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Wellness Peru - Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley, May 2021

Feel energy flow through your body with every step taken over the hallowed grounds of Peru. Your seven-day journey begins in the aptly named Sacred Valley with a taste of local food, before a stand-up paddleboard takes you across pristine waters surrounded by towering Andean peaks. Each day has the chance for new discoveries with available yoga sessions, a hot springs visit, and the option to do the 1-day Inca Trail Hike. Finally, you can bask in the awe-inspiring beauty of Machu Picchu through an intentionally paced tour. As you absorb the mysterious power of these ancient ruins, you’ll head home with a renewed lift in your step.

Travel Style: Wellness

It’s time to introduce your inner traveller to your inner self. Discover awe-inspiring destinations combined with rejuvenating activities like yoga and meditation, and healthy food experiences to recharge the body and nourish the mind.

Service Level: Upgraded

Quality accommodations and more inclusions than on other G Adventures tours, like meals, private transport, and activities.

Physical Rating: 3 - Average

Some tours may include light hiking, biking, rafting, or kayaking in addition to walking.

Trip Type: Small Group

Small group experience; Max 16, Avg 12.

Age requirement: 12+

All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.


Itinerary

Day 1 Cusco

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included. This evening, meet the group and CEO for a welcome meeting. Take this opportunity to set your intention for the trip ahead.

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.

Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group

Your opportunity to meet your CEO and fellow travellers, and learn more about your tour. Opt to join the group for a local meal afterwards. Don't forget to see the notice in the lobby (or ask reception) for the official time and place to meet up with the group.

Accommodation

Below is an example of the hotel we may use in this city. For the actual hotel your specific departure will be using.

Taypikala Hotel Cusco (or similar)


Day 2 Cusco/Urubamba

Explore the Sacred Valley today with a visit to the G Adventures-supported Sacred Valley Community Restaurant in Huchuy Qosqo. Enjoy a healthy lunch incorporating local specialties. After, take in the breathtaking Andean scenery at Piuray Lagoon on a stand up paddleboard.

Your G for Good Moment: Parwa Community Restaurant the Sacred Valley

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.

Stand-up Paddleboarding Piuray Lagoon

Piuray Lagoon 1h

Test your balance on a paddleboard, grab a paddle and your sense of adventure and head out on the water. Stand up, get your balance, and admire the mountain scenery around you.

Incan Welcome Ceremony

Urubamba

Visit the temple of Uku Pacha and Muyuq Marca on the hotel grounds, this temple is dedicated to Pachamama (Mother Earth), make an offering as you set your intentions for the week ahead.

Accommodation

Hotel Taypikala Valle Sagrado (or similar)

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch

Day 3 Sacred Valley

Start the day with a yoga class amongst the mountains followed by a breakfast fresh from the on-site organic garden. Enjoy a leisurely afternoon, opt to partake in traditional Incan healing practices, spa treatments, or visit nearby ruins.

Your Wellness Moment: Sacred Valley Yoga Class

Ease into a rejuvenating Hatha class with a local teacher and unite mind, body, and breath. Tune into the deep-rooted connection to Pachamama (Mother Nature) embedded in the traditions of the local people as you move through a series of poses in the mountain air. Refresh and renew yourself in the energy that flows through the Sacred Valley around you.

Free Time

Urubamba

Rest and reflect or get out and explore, the choice is yours.

1 - Optional Activities - Day 3

Ollantaytambo Ruins Visit

Ollantaytambo

Explore this ancient site right in the heart of Ollantaytambo city. Learn about the principles of Incan architecture and get a first taste of climbing around a massive ruins site.

Accommodation

Hotel Taypikala Valle Sagrado (or similar)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 4 Sacred Valley

Drive through the Sacred Valley, passing small towns and Incan ruins. Enjoy a light hike before lunch. After, relax in hot springs before transferring back to your hotel.

Private Vehicle

Urubamba – Lares2h

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Sacred Valley Hike

Lares 2h-3h

Embark on a gentle hike through gorgeous Andean landscapes, pass by potato farmers tending to their fields on the way to a look out over the valley. Take a deep breath in and enjoy getting your body moving.

Your Wellness Moment: Lares Hot Springs

Alternate between the pools of varying temperatures, rich in minerals with healing properties and many health benefits, soak them in while enjoying the Andean scenery.

