Peru & The Galapagos

Ecuador & Galapagos, Peru

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Peru & The Galapagos

Peru and the Galapagos Islands of Ecuador are two of the best-known destinations in South America. Peru encompasses the ancient archaeological sites of the Inca empire along its Andes Mountains and the dense Amazon jungle. Explore the Inca capital of Cusco, hike in the Urubamba Valley, and witness the sunrise on magical Machu Picchu. In contrast, the archipelago of the Galapagos Islands, roughly 1,000km off the Pacific coast allow diving with sea lions and marine iguanas. 

Begin with private touring in Lima. This cosmopolitan city is well worth a visit to experience its history as well as Peru’s best museums, shopping and restaurants. Next, fly to Cusco, and travel via the Sacred Valley of the Incas to Machu Picchu. Next, fly to Quito, the capital of Ecuador and a historic city set among snowcapped volcanoes in the Andes. Tour the colonial Quito city before taking a cruise to the Galapagos Islands.

TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 14-DAY PERU & GALAPAGOS ADVENTURE…
And, visit Cusco, a city in the Peruvian Andes, once capital of the Inca Empire.
 

What We Love
  • In Quito, stay at the luxurious boutique Casa Gangotena hotel. 
  • Snorkel with sea lions, watch bellowing elephant bulls and admire the courtship of a Blue-footed Booby. 
  • Silversea Expedition cruises to explore Galápagos. a nature lover’s dream.
  • Hotel in Quito and cruise can be changed to lower budget.
  • This tour is designed to provide maximum outdoor experience.
 
What to Know
  • This is a medium active tour and may include walking on rough terrains.
  • You will be in a small group during the cruise in Galapagos. 
  • We carefully select the world's best boutique tour companies in each destination.
  • Around the clock support in each destination during your trip. 
  • This tour is in high demand and we suggest that you book in advance.
  • We strongly recommend that you take travel insurance for this holiday.

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Begin with a morning of sophisticated private touring in Lima. This cosmopolitan city is well worth a visit for the opportunity to experience its history as well as Peru’s best museums, shopping and restaurants. Enjoy personalized touring according to your interests, such as an insider tour of the old colonial quarter, a viewing of spectacular pre-Colombian art collections, time for browsing high-quality boutiques and art galleries, or exploring the city’s food markets (including tastings of local specialties).

Next, fly to Cusco, and transfer to the lower elevation of the Sacred Valley of the Incas (Urubamba Valley) for a two night stay. Your private guide will ensure you experience the best of the local culture during visits to indigenous markets and villages, gentle walks or hikes to important Inca and pre-Inca sites, and meetings with renowned local weavers. Active pursuits can also be incorporated, if desired, such as day treks, rafting, horse-back riding or mountain biking. A private Nuevo Andean cooking lesson can also be arranged, upon request.

Continue to Machu Picchu and spend one night near the ruins. Your private guide will teach you about the fascinating history of the site and ensure that you have the opportunity to explore the grounds after most tourists have left. Spend the following day exploring the ruins with the option to hike trails to stunning viewpoints around the site before continuing to Cusco on the luxury Hiram Bingham train.

Arrive in Cusco, where an oxygenated room will be arranged at the city’s most historic and distinguished hotel. Your guide will lead you through the narrow cobblestone streets as you learn about the fascinating Incan and Spanish history in the city. During your tour, visit markets, galleries, boutiques and the best artisan workshops. Also opt to see important archaeological sites just outside of the city. In the evenings, enjoy dining reservations at Cusco’s top restaurants. Additional activities can also be arranged, upon request, such as a meeting with a local art expert or an evening cultural performance.

Next, fly to Quito, the capital of Ecuador and a historic city set among snowcapped volcanoes in the Andes. With your private local guide, tour the city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site filled with Spanish colonial-era architecture. Explore interesting back streets, hidden courtyards and churches with spectacular interiors. Visit the best museums, traditional workshops, markets and other sites according to your interests. Perhaps also shop for a high-quality Panama hat—an Ecuador original.

Spend five days exploring the Galapagos Islands—a dream destination for nature lovers—on one of our preferred expedition cruises. Each day, tour different islands with an expert naturalist, and get close to giant tortoises, blue-footed boobies, marine iguanas and other iconic Galapagos wildlife. See the cycle of life up close, which depending on the season, might include mating rituals, newborns feeding, territorial squabbles, and more. Snorkel among sea turtles, playful sea lions and schools of brightly colored fish. Upon request, we arrange private yacht charters, SCUBA diving and other options in the Galapagos.

Return to Quito for a final night before your return or onward flight.

Getting There

Ecuador: There are no direct flights to Ecuador from Britain and Ireland, but there are plenty of indirect flights to both Quito and Guayaquil involving a change of plane in either a European or American city. The US airlines fly via their respective hubs. Approximate flying times from the US to Quito without stops are four hours from Miami, and around five hours from Houston and Atlanta.

Iberia and Air Comet offer services via Madrid, and KLM via Amsterdam (stopping at Bonaire, in the Dutch Antilles). Other possibilities include taking a flight to South American hubs, such as Bogotá or Caracas, from where connections to Ecuador can be made. Typical journey times are between fifteen and seventeen hours, with Iberia and American Airlines offering marginally faster services.

Galapagos: There are daily flights to Galapagos from Quito and Guayaquil. Our ground staff will offer assistance with the check in procedure and help with payment of park tax and transit card. The airline allows one checked suitcase (maximum 44 lbs.) and one carry-on bag per passenger.

We recommend that all passengers travelling to Galapagos consider two nights in mainland Ecuador prior to their cruise to allow for potential flight delays and misconnection.  This is particularly important for passengers travelling over winter holidays when flights tend to be overbooked and/or delayed caused by poor weather conditions.
 

