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Machu Picchu & The Amazon - a National Geographic Journey

Machu Picchu & The Amazon - a National Geographic Journey

Lima, Peru

From: R 30,699.00
 
  • Prices

    From: R 30,699.00
  • Trip Reference

    #9124
  • Flights

    No Flights Included
  • Duration

    10 Days
  • Valid From

    8th of February 2018 (Thursday)
  • Valid To

    21st of April 2018 (Saturday)
  • Need Visa's

    South Africa: No
    British: No
    European Union: No
    American: No
Quick Holiday Overview

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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.

About the Holiday

Day 1: Lima

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.

The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.

Accommodation

Hotel Antigua Miraflores (or similar)

Day 2:  Lima/Tambopata

Fly to Puerto Maldonado and continue by motorized canoe to the comfortable, intimate, and exclusive G Lodge Amazon located in the lush Tambopata Rainforest.

After a brief stop in town to store large luggage, drive to the pier and travel by covered motorized boat to the jungle lodge.

En route, spot bird species typical of the local river and forest edge. The Tambopata Rainforest area holds the world record for the most bird sightings in one area.

Local community members make up the majority of lodge staff, including multilingual naturalist guides. Take the opportunity to learn about the area’s rich flora and fauna and locals' extensive use of medicinal plants and other forest plant resources through traditional techniques for building, fishing, and hunting.

Enjoy a welcome drink and orientation. Before dinner, head out for a night walk around the lodge grounds

Accommodation

Tambopata G Lodge (or similar)

Day 3:

Day 3Tambopata

Enjoy guided jungle excursions led by expert naturalists to spot wildlife at nearby oxbow lakes, rivers, and clay licks. Spend some time relaxing in a hammock, enjoying the local swimming hole then go for a caiman-spotting cruise after dinner.

Head out early to catch the jungle at its wildest (and coolest). Walk slowly through the forest searching for wildlife before heading out on an oxbow lake by canoe.

Search for anaconda, the elusive giant river otter, or black caiman. Even if you don't spot these shy creatures, there are plenty of birds, interesting plants, and other animals about.

Accommodation

Tambopata G Lodge (or similar)

Day 4: Tambopata/Cusco

Travel by boat out of the jungle to Puerto Maldonado for the flight over the Andes and into the heart of Inca territory, Cusco. This evening, look to the night sky for a different view at the Cusco Planetarium. Enjoy a presentation on the southern sky, contemporary astronomy, and the ancient Incas’ relationship with the cosmos. Visit the on-site museum and use the telescopes to admire the stars.

Afternoon arrival into the Inca capital. Time for strolling around the plazas and markets. Admire the cobblestones streets, and visit some museums and Cathedral.

Accommodation

Taypikala Hotel Cusco (or similar)

Day 5: Cusco/Urubamba

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.

Accommodation

Hotel San Agustin Urubamba (or similar)

Day 6: Inca Trail

Depart Ollantaytambo by van to km 82 where the Inca Trail begins. Ease into things with a straight forward day of hiking, the meandering streams, stunning Andean scenery, and ancient Incan ruins will give you plenty to look at.

Trek through beautiful scenery, with a variety of flora that changes with the seasons, passing several smaller ruin sites like Llactapata.

Start early to climb the long steep path to Warmiwañusca, better known as Dead Woman’s Pass. This is the highest point of the trek at 4,198m (13,769 ft). Most hikers reach camp by early afternoon, with ample time to rest and relax.

 

Day 7: Inca Trail

Start early to climb the long steep path to Warmiwañusca, better known as Dead Woman’s Pass. This is the highest point of the trek at 4,198m (13,769 ft). Most hikers reach camp by early afternoon, with ample time to rest and relax.

Day 8: Inca Trail

Cross two more passes and ruins along the way. The first pass is Runquraqay at 3,950m (13,113 ft) where, on a clear day, hikers can catch a glimpse of the snow-capped Cordillera Vilcabamba. Hike through cloud forest on the gentle climb to the second pass of the day, walking through original Incan constructions. The highest point of the pass is 3,700m (12,136 ft). On a clear day, enjoy the spectacular views of the Urubamba Valley.

