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Experience the iconic highlights of South America in one incredible adventure. Hike the Inca Trail to the Lost City of Machu Picchu, explore the steamy Amazon from the comfort of our intimate G Lodge Amazon, spend seven nights exploring the Galpagos aboard the Xavier and snorkel the waters of 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 majestic Machu Picchu.

Latin America

Duration: 21 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Hiking, Sailing, Parks & Nature Reserves, Wildlife, Trekking Physical rating: 4 - Demanding
Accommodation standard:   Budget% Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 145111
Starts: Lima, Peru Finishes: Quito, Ecuador
You will visit
  • Lima
  • Quito

Itinerary

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Day 1: Lima

Arrive in Lima at any time. There are no planned activities so check into the hotel and enjoy the city. There is a welcome meeting in the evening.

Additional Notes:
Please note: if you booked the Culinary Theme Pack it does not include extra time in Lima and we highly recommend booking pre-trip accommodation. You will be picked up from the hotel at approx 10:00 and taken to a local market and restaurant to prepare and enjoy a traditional Peruvian meal. You will return back to the hotel around 13:00.

Also note that hot water shortages and power outages can be fairly common in Peru (even in upgraded hotels and private homes). We appreciate your patience and understanding that these occurrences are outside of our control.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

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Day 2: Lima/Cusco (1B)

Take a transfer to the airport for the flight to Cusco. Spend the rest of the day relaxing and exploring this fascinating city, and getting used to the altitude.

Transport:
Plane (1.00-1.50 hours)

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Day 3: 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 Planeterra-Sponsored 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 4: Ollantaytambo/Wayllabamba Camp (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:
Hike Inca Trail

Transport:
Private Vehicle (0.75 hour(s))

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Day 5: Wayllabamba Camp/Paqaymayo Camp (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:
Hike Inca Trail

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Day 6: Paqaymayo Camp/Wiñaywayna (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:
Hike Inca Trail

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Day 7: Wiñaywayna/Cusco (1B)

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.

Catch the bus to Aguas Calientes to meet the CEO and any non-hiking members of your group. Eat and relax before your train back to Cusco in the afternoon.

Included Activities:
Hike Inca Trail
Machu Picchu Guided Tour

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

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Day 8: Cusco (1B)

Continue to explore Cusco on a free day in the city.

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Day 9: Cusco/Tambopata (1B, 1L, 1D)

Fly to Puerto Maldonado, deep in the lowlands of the Amazon Jungle.

After a brief stop in town to store large luggage, drive to the pier and travel by covered motorized boat to the jungle lodge. En route, spot bird species typical of the river and forest edge. The Tambopata Rainforest area holds the world record for the most bird sightings in one area.

Local community members make up the majority of lodge staff, including multilingual naturalist guides. Take the opportunity to learn about the area's rich flora and fauna and locals' extensive use of medicinal plants and other forest plant resources through traditional techniques for building, fishing, and hunting.

Additional Notes:
The lodge itself combines native architectural style and materials with low-impact, eco-friendly technology. Rooms are simple but comfortable, with mosquito netting for individual beds, flush toilets, showers (with solar-heated hot water), and candles for lighting (no electricity).

Included Activities:
Wildlife-spotting Night Walk

Transport:
On arrival, head by private vehicle to the lodge's office in Puerto Maldonado to store large luggage. Use one of the provided duffels to bring just what you need into the jungle. From there, travel about 1 hr to reach the boat landing.
Plane (1.00 hour(s), 320km)
Motorized canoe (2.50-3.00 hours)

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Day 10: Tambopata (1B, 1L, 1D)

Head out early to catch the jungle at its wildest (and coolest). Walk slowly through the forest searching for wildlife before heading out on an oxbow lake by canoe. Search for anaconda, the elusive giant river otter, or black caiman. Even if you don't spot these shy creatures, there are plenty of other birds, interesting plants, and other animals about.

Included Activities:
Jungle Excursions
Caiman-Spotting Cruise

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Day 11: Tambopata/Lima (1B)

Enjoy a delicious Amazonian breakfast before heading back to the airport by motorized boat and van. Fly to Lima and opt for a final night out for dinner or Pisco Sours.

Transport:
Motorized canoe (3.00 hour(s))
Take a van from the pier to pick up stored luggage before heading to the Puerto Maldonado airport. Make a brief stop in Cusco en route to Lima. A private vehicle will be waiting to take the group to the Lima hotel.
Plane (1.50-2.00 hours)

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Day 12: Lima/Quito (1B)

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


Included Activities:
Optional Welcome Meeting for Travellers on Combos

Transport:
Private Vehicle
Plane (2.50 hour(s))
Private Vehicle (0.50-1.00 hours)

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Day 13: Quito/Puerto Baquerizo Moreno (1B, 1L, 1D)

In the afternoon, transfer to the boat. Continue to Lobos Island and be welcomed by frolicking sea lions. While snorkelling in the calm clear waters, keep an eye out for a chance to see swimming sea lions underwater.

Additional Notes:
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 onto the boat in time for lunch on Day 2 before the afternoon activity.

