Llamas overlooking Machu Picchu

Peru, Ecuador & the Galapagos

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Overview

Featuring Enchanting Lima, then to the Andes for Cusco & the lost world of Machu Picchu; plus picturesque Quito & a spectacular 4 night Galapagos Cruise
Style Small Group TourTravel with a small, intimate group of 15-24 likeminded travelers escorted by an English speaking guide and/or tour manager for some or all of your journey. More of these packages
24 travelers max, dedicated tour escorts & guides throughout
Departures Scheduled Dates; select from 5 open departures, June – November 2017
Price Includes
  • Flights
  • Cruise
  • Coach
  • Transfers
  • Hotel
  • Meals
  • Guides
  • Round trip flights from Miami via LATAM Airlines including fuel surcharges and taxes and fees, with other gateways available on request
  • All flights within Peru & Ecuador
  • All ground transportation and transfers
  • Accommodations in Superior and Deluxe hotels with private bath
  • Vistadome train to/from Machu Picchu
  • Four-night Galapagos Cruise aboard the Yacht La Pinta in Luxury cabins
  • Breakfast daily plus 4 lunches and 6 dinners
  • Galapagos National Park Fee ($100) & Transit Control Card ($20)
  • Comprehensive guided sightseeing tours including entrance fees
  • Professional English-speaking tour directors and guides
Optional
  • Optional second visit to Machu Picchu or opportunity to climb to Huayna Picchu
  • Exciting excursion from Cusco to Tipon & Andahuaylillas
Highlights
  • Explore modern and colonial Lima and visit the Larco Herrera Museum
  • Wander through the mysterious ruins of Machu Picchu
  • Experience real Peruvian culture in Cusco and the Sacred Valley
  • Cruise the Galapagos in style on the Yacht La Pinta in Luxury Cabins
  • See Quito’s most important landmarks and the Equatorial Monument
  • Shop for unique souvenirs at the famous indigenous market at Otavalo
  • Visit the Charles Darwin Research Center & the Cerro Colorado Tortoise Habitat
Departs Miami (MIA) (flight schedule)
Themes History & Culture,  Nature & Wildlife,  Small Ship Cruises
What to Expect This fast-paced, escorted tour involves a significant amount of walking or hiking, often on uneven terrain, and reaches high altitudes requiring a high level of physical fitness to fully enjoy the trip. This tour also includes long scenic drives between destinations and may have limited rest stops. The Galapagos cruise portion of this tour may have up to 48 passengers on board.
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Peru, Ecuador & the Galapagos itinerary

Join us on a fascinating voyage of discovery as we visit some of the most splendid and awesome sites in South America. In Peru, you’ll see Lima, the City of Kings; Cusco, the ancient Incan capital; and Machu Picchu, the Lost City. In Ecuador, you’ll visit Quito, the lovely colonial capital city and UNESCO World Heritage site; Otavalo, with its colorful, charming market that is known throughout the world; and then cruise the Galapagos Islands, the magical place that inspired Charles Darwin to propose his theory of evolution. And while there are no compromises in the quality of the hotels and the scope of touring included in our program, it's yours for a price that's as amazing as the trip itself!

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Dates, Prices & Options

Departure Dates & Prices

Departures & Prices
per person, double occupancy*
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Apr 6
Tue Mar 21 2017 Wed Apr 5 2017 $6799   Departed
Tue Apr 4 2017 Wed Apr 19 2017 $6799   Closed
Tue May 2 2017 Wed May 17 2017 $7399 $6799 Closed
Tue May 16 2017 Wed May 31 2017 $7399 $6799 Closed
Tue May 30 2017 Wed Jun 14 2017 $7399 $6799 Closed
Tue Jun 27 2017 Wed Jul 12 2017 $7399 $6799 Available
Tue Jul 25 2017 Wed Aug 9 2017 $7399 $6799 Available
Tue Aug 22 2017 Wed Sep 6 2017 $7399 $6799 Available
Tue Sep 19 2017 Wed Oct 4 2017 $7399 $6799 Available
Tue Nov 14 2017 Wed Nov 29 2017 $7399 $6799 Available
Tue Nov 28 2017 Wed Dec 13 2017 $7399 $6799 Closed

Want to stay longer? We may be able to arrange for you to stay later than the scheduled dates. Contact us about prices and availability.

