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Absolute Peru & Galápagos Central Islands
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Ecuador & Peru

Absolute Peru & Galápagos Central Islands

Experience a lifetime’s worth of adventure in Ecuador & Peru, the land of the fabled Incan empire, on a journey that inspires wonder and fires the imagination. Visit the Sacred Valley, Cusco, and explore iconic Machu Picchu itself.
Colour, culture and Incas - get ready for feisty, fiery and variety-filled adventures in Ecuador & Peru. Get ready to explore the legacy of the Incas in Machu Picchu, and take in the cultural highlights of its intriguing modern cities such as Lima and Cusco. Adventurers can further venture into the Amazon rainforest or go on to trek the Incan Trail, which is a must for any hiker.
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  • Duration
    27 Days
  • Starting From
    $6,999
    /person
    Twin sharing
  • Travel Operator
    G Adventures
  • Flights
    Not Included
    Flight booking assistance will be provided.

Trip highlights

Lima: City of Kings
Highlight #1
Lima: City of Kings
This Peruvian gem has world-class food, nightlife, colonial-style architecture, surfing and vibrant markets. There’s something for everyone.
Ecuador: A stunning package!
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Ecuador: A stunning package!
There's plenty to do in Ecuador for all kinds of travellers. You can see whales off the coast, birds in the cloud forest, and caimans' eyes gloating red in the waters of the Amazon.
Galapagos - Biodiversity at its best
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Galapagos - Biodiversity at its best
Each island boasts its own unique landscape with extraordinary species such as sea lions, marine iguanas, lava lizards, and a variety of coastal birds such as herons, tattlers, plovers, turnstones, and whimbrels, are commonly seen.
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Ecuador is a country straddling the equator on South America’s west coast. Its diverse landscape encompasses Amazon jungle, Andean highlands and the wildlife-rich Galápagos Islands.

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Lima

Arrive at any time.

  Hotel:  None

Lima/Paracas

Enjoy a free morning in Lima before travelling by bus to Paracas.

   Meals:   Breakfast,

  Hotel:  None

Paracas/Nazca

Optional visit to Ballestas Islands before travelling to Nazca. En route, stop at a winery and at the Oasis of Huacachina. 

  Hotel:  None

Nazca/Arequipa

Take a guided tour of the Nazca desert cemetery and potter's studio. Opt for a flight over the Nazca Lines before the overnight bus to Arequipa.

  Hotel:  None

Arequipa

Enjoy a free day in Arequipa. Opt for a city tour or visit to the Santa Catalina Monastery.

  Hotel:  None

Arequipa/Colca Canyon

Travel to Chivay, a village near Colca Canyon, for an optional dip in the thermal baths. Continue on to nearby Colca Canyon for the day, take a guided tour to spot condors.

   Meals:   Breakfast,

  Hotel:  None

Colca Canyon/Puno

Travel by bus to Puno. Arrive with a little time to wander the markets and explore the city.

  Hotel:  None

Puno/Lake Titicaca

Enjoy a guided tour of Lake Titicaca with a homestay in a small village. 

   Meals:   Breakfast, Dinner

  Hotel:  None

Lake Titicaca/Puno

Visit the floating islands of Uros before returning to Puno. Opt to visit to Sillustani burial site.

   Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch,

  Hotel:  None

Puno/Cusco

Hop on the bus for a full day's drive to Cusco.

   Meals:   Breakfast,

  Hotel:  None

Cusco

Opt to go mountain biking, whitewater rafting, or relax in a café. Choose to pre-book a Cusco Cooking Class.

   Meals:   Breakfast,

  Hotel:  None

Cusco/Ollantaytambo

Enjoy a full-day guided tour of the Sacred Valley. Stop at the G Adventures-supported women's weaving co-op before visiting a local pottery making community. Break for lunch at the G Adventures-supported Parwa Community Restaurant in Huchuy Qosco. After lunch, opt to head out on a hike to the Ollantaytambo storehouses and look out over the ruins. Or, wander around the cobblestone streets and visit a local Chicheria (corn beer bar).

   Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch,

  Hotel:  None

Inca Trail

Depart Ollantaytambo by van to km 82 where the Inca Trail begins. Ease into the adventure with a straightforward day of hiking the meandering streams, stunning Andean scenery, and ancient Incan ruins.

   Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  Hotel:  None

Inca Trail

Start early to climb the long steep path to Warmiwañusca, better known as Dead Woman’s Pass. This is the highest point of the trek at 4,198m (13,769 ft). Most hikers reach camp by early afternoon, with ample time to rest and relax.

   Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  Hotel:  None

Inca Trail

Cross two more passes and ruins on today's trek. The first pass is Runquraqay at 3,950m (13,113 ft) where, on a clear day, hikers can catch a glimpse of the snow-capped Cordillera Vilcabamba. Hike through the cloud forest on a gentle climb to the second pass of the day, walking through original Incan constructions. The highest point of the pass is 3,700m (12,136 ft). On a clear day, enjoy the spectacular views of the Urubamba Valley. At 3,650m (11,972 ft), reach the ruins of Phuyupatamarca, the "town above the clouds." Camp here or go another 1.5 hrs to the Wiñay Wayna ruins ("forever young") located at 2,650m (8,694 ft).

   Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  Hotel:  None

Machu Picchu/Cusco

The final day of the hike starts pre-dawn to reach the Sun Gate before sunrise. Catch the first views of the breathtaking ruins of Machu Picchu on a clear day. Hike down for a guided tour of the site and enjoy free time to explore until noon as permitted by the tourist ticket. Opt to visit the Inca Bridge, if time allows. Catch the bus to Aguas Calientes to meet any non-hiking members of your group. Eat and relax before your train back to Cusco in the afternoon.

   Meals:   Breakfast,

  Hotel:  None

Cusco

Enjoy a free day to explore Cusco or relax. Opt to go whitewater rafting, mountain biking or get a massage. 

   Meals:   Breakfast,

  Hotel:  None

Cusco/Tambopata

Fly to Puerto Maldonado and continue by motorized boat to the comfortable and intimate G Lodge Amazon.

   Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  Hotel:  None

Tambopata

Enjoy guided excursions by expert naturalists to spot wildlife at nearby oxbow lakes and along jungle trails. Spend some time relaxing in a hammock, enjoying the local swimming hole or visiting a nearby plantation. Go for a caiman-spotting cruise after dinner.

   Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  Hotel:  None

Tambopata/Lima

Fly back to Lima for an optional final dinner and night out.

   Meals:   Breakfast,

  Hotel:  None

Lima/Quito

Fly to Quito. Flight is unescorted and included in the price of the tour.

   Meals:   Breakfast,

  Hotel:  None

Quito/Puerto Ayora

Transfer early to the airport for the flight to the Galápagos Islands. Upon arrival meet the Naturalist Guide, who will assist with the transfer to the Xavier, located in Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island. Visit the Santa Cruz highlands and get up close and personal with giant tortoises. 

   Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  Hotel:  None

Chinese Hat/Black Turtle Cove

Visit Chinese Hat for snorkelling opportunities and to observe the birds and sea lions before taking an excursion to Black Turtle Cove to see the marine life.

   Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  Hotel:  None

Cerro Dragón/Islas Daphne

Visit Cerro Dragón on the west coast of Santa Cruz Island to see land iguanas and a salt water lagoon frequented by flamingos and other species of birds. Continue to Daphne Island in the afternoon to spot birds and wildlife.

   Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  Hotel:  None

Islas Plaza/Santa Fé Island

Land at South Plaza in the morning for wildlife spotting opportunities. Afternoon visit to Santa Fé Island for guided walks to observe the wildlife and plentiful marine iguanas. Opportunities for swimming and snorkelling with the sea lions.

   Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  Hotel:  None

San Cristóbal Island/Quito

Visit the Interpretation Centre on San Cristóbal Island before flying back to Quito.

   Meals:   Breakfast,

  Hotel:  None

Quito

Depart at any time.

   Meals:   Breakfast,

  Hotel:  None

Inclusions

 Your G for Good Moment: Ccaccaccollo Community and Women's Weaving Co-op visit, Ccaccaccollo Your G for Good Moment: Parwa Community Restaurant the Sacred Valley, Lamay Your G for Good Moment: Handmade Biodegradable Soap Products Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your Foodie Moment: Huacachina Winery Visit, Huacachina Your Local Living Moment: Lake Titicaca Homestay, Lake Titicaca Your Discover Moment: Cusco

  Cruise the Galápagos Islands aboard the Xavier (4 nts)

  Incredible wildlife encounters

  Daily opportunities for swimming and snorkelling

  Snorkelling equipment and wetsuits in the Galápagos

  Guided tour of Nazca desert cemetery and potter's studio

  Guided tour of Colca Canyon

  Guided tour of Taquile and Uros Islands on Lake Titicaca

  Sacred Valley guided tour

  Pottery making demonstration

  Inca Trail hike with local guide, cook, and porters (4-days)

  Guided tour of Machu Picchu

  Excursion to G Adventures' exclusive Amazon lodge (3-days)

  Internal flights

  All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

  Meals and Accommodation

Not Included

 Additional 5% GST

 International Flights and VISA fees

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