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15-Day Peru and Ecuador with Machu Picchu and the Galapagos

15-Day Peru and Ecuador with Machu Picchu and the Galapagos

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15-Day Peru and Ecuador with Machu Picchu and the Galapagos
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Combine the best of Peru and Ecuador, visiting Machu Picchu in Peru and the Galapagos in Ecuador!

This special itinerary includes our top recommendations for both countries.  Tours are listed in groups, but may be private tours as well.

In Ecuador, visit historic Quito in the high Andes and add either a trip to the market city of Otavalo or to beautiful Cotopaxi National Park. After flying to the Galapagos, explore the islands on a first class cruise led by expert naturalist guides to view seabirds, iguanas, sea lions, giant tortoises and marine life.

In Peru, travel to Cusco, the heartland of ancient Inca culture. You'll discover the city of Cusco, the highlights of the sacred valley and the amazing citadel of Machu Picchu.

The tour can run in reverse, starting in Peru and ending in Ecuador. We recommend a 5-day Galapagos cruise, but we can also arrange other options including 4-day cruises, 8-day cruises and land-based Galapagos island hopping options.

We can also offer extensions to the Amazon (in Ecuador and in Peru), to the Ecuadorian highlands, and throughout Peru including Lake Titicaca and Colca Canyon.

Feel free to inquire with us regarding international or internal flights - we help you book all the necessary fights for the trip.

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Day 1: Arrival in Quito, Ecuador; transfer and overnight Quito

Arrive Quito.  Pick up at the airport and transfer to your Quito hotel. Overnight Quito.

Meals included: n/a
Mid-Range Accommodations: Dann Carlton Hotel Quito
Luxury Accommodations: Hotel Patio Andaluz

Day 2: Colonial Quito Tour and the Equator (in a group); overnight Quito (B)

Today enjoy a day tour of Quito (in a group).  In the morning. we'll visit Colonial Quito with its historic churches and government buildings. After lunch (not included, but available on request), we'll visit El Mitad Del Mundo or "The Middle of the World," a fascinating monument on the equator. Once you're through touring the highlights of Quito, we'll return to your Quito hotel where you'll overnight.

(B)

Meals included: Breakfast
Mid-Range Accommodations: Dann Carlton Hotel Quito
Luxury Accommodations: Hotel Patio Andaluz

Day 3: Otavalo Market and City or Cotopaxi Park Day Tour (group or private); overnight Quito (B).

Enjoy a day tour in the Ecuadorian highlands with lunch. Tours may be private or in a group.

OPTION 1: Your tour guide will pick you up at your hotel and give you a brief introduction to the hacienda, rose production, and the famous Otavalo Market. Your first stop will be the hacienda that grows some of the most beautiful roses in the world. After lunch, drive to Otavalo for an afternoon of shopping.

OPTION 2: Your tour guide will pick you up at your hotel and drive you south to the Cotopaxi National Park. Enjoy easy hiking and stunning views of the surrounding mountains. Return to Quito in the late afternoon/ early evening for your overnight.

(B)

Meals included: Breakfast
Mid-Range Accommodations: Dann Carlton Hotel Quito
Luxury Accommodations: Hotel Patio Andaluz

Day 4: Shuttle to airport; fly to the Galapagos; arrive and transfer; excursions; overnight on board (BLD)

This morning, transfer to the Quito airport for your departing flight. Depart from the mainland to the Galapagos (Baltra or San Cristobal). Travelers are picked up at the airport and transferred to your vessel. After your welcome cocktail and a chance to get situated on board the board, we'll enjoy our first activity of the trip. The excursions vary from land and dinghy rides, with wet and dry landings.  You will be assured of seeing the signature Galapagos wildlife during your cruise.  

Each cruise ship has specific itineraries, that are set by the National Park, and they vary from week to week.  We will be able to give you the itinerary for the cruise ship and that cruise, when we have talke with you about your dates.  

Overnight on board.

(BLD)

Meals included: Breakfast
Mid-Range Accommodations: Standard Plus Cabin
Luxury Accommodations: Junior Cabin

Day 5: Explore the Galapagos Islands; overnight on board (BLD)

There will be two excursions today, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.  Lunch will be served on the boat.  Again, the itinerary is determined by the cruise ship and dates.  

