Quest of the Gods
This dynamic fourteen-day expedition takes in the iconic and unique sights of Peru from the ground up, with a series of stunning scenic hikes.
Arriving in the bustling capital of Lima, you'll travel inland to the natural sanctuary of Tambopata, deep in the Peruvian Amazon. A short flight across the spectacular Andes then delivers you to Cusco and the ruins of Sacred Valley. Lace up your walking boots for a three-day hike leading you up Sicllaccasa Mountain to the soothing welcome of Aguas Calientes' natural hot springs. An early start the next morning sees you wandering the hauntingly beautiful Machu Picchu by sunrise, culminating in a tranquil boat trip on Lake Titicaca before your connecting flight back to Lima.
Extend your exploration with an optional four-day voyage along the Brazilian Amazon and a four-day exploration of Easter Island.
from HK$27,999 per person
Duration: 14 days
Company: G Adventures
Availability: Year round
Tour Highlights: Lima, the Amazon Jungle, Cusco, Sacred Valley and Ollantaytambo, Machu Picchu, Puno
- 13 nights accommodation including 8 nights comfort hotels, 2 nights in a lodge and 3 nights camping on Inca Trail
- Meals – 13 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners
- All transfers between destinations; private van, plane, boat, walking and canoe
- Arrival transfer in Lima
- 2-night excursion to G adventures exclusive rainforest lodge
- 4-day Inca trial hike with local guide or take the scenic train (note: Inca Trail is closed every February)
- Should you choose not to hike the Inca trail you will take the train to Machu Picchu, spend 2 nights in a comfort hotel in Cusco and 1 night in a comfort hotel in Aguas Calientes
Tonight, the adventure begins. Feel free to explore — but make sure you're back in time to meet your group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your trip.
Lima – Tambopata
Fly to Puerto Maldonado and continue by motorized canoe to the comfortable, intimate, and exclusive G Lodge Amazon. After a brief stop in town to store large luggage, drive to the pier and travel by covered motorized boat to the jungle lodge.
En route, spot bird species typical of the local river and forest edge. The Tambopata Rainforest area holds the world record for the most bird sightings in one area. Local community members make up the majority of lodge staff, including multilingual naturalist guides. Take the opportunity to learn about the area's rich flora and fauna and locals' extensive use of medicinal plants and other forest plant resources through traditional techniques for building, fishing, and hunting.
Enjoy a welcome drink and orientation. Before dinner, head out for a night walk around the lodge grounds. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Enjoy guided excursions led by expert naturalists to spot wildlife at nearby oxbow lakes and clay licks. Spend some time relaxing in a hammock, enjoying the local swimming hole or visiting a nearby plantation. Go for a caiman-spotting cruise after dinner.
Head out early to catch the jungle at its wildest (and coolest). Walk slowly through the forest searching for wildlife before heading out on an oxbow lake by canoe. Search for anaconda, the elusive giant river otter or black caiman. Even if you don't spot these shy creatures, there are plenty of birds, interesting plants, and other animals about. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Tambopata – Cusco
Travel by boat out of the jungle to Puerto Maldonado for the flight over the Andes and into the heart of Inca territory, Cusco. Enjoy free time to explore the city. Afternoon arrival into the Inca capital. Time for strolling around the plazas and markets. Admire the cobblestones streets, and visit some museums and Cathedral. (Breakfast)
Cusco – Urubamba
Full-day guided tour of the Sacred Valley with guided hikes at ruins and a visit to a Planeterra-supported women's weaving project in a local community. Enjoy lunch at the Planeterra-supported Sacred Valley Community Restaurant in Huchuy Qosco, an indigenous village. Travel through the stunning Sacred Valley of the Incas, with guided walks through the Ollantaytambo and Pisac ruins.
Visit a Planeterra-supported women's weaving co-op, and Huchuy Qosco, an indigenous village previously bypassed by the tourism industry, now running the Planeterra-supported Sacred Valley Community Restaurant. Stop to enjoy lunch. (Breakfast, Lunch)
Ollantaytambo – Wayllabamba Camp
Depart Ollantaytambo by van to km 82 where the hike begins. Trek through beautiful scenery, with a variety of flora that changes with the seasons, passing several smaller ruin sites like Llactapata. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Wayllabamba Camp – Paqaymayo Camp
Start early to climb the long steep path to Warmiwañusca, better 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 ample time to rest and relax. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Paqaymayo Camp – Wiñaywayna
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, hikers 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 1.5 hrs further along, near the Wiñay Wayna ruins (Forever Young) located at 2,650m (8,694 ft). (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Wiñaywayna – 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 and free time to explore. Opt to visit the Inca Bridge, if time allows.
Catch the bus to Aguas Calientes to meet the CEO and any non-hiking members of your group. Eat and relax before your train back to Cusco in the afternoon. (Breakfast)
Free day in Cusco - explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site at your leisure. Cusco is considered the mecca of Peru and rightly so. This beautiful colonial town offers nearby ruins, cobblestoned streets, museums, churches, and a lively atmosphere. The more adventurous optional activities available in Cusco include horseback riding around archaeological sites such as Sacsayhuaman, Tambo Machay, and Puca Pucara; white water rafting on the Urubamba River; and mountain biking down to the Sacred Valley, perhaps visiting an Inca ruin along the way. (Breakfast)
Drive to Puno, enjoying scenic mountain views. Enjoy spectacular views of the countryside on this full day of travel from Cusco to Puno, through the high Altiplano. (Breakfast)
Enjoy a guided boat tour of Lake Titicaca visiting the floating Islands of Uros and Taquile. Option to visit the Sillustani burial site.
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. (Breakfast)
Puno – Lima
Transfer to Juliaca and fly back to Lima to enjoy your last night in Peru. (Breakfast)
Depart at any time. (Breakfast)