20 Day Peru with 6 Day Eastern Galapagos Cruise

3 Lima, 2 Urubamba, 2 Cuzco, 2 Puno, 2 Guayaquil, 5 Cruise & 2 Quito
Round trip airfare from MIA, 19 nights accommodation, all transfers, most meals and sightseeing
Price Includes
  • Flights Miami-Lima, Quito-Miami
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  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • All intra-flights: Lima-Cuzco & Juliaca-Lima, Lima-Guayaquil & Guayaquil-Baltra-Quito
  • 19 nights First Class accommodations
    • 3 nights Lima
    • 2 nights Urubamba Sacred Valley
    • 2 nights Cuzco
    • 2 nights Puno
    • 2 nights Guayaquil
    • 6 nights M/V Santa Cruz II
    • 2 nights Quito
  • Hotel & Cruise porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 36 meals: 19 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 9 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager (Days 1-9)
  • Services of English-speaking local guides
  • Services of English-speaking naturalist guides in the Galapagos (Days 12-18)
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Galapagos National Park Fee of $100
  • Galapagos Transit Control Card fee of $20

Special Features

  • City Tour of Lima with its 2000 years of history
  • Visit the impressive Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo
  • Discover the astonishing ancient citadel of Machu Picchu via the PeruRail Vistadome Train
  • Excursion by boat to the fascinating Uros Floating Islands
  • Explore Guayaquil, the largest city in Ecuador and the nation’s largest port
  • Visit Parque Historico and learn about the history & culture of the region
  • Embark on a journey to the beginning of time in the Galapagos Archipelago of volcanic islands
  • Travel along the coast on a panga while naturalist guides explain the area's dramatic geology
  • The unique environment encourages sea lions, Sally lightfoot crabs, penguins and flightless cormorants
  • Walk in an impressive cactus forest surrounded by land and marine iguanas and blue-footed boobies
  • Snorkel on magnificent white sand beaches with plentiful marine life
  • Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station's giant tortoise Breeding Centre
  • Discover Quito's colonial quarter, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Stand at the Middle of the World monument, situated at latitude 0º

†Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

Day By Day Itinerary

This 20 day “on-the-go” program features the highlights of Peru & the Galapagos in an active itinerary which includes several walking tours as well as some early starts and long days.

DAY 1, Monday - Depart for Peru
Depart for Lima, Peru; arrival and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure with time to rest, relax and acquaint yourself with Peru’s vibrant capital, founded in 1535 by the conquistador Francisco Pizarro
Overnight: Lima

