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Wonders of the Galapagos & Peru

Duration
11 Days
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US$ 2,880

FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: Explore two of South America’s most iconic destinations on this convenient 11-day vacation. After a brief stopover in Guayaquil, connect to the Galapagos Islands to follow in the footsteps of Darwin. Later, it's off to Peru where you'll explore the capital of Lima and then the Sacred Valley of the Incas, home to Machu Picchu.


This 11-day South American vacation takes you to Guayaquil and the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador before exploring Lima and the Sacred Valley of the Incas in Peru. It features first-class and moderate accommodations, shared tours, and is an ideal pairing of some of South America’s most popular destinations.

Your journey begins with a breif stop in mainland Ecuador, before boarding a flight to the Galapagos Islands. After landing on Baltra, you’ll connect to your camp in the Santa Cruz highlands, where you’ll share the hillside with giant tortoises and enjoy stunning views of the colourful sunsets off the island. While in the Galapagos Islands, you’ll spend a few days following in Darwin's footsteps and exploring the biodiverse playground full of blue-footed boobies, inquisitive sea lions, and centuries old giant tortoises. One day, go sightseeing on a motor yacht, snorkelling through the waters and visiting Santa Fe Island, home to land iguanas that feed off the island’s prickly pear cactuses. The next day, explore La Loberia, named after its sea lion colony, and venture through the Untel del Amor, where you can share the waters with white-tipped reef sharks. You’ll also have time to hang out in the village of Puerto Ayora, visit Tortuga Bay, or learn about animal conservation at the Charles Darwin Research Station.

From Baltra, fly back to the mainland and connect to Lima, the capital of Peru and South America’s gastronomical capital. You’ll have a day to explore the city, starting in the cosmopolitan districts of Miraflores and San Isidro, where you’ll see a pre-Inca pyramid and enjoy the views off the coastal cliffs. Continue to Lima District, where you’ll explore Peru’s colonial history at the Presidential Palace and Archbishop’s Palace.

From Lima, fly to Cusco in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, where you’ll have the rest of the day at leisure to acclimate to the high altitude. The next day, descend into the valley to visit the PARWA Center in Chinchero, explore the town’s Inca ruins, admire the views from Racchi Viewpoint, and summit the fortress of Ollantaytambo. From Ollantaytambo, you’ll ride the train to Aguas Calientes, located at the foot of Machu Picchu Mountain. Spend the night and rise early the next day to ride the bus up the mountain to visit Macchu Picchu, the Lost Citadel of the Incas for yourself. Tour the mountaintop Incan ruins and learn about the history of this lost settlement that wasn’t discovered by the broader world until 1911. After soaking in the magic of this historic location, you’ll descend the mountain, ride the train to Ollantaytambo, and then connect back to Cusco. In Cusco, you’ll have another day to explore the former capital of the Inca Empire. Visit some of the colonial churches around the Plaza de Armas and hike up the fortress ruins of Sacsayhuaman, which overlook the entire city.

At the end of your stay, you’ll head to the airport to connect to your onward destination.


 

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Duration
11 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,880

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Day 1

Arrival to Guayaquil

Upon arrival to Guayaquil, you will be greeted by an English-speaking representative who will welcome you to Ecuador and assist you in meeting your transfer, which will then bring you to your hotel. Please note, that your first night can alternatively be arranged for arrival and overnight in Quito (extra cost).

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Wyndham Hotel Guayaquil

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    Wyndham Hotel Guayaquil



    Situated just steps from the historic Santa Ana Hill and its famous Lighthouse, as well as mere minutes to the impressive Malecon 2000 and near Jose Joaquin de Olmedo International Airport. The Wyndham Guayaquil hotel is ideal for business and leisure travelers alike. Boasting easy …

    Situated just steps from the historic Santa Ana Hill and its famous Lighthouse, as well as mere minutes to the impressive Malecon 2000 and near Jose Joaquin de Olmedo International Airport. The Wyndham Guayaquil hotel is ideal for business and leisure travelers alike. Boasting easy access to all of Guayaquil's many delights and a host of thoughtful amenities, guests at this non-smoking hotel in Guayaquil will also enjoy easy access to Las Penas Neighborhood, the World Trade Center Guayaquil and Simon Bolivar Convention Center.

