Galapagos & Peru Adventure Trip Notes

Galapagos & Peru Adventure

These trip notes are valid for departures from 01 January 2016 to 31 December 2016. View the trip notes for departures between 01 January 2017 - 31 December 2017


Last Modified: 27 Sep 2016
Galapagos & Peru Adventure
Trip code: GGSYC
Validity: 01 Jan 2016 to 31 Dec 2016
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.
Table of Contents
StyleAccommodationVisas
ThemesMeals introductionWhat to take
Why we love itMealsClimate and seasonal information
MapMoney mattersHealth
ItineraryGroup leaderTravel insurance
Itinerary disclaimerSafetyA couple of rules
Physical ratingJoining pointResponsible Travel
Included activitiesContinuing pointThe Intrepid Foundation
Important notesContinuing point instructionsFeedback
Group sizeFinish point
Your fellow travellersEmergency contact
Style
Original
Themes
Explorer
Why we love it
- Hike Peru's iconic Inca Trail
- Snorkel the incredible marine life-filled waters of Kicker Rock, also known as Leon Dormido, one of the best snorkelling spots in the Galapagos and an absolute highlight for many travellers
- Meet near-extinct Galapagos tortoises
- Scale a volcano on Isla Isabela
- Explore the Galapagos Islands
- Get acquainted with Quito's dizzying altitude
Map

Itinerary
Day 1 Quito
Bienvenidos! Welcome to Quito, Ecuador. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 2 pm. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask reception where it will take place. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader.

Quito is one of the most attractive cities in South America, sitting at an altitude of 2,850 metres with a view of Volcan Pichincha on the horizon. With Colonial style buildings, a cosy Old Town and plenty of nooks and crannies to explore, you may like to take a stroll this evening and see some sights. We’ll be back in Quito at the end of the trip, giving you a chance to further experience the city.

Notes: Due to the high altitude of many of places we visit, the air is thinner and some people can suffer altitude sickness, regardless of age, gender or fitness. Please see the 'Is This Trip Right For You?' and 'Health' sections in the trip notes for more information.
Optional Activities
  • The Equator Line - USD55
  • Quito city tour + the Equator line Full day - USD75
  • Quilotoa lagoon - USD100
    Accommodation
    Hotel (1 nt)
    Day 2 Isla San Cristobal
    Transfer to the airport for our flight to San Cristobal Island, Galapagos (approx 3.5 hrs). Departure time will be between 8.20am and 10.30am depending on flight schedule time.
    The Galapagos National Institute has introduced a Transit Control Card. This card has a cost of US$20 and it must be purchased by every person travelling to the Galapagos Islands. You will need to purchase this card upon arrival to the domestic airport on day 2, prior to checking in to your Galapagos flight.
    Our flight will stop once in Guayaquil to pick up more passengers (approx 3.5 hours total). Upon arrival we will need to go through immigration and pay the Galapagos National Park entrance fee of US$100 in cash (small bills please).

    Upon arrival we head out together to the Interpretation Center. Learn about the history of the 'Enchanted Islands' and the conservation projects which seek to preserve the unique Galapagos wildlife. Next, make our way to Frigatebird Hill (Cerro Tijeretas), which is located two kilometres from the Interpretation Center, southwest of Isla San Cristobal. It's quite a climb to the top, but well worth the amazing views of the bay. From here you can also see Kicker Rock, an eroded volcanic formation protruding from the sea which has become an emblem of the island.

    Soon after, travel to Las Loberias where you'll put on snorkelling gear for the first time and go for a swim with sea lions, and maybe even some sea turtles. Continue back to town for a 'Welcome to Galapagos' dinner of the islands fresh seafood and local produce.
    Included Activities
    • Isla San Cristobal- Snorkeling in La Loberia (1.5 Hours)
    • Isla San Cristobal - Cerro Tijeretas View Point (1 Hour)
    • Isla San Cristobal - Interpretation Center (45 minutes)
      Optional Activities
      • Wetsuit (shortsleeve) hire for 7 days - USD40
        Accommodation
        Hotel (1 nt)
        Meals
        1 lunch
        Day 3 Isla San Cristobal
        Your second day at Isla San Cristobal begins with a short boat ride out to Kicker Rock, also known as Leon Dormido (said to look like the sleeping lion that its Spanish name translates to). Two towering volcanic rocks rise 500 feet out of the ocean, and a mild current in the chasm between them attracts hammerhead and harmless Galapagos sharks, as well as manta rays and schools of vividly coloured reef fish. This is seen as one of the best snorkelling spots in the whole Galapagos, and one of the best places on the planet to view marine life. A highlight of many travellers’ visits to the Galapagos, the journey takes approximately 45 minutes and along the way you can seek out famous wildlife like nesting frigates and blue-footed boobies. When you arrive at Kicker Rock, strap on a mask and jump into the water, seeing sea lions do graceful cartwheels, reefs sharks drifting along the canyon floor, and sea turtles effortlessly propelling themselves through the water.
        Included Activities
        • Isla San Cristobal - Snorkeling at Kicker Rock also known as Leon Dormido (6 Hours)
          Accommodation
          Hotel (1 nt)
          Meals
          1 breakfast
          Day 4 Isla Floreana/Isla Isabela
          Take an early morning boat ride today towards Floreana Island, which should take about two and a half hours. On arrival to the island, snorkel in the clear blue waters and then break for lunch. Afterwards venture to a black sand beach which belongs to the Witmers, decedents of some of the first settlers on the Galapagos. The town here, Puerto Velasco Ibarra, has about 150 residents and an intriguing history involving deaths, disappearances and murders. Later in the afternoon, wave goodbye to Floreana and continue to Isabela Island for the evening. When you arrive at Isabela, you'll need to pay a port fee of USD 5.
          Included Activities
          • Floreana - Snorkeling (1 Hour)
            Accommodation
            Hotel (1 nt)
            Meals
            1 breakfast, 1 lunch
            Day 5 Isla Isabela
            Start your second day on Isla Isabela with a leisurely walk through a coastal lagoon, where you might see Flamingos. This mangrove-lined path leads to Isabela’s Giant Tortoise Breeding Center where you'll observe giant tortoises in all stages of development. The centre has almost a thousand giant tortoises training for life on their own. After an informative visit, board small pangas for Tintoreras or Shark Alley. On arrival, hop off for a short walk on this isolated islet and popular iguana nesting site that’s home to hundreds of marine iguanas. Snorkel in a calm inlet with colourful fish and winding underground lava tubes. This area is frequented by green sea turtles that like to rest on the calm, sandy bottom.

            In the late afternoon, return to town in search of your own sandy resting spot and enjoy your first Isabela sunset, arguably the most beautiful of all the islands.
            Included Activities
            • Isla Isabela -Tintoreras or Shark Alley (2.5 Hours)
            • Isla Isabela - Flamingo lagoon visit (30 Minutes)
            • Isla Isabela - Giant Tortoise Breeding Centre (1 Hour)
              Accommodation
              Hotel (1 nt)
              Meals
              1 breakfast, 1 lunch
              Day 6 Isla Isabela
              Start your last day on Isla Isabela by heading towards the Sierra Negra Volcano, one of the most active volcanoes in the Galapagos and the second largest crater in the world. Weather permitting, take a challenging hike of around 13 kilometres up the rocky mountain, which takes between five and six hours. Please ensure you wear comfortable walking shoes that offer good support. After the hike, make your way back to town in the late afternoon for some free time to curl up with a book or venture down to the water for a relaxing swim before dinner. Unfortunately, recycling isn't available on Isabela, so please take your plastic rubbish with you.
              Included Activities
              • Isla Isabela- Sierra Negra Volcano Hike (5-6 Hours)
                Accommodation
                Hotel (1 nt)
                Meals
                1 breakfast
                Day 7 Isla Santa Cruz
                Begin the day with a with a kayak excursion in a protected bay. While here, search for the protected Galapagos penguin – the only penguin found close the equator. Along the way, keep an eye out for eagle rays, sea turtles and blue-footed boobies. After lunch, head to Isla Santa Cruz, the tourist capital of Galapagos. Check in to the hotel and then go for a short walking tour of Puerto Ayora to visit the local fishermen's market.
                Included Activities
                • Isabela Kayak Excursion (1 Hour)
                  Accommodation
                  Hotel (1 nt)
                  Meals
                  1 breakfast
                  Day 8 Isla Santa Cruz
                  Your second day on Isla Santa Cruz begins with a visit to the higher part of the islands to observe the giant tortoise roaming in its natural habitat. In the afternoon, take a walk to Tortuga Bay, a gorgeous beach accessible only by foot. Choose to go swimming, sunbaking or bodysurfing - or do all three. Finally, make your way back to town for one last dinner on these enchanted islands.
                  Included Activities
                  • Santa Cruz Highlands Visit (3 Hours)
                    Optional Activities
                    • Isla Santa Cruz - Tortuga Bay visit (45 Minute walk, one way) - Free
                      Accommodation
                      Hotel (1 nt)
                      Meals
                      1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
                      Day 9 Isla Santa Cruz/ Quito
                      Itinerary amendment:
                      Due to Maintenance works at the Charles Darwin Centre the visiting hours have changed for the period of September 2015- January 2016
                      During this time we won’t be able to visit the centre on day 9 as per the itinerary.
                      Instead the visit will be on the morning of day 8 before the Highlands and Tortuga bay visit.

