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Quito To La Paz Adventure - 2 (Lares Trek)

35 Days, Quito to La Paz
Quito To La Paz Adventure - 2 (Lares Trek)

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Really discover what South America is all about on this epic five-week journey through Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia. This adventure truly has it all - the Pacific coast, th read more...

IS THIS Yolo TRIP FOR ME ? YES ! IF YOU...
    • 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).
  • 34 nights accommodation (Simple hotels (23 nts, some multi-share), overnight buses (4 nts), camping (3 nts), homestay (4 nt)).
  • 20 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners.
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  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities (Public bus, boat, truck, motorized canoe, train, hiking).
  • Amazon Jungle excursion.
  • Beach time in Mancora and Hanchaco.
  • Colca Canyon excursion.
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu.
  • Lake Titicaca excursion with overnight family homestay.
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
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Important Notes
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.
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Itinerary
Day 1 Quito
Day 2 Quito/Tena
Day 3 Tena
Day 4 Tena
Day 5 Tena/ Banos
Day 6 Banos
Day 7 Banos/Cuenca
Day 8 Cuenca
Day 9 Cuenca/Mncora
Day 10 Mncora
Day 11 Mncora/Huanchaco
Day 12 Huanchaco
Day 13 Huanchaco/Lima
Day 14 Lima
Day 15 Lima
Day 16 Lima/Paracas
Day 17 Paracas/Nazca
Day 18 Nazca/Arequipa
Day 19 Arequipa
Day 20 Arequipa/Chivay
Day 21 Chivay
Day 22 Arequipa/Cusco
Day 23 Cusco
Day 24 Cusco
Day 25 Cusco/Ollantaytambo
Day 26 Ollantaytambo/Cuncani
Day 27 Cuncani/Kuyoc
Day 28 Kuyoc/Aguas Calientes
Day 29 Aguas Calientes/Cusco
Day 30 Cusco
Day 31 Cusco/Puno
Day 32 Puno/Isla Amantani
Day 33 Isla Amantani/Puno
Day 34 Puno/La Paz
Day 35 Depart La Paz
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Places Visited
  • Quito
  • Tena
  • Banos
  • Cuenca
  • Mancora
  • Onboard The Bus
  • Huanchaco
  • Lima
  • Paracas
  • Nazca
  • Arequipa
  • Chivay
  • Cusco
  • Ollantaytambo
  • Cuncani Camp
  • Kuyoc
  • Aguas Calientes
  • Puno
  • Isla Amantani
  • La Paz
  • DAY 1 Quito

    Arrive at any time.

    Spend the first day of your trip wandering Ecuador's capital city. Meet the group in the evening at the hotel.

    Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
    1h
    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 Quito/Tena

    Travel to the jungle city of Tena and continue by truck to a jungle community.

    Travel overland to Tena, located on the edge of the Amazon. From there, transfer for 45 minutes by truck to the local community of Pimpilala that will be our home for 3 nights. Stay with a Quichua family, enjoy the hospitality of these wonderful people, and experience life in the jungle first-hand.

    Local bus
    Quito - Tena 6h-7h
    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

    Amazon Jungle Homestay
    Tena
    Learn about local traditional beliefs and customs on this amazing homestay in the Ecuadorian Amazon close to Napo River. Stay with a friendly Quichua family near the community of Cando. They've introduced countless visitors to local living and a completely different way of doing things -- one that may give you a different perspective on life.

    Take part in a number of amazing activities. Hike through the rainforest, plunge into waterfalls, and learn the uses of tropical plants. Experience local tradition, and learn about Quichua history and culture. (Lunch,Breakfast,Dinner)

  • DAY 3 Tena

    Spot wildlife on nature walks and learn about local traditions at an overnight homestay.

    Amazon Jungle Homestay
    Tena
    Learn about local traditional beliefs and customs on this amazing homestay in the Ecuadorian Amazon close to Napo River. Stay with a friendly Quichua family near the community of Cando. They've introduced countless visitors to local living and a completely different way of doing things -- one that may give you a different perspective on life.

