Quito to La Paz: Amazon & Ancient Cultures

Quito to La Paz: Amazon & Ancient Cultures
Quito to La Paz: Amazon & Ancient Cultures
Quito to La Paz: Amazon & Ancient Cultures
Quito to La Paz: Amazon & Ancient Cultures
Quito to La Paz: Amazon & Ancient Cultures
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  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • What's Included
  • FAQ
  • Dates
  • G Adventures

Really discover what South America is all about on this epic five-week journey through Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia. This adventure truly has it all – the Pacific coast, the awe-inspiring Amazon, and the archeological highlights and cultural treasures of the Andean highlands. Hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, tear it up on mountain bikes, raft wild rivers, catch big waves, and get your adrenaline pumping on exciting optional excursions. With local transportation and authentic accommodation, this adventure offers an intense blend of included activities and free time to explore on your own.

Highlights
  • conquer the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
  • Experience traditional life in a local community in the Amazon, witness colonial cities and volcanoes, Sandboard the dunes of Huacachina., spot condors at Colca Canyon, conquer the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, settle in with the locals at a homestay on Lake Titicaca, Get adventurous in Baños, relax on the beach with free time in Mancora.
  • Sandboard the dunes of Huacachina.
  • settle in with the locals at a homestay on Lake Titicaca
  • Experience traditional life in a local community in the Amazon
  • spot condors at Colca Canyon
  • Shandia Your G for Good Moment: Shandia Community Lodge
  • Ccaccaccollo Your G for Good Moment: Handmade Biodegradable Soap Products Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your First Night Out Moment: Connect With New Friends Your Local Living Moment: Amazon Jungle Experience
  • Get adventurous in Baños
  • Huacachina Your Discover Moment: Cusco Your Foodie Moment: Sacred Valley Brewery
  • relax on the beach with free time in Mancora.
  • Shandia Your G for Good Moment: Ccaccaccollo Community and Women's Weaving Co-op visit
  • witness colonial cities and volcanoes
  • Tena Your Discover Moment: Baños Your Discover Moment: Lima Your Foodie Moment: Huacachina Winery Visit
  • Ollantaytambo Your Big Night Out Moment: Cusco Your Local Living Moment: Lake Titicaca Homestay
Transport
Public bus, boat, truck, motorized canoe, train, hiking.
Meals Included
20 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 8 dinners
Accommodation
Simple hotels (19 nts), hostel (4 nts, multi-share), overnight buses (4 nts), camping (3 nts), homestay (3 nt), G Adventures-supported community lodge (1 nt).
Destinations
  • South America
  • Bolivia
  • Ecuador
  • Peru
Tour Types
  • Active
  • Adventure
  • Small Group
  • 18-30 somethings
  • Family-Kids
  • Singles
  • Youth
  • Canyoning
  • Horse Riding
  • Museum
  • Trekking
  • Cultural
  • Ruins-Archaeology
  • Wildlife

Location: Quito, Cotopaxi, Alausi, Quito

Arrive at any time. Tonight, get to know your fellow travellers over a few drinks at a downtown bar. Say cheers with a local craft beer and get excited for the adventure of a lifetime.<p>Spend the first day of your trip wandering Ecuador’s capital city. Meet the group in the evening at the hotel.</p><p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Your opportunity to meet your CEO and fellow travellers, and learn more about your tour. Opt to join the group for a local meal afterwards. Don't forget to see the notice in the lobby (or ask reception) for the official time and place to meet up with the group.</p><p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Connect with new friends on your first night out in a new destination. Only available on 18-to-Thirtysomethings tours.</p>

Accommodation: ,Hostel,

Accommodation Name: Hostel Casa Carpedm (Similar)

Meals: ,No Meals,

Location: Quito, Tena

Travel overland to the jungle city of Tena, located on the edge of the Amazon. Hop into the back of a pickup truck and head to the local community of Pimpilala where you will stay in rustic wooden huts. Enjoy the hospitality of a Quichua family and experience life in the jungle first-hand.<p><strong>TRANSPORT: </strong> Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.</p><p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Learn about local traditional beliefs and customs on this cultural jungle experience in the Ecuadorian Amazon close to Napo River. Stay in rustic wooden huts with a local Quichua family in their small village near the community of Cando. They've introduced countless visitors to local living and a completely different way of doing things — one that may give you a different perspective on life. Take part in a number of amazing activities. Hike through the rainforest, plunge into waterfalls, and learn the uses of tropical plants. Experience local tradition, and learn about Quichua history and culture.</p>

Accommodation: ,Rustic Wooden Huts (Similar)

Meals: ,Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner,

Location: Tena

Venture out on nature walks and become immersed in the jungle around you. Learn about uses of traditional plants, and the cultural beliefs and local traditions in the Amazon jungle. You can also choose to go whitewater rafting, or take a tour of an animal rescue and rehabilitation centre.<p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Learn about local traditional beliefs and customs on this cultural jungle experience in the Ecuadorian Amazon close to Napo River. Stay in rustic wooden huts with a local Quichua family in their small village near the community of Cando. They've introduced countless visitors to local living and a completely different way of doing things — one that may give you a different perspective on life. Take part in a number of amazing activities. Hike through the rainforest, plunge into waterfalls, and learn the uses of tropical plants. Experience local tradition, and learn about Quichua history and culture.</p>

Accommodation: ,Cabanas Pimpilala (or similar)

Meals: ,Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner,

Location: Tena

Wake up and cycle to the nearby community of Shandia and discover the beauty of the Amazon with a member of the community as your guide. Learn about traditional uses of cacao by watching a chocolate-making demonstration, eat meals made of fresh local ingredients, and stay at the G Adventures-supported community lodge.<p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Cycle to the Indigenous Shandia community, a rural village surrounded by rivers and lush Amazonian landscapes. With the support of G Adventures and Planeterra, the community has developed new culturally immersive experiences led by the village’s youth. Spend an hour and 45 minutes cycling from Pimpilala village to Shandia stopping along the way to take in the beauty of the Amazon. These cultural tours are seen by the community as a way to rescue their Indigenous culture and provide opportunities for the future. This provides an economic opportunity for youth who traditionally would have left the community to find work. Leave Shandia community knowing your visit is creating opportunities for a new generation in the community and contributing to the preservation of their culture.</p><p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Stay overnight at the Shandia Indigenous lodge located in the Ecuadorian Amazon. With the support of G Adventures and Planeterra, the community has developed new culturally immersive tours led by the village’s youth. The community lodge is seen by the community as a way to rescue their Indigenous culture and provide opportunities for the future. Watch a chocolate making demonstration and learn about their cultivation of cacao and their traditional agriculture practices. Meals of local ingredients grown in the village are prepared by women who were provided with culinary training through the project. Leave Shandia community knowing your visit is creating opportunities for a whole new generation of people in this community to improve their lives, and the lives of their children and grandchildren.</p>

