Price

$1519

Available: 7+ spaces

Secure your place on this trip with $350 deposit. Final payment due 60 days before departure.

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  • Hotels: Standard Class

  • 12/29/2022 - 01/05/2023

  • Max Participants: 16

  • 8 Days / 7 Nights

Overview

Get yourself and your children (age 6 and above) acquainted with the wonders of the Incas in this exhilarating introduction to Peru. Embrace cultures past and present in the hills surrounding Cusco and delight in the amazing views of the Sacred Valley as you travel by rail to Machu Picchu. Taking the train will allow you lots of time to explore ruins, museums, and markets. With years of experience, we employ the best local guides so that you’re free to enjoy the beauty of the region. Visit Peru with us, all while earning professional development credit with other educators.

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Our first priority is our travelers’ safety, especially so during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please note that on our group programs such as this one, we require all participants to be vaccinated for COVID-19. Peru requires all foreign travelers over the age of 40 to show proof of having received a booster shot. Please click here for more details regarding our health and safety policies.

What's Included:
  • Ccaccaccollo Community and Women's Weaving Co-op visit
  • Parwa Community Restaurant – Sacred Valley
  • Sacred Valley guided tour
  • Pottery making demonstration
  • Ollantaytambo Storehouse Ruins Hike
  • Train to Machu Picchu
  • Machu Picchu guided tour
  • G Adventures representatives in Lima and Cusco; specialist guide for Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu
  • Meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch
  • Hotels (7 nts)
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities using train, public bus, private van, and plane
What's Not Included:
  • International air travel
  • Incidentals
  • Travel health and cancellation insurance
  • Applicable visas
  • Tips or gratuities
  • Airport taxes
  • Beverages
  • Meals not mentioned in itinerary (allow $230-300 for meals not included)
  • Optional tours and admissions
  • Airport transfers

Itinerary Download PDF

Arrive in Lima at any time. There are no planned activities so check into our hotel and enjoy the city. We will have a group meeting in the evening around 6:00 p.m. There will be a note at the front desk to let you know the precise time of the meeting. The note will also tell you what time to meet in the lobby in the morning if you arrive too late for the meeting. If you miss this meeting, please don't worry, your tour leader will go over everything with you in the morning. If you booked the Lima Cooking Class it does not include extra time in Lima and we highly recommend booking pre-trip accommodation. You will be picked up from your hotel today at approximately 10:30 and taken to a local market and restaurant to prepare and enjoy a traditional Peruvian meal. You will return back to your hotel around 1 PM.

This morning, we transfer to the airport for the flight to Cusco, where we will spend the rest of the day relaxing and exploring this fascinating city, and – most importantly – getting used to the altitude. Please take it easy on your first day as strenuous activity can exacerbate symptoms of altitude sickness. You will be returning to Cusco for a full free day later on in the trip, which will give you more time to explore. Please note: If you pre-book the Cusco Cooking Class 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. Return back to your hotel around 4 PM. Approximate travel time: 1.5 hrs by flight

Enjoy a full-day guided tour of the Sacred Valley. Visit the Ccaccaccollo community center, enabling local women to sell traditional textiles to travelers. 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. Next, we visit the rural village of Cuyo Chico, where a group of families joined together to create a small business based on their traditional adobe ceramic crafts. Using clay from their surroundings, they mold bowls, plates, and all manner of decorations. Learn about the ceramics process as well as the traditional adobe brick-making that forms the basis of houses throughout the valley, all while taking in a spectacular view of the Pisac Ruins. Have lunch at the G Adventures-supported Parwa Community Restaurant. Learn about the G Adventures for Good project and eat a delicious buffet-style lunch. Proceeds of this meal go directly back to the remote community. After lunch, opt to head out on a hike to the Ollantaytambo storehouses and look out over the ruins. Or, wander around the cobblestone streets and visit a local Chicheria (corn beer bar). Approximate travel time: Full day by private vehicle with many stops

Board a morning train that winds through the spectacular Urubamba Valley to the end of the line: the village of Aguas Calientes, a frontier town nestled in the hills beneath Machu Picchu. Enjoy the rest of the day taking advantage of the hikes and hot springs in the area. Approximate travel time: 1.5 hrs by train

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). We will then head back to Cusco by train. Approximate travel time: 30 minutes by local bus, 2-3 hrs by train, 2.5 hrs by private vehicle

Enjoy a free day exploring Cusco. See our optional activities further below to find out what we suggest you do with your time.

