Peru, Ecuador & Galapagos

PEEC-44 / 20-day trip with 7-day Galapagos cruise

Highlights in Peru: Cusco – Sacred Valley – Macchu Picchu – Titi-Caca Lake’s homestay – Lima
Highlights in Ecuador: Quito – Otavalo Market – Galapagos Islands

Peru, Ecuador & Galapagos 4
OVERVIEW

Day 1 Arrival in Lima
Day 2 Sacred Valley with Pisaq & Ollantaytambo
Day 3 Ollantaytambo & Aguas Calientes
Day 4 Macchu Picchu
Day 5 Cusco & City tour
Day 6 Cusco
Day 7 Cusco – Puno
Day 8 Uros & Taquile Island
Day 9 Taquile & Puno
Day 10 Lima & city tour
Day 11 Flight to Quito
Day 12 Quito & city tour
Day 13 Otavalo tour
Day 14-19 Galapagos: 7-day Cruise  Peru, Ecuador & Galapagos 1
Day 20 Departure
ITINERARY
Day 1

Arrival in Lima
Arrival to Lima in the evening. At arrival, walk to the airport hotel, Costa Del Sol Ramada in front of the airport, where you will spend the night before heading to Cusco the next morning.

Day 2

Sacred Valley with Pisac & Ollantaytambo
Breakfast and walk to the airport for morning flight to Cusco. Arrival and meeting with the guide in Cusco. From here a transport will take you to a private tour to the Sacret Valley. First visit is to the Pisaq ruins. Later visit to the marked. Later we’ll continue into the Urubamba Valley to Ollantaytambo, where we’ll spend the night.
Included meals: Breakfast

Day 3

Ollantaytambo & Aguas Calientes
After breakfast visit to the ancient ruins and some of the greatest masterpieces of the Incas in Ollantaytambo.
Afterwards train to Aguas Calientes where we will spend the night.
Included meals: Breakfast

Day 4

Macchu Picchu
Early morning transfer to the bus station and bus to the entrance of Machu Picchu.
Morning tour to Machu Picchu with private guide.
Afternoon train backs to Ollantaytambo train station. From here transfer to your hotel in Cusco.
Included meals: Breakfast

Day 5

Cusco & city tour
Today you will have a city tour in Cusco included.
First we will visit the Marked place, San Pedro where there will be a lot of folkloric activities and great photo opportunities. From here visit to Sacsayhuamana.
Once back in Cusco again we will visit San Blas (the neighbourhood of artist in Cusco), the 12 angles stone, Plaza la Armas and finally Qorikancha (Sun temple).
Included meals: Breakfast

Day 6

Cusco
Free day in Cusco for own plans.
Included meals: Breakfast

Day 7

Cusco – Puno
Tourist bus to Puno by “Camino del Sol”. On the way there are going to be guided visits to: Andahuayllillas Church, Raqchi (the God temple) and Pucará. Lunch during the way in Sicuani (or maybe other location). Upon arrival to Puno, transfer to your hotel.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8

Uros &  Taquile island 
2 Days tour to Uros & Taquile Islands with private guide.
This excursion begins with pickup from your hotel in the morning hours. Transfer to port and the boat trip begins. First stop is the Uros floating Islands. Stepping on the floating islands feels a lot like being on a waterbed but it is quite safe to walk on them. We see inside the houses and rides on traditional reed boats can also be arranged. We then continue the journey towards Taquile Island. At arrival, check in to a local hostal. Afternoon free to explore the Island with your local guide. In the afternoon, you will have an excellent opportunity to enjoy the peace at the island as all the main tourism will either continue to the neighbour island or return to Puno.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9

Taquile island & Puno
After breakfast Morning to explore the local way of life by participating in the daily activities together with the locals. Departure from Taquile to Puno after lunch. Upon arrival at Puno (around 3-4 PM) transfer to your hotel.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch 

Day 10

Puno – Lima (city tour)
Morning transfer to the airport in Juliaca and flight to Lima. Upon your arrival in Lima, transfer to your hotel. Afternoon private city tour in Lima. The tour to the Colonial part includes visits to the archaeological site Huaca Pucllana, the square “Plaza de Armas” and “San Francisco church” (the catacombs). There will also be time to visit the modern parts of Lima, such as Larcomar and Miraflores. Transfer back to your hotel at the end of the day.
Included meals: Breakfast

