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Great Galapagos & Inca Trail - Machu Picchu - Quito to Cusco

Price per Person
4990 USD
Service Level
Comfort / 4 stars Htl. & Camping
Travel Style
Andean Empire
Activity Level
Level 4 SNORKELING2 LAVA TUNNELS
Group Size
Max 16 - Avg. 12
Minimum Age
12 years old
Start / Finish
Quito, Ecuador - Cusco, Peru
Season
Year Round
Activities
Wildlife Trekking Hiking Snorkeling Swimming Cultural FreeDay
Discover the wonders of three of the best Galapagos Islands with an entertaining island-hopping experience that will bring you close to giant tortoises, sea lions, iguanas, sea turtles, penguins and more, while you enjoy the unique volcanic landscapes of the islands and relax on the white sand beaches. A trip of a life-time to experience the very best of this natural and cultural paradise!


"Unique Experiences:"

  • Snorkel with sea turtles, eagle rays, sea lions and hummer head sharks at Kicker Rock, the best site in the Galpagos islands.                                                 
  • Kayak with penguins and eagle rays at  Tintoreras islet. 
ico1 CHARLES DARWIN RESEARCH STATION

ico1 HIKING TO THE TOP OF SERRA NEGRA VOLCANO

ico1 ENCOUNTER WITH THE GIANT TORTOISES IN THE WILD

ico1 SNORKEL LAVA TUNNELS AND ROCK FORMATIONS

ico1 SWIMMING WITH SHARK AT TINTORERAS

ico1 ENJOY WALKING ON SAND BEACHES AT TORTUGA BAY

ico1 WALKING LAVA TRAILS AND SEE MARINE IGUANAS ALONG THE SEA SHORT

ico1 TONS OF WILDLIFE ENCOUNTERS IN ISABELA ISLAND

ico1 EXPLORING CUSCO INCA CITY

ico1 DISCOVERING THE MYTHS AND LEGENDS OF THE SACRED VALLEY

ico1 HIKING THE ROYAL INCA TRAIL

ico1 VISITING MACHU PICCHU INCA TREASURE

ico1 TAKING A PHOTO AT THE SUN GATE

ico1 OUR EXPERT LEADERS AND NATURALIST GUIDES

Day 1: Quito Colonial City

Day 1: Quito Colonial City
Day 1: Quito Colonial City
ARRIVAL IN QUITO CITY

Airport Transfer, pick up at the airport welcome to Quito UNESCO city, the biggest, best-preserved colonial city of America was already in 1978 as an UNESCO World Heritage Site declared. The city is considered the Cultural Capital of South America and the second most important city of the old Inca Empire.

Depending on arrival time, you can spend your day exploring the old town of Quito and the surrounding area. Adventure Journeys also can help you to organize a day trip such as: Quito City tour (including a visit to the equator line), Mindo Cloud forest, Cotopaxi national park, Quilotoa Crater Lake, Otavalo indian market, Papallacta hot springs, and many more....

In the evening, one of our trip leaders will organized a welcome meeting to talk about the Galapagos expedition and after you will go out for dinner at local restaurants to see the real Quito night life.

Accommodation: Nu House or similar

Day 2: Galapagos - Isabela

Day 2: Galapagos - Isabela
Day 2: Galapagos - Isabela
FLIGHT TO GALAPAGOS – ISABELA EXPLORATION

Today we get ready to explore the most amazing archipelago in the Pacific coast and the place where Charles Darwin based its theory of the evolution of species, a magical place where dreams of swimming with sea lions, turtles and fish are a reality.

We board a morning flight from Quito to the island of Baltra. Once arrived, we head to the town of Puerto Ayora, the biggest town in Galapagos. From here we take a fast boat to Isabela, the largest island in the archipelago and the place where most volcanic activity in the Galapagos is reported. The island is being formed by 6 shield volcanoes, Alcedo, Cerra Azul, Darwin, Ecuador Sierra Negra and Wolf, 5 of them still active and therefore the island is one of the most volcanically active place on earth. During our island crossing, we will be on the lookout for dolphins and whales (July to October).