    Facilities

    • ATM
    • Bar
    • Business Centre
    • Dry Cleaning
    • Fitness Centre
    • Laundry
    • Meeting Rooms Available
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant
    • Safety Deposit Box
    • Sauna
    • Spa
    • Steam Room

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Day 2

Guayaquil to the Galapagos

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport and board a flight to the Galapagos Islands, landing at Baltra Airport before transferring to Santa Cruz Island. Suggested flight (subject to change) from Guayaquil: XL1413 GYE/GPS 1115-1212 (not included, extra cost). Suggested flight (subject to change) from Quito: XL1413 UIO/GPS 0935-1212 (not included -- extra cost).
Today you will arrive on Baltra Island, the gateway to the Galapagos. This tiny island was a military base during the Second World War and hosts the island's principal airport. The airport was built using the most advanced environmental techniques to reduce emissions and energy use, some of which you'll notice as you transit through the facility. It was the first ecological airport in the world. Ferry to Santa Cruz Island. Afterward, drive to an exclusive giant tortoise reserve where your tented camp is located. Perched high on a hillside overlooking the ocean, Magic Galapagos Tented Camp will be your home for the night. Take in the sounds of nature in the evenings, with the Milky Way acting as your nightlight. Feast your eyes on the mountains and forest surrounding the lodge, and enjoy the peace of the hillside with seasonal resident giant tortoises potentially nearby. Watching the colorful sunset from Magic's western perch is the perfect segue into the evening. Dinners are scrumptious three-course affairs, prepared by expert chefs in an open-air kitchen in the main lodge. A favorite post-dinner activity is a short walk to the natural lava tubes on the reserve for a nightcap in the one-of-a-kind 'Lava Lounge!' It's the perfect spot to relax around the fire and share stories from the day's adventures.

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Duration1 Night
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Galapagos Magic Tented Camp

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    Galapagos Magic Tented Camp



    Magic Galapagos (also known as Galapagos Magic) is a tented camp set in a private reserve in the highlands of Santa Cruz. It's quite usual to see giant tortoises roam through the grounds of the camp, and it's a pleasure to share this peaceful location …

    Magic Galapagos (also known as Galapagos Magic) is a tented camp set in a private reserve in the highlands of Santa Cruz. It's quite usual to see giant tortoises roam through the grounds of the camp, and it's a pleasure to share this peaceful location with them. After a day out exploring it's a treat to return here, take in a glorious sunset, enjoy a drink by the campfire and then sit down to a superb three course dinner. The 'lava lounge', formed out of natural lava tubes, is the ideal place to round off the day, chatting to other guests and sipping a nightcap.

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Day 3

Galapagos

After enjoying breakfast, get set for a half-day bay exploration. This morning, join a Puerto Ayora bay exploration. Beginning at the main dock, set out on a quick 10-minute navigation to la Loberia Island named after a sea lion colony that inhabits the land. This small island is a great place to snorkel amongst sea turtles and a great variety of colorful fish, and for playing with the ever-friendly and inquisitive sea lions. Your next stop will be a hike to the Túnel del Amor (lover's tunnel) with a great viewpoint from where, if lucky, you can watch resting white-tip sharks. On the way back, visit Punta Estrada's dock, where you'll go on a walk to spot marine iguanas.
OPTIONAL FULL DAY EXPERIENCE WITH EXTRA COST: Visit Cerro Meza & Kayak at Garrapatero. (This tour replaces the Bay Exploration. Minimum 2 passengers.)

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Duration2 Nights
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Ikala Hotel

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    Ikala Hotel



    The brand new Ikala Hotel was built with a focus on sustainability and protecting the environment. The hotel is protected from the strong Galapagos sun by the surrounding beautiful trees and gardens giving to the whole ambiance a natural freshness. The hot water for the …

    The brand new Ikala Hotel was built with a focus on sustainability and protecting the environment. The hotel is protected from the strong Galapagos sun by the surrounding beautiful trees and gardens giving to the whole ambiance a natural freshness. The hot water for the showers is entirely heated by solar energy and the garden's lighting is also provided by photovoltaic solar panels.

    The hotel features a lovely swimming pool, bar area, and a beautiful terrace located on top of the main building, where you can find the restaurant and resting area. The terrace has an incredible view to the Puerto Ayora harbor.

    Facilities

    • Bar/Lounge
    • Concierge
    • Free WiFi
    • Laundry Service
    • Meeting/ Banquet facilities
    • Outdoor Pool
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service

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Day 4

Galapagos

Following breakfast at your hotel, join a motor yacht for a shared excursion. Embark our motor yacht and enjoy a daily excursion with welcoming crew members and a knowledgeable naturalist guide, and experience the remote islands in comfort and style. This excursion will take you to experience the Galapagos Islands in a safe and comfortable manner. Check the boat's weekly itinerary. You may visit North Seymour and Bachas, South Plazas, Santa Fe Island, or Bartolome and Sullivan Bay, according to boats' schedules allowed by the National Park. ** These excursions are subject to availability and change without prior notification. Later, drive to Puerto Ayora to spend the night.

