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ABSOLUTE PERU & GALAPAGOS CENTRAL ISLANDS- 1 (INCA TRAIL)

27 Days, Lima to Quito
ABSOLUTE PERU & GALAPAGOS CENTRAL ISLANDS- 1 (INCA TRAIL)

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Explore Peru's southern coast, its Incan Highlands and the Galapagos Islands. From the soaring heights of the Inca Trail to the steamy jungle stay at the exclusiv read more...

IS THIS Classic TRIP FOR ME ? YES ! IF YOU...
    • Think local transport—buses, taxis, trains the most colourful way to travel
    • Enjoy travelling with a like minded mix of couples, friends and solo travellers, from the world over
    • Like the idea of staying in character-rich accommodations that reflect the culture of the places you visit
What's Included
  • Overseas Medical Insurance for the duration of the tour (Sum of US$ 2,50,000 covered).
  • 26 nights accommodation [Hotels/guesthouses (15 nts), G Lodge Amazon (2 nts), overnight bus (1 nt), homestay (1 nt), camping (3 nts), motorized yacht (4 nts, twin-share).].
  • 20 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches, 09 Dinners.

    All transport between destinations and to/from included activities (Plane, motorized yacht, private van, train, public bus, boat, canoe, Zodiac, taxi).

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  • Incredible wildlife encounters.
  • Daily opportunities for swimming and snorkelling.
  • Flights to and from the Galapagos Islands.
  • Snorkelling equipment in the Galapagos.
  • Guided tour of Nazca desert cemetery and potter's studio.

    Guided tour of Colca Canyon (2 nts).

    Guided tour of Taquile and Uros Islands on Lake Titicaca.

  • Sacred Valley and Ollantaytambo ruins guided tour with visit to a Planeterra-supported women's weaving project and lunch at the Planeterra-supported Sacred Valley Community Restaurant in Huchuy Qosco, an indigenous village (full-day).
  • 4-day Inca Trail hike with local guide, cook, and porters.
  • Planeterra-supported handmade biodegradable soap products for use on the Inca Trail.

  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu.
  • 3-day excursion to G Adventures' exclusive Amazon lodge.
  • Galapagos National Park Service guide while in the islands, Chief Experience Officer (CEO) from Lima onwards, local guides.
VERY IMPORTANT
Please ensure that you print a final copy of your trip details provided by Cox & Kings as pdf format.
Important Notes
We recommend you to have a meal budget of USD 240-320 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.
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Itinerary
Day 1 Arrive Lima
Day 2 Lima/Paracas
Day 3 Paracas/Nazca
Day 4 Nazca/Arequipa
Day 5 Arequipa
Day 6 Arequipa/Chivay
Day 7 Chivay/Colca Canyon
Day 8 Colca Canyon/Puno
Day 9 Puno/Isla Amantani
Day 10 Isla Amantani/Puno
Day 11 Puno/Cusco
Day 12 Cusco/Ollantaytambo
Day 13 Ollantaytambo/Wayllabamba Camp
Day 14 Wayllabamba Camp/Paqaymayo Camp
Day 15 Paqaymayo Camp/Winaywayna
Day 16 Winaywayna/Cusco
Day 17 Cusco
Day 18 Cusco/Tambopata
Day 19 Tambopata
Day 20 Tambopata/Lima
Day 21 Lima/Quito
Day 22 Quito/Puerto Ayora
Day 23 Chinese Hat/Black Turtle Cove
Day 24 Cerro Dragon/Islas Daphne
Day 25 Islas Plaza/Isla Santa Fe
Day 26 Puerto Baquerizo Moreno/Quito
Day 27 Depart Quito
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TRIP SPECIFIC SAFETY

Cox & Kings takes all reasonable measures to ensure your safety and enjoyment while travelling with us. The aim of this document is to give you an insight into ways you may further enhance your own personal safety while abroad.

Places Visited
  • Lima
  • Paracas
  • Nazca
  • Onboard The Bus.
  • Arequipa
  • Chivay
  • Colca Canyon
  • Puno
  • Isla Amantani
  • Cusco
  • Ollantaytambo
  • Wayllabamba Camp
  • Paqaymayo Camp
  • Winaywayna
  • Tambopata
  • Quito
  • Onboard Xavier Iii
  • Islas Daphne
  • DAY 1 Arrive Lima

    Arrive at any time.
    If you booked the Culinary Theme Pack 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 10:00 and taken to a local market and restaurant to prepare and enjoy a traditional Peruvian meal. You will return back 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.

    Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
    18:00
    Tonight, the adventure begins. Feel free to explore - but make sure you're back in time to meet your group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your trip. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 2 Lima/Paracas

    Enjoy a free morning in Lima before travelling by bus to Paracas.

