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Machu Picchu & the Galapagos Islands with International and Regional Airfare

Duration
13 Days
Prices From:
US$ 5,309

Escape on a Peru vacation that explores the best natural and historical sites of Latin America. This incredible tour takes you from the heights of the Andes and the magnificent Inca ruins of Machu Picchu in Peru to the Galapagos Islands and the centre of the world in Quito, Ecuador.


This 12-day tour takes you through Peru and Ecuador, exploring the Sacred Valley of the Incas before sailing the incredible biodiversity of the Galapagos Islands. Both international and regional airfare is included in the pricing.

Your exploration of western Latin America begins in Cusco, the oldest continuously-inhabited city on the continent. Cusco is the cultural heart of Peru and the gateway to the Sacred Valley of the Incas in the Andes Mountains. For 500 years the city served as the capital of the Inca Empire until it became the centre of Spanish colonization in the early sixteenth century. The old city centre is an UNESCO World Heritage Site filled with colonial buildings and vibrant squares and boulevards. Stroll its corridors to visit Plaza de Amres Cusco, a main square housing the gorgeous Cusco Cathedral and the Church of La Compania de Jesus. The plaza has been the site of many of the country’s most important historical events, including Spanish conqueror Pizarro’s declaration of conquest. Also be sure to stroll through Barrio de San Blas, an old Spanish quarter, and shop the artisanal boutiques.

Leave Cusco on the Vistadome Train and travel into the Sacred Valley of the Incas. The glass-covered cabins of the Vistadome Train offer you unobstructed views of the Andes and the Inca Trail as you travel to Machu Picchu. Machu Picchu is the most popular archaeological site in South America and possibly the world. The appeal of Machu Picchu is both its amazing story and its unrivaled location. The Incas built this citadel on top of a mountain in the fifteenth century but abandoned it once the Spanish invaded. The city remained hidden for centuries, unknown to the conquering Spaniards, until American explorer Hiram Bingham visited the site in 1911 and announced the city’s existence to western civilization. The idea that a mountain citadel could go unnoticed for half a millennium instantly captured the imaginations of people the world over. As you seemingly walk among the clouds examining Machu Picchu’s dry-stone walls and incredible terraces, you’ll understand its universal appeal. There’s a reason Machu Picchu is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.

Stop by Moray on your way back from Machu Picchu to see the remarkable amphitheatre-like bowls the Incas carved into the hillside. The purpose of these terraces is not entirely clear, but it’s possible they were used as experimental agricultural sites to test growth at various altitudes and soil densities. Also stop at the Maras Salt Pools, small evaporation ponds on the hillside that were pioneered by the Incas and are still used today to extract salt from saltwater.

After returning to Cusco, fly to the Galapagos Islands via the capital of Ecuador, Quito. The Galapagos Islands are some of the most biologically diverse islands on the planet. Board the Coral I and II, high class yachts perfectly designed to take you on Galapagos tours in high comfort. All suites are air-conditioned with their own private bathrooms and the sundeck offers a great spot to survey the splendor of these remarkable islands.

Land at Santa Cruz Island, a large dormant volcano and home to the islands’ famous giant tortoises. Visit the Darwin Centre to educate yourself on the islands’ incredible wildlife. On Santa Fe Island you can stroll beside prickly pear cactuses and palo santo trees as you search for land iguanas. On South Plaza Island you can see the remarkable ground vegetation that’s coloured green or orange and purple depending on the season. Hike the trails of North Seymour Island to see blue-footed boobies and frigate birds.

You’ll end your exploration of the Galapagos Islands with a visit to San Cristobal Island and the islands’ capital, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. The Interpretation Centre and Museum of Natural History will teach you about the history of the islands while a visit to Tijeretas Hill will offer you a spectacular view of a frigate bird colony.

Your Ecuador vacation ends with a tour of Quito, the city of eternal sunshine and an UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s easy to get lost in the colonial streets and enchanting architecture, but a guided tour covering the highlights will help you get your bearings before visiting Old Town Quito. Then, head north to Latitude 0’0’0”, the centre of the world. Take a photo straddling the equator and be amazed at the tricks gravity can play in this unique spot.

This Peru and Ecuador tour is a stunning way of experiencing the best of Latin American historical and natural sites.


 

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Duration
13 Days
Prices From:
US$ 5,309

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Day 1

Depart North America

Depart North America. Fly overnight into Lima

Day 2

Arrive Lima

Upon arrival in Lima, assistance and transfer to the hotel.

Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

El Tambo Peru

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    El Tambo Peru



    El Tambo Peru is conveniently located just two blocks from the main avenue Jose Larco Miraflores and four blocks from Larcomar. This hotel is also a short walk from the ocean. Make yourself at home in their comfortable and spacious rooms.

