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Combined trip to Peru and Ecuador

Travel through the heart of the Andes: the centre of the ancient Inca empire. You will discover its fascinating Cusco and Sacred Valley abounding with archaeological sites and typical villages and the legendary Lake Titicaca, considered as the highest navigable lake on earth. Furthermore, this trip will show you the marvellous Ecuador and the place you absolutely have to visit such as Cotacachi, the national park of Cotopaxi, Quito or the fabulous Isabela.

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Itinerary

  • Day 1: Lima
  • Day 2: Lima - Cusco - Lima - Cusco
  • Day 3: Cusco - Sacsayhuaman - Q'enqo - Cusco
  • Day 4: Cusco - Pisac - Ollantaytambo - Pisac - Aguas Calientes
  • Day 5: Machu Picchu - Ollantaytambo - Sacred Valley
  • Day 6: Sacred Valley - Moray - Maras - Moray - Maras - Chinchero - Cusco - Chinchero - Cusco
  • Day 7: Cusco - Puno - Cusco - Puno
  • Day 8: Puno - Uros - Taquile - Uros - Taquile - Puno
  • Day 9: Puno - Juliaca - Lima
  • Day 10: Lima - Quito Airport - Quito
  • Day 11: Quito
  • Day 12: Mitad del Mundo - Quito - Cochasqui - Cuicocha Lake - Cotacachi
  • Day 13: Otavalo - Peguche - Quitsato - Otavalo - Lasso
  • Day 14: Lasso - Cotopaxi Park - Quito - Cotopaxi Park - Quito
  • Day 15: Quito - Quito Airport - Baltra - Quito Airport - Santa Cruz
  • Day 16: Santa Cruz - Isabela
  • Day 17: Isabela
  • Day 18: Isabela
  • Day 19: Isabela - Baltra - Guayaquil Airport - Baltra - Guayaquil Airport

TRAVEL BOOK

Day 1: Lima

Upon your arrival at the airport Jorge Chávez of Lima, you will be taken to your hotel.

English speaking assistance from airport to your hotel.

Night at the hotel El Tambo.
Included : private transport, reception with english-speaking guide, room & breakfast
Included opts : English-speaking guide

Day 2: Lima - Cusco

Half-day dedicated to the visit of the Peruvian capital. Exploration of the colonial quarters of the city center via the Plaza San Martin and the Plaza de Armas.


Visit of the San Francisco Convent and its catacombs.

You will be transferred to the Lima airport to take your flight.


Flight with destination Cusco.

Reception at Cusco airport and transfer to the hotel.

English speaking assistance from airport to hotel.
Night at the hotel Encantada.
Included : entrance fees, private transport, english speaking guide, guide expenses, transfer departure, domestic flight, airport tax, transfer arrival, reception with english-speaking guide, room & breakfast
Included opts : English-speaking guide , Entrance fee San Francisco Convent, English-speaking guide, Entrance fees Cathedral + Qorikancha

Day 3: Cusco - Sacsayhuaman - Q'enqo - Cusco

Departure for a half-day dedicated to the discovery of the ruins around Cusco (Sacsayhuaman and Q’enqo) and of the historical center: Koricancha (Temple of the Sun) and the Cathedral where several paintings of the Cusco School and many gold and silversmithery pieces and precious stone objects are displayed.
Return to the hotel in Cusco.

Night at the hotel Encantada.
Included : entrance fees, private transport, english speaking guide, room & breakfast
Included opts : Private guide

Day 4: Cusco - Pisac - Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes

8am departure in a private vehicle to explore the Sacred Valley of the Inca. The first stop is at Pisac in order to visit the impressive Inca ruins and the handicraft market. Then we continue to the Inca village of Ollantaytambo where we will visit the fortress.

Departure for a 2 hours ride by train to Aguas Calientes. The Vistadome's wagons are completely covered with glass for a panoramic view throughout the journey.
Night at the hotel Hatun Inti Classic (ex Inti Inn).
Included : private transport, english speaking guide, guide expenses, train ticket, room & breakfast
Included opts : English-speaking guide, Guide's accommodation., Guide's train ticket.