    Take the morning to explore more of Lima before journeying down the coast to Paracas. Walk the town's lively peatonal (pedestrian avenue) and find a cafe to sample some Peruvian food, such as ceviche or papa a la huancaina (potatoes with a chili cheese sauce).

    Try your first Pisco sour while staying in Pisco's neighbour of Paracas.

    Free Time
    Lima Morning
    There's not a lot of time to explore this morning as the bus to the station picks up around midday.

    Local bus
    Lima - Pisco 4h Afternoon 250km
    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

    Minibus
    Pisco - Paracas 30m
    It's bigger than a van, smaller than a bus, and just the right size for adventure. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 3 Paracas/Nazca

    Optional visit to Ballestas Islands before travelling to Nazca. En route, stop at a winery and at the Oasis of Huacachina.
    There is time in the morning for an optional excursion to the popular Ballestas Islands, an excellent chance to view a lively sea lion colony, pelicans, penguins, and other varieties of bird life.
    Back on land, catch a bus south to Nazca. On the way, pass by the pleasant colonial town of Ica.
    Ica enjoys a dry, sunny climate year-round and is known for its huge sand dunes. Located around the nearby oasis of Huacachina, the dunes are perfect subjects for photography and for a favourite local past time: sandboarding. Apart from the dunes, Ica is famous for its wines and there are several wineries and distilleries in the area.

    Free Time
    Paracas Matin
    Make the most of some free time.

    Private Vehicle
    Paracas - Ica 1h 60km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Private Vehicle
    Ica - Nazca 3h 140km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.
    About 30 mins outside of Nazca is a lookout tower that some CEOs may stop for a quick look at two of the Nazca lines (Two Handsand the Tree). The climb will cost 2 soles (less than 1 USD).

    Huacachina Winery Visit
    Huacachina 45m
    Learn about the wine and pisco production in the area and enjoy a tasting of different varieties, which are all available for purchase.

    Huacachina Oasis visit
    Huacachina 2h
    Stop by this beautiful oasis and opt to try your hand at the favourite local sport: sandboarding. The oasis is also a great place to walk around and explore.

    Optional Activities
    Ballestas Islands Excursion

    Las Ballestas
    Visit this group of islands off the Peruvian coast, an excellent place to go wildlife watching. Spot sea lion colonies, Humbodlt penguins, and a variety of bird life.

    Sandboarding in Ica
    Ica 45m-1h
    40PEN per personDrive into the dunes in a sand buggy, making four stops along the way. Take some photos of the magnificent scenery before trying your hand at sandboarding down dunes of different sizes. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 4 Nazca/Arequipa

    Take a guided tour of the Nazca desert cemetery and potter's studio.
    Travel south to one of the world's greatest archaeological mysteries, the Nazca Lines. The lines consist of patterns and pictures etched in the ground, crisscrossing a wide area of flat desert. From the ground we can make out very little, and the best view is from a light aircraft, which can easily be arranged.
    Remains of the Nazca culture are still visible during our included tour of the ancient Pre-Inca desert cemetery site of Chauchilla, with 2000-year-old mummies, bones, and pottery on the desert floor. The tour also includes a visit to an artisan's workshop, where modern masters create Nazca style pottery.
    Later, board a night bus to Arequipa.

    Nazca Desert Cemetery and Potter's Studio Guided Tour
    Nazca 2h 30m-3h
    See remains of the Nazca culture during an included tour of the ancient Pre-Inca desert cemetery site of Chauchilla. Spot 1500-year-old mummies, bones, and pottery on the desert floor. The entire desert area was also once home to the ancient Paracas and the Nazca cultures, which preceded the Incas by more than half a millennium. Stop for a visit at an artisan's workshop, where modern masters create Nazca style pottery.

    Overnight bus
    Nazca - Arequipa 10h 560 km
    This comfortable double decker bus has toilet facilities on board.

    Opt for a flight over the Nazca Lines before the overnight bus to Arequipa.

    Optional Activities
    Flight over Nazca Lines

    Nazca
    105USD per personTake to the skies for the best view of the enigmatic Nazca Lines, a series of patterns and pictures etched in the ground, crisscrossing a wide area of flat desert. Marvel at the lines measuring up to 10km (32 mi) in length, yet, remaining perfectly straight. See depictions of birds, insects, and animals only recognizable from the air. Decide for yourself the origin of the lines - who drew the lines, and why, remains a mystery. Current beliefs suggest that they may be part of complex agricultural calendar. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 5 Arequipa

    Enjoy a free day in Arequipa. Opt for a city tour or visit to the Santa Catalina Monastery.
    Explore Arequipa, the 'white city'. Interested in history and architecture? Opt to visit to the Santa Catalina Monastery, offering a brief respite from the outside world and a unique view into a bygone way of life.
    For those spicy food lovers, checking out one of the "Picanterias" is a must. Arequipa holds a variety of regional food- alpaca, shrimp, pork, lots of soups, and spicy sauces waiting for you to dig in.

