800 554 7016 M-F 8-7, Sat 9-1 CT or speak to your travel professional
Signature Peru & the Galápagos (2016)
Days: 13 | From: $11,995
Day 1: Arrive Lima, Peru
Arrive in Lima and transfer to your hotel, set in a garden with views of the Pacific Ocean.
Day 2: Lima/Cusco | Sacsayhuaman Ruins
Fly to Cusco, the former ancient capital of the Inca Empire. Transfer to your hotel and take time to acclimatize. Then, embark on a city tour, visiting the Cathedral on the Plaza de Armas and the Santo Domingo Temple, a Dominican church and convent built on the foundations of the Koricancha or “place of gold.” See the fascinating ruins at Sacsayhuaman. Compiled of massive stones — one of which weighs 125 tons — they’re fitted with precision, without mortar.
Belmond Hotel Monasterio | Meals: B
Day 3: Urubamba Valley | Local Weaving
Travel to the Urubamba Valley, and visit the local market of an Andean community. Learn about the Andean community’s gastronomy, medicinal plants, farming techniques and weaving. Have lunch at folk art-filled Huayoccari Hacienda, continuing to the Inkariy Museum, where exhibits reveal history of the eight major civilizations of ancient Peru.
Belmond Hotel Monasterio | Meals: B L
Day 4: Cusco/Machu Picchu | Machu Picchu by Train
Journey on glass-domed Vistadome train to the stunning “lost city” of Machu Picchu. Set out on a guided exploration of the Incan city. Overlooking the raging Urubamba River, it is situated 8,200 feet above sea level and was once hidden amid a tangle of vines and trees. This breathtaking Incan citadel will forever be a mystery since the Incas left no written record of its purpose.
Belmond Sanctuary Lodge | Meals: B L D
Day 5: Machu Picchu/Cusco | Inti Punku Hike
Rise early and return to Machu Picchu, with an optional hike to Inti Punku (Sun Gate), where the Inca Trail ends after its final descent from the notch in the horizon, or up to Huayna Picchu, which offers commanding views of the area. Later, you may also visit Ollantaytambo fortress.
Belmond Hotel Monasterio | Meals: B L
Day 6: Cusco/Lima/Guayaquil, Ecuador | Evening at Leisure
Fly to Guayaquil via Lima. Spend the evening at leisure in Guayaquil, Ecuador’s principle port and largest city.
Hilton Colón Guayaquil | Meals: B
Days 7-11: Guayaquil/The Galápagos | Cruising the Galápagos
Fly to the Galápagos and board ‘Eclipse.’ Enjoy twice-daily, naturalist guided excursions; explorations of the wildlife-rich main islands and Galápagos waters; and evenings at leisure. Today, tourism to the Galápagos is closely managed, protecting the wildlife while allowing you to experience the environment much as Darwin did. Because weather, water and wildlife conditions are subject to constant change, your cruise itinerary is not fixed, but two daily excursions are planned to the main sites and islands. Explore landmarks such as Punta Espinoza on Fernandina Island, El Barranco on Genovesa Island, Pinnacle Rock on Bartolome Island and the Charles Darwin Research Station on Santa Cruz Island. Each cruise day begins with an early breakfast, perhaps taken al fresco on deck. You then board a sturdy rubber raft called a panga for the morning shore excursion. As soon as your feet touch terra firma, expect to spot flora and fauna (differing species, depending on the island), take photographs and confer with your naturalist guide.
'Eclipse' | Meals: B L D
Day 12: The Galápagos/Santa Cruz | Quito
Disembark and fly to colonial Quito, and transfer to your hotel.
Hotel Plaza Grande | Meals: B
Day 13: Depart Quito
Transfer to the airport in Quito and board your homebound flight.
Custom Dates | Name the date, and subject to availability, we'll confirm it at the same price as the published departures that month.