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Day 5

Galapagos to Lima via Guayaquil

After breakfast, transfer to Baltra´s airport to board connecting flight to Lima-Peru. Suggested flights (subject to change) Guayaquil XL1412 GPS/GYE 1255-1547 + LA2415 GYE/LIMA 2040-2245 (not included, extra cost). Upon arrival in Lima, you will be picked up and taken to your hotel. A local representative will give you a documentation kit with a detailed program explanation. Luggage and hotel registration assistance will be offered.

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Duration2 Nights
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Pullman Lima Miraflores

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    Pullman Lima Miraflores



    Pullman Lima Miraflores Hotel is in the exclusive district of Miraflores, positioned near shops, gardens, and providing easy access to beaches and the Larcomar Shopping Center. The hotel has 237 rooms and suites, an executive floor, 6 meeting rooms, 2 restaurants, and gym and a …

    Pullman Lima Miraflores Hotel is in the exclusive district of Miraflores, positioned near shops, gardens, and providing easy access to beaches and the Larcomar Shopping Center. The hotel has 237 rooms and suites, an executive floor, 6 meeting rooms, 2 restaurants, and gym and a pool on the rooftop overlooking the sea.

    Facilities

    • Air Conditioning
    • Bar
    • Meeting Rooms
    • Restaurant
    • Swimming Pool
    • Wellness Center
    • WI-FI

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Day 6

Lima

Following breakfast, set on a half-day exploration of Lima. You will visit the modern and colonial parts of Lima, known as The City of Kings, starting at the districts of Miraflores and San Isidro, and passing along a "Huaca" or sacred pre-Inca site, before heading to the Historic Center. There, you will walk along some of the most historically important streets of the city, leading to the Plaza de Armas, where you will have some time to take pictures of the amazing colonial architecture that surrounds it. You will also have the chance to take a peek into an iconic building that has served Lima's citizens for centuries and continues to be an important landmark. Then you will visit the impressive Convent of Santo Domingo, an astonishing building with colonial style. After exploring the Historical Center, you will head towards the Larco Museum, which houses the incomparable Treasures of Ancient Peru private collection.

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Day 7

Lima to Cusco

After breakfast and coinciding with your flight to Cusco, you will be transferred to Lima airport. Suggested flight (subject to change): LA2047 LIM/CUZ 0930- 1053 (not included, extra cost). Once in Cusco, enjoy the charm of this beautiful colonial city that was built upon the remains of amazing Inca buildings. Not to miss the Temple of the Sun (Koricancha), the Cathedral, and the Inca Fortress of Sacsayhuaman. This afternoon is left at leisure to help adjust to the elevation, though an optional evening activity can be arranged.
OPTIONAL WITH EXTRA COST:
PM HD CITY TOUR VISIT TO SAN PEDRO MARKET AND RUINS (SIB) -- (MINIMUM 2 PASSENGERS)
You will visit the city of Cusco, known as the Imperial City and declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Here you will start your tour at the iconic San Pedro market, a local market where you can explore the colors, flavors, and traditions of modern Cusco. The visit continues with the Koricancha Temple, an ancient Inca palace and cult center of the Sun God, above which the order of the Dominicans built a church, which remains standing to this day. You will continue ascending to the Fortress of Sacsayhuaman, an impressive example of Inca military architecture. Afterward, you will explore the Q'enqo archeological site, where important Inca ceremonies took place. Finally, you will arrive at the Plaza de Armas (main square), where you will visit the Cathedral, the most important temple in the city.

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Duration1 Night
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Casa Andina Premium Collection Cusco

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    Casa Andina Premium Collection Cusco



    Casa Andina Premium Collection Cusco is a beautifully renovated 18th-century manor house, just 3 blocks from Cusco's Plaza de Armas, replete with authentic colonial character. It offers the intimacy of a boutique hotel but the comforts and services of a much larger property. Several rooms …

    Casa Andina Premium Collection Cusco is a beautifully renovated 18th-century manor house, just 3 blocks from Cusco's Plaza de Armas, replete with authentic colonial character. It offers the intimacy of a boutique hotel but the comforts and services of a much larger property. Several rooms in the original structure of the hotel feature surviving colonial frescoes unearthed during renovation.

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    • Massage Treatments
    • Restaurant

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Day 8

Cusco to the Sacred Valley

Once breakfast is finished, you will set out in the direction of the Maras salt mines, an amazing place where the finest salt in the world is extracted: Maras salt. On the way, you will make a stop at the Raqchi viewpoint, from where you will have an impressive view of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Then, you will visit the Misminay community. Upon arrival, the villagers will give you a warm welcome with music and typical dances. There, you will be able to learn about the Andean families' lifestyle, by sharing some of their daily activities with them. Then, you will enjoy a delicious and traditional lunch prepared with local products. You will continue with a visit to Moray, a fascinating archeological site with huge concentric terraces, which the Incas used as a botanical laboratory.

