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Machu Picchu & the Galapagos Islands with International and Regional Airfare

Duration
13 Days
Prices From:
US$ 5,509

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$ 5,509

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Day 1

Depart North America

Depart North America. Arrive overnight in Lima. Continue on to Cusco.

Day 2

Cusco Airport to Cusco Hotel

Duration20 Minutes

Terra Andina Hotel

Terra Andina is a colonial mansion in the historic district of the former capital of the Inca Empire, Cusco, Peru. The hotel is located half a block from the charming Plaza San Pedro, Eiffel's designed San Pedro Market, San Pedro Church and the train station to Machu Picchu and only four blocks from the Main Square. It is a 31-room full service hotel offering comfortable accommodation.

Meal Plan Buffet Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Terra Andina Hotel

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    Terra Andina Hotel



    Terra Andina is a colonial mansion in the historic district of the former capital of the Inca Empire, Cusco, Peru. The hotel is located half a block from the charming Plaza San Pedro, Eiffel's designed San Pedro Market, San Pedro Church and the train station ...

    Terra Andina is a colonial mansion in the historic district of the former capital of the Inca Empire, Cusco, Peru. The hotel is located half a block from the charming Plaza San Pedro, Eiffel's designed San Pedro Market, San Pedro Church and the train station to Machu Picchu and only four blocks from the Main Square. It is a 31-room full service hotel offering comfortable accommodation.

    Facilities

    • Concierge
    • Currency Exchange
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Mail and Postal Facilities
    • Medical Services
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service

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Day 3

Cusco Hotel to Poroy Train Station

Duration20 Minutes

Vistadome train from Cusco to Aguas Calientes

The Vistadome is the ideal train for those who want to be in contact with the environment and appreciate the wonderful journey to Machu Picchu.

Surrounded entirely by glass and wagons with large panoramic windows offering incomparable scenic views and innumerous opportunities to capture amazing pictures, Vistadome travelers feel connected and part of the impressive landscape of Peru. Perurail provide travelers on board personalized and first level service to give them an unforgettable life experience.

The Vistadome has two stations of departure to Machu Picchu: Cusco (Poroy) and the Sacred Valley (Ollantaytambo).

The Vistadome also has air conditioning and heating, leather seats that adjust the body to provide comfort and relaxation during the entire trip.

Duration3 Hours

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 Cuzco/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.

Meal Plan Half Board (Breakfast + Dinner)
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

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 Cuzco/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 Cuzco/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.

    Facilities

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

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Day 4

Vistadome train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo

The Vistadome is the ideal train for those who want to be in contact with the environment and appreciate the wonderful journey to Machu Picchu.

Surrounded entirely by glass and wagons with large panoramic windows offering incomparable scenic views and innumerous opportunities to capture amazing pictures, Vistadome travelers feel connected and part of the impressive landscape of Peru. Perurail provide travelers on board personalized and first level service to give them an unforgettable life experience.

The Vistadome has two stations of departure to Machu Picchu: Cuzco (Poroy) and the Sacred Valley (Ollantaytambo).

The Vistadome also has air conditioning and heating, leather seats that adjust the body to provide comfort and relaxation during the entire trip.

Duration2 Hours

Ollantaytambo Station to Sacred Valley Seat in Coach

Duration15 Minutes

La Casona De Yucay

Next to the banks of the Wilcamayu River (Sacred River), you will find our historic and peaceful hotel. It was constructed in 1810 for housing purposes by the illustrious citizen of Cusco, Don Manuel de Orihuela. The beautiful archtiecture of the antique colonial house reflects its history. In it you can find the insignia of Liberator Don Simon Bolivar from 1825, during his campaign for Peru's independence. The room that he occupied is also available to visitors.

Meal Plan Buffet Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

La Casona De Yucay

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    La Casona De Yucay



    Next to the banks of the Wilcamayu River (Sacred River), you will find our historic and peaceful hotel. It was constructed in 1810 for housing purposes by the illustrious citizen of Cusco, Don Manuel de Orihuela. The beautiful archtiecture of the antique colonial house reflects ...

    Next to the banks of the Wilcamayu River (Sacred River), you will find our historic and peaceful hotel. It was constructed in 1810 for housing purposes by the illustrious citizen of Cusco, Don Manuel de Orihuela. The beautiful archtiecture of the antique colonial house reflects its history. In it you can find the insignia of Liberator Don Simon Bolivar from 1825, during his campaign for Peru's independence. The room that he occupied is also available to visitors.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Boutique(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gift Shop
    • Internet Access
    • Massage Treatments
    • Medical Services
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Spa
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi

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Day 5

Moray and Maras Salt Pools

Today you pass through unspoiled and picturesque Andean communities on our way to the Incan agricultural experimental center of Moray, famous for its sunken amphitheatre, made up of four circular terraces, which appear to fade away into the earth like an artificial crater. The site was apparently an Inca agricultural research station filled with fertile earth and watered by a complex irrigation system, designed for experimenting with crops at various altitudes.

