Peru and Galapagos Luxury Experience

( 13 Days / 12 Night )
Duration : 13 Days - 12 Night
Location :

Cusco, Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley.

Physical difficulty : Low
Number of people: NO HAY MINIMOS NI MAXIMOS
Our classic itinerary followed by an incredible 8-day Galapagos adventure and luxury cruise. This is our mainstay program, with an added 8-day cruise excursion to the Galapagos Islands. You will begin your journey by flying to Cusco, to begin the first portion of your trip, where you will live the Inca experience, exploring the impressive sites of Sacsayhuaman and other surrounding sites around the city of Cusco, Ollantaytambo in the Valley of the Incas, before reaching Machu Picchu. Next, you will flight to Ecuador and finally to Galapagos, in order to board your cruise through the Galápagos Islands. These islands are 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. This is a great adventure with amazing experiences.
Day 1: Arrival to Lima (Overnight in Lima)
Day 2: Fly to Cusco & Afternoon City Tour (B)
Day 3: Sacred Valley of the Incas (B, L)
Day 4: Machu Picchu (B, S)
Day 5: Return Flight back to Lima and connecting flight to Ecuador (B)
Day 6: Flight to Galapagos and MV Evolution Cruise Program: San Cristobal Island (B, L, D)
Day 7: MV Evolution Cruise Program: Española Island (B, L, D)
Day 8: MV Evolution Cruise Program: Santa Cruz Island (B, L, D)
Day 9: MV Evolution Cruise Program: Santiago and Bartolome Island (B, L, D)
Day 10: MV Evolution Cruise Program: Genovesa (Tower) Island (B, L, D)

DAY BY DAY ITINERARY Peru and Galapagos Luxury Experience

  • Day 1: Arrival to Lima (Overnight in Lima)

    Upon you arrival to Lima, you will be met and transported to your hotel in Lima, where you will spend a well-deserved overnight stay. *An extra day in Lima can be added upon request. Please let us know if you like us to add additional activities.

  • Day 2: Fly to Cusco & Afternoon City Tour (B)

    You will have a very short flight to the City of Cusco, where you will be met upon arrival and transferred to your hotel of choice. You will have the rest 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. Some find enjoying a cup of hot coca tea a real help in adjusting to the high elevation and that’s what the locals traditionally use coca for. Both lunch and dinner are on your own today, as there are so many choices available at reasonable prices, either in or near your hotel. *Depending on which domestic flight you choose you will have more or less time to rest.

    After lunch you will set out on grand tour of Cusco, the former capital of the once vast Incan Empire. We walk Cusco’s impressive Plaza de Armas and visit both the Spanish cathedral and Incan temple of the sun, Qoricancha. Next we set out to visit the ruins 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.

  • Day 3: Sacred Valley of the Incas (B, L)

    After breakfast, we set out into the Urubamba Valley, also known as the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Our first stop will be a visit to the Pisac market. The Pisac market has a wide variety of artisan arts and crafts and you will have the chance to see the many different products that the sacred valley produces. After the market, we head deeper into the Sacred Valley and visit the Inca town of Ollantaytambo, still inhabited by the locals in much the same way as it was during the time of the Incas. We then return to Urubamba, where you will have a chance to break for lunch and recover energies to continue with our tour. After lunch, we head out to the bustling market-town of Chinchero. The main sight to see at this location is a catholic church, with fine paintings from the Cusquenian School. At the end of the day you will go back to Cusco. *An overnight at the sacred valley can be added upon request. Please let us know if you like us to add additional activities and meals.

  • Day 4: Machu Picchu (B, S)

    The day you have been waiting for! After breakfast, we catch the train to the town Aquas Calientes at the base of Machu Picchu. Continue by bus for the short ride up switch backs, to the Machu Picchu citadel overhead. We enter the ruins for a breathtaking view of the city in the sky. 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 set out by train heading to the station at Poroy and then on to Cusco Hotel by car arriving at night. *An overnight in Machu Picchu can be added upon request. Also, we can add bus and entrance tickets for a second day at the citadel. Please let us know if you like us to add additional activities.

  • Day 5: Return Flight back to Lima and connecting flight to Ecuador (B)

    After breakfast at your hotel in Cusco, you will begin your trip back to the capital, in order to continue on the second portion of your excursion: Galapagos. You will be met by one of our representatives, who will escort you to the airport in Cusco to take your short, one-hour flight back to the capital. 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.

