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AMAZON TO THE ANDES & GALAPAGOS SOUTH & CENTRAL ISLANDS - 2 (LARES TREK)

21 Days, Lima to Quito
AMAZON TO THE ANDES & GALAPAGOS SOUTH & CENTRAL ISLANDS - 2 (LARES TREK)

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Experience the iconic highlights of South America in one incredible adventure. Hike the Inca Trail to the Lost City of Machu Picchu, explore the steamy Amazon from the co 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).
  • 20 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 11 dinners.
  • 20 nights accommodation ((Hotels/guest houses (9 nts), camping (2 nts), G Lodge Amazon (2 nts), motorized yacht (7 nts, twin-share cabin)).
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  • Internal flights.
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities (Public bus, plane, train, boat, canoe, hiking, motorized yacht, Zodiac).
  • Sacred Valley and Ollantaytambo ruins guided tour with visit to a G Adventures-supported weaving project and lunch at the G Adventures-supported Sacred Valley Community Restaurant in Huchuy Qosco, an indigenous village (full-day).
  • Inca Trail guided hike with cook and porters (4-day
  • G Adventures-supported handmade biodegradable soap products for use on the Inca Trail.
  • Machu Picchu guided tour.
  • All landings, excursions, and transportation.
  • Snorkelling equipment.
  • Wetsuits while aboard the Galapagos yacht.
  • Visit to a wildlife interpretation centre.
  • Local naturalist guide (certified by the Galapagos National Park Service) while in the islands, G Adventures representatives in Lima and Cusco, Expert jungle guide in Amazon.
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 250-325 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.


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Itinerary
Day 1 Arrive Lima
Day 2 Lima/Cusco
Day 3 Cusco/Ollantaytambo
Day 4 Ollantaytambo/Cuncani
Day 5 Cuncani/Kuyoc
Day 6 Kuyoc/Aguas Calientes
Day 7 Aguas Calientes/Cusco
Day 8 Cusco
Day 9 Cusco/Tambopata
Day 10 Tambopata
Day 11 Tambopata/Lima
Day 12 Lima/Quito
Day 13 Quito/Puerto Baquerizo Moreno
Day 14 North Seymour/Mosquera Island
Day 15 Isla Santiago/Isla Bartolome
Day 16 Puerto Ayora
Day 17 Isla Rabida/Bachas Beach
Day 18 Floreana Island
Day 19 Punta Suarez/Bahia Gardner
Day 20 Puerto Baquerizo Moreno/Quito
Day 21 Depart Quito
Departures
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  • Start
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  • Tue, 23 Jan '18
  • Mon, 12 Feb '18
  • Tue, 06 Mar '18
  • Mon, 26 Mar '18
  • Tue, 20 Mar '18
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  • Tue, 17 Apr '18
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  • Mon, 27 Aug '18
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  • Mon, 10 Sep '18
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  • Mon, 19 Nov '18
  • Tue, 13 Nov '18
  • Mon, 03 Dec '18
  • Tue, 27 Nov '18
  • Mon, 17 Dec '18
  • Tue, 11 Dec '18
  • Mon, 31 Dec '18
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
  • Cusco
  • Ollantaytambo
  • Cuncani Camp
  • Kuyoc
  • Aguas Calientes
  • Tambopata
  • Quito
  • On Board Yacht
  • DAY 1 Arrive Lima

    Arrive at any time.

    Arrive in Lima at any time. There are no planned activities so check into the hotel and enjoy the city. There is a welcome meeting in the evening.

    Please note: 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 the 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 the hotel around 13:00.

    Also 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
    1hr 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 tour. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 2 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.

    Plane
    Lima - Cusco 1h-1h 30m
    Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.

    Free Time
    Cusco Full Day
    Spend the day exploring.

    Optional Activities
    Cusco City Tour

    Cusco
    Enjoy a half-day tour of Cusco's main sights. Walk around the Plaza de Armas (main square) and explore this city steeped in one of the world's most alluring and ancient cultures. Visit Qenqo, Koricancha, the Cathedral, Puca Pucara, Tambomachay, and the archaeological site of Sacsaywaman.

    Cusco Cathedral Visit
    Cusco
    Enjoy a visit to this beautiful cathedral - its construction began in 1559 and continued for another hundred years. Be sure to check out its excellent collection of colonial art, and the vault containing the remains of the famous Inca historian, Garcilaso de la Vega. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 3 Cusco/Ollantaytambo

    Enjoy a full-day guided tour of the Sacred Valley. 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 exploring the Ollantaytambo ruins with a local guide.

