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Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands with Highlights of Peru

10 Day Escorted Tour With Day Extension

Ecuador, Latin America
Challenging Pace

This extension is the perfect way to see a little more of South America. Visit Machu Picchu, one of the new Seven Wonders of the World as well as the Colonial City of Cusco, built on the foundation of Incan Palaces.

2022 Dossier

2023 Dossier

Tour Highlights

  • Explore the ruins of Machu Picchu.
  • 1/2 day tour of Cusco.
  • City tours of Quito and Guayaquil
  • Enjoy a cruise through the Galapagos Islands
  • Snorkelling trips to swim with unique sea life
  • On-land excursions to observe the Islands' flora and fauna
  • Visit Darwin Lake and the Giant Tortoise Breeding Centre
Train
Coach
Boat
Airplane
Walking
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Number of nights

This map is for the main tour only

Itinerary

Day 1
UK to Quito

Depart London on your scheduled flight to Quito, via Bogota.

Day 2
Quito

On arrival in Quito, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Take in the breath-taking mountain backdrop of the highest capital city in the world as you enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 3
Quito

Breakfast & Lunch

In the morning enjoy a half day walking tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the historic old town awaits. Visiting Independence Square, stop at the Cathedral and Presidential Palace before passing the church of La Compania and San Francisco. Finishing at El Panecillo Hill, here you will have panoramic views over the capital city whilst enjoying a well-deserved lunch. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure or take an optional trip to the equator monument.

Day 4
Quito to Galapagos Islands - San Cristobal Island

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Fly to the Galapagos Islands for 4 nights of yachting around this archipelago, known for its unrivalled number of endemic animal species. An afternoon excursion takes you to the Galapagos Interpretation Centre, where you will learn more about the islands' history. A walk up nearby Tijeretas Hill offers magnificent views. Return to the yacht for the night.

Day 5
Galapagos Islands - Espanola Island

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Visit the white coral beaches of Espanola Island and watch the sea lions, marine iguanas and birds on the shore. Swim or snorkel in these warm waters for the chance to spot manta rays, reef sharks and other marine life. In the afternoon, spot endemic wildlife on a hike to Suarez Point and 'Soplador', a seaward blowhole. Return to the yacht for the night.

Day 6
Galapagos Islands - Floreana Island

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Visit Floreana Island, where a wooden barrel installed in the 1700s serves as an informal post office. Drop off a postcard in the hopes that some other traveller will deliver it to its destination, then enjoy a morning of swimming and snorkelling on the beach. This afternoon, hike to a flamingo-filled lagoon and a large sea turtle nesting site. Return to the beach for some swimming and snorkelling before boarding the yacht again.

Day 7
Galapagos Islands - Santa Cruz Island

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to learn more about its giant tortoise breeding program then wander the town of Puerto Ayora and shop for souvenirs. A drive through the surrounding highlands takes you from the coast to dense, humid forests, giving you ample opportunity to spot wildlife and birds. Later, visit the stunning sand cove of Ballena Bay for time to relax on the beach.

Day 8
Galapagos Islands to Guayaquil

Breakfast

This morning transfer to the airport and flight to the city of Guayaquil.

Day 9
Guayaquil

Breakfast

Tour the picturesque port city of Guayaquil, strolling along the Malecon 2000, an impressive boardwalk overlooking the Guayas River. You will then visit the colourful hillside neighbourhood of Las Penas. Continue on to Parque Bolivar, known locally as Iguana Park for the many iguanas that bask on its lawns. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure or take an optional excursion to Parque Historico, a thematic open-air park.

Day 10
Guayaquil to the UK

Breakfast

Enjoy a free morning before you are transferred to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

Day 11
Guayaquil to Lima

After a day at leisure in Guayaquil, take an evening flight to Lima. Your guide will meet you on arrival and accompany you to your hotel.

Day 12
Lima and Cusco

Breakfast

This morning you will fly to Cusco. In the afternoon your guide will commence your half day tour, taking you around all the most important sites.

