Multi-Day Tour

Backroads & Highlands of Peru (17 days)

G Adventures Inc.

Lima, Peru To Cuzco, Peru

Valid for Departures: 04 May 2018 - 29 Dec 2019

Backroads & Highlands of Peru (17 days)

Day 3

Huancayo

Day 4

Huancayo/Huancavelica

Day 5

Huancavelica/Ayacucho

Day 6

Ayacucho

Day 7

Ayacucho

Day 8

Ayacucho/Andahuaylas

Day 9

Andahuaylas

Day 14

Inca Trail

Day 15

Inca Trail

Day 16

Inca Trail

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Lima, Peru
None None
Day 1 Lima: There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting. Additional Notes: Please note that hot water shortages and power outages can be fairly common in Peru. We appreciate your patience and understanding that these occurrences are outside of our control. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2
Lima, Peru
None Breakfast
Day 2 Lima/Huancayo: Travel the route of the locals and start the Andean adventure on the road from Lima to Huancayo in the central Andes. Transport: Local bus
Day 3
Huancayo
None None
Day 3 Huancayo: The villages of Cochas Grande and Cochas Chico are two interesting day trips in the Mantaro Valley, some 12km (7mi) south of the city.
Day 4
Huancayo/Huancavelica
None None
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. Local train
Day 5
Huancavelica/Ayacucho
None None
Day 5 Huancavelica/Ayacucho: The altitude of Ayacucho, its colonial feel, and the local pre-Inca history make it one of the most fascinating cities in the Andes. Transport: Local bus
Day 6
Ayacucho
None None
Days 6-7 Ayacucho: The city is known for a handicrafts district famous for silver, carvings and woven items. There are many beautiful colonial churches and mansions to visit as well. The surrounding area also offers a number of attractions, including the Huari Capital and Quinua and Vilcashuaman, considered the geographical centre of the Inca Empire.
Day 7
Ayacucho
None None
Days 6-7 Ayacucho: The city is known for a handicrafts district famous for silver, carvings and woven items. There are many beautiful colonial churches and mansions to visit as well. The surrounding area also offers a number of attractions, including the Huari Capital and Quinua and Vilcashuaman, considered the geographical centre of the Inca Empire.
Day 8
Ayacucho/Andahuaylas
None None
Day 8 Ayacucho/Andahuaylas: The focus of the day is the journey itself. You can't beat the scenery like this and there's no better way to get to know the country than to travel straight through some of the most remote regions. Arrive at Andahuaylas, set amidst a beautiful glacial valley. Agriculture is key to the lives of the locals here and the town has a good market. Transport: Local bus
Day 9
Andahuaylas
None Breakfast
Day 9 Andahuaylas: Enjoy free time in Andahuaylas. Opt to visit to the Sondor archaeological site, the Pacucha Lagoon or the market.
Day 10
Cuzco, Peru
None None
Days 10-11 Cusco: The nearby Sacred Valley, museums, churches and cobblestoned streets steeped in history, all combine to create a terrific atmosphere. Transport: Local bus
Day 11
Cuzco, Peru
None None
Days 10-11 Cusco: The nearby Sacred Valley, museums, churches and cobblestoned streets steeped in history, all combine to create a terrific atmosphere. Transport: Local bus
Day 12
Cuzco, Peru
None Breakfast
Day 11 Cusco: The nearby Sacred Valley, museums, churches and cobblestoned streets steeped in history, all combine to create a terrific atmosphere.
Day 13
Ollantaytambo, Peru
None Breakfast, Lunch
Day 12 Cusco/Ollantaytambo: Travel through the stunning Sacred Valley of the Incas, visiting a G Adventures-supported women's weaving co-op. Meet the women and learn about traditional weaving and dyeing. Opt to pick up some handmade souvenirs and textiles directly from the women who made them. Have lunch at the G Adventures-supported Parwa community restaurant. Learn about the G Adventures for Good project and eat a delicious buffet-style lunch. Proceeds of this meal go directly back to the remote community. Included Activities: Ccaccaccollo Community and Women's Weaving Co-op visit Cuyo Chico Pottery Making Demonstration Parwa Community Restaurant the Sacred Valley Transport: Make stops along the way as you pass through this gorgeous valley, descending in elevation the whole way. Private Vehicle
Day 14
Inca Trail
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 13 Inca Trail: Trek through beautiful scenery, with a variety of flora that changes with the seasons, passing several smaller ruin sites like Llactapata. Additional Notes: A crew of local porters, cooks, and guides will take care of all the details for the duration of the hike. Porters carry the majority of the gear so you’ll only need to carry a small daypack with water, rain gear, snacks, a camera, etc. Included Activities: Inca Trail Hike Transport: Private Vehicle
Day 15
Inca Trail
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 14 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. Included Activities: Inca Trail Hike
Day 16
Inca Trail
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 15 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). Included Activities: Inca Trail Hike
Day 17
Machu Picchu, Peru
None Breakfast
Day 16 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. Included Activities: Inca Trail Hike Machu Picchu Guided Tour Transport: Train Private Vehicle
Day 18
Cuzco, Peru
None Breakfast
Day 17 Cusco: Depart at any time.

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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.

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