Best of Peru & Galapagos

Best of Peru & Galapagos

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Best of Peru & Galapagos

18 Days Starting in Lima and ending in Quito

Visiting: Lima, Cusco, Aguas Calientes, Puno, Quito, Isla San Cristobal, Galapagos, Isla San Cristobal, Isla Floreana/ Isla Isabela, Isla Isabela, Isla Isabela / Isla Santa Cruz, Isla Santa Cruz, Quito

Tour operator:

Intrepid Travel

Tour code:

GGSDC

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

1 - 12

Physical rating:

Medium, Medium

Age range:

16-99 years

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:

English

Trip Styles:

Active, Adventure Tours

Activities:

Snorkeling

From: $8600 $7540 Operator discount: -$847 Mid-Year Mayhem Discount: -$213 -12%

NB: Prices correct on 18-Jun-2024 but subject to change.

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Tour Overview

Visit Peru's incredible natural and historical highlights on this awesome adventure. Retrace the steps of the Incas to Machu Picchu, admire colonial cities, explore vibrant markets and meet the locals in this South American country with a difference. Return home with incredible memories of the panoramas and people of Peru. Amazing wildlife, both on land and underwater, is the drawcard of the remote Galapagos Islands. Tour the Galapagos' outstanding natural beauty and interesting history by foot, boat and bike on this active adventure. Trace Darwin's theory of evolution, spot colourful, bizarre and beautiful creatures and have an experience that is completely out of this world as you discover the incredible Galapagos Islands.

Highlights

  • Marvel at the mother of all Inca cities, magical Machu Picchu. Enjoy a guided tour of the ruins and free time to explore on your own

  • Enjoy plenty of time in gorgeous Cusco, the perfect place to launch into further outdoor adventures, or simply relax and take in mountain views

  • The floating reed islands of Uros on Lake Titicaca are astounding in concept, construction and history. Take a boat tour on the world's highest navigable lake and stay with a local family there.

  • Get acquainted with the beautiful churches and graceful boulevards of Quito, Ecuador's capital

  • The Galapagos Islands played a profound role in forming Charles Darwin's Theory of Natural Selection. Explore the islands on this in-depth adventure, coming face-to-face with some of the most extraordinary wildlife on earth

  • Get your blood pumping as you scale a volcano on Isabela Island, and kayak in beautiful Isabela Bay

  • Get up close and personal with giant tortoises on Santa Cruz Island. These nearly extinct creatures are one of the greatest drawcards to the Galapagos

  • This is a land based Galapagos trip, we use locally owned hotels on the islands. On this trip you will have more opportunities to interact with the locals as opposed to staying on a boat.

  • Marvel at the mother of all Inca cities, magical Machu Picchu. Enjoy a guided tour of the ruins and free time to explore on your own.

  • Enjoy plenty of time in gorgeous Cusco, the perfect place to launch into further outdoor adventures, or simply relax and take in mountain views.

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Day 1: Lima

Location: Lima

Bienvenidos! Welcome to Peru. Your adventure begins in the capital city of Lima, one of South America’s most beautiful cities, with a welcome meeting at 2 pm. You’ll meet your fellow travellers and trip leader and then head out for a stroll of the streets of downtown to check out some of the main attractions on a walking tour. Enjoy some free time before an optional group dinner this evening. The unofficial food capital of South America, there’s no better place to sample Peru’s national dish, ceviche, than at one of Lima’s excellent restaurants. As there's little time spent in Lima, it’s recommended that you arrive a few days early to see the sights, including the chic suburb of Miraflores, as well as Central Park, Lovers' Park and the National Museum.

