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Updated: Oct. 11th, 2018

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Explore Machu Picchu A National Geographic Journey

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Hamilton Tours Ltd. With G Adventures presents

Friday, April 20 to Saturday, April 28, 2018 - Explore Machu Picchu A National Geographic Journey

Tentative Itinerary:

Day 1: Fri., April 20 – Fly to Lima. 

This afternoon we will depart from Barrie and the Tour Office and travel to Pearson International Airport. A shuttle van will be picking up customers in Collingwood, Wasaga Beach & Elmvale (with a minimum of 6 passengers) upon request and transferred to meet the coach in Barrie.  We have booked a late afternoon direct flight to Lima.  Arrival at approx. midnight to Jorge Chávez International Airport.  It is about a 45 minute shuttle by private vehicle to our hotel. 

Day 2: Sat., April 21 – Lima

Get ready for a very busy tour exploring the best of Peru in a week.  This morning is free to rest and acclimatize.  This afternoon we experience a guided city tour of Lima. Visit the San Francisco Church and its impressive catacombs, walk around Plaza de Armas, and get to know some of Lima’s lovely neighborhoods. This evening we will meet our G Adventures Tour Director and have a Welcome Meeting.  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.

Day 3: Sun., April 22 - Lima/Urubamba. 

Following breakfast we will board an early flight to Cusco then on to the Sacred Valley to explore the pre-Inca salt pans of Las Salineras and tour the Maras and Moray ruins. Enjoy a traditional pachamanca-style evening dinner of local
specialties. (B & D)

Day 4: Mon., April 23 – Urubamba.  

Continue exploring the Sacred Valley with a visit to the “Parque de la Papa” (“Potato Park”). National Geographic Journeys Exclusives visit for their travellers and part of G Adventures for Good – walk through this rural community with a local guide to learn about potato cultivation, weaving, and the importance of both to Andean culture. 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. 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 and the Multilateral Investment Fund, to become a successful farm-to-table program that boosts the local economy and several spin-off microenterprises. 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.   (B & L)

Day 5: Tues., April 24 - Urubamba/Aguas Calientes.  

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. 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 (at an additional cost of $75-120USD per person) 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.  (B)

Day 6: Wed., April 25 - Aguas Calientes/Cusco.  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).Free time to explore on your own or take an optional visit to the Inca Bridge before returning to Cusco by train. (B)

Day 7: Thurs., April 26 – 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 remember that star gazing is completely weather dependent and sometimes there can be cloudy skies. (B)

Day 8: Fri., April 27 - Cusco/Lima.  

Today following breakfast we will fly back to Lima and spend an afternoon in Peru’s bustling capital.

Day 9: Sat., April 28 - Lima.  Today we will be transferred to the hotel for our return flight home.  (B)

 

Tour numbers: we require a minimum of 12 people to run the trip with a maximum of 16. 

What’s included:  

•     National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Traditional Andean Experience, Urubamba

•     National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Cusco Planetarium, Cusco

•     G Adventures for Good: Parque de la Papa (Potato Park), Urubamba

•     G Adventures for Good: Parwa Community Restaurant the Sacred Valley, Lamay

•     Arrival transfer

•     Two-day Sacred Valley tour including Ollantaytambo, Moray,
      and Pisac ruins and pre-Incan salt pans

•     Traditional pachamanca-style dinner

•     Scenic train and guided tour of Machu Picchu

•     Internal flights

•     All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

      Meals:  7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner   (Allow USD $255-335 for meals not included)

 

Tour includes: transfer to Pearson Airport from Barrie & Bradford, return

economy flight from Toronto to South America, Interior flights, air taxes, hotel transfers and departure taxes, hotel accommodation, Hamilton Tours Ltd. Rep will accompany the group, 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner, Train Trip,  admissions as outlined, G Adventures Director, gratuity for G Adventures driver and guide & HST EXEMPT.

Cost per person:  Twin $3996.00  & Single upon demand limited to 1 per trip 

 

PLEASE NOTE: Air flight costs are subject to change until payment is received in full. The final price of the tour may vary.  Likewise Business class seating and preferred seating pricing is available upon request.

Travel Insurance is available through our office at the time of booking at an
additional charge
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An initial deposit of $1000.00 is required at time of booking with the balance due 60 days prior to departure.

This tour requires that you need to be able to participate in physical activities such as longer walking tours, walking over uneven terrain, climbing stairs and periods of standing.

A valid Canadian Passport is required for this tour. … 6 month validity past your return date.

Required Passenger Details with a $1000 deposit

*    Full name as it appears on passport                                    *          Gender

*    Date of Birth                                                          *          Passport number

*    Passport expiry date                                               *          Nationality

 

 

 

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