Continue onto the impressive Maras salt pools formed by water emerging from a lake inside the mountain in the Urubamba Valley. An amazing view is offered of the evaporating ponds used for the extraction of salt. Learn about ancestral techniques, which are still used, in agricultural, irrigation and salt-recollection tasks, as well as in Andean festivals and rites.

Duration4 Hours
Day 6

Sacred Valley to Cusco Hotel

Duration1 Hour

Terra Andina Hotel

Terra Andina is a colonial mansion in the historic district of the former capital of the Inca Empire, Cusco, Peru. The hotel is located half a block from the charming Plaza San Pedro, Eiffel's designed San Pedro Market, San Pedro Church and the train station to Machu Picchu and only four blocks from the Main Square. It is a 31-room full service hotel offering comfortable accommodation.

Meal Plan Buffet Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Terra Andina Hotel

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    Terra Andina Hotel



    Terra Andina is a colonial mansion in the historic district of the former capital of the Inca Empire, Cusco, Peru. The hotel is located half a block from the charming Plaza San Pedro, Eiffel's designed San Pedro Market, San Pedro Church and the train station ...

    Terra Andina is a colonial mansion in the historic district of the former capital of the Inca Empire, Cusco, Peru. The hotel is located half a block from the charming Plaza San Pedro, Eiffel's designed San Pedro Market, San Pedro Church and the train station to Machu Picchu and only four blocks from the Main Square. It is a 31-room full service hotel offering comfortable accommodation.

    Facilities

    • Concierge
    • Currency Exchange
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Mail and Postal Facilities
    • Medical Services
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service

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Day 7

Cusco Hotel to Cusco Airport

Duration20 Minutes

Quito Airport to Hotel

Duration30 Minutes

Hotel Reina Isabel

This chic hotel with spa and brand new gym facilities is situated in the heart of the lively Mariscal district.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Hotel Reina Isabel

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    Hotel Reina Isabel



    This chic hotel with spa and brand new gym facilities is situated in the heart of the lively Mariscal district.

    This chic hotel with spa and brand new gym facilities is situated in the heart of the lively Mariscal district.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Airport Shuttle Service
    • Bathroom with shower
    • Car Rental Available
    • Fitness Facilities
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Television
    • WiFi

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Day 8

Quito Hotel to Airport

Duration30 Minutes

Mainland to Galapagos, Fausto Llerena Breeding Center (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.

In the afternoon, make a dry landing on Santa Cruz for a visit to the Galapagos giant tortoises breeding program, where the famous Lonesome George (last surviving specimen of Pinta Island) lived for decades. The center is conducted by the Galapagos National Park 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 capabilities to survive alone. Since the 70s, more than 2000 specimens have returned to their own islands. In addition, the Darwin Station works in several scientific projects, botanical research, providing environmental education to communities, schools within the Islands and tourists. If there is enough time, it is possible to visit Puerto Ayora.

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

Meal Plan Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Day 9

Dragon Hill (Santa Cruz) and Bartolome

In the morning, walk by a brackish lagoon to see flamingos. The trail leads across a typical dry zone vegetation. Keeping up until Dragon Hill, there will be an important nesting ground for endemic land iguanas, offering lovely views of the anchored boats and neighboring islands. The forest is home to mockingbirds, Darwin's finches, yellow warblers, and Galapagos doves.

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

This afternoon make a wet landing to discover a fascinating landscape formed by different volcanic parasitic cones -lava bombs, spatter, cinder cones - that resembles the moon. Going up to the summit there will be an impressive view of the surrounding islands, including the eroded tuff cone Pinnacle Rock. We also encounter marine iguanas, lava lizards, and blue-footed boobies.

Beach time is a great opportunity to do snorkeling and see the famous Galapagos Penguins, sea turtles and White-tipped Reef Sharks among a great variety of colorful fish. For many visitors, this may turn out to be the best snorkeling experience. Crystal clear water is the perfect spot to appreciate the incredible marine life it has to offer.