    Travel through the stunning Sacred Valley of the Incas, visiting a G Adventures-supported women's weaving co-op. Meet the women and learn about traditional weaving and dyeing. Opt to pick up some handmade souvenirs and textiles directly from the women who made them.

    Take a guided tour of the impressive Pisac ruins, the colourful artisan market (on market days only), and the small indigenous village of Huchuy Qosco. Have lunch at the G Adventures-supported Parwa community restaurant. Learn about the G Adventures for Good project and eat a delicious buffet-style lunch. Proceeds of this meal go directly back to the remote community.

    Continue on to the town of Ollantaytambo. Take a guided tour of the large ruin site adjacent to the town. Ollantaytambo 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 - the elevation descends the whole way.

    Ccaccaccollo Community and Planeterra-Sponsored Women's Weaving Co-op visit
    Calca 1h
    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 Ruins Guided Tour
    Ollantaytambo 1h
    Tour 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 4 Ollantaytambo/Cuncani

    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.

    The locations and distances may change on this hike, as camping will be done in different places depending on pace, ability, and weather. The first night will always be spent at the G Adventures-supported, community-owned and managed campsite in an indigenous village previously bypassed by the tourism industry. In most cases, the CEO will hike the Lares Trek with the group.

    Private Vehicle
    Ollantaytambo - Lares 3h-3h 30m
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Lares Trek (Lares-Cuncani)
    Lares - Cuncani 4h 30m 9km
    Start early and drive (3 hrs) to Lares town where the hike will start with a leisurely pace through the valley of Cuncani. Hike 4km (2.5 mi) to Chancachaca then stop for lunch. Be sure to rest and rehydrate because the altitude here is around 3480m (11,417 ft).

    Continue trekking along rocky mountain paths 4.7km (3 mi) to the isolated village of Cuncani. Camp here for the night at 3872m (12,703 ft). This community run campsite is supported by the IDB/MIF and Planeterra Foundation. (Dinner,Breakfast,Lunch)

  • DAY 5 Cuncani/Kuyoc

    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.

    Lares Trek (Cuncani - Kuyoc)
    Cuncani - Kuyoc 9h 17km
    Hike from the foothills of Sicllaccasa Mountain 12.2km (7.6 mi) to its high pass at 4750m (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.

    Hike downhill another 2.2km (1.3 mi) to QuencaPata, for lunch and to take in the amazing view.

    Continue hiking downhill another 2.6km (1.6 mi) to our second campsite near a stream. Sleep tonight at about 4,114m (13,497 ft) elevation. (Dinner,Lunch,Breakfast)

  • DAY 6 Kuyoc/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.

    Lares Trek (Kuyoc - Punta Carretera)
    Kuyoc - Punta Carretera 3h 30m 10-11km
    Follow the trail to see typical Andean flora and fauna, llamas and alpacas. Descend through the valley of Pumahuanca and meet friendly local Quechua people and explore some Inca storehouses along the way. Trek 3-4 hrs to reach the town of Pumahuanca. Enjoy lunch then hop a van to Ollantaytambo. Continue by train to Aguas Calientes.

    Private Vehicle
    Punta Carretera - Ollantaytambo 30m
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Train
    Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes 1h 30m
    Climb aboard, take your seat, and enjoy the ride. (Lunch,Breakfast)

  • DAY 7 Aguas Calientes/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.

    Local bus
    Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu 30m
    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

    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).

    Local bus
    Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes 30m
    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

    Train
    Aguas Calientes - Ollantaytambo 1h 30m
    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 vehicle.

    Optional Activities
    Inca Bridge Visit

    Machu Picchu
    Use any leftover energy from your Machu Picchu hike to visit the Inca Bridge site nearby (thought by some to be a secret back entrance to Machu Picchu). Trek up to the bridge that's cleaving to a 579m (1,900 ft) cliff, and soak in amazing views of cloud forest along the way. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 8 Cusco

    Continue to explore Cusco on a free day in the city.

    Free Time
    Cusco Full Day
    Make the most of this colonial city. Free time is yours to spend any way you want.

    Optional Activities
    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.

    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.

