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Classic Ecuador & Peru

13 nights visiting Quito, Galapagos Islands, Cusco, Machu Picchu and Lima.

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DAY ONE

Arrival to Quito. A private transfer brings us to the selected Hotel in Quito.

DAY TWO

Half day tour exploring the main highlights of Quito, with its fabulous Historic Center and Andean scenery. Overnight at the selected Hotel.

DAY THREE

Transfer from the Hotel to Quito’s Airport for the flight to Galapagos. Upon arrival, reception and transfer to the selected vessel (M/V Santa Cruz) for the Island’s expedition. The afternoon features a first visit in the islands **.

DAYS FOUR TO SEVEN OR EIGHT

Exploring the Galapagos Islands aboard the  M/V Santa Cruz, as per their Wednesday to Monday itineraries*.

** Please inquire for detailed itineraries and specific Island visits and activities in Galapagos.

*IMPORTANT: Please note that Itineraries are subject to change due to National Park regulations, safety, climate or operational reasons and should be used only as a general reference. 

DAY EIGHT

Transfer to the Airport for return flight from Galapagos to Guayaquil and connection with international flight to Lima, Peru. Upon arrival, transfer for overnight at Airport Hotel in Lima.

DAY NINE

Private transfer to the airport for the domestic flight to Cusco. Arrival transfer includes visit to Awanacancha and other locations, en route to the Hotel in the Sacred Valley.

DAY TEN

Full day Sacred Valley exploration including the Pisac Markets and ruins; Ollantaytambo Fortress and more. Overnight in the Sacred Valley.

DAY ELEVEN

Vistadome scenic train ride to Aguas Calientes and then by motorcoach to Machu Picchu, for a first guided visit of the amazing Citadel and “Lost City” of the Incas. Overnight in Machu Picchu.

DAY TWELVE

Morning at leisure.  Optional choices for a second visit the awesome complex of Machu Picchu or a hike to the Huayna Picchu for a breathtaking view of the Citadel. Train ride back to Cusco for overnight.

DAY THIRTEEN

Morning guided tour of the Imperial City of Cusco and its main highlights. Afternoon at leisure for optional exploration or relax. Overnight at the Hotel in Cusco.

DAY FOURTEEN

Transfer for the flight from Cusco to Lima; short city tour of Lima, including dinner followed by transfer and assistance for the outbound flights.

OPERATIONAL DAYS

Operates all year. Departures: Depend on selected/available choice of Galapagos Tour with M/V Santa Cruz or Yacht Isabela II.

MINIMUM AGE: 

6 years. 

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This tour offers a great combination of two of South America’s most fascinating countries and touring destinations: Ecuador and Peru. The voyage includes Quito, the historic Pre-Inca; Northern Inca; Colonial and Republican Capital of Ecuador; first city to be declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, plus all the magic of the Galapagos Islands, a unique voyage of discovery to one of the planet’s most outstanding natural locations, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. While, in Peru, a five adventure-filled days’ exploration brings the travelers to the most important of the numerous wonders found in and around the legendary Sacred Valley of the Incas. The main locations include the world famous Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu; the Imperial City of Cusco; the Pìsac Market, Ollantaytambo Ruins and several locations on the renowned Sacred Valley.

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Quito City: World Heritage Site and best preserved colonial city in South America.

Galapagos Islands: For many, the most unique natural environment in the world.

Machu Picchu: World Heritage Site and the most famous Inca Culture icon.

Sacred Valley: Superb scenery, villages, people and amazing Inca sites.

Cusco City: One of South America’s most exquisite cities, Inca and colonial.

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The Tour begins with the arrival transfer to Quito and overnight at the selected hotel..

A half day tour allows us to explore and discover the fabulous architecture and colonial features of Quito, capital of Ecuador and the first city to be declared by UNESCO a World Heritage Site in 1978. Stunning churches, convents, plazas and monuments, along with the narrow streets, lined with colonial houses and balconies gave Quito the well-deserved title of best preserved colonial city of South America. The city is nestled in an Andean valley, surrounded by spectacular views of volcanoes and snow-covered peaks.  The city’s irregular topography provides superb natural observatories, which allow for stunning sights and scenes of the city and its imposing Andean surroundings.