Please note: 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:
Isla Lobos Visit
Isla Lobos Snorkelling Trip

Transport:
Early morning transfer to the airport to catch the flight to the Galapagos.
Private Vehicle (0.50-1.00 hours)
Plane (2.50 hour(s))
Xavier III
Xavier III

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Day 14: North Seymour/Mosquera Island (1B, 1L, 1D)

Explore two tiny islands that are big on wildlife. North Seymour offers great views of nesting seabirds, including frigatebirds and Mosquera is home to large colonies of sea lions.

Included Activities:
North Seymour Island Visit
Snorkelling (North Seymour Island)
Mosquera Island Excursion

Transport:
Xavier III
Xavier III

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Day 15: Isla Santiago/Isla Bartolomé (1B, 1L, 1D)

Visit Sullivan Bay on Santiago Island to witness the giant lava formations contrasting the white-coral sand beach. Continue to Bartolomé Island for a guided tour to see the dramatic volcanic features before hiking to a panoramic viewpoint.

Included Activities:
Sullivan Bay Visit
Snorkelling (Sullivan Bay)
Bartolomé Island Landing
Bartolomé Island Snorkelling

Transport:
Xavier III
Xavier III

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Day 16: Puerto Ayora (1B, 1L, 1D)

In the morning, arrive in Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island. Santa Cruz is the second biggest island in the Galápagos, and has the largest population. Puerto Ayora is its main town. In the afternoon, there may be the opportunity to visit the highlands and see giant land tortoises in the wild.

Included Activities:
Charles Darwin Research Station Visit
Highlands Giant Tortoises Visit

Transport:
Xavier III

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Day 17: Isla Rábida/Bachas Beach (1B, 1L, 1D)

In the morning, go on an excursion to Rábida Island, and land on a red sand beach.

Afternoon excursion to Bachas Beach to see the sea lions and plentiful bird life.

Included Activities:
Rabida Island Excursion
Bachas Beach Landing

Transport:
Xavier III
Xavier III

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Day 18: Floreana Island (1B, 1L, 1D)

Morning visit to Punta Cormorant on the northern part of Floreana. This is a perfect spot to go snorkelling from the boat, as the waters are home to a multitude of colourful fish and sea lions. Please be sure you are a comfortable swimmer. Despite the protection from the open sea provided by the "crown," the water here can be rough and the currents are strong.

In the afternoon, visit Post Office Bay, which has an older and less mysterious history. A short hike up past the post barrel takes you to an interesting lava cave.



Included Activities:
Punta Cormorant Visit
Post Office Bay Visit
Corona del Diablo Snorkelling

Transport:
Xavier III

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Day 19: Punta Suárez/Bahía Gardner (1B, 1L, 1D)

Visit Punta Suárez and Gardner Bay on Española Island. Enjoy guided walks to observe wildlife and free time for swimming or snorkelling.

Included Activities:
Punta Suarez Excursion
Gardner Bay Visit

Transport:
Xavier III

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Day 20: Puerto Baquerizo Moreno/Quito (1B)

Reach San Cristóbal in the morning. Disembark after breakfast then visit the Interpretation Centre, and transfer to the airport for the flight to Quito. Transfer to the group hotel upon arrival, and enjoy one last night on the town.


Additional Notes:
Flights from San Cristobal 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:
San Cristóbal Interpretation Center Visit

Transport:
Plane (3.00 hour(s))
Private Vehicle

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Day 21: Quito (1B)

Depart at any time.

Included Activities:
Departure Day

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Sacred Valley and Ollantaytambo ruins guided tour with visit to a G Adventures-supported weaving project and lunch at the G Adventures-supported Sacred Valley Community Restaurant in Huchuy Qosco, an indigenous village (full-day)
    • Inca Trail guided hike with cook and porters (4-day)
    • G Adventures-supported handmade biodegradable soap products for use on the Inca Trail
    • Machu Picchu guided tour
    • Amazon Jungle stay at the exclusive G Lodge Amazon (3-day)
    • Lima to Quito flight
    • Quito to Galápagos return flight
    • 7 nts in the Galápagos Islands aboard the Xavier
    • Flights to and from the Galápagos Islands
    • Certified Galápagos National Park Service guide
    • All landings, excursions, and transportation
    • Snorkelling equipment
    • Wetsuits while aboard the Galápagos yacht
    • Visit to a wildlife interpretation centre
    • Internal flights
    Accommodation
    • Hotels/guest houses (8 nts), camping (3 nts), G Lodge Amazon (2 nts), motorized yacht (7 nts, twin-share cabin)
    Meals Included
    • 20 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 12 dinners
    Transport
    • Public bus, plane, train, boat, canoe, hiking, motorized yacht, Zodiac
    Group Leader
    • Local naturalist guide (certified by the Galápagos National Park Service) while in the islands, G Adventures representatives in Lima and Cusco, Specialist Inca Trail CEO on hike, Expert jungle guide in Amazon
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Tour Highlights:
  • Cruise the Galpagos for seven nights aboard the Xavier
  • Explore the Sacred Valley
  • Trek the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
  • Spot wildlife in the Amazon
  • Snorkel with sea lions and search for sea turtles in secluded bays
  • Land on seldom-visited Fernandina Island.