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Offered in partnership with G Adventures, our National Geographic Journeys line blends fun, hands-on exploration, meaningful encounters with people and cultures, and more free time and choices—with the structure and security of traveling in a small group.

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Travelers should be physically fit and prepared for multiple hours of activity (e.g. hiking, kayaking, biking) each day. Certain days may have more challenging physical activities, such as steep ascents/descents on mountainous terrain.

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EXPEDITION OVERVIEW
  • Hike the Inca Trail or take the train to Machu Picchu, and visit the ruins at Pisac and Ollantaytambo with a guide.
  • Spend two days exploring the Amazon rain forest with a naturalist.
  • Enjoy lunch in the home of a local family on the shores of Lake Titicaca, and take a cruise on the lake.
Itinerary

In Peru, adventure awaits at every turn, from the verdant valleys and jagged peaks of the Andes to Lake Titicaca’s sparkling shores. Experience the country’s most iconic sights on this action-packed journey. Immerse yourself in the Amazon during a stay at a jungle lodge, and venture to the Sacred Valley to discover enchanting Inca ruins and timeless indigenous traditions. Embark on one of the world’s most memorable hikes—the Inca Trail—or experience the spectacular train ride to the iconic citadel of Machu Picchu. Then set off through the stark and beautiful landscape of the Altiplano to Lake Titicaca—one of the highest navigable lakes in the world.

Day 1: Lima

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer is included.

Day 2: Lima/Tambopata

Fly to Puerto Maldonado and continue by motorized canoe to our comfortable lodge, situated near the Tambopata National Reserve in the Amazon rainforest. Spot local bird species along the lush shores of the Tambopata River en route to the lodge, and set off on an evening walk with a naturalist guide before dinner, keeping an eye out for some of the rainforest’s nocturnal creatures.

Day 3: Tambopata

Spend the day exploring the thriving ecosystems of the rainforest with our lodge’s naturalist guides. Scan the treetops for toucans, howler monkeys, and sloths, and glide along oxbow lakes on canoes for a chance to glimpse river otters, turtles, and, if we’re lucky, anacondas. After dinner, embark on a river tour by motorized canoe on the lookout for caimans, the smaller cousins of alligators, which are often found hiding near the muddy banks.

Day 4: Tambopata/Cusco

Travel out of the jungle by boat and catch a flight from Puerto Maldonado to Cusco, soaring above the Andes into Peru’s Inca heartland. This evening, visit the Cusco Planetarium for a presentation on the skies of the Southern Hemisphere, and learn about the vital role that astronomy played in the lives of the ancient Inca. Weather permitting, peer through the planetarium's telescopes for a dazzling look at the stars.

Day 5: Cusco/Urubamba

Drive to the scenic Sacred Valley for a full day of exploration with a local guide. Tour the G Adventures–supported Parque de la Papa, or Potato Park, a rural Andean community working to preserve hundreds of varieties of native potato. During this exclusive experience, you'll walk through the park to learn about potato cultivation, traditional weaving, and the importance of both these practices to Andean culture. We’ll also visit the fascinating Inca ruins of Ollantaytambo and Pisac, and enjoy a meal at the G Adventures–supported Parwa Community Restaurant in Huchuy Qosqo.

Day 6: Inca Trail

Set out on the iconic Inca Trail, departing Urubamba by van to the starting point of the trek. Immerse yourself in the enchanting Andean countryside, hiking along meandering streams and crossing remote mountain villages and ancient ruins as we get warmed up for the more challenging days ahead.

Day 7: Inca Trail

Today, we ascend the long, steep path to Warmiwañusca, better known as Dead Woman’s Pass—the highest point on the Inca Trail, at 4,198 meters (13,769 feet). Enjoy stunning views of the Sacred Valley as you make your way up the rugged terrain, and aim to reach our camp by early afternoon. Rest and relax at camp the remainder of the day.

Day 8: Inca Trail

Today we’ll cross two spectacular passes. The first pass is Runquraqay at 3,950m (13,113 ft) where, on a clear day, one can catch a glimpse of the snowcapped peaks of the Cordillera Vilcabamba. Continue through cloud forest on a gentle climb to the second pass, and arrive at the misty Inca ruins of Phuyupatamarca at 3,650 meters (11,972 feet), known as "the city above the clouds.” We will either camp here or settle at a further spot, near the beautiful terraces of the Wiñay Wayna ruins, at 2,650 meters (8,694 feet).

