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Machu Picchu And The Amazon - 2 (Lares Trek)

10 Days, Lima to Cusco
Machu Picchu And The Amazon - 2 (Lares Trek)

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These ten days are a brief but full introduction to the very best natural wonders and local culture Peru has on offer. Get in touch with the Andean past in the former Inc read more...

What's Included
  • Overseas Medical Insurance for the duration of the tour (Sum of US$ 2,50,000 covered).
  • 09 nights accommodation (Hotels (4 nts), G Lodge Amazon (2 nts), Inca Trail camping or Cusco-stay hotel (3 nts)).
  • 9 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 4 dinners.
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities (Private van, plane, train, boat, canoe).
  • Arrival transfer.
  • Internal flights.
  • Three-day excursion to the G Adventures exclusive rainforest lodge (three nights).
  • Visit the Cusco Planetarium.
  • Sacred Valley tour.
  • 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 Cusco stay with scenic train.
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu.
  • Services of Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout the tour, specialist Inca Trail CEO on hike, local guides.
  • Interesting articles, helpful tips, and photography advice from National Geographic before you depart.
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 USD170-225 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.
Day 1 Arrive Lima
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Day 3 Tambopata
Day 4 Tambopata/Cusco
Day 5 Cusco/ Ollantaytambo
Day 6 Ollantaytambo/Cuncani
Day 7 Cuncani/Kuyoc
Day 8 Kuyoc/Aguas Calientes
Day 9 Aguas Calientes/Cusco
Day 10 Depart Cusco
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Places Visited
  • Lima
  • Tambopata
  • Cusco
  • Ollantaytambo
  • Cuncani Camp
  • Kuyoc
  • Aguas Calientes
  • DAY 1 Arrive Lima

    Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.

    Please note: if you booked the Culinary Theme Pack it does not include extra time in Lima, and we highly recommend booking pre-trip accommodation. You will be picked up from your hotel at approx 10:00am and taken to a local market and restaurant to prepare and enjoy a traditional Peruvian meal. Return back to your hotel around 13:00.

    Also, 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.

    Private Vehicle
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

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

  • DAY 2 Lima/Tambopata

    Fly to Puerto Maldonado and continue by motorized canoe to the comfortable, intimate, and exclusive G Lodge Amazon located in the lush Tambopata Rainforest.

    After a brief stop in town to store large luggage, drive to the pier and travel by covered motorized boat to the jungle lodge.

    En route, spot bird species typical of the local river and forest edge. The Tambopata Rainforest area holds the world record for the most bird sightings in one area.

    Local community members make up the majority of lodge staff, including multilingual naturalist guides. Take the opportunity to learn about the area's rich flora and fauna and locals' extensive use of medicinal plants and other forest plant resources through traditional techniques for building, fishing, and hunting.

    Enjoy a welcome drink and orientation. Before dinner, head out for a night walk around the lodge grounds.

    The lodge itself combines native architectural style and materials with low-impact, eco-friendly technology. Rooms are simple but comfortable, with mosquito netting for individual beds, flush toilets, showers (with solar-heated hot water), and candles for lighting (no electricity).

    Lima - Puerto Maldonado 2h 30m-3h
    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 2h-3h
    Head by private vehicle to the lodge's office in Puerto Maldonado to store large luggage. From there, travel about 1 hr to reach the boat landing.

    Be prepared to protect yourself from the sun and bugs before you get on the boat. It's quite pleasant with the covered roof and breeze, but you can still get sunburned. It's recommended to wear light long sleeves and trousers on the boat.

    Wildlife-spotting Night Walk
    Get the lowdown on local flora and fauna, and grab a flashlight to discover what's living around lodge grounds. Receive help from the talented, expert naturalist guide to locate heaps of hidden creatures! Keep an eye out for snakes, tarantulas, owls, and poison dart frogs, just to name a few. (Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner)

  • DAY 3 Tambopata

    Enjoy guided jungle excursions led by expert naturalists to spot wildlife at nearby oxbow lakes, rivers, and clay licks. Spend some time relaxing in a hammock, enjoying the local swimming hole then go for a caiman-spotting cruise after dinner.

    Head out early to catch the jungle at its wildest (and coolest). Walk slowly through the forest searching for wildlife before heading out on an oxbow lake by canoe.

    Search for anaconda, the elusive giant river otter, or black caiman. Even if you don't spot these shy creatures, there are plenty of birds, interesting plants, and other animals about.

    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.

    Free Time
    Spend time around the lodge or go further afield. Free time is yours to explore any way you want!

