16-Day Affordable Peru with Galapagos Islands

  • Tour code: 700-2297
  • Available: Thu
  • Depart from: Guayaquil, Ecuador
  • Duration: 16 Days 15 Nights
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15 nights accommodations. Stay 3 nights in Galapagos Islands, 2 nights in Quito, 3 nights in Lima,2 nights in Urubamba Sacred Valley, 2 nights Cuzco, 2 nights in Puno, 1 night in Guayaquil

Special Remarks:

  • Embark on a journey to the beginning of time in the Galapagos Archipelago of volcanic islands
  • Tour the Charles Darwin Research Center to learn about their preservation goals
  • Explore areas with blue-footed boobies, frigate birds and sea lions
  • Visit Colonial Quito and walk through its cobblestone streets
  • City Tour of Lima with its 2000 years of history
  • Visit the impressive Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo
  • Full Day Tour via Vistadome Train to the astonishing ancient citadel of Machu Picchu
  • Excursion by boat to the fascinating Uros Floating Islands

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Single: $6451
Double (/Person): $5049
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  • Price: All Prices are in USD. Prices are per person based upon shared twin room occupancy. All prices are based on current exchange rates and are subject to change without notice.
  • Children: All children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Minimum age for children on escorted or guided tours is six. Minimum age for European River Cruises is 12. There is no minimum age on independent packages. Discounts for children sharing a room as third may apply to children under 12.
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Tour Itinerary

  • Day 1 Arrival in Guayaquil
  • Day 2 Guayaquil - Galapagos Islands(1241 km)
  • Day 3 Santa Cruz Island
  • Day 4 North Seymour Island
  • Day 5 Baltra - Quito(1393 km)
  • Day 6 Quito
  • Day 7 Quito - Lima(1834 km)
  • Day 8 Lima
  • Day 9 Lima - Cusco - Sacred Valley of the Incas(1144 km)
  • Day 10 Sacred Valley of the Incas
  • Day 11 Machu Picchu(123 km)
  • Day 12 Cusco
  • Day 13 Cusco - Raqchi - Puno(385 km)
  • Day 14 Uros Islands & Lake Titicaca
  • Day 15 Cusco - Lima(1106 km)
  • Day 16 Lima
  • Note: Due to the high elevation, travel in the Peruvian highlands may cause some passengers to experience the temporary effects of altitude sickness. If you have any concerns about traveling to higher than your accustomed elevation, please consult your healthcare provider.
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Day 1 Arrival in Guayaquil

As guests arrive at the airport in Guayaquil, they will transfer to the local hotel and have the rest of the day free to spend at their own leisure.

Day 2 Guayaquil - Galapagos Islands(1241 km)

In the morning, we will embark on a journey back to the beginning of time. We will transfer to the airport for our flight to the Galapagos Islands. When we land, we will transfer to the pier to board the M.V. Santa Cruz ship. As we enjoy lunch onboard, we will make our way to North Seymour Island and explore for a few hours. When we return to the ship, we will have an evening briefing and welcome dinner.

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Day 3 Santa Cruz Island

Today we will head to Santa Cruz Island to board a yacht that will take us on our journey. Our first stop is Punta Carrion at the north-eastern tip of the island, where we will snorkel. Then, we will continue to the South Plaza on the eastern part of the island, one of the most impressive sites in all of the Galapagos and home to many species of animal. After an exhilarating day of discover, we will return to Finch Bay for the night.
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Day 4 North Seymour Island

Today, we'll take a yacht called the Sea Lion to North Seymour Island, which is teeming with life! We may be able to see many of the most well-known species of the Galapagos Islands, such as swallow-tailed gulls, sea lions, marine iguanas, blue-footed boobies, and frigate birds. After this excursion, we will return to Finch Bay for some leisure time.
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Day 5 Baltra - Quito(1393 km)

