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Galapagos from Guayaquil
Galapagos from Guayaquil
Galapagos from Guayaquil
Galapagos from Guayaquil
Galapagos from Guayaquil
Galapagos from Guayaquil
Galapagos from Guayaquil

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Duration7 Days / 6 Nights
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Walking levelModerate - Demanding
Max Altitude3,687 feet / 1,124 masl
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Trip Overview

Discover the enchanted Galapagos Islands through this island-hopping tour! The islands offer endless opportunities to witness a unique abundance of wildlife in a setting unlike any other on the planet. Due to it’s isolation, the Galapagos formed a natural sanctuary that preserves species, allowing them to evolve over countless millennia. This is one of the few places on earth that allows such close and intimate contact with the wildlife. The tour also provides many benefits to local communities and is socially and environmentally responsible. Be part of an educational and inspirational journey of a lifetime in one of the most fiercely protected marine wilderness’ in the world!

Highlights:

  • Sierra Negra volcano
  • Snorkeling with sea turtles, rays, penguins and sea lions
  • Kayak to view wildlife
  • Tintoreras and lava tunnels
  • Charles Darwin research station
  • Encounter with wild giant tortoises

Day by day schedule

Day 1: GUAYAQUIL ARRIVAL DAY – TRANSFER IN

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Galapagos from Guayaquil

The first day on our Peru and Galapagos tour is all about getting the group together and providing the necessary information for our wonderful adventure to come. If you arrive reasonably early in Guayaquil, you can spend the day exploring the surrounding area. There’s plenty to see and do in and around Guayaquil, and our representative can help you organize a day trip – just ask us in advance. 

In the evening, at around 6 p.m., one of our trip leaders will mee...

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Day 2: TRANSFER OUT - GALAPAGOS – ISABELA ISLAND

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Galapagos from Guayaquil
Galapagos from Guayaquil
Galapagos from Guayaquil

Today we get ready to explore the most amazing archipelago in the Pacific Ocean, located 600 miles (965.6 km) off the coast of Ecuador. This was the place that inspired Charles Darwin to develop his theory of evolution by natural selection – and it’s sure to inspire you too.  

First we’ll transfer you to the airport in Guayaquil, from where you’ll fly to Baltra Island in the Galapagos. On arrival we’ll pick you up and head straight from ...

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  • Itinerary Service Type IconMeals: Breakfast
  • Itinerary Service Type IconHotels: Cormorant Beach House or similar - Standard rooms

Day 3: SNORKEL AT LAVA TUNNELS

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Galapagos from Guayaquil
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Galapagos from Guayaquil

After breakfast, you’ll head of with your guide for a half-day tour of Academy Bay, the natural harbor of Santa Cruz Island. Make sure you pack everything you need for the trip. If you need snorkeling equipment, it will be provided free of charge to anyone who wishes to use it.  

We’ll take a boat out to Academy Bay, where you can swim and snorkel with all kinds of exotic fish and marine life, including the famous sea lions who love to hang out and play i...

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  • Itinerary Service Type IconMeals: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Itinerary Service Type IconHotels: Cormorant Beach House or similar - Standard rooms

Day 4: Charles Darwin Research Station and San Cristóbal Island

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Galapagos from Guayaquil
Galapagos from Guayaquil
Galapagos from Guayaquil

After breakfast we’ll first head to the Charles Darwin Research Station, a short walk from the town of Puerto Ayora. Here you can learn more about conservation in the Galapagos, visit the natural history interpretation center and see the tortoise breeding program.  

In the afternoon we’ll pick you up from your hotel and take you to the dock in Santa Cruz, where you’ll take a boat ride of about 2.5 hours to the island of San Cristóbal. San Cri...

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  • Itinerary Service Type IconHotels: Cormorant Beach House or similar - Standard rooms

Day 5: Isla Lobos and San Cristobal

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Today we’ll have a hearty breakfast and then head to the dock where we’ll take a speed boat to the nearby Isla Lobos, which sits just off the southwest coast of San Cristobal. We’ll keep our eyes peeled during the boat trip, as there are plenty of marine animals to spot on the way. When we set foot on Isla Lobos, you’ll have a guided tour of the island, where we can spot the frigate birds, blue-footed boobies, sea lions and manta rays that inhabit the island an...

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Day 6: San Cristobal to Guayaquil

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Galapagos from Guayaquil
Galapagos from Guayaquil
Galapagos from Guayaquil

Sadly, today is our last day on the Galapagos Islands. After breakfast and a few final photos of the nearby sea lions, we’ll transfer to Baltra Airport in time to catch the flight back to the mainland and Guayaquil. 

