Chile, Peru & Ecuador in 27 Days

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Atacama, Machu Picchu & Galapagos Islands

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A nature-focused trip through South America, explore the landscapes of the Atacama Desert, tick Machu Picchu off your bucket list and discover the rich biodiversity of the enchanting Galapagos Islands!

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Cotopaxi National Park
Galapagos Islands
Guayaquil
Quito
San Pedro de Atacama
Santiago de Chile
Cuzco
Lima
Machu Picchu
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A journey through the landscapes of South America! From Santiago, head to San Pedro de Atacama to explore the otherworldly Valley of the Moon. Discover Peruvian culture in Lima and Cuzco, unearth the heritage of the Sacred Valley and see the unforgettable Inca ruins of Machu Picchu. Head to Quito and verdant Baños before discovering the rare and unique wildlife of the Galapagos Islands! 

27 days trip including flights*

25 days and 24 nights in destination

1

YTO - SCL

2

YTO - SCL

Santiago de Chile

3

Santiago de Chile

4

SCL-CJC

San Pedro Atacama

5

San Pedro Atacama

6

San Pedro Atacama

7

CJC-SCL

Santiago de Chile

8

Santiago de Chile

9

SCL-LIM

Lima

10

Lima

11

LIM-CUZ

Urubamba

12

Urubamba

13

Cusco

14

Cusco

15

CUZ-LIM

Lima

16

LIM-UIO

Quito

17

Baños

18

Baños

19

Quito

20

Quito

21

UIO-GPS

Santa Cruz

22

Santa Cruz

23

Santa Cruz

24

GPS-GYE

Guayaquil

25

Guayaquil

26

GYE - YTO

27

GYE - YTO

* It may change depending of your departure city, departure date and arrival date.

The calendar does not display internal flights, trains or other transportation included in the itinerary.

1st Day: Canada - Night on board

It's time to explore the diverse landscapes, cultures and breathtaking natural beauty of South America. Arrive at your Canadian departure airport ready to check-in for an overnight flight to Santiago, Chile. Night on board.

If either your outbound or inbound flights depart in the early hours (before 4:00 a.m.) you must arrive at the airport the night before the indicated departure day.

2nd Day: Santiago

It's time to live the good life in South America! Arrive in Santiago a beautiful city, surrounded by Andean mountains with a charming historic centre. Transfer to the hotel and get some rest ready to discover the city the following morning. Overnight stay in Santiago.

3rd Day: Santiago

After breakfast at the hotel, embark on a fascinating panoramic tour of Santiago. Begin your discovery on the main avenue, soaking up the atmosphere and history. Head to the cobblestoned neighbourhood of Lastarria, filled with green spaces and 19th-century mansions. Continue up to Santa Lucia Hill where you'll have some time to take photos of the amazing views and the Hidalgo Castle. Next up, explore the most emblematic sights in the city such as the Plaza de Armas, Santiago Cathedral, the La Moneda government house and the impressive Plaza de la Constitucion. See local life in action at the Central Market before stopping at a Lapis Lazuli store to admire the beautiful crafts and jewellery of local artisans. Return to the hotel and the remainder of the day is free at your leisure to explore or relax as you please. Join the locals in the historic plazas of the city for an evening drink! Overnight stay in Santiago.

Included
City Tour of Santiago
4th Day: Santiago - Calama - San Pedro de Atacama

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to airport for flight to Calama. On arrival, transfer to San Pedro de Atacama situated in the dusty plateaus of the Andean mountains. Arrive at the hotel and, depending on your arrival time, begin exploring this town at your leisure, set within the breath-taking natural scenery. Overnight stay in San Pedro de Atacama.

5th Day: San Pedro de Atacama

Breakfast at the hotel. Spend the morning at your leisure. We recommend an optional excursion to the Tatio Geysers and Machua.* In the afternoon set off on an excursion to the Valley of the Moon. In the heart of the Los Flamencos National Reserve, this unique landscape is filled with unique rock and sand formations that create a lunar-like appearance. Also explore the Valley of Death, with its breathtaking views of the Andes and settle in for a beautiful spectacle as the sunlight slowly fades below the horizon, casting amazing silhouettes and red tones across the valley at sunset. Return to San Pedro de Atacama for an overnight stay.

* Optional Tatio Geysers & Machuca Excursion: Take an excursion to the beautiful Altiplano, seeing off early to see the sunrise over the geothermal field of the Tatio Geysers, where 70 fumaroles emerge from the ground in jets of steam and water. Also visit the village of Machuca, home to traditional straw houses and artisans selling traditional Andean crafts and delicacies. Breakfast included.