Accommodation: ,Shandia Lodge (or similar)

Meals: ,Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner,

Location: Tena, Banos

Travel to Baños and get your adrenaline pumping. Try out horseback riding, canyoning, hiking, mountain biking, or rafting in the surrounding mountains.<p><strong>TRANSPORT: </strong> Hop into the back and ride along to the next destination.</p><p><strong>TRANSPORT: </strong> Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.</p><p><strong>FREE TIME: AFTERNOON</strong> Get out and explore Baños and its beautiful surroundings.</p>

Accommodation: ,Hotel,

Accommodation Name: Hotel La Floresta (or similar)

Meals: ,Breakfast,

Location: Banos

The day is yours to explore what Baños has to offer. Check out the swing at the end of the world or relax in nearby hot springs.<p><strong>Additional Information: </strong> Opt to pre-book the "Baños Canyoning Adventure" or "Baños Ziplining Adventure Bundle" activity on the checkout page ahead of time to include this optional on your tour.</p><p><strong>FREE TIME: FULL DAY</strong> Get out there and get exploring.</p>

Accommodation: ,Hotel,

Accommodation Name: Hotel La Floresta (or similar)

Meals: ,No Meals,

Location: Banos, Riobamba, Cuenca

Soak up the scenic views en route to the town of Cuenca, Ecuador's third largest town. Explore art galleries, museums, and admire its colonial architecture. Visit national parks, take walks in the breathtaking countryside, or check out the country's only Inca ruin site.<p><strong>TRANSPORT: </strong> Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.</p><p><strong>TRANSPORT: </strong> Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.</p>

Accommodation: ,Hotel,

Accommodation Name: Hotel La Casona (or similar)

Meals: ,No Meals,

Location: Cuenca, Máncora District, Huaquillas, Aguas Verdes, Cajas National Park, Cuenca

Choose your own adventure today. Wander through charming cobbled streets to discover the sights and sounds of Cuenca. From colourful homes with red-tiled roofs, to flower markets and picturesque plazas, the photo ops are endless in this town. (Prepare to have your camera roll filled with Cuenca!) Later, catch some z's on an overnight bus to Mancora.<p><strong>FREE TIME: FULL DAY</strong> Enjoy free time to explore colonial Cuenca and its surroundings.</p><p><strong>TRANSPORT: </strong> Curl up and catch a snooze en route to the next stop.</p><p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list. </p>

Accommodation: ,Hotel,

Accommodation Name: Hotel Las Olas Day Room (or similar)

Meals: ,No Meals,

Location: Máncora District

Wake up in the seaside town of Mancora, a village populated by fishermen and surfers. Chill out and breathe in the salty air.<p><strong>FREE TIME: FULL DAY</strong> Chill out in this Peruvian fishing village, head to the beach or give surfing a try. </p>

Accommodation: ,Hotel,

Accommodation Name: Hotel Las Olas (or similar)

Meals: ,No Meals,

Location: Máncora District

A lazy beach day is just what the doctor ordered. Unless you want to go horseback riding, or take a surf lesson. Totally up to you as you enjoy a free day in Mancora.<p><strong>FREE TIME: FULL DAY</strong> Enjoy a free day to relax or get active.</p>

Accommodation: ,Hotel,

Accommodation Name: Hotel Las Olas (or similar)

Meals: ,No Meals,

Location: Máncora District, Trujillo

Didn't get to do everything you wanted yesterday? No worries – more time in Mancora today. Later, relax and get some sleep on an overnight bus to Trujillo.<p><strong>FREE TIME: FULL DAY</strong> Get out and enjoy this beachside town.</p><p><strong>TRANSPORT: </strong> Curl up and catch a snooze en route to the next stop.</p>

Accommodation: ,Overnight Bus (Similar)

Meals: ,No Meals,

Location: Trujillo

Bienvenidos a Trujillo! You can visit the impressive Chan Chan sandstone archaeological site today, snap a photo at the yellow colonial church, or head to Huanchaco for some more beach time.<p><strong>FREE TIME: </strong> Get out and explore the city!</p>

Accommodation: ,Hotel,

Accommodation Name: Hotel El Frayle (or similar)

Meals: ,No Meals,

Location: Trujillo, Lima

Enjoy another full day in Trujillo before boarding a night bus to Lima.<p><strong>FREE TIME: </strong> Do as much or as little as you'd like before an overnight bus in the evening.</p><p><strong>TRANSPORT: </strong> Curl up and catch a snooze en route to the next stop.</p>

Accommodation: ,Overnight Bus (Similar)

Meals: ,No Meals,

Location: Lima, Pachacamac District, Lima

<p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Dubbed Lima's coolest neighbourhood, once full of summer homes for Lima's elite now an area full with art boutiques, trendy bars, converted mansions, and cool vibes.</p><p><strong>FREE TIME: FULL DAY</strong> Get out and enjoy a first taste of Lima, the capital of Peru.</p>

Accommodation: ,Hotel,

Accommodation Name: Hotel Gemina (or similar)

Meals: ,Breakfast,

Location: Lima, Pachacamac District, Lima

Enjoy the day exploring the city. Opt to pre-book the Lima Cooking Class and learn how to cook some classic Peruvian dishes using ingredients from the local market. <p><strong>Additional Information: </strong> If you booked the Lima Cooking Class 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 10:00 (10:30 from Aug-Dec) and taken to a local market and restaurant to prepare and enjoy a traditional Peruvian meal. You will return back to your hotel around 13:00.</p><p><strong>FREE TIME: </strong> Get out and get exploring!</p>

Accommodation: ,Hotel,

Accommodation Name: Hotel Gemina (or similar)

Meals: ,No Meals,

Location: Lima, Huacachina

Travel along Peru's breathtaking coast to the oasis of Huacachina where you can sandboard on the desert dunes while watching the sun go down.<p><strong>TRANSPORT: </strong> Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.</p><p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Get your adrenaline pumping in a dune buggy on the desert dunes, ride the ups and downs in these desert mountains. Strap on a board and try out sandboarding, just like it sounds like snowboarding, but on sand. Enjoy the softer landings and the warmer temps. After, head back to the oasis of Huacachina through the stunning dunes and watch the sunset in the distance.</p>

