Discover Peru & Galapagos

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Ecuador & Galápagos, Peru

Best time to go: April to August

14 Nights | from £6,860pp

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Relax in the tranquil grassy wonderland of the Sacred Valley of the Incas
  • Marvel at mind-boggling Macchu Pichu
  • Admire the colourfully dressed village women busying around Quito’s characterful UNESCO stamped central plaza
  • Laugh as sea-lions blow bubbles in your face whilst you snorkel through the Galapagos Islands crystal waters

Day 1 London / Lima
This lively capital hides a unique charm, jaw-dropping ocean views and arty cobbled barrios that will delight. With a vibrant food scene that is the leader in the Latin American pack we suggest you hit up one of our favourite Lima restaurants, which are causing a serious buzz on the international foodie scene.
Casa Andina Private Collection Lima

Day 2 Lima / Sacred Valley
Strike out to a tranquil grassy wonderland today. A short morning flight takes you to Cusco from where you will travel overland into the heartland of Inca culture - The Sacred Valley of the Incas. Home to show stopping markets, charmingly flora filled plains and impressive Inca sites, it also boasts the perfect environment to acclimatise to Peru’s giddier heights. Highlights of your explorations will include the colourful town of Pisac and the impressive Inca fortress at Ollantaytambo.
Sol Y Luna | Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 Sacred Valley
The day is yours to relax, perhaps snap up some fantastically coloured wools at the market, slip into the spa or get active in the vibrant valley; this veritable adventure playground lends itself to days spent splashing down sparkling rivers on rafts, testing out your mountain bike skills, trotting long eye-lashed Peruvian Paso horses or zooming around on quad bikes!
It is also home to our very own A&K Philanthropy Project, 'Children of the Rainbow', you can visit this heart-warming project which offers a sunnier future to extremely deprived children of the region
Sol Y Luna | Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 Sacred Valley / Machu Picchu
After a bewitchingly beautiful train journey through the tropical foothills of the Andes you arrive at the bustling town of Aguas Calientes toppling down to the banks of the Urubamba River. Prepare to be transported to another world as you explore the shady walkways and magnificent look out points of Machu Picchu.
Accompanied by our superb guide step back in time to possibly the world’s most breath-taking classroom; where llamas roam on the grassy banks and masterfully cut stones perch together without mortar to form this still stunning architectural masterpiece.
Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo | Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5 Machu Picchu / Cusco
Retaining an air of mystery and myth this magnificent citadel beckons you back this morning, to see the early morning sun glint over this awe-inspiring highlight an exceptional sight.
Returning to Cusco by train soaking up the picturesque villages and little gorges flanking the track, you will arrive in time for a top notch dinner - you can never get bored with Peruvian cuisine; its frighteningly fresh ceviche and fabulous fusion dishes.
El Mercado Tunqui | Meals: Breakfast

Day 6 Cusco
Cusco, once the capital of the Inca Empire is a true jewel in the country’s glimmering town. Inca town planners chose a puma’s body as the blueprint of this extraordinarily well preserved city and it’s an absolute pleasure to walk around.
Explore the shady, shadowy, boulder walled alleys which open into welcoming plazas where brightly dressed village folk sell their wares or parade their pet llamas for photos! This afternoon, together with our expert guide you will potter through theses pretty alleyways and hidden courtyards and learn their histories. These streets were made for walking with everything being a civilised distance from the main Plaza de Armas.
Finish by heading to the ruins of Koricancha temple and the Inca site of Sacsayhuaman, which overlooks the city with it’s impressive collection of giant boulders.
El Mercado Tunqui | Meals: Breakfast

Day 7 Cusco / Quito
It’s time to whizz up and away from Cusco and land in Latin America’s most impressive vital-stat-wrapped city; Quito - the world’s highest capital at 9,350 feet, perched just 12 miles north from the middle of the world and UNESCO stamped for having the best-preserved and least altered historic centre in Latin America. Buzzing with brightly dressed women it’s central plaza definitely offers up an exotic introduction to the country. Don’t be tricked though this timeless heart hides sophisticated night-life and a vibrant culinary scene.
Plaza Grande | Meals: Breakfast

