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Peru, Galapagos Islands & Quito

Explore enchanting Peru from Lima & Cusco to the lost world of Machu Picchu; then five nights in the incredible Galapagos Islands followed by the bustling city of Quito

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Departures October 2024 – December 2025 Group Size 16 travelers max
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What to Expect This fast-paced, partially 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. Travel safely and confidently with our new health & safety protocols.
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From the historical and cultural wonders of Peru to the fascinating wildlife and delicate ecosystems of the Galapagos Islands, join us on an exciting voyage through some of South America's most iconic sights. 

Start in Peru where you'll visit Lima, the City of Kings and Cusco, the ancient Incan capital. Board the Vistadome train and travel through the lush Urubamba Valley to the Lost City, Machu Picchu, tucked high in the peaks of the Andes Mountains. Mingle with local artisans, share meals with fellow travelers, and shop for handmade arts and crafts at the Pisac market. 

Then travel to the fascinating landscapes and islands that inspired Darwin's theory of evolution as you island hop from the stunning shores of Santa Cruz island to the natural wonders of Isabela Island. The Galapagos offer a once-in-a-lifetime chance to mingle with stunning wildlife, walk among lava channels and through a cactus forest, and take in the views, seemingly untouched by man.

Finish your trip in the bustling urban center of Quito. Your expert guide will take you through the cultural and historic sights including the Equatorial Monument and Otavalo, where you can wander through the colorful market and barter for traditional ponchos, hats, jewelry and more. 

LATAM Airlines

Package includes

  • Flights
  • Coach
  • Transfers
  • Hotel
  • Meals
  • Guides
  • Round trip flights from Miami via LATAM Airlines including taxes & fees, with other gateways available on request
  • All flights within Peru & Ecuador
  • All ground transportation and transfers
  • Transportation between islands in shared charter speedboat
  • 16 nights accommodation in first class & superior first class hotels
  • Vistadome Train to/from Machu Picchu
  • 25 Meals: 15 breakfasts, 4 lunches & 6 dinners
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours including entrance fees
  • Professional English-speaking tour guides and a naturalist guide on the islands
  • Snorkeling gear
  • Galapagos National Park Fee ($100), Transit Control Card ($20), & Isabela Port Fee ($10)

Optional add-ons

  • Flights from other cities are available. Request pricing when making your reservation.
  • Optional second visit to Machu Picchu or opportunity to climb to Huayna Picchu
  • Exciting excursions from Cusco to Tipon & Andahuaylillas and/or Chinchero & Maras (or Moray)

Why you'll love it

  • Explore Ollantaytambo, an Inca estate built with stone quarried from high up on the opposite side of the Urubamba River.
  • Travel on the Vistadome train through the lush Urubamba Valley to Machu Picchu, one of the most enigmatic archaeological sites in the world.
  • Be awe-struck by the magnificent Los Gemelos, two enormous lava chambers that collapsed and were engulfed by a scalesia forest.
  • Get up close and personal with giant Galapagos tortoises at a 600-acre private reserve.
  • Trek through the famous prickly-pear cactus forest and see Darwin’s finches, lava lizards and more!
  • Snorkel with sea lions, whitetip reef sharks, sea turtles, penguins and more in the Galapagos Islands' warm, shallow waters.
  • Stand in the northern and southern hemispheres simultaneously at Quito's Equatorial Monument.
  • Ride the Teleférico to approximately 13,285 feet above sea level for breathtaking views of Quito and the surrounding snow-capped volcanoes.
  • Hike the forested trails that lead to the stunning Peguche Waterfall.
  • Put your mixologist skills to the test as you participate in Pisco Sour class.
  • Shop for unique handicrafts at the most famous indigenous market at Otavalo.

Itinerary at a Glance

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Dates & Prices

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If you want a few extra days to explore on your own, we may be able to arrange for you to stay later than the scheduled dates, including extra hotel nights and separate airport transfers, for an additional charge. Ask us about prices and availability when (or after) you book. More information Want to extend your trip?