Accommodation: ,Hostel,

Accommodation Name: Hotel Curasi (or similar)

Meals: ,Breakfast,

Location: Huacachina, Nazca

Wake up and make the most of your time in Huacachina before your adventure continues on to Nazca. There is time in the morning for an optional excursion to the Ballestas Islands, home to a lively colony of sea lions, pelicans, and other varieties of birds. Later, catch a bus to Nazca. Stop along the way at a Pisco winery and try the country's national drink!<p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Learn about the wine and pisco production in the area and enjoy a tasting of different varieties, which are all available for purchase. </p><p><strong>TRANSPORT: </strong> Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.</p>

Accommodation: ,Hotel,

Accommodation Name: San Marcelo Hotel (or similar)

Meals: ,Dinner,

Location: Nazca, Arequipa

Choose to soar over the iconic Nazca Lines today with a pre-bookable flight, or take a tour of the Nazca Desert Cemetery and Potter's Studio. Tonight, catch some z's on an overnight bus to Arequipa.<p><strong>FREE TIME: FULL DAY</strong> Enjoy some free time during the day.</p><p><strong>TRANSPORT: </strong> Curl up and catch a snooze en route to the next stop.</p>

Accommodation: ,Overnight Bus (Similar)

Meals: ,No Meals,

Location: Arequipa

Welcome to Arequipa! Take the day to explore what is known as the 'white city.' If you're into history and architecture, visit the Santa Catalina Monastery, where you'll get a unique glimpse into a bygone way of life. For spicy food lovers, visiting one of the 'picanterías' is a must. Satisfy your craving with a variety of local regional foods: alpaca, shrimp, pork, lots of soups, and spicy sauces.<p><strong>FREE TIME: FULL DAY</strong> Make the most of your time here.</p>

Accommodation: ,Hostel,Hotel,

Accommodation Name: Hotel Arequipa Inn (or similar)

Meals: ,No Meals,

Location: Arequipa, Chivay, Colca Canyon

Enjoy a full-day tour of the spectacular Colca Valley and venture to the impressive Colca Canyon — one of the deepest canyons in the world — on an overnight excursion. With a little luck, you'll spot some unusual Andean animals such as vicuñas, and alpacas. Give your body some much needed relaxation by taking an optional dip in the the hot springs.<p><strong>TRANSPORT: </strong> Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.</p><p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Spot condors on this guided tour, and keep your eyes peeled for other unusual animals. Look for three different species of camelids: alpaca, llama, and vicuña, which are all typical of Peru.</p>

Accommodation: ,Hotel,

Accommodation Name: Casa de Lucila (or similar)

Meals: ,Breakfast,

Location: Colca Canyon, Arequipa

Get an early start to be on the look out for condors. Travel from Chivay town to a condor viewpoint to get a glimpse of these magnificent birds in the air. On the way back, stop in local villages, and see old terraces. Later, head out for a drink in the Calle Zela area – restaurant, bar, or club, there's something for everyone!<p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Spot condors on this guided tour, and keep your eyes peeled for other unusual animals. Look for three different species of camelids: alpaca, llama, and vicuña, which are all typical of Peru.</p><p><strong>TRANSPORT: </strong> Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.</p>

Accommodation: ,Hostel,

Accommodation Name: Hotel Arequipa Inn (or similar)

Meals: ,Breakfast,

Location: Arequipa, Cusco

Explore Arequipa – take a city tour if you want or check out a monastery or museum. Later, sit back and relax on an overnight bus to Cusco.<p><strong>FREE TIME: FULL DAY</strong> Get out and explore more of this beautiful colonial city.</p><p><strong>TRANSPORT: </strong> Curl up and catch a snooze en route to the next stop.</p>

Accommodation: , Overnight Bus (Similar)

Meals: ,Breakfast,

Location: Cusco, Urubamba, Cusco

Explore the city on your own today or choose from a variety of activities that will help you discover the magic of Cusco. You can go horseback riding or whitewater rafting, or choose to take a half-day tour of the city. Or, pre-book the Cusco cooking class if you want to learn to prepare local specialties!<p><strong>Additional Information: </strong> Please note: if you pre-book the Cusco Cooking Class 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. Return back to your hotel around 16:00.</p><p><strong>FREE TIME: FULL DAY</strong> Make the most of your time in Cusco.</p>

Accommodation: ,Hostel,

Accommodation Name: Milhouse Hostel Cusco (or similar)

Meals: ,No Meals,

Location: Cusco, Urubamba, Cusco

Today is another free day to explore all that Cusco has to offer. Go horseback riding, mountain biking, or whitewater rafting. Too wiped out from the trek? Take it easy with a visit to the Inka Museum.<p>Opt to visit and hike the famed Rainbow Mountain, pre-book on the checkout page to include this optional activity on your tour or ask your GCO or travel agent for assistance.</p><p><strong>Additional Information: </strong> Please note: if you pre-book the Cusco Cooking Class 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. Return back to your hotel around 16:00.</p><p><strong>FREE TIME: </strong> Make the most of your time in Cusco.</p>

Accommodation: ,Hostel,

Accommodation Name: Milhouse Hostel Cusco (or similar)

Meals: ,Breakfast,

Location: Cusco, Ollantaytambo

Head into the Sacred Valley today to visit the G-Adventures supported women's weaving co-op in the Ccaccaccollo community. Learn about weaving, and meet the adorable resident llamas. If you see a knitted item you like, buy it — a perfect keepsake from your journey. Stop and sample some craft beer at a brewery on your way to Ollantaytambo.<p><strong>TRANSPORT: </strong> Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.</p><p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Visit the Ccaccaccollo community centre which G Adventures travellers' donations helped create in 2005, thereby enabling local women to sell traditional textiles to travellers. See local weaving and dyeing techniques used to create garments and souvenirs, and learn how the Planeterra weaving co-operative has impacted the community and those who visit it. This includes the purchase of alpacas to provide a steady supply of wool, looms, and sewing machines as well as several training courses on production, sales and small business management. </p><p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Delight your tastebuds and sample high-quality beer with the breathtaking Sacred Valley as a backdrop. This craft brewery uses local ingredients to make award-winning brews and gives back to the surrounding communities. What's not to like? </p>

Accommodation: ,Hotel,

Accommodation Name: Las Orquideas Ollantaytambo (or similar)