    Free Time
    ArequipaJournee entiere
    Make the most of your time here.

    Optional Activities
    Arequipa City Tour

    Arequipa
    Head out and see the sights, exploring all you can of "the white city."

    Santa Catalina Monastery Visit
    Arequipa
    Visit this 16th-century monastery (over 20,000 sq m) for its beautiful architecture built in the Mudejar style. Travel back in time wandering its small streets lined with colourful walls, and take some time to learn about its captivating history. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 6 Arequipa/Chivay

    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.

    Travel a rough, rutted road through the Salinas y Aguada Blanca National Reserve. Along the way there are chances to see vicunas, alpacas and llamas. Stop at Mirador de Patapampa lookout, the highest point on the tour at 4,910m with views of nearby volcanoes.

    Private Vehicle
    Arequipa – Chivay 4h-5h 165km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Optional Activities
    Hot Springs

    Chivay
    Soak your weary bones in steaming hot water pouring from the earth and relax. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 7 Chivay/Colca Canyon

    Take a guided tour to Colca Canyon to spot condors.

    Take a tour around the canyon, stopping in fascinating villages and at "miradors" (scenic lookouts), where, with a little luck, Andean condors will soar over the majestic mountains.

    Colca Canyon Guided Tour
    Colca Canyon
    Spot condors on this guided tour, and keep your eyes peeled for other unusual animals. Look for three different species of camelids: alpaca, llama, and vicuna, which are all typical of Peru. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 8 Colca Canyon/Puno

    Travel by bus to Puno. Arrive with a little time to wander the markets and explore the city.

    Climb over the mountains today, descending at Puno, which is on the shores of Lake Titicaca. Titicaca is also the largest lake in the world above 2000m, and the views from both Amantani and Taquile Islands are stunning.

    Local bus
    Colca Canyon - Puno 6h 250km
    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 9 Puno/Isla Amantani

    Enjoy a guided tour of Lake Titicaca with a homestay in a small village.

    Head out by boat across Lake Titicaca. Visit the community on the Taquile Islands and enjoy a local lunch with spectacular views.

    After, cruise to the another village (this can vary based on community availability) for an overnight homestay on the shores of the lake. This experience provides an opportunity to learn more about rural life in the Peruvian highlands and to participate in local traditions. Eat with the family, learn some Quecha and Spanish language skills, try on traditional costumes, and help out with daily chores around the village.

    Lake Titicaca Guided Boat Tour Day 1
    Lago Titicaca
    Board a boat on Lake Titicaca and head to Taquile Island for a delicious Peruvian lunch at a restaurant followed by some shopping at the local weaving cooperatives. (Taquilenos are known for their fine handwoven textiles and clothing, men are taught how to knit around age five and they create the majority of the textiles.) After, visit Amantani for an overnight stay with a host family and a chance to learn about life on the island.

    Lake Titicaca Homestay
    Lago Titicaca
    Split into smaller groups and get a taste of local life firsthand as we move into family homes for the night. Play soccer with the children, enjoy some dancing, watch dinner being made, learn about regional cuisine, and dress up in local clothes for an unforgettable evening with the whole village, enjoying traditional music and dancing. Lend a hand the next morning, and help out with chores like feeding animals, harvesting local produce, or bringing back buckets of water from the well. (Breakfast,Dinner,Lunch)

  • DAY 10 Isla Amantani/Puno

    Visit the floating islands of Uros before returning to Puno. Opt to visit to Sillustani burial site.

    Leave the homestay families late morning and visit the Uros Islands on the way back to Puno. A popular optional activity in Puno is to visit to the spectacular chullpas (funerary towers) of Sillustani, a pre-Inca archaeological site only a short drive away.

    Lake Titicaca Guided Boat Tour Day 2
    Lago Titicaca
    Spend the morning with the homestay families on Amantani, then depart after lunch. Visit the floating islands of Uros on the way back, and learn about the unique lifestyle of the locals. Meet residents and learn how they built the islands with totora reeds, which are also used to make their homes, boats, crafts (and are also edible!).

    Uros Floating Islands Visit
    Lago Titicaca
    Take a tour of these unique islands. Learn about the buoyant totora reeds that grow in the shallows of Lake Titicaca used to make everything from the islands themselves to the boats the islanders use for transportation (if constructed well, they last up to six months ). Find out from locals how the islands are constructed; as the layers closest to the water start to rot, they are replaced with fresh reeds on top.

    Free Time
    Puno Afternoon
    Make the most of one last afternoon in Puno. (Lunch,Breakfast)

  • DAY 11 Puno/Cusco

    Hop on the bus for a full day's drive to Cusco.

    The trip from Puno to Cusco takes the better part of the day, with stark, beautiful scenery en route as you travel through the high Altiplano region. Check out a bit of Cusco, find a spot for dinner, or get prepared to head into the Sacred Valley.

