Introduce yourself to the best of Peru’s natural wonders and local culture on a 10-day adventure. Get in touch with the Andean past in the former Inca capital of Cusco, spend two unforgettable nights in our jungle lodge listening to an orchestra of wildlife all around you, and hike the Inca Trail (or catch the scenic train) to Machu Picchu. With the region’s leading experts as your guide, the sky’s the limit in this inspiring place.
Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer is included.
Fly to Puerto Maldonado and continue by motorized canoe our comfortable Amazon lodge, located in the lush Tambopata rain forest. Go on jungle excursions guided by knowledgeable naturalists to spot wildlife. Take advantage of free time to relax or swim, and go on a caiman-spotting cruise after dark. (2B, 2L, 2D)
Travel by boat out of the jungle and catch our flight over the Andes to Cusco. Enjoy some free time to explore the cobbled streets and festive plazas of this one-time Inca capital. This evening, peer at the stars through the telescopes of the Cusco planetarium. (1B)
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. Discover the pre-Inca salt pans of Las Salineras. Enjoy a traditional pachamanca-style meal. (1B, 1L)
All roads lead to Machu Picchu, either by foot or rail. Choose to undertake the four-day guided Inca Trail hike. Or enjoy two free days in Cusco before catching a scenic train ride to Aguas Calientes, our base for visiting the famed citadel. Explore Machu Picchu with an expert guide before returning to Cusco by train. (4B, 3L, 3D)
Depart at any time. (1B)
Offered in partnership with G Adventures, our National Geographic Journeys blend fun, hands-on exploration, meaningful encounters with people and cultures, and more free time and choices—with the structure and security of traveling in a small group.
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