National Geographic Journeys: Explore Northern Peru & Machu Picchu (SPXNG)
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: Max 16, Avg 12.
Meals Included: 15 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 1 dinner
Accommodations: Not Availaible
Explore Trujillos baroque churches and local markets, See the UNESCO World Heritage-listed adobe ruins of Chan Chan, Visit a womens weaving cooperative in Ccaccaccollo, Witness the terraced pools and salt pans of Las Salinera, Experience Machu Picchu in the early morning light
Experience the many splendours of Perus ancient past on this 16-day tour that takes you to famed sites and hidden gems. In northern Peru, discover traces of pre-Inca cultures, including the mountaintop fortified city of Kuelap, home to the Chachapoyas "Cloud Warriors;" and the eroded adobe ruins of Chan Chan. Round out your exploration of Peru's fascinating past with an early morning guided visit to magnificent Machu Picchu.
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- Tour Operator
- G Adventures
- Offer valid through 9/30/2019
- 16 Days
- Escorted - Yes
|Day 1||Lima||Day 1 Lima|
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 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
|Day 2||Chachapoyas||Day 2 Lima/Chachapoyas (1B)|
Board an early flight to Jaen, then travel overland to Chachapoyas, gateway to the archaeological sites of northern Peru. "Chacha," as its known locally, will be our base for exploring the natural, cultural, and archaeological highlights of the region. Transport: Plane (1.75 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))
|Day 3||Kuelap Fortress||Day 3 Kuelap Fortress (1B, 1L)|
This morning, get immersed in the culture and history of the Chachapoyan people at Kuelap, a fortified city made up of more than 400 circular buildings and complexes. Ride a cable car up to the site, thought to have been an important cultural center for these pre-Inca "Cloud Warriors." Enjoy lunch at a coffee farm and attend an exclusive lecture by a Chachapoyas expert. Later, try to spot some of the 130 bird species that live in the surrounding ecological reserve, including the spatula-tailed hummingbird. Included Activities: Kuelap Fortified City Guided Tour Chachapoyan Archaeologist Talk Amazilia Ecological Reserve Birdwatching
|Day 4||Gocta Falls||Day 4 Gocta Falls (1B)|
Hike through the cloud forest to Gocta waterfall, one of the worlds tallest cascades, 771 meters (2,156 feet) high. Ancient legends that discouraged local community members from talking about the falls, which did not begin receiving visitors until 2005 and are still relatively unknown. Take in Gocta's mesmerizing spray; then opt for a longer hike to its base, or enjoy a free afternoon. Included Activities: Gocta Waterfall Excursion
|Day 5||Chiclayo||Day 5 Chachapoyas/Chiclayo (1B, 1L)|
Today, drive to Chiclayo. This coastal town, founded in the 18th century, was once an important trade route between the coast and the jungle and is rich with archaeological sites and cultural history. Spend the rest of the day exploring the city on your own. Transport: Private Vehicle (8.00-9.00 hours)
|Day 6||Chiclayo||Day 6 Chiclayo (1B, 1L)|
Enjoy a visit to one of the most archaeologically rich museums in Peru: the Royal Tombs of SipAn Museum. In the afternoon, explore the tombs of Huaca Rajada and Lord SipAn, a series of burial chambers used by the pre-Inca Moche culture. Included Activities: Royal Tombs of SipAn Museum (Museo Tumbas Reales de SipAn) Lord of SipAns Tomb
|Day 7||Trujillo||Day 7 Chiclayo/Trujillo (1B)|
Drive down the coast to colonial Trujillo, stopping along the way at the tomb of the Dama de Cao. Tour the site and hear about the mummy discovered here in 2006, thought to be the remains of the Lady of Cao, a high-ranking Moche ruler. In the afternoon, explore Trujillo to discover baroque churches and local markets. Included Activities: Dama de Cao Mummy Exhibit Trujillo City Tour Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00-5.00 hours)
|Day 8||Lima||Day 8 Chan Chan/Lima (1B)|
Visit the Temples of the Sun and the Moon. Later, enjoy a visit to Chan Chan, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the worlds largest adobe city. The former capital of the Chimu people, Chan Chan covers 26 square kilometers (10 square miles) and was once home to about 50,000 people. Fly back to Lima this evening. Included Activities: Temple of the Sun and the Moon Chan Chan Archaeological Site Transport: Plane (1.50 hour(s))
|Day 9||Lima||Day 9 Lima (1B)|
Enjoy a free day to explore Limas capital city.
|Day 10||Urubamba||Day 10 Lima/Urubamba (1B, 1D)|
Board an early flight to Cusco then head to the Sacred Valley. 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 (1.00-1.50 hours) Times includes all stops and visits enroute through the Sacred Valley. Private Vehicle (6.00-8.00 hours, 95km)
|Day 11||Urubamba||Day 11 Urubamba (1B, 1L)|
Continue exploring the Sacred Valley with a visit to the "Parque de la Papa" ("Potato Park"). An exclusive experience for Journeys travellers and part of G Adventures for Good, youll 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 Parque de la Papa (Potato Park) 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 (7.00-8.00 hours)
|Day 12||Aguas Calientes||Day 12 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: 11 km Estimated hiking Time: 5-6 hours Transport: Private Vehicle (1.00-2.00 hours) Train (1.50 hour(s))
|Day 13||Cusco||Day 13 Aguas Calientes/Cusco (1B)|
Enjoy a guided tour of the Machu Picchu ruins. Get 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 (0.25 hour(s)) Train (2.00-3.00 hours, 118km) Private Vehicle (2.00-2.50 hours, 95km)
|Day 14||Cusco||Day 14 Cusco (1B)|
Please remember that star gazing is completely weather dependent and sometimes there can be cloudy skies. Additional Notes: Please note that if you pre-book 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 15||Lima||Day 15 Cusco/Lima (1B)|
Fly back to Lima and spend an afternoon in Perus bustling capital. Transport: Plane (1.50-2.00 hours, 572km)
|Day 16||Lima||Day 16 Lima (1B)|
Depart at any time. Additional Notes: Your CEO can help arrange an optional transfer to the airport. 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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