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My wife and I are interested on a long trip to Peru, including Lake Titicaca and Machu Picchu, but also Ecuador, including the Amazon Rainforest and the Galápagos Islands. We wondered whether it would be better to make one trip or two dependiing on the best travel period for each area. We're both over 65s but reasonably fit.

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Thank you for contacting us about your possible trip to Peru and Ecuador, we certainly can help you.

Peru and Ecuador combines very nicely as they are next to each either and there are plenty of flights between both countries, if you can allow at least 3 weeks for this trip, I think is better to do it in one trip.

The warmer months for Galapágos is December until March, the water is clear with good visibility specially if you want to do snorkelling , these months however, are the wettest for Peru as it’s their summer and rainy season (February particularly).

To compromise for these 2 countries, I think that April-May are very good for both.

You can see the boats we work with in Galapagos as they vary in size from small, medium and large and let us know what’s your preference.

Have a look also one of our trips that combines Peru and Galapagos called Peru Wildlife: Pristine Amazon and enchanted Galápagos

I hope this information is useful, feel free to contact us on 020 8747 8315 or enquire online.

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Semana Santa

14 - 20 Apr 2019

Semana Santa (Holy Week) is celebrated all over Latin America but is at its most spectacular in Antigua, Guatemala. The celebrations begin on Palm Sunday and run throughout the Easter weekend and are a visual feast not to be missed.

The streets are carpeted in brightly coloured designs made from sawdust, fruit and flowers depicting the last days of Christ and there are thronging processions of religious floats accompanied by locals dressed in bright purple robes.

Dia de los trabajadores

Labour Day

1 - 1 May 2019

If you are traveling in Latin America on the first day of May, you can expect to find banks, government offices, stores, post offices and businesses closed for the day as people celebrate the Día Internacional Del Trabajo with parades, demonstrations and other symbols of solidarity with the worker.

It is  celebrated in Central America, for example Costa Rica and Panama, and in some parts of the Caribbean, including Cuba. It is also a national holiday in Mexico. In South America, it is observed in countries such as: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela.

Bolivian weaving

Fiesta de las Cruces

3 - 3 May 2019

Fiesta de las Cruces commemorates the moment when Byzantine Empress Saint Helena found the cross that was used for Jesus’ crucifixion. Nowadays, it’s an annual celebration in several countries in Latin America.

Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de mayo

5 - 5 May 2019

Cinco de Mayo is a regional holiday limited primarily to the state of Puebla held every year on the 5th May. It commemorates the unlikely victory over the French army at the Battle of Puebla on (that day) 1862.

The celebrations are principally focused in the town of Puebla, but it is also celebrated throughout the United States. The actual date holds little significance these days, but the holiday has now become a celebration, particularly in the US, of Mexican heritage and pride, much as St. Patrick's Day is used to celebrate those of Irish ancestry. The celebrations in Puebla are still well worth seeing, despite the event becoming more of an American festival with celebrations taking place in more than 150 locations throughout the country.

Jesuit Route - Trinidad

Paraguay Independence Day

14 - 14 May 2019

On 14th May the people from Paraguay celebrate the day of independence from Spanish rule. This day is usually spent with friends and family, celebrating outdoors with barbecues, music and drinks. In large towns and cities, parades are organised.

El Gran Poder

15 - 16 Jun 2019

Fiesta El Gran Poder is a traditional religious event held in the city of La Paz which pays homage to Jesus Christ. Held annually this is no longer just a small spiritual feast, gathering thousands of spectators, it has grown into an enormous festival with over 100 dance groups participating in the parade wearing colourful and intricate costumes.

Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi

20 - 20 Jun 2019

The festival of Corpus Christi celebrates the Eucharist as the body of Christ. The name 'Corpus Christi' is Latin for 'the body of Christ'. In some Latin American cities, such as Cusco, in addition to a Mass, there are effervescent processions.

Thronging with crowds lining the cobbled streets, Cusco comes alive with effigies of Christ and the Virgin Mary. Each effigy is beautifully clothed in stunningly intricate costumes and is carried through the streets by the religious processions, making this an extraordinary spectacle.

Inti Raymi

Inti Raymi - Festival of the Sun

22 - 22 Jun 2019

Peru celebrates some 3,000 festivals a year, of which the most significant is Inti Raymi, a reenactment of the Inca Festival of the Sun.