Today, we will depart our hotel in Finch Bay. On our way to Baltra, we will stop at the Twin Pit Craters. Then, we will spend a short time in the village shopping for souvenirs before proceeding to the airport for our flight to Quito. When we arrive, we will transfer to the hotel and spend the evening in leisure.
Breakfast: Included

Day 6 Quito

Today, we will explore the city of Quito, a historic masterpiece in the high Andes at the base of the Pichincha Volcano. Here, we will tour the colonial quarter, the largest and best preserved of its kind in Latin America. We will begin at Independence Plaza, flanked by the Metropolitan Church, the Presidential Palace, the Municipal Building, and the Archbishop's Palace. Then, we will continue to the Metropolitan Cultural Center, which features exhibits that highlight Ecuadorian culture and history. We will visit either La Compania Church or the Monastery of San Francisco. Then we will go to the Middle of the World, which marks the Equator.

The capital city of Ecuador sits on the slopes of Pichincha, an active volcano in the northern Andes Mountains. At an elevation of 9,350 feet, it is the highest capital city in the world.

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Day 7 Quito - Lima(1834 km)

Today we will transfer to the airport for our flight to Lima, Peru. Upon our arrival there, we will transfer to the local hotel before getting to spend the rest of the day at our own leisure.
Breakfast: Included

Day 8 Lima

Today, we will begin the portion of our journey that takes place in Peru! In the morning, we will begin with a tour of Lima, learning about its 2000 years of history. We will begin at the colonial center of the city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to see the historic buildings that surround the splendid Plaza Mayor: the impressive Palace of the Archbishop, the opulent Government Palace, the Official Residence of the President, and the Cathedral of Lima. Then, we will continue to the Monasterio de San Francisco complex. We will then be able to spend the remainder of the day at our own leisure, though we will also have the option to tour the Larco Herrara Museum. In the afternoon, guests will be briefed on the fascinating journey through Peru that waits. In the evening, we will enjoy a delicious dinner at one of the city's world-class restaurants known for its fusion cuisine.

Lima, the capital city of Peru, was founded by conquistador Francisco Pizarro in 1535. This city's historic places include the National University of San Marcos, which was established in 1551 and is the oldest university in the Americas.

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Day 9 Lima - Cusco - Sacred Valley of the Incas(1144 km)

In the morning, we will depart from Lima by plane to Cusco, the ancient capital of the Inca Empire. When we arrive, we will take a scenic drive through the rugged mountainous region and the Sacred Valley of the Incas. En route, we will stop in Chinchero to see a weaving demonstration and, if time permits, to take a walk through the traditional market that offers alpaca wool clothing and other local treasures. Afterwards, we will enjoy a typical Peruvian lunch before resuming our journey. After we check into our hotel, we will enjoy dinner and music at a lovely restaurant in Urubamba.

This city once served as the capital of the Inca Empire. Many of its most popular sights are the ruins of this once-great people, such as the famous "lost city" of Machu Picchu. Cuzo itself also has many sights.

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    The heart of the Inca Empire, the Sacred Valley of the Incas is the region of Peru surrounding the city of Cusco. The valley is full of the ruins of this once-powerful empire, such as Ollantaytambo, Pisac and Tipon.
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Day 10 Sacred Valley of the Incas

We will be able to enjoy the morning at our own leisure in the Sacred Valley and explore some of the ruins independently. Alternatively, we will also have the option to tour Moray, a remarkable agricultural center that demonstrates the Incas' mastery of high-altitude crop growing, and Maras, known for its nearby salt evaporation ponds. This afternoon, we will visit the impressive fortress of Ollantaytambo. In the evening, we will go to the countryside home of a local Peruvian family for a traditional dinner.
Breakfast: Included

Day 11 Machu Picchu(123 km)

Early in the morning, we will transfer to the Sacred Valley's Ollanta Station to board a train that travels through the misty peaks to the astonishing ancient citadel of Machu Picchu, designated by UNESCO as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. We will spend the afternoon exploring this unforgettable location, seeing the Temple of the Sun, the House of the Priest, the Sacred Plaza, and the intricately carved sundial. In the evening, we will return to the Sacred Valley and transfer back to a hotel in Cusco for the night.

