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This once-in-a-lifetime tour takes in the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu, the cities of Lima and Cusco, Lake Titicaca, Sacred Valley, the magnificent Galapagos Islands and more.

Few places conjure images of exploration and discovery quite like the Galapagos. The rugged volcanic landscapes, the exotic animals, the unique plantlife… it’s truly like nowhere else on earth - and that’s exactly why you need to visit. Combined with a tour visiting Peruvian icons such as Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca and the Sacred Valley, this is a journey that will inspire long after it ends!

This once-in-a-lifetime 22 day tour takes in the 15th century Inca ruins of Machu Picchu, and includes time to explore the cities of Lima and Cusco at leisure. Tour the Sacred Valley and the ruins of Pisac, visit Taquile Island on Lake Titicaca, and get a taste of daily life on a traditional homestay at Luquina Island. Then, enjoy a five night adventure in the Galapagos Islands, where you can snorkel in Academy Bay, and explore Santa Cruz, Isla Lobos and San Cristobal. Package includes return international flights, five internal flights, 19 nights accommodation, return airport transfers and much more!

22 day itinerary as per below- $6999pp... Typically $13,499

 Curious about seeing ‘the middle of the world’?
Why not upgrade to the 28 day package with mainland Ecuador extension and experience highlights such as the Mindo Cloud Forest.
Upgrade Cost: $1800pp

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Visit the 15th century ruins of Machu Picchu
  • Admire Colonial architecture on a tour of historic Lima
  • Witness the spectacular Andes Mountains
  • Explore the ‘Imperial City’ of Cusco
  • Experience a guided tour of the Sacred Valley
  • Stay in Aguas Calientes ‘hot springs town’
  • Enjoy a guided tour of Pukara and Raqch’i
  • Visit the Uros Floating Islands on Lake Titicaca
  • Experience traditional villages on Taquile Island
  • Visit ancient Inca monuments
  • Island hop through the breath-taking Galapagos Islands
  • Search for Galapagos tortoises in the wild
  • Enjoy a tour of Academy Bay in the Galapagos
  • Snorkel amongst sea lions
  • Spot sea iguanas on Playa de Los Perros, Santa Cruz
  • Enjoy a half day tour on Isla Lobos
  • Witness the abundant sea life of the Galapagos Islands

FLIGHTS

  • Return international flights (economy class) departing SYD/MEL/BNE/*ADL/*PER
  • 1 x international flight: Lima, Peru - Guayaquil, Ecuador
  • 2 x internal flights in Peru: Lima - Cusco, and Juliaca - Lima
  • 2 x internal flights in Ecuador: Guayaquil to Baltra, and San Cristobal to Guayaquil

ACCOMMODATION

  • 18 nights quality hotel accommodation
  • 1 night traditional homestay on Luquina Island

DINING

  • Enjoy 25 meals including daily breakfast

TOUR ESSENTIALS

  • English-speaking tour guides
  • Airlines taxes and surcharges

TRANSPORT

  • Transportation by A/C vehicles
  • Return train tickets to Aguas Calientes with Inca Rail Company or Peru Rail Company

TRANSFERS

  • Return airport transfers

28 DAY WITH MAINLAND ECUADOR EXTENSION

Cost: Additional $1800pp
All of the Standard Package, (minus San Cristobal to Guayaquil flight) plus the following:
  • 1 x internal flight: San Cristobal to Quito
  • 6 nights accommodation including a stay in a traditional hacienda
  • Daily breakfast including an authentic Ecuadorian lunch
  • Travel to the ‘middle of the world’
  • Stand on both sides of the Northern and Southern hemisphere
  • Discover the worlds third largest inhabited volcano crater
  • Tour a chocolate factory and learn about cocoa
  • Explore the magnificent Mindo Cloud Forest
  • Experience beautiful butterflies at a butterfly farm
  • Wander the Otavalo handicraft markets
  • Discover the Cotacachi Cayapas Ecological Reserve
  • Visit Cuicocha Lake; a 200m deep lake in a volcanic crater
  • Relax in Hot Springs at Papallacta in the Andean mountains
  • See the highest snow-capped volcano in the world; Cotopaxi
  • Explore beautiful Limpiopungo Lake and its abundant wildlife

THE TRIP

 