    Local bus
    Puno - Cusco 7h30m 389km
    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 12 Cusco/Ollantaytambo

    Enjoy a full-day guided tour of the Sacred Valley and Ollantaytambo ruins. Stop at the Planeterra-supported women's weaving co-op before exploring the Pisac ruins. Stop at the Planeterra-supported Parwa Community Restaurant in Huchuy Qosco for lunch. Finish the day by exploring the Ollantaytambo ruins with a local guide.

    Travel through the stunning Sacred Valley of the Incas, visiting a Planeterra-supported women's weaving co-op. Meet the women who work there and learn about traditional weaving and dyeing practices. Opt to pick up some handmade souvenirs right from the source.

    Take a guided tour of the impressive Pisac ruins, the colourful artisan market (on market days only), and a small indigenous village of Huchuy Qosco. Here, have lunch at the Planeterra-supported Parwa community restaurant. Learn about the project and eat a delicious buffet-style lunch, the proceeds from which go directly back to the remote community.

    Continue on to the town of Ollantaytambo. Go for a guided tour of the large ruin site just adjacent to the town. Ollayntaytambo is the first taste of what lies ahead in Machu Picchu.

    Private Vehicle
    Cusco - Ollantaytambo Full Day 95km
    Make stops along the way as you pass through this gorgeous valley, descending in elevation the whole way.

    Ccaccaccollo Community and Planeterra-Sponsored Women's Weaving Co-op visit
    Calca1h
    Visit the Ccaccaccollo community centre which G Adventures travellers' donations helped to create through the Planeterra Foundation in 2005, enabling local women to sell traditional textiles to travellers. See local weaving and dyeing techniques used to create garments and souvenirs, and learn how the Planeterra weaving co-operative has impacted the community and those who visit it. This includes the purchase of alpacas to provide a steady supply of wool, looms, and sewing machines as well as several training courses on production, sales and small business management.

    Pisac Ruins Guided Tour
    Pisac 45m-1h
    Tour the fascinating hilltop citadel of Pisac, an Incan ruin with plunging gorges, a ceremonial centre, and winding agriculture terracing that's still in use today. Be captivated by this truly amazing site sitting amid sweeping green valleys and mountain peaks. Explore the back of the site to see a pocketed cliff across Kitamayo Gorge, which once contained hundreds of Inca tombs.

    Parwa Community Restaurant the Sacred Valley
    Lamay 45m-1h
    Contribute to sustainable tourism in Huchuy Qosco, a small village of 65 families in the Sacred Valley, by eating at the Parwa Community Restaurant. Learn how the resident-run restaurant was kickstarted by G Adventures along with the Planeterra Foundation and the Multilateral Investment Fund, to become a successful farm-to-table program that boosts the local economy and several spin-off microenterprises.

    Ollantaytambo uins Guided Tour
    Ollantaytambo
    hTour the town and fortress of Ollantaytambo with a local guide. Take a step back in time at this Inca archaeological site - it still shows signs of its former glory, including agricultural terraces, a Temple Hill, and storehouses. Learn how the area, overlooking the Urubamba River Valley, was an important stronghold during warfare between the Spanish and Incas. (Lunch,Breakfast)

  • DAY 13 Ollantaytambo/Wayllabamba Camp

    Depart Ollantaytambo by van to km 82 where the hike begins.

    Trek through beautiful scenery, with a variety of flora that changes with the seasons, passing several smaller ruin sites like Llactapata.

    A crew of local porters, cooks, and guides will take care of all the details for the duration of the hike. Porters carry the majority of the gear so you'll only need to carry a small daypack with water, rain gear, snacks, a camera, etc.

    Private Vehicle
    Ollantaytambo - Inca Trail 45m
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Hike Inca Trail
    Inca Trail KM 82 - Wayllabamba Camp 11km
    Get your blood pumping on this first day of hiking the Inca trail - the trekking is fairly easy and serves as good training for the next few days. Pass rambling rivers and a small village, and enjoy scenic mountain views - it's just a taste of what's to come. (Lunch,Breakfast,Dinner)

  • DAY 14 Wayllabamba Camp/Paqaymayo Camp

    Start early to climb the long steep path to Warmiwanusca, 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.

    Hike Inca Trail
    Wayllabamba Camp - Paqaymayo Camp 12km
    Trek over progressively spectacular and steeper terrain on your way to Warmiwanusca (aka Dead Woman's Pass), the highest point of the trek at 4,198m (13,769ft). Be prepared to face strong Andean weather (blazing sun or cold winds) around the pass. Take the hike slow, and drink lots of water along the way - amazing views are waiting as a reward. Enjoy some ample time to rest and relax after reaching the camp; most campers arrive around early afternoon. (Dinner,Breakfast,Lunch)

  • DAY 15 Paqaymayo Camp/Winaywayna

    Cross two more passes and ruins along the way. 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 cloud forest on the 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 1.5 hrs further along, near the Winay Wayna ruins (Forever Young) located at 2,650m (8,694 ft).

