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ANDEAN DISCOVERY - (INCA TRAIL)

21 Days, La Paz to Lima
ANDEAN DISCOVERY - (INCA TRAIL)

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From the awe-inspiring archeological and cultural treasures of the Andean highlands to the Nazca Lines on Peru's enigmatic coast, this epic adventure explores the read more...

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    • Are young at heart
    • Prefer fast-paced and budget-friendly trips
    • Want to have meaningful encounters with local people
    • Love making new friends
What's Included
  • Overseas Medical Insurance for the duration of the tour (Sum of US$ 2,50,000 covered).
  • 20 nights accommodation (Simple hotels (14 nts, some multi-share), overnight buses (2 nts), camping (3 nts), homestay (1 nt)).
  • 18 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5 dinners.
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  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities (Public bus, train, hiking).
  • Lake Titicaca excursion.
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu.
  • 4-day Inca Trail hike with a local guide and cook.
  • G Adventures-supported handmade biodegradable soap products for use on the Inca Trail.
  • 2-day Colca Canyon excursion.
  • Pachamanca ceremony (Nazca)
  • Services of Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout the tour, specialist Inca Trail CEO on hike, local guides.
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Important Notes
We recommend you to have a meal budget of USD 395-515 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.A
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Itinerary
Day 1 Arrive La Paz
Day 2 La Paz/Puno
Day 3 Puno/Isla Amantani
Day 4 Isla Amantani/Puno
Day 5 Puno/Cusco
Day 6 Cusco
Day 7 Cusco/Ollantaytambo
Day 8 Ollantaytambo/Wayllabamba Camp
Day 9 Wayllabamba Camp/Paqaymayo Camp
Day 10 Paqaymayo Camp/Winaywayna
Day 11 Winaywayna/Cusco
Day 12 Cusco
Day 13 Cusco/Arequipa
Day 14 Arequipa
Day 15 Arequipa/Chivay
Day 16 Chivay
Day 17 Chivay/Nazca
Day 18 Nazca
Day 19 Nazca/Paracas
Day 20 Paracas/Lima
Day 21 Depart Lima
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Places Visited
  • La Paz
  • Puno
  • Isla Amantani
  • Cusco
  • Ollantaytambo
  • Wayllabamba Camp.
  • Paqaymayo Camp
  • Winaywayna
  • On Board The Bus
  • Arequipa
  • Chivay
  • Nazca
  • Paracas
  • Lima
  • DAY 1 Arrive La Paz

    Arrive at any time.

    Today is an arrival day, so no activities are planned. Check into the hotel, relax, enjoy the city, and take some time to adjust to the altitude.

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

    Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
    18:00
    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 La Paz/Puno

    Travel by bus through the Altiplano, crossing the border to the Peruvian city of Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca.

    The drive around Lake Titicaca and through the Altiplano from La Paz to Peru is impressive.

    Local bus
    La Paz - Copacabana 2h30m
    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

    Border Crossing (Bolivia - Peru)
    Copacabana - Yunguyo
    Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list.

    Local bus
    Yunguyo - Puno 3h30m
    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 3 Puno/Isla Amantani

    Guided tour of Lake Titicaca with a homestay in a small village.

    In the morning, board a boat on Lake Titicaca. Head to Taquile Island for lunch in a local restaurant and the chance for some shopping in the local weaving cooperatives.

    After, cruise to another village for an overnight homestay on the shores of the lake (the homestay location can vary based on community availability). This experience provides an opportunity to learn more about rural life in the Peruvian highlands and to participate in local traditions. Eat with the family, learn some Quecha and Spanish language skills, try on traditional costumes, and help out with daily chores around the village.

    Split into smaller groups for the night and split into family homes to experience their style of living firsthand.

    Boat
    Puno - Isla Amantani 3h
    Climb aboard and get your float on.

