Inca Civilisation, Andean Mountain Landscapes and the Enchanted Islands

Cruise the Galapagos Islands for close encounters with friendly wildlife, combined with the landscapes of the Andean mountains, colonial heritage and ancient Inca civilisation.

Travel Highlights

  • Combine Inca Culture, Andean mountain landscapes and the friendly wildlife of the Galapagos
  • Tour Peru's vibrant capital Lima, home to some of the world's best restaurants
  • Venture onto majestic Lake Titicaca to discover local life on its traditional islands
  • Explore the Inca capital Cusco and enjoy a day trip to the Sacred Valley of the Incas
  • Marvel at Machu Picchu, the lost citadel of the Incas, hidden in dramatic cloud forest
  • Embark on an unforgettable seven night Galapagos Islands cruise
  • Travel in the company of experts, with daily walks and snorkelling taking you up close to the bizarre and fearless reptiles, birds and marine life

 

Journey Breakdown

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The Libertador Tour
Travel Itinerary

Lima
Days 1 - 2

Day 1  - Departure from the UK

Day 2 - Tour of Lima & museums

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Day 1  - Departure from the UK

Depart on a daytime flight to Lima. On arrival at Lima airport, you will be met by our representative who will take you to your hotel for two nights.

Day 2 - Tour of Lima & museums

A half day tour of the city to discover both colonial and modern districts of Lima. Following an earthquake in 1746, the city was elaborately rebuilt, and today wide streets, vast plazas and old houses with ornately carved balconies are a legacy of this period. Visit the Museo Arqueologico Rafael Larco Herrera in the suburb of Pueblo Libre. Founded in 1926 by the Peruvian archaeologist Rafael Larco Hoyle, the Larco Museum showcases remarkable chronological galleries providing an excellent overview on 3,000 years of development of Peruvian pre-Columbian history. Featuring the finest gold and silver collection from Ancient Peru and to the famous erotic archaeological collection, this museum is one of the most visited Peruvian tourist attractions.

 

Lake Titicaca
Days 3 - 4

Day 3 - Puno & Uros Islands

Day 4 - Island communities of Lake Titicaca

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Day 3 - Fly to Lake Titicaca

Morning flight to Juliaca where we will transfer to Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca.

Day 4 - Island communities of Lake Titicaca

Today you will venture onto Lake Titicaca to Uros and Taquile Islands. Although the Uros Indians of the floating islands have intermarried with Aymara Indians and no pure-blooded Uros exist, many of the inhabitants of the islands still practice the old traditions of fishing, trapping birds and living on the lake plants. The totora reeds which grow abundantly in the shallows of the lake are used for their boats, houses and islands. The Indians began living on the reed islands over 500 years ago when the Uros built the islands in an effort to isolate themselves from the Collas and the Incas. Continue to the beautiful island of Taquile, approximately 3 hours from the mainland. The island is famous for its fine weavings made by the local men who still wear their traditional dress - coded so that one knows who is married or single!

 

Cusco
Days 5 - 7

Day 5 - Train to Cusco

Day 6 - Sacred Valley of the Incas

Day 7 - Cusco & Inca Ruins Tour

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Day 5 - Andean Explorer Train

Crossing the Andes on the Puno – Cusco route is an unforgettable experience all on its own. But doing it aboard the PeruRail Titicaca Train will make this a truly once-in-a-lifetime adventure. The PeruRail Titicaca Train was created to provide passengers with all the luxuries they could want in a trip, while offering them a chance to forge a mystical connection with nature. The PeruRail Titicaca Train features an open-air observatory car, allowing you to take in the majestic views while enjoying the typical music and dances of the Peruvian highlands.

During your trip, you will have the chance to take panoramic pictures of some of the quintessential Andean landscapes. The route covered by the PeruRail Titicaca Train is considered to be one of the most beautiful in the world, with a trip that lasts ten and a half hours. At the start of the journey, passengers are welcomed at the Wanchaq Station (Cusco) or the Puno Station, where local musicians will provide background music as you board the train. Once aboard, you can enjoy the two dining cars decorated in the style of the Pullman cars of the 1920s. Also, during the trip, you will enjoy a personalized service and have the finest in gourmet food.

