Perú & Galapagos 19 days

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  • Flights Not included
  • Hotel Standard category
  • Transportation/Entrance/Guides Included
  • English assistance 24/7 Included
  • Highlights Machu Picchu, Cusco, Sacred Valley of the Incas, Rainbow Mountains, Lake Titicaca with local families, Arequipa, Colca Canyon, Galapagos, Santa Cruz Island and San Bartolomè Island
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We will start from Peru and finish with the legendary Galapagos, a truly amazing honeymoon !!
We will take you to discover the “unmissable” of Peru: Cusco the ancient Inca capital, Machu Picchu the lost city, the legendary Sacred Valley of the Incas, the spectacular Lake Titicaca, Arequipa with its colonial architecture and the Colca Canyon. We will close with the Galapagos Islands and an ecotourism program to discover a unique paradise in the world: sea lions, blue-legged goslings, marine and terrestrial iguanas, Hubold penguins, cormorants, pelicans, flamingos, giant tortoises, sharks, frigates, etc.
All accompanied by visits to community and local realities to really get on tiptoe in the spirit of this country, like real travelers …

Itinerary

Day 1Arrival in Lima

International flight. You meet one of our staff members at the airport. Airport pick-up and transfer to hotel.

Day 2Arrival in Cusco

Transfer to Lima airport to take the flight to Cusco. Airport pick-up and transfer to the hotel where we get time to rest so our bodies can adjust to the altitude. Free afternoon, we recommend resting and eating light. Night at the hotel.

Day 3Cusco market, Qoricancha, Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo and Pisac

After breakfast, we walk through the city center with our guide and reach San Pedro market, where we feel the typical Andean flavors, aromas and colors. We get back to the city center to visit Qoricancha or sun temple, the most important temple of the Inca Empire. Then, using private transportation, we visit Sacsayhuaman fortress and Qenqo, a temple dedicated to the snake God who is the creator of life in Andean cosmology. During our walk, we stop in a textile workshop and meet alpacas, lamas and vicuñas. We continue up to Pisac, famous for its colorful handcraft market and its archeological site with great walls, palaces and towers, all made of huge stone blocs. Night in the Sacred Valley.

Day 4Sacred Valley of the Incas

Today, with our tour guide and by private transport, we explore the mythical “Sacred Valley of the Incas” to discover one of the most beautiful and magical places in Peru. We visit Moray, ancient and wonderful biological lab of the Incas; Maras, impressive salt ponds embedded in a beautiful landscape, which have been in operation for over 1000 years; and Ollantaytambo, the only Inca town that is still inhabited today and is an extraordinary model of urban planning. In the afternoon we ride the train to Aguas Calientes to begin our Machu Picchu adventure. Night at the hotel.

Day 5Machu Picchu

At dawn we embark on a dream. We take the bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu and enter the “lost city.” For the more adventurous there is also the possibility to climb to the top of Huayna Picchu or visit the Machu Picchu Mountain or the Huchuy Picchu. In the afternoon we take the train back to Ollantaytambo or Poroy, and then the bus to make our way back to Cusco. Night at the hotel.

Day 6Free Day in Cusco and "Myths&Legends" tour

Free day to walk around the beautiful city of Cusco. Some must-see places we recommend: MAP (Museum of Pre-Columbian Art); San Francisco Convent; and the quaint neighborhood of San Blas. In the evening we go on a cultural and alternative walking tour. Strolling under the stars through the historic city center, we discover a less-known side of Cusco: myths, legends, tales, ghosts and saints. A unique experience to see the real Cusco, Peru’s iconic city. Night at the hotel.