    Hike Inca Trail
    Paqaymayo Camp - Winaywayna9h 16km
    Cross two passes and more ruins along the Inca Trail on the last full day of hiking. Traverse Runquraway at 3,950m (13,113 ft), and then reach the second pass at 3,700m (12,136 ft). Spot the gorgeous Cordillera Vilcabamba and the Urubamba Valley in the distance on a clear day. Camp at either the Phuyupatamarca ruins or the Winay Wayna ruins. (Breakfast,Dinner,Lunch)

  • DAY 16 Winaywayna/Cusco

    The final day of the hike starts pre-dawn to reach the Sun Gate before sunrise. Wake up around 03:30 and walk to the checkpoint. Catch the first views of the breathtaking ruins of Machu Picchu on a clear day. Hike down to Machu Picchu for a guided tour of the site and free time to explore. Opt to visit the Inca Bridge, if time allows.

    Catch the bus to Aguas Calientes to meet the CEO and any non-hiking members of your group. Eat and relax before your train back to Cusco in the afternoon.

    Hike Inca Trail
    Winaywayna - Machu Picchu 4km
    Wake around 03:30 to reach the Sun Gate before sunrise. Head to the checkpoint and join the lineup to wait for the gate to open. Catch the first views of the breathtaking ruins of Machu Picchu (fingers crossed for a clear day). Hike down to Machu Picchu (about 45 mins) for a 1.5 hr guided tour of the site, and free time to explore. Opt to visit the Inca Bridge (a 15 min walk one way) for no additional charge, if time allows.
    Catch the bus outside the Machu Picchu gate after your visit for a 25 min downhill ride to Aguas Calientes to meet the CEO and any non-hiking members of your group. Eat and relax before the train ride back to Cusco this evening.

    Machu Picchu Guided Tour
    Machu Picchu 1h 30m-2h
    Rise and shine - the best time to see the Lost City of the Incas is in the early morning light. Follow the local guide to Machu Picchu to learn about its history at a leisurely pace. Gain local insight into the Inti Mach'ay cave, Inti Watana, the Temple of the Sun, the Temple of the Water, the Temple of the Condor, and the Room of the Three Windows. Take time to sit and feel the energy of this 15th century site, now both a UNESCO World Heritage Site and voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World (in a worldwide Internet poll).

    Train
    Aguas Calientes - Ollantaytambo1h30m118km
    Climb aboard, take your seat, and enjoy the ride.

    Private Vehicle
    Ollantaytambo - Cusco 2h
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 17 Cusco

    Enjoy a free day to explore Cusco or relax. Opt to go whitewater rafting, horseback riding or mountain biking.


    Free Time
    Cusco Full Day
    Make the most of your time in Cusco.


    Optional Activities
    Horseback Riding

    Cusco
    Hop in the saddle and explore Cusco's archaeological sites by horseback on a 3.5 hr tour - no previous experience needed. Dress for the weather, and bring sunblock and a hat, just in case.


    Whitewater Rafting Urubamba
    Urubamba
    Rise for an early morning pick up and drive to Chuquicahuana for a safety briefing. Enjoy a full day of rafting on the Upper Vilcanota River (about 2.5 hrs on the water). Be thrilled by fast rapids that are a constant Class III and IV for around 11km (9 mi), and don't forget to take in the gorgeous scenery. Rehash all the excitement afterward over a riverside picnic lunch.


    Mountain Biking
    Cusco
    Take to two wheels and head out into the hills around Cusco for some nature-meets-adrenaline fun. Try a trip to the Sacred Valley, perhaps, visiting an Inca ruin along the way. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 18 Cusco/Tambopata

    Fly to Puerto Maldonado and continue by motorized boat to our comfortable and intimate G Lodge Amazon.
    Fly to Puerto Maldonado, deep in the lowlands of the Amazon Jungle.
    After a brief stop in town to store large luggage, drive to the pier and travel by covered motorized boat to the jungle lodge. En route, see birds typical of the river or forest edge. The Tambopata Rainforest Area holds the world record for the most bird sightings in one area.
    Local community members make up the majority of the lodge staff, including multilingual naturalist guides. Here you have the opportunity to learn from them not only about the area's rich flora and fauna, but also about their extensive practical uses for medicinal plants and other forest plant resources, through traditional techniques for building, fishing, and hunting.


    Plane
    Cusco - Puerto Maldonado 45m 320km
    On arrival, take a private vehicle to the lodge's office in Puerto Maldonado town to store large luggage. You will be provided with duffels to bring only what you need into the jungle. From there, travel about 1 hr to reach the boat landing.


