Llamas overlooking Machu Picchu

Peru, Ecuador & Galapagos Cruise

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16 days  •  $7399 $6799
per person, double occupancy, including airfare*
based on Feb. 6, 2018 departure from MIA
$600 Early Bird Discount. Expires Oct. 26, 2017.*   All prices reflect savings.

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 7 open departures, February – October 2018
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 in Horizon Deck Explorer Cabin aboard the Santa Cruz II
  • Breakfast daily plus 4 lunches and 6 dinners
  • Galapagos National Park Fee ($100) & Transit Control Card ($20)
  • Comprehensive guided sightseeing tours including entrance fees
  • Snorkeling gear
  • 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 Santa Cruz II
  • 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 New York Kennedy (JFK), Miami (MIA) (flight schedule)
Themes History & CultureNature & WildlifeSmall 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 90 passengers on board.

Prepare for your trip Already booked? Find everything you need to know before you go, including information about passport & visa requirements, flights, luggage, and more.


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!LATAM Airlines

Dates, Prices & Options

Departure Dates & Prices

Early Bird Discount: Save up to $600 per person if you book by Oct. 26, 2017!
Departures & Prices
per person, double occupancy*
2017 DEPARTURES
Depart / Return Regular Price Early
Bird
Early Bird
Good Thru
Current
Price
Departs: Sat, Dec. 30, 2017
Returns: Sun, Jan. 14, 2018
Dec 30 – Jan 14 $7399 Closed
2018 DEPARTURES
Depart / Return Regular Price Early
Bird
Early Bird
Good Thru
Current
Price
Departs: Tue, Feb. 6, 2018
Returns: Wed, Feb. 21, 2018
Book by Thu, Oct. 26, 2017 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Feb 6 – Feb 21 $7399 –$600 Oct 26 $6799 Select
Departs: Tue, Apr. 17, 2018
Returns: Wed, May 2, 2018
Book by Thu, Oct. 26, 2017 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Apr 17 – May 2 $7399 –$600 Oct 26 $6799 Select
Departs: Tue, May 1, 2018
Returns: Wed, May 16, 2018
Book by Thu, Oct. 26, 2017 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
May 1 – May 16 $7399 –$600 Oct 26 $6799 Select
Departs: Tue, May 29, 2018
Returns: Wed, Jun. 13, 2018
Book by Thu, Oct. 26, 2017 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
May 29 – Jun 13 $7399 –$600 Oct 26 $6799 Select
Departs: Tue, Jun. 26, 2018
Returns: Wed, Jul. 11, 2018
Book by Thu, Oct. 26, 2017 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Jun 26 – Jul 11 $7399 –$600 Oct 26 $6799 Select
Departs: Tue, Jul. 24, 2018
Returns: Wed, Aug. 8, 2018
Jul 24 – Aug 8 $7399 Closed
Departs: Tue, Sep. 4, 2018
Returns: Wed, Sep. 19, 2018
Book by Thu, Oct. 26, 2017 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Sep 4 – Sep 19 $7399 –$600 Oct 26 $6799 Select
Departs: Tue, Oct. 2, 2018
Returns: Wed, Oct. 17, 2018
Book by Thu, Oct. 26, 2017 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Oct 2 – Oct 17 $7399 –$600 Oct 26 $6799 Select

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. (details)

Options & Fees

Optionals & Upgrades
Rooming Selection/Cabin Categories1
Double Occupancy, Explorer Cabin, Horizon Deck included
Single Occupancy, Explorer Cabin, Horizon Deck +$2399
Double Occupancy, Explorer Cabin, Expedition Deck
ON REQUEST
+$150
Single Occupancy, Explorer Cabin, Expedition Deck
ON REQUEST
+$2599
Double Occupancy, Explorer Cabin, Panorama Deck
ON REQUEST
+$250
Single Occupancy, Explorer Cabin, Panorama Deck
ON REQUEST
+$2699
Double Occupancy, Darwin Suite, Panorama Deck
ON REQUEST
+$700
Single Occupancy, Darwin Suite, Panorama Deck
ON REQUEST
+$3349
Peru Optional Excursions
Machu Picchu 2nd Visit +$95
Machu Picchu 2nd Visit Plus Huayna Picchu Entrance +$110
Tipon & Andahuaylillas Excursion +$75
Chinchero & Maras (or Moray) Excursion +$89

1. Cabin upgrades are subject to availability. We will confirm your cabin selection usually within 1 business day of your reservation. If the category you selected is unavailable, you'll have the option to select a different category (at the prices shown) or cancel your reservation and receive a refund of your deposit.

