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Ecuador, Galapagos and Peru Experience - Luxury Package

11 days / 10 nights

Package Overview

Enjoy the best of Ecuador and Peru in luxury with this combination package that includes the finest accommodations and an extra day of cruising. After time spent getting to know the incredible city of Quito, you will board a ship for a five day cruise of the Galapagos Islands. Continue your trip with five days in Peru, exploring Cusco, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu.

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Package Pricing

Package starting at: $10669.00 PP * Prices based on double occupancy. Prices per person in USD.

Travel Itinerary

Day 1

Upon arrival at Quito’s Mariscal Sucre Airport, you will be greeted by our helpful guide. The guide will serve as a translator, help with luggage, and assist with the private transfer to your hotel.

Accommodations in Quito.

Day 2

After an early morning breakfast, we will depart towards the city center of downtown Quito, or Centro Histórico, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978.

We will start with a panoramic view of Alameda Park and the Basilica, followed by a walk down the street of the Seven Crosses. The trip will continue with a walking tour, starting at Independence Square. From here, we will visit the presidential palace, the main cathedral, the gold-plated La Compañía Church, San Francisco Church and San Francisco Plaza.

Around midday, the tour will head north to the equator for a trip to the monument at the Middle of the World. You may choose to visit either the Ethnographic or the Inti Ñan Museums, both located near the site of the monument. Along the way we will stop for a traditional Ecuadorian lunch.

After seeing these incredible sites, the tour will head back to Quito, where you will return to your hotel.

Accommodations in Quito.

Breakfast and lunch are included.

Day 3

At the agreed time, transfer to the airport for your flight to the Galapagos. The flight from Quito to the Galapagos is approximately two and a half hours. Upon arrival at Baltra, travelers pass through an airport inspection point to insure that no foreign plants or animals are introduced to the islands and to pay the park entrance fee of $100 (unless prepaid), and $10 for the INGALA card which is a required identity card. Guides will meet you, collect your luggage, and escort you on the short bus ride to the harbor. Motorized rafts, called ‘Pangas’ will transport you to your cruise ship and our crew will welcome you on board the M/Y Galapagos Sea Star. After departure and lunch, the first island visit is made, to Santa Cruz Island.

The visitor site at Dragon Hill on Santa Cruz Island is located in the northwestern part of the island and consists of a trail that leads to a hyper-saline lagoon behind the beach. It is frequented by flamingos, pintail ducks and other species of birds. This site has been re-populated with land iguanas from Seymore, Isabela and Santa Cruz islands. There is a short walk to the Hill, which offers a beautiful view of the bay.

Overnight accommodations on board your Galapagos cruise.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

Day 4

In the morning, we will depart for Black Turtle Cove. This little cove is located at the northern side of Santa Cruz island. This is a red mangrove lagoon, and it is very calm and quiet, which makes it an ideal nursery for many sharks and rays. Its crystal waters permit you to observe large groups of white-tip reef, black tipped reef and hammer heads sharks, schools of golden rays and spotted eagle rays. There are no landing sites, so the visit is made by panga or kayak. Sea turtles are frequently seen and sometimes they can be observed mating in the mangrove-lined waters. Pelicans and herons are also seen in this area.

Next, we will visit Chinese Hat. This is a small islet (1 sq km) located just off the southeastern tip of Santiago Island. It is a recent volcanic cone, shaped like a Chinese hat when seen from the north side. On the west, lava formations can be seen, formed under the sea and raised upward, which is why coral heads are found on the lava. This is an excellent opportunity for observations of geological features such as lava tubes and lava flows. The landscape is covered by sea lion colonies, marine iguanas, and Galapagos penguins.

Overnight accommodations on board your Galapagos cruise.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

Day 5

We will start our day with a visit to Darwin Bay, on Genovesa Island. This bay was formed when the crater of this island collapsed below sea level. The wet landing is on a beautiful white coral sandy beach. This is a favorite island for birdwatchers: red footed-booby, masked boobies, wandering tattlers, lava gulls, whimbrels, yellow-crowned, black-crowned and lava herons, and yellow warblers can be seen in the area. Visitors climb gradually to the edge of the cliff, observing Red-Foots nesting in the Mangrove trees below. Bird watching includes sightings of Sharp-Beaked Finches, Large Cactus and Ground Finches, Galapagos Doves and Swallow-Tailed Gulls. Reaching the end, the trail at the cliff's edge offers an incredible view of the island and the many birds living there.

In the afternoon, we will visit El Barranco, on Genovesa Island. El Barranco is located in the southern part of Darwin Bay and it is also known as Prince Philip’s Steps. Passengers will climb to a plateau that is part of the stretch of land that surrounds Darwin Bay on its eastern side. There is a big population of Masked boobies and Red-Footed boobies, and Storm petrels and Short-eared Owls have found the ideal place for nesting in the Genovesa lava flows.