Included Activities:
-Lima - Leader-led walking tour

Optional Activities:
-Lima - Archaeological Museum (entrance fee)
-Lima - Museum of the Inquisition - Free
-Lima - Gold Museum Entrance Fee
-Lima - Museo de la Nacion (entrance fee)
-Lima - Private Lima: Home Cooked Tour Urban Adventure (Based on 2 participants)
-Lima - Coast Biking Tour - Urban Adventure (Price based on 2 participants)
-Lima - Lima Discovery + San Francisco and Pisco Sour - Urban Adventures (Price based on 2 participants)
-Lima - Bohemian Barranco (Based on 4 participants)
-Lima - Lima Water Show (Based on 4 participants)
-Lima - Lima Eat Street (Based on 4 participants)
-Lima - Private Larco Museum (Based on 4 participants)
-Cusco - Cusco Cooking Class
-Lima - Lima Pisco Making (Based on 4 participants)
-Lima - Private: Home Cooked Tour Ceviche experience Urban Adventure (Based on 2 Participants)

Day 2: Cusco

Location: Cusco

Meals Included: breaksfast

This morning after breakfast, you’ll catch an early flight to Cusco. Spend a little time acclimatising to the high altitude (3450 m). Then, get acquainted with this charming city and its intriguing blend of cultures on a leader-led walking tour. Check out some of Cusco's main attractions, as well as its lesser-known sights, such as the Qoricancha temple, San Pedro market, the main square, the 12 Angled Stone, Regocijo Square and San Blas Square. Tonight is free to explore at your own pace or find the perfect dinner spot with your group and try some local Peruvian favourites.  

Included Activities:
-Cusco - Leader-led orientation walk

Optional Activities:
-Cusco - Full Boleto Turistico Pass (access to 16 archaeological sites, transport & guides not included)
-Cusco - Half Boleto Turistico Pass (access to selected archaeological sites, transport & guides not included)
-Cusco - Pre-Colombian Museum
-Cusco - Cathedral Entrance Fee
-Cusco - Coricancha Temple (entrance fee)
-Cusco - Cusco Cooking Class
-Cusco - Pisco Making Urban Adventure (Based on 2 participants)
-Cusco - 4 Ruins + Qorikancha (Price based on 4 participants)

Day 3: Aguas Calientes

Location: Aguas Calientes

Meals Included: breaksfast, lunch

Travel by private bus through the Sacred Valley on the outskirts of Cusco today. This lush valley, known as Wilcamayo to the Incas, has long been the main source of food for the high Andes. Maize crops can be seen surrounding the river and covering the terraces that are carved high into the valley walls. You’ll visit a community in the valley to learn about local lifestyles and activities. If your visit coincides with market day, you can browse the stalls in search of hand-painted beads or warm ponchos. Visit the AMA Restaurant in Urubamba for afternoon tea – this café is dedicated to working with single mothers throughout the Sacred Valley, where there are few opportunities for childcare and employment. As all the ingredients used here are grown and purchased locally, the establishment also prides itself on its organic and locally focused practices. Enjoy a coffee, tea or juice with a slice of vegan beet cake or a homemade cookie and then board a train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes – nestled in the cloud forest at the foot of Machu Picchu.

Included Activities:
-Sacred Valley - Community visit & lunch
-Sacred Valley - AMA Snack and Drink

Day 4: Cusco

Location: Cusco

Meals Included: breaksfast

This morning, you’ll take an early bus up the winding road to Machu Picchu. Welcome to one of the famed Seven Wonders of the World! This is your chance to decide for yourself whether Machu Picchu was built around 1440 as a country retreat for the Incan nobility or as an ancient astronomical observatory. Enjoy a guided visit of the incredible site, giving you ample time to take in the many temples, palaces and living quarters. After taking advantage of the seemingly endless photo opportunities, you’ll return to Cusco.

Included Activities:
-Machu Picchu - Entrance and guided tour

Day 5: Cusco

Location: Cusco

Meals Included: breaksfast

Today after breakfast, you can enjoy free time to relax, shop and explore Cusco's many sights. Maybe rest your weary legs at a cafe on Plaza de Armas or head to the San Pedro Market, where you can find vegetables, meats, local cheeses, chocolates, herbal medicines and many local handicrafts. It’s a great place to pick up souvenirs or ingredients for a picnic. The market is also where many locals (and daring travellers) go to eat ‘mystery soups.’ Some may be just chicken – however, the most popular among the locals usually contain frogs or offal. For those looking for something active, why not try mountain biking in the hills surrounding Cusco?  