Options & Fees

Optionals & Upgrades
Rooming Selection
Double Occupancy, Luxury Cabin included
Single Occupancy, Luxury Cabin +$2499
Peru Optional Excursions
Machu Picchu 2nd Visit +$85
Machu Picchu 2nd Visit Plus Huayna Picchu Entrance +$95
Tipon & Andahuaylillas Excursion +$69
Chinchero & Maras (or Moray) Excursion +$89
Taxes & Fees
Galapagos National Park Fee of $100 included
INGALA Tourist Control Card of $20 included

Flights & Departure Cities

Departure Airports
Miami (MIA) included

This package includes round-trip flights from the cities listed above. Please review the flight schedule, especially if you're booking connecting flights.

Coming from somewhere else? Unfortunately, we don't offer departures from cities that are not listed, but you can book your own connecting flights separately.

How to Make a Reservation

To make a reservation, simply select an available departure date and reserve online using our secure booking system. Or call one of our travel specialists at 800-555-5765, Mon–Fri 9:30–6:00 Eastern time. But first, check out our Things to Know section.

We only require a per-person deposit payment, which you can pay with your credit card or PayPal account. This deposit will be applied towards the cost of your package, and is generally non-refundable (details). The balance is due 105 days prior to departure (or within 72 hours, if you're booking less than 105 days prior to departure), and can be paid by credit card, PayPal, check or money order.

Deposit
Deposit $800

Itinerary

Day 1: Depart USA/Arrive Lima

Accommodations: 2 nights Marriott Courtyard Miraflores, Lima.

  • Depart USA on your flight bound for Lima, Peru
  • Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel

Day 2: Lima

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • After breakfast visit the Larco Herrera Museum
  • Enjoy some free time for lunch
  • In the afternoon embark on a panoramic tour of Lima

Plaza de Armas, LimaFull Day Itinerary:After breakfast, your exploration begins with a visit to the Larco Herrera Museum, boasting one of the greatest private collections of pre-Columbian artifacts. Its permanent exhibition includes a variety of colorful textiles, ceramics and jewelry, but perhaps its most interesting collection consists of ancient erotic artifacts. Next, enjoy some free time for lunch before embarking on a panoramic tour of Lima, driving by the Monastery of San Francisco, the Plaza de Armas, the Cathedral of Lima, the ornate Archbishop’s Palace and other buildings. You will also visit the fashionable districts of San Isidro and Miraflores with their beautiful parks and elegant residences overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

Day 3: Sacred Valley

Accommodations: 1 night Casa Andina Private Collection, Sacred Valley. Included meals: Breakfast & dinner

  • After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Cusco
  • Explore Pisac Market and shop for unique crafts
  • Continue to Ollantaytambo and tour the fortress and ruins

Full Day Itinerary: After breakfast, transfer to the airport to board a short flight to Cusco, capital of the Inca Empire (11,000 feet above sea level). Upon arrival, travel to nearby Pisac, a picturesque Andean village with a wonderful market. Here you'll have a chance to buy locally made ponchos, sweaters and other handcrafted clothing, ceramics and hand-painted beads. Enjoy browsing the "locals" section of the market, where villagers come from miles around, dressed in their traditional clothing, to barter and sell their produce.

OllantaytamboContinue to Ollantaytambo (3,000 feet above sea level), located at the foot of spectacular Inca ruins which protected the strategic entrance to the lower Urubamba Valley, also known as the Sacred Valley. The temple area is at the top of a series of steep terraces which helped provide excellent defenses. Stone used for these buildings was brought from a quarry high up on the opposite side of the Urubamba River, an incredible feat involving the efforts of thousands of workers. Afterwards, check in to your hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 4: Machu Picchu

Accommodations: 1 night El Mapi Hotel, Machu Picchu. Included meals: Breakfast

  • Transfer to Ollanta station to board the Vistadome train to Machu Picchu
  • Enjoy a guided tour of the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu

Machu PicchuFull Day Itinerary: It's a short drive from your hotel to the Ollanta railroad station where you'll board the Vistadome train that will take you through the lush Urubamba Valley, passing through stunning scenery en route to the Lost City of the Incas, Machu Picchu, one of the most spectacular and enigmatic archaeological sites in the world. (8,000 feet above sea level)

Unknown to the outside world until archaeologist Hiram Bingham rediscovered it in 1911, Machu Picchu is now the most recognizable symbol of the Incan Empire. Believed to have served as a country retreat town for Inca nobility, the complex consists of giant walls, terraces, and ramps constructed from precisely cut rock formations. This impressive architectural feat, in combination with its breathtaking natural setting amid mist-covered green mountains above the rushing Urubamba River, makes for a visually stunning, and even mystical, experience. Enjoy the remainder of the day and evening in Aguas Calientes, at the foot of Machu Picchu.

