Galapagos & Inca Trail tour
Experience Ecuador and Peru’s world-famous calling cards – the extraordinary wildlife of the Galapagos and unforgettable Machu Picchu – along with beautiful Cuzco and Quito, too
Quito Galapagos Islands Lima Cuzco Sacred Valley Ollantaytambo Inca Trail Machu Picchu
US $6640US $5640ToUS $7805excluding flights
Description of Galapagos & Inca Trail tour
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As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) vacation so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.
PlanetThis trip to the Galapagos and onto ancient citadel of Machu Picchu in Peru has been designed to run with minimal impact on the regions we are visiting and to ensure that any effect our trip does have on the region is positive. Our trips provide travelers with real life experiences from the best local restaurant to try ceviche, to spending time with a local community en route to Ollantaytambo and (on market day) honing your bartering skills with local artisans. Throughout this trip we do everything we can to ensure that the financial benefits from our travels find their way to local businesses and community initiatives, rather than larger corporations. We stay in smaller, often locally owned properties and tend to favour traditional, often family run restaurants when dining together; great for sampling traditional local specialities!
Our staff ‘on the ground’ are all recruited locally, from your group leaders who will accompany each leg of your trip, to the porters who will support and assist you on your Inca Trail trek. Your guide on the Galapagos will be a qualified Naturalist trained by the Directorate of the Galapagos National Park and will be highly knowledgeable on the Islands themselves, the flora and fauna, along with the conservation and environmental issues affecting them.
On the Galapagos Islands we support the work of The Galapagos Conservancy, the largest source of private support for conservation efforts in the region. The 11,000 Friends of Galapagos are individuals and institutions who care deeply about the Galapagos Islands, and understand the scientific importance of preserving this one-of-a-kind ecosystem. Funds raised by the Galapagos Conservancy support the core operations of the Charles Darwin Research Station (CDRS) which will be visited on Isla Santa Cruz.
Throughout your trip you will be encouraged to take steps to ensure that your journey is as environmentally responsible as possible. We encourage all travelers to be respectful of their environment at all times and follow their leaders’ instruction with regard to interacting with the wildlife on the Galapagos. Whether snorkelling with playful sea lions, or attempting the perfect close up of a marine iguana, we require all travelers to listen to their leaders in order to maintain not only the environment, but also preserve the wellbeing of these amazing animals.
Your group leader will be on hand to assist with the appropriate disposal of rubbish en route, recycling wherever possible. There are no recycling facilities on Isabela Island, so we ask that plastic rubbish is taken with the group when we leave. On similar lines, group members are encouraged during the trip to use refillable water bottles with purification tablets rather than purchasing bottled water, contributing to the rapidly escalating problem caused by the copious number of plastic bottles discarded globally on a daily basis.
PeopleThe very ethos of our style of travel is responsible; small groups on fully escorted tours, experiencing the very best of a region, a culture and a landscape, with a friendly local hand guiding the way. Our itineraries are designed to give our travelers real life experiences without compromising the part of the world through which we are journeying, this is our commitment as a global tour operator.
As a company, our responsibilities don’t stop when our tours end. We run and support a variety of projects globally, from healthcare, education, human rights, child welfare, sustainable development and environmental and wildlife protection. Our own in house foundation has been in operation for over 11 years; a not-for-profit fund that has distributed over AU$3 million to more than 70 non-government organisations since 2002. Donations come from our travelers and are then matched by us dollar for dollar.