Experience the highlights and hidden treasures of Ecuador, Galapagos and Peru with an epic 28 day adventure! This custom journey offers you the chance to catch a glimpse into the local culture and explore the wonders of this historical mecca. Your journey begins on the mainland, learning about the colonial history of Quito and traversing the wonders of the countryside. From there, your custom expedition will guide you through one of the world's premiere nature and wildlife destinations in the Galapagos. Every day of your voyage will offer new adventures and memories, as you observe the wildlife in their natural habitat and investigate the magic of the underwater world through a variety of activities and excursions. Next, venture to Peru to discover centuries of architecture as you trek from lodge to lodge along the Andes Mountains, on a route that will end at the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu. This is your chance to be captivated, as you relish in the mystery, understand the history and embrace the adventure. So, grab your gear and get packing!

Daily Itinerary

Day 1: Quito Arrival

Quito Arrival
Daily Summary
  • Transportation: Airport Transfer
  • Accommodation: Hosteria Rincon de Puembo

Welcome to Ecuador! Upon arrival at the airport in Quito, you will be greeted by your English speaking driver, who will transfer you directly to your hotel. This will make for an easy and comfortable start to your adventure. Check into your room and enjoy the rest of the day free at your leisure to get settled and ease into your exploration at a relaxing pace. (This service is on a private basis.)

Quito

Ecuador is all about history, fascinating indigenous cultures, slow winding rivers and lush tropical forests, spectacular snow capped volcanoes and some of the most exciting wildlife on earth. Quito, the capital of Ecuador, is one of the most well preserved Spanish colonial cities in all ofSouth America and is an essential part of every Ecuador trip. This distinction was recognized in 1978 when Quito became designated as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. Since then, visitors to the city have been delighted by its stunning old cathedrals, colonial plazas, and countless other highlights.

Day 2: Quito - Otavalo

Quito - Otavalo
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Hacienda Zuleta Arrival
  • Accommodation: Hacienda Zuleta
  • Meals: B, L, D

Hacienda Zuleta Arrival

From Ecuador's capital city of Quito, the journey to Hacienda Zuleta is approximately 2 hours, as you drive through lush pastureland and scenic landscapes. With some luck, you may even be able to admire views of the snow-capped volcano Cayambe on your way, which is just a few miles away from Zuleta. Dating from the late XVI century, the stunning Hacienda Zuleta lies in the spectacular Andean mountain range of Ecuador at 9,600 feet above sea level.

To visit Hacienda Zuleta is to experience four centuries of Ecuadorian life steeped in pre-Colombian, Spanish and Ecuadorian traditions. This exclusive property is open to only a limited number of visitors each year in order to retain intimacy, warmth and sincerity, reminiscent of a bygone age. When you reach the accommodation, get settled into your room and enjoy the rest of the evening as you please.

Day 3: Otavalo

Otavalo
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Otavalo Market & Cuicocha Lake Hike
  • Accommodation: Hacienda Zuleta
  • Meals: B, L, D

Otavalo Market & Cuicocha Lake Hike

Otavalo is set in the beautiful countryside, surrounded by Andean peaks, valleys and waterfalls. The Cayambe Volcano is along the Panamerican Highway to Otavalo. It is 5,790 meters and the highest point in the world, which lies directly on the Equator. Otavalo is a small and charming town, home to the famous Otavalo Indians. It lies at 2350 meters, in a spring like valley situated between the Imbabura Volcano (4609m) and the Cotacachi Volcano (4939m).

Your adventure today, starts with a visit to the vibrant and stunning local Indian Market, which is one of the most well known in the Ecuadorian Andes. It has been considered as an economic and social center, since more than 4000 years. After strolling through the stalls and admiring the hustle and bustle of the market, you will continue on to the Cotacachi-Cayapas ecological reserve. There, you will embark on a three hour hike around the picturesque Cuicocha Lake. This deep-blue crater lake on the lower southern flanks of Mount Cotacachi, is a beautiful site to be explored. Throughout your hike, you can marvel at more views of the surrounding volcanoes Cayambe, Imbabura and Cuicocha. Keep your eye out for the local flora and fauna, with great bird watching opportunities in the area as well. This includes ruddy ducks, giant hummingbirds, silvery grebes and more! After the hike, you will have the opportunity to visit the historic colonial town of Cotacachi, famous for its leather work.

Day 4: Quito - Coca - Amazon

Quito - Coca - Amazon
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Hacienda Activies
  • Transportation: Airport Transfers
  • Transportation: Domestic Flight
  • Tour: Amazon Arrival & Activities
  • Accommodation: Sani Lodge
  • Meals: B, L, D
Domestic Flight
Quito - Coca
Flight #: TBD
Departs: TBD
Arrives: TBD

Hacienda Activies

After breakfast you may visit the organic garden, feed baby calves, count sheep, talk to the vaqueros, enjoy the embroidery museum, or relax in the garden before leaving towards the Cotacachi-Cayapas ecological reserve for a three hour hike at Cuicocha Lake, a deep-blue crater lake on the lower southern flanks of Mount Cotacachi.

Afterwards, you will wave goodbye to beautiful countryside as you embark to a different region of Ecuador. Today, you will be transferred from Otavalo to the airport in Quito in good time to board your domestic flight to Coca, where your Amazon Adventure will kick off! (This service is on a private basis).

Amazon Arrival & Activities

Your journey today begins with a short 35 minute flight from Quito to Coca. Upon arrival in Coca, you will be greeted by a staff member and transferred to the banks of the Napo River. There, your bilingual guide will give you a safety precautions briefing, before taking off on a 2.5 hour boat trip on the largest Ecuadorian affluent of the Amazon, the Napo River! As you cruise the waters, you will get your first real taste of the Amazon as you admire the passing ancestral communities and fascinating flora and fauna. Observe the birds flying overhead, herons, egrets, vultures and mire, while enjoying delicious packed lunch. Your motorized canoe ride will be followed by a 15 minute walk through flooded forest and 20 minute canoe paddle across the beautiful Challuacocha Lake. Once you have arrived at the lodge, you will be greeted with refreshing cold drinks and snacks, before you are welcome to get settled in your cabin.

