(Lima, Cusco, Aguas Calientes)
Majestic breeching whales and inquisitive dolphins riding in the wake of your luxury cruise ship is a fitting welcoming party to announce your arrival in one of the most stunning and interesting natural habitats on the planet.
This extraordinary trip combines untouched marine wonders with an ancient jungle empire as you experience two of the world’s greatest wonders. Your luxury cruise ship acts as your impressive home away from home as you explore the time-locked Galapagos Islands where you’ll enjoy intimate encounters with a range of wildlife including dolphins, sea lions, penguins, marine iguanas, giant tortoises and abundant birdlife that never learnt to fear people. In Peru, you’ll reach out and touch the remains of the ancient Incan civilization as you tour the Scared Valley; visit the fortress of Ollantaytambo; browse the bustling market of Pisac; and witness an unforgettable view from the magnificent mountain-top Incan city of Machu Picchu.
Certified naturalists onboard your Galapagos Islands cruise ship and a team of expert Peruvian private guides elevate this excellent trip to a level all of its own as they reveal the surprising secrets of the Galapagos Islands eco-system and relate the amazing stories of the ancient Incan civilization. You’ll also enjoy a range of premium accommodation from your private cabin aboard a luxury cruise ship to grand hotels in the heart of Inca territory.
Please note that the cost of regional and international air has not yet been included in your quotation, with the exception of the flights between mainland Ecuador and the Galapagos islands. Air experts are standing by to help. Enjoy a personalized vacation that best suits your needs, developed by one of our experienced destination experts. Relax during your trip with our 24/7 support and expert local guidance.
Upon your arrival you will be met by a local representative who will help you locate your vehicle.
Enjoy a private transfer from your hotel in Guayaquil to the airport.
Upon arrival at Baltra Airport, you'll be met by guides who will collect your luggage, and escort you on the short group transfer to the harbor. From there, motorized rafts (pangas) will transport you to your awaiting ship where you'll be welcomed aboard by the crew.
Take some time to get settled in to your stateroom, and to explore the ship. Lunch will be served aboard before your first island visit is made.
Please note: your airline tickets for the Galapagos flights are issued locally, and will be provided for you on the day you depart for the Galapagos, at the airport, by our local representative. For all Galapagos flights, the luggage allowance is 20 kg (44 lbs) per person.
Fly from Guayaquil to Galapagos on a direct flight. The flight duration is approximately 2 hours. Please note that flight rates are subject to change without prior notice.
Your mandatory Galapagos National Park entrance fee and tourist card are included in your itinerary pricing.
Please note: the itinerary is a guideline only - the route and program vary according to National Park policies and regulations, weather conditions, seasonal changes, safety precautions and wildlife encounters.
The visitor site at Dragon Hill has been open for visits since 1993. This site is located in the northwestern part of Santa Cruz Island and consists of a trail that leads to a hyper-saline lagoon behind the beach, frequented by flamingos, pintail ducks, and other species of birds. This site has been repopulated with land iguanas from Seymour, Isabela, and Santa Cruz islands. A short walk to the hill offers beautiful views of the bay.
Rabida Island is unique because of the red color of the rocks and sand. The volcanic material on this island is very porous and external factors such as rain, salt water, and sea breezes have acted as an oxidizing agent. A short walk along a trail will lead you to a coastal lagoon behind the beach permitting the observation of land birds such as finches, doves, yellow warblers, and mocking birds. At the lagoon, you’ll find a colony of flamingos.
The Chinese Hat is a small islet (1 sq km) located just off the southeastern tip of Santiago Island. It’s a recent volcanic cone, shaped like a Chinese hat when seen from north side. On the west, you can see lava formations formed under the sea and raised upward, this is why coral heads are found on the lava. This is an excellent visit for interpretation of geological features such as lava tubes and lava flows. The landscape is covered by sea lions, marine iguanas, and Galapagos penguins.
