Andean Discovery (Northbound) - Cusco Stay 2020

Andean Discovery (Northbound) - Cusco Stay 2020


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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

Settle in with the locals at a homestay on Lake Titicaca, conquer the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, spot condors at Colca Canyon, sandboard the dunes of Huacachina, sample the seafood in Lima

From the awe-inspiring archeological and cultural treasures of the Andean highlands to the Nazca Lines on Peru's enigmatic coast, this epic adventure explores the heart and soul of the Andes. Embrace Inca culture in Cusco, sail Lake Titicaca, and trek the Inca Trail to the majestic ruins of Machu Picchu. Interact with locals from the region's communities for an immersive experience that few get to know. With the services of a CEO, your accommodation and transport taken care of, this trip offers great value as it introduces the region's main sights while providing plenty of flexibility.

Day 1: La Paz
Arrive at any time.
Activity: Your opportunity to meet your CEO and fellow travellers, and learn more about your tour. Opt to join the group for a local meal afterwards.
Accommodation: Hotel Las Brisas (or similar)

Day 2: La Paz/Puno
Travel by bus through the Altiplano, crossing the border to the Peruvian city of Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca.
Transport: Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Activity: Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list.
Transport: Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Accommodation: Hostal Helena´s House (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 3: Puno/Lake Titicaca
Guided tour of Lake Titicaca with a homestay in a small village.
Transport: Climb aboard and get your float on.
Activity: 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. (Taquileños 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, enjoy an overnight stay with a host family and a chance to learn about life on the islands.
Activity: Split into smaller groups and get a taste of local life firsthand as we move into family homes for the night. Play soccer with the children, enjoy some dancing, watch dinner being made, learn about regional cuisine, and dress up in local clothes for an unforgettable evening with the whole village, enjoying traditional music and dancing. Lend a hand the next morning, and help out with chores like feeding animals, harvesting local produce, or bringing back buckets of water from the well.
Accommodation: Amantani Homestay (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Dinner

Day 4: Lake Titicaca/Puno
Visit the floating islands of Uros. Optional visit to the Sillustani burial site.
Activity: Spend the morning with the homestay families, 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: Make the most of one last afternoon in Puno.
Accommodation: Hostal Helena´s House (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 5: Puno/Cusco
Travel through the high Altiplano region to Cusco.
Transport: Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Accommodation: Milhouse Hostel Cusco (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 6: Cusco
Free time to explore Cusco. Choose to pre-book the Cusco Cooking Class. Opt for a city tour, or go whitewater rafting, horseback riding or mountain biking.
Free Time: Make the most of your time in Cusco.
Accommodation: Milhouse Hostel Cusco (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 7: Cusco/Ollantaytambo
Head into the Sacred Valley, visit the G Adventures-supported women's weaving co-op in the Ccaccaccollo community. Learn about weaving, meet the resident llamas, and opt to purchase a knitted item if it catches your eye. Stop to sample craft beer on the way to Ollantaytambo for free time to explore.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Activity: Visit the Ccaccaccollo community centre which G Adventures travellers' donations helped create 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.
Activity: Delight your tastebuds and sample high-quality beer with the breathtaking Sacred Valley as a backdrop. This craft brewery uses local ingredients to make award-winning brews and gives back to the surrounding communities. What's not to like?
Accommodation: Las Orquideas Ollantaytambo (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 8: Ollantaytambo/Cusco
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.
Activity: Drive a little more than an hour to get to the Moray archaeological site. Tour these unique Inca ruins, consisting of circular terraces and a sophisticated irrigation system located at 3500m (11483 ft). Learn about the history and study of this fascinating site - speculation has it that it was an Inca agriculture experiment station. Visit the impressive Maras Salt Mines, after Moray. See thousands of individual ancient salt pools spilling over a hillside. Learn about the different varieties of salt, and try the renowned pink salt, famous worldwide.
Activity: Set out on a scenic drive above the Sacred Valley of the Incas, stop along the way to lookout over small farms carved into the hills and small villages dotted along the landscape. Enjoy a picnic lunch at picturesque Piuray Lagoon, opt to relax, explore the lagoon by kayak, or stand-up paddleboard.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Accommodation: Milhouse Hostel Cusco (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 9: Cusco
Enjoy a free day to explore the city or take advantage of the many optional activities available.
Free Time: Spend more time getting to know this fascinating city and surrounding area. Free time is yours to explore any way you want.
Accommodation: Milhouse Hostel Cusco (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 10: Cusco/Aguas Calientes
Travel by van to Ollantaytambo to catch the scenic train to Aguas Calientes.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Transport: Climb aboard, take a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Accommodation: Kantu Inn (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 11: Aguas Calientes/Cusco
Enjoy a guided tour of Machu Picchu. Opt to visit the Inca Bridge before returning to Cusco in the evening.
Transport: Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Activity: 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 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).
Transport: Climb aboard, take a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Activity: Whether it's a pub crawl, drink specials or a bonfire on the beach, celebrate late into the night with your new best friends.
Accommodation: Milhouse Hostel Cusco (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 12: Cusco
Free day to explore Cusco or relax after the trek. If you are ready for more adventure, opt to go whitewater rafting, horseback riding or mountain biking.
Free Time: Make the most of your time in Cusco.
Accommodation: Milhouse Hostel Cusco (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 13: Cusco/Arequipa
Enjoy a final free day in Cusco before an overnight bus to Arequipa.
Free Time: Make the most of your time in Cusco.
Transport: Curl up and catch a snooze en route to the next stop.
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 14: Arequipa
Travel from Cusco to Arequipa. Opt to visit the Santa Catalina Convent or soak in local hot springs.
Free Time: Make the most of your time here.
Accommodation: Hotel Arequipa Inn (or similar)