    El Tambo Peru is conveniently located just two blocks from the main avenue Jose Larco Miraflores and four blocks from Larcomar. This hotel is also a short walk from the ocean. Make yourself at home in their comfortable and spacious rooms.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Business Centre
    • Currency Exchange
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Parking
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service

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Day 3

Lima

A visit to the modern and colonial parts of the city of Lima the "City of Kings", starting in the districts of Miraflores and San Isidro. The road passes a Huaca or sacred pre-Inca site. There will then be a stop at Parque del Amor (Lovers Park) in Miraflores for its magnificent view over the Pacific Ocean. The tour also includes the Historic Centre based on the Main Square, where the Presidential Palace, the Archbishop's Palace, the Municipality of Lima and the Cathedral are located, as well as a visit to one of the largest colonial-era convents.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 4

Lima to Cusco and Sacred Valley

After breakfast you are transferred to the airport for your flight to Cusco. Upon arrival you will be transferred to the Sacred Valley of the Incas which allows for acclimatization due its lower altitude compared to Cusco. The remainder of the day at leisure.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

La Hacienda Del Valle

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    La Hacienda Del Valle



    This charming hotel is set in landscaped gardens, 10 minutes away from Urubamba city and 15 minutes away from Ollantaytambo (train station to Machu Picchu) by car. All bungalows have a terrace and panoramic views of Valle Sagrado de los Incas hill. Hotel Hacienda serves ...

    This charming hotel is set in landscaped gardens, 10 minutes away from Urubamba city and 15 minutes away from Ollantaytambo (train station to Machu Picchu) by car. All bungalows have a terrace and panoramic views of Valle Sagrado de los Incas hill. Hotel Hacienda serves a rich buffet breakfast prepared with seasonal ingredients. The restaurant also serves authentic local cuisine throughout the day.

    Facilities

    • Airport Shuttle Service
    • Bar
    • Free Parking
    • Free WiFi
    • Garden
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Sundeck
    • Terrace

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Day 5

Sacred Valley to Aguas Calientes

A full day excursion to the Chincheros and Ollantaytambo. With an early start, you drive through the fertile countryside of the Urubamba Valley to the colonial village of Chincheros. This traditional Andean town is known as 'the birthplace of the rainbow', and it has the full complement of photogenic attractions: Inca ruins, Andean village houses, an elaborate colonial church built on Inca foundations, and of course the lively weekly market. Please note: The main market day is Sunday. Other days the market is open but much smaller in scale.

Continuing down the valley and ever so slightly lower in altitude you head to the impressive archaeological complex of Ollantaytambo. Ollantaytambo is a massive citadel located 50 kilometers from Machu Picchu. The citadel served as both a temple and a fortress and the only battle at which the Incas held off the Spanish. You will then be transferred to the train station for train ride into Aguas Calientes near the ruins of Machu Picchu.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration1 Night
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El Mapi Hotel

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    El Mapi Hotel



    El Mapi is located right at the foot of the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu and just across from the train station for Cusco/Machu Picchu train. This is a very reasonably priced hotel for Machu Picchu with full amenities. While the ruins may be ancient ...

    El Mapi is located right at the foot of the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu and just across from the train station for Cusco/Machu Picchu train. This is a very reasonably priced hotel for Machu Picchu with full amenities. While the ruins may be ancient this hotel has all the modern comforts.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service

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Day 6

Machu Picchu and reutrn to Cusco

Awaiting you today is by far and away one of the high points in world travel - Machu Picchu!
After breakfast you board a bus that takes you to the actual Machu Picchu archaeological site. You will definitely have an experience you will never forget. The tour includes every nook and cranny of this New Seven Wonders of the World and UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. You then return to Aguas Calientes for lunch at a local restaurant and, later on, board the train for the return trip to Cusco; you will stop at the Ollantaytambo Station and be picked up and driven to your hotel.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Duration2 Nights
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Xima Cusco Hotel

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    Xima Cusco Hotel



    Xima Cusco Hotel is located just blocks from the main square of the city and just in front of the largest craft market in Cusco. The hotel offers 167 comfortable and spacious guest rooms.

    Xima Cusco Hotel is located just blocks from the main square of the city and just in front of the largest craft market in Cusco. The hotel offers 167 comfortable and spacious guest rooms.

    Facilities

    • Business Centre
    • Day Spa
    • Internet Access
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service

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Day 7

Cusco

Day at leisure to explore the city on your own.

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Day 8

Onward Travels

At the scheduled time, transfer to the airport to board your next flight.

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Quito Airport to Hotel

Duration1 Hour

Casa Aliso

Casa Aliso is one of the best boutique hotels in Ecuador; full of personality and character and defined by its unique design, decor and ambiance. Delightfully secluded, Casa Aliso is well known to experienced travellers who want to be close to everything, but desire a quieter, more refined atmosphere. True hospitality is discreet and is expressed on a daily basis by a myriad of small gestures.