Day 7Palccoyo, the Alternative Rainbow Mountain

At 6am, we get picked up to start our trip to the alternative Rainbow Mountain of Palccoyo, located approximately 100 km away from Cusco.
After a 4-hour journey by private transport, we reach the starting point of our gentle hike, which goes from 4700m to 4900m.
We walk for about an hour and a half in the surroundings of the rainbow mountain. On our way back, we have lunch in a family restaurant located in Cusipata. Return to Cusco expected around 18.00. Night at the hotel.
Note> if you wish so, you can visit Vinicunca instead of Palccoyo. It is the most famous rainbow mountain. But it is also much more touristy. Besides, the hike to Vinicunca is more strenuous (from 4600 to 5100 m). Between them, we recommend you Palccoyo because it is more “intimate”.

Day 8The Road to Puno

We get picked up at 06:15 from the hotel and begin our journey towards the city of Puno. The comfortable touristic bus (including heating, air conditioning, chemical bathroom, DVD, on board service, and buffet lunch in Sicuani) will make several stops during the journey: Andahuaylillas, Rajchi, and Pukara. Pick-up from the bus station in Puno. Night at the hotel.

Day 9Lake Titicaca - Uros and Amantaní

After breakfast, we head to the port and embark on a boat to Uros floating islands, located north of Puno’s bay. Then we reach Amantani island where we have lunch and spend the afternoon discovering the island. Dinner and night with a local family.

Day 10Taquile Island

After breakfast we go towards Taquile, the biggest island of the Lake Titicaca. We disembark on the northern side and walk till the main part of the island. Lunch in Taquile. We get back to Puno in the afternoon (estimated arrival at 18:00). Night in Puno.

Day 11The Canyon and Thermal Waters

In the morning, between 06:15 and 06:30, we take a bus from Puno to Chivay where we arrive in the afternoon. Chivay is located in the Colca Canyon, the deepest canyon on Earth. There, we can enjoy beautiful landscapes and see the natural habitat of alpacas, llamas, guanacos, vizcachas, etc. Option to bathe in the thermal waters of the valley. Night in Chivay.

Day 12The Condor of the Andes

In the early morning we depart towards “The Cross of the Condor,” a lookout point from where we are able to closely see this spectacular Andean bird in flight. After lunch we begin our trip to Arequipa, stopping at various villages along the valley. Estimated arrival at 18:00. Night at the hotel.

Day 13 Arequipa, The White City

Free day in Arequipa, “The White City.” A few spots you cannot miss: Santa Catalina Convent, Museum of mummy Juanita, and the delicious traditional dishes of Arequipa. Night in hotel.

Day 14Connecting flight to Ecuador

Transfer to the airport in the morning. Arequipa – Lima flight and connection Lima – Quito (Guayaquil). Night at the hotel.

Day 15Galapagos!!!

Early morning flight from Quito or Guayaquil to Galapagos. Arrival in Baltra and transfer to Port Ayora, Santa Cruz Island. Free afternoon, ideal to visit the Darwin Center located 1km from the hotel, where you can see giant turtles. Night at the hotel in Port Ayora.

Day 16Galapagos - excursion to an island

Boat tour to one of the following islands (as per availabilities): San Bartolome, Seymour, Plaza, Isabela, Floreana, Santa Fe. Night at the hotel in Port Ayora.

Day 17Galapagos - excursion to an island

Boat tour to one of the following islands (as per availabilities): San Bartolome, Seymour, Plaza, Isabela, Floreana, Santa Fe. Night at the hotel in Port Ayora.

Day 18Galapagos

Free day, ideal to visit the island of Santa Cruz and explore some of these wonders: the cracks – unique lava formations where one can also bathe; the twins (“los gemelos”) – two craters in the middle of the island; “El Chato”- a reserve of giant turtles; lava tunnels; and don’t forget the beautiful beaches of Tortuga Bay and Garrapatero. Night at the hotel in Port Ayora.

Day 19International flight

Last few hours on the island. Transfer (not included) to Baltra, Santa Cruz – Guayaquil flight, followed by the international flight.

Price

  • 2 people: 3650 USD
  • 3 people: 3600 USD
  • 4/6 people: 3250 USD
  • Price per person, in US dollar.

