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22 Day Galapagos & Peru

  • Experience the incredible Galapagos Islands
  • Visit Machu Picchu, Cusco, Santa Cruz & More
Includes Return International Flights

Few places conjure images of exploration and discovery quite like the Galapagos. The rugged volcanic landscapes, the exotic animals, the unique plantlife… it’s truly like nowhere else on earth - and that’s exactly why you need to visit. Combined with a tour visiting Peruvian icons such as Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca and the Sacred Valley, this is a journey that will inspire long after it ends!

This once-in-a-lifetime 22 day tour takes in the 15th century Inca ruins of Machu Picchu, and includes time to explore the cities of Lima and Cusco at leisure. Tour the Sacred Valley and the ruins of Pisac, visit Taquile Island on Lake Titicaca, and get a taste of daily life on a traditional homestay at Luquina Island. Then, enjoy a five night adventure in the Galapagos Islands, where you can snorkel in Academy Bay, and explore Santa Cruz, Isla Lobos and San Cristobal. Package includes return international flights, five internal flights, 19 nights accommodation, return airport transfers and much more!

Curious about seeing ‘the middle of the world’? Why not upgrade to the 28 day package with mainland Ecuador extension and experience highlights such as the Mindo Cloud Forest.

ITINERARY

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Itinerary - 1

Today, depart from either Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, *Adelaide or *Perth to Lima, Peru via Santiago. Fly with LATAM Airlines, Qantas Airways, Air New Zealand and codeshare partners (subject to availability). Upon arrival into Lima, a representative will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel in Miraflores.

Overnight: Casa Andina Classic Miraflores Centro or similar, Lima
Meals included: In-Flight

After breakfast enjoy a city tour and visit key sites of Lima, including Huaca Pucllana, colonial buildings such as the Plaza Mayor, the Government Palace and the Central Bank Museum. Afterwards return to the accommodation and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Overnight: Casa Andina Classic Miraflores Centro or similar, Lima
Meals included: Breakfast

This morning you will be picked up from the hotel and transferred to the airport for your flight to Cusco. Be met upon arrival at Cusco airport and be transferred to your hotel. Take the remainder of the day to explore this beautiful city at your own pace.

Overnight: Ramada Costa Del Sol or similar, Cusco
Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast, enjoy a free day to explore Cusco at leisure or join an optional half day city tour.

Optional Half Day Cusco Tour
This morning you will be picked up from your hotel to begin your half day city tour (not included). Firstly you will visit the exquisite architectural feats of the ancient Koricancha Temple. Continuing onwards to the Main Cathedral (not included) where the first stone was placed in the construction of this magnificent cathedral in 1560. It is a marvel of religious art and home to approximately 300 paintings from the Cusquena School of Art. Afterwards, continue to the archaeological complex of Saqsayhuaman. You will then visit the labyrinth of Q'enqo which is a religious centre dedicated to the adoration of the Earth, and Puca Pucara (reddish place) that was previously used as a military control centre. Complete the tour seeing Tambomachay (Temple of the Water) an archaeological site associated with the Inca Empire, consisting of a series of aqueducts, canals and waterfalls (not included). Afterwards you will be transferred back to your hotel accommodation with the evening at leisure.

Overnight: Ramada Costa Del Sol or similar, Cusco
Meals included: Breakfast

This morning you will be picked up from your hotel and travel from Cusco, past Saqsaywaman over the mountains towards the Sacred Valley. Here you will descend 1500 feet to the valley floor, and find yourselves by the sacred Urubamba River and the village of Pisac (approx. 1 hour). In Pisac, enjoy a quick visit to a traditional artisan market, where you can browse and buy some local souvenirs if desired.

Afterwards, drive up to Pisac where you can explore the extensive ruins whilst enjoying stunning views over the valley. Here you will be given a guided tour of the Citadel of Pisac, in which you will see the ruins of temples, homes, altars, carvings, tunnels, caves and the famous Intihuatana, "The hitching post of the sun". Intihuatana, the place when the sun gets tied, is a religious construction and used like a clock to measure when it was time to celebrate the winter solstice, one of the most important celebrations and rituals of the entire ancient Incan empire.

For those who would prefer to spend more time in the market instead of visiting the ruins, please advise your guide so they can organize a time and place to collect you when returning past the market.

Afterwards continue onwards to Urubamba (approx. 1 hour), where you will make a stop for lunch (not included). A short drive onwards takes us to Ollantaytambo, which is surrounded by the sacred mountains. Here, you will enjoy further exposure to Incan constructions, mainly the amazing temple of the sun, enormous blocks of rock perfectly carved, stone water fountains, stairs and terraces. See the beauty of the local people in their traditional dress. Afterwards return to Urubamba where you will check into your accommodation.

Overnight: San Agustin Hotel or similar, Urubamba
Meals included: Breakfast

Following breakfast this morning, transfer to Ollantaytambo train station (approx. 30 mins) to board a train for Aguas Calientes (approx. 1.5 hours), a beautiful thermal town down the valley from the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel accommodation.

Overnight: Casa Andina Standard, Aguas Calientes or similar, Machu Picchu
Meals included: Breakfast

After an early breakfast a local guide will pick you up from your hotel to begin the short bus journey to the gates of Machu Picchu where you may have the opportunity (weather permitting) to enjoy one of the most spectacular sunrises of your life (approx. 40 minutes). After entering the Citadel you will begin a guided walking tour (approx. 2 hours) where you will be taught about the history of the area and shown around the ruins. Afterwards, enjoy some free time to explore this mysterious ancient city at leisure. This afternoon, meet your guide in Aguas Calientes for lunch (not included). Be transferred to the train station and begin the journey back to Cusco via Ollantaytambo. (approx. 3.5 hour train journey).

Overnight: Ramada Costa Del Sol or similar, Cusco
Meals included: Breakfast

Today enjoy a free day in Cusco to explore this beautiful mountain city at your own leisure.

