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Peru, Ecuador and Galapagos Holiday

Cusco, Machu Picchu, Quito and the Galapagos Islands

13 days

from £4,385pp (excluding flights)

This holiday encompasses just some of the highlights on offer in Peru, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, perfect for the first time visitor.

  • Discover one of the new Seven Wonders of the World - Machu Picchu in Peru
  • Explore the colourful and charming traditional markets of Pisac, and barter for a bargain
  • Sail around the idyllic and unique islands which make up the Galapagos Archipelago. Come eye to eye with the fearless animals - so abundant, watch you don’t step on one

Cusco, Peru

Peru is a great starting point for an introduction to South America, filled with diverse landscapes, fantastic wildlife and a deep seated traditional culture. Begin in Cusco, the former Incan capital of Peru and discover the interesting history by wandering through it streets. Take time to notice the mystery of many of the stone walls - it is still much debated as to how they were constructed.

Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu, Peru

The Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu make for an excellent next stop from Cusco. They offer the chance to explore the heart and soul of the Incan society, marvel at how they transformed the landscape, terracing the land to create unique micro climates. Machu Picchu has deservedly become one of the new Seven Wonders of the World, a whole city built on a mountain top. Overnight at a hotel nearby and get up early to watch sunrise over the ruins.

Quito, Ecuador

Fly north to Quito in Ecuador for the beginning of a journey to the Galapagos Islands. A UNESCO capital city, Quito can charm you with its cobbled streets leading you to the wonderful colonial architecture which gives the great character to the Old Town.

Galapagos Islands by boat

Fly to the Galapagos and it is here that you will see the true abundance and wealth of wildlife these fascinating islands and waters are home to. Travel by boat around  a selection of islands. Hike along the trails with your guide to learn more about the geology of the land and the creatures which have evolved to survive there. With no large land predators on the islands the creatures there have no fear of humans which means you can experience unforgettable up close encounters with them.

For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

Price Excluding Flights £Flight cost from 
£ 4385 £ 1100
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what is included

  • Full board meals on the boat
  • Accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis on land
  • Internal flights
  • International flights as detailed
  • Sightseeing as per the itinerary
  • Transfers as detailed

what is excluded

  • Galapagos National Park fees
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas

PLEASE NOTE THE COST SHOWN INCLUDES INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS DEPARTING FROM THE UK, BASED ON AN APPROXIMATE AIR FARE. PLEASE ASK YOUR TRAVEL EXPERT FOR AN ACCURATE INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT QUOTE. INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS DEPARTING FROM THE UK ARE ATOL PROTECTED.

Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Fly London to Madrid

Fly Madrid to Lima overnight

Day 2

Fly Lima to Cusco


Cusco, the ancient capital of the Incas, was founded around 1100 AD. It is a beautiful city of Spanish and Inca influences with endless colonial sights to see including churches, monasteries and convents interspersed with Inca foundations, walls, doorways, and arches. Cusco is a major town, and is one of the cultural centres of Peru.


You will be staying at Casa San Blas Hotel, Bed & Breakfast

Day 3

Half Day Tour of the City and nearby Ruins
The Cusco city tour includes a visit to the cathedral, considered the best repository of colonial art from the Cusco school. Continue the circuit to Qoricancha ("court of gold", also known as the temple of the sun), the religious and political centre of Cusco during the Inca era. Just outside the city is Sacsayhuaman ("speckled falcon"), the fortress above Cusco whose precise zigzags of massive stone remain unmoved by the centuries. This is the centre of the ceremonies for the famous Inti Raymi festival. Continuing away from the city, visit the labyrinthine ruins of Qenqo ("zigzag"), Puca Pucara (Red Fortress) and Tambomachay ("cavern lodge") where fountains built by the Incas capture the waters of a natural spring.


You will be staying at Casa San Blas Hotel, Bed & Breakfast

Day 4

Full Day Sacred Valley Tour
A guided visit to the Sacred Valley following the beautiful Urubamba River. Explore the pretty town of Pisac, including the traditional market. There is a market everyday but the main markets take place on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.

