14 or 18 Days, starting in Lima and ending in Quito
- Easy day hikes to Inca ruins in Cusco and Sacred Valley while acclimatizing and warming up for your trek
- Unique 5 Day Inca Trail itinerary that keeps you away from the crowds
- Visit Machu Picchu twice
- Cruise around the Galapagos Islands in style for your choice of 4 days or 8 days
- See incredible wildlife up close by walking, kayaking, and snorkeling every day
Departures every Friday, from March to December
- Trip departures guaranteed with 2 travelers
- Availability is dependent on Inca Trail permits and cruise space
- Small groups average 6 trekkers on the Inca Trail, and 16 passengers on the Galapagos cruise
- Maximum Group Size: 16
- World class English speaking guides
$5,245 - $8,110 per person (double occupancy)
- 3 Nights comfortable full service camping with porters, cooks and world-class guides
- 3 Nights in Cusco at Quinta San Blas Hotel
- 1 Night in the Sacred Valley at Hotel Pakaritampu
- 1 Night in Aguas Calientes at El Mapi by Inkaterra
- 3 or 7 Nights in the Galapagos on board the Archipel I & II Catamarans
SLOW DOWN, YOU'RE MOVING TOO FAST . . .
Don't just check Machu picchu & THE GALAPAGOS off your list. take enough time to Experience THESE AMAZING PLACES. get away from the crowds, meet local people, see the best sites. Come home relaxed and rejuvenated.
DAY 1: Arrive in Lima, and overnight at the airport hotel (not very exciting, but after a day of travel, convenience is best!) (Costa del Sol Lima Airport Hotel).
DAY 2: Arrive Cusco, “Local’s Guide to Cusco” walking tour of the town (Quinta San Blas Hotel in Cusco). Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 3: Hike to explore Cusco and nearby ruins like Sacsayhuaman, Tambo Machay, and the Temple of the Moon (Quinta San Blas Hotel in Cusco). Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 4: Hike Moray ruins to Maras salt pans and the Sacred Valley (Hotel Pakaritampu in Ollantaytambo). Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 5: Inca Trail: Explore the old Inca town of Ollantaytambo and it’s hilltop ruins in the morning & start the Inca Trail after lunch with a mellow walk above the Urubamba River (camp beside spectacular ruins of Llactapata). Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 6: Inca Trail: Climb gently from camp to the last settlement along the trail, then climb more steeply on a beautiful Inca trail to Llulluchapampa (camp with outstanding views at Llulluchapampa). Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 7: Inca Trail: Today is the hardest day. Climb to the highest point on the Inca Trail at Dead Woman’s Pass, descend to the Pacasmayo Valley, then climb again to the ruins at Runkuracay and another high pass, before descending a bit to the ruins at Phuyupatamarca (camp at Phuyupatamarca, "the place above the clouds"). Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 8: Inca Trail: Wake up to stunning views of Mounts Salcantay and Veronica, then descend through the cloudforest to the ruins of Wiña Wayna before arrive to Inti Punku, the Gate of the Sun, and the entrance to Machu Picchu. After enjoying the view, head to your hotel in town for a hot shower and comfortable hotel. (El Mapi Hotel by Inkaterra in Aguas Calientes). Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 9: Head back to Machu Picchu early in the morning for a guided tour and time to explore, then return to Aguas Calientes to catch the train and return to Cusco. (Quinta San Blas Hotel in Cusco). Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 10: Travel day! Fly to Guayaquil, Ecuador, to start the next part of your journey. (Hotel Oro Verde in Guayaquil). Meals Included: Breakfast
DAYS 11 - 14: In the morning, you fly from Guayaquil to the Galapagos Islands. and you have your first excursion in the islands. You spend your days going snorkeling, on naturalist walks, and paddling kayaks in search of wildlife. You'll have two to four excursions each day, with downtime between each one. You'll snorkel with sea lions, sea turtles, and penguins. You'll see colonies of blue-footed boobies, and roam with the giant tortoises. The iguanas will be sunbathing or searching for food. And so much more! (Overnight on board the Archipel I & II Catamarans). Meals Included: All meals through Breakfast on the last day
DAYS 11 - 18: In the morning of Day 11, you fly from Guayaquil to the Galapagos Islands. and you have your first excursion in the islands. You spend your days going snorkeling, on naturalist walks, and paddling kayaks in search of wildlife. You'll have two to four excursions each day, with downtime between each one. You'll snorkel with sea lions, sea turtles, and penguins. You'll see colonies of blue-footed boobies, and roam with the giant tortoises. The iguanas will be sunbathing or searching for food. A longer cruise takes you to the more remote islands in the Galapagos, where you can see more isolated wildlife, like the waved albatross or flightless cormorant. And so much more! (Overnight on board the Archipel I & II Catamarans). Meals Included: All meals through Breakfast on the last day
On the last day of your trip, DAY 14 or 18, you'll have one last excursion in the morning, and then head back to mainland Ecuador. You can fly into Quito or Guayaquil. From there, you'll bid adiós to South America and head home.
