DAY 1 SATURDAY -ARRIVAL QUITO
Meeting and assistance upon arrival in Quito and transfer to the Hotel.
Overnight. (No meals)
DAY 2 SUNDAY - QUITO – SANTA CRUZ
Early breakfast and transportation to the Airport. Departure from Quito or
Guayaquil to Baltra (2 hours flight). Passengers
are picked up at the airport by our naturalist guides and taken on a ten
bus drive to the pier to board the M/Y Corals
PM – Charles Darwin Research Station (Santa Cruz)
Dry landing. We visit the Station where the Galapagos giant tortoise
breeding program takes place and you will have the opportunity to meet
Lonesome George, the last surviving specimen of his species and symbol of
to preserve the fragile Galapagos environment. It is an excellent place for
visitors to be photographed with them. Admire a prickly-pear cactus forest
and a variety Darwin’s finch and other land birds. The Darwin Station also
works providing environmental education to communities and schools within
the islands, and to tourists visiting the Galapagos Islands. You will also
have some free time to visit the town and shop for souvenirs.
Type of terrain:
DAY 3 MONDAY – SANTA FE
Wet landing on a white sand beach surrounded by a sea lion colony; we
continue walking through an endemic cactus forest as we search for the
endemic Santa Fe land iguana, the largest in the islands and distinctively
paler. This island is home to a number of endemic species including
Galapagos Hawk, Galapagos Snake, rice rats, a variety of finches and one of
the four species of Galapagos mockingbirds. Deep-water snorkeling.
Type of terrain:
PM - SOUTH PLAZA (PLAZA ISLAND)
Dry landing on the northern part of the Islet. The walk begins with an
impressive cactus forest surrounded by land and marine iguanas; as we reach
its highest point, be on the lookout for tropicbirds and a bachelor sea lion
In South Plaza there is a large colony of the smaller sized land iguanas.
The population is approximately 300 individuals. They feed on all kinds of
vegetation, but during the dry season survive on the fruits and flowers of
Opuntia cacti. Due to their proximity with marine iguanas, where we will
encounter the one and only Galapagos hybrid iguana.
Type of terrain:
2 hours walk
DAY 4 TUESDAY – RÁBIDA
Wet landing. Dark-red sand covers these unique beaches; Rábida is considered
the epicenter of the Galapagos Islands due to the diversity of its volcanic
geology. Nesting Brown Pelicans are found from July through September and
nine species of the famous Darwin’s finches can be seen. We will also take a
dinghy ride along cliffs to observe nesting seabirds, and snorkel off the
coast, where marine life is particularly active.
Type of terrain:
1h30 walk / 1 hour snorkeling / 1 hour dinghy ride
PM – BACHAS BEACH (SANTA CRUZ)
Wet landing on the north side of Santa Cruz; behind the beach lie two small
flamingo ponds with iguanas, coastal birds, Darwin finches, mockingbirds,
and gulls, as well as interesting native and endemic vegetation, red and
black mangroves, salt bushes, and much more. This beach is one of the main
nesting sites of sea turtles in the Galapagos. A female can lay eggs 3 or 4
times with an average of 70 eggs each, but then spend 3 or 5 years without
At this paradisiacal site we will also find the remains of barges that sank
long ago, once property of the United States Navy when they operated an
airbase on Baltra Island during World War II. That is why the beach is
called “Bachas” because the word “barges” in English was hard to pronounce
for the local people.
Type of terrain:
1 hour walk / 1 hour snorkeling/swimming
DAY 5 WEDNESDAY – DAPHNE
We circumnavigate the islet of Daphne, an eroded tuff cone formation that
was created by successive volcanic activity, for an opportunity to see
Darwin’s finches, Blue-footed Boobies, Nazca Boobies, Red-billed
Tropicbirds, Swallow-tailed Gulls, and Brown Noddies. Afterwards, we
transfer directly to
for return flight to Guayaquil or Quito (Airfare Included) Meeting and
assistance upon arrival in Quito and transfer to the Hotel. Overnight (B).
DAY 6 THURSDAY - QUITO - LIMA
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your connection flight to Lima
(Airfare Not Included) to take an exciting extension to Peru, Cusco and
Machu Picchu. Upon arrival transfer the Hotel. Overnight. (B)
DAY 7 FRIDAY - LIMA – CUSCO
Transfer to the Lima airport for the flight to Cuzco (Airfare Not Included).