Today we fly to Lima, where you might opt to take the opportunity for a final night out for dinner. Approximate travel time: 1.5 hrs by plane

Today, you may depart Lima at any time. Want more adventure? Book two or more GEEO trips in the same year and receive a discount! GEEO will give you 10% off of the lesser value program(s) (up to 3 programs). If you don’t see a program that interests you that pairs with this trip but still would like to extend your time abroad, let us know. We will work with you to find a non-teacher trip from our tour operator’s much larger catalog. Even better, if you are an educator, we can still offer you a discounted price on the trip you choose!

Details

Frequently Asked Questions
Please click here to go to our general FAQ, which has essential information that applies to all of our programs.
Resources to Learn & Teach about Peru
Visit our recommended reading page to see the list of books GEEO recommends reading before your program (this is not required reading). We also have lesson plans and Pinterest boards that may be useful for you as you learn about your destination and prepare to bring lessons back to your classroom.
Terms and Conditions
It is very important for you to visit our Terms and Conditions page before signing up for this program.
Cancellation Policy
All cancellations must be submitted to GEEO in written form by emailing your request for cancellation to travel@geeo.org. If you do not receive a confirmation that we have received your written cancellation request, please call us at 1-877-600-0105. Verbal cancellation requests will not be honored.
  • If you cancel 60 days or more prior to departure, all your program fee payments will be refunded besides your $350 deposit which is kept on file for future use
  • If you cancel between 30 and 59 days prior to departure, you will receive a 50% refund and your deposit is kept on file for future use
  • If you cancel within 30 days of departure, you will receive no refund, but your deposit is kept on file for future use
Trip Notes
  1.  HOT WATER: 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.
  2. LIMA TAXIS: Please be very careful with taxis in Lima. Do not pick-up a taxi on the street as they may be an unofficial taxi that could lead you into a robbery. Have the hotel call you a taxi or if, for example, you are at a museum, have the museum call you a taxi. Be aware of your route before stepping into a taxi. Make sure the taxi driver is avoiding side roads in the Callao neighborhood.
  3. INTERNATIONAL TICKET NUMBERS: Foreign travelers are exempt from paying a tax on domestic flights in Ecuador. To prove that you are indeed a foreign traveler you must enter your international ticket number (ITN) into the Good To Go check-in system. Travelers who do not submit international ticket numbers at least 30 days prior to Day 1 of their tour will be required to pay the domestic tax on all included flights.
  4. ALTITUDE: Please note your Adventure travels to high altitude. This is medically defined as anything over 2,440 m (8,000 ft). Most people can travel to 8,000 ft with minimal effects, but everyone reacts to altitude differently and altitude sickness can set in with some people irrespective of fitness and age. In rare circumstances, people have such severe reactions to the altitude that they cannot continue with the trip and must fly back to Lima to be at a lower altitude. For details on how to best prepare and what to do in the unlikely event you are effected on your adventure, please consult your physician. Make sure your doctor carefully checks to make sure any medication you need is safe to use at over 11,000 feet above sea level.
Group Leader Description
This program is run differently than our typical programs. Instead of one tour leader throughout, there are different support staff in the different locations. The first G Adventures staff member will lead your introduction meeting in Lima and take you to the airport the next morning. The second support staff member will handle all activities in Cusco and the Sacred Valley. At all times on the ground there will be someone leading the group.
Fitness Level  and Trekking Options
All travelers will have to contend with the high altitude of the Andes. This trip includes light walking and hiking.
Single Travelers
Half of the people that travel with GEEO are traveling by themselves, so please don’t worry if you have no one who can join you on your trip. Our pricing is based on double occupancy, in other words, two people to a room. You never have to pay for a single room unless you want one. GEEO can find you a roommate of the same gender. Most of our trips have a "My Own Room" option, also known as a "Single Supplement," which is an extra fee that will allow you to have a room to yourself. If you want to room alone, please email travel@geeo.org. To see the price for the "My Own Room" option, please click here where you can look up your trip in the extra services spreadsheet.
Joining Instructions
