15 Day Inca Explorer

G Adventures Small Group Tour starting in Lima and finishing in Lima

Book online and enjoy exclusive savings on G Adventures's 15 Day Inca Explorer. Be dazzled by Peru's myriad treasures on a 15-day tour of its highlights. Encounter the vibrant local culture of Lake Titicaca, walk the halls of a historical convent in colonial Arequipa, and delight in views of the Sacred Valley from the comfort...read more
Overview
Operator: G Adventures
Type: Small Group Tour (Affordable)
Style: National Geographic
Max Group Size: 16
Duration: 15 Days
From: Lima to Lima
Tour Code: SPING
Reviews: Not Yet Reviewed
Visits: Peru
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Lima
Arrive in Lima at any time. On arrival you will be picked up and transferred to your hotel. Stay: Hotel Antigua Miraflores
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Lima - Paracas
Enjoy a drive down the coastal desert to Paracas, a sleepy fishing village that serves as the starting point for all tours to the Ballestas Islands. There is little to do in town, but for those that love seafood and are looking to try Peru's national drink, the Pisco Sour, it's heaven. Stay: Posada del Emancipador Hotel (B)
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Paracas - Nazca
The Ballestas Islands are often referred to as "the poor man's Galapagos." Home to hundreds of sea lions and many species of marine birds, including the Humboldt penguin, incredible wildlife spotting is pretty much guaranteed. Continue south by land to Nazca with a stop to see the Huacachina sand dunes along the way. Stay: Casa Andina Standard Nazca (B)
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Nazca
Nazca is home to one of the world's greatest archaeological mysteries, the Nazca Lines. The entire desert area was also once the home for the ancient Paracas and the Nazca cultures, which preceded the Incas by more than half a millennium. Stay: Casa Andina Standard Nazca (B/D)
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Nazca - Arequipa
Embark on a very long drive, which will include rest stops and lunch at Oasis Camana. Stay: Casa Andina Standard Arequipa (B/L)
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Arequipa
Peru’s second most important city after Lima, Arequipa maintains a traditional colonial style and more laid back pace in comparison with the capital. Spectacular mountains surround Arequipa, the most famous of which is El Misti Volcano. Standing at 5822m (19096 ft), it has a beautiful snow-capped peak. Stay: Casa Andina Standard Nazca (B/L)
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Arequipa - Cusco
Every year Cusco attracts thousands of travellers who come to delve into its noble but tragic past. It is the perfect base for optional explorations around the city and area as well as a range of outdoor activities. Relax and explore this fascinating city, and take time to acclimatize to the high altitude. Stay: Taypikala Hotel Cusco (B)
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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. Stay: Villa Urubamba (B/L)
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Urubamba - Aguas Calientes
Board a morning train that winds through the spectacular Sacred Valley to the end of the line: the village of Aguas Calientes, a frontier town nestled in the hills beneath Machu Picchu. This is the closest town to Machu Picchu, making Aguas Calientes an ideal night stop. To best enjoy this area, take advantage of the opportunity to visit the butterfly house, botanical gardens, or hot springs. Opt for a day hike to Mandor Gardens to see orchids and a waterfall, enjoying the lush, green scenery en route. For serious archaeology buffs, there is time for an optional independent visit to Machu Picchu before the guided tour the following morning. Stay: Hotel Taypikala Machupicchu (B)
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Aguas Calientes - Cusco
Rise early to take advantage of viewing Machu Picchu in the early morning light. This is the best time to view the "lost city of the Incas." Join our local guide for a detailed interpretation of the site and Inca history without the pressure of other tour groups that arrive at midday. Later in the afternoon, return by train to Ollantaytambo or Poroy and then transfer by van to Cusco, arriving in the evening. Stay: Taypikala Hotel Cusco (B)
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Cusco
Take in the Plaza de Armas (main square) and explore a city steeped in tradition. There are numerous optional activities including horseback riding, mountain or motor biking, rafting, hiking or visits to Inca ruins or museums around town. Stay: Taypikala Hotel Cusco (B)
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Cusco - Puno
The trip to Puno takes the better part of the day, and includes stark, beautiful scenery en route as you travel through the high Altiplano region. Stay: Casona Plaza Hotel Puno (B)
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Puno
In the morning, board a comfortable 35-foot fully equipped speed boat to explore the lake. Stop at various islands to enjoy the lake's scenic splendor and to meet the friendly people of these communities. Stay: Casona Plaza Hotel Puno (B/L)
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Puno - Lima
Time for some last-minute shopping in Puno before the flight back to Lima and the final stop on the journey. Enjoy one last night out on the town. Stay: Hotel Antigua Miraflores (B)
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Lima
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Sightseeing Highlights
  • Encounter unique wildlife in Paracas National Park and the Ballestas Islands.
  • Learn about Arequipa's renowned regional cuisine with a cooking class by a local chef.
  • Explore the Cusco Planetarium.
  • Walk through ancient ruins and local villages in the Sacred Valley.
  • Take in stunning views on the train to Machu Picchu.
  • Visit the Luquina community and have lunch on Lake Titicaca.
Trip Inclusions
  • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Arequipa Cooking Class, Arequipa National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Traditional Andean Experience, Urubamba National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Cusco Planetarium, Cusco National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Lake Titicaca Community Home Lunch, Lago Titicaca G Adventures for Good: Parwa Community Restaurant the Sacred Valley, Lamay G Adventures for Good: Parque de la Papa (Potato Park), Urubamba Hands-On: Pisco winery visit and tasting, Paracas Hands-On: Pachamanca, Nazca
  • Arrival transfer
  • Ballestas Islands boat trip
  • Visit the Chauchilla cemetery and potter's workshop in Nazca
  • Arequipa city tour including the Santa Catalina Convent
  • Guided boat tour of Taquile and Uros Islands on Lake Titicaca
  • Sacred Valley and Ollantaytambo ruins guided tour
  • Scenic train and guided tour of Machu Picchu
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
Accommodation
  • Hotels (14 nts)
  • 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.
Your Tour Guides
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
Included Meals
  • 14 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 1 dinner
Transport
  • Private van, plane, train, boat, walking
Trip Notes
Trip Notes outline what's included, visa information, important notes, how to get to your hotel, packing checklist, optional activities, travel insurance requirements - pretty much everything you need to know about this adventure and more. Please take time to have a read through, and contact us if you have any questions.
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