The Service Includes

  • Transportation
  • All transfers from airport to hotel and vice versa
  • Train service to and from Machu Picchu (PeruRail or Inca Rail in tourist class)
  • Bus service from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu, and back
  • Comfortable touristic bus for the routes: Cusco-Puno and Puno-Chivay
  • Accomodation
  • Standard category accommodation - similar to a 3-star category - double or twin rooms with private bathroom
  • A night in Amantani on Lake Titicaca, at the home of a local family (private room with shared bathroom)
  • A night at the hotel in Quito or Guayaquil
  • Tours
  • Private tours: Cusco area, the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and Palccoyo
  • Group tours: Cusco – Puno touristic bus (max. 50 people), Colca Canyon (max. 16 people), Lake Titicaca (max. 25 people), and Galapagos (max. 12 people)
  • Guide
  • Tours and excursions described in the program with an English-speaking tour guide
  • Entrance fees
  • BTC (Cusco touristic ticket) that includes entrance to: Sacsayhuamán, Qenqo, Puka Pukara, Tambomachay, Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Moray, etc.
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu
  • Entrance fee to Qoricancha, Uros, Palccoyo, Taquile and Colca Canyon
  • Meals
  • Breakfasts
  • Lunch during the Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain Tour
  • Lunch in Sicuani on the Cusco-Puno route
  • Meals during the Lake Titicaca tour (Amantani and Taquile)
  • Two lunches and snorkeling equipment during the Galapagos tour
  • Assistance
  • 24h travel assistance

The Service Does Not Include

  • Flights
  • International flight
  • Lima–Cusco, Arequipa–Lima, Lima–Quito/Guayaquil flights and return flight Quito/Guayaquil-Galapagos
  • Insurance
  • Travel insurance: medical assistance and luggage
  • Meals
  • Lunches and dinners (except those mentioned in the previous section)
  • Lunch, dinner, alcohol and non-alcohol drinks, snacks during the stay in Galapagos
  • Entrance fees
  • Huayna Picchu, Montaña Machu Picchu or Huchuy Picchu ($50 per person, subject to availability at time of booking).
  • Entrance fee: Maras, archeological sites along the Cusco-Puno route (approx. USD $15.00 per person)
  • Entrance to Galapagos National Park (US$ 110.00 per person)
  • Transfer
  • Airport transfer from Quito to the hotel and vice versa.
  • Transfer from the airport to the hotel in Baltra and viceversa (70 dollars each transfer), we recommend you to take a bus (US$ 3.00 per person)
Trip notes

City to city transfers in comfortable touristic buses: restroom on board, heating, air conditioning, and reclining seats.
If your international flight arrives in Lima in the morning, please note that the room is available from 3 pm. You can then leave your luggage in the hotel luggage storage for free, but you cannot enter the room before the check-in time. In this case we recommend to include a room available from the moment of your arrival, with an extra cost.
PeruEtico does not directly organize the group tours described in the program. We work with selected local and professional agencies.
Qoricancha: it is closed on Sundays; if the city tour of Cusco is on a Sunday, we will give you the tickets so you can visit the site on your own during your free day.
Machu Picchu: travelers are limited to a 20lt/5kg backpack; the rest of your luggage is to be left in custody at the hotel in Cusco or Urubamba.
Palccoyo: we reach 4900 meters above sea level so you will feel the altitude. We recommend you walk slowly. This tour is only for fit people. During the rainy season (from December to March), it is not always possible to visit Palccoyo due to bad weather. If necessary, this tour will be replaced by an excursion to the Huatanay Valley (south of Cusco), including Tipón, Piñipampa Pikillaqta.
Housing in Amantani is very basic. Rooms are cozy and there are enough thick blankets to keep you warm. Bathrooms are located outside the house.
In Arequipa, the hotel checkout time is 11:00. Luggage can be left in the hotel storage. (To keep the room for the rest of the day there is an extra charge of $30.00 per person).
As from the arrival in Peru, the passenger is responsible for any additional costs caused by a variation in the program (net cost plus agency rights).

