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Peru and Galapagos

22 Day Tour of Peru & The Galápagos  |  2 Departures  |  Max Group Size: 16  | Price £6,199 per person

Machu Picchu and the Galapagos Islands are on the bucket list of most travellers, and rightly so. These are two of the most iconic, unique and truly outstanding destinations, not only in Latin America, but in the world. In our Peru & Galapagos escorted small group tour you will be able to tick off both of these incredible destinations in a three-week, once-in-a-lifetime adventure through Peru and on to the wildlife wonderland of the Galapagos Islands.

You will travel through the historical cities and the stunning landscapes of the land of the Incas, and will end your Peruvian adventure in the mystical Machu Picchu. Here we have included two entrances for you, so you'll have plenty of opportunities to really explore this wonderful citadel!

Following one last night in the fascinating city of Cusco, you will fly to the Ecuadorian capital where you will spend a night before catching a short flight to the Galapagos – the land of evolution. These islands are one of the world’s true last wildernesses and a visit here might just make you think differently about the world. They are a true paradise, where wildlife is abundant, roams freely, and is blissfully unaffected by human tourists. Spending your nights in the beautiful Santa Cruz and Isabela Islands, you will enjoy plenty of opportunities for up-close encounters with the islands’ endemic species, witness some of their moon-like landscapes and travel by boat to explore nearby islands. This is an opportunity to fully discover the Galapagos and to enjoy not only their natural riches, but also to witness how the humans living here coexist in harmony with nature, in this fragile and world-famous ecosystem. 

Quick Itinerary

Day 1 – Depart UK
Day 2 – Arrive Lima
Day 4 – Arequipa
Day 5 – 6 Colca Canyon
Day 7 – 8 Lake Titicaca
Day 9 – 11 Cusco
Day 12 – Machu Picchu
Day 13 – Cusco
Day 14 – Quito
Day 15 – 20 Galapagos
Day 21 – Depart Galapagos
Day 22 – Arrive UK

Inclusions

  • Make Your Day Individual on days 3, 11 and 20
  • International and domestic flights in economy class
  • 3* and 4* charming accommodation
  • Tour Leader throughout plus expert local guides
  • All entrance fees and excursions as stated
  • Meals as stated
  • All transport
  • A Water-to-Go reusable filter bottle per person
  • An exclusive Latin Routes backpack per booking


Group Tour

This holiday is a group tour, and you will be travelling with a guide and up to 16 like-minded passengers. All our departures are guaranteed.

Ready to book your group tour? Simply complete the enquiry form to get in touch or, call our Travel Specialists on 0203 859 9225.

Itinerary

22 Day Tour of Peru & The Galápagos  |  2 Departures  |  Max Group Size: 16  |  Price  £6,199 per person

Day 1 – Depart UK

Fly overnight from the UK. Please note there are some day flight options that will mean you depart and arrive on Day 2.


Day 2 – Arrive Lima

Land in the bustling Peruvian capital where you will spend the first night in the trendy Miraflores district. 

Arawi Hotel or similar.


Day 3 –  Lima Make Your Day Individual

On this day, you'll have the opportunity to choose one of these three activities, to experience this incredible place in just the way you want.

Cultural Experience - Lima City Tour

Take a guided journey through the history of Lima and explore the capital’s main sights including the beautiful square and cathedral. You will also have time to stop at the chocolate museum!

Gastronomic Experience - Lima Foodie Tour

The most representative flavours of Peruvian cuisine will be waiting for you as you embark on an unforgettable culinary adventure. Begin your journey in a typical Peruvian market and end the tour by preparing and enjoying some popular local dishes.

Wildlife Experience - Palomino Islands

Travel by boat to the Palomino Islands where an untouched ecosystem is home to thousands of sea lions. Brave the cold waters to have the chance to swim with these curious and friendly sea animals. 