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Duration1 Night
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Casa Andina Premium Collection Sacred Valley

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    Casa Andina Premium Collection Sacred Valley



    Casa Andina Private Collection Sacred Valley is a mountain chalet-styled retreat with panoramic Andes views from every room and every angle; it breathes an air of tranquillity and relaxation. Unique among Sacred Valley hotels, it contains a full-service spa, a domed planetarium and observatory, and …

    Casa Andina Private Collection Sacred Valley is a mountain chalet-styled retreat with panoramic Andes views from every room and every angle; it breathes an air of tranquillity and relaxation. Unique among Sacred Valley hotels, it contains a full-service spa, a domed planetarium and observatory, and gourmet restaurant and bar. The 85 inviting, spacious rooms overlook the property and extensive gardens, and feature either private balconies or sunny sitting areas. Located between Urubamba and Ollantaytambo, the hotel is perfectly positioned for easy access to the valley's abundant attractions and Machu Picchu.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Gift Shop
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Lounge(s)
    • Medical Services
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service

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Day 9

Sacred Valley to Cusco with Machu Picchu

Enjoy another hearty breakfast before setting out to visit indomitable Machu Picchu. To begin, you will board the train from Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu (timetables are subject to confirmation). Upon arrival, prepare to visit one of the most striking wonders of the world: Machu Picchu. You will be driven to the archeological site, the visit of which will be an unforgettable experience, with a professional tour guide to impart to you all the history that surrounds this mysterious and enchanting place. Once the guided tour is over, you will have some free time to explore the site on your own, relax, or meditate. At the agreed-upon hour, you will descend to nearby Aguas Calientes for lunch, and board the train later that afternoon for the return trip to Ollantaytambo, then transfer back to Cusco.

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Duration2 Nights
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Casa Andina Premium Collection Cusco

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    Casa Andina Premium Collection Cusco



    Casa Andina Premium Collection Cusco is a beautifully renovated 18th-century manor house, just 3 blocks from Cusco's Plaza de Armas, replete with authentic colonial character. It offers the intimacy of a boutique hotel but the comforts and services of a much larger property. Several rooms …

    Casa Andina Premium Collection Cusco is a beautifully renovated 18th-century manor house, just 3 blocks from Cusco's Plaza de Armas, replete with authentic colonial character. It offers the intimacy of a boutique hotel but the comforts and services of a much larger property. Several rooms in the original structure of the hotel feature surviving colonial frescoes unearthed during renovation.

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    • Massage Treatments
    • Restaurant

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Day 10

Cusco

After breakfast, the day is yours! Enjoy a day at leisure in Cusco. Alternatively, consider joining an optional activity to tour Rainbow Mountain (extra cost).
FULL-DAY VINICUNCA RAINBOW MOUNTAIN (SIB) -- (MINIMUM 2 PASSENGERS)
You will leave your hotel in Cusco early in the morning, crossing the South Valley, towards Cusipata. From there, you will be transferred to Phulawasipata where you will begin your walk. After some time to prepare, you will start with the ascending route to Vinicunca, the Rainbow Mountain. The place will amaze you with its vivid colors and natural beauty. There, you will have time to take photos and fill yourself with the energy of the place. At the end of this visit, you will walk back to the starting point. Finally, you will be taken back to your hotel in Cusco.

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Day 11

Cusco to Lima - Departure

Settle in for a final breakfast, then, at the scheduled time, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back to Lima. Suggested flight time: 12 am to 4 pm (not included, extra cost). Kindly note that there are diverse options, in case you need to connect to your international flight home.

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DEPARTURES:

2023: Jan 3; Feb 7; Mar 7; Jun 6; Jul 11; Aug 1; Oct 3; Nov 7; Dec 5

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 10 nights in first-class accommodations
  • Local English-speaking guides in each locality
  • Visit to Giant Tortoise Reserve
  • Small group tour to la Loberia Island (max 16 guests)
  • Small group yacht excursion (max 16 guests)
  • Small group tour of Modern & Colonial Lima (max 16 guests)
  • Small group tour to Maras, Raqchi viewpoint, Misminay community, and Moray (max 16 guests)
  • Small group tour of Machu Picchu (max 16 guests)
  • Train service between Ollantaytambo and Aguas Calientes
  • Transfers between Cusco and the Sacred Valley
  • Breakfast daily (excluding day 1), 3 lunches, 1 dinner

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • International and regional flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tours listed as optional
  • Drinks and items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities

OTHER INFORMATION:

This is not a fully escorted tour. Local English guides are used in each different location.
This small group tour is guaranteed to depart with a minimum of 2 passengers. For your comfort, the maximum group size is capped at 16 travelers. We have enhanced our sanitization and safety protocols to encourage physical distancing. Full passport information is needed 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

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please enquire. 

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