Responsible tourism

Through the stay and experience in Amantani, and the visit to the Maras salt ponds, you are directly helping and supporting the local families and their projects.
Peruetico is committed to reducing the environmental impact and the use of plastic and paper during your travels.

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Cristiana Manara

Couple Traveller

We returned today after a long trip to Peru and Galapagos organized by PeruEtico. We travel a lot on various continents, but this time everything was perfect. We have been listened to, understood, guided, from the design to the implementation phase. We visited Cusco and its archeological sites, the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca and the island of Taquile, Chivay and the ‘mirador del condor’, Arequipa and then Quito and the Galapagos. An attentive and sensitive tour operator. Punctual drivers with quality vehicles. Prepared and competent guides. Smart and well-built tours. Balanced spaces between driving, freedom, culture and nature. We saw beautiful animals, alpacas, llamas, the condor from very close, and then iguanas, sea lions, fish, sharks, rays, turtles, blue-footed boobies. In each stage, there was a ready and flexible PeruEtico referent and we had a contact 24/7 with Gianni from PeruEtico via WhatsApp and telephone, as well as a meeting in the Sacred Valley. We chose PeruEtico because we wanted to be supported by someone who really knew the country and knew how to advise us and we wanted assistance and closeness on site and we really had the support we wanted, given that the people of PeruEtico are on the spot and able to really signal us as live the country. Thanks!!! We’ll be back! We still miss Nasca and take a trek prepared on the Inca Trails!

August 20, 2019

Tiziana

Couple Traveller

Travel organization in Peru with extension Galapagos Islands. An excellent impression since the first contacts.
The trip to Peru was optimally organized, and allowed us to experience unforgettable moments for the beauty of the places and for the emotions experienced.
Excellent assistance from the guide, courteous and extremely prepared. Fabulous days visiting a family at Lake Titicaca.
Not the least: the impeccable assistance of the agency’s managers. Absolutely recommended!

December 5, 2018

Francesca & Paolo

Couple Traveller

We leave this review of our trip to Peru, Amazonia and Galapagos, hoping that, whoever is looking for a tour operator to organize his trip or, or a honeymoon like us knows it: there is no way you’ll find a better agency / tour operator than PeruEtico! We are a couple of ‘do-it-yourself’ travelers, initially very skeptical about trusting to third parties for on ​​such an important journey… we would like to say that everything was perfect, but it is an understatement. The knowledge, kindness, punctuality, fun we shared in this trip is (almost only) thanks to Emanuele (who immediately answered us and gave all the information very quickly), Gianni (who was there by telephone for the whole trip and a moving efficiency) and our favorite guide David that made us discover and learn about Peruvian history and civilization with a rare professionalism and sensitivity. Whoever you are and in whatever way you are used to traveling, rely on them too, because if they have conquered convinced DIY travelers, it means that they really know how to do their job! Thanks again for the wonderful experience .. and the sure thing is that we will be back in Peru, wait for us!

October 17, 2018

Tommaso & Marialuisa

Couple Traveller

The planning was fantastic, for once during a trip we didn’t need to think about anything and this allowed us to relax and enjoy without any problems. Machu Picchu: even though its beauty and importance are known, the magic of arriving to see the sunrise up there was a fantastic surprise and a unique experience. Ceviche. The tough but enriching night at Lake Titicaca and the route to Taquile island the next day with wonderful sunshine. Seymour island and diving in the Galapagos: a unique experience of walking amongst many birds and sea lion, even better amongst turtles and fish, incredible! Hard to find a negative experience or a place that wasn’t worth visiting. Maybe the two nights in Puno are not necessary, with a little more effort one could travel directly from Puno, in the afternoon after returning from Lake Titicaca, to sleep in Lima and not lose a day in traveling (although the Sillustani tombs are worth it). The return flight in Iberia was a 50-hour nightmare, but this in only the airlines fault.

November 1, 2016