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Wonders of Peru & Galapagos

Duration
12 Days
Prices From:
AU$ 5,021

Explore two of South America’s most iconic destinations on this convenient 12-day vacation. Start your journey in Quito, where you’ll explore the colonial old town, before you connect to the Galapagos Islands to follow in the footsteps of Darwin. Finish off in Peru by exploring the capital of Lima and the Sacred Valley of the Incas, home to Machu Picchu.


This 12-day South American vacation takes you to Quito and the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador before exploring Lima and the Sacred Valley of the Incas in Peru. It features first-class and moderate accommodations, shared tours, and is an ideal pairing of some of South America’s most popular destinations.

Your journey begins in Quito, the capital of Ecuador and one of South America’s historical capitals. While in Quito, you’ll have a chance to explore some of its colonial heritage on a city tour that takes you from the narrow streets of the colonial town, home to the Government Palace and the traditional storefronts of La Ronda, to Panecillo, the hill in the city’s south that is crowned by the statue of Our Lady of the Panecillo.

After getting a taste for mainland Ecuador, you’ll board a flight to the Galapagos Islands. After landing on Baltra, you’ll connect to your camp in the Santa Cruz highlands, where you’ll share the hillside with giant tortoises and enjoy stunning views of the colourful sunsets off the island. While in the Galapagos Islands, you’ll spend a few days following in Darwin's footsteps and exploring the biodiverse playground full of blue-footed boobies, inquisitive sea lions, and centuries old giant tortoises. One day, go sightseeing on a motor yacht, snorkelling through the waters and visiting Santa Fe Island, home to land iguanas that feed off the island’s prickly pear cactuses. The next day, explore La Loberia, named after its sea lion colony, and venture through the Untel del Amor, where you can share the waters with white-tipped reef sharks. You’ll also have time to hang out in the village of Puerto Ayora, visit Tortuga Bay, or learn about animal conservation at the Charles Darwin Research Station.

From Baltra, fly back to the mainland and connect to Lima, the capital of Peru and South America’s gastronomical capital. You’ll have a day to explore the city, starting in the cosmopolitan districts of Miraflores and San Isidro, where you’ll see a pre-Inca pyramid and enjoy the views off the coastal cliffs. Continue to Lima District, where you’ll explore Peru’s colonial history at the Presidential Palace and Archbishop’s Palace.

From Lima, fly to Cusco in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, where you’ll have the rest of the day at leisure to acclimate to the high altitude. The next day, descend into the valley to visit the PARWA Center in Chinchero, explore the town’s Inca ruins, admire the views from Racchi Viewpoint, and summit the fortress of Ollantaytambo. From Ollantaytambo, you’ll ride the train to Aguas Calientes, located at the foot of Machu Picchu Mountain. Spend the night and rise early the next day to ride the bus up the mountain to visit Macchu Picchu, the Lost Citadel of the Incas for yourself. Tour the mountaintop Incan ruins and learn about the history of this lost settlement that wasn’t discovered by the broader world until 1911. After soaking in the magic of this historic location, you’ll descend the mountain, ride the train to Ollantaytambo, and then connect back to Cusco. In Cusco, you’ll have another day to explore the former capital of the Inca Empire. Visit some of the colonial churches around the Plaza de Armas and hike up the fortress ruins of Sacsayhuaman, which overlook the entire city.

At the end of your stay, you’ll head to the airport to connect to your onward destination.


 

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Duration
12 Days
Prices From:
AU$ 5,021

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Day 1

Quito Airport to Hotel

Duration1 Hour

Casa Aliso

Casa Aliso is one of the best boutique hotels in Ecuador; full of personality and character and defined by its unique design, decor and ambiance. Delightfully secluded, Casa Aliso is well known to experienced travellers who want to be close to everything, but desire a quieter, more refined atmosphere. True hospitality is discreet and is expressed on a daily basis by a myriad of small gestures.

Meal Plan Buffet Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
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Casa Aliso

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    Casa Aliso



    Casa Aliso is one of the best boutique hotels in Ecuador; full of personality and character and defined by its unique design, decor and ambiance. Delightfully secluded, Casa Aliso is well known to experienced travellers who want to be close to everything, but desire a …

    Casa Aliso is one of the best boutique hotels in Ecuador; full of personality and character and defined by its unique design, decor and ambiance. Delightfully secluded, Casa Aliso is well known to experienced travellers who want to be close to everything, but desire a quieter, more refined atmosphere. True hospitality is discreet and is expressed on a daily basis by a myriad of small gestures.

