Discover Machu Picchu and Galápagos - Land & Sea Central Islands

Classic, Lima to Quito

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

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

  • 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 Discover Moment: Cusco
  • Arrival transfer
  • Sacred Valley tour (2 days) 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)
  • All meals aboard the Queen
  • Certified Galápagos National Park Service Guide
  • Snorkelling at Isla Lobos
  • Visit to the Charles Darwin Research Centre (Santa Cruz Island)
  • All landings, excursions, and transportation
  • Snorkelling equipment and wetsuits aboard the Queen
  • Internal flights
  • 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

Lima Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.
Lima/Cusco Fly to Cusco. Free time to shop and explore. Opt for a city tour, visit museums or archaeological sites.
Cusco/Ollantaytambo Enjoy a full-day guided tour of the Sacred Valley and Ollantaytambo ruins. Stop at the G Adventures-supported women's weaving co-op before exploring the Pisac ruins. Break for lunch at the G Adventures-supported Parwa community restaurant in Huchuy Qosco. Finish the day by exploring the Ollantaytambo ruins with a local guide.
Ollantaytambo/Aguas Calientes Journey to Aguas Calientes and opt to visit the local hot springs and hit the market. Those who have purchased and pre-booked the '1-day Inca Trail' hike will disembark the train at 104km and trek to the Sun Gate for the first glimpse of Machu Picchu before re-joining the group at Aguas Calientes for the night.
Aguas Calientes/Cusco Enjoy a guided tour of Machu Picchu. Opt to visit the Inca Bridge before returning to Cusco.
Cusco Enjoy a free day in Cusco. Active options include whitewater rafting, horseback riding, and mountain biking.
Cusco/Lima Head to the airport and fly back to Lima.
Lima/Quito Fly to Quito. Flight is unescorted and included in the price of the tour.
Quito/Puerto Baquerizo Moreno 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.
San Cristóbal Island Before transferring to the boat, visit Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado to see giant tortoises.
South Plaza/North Seymour 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.
Chinese Hat/Bachas Beach Visit Chinese Hat for snorkelling opportunities and to observe the birds and sea lions before taking an excursion to the beach on Las Bachas. In the afternoon, relax on the beach or swim in the crystal waters.
Puerto Ayora/Quito Visit the Charles Darwin Foundation to see the giant Galápagos tortoises before the flight back to Quito.
Quito Depart at any time.
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