1675 (it was destroyed in the 1650 earthquake). Take in the wonderful architecture here, including Baroque Renaissance cloisters and beautiful wood carvings. There's also an ornate monstrance on display; made of gold and covered with gemstones, it's a must see.

    Cusco Cathedral Visit
    Cusco
    Enjoy a visit to this beautiful cathedral - its construction began in 1559 and continued for another hundred years. Be sure to check out its excellent collection of colonial art, and the vault containing the remains of the famous Inca historian, Garcilaso de la Vega.

    La Compania Visit
    Cusco
    Enjoy a visit to this beautiful church famous for its architecture and considered one of the best examples of colonial Baroque style in the Americas. Admire its stone facade and beautiful wood and gold leaf altar.

    San Francisco Visit
    Cusco
    This charming colonial era church is named after Viceroy Francisco de Toledo, who built it in 1572. The church, like many around it, was damaged in the earthquake of 1650 and had to be restored. Admire the beautiful stone masonry here.

    Coricancha and Santo Domingo Visit
    Cusco
    Explore magnificent Corincancha, once the Incan Empire's richest temple and the main ruin site within the city of Cusco. This ruin forms the foundation of the colonial church of Santo Domingo and provides a fantastic glimpse into ancient history as well as a cross section of religion and architecture.

    Archaeological Museum Visit
    Cusco
    Get ready to explore the artifacts from the Inca Empire, including mummies, jewelry, skulls, and ceramics at this wonderful museum. Photos are not allowed here, so make sure to take pictures in your mind.

    Cusco City Tour
    Cusco
    Enjoy a half-day tour of Cusco's main sights. Walk around the Plaza de Armas (main square) and explore this city steeped in one of the world's most alluring and ancient cultures. Visit Qenqo, Koricancha, the Cathedral, Puca Pucara, Tambomachay, and the archaeological site of Sacsaywaman. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 3 Cusco/Ollantaytambo

    Full-day guided tour of the Sacred Valley and Ollantaytambo ruins along with a visit to a Planeterra-supported women's weaving project in a local community. Visit the Planeterra-supported Sacred Valley Community Restaurant in Huchuy Qosco, an indigenous village, for lunch. Shopping opportunities at a local market.

    Travel through the stunning Sacred Valley of the Incas, visit a Planeterra-supported women's weaving co-op, the impressive Pisac ruins, the colourful artisan market (market days only), and explore the large ruin site of Ollantaytambo.

    The small town of Ollantaytambo is the first taste of what lies ahead on the Inca Trail-catch your breath and prepare for the next adventure.

    Private Vehicle
    Cusco - Ollantaytambo 2h 30m 95km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Ccaccaccollo Community and Planeterra-Sponsored Women's Weaving Co-op visit
    Calca
    Visit the Ccaccaccollo community centre which G Adventures travellers' donations helped to create through the Planeterra Foundation in 2005, enabling local women to sell traditional textiles to travellers. See local weaving and dyeing techniques used to create garments and souvenirs, and learn how the Planeterra weaving co-operative has impacted the community and those who visit it. This includes the purchase of alpacas to provide a steady supply of wool, looms, and sewing machines as well as several training courses on production, sales and small business management.

    Pisac Ruins Guided Tour
    Pisac
    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.

    Ollantaytambo Ruins Guided Tour
    Ollantaytambo
    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.

    Parwa Community Restaurant the Sacred Valley
    Lamay
    Contribute to sustainable tourism in Huchuy Qosco, 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. (Breakfast,Lunch)

  • DAY 4 Ollantaytambo/Cuncani

    Depart Ollantaytambo by van to Lares town where the hike begins. Spend the first night at a Planeterra-supported campsite in Cuncani.

    The Lares Trek is a scenic, less touristic route to hike through the Andes. It is one day shorter than the Inca Trail but higher in elevation. Enjoy Planeterra-supported handmade biodegradable soap products for use on the Lares Trek.

    The locations and distances may change on this hike, as camping will be done in different places depending on pace, ability, and weather. The first night will always be spent at the Planeterra-supported community-owned and managed campsite in an indigenous village previously bypassed by the tourism industry. In most cases, the CEO will hike the Lares Trek with the group.

    Private Vehicle
    Ollantaytambo - Lares 3h-3h30m
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Lares Trek (Lares-Cuncani)
    Lares - Cuncani 9km
    Start early and drive (3 hrs) to Lares town where the hike will start with a leisurely pace through the valley of Cuncani. Hike 4km (2.5 mi) to Chancachaca then stop for lunch. Be sure to rest and rehydrate because the altitude here is around 3480m (11,417 ft).

    Continue trekking along rocky mountain paths 4.7km (3 mi) to the isolated village of Cuncani. Camp here for the night at 3872m (12,703 ft). This community run campsite is supported by the IDB/MIF and Planeterra Foundation. (Dinner,Breakfast,Lunch)

  • DAY 5 Cuncani/Kuyoc

    Start early to hike from the foothills of Sicllaccasa Mountain to its high pass (4,750m/15,583 ft), providing scenic views of lagoons and the snow-capped Chicon Mountain. Celebrate after reaching the highest point by making an offering of coca leaves to the Andean gods. After the morning hike, stop to rest and take in the amazing view. Continue hiking downhill to our second campsite near the stream for the night.