Meals: ,Breakfast,

Location: Ollantaytambo, Wayllabamba Camp, INCA TRAIL

Depart Ollantaytambo by van to km 82 where your trek begins. Hike through beautiful scenery, with a variety of flora that changes with the seasons. You'll see several smaller ruin sites like Llactapata.<p><strong>Additional Information: </strong> A crew of local porters, cooks, and guides will take care of all the details for the duration of the hike. Porters carry the majority of the gear so you’ll only need to carry a small daypack with water, rain gear, snacks, a camera, etc. </p><p><strong>TRANSPORT: </strong> Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.</p><p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Get your blood pumping on this first day of hiking the Inca trail. The trekking is fairly easy and serves as good training for the next few days. Pass rambling rivers and a small village, and enjoy scenic mountain views; it’s just a taste of what’s to come.</p><p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Enjoy G Adventures-supported handmade biodegradable soap products, for use on our treks. This G Adventures for Good project empowered local Cusqueña women to start their own business in order to reduce the environmental impact of treks in the region. Planeterra provided $10,000 of seed funding for two young entrepreneurs to register their biodegradable products in order to sell them to the tourism industry. "Esencia Andina" is now a successful business that produces biodegradable soaps, detergents, and natural products for travellers, guides, porters, and cooks on our treks.</p>

Accommodation: ,Camp,

Accommodation Name: Wayllabamba Camp (similar)

Meals: ,Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner,

Location: INCA TRAIL, Wayllabamba Camp, Puyupatamarca, INCA TRAIL

Get an early start today to climb the long steep path to Warmiwañusca, known as Dead Woman's Pass. This is the highest point of the trek at 4,198m (13,769 ft). Most hikers reach camp by early afternoon, with some much needed R&R.<p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Trek over progressively spectacular and steeper terrain on your way to Warmiwañusca (aka Dead Woman’s Pass), the highest point of the trek at 4,198m (13,769ft). Be prepared to face strong Andean weather (blazing sun or cold winds) around the pass. Take the hike slow, and drink lots of water along the way – amazing views are waiting as a reward. Enjoy some ample time to rest and relax after reaching the camp; most campers arrive around early afternoon.</p>

Accommodation: ,Camp,

Accommodation Name: Paqaymayo Camp (similar)

Meals: ,Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner,

Location: INCA TRAIL, Puyupatamarca, Winay Wayna

Cross two more passes and ruins along the way. The first pass is Runquraqay at 3,950m (13,113 ft) where, on a clear day, you can catch a glimpse of the snow-capped Cordillera Vilcabamba. Hike through cloud forest on the gentle climb to the second pass of the day, walking through original Incan constructions. The highest point of the pass is 3,700m (12,136 ft). On a clear day, enjoy the spectacular views of the Urubamba Valley. At 3,650m (11,972 ft), reach the ruins of Phuyupatamarca, the "town above the clouds." Camp here or go another 1.5 hrs to the Wiñay Wayna ruins (""forever young"") located at 2,650m (8,694 ft).<p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Cross two passes and more ruins along the Inca Trail on the last full day of hiking. Traverse Runquraway at 3,950m (13,113 ft), and then reach the second pass at 3,700m (12,136 ft). Spot the gorgeous Cordillera Vilcabamba and the Urubamba Valley in the distance on a clear day. Camp at either the Phuyupatamarca ruins or the Wiñay Wayna ruins.</p>

Accommodation: ,Camp,

Accommodation Name: Paqaymayo Camp (similar)

Meals: ,Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner,

Location: Machu Picchu, Winay Wayna, Aguas Calientes, Ollantaytambo, Cusco

The final day of the hike starts pre-dawn to reach the Sun Gate before sunrise. Wake up around 03:30 and walk to the checkpoint. Catch the first views of the breathtaking ruins of Machu Picchu on a clear day. Hike down to Machu Picchu for a guided tour of the site. Catch the bus to Aguas Calientes before your train back to Cusco in the afternoon. Tonight, dance the night away at a popular night club.<p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Wake around 03:30 to reach the Sun Gate as early as possible. Head to the checkpoint and join the lineup to wait for the gate to open. Catch the first views of the breathtaking ruins of Machu Picchu (fingers crossed for a clear day). Hike down to Machu Picchu (about 45 mins) for a 1.5 hr guided tour of the site, and free time to explore. Opt to visit the Inca Bridge (a 15-min walk one way) for no additional charge, if time allows. Catch the bus outside the Machu Picchu gate after your visit for a 25-min downhill ride to Aguas Calientes. Eat and relax before the train ride back to Cusco this evening.</p><p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Rise and shine – the best time to see the Lost City of the Incas is in the early morning light. Follow the local guide to Machu Picchu to learn about its history at a leisurely pace. Gain local insight into the Inti Mach’ay cave, Inti Watana, the Temple of the Water, the Temple of the Condor, and the Room of the Three Windows. Take time to sit and feel the energy of this 15th-century site, now both a UNESCO World Heritage site and voted one of the new Seven Wonders of the World (in a worldwide Internet poll).</p><p><strong>TRANSPORT: </strong> Climb aboard, take a seat, and enjoy the ride.</p><p><strong>TRANSPORT: </strong> Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.</p><p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Whether it’s a pub crawl, drink specials or a bonfire on the beach, celebrate late into the night with your new best friends.</p>

Accommodation: ,Hostel,

Accommodation Name: Milhouse Hostel Cusco (or similar)

Meals: ,Breakfast,

Location: Cusco, Urubamba, Cusco

Today is another free day to explore all that Cusco has to offer. Go horseback riding, mountain biking, or whitewater rafting. Too wiped out from the trek? Take it easy with a visit to the Inka Museum.<p><strong>FREE TIME: FULL DAY</strong> Get out there and see it all – or just chill out to your heart's content.</p>

Accommodation: ,Hostel,

Accommodation Name: Milhouse Hostel Cusco (or similar)

Meals: ,Breakfast,

Location: Cusco, Puno

Sit back, relax, and soak in the impressive views as you travel by bus through the Altiplano on your way to Puno on Lake Titicaca.<p><strong>TRANSPORT: </strong> Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.</p>

Accommodation: ,Hostel,

Accommodation Name: Hostal Helena´s House (or similar)

Meals: ,Breakfast,

Location: Puno, Lake Titicaca

This morning, you will board a boat on Lake Titicaca and head to Taquile Island. Opt to have lunch in a local restaurant and shop in the afternoon at the local weaving cooperatives. Later, cruise to another village for an overnight homestay to live like a local on the shores of the lake. Learn more about rural life in the Peruvian highlands and create unforgettable memories with the family and fellow travellers.<p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Board a boat on Lake Titicaca and head to Taquile Island for a delicious Peruvian lunch at a restaurant followed by some shopping at the local weaving cooperatives. (Taquileños are known for their fine handwoven textiles and clothing, men are taught how to knit around age five and they create the majority of the textiles.) After, enjoy an overnight stay with a host family and a chance to learn about life on the islands. </p><p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Accommodation on the islands may be multi-share.</p>