Day 5: Machu Picchu - Ollantaytambo - Sacred Valley

In the early morning, direct connection to the shuttle service that will drive you to the citadel of Machu Picchu.
Arrival to Machu Picchu, wonder of the world.

Machu Picchu is an ancient Inca city of the fifteenth century in Peru. Abandoned during the collapse of the Inca Empire, Machu Picchu sacred city, forgotten for centuries, is considered as a masterpiece of Inca architecture. It was unveiled in 1911 by the American archaeologist Hiram Bingham.

Together with your english speaking guide, you will start to discover the archaeological complex, still covered by the morning mist, built on top of a ridge and surrounded by precipices. A stunning view that evolves with the progression of the sun! After the guided tour (around 3 hours for the visit), you have the opportunity to discover on your own.

Train back to Ollantaytambo.
Reception at the train staion and transfer to the hotel in the Sacred Valley.
Night at the hotel Villa Urubamba.
Included : bus ticket, guide expenses, entrance fees, english speaking guide, train ticket, private transport, room & breakfast
Included opts : Bus guide, English speaking guide , Accommodation of the guide, Guide's meals, Guide's train ticket., Pernocte driver

Day 6: Sacred Valley - Moray - Maras - Chinchero - Cusco

In the morning, departure in a private vehicle for a day dedicated to the discovery of the Sacred Valley. First stop at the cultural site of Moray, a former Incan agricultural ‘laboratory’.
Then, continuation of the excursion to Maras: salt mines in the middle of the Cordillera! Visit of the village of Chinchero and its colonial church.
Drive back to Cuzco and transfer to the hotel.
Night at the hotel Encantada.
Included : private transport, english speaking guide, guide expenses, entrance fees, room & breakfast
Included opts : Private guide

Day 7: Cusco - Puno

Transfer to Cusco's bus terminal.

English speaking assistance from hotel to bus terminal station.
Departure by tourist bus to Puno, town located on the shores of Lake Titicaca. We enjoy wonderful landscapes along the road. We go over the Raya Pass, at an altitude of 4320 meters. Visits of the Pukara Museum, of the archaeological site of Raqchi and of the “Sistine Chapel” of the Andes in Andahuaylillas. Lunch included (buffet restaurant at Sicuani). An English-speaking guide, exclusive to the bus company, participates to the journey and gives information along the way.

Option: you the also have the option to take the train. The Andean Explorer operates from November to March on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays (and also on Fridays from April to October).
Reception at the bus station and transfer to the hotel.
Night at the hotel Intiqa.
Included : private transport, departure transfer with english speaking guide, entrance fees, bus ticket, lunch, transfer departure, room & breakfast

Day 8: Puno - Uros - Taquile - Puno

At 7:30 in the morning, transfer to the port of Puno to embark for the islands of Uros and Taquile. After a 25-minute cruise, we visit of the floating islands. These islands are not natural; the Uros tribe, whose main activity is fishing, built them.
We then head for Taquile (around 2-hour cruise), an island of great cultural interest, where residents live in harmony with the ancestral traditions. Back to Puno in mid-afternoon. Transfer to the hotel.

NB: You also have the opportunity to make a two-day tour with overnight at the inhabitant.
Night at the hotel Intiqa.
Included : english speaking guide, private transport, room & breakfast

Day 9: Puno - Juliaca - Lima

Private transfer from the hotel to Juliaca's airport.
Domestic flight from Juliaca to Lima.

Reception at the airport and transfer to the hotel.
Night at the hotel El Tambo.
Included : transfer departure, domestic flight, airport tax, private transport, transfer arrival, room & breakfast

Day 10: Lima

Three hours before take-off, transfer to Jorge Chavez airport in Lima. Connection with the international return flight.
Included : private transport, transfer departure

TRAVEL BOOK

Day 10: Quito Airport - Quito

Reception at the airport by a English speaking guide.

Private transfer with spanish-speaking driver from Quito airport (to your hotel) and free time for the rest of the day.