Darwin Bay originated when the crater of the island collapsed below sea level. The wet landing is on a beautiful white coral sandy beach. This is a favorite island for birdwatchers as you may see red footed-boobies, masked boobies, wandering tattlers, lava gulls, whimbrels yellow-crowned, black-crowned and lava herons, and yellow warblers. Continuing on the trail, climb gradually to the edge of the cliff and see red-foots nesting in the mangrove trees below. Bird watching includes sightings of sharp-beaked finches, large cactus, ground finches, Galapagos doves, and swallow-tailed gulls. Reaching the end of the trail at the cliff's edge, it offers an incredible view of the island.
El Barranco is located in the southern part of Darwin Bay, also known as Prince Philip’s Steps. You will climb to a plateau that is part of the stretch of land that surrounds Darwin Bay on its eastern side. There is a big population of masked boobies and red-footed boobies in the tree; storm petrels and short-eared owls have been found in Genovesa lava flows, which is the ideal place for nesting.
Bartolome Island is situated across Sullivan Bay. It has an altitude of 114 meters, from where you can observe one of the most beautiful sceneries of volcanic cones, lunar-like craters, lava fields, and the famous Toba formed pinnacle. There is very little vegetation on this island. It has two breathtaking beaches where you can spot marine turtles, as well as a very small colony of Galapagos penguins.
Santiago, also called James, or San Salvador Island, is located in the west central part of the Galapagos archipelago. Along with some of the large western volcanoes of Isabela and Fernandina, Santiago is also volcanically active, with many young flows and cones to be seen, particularly along the south, west, and east coasts. These may even be seen from the summit of Darwin Volcano and from space. A number of historic eruptions have been reported over the last 2 centuries. Santiago actually consists of two coalesced volcanoes: a typical shield volcano on the northwest end and a low, linear fissure volcano on the southeast end.
The trail to the highlands leaves from Bellavista and passes through the agricultural zone, near the National Park boundary, the Miconia Zone, and then goes to the Fern and Sedge zone. With clear weather, this area affords beautiful scenes of rolling hills and extinct volcanic cones covered with grass and lush greenery all year round.
After your morning stop, you'll disembark from your ship and bid farewell to the expedition crew.
A group transfer will bring you to Baltra Airport for your outbound flight.
Fly from Galapagos to Quito via Guayaquil. The flight duration is approximately 4 hours.
Enjoy a private airport transfer in Quito with a professional driver.
Enjoy breakfast (included in tour cost).
Straddling the equator, approximately 11 miles (18 Kms) north of Quito, visit the equatorial monument known as “The Middle of the World", or Mitad del Mundo, situated at 0º 0’0” latitude. Also visit the Intiñan Solar Museum, where you’ll find permanent scientific and anthropological exhibits.
Flight is required, currently not included in the quote.
Private airport transfer in Lima with a driver and guide.
A welcome package with your vouchers, a city map, and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.
Explore Lima on a sightseeing tour of Colonial and Modern Lima with a private guide and driver. Visit the Government Palace, City Hall, Cathedral at the Plaza Mayor (closed on Sundays), along with the 17th century San Francisco Convent. Take a short tour of the modern districts of San Isidro and Miraflores for a magnificent view of the Pacific Ocean.
Our local representative will meet you for an airport transfer, with private vehicle and professional driver.
Take the afternoon to rest at your hotel so as to allow your body to acclimatize. Try to minimize physical activity to avoid the effects of altitude sickness.
Enjoy a full day private excursion to the Sacred Valley with your own private vehicle, driver and English speaking guide. Traveling north of Cusco, enjoy a visit to Ollantaytambo, a fortress built during the Inca Empire that is an excellent example of military architecture. Enjoy a buffet lunch (included) at Wayra Restaurant. Afterwards, visit the village of Pisac and attend the local agricultural open-market where artisans from all over the area congregate to sell their crafts.