Due to its geographical location, the lack of vegetation is immediately noticeable however, there are pioneer plants including the endemic Tiquilia nesiotica and Chamaesyce (known as sand mat or spurge in English), lava cactus, and Scalesia bushes.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Type of terrain: Trail made of 372 steps
Duration: 1.5 hour walk / 1 hour snorkel

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Day 10

Rabida and Santiago Islands

This morning you will explore Rabida, also known as Jervis Island in English, one of the most diverse in terms of volcanic activity as it lies at the very heart of the archipelago's volcanic origin. In this deep red beach, surrounded by cliffs and steep slopes of volcanic cinder cones it is usual to find nesting colonies of brown pelicans, as well as, nine species of Darwin finches, fur seals, and Nazca boobies.
Snorkel off the coast, where marine life is particularly active and colorful.

Difficulty level: Easy
Type of terrain: Sandy
Duration: 1.5 hour walk / 1 hour snorkel / 1 hour dinghy ride

During the afternoon, you will visit Buccaneers Cove / Espumilla Beach in Santiago Island.

This is an amazing location, featuring the remains of an eroded shoreline that is home to seabirds, fur seals and the playful sea lions. Its different shapes have been made throughout a process caused by erosion of the waves and the wind. Espumilla Beach is a white-sandy beach in James Bay and is a popular place among visitors. There are mangroves and a small palo santo forest that lead to salty-water lagoons that are home to wading birds like flamingos. In the upper dunes are a nesting site for sea turtles. A good place to snorkel to see rays.

Difficulty level: Easy
Type of terrain: White sand
Duration: 1 hour walk / 1 hour snorkel / beach time

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Day 11

Black Turtle Cove (Santa Cruz) and Return to Mainland

This morning enjoy a dinghy ride on the north shore of Santa Cruz Island, accessible only by sea, where four species of mangrove crowd form an internal lagoon. Turtles visit the calm waters, peaking their heads above the surface, while the fish and rays circle below. White-tipped reef sharks can be seen beneath the boat, plus seabirds including pelicans, herons, and egrets feed from the cove.
This cove has been declared as a "Turtle Sanctuary".

Difficulty level: Easy
Type of terrain: None
Duration: 1 hour dinghy ride

Later, transfer directly to Baltra Airport for your return flight to mainland Ecuador.

Meal Plan Breakfast

Quito Airport to Hotel

Duration30 Minutes

Hotel Reina Isabel

This chic hotel with spa and brand new gym facilities is situated in the heart of the lively Mariscal district.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Hotel Reina Isabel

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    Hotel Reina Isabel



    This chic hotel with spa and brand new gym facilities is situated in the heart of the lively Mariscal district.

    This chic hotel with spa and brand new gym facilities is situated in the heart of the lively Mariscal district.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Airport Shuttle Service
    • Bathroom with shower
    • Car Rental Available
    • Fitness Facilities
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Television
    • WiFi

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Day 12

Quito City Tour and Equator Line with Lunch

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. Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant of the area.

Next you will stop at the "San Juan Mirador" where you will experience beautiful views of Colonial Quito. Journey north to the equator where your guide will show the differences in the gravitational influence either side of the equatorial line as well as a brief overview of indigenous cultures.

Duration6 Hours
Day 13

Quito Hotel to Airport

Duration30 Minutes

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DEPARTURES AND PRICES:

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Toronto
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New York
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Los Angeles
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October 7,877 $ 7967 $ 7,802 $ 5,509 $ 5,609
November $ 7,877 $ 7967 $ 7,802 $ 5,509 $ 5,609
December $ 7,937 $ 8007 $ 7,816 $ 5,528 $ 5,628
January 7,877 $ 8016 $ 7,866 $ 5,509 $ 5,679
February $ 7,907 $ 8017 $ 7,866 $ 5,628 $ 5,609
March 7,967 $ 7972 $ 7,802 $ 5,509 $ 5,628
April $ 7,877 $ 7,967 $ 7,802 $ 5,528 $ 5,609
May $ 7,877 $ 8,016 $ 7,802 $ 5,509 $ 5,609
June $ 7,877 $ 7,967 $ 7,802 $ 5,509 $ 5,628


Listed dates are the arrival date in Lima. Listed months are based on a Wednesday departure on the Coral I Galapagos Vessel. Rates include international and any domestic or regional flights. Other dates available based on Galapagos vessel cruising dates. Black-out dates apply over Christmas and New Year’s. Guaranteed to depart with a minimum of 2 people. Prices based on availability and subject to change. Other dates available on request. 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. All gateways based on a combination of airlines. Listed rates include all airline and airport taxes and subject to change and availability. Toronto based on Avianca - Vancouver based on Aeromexico - Montreal based on COPA - NYC based on Jet Blue - LAX based on COPA.

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 and 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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