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Galapagos / Peru

Peru and Galapagos Tour: from Ancient Civilizations To Natural Havens

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Traveling to Peru and the Galapagos Island is a trip of a lifetime that combines the humbling experience of stepping in the footprints of the Inca emperor to explore the amazing heritage of one of the most important civilzations in human history while having the opportunity to discover the most unique natural sanctuary on Earth. Following this extensive itinerary, you will wander through the Sacred Valley, the heart of the Inca Empire, from Cusco to the timeless Machu Picchu, the citadel that never ceases to amaze. From Peru fly to the small friendly country of Ecuador before making your way to the Galapagos Islands. There, your tour will take a completely different route on board the modern catamaran Archipel I. Over your four day cruise you will encounter the fascinating biodiversity that had led Darwin to draw his conclusions about his Theory of Evolution. The availability of this unique tour is only possible a few times throughout the year so contact us now for the opportunity to capture so many natural wonders and human marvels at once.

Destinations

Galapagos / Peru

Trip at a glance

Visits

Peru: Lima Historical City Tour, Sacred Valley, Maras Salt Ponds, Moray Terraces, Machu Picchu, Cusco City and Ruins, Ecuador: Guayaquil, Cacao Hacienda Tour, Quito City Tour, Galapagos Cruise: North Seymour Island, Genovesa Island: Barranco, Darwin Bay, Bartolomé Island: Pinnacle Bay, Santiago Island: Sullivan Bay, Santa Cruz Island: Charles Darwin Station

Accomodation

9 nights in 3 or 4* premium hotels + 3 nights onboard M/C Archipel I cruise ship

Transportation

Train trip to Machu Picchu in comfortable economy class: Ollantaytambo/Aguas Calientes/Ollantaytambo

Shuttle transfers from/to Baltra Airport on days 8 and 11

Private car for all transfers and land-based visits, shared shuttle in the Galapagos

4 day/3 night cruise onboard M/C Archipel I

Dates and Prices

Arrival date

Trip details

Itinerary

Day 1 ARRIVAL IN LIMA

Arrival at Jorge Chávez, Lima international airport. Welcome by our local English-speaking staff.

Transfer to your hotel located in the residential and shopping district of Miraflores, overlooking the Pacific ocean (1 hour).

Evening

Free evening.

Overnight at your hotel in Lima.

Day 2 LIMA HALF-DAY CITY TOUR, FLIGHT TO CUSCO

Morning

Meet with your tour guide for a half-day city tour of the capital of Peru. The city founded in 1535 by the Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro, still features many invaluable colonial buildings along the main square (the Plaza Mayor) and the nearby streets. Discover the majestic Cathedral of Lima, the Government Palace and the San Francisco Convent among many other impressive colonial buildings.

Afternoon

In the afternoon, transfer to Lima airport (45 min to 1 hour) for your direct flight to Cusco (1 hour 15 min). Arrival in Cusco (11,152 ft - 3400 m) and transfer to the your hotel in the Sacred Valley.

Evening

Overnight at your hotel in the Sacred Valley.

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the hotel

Day 3 MARAS SALT PONDS AND MORAY AGRICULTURAL TERRACES

Morning

Transfer to the site of Maras (30 min). Tread carefully between the hundreds of salt ponds used to dry the salt according to a method inherited from pre-inca times. The many colors of the polygonal ponds can vary from light reddish to brownish to white according to the season. This contrasts with the surrounding landscape and give the site a most-unusual aspect. Free time to shop pink salt collected by the local community workers.

Transfer to Moray archeological site (30 min). Walk down and around those impressive circular terraces that were used to conduct scientific and agricultural experiments during Inca times (30 min).

Afternoon

Transfer to the train station of Ollantaytambo (1 hour 15 min) to board the comfortable train that will take you to Aguas Calientes, the nearest town to Machu Picchu (1 hour 30 min).