                      Before leaving Isla Santa Cruz today, visit the Charles Darwin Research Station. The station's visitor centre and museum are essential stops for anyone interested in the archipelago's natural and human history. This is also a great opportunity to learn more about conservation efforts to preserve the unique ecosystems of the Galapagos. You can even get close to giant tortoises which are being raised for the repopulation program. Afterwards, say goodbye to the Galapagos and take a flight back to Quito.
                      Accommodation
                      Hotel (1 nt)
                      Day 10 Lima
                      Important:
                      Your flight from Quito to Lima is NOT INCLUDED in this trip. Please ensure you have booked this flight. Please book the flight for today (day 10) of this trip
                      Bienvenidos! Welcome to Peru.
                      While Peru's capital officially began life in 1535, when Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro founded the city on the Day of the Three Kings, settlements had been scattered through the valley since before the Incas. The city was built on top of an existing palace and temples that belonged to the local chief who had little choice but to move on. Lima was in its prime during the Spanish colonial days and much of the city's attraction now lies in its well-preserved historical centre.
                      Your leader will take you on a walking tour of downtown Lima, including the city's historical centre - so there's no need for you to visit the downtown area prior to the trip. Flanked by streets of ornate colonial mansions, palaces and churches, Plaza Mayor is the best place to start any exploration of Lima. Take a walk through the old streets to get a feel for colonial life. On one side of the plaza is the Cathedral, which houses the remains of Lima's founder, Francisco Pizarro.
                      If you arrive early, we recommend you take a walk around Miraflores. Go from Central Park (Parque Kennedy) to LarcoMar via Larco Avenue. Alternatively go to Parque del Amor (Love's Park) for a nice view of Lima's beaches. Other things to see and do include a tour to Pachacamac (approx 30 km from downtown Lima), the Museo de la Nacion and the Gold Museum. Limenos (Lima's residents) are friendly and there are plenty of great restaurants and cafes to sample ceviche, a local seafood speciality.
                      Explore the 16th-century monastery of San Francisco which boasts a fresco of the Last Supper that has a distinctly Peruvian flavour: the disciples pictured dine on guinea pig and drink from gold Inca cups. The monastery's catacombs are the real drawcard - they've been Lima's underground cemetery for hundreds of years.
                      There are many fine museums in and around the city including the Museo del Tribunal de la Santa Inquisicion, which gives a fascinating insight into the Spanish Inquisition.
                      Visit the Archaeological Museum, which offers a look at Peru's succession of ancient cultures.
                      ALTITUDE SICKNESS:
                      Parts of your trip go above 2800 metres / 9200 feet where it is common for travellers to experience some adverse health effects due to the altitude - regardless of your age, gender and fitness. It even happened to Sir Edmund Hillary!

                      Before your trip: Some pre-existing medical conditions are known to severely worsen at high altitude and be difficult to adequately treat on the ground, leading to more serious consequences. It is imperative that you discuss your pre-existing medical condition/s with your doctor. We understand certain medications are reported to aid acclimatising to high altitude. Please discuss these options with your doctor.

                      During your trip: While our leaders have basic first aid training and are aware of the closest medical facilities, it is very important that you are aware of the cause and effects of travelling at altitude, monitor your health and seek assistance accordingly. Please read the following document carefully and, during your trip, utilise the table on the back daily to record your own perspective of your general health and any symptoms you may experience:

                      http://d3oxn90f3yphmd.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/file_attach/52735_product_altitude-sickness.pdf
                      Included Activities
                      • Lima - Leader-led walking tour
                        Optional Activities
                        • Lima - Museum of the Inquisition visit - Free
                        • Lima - Archaeological Museum - PEN15
                        • Lima - Gastronomic Experience Urban Adventure - USD42
                        • Road to Pachacamac Biking Urban Adventure - Free
                        • Lima - Coast Biking Tour - Urban Adventures - USD44
                        • Lima - Discovery Urban Adventure - USD30
                          Accommodation
                          Hotel (1 nt)
                          Day 11 Amazon Jungle
                          Fly from Lima to Puerto Maldonado (approx 2 hrs).
                          Upon arrival, the lodge staff will take us to their office in town where you'll leave most of your luggage in a safe storage and continue travelling with a small pack with just the necessary items for our next two nights in the jungle. Then take a motorized canoe up river to our jungle lodge in the Madre de Dios area.
                          Once you arrive at the lodge there is time to unpack and unwind before a short orientation and briefing on the lodge.
                          Tonight we will enjoy dinner at the lodge before heading out on an optional 'night jungle' walk.
                          Included Activities
                          • Amazon Jungle - Jungle activities as mentioned in trip notes
                            Accommodation
                            Jungle Lodge (1 nt)
                            Meals
                            1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
                            Day 12 Amazon Jungle
                            Head into the jungle with our local, multilingual guides and encounter magnificent fauna and flora in their natural habitat. We may spot everything from macaws and monkeys to peccary, jabirus, otters and thousands of butterflies. The guides can also teach us about the medicinal properties and practical uses of the plants.

                            The lodge is eco-friendly and combines low-impact architecture with traditional native style. Rooms are simple, but comfortable with flush toilets (en suite), showers (cold water only), mosquito nets and kerosene lamps for light.
                            Accommodation
                            Jungle Lodge (1 nt)
                            Meals
                            1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
                            Day 13 Cuzco
                            Fly from Puerto Maldonado to Cuzco (approx 35 mins).
                            The Cuzco region truly is the heart and soul of Peru. The city itself is the continent's oldest continuously inhabited city and was the home of the Incas for two centuries before the Spanish built their first capital here. Today Cuzco is a fascinating combination of both cultures. Inca-built walls line the central streets and many of the elegant colonial buildings are built on or around Inca foundations. This is a city steeped in history, tradition and legend and is a perfect base for explorations into the Inca world or to enjoy a range of outdoor activities.

                            Take the time to acclimatise to the city's 3,450 m (11,150 ft) altitude and explore the many Baroque churches and ancient temples that dot the city.
                            Your leader will take you on a walking tour including a visit to the Coca Museum - where you can learn more about this infamous plant which has been an essential part of life in the Andes for centuries - and the local San Pedro market.
                            The cathedral, built on top of an Inca palace, dominates the Plaza de Armas, Cuzco's picturesque heart. The cathedral is one of the city's greatest repositories of art and houses an elegantly carved choir stall and a silver-covered Neoclassic altar.
                            There are several impressive Inca ruins within the city. The most easily accessible is Coricancha, which was the Inca empire's richest temple. Once plated in thick gold, the Spanish built a Dominican church atop its sturdy walls.
                            The Boleto Turistico (Tourism Ticket) is a good option if you want to visit the many museums in Cuzco. This ticket also includes the archaeological around Cuzco such as Saqsaywaman, Q'enqo, Pica Pakara, Pisac and Ollantaytambo. Some museums in town, like Contemporary Art Museum, Regional History Museum and Qosqo Native Art Museum can only be accessed by purchasing the Boleto Turistico.