Included
Excursion to the Valley of the Moon and Death Valley
Optional
Tatio Geysers & Machuca Excursion
6th Day: San Pedro de Atacama

After a leisurely breakfast, enjoy a free day to relax at your own pace or get out into the other-worldly landscapes of the Atacama desert to explore further. We recommend visiting the beautiful Altiplanic lagoons, a true natural spectacle. Overnight stay in San Pedro de Atacama.

* Optional Altiplanic Lagoons Excursion: Climb to the magnificent Salar de Aguas Calientes, famous for its red stones and visit the Altiplanic lagoons of Miscanti and Miniques, home to a multitude of wildlife. Afterwards, explore Chaxa Lagoon and the Andean town of Toconao to get to know local life in this unique environment. Lunch included.

Optional
Altiplanic Lagoons Excursion
7th Day: San Pedro de Atacama - Calama - Santiago

Breakfast at the hotel. At the indicated time, transfer to Calama Airport to catch a flight back to the capital of Santiago. Arrive and transfer to the hotel. The remainder of the day is free at your leisure to enjoy the city atmosphere, go shopping for souvenirs or simply soak up the beautiful views of the Andes, visible from most parts of the city. Overnight stay in Santiago.

8th Day: Santiago

Breakfast at the hotel. The day is all yours to explore and relax at your own pace. Culture vultures will love the city's eclectic collection of museums. The Museum of Pre-Colombian Art is simply amazing, with artefacts and art from all across South America. On the other hand, you could make like a local and have a long, leisurely lunch whilst people watching in one of the plazas. We recommend an optional excursion to Vina del Mar and Valparaiso.* Overnight stay in Santiago.

* Optional Excursion to Vina del Mar & Valparaiso: Vist Vina del Mar and Valparaíso, two coastal cities located just 90 minutes from Santiago. Valparaiso is known for its vibrant cultural scene whilst Vina del Mar, which was originally a wine-making region, is today the most popular resort in Chile.

Optional
Valparaíso & Viña del Mar Excursion
9th Day: Santiago - Lima

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport to check in for a flight to Lima. Arrive in Lima, the capital of Peru, situated on the Pacific Coast. Transfer to the hotel, and spend the rest of the day exploring the city's colonial streets and magical plazas at your leisure. Overnight stay in Lima.

10th Day: Lima

Breakfast at the hotel. Today, enjoy an informative and interesting city tour of Lima, including its Historic Center and the Santo Domingo Convent. Start by exploring the districts of Miraflores and San Isidro before heading to the Historic Center. Visit the impressive Convent of Santo Domingo and walk to the Plaza de Armas to admire the exquisite colonial architecture that surrounds it. Stop in the Parque del Amor, from where you can take beautiful photos of the Peruvian coastline. Overnight stay in Lima.

Included
City Tour of Colonial and Modern Lima
11th Day: Lima - Cuzco - Sacred Valley

Breakfast at the hotel. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for a flight to Cuzco. Arrive in Cuzco, the former Inca capital, and transfer to the Sacred Valley, on the way stop at Awanakancha (no guide, only driver) and savor the opportunity to explore this living museum, where ancient customs and traditions have been preserved across the centuries. Watch local communities creating beautiful handmade textiles and soak up the impressive views, unchanged by time. Spend the remainder of the day at your leisure, exploring the lively immaculate scenery of this iconic region. Overnight stay in Sacred Valley.

12th Day: Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu

Breakfast at the hotel. An exciting visit to Machu Picchu awaits you this morning as you set off for the train station to board the Voyager Train to Aguas Calientes, admiring the landscape along the way. Arrive and transfer to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Machu Picchu*, a treasure of Incan heritage and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Spend some time discovering the ruins, be amazed by the ancient terraces, and enjoy a tour of the different sections. Afterwards, return to Sacred Valley. Arrive and overnight stay in Sacred Valley.

Note: The baggage policy on board the Expedition train is 1 bag or backpack per person weighing a maximum of max. 5kg / 11lb.

* Backpacks or bags taken into Machu Picchu must not exceed 40x35x20cms or have a capacity larger than 20Lts and must not contain single-use plastic bottles or bags. Backpacks or bags that exceed the indicated measurements can be left in storage for approx. $2 per bag.

