A Journey Through Peru & The Galapagos

Overview

This luxury tour of Ecuador & Peru shows the splendors of two beautiful Andean countries. The fun gets starts in Ecuador’s lively capital, Quito. Wander the streets, before jumping between the hemispheres at Quito’s Equatorial line. Next, you will embark on a luxury cruise to the remote Galapagos Islands, whose unique wildlife are among the most interesting on the planet. Then head south to explore Cusco’s cobblestone streets, accelerate the pace during Sacred Valley adventuring and contemplate the majesty of Machu Picchu’s spectacular ancient ruins. Having seen the wonders – both the natural and man-made – of Peru and Ecuador, you will be well and truly in love with South America.


TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Quito’s rich colonial past in the city’s historical core.
  • Hunt for a bargain at Otavalo, the setting of South America’s oldest, most famous market.
  • Travel by luxury yacht between the Galapagos Islands.
  • Immerse yourself in local life with visits to remote Andean villages that are, for most tourists, unchartered territory.
  • Visit rural communities in the Sacred Valley towns of Pisac and Ollantaytambo.
  • Ride in 1920s’ style aboard the luxurious Hiram Bingham Train to Machu Picchu.
  • Scale the ancient stone stairway up Machu Picchu’s neighboring peak, Huayna Picchu.
  • Explore the “lost city” of Machu Picchu with a knowledgeable guide.
  • See the Inca constructions at Sacsayhuaman, Qoricancha and Q’enqo during a private tour of the fascinating imperial city of Cusco.

Itinerary at a Glance

DAY 1
WELCOME TO ECUADOR
DAY 2
QUITO’S HIDDEN SECRETS
DAY 3
ON THE GALÁPAGOS ISLANDS
DAY 4
CRUISING THE GALÁPAGOS
DAY 5
CRUISING THE GALÁPAGOS
DAY 6
RETURN TO QUITO
DAY 7
EXPLORING THE CITY OF KINGS
DAY 8
OVER THE ANDES TO THE SACRED VALLEY
DAY 9
CLIMBING TO THE HEIGHTS OF THE SACRED VALLEY AND TOWARD MACHU PICCHU
DAY 10
THE LOST CITY OF THE INCAS
DAY 11
EXPLORING THE IMPERIAL CITY
DAY 12
THE PATH LESS-TRAVELED TO HUCHUY Q’OSQO
DAY 13
BIDDING FAREWELL TO PERU

Full Itinerary

DAY 1

WELCOME TO ECUADOR

A warm welcome after a long flight and that is just what you will get from CuscoPeru Travel when you touch down in Quito. Your CuscoPeru Travel representative will be easy to identify. After introductions, you will be transferred to your hotel where you can freshen up after your long flight.

Overnight in Quito
Meals included: None
DAY 2

QUITO’S HIDDEN SECRETS

After breakfast at the hotel, take a private tour of Quito, a charming and wonderfully preserved colonial-style city set high up on a volcano slope amid sky-scraping Andean peaks. During your private tour, you will see its historic central square, its magnificent bleached-white cathedral as well as a few specimens from the city’s collection of 50 plus churches.
In the afternoon, the sightseeing continues as you pay a visit to the Equator. The Equator Line, or Mitad del Mundo, is marked by a monument and is located just 30 minutes north of Quito. If you still have time, you can browse the collections of some of the cities most worthy museums.

Overnight in Quito
Meals included: Breakfast
DAY 3

ON TO THE GALAPAGOS ISLAND

After an early breakfast, you will transfer to the airport for your flight out to the Galapagos Islands. You will be met at San Cristobal (the easternmost of the Galapagos Isles) by a CuscoPeru Travel representative who will escort you to the dock where you will board the boat for a luxury tour of the Galapagos Islands. The adventure begins almost straight away as the cruise vessel skirts around Leon Dormido. Although there is nowhere to land at Leon Dormido, kayaking and scuba diving allows travelers to get closer to the marine life here.

Overnight on Cruise
Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch
DAY 4

CRUISING THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

In the morning, your luxury vessel will be on the shores of Española Island, one of the older Islands in the archipelago. You will disembark and head for Suarez Point, one of the prime places to spot blue-footed boobies, identifiable – as their name implies – by their bright-colored webbed feet, as well as the more understated Nazca boobies. Albatrosses, best known for their monumental wingspan, often use the cliffs here as a launch pad for flight. The real draw to Suarez Point, however, is the photogenic blowhole, which – almost like a natural fountain – shoots water high up into the air.
In the afternoon, you will make your way to Gardner Bay on the eastern side of the island. Another favorite albatross hangout, the feathered giants flock here to breed joining the myriad of sea lions who rendezvous on its rocky shore. The last destination for the day is Osborn Islet, where strolls across the white-sand beach and swim with sea lion pups top the agenda for visitors.
Return to your cruise ship late in the afternoon and enjoy a delicious dinner on board.

Overnight on Cruise
Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch
DAY 5

CRUISING THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

Today’s excursion will bring you to Cormorant Point on Floreana Island. Here, you will find large flamingo-filled lagoon, where other birds such as common stilts and white-cheeked Pintails can also be seen. Then you can check out the beaches on the island, whose names reflect their unique make-up. The sand of the Green Beach contains a high percentage of olivine crystals, while Four Sand Beach is composed of white coral. Try a spot of snorkeling and a dinghy ride to the shores of the small rocky outcrop known as Champion Islet, before returning to the yacht for lunch.
The afternoon activities get started with a trip to Post Office Bay, named after the wooden barrel here which was used by whaling ships as an unofficial post box. The last stop-off today is Baroness Viewpoint, which provides fantastic views over the island of Floreana and the ocean and connects to several easy trails.