Optional Activities:
-Cusco - Rainbow Mountain Hike (Based on 4 participants)
-Cusco - Full Day Via Ferrata & Zipline
-Cusco - Full Day Stand Up Paddle Boarding (Based on 4 participants)
-Cusco - Pisco Making Urban Adventure (Based on 2 participants)
-Cusco - Cusco Cooking Class
-Cusco - Humantay Lake Hike (Based on 4 participants)
-Sacred Valley - Mountain Biking (Price Based on 2 Participants)
-Cusco - Palcoyo Rainbow Mountain Hike (Based on 4 paticipants)

Day 6: Puno

Location: Puno

Meals Included: breaksfast

This morning after breakfast, you’ll travel through the dramatic scenery of the high Altiplano to Puno – located on the shores of serene Lake Titicaca. At an altitude of 3800 m, Lake Titicaca is the world's highest navigable lake. Today includes a bit of a long drive, but it’s worth the first glimpse of immense Lake Titicaca, whose seemingly endless waters stretch into the horizon. Puno is a melting pot of Indigenous Aymara and Quechuan culture and traditional Andean customs, and it wears its traditions on its sleeve. If you're lucky, your trip will coincide with one of the many cultural festivals here. Ask your leader where you can get the best grilled trout tonight – a true local specialty perfect for dinner.   

Day 7: Puno

Location: Puno

Meals Included: breaksfast, dinner

This morning, you’ll take a tour of the immense lake by motorboat, stopping at the floating Uros Islands that look like they could come from a Pixar or Studio Ghibli movie. Built by the Uros people to protect themselves from encroaching Inca forces hundreds of years ago, the islands are constructed from many layers of totora reeds that grow in the shallows of the lake. Get a closer look at contemporary life on the shores of the lake with a homestay in a local community. Help your host family with their daily activities, try out a few words in the Quechua language and maybe even join a local soccer game to make some friends on the makeshift pitch. Tonight, sit down and swap stories with your hosts, who will cook you a feast full of traditional Peruvian favourites.  

Included Activities:
-Lake Titicaca - Boat tour & Homestay

Day 8: Lima

Location: Lima

Meals Included: breaksfast

This morning after breakfast at your homestay, take a bus to Juliaca airport. Then, you’ll take an included flight back to Lima, where you’ll have a free night. Enjoy your last night of the trip with your fellow travellers and maybe head out to a final celebratory dinner.



Optional Activities:
-Lima - Lima Pisco Making (Based on 4 participants)
-Lima - Lima Water Show (Based on 4 participants)
-Lima - Bohemian Barranco (Based on 4 participants)
-Lima - Lima Eat Street (Based on 4 participants)

Day 9: Quito

Location: Quito

Today, transfer to the airport and board an included flight from Lima to Ecuador’s capital, Quito. Once you arrive, there are no activities planned until another group meeting held at 2 pm, where you’ll be briefed on the next stage of your South American adventure. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask reception where it will take place. Quito is one of the most attractive cities in South America, sitting at an altitude of 2850 metres with a view of Volcan Pichincha on the horizon.

After the welcome meeting, join your local leader for a tour of Quito's historic center. Catch the Matro to the Parque de la Alameda and visit sites such as the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, a famous neo-Gothic church known for the details of its façade that represent Galápagos tortoises, Andean condors, and Amazon alligators. You’ll also visit La Compania de Jesus, considered by many to be the most beautiful church in the Americas. It's claimed that seven tons of gold leaf cover the interior whilst the exterior is decorated with statues, busts, sculpted heads, and a jungle of carved leaves.

The tour will finish at San Francisco Square, where you’ll have the option to return to the hotel, or why not get to know your new travelling companions and dine in Quito’s Old Town – your leader will have plenty of recommendations!