Day 8 Quito
The city's crown jewel is certainly its 'Old Town', packed with colonial monuments and architectural treasures, chock-a-block full of museums, cathedrals and Baroque architecture local life continues amongst 17th-century facades, picturesque plazas and magnificent art-filled churches.
It is a photographer’s and shopper’s paradise. Women scuttle around in colourful shawls and jaunty fedoras, men with huge grins and cowboy hats bounce over the cobbled streets in their jeeps and small boutique filled alleys and hidden craft shops are dotted around.
Head off in the afternoon to enjoy spectacular views of the city and surrounding mountains from the top of Panecillo Hill and some obligatory posing with the Equatorial monument.
Plaza Grande | Meals: Breakfast

Day 9 Quito / Galapagos Islands
You leave the cultural delights of Quito behind this morning to fly to Baltra Island – your hop off point to a startling showcase of biodiversity, an isolated group of wild and wildlife laden volcanic islands, The Galapagos.
Board the Ocean Spray, a luxury catamaran for just 16 guests, and prepare to be wowed by the playful, distinctly un-camera-shy, residents of this iconic and enchanting archipelago.
Ocean Spray | Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Days 10 - 13 Galapagos Islands
Cruising the famous waters is undoubtedly the best ways to explore the splashing and stomping ground of the animals; these 13 volcanic islands scattered across nearly 30,000 square miles of ocean are populated by extraordinary and beautiful creatures, some of which are found nowhere else on our planet, spurring Charles Darwin to formulate his theory of evolution. It is the scientists holy grail even now, it’s draw however is these coquettishly charismatic animals, unafraid of humans, allow you to approach so closely that they become as thrilling for tourists as scientists.
Every day offers a different island, bay or cove to explore and different species to discover. Watch blue-footed boobies prance around statuesque rocks, snorkel with sea-lions or maybe even a shark or two. Don’t be scared, these creatures are more interested in playing than feeling threatened. Sublimely ignorant that you aren’t just another happy sea-dweller they play and blow bubbles around you. Taking a stroll across the moon like landscape you will wait for the ginormous tortoise to trundle across your path and on some of the beaches you will confuse crustated iguanas for scattered rocks!
Ocean Spray | Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14 Galapagos / Guayaquil
All adventures must come to an end and as you swap the sea for the air your head will be filled with the mysteries of the islands. You will fly to Guayaquil for a last Ecuadorian dinner before preparing for your flight home tomorrow.
Wyndham Guayaquil | Meals: Breakfast

Day 15 Guayaquil / London
Spend the last hours of your adventure in Guayaquil strolling along the seafront Malecon, stretching your legs in the Botanical Gardens or exploring Barrio Las Peñas and its old wooden houses before your evening flight home.

Pricing
At A&K all of our journeys are individually tailored to suit your needs and timescale. As a guide this 14 day suggested holiday will cost from £6,860 per person, based on two sharing, excluding international flights.

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Useful info

Best time to be there

The Galapagos are best from April to August - not too warm and plenty of animals in their breeding seasons.

Fly to

Quito - LAN Airlines, daily via Madrid flying time 13 hours

time difference

GMT -5 hours

Visas

Not required for UK passport holders

Health Requirements

Yellow fever certificate required if arriving from an infected area
 


Best time to be there

June to September is the best time to enjoy the Andes whilst the Galapagos are best from April to August - not too warm and plenty of animals in their breeding seasons.

Fly to

Quito - LAN Airlines, daily via Madrid

flying time

13 hours

time difference

GMT -5 hours

Visas

Not required for UK passport holders

Health Requirements

Yellow fever certificate required if arriving from an infected area


Best time to be there

Being such a geographically diverse country the weather in Peru is determined both by altitude and season. May to October is the best time to travel although the Amazon area is hot and humid throughout the year.

Fly to

Lima - LAN Airlines, daily via Madrid

flying time

15 hours

time difference

GMT -5 hours

Visas

Not required for UK passport holders

Health Requirements

Yellow fever certificate required if arriving from an infected area.


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