Overnight: Ramada Costa Del Sol or similar, Cusco
Meals included: Breakfast

This morning rise early for breakfast and transfer to the bus station to travel onwards to Puno. This is a great bus trip on a modern vehicle stopping at several interesting sites along the way such as Raqchi (Wiracocha God Temple), an Incan church of monumental dimensions and La Raya: the half-way point between Cusco and Puno and also the highest point (4335 meters above sea level). Along the way enjoy a rest stop and delicious buffet lunch in the town of Sicuani. The landscapes along this route are stunning and typical Andean animals like the llama, alpaca and vicuna are common sights. Upon arrival at the bus station in Puno, you will be met and transferred to your hotel where you will meet your guide who will welcome you and provide you with some extra information for the following days activities.
Please note: the bus transportation includes WiFi, food and drink services on board, entertainment options, guided narration in English and Spanish, leather seats with wide leg rests, individual tables and air conditioning. Buses do not have toilets onboard, but this journey includes stops approximately every hour to allow for this.

Overnight: Casa Andina Classic or similar, Puno Tikarani
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch

After breakfast this morning, transfer from the hotel to the port of Puno where you will board a motorboat for the unique floating Uros Islands located 25 minutes from the port of Puno. The islands have been created entirely with the buoyant totora reeds that grow abundantly in the shallows of the lake. Partially edible (tasting like non sweet sugarcane), the reeds are also used to build homes, boats and crafts. The islands are constructed from many layers of the totora, which are constantly replenished from the top as they rot from the bottom, so the ground is always soft and springy. You will visit two different islands and your guide will explain a little about the history and lifestyle of the people who have lived here for many years. You will have the opportunity to visit some of their homes to learn a little about their lifestyle.

Afterwards enjoy sailing to Taquile Island (approx. 2 hours). The island is a traditional Quechua speaking community, full of ancient agricultural terraces and some ruins dating back to the pre-Inca times. The Taquile population was relatively isolated from the mainland until the 1950s and the importance of community and family is still very strong. When you reach the island, take the opportunity to walk up a path, enjoying impressive views of Lake Titicaca. Enjoy some free time to explore the island at your own and afterwards come together for lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, head down to the harbour to take a one-hour boat ride to the Chicuito Peninsula, south of the city of Puno, where the Luquina Karina community is located. Luquina Karina has remained relatively untouched and tourism is a new concept here. The inhabitants are very willing to receive visitors in their community and be warmly received by the families who will take you to their homes to spend the night and cook you a delicious dinner from locally sourced food.

Overnight: Traditional Homestay, Luquina Island
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Today enjoy breakfast with your host family and then participate in some local activities. After lunch, say goodbye to the local family and head down to the harbour for your boat transfer back to Puno arriving early evening.

Overnight: Casa Andina Classic, Puno Tikarani
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch

After breakfast, transfer to Juliaca airport (approx. 1 hour) for your flight to Lima (approx. 1.5 hour) where you will be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the evening is free at leisure.

Overnight: Casa Andina Classic Miraflores Centro or similar, Lima
Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast, enjoy the whole day at leisure to explore at your own pace before departing the following day.

Overnight: Casa Andina Classic Miraflores Centro or similar, Lima
Meals included: Breakfast

Today, transfer to the airport for your one-way international flight to Guayaquil in Ecuador. On arrival, you will be welcomed and transferred to your accomodation. Enjoy an evening at leisure before taking your flight to the Galapagos Islands the following day.

Overnight: Hotel Unipark or similar, Guayaquil
Meals included: Breakfast

Today you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to the Island of Baltra in the Galapagos Islands. On arrival you will be picked up and transferred to Santa Cruz a nearby island, crossing the narrow Itabaca channel by ferry and then continuing by car. Your first stop will be at the highlands of Santa Cruz. The “Parte Alta” as the highlands are called in Spanish are very lush and green and home of the iconic giant Galapagos tortoises. Here you will visit a private ranch where you will enjoy lunch before heading out on a walk in search of the giant tortoises. During this visit you will also visit some lava tubes, which are formed when the surface of a lava stream solidifies, but the inside remains a liquid and flows out like a river. After this tour you will continue by private transport to your hotel. Here you will have a meet and greet with a local guide who will explain the following days itinerary to you. Enjoy the rest of the evening at leisure to explore this beautiful Island.

Overnight: Hotel Fiesta or similar, Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch

Today after breakfast you will enjoy a half day tour of Academy Bay. Be sure to pack sun protection, a bathing suit, towel, camera and comfortable walking shoes. Optional snorkel equipment will be provided free of charge to anyone who wishes to use it. During the tour you will take a boat to Academy Bay where you can swim and snorkel with sea lions and all kinds of colourful fish. Here you can see the blue footed boobies who are resting at the edge of the cliffs. Afterwards climb to a nearby viewpoint and if you are lucky, you can see white-tipped reef sharks swimming in the ocean below. Afterwards take a walk to ‘Playa de los Perros’ where many sea iguanas are found resting in the sun. The enormous cacti, the red colour of the rocks and the turquoise colour of the ocean make for great photo opportunities.

Overnight: Hotel Fiesta or similar, Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz
Meals included: Breakfast

Enjoy a morning at leisure or explore the beautiful island Santa Cruz on your own. In the afternoon you will be met and transferred from your hotel to the dock of Santa Cruz from where you will take a boat (approx. 2 hours) to the island of San Cristobal. Upon arrival at the dock in San Cristobal you will be transferred to your hotel in the town of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. Here you will have a meet and greet with another local guide who will explain the rest of your itinerary to you. The remainder of the evening is yours to enjoy at leisure on this stunning island.

