Peru and Galapagos( 9 Days / 8 Nights )
This is our mainstay program, with an added excursion to the Galapagos, with its majestic beaches and charming wildlife. You will begin your journey by flying to Cusco, to begin the first portion of your trip, where youlive the Inca experience and explorethe impressive sites of Sacsayhuaman and other surrounding sites, such as Ollantaytambo in the Valley of the Incas, before reaching Machu Picchu citadel. Yyou will then flight to Ecuador and finally to Galapagos, in order to boar your cruise through theislands. Galapagos islandsare geologically young and famed for their vast number of endemic species, which were studied by Charles Darwin during the voyage of the Beagle. His observations and collections contributed to the inception of Darwin´s theory of evolution by natural selection.
Day 1: Arrival to Lima + Overnight in Lima
Day 2: Flight to Cusco + Afternoon City tour + Overnight in Cusco
Day 3: Sacred Valley Tour (with Lunch) + Overnight in Cusco
Day 4: Machu Picchu Tour + Overnight in Cusco
Day 5 Back to Lima and connect with flight to Ecuador + Overnight in Quito or Guayaquil
Day 6: Flight to Galapagos and Cruise Program (Wednesday to Saturday) Arrrive at San Cristobal + Puerto Baquerizo Moreno + Overnight at the Cruise
Day 7: Punta Suarez, Española Island in the morning, Gardner Bay Española Island in the afternoon + Overnight at the Cruise
Day 8: Charles Darwin Station at Puerto Ayora, San Cruz Island in the morning, Rabida Island in the afternoon + Overnight at the Cruise
Day 9: Bachas Beach at San Cruz Island in the morning + Flight back to Quito or Guayquil + Flight back home
DAY BY DAY ITINERARY Peru and Galapagos
Day 1: Arrival to Lima & Overnight in Lima
Upon your arrival to Lima, our representative will meet you at the airport and to take you to your hotel in Lima. * While in Lima, we highly recommend adding culinary activities such as cooking classes and tasting dinners in the best restaurants of Latin America, for more information check our website: taste-of-peru.com and ask our travel specialist for our culinary activities.
Day 2: Fly to Cusco, Afternoon City Tour & Overnight in Cusco (B)
You will be transferred to the airport for the short domestic flight to Cusco, the ancient capital of the Incas, located at 11,100 feet above sea level. You will be met upon arrival by one of our representatives. You will have the remainder of the morning to rest and freshen up. It’s best to take it easy this morning to let your body adjust to the altitude. Both lunch and dinner are on your own. After lunch, you will set out on grand tour of Cusco, the former capital of the once vast Incan Empire. We visit Cusco’s impressive Plaza de Armas and both the Spanish cathedral and Incan temple of the sun, Qoricancha. After this we visit the archeological site above the city that were considered an essential part of the ancient capital. We start from Sacsayhuaman, where Inti Raymi, the Festival of the Sun, is held during the Summer Solstice, Tambomachay, the Temple of the Sacred Waters, which is a marvel of hydraulic engineering and Q´enqo where we will see the remains of a ceremonial site used for fertility rites and for celebrations of the solstice and equinox. * An extra day in Cusco can be added upon request. Please let us know if you like us to add additional activities and meals.
NOTE: Some people prefer to go directly to the Sacred Valley upon arrival to the Cusco Airport. Please let us know if you prefer that to send you an updated itinerary.
Day 3: Sacred Valley of the Incas & Overnight in Cusco (B, L)
After breakfast we set out into the Urubamba Valley, also known as the Sacred Valley of the Incas. We will start our visit at Pisac Ruins,one of the most beautiful archeological site that combines a beautiful architectural structure with a stunning landscape. Pisac site is located on the highest hill of the city, on a dry and rocky surface. Then we will have some time to have lunch and recover energies to continue with the tour. Finally, we head deeper into the Sacred Valley and visit the Inca town of Ollantaytambo. At the end of the tour you will be transferred to the Ollanta train station to catch the train to the town of Aguas Calientes. According to Peru rail regulations you can only bring a 5 kilos-backpack on the train, so the rest of your luggage will be taken to your Hotel in Cusco. A hotel staff member will be waiting for you at the train station. *An extra overnight at the Sacred Valley can be added upon request, as well as additional activities and meals.
