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.

Start
Quito, Ecuador
Finish
Cuzco, Peru
Countries
Ecuador,
Peru
Themes
Walking, Wildlife
Code
GGTWC
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 12
Group size
Min 1, Max 16
Carbon offset
0kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • 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

Itinerary

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.
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 eyes peeled for rare birdlife before returning to Isla San Cristobal.
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.
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.
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.
Travel to Peru and arrive in the country's oceanside capital. With churches, palaces and ornate colonial mansions, Lima is a great city to explore by foot.
One of the Andes' most charming cities, Cuzco overflows with Spanish-colonial buildings and the ruins of ancient temples.
Travel through the farming land and small villages of the Sacred Valley. Spend the night in the historic town of Ollantaytambo.
Set off on an unforgettable Inca Trail tour along the ancient paths of the Incan Empire on a trek that 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.
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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Inclusions

Meals
10 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 7 dinners
Transport
Bicycle, Boat, Bus, Minibus, Plane
Accommodation
Camping (with basic facilities) (3 nights), Hotel (13 nights)
Included activities
  • 4-day Inca Trail trek and Machu Picchu guided tour
  • Isla San Cristobal - kayak rental
  • Leader-led walking tour
  • Quito - Leader led walking tour
  • Sacred Valley and local community visit

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Important 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

Trip notes

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Galapagos & Inca Trail Adventure , April 2015