Ecuador And Peru Discovered

Overview

This luxury tour to Peru and the Galapagos includes two of South America’s most iconic attractions: the “lost” Inca citadel of Machu Picchu and the remote Galapagos Islands. Start your tour in Peru, where you will see all the mysteries of the Inca Empire during your tour of the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. Next, fly to Ecuador and embark on a luxury cruise around the Galapagos. Swim with seal pups in aquamarine waters, bask in the sun with marine iguanas and take in Galapagos sunsets from the comfort of your luxury yacht.


TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Visit the colonial mansion of Casa Aliaga, one of the oldest houses not just in Peru but also in the Americas as a whole.
  • Visit rural communities in the Sacred Valley towns of Pisac and Ollantaytambo.
  • Embark on a private city tour of Cusco.
  • Tour Machu Picchu with your very own expert guide who can explain all about the history, architecture and theories surrounding the site
  • Pet llamas, alpacas and other wool-producing Andean camelids at the Awanakancha Living Museum.
  • Delve into the rich history and colonial past of Quito, South America’s first declared UNESCO World Heritage Site.
    Island hop from aboard your luxury yacht while visiting the vibrant islands of the Galapagos, the former playground of Charles Darwin.
  • Face-to-face encounters with exotic wildlife such as Giant Tortoises, Blue-Footed Boobies, and Pink Iguanas, all throughout the Galapagos Islands!

Itinerary at a Glance

DAY 1
WELCOME TO PERU
  • Arrival in Lima
DAY 2
DISCOVER THE SACRED VALLEY
DAY 3
OLLANTAYTAMBO’S INCAN TREASURES
  • Hike in the Patacancha Valley to the ruins of Ollantaytambo
DAY 4
BIKING ADVENTURE TO INCA LABORATORIES
  • Private tours of Moray and Maras by bike
DAY 5
OVER THE HILLS TO MACHU PICCHU
  • Trekking the renowned Inca Trail
DAY 6
THE ANCIENT CITADEL
  • Private tour of Machu Picchu
DAY 7
EXPLORING THE IMPERIAL CITY OF CUSCO
  • Private Walking Tour of Cusco
DAY 8
ON TO ECUADOR
  • Fly from Cusco to Lima, then on to Ecuador
DAY 9
QUITO’S SECRETS
  • Private tour of colonial Quito. Visit the Equator!
DAY 10
WELCOME TO THE GALAPAGOS!
  • Transfer to airport, flight to Galapagos, start of island tour
DAY 11
ISABELA ISLAND
  • Flight from San Cristobal to Isabela, tour of Los Tuneles
DAY 12
ISABELA ISLAND
  • Sierra Negra Volcano and Tintoreras Island
DAY 13
SANTA CRUZ ISLAND
  • Boat to Santa Cruz; visit Los Gemelos and Tortuga Bay
DAY 14
BIDDING FAREWELL TO SOUTH AMERICA
  • Visit the Charles Darwin Research Center, fly to Quito and return home

Full Itinerary

DAY 1

WELCOME TO LIMA!

We will be waiting for you when your international flight arrives in Lima to take you to your airport hotel for a good night’s sleep.

Overnight in Lima
Meals included: None
DAY 2

DISCOVER THE SACRED VALLEY

This morning we will take you to the airport and ensure you are checked in for your morning flight to Cusco. Upon arrival at Cusco’s small Andean airport, then before the altitude begins to take effect, we will drive you out to the Sacred Valley, where you can gently acclimatize in lower environs.
Though it is not far from Cusco, the Sacred Valley feels much more laid-back and rural. We will stop off at the Awana Kancha Living Museum en route to learn about the timeless weaving techniques and to meet the Andean camelids, including alpacas and llamas.