You will spend the night at Anahi hotel in Quito.
Included : reception with english-speaking guide, transfer arrival, room & breakfast

Day 11: Quito

Quito, Ecuador's capital, is a real treasure between the volcanoes of Pichincha, Cayambe and Antisana. At an elevation of 2830 meters, it is the second highest capital in the world.. It was the first city classified by the UNESCO in 1978 and its historic centre is the biggest and best maintained in Latino America. To get a good idea of the city, we will firstly go to the Panecillo, a small hill over the city with a statue of the Quito'Virgen at the top, for a superb view. You will then have a complete visit of Quito's colonial centre: the cathedral, the church of the Compañia de Jesus, the church of San Francisco and its garden and as many baroque art pieces.

You will go to the market of Santa Clara, a typical place where you can fin fruits, vegetables, fish and meat. This is a perfect moment to mee people and discover the local life. You will have lunch at the same place. The "hornado" ( pork slowly cooked in a oven) is really delicious!


You will continue with the visit of the "Banco Central" museum showing the country's History through numerous pieces from back to the prehistory until the colonial era. A space is entirely dedicated to gold and silver jewels from the pre-Colombian era.
Free time in the ecuadorian capital. You have multiple choices of activities according to what you have already visited and the free time you dispose of:
- handcrafts market in La Mariscal for your last gifts, or on Amazonas street;
- museums, according openning time: Central Bank arqueological museum, Alabado arqueological museum in Historic Center, Modern Artist Guayasamin museum in Bellavista area, Mindalae handcrafts museum in La Mariscal, Weilbauer arqueological museum in the Catholic University;
- Botanic garden in La Carolina Park with its magnificent collection or orchids;
- arqueological sites inside the city as Rumipamba or La Florida;
- a last walk in the Historic Center (ex.: La Ronda street);
- free time for thinking at a terrace of a bar in La Mariscal quarter.

You will spend the night at Anahi hotel in Quito.
Included : entrance fees, room & breakfast, private transport, english speaking guide, guide expenses
Included opts : Guide speaking your language.

Day 12: Mitad del Mundo - Quito - Cochasqui - Cuicocha Lake - Cotacachi

You will visit the site of the "Mitad del Mundo" where you can put one foot in the Southern hemisphere and the other in the Northern hemisphere! The different buildings corresponds to different aspects of Ecuador, with the French pavilion being dedicated to the Condamine expedition which determinated the site of this imaginary line in 1736.
Trip to Otavalo, which craftworks made it worldly known.

Visit of the Cochasqui pyramids, classified as World Heritage and considered as the most important archeological site North of the Equatorial Andes. The site is composed of 15 pyramids and 20 funeral mounds built by the Quitus Cara Indians in the IXth century. There are different interpretations concerning the function of the pyramids: ceremony places, houses for important people or even astronomical observatories. The site still keeps many mysteries... which we will try to learn more about.
Visit of the Cuicocha lake in the ecologic reserve of "Cotacahi - Cayapas" , one of the most beautiful in Ecuador with a shiny blue water.
At the centre of a former crater at 3064 meters, the nature lovers will enjoy a very various vegetation (orchids, "elephants ears"...) with more than 400 species identified there.

You will spend the night at Hacienda Pinsaqui. This historical sport has been built in 1790 so as to be a textile workshop, employing at that time 1000 persons. This place is an invitation to share its magical and romantic atmosphere. Across the centuries, Pinsaqui received many famous peoples, among them the General Simon Bolivar, Ecuador's libertador, who stayed there for its trips to Colombia. In those times, the peace treaty between Colombia and Ecuador has been signed and is known as the "Pinsaqui treaty". The actual hacienda keeps the genuine character of this period, as well as the antique furniture. It remains a perfect stage for antiques lovers.
Included : entrance fees, park conservation fee (vehicle), private transport, english speaking guide, guide expenses, english-speaking driver guide, room & breakfast, pre-dinner drinks
Included opts : English guide. , English speaking guide-driver.

Day 13: Otavalo - Peguche - Quitsato - Otavalo - Lasso

Visit in the morning the famous Otavalo's Indian market, the most important in the Ecuador's Andes, where you can meet the Otavaleños Indians with their espadrilles, their brown felt hat and blue ponchos. They are the wealthiest indians in Ecuador and excellent sellers.
The main market is on Saturdays with the cattle market just outside town, but others markets are hold on the Los Ponchos square every days.