Accommodation: Isabela Beach House or similar
Meals : Breakfast

Day 3: Isabela Island

Day 3: Isabela Island
Day 3: Isabela Island
SIERRA NEGRA AND TINTORERAS

After driving up from Puerto Villamil to the trailhead, we will prepare our backpacks and hike into a young dry forest ecosystem, into a world of recent geological history. Our destination is the rim of Sierra Negra Crater, an active volcano which last erupted in October 2005. Upon arrival, we take in breathtaking views and explore the circumference of the massive, lava-filled crater, over six miles across at its widest point. If we feel energetic enough, we can continue our hike to Vulcan Chico, a secondary crater that has a wild landscape of puffing fumaroles and colorful lava formations, great examples of the dramatic geological events that have forged the Galapagos Islands over millennia.

In the afternoon we will visit the Tintoreras Islet on a shared tour, located a short distance from Puerto Villamil and is the home to a great variety of wildlife. Its turquoise, crystalline waters are inhabited by white-tipped reef sharks, Galapagos Penguins, marine turtles and sea lions. One of its beaches, surrounded by mangroves is one of the few sites where marine iguanas can reproduce successfully.

Accommodation: Isabela Beach House or similar
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Lava Tunnels - Isabela

Day 4: Lava Tunnels - Isabela
Day 4: Lava Tunnels - Isabela
LAVA TUNNELS SNORKELING

Today, we explore the amazing formations of lava created by the last eruptions of the Volcanic Island along the seashore. This magical place is been used by the staff of BBC /National Geographic for documentaries. It is a labyrinth of lava arches inside the breakers with crystal clear water full of huge sea turtles, eagle rays, sea lions, fish, white tipped reef sharks and more. Turtles navigate their own highway from the mangroves to the open sea through "Los Tuneles". Over here, we will have the best snorkeling opportunity with all these beautiful animals, including the curious Galapagos penguin playing around.

Accommodation: Isabela Beach House or similar

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Santa Cruz Island

Day 5: Santa Cruz Island
Day 5: Santa Cruz Island
SANTA CRUZ, CHARLES DARWIN RESEARCH STATION VISIT

In the morning we will embark on a fast boat from Isabela to Santa Cruz Island. During our island crossing, we will be on the lookout for dolphins and whales (July to October). Once we arrive, we will check in at the hotel.
We will have time to visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to learn more about many of the endemic species we met during our adventure, as well as the ongoing conservation and management efforts on the Galapagos Islands.
In the afternoon, we will head to the 'El Chato' Reserve in the highlands of Santa Cruz, home to the famous Galapagos tortoise. Hiking through El Chato's beautiful scenery with those lumbering giants is an unforgettable experience! We also see other highland wildlife such as pintail ducks, egrets, flycatchers and finches on our hike. We can also observe frigatebirds which gather to wash the salt off their feathers at a fresh water lake.
We will return to Puerto Ayora to spend the evening in Galapagos' most populous town.

Accommodation: Galapagos Inn or similar
Meals : Breakfast

Day 6: Quito - Tababela

Day 6: Quito - Tababela
Day 6: Quito - Tababela
TRANSFER TO BALTRA AIRPORT - FLIGHT BACK TO QUITO

After our final breakfast on the Galapagos Island and the last photos taken of sea lions, we have a transfer to Baltra's airport in time to catch the flight back to the mainland.

Accommodation: Mirolindo or similar
Meals : Breakfast

Day 7: Quito - Cusco

Day 7: Quito - Cusco
Day 7: Quito - Cusco
QUITO – CUSCO THE CAPITAL OF THE INCA

After your arrival in Cusco a representative of Valencia travel Cusco will be waiting at the airport for you and pick you up in our private transport and take you to your hotel where you will spend the night. Then you will have all the day to relax and enjoy the beauty of Cusco and it surroundings.