Taxes & Fees
Galapagos National Park Fee of $100 included
INGALA Tourist Control Card of $20 included

Flights & Departure Cities

Departure Airports
Miami (MIA) included
New York Kennedy (JFK)
Dec 30, 2017 unavailable
All other departures +$200

This package includes round-trip flights from the cities listed above, subject to availability. 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. But first, check out our Before You Book 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

December 30, 2017 Itinerary (Northern Cruise)

Peru, Ecuador & the Galapagos Northern Cruise Itinerary Map

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
  • NOTE: Passengers from Miami must check-in the night before the scheduled departure.
  • Please refer to your flight schedule for departure times, you must check in at the airport at least 3 hours prior to your flight's departure

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 (10,000 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, $95 or $110. 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: $95 per person. Entrance to Machu Picchu & Huayna Picchu: $110 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, $75. 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 & Santa Cruz Island

Accommodations: 4 nights Santa Cruz II. 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 cruise ship, the Santa Cruz II
  • Settle into your cabin, and enjoy an introductory briefing and lunch
  • In the afternoon, visit Las Bachas on the north shore of Santa Cruz 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 cruise ship, the Santa Cruz II, your home for the next 4 nights. Settle into your cabin, and enjoy an introductory briefing and lunch.

In the afternoon, visit Las Bachas on the north shore of Santa Cruz Island. This beautiful visitor site is a glorious white beach with a couple of brackish lagoons only a few steps away from the sea. These lagoons are the feeding grounds of various wading birds, from stilts to flamingos. You may enjoy swimming and or snorkeling at this beach too. Return to the ship for a welcome cocktail and dinner.

Day 11: Galapagos Cruise: Santiago Island

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

  • After breakfast, explore the impressive cliffs of Buccaneer Cove
  • Disembark at the beach and enjoy a swim
  • Enjoy a short walk, a great opportunity to see land and marine birds

SealFull Day Itinerary: After breakfast, explore the coastline along the impressive cliffs of Buccaneer Cove, learning about the area’s distant and recent history. The cove is home to a large number of marine birds, sea lions, and inter-tidal organisms. Enjoy fantastic natural formations such as the “Elephant Rock”, “The Bishop” and an impressive natural cave. Weather permitting, there will be an opportunity for snorkeling, and a ride on the panga or glass-bottom boat.

Disembark at the beach and enjoy a swim or snorkel amid a rocky shoreline, usually in the company of marine turtles. From here, head off for a walk, a great opportunity to see land and marine birds amid a landscape of tuff-stone layers and lava flows.  At low tide, marine iguanas graze upon the algae beds and we can also observe a colony of fur seals. After the visit, enjoy some time for swimming and snorkeling.

Day 12: Galapagos Cruise: Rabida Island & Bartolome Island

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

  • This morning visit Rabida Island to observe a number of species 
  • In the afternoon, a wet landing on Bartolome Island

Sally Lightfoot CrabFull Day Itinerary: Depending on conditions, some groups will go for a fascinating panga ride along the shores while others will disembark on Rabida Island’s red-colored beach, caused by the unusually high content of iron in the volcanic material. A walk brings you close to a colony of sea lions, marine iguanas, mockingbirds, yellow warblers and several species of Darwin’s finches. Very close to the beach, a salt pond occasionally hosts American flamingos. This is a great place to snorkel from the beach, both for beginners as well as for experienced snorkelers, due to the unique combination of underwater species and submarine landscapes. During navigation to the next island, you may sometimes even spot dolphins!