Day 4: Machu Picchu & Overnight in Cusco (B, S)
The day you have been waiting for! After breakfast, we catch the train to the town of Aguas Calientes and we will then continue by bus to the Machu Picchu citadel. This day you will enjoy a full tour of the lost city and have lunch on your own after the tour. In the afternoon we say farewell to Machu Picchu as we take the train to set out by Poroy station, where transportation will be waiting for you to bring you to Cusco. You will arrive at night at your Cusco hotel. * An overnight in Machu Picchu can be added upon request, as well as bus and entrance tickets for a second day at the citadel. Please let us know if you would like to add other activities and meals.
Day 5: Return Flight back to Lima, connecting flight to Ecuador & Overnight in Quito (B)
After breakfast at your hotel in Cusco, you will begin your trip back to Lima, in order to continue on the second portion of your excursion: Galapagos. You will be met by one of our representatives, who will transfer you to the airport in Cusco to take your short one-hour flight back to the capital city. Once you arrive in Lima, you will connect with your flight to Quito, Ecuador. Upon arriving in Quito, you will be met at the airport and taken to your hotel by one of our representatives to rest and relax. *There are programs with more days. Please contact our travel specialists to customize your trip.
Day 6: Flight to Galapagos and MV Santa Cruz Program: San Cristobal Island (B, L, D)
After breakfast at your hotel in Quito you will be picked up and taken back to the airport in order to catch your short flight to the Galapagos. Once arrived on the San Cristobal Island, you will be met by one of our representatives and taken on your MV Galapagos Legend. You will be anchored at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, the provincial capital of Galapagos Islands. At this point, you will break for a delicious lunch at Cerro Brujo, which is a great break from the day’s heavy travel schedule. After lunch, you will depart on a dinghy ride along the shores of tuff-stone layers, which take you to the beautiful Cerro Brujo´s white coralline beach. You will then experience a wet landing by jumping off the boat in shallow waters and walking to shore. Once back on the boat, the captain of the ship will host a special cocktail to end this amazing first day in the Galapagos. Both lunch and dinner will be served on board.
Day 7: MV Santa Cruz Program: Española Island & Floreana Island (B, L, D)
After breakfast you will get ready for your morning outing at Punta Suarez (dry landing), for an exciting walk on lava/boulder terrain to visit its unique bird colonies. You will have the chance to view the sheer majesty of the bio-diversity of the island. Afterwards, you will continue on your island tour by embarking on a look-out for the elusive, red-green-black marine iguanas. Continuing on, you will have the chance to see a rookery of sea lions right at the landing site. At this point you will return on board to enjoy a deliciously prepared lunch. In the afternoon, you will embark to Punta Cormorant (Floreana Island) to enjoy a nice tour. You disembark at Punta Cormorant (via wet landing) at an olivine-crystal beach for an easy walk that includes a brackish water lagoon, where bird species like Greater flamingos, pintail ducks, common storks, herons and others may be observed. In the evening you will once again board the ship and enjoy some dinner. *There are programs with more days. Please contact our travel specialiststo help you customize your trip.
Day 8: MV Santa Cruz Program: Fernandina Island & Isabela Island (B, L, D)
After breakfast on board you will begin your day by disembarking (via dry landing) for a one-mile walk to Punta Espinoza (Fernandina Island), the youngest island which has an amazing combination of barrenness and isolation, coupled with plenty of wildlife. For lunch you will once again board the ship, where a delicious lunch will be sure to replenish your energy, and satisfy your appetite. In the afternoon you will sail along the Bolivar Channel, where you will have the opportunity to view some astonishing landscapes of the Galapagos youngest volcanoes. The nutrient-rich waters of the west can also bring some unexpected surprises, like encountering sea birds feeding, dolphins swimming, and if you are really lucky, whales. Depending on the conditions of the ocean, we will schedule a snorkeling along the cliffs of the partly-sunken Ecuador Volcano, which is located in the northern tips of Isabela Island. At the conclusion of your day, you will once again board the ship to enjoy some dinner. *There are programs with more days. Please contact our travel specialiststo help you customize your trip.