Our groups meet at the hotel we use for the first night of the trip. Day 1 is an arrival day and no activities have been planned for that day other then your welcome meeting in the evening, so you can arrive at any time. Similarly, the last day is a departure day during which no activities have been planned. A G Adventures Representative will organize a short meeting soon after arrival, during which you will meet other tour participants and receive information about general and specific aspects of the trip. A welcome note will be left for you in the hotel so you have all the necessary information regarding the meeting time and your transfer times back to the airport the next day. If you arrive late, s/he will leave you a message detailing what time and where you should meet the next morning. Jorge Chavez International Airport in Callao Lima is approximately a 45-minute drive from the Miraflores district, where our joining hotel is located. The easiest way to get there is via taxi. Immediately after the customs and immigration area, as you head to the exits, you will find an official taxi stand. You can pay for the car at set (approximately $27 USD) rates and won’t need to worry about sorting out a ride outside the airport facilities, where the situation tends to get more chaotic, with many drivers vying for few clients. There are exchange facilities in the Arrivals area open 24 hours. Excess luggage can be stored free of charge at the joining hotel during your tour if desired.
Emergency Contacts
Should you need to contact G Adventures during a situation of dire need, it is best to first call their local office in Lima. If for any reason you do not receive an immediate answer, please leave a detailed message and contact information so they may return your call and assist you as soon as possible. G Adventures Office Lima, Peru. During office hours (Weekdays, 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Local Time): +51 1 241 1650 or 01 241 1650 (from mobile within Peru) or 241 1650 (from payphone within Peru) After hours Emergency number: +51 99 758 2712, If you are unable for any reason to contact their local office in Lima or Cusco, they have a toll-free line within North America (or our regular direct line), which will connect you directly with their Toronto office. In the event that you cannot get through, you can reach a member of their Operations department at the mobile number below. Toll-free, North America only: 1 888 800 4100 Outside North America: +1 416 260 0999
Packing List
Please read this article on GEEO’s blog for our staff’s suggestions on the best gear to pack for your upcoming travels. You must be prepared to carry your own bags and be comfortable carrying them up and downstairs, on and off transportation, and to hotels. As a rule, we try not to have to walk more than 15-20 minutes with your bags, which is why we recommend keeping the weight of your bags between 22-30 lb. Most travelers carry a backpack or rolling bag of small to medium size. No XXL bags please! A daypack is also essential for carrying everyday items. Space is limited on transportation, so there is a limit of one main piece of luggage per person plus a daypack per person. There may be a weight restriction for the internal flight on this program. Additional bags or excess weight charges may apply. These charges are the responsibility of the passengers. Health & Safety (Required!)
  • N95/KN95 Face masks (At least three per week)
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Pen (Please bring your own pen for filling out documents.)
  • Quick Covid Test/Antigen Tests (At least 5, and for longer trips, 3 per week of travel)
Suggested Checklist
  • Windproof/waterproof rain jacket (Very important)
  • Personal clothing for warm to cold weather – we recommend packing 7 or 8 days of outfits, so you only have to do laundry once
  • Fleece or down top – it gets down into the 40s F at night in the Andes!
  • Winter hat
  • Light hiking boots or sturdy walking shoes
  • Daypack
  • Sunblock
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Water bottle
  • Watch or alarm clock
  • Small flashlight
  • Toiletries
  • Camera
  • First-aid kit, including lip salve, aspirin, bandaids, anti-histamine, Dramamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, electrolyte powder, insect repellent, extra prescription drugs you may be taking
Optional Checklist
  • Travel pillow
  • Money belt
  • Phone/Tablet for internet – most hotels have WiFi
  • Chargers for electronics as well converters/adapters, if needed
  • AirTags or Tile trackers
  • Packing cubes
  • Earplugs
  • Snacks – packing a few granola bars is a good idea; you can buy snacks when you get there too, so don't go crazy here
  • Ziplock bags
  • Reading/writing material
  • Hand sanitizer/Baby wipes
Document Checklist
  • Passport (with photocopies)
  • Travel insurance (with photocopies)
  • Airline tickets (with photocopies)
  • EUR/USD cash
  • Credit or debit card (see personal spending money)
  • G Adventures vouchers, pre-departure information, and dossier
  • Any entry visas or vaccination certificates required
  • GEEO Classroom action plans for your group – this is sent 10-30 days before departure
Laundry
Laundry facilities are sometimes offered by the hotels.
Passports and Visas
All GEEO trips require that the participant have a valid passport.  Please see our general FAQ for information on obtaining a passport. As with all of our trips, we try to provide the most accurate information we can, but governments sometimes change visa rules. It is your responsibility to double-check the information we provide below by searching here. Americans do not need to purchase a visa for travel to Peru. Non-American participants should check with their government to find out if they need a visa.
Money Exchange
As currency exchange rates fluctuate we ask that you refer to the following website for daily exchange rates: www.xe.com. ATMs are also widely available that distribute the local currency – this is what we recommend as your primary source of cash while traveling. Please make sure you bring at least $200 USD in cash as emergency money just in case you have trouble with the ATMs or lose your bank card. Major credit cards are accepted in most shops but they may charge a 2-4% transaction fee. Visa and MasterCard are useful for cash advances in an emergency situation. Please note that, if carrying U.S. Dollars, they should be in excellent condition (i.e., not torn, wrinkled, or marked on in any way) and printed recently.
