Peru and Galapagos

( 9 Days / 8 Night )
Duration : 9 Days - 8 Night
Location :

Cusco, Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley.

Physical difficulty : Low
Number of people: NO HAY MINIMOS NI MAXIMOS

A classic itinerary with moderate wlaking at elevation followed by an incredible Galapagos adventure. This is our mainstay program, with an added excursion to the Galapagos, with its majestic beaches and animal life. 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 with special Magical touches along the way. Next, you will flight to Ecuador and finally to Galapagos, in order to boar your cruise through the Galapagos. The 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.

Day 1: Arrival to Lima + Overnight at the Airport Hotel
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 and Connect with flight back home

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please note that there are different itineraries according to the departure and days of the cruise. In order to make this proposal simpler, we have included ONLY this itinerary. However, we will provide specific itinerary according the cruise you request.

DAY BY DAY ITINERARY Peru and Galapagos

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

    Upon you arrival to Lima, you will be met by a representative and guide to your hotel inside the airport 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 to the City of Cusco and transferred to your hotel. 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 today.  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 Aguas 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 MachuPicchu 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. *There are programs with more days. Please contact our agents to help you customize your trip.

  • Day 6: Flight to Galapagos and MV Legend 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 on the San Cristobal Island, you will be met by one of our representative 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 will be 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 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. Once back on the boat, the captain of the ship will host a special cocktail, which you will attend, which will provide for a great experience. Both lunch and dinner will be served on board. *There are programs with more days. Please contact our agents to help you customize your trip.

  • Day 7: MV Legend Program: Española Island & Floreana Island (B, L, D)

    After breakfast, you will prepare 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 a chance to see and 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 will 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. This portion of the tour will take you right into the evening, where you will once again board the ship and enjoy some dinner. *There are programs with more days. Please contact our agents to help you customize your trip.

  • Day 8: MV Legend 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, possibly whales. Depending on the conditions of the ocean, we will schedule a snorkeling outing 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 agents to help you customize your trip.

  • Day 9: MV Legend 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 rewarding, once-in-a-lifetime adventure. This outing is an optional program and an early one at that. 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 the Quito, and ultimately back home. *There are programs with more days. Please contact our agents to help you customize your trip. *A day hotel can be added in Quito or Guayaquile if your flight is the next morning.

From US$ 3,479.90 per person*
Based on double occupancy. Group tours with Private Transfers, Vistadome train and 3-star Supeior Hotel.
*Private tours, other levels of accommodations and train options available upon request.

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?
  • 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$20 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?
  • 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
  • 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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