Check in time 12:00pm/Check out 10:00am (Early check in, has an extra cost).

Today at 3:00pm: Free Walking tour

Places to be visited:

• Regocijo square

• Main square of Cusco

• Plaza Nazarenas

• San blas town (best handicrafts)

• Wall of 12 angles stone

• San Pedro market

The tour will be for about 2 hours approx. This tour is optional; you are not forced to do it if you do not want! For this tour we recommend to tip the guide and the amount you tip is a personal decision and not an obligation.

Optional 1: Half day City tour

(Extra activity to do for an extra cost, Price: USD 30 PP).

We will pick you up at 1:30pm to start the tour visiting the mean cathedral, Qoricancha (the temple of the sun), and the four arquaeological sites like Sacsayhuaman, Q´enqo, Pucapucara and Tambomachay ending around 6:00pm then we will drop off to your hotel. (Meals are not included on this day, but we are always happy to offer suggestions).

• If you would like to do this excursion, please confirm in advance in order to secure your spot and schedule a tour guide and transport.

Include:

Transport
Professional English speaking guide.

Not include:

Tourist ticket (ticket access for all this places: USD 38).
Dinner

Accommodation: Casa Andina or similar
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Cusco Inca City

Day 8: Cusco Inca City
Day 8: Cusco Inca City
FREE DAY TO ACLIMATICE AND EXPLORE CUSCO

Optional 2: Full day sacred valley tour (Highly recommended).

(Extra activity to do for an extra cost, Price: USD 45 PP).

You will have breakfast (included) and be picked up from your hotel at 8:15am. This is a full day excursion to the Urubamba Valley visiting the colorful Indian market in Pisac where you will be able to appreciate the mixture of color and tradition and have an opportunity to test your bartering skills, interact with the local craftsmen and purchase their hand-made souvenirs. Pisac is located at the entrance of the Sacred Valley. The Valley is (31km)/(19mi) from Cusco, and at an altitude of (2,970m)/(9,700 ft). Followed by Pisac is Urubamba where we have a delicious buffet lunch at Tunupa restaurant then we continue through to Ollantaytambo, the oldest continuously occupied town on the American continent. The narrow streets of Ollantaytambo, along with their canals, have not changed much from the time of the Inca Empire. They evoke their ancestral inheritance and give you a feeling of what it would like to be living during this time. The last visit will be the Chinchero market. Chinchero is believed to be the mythical birthplace of the rainbow. Its major claim to tourism is its colorful Sunday market which is much less tourist-orientated than the market at Pisac. At the end, we will return you to the Plaza de Armas in Cusco at approximately 6:30pm. The night is free for you to eat in a restaurant of your choice; although we always have plenty of suggestions for you if you require them.

• If you would like to do this excursion, please confirm in advance in order to secure your spot and schedule a tour guide and transport.

Include:

•Transport

•Professional English speaking guide.

Not include:

•Tourist ticket (ticket access for all this places: USD 25).

•Meals (Approx. USD 20)

•Tip

P.S: Tonight we will have the Inca trail briefing at 7:00pm at the hotel lobby.

Accommodation: Casa Andina or similar
Meals : Breakfast

Day 9: Inca Trail Camping

Day 9: Inca Trail Camping
Day 9: Inca Trail Camping
THE INCA TRAIL ADVENTURE BEGINS

Total distance to be covered: 12km or 7mi. (5 to 6 hours more or less).

