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Peru & Galapagos

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  • Full Peru Tour followed by a luxury Galapagos Cruise
  • 18 Day Tour can be shortened or extended
  • Tours of Colca Canyon, Lake Titicaca, Cusco and The Sacred Valley
  • Machu Picchu by train and private tour with professional guide
  • 4 Day Galapagos Cruise
  • All transfers, tours and accommodations included

US$ 4,995 + flights

Day 1: Lima, Peru

Fly to Lima and where you can walk across to your hotel, just a few feet from the airport.

Day 2: Arequipa

Fly to Arequipa, Peru’s beautiful second city for a tour of its exquisite plazas, tranquil convent and unique museums.  Sample the local specialties while observing the hustle and bustle in the main square.

Day 3: Arequipa / Colca Canyon

Your trip into altitude begins as we take you on a three day guided tour of Colca Canyon.   On the way you’ll get a chance to see the elusive vicuña grazing on the high Andean plains.   Take a break at 4,800m for a warm cup of coca tea surrounded by snow capped volcanoes.  In the afternoon relax in Chivay’s thermal baths and admire the views of Colca Canyon.  Stay overnight in a cozy local hotel.

Day 4: Colca Canyon Tour

After breakfast, we´ll bring you to the best place to observe the Andean Condors.  Visit various viewpoints to see Colca Canyon and the villages that line the rim of the canyon. See how the local people still farm in this dramatic landscape before returning to your hotel in Chivay and perhaps a gentle hike or some horse riding, or just sit by the fire and admire the views.

Day 5: Colca Canyon / Lake Titicaca

Another chance to see Andean condors or soak-in the scenery of the Canyon before your comfortable transfer across the Andean altiplano, or high plains, to Puno—on the shores of the highest navigable lake in the world—Lake Titicaca.

Day 6: Lake Titicaca Tour

We pick you up from your hotel to take you on a full day guided tour of  Lake Titicaca visiting two completely different and unique traditional societies.  The Uros people live on reed islands that they make themselves: the islands making up an entire community including post office, shops, school and clinics.  The other island is Taquile, which has its own unique traditions and is a very pretty island with no motorised transport.  Return by boat to Puno and your city center hotel.

Day 7: Puno to Cusco Tour

Today we bring you to your first-class tourist bus across the high altiplano to Cusco and your city center hotel.  There are regular stops so you can appreciate the historic sites of Raqchi and Andahuaylias and the stunning mountain scenery.

Day 8: Cusco Tour

Wake up in Cusco – the Inca heartland.  On your tour of Cusco, see the amazing blend of Inca stonework side by side with intact colonial houses. The artwork at Cusco Cathedral uniquely shows how the ancient Andean people mingles with the rest of the world, and in the main plaza you can still see this mix of old and new taking place all around you.

Day 9: Sacred Valley Tour

On your tour of the Sacred Valley enjoy bartering for local handicrafts in Pisaq, and be amazed by the skill of the Incas as you visit ruins throughout the valley.  The Sacred Valley is a lush area surrounded by snow capped peaks. Stay overnight in this peaceful valley.

Day 10: Machu Picchu by Train

Travel in comfort on a train to the base of Machu Picchu.  You will then take a bus up the hill to where the sacred ruins of the Incas are perched on a dramatic peak surrounded by mountains and forests.  We take you on a full tour of the site, you then have plenty of time to explore Machu Picchu at your leisure.  Return to Cusco.

Day 11: Second Day at Machu Picchu

Day 12: Cusco / Lima

You have the morning free to explore Cusco before your afternoon flight to Lima.

Day 13: Lima to Guayaquil

Fly from Lima to Guayaquil, Ecuador for the second part of your trip – the Galapagos Islands!  

Days 14—17: Galapagos Islands Cruise

After a short flight, you arrive in The Galapagos Islands – brimming with plants and animals found nowhere else on earth.  You will be met there and transferred to your ship to begin your next adventure - a 4 day cruise of the Galapagos Islands (can be extended to 5 or 8 days).

Choose between larger, more stable vessels of 90-100 passengers and the smaller, more intimate vessels (16-20).  Choose the ship that suits your traveling style and the sturdiness of your sea legs!  Whatever your choice you will have a comfortable cabin, excellent food throughout and, importantly, naturalist guides who can help you tell your booby from your finch. 

Itineraries vary depending on your cruise ship, but every day you will have two excursions - boarding a panga (motorized raft) to go ashore and walk with your guide through mangrove, cactus forest and beaches to experience the nature of these amazing islands.

More about the Galapagos Experience

Typical Galapagos Cruise Excursions include:

  • Walking in the highlands of Santa Cruz or San Cristobal with giant tortoises 
  • Snorkeling and swimming with sea turtles, sharks, sea lions and Galapagos penguins
  • Watch sea lions rolling around alongside land and sea iguanas
  • Listening to your local expert guide telling the strange stories of the early inhabitants of Floreana Island
  • Spotting flamingoes, albatross and the famous boobies

Day 18: Final Day Galapagos, Fly Home

After a morning excursion, you return to the airport for your flight to mainland Ecuador (Quito or Guayaquil) and home.