Overnight accommodations on board your Galapagos cruise.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

Day 6

Today we will travel to Bartolomé Island, which is situated across Sullivan Bay. It has an altitude of 114 meters, from where we can observe some of the most beautiful sceneries of the Galapagos Islands such as volcanic cones, lunar-like craters, lava fields, and the famous Toba formed pinnacle, eroded by the sea. There is very little vegetation on this island. It has two breathtaking beaches where marine turtles exist, as well as a very small colony of Galapagos penguins.

Next, we will travel to Santiago, also called James, or San Salvador Island. This island is located in the west central part of the Galapagos archipelago. It is the fourth largest island in the archipelago. Along with some of the large western volcanoes of Isabela and Fernandina, Santiago is also volcanically active, with many young flows and cones to be seen, particularly along the south, west, and east coasts. These may even be seen from the summit of Darwin Volcano and from space. A number of historic eruptions have been reported over the last two centuries. Santiago actually consists of two coalesced volcanoes: a typical shield volcano on the northwest end and a low, linear fissure volcano on the southeast end.

Overnight accommodations on board your Galapagos cruise.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

Day 7

This morning we will travel in the morning to Highlands, on Santa Cruz Island. The trail to the highlands leaves from Bellavista and passes through the agricultural zone, near the National Park boundary, the Miconia Zone, and then goes to the Fern and Sedge zone. With clear weather, this area affords beautiful scenes of rolling hills and extinct volcanic cones covered with grass and lush greenery all year round.

After the morning excursion, you will be taken to the airport for your flight to the mainland. Connect with your flight to Lima.

On your arrival in Lima, you will be met and transferred to your beautiful hotel.

Overnight accommodations in Lima.

Breakfast is included.

Day 8

You will be transferred to the airport in order to take your flight to Cusco. Upon arrival in Cusco, you will be taken to your hotel. In the afternoon, you will enjoy a private half-day tour of the city including Tambomachay, an ancient Inca religious site built on a hill around a spring, and the remains of Qenqo, a labyrinth of staircases and channels carved into a rocky hilltop, with a sacrificial altar. We will continue to the formidable Inca fortress of Sacsayhuaman, with its wonderful panoramic view of Cuzco. You will marvel at the impressive Inca masonry, especially the monumental zig-zag stone walls slotted together like a giant jigsaw puzzle. Finally visit the Cathedral on the Plaza de Armas and the Koricancha complex, a Dominican church and convent built on the foundations of the Incas’ principal religious building, dedicated to the worship of the sun.

Overnight accommodations in Cusco.

Breakfast and dinner is included.

Day 9

Today you will enjoy a full-day private tour of the Sacred Valley. The Sacred Valley of the Incas is a magical place as its name suggests: a winding trail of lush, green slopes lining the Urubamba River. Discover everything from colorful markets to fascinating architectural remains. You will visit Chincheros where you will see the colorful local people in their traditional costumes. The settlers live in almost intact Inca constructions, in the same place where their ancestors lived and formed the largest and most prosperous civilization in America. In the afternoon we continue to the town of Ollantaytambo, one of the oldest continuously occupied settlements in the Americas. Climb the steep stone steps up to the imposing fortress at the top of the mountain for breathtaking views down the valley, and admire the huge monoliths that form the Temple of the Sun. Finally, you will be taken to the train station for your trip to Aguas Calientes.

Upon arrival, your guide will meet you and will give you some details for your tour of the next day.

Overnight accommodations in Machu Picchu.

Breakfast , lunch and dinner are included.

Day 10

After breakfast your guide will meet you at your hotel and will go with you to Machu Picchu citadel. Our tour guide will give you a guided tour (approximately two and a half hours) visiting the Inca Terraces, The Agricultural Sector, and the Urban Sector. You will have plenty of time to explore the mysterious city by yourself.

In the afternoon, you will take the bus down to the town of Aguas Calientes in order to catch the train back to Cusco. When you arrive back in Ollantaytambo, you will be taken to your hotel.

Overnight accommodations in Cusco.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

Day 11

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Breakfast is included.

Additional Package Information

 Package Includes

  • Lodging, transfers, tours as described in itinerary
  • All meals are included on the cruise.
  • English speaking guides
  • Round trip Galapagos air ticket
  • Park fee and Ingala card

 Package Does Not Include

  • International airfare
  • Meals not mentioned in itinerary
  • Airport taxes
  • Gratuities

 Package Notes

  • Price subject to change
  • To prevent any loss due to cancellation, travel insurance is recommended.
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General Information

  • Capital: Lima
  • Government: Constitutional Republic
  • Currency: Nuevo sol (PEN)
  • Area: 1,285,216 km2
  • Population: 29,496,000 (2010 est.)
  • Language: Spanish (official), Quechua , Aymara
  • Religion: Roman Catholic 81.3%, Evangelical 12.5%, other 3.3%, unspecified or none 2.9%
  • Electricity: Mostly 220V/60Hz (Type A and C North American and Euro plug)
  • Calling Code: +51
  • Time Zone: UTC -5

Points of Interest

  • Equator
  • Quito
  • Galapagos Islands
  • Sacred Valley
  • Aguas Calientes
  • Machu Picchu
  • Tambomachay
  • Cusco