Overnight: Hotel Blue Marlin or similar, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal
Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast this morning, you will be met and transferred to a dock where you will take a quick boat ride to the nearby Isla Lobos. During this boat trip you will observe a lot of sea life before even setting foot on the island. Upon arrival, enjoy a guided tour where you will have the chance to observe frigate birds, blue footed boobies and sea lions that all inhabit the island. Afterwards you will have time for a swim or snorkel in the beautiful waters. Continue onwards to a nearby beach on San Cristobal where you may enjoy an included packed lunch and some time at leisure. The white coral beaches of San Cristobal are great to walk around, relax and swim in the shallow waters before returning to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Overnight: Hotel Blue Marlin or similar, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch

Enjoy some more free time this morning before transferring to the airport of San Cristobal. From here, you will take a quick flight back to Ecuador's mainland. Upon arrival in Guayaquil, you will be collected from the airport and transferred to your hotel for one more evening at leisure before saying goodbye.

Overnight: Hotel Unipark or similar, Guayaquil
Meals included: Breakfast

Today you will be transferred to Guayaquil International Airport for your return flight back to Australia via Santiago, Chile.

Please note: Due to limited flight availability between Australia and South America, some customers may experience a layover of up to 7 hours in Santiago, Chile.


Meals included: Breakfast;In-Flight

Itinerary - 2

Today, depart from either Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, *Adelaide or *Perth to Lima, Peru via Santiago. Fly with LATAM Airlines, Qantas Airways, Air New Zealand and codeshare partners (subject to availability). Upon arrival into Lima, a representative will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel in Miraflores.

Overnight: Casa Andina Classic Miraflores Centro or similar, Lima
Meals included: In-Flight

After breakfast enjoy a city tour and visit key sites of Lima, including Huaca Pucllana, colonial buildings such as the Plaza Mayor, the Government Palace and the Central Bank Museum. Afterwards return to the accommodation and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Overnight: Casa Andina Classic Miraflores Centro or similar, Lima
Meals included: Breakfast

This morning you will be picked up from the hotel and transferred to the airport for your flight to Cusco. Be met upon arrival at Cusco airport and be transferred to your hotel. Take the remainder of the day to explore this beautiful city at your own pace.

Overnight: Ramada Costa Del Sol or similar, Cusco

After breakfast, enjoy a free day to explore Cusco at leisure or join an optional half day city tour. Optional Half Day Cusco Tour This morning you will be picked up from your hotel to begin your half day city tour (not included). Firstly you will visit the exquisite architectural feats of the ancient Koricancha Temple. Continuing onwards to the Main Cathedral (not included) where the first stone was placed in the construction of this magnificent cathedral in 1560. It is a marvel of religious art and home to approximately 300 paintings from the Cusquena School of Art. Afterwards, continue to the archaeological complex of Saqsayhuaman. You will then visit the labyrinth of Q'enqo which is a religious centre dedicated to the adoration of the Earth, and Puca Pucara (reddish place) that was previously used as a military control centre. Complete the tour seeing Tambomachay (Temple of the Water) an archaeological site associated with the Inca Empire, consisting of a series of aqueducts, canals and waterfalls (not included). Afterwards you will be transferred back to your hotel accommodation with the evening at leisure.

Overnight: Ramada Costa Del Sol or similar, Cusco
Meals included: Breakfast

This morning you will be picked up from your hotel and travel from Cusco, past Saqsaywaman over the mountains towards the Sacred Valley. Here you will descend 1500 feet to the valley floor, and find yourselves by the sacred Urubamba River and the village of Pisac (approx. 1 hour). In Pisac, enjoy a quick visit to a traditional artisan market, where you can browse and buy some local souvenirs if desired. Afterwards, drive up to Pisac where you can explore the extensive ruins whilst enjoying stunning views over the valley. Here you will be given a guided tour of the Citadel of Pisac, in which you will see the ruins of temples, homes, altars, carvings, tunnels, caves and the famous Intihuatana, "The hitching post of the sun". Intihuatana, the place when the sun gets tied, is a religious construction and used like a clock to measure when it was time to celebrate the winter solstice, one of the most important celebrations and rituals of the entire ancient Incan empire. For those who would prefer to spend more time in the market instead of visiting the ruins, please advise your guide so they can organize a time and place to collect you when returning past the market. Afterwards continue onwards to Urubamba (approx. 1 hour), where you will make a stop for lunch (not included). A short drive onwards takes us to Ollantaytambo, which is surrounded by the sacred mountains. Here, you will enjoy further exposure to Incan constructions, mainly the amazing temple of the sun, enormous blocks of rock perfectly carved, stone water fountains, stairs and terraces. See the beauty of the local people in their traditional dress. Afterwards return to Urubamba where you will check into your accommodation.

Overnight: San Agustin Hotel or similar, Urubamba
Meals included: Breakfast

Following breakfast this morning, transfer to Ollantaytambo train station (approx. 30 mins) to board a train for Aguas Calientes (approx. 1.5 hours), a beautiful thermal town down the valley from the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel accommodation.

Overnight: Casa Andina Standard, Aguas Calientes or similar, Machu Picchu
Meals included: Breakfast

After an early breakfast a local guide will pick you up from your hotel to begin the short bus journey to the gates of Machu Picchu where you may have the opportunity (weather permitting) to enjoy one of the most spectacular sunrises of your life (approx. 40 minutes). After entering the Citadel you will begin a guided walking tour (approx. 2 hours) where you will be taught about the history of the area and shown around the ruins. Afterwards, enjoy some free time to explore this mysterious ancient city at leisure. This afternoon, meet your guide in Aguas Calientes for lunch (not included). Be transferred to the train station and begin the journey back to Cusco via Ollantaytambo. (approx. 3.5 hour train journey).

Overnight: Ramada Costa Del Sol or similar, Cusco
Meals included: Breakfast

Today enjoy a free day in Cusco to explore this beautiful mountain city at your own leisure.