    Lares Trek (Cuncani - Kuyoc)
    Cuncani - Kuyoc 17km
    Hike from the foothills of Sicllaccasa Mountain 12.2km (7.6 mi) to its high pass at 4750m (15,583 ft), providing scenic views of lagoons and the snow-capped Chicon Mountain. Celebrate after reaching the highest point by making an offering of coca leaves to the Andean gods.

    Hike downhill another 2.2km (1.3 mi) to QuencaPata, for lunch and to take in the amazing view.

    Continue hiking downhill another 2.6km (1.6 mi) to our second campsite near a stream. Sleep tonight at about 4,114m (13,497 ft) elevation. (Lunch,Dinner,Breakfast)

  • DAY 6 Kuyoc/Aguas Calientes

    Enjoy the last few hours of hiking before travelling by van to Ollantaytambo and train to Aguas Calientes. Spend some time relaxing in town or visiting the nearby hot springs.

    Lares Trek (Kuyoc - Punta Carretera)
    Kuyoc - Punta Carretera 10-11km
    Follow the trail to see typical Andean flora and fauna, llamas and alpacas. Descend through the valley of Pumahuanca and meet friendly local Quechua people and explore some Inca storehouses along the way. Trek 3-4 hrs to reach the town of Pumahuanca. Enjoy lunch then hop a van to Ollantaytambo. Continue by train to Aguas Calientes.

    Private Vehicle
    Punta Carretera - Ollantaytambo 30m
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Train
    Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes 1h30m
    Climb aboard, take your seat, and enjoy the ride. (Breakfast,Lunch)

  • DAY 7 Aguas Calientes/Cusco

    Enjoy a guided visit to Machu Picchu at sunrise. Use some free time to explore the ruins on your own. Later, travel back to Cusco.

    Rise early to catch the first bus up to Machu Picchu with your guide. Enjoy a guided visit to the ruins followed by free time to explore. Opt to walk up to the Sun Gate or Inca Bridge.

    When ready, head back down by bus to Aguas Calientes to meet up with the rest of the group. Take the scenic train back to Ollantaytambo to meet the van for the ride back to Cusco.

    Local bus
    Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu 30m
    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

    Machu Picchu Guided Tour
    Machu Picchu 1h30m-2h
    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).

    Local bus
    Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes 30m
    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

    Train
    Aguas Calientes - Ollantaytambo 1h30m
    Climb aboard, take your seat, and enjoy the ride.

    Private Vehicle
    Ollantaytambo - Cusco 2h
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Optional Activities
    Inca Bridge Visit
    Machu Picchu
    Use any leftover energy from your Machu Picchu hike to visit the Inca Bridge site nearby (thought by some to be a secret back entrance to Machu Picchu). Trek up to the bridge that's cleaving to a 579m (1,900 ft) cliff, and soak in amazing views of cloud forest along the way. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 8 Cusco

    Free day to explore Cusco or relax. Active options include whitewater rafting, horseback riding and mountain biking.

    Free Time
    CuscoFull Day
    Spend the day enjoying the city or the surrounding landscape.

    Optional Activities
    Horseback Riding

    Cusco
    Hop in the saddle and explore Cusco's archaeological sites by horseback on a 3.5 hr tour - no previous experience needed. Dress for the weather, and bring sunblock and a hat, just in case.

    Mountain Biking
    Cusco
    Take to two wheels and head out into the hills around Cusco for some nature-meets-adrenaline fun. Try a trip to the Sacred Valley, perhaps, visiting an Inca ruin along the way.

    Whitewater Rafting Urubamba
    Urubamba
    Rise for an early morning pick up and drive to Chuquicahuana for a safety briefing. Enjoy a full day of rafting on the Upper Vilcanota River (about 2.5 hrs on the water). Be thrilled by fast rapids that are a constant Class III and IV for around 11km (9 mi), and don't forget to take in the gorgeous scenery. Rehash all the excitement afterward over a riverside picnic lunch. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 9 Cusco/Tambopata

    Fly to Puerto Maldonado and continue by motorized boat to our comfortable, intimate and exclusive G Lodge Amazon.

    Fly to Puerto Maldonado, deep in the lowlands of the Amazon jungle.

    After a brief stop in town, depart for the lodge by motorized canoe. Look out for a variety of bird species, including Black Skimmers and Capped Herons, during the boat ride. The Tambopata Rainforest holds the world record for the most bird sightings in one area. Later, head out on scenic hour-long walk through the rainforest to a lake and take a short canoe ride to the other side.

    Plane
    Cusco - Puerto Maldonado 1h 320km
    Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.

    Motorized canoe
    Puerto Maldonado - Tambopata 3h
    Climb in and move swiftly through the water to the next stop.