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    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service

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Day 2

Quito City Tour

The place to start exploring Ecuador is Colonial Quito: a city of narrow cobblestone streets lined with whitewashed walls and, rising above, the steeples and cupolas of the city's many spectacularly decorated historic churches. The city has one of the best preserved colonial centers in all South America, and its integrity was assured in 1978 when the United Nations declared Quito a World Cultural Heritage site.

Morning visit to colonial Quito. We will walk through the Main Plaza, where you will see the Government Palace, La Compania, and some of the most important churches built around the XVI and XVII centuries, including the San Francisco Monastery which was started 5 days after the founding of the city in 1534. Then we will visit the city's famous La Ronda street, where we will learn about traditional work in Colonial Quito.

For our last stop, we will also be visiting the 'Panecillo', the hill that dominates the South of the city, and where we will be able to admire the famous statue of Our Lady of the Panecillo and enjoy spectacular views of Quito.

Duration4 Hours
Day 3

Quito Hotel to Airport

Duration1 Hour

Quito to Santa Cruz Island

After breakfast, transfer to the airport to take flight to Galapagos.
Today you arrive on Baltra Island, the gateway to the Galapagos. This tiny island was a military base during the Second World War and hosts the Islands' principal airport. The airport was built using the most advanced environmental techniques to reduce emissions and energy use, some of which you'll notice as you transit through the facility. It was the first ecological airport in the world. Ferry to Santa Cruz Island.
Afterwards drive to our exclusive giant tortoise reserve where our tented camp is located. Perched high on a hillside overlooking the ocean, Magic Galapagos Tented Camp will be our home for the night. The sounds of nature will be our lullaby in the evenings, and the Milky Way will be our night-light. You'll be able to feast your eyes on the mountains and forest surrounding the lodge, and enjoy the peace of having the entire hillside to ourselves, with the exception of seasonal resident giant tortoises.

Watching the colorful sunset from Magic's western perch is the perfect segue into evening. Dinners are scrumptious three course affairs, prepared by expert chefs in an open-air kitchen in the main lodge. A favorite post-dinner activity is a short walk to the natural lava tubes on the reserve for a nightcap in the one-of-a-kind 'Lava Lounge!' It's the perfect spot to relax around the fire and share stories from the day's adventures.

Duration1 Night
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Galapagos Magic Tented Camp

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    Magic Galapagos (also known as Galapagos Magic) is a tented camp set in a private reserve in the highlands of Santa Cruz. It's quite usual to see giant tortoises roam through the grounds of the camp, and it's a pleasure to share this peaceful location …

    Magic Galapagos (also known as Galapagos Magic) is a tented camp set in a private reserve in the highlands of Santa Cruz. It's quite usual to see giant tortoises roam through the grounds of the camp, and it's a pleasure to share this peaceful location with them. After a day out exploring it's a treat to return here, take in a glorious sunset, enjoy a drink by the campfire and then sit down to a superb three course dinner. The 'lava lounge', formed out of natural lava tubes, is the ideal place to round off the day, chatting to other guests and sipping a nightcap.

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Day 4

Santa Cruz Island

Today enjoy a day of sightseeing on a motor yacht (You will be joining other Globetrotters).
Enjoy a day of discovery with a welcoming crew and a knowledgeable naturalist guide, and experience the remote islands in comfort and style. You will experience the Galapagos Islands in a safe and comfortable style. This full-day excursion includes snorkelling and swimming opportunities.

You will visit Santa Fe Island, where you'll have the chance to admire and experience unique biodiversity. The journey will take place among extraordinary landscapes that combine sparkling turquoise waters and white sand. You'll have the opportunity to see wildlife in its natural state - including the chance to see one of the largest sea lion colonies in the Galapagos.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
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Hotel Fiesta

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    Hotel Fiesta



    Fiesta is a concept of simple accommodation by nature, but concerned about the service and details that matter to the host. That is the culture of service, "Handmade" - the service is good and gives you everything you need. Impeccable cleanliness, simplicity and cordiality. Personalized …

    Fiesta is a concept of simple accommodation by nature, but concerned about the service and details that matter to the host. That is the culture of service, "Handmade" - the service is good and gives you everything you need. Impeccable cleanliness, simplicity and cordiality. Personalized attention. Tranquility at the break after hectic daily walks.