Overnight: Ramada Costa Del Sol or similar, Cusco
Meals included: Breakfast

This morning rise early for breakfast and transfer to the bus station to travel onwards to Puno. This is a great bus trip on a modern vehicle stopping at several interesting sites along the way such as Raqchi (Wiracocha God Temple), an Incan church of monumental dimensions and La Raya: the half-way point between Cusco and Puno and also the highest point (4335 meters above sea level). Along the way enjoy a rest stop and delicious buffet lunch in the town of Sicuani. The landscapes along this route are stunning and typical Andean animals like the llama, alpaca and vicuna are common sights. Upon arrival at the bus station in Puno, you will be met and transferred to your hotel where you will meet your guide who will welcome you and provide you with some extra information for the following days activities. Please note: the bus transportation includes WiFi, food and drink services on board, entertainment options, guided narration in English and Spanish, leather seats with wide leg rests, individual tables and air conditioning. Buses do not have toilets onboard, but this journey includes stops approximately every hour to allow for this.

Overnight: Casa Andina Classic or similar, Puno Tikarani
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch

After breakfast this morning, transfer from the hotel to the port of Puno where you will board a motorboat for the unique floating Uros Islands located 25 minutes from the port of Puno. The islands have been created entirely with the buoyant totora reeds that grow abundantly in the shallows of the lake. Partially edible (tasting like non sweet sugarcane), the reeds are also used to build homes, boats and crafts. The islands are constructed from many layers of the totora, which are constantly replenished from the top as they rot from the bottom, so the ground is always soft and springy. You will visit two different islands and your guide will explain a little about the history and lifestyle of the people who have lived here for many years. You will have the opportunity to visit some of their homes to learn a little about their lifestyle. Afterwards enjoy sailing to Taquile Island (approx. 2 hours). The island is a traditional Quechua speaking community, full of ancient agricultural terraces and some ruins dating back to the pre-Inca times. The Taquile population was relatively isolated from the mainland until the 1950s and the importance of community and family is still very strong. When you reach the island, take the opportunity to walk up a path, enjoying impressive views of Lake Titicaca. Enjoy some free time to explore the island at your own and afterwards come together for lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, head down to the harbour to take a one-hour boat ride to the Chicuito Peninsula, south of the city of Puno, where the Luquina Karina community is located. Luquina Karina has remained relatively untouched and tourism is a new concept here. The inhabitants are very willing to receive visitors in their community and be warmly received by the families who will take you to their homes to spend the night and cook you a delicious dinner from locally sourced food.

Overnight: Traditional Homestay, Luquina Island
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Today enjoy breakfast with your host family and then participate in some local activities. After lunch, say goodbye to the local family and head down to the harbour for your boat transfer back to Puno arriving early evening.

Overnight: Casa Andina Classic, Puno Tikarani
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch

After breakfast, transfer to Juliaca airport (approx. 1 hour) for your flight to Lima (approx. 1.5 hour) where you will be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the evening is free at leisure.

Overnight: Casa Andina Classic Miraflores Centro or similar, Lima
Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast, enjoy the whole day at leisure to explore at your own pace before departing the following day.

Overnight: Casa Andina Classic Miraflores Centro or similar, Lima
Meals included: Breakfast

Today, transfer to the airport for your one-way international flight to Guayaquil in Ecuador. On arrival, you will be welcomed and transferred to your accomodation. Enjoy an evening at leisure before taking your flight to the Galapagos Islands the following day.

Overnight: Hotel Unipark or similar, Guayaquil
Meals included: Breakfast

Today you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to the Island of Baltra in the Galapagos Islands. On arrival you will be picked up and transferred to Santa Cruz a nearby island, crossing the narrow Itabaca channel by ferry and then continuing by car. Your first stop will be at the highlands of Santa Cruz. The “Parte Alta” as the highlands are called in Spanish are very lush and green and home of the iconic giant Galapagos tortoises. Here you will visit a private ranch where you will enjoy lunch before heading out on a walk in search of the giant tortoises. During this visit you will also visit some lava tubes, which are formed when the surface of a lava stream solidifies, but the inside remains a liquid and flows out like a river. After this tour you will continue by private transport to your hotel. Here you will have a meet and greet with a local guide who will explain the following days itinerary to you. Enjoy the rest of the evening at leisure to explore this beautiful Island.

Overnight: Hotel Fiesta or similar, Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch

Today after breakfast you will enjoy a half day tour of Academy Bay. Be sure to pack sun protection, a bathing suit, towel, camera and comfortable walking shoes. Optional snorkel equipment will be provided free of charge to anyone who wishes to use it. During the tour you will take a boat to Academy Bay where you can swim and snorkel with sea lions and all kinds of colourful fish. Here you can see the blue footed boobies who are resting at the edge of the cliffs. Afterwards climb to a nearby viewpoint and if you are lucky, you can see white-tipped reef sharks swimming in the ocean below. Afterwards take a walk to ‘Playa de los Perros’ where many sea iguanas are found resting in the sun. The enormous cacti, the red colour of the rocks and the turquoise colour of the ocean make for great photo opportunities.

Overnight: Hotel Fiesta or similar, Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz
Meals included: Breakfast

Enjoy a morning at leisure or explore the beautiful island Santa Cruz on your own. In the afternoon you will be met and transferred from your hotel to the dock of Santa Cruz from where you will take a boat (approx. 2 hours) to the island of San Cristobal. Upon arrival at the dock in San Cristobal you will be transferred to your hotel in the town of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. Here you will have a meet and greet with another local guide who will explain the rest of your itinerary to you. The remainder of the evening is yours to enjoy at leisure on this stunning island.

