Andean Discovery (Southbound)
Slutdestination: La Paz
Take the party to new heights in the rarefied air of the Andes. With other young travellers not afraid to try new things, you'll journey from the enigmatic Nazca Lines to the lost city of Machu Picchu and onward to incredible La Paz. You'll commune with the condors in Colca Canyon and feel like a local while crashing at a small village homestay at Lake Titicaca. Think of this as three weeks of climbing higher, going further, and pushing boundaries on the roof of South America.
Conquer the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, spot condors at Colca Canyon, meet the locals at a Lake Titicaca homestay, sample the delicious Peruvian cuisine.
Local bus, train, hiking.
Simple hotels (14 nts, some multi-share), overnight buses (2 nts), camping (3 nts), homestay (1 nt).
Hands-On: Huacachina Winery Visit, Huacachina Big Night Out: Cusco Local Living: Lake Titicaca Homestay, Lago Titicaca. Guided tour of Machu Picchu. Inca Trail hike with a local guide, cook, and porters (4 days). Colca Canyon excursion. Guided Lake Titicaca excursion. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
Day 1 Lima
Arrive at any time.
Day 2 Lima/Paracas (1B)
Free morning in Lima before travelling by bus to Paracas.
Day 3 Paracas/Nazca (1D)
Optional visit to Ballestas Islands before travelling to Nazca. En route, stop at a winery and at the oasis of Huacachina.
Day 4 Nazca/Arequipa
Opt for a flight over the Nazca Lines. Overnight bus to Arequipa.
Day 5 Arequipa
Opt to visit the Santa Catalina Convent or a local hot spring.
Day 6 Arequipa/Colca Canyon (1B)
Take a full-day tour of the spectacular Colca Valley, and opt for a soak in hot springs.
Day 7 Chivay/Arequipa (1B)
Set out looking for the majestic soaring condors over Colca Canyon. Head back to Arequipa to enjoy the city in the evening.
Day 8 Arequipa/Cusco (1B)
Explore Arequipa and opt to take a city tour. Take an overnight bus to Cusco.
Day 9 Cusco
Free time to explore Cusco. Opt for a city tour or go whitewater rafting, horseback riding or mountain biking.
Day 11 Cusco/Ollantaytambo (1B)
Learn about the Sacred Valley en route to Ollantaytambo. Opt to take a Sacred Valley tour with a visit to a G Adventures-supported women's weaving co-op.
Day 17 Cusco/Puno (1B)
Travel through the high Altiplano region to travel to Puno on Lake Titicaca.
Day 18 Puno/Lago Titicaca (1B, 1D)
Guided tour of Lake Titicaca with a homestay in a local village.
Day 19 Lago Titicaca/Puno (1B, 1L)
Visit the floating islands of Uros. Optional visit to the Sillustani burial site.
Day 20 Puno/La Paz (1B)
Cross over into Bolivia for a night out in the highest city of the trip. Oxygen bar anyone?
Day 21 La Paz
Depart at any time.
Day 16 Cusco (1B)
Free day to explore more of Cusco or just relax.
Day 10 Cusco (1B)
Enjoy another free day in Cusco.