    Lake Titicaca Guided Boat Tour Day 1
    Lago Titicaca
    Board a boat on Lake Titicaca and head to Taquile Island for a delicious Peruvian lunch at a restaurant followed by some shopping at the local weaving cooperatives. (Taquilenos are known for their fine handwoven textiles and clothing, men are taught how to knit around age five and they create the majority of the textiles.) After, visit Amantani for an overnight stay with a host family and a chance to learn about life on the island.

    Lake Titicaca Homestay
    Lago Titicaca
    Split into smaller groups and get a taste of local life firsthand as we move into family homes for the night. Play soccer with the children, enjoy some dancing, watch dinner being made, learn about regional cuisine, and dress up in local clothes for an unforgettable evening with the whole village, enjoying traditional music and dancing. Lend a hand the next morning, and help out with chores like feeding animals, harvesting local produce, or bringing back buckets of water from the well. (Breakfast,Dinner)

  • DAY 4 Isla Amantani/Puno

    Visit the floating islands of Uros. Optional visit to the Sillustani burial site.

    Leave the homestay families late morning, and visit the Uros Islands on the way back to Puno. A popular optional activity in Puno is a visit to the spectacular chullpas (funerary towers) of Sillustani, a pre-Inca archaeological site only a short drive away.

    Lake Titicaca Guided Boat Tour Day 2
    Lago Titicaca
    Spend the morning with the homestay families on Amantani, then depart after lunch. Visit the floating islands of Uros on the way back, and learn about the unique lifestyle of the locals. Meet residents and learn how they built the islands with totora reeds, which are also used to make their homes, boats, crafts (and are also edible!).

    Free Time
    Puno
    Make the most of one last afternoon in Puno.

    Optional Activities
    Sillustani Burial Towers Tour

    Puno
    Take a guided tour of the Sillustani burial towers known as "chullpas." Be awed by these fantastic ruins located outside Puno - their remarkable towers stretch up to 12m (39 ft) in height. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 5 Puno/Cusco

    Travel through the high Altiplano region to Cusco.

    Local bus
    Puno - Cusco 7h 389km
    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 6 Cusco

    Free time to explore Cusco. Opt for a city tour, or go whitewater rafting, horseback riding or mountain biking.

    If you have pre-booked the Peru Adrenaline Bundle, the CEO will give you details about each activity throughout the tour. Today is likely the day for the full-day rafting excursion.

    Free Time
    Cusco Full Day
    Make the most of your time in Cusco.

    Optional Activities
    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 7 Cusco/Ollantaytambo

    En route to Ollantaytambo, opt to take a Sacred Valley tour and visit a G Adventures-supported women's weaving co-op.
    Ollantaytambo is a major Inca ruin site and your first taste of what lies ahead. For those craving more before they head out on the Trail, opt to take a Sacred Valley tour which includes not only Ollantaytambo and the ruin site of Pisac, but also a visit to a G Adventures-supported women's weaving co-op.

    Private Vehicle
    Cusco - Ollantaytambo 2h30m 95km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle..

    Optional Activities
    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.

    Sacred Valley Tour
    Ollantaytambo
    Opt to add a Sacred Valley tour, which includes a visit to a Planeterra-supported women's weaving co-op, the impressive Pisac ruins, the colourful artisan market (market days only), and the large ruin site of Ollantaytambo that lies adjacent to the town of the same name.

    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. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 8 Ollantaytambo/Wayllabamba Camp

    Depart Ollantaytambo by van to km 82 where the hike begins.

    Trek through beautiful scenery, with a variety of flora that changes with the seasons, passing several smaller ruin sites like Llactapata.

    A crew of local porters, cooks, and guides will take care of all the details for the duration of the hike. Porters carry the majority of the gear so you'll only need to carry a small daypack with water, rain gear, snacks, a camera, etc.

