Our Creative Consultant Olivia is embarking on a two week trip to Peru* (not the luxurious kind, much to her disappointment!) and will be trekking to raise money for HNCF! Her fundraising page can be found here
*Please note that Olivia and her friends have funded the entire trip themselves.
This will be her itinerary for the duration of her trip:
Day 1: Arrival in Lima
Day 2: Fly to Juliaca then take a bus ride to Puno on the shores of Titicaca. Titicaca is also the largest lake in the world above 2000m.
Day 3: Enjoy a guided tour of Lake Titicaca and a homestay in a small village.
Day 4:Visit the floating islands of Uros before returning to Puno. Opt to visit to Sillustani burial site.
Day 5: Hop on the bus for a full day’s drive to Cusco.
Day 6: Enjoy a full-day guided tour of the Sacred Valley and Ollantaytambo ruins. Stop at the G Adventures-supported women’s weaving co-op before exploring the Pisac ruins. Finish the day by exploring the Ollantaytambo ruins.
Day 7: Depart Ollantaytambo by van to km 82 where the hike begins.
Day 8: 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).
Day 9: Cross two more passes and ruins along the way. 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 cloud forest on the 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). 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).
Day 10: The final day of the hike starts pre-dawn to reach the Sun Gate before sunrise. Wake up around 03:30 and walk to the checkpoint. Catch the first views of the breathtaking ruins of Machu Picchu on a clear day. Hike down to Machu Picchu for a guided tour of the site and free time to explore. Opt to visit the Inca Bridge, if time allows.
Day 11: Whitewater rafting, horseback riding, or mountain biking.
Day 12:Fly to Puerto Maldonado and continue by motorized boat to our comfortable and intimate G Lodge Amazon.
Day 13: Enjoy guided excursions led by expert naturalists to spot wildlife at nearby oxbow lakes and along jungle trails. Enjoy some time in the local swimming hole, or visiting a nearby plantation. Go Caiman spotting after dinner.
Day 14: Fly back to Lima.
Day 15: Fly back home.