Meal Plan Buffet Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
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Casa Aliso

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    Casa Aliso



    Casa Aliso is one of the best boutique hotels in Ecuador; full of personality and character and defined by its unique design, decor and ambiance. Delightfully secluded, Casa Aliso is well known to experienced travellers who want to be close to everything, but desire a ...

    Casa Aliso is one of the best boutique hotels in Ecuador; full of personality and character and defined by its unique design, decor and ambiance. Delightfully secluded, Casa Aliso is well known to experienced travellers who want to be close to everything, but desire a quieter, more refined atmosphere. True hospitality is discreet and is expressed on a daily basis by a myriad of small gestures.

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    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service

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Day 9

Quito City Tour

Visit the historic sites of Quito's Old Town and see the city's dozens of museums, shops, cafes and restaurants. Due to its altitude and location, Quito enjoys eternal spring time. A wonderful tour through the streets and main squares of Quito's Historic Centre, the first city in the world to be declared by the UNESCO as "World Cultural Heritage" site.

Your comprehensive city tour includes visits to residential neighborhoods at the northern end of the city, visiting the "Guapulo Mirador", passing through the 12 of October Avenue up to the Culture House and the Legislative Palace. This is where the rock murals that depict the history of Ecuador can be appreciated. The tour will then continue through the Gran Colombia Avenue to the Basilica Church. Be delighted by the delicate and unusual beauty of the colonial Convent Treasures at the Chapels of El Rosario and Pompeya whose walls and columns are decorated in gold with an original blend of vegetable and anthropomorphic figures - a vivid example of the world famous Quito School of Art. The Convent of Santo Domingo displays colossal doors and ceilings covered with oil paintings and gold leaf.

Duration4 Hours
Day 10

Quito Hotel to Airport

Duration1 Hour

Mainland to Galapagos, Santa Cruz

Today marks your departure from mainland Ecuador to Baltra (approx. 2 and half hour flight). You will be picked up at the airport by your guides and taken on a ten minute bus drive to the pier to board the Corals.

This afternoon make a dry landing. Visit the Galapagos giant tortoises and land iguanas breeding program, where the famous Lonesome George (last surviving specimen of Pinta Island) lived for decades. The center is managed by the Galapagos National Park's staff with the collaboration of scientists from the Charles Darwin Station. Here, eggs taken from Pinzon, Santiago and Santa Cruz Islands hatch without the danger of introduced species. After artificial incubation; the "galapaguitos" (newborn tortoises) are reared until the age of 5, when they are released in their native habitats, having the enough capabilities to survive alone. Since the 70's, more than 2,000 specimens have returned to their native islands. In addition, the Darwin Station works in several scientific projects and botanical research, providing environmental education to local communities, schools and tourists. If time helps, it is possible to visit Puerto Ayora town.

Difficulty level: Easy
Type of terrain: Flat
Duration: 1.5 hour walk

Meal Plan Lunch and Dinner
Duration3 Nights
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M/V Corals

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    The M/Y Coral I and the M/Y Coral II have a total of 18 and 11 cabins respectively. The Ocean View, air-conditioned cabins have lower beds and private facilities in which matrimonial, double or triple options are available. We have interconnecting doors suitable for families ...

    The M/Y Coral I and the M/Y Coral II have a total of 18 and 11 cabins respectively. The Ocean View, air-conditioned cabins have lower beds and private facilities in which matrimonial, double or triple options are available. We have interconnecting doors suitable for families or friends traveling together. Each cabin includes: safe, entertainment system with LCD TVs, hair dryer, special bedding in each category, and remodelled furniture in each cabin. Our voltage is set for 110-220 volts/60 Hz.

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    • Barbeque Area
    • Pool
    • Restaurant
    • Sun Terrace

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Day 11

Mosquera Islet and North Seymour Island

Today, you will make a wet landing. Mosquera Islet is located between North Seymour and Baltra Island. This flat, sandy island has a large colony of sea lions. It is also an excellent site to observe shorebirds such as herons and lava gulls. There is no trail on the islet, the visitor can enjoy the open area. Most of the islet is covered with sand and barren lava rock. Very little sesuvium portulacastrum plants grow on the sand.