LEAVE A POSITIVE TRACE
LOCAL OPERATORS: AMAZONAS EXPLORER AND ANDEAN TRAVEL COMPANY
For more than 30 years Amazonas Explorer has used a different approach in leading high-quality trips and adventures in South America. While the company had its beginnings in adventure tourism, its success in building a strong team of knowledgeable guides has enhanced its ability to offer a range of innovative cultural tours. By raft, bike, foot, horse and even paddleboard, travelers are immersed in their surroundings to explore in unique ways the highlights of southern Peru, the company’s home turf. Every adventure with Amazonas Explorer is treated with impeccable care and top-notch services, all focused on the client’s comfort and safety.
The current owners, while originally from the United Kingdom, have lived and played in the Cusco region for more than 20 years. The itineraries they’ve crafted are based on places they love and activities they enjoy. Their obvious love for Peru shines through in the company’s efforts to maximize benefits to local economies and to promote responsible tourism across the country. Beginning in the home office, its professionally trained guides, cooks and support crew are well cared for as they build rewarding careers for themselves within the hierarchy of the company. With more than 20 office staff and a Peruvian team total of nearly 200, Amazonas Explorer prides itself on being a great place to work. On an Inca Trail hiking trip, for instance, it is likely you will have the support of porters who have been with the company more than 10 years. Amazonas has a porter protection policy in place and all employees enjoy the provisions of proper working conditions, fair wages, quality gear, and insurance.
Dedicated to sustainable tourism projects in alliance with local communities, Amazonas Explorer purchases local food and, when available, local equipment and gear. Its exceptional cultural experiences include engagement with local people and opportunities for travelers to purchase local crafts and weavings directly from their source. The largely paperless company takes significant steps to further reduce its carbon impact by minimizing its impact to the environment with small group sizes, smart transportation choices, recycling whatever it can, cooking with gas not kerosene or firewood and carefully disposing of all waste generated on trips. Above all, the entire crew of experts holds collective focus on safety and on providing memorable experiences that are equal to none. Amazonas Explorer is also a member of One Percent for the Planet, donating annually its time and money to reforestation efforts in Peru’s Lares Valley.
Andean Travel Company was set up in 2001 as a tour operator specialized in Incoming Tourism and focused on providing unique itineraries and services that surpass expectations of the most demanding customers. Strong foundations based on respect and cooperation have ensured a steady growth of the company, both in size and reputation. Nowadays, Andean Travel Company arranges all services for travelers from around the world so they can enjoy and get to know the diversity of the vast destinations that South America has to offer.
The main compromise for Andean Travel Company is to work in the field of sustainable tourism and interact with communities in conservation projects, coaching it’s members and sharing their knowledge about preservation of natural resources. With that in mind the company offers this approach as part of the interaction with the local communities in lodging conditioned to serve with high quality services and strong conservation policies, ensuring the decimation of unfavorable impacts on the nature surroundings.