    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 9 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, spot bird species typical of the river and 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 lodge staff, including multilingual naturalist guides. Take the opportunity to learn about the area's rich flora and fauna and locals' extensive use of medicinal plants and other forest plant resources through traditional techniques for building, fishing, and hunting.

    The lodge itself combines native architectural style and materials with low-impact, eco-friendly technology. Rooms are simple but comfortable, with mosquito netting for individual beds, flush toilets, showers (with solar-heated hot water), and candles for lighting (no electricity).

    Plane
    Cusco - Puerto Maldonado 1h 320km
    On arrival, head by private vehicle to the lodge's office in Puerto Maldonado to store large luggage. Use one of the provided duffels to bring just what you need into the jungle. From there, travel about 1 hr to reach the boat landing.

    Motorized canoe
    Puerto Maldonado - Tambopata 2h 30m-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. (Breakfast,Dinner,Lunch)

  • DAY 10 Tambopata

    Enjoy guided excursions led 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 on 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 about.

    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.

    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.

    Free Time
    Tambopata Afternoon
    Spend time around the lodge or go further afield. Free time can be used to explore any way you want. (Lunch,Dinner,Breakfast)

  • DAY 11 Tambopata/Lima

    Fly back to Lima for an optional final dinner and night out.

    Enjoy a delicious Amazonian breakfast before heading back to 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 1h 30m-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 12 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 2h 30mMorning
    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
    Evening
    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 13 Quito/Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

    Fly to San Cristobal Island. Meet the guide and transfer to the boat. Visit Isla Lobos in the afternoon.

    In the afternoon, transfer to the boat. Continue to Lobos Island and be welcomed by frolicking sea lions. While snorkelling in the calm clear waters, keep an eye out for a chance to see swimming sea lions underwater.

    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 onto the boat in time for lunch on Day 2 before the afternoon activity.

    Please note: The National Park charges a visitor fee of USD100, payable on arrival, which funds park maintenance and supervision in the 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.

    Private Vehicle
    Quito - Mariscal Sucre International Airport 30m-1h
    Early morning transfer to the airport to catch the flight to the Galapagos.

    Plane
    Mariscal Sucre International Airport - San Cristobal Airport 2h 30m
    Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.

    Xavier III
    Puerto Baquerizo Moreno - Isla Lobos
    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!

    Isla Lobos Visit
    Isla Lobos
    Explore this tiny island by foot and boat for some great wildlife encounters. Take a panga ride to view the sea and shore birds nesting and feeding. Walk around the island to spot a small colony of blue-footed boobies as well as two species of sea lions.

    Isla Lobos Snorkelling Trip
    Isla Lobos
    Snorkel right off the beach at peaceful Isla Lobos, amid the families of sea lions and their inquisitive pups looking to play. Spot nesting frigatebirds and the famous blue-footed boobies resting on the shore. Be sure to bring your camera to catch some snaps at this prime wildlife watching haven.

    Xavier III
    Isla Lobos - North Seymour
    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 14 North Seymour/Mosquera Island

    Explore two tiny islands that are big on wildlife. North Seymour offers great views of nesting seabirds, including frigatebirds and Mosquera is home to large colonies of sea lions.

    North Seymour Island Visit
    North Seymour
    Have an amazing wildlife experience visiting North Seymour Island - this island is teeming with life! Follow trails to see all the action (you may need to give way to a passing sea lion or marine iguana while walking). See blue-footed booby nests where mating pairs perform their courtship dance. Head to a rocky shore to see flocks of pelicans having lunch in a dive bomb feeding frenzy, then turn inland to a large nesting site of magnificent frigatebirds. These huge, dark acrobats have two-metre (6.5 ft) wingspans, and males, with their puffed-up scarlet throat sacks, sit precariously perched in low bushes to watch over their equally large chicks. Top off the excursion with a snorkel among sea lions and rays.

    Snorkelling (North Seymour Island)
    Take your time exploring the underwater world along North Seymour's white sandy beach. Be greeted by large schools of tropical fish and sea lions, and keep an eye out for sea turtles and reef sharks.

    Xavier III
    North Seymour - Mosquera Island
    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!

    Mosquera Island Excursion
    Mosquera Island
    Wander along the beach and keep a look out for wildlife on land, in the air, and at sea. Relax on the sand or search for aquatic life in the tidal pools that dot the coastline.

