Overview & Highlights
A well priced holiday where you visit two of Latin America’s top highlights: the wildlife rich Galápagos Islands off the coast of Ecuador and Machu Picchu and Cusco, Peru’s biggest stars.
A comprehensive well-priced holiday combining a Galápagos cruise with colonial Quito and the best of Peru: Machu Picchu, Cusco, and the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
This economical two week holiday is really packed with highlights: you won’t believe you’ve managed to see and do so much. Arriving in Quito, Ecuador, you are whisked off to your hotel right on the historic main square of the colonial heart of this Andean city, and have a day to explore. Then you fly off to the Galápagos Islands, 1000km off the coast but only a couple of hours by air: what a difference though, you are now basking in the tropical sunlight of this enchanting volcanic archipelago.
Board a friendly, good value motor yacht for a five day cruise exploring the islands; viewing its extraordinary inland, shore and marine wildlife from a hiking trail, an inflatable boat, or your snorkel. After this you fly down to Peru to visit probably the continent’s top sights: Machu Picchu and Cusco, cultural icons in a gorgeous highland setting.
- 4 night cruise around the Galápagos Islands
- Panoramic driving tour of Lima
- Half day city tour of Cusco and visit Sacsayhuamán Inca fortress ruins
- Full day excursion to the Sacred Valley of the Incas
- Guided tour of Machu Picchu ruins
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Arrive in Quito, Ecuador, transfer to hotel in historic centre
At leisure to explore the capital city.
Fly to the Galápagos islands; board your expedition vessel, MV Archipel.
Visit Punta Cormorant and Post Office Bay (Floreana).
Drop anchor at Gardner Bay; continue to Punta Suárez (Española).
Explore Punta Pitt and Cerro Brujo (San Cristóbal).
Visit Isla Lobos. Disembark and transfer to San Cristobal airport, fly to Lima, Peru.
Panoramic Lima tour; fly to Cusco.
City tour of Cusco and nearby Inca sites.
Guided tour of the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
By train to Machu Picchu; guided tour of the site.
Optional revisit to Machu Picchu; Return to Cusco.
Fly to Lima and connect with international flight.
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Hannah Waterhouse - Travel Expert
Hannah had an early introduction to Latin America when her family moved to Ecuador and she returned to study in Buenos Aires for a year before backpacking across the continent.
Kathryn Rhodes - Travel Expert
Kathryn backpacked across Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Peru before joining us. She has a degree in Philosophy and French and is a keen netball player.
Alex Walker - Travel Expert
Sophie Barber - Travel Expert
Sophie lived in Chile before joining us and has travelled extensively across Latin America, from Mexico to the furthest tip of Patagonia and beyond to Antarctica.
Maggie Wilson - Travel Expert
Maggie visited Latin America on her first backpacking trip when she was 19. Since then, she has taken every opportunity to travel, and has managed to explore a lot of the region in subsequent trips.
Juliet Ellwood - Travel Expert
After graduating with a degree in Anthropology and History and having been fascinated by Latin America since childhood by the book featuring photos of Nazca, Juliet first visited the region in 2003. Since then, Juliet has visited the majority of countries in Latin America but has particularly extensive experience with Peru, a country she loves for many reasons but not least, its incredible archaeological richness and delicious food!