Galápagos Central Islands & Inca Discovery

Galápagos Central Islands & Inca Discovery

From AUD $5,219

Description

From the unique wildlife of the Galápagos to the towering peaks of Peru, discover two of South America’s iconic highlights in one comprehensive adventure — explore the Galápagos aboard the Xavier III before flying into the Andean highlands. As one of the larger tour operators in the Galápagos, our exclusively operated fleet of yachts offers great value and in Peru we run our own treks, ensuring the fair treatment of our porters and the quality of food and equipment as you follow the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Experience the intense variety and striking beauty of two of South America’s most dramatic regions.

Please Note: Flights to and from the Galápagos Islands & Internal flights are included.

Trip Name
Galápagos Central Islands & Inca Discovery
Days
14
Overview
Vessel Type: Expedition Cruising Length: 25.5m Passenger Capacity: 16 Built: 1998 When it comes to our stellar fleet of Galápagos vessels, the Xavier III is made for both great value and great service. Imagine all the luxury of fresh and tasty local and international cuisine, daily excursions to explore the islands, and picturesque views of the area from the top deck – all this with an unbelievable price to boot. Get on board! Cabins: 4 lower deck double-occupancy cabins with port hole, 4 upper deck double-occupancy cabins with window, air conditioning, private facilities, TV & DVD player in lounge area Boat layout: Very spacious indoor-outdoor seating areas and sun chairs. Interior dining room with coffee, tea and water service on the main deck. Large lounge and bar area with TV and DVD player for daily briefings. Crew: The Xavier III carries a team of seven crew members and one CEO Naturalist Guide well-versed in the local wildlife, vegetation and geology and certified by the Galápagos National Park Service. Amenities: Snorkelling equipment, wetsuits and beach towels included at no extra charge. Comprehensive breakfast and gourmet Ecuadorian and international cuisine prepared fresh daily. All meals on board included.

Itinerary



Day 1 - Day 1 Quito
Arrive at any time.
Day 2 - Day 2 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.
Day 3 - Day 3 Chinese Hat/Black Turtle Cove
Day 3Chinese Hat/Black Turtle CoveVisit 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.
Day 4 - Day 4 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.
Day 5 - Day 5 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.
Day 6 - Day 6 San Cristóbal Island/Quito
Visit the Interpretation Centre on San Cristóbal Island before flying back to Quito.
Day 7 - Day 7 Quito/Lima
Explore Quito before flying to Lima in the evening.
Day 8 - Day 8 Lima/Cusco
Hop on a flight to Cusco. Enjoy a free day of shopping and exploring the city. Choose to pre-book the Cusco Cooking Class. Opt for a city tour.
Day 9 - Day 9 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).
Day 10 - Day 10 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.
Day 11 - Day 11 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.
Day 12 - Day 12 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).
Day 13 - Day 13 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.
Day 14 - Day 14 Cusco
Depart at any time.
Day 15 - Please Note:
Itineraries are subject to change.

Trip Dates

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24-09-201907-10-2019AUD $0Lower Deck Twin
24-09-201907-10-2019AUD $0Upper Deck Twin
22-10-201904-11-2019AUD $0Lower Deck Twin
22-10-201904-11-2019AUD $0Upper Deck Twin
05-11-201918-11-2019AUD $0Lower Deck Twin
05-11-201918-11-2019AUD $0Upper Deck Twin
19-11-201902-12-2019AUD $0Lower Deck Twin
19-11-201902-12-2019AUD $0Upper Deck Twin
03-12-201916-12-2019AUD $0Lower Deck Twin
03-12-201916-12-2019AUD $0Upper Deck Twin
17-12-201930-12-2019AUD $0Lower Deck Twin
17-12-201930-12-2019AUD $0Upper Deck Twin
31-12-201913-01-2020AUD $0Lower Deck Twin
31-12-201913-01-2020AUD $0Upper Deck Twin
14-01-202027-01-2020AUD $0Lower Deck Twin
14-01-202027-01-2020AUD $0Upper Deck Twin
25-02-202009-03-2020AUD $0Lower Deck Twin
25-02-202009-03-2020AUD $0Upper Deck Twin
10-03-202023-03-2020AUD $0Lower Deck Twin
10-03-202023-03-2020AUD $0Upper Deck Twin
24-03-202006-04-2020AUD $0Lower Deck Twin
24-03-202006-04-2020AUD $0Upper Deck Twin
07-04-202020-04-2020AUD $0Lower Deck Twin
07-04-202020-04-2020AUD $0Upper Deck Twin
21-04-202004-05-2020AUD $0Lower Deck Twin
21-04-202004-05-2020AUD $0Upper Deck Twin
05-05-202018-05-2020AUD $0Lower Deck Twin
05-05-202018-05-2020AUD $0Upper Deck Twin
19-05-202001-06-2020AUD $0Lower Deck Twin
19-05-202001-06-2020AUD $0Upper Deck Twin
11-08-202024-08-2020AUD $0Lower Deck Twin
11-08-202024-08-2020AUD $0Upper Deck Twin
25-08-202007-09-2020AUD $0Lower Deck Twin
25-08-202007-09-2020AUD $0Upper Deck Twin
08-09-202021-09-2020AUD $0Lower Deck Twin
08-09-202021-09-2020AUD $0Upper Deck Twin
22-09-202005-10-2020AUD $0Lower Deck Twin
22-09-202005-10-2020AUD $0Upper Deck Twin
06-10-202019-10-2020AUD $0Lower Deck Twin
06-10-202019-10-2020AUD $0Upper Deck Twin
20-10-202002-11-2020AUD $0Lower Deck Twin
20-10-202002-11-2020AUD $0Upper Deck Twin
03-11-202016-11-2020AUD $0Lower Deck Twin
03-11-202016-11-2020AUD $0Upper Deck Twin
17-11-202030-11-2020AUD $0Lower Deck Twin
17-11-202030-11-2020AUD $0Upper Deck Twin
01-12-202014-12-2020AUD $0Lower Deck Twin
01-12-202014-12-2020AUD $0Upper Deck Twin
15-12-202028-12-2020AUD $0Lower Deck Twin
15-12-202028-12-2020AUD $0Upper Deck Twin

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 Discover Moment: Cusco
    • Incredible wildlife encounters
    • Daily opportunities for swimming and snorkelling
    • Sacred Valley guided tour
    • Pottery making demonstration
    • Inca Trail hike with local guide, cook, and porters (4 days)
    • Guided tour of Machu Picchu

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