Included Activities:
-Quito - Historic District Walking Tour

Optional Activities:
-Quilotoa - Quilotoa Lagoon (Full day)
-Quito - Papallacta Hot Springs (Full day)
-Cotopaxi - National Park Hiking Tour
-Quito - Urban Adventures: Legends and Culture Tour

Day 10: Isla San Cristobal, Galapagos

Location: Isla San Cristobal, Galapagos

Accommodation: Hotel

Welcome to San Cristobal in the Galapagos Islands! As you start this trip on the Galapagos Islands you have two options for joining the group, as outlined in Special Information below. After joining up with your fellow travellers and your local naturalist guide, head to La Loberia where you'll put on snorkelling gear for the first time and go for a swim among sea lions, perhaps spotting sea turtles too. Return to town for a free evening. Perhaps head out with the group and enjoy some of the fresh seafood available.

Included Activities:
-Isla San Cristobal- Snorkeling in La Loberia (1.5 Hours)

Optional Activities:
-Wetsuit (shortsleeve) hire for 5 days

Day 11: Isla San Cristobal

Location: Isla San Cristobal

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: breaksfast, lunch

Today begins with a 45-minute boat ride to Leon Dormido (Kicker Rock). On the way we might be able to spot nesting frigates and blue-footed boobies. There is also potential to swim among playful young sea lions. At Leon Dormido you can snorkel and look for sea turtles, manta rays and maybe the odd harmless Galapagos shark. Currents can be quite strong so it's important you are a confident swimmer to participate in this activity. If you have any concerns, please ensure you speak with your leader. Eat lunch on the boat then head to the Interpretation Center. Learn about the history of the 'Enchanted Islands' and the conservation projects which seek to preserve them. Continue to Frigatebird Hill (Cerro Tijeretas), which is located two kilometres from the Interpretation Center. It's quite a climb to the top, but well worth the amazing views of the bay. Return to town in the late afternoon or early evening.

Included Activities:
-San Cristobal - Excursion to Leon Dormido or Lobos Islands
-Isla San Cristobal - Interpretation Center (45 minutes)
-Isla San Cristobal - Cerro Tijeretas View Point (1 Hour)

Day 12: Isla Floreana/ Isla Isabela

Location: Isla Floreana/ Isla Isabela

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: breaksfast, lunch

Take an early morning boat ride towards Isla Floreana, which should take about 2.5 hours. Along the way keep your eyes peeled for wildlife such as dolphins and whales. 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 Isla Isabela (approximately 2 hours). From Isabela Port it's a short transfer to the hotel where we will spend the night (approximately 15 minutes).

Included Activities:
-Floreana - Snorkeling

Day 13: Isla Isabela

Location: Isla Isabela

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: breaksfast

This morning, you’ll hop on a small Zodiac boat and cruise to Las Tintoreras (Shark Alley), looking out for blue-footed boobies and the famous Galapagos penguin. Take a short walk on this isolated islet and popular iguana nesting site, then snorkel in a calm inlet with colourful fish and winding underground lava tubes. This area is also frequented by green sea turtles that like to rest on the calm, sandy bottom. Return to Isla Isabela and visit the Arnaldo Tupiza Tortoise Breeding Center, where you'll observe giant tortoises in all stages of development. After learning about the thousand turtles that are preparing for life here, you’ll head to a brackish lagoon to observe flamingos. Later today, take a kayak around the island before finding your sandy resting spot and soaking in 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)
-Isla Isabela - Kayaking

Day 14: Isla Isabela

Location: Isla Isabela

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: breaksfast, lunch

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 17 km up the rocky mountain, which takes about half a day. After the hike, make your way back to town for some free time to curl up with a book or venture down to the water for a relaxing swim before dinner.