    Motorized canoe
    Puerto Maldonado - Tambopata 2h-3h
    Climb in and move swiftly through the water to the next stop.


    Wildlife-spotting Night Walk
    Tambopata
    Get the low down on local flora and fauna, and grab a flashlight to discover what's living around lodge grounds. Receive help from the talented, expert naturalist guide to locate heaps of hidden creatures! Keep an eye out for snakes, tarantulas, owls, and poison dart frogs, just to name a few. (Dinner,Lunch,Breakfast)

  • DAY 19 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.

    Head out early to catch the jungle at its wildest (and coolest). Walk slowly through the forest searching for wildlife before heading out on an oxbow lake by canoe. Search for anaconda, the elusive giant river otter or black caiman. Even if you don't spot these shy creatures, there are plenty of other birds, interesting plants and other animals to discover.

    Jungle Excursions
    Tambopata
    Enjoy visits to oxbow lakes and small clay licks to learn about the jungle and its inhabitants. Be introduced to the area's rich flora and fauna by expert naturalist guides, who can teach extensive uses for medicinal and other forest plant resources through traditional techniques. Be prepared to go early morning or evening to avoid the heat of midday. Enjoy a leisurely pace - the trip requires some walking, but nothing too strenuous.

    Free Time
    Tambopata Afternoon
    Spend time around the lodge or further afield.

    Caiman-Spotting Cruise
    Tambopata Evening
    Head out after dark by motorized canoe to search for caimans on the river banks. Enjoy a lesson on caimans from the expert guide. Take advantage of the keen eyes of the expert naturalist guides - they are truly spectacular at spotting these elusive smaller cousins of alligators hiding on the muddy banks. (Lunch,Breakfast,Dinner)

  • DAY 20 Tambopata/Lima

    Fly back to Lima for an optional final dinner and night out.
    Have a final delicious Amazonian breakfast before heading back towards the airport by motorized boat and van. Fly to Lima and opt for a final night out for dinner or Pisco Sours.


    Motorized canoe
    Tambopata - Puerto Maldonado 3h
    Climb in and move swiftly through the water to the next stop.


    Plane
    Puerto Maldonado - Lima 1h30m-2h
    Take a van from the pier to pick up stored luggage before heading to the Puerto Maldonado airport. Make a brief stop in Cusco en route to Lima. A private vehicle will be waiting to take the group to the Lima hotel. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 21 Lima/Quito

    Fly to Quito. Flight is unescorted and included in the price of the tour.
    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.


    Private Vehicle
    Lima - Jorge Chavez International Airport Morning
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.


    Plane
    Jorge Chavez International Airport - Mariscal Sucre International Airport 2h30m Morning
    Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.


    Private Vehicle
    Mariscal Sucre International Airport - Quito 30m-1h Afternoon
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.


    Optional Welcome Meeting for Travellers on Combos
    Soir
    You may be a seasoned pro at group travel by now, but there will likely be some new travellers joining the group. Sit in on the welcome meeting to meet the newest members of the group and learn about the next leg of your tour. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 22 Quito/Puerto Ayora

    Transfer early to the airport for the flight to the Galapagos Islands. Upon arrival meet the naturalist guide, who will assist with the transfer to the Xavier, which is moored in Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island. Visit a tortoise ranch in the Santa Cruz highlands and get up close and personal with these ancient creatures.

    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.

    Private Vehicle
    Quito - Mariscal Sucre International Airport1hMatin
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Plane
    Mariscal Sucre International Airport - Seymour Airport 2h
    Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.

    Local bus
    Baltra Ferry Terminal - Seymour Airport
    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

    Private Vehicle
    Baltra Ferry Terminal - Puerto Ayora
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Highlands Giant Tortoises Visit
    Santa Cruz
    Head to Santa Cruz's verdant highlands and the El Chato Reserve, a perfect place to see giant tortoises in their natural environment. Explore the reserve's lagoon and lava tunnels, keeping an eye out for owls that often roost in the tunnels' entrances.

    Xavier III
    Puerto Ayora - Chinese Hat
    When it comes to our stellar fleet of Galapagos vessels, the Xavier III is made for both great value and great service. Imagine the luxury of local and international cuisine, daily excursions to explore the islands, and picturesque views of the Galapagos from the top deck - all this with an unbelievable price to boot. Get on board! (Lunch,Breakfast,Dinner)

  • DAY 23 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 Galapagos 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.

    Chinese Hat Visit
    Chinese Hat 1-2km
    Explore Chinese Hat's beautiful landscape and spectacular white-coral sand beach followed by snorkelling with sea lions and penguins and swimming opportunities in the cove.

    Snorkelling (Chinese Hat)
    Chinese Hat
    Snorkel right from the white-coral sand beach and come face to face with playful sea lions and large schools of tropical fish. Keep an eye out for marine iguanas and penguins too!