Options & Fees

Peru, Galapagos Islands & Quito
Rooming Selection
Double Occupancy included
Single Occupancy
Jul 18, 2024;  Sep 26, 2024;  Oct 24, 2024;  Nov 28, 2024 $2159
All other dates $2069
Optional Excursions
Machu Picchu 2nd Visit1 $125
Machu Picchu 2nd Visit Plus Huayna Picchu Entrance2 $145
Tipon & Andahuaylillas Excursion $90
Chinchero & Maras (or Moray) Excursion $110

1. Tickets for Machu Picchu must be purchased immediately after booking and are non-refundable.

2. Tickets to Huayna Picchu must be purchased immediately after booking and are non-refundable.

So that we can offer you the best deals, our packages are, like most hotels and cruises, priced based on double occupancy rooms or cabins. We charge solo travelers an extra fee to cover the extra costs of single occupancy rooms or cabins. (Consider: if you booked a $200/night hotel room solo, you would pay the $200 yourself; but if a couple booked the same room, each one would pay only $100.) But you only pay extra for the rooms or cabins, nothing else, including meals, sightseeing, tips, etc. Why are single rooms more?

Flights & Departure Cities

Departure Airports
Miami (MIA) included

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

Want to fly from another city? Unfortunately, we don't offer flights from other cities, but you can book your own connecting flights.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 Depart Miami/Arrive Lima

  • Depart Miami on your flight bound for Lima, Peru
  • Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for check-in

Iberostar Selection Miraflores

Day 2 Lima

  • Tour the historic district of Lima
  • Delight in a Pisco Sour class
  • Visit the Larco Herrera Museum

Iberostar Selection Miraflores Breakfast

Full Day Itinerary
Plaza de Armas, Lima

After breakfast, your exploration begins with a tour of the historic district of Lima. First, see the Presidential Palace on Plaza Mayor, which serves as the official residence of the President of Peru, City Hall of Lima, located in the Plaza de Armas, which was built in the early 20th century and is home to the local government of Lima. Next, visit the Cathedral of Lima, built in the mid-16th century. This stunning cathedral is the largest in the city and home to many architectural and artistic treasures. 

Before lunch, put your mixologist skills to the test as you participate in Pisco Sour class. This famous Peruvian cocktail is made with pisco, lime juice, simple syrup, egg white, and bitters. It is a refreshing drink popular among locals and international travelers.

The Larco Herrera Museum, located in Lima, Peru, is an archaeological and ethnographic museum containing one of the world's largest collections of pre-Columbian art. The museum was founded in 1926 by Rafael Larco Herrera, a Peruvian archaeologist and collector. The museum houses over 45,000 ancient artifacts spanning over 5,000 years of Peruvian history, including ceramics, textiles, metals, and jewelry. Highlights include the most extensive collection of Moche ceramics worldwide and essential pieces from the Nazca, Wari, and Inca cultures. The museum is housed in an 18th-century colonial mansion built on top of a pre-Columbian pyramid.

End the day with a visit to the fashionable district of Miraflores, with beautiful parks and elegant residences overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

Day 3 Sacred Valley

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

Casa Andina Premium Valle Sagrado Hotel & Villas or Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness Breakfast & dinner

Full Day Itinerary
Ollantaytambo

This morning, transfer to the airport to board a short flight to Cusco, the capital of the Inca Empire (11,000 feet above sea level). Upon arrival, travel to nearby Pisac, a picturesque Andean village with a beautiful 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 traditional clothing, to barter and sell their produce.

Continue to Ollantaytambo (9,160 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 an excellent defense. The stone used for these buildings was brought from a quarry high up on the opposite side of the Urubamba River, an incredible feat involving thousands of workers.

Afterward, check in to your hotel for dinner and overnight.

