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Peru & Galapagos in Style

Lima, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Cuzco, Quito, Galapagos

Experience the very best of Peru and Ecuador on this once-in-a-lifetime adventure that combines Peru's breathtaking Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu in superb style with the elegant sophistication of a Galapagos cruise on board the MV Origin.

At a Glance

  • Visit the ancient Inca capital of Machu Picchu, a must-see when exploring Peru

  • Snorkel in the Galapagos for up-close encounters with sea lions, marine iguanas, penguins and sea turtles

  • Travel through Peru's Sacred Valley aboard the Hiram Bingham, Belmond's luxury train

  • Explore Cuzco’s narrow cobbled streets, Inca ruins and churches

  • Avoid traveling from December to March which is the rainy season in Peru

Cruise, Culture, Honeymoon, Wildlife

Description

Begin this incredible journey in Peru, a truly magnificent country steeped in history and great ancient civilizations. Arrive into Lima, the vibrant capital and gastronomic heart of the country, staying at the Belmond Miraflores Park Hotel for 1 or 2 nights. There is plenty to discover here, including some of Peru's top museums and restaurants and it offers a great introduction to the Inca empire which once ruled. 

From here, fly to Cuzco and travel into the heart of the Sacred Valley of the Incas to stay at the exclusive Tambo del Inka for two nights, a superb base for experiencing the mysteries and tranquility of this sacred land. As well as a wealth of brilliant cultural excursions, this is an exhilarating hub for adventurous activities, and we can include everything from paddleboarding to mountain biking and horseback riding.

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 just next to the entrance to the site itself, a 20-minute bus ride up from the main village of Aguas Calientes where the other hotels can be found. Choose to return to Machu Picchu the following day and hike one of the two mountains which are located within the site, or simply continue your journey to Cuzco.

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. Explore magical ancestral ruins, plazas, museums, markets and churches whilst staying in the superb Belmond Palacio Nazarenas, a luxury converted Franciscan convent.

After two nights in charming Cuzco, continue to the Ecuadorian capital of Quito, which offers a blend of both quaint colonial neighborhoods and contemporary plazas and dining districts. Here you can enjoy the colorful markets and colonial architecture, staying two nights at the exclusive Illa Experience Hotel, which sits in the cool bohemian neighborhood of San Marcos.

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 MV Origin, one of the most luxurious small expedition vessels 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.

From here, it's easy to continue exploring more of the continent if you have more time. Speak to a specialist for our suggestions on how best to customize the below itinerary.

 

Itinerary

Stay

Location/route

Overnight

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Fly to Lima
1 night

Lima, Peru

Belmond Miraflores Park
2 nights

Fly to Cuzco and drive to the Sacred Valley

Tambo Del Inka Resort & Spa
1 night

Hiram Bingham to Machu Picchu

Belmond Sanctuary Lodge at Machu Picchu
2 nights

Hiram Bingham to Cuzco

Belmond Palacio Nazarenas
2 nights

Quito, Ecuador

Illa Experience Hotel
7 nights

Galapagos, Ecuador

M/V Origin Galapagos
Fly home (via Guayaquil)

Location & 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 Tambo del Inka 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. Illa Experience Hotel is located in the San Marcos neighborhood of Quito's historic center, Ecuador. The final destination is on board the MV Origin which will take you around the Galapagos archipelago.

When to go

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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