Arrival in Aguas Calientes by late afternoon, walk to your hotel for check-in (5 min).

Evening

Free evening.

Overnight at your hotel in Aguas Calientes.

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the hotel

Day 4 MACHU PICCHU TOUR

Your passport is required to enter the Machu Picchu site. You have the option to get a 'Machu Picchu' stamp in your passport if you wish.

Morning

Today might be THE day you have been expecting from the moment you landed on Peruvian soil as you will finally enter the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu.

Your private guide will meet you and walk you to the bus station (5 min) to hop on a bus to the entrance of the archaeological site. Enjoy the impressive 20-minute drive up the hill to the Machu Picchu site at 7,972 feet (2430 m).

The abandoned stronghold was rediscovered in 1911 by the American archaeologist Hiram Bingham, Macchu Picchu is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Learn about every secret this ancient Inca citadel holds and grab every opportunity to take amazing photographs (3 to 4 hours).

Afternoon

Take the bus back to Aguas Calientes (20 min) and board the comfortable train to Ollantaytambo (1 hour 30 min).

Transfer to your hotel in Cusco (1 hour 30 min).

Evening

Free evening.

Overnight at your hotel in Cusco.

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the hotel

Day 5 HALF-DAY CUSCO CITY AND ARCHAEOLOGICAL TOUR, FREE AFTERNOON

Morning

In the morning, you will meet your guide for a city tour of Cusco including the visit of the Plaza Mayor, the Cathedral and the Korikancha, the original Temple of the Sun.

Drive to the hills of Cusco to explore the archaeological sites of Sacsayhuamán, Q’enqo, PukaPukara and Tambomachay.

Transfer back to your hotel or to the city centre (20 min).

Afternoon

Afternoon at leisure to explore the Spanish colonial city known to the Inca as the 'belly button of the world'. Stroll around numerous plazas, shops selling incredible art and crafts or visit the great Museum of Pre-Columbian Art MAP MAP (not included).

Evening

Free evening to discover Cusco's vibrant nightlife. We recommend the lively pisco bar La Republica del Pisco.

Overnight at your hotel in Cusco.

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the hotel

Day 6 FLIGHT TO GUAYAQUIL, ECUADOR

Morning

In the morning, transfer to Cusco airport for your flight back to Lima (1 hour 15 min).

At Lima airport, take your connecting international flight to Guayaquil (2 hours 15 min).

Assistance for check-in.

Afternoon

Arrival in José Joaquin de Olmedo, Guayaquil International Airport.

Welcome by our local English-speaking staff.

Transfer to your hotel in Ecuador's largest city and the country's busiest port.

Evening

Free evening.

Overnight at your hotel in Guayaquil.

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the hotel

Day 7 FULL DAY TOUR TO A CACAO HACIENDA

Morning

In the morning, depart for your one-day tour to explore the Ecuadorean coastal country-side with a visit to a cacao hacienda. Learn everything about the culture of the cacao fruit, how the bean is processed and chocolate is made.

Afternoon

Enjoy a fat-tire bike tour, go tubing down a lazy river surrounded by tropical flowers, trees and birds and enjoy an amazing three-course lunch with produces from the farm.

Evening

Overnight at your hotel in Guayaquil.

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Lunch at the Cacao Farm

Day 8 FLIGHT TO BALTRA, NORTH SEYMOUR ISLAND

Morning

In the morning, transfer to Guayaquil Airport for your flight to the Galapagos (1 hour 55min).

Upon arrival at Seymour airport on Baltra Island, you will go through an airport inspection to make sure that no foreign plants or animals are introduced to the islands. On exiting the airport, you are required to pay an entrance fee to the National Park (US$ 100 for adults, US$ 50 for children under 12) as well as the Ingala Transit Control Card ($US 20). Funds from the entry tax for tourists are used to finance the conservation of biodiversity of flora and fauna, terrestrial and marine, and benefits the local community by improving basic services, education projects, sports, health, environmental sanitation, environmental services and services directly related to tourists.

