National Geographic Journeys: Inca Explorer (SPING)
Countries Visited: Peru All the adventure you want, with a softer landing Handpicked, character-rich accommodations with upgraded amenities services Upgraded and private transport, including flights to maximize time More included meals, activities and transfers
Trip Style: Information Not available
Service Level: Upgraded
Physical Demands Rating: 1 - You'll have to walk around on your own, climb some stairs and carry your own bag. Easy does it.
Group Size: Max 16, Avg 10.
Meals Included: 14 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 1 dinner
Accommodations: Not Availaible
Encounter unique wildlife in Paracas National Park and the Ballestas Islands, learn about Arequipas renowned regional cuisine with a cooking class by a local chef, explore the Cusco Planetarium, walk through ancient ruins and local villages in the Sacred Valley, take in stunning views on the train to Machu Picchu, visit the Luquina community and have lunch on Lake Titicaca
Be dazzled by Peru's myriad treasures on a 15-day tour of its highlights. Encounter the vibrant local culture of Lake Titicaca, walk the halls of a historical convent in colonial Arequipa, and delight in views of the Sacred Valley from the comfort of the train to Machu Picchu. Marvel at the strange, mysterious beauty of the Nazca Lines, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Whether watching for wildlife or exploring Incan culture, strike travel gold in this incredible country.
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|Offer valid through 9/30/2018|
|Day 1||Lima||Day 1 Lima|
Arrive in Lima at any time. On arrival you will be picked up and transferred to your hotel. Additional Notes: Please note: if you booked the Culinary Bundle 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 10:00 (10:30 from Aug-Dec) and taken to a local market and restaurant to prepare and enjoy a traditional Peruvian meal. You will return back to your hotel around 13:00. Please note that 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. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting Transport: On arrival you will be picked up and transferred to your hotel. Private Vehicle
|Day 2||Paracas||Day 2 Lima/Paracas (1B)|
Enjoy a drive down the coastal desert to Paracas, a sleepy fishing village that serves as the starting point for all tours to the Ballestas Islands. There is little to do in town, but for those that love seafood and are looking to try Perus national drink, the Pisco Sour, its heaven. Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 285km)
|Day 3||Nazca||Day 3 Paracas/Nazca (1B)|
The Ballestas Islands are often referred to as "the poor mans Galapagos." Home to hundreds of sea lions and many species of marine birds, including the Humboldt penguin, incredible wildlife spotting is pretty much guaranteed. Continue south by land to Nazca with a stop to see the Huacachina sand dunes along the way. Included Activities: Ballestas Islands Trip Pisco winery visit and tasting Huacachina Sand Dunes Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 175km)
|Day 4||Nazca||Day 4 Nazca (1B, 1D)|
Nazca is home to one of the worlds greatest archaeological mysteries, the Nazca Lines. The entire desert area was also once the home for the ancient Paracas and the Nazca cultures, which preceded the Incas by more than half a millennium. Included Activities: Nazca Desert Cemetery and Potters Studio Guided Tour Pachamanca Transport: Private Vehicle
|Day 5||Arequipa||Day 5 Nazca/Arequipa (1B, 1L)|
Embark on a very long drive, which will include rest stops and lunch at Oasis Camana. Transport: Private Vehicle (10.00-11.00 hours, 420km)
|Day 6||Arequipa||Day 6 Arequipa (1B, 1L)|
Peru's second most important city after Lima, Arequipa maintains a traditional colonial style and more laid back pace in comparison with the capital. Spectacular mountains surround Arequipa, the most famous of which is El Misti Volcano. Standing at 5822m (19096 ft), it has a beautiful snow-capped peak. Included Activities: Arequipa City Tour Santa Catalina Convent Visit Arequipa Cooking Class
|Day 7||Cusco||Day 7 Arequipa/Cusco (1B)|
Every year Cusco attracts thousands of travellers who come to delve into its noble but tragic past. It is the perfect base for optional explorations around the city and area as well as a range of outdoor activities. Relax and explore this fascinating city, and take time to acclimatize to the high altitude. Transport: Plane (1.50 hour(s))
|Day 8||Urubamba||Day 8 Cusco/Urubamba (1B, 1L)|
Enjoy a full-day excursion to the Sacred Valley including the Pisac and Ollantaytambo ruins. Visit the "Parque de la Papa" ("Potato Park"), exclusive to Journeys and part of G Adventures for Good - walk through this rural community with a local guide to learn about potato cultivation, weaving, and the importance of both to Andean culture. Also, enjoy lunch at the G Adventures-supported Sacred Valley Community Restaurant in Huchuy Qosqo, an indigenous village. Included Activities: Pisac Ruins Guided Tour Ollantaytambo Ruins Guided Tour Parwa Community Restaurant the Sacred Valley Traditional Andean Experience Parque de la Papa (Potato Park) Transport: Times includes all stops and visits enroute through the Sacred Valley. Private Vehicle (9.00-10.00 hours, 95km)