Arawi Hotel or similar – Meals: Breakfast


Day 4 – Lima to Arequipa

Fly to Arequipa in the morning. Enjoy a guided tour through its beautifully preserved colonial centres and visit the stunning Santa Catalina Convent, a 16th-century monastery which is still inhabited by Dominican nuns to this day.

Hotel Casa Andina Select or similar – Meals: Breakfast & Lunch


Day 5 – Arequipa to Colca Canyon 

Today will be a delight of amazing landscapes as you journey through the Peruvian altiplano towards the Colca Canyon. The trip will be around 5 hours but with plenty of stops for you to stretch your legs and enjoy tthe spectacular views.

Hotel Aranwa Colca or similar – Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


Day 6 – Colca Canyon 

Wake up early to go in search of condors gliding on the warm morning thermal currents. This is a morning for visual delights and wildlife encounters! Your guide will help you spot the elusive birds amongst the scenery of the vast canyon. 

Hotel Aranwa Colca or similar – Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


Day 7 – Colca Canyon to Lake Titicaca

The deep blue waters of Lake Titicaca await you. The journey will be around 5 to 6 hours but Peru’s beautiful scenery will be accompanying you along the way and your Tour Leader will entertain you with insightful and fun stories about the country! 

Hotel Libertador Puno or similar – Meals: Breakfast & Lunch


Day 8 – Lake Titicaca

Lake Titicaca has been home to several indigenous communities for centuries, and many still live here. You will learn about their ancient ways of life with a tour to the Uros and Taquile Islands. From here you will take a short hike to reach a viewpoint with stunning panoramic vistas, and a local restaurant will reward your efforts with a tasty and typical lunch of freshly caught fish.

Hotel Libertador Puno or similar – Meals: Breakfast & Lunch


Day 9 – Lake Titicaca to Cusco

Another day for stunning scenery as you take the tourist bus to Cusco. Along the way, you will visit Andahuaylillas, a town where you will find a precious church from the 17th century. Next will be a guided visit to the Raqchi archaeological site and your last stop will be at La Raya, the highest point on the road, from where you will get excellent photo opportunities. 

Hotel Costa del Sol Ramada or similar – Meals: Breakfast & Lunch


Day 10 – Cusco

The old Inca capital will inspire you with its beautifully preserved colonial centre and Inca ruins. You will visit Sacsayhuamán fortress on the city’s outskirts, and during a walking tour you will stop at San Pedro Market for an insight into modern life in Cusco, as this is where the locals buy fresh produce and you can find your perfect souvenir to take back home!

Hotel Costa del Sol Ramada or similar – Meals: Breakfast


Day 11 – Cusco - Make Your Day Individual

On this day, you'll have the opportunity to choose one of these three activities, to experience this incredible place in just the way you want.

Cultural Experience - Treasures of the Sacred Valley

Take an in-depth tour of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Visit the archaeological site of Moray, the Maras salt mines and the Inca complex of Ollantaytambo, one of the largest in Peru. In the town, you will have some time to stroll through the market and the cobblestone streets on your own.

Gastronomic Experience - Chocolate Making Class

Being a producer of some of the finest cacao in the world, Peru is the perfect place to learn how to make your own chocolate bar! This tour is perfect if you wish to learn about one of Peru’s most famous exports in the morning, and have the afternoon free to explore Cusco.

Local Experience - Misminay Community

Visit Enjoy a day in the company of a local Sacred Valley Community. Famous for its production of alpaca textiles, Misminay is a small community of 100 families located at 3,700 metres altitude. They will welcome you for the day, and share their traditional Andean lifestyle through several participatory activities. 

Hotel Costa del Sol Ramada or similar – Meals: Breakfast


Day 12 – Cusco to Machu Picchu 

Today will be an early start that culminates in the highlight you have been waiting for. Following a train and a bus ride, you will reach Machu Picchu, where you will enjoy a guided tour before having lunch in the charming Aguas Calientes, followed by a free afternoon to explore at your own pace.