NB All our tours are customized and leave on any day.  Please contact us for your own personalized tour program.

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Trip Reviews

First, we had a wonderful time and the trip was fun and interesting. We managed not to get sick and did not have any altitude

Alan and Judy, Peru & Ecuador

Hi Max, I can't tell you pleased we were with what you arranged for us. We, I had a great time and the fact that

Dave, Peru & Galapagos

Hey Donovan - the overall trip exceeded our expectations.  We would definitely recommend the trip, even though it was a bit expensive for our friends,

Brian S, Peru & Galapagos

HI Max and Donovan,I would like to thank you for a lovely Trip.  The Coral staff did an awesome job making our vacation spectacular.The DietrichsEcuador &

The Dietrichs, Ecuador & Galapagos

Max,Just wanted to touch base and you let know how great our trip went.  Other than AA losing Jill’s bag (which caused a bit of

Darin, Peru & Galapagos

Hi Donovan the trip through Costa Rica was fabulous. Once again you did an outstanding job giving us a trip to remember. Our guide, Charlie

Linda, Costa Rica

We had the best time ever, just an exceedingly wonderful whirlwind tour of Peru and the Galapagos. Your tour guides were so careful and aware

Jane and Sue, Peru

I had contracted with Ideal South America (ISA), after checking with eleven other travel agencies.  If you plan on a trip to South America I

Col. Ed Scholl, Peru

Max, The trip was fantastic and you put together a very nice itinerary.  The guides were very knowledgeable and the lodging was great, the flights

Ralstons & Pruesses, Peru

As promised, a while back, I am sending you some pictures from our trip to Peru. As I mentioned previously, we had an amazing time!

Peru, Eid-Heberle Family

I wanted to take a moment and thank you and your staff for planning and delivering an incredible trip! Alyssa and I had an amazing

Jake and Alyssa

We are back we had a great time. Thanks for your careful planning. The Andes were spectacular, the yacht was terrific … the Galapagos amazing.

Schreibers, Florida

"We had a wonderful time on our trip. Everything went really smoothly and we enjoyed all of our excursions. It was the trip of a

Ralston Family, California

Our trip was wonderful! Everything was well organized, hotels were great, and the weather was close to perfect.

Lewis Family, Pennsylvania

Jan 2013

...the places we saw exceeded our expectations. Machu Picchu is way better than the pictures show. The Galapagos trip is also great. I guess the

Sonny & Amanda Punzalan, California

Dec 2012

The trip to Ecuador and Peru were great! We felt that all of the guides, drivers, and transfers were excellent. Everything went well

Sue Clark & Family, Washington

Peru & Ecuador, Dec 2012

We had the best time and wanted to let you know that every hotel, transfer, guide, connection, tour, mode of transportation, and cruise were perfect.

Mark Stout & Family, Pennsylvania

Machu Picchu & Galapagos, Dec 2012

Thanks for the ideal trip. Everything worked out perfectly. Loved having somebody with name card at every airport to pick us up and give

Bruce Thaler, Philadelphia

Machu Picchu & Galapagos, November 2012

It was marvelous and the trip of a lifetime. If I searched for a fault in the trip I could not find one to complain

Howard Silberstein, Miami

Galapagos & Ecuador, November 2012

Thank you guys for planning our Galapagos and Machu Picchu trip. We had a great time! The transfers were punctual, and the guides

Yau Ru Chen, Los Angeles

Machu Picchu Galapagos, October 2012

Thanks for arranging such an awesome trip for the Whiteside family when in Peru this week. The guides were absolutely superb

Janet Whiteside, Florida

Peru, July 2012

The experience from beginning to end was excellent. The combination of Sacred Valley, Iguazu ending in Rio is great

Paul Jones

Machu Picchu, Iguazu & Rio, March 2012

We just returned from our South American trip with fond memories and no hitches. Thanks to your planning and foresight.

Victor Limlingan, Travel Agent – The Philippines

Ecuador, Galapagos & Panama, June 2012

...we were so pleased with your services and will be booking with you again for our South American travel in the future!

Jennafer Bonello – Washington DC

Peru, June 2012

We had a wonderful trip. everything went well and all the guides were super nice and helpful.

Hamila Atefi – Washington DC

Peru and Galapagos, May 2012

I just wanted to say thank you for all of your hard work planning my trip. It was all appreciated, and provided us with

Chris Leggat – New York

Galapagos & Machu Picchu, June 2012

Just back from one of the most enjoyable and well put together vacation trips we have ever experienced! Thanks for putting it all together for

Rick Velategui – USA

Peru, Galapagos, Oct 2011

The hotels, guides & drivers were first class & we could not have expected anything more than what was delivered. Thank you again

Mike & Carol Lipischak

Peru, November 2011

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