There will be opportunities to snorkel and swim, with many of the excursions.  In the evening, there are lectures and programs on the Galapagos, as well as a briefing for the next day's activities.  Overnight on board.

(BLD)

Meals included: Breakfast
Mid-Range Accommodations: Standard Plus Cabin
Luxury Accommodations: Junior Cabin

Day 6: Explore the Galapagos Islands; overnight on board (BLD)

There will be two excursions today, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.  Lunch is served on the boat.  Again, the itinerary is determined by the cruise ship and dates.  

There will be opportunities to snorkel and swim, with many of the excursions.  In the evening, there are lectures and programs on the Galapagos, as well as a briefing for the next day's activities.  Overnight on board.

(BLD)

Meals included: Breakfast
Mid-Range Accommodations: Standard Plus Cabin
Luxury Accommodations: Junior Cabin

Day 7: Explore the Galapagos Islands; overnight on board (BLD)

There will be two excursions today, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.  Lunch is served on the boat.  Again, the itinerary is determined by the cruise ship and dates.  

There will be opportunities to snorkel and swim, with many of the excursions.  In the evening, there are lectures and programs on the Galapagos, as well as a briefing for the next day's activities.  Overnight on board.

(BLD)

Meals included: Breakfast
Mid-Range Accommodations: Standard Plus Cabin
Luxury Accommodations: Junior Cabin

Day 8: Morning excursion; transfer to airport; fly to Quito; overnight Quito airport hotel (B)

This morning will include a final excursion and you will transfer to the airport (Baltra or San Cristobal), for your flight to Quito.

When you arrive Quito, you may take the shuttle to a hotel near the airport.  Overnight Quito airport hotel.

(B)

Meals included: Breakfast
Mid-Range Accommodations: Wyndham Quito Airport

Day 9: Shuttle to airport; fly to Lima; continue with flight to Cusco; transfer; overnight Cusco (B).

Take a shuttle back to the Quito airport for your flight to Lima.  Continue with a flight to Cusco.  Arrive and welcome.  Transfer to your hotel.  

You will have the afternoon free to acclimatize to the altitude (3,400 meters; 11,000 feet).  Cusco is the ancient capital of the Inca Empire and is set high in the Andes Mountains. Here Spanish churches and mansions sit alongside Inca remains. Nearly 600 years ago, the Inca nation appeared in Southern Peru, and in a relatively short time, consolidated its power in Cuzco, before expanding north to what are now Ecuador and Colombia and south to present-day Chile. Overnight in Cusco.

(B)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 10: Free morning; afternoon Cusco city tour and nearby ruins (in a group); overnight Cusco (B)

You have the morning free to acclimatize and wander on your own in the Plaza de Armas vicinity.  In the afternoon, you will have a tour (in a group) of the city sites (Cathedral and Qoricancha) and nearby ruins of Sacsayhuaman, Qenko and Pucapucara will educate you on the history of this astonishing center of the Inca Empire. Overnight in Cusco.

(B)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 11: Free day in Cusco to explore the city; optional tours; overnight Cusco (B)

Free Day in Cusco. The tourist ticket provides many optional sites to visit. There are also wonderful day trips and tours!  Overnight Cusco.

Popular optional tours: River rafting on the Urubamba River, rock climbing and zip lines, Cusco cooking class, full-day mountain biking, hiking to Huchuy Qosqo, or a tour to Maras and Moray.

(B)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 12: Full day tour of the Sacred Valley with lunch (in a group): Pisac & Ollantaytambo village and ruins; overnight in the Sacred Valley (BL)

Pick up at your hotel for a full day tour of the Sacred Valley: this morning continue towards Pisac, for an immersion into the heart of the Andean culture, famous for its Andean market with its interesting food and artisan stalls. Try your bargaining skills here always keeping in mind handmade artwork is worth it!   

Enjoy a buffet lunch in a local restaurant. In the afternoon, you visit Ollantaytambo, a still-thriving Inca village set below an ancient Inca fortress and temple with stunning views over the valley that makes you feel as if you have stepped back into the 15th century. Admire the magnificence of this important Inca site and stroll through the quaint streets of the present town. Overnight in the Sacred Valley.