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  • Itinerary Service Type IconHotels: Wyndham or similar - Standard business room

Day 7: Guayaquil Airport

Our final day is spent in Guayaquil, as you wait for your flight out, either back home or to continue your adventure in Ecuador. We’ll take you to the airport to catch your flight, and help with any other travel plans you might have. And then it’s time for this part of your journey to end, but you’ll be taking all the amazing memories of the Galapagos with you. 

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Package Details: What's Included & What's Not

Discover exactly what your Valencia Travel Peru vacation package offers. Our Inclusions section highlights everything include in the cost, from accommodations and guided tours to special experiences, ensuring a comprehensive and enriching Peru tour package. In the Exclusions section, we clarify what's not included, like certain personal expenses and optional adventure activities, to help you plan perfectly and customize your Peru trip as desired. Review these sections for a clear understanding of your Peru tour package's value and structure. Any Questions? Our team is ready to assist, ensuring your Peru travel adventures meet your expectations every step of the way.

What's included

  • Transportation: Comfortable land and sea transportation.
  • Domestic flights Quito/Guayaquil – Galapagos – Quito/Guayaquil
  • Accommodation based on double occupancy: 5* hotel in Guayaquil, 3+* star hotels in Galapagos.
  • Activities: Snorkeling in the Lava Tunnels, trekking to the top of Sierra Negra active volcano, snorkeling, and kayaking in Tintoreras, visit the Charles Darwin Research Station, hiking in Santa Cruz highlands.
  • Meals: 6 breakfasts, 2 lunch.
  • Gear:  Snorkeling mask and fins, life vest
  • Trip Leader: Certified AJ expert English-speaking adventure leader and local guides.

What's not included

  • International flights
  • Single supplement
  • Airport transfers (international flights)
  • Travel insurance (mandatory)
  • Meals not described in the itinerary 
  • Tips for guides and drivers

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Environmental Responsibility
+ How to Be a Responsible Traveler

Traveling to a country as diverse and culturally rich as Peru is an incredible experience that can leave a lasting impact on both the traveler and the destination. As tourism continues to grow, it's essential for visitors to be mindful of their actions and choices to ensure that their presence contributes positively to the local communities, environment, and culture. This article aims to provide valuable insights and guidelines on how to be a responsible tourist when exploring the enchanting landscapes and vibrant traditions of Peru. 

 

Respect Peruvian Culture and Traditions 

Peru boasts a remarkable cultural heritage that includes ancient civilizations like the Inca, as well as the customs and traditions of its indigenous communities. As a responsible tourist, it's crucial to respect and appreciate the local culture. This includes dressing modestly when visiting sacred sites, asking for permission before taking photos of people, and refraining from disrupting religious ceremonies. 

 

Support the Local Economy 

One of the most effective ways to positively impact a destination is by supporting its local economy. Prioritize staying in locally-owned accommodations, dining at local restaurants, and purchasing handmade crafts and products from local artisans and local businesses. This practice ensures that the money you spend directly benefits the communities you visit, creating a sustainable source of income for them. You will probably also  get a lower price too! 

 

Choose Sustainable Tour Operators 

When planning your trip to Peru, opt for tour operators such as Valencia Travel that prioritize sustainability and responsible tourism practices. Look for those that follow ethical guidelines, focus on minimizing their environmental footprint, and support local initiatives. Responsible tour operators often provide educational experiences that foster an understanding of the local culture and environment. 

 

Porters Rights 

If you are planning to trek along the Inca Trail to machu Picchu, select a tour operator such as Valencia Travel that values and respects the rights of porters. Ethical tour companies ensure that porters are treated fairly, paid decent wages, provided with proper equipment, and work in safe conditions. They limit the weight porters carry and prioritize porter welfare throughout the journey. 

 

Minimize Plastic Waste 

The issue of plastic pollution affects destinations worldwide, and Peru is no exception. Bring a reusable water bottle and a cloth bag to avoid single-use plastic items. Many hotels and restaurants in Peru are adopting eco-friendly practices, so support their efforts by using eco-friendly products and avoiding unnecessary plastic consumption. 

 

Conserve Natural Resources 

Peru is home to diverse ecosystems, from the Amazon rainforest to the Andes Mountains. Be conscious of your water and energy usage, especially in regions where resources might be scarce. Opt for eco-friendly activities like hiking and wildlife spotting that have minimal impact on the environment. 