 
Peru & The Galapagos Ecuador & Galapagos, Peru

Best of Peru & the Galapagos

Sacred valley, Machu Picchu, Cusco, Galapagos
(14 Days – Travel Any Day)


Day 1 – Arrive
Lima Private arrival transfer to hotel for 1 night.
Overnight at hotel of your choice.

Day 2 – Private Transfer
Sacred Valley Morning private tour of Lima. Private transfer to airport and flight to Cusco. Private arrival transfer to Sacred Valley hotel for 2 nights, with touring en route.
Overnight at hotel of your choice (B)

Day 3 – Private Touring
Sacred Valley Full-day private touring in the valley.
Overnight at hotel of your choice (B)

Day 4 – Private Transfer
Sacred Valley – Machu Picchu. Private transfer to Ollantaytambo train station and Vistadome train to Machu Picchu. Arrival transfer to hotel for 1 night. Afternoon private tour of Machu Picchu.
Overnight at hotel of your choice (B)

Day 5 – Private Touring
Cusco Morning private touring and hiking at Machu Picchu. Afternoon luxury Hiram Bingham train to Cusco. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights.
Overnight at hotel of your choice (B)

Day 6 – Private Touring
Cusco Full-day private tour of Cusco and nearby ruins.
Overnight at hotel of your choice (B)

Day 7 – Transfer
Quito/ Ecuador Private transfer to airport and flight to Lima. Airport assistance and connecting flight to Quito. VIP airport assistance. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights.
Overnight at hotel of your choice (B)

Day 8 – Private Touring
Quito Full-day private touring.
Overnight at hotel of your choice (B)

Day 9 – Transfer
Galapagos Islands Private transfer to airport and flight to Galapagos Islands for a 5-day cruise.
Overnight at hotel of your choice (B)

Days 10-12 – Explore
Galapagos Islands Cruise-based excursions and activities.
Overnight at hotel of your choice (B)

Day 13 – Transfer
Quito Transfer to airport and flight to Quito. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 1 night.
Overnight at hotel of your choice (B)

Day 14 – Depart
Quito Private airport transfer and VIP airport services
(B)

 

 

Recommended price

  • 5-star: From GBP 300 per person per day
  • 4-star: From GBP 250 per person per day
  • 3-star: From GBP 200 per person per day

The true price is customised based on final choice of hotels, travel dates, and other custom preferences. All prices exclude international flights.

Price Includes: hotels, airport transfers and transportation within the country, unique experiences guided by local experts and 24X7 support during your trip.

Make this your holiday

  • Exclusive Tour: your own private multilingual guide throughout the trip  
  • Price Guarantee: costing 25-30% less than similar tours of the same flexibility and quality
  • Tailor Made: customised itinerary to create your dream holiday
  • Duration: shorten or lengthen the tour to suit your wishes
  • Dates: depart and return whenever you choose
  • Hotels: change hotel grade to suit your budget
  • Group Discounts: call 020 8350 6199


General Ecuador is one of the smallest countries in South America, yet despite its size, it holds one of the greatest amounts of plant and animal species in the world. It is home to rain forests, jungles, mountains, islands, deserts, valleys, and snowcapped peaks. One of its main attractions is the Galapagos Archipelago and its marine reserve, which contain endemic species unique to the area.

With more bird species per area than any other country in Latin America, Ecuador is a paradise for bird watching and research. Some 17% of the world's endemic species are found here making it the densest bird population in the world.

Where to go Cotopaxi is the second highest summit in Ecuador, reaching a height of just below 6,000 mtrs. Its snow covered peak is clearly visible from Quito. Cotopaxi is also one of the highest active volcanoes in the world, although its present activity is limited to a few steam fumaroles.

Take a short train journey between the towns of Sibambe and Alausi. A series of switchbacks along the way makes it possible for the train to slowly climb the steep ascent to Alausi and offer visitors sweeping panoramic views of the countryside. But the astounding engineering project undertaken in the rugged Andes mountains was completed at a high cost human lives that gave its name the “Devil’s Nose”.

Situated in the Amazon rainforest region of Ecuador, for tourists, Tena serves as a launching point for jungle adventures. The Tena River joins with the Masahualli River, and then with the Napo River, a tributary of the Amazon. Adventure enthusiasts cite Tena as one of the best places in the world for whitewater rafting and kayaking.

The colonial city of Cuenca is the third largest in Ecuador, popular for its year-round temperate climate. The New Cathedral of Cuenca, built over a century, is the city’s most-recognizable landmark. With a façade crafted from alabaster and marble, the New Cathedral is most notable for the its three immense domes, each covered in blue glazed tiles.

When to go The Galapagos have a surprisingly cool, sub-tropical climate. The coastal areas are arid and covered with plants adapted to desert conditions.  The highland areas receive moisture almost all year round, which support lush vegetation.  Temperatures are determined almost entirely by ocean currents, which are influenced by the trade winds.

There are two seasons, both of which have some precipitation. Galapagos gets an average of ten inches of rain per year, it is never considered “rainy”. During the months of December to May, the cooling currents subside, temperatures rise and the climate is warm and sunny with occasional showers. In June, the trend begins toward cooler temperatures with moderate breezes, which continue through November. This period is referred to as the “garua” season, meaning mist in Spanish.

Visa UK nationals can visit Ecuador without a visa, but you may be asked about your reason for travel and to provide evidence of a return or onward flight/bus ticket when you arrive. On arrival in the country, you’ll normally be allowed to remain in Ecuador for up to 90 days per year.

Passport validity: Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry; this is a strict legal requirement from the Ecuadorean government. Without this minimum validity entry to the country will be denied.

Visa information source: www.gov.uk