Itinerary - 1

22 Day Galapagos & Peru

Day 1 - Australia - Lima, Peru
Day 2 - Lima City Tour
Day 3 - Lima - Cusco
Day 4 - Cusco Free Day
Day 5 - Cusco - Sacred Valley Tour - Urubamba
Day 6 - Urubamba - Aguas Calientes
Day 7 - Grand Citadel Machu Picchu - Cusco
Day 8 - Cusco Free Day
Day 9 - Cusco - Pukara - Puno
Day 10 - Puno - Lake Titicaca – Uros Islands - Traditional Homestay
Day 11 - Luquina - Puno
Day 12 - Puno – Juliaca Airport - Lima
Day 13 - Lima Free Day
Day 14 - Lima, Peru - Guayaquil, Ecuador
Day 15 - Guayaquil - Baltra Island - Santa Cruz Island (Galapagos)
Day 16 - Academy Bay Tour
Day 17 - Santa Cruz Free Morning - San Cristobal Island
Day 18 - Isla Lobos Tour
Day 19 - San Cristobal Free Morning - Guayaquil
Day 20 - Guayaqui, Ecuador - Australia
Day 21 - In-Transit (In-Flight Meals)
Day 22 - Arrive in Australia

Itinerary - 2

28 Day Galapagos and Peru with Ecuador Extension

Day 1 - Australia - Lima, Peru
Day 2 -Lima City Tour
Day 3 - Lima - Cusco
Day 4 - Cusco Free Day
Day 5 - Cusco - Sacred Valley Tour - Urubamba
Day 6 - Urubamba - Aguas Calientes
Day 7 - Grand Citadel Machu Picchu - Cusco
Day 8 - Cusco Free Day
Day 9 - Cusco - Pukara - Puno
Day 10 - Puno - Lake Titicaca – Uros Islands - Traditional Homestay
Day 11 - Luquina - Puno
Day 12 - Puno – Juliaca Airport - Lima
Day 13 - Lima Free Day
Day 14 - Lima, Peru - Guayaquil, Ecuador
Day 15 - Guayaquil - Baltra Island - Santa Cruz Island (Galapagos)
Day 16 - Academy Bay Tour
Day 17 - Santa Cruz Free Morning - San Cristobal Island
Day 18 - Isla Lobos Tour
Day 19 - San Cristobal Free Morning - Quito, Ecuador
Day 20 - Quito Free Day
Day 21 - Ecuador ‘Middle of the Earth’ - Pululahua Crater - Chocolate Factory - Mindo (approx. 100km)
Day 22 - Mindo Cloud Forest - Butterfly Farm
Day 23 - Otavalo Market - Cotacachi Town (approx. 180km day)
Day 24 - Cuicocha Crater Lake - Papallacta Hot Springs (approx. 150km day)
Day 25 - Cotopaxi Volcano - Quito - Guayaquil (approx. 70km day)
Day 26 - Guayaquil - Australia
Day 27 - In-Transit
Day 28 - Arrive in Australia

 

OFFER ESSENTIALS

 Travel offer is valid for travel on selected dates until the 4th December 2019.
   Travel offer is valid for one person based on twin share.
 
Single Traveller Supplement
For solo travellers a mandatory single supplement applies: 
22 Day Galapagos and Peru: $1300
28 Day Galapagos and Peru with Ecuador Mainland Extension: $1800
 
Departure Dates   
   
2019:
  May: 1, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 21, 27
  June: 3, 4, 5, 12, 24
  July: 1, 8, 15, 22
August: 5, 12, 19
September: 2, 10, 16, 17, 23
  October: 9, 21
November: 4, 20
 
   
  Surcharges
Please note: Dates/months with a ^ or * incur a flight high season surcharge:
^Flight High Season Surchage: $300 per person
*Flight Peak Season Surcharge: $500 per person
 
Departure Cities
Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, *Adelaide or *Perth.
 
Interstate Surcharges
 *Adelaide or *Perth: $300 per person.
 

FLIGHTS

 Full Service Airline(s) Used  
  LATAM Airlines, Qantas Airways or Air New Zealand plus any codeshare partners (subject to availability). 
    
  Arrive early in Lima
$200 per person, subject to availability
Please note:
- This fee does not include extra nights accommodation, meals or airport transfers.
- No flight booking changes or cancellations permitted after air tickets have been issued.
- Flight changes are subject to availability at the time of booking.
 
Stay behind in Guayaquil
$200 per person, subject to availability.
Please note:
- This fee does not include extra nights accommodation, meals or airport transfers.
- No flight booking changes or cancellations permitted after air tickets have been issued.
- Flight changes are subject to availability at the time of booking.
 
Stopover Packages
Twin share: $450 per person/one way
Solo Traveller: $700 one way
Locations:
* Santiago
Includes:
- 2 Nights in 4 star accommodation
- Daily breakfast
- Return airport transfers 
Please note: 
- Only a post tour stopover package may be purchased.
- Stopover packages are subject to availability.
 
Flight Class Upgrades
- Premium Economy: not available.
- Business Class: (International sectors only): Buy now for $7499 per person.
- All Premium Economy and Business Class upgrades are subject to availability (if we are not able to fulfill your business class request the upgrade cost will be refunded).
- On any upgrade purchase, short haul flights and domestic flight sectors are not guaranteed in a Premium or Business cabin; subject to aircraft configuration.
- Please note: If Abu Dhabi or Dubai stopovers are offered, Premium Economy upgrades will not be available.
 