After getting settled in, you may want to take off on a short hike on the nearby trails. This will allow you to get acquainted with the sights, smells and sounds of the Amazon jungle. As you enter the forest, sunlight is immediately filtered and you are faced with a million shades of green. A symphony of insect song fills the air, and our senses are instantly heightened. You might see one of the forest’s 13 species of primate, birds, frogs, or extraordinary flora. The walk is one of discovery, and immediately tunes us in to the richness of Amazon ecosystem. After plenty of time to explore, you will return to the lodge, where a delicious dinner will be prepared for you. A bilingual guide will present a briefing tonight about Amazonia, while you enjoy Ecuadorian beers, spirits and cocktails. You may want to head out onto the lagoon later this evening too, in search of the nocturnal wildlife, paddling silently through the black waters! (This service is on a group basis.)

Day 5: Amazon

Amazon
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Wildlife Discovery
  • Accommodation: Sani Lodge
  • Meals: B, L, D

Wildlife Discovery

After breakfast at the lodge, you will set out for a full day of adventure in the rainforest. You will embark on a morning hike to learn about the plants, animals and people of the Amazon. During the hike, you will discover medicinal uses for the rainforests many plant species, search for impossibly small species of frog, observe startlingly large insect species and learn about the Sani culture. Keep your eyes open for primates high in the forest canopy! You will also hone your blow gun skills to understand survival hunting techniques. After a full morning, enjoy a picnic lunch in the forest in a special spot chosen by your guide. Following lunch, you will make your way to the lagoon system, where you will set out on kayaks for an afternoon of paddling, stopping at Sani Lodge observation tower.

A highlight of any trip to Sani Lodge is the opportunity to experience life among the tree tops from the observation tower. You will wind your way up a 36 meter (108 ft) high staircase to the wooden observatory perched at the top of the forest canopy in majestic kapok (aka ‘God’s Hand) tree. The exhilaration of standing above the entire forest is quickly overtaken by the excitement of spotting some of the 565 registered species of birds. With some luck, there is also a chance to spot howler or squirrel monkeys or even sloths resting high in the canopy. The wildlife viewing from above is an entirely different perspective, and gives a chance to discover some of the Amazon’s biodiversity that can be difficult if not impossible to see from the ground. After marveling at the wildlife from the tower, you will head back to your kayaks for a (1 hour) recreational paddle back to the lodge. Upon arrival, enjoy another delicious chef-prepared dinner before retiring for the night. (This service is on a group basis.)

Day 6: Amazon

Amazon
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Yasuni National Park Exploration & Indigenous Community Visit
  • Accommodation: Sani Lodge
  • Meals: B, L, D

Yasuni National Park Exploration & Indigenous Community Visit

After an early breakfast, you will depart for a visit to Yasuni National Park. This 9,620 sq km park is Ecuador’s largest mainland park and is a Unesco designated international biosphere reserve. The park was untouched by the last ice age, resulting in a thriving and diverse pool of species, and it is one of the last true wildernesses in Ecuador. You will hike through the park, observing its flora and fauna as you make your way to a viewing blind near one of the park’s famous clay licks. There, you might catch a glimpse of the colorful parrots and parakeets. The birds visit most mornings to eat clay that aids their digestion of unripe seeds and fruits. Keep your eyes out for mealy Amazon, yellow-crowned, orange-winged and blue-headed parrots among others.

Following your morning adventure in Yasuni, you will visit the local Sani community. Here, you will have the opportunity to learn about and support their women’s project, the community turtle breeding work and also participate in a cooking class, which will become your traditional lunch. Spending time with the Sani women in the kitchen allows for a special glimpse into their culture and customs, and also insight into the many commonalities. Enjoy a very special, lunch in the local community before continuing onward.

Your cultural exchange and exploration continues after lunch, when you will hike back to the lodge on a “camino vecinal” (community path) accompanied by your guide and a member of the local community. On your hike, you will get first-hand insight into local life while the Napo River flows by your side towards the Atlantic Ocean. Observe the local’s architecture, see their farming activities, their lifestyle and discover plants in the rainforest that are used for medicine. You will return to the lodge in the late afternoon for a well-deserved dinner. Spend the remainder of the evening relaxing or take an optional night walk in the rainforest to see myriad insect, spider and frog species come to life in their nocturnal habitat. (This service is on a group basis.)

Day 7: Amazon - Coca - Quito

Amazon - Coca - Quito
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Amazon Departure
  • Transportation: Domestic Flight
  • Transportation: Airport Transfers
  • Accommodation: Casa Gangotena
  • Meals: B
Domestic Flight
Coca - Quito
Flight #: TBD
Departs: TBD
Arrives: TBD

Amazon Departure

Following breakfast this morning, you will head back to Coca to catch your flight back to Quito. You will be transferred to the Napo River where your boat journey awaits. Board the boat and cruise up the calms waters as you take in every last bit of the grandeur of the Amazon! During the boat ride, you will learn about some of the challenges that local communities face and how they effect ecotourism ventures. Afterwards, you will be returned to the airport in Coca, with plenty of time to board your onward flight. (This service is on a group basis.)

Upon arrival back in Quito, you will be greeted at the airport by your driver and transferred to your hotel, to spend the rest of the day at your leisure. (This service is on a private basis.)