                            For lunch or mid-morning coffee and cake head to Yanapay restaurant at 415 Ruinas St. This restaurant uses all its profits to support children in Cuzco through Aldea Yanapay and its social projects. For more info on Aldea Yanapay visit: http://yanapay.facipub.com/
                            Included Activities
                            • Cuzco - Coca Museum
                            • Cuzco - Orientation Walk
                              Optional Activities
                              • Cuzco - Cathedral Visit - PEN25
                              • Cuzco - Coricancha Archeological Site, guided tour - PEN15
                              • Cuzco - Full Boleto Turistico Pass, which gives you access to 16 archaeological sites in/around Cuzco (Transport & guides are not included) - PEN135
                                Accommodation
                                Hotel (1 nt)
                                Meals
                                1 breakfast
                                Day 14 Sacred Valley/Ollantaytambo
                                Visit a local community on route to Ollantaytambo
                                The town of Ollantaytambo has been built over an ancient Inca town, which is a magnificent example of Inca urban planning. This is one of the few places where the Incas defeated the Spanish.
                                Ollantaytambo's archaeological site is located to the east of the Plaza de Armas. The upper terraces of this site offer great photo opportunities of the squared grid town below.
                                While in town, why not have a meal at Hearts Cafe, part of a project supported by the Intrepid Foundation.
                                Included Activities
                                • Sacred Valley - Local community visit
                                  Optional Activities
                                  • Ollantaytambo - Archeological site - PEN70
                                    Accommodation
                                    Hotel (1 nt)
                                    Meals
                                    1 breakfast, 1 lunch
                                    Day 15 Inca Trail, Quarry trail or Train option
                                    Depending on the travel arrangements you made before the trip, during the next four days you’ll be doing one of the following: hiking the Classic Inca Trail, hiking the Inca Quarry Trail or staying in Cuzco for another two days before taking the train to Aguas Calientes. While away from Cuzco, the bulk of your luggage will be stored at your hotel. If you’re hiking the Inca Trail or the Inca Quarry Trail, the evening before you leave Cuzco you'll receive a small duffle bag to carry your clothes in for the next four days (6 kg maximum).
                                    Your team of porters will carry these bags for you, together with the food and equipment for the trail. Please note that you won't have access to these items until the end of each day, as the porters will always be ahead of the group. If you’re travelling to Aguas Calientes by train, you'll be able to leave most of your luggage at the hotel in Cuzco and only travel with the necessary items during the excursion by train.

                                    Route 1 Classic Inca Trail:
                                    Today travel by minivan to the 82 km marker and meet your crew of local porters, cook and guide. The first day includes uphill trekking to the campsite, which is at 3,100 metres above sea level. On the way you’ll see the Inca sites of Ollantaytambo, Huillca Raccay and Llactapata, as well as incredible views of snow-capped Veronica Peak. In the evening, unwind at the campsite with a nourishing meal.
                                    Notes: The Inca Trail is within the abilities of most reasonably fit people, but please come prepared, as the trail is 45 km long and often steep. Each day's journey generally consists of seven hours of walking (uphill and downhill), with stops for snacks and lunch. Trekking usually begins at 7 am (except on the fourth morning) and you reach the campsite around 5 pm. Accommodation on the trek is camping (three nights). Double tents (twin-share) and inflatable camping mats will be provided. The porters will set up the tents while the cook prepares meals.

                                    Route 2 Quarry Trail:
                                    Make an early start today and drive to Choquequilla, a small ceremonial place where Incas worshipped the moon. Drive to the starting point of the trek, Rafq'a, and meet the horsemen who join us on the hike. After an hour’s walk, reach the small community of Socma. Carry on to the Perolniyoc cascade lookout, an opportunity to stop for photos and a food break. Continue to the campsite, which is 3,700 meters above sea level. You should reach the campsite around lunchtime. After lunch, set off to explore the Q'orimarca archaeological site, which once served as a checkpoint to the Incas.

                                    Notes: The Quarry Trail is within the abilities of most reasonably fit people. The hike is 26 km long in total and its highest pass is at 4,450 meters above sea level. Throughout the trek, horses will carry your gear and camping equipment. The first two nights are spent camping and the third night you will stay at a simple hotel. Double tents (twin-share) and inflatable camping mats will be provided. The porters will set up the tents while the cook prepares meals.

                                    Route 3 Train:
                                    After spending the night in the Ollantaytambo, leave around 9.30 am and take a short drive to the town of Pisac. Pisac is well known for its market. Here you’ll have the opportunity to shop for souvenirs and perhaps try some local Empanadas. Arrive back into Cuzco in the afternoon, where your leader will take you to San Pedro Market in order to buy some things for a picnic tomorrow. In the late afternoon, you’ll have an option to visit the Choco Museum where you can try some artisanal chocolate that is prepared in house from cacao beans into a chocolate bar. Be sure to sample some of the delicious hot chocolate.

                                    Notes: Included lunch and dinner on this day is for people trekking the Inca or Quarry Trail only.
                                    Included Activities
                                    • Trek - 3 Night / 4 Day Inca Trail (or 2 Night / 3 Day Quarry Trail)
                                      Accommodation
                                      Camping (with basic facilities) (1 nt)
                                      Meals
                                      1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
                                      Day 16 Inca Trail, Quarry trail or Train option
                                      Route 1 Classic Inca Trail:
                                      This is the most challenging day of the trek as you ascend a long steep path (approximately five hours) to reach the highest point of the trail. Colloquially known as 'Dead Woman's Pass', Warmiwanusca sits at a height of 4,200 meters above sea level, providing amazing views of the valley below. The group will then descend to the campsite in the Pacaymayo Valley at 3,650 metres.

                                      Route 2 Quarry Trail:
                                      This is the most challenging and rewarding day of the hike. A three-hour walk takes us to the top of the first pass of Puccaqasa (approximately 4,370 meters high). After enjoying picturesque views of the valley, it’s a short walk before stopping for lunch. Afterwards, make the two-hour hike to Kuychicassa, the highest pass of the trek at 4,450 meters. From here, descend to the sacred site the Incas called Intipunku (Sun Gate), with views of the Nevado Veronica mountain. Head to the campsite, only a stone’s throw away at Choquetacarpo.

                                      Route 3 Train:
                                      Today, take a taxi to Tambomachay, an archaeological site just outside of Cuzco. From here you’ll take a short downhill walk (between one and three hours) back to Cuzco. On the way, stop to admire some of the archaeological sites including Puka Pukara, Qinqu Quenqo and Saksaywaman. Arrive back in Cuzco in the afternoon and enjoy some free time to go shopping, or perhaps visit Merida, Mendivil and Olave art galleries and workshops. Your tour leader will be able to give you some suggestions or point you in the right direction.

                                      Notes: Included lunch and dinner on this day is for people trekking the Inca or Quarry Trail only.
                                      Accommodation
                                      Camping (with basic facilities) (1 nt)
                                      Meals
                                      1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
                                      Day 17 Inca Trail, Quarry trail or Train option
                                      Route 1 Classic Inca Trail:
                                      Start the day with a climb through the Pacaymayo Valley to Runkuracay pass (3,980 metres). Enjoy views of the snow-capped mountain of Cordillera Vilcabamba before descending for around two to three hours to the ruins of Sayacmarca. Continue over the trail’s third pass to the ruins of Phuyupatamarca (3,850 metres), also known as 'Town Above the Clouds'. Start the two-hour descent down the Inca steps to the final night's campsite by the Winay Wayna archaeological site.

                                      Route 2 Quarry Trail:
                                      Today’s hike will all be downhill. The first stop is the incomplete Kachiqata quarry, where the Incas were intercepted by the Spanish. Around midday, come to the end of the trek. Explore the cobbled streets of Ollantaytambo before taking the short train journey to Aguas Calientes. This is where you’ll meet up with the travellers in your group who didn't hike. Visiting the natural hot springs in town is a soothing way to spend the late afternoon. Spend the night in a comfortable hotel before tomorrow’s visit to Machu Picchu.

                                      Route 3 Train:
                                      After a drive to Ollantaytambo (about one and a half hours), catch a train through the winding Urubamba Valley to Aguas Calientes (another one and a half hours). The city is nestled in the cloud forest at the foot of Machu Picchu. For those who want a sneak peak, there is time to visit Machu Picchu independently before a guided tour the following day (dependent on ticket availability). Otherwise, you can while away the afternoon in the natural hot springs at Aguas Calientes.

                                      Notes: Included lunch on this day is for people trekking the Inca or Quarry Trail only.
                                      Included Activities
                                      • Machu Picchu - Entrance and Guided Tour
                                        Accommodation
                                        Camping (with basic facilities) (1 nt)
                                        Meals
                                        1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
                                        Day 18 Inca Trail, Quarry Trail or Train (Machu Picchu)
                                        Route 1 Inca Trail:
                                        This is the final and most spectacular leg of the trek to Machu Picchu. The day starts before dawn with breakfast at 4.30 am. Say farewell to the porters as they descend to the train station and begin hiking by 5.30 am. The walk to Intipunku (the Sun Gate) takes around two-and-a-half hours. Weather permitting, enjoy unforgettable views over Machu Pichu ‘Lost City of the Incas’ as the sun rises (and before it’s crawling with tourists).

                                        Route 2 Quarry Trail:
                                        Depending on weather conditions, take a bus at 5:30 am this morning along the winding road to Machu Picchu. The journey takes around 30 minutes. At Machu Picchu, join up with the travellers in your group who hiked the Classic Inca Trail. If skies are clear, enjoy a spectacular sunrise over the ancient city from the Sun Gate, before going on a guided walk around the ruins.