Day 5: Machu Picchu & Cusco

Accommodations: 2 nights Novotel Cusco. Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Morning at leisure or optional second visit to Machu Picchu
  • Return to Ollanta station by Vistadome train then transfer to Cusco by bus

Machu Picchu panoramaFull Day Itinerary: Enjoy the morning at leisure to explore the quaint town of Aguas Calientes, revisit the citadel at Machu Picchu or trek to the top of Huayna Picchu on an optional excursion. This afternoon, journey back to Ollanta station by Vistadome train, then continue to Cusco by motor coach. Upon arrival, check into your hotel for overnight.

Optional Excursion: Second Visit to Machu Picchu, $85 or $95. Early this morning, there will be an opportunity to independently visit Machu Picchu for a second time, and for the more adventurous, to test their limits with a climb to Huayna Picchu, the sharp peak which towers above the citadel. Entrance to Machu Picchu: $85 per person. Entrance to Machu Picchu & Huayna Picchu: $95 per person. Price includes reserved ticket and roundtrip bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu. Please contact us to reserve this option in advance as availability is limited.

Day 6: Cusco

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Morning at leisure or join the Tipon & Oropesa optional excursion
  • Afternoon city tour of Cusco
  • Visit the Sacsayhuaman Fortress & Puka Pukara

Full Day Itinerary: 
Plaza de Armas, CuzcoAfter breakfast, enjoy the morning at leisure or take advantage of an optional excursion to Tipon & Oropesa. This afternoon, enjoy a panoramic city tour of Cusco. You'll see the Plaza de Armas, center of the Inca Empire, where Francisco Pizarro proclaimed the conquest of Cusco. Here, you'll visit Cusco's beautiful 16th century cathedral. Then, just a few blocks away, you will discover the ruins of the Koricancha, an important temple built to honor Inti, the Incan sun god. When the conquistadors first arrived in Cusco, the temple was covered in sheets of solid-gold and adorned with golden statues, but within months of their arrival, the temple was stripped and the gold plundered as treasure for Spain.

Ruins, Sacsayhuaman Fortress

Next, visit Sacsayhuaman fortress, an emblematic Inca construction built in the 15th century. The size of the fortress and its massive stones are remarkable, and the manner in which they were transported, cut, and laid is still a mystery. Next, travel to Puka Pukara, also known as the "red fortress", which is thought to have been a military stronghold. It has many rooms, courtyards, bathrooms, aqueducts, and towers to explore.

Optional Excursion: Tipon & Andahuaylillas, $69. This morning’s optional excursion begins with a scenic drive to Tipon, an impressive complex located 15 miles outside of Cusco. Tipon is an ancient marvel of engineering consisting of twelve agricultural terraces and an advanced irrigation system that is still used by the local population to this day. Next, continue to Andahuaylillas and visit the Church of San Pedro Apostol, considered the “Sistine Chapel of the Americas” because of its ornate gold-leaf altar and beautiful artwork adorning its ceiling and walls.

Day 7: Cusco & Lima.

Accommodations: 1 night Hotel Costa del Sol Lima Airport.  Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Day at leisure or join the Chinchero & Maras or Moray excursion
  • Transfer to the airport for your flight to Lima

Full Day Itinerary: Enjoy the day at leisure in this beautiful town in the high Andes Mountains. You may stroll through the main square, or wander through the many charming side streets. Alternatively, take advantage of an optional excursion to Chinchero and Maras or Moray. This evening, bid adiós to Peru as you transfer to the airport for your overnight return flight via Lima.

Chinchero MarketOptional Excursion: Chinchero & Maras or Moray, $89 This morning’s optional excursion begins with a visit to the ancient village of Chinchero and its beautiful colonial church built upon the original foundations of Tupac Yupanqui Palace. Explore Chinchero’s artisan weaver’s complex, and discover the traditional techniques of weaving, dyeing and spinning. Next, depending on your departure date, you will visit Maras or Moray. During the dry season (May through late-November) visit the salt works of Maras, consisting of about 3000 small pools, constructed on a mountain side. The ancient Inca would irrigated these pools with brackish spring water and allow them to evaporate to produce salt for the empire. During the rainy season (late-November through April), visit the archaeological site of Moray consisting of enormous terraces in concentric rings which allowed ancient farmers to create diverse microclimates and harvest a variety of crops.