Overnight: Hotel Blue Marlin or similar, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal
Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast this morning, you will be met and transferred to a dock where you will take a quick boat ride to the nearby Isla Lobos. During this boat trip you will observe a lot of sea life before even setting foot on the island. Upon arrival, enjoy a guided tour where you will have the chance to observe frigate birds, blue footed boobies and sea lions that all inhabit the island. Afterwards you will have time for a swim or snorkel in the beautiful waters. Continue onwards to a nearby beach on San Cristobal where you may enjoy an included packed lunch and some time at leisure. The white coral beaches of San Cristobal are great to walk around, relax and swim in the shallow waters before returning to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Overnight: Hotel Blue Marlin or similar, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch

This morning enjoy some more free time before transferring to the airport of San Cristobal. From here, you will take a quick flight back to Ecuador's mainland. Upon arrival in Quito, the country's capital, you will be picked up from the airport and transferred to your hotel.

Overnight: Hotel Mercure or similar, Quito
Meals included: Breakfast

Today enjoy the day free at leisure to explore this colonial city.

Overnight: Hotel Mercure or similar, Quito
Meals included: Breakfast

Today drive north of Quito to the Ecuador monument complex. The visit to the 'middle of the world' is a must when in Ecuador. It is the place where you will be able to stand on both sides of the hemispheres, north and south at the same time and feel the neutral forces of the equator. On the way, stop for a view of the Pululahua crater, the third biggest inhabited volcano crater in the world. Then you will continue onwards to the little town of Mindo, a village in the Andes Mountains. It's known for the many bird species, butterflies and orchids found in the surrounding cloud forest, it is a bird lovers paradise!

In the afternoon enjoy a 1 hour guided tour chocolate factory where you will have the chance to follow the process of the cocoa, from harvesting the seed to the final product. Here you may also enjoy a delicious brownie or a cup of real hot cocoa.

Overnight: El Septimo Paraiso or similar, Mindo
Meals included: Breakfast

Today explore the pristine cloud forest, crossing cable cars and hiking along waterfalls during a moderate hike (approx.15 - 20 mins), surrounded by a lush green forest filled with toucans and colourful birds. In the afternoon enjoy some free time to enjoy the several optional activities offered in this area. Join an optional activity of water “tubing” (several large inner-tubes tied together) as the guides steer you through thrilling rapids (not included). Or try canopy zip-line where you sail along one of 13 zip-lines over the beautiful canopy of the cloud forest (not included). One of the highlights of today is the visit to the butterfly farm located on a private reserve called ‘Mariposas of Mindo’. Here, watch gargantuan butterflies dry their wings after emerging from their jewel-like cocoons. You can dip your fingers into a banana concoction and then be thrilled as butterflies the size of bird’s land on your hands for a snack.

Overnight: El Septimo Paraiso or similar, Mindo
Meals included: Breakfast

The day starts with a unique scenic drive back up to the highlands where you will reach the Pan-American Highway travelling north to the world-famous indigenous town of Otavalo. Enjoy some time to stroll along the narrow cobblestone streets, which are filled with Otavalo indigenous people wearing the typical blue ponchos. You will have the opportunity to explore their handicraft market, with its wonderful textiles, native paintings, ceramics, jewellery, tapestries and more. In Otavalo, there will be enough time for shopping and spending time with the locals. In the afternoon, drive to Cotacachi town, made famous for the most amazing leather goods and it's beauty as a small village. You will have some free time to explore the shops or simply stop and enjoy one of the best coffees in Ecuador at the main square. Later arrive at historical hacienda of Pinsaqui and enjoy a typical Andean cocktail as a welcome, and learn about the history of Hacienda.

Overnight: Hacienda Pinsaqui or similar, Otavalo
Meals included: Breakfast

Start the day with a visit to Cotacahi-Cayapas ecological reserve - see the breath-taking scenery of the crystalline-clear waters of this active volcano and the amazing surrounding landscapes. At the end of a short hike, take a boat ride to the centre of the crater to observe the activity of this volcano, watching bubbles coming up from the centre of the caldera. Later be transferred to Peguche, a small village located in the heart of the Andes, where you will have an unforgettable cultural experience, immersing yourself in the true spirit of the South American highlands. You will help the local people prepare a delicious lunch using the fresh products harvested the same day from the surrounding organic fields and share with them precious moments of conviviality. In the late afternoon, reach the luxury volcanic hot-springs resort of Papallacta, where you will have the chance to relax and enjoy the facilities surrounded by the view of the majestic Andean mountains.

Overnight: Termas de Papallacta (Spa resort) or similar, Papallacta
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch

After breakfast enjoy the chance to take one last dip in the open-air hot springs, before driving south on the Pan-American Highway towards the highest active volcano in the world, Cotopaxi. The snow-capped volcano is surrounded by national park, home to abundant plant life, a rich fauna and Inca ruins. You will begin at at the interpretation centre which is at the park entrance, before continuing across the paramo to the Limpiopungo Lake. During a short walk around the lake, observe a variety of birds and enjoy the stunning views of the almost symmetrical cone of the Cotopaxi. Afterwards continue back to Quito and to the airport where you will take a quick domestic flight back to Guayaquil for one last night in Ecuador.

Overnight: Hotel Unipark or similar, Guayaquil
Meals included: Breakfast

Today you will be met and transferred to Guayaquil International Airport for your return flight back to Australia via Santiago, Chile.

Please note: Due to limited flight availability between Australia and South America, some customers may experience a layover of up to 7 hours in Santiago, Chile.