Quito

Ecuador is all about history, fascinating indigenous cultures, slow winding rivers and lush tropical forests, spectacular snow capped volcanoes and some of the most exciting wildlife on earth. Quito, the capital of Ecuador, is one of the most well preserved Spanish colonial cities in all ofSouth America and is an essential part of every Ecuador trip. This distinction was recognized in 1978 when Quito became designated as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. Since then, visitors to the city have been delighted by its stunning old cathedrals, colonial plazas, and countless other highlights.

Day 8: Quito

Quito
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Full Day City & Mitad del Mundo Tour
  • Accommodation: Casa Gangotena
  • Meals: B, L

Full Day City & Mitad del Mundo Tour

In the morning after breakfast, you will be met by your English speaking guide for a 45 minute journey northwest to the Equatorial Monument. Near the monument, you will stop to walk to the rim of the extinct Pululahua volcanic crater, for a view into the crater with its indigenous village, patchwork farms and orchards, far below on the crater floor. After viewing this charming local village, proceed to the nearby "Mitad del Mundo" (Middle of the World). This is the monument that marks the equator at its closest point to the city of Quito. Archaeological evidence shows that both pre-Inca and Inca civilizations recognized and celebrated the equinox, the day the sun is directly over the equator, at this same location just like modern Ecuador.

Begin your guided visit to the “Ciudad Mitad del Mundo”(Middle of the World City), a group of buildings designed to explain the significance of the site, as well as the Ethnographic Museum or the Initñam Museum, sited right on the Equator. Here, you will have the chance to be in two hemispheres at the same time, one foot in the northern hemisphere and one foot in the southern hemisphere.

Return back to the capital city to enjoy lunch in the Old Town. You will visit the colonial center of Quito, the first city ever to be named a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. It is the ideal place to get a sense of Ecuador's Spanish Colonial history. First on the agenda is a walk through the Main Plaza, the Plaza de Independencia, where you will see the Government Palace, the Cathedral, and some of the most important churches built around the XVI and XVII centuries. This will include the monastery of San Francisco, a building that started to be built only 5 days after the founding of the city.

End the tour with a visit to the Pacari shop, where you can learn all about the process of creating the best chocolate in the world! Activities here will include a guided tour by story and video, through the history of Ecuadorian cacao. Of course, you can also indulge in a tasting of the award-winning Pacari chocolate. The presentation showcases the agricultural side of chocolate cultivation and the communities that work with Pacari, to bring the product to market. You will be leaving the tour along with a delicious complimentary gift of chocolate as well. Yum! (This service is on a private basis.)

Day 9: Quito - Baltra Island - Santa Cruz Island - Floreana Island

Quito - Baltra Island - Santa Cruz Island - Floreana Island
Daily Summary
  • Transportation: Airport Transfer
  • Transportation: Domestic Flight
  • Tour: Galapagos Arrival
  • Accommodation: Floreana Lava Lodge
  • Meals: B, L, D
Domestic Flight
Quito - Galapagos
Flight #: TBD
Departs: TBD
Arrives: TBD

This morning, you will be picked up at your hotel in Quito and transferred to the airport in good time for your flight to the Galapagos. (This service is on a private basis.)

Galapagos Arrival

Welcome to the Galapagos! Upon arrival at the Baltra airport, you will be met by an expert local guide for your transfer to Santa Cruz Island. This journey involves overland public transport, as no private vehicles are permitted, to the Itabaca Channel and a short crossing on the public ferry. From there, your adventure truly begins, with a visit to the impressive Los Gemelos craters and a look at the highland Galapagos tortoises.

In the early afternoon, enjoy a specially prepared lunch en route to the town of Puerto Ayora. There, a private speed boat will be waiting to take you on a two hour ride to the island of Floreana. Floreana's peaceful island, is home to the Galapagos’ smallest population, only 150 people! It is also the least developed and most natural of the four inhabited islands. Once a pirates’ lair, Floreana was the first inhabited island in the Galapagos and descendants of the original population still live there, together with the mysterious tales and legends that surround their ancestors.

Day 10: Floreana Island

Floreana Island
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Floreana Highlands Exploration
  • Accommodation: Floreana Lava Lodge
  • Meals: B, L, D

Floreana Highlands Exploration

After breakfast this morning, explore the Floreana highlands by open-air bus (chiva). This is an unbeatable, historic and comfortable way to admire the island. Along the way, your Naturalist Guide will point out various wildlife and teach you about the rich history of Floreana's first inhabitants, such as the Wittmers, the ‘Baroness’, and the pirates that once visited here. You will also learn about the "Enigma of Floreana", involving the mysterious deaths of several of the Island's inhabitants...a riddle that has never been solved.

Up in the highlands, you will reach Asilo de la Paz (Peace Haven), where you will hop off the bus to begin hiking. Making your way to this historic site, explore the pirate caves and visit the freshwater spring that provides water for the entire Island. You can also expect to see giant tortoises lumbering around in the vegetation or even on the trail. Leaving Asilo de Paz, you will continue through a rural area, where the local people grow produce for their own consumption. This is a fascinating example of how the island inhabitants survive in this remote location. Over the years, they were able to develop an understanding of the local environment and now work to preserve their unique agricultural knowledge. Back on the coast, you will be able to watch the extraordinary behavior of the frigate birds who ‘dance’, as they wash their salty wings in the fresh water. With a little bit of luck, you may even be able to see males puffing up the red pouches on their chests, in an attempt to attract the females.

From La Primavera, you will ride the chiva back down towards Las Palmas. This is where the Island’s first permanent inhabitant, the eccentric Dr Ritter, lived and is buried. Arriving in 1926, this German physician believed that with a combination of exercise and the right vegetarian diet, he would live to be 150 years old. He didn't, but his story is one of the many strange episodes that is still talked about on the island. En route, you can admire the spectacular views of the Floreana shoreline, and on arrival, sit down to a tasty BBQ. Back at the lodge in the afternoon, you will have time for more marine exploration, snorkeling, kayaking and stand up paddle boarding.

