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Backroads & Highlands of Peru - Cusco Stay

Backroads & Highlands of Peru - Cusco Stay


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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

Gaze at Andean vistas, experience the culture and mingle with the locals, conquer the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, savour the diverse cuisine in Peru.

Get off the beaten path in the highlands of Peru and discover stunning mountain scenery and remote cities few tourists visit. Getting to Cusco is half the adventure - travel by public bus keeps costs down and allows you to connect with the locals in the rarefied mountain air of the Andes. Climb the legendary Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, the "Lost City of the Incas." We operate our own treks in Peru and can ensure the fair treatment of our porters - and an exceptional experience for you.

Day 1: Lima
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. Don't forget to see the notice in the lobby (or ask reception) for the official time and place to meet up with the group.
Accommodation: Hotel Gemina (or similar)

Day 2: Lima/Huancayo
Enjoy a spectacular bus ride into the Andes to Huancayo.
Transport: Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Accommodation: Hostal Las Lomas (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 3: Huancayo
Spend the day enjoying optional activities like hiking, biking, horseback riding, or just enjoy the scenery.
Free Time: With so much to see and do, get out and explore.
Accommodation: Hostal Las Lomas (or similar)

Day 4: Huancayo/Huancavelica
Travel to the picturesque colonial city of Huancavelica aboard el Tren Macho. Take in the Peruvian countryside passing by the window and enjoy the ride amongst the locals.
Transport: All aboard el Tren Macho! Enjoy the ride on this historical train that has been running since 1926 between Huancayo and Huancavelica.
Accommodation: Hotel Ascension (or similar)

Day 5: Huancavelica/Ayacucho
Travel through the highlands and remote communities of the Andes to Ayacucho.
Transport: Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Free Time: Start exploring this interesting mountain town.
Accommodation: Hotel San Francisco de Paula (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 6: Ayacucho
Spend two days in Ayacucho, with optional day tours to nearby archaeological sites, markets, city tours or individual exploration.
Free Time: Explore the city or head further afield.
Accommodation: Hotel San Francisco de Paula (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 7: Ayacucho
Spend two days in Ayacucho, with optional day tours to nearby archaeological sites, markets, city tours or individual exploration.
Free Time: Explore the city or head further afield.
Accommodation: Hotel San Francisco de Paula (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 8: Ayacucho/Andahuaylas
Pass by rural areas, massive mountain peaks and small villages to reach Andahuaylas.
Transport: Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Accommodation: Hotel Encanto de Oro (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 9: Andahuaylas
Enjoy free time in Andahuaylas. Opt to visit to the Sondor archaeological site, the Pacucha Lagoon or the market.
Free Time: Explore Andahuaylas, opt to visit nearby Pacucha Lagoon or the Sondor Ruins remaining from the Chanka Empire.
Accommodation: Hotel Encanto de Oro (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 10: Andahuaylas/Cusco
Hop aboard a local bus and head to Cusco today. Upon arrival, feel free to explore the city.
Transport: Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Free Time: Don't waste a minute-get exploring.
Accommodation: Cusco Plaza I (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 11: Cusco
Enjoy free time to explore Cusco or take an optional city tour, head out whitewater rafting, horseback riding or mountain biking.
Free Time: Don't waste a minute-get exploring.
Accommodation: Cusco Plaza I (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 12: Cusco/Ollantaytambo
Enjoy a full-day guided tour of the Sacred Valley. Stop at the G Adventures-supported women's weaving co-op before visiting a local pottery making community. Break for lunch at the G Adventures-supported Parwa Community Restaurant in Huchuy Qosco. After lunch, opt to head out on a hike to the Ollantaytambo storehouses and look out over the ruins. Or, wander around the cobblestone streets and visit a local Chicheria (corn beer bar).
Transport: Make stops along the way as you pass through this gorgeous valley, descending in elevation the whole way.
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: In the rural village of Cuyo Chico in the Sacred Valley, a group of families joined together to create a small business based on their traditional adobe ceramic crafts. Using clay from their surroundings, they mold bowls, plates, and all manner of decorations. Learn about the ceramics process as well as the traditional adobe brick-making that forms the basis of houses throughout the valley, all while taking in a spectacular view of the Pisac Ruins. After the demonstration, peruse the items for sale directly from the artisans in their shop.
Activity: Contribute to sustainable tourism in Huchuy Qosqo, 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 and the Multilateral Investment Fund, to become a successful farm-to-table program that boosts the local economy and several spin-off microenterprises.
Accommodation: Hotel Inka Paradise (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch

Day 13: Ollantaytambo/Cusco
Return to the Sacred Valley with your G representative 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 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 the views 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: Cusco Plaza I (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch

Day 14: 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: Cusco Plaza I (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 15: 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 16: Machu Picchu/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.
Accommodation: Cusco Plaza I (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 17: Cusco
Depart at any time.
Meal(s): Breakfast

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Inclusions

Meals Included
14 breakfasts, 2 lunches

Transport
Public bus, private van, hiking.

Inclusions
Your G for Good Moment: Ccaccaccollo Community and Women's Weaving Co-op visit, Ccaccaccollo Your G for Good Moment: Parwa Community Restaurant the Sacred Valley, Lamay Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your Discover Moment: Cusco. Sacred Valley guided tour. Pottery making demonstration. Cusco Stay. Machu Picchu guided tour. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

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Accommodations

Simple hotels (16 nts).

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Questions & Answers

Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

G Adventures Tours Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4
Accommodations
3.6
Itinerary
4.1
Professional Staff
4.3
Repeat with Operator
4
Value for Money
3.9

Ratings based off 450 reviews about G Adventures Tours - currently showing 15 reviews with comments only

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It was a great tour and are guides were very knowledgeable.

A Gadventures tour is a great affordable way to see the country and get the opportunity to meet and interact with the local people

It was a dream vacation.Thank you.

The G-Adventures travel guides were excellent

All 100% perfect, nothing to be done better

The G Adventures tour was fantastic.

Very satisfied with tour, enjoyed it very much.

I liked the variety of activities and the chance to opt out without undue pressure. I met some really fun people on this tour.

Everyone connected with the tour went above and beyond. The tour was more than I ever dreamt!

Our CEO Solofo for this trip is fantastic. He is patient and very nice. He went extra ways to help me and other members. I really enjoy this trip because of him! He is an excellent CEO. I definitely will recommend to other friends about him. Pls let him know that we really enjoy his introduction. He is also very informative and knowledgeable. In a word, he is excellent!

Great trip at a reasonable price.

Awesome trip in a great country. Our CEO was professional and fun!!!

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