Overnight in Sacred Valley
Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch
DAY 3

OLLANTAYTAMBO’S INCA TREASURES

Today, you will put on your walking shoes for a hike through the Patacancha Valley, whose billowing hillsides are covered with Inca-built agricultural terraces, irrigation canals and watchtowers.
First, we will drive up to the seldom-seen ruins of Pumamarca. Trek down the valley on a pre-Columbian trail, along irrigation canals used to water the terraced fields of Pallata. Enjoy lunch al-fresco amid the gorgeous valley scenery.
Next, you will enter the town of Ollantaytambo, a classic Inca valley village whose cobbled passageways retain original Inca features, including trickling street canals and Inca-style doors. Continue your private tour of Peru’s Sacred Valley at Ollantaytambo’s ruins. As you take in the view, your guide will show you the food storehouses where the Incas kept their grains.
At the end of the day, you will be dropped off back at your luxury hotel.

Overnight in Sacred Valley
Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch
DAY 4

BIKING ADVENTURE TO INCA LABORATORIES

After breakfast, head up to the highlands overlooking the Sacred Valley, with spectacular views of the mesmerizing mountain peaks.
First, point your bile in the direction of the Inca ruins at Moray. These ancient amphitheaters are thought to have been used as an agricultural testing ground, where the Incas could develop new farming techniques. Continue cycling to Maras to see the functioning saltpans, spread out on terraces covering an entire hillside are thousands of white pools, which are still harvested by local families who pass down ownership from generation to generation.
Cycle to the small town of Pichingoto. Here, you will hop off the saddle and travel by car back to your hotel.

Overnight in Sacred Valley
Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch
DAY 5

OVER THE HILLS TO MACHU PICCHU

This morning taking the train to Km 104 of the Inca Trail. Follow your guide along an uphill path to the ancient ruins of Wiñaywayna. Marvel at the strength and ingenuity of the Incas’ constructions. Rest your legs while you eat an al fresco lunch.
Hit the trail once more and walk for another two hours to reach the famous Sun Gate of Machu Picchu. The iconic stone portal is so called because the sun shines through the narrow stone passage here each day. Tourists flock to this entrance to see the iconic view of Machu Picchu below.
Think about the Incas who walked this path before you as you descend over the paving stones into the city itself. As you walk around the precision-cut stone constructions of this grandiose citadel, it is impossible to not be in awe at the sheer audacity of constructing a site like this is such an improbable location.
Later, your guide will take you back to your hotel In Aguas Calientes.

Overnight in Aguas Calientes
Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch
DAY 6

MACHU PICCHU ON YOUR OWN TERMS

Have breakfast at your hotel before meeting your guide for your visit to Machu Picchu. Your guide will give you a private tour of the ancient city and will accompany you on a climb to Huayna Picchu. After lunch at the Sanctuary Lodge, you can re-enter and explore Machu Picchu on your own.
At the end of the day, you will travel by train back to Cusco. We will meet you at the station upon arrival and escort you to your hotel.

Overnight in Cusco
Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch
DAY 7

EXPLORING THE IMPERIAL CITY OF CUSCO

Today explore Cusco during a private city tour. You guide will show you around, introducing you to the city’s appealing mix of Inca and colonial architecture. See all that remains of the ancient Inca temple of the sun. Learn about Cusco’s history prior to the arrival of the Spanish at the Pre-Columbian Art Museum. Get feel for 21st-century life in the city at the buzzy and bohemian San Blas neighborhood and shop for local products at the San Pedro open-air market.

Overnight in Cusco
Meals included: Breakfast
DAY 8

ON TO ECUADOR

Today you will leave the Inca heartland of Peru for Ecuador’s stunning capital, Quito. You will be transferred to the airport in Cusco and will fly to Ecuador via Lima, before being transported to your luxury hotel there.

Overnight in Quito
Meals included: Breakfast
DAY 9

QUITO’S SECRETS

Today, you will delve into Ecuador’s thriving capital. During your private guided tour, you’ll discover its main plaza where a number of grand stately buildings, including the Government Plaza, Quito Cathedral and several key 16th and 17th-century churches. After you have worked up an appetite pounding the cobbled pavements, your guide will take you to one of the finest restaurants in town to feast on traditional Ecuadorean cuisine.
Just 30 minutes north of Quito is the ‘Middle of the World’ monument, which was designed to honor the Equator. Except the people who built, it got their calculations wrong; the true Equator is actually a few hundred feet north.
After that, you will escape the urban environs of Quito and hide away in to the cloud forest of Mindo, where you will spend the night in peaceful surroundings.

