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Peru & Ecuador & Galapagos Islands Holidays

Libertador Tour

16 Night Itinerary from £6,598

Multi-country Landmark Tour

 

Cruise the Galapagos Islands for close encounters with friendly wildlife and be inspired by Andean landscapes, colonial heritage and ancient Inca civilisation

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Tour Route

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 in the company of experts, with daily walks and snorkelling taking you up close to the bizarre and fearless reptiles, birds and marine life

 


This itinerary can be tailored to your preferences by our specialist advisors, who can provide a guaranteed price based on your choice of route, duration, flights, hotels, transport and excursions.

Tour Itinerary

Plaza-de-Armas, Lima

Lima - 2 Nights

Day 1  - Fly from the UK to Lima

Day 2 - Guided tour of Lima 

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Day 1

Fly from the UK to Lima

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

Guided tour of Lima 

Included today is a half day tour with your local guide 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.

Allpa

Lima - Tourist Hotel

This small contemporary hotel is located in the heart of Miraflores, with plenty of access to local conveniences such as restaurants and shops. The rooms are comfortable, spacious and modern although simple in character, and all with modern amenities such as WiFi, air conditioning and private facilities. The hotel has a bar and restaurant serving international dishes.

Accommodation is on a bed and breakfast basis.

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Casa Andina Private Collection

Lima - First Hotel

The stylish Casa Andina Private Collection is located in the heart of Miraflores, close to many excellent restaurants. The 148 rooms are furnished in the modern European style, with modern amenities and private facilities. There is a lounge, swimming pool, bar, restaurant, and adjoining sandwich cafe for light snacks.

Accommodation is on a bed and breakfast basis.

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Miraflores Park Plaza

Lima - Deluxe Hotel

The Belmond Miraflores Park Plaza is a deluxe oceanfront boutique hotel surrounded by a lush gardens, located in Miraflores, one of Limas most exclusive residential districts.

A modern exterior hides a touch of finesse throughout the hotel, whose 81 rooms and suites are luxuriously decorated with marble and granite bathrooms and king size beds. The observatory Restaurant on the 11th floor offers stunning views of the Pacific Ocean, while the more formal Traguluz restaurant is the jewel of crown in Lima's dining scene. The Belo Bar is a favourite place to relax and afternoon tea is now available in the lounge. The hotel also has a fitness centre, squash court, sauna, massage centre and business centre.

Accommodation is based on room and breakfast.

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Lake Titicaca - 1 Night

Day 3 - Fly to Lake Titicaca and the Uros Islands

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Day 3

Fly to Lake Titicaca

Transfer to Lima airport for your morning flight to Juliaca, where you will be met by our local guide and taken to your hotel in Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca.

This afternoon we venture onto Lake Titicaca to visit Uros 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. 

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Cusco - 3 Nights

Day 4 - Train journey to Cusco

Day 5 - Sacred Valley of the Incas

Day 6 - Guided tour of Cusco & nearby Inca Ruins 

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Day 4

Train journey to Cusco 

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. When you arrive in Cusco, our guide will meet you and take you to your hotel. Lunch is included today.


Day 5

Sacred Valley of the Incas

An early start today 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. Lunch is included today.


Day 6

Guided tour of Cusco & nearby Inca Ruins 

Today enjoy a guided tour of Cusco. We visit 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 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. 

Maytaq Wasin

Cusco - Tourist Hotel

Situated in the heart of the Incan empire, only a few steps away from the main plaza, the Maytaq Wasin Hotel is contemporary in design, boasts high ceiling and plenty of natural light. There is a shaded terrace with views of the hills and chic common areas with modern decor. The hotel is only 150 metres from the Inca Museum and steps away from the main Plaza de Armas.

Public areas include an open rooftop terrace, lounge, restaurant and bar. Free Wi-Fi is available.

The well-appointed rooms have twin/double beds, cable TV and private bathoom with shower.

The rates are on a room and breakfast basis.