                                        Route 3 Train:
                                        Take an early bus up to Machu Picchu at 5.30 am. The city was built around 1440 AD as a country retreat for Incan nobility, but there’s evidence that the land had been a sacred Incan site for much longer. Take a guided tour around the ruins of temples, palaces and living quarters, and enjoy free time afterwards to wander around on your own before the group returns to Cuzco.
                                        For all trails - after taking advantage of the seemingly endless photo opportunities, it's time to return to Cuzco for a well-deserved shower and a pisco sour. Your evening is then free for the last night of your adventure.

                                        Notes: Due to Intrepid's internal safety policy, our leaders are specifically prohibited from recommending or assisting with booking trips to the mountaintop ruins of Wayna Picchu.
                                        Accommodation
                                        Hotel (1 nt)
                                        Meals
                                        1 breakfast
                                        Day 19 Cuzco
                                        Enjoy free time to relax, shop and explore more of Cuzco's sights. Rest weary legs at a cafe on Plaza de Armas. For those who can't get enough active adventure, why not try mountain biking in the hills that surround Cuzco.
                                        Optional Activities
                                        • Cuzco - Mountain biking - USD35
                                          Accommodation
                                          Hotel (1 nt)
                                          Meals
                                          1 breakfast
                                          Day 20 Puno
                                          Travel by local bus through the dramatic scenery of the high altiplano to Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca (approx 6 hrs). There will be a couple of stops along the way to pick up and drop off passengers.
                                          Located on the shores of Lake Titicaca, Puno is a melting pot of Aymara and Quechuan Indian culture and traditional Andean customs are still strongly represented here. The town is known as the folklore capital of Peru and is famous for its traditional dances. Many festivals are celebrated here, so if you're lucky your visit might coincide with one of the colourful evening parades, when the streets fill with costumed dancers and musicians.
                                          Lake Titicaca is the highest navigable lake in the world, sitting at 3,820 m above sea level. From the shoreline, the water stretches out almost as far as the eye can see, its expanses just waiting to be explored.
                                          Optional Activities
                                          • Puno - Sillustani archaeological site - USD10
                                            Accommodation
                                            Hotel (1 nt)
                                            Meals
                                            1 breakfast
                                            Day 21 Lake Titicaca (Home stay)
                                            Take a tour of the lake by slow motor boat, stopping off to visit the Uros floating islands. The Uros originally built their islands to isolate themselves from rival tribes. The islands are built from many layers of totora reeds that grow in the shallows of the lake. As the reeds closest to the water begin to rot, more layers are added on top. These reeds are used for making everything on the islands, including the boats which can last up to 12 months.

                                            To get a closer look at daily life in the Lake Titicaca region, we'll be welcomed into local homes for an overnight stay on a local community. Make the most of your visit by helping your host family with their daily activities or trying to chat in the local language, Quechua. A game of soccer is also a great way to make local friends.

                                            Our homestay is a mudbrick house. Rooms have beds and many blankets, there are shared drop toilets but no showers.
                                            Included Activities
                                            • Lake Titicaca - Boat tour & Homestay
                                              Accommodation
                                              Homestay (1 nt)
                                              Meals
                                              1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
                                              Day 22 Puno
                                              This morning after breakfast board the boat again for a visit to Taquile Island (approx 1 hour), where knitting is strictly a male domain and women do the spinning. This is a great place to pick up some high quality, locally knitted goods. An uphill trek of about an hour brings us to the main area of the island and after the visit we descend about 500 steps back to our boat.

                                              Transfer back to Puno by boat (approx 3 hrs).

                                              Puno is the hometown of Kusimayo, a terrific local organisation that works towards improving the living condition of children and adults affected by poverty and malnutrition in this part of the world you have now come to know so well. Take a look at this short video for more information on this wonderful project: https://vimeo.com/154422813
                                              Kusimayo is supported by the Intrepid Foundation which means you can donate to this project and your donation will be match dollar for dollar by the Intrepid Group. Please donate through our website: http://www.theintrepidfoundation.org/projects/kusimayo/


                                              Accommodation
                                              Hotel (1 nt)
                                              Meals
                                              1 breakfast
                                              Day 23 La Paz
                                              Travel by comfortable local bus to Desaguadero, where we cross the border into Bolivia. The first stop is the Peruvian migration office where you'll be asked to leave the bus and proceed through Peruvian migration. Then walk via a bridge to the Bolivian side, submit your passport at the Bolivian migration office and reboard the bus, which will continue to La Paz. About 30 minutes after crossing the border there's another stop where the army will again check your documents.

                                              The journey to La Paz takes about 5 hours - don't forget that Bolivia's timezone is 1-2 hours ahead of Peru.
                                              At around 3,600 m, La Paz feels like the top of the world. It's not far from it! a Although Sucre is the official capital of Bolivia, La Paz is the centre of commerce, finance and industry. Despite the abundance of colonial architecture, La Paz's indigenous roots run deep, and the atmosphere in the market-filled streets is both modern and traditional.
                                              Optional Activities
                                              • Chacaltaya tour half day (Pool) - BOB80
                                              • Bolivia - Tiwanaku archaeological site - BOB60
                                                Accommodation
                                                Hotel (1 nt)
                                                Meals
                                                1 breakfast
                                                Day 24 La Paz
                                                There are no activities planned for the final day and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time.
                                                Optional Activities
                                                • La Paz - To 3,600 Metres, and Beyond - Urban Adventures - USD41
                                                • La Paz - Food with Altitude - Urban Adventure - USD57
                                                  Meals
                                                  1 breakfast
                                                  Itinerary disclaimer
                                                  ITINERARY CHANGES Occasionally our itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements stemming from past travellers' comments and our own research. The information given in this itinerary may be slightly different to that in the brochure. It's very important that you print and review a final copy of your Trip Notes a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans. If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff. We are here to help you! Please note that while we operate successful trips in this region throughout the year, some changes may occur in our itineraries due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary from time to time.

                                                  OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES: A selection of optional activities are listed in the day-to-day itinerary. This isn't an exhaustive list and should be used as a guide only. Prices are approximate and are for entrance only and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability and it may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination. Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. This means that it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, however we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Activities not listed above have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with booking these activities. The decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk.

                                                  DEMONSTRATIONS AND PROTESTS: Demonstrations and protests, often in response to local labour or social issues, occur regularly throughout South America, however Peru in particular. National strikes can be called at short notice and can cause disruption to road networks leading to inevitable itinerary changes. Intrepid does everything possible for these changes to be at little or no extra cost; however in such circumstances we find that travellers need to access part of, or the entire, emergency fund. Please read below for more information on this trip's emergency fund.

                                                  If it rains heavily for a number of consecutive days the terrain on the third campsite (Wiñaywayna) can become unstable increasing the danger of landslides. This particularly occurs during the wet season, December-January however could be any time of the year. If that is the case, and with your, your leader and porter’s safety in mind, your trek leader may make a decision for the group to descend and camp Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu town) for the night. You leader may offer you (if available) an option to upgrade to a hotel at your own expense. We can provide you an insurance letter in this case in order to lodge a travel insurance for any incidental costs.
                                                  Physical rating

                                                  On Day 2 of the Inca Trail or Quarry Trek you will be walking uphill from 3000 to 4500 metres above sea level before descending steeply through big steps and difficult terrain. While this demanding walk is the main challenge our passengers face on this trip, it's also one of the highlights and worth every minute of it.
                                                  Included activities
                                                  Isla San Cristobal- Snorkeling in La Loberia (1.5 Hours)
                                                  Isla San Cristobal - Cerro Tijeretas View Point (1 Hour)
                                                  Isla San Cristobal - Interpretation Center (45 minutes)
                                                  Isla San Cristobal - Snorkeling at Kicker Rock also known as Leon Dormido (6 Hours)
                                                  Floreana - Snorkeling (1 Hour)
                                                  Isla Isabela -Tintoreras or Shark Alley (2.5 Hours)
                                                  Isla Isabela - Flamingo lagoon visit (30 Minutes)
                                                  Isla Isabela - Giant Tortoise Breeding Centre (1 Hour)
                                                  Isla Isabela- Sierra Negra Volcano Hike (5-6 Hours)
                                                  Isabela Kayak Excursion (1 Hour)
                                                  Santa Cruz Highlands Visit (3 Hours)
                                                  Lima - Leader-led walking tour
                                                  Amazon Jungle - Jungle activities as mentioned in trip notes
                                                  Cuzco - Coca Museum
                                                  Cuzco - Orientation Walk
                                                  Sacred Valley - Local community visit
                                                  Trek - 3 Night / 4 Day Inca Trail (or 2 Night / 3 Day Quarry Trail)
                                                  Machu Picchu - Entrance and Guided Tour
                                                  Lake Titicaca - Boat tour & Homestay
                                                  Important notes
                                                  NON-INCLUDED FLIGHT
                                                  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.