Note: 2025 departures will stay at Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness

Day 4 Machu Picchu

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

El MaPi Hotel Breakfast & dinner

Full Day Itinerary
Alpaca on Machu Picchu

It's a short drive from your hotel to the Ollantaytambo station, where you'll board the Vistadome train that will take you through the lush Urubamba Valley. The train ride passes through stunning scenery en route to the Lost City of the Incas, Machu Picchu, one of the world's most spectacular and enigmatic archaeological sites (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

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

Novotel Cusco Breakfast

Full Day Itinerary
Vistadome train

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 Ollantaytambo station by Vistadome train, then continue to Cusco by motor coach. Upon arrival, check in to your hotel for your overnight stay.

Optional Excursion: Second Visit to Machu Picchu
Tourists visiting Machu Picchu

Early this morning, have an opportunity to visit Machu Picchu for a second time independently.

Price includes a reserved entrance ticket and roundtrip bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu. Please contact us to reserve this option in advance as availability is limited.

Note: We are not able to secure your ticket for the Second Visit to Machu Picchu until we receive your valid passport information. Tickets are only issued by the Peruvian authorities upon receipt of valid passport details.

Optional Excursion: Second Visit to Machu Picchu & Huayna Picchu, $145
Close up view of Huayna Picchu

For the more adventurous traveler, visit Machu Picchu for a second time independently and test your limits with a climb to Huayna Picchu, the sharp peak towering above the citadel.

Price includes a reserved entrance ticket to Machu Picchu, Huayna Picchu and roundtrip bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu. Please contact us to reserve this option in advance as availability is limited.

Note: We are not able to secure your ticket for the Second Visit to Machu Picchu & Huayna Picchu until we receive your valid passport information. Tickets are only issued by the Peruvian authorities upon receipt of valid passport details.

Day 6 Cusco

  • Day at leisure or join one (or both!) optional excursions

Novotel Cusco Breakfast

Full Day Itinerary
Community group, Cusco Photo by Peggy Goldman

Enjoy the day at leisure in this beautiful town in the high Andes Mountains. You may stroll through the main square or wander the charming side streets. Alternatively, take advantage of one, or both, optional excursions!

Optional Excursion: Chinchero & Maras or Moray, $110
Chinchero market

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 weavers' complex, and discover the traditional weaving, dying, and spinning techniques. Next, depending on your departure date, visit Maras or Moray. During the dry season (May through late November), see the salt works of Maras, consisting of about 3,000 small pools constructed on a mountainside. The ancient Inca would irrigate 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 that allowed ancient farmers to create diverse microclimates and harvest various crops.

Optional Excursion: Tipon & Andahuaylillas, $90
Fountain, Tipon

This afternoon's optional excursion begins with a scenic drive to Tipon, an impressive complex located 15 miles outside Cusco. Tipon is an ancient marvel of engineering consisting of twelve agricultural terraces and an advanced irrigation system still used by the local population today. Next, continue to Andahuaylillas and visit the Church of San Pedro Apóstol, considered the "Sistine Chapel of the Americas" because of its ornate gold-leaf altar and beautiful artwork adorning its ceilings and walls.

Day 7 Cusco & Lima

  • Morning city tour of Cusco
  • Visit the Sacsayhuaman Fortress & Puka Pukara
  • Afternoon at leisure in Cusco for last minute shopping and exploration
  • This evening transfer to the airport for your flight to Lima

Costa del Sol Wyndham Lima Airport Breakfast & lunch

Full Day Itinerary
Aerial view of Cusco

After a leisurely breakfast, enjoy a panoramic city tour of Cusco. First, see the Plaza de Armas, the 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, discover the ruins of the Koricancha, a critical temple built to honor Inti, the Incan sun god. When the conquistadors arrived in Cusco, the temple was covered in sheets of solid gold and adorned with golden statues; however, within months of their arrival, the temple was stripped, and the gold was plundered as a treasure for Spain.