 

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Costa Del Sol Picoaga

Cusco - First Hotel

The Costa Del Sol Picoaga Hotel occupies an original Colonial mansion built for a Spanish nobleman, shown in its stonework arches and large courtyard. Located just 2 minutes from the main square, the hotel is an ideal base from which to explore the city. The 70 rooms are well decorated, comfortable and modern, all with private facilities.

Accommodation is on a room and breakfast basis.

 

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Belmond Monasterio de Cusco

Cusco - Luxury Hotel

Built 300 years ago atop Inca foundations, the building was originally the Seminary of San Antonio Abad. In 1995, the seminary was tastefully converted into a luxury hotel while still preserving its original architecture of arched galleries surrounding two elegant colonial style courtyards. The Belmond Monasterio de Cusco is  Cuzco's premier hotel, providing its guests with a museum setting of Inca and Spanish traditions. The hotel is conveniently situated very close to the city's central square, the Plaza de Armas, where the Cathedral and museums are located.

All of the 122 air-conditioned rooms have en-suite bathrooms, telephone, mini-bar and cable TV and many of them are oxygen-enriched. The hotel also has a lobby bar, two restaurants and deli/café.

Several activities are available including art tours, cooking classes and pisco lessons.

The rooms and on a bed and breakfast basis.

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Stunning Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu - 1 Night

Day 7 - Machu Picchu by Vistadome Train

 

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Day 7

Machu Picchu by Vistadome Train

Today we set off by Vistadome train from Cusco 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. After you have checked into your hotel, the rest of the afternoon is free. Lunch is included today.

Casa Andina Classic

Machu Picchu - Tourist Hotel

Located by train station, the hotel is modern, functional but bland, useful for an overnight stay. The standard rooms have no windows but others look out over the station or behind to the Urubamba river.

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Sumaq Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu - First Lodge

The brand new Sumaq hotel is located in Aguas Calientes, owned by a Peruvian family that have made reality their dream of building a luxury hotel close to the most emblematic archaeological site in Peru: Machu Picchu. The hotel provides guests with the highest levels of comfort in an appropriatel magnificent setting, and the design and decoration of the hotel have benefited from a continuous research and recreate many aspects of Inca culture.

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Inkaterra Pueblo

Machu Picchu - First Hotel

Conveniently located next to the train station in Aguas Calientes, all cabanas have spacious rooms with en-suete bathrooms and are set amongst dense vegetation with gardens spread through the grounds, linked by winding paths. there is a restaurant & bar, a spa, walks and an orchid trail, that combined with the lush vegetation of the grounds, create a sense of tranquility & relaxation.

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Cusco

Return to Cusco - 1 Night

Day 8 - Return to Cusco

 

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Day 8

Return to Cusco

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 1 night. 

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Quito - 1 Night

Day 9 - Fly to Quito

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Day 9

Fly to Quito

Transfer to Cusco Airport for an early morning flight to Quito (via Lima).. Situated between two ranges of the snow-capped Andes, the old town in Quito is a a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the city enjoys a beautiful setting and temperate climate. You will be met by our local guide and taken to your hotel for a 1-night stay. 

Plaza Sucre

Quito - Tourist Hotel

The Hotel Plaza Sucre is located at the very heart of Ecuador's capital, in the historical downtown named by UNESCO as a Human Heritage site in 1978, because of its architectural beauty and cultural richness. The sober and colonial atmosphere of the hotel makes you feel being transported to the republican era. The hotel offers 25 comfortable guestrooms equipped with private facilities, TV cable, internet, Wifi, and modern facilities. Breakfasts are served in a wonderful rooftop patio with great views of "El Panecillo" statue which towers over the city.

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Casona de La Ronda

Quito - First Boutique

This delightful 22 room hotel has been converted from an original Colonial townhouse, and is located on the pedestrian La Ronda street, close to many bars and restaurants. The rooms are comfortable and traditionally styled, decorated with fabricsand patterns from local communities. The hotel alos has a small lounge and fireplace, and serves local cuisine and Ecudorean wines.