Accommodation: , Amantani Homestay (or similar)

Meals: ,Breakfast,Dinner,

Location: Lake Titicaca, Puno

Say goodbye to your homestay family and stop at the Uros Islands on your way back to Puno. If you want, you can check out the spectacular chullpas (funerary towers) of Sillustani, a pre-Inca archaeological site. Or kayak on Lake Titicaca.<p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Spend the morning with the homestay families, then depart after lunch. Visit the floating islands of Uros on the way back, and learn about the unique lifestyle of the locals. Meet residents and learn how they built the islands with totora reeds, which are also used to make their homes, boats, crafts (and are also edible!). </p><p><strong>FREE TIME: AFTERNOON</strong> Make the most of one last afternoon in Puno.</p>

Accommodation: ,Hostel,

Accommodation Name: Hostal Helena´s House (or similar)

Meals: ,Breakfast,Lunch,

Location: Puno, Yunguyo Province, Desaguadero, Copacabana, La Paz

Today, enjoy a full-day drive around the picturesque lake and through the Altiplano to La Paz. Cross over into Bolivia and catch your breath before a night out in the highest city of the trip. Check out the area of Sopocachi for cool bohemian vibes.<p><strong>TRANSPORT: </strong> Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.</p><p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list.</p><p><strong>TRANSPORT: </strong> Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.</p>

Accommodation: ,Hotel,

Accommodation Name: Hotel Las Brisas (or similar)

Meals: ,Breakfast,

Location: La Paz

Depart at any time.<p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure. </p>

Accommodation: ,

Meals: ,No Meals,

Included
  • -Your G for Good Moment: Shandia Biking & Community Experience, Shandia
  • -Your Discover Moment: Lima
  • -Your Local Living Moment: Lake Titicaca Homestay, Lake Titicaca.
  • -Your G for Good Moment: Handmade Biodegradable Soap Products
  • - Guided tour of Machu Picchu
  • -Your Foodie Moment: Sacred Valley Brewery, Ollantaytambo
  • Accommodation
    -Simple hotels (19 nts), hostel (4 nts, multi-share), overnight buses (4 nts), camping (3 nts), homestay (3 nt), G Adventures-supported community lodge (1 nt).
  • -Your Discover Moment: Cusco
  • - Colca Canyon excursion
  • -Your First Night Out Moment: Connect With New Friends
  • - Sunset sandboarding & dune buggies (Huacachina)
  • -Your Foodie Moment: Huacachina Winery Visit, Huacachina
  • Fully Guided
    -CEO (Chief Experience Officer), specialist Inca Trail CEO on hike, local guides.
  • Meals
    -20 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 8 dinners Allow USD695-905 for meals not included.
  • - Inca Trail hike with a local guide, cook, and porters (4 days)
  • - Lake Titicaca excursion
  • -Your Discover Moment: Baños
  • -Your G for Good Moment: Shandia Community Lodge, Shandia
  • -Your Local Living Moment: Amazon Jungle Experience, Tena
  • -Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group
  • -Your G for Good Moment: Ccaccaccollo Community and Women's Weaving Co-op visit, Ccaccaccollo
  • Transportation
    -Public bus, boat, truck, motorized canoe, train, hiking.
  • - Beach time in Mancora
  • - Amazon Jungle excursion to a local community
  • - All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • - Pachamanca-style dinner (Nazca)
  • -Your Big Night Out Moment: Cusco