We will meet and pick you up from your Hotel (less than 5 minutes from any hotel in Cusco!) at 4:30am (time to be confirmed at the briefing time) and travel by bus to Piskacucho (you will hear this be called kilometer 82) where the trail starts. There will be a breakfast stop in Ollantaytambo (06:30 - 7am) to load up on energy (breakfast – not included). On arrival at kilometer 82 (08:30am more or less), we will have some time to organize ourselves (use the restrooms, put on sun cream, mosquitoes repellant, etc) and then it is necessary to show your entrance tickets, passports and (if paying a student rate) the student card at the trails 1st control point. To start the trail (2720m/8923ft), we cross the Vilcanota River and follow its route to the right. The first day is relatively easy (a warm-up on the 'Inca flat' terrain) and we will have great views of the site of an Inca Fortress ('Huillca Raccay'), the vast and incredible Inca site 'Llactapata' (officially called 'Patallacta'), the Urubamba mountain range that divides the jungle and the Andes and the beautiful snow-capped peak of 'W'akay Willca' (5860m/19225ft), known in books as Veronica. Our first campsite (Ayapata) will be one hour and a half up the small village of Wayllabamba (3000m/9842ft) in the temperate green valley of the same name. Temperature at night is usually around 5ºC (depending on the month).

Accommodation: Camping site 1
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Inca Trail Camping

Day 10: Inca Trail Camping
Day 10: Inca Trail Camping
THE TRAIL TRAIL! WE GO OVER TWO PASSES

Total distance to be covered: 16km or 9mi. (8 to 9 hours more or less).

After waking up at 5:30am (maybe at 05:00-depending on your Guide) and having breakfast, we will start a steep ascent towards the highest pass (Abra de Warrmihuañusca/'Dead Woman's Pass' – 4200m/13779ft). On this day a real sense of achievement is felt on reaching the top! After a rest here, we begin the descent to the lunch stop which is located at Pacaymayu (3550m/11646ft). On the way up to the pass we will be able to see lots of hummingbirds and other birds. Also we will have the time to appreciate an incredible variety of native plants and trees such as the ´Polylepis´ or Q'ueuña trees which grow in the astonishing cloud forest located at 3650/11972m!! After lunch begins the second 2 hours steep climbing to Runkuraqay pass (almost 4000 meters), we arrive in our campsite by 5 pm. Temperature at this campsite around 4ºC during the nights.

Accommodation: Camping site 2
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Inca Trail Camping

Day 11: Inca Trail Camping
Day 11: Inca Trail Camping
BACK IN THE PAST! BEAUTIFUL SCENERY

Total distance to be covered: 10km or 6miles (5 hours more or less).

This is the most impressive day (in our opinion!!!) so just keep thinking of that on the ascent on day 2! Again we wake up for breakfast at 6am, and start the day with a gentle climb to visit the archaeological site of 'Phuyupatamarca'(meaning 'Town in the Clouds') and to reach the third highest point on the trail (3680m). The views from here of the mountains, canyons and surrounding area are spectacular. The Inca site, 'Phuyupatamarca', is located a few minutes walk from the third pass and after visiting this, we continue walking (3000 steps!) through the cloud forest and the impressive agricultural Inca site of 'Intipata' until we arrive at our third campsite Wiñay Wayna (2680m/8792ft). Today we have only walked about 4 to 5 hours and have arrived to camp by lunch time! A short distance from this campsite is located the Inca site of the same name 'Wiñay Wayna' ('Forever Young'). Even if you are tired after your day's trek, don't miss out on visiting the most impressive site on the trail. Temperature during the night is around 12º C.

Accommodation: Camping site 3
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Machu Picchu - Cusco

Day 12: Machu Picchu - Cusco
Day 12: Machu Picchu - Cusco
MACHU PICCHU UNESCO SITE, CUSCO

Total distance to be covered: 5km or 3mi. (2 hours more or less).

We leave the last campsite at about 5:30am on the final day (breakfast 3:30-4:00am). It is an early start in order to get to 'Inti Punku' ('Sun gate') (2730m/8792ft) before sunrise. This is the place from where you will have your first dramatic view of Machu Picchu (2400m/7873ft) with the sun rising over it! After some time there, we will walk down the last part of the trail to the spot where you can take the classic photo (picture postcard shot) of this ancient city. Finally we visit Machu Picchu itself!