Meals included: Breakfast;In-Flight

Tour Inclusions

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  • Visit the 15th century ruins of Machu Picchu
  • Admire Colonial architecture on a tour of historic Lima
  • Witness the spectacular Andes Mountains
  • Explore the ‘Imperial City’ of Cusco
  • Experience a guided tour of the Sacred Valley
  • Stay in Aguas Calientes ‘hot springs town’
  • Enjoy a guided tour of Pukara and Raqch’i
  • Visit the Uros Floating Islands on Lake Titicaca
  • Experience traditional villages on Taquile Island
  • Visit ancient Inca monuments
  • Island hop through the breath-taking Galapagos Islands
  • Search for Galapagos tortoises in the wild
  • Enjoy a tour of Academy Bay in the Galapagos
  • Snorkel amongst sea lions
  • Spot sea iguanas on Playa de Los Perros, Santa Cruz
  • Enjoy a half day tour on Isla Lobos
  • Witness the abundant sea life of the Galapagos Islands
  • Return international flights (economy class) departing SYD/MEL/BNE/*ADL/*PER
  • 1 x international flight: Lima, Peru - Guayaquil, Ecuador
  • 2 x internal flights in Peru: Lima - Cusco, and Juliaca - Lima
  • 2 x internal flights in Ecuador: Guayaquil to Baltra, and San Cristobal to Guayaquil
  • 18 nights quality hotel accommodation
  • 1 night traditional homestay on Luquina Island
  • Enjoy 25 meals including daily breakfast
  • English-speaking tour guides
  • Airlines taxes and surcharges
  • Transportation by A/C vehicles
  • Return train tickets to Aguas Calientes with Inca Rail Company or Peru Rail Company
  • Return airport transfers
All of the Standard Package, (minus San Cristobal to Guayaquil flight) plus the following:
  • 1 x internal flight: San Cristobal to Quito
  • 6 nights accommodation including a stay in a traditional hacienda
  • Daily breakfast including an authentic Ecuadorian lunch
  • Travel to the ‘middle of the world’
  • Stand on both sides of the Northern and Southern hemisphere
  • Discover the worlds third largest inhabited volcano crater
  • Tour a chocolate factory and learn about cocoa
  • Explore the magnificent Mindo Cloud Forest
  • Experience beautiful butterflies at a butterfly farm
  • Wander the Otavalo handicraft markets
  • Discover the Cotacachi Cayapas Ecological Reserve
  • Visit Cuicocha Lake; a 200m deep lake in a volcanic crater
  • Relax in Hot Springs at Papallacta in the Andean mountains
  • See the highest snow-capped volcano in the world; Cotopaxi
  • Explore beautiful Limpiopungo Lake and its abundant wildlife

Important info

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After purchase, you will receive a receipt and a Purchase Confirmation, directing you to an online Passenger Information Form. The Passenger Information Form must be completed within 72 hours of purchase.
 
Any special requests, preferences and optional extras MUST be clearly stated in your Passenger Information Form. Any change requested after submitting your Passenger Information Form cannot be guaranteed, is strictly subject to availability and will incur surcharges as outlined in the Schedule of Fees below.
 
On purchasing this Travel Offer you are bound by the General Terms and Conditions, in addition to the specific terms and conditions outlined in this Important Information.
 
Please note: all additional charges are payable direct to your Travel Consultant (unless otherwise stated).



Travel offer is valid for travel on selected dates until the 4th December 2019.
 
Travel offer is valid for one person based on twin share.
 
Single Traveller Supplement
For solo travellers a mandatory single supplement applies: 
22 Day Galapagos and Peru: $1300
28 Day Galapagos and Peru with Ecuador Mainland Extension: $1800
 
Departure Dates 
2018:
October: 22, 24, 29 (SOLD OUT)
November: 5, 12, 14 (SOLD OUT)
*December: 4, 11 (SOLD OUT)
 
2019:
January: 14, 21 (SOLD OUT)
February: 4, 25 (SOLD OUT)
March: 18, 25, 27 (SOLD OUT)
*April: 8, 15, 29 (SOLD OUT)
May: 1, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 21, 27
May: 20 (SOLD OUT)
June: 3, 4, 5, 12, 24
June: 18 (SOLD OUT)
July: 1, 8, 15, 22
August: 5, 12, 19
September: 2, 10, 16, 17, 23
September: 24 (SOLD OUT)
October: ^2 (SOLD OUT)
October: 9, 21
November: 4, 20
November: 6 (SOLD OUT)
December: *4 (SOLD OUT)
  
Surcharges
Please note: Dates/months with a ^ or * incur a flight high season surcharge:
^Flight High Season Surchage: $300 per person
*Flight Peak Season Surcharge: $500 per person
 
Departure Cities
Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, *Adelaide or *Perth.
 
Interstate Surcharges
 *Adelaide or *Perth: $300 per person.



Full Service Airline(s) Used


LATAM Airlines, Qantas Airways or Air New Zealand plus any codeshare partners (subject to availability). 

 

Arrive early in Lima
$200 per person, subject to availability
Please note:
- This fee does not include extra nights accommodation, meals or airport transfers.
- No flight booking changes or cancellations permitted after air tickets have been issued.
- Flight changes are subject to availability at the time of booking.
 
Stay behind in Guayaquil
$200 per person, subject to availability.
Please note:
- This fee does not include extra nights accommodation, meals or airport transfers.
- No flight booking changes or cancellations permitted after air tickets have been issued.
- Flight changes are subject to availability at the time of booking.
 
Stopover Packages
Twin share: $450 per person/one way
Solo Traveller: $700 one way
Locations:
* Santiago
Includes:
- 2 Nights in 4 star accommodation
- Daily breakfast
- Return airport transfers 
Please note: 
- Only a post tour stopover package may be purchased.
- Stopover packages are subject to availability.
 
Flight Class Upgrades
- Premium Economy: not available.
- Business Class: (International sectors only): Buy now for $7499 per person.
- All Premium Economy and Business Class upgrades are subject to availability (if we are not able to fulfill your business class request the upgrade cost will be refunded).
- On any upgrade purchase, short haul flights and domestic flight sectors are not guaranteed in a Premium or Business cabin; subject to aircraft configuration.
- Please note: If Abu Dhabi or Dubai stopovers are offered, Premium Economy upgrades will not be available.