Not Included
  • Tipping and Gratuities
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  • International Travel
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Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our CEOs have the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.
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. Multi-share Accommodation: Multi-share same-sex accommodation is used on this tour, as such, if you are travelling with someone of a different gender you will not be in the same room. For private accommodation please see tours in our Classic Travel Style.
Simple hotels (19 nts), hostel (4 nts, multi-share), overnight buses (4 nts), camping (3 nts), homestay (3 nt), G Adventures-supported community lodge (1 nt).
We don't expect any problems, and nor should you, but if for any reason you are unable to commence your trip as scheduled, as soon as possible please contact your starting point hotel, requesting that you speak to or leave a message for your CEO (if you are not on a group tour please refer to the emergency contact details provided in this dossier). If you are unable to get in touch with your leader, please refer to our emergency contact details. If you have pre-booked an airport transfer and have not made contact with our representative within 30 minutes of clearing customs and immigration, we recommend that you make your own way to the Starting Point hotel, following the Joining Instructions. Please apply to your travel agent on your return for a refund of the transfer cost if this occurs.
The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary. VERY IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.
Should you need to contact us during a situation of dire need, it is best to first call either the G Adventures Local Representative (if one is listed below) or our G Adventures Local Office. If for any reason you do not receive an immediate answer, please leave a detailed message and contact information, so they may return your call and assist you as soon as possible. AIRPORT TRANSFER  If you have purchased an arrival through G Adventures or if an arrival transfer is included in the cost of your tour, please note that: Your arrival transfer has been arranged based on flight information provided to us. If you are advised of a flight schedule change within 48 hours of your scheduled arrival time, we will do our best to rearrange your arrival transfer however we cannot guarantee this. If your arrival transfer does not arrive within 30 minutes after you have exited the arrivals area please take a taxi to your start point hotel.  EMERGENCY CONTACT NUMBERS G Adventures Office Quito, Ecuador During office hours (Weekdays 9am-6pm Local Time) From outside Ecuador: +593 2250 6610 From within Ecuador: 022 506 610 After hours Emergency number From outside Ecuador: +593 999 506 000 From within Ecuador: 0999 506 000 G Adventures Office Lima, Peru. During office hours (Weekdays, 9-6pm Local Time) From outside Peru: +51 1 241 1650 From inside Peru: 01 241 1650 or 241 1650 (from payphone within Peru) After hours Emergency number: +51 99 758 2712. After house Emergency number from within Peru: 099 758 2712 If you are unable for any reason to contact our local office, please call the numbers listed below which will connect you directly with our Sales team who will happily assist you. Hours of operation by region can be found <a href='https://www.gadventures.com/contact-us/?ref=footer'>here</a>. Toll-free, North America only: 1 888 800 4100 Calls from UK: 0344 272 0000 Calls from Germany: 0800 365 1000 Calls from Australia: 1 300 796 618 Calls from New Zealand: 0800 333 307 Outside North America, Australia, New Zealand, Germany and the UK: +1 416 260 0999
Please also make sure you have access to at least an additional USD $200 (or equivalent) as an 'emergency' fund, to be used when circumstances outside our control (ex. a natural disaster) require a change to our planned route. This is a rare occurrence!
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Chief Experience Officer (CEO), specialist Inca Trail CEO on hike, local guides.
All G Adventures group trips are accompanied by one of our group leaders, a G Adventures representative, or an expedition team. The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. They will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. We also use local guides where we think more specific knowledge will add to the enjoyment of the places we are visiting- we think it's the best of both worlds.
Max 18, avg 14.
Please note inoculations may be required for the country visited. It is your responsibility to consult with your travel doctor for up to date medical travel information well before departure. You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information well before departure. We recommend that you carry a First Aid kit and hand sanitizers / antibacterial wipes as well as any personal medical requirements. Please be aware that quite often we are in remote areas and away from medical facilities, and for legal reasons our leaders are prohibited from administering any type of drug including headache tablets, antibiotics, etc. When selecting your trip please carefully read the brochure and itinerary and assess your ability to cope with our style of travel. Please refer to the Physical and Culture Shock ratings for trip specific information. G Adventures reserves the right to exclude any traveller from all or part of a trip without refund if in the reasonable opinion of our CEO they are unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group. Please note your Adventure travels to high altitude. This is medically defined as anything over 8,000 feet (2,440 meters). Most people can travel to 8,000 feet with minimal effects. However, everyone reacts to altitude differently and altitude sickness can on set with some people irrespective of fitness and age. For details on how to best prepare and what to do in the unlikely event you are effected on your Adventure, please consult your physician.
Experience traditional life in a local community in the Amazon, witness colonial cities and volcanoes, Sandboard the dunes of Huacachina., spot condors at Colca Canyon, conquer the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, settle in with the locals at a homestay on Lake Titicaca, Get adventurous in Baños, relax on the beach with free time in Mancora.
1. INCA TRAIL AND MACHU PICCHU REGULATIONS The rules and regulations controlling the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu are continually changing. Before embarking on your adventure to Peru it is very important that you familiarize yourself with the Inca Trail booking policies and guidelines as described in a document available on our website, at the following URL address: http://www.gadventures.com//terms-conditions/inca-trail-booking-policies/ 2. MACHU PICCHU BY TRAIN - OPTIONAL Please advise at time of booking if you do not wish to hike the Inca Trail. Instead, you will have 2 nights in Cusco, travel by train for a night in Aguas Calientes, and join the hikers for the tour of Machu Picchu. 3. INCA TRAIL MAINTENANCE Portions of the Inca Trail will be closed for general maintenance during the month of February each year. Also, closures may occur at various times throughout the year due to inclement weather or other conditions beyond our control. During these periods, any tour affected will hike the Lares Trek. 4. COMBO TRIP Please note that this tour combines with other G Adventures tours. As such, the staff and some travel companions on your tour may have previously been traveling together with G Adventures, prior to Day 1 of your tour. Likewise, some staff and travel companions may be continuing together on another G Adventures tour, after your trip concludes. 5. In our continued effort to support the rights of the porters on the Inca Trail, we would like ensure that they never exceed the weight limit for their packs as set out by the Peruvian authorities. Porters are allowed to carry no more than 6kg of personal belongings per hiker (for all other Peru treks the limit is 8kg). That means that including your sleeping bag, toiletries, clothing, etc, you are allowed a total weight of 6kg for the hike which will be carried in a duffle bag provided by our local office. Any additional weight must then be carried by you in your day pack. To help achieve this goal we recommend that you carry travel sized toiletries, that you bring sport sandals that can be worn with socks (which are lighter than running/walking shoes) and that you limit electronics to those that you are willing to carry. Any additional baggage can be left in Cusco, but is advised that you bring anything of value (eg. money, passport, credit cards, camera, etc) with you on the trek. If at the end of your trek you felt your trekking guide and support team did an outstanding job, tipping is appreciated. The amount is entirely a personal preference, please see the Tipping section for guidelines. 6. YELLOW FEVER It may be required to show a Yellow Fever certificate upon entering the country visited. Please check in with your local health expert for advice on Yellow Fever and other inoculations required for this area. 7. WET SEASON Please be advised during the wet season (Jan - April) if there are periods of severe rain some of the campsites on the Inca Trail may become unusable. In the interest of your safety, there may be changes made locally to the trekking itinerary if the conditions of the campsites are assessed to be unsafe.  8. GROUP DYNAMICS Please note, in most cases, the entire group will not be hiking the Inca Trail together. Members of the group may choose to hike the Lares Trek or spend additional time in Cusco and the Sacred Valley instead of hiking. If you have chosen the Lares Trek or Cusco Stay you may be paired with members of other G Adventures groups for the trek, transportation, and activities included.
