National Geographic Family Journeys: Peru Family Journey: Machu Picchu to the Amazon (SPMNF)
Trip Style: Information Not available
Service Level: Upgraded
Physical Demands Rating: 1 - You'll have to walk around on your own, climb some stairs and carry your own bag. Easy does it.
Group Size: 20
Meals Included: 9 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners
Accommodations: Not Availaible
Venture into mysterious Machu Picchu, exploring Inca ruins and hiking the surrounding slopes in search of stunning views, Visit a women's weaving cooperative and a community-run restaurant to experience Andean culture, Discover the biodiversity of the Peruvian Amazon, exploring rainforest trails, oxbow lakes, and treetop canopies, Learn about the constellations of the Southern Hemisphere while peering through telescopes at the Cusco Planetarium.
Introduce your family to the wonders of Peru, from the mysteries of the Inca to the amazing creatures of the Amazon. Venture into the colorful swirl of village markets and experience Andean traditions firsthand. Ride a train high into the mountains to explore the "lost" city of Machu Picchu, investigating its ancient ruins. Cap off the trip with a wild Amazon adventure, spying monkeys, sloths, butterflies, and toucans while staying at an eco-lodge nestled in the rainforest.
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- Tour Operator
- G Adventures
- Offer valid through 9/30/2019
- 10 Days
- Escorted - Yes
|Day 1||Lima||Day 1 Lima|
Arrive in time to meet your fellow travelers for a welcome gathering this evening. Your arrival transfer is included. Additional Notes: Note that hot water shortages and power outages can be fairly common in Peru (even in upgraded hotels and private homes). We appreciate your patience and understanding that these occurrences are outside of our control. There are some very early morning starts on this trip to make the best use of our time and see as much as we can of Peru as we can. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting Transport: Arrival Airport Transfer
|Day 2||Sacred Valley of the Inca||Day 2 Lima/Sacred Valley of the Inca (1B, 1L)|
Board an early flight to Cusco, the gateway to Perus Inca heartland. Take in spectacular Andean scenery as we drive north into Urubamba Valley-also known as the Sacred Valley of the Inca. Arrive at Piuray Lake, an azure oasis framed by snowcapped peaks. Enjoy a lakeside lunch and opt to go paddleboarding or kayaking, soaking up the mountain views. Continue to our hotel and settle in before dinner. Additional Notes: This trip travels to high altitude, medically defined as anything over 8,000 ft (2,440m). Included Activities: Piuray Lake Picnic Transport: Plane (1.00-1.50 hours) Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s))
|Day 3||Sacred Valley of the Inca||Day 3 Sacred Valley of the Inca (1B, 1L)|
Begin the day with a visit to a G Adventures-supported women's weaving cooperative, where we'll observe traditional weaving and dying techniques and meet some of the weavers. Next, test your Spanish skills as you bargain with vendors at the famed Pisac Market-a wonderland of colorful Quechua handicrafts. Break for a farm-to-table lunch at the G Adventures-supported Parwa Community Restaurant, tasting Peruvian dishes while learning how this resident-run restaurant helps fund community projects. In the afternoon, opt to relax at our hotel or visit the Inca ruins of Moray and the salt pans of Maras Included Activities: Ccaccaccollo Community and Womens Weaving Co-op visit Parwa Community Restaurant the Sacred Valley Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s))
|Day 4||Aguas Calientes||Day 4 Sacred Valley of the Inca/Aguas Calientes (1B)|
Explore the former Inca stronghold of Ollantaytambo, stepping back in time amid ancient terraces, storehouses, and an enormous temple-fortress. Then hop aboard a train for the journey through the Urubamba Valley to the end of the line: Aguas Calientes, a frontier town nestled beneath Machu Picchu. The afternoon is free for optional excursions, including a waterfall hike and a visit to nearby hot springs. Additional Notes: The town has several amenities, but is also geographically remote meaning services are sometimes more basic than one would assume. As the only option for travellers visiting Machu Picchu, the development of infrastructure has happened quite quickly, much without proper planning, and the focus on providing quality service may not be up to the standards experienced in other parts of the country. Included Activities: Ollantaytambo Ruins Guided Tour Transport: Private Vehicle (1.00-2.00 hours) Train (1.50 hour(s))