Hotel Inkaterra El Mapi or similar – Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


Day 13 – Machu Picchu to Cusco

For another chance to visit Machu Picchu we have included a second entry to 
the citadel. You can enjoy your morning visit at your own speed, so you may choose to stay in the area, or hike to the Sun Gate. You will take the train back to Cusco in the early afternoon for your last night in Peru.

Hotel Costa del Sol Ramada – Meals: Breakfast


Day 14 – Cusco to Quito

You will fly to Quito, via Lima, for one night in Ecuador before flying to the Galápagos.

Meals: Breakfast


Day 15 – Fly to the Galápagos

Join the Latin Routes passengers on the Ecuador and Galápagos Group Tour at Quito airport and fly to Baltra Island, the gateway to the Galápagos. You will visit the famous giant tortoise reserve, and admire these wonderful animals roaming in the wild. Your accommodation is in a privileged position high on the highlands with fantastic views, and is a combination of raised safari tents and treehouses.

Galápagos Magic – Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


Day 16 – Exploration of a Galápagos Island

Board a comfortable motor yacht for an excursion to one of the nearby islands. The expert crew will welcome you aboard and a knowledgeable naturalist guide will offer deep insights into the natural history of the islands. 

Galápagos Magic – Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


Day 17 – Santa Cruz to Isabela Island 

Today you will take a speedboat to one of the most famous of all the Galápagos Islands. Isabela is one of the youngest and the biggest in the archipelago and offers not only a wealth of different wildlife species but also some of the most dramatic landscapes. You will visit the island’s breeding centre in the morning and later in the day you can snorkel in Tintoreras Islet, where you may spot white tipped sharks, sea lions, turtles, rays and penguins. 

Isamar Hotel or similar – Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


Day 18 – Sierra Negra Volcano

Be ready for one of your most unforgettable days, as you spend it exploring Isabela’s highlands. Hike up to the crater of the Sierra Negra Volcano followed by a trek along the rim of Volcan Chico. The otherworldly landscapes will appear to be utterly desolate, however, you will encounter plenty of wildlife and enjoy amazing views of Isabela and its neighbouring islands. A deserved relaxing break on the beaches of Puerto Villamil will await at the end of the day. 

Isamar Hotel or similar – Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


Day 19 – Isabela Island

In the morning you will snorkel through a maze of small islands and arches in the company of fish, sea turtles and the occasional white tipped shark. In the afternoon you will hike the Wetlands Trail where you can see colonies of marine iguanas and several types of mangrove trees. 

Isamar Hotel or similar – Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


Day 20 – Santa Cruz - Make Your Day Individual 

On this day, you'll have the opportunity to choose one of these three activities, to experience this incredible place in just the way you want.

In the morning you will take a boat back to Santa Cruz Island.

Wildlife Experience - Tortuga Bay & Charles Darwin

Walk to the beautiful beach of Tortuga Bay where you can spot marine iguanas, go for a swim, snorkel or just relax on the sandy beach. Visit the Charles Darwin Research Centre where the Galápagos’ most important conservation projects are carried out.

Gastronomic Experience - Local Cooking Class

The Galápagos Islands are not just about wildlife; there is also the fascinating life of their inhabitants to discover. Learn the local cooking traditions of the people that have made this magical place their home.

Unique Experience - Garrapatero Beach

Lesser known than Tortuga Bay, this beach is an idyllic place to swim, relax and admire the ever present and unique wildlife of the Galápagos going about their daily business.

Hotel Fiesta or similar – Meals: Breakfast


Day 21 – Depart the Galápagos 

Your tour of Peru, Ecuador and the Galápagos has come to an end. In the morning you will catch a flight to mainland Ecuador to connect with your international flight back home.

Meals: Breakfast


Day 22 – Arrive UK

Today you will land back in the UK.


Ready to book your group tour? Simply complete the enquiry form to get in touch or, call our Travel Specialists on 0203 859 9225.

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