Day 6 - Sacred Valley of the Incas

An early start by 07:30 for a full day tour to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Our first stop is at Chinchero to visit the local colourful and authentic market where indigenous people from the surrounding communities congregate to trade their goods, not only trading in money, but in goods as well. The Chinchero Market is also well-known for its woven handcrafts typical of the region. You will also visit a workshop where you can see the artisans of the region working in their place. From here we drive to the Moray ruins, used by the Incas as a type of open-air crop laboratory.

Our next stop is Maras pre-Inca salt mines located on a wide-open hill above the Urubamba Valley. From here we will continue down to the Urubamba River and stop to admire the beautiful views of the valley. Lunch. We cross a small bridge and arrive at a beautiful Spanish Hacienda, overlooking the Urubamba River.

We visit the huge fortress of Ollantaytambo, the archaeological complex believed to have been a gigantic agricultural, administrative, social, religious and military centre. The town itself is geometrically perfect; with straight streets, trapezoidal doors, and Inca drainage systems.

We continue to Pisac a small colonial village built by Viceroy Francisco de Toledo on the ruins of an Inca citadel, standing at the entrance to the immensely fertile Urubamba River valley which was called the "Sacred Valley of the Incas" for the agricultural produce and wealth it brought as the base of the Inca Empire. There is a tourist market with numerous shops full of handicrafts and weaving and also a food market for local people, particularly on Sunday when some women and children dress in their traditional costumes. We drive up the mountain above the town for a short to visit to the Pisac ruins. Entrance fees and lunch are included.

Day 7 - Cusco & Inca Ruins Tour

Departure from your hotel for a visit to the Cathedral in the main square of Cusco and the Koricancha, the Spanish church built on Inca stone foundations. The Cathedral, believed to be built on the foundations of the Palace of Viracocha, stands proudly in the main square and houses an interesting picture of the last supper where Jesus and his disciples are about to tuck into a guinea pig, a Peruvian delicacy.

We drive to the mountains above Cusco to visit the archaeological sites of Sacsayhuaman and Kenko. The largest complex and most famous of the ruins surrounding Cusco is Sacsayhuaman, a mighty fortress, built using massive stones some of which weigh over 100 tons, and somehow fitted together so neatly that even now, after so many years and earthquakes, one can still not slip a knife blade between the pieces of this huge jigsaw puzzle.

We will also explore Tambomachay ruins, which may have served as a military outpost or a spa resort for the Incan political elite; as well as the Puca Pucara site, a red granite huge fortress. On the return we stop at a vantage point above Cusco for a superb view of the city and the surrounding mountains, before returning to your hotel. Entrance fees are included.

Machu Picchu
Days 8 - 9

Day 8 - Machu Picchu by Vistadome Train

Day 9 - Machu Picchu at Leisure

Day 10 - Cusco

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Day 8 - Machu Picchu by Vistadome Train

Set off by Vistadome train along the course of the Urubamba River to Aguas Calientes. This is a spectacular journey through a dramatic and changing landscape with some fantastic views. From Aguas Calientes, you will be met by your guide and take a bus up the steep mountain side to the magnificent citadel of Machu Picchu, which silently awaits. You will have a private guided tour of the ruins to learn about the Inca culture and history of the site, the rest of the afternoon is free.

Day 9 - Machu Picchu at Leisure

Early mornings offer an excellent opportunity for a quiet stroll around Machu Picchu, a walk along the Inca Trail to Intipunku (Sun Gate), or a strenuous climb to Huayna Picchu, the rocky escarpment overlooking the ruins. In the afternoon Vistadome train back to Cusco, where we stay for one night.

Day 10 - Cusco

On arrival in Cusco, once you have cleared any formalities, you will be met by one of our representatives and taken to the hotel for an overnight stay.

