Discover Machu Picchu and Galápagos — Land & Sea Central Islands

Comfort, Lima to Quito

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Experience two wonders of the ancient world on one comprehensive trip full of culture, discovery and exploration. Begin in the “Lost City of the Incas” – the ideal place to unleash your inner historian – and journey through majestic ruins and local villages bursting with culture, with an optional one-day hike up the Inca Trail. Then set off for the Galápagos island chain to see the incredible archipelago wildlife in the company of an expert naturalist guide. In the evenings, return to the comfortable Queen to reflect on the day’s adventure under a canopy of stars. Retire to air-conditioned cabins with exclusive lower berths and private bathrooms.

What’s included

  • G Adventures for Good: Ccaccaccollo Community and Women's Weaving Co-op visit, Ccaccaccollo G Adventures for Good: Parwa Community Restaurant the Sacred Valley, Lamay
  • Arrival transfer
  • Sacred Valley tour (2-day) including Ollantaytambo, Moray and Pisac ruins, pre-Incan salt pans, visit to the G Adventures-supported Women's Weaving Co-op in a local village and lunch at the G Adventures-supported Sacred Valley Community Restaurant in Huchuy Qosco, an indigenous village
  • Traditional Pachamanca-style dinner
  • Scenic train and guided tour of Machu Picchu
  • Cruise the Galápagos Islands aboard the Queen (3 nts)
  • Internal Flights
  • All meals aboard the Queen
  • Certified Galápagos National Park Service Guide
  • All landings, excursions, and transportation
  • Onboard snorkelling equipment and wetsuits
  • Snorkelling at Isla Lobos, Visit to the Charles Darwin Research Centre (Santa Cruz Island)
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Explore ancient ruins off the beaten path in the sacred valley
  • Visit local villages and a women's weaving co-op
  • Take in mountain views on the scenic train to machu picchu
  • Three nights cruising and exploring the galápagos national park aboard the queen
  • Snorkel with sea lions and sea turtles