Included Activities:
-Isla Isabela - Sierra Negra Volcano Hike (5-6 Hours)

Day 15: Isla Isabela / Isla Santa Cruz

Location: Isla Isabela / Isla Santa Cruz

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: breaksfast

Jump aboard a private speedboat this morning and head to Isla Santa Cruz. When you arrive, leave your bags at the hotel and head to the Santa Cruz Highlands. Your first stop is a local farm, where giant tortoises roam the grounds. Here, you’ll have a cooking class with an expert chef who will teach you how to make the famed encebollado – a local soup considered one of the best in the world! This hearty dish uses slow-cooked albacore tuna and a savoury broth made of onions, cilantro and spices. The dish is traditionally served with yuca (a starchy root vegetable) and garnished with lime and green onions. Enjoy the fruits (or soups) of your labour for lunch, then spend some time wandering the grounds with the slow-paced residents. After lunch, you’ll visit an organic sugar cane farm run by a local family for a trapiche tour (a sugar cane mill used in artisanal sugar production). See how the family harvests and processes sugar cane as well as cacao and how it really is a community effort.

Included Activities:
-Santa Cruz Highlands Visit (3 Hours)
-Santa Cruz – Organic Farm Tour
-Santa Cruz – Encebollado Cooking Class

Day 16: Isla Santa Cruz

Location: Isla Santa Cruz

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: breaksfast, lunch

Take a morning walk in Tortuga Bay after breakfast. Along the way, keep an eye out for eagle rays, sea turtles and blue-footed boobies.
After returning to town for lunch, you’ll pass through a local fish market on the way to The Galapagos Conservancy. Here, they help protect the Galapagos' unique biodiversity. Learn how The Intrepid Foundation supports the Galapagos Conservancy Women in Sustainable Entrepreneurship (WISE) program, which provides critical capital for sustainability initiatives and builds the entrepreneurial capacity of Galapagos women. After, head to the Charles Darwin Research Station – an international non-profit organisation that’s dedicated to the scientific research and conservation of the archipelago’s environment and biodiversity.


Included Activities:
-Isla Santa Cruz - Tortuga Bay walk
-Isla Santa Cruz - The Galapagos Conservancy visit
-Isla Santa Cruz - Charles Darwin Research Centre

Day 17: Quito

Location: Quito

Meals Included: breaksfast

We say goodbye to the Galapagos today and take a flight back to Quito (Please note the flight will make a stop in Guayaquil). You'll arrive back to Quito later afternoon. Perhaps head out for a final group dinner with your travel pals to celebrate your South American adventure.

Day 18: Quito

Location: Quito

Meals Included: breaksfast

This morning your adventure comes to an end in Quito. As there are no activities planned for the final day, you can depart the accommodation at any time. Because there is little time spent in Quito on this trip, we recommend staying a few extra days to see more of Ecuador. If you choose to stay on, we’d be happy to assist you with booking accommodation (subject to availability). Ecuador has some of the most beautiful churches in the Americas, including the lavish La Compania de Jesus, which is decorated with seven tonnes of gold. Not far from the capital, there are volcanoes, hot springs and Incan ruins to explore. Consider doing one of our one-day sightseeing tours of Quito, which can include the Old Town, markets and the city's culinary delights (see urbanadventures.com).

What's Included

  • Isla Santa Cruz - Tortuga Bay walk

  • Sacred Valley - Community visit & lunch

  • Cusco - Chocolate Museum Visit & Hot Chocolate

  • Cusco - Leader-led orientation walk

  • Lake Titicaca - Boat tour & Homestay

  • Machu Picchu - Entrance and guided tour

  • Isla San Cristobal - Interpretation Center (45 minutes)

  • Isla San Cristobal- Snorkeling in La Loberia (1.5 Hours)

  • San Cristobal - Excursion to Leon Dormido or Lobos Islands

  • Floreana - Snorkeling

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What's Not Included

  • Tipping and Gratuities

  • International Travel

  • Airport Transfers at Destination

Transport

  • Plane , Speed Boat , Canoe , Train , Private Vehicle , Public bus

Included Activities

  • Cusco - Orientation Walk
  • Cusco - Chocolate Museum Visit & Hot Chocolate
  • Sacred Valley - Community visit & lunch
  • Machu Picchu - Entrance and guided tour
  • Lake Titicaca - Boat tour & Homestay
  • Isla San Cristobal- Snorkeling in La Loberia (1.5 Hours)
  • San Cristobal - Excursion to Leon Dormido or Lobos Islands
  • Isla San Cristobal - Interpretation Center (45 minutes)
  • Isla San Cristobal - Cerro Tijeretas View Point (1 Hour)
  • Floreana - Snorkeling
  • 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)
  • Kayaking - Isla Isabela
  • Santa Cruz Highlands Visit (3 Hours)
  • Isla Santa Cruz - Tortuga Bay walk

Accommodation

  • Due to limited time and energy supply in some places, please be prepared for some cold showers.