Day 11: Floreana Island - Isabela Island

Floreana Island - Isabela Island
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Tintoreras Islands & Tortoise Breeding Center
  • Accommodation: Casa Marita
  • Meals: B, L, D

Tintoreras Islands & Tortoise Breeding Center

Today, you will embark on an early morning speed boat and transfer to Isabela Island. Check into your charming hotel, to drop off your belongings and freshen up, before your exploration continues. There is still so much to do and see in the Galapagos!

Your Isabela adventure begins with a tour of the Tintoreras. This is a group of small islands near the village of Puerto Villamil, that are named after the white tipped ‘Tintoreras’ reef sharks, who swim in these calm waters. An entire Galapagos experience concentrated in one area, you will see almost all of the archipelago’s iconic wildlife here. From white tipped sharks, sea lions, turtles and rays, to penguins, and of course pelicans and blue footed boobies. You will also have the chance to snorkel in the bay, but don’t be surprised if some of the penguins or sea lions jump in to play alongside you in the water!

In the afternoon, you will walk from your hotel to the local giant tortoise-breeding center for your next excursion. Along the way, you may catch a glimpse of pink flamingos feeding in the lake. At the Center, your guides will explain the process of breeding and then releasing these giant slow moving creatures, back into the wild. The breeding center is an important conservation tool and it is here, that the islands’ giant tortoise population is presently recovering.

Day 12: Isabela Island

Isabela Island
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Sierra Negra Volcano & Volcan Chico
  • Accommodation: Casa Marita
  • Meals: B, L, D

Sierra Negra Volcano & Volcan Chico

Volcanic eruptions created all of the islands in the Galapagos, and today you will have the chance to see this geologic process first-hand. Isabela island is one of the youngest and most volcanically-active islands in all of the archipelago.

Make the most of this full day adventure, exploring and admiring the Isabela highlands. Your guiding will begin with a hike up to the crater of the Sierra Negra volcano, followed by the rim of the Volcan Chico. This fascinating walk usually starts off with some morning fog and drizzle, which can add to the volcano's mysterious character. However, when you reach the rim of the Sierra Negra crater, you will see why the excursion is so worth the journey! This crater, the second largest in the world, after the Ngorongoro in Tanzania, offer views so expansive, that photos simply cannot do justice. Take the time to simply soak up and appreciate this overwhelming sight before your eyes, while you are there to see it for yourself.

Later on, continue towards Volcan Chico. You may get the feeling that you are walking on Mars, but while the landscape appears to desolate, a closer look will reveal small lizards, scurrying about among the rocks. From there, head under the shade of a lovely “jaboncillo” tree, where you will enjoy a delicious picnic lunch. While you relax, marvel at the spectacular views over the central and northern parts of Isabela Island. In the distance, you will even be able to spot Fernandina, Pinzon and Santa Cruz Islands. On a full and happy stomach, continue back down to complete your day of hiking (16 km in total). You will be rewarded with some time for heavenly relaxation on the beaches of Puerto Villamil!

Day 13: Isabela Island - Santa Cruz Island - Puerto Ayora

Isabela Island - Santa Cruz Island - Puerto Ayora
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Garrapatero Full Day Excursion
  • Accommodation: Angermeyer Waterfront Inn
  • Meals: B, L, D

Garrapatero Full Day Excursion

Today, you will venture an off-the-beaten-path area of Santa Cruz Island, and when you will reach a high point on the road, you will switch to mountain bikes for a long downhill glide on freshly paved roads to Garrapatero Beach. On the ride, you will pass small farms and enjoy views of the ocean and the distant islands.

Once you arrive on the beach at Garrapatero, you may see a few local families, but few, if any, tourists. You will take a short walk for about 500 mts (~0.3 mile) on a flat and easy terrain through a deciduous forest until you reach El Garrapatero beach. You will then paddle the bay in sit-on-top sea kayaks while looking for sharks, rays, turtles, and sea birds. Kayaking activity takes place from the beach along the bay for about 45 minutes. Afterwards, enjoy a specially prepared lunch before walking to the brackish lagoon where you will have high possibilities to find pink flamingos.

Once back in the Puerto Ayora town, you will have the option of staying and shopping for souvenirs, or (if time allows) walking the 3 km boardwalk to Tortuga Bay, and checking out one of the largest and most beautiful beaches in the Galapagos. At Tortuga Bay you can walk on the beach, swim, or even snorkel a bit more.

Day 14: Puerto Ayora - Santa Cruz Island - San Cristóbal Island

Puerto Ayora - Santa Cruz Island - San Cristóbal Island
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Charles Darwin Research Station & La Loberia
  • Accommodation: Casa Opuntia Galapagos
  • Meals: B, L, D

Charles Darwin Research Station & La Loberia

In the morning, you will visit the Charles Darwin Research Station’s giant tortoise Breeding Center. The Charles Darwin Research Center is the matrix of all the scientific researches in the Galapagos Islands. It is from these headquarters from where all the most sensitive conservation projects are being directed. The conservation and preservation of giant tortoises, marine iguanas among others are some of the examples of the Center labor. We can walk along the core of the Research Center where we can find the corrals where the giant tortoises are being breed as well as the corrals where the land iguanas are being studied. The Research Center offers a brand new Interpretation Center with some of the most important samples of the Center Collection.

After exploring the Darwin Research Station, you will board a shared speedboat transfer to San Cristóbal Island. Upon arrival in San Cristóbal Island, you will embark on a short walk towards La Loberia. Here, you will grab your bikes, or walk along the coast, do a bit more snorkeling, or just sitting and watching a playful colony of sea lions against the stunning ocean sunset.

