Best of Peru & Ecuador Holiday

Ecuador, Peru


Best of Peru & Ecuador Holiday

This Peru & Ecuador holiday combines South America’s two of the most stunning and important destinations; Machu Picchu & Galapagos. Begin with Lima, the Peruvian capital known for its fine restaurants, colonial architecture and warm culture. Visit Machu Picchu and the colonial city of Cusco in the Andes. Walk through its narrow cobblestone streets and Plaza de Armas with a 17th-century baroque Cathedral. Nearby, are the archaeological sites of Sacsayhuamán, an ancient Incan fortress and Hatunrumiyoc, the old Inca road.

Transfer to Quito, the capital of Ecuador, one of South America’s best-preserved colonial cities. Explore the lavishly decorated monasteries with rich interiors. The beautiful Quito town abounds with chic hotels, contemporary restaurants and cool bars. Then spend few days exploring the Galapagos Islands. Each day, tour different islands with an expert naturalist, and get close to giant tortoises, blue-footed boobies, marine iguanas and other iconic Galapagos wildlife. 

And, experience South America’s two iconic destinations; Machu Picchu & Galapagos.

What We Love
  • Exclusive tour, guided privately by a multilingual guide throughout the trip.
  • All touring is flexible and can be customised to incorporate special interests.
  • Change accommodation and services to suit your budget and style.
  • Depart and return whenever you choose – shorten or lengthen the tour to suite your wishes.
  • We provide admin support with our local contacts at our associate offices throughout South America.
What to Know
  • This tour is designed to provide maximum outdoor experience and may require walking on rough surfaces.
  • Bring proper walking gear and outdoor clothing. Do not forget your skin and eye protection items
  • We offer 24/7 support during your tour to give you complete peace of mind during your holiday.
  • Our Peru tours easily combine with touring other destinations in South America
  • We strongly recommend that you take travel insurance for this holiday.
Getting There

The principal international airlines are Lan and Avianca. There are no direct flights from London but there are direct flights to Lima from Madrid, Paris and Amsterdam. Airlines with regular services to Peru include Air Canada, American Airlines, Iberia and KLM. From Heathrow you can expect the journey to take anywhere between 16 and 22 hours, depending on the routing and stopovers.

Prices of flights to Peru from London are fairly consistent around the year, with a slight rise in the summer and over the major holidays. It’s best to avoid buying international air tickets in Peru, where prices are inflated by a high tax. If you’re uncertain of your return date, it will probably still work out cheaper to pay the extra for an open-ended return than to buy a single back from Peru.

Best of Peru & Ecuador Holiday Lima, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Cusco, Lake Titicaca, Arequipa, Colca Canyon   
(14 Days – Travel Any Day)

Day 1 – Arrive
Lima Meet and greet on arrival and private transfer to your hotel for one night. Depending on the time of your arrival, you can either take a half day city tour or extend your stay by one day.

This cosmopolitan city is well worth a visit for the opportunity to experience its history as well as Peru’s best museums, shopping and restaurants. Enjoy personalized touring according to your interests, such as an insider tour of the old colonial quarter, a viewing of spectacular pre-Colombian art collections, time for browsing high-quality boutiques and art galleries, or exploring the city’s food markets (including tastings of local specialties).
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Miraflores Park Hotel.

Day 2 – Transfer
Cusco/ Sacred Valley Transfer to the airport for your morning flight to Cusco. Meet and greet on arrival and private transfer to your hotel for your two-night stay.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Palacio Nazarenas (B)

Day 3 – Private Touring
Sacred Valley Full-day private touring in the valley.
Your private guide will ensure you experience the best of the local culture during visits to indigenous markets and villages, gentle walks or hikes to important Inca and pre-Inca sites, and meetings with renowned local weavers. Active pursuits can also be incorporated, if desired, such as day treks, rafting, horse-back riding or mountain biking. A private Nuevo Andean cooking lesson can also be arranged, upon request.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba  (B)

