Itinerary

There is a later version of this trip also available for travel from Jan 1, 2014 to Dec 31, 2014. View later Galapagos & Peru Adventure.

Day 1 Quito

Travel to Quito and discover this vibrant city resting beneath Volcan Pichincha. Explore the picturesque streets and cobblestone alleys on a walking tour. The many churches, cathedrals and colonial mansions reflect the history of the region and are well worth exploring further.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 2-3 Isla San Cristobal

Head off to San Cristobal Island in the Galapagos Archipelago. Saddle up on mountain bikes for a ride around the island, stopping to see cheeky sea lions sunbathe at La Loberia, before a welcome dinner back in town. The next day, visit Isla de Lobos and Cerro Brujo Beach to observe blue-footed boobies. Take to the sea and swim or snorkel with playful sea lions. Visit the Interpretation Center to learn about the Galapagos’s history before heading to Mann Beach for another swim.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 4-6 Isla Floreana/Isla Isabela

Glimpse dolphins frolicking in the waves and experience some of the Galapagos's best snorkelling at Isla Floreana. In the afternoon, journey into Floreana’s highlands to visit the mysterious Pirate and Whaler caves. Take a walk along mangrove-lined paths to the Giant Tortoise Breeding Centre, seeing them in all stages of development, before hopping aboard pangas (small boats) to explore Shark Alley, visiting a nesting site for marine iguanas. On day 6, get a bird's-eye view of this magical landscape from Sierra Negra volcano, one of the most active volcanoes in the region and then relax and enjoy the spoils of island life before dinner.
ACCOM: Hotel - 3

Days 7-8 Isla Santa Cruz

Greet the day kayaking in pristine waters in search of the Galapagos penguin and other wonderful creatures, before making tracks to Isla Santa Cruz. Visit the interesting and informative Charles Darwin Research Station to meet the breeds of tortoises and land iguanas brought back from the brink of extinction, then head to the white sands of Tortuga Bay to swim and see the quirky marine iguanas playing in the breakers.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Day 9 Quito

Journey into the highlands of Santa Cruz and see the amazing lava tunnels - striking geological formations that create a unique habitat for wildlife – and witness the Giant Tortoise in the wild. Then it’s time to farewell the majesty of the Galapagos Islands and return to the mainland on a flight back to Quito. Enjoy free time to revel in the nightlife of this enchanting city, and perhaps sample traditional fare at a local eatery or street stall for a final taste of Ecuadorian cuisine. There should also be time to hit the markets to pick up colourful souvenirs.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Day 10 Lima

Arrive in the capital of Peru, Lima, and unravel its fascinating history on a walking tour around the city's major sights. The vibrant suburb of Miraflores is full of cafes, bars and restaurants so why not use free time to sample local gastronomic delights.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 11-12 Amazon Jungle

Fly to the frontier town of Puerto Maldonado and travel by canoe into the dense Amazon Jungle. Macaws, monkeys, peccaries, jabirus, otters and thousands of butterflies all coexist in this amazing ecosystem. Learn about the medicinal properties and practical uses of the plants from a local guide.
ACCOM: Jungle Lodge - 2

Day 13 Cuzco

The heart and soul of Peru is definitely beating in Cuzco, a great town to explore on foot. Discover colonial churches and cathedrals as well as impressive Inca ruins dotted around the city.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Day 14 Sacred Valley/Ollantaytambo

Travel by private bus through this lush, terraced valley on the outskirts of Cuzco, stopping at a village to gain insight into both modern and ancient Peru. Meet friendly locals on a community visit before spending the night in the ancient town of Ollantaytambo - one of the few places the Incas defeated the Spanish.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 15-18 Inca Trail/Machu Picchu

Embark on a four-day trek along the iconic Inca Trail, accompanied by porters, cooks and a local guide. Take in the sights and sounds of this ancient route, hiking across high plateaux and through dense forests, stopping to observe the ruins of villages and temples along the way. After all that hard work, take the time to explore stunning Machu Picchu - an unforgettable sight worthy of many photos.
ACCOM: Camping (with basic facilities) - 3, Hotel - 1

Day 19 Cuzco

Get reacquainted with Cuzco. Browse the food stalls of the bustling central market, pick up some colourful woollen garments or enjoy a more relaxed pace in one of the many cafes.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 20-22 Puno/Lake Titicaca

On the border of Bolivia and Peru, Puno and mystical Lake Titicaca are nestled 3,800m above sea level, making Lake Titicaca the world's highest navigable lake. Cruise to the incredible floating Uros Islands, constructed entirely from reeds. Sail to Taquile Island where the handmade woollens are strictly crafted by men. Make new friends and enjoy local hospitality on a family homestay.
ACCOM: Homestay - 1, Hotel - 2

Days 23-24 La Paz

Travel to Bolivia's capital La Paz and hit the markets to pick up some souvenirs. The Witches' Market sells a quirky collection of herbs, folk remedies, amulets and other items used in traditional rituals.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1