You will visit the village of Peguche, where you will discover the Andean music instrument fabrication workshops. You may attend to a local music session and the weaving process, an old art well established in the area.

You will stop at the latitude 0º, where a circular platform of 54 meters of diameter materializes a huge sundial and the equator line. The phenomena observed in the place will be explained to you, as well as how the local peoples used to integrate them in their dayly activities. An opporetunity to reconnect with what is an agriculture agenda, and what it means, between the sky and nature.

Meal at restaurant Balcon 2 Hemisferios, almost on the Ecuador line.
Journey back on the Panamerican road toward the Cotopaxi park through Quito.

Night at La Cienega hotel.
Included : entrance fees, lunch (no drinks), private transport, english speaking guide, guide expenses, room & breakfast

Day 14: Lasso - Cotopaxi Park - Quito

You will stop in a Plantation of Roses. Ecuador is one of the first countries that export roses in all the world, and actually the roses of Ecuador are considerated to be the most beautiful of the world. They are produced at 2500 meter of altitude, that's what make them to have such strong and intense colors. The minerals that come from the Cotopaxi and Cayambre volcanoes make the buttons of the roses to grow enormously.

Visit of the Cotopaxi park with Ecuador's second highest summit at 5897 meters. It is also the highest active volcano in the world although it only shows a few fumaroles from its ice covered crater. Walk around the Limpiapungo laggon with stunning view on the Cotopaxi. After driving up to the carpark at 4600 meters you may continue (optionnal, you can stay at the parking level if you consider not being in the proper cphysical conditions to climb) by foot to the José Rivas hut 200 meters higher. The most motivated can also go and reach the snowline.
Road to Quito.

You will spend the night at La Casona de la Ronda hotel in Quito historical center.
Included : entrance fees, local spanish-speaking guide, private transport, english speaking guide, guide expenses, room & breakfast
Included opts : English guide.

Day 15: Quito - Quito Airport - Baltra - Santa Cruz

Transport with an english speaking driver-guide from your hotel to Quito's airport.
Domestic flight Quito - Baltra.

At the airport, after the payment of the migratory card ($20 per person) and the luggage control (20 kg maximum per person and 10kg for the hand luggage per person), you can check in and embark for a 3 hours flight.

Arrival at Baltra airport, located on a small island near Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz is the second biggest island of the archipel by its surface and the most populated. You will pay the entrance fee to the Galápagos National Park ($100 per person) before picking up your luggage.

Our local representant will take charge of you at the exit of the airport. You will reach the Canal of Itabaca in public bus (5 minutes) and you will cross the canal in public boat. From there, you will continue on the main island in private pick-up to arrive to Puerto Ayora ( 45 minutes)

You will visit the Charles Darwin Station. Here, you can learn about the ongoing conservation efforts on these Enchanted Islands. The Research Station rears endemic Galapagos plants, land iguanas, and giant Galapagos Tortoises for educational, scientific and conservation purposes.

Remark 1: These price can't be paid in advance by our services, they have to be paid directly at the spots.
Remark 2: If the arrival time is before 10am, you will make a visit in the Highlands, at the Twin Craters or at Manzanillo ranch to see the giant turtlesin the wild, before reaching Puerto Ayora.


You will spend the night at Fernandina hotel in Puerto Ayora.
Included : departure transfer with english speaking guide, domestic flight, room & breakfast, lunch (no drinks), transfer arrival, excursion (shared), local english-speaking guide

Day 16: Santa Cruz - Isabela

For this morning, we will take the public speedboat to Isabela (2:30 approx.), the largest island of Galapagos and the most wild of the three biggest ones.

At Puerto Ayora harbour, your luggage will be checked again before embarking. You will need to take a taxi-boat (between $us 0.50 et $us 1 maximum per person) to reach the boat with which you will makke the journey between the two islands.This service is to pay directly on the taxi-boat.

At Ihe arrival in Isabela, you will need to take another taxi-boat (maximum $us 1 per person) to disembark on the island. You willl also need to pay the local tax ($us 5) at Isabela harbour.