Walking tour (approximately 2 hours) is given by your guide and after this you can explore the mysterious city by yourselves. You will meet your guide in Aguas Calientes (it can be reached by bus or on foot) for lunch and to be given your train tickets back to Cusco. Train included in all tours is until Ollantaytambo and then bus to Cusco. Your train will leave Aguas calientes town in the afternoon and you need to be in the train station 30 min before it leaves. (The exactly time will be given you by your tour guide), once in Ollantaytambo town you will have a bus waiting for you to return back to your hotel in Cusco. Allocations or Itinerary are subject to change depending the availability on time of booking.

Accommodation: Casa Andina or similar
Meals : Breakfast

Day 13: Cusco - Departure

Day 13: Cusco - Departure
DEPARURE DAY GOOD BYE CUSCO

Today, we will take you to the airport according your flight itinerary.
Meals : Breakfast
  • Activities: Snorkeling with sea lions, turtles and sea horses at Lava tunnels, Hiking lava trails to Sierra Negra Volcano, swimming with sharks at Tintoreras, Visiting Charles Darwin research station, look for giant tortoises in the wild, Soaking in hot springs, Cusco capital of the Incas walking tour, hiking the enchanted Inca trail for 4 days/3nights, Guided visit to Machu Picchu UNESCO Site.
  • Accommodations based in double occupancy: 2 nights in 1st class hotel in Quito, 3 nights in first class hotel in Cusco, 3 nights camping along the Inca trail, 3 nights in 4 stars hotels in Isabela island, 1 night in 4 star hotel in Santa Cruz island.
  • Transportation: Comfortable land and sea transportation, Flight tickets Quito – Galapagos – Quito, Train ticket Aguas calientes –Ollantaytambo, Ferry from Baltra to Santa Cruz and Speed boat from Santa Cruz to Isabela round trip in Galapagos.
  • Meals Included: 13 Breakfast, 5 Lunches and 3 Dinners
  • Out-door gear: Wet suit, snorkel gear mask and fins, comfortable tents, and sleeping bags.
  • Trip Leader: Certified expert leaders and local guides.

      NOT INCLUDED

  • My Own Room supplement $ 1199 USD
  • Flight tickets Quito – Lima – Cusco
  • Galapagos National Park fee (USD100 per person)
  • Transit control card for the Galapagos (USD 20 per person)
  • Wetsuits (available for rent locally)
  • Isabela Island fee (USD 10 per person)
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary, drinks. Food budget: 280USD for not included meals.
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
  • Transfers to International flights.
  • Passport,
  • Travel insurance,
  • Airline tickets,
  • Credit or debit card (see personal spending money),
  • Pocket knife,
  • Fleece top,
  • 4 shirts/t-shirts,
  • 2 pair of short,
  • 2 pairs of long trousers,
  • 2 pair hiking pants/track pants,
  • Sport sandals,
  • Toiletries (biodegradable),
  • Watch or alarm clock,
  • Quick dry clothing,
  • Rain coat,
  • Rain pants,
  • Warm clothing,
  • 3 warm pairs of socks
  • Wool hat if possible
  • Waterproof binoculars,
  • Bug spray,
  • Sun cream,
  • Flashlight,
  • Sun Hat,
  • Waterproof camera if possible,
  • Swimming suit,
  • Waterproof back pack,
  • Water bottle,
  • Tennis shoes,
  • Money belt,
  • Sunglasses,
  • Dry bag if possible
  • Loose-fitting, light coloured long-sleeved shirts
  • Loose-fitting, light coloured hiking pants
  • Thermal underwear
  • Knee-high socks
  • Warm gloves
  • Warm hat
  • Small towel and swim wear
  • Waterproof hiking boots
  • Antibacterial wipes/gel
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Ear plugs
  • Plastic bags
  • Walking poles (Optional, must be rubber-tipped)
  • SMILE
NOTE: Hiking equipment is available to rent locally if desired (prices subject to change):
Walking pole 15 soles each (30 per pair)
Sleeping bag 45 soles
Air mattress 45 soles
RECOMMEND FLIGHTS - CONNECTING TO CUZCO - PERU