At 3,650m (11,972 ft), reach the ruins of Phuyupatamarca, the "town above the clouds." Camp here or go another 1.5 hrs to the Wiñay Wayna ruins ("forever young") located at 2,650m (8,694 ft).

Accommodation

Hotel Taypikala Machupicchu (or similar)

Day 9: Machu Picchu/Cusco

The final day of the hike starts pre-dawn to reach the Sun Gate before sunrise. Catch the first views of the breathtaking ruins of Machu Picchu on a clear day. Hike down to Machu Picchu for a guided tour of the site and free time to explore until noon as permitted by the tourist ticket. Opt to visit the Inca Bridge, if time allows.

Catch the bus to Aguas Calientes to meet any non-hiking members of your group. Eat and relax before your train back to Cusco in the afternoon.

Accommodation

Taypikala Hotel Cusco (or similar)

Day 10: Cusco

Depart at any time.

Includes & Excludes
Includes
  • Internal flights
  • Arrival transfer
  • Hotels (4 nights), G Lodge Amazon (2 nights), Inca Trail camping or Cusco-stay hotel (3 nights)
  • Three-day (2 nts) excursion to the G Adventures exclusive rainforest lodge
  • 9 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners (Allow USD170-225 for meals not included)
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, specialist Inca Trail CEO on hike, local guides
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu
  • Sacred Valley tour
  • Choice of four-day Inca Trail hike with local guide, cook, and porters or Cusco/Aguas Calientes stay with scenic train
  • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Cusco Planetarium, Cusco
  • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Traditional Andean Experience, Urubamba
  • Parque de la Papa (Potato Park), Urubamba
  • Parwa Community Restaurant the Sacred Valley, Lamay

Trip is based on the following set departures :

  • 28 January  2018
  • 8&15 February 2018
  • 1, 18 and 29 March 2018
  • 5 and 12 April 2018
  • 6, 13 & 20 January 2019
  • 10 February 2019
  • Selected dates for March and April 2019
Excludes
  • International flights
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Meals not mentioned
  • Items of personal nature
Package Conditions:

The above package is subject to availability at time of reservation. Price is per person sharing. Prices are subject to change in accordance with currency fluctuations. When making a booking enquiry it is important that you are in possession of the correct documentation to travel i.e. visas, inoculation certificates etc. Please check that all names and surnames are spelt exactly as they appear in the relevant passports.

Lima
Lima is the capital and largest city of Peru. Lima is located in the valleys of the Chillón, Rímac and Lurín rivers, on a coast overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

During the early 16th century, the location of what is now the city of Lima was inhabited by several amerindian groups under the domination of the Inca Empire. In 1532, a group of Spanish conquistadors led by Francisco Pizarro defeated the Inca ruler and took over his empire. Pizarro initially chose the city of Jauja as his capital but found a better site in the valley of the Rímac River. There he founded his new capital on January 18, 1535 as Ciudad de los Reyes. The city flourished during the 17th century as the center of an extensive trade network which extended as far as Europe and the Philippines. In the 18th century, Lima had to be rebuilt after being almost completely destroyed by an earthquake on October 28, 1746.

Lima's climate is quite mild, despite being located in the Tropics. Lima has a subtropical and desert climate. The temperatures vary from mild to warm. Relative humidity is very high, and produces brief morning fog from June to December and persistent low clouds from May to November.

South of Lima, long white beaches washed by the cold waters of the southern Pacific stretch away in an uninterrupted string, backed by row upon row of huge, brilliant white sand dunes.

Dining out is one of the finest aspects of a visit to Lima. Whether it's the local comida criolla (spiced meats, seafood, or poultry) or international cuisine, Lima's many restaurants serve an excellent repast. Cebicherias--small restaurants specializing in fresh seafood-are especially popular. Nightlife in Lima centers around the penas, bars offering folk music, jazz, and Peruvian Creole--music that combines European musical forms with native Peruvian, Spanish, and African rhythms and instruments.
Terms and Conditions

Prices are based on per person sharing.
Due to the volatility in the South African currency and the price of fuel affecting the price of air tickets we cannot ensure the accuracy of the price as mentioned. The price was correct at the time of printing on 24 January 2018.

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