                                                  SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
                                                  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 PERMITS
                                                  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.
                                                  https://www.intrepidtravel.com/sites/default/files/pdf/Inca_Quarry_Trail.pdf

                                                  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.

                                                  GALAPAGOS PARK, TRANSIT CARD & ISABELA PORT FEES
                                                  A Galapagos Transit Card fee of US$20 is payable on departure from Quito Airport (or whichever airport in Ecuador you are flying to the Galapagos from). The Galapagos park fee (US$100) and Isabela Port fee (US$5) are payable upon arrival to the islands (cash only). These amounts are in addition to your trip payment.
                                                  When booking, please ensure that your details are correct and they match your passport.
                                                  Your passport must match the booking details provided to us; otherwise it could cause issues with your transit card and internal flights resulting in purchasing a new card and flights at your own expense.

                                                  SEA SICKNESS- GALAPAGOS
                                                  Please note that from June to August the water is rougher than usual. Consequently travel times will be longer than usual. If you suffer from seasickness you may want to reconsider travelling during this period.

                                                  INTERNET IN THE GALAPAGOS:
                                                  Some of the hotels in the Galapagos do have internet connections however it's often very slow and and may not always be functional.

                                                  BOLIVIAN VISA FOR U.S CITIZENS
                                                  Nationals from the United States need a visa to enter Bolivia and you we highly recommend you obtain this visa in advance from your nearest Bolivian consulate or Embassy. Not obtaining the visa in advance is likely to cause long delays at the border.
                                                  Please see the visa information on these trip notes for more information."


                                                  Group size
                                                  Maximum of 16 travellers per group.
                                                  Your fellow travellers
                                                  SINGLE TRAVELLERS:
                                                  Our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and don't involve a compulsory single supplement. Single travellers share with people of the same gender in accommodation ranging from twin to multishare. Some of our itineraries have accommodation booked on a mixed gender share basis and where applicable this will be specified in our Trip Notes. On a selection of our trips, you have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure that you have your own accommodation (where available). Please note that this only applies to accommodation during the tour - pre-trip and post-trip accommodation will be booked on a single room basis.
                                                  Accommodation
                                                  Camping (with basic facilities) (3nt), Homestay (1nt), Hotel (17nt), Jungle Lodge (2nt)
                                                  Meals introduction
                                                  While travelling with us you'll experience the vast array of wonderful food available in this region. Your group leader will be able to suggest restaurants to try during your trip.
                                                  To give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat, generally not all meals are included in the trip price. This also gives you more budgeting flexibility. As a rule our groups tend to eat dinner together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There's no obligation to do this though.

                                                  DIET REQUIREMENTS
                                                  Generally speaking, in bigger cities/towns vegetarians can expect a reasonable range of vegetarian venues and/or vegetarian options within tourist restaurant menus. However, vegetarianism is not the norm in this part of the world so options can be limited when eating at homestays, small local restaurants, street stools, markets, etc.

                                                  More restrictive diet requirements (vegans, celiac, gluten intolerance, fructose intolerance, lactose intolerance, etc.) can also be accommodated along this trip but you should expect a lesser variety than what you can expect at home. We recommend that, if possible, to bring your own supply of snacks with you.

                                                  Please let us know your diet requirements before your trip starts.

                                                  SIMPLE BREAKFAST
                                                  Some of the included breakfasts along this trip can be quite simple: toasts, spreads, juice and coffee or tea.
                                                  Meals
                                                  20 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 7 dinners
                                                  Money matters
                                                  When it comes to money matters on the trip, every traveller is a little different. You know your spending habits better than we do, so please budget a sensible amount for things like drinks, shopping, optional activities, tipping and laundry. It’s always better to bring a little more than you think you’ll need.

                                                  Also make sure you’ve read your trip details thoroughly so you know what’s included in the trip price and what isn’t. This should make budgeting a little easier. You’ll find this info in the Inclusions section of your Essential Trip Information (that’s this document).

                                                  MEALS NOT INCLUDED
                                                  For this trip we recommend between USD 25 to 50 per day. How do we work this out?

                                                  Breakfast. If breakfast is not included, you can expect to pay between USD5 to USD10 at a local café.

                                                  Lunch. If you are happy with a quick snack on the go, you may get away with as little as USD5 to USD10 for a set menu at a local eatery or a sandwich and a drink at a café. On the other hand, a lunch meal at a more tourist restaurant can cost between USD10 to USD15.

                                                  Dinner. At dinner time, your leader will normally recommend restaurants where you can safely try the local specialties of the region. Expect meals to cost between USD12 to USD25 for a main.

                                                  These are indicative prices only. If you are in a tight budget, are happy to eat just local food and are not afraid of an upset tummy every now and then, you can eat cheaper than this. If you want to try just the finest food at the finest restaurants, then you can expect meals to cost as much as in western countries.

                                                  EMERGENCY FUNDS
                                                  We try to plan for every eventuality, but there are still some things beyond our control. Please make sure you bring an extra USD500 for emergencies (e.g. natural disasters or civil unrest). Sometimes these things necessitate last minute changes to our itineraries, and we can’t guarantee there won’t be some extra costs involved.

                                                  CREDIT CARD & ATMS
                                                  Credit cards are generally available in tourist shops and restaurants. Visa and Mastercard are generally preferred over American Express, Diners, etc. Smaller venues take cash only.

                                                  ATMs are widely available in major towns and cities, credit and debit cards are the best way to access money throughout this trip (note though that charges are made for each transaction). Check with your bank before departure that your card is accepted in the countries you are travelling to. Also ensure your bank is aware of your travel plans as - suspecting fraud - they may cancel your cards after the first few international transactions. Be aware that your withdrawing limit may vary from country to country (regardless of your withdrawing limit in your home country) and it can be as low as the equivalent to USD100 per day.

                                                  Traveller cheques have become less accepted and generally quite cumbersome to exchange. The best “Plan B” is to carry USD100 – USD200 in small notes in case of an eventuality (your bank card doesn’t work, you are unable to withdraw funds, etc.)

                                                  DEPARTURE TAX:
                                                  In most countries you must pay an airport departure tax. Nowadays, these departure taxes are added into the cost of your airline tickets and paid for at the time of purchase.

                                                  Unless mentioned below, no airport departure tax has to be paid during this trip.


                                                  Bolivia Airport Tax:
                                                  Bolivia (International) US$25 or Bolivia (Domestic) BOB15. There is also a border departure tax of BOB10.

                                                  TIPPING:
                                                  Gratuities aren’t compulsory on your trip, but they can make a big difference to locals employed in the tourism industry. We suggest carrying small notes of local currency around as you go. It’ll make tipping easier.

                                                  Usually around USD5 – USD10 a day to cover tips is fine, but your leader might raise the idea of a group tip kitty. Each traveller contributes an equal amount to the pool, and your leader can pay the tips as you go.

                                                  TIPPING GUIDE

                                                  To give you a bit of guidance, we’ve put together the following tipping notes. These are just suggestions, based on feedback from past travellers and our staff on the ground.

                                                  - Restaurants: Local markets and basic restaurants - round your bill up to the nearest USD1. More up-market restaurants we suggest 10% to 15% of your bill.

                                                  - Local guides: There might be times during the trip where you’ll have a specialist local guide alongside your trip leader. We suggest tipping these guides about USD2 – USD3 per day.

                                                  - Drivers: You may have a range of drivers on your trip. Some may be with you for a short journey while others may be with you for several days. We suggest USD1-USD2 per day for drivers.

                                                  - Porters: While on the Inca Trail and the Quarry Trail, we suggest PEN80-120 for all porters, assistants and cook per person per trek.

                                                  - Your Tour Leader: You may also consider tipping your tour leader for outstanding service throughout your trip. The amount is entirely a personal preference, however as a guideline USD2-USD4 per person, per day can be used. Of course you are free to tip more or less as you see fit, depending on your perception of service quality and the length of your trip. Remember, a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.


                                                  Ecuador & Hotel based Galapagos Tipping:

                                                  Gratuities aren’t compulsory on your trip, but they can make a big difference to locals employed in the tourism industry. We suggest carrying small notes of local currency around as you go. It’ll make tipping easier.

