Machu Picchu & Galapagos

One of our most popular routes, this classic two week itinerary starts in historic Quito taking in the magnificent Galapagos islands before travelling to Peru ending at the iconic Machu Picchu!

Places you visit: Quito – Galapagos – Guayaquil – Lima – Cusco – Sacred Valley – Machu Picchu

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“I would like to say a big thanks to John and his team at The Latin American Travel Company for making this trip such a pleasurable and memorable one for me. They really did an excellent job the whole way through and nothing I could fault. I would recommend without hesitation any friends, family or colleagues thinking of travelling to this region to use this company.”

John Vlacos, October 2019.

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Tour Itinerary

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Day 1: Meet & greet at Quito airport

rooftops of quito ecuador

On arrival in Ecuador’s beautiful historic capital city you will be met by one of our friendly guides who will welcome you to Ecuador and take you directly to your hotel.

Meals Included: None today

Suggested Accommodation: Casa Gardenia

Day 2: Walking tour & chocolate tasting!

plaza san francisco quito ecuador

Explore Quito’s UNESCO protected historic centre with your own expert local guide on an informative walking tour. You’ll also get to taste some of Ecuador’s world renown chocolate!

Meals Included: Breakfast & chocolate tasting

Suggested Accommodation: Casa Gardenia

Day 3: Fly to the Galapagos

sun deck of the archipel I motor catamaran

This morning you take an early flight to the Galapagos islands, landing on Baltra island. You are met by representatives of the Archipel I motor catamaran who will take you by bus to the boat to board. Once on board there is some time to settle into your cabin before lunch is served. This afternoon visit the highlands of Santa Cruz to see giant tortoises in the wild.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Suggested Accommodation: Archipel I

Days 4 – 6: Cruising the Galapagos islands

Enjoy three further days of cruising in the Galapagos islands. You will have morning and afternoon excursions going ashore at different islands as well as snorkeling, kayaking and other activities.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Suggested Accommodation: Archipel I

Day 7: Return to Guayaquil

santa ana hill in guayaquil ecuador

This morning you will enjoy one last excursion in the Galapagos before you are taken to the airport for your flight back to Guayaquil on the mainland. Afternoon at leisure, why not take a walk along the waterfront or visit the famous park that has been inhabited by hundreds of iguanas!

Meals Included: Breakfast

Suggested Accommodation: Unipark Hotel

Day 8: Guayaquil to Lima

miraflores lima at sunset

Today you will leave Ecuador behind, flying directly to Lima from Guayaquil. On arrival to Lima you will be met by your guide who will welcome you to Peru and take you directly to your hotel. With every booking we include a personalised trip guidebook that has a list of recommended restaurants. We can help you with a reservation and transfers if you wish.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Suggested Accommodation: Jose Antonio Deluxe

Day 9: History & Culture Tour of Lima

the san francisco convent in lima peru

Today you will enjoy a fantastic cultural tour of Lima exploring the historic centre and beautiful buildings such as the 17th Century San Francisco Monastery. You will also be taken to the Larco Herrera museum to learn more about Peru’s ancient past.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Suggested Accommodation: Jose Antonio Deluxe

Day 10: Fly to Cusco, the Imperial Inca city

streets of san blas cusco
After breakfast you will be taken to the airport for your short internal flight to Cusco. On arrival you will be met and taken by private transfer to your hotel. The afternoon is at leisure to adjust to the altitude and explore this beautiful city. Take a walk along the cobbled streets or visit a cafe. We can organise a fantastic night tour which includes a Pisco Sour making class!
Meals Included: Breakfast

Suggested Accommodation: Abittare

Day 11: A tour of Cusco and the nearby archeological sites

sacsayhuaman ruins outside cusco peru
Today you will set off on a journey into Cusco’s past visiting all the most important historic sites in the city such as the cathedral and the Qoricancha (golden temple). You will also visit some of the ancient sites just outside of the city such as Tambo Machay, Quenko and Puka Pukara. End the tour at the spectacular Sacsayhuaman ruins located in the hills above the city.
Meals Included: Breakfast

Suggested Accommodation: Abittare

Day 12: The best of the Sacred Valley

maras salt pans in the sacred valley peru as part of the inca trail tour
This morning you set off with a small group travelling north out of Cusco into the Sacred Valley. This full day trip takes in all the highlights including the beautiful Inca terraces of Moray, a panoramic viewpoint at Raqchi, the salt pans of Maras and the old Inca fort and town of Ollantaytambo. Lunch is included along the way in Urubamba.
Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch

Suggested Accommodation: El Albergue

Day 13: Take the train to Machu Picchu!

Today you will enjoy the spectacular views from the 360 train from Ollantaytambo all the way to Machu Picchu. On arrival you will be met by your local guide who will give you a tour of one of the most iconic sites in Latin America!
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Suggested Accommodation: El Mapi

Day 14: Machu Picchu & return to Cusco

the sun shining on machu picchu in peru
We have included a second entrance ticket to Machu Picchu so you can enter the site one more time. Those with moderate fitness may want to take on one of the hikes up the nearby mountains, Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain, for a great view of the site. Return to Cusco on the train arriving in the evening.
Meals Included: Breakfast

Suggested Accommodation: Abittare

Day 15: Departure or continue traveling!

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End your trip here with a transfer to the airport for departure, or add on a few nights in the Amazon jungle from £500 per person. Get in touch to start planning your very own, bespoke trip based around your particular preferences.
Meals included: Breakfast

Remember this trip can be customised to your particular tastes and interests!

Our Suggested Accommodation

This trip can be customised to your style of travel and preferred standard of accommodation. Below is our suggested accommodation for this trip.

Tour Inclusions

  • All accommodation
  • All internal flights
  • All tours as specified in the itinerary
  • All meals as specified in the itinerary
  • All transfers and transportation
  • Galapagos Transit Card
  • Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee
  • All other entrance fees
  • 24 hour emergency assistance
  • 100% financial protection with our ATOL license & ABTA membership
  • Our exclusive 100+ page trip guidebook, personalised to your trip
  • Full support from your dedicated specialist
  • International flights – we can include these for you, just ask us for a quote
  • Discretionary gratuities to drivers and guides
  • Travel insurance

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