    Take part in a number of amazing activities. Hike through the rainforest, plunge into waterfalls, and learn the uses of tropical plants. Experience local tradition, and learn about Quichua history and culture. (Dinner,Lunch,Breakfast)

  • DAY 4 Tena

    Spot wildlife on nature walks and learn about local traditions at an overnight homestay.

    Amazon Jungle Homestay
    Tena
    Learn about local traditional beliefs and customs on this amazing homestay in the Ecuadorian Amazon close to Napo River. Stay with a friendly Quichua family near the community of Cando. They've introduced countless visitors to local living and a completely different way of doing things - one that may give you a different perspective on life.

    Take part in a number of amazing activities. Hike through the rainforest, plunge into waterfalls, and learn the uses of tropical plants. Experience local tradition, and learn about Quichua history and culture. (Dinner,Lunch,Breakfast)

  • DAY 5 Tena/ Banos

    Travel to Banos, an adrenaline junkie's paradise.

    Banos is the perfect setting for outdoor pursuits, including horseback riding, canyoning, hiking, mountain biking, climbing, and rafting in the surrounding mountains and on the River Patate.

    Pickup truck
    Tena 45m
    Hop into the back and ride along to the next destination.

    Local bus
    Tena - Banos 3h-4h
    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

    Free Time
    Banos Afternoon
    Get out and explore Banos and its beautiful surroundings.

    Optional Activities
    Horseback Riding

    Banos
    25USD per person
    Hop in the saddle and explore Banos' beautiful countryside by horseback. Check out the unique vegetation in the region, and, perhaps, trot over to Tungurahua Volcano for amazing views.

    Mountain Biking
    Banos
    10 USD per person
    Take to two wheels and explore the amazing scenery surrounding Banos. Pass by mountains, rivers, waterfalls, and changing vegetation, depending on what path you take. Enjoy the cool wind on downhill stretches, but be sure to bring sunblock; the sun can be strong.

    Hot Springs
    Banos
    Soak weary muscles in the thermal baths Banos is famous for. Head to hot springs at the base of Tungurahua Volcano (which means 'little hell in Quichua), or try some of the baths fed by the melt waters of Tungurahua's glaciated flanks. Rise before the sun for an early soak - watching the sun peak over the mountains while relaxing in the warm waters is definitely worth the early start. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 6 Banos

    Opt to soak in the nearby hot springs or get active by hiking, horseback riding, or mountain biking.

    Free Time
    Banos Full Day
    Get out there and get exploring.

    Optional Activities
    Canyoneering

    Banos
    10USD per person
    Take the opportunity to go canyoneering in this prime place for outdoor adventure. Get fitted with gear and go with the group to explore waterfalls, rock formations, and the area's amazing natural beauty, all from a unique (and fun-filled) perspective.

    Hiking
    Banos
    Free
    Head to the mountains for some amazing treks; Banos provides the perfect natural setting for outdoor adventure.

    Mountain Biking
    Banos
    10USD per person
    Hop on your bike and explore the amazing scenery surrounding Banos. Pass by mountains, rivers, waterfalls, and changing vegetation - depending on what path you take. Enjoy the cool wind on downhill stretches, but be sure to bring sunblock; the sun can be strong.

    Hot Springs
    Banos
    Soak weary muscles in the thermal baths that Banos is famous for. Head to hot springs at the base of Tungurahua Volcano, which means "little hell" in Quichua, or try some of the baths fed by the melt waters of Tungurahua's glaciated flanks. Rise before the sun for an early soak - watching the sun peak over the mountains while relaxing in the warm waters is definitely worth the early start.

    Whitewater Rafting
    Banos
    70USD per person
    Hit the rapids in the adrenaline capital of Ecuador. Choose a river that suits your experience level; there a number with varying ranges of difficulty. Enjoy amazing Andean scenery and a fun-filled ride!

    Horseback Riding
    Banos
    25USD per person
    Hop in the saddle and explore Banos' beautiful countryside by horseback. Check out the unique vegetation in the region, and, perhaps, trot over to Tungurahua Volcano for amazing views. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 7 Banos/Cuenca

    Travel to historic Cuenca.