Day 9: MV Santa Cruz Program: Santa Cruz Island & Baltran Island (B)
After breakfast on board you will conclude your Galagapos tour by visiting the famous Charles Darwin Research Station, which will surely be a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. This activity is optional. You will arrive at the Itabaca Channel, between the islands of Bartra and Santa Cruz, and disembark at the public dock (dry landing) for a 30-minute bus ride along the highlands en route to Puerto Ayora, where changes in vegetation can be witnessed. You will then proceed to visit the Charles Darwin Research Station, where you will take part in seeing the rearing in captivity program for the famous giant tortoises. After an hour visit, you will return via the same route to cross the Itabaca Channel by ferry and take the bus to Baltra Island airport in time for your flight back to Quito, and your international connection back home. *There are programs with more days. Please contact our travel specialists to help you customize your trip. *A day hotel can be added in Quito or Guayaquil if your flight is the next morning.
Based on double occupancy, group tours with Private Transfers, Vistadome train and 3-star Superior Hotel.
*Private tours, other accommodations and train options available upon request.
As price depends on each passenger choices, please contact us to send you an updated price based on your specific request. Please send us the following information and we will respond within 24 hours with your updated price.
- Number of people in your party
- Level of accommodation (3 Superior,4,5*). Please see options
- Private or Group Tour
- Train choice. Please see options
- Adding options: if you like to add day tours, extra days, meals, etc
- Need domestic or international flights?
- Have a special request (ie: special diet, wheelchair, children, senior, etc)
About Machu Picchu Entrance Tickets
As the popularity of Machu Picchu has increased in the last few years, and in order to preserve the ancient paths of Machu Picchu, the Peruvian Culture Ministry has restricted the number of people that could enter Machu Picchu to a maximum number of 3,267 people per day. This means that, once all the tickets are sold out, no further entrance tickets will be available. Also, please note that to avoid a secondary market for these tickets, all tickets are issued with the name of the passenger, his/her passport number, nationality and date of birth. Therefore, tickets are non refundable and non transferable. Also the tour to Llaqta or Inka city of Machupicchu should last up to 4 hours, visitors will be divided into 2 turns: from 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 12:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. pursuant to Art. 16 of the Regulations.
About Huayna Picchu Tickets
Entrance tickets to Huayna Picchu are no longer free. They are now US$12.00 per person. There are two scheduled visits per day, with a limit of 200 people per visit (total of 400 per day). If you are interested in hiking Huayna Picchu, we will need you to let us know at the same time you book your trip since Huayna Picchu tickets need to be purchased in conjunction with Machu Picchu tickets.
- Round-trip Vistadome train. Other train options available upon request: Expedition train, Hiram Bingham Train upon request.
- Bus to Machu Picchu roundtrip.
- Expert leadership, guides, crew & support personnel for all listed tours
- Accommodations: 1 night in Lima, 3 nights in Cuzco, 3 nights in Galapagos Legend, 1 night in Quito
- Meals as noted (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner, S = Snack). We can add any meals upon request
- All non-alcoholic beverages consumed onboard
- Land excursions as noted including entrance fees (BTG, Cathedral, Qoricancha, MachuPicchu)
- All activities onboard (excursions, snorkeling, kayaks)
- Snorkeling gear, kayaks and wetsuits for the entire cruise
- Fuel Surcharge
- Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee ($100 adults, U$50 children)
- Galapagos Immigration Card Fee (US$10 per person)
- Domestic Flights from Quito to Galapagos Island (Round Trip)
- Private Transportation: Lima Airport/Lima Hotel, Lima Hotel/Lima Airport, Cusco Airport/Cusco Hotel, Cusco Hotel/Train Station, Train Station/Cusco Hotel, Cusco Hotel/Cusco Airport, Quito Airport/Quito Hotel, Quito Hotel/Quito Airport, Galapagos Airport (San Cristobal Island)/Port, Port/Galapagos Airport (San Cristobal Island).
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED?
- Tipping & Gratuities for Peru (Guides $4 per person per day / Drivers $1 per person per day)
- Tipping & Gratuities for guides and crew for Galapagos (Guides $10 per person per day / Crew $15 per person per day / Barman $5 per person per day)
- Diving is an optional activity on the cruises and has an additional charge.