    Black Turtle Cove Excursion
    Black Turtle Cove
    Explore the mangroves by panga to find rich marine wildlife between the fresh and salt waters. Keep any eye out for manta rays and sea turtles in this tranquil ecosystem. White-tip reef sharks can also be seen gliding by.

    Xavier III
    Black Turtle Cove - Cerro Dragon
    When it comes to our stellar fleet of Galapagos vessels, the Xavier III is made for both great value and great service. Imagine the luxury of local and international cuisine, daily excursions to explore the islands, and picturesque views of the Galapagos from the top deck - all this with an unbelievable price to boot. Get on board! (Breakfast,Dinner,Lunch)

  • DAY 24 Cerro Dragon/Islas Daphne

    Visit Cerro Dragon 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.

    Cerro Dragon Visit
    Cerro DragonMatin 1-2km
    Visit Cerro Dragon (Dragon Hill) for some prime birdwatching. Take a short walk from the beach to a hypersalinic (saltier than the ocean) lagoon frequented by pink flamingos, common stilts, pintail ducks, and other species of birds. Pass through a Scalesia tree forest; endemic to the area, there are only 400 specimens of Scalesia trees left in the world.

    Daphne Island Visit
    Islas DaphneApres-midi
    Visit Daphne, a tiny conical island, home to nesting blue-footed boobies, frigatebirds, Darwin's finches, and other wonderful wildlife. Dr. Peter Grant conducted a long-term study of Darwin's finches on the island, which is why you can see the finches are banded.
    Explore the island on foot for some great birdwatching opportunities and to discover its interesting flora and geology (the island is composed of a volcanic tuff).

    Xavier III
    Islas Daphne - Islas Plaza
    When it comes to our stellar fleet of Galapagos vessels, the Xavier III is made for both great value and great service. Imagine the luxury of local and international cuisine, daily excursions to explore the islands, and picturesque views of the Galapagos from the top deck - all this with an unbelievable price to boot. Get on board! (Dinner,Lunch,Breakfast)

  • DAY 25 Islas Plaza/Isla Santa Fe

    Land at South Plaza in the morning for wildlife spotting opportunities. Afternoon visit to Santa Fe Island for guided walks to observe the wildlife and plentiful marine iguanas. Opportunities for swimming and snorkelling with the sea lions.

    South Plaza Island Visit
    South Plaza
    Visit South Plaza, one of the smallest islands in the Galapagos, which has one of the largest populations of land iguanas. Walk along a path through a cactus forest and view a combination of dry and coastal vegetation on this lively island, home to a wide range of fauna, including incredible birdlife. Spot red-billed tropicbirds and indigenous swallow-tailed gulls resting on the cliffs, and sea lions playing in the waters.

    Santa Fe Island Visit
    Isla Santa Fe
    Visit Santa Fe for amazing wildlife watching opportunities. Hike towards the cliffs along the island's northern shore to view the forest of giant prickly pear cactus (Opuntia), which is home to endemic land iguanas. It is also one of the best locations to see sea turtles, swim with sea lions, and get a glimpse of the Galapagos white-tipped shark.

    Xavier III
    Isla Santa Fe - Puerto Baquerizo Moreno
    When it comes to our stellar fleet of Galapagos vessels, the Xavier III is made for both great value and great service. Imagine the luxury of local and international cuisine, daily excursions to explore the islands, and picturesque views of the Galapagos from the top deck - all this with an unbelievable price to boot. Get on board!

    Optional Activities
    Snorkelling

    Isla Santa Fe
    Enjoy some amazing snorkelling right off the beach in Santa Fe. Swim with playful sea lions, and search for sea turtles, rays, and reef sharks while getting great views of large schools of brightly coloured tropical fish.
     (Lunch,Breakfast,Dinner)

  • DAY 26 Puerto Baquerizo Moreno/Quito

    Visit the Interpretation Centre on San Cristobal Island before flying back to Quito.

    Transfer to the group hotel upon arrival, and enjoy one last night on the town.

    Plane
    San Cristobal Airport - Mariscal Sucre International Airport 3h
    Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.

    Private Vehicle
    Mariscal Sucre International Airport - Quito
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Optional Activities
    Snorkelling

    Isla Santa Fe
    Enjoy some amazing snorkelling right off the beach in Santa Fe. Swim with playful sea lions, and search for sea turtles, rays, and reef sharks while getting great views of large schools of brightly coloured tropical fish. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 27 Depart Quito

    Depart at any time.


    Departure Day
    Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure. (Breakfast)

  • Meal basis

    As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals

  • TRIP DETAILS

    If you have booked this trip or are curious about all of the details, you can download this trip's information as a PDF.

    Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

  1. We recommend you to have a meal budget of USD 240-320 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.

  2. This programme is operated on a Coach tour. Maximum Group size is 16 passengers, at an average there are 12 passengers travelling on this tour.