    Ecuador's third largest town, Cuenca, retains a pleasant provincial air with its colonial architecture, art galleries, and museums. The surrounding countryside is an outdoor playground. Visit national parks, take walks in the beautiful countryside, and see Ecuador's only Inca ruin site.

    Explore the city's sights including cobbled streets, red-tiled roofs, art galleries, flower markets, shady plazas, and museums.

    Local bus
    Banos - Riobamba 2h
    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

    Local bus
    Riobamba - Cuenca 6h
    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 8 Cuenca

    Enjoy a free day to visit Cajas NP or the Inca ruins of Ingapirca.

    Free Time
    Cuenca Full Day
    Enjoy free time to explore colonial Cuenca and its surroundings.

    Optional Activities
    Ingapirca Ruins Visit

    Cuenca
    Visit the ruins of Ingapirca, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is approximately an hour and a half drive north of Cuenca, through some of Ecuador's most beautiful countryside. Although it is a major Inca site, not a lot is known about its history.

    Cajas National Park Visit
    Cajas National Park 3h-6h
    10USD per person
    Head out for an excursion from Cuenca with a visit to Cajas National Park. Tour this natural outdoor playground that combines stunning scenery and wildlife with excellent areas for hiking. The terrain is quite stark, mostly above 4,000m (13,120 ft) in the paramo (grassy highlands), with many clear lakes. Try some of the variety of treks in the park's vast 28,000 ha, and keep an eye out for oncillas, wild llamas, pumas, and a wide variety of birds, including toucans! (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 9 Cuenca/Mncora

    Cross the border into Peru and head to the beach.

    The adventure continues as we travel from Cuenca through the busy border town of Huaquillas and across the Peruvian border into Mancora. We follow the Pan-American Highway south to the seaside town of Mancora, a village populated by fishermen and surfers from around Peru and the world. Enjoy the relaxing beach atmosphere.

    Local bus
    Cuenca - Huaquillas 5h-6h
    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

    Border Crossing (Ecuador - Peru)
    Huaquillas - Aguas Verdes
    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
    Aguas Verdes - Mancora 4h-5h
    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 10 Mncora

    Opt to relax on the beach, discover Mancora, go horseback riding, or take a surf lesson.

    Free Time
    Mancora Full Day
    Enjoy a free day to relax or get active.

    Optional Activities
    Surfing

    Mancora
    Jump up on a board and catch a wave!

    Horseback Riding
    Mancora
    Ride on a beautiful horse and get a new perspective on this area. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 11 Mncora/Huanchaco

    Free time in Mancora. Overnight bus to Huanchaco.

    Free Time
    Mancora Full Day
    Get out and enjoy this beachside town.

    Overnight bus
    Mancora - Huanchaco
    Curl up and catch a snooze en route to the next stop. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 12 Huanchaco

    Enjoy more beach time or opt to visit pre-Inca sites or the city of Trujillo.

    We continue heading south along the coast to Trujillo, the largest city in northern Peru. It is known for its beautiful colonial structures and nearby attractions of Chan-Chan ruins and the resort town of Huanchaco, where we spend the night.

    Free Time
    Huanchaco
    Get out and enjoy the beach or go further inland for exploration.

    Optional Activities
    Trujillo Visit

    Trujillo
    Walk Trujillo's centre for a taste of colonial Peru. If shoes are your thing, hit the shopping district, where you'll find beautiful hand-made leather shoes to buy, thanks to Trujillo's large local shoemaking industry.

    Chan Chan Ruins Visit
    Trujillo
    Hop in a taxi and travel to the ruins of Chan Chan, the capital of Peru's largest pre-Inca empire, located 5km (3.1 mi) away from the city of Trujillo. Abandoned in the 1470s after the Inca army overran the city, it is now approximately 5,000 acres of eroded adobe. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 13 Huanchaco/Lima

    Full day in Huanchaco before boarding a night bus to Lima.

    Free Time
    Huanchaco Full Day
    Do as much or as little as you'd like before an overnight bus in the evening.

