Peru & Ecuador

Your expedition begins in Lima, Peru’s capital city. Then fly to Cusco, your gateway to the Sacred Valley, where you can observe traditional Andean weaving and see llamas, guanacos, alpacas and vicuñas. Enjoy horseback riding into rural villages or easy whitewater rafting on the Urubamba River. Visit  the Incan citadel Machu Picchu set high in the Andes mountains and explore Cusco, a city rich in archaeology and Spanish colonial heritage. Next stop is Quito, Ecuador’s capital, before heading to the Galapagos Islands, famed for its wildlife and exotic vegetation.

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Language

Spanish

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Time Zone

Peru & Quito, Ecuador: GMT -5
Galapagos: GMT -6

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Currency

Peruvian Sol (PEN)
Ecuador: U.S. Dollar (USD)

Created by potrace 1.16, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2019

Average Temp

64° F

Peru & Ecuador Expedition

Machu Picchu & The Galapagos

Inspire Your Expedition with Our Sample Itinerary

Day 1 – LIMA, PERU

Arrive in Lima

Escorted transfer to hotel

Accommodations: Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima Airport Hotel

Day 2 – LIMA / CUSCO / SACRED VALLEY

Escorted transfer to airport for flight to Cusco

Private transfer with guide to the Sacred Valley

Visit:

  • Awanacancha – traditional Andean weaving
  • Pisac Market
  • Ollantaytambo Fortress

Accommodations: Hotel Sol y Luna
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3 – SACRED VALLEY

Choice of one morning activity:

  • White-water River Rafting OR
  • Paso Fino Horseback Riding (supplement applies)

Afternoon private tour:

  • Maras – Salt Ponds
  • Moray – Terraces
  • Chincheros – Private Textile demonstration

Accommodations: Hotel Sol y Luna
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 – SACRED VALLEY / MACHU PICCHU

Private transfer to station for Vistadome train to Machu Picchu

Private guided tour of the Machu Picchu Citadel

Buffet Lunch at Tinkuy Restaurant – Sanctuary Lodge

Dinner at hotel

Accommodations: Sanctuary Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 – MACHU PICCHU / CUSCO

Morning entrance to Machu Picchu & Wayna Picchu (no guide)

Lunch at Café Inkaterra

Vistadome train to Ollantaytambo

Private transfer to Cusco hotel

Accommodations: Palacio del Inka Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6 – CUSCO

Private half-day tour:

  • Cusco Cathedral
  • Koricancha Temple
  • Tambomachay Ruins
  • San Pedro Market

Afternoon free or choice of one activity (supplement applies):

  • Meet with Andean Mystical Healer
  • Peruvian Cooking Class
  • Andean Music Workshop

Accommodations: Palacio del Inka Hotel
Meals: Breakfast

Day 7 – CUSCO / LIMA / QUITO OR GUAYAQUIL, ECUADOR

Private transfer to airport for flight to Lima

Private half-day tour:

  • Cathedral of Lima
  • San Francisco Basilica & Convent
  • Larco Museum

Private transfer to airport for flight to Ecuador

Meals: Breakfast

Day 8 – GUAYAQUIL OR QUITO, ECUADOR

Arrive in Ecuador

Private transfer to hotel

Accommodations: Hotel Oro Verde Guayaquil or Wyndham Quito Airport

Day 9 – GUAYAQUIL OR QUITO / BALTRA / GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

Transfer to the airport for flight to Baltra

Board Galapagos luxury catamaran (may substitute motorized yacht or cruise ship. Galapagos cruises include Wildlife viewing, Nature hikes, Panga (dinghy) rides & Snorkeling. Many offer Kayaking, Glass-bottom boat rides, Scuba diving & Paddleboarding.)

  • Santa Cruz Island – Black Turtle Cove

Accommodations: Alya Luxury Catamaran
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 – GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

  • Genovesa Island – Darwin Bay 
  • Genovesa Island – Barranco

Accommodations: Alya Luxury Catamaran
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11 – GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

  • Santiago Island – Sullivan Bay
  • Bartholome Island – Bartholome

Accommodations: Alya Luxury Catamaran
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12 – GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

  • Santiago Island – Chinese Hat
  • Mosquera Island – Mosquera

Accommodations: Alya Luxury Catamaran
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13 – GALAPAGOS ISLANDS / BALTRA / QUITO

  • Santa Cruz Island – Charles Darwin Station

Transfer to airport for flight to Quito

Private transfer to hotel

Accommodations: Mama Cuchara by Art Hotel
Meals: Breakfast

Day 14 – QUITO / HOMEWARD BOUND

Full day private tour:

  • Walking tour of the Colonial Center – Plaza Santo Domingo, La Ronda Street, San Francisco Plaza, La Compañía de Jesús Church
  • Trip to the Equator – Intiñan Museum 
  • Fundación Guayasamín – artist Oswaldo Guayasamín’s home, studio & artwork, “The Chapel of Man”

Private transfer to airport for flight home

Meals: Breakfast

Starting at $8,940 per person
(two travelers, double occupancy, airfare not included)

Itineraries are customized to travelers’ interests and preferences.
Final prices will vary based on dates of travel and number of travelers.

Everything was perfect! I’ve traveled before with NEI and plan to again. We really appreciate the ability to customize our trips and the variety of soft adventures. Next to marrying my husband, traveling with NEI was the best thing I’ve ever done in my life!

Linda M.
Los Angeles , CA

When to go:

Year-round (best times are from November to May)

What to eat:

Lomo Saltado (stir-fried beef), Rocoto Relleno (stuffed pepper), Encebollado (fish stew)

What to pack:

Long & short-sleeved shirts & t-shirts; trousers, jeans & shorts; waterproof jacket; layering & waterproof clothing; shawl or scarf; swimwear; wetsuit; comfortable walking, hiking & waterproof shoes; sunscreen, sunglasses, hat; insect repellent; camera equipment; universal adapter

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