“Please note that due to weather conditions during the rainy season (December through March, and possibly longer) the Marinera dancers will not be performing during the show, however the Paso horse show will still take place”
Includes tourist tickets and entrance fees.
Our local representative will meet you with a private vehicle and professional driver for a train station transfer.
Once at the train station you will board the Vistadome train for a 6:05am* departure to the ancient ruins at Machu Picchu (train ride is 4 hrs). The journey begins with a series of switchbacks, known appropriately as the 'zigzag', up the hill out of Cusco, before a brief stop at the village of Poroy. The train then descends from the highest point of the journey into the Sacred Valley and the foothills of the Andes. Before reaching Machu Picchu, the train travels along the Urubamba River, with awe-inspiring views of the dramatic canyon.
Please note you will travel independently from Cusco by train, and your guide will meet you on arrival at the station in Aguas Calientes. You will then embark on a private, guided tour of Machu Picchu, which is roughly 2-3 hours in length.
Note: When staying overnight at Machu Picchu or Aguas Calientes the following day will be at leisure, with no guide (unless otherwise specified). If you would like to have a guide please speak with your sales consultant about adding this service.
Note about luggage: When you board the train to visit Machu Picchu with overnight, bring only a small bag with you. Due to limited storage space on the train, passengers are asked to bring only one small piece of luggage. The rest of your luggage will be stored safely at your hotel and returned to you either in Cuzco or The Sacred Valley. Hand luggage on the train is limited to 11 pounds or 5 kgs.
*Note: train times and schedules may vary based on availability, your train times will be confirmed on your final itinerary.
Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes, you will board the bus (shared service) up to Machu Picchu. The bus ride takes 30 minutes and once you get there you will enjoy a private guided tour of Machu Picchu. The Inca Citadel lies between Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu (“Young Peak” and “Old Peak”). The Inca Pachacutec built the Citadel using sharp stone blocks, fitted together perfectly. Houses, temples, a public square are all connected by narrow roads and steps cut into the mountainside. There are many theories as to the purpose of Machu Picchu; a temple to the sun? A fortress against jungle inhabitants? A sanctuary for the Incas? The mysterious lost city awaits you!
After the tour, enjoy a leisurely lunch at the Sanctuary Lodge. Afterwards, take the bus back down to Aguas Calientes.
Please note: For itineraries including an overnight stay at the Sanctuary Lodge (instead of Aguas Calientes) you will simply return to the lodge after your tour.
For your convenience the bus ticket between Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu is provided. Buses depart about every 30 minutes, once the bus is full.
The entrance ticket to Machu Picchu is provided for your convenience. Please note that due to limited availability of permits (which are non-refundable) they cannot be requested until trip deposit has been received and complete and valid passport information is provided. As such, this activity can only be confirmed after time of booking. All efforts will be made to ensure that these be secured on the desired date(s). In the case of unavailability, alternative date(s) will be provided where possible.
For your convenience, the entrance fee for the hike to Wayna Picchu is included.We will confirm the 7:00am hike,there is the option of doing the later hike, so if you would like the later hike (10:00am) please let us know.
The eternal guardian of the Sanctuary, Wayna Picchu (meaning “Young Mountain’ in Quechua) towers over the Incan city, and an amazing view can be appreciated from the top. The route to the top of the mountain is treacherous, with very narrow pathways, and to conquer the summit is truly a rewarding experience! Along the route and at the top of the mountain are sacred structures and eye-catching terraces, built right against the slope’s edge. Depending on each person's hiking pace, this activity may take up to 3 hours. This activity is on your own; please speak to your sales agent about organizing a guide to accompany you.
For your convenience the bus ticket between Machu Picchu and Aguas Calientes is provided. Buses depart about every 30 minutes, once the bus is full.
Return to Cusco on the Vistadome train on your own (no guide). The train departs from Aguas Calientes at 3:25pm* and takes 4 hours to return to Cusco. Snacks are served on board. *Note train times and schedules may vary based on availability.