  • Day 6: Flight to Galapagos and MV Evolution Cruise 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 you arrive at the Galapagos, you will be in charge of paying for two separate fees that are not included in your quote and cannot be pre-paid ($100 access fee for entry into the Galapagos reserve & $10 fee for your immigration card within the Galapagos reserve). Once on the San Cristobal Island, you will be met by our representative and taken to the Evolution Cruise. On board you will have a quick briefing on route to your first visit to Cerro Brujo. You will depart on a dinghy ride along the shores of tuff-stone layers, which will 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. These are the same shores that Charles Darwin walked upon, back in September 1835, as San Cristobal was the first island where he set foot in the Galapagos. Once back on the boat, you will have a nice welcome cocktail and first briefing before continuing to dinner, which will provide for a great experience.*Depending on your departure date, the Cruise Vessel may be different and therefore programs may be different. Please contact our agents for availability.

  • Day 7: MV Evolution Cruise Program: Española Island (B, L, D)

    After breakfast, you will prepare for your day outing at Española Island. also called Hood. This is the southernmost island of the archipelago, and is one of the most popular due to the breathtaking variation and number of fauna that inhabit the island. In the morning we visit Punta Suarez where you will witness the largest variety of marine iguanas in the Galapagos, masked boobies and blue footed boobies nesting along the cliff’s edge, as well as the famous waved albatross. At this point, you will return on board, to enjoy a deliciously prepared lunch. In the afternoon we visit Gardner Bay, a magnificent long white sandy beach, where colonies of sea lions laze in the sun, sea turtles swim offshore, and inquisitive mockingbirds boldly investigate new arrivals. This portion of the tour will take you right into the evening, where you will once again board the ship and enjoy dinner.

  • Day 8: MV Evolution Cruise Program: Santa Cruz Island (B, L, D)

    After breakfast, you will enjoy your day on Santa Cruz Island. This is the second largest island in the Galapagos and its capital, Puerto Ayora, is the economic center of the Islands. In the morning we visit the Highlands, where the dry coastal vegetation transitions to lush wet fields and forests overgrown with moss and lichens. Our destination is the Tortoise Reserve, where we will have the chance to see these animals in the wild. In the afternoon we visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to visit the Giant Tortoise and Land Iguana Breeding and Rearing Program. At the conclusion of your day, you will once again board the ship to enjoy some dinner.

  • Day 9: MV Evolution Cruise Program: Santiago and Bartolome Island (B, L, D)

    In the morning, after breakfast, we will visit James Bay, where we land on a black beach with intriguing eroded rock formations. A trail leads to a series of crystal-clear grottos formed of broken lava tubes, which are home to sea lions, fur seals, marine iguanas and tropical fish. You will break such a wonderful visit for lunch and to recover energies for the next part of your day. In the afternoon we visit Bartolome Island, famous for Pinnacle Rock, where we will see Galapagos Penguins and sea lions. We will also hike a trail to Bartolome’s summit. After your tour, you will go back to the cruise for a nice dinner.

  • Day 10: MV Evolution Cruise Program: Genovesa (Tower) Island (B, L, D)

    After breakfast, you will visit the Tower Island; this relatively small island is a low-lying volcano rising just above the ocean surface. The southwestern part of the island is an ocean-filled caldera ringed by the outer edges of a sizeable and mostly submerged volcano. The island sits to the northwest, slightly removed from the Galapagos archipelago. It is also known as “Bird Island,” a name it lives up to in a spectacular way! Tower attracts an enormous number of pelagic seabirds that come there to nest. Great frigate birds, red-footed boobies, swallow-tailed gulls and storm petrels all breed here by the thousands. After your visit you will once again board the cruise for dinner and a well deserved rest.

  • Day 11: MV Evolution Cruise Program: Fernandina and Isabela Island (B, L, D)

    Fernandina Island is home to La Cumbre volcano, which erupts frequently (most recently in May 2005). We visit Punta Espinosa in the morning, a narrow spit of land, where a number of unique species, such as marine iguanas, sea lions, flightless cormorants, herons, egrets and Galapagos hawks can be seen in close proximity. 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 we visit Tagus Cove on Isabela Island. A wooden stairway rises to the trail entrance and continues around Darwin Lake through a dry vegetation zone, and ends in a promontory formed by spatter cones. This is the place where the flightless cormorants inhabit, the only existing marine birds in the world other than penguins that have evolved from birds that can fly, to birds that can dive. The site provides spectacular views of our anchorage in the bay, as well as Darwin and Wolf Volcanoes. At the conclusion of your day, you will once again board the ship to enjoy some dinner.