                                                  Usually around USD5 – USD10 a day to cover tips is fine.
                                                  On our Ecuador mainland trips your leader might raise the idea of a group tip kitty. Each traveller contributes an equal amount to the pool, and your leader can pay the tips as you go.

                                                  TIPPING GUIDE

                                                  To give you a bit of guidance, we’ve put together the following tipping notes. These are just suggestions, based on feedback from past travellers and our staff on the ground.

                                                  Restaurants: Local markets and basic restaurants - round your bill up. More up-market restaurants we suggest 10% to 15% of your bill.

                                                  Local guides: Throughout your trip you may at times have a local guide in addition to your tour leader. We suggest USD4-5 per passenger per day for Ecuador Land and USD8-USD10 per passenger per day for Galapagos.

                                                  Your Tour Leader: You may also consider tipping your tour leader for outstanding service throughout your trip. The amount is entirely a personal preference, however as a guideline USD4-5 per passenger per day for Ecuador Land and USD8-USD10 per passenger per day for Galapagos.Of course you are free to tip more or less as you see fit, depending on your perception of service quality and the length of your trip. Remember, a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.

                                                  In total, we recommend you budget approx USD5-USD10 per day of your trip to cover tipping.
                                                  Group leader
                                                  All Intrepid group trips are accompanied by one of our group leaders. The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. Intrepid endeavours to provide the services of an experienced leader however, due to the seasonality of travel, rare situations may arise where your leader is new to a particular region or training other group leaders.

                                                  Your leader will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the places visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. At Intrepid we aim to support local guides who have specialised knowledge of the regions we visit. If you were interested in delving deeper into the local culture at a specific site or location then your leader can recommend a local guide service in most of the main destinations of your trip.
                                                  Safety
                                                  Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure and ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all areas your itinerary covers. Please refer to our website's safety page for links to major travel advisories and updates on safety issues affecting our trip.

                                                  We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe-keeping of your passport, air tickets, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of our hotels have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.

                                                  Your leader will accompany you on all included activities, however during your trip you'll have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. While your leader will assist you with the available options in a given location, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your Intrepid itinerary, and Intrepid makes no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgement when selecting an activity in your free time. Please also note that your Leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it's deemed necessary due to safety concerns.

                                                  For more details on the type of conditions and safety standards you can expect on your trip, please refer to Intrepid's operational safety policy on our website. We recommend that you take a moment to read through this information before travelling, and would appreciate any feedback on how well it's being implemented in the field:

                                                  http://www.intrepidtravel.com/contact-us/safety

                                                  PETTY THEFT AND PERSONAL SAFETY:
                                                  While travelling there is always the risk of pick-pocketing and petty theft, particularly in the more touristy cities. We recommend that you exercise caution when walking alone at night and encourage you to walk together and only on main, well-lit thoroughfares. Be particularly vigilant on public transport. Simple measures like carrying your day pack on your front, not hanging your bag over the back of your chair or on the floor and wearing a money belt will reduce any chance that your valuables should go missing.

                                                  MONEY WITHDRAWAL:
                                                  In order to avoid fraud, it is advisable that you withdraw money from ATMs located inside banks or guarded shops during business hours only.

                                                  SEAT BELTS:
                                                  Please be aware that local laws governing transportation safety may differ from those in your home country and not all the transport which we use is able to provide seat belts.

                                                  FIRE PRECAUTIONS:
                                                  Please be aware that local laws governing tourism facilities in this region differ from those in your home country and not all the accommodation which we use has a fire exit, fire extinguishers or smoke alarms.

                                                  HIKING IN PERU
                                                  In accordance with local laws governing tourism in Peru, trekking groups of up to and including 8 trekkers will be led by one local guide. The evacuation of an injured traveller in normal conditions may take more than 8 hours. For your own safety, it's crucial that you adhere to the local guide's safety instructions, particularly in regard to how to prevent trekkers getting separated or lost. Your leader will also conduct a brief safety discussion before our trekking activity.
                                                  Joining point
                                                  Hotel Sierra Madre
                                                  Veintimilla No 464 y Luis Tamayo
                                                  Quito
                                                  ECUADOR
                                                  Phone: 593 22505687
                                                  Fax: 593 22224950
                                                  Continuing point
                                                  Hotel La Castellana
                                                  Grimaldo del Solar 222
                                                  Miraflores
                                                  Lima
                                                  PERU
                                                  Continuing point instructions
                                                  The best way to get from Lima's International Airport, Jorge Chavez to Lima city is by taxi. As you walk out from the luggage collection area, you will find the official taxis. We recommend you take the green taxi (Taxi Verde) services. They will charge you PEN 50 (Soles) for a trip to Miraflores.
                                                  Alternate continuing point
                                                  For trips departing on the following dates, use this joining point.
                                                  17 Oct 2016 (GGSQ1610172), 27 Oct 2016 (GGSQ1610272)
                                                  Hotel El Faro Inn
                                                  857 Francia St.
                                                  Miraflores
                                                  Lima
                                                  PERU
                                                  Alternate continuing point instructions
                                                  The best way to get from Lima's International Airport, Jorge Chavez to Lima city is by taxi. As you walk out from the luggage collection area, you will find the official taxis. We recommend you take the green taxi (Taxi Verde) services. They will charge you PEN 50 (Soles) for a trip to Miraflores.

                                                  The following will be useful in getting to the hotel:
                                                  Por favor lleveme al Hostal El Faro Inn, que se encuentra en Calle Francia 857 en Miraflores, a dos cuadras del Faro de Miraflores.
                                                  Alternate continuing point
                                                  For trips departing on the following dates, use this joining point.
                                                  01 Oct 2016 (GGSQ161001), 06 Oct 2016 (GGSQ1610062), 08 Oct 2016 (GGSQ161008)
                                                  Monte Real Hotel
                                                  Calle 27 de Noviembre 169-189
                                                  Miraflores
                                                  Lima
                                                  PERU
                                                  Phone: +511 2414100
                                                  Alternate continuing point
                                                  For trips departing on the following dates, use this joining point.
                                                  28 Sep 2016 (GGSQ160928), 07 Nov 2016 (GGSQ1611072), 24 Nov 2016 (GGSQ1611242), 15 Dec 2016 (GGSQ1612152), 24 Dec 2016 (GGSQ161224)
                                                  Hotel El Tambo I
                                                  1276 La Paz Ave - Miraflores
                                                  Miraflores
                                                  Lima
                                                  PERU
                                                  Phone: +51 12194080
                                                  Finish point
                                                  Hotel Osira
                                                  Av. 20 de Octubre N 1494 Esq. Nicolás Acosta Plaza Mariscal Sucre (San Pedro)
                                                  La Paz
                                                  BOLIVIA
                                                  Phone: 5912 2492247
                                                  Emergency contact
                                                  While we always endeavour to provide the best possible holiday experience, due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit sometimes things can and do go wrong. Should any issue occur while you are on your trip, it is imperative that you discuss this with your group leader or our local representative straight away so that they can do their best to rectify the problem and save any potential negative impact on the rest of your trip.

                                                  We recognise that there may be times when your group leader/local partner may not be able to resolve a situation to your satisfaction - if this is the case, please ask the leader to speak to their direct manager.

                                                  You may also choose to provide details in your online feedback, which we ask you to complete within 30 days of the end of your trip. But we do ask you to be aware that it is very difficult for us to provide any practical help after the trip is complete.

                                                  For general enquiries or questions about your booking, please contact your agent or adventure specialist, or visit us at www.intrepidtravel.com/contact-us

                                                  In case of a genuine crisis or emergency, you can reach our local operator on the number below.


                                                  Intrepid Peru office: +51 9 9605 5559

                                                  Intrepid Ecuador office: +593 9 94014877
                                                  Visas
                                                  Passport:
                                                  As a general rule most countries expect that your passport has a minimum of 6 months validity remaining. Please ensure the name on your passport matches the name on your booking and airline tickets. Your passport details are required to complete your booking. Your consultant will contact you when this is required.
                                                  Take a copy of the main passport pages and other important documents with you, and leave another copy at home with family or friends.

                                                  Visas:
                                                  Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it's important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. Your consultant will also be happy to point you in the right direction with acquiring visas. Visas can take several weeks to process, so familiarise yourself with any requirements as soon as you have booked your trip to allow for processing time.

                                                  Also remember to check whether a transit visa is required on route to join this trip or on the way home.


                                                  BOLIVIA VISA:

                                                  Nationals from the United States need a visa to enter Bolivia and you we highly recommend you obtain this visa in advance from your nearest Bolivian consulate or Embassy. Not obtaining the visa in advance is likely to cause long delays at the border.

                                                  This visa has a validity of 30 days from first day of entry.

