Day 1 Arrive in Cuzco
You will be met at the Airport by your G Adventures Experience Officer and transferred to your centrally located hotel in Cusco. The G Adventures Experience Officer will go over the details of your stay and arrange your choice of tours. Enjoy the rest of the day in Cusco at leisure.
Cusco is the continent's oldest continuously inhabited city, and the hub of the South American travel network. The city attracts travellers who come not just to visit a unique destination but also to experience an age-old culture very different from their 21st Century way of life. Inca-built stone walls line most of the central streets and you don't have to go far to see other major Inca ruins. It is a city steeped in history, tradition and legend. It is the perfect base for optional explorations around the city and area as well as a range of outdoor activities. Relax and explore this fascinating city, and take time to acclimatize to the high altitude.
Cusco's numerous colonial churches are one of the city's most common sights. The Cathedral was started in 1559 and took 100 years to build; it is also one of the city's greatest repositories of colonial art. Immediately in front of the entrance is a vault containing the remains of the famous Inca historian, Garcilaso de la Vega. Also worth visiting are the churches of La Compaa, La Merced and San Francisco.
While most ruins are just outside of the city, the main ruin within is that of the Coricancha, once the Inca Empire's richest temple. Today the ruin forms the base of the colonial church of Santo Domingo. During Inca times this temple was literally covered with gold, but within months of the arrival of the first conquistadors this incredible wealth had all been melted down. It is left to the individual imagination to envision the magnificence of the original structure.
Day 2 - 3 Cuzco (B)
Two tours are included in your iStyle tour over the next two days, from ancient ruins, shopping or scenery, iStyle travel allows you to choose the tours and activities that are of most interest to you. Tours you can choose from include:
A great way to learn Cusco's twists and turns, highlights and archaeological sites. Your local guide will show you all of the best sights and attractions of the continent’s oldest continuously inhabited city, and the hub of the South American travel network
This is the language of Latin America - and your introductory lessons will teach you how to respond when someone says "se habla español?".
Departures: Monday to Saturday
Thrill seekers look no further! Try your hand at the rapids found just outside Cusco in the beautiful Sacred Valley of the Incas. Cool whitewater, fast currents and breathtaking scenery, this tour offers you the best of Peru’s outdoors.
Let the horses do the work as you explore stunning mountain scenery and ruins located in and around Cusco. This really is the best way to see the Andes, on horseback exploring and taking in the great outdoors.
Sacred Valley Cycling
Outside of Cusco we follow the many exhilarating twists and turns as we cycle down through the stunning mountain scenery of the lush Sacred Valley. Past llamas, towns and Inca ruins, this active tour will be a highlight of your visit to Cusco.
Please note: A minimum of 5 people are needed to do this activity
Sacred Valley Tour
Drive through Mountain passes and the rolling green hills of the Sacred Valley, taking in some of the most beautiful mountain views in Latin America. Stop to visit local markets and towns and explore the fantastically preserved Inca ruins of Ollantaytambo and Pisac.
Visit a community service project (supported by G Adventures) and hear some heartwarming sotires from the people who help to improve the lives of less-fortunate children in Cusco.
Departures: Monday to Friday
NB: Please note that due to the nature of the facility visited we cannot always guarantee that this option will be available. Participation in this option is determined based on the needs and desires of the facility.
Dinner and Folklore Show
Enjoy delicious local food with a music and dance show focusing on the culture, history and talent of the Andean people.
Shop till you Drop
If you plan on shopping in Peru, Cusco is the place to splurge. Discover the best bargains on local handicrafts, alpaca blankets, hand-made clothing, artworks and jewellry at the numerous local markets, shops and artisan studios of Cusco. With the help of our guide, spend half a day in pursuit of all the purchases you desire.
Day 4 Depart Cuzco (B)
Enjoy the day at leisure until you transfer to the airport for your onward travel.