Important Information

  • 1. Ecuador has implemented COVID-19 testing requirements for entry to the country, including special conditions for Galapagos. Please refer to your government's foreign travel advice for the most up to date information.
  • 2. Parts of your trip go above 2800 meters / 9200 feet where it is common for travelers to experience some adverse health effects due to the altitude - regardless of your age, gender and fitness. It even happened to Sir Edmund Hillary!
  • Please read the following document carefully and, during your trip, utilize the table on the back daily to record your own perspective of your general health and any symptoms you may experience:
  • https://www.intrepidtravel.com/au/altitude-sickness
  • 3. Please provide your full name exactly as per passport at the time of booking (including any middle names listed on your passport) for train tickets. Fees may apply for amendments to details within 45 days of departure, and in some cases you will be required to cover the cost of issuing new tickets.
  • 4. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement excludes Day 07 (Lake Titicaca, Homestay) where you will be in shared accommodation and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
  • 5. All visitors to the Galapagos must have a Transit Control Card. We will use your passport details to complete the application process on your behalf. At the Welcome Meeting in Quito, you will be required to pay your leader US$20 in cash to cover the fee.
  • 6. The Galapagos National Park fee (US$100) and Isabela Port fee (US$10) are payable upon arrival to the islands (cash only). These amounts are in addition to your trip payment.
  • From the 1st of August 2024 the Galapagos Islands National Park fee will be increasing from US$100 to US$200.
  • 7. 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.
  • 8. Some of the hotels in the Galapagos do have internet connections however it's often very slow and and may not always be functional.
  • 9. Depending on the time of year, and flight availability, your Lima-Quito flight may depart in the very early hours of the morning to ensure you arrive in time for the welcome meeting. Please speak to your booking agent to confirm what time your flight is noting that the flight is purchased 30 days before departure.
  • 10. Strict rules apply in the Galapagos Islands to protect and preserve its unique biodiversity. Intrepid supports these rules, which range from times of the day that a destination can be visited to the distance kept between people and wildlife. In particular, not removing anything from the environment (shells and corals, for example). All rules will be explained in more detail by your leader when you join the trip. Not adhering to these rules can lead to hefty fines for travellers and Intrepid losing the license to operate in the Galapagos Islands. Failure to adhere to the rules can result in your removal from the trip without a refund.
  • For more information: http://www.galapagos.org/travel/travel/park-rules/

Check out our Q&As

  • What currencies are required for this tour?

  • Do you require a visa for this holiday?

    Visas are the responsibility of the traveller and vary depending on your nationality, please speak to the relevant consular or embassy regarding your travel plans. While we will not arrange a visa for you, should you need any supporting documents from the operator, we can provide these for you’

  • Is free Wi-Fi available in the accommodation used?

  • Are all entrance fees included in the price?

    Yes, except optional activities

  • What happens if a group doesn’t make its minimum required number of passengers?

    This trip will run with just one person booked on

  • Are vaccinations required for this tour?

    Please speak to a medical profession regarding vaccinations before you travel

  • What is the fitness level required to do this tour?

    The trip is requires a reasonable level of fitness as you will be exploring the places you visit on foot. There are no strenuous activities included.

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    No but we can arrange these for you at an additional cost

  • Is there a supplement for solo travellers?

    Yes. All prices listed are on a twin-share basis. If you are travelling solo, you can pay the twin-share rate to be roomed with another solo traveller of the same sex. Alternatively a single supplement is available for an additional cost. Single supplements are subject to availability.