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Casa Gangotena

Quito - Deluxe Hotel

Situated in a newly-restored historic mansion overlooking Plaza San Francisco in the heart of the Old Town, the three-story Casa Gangotena has 31 luxury rooms: a showcase of eye catching style, contemporary design, antiques, furnishings, fine dining, modern technologies and quintessential comforts. Beautifully and eclectically appointed, the hotel invites its guests to explore and to relax, whether in the dining room, glassed-in patio, garden redolent with the perfume of native flowers, wood-panelled library, or else atop its panoramic third-floor terrace. Sophisticated and eclectic, historic yet contemporary, at Casa Gangotena style, passion and service blend seamlessly and delightfully.

The hotel includes several 'experiences' for its guests at no extra cost, including San Francisco’s courtyards & Brewery, Museo del Carmen Alto, San Fransisco Choir & Bell Tower and Chocolate Quiteno tasting.

Rates are on a room and breakfast basis.

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Land Iguana 4

Galapagos Cruise - 7 Nights

Days 10-16 - Cruise the Galapagos Islands

Day 17 - Departure back to the UK

Day 18 - Arrive in the UK

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Day 10

Fly to the Galapagos for your 7-night cruise

Take a domestic flight to the Galapagos and transfer to the superb M/Y Letty (first class) or excellent value M/Y Coral I & II (first class at tourist class prices) yachts for your 7-night cruise on a full board basis. Your Galapagos cruise includes daily morning and afternoon guided excursions to admire the tame wildlife endemic to each island. 

 


Day 11

Cerro Brujo & Punta Pitt (San Cristobal)

We spend the morning at Cerro Brujo, a breathtaking white coral beach, with expansive views and good bird-watching.  Take a peaceful walk along the beach, or swim with sea lions from the beach. Take out the kayaks or stand up paddle boards for a different perspective of the marine life.  Enjoy a scenic Zodiac ride that takes us through a cave called The Cathedral. Return to the yacht for lunch. 

Go ashore this afternoon at Punta Pitt, a tuff formation that serves as a nesting site for many sea birds including all three types of boobies – blue-footed, Nazca and red-footed boobies, both frigatebird species, swallow-tailed gulls, storm petrels, shearwaters, and brown pelicans. Punta Pitt is considered one of the best sites for birds in the archipelago, and is also home to a colony of sea lions.  At Pitt Rock, we snorkel with sea lions and colorful fish such as the King Angel and Surgeon fish. Return to the yacht for a briefing followed by dinner.


Day 12

Punta Suarez & Gardner Bay (Espanola)

Disembark at Punta Suarez on Espanola Island,  home to the greatest number of endemic species found in Galapagos.  Sea lions bark noisily as we land on their beach. Curious Hood mockingbirds peck at our shoelaces. From April to December, the waved albatross, found only on Espanola, perform its wild mating ritual. Colonies of blue-footed boobies engage in “sky-pointing” to show off for potential mates. Easily spotted wildlife are the Nazca boobies busily caring for their young, stunning swallow-tailed gulls, the only nocturnal gulls in the world and red-billed tropicbirds take shelter under the cliffs. We also find Darwin’s Finches, Galapagos Doves and Galapagos Hawks, as well as a  unique species of marine iguana identified with traces of red and green colorings. Follow the trail to the dramatic ocean blow hole, and watch for colorful sally light-foot crabs crawling along the shoreline.  Return to the yacht for lunch on board.

Continue on to Gardner Bay, where large colonies of sea lions dot the seemingly endless white sand beach.  Take a leisurely stroll or relax on the beach, watching for the Galapagos Hawk, Darwin’s Finches or Espanola Mockingbird. Swim with playful sea lions right from the beach, explore the bay and islets by kayak or stand up paddle board.  Take a Zodiac ride to explore the caves covered with invertebrates.  Admire the colourful array of underwater life at this excellent snorkeling site near Tortuga Rock.  Return to the yacht for a briefing followed by dinner.