                                                  In order to apply for this visa, you will need to provide the following documentation:

                                                  A – Original passport valid for a minimum of 6 months.
                                                  B – One passport photo (color, 4cm x 4cm)
                                                  C - Evidence of a hotel reservation in Spanish (Intrepid can provide this upon request)
                                                  D - A copy of the voucher and trip notes that you receive after purchasing this trip.
                                                  E-  Proof of economic solvency (credit card, cash, or a current bank statement)
                                                  F-  International Vaccination Certificate for yellow fever

                                                  This Visa can be obtained in Peru (Lima or Cuzco) and is usually processed withing the day, providing all paper work as mentioned above is in order annd payment has been made. We only recommend this option if you simply dont have enough time to get the visa prior to leaving the U.S.

                                                  For more information please visit the following website:
                                                  http://bolivia.usembassy.gov/information-on-bolivian-visas.html




                                                  What to take
                                                  What you need to bring will vary according to the trip style you have chosen, the countries you are visiting and when you are travelling. Generally speaking you should pack as lightly as possible. 

                                                  Most travellers carry their luggage in a backpack, although a small suitcase with wheels is ok too. Whatever you take, be mindful that you will need to be able to carry your own luggage, handle it at airports, take in/out of accommodation and perhaps even short walking distances (max 30 minutes).

                                                  In terms of weight, keep in mind that if you are flying domestically (either on this itinerary or during your personal time) airlines generally allow a maximum of 20kg for check in luggage.

                                                  Finally, you'll also need a day pack/bag to carry water and a camera etc. for day trips.

                                                  Below we have listed the essentials for this trip:


                                                  ESSENTIAL PACKING LIST

                                                  Travel documents: passport, visa (if required), travel insurance, air tickets or e-ticket receipts and a copy of this document
                                                  Photocopy of main passport pages, visa (if required), travel insurance and air tickets
                                                  Money: cash/credit card/EFTPOS card
                                                  Money belt and small padlocks
                                                  Personal medication
                                                  Daypack
                                                  Watch/Alarm clock or phone that can be used for both
                                                  Torch/flashlight (your phone’s may suffice)
                                                  Electrical adapter plug (view www.kropla.com)
                                                  Toiletries/travel wipes
                                                  Insect repellent
                                                  Sunscreen, lip balm, sunhat and sunglasses
                                                  Earplugs and eye mask (you might be sharing with a snorer!)
                                                  Refillable water bottle
                                                  Phrase book
                                                  Warm clothes including hat and gloves - When travelling in cooler climates
                                                  Wind and waterproof rain jacket
                                                  Travel Towel
                                                  Comfortable and sturdy walking shoes with good walking socks
                                                  Camera with spare memory card and charger/batteries
                                                  Swimwear (dependent on itinerary)
                                                  Emergency fund as mentioned in the Money Matters section
                                                  Clothes! Bear in mind that laundry facilities are widely available throughout this trip. The cost varies between USD1 to USD3 (approx.) per kilo and it can normally be dropped off and picked the same day.

                                                  SLEEPING BAGS
                                                  It’s not essential that you bring a sleeping bag for any of our trips however on some itineraries we will recommend either bringing one from home or hiring one on the ground. If this is the case it will be mentioned in the ‘region specific’ packing list.


                                                  AMAZON SPECIFIC PACKING LIST

                                                  In addition to the general packing list above, please ensure you bring these items if visiting the Amazon Jungle.

                                                  Good binoculars
                                                  Tight-weave, light coloured, long cotton pants
                                                  Long sleeved, tight-weave, light coloured cotton shirts
                                                  Ankle-high hiking boots and or comfortable walking shoes
                                                  Sandals for walking on boardwalks or around the lodge
                                                  Broad-brimmed hat
                                                  Rain Jacket or poncho
                                                  Tropical strength Insect repellent
                                                  Small denomination bills for beverages
                                                  Small day pack to for day excursions

                                                  Luggage is hand-carried at various stages in the trip for long distance. We strongly recommend you limit your weight to 15 kilos (32 pounds per piece).

                                                  Please note you will go to the lodge’s office prior to transferring to the jungle lodge. At the office you will be given a duffle bag to pack the things you need for the next few days in the jungle. All remaining items can be securely stored at the office


                                                  PERU TREK PACKING LIST
                                                  In addition to the general packing list above, please ensure you bring these items if you are trekking in Peru.

                                                  Passport:
                                                  You MUST take your passport, a photocopy is not sufficient. It's important the passport matches the details your provided us when booking this trip (Keep it in a plastic bag in case of rain)

                                                  Sleeping bag:  
                                                  You will need a good warm sleeping bag for the trek. Sleeping bags can be hired for US20-25, please let your Tour Leader know at the trek briefing. A four season (or -10) bag is recommended especially for the winter months. At other times you will probably be fine in a 3 season (or -5) bag although this depends on how much you feel the cold and is given as a guideline only.

                                                  Silk sleeping bag liner:
                                                  Especially recommended if you plan to hire a sleeping bag but can also give your own bag added warmth.

                                                  Trek Poles:
                                                  Trek poles are not requires, it's a personal preference. We recommend hiring these at the pre-trek briefing for approximately US$10 as it will save you carting them around for the remainder of your travels.

                                                  Day Pack:
                                                  A day bag that has easy access to water bottles (external side pockets) or a day pack with a built in hydration bladder. This bag only needs to be large enough to hold the few things you need during the day (hat, water, camera, snacks, rain jacket etc)

                                                  Water bottle:
                                                  You should be carrying at least 2 litres of water daily, while trekking. Depending on whether you have a hydration bladder in your bag or not we recommend bringing two (1 litre) bottles that can be refilled on the trail with boiled water, which will be supplied daily.

                                                  Waterproof, well worn-in walking boots: 
                                                  Good quality, comfortable footwear is essential. Whatever you wear on your feet the most important thing is comfort. It is vital to ensure your boots are well worn in and lightweight. Ankle support and waterproofing is recommended but if you already have something comfortable with good grip on rocks then don’t go rushing out to buy new boots – you are better off with your well-worn in pair!

                                                  Walking clothing in layers:
                                                  (E.g. zip off trousers, fleece, T-shirts). It’s a personal choice as to how many items you bring however please remember there’s a 5kg limit. We recommend the following;

                                                  • 2 Pairs of long Walking Trousers (Zip off are a very hand
                                                    choice but not a necessity)
                                                  • 2 T-shirts
                                                  • 1 Pair of shorts
                                                  • Rain Jacket or Poncho (Poncho can be purchased locally
                                                    for a $2-3)
                                                  • 4-5 Pairs of Thick socks

                                                  Warm clothing for night time:
                                                  Fleece, long pants, woollen hat, gloves.

                                                  Thermal underwear:
                                                  Thermal wear is highly recommended, being light, warm and will keep you warm at night.

                                                  Sunscreen, sunglasses and sunhat

                                                  Personal medication and basic first aid kit: 
                                                  Band-Aids, Imodium, Panadol, rehydration sachets.

                                                  Camera and spare batteries, memory cards or film: 
                                                  Please note: there are no electrical outlets on the trek so make sure you fully charge and or have spare batteries.

                                                  Snacks:
                                                  Chocolates, chips, biscuits, energy bars. Snacks are provided during the trek but you may like to bring one or two extras just in case. If you have a dietary requirement then be recommend bringing some suitable snacks from home. We will accommodate you for Breakfast, lunch and dinner however for snacks it’s recommended to bring some just to be safe.

                                                  Head torch or Standard Torch (flash-light)
                                                  (Very Important) and spare batteries.

                                                  Tropical strength insect repellent.

                                                  Antiseptic hand gel.

                                                  Flip-flops / thongs / jandals: 
                                                  If you wish to have a shower on the third night and to wear around camp after a long day of trekking.

                                                  Ear Plugs:
                                                  In case your tent ‘roomie’ is a snorer.

                                                  Plastic bags: 
                                                  To keep your belongings and clothes dry (wrap everything in plastic bags).

                                                  Toilet paper: 
                                                  Most important! Also small plastic bags or zip lock bags for rubbish which can then be thrown in the main rubbish bag provided by the porters. Please don’t dispose of your toilet paper on the ground!

                                                  Wet wipes and or Face wipes:
                                                  These are an essential and will come in handy after a long day of trekking and no showers.

