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Galapagos Islands

Journey Peru & the Galapagos Islands

  • TAILOR-MADE HOLIDAY IDEA

Duration

11 Days

Prices Start from

£4,400 ex. flights

Encompassing the highlights of Peru, a stay in Quito and a sailing around the Galapagos Islands, this adventure tracks from culturally-dense and colourful Cusco to the iconic Inca citadel of Machu Picchu before moving to Ecuador’s historic capital city and the enchanting wildlife-dense Galapagos Islands.

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Llama, Machu Picchu, Peru 1

Machu Picchu

Discover the spectacular Inca citadel of Machu Picchu surrounded by cloud forest.

Quechua Peoplem, Inca Wall, Peru 2

Pisac Market

Explore the colourful market run by indigenous Quechua communities from the highlands.

Evolution Boat, Galapagos Islands 3

Sail the Seas

Sail around the remarkable Galapagos Islands in a sail boat, catamaran or yacht.

Snorkelling with sea lions 4

Up Close Wildlife

Come eye to eye with playful sea lions and curious penguins while snorkelling.

Why we like it

This trip combines two of South America’s most popular destinations, the Inca ruins that dominate the high altitude cloud forests of Peru and the enchanting Galapagos Islands. Travelling through valleys, up mountainsides and across expanses of wildlife-dense ocean, this journey is a showcase of diverse landscapes and is so highly customisable that you might sleep in a perspex mountain pod or travel in a privately chartered boat.

Don't forget, we will customise this journey to suit you.

Explore our suggested itinerary

  • Day 1
    Lima - Cusco
  • Day 2
    Cusco
  • Day 3
    Cusco - Sacred Valley
  • Day 4
    Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu
  • Day 5
    Machu Picchu - Cusco
  • Day 6
    Cusco - Lima - Quito
  • Day 7
    Quito - Galapagos Islands
  • Days 8-10
    Sailing the Galapagos Islands
  • Day 11
    Galapagos Islands - Guayaquil
Plaza de Armas, Cusco, Peru
Plaza de Armas, Cusco, Peru

Explore Cusco

Peru is a great starting point for an introduction to South America, filled with diverse landscapes, fantastic wildlife and a deep seated traditional culture. Visit Cusco, the former Inca capital of Peru, to discover its fascinating history by wandering through it streets and studying its mysterious stone walls (it is still debated as to how they were constructed).

Maras Salt Terraces, Cusco, Peru
Maras Salt Terraces, Cusco, Peru
Inca Wall, Machu Picchu, Peru
Inca Wall, Machu Picchu, Peru

Salt Terraces & Machu Picchu

Explore the heart and soul of Inca society, marvelling at how they transformed the landscape and terraced the land to create unique and still existing micro climates. Stay overnight at a hotel nearby to Machu Picchu, the city built on a mountaintop, and rise early to watch the sunrise over the ruins.

Galapagos Sky
Galapagos Sky

Sail the Galapagos Islands

These historically and geologically dense islands cannot be experienced in their entirety without taking to the seas and navigating around the archipelago, witnessing their incredible diversity of terrains and respective indigenous wildlife populations. Since these remote and uninhabited islands are only accessible by zodiacs, those who choose to sail can get up close and personal with the native flora and fauna of the region in almost complete tranquillity.

Sea Lions, Galapagos Islands
Sea Lions, Galapagos Islands
Snorkelling with Penguin, Galapagos Islands
Snorkelling with Penguin, Galapagos Islands
Rays, Genovesa Island, Galapagos Islands
Rays, Genovesa Island, Galapagos Islands

Wildlife in the Archipelago

Since both the land and marine creatures that inhabit the Galapagos Islands are utterly fearless, a journey around the landmasses brings voyagers face-to-face with their thousands-strong population of curious bubble-blowing sea lions, salt-spitting iguanas, clumsy blue-footed boobies, elusive red-lipped bat fish, skulking sharks, elegant golden rays, monogamous waved albatrosses and boisterous penguins. The only place in the world where zoom lenses are definitely not required to capture stunning wildlife portraits, the archipelago is all at once awe-inspiring and other-worldly.

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Casa San Blas Hotel £££££

  • Peru
  • City

Proudly conserving the traditional character of its original antiquated architecture and ensuring aesthetic harmony with the San Blas neighbourhood, Casa San Blas Hotel is situated on a narrow cobblestone side street in the historic artisan quarter of Cusco. Taking great pride in honouring their traditions and culture, the team at Casa San Blas Hotel are dedicated to showing genuine hospitality and creating a homely atmosphere.

