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CARP EXPLORE MACHU PICCHU

8 Days, 7 nights

with

CRUISE HOLIDAYS | LUXURY TRAVEL BOUTIQUE

 Sunday, September 17, 2017 - Sunday, September 24, 2017





This eight-day Peruvian cultural and historical adventure is the ideal introduction to Machu Picchu – one of the world’s most spectacular travel destinations. Take a scenic train to the famous site and enjoy free time to explore its corners. Roam the Sacred Valley, which is surrounded by incredible views of the Andes. As the leading operator in the region, National Geographic Journeys by G Adventures will leave no stone unturned.


Reserve your place today with a C$250 pp deposit


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CARP Explore Machu Picchu Application Form


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IS THIS TRIP FOR ME?

Travel Style: National Geographic Journeys

Greater exploration, insider access, and the freedom to roam – all without sacrificing comfort.


Service Level: Upgraded Quality
Quality accommodations with upgraded amenities; private transport (including flights);
more included meals and activities.


Physical Rating: Average 

Some tours may include light hiking, climbing steps in addition to walking.


Trip Type: Small Group

Small group experience; Max 16, Avg 12. 


Age requirement: 12 +

Travelers under 18 must be accompanied by an adult


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CARP Explore Machu Picchu

Detailed Itinerary




Day 1 - Sunday, Sept 17, 2017 - Lima - Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.


Get ready for a very busy tour exploring the best of Peru in a week. 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.


Please note that if you booked the Peru Culinary Bundle 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. 10:00am and taken to a local market and restaurant to prepare and enjoy a traditional Peruvian meal. You will return to your hotel around 13:00.


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.


Private Vehicle: Jorge Chávez International Airport – Lima - Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.


Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting - 1h - 18:00 - The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore, but make sure you're back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your  review the details of your tour.


Accommodation - Hotel Antigua Miraflores (or similar) – (Hotel)


Day 2 - Monday, Sept 18, 2017 -  Lima/Urubamba - Board an early flight to Cusco then on to the Sacred Valley to visit the Ccaccaccollo community and Planeterra-sponsored Women's Weaving Co-op. Explore the Pisac ruins and visit the G Adventures-supported Sacred Valley Community Restaurant in Huchuy Qosqo.


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.


Plane - Lima – Cusco - 1h30m-2h - 572km - Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.


Private transfer to the Lima airport to catch a flight to Cusco


Private Vehicle - Cusco – Urubamba - 6h-8h (Times includes all stops and visits enroute through the Sacred Valley.)


Ccaccaccollo Community and Planeterra-Sponsored Women's Weaving Co-op visit – (Calca) – Visit the Ccaccaccollo community centre which G Adventures travellers' donations helped create through Planeterra Foundation 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.


Pisac Ruins Guided Tour – Pisac - 2h-3h - Tour the fascinating hilltop citadel of Pisac, an Incan ruin with plunging gorges, a ceremonial centre, and winding agriculture terracing that's still in use today. Be captivated by this truly amazing site sitting amid sweeping green valleys and mountain peaks. Explore the back of the site to see a pocketed cliff across
Kitamayo Gorge, which once contained hundreds of Inca tombs.


Parwa Community Restaurant the Sacred Valley (Lamay) - Contribute to sustainable tourism in Huchuy Qosqo, a small village of 65 families in the Sacred Valley, by eating at the Parwa Community Restaurant. Learn how the resident-run restaurant was kickstarted by G Adventures along with the Planeterra Foundation and the Multilateral Investment Fund, to become a successful farm-to-table program that boosts the local economy and several spin-off microenterprises.


Accommodation - Hotel San Agustin Urubamba(or similar) - Hotel

 
Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch


Day 3Tuesday, Sept 19, 2017 - Urubamba - Explore the pre-Inca salt pans of Las Salineras and tour the Ollantaytambo and Moray ruins. Visit a small community who specialize in ceramic- and adobe-making. Meet local artists and enjoy a demonstration of these traditional arts. Enjoy a traditional pachamanca-style meal of local specialities.


Moray Ruins Guided Tour (Moray) - Explore the ancient site of Moray, which archeologists believe was used to conduct agricultural experiments. Climb down to the bottom of the great circular depressions and notice how the temperature shifts with the depth – sometimes as much as 15°C (27°F)!


Las Salineras Pre-Incan Salt Pans Guided Tour (Urubamba) - Visit the pre-Incan salt pans of  today. Marvel at the terraced pools set amongst the beauty of the Sacred Valley.


Ollantaytambo Ruins Guided Tour (Ollantaytambo) - Tour the town and fortress of Ollantaytambo with a local guide. Take a step back in time at this Inca archaeological site; it still shows signs of its former glory, including agricultural terraces, a Temple Hill, and storehouses. Learn how the area, overlooking the Urubamba River Valley, was an important stronghold during warfare between the Spanish and Incas.


Local Adobe and Ceramic Experience (Urubamba) - nTravel to a small, rural community in the Sacred Valley that specializes in adobe- and ceramic-making. Meet some of the local artists and try your hand at making your own memento to take home.


Traditional Pachamanca Dinner (Urubamba) - The thousand year-old tradition of Pachamanca involves baking an assortment of meat and vegetables in an oven of hot stones, earth, and grass. Meat is usually seasoned with local spices and wrapped in a banana leaf before it’s placed on the hot stones and can include lamb, pork, chicken or guinea pig. Savour this traditional meal prepared by an experienced chef.


Private Vehicle – Urubamba - 7h-8h (Times includes all stops and visits enroute through the Sacred Valley.)


