Inca Explorer

  • Trip Type: Journeys
  • 15 Days | Round-trip Lima
  • Group Size: Max 16

Trip Details

 

Be dazzled by Peru’s myriad treasures on a 15-day tour of its highlights. Encounter the vibrant local culture of Lake Titicaca, walk the halls of a historical convent in colonial Arequipa, and delight in views of the Sacred Valley from the comfort of the train to Machu Picchu. Marvel at the strange, mysterious beauty of the Nazca Lines, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Whether watching for wildlife or exploring Incan culture, strike travel gold in this incredible country.

Trip Highlights

    • Tour pre-Inca and Inca sites with expert guides—from the Nasca Lines to Machu Picchu.
    • Sample pisco at an Ica Valley winery, and help a chef prepare local dishes in Arequipa.
    • Cruise around the Ballestas Islands, spotting penguins, sea lions, and more.

Itinerary - 15 Days

Day 1 — Lima

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer is included.

Day 2 — Paracas

Travel to Paracas National Park. Relax in this gorgeous seaside spot and sample Peru’s national drink, the pisco sour. (1B)

Day 3 — Ballestas Islands/Nasca

Take a boat to the Ballestas Islands to view sea lion colonies, penguins, and other bird life. Visit the Tacama Winery to learn about Peruvian wine and pisco production. This afternoon, continue southward to mysterious Nasca, with a stop at the Huacachina sand dunes. (1B)

Day 4 — Nasca

Tour a pre-Inca cemetery in the desert at Nasca to get up close with 1,500-year-old mummies and pottery. Then visit a traditional pottery studio. Later, sit down for a pachamanca-style dinner. Opt to take a flight over the beguiling Nasca Lines. (1B, 1D)

Days 5 & 6 — Arequipa

Make the full-day drive down the coastal desert to colonial Arequipa. The next day, take a city tour, including a visit to the Santa Catalina convent. Then enjoy a cooking class led by one of the chefs at a traditional picantería restaurant. (2B, 2L)

Days 7 & 8 — Cusco/Sacred Valley

Fly to Cusco and explore this UNESCO World Heritage site. Spend the next day discovering the Sacred Valley of the Inca with a local guide. Tour the G Adventures-supported Parque de la Papa, or Potato Park, a network of rural agricultural communities working to preserve more than 700 species of potatoes. Learn about potato cultivation and traditional weaving, and the importance of each to Andean culture. Next, explore the Pisac ruins and visit the Sacred Valley Community Restaurant in the village of Huchuy Qosqo, an eatery supported by G Adventures. (2B, 1L)

Day 9 — Aguas Calientes

Embark on a scenic train ride along the Urubamba River to Aguas Calientes. Opt to visit the town’s hot springs, butterfly house, or botanical garden. (1B)

Day 10 — Machu Picchu/Cusco

Explore the UNESCO World Heritage site of Machu Picchu alongside a local guide. Enjoy free time to discover the ruins on your own or hike to the Inca Bridge before returning by train to Cusco. (1B)

Day 11 — Cusco

Enjoy free time in historical Cusco, with options to visit museums and ruins or go white-water rafting or paragliding. This evening, look to the stars through the telescopes of the local Cusco planetarium. (1B)

Days 12 & 13 — Puno/Lake Titicaca

Take in scenic views while traveling through the high Altiplano region to the town of Puno. The next day, enjoy a guided boat tour of Lake Titicaca, visiting the floating Islands of Uros and Taquile. Also visit the Luquina community and sit down for a traditional lunch in a home there. Later, make the optional trip to the Sillustani burial towers. (2B, 1L)

Day 14 — Lima

Fly to Lima for our final night. Opt to visit a museum or enjoy free time to explore. (1B)

Day 15 — Lima

Depart at any time. (1B)

Related Trips

Offered in partnership with G Adventures, our National Geographic Journeys line blends fun, hands-on exploration, meaningful encounters with people and cultures, and more free time and choices—with the structure and security of traveling in a small group.

