Peru, Ecuador & The Galápagos Islands
- Duration: 17 days
- Board Basis: Mixed Board
- Tour Ref: D2TNEW99505
- Travel Type: Air
16 nights. September 2021 - November 2022. From £4132.00.
Exploration and encounters
See an unforgettable World Wonder, the treasures of the Inca, the world's highest capital and some of the planet's most unusual creatures. Beginning with a visit to Peru's Sacred Valley where the Inca civilisation once thrived and to the magical "lost city" of Machu Picchu, this wonderful Small Group Tour will reveal Cuzco's unique blend of Inca architecture and colonial style, and Peru’s cosmopolitan capital, Lima. You’ll fly to lofty Quito, to explore the Ecuadorean capital in its spectacular Andean setting, and spend four nights in the remote Galápagos Islands. Here, encounters with the fearless, extraordinary creatures that make the islands their home will leave you with some astonishing memories, and ensure a wonder-filled conclusion to a very special holiday.
What's Included14 nights’ carefully chosen accommodation, staying in the Sacred Valley (2 nights), Aguas Calientes (1 night), Cusco (2 nights), Lima (2 nights), Quito (3 nights), Santa Cruz, Galápagos (2 nights) and San Cristobal, Galápagos (2 nights) sharing a twin/double room
Breakfast each day, four lunches and one dinner
Entrances and Galapagos National Park fees
Return flights to Cusco, via Bogotá (returning from Quito via Bogotá)
Internal flights from Cusco to Lima, from Lima to Quito, from Quito to San Cristobal and from Baltra to Quito
An inter-island ferry and bay cruise in the Galápagos
Comfortable, air-conditioned coach travel and transfers
Fully escorted by a friendly, knowledgeable tour manager
Holiday HighlightsEnjoy a fascinating South American adventure in the company of like-minded travellers
Fly to Cusco and Peru’s fabled Sacred Valley
Gaze in awe at ‘Lost City’ Machu Picchu
Explore stunning Inca capital Cusco on a guided tour
Tour Peruvian capital Lima, the ‘City of Kings’
Fly to lofty Quito, the world’s highest capital, for a guided tour
Hop back and forth across the equator line at the ‘Middle of the World’
Experience Otavalo’s colourful market – South America’s largest
Spend five days in the wondrous Galápagos
Close-up encounters with sea lions, marine iguanas, blue-footed boobies, giant tortoises and a host of extraordinary – and fearless- creatures
Visit the fascinating Charles Darwin Research Centre
Enjoy a bay cruise with opportunities for swimming and snorkelling
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Day 1Fly overnight, vía Colombian capital Bogotá, to Lima.
Day 2Upon arrival in the Peruvian capital, transfer to your hotel to rest and relax.
Day 3Today’s tour will introduce this thriving city, founded by conquistador Francisco Pizarro, where Spanish colonial influences abound, especially around its central Plaza Mayor, the Plaza de Armas. See the Presidential Palace and the city's Baroque cathedral, explore the ultra-modern San Isidro and Miraflores districts, which overlook the Pacific Ocean, and enjoy a second evening in the city.
Day 4Fly to Cusco and transfer into the fabled Sacred Valley of the Incas for two-night stay, where today’s highlights will include a visit to the tiny Andean town Ccaccaccollo, known for the ancient art of fabric weaving.
Day 5Continue your discovery of the Sacred Valley, taking in the Inca ruins and market of ancient Pisac, as well as the fortress at Ollantaytambo. Visit a ‘Potato Park’ where you’ll learn about the importance of the tuber to the valley’s indigenous community. Spend a second night in the valley.
Day 6Journey, today, to the fabled ‘Lost City of the Incas’, travelling by narrow-gauge railway and bus to breathtaking Machu Picchu. On arrival, your guide will introduce the layout of the original citadel, after which you are free to explore the site – an experience you’ll never forget. Today you'll travel by narrow-gauge railway and bus to breath-taking Machu Picchu, the iconic Lost City of the Incas. On arrival, your guide will introduce the layout of the original citadel, after which you are free to wander around the site. Magnificently set in the heart of the Andes, Machu Picchu seems to have been a military outpost, a secret retreat of Inca rulers and a sanctuary built in honour of Inca chief Pachacutec. With its Royal Tomb, Temple of the Sun, Priest’s House, Temple of the Three Windows and Sunken Plaza, it is undeniably one of the true wonders of the world. At the end of the day, you’ll head back down to nearby Aguas Calientes for an overnight stay in this lively Andean jungle spa town.