(BL)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 13: Vistadome train to Machu Picchu (Aguas Calientes); free afternoon; overnight Aguas Calientes (B).

We transfer you from the hotel in the Sacred Valley to Ollantaytambo train station in order to take the Vistadome train that brings us to the town of Aguas Calientes, near Machu Picchu.

You have the afternoon free in Aguas Calientes, to visit the local craft market, hot springs baths, local museum and gardens. Overnight in Aguas Calientes.

(B)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 14: Shuttle, entrance and guided tour of Machu Picchu; option to climb Huayna Picchu at 7 or 10 am.; afternoon Vistadome train return to Cusco; transfer

Today, you meet your guide early for the shuttle, entrance and guided tour of Machu Picchu (in a group).

There is an option to climb Huayna Picchu at 7 or 10 a.m. (ticket required and not included; must order 60 days in advance of your travel), or hike to the sungate (Inti Punku)(ticket not required). Lunch on your own.

Return to Aguas Calientes for the late afternoon Vistadome train that takes you back to Cusco, and transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Cusco.

(B)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 15: Transfer to airport for departure (B)

Depending on your departure flight, you may have the morning free. Then, transfer to airport for your flight to Lima or elsewhere.

(B)

Meals included: Breakfast

Pricing

15-Day Peru and Ecuador with Machu Picchu and the Galapagos
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NOTE: Prices are per person in U.S. dollars based on double/triple occupancy. All quotations are based on the current rates of park fees, VAT, other government taxes, and current exchange rates. Should any of these be increased or a new tax introduced, these increases will be added on even if your trip has already been paid for.

INCLUDES:
  • All accommodations per itinerary
  • All meals per itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • All tours and entrance fees per itinerary (unless listed as excluded)
  • All transportation and transfers per itinerary
  • ECUADOR
  • Quito hotels and area tours
  • Guayaquil hotel night
  • Airport transfers
  • Accommodation in sea-view cabins with A/C and en-suite bath
  • All meals on board the ship
  • High season supplement (low season prices are lower: contact us)
  • Welcome and Farewell cocktails, Purified water, 24 hour coffee station
  • Twice daily visits to the islands
  • Services of multilingual professional naturalist guides
  • Snorkeling opportunities
  • Natural history and activity briefings
  • Ship transfers
  • Services of ship staff and crew
  • All taxes for the cruise
  • Above prices reflect Standard cabins ("Budget"), Standard Plus Cabins ("Mid-range"), and Junior Suite cabins ("Luxury") on board the Corals ships and the M/V Legend. Prices may vary on other boats.
  • PERU
  • All transfers listed with bi-lingual agent
  • Accommodations indicated: Lima (1 night), Cusco (3 nights), Sacred Valley (1 night) and Aguas Calientes (1 night).
  • Meals listed (B=breakfast at hotel, L=lunch, D=dinner)
  • Bilingual guide on the tours
  • Cusco city tour and nearby ruins (in a group)
  • Cusco tourist ticket (entrance to museums, churches, historic sites, and folklorica dance program)
  • Sacred Valley tour (in a group) with lunch
  • Shuttle, entrance and guided tour of Machu Picchu Sanctuary (tour is in a group
  • Vistadome train to/from Machu Picchu
  • All prices are based on group tours.
  • Pricing for private tours available upon request.
EXCLUDES:
  • International and domestic flights
  • Meals not listed
  • Beverages and alcohol
  • Tips for guides, drivers, hotel staff
  • Optional tours
  • Single room supplement
  • Personal expenses (visas, airport taxes, Internet, etc.)
  • ECUADOR
  • International air
  • Domestic air to/from the islands
  • Park fees and taxes
  • Fuel surcharges, if any, at time of sailing
  • Tips
  • Travel Insurance
  • Wet suits (if wanted... often available for US$25 as an optional charge)
  • Pre- and post-cruise services in Quito (available upon request)
  • PERU 
  • Meals not listed; add lunch at Sanctuary Lodge for $30/person
  • Second shuttle and entrance to Machu Picchu (add US$95/person)
  • Ticket to climb Huayna Picchu (add US$15/person)
  • Tips for your guides, drivers, transfer agents and hotel staff
  • International and domestic airline ticket
  • Additional optional tours
  • Personal expenses (insurance, airport taxes, laundry service, internet, )

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