|Day 9||Aguas Calientes||Day 9 Urubamba/Aguas Calientes (1B)|
Board a morning train that winds through the spectacular Sacred Valley to the end of the line: the village of Aguas Calientes, a frontier town nestled in the hills beneath Machu Picchu. This is the closest town to Machu Picchu, making Aguas Calientes an ideal night stop. To best enjoy this area, take advantage of the opportunity to visit the butterfly house, botanical gardens, or hot springs. Opt for a day hike to Mandor Gardens to see orchids and a waterfall, enjoying the lush, green scenery en route. For serious archaeology buffs, there is time for an optional independent visit to Machu Picchu before the guided tour the following morning. Additional Notes: Please bear in mind that the town has several amenities, but is also geographically remote meaning services are sometimes more basic than one would assume. As the only option for travellers visiting Machu Picchu, the development of infrastructure has happened quite quickly, much without proper planning, and the focus on providing quality service may not be up to the standards experienced in other parts of the country. Those who have chosen the option in advance to hike the "1-day Inca Trail" will disembark the train at km 104 to begin the trek. The trail rises steeply up into the mountains and will take hikers past the archaeological sites of WiNay Wayna and Inti Pata, where a local guide will provide insight into the fascinating culture of the Incas, en route to the treks culmination at the Sun Gate. Enjoy a packed lunch along the way and reach the Sun Gate in the late afternoon with a chance for a preliminary exploration of Machu Picchu before the guided tour on Day 10. Transfer by bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes to rejoin the group and spend the night in a hotel. If time permits, take an optional visit to the nearby hot springs to soak your sore muscles. Those taking the 1-day Inca Trail option: Approximate Distance: 7km (4.3 mi) Estimated Hiking Time: 5-6 hours Transport: Private Vehicle (1.00-2.00 hours) Train (1.50-2.00 hours, 43km)
|Day 10||Cusco||Day 10 Aguas Calientes/Cusco (1B)|
Rise early to take advantage of viewing Machu Picchu in the early morning light. This is the best time to view the "lost city of the Incas." Join our local guide for a detailed interpretation of the site and Inca history without the pressure of other tour groups that arrive at midday. Later in the afternoon, return by train to Ollantaytambo or Poroy and then transfer by van to Cusco, arriving in the evening. Included Activities: Machu Picchu Guided Tour Transport: Local bus (0.50 hour(s)) Train (2.00-3.00 hours, 118km) Private Vehicle (1.00-2.00 hours)
|Day 11||Cusco||Day 11 Cusco (1B)|
Take in the Plaza de Armas (main square) and explore a city steeped in tradition. There are numerous optional activities including horseback riding, mountain or motor biking, rafting, hiking or visits to Inca ruins or museums around town. Additional Notes: Please note if you pre-book the Culinary Bundle, 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 Included Activities: Cusco Planetarium
|Day 12||Puno||Day 12 Cusco/Puno (1B)|
The trip to Puno takes the better part of the day, and includes stark, beautiful scenery en route as you travel through the high Altiplano region. Additional Notes: Located at 3830m (12,566 ft) above sea level, Puno is the highest night stop on the tour. As a result the weather can be extreme with very cold nights and a strong sun during the day. You also should take some time to acclimatize to the high altitude. Transport: Private Vehicle (7.00-8.00 hours, 321km)
|Day 13||Puno||Day 13 Puno (1B, 1L)|
In the morning, board a comfortable 35-foot fully equipped speed boat to explore the lake. Stop at various islands to enjoy the lakes scenic splendor and to meet the friendly people of these communities. Included Activities: Day Trip to Lake Titicaca Lake Titicaca Community Home Lunch
|Day 14||Lima||Day 14 Puno/Lima (1B)|
Time for some last-minute shopping in Puno before the flight back to Lima and the final stop on the journey. Enjoy one last night out on the town. Transport: Plane (2.00-2.50 hours, 572km)
|Day 15||Lima||Day 15 Lima (1B)|
Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day
Local Flights: All local flights are included in the cost of your tour unless otherwise noted. It is important that we have your passport information at the time of booking in order to process these tickets. Internal flight tickets are issued locally and will be given to you prior to the flight departure.
Dossier Disclaimer:The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary.
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Itinerary Disclaimer: While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Aboard expedition trips visits to research stations depend on final permission.
Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.