The following six days and five nights (or five days and four nights), are dedicated to enjoy the magic world of the famous Galapagos Islands, Darwin’s land of evolution, a living laboratory of nature, renowned for its staggering uniqueness. You may opt between two different and equally fascinating alternatives to cruise the Islands, either aboard the renowned 90-passenger Expedition vessel, the M/V Santa Cruz; on its five nights’ itinerary, Wednesday to Monday.

The Galapagos Islands, located 600 miles from the coast of Ecuador, to whom they belong, are considered the most extraordinary natural environment in the world, with animal and plant species found nowhere else on earth.  For scientists, biologists, naturalists and nature lovers, the islands are an undisputed “must see”.  Because of their characteristics, UNESCO declared the Galapagos as the first “World Natural Heritage Site” in 1979.  The days in the islands feature encounters with centenary giant tortoises; marine or land iguanas; blue-footed or red-footed boobies; flamingos, penguins; frolicking sea lions, the famous Darwin’s finches and an equally awesome underwater life on the Archipelago’s Marine Reserve, also declared as a World Natural Heritage Site, where we can swim, snorkel, enjoy scenic boat rides or scuba dive (by special arrangements and extra cost only).

The tour continues with the flight back from Galapagos to Guayaquil, Ecuador’s main seaport, for the connecting flight to Lima, Peru.  Upon international arrival and overnight at a comfortable Lima Airport Hotel; we fly to Cusco to start a six days and five nights’ expedition taking us to some of the most extraordinary locations in and around the Incas’ Sacred Valley, meandered by the Urubamba River and surrounded by stunning Andean scenery. The activities include visits to ancient archaeological sites such as the Ollantaytambo Ruins; Sacsayhuaman Fortress; the Pisac Archaeological complex and the colorful Pisac Markets; artisans’ towns and workshops; agricultural farmlands; encounters with the Andean camels such as llamas, vicunas, alpacas and huanacos.

A special highlight of this program is the thrilling train ride, aboard the Vistadome Train , to the Lost City of the Incas, the inspiring Machu Picchu Citadel, a World Wonder and World Heritage Site.  Centerpiece of the visit is the guided tour of the amazing Machu Picchu complex. An optional second visit to Machu Picchu may be available, or, alternatively, for the more adventurous, (and weather allowing), a hike to the Huayna Picchu to observe the natural grandeur of Machu Picchu (The “Old Peak”) from a different and dramatic perspective, height and distance . Another highlight of the program is the Imperial Inca City of Cusco, considered the archaeological capital of South America. The city sparkles with its narrow streets, whitewashed houses and flower covered balconies. The sightseeing tour includes the Plaza de Armas, the Cathedral, the Koricancha Temple, the Kenko Amphitheater and the Sacsayhuaman Fortress. Along the stay in the Sacred Valley, you will overnight at different locations and first class lodging options in the Sacred Valley; Machu Picchu, and in Cusco.

The tour finalizes with the flight from Cusco to Lima, for a short city tour of the Peruvian capital city, including dinner, followed by transfer and assistance for the outbound flight from Lima International Airport.

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Moderate.

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For travel to Ecuador, including the Galapagos Islands, as well as for Peru, visitors need a valid passport, extending its life for at least six months beyond the intended stay. Nationals of the United States, Canada and several European, Latin American and other countries, do not require visas.  For detailed information, please ask us or contact the nearest Consulate or Embassy of Ecuador and/or Peru. No Vaccines are required for the locations included on this program.  However, it is recommended to check for updates a few weeks prior to departure.

For more detailed information about travel facts for Ecuador and Peru, please check the “Country Information” section about the respective country on our website, or ask us.  The Galapagos has a separate “Special Information” section; we recommend checking it up thoroughly.

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Year around.  

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WHAT TO BRING AND WHAT TO WEAR

Quito has a year-round spring-time climate; with rain showers in the afternoons mainly in October, November and between February and May. June to September is normally dry and sunny. Evenings and early mornings are always cool while the late morning and noon hours tend to be warmer, reaching mid-sixties degrees F. Basic clothing recommendation is to dress in layers, use comfortable walking shoes; light knits for the day and warmer clothes for the evenings; a light weight raincoat or hooded windbreaker are always handy.
The warmest months in Galapagos are normally from January to April, while the cooler months are July to September. From December to May some rain showers may be expected while July to October may be fairly cool, breezy and overcast, with sunny spells at midday.