Today’s afternoon activities begin with a wet landing on the golden beach of Bartolome Island, dominated by the imposing Pinnacle Rock. There’s great snorkeling and swimming from the beach plus the chance to ride the glass bottom boat. After returning to the ship, split into two groups: the first lands for a hike to the summit of this diminutive island that boasts fantastic views of the archipelago. This is a moderately steep climb aided by a wooden staircase, resting platforms and handrails – the view from the top is worth the effort! The second takes to the pangas to explore the rugged and volcanic shoreline.  The groups then swap so that everyone experiences the full beauty of this island.

Day 13: Galapagos Cruise: Genovesa Island

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

  • Hike up some stairs to a flat rocky plateau of Genovesa Island
  • In the afternoon, land at a beautiful beach to enjoy some swimming

Male frigate birdFull Day Itinerary: The morning starts with a steep climb (only 90 feet) up some stairs to reach a flat rocky plateau of Genovesa Island. Along the walk, observe large colonies of Nazca boobies, red-footed boobies, great frigate birds and storm petrels. Those not wishing to disembark can enjoy a longer panga ride along the cliffs (depending on weather conditions) - kayaking is optional.

In the afternoon, land at a beautiful beach to enjoy some swimming and/or snorkeling. Afterwards, take an easy stroll to observe hundreds of birds, mainly frigate birds, red-footed and Nazca boobies, gulls, herons, finches and mockingbirds. There will be an opportunity for snorkeling, kayaking and swimming.

Day 14: Galapagos Cruise: Santa Cruz IslandBaltra Island & Quito

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

  • Disembark and visit the Tortoise Reserve on Santa Cruz Island
  • Transfer to the airport on Baltra Island for your flight back to Quito
  • Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel

Giant TortoiseFull Day Itinerary: Start your last morning at the north shore of Santa Cruz Island. After breakfast, your luggage will be taken to the airport, while you visit the Tortoise Reserve. A dry landing at a passenger’s wharf and a bus ride to the loftier region of the island will provide the last highlight of the cruise: giant tortoises in the wild. The windward slopes of the island are home to two species of giant tortoises. These lush highlands include dense forests of Galapagos daisies, orchids and bromeliads, and several endemic land birds.

Later, transfer to the airport to take your flight back to the mainland. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

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 - some flights may arrive back to the USA the next day 

February - October 2018 Itinerary (Western Cruise)

Peru, Ecuador & the Galapagos Western Cruise Itinerary Map

Day 1: Depart USA/Arrive Lima

Accommodations: 2 nights Marriott Courtyard Miraflores, Lima. (Atton San Isidro on Apr 17, 2018 departure)

  • Depart USA on your flight bound for Lima, Peru
  • Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel
  • Please refer to your flight schedule for departure times, you must check in at the airport at least 3 hours prior to your flight's departure
  • NOTE: Passengers from Miami must check-in the night before the scheduled departure
  • NOTE: New York (JFK) departs the night before the departure dates listed above for Miami

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, $95 or $110. 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: $95 per person. Entrance to Machu Picchu & Huayna Picchu: $110 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, $75. 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 & Santa Cruz Island

Accommodations: 4 nights Santa Cruz II. 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 cruise ship, the Santa Cruz II
  • Settle into your cabin, and enjoy an introductory briefing and lunch
  • In the afternoon, visit Dragon Hill on the north shore of Santa Cruz 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 cruise ship, the Santa Cruz II, your home for the next 4 nights. Settle into your cabin, and enjoy an introductory briefing and lunch.

In the afternoon, arrive at Santa Cruz Island. The north shore of Santa Cruz hosts the fascinating landscapes of Dragon Hill. The first part of a walk passes a brackish-water lagoon frequented by shorebirds, ducks and flamingos, while further inland, the trail offers a beautiful view of the bay and the western islands of the archipelago, as well as the chance of observing land iguanas.

