Galapagos & Inca Trail Adventure Overview

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Experience western South America's wildlife, charismatic cities and natural wonders

Prepare for a unique adventure packed full of ancient sights and breathtaking beauty as you travel from the bustle of Quito, visiting the breathtaking Galapagos Islands and experiencing the colonial history of the Incas in Cuzco. Discover the charm of the unique Galapagos wildlife, embark on an unforgettable Inca Trail trek along ancient pathways, take on beguiling Lima and get lost on the cobblestoned streets of Cuzco. Peru and Ecuador make up the real must-see corner of South America.

  • Get acquainted with charming Quito, Ecuador's spirited capital
  • Experience the wildlife wonders of the Galapagos Islands
  • Explore Lima's historic centre
  • Follow the forested path of the Inca Trail to amazing Machu Picchu
  • Wander the atmospheric streets of Cuzco
  • Admire the might of the Inca empire in the Sacred Valley

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Quito, Ecuador
  • Finish:

    Cuzco, Peru
  • Group size:

    Min 1 , Max 16
  • Ages:

    Min 12
  • Meals:

    10 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Accommodation:

    Camping (with basic facilities) (3 nts), Hotel (13 nts)
  • Transport:

    Bicycle, Boat, Bus, Minibus, Plane
  • Included activities:

    4-day Inca Trail trek and Machu Picchu guided tour, Sacred Valley and local community visit

  • Notes:

    The Quito-Lima international flight on day 10 is not included in the price. 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. 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. A Single Supplement is available on this trip, please refer to your booking agent for further information. On the following nights the Single Supplement is not available: Days 13-16 Inca Trail

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Galapagos & Inca Trail Adventure Summary

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Day 1 Quito

Resting beneath Volcan Pichincha at an altitude of 2,850 m, Quito is one of South America's most scenic cities. Discover the heart of Quito with a walk through its atmospheric streets.

Days 2-3 Isla San Cristobal

Board a plane bound for Isla San Cristobal, one of the Galapagos Islands. Get active and mountain bike through the highlands of this scenic island. Drop into Isla de Lobos for the chance to go snorkelling with sea lions. Keep an eye out for rare birdlife before returning to Isla San Cristobal.

Days 4-6 Isla Floreana/Isla Isabela

Admire views of the surrounding Galapagos Islands from the top of Isabela's Sierra Negra volcano, the second largest crater in the world. See the giant waves crash against Punta Suarez's jagged cliffs, home to many large bird colonies. See and learn about the Galapagos' famed giant tortoises on a visit to a breeding centre. Travel by truck to the convict-built Wall of Tears, a reminder of this island's penal colony past.

Day 7 Isla Santa Cruz

Get up close to the famous Galapagos tortoises in their natural environment. After this unforgettable wildlife encounter, explore amazing lava tunnels and the white-sand beaches of Tortuga Bay.

Day 8 Isla Santa Fe/Isla San Cristobal

Observe unique species brought back from the brink of extinction at the Charles Darwin Research Station. Snorkel with marine life in a beautiful bay on Isla Santa Fe.

Day 9 Quito

Visit Isla Rabida for some snorkelling and Isla Bartolome, home to an extinct volcano. Fly back to Quito to enjoy a night on the town.

Day 10 Lima

Travel to Peru and arrive in the country's seaside capital. With churches, palaces and ornate colonial mansions, Lima is a great city to explore by foot.

Day 11 Cuzco

One of the Andes' most charming cities, Cuzco overflows with Spanish-colonial buildings and the ruins of ancient temples.

Day 12 Ollantaytambo/Sacred Valley

Travel through the farming land and small villages of the Sacred Valley. Spend the night in the historic town of Ollantaytambo.

Days 13-16 Inca Trail/Machu Picchu/Cuzco

Set off on an unforgettable Inca Trail tour along the ancient paths of the Incan Empire. The trek takes in ruins, mountain scenery and rich subtropical jungle. On the final morning, climb the steps to Intipunku, the Sun Gate, and feel an immense sense of satisfaction at having conquered the Inca Trail. Machu Picchu, rising from the morning mist in all its glory, is a sight that will not soon be forgotten. Rest weary legs on the return train trip to Cuzco.

Day 17 Cuzco

Relax at a cafe in Cuzco's Plaza de Armas and make a toast to an unforgettable Galapagos and Inca Trail adventure.
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