The climatic patterns for the Sacred Valley, Cusco and Machu Picchu Regions depend much on atmospheric conditions influenced by the humidity of the southeastern Amazonian jungles; as well as from drier air masses and winds reaching from the Pacific rim and the Peru-Bolivian altiplano; producing a mix of mostly warm and sunny days with cooler nights and early mornings. In general, there are two distinct climatic seasons: rainy, between November and March and dry, between April and October. Dress on this segment of the trip depends on the climatic conditions of the diverse outings.  In general terms, this portion also requires to “dress in layers” in order to accommodate for varying temperatures and ambiances along each day.

Due the climatic conditions and the outdoors, expedition nature of the voyage, particularly in Galapagos and the Cusco-Machu Picchu area, dress codes in general range from informal to very informal.  On board the Yacht in Galapagos, the only basic dress-code requirement is not to enter the indoor dining room barefooted or in swimming costumes.  Essential elements to bring are good walking shoes such as sneakers with firm soles; shorts for the day outings in Galapagos; long and short-sleeved lightweight shirts and T-shirts, preferably of cotton fabrics; long pants for the evenings; a cap or wide-brimmed hat; bathing suits and a light sweater and/or windbreaker for the evenings, especially in the cooler months (see above for climate).  Highly recommended items include sunscreen and high solar protection; insect repellant; sunglasses, personal medicines; photography and/or video equipment. See below for a suggested packing list.

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  • Shorts (Bermudas or similar)
  • Comfortable outdoor pants and shorts
  • Long and short-sleeved shirts, T-shirts, Polos
  • Sweaters, windbreakers and/or warm jackets for cool climates.
  • Long pants and slightly “smarter” pants for evenings
  • Good walking shoes
  • Sneakers with rubber soles and ankle support
  • Tevas or sport sandals
  • Several pairs of socks
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Small pair of binoculars (optional)
  • Refillable bottle for water
  • Wide brimmed hat, bandana
  • Bathing suit
  • Suntan lotion or strong sunscreen
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Sunglasses
  • Waterproof backpack or day-pack for small personal items
  • Camera
  • Personal medications

Please check with us for further details about climate and clothing suggestions for Quito, Lima and the other locations within the tour.

For Safety, Dietary and Medical Restrictions and facilities and other travel facts, please consult the relevant sections of Ecuador and Peru’s Country Information chapters on our website, or inquire us. 

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CATEGORY CITY HOTEL ROOM CATEGORY
DELUXE ECUADOR
QUITO Casa Gangotena Deluxe
GALAPAGOS MV Santa Cruz Junior Suite
PERU
LIMA Costa del Sol airport Standard
SACRED VALLEY Sol y Luna Superior Casita
MACHU PICCHU Inkaterra Machu Picchu Superior
CUSCO La Casona Inkaterra Patio suite
PLEASE CONTACT US FOR PRICING

 

CATEGORY CITY HOTEL ROOM CATEGORY
SUPERIOR ECUADOR
QUITO Hilton Colon Quito Deluxe
GALAPAGOS MV Santa Cruz Upper deck
PERU
LIMA Costa del Sol airport Standard
SACRED VALLEY Casa Andina Private Collection Superior
MACHU PICCHU Casa del Sol Standard
CUSCO Casa Andina Private Collection Superior
PLEASE CONTACT US FOR PRICING

NOT INCLUDED IN THE PACKAGE:

  • International air tickets
  • Air transportation to/from Galapagos
  • Air transportation Lima-Cusco-Lima
  • Galapagos National Park Entrance fee
  • Transit control card for Galapagos
  • National and International Airport taxes in Ecuador
  • Meals not specified in the program (Please note that full board applies in Galapagos)
  • Bar expenses (spirituous and soft drinks)
  • Wet suits; Internet; telephone communications
  • Gratuities, gifts and other items of personal nature

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