Included
Visit to Machu Picchu by Expedition or Voyager Train
Optional
Upgrade: Outgoing on Expedition Train and return on Vistadome Train
Optional
Upgrade: Go and Return 360° train to Aguas Calientes
13th Day: Sacred Valley - Cuzco

Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a day at your leisure in the Sacred Valley, an area in the Andean Highlands famed as the heart of the ancient Inca Empire. We recommend an optional Sacred Valley Excursion to experience the best of the region. * At the indicated time, take the train back to Cuzco. Arrive, transfer to the hotel and overnight stay in Cuzco. 

Optional Essence of the Sacred Valley Excursion: Visit Chinchero and the PARWA Centre, to appreciate the colourful traditional textiles. Next, visit the church of Chinchero before heading to the Racchi panoramic viewpoint for a fantastic view across the valley. Explore Ollantaytambo and its Inca fortress. Lunch and 'Boleto Turisitco' included granting entrance to the Sacred Valley and surrounding sights.

Optional
The Essence of the Sacred Valley (with lunch and 'Boleto Turisitco')
14th Day: Cuzco

Breakfast at the hotel. Today, set off on a fascinating half-day tour of Cuzco. Begin in the iconic Plaza de Armas, and visit the Cathedral. From here, walk to the Koricancha Temple, an impressive ancient Inca palace, in honour of the Sun God. Today, a Dominican church stands on the site. Finally, visit the lively San Blas neighborhood, known for its artists and artisan workshops and craft shops. Spend the remainder of the day at your leisure, soaking up the atmosphere of the city and sampling the local cuisine. Overnight stay in Cuzco.

Included
Half-Day Cuzco Tour
15th Day: Cuzco - Lima

Breakfast at the hotel. Head back to the Peruvian capital today. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for a flight to Lima. Arrive, transfer to the hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure. Why not get out and explore the atmospheric city plazas or go shopping for some last-minute souvenirs of your time in Peru. Overnight stay in Lima.

16th Day: Lima - Quito

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport for a flight to Quito. Arrive in Quito, the capital of Ecuador and a city famed for its high vantage point in the Andean mountains and its ancient Incan significance. Transfer to your hotel and overnight stay in Quito.

17th Day: Quito - Quilotoa - Baños

Breakfast at the hotel. Begin the day with a 'meet and greet' at the hotel with your guide. Later, set off to the amazing Quilotoa Crater Lake, a vibrant, green-colored volcanic lake, thought to be 250-meters deep. Here, you have the opportunity to climb to the edge of the lake to enjoy beautiful views of the crater and its surroundings. Continue to the small town of Tigua, known for its traditional folk art paintings, before arriving in Baños, home to mineral hot springs and waterfalls and nestled within a verdant natural environment. Transfer to the hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day exploring this unique city, known as a gateway to the Amazon Basin. Overnight stay in Baños. 

Included
Quilotoa Excursion
18th Day: Baños

Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a free day in beautiful Baños, where there are plenty of opportunities to experience the rich natural environment. We recommend visiting the nearby Tungurahua Volcano, relaxing in the steaming hot springs, exploring the hills and waterfalls or heading into the Amazon Basin. However, you spend your day at leisure, be sure to make the most of these unique and breathtaking surroundings. We recommend an optional jungle tour as part of our Highlights of Ecuador excursion package.* Alternatively, opt for a little relaxation by trying a traditional Baño de Cajón as part of our Wow Experiences excursion package.** Overnight stay in Baños.

* Optional Highlights of Ecuador - Pack of 3 Excursions: Add a little extra to your Ecuador experience with this highlights package of three excursions. Discover the rainforest on a jungle tour from Baños which includes lunch and a canoe trip on the Puyo River and explore the colonial heritage of Quito with a half-day tour of the historic center and La Compania church. Finally, take a guided tour of Guayaquil Historical Park to discover more about the culture and natural environment of the Ecuadorian coast.

** Optional Wow Experiences - Pack of 3 Excursions: Head off the beaten path in Ecuador with this package of three inspiring experiences! Enjoy a traditional Baño de Cajón, or 'drawer bath' a type of thermal bath used to harness the healing powers of water in Baños and enjoy a guided fruit and food tasting tour at a local market in Quito. In the Galapagos Islands, take a day trip to one of the spectacular uninhabited islands such as Bartholomew, the Plaza Islands or Seymour Islands.