Day 15: San Cristóbal Island

San Cristóbal Island
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Leon Dormido
  • Accommodation: Casa Opuntia Galapagos
  • Meals: B, L, D

Leon Dormido

Today, you will leave early from Baquerizo Moreno Port and head to the impressive Leon Dormido or Kicker Rock, but before getting there you will try out your snorkeling gear in a small protected bay with calm water and playful sea lions.

Leon Dormido, made of two rocks in the form of an obelisk jutting dramatically out of the sea, is considered one of the top snorkel and dive sites in the Galapagos, and here you will use the snorkeling equipment to explore a channel between the rocks. Stingrays, white-tipped reef sharks, hammerhead sharks, turtles, tropical fish and eagle rays all live in the waters around Leon Dormido and if you are lucky you may even get to spot dolphins and whales!

Day 16: San Cristóbal Island

San Cristóbal Island
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Española Island
  • Accommodation: Casa Opuntia Galapagos
  • Meals: B, L, D

Española Island

Located two hours from San Cristóbal, is the southernmost island and one of the oldest in the Galápagos archipelago - the Española Island . The island's flat profile is extremely dry with only a few inches of rain per year. Despite the dry climate the island is one of the world's only known nesting sites for the Waved Albatross (aka Galapagos Albatross). From April to December this island is covered with these adorably clumsy birds. Blue-Footed and Nazca Boobies as well as many other bird species also call this island home.

There are also other unique species found only on Española Island is the Green and Red Marine Iguana (also known as Christmas Iguanas). Quite often you will be greeted by these colorful reptiles.

Day 17: San Cristóbal Island - Lima

San Cristóbal Island - Lima
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Galapagos Departure
  • Accommodation: The Wyndham Costa Del Sol Lima Airport
  • Meals: B

Galapagos Departure

It is time to say goodbye to the enchanted islands, and after an early breakfast, you will pay a quick visit to the Interpretation Center located at the northern edge of town. The Center provides great information about this fascinating archipelago, including the natural history of the Islands’ as well as the impact of humans on the ecosystem. You will also learn about the efforts to conserve the Galapagos and the challenges facing the Islands. From there, you will transfer to the airport in good time to board your flight to Lima, where your voyage continues!

Welcome to Peru! Upon arrival in Lima, you will make your own way to your accommodation by foot. You will be staying at a close by airport hotel, for your ease and convenience. Get settled into your room and enjoy a good night's rest, before it's back to the airport tomorrow morning.

Lima

Lima, was once considered one of the most beautiful cities in Latin America. Over the past decade, Lima has been transformed to recapture it’s colonial history and charm. The three main areas of interest in Lima are Lima Downtown (Centroof Lima), Miraflores and Barranco. Lima Downtown is where the Main Square is located. This is the historical cornerstone of Lima’s foundation, from here avenues fanned out as the city grew. The Main Square is where one finds the historical Presidential Palace, the monastery Santo Domingo and the Cathedral, that dates back to the 16th century. The suburbs of Miraflores and Barranco are the focus of city’s action, night life and fine shopping. Lima is also known for exceptional restaurants and has been considered a gastronomy destination. Also you can find several museums dedicated to archaeology, history and also dedicated to the Chocolate.

Day 18: Lima - Cusco

Lima - Cusco
Daily Summary
  • Transportation: Airport Transfer
  • Accommodation: El Mercado

After checking out of your hotel in Lima this morning, you will walk your own way back to the airport in good time to catch your domestic flight to Cusco.

Upon arrival at the Cusco Airport, you will be greeted by your driver, who will be holding a sign with your name on it for easy identification. They will assist you in the transfer directly to your hotel, for a smooth and easy start to the Peruvian portion of your adventure. (This service is on a private basis.)

Check into your room, make yourself comfortable and spend your first evening in Cusco getting acclimated to the high altitude!

Cusco

Cusco is a beautiful city with well preserved colonial architecture, evidence of a rich and complex history. The city itself represents the center of indigenous Quechua culture in the Andes, and by merely walking the streets one sees the layers of history. Spanish colonial buildings erected directly atop Inca walls line the square, while the modern tourist nightlife flourishes in their midst. The city is surrounded by a number of ruins, the most impressive being Sacsayhuaman, the site of the 1536 battle in which dozens of Pizarro's men charged uphill to battle the forces of the Inca. Nowadays, Cusco is known for its indigenous population--often seen on the streets in traditional clothing--and its substantial tourist-fueled night life.

Day 19: Cusco

Cusco
Daily Summary
  • Accommodation: El Mercado
  • Meals: B

Enjoy this free day at your leisure in Cusco . You may want to enjoy a coffee on one of the balconies overlooking the Plaza de Armas, or wander through the streets of San Blas in the historical district. Have fun making memories, as you prepare yourself for the voyage of a lifetime!

Day 20: Cusco

Cusco
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Sacred Valley Full Day Tour
  • Accommodation: El Mercado
  • Meals: B, L

Sacred Valley Full Day Tour

Today’s tour first takes you to the picturesque village of Pisac, by the banks of the Urubamba River. The village is best known for its well-preserved Incan ruins, which lie atop a hill at the entrance to the valley. The lower slopes of the surrounding mountains feature impressive-looking agricultural terraces dating from Inca times. Pisac has a famous open-air market on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, which invites the visitor to explore the quaint village’s sleepy streets.

Your visit then takes you to Urubamba, a small town located by the eponymous river under the snow-capped peaks of Mount Chicón. Here, you will stop to enjoy a delicious traditional Peruvian lunch. Next, you will visit the town of Ollantaytambo, which boasts an impressive archaeological site and well-preserved Inca town structure. This was the estate of Emperor Pachacutec who conquered the region, built the town and the ceremonial center. Ollantaytambo dates from the late 15th century and has some of the oldest continuously occupied dwellings in South America. Overlooking the town is the archaeological complex, a ceremonial center built by the Incas on a steep hill.