Accommodation Used
3-4 Star (self-rated):
- Lima: Casa Andina Classic Miraflores Centro or San Agustin Exclusive
- Cusco: Ramada Costa Del Sol or San Agustin Dorado
- Urubamba: San Agustin Urubamba or San Agustin Recoleta
- Aguas Calientes: Casa Andina Machu Picchu or Inti Punku 
- Puno: Casa Andina Tikarani or Hotel Hacienda Plaza
- Guayaquil: Hotel Unipark, Grand Hotel Guayaquil or Oro Verde Hotel
- Santa Cruz: Hotel Fiesta, Galapagos Inn Casa de Judy or Hotel Silberstein
- San Cristobal: Hotel Blue Marlin, Arena Blanca Hotel or La Zayapa Hotel
 
28 Day Galapagos and Peru with Ecuador Mainland Extension
All of the above plus the following: 
- Quito: Hotel Mercure or Dann Carlton Hotel
- Mindo: El Septimo Paraiso or Terra Bambu Lodge
- Otavalo: Hacienda Pinsaqui or Las Palmeras Inn
- Papallacta: Termas de Papallacta (Spa resort) or Guango Lodge
 
Please note: rooms offered are based on a lead-in room type, and are subject to availability based on seasonality. Properties will be confirmed, no later than two weeks prior to travel.
 
Extra Nights
- Lima (Pre Tour): $170 per room including breakfast.
- Guayaquil (Post Tour): $130 per room including breakfast.
Please note: extra nights are subject to availability until the time of booking. Airport transfers are not included if you wish to arrive early or stay behind. 
 
Maximum Room Capacity
2 people. 
 
Child Policy
- No child discounts. Full price applies for all children travelling with their parents.
- Valid for Children 12 years old and over.
Please note: Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult 18 years old and over to travel. No unaccompanied minors allowed.
 
Triple Share
No available.
 
Bedding Configuration
Double or Twin Bedding (subject to availability).
 
Adjoining / Interconnecting Rooms
Subject to availability and at the hotels discretion. Please enquire on booking if you require this option.



Minimum group size 4, maximum group size 20 per vehicle.
 
Optional Tours / Activities
- Cusco City Tour - $35 USD per person (approx.$45 AUD)
- Water Tubing (Mindo Cloud Forest) - $20 USD per person (approx. $25 AUD) 
- Canopy Zipline (Mindo Cloud Forest) - $25 USD per person (approx. $32 AUD) 
Please Note:
- prices are based on per person, are subject to availability, time permitting and weather conditions and are payable direct to the tour operator in the currency specified.
- Some tours require minimum numbers to operate.



- Visa fees and requirements (A visa for Peru & Ecuador is not required if travelling on an Australian passport).
- Meals/beverages not stated in the itinerary.
- INGALA Transit Control Card (Galapagos) - $20 USD (approx. $26 AUD per person.
- National Park Entrance Fee (Galapagos) - $100 USD (approx. $128 AUD) per person.
- Recommended gratuities/tipping at approx. $10 USD (approx. $13 AUD) per person/day payable on tour.
- Optional activities/tours.
- Personal expenses.
- Travel insurance (Mandatory).
Please note: A comprehensive travel Insurance policy must be organised BEFORE all details can be finalised with TripADeal.



INGALA TRANSIT CONTROL CARD (GALAPAGOS)
INGALA, the Ecuadorian governmental agency regulates all things pertaining to the Galapagos Islands issues a “Transit Control Card”. This card is designed to help control immigration to the islands. INGALA has instituted the transit control card is to help keep track of who is visiting the islands. Visitors must go to a booth in the airport with their plane tickets before they board their flight to get the card, which costs around $20 USD per person (approx. $26 AUD, cash only). The card is returned at the end of the trip. 
More information can be found here: https://www.galapagosislands.com/travel/transportation/entry-fees.html
 
NATIONAL PARK ENTRANCE FEES (GALAPAGOS)
All tourists visiting the Galapagos Islands must pay an entry tax to visit the archipelago. The amount of this entrance fee depends on the age and nationality of the tourist. Most foreign tourists including Australians over the age of 12 pay $100 USD per person (approx. $127 AUD). For some, this entry tax may seem a bit high, but it is important to keep in mind that these fees are helping to protect the wonderful islands. On its website, the Galapagos National Park announces that, "Funds from the entry tax for tourists are used to finance the conservation of biodiversity of flora and fauna, terrestrial and marine, and benefits the local community by improving basic services, education projects, sports, health, environmental sanitation, environmental services and services directly related to tourists."
More information can be found here: https://www.galapagosislands.com/travel/transportation/entry-fees.html
 
CLIMATE & AVERAGE TEMPERATURE
Lima:
Lima is usually described as mild and warm throughout the year without noteworthy rain making Lima one of the driest capitals in the world. The average temperatures range from 18°C to 28°C.
 
Cusco:
Cusco has a subtropical highland climate due to its elevation (3500m above sea level). It is generally dry and temperate, with two defined seasons. The dry season lasts from May to August, with abundant sunshine and occasional night time freezes; July is the coldest month with an average of 9.7 °C. The wet season lasts from December to March, with night frost less common; November averages 13.3 °C . Although frost and hail are common, the only snowfall ever recorded was in June 1911. Temperatures usually range from 0.2 to 20.9 °C.
 
Puno:
As Puno is located at such a high elevation (3830m above sea level), it experiences more extreme weather conditions than would be expected for its tropical latitude. The average annual temperature is about 8.4 °C, and the weather never gets overly warm. During the winter months from June to August, night-time temperatures usually drop well below 0 °C. At this high altitude, the rays of the sun are very strong. Most of the annual precipitation falls during the southern hemisphere summer, with the winter months being very dry.
 
Guayaquil:
Between January and April, the temperature is quite hot with rainfalls in the afternoons. The rest of the year (from May through December), rainfall is minimal due to the cooling influence of the Humboldt Current, with usually cloudy mornings and afternoons, and evening breezes. Average temperatures year round are pretty consistent due to equatorial location with a daily mean of 27 degrees year round.
 