Day 13

Punta Cormorant & Post Office Bay (Floreana)

Step ashore at Punta Cormorant on Floreana Island, where the olive-sand beach is alive with the sounds of sea lions, lava herons, yellow-crowned night herons, blue-footed boobies, and penguins.  Follow a trail to a brackish lagoon, home to Bahama ducks, common stilts, Galapagos flycatchers, yellow warblers and the greater flamingos. Wind your way past a rich variety of plants including the morning glory, cut leaf daisies, mangroves (black, red and white), paldo verde and scalesia. After the walk, there is an opportunity to snorkel at Champion Islet, a shallow sunken crater colonized by a brilliant array of colorful fish and corral, white-tipped sharks, sea turtles, spotted eagle rays and sea stars. L

Floreana is one of the few populated islands in the Galapagos with a rich and intriguing human history.  After lunch, visit on of the most famous sites in Galapagos, Post office Bay, where a post office barrel was erected in the late 18th Century to use by English whaling vessels. Visitors are invited invited to leave a post card and to pick up any mail destined for their home town. There is a chance to swim from the beach with sea lions. Late afternoon, take a Zodiac ride near Baroness Point to look for sea turtles and rays. Return to the yacht for a briefing followed by dinner.


Day 14

Highlands & Charles Darwin Research Centre (Santa Cruz)

Disembark at Puerto Ayora, the social heart of the Galapagos, with a population of 24,000. Travel by bus to the highlands,passing through all seven vegetation zones found in Galapagos. Visit the tortoise reserve at one of the private farms that protects giant tortoises in their natural habitat.  Stop at “the tunnels”, the largest lava tubes found in Galapagos, and visit Los Gemelos (The Twins), a pair of large craters. Return to the yacht for lunch on board and a briefing. 

This afternoon, visit the Charles Darwin Research Station and see the tortoise and land iguana corals and the breeding center with new hatchlings and miniature tortoises that will be repatriated when grown. Visit a new exhibit honoring Lonesome George, a worldwide icon of conservation as the last surviving tortoise from Pinta Island that tragically died of natural causes.  Stroll through town to shop for souvenirs or stop in at an internet cafe. Return to the yacht for dinner or as you wish, remain ashore for dinner on your own.  Zodiac shuttles from the Letty to the main dock will be offered throughout the evening.


Day 15

Las Bachas & Bartolome Island

This morning enjoy a Zodiac ride at Caleta Tortuga Negra (Black Turtle Cove) through a series of coves and inlets surrounded by mangroves. See pairs of mating sea turtles (Sep to Feb), white-tipped reed sharks and golden cow-nosed rays.  Return to the yacht for lunch. 

Disembark at Bartolome, a young Island that is inhospitable to most plants and animals. Climb the long wooden staircase to the summit of a dormant volcano, pausing along the way to marvel at lava bombs, spatter and cinder cones. It seems as if we are walking on the moon!  The panoramic view from the top encompasses the entire island, including the distinctive eroded tuff cone known as Pinnacle Rock.  The crystal clear water below beckons of snorkeling with schools of tropical fish, white-tipped reef sharks and Galapagos Penguins. Take a Zodiac ride along the rocky shoreline. Return to the yacht for the evening briefing followed by dinner.


Day 16

South Plaza Island & North Seymour

Today’s visit is at South Plaza, a small geological uplift with tall cliffs where swallow-tailed gulls, shearwaters and red-billed tropicbirds build their nests.  The trail leads us through Opuntia (Prickly Pear) and Sesuvium, and land iguanas are seen here feeding on the cactus leaves.  The island is home to a colony of bachelor sea lions, with dominant bulls in various stages of recovery from battles over prime beach territory.  Return to the yacht for lunch.  Later, snorkel between North and South Seymour in deeper water.  