    Optional Activities
    Trujillo Visit

    Trujillo
    Walk Trujillo's centre for a taste of colonial Peru. If shoes are your thing, hit the shopping district, where you'll find beautiful hand-made leather shoes to buy, thanks to Trujillo's large local shoemaking industry.

    Chan Chan Ruins Visit
    Trujillo
    Hop in a taxi and travel to the ruins of Chan Chan, the capital of Peru's largest pre-Inca empire, located 5km (3.1 mi) away from the city of Trujillo. Abandoned in the 1470s after the Inca army overran the city, it is now approximately 5,000 acres of eroded adobe.

    Overnight bus
    Huanchaco - Lima 8h
    Curl up and catch a snooze en route to the next stop. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 14 Lima

    Explore Peru's capital on an optional city tour, try paragliding, or simply relax. Be sure to try the tasty ceviche and pisco sours.

    To get a feel for colonial Lima, take a cab to the Plaza de Armas and watch the changing of the Palace Guard in the afternoon. Walk around the streets surrounding the Jiron de la Union for great examples of Spanish-colonial architecture and to experience life in a large South American city. There are many fine museums in and around the city, including the Museo Rafael Larco Herrera. An optional city tour visits many of the cities highlights.

    Free Time
    Lima Full Day
    Get out and enjoy a first taste of Lima, the capital of Peru.

    Optional Activities
    Lima City Tour

    Lima
    Discover Lima's highlights on this half-day tour. Continue exploring at the archaeological site of Sacsaywaman.

    Lima Paragliding
    Lima
    Glide over Costa Verde, hover over Lima's city life and see the desert dunes over Pachacamac. Tandem flights are available to those who have never glided. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 15 Lima

    Enjoy the day exploring the city.

    Free Time
    Lima
    Get out and get exploring!

    Optional Activities
    Lima City Tour

    Lima
    Discover Lima's highlights on this half-day tour.

    Lima Paragliding
    Lima
    Glide over Costa Verde, hover over Lima's city life and see the desert dunes over Pachacamac. Tandem flights are available to those who have never glided. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 16 Lima/Paracas

    Free morning in Lima before travelling by bus to Paracas.

    Savour a pisco sour while staying in Pisco's neighbouring town of Paracas.

    Free Time
    Lima Morning
    There's not a lot of time to explore this morning as the bus to the station picks up around midday.

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

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

  • DAY 17 Paracas/Nazca

    Optional visit to Ballestas Islands before travelling to Nazca. En route, stop at a winery and at the Oasis of Huacachina.

    There is time in the morning for an optional excursion to the popular Ballestas Islands, which provide an excellent chance to view a lively sea lion colony, pelicans, penguins, and other varieties of birdlife.

    Optional Activities
    Ballestas Islands Excursion

    Las Ballestas
    Visit this group of islands off the Peruvian coast, an excellent place to go wildlife watching. Spot sea lion colonies, Humbodlt penguins, and a variety of bird life.

    Back on land, catch a bus south to Nazca. On the way, pass by the pleasant colonial town of Ica.

    Ica enjoys a dry, sunny climate year-round and is known for its huge sand dunes. Located around the nearby oasis of Huacachina, the dunes are perfect as subjects for photographs and for a favourite local past time: sandboarding. Apart from the dunes, Ica is famous for its wines and there are several wineries and distilleries in the area.

    Private Vehicle
    Paracas - Nazca 4h 175km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    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. (Dinner)

  • DAY 18 Nazca/Arequipa

    Overnight bus
    Nazca - Arequipa 8h-9h 570km
    Curl up and catch a snooze en route to the next stop.

    Opt for a flight over the Nazca Lines. Overnight bus to Arequipa.

    Free Time
    Nazca Full Day
    Enjoy some free time during the day.

    Optional Activities
    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 (6 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.

    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. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 19 Arequipa

    Opt to visit the Santa Catalina Convent or a local hot spring.

    Those with an interest in history and architecture may opt to visit the Convent of Santa Catalina, which offers 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
    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.

