Join Active Endeavors founders/former owners Mark and Eadie Weaver for a 10-day custom-itinerary from National Geographic Journeys featuring unique jungle excursions in the Amazon Rainforest, Cusco city visit, the Sacred Valley of rural agricultural communities and of course hiking the magnificent Inca Trail leading to Machu Picchu. Less active adventurers may opt to take the train instead of the hike and still see Machu Picchu. Don't miss this inaugural annual Weaver Expedition trip!
Additional Space and Guides have been added!
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 18
We will depart from the Cedar Rapids Airport for our flight to Lima. After arriving, we will transfer to our hotel. This evening we will attend a welcome meeting with our Chief Experience Officer (CEO).
THURSDAY, AUGUST 19
Fly to Puerto Maldonado and continue by motorized canoe to the comfortable, intimate, and exclusive G Lodge Amazon located in the lush Tambopata Rainforest. (B, L, D)
FRIDAY, AUGUST 20
Enjoy guided jungle excursions led by expert naturalists to spot wildlife at nearby oxbow lakes, rivers, and clay licks. Take advantage of free time to relax or swim, and go on a caiman-spotting cruise after dinner. (B, L, D)
SATURDAY, AUGUST 21
Travel by boat out of the jungle to Puerto Maldonado for a flight over the Andes and into the heart of Inca territory, Cusco. This evening, look to the night sky for a different view at the Cusco Planetarium. Enjoy a presentation on the southern sky, contemporary astronomy, and the ancient Incas’ relationship with the cosmos. Visit the on-site museum and use the telescopes to admire the stars. (B)
SUNDAY, AUGUST 22
Enjoy a full day exploring the Sacred Valley with a local guide. Tour the G Adventures-supported Parque de la Papa, or Potato Park, a network of rural agricultural communities working to preserve more than 700 species of potatoes. Learn about potato cultivation and traditional weaving, and the importance of each to Andean culture. Next, explore the Pisac ruins and visit the G Adventures-supported Sacred Valley Community Restaurant in the village of Huchuy Qosqo. (B, L)
MONDAY, AUGUST 23
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. (B, L, D)
TUESDAY, AUGUST 24
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. (B, L, D)
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 25
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). (B, L, D)
THURSDAY, AUGUST 26
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. (B)
FRIDAY, AUGUST 27
After a fantastic visit to the Inca Trail, we will return home and fly back to Cedar Rapids. (B)
Meet Your Celebrity Hosts: Mark & Eadie Weaver:
Avid travelers, Mark and Eadie are excited to continue their adventures around the globe. The Weavers founded and owned the outdoor apparel and accessories store, Active Endeavors, for 32 years in Iowa City. Your retired celebrity hosts are excited to explore Machu Picchu for the inaugural annual expedition. When it comes to adventure, Mark and Eadie enjoy most any activity – from biking and hiking to backpacking and skiing, they embrace the outdoors. The Weavers say, “For years we have outfitted people for adventure travel. Now it’s our turn to explore and enjoy our own active endeavors.”
Airfare will be available upon booking.
- Fully Escorted by Mark & Eadie Weaver, expedition travel advisor Aimee Langlas, National Geographic Journeys experts and local guides
- 9-night accommodations, taxes and luggage handling
- Sightseeing and admissions as per the itinerary
- Entry permits to all sites, as per the itinerary are guaranteed
- 9 breakfasts (B), 6 lunches (L), 5 dinners (D) as specified
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