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

Return to Cusco for lunch at a local restaurant. The balance of the afternoon is yours to explore Cusco and shop for last-minute souvenirs. Why not make your way to the San Blas neighborhood, known as the "Balcony of Cusco"? Here you'll find excellent workshops and art shops of some of the best artisans specializing in goldsmithing, pottery, and wood and stone carving. This evening, transfer to the airport for your flight to Lima. Upon arrival, cross the sky bridge and check in to your airport hotel.

Day 8 Lima & Quito

  • Cross the sky bridge to the airport for your flight to Quito.
  • Upon arrival in Quito, meet our representative and transfer by hotel shuttle service to your hotel for check-in.

Wyndham Quito Airport or similar Breakfast

Full Day Itinerary

This morning, cross the sky bridge to Lima airport terminal and board your flight to Quito, the capital of Ecuador. Arrive in Quito (9,350 feet above sea level), and after customs formalities, you will be met and transferred by a scheduled shuttle service to your hotel for check-in and overnight.

Day 9 Quito, Baltra Island & Santa Cruz Island

  • Transfer to the airport for your flight to Baltra Island
  • Take a short ferry ride to Santa Cruz Island
  • Discover Los Gemelos lava chamber
  • Explore a 600-acre private giant tortoise reserve
  • Continue to Puerto Ayora for check-in and welcome drink

Hotel Solymar Breakfast & lunch

Full Day Itinerary
Giant tortoises

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Baltra, the gateway to the Galapagos Islands. Next, take a short ferry across Itabaca Channel to Santa Cruz Island, and then drive through the various microclimates on your way to the village of Puerto Ayora on the island's south side.

Today, see Los Gemelos (The Twins), two enormous collapsed lava chambers, an awe-inspiring visual reminder of the power of nature. The path to the lava chambers is a beautiful introduction to the incredible biodiversity of the Santa Cruz Highlands, teeming with endemic flora and fauna, including a scalesia forest draped in liverwort and mosses as well as numerous birds, such as Darwin Finches.

Afterward, drive to a 600-acre private reserve where giant Galapagos tortoises freely roam, graze, and sleep. Feel free to mingle with these gentle giants. As prehistoric as these creatures look, wait until you hear what they sound like! Galápago is Spanish for tortoise, and the islands were named for these fantastic creatures. There will be a selection of field boots for your use if conditions are muddy.

Next, have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore the remnants of an illuminated lava tunnel. Created by ancient lava flows, the tunnel is 1,350 feet long with a ceiling nearly 20 feet high in most places, adorned with stalagmites & stalactites, mineral-colored walls, and a rippled lava floor.

Next, have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore the remnants of an illuminated lava tunnel. Created by ancient lava flows, the tunnel is 1,350 feet long with a ceiling nearly 20 feet high in most places, adorned with stalagmites & stalactites, mineral-colored walls, and a rippled lava floor.

Continue to Puerto Ayora to check into your centrally-located hotel.

Enjoy the afternoon at leisure. Spend time exploring the vibrant island-town including boutique shops, local handicraft markets, trendy coffee shops and more—or, enjoy a short, scenic walk to the Charles Darwin Center.

Day 10 Tortuga Bay & Isabela Island

  • Set out on a tour of beautiful Tortuga Bay
  • See exotic native species on a walk through a cactus forest
  • After a chance to swim, Kayak in Tortuga Bay
  • Board a speedboat and return to the docks near your hotel
  • Enjoy lunch on own
  • Board a 2 hour speedboat Isabela Island
  • Enjoy a short exploration of Puerto Villamil

Iguana Crossing Breakfast

Full Day Itinerary
Cactus forest, Tortuga Bay

This morning, enjoy a walking tour of Tortuga Bay. A short hike down a path will take you through a cactus forest, home to numerous Darwin Finches, Mockingbirds, Yellow Warblers, Lava Lizards, and many more of the Galapagos’ endemic and native species. From the white sandy beach, you will have a chance to observe different marine species, like sting rays and baby reef sharks, in the shallow waters of the mangroves. After an opportunity to swim, enjoy kayaking in Tortuga Bay.