Upon arrival to Cusco Airport. Reception and transportation to the Hotel
where you will receive an aromatic coca tea to stimulating for the height,
will have the free morning to rest and also we suggest you have a light
lunch either at your hotel or in one of the surrounded; in the afternoon we
will depart on a guided city tour, where tourist have the opportunity to
visit 6 places (entrance to the archaeological centers and museums
including) we will visit the Main square, Cathedral, the Koricancha (temple
of the sun) and in addition we will make a route bordering archaeological
centers like Sacsayhuaman Fortress, Q'enko, Puka Pukara and Tambomachay,
tour finishes 6:30pm approximately at the main square in order you can take
dinner in one of the exquisite restaurants in the area, then overnight. (B)
*City tour: from 1.45pm to 6:30pm approx. (Pickup from the hotel starts at
INCA TRAIL 4DAYS 3 NIGHTS
The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is definitely one of the most requested tours
for those who visit Peru looking for adventure. We will offer a walking
adventure with unique style. You will enjoy from the beginning to the end,
of amazing landscapes of the Andes and a great mix of highlands and jungle.
There is no other natural place in our planet which could show you a
constantly changing variety of ecological floors, surrounded by astonishing
mountains and rivers, as well as a great variety of animals and plants.
Architectonical art is perfectly harmonic with the natural environment and
all of these natural wonders are added to the Inca buildings which worth the
effort to visit and enjoy.
Important Note: We will buy your Inca Trail trek permit using the names &
passport numbers that you send us with your trek booking application. You
must bring these same passports with you to Cusco and take them on the Inca
Trail. If the name or number in your passport is different from the name and
number on the trek permit, the government authorities will not allow you to
start the trek and you will not be entitled to a refund. If you plan to
renew your passport between making the trek booking and actually starting
the trek you will must bring the 2 passports (old and new). If you make a
trek booking at the student price you must send us a copy of your ISIC card
at the time you pay the trek deposit. If you fail to bring your ISIC card on
the trek the government authorities will not allow you to start the trek.
You will not be given the opportunity to pay the extra difference in price!
DAY 8 SATURDAY - PISCACUCHO (Km.82)–HUAYLLABAMBA (The Easy day)
You will be picked up from your hotel at scheduled time, and transferred in
our private car to KM 82. The route will go through the beautiful Sacred
Valley of the Incas. After approximately one hour and a half, we will cross
the little town of Ollantaytambo, where we will make a little stop to take
some pictures of this fortress and have a little rest. We will continue our
trip following a rural road that goes parallel to the railroad, which will
lead us to the KM 82, where we will unpack and get prepared to the walking
with our excursion team (cookers, assistants and porters). At this point,
the passengers will have to show their passports to the security personnel
of the Sanctuary and once these has been reviewed they will be able to cross
a bridge that will take you to the other side of the river where they will
start climbing in a parallel line to the Urubamba River, which goes from
north to west across the Sacred Valley. In this first section of the Inca
Trail, we will visit the Community of Miskay (2800 meters), where we will
stop for meeting the natives and try the popular drink known as “chicha”,
which is offered by the ladies of this place. Later we will start climbing
through a little tableland where we will experience an amazing Andean
landscape, and see in the base of the mountains a beautiful Inca building
known as “Patallacta”, located at 2750 meters over sea level. At this point
we will stop and our local guide will provide us information regarding this
interesting Inca legacy. After that, we will continue walking for two hours
along the Cusichaca River, going upwards until reaching a beautiful spot
where we will stop for lunch and take a little break.
Shortly after that, we will continue walking through a zone full of
vegetation, where is highly probable seeing the beautiful giant hummingbird
native from this region. After a two hours walk we will arrive to our first
camping, located in the zone of Wayllabamba at 3000 meters height.
You will be able to enjoy a marvelous Andean landscape and the majesty of
Veronica Mountain, 5832 meters over sea level.
Camps will be assigned depending on the availability of entrants to the Inca
Trail, seasons. (B, L, D)
NOTE: It is normal if the first day feels hot during the dry season (May to
September). We strongly recommend bringing light and fresh clothing, as well
as a good sunscreen and a hat to protect your face.
Maximum altitude: 3000 M
Minimum Altitude: 2650 M
Distance traveled: 12 km
Approximate time of walk: 5 to 6 hours.
DAY 9 SUNDAY - HUAYLLABAMBA – PACAYMAYU (The challenge day)
In this second day of the Inca Trail we will wake up early, around 06:00 am.