Check-in times and baggage allowances/restrictions vary by airline and can change at any time. For the most up-to-date information for your flight, please contact your airline. We recommend checking in online in advance to avoid potential delays at the airport.
While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Aboard expedition trips visits to research stations depend on final permission. Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.
For details of your joining hotel please refer to your tour voucher, G Account, the G Adventures App or contact your travel agent.
The Quito International Airport is approximately one hour outside of the city centre where your joining hotel is located. There are a number of routes the driver may take depending on time of day and traffic, however, the route often seems long and indirect. The easiest and cheapest way to get there is by organizing a taxi at the desk within the airport (approximately $30 USD). Private transfers generally cost more as the cars will need to drive from Quito, to the airport, and return. Immediately after the customs and immigration area, as you head to the exits, you will find a taxi stand. We strongly recommend you pay for the car at set rates from the taxi stand and therefore won't need to worry about sorting out a ride outside the airport facilities, where the situation tends to get more chaotic with many drivers vying for few clients. The taxis outside the airport area do not belong to the Taxi Airport Union and may charge higher fares. There is also a shuttle available with the bus company Aeroservicios. Aeroservicios charges 8 USD to board a bus which will take you from the new airport to the old airport. The buses are new, comfortable, and often include wifi. From the old airport, a taxi to get to your hotel would generally cost $5 USD depending on the distance and location. If you have paid in advance for an arrival transfer, a G Adventures representative will be at the airport to meet you. If for any reason you are not met at the airport, please call our local support line. If you are unable to make contact for whatever reason, please make your way to the joining point hotel via taxi. Please note that Day 1 is an arrival day and no activities have been planned for that day other then your welcome meeting in the evening, so you can arrive at any time. A G Adventures Representative will organize a short meeting soon after arrival, during which you will meet other tour participants and receive information about general and specific aspects of the trip. A welcome note will be left for you in the hotel so you have all the necessary information regarding the meeting time. If you arrive late, s/he will leave you a message detailing what time and where you should meet the next morning.
Laundry facilities are offered by some of our hotels for a charge. There will be times when you may want to or have to do your own laundry so we suggest you bring non-polluting/biodegradable soap.
Eating is a big part of traveling. Travelling with G Adventures you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip. On truck trips in Africa, aboard the expedition ship Explorer or our Galapagos yachts, while trekking in remote regions etc. food is included, plentiful and made of fresh local ingredients. The above information applies to G Adventures group trips. For Independent trips please check the itinerary for details of meals included. For all trips please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.
20 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 8 dinners
Minimum age of 18 years for this trip.
The currency in Bolivia is the Boliviano (BOB), in Peru the Nuevo Sol (PEN), and in Ecuador the US Dollar (USD). Credit cards and debit cards are very useful for cash advances. Visa cards are the most widely accepted cards. While ATMs are widely available, there are no guarantees that your credit or debit cards will actually work in Latin America. Check with your bank. You should be aware that to purchase products or services on a credit card a fee of 5%-10% usually applies. Do not rely on credit or debit cards as your only source of money, a combination of US dollar cash and cards is best. Please bear in mind that cost of living in the southern cone countries (Argentina, Brazil, Chile) is much higher than the rest of South America, and in the case of Argentina, more comparable with Europe. Always take more rather than less, as you don't want to spoil the trip by constantly feeling short of funds. We do not recommend bringing travellers cheques as they are very difficult to change in country. CURRENCY EXCHANGE TIP: Please be advised that slightly torn notes, notes that have been heavily marked or are faded may be difficult to exchange. It is best to bring notes in fairly good condition, in denominations lower than 100USD (or equivalent). As currency exchange rates can fluctuate often we ask that you refer to the following website for daily exchange rates: www.xe.com
Nights 2-4: Amazon homestay, Nights 8, 11, 13 and 18: overnight buses, Nights 20-21: Colca Canyon, Night 22: overnight bus, Nights 25-27: Inca Trail. Night 32: Lake Titicaca homestay. If you have chosen the Lares Trek/Cusco Stay you will have a single tent/room for nights 25-27.
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Quito - Teleférico (8USD per person) - Quito City Tour and Equator (50-60USD per person) Cotopaxi - Cotopaxi Volcano - Full Day Trip (70-100USD per person) Tena - AmaZOOnico Animal Rescue Centre Visit (25USD per person) - Guided Waterfall Walk - Whitewater Rafting (65USD per person) Baños - Horseback Riding (25USD per person) - Mountain Biking (10USD per person) - Hot Springs (20USD per person) - Hiking (Free) - Whitewater Rafting (70USD per person) - Baños Ziplining Adventure Bundle - Baños Canyoning Adventure Cajas National Park - Cajas National Park Visit (50USD per person) Cuenca - Day Trip to Ingapirca Ruins (50USD per person) - Gualaceo and Chordeleg Day Trip (55USD per person) - Cuenca Mud Baths & Hot Springs (30USD per person) Máncora - Surfing - Horseback Riding Trujillo - Chan Chan Ruins Visit Lima - Magic Circuit of Water and Tapas Night (68USD per person) - Lima City Tour (65-85USD per person) - Barranco Bohemian Neighbourhood Tour (45USD per person) - Lima Biking Culinary Tour - Bike & Bite (75USD per person) - Lima Cooking Class (4hrs) Pachacamac - Pachacamac and Paso Horse Show (98USD per person) Nazca - Nazca Desert Cemetery and Potter's Studio Guided Tour (80PEN per person) - Flight over Nazca Lines Arequipa - Juanita Museum (60PEN per person) - Arequipa City Tour - Santa Catalina Monastery Visit (60PEN per person) - Arequipa City and Area Panoramic Bus Tour (20USD per person) Chivay - Hot Springs (15PEN per person) Cusco - La Merced Visit - Cusco City Tour (45PEN per person) - Inka Museum (10PEN per person) - Cusco Tourist Ticket (130PEN per person) - Cusco Cooking Class - Rainbow Mountain Hike - Full-day Trip Urubamba - **Whitewater Rafting Urubamba (165PEN per person) Puno - Sillustani Burial Towers Entrance (45PEN per person) Lake Titicaca - Lake Titicaca Kayaking La Paz - Valley of the Moon Tour (150BOB per person) - Witches' Market Visit - La Paz City Tour (90BOB per person)