This afternoon, board a shared charter speedboat and set off for Puerto Villamil on Isabela Island. The trip takes approximately two hours, and you may see some marine life, such as whales, dolphins, and manta rays. Upon arrival at Puerto Villamil, check in at your hotel. Afterward, enjoy a short exploration of Puerto Villamil.

Note: Transfer between islands is by speed boat and will take approximately two hours, dependent on the weather. The ride can be quite rough. Consider bringing a poncho in case of splashing and sea sickness medication if you are prone to sea sickness. 

Day 11 Isabela Island

  • Set out to see Concha de Perla
  • Visit the Flamingoes Lagoon

Iguana Crossing Breakfast & dinner

Full Day Itinerary
Blue-footed boobies, Isabela Island

After breakfast at the lodge, set out to see Concha de Perla, which has shallow, calm water, a perfect way to observe the fascinating marine life that inhabits this natural pool of crystal-clear water.   Take a short bus transfer by bus to the entrance and walk over a wooden walkway to reach the bay. You will have the opportunity to swim and snorkel with tropical fish, sea lions, penguins, turtles, and various species of birds.

This afternoon, visit the Flamingo Lagoon, accessible from your hotel by crossing a wooden path through wetlands.  Observe a variety of birds as well as marine iguanas. Once you reach the lagoon see the pink flamingos rest and feed. The flamingos are another characteristic of Galapagos birds are characterized by their long legs and unique walk. This evening, meet with fellow travelers for dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 12 Isabela Island & Santa Cruz Island

  • Explore a small group of islands called Las Tintoreras
  • Take a walk through a lava field that is home to a colony of marine iguanas
  • Board a 2 hour speedboat and return to Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island

Hotel Solymar Breakfast & dinner

Full Day Itinerary
Snorkeling with sea lion

After breakfast at the lodge, board a small craft and head out to Las Tintoreras, a small group of islands located just off the coast of Puerto Villamil. Here, you’ll take an intriguing walk through a jagged lava field, passing abundant colonies of nesting marine iguanas and sea lions, to see a small canal of shallow waters full of resting whitetip reef sharks. After the walk, you have the opportunity to snorkel in this warm, shallow bay surrounded by mangroves for a chance to see whitetip reef sharks, sea lions, sea turtles, and of course, the mystery of the mangrove below the surface.

This afternoon board a shared charter speedboat heading back to Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island. Upon arrival at the hotel, check in and enjoy some free time. Later this evening, enjoy dinner with fellow travelers.

Note: Transfer between islands is by speed boat and will take approximately two hours, dependent on the weather. The ride can be quite rough. Consider bringing a poncho in case of splashing and sea sickness medication if you are prone to sea sickness. 

Day 13 Santa Cruz Island

  • Enjoy an unforgettable shared boat tour off Santa Cruz Island
  • Snorkel near the small islet of La LoberĂ­a
  • Observe wildlife up close at Dog Beach and Tintoreras
  • Snorkeling and Swimming at Las Grietas
  • Enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant

Hotel Solymar Breakfast & dinner

Full Day Itinerary
Sally lightfoot crab Photo by Rod Long on Unsplash

After breakfast, set out for an exciting boat tour. Visit La Lobería, a tiny islet named for the large sea lion colony that calls it home. Here you'll enjoy snorkeling among colorful fish.

Then head to Love Channel--a hidden gem accessible only by boat! Enjoy crystal clear waters and abundant marine life, all surrounded by towering cliffs and lush greenery. Explore Dog Beach, aptly named for its playful and friendly sea lion residents who love to swim alongside visitors. Discover a variety of wildlife at Tintoreras as your guide leads you through the rocky landscape--including penguins, blue-footed boobies, and the namesake white-tipped reef sharks.

Lastly, stop for snorkeling and swimming at one of the most enchanting places on the island--Las Grietas! This unique formation is located between two cliffs where crystal clear water creates a natural swimming pool with an incredible view. It is the perfect spot to relax and enjoy the stunning surroundings while dipping in refreshing waters.