This will be necessary in order to get ready and have breakfast before
starting the excursion. Later we will start walking through a narrow road
covered by plants, across a little bridge that will take us towards a cloudy
forest of a unique beauty. In this section of the trip you should climb many
stairs, for which we recommend taking all the time that is needed and
stopping for a break when necessary. Following the route, we will arrive to
the Llulluchapampa sector, where we will make a quick stop just to rest and
get prepared to climb to the highest point of our walk, the famous pass
Warmyhuañuska, located at 4200 meters above the sea level. These sectors
include about 2 kilometers of distance and are a bit steep, for which we
will recommend going slowly and stopping for a break whenever needed. In
this part of the trip we will face the most difficult part of the walk, as
we will be over 4200 meter height; however this part is also known as one of
the most beautiful landscapes of the world. Once we have reached the top of
the mountain, we will be granted with a spectacular view of the Andean
mountains. For this special day, we recommend bringing some chocolates,
lemon candy, a lot of water and even some coca leaves. In the top we will be
able to take the classic pictures of the Inca Trail. After that we will
descend by a winding valley until the point where we will stop and have
lunch. During this last part it is possible to watch diverse type of wild
At last we will arrive to the camp of Pacaymayo (3600 meters above sea
level) where we will spend a comfortable night. Pacaymayo is an official
camp, and that is why it has baths and showers; however, we should be aware
that the water in this part is really cold. (B, L, D)
Maximum altitude: 4200 M
Minimum Altitude: 3000 M
Distance traveled: 13 km
Approximate time of walk: 6 - 7 hours
DAY 10 MONDAY - PACAYMAYU – WIÑAYWAYNA (The unforgettable day)
A lot of visitors feel that this is one of the longest days of the
excursion, but at the same time, one of the most beautiful due to the
presence of marvelous Inca buildings along the road. This day we will get up
at 06:00 hours. After a tasty breakfast we will start our walk climbing
through a steep road. Soon we will arrive to Runkurakay ruins, a beautiful
Inca oval building which is believed to be as a Inca watchtower. After
hearing the historical explanation we will continue until Runkurakay pass,
located at 3900 meters above sea level. During this trip we will find a
little lake where sometimes you can watch Andean goose and other native bird
species. After the pass, we will descend to a beautiful valley full of
plants; here we will visit Sayacmarka ruins, located 3624 meters height.
This is an interesting Inca construction, built over a steep slope,
surrounded by marvelous mountains. After visiting Sayacmarka, we will
continue descending to the cloudy forest, arriving to the Puyupatamarka
ruins, composed of impressive fountains and water channels that are
spectacular works of hydraulic engineering made by the Incas. At this stop
we will have a good time, after which we will continue down to reach one of
the most beautiful Inca buildings of the place: the ruins of Wiñaywayna.
These are without any doubt one of the most beautiful of all the ruins after
Machu Picchu. Wiñaywayna means "forever young" and it is said that acquired
said name due to the abundance of an orchid that bears the same name. After
exploring every corner of Wiñaywayna we head to our last camp, which is
located a few meters away.
Máximum Altitude: 3900 M
Minimum Altitude: 2700 M
Distance traveled: 16 km
Approximate hiking time: 7 to 8 hours.
DAY 11 TUESDAY - WIÑAYWAYNA – MACHUPICCHU (The special day)
On the last day we will wake up very early, at 04:00 hrs. After breakfast,
we will quickly go and pass the control gate to enter the path that leads
directly to Machu Picchu. It is advisable to bring a good flashlight,
because this time it is normally dark here. After walking for about one hour
and a half, we will arrive at Inti Punku or Sun Gate, a magnificent point
from where you can see the city of Machu Picchu. At this point we can relax
for a few minutes, take pictures of the group, and finally go down to reach
the recognized as one of the seventh wonders of the world: Machu Picchu.
It was long thought that Machu Picchu was only part of a legend, until in
1911 the American explorer Hiram Bingham discovered it only after many
expeditions in the area. Machu Picchu rises to a height of 2430 meters above
sea level, in the middle of a tropical forest with an extraordinary
location. It was without any doubt one of the most amazing urban creation in
Inca times. Its massive walls, terraces and ramps seem to be continually cut
in the rocky cliffs. Our guide will take you on a tour of the most
impressive of this beautiful Inca city. This will take us about 2 hours,
after which we have free time to explore each city on our own taste and
preference. An according time, we will go down to the Aguas Calientes town
to relax at the hot springs or just overnight at the select hotel in Aguas
Calientes town. (B).
