Absolute Peru & Galápagos Central Islands

Classic, Lima to Quito

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

Explore Peru's southern coast, its Incan Highlands and the Galápagos Islands. From the soaring heights of the Inca Trail to the steamy jungle stay at the exclusive G Lodge Amazon, this epic journey includes an all-encompassing tour of Peru and four nights exploring the Galápagos. As one of the biggest tour operators in the region, our exclusive 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.

What’s included

  • Your G for Good Moment: Ccaccaccollo Community and Women's Weaving Co-op visit, Ccaccaccollo Your G for Good Moment: Parwa Community Restaurant the Sacred Valley, Lamay Your G for Good Moment: Handmade Biodegradable Soap Products Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your Foodie Moment: Huacachina Winery Visit, Huacachina Your Local Living Moment: Lake Titicaca Homestay, Lake Titicaca Your Discover Moment: Cusco
  • Cruise the Galápagos Islands aboard the Xavier (4 nts)
  • Incredible wildlife encounters
  • Daily opportunities for swimming and snorkelling
  • Snorkelling equipment and wetsuits in the Galápagos
  • Guided tour of Nazca desert cemetery and potter's studio
  • Guided tour of Colca Canyon
  • Guided tour of Taquile and Uros Islands on Lake Titicaca
  • Sacred Valley guided tour
  • Pottery making demonstration
  • Inca Trail hike with local guide, cook, and porters (4-days)
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu
  • Excursion to G Adventures' exclusive Amazon lodge (3-days)
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Cruise the galápagos for four nights aboard the xavier iii
  • Snorkel with sea lions
  • Spot rare birds in secluded lagoons
  • Find land iguanas feeding in the cactus forests on south plaza island
  • Visit lake titicaca and opt to fly over the nazca lines
  • Trek the inca trail to machu picchu
  • Encounter wildlife in the amazon jungle.

Itinerary

Lima Arrive at any time.
Lima/Paracas Enjoy a free morning in Lima before travelling by bus to Paracas.
Paracas/Nazca Optional visit to Ballestas Islands before travelling to Nazca. En route, stop at a winery and at the Oasis of Huacachina.
Nazca/Arequipa Take a guided tour of the Nazca desert cemetery and potter's studio. Opt for a flight over the Nazca Lines before the overnight bus to Arequipa.
Arequipa Enjoy a free day in Arequipa. Opt for a city tour or visit to the Santa Catalina Monastery.
Arequipa/Colca Canyon Travel to Chivay, a village near Colca Canyon, for an optional dip in the thermal baths. Continue on to nearby Colca Canyon for the day, take a guided tour to spot condors.
Colca Canyon/Puno Travel by bus to Puno. Arrive with a little time to wander the markets and explore the city.
Puno/Lake Titicaca Enjoy a guided tour of Lake Titicaca with a homestay in a small village.
Lake Titicaca/Puno Visit the floating islands of Uros before returning to Puno. Opt to visit to Sillustani burial site.
Puno/Cusco Hop on the bus for a full day's drive to Cusco.
Cusco Opt to go mountain biking, whitewater rafting, or relax in a café. Choose to pre-book a Cusco Cooking Class.
Cusco/Ollantaytambo Enjoy a full-day guided tour of the Sacred Valley. Stop at the G Adventures-supported women's weaving co-op before visiting a local pottery making community. Break for lunch at the G Adventures-supported Parwa Community Restaurant in Huchuy Qosco. After lunch, opt to head out on a hike to the Ollantaytambo storehouses and look out over the ruins. Or, wander around the cobblestone streets and visit a local Chicheria (corn beer bar).
Inca Trail 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.
Inca Trail 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.
Inca Trail 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).
Machu Picchu/Cusco 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.
Cusco Enjoy a free day to explore Cusco or relax. Opt to go whitewater rafting, mountain biking or get a massage.
Cusco/Tambopata Fly to Puerto Maldonado and continue by motorized boat to the comfortable and intimate G Lodge Amazon.
Tambopata Enjoy guided excursions by expert naturalists to spot wildlife at nearby oxbow lakes and along jungle trails. Spend some time relaxing in a hammock, enjoying the local swimming hole or visiting a nearby plantation. Go for a caiman-spotting cruise after dinner.
Tambopata/Lima Fly back to Lima for an optional final dinner and night out.
Lima/Quito Fly to Quito. Flight is unescorted and included in the price of the tour.
Quito/Puerto Ayora Transfer early to the airport for the flight to the Galápagos Islands. Upon arrival meet the Naturalist Guide, who will assist with the transfer to the Xavier, located in Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island. Visit the Santa Cruz highlands and get up close and personal with giant tortoises.
Chinese Hat/Black Turtle Cove Visit Chinese Hat for snorkelling opportunities and to observe the birds and sea lions before taking an excursion to Black Turtle Cove to see the marine life.
Cerro Dragón/Islas Daphne 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.
Islas Plaza/Santa Fé Island 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.
San Cristóbal Island/Quito Visit the Interpretation Centre on San Cristóbal Island before flying back to Quito.
Quito Depart at any time.
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