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Peru and Galapagos Adventure

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 24 day(s)
Group Size: 6 - 12 people
Destination(s): Peru   Ecuador  
Specialty Categories: Cultural Journey   Wildlife Viewing  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 5380 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 5380 US Dollar (USD)

Tour Highlights:
-Experience the floating reed islands of the Uros and a homestay on Amantani Island Lake Titicaca
-Wander the colonial city of Arequipa and watch soaring condors in the Colca Canyon
-Hike the ancient Inca Trail (or similar) to Machu Picchu
-Indulge in fine Peruvian cuisine
-Explore the city of Cusco
-Snorkeling with harmless Sharks and playful Sea lions
-Close encounters with rare wildlife
-Hiking through stunning volcanic landscapes
-Watching Lonesome George
-Mountain biking
-Diving (optional)
-Relaxing on remote beaches


Day 1: Lima, Arrival Day - You are free to arrive and check in at any time.

Days 2-3: Arequipa – a short flight to arguably Peru's most beautiful city. Arequipa exhibits delightful colonial past. Situated under the volcano "El Misti", stroll around the city enjoying the local museums, churches, convent and sample some of the many superb regional dishes. (2B, 1D)

Days 4-6: Colca Canyon, Puno - Colca Canyon, home to the famous Andean Condor. View these birds close up, as they soar above us while on the edge of the canyon. Visit local villages, soak in thermal baths and sample the life, music and spectacular scenery. We continue through to the city of Puno on Day 6. (3B)

Days 7-8: Puno, Lake Titicaca - From the shores of magnificent "Lake Titicaca", we board a boat bound for the floating islands of Uros and the islands of Amantani and Taquile, along the way learning of the legends and the ways of the lake and its people where life has remained relatively unchanged over the centuries. An overnight home stay will allow us to live with a family on the islands. (2B, 1L, 1D)

Days 9: Cusco - An early morning bus takes us to the imperial city of the Incas, Cusco. Rich in history and surrounded by ancient Inca sites, churches and museums and markets, there is plenty for all to do and see. (B)

Days 10-13: Inca Trail - Our day begins early, with a bus through the sacred Valley of the Incas to our start point on the trail. We head out with a local guide, cook and porters to ensure an enjoyable hike through spectacular scenery, taking in Inca sites on the way. Ending with an early morning arrival to the sun gate of Machu Picchu and a guided tour of this incredible Inca site. We have most of the day to enjoy this special place, descending later in the afternoon to catch a train back to Cusco. (4B,4L,4D)

Special Note : Due to new Inca Trail regulations and the restriction of the number of hikers allowed to be on the trail at any one time, an alternative Inca Trail may have to be used. These hikes are as spectacular as the Inca Trail with far, far less people, ending below the site of Machu Picchu. Sunrise can still be seen at Machu Picchu, with an early rise on Day 17, and a hike up to the entrance of the site.

Day 14: Cusco - Free time to explore this beautiful city with great shopping, or just relax in one of the many cafes and soak up the special atmosphere, which makes Cusco truly unique place. (B)

Day 15: Quito - An early morning flight takes us from Cusco via Lima to Quito. Welcome to one of the highest capital cities in the world, Quito .You are free arrive anytime you wish and take in some of the many sites of Quito. (D)

Day 16: San Cristobal Island - The trip begins with a morning transfer to San Cristobal Island, Galapagos. We make our way to the top of San Cristobal for panoramic views out over the Pacific towards Santa Cruz, Floreana and Santa Fe. Then jump on our bikes for an exhilarating down hill ride through the lush highlands of the island. Enjoy a welcome dinner of the islands fresh fish and produce. (B,L,D)

Day 17: San Cristobal Island - Start with a short boat ride to Kicker Rock, observing the abundant marine life that Galapagos is renowned for. On the way, stop off at Isla de Lobos to observe nesting Frigate birds and Blue Footed Boobies, and swim/snorkel with playful young Sea lions. Kicker Rock, the remains of an underwater volcano rising vertically 150 m out of the sea is a truly impressive sight! Here we can dive and snorkel keeping an eye out below for Sea Turtles, Manta Rays and maybe the odd harmless Galapagos shark. Then we relax at one of the most beautiful beaches in the islands before visiting the interpretation centre. (B,L) Optional Diving, Please Enquire

Day 18: Floreana and Isabela Islands - Depart San Cristobal Island to Floreana Island. Keep an eye out for dolphins and the magnificent albatross along the way. Experience some of the best snorkeling in the islands then explore the town of Floreana and have a little beach time. We depart Floreana to Isabela, a short walk takes us to see some pink flamingos and a beer on the beach. (B,L,D)

Day 19: Isabela - Enjoy a full day hike up Sierra Negra Volcano, one of the most active volcanoes in Galapagos, and with the second largest crater in the world. Here you can experience a bird’s eye view of this magical landscape. That evening we can kick back at the bar on the beach and enjoy a nice cold beer or cocktail. (B,L,D)

Day 20: Isabela - Visit the Breeding Center of the Giant Tortoise, the largest in Galapagos and later, make our way the wall of tears, built by convicts many years ago. Along the way we’ll visit Pink flamingos, one of the many natural pools, short walking trails, beaches and mangrove swamps along the way. After lunch we have a tour of the bay in zodiac where you can observe up close, the only penguins found close to the equator, marine iguanas and hopefully snorkel with marine turtles and an array of other marine life. (B,L)

Day 21: Santa Cruz - Depart to the Island of Santa Cruz to observe the Galapagos giant land tortoise in natural surroundings, and explore the amazing lava tunnels, some over 1 km long. Later in the day we head to Tortuga Bay, a stunning beach with fine white sand to see marine iguanas or try your hand at some body boarding, surfing or kayaking in this beautiful part of the national park. (B,L,D)

Day 22: Santa Cruz, Santa Fe, San Cristobal - Today we pay a visit to Lonesome George at the Charles Darwin Research Station. Here we can observe many species of tortoises and land iguanas in captivity, brought back form the brink of extinction. Tour Santa Fe Island by boat, then continue to San Cristobal, where Charles Darwin first arrived to Galapagos for our last snorkel with sea lions and tropical fish in the beautiful bay of Las Tijeretas. Evening group dinner to celebrate a great trip. (B,L,D)

Day 23: San Cristobal Island-Quito - Bidding farewell to the Enchanted Islands today, you’ll have a free morning with a variety of optional activities on offer or just kick back and enjoy some last minute souvenir shopping! Depart San Cristobal Island and return to Quito. Our representative will be able to advise you and help with some of the many day tours available in and around Quito. (B,L,D)

Day 24: Quito, departure day (B)

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Included in tour cost:
-20 nights accommodation in double or twin share rooms,
-3 nights camping
-Meals daily as specified in tour (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
-All Airport transfers
-Airfare Lima-Arequipa/Cusco-Quito-Galapagos-Quito
-Full pre departure briefings and logistical support in Lima and Quito
-All land and sea transport
-Entry and guided visit to all Inca sites on the itinerary
-3nt/4day Inca Trail (or similar if booked out) with authorized guide
-Sea kayaks *Galapagos only
-Mountain bikes *Galapagos only
-Snorkeling equipment *Galapagos only
-Naturalist guides authorized by national park of Galapagos.

Not Included:
-Galapagos National Park entrance fee $110USD, only payable in cash, upon arrival
-Alcoholic / Soft drinks /Gratuities
-Meals not specified in itinerary
-Anything not specified in the package
-Optional diving (please inquire for diving package)

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