(Walking distance approximately 7 km)
Maximum altitude: 2700 M
Minimum Altitude: 2400 M
Distance: 6 km
Approximate walking time: 3 to 4 hours.
DAY 12 WEDNESDAY - MACHU PICCHU / CUZCO
Breakfast and rest of day at leisure by your own (entrance and bus fee to
Machu Picchu not included on this day) in the afternoon return to Cusco.
Reception at the train station and transfer to the Hotel where it passed the
Private Excursions upon request: You can make a second visit to Machu Picchu
and have the chance to know hidden places, such as the Intipunku (Gate of
the Sun) or for more adventures can take a hike to the top of Huayna Picchu
(Young Mountain) to visit the Temple of the Moon and enjoy a spectacular
view of the city. Or if you have good physical conditions can take a hike
full of adrenaline to the Putukusi Mountain opposite position than Machu
Picchu which allows us to have other unforgettable views from this new
DAY 13 THURSDAY - FULL DAY SACRED VALLEY TOUR
Breakfast. You will be picked up at 8:15 am. Full day excursion to the
Urubamba Valley visiting: The colorful Indian market in Pisac where a
mixture of color, tradition will be able appreciated. Pisac is located to
the entrance of the Sacred Valley followed by Ollantaytambo. Most people
visit Pisac to see the market on Sunday, but there are smaller markets on
both Tuesday and Thursday. However Pisac is a pretty village and has plenty
of small handicraft shops and is worth a visit on any day of the week as is
a good place to buy the local ceramics including a huge and varied
collection of hand-painted multi-coloured beads. Lunch in a typical
restaurant in Urubamba then we continue with Ollantaytambo which is an
attractive little town located at the western end of the Sacred Valley,
considered the older town continuously occupied of the American continent is
located at the foot of some spectacular Inca ruins which protected the
strategic entrance to the lower Urubamba Valley. The narrow streets of
Ollantaytambo, along with their channels that have not varied from the Inca
time, evoke their ancestral inheritance, and then finish visiting Chinchero.
Chinchero is a small Andean Indian village located high up on the windswept
plains of Anta at 3762m about 30km from Cusco and is believed to be the
mythical birthplace of the rainbow. Its major claim to tourism is its
colorful Sunday market which is much less tourist-orientated than the market
at Pisac. At the end, return to Cusco arriving at 6:30pm approximately at
the main plaza.
The night is free for you to eat in a restaurant of your choice; although
we always have plenty of suggestions for you should you require them. (B, L)
Note: Take this tour on market days: Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday //
Bilingual Guided tour on different days
DAY 14 TRANSFER OUT
Breakfast and according time, transportation will be provided to go the
*INCA TRAIL INFORMATION
OUR SERVICE INCLUDED
*Transfer by bus to km.82 (trail head)
*Entrance Fee, Inca Trail and Machu Picchu.
*A large tent, for each 2 persons.
*Mattress, one per person.
*Enough tables and chairs.
*English speaking professional tour guide (over 8 members, 2 guides).
*An expert cook.
*Porters (to carry tent, food, cooking equipment)
*Full meals during the trek.
*Daily snack bag.
*Daily afternoon tea service.
*Daily wake up tea, and hot water for washing.
*Daily morning boiled and cold water to fill the water bottles.
*Emergency oxygen bottle and medical kit.
*Transfer train station / hotel
*Bus Ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
*Breakfast first day (you can order an early breakfast at your hotel)
*Lunch last day
*Hot springs pool visit (on your own).
*Tips to the crew (guides, cooks and porters).