                                                  Small towel and basic personal toiletries:
                                                  On the third night of both the Inca Trail and the Quarry there is an opportunity to have a shower so bring travel size shampoo and shower gel if you would like.
                                                  Climate and seasonal information
                                                  Being located on the equator, Ecuador is a year round destination. In Quito temperatures do not fluctuate that much throughout the year with average temperatures around 19°C to 24°C during the day with lows of 9-10°C in the evening. There are two 'seasons', the wet and dry. The dry season runs from June to September and the wet season is from October through to May. The surprisingly thing with Quito is its altitude and proximity to the equator means that the sun has a little more kick to it so it can feel like it's warmer than it actually is. Even on cooler days, if the sun comes out make sure you use sunscreen.
                                                  The Galapagos weather is pretty reasonable all year round, so it is never freezing cold but it can get very hot [February-May being the hottest months]. The seasons are not exactly fixed and weather conditions are changeable around the ends of the seasons. Note that the "wet" season is still drier than many places in the world.
                                                  Daily temperatures range from 22°C to 25°C with overnight temperatures dropping to around 10°C. Up in the highlands [which you will cross on your way from Baltra to Puerto Ayora] it is cooler and the garúa mist hangs about as a kind of permanent dampness, and sometimes descends to the coast as well.
                                                  The waters surrounding the Galapagos are influenced by the Humboldt Current. Water temperatures sit around 20°C to 24°C from January through to May and drop to 18°C to 20°C from June through to October. Although you may be required to wear a wetsuit at this time of year the same currents that bring the cooler water temperatures also bring nutrients which means wildlife are very active at this time of year.
                                                  Health
                                                  All Intrepid travellers need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully on this trip. When selecting your trip please make sure you have read through the itinerary carefully and assess your ability to cope with our style of travel. Please note that if, in the opinion of our group leader or local guide, any traveller is unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group, Intrepid Travel reserves the right to exclude them from all or part of a trip without refund.

                                                  You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information or for any necessary vaccinations and anti-malarial requirements before departure. We recommend that you carry a first aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements (including a spare pair of glasses) as they may not easily be obtained at the locations on this trip. For legal reasons our leaders and guides are prohibited from administering any type of drugs including headache tablets and antibiotics. Please ensure that you are adequately prepared.

                                                  WHO – WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION
                                                  The World Health Organization has identified the following mosquito transmitted diseases in this region:

                                                  Dengue, Yellow Fever, Malaria and Zika (amongst others)

                                                  For more information, please visit www.who.int


                                                  Zika virus.
                                                  According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there has been an outbreak of the mosquito-borne Zika virus in parts of Central and South America. This virus is mostly concerning to pregnant women as recently in Brazil local authorities have linked the virus to an increase in babies born with microcephaly (smaller than normal skull).
                                                  In addition to the risk mentioned above WHO have reported that Zika symptoms may include mild fever, skin rash and conjunctivitis. These symptoms normally last for 2-7 days.
                                                  In line with the above, we recommend all women who are pregnant or trying to get pregnant to consult with their doctors before booking their trip to Central and South America.
                                                  At this stage, WHO is not recommending any travel or trade restrictions related to the Zika virus.
                                                  More information on the Zika virus can be found at the following links:
                                                  World Health Organisation: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/zika/en/


                                                  YELLOW FEVER:
                                                  A valid international certificate of vaccination against Yellow Fever is required in many countries. You may need to present this on arrival at the airport or border crossing. Some countries will refuse entry if you are unable to present your certificate. It's also quite common for your home country to request a Yellow Fever certificate on your arrival back home.

                                                  It is your responsibility to check with your doctor well in advance of leaving home about the Yellow Fever requirements for the countries you'll be visiting.

                                                  ALTITUDE SICKNESS:
                                                  Parts of your trip go above 2800 metres / 9200 feet where it is common for travellers to experience some adverse health effects due to the altitude - regardless of your age, gender and fitness. It even happened to Sir Edmund Hillary!

                                                  Before your trip:
                                                  Some pre-existing medical conditions are known to severely worsen at high altitude and be difficult to adequately treat on the ground, leading to more serious consequences. It is imperative that you discuss your pre-existing medical condition/s with your doctor. We understand certain medications are reported to aid acclimatizing to high altitude. Please discuss these options with your doctor.

                                                  During your trip.
                                                  While our leaders have basic first aid training and are aware of the closest medical facilities, it is very important that you are aware of the cause and effects of travelling at altitude, monitor your health and seek assistance accordingly.

                                                  Please read the following document carefully and, during your trip, utilise the table on the back daily to record your own perspective of your general health and any symptoms you may experience:

                                                  http://d3oxn90f3yphmd.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/file_attach/52735_product_altitude-sickness.pdf
                                                  Travel insurance
                                                  Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.

                                                  When travelling on a trip, you won't be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance and the insurance company's 24 hour emergency contact number has been seen by your leader.

                                                  If you have credit card insurance your group leader will require details of the participating insurer/underwriter, the level of coverage, policy number and emergency contact number rather than the bank's name and credit card details. Please contact your bank for these details prior to arriving in-country.

                                                  http://www.intrepidtravel.com/insurance.php
                                                  A couple of rules
                                                  Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on our trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land, but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for Intrepid travellers. Intrepid's philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter and in particular, the local people who make our destinations such special places. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our group leader has the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

                                                  Everyone has the right to feel safe and secure on their trip. We don’t tolerate any form of sexual harassment at Intrepid, either between passengers or involving our leaders or local operators. Sexual relationships (consensual or otherwise) between a leader and a passenger are unacceptable. If you ever feel another person is behaving inappropriately please inform us immediately by contacting the emergency contact number detailed in these trip notes.
                                                  Responsible Travel
                                                  We believe strongly in low impact or rather positive impact tourism. Broadly speaking this means that we try to minimise the negative aspects of tourism on the local cultures and environments that we visit and highlight the positive aspects. Please visit our website for further details and suggestions on how you can be a responsible traveller.

                                                  http://www.intrepidtravel.com/ourtrips/rt/responsibletraveller

                                                  The Intrepid Foundation
                                                  Since Intrepid Travel commenced operating in 1989 we've been committed to giving something back to the communities we visit. One way has been through our support for local humanitarian, development and conservation projects. Many of our travellers want to contribute something too. Whilst it is often tempting to give hand-outs to those less fortunate, this has the potential to promote a culture of begging and dependency. Handouts are not a sustainable way for individuals or communities to live. That’s why we established The Intrepid Foundation – to make it easier for travellers wishing to give back to communities in an effective and meaningful way.

                                                  The Intrepid Foundation is a not-for-profit fund offering a selection of excellent grassroots organisations which you can contribute to. All donations to The Intrepid Foundation will be matched by Intrepid Travel dollar for dollar (up to AU$1,000 per donor and a total of AU$400,000 for all donors in each financial year, excluding emergency appeals). And every cent gets there as Intrepid Travel pays for all the administration costs. Donating is simple and secure. Please ask your leader for information on the projects we support through The Intrepid Foundation or go to our website:

                                                  http://www.theintrepidfoundation.org/

                                                  Organisations and projects currently supported by The Intrepid Foundation in Ecuador include:

                                                  * FUNDAR Galapagos, based on Santa Cruz Island, is an organization that works with the Galapagos community, to develop alternative and responsible approaches to local environmental issues. A key initiative is an organic farming program on FUNDAR’s Pajaro Brujo Reserve. Most produce in the Galapagos is imported from the mainland, and this program is creating opportunities for locals to grow organic food, encouraging healthier and more sustainable lifestyles within the community.
                                                  www.theintrepidfoundation.org/projects/fundar-galapagos/


                                                  Through the Intrepid Foundation we are raising funds in support of FUNDAR’s organic farming program as well as its weekly educational workshops for students on farming, reforestation and leadership skills.

                                                  Organisations and projects currently supported by The Intrepid Foundation in Peru include:

                                                  * Living Heart - Focuses on improving the education, nutrition and health of disadvantaged Andean women and children near Cusco. Currently they provide free breakfasts, assist local schools with educational supplies and organise visits by doctors and nurses. They are also raising funds to build homes for orphaned children and abused women and children.
                                                  www.theintrepidfoundation.org/projects/living-heart/

                                                  * Kusimayo - Improves the living conditions of children and adults affected by poverty and malnutrition in one of Peru’s poorest regions: the high plains of Puno. They provide daily nutritious breakfasts for a number of pre-schools in the area, as well as educational material, hygiene kits and basic kitchenware.
                                                  http://www.theintrepidfoundation.org/projects/kusimayo/
                                                  Take a look at this short video for more info - warning...it may melt your heart! - https://vimeo.com/154422813

                                                  *Project Peru - Aims to break the circle of poverty, offering opportunities through education, independence through responsibility, and dignity through employment. All of the staff in Peru are from the local community and are paid and treated with equality and respect.
                                                  http://www.theintrepidfoundation.org/projects/project-peru/


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