Day 11: Galapagos Cruise: Isabela Island & Fernandina Island

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

  • After breakfast, explore the coast of Isabela Island by panga 
  • Depending on weather conditions, snorkel or swim along the cliffs  
  • Continue to Punta Espinoza on Fernandina Island 

SealFull Day Itinerary: After breakfast, explore the coast of Isabela Island by panga, while the naturalist guide explains the dramatic geology of the area, a nesting place for several Galapagos highlights: flightless cormorants, Galapagos penguins, fur seals, and boobies. Depending on weather conditions, snorkel or swim along the cliffs of this area rich in marine life, seasonally-visited by green sea turtles and oceanic sun fish.

The afternoon is dedicated to exploring the youngest island of the archipelago, Fernandina, which, having no introduced mammals, boasts a very unique environment with a very high density of marine iguanas, who share their space with sea lions, Sally light-foot crabs, hawks, penguins and the flightless cormorants.

Day 12: Galapagos Cruise: Santa Cruz Island 

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

  • This morning disembark and visit the Charles Darwin Research Station
  • Enjoy lunch in the cooler highlands of Santa Cruz Island
  • In the afternoon, enjoy one of a variety of activities available on Santa Cruz Island


Charles Darwin Research StationFull Day Itinerary:
 In the morning, disembark (dry landing followed by a brief bus ride) for a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station’s giant tortoise breeding center within an impressive giant prickly-pear cactus forest, home to many land birds. These are the headquarters of scientific investigation, conservation and the National Park administration. Following the visit, board a transport to enjoy lunch in the cooler highlands of Santa Cruz Island, a completely different ecosystem.

There are several options available for the afternoon, which can be discussed in advance with your Expedition Leader. Options include beach walks, kayaks, walks along the tortoise reserve, etc.  At the end of the afternoon’s activities, return to Puerto Ayora and embark on the Santa Cruz II.

Day 13: Galapagos Cruise: Floreana Island

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

  • This morning, enjoy a panga ride along Floreana’s north shore
  • Land at Post Office Bay to visit the historic post office barrel 
  • Explore the underwater wonders around Champion Islet
  • Enjoy a walk around Punta Cormorant

Male frigate birdFull Day Itinerary: After breakfast, enjoy a panga ride along the maze of channels on Floreana’s north shore. Continue to Baroness Cove with its breathtaking views of Floreana. Land at Post Office Bay to visit the historic barrel that has served as a post office in the archipelago for over two centuries and where postcards are traditionally left for guests from other vessels to hand-deliver to their destinations. Head back on board for lunch.

Following lunch and a siesta, take a panga or glass-bottom boat to explore the underwater wonders around Champion Islet, an extinct shield volcano, regarded as one of the best snorkeling spots in the archipelago. From there, it’s on to Punta Cormorant, beginning with a wet landing on the beach for an easy walk that includes a brackish-water lagoon where bird species such as American flamingos, pintail ducks, common stilts, herons, sandpipers, and others gather. Continue the walk over to a white-sand beach, where sea turtles emerge from the sea at night to nest (from December to May).

Day 14: Galapagos Cruise: Baltra Island & Quito

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

  • Disembark and transfer to the airport on Baltra Island for your flight back to Quito
  • Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel

Sally Lightfoot CrabFull Day Itinerary: Disembark and transfer to the airport to take your flight back to the mainland. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

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 - some flights may arrive back to the USA the next day 

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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This was our first ever group tour package... and we'll definitely consider another with Friendly Planet based on our experience! The accommodations are all high quality and unique; hotel service outstanding. Our enthusiastic guide, Vivian, and capable driver Jose, were warm, hospitable, knowledgeable ambassadors for their country. Vivian enjoyed maximizing our experiences whether it was at a simple ice cream stop or describing in detail church art treasures. And she's lots of fun! Highlights for my husband Harris and I were the two amazing days spent at Casa del Suizo in Amazonia. Our local guide, Ramon, welcomed us into his culture and literally made the jungle come alive letting us sniff aromatic termite nests or offering us freshly cut jungle hearts of palm to eat. And then there was the blow dart tournament...

Deborah Samuels, New Smyrna Beach, FL

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