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Quest Of The Gods

14 Days, Lima to Lima
Quest Of The Gods

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Whether you're scanning the canopy for wildlife from the comfort of our intimate and exclusive G Lodge Amazon or trekking the Inca Trail, this tour has it all. Ex read more...

IS THIS Comfort TRIP FOR ME ? YES ! IF YOU...
    • Prefer meaningful small group travel with a little more polish and extra frills
    • Are eager to get off the tourist trail and connect with local people
    • Are excited by the prospect of handpicked hotels and guesthouses
What's Included
  • Overseas Medical Insurance for the duration of the tour (Sum of US$ 2,50,000 covered).
  • 13 Nights accommodation with breakfast (Comfort hotels (8 nts), G Lodge Amazon (2 nts), camping (3 nts).
  • 13 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners.
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  • Private van, plane, train, boat, canoe, hiking, walking.
  • Arrival transfer.
  • 3-day/2-night excursion to G Adventures exclusive rainforest lodge.
  • Sacred Valley and Ollantaytambo ruins guided tour with visit to a Planeterra-supported women's weaving project and lunch at the Planeterra-supported Sacred Valley Community Restaurant in Huchuy Qosco, an indigenous village.
  • 4-day Inca Trail hike with local guide, cook and porters, or take the scenic train.
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu.
  • Planeterra-supported handmade biodegradable soap products for use on the Inca Trail.
  • Guided tour of Taquile and Uros Islands on Lake Titicaca.
  • Services of Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout the tour, specialist Inca Trail CEO on hike.
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 310-405 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme. (Meal budget is not given in the PDF but given on GA website - Pls check whether to keep or not.)


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Itinerary
Day 1 Arrive Lima
Day 2 Lima/Tambopata
Day 3 Tambopata
Day 4 Tambopata/Cusco
Day 5 Cusco/Urubamba
Day 6 Ollantaytambo/Wayllabamba Camp
Day 7 Wayllabamba Camp/Paqaymayo Camp
Day 8 Paqaymayo Camp/Winaywayna
Day 9 Winaywayna/Cusco
Day 10 Cusco
Day 11 Cusco/Puno
Day 12 Puno
Day 13 Puno/Lima
Day 14 Depart 10
Departures
  • Start
  • Finish
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
  • Tambopata Rainforest Area
  • Cusco
  • Ollantaytambo
  • Wayllambama.
  • Paqaymayo Camp
  • Winaywayna
  • Puno
  • 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
    Lima
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    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/Tambopata

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

    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).

    Plane
    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
    Tambopata
    Get the low down 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,Dinner,Lunch)

  • DAY 3 Tambopata

    Enjoy guided excursions led by expert naturalists to spot wildlife at nearby oxbow lakes and clay licks. Spend some time relaxing in a hammock, enjoying the local swimming hole or visiting a nearby plantation. 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
    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.

    Caiman-Spotting Cruise
    Tambopata
    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.

    Free Time
    Tambopata
    Spend time around the lodge or go further afield. Free time is yours to explore any way you want! (Dinner,Lunch,Breakfast)

  • 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. Enjoy free time to explore the city.

    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.

    Plane
    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. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 5 Cusco/Urubamba

    Full-day guided tour of the Sacred Valley with guided hikes at ruins and a visit to a Planeterra-supported women's weaving project in a local community. Enjoy lunch at the Planeterra-supported Sacred Valley Community Restaurant in Huchuy Qosco, an indigenous Village.

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

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

    Private Vehicle
    Cusco - Ollantaytambo 6h-8h 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.

    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.

    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. (Lunch,Breakfast)

  • DAY 6 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,Breakfast,Lunch)

  • DAY 7 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. (Breakfast,Dinner,Lunch)

  • DAY 8 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. (Breakfast,Dinner,Lunch)

  • DAY 9 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 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).

    Train
    Aguas Calientes - Ollantaytambo1h30m118km
    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 10 Cusco

    Free day in Cusco - explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site at your leisure.

    Cusco is considered the mecca of Peru and rightly so. This beautiful colonial town offers nearby ruins, cobblestoned streets, museums, churches, and a lively atmosphere. The more adventurous optional activities available in Cusco include horseback riding around archaeological sites such as Sacsayhuaman, Tambo Machay, and Puca Pucara; white water rafting on the Urubamba River; and mountain biking down to the Sacred Valley, perhaps visiting an Inca ruin along the way.

    Please note: if you booked the Culinary Theme Pack 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.

    Free Time
    Cusco Full Day
    Options range from cycling and rafting, or enjoying more leisurely pursuits such as visiting museums, shopping or people watching in a cafe on the main square.

    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.

    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.

    Cusco Archaeological Tour
    Cusco
    Explore some of the most important Inca ruins outside the city. Admire Saqsaywaman's monumental stonework. See Tambomachay's fountains, thought to be an ancient spa or a military outpost. Discover the natural cave in Qenqo - home to the ancient temple of Puma. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 11 Cusco/Puno

    Drive to Puno, enjoying scenic mountain views.

    Enjoy spectacular views of the countryside on this full day of travel from Cusco to Puno, through the high Altiplano.

    Private Vehicle
    Cusco - Puno 7h-8h 389km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 12 Puno

    Enjoy a guided boat tour of Lake Titicaca visiting the floating Islands of Uros and Taquile. Option to visit the Sillustani burial site.

    In the morning, board a comfortable 35-foot, fully equipped speed boat to explore the lake. Stop at various islands to enjoy the lake's scenic splendor and to meet the friendly people of these communities.

    Day Trip to Lake Titicaca
    Lago Titicaca
    Head out for a day on beautiful Lake Titicaca. Travel to Taquile Island to visit the community and check out the spectacular views. Do some shopping at the local weaving cooperatives and learn about the Taquilenos, known for their fine handwoven textiles and Clothing.

    Continue on to the floating islands of Uros. Learn about the totora reeds that grow in the shallows of Lake Titicaca used to make everything from the islands themselves to the boats the islanders use for transportation (if constructed well, they last up to six months). Find out from locals how the islands are constructed; as the layers closest to the water start to rot, they are replaced with fresh reeds on top.

    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 13 Puno/Lima

    Transfer to Juliaca and fly back to Lima to enjoy your last night in Peru.

    Private Vehicle
    Puno - Juliaca 1h
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Plane
    Juliaca - 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 14 Depart 10

    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 310-405 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme. (Meal budget is not given in the PDF but given on GA website - Pls check whether to keep or not.)


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

  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. COMBO TRIP Please note that this trip is a combination of multiple G Adventures tours. As such, the staff and/or particular vehicles operating your tour may change between tour segments. You may also expect some group members to join or leave the tour, between tour segments.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  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.

  15. 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.


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