DAY 2, Tuesday - Lima City Tour
This morning’s tour of Lima, with its 2000 years of history, begins at the colonial center of the city, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its historic buildings surrounding the splendid Plaza Mayor. View the impressive Palace of the Archbishop with its fine carved balcony, the opulent Government Palace, the official residence of the President, and the 16th-century Cathedral of Lima whose first stone was laid by Pizarro. Continue to the 17th century Monasterio de San Francisco complex with its magnificent tiles, ornately carved ceilings, exceptional paintings and world-renowned library. Spend the remainder of the day at leisure or join the optional Pachacamac Pre-Inca Ruins tour. Visit the archaeological site of Pachacamac, one of the largest religious centers in pre-Inca times on the Peruvian coast. This afternoon, join your Tour Manager for an orientation meeting about the wonderful journey that awaits you. Tonight, perhaps attend the optional Evening Larco Herrera Museum with dinner. Experience one of Lima’s most magnificent museums by night on this tour, that also includes a light supper. Admire the world's largest collection of pre-Columbian masterpieces and a stunning exhibition of gold and priceless jewels
Optional: Pachacamac Pre-Inca Ruins (PM)
Optional: Evening Larco Herrera Museum with dinner
Overnight: Lima
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 3, Wednesday - Fly to Cuzco, Chinchero Weaving Demonstration
Depart Lima this morning by flight to Cuzco, an ancient capital of the Inca Empire and the oldest continuously inhabited city in South America. Upon arrival, drive through the rugged mountainous region with its magnificent panoramas, along roads with farms and small villages to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. En route, stop in Chinchero. Here, enjoy an authentic Peruvian lunch followed by a demonstration of the ancient Andean tradition of making textiles from naturally dyed handwoven alpaca wool. Remarkably, the source for the vibrant colors are dyes that come from plants, minerals, and insects. Wander around the complex and shop for souvenirs among the fine textiles and other local treasures. Time permitting, meet children at a local school before continuing to your hotel in the Urubamba Sacred Valley. This evening, dinner together with music at a lovely restaurant
Overnight: Urubamba Sacred Valley ▲
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4, Thursday - Sacred Valley & Ollantaytambo Ruins
Enjoy this morning at leisure in the Sacred Valley to explore some of the ancient ruins independently or, join the optional tour to Maras and Moray. The excursion begins in Moray, a remarkable agricultural center that demonstrates the ancient Incan's mastery of high-altitude crop growing. You’ll be astounded by the large complex of perfectly circular depressions in the earth that historians believe were used to study climatic conditions. Next, travel to the colonial town of Maras, known for its nearby salt evaporation ponds in use since the time of the Incas. This afternoon, visit the impressive Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo, an ancient complex of temples and terraces towering high over the valley, the last stand of the Incas in their defense against the Spanish conquistadors. Marvel at the architecture of the Incas in this well-preserved settlement, considered a living museum of 15th-century life. Tonight, join the optional traditional dinner with a Peruvian Family in their countryside home. Sample delectable home-cooked Peruvian specialties along with a warm and friendly cultural exchange
Optional: Maras and Moray Tour
Optional: Dinner with a Local Peruvian Family
Overnight: Urubamba Sacred Valley
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Friday - Discover Machu Picchu
Early morning transfer to the Sacred Valley's Ollanta Station to board the Vistadome Train that travels through misty peaks to the astonishing ancient citadel of Machu Picchu, the "Lost City of the Incas", designated by UNESCO as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Machu Picchu was virtually unknown to the western world until Hiram Bingham's re-discovery in 1911. Spend the morning viewing the unforgettable wonders of this 15th-century retreat, abandoned nearly 100 years later with the arrival of the conquistadors. See the highlights of the site including the imposing Temple of the Sun, the House of the Priest, the Sacred Plaza and the intricately carved rock likely used as a sundial by the ancient Incas. The images of this significant archaeological site will be a long-lasting memory. Return to the Sacred Valley in the early evening and transfer to your hotel in Cuzco for overnight
*Approximate time spent at the ruins of Machu Picchu is 2 hours
Overnight: Cuzco
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Saturday - Full Day in Cuzco
Spend today independently discovering the "Imperial City" of Cuzco, once the capital of the Inca Empire and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This lively city, rich in history, reveals remains of both the Incan and the Spanish presence. Take time to explore some of the city’s stunning sights, or, shop for some of the finest handicrafts and textiles in all of Peru. Participate in the optional Cuzco "Behind the Scenes" tour, offering a glimpse into the other side of life in Cuzco. On this tour, visit a local market and taste fresh-baked Chuta bread. Stop at the Cuzco cemetery to learn more about Andean life and death and meet with a local "shaman" (holy man). After the cooking demonstration, enjoy a delicious meal. In the afternoon, join the optional Highlights of Cuzco excursion that takes you to the impressive Colonial Cathedral with its collection of over 400 paintings, the Temple of the Sun and the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, which took over seven decades to complete. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a buffet dinner featuring delectable Andean specialties
Optional: Half Day Cuzco Behind the Scenes (AM)
Optional: Half Day Highlights of Cuzco (PM)
Optional: Highlights of Cuzco & Cuzco Behind the Scenes Combo Package