Tipping
It is customary in Latin America to tip service providers such as waiters, at approximately 10%, depending on the service. Tipping is an expected – though not compulsory – component of your tour program and an expression of satisfaction with the persons who have assisted you on your tour. Although it may not be customary to you, it is of considerable significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels. When you part company with the individual tour leaders and local guides, you should tip them, if you think they did an outstanding job. The amount is entirely a personal preference, but as a guideline $2-3 USD per person, per day, can be used.
Vaccinations
We legally cannot give you any medical advice. It is very important to consult your doctor or a travel clinic about which vaccinations you will need for your trip. GEEO recommends contacting Passport Health (http://www.passporthealthusa.com/) which has travel clinics throughout the United States. Please take this seriously!
Flights
We find the best prices for flights are often available 60 days before departure, but of course this varies greatly from route to route and year to year. You should wait until this trip is confirmed before you book non-refundable flights. GEEO and G Adventures bear no responsibility for any flights purchased before the trip is confirmed. You can find out whether this trip has been confirmed here. Your trip begins and ends in Lima. Please double-check our itinerary for the date by which you must arrive in Lima. You can arrive at any time of the day you choose. You can depart any time on the final day of the trip.
Plugs and Converters
There are two components to provide external power to your device: adapters and transformers. The adapter is the plug, adapting the prongs on a standard U.S. two to three-pronged power cord to match the prongs required by the local outlets. The transformer changes the local voltage to that required by your device. Peru uses 2- and 3-pronged power plugs similar to those in the United States, as well as a European-style two-prong plug. Peru's voltage is mostly 220V, with a few homes with 110V on the European-style outlets. U.S. outlets are 120V. Most new devices (phones and laptops) can handle the different voltage rates, but some devices only work on the U.S. standard of 120V. Check your device to see what voltage range it handles. Most transformer blocks will have an "Input" line that defines their voltage capacity. For example, "Input: 100-240V" means that it will work on voltages from 100V to 240V. If your transformer can't handle the different voltage, you'll need to purchase a voltage converter. You can find world regional voltage converters power packs at various vendors.
Expectations
Before you decide on traveling with GEEO, it is important that you read all of the information about the program you are considering. Remember, our programs are quite adventurous.
  • The purpose of the accommodation is to provide a safe, well-located place for you to sleep. Sometimes you will be pleasantly surprised, but do not expect luxury as we are trying to keep these trips as inexpensive as possible. Sometimes the accommodation is not air-conditioned.
  • We use a mix of transportation that gets our guests from location to location safely. Sometimes you will have full days and nights of transportation as our trips tend to cover a lot of ground. Transportation will often be an adventure in itself.
  • You must be able to easily carry or roll your luggage, so do not over-pack.
  • Please make sure you have thoroughly read the itinerary and can handle the group activities, which sometimes include day hikes with your daypacks.
  • We recommend always carrying snacks with you. Meals can sometimes be far apart.
  • Please make sure you understand the role of your tour leader on this trip, as they are not the traditional “guide” you may be expecting. While our trips are educational, they aren’t study/lecture trips. We want you to learn through exploring and much of your experience will be based on how active you choose to be in acquiring knowledge and interacting with locals.
Hopefully, this is the kind of adventure you are interested in!
Itinerary Disclaimer
While it is our intention to adhere to the routes described on our website, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable, to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The information on our website is a general guide to the tour and region, and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.
Advice From Past Participants
"Most banks were very strict about the condition of the money we wanted to exchange. They wanted money without lines, cracks, tears, even bends in the middle. I would stress that each bill will be inspected and that they will reject money with tears, lines, and/or marks. " "The Larco Museum in Lima is a great way to start off your trip if you arrive early. It will provide context for what you learn about the rest of the trip."
Weather
In December/January Lima is typically a bit rainy with a mild temperature in the 70s. Cusco tends to be in the mid-60s during the day and 40s at night. You should expect several rainy days. You should pack different layers of clothes so you can adjust throughout the day. Because we are at a high altitude, the sun can be quite strong so sunblock and a hat are essential.