    Arequipa City Tour
    Arequipa
    Head out and see the sights, exploring all you can of "the white city." (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 20 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, visitors can see Andean condors soaring over the majestic Andes. Other unusual animals that can be spotted in the Andean landscape include three different species of camelids: alpaca, llama and vicuna.

    Private Vehicle
    Arequipa - Colca Canyon 4h 30m-5h 165km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Colca Canyon Guided Tour
    Colca Canyon 2-2.5
    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 21 Chivay

    Set out looking for the majestic soaring condors.

    Get an early start to go on the lookout for flying condors. 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.

    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. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 22 Arequipa/Cusco

    In the morning head back to Arequipa and enjoy a free day. Overnight bus to Cusco.

    Private Van
    Colca Canyon - Arequipa 4h 30m-5h 165km
    Stretch out, unwind, and check your messages aboard our private, wi-fi-equipped ride.

    Overnight bus
    Arequipa - Cusco10h
    Curl up and catch a snooze en route to the next stop.

    Free Time
    Arequipa Full Day
    Get out and explore more of this beautiful colonial city.

    Optional Activities
    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.

    Arequipa City Tour
    Arequipa
    Head out and see the sights, exploring all you can of "the white city." (Breakfast)

  • DAY 23 Cusco

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

    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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Cusco City Tour
    Cusco
    Enjoy a half-day tour of Cusco's main sights. Walk around the Plaza de Armas (main square) and explore this city steeped in one of the world's most alluring and ancient cultures. Visit Qenqo, Koricancha, the Cathedral, Puca Pucara, Tambomachay, and the archaeological site of Sacsaywaman. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 24 Cusco

    Enjoy another free day in Cusco.

    Free Time
    Cusco
    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 25 Cusco/Ollantaytambo

    Learn about the Sacred Valley en route to Ollantaytambo. Opt to take a Sacred Valley tour with a visit to a G Adventures-supported women's weaving co-op.

    Ollantaytambo is a major Inca ruin site and a 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 2h 30m 95km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Optional Activities
    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 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.

    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. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 26 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-3h30m
    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. (Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner)

  • DAY 27 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 28 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.

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

  • DAY 29 Aguas Calientes/Cusco

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

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

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

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

    Machu Picchu Guided Tour
    Machu Picchu 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).

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

    Train
    Aguas Calientes - Ollantaytambo 1h 30m
    Climb aboard, take your seat, and enjoy the ride.

    Private Vehicle
    Ollantaytambo - Cusco2h
    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 30 Cusco

    Free day to explore more of Cusco or just relax.

    Free Time
    Cusco Full Day
    Get out there and see it all - or just chill out to your heart's content.

    Optional Activities
    Horseback Riding

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

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

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

  • DAY 31 Cusco/Puno

    Travel through the high Altiplano region to travel to Puno on Lake Titicaca.

    Local bus
    Cusco - Puno 7h 30m 390km
    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 32 Puno/Isla Amantani

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

    Head out by boat across Lake Titicaca. Visit the community on Taquile Island and enjoy a local lunch with spectacular views.

    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.

    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
    Accommodation on the islands may be multi-share. (Breakfast,Dinner)

  • DAY 33 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 Afternoon
    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,Lunch)

  • DAY 34 Puno/La Paz

    Cross over into Bolivia for a night out in the highest city of the trip. Oxygen bar anyone?

    Enjoy a full-day drive around the lake and through the Altiplano to La Paz. Bolivia is filled with spectacular views of the countryside. La Paz sits nearly 4,000m (13,120 ft) above sea level, so be prepared for cool evenings and mornings.

    Local bus
    Puno - Yunguyo 2h 30m 300km
    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

    Border Crossing (Peru - Bolivia)
    Desaguadero
    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
    Copacabana - La Paz 3h
    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 35 Depart La Paz

    Depart at any time.

    Departure Day
    Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure. (None (Meals on your own))

  • Meal basis

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

  • TRIP DETAILS

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    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. 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.

  2. 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.

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

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

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

  6. 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.

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

  8. 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- Advise Cox & Kings link here.


  9. 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.

  10. 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. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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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