- Airport taxes: Local ($5-6) and International ($31) departure tax of payable in local currency by each passenger at Lima International Airport upon departure (if applicable)
- International and domestic airfares, usually quoted separately
- Excess baggage charges
- Medical immunizations
- Insurance of any kind: mandatory evacuation insurance; suggested cancellation insurance, interruption, baggage loss, damage and delay
- Items of a personal nature (clothing, sodas, liquor, snacks, laundry, etc.)
- Visas. Please be advised that some citizens other than Canadians and US may need visa to travel to Peru. Please advise us of your nationality to help you or check with the Peruvian Consulate.
- Travel Insurance with Emergency Evacuation option is mandatory to enter Ecuador.
All of our tours are offered in both Group and Private services; however, as we like to maintain control of the quality of our tours, even our group tours include PRIVATE transfers. This is important, as when you get picked up; you will go directly to your hotel without having to drive around the city to drop off other people in their hotels. Transportation is just for you.
Destinations Tours: Private Transfers + Group Cultural Tours
Special Interest Tours: Private Transfers + Private Special Interest Activities + Group Cultural Tours
Destinations Tours: Private Transfers + Private Cultural Tours
Special Interest Tours: Private Transfers + Private Special interest Activities + Private Cultural Tours
We offer all level of accommodations. When creating an itinerary it would be important to know which your preferred level of accommodation is. Please be sure that at all levels our recommended hotels offer great service and nice comfortable rooms. Our team has personally tried all our recommended hotels.
3-star Superior: These are 3-star that should really be considered has 4-star Hotels. Nice location, great rooms and charming decoration. Excellent service, with restaurant, room service, business centre, laundry, etc. Buffet breakfast. Best value. Perect for someone looking for an inexpensive option and still have some superior services.
4-star Hotels: Good location, very nice rooms, great decoration and excellent service. This hotel includes more services such as room service, business center, laundry, spas, more room features, etc. Some have gourmet restaurants. Buffet breakfast. Perfect for someone looking for some luxury and special services and do not need a 5-star option.
4-star Suites: Some 4-star hotels have suites that offer the same room features of a 5-star option. Perfect for someone looking to upgrade from a 4-star standard room and get more space and features.
5-star Hotel: What you usually imagine a 5-star hotel is. Great location, luxury accommodations and excellent service. Gourmet restaurants, spas, room service, business center, etc. Perfect for someone looking for a 5-star service but do not need the 5-star Deluxe option.
5-star Deluxe: These 5-star deluxe hotels offer ultimate luxury with outstanding service, luxurious rooms with deluxe room features and “you ask-you will get” concierge service. Properties have privileged locations or particular history behind it. Gourmet restaurants and spas. Ideal for the luxurious traveler.
Expedition: The least expensive tourist train, recently renovated offers nice seats and good train service.
Vistadome: A higher category of train service, with panoramic roof windows. It offers a snack and fashion show.
Hiram Bingham: Luxury train which offers lunch, tea-time and dinner service.
Andean Explorer: Train service from Cusco to Puno or Puno to Cusco. Departs only on certain days of the week, depending on the season.
Peruvian Airlines: Peruvian owned airline that offer the least expensive prices but has few frequencies. Both Peruvian and Foreigners pay the same.
Star Peru: Peruvian owned airline. It flyes to many destinations and offers good value prices, but has few frequencies. Both Peruvian and Foreigners pay the same.
Taca Airlines: Central American owned airline that offers great service but few frequencies to Cusco. It is moderately expensive. It offers sale prices for Peruvian Residents ONLY that cannot be purchased by tourists.
Latam Peru: Chilean owned airline. It offers great service and many frequencies to Cusco (almost 13 flights per day). Prices are the highest on the market. It offers sale prices for Peruvian Residents ONLY that cannot be purchased by tourists.
Lima/Cusco/Lima: From US $ 350.00 per person. This is an example price, since prices depends on the airline, date and time of booking.
DOMESTIC TICKETS (PARA LOS TOURS DE GALAPAGOS)
Lima/Cusco/Lima: From US $350.00 per person. This is an example price, since prices depend on the airline, date and time of booking.
Quito/Galapagos/Quito: From US $421.00 per person. This is an example price, since prices depend on the airline, date and time of booking.