Dates

2017
  • Dec 10 - 24, 2017
  • Dec 24, 2017 - Jan 07, 2018
2018
  • Jan 14 - 28, 2018
  • Jan 28 - Feb 11, 2018
  • Feb 11 - 25, 2018
  • Feb 18 - Mar 04, 2018
  • Mar 25 - Apr 08, 2018
  • Apr 01 - 15, 2018
  • Apr 15 - 29, 2018
  • Apr 22 - May 06, 2018
  • Apr 29 - May 13, 2018
  • May 06 - 20, 2018
  • May 13 - 27, 2018
  • May 20 - Jun 03, 2018
  • May 27 - Jun 10, 2018
  • Jun 03 - 17, 2018
  • Jun 10 - 24, 2018
  • Jun 17 - Jul 01, 2018
  • Jul 01 - 15, 2018
  • Jul 15 - 29, 2018
  • Jul 22 - Aug 05, 2018
  • Jul 29 - Aug 12, 2018
  • Aug 12 - 26, 2018
  • Aug 26 - Sep 09, 2018
  • Sep 09 - 23, 2018
  • Sep 23 - Oct 07, 2018
  • Oct 07 - 21, 2018
  • Oct 14 - 28, 2018
  • Oct 21 - Nov 04, 2018
  • Nov 04 - 18, 2018
  • Nov 18 - Dec 02, 2018
  • Dec 09 - 23, 2018
  • Dec 23, 2018 - Jan 06, 2019
2019
  • Jan 13 - 27, 2019
  • Jan 27 - Feb 10, 2019
  • Feb 10 - 24, 2019
  • Feb 17 - Mar 03, 2019
  • Mar 17 - 31, 2019
  • Mar 24 - Apr 07, 2019
  • Mar 31 - Apr 14, 2019
  • Apr 14 - 28, 2019
  • Apr 21 - May 05, 2019
  • Apr 28 - May 12, 2019
  • May 05 - 19, 2019
  • May 12 - 26, 2019
  • May 19 - Jun 02, 2019
  • May 26 - Jun 09, 2019
  • Jun 02 - 16, 2019
  • Jun 09 - 23, 2019
  • Jun 16 - 30, 2019
  • Jun 30 - Jul 14, 2019
  • Jul 14 - 28, 2019
  • Jul 21 - Aug 04, 2019
  • Jul 28 - Aug 11, 2019
  • Aug 11 - 25, 2019
  • Aug 25 - Sep 08, 2019
  • Sep 01 - 15, 2019
  • Sep 08 - 22, 2019
  • Sep 15 - 29, 2019
  • Sep 22 - Oct 06, 2019
  • Sep 29 - Oct 13, 2019
  • Oct 06 - 20, 2019
  • Oct 13 - 27, 2019
  • Oct 20 - Nov 03, 2019
  • Oct 27 - Nov 10, 2019
  • Nov 03 - 17, 2019
  • Nov 17 - Dec 01, 2019
  • Dec 08 - 22, 2019
  • Dec 22, 2019 - Jan 05, 2020

Trip Cost

Price From

$3,199

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Activity Level

Moderate/Strenuous

Travelers should be physically fit and prepared for multiple hours of activity (e.g. hiking, kayaking, biking) each day. Certain days may have more challenging physical activity, such as ascents/descents on steep mountainous terrain.

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Cost Details

All trip prices are per person based on double occupancy. If you're traveling on your own, we'll pair you up with a roommate of the same gender so that you can pay the same rate as other travelers. Prices are subject to change without notice and do not include airfare. All prices and fares are quoted in U.S. dollars.

My Own Room

During your trip, sometimes it's just more convenient and comfortable to have your own room. That's why we offer the "My Own Room" option - a single room all to yourself.

My Own Room Option: From $899

What's Included

Arrival transfer, internal flights, transport between destinations and to/ from included activities, and activities as listed in the itinerary. The following optional activities are at an additional cost: flight over the Nasca Lines, Aguas Calientes hot springs visit, excursions in Cusco, and museum visit in Lima.

Accommodations
Comfortable mid-range hotels (14 nights)

Meals Included
14 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 1 dinner. Allow an additional $455–595 for meals not included.

Transportation
Private van, plane, train, boat

Optional Experience

You can do whatever you wish during your free time on tour, but if you're in need of suggestions, we've got them. Details about any optional experiences for this trip will be available during the booking process. Please note, these are at an additional cost.