The extravagant festival is held inside the ruins of Cusco's Sacsayhuamán fortress and attended by hundreds of visitors, seated among the ruins.

Christ the Redeemer

Festas Juninas

24 - 24 Jun 2019

Festa Junina (June Festival) is a Catholic tradition that takes place in June to celebrate saints and new plantation seasons. Bonfires, games, music, food and drink are important aspects of the festivities.

The Angel Falls, Venezuela

Fiesta de San Juan Bautista

24 - 24 Jun 2019

St John de Baptist is the patron saint to many in Central America, and is commemorated every year with several religious and cultural events in Venezuela accompanied by drums, liquor and dancing.

Ceviche

National Ceviche Day

28 - 28 Jun 2019

If you are partial to a bit of fresh ceviche - marinated raw fish - head to Peru for la Día Nacional del Cebiche on June 28th next year.

Ceviche is virtually a national obsession and National Ceviche Day is an annual event celebrating Peru's simplest, but most delicious dish. Lima and Callao are two of the best places to spend the day - but remember, Ceviche is a lunchtime dish so build your appetite from the previous night!

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Total solar eclipse north Chile and Argentina

2 - 2 Jul 2019

The next total solar eclipse will take place on 2nd July 2019, and will best be viewed from the north-central region of Chile and Argentina. For totality, the best chance to see it is in the Elqui Valley in Chile, as it has a sunny climate. Other potential good spots to observe this phenomenon are the Andes of San Juan province or Rio Cuarto in Argentina. 

Santiago de Cuba

Fiesta del Fuego

3 - 9 Jul 2019

The week-long raunchy street party known as the Fiesta del Fuego takes place in Santiago on Cuba's east coast. Celebrate Caribbean culture by dancing all night long, fuelled by a steady supply of the delicious Cuban Havana Club rum.

Santiago de Cuba, "the first city of the revolution", is a town with a history of popular insurgency that long predates Castro's revolution. Like all good revolutionaries, the Santiaguerros know how to throw a good party.

Venezuela Independence Day

5 - 5 Jul 2019

The people from Venezuela celebrate Independence Day on 5 July. Major towns and cities organise live events on the streets, including music concerts and huge fireworks displays.

Cartagena

Colombia Independence Day

20 - 20 Jul 2019

Colombia celebrates Independence Day on 20 July. Parades and marches are held throughout Colombia. Other popular activities on this day include watching sports and listening to traditional folk music.

cusco dancers

Peru Independence Day

28 - 28 Jul 2019

On 28 July annually, Peruvians throw patriotic parties and attend both military and civilian celebrations to commemorate  the Declaration of Peru's Independence (1821) by the liberator José de San Martín: Fiestas Patrias. Even in the most remote communities throughout the country houses and businesses fly the Peruvian flag from the start of the month.

On the night of July 27th, Peruvians fill plazas and public parks and thrill to performances of folk and Creole music.  At dawn on July 28 there’s a salvo of 21 cannons, to herald the ceremony of the raising of the flag. On the following day, before a military parade is held in downtown Lima, the Te Deum ceremony, attended by the president, is celebrated in the Lima Cathedral.

In various parts of the country, Peruvians also hold agricultural and livestock fairs alongside events which are the soul of Creole culture: cockfighting, bullfighting and exhibitions by Peruvian pace horses.

Colourful street in La Paz, Bolivia

Bolivia Independence Day

6 - 6 Aug 2019

On 6th August, the people from Bolivia commemorate the Declaration of Independence by Simon Bolivar on 6th August 1825. It’s celebrated featuring colourful military parades, gun salutes, street dances, food, music and fireworks.

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Brazil Independence day

7 - 7 Sep 2019

Thousands of people get together throughout Brazil to celebrate Brazilian Independence Day every year. The date celebrates Brazil's Declaration of Independence from the United Kingdom of Portugal, Brazil and the Algarves on September 7, 1822.

People gather in the streets celebrating with banners, balloons and streamers. Students take part in the parade held on the morning waving their Brazilian flags. Military parades take place in many towns and cities but there’s a carnival atmosphere throughout the day where people of all ages take In the evening people gather to see firework displays. 

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