Quito
Day 11

Day 11 - Flight to Quito

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Day 11 - Quito

Early flight to Quito (via Lima), a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Situated between two ranges of the snow-capped Andes, Quito has a beautiful setting and temperate climate.

Galapagos Cruise
Days 12 - 19

Days 12 - 18 - Cruise the Galapagos Islands

Day 19 - Departure

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Days 12 - 18 - Cruise the Galapagos Islands

Cruise the Galapagos Islands, where Darwin observed the wildlife that would lead him to his theory of evolution. Flight to the Galapagos and transfer to your selected Galapagos Cruise yacht to cruise 7 nights with daily morning and afternoon guided excursions to admire the tame wildlife endemic to each island. Basking marine and land iguanas, red and blue footed boobies, frigate birds, giant tortoises, and friendly sea lions abound.

Day 19 - Departure

Disembark, transfer to the airport and flight to Guayaquil to connect with your overnight flight home, arriving on Day 19. Or choose to extend your holiday, staying at the Finch Bay Hotel in the Galapagos with a pool and small beach.

Accommodation

Preferred Accommodatoin

Tourist Grade

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Samba

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Eric & Letty Motor Yachts

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Deluxe Experience

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La Pinta

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Travel Details
Libertador

What's Included

  • 19 Days / 17 Nights
  • International flights (2 overnight)
  • Seven night Galapagos Cruise
  • Internal flights
  • Accommodation as shown on the itinerary
  • Breakfast everyday and meals as described on the itinerary
  • Transfers to and from airports
  • Transport  throughout the itinerary
  • Excursions listed, all with expert, English-speaking guides
  • Prices are per person
  • Prices for Special Events, Christmas, New Year's Eve, Easter on request
  • 19 Days / 17 Nights
  • International flights (2 overnight)
  • Seven night Galapagos Cruise
  • Internal flights
  • Accommodation as shown on the itinerary
  • Breakfast everyday and meals as described on the itinerary
  • Transfers to and from airports
  • Transport  throughout the itinerary
  • Excursions listed, all with expert, English-speaking guides
  • Prices are per person
  • Prices for Special Events, Christmas, New Year's Eve, Easter on request
  • 19 Days / 17 Nights
  • International flights (2 overnight)
  • Seven night Galapagos Cruise
  • Internal flights
  • Accommodation as shown on the itinerary
  • Breakfast everyday and meals as described on the itinerary
  • Transfers to and from airports
  • Transport  throughout the itinerary
  • Excursions listed, all with expert, English-speaking guides
  • Prices are per person
  • Prices for Special Events, Christmas, New Year's Eve, Easter on request

Price Breakdown

Prices are per person. Please request a quote for Special Events, Christmas, New Year's Eve & Easter.

Season Low Season High Season
Travel Dates Rest of the Year 19 July - 15 Aug, 14 Dec - 23 Dec
Room Arrangement Tourist First Deluxe Tourist First Deluxe
Multiple Travellers - Twin Room - £7,597 - - £7,763 -
Multiple Travellers - Own Room - + £2,986 - - + £2,986 -
Single Traveller - Own Room - - - - - -
Season Low Season High Season
Travel Dates Rest of the Year 19 July - 15 Aug, 14 Dec - 23 Dec
Room Arrangement Tourist First Deluxe Tourist First Deluxe
Multiple Travellers - Twin Room - €8,216 - - €9,091 -
Multiple Travellers - Own Room - + €3,583 - - + €2,907 -
Single Traveller - Own Room - - - - - -
Season Low Season High Season
Travel Dates Rest of the Year 19 July - 15 Aug, 14 Dec - 23 Dec
Room Arrangement Tourist First Deluxe Tourist First Deluxe
Multiple Travellers - Twin Room - $8,876 - - $9,091 -
Multiple Travellers - Own Room - + $3,882 - - + $3,882 -
Single Traveller - Own Room - - - - - -

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