Costs

Please keep in mind this trip offers some free time to pursue activities that interest you. Make sure you look over all of the optional activities and note these additional costs when deciding whether you can afford this program. The prices below are in U.S. Dollars and are rough estimates so you can budget your trip.
Tour Company Fee
See our price in the top right corner
Optional Activities
$50-$300 USD
International Airfare from the U.S.
Roughly $600-$1,100 USD If you require assistance in booking your international airfare, we would be happy to help you.
Insurance
$67-$200 USD Please note: it is mandatory for all of our travelers to have emergency medical insurance that covers both emergency evacuation and repatriation to the sum of $200,000 USD. We also strongly recommend purchasing cancellation insurance as well.
Tipping
We recommend $20-$30 USD for your G Adventures tour leaders. Budget another $30 USD to tip guides and drivers for other activities.
Meals Not Listed in the Itinerary
$230-$300 USD
Laundry, Drinks, Phone Calls, etc.
Make sure you budget for these types of expenses
Vaccines
Variable. Check with your doctor to see what you will need and what is covered by your insurance.
Visa
U.S. citizens are not required to obtain a visa to travel to Peru, if it is less than 90 days in length.
Souvenirs
Variable; at your personal discretion.

Optional Activities Booked In Advance

Please contact travel@geeo.org to book any of the following activities. These must be booked in advance of your departure.
Cusco Cooking Class: From $46.00
Channel your inner chef with a Peruvian cooking class. Take a trip to the market with your teacher and learn about regional flavors as you pick out the freshest ingredients. Head back to the kitchen for a hands-on lesson and learn to prepare local Peruvian specialties.
Lima Cooking Class: From $79.00
Get a taste of Peruvian cuisine, visit local markets, sample exotic fruit, select fresh ingredients, and try your hand at preparing unique Peruvian dishes influenced by China, Italy, West Africa, and Japan.
Rainbow Mountain Hike - Full-day Trip: From $50.00
Look out over these colorful Andean mountains striped with maroon, turquoise, lavender, and gold. The sediment, elevation, and proximity to the ocean create a landscape that has to be seen to be believed. Get started early to drive to the starting point of this challenging, yet rewarding full-day hike. Reaching 5,029m (16,500 ft) this is no walk in the park, but these unique mountains do not disappoint.

Optional Activities Booked On Location

Most optional activities are booked and paid for locally in the local currency. You do not have to decide in advance for which activities you would like to sign up for. The prices listed are based on the latest information we have received from our participants and G Adventures. They are not guaranteed to be accurate. Please use them as a rough guide for budgeting your trip. You should be able to book all of these optional activities at our group hotel in Quito when you arrive.
Lima
Lima City Tour: $65-85 USD Discover Lima’s cultural and culinary highlights on this half-day guided tour. Visit the San Francisco Church and its impressive catacombs, walk around Plaza de Armas, and get to know some of Lima's lovely neighborhoods. Stop to enjoy some authentic Peruvian tapas and be introduced to pisco sours during a demonstration and tasting before heading back to your hotel. Full Day Lima Experience: $150 USD Experience the highlights Lima along with its important eras in history, such as the Pre-Hispanic Oracle of Pachacamac. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant in the bohemian district of Barranco and visit the colonial convent of San Francisco and its latest addition, the Magic Water Park. Huacas and Larco Museum by Night: $90 USD Tour three different Huacas in the city which were built during pre-Inca times in the middle of Lima. Then visit the Larco Museum where you will enjoy a 3-course dinner in the restaurant there. MALI & Peruvian Paso Horse with dinner: $90 USD Visit Parque de la Exposición and the Art Museum of Lima, which exhibits art developed from pre-Inca, Colonial, and Present times. Then visit a Hacienda where you will see a performance of local dances, including the Marinera Dance with horses, while you enjoy a buffet dinner. Bike Miraflores and Barranco: $30 USD Head out on a bike tour through Miraflores and Barranco, visiting iconic districts in Lima along the way. You will bike a total of 13 km (about 8 miles) on this particular tour. Take in the colorful atmosphere as you pass historic houses in the Bajada de Baños district and visit the famous Puente de los Suspiros.
Cusco
Cusco City Tour: 45 PEN Enjoy a half-day tour of Cusco's main sights. Walk around the Plaza de Armas and explore the 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. Cusco Tourist Ticket: 130 PEN This ticket allows admission at 16 sights in Cusco, including many popular museums and cathedrals. The ticket also provides entrance to Sacsayhuaman Archaeological Park, as well as sights in the South Valley of Cusco and the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Inka Museum: 10 PEN See artifacts from the Inca Empire, including mummies, jewelry, skulls, and ceramics at this museum of archaeology.