Day 15: Arequipa/Colca Canyon
Take a full-day tour of the spectacular Colca Valley and opt for a soak in hot springs.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Activity: 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 vicuña, which are all typical of Peru.
Accommodation: Casa de Lucila (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 16: Colca Canyon/Arequipa
Continue exploring Colca Canyon with opportunities to view condors, visit local villages, and see the old terraces. Travel back to Arequipa for the evening.
Activity: 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 vicuña, which are all typical of Peru.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Accommodation: Hotel Arequipa Inn (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 17: Arequipa/Nazca
Explore Arequipa and opt to take a city tour. Take an overnight bus to Nazca.
Free Time: Get out and explore more of this beautiful colonial city.
Transport: Curl up and catch a snooze en route to the next stop.
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 18: Nazca
Nazca is famous for one of the world's greatest archaeological mysteries, the Nazca Lines. Opt to take flight in a light aircraft for the best view or climb the viewing tower to get a glimpse if that's more your style. Enjoy a Pachamanca-style dinner in the evening.
Free Time: Enjoy some free time during the day.
Accommodation: San Marcelo Hotel (or similar)
Meal(s): Dinner

Day 19: Nazca/Huacachina
Travel further north to the oasis of Huacachina, stop at a Pisco winery on the way. Sandboard on the dunes around the oasis for an unforgettable sunset.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Activity: Learn about the wine and pisco production in the area and enjoy a tasting of different varieties, which are all available for purchase.
Activity: Get your adrenaline pumping in a dune buggy on the desert dunes, ride the ups and downs in these desert mountains. Strap on a board and try out sandboarding, just like it sounds like snowboarding, but on sand. Enjoy the softer landings and the warmer temps. After, head back to the oasis of Huacachina through the stunning dunes and watch the sunset in the distance.
Accommodation: Hotel Curasi (or similar)

Day 20: Huacachina/Lima
Travel back to Lima for a final night. Be sure to try some ceviche and a pisco sour.
Transport: Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Accommodation: Hotel Gemina (or similar)

Day 21: Lima
Depart at any time.
Activity: Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.
Meal(s): Breakfast

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Inclusions

Meals Included
16 breakfasts, 2 dinners

Transport
Public bus, train, hiking.

Inclusions
Your G for Good Moment: Ccaccaccollo Community and Women's Weaving Co-op visit, Ccaccaccollo Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your Local Living Moment: Lake Titicaca Homestay, Lake Titicaca Your Discover Moment: Cusco Your Foodie Moment: Sacred Valley Brewery, Ollantaytambo Your Big Night Out Moment: Cusco Your Foodie Moment: Huacachina Winery Visit, Huacachina. Lake Titicaca excursion. Guided tour of Machu Picchu. Inca Trail hike with a local guide and cook (4 days). G Adventures-supported handmade biodegradable soap products for use on the Inca Trail. Colca Canyon excursion. Pachamanca-style dinner (Nazca). Sunset sandboarding & dune buggies (Huacachina). All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

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Accommodations

Simple hotels (11 nts), hostel (6 nts, multi-share), overnight buses (2 nts), homestay (1 nt).

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