Go ashore at North Seymour, a small geological uplift to observe swallow-tailed gulls, blue-footed boobies and endemic land iguanas. Visit the largest colony of Magnificent frigate birds in Galapagos, and watch for marine iguanas and sea lions body surfing the northern swells. Return to the LETTY for the Captain’s farewell cocktail party and dinner, followed by a slide show presentation by your guides.


Day 17

Departure

Disembark, transfer to the airport and flight to Guayaquil to connect with your overnight flight home. Or extend your stay in the Galapagos Islands at the Finch Bay Hotel on Santa Cruz Island. 


Day 18

Arrive in the UK

Arrive in the UK in the morning.

Coral I & II

Galapagos Islands - First Motor Yacht

Coral 1 & II are very comfortable sister yachts offering charming public areas over 3 decks and accommodating 36 and 20 guests respectively. You will enjoy the intimate experience of a private yacht, with delicious Ecuadorean and international cuisine served in elegant restaurants. The cuisine can be extended to a BBQ dinner on the open-air Moon deck. Both yachts offer very personalised service, with a 1 naturalist guide for a maximum of 10-12 guests, lower than most other vessels.

The air-conditioned cabins are well-appointed with picture windows, twin or full size beds and private facilities. 

The itineraries available range from 3 and 4 night cruises that can be combined to make 7, 10 or 11 night extended cruises exploring the North, East, West and South of the Galapagos Islands.

Special offer - FREE flights to/from the mainland to the Galapagos islands on the following departures:

22 January 2020 - 4 nights West itinerary

29 January 2020 - 4 nights South itinerary

2 February 2020 - 3 nights North Central itinerary

8 March 2020 - 3 nights East itinerary

11 March 2020 - 4 nights South itinerary

19 April 2020 - 3 nights East itinerary

3 May 2020 - 3 nights East itinerary

All offers subject to availability at the time of booking.

Good choice for families 

The Coral 1 & II vessels are ideal for family groups, with interconnecting cabins and discounts available for children.

 

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The Letty

Galapagos Islands - First Motor Yacht

The Letty is a first class motor specially designed for cruising the Galapagos, accommodating up to 20 guests.

The Letty has 10 cabins over three decks, some with twin lower berths and others with double beds; 2 cabins are also available as triples, with twin lower berths and an upper berth. The cabins all fully air-conditioned and have private facilities with hot showers and hair dryer, as well as fresh towels.

Interiors are of polished teak wood and public areas are a dining room, bar and lounge area with TV, VCR and book/video library. There is also a sun deck on top of the yacht with seating and both shaded and unshaded areas. Each boat has a crew of 9 plus 2 expert naturalist guides.

Special family only departures

The Letty offers family only sailings throughout the year. On departures where a family has booked, she will be designated only for families travelling with children. Children age 6 to 11 get 25% discount off the cruise rate and teenagers aged 12 to 17 get 15% discount off the cruise rate (excluding peak holiday weeks). There is a limit of one child or teenager discount per adult or full fare. Please ask our specialist tour consultants for details of the available family only dates.

Click here for more detailed information and images : www.galapagosconnection.com

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La Pinta

Galapagos Islands - Deluxe Cruise Vessel

Covid-19 Prototol Update

Galapagos Islands Open for Tourism - the Emergency Operations Committee for the Province of Galapagos last week announced that from July 1st commercial flights between the islands and the mainland would once again reopen. The Committee published the new protocols for these, which stipulate that all travellers need to have proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 96 hours of their flight. The test certificate can be issued by either Ecuadorian or foreign medical institutions. It also requires all travellers have a “safe passage” (salvo conducto) document issued by the accommodation they will use or the tour operator which will take care of their travel arrangements.

The rules for boarding Galapagos flights include:

  • A PCR test certificate.
  • A safe passage document, issued at least 24 hours before by the tour operator.
  • The Galapagos Transit Control Card, filled out online at least 24 hours before the flight.
  • A digital boarding pass.
  • Passing a temperature check (with no entry if over 37.9°C / 100.22°F).