    Walking
    Tambopata 1h
    Lace up your shoes and get to the next stop under your own power. (Breakfast,Dinner,Lunch)

  • DAY 10 Tambopata

    Enjoy guided excursions by expert naturalists to spot wildlife at nearby oxbow lakes and clay licks.

    Use of rubber boots is included while at the lodge.

    Jungle Excursions
    Tambopata
    Enjoy visits to oxbow lakes and small clay licks to learn about the jungle and its inhabitants. Be introduced to the area's rich flora and fauna by expert naturalist guides, who can teach extensive uses for medicinal and other forest plant resources through traditional techniques. Be prepared to go early morning or evening to avoid the heat of midday. Enjoy a leisurely pace - the trip requires some walking, but nothing too strenuous. (Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner)

  • DAY 11 Tambopata/Lima

    Fly back to Lima and opt for a final dinner and night out.

    Motorized canoe
    Tambopata - Puerto Maldonado 3h
    Climb in and move swiftly through the water to the next stop.

    Plane
    Puerto Maldonado - Lima 1h 30m-2h
    Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 12 Depart Lima

    Depart at any time.

    Departure Day
    Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure. (Breakfast)

  • Meal basis

    As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals

  • TRIP DETAILS

    If you have booked this trip or are curious about all of the details, you can download this trip's information as a PDF.

    Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

  1. We recommend you to have a meal budget of USD 200 - 260 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.

  2. This programme is operated on a Coach tour. Maximum Group size is 16 passengers, at an average there are 12 passengers travelling on this tour.

  3. Itinerary descriptions are guaranteed with the exception of unforeseen conditions which include, but are not limited to, road closures due to weather, acts of God, safety concerns, changes to highway legal restrictions, and acts by third parties beyond the control of Service Provider.

  4. There is no refund for any non-utilization of any services.

  5. All holiday prices are subject to Govt. Service Tax of 5% payable to Govt of India.

  6. At this point of time no services are confirmed and the same is subject to availability.

  7. Request for an early hotel check in or late checkout is at the discretion of the accommodation unless pre-booked and pre-paid in advance.

  8. All payment to be made strictly by cheque / Demand Draft / Direct bank transfer in favour of 'COX AND KINGS LIMITED'.

  9. The rules and regulations controlling the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu are continually changing. Before embarking on your adventure to Peru it is very important that you familiarize yourself with the Inca Trail booking policies and guidelines as described in a document available on our website, at the following URL address: http://www.gadventures.com/before-you-go/

  10. Please advise at time of booking if you do not wish to hike the Inca Trail. Instead, you will have 2 nights in Cusco, travel by train for a night in Aguas Calientes, and join the hikers for the tour of Machu Picchu.

  11. Portions of the Inca Trail will be closed for general maintenance during the month of February each year. Also, closures may occur at various times throughout the year due to inclement weather or other conditions beyond our control. During these periods, any tour affected will hike the Lares Trek.

  12. PLEASE NOTE that there are no minimums on this tour. The nature of this tour is such that it is possible for certain components to have low numbers of passengers (for example, in the jungle). You will be accompanied by Local Guides at all times.

  13. Please note that this trip is a combination of multiple G Adventures tours. Although this is a group travel experience, please note that travellers will have different activity options within the itinerary which means that you may not be with the same group of people at all times. As such, the staff and/or particular vehicles operating your tour may also change between tour segments (i.e. while in Lima, during the Inca Trail, and while in the Amazon).

  14. Looking to add to your experience? Check out our Theme Packs! Specially designed for travellers with unique interests, theme packs are optional add-ons to your G adventures trip that make your adventure more you-centric. Theme Packs must be booked prior to departure, please see details in our optional activities field and ask you sales CEO.

  15. In our continued effort to support the rights of the porters on the Inca Trail, we would like ensure that they never exceed the weight limit for their packs as set out by the Peruvian authorities. Porters are allowed to carry no more than 6kg of personal belongings per hiker (for all other Peru treks the limit is 8kg). That means that including your sleeping bag, toiletries, clothing, etc, you are allowed a total weight of 6kg for the hike which will be carried in a duffle bag provided by our local office. Any additional weight must then be carried by you in your day pack. To help achieve this goal we recommend that you carry travel sized toiletries, that you bring sport sandals that can be worn with socks (which are lighter than running/walking shoes) and that you limit electronics to those that you are willing to carry. Any additional baggage can be left in Cusco, but is advised that you bring anything of value (eg. money, passport, credit cards, camera, etc) with you on the trek.if at the end of your trek you felt your trekking guide and support team did an outstanding job, tipping is appreciated. The amount is entirely a personal preference, however as a guideline, we suggest each hiker contributes the following to a collective pool. We suggest a tipping amount of $40 per person for the Inca Trail and $35 per person for the Lares Trek.

  16. All travellers are required to pay the tax on domestic flights in Peru. Foreign travellers are exempt form this, and proving you are indeed a foreign traveller can be done by providing us with your international ticket number (ITN). Travellers who do not submit international ticket numbers at least 30 days prior to Day 1 of their tour will be required to pay the domestic tax on all included flights


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