WHAT WE RECOMMEND THAT YOU BRING
A backpack with necessary change of clothes for the whole period of the trek
Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho (plastic ponchos
can be purchased in Cusco)
Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended
Sandals or jogging shoes for a higher comfort while at camp
Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces. Thermal clothing is also
recommended, especially for sleeping
Flashlight/headlamp and batteries
Camera, films and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold
Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold
After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body
Insect repellent – minimum recommended 20% DEET – no malaria risk has been
Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc. Please
note that we do provide a daily morning snack and our meal service is very
complete and well supplied. This recommendation applies for all clients
being used to a specific snack, as it may happen that it is not included in
Water container and water for the first morning. Important notice: plastic
water bottles are no longer allowed into the Inca Trail. Plastic water
containers (ie. Nalgene) or metal ones are recommended
Optionally: water- sterilizing tablets in case you pick up water from
streams or rivers along the route. Otherwise, we provide filtered boiled
water, which is safe to drink and has not reported any health problem so far
Swimsuit (if you wish to go to the hot springs in Aguas Calientes)
Cash in soles and/or US$ (No ATM machines in Aguas Calientes)
Original International Student Identity Card (in case you have applied for a
Optional: walking sticks or poles (rubber covers required in order not to
damage the Inca Trail)
Note: To apply to this discount It is necessary to send us your scan
copy ISIC (International Student Identity Card) with your other information.
Without this copy we will not be able to make the discount.
This is the ONLY Student card to
apply the discount
When booking a trek:
The government has strictly limited the number of people permitted on the
Inca Trail during 2009 (permits are issued to about 200 trekkers per day
plus 300 porters). We recommend that you make a trek booking as early as
possible. In 2008 the trek permits for some dates sold out more than 4
months in advance!! However don't make a booking until you have all the
group details (names, passport numbers, ages etc) and you are sure about
your trek departure date since "these details cannot be changed after we
have bought your trek permit"
* Participants need to be in good physical health and condition it is good
for travelers who are in condition to hike up to ten hours, with breaks in a
single day to enjoy the Inka Trail. The trekking will be difficult if you
have not exercised regularly before your trip. To fully enjoy an Inka Trail
adventure, we advise passengers to get into an exercise program for their
own safety and enjoyment. If a passenger suffers from any medical condition,
we advise him/her to consult a physician about joining an Inka Trail
Take only the necessary items for the 4/3 days trek, You can leave the rest
of your luggage at your hotel in Cusco (most of hotels and hostals has an
storage rooms to keep it until your return)
Park authorities may occasionally designate different campsites than those
indicate The Inca Trail is part of the Machu Picchu Sanctuary, a protected
area of 32,592 hectares. Every visitor must obey park regulations
prohibiting littering, cutting or damaging trees, removing or damaging
stones of ruins and the Trail, removing plants, killing animals, lighting
open fires or camping in the archeological sites (Only authorized campsites
can be used).
1. Personal porters can be hired to help carry your personal items such as
clothes, sleeping bag etc. The services of a third of a porter (maximum 9kg
or 18lb per person) can be hired for US$189. If you hire the services of a
third of a porter (you will need to supply the small padlock). However, even
with this service you will still need to take a daypack to carry your
essential items such as rain poncho, warm fleece, camera and water bottle.
Please note that due to new government regulations the maximum number of
porters that we can use in each group has now been capped. This is why we
have had to limit the maximum amount of personal equipment that you can give
to a porter to carry for you to 7kg or 14lb per person. (The maximum amount
that each porter can carry on the Inca Trail has also been limited to 20kg
or 42lb per porter). Approximately 30% of our clients hire the services of
an extra third porter.
2. We can also provide vegetarian meals or cater for special diets at no
extra cost but we need to know when you make the trek reservation.
3. You can hire sleeping bags in our office. All sleeping bags are synthetic
(easy to wash). They are washed after every use and are guaranteed to be
Cost: US$40 per person for the 4 day/3 night trek. Weight 2.5 kg and are
rated to 12 degrees below freezing (nice and warm even during the coldest of
nights experienced on the Inca Trail).
The Vistadome connect your senses through a sophisticated and sensory
travel experience; is the ideal train for those who want to be in contact
with the environment and appreciate the wonderful journey to Machu Picchu.
Surrounded entirely by glass and wagons with large panoramic windows
offering incomparable scenic views and innumerous opportunities to capture
amazing pictures, Vistadome travelers feel connected and part of the
impressive landscape of Peru.
The Vistadome also has air conditioning and heating, leather seats that
adjust the body to provide comfort and relaxation during the entire trip and
has a different service, which allows the visitor to be immersed and feel
the Andean culture through its landscapes, music, dance and even food
carefully prepared with local ingredients
The Expedition is a travel experience with all the quality and
benefits at a lower cost. Is a service designed for the traveler’s comfort,
with four passenger seats located in front of each other, so you can share
your experience, and for the faithful backpack that is always with you we
offer racks placed above the seats. Also, this train has panoramic windows,
air conditioning and heating, and Andean music that creates a cheerful
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