Legacy of the Incas with Peru's Amazon & Galápagos Cruise (SPY)

23 Day Tour from Lima to Guayaquil

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Be sure you’ve packed your camera on this amazing vacation to Peru and the Galápagos Islands, as you’ll enjoy magnificent scenery in the Peruvian Amazon, thrilling wildlife in the Galápagos Islands, and amazing ancient ruins in some of Peru’s most historic areas.

Peru is one of the great originating centers of ancient culture, and on this vacation, you’ll discover its archaeological treasures, visit its ancient ruins, and learn about its ancient culture. A highlight of your vacation is a tour to Machu Picchu, where you’ll visit this remarkable Inca city. Stand in awe as you witness the ancient ruins surrounded by soaring peaks—one of the most majestic images in South America! Of course, no trip to Peru is complete without seeing the Nazca Lines. Here, you’ll wonder why the ancient Nazca people, who thrived here from 200 BC to 500 AD, created illustrations that could only be seen from far above the earth. It’s a puzzle that has kept archaeologists speculating ever since they were discovered.

Also spend time in Peru’s Amazon. Discover the tropical jungle on multiple boat trips and be on the lookout for turtles, caimans, monkeys, river birdlife, and more—not to mention the lush vegetation. Search by canoe for the resident giant river otters, and visit a Parrot Clay Lick to observe the parrots and macaws. In the Galápagos Islands, enjoy a 4-night cruise and watch for blue-footed boobies, frigatebirds, sea lions, land iguanas, flamingos, giant tortoises, and more. For even more fun, consider swimming and snorkeling in search of sea life.

From ancient ruins and ancient civilizations to captivating flora and fauna, this tour to Peru and the Galápagos Islands has it all. You’ll be sure to arrive home with plenty of photos and stories from this enriching vacation.
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

PERU'S AMAZON
Enjoy three nights in the Peruvian Amazon
LIMA
Sightseeing with a Local Guide; visit San Francisco Monastery and a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite local Peruvian food market; welcome dinner at Casa Garcia Alvarado; farewell dinner
SACRED VALLEY
Visit the Kenko Amphitheater and Pisac; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Mother Earth Ceremony with a shaman; dinner and Peruvian Paso Horse Show; visit Ollantaytambo and Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite a local home for a glimpse into rural Peruvian life
MACHU PICCHU
Take the Vistadome train through the Urubamba Valley; sightseeing with a Local Guide and a second entrance to the ruins on your second day in Machu Picchu; Pisco Sour mixology lesson
CUSCO
Sightseeing with a Local Guide; visit the cathedral and the Santo Domingo Monastery, and the Temple of Sacsayhuaman
LAKE TITICACA
Guided sightseeing to Taquile and the Uros Floating Islands
SILLUSTANI
Visit the ruins; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite learn about the lives of the local people
PARACAS
Fly over the Nazca Lines; cruise to the Ballestas Islands
GALAPAGOS ISLANDS
Sightseeing in Quito; 4-night Galápagos Islands cruise
Headsets throughout the tour

NOTE:

  • Participation in this tour requires guest's name exactly as it appears on his/her passport, D.O.B., gender, and nationality at the time of booking.

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • City of Cusco
  • Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu
  • Historic Center of Lima
  • Galapagos Islands
  • City of Quito

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Breakfast daily, 11 lunches, 15 three-course dinners including a welcome dinner at a historic home and a farewell dinner in Lima

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1 Arrive in Lima, Peru

Welcome to Lima, where you will be met by a Globus representative.

Day 2 Lima–Puerto Maldonado–Posada Amazonas

Fly to Puerto Maldonado. Embark on a MOTORBOAT for a journey up the Tambopata River to your Amazon Jungle lodge with your expert Naturalist. This afternoon, take a walk to the CANOPY TOWER to observe the forest and its inhabitants from the treetops.

Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner

Day 3 Posada Amazonas

A boat trip and walk bring you to OXBOW LAKE to search for the resident giant river otters, howler monkeys, macaws, and other fauna. After lunch, learn about medicinal uses of the region’s endemic plants on a NATURE WALK led by your Naturalist. Tonight’s nighttime WALK introduces you to the rainforest at night and its nocturnal wildlife.

Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner

Day 4 Posada Amazonas

Visit the CLAY LICK and watch parrots and macaws perch to eat clay, followed by a NATURE WALK in search of fauna. This afternoon, visit a LOCAL FARM and see the diverse crops grown in the Amazon.

Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner

Day 5 Posada Amazonas–Puerto Maldonado–Lima

Return to Puerto Maldonado and fly to Lima, where the remainder of your day is at leisure, and you will be met by your Tour Director.

Breakfast

Day 6 Lima

This afternoon, your Local Guide focuses on the city’s colonial heritage during a walking TOUR. Start at the Plaza de Armas to see the Government Palace and the cathedral. From here, stroll to the venerable SAN FRANCISCO MONASTERY with its splendid 17th-century cloister murals. For a special treat, stop at a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite LOCAL PERUVIAN FOOD MARKET to get a real taste of the lives of the local people. This evening, enjoy a welcome dinner with your fellow traveling companions at one of Lima’s finest historic homes, CASA GARCIA ALVARADO.

Breakfast
Dinner

Day 7 Lima–Cusco–Sacred Valley

Fly to Cusco, the impressive Andean city that was once the capital of the Inca Empire. Head into the Sacred Valley of the Incas, where you will experience an Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite El Pago a la Tierra, or MOTHER EARTH CEREMONY, performed by a local shaman. These ceremonies thanking Mother Earth and asking for good health and safe travels have been practiced in Peru since before the arrival of the Incas. Next, stop at the semi-circular KENKO Temple with its stone altars and labyrinth of passages. See the ancient site of Puca Pucara before continuing to PISAC, an old mountain village where you will have free time to shop for local wares such as alpaca sweaters and blankets, jewelry, or hand-painted ornamental dishes and vases. Stay in the Sacred Valley tonight, and enjoy a special dinner outing with a PERUVIAN PASO HORSE SHOW.

Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner

Day 8 Sacred Valley–Machu Picchu

This morning, visit the Inca Fortress of OLLANTAYTAMBO, followed by the opportunity to visit a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite HOME, meet some of the locals, and experience their way of life. Next, board the Vistadome TRAIN for a short journey through the lush Urubamba Valley. Then, transfer to a motorcoach for the ascent to legendary MACHU PICCHU, the “Lost City of the Incas,” high above the steep valley overlaid with dense tropical jungle. Your Local Guide will bring you closer to the lives and mysteries still hidden in these amazing structures built by the pre-Columbian masters of this sacred land. Tonight, learn how to mix the perfect Pisco Sour, Peru’s national drink, before dinner at the hotel.

Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner

Day 9 Machu Picchu–Cusco

Your entrance to MACHU PICCHU is included for a second day. Enjoy the tranquility of the morning, with free time to wander the ruins at your own pace and experience the magic that is Machu Picchu. After lunch, return to the Sacred Valley by TRAIN and continue on to Cusco.

Breakfast
Lunch

Day 10 Cusco

This morning, learn more about the Incas and their struggle against invading Spaniards on your Cusco city TOUR, with visits to the imposing CATHEDRAL and the SANTO DOMINGO MONASTERY. Also visit the TEMPLE OF SACSAYHUAMAN, perched on a hillside overlooking Cusco. It remains unfathomable how and when this fortress of gigantic stones—with some blocks weighing more than 350 tons—was built. The remainder of your day is free to explore at your leisure. Tonight, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

Breakfast
Dinner

Day 11 Cusco–Juliaca–Puno (Lake Titicaca)

Board a flight to Juliaca, where you will continue to Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca.

Breakfast
Dinner

Day 12 Puno. Excursion to Lake Titicaca

Today, take a motorboat trip to some of the more unique islands of LAKE TITICACA. Start with TAQUILE ISLAND, which was once part of the Inca Empire and was one of the last areas of Peru to be conquered by Spain in the 16th century. The Spanish banned traditional dress on the island, which is why the Spanish peasant dress can still be found today. Next, travel to the fascinating UROS ISLANDS, home to the Uros Indians, who were forced to live on the lake as the Inca Indians pushed farther into their territory. These islands are completely made by reeds and are continually added to as they disintegrate to the bottom of the lake.

Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner

Day 13 Puno–Sillustani–Juliaca–Lima

Depart for Juliaca this morning, visiting the ruins of SILLUSTANI en route. At this pre-Incan burial ground, see where the ancient Aymaras buried their high priests in chullpas—above-ground, cylinder-shaped tombs dating back to the 1400s. While here, Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite spend some time with the locals, see their HOMES, learn how they work, what they eat, and gain a better understanding of their lives. Fly from Juliaca to Lima this afternoon.

Breakfast

Day 14 Lima–Paracas. Ballestas Islands Cruise & Nazca Lines

Enjoy a scenic drive south along the Pan-American Highway to the Bay of Paracas. CRUISE out to the Ballestas Islands, which are inhabited by a wide variety of sea mammals and exotic birds, including boobies, sea lions, and Humboldt penguins. The huge Candelabro, a candelabra-shaped etching on the Paracas cliffside, can also be seen as you cruise back to shore. Continue to the town of Pisco, the wine capital of Peru. Have your camera handy today as you board your aircraft for a FLIGHT over the Nazca plains, which can only be appreciated by air. Your pilot will point out the mysterious markings known as the NAZCA LINES, a series of drawings of animals and geometric figures etched into the parched soil—some up to 1,000 feet long! Theories vary, but the most accepted belongs to German mathematician Maria Reiche, who dubbed the land the “astronomical calendar” of the ancient Peruvians. Enjoy dinner this evening at your hotel.

Breakfast
Dinner

Day 15 Paracas–Lima

After some free time in Paracas, return to Lima today. Tonight, your Tour Director hosts a memorable farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Breakfast
Dinner

Day 16 Lima–Quito, Ecuador

Fly to Quito, capital of Ecuador.

Breakfast

Day 17 Quito

On an included city tour, see INDEPENDENCE SQUARE with its CATHEDRAL and SAN FRANCISCO PLAZA CHURCH, and the BASILICA.

Breakfast

Day 18 Quito–San Cristobal (Embarkation)–Cruising

Fly to San Cristobal and embark the Santa Cruz II for a 4-night CRUISE. This afternoon, arrive at PUNTA PITT, the easternmost point in the islands. A somewhat difficult trail leads you to the only place in the archipelago where all three types of booby exist, nesting next to both types of frigates.

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Lunch
Dinner

Day 19 Cruising: Santa Fe & South Plaza Islands

Wake up at SANTA FÉ Island, where you are met by sea lion harems and the endemic land iguana. The beach offers great snorkeling. At SOUTH PLAZA, wildlife includes sea lions, land iguanas, and hybrid iguanas, which are the result of a cross between male marine iguanas and female land iguanas. This is also a bird-watcher’s paradise, where you will see nesting swallow-tailed gulls, masked and blue-footed boobies, red-billed tropicbirds, frigatebirds, pelicans, and Audubon’s shearwaters.

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Lunch
Dinner

Day 20 Cruising: Santa Cruz Island

Today begins with a visit to the CHARLES DARWIN RESEARCH STATION, established to help conserve the famous giant tortoises. Next up: the highlands of SANTA CRUZ, marked by extinct volcanoes and astonishing plants. Here you are likely to see Galápagos rails, cattle egrets, and flycatchers.

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Lunch
Dinner

Day 21 Cruising: Espanola Island

Today, join your Naturalist for excursions to Gardner Bay and Punta Suárez on ESPAÑOLA ISLAND, one of the oldest islands in the archipelago. Here you will see the famous blowhole, as well as unique sea bird colonies, including the waved albatrosses (April-December), Nazca and blue-footed boobies, and Darwin’s finches.

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Lunch
Dinner

Day 22 Cruising: Baltra (Disembarkation)–Guayaquil

After breakfast, disembark and fly to Guayaquil.