  3. Itinerary descriptions are guaranteed with the exception of unforeseen conditions which include, but are not limited to, road closures due to weather, acts of God, safety concerns, changes to highway legal restrictions, and acts by third parties beyond the control of Service Provider.

  4. There is no refund for any non-utilization of any services.

  5. All holiday prices are subject to Govt. Service Tax of 5% payable to Govt of India.

  6. At this point of time no services are confirmed and the same is subject to availability.

  7. Request for an early hotel check in or late checkout is at the discretion of the accommodation unless pre-booked and pre-paid in advance.

  8. All payment to be made strictly by cheque / Demand Draft / Direct bank transfer in favour of 'COX AND KINGS LIMITED'.

  9. COMBO TRIP

    Please note that this tour is a combination of two G Adventure trips and the different sections of your trip will be led by different CEOs, one in Ecuador and one in Peru.


  10. RULES IN MACHU PICCHU/INCA TRAIL

    The rules and regulations controlling the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu are continually changing. Before embarking on your adventure to Peru it is very important that you familiarize yourself with the Inca Trail booking policies and guidelines as described in a document available on our website, at the following URL address: http://www.gadventures.com/inca-advisory.php


  11. DON'T WANT TO HIKE THE INCA TRAIL?

    Please advise at time of booking if you do not wish to hike the Inca Trail. Instead, you will have 2 nights in Cusco, travel by train for a night in Aguas Calientes, and join the hikers for the tour of Machu Picchu.


  12. INCA TRAIL CLOSURES

    Portions of the Inca Trail will be closed for general maintenance during the month of February each year. Also, closures may occur at various times throughout the year due to inclement weather or other conditions beyond our control. During these periods, any tour affected will hike the Lares Trek.


  13. CONFIRM THESE DETAILS WITH US

    Once you have confirmed your booking please give us your international flight details and advise us if you have any important issues such as allergies, special diets, etc.


  14. GALAPAGOS ISLAND PARK ENTRY FEE

    The Ecuadorian government currently levies a Galapagos Islands Park entry fee of $100 USD per person. This is payable at the airport upon arrival in the park. It is not included in the cost of the tour, and must be paid in CASH. This fee funds Park maintenance and supervision in 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.


  15. TRANSIT CONTROL CARDS

    The Galapagos National Park authorities have implemented a system of Transit Control Cards at a fee of $20 USD per person. This card is to be purchased in CASH at a counter in the Quito airport before boarding the flight to the Galapagos. Please retain this card along with your passport as you will be required to present this upon arrival to the Galapagos Islands. Please note that this applies to all tourists entering the Galapagos Islands and is a supplement to the existing entry fee to the National Park and is not controlled by tour operators or travel agencies. It is the first of a number of initiatives to track, control and maintain the sustainable tourism targets set out by the Galapagos National Park and the Ecuadorian government in an attempt to preserve the fragile environment of the archipelago.


  16. YACHT CABINS

    Please note that the rooming on our Galapagos yachts is done on a first-come, first-serve basis, and we are not able to guarantee the specific cabin you will receive on board. The cabins are comfortable and clean, all with private bathrooms. Due to the specific location of the cabins on board, the window sizes vary as well as the noise at times when the boat is navigating, given the proximity of the cabin to the engine room. Our friendly and competent crew will ensure the smooth and comfortable journey for the duration of your tour.

     


  17. In our continued effort to support the rights of the porters on the Inca Trail, we would like ensure that they never exceed the weight limit for their packs as set out by the Peruvian authorities. Porters are allowed to carry no more than 6kg of personal belongings per hiker (for all other Peru treks the limit is 8kg). That means that including your sleeping bag, toiletries, clothing, etc, you are allowed a total weight of 6kg for the hike which will be carried in a duffle bag provided by our local office. Any additional weight must then be carried by you in your day pack. To help achieve this goal we recommend that you carry travel sized toiletries, that you bring sport sandals that can be worn with socks (which are lighter than running/walking shoes) and that you limit electronics to those that you are willing to carry. Any additional baggage can be left in Cusco, but is advised that you bring anything of value (eg. money, passport, credit cards, camera, etc) with you on the trek.

  18. If at the end of your trek you felt your trekking guide and support team did an outstanding job, tipping is appreciated. The amount is entirely a personal preference, however as a guideline, we suggest each hiker contributes the following to a collective pool. We suggest a tipping amount of $40 per person for the Inca Trail and $35 per person for the Lares Trek.

  19. All travellers are required to pay the tax on domestic flights in Peru. Foreign travellers are exempt form this, and proving you are indeed a foreign traveller can be done by providing us with your international ticket number (ITN). Travellers who do not submit international ticket numbers at least 30 days prior to Day 1 of their tour will be required to pay the domestic tax on all included flights.


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