Included
Full-Day Jungle Tour in Baños
Optional
Highlights of Ecuador - Pack of 3 Excursions
Optional
Wow Experiences - Pack of 3 Excursions
19th Day: Baños - Cotopaxi - Quito

Breakfast at the hotel. Returning to Quito today, stop en-route at the Cotopaxi National Park, home to the famous Cotopaxi Volcano. Cotopaxi is 5897 meters high and is considered to be one of the highest active volcanos in the world. Look out for unique birdlife such as Andean Gulls and Hummingbirds as you take in the beautiful views of the snow-capped volcano at the center of this park. After exploring these unforgettable landscapes, continue to Quito, transfer to the hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure. Overnight stay in Quito.

Included
Cotopaxi National Park Excursion
20th Day: Quito

Breakfast at the hotel. Spend the day in Quito at your leisure, exploring the city or simply taking some time to enjoy the beautiful climate and natural environment. Admire the eclectic architecture of the city's colonial center or perhaps take a trip to the famous Middle of the World Monument. Overnight stay in Quito.

21st Day: Quito - Galapagos (Santa Cruz)

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport for a flight to Baltra, in the wonderful Galapagos Islands. From Baltra, transfer to the island of Santa Cruz by crossing the Itabaca channel on a ferry. Stop in the highlands of Santa Cruz, a lush, green natural habitat of the famous Galapagos Giant Tortoises. Visit a private ranch, take a tour of the area and walk among the trees, looking for giant tortoises that love to relax beside the lagoons. Admire the unique landscapes and amazing lava tubes, created by ancient volcanic eruptions. Transfer to your hotel in Santa Cruz and spend the rest of the day at your leisure. Overnight stay in Santa Cruz.

Included
Visit to the Highlands of Santa Cruz
22nd Day: Galapagos (Santa Cruz)

Breakfast at the hotel. Start the day with a half-day island tour. From Puerto Ayora take a boat trip along the canal to La Loberia, a bay known for its large population of blue-footed boobies and sea lions. Disembark the boat and begin a guided hike through the protected area in the hope of spotting white-tip reef sharks from a lookout point. Continue to Playa de Los Perros, a favourite resting place for the fascinating marine iguanas, especially on a sunny day. Take in the unique wildlife and natural environment, with its bright red rocks, cacti and turquoise ocean. Take the opportunity to experience a snorkelling excursion along the bay before hiking on to Las Grietas, a beautiful rock formation and crystal-clear swimming area. The remainder of the day is free at your leisure to explore the local town or simply relax at your own pace. Overnight stay in Santa Cruz.

Included
Santa Cruz La Loberia Bay Tour
23rd Day: Galapagos (Santa Cruz)

Breakfast at the hotel. Spend the day at your leisure, enjoying the beautiful beaches and wonderful wildlife. Why not look for sea turtles and brightly colored Sally Lightfoot crabs at Tortuga Bay or visit the volcanic calderas of Los Gemelos. Overnight stay in Santa Cruz.

24th Day: Galapagos (Santa Cruz) - Guayaquil

Breakfast at the hotel. Head back to the mainland, with a flight from Santa Cruz airport to Guayaquil. Arrive in Guayaquil, and join a shared transfer to your hotel in the city center. Guayaquil is the largest city in Ecuador and is located on the Pacific Coast. Later, enjoy a walking tour of the city, visiting the Malecon, Parque Iguanas and Las Peñas neighbourhood. Overnight stay in Guayaquil.

Included
Walking Tour of Guayaquil
25th Day: Guayaquil

Breakfast at the hotel. The day is at your leisure to do some last-minute souvenir shopping, or relax in the arty neighborhood of Santa Ana Hill. Overnight stay in Guayaquil.

26th Day: Guayaquil - Night on board

Breakfast at the hotel. It's time to bring your adventure through Chile, Peru, Ecuador and the amazing Galapagos Islands to an end. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for a flight back to the US. Night on board.

Please note: Depending on the flight departure time you may arrive back in the US today.

27th Day: Canada

Arrive in Canada and end your trip.

 

Accommodation: 24 Nights

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Included activities

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Included

Included activity for day 3

Duration 03:30h Approx. Pick up time: 08:30 Approx

Physical rating:

Moderate

City Tour of Santiago

Discover the top landmarks and history of Santiago on this guided tour to better understand Chilean culture.

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Included activity for day 5

Duration 04:00h Approx. Pick up time: 15:00 Approx

Physical rating:

Active

Excursion to the Valley of the Moon and Death Valley

We head to the driest desert in the world to see the geological spectacle of the Valley of the Moon. We continue to the Valley of Death, where we admire the impressive golden and reddish tones of the sunset over the desert

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Included

Included activity for day 10 in Lima

Duration 03:30h Approx. Pick up time: 09:00 Approx

Physical rating:

Light

City Tour of Colonial and Modern Lima

Enjoy an informative and interesting city tour of Lima, including its Historic Centre and the Santo Domingo Convent.

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Included activity for day 12 in Machu Picchu

Duration 01:30h Approx.

Physical rating:

Active

Visit to Machu Picchu by Expedition or Voyager Train

Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Machu Picchu, a true wonder of the world! Discover these ancient Inca ruins, perched high in the Andes, for a truly unforgettable experience!

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Available Activities

Activities are subject to availability. The price for each optional activity will be shown in the next step of the booking process.
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Optional

Suggested activity for day 5

Tatio Geysers & Machuca Excursion

Head to the Altiplano, setting off early to see the sunrise over the geothermal field of the Tatio Geysers, where 70 fumaroles emerge from the ground in jets of steam and water. Breakfast included. Entrances not included.

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Optional

Suggested activity for day 6

Altiplanic Lagoons Excursion

Visit Chaxa Lagoon, home to flamingos and birdlife, and the lagoons of Miscanti and Miñique, surrounded by volcanoes. Also see the red stones of the Salar de Aguas Calientes. Lunch included. Entrances not included.

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Optional

Suggested activity for day 8

Valparaíso & Viña del Mar Excursion

Vist Vina del Mar and Valparaíso, two coastal cities located just 90 minutes from Santiago. Valparaiso is known for its vibrant cultural scene whilst Vina del Mar, which was originally a wine-making region, is today the most popular resort in Chile.

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Optional

Suggested activity for day 12

Upgrade: Go and Return 360° train to Aguas Calientes

Upgrade to the 360° train to Aguas Calientes which has an open-air observatory wagon with bar and higher and wider panoramic windows.

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The price includes

  • Included in all our trips. more information
  • Departures from main Canadian airports.
  • International flights: Canada - Santiago, Guayaquil - Canada.
  • Internal flights: Santiago - Calama, Calama - Santiago, Santiago - Lima, Lima - Cuzco, Cuzco - Lima, Lima - Quito, Quito - Galapagos, Galapagos - Guayaquil *
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  • Train Journey from Sacred Valley - Aguas Calientes on board the Voyager Train. **
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  • 24 nights accommodation in Charm and Superior category hotels.
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  • 24 breakfasts.
  • Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles.
  • Visits and entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary.
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  • All air taxes & fuel surcharge.
  • Boat trip along the bay in Santa Cruz, Galapagos Islands.
  • English-speaking guide.
*The cancellation policy applicable is according to the Terms and Conditions available and agreed at the time of your purchase

Not included

Entrances, drinks, tips and any other services not mentioned in what's included.

Transit control card (TCC)* (20 USD) and entrance to the Galapagos National Park * (100 USD).

* More information can be found in Offer Conditions.

* Documentation of the internal flights will either be available in the "My bookings" section in your "Customer Area" 14 days before your trip or delivered to you on arrival at your destination. It is essential to fill in the passport information correctly for each passenger in the given boxes at the end of the reservations process.

** You can choose to upgrade to a different train for this journey in the next step of the booking process.

If you are interested in traveling on a date not included on our departures calendar, please contact our Customer Service Department.

We strongly recommend you consult your healthcare provider regarding the possible effects of altitude sickness.

  • Entry requirements
    Your passport must be valid must be valid for the duration of your stay in Chile.
  • Visa
    Visa not required.
  • Currency
    Peso
  • Language
    Spanish
  • Electricity
    220V. Adapter required in certain parts of the country.
  • Health
    There are no mandatory vaccinations.
  • Time zone
    UTC - 05:00.
  • Tourist Office website
    https://chile.travel/en

Remember to download your e-ticket to confirm the times of your flights and to complete online check-in using the airline’s website, or directly at the check-in desk at the airport.

Accommodation at the hotels is as indicated. In the event of any changes to accommodation, they will always be of the same, or a higher category. The category of hotels is not standardized across all countries in the world. For this reason, the criteria may differ depending on the destination country's own standards.

In the case of adverse weather conditions, for safety reasons or for any other reasons deemed appropriate, the order and duration of the excursions included in the itinerary may be changed or cancelled without prior notice.
 
Galapagos transit control card (TCC) is mandatory and is checked at the airport in both Quito and Guayaquil before travel to the Galapagos Islands. Cost US$20 per person (subject to change) and made by cash payment.

At the airport Galapagos passengers must present their transit control card (TCC) with their passport and pay the entrance fee to the Galapagos National Park. Cost: US$100 per person.

 

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