Meet and greet with your naturalist guide who will escort you on a short bus ride to the harbor. Transfer on board the Archipel I and cabin allocation. Welcome drink and lunch on board.

Afternoon

Afternoon visit of North Seymour island, a popular island teeming with birdlife. An easy circular path takes you through the archipelago's most extensive colonies of blue-footed boobies and frigate birds. At the beginning of the frigate birds mating season, the male adults inflate their dazzling red throat sacs to impressive football-sized balloons. This is one of the rare spots where both magnificent and great frigate birds breed side by side.

Evening

Dinner and night onboard.

Sail north to Genovesa Island overnight.

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Lunch onboard
  • Dinner onboard

Day 9 GENOVESA ISLAND: BARRANCO, DARWIN BAY

Morning

Before landing, take a dinghy-ride along the eastern arm of the caldera with its overwhelming 80-foot tall (25 metres) walls rising out of the ocean. Spot the occasional Galapagos fur seal resting or a seabird nesting on one of the ledges at the base of the wall. Hike up the steep stairs from the landing dock to a bush of Palo Santo shrubs. Red-footed boobies use these scarce nesting places so that they do not have to nest on the rocky ground. Upon arriving at the edge of the rim, the bushes open onto panoramic views swept by strong sea breezes and the amazing skillful flying of countless seabirds. Following the exposed rim, you will first pass the Nazca boobies and finally reach the extensive storm petrel nesting places, where the well-camouflaged short-eared owls also nest.

Afternoon

Inside the submerged caldera of Genovesa island lies the 1-mile wide and 200-foot deep Great Darwin Bay. This small island will surprise you repeatedly, walking along a coral sand beach, crossing barren lava formations and creeks, passing tidal pools and shrubs clinging to the top of the cliffs. With this peaceful surrounding, every single species has occupied its own ecological niche (or habitat) without disturbing others.

Evening

Dinner and night onboard.

Sail south to Bartolomé Island overnight.

MEALS
  • Breakfast onboard
  • Lunch onboard
  • Dinner onboard

Day 10 BARTOLOMÉ ISLAND: PINNACLE BAY, SANTIAGO ISLAND: SULLIVAN BAY

Morning

After breakfast, hop off on the amazing volcanic Bartolomé Island.

Bartolomé is among the most newly-formed islands, and on a geological scale it was just recently born out of fire. Although at first sight lifeless, Bartolomé offers some of the wildest landscapes and best panoramas of the entire archipelago. 

To enjoy the postcard view of the idyllic 'Pinnacle Bay' you will hike up the 375-foot (115 metres) hill up the stairs that lead to the viewpoint at the top of the island. Enter a dramatic world of extinct, but nevertheless threatening, spatter cones, craters, and lightweight lava droplets that have been spewed out by fiery fountains. The Summit Trail is also ideal to see how scanty pioneer vegetation such as lava cactuses struggle to take root in the bare virgin lava fields.

Afternoon

Sail to Sullivan Bay located on Santiago Island. Set foot on the lava stream covering Sullivan Bay with its moonlike landscapes. While the desolate, stretched-out fields seem mostly lifeless, the site is highly popular among photographers. On the lava flow, the rare pioneer vegetation that manages to take root are the lava cactus and carpetweed. During the nesting season, Pacific green turtles come to lay and bury their eggs on the tiny white sand beach, where you might also encounter crabs, the occasional strayed blue heron or oystercatcher. Keep an eye out for lava lizards, locusts or the Galapagos racer, a small endemic snake species.

Evening

Dinner and night onboard.

Sail southeast to Santa Cruz Island overnight.