|Day 5||Machu Picchu||Day 5 Machu Picchu (1B)|
Rise and shine! After a light breakfast, head to Machu Picchu to see the citadel in the early morning light, before the crowds arrive. Spend the morning exploring the ruins with our guides and pondering the mysteries of this "lost" city of the Inca, forgotten at the Spanish conquest and rediscovered in 1911 by Hiram Bingham with support from National Geographic. Enjoy free time to explore on your own. This afternoon, return by train to Ollantaytambo and transfer to Cusco. Included Activities: Machu Picchu Guided Tour Transport: Local bus (0.25 hour(s)) Train (2.00-3.00 hours, 118km) Private Vehicle (2.00-2.50 hours, 95km)
|Day 6||Cusco||Day 6 Cusco (1B)|
Set out to explore the beautiful streets and plazas of Cusco, once lavishly adorned with Inca gold that was stolen by the Spanish during the conquest. Visit the sprawling San Pedro Market, where you'll find everything from pickled snakes to savory tamales, and visit the Machu Picchu Museum to see an array of Inca artifacts that were discovered at Machu Picchu. Later, enjoy a star-filled evening at the Cusco Planetarium, learning about the importance of astronomy to the ancient Inca and peering at the glittering night sky through high-powered telescopes. Included Activities: Cusco City Tour Machu Picchu Museum Visit Cusco Planetarium
|Day 7||Tambopata National Reserve||Day 7 Cusco/Tambopata National Reserve (1B, 1L, 1D)|
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. The lodge itself combines local architectural style and materials with low-impact, eco-friendly technology. Rooms are simple but comfortable, with mosquito netting for individual beds, flush toilets, and showers (with solar-heated hot water). Please bring a small battery powered lantern or flashlight. Additional Notes: After a brief stop in town to store large luggage, drive to the pier and travel by covered motorized boat to the jungle lodge. Be prepared to protect yourself from the sun and bugs before you get on the boat. Its quite pleasant with the covered roof and breeze, but you can still get sunburned. Its recommended to wear light long sleeves and trousers on the boat. Included Activities: Wildlife-spotting Night Walk Transport: Plane (1.00 hour(s)) Motorized canoe (3.00 hour(s))
|Day 8||Tambopata National Reserve||Day 8 Tambopata National Reserve (1B, 1L, 1D)|
Grab your binoculars and head out with naturalist guides to explore the rainforest's complex ecosystems. Search the forest canopy where colorful toucans, boisterous howler monkeys, and sloths may be spotted. Hike to an oxbow lake, and paddle dugout canoes to glimpse river otters, turtles, and, if we're lucky, an anaconda or two! This evening we'll venture out in a motorized canoe to spot the jungle's elusive nocturnal species. If were lucky well spot caimans, the smaller cousins of alligators, hiding along the muddy banks. Additional Notes: Activities in the rainforest are completely weather dependent and can change based on local conditions. Your CEO and local guide will review the daily schedule with you. Included Activities: Jungle Excursions Caiman-Spotting Cruise
|Day 9||Lima||Day 9 Tambopata National Reserve/Lima (1B, 1D)|
Enjoy a final breakfast at our lodge, then board a motorized canoe and return upriver to Puerto Maldonado. Fly to Lima and check in to our hotel. This evening, celebrate our adventure at the farewell dinner. Transport: Motorized canoe (3.00 hour(s)) Plane (1.50-2.00 hours)
|Day 10||Lima||Day 10 Lima (1B)|
Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day
Local Flights: All local flights are included in the cost of your tour unless otherwise noted. It is important that we have your passport information at the time of booking in order to process these tickets. Internal flight tickets are issued locally and will be given to you prior to the flight departure.
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