    Xavier III
    Mosquera Island - Isla Santiago
    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,Dinner,Breakfast)

  • DAY 15 Isla Santiago/Isla Bartolome

    Visit Sullivan Bay on Santiago Island to witness the giant lava formations contrasting the white-coral sand beach. Continue to Bartolome Island for a guided tour to see the dramatic volcanic features before hiking to a panoramic viewpoint.

    Sullivan Bay Visit
    Sullivan Bay
    Visit Sullivan Bay on Santiago Island to see one of its star natural attractions - striking and fascinating giant lava formations. Very few plants have managed to survive on this island due to its harsh environment and relatively new lava flow. Enjoy a walk along the lava formations before coming to a white-coral sand beach, where abundant Sally Lightfoot crabs and sea lions gather on shore.

    Snorkelling (Sullivan Bay)
    Sullivan Bay
    Enjoy a cool dip after exploring Sullivan Bay on foot. Grab a snorkel and discover many species of fish and other marine life in the shallow waters. Keep an eye out for turtles, rays, and large schools of fish!

    Xavier III
    Isla Santiago - Isla Bartolome
    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!

    Bartolome Island Landing
    Isla Bartolome
    Hike to Bartolome's summit for a stronger perspective of the islands' not-too-distant volcanic origins, and enjoy a panoramic view - it's one of the best among the islands! See other Galapagos Islands in the distance as well as Pinnacle Rock, the island's famous towering landmark. Spot Galapagos penguins - the only species of penguin found north of the Equator - walking precariously along narrow volcanic ledges at the base.

    Bartolome Island Snorkelling
    Isla Bartolome
    Take the opportunity to swim and snorkel around Pinnacle Rock, one of the most iconic volcanic rock formations on the islands. Home to Galapagos penguins, friendly sea lions, sea turtles, and a huge variety of fish, Bartolome and its surrounding waters are a fantastic place to explore the natural wonders of the Galapagos.

    Xavier III
    Isla Bartolome - Puerto Ayora
    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,Lunch,Dinner)

  • DAY 16 Puerto Ayora

    Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to see the giant Galapagos tortoises and go on an excursion to the Santa Cruz Highlands. Free time for shopping or exploration of Puerto Ayora.

    In the morning, arrive in Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island. Santa Cruz is the second biggest island in the Galapagos, and has the largest population. Puerto Ayora is its main town. In the afternoon, there may be the opportunity to visit the highlands and see giant land tortoises in the wild.

    Charles Darwin Research Station Visit
    Puerto Ayora 1h-2h
    Please note: The Charles Darwin Research Station has partially closed until March 2016. For groups effected they will instead visit the highlands and get to see the tortoises in the wild.

    Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station, a science organization initiated in 1964, which works to preserve the Galapagos' ecosystem through the conservation efforts of scientists, researchers, and volunteers. It also provides a study location for international scientists and training for naturalist guides. Tour the exhibition centre to see photo displays of recent volcanic eruptions, charts outlining geological formations, and drawings of the evolutionary development of endemic species.

    The station is also a great place to observe many species of tortoises and land iguanas in captivity, brought back from the brink of extinction. See the famous Galapagos tortoise up close - a corral houses adult tortoises, and a nursery cares for the young until around age three when their shells have hardened.

    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 - Isla Rabida
    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!!

    Free Time
    Puerto Ayora
    The tiny town of Puerto Ayora offers some unique shopping opportunities and a fish market to checkout. (Breakfast,Dinner,Lunch)

  • DAY 17 Isla Rabida/Bachas Beach

    Land at Rabida Island for a visit to a saltwater lagoon and sea lion colony. Afternoon excursion to Bachas Beach for walks to observe the bird and wildlife as well as free time for swimming and snorkelling.

    In the morning, go on an excursion to Rabida Island, and land on a red sand beach.

    Afternoon excursion to Bachas Beach to see the sea lions and plentiful bird life.

    Rabida Island Excursion
    Isla Rabida
    Arrive at a red sand beach at Rabida to explore its trails. A short trail leads to a saltwater lagoon; another trail goes past the lagoon to the interior, where the revered palo santo trees grow. (When burned, the branches of this tree give off a pleasing aroma and ward off mosquitoes.) Head back to the beach to see prehistoric-looking pelicans nesting among low-lying bushes - it's a rare treat to watch parent pelicans return with gullets full of fish for the squawking youngsters.

