Exploration and encounters

See an unforgettable World Wonder, the treasures of the Inca, the world's highest capital and some of the planet's most unusual creatures. Beginning with a visit to Peru's Sacred Valley where the Inca civilisation once thrived and to the magical "lost city" of Machu Picchu, this wonderful Small Group Tour will reveal Cuzco's unique blend of Inca architecture and colonial style, and Peru’s cosmopolitan capital, Lima. You’ll fly to lofty Quito, to explore the Ecuadorean capital in its spectacular Andean setting, and spend four nights in the remote Galápagos Islands. Here, encounters with the fearless, extraordinary creatures that make the islands their home will leave you with some astonishing memories, and ensure a wonder-filled conclusion to a very special holiday.

Highlights

  • Enjoy a fascinating South American adventure in the company of like-minded travellers
  • Fly to Cusco and Peru’s fabled Sacred Valley
  • Gaze in awe at ‘Lost City’ Machu Picchu
  • Explore stunning Inca capital Cusco on a guided tour
  • Tour Peruvian capital Lima, the ‘City of Kings’
  • Fly to lofty Quito, the world’s highest capital, for a guided tour
  • Hop back and forth across the equator line at the ‘Middle of the World’
  • Experience Otavalo’s colourful market – South America’s largest
  • Spend five days in the wondrous Galápagos
  • Close-up encounters with sea lions, marine iguanas, blue-footed boobies, giant tortoises and a host of extraordinary – and fearless- creatures
  • Visit the fascinating Charles Darwin Research Centre
  • Enjoy a bay cruise with opportunities for swimming and snorkelling

Inclusions

  • 14 nights’ carefully chosen accommodation, staying in the Sacred Valley (2 nights), Aguas Calientes (1 night), Cusco (2 nights), Lima (2 nights), Quito (3 nights), Santa Cruz, Galápagos (2 nights) and San Cristobal, Galápagos (2 nights) sharing a twin/double room
  • Breakfast each day, four lunches and one dinner
  • Entrances and Galapagos National Park fees
  • Return flights to Cusco, via Bogotá (returning from Quito via Bogotá)
  • Internal flights from Cusco to Lima, from Lima to Quito, from Quito to San Cristobal and from Baltra to Quito
  • An inter-island ferry and bay cruise in the Galápagos
  • Comfortable, air-conditioned coach travel and transfers
  • Fully escorted by a friendly, knowledgeable tour manager