16 Day Escorted Tour Itinerary

From the Andes to the Galapagos Tour

Discover Ecuador and Peru

For a holiday of a lifetime, combine Peru and Ecuador with a cruise around the unique Galapagos Islands on our From the Andes to the Galapagos tour.

Discover the fascinating cities of Lima and Cuzco before visiting Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca. Fly to Quito and straddle the equatorial line, one foot in each hemisphere. Visit Otavalo then see Cayambe, a dormant volcano with a permanent snow-capped glacier, before flying to the Galapagos Islands and boarding a boat for an adventure back in time, where animals are not afraid of humans and many unusual species are to be found.

Selected tour departures are available in 2019 – please call our Destinations Specialists for details. Private tours depart daily, on request.

Our Experts Recommend:
  • Spanish architecture of Cuzco and Lima
  • Stunning Inca ruins in Cuzco and the Sacred Valley
  • Floating islands on Lake Titicaca
  • Lost citadel of Machu Picchu
  • Discovering flora and fauna cruising the Galapagos

Sample Itinerary Summary

We can tailor any part of this itinerary or create a new one just for you.

Duration
16 days
Destination Breakdown
Options
Private or Group basis, Escorted
Included
  • International flights from Peru to Ecuador, return flights from Quito to the Galapagos Islands and domestic flights as detailed.
  • Accommodation as detailed with facilities (in case of early transfer breakfast cannot be guaranteed) plus a Classic Cabin on board MV Isabela II on full board basis (excluding drinks).
  • All entrance fees and government taxes as appropriate apart from Galapagos Islands.
  • Meals included as detailed. Breakfast is usually a Western style buffet in your hotel, while most other meals are taken in local restaurants.
  • Services of an English-speaking guide, transfers and tours on a seat-in-coach basis.
  • International flights from the UK.
Not included
  • Optional excursions.
  • Tips for the guide and driver.
  • Domestic and International departure taxes
  • Galapagos Islands National Park entrance fee ($100 per person, subject to change without prior advise).
  • Transit Control Card in Galapagos ($20 per person).

Itinerary Breakdown

After your arrival at the airport in Lima, you will be welcomed by an English-speaking guide. Transfer to your hotel and check in. The rest of the day is at your own leisure.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Casa Andina Private Collection Miraflores

In the morning you will explore Peru's capital city on a sightseeing tour. See the Plaza de Armas, the Palace of the Archbishop, and the Cathedral. Visit the beautiful San Francisco monastery, then proceed through the modern districts of San Isidro and Miraflores, and onto the coastline for views of the Pacific Ocean and Lima's beaches. After, enjoy a guided visit of one of Lima’s most-noted museums - the Rafael Larco Herrera Archaeological Museum, which houses the world’s largest private collection of Peruvian pre-Columbian Art. Return to your hotel this afternoon for some time at leisure. 

Optional visit to a waterpark and dinner can be paid locally in addition to your itinerary. Visit the Parque de la Exposicion, one of the largest waterparks that exists within a city, and in the evening enjoy a music show where the fountains dance with the rhythm of the music. After the show have dinner at the famous Barranco restaurant and watch a traditional folk dance as you dig into your delicious buffet dinner.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Casa Andina Private Collection Miraflores

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Cuzco. After your arrival, journey to your hotel in the Urubamba Valley, known as Sacred Valley, where the Urubamba River, a head-stream of the Amazon, passes through. On your way to the Urubamba Valley you will undertake a short visit to the sanctuary Cochahuasi. You will have the opportunity to see pumas, condors and aras.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Hotel Sonesta Posadas del Inca Yucay or similar

In the morning, you will visit the “Mercado de Urubamba”. The “Mercado de Urubamba” is an authentic market where real bartering takes place. Continue to Ollantaytambo, a typical Inca community,

Afternoon is at leisure. We recommend booking the trekking to the terraces of Yucay excursion, where you will take an easy and relaxing hike enjoying the nature surrounding you.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Hotel Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness

Transfer by bus to the train station of Ollantaytambo where the tour starts by train that goes through the fertile plain of the Urubamba valley and on to Aguas Calientes. From there, small busses drive up the steep mountain to the ruin town. Enjoy a guided visit of around two hours of Machu Picchu, called the 'Lost City of the Incas', this cultural heritage of mankind is a beautifully located impressive stone city constructed with a technique incredible for its era and even for present times. Return by shuttle bus to Aguas Calientes.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Hotel Sumaq

Today, your morning is at your own leisure. If you would like to you have the option of visiting Machu Piccu again today. This time you can discover the mystic site by yourself without a guide with a shuttle bus each way included.