MEALS
  • Breakfast onboard
  • Lunch onboard
  • Dinner onboard

Day 11 SANTA CRUZ ISLAND: CHARLES DARWIN STATION, FLIGHT TO QUITO

Morning

After breakfast, disembark at Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island to visit Charles Darwin Station. Learn about the protection and conservation projects on the islands. The main attractions are the National Park information center, the Van Staelen Exhibition Hall, the Breeding and Rearing Centre for young tortoises and adult Galapagos tortoises in captivity.

Transfer out to Seymour Airport. Assisted by your naturalist guide and crewmembers, the dinghy will bring you and your luggage to Baltra, where you will take the shuttle back to the airport.

 

Afternoon

Arrival at Mariscal Sucre, Quito international airport. Welcome by our English Speaking staff. Transfer to the city centre and check in at your hotel (50 min).

Evening

Free evening.

Overnight at your hotel in Quito.

MEALS
  • Breakfast onboard

Day 12 QUITO TOUR

Morning

Discover with your guide the least-altered and best-preserved Latin American capital. Take a walk to visit the colonial churches and monasteries of this urban jewel, the first city in history to be listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Starting at the Independence Square, flanked by the Presidential Palace your visit will include the Metropolitan Cathedral of Quito, the Archbishop's Palace and the City Hall. Ramble through the city's old streets on your way to El Sagrario church and its exquisitely carved stone façade and step inside the awe-inspiring church of the Society of Jesus. Walk on to the Convent and Church of San Francisco, one of the greatest religious buildings on the South American continent. Drive up to the top of the Panecillo hill for breathtaking panoramic views of Quito.

Afternoon

Afternoon at leisure.

Evening

Free evening.

Overnight at your hotel in Quito.

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the hotel

Day 13 DEPARTURE

At the indicated time, transfer to Quito airport (50 min). Check-in and assistance.

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the hotel

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Services

What's included

Accommodation

Nights
9 nights in 3 or 4* premium hotels + 3 nights onboard M/C Archipel I cruise ship

Meals

Bed & Breakfast plan
12 breakfasts + 4 lunches + 3 dinners
Full board plan
12 breakfasts + 12 lunches + 12 dinners

Transportation

Train
Train trip to Machu Picchu in comfortable economy class: Ollantaytambo/Aguas Calientes/Ollantaytambo
Shuttle
Shuttle transfers from/to Baltra Airport on days 8 and 11
Car
Private car for all transfers and land-based visits, shared shuttle in the Galapagos
Cruise
4 day/3 night cruise onboard M/C Archipel I

Orientation

Guide
Private English-speaking guide for all land-based visit, shared naturalist English-speaking guide in the Galapagos

Entrance Fees

All entrance fees except for the Galapagos

What's not included

  • Regional Flights: 1710 USD/Person
  • International Flights
  • Entrance fee to Galapagos National Park: 100 USD/Person
  • Migration Card: 20 USD/Person
  • Travel Insurance
  • Extra Meals
  • Drinks
  • Tips

Important notes

Each guest must strictly follow the Galapagos National Park Rules: 

  • Remain on marked trails at visitor sites and respect signs at all times for the protection of wildlife
  • Maintain a distance of at least six feet (two meters) from wildlife to avoid disturbing them, even if they approach you
  • Never feed wildlife, as this can cause health problems
  • Flash photography is not permitted when taking photos of wildlife
  • Professional photography and videos recorded for commercial purposes must be authorized by the Galapagos National Park Department
  • It is your responsibility not to introduce food, animals, or plants into the Archipelago. Cooperate fully with all environmental inspection and quarantine officials during your visit.
  • Do not take or buy any products or souvenirs made from banned substances, including black coral, shells, lava rock, animal parts, or any native wood or vegetation prior to leaving Galapagos. This is illegal and must be reported
  • Practice “leave-no-trace” principles in order to maintain the beauty of the environment
  • Pack out all trash and dispose of or recycle it in the populated areas or on your tour boat
  • Smoking and/or campfires are strictly prohibited within the Galapagos National Park

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