    Private Vehicle
    Ollantaytambo - Inca Trail 45m
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Hike Inca Trail
    Inca Trail KM 82 - Wayllabamba Camp 11km
    Get your blood pumping on this first day of hiking the Inca trail - the trekking is fairly easy and serves as good training for the next few days. Pass rambling rivers and a small village, and enjoy scenic mountain views - it's just a taste of what's to come. (Dinner,Lunch,Breakfast)

  • DAY 9 Wayllabamba Camp/Paqaymayo Camp

    Start early to climb the long steep path to Warmiwanusca, better known as Dead Woman's Pass. This is the highest point of the trek at 4,198m (13,769 ft). Most hikers reach camp by early afternoon, with ample time to rest and relax.

    Hike Inca Trail
    Wayllabamba Camp - Paqaymayo Camp 12km
    Trek over progressively spectacular and steeper terrain on your way to Warmiwanusca (aka Dead Woman's Pass), the highest point of the trek at 4,198m (13,769ft). Be prepared to face strong Andean weather (blazing sun or cold winds) around the pass. Take the hike slow, and drink lots of water along the way - amazing views are waiting as a reward. Enjoy some ample time to rest and relax after reaching the camp; most campers arrive around early afternoon. (Dinner,Lunch,Breakfast)

  • DAY 10 Paqaymayo Camp/Winaywayna

    Cross two more passes and ruins along the way. The first pass is Runquraqay at 3,950m (13,113 ft) where, on a clear day, hikers can catch a glimpse of the snow-capped Cordillera Vilcabamba. Hike through cloud forest on the gentle climb to the second pass of the day, walking through original Incan constructions. The highest point of the pass is 3,700m (12,136 ft). On a clear day, enjoy the spectacular views of the Urubamba Valley.

    At 3,650m (11,972 ft), reach the ruins of Phuyupatamarca, the "Town Above the Clouds." Camp here or go 1.5 hrs further along, near the Winay Wayna ruins (Forever Young) located at 2,650m (8,694 ft).

    Hike Inca Trail
    Paqaymayo Camp - Winaywayna 9h 16km
    Cross two passes and more ruins along the Inca Trail on the last full day of hiking. Traverse Runquraway at 3,950m (13,113 ft), and then reach the second pass at 3,700m (12,136 ft). Spot the gorgeous Cordillera Vilcabamba and the Urubamba Valley in the distance on a clear day. Camp at either the Phuyupatamarca ruins or the Winay Wayna ruins. (Dinner,Lunch,Breakfast)

  • DAY 11 Winaywayna/Cusco

    The final day of the hike starts pre-dawn to reach the Sun Gate before sunrise. Wake up around 03:30 and walk to the checkpoint. Catch the first views of the breathtaking ruins of Machu Picchu on a clear day. Hike down to Machu Picchu for a guided tour of the site and free time to explore. Opt to visit the Inca Bridge, if time allows.

    Catch the bus to Aguas Calientes to meet the CEO and any non-hiking members of your group. Eat and relax before your train back to Cusco in the afternoon.

    Hike Inca Trail
    Winaywayna - Machu Picchu 4km
    Wake around 03:30 to reach the Sun Gate before sunrise. Head to the checkpoint and join the lineup to wait for the gate to open. Catch the first views of the breathtaking ruins of Machu Picchu (fingers crossed for a clear day). Hike down to Machu Picchu (about 45 mins) for a 1.5 hr guided tour of the site, and free time to explore. Opt to visit the Inca Bridge (a 15 min walk one way) for no additional charge, if time allows.

    Catch the bus outside the Machu Picchu gate after your visit for a 25 min downhill ride to Aguas Calientes to meet the CEO and any non-hiking members of your group. Eat and relax before the train ride back to Cusco this evening.

    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).

    Train
    Aguas Calientes - Ollantaytambo 1h30m 118km
    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 ride. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 12 Cusco

    Free day to explore Cusco or relax after the trek. If you are ready for more adventure, opt to go whitewater rafting, horseback riding or mountain biking.