 

Wildlife and Nature Interaction 

Peru is known for its unique wildlife, including the majestic condors and colorful Amazonian creatures. However, it's vital to maintain a respectful distance from animals and their habitats. Avoid touching, feeding, or attempting to get too close to wild animals, as this can disrupt their natural behavior and ecosystems. 

 

Dispose of Waste Responsibly 

Whether you're exploring the bustling streets of Lima or the remote trails of Machu Picchu, always dispose of your waste responsibly. Use designated trash bins and recycling facilities, and if none are available, carry your trash with you until you find an appropriate place to dispose of it. 

 

Being a responsible tourist in Peru is about making conscious choices that preserve its cultural heritage, protect its environment, and support its communities. By respecting local traditions, supporting the local economy, and choosing sustainable practices, you can leave a positive impact on this beautiful country while creating unforgettable memories for yourself. Remember that your actions as a responsible traveler in Peru can inspire others to follow suit, ensuring that Peru remains a vibrant and cherished destination for generations to come. 

+ Sustainable Practices for the Eco-Friendly Tourist in Peru

Peru, has long been a magnet for travelers seeking an adventure that combines natural wonders and historical intrigue. From the awe-inspiring ruins of Machu Picchu to the lush biodiversity of the Amazon rainforest, the allure of Peru is undeniable. However, as the global movement towards eco-consciousness gains momentum, it becomes imperative for travelers to explore this remarkable country with a commitment to sustainability. From supporting indigenous artisans to responsible wildlife viewing in the Amazon, reducing plastic waste to choosing eco-friendly accommodations, this guide is your roadmap to responsible and sustainable travel in Peru. Discover how you can immerse yourself in Peru's wonders while leaving only footprints and taking away unforgettable memories and a sense of fulfillment. Join us on this journey to explore the best of Peru in a way that respects its heritage and protects its natural beauty. 

 

Support Local Communities 

Stay in locally-owned accommodations, eat in local restaurants, and buy handicrafts from local artisans. This helps the local economy and reduces the carbon footprint associated with large, international chains. 

 

Responsible Wildlife Viewing 

When visiting the Amazon rainforest or other natural areas, choose operators that follow ethical wildlife viewing guidelines. Avoid tours that engage in activities harmful to animals, such as riding them or getting too close to nesting sites. 

 

Respect Cultural Heritage 

Peru has a rich cultural history. When visiting archaeological sites like Machu Picchu or historic towns like Cusco, be respectful of the heritage. Do not touch or climb on ancient structures and follow the guidance of local authorities. 

 

Reduce Plastic Use 

 Carry a reusable water bottle and use water purification methods to reduce the need for single-use plastic bottles. Avoid using plastic bags and opt for reusable bags. 

 

Minimize Energy and Water Consumption 

Conserve resources by turning off lights, air conditioning, and heating when not in use. Limit your water usage and choose accommodations with water-saving initiatives. 

 

Choose Sustainable Tour Operators 

Look for tour operators like Valencia Travel that have sustainability initiatives, such as waste reduction, renewable energy use, and low-impact transportation options. They should also employ local guides who can provide insight into the culture and ecosystem. 

 

Responsible Trekking 

 If you plan on hiking along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, use the services of operators who follow Leave No Trace principles. Pack out your waste, and choose responsible tour companies with responsible camping practices. 

 

Public Transportation 

Use public transportation or shared transportation options when moving between cities or exploring regions. This helps reduce the carbon footprint associated with private vehicles. 

 

Opt for Eco-Lodges 

Choose accommodations that are certified as eco-friendly or sustainably operated. These lodges often have initiatives in place to minimize their environmental impact. 

 

Learn About the Local Ecosystem 

Take the opportunity to educate yourself about the local flora and fauna. Understanding the environment helps you appreciate it more and encourages its protection. 

 

Reduce Water Waste 

Be mindful of water consumption, especially in regions where water is scarce. Take shorter showers and reuse towels to reduce the need for frequent washing. 

 

Dispose of Waste Properly 

Always use designated trash and recycling bins, and do not litter. In rural areas, pack out your trash to avoid impacting local ecosystems. 

 

Support Conservation Efforts 

Consider donating to local conservation organizations working to protect Peru's natural and cultural treasures. Visit museums and cultural centers that contribute to preservation efforts. 

 

Offset Your Carbon Emissions 

 If flying when you travel to Peru, consider offsetting your carbon emissions by investing in carbon offset programs. 