Santa Cruz (Galapagos):
No time of year is too hot or too cold to enjoy the Galapagos, but the climate is not exactly the same throughout. June through December are considered the cooler months in terms of both the air and water. This is also the time of the dry season, where the highlands of the major islands are kept lush but the beaches and flat lands receive very little rain. Blue skies interrupted by sparse and sporadic afternoon showers are the norm.
 
TOUR GUIDE VS. TOUR LEADER
Tour Guide: 
Often locals with intimate knowledge of an area, its culture, and history. Their role entails providing commentary, routing the tour, and seeing that people have a good time. They are a licensed, qualified expert who supplies specific information on history, art, architecture and culture of the city/village/attraction in which he or she is guiding the tour. The guide meets the group at the required place and leaves the group at the end of the tour, they do not travel with the group. 
 
Tour Leader: 
An experienced person tasked with ensuring the smooth operation of tours, as well as providing practical support to passengers throughout the whole trip. Their role primarily includes assisting with accommodation, transportation between locations, and communication with tour guides in each stop. A tour leader may provide general guidance around a city or village, and offer information on the place visited on the bus, however they are not required to have specific knowledge on art, architecture, or history. They are not allowed to provide a guided tour or commentary of a city/village/attraction once there and if caught doing so, can be fined. 
 
Please note: Tour leaders/guides are not a standard inclusion in all travel offers. Tour leaders/guides will only be made available when particularly required to enhance the experience of the destination featured. 
  
FLIGHTS
Seat Selection & Frequent Flyer Points:
At TripADeal we do not arrange seat selection. It is important to highlight that some Airlines do not allow pre-selected seats. We strongly suggest you contact the Airline directly with seating allocation requirements and or arrive at the airport earlier to arrange your seating. While we do not add frequent flyer member details to bookings, you can do this directly with the Airline once you have your flight information.
 
Passport Validity:
Customers are required to provide valid passport details either at the time of purchase, or no later than 45 days prior to departure date. Failure to do so may result in cancellation of the booking. In this instance customers will be responsible for any costs and fees incurred.
 
COACH TOUR
Meals:
Daily breakfast is included in the tour, for all other meals; lunches and dinners the tour leader (when available) will offer assistance with reservations, suggestions and directions to local restaurants. You can also enquire about any allergies and food and if necessary advise meals to be to be prepared with any medication you require.
 
Luggage:
You will be responsible for all your personal belongings whilst on the tour. With regards to luggage, you must carry your own luggage from the coach to the hotel room and back to the coach. The driver will assist with the uploading and off-loading of the luggage from the coach.
 
Gratuities:
Gratuities (tips) are not included in the tour price for services throughout the tour. The recommended tipping for the tour leader is approximately $10 USD per person per day, which will be collected on tour. Tipping for other services provided on tour such as tour guide’s on optional tours, drivers, porters etc is always a matter of personal discretion and is recommended at approximately $1-3 USD per service provided dependent on the service provided. Gratuities may be paid in local currency or US dollar equivalent where accepted. Please be aware that tipping is considered by many locals to be a part of their normal remuneration and some may approach you for additional "compensation." There is no need to be intimidated by the request, nor should you feel pressured to pay more than recommended.
 
Fitness Level Required / Mobility:
Our vehicles are not equipped with wheelchair access, so unfortunately our tours are currently not suitable for wheelchair users and those less mobile. This tour will require some walking during tours and up in Machu Picchu visiting the ruins. Walking tours will be no longer than 2 hours at any one time.
 
High Altitude Illness: Altitude illness occurs when there is a lack of oxygen in the air at high altitudes. Altitude illness will affect some travellers, with no apparent regard to age, gender or physical condition. 
If you have any concerns please consult your healthcare provider prior to purchase/travel. 
 
Please note: inoculations may be required to enter the country visited, along with re entry into Australia after your visit. It is your responsibility to consult with your travel doctor for up to date medical travel information well before departure.
 
Sightseeing:
Please note: In the event entrance to a site is affected by changes in operating hours or public holiday closures, your itinerary will be adjusted to ensure you do not miss out on the experience.
 
Shopping:
Shopping overseas can be a daunting and confusing experience, especially when there is a language barrier. Please be very cautious when foreign currencies and prices are involved. If paying by credit card, please pay close attention to the amount you are being charged and keep all of your receipts. Do not make any purchases you are not comfortable with or feel pressured into. If you are uncertain or need assistance with the language barrier, please seek assistance from your Tour Guide/Leader. Please refer to our Terms and Conditions in regards to shopping for further information. 



A tourist visa for Peru is not required if travelling on an Australian Passport.
Please note: Passengers who are not Australian citizens must check with the respective consulate or a visa agency to determine what their visa requirements are and what personal identification is required.
 
Please note: Customers choosing the Stopover package post-tour will require to pay a Chilean Reciprocity Fee of approximately $117 USD (subject to change) per person paid at airport customs in Chile. This fee is paid in US dollars and we recommend customers carry sufficient US dollars in cash to pay this fee as credit card facilities may be unavailable. This does not affect customers who do not choose to take the stopover package.
 
Please note: Passengers who are not Australian citizens must check with the respective consulate or a visa agency to determine what their visa requirements are and what personal identification is required.



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Voluntary Changes
This includes booking changes requested by you, including but not limited to those changes requiring airline ticket or a Purchase Confirmation reissue.
 
· 1st Change - $100.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/ cruise company/ other travel provider.
· 2nd Change - $150.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/ cruise company/ other travel provider.
· Subsequent changes - $250.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/ cruise company/ other travel provider.
· Changes within 30 days of departure $350.00 person + any additional charges applied by the airline/ cruise company/ other travel provider.
· Changes within 14 days of departure $500.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/ cruise company/ other travel provider.
 
Name Changes Due To Passenger Error
· If the incorrect name has been advised to TripADeal, charges of $150.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/ cruise company/ other travel provider will apply.

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