Difficulty level: Easy
Type of terrain: Sandy
Duration: 1.5 hour walk and snorkel

Later, you will make a dry landing. This is perhaps one of the busiest tourist destinations on the archipelago. Off of Baltra Island (where the airport is located) and not far from Santa Cruz, North Seymour is the most accessible for day trips out of Santa Cruz's main port, Puerto Ayora. An approximately two hour walk amidst large nesting colonies of blue-footed boobies, magnificent and great frigatebirds, and swallow-tailed gulls for an in depth encounter with sea bird breeding cycles and as well as sea lions. You will also encounter sea lions, land iguanas, and on a lucky day, you might even come across a Galapagos Snake.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Type of terrain: Rocky ground
Duration: 2 hour walk / 30 minute snorkel

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 12

Santa Fe Island and South Plaza Islet

This morning, wet landing. Santa Fe shows white sand beaches surrounded by sea lion colonies; through the island path, an endemic cactus forest is passed, home the Santa Fe land iguanas (the largest in the islands). This island is the habitat for a number of species, including the Galapagos hawk, Galapagos snakes, rice rats (one of the few endemic Galapagos rodents), a variety of finches and one of the four mockingbird species of the archipelago.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Type of terrain: Rocky
Duration: 1.5 hour walk / 1 hour deep water snorkel

Later today, dry landing on the northern part of the Islet.The walk begins with an impressive cactus forest surrounded by land and marine iguanas; as we reach its highest point, be on the lookout for tropicbirds, a Nazca and blue-footed boobies, swallow-tailed gulls. In South Plaza there is a large colony of the smaller sized land iguanas. Approximately, there is a population of 300 individuals. They feed on all kinds of vegetation, but during the dry season survive on the fruits and flowers of Opuntia cacti. Due to their proximity with marine iguanas, this is the only place on Earth where we will find the Galapagos hybrid iguana.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Type of terrain: Rocky
Duration: 2 hour walk

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 13

Kicker Rock, Cerro Colorado Tortoise Reserve (San Cristobal) and Return to Mainland

Kicker Rock can be seen directly from the vessel. In the sea northeast of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is this ancient and eroded volcanic tuff lava named Leon Dormido or Kicker Rock it is formed by two rocks approximately 148 m, named for its resemblance of a sleeping lion. It serves as home to many of the typical Galapagos sea animals, such as birds, sea lions, blue and Nazca boobies and frigate. With rare sightings of swallow turtle gulls, tropic birds, and pelicans.

Difficulty level: Easy
Type of Terrain: Water
Duration: 1 hour circumnavigation

Cerro Colorado is a dry landing in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. Passengers visit the San Cristobal Giant Tortoise Breeding Center to learn about the National Park's conservation programs. Enjoy a beautiful landscape on the way to the Reserve. Passengers will also have the opportunity to visit the village's port, have a drink or shop for arts and crafts and other souvenirs.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Type of Terrain: Sandy
Duration: 40 minute bus drive to the Reserve / 1 hour visit

After the visit, you will go straight to the aiport for your flight out.

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DEPARTURES AND PRICES:

Departure Dates
2020

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24-Jan

$6,969 $7,089 $5,369 $5,339 $5,309

14-Feb

$6,969 $7,089 $5,339 $5,339 $5,309

13-Mar

$6,969 $7,089 $5,339 $5,339 $5,309

17-Apr

$7,049 $7,089 $5,339 $5,389 $5,369

15-May

$7,049 $7,089 $5,449 $5,389 $5,369

19-Jun

$7,049 $7,089 $5,449 $5,389 $5,369

17-Jul

$7,049 $7,089 $5,449 $5,389 $5,369

Dates are based on the day PRIOR of the small group Peru itinerary. Flights from North America to meet the listed dates, can depart the day before or arrive early morning of day 1. Tour is guaranteed to depart with a minimum of 2 people. Galapagos Cruise is on board the Coral I or II. Other Galapagos boats and itinerary lengths can be chosen for an additional price. Rates include international and any domestic or regional flights. Black out dates may apply such as Christmas, March Break and Easter. Different airlines may require a different departure date. Listed flights may include stops en-route and on return. Direct flights may be available at a higher cost. Airlines will vary based on gateways. Listed rates include all airline and airport taxes and subject to change and availability. Canadian rates based on current exchange rates and subject to change. 

 

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Any advertised savings
  • International and domestic airfares
  • Accommodation as listed in the itinerary
  • Shared transfers and excursions as mentioned in the itinerary unless specified otherwise,
  • Sacred Valley tour
  • Return train to Machu Picchu
  • Visit to Machu Picchu
  • Entrance fees
  • 4 day Galapagos Cruise on board the Coral I or II,
  • Quito City Tour
  • English speaking guide
  • Meals as per Itinerary

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance,
  • Transfers on days before or after official start / end days,
  • Tours listed as optional,
  • Drinks
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from", per person, based on twin share Guaranteed to depart with minimum of 2 people. Single supplement available on request. Subject to availability. Canadian rates are based on current exchange rates and subject to change. Airfare subject to availability. Full passport information is required at the time of booking to confirm the rail tickets to Machu Picchu. There is a baggage limit for the train to Machu Picchu of 1 bag or backpack with a maximum weight of 5kg / 11lbs.

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