Galapagos Central Islands & Inca Discovery
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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.

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Duration: 14 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Hiking, Sailing, Parks & Nature Reserves, Wildlife, Trekking 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



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.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting


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 Galapagos 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 Galapagos 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

Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s))
Plane (2.00 hour(s))
Local bus
Private Vehicle
Xavier III


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

Xavier III


Day 4: Cerro Dragon/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

Xavier III


Day 5: Islas Plaza/Isla Santa Fe (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

Xavier III


Day 6: Puerto Baquerizo Moreno/Quito (1B)

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:
Interpretation Center Visit

Plane (3.00 hour(s))
Private Vehicle


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

Private Vehicle
Private Vehicle


Day 8: Lima/Cusco (1B)

The flight usually departs early – we may leave the hotel as early as 4:30am.

Private Vehicle
Private Vehicle


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 Planeterra-Sponsored Women's Weaving Co-op visit
Pisac Ruins Guided Tour
Parwa Community Restaurant the Sacred Valley
Ollantaytambo Ruins Guided Tour

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


Day 10: Ollantaytambo/Cuncani (1B, 1L, 1D)

The Lares Trek is a scenic, less touristic route to hike through the Andes. It is one day shorter than the Inca Trail but higher in elevation. Enjoy G Adventures-supported handmade biodegradable soap products for use on the Lares Trek.

Additional Notes:
The locations and distances may change on this hike, as camping will be done in different places depending on pace, ability, and weather. The first night will always be spent at the G Adventures-supported, community-owned and managed campsite in an indigenous village previously bypassed by the tourism industry. In most cases, the CEO will hike the Lares Trek with the group.

Included Activities:
Lares Trek (Lares-Cuncani)

Private Vehicle (3.00-3.50 hours)


Day 11: Cuncani/Kuyoc (1B, 1L, 1D)

Start early to hike from the foothills of Sicllaccasa Mountain to its high pass (4,750m/15,583 ft), providing scenic views of lagoons and the snow-capped Chicon Mountain. Celebrate after reaching the highest point by making an offering of coca leaves to the Andean gods. After the morning hike, stop to rest and take in the amazing view. Continue hiking downhill to our second campsite near the stream for the night.

Included Activities:
Lares Trek (Cuncani - Kuyoc)


Day 12: Kuyoc/Aguas Calientes (1B, 1L)

Enjoy the last few hours of hiking before travelling by van to Ollantaytambo and train to Aguas Calientes. Spend some time relaxing in town or visiting the nearby hot springs.

Included Activities:
Lares Trek (Kuyoc - Punta Carretera)

Private Vehicle (0.50 hour(s))
Train (1.50 hour(s))


Day 13: Aguas Calientes/Cusco (1B)

Rise early to catch the first bus up to Machu Picchu with your guide. Enjoy a guided visit to the ruins followed by free time to explore. Opt to walk up to the Sun Gate or Inca Bridge.

When ready, head back down by bus to Aguas Calientes to meet up with the rest of the group. Take the scenic train back to Ollantaytambo to meet the van for the ride back to Cusco.

Included Activities:
Machu Picchu Guided Tour

Local bus (0.50 hour(s))
Local bus (0.50 hour(s))
Train (1.50 hour(s))
Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))


Day 14: Cusco (1B)

Depart at any time.

    • 4 nts in the Galápagos Islands
    • Incredible wildlife encounters
    • Daily opportunities for swimming and snorkelling
    • Flights to and from the Galápagos Islands
    • Snorkelling equipment and wetsuits aboard Galápagos yacht
    • Flight from Quito to Lima
    • Sacred Valley and Ollantaytambo ruins guided tour with visit to a G Adventures-supported Women's Weaving Co-op and lunch at the G Adventures-supported Sacred Valley Community Restaurant in Huchuy Qosco, an indigenous village (full-day)
    • Inca Trail hike with local guide, cook, and porters (4-day)
    • G Adventures-supported handmade biodegradable soap products for use on the Inca Trail
    • Guided tour of Machu Picchu
    • Internal flights
    • Hotels (6 nts), twin-share cabins on board our motorized yacht (4 nts), camping (3 nts)
    Meals Included
    • 13 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 6 dinners
    • Plane, motorized yacht, van, train, hiking, public bus, Zodiac
    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
  • Find land iguanas feeding in the cactus forests on South Plaza Island
  • Explore ruins and bargain at Sacred Valley markets
  • Climb the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.