Day 13
Cusco & Machu Picchu

Breakfast & Lunch

Today is the highpoint of this extension - a visit to the world renowned Machu Picchu. Board the Inca Rail train to climb up through the Andes, then a bus to the summit of the archaeological site. Constructed on a saddle between the two Andean peaks, Machu Picchu was one of the greates achievements of South American civilisation.

Day 14
Cusco

Breakfast

After breakfast at your hotel the rest of the day is free for you to relax and explore Cusco.

Day 15
Cusco to UK

Breakfast

After breakfast return to the UK via Lima and Madrid.

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Dates & Prices

Dates
Price (per person)
Dates available
January 2023
from £5,628
1 Date
9th Jan - 22nd Jan
£5,628
February 2023
from £5,328
1 Date
20th Feb - 5th Mar
£5,328
March 2023
from £5,428
1 Date
6th Mar - 19th Mar
£5,428
May 2023
from £5,678
2 Dates
15th May - 28th May
£5,678
29th May - 11th Jun
£5,678
August 2023
from £5,908
1 Date
21st Aug - 3rd Sep
£5,908
September 2023
from £5,678
1 Date
4th Sep - 17th Sep
£5,678
October 2023
from £5,628
1 Date
2nd Oct - 15th Oct
£5,628
November 2023
from £5,528
1 Date
13th Nov - 26th Nov
£5,528

Accommodation

The hotels listed below are provided for guidance only and final confirmation of your accommodation will be sent to you approximately 90 days before you travel
Hotel Casa Andina Classic Centro
1 nights
Lima, Peru
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Casa Andina Classic Koricancha
3 nights
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Tour Reviews

Keith Stannard

26 Jun 19

good standard of hotels throughout tour

David Lowe

09 Oct 18

Thank you for a lovely holiday and a great experience.

Important Information

A visa is not required for entry into Peru for UK passport holders. Further advice should be sought from the applicable tourist authority for other nationalities and for general queries. We strongly advise you check with your destinations? Tourist Board or Embassy for the most up-to-date guidelines regarding required passport validity.

You must obtain suitable travel insurance prior to departure. Mercury Direct is partnered with Holiday Extras which offer insurance at the following prices: <br /><br /> <table class="basic" cellspacing="0"><thead><tr><th><b>Age in Years</b></th><th><b>Up to 64</b></th><th><b>65 - 74</b></th><th><b>75 - 85</b></th></tr></thead><tbody><tr><td>Up to 17 days cover</td><td>£39</td><td>£75</td><td>£129</td></tr></tbody></table> For all persons 86 years and over, please contact us for insurance prices. Please ensure you provide us with the name of your insurer, policy number and their 24 hour emergency contact number as soon as possible. Mercury Direct will not be liable for any costs incurred by you due to your failure to take out suitable travel insurance from the date of booking.

If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of £250pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.

All flights are operated by LAN TAM airlines. Each passenger is entitled to 23kgs of hold luggage and hand luggage not exceeding 55cm x 40cm x 20cm in size. Flight times are for guidance only and subject to change.

We recommend that you consult your local GP for advice on vaccinations and travel health before departure.

This tour is accessible to most people with an average level of fitness and normal mobility.

There is no minimum number of travellers for this extension however the main tour passenger numbers will apply for the main part of the tour. If in the unlikely event there are less than the required number of people booked on your main tour date then you may be asked to change to a different date. A full refund will be made available to you should this alternative not be suitable.

This is a fully escorted tour, meaning that you will be met on arrival and will have a guide with you throughout the duration of your trip, ensuring you have first-hand knowledge at all times.

The currency in Peru is the Nuevo Sol, the symbol is S/. We recommend you exchange your currency before you leave the UK. US Dollars are widely accepted in Peru should you wish to keep an alternative currency on you. Cash machines are available in all the major cities to withdraw money in the local currency.

You will need to take some extra money with you to cover any lunches and dinners where these are not mentioned on your itinerary and personal purchases, such as souvenirs, laundry and extra drinks and snacks. Approximately £200-£300 should be sufficient.