Return to Puerto Ayora and enjoy the afternoon at leisure.

Enjoy dinner with your fellow travelers on your last night in the Galapagos this evening.

Day 14 Santa Cruz Island & Quito

  • Transfer to Baltra airport for your flight back to Quito
  • Upon arrival in Quito this evening, transfer to your hotel for check-in

Swissotel Quito Breakfast

Day 15 Quito

  • City tour of Quito
  • Visit the Equatorial Monument, the "Middle of the World"
  • Ride on the gondola up to approximately 13,285 feet for a breathtaking experience

Swissotel Quito Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Full Day Itinerary
Mitad del Mundo

Today, enjoy a city tour of Quito. Arguably one of the loveliest South American cities, Quito offers a spectacular setting surrounded by mountains and several snow-capped volcanoes, including the still-active Mt. Pichincha. Begin your walking tour at the Presidential Palace.

Continue to the Monastery of San Francisco, Quito's oldest church and the most significant colonial building constructed in Latin America. Next, visit the largest neo-gothic basilica in the Americas, noted for its gargoyles in the form of native Ecuadorian animals such as iguanas, armadillos, and Galapagos tortoises. 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.

After lunch, drive 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.

For those interested in seeing a spectacular panoramic view over Quito and the snow-capped surrounding volcanoes of Cayambe, Cotopaxi, and Chimborazo, take a ride on the Teleférico. This gondola lift transitions to approximately 13,285 feet above sea level for a breathtaking experience. Those who opt out of the Teleférico ride may enjoy visiting the Quito National Museum.

Later this evening, join fellow travelers for an included dinner.

Note: The Teleférico experience reaches high altitudes and may not be suitable for all passengers. Warm clothes are suggested.

Day 16 Quito & Otavalo

  • Visit the Peguche Waterfall
  • Explore the Otavalo Market

Wyndham Quito Airport Breakfast & lunch

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Otavalo woman

After breakfast, visit the Peguche Waterfall, which offers excellent views of the falls from several hiking trails and bridges.

Following lunch, travel to Otavalo, the land of the “Otavaleños” Ecuadorian community, where all families speak Quichua as their first language and Spanish as their second. See women in colorful embroidered clothing and men in broad-brimmed hats with blue ponchos.

Explore the Otavalo Market located around the Plaza de Ponchos, Ecuador's most famous indigenous market. The Otavaleños travel to the town to sell a multicolored variety of handicrafts, including sweaters, ponchos, hats, necklaces, and other handmade products.

Later today, transfer to your hotel.

Day 17 Depart Quito/Arrive USA

  • Transfer to the airport for your early morning flight home

Breakfast

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Transfer to the airport in the morning for your return flight to the USA.

Galapagos Islands: Inter-Island Transportation

The Galapagos Islands are connected by shared charter speedboats that take travelers from one island to another. Most of the boats tend to be small, and the trip from island to island is in open water and can be choppy. Be patient with this means of transport, as it is not possible to enjoy the incredible experiences found only on these islands without being able to get from place to place. Generally, speedboat trips can last 2 hours. 

Important Travelers Notes

Due to the fragile ecosystem on the Galapagos Islands, there are very few roads accessible by motorized vehicles. Some venues within the islands may be accessed by foot only. When touring the islands, you may expect considerable amount of walking, often on uneven terrain. If you are prone to motion sickness, we highly recommend that you bring medication to counter the effects of motion sickness. We strongly recommend that you consult with your physician regarding any concerns

The hotels on this tour are among the finest properties available on the Galapagos, These are small, intimate and unique hotels, with all the necessary amenities, but accommodations are more basic than lavish, as the delicate island ecosystems cannot support large luxury hotels.

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, requires 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.
  • In order to visit so many of Peru's must-see sights, this tour requires several long bus rides as well as early morning departure times in order to comply with flight and train schedules. Your patience and understanding are appreciated.

