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National Geographic Journey: Machu Picchu & the Amazon

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Price From: R 30,699.00

10 days, Lima to Cusco.

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.

National Geographic Journeys - greater exploration, insider access, and the freedom to roam!

Booking Details For This Small Group Adventure

Various departures available: Prices per person sharing from:
March - April 2018 R 30,699.00 pps
May 2018 R 33,059.00 pps
June - September 2018 R 35,439.00 pps
October - November 2018 R 33,059.00 pps
  • Trip type: Small Group
  • Physical rating: Demanding
  • Trip code: SPSNG (National Geographic Journeys)
     

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1: LIMA

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.

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.
Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

DAY 3: TAMBOPATA

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.
Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

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.
Exclusive Inclusions:National Geographic Journeys Exclusives Cusco Planetarium
Meals included: Breakfast

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.
Exclusive Inclusions:National Geographic Journeys Exclusives Traditional Andean Experience|G Adventures for Good Parque de la Papa (Potato Park)|G Adventures for Good Parwa Community Restaurant the Sacred Valley
Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch

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.
Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

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.
Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

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).
Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

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.
Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 10: CUSCO

Depart at any time.
Meals included: Breakfast
 

Tour Inclusions

  • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Cusco Planetarium, Cusco
  • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Traditional Andean Experience, Urubamba
  • G Adventures for Good: Parque de la Papa (Potato Park), Urubamba
  • G Adventures for Good: Parwa Community Restaurant the Sacred Valley, Lamay
  • Three-day (2 nts) excursion to the G Adventures exclusive rainforest lodge
  • Sacred Valley tour
  • Choice of four-day Inca Trail hike with local guide, cook, and porters or Cusco/Aguas Calientes stay with scenic train
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu
     
Validity Various departures March - November 2018
Currency NB. Our prices are quoted in ZAR, and subject to exchange rate fluctuations.
Tour Identifiers SPSNG (National Geographic Journeys)
Inclusions • Arrival transfer
• All transport to/from included activities and between destinations
• Internal flights
• Accommodations: Hotels (4 nts), G Lodge Amazon (2 nts), Inca Trail camping or Cusco-stay hotel (3 nts)
• Meals: 9 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners
• Transportation: Private van, plane, train, boat, canoe, hiking, walking
• Staff & experts: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, specialist Inca Trail CEO on hike, local guides
Exclusions • International flights and taxes.
• Pre-& post accommodation
• Travel Insurance
• Visas (if required)
• Drinks and tips on board
• Anything of a personal nature
• Allow USD170-225 for meals not included.
T's & C's • Deposits: A non-refundable deposit of R1 000 per person per tour is required at the time of confirmation, in order to secure the reservation.
• Final Payment: This is due 60 days prior. For bookings made eight weeks or less before the date of departure, the whole contract price is payable at the time of booking. Note that failure to remit payment on due date could involve passengers in cancellation of their reservations and forfeiture of deposit.
• Cancellation: Any cancellation by passengers must be made in writing and acknowledged by G Adventures in writing. Charges will be determined by date on which the cancellation is received by G Adventures.
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