In the afternoon, return by train to Ollantaytambo. Transfer to Cuzco.

Overnight Accommodation

  • Hotel Aranwa Cuzco Boutique

In the morning, enjoy a half day city tour of Cuzco, visiting the exact centre of the Incan Empire, the Plaza de Armas. Here you will see the cathedral that is built on the ruins of the Inca Palace of the Uros Indians. Proceed to Sacsayhuaman, a ruin site located approx. 3km from Cuzco. Sacsayhuaman also offers a fabulous view over the city. Afterwards visit the surrounding ruins. Your afternoon will be spent at your own leisure.

Overnight Accommodation

  • Hotel Aranway Cuzco Boutique

Transfer from your hotel to Cuzco airport for your flight to Lima, and transfer to the hotel for a day at leisure.

Optional tours (payable locally):

Gastronomic Tour - sample delicious foods, from fruits and vegetables at the city market, to classic Peruvian dishes at a local restaurant.

Visit of Barranco district - Barranco is the bohemian heart of Lima where many of the country's artists live and work. Stop at the Bridge of Sighs, and stroll on and admire the old houses and the view of the ocean.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Casa Andina Private Collection Miraflores

A leisurely start to the day followed by a morning transfer from the hotel to the airport for a flight to Quito. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for three nights.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Alameda Hotel Mercure or similar

Today you will enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city of Quito which leads you through the historical centre of Quito for a walk through the culturally diverse history of this city. You will pass the church of La Compania, which has the most ornate and richly sculptured facade and interior, the Independence Square with the Government Palace and the Cathedral.

Afterwards, visit the Equatorial Line Monument where you get the chance to stand in both the Northern and Southern hemispheres simultaneously.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Alameda Hotel Mercure or similar

Day at leisure. You have the option to take either do a full day Otavalo Indian Market tour, or spend the day at Mindo cloud forest.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Hotel Hilton Colon

After breakfast, transfer to Quito Airport for your short flight to Baltra Island in the Galapagos Islands.

Transfer to the pier and board your comfortable 40-passenger vessel with restaurant, bars and Jacuzzi®. Relax in your classic suite or on the wildlife observation deck as you begin your voyage through the pristine paradise of Galapagos National Park.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Onboard the Isabela II or similar

After breakfast, transfer to Quito Airport for your short flight to Baltra Island in the Galapagos Islands.

Transfer to the pier and board your comfortable 40-passenger vessel with restaurant, bars and Jacuzzi®. Relax in your classic suite or on the wildlife observation deck as you begin your voyage through the pristine paradise of Galapagos National Park.

Discover stunning flora and fauna with the help of expert naturalists. Today includes a visit to Santa Fé where large numbers of sea lions are found on the beaches here. Also visit South Plazas which although small in size this island is home to a large number of different species and extraordinary flora.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Onboard the Isabela II or similar

Discover stunning flora and fauna with the help of expert naturalists. Today includes a visit to Santa Fé where large numbers of sea lions are found on the beaches here. Also visit South Plazas which although small in size this island is home to a large number of different species and extraordinary flora.

Today, visit the laidback commercial centre of Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island, home to pelicans, boobies, and other wildlife. At the Charles Darwin Research Station, learn about the region's natural history, issues concerning the islands, and see the tortoise breeding and rearing project. Today also includes the visit of North Seymour Island and Las Bachas Beach - a sandy white-coral beach that is a major egg laying site for sea turtles. If time permits this is a great spot for snorkelling and swimming with a chance to spot flamingoes, crabs and birdlife. 

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Onboard the Isabela II or similar

Today, visit the laidback commercial centre of Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island, home to pelicans, boobies, and other wildlife. At the Charles Darwin Research Station, learn about the region's natural history, issues concerning the islands, and see the tortoise breeding and rearing project. Today also includes the visit of North Seymour Island and Las Bachas Beach - a sandy white-coral beach that is a major egg laying site for sea turtles. If time permits this is a great spot for snorkelling and swimming with a chance to spot flamingoes, crabs and birdlife. 

Today you continue your journey exploring the Galapagos Islands, this time visiting Bartolomé Island, Sullivan Bay and Santiago Island.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Onboard the Isabela II or similar

Today you continue your journey exploring the Galapagos Islands, this time visiting Bartolomé Island, Sullivan Bay and Santiago Island.

Today you will cruise back to Baltra Airport to board your flight back to Quito.

Points of Interest