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Small Group Size: 10
Date of Arrival: April 28, 2019
Date of Departure: May 11, 2019
Shelly's Group to Peru
Shelly is excited to announce an incredible adventure with National Geographic Journeys and G Adventures, scheduled for April 2019! When you join in on this adventure you are signing up for an amazing and unforgettable experience aimed at sustainable travel and cultural immersion. National Geographic trips focus on the humanitarian aspect of giving back in each country visited.
This trip is scheduled to visit Peru. You will be visiting the Jungle and the floating islands on Lake Titicaca.
You will also enjoy going to the Cusco Planetarium to experience an evening looking at the stars. Those of you who want to hike the Inca Trail can join Shelly on this adventure. If you would rather take a more relaxed route, you can stay behind and spend a few extra days in Cusco and take the train up to rejoin the group in Machu Picchu. This area has the most incredible landscapes, friendly locals, dynamic photographic opportunities and incredible food – it is a location you will fall in love with!
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DETAILS OF THE TRIP
April 28th Lima
Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.
April 29th Lima/Tambopata (Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner)
Fly to Puerto Maldonado and continue by motorized canoe to the comfortable, intimate, and exclusive G Lodge Amazon located in the lush Tambopata Rainforest.
April 30th Tambopata (Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner)
Enjoy guided jungle excursions led by expert naturalists to spot wildlife at nearby oxbow lakes, rivers, and clay licks. Take advantage of free time to relax or swim and go on a caiman-spotting cruise after dinner.
May 1st Tambopata/Cusco (Breakfast)
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.
May 2nd Cusco/Urubamba (Breakfast | Lunch)
Enjoy a full day exploring the Sacred Valley with a local guide. Tour the G Adventures-supported Parque de la Papa, or Potato Park, a network of rural agricultural communities working to preserve more than 700 species of potatoes. Learn about potato cultivation and traditional weaving, and the importance of each to Andean culture. Next, explore the Pisac ruins and visit the G Adventures-supported Sacred Valley Community Restaurant in the village of Huchuy Qosqo.
May 3rd Inca Trail (Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner)
Depart Ollantaytambo by van to km 82 where the Inca Trail begins. Ease into things with a straight forward day of hiking, the meandering streams, stunning Andean scenery, and ancient Incan ruins will give you plenty to look at.
May 4th Inca Trail (Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner)
Start early to climb the long steep path to Warmiwañusca, 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.
May 5th Inca Trail (Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner)
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 another 1.5 hrs. to the Wiñay Wayna ruins ("forever young") located at 2,650m (8,694 ft).
May 6th Machu Picchu/Cusco(Breakfast)
The final day of the hike starts pre-dawn to reach the Sun Gate before sunrise. 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 until noon as permitted by the tourist ticket. Opt to visit the Inca Bridge, if time allows.
Catch the bus to Aguas Calientes to meet any non-hiking members of your group. Eat and relax before your train back to Cusco in the afternoon.
May 7th Cusco (Breakfast)
Free day in Cusco - explore this UNESCO World Heritage site at your leisure. Opt to visit museums and ruins or try white water rafting or rock climbing.
May 8th Cusco/Puno (Breakfast)
Drive to Puno, enjoying scenic mountain views.
May 9th Puno (Breakfast | Lunch)
Enjoy a guided boat tour of Lake Titicaca visiting the floating Islands of Uros and Taquile. Explore a bit further afield on the Lake, visiting the Luquina community and enjoy a traditional lunch in local homes. Option to visit the Sillustani burial site.
May 10th Puno/Lima (Breakfast)
Transfer to Juliaca and fly back to Lima to enjoy your last night in Peru.
May 11th Lima (Breakfast)
Depart at any time.
THE MORE RELAXED ROUTE:
May 3rd Ollantaytambo/Cusco (Breakfast | Lunch)
Return to the Sacred Valley with the CEO to explore the sites of the Maras Salt Mines and the ancient Incan agricultural terraces of Moray. Continue on a scenic drive through small villages and stunning views of the Andean countryside. Stop for a picnic lunch at Piuray Lagoon and opt to explore by kayak or stand-up paddleboard. Return to Cusco for the evening.
May 4th Cusco (Breakfast)
Enjoy a free day to explore the city or take advantage of the many optional activities available.
May 5th Cusco/Aguas Calientes (Breakfast)
May 6th Machu Picchu/Cusco (Breakfast)
Enjoy a guided tour of Machu Picchu. Opt to visit the Inca Bridge before returning to Cusco in the evening with the rest of your group
Please contact Shelly with any questions (firstname.lastname@example.org) or 303-697-5646/303-674-6616.