  • Will I know the names and details of all the accommodation before I depart?

    If you wish to have a hotel list, please ask a booking agent. Please note, these are subject to change.

  • Is there any free time to explore places during the tour?

    Yes

  • Is this trip right for you

    This trip visits places that are at high altitude, and as a result some people can suffer from altitude sickness, regardless of age or physical health. Please see the ‘Medical and Health Information’ section of the Essential Trip Information for more details.

    The sun in the Galapagos islands is incredibly strong due to its close proximity to the equator, so ensure you are well prepared with suncreen, sun hat, sunglasses and a rash guard if desired.

    This trip includes snorkelling on multiple days. Confident swimming skills are required to take part. Alternative activities will not be available.

    This trip involves a lot of travel by speed boat between the various Galapagos Islands and the rides can be quite bumpy at times. The good news is that seasickness can often be managed with medication. Consult a health professional before your trip.

    This trip includes a 17 km hike (approximately 6-7 hours) on rocky terrain. It's recommended you bring comfortable walking shoes that offer good support.

    According to Machu Picchu visiting regulations, all visitors must follow a pre-determined route within the site. This route must be followed in one direction only, and once the guided visit commences exiting and re-entering the site is not permitted. Once the guided visit concludes, visitors must exit the site and personal exploration of Machu Picchu is not permitted. Please refer to the itinerary for details.

    From June to August the water in the Galapagos can be 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.

    Proximity to the equator means the sun in the Galapagos is incredibly strong. Ensure you are prepared with sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses. We also recommend a rash guard.

    Many travellers express interest in diving in the Galapagos. We are now able to assist with booking this activity, but only through a provider that meets our internal safety policy. Speak to your agent at the time of booking for more information.

    Hot water can be sporadic in some parts of the Galapagos, so there may be a few cold showers on the trip.

  • Is the tour coach air conditioned?

    Yes

  • Will passengers from another country be participating in the tour?

    We are a global company, on most of our tours we will have passengers from all over the world joining.

  • What is the maximum group size?

    16

  • Will there be an escort accompanying this tour?

    A tour leader will be with you throughout the trip, except for free time

  • Are internal flights included in this tour?

    All internal flights are included. International airfares are not included, but we can arrange these for you at an additional cost.

  • Can you assist with pre or post tour accommodation?

    Yes

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Please contact us for latest COVID-19 policies

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Intrepid Travel has been taking travellers around the world for over 30 years

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Since 2002, The Intrepid Foundation has supported over 130 organisations across the world. We’re creating positive impact through the joy of travel, community and connection.

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Over 50% of traveller travel solo with Intrepid. You can choose to share a room with another solo travelle of the same sex for no additional charge, or choose to pay a single supplement if you’d like your own room. Please request this when booking, and we will secure you a single supplement wherever possible. Please note, if you are booking a last-minute trip, it may be harder for us to secure a single room

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Just leaving a review to share how much I enjoyed my Central America trip. I thought the guide, Aura was so knowledgeable and organised and clearly a great ambassador for Intrepid. She gave us lots of information on each region, helped us organise anything we needed and dealt with queries from passengers very well and diplomatically. She made the trip run smoothly. She was also keen to explain the Intrepid vision and how the company values making a difference to locals and is a credit to your company. I did Guatemala and beyond and thoroughly enjoyed it - very fast paced, lots to see and do and a great overview of the region. I would definitely recommend 👍

V Open (Google Reviewer)  

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26-Oct-2022

I have just come back home after doing Intrepid's 10-day Vietnam Express Northbound tour. What a SUPERB tour. We saw lots and did lots, it was jam-packed full of sights and activities. Our tour leader, Tam, was the best ever. Very knowledgeable, organised and lots of fun too. The other 10 people on the group were all lovely. The places we visited were very interesting. We even visited local homes and ate just like the local people do. I highly recommend Intrepid to anyone considering touring a new country. This was my 5th tour with them and they have consistently been fantastic.