Day 9: Machu Picchu/Cusco

The final day of our hike begins before dawn. Reach the Sun Gate—the last checkpoint on the Inca Trail—in time to witness daybreak over Machu Picchu. This 15th-century Inca citadel was rediscovered by Hiram Bingham in 1911 and excavated with support from National Geographic. Hike down for a guided tour of the breathtaking UNESCO World Heritage site and enjoy free time to explore its mysterious temples, terraces, and courtyards. Opt to visit the precipitous Inca Bridge; then catch a bus to the frontier town of Aguas Calientes, where we’ll have free time for lunch. Continue by train to Cusco.

Day 10: Cusco

Free day in Cusco — explore this city, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, at your leisure. Choose to pre-book the Cusco Cooking Class. Opt to visit museums and ruins or try whitewater rafting or rock climbing.

Day 11: Cusco/Puno

Head south on a scenic drive to Puno, perched on the western shore of Lake Titicaca. The journey will take us through the Altiplano, a vast, windswept landscape of plateaus and plains that counts among the planet’s most extensive highlands. Arrive in Puno, the region’s commercial hub, and settle into your hotel.

Day 12: Puno

Set out to discover Lake Titicaca—one of the highest navigable lakes in the world and the second largest lake in South America. On a guided boat tour, visit the floating Uros Islands—built entirely of reeds—and step ashore Taquile Island, home to a thriving indigenous textile industry. For lunch, we’ll head to the small rural community of Luquina Chico. Enjoy a traditional meal in the home of a local family while taking in sweeping views of Lake Titicaca and its picturesque isles. Later, opt for a tour of Sillustani, a fascinating pre-Inca burial site.

Day 13: Puno/Lima

Transfer to the Juliaca airport to catch a flight back to Lima. Spend your last evening in Peru at leisure, opt to explore the streets of Lima’s World Heritage-listed historic center and enjoy mouthwatering Peruvian tapas and pisco sour—the country’s national drink.

Day 14: Lima

Depart at any time.

EXTENSIONS

Day 1: Lima

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.

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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.

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Day 3: Tambopata

Enjoy guided jungle excursions led by expert naturalists to spot wildlife at nearby oxbow lakes, rivers, and clay licks. Take advantage of free time to relax or swim, and go on a caiman-spotting cruise after dinner.

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Day 4: Tambopata/Cusco

Travel by boat out of the jungle to Puerto Maldonado for a 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.

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Day 5: Cusco/Urubamba

Enjoy a full day exploring the Sacred Valley with a local guide. Tour the G Adventures-supported Parque de la Papa, or Potato Park, a network of rural agricultural communities working to preserve more than 700 species of potatoes. Learn about potato cultivation and traditional weaving, and the importance of each to Andean culture. Next, explore the Pisac ruins and visit the G Adventures-supported Sacred Valley Community Restaurant in the village of Huchuy Qosqo.

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Day 6: LARES TREK

Depart Ollantaytambo by van to Lares town where the hike begins. Spend the first night at a G Adventures-supported campsite in Cuncani.

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Day 7: LARES TREK

Start early to hike from the foothills of Sicllaccasa Mountain to its high pass (4,750m/15,583 ft), providing scenic views of lagoons and the snow-capped Chicon Mountain. Celebrate after reaching the highest point by making an offering of coca leaves to the Andean gods. After the morning hike, stop to rest and take in the amazing view. Continue hiking downhill to our second campsite near the stream for the night.

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Day 8: LARES TREK/AGUAS CALIENTES

Enjoy the last few hours of hiking before travelling by van to Ollantaytambo and train to Aguas Calientes. Spend some time relaxing in town or visiting the nearby hot springs.

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Day 9: MACHU PICCHU/CUSCO

Enjoy a guided visit to Machu Picchu at sunrise. Use some free time to explore the ruins on your own. Later, travel back to Cusco.

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Day 10: Cusco

Free day in Cusco — explore this city, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, at your leisure. Choose to pre-book the Cusco Cooking Class. Opt to visit museums and ruins or try whitewater rafting or rock climbing.

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Day 11: Cusco/Puno

Drive to Puno, taking in scenic mountain views along the way.