Day 4 – Transfer & Private Touring
Machu Picchu Private transfer to Ollantaytambo train station and Vistadome train to Machu Picchu. . Meet and greet on arrival and private transfer to your hotel for your one-night stay. Afternoon private tour of Machu Picchu with your private guide who will explain the fascinating history of the site and ensure that you have the opportunity to explore the grounds after most tourists have left.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge (B)

Day 5 – Transfer
Cusco Spend the morning with your private guide exploring the ruins with the option to hike trails to stunning viewpoints around the site before continuing to Cusco. Afternoon luxury Hiram Bingham train to Cusco. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Palacio Nazarenas  (B)

Day 6 – Private Touring
Cusco Full-day private tour of Cusco and nearby ruins. Take a private tour through the narrow cobblestone streets as you learn about the fascinating Incan and Spanish history in the city. Visit markets, galleries, boutiques and the best artisan workshops. Also opt to see important archaeological sites just outside of the city. In the evenings, enjoy dining reservations at Cusco’s top restaurants. Additional activities can also be arranged, upon request, such as a meeting with a local art expert or an evening cultural performance.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Palacio Nazarenas  (B)

Day 7 – Transfer
Quito, Ecuador Private transfer to airport and flight to Lima. Airport assistance and connecting flight to Quito. VIP airport assistance. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Casa Gangotena  (B)

Day 8 – Private Touring
Quito Full-day private touring. Quito, the capital of Ecuador is a historic city set among snow-capped volcanoes in the Andes. With your private local guide, tour the city centre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site filled with Spanish colonial-era architecture. Explore interesting back streets, hidden courtyards and churches with spectacular interiors. Visit the best museums, traditional workshops, markets and other sites according to your interests.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Casa Gangotena  (B)

Day 9 – Transfer
Galapagos Islands Private transfer to airport and flight to Galapagos Islands for a 5-day cruise
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Silversea Silver  (B)

Days 10 to 12 – Cruise-based Excursions
Galapagos Islands Spend five days exploring the Galapagos Islands—a dream destination for nature lovers—on one of our preferred expedition cruises. Each day, tour different islands with an expert naturalist, and get close to giant tortoises, blue-footed boobies, marine iguanas and other iconic Galapagos wildlife. Upon request, we arrange private yacht charters, SCUBA diving and other options in the Galapagos.
Return to Quito for a final night before your return or onward flight.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Silversea Silver  (B)

Day 13 – Transfer
Quito Transfer to airport and flight to Quito. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 1 night
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Casa Gangotena  (B)

Day 14 – Depart
Quito Private airport transfer and VIP airport services.

Best of Peru & Ecuador Holiday Ecuador, Peru

Make this your holiday

  • Exclusive Tour: your own private multilingual guide throughout the trip  
  • Price Guarantee: costing 25-30% less than similar tours of the same flexibility and quality
  • Tailor Made: customised itinerary to create your dream holiday
  • Duration: shorten or lengthen the tour to suit your wishes
  • Dates: depart and return whenever you choose
  • Hotels: change hotel grade to suit your budget
  • Group Discounts: call 020 8350 6199

Overview Peru has some of the most beautiful scenery in the whole of South America and a mind-bendingly fascinating history, with archaeological sites to match. Here the Andes attain the height of their glory, building the world's great centres of ancient civilization and their remains fascinate travellers and archaeologists alike.

The city of Cuzco is the oldest continuously inhabited city on the continent and once the centre of the Inca Empire, flaunts its glorious legacy, not only in its architecture, ruins and museums but also in the people, who speak the Inca language, Quechua.

Where to go Begin your tour in the sprawling capital city of Peru. It is worth to spend a day or two in Lima, seeing its excellent museums, fine restaurants and vibrant nightlife.

Peru is known for its archaeological sites of which Machu Picchu is most famous. But along the coast, there are more fascinating archaeological sites, as well as glorious beaches and charming towns. South of Lima are the bizarre Nasca Lines, the drawings so monumentally huge that some can only be seen from the sky. And the National Reserve of paracas is inhabited by an enormous variety of birds, amongst which are Humboldt Penguins, Flamingoes and Pariguana.