Hotels

Iberostar Selection Miraflores
Deluxe

This five-star accommodation is situated in Lima, specifically in the Miraflores neighborhood, within walking distance of the promenade that passes along the edge of a cliff. This hotel offers a rooftop pool and lounge bar, allowing for fascinating views of the Pacific Ocean.

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Casa Andina Premium Valle Sagrado Hotel & Villas
First Class

The Casa Andina Premium Sacred Valley has been referred to a true traveler's paradise. Indeed, with its red-tiled roof and well-kept green gardens, the Casa Andina Premium Sacred Valley is as picturesque as the mountains and valleys that surround it. Inside, the hotel boasts some of the best amenities in the region—a luxury spa, a renowned gourmet restaurant, and its very own planetarium and observatory. Located in the heart of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, just 10 kilometers from Ollantaytambo train station, the Casa Andina Premium Sacred Valley is close to Machu Picchu and some of the other most important archeological sites in the region, such as Ollantaytambo, Pisac, Chincheros, Moray, and Maras.

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Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness
Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness
Deluxe

Nestled in the heart of Peru's Sacred Valley, Arawna Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness exudes an aura of serenity and luxury. Set against a backdrop of towering Andean peaks, lush greenery, and Vilcanota riverbank, this magnificent hotel seamlessly blends modern elegance with traditional Peruvian architecture, offering guests an unforgettable retreat. Arawna Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness is a Historic Hotels Worldwide® member dedicated to promoting heritage and cultural travel to prestigious historic areas. The hotel's wellness center offers rejuvenating spa treatments, yoga classes, and a state-of-the-art fitness center, providing guests with a holistic oasis of relaxation and rejuvenation.

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El MaPi Hotel
El MaPi Hotel
Tourist Class

El MaPi Hotel is located in the village of Machu Picchu Pueblo, a few steps from the town center and museum. The hotel is efficient, people friendly. and the design brings together a blend of classic, modern, and recycled materials.

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Novotel Cusco
Novotel Cusco
First Class

 

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Costa del Sol Wyndham Lima Airport
Costa del Sol Wyndham Lima Airport
First Class

Costa del Sol Wyndham Lima Airport hotel is conveniently located just steps from the Lima International Airport. The modern hotel offers a restaurant, bar, fitness center, indoor pool, and spa. The hotel is 8 miles from Plaza Mayor de Lima, the birthplace of Lima, Archbishop Palace, Basilica Cathedral, and San Francisco Church. Spend an evening in Lima's contemporary culture and entertainment center, with its plethora of restaurants, coffee shops, nightclubs, and movie theaters.

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Wyndham Quito Airport
Wyndham Quito Airport
First Class

Experience the warmest of welcomes when you visit the 4-star Wyndham Quito Airport hotel. With a prime location at the Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO), the Wyndham Quito Airport is your top choice for an overnight stopover or day-room in transit. From the moment you step into the lobby, you will find impeccable services and amenities. Relax in your well-appointed room, indulge in the finest international dishes at the onsite restaurant or meet up with friends at the lobby bar for a signature cocktail.

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Hotel Solymar
Hotel Solymar
First Class

Hotel Solymar is centrally located on Puerto Ayora's main street and within walking distance of a variety of cafes, restaurants, and shops. The hotel features ocean access on Pelican Bay, and a beautiful patio for guests to enjoy the nature of the Galapagos.

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Iguana Crossing
Iguana Crossing
Tourist Class

The Iguana Crossing Boutique Hotel sits on the waterfront of the most beautiful beach on Isabela Island. It is surrounded by the national park wetlands and overlooked by the six majestic volcanoes on the island. The friendly staff will make your stay as carefree as possible so you can relax and enjoy.

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Swissotel Quito
Swissotel Quito
Superior First Class

Swissotel Quito is one of the city’s top luxury hotels, located in the commercial and residential area of the Floresta neighborhood.

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In the unlikely event that a particular hotel is not available, a similar or better hotel may be substituted.

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