Day 7A second day’s optional visit to Machu Picchu begins with the unforgettable sight of sunrise over the citadel and the opportunity to explore the site before the bulk of visitors arrive. Travel to Cusco by train and bus for a two-night stay.
Day 8Join your guide for an introduction to one of the Americas’ most compelling and enthralling cities, with its ancient palaces and temples, and its roll call of colonial remnants. Join your guide for an introduction to one of The Americas’ most enthralling cities, with its ancient palaces and temples, and its roll call of colonial buildings. Highlights will include the Santo Domingo monastery, built over the Inca Temple of the Sun, the monumental cathedral and the Spanish glories of the main square, the Plaza de Armas. You will also visit San Pedro market's colourful stalls, and journey out into the surrounding hills to take in the ruins at the Inca sites at Sacsayhuaman, Puca Pucara and Tambomachay, before spending a second night in the city.
Day 9Bidding farewell to Lima, today you'll head to the airport to board the two-hour flight back into the high Andes and to the extraordinary Ecuadorian city of Quito. Stunningly set just 22 kilometres south of the equator, over 9,300 feet above sea level and beneath the volcanic slopes of towering Pinchincha, Quito is a Spanish colonial treasure-chest arrayed around its UNESCO-listed Historic Centre. Upon arrival, you will be met by your local tour manager and be transferred to the hotel for some time at leisure before a welcome brief this evening.
Day 10This morning, pay a visit to the ‘Middle of the World’, where the equator is marked with a monument and visitor centre, before continuing to the highland town of Otavalo, probably the most famous of all South America’s colourful, indigenous markets, before returning to Quito via Cotacachi and Peguche.
Day 11Bid farewell to Quito and fly to the remote, volcanic Pacific Galápagos archipelago, arriving at the island of Baltra and then transferring to Santa Cruz by boat, home of the giant tortoise for which the Galápagos are famed for. Enjoy lunch at a local ranch before the chance to go in search of the famous giant tortoise on a gentle guided walk around the island’s volcanic interior. Afterwards, transfer to your hotel for a two-night stay.
Day 12Enjoy an unforgettable cruise across the pristine waters of Academy Bay, stopping to enjoy opportunities for snorkelling or swimming amongst a colourful array of marine species, including turtles and curious sea lions. Ashore, there are marine iguanas to encounter, and an astonishing collection of cacti and red volcanic rocks, at which to marvel.
Day 13This morning you’ll call at the Charles Darwin Research Station, where you’ll enjoy a fascinating visit to the centre and learn about vital conservation work across the Galápagos. You’ll also have the chance to meet several subspecies of giant tortoise, many of which are at ease with human contact. After the tour, catch the boat to San Cristóbal island for a two-night stay in delightful Puerto Moreno.
Day 14After breakfast, transfer to the dock to board a boat for the short trip, accompanied by your certified Galápagos National Park guide, to tiny Isla Lobos, where you will not only see the resident sea lions, but colonies of frigate birds and blue-footed boobies. A swim in the calm, clear waters, or a stroll along the white sand beach brings yet more sightings and close-up views of marine life. This evening, enjoy an included farewell dinner.
Day 15Fly back to Quito, then transfer to your hotel for the final night of your tour.
Day 16Join your tour manager for a guided introduction to the Ecuadorian capital, including the historic centre, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. After the tour transfer to the airport for your overnight return flight.
Day 17You'll land back in the UK, today, at the end of a wonderful, once-in-a-lifetime, South American adventure. Back to top
Hotel transfer timesThe transfer time is approximately ******.
Special requirementsIf you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
Combining hotel transfersWe sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.
Disabled accessThe majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
Itinerary changesOccasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.
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Galapagos Island itineraryOn the departures listed below, the Galapagos section of your tour (Days 12-16) will operate in reverse. The content and inclusions each day will remain the same but in a different order. 22 Oct 20201 Feb 292014 Oct 202110 Feb 202218 Apr 2022 Back to top