The surrounding valleys are covered in Inca terracing, where the locals farm potatoes and maize and transport the goods by llama. After lunch at a local restaurant, continue to the impressive Inca ruins at Ollantaytambo, climb to the top of the ruins for a great view and admire the intricate stone work and Inca canchas (blocks) where no mortar is used.

This excursion is on a shared basis.


You will be staying at Pakaritampu Hotel, Bed & Breakfast

Day 5

Vistadome Train from Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu


Travel by Vistadome train from Ollantaytambo station to Machu Picchu, a journey of one hour 40 minutes. The vistadome has large picture windows to admire the dramatic scenery and enjoy views of the valley as it narrows alongside the Urubamba River.

Please note there are strict luggage guidelines of one piece of luggage i.e. a rucksack weighing no more than 5 kg and not exceeding overall dimensions of 157 cm. Arrangements can be made in advance for excess luggage to be left at your previous night's hotel and transferred to your return hotel in Cusco.


Half Day Tour of Machu Picchu
Upon arrival at Aguas Calientes meet the guide, your overnight bag will be transferred to the hotel. From the centre of Aguas Calientes a twenty minute bus ride will take you up the mountainside to reach the magnificent citadel of Machu Picchu, where you will have a guided tour of the ruins. Morning and afternoon permits are being issued to visitors, with morning entries being between 6am and 12pm and afternoon from 12pm to 5.30pm. From the time you enter you are able to explore with a guide for up to a maximum of four hours. Lunch is included (buffet style) and will be served at the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge.

Machu Picchu, the incredible Inca citadel perched high above the cloud forest is quite simply astonishing. A UNESCO World Heritage site, it is incredibly well-preserved and intricate Inca stonework abounds.

Indisputably a wonder of the world it is an almost unfathomable achievement of human culture and architecture and the very definition of 'must see'. The site was discovered in 1911 by Hiram Bingham and is perched at an altitude of 2,380 metres in beautiful tropical cloud forest.


You will be staying at El MaPi, Bed & Breakfast

Day 6

Half Day Tour of Machu Picchu
Upon arrival at Aguas Calientes meet the guide, your overnight bag will be transferred to the hotel. From the centre of Aguas Calientes a twenty minute bus ride will take you up the mountainside to reach the magnificent citadel of Machu Picchu, where you will have a guided tour of the ruins. Morning and afternoon permits are being issued to visitors, with morning entries being between 6am and 12pm and afternoon from 12pm to 5.30pm. From the time you enter you are able to explore with a guide for up to a maximum of four hours. Lunch is included (buffet style) and will be served at the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge.

Vistadome Train from Machu Picchu to Cusco


Mid afternoon depart on the Vistadome train service to Cusco, a journey of three hours 50 minutes. Disembark the train at Poroy station and travel 20 minutes by road to Cusco.


You will be staying at Casa San Blas Hotel, Bed & Breakfast

Day 7

Fly Cusco to Lima

Fly Lima to Quito


With Pichincha Volcano one side, Machangara Gorge on the other and the equator passing directly through, few can rival Quito's setting. Few also can match the splendour of its old town, with its colonial churches, mansions and plazas.

Quito was named as the first World Cultural Heritage Site in the world by UNESCO in 1978. This historical city sits at 2,850 metres and has the largest and best preserved historic centre and colonial quarters in Latin America.


You will be staying at La Casona de la Ronda, Bed & Breakfast

Day 8

Fly Quito to San Cristobal


San Cristobal Island
Transfer to the port and embark the ship. After lunch, head into Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, capital of the Galapagos Islands. Visit the Interpretation Centre, which explains the natural history of the Galapagos. Learn about the archipelago's fragile ecosystem and the conservation efforts currently underway.

It was Charles Darwin's 1835 exploration of the Galapagos Islands, whilst serving as a naturalist on HMS Beagle, and his subsequent 1859 publication On the Origin of Species by Natural Selection that first brought the world's attention to these fascinating islands.