    If you have pre-booked the Peru Adrenaline Bundle, the CEO will give you details about each activity throughout the tour. Today is likely the day for the half-day horseback riding excursion.

    Free Time
    Cusco Full Day
    Make the most of your time in Cusco.

    Optional Activities
    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.

    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.

    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. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 13 Cusco/Arequipa

    Enjoy a final free day in Cusco before an overnight bus to Arequipa.

    Free Time
    Cusco Full Day
    Make the most of your time in Cusco.

    Overnight bus
    Cusco - Arequipa 10h 520km
    Curl up and catch a snooze en route to the next stop. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 14 Arequipa

    Opt to visit the Santa Catalina Convent or soak in local hot springs.

    Those with an interest in history and architecture may take an optional visit to the Convent of Santa Catalina, offering a brief respite from the outside world and a unique view into a bygone way of life. Other optional excursions include rafting and mountaineering.

    For spicy food lovers, checking out one of the "Picanterias" is a must. Arequipa has a variety of regional food: alpaca, shrimp, pork, lots of soups, and spicy sauces.

    Free Time
    Arequipa Full Day
    Make the most of your time here.

    Optional Activities
    Arequipa City Tour

    Arequipa
    Head out and see the sights, exploring all you can of "the white city."

    Santa Catalina Monastery Visit
    Arequipa
    Visit this 16th-century monastery (over 20,000 sq m) for its beautiful architecture built in the Mudejar style. Travel back in time wandering its small streets lined with colourful walls, and take some time to learn about its captivating history. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 15 Arequipa/Chivay

    Take a full-day tour of the spectacular Colca Valley and opt for a soak in hot springs.

    Enjoy an overnight excursion to the impressive Colca Canyon - one of the deepest canyons in the world. Stop in fascinating villages and at "miradors" (scenic lookouts), where, with a little luck, spot Andean condors soaring over the majestic Andes. Other unusual animals that may be spotted in the Andean landscape include three different species of camelids: alpaca, llama, and vicuna.

    Private Vehicle
    Arequipa - Colca Canyon 4h30m-5h 165km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Colca Canyon Guided Tour
    Colca Canyon
    Spot condors on this guided tour, and keep your eyes peeled for other unusual animals. Look for three different species of camelids: alpaca, llama, and vicuna, which are all typical of Peru.

    Optional Activities
    Hot Springs

    Chivay
    Soak your weary bones in steaming hot water pouring from the earth and relax. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 16 Chivay

    Continue exploring Colca Canyon with opportunities to view condors, visit local villages, and see the old terraces. Free afternoon to unwind in the hot springs.

    Get an early start to be on the look out for the condors flying. Travel from Chivay town to a condor viewpoint to admire these magnificent birds in the air. On the way back, stop by some local villages and viewpoints to see old terraces and sections of Colca Canyon, the deepest canyon in the world. Take a lunch break and return to Arequipa in the afternoon.

    Colca Canyon Guided Tour
    Colca Canyon 7h
    Spot condors on this guided tour, and keep your eyes peeled for other unusual animals. Look for three different species of camelids: alpaca, llama, and vicuna, which are all typical of Peru.

    Free Time
    Chivay Afternoon
    Sit back, relax, and enjoy a free afternoon.

    Optional Activities
    Hot Springs

    Chivay
    Soak your weary bones in steaming hot water pouring from the earth and relax. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 17 Chivay/Nazca

    Drive to Arequipa and enjoy free time in the afternoon. Overnight bus to Nazca.

    Colca Canyon Guided Tour
    Colca Canyon
    Spot condors on this guided tour, and keep your eyes peeled for other unusual animals. Look for three different species of camelids: alpaca, llama, and vicuna, which are all typical of Peru.

    Private Vehicle
    Chivay - Arequipa 4h30m
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Free Time
    Arequipa Afternoon
    Enjoy a final afternoon in Arequipa.