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Day 12: Puno

Enjoy a guided boat tour of Lake Titicaca visiting the floating Islands of Uros and Taquile. Explore a bit further afield on the Lake, visiting the Luquina community and enjoy a traditional lunch in local homes. Option to visit the Sillustani burial site.

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Day 13: Puno/Lima

Transfer to Juliaca and fly back to Lima to enjoy your last night in Peru.

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Day 1: Lima

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.

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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.

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Day 3: Tambopata

Enjoy guided jungle excursions led by expert naturalists to spot wildlife at nearby oxbow lakes, rivers, and clay licks. Take advantage of free time to relax or swim, and go on a caiman-spotting cruise after dinner.

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Day 4: Tambopata/Cusco

Travel by boat out of the jungle to Puerto Maldonado for a 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.

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Day 5: Cusco/Urubamba

Enjoy a full day exploring the Sacred Valley with a local guide. Tour the G Adventures-supported Parque de la Papa, or Potato Park, a network of rural agricultural communities working to preserve more than 700 species of potatoes. Learn about potato cultivation and traditional weaving, and the importance of each to Andean culture. Next, explore the Pisac ruins and visit the G Adventures-supported Sacred Valley Community Restaurant in the village of Huchuy Qosqo.

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Day 6: Ollantaytambo/Cusco

Return to the Sacred Valley with your CEO to explore the sites of the Maras Salt Mines and the ancient Incan agricultural terraces of Moray. Continue on a scenic drive through small villages and stunning views of the Andean countryside. Stop for a picnic lunch at Piuray Lagoon and opt to explore by kayak or stand-up paddleboard. Return to Cusco for the evening.

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Day 7: Cusco

Enjoy a free day to explore the city or take advantage of the many optional activities available.

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Day 8: Hotel Taypikala Machupicchu

Travel by van to Ollantaytambo to catch the scenic train to Aguas Calientes.

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Day 9: Machu Picchu/Cusco

Enjoy a guided tour of Machu Picchu. Opt to visit the Inca Bridge before returning to Cusco in the evening.

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Day 10: CUSCO

Free day in Cusco — explore this city, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, at your leisure. Choose to pre-book the Cusco Cooking Class. Opt to visit museums and ruins or try whitewater rafting or rock climbing.

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Day 11: Cusco/Puno

Drive to Puno, taking in scenic mountain views along the way.

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Day 12: Casona Plaza Hotel Puno

Enjoy a guided boat tour of Lake Titicaca visiting the floating Islands of Uros and Taquile. Explore a bit further afield on the Lake, visiting the Luquina community and enjoy a traditional lunch in local homes. Option to visit the Sillustani burial site.

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Day 13: Puno/Lima

Transfer to Juliaca and fly back to Lima to enjoy your last night in Peru.

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Day 14: Lima

Depart at any time.

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PRICES & DATES

  • date 02 Aug 2020 - 15 Aug 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $4,259 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $5,038 AUD Per Person

  • date 09 Aug 2020 - 22 Aug 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $4,259 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $5,038 AUD Per Person

  • date 23 Aug 2020 - 05 Sep 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $4,259 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $5,038 AUD Per Person

  • date 30 Aug 2020 - 12 Sep 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $4,259 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $5,038 AUD Per Person

  • date 13 Sep 2020 - 26 Sep 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $4,259 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $5,038 AUD Per Person

  • date 20 Sep 2020 - 03 Oct 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $4,259 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    Sold Out

  • date 04 Oct 2020 - 17 Oct 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $4,029 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $4,808 AUD Per Person

  • date 25 Oct 2020 - 07 Nov 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $4,029 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $4,808 AUD Per Person

  • date 01 Nov 2020 - 14 Nov 2020
  • double occupancy
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    $4,029 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $4,808 AUD Per Person

  • date 15 Nov 2020 - 28 Nov 2020
  • double occupancy
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    $4,029 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $4,808 AUD Per Person

  • date 17 Jan 2021 - 30 Jan 2021
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $3,799 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $4,578 AUD Per Person

  • date 07 Mar 2021 - 20 Mar 2021
  • double occupancy
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    $3,799 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $4,578 AUD Per Person

  • date 28 Mar 2021 - 10 Apr 2021
  • double occupancy
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    $3,799 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $4,578 AUD Per Person

  • date 04 Apr 2021 - 17 Apr 2021
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    $3,799 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $4,578 AUD Per Person