North of Lima lie the great adobe city of Chan Chan and the Valley of the Pyramids. The surfing hangouts of Puerto Chicama and trendy Máncora beach are big draws along this stretch, but almost all of the coastal towns come replete with superb beaches, plentiful nightlife and great food.

For High Mountain trekking and climbing is the town of Huaraz, 420 km north of Lima. It is the gateway for visitors to the Callejón de Huaylas, the spectacular range with some of the highest peaks in Peru. The other key attraction here is the remains of the temple complex of Chavín de Huantar, one of the most important pre-Inca cultures, to the east of Huaraz.

For wildlife and nature enthusiasts, the Peruvian Amazon, known as "Amazonia", is considered to be the best preserved part of the Amazon Jungle. Jungle treks, lasting from a day to a week or more, are organised from Iquitos, the northern gateway to the Peruvian Amazon basin. The Manu Biosphere Reserve and the Tambopata-Candamo Reserved Zone, are in the South while the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve is in the North.

Finally for Machu Picchu, you will travel to Cuzco, the undisputed jewel in the crown of the Peruvian Andes. Once the ancient heart of the Inca Empire, it is surrounded by some of the most spectacular mountain landscapes and palatial ruins in Peru, and by magnificent hiking country. You will visit the Urubamba valley, also called the Sacred Valley before reaching Machu Picchu, the magical Lost City of the Incas.

When to go January – April: This is the rainy season. The eastern slope of the Andes, like the Amazon basin, experiences very heavy rainfall during the wet season, which extends from January through April. Travellers however visit the highlands all the rear round since it rarely rains for more than a few hours and there is still plenty of sunshine to enjoy.

During February, the Inca Trail is closed. However, Machu Picchu remains open but it is a bit more challenging for those wishing to trek. As February ends, the rains begin to ease and more visitors begin to arrive. This is a good period to combine Peru with a visit to the Galapagos Islands.

May – September: This is the best time to visit Peru, which is a dry season in the highlands. The western side of the Andes are very clear, warm, and dry for the greater part of the year. This being the high tourist season, most hotels get booked hence it is advisable to book early. More importantly, The Inca Trail that has limited spaces hence those wishing to travel from June onward should book at least six to nine months in advance.

October – December: The dry season comes to an end, but conditions are still pleasant. An abundance of birdlife and flora, particularly orchids, can be enjoyed in Peru’s cloud forests at this time. Water levels in the Amazon will be high from December to March, meaning fauna may not venture as close to the river banks, but it also makes it easier to explore smaller tributaries.

Visa British nationals don’t need a visa to travel if the purpose of the visit is tourism.
On arrival, you’re normally given permission to stay for up to 6 months.

If you enter Peru overland from Ecuador, make sure your passport is stamped with a Peruvian entry stamp at the local immigration office. Most people crossing the border with Ecuador enter Peru through Aguas Verdes (Tumbes region) - you may need to ask for directions to the immigration office.

If you enter Peru from Bolivia by bus or taxi, make sure your passport is stamped with a Peruvian entry stamp at the immigration office in Desaguadero or Copacabana (Puno region).

Immigration authorities may also not let you leave Peru without a valid exit stamp from the last country you visited. The British Embassy can’t intervene in immigration issues. Make sure you get your entry stamp when you arrive in Peru.

Passport validity: Your passport should be valid for at least 6 months on arrival in Peru.

Customs: British nationals have experienced problems when trying to enter the country with more than one laptop. You should familiarise yourself with Peruvian immigration or customs procedures before you enter the country.

If you are returning to the UK via Europe, be aware that the customs authorities in European airports frequently confiscate duty free alcohol and other liquids purchased at the duty free shops in Lima airport from passengers in transit.  

For further details contact the Peruvian Consulate in London.  
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