Overnight on Cruise
Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch
DAY 6

RETURN TO QUITO

Sail to Santa Cruz and disembark for a short hike in its highlands, observing the hills, ferns, volcanoes, and rich wildlife of the region. This area is also home to giant tortoises, so keep an eye out for the slow-moving creatures.
After your morning hike, you will be brought to Baltra airport, where you’ll leave the Galapagos behind and travel to the Ecuadorian capital of Quito. Where you can rest before your trip to Lima in the morning.

Overnight in Quito
Meals included: Breakfast
DAY 7

EXPLORING THE CITY OF KINGS

In the morning, it is time for the Peruvian portion of your trip. Meet your CuscoPeru Travel representative at Lima airport – where you will be transferred to your luxury hotel in Mira Flores, where you will be able to drop your luggage off and freshen up.
You will have the rest of the day to explore Lima at your leisure. If you are feeling a little braver, venture into the colonial center where you can see the sights on Lima’s central Plaza de Armas and walk among the eerie bone sculptures of Lima’s Catacombs of the San Francisco Convent.

Overnight in Lima
Meals included: Breakfast
DAY 8

OVER THE ANDES TO THE SACRED VALLEY

Today begins with a short and scenic flight to Cusco. We will meet you as soon as you touch down and take you straight to the Cusco’s peaceful Sacred Valley. A real rural wonderland, this valley exudes a kind of stuck-in-time ambiance with lots of small weaving villages and farming hamlets.
Visit the town of Pisa to visit its awesome Inca ruins, which are precariously perched on an elevated plateau. With a private guide to explain the history of the sight, you can examine the original Inca constructions and marvel at the almost artistic execution of their agricultural terraces. Back in town, you will wander around the market, where vendors in traditional dress sell everything from embroidered textiles to artfully made ceramics.
Remember, your CuscoPeru Travel guide is there to help you, so if you see a particularly photogenic scene you are desperate to capture or just want to pause and enjoy the moment, just let them know and they will be happy to stop.

Overnight in Sacred Valley
Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch
DAY 9

CLIMBING TO THE HEIGHTS OF THE SACRED VALLEY AND TOWARD MACHU PICCHU

After breakfast, we will pick you up for the day’s adventure that is guaranteed to speed up the pulse: rock-climbing. A guide will give you a safety briefing, before you start to scale the 1,300-foot sheer cliff face via metal ladders and bridges. At the top, give yourself a moment to soak up the beauty of the Sacred Valley surroundings, before you send your pulse into overdrive once more as you fly down on six adrenaline-inducing zip lines, ranging from 492 feet to 1,640 feet in length.
After lunch, you will board the train for Aguas Calientes, where you will spend the night.

Overnight in Aguas Calientes
Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch
DAY 10

THE LOST CITY OF THE INCAS

Today you will see Machu Picchu! In the morning, you will travel by bus to the gates of this Inca wonder. Ascend the stone steps through a woodland canopy, before finally emerging at the cloud-swirled ancient city. You will then begin a private tour of Machu Picchu, during which you will get to admire the visually stunning landscape from every angle, ponder just how the Incas, without wheels, managed to construct a mountaintop citadel of this magnitude.
Upon conclusion of your tour, you will return to Aguas Calientes and in the afternoon catch the train to Ollantaytambo. Here we will pick you up from the station there and bring you to your hotel for the evening.

Overnight in Aguas Calientes
Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch
DAY 11

EXPLORING THE IMPERIAL CITY

Today is all yours to discover Cusco. You might want to sleep in and take a lazy day meandering around the city’s streets or you head out to discover more of the must-see sights. If you want something a little more cultural-focused, stop by the Casa Garcilaso Museum, which is devoted to the city’s colonial past or look for the Santo Domingo church, which is built on top of one of the most glorious Inca temples ever constructed: Qorikancha. If you are feeling extra energetic, you could even walk up to the Inca fortress of Sacsayhuamán and the nearby Cristo Blanco (White Christ) statue, which overlooks the city.

Overnight in Cusco
Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch
DAY 12

THE PATH LESS-TRAVELED TO HUCHUY Q’OSCO

Leave the city behind as you are transferred out just beyond the town of Chinchero for hike along a crowd-free uphill trail. Trek up to the highest pass for panoramic views of the Vilcanota mountains. After a rest and a snack, begin the descent to the remote ruins of Huchuy Q’osqo. You will see telltale signs of the Incas presence – both in the sweeping terraces and the jigsaw stonewalls – as you approach. It was believed to have been a refuge for an Inca emperor who fled Cusco during an attempted Wari invasion. Later, you will complete the final downhill section to Lamay in the Sacred Valley, where your car will be waiting to collect you and take you to your hotel for the evening.

Overnight in Cusco
Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch
DAY 13

BIDDING FAREWELL TO PERU

After a morning transfer to Cusco airport, you will fly to Lima, where your CuscoPeru Travel representative will meet you and take you to Miraflores. Here, you can squeeze in some last minute sightseeing and dining. When your time of departure nears, we will take to you Lima airport where we will wish you buen viaje for your flight home.

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.

Recommended Accommodations

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Take a look to our hotels and let us know if you’d like to include one or a few in to your next vacation.


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