  • Day 12: MV Evolution Cruise Program: North Seymour and Santa Cruz Island (B, L, D)

    After a delicious breakfast you will have a tour of the North Seymour Island, which is teaming with wildlife! Cliffs only a few meters high from the shoreline are home to swallow-tailed gulls. A tiny forest of silver-grey Palo Santo trees stands just above the landing, where a trail will take us to see sea lions, marine iguanas, blue footed boobies, pelicans, magnificent frigate birds and land iguanas. At the end of your visit, we will go back to have lunch and continue with your visits. In the afternoon we visit the Black Turtle Cove at Santa Cruz Island, a beautiful mangrove estuary where we quietly drift in our panga to see spotted eagle rays, diamond shaped mustard rays, white-tipped reef sharks, pacific green sea turtles and a large variety of shore birds. At the end of your tour you will enjoy a dinner on board. *Programs depend on the vessel you choose and those have different departure dates every month. Please contact our agents for availability.

  • Day 13: MV Evolution Cruise Program: San Cristobal Island (B)

    Today our Galapagos Cruise comes to an end, but before we bid farewell to the Evolution and her crew we pay a visit to the Galapagos National Park Visitor Centre. The Centre presents a comprehensive exhibit of the islands’ natural history, human interaction, ecosystems, flora & fauna and your naturalist will use the exhibits to provide an illustrated overview of life on the Islands. A short trail arrives at Frigate Bird Hill, where both “magnificent-frigates” and “great-frigates” can be seen in the same colony. Next we return to the airport where we began our journey back into Ecuadorian mainland (Quito or Guayaquil) to connect with your flight back home.

From US$ 6,759.90 per person*
Based on double occupancy. Group tours with Private Transfers, Vistadome train and 3-star Superior Hotel.
*Private tours, other accommodations levels and train options available upon request.

**Special discounts offered on low season dates. (High Season from November to August – Low Season from September to October).

IMPORTANT:
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)

IMPORTANT NOTES
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 Cultural Institute (INC) has restricted the number of people that could enter Machu Picchu to 2,500 people per day. This means that, once the 2,500 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.

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 Huaynapichu, we will need you to let us know at the same time you book your trip since Huaynapichu tickets need to be purchased in conjunction with Machu Picchu tickets.
WHAT’S INCLUDED?
  • Roundtrip 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 Quasar Evolution Cruise, 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
  • 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?
  • 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
  • Tipping & Gratuities (Guides $4 per person per day / Drivers $1 per person per day)
  • 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
  • Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee ($100 adults, U$50 children)
  • Galapagos Immigration Card Fee (US$20 per person)
  • 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 $8-10 per person per day / Crew $11-15 per person per day / Barman $3-5 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.
TYPE OF TOURS
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.

MIXED GROUP/PRIVATE.-
Destinations Tours.- Private Transfers + Group Cultural Tours
Special Interest Tours.- Private Transfers + Private Special Interest Activities + Group Cultural Tours

All PRIVATE.-
Destinations Tours.- Private Transfers + Private Cultural Tours
Special Interest Tours.- Private Transfers + Private Special interest Activities + Private Cultural Tours

ACCOMMODATIONS
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.

MODERATE
3-star Superior.- These are 3-star that should really be considered has 4-star Hotel. 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.

LUXURY
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.  For the luxurious traveler.


TRAINS
Expedition.- The least expensive tourist train. Recently renovated cars offer 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.

FLIGHTS
LOCAL AIRLINES

Peruvian Airlines.- Peruvian owned airline.  Offer the least expensive prices but has few frequencies.  Both Peruvian and Foreigners pay the same.
Star Peru.- Peruvian owned airline.  It services many destinations and offers good value prices. Both Peruvian and Foreigners pay the same.

INTERNATIONAL AIRLINES

Taca Airlines.- Central American owned airline. Offers great service but few frequencies to Cuzco.  Moderately expensive.  It offers sale prices for Peruvian Residents ONLY that cannot be purchased by tourists.
Lan Peru.- Chilean owned airline.  It offers great service and many frequencies to Cuzco (almost 13 flights per day).  Prices are the highest of the market.  It offers sale prices for Peruvian Residents ONLY that cannot be purchased by tourists.

DOMESTIC TICKETS

Lima/Cusco/Lima: From US $ 350 per person. This is an example price. Prices depend on the airline, date and time of booking.

DOMESTIC TICKETS (PARA LOS TOURS DE GALAPAGOS)

Lima/Cusco/Lima: From US $350 per person. This is an example price. Prices depend on the airline, date and time of booking.
Quito/Galapagos/Quito: From US $421 per person. This is an example price. Prices depend on the airline, date and time of booking.
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