Jack Edwards (Google Reviewer)  

I have travelled with Intrepid...

03-Jun-2024

I have travelled with Intrepid a number of times now and can't recommend them enough. The trips are always exciting, full of history and immersive in the culture and environment. The office staff are great too and always happy to help with any questions you might have. Everywhere I have gone with the company has been different but the guides and itinerary have always been excellent and full of knowledge and passion for their country. Add in the social responsibility angle the company has and it top quality ethical practice and you can't go wrong

Jo Clayton (Google Reviewer)  

I recently went on an...

15-Mar-2024

I recently went on an 11 day tour of India with Intrepid and was impressed with every aspect of the tour, the tour leader and the organisation behind the scenes. I always travel alone so it was a big deal to join a tour, I didn't want to feel less independent or ferried about. I loved being part of a group and the things we saw and did on the tour, I would never have known about or seen if I had been by myself. I loved it from start to finish. Yes the overnight trains were not easy to sleep on, but I managed. Meeting locals on board was a high light for me. English is widely spoken in India and its amazing who you strike up a chat with. I had two problems on the tour - one my own fault and one hotel related. The support from Intrepid was amazing. I cannot thank them enough for going the extra mile to support me. I recommend Intrepid 100% and have gone from thinking an organised tour is for people who don't know about Lonely Planet and can't do solo stuff, to realising its a faster, better, more fun way to get to know a country truly and deeply whilst on a bit of a budget. I will book again and again with Intrepid. I loved it that much! Big thanks to tour leader Daddy H. Devender for his help on day one, and Nick in the Oz office for his fab customer care skills. Also the person who staffed the emergency whatsapp in India - you saved my sanity helping me get there a day late! THANK YOU ALL X

Nicole  

North American Adventure

12-Oct-2021

This was my first international solo trip, but I never felt “alone” - there was always someone to go shopping, hike, or grab a quick bite with. The itinerary was a great balance between organized activities, while still allowing free time for exploring. Each location was unique and charming in its own way. Spending the night in the holy city of Moulay Idriss and wandering the winding streets of Chefchaouen were especially memorable. Thank you Mustapha and Intrepid for an incredible adventure!

Alice Norton (Google Reviewer)  

I have just completed a...

29-Feb-2024

I have just completed a 12 day food tour of Vietnam, and had an amazing time. Our tour leader was great, knowledgeable and kind, who helped throughout the trip with recommendations for places on our free days, and spas. All the food we tried was delicious. It is a very fast paced tour, and Bon tried to maximise our experiences for the best.

Henry Guy Robinson   United Kingdom

Cambodia Discovery

22-Jan-2024

The overall experience was fantastic. V good tour leader. All places visited had something special to do or see. I would book a tour with this company again. Only one negative tour hub is not I repeat not available to contact direct by phone.

Merouane Harkat   Uk

Explore Southern Africa

08-Mar-2024

Best trip ever was, 2 things I didn't like the black mamba stop was wasting day and village ,so 2 night I think was just wasting, I could do 2 days in Kruger, and one more night in delta

Ann  

Amazing Guatemala and beyond tour with Intrepid

13-Dec-2022

Did Guatemala and beyond trip in November 22. It was amazing, we were so well looked after by our guide Aura. She was very knowledgeable and during our bus trips she gave us the history of the 4 countries. The border crossings can be tricky but handled very well by our guide. We saw all the most interesting and beautiful places. The hotels were lovely comfortable colonial style. I will travel with intrepid again

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Hazel Rogers (Google Reviewer)  

I have just completed my...

06-Mar-2024

I have just completed my first trip with Intrepid to Southern Africa, and I loved every moment of it! We saw so much wildlife, stayed in some beautiful places, and learnt so much about the countries and people in a very short space of time. Our group leader, Admore, was exceptionally organised, coordinating every detail of our packed itinerary and keeping us informed along the way. The recruitment of a local group leader who can share their knowledge and fix the smallest of issues quickly really sets these trips apart, ensuring you feel safe and looked after at all times. I shall be booking my next trip soon!

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