Accommodation - Hotel San Agustin Urubamba (or similar) (Hotel)


Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner


Day 4 - Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017 - Urubamba/Aguas Calientes - Catch an early transfer to Ollantaytambo station and board the scenic train to Aguas Calientes with option to visit the market. For serious archaeology buffs, there is time for an optional independent visit to Machu Picchu before the guided tour the following morning.


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 Wiñay Wayna and Inti Pata, where the local guide will provide insights into the fascinating culture of the Incas en route to the trek's 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: 7km - Estimated hiking Time: 5-6 hours


Private Vehicle - Urubamba – Ollantaytambo - 1h-2h Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.


Train - Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes - 1h30m-2h - Climb aboard, take your seat, and enjoy the ride.


Optional Activities - Hot Springs Visit (Aguas Calientes) - Soak sore muscles in local hot springs for which the town, Aguas Calientes, was originally named. Machu Picchu Visit (Machu Picchu) - Just can’t wait to be awestruck? Opt for an independent visit to Machu Picchu before your group tour. Butterfly House Visit (Aguas Calientes) - Learn about the four stages of a butterfly’s life at this learning centre and breeding project. Observe varied species of butterflies, some unique to the area. Mandor Gardens Visit (Aguas Calientes) - This botanical garden boasts a beautiful waterfall, varied wildlife and lush scenery. Walk along one of the trails and admire the many orchids.


Accommodation - Hotel Taypikala Machu Picchu (or similar) (Hotel)


Meals included: Breakfast


Day 5 - Thursday, Sept 21, 2017 - Aguas Calientes/Cusco - Enjoy a guided tour of the Machu Picchu ruins. Free time to explore on your own or take an optional visit to the Inca Bridge before returning to Cusco by train.


Local bus - Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu - 30m - Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.


Machu Picchu Guided Tour  (Machu Picchu) - 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 Sun, 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).


Train  - Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo - 1h30m-2h - Climb aboard, take your seat, and enjoy the ride.


Private Vehicle - Ollantaytambo – Cusco - 1h-2h Evening - Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.


Optional Activities - Inca Bridge Visit (Machu Picchu) - Use any leftover energy from your Machu Picchu hike to visit the Inca Bridge site nearby (thought by some to be a secret back entrance to Machu Picchu). Trek up to the bridge that's cleaving to a 579m (1,900 ft) cliff, and soak in amazing views of cloud forest along the way.


Accommodation - Taypikala Hotel Cusco (or similar) (Hotel)


Meals included: Breakfast


Day 6Friday, Sept 22, 2017 - Cusco - Explore historic Cusco with options to visit museums or go whitewater rafting, horseback riding or mountain biking. 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 Inca relationship with the cosmos. Check out the on-site museum and use the telescopes to admire the stars.


Please note that if you booked 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.


Free Time – Cusco - Full Day - Take in the sights on horseback or rent a motorbike for a more thrilling ride. Looking to learn more about Cusco? Head to one of the many museums in the city.


Cusco Planetarium (Cusco) - Look to the night sky for a different view of the city. Explore the Cusco Planetarium surrounded by the serene nature of the Llaullipata Ecological Reserve. Enjoy a presentation on the southern sky, contemporary astronomy, and the ancient Incas’ relationship with the cosmos. Check out the on-site museum and use the
telescopes to admire the stars (weather-permitting).


Optional Activities - Cusco City Tour (Cusco) - Enjoy a half-day tour of Cusco's main sights. Walk around the Plaza de Armas (main square) and explore this city steeped in one of the world's most alluring and ancient cultures. Visit Qenqo, Koricancha, the Cathedral, Puca Pucara, Tambomachay, and the archaeological site of Sacsaywaman. - Horseback Riding (Cusco) - Hop in the saddle and explore Cusco’s archaeological sites by horseback on a 3.5 hr tour – no previous experience needed. Dress for the weather, and bring sunblock and a hat, just in case. – Paragliding (Cusco) - Admire the Sacred Valley and surrounding mountains from a unique perspective. Take off from the Wayllabamba viewpoint for a breathtaking flight lasting from 15 to 45 minutes depending on weather conditions. - Quad
Biking
(Cusco) - Ready for a wild ride? Learn how to operate an ATV and set off for a fun filled ride around Lake Pumamarka. Enjoy stunning views of the Inca Valley as you travel along gravel roads.


Accommodation - Taypikala Hotel Cusco (or similar) (Hotel)


Meals included: Breakfast


Day 7 - Saturday, Sept 23, 2017 - Cusco/Lima - Fly back to Lima and spend an afternoon in Peru's bustling capital.


Plane - Cusco – Lima - 1h30m-2h572km - Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.


Private transfer to the Cusco airport to catch a flight to Lima. Private transfer to the Lima hotel.


Optional Activities - Lima City Tour (Lima) - Discover Lima’s highlights on this half-day tour. - Lima Paragliding (Lima) - Glide over Costa Verde, hover over Lima’s city life and see the desert dunes over Pachacamac. Tandem flights are available to those who have never glided.


Accommodation - Hotel Antigua Miraflores (or similar) (Hotel)


Meals included: Breakfast


Day 8Sunday, Sept 24, 2017 - Lima - Depart at any time. Your CEO can help arrange an optional transfer to the airport.


Departure Day - Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.


Meals included: Breakfast


CARP Explore Machu Picchu

Pricing (Excluding Airfare)


Reserve your place now with a $250 pp deposit

Call Peter or Lola at 855-602-6566   905-602-6566




My Own Room C$839 pp 


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To reserve your place, fill out the application form below:
 CARP Explore Machu Picchu Application Form