    Caiman-Spotting Cruise
    Head out after dark by motorized canoe to search for caimans on the river banks. Enjoy a lesson on caimans from the expert guide. Take advantage of the keen eyes of the expert naturalist guides - they are truly spectacular at spotting these elusive smaller cousins of alligators hiding on the muddy banks. (Lunch,Breakfast,Dinner)

  • DAY 4 Tambopata/Cusco

    Travel by boat out of the jungle to Puerto Maldonado for the flight over the Andes and into the heart of Inca territory, Cusco. This evening, look to the night sky for a different view at the Cusco Planetarium. Enjoy a presentation on the southern sky, contemporary astronomy, and the ancient Incas' relationship with the cosmos. Visit the on-site museum and use the telescopes to admire the stars.

    Afternoon arrival into the Inca capital. Time for strolling around the plazas and markets. Admire the cobblestones streets, and visit some museums and Cathedral.

    Motorized canoe
    Tambopata - Puerto Maldonado 2h-3h
    Climb in and move swiftly through the water to the next stop.

    Puerto Maldonado - Cusco 1h-1h 30m 320km
    Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.

    Free Time
    Cusco Afternoon
    Take it easy this afternoon and acclimatize to the higher altitude.

    Cusco Planetarium
    Look to the night sky for a different view of the city. Explore the Cusco Planetarium surrounded by the serene nature of the Llaullipata Ecological Reserve. Enjoy a presentation on the southern sky, contemporary astronomy, and the ancient Incas' relationship with the cosmos. Check out the on-site museum and use the telescopes to admire the stars (weather-permitting). (Breakfast)

  • DAY 5 Cusco/ Ollantaytambo

    Full-day excursion of the Sacred Valley with an expert local guide including the Pisac and Ollantaytambo ruins and a visit to a G Adventures-supported women's weaving project in a local community. Also, enjoy lunch at the G Adventures-supported Sacred Valley Community Restaurant in Huchuy Qosqo, an indigenous village.

    Travel through the stunning Sacred Valley of the Incas, with guided walks through the Ollantaytambo and Pisac ruins.

    Also visit a G Adventures-supported women's weaving co-op, and Huchuy Qosqo, an indigenous village previously bypassed by the tourism industry, now running the G Adventures-supported Sacred Valley Community Restaurant. Stop to enjoy lunch.

    Private Vehicle
    Cusco - Ollantaytambo 6h-8h 95km
    Time includes all stops and visits en route through the Sacred Valley.

    Ccaccaccollo Community and Planeterra-Sponsored Women's Weaving Co-op visit
    Visit the Ccaccaccollo community centre which G Adventures travellers' donations helped create through Planeterra Foundation in 2005, thereby 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.

    Parwa Community Restaurant the Sacred Valley
    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.

    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. (Lunch,Breakfast)

  • DAY 6 Ollantaytambo/Cuncani

    Depart Ollantaytambo by van to Lares town where the hike begins. Spend the first night at a G Adventures-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 G Adventures-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 G Adventures-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-3h 30m
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Lares Trek (Lares-Cuncani)
    Lares - Cuncani 4h 30m 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. (Lunch,Dinner,Breakfast)

  • DAY 7 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 9h 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 8 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 3h 30m 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.

    Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes 1h 30m
    Climb aboard, take your seat, and enjoy the ride. (Lunch,Breakfast)

  • DAY 9 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.

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

    Machu Picchu Guided Tour
    Machu Picchu 1h 30m-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).

    Opt to walk up to the Sun Gate or Inca Bridge.

    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.

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

    Aguas Calientes - Ollantaytambo 1h 30m
    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. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 10 Depart Cusco

    Depart at any time.

    Want more time to explore? G Adventures offers post-accommodation. Please request at time of booking.

    Please note: If you booked the Culinary Theme Pack, on day 11 you will be picked up from your hotel at approx 12:30 and taken to a local market and restaurant to prepare and enjoy a traditional Peruvian meal. You will return back to your hotel around 16:00. As this pack does not include extra on-trip time in Cusco, it is necessary to bundle it with a post-trip stay.

    Note: Return flight to Lima can be arranged if requested.

    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 USD170-225 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 10 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. INCA TRAIL/MACHU PICCHU REGULATIONS: 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. INCA TRAIL MAINTENACE: 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.

  11. DOMESTIC FLIGHT - UPON REQUEST: A flight back to Lima can be arranged if requested at the time of booking.

  12. COMBO TRIP: Please note that this tour combines with other G Adventures tours. As such, the staff and some travel companions on your tour may have previously been traveling together with G Adventures, prior to Day 1 of your tour. Likewise, some staff and travel companions may be continuing together on another G Adventures tour, after your trip concludes.

  13. MACHU PICCHU BY TRAIN - OPTIONAL: 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. Also note that if you choose to take the train, the physical rating for this trip is only level 3.

  14. EXTRAS: Looking to add to your experience? Check out our Extras! 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. Extras 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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