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Galapagos Central Islands & Inca Discovery

From the unique wildlife of the Galpagos to the towering peaks of Peru, discover two of South America's iconic highlights in one comprehensive adventure explore the Galpagos aboard the Xavier before flying into the Andean highlands. As one of the larger tour operators in the Galpagos, our exclusively operated fleet of yachts offers great value and in Peru we run our own treks, ensuring the fair treatment of our porters and the quality of food and equipment as you follow the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Experience the intense variety and striking beauty of two of South America's most dramatic regions.

Latin America

Duration: 14 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Sailing, Wildlife, Parks & Nature Reserves, Trekking, Hiking Physical rating: Demanding
Accommodation standard:   Budget% Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 145107
Starts: Quito, Ecuador Finishes: Cusco, Peru
You will Visit
  • Quito
  • Cusco

Itinerary

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Day 1: Quito

A G Adventures representative will greet everyone at the hotel and brief the group on the various aspects of the tour.

Additional Notes:
If you are not able to attend the welcome meeting, a representative will leave all important information at the hotel's reception indicating what time to be ready on day 2 of the trip. If there is any confusion on arrival, please do not hesitate to call the contact number listed in this dossier.

We recommend booking pre nights in Quito for time to take advantage of the optional activities listed below.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

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Day 2: Quito/Puerto Ayora (1B, 1L, 1D)

Flights from Quito to Baltra depart between 6:40am and 9:40am depending on the day of the week. These will arrive into the Galápagos between 9:30am and 12:30pm with a short refuelling stop in Guayaquil (you will not disembark the plane). You will generally arrive at the boat in time for lunch before the afternoon activity.





Additional Notes:
The National Park charges a visitor fee of USD100, payable on arrival, which funds park maintenance and supervision in the Galápagos as well as ecological study, conservation, and infrastructure development in Ecuador's other National Parks. Entry fees and the funds they generate for the National Park System are among measures taken by the Ecuadorian government to protect its natural heritage.

Included Activities:
Highlands Giant Tortoises Visit

Transport:
Plane (2.00 hour(s))
Xavier III

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Day 3: Chinese Hat/Black Turtle Cove (1B, 1L, 1D)

Spot Galápagos penguins and explore marine life that is fantastic for snorkelling. There is also a large sea lion colony at Chinese Hat as well as many marine iguanas that can be seen on the guided walk. Hike among the volcanic scenery, with good views to the cone of the island's volcano.

In the afternoon, take an excursion by "panga" to Black Turtle Cove to witness the extensive mangrove system and interesting waterway canals. Sea turtles and different species of rays can often be seen in this cove, offering a peaceful and fascinating glimpse into the diversity of the area.

Included Activities:
Chinese Hat Visit
Snorkelling (Chinese Hat)
Black Turtle Cove Excursion

Transport:
Xavier III

04

Day 4: Cerro Dragón/Islas Daphne (1B, 1L, 1D)

Visit Cerro Dragón on the west coast of Santa Cruz Island to see land iguanas and a salt water lagoon frequented by flamingos and other species of birds. Continue to Daphne Island in the afternoon to spot birds and wildlife.

Included Activities:
Cerro Dragón Visit
Daphne Island Visit

Transport:
Xavier III

05

Day 5: Islas Plaza/Santa Fé Island (1B, 1L, 1D)

Land at South Plaza in the morning for wildlife spotting opportunities. Afternoon visit to Santa Fé Island for guided walks to observe the wildlife and plentiful marine iguanas. Opportunities for swimming and snorkelling with the sea lions.

Included Activities:
South Plaza Island Visit
Santa Fe Island Visit

Transport:
Xavier III

06

Day 6: San Cristóbal Island/Quito (1B)

Transfer to the group hotel upon arrival, and enjoy one last night on the town.

Additional Notes:
Flights from San Cristóbal to Quito depart between 11:30am and 1:30pm depending on the day of the week. These will arrive into Quito between 4:00pm and 5:40pm with a refuelling stop in Guayaquil (you will not disembark the plane). You will arrive back at the hotel in the early evening in time for dinner.

