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Peru and Ecuador: Macchu Picchu and the Galapagos

Tailor Made Itinerary

13 Days From €5,127

Overview

A journey of unmissable highlights and wonderful contrasts, this incredible adventure encompasses some of South America’s biggest attractions. Combining the Inca treasures of Peru, including the spectacular and iconic Machu Picchu, with the unique natural wonders of the Galapagos Islands, this remarkable trip ticks all the boxes going!

Beginning in Peru, you will start with Cusco and the Sacred Valley of the Incas, where you’ll visit the colourful textile market at Chinchero ...

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TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Immerse yourself in the bustle of an indigenous market
  • Explore the dramatic scenery of the Sacred Valley
  • Take the train to the Incan citadel of Machu Picchu
  • Walk around beautiful Cuzco and its surrounding ruins
  • Snorkel with sea lions and manta rays in the Galapagos

ITINERARY

This is a suggested itinerary. Our experts have all travelled widely in the region and will be happy to tailor any of our itineraries to suit your tastes, or build a trip from scratch.

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DAY 1: ARRIVE LIMA

DAY 1: ARRIVE LIMA

Upon your arrival in Lima you will be welcomed at the airport and escorted to your hotel.

Jose Antonio Deluxe Lima

DAY 2: LIMA – CUZCO – SACRED VALLEY

DAY 2: LIMA – CUZCO – SACRED VALLEY

Today you will be transferred back to the airport for the short flight to Cuzco, where you will be collected and taken on a scenic drive to your hotel in the Sacred Valley. On the way you stop at Chinchero to join a local weaving family in their courtyard for an overview of the Andean weaving process. Chinchero is renowned for the production of textiles done on backstrap looms. You watch as wool is carded, spun, and dyed and learn about the different techniques used to create belts, ponchos and shawls.

Sonesta Posadas Sacred Valley
Breakfast

DAY 3: SACRED VALLEY

DAY 3: SACRED VALLEY

Start off by visiting the salt mines of Maras. Its intense white shine appears on a sunny day - an impressive sight for any visitor. Salt was extracted from these mines during Inca times and the same method has still been used ever since. You then head to Moray which has circular terraces hidden among the hills, similar to a Greek amphitheater. Surrounded by an impressive backdrop of snow-covered mountains, Moray was used as an open-air agricultural lab for adapting crops to different environmental conditions.

Sonesta Posadas Sacred Valley
Breakfast

DAY 4: SACRED VALLEY – AGUAS CALIENTES - MACHU PICCHU

DAY 4: SACRED VALLEY – AGUAS CALIENTES - MACHU PICCHU

Your private driver will transfer you to the nearby train station for your short journey to the Lost City of the Incas – Machu Picchu. Upon arrival a coach takes you up the steep road to the entrance of the incredibly situated sanctuary. The ruins were left undiscovered by the Spaniards for centuries before they were found by American explorer Hiram Bingham. During a guided tour you can appreciate the genius that went into its construction making it one of the new 7 wonders of the world. At the end of the day, transfer to your hotel in the village at the bottom of the citadel.

El Mapi By Inkaterra
Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5: MACHU PICCHU – SACRED VALLEY

DAY 5: MACHU PICCHU – SACRED VALLEY

After breakfast you have the option to visit Machu Picchu again or climb Wayna Picchu which is the mountain overlooking the ruins. A permit is required in advance so this hike needs to be pre-booked but it is well worth the panoramic views at the summit. Should you wish to have the morning at leisure, there are some hot springs in town which you can visit. In the afternoon, return by train to the Sacred Valley and transfer to your hotel.

Sonesta Posadas Sacred Valley
Breakfast

DAY 6: SACRED VALLEY – CUZCO

DAY 6: SACRED VALLEY – CUZCO

You will be driven to Cuzco to check into your hotel. This afternoon, you will visit the famous cathedral with its magnificently carved woodwork, ornate altar and many hundreds of canvases from the 17th-century Cusco Painting School. You continue exploring the cultural wealth of Cusco at the Temple of the Sun where we witness the incredible masonry of the Incas, an engineering feat that remains an enigma. Afterwards you walk along Hatunrumiyoc Street and make a last stop in San Blas artisan quarter, with its cobblestone alleys lined with workshops and galleries. It also offers spectacular views of the city.

El Retablo B&B
Breakfast

DAY 7: CUZCO

DAY 7: CUZCO

Day at leisure in Cuzco.

El Retablo B&B
Breakfast

DAY 8: CUZCO – LIMA - GUAYAQUIL

DAY 8: CUZCO – LIMA - GUAYAQUIL

Private transfer to the airport for the short hop to Lima and onward flight to Guayaquil in Ecuador. Upon arrival, you will be welcomed at the airport and escorted to your hotel for the night.

Wyndham Guayaquil
Breakfast

DAY 9: GUAYAQUIL – GALAPAGOS

DAY 9: GUAYAQUIL – GALAPAGOS

Morning flight to the Galapagos to begin your wildlife adventure. Your land-based package is ideal for those without sea-legs who prefer to visit the islands on guided daytrips and return to the safe comfort of a hotel bed each night. You will visit the best highlights of Santa Cruz Island as well as a selection of the surrounding islands over the next few days.

Silberstein Hotel
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10: GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

DAY 10: GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

Spend the next few days on a range of excursions. Go diving with sea lions, explore neighbouring islands via boat, spot unique wildlife such as Darwin’s finches, go caving, surf the waves or explore the island by bike.

Silberstein Hotel
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11: GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

DAY 11: GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

Full day of excursions.

Silberstein Hotel
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 12: GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

DAY 12: GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

Full day of excursions.

Silberstein Hotel
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 13: GALAPAGOS ISLANDS – DEPART GUAYAQUIL

DAY 13: GALAPAGOS ISLANDS – DEPART GUAYAQUIL

Mid-morning return flight to Guayaquil, then connect with your international flight home.

Breakfast

SUGGESTED ACCOMMODATION

Premium

Excellent standards without the big price tag

Premium

Excellent standards without the big price tag

Superior

Superior

Superior

Premium

Excellent standards without the big price tag

Accommodation listed here is intended as a guide only, to give you a taste of what we can do. Our experts can tailor any aspect of this itinerary and accommodation to suit your budget and tastes.

GUIDELINE PRICE & WHAT’S INCLUDED

PERU AND ECUADOR: MACCHU PICCHU AND THE GALAPAGOS (13 DAYS) €5,127

MEALS

As specified in the itinerary, sampling some of the country's finest cuisine.

TRANSPORT

Private air-conditioned vehicles with experienced, dedicated drivers.

ENTRANCE FEES

Tours and admission fees, including tickets specified in the itinerary.

EXPERT TEAM

Licensed English-speaking guides and a support team available 24/7.

ACCOMMODATION

As specified in the itinerary, using some of our favourite local properties.

ACCOMMODATION

Ultra - The best of the best, the ultimate indulgence
Luxury - Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium - Excellent standards offering a higher-end experience
Superior - Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple - No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

CARBON CONTRIBUTIONS

If you book international flights through Wild Frontiers.

This itinerary is aimed to give you an idea of what we can offer. The price shown above is based on two people travelling outside of peak periods. As this itinerary is only a suggestion and can be tailor-made to suit your interests and budget, your final price may differ.

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Ecuador’s mainland is South America abridged; an exquisitely compact summary of what makes the continent special. In contrast, Galapagos is nirvana for wildlife lovers, a compellingly gorgeous freak of nature.

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