Today the Galapagos remain a living laboratory of evolution where birds and animals have no fear of man. Blue-footed boobies, flightless cormorants, land and marine iguanas and giant tortoises roam freely and for anyone with an interest in natural history, wildlife and ecology, a visit to these islands is an unforgettable experience.

Located some 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador in the Pacific Ocean, the archipelago is now a National Park and has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. There are 13 islands (isles) in total and dozens of smaller islets and rocks - all the result of volcanic activity with exotic plant life, unique wildlife species and an extraordinary landscape fringed with blue sea.


You will be staying at Seaman Journey, Full board

Day 9

San Cristobal Island
In the morning, continue to the Cerro Colorado Tortoise Reserve; learn about the National Park's conservation programs and the process of assisted reproduction that is so vital to maintaining the population. Look out for mockingbirds, yellow warblers and Galapagos flycatchers.

After lunch, land at Cerro Brujo, which is located on the northern coast of San Cristobal Island. This eroding volcanic peak towers over a golden beach, which offers fantastic swimming and snorkelling. Home to numerous sea lions, this stretch of coast is said to be where Charles Darwin first stepped ashore. Visit a lagoon that is packed with migratory bird species, including black-necked stilts, ruddy turnstones, whimbrels and white-cheeked pintails.


You will be staying at Seaman Journey, Full board

Day 10

Española Island
Land at Gardner Bay's beautiful white coral beach. Explore the shoreline, looking out for Galapagos hawks, American oystercatchers, yellow warblers, lava lizards, marine iguanas and Darwin's finches. Afterwards, have the chance to swim, kayak and snorkel with sea lion pups from the bay's bustling sea lion colony.

In the afternoon, sail to Suarez Point, on Espanola Island. Step ashore and explore this geologically intriguing island - one of the oldest in the archipelago. Hike across the rocky landscape, up towards the nesting sites of Nazca and blue-footed boobies. Along the way, look out for iguanas, lava lizards, waved albatrosses and Galapagos doves. Also, watch out for the island's famous Soplador blowhole that can send water more than 20 metres into the air.


You will be staying at Seaman Journey, Full board

Day 11

Floreana Island
Cruise on to Floreana Island and land at Cormorant Point, which is a fantastic spot for birdwatching and features a large lagoon, containing everything from flamingos to pintail ducks. Nearby, lies the curious 'Green Beach', which gets its colour from the high percentage of olivine crystals in the sand.

In the afternoon, land at Post Office Bay. This unusual name comes from the placing of a wooden barrel on the island, for use as an unofficial mail box, in the 18th century. The tradition continues today, with visitors leaving addressed postcards in the barrel and sorting through left mail to deliver at home. Later, hike up to Baroness View Point for spectacular views of the coastline.


You will be staying at Seaman Journey, Full board

Day 12

Santa Cruz Island
Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station, which is home to tortoises ranging from tiny hatchlings to one-metre-long adults. The station runs a giant tortoise breeding program as part of its efforts to preserve this fragile ecosystem. It was home to the famous Lonesome George, for many decades regarded as the rarest creature in the world. Afterwards, transfer to the airport.

Fly Baltra to Guayaquil

Fly Guayaquil to Madrid overnight

Fly Madrid to London

Accommodation

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

El MaPi

El MaPi

El MaPi Hotel is located in the village of Machu Picchu Pueblo (formerly Aguas Calientes), a short distance from the train station and from where the buses leave for the archaeological site of Machu Picchu....

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Pakaritampu Hotel

Pakaritampu Hotel

Hotel Pakaritampu is in the heart of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, surrounded by views of the surrounding valleys....

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Casa San Blas Hotel

Casa San Blas Hotel

Casa San Blas Hotel is situated on a narrow cobbled side street in the historic artisan quarter of Cusco....

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La Casona de la Ronda

La Casona de la Ronda

Situated on one of Quito's most traditional streets, La Casona de la Ronda Hotel has been wonderfully restored maintained its original colour, stone walls and keeping the traditional character of the mansion alive....

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Seaman Journey

Seaman Journey

The Seaman Journey is a comfortable 28 metre motorised catamaran which is surprisingly spacious and provides excellent value for money....

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