Once arrived at Isabela, you will have some time to rest at the hotel or walk around to the village.
You can also head to the Concha y Perla lagoon, where you could swim if lucky with sea lions, colorful varieties of fish, sea turtles and penguins.

In the afternoon, you will visit the Tintoreras Islet (20 min. from the port). The name of the islet derives from the sharks that live in the waters surrounding the islet that have whit-tipped fins, which are known as “Tintoreras”. The islet is one of the most fascinating places on Isabela Island and in fact all of the Galapagos. In this one area we can see sea lions, marine iguanas, blue-footed boobies, Sally lightfoot crabs, sea turtles, pelicans, and Galapagos penguins. As the island is one of the main breeding sites for the marine iguanas, it is an excellent place to see numerous amounts of these creatures close-up. After the hike through the islet, we will get back on the boat and cool off by snorkeling in the waters nearby, where we can see multicolor fish, starfish, sea-urchins, and with luck manta rays, sharks, and sea lions that may swim with us close up. we ensure you that you will not forget this fascinating experience.
Night in Wooden House in Isabela island.
Included : room & breakfast

Day 17: Isabela

After breakfast we will prepare ourselves to depart for snorkelling to one of the following destinations:
• CAPE ROSE | TUNNELS
The Tunnels | Cape Rosa is a site located at 40 minutes by boat southwest of Puerto Villamil. The sighting of birds and marine animals from the lava platform is one of the most important attractions. While snorkelling at this site, experience enclose encounters with many species of fish, rays, sea turtles, penguins and sea lions.
• TURTLE ISLAND
This is one of the most beautiful site to watch land and marine fauna. This islet is an extinct volcanoe that collapsed many years ago forming a half moon. This place is located 30 minutes by boat and offers great opportunities for bird watching and excellent snorkelling.
• 4 HERMANOS
After about 45 minutes of navigation from Puerto Villamil you will reach Los Cuatro Hermanos which is a bird sanctuary of four small islets where hundreds of marine birds shelter. It is ideal for snorkelling and diving.

**Destination may vary according to weather and regulations of the Galapagos National Park.

During the rest of this day, but only this day, you will be able to use the bicycles of our Hotel. We suggest to visit the Breeding Center of the Giant Tortoises and the Humid Lands on your own.

Night in Wooden House in Isabela island.
Included : room & breakfast

Day 18: Isabela

Early in the morning (8:00 am aprox.), after breakfast, we will prepare ourselves for the Sierra Negra Volcano hike by putting on comfortable walking shoes and possibly a rain jacket, making sure our cameras are stored in waterproof bags, making sure to bring sunscreen, water, and hats, and finally by preparing our box lunch at the hotel to take with us.

We will then travel approximately 45 minutes by truck or bus to begin the 12 km hike (appx. 3 hours). The hike is long in terms of distance, but not very difficult as the inclines and declines are quite gradual. Sierra Negra Volcano has the second largest crater in the world, measuring approximately 6 miles in diameter and 300 feet deep. We will reach Volcan Chico before heading back, which should provide a spectacular view of the incredible moonlike terrain.

Return to Puerto Villamil for free end of afternoon.

Night in Wooden House in Isabela island.
Included : room & breakfast

Day 19: Isabela - Baltra - Guayaquil Airport

After a short early breakfast, departure by public boat to return to Puerto Ayora. You will be taken to Baltra's airport so as to get your flight back to the continent.
Domestic flight Baltra - Guayaquil.

Free connection with your international flight.
Included : domestic flight

Night in the hotel El Tambo   Lima

Level : 3*
Included : room & breakfast

El Tambo hotel is located in the heart of Miraflores district and just a few steps from the Pacific. The hotel rooms are modern, comfortable and evoke the culture and heritage of the country. The perfect place to discovering the different districts of the peruvian capital.

Night in the hotel Encantada.   Cusco

Level : 3*
Included : room & breakfast

This charming hotel is located in the Arts District in San Blas, the heart of Cusco. The modern and elegant infrastructure offers a great comfort, surrounded by magnificent gardens where guests can relax in between various visits to Cusco and surrounding areas. Beyond the discovery of the Inca capital, the location is the ideal starting point to visit some of the most famous tourist attractions in South America such as the magnificent sanctuary of Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley sites.

