Peru and the Galapagos

This classic combination takes in Machu Picchu and the Galapagos Islands. The itinerary includes a few days in Cuzco, the Sacred Valley and Quito as well as a week’s wildlife cruise of the Galapagos archipelago .

Highlights:  Cuzco – Sacred Valley of the Incas – Machu Picchu – Quito – Galapagos Islands

 

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Day 1

Lima

You will be met on arrival and driven to your hotel. There isn't much time to explore the city but there are some good restaurants in Miraflores.

Day 2

Sacred Valley

Transfer to the airport in time for your flight to Cuzco. On arrival you will be met and driven to your hotel in the Sacred Valley. Afternoon tour of Ollantaytambo.

Day 3

Sacred Valley

In the morning there will be a short excursion to the salt pools at Maras which have been used since pre-Inca times. Please contact us to discuss other excursions and activities in the afternoon.

Day 4

Machu Picchu

Full day tour to Machu Picchu travelling by train from Ollanta station to Aguas Calientes and by bus to the Inca citadel. Guided tour of the site is included. For keen walkers we can arrange a 4-6 hour trek to take in the last part of the traditional Inca Trail and arrive at Machu Picchu via the Sun Gate.

Overnight at a hotel in the local village or, if funds and availability permit, at the only hotel next to the ruins.

Day 5

Cuzco

Free morning to return to Machu Picchu or to explore the market in the local village. Afternoon train back to the Sacred Valley with onward transfer by road to your hotel in Cuzco.

Day 6

Cuzco

Your half day guided tour will show you some of the wonders of Cuzco, including the impressive fortress of Sacsayhuaman which overlooks the city. Free afternoon for your own activities but please let us know if you would like to arrange anything special for you: mountain-biking, riding, a culinary experience with a local chef or perhaps simply dinner and a show.

Day 7

Quito

Departure from Cuzco in time to fly to Lima and onward to Quito, in Ecuador. You will be met on arrival and driven to your hotel.

The colonial heart of the city, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has undergone considerable restoration over the last 20 years.

Day 8

Quito

Your city tour will take in the key highlights of the city, including the Plaza de la Independencia and the Basilica with its impressive gargoyles. Free afternoon for an optional tour to the Equator monument.

Days 9-15

Galapagos Islands

Early booking is essential for the Galapagos Islands. We book a range of cruises from luxury vessels with a good choice of cabins and decks and facilities catering for up to 100 passengers to smaller yachts, catamarans and boats from just 8 cabins (16 passengers) to 25 (50 passengers). We can also arrange yacht charters if you wish to book your own boat for a special event or family holiday.

We will book round trip flights to/from the Galapagos Islands as well as transfers at each end to suit.

Please call us to discuss your preferences but early booking is essential.

Day 16

Quito

On return to Quito you will be met at the airport and driven to your hotel.

Day 17

Depart Ecuador

This suggested itinerary can be varied in any way you choose to suit your exact requirements so give us a call now on 01932 424252 to discuss any modifications.

Hotels

Peru and Ecuador have a wide range of types & styles of hotels, at a variety of price-points to suit all budgets.

For the Galapagos Islands we offer a range of  cruises from small boats with perhaps 8 to 20 cabins to luxurious ships with up to 50 cabin, offering a choice of cabin types (according to deck, size of cabin and facilities such as panoramic windows rather than a porthole). Larger boats are more spacious and tend to be more stable in the water. They are also faster and therefore offer some of the most  extensive itineraries around the Galapagos Archipelago.

Please chat to one of our Travel Consultants to get informed advice as to which hotels and Galapagos cruise ships they would suggest for your tailor-made holiday.

The best time of the year for visiting the Galapagos Islands is December to March, when the weather is warmest and the sea is calmest. September-October is best avoided.

Included Tours, Excursions & Activities whilst on your Peru and Galapagos Holiday

The tours, excursions & activities mentioned in the above sample itinerary are just a selection of what is available in each location. The itinerary can be adjusted to fit your particular requirements for this holiday – within the parameters of days of operation and any adjustments made by the Galapagos National Park authorities; please liaise with your Travel Consultant to confirm what other activities are available and what you would like to include in your tailor-made holiday.

Duration of your itinerary

If you like the broad sweep of the above sample itinerary but have fewer days to spend on your holiday, or wish to extend it in any way, please ask your Travel Consultant for ideas on how to shorten or lengthen the holiday, or how to reorganise the itinerary.

No-Obligation Quote

We would be delighted to email you a no-obligation, fully-detailed itinerary & quote for your tailor-made itinerary in South America together with  links to hotel websites, plus details of any included tours & excursions. The quote will clearly state what is, and what is not included in the quoted price. If you thereafter wish to make any changes to the initial itinerary – be it an alternative hotel, different activities, a different duration in any location etc. – that’s not a problem and we will continue to work with you to adjust the itinerary until it exactly matches what you’re looking for.