Elegance, comfort, security and personalized service are just some of the characteristics that make Hilton Colón Guayaquil a real five-star hotel. Conveniently placed in Ecuador, a strategic point in South America, the Hilton Colon Guayaquil hotel combines excellent service and a laid-back resort feel with a convenient location only few minutes from José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport. Enjoy your spacious guest room and stay connected with wireless internet access, relax with a movie on the flat screen TV. The hotel is surrounded by the main shopping centers and offers easy access to the downtown district area. Hilton Colón Guayaquil Hotel Features includes renovated rooms, four restaurants, two bars and one delicatessen, room service available 24-hours, and renovated outdoor pool and fitness area.
The M/V Galapagos Odyssey is a luxury yacht constructed in 2008, offering the highest level of comfort of any boat its size in the Galapagos Islands. The yacht has a maximum capacity for 16 passengers. All cabins have private facilities, individually controlled air conditioning, a small desk and sofa. All the main and upper deck cabins feature large windows, which can be individually opened. The highest deck is a sun deck with comfortable loungers and a Jacuzzi. The top deck offers a shaded area and a cocktail bar. Besides a spacious lounge, dining area, bar and library on the main deck, there is a shaded outside space for al fresco dining.
The Hilton Colon is situated in a great location for those who want to get to know Quito well, as it ensures easy access to the sights and sounds of this major city. The guest rooms offer spectacular views of the city or mountains. Enjoy the highly-commended cuisine at the hotel's restaurants, which offer specialties from around the world as well as the local take on South American dishes. Make use of the swimming pool and fitness center, or simply get used to the city outside your window. Located only 20 minutes from Mariscal Sucre International Airport, the Hilton Colon Quito hotel is 10 minutes' walk from the colonial Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The flagship Casa Andina Private Collection Miraflores hotel, with its stylish contemporary design, cutting-edge technology and ideal location, is the top of its class in every aspect. Once the Miraflores César's, Lima’s fondly remembered, original five-star hotel, this modern icon was dramatically transformed in 2008 into the capital’s newest luxury hotel. Its quintessential Limeño flavor reverberates in the exquisite art collection of contemporary local artists and prized colonial-era antiques, in both public spaces and accommodations. Strategically located in the heart of Miraflores, Casa Andina Private Collection Miraflores provides all the facilities and services of a first class hotel with a contemporary design and an unmistakable local style.
The elegant (yet down to earth) and exciting El Mercado Hotel is located three and a half blocks from the Plaza de Armas or Main Square, in the heart center of picturesque Cusco. Formerly part of the city’s old farmer’s market, El Mercado’s guest rooms and quaint atmosphere guarantee personal and friendly service, and will immediately immerse every guest in the cultural and historical traits of Cusco and Peru. El Mercado brings the magic of the Apus—the spirits of the mountains—to the city. The hallmarks of the experience—exceptional service, warm Peruvian hospitality, and attention to details—are found at El Mercado Hotel, creating a perfect beginning for any journey into the beautiful landscapes and fascinating cultures of Peru.
Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel is a family hotel with ample experience in luxury hospitality, an experience that makes Sumaq a hotel dedicated entirely to its guests. Staying at Sumaq means enjoying Machu Picchu’s most beautiful landscapes, where you will find lush vegetation, enormous mountains, valleys, the Vilcanota River, a waterfall and ancient trails. Every guestroom at Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel is a luxurious private retreat where travelers begin and end each day in complete comfort. In addition to its exclusive service, Sumaq Hotel offers a privileged location in the Machu Picchu historic sanctuary, on the banks of the Vilcanota River near the main tourist attractions.