    This hotel is at an excellent location relative to the center of Puerto Ayora.

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    • Airport Shuttle Service
    • Bar/Lounge
    • Concierge
    • Free WiFi
    • Laundry Service
    • Outdoor Pool

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Day 5

Santa Cruz Island

This morning, enjoy a half-day Bay Exploration (You will be joining other Globetrotters).
Enjoy navigation to "La Loberia Island" named after a sea lion colony that inhabits there. This small island is a great place to snorkel in amongst sea turtles and a great variety of colourful fish, and for playing with the ever-friendly and curious sea lions.
Your next stop will be a hike to the "Tunel del Amor" (lover's tunnel) with a great viewpoint from where if lucky you can watch resting white-tip sharks. On the way back, you will visit Punta Estrada's dock, where you'll go on a walk to watch marine iguanas.
The rest of the day is at leisure. Or you can hang out at Puerto Ayora town, walk to Tortuga Bay or simply enjoy of the peacefulness.
The following are suggested activities you can consider (not included in the trip price): Charles Darwin Research Station and a visit to a local artisan.

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Day 6

Santa Cruz Island

After breakfast, you are transferred from your hotel in Puerto Ayora to Baltra's airport to take flight back to continent.

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Arrive Lima

Upon arrival in Lima, assistance and transfer to the hotel.

Duration2 Nights
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Arawi Miraflores Express Hotel

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    Arawi Miraflores Express Hotel



    Attractively located in the Miraflores district of Lima, Arawi Miraflores Express is situated 7 km from Museum of the Nation, 4.1 km from Los Delfines Beach and 10 km from Museum of the Santa Inquisicion. The 3-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with a private bathroom …

    Attractively located in the Miraflores district of Lima, Arawi Miraflores Express is situated 7 km from Museum of the Nation, 4.1 km from Los Delfines Beach and 10 km from Museum of the Santa Inquisicion. The 3-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with a private bathroom and free WiFi. The accommodation features a 24-hour front desk and a tour desk for guests.

    At the hotel rooms are equipped with a desk and a flat-screen TV.

    Arawi Miraflores Express offers a continental or buffet breakfast.

    Huaca Huallamarca is 5 km from the accommodation, while Las Nazarenas Church is 10 km from the property. The nearest airport is Jorge Chavez International, 19 km from Arawi Miraflores Express, and the property offers a paid airport shuttle service.

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Lima

A visit to the modern and colonial parts of the city of Lima the "City of Kings", starting in the districts of Miraflores and San Isidro. The road passes a Huaca or sacred pre-Inca site. There will then be a stop at Parque del Amor (Lovers Park) in Miraflores for its magnificent view over the Pacific Ocean. The tour also includes the Historic Centre based on the Main Square, where the Presidential Palace, the Archbishop's Palace, the Municipality of Lima and the Cathedral are located, as well as a visit to one of the largest colonial-era convents.

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Day 8

Lima to Cusco and Sacred Valley

After breakfast you are transferred to the airport for your flight to Cusco. Upon arrival you will be transferred to the Sacred Valley of the Incas which allows for acclimatization due its lower altitude compared to Cusco. The remainder of the day at leisure.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration1 Night
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La Hacienda Del Valle

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    La Hacienda Del Valle



    This charming hotel is set in landscaped gardens, 10 minutes away from Urubamba city and 15 minutes away from Ollantaytambo (train station to Machu Picchu) by car. All bungalows have a terrace and panoramic views of Valle Sagrado de los Incas hill. Hotel Hacienda serves …

    This charming hotel is set in landscaped gardens, 10 minutes away from Urubamba city and 15 minutes away from Ollantaytambo (train station to Machu Picchu) by car. All bungalows have a terrace and panoramic views of Valle Sagrado de los Incas hill. Hotel Hacienda serves a rich buffet breakfast prepared with seasonal ingredients. The restaurant also serves authentic local cuisine throughout the day.

