National Geographic Journeys: Explore Machu Picchu & Amazon Riverboat (PVING)

Countries Visited: Peru
Trip Style: Information Not available
Service Level: Upgraded
  • All the adventure you want, with a softer landing
  • Handpicked, character-rich accommodations with upgraded amenities services
  • Upgraded and private transport, including flights to maximize time
  • More included meals, activities and transfers
    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: Max 16 (land), Max 30 (riverboat).
    Meals Included: 10 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
    Accommodations: Not Availaible

    Highlights
    Explore ancient ruins off the beaten path in the Sacred Valley with our expert guide, meet local artisans in a local village, take in mountain views on the scenic train to Machu Picchu, Explore the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve - the largest national park in Peru, dine on food fresh from the jungle, spot pink dolphins on the Amazon River, interact with members of the local community, learn the intricacies of Amazon wildlife

    Description
    For anyone whos wanted to experience the great wonder of Machu Picchu as well as discover the mysterious Amazon River by boat, heres an 11-day tour thats just right. Roam the famous ruins travellers typically hike for days to see. (Well get there by train.) Then head into the darkest reaches of the rainforest on an outstanding riverboat wildlife experience youll never forget. Rekindle your passion for adventure in Peru.
  • Call (520) 445-6812 for more information or to book today! Mention code 13270847

    Tour Operator
    G Adventures
    Duration
    11 Days
    Escorted
    Escorted - Yes
    DayDestinationDescription
    Day 1LimaDay 1 Lima
    Get ready for a very busy tour exploring the best of Peru in a week. We recommend booking a pre-night in Lima (in particular if your flight arrives into Lima in the evening) to recover from international flights and rest up before the excitement. Additional Notes: Please note that if you booked the Peru Culinary Bundle it does not include extra time in Lima and we highly recommend booking pre-trip accommodation. You will be picked up from your hotel at approx 10:00am and taken to a local market and restaurant to prepare and enjoy a traditional Peruvian meal. You will return to your hotel around 13:00. Please 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. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting Transport: Private Vehicle
    Day 2UrubambaDay 2 Lima/Urubamba (1B, 1D)
    Board an early flight to Cusco then on to the Sacred Valley to explore the pre-Inca salt pans of Las Salineras and tour the Maras and Moray ruins. Enjoy a traditional pachamanca-style meal of local specialties. Additional Notes: 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 in a week. Included Activities: Moray Ruins Guided Tour Las Salineras Pre-Incan Salt Pans Guided Tour Traditional Pachamanca Dinner Transport: Plane (1.50-2.00 hours, 572km) Times includes all stops and visits enroute through the Sacred Valley. Private Vehicle (6.00-8.00 hours)
    Day 3UrubambaDay 3 Urubamba (1B, 1L)
    Continue exploring the Sacred Valley with a visit to the "Parque de la Papa" ("Potato Park"). Exclusive to Journeys travellers 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, explore the Ollantaytambo and Pisac ruins and visit the G Adventures-supported Sacred Valley Community Restaurant in Huchuy Qosqo. Included Activities: Traditional Andean Experience Pisac Ruins Guided Tour Parwa Community Restaurant the Sacred Valley Ollantaytambo Ruins Guided Tour Transport: Times includes all stops and visits enroute through the Sacred Valley. Private Vehicle (9.00-10.00 hours)
    Day 4Aguas CalientesDay 4 Urubamba/Aguas Calientes (1B)
    For serious archaeology buffs, there is time for an optional independent visit to Machu Picchu before the guided tour the following morning. Additional Notes: Please bear in mind that 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. Those who have chosen the option in advance to hike the "1-day Inca Trail" will disembark the train at km 104 to begin the trek. The trail rises steeply up into the mountains and will take hikers past the archaeological sites of WiNay Wayna and Inti Pata, where the local guide will provide insights into the fascinating culture of the Incas en route to the treks culmination at the Sun Gate. Enjoy a packed lunch along the way and reach the Sun Gate in the late afternoon with a chance for a preliminary exploration of Machu Picchu before the guided tour on Day 5. Transfer by bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes to rejoin the group and spend the night in a hotel. If time permits, take an optional visit to the nearby hot springs to soak your sore muscles. 1-day Inca Trail option: Approximate Distance: 7km Estimated hiking Time: 5-6 hours Transport: Private Vehicle (1.00-2.00 hours) Train (1.50-2.00 hours)
    Day 5CuscoDay 5 Aguas Calientes/Cusco (1B)
    Enjoy a guided tour of the Machu Picchu ruins. Free time to explore on your own or take an optional visit to the Inca Bridge before returning to Cusco by train. Included Activities: Machu Picchu Guided Tour Transport: Local bus (0.50 hour(s)) Train (1.50-2.00 hours) Private Vehicle (1.00-2.00 hours)
    Day 6CuscoDay 6 Cusco (1B)
    Explore historic Cusco with options to visit museums or go whitewater rafting, horseback riding or mountain biking. 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 Inca relationship with the cosmos. Check out the on-site museum and use the telescopes to admire the stars. Additional Notes: Please note that if you booked the Peru Culinary Bundle, on day 6 you will be picked up from your hotel at approx 12:30 and taken to a local market and restaurant to prepare and enjoy a traditional Peruvian meal. You will return back to your hotel around 16:00. Included Activities: Cusco Planetarium
    Day 7IquitosDay 7 Cusco/Iquitos (1B, 1D)
    Catch an early morning flight to the bustling jungle port town of Iquitos. Meet our local CEO who gives us an orientation of the town and takes us to a unique restaurant specializing in local Amazonian cuisine. Additional Notes: There are no direct flights to Iquitos, you will have to change planes in Lima. Transport: With a potential stopover in Lima. Plane
    Day 8IquitosDay 8 Iquitos (1B, 1L, 1D)
    Relax and soak in the natural beauty of the wild rainforest onboard the Amazon Riverboat. Step out on deck to watch the riverbanks go by, and keep your eyes peeled for wildlife such as grey and pink dolphins. Expert guides will lead jungle walks, give lectures, and point out unique species of bird and marine life as you explore the smaller tributaries of the river. Included Activities: Wildlife Rescue Centre and Butterfly Farm Boat Excursion on the Amazon River Night Time Boat Excursion
    Day 9Pacaya Samiria National ReserveDay 9 Pacaya Samiria National Reserve (1B, 1L, 1D)
    Head out into Pacaya-Samiria Reserve on a boat excursion and search for monkeys, sloths and macaws. In the afternoon, take a walk through the jungle and visit a local community to learn about their traditions. After dinner, opt to go on a night excursion to Piranha Creek. Included Activities: Pacaya-Samiria Reserve Birdwatching Excursion Pacaya-Samiria Reserve Wildlife Excursion Pacaya-Samiria Reserve Land Excursion Transport: Amatista Riverboat
    Day 10LimaDay 10 Pacaya Samiria National Reserve/Lima (1B)
    Explore the shoreline by boat keeping your eyes peeled for wildlife. In the afternoon, leave the peacefulness of the river behind and visit the manatee rescue centre en route to catch your flight back to Lima. Enjoy the evening in the city. Included Activities: Amazon River Excursion Amazonian Manatee Rescue Centre Visit Transport: Amatista Riverboat Private Vehicle (1.50 hour(s)) Plane (3.00 hour(s))
    Day 11LimaDay 11 Lima (1B)
    Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day
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