Christina Adams ,
April 21, 2014
"I know it's silly to give all 10's, obviously every trip has it's ups and downs, but if it hadn't been for our Kensington Tours planning, guides and drivers we would have been lost! It was wonderful to be out in a strange new environment yet know we had a safety net and a friendly face. The places we visited were awesome but I think we'll remember most the people that we met. Thank you and I'll send photos soon! Sincerely, Christina Adams"
Frank Manna ,
April 21, 2014
"Our guided transfers were exceptionally accommodating even though our flights were considerably delayed. The Annavillanas Jungle Lodge was spectacular for location, accommodations and food. The Rio Carnival experience was unique and unforgettable and our seats were wonderful. Loved the location of our hotel in Rio.......right on the street of Copacabana Beach.......fantastic. "
Vivian Jennings ,
April 21, 2014
"Very pleased with organization. Not having to worry about connections or arrangements is wonderful. Great selection with hotels, Coral 1 and Napo Wildlife. Kensington puts all the details together to ensure a wonderful trip. Highly recommend the Galapagos and Amazon. "
Daniel More ,
April 21, 2014
"All was great. Guides were knowledgeable, personable, friendly... that's what really made the trip."
Marlin Barad ,
April 21, 2014
"Sofia, thank you for putting together a great trip. We certainly enjoyed ourselves very much. The planning and care was excellent. We hope we can do another trip with you all soon. Marlin Barad"
Laura Iyer ,
January 10, 2014
"We just returned last night from our Patagonia adventure and we had the time of our lives! Everything turned out perfectly. Guides were fun, on time and informative. The excursions were great for an active family and, of course, amazing. I thought after the glacier trek it can't get any better - but it kept surprising me and amazing me. My personal favorite was the horseback riding. I thought afterwards after everything we have seen the bike tour would have to be a let down - NOPE - it also was so exciting and our guide was a hoot! Meals were amazing and after so many active excursions no guilt in pigging out. I am so happy we took a little risk and went out of the way with our vacation this year. We will have this with us for a life time.
Catherine Dudley ,
January 10, 2014
"GREAT trip! We were very pleased with every aspect that Brandi set up for us including the tour of Quito and environs. Our guide spoke excellent English, the driver was courteous and we felt safe and well-informed throughout the day. We're still going through the 500+ photos that I took and the 1700+ photos that my son took. Galapagos was a fabulous trip and the Eclipse was a terrific way to navigate the islands.
Mark Dornfeld ,
November 11, 2013
"My wife and I had a wonderful trip, we really enjoyed ourselves. All the accommodations that you booked for us were exceptional and our drivers and guides were lovely. We had great weather the whole trip and only lost one activity due to high winds. As you know this is a beautiful part of the world so my camera was snapping all the time. We would definitely use your services in the future for this type of travel. Thanks for all you help and expertise........be well.....m.d."
Jack Gregory ,
November 11, 2013
I wanted to give you a little feedback on our recent trip to Peru.
In a word – EXCELLENT – especially the high quality people you work with in Peru. We have taken tours all over the world, S. Africa, France, England, Vietnam, China to name just a few, and the service we received in Peru was far beyond and of the other experiences we have had. The attention to detail was very much appreciated, picking us up at the airport, taking us back to the airport and complete, hassle free, handling of all our details truly made this a stress free experience.
Special thanks to:
-The entire reservation system and the people I came in contact with that process...every detail accounted for
-The people that looked after us in Lima
-Andre, the young man in Cusco who faithfully phoned every night just to make sure the day went well, my wife was well and that we knew what we had to do the next day.
-The Sumaq hotel in Aquas Calientes...you can tell the level of service by the details...I watched a waitress hold a high stool for a lady to prevent her from tipping backwards as she got on the stool, the lady didn’t even know the waitress did it....that’s client care.
-Especially Mariela, the tour guide in Cusco...highly knowledgeable, passionate, personable and shows great care for the people she guides.
Hainsworth Sherry ,
November 05, 2013
Clients were very impressed. Guides were amazing and accommodation was beyond expectations. They will definitely travel with you again and they have highly recommended Kensington Tours.
Hope I can work with you again the in the near future.
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