 

Respect Wildlife and Nature 

Do not disturb wildlife, and stay on designated paths in protected areas to minimize your impact on the environment. 

 

By following these sustainable practices, eco-friendly tourists can help preserve Peru's stunning natural beauty and rich cultural heritage for future generations while also supporting local communities and minimizing their environmental footprint, during your trip to Peru. Eco-friendly tourism practices not only enrich your travel experience but also ensure that the natural beauty and cultural richness of Peru are preserved for generations to come, and will allow you to savor the splendors of Peru while minimizing your environmental footprint and contributing positively to the local communities. 

+ The Importance of Environmental Awareness in Peru

Peru, a land of astonishing ecological diversity, rugged mountain ranges, and ancient civilizations, stands as a testament to the remarkable harmony between nature and culture. From the Amazon rainforest to the majestic Andes and the mysterious Nazca Lines etched in the arid desert, Peru's landscapes hold an exceptional beauty that has captured the world's imagination. Yet, beneath this enchanting facade lies a delicate balance that requires our vigilant care and environmental consciousness. Environmental awareness is of vital importance whenever people visit on their Peru vacation package. Find out more here. 

 

Biodiversity and Conservation 

Peru is one of the world's most biologically diverse countries, home to a wide range of ecosystems, including the Amazon rainforest, Andes mountains, and coastal deserts. Preserving this biodiversity is crucial for the health of the planet and for future generations. 

 

Indigenous Communities 

Many indigenous communities in Peru rely on the environment for their livelihoods and cultural identity. Environmental awareness is essential to protect their rights and ensure that their traditional knowledge is respected. 

 

Climate Change 

Peru is particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, including glacial melting in the Andes and extreme weather events. Raising awareness about climate change is essential for mitigating these effects and adapting to new challenges. 

 

Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security 

Peru is a major producer of agricultural products, including quinoa and coffee. Environmental awareness in Peru is critical for promoting sustainable farming practices that preserve soil and water resources. 

 

Ecotourism 

Peru's natural beauty, including the Amazon River, Machu Picchu, and the Nazca Lines, is a major driver of its economy through tourism. Environmental conservation is essential for preserving these attractions and maintaining the tourism industry. 

 

Water Resources 

Access to clean water is a fundamental human right, and many Peruvians rely on rivers and lakes for their water supply. Protecting these water sources from pollution and overuse is essential for public health. 

 

Illegal Logging and Mining 

Peru faces challenges from illegal logging and mining activities, which can have devastating effects on the environment. Environmental awareness can help combat these illegal activities and promote sustainable resource management. 

 

International Commitments 

Peru is a signatory to international agreements and conventions aimed at environmental protection, such as the Paris Agreement and the Convention on Biological Diversity. Environmental awareness is crucial for fulfilling these commitments. 

 

Public Health 

Environmental degradation can have a direct impact on public health in terms of air and water pollution. Promoting environmental awareness can help reduce these health risks. 

 

Long-term Economic Viability 

Sustainable environmental practices are essential for the long-term economic well-being of the country. Environmental degradation can lead to increased costs, reduced agricultural productivity, and the loss of natural resources. 

In conclusion, environmental awareness in Peru is crucial for preserving the country's unique natural resources, protecting the rights and livelihoods of Peru´s indigenous communities, and ensuring a sustainable and healthy future for its citizens. It also plays a significant role in Peru's global commitments to environmental protection and its economic stability. The importance of environmental awareness in Peru cannot be overstated. This nation is both a treasure trove of biodiversity and a testament to the enduring traditions of indigenous communities. It is a place where the effects of climate change are acutely felt, where sustainable agriculture and responsible tourism are pivotal to the economy, and where the protection of vital water resources is non-negotiable. Peru's environmental challenges and triumphs resonate globally, as it navigates the intricate interplay of conservation, culture, and development. 

 

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At Valencia Travel, we are honored to have been recognized for our commitment to exceptional Peru vacation packages. This section celebrates the awards and accolades we've received, a testament to our dedication to excellence in service, innovation, and sustainability within the travel industry. Each award represents our passion for creating unforgettable Peru tour packages and our continuous efforts to exceed the expectations of our travelers. From prestigious industry accolades to customer service excellence awards, these recognitions motivate us to maintain the high standards we've set for ourselves and for your holiday adventures. We invite you to explore our achievements and join us as we continue to strive for excellence, making every tour trip with Valencia Travel an award-winning experience.

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