    Overnight bus
    Arequipa - Nazca 9h 560km
    Curl up and catch a snooze en route to the next stop. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 18 Nazca

    Optional flight over the Nazca Lines.

    Travel north to one of the world's greatest archaeological mysteries, the Nazca Lines. Very little can be seen from the ground. The best view is from a light aircraft, which can easily be arranged.

    Free Time
    Nazca
    Enjoy some free time during the day.

    Optional Activities
    Nazca Desert Cemetery and Potter's Studio Guided Tour

    Nazca
    80PEN per person
    See remains of the Nazca culture during an included tour of the ancient Pre-Inca desert cemetery site of Chauchilla. Spot 1500-year-old mummies, bones, and pottery on the desert floor. The entire desert area was also once home to the ancient Paracas and the Nazca cultures, which preceded the Incas by more than half a millennium. Stop for a visit at an artisan's workshop, where modern masters create Nazca style pottery.

    Flight over Nazca Lines
    Nazca
    105USD per person
    Take to the skies for the best view of the enigmatic Nazca Lines, a series of patterns and pictures etched in the ground, crisscrossing a wide area of flat desert. Marvel at the lines measuring up to 10km (32 mi) in length, yet, remaining perfectly straight. See depictions of birds, insects, and animals only recognizable from the air. Decide for yourself the origin of the lines - who drew the lines, and why, remains a mystery. Current beliefs suggest that they may be part of complex agricultural calendar. (Dinner)

  • DAY 19 Nazca/Paracas

    Transfer to Paracas with a stop at a winery and at the Oasis of Huacachina.

    Leave Nazca and stop at the Huacachina Oasis for some optional sandboarding. Continue to visit an artisanal winery to sample some local pisco and wine. Paracas is located one hour further.

    Private Vehicle
    Nazca - Ica 3h 140km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Huacachina Oasis visit
    Huacachina
    Stop by this beautiful oasis and opt to try your hand at the favourite local sport: sandboarding. The oasis is also a great place to walk around and explore.

    Huacachina Winery Visit
    Huacachina
    Learn about the wine and pisco production in the area and enjoy a tasting of different varieties, which are all available for purchase.

    Private Vehicle
    Ica - Paracas 1h 70km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Optional Activities
    Sandboarding in Ica

    Ica 45m-1h
    40PEN per person
    Drive into the dunes in a sand buggy, making four stops along the way. Take some photos of the magnificent scenery before trying your hand at sandboarding down dunes of different sizes. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 20 Paracas/Lima

    Opt to visit the Ballestas Islands in the morning before travelling to Lima for a final night. Be sure to try some ceviche and a Pisco Sour.

    Local bus
    Pisco - Lima 4h 250km
    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

    Minibus
    Paracas - Pisco 30m
    It's bigger than a van, smaller than a bus, and just the right size for adventure.

    Optional Activities
    Ballestas Islands Trip

    Las Ballestas
    Get ready to do some amazing wildlife watching on this trip to Ballestas Islands (aka Lima's Little Galapagos) on the Peruvian Coast. Spot playful sea lions, Humboldt penguins, boobies, pelicans, and more than 200 sea birds. Be sure to bring a camera to capture some amazing pics. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 21 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 395-515 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.A

  2. This programme is operated on a Coach tour. Maximum Group size is 18 passengers, at an average there are 14 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:

  10. http://www.gadventures.com/inca-advisory.php

  11. Those passengers not able to or not interested in the hike can take the train. They will spend two days in Cusco before travelling to Aguas Calientes by train, where they will overnight and rendezvous with the hikers in the ruins of Machu Picchu. If you decide not to do the hike we need to know prior to your departure in order to obtain the correct train tickets. Please advise your agent or G Adventures.

  12. 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.

  13. Please note that Aerolineas Argentinas allows 1 piece of luggage that weighs up to 15kg on internal flights. For every extra kilo the airline will charge $10 per kg at the time of check-in.

  14. 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.


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