This introduction to Peru and Ecuador takes you from larger-than-life Machu Picchu to the animal-dotted shores of the Galápagos with a seven-night cruise and visits to the Sacred Valley and Quito.
Family Peru & the Galápagos
Guests who travel on Family Peru & the Galápagos, the A&K Family departure of this journey, are accompanied by a Children's Activity Coordinator, who brings the islands to life for young explorers. Throughout the journey, children and teens participate in a variety of activities tailored to their interests, including wildlife photography, scavenger hunts, Spanish-language lessons, movie nights and art- making sessions.
Luxury Small Group Journeys 2013
Meet an expert Andean weaver who demonstrates techniques that date back to pre-Columbian times
Take the glass-topped Vistadome train to Machu Picchu and enjoy panoramic views of the striking countryside
Cruise the Galápagos on board Condé Nast Traveler Readers' Choice, 'Eclipse'
Set out on twice-daily excursions limited to 12 guests, allowing for more interactions with your guide
Enjoy once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to snorkel alongside sea lions or kayak with dolphins
On A&K Family departures, enjoy the company of a Children's Activity Coordinator and child-friendly programming, included throughout the journey
Arrive in Lima and transfer to your hotel.Miraflores Park Hotel
Fly to beautiful Cusco, once the capital of the Inca Empire, and transfer to your hotel to relax and acclimatize. This afternoon, explore Cusco — a fascinating mix of pre-Columbian and Spanish colonial influences — on a tour that includes the Cathedral on the Plaza de Armas and the Santo Domingo Temple. Later, visit the ruins of Sacsayhuaman, a testimony to Incan architectural skill. Compiled of colossal stones, the walls were placed together with incredible precision and without a drop of mortar.Hotel Monasterio | Meals: B
Travel to Chinchero and delve into local culture when you visit weaver Nilda Callañaupa Alvarez, leader of a women’s weaving collective. Learn from up close about ancient techniques and about their role in contemporary Andean culture. Enjoy a barbecue lunch in the gardens. Visit the Ollantaytambo fortress before returning to Cusco. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner at the restaurant of the Pre-Columbian Art Museum.
Children of the Rainbow: supplies meals, medical care, education and hope for deprived children in the area surrounding the Sacred Valley of the Incas who are exposed to many risks as a result of deep poverty.Hotel Monasterio | Meals: B L D
This morning, journey on the glass-domed Vistadome train through beautiful mountain countryside to reach Machu Picchu. Upon arrival, begin exploring the Incan city. Machu Picchu forever holds the secret of its passing — artifacts have been found here, but no written records, leaving the fate of its Incan inhabitants a mystery. Tour the ancient ruins with your guide.Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge | Meals: B L D
Return to Machu Picchu in the morning. You may opt for a hike to Inti Punku (Sun Gate) or hike up to Huayna Picchu, the high mountain that is a part of the ruins. Journey back to Cusco aboard the Vistadome train, enjoying unparalled vistas of the Andes.Meals: B L D
Fly to Guayaquil via Lima. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for the evening.Hilton Colón Guayaquil | Meals: B
Fly to the Galápagos and board ‘Eclipse,’ your home for the next five nights. During your cruise, you explore rocky beaches, volcanic landscapes and incredible wildlife on twice-daily excursions to the main islands and in Galápagos waters. Each cruise day begins with an early breakfast. You then board a sturdy rubber raft called a panga for the morning excursion. Expect to spot flora and fauna unique to the island you visit, take plenty of photographs and confer with your naturalist guide. See sunbathing sea lions; marine iguanas; penguins, finches and boobies; and even a tortoise trudging over the sand. Return to ‘Eclipse’ for a refreshing lunch, followed by the second excursion of the day.
Back on board ‘Eclipse’ for the evening, relax before gathering in the dining room for another lovely meal and an evening at leisure.'Eclipse' | Meals: B L D
Disembark in Puerto Ayora and drive to the Charles Darwin Research Station for an informative visit before transferring to Baltra airport for your flight to Guayaquil. Tonight, gather for a farewell dinner.Hilton Colón Guayaquil | Meals: B D
Board your homebound flight.Meals: B
Prices are in USD, per person, based on double occupancy.
|Dec. 08, 2013 - Dec. 20, 2013||$10,745||Stateroom||Available|
|Dec. 08, 2013 - Dec. 20, 2013||$11,475||Superior Stateroom||Available|
|Dec. 08, 2013 - Dec. 20, 2013||$11,655||Deluxe Stateroom||Available|
2013 Child Pricing:
Jun 9 - 21 and Aug 4 - 16
Child (under 12 sharing with 1 adult) from...... $9,970
Child (under 12 sharing with 1 adult) from..... $10,570
Child (under 12 sharing with 1 adult) from..... $10,740
Child (under 12 sharing with 2 adults) from..... $9,970
Jun 16 - 28
Child (under 12 sharing with 1 adult) from...... $8,750
Child (under 12 sharing with 1 adult) from..... $9,090
Child (under 12 sharing with 1 adult) from..... $9,375
Child (under 12 sharing with 2 adults) from..... $8,750
Dec 8 - 20
Child (under 12 sharing with 1 adult) from...... $9,800
Child (under 12 sharing with 1 adult) from..... $10,385
Child (under 12 sharing with 1 adult) from..... $10,530
Child (under 12 sharing with 2 adults) from..... $9,800
Internal airfare (child under 12) from..... $1,225
Fuel surcharge $260 per person
This program contains some active elements; please ask A&K for details.
Take This Journey Private: This itinerary is available as an independent journey led by local guides. Contact A&K for details.
Enhance Your Journey with an A&K Extension
AMAZON RIVER CRUISE (4, 5 or 8 days)
Explore the wildlife-rich rainforest on board deluxe 'Aqua' or 'Aria,' disembarking to meet local communities. Priced from $2,685
OTAVALO (3 days)
Discover the folklore of the Otavalo region by shopping its famous market and visiting its rustic villages. Priced from $1,325