On your way back to Cusco, you will visit the town of Chinchero, which comprises mainly mud brick (adobe) houses, and where locals go about their business in traditional dress. The town’s main square has some unique features such as the characteristic Inca wall with its massive trapezoidal niches. The nearby colonial church also has a very interesting, intricate interior, with Cusco School-style paintings covering a large part of its walls. After you day of exploration, you will be transferred back to your hotel. (This service is on a private basis.)

Day 21: Cusco - Salkantay Lodge

Cusco - Salkantay Lodge
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Cusco to Salkantay Lodge
  • Accommodation: Salkantay Lodge
  • Meals: B, L, D

Cusco to Salkantay Lodge

Early this morning at 7:00 AM, you will be picked up in Cusco by a guide and driver and driven to the Salkantay Lodge in Soraypampa. En route, you will visit the Inca ruins of Tarawasi near Limatambo (approx. 1.5 hours from Cusco).

After leaving Limatambo, you will pass through the mountain village of Mollepata, where you will stop for a short coffee break, before ascending a winding mountain road to a place called Marcoccasa (30 minutes from Mollepata by vehicle). Here, you will begin your trek to Soraypampa on an old route called the “Camino Real” (Royal Path). This is a good opportunity for you to continue to acclimate, while enjoying a beautiful six hour trek. Salkantay Lodge takes its name from the majestic peak at the head of the valley—Mt. Salkantay, the second most sacred peak in Inca mythology and, at 6,270 m (20,600 ft), the highest in the region.

Upon arrival, you will receive a warm welcome by the friendly staff as you are shown to your rooms and have time to wash-up, before tea and cookies. The trip leader will hold a briefing by the fireplace, followed by aperitifs and dinner. Overnight at Salkantay Lodge (3,869 m/12,690 ft).

Trek time: Approximately 6 hours (including picnic lunch en route)
Difficulty: Moderate
Option: Guests who do not wish to trek, may be transported to the lodge by vehicle (This service is on a group basis.)

Day 22: Salkantay Lodge

Salkantay Lodge
Daily Summary
  • Tour: A Hike to Humantay Lake
  • Accommodation: Salkantay Lodge
  • Meals: B, L, D

A Hike to Humantay Lake

Today you will hike along the slopes above Salkantay Lodge to Lake Humantay, which is fed by the glaciers of Mt. Humantay. Those who are not up to diving into the frigid waters of the beautiful lake can sit back and enjoy the views here. After lunch back at the lodge, you may want to enjoy a relaxing soak in the outdoor jacuzzi. Enjoy this afternoon at your leisure to explore and relish in the tranquil surroundings.

This evening, enjoy a gourmet dinner while your guide briefs you on the gear and the itinerary for your next day's trek. Overnight at Salkantay Lodge (3,869 m/12,690 ft).

Trek time: Approximately 4 hours
Difficulty: Moderate to Challenging (This service is on a group basis.)

Day 23: Salkantay Lodge - Wayra Lodge

Salkantay Lodge - Wayra Lodge
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Crossing the Salkantay Pass
  • Accommodation: Wayra Lodge
  • Meals: B, L, D

Crossing the Salkantay Pass

You will begin your trek up the Rio Blanco valley early this morning, circling Humantay Peak. The highest point you will reach today is along this pass at 4,638 m (15,213 ft). Here you will stop to take in the view of the snowcapped peaks around you. Keep your eyes open for Andean condors, often sighted around this pass. From here, you will descend to Wayra Lodge, your accommodations for the evening. Overnight at Wayra Lodge (3,906 m/12,812 ft.).

Trek time: 6-8 hours (including lunch)
Difficulty: Challenging, crossing a 4,640m (15,200 ft) mountain pass (This service is on a group basis.)

Day 24: Wayra Lodge - Colpa Lodge

Wayra Lodge - Colpa Lodge
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Descending into the Cloud Forest
  • Accommodation: Colpa Lodge
  • Meals: B, L, D

Descending into the Cloud Forest

After breakfast at Wayra Lodge, you will descend farther along the left bank of the Salkantay River. You will begin to feel the warm air rising from the jungle below you, accompanied by more verdant scenery and colorful butterflies. Upon arrival at Colpa Lodge, you will enjoy a traditional Peruvian meal, "Pachamanca." This will be prepared by layering meat and vegetables with hot stones underground and letting it bake naturally.

Colpa Lodge sits on a plateau, overlooking the confluence of three rivers. Enjoy this afternoon with a soak in the lodge's jacuzzi, or exploring the nearby orchid trail. Overnight at Colpa Lodge (2,870 m/9,414 ft).

Trek time: 3-4 hours
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate (This service is on a group basis.)

Day 25: Colpa Lodge - Lucma Lodge

Colpa Lodge - Lucma Lodge
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Following the Santa Teresa River Valley
  • Accommodation: Lucma Lodge
  • Meals: B, L, D

Following the Santa Teresa River Valley

Today you will hike through the Santa Teresa river valley, through slightly more populated rural areas. Banana, granadilla and avocado orchards, along with coffee plantations will line your way as you trek. After a hot picnic lunch by the river, you will hike one more hour before reaching your private vehicle. You will be driven to the head of the "Llactapata Inca Trail," around 30 minutes away. From here, you will make the easy trek to Lucma Lodge for dinner and overnight. Overnight at Lucma Lodge (2,135 m/7,003 ft).

Trek time: 5-6 hours (including lunch)
Difficulty: Moderate to Challenging (This service is on a group basis.)