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Casa Andina Premium Cusco £££££

  • Peru
  • City

A restored 18th-century colonial mansion, Casa Andina Premium Cusco is situated close to Plaza de Armas and the Temple of the Sun. In addition to offering a gourmet restaurant and drinks lounge with a roaring fireplace, the property benefits from three majestic colonial courtyards that allow guests an authentic Peruvian experience. Its 93 rooms and suites, some with private balconies and antiquated artworks, are arranged around the central courtyards and are decorated in a range of styles – rooms are simple and tidy, while suites are bright and contemporary with more flashes of colour.

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El MaPi £££££

  • Peru

A contemporary property with lofty ceilings and panoramic windows, El MaPi is a down-to-earth accommodation nestled within the village of Machu Picchu Pueblo. Completely restored by a renowned Peruvian architect, El MaPi blends classic features with modern aesthetics and utilises restored furnishings and recycled materials as part of their sustainability practices. Its 131 bright rooms and suites, all offering panoramic windows, are decorated in a simple and contemporary style. An unfussy café serves organic salads and pastries, while the comfortable bar is a lovely spot for sipping a signature lemongrass lemonade and nibbling on tapas after a day spent exploring the Inca ruins and trails.

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Mama Cuchara £££££

  • Ecuador
  • City
  • Boutique

An antiquated colonial house that has been through a meticulous process of renovation and modernisation, Mama Cuchara is a chic boutique hotel that integrates elements of authentic Ecuadorean culture with forward-thinking design aesthetics. Positioned just outside of the bustling centre of Quito, the property benefits from the quiet while still being within walking distance of the main square, churches, museums and eateries. Its 26 rooms and suites are charmingly decorated with locally-inspired textiles, featuring original wood beams and meticulously carved oak headboards, and are warmly lit by custom-made recycled plastic lighting fixtures. The walls of the property are lined with interesting modern artworks, the central courtyard is elegantly topped with a glass roof, and a rooftop bar offers the most wonderful panoramic views of the city and surrounding mountains.

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Pakaritampu Hotel £££££

  • Peru
  • B&B, Motel and Guesthouse

Hotel Pakaritampu is in the heart of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, surrounded by views of the surrounding valleys. Just two minutes from Ollantaytambo train station, the hotel is an ideal starting point for the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu. The village of Ollantaytambo is a 10-minute walk away, where there is a choice of local restaurants and shops, as well as the majestic Inca ruin. The hotel has 30 rooms divided between three traditional houses, each surrounded by beautiful gardens. There is also a welcoming living room, restaurant, and bar.

La Casona de la Ronda £££££

  • Ecuador
  • City

Situated on one of Quito’s most traditional streets, La Casona de la Ronda has been wonderfully restored to maintain its original colours, stone walls and traditional character. Entering through wooden doors into a piece of Ecuadorean history, the heritage hotel is within a mansion built in 1738. Featuring 22 rooms, each arranged around a central patio, the property boasts a concoction of cultural, traditional and contemporary design elements. Each of the rooms is well-appointed, containing polished wooden floors and elegant furnishings.

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Seaman Journey £££££

A comfortable and spacious 92-foot-long motorised catamaran that provides excellent value for money, Seaman Journey accommodates 16 passengers in eight cabins with big picture windows. There is an internal dining room and a lounge as well as an al fresco eating space and a great upper level sun deck that is the perfect place for relaxing and spotting marine life. Snorkelling equipment and kayaks are available for passengers to use during ocean explorations.

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Evolution £££££

At 192-foot-long, Evolution is an elegant and spacious motor yacht that harks back to the romantic era of the 1920’s. Accommodating 32 passengers in comfortable cabins with air-conditioning and private bathrooms, the vessel has large indoor and outdoor dining areas, a bar area, a small boutique, a library and an on board doctor. A jacuzzi and comfortable loungers lie on the sun deck, perfect for watching the marine life and islands during navigations or warming up after a chilly snorkelling session. Attention to detail is high throughout, and the addition of an on board cruise director to the team of naturalist guides and a full crew make for a seamless sailing experience. Snorkelling equipment and kayaks are available to use during the trip.