Day 8: Lima & Quito, Ecuador.

Accommodations: 2 nights Hilton Colon, Quito. Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Transfer to the airport for your flight to Quito
  • Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel

Full Day Itinerary: Today bid adiós to Peru as you transfer to the airport for your flight to Quito, Ecuador's capital city (9,500 feet above sea level). Upon arrival and after customs formalities, you will be met and transferred to your hotel for check-in.

Day 9: Quito

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Panoramic city tour of Quito and Equatorial Monument

Quito and Cayambe volcanoFull Day Itinerary: Today, enjoy a panoramic city tour of Quito. Arguably one of the loveliest of all South American cities, Quito enjoys a spectacular setting surrounded by mountains and several snow-capped volcanoes, including the still-active Mt. Pichincha. Begin your walking tour at Independence Plaza, flanked by the Cathedral, Presidential Palace, Municipal Building and the Archbishops’ Palace. The next stop, La Compañía de Jesús, has an ornate and richly sculptured facade and interior, with colored columns, 10-sided altars, and gilded balconies. Continue to the Monastery of San Francisco, Quito's oldest church and the largest colonial building constructed in Latin America.

Next, drive 16 miles north of Quito to the Equatorial Monument, the Mitad del Mundo ("Middle of the World"), commemorating the exact place where Charles Marie de la Condamine established the Equator, where you can stand with one foot in the northern and one in the southern hemisphere.

Day 10: Quito, Galapagos Cruise: Baltra & South Plaza Island

Accommodations: 4 nights Yacht La Pinta. Included meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

  • Transfer to the airport for your flight to Baltra Island, gateway to the Galapagos
  • Continue to the dock to board your yacht, La Pinta
  • Settle into your cabin, and enjoy an introductory briefing and lunch
  • In the afternoon, arrive at South Plaza Island

Blue-footed boobyFull Day Itinerary: Transfer to the airport for your flight to Baltra Island, gateway to the Galapagos Islands to begin your adventure. Upon arrival, transfer to the dock to board your yacht, La Pinta, your home for the next 4 nights. Settle into your cabin, and enjoy an introductory briefing and lunch.

In the afternoon, arrive at South Plaza Island. The turquoise waters of the channel here contrast brilliantly with the white sand and black lava of the shoreline, while a carpet of scarlet sesuvium succulents serves as groundcover for a grove of luminescent green prickly-pear cactus beyond, populated by yellow-grey land iguanas. Along the coastline you may find sea lion colonies, while sea birds play with the thermals that form along the cliffs of this small but spectacular island.

Day 11: Galapagos Cruise: Sante Fe Island & San Cristóbal Island

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

  • After breakfast, take a dinghy to Sante Fe Island
  • Snorkel & swim from the beach or take a glass-bottomed boat ride
  • Disembark at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno on San Cristobal Island
  • Visit the Cerro Colorado Tortoise Habitat

SealFull Day Itinerary: After breakfast, take a dinghy to Sante Fe Island, where you'll find an idyllic sandy white beach populated by many sea lion harems. The endemic land iguana, unique to this island, may be spotted during the morning walk amid the giant prickly pear cactus. Here, you may snorkel and swim from the beach, or explore the water from a glass-bottomed boat.

After lunch, we disembark at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno on San Cristobal Island and drive 40 minutes to the island’s southern shore. At Cerro Colorado, we visit the breeding centre for highly endangered giant tortoises in the midst of a fantastic deciduous forest, home to dozens of bird species, including the San Cristóbal mockingbird, and the San Cristóbal lava lizard, both island endemics.

Day 12: Galapagos Cruise: Punta Pitt & Cerro Brujo

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

  • This morning land at the eastern tip of San Cristóbal Island
  • Enjoy a walk along the shoreline of Punta Pitt
  • In the afternoon take a dingy to the white coral beach at Cerro Brujo

Sally Lightfoot CrabFull Day Itinerary: We land at the eastern tip of San Cristóbal Island this morning. The trail that ascends from the beach provides spectacular views of the shoreline; we can observe frigates, plus a colony of bachelor sea lions. After the walk, if conditions are favorable, there is a chance to swim from the beach and snorkel.

