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Galapagos Central Islands & Inca Discovery::Lares Trek From Jan 18
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From the unique wildlife of the Galápagos to the towering peaks of Peru, discover two of South America's iconic highlights in one comprehensive adventure – explore the Galápagos aboard the Xavier before flying into the Andean highlands. As one of the larger tour operators in the Galápagos, 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
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  • Physical rating: Demanding
  • Accommodation standard:   Budget%
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  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: SED07MB.E/201833
  • Starts: Quito, Ecuador
  • Finishes: Cusco, Peru
You will Visit
  • Quito
  • Puerto Ayora
  • Chinese Hat
  • Black Turtle Cove
  • Cerro Dragón
  • Islas Daphne
  • Islas Plaza
  • Santa Fé Island
  • San Cristóbal Island
  • Lima
  • Cusco
  • Ollantaytambo
  • Cuncani
  • Kuyoc
  • Aguas Calientes

Itinerary

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Day 1: Quito

Arrive at any time.
A G Adventures representative will greet everyone at the hotel and brief the group on the various aspects of the tour.

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Day 2: 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.
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 at the boat in time for lunch before the afternoon activity.




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Day 3: 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.
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.

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Day 4: 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.

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Day 5: 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.

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Day 6: San Cristóbal Island/Quito

Visit the Interpretation Centre on San Cristóbal Island before flying back to Quito.
Transfer to the group hotel upon arrival, and enjoy one last night on the town.

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Day 7: Quito/Lima

Fly to Lima and enjoy the coastal city and wander through the neighbourhood of Miraflores.
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.

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Day 8: Lima/Cusco

Hop on a flight to Cusco. Enjoy a free day of shopping and exploring the city. Opt for a city tour.
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.

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Day 9: 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).

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Day 10: Lares Trek

Depart Ollantaytambo by van to Lares town where the hike begins. Spend the first night at a G Adventures-supported campsite in Cuncani.
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.

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Day 11: Lares Trek

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.

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Day 12: Lares Trek/Aguas Calientes

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.

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Day 13: Machu Picchu/Cusco

Enjoy a guided visit to Machu Picchu at sunrise. Use some free time to explore the ruins on your own. Later, travel back to Cusco.
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.

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Day 14: Cusco

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • 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 G Adventures for Good: Cuncani Community Campsite, Cuncani
    • 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 guided tour
    • Pottery making demonstration
    • Lares Trek hike with local guide, cook, and porters (4 days)
    • G Adventures-supported handmade biodegradable soap products for use on the Lares Trek
    • Guided tour of Machu Picchu
    • Internal flights
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (7 nts), twin-share cabins on board our motorized yacht (4 nts), camping (2 nts)
    • 13 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 6 dinners
    Transport
    • 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 Galápagos 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.