Day 11

Lima – Quito
Transfer to Lima airport and flight to Quito/Ecuador
Included meals: Breakfast

Day 12

City Tour in Quito
Half-day private city tour in the historical part of Quito, including La Basilica Church, La Compañia Church and El Panecillo Hill. We leave the hotel by bus and will see the transformation from the new part of the city to the absolutely beautiful historical and colonial part of Quito. We will get off the bus and will have time to see all the interesting churches, plazas etc. and to simply enjoy the local atmosphere, the many shops and sellers. After these interesting sights, we continue by bus to “El Panecillo”, the hill in the centre of Quito overlooking the city and the historical centre. On clear days, we may observe several of the snow-capped volcanoes surrounding Quito.
Included meals: Breakfast

Day 13

Quito – Otavalo – Quito
Full day tour to the Otavalo Indian Market and Cuicocha Crater Lake. We leave Quito early and have an approximately three hour drive to Otavalo. The drive is fascinating, driving through the relatively dry areas, caused by the “rain-shadow” from the volcanoes and it is easy to observe the sediments suggesting the formation of this part of the Andes. We cross the Equatorial line and soon pass into the lush Otavalo region, where the Otavalo Indians have managed to continue their proud traditions. This valley is very beautiful and surrounded by smaller volcanoes and lakes. We visit the Otavalo market where you will find all sorts of souvenirs but it is perhaps even more interesting simply to watch the local people and the daily life. We later continue to Cotacachi, a small village, where we stop for Lunch. Before heading home, we pass by the beautiful Cuicocha Crater Lake. It is an absolutely beautiful view of this lake and the green mountains surrounding it.
Included meals: Breakfast

Day 14-19

Galapagos – 7-day Cruise  cruise-ship-

We suggest a 7-day itinerary on the first class catemaran  Treasure of Galapagos or any of our other cruises. (The itinerary below is for the Treasure of Galapagos.)
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAYVISITOR SITES
1 - SatAM - Flight to Baltra IslandPM - Charles Darwin Station (Santa Cruz)
2 - SunAM - Whale Bay (Santa Cruz)PM - Dragon Hill
3 - MonAM - Las TintoreasPM - Wetlands (Isabela)
4 - TuesAM – Punta Morena (Isabela)PM - Urbina Bay (Isabela)
5 - WedAM - Punta Espinoza (Fernandina)PM - Tagus Cove (Isabela)
6 - ThursAM - Puerto Egas (Santiago)PM - Rabida
7 - FriAM - Las Bachas (Santa Cruz)Transfer to Baltra airport
See detailed Itinerary Treasure of Galapagos 7-day cruise (pdf)

Day 20

Departure
The cruise ends in the morning hours. Transfer to airport and flight to Guayaquil. From here international connection.
Included meals: Breakfast

PRICING
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INCLUDED

  • All transfers
  • English speaking guide during activities/tours
  • All activities/tours in private services
  • All entrance fees
  • Accommodation according to hotel list below (availability will be confirmed upon booking)
  • Bus Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes
  • Expedition class train ticket Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo
  • Meals according to day-day program

NOT INCLUDED

  • International & domestic flights
  • Optional: Permit to ascend Huayna Picchu or Montaña Picchu. These are additions to the Machu Picchu entrance fee (subject to availability)
  • Entrance fees: Galapagos Park Entrance fee (100 USD), Ingala (20 USD) and Isabela Island Local Taxes  (10 USD)
  • Tips
  • Personal expenses
  • Galapagos cruise
  • Meals not mentioned in the program
HOTEL LIST

LIMA (first night): Wyndham Costa del Sol Airport 4* or similar

LIMA (day 10) : Hotel Virreynal 3*

CUSCO: Inkarri Hostal or similar

OLLANTAYTAMBO: Tunupa Lodge 3* or similar

AGUAS CALIENTES: Hotel Terraza de Luna or similar

PUNO: Casona Plaza Hotel 3* or similar

QUITO: Hostal Fuente de Piedra or similar

MAP

Overview:


Southern Peru:


Ecuador and Galapagos Islands:

GALLERY
Tags: Nature & Culture, Ecuador, Galapagos Cruises, Machu Picchu, Peru, Cruise