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Back Roads & Highlands of Peru

17 days | Lima to Cusco

Get off the beaten path in the highlands of Peru and discover stunning mountain scenery and remote cities few tourists visit. Getting to Cusco is half the adventure — travel by public bus keeps costs down and allows you to connect with the locals in the rarefied mountain air of the Andes. Climb the legendary Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, the "Lost City of the Incas." We operate our own treks in Peru and can ensure the fair treatment of our porters — and an exceptional experience for you

• Simple hotels (13 nts), camping (3 nts)
• 12 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners


• Experience the culture and mingle with the locals
• Conquer the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
• Savour the diverse cuisine in Peru

Is this tour for me?

  • Travel Style: Classic
  • All of the highlights, culture, access, and I-can’t-believe-we-did-that moments, all at a great price.
  • Service Level: Basic
  • Simple and clean hotels and hostels; affordable public and private transport; lots of optional activities.
  • Physical Rating: 4 - Demanding
  • Some high-altitude hikes or more strenuous activities, but accessible to most healthy travellers.
  • Trip Type: Small Group
  • Small group experience; Max 16, avg 8
  • Age requirement: 12+
  • All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.


Day 1 Lima

Arrive at any time.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Welcome Moment Meet Your CEO and Group

Day 2 Lima/Huancayo

Enjoy a spectacular bus ride into the Andes to Huancayo.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 3 Huancayo

Spend the day enjoying optional activities like hiking, biking, horseback riding, or just enjoy the scenery.

Day 4 Huancayo/Huancavelica

Travel to the picturesque colonial city of Huancavelica aboard el Tren Macho. Take in the Peruvian countryside passing by the window and enjoy the ride amongst the locals.

Day 5 Huancavelica/Ayacucho

Travel through the highlands and remote communities of the Andes to Ayacucho.

Meals included: Breakfast

Days 6–7 Ayacucho

Spend two days in Ayacucho, with optional day tours to nearby archaeological sites, markets, city tours or individual exploration.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 8 Ayacucho/Andahuaylas

Pass by rural areas, massive mountain peaks and small villages to reach Andahuaylas.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 9 Andahuaylas

Enjoy free time in Andahuaylas. Opt to visit to the Sondor archaeological site, the Pacucha Lagoon or the market.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 10 Andahuaylas/Cusco

Hop aboard a local bus and head to Cusco today. Upon arrival, feel free to explore the city.

Exclusive Inclusions: Your Discover Moment

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 11 Cusco

Enjoy free time to explore Cusco or take an optional city tour, head out whitewater rafting, horseback riding or mountain biking.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 12 Cusco/Ollantaytambo

Enjoy a full-day guided tour of the Sacred Valley. Stop at the G Adventures-supported women's weaving co-op before visiting a local pottery making community. Break for lunch at the G Adventures-supported Parwa Community Restaurant in Huchuy Qosco. 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).

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your G for Good Moment Ccaccaccollo Community and Women's Weaving Co-op visit| Your G for Good Moment Parwa Community Restaurant the Sacred Valley

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch

Day 13 Inca Trail

Depart Ollantaytambo by van to km 82 where the Inca Trail begins. Ease into the adventure with a straightforward day of hiking the meandering streams, stunning Andean scenery, and ancient Incan ruins.

Exclusive Inclusions: Your G for Good Moment Handmade Biodegradable Soap Products

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 14 Inca Trail

Start early to climb the long steep path to Warmiwañusca, better known as Dead Woman’s Pass. This is the highest point of the trek at 4,198m (13,769 ft). Most hikers reach camp by early afternoon, with ample time to rest and relax.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 15 Inca Trail

Cross two more passes and ruins on today's trek. The first pass is Runquraqay at 3,950m (13,113 ft) where, on a clear day, hikers can catch a glimpse of the snow-capped Cordillera Vilcabamba. Hike through the cloud forest on a gentle climb to the second pass of the day, walking through original Incan constructions. The highest point of the pass is 3,700m (12,136 ft). On a clear day, enjoy the spectacular views of the Urubamba Valley. At 3,650m (11,972 ft), reach the ruins of Phuyupatamarca, the "town above the clouds." Camp here or go another 1.5 hrs to the Wiñay Wayna ruins ("forever young") located at 2,650m (8,694 ft).

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 16 Machu Picchu/Cusco

The final day of the hike starts pre-dawn to reach the Sun Gate before sunrise. Catch the first views of the breathtaking ruins of Machu Picchu on a clear day. Hike down for a guided tour of the site and enjoy free time to explore until noon as permitted by the tourist ticket. Opt to visit the Inca Bridge, if time allows. Catch the bus to Aguas Calientes to meet any non-hiking members of your group. Eat and relax before your train back to Cusco in the afternoon.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 17 Cusco Depart at any time.

Meals included: Breakfast

Prices are subject to change and availability at time of booking.

Terms and Conditions Apply - Call Bowe Travel on 0504 22200 for more details

Selected Departures available from May to October 2020

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