In the afternoon following lunch on board, a dinghy ride along the shores of tuff-stone layers takes us to Cerro Brujo’s expansive, white coral beach, great for walking, with rewarding bird-watching featuring seabirds and shore birds. Also, look out for Galapagos sea lions. These are the same shores that Charles Darwin walked upon, back in September 1835.

Day 13: Galapagos Cruise: Española Island, Punta Suarez & Gardner Bay

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

  • Morning walk at Punta Suarez
  • Enjoy the white coral beach of Gardner Bay

Male frigate birdFull Day Itinerary: This morning, enjoy an exciting walk at Punta Suarez, to see its colonies of unique sea birds, including waved albatrosses (April-December), Nazca boobies, blue-footed boobies, and swallow-tail gulls. You'll also see the famous Galapagos "blow-hole," and keep an eye out for the famous marine iguanas with their interesting red, green and black coloration. Return to the ship for lunch on board.

In the afternoon, the picturesque white coral beach of Gardner Bay provides a beautiful setting for observing sea lions, mockingbirds, and finches. Enjoy an opportunity to snorkel or ride aboard a glass-bottomed boat.

Day 14: Galapagos Cruise: Charles Darwin Research Station, Baltra Island & Quito

Accommodations: 2 nights Hilton Colon, Quito. Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Disembark and visit the Charles Darwin Research Station
  • Transfer to the airport on Baltra Island for your flight back to Quito
  • Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel

Charles Darwin Research StationFull Day Itinerary: In the morning, disembark (dry landing) to visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station and the giant tortoises within an impressive giant prickly-pear cactus forest, also home to many land birds. The Research Station is the headquarters of scientific exploration, conservation and the National Park administration. Later, transfer via bus across Santa Cruz Island and take a short ferry ride to Baltra Island. Transfer to the airport to take your flight back to the mainland. 

Day 15: Otavalo Market & Quito

Included meals: Breakfast & dinner.

  • Drive along the Panamerican Highway to Otavalo
  • Explore the famous market at Otavalo
  • Continue to Peguche, a nearby Indian village
  • Return to Quito for a farewell dinner and overnight

Otavalo Market vendorFull Day Itinerary: This morning, set out on the Panamerican Highway to Otavalo. After driving through dramatic Andean scenery, arrive at the famous Indian fair and the textile market of Otavalo, undoubtedly one of the best in all of Latin America.

The beauty of Otavalo lies in its people, the Otavaleño Indians. Unlike other indigenous groups who have given up their traditional dress for modern jeans and t-shirts, Otavaleños are true to their ancestral cultural heritage, and are still easily identified by their distinctive dress. Women wear intricately embroidered blouses and a wealth of beaded necklaces, while men have long, braided hair and wear calf-length white trousers, ponchos and sandals. Stroll by their many stalls filled with ponchos, scarves, blankets, hats, handbags and more, and observe as the Otavaleños barter in silence.

Then proceed to Peguche, a nearby Indian village, where local artisans weave in their homes. Learn about their culture and everyday life. Later, return to Quito for a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 16: Depart Quito/Arrive USA

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Transfer to the airport for your return flight
  • Arrive in the USA later today

Important Notes

  • The high altitudes reached on this trip (Cusco is at 11,000 feet above sea level) and the amount of walking involved, often on uneven terrain, require that you be in good physical condition to fully enjoy the trip. We strongly suggest that you consult your physician if you have any concerns regarding your ability to handle these conditions.
  • Please remember that the exact route and program may vary according to weather and ocean conditions, and the wildlife encountered. There is no guarantee that all the possible species mentioned will be seen.
  • Itineraries and program are subject to change without previous notice due mainly to readjustment of the National Park policies and regulations, weather conditions, seasonal changes or safety reasons.

Dry landing: guests step from a dinghy onto rocks or a dock.

Wet landing: as a dinghy edges onto a sandy beach, guests step into knee-deep water and wade ashore.

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Our family just returned from our first Friendly Planet trip. We went to the Galapagos Islands. The arrangements went so smoothly. All the hotels were even nicer than we had anticipated and the guides were wonderful. There was not one hitch or issue. We can't recommend Friendly Planet highly enough. We had one glitch when the airline that provided transportation between the US and Ecuador stopped flying certain routes but Friendly Planet worked with us to find an alternative route.

Maura McMullen, Silver Spring, MD

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