  • date 18 Apr 2021 - 01 May 2021
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    $4,029 AUD Per Person
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    $4,808 AUD Per Person

  • date 29 Apr 2021 - 12 May 2021
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    $4,808 AUD Per Person

  • date 02 May 2021 - 15 May 2021
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    $4,029 AUD Per Person
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    $4,808 AUD Per Person

  • date 16 May 2021 - 29 May 2021
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  • date 23 May 2021 - 05 Jun 2021
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  • single occupancy
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    $4,808 AUD Per Person

  • date 06 Jun 2021 - 19 Jun 2021
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    $4,259 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $5,038 AUD Per Person

  • date 17 Jun 2021 - 30 Jun 2021
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    $4,259 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $5,038 AUD Per Person

  • date 20 Jun 2021 - 03 Jul 2021
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    $4,259 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $5,038 AUD Per Person

  • date 04 Jul 2021 - 17 Jul 2021
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    $4,259 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $5,038 AUD Per Person

  • date 18 Jul 2021 - 31 Jul 2021
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    $4,259 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $5,038 AUD Per Person

  • date 25 Jul 2021 - 07 Aug 2021
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    $4,259 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $5,038 AUD Per Person

  • date 08 Aug 2021 - 21 Aug 2021
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    $4,259 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $5,038 AUD Per Person

  • date 22 Aug 2021 - 04 Sep 2021
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    $4,259 AUD Per Person
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    $5,038 AUD Per Person

  • date 02 Sep 2021 - 15 Sep 2021
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    $4,259 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $5,038 AUD Per Person

  • date 05 Sep 2021 - 18 Sep 2021
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    $4,259 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $5,038 AUD Per Person

  • date 19 Sep 2021 - 02 Oct 2021
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    $4,259 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $5,038 AUD Per Person

  • date 03 Oct 2021 - 16 Oct 2021
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $4,029 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $4,808 AUD Per Person

  • date 17 Oct 2021 - 30 Oct 2021
  • double occupancy
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    $4,029 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $4,808 AUD Per Person

  • date 24 Oct 2021 - 06 Nov 2021
  • double occupancy
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    $4,029 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $4,808 AUD Per Person

  • date 07 Nov 2021 - 20 Nov 2021
  • double occupancy
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    $4,029 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $4,808 AUD Per Person

  • date 21 Nov 2021 - 04 Dec 2021
  • double occupancy
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    $4,029 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $4,808 AUD Per Person

  • date 26 Dec 2021 - 08 Jan 2022
  • double occupancy
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    $4,029 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $4,808 AUD Per Person

All trip prices are per person based on double occupancy or single occupancy unless otherwise noted, are subject to change without notice and do not include airfare. Optional activities are at an additional cost.

  • Accommodation: Hotels (8 nts), G Lodge Amazon (2 nts), Inca Trail camping or Cusco-stay hotel (3 nts).
  • Meals: 13 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 5 dinners
  • Transport: Private van, plane, train, boat, canoe, hiking.
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Cusco Planetarium, Cusco
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Traditional Andean Experience, Urubamba
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Lake Titicaca Community Home Lunch, Lake Titicaca
  • Your G for Good Moment: Parque de la Papa (Potato Park), Urubamba
  • Your G for Good Moment: Parwa Community Restaurant the Sacred Valley, Lamay
  • Your G for Good Moment: Handmade Biodegradable Soap Products
  • Your Discover Moment: Cusco
  • Arrival transfer
  • Three-day (2 nts) excursion to the G Adventures exclusive rainforest lodge
  • Sacred Valley tour including Pisac and Ollantaytambo ruins
  • 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
  • Guided tour of Taquile and Uros Islands on Lake Titicaca
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

What's Not Included

  • Airfare to and from destination
  • Trip cancellation insurance or any other travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Any activity not described in What's Included
  • Meals on your own
  • Gratuities

My Own Room

During your trip, sometimes it's just more convenient and comfortable to have your own room. That's why we offer the "My Own Room" option - a single room all to yourself.

My Own Room Option: From $3,693

ABOUT NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC JOURNEYS

Offered in partnership with G Adventures, our National Geographic Journeys line blends fun, hands-on exploration, meaningful encounters with people and cultures, and more free time and choices—with the structure and security of traveling in a small group.

Age Requirement:12+

All travelers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.