Take an adventure tour through Ecuador, Galapagos, Peru and Bolivia

Visit South America and travel to the Galapagos Islands, Peru, Ecuador, and Bolivia. Amazing wildlife, both on land and underwater, is the drawcard of the remote Galapagos Islands. Discover unique creatures, as well as the island's outstanding natural beauty, by foot, boat and bike. Back on the mainland, enjoy the delights of Peru – from the tough but rewarding Inca Trail to the joy of interacting with friendly locals and experiencing cities full of colour, energy and passion.

This trip requires an Inca Trail Permit. To view permit availability click here.

Quito, Ecuador
La Paz, Bolivia
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 16
Carbon offset
1 705kg pp per trip


  • Get acquainted with Quito's dizzying altitude
  • Bike around San Cristobal
  • Explore the Galapagos Islands
  • Scale a volcano on Isla Isabela
  • Snorkel through underwater worlds
  • Meet near-extinct Galapagos tortoises
  • Hike Peru's iconic Inca Trail


This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2015 to 31 December 2015. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2016 - 31 December 2016

Travel to Quito, Ecuador's vibrant capital nestled beneath Volcan Pichincha. Explore the city's picturesque streets and cobblestone alleys on a walking tour. The many churches, cathedrals and colonial mansions reflect the fascinating history of the region and deserve to be explored further.
Fly to San Cristobal Island in the Galapagos archipelago. Mountain bike around the island, stopping off to see cheeky sea lions sunbathe at La Loberia, before a well-earned dinner back in town. The next day, head out to Isla de Lobos and Cerro Brujo Beach to observe blue-footed boobies and to swim or snorkel among turtles and manta rays. Visit the Interpretation Center to learn about the Galapagos’ history before heading to Mann Beach for another swim.
Glimpse dolphins frolicking in the waves and experience some of the Galapagos' best snorkelling at Isla Floreana. Venture into Floreana’s highlands to visit the mysterious pirate and whaler caves. Walk along mangrove-lined paths to the Giant Tortoise Breeding Center and learn about the efforts being made to prevent their extinction. Hop aboard pangas (small boats) to explore Shark Alley, a popular nesting site for marine iguanas. On day six, get a bird's-eye view of this magical landscape from Volcan Sierra Negra – one of the most active volcanoes in the region – and then settle into island life before dinner.
Head out on a morning ocean kayak in search of the Galapagos penguin before sailing to Isla Santa Cruz. Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to meet the various tortoises and land iguanas rescued from the brink of extinction, then head to the white sands of Tortuga Bay and swim among the thorny marine iguanas bobbing in the breakers.
Journey into the highlands of Santa Cruz and see the amazing lava tunnels that have created a unique habitat for wildlife. Observe giant tortoises in the wild before saying goodbye to these incredible islands and jumping on a flight back to Quito. Enjoy free time to sample traditional Ecuadorian cuisine at a local eatery or street stall and revel in the nightlife of this enchanting city. There should also be a chance to hit the markets for a spot of souvenir shopping.
Arrive in Peru's sprawling capital, Lima, and unravel its fascinating history on a walking tour around the city's major sights. The vibrant suburb of Miraflores is full of cafes, bars and restaurants, so why not use the free time to sample some local culinary delights.
Fly to the frontier town of Puerto Maldonado and travel by canoe into the dense Amazon Jungle. Macaws, monkeys, peccaries, jabirus, otters and thousands of butterflies all coexist in this amazing ecosystem. Learn about the medicinal properties and practical uses of native plants from a local guide.
If Lima is Peru's head, Cuzco is definitely the country's heart and soul. A town perfectly suited to exploration by foot, discover the central plaza's ornate colonial churches and then head for the impressive Inca ruins dotting the city's outskirts.
Travel by private bus through the lush terraces of the Sacred Valley, stopping en route at a local village to gain an insight into traditional Inca culture. Meet friendly locals on a community visit before spending the night in the ancient town of Ollantaytambo – one of the few places where the Incas defeated the Spanish.
Accompanied by porters, cooks and a local guide, embark on a four-day trek along the iconic Inca Trail. Take in the astounding panoramas on offer along the high plateaux, hike through dense forests and stop to observe the crumbling ruins of ancient villages and temples. After all that hard work, take some time to explore awe-inspiring Machu Picchu – an unforgettable sight.
Get reacquainted with Cuzco, browsing the food stalls of the central market, picking up some colourful woollen garments or soaking up the atmosphere in one of the town's many quaint cafes.
On the border of Bolivia and Peru, Puno and mystical Lake Titicaca are nestled 3,800 m above sea level, making Lake Titicaca the world's highest navigable lake. Cruise to the incredible floating Uros Islands, constructed entirely from reeds, and sail to Taquile Island, where the community's men craft handmade woolens. Make new friends and enjoy local hospitality on a family homestay.
Travel to Bolivia's capital, La Paz, and hit the markets for some souvenir shopping. Don't miss the Witches' Market, which sells a quirky collection of herbs, folk remedies, amulets and other items used in traditional rituals.
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21 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 9 dinners
Boat, Canoe, Plane
Camping (with basic facilities) (3 nights), Homestay (1 night), Hotel (15 nights), Jungle Lodge (2 nights)
Included activities
  • 3d/2n Amazon Jungle stay
  • 4d/3n Inca Trail (or Quarry Trail)
  • Coca Museum
  • Isla Isabela - Flamingo lagoon visit
  • Isla Isabela - Giant Tortoise Breeding Centre
  • Isla Isabela- Kayak rental
  • Isla Isabela- Sierra Negra Volcano
  • Isla San Cristobal - Interpretation Center
  • Isla San Cristobal - Leon Dormido or Isla Lobos visit
  • Isla San Cristobal - Snorkelling in Las Loberias
  • Isla Santa Cruz - Charles Darwin Research Centre
  • Isla Santa Cruz - Tortuga Bay visit
  • Lake Titicaca boat tour & homestay


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This trip requires an Inca Trail Permit. To view permit availability click here.

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Important notes

The international flight from Quito to Lima on day 10 of this trip is not included in the price of the trip.You should purchase it in conjunction with your international flights. Note that the first meeting of the second part of this trip takes place in Lima at 2pm on day 10, so preferably please book an early flight out of Quito.

A single supplement is available on this trip. On the following nights the single supplement is not available:

Days 11-12 Amazon Jungle
Days 15-17 Inca Trail
Day 21 Lake Titicaca

Inca Trail permits are sold on request basis only. Once deposit is paid and passport details provided, Intrepid will endeavour to secure a permit for you.

If Inca Trail permits are unavailable by the time you book, you can opt to hike the Inca Quarry Trail instead.

The Inca Trail closes in February to allow cleaning and restoration works. If the trek portion of your trip starts in February you will be automatically booked to hike the Inca Quarry Trail.

Should you choose not to hike at all, please let us know in writing at the time of booking so alternative arrangements can be made. Without this prior warning, local fees may apply.

Important information regarding new regulations and booking procedures for the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

Trip notes

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