Amazon: • Knee-length socks • Loose-fitting, light coloured hiking pants • Loose-fitting, light coloured long-sleeved shirts • Pack liners to waterproof bags Available for Rent: • Camping mattress/sleep mat (45 soles) • Sleeping bag (45 soles) • Walking poles (15 soles each (30 per pair)) Cold Weather: • Long-sleeved shirts or sweater • Scarf • Warm gloves • Warm hat • Warm layers Documents: • Flight info (required) (Printouts of e-tickets may be required at the border) • Insurance info (required) (With photocopies) • Passport (required) (With photocopies) • Required visas or vaccination certificates (required) (With photocopies) • Vouchers and pre-departure information (required) Essentials: • Binoculars (optional) • Camera (With extra memory cards and batteries) • Cash, credit and debit cards • Day pack (Used for daily excursions or short overnights) • Ear plugs • First-aid kit (should contain lip balm with sunscreen, sunscreen, whistle, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, bandaids/plasters, tape, anti-histamines, antibacterial gel/wipes, antiseptic cream, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, rehydration powder, water purification tablets or drops, insect repellent, sewing kit, extra prescription drugs you may be taking) • Flashlight/torch (Headlamps are ideal) • Fleece top/sweater • Footwear • Hat • Locks for bags • Long pants/jeans • Moneybelt • Outlet adapter • Personal entertainment (Reading and writing materials, cards, music player, etc.) • Reusable water bottle • Shirts/t-shirts • Sleepwear • Small travel towel • Sunglasses • Toiletries (Preferably biodegradable) • Watch and alarm clock • Waterproof backpack cover • Windproof rain jacket Health & Safety: • Face masks (required) • Hand sanitizer (required) • Pen (Please bring your own pen for filling out documents.) • Rubber gloves Inca Trail: • Hiking pants (Convertible/Zip-off and quick dry recommended) • Pack liners to waterproof bags • Rain gear • Sleeping bag (Also available for rent) • Thermal base layer • Travel pillow • Walking poles, rubber-tipped (Also available for rent) • Waterproof hiking boots Warm Weather: • Sandals/flip-flops • Shorts/skirts (Longer shorts/skirts are recommended) • Sun hat/bandana • Swimwear Note: The best clothing for trekking is either wool or synthetic materials in layers, as this is quick-drying and can keep heat in better. We suggest a base-layer, then a mid-layer such as a light fleece jacket or similar, then a windproof and waterproof layer. Please note for trekking rentals credit cards are the preferred method of payment.
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Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure. We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, travellers' cheques, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of the hotels we use have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage. When travelling on a group trip, please note that your CEO has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Your CEO will accompany you on all included activities. During your trip you will have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. While your CEO will assist you with options available in a given location please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your itinerary, and we offer no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgment when selecting an activity in your free time. Although the cities visited on tour are generally safe during the day, there can be risks to wandering throughout any major city at night. It is our recommendation to stay in small groups and to take taxis to and from restaurants, or during night time excursions. About Quito: Please take care when wandering about the city on your own, as pick pockets and purse-snatchers are common, particularly in the Old Town. We recommend taking an escorted tour around the city. If you are going to explore on your own, be safe and leave your passport, credit cards, traveller’s cheques and cash you don’t need in the hotel’s safety deposit box. Most Quiteños are honest and genuinely helpful and friendly, but be safe and enjoy the city! Protests and Demonstrations- Protests and demonstrations, even those that are well intended, have the potential to turn violent with no warning. Counter protests can also turn violent. Action by security forces to disperse demonstrators and protesters may occur at any time. If you are in an area where demonstrators or protesters are gathering, avoid the temptation of staying for a good photo opportunity and leave the area immediately. Water based activities have an element of danger and excitement built into them. We recommend only participating in water based activities when accompanied by a guide(s). We make every reasonable effort to ensure the fun and adventurous element of any water based activities (in countries with varying degrees of operating standards) have a balanced approach to safety. It is our policy not to allow our CEOs to make arrangements on your behalf for water based activities that are not accompanied by guide(s). Swimming, including snorkeling, is always at your own risk. We take all prudent measures in relation to your safety. For ways to further enhance your personal safety while traveling, please visit: <a href="http://www.gadventures.com/travel-resources/safety/"> www.gadventures.com/travel-resources/safety/</a>
We believe single travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and single travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.
Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping and tipping. Please also remember the following specific recommendations when planning your trip.
It is customary in Latin America to tip service providers such as waiters, at approximately 10%, depending on the service. Tipping is an expected - though not compulsory - component of your tour program and an expression of satisfaction with the persons who have assisted you on your tour. Although it may not be customary to you, it is of considerable significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels. There are several times during the trip where there is opportunity to tip the local guides or drivers we use. Recommendations for tipping drivers and local guides would range from $5-10 USD per day depending on the quality and length of the service; ask your CEO for specific recommendations based on the circumstances and culture. If at the end of your trek you felt your trekking guide and support team did an outstanding job, tipping is appreciated. The amount is entirely a personal preference, however as a guideline, we suggest each hiker contributes the following to a collective pool. Inca Trail: Head guide: 10-25 USD Assistant guide: 5-12 USD Your trekking crew: 40 USD Lares Trek: Head guide: 10-25 USD Assistant guide: 4-10 USD Your trekking crew: 35 USD Also at the end of each trip if you felt your G Adventures CEO did an outstanding job, tipping is appreciated. The amount is entirely a personal preference, however as a guideline $20-25 USD per person, per week can be used.
Public bus, boat, truck, motorized canoe, train, hiking.
Travel Insurance: Travel insurance is compulsory in order to participate on any of our trips. When travelling on a group trip, you will not be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance has been sighted by your CEO, who will take note of your insurance details. When selecting a travel insurance policy please bear in mind that all clients must have medical coverage and that we require a minimum coverage of USD 200,000 for repatriation and emergency rescue. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. If you have credit card insurance we require proof of purchase of the trip (a receipt of credit card statement) with a credit card in your name. Contact your bank for details of their participating insurer, the level of coverage and emergency contact telephone number.
Care should be taken when wandering around on your own in central Lima as, some areas can be dangerous and pickpockets are daring.
All countries require a valid passport (with a minimum 6 months validity). Contact your local embassy, or consulate for the most up-to-date visa requirements, or see your travel agent.
Remember that although near the Equator, the higher altitude on some parts of the trip make for cool evenings and you will need a warm sweater or pullover. It’s best to layer clothes rather than bring a heavy parka so that you can take layers off. This is especially true on the Inca Trail, at which time warmer clothing is essential. We recommend using a backpack for your convenience, or a medium-sized suitcase if you prefer. A daypack is also essential for carrying everyday items. Space is limited on transportation, so there is a limit of one main piece of luggage per person. You will be responsible for carrying your own luggage.
Your G for Good Moment: Shandia Biking & Community Experience, Shandia Your G for Good Moment: Shandia Community Lodge, Shandia Your G for Good Moment: Ccaccaccollo Community and Women's Weaving Co-op visit, Ccaccaccollo Your G for Good Moment: Handmade Biodegradable Soap Products Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your First Night Out Moment: Connect With New Friends Your Local Living Moment: Amazon Jungle Experience, Tena Your Discover Moment: Baños Your Discover Moment: Lima Your Foodie Moment: Huacachina Winery Visit, Huacachina Your Discover Moment: Cusco Your Foodie Moment: Sacred Valley Brewery, Ollantaytambo Your Big Night Out Moment: Cusco Your Local Living Moment: Lake Titicaca Homestay, Lake Titicaca. Amazon Jungle excursion to a local community. Beach time in Mancora. Sunset sandboarding & dune buggies (Huacachina). Pachamanca-style dinner (Nazca). Colca Canyon excursion. Guided tour of Machu Picchu. Inca Trail hike with a local guide, cook, and porters (4 days). Lake Titicaca excursion. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

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Start:Quito
Finish:La Paz
Group size:14 - 18
Suitable for: Minimum age of 18 years for this trip.
Accommodation:Simple hotels (19 nts), hostel (4 nts, multi-share), overnight buses (4 nts), camping (3 nts), homestay (3 nt), G Adventures-supported community lodge (1 nt).
Physical rating:4 - Demanding
Meals:20 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 8 dinners
Diets:Vegetarians, Vegans
Tour operated in: English
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