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    • Airport Shuttle Service
    • Bar
    • Free Parking
    • Free WiFi
    • Garden
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Sundeck
    • Terrace

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Day 9

Sacred Valley to Aguas Calientes

You will head to Chinchero to visit the PARWA Center, where you can appreciate beautiful textiles and even buy some to take home. After, visit the Chinchero church, which was built by the Spanish in 1607 and remains standing until today. Continue with a visit to the ruins of Chinchero, where you will find an important Inca center in which terraces and aqueducts were built. Then, you will stop at the Racchi Viewpoint, from where you will have a panoramic view of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant. Afterwards, you will head towards the town of Ollantaytambo, where you will find the imposing Inca fortress that bears the same name. This place is of great historical importance, because it is where Manco Inca defeated the Spanish forces in 1538. Then, you will descend to the town of Ollantaytambo which stands out for still maintaining the Inca urban planning as part of his original urban layout, with some buildings and narrow stone alleys. You can tour the town and visit the local market.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Duration1 Night
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El Mapi by Inkaterra

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    El Mapi by Inkaterra



    El Mapi by Inkaterra is located right at the foot of the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu and just across from the train station for Cusco/Machu Picchu train. This is a very reasonably priced hotel for Machu Picchu with full amenities. While the ruins may …

    El Mapi by Inkaterra is located right at the foot of the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu and just across from the train station for Cusco/Machu Picchu train. This is a very reasonably priced hotel for Machu Picchu with full amenities. While the ruins may be ancient this hotel has all the modern comforts.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
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Day 10

Machu Picchu and return to Cusco

Awaiting you today is by far and away one of the high points in world travel - Machu Picchu!
After breakfast you board a bus that takes you to the actual Machu Picchu archaeological site. You will definitely have an experience you will never forget. The tour includes every nook and cranny of this New Seven Wonders of the World and UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. You then return to Aguas Calientes for lunch at a local restaurant and, later on, board the train for the return trip to Cusco; you will stop at the Poroy Station and be picked up and driven to your hotel.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Duration2 Nights
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Royal Inka II Hotel

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    Royal Inka II Hotel



    The Royal Inka II Hotel is located on Santa Teresa Street N. 335, practically in the heart of Cusco City and close to many attractions that Cusco can offer: churches, museums, the Main Square, and other sites of interest. Our modern rooms, decorated with a …

    The Royal Inka II Hotel is located on Santa Teresa Street N. 335, practically in the heart of Cusco City and close to many attractions that Cusco can offer: churches, museums, the Main Square, and other sites of interest. Our modern rooms, decorated with a unique style and taste, offer you the comfort and quality that only the best hotels in our category can offer their clients.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • Spa
    • WiFi

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Day 11

Cusco

Day at leisure to explore the city on your own.

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Day 12

Onward Travels

At the scheduled time, transfer to the airport to board your next flight.

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DEPARTURES:

2021: Jan 4 ;Feb 8; Mar 8; Apr 5; May 3, 24; Jun 7, 21; Jul 12; Aug 2; 30; Oct 4; Nov 15; Dec 6

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 10 nights accommodation
  • Private guided excursion of Quito
  • Small-Group tour in Galapagos and Peru
  • Local English speaking guides in each locality
  • Galapagos Tortoise Sanctuary, Santa Cruz, Santa Fe Islands
  • Lima, Sacred Valley, Cusco and Machu Picchu
  • Train to Machu Picchu
  • Return airfare Quito - Galapagos - Quito
  • Entrance and transportation fees
  • Meals as indicated
  • Local Medical Travel Assistance

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • International and regional flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tours listed as optional
  • Drinks and items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities

OTHER INFORMATION:

This is not a fully escorted tour. Local English guides are used in each different location.
This small group tour is guaranteed to depart with a minimum of 2 passengers. For your comfort, the maximum group size is capped at 6 travelers. We have enhanced our sanitization and safety protocols to encourage physical distancing. Full passport information is needed at the time of booking to confirm the rail tickets to Machu Picchu.  There is a baggage limit for the train to Machu Picchu of 1 bag or backpack with a maximum weight of 5kg / 11lbs

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please enquire. 

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