OPTION 01
1. QUITO - LIMA: LAN 1449 (Airline Operator: Lan Peru) / Aircraft Carrier: Airbus 319
08:35 (UIO) / 10:50 (LIM) / 1:30 hrs Economy

2. LIMA -CUSCO: LAN 2043 (Airline Operator: Lan Ecuador) / Aircraft Carrier: Airbus 319
13:20 (LIM) / 14:40 (CUZ) / 2:30 hrs Economy


OPTION 02
1. QUITO - LIMA: Lan 1481 (Airline Operator: Lan Ecuador) / Aircraft Carrier: Airbus 319
20:15 (UIO) / 22:13 (LIM) / 1:30 hrs Economy

2. LIMA -CUSCO: Lan 2117 (Airline Operator: Lan Peru) / Aircraft Carrier: Airbus 320
04:25 (Next Day) (LIM) / 05:45 (Next Day) (UIO) / 2:30 hrs Economy


ITINERARY DISCLAIMER

It is our intention to adhere to the itinerary described; however, due to our travel style, on occasions, it may be necessary or desirable to make small changes. Weather conditions and unpredictable local circumstances may lead us to make alterations to the route and/or travel times. Hotels and flight schedules might change according to availability. Any mention to specific wildlife in the itinerary or trip details is not a guarantee that it will be seen during the trip.


DRIVING TIME

From 1 to 2 hours driving average from place to place.


SEASON

All year except February


PROVINCE

Pichincha, Galapagos, Cusco, Lima


TERRITORY

From Galapagos Islands to Andeans secrets, mountains in Peru included the Secret Valley and Machu Picchu


ALTITUDE

From sea level to 4200m (up to 13800 ft)


AVG. TEMP.

Day 15-34ºC / 59-93ºF; Night 12-17ºC / 53-62ºF.


DIFFICULTY LEVEL

Moderate to challenge. This program will run from Galapagos Island, included short hikes to volcanoes and snorkelling for 1 or 2 hours, to the Andeans mountains of Peru where we will trek the Inca Trail for 4 days, including 6 to 8 hours hiking per day.


ADVENTURE GEAR

Snorkelling gear, Kayak for 2 people, hiking sticks, Sleeping bag, Comfortable tents for 2 people.


SAFETY

Guides are certified as Wilderness First Aid Responders. We carry a complete first aid kid.


ACCOMMODATION

All prices are based on double occupancy. If you are travelling solo, you will be matched with another participant of your same gender. If you prefer to have a single room, please contact AJ prior to your departure to arrange your accommodation at an extra cost.


MEALS

Travelling with Adventure Journeys you will have the possibility to experience and taste local food and snacks. Your guide will help you identify typical food and suggest the best places to enjoy it. Some meals are not included in order to give you some flexibility about where, what and with whom to eat. You have the option to share these meals with the group, however there is no obligation to do this. If you have any allergies or food restrictions, please inform AJ prior to your departure.


YOUR TRIP LEADERS AND GUIDES

All AJ guides and trip leaders are highly experienced, licensed to operate in Ecuador and certified as Wilderness Adventure First Aid responders. We
always carry a complete first aid kit in our trips. In some location and for some activities, local guides join the trip leaders to provide an added service. In the Galapagos Islands, minimum 4 participants for the AJ trip leader service are required.


SUSTAINABLE ECO AND CULTURAL TOURISM

Clients receive a conservationist interpretation of the ecology of the Galapagos National Park and the factors that threaten it. We aim to promote long-term conservation to support responsible ecotourism as a sustainable alternative to surrendering to the oil industry's destructive appetites. We transport out and recycle all non-organic garbage. We support and work together with local communities along the Inca Trail.
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