The famous citadel of the Inca sits atop a scraggy mountain peak overlooking the valley that was sacred to those people. These ruins feature many temples and the famous terraced-gardens the Inca developed for agriculture in the Andes.

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    The Temple of the Sun is a building in Machu Picchu that one stood as the tallest building in the city, to mark its importance for the Inca. Sacred religious rituals and astronomical studies were held within the building.
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    An Intihuatana is a astronomical ritual stone located in South America, strongly associated with the Inca calendar. The one at Machu Picchu is the most famous example, with one of its corners chipped off.
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Day 12 Cusco

We will spend our day today discovering the imperial city of Cusco, the former capital of the Inca Empire. In this lively city, we will see the influence of both Incan and Spanish cultures. We will take the time to explore and shop for the finest handicrafts and textiles in all of Peru. We will go on a "Behind the Scenes" tour of the city, visiting a local market to try some fresh-baked chuta bread and shop for ingredients to use in this afternoon's cooking lesson. We will stop at the Cuzco Cemetery to learn about Andean life and death and meet with a local shaman (holy man). Then, we will take a cooking lesson and get to eat our delicious creations when they are ready. In the afternoon, we will go on an optional excursion to see the highlights of Cusco, like the Colonial Cathedral, the Temple of the Sun, and the fortress of Sacsayhuaman. Tonight, we will savor the culinary delights of Andean cuisine at a local restaurant.

This city once served as the capital of the Inca Empire. Many of its most popular sights are the ruins of this once-great people, such as the famous "lost city" of Machu Picchu. Cuzo itself also has many sights.

  • Always Visit
    This cathedral, also called the Basilica of the Assumption of the Virgin, was completed in 1654, and is located in the Plaza de Armas. It contains many historically significant objects and relics.
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    This walled complex is located on the outskirts of Cuzco, situated on a steep hill overlooking the city, which provides the location with impressive views of the surrounding valley.
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Day 13 Cusco - Raqchi - Puno(385 km)

Today, we will go on a long drive that will eventually reward us greatly. Very early in the morning, we will depart Cusco in the early morning, enjoying the spectacular scenery as we drive through the Andes mountains and plains to Puno, located on the Peruvian side of Lake Titicaca. In this area, we will be able to see llamas and alpacas graze on the immense plateaus and plains. On the way, we will visit the Temple of Wiracocha, the largest Inca temple ever discovered. In the modern day, Raqchi remains home to many farmers, ranchers, artisans. Then, we will arrive at the pristine Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world. We will enjoy a boxed lunch on the drive. If time permits, we will be able to meet the children at a local school before arriving in Puno for the night.

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Day 14 Uros Islands & Lake Titicaca

In the morning, we will take a boat excursion from Puno to the fascinating Floating Uros Islands, where the Uros, the indigenous people of the island, live. When we return to Puno, we will have the remainder of the day to spend at our own leisure. Alternatively, we will be able to tour the Sillustani Tombs, a pre-Incan burial ground on the shores of Lake Umayo. When we return to Puno, we will be able to spend the evening at leisure.
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Day 15 Cusco - Lima(1106 km)

This morning, we will transfer to the airport to fly back to Lima. Upon our arrival, we will transfer to our hotel before enjoying one last evening with the group at a farewell dinner.
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Day 16 Lima

Bon Voyage! Today, guests will transfer from the hotel to the airport for their departure flights. Please see "Departure and Return" for more detailed information regarding pickup and drop-off times and locations.
Note: Due to the high elevation, travel in the Peruvian highlands may cause some passengers to experience the temporary effects of altitude sickness. If you have any concerns about traveling to higher than your accustomed elevation, please consult your healthcare provider.

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