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Infinity £££££

A 161-foot-long vessel that first set sail in 2018, Infinity is a contemporary 20-passenger vessel that was purpose-built to cruise around the Galapagos Islands. Accommodation is comprised of two suites and eight cabins, each with private balconies and panoramic floor to ceiling windows that allow for plenty of natural light and heaps of marine life-viewing opportunities during navigations. Social areas are plentiful and spacious with both internal and external dining areas, a lounge and a large sundeck with sun loungers and a jacuzzi. Kayaks, snorkelling equipment, an underwater camera and wet suits are available to use during the journey.

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Once again, I would like to thank James for organising our trip. Our visit to Peru was perfect. Each of the expert guides in Peru made the whole thing run like clockwork, and I cannot thank all of you enough.

Destination: Peru
Travel Expert: James

John at Steppes has been excellent, brilliantly helpful, so knowledgeable and always happy to answer questions. He was brilliant at really listening to us in our first conversations, and tailored a trip that suited us perfectly.

Destination: Galapagos Islands
Travel Expert: John

Paul put together a spectacular trip through the highlights of Peru, and no detail was missed. His recommendations for acclimatising were particularly helpful, and something no one else I spoke to had mentioned.

Destination: Peru
Travel Expert: Paul

We would recommend Steppes for anyone travelling to the Galapagos Islands- they are lovely company to deal with from start to finish, and James not only listened but went out of his way to accommodate our requests. Thank you!

Destination: Galapagos Islands
Travel Expert: James

What a wonderful trip. I especially enjoyed snorkelling with playful sea lions, swimming with penguins, seeing a huge manta ray and spotting the occasional shark.

Destination: Galapagos Islands
Travel Expert: Roxy

Roxy was excellent at knowing what we needed from our family trip to the Galapagos Islands. Despite booking it with little time to spare, everything was seamlessly arranged with very little effort from us.

Destination: Galapagos Islands
Travel Expert: Roxy

A note on price

Prices will vary depending on the time of year you are travelling. Prices do not include international flights. Please ask one of our Travel Experts for an accurate quote. Flights purchased through Steppes Travel departing from the UK are ATOL protected.

This Itinerary
Price
From £4,400 Per person

When to travel

Peru in January

January begins the rainy season in the Andes and the Amazon as they reach the summer months. Along the coast, this can be one of the best times to visit, although it is a hotspot for locals.

Peru in February

As the rains continue, February can be a good time to avoid crowds. While Machu Picchu remains open, trekking in this area is a challenge as the Inca Trail closes for the month. Heavy rains in the Amazon increase water levels on the river, making wildlife viewing slightly more challenging however it does allow you to adventure into areas otherwise not reachable by boat in other months of the year.

Peru in March

March can be a good time to visit Peru. As the rainy season draws to the end, the coast will still be experiencing summer weather while inland you can expect rains. This can be one of the least crowded months for Machu Picchu and the local tourism on the beaches has subsided as children go back to school.

Peru in April

April is considered one of the best times to travel to Peru with pleasant temperatures and avoiding the busiest period. As there is still some rain, the landscape is vibrant.

Peru in May

As the dry season begins and winter sets in, temperatures are comfortable and the countryside is green with life from the rainy season.

Peru in June

June marks the start of the peak season in Peru. Skies are clear, making for picturesque sightseeing. As this is officially the start of winter, cooler temperatures are expected especially in the evenings.

Peru in July

July begins the peak travel season as international holidays open. With warm, sunny days and cooler evenings, this is also the peak time for trekking the mountainous landscapes of the Andes.

Peru in August

August continues the peak season throughout the country. With cooler evening temperatures, brings a morning fog in the Sacred Valley, which clears to blue skies by the afternoon. Expect dry, sunny weather in the Amazon during this time.

Peru in September

As spring draws in during the month of September, expect cloudy mornings which clear to blue skies in the afternoon. Showers become more likely as this is considered the shoulder season before the green season begins.

Peru in October

Temperatures begin to increase in October as summer approaches. As the dry season comes to an end, the chance of precipitation increases along with clouds.

Peru in November

Temperatures rise in November with rain increasing from the middle of the month. As a shoulder season, this can be a good time to travel to avoid crowding in Machu Picchu.

Peru in December

Weather in December sees increased temperatures as summer begins, along with the start to the rainy season. Rising water levels in the Amazon makes wildlife viewing slightly more challenging along the shores.

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