Overnight: Cuzco
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Sunday - Raqchi & Puno
Depart Cuzco early in the morning on a long drive today. Enjoy spectacular scenery as you drive through the Andes mountain range and the Andean plains to Puno on the Peruvian side of Lake Titicaca. In this area, South American camelids (llamas and alpacas) graze on the immense plateaus and plains. En route visit the 15th century Temple of Wiracocha, with its elaborate stonework, the largest Inca temple ever discovered. Today, Raqchi remains home to many farmers, ranchers, and artisans. Then, you arrive at pristine Lake Titicaca sitting majestically at 12,500 feet above sea level, backed by the snowcapped peaks of Bolivia's Cordillera Real range. This is the highest navigable lake in the world and South America's largest freshwater lake. A box lunch will be provided en route before arriving in Puno for your overnight
Overnight: Puno
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 8, Monday - Excursion to Uros Islands on Lake Titicaca
This morning, an excursion by boat transports you from Puno to the fascinating Uros Floating Islands where the indigenous people of the area, the Uros, live on islands that dot the lake. The Uros live very much the same as their ancestors did and still follow the ancient customs and traditions. These islands are completely man-made structures, using the totora reeds from the lake to build the islands and houses. Return to Puno for the remainder of the day at leisure. Or, take the optional tour to the Sillustani Tombs, the pre-Incan burial ground on the shores of Lake Umayo. The tombs here are built above the ground in tower-like structures called chullpas, vestiges of the Colla people before they were conquered by the Incas in the 15th century. Evening is at leisure in Puno
Optional Half Day Sillustani Tombs (PM)
Overnight: Puno
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9, Tuesday - Fly to Lima, Farewell Dinner
Transfer to Juliaca airport, for your flight to Lima; rest of the day is at leisure. Tonight, you bid farewell to your Tour Manager and fellow travelers at a special Farewell Dinner with Peruvian specialties
Overnight: Lima
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10, Wednesday - Depart Lima, Arrive in Guayaquil
Depart Lima for your flight to Guayaquil, Ecuador; arrival and transfer to your hotel. Balance of the day is at leisure
Overnight: Guayaquil
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11, Thursday - Guayaquil City Tour & Parque Historico
Your discovery of Guayaquil begins at the main square, with its stirring memorial to the Heroes of the Independence, symbolizing the triumph of the Republic against the Spanish. Continue to Seminario Park (Parque de las Iguanas), a favorite place for bird watchers and home to arboreal Iguanas. Next, experience the many ethnological influences present in Ecuadorian culture by viewing the contrasting architecture of a Neo-Gothic Cathedral, a Moorish clock tower, and La Rotonda Monument. Continue to the lovely riverside Garden of Malecon and Santa Ana Hill where the city was founded in the 16th century. Continue to Parque Historico and learn about the history & culture of the region. Return to your hotel for an evening at leisure
Overnight: Guayaquil
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 12, Friday - Galapagos Islands, Embarkation, Baltra Island
Embark this morning on a journey to the "beginning of time" as you transfer to the airport for the flight to the astonishing Galapagos Archipelago of volcanic islands, five million years in the making. Arrive at Baltra Airport, meet your naturalist guides and transfer to the pier to board the M/V Santa Cruz II. Lunch on board with time to settle in before this afternoon's excursion to Mosquera Islet, a tiny island resulting from an uplift of sand, made up of coral reefs and rocks, located between the islands of Baltra & North Seymour. After a wet landing, your guides will lead you past sea lion colonies, one of the largest in the Galapagos archipelago. You will have a great opportunity to snorkel, before returning to the ship for an evening briefing and Welcome Dinner
Overnight: Galapagos Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 13, Saturday - Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristóbal Island
After breakfast, disembark at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, the capital of the Galapagos province and drive to Cerro Colorado on the southern shore. Here, visit the breeding center for highly endangered giant tortoises in the midst of a deciduous forest. View a variety of wildlife, including the San Cristobal mockingbird and the San Cristobal lava lizard, both endemic species to this island. Lunch on board, followed by an afternoon excursion to Punta Pitt on the eastern tip of the island. This is the only site in the Galapagos where you can view all three species of boobies: blue-footed, red-footed and Nazca boobies. After free time for hiking, swimming or snorkeling, return to the ship
Overnight: Galapagos Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 14, Sunday - Santa Fe Island, South Plaza Island
Enjoy a boat ride this morning to Santa Fe Island, one of the oldest in the archipelago with volcanic rocks over 4 million years old. Walk along the idyllic white sand beach with its countless sea lions and hike amid Opuntia cactus plants searching for the famous Barrington land iguana, a unique species endemic only to this island. Snorkeling and swimming is a delight here or, sail on a glass bottom boat with stunning underwater views. Following lunch on board, you land on South Plaza Island. Here, turquoise waters contrast brilliantly with the white sand and black lava of the shoreline, accented by a carpet of scarlet succulents that change color every season. View yellow-grey iguanas sitting under luminescent prickly pear cactus waiting patiently for pears to drop. Along the coastline, observe a countless variety of playful sea lions, frigates, swallow-tailed gulls and shearwaters gliding and playing with the thermals. An interesting lecture on board tonight previews tomorrow's adventure
