Begin this incredible journey in Peru, a truly magnificent country steeped in history and great ancient civilisations. After a night on arrival in Lima, travel into the heart of the Sacred Valley of the Incas to stay at the exclusive Tambo del Inka for 2 nights, a superb base for experiencing the mysteries and tranquility of this sacred land.
Then take a thrilling train ride on the Hiram Bingham through beautiful mountain scenery to Machu Picchu, one of the wonders of the ancient world. Experience an overwhelming feeling of awe on first seeing the lost ruins perched high on a cloud-draped ridge and bathed in golden light. Stay at the only hotel located inside the sanctuary of Machu Picchu itself.
Return by the Hiram Bingham train, enjoying a gourmet dinner in the Pullman car, to the ancient Inca capital of Cuzco, set in the high Andes and explore magical ancestral ruins, plazas, museums, markets and churches whilst staying in the superb Palacio Nazarenas, a luxury converted Franciscan convent.
Continue to the charming Ecuadorian capital of Quito, which is undergoing a real renaissance, and enjoy the colourful markets and colonial architecture, staying 2 nights at the exclusive Casa Gangotena, fabulously located with wonderful views across Plaza San Francisco.
To finish on a real high, fly out to the Galapagos Islands to see the greatest wildlife show on earth. Sail around this unique archipelago aboard the Silver Galapagos, the most comfortable vessel currently operating in the islands. Follow in Darwin’s footsteps as you encounter rare marine iguanas, giant tortoises, blue-footed boobies, penguins, sea lions and manta rays. No amount of hype will prepare you for such a close encounter with nature. Take a stroll over incredible lava flows spotting unique flora and fauna and snorkel with the rich marine life.
Please see our Original Itinerary below. It is a suggested itinerary and can be tailored to suit your individual needs.
When to travel
April to October is best for Peru’s Andean region. It is typically sunny in the day and cold at night due to altitude. Heavy rains December to March with January and February being the wettest months. Galapagos can be visited year round with hot and sunny days with brief showers December to June and warmer seas, the rest of year is drier but cooler and cloudier. Seas can be choppier July to September. Due to limited permits book well in advance.
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Location and directions
Lima, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Cuzco, Quito, Galapagos
The Miraflores Park Hotel is located on Avenida Malecón de la Reserva, in an exclusive residential area of Lima surrounded by parks with an incredible ocean view. Next to Hotel Rio Sagrado nestled in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, surrounded by ancient ruins, indigenous markets and stunning scenery. Then to Sanctuary Lodge which is situated alongside the ruins at Machu Picchu, a 20-minute drive from the town of Aguas Calientes. From there to Cuzco and The Hotel Monasterio which is located on Calle Palacio, just two blocks from the Plaza de Armas, Cuzco's central square where the cathedral and most important museums are located. Casa Gangotena is situated on Simon Bolivar, overlooking Plaza San Francisco in the San Roque neighbourhood of Quito's historic centre, Ecuador. The final destination is aboard the M/V Isabela II which will take you round the Galapagos archipelago.
How to get there
16-hour international flight to Lima. Miraflores Park Hotel is located approximately 20-minutes from the International Airport of Lima.