Day 26: Lucma Lodge - Machu Picchu Pueblo

Lucma Lodge - Machu Picchu Pueblo
Daily Summary
  • Tour: First Views of Machu Picchu from Llactapata Pass
  • Accommodation: Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo
  • Meals: B, L, D

First Views of Machu Picchu from Llactapata Pass

After breakfast this morning, you will begin your final day of trekking with an uphill climb of 2-3 hours towards Llactapata Pass (2,736 m/8,974ft). From here, you will enjoy your first, distant views of Machu Picchu. After a short break at the Llactapata Ruins, you will continue to an area with scenic views of Machu Picchu for lunch. You will then begin your final descent to the Aobamba River through bamboo forests, orchards and coffee plantations.

You will finally reach Aguas Calientes, the town at the foot of the Machu Picchu ruins after a short train ride. Upon arrival here, you will enjoy a celebration dinner at your hotel with your guide, who will go over one last briefing for the tour of Machu Picchu. Overnight Inkaterra Machu Picchu Hotel 1,900 m/6,232 ft).

Enjoy your overnight stay at the fantastic Inkaterra Machu Picchu Hotel. Rated by Travel + Leisure as ‘one of the ten best hotels in South America’, Inkaterra Machu Picchu Hotel is an intimate 85-cottage luxury hotel surrounded by 12 secluded acres of exquisite beauty. With its sublime Spa services and a first-class restaurant that overlooks the stunning Vilcanota River, the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Hotel provides a tranquil retreat at the base of Machu Picchu.

Trek time: 4-6 hours
Difficulty: Moderate to Challenging (This service is on a group basis.)

Day 27: Machu Picchu - Cusco

Machu Picchu - Cusco
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Visit Machu Picchu Sanctuary
  • Transportation: Train
  • Transportation: Train Station Transfer
  • Accommodation: El Mercado
  • Meals: B, L
Train
Machu Picchu Pueblo - Ollantaytambo
Train: Vistadome
Departs: TBD
Arrives: TBD

Visit Machu Picchu Sanctuary

Following a very early morning breakfast at the hotel, you will board the shuttle bus up to Machu Picchu. Your trip leader will first give an introductory 2 hour guided tour of the majestic ruins. Take your time to discover and investigate the multitude of hidden nooks and corners. You will then have the option of climbing the vertical and grueling staircase up to the summit of Huayna Picchu. If you do decide to brave this steep and challenging excursion, the astounding views from above the ruins will be a very well deserved award! Of course, individual exploration of the fascinating features of this mysterious Inca settlement, is encouraged to be had, should you choose not to head up Huayna Picchu.

After an overwhelming adventure, you will meet with your guide and ride the return shuttle down to Machu Picchu Pueblo for a late lunch, before catching the train to Ollantaytambo. The ride from Machu Picchu Pueblo to Ollantaytambo takes about 1.5 hours. Upon arrival, a private vehicle will drive you the additional 1.5 hours back to Cusco, where you will be dropped off at your hotel within the city. (This service is on a group basis.)

Day 28: Cusco Departure

Cusco Departure
Daily Summary
  • Transportation: Airport Transfer
  • Meals: B

Sadly, your journey through the wonders of Ecuador and Peru must come to an end today. However, you will be leaving with unforgettable memories and the experience of a lifetime! After checking out of the hotel, you will meet your driver and head to the airport, in good time to board your departure flight. (This service is on a private basis.)

We hope you had an incredible trip and we wish you safe and pleasant travels onward!

Accommodation

Hosteria Rincon de Puembo

Hosteria Rincon de Puembo

Rincon de Puembo is a jewel of a hosteria in the town of Puembo. The hotel-event center is the original hacienda of the owners and is being managed by the grandson, Jose Luis Granja Donoso. It’s difficult to see where the original structure stops and the new structures begin. The new buildings, which house meeting rooms, restaurants, pool cabanas, maintenance buildings, and the guest rooms, are all designed and constructed to be sympathetic to the original architecture. The details in design are delightful and plentiful.

Hacienda Zuleta

Hacienda Zuleta

Cradled in an Andean valley at 9,600' above sea level and only two hours north of Quito, the historic Hacienda Zuleta offers guests a raw and authentic experience steeped in four centuries of Ecuadorian history and tradition. The working farm sprawls over 4,000 acres and has been owned and operated by the family of Mr. Galo Plaza Lasso, former president of Ecuador, for over 100 years. Guests are warmly welcomed in the historic home, which features antique gardens, family heirlooms, hand-embroidered linens and cozy fireplaces in each of the 15 guest rooms. A unique condor and bear conservation project, pre-Incan burial mounds, indigenous handicraft cooperatives and a working farm, are all tied into Zuleta's sustainable community tourism initiatives, which you can thoroughly explore on foot, horseback, bike and vehicle.

Sani Lodge

Sani Lodge

Sani Lodge is the only jungle lodge in Ecuador that is 100% owned and operated by the indigenous Kichwa community of Sani Isla. On the banks of a stunning lagoon, and surrounded by pristine rainforest, packed with monkeys, manatees, sloths, and over 550 types of birds, this superb jungle lodge is a perfect base to explore the Amazon jungle by day and enjoy some real comfort by night. Sani Lodge emphasize quality rather than quantity, and thereby offering you a more intimate experience with the amazon rainforest. Sani Lodge is attended by its owners all the time, so profits stays in the community and it helps to improve in healthcare and education! This will guarantee that all the visitors have a real cultural experience with much more wildlife all while helping the local community.

Casa Gangotena

Casa Gangotena

Since opening in late 2011, Casa Gangotena has consistently been ranked as Quito's top hotel and one of the finest in all of South America. The elegant property is located in a restored mansion dating from 1926, in the heart of Quito's UNESCO World Heritage colonial center. From the hotel's meticulously preserved terrace, you can admire a wondrous view of Plaza de San Francisco. The convenient location is just a short walk from Quito's top architectural attractions, such as the gilt Jesuit church of La Compañía de Jesús, the Museum of the City, the Plaza Santo Domingo, the Presidential Palace, cultural centers and the bustle of Quito's Old Town and historic quarters.