Night in the hotel Hatun Inti Classic (ex Inti Inn)   Aguas Calientes

Level : 3*
Included : room & breakfast

Hatun Inti Hotel Classic (ex Inti Inn) is a charming hotel located at the foot of Machu Picchu, in the main street of the village of Aguas Calientes. The rooms are cozy and comfortable and the hotel is located close to the thermal baths of Aguas Calientes where you can relax after your tour of the citadel.

Hotel Villa Urubamba   Sacred Valley

Level : 3*
Included : room & breakfast

Villa Urubamba hotel is implanted in the heart of Sacred Valley in a country setting. Located along the Urubamba River, it offers comfortable rooms in a tranquil setting opening onto a lush garden. Located along the Urubamba River, it offers comfortable rooms in a tranquil setting opening onto a lush garden.

Night in the hotel   Puno

Level : 3*
Included : room & breakfast

Located just a 5 minutes walk from the center of Puno, the Intiqa Hotel offers tastefully decorated rooms and equipped with free Wi-Fi. You may try and taste the regional flavours in the restaurant. The Intiqa Hotel offers comfortable rooms decorated with warm tones. They are equipped with cable TV and a private bathroom with shower. Every morning you may enjoy a full breakfast with regional products. Guests will also enjoy local specialties at the restaurant.

Night in Anahi hotel   Quito

Level : 4*
Included : room & breakfast

Anahí Boutique Hotel is a charming and stylish property that places the highest priority on the twin principles of traditional hospitality and excellent service to cater to the most discerning of travellers.The underlying philosophy of hotel fits its urban environment in Ecuador’s capital city: it is both modern and stylish, yet at the same time distinctively Ecuadorian.

Night Hacienda Pinsaqui.   Cotacachi

Level : 4*
Included : room & breakfast, pre-dinner drinks

Hacienda Pinsaquí is ideally situated at the base of Imbabura Volcano, just north of the world-famous Otavalo market, and only an hour-and-a-half from Quito, Ecuador's charming capital. Its location also allows effortless access to the region's many attractions: the lakes of San Pablo, Cuicocha and Mojanda, as well as the white colonial city of Ibarra and local handicraft villages like Cotacachi.

Hacienda La Cienega   Lasso

Level : 4*
Included : room & breakfast

La Cienega, the oldest colonial style hotel in Cotopaxi province, Ecuador, has belonged to the descendents of Marques of Maenza since the seventeenth century. Situated on the outskirts of Volcano Cotopaxi and its National Park, it’s just an hour and a half’s journey from Quito, capital of the Middle of the World. Surrounded by the Andes most magnificent snow-capped peaks, the hacienda, which was converted into a beautiful Ecuadorian mountainside lodge with two-metre thick walls carved from volcanic rock, finally opened its doors to the public in 1982, offering charm, history and tradition.

La Casona de la Ronda Hotel   Quito

Level : 4*
Included : room & breakfast

According to the book of Fernando Jurado “'LA RONDA, NIDO DE CANTORES y POETAS”, “La Ronda, nest of singers and poets” this construction was documented in the plans of the French Academic (1738) and father Coleti (1763) record this old house with two courtyards. The traditional Spanish construction system of the pass, use stone walls, mud and brick, with stone pillars, forming a courtyard, which support the wooden roof structure, creating corridors distributed around corridors connecting all areas of the house . The wooden structure was covered inside with a very special sugarcanework and outside with clay tiles, adding the adobe walls, brick and bahareque, resulting in a wonderful patio that remains so far, with 22 beautiful rooms daylight, decorated with colors that reflect the passage of time.

Fernandina   Santa Cruz

Level : 3*
Included : room & breakfast

Hotel Fernandina is a warm place where you will enjoy your vacations with a personalized service. It is located in a residential neighborhood with lot s of peace, just 10 minutes away from the Charles Darwin Station.

Night in Wooden House hotel (included in Scuba package).   Isabela

Level : 3*
Included : room & breakfast

The Wooden house is located on Isabela Island, in Puerto Villamil on the road to the dock. The wooden House offers a high quality ecotourism experience. A hostel where one will feel just like being at home.

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