Breakfast

Day 23 Guayaquil

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

Breakfast

 Tour Director

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 Accommodations

Puerto Maldonado
Lima
Sacred Valley
Machu Picchu
Cusco
Puno
Paracas
Quito
Guayaquil

Puerto Maldonado

Posada Amazonas Lodge

Av Aramburu 166 Dep 4b
Puerto Maldonado, AMA Peru

Posada Amazonas opened its doors in 1998 and has become a major attraction for those looking for a short stay in the rainforest with the promise of an authentic eco-tourist experience. The lodge is situated within the community's private reserve. Using local materials and architecture combined with modern expertise, Posada Amazonas is community built and as such is a testament to workmanship and endeavor. Posada Amazonas is a 30 bedroom lodge owned by the Community of Infierno and managed with Rainforest Expeditions. Thanks to its accesibility, excellent wildlife observation opportunities, cultural context and comfortable accommodations, Posada Amazonas is ideal for a three night introduction to Amazonia´s richest rain forests.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Gift Shop
  • Bar/Lounge

Room Amenities

  • Window Opens
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • In-Room Safe
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Smoking Rooms

Lima

Casa Andina Private Collection Miraflores

First-Class

Ave la Paz 463
Lima, LIM Peru

With its stylish contemporary design, cutting-edge technology and ideal location, the flagship Casa Andina Private Collection - Miraflores hotel is the top of its class in every aspect. Amenities include a restaurant, bar, coffee shop, beauty salon, spa, pool, gym, business center, gift shops, and laundry service.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Gift Shop
  • Elevator
  • Spa Services
  • Beauty Salon
  • Currency Exchange
  • Fitness Room
  • Parking/Valet
  • Business Center
  • Concierge desk
  • Pool
  • Luggage Storage
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Dry Cleaning
  • ATM

Room Amenities

  • In-Room Safe
  • Climate Control
  • Coffee Maker
  • Internet Access
  • Alarm Clock
  • Desk
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Room Service
  • Phone
  • Mini-bar
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Hair Dryer
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Air Conditioning
  • Television

Sacred Valley

Casa Andina Private Collection Sacred Valley

5to Paradero Yanahuara
Urubamba Valley, Peru

Free Wifi

The Casa Andina Private Collection hotel in the Sacred Valley is a luxurious and satisfying retreat. Combining fine food, comfortable rooms, and personalized attention, it is the Valley's most complete hotel. In additon to a spa, a fitness center, and romantic dining, this hotel is best known for providing panoramic views of the Andes in every room. This charming mountain chalet-style hotel adds style and comfort to the already stunning atmosphere of Peru's Sacred Valley.

Hotel Amenities

  • Business Center
  • Spa Services
  • ATM
  • Parking/Valet
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Luggage Storage
  • Currency Exchange
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Free WiFi
  • Fitness Room
  • Bar/Lounge

Room Amenities

  • Room Service
  • Coffee Maker
  • Internet Access
  • In-Room Safe
  • Phone
  • Hair Dryer
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Desk
  • Clock Radio
  • Television
  • Window Opens
  • Cable/Satellite

Machu Picchu

Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel

Moderate Deluxe

Av Hermanos Ayar Mz 1 Lote 3
Machu Picchu, Peru

The Sumaq Hotel is located at the foot of the Machu Picchu ruins and boasts an Andean health spa, bar, restaurant, gift shop, and business center.

Hotel Amenities

  • Concierge desk
  • Spa Services
  • Currency Exchange
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Business Center
  • Gift Shop
  • Luggage Storage
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Elevator

Room Amenities

  • Desk
  • Window Opens
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Voicemail
  • Mini-bar
  • Room Service
  • In-Room Safe
  • Television
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Internet Access
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Hair Dryer
  • Phone

Cusco

Casa Andina Private Collection Cusco

Plazaleta Limacpampa Chico 473
Cusco, CUS Peru

Free Wifi

A beautifully renovated 18th-century manor house is located 3 blocks from Cusco's Plaza de Armas. The hotel is distinguished by its 3 interior patios with wooden balconies. The principal patio, featuring a gurgling stone fountain, is one of Cusco's emblematic colonial courtyards. Amenities include a gourmet restaurant, bar, reading room, room service, gift shop, and laundry service.