All travellers will pass through disinfection matts, have to clean their hands with sanitisers, and wear face masks at all times. Luggage will be sanitised before and after its inspection by the Galapagos biosecurity and quarantine control agency.

On arrival in the Galapagos airports of San Cristóbal or Baltra, procedures are the same as they have always been, but with social distancing measures in place both at the airport and aboard public transport. No voluntary isolation measures are required for tourists.

La Pinta Operations in Galapagos - we have worked side-by-side with the archipelago’s authorities and the travel industry on these protocols and believe they lay the foundations for a minimal-risk environment for travellers to experience its remote wonders with peace of mind. Combined with own health, safety and biosecurity protocols, our land and maritime operations are ready to welcome your guests.

Mainland Flights Operational - Commercial flights on the mainland of Ecuador have operated throughout June. We have been working closely with the airport concessionaires, authorities and public bodies on a range of protocols for all the country’s airports.

Entry to Ecuador - Like many nations around the world, the Ecuadorian government currently requires all passengers travelling to Ecuador show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test. On arrival in Quito and Guayaquil, passengers will need to show proof of their test.

Quito on ‘Amber’ Traffic Light Controls - The current rules for Quito include businesses can operate with fewer employees in their offices; private cars can circulate three days a week; curfew hours run from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.; and attractions such as churches and museums, as well as hotels, restaurants, cafés, malls and stores in the city operate at a lower capacity for now, under strict biosecurity measures.

Casa Gangotena & Mashpi Lodge Welcome Their First Guests - We are delighted to confirm that both Casa Gangotena and Mashpi Lodge received their first guests over the last month. The restaurant at Casa Gangotena is open to the public with all the necessary biosecurity measures in place.

Guayaquil Continues Reopening - The city of Guayaquil continues to ease its social distancing measures, with less restrictions than those in place in Quito. Hotels, shops, malls, bars and restaurants are open at reduced capacity, and the curfew runs from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Nationwide Efforts - Our Operations and Health & Safety teams have been busy training not only our own staff, but also our freelance guides and drivers, and our partner hotels, restaurants and visitor sites up and down the country, in all our comprehensive biosecurity protocols.

With all the measures and protocols in place in Ecuador and the Galapagos, travellers can start booking their journeys with us knowing the infrastructure is in place, the protocols implemented, and the people trained to ensure biosecurity throughout their time in the country.

We realise you may have questions and concerns regarding these new changes, so please let us know if we can be of assistance.

La Pinta offers a relaxed yet lavish expedition atmosphere for your cruise in the Galapagos Islands. Offering plush outside cabins, the highest standards of service, international cuisine plus celebrated Ecuadorian dishes, and all the amenities that will make your cruise in the Galapagos Islands a trip of a lifetime.

Four multilingual naturalist guides lead explorers through the wonders of the Galapagos Islands. Their knowledge, years of experience and passion for nature and conservation help guests understand the ecosystems present in the Galapagos Islands. Naturalists are the leaders of expeditions; their expertise matches their contagious enthusiasm, whether discussing geology or bird watching, snorkelling or stargazing, evolution or sports.

La Pinta is an ideal choice for family groups as many of the cabins can inter-connect.

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Price Guidelines

Season Low Season High Season
Travel Dates Jan-Jun, 18 Aug-14 Dec July - 17 Aug, 15-31 Dec
Room Arrangement Tourist First Deluxe Tourist First Deluxe
Multiple Travellers - Twin Room £6,598 £7,399 £10,675 £6,780 £7,581 £10,857

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


What's Included

  • 18 Days / 16 Nights
  • International flights (1 overnight)
  • Seven night Galapagos Cruise
  • Internal flights
  • Accommodation as shown on the itinerary
  • 18 breakfasts, 10 lunches and 7 dinners
  • 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

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