Andean Discovery (Southbound) - Cusco Stay 2020

Andean Discovery (Southbound) - Cusco Stay 2020


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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

Go sandboarding in the oasis of Huacachina, conquer the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, spot condors at Colca Canyon, meet the locals at a Lake Titicaca homestay, sample the delicious Peruvian cuisine.

Take the party to new heights in the rarefied air of the Andes. With other young travellers not afraid to try new things, you'll journey from the enigmatic Nazca Lines to the lost city of Machu Picchu and onward to incredible La Paz. You'll commune with the condors in Colca Canyon and feel like a local while crashing at a small village homestay at Lake Titicaca. Think of this as three weeks of climbing higher, going further, and pushing boundaries on the roof of South America.

Day 1: Lima
Arrive at any time. Get to know your group tonight as you head out to one of the many bars and restaurants in the bohemian neighbourhood of Barranco. Enjoy a local craft beer with your fellow travellers as you get excited for the adventure to come.
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.
Activity: Connect with new friends on your first night out in a new destination. Only available on 18-to-Thirtysomethings tours.
Accommodation: Hotel Gemina (or similar)

Day 2: Lima/Huacachina
Travel along the coast of Peru to the oasis of Huacachina, sandboard on the desert dunes while watching the sun go down.
Transport: Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.
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)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 3: Huacachina/Nazca
Wake up and enjoy some time in Huacachina before heading to Nazca. Stop along the way at a Pisco winery and taste the country's national spirit. Later, try a Pachamanca-style dinner in Nazca.
Activity: Learn about the wine and pisco production in the area and enjoy a tasting of different varieties, which are all available for purchase.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Accommodation: San Marcelo Hotel (or similar)
Meal(s): Dinner

Day 4: Nazca/Arequipa
Opt for a flight over the Nazca Lines before an overnight bus to Arequipa.
Free Time: Enjoy some free time during the day.
Transport: Curl up and catch a snooze en route to the next stop.

Day 5: Arequipa
Opt to explore the Arequipa on a city tour or soak in a local hot spring.
Free Time: Make the most of your time here.
Accommodation: Hotel Arequipa Inn (or similar)

Day 6: 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 7: Colca Canyon/Arequipa
Set out looking for the majestic soaring condors over Colca Canyon. Head back to Arequipa to enjoy the city in 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 8: Arequipa/Cusco
Explore Arequipa and opt to take a city tour. Take an overnight bus to Cusco.
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 9: Cusco
Free time to explore Cusco. Choose to pre-book the optional 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)

Day 10: Cusco
Enjoy another free day in Cusco. Choose to pre-book the Cusco Cooking Class.
Free Time: Make the most of your time in Cusco.
Accommodation: Milhouse Hostel Cusco (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 11: 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 12: 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 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: Milhouse Hostel Cusco (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 13: 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 14: 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 15: 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 16: Cusco
Free day to explore more of Cusco or just relax.
Free Time: Get out there and see it all - or just chill out to your heart's content.
Accommodation: Milhouse Hostel Cusco (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 17: Cusco/Puno
Travel through the high Altiplano region to travel to Puno on Lake Titicaca.
Transport: Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Accommodation: Hostal Helena´s House (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 18: Puno/Lake Titicaca
Guided tour of Lake Titicaca with a homestay in a local village.
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: Accommodation on the islands may be multi-share.
Accommodation: Amantani Homestay (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Dinner

Day 19: 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 Lunch

Day 20: Puno/La Paz
Cross over into Bolivia for a night out in the highest city of the trip. Oxygen bar anyone?
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: Hotel Las Brisas (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 21: La Paz
Depart at any time.
Activity: Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.

Please Note: This tour is only applicable for 18 to 30 year olds.

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Inclusions

Meals Included
15 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners

Transport
Local 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 First Night Out Moment: Connect With New Friends Your Foodie Moment: Huacachina Winery Visit, Huacachina Your Discover Moment: Cusco Your Foodie Moment: Sacred Valley Brewery, Ollantaytambo Your Big Night Out Moment: Cusco Your Local Living Moment: Lake Titicaca Homestay, Lake Titicaca. Sunset sandboarding & dune buggies (Huacachina). Pachamanca-style dinner (Nazca). Colca Canyon excursion. Guided tour of Machu Picchu. Cusco Stay. Guided Lake Titicaca excursion with overnight family homestay. 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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G Adventures Tours Customer Reviews

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

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