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.


  • Gaze in awe at the mountain-top ruins of Machu Picchu
  • Explore Otavalo’s colourful market – the largest in South America
  • Spend five wonderful days in the Galápagos Islands
  • Close-up encounters with sea lions, marine iguanas, blue-footed boobies, giant tortoises and many more
  • Explore the stunning Inca capital, Cuzco
  • Tour the Peruvian capital Lima – the City of Kings
  • Fly to lofty Quito, the world’s highest capital
  • Hop back and forth across the equator line at the ‘Middle of the World’
  • Visit the fascinating Charles Darwin Research Centre on Santa Cruz Island
  • A bay cruise with opportunities for swimming and snorkelling


  • 14 nights’ bed and breakfast accommodation at good hotels in the Sacred Valley (2 nights), Aguas Calientes (1), Cuzco (2), Lima (2), Quito (3), San Cristobal, Galápagos (2) and Santa Cruz, Galápagos (2)
  • Hop back and forth across the equator line at the ‘Middle of the World’
  • Four lunches and one dinner
  • Entrances and Galapagos National Park fees
  • Return flights to Cuzco, via Bogotá (returning from Quito via Bogotá)
  • Internal flights from Cuzco 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
  • The services of a friendly, experienced tour manager and local guides