Overnight in Quito
Meals included: Breakfast
DAY 10

WELCOME TO THE GALAPAGOS!

Today you’ll begin you tour to the famous Galapagos Islands, flying from Quito out to San Cristobal.
After lunch, it is out to Darwin Bay – where Galapagos champion Darwin’s first set foot on the islands – for swimming and snorkeling.

Overnight in Cruise
Meals included: Breakfast
DAY 11

ISABELA ISLAND

Return to the airport on San Cristobal for your flight to Isabela Island. After settling into your hotel, take a tour to Los Túneles, a maze-like series of arches and tunnels formed over many years as the waves eroded the lava rock. Later, return to the hotel for dinner

Overnight in Cruise
Meals included: Breakfast
DAY 11

ISABELA ISLAND

This morning start with a trip to the Sierra Negra Volcano at the southern end of the island. Hike along the rim of one of the most impressive and active volcanoes in the region. Therefore, active, in fact, that you will likely find yourself trekking across ‘fresh’ lava field, which were only recently formed. After lunch, step aboard a boat for a short trip over to Tintoreras Island, a small but beautiful islet just off the coast of Isabela. Go snorkeling or swimming in the clear waters and wait for the endemic Galapagos penguin, white tipped sharks and baby iguanas to show their faces.

Overnight in Cruise
Meals included: Breakfast
DAY 13

SANTA CRUZ ISLAND

Today begins with 2.5-hour boat trip to the Island of Santa Cruz. Upon arrival, we will head to the highlands to look for the famous Galapagos giant tortoise. Then we will peer inside the twin sinkholes of Los Gemelos.
Spend the afternoon on the baby-soft sands of the heavenly Tortuga Bay. The gorgeous setting is only outdone by the wildlife; fearless sea lions and marine iguanas often join humans here for a spot of sunbathing. Later, you will check into your luxury hotel for the last night of your private tour of the Galapagos Islands.

Overnight in Cruise
Meals included: Breakfast
DAY 14

BIDDING FAREWELL TO SOUTH AMERICA

Your final Galapagos stop-over will be at the Charles Darwin Research Center, where you can learn about the research and conservation work taking place here and see endangered tortoise species, which are safely in the center and later returned into the wild in an effort to increasing the islands’ tortoise population.
Afterward, you will be taken to the airport for your flight to Quito. Your host will help you check in for your international flight.

Meals included: Breakfast

INCLUDED

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN YOUR ITINERARY

  • Personalized itinerary planning: Work with a CuscoPeru Travel Designer to create the trip of your dreams.
  • CuscoPeru Travel hosts take the hassle out of traveling. They will be there to assist you – whether with luggage, check in, transport or translating – at every destination during your private tour of South America.
  • Got a question or query? CuscoPeru Travel operates a 24-hour, seven day a week customer service operation and can provide updates and assistance whenever you need it.
  • With CuscoPeru Travel, you will never be bundled in with big groups; each visit, activity, tour and experience will be completely private and conducted by your very own expert, English-speaking guide.
  • Our private tours of South America are fully flexible, which means we can modify them to suit your travel mood. So if you want to cut an activity or add on a new one, just say the word!
  • All necessary adventure and trekking equipment will be provided so all you need bring is yourself.

COST

All our tours are based on private luxury service and can be fully customized to satisfy your personal needs and preferences. Please do not hesitate to contact us at contact@cuscoperu.travel and receive full assistance planning your customized private tour in Peru.
Our prices often vary based on the requirements of your trip, and will depend on number of travellers, length of time, type of accommodation, etc.


The price will be based on final accommodation choices, travel dates, and other custom preferences.

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