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27 Day Absolute Peru & Galápagos Central Islands (Inca Trail)

G Adventures Small Group Tour starting in Lima and finishing in Quito

Book online and enjoy exclusive savings on G Adventures's 27 Day Absolute Peru & Galápagos Central Islands (Inca Trail). Explore Peru's southern coast, its Incan Highlands and the Galápagos Islands. From the soaring heights of the Inca Trail to the steamy jungle stay at the exclusive G Lodge Amazon, this epic journey i...read more

Overview

Operator: G Adventures
Type: Small Group Tour (Affordable)
Style: Classic
Max Group Size: 16
Duration: 27 Days
From: Lima to Quito
Tour Code: SPH07MB
Reviews: Not Yet Reviewed
Visits: Ecuador, Peru, Galapagos Islands
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Day By Day

1

Lima

Arrive at any time. Stay: Lima Wasi Hotel
2

Lima - 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 café 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. Stay: Hotel Refugio del Pirata (B)
3

Paracas - Nazca

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. Stay: Casa Andina Standard Nazca
4

Nazca - Arequipa

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.
5

Arequipa

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 “Picanterías” 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. Stay: Hostal Solar
6

Arequipa - Colca Canyon

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. Stay: Casa de Lucila (B)
7

Colca Canyon - Puno

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 its Islands are stunning. Stay: Hotel Pukara
8

Puno - Lago Titicaca

Head out by boat across Lake Titicaca. Visit the community on the Taquile Islands and stop at a local restaurant to enjoy a 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. Stay: Amantani Homestay (B/D)
9

Lago Titicaca - Puno

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. Stay: Hotel Pukara (B/L)
10

Puno - 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. Stay: Cusco Plaza II (B)
11

Cusco

Opt to go mountain biking, whitewater rafting, or relax in a café. Stay: Cusco Plaza II (B)
12

Cusco - Ollantaytambo

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. 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. Stay: Ollantaytambo Lodge (B/L)
13

Inca Trail

Trek through beautiful scenery, with a variety of flora that changes with the seasons, passing several smaller ruin sites like Llactapata. (B/L/D)
14

Inca Trail

Start early to climb the long steep path to Warmiwañusca, better known as Dead Woman’s Pass. This is the highest point of the trek at 4,198m (13,769 ft). Most hikers reach camp by early afternoon, with ample time to rest and relax. (B/L/D)
15

Inca Trail

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 another 1.5 hrs to the Wiñay Wayna ruins ("forever young") located at 2,650m (8,694 ft). (B/L/D)
16

Machu Picchu - Cusco

The final day of the hike starts pre-dawn to reach the Sun Gate before sunrise. Catch the first views of the breathtaking ruins of Machu Picchu on a clear day. Hike down to Machu Picchu for a guided tour of the site and free time to explore until noon as permitted by the tourist ticket. Opt to visit the Inca Bridge, if time allows. Catch the bus to Aguas Calientes to meet any non-hiking members of your group. Eat and relax before your train back to Cusco in the afternoon. Stay: Cusco Plaza II (B)
17

Cusco

Enjoy a free day to explore Cusco or relax. Opt to go whitewater rafting, mountain biking or get a massage. Stay: Cusco Plaza II (B)
18

Cusco - Tambopata

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. Stay: Tambopata G Lodge (B/L/D)
19

Tambopata

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. Stay: Tambopata G Lodge (B/L/D)
20

Tambopata - Lima

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. Stay: Lima Wasi Hotel (B)
21

Lima - Quito

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. Stay: Hotel Hilton Colon (B)
22

Quito - Puerto Ayora

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. (B/L/D)
23

Chinese Hat - Black Turtle Cove

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. (B/L/D)
24

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. (B/L/D)
25

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. (B/L/D)
26

San Cristóbal Island - Quito

Transfer to the group hotel upon arrival, and enjoy one last night on the town. Stay: Hotel Hilton Colon (B)
27

Quito

Depart at any time. (B)

Trip Inclusions

Highlights

  • Cruise the Galápagos for four nights aboard the Xavier III.
  • Snorkel with sea lions.
  • Spot rare birds in secluded lagoons.
  • Find land iguanas feeding in the cactus forests on South Plaza Island.
  • Witness Lake Titicaca and opt to fly over the Nazca Lines.
  • Trek the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
  • Encounter wildlife in the Amazon Jungle.

What's Included

  • 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 Hands-On: Huacachina Winery Visit, Huacachina Local Living: Lake Titicaca Homestay, Lago Titicaca
  • Cruise the Galápagos Islands aboard the Xavier (4 nts)
  • Incredible wildlife encounters
  • Daily opportunities for swimming and snorkelling
  • Snorkelling equipment and wetsuits in the Galápagos
  • Guided tour of Nazca desert cemetery and potter's studio
  • Guided tour of Colca Canyon (2 nts)
  • Guided tour of Taquile and Uros Islands on Lake Titicaca
  • Sacred Valley and Ollantaytambo ruins guided tour
  • Inca Trail hike with local guide, cook, and porters (4-days)
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu
  • Excursion to G Adventures' exclusive Amazon lodge (3-days)
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

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)
  • Please note that hot water shortages and power outages can be fairly common in Latin America (even in upgraded hotels and private homes). We appreciate your patience and understanding that these occurrences are outside of our control.

Group Leader

  • Galápagos National Park Service guide while in the islands, Chief Experience Officer (CEO) from Lima onwards, local guides

Meals Included

  • 22 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 10 dinners

Transport

  • Plane, motorized yacht, private van, train, public bus, boat, canoe, Zodiac, taxi

Operator Details

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Types: Small Group Tours, 18-39's Tours, Safaris & Expeditions
Max Group Size(s): 16 (Avg 10)
Budget: Affordable
Destinations: Africa, Antarctica, Asia, Australia, Canada & Alaska, Europe & UK, New Zealand, South & Central America, USA
2018 SEASON
Jan 2018 - Dec 2018

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