Included Activities:
Interpretation Center Visit

Transport:
Plane (3.00 hour(s))

07

Day 7: Quito/Lima (1B)

Your transfer to the airport and your flight to Lima are included in this trip. Please note that this flight is unescorted and your transfer will be waiting for you at the Lima airport and will bring you to your hotel.


Included Activities:
Meet and Greet Hotel Welcome Meeting

Transport:
Private Vehicle
Plane
Private Vehicle

08

Day 8: Lima/Cusco (1B)

Transfer to the airport for the flight to Cusco (the flight usually departs early – the group may leave the hotel by 4:30am). The day is free to relax and explore the fascinating city of Cusco, and to acclimatize to the altitude.

Transport:
Plane (1.00-1.50 hours)

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Day 9: Cusco/Ollantaytambo (1B, 1L)

Travel through the stunning Sacred Valley of the Incas, visiting a G Adventures-supported women's weaving co-op. Meet the women and learn about traditional weaving and dyeing. Opt to pick up some handmade souvenirs and textiles directly from the women who made them.

Take a guided tour of the impressive Pisac ruins, the colourful artisan market (on market days only), and the small indigenous village of Huchuy Qosco. 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.

Continue on to the town of Ollantaytambo. Take a guided tour of the large ruin site adjacent to the town. Ollantaytambo is the first taste of what lies ahead in Machu Picchu.

Included Activities:
Ccaccaccollo Community and Women's Weaving Co-op visit
Pisac Ruins Guided Tour
Parwa Community Restaurant the Sacred Valley
Ollantaytambo Ruins Guided Tour

Transport:
Make stops along the way as you pass through this gorgeous valley – the elevation descends the whole way.
Private Vehicle (95km)

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Day 10: Inca Trail (1B, 1L, 1D)

Trek through beautiful scenery, with a variety of flora that changes with the seasons, passing several smaller ruin sites like Llactapata.

Additional Notes:
A crew of local porters, cooks, and guides will take care of all the details for the duration of the hike. Porters carry the majority of the gear so you'll only need to carry a small daypack with water, rain gear, snacks, a camera, etc.

Included Activities:
Inca Trail Hike

Transport:
Private Vehicle (0.75 hour(s))

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Day 11: Inca Trail (1B, 1L, 1D)

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.

Included Activities:
Inca Trail Hike

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Day 12: Inca Trail (1B, 1L, 1D)

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). 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).

Included Activities:
Inca Trail Hike

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Day 13: Machu Picchu/Cusco (1B)

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 to Machu Picchu for a guided tour of the site and free time to explore. 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.

Included Activities:
Inca Trail Hike
Machu Picchu Guided Tour

Transport:
Train (1.50 hour(s), 118km)
Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))

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Day 14: Cusco (1B)

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Cruise the Galápagos Islands aboard the Xavier (4 nts)
    • Incredible wildlife encounters
    • Daily opportunities for swimming and snorkelling
    • Flights to and from the Galápagos Islands
    • Snorkelling equipment and wetsuits aboard Galápagos yacht
    • Sacred Valley and Ollantaytambo ruins guided tour with visit to a G Adventures-supported Women's Weaving Co-op (full-day)
    • Lunch at the G Adventures-supported Sacred Valley Community Restaurant in Huchuy Qosco, an indigenous village
    • Inca Trail hike with local guide, cook, and porters (4 days)
    • G Adventures-supported handmade biodegradable soap products for use on the Inca Trail
    • Guided tour of Machu Picchu
    • Internal flights
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (6 nts), aboard the Xavier in twin-share cabins (4 nts), camping (3 nts)
    • 13 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 7 dinners
    Transport
    • Plane, motorized yacht (Xavier), van, train, hiking, public bus, panga
    Group Leader
    • Local naturalist guide (certified by the Galápagos National Park) while in the islands, Chief Experience Officer (CEO) in Lima, local guide from Cusco onwards
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Tour Highlights:
  • Cruise the Galpagos for four nights aboard the Xavier III
  • Snorkel with sea lions and discover spectacular marine life in protected bays
  • Visit a tortoise ranch and get up close and personal with these ancient creatures
  • Explore ruins and bargain at the Sacred Valley markets
  • Climb the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu