Ecuador & Peru in 15 Days

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From Galapagos to Machu Picchu

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A whistle-stop tour of Ecuador & Peru to tick off the most famous sights such as the Galapagos Islands, Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley.

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Galapagos Islands
Guayaquil
Quito
Cusco
Lima
Machu Picchu
Sacred Valley
Included
All flights
Accommodation
All transfers.
Activities
Some meals
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Departures Available
until December 2022
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Categories available
charm
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Discover Quito, the oldest capital in South America and try and spot giant tortoises in the Galapagos Islands. Discover the ancient Inca civilisation in beautiful Peru. Explore Lima, the gastronomic capital and try its iconic ceviche. Fall in love with the culture and landscape of the Sacred Valley. Visit Cuzco, and take the train to iconic Machu Picchu, a true wonder of the world.

 

14 days trip including flights*

13 days and 12 nights in destination

1

LON - UIO

Quito

2

Quito

3

Puerto Ayora - Isla Santa Cruz

4

Puerto Ayora - Isla Santa Cruz

5

San Cristobal

6

San Cristobal

7

Guayaquil

8

Lima

9

Lima

10

Cusco

11

Urubamba

12

Cusco

13

CUZ - LON

14

CUZ - LON

* 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: UK/Ireland - Quito

Arrival at UK/Ireland departure airport ready to check in for a flight to Quito. Arrive in Quito, the capital of Ecuador, a city famed for its high vantage point in the Andean mountains, and its ancient Incan significance. Transfer to your hotel and spend the rest of the day at your leisure, exploring the relaxed culture of the Ecuadorian Sierra. Overnight stay in Quito.

2nd Day: Quito

Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a sightseeing tour of the historical parts of the city. Soak up the history of this ancient Andean capital and visit a traditional market to taste a variety of locals fruits. In the afternoon you can explore Quito at your own pace. Overnight stay in Quito.

Included
Quito City Tour
3rd Day: Quito - Galapagos ( Santa Cruz)

Breakfast at the hotel. Today transfer to the airport to take your flight to the Galapagos Islands. Arrive at Baltra airport, in the Galapagos Islands and transfer to the island of Santa Cruz. Cross the Itabaca Channel on a ferry and then continue by car, making a stop in the highlands of Santa Cruz to visit a private ranch for lunch. Walk among the trees and look for the giant tortoises that can be found near the small lagoons. Also visit the lava tubes, which form when the surface of a lava stream solidifies but the interior remains liquid and flows like a river. Continue your transfer to your hotel in Santa Cruz. Enjoy the rest of the day exploring at your leisure. Overnight stay in Santa Cruz.

Included
Visita highlands Santa Cruz - Rancho de tortugas gigantes
4th Day: Galapagos ( Santa Cruz)

Breakfast at the hotel. Spend the day at your leisure, or we recommend taking an excursion to explore one of the nearby uninhabited islands, to see more of the Galapagos wildlife.  Overnight in Santa Cruz.

5th Day: Galapagos (Santa Cruz - San Cristobal)

Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy the morning by exploring the beautiful island of Santa Cruz at your leisure. In the afternoon take the public speedboat to the island of San Cristobal, passing the island of Santa Fe on the way and taking approximately 2-3 hours. Arrive on the island of San Cristobal, transfer to the hotel and overnight stay. 

6th Day: Galapagos (San Cristobal)

Breakfast at the hotel. Spend the day at your leisure, or we recommend taking an excursion to explore one of the nearby uninhabited islands, to see more of the Galapagos wildlife. Overnight in San Cristobal.

7th Day: Galapagos - Guayaquil

Breakfast at the hotel. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for a flight to Guayaquil. Arrive, transfer to the hotel and spend the remainder of the day exploring at your leisure. Overnight stay in Guayaquil.

8th Day: Guayaquil - Lima

Breakfast at the hotel. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for a flight to Lima, the capital of Peru, situated on the Pacific Coast. Arrive, transfer to the hotel, and depending on the time, spend the rest of the day exploring at your leisure. Overnight stay in Lima.

9th Day: Lima

Breakfast at the hotel. Today, enjoy an informative and interesting city tour of Lima, including its Historic Centre 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. Finally, 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
10th Day: Lima - Cuzco

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 hotel. Spend the remainder of the day at your leisure, exploring the lively plazas of the historic city. Overnight stay in Cuzco.

11th Day: Cuzco - Sacred Valley

Breakfast at the hotel. Today, set off for the Sacred Valley, an area in the Andean Highlands famed as the heart of the ancient Inca Empire. On the way, enjoy a photo stop at Awanakancha, a llama farm and centre of traditional Incan arts and crafts. Continue to the Sacred Valley, check-in to the hotel and spend the rest of the day at your leisure. We recommend an optional Sacred Valley Excursion to experience the best of the region. * Overnight stay in the Sacred Valley.

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. Price per person with 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')
12th Day: Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu - Cuzco

Breakfast at the hotel. An exciting day at 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 true wonder of the world. Spend some time discovering the ruins and being amazed by the terraces and different sections of the site. Return to Aguas Calientes for lunch (not included) and later, board the train to Cuzco. Transfer to the hotel and overnight stay in Cuzco.

* 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: Go and Return 360° train to Aguas Calientes
13th Day: Cuzco - Night on board

Breakfast at the hotel. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for a flight back to the UK/Ireland. 

14th Day: UK/Ireland

Arrive in the UK/Ireland and end your trip. 

Accommodation: 12 Nights

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Included activities

If you have reduced mobility you can request assistance for these activities by speaking to one of our experts
Included

Included activity for day 2

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

Physical rating:

Moderate

Quito City Tour

A guided city tour to get to know Quito's most emblematic sights. Visit a local market, a number of picturesque squares and the narrow streets of the city centre.

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Included

Included activity for day 3

Duration 01:00h Approx.

Physical rating:

Light

Visita highlands Santa Cruz - Rancho de tortugas gigantes

Visita highlands Santa Cruz - Rancho de tortugas gigantes

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Included

Included activity for day 9 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

Included activity for day 12 in Machu Picchu

Duration 01:30h Approx. Pick up time: info at destination

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.
If you have reduced mobility you can request assistance for these activities by speaking to one of our experts
Optional

Suggested activity for day 11 in Sacred Valley

Duration 08:00h Approx. Pick up time: 07:00 Approx

Physical rating:

Moderate

The Essence of the Sacred Valley (with lunch and 'Boleto Turisitco')

Full day excursion to the Sacred Valley including Ollantaytambo, PARWA Traditional Textiles Centre and Chinchero. Lunch and BTCP included.

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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.

The price includes

  • Included in all our trips. more information
  • Departures from main UK/Ireland airports.
  • International flights: UK/Ireland - Quito, Cuzco - UK/Ireland.
  • Internal flights: Quito - Galapagos, Galapagos - Guayaquil, Guayaquil - Lima and Lima - Cuzco.
  • Journey from Sacred Valley - Aguas Calientes on board the Voyager Train. *
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  • 12 nights accommodation in Charm and Superior category hotels.
    See hotels included
  • 12 Breakfasts and 1 Lunch.
  • Transfers.
  • Visits and entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary with English speaking guide.
    See itinerary
  • All air taxes and fuel surcharge.
  • ATOL Protection.
*The cancellation policy applicable is according to the Terms and Conditions available and agreed at the time of your purchase

Not included

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

Transit control card (TCC)* (US$ 20) and entrance to the Galapagos National Park * (US$ 100).
* More information can be found in Offer Conditions.

If your destination is in the USA or Canada, or if your selected flights to a different destination have connections in the USA or Canada, it is mandatory to have an ESTA (for USA) or an eTA (for Canada) before travelling.

ESTA: https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/

eTA: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/visit-canada/eta.html 

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

It is mandatory to send a copy of the valid passports of all passengers to customers@exoticca.com once you have made your reservation.

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office offer up-to-date travel advice by visiting www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

Please note: Depending on the weather the boat crossing in the Galapagos Islands can become quite choppy. If you suffer from seasickness, we recommend taking precautions to alleviate your symptoms in case of rough seas. Consult with your doctor or pharmacist before you travel.

  • Entry requirements
    Minimum of 6 months validity with one passport page. Mandatory travel insurance.
  • Visa
    No visa required for stays of up to 90 days
  • Currency
    US Dollar
  • Language
    Spanish
  • Electricity
    Types A and B, 110 V North American type plug
  • Health
    Please consult your doctor regarding the vaccination against yellow fever and malaria prophylaxis. Travellers over 60 years must consult their doctor as the Yellow Fever vaccine can have serious side effects.
  • Time zone
    UTC -5
  • Other useful information
    It is mandatory for tourists to carry a valid health insurance policy.
  • Tourist Office website
    https://ecuador.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.

If you book a triple room with a child, you will be required to share one bed.

 

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