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12 Days, Lima to Lima

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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...

    • 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 nights accommodation
  • 11 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners.
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities (Public bus, plane, train, boat, canoe, hiking).
  • Internal flights
  • Planeterra-supported handmade biodegradable soap products for use on the Inca Trail
  • Machu Picchu guided tour.
  • Amazon Jungle stay at the exclusive G Lodge Amazon (3-day).
  • Guided excursions with naturalists.
  • Rubber boot use.
  • G Representatives in Lima and Cusco, expert jungle guide in Amazon.
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.
Day 1 Arrive Lima
Day 2 Lima/Cusco
Day 3 Cusco/Ollantaytambo
Day 4 Ollantaytambo/Cusco
Day 5 Cusco
Day 6 Cusco/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
  • Mar
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  • Dec
  • Mar
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  • Aug
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  • Start
  • Finish
  • 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
  • Mon, 25 Mar '19
  • Fri, 05 Apr '19
  • Mon, 22 Jul '19
  • Fri, 02 Aug '19
  • Mon, 12 Aug '19
  • Fri, 23 Aug '19
  • Mon, 16 Dec '19
  • Fri, 27 Dec '19

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
  • Beijing
  • Ollantaytambo
  • Cusco
  • 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
    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.

    The flight to Cusco usually departs early, it may be necessary to leave the hotel as early as 4:00am.

    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

    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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/Cusco

    Return to the Sacred Valley with the CEO to visit the sites of the Maras Salt Mines and Moray. Spend the evening in Cusco.

    When the hikers leave in the morning, return to Cusco with the CEO, visiting the sites of the Maras Salt Mines and Moray on the way.

    Private Vehicle
    Ollantaytambo - Cusco 1h 45m-2h 94km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Maras Salt Mines and Moray Visit
    Maras - 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. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 5 Cusco

    Enjoy an included tour around the old part of Cusco, visit a Choco Museum and explore the local food market.

    Cusco City Tour and Market Visit
    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.

    Free Time
    Cusco Afternoon
    Spend more time getting to know this fascinating city and surrounding area. Free time is yours to explore any way you want. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 6 Cusco/Aguas Calientes

    Travel by van to Ollantaytambo to catch the scenic train to Aguas Calientes.

    Private Vehicle
    Cusco - Ollantaytambo 1h45m 94km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

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

  • 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.. 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).

    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
    Cusco Full Day
    Spend the day enjoying the city or the surrounding landscape.

    Optional Activities
    Horseback Riding

    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
    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
    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.

    Cusco - Puerto Maldonado 1h320km
    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.

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

  • 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
    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. (Dinner,Lunch,Breakfast)

  • 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.

    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


    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,.

  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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