Private Vehicle

Lares – Urubamba 2h

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Accommodation

Hotel Taypikala Valle Sagrado (or similar)

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch

Day 5 Sacred Valley/Aguas Calientes

Wake up early for sunrise yoga before transferring to Ollantaytambo station to board the scenic train to Aguas Calientes. Opt to do the one-day Inca Trail hike to get a taste of the renowned trek. Or, opt to relax in hot springs.

Those who have chosen the option in advance to hike the "one-day Inca Trail" will disembark the train at km 104 to begin the trek. This trek must be booked prior to arrival, contact your agent or GCO to add this to your booking. 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: 11 km
Estimated hiking Time: 5-6 hours

Your Wellness Moment: Sunrise Yoga Class

Wake your body up by moving through a series of poses at sunrise. Reflect on your practice and bask in the calming serenity of the mountains.

Local train

Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes1h30m

Climb aboard, take your seat, and get around like the locals do.

Private Vehicle

Urubamba – Ollantaytambo1h-2h

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

2 - Optional Activities - Day 5

Hot Springs Visit

Aguas Calientes 3USD per person

Soak your sore muscles in the local hot springs for which the town, Aguas Calientes, was originally named.

One-Day Inca Trail Hike

Inca Trail5h-6h 11km

Traverse cloud forests while enjoying spectacular views on this 'one-day Inca Trail' trek. Start by disembarking the train at km 104. Follow the local guide as the trail rises steeply up into the mountains and winds past the archaeological sites of Wiñay Wayna and Inti Pata. Gain insight 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. Enjoy free time to explore a bit of Machu Picchu before the guided tour with the group the following day.

After, take one of the blue buses from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes to rejoin the group and spend the night in a hotel in town. Opt to visit nearby hot springs to soak sore muscles, if time permits.

Please note this must be pre-booked as it requires an Inca Trail permit, please speak to your GCO or travel agent for more information.

Accommodation

Hotel Taypikala Machupicchu (or similar)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 6 Machu Picchu/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 Picchu15m

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 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 – Ollantaytambo2h-3h118km

Climb aboard, take a seat, and enjoy the ride.

Private Vehicle

Ollantaytambo – Cusco2h-2h30m Evening95km

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

1 - Optional Activities - Day 6

Inca Bridge Visit

Machu Picchu Free

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)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 7 Cusco

Depart at any time.

Departure Day

Meals included: Breakfast


Tour Start Date: 3 May 2021

Tour End Date: 9 May 2021

PRICING: CAD 1,999.00 per person (Land Only) Based on Double occupancy. Based on a minimum of 8 to a maximum of 16

My Own Room (single supplement) CAD 1,039.00 (Additional cost).

Flights: We will be posting the itinerary and the price of the nonstop flights from Toronto to Lima roundtrip and Lima to Cusco roundtrip with pre/post nights in Lima. If you are interested in flying with us then that would be great and if not, then you still have the freedom to book on your own and meet us in Cusco on May 3, 2021.

We will do our best to make this trip as convenient, fun, awesome, healthy and informative as possible to you!

Please note that if you have booked the "My Own Room" option for this tour, you will receive your own single room for all night stops.

DEPOSIT DUE DATE: 3 January 2021

DEPOSIT AMOUNT: $350 per person

FINAL PAYMENT: 60 days before departure (4 March 2021)

*If a payment is due on a date that is not a business day, such payment will be due on the business day immediately before the payment due date.

Cancellation Policy

* Cancellation 60 days or more prior to departure = Loss of deposit
* Cancellation between 30 and 59 days prior to departure = 50% loss
* Cancellation within 30 days of departure = 100% loss

It is mandatory for all of our travellers to have Emergency Medical insurance that covers for both emergency evacuation and repatriation to the sum of $200,000 USD we also strongly recommend purchasing an all inclusive plan that covers cancellation/interruption insurance as well.

I will be your tour conductor and I am so excited to be part of this wonderful trip. We are going to have the time of our lives!

Please email me at suzanne@collacutt-travel.com for any info or any small detail regarding the above trip, or call me at 416-225-8871 and ask for Suzanne. I will be more than happy to assist you.

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