Overnight: Galapagos Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 15, Monday - Puerto Ayora, Charles Darwin Research Station, Santa Cruz Island
An extraordinary visit awaits you today at the iconic Charles Darwin Research Station’s Giant Tortoise Breeding Centre. Nestled in an impressive cactus forest, this center of research and conservation is renowned for its captive breeding program for giant tortoises. You’ll come face-to-face with 100-year-old giant tortoises eating, sleeping and wallowing in the mud. Get a close-up look at these amazing Galapagos giants and learn about their origin, evolution and threatened extinction. Time to linger and enjoy this unique experience before lunch in the cooler highlands of Santa Cruz Island, a completely different ecosystem. Later, your choice of hiking, mountain biking or kayaking in calm and beautiful Tortuga Bay. After an enlightening day, return back on board for dinner and to hear about your expedition plan for tomorrow
Overnight: Galapagos Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 16, Tuesday - Punta Suarez, Gardner Bay, Española Island
An early start this morning as you explore the coastline on a panga while your naturalist guide explains the dramatic geology of the area. At Punta Suarez on Española, the southernmost island in the archipelago, you're warmly welcomed by noisy sea lions. Several wildlife species make this island their home, including masked and blue-footed boobies and marine iguanas who lazily bask in the sun on the rocks. On this island, the waved albatross nests in the bushes from April to December, returning to the island to find its lifelong mate. Following the winding trail to the western side of the island, stop at the Galápagos famous blowhole that sends a tall jet of spray gushing through the lava. Back on board for lunch. In the afternoon, a visit to tranquil Gardner Bay that reveals a picture postcard white coral beach surrounded by dazzling blue seas. It’s a beautiful setting for observing sea lions, mockingbirds, finches and to enjoy great swimming and snorkeling. Return to the ship for an evening briefing and dinner
Overnight: Galapagos Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 17, Wednesday - Eden Islet, Santa Cruz Island, North Seymour Island
After breakfast, a panga ride takes you to Eden Islet, located off the coast of Santa Cruz Island. Here, you see a variety of Galapagos wildlife, blue-footed boobies, reef sharks, and frigates. A chance to snorkel, kayak and ride a glass-bottom boat (weather permitting). Continue to North Seymour Island, lifted from the ocean floor by a seismic event. Cliffs that are only a few feet high form the shoreline, where swallow-tailed gulls sit perched on ledges and a tiny forest of silver-grey Palo Santo trees stand just above the landing. This island is teeming with wildlife! You might have to give right-of-way to a passing sea lion or a marine iguana. Along the way, perhaps you may see the famous Galapagos blue-footed booby nesting beside the trail or spot flocks of pelicans in a feeding frenzy. Keep on the lookout for the magnificent frigate bird, with its puffed-up scarlet throat sack, perched in low bushes watching over their chicks. Tonight, bid goodbye to the crew, the naturalist guides and your new-found friends at the Farewell Dinner
Overnight: Galapagos Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 18, Thursday - Disembarkation, Balta Island, Flight to Quito
Disembarkation at Baltra Island. Then, proceed to the airport for the flight to Quito through Guayaquil. Arrive late afternoon in this historic city in the high Andes at the base of the Pichincha Volcano and transfer to your hotel. Remainder of the day is at leisure to discover this charming city independently
Overnight: Quito ▲
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 19, Friday - Quito City Tour & Visit to the Middle of the World
The morning's tour begins with a visit to the colonial section of Quito to walk along the narrow cobblestone streets and feel the charm of 16th-century Quito. See the Independence Plaza, the Cathedral, Presidential Palace, and the Archbishop's Palace before visiting La Compañia de Jesus Church, with its beautiful gilded interior or the Church and Monastery of San Francisco, one of the great religious buildings of the New World with its impressive facade and atrium. Afterward, visit the Middle of the World Monument, located at a latitude of 0º, and stand with one foot in the Northern and one in the Southern Hemisphere. The balance of the day is at leisure
Overnight: Quito
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 20, Saturday - Depart Ecuador
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Some flights depart shortly after midnight in the very early morning of Day 20 and will require a transfer on Day 19. Transfers depart the hotel approximately 4 hours prior to flight time
Meals: Breakfast

▲Due to the high elevation, travel in the Ecuadorian Andes and 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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Notes :
  • Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers, but does include flights Guayaquil-Baltra-Quito, Quito-Lima, Lima-Cuzco & Juliaca-Lima.
  • Passport numbers for all passengers must be submitted before documents can be issued.
  • The route and program may vary according to weather conditions, seasonal changes, safety issues and wildlife migration patterns.
  • Wildlife and visits listed in the itinerary are based upon optimal conditions and therefore subject to change.
  • Dry landing: Passengers step from the dinghy onto rocks or a dock.
  • Wet landing: As the dinghy edges onto a sandy beach, passengers step into knee-deep water and wade ashore.
  • Sturdy shoes are recommended for this program.
  • Triple Rooms cannot be accommodated on this program
  • Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates.
  • All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary.
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  • Entry Fees/Departure taxes are required as follows: Quito taxes of up to US $3
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