Hotel Amenities

  • Luggage Storage
  • Gift Shop
  • Currency Exchange
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Business Center
  • Free WiFi

Room Amenities

  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Phone
  • In-Room Safe
  • Television
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Alarm Clock
  • Internet Access
  • Mini-bar
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Hair Dryer
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Room Service
  • Coffee Maker

Puno

Libertador Puno Hotel

Isla Esteves
Puno, PUN Peru

Free Wifi

The Libertador Lake Titicaca, a 5-star hotel, is located on Esteves Island on the shores of Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world. Amenities include a restaurant, bar, business center, gift shop, gym, jacuzzi, sauna, and private dock.

Hotel Amenities

  • Gift Shop
  • Luggage Storage
  • Elevator
  • Parking/Valet
  • Business Center
  • Pool
  • Fitness Room
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Spa Services
  • Currency Exchange
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Concierge desk
  • Free WiFi
  • Dry Cleaning

Room Amenities

  • Cable/Satellite
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • In-Room Safe
  • Climate Control
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Room Service
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Desk
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Internet Access
  • Alarm Clock
  • Television
  • Phone
  • Voicemail

Paracas

Doubletree Hotel Paracas

Lote 30-34 Urb. Santo Domingo
Paracas, Peru

Free Wifi

The Doubletree Resort is located ideally along beautiful Paracas beach, and offers guests a modern facility with a wide range of onsite amenities. This includes two restaurants, snack bar, private beach, fitness center, spa, pool, jacuzzi, sauna, and business center. The resorts also offers a wide array of leisure activities such as aerobics, dance lessons, volleyball, tennis, kayaking or simply lounging and relaxing to the sound of waves on the beach.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Gift Shop
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Currency Exchange
  • Spa Services
  • Fitness Room
  • Business Center
  • Luggage Storage
  • Parking/Valet
  • ATM
  • Elevator
  • Free WiFi
  • Pool

Room Amenities

  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Window Opens
  • Coffee Maker
  • Phone
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Television
  • Alarm Clock
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Internet Access
  • Voicemail
  • Room Service
  • Mini-bar
  • Hair Dryer
  • Desk
  • In-Room Safe
  • Air Conditioning
  • Cable/Satellite

Quito

Hilton Colon Quito

Ave Amazonas N 1914 Y Patria Avenida 1
Quito, Ecuador

The Hilton Colon Quito hotel is 10 minutes' walk from the colonial Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This modern hotel enjoys spectacular views of the city. Amenities include a fitness center, spa, outdoor heated pool, 5 restaurants/lounges, laundry service, concierge, florist, barber shop, and gift shop.

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar/Lounge
  • ATM
  • Concierge desk
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Spa Services
  • Beauty Salon
  • Elevator
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Business Center
  • Gift Shop
  • Luggage Storage
  • Currency Exchange
  • Pool
  • Parking/Valet
  • Fitness Room

Room Amenities

  • Television
  • Internet Access
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Voicemail
  • Desk
  • Hair Dryer
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Room Service
  • Alarm Clock
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Phone
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Air Conditioning
  • Climate Control
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Coffee Maker
  • Mini-bar
  • In-Room Safe
  • Pay Movies

Guayaquil

Oro Verde Hotel

9 de Octubre y Garcia Moreno
Guayaquil, Ecuador

Free Wifi

A five-time winner of the World Travel Awards, the Oro Verde offers an exquisite combination of European experience and Ecuadorian hospitality. The hotel is conveniently located, tastefully decorated, and offers a unique and full list of amenities, making your stay in Guayaquil as easy and comfortable as possible - while still adding a touch of elegance.

Hotel Amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Luggage Storage
  • Elevator
  • Gift Shop
  • Fitness Room
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Pool
  • Business Center
  • Concierge desk
  • Dry Cleaning
  • ATM
  • Parking/Valet
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa Services
  • Beauty Salon
  • Currency Exchange

Room Amenities

  • Mini-bar
  • Coffee Maker
  • Phone
  • Voicemail
  • In-Room Safe
  • Climate Control
  • Hair Dryer
  • Window Opens
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Alarm Clock
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Television
  • Internet Access
  • Air Conditioning
  • Desk
  • Room Service
  • Pay Movies
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Complimentary Toiletries

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