Floreana Lava Lodge

Floreana Lava Lodge

Formerly the Red Mangrove Lodge, and located in Puerto Velasco Ibarra, the Lava Lodge is built entirely of pine wood from the mainland man made forests. This lodge is situated in front of the ocean, on a unique black lava surface. Ten independent small cabins are each equipped with one twin size bed and a bunk bed, which can host up to three people each. Each cabin has its own bathroom, front porch, reading and shaded area, to offer you privacy and enjoyment of the outdoors, as you observe the scenic sea views.

Casa Marita

Casa Marita

La Casa de Marita is a small and charming boutique hotel in Puerto Villamil. Just about 2,000 people inhabit the island of Isabela, in Galapagos: the largest, most protected island in the Galapagos archipelago. The population lives in tiny Puerto Villamil, a friendly village that houses both locals and travelers, within one of the most unique ecosystems in the world.

Angermeyer Waterfront Inn

Angermeyer Waterfront Inn

Angermeyer Waterfront Inn is located on a peninsula in Academy Bay with a spectacular view of the bay and the interior of Santa Cruz Island. The Inn completed construction in 2007, and has since been a natural choice for visitors searching for quality and preferring to stay in a smaller, friendlier hotel with a distinct Galápagos-feel. In the mornings, a lavish buffet breakfast is served on the patio. A beautiful wooden deck has been built out over the water, where lunches are served, as well as dinner by candlelight. From the deck, it is possible to see sea turtles, sea lions and iguanas swimming past. Pelicans, frigate birds and blue-footed boobies are also frequent visitors. There is also a guest lounge that offers a full bar service. This property provides an ideal setting for the ultimate relaxation and enjoyment in the Galapagos.

Casa Opuntia Galapagos

Casa Opuntia Galapagos

Casa Opuntia is the finest Comfort Class hotel on San Cristobal Island. Ideally situated on the oceanfront boardwalk, just a few meters from the golden Playa de Oro beach, it is the perfect home base from which to explore all that the island has to offer! Beyond the reputation for having the finest garden restaurant overlooking the bay, Casa Opuntia provides warm, superior service, and strives to maintain high environmental standards. The hotel contributes to the conservation of the Island’s fragile eco-system with a best practices business model and a carbon neutrality project, which aims to conserve these majestic Islands for generations to come!

The Wyndham Costa Del Sol Lima Airport

The Wyndham Costa Del Sol Lima Airport

The Wyndham Costa Del Sol Lima Airport is Lima's most convenient airport hotel, and perfect for travelers transiting to Cusco. Its incredibly convenient location across the street from the airport makes it the natural choice, allowing you to skip the long drive into Lima city when there is little time. The hotel boasts 130 guest rooms and suites, with personalized service and comfortable amenities and facilities to ensure a restful stay.

El Mercado

El Mercado

El Mercado is located in the heart of Cusco and offers exceptional customer service, to ensure you are able to get the very most out of your stay. "Mercado" is the Spanish word for "market", and El Mercado occupies the premises of a former market, located only a couple of blocks from Cusco’s main Plaza de Armas. A market is an expression of a town’s culture and traditions, a space where these may be appreciated, fostered and protected. Visiting a market is an effective way of obtaining a deep and lasting impression of a city. Just as the countryside’s best products are brought to a market, El Mercado brings the magic of the Apus—the spirits of the mountains—to the city. At El Mercado, you can expect to receive exceptional service and warm Peruvian hospitality.

Salkantay Lodge

Salkantay Lodge

Named after the peak at the head of its valley, the Salkantay Lodge is the perfect resting place for hikers along the Peruvian "Camino Real." Featuring an outdoor jacuzzi and spectacular dining, this lodge will usually serve as a starting point for much longer treks. However, it remains a magnificent lodge to spend a few days in and explore the surrounding mountain passes and river valleys.

Wayra Lodge

Wayra Lodge

"Wayra" means wind, and this lodge is named as the Place Where Wind Lives or Rests. For most hikers trekking the Andes Mountains, that is what this place will truly feel like after a long day's hike. Clean, comfortable rooms will greet you along with warm and friendly staff, who will prepare delicious dinner and breakfast for you daily.

Colpa Lodge

Colpa Lodge

At Colpa Lodge, the staff is continuously cooking magnificent Peruvian-style meals for any trekkers who might come and go. The outdoor jacuzzi offers stunning views of the surround snowcapped peaks. Nearby the hotel, orchid trails and river walks are available for any hikers that are not fully exhausted from their day's hike!

Lucma Lodge

Lucma Lodge

Set in a beautifully kept avocado orchard, this lodge offers a rare luxury in an alpine environment near Llactapata Pass, on the recently restored Llactapata Inca Trail. This lodge offers warm, comfortable beds for weary travelers, and delicious meals to accompany them.

Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo

Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo

Inkaterra’s Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel perfectly compliments a visit to Machu Picchu, providing you with a deeper understanding of why the Incas chose this hidden location in the Andean cloud forest to build their marvelous citadel. Nestled among 12-acres on the outskirts of Machu Picchu Pueblo, it is also a peaceful haven away from the tourist crowds that are inevitably a fixture of any visit to Machu Picchu. The lodge is laid out like a traditional Andean Village. You will follow stone pathways to your room, crossing gurgling water channels within a cloud forest dripping with exotic orchids and buzzing with colorful hummingbirds. The property was designed in traditional Andean style, using local materials of stone, adobe, stucco and eucalyptus. The expansive grounds offer a perfect refuge for bird watching and trained naturalist guides can also lead you on a variety of thematic nature walks in the morning and afternoon.

Pricing and Details

Starting from $ 17,486 per person

*Pricing is based on two persons traveling together, based on availability, subject to change.

Price Includes

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  • Taxes and fees

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