    Xavier III
    Isla Rabida - Bachas Beach
    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!

    Bachas Beach Landing
    Bachas Beach 2h-3h
    Head to Bachas Beach where the sand is made of decomposed coral, making it soft and white and a favourite site for nesting sea turtles. Spot abundant Sally Lightfoot crabs on the lava rocks along the water's edge -- these crabs will eat anything they can get their claws on! Trek to see a wide range of wildlife, including flamingos, hermit crabs, black necked stilts, and sea lions.

    Xavier III
    Bachas Beach - Floreana Island
    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,Breakfast,Lunch)

  • DAY 18 Floreana Island

    Land at Punta Cormorant on Floreana Island. Guided walks to observe the bird and wildlife and learn about the natural history. Visit Post Office Bay in the afternoon. Snorkelling excursion at the Corona del Diablo.

    Morning visit to Punta Cormorant on the northern part of Floreana. This is a perfect spot to go snorkelling from the boat, as the waters are home to a multitude of colourful fish and sea lions. Please be sure you are a comfortable swimmer. Despite the protection from the open sea provided by the "crown," the water here can be rough and the currents are strong.

    In the afternoon, visit Post Office Bay, which has an older and less mysterious history. A short hike up past the post barrel takes you to an interesting lava cave.

    Punta Cormorant Visit
    Floreana Island
    Visit Punta Cormorant, the only landing site on Floreana Island, and discover two amazingly different beaches: one with green sand, coloured by olivine crystals, and another with white sand particles known as 'Flour Beach'. Spend the afternoon observing flamingos and other shore birds feeding in the lagoon. Spot penguins and marine iguanas at the water's edge, and explore the lava tubes with the Galapagos CEO.

    Post Office Bay Visit
    Floreana Island
    Visit Post Office Bay and learn about its unique history. In the late 18th century, English whaling vessels placed a barrel here to be used as a post office. Today, the box is used mainly by tourists, who may drop off and pick up unstamped letters to be carried to far destinations. Continue the tradition - leave a letter and take one to deliver (be sure it makes it to the correct location)!

    Corona del Diablo Snorkelling
    Punta Cormorant 45m-1h
    Enjoy an amazing snorkeling experience at the 'Devil's Crown', an old underwater volcanic cone just north of the Punta Cormorant. Spot large schools of tropical fish, rays, reef sharks, and sea turtles that make their home among the coral reef. Be sure you're a strong swimmer; the currents can be intense.

    Xavier III
    Floreana Island - Isla Espanola
    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 19 Punta Suarez/Bahia Gardner

    Visit Punta Suarez and Gardner Bay on Espanola Island. Enjoy guided walks to observe wildlife and free time for swimming or snorkelling.

    Punta Suarez Excursion
    Punta Suarez
    Head to Punta Suarez on Espanola Island, the southernmost island in the Galapagos archipelago and home to several wildlife species. Hike to the top of the cliff for spectacular photo opportunities, and explore the island's untamed natural beauty.

    Gardner Bay Visit
    Bahia Gardner
    Visit Gardner Bay's magnificent white sandy beach, home to sea lions and sea birds. Be sure to explore the beautiful turquoise water and its incredible sea life. Spot young sea lions and large schools of surprisingly big tropical fish, including yellow-tailed surgeonfish, king angelfish, and bump-head parrot fish.

    Xavier III
    Bahia Gardner - San Cristobal Island
    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 20 Puerto Baquerizo Moreno/Quito

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

    Reach San Cristobal in the morning. Disembark after breakfast then visit the Interpretation Centre, and transfer to the airport for the flight to Quito. Transfer to the group hotel upon arrival, and enjoy one last night on the town.

    San Cristobal Interpretation Center Visit
    San Cristobal Island
    Pay a visit to the Interpretation Centre to learn everything you wanted to know about the Galapagos from the islands' natural history to their ecosystems and flora and fauna.

    Plane
    San Cristobal Island - Quito 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. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 21 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

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    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 250-325 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.


  2. Important Notes

    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. G Adventures requires your passport number, full name and date of birth at the time of booking. Please make sure you give this information to your travel agent.

  10. 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. 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. 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. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. Please note that this trip is a combination of multiple G Adventures tours. As such, the staff and/or particular vehicles operating your tour may change between tour segments. You may also expect some group members to join or leave the tour, between tour segments.

  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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