Itinerary

Day 1 Lima Get ready for a very busy tour exploring the best of Peru in a week. We recommend booking a pre-night in Lima (in particular if your flight arrives into Lima in the evening) to recover from international flights and rest up before the excitement. Additional Notes: Please note that if you booked the Peru Culinary Bundle it does not include extra time in Lima and we highly recommend booking pre-trip accommodation. You will be picked up from your hotel at approx 10:00am and taken to a local market and restaurant to prepare and enjoy a traditional Peruvian meal. You will return to your hotel around 13:00. Please 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 Transport: Private Vehicle (0.75-1.00 hours)
Day 2 Lima/Urubamba (1B, 1L) Board an early flight to Cusco then on to the Sacred Valley to visit the Ccaccaccollo community and Planeterra-sponsored Women's Weaving Co-op, explore the Pisac ruins and visit the G Adventures-supported Sacred Valley Community Restaurant in Huchuy Qosco. Included Activities: Ccaccaccollo Community and Women's Weaving Co-op visit Pisac Ruins Guided Tour Parwa Community Restaurant the Sacred Valley Transport: Plane (1.00-1.50 hours) Private Vehicle (6.00-8.00 hours, 95km)
Day 3 Urubamba (1B, 1D) Visit the pre-Incan salt pans of Las Salineras and tour the Ollantaytambo and Moray ruins. Enjoy a traditional Pachamanca-style meal of local specialities. Included Activities: Moray Ruins Guided Tour Las Salineras Pre-Incan Salt Pans Guided Tour Ollantaytambo Ruins Guided Tour Traditional Pachamanca Dinner Transport: Private Vehicle (7.00-8.00 hours)
Day 4 Urubamba/Aguas Calientes (1B) For serious archaeology buffs, there is time for an optional independent visit to Machu Picchu before the guided tour the following morning. Additional Notes: Please bear in mind that the town has several amenities, but is also geographically remote meaning services are sometimes more basic than one would assume. As the only option for travellers visiting Machu Picchu, the development of infrastructure has happened quite quickly, much without proper planning, and the focus on providing quality service may not be up to the standards experienced in other parts of the country. Those who have chosen the option in advance to hike the "1-day Inca Trail" will disembark the train at km 104 to begin the trek. The trail rises steeply up into the mountains and will take hikers past the archaeological sites of Wiñay Wayna and Inti Pata, where the local guide will provide insights into the fascinating culture of the Incas en route to the trek's culmination at the Sun Gate. Enjoy a packed lunch along the way and reach the Sun Gate in the late afternoon with a chance for a preliminary exploration of Machu Picchu before the guided tour on Day 5. Transfer by bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes to rejoin the group and spend the night in a hotel. If time permits, take an optional visit to the nearby hot springs to soak your sore muscles. 1-day Inca Trail option: Approximate Distance: 7km Estimated hiking Time: 5-6 hours Transport: Private Vehicle (1.00-2.00 hours) Train (1.50 hour(s))
Day 5 Aguas Calientes/Cusco (1B) Enjoy a guided tour of the Machu Picchu ruins. Free time to explore on your own or take an optional visit to the Inca Bridge before returning to Cusco by train. Included Activities: Machu Picchu Guided Tour Transport: Local bus (0.25 hour(s)) Train (2.00-3.00 hours, 118km) Private Vehicle (2.00-2.50 hours, 95km)
Day 6 Cusco (1B) Explore Cusco's historic streets, museums and local markets. Active options include whitewater rafting, horseback riding and mountain biking. Additional Notes: Please note that if you booked the Peru Culinary Bundle, on day 6 you will be picked up from your hotel at approx 12:30 and taken to a local market and restaurant to prepare and enjoy a traditional Peruvian meal. You will return back to your hotel around 16:00.
Day 7 Cusco/Lima (1B) Fly back to Lima and spend an afternoon in Peru's bustling capital. Transport: Plane (1.50-2.00 hours, 572km)
Day 8 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
Day 9 Quito/Puerto Baquerizo Moreno (1B) Early morning, fly to San Cristóbal. Meet the CEO and transfer to the hotel for a first night's stay in the Galápagos Islands. Following lunch, begin exploring San Cristóbal visiting Laguna El Junco, the only freshwater lake in the islands. After, visit the Interpretation Centre to learn about the history of the islands, explore the paths near the centre for beautiful views. Additional Notes: Flights from Quito to San Cristobal depart between 8:10am and 10:10am depending on the day of the week. These will arrive into the Galápagos between 10:40am and 12:40pm with a refuelling stop in Guayaquil (you will not disembark the plane). You will generally arrive onto the boat in time for lunch before the afternoon activity. 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: Laguna El Junco Visit Interpretation Center Visit Transport: Plane
Day 10 San Cristóbal Island (1B, 1L, 1D) Before transferring to the boat, visit Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado to see giant tortoises. Included Activities: Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado Visit Transport: Archipell I
Day 11 South Plaza/North Seymour (1B, 1L, 1D) Morning landing at South Plaza, home to the largest population of land iguanas, for wildlife spotting opportunities and a walk through the cactus forest. In the afternoon, visit North Seymour for guided walks to observe birds and wildlife, including vast sea lion colonies. Included Activities: South Plaza Island Visit Seymour Island Visit Transport: Queen of Galápagos
Day 12 Chinese Hat/Bachas Beach (1B, 1L, 1D) In the morning, the boat arrives to a small little island off the southern tip of Santiago called Chinese Hat, named for its unique shape. Visit Bachas Beach in the afternoon, located on the northeastern tip of Santa Cruz Island. Included Activities: Chinese Hat Visit Bachas Beach Landing Transport: Queen of Galápagos
Day 13 Puerto Ayora/Quito (1B) Visit the Charles Darwin Foundation to see the giant Galápagos tortoises before the flight back to Quito. Included Activities: Charles Darwin Research Station Visit Transport: Plane (2.00 hour(s))
Day 14 Quito (1B) Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day
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