ACCOMMODATION

  Accommodation Used
3-4 Star (self-rated):
- Lima: Casa Andina Classic Miraflores Centro or San Agustin Exclusive
- Cusco: Ramada Costa Del Sol or San Agustin Dorado
- Urubamba: San Agustin Urubamba or San Agustin Recoleta
- Aguas Calientes: Casa Andina Machu Picchu or Inti Punku 
- Puno: Casa Andina Tikarani or Hotel Hacienda Plaza
- Guayaquil: Hotel Unipark, Grand Hotel Guayaquil or Oro Verde Hotel
- Santa Cruz: Hotel Fiesta, Galapagos Inn Casa de Judy or Hotel Silberstein
- San Cristobal: Hotel Blue Marlin, Arena Blanca Hotel or La Zayapa Hotel
 
28 Day Galapagos and Peru with Ecuador Mainland Extension
All of the above plus the following: 
- Quito: Hotel Mercure or Dann Carlton Hotel
- Mindo: El Septimo Paraiso or Terra Bambu Lodge
- Otavalo: Hacienda Pinsaqui or Las Palmeras Inn
- Papallacta: Termas de Papallacta (Spa resort) or Guango Lodge
 
Please note: rooms offered are based on a lead-in room type, and are subject to availability based on seasonality. Properties will be confirmed, no later than two weeks prior to travel.
 
Extra Nights
- Lima (Pre Tour): $170 per room including breakfast.
- Guayaquil (Post Tour): $130 per room including breakfast.
Please note: extra nights are subject to availability until the time of booking. Airport transfers are not included if you wish to arrive early or stay behind. 
 
Maximum Room Capacity
2 people. 
 
Child Policy
- No child discounts. Full price applies for all children travelling with their parents.
- Valid for Children 12 years old and over.
Please note: Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult 18 years old and over to travel. No unaccompanied minors allowed.
 
Triple Share
No available.
 
Bedding Configuration
Double or Twin Bedding (subject to availability).
 
Adjoining / Interconnecting Rooms
Subject to availability and at the hotels discretion. Please enquire on booking if you require this option.
 

GENERAL TOUR INFORMATION

 Minimum group size 4, maximum group size 20 per vehicle.
 
Optional Tours / Activities
- Cusco City Tour - $35 USD per person (approx.$45 AUD)
- Water Tubing (Mindo Cloud Forest) - $20 USD per person (approx. $25 AUD) 
- Canopy Zipline (Mindo Cloud Forest) - $25 USD per person (approx. $32 AUD) 
Please Note:
- prices are based on per person, are subject to availability, time permitting and weather conditions and are payable direct to the tour operator in the currency specified.
- Some tours require minimum numbers to operate.
 

EXCLUSIONS

  - Visa fees and requirements (A visa for Peru & Ecuador is not required if travelling on an Australian passport).
- Meals/beverages not stated in the itinerary.
- INGALA Transit Control Card (Galapagos) - $20 USD (approx. $26 AUD per person.
- National Park Entrance Fee (Galapagos) - $100 USD (approx. $128 AUD) per person.
- Recommended gratuities/tipping at approx. $10 USD (approx. $13 AUD) per person/day payable on tour.
- Optional activities/tours.
- Personal expenses.
- Travel insurance (Mandatory).
 

BOOKING INFORMATION

  
After purchase, you will receive a receipt and a Purchase Confirmation, directing you to an online Passenger Information Form. The Passenger Information Form must be completed within 72 hours of purchase.
 
Any special requests, preferences and optional extras MUST be clearly stated in your Passenger Information Form. Any change requested after submitting your Passenger Information Form cannot be guaranteed, is strictly subject to availability and will incur surcharges as outlined in the Schedule of Fees below.
 
On purchasing this Travel Offer you are bound by the General Terms and Conditions, in addition to the specific terms and conditions outlined in this Important Information.
 
Please note: all additional charges are payable direct to your Travel Consultant (unless otherwise stated).

OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION

INGALA TRANSIT CONTROL CARD (GALAPAGOS)
INGALA, the Ecuadorian governmental agency regulates all things pertaining to the Galapagos Islands issues a “Transit Control Card”. This card is designed to help control immigration to the islands. INGALA has instituted the transit control card is to help keep track of who is visiting the islands. Visitors must go to a booth in the airport with their plane tickets before they board their flight to get the card, which costs around $20 USD per person (approx. $26 AUD, cash only). The card is returned at the end of the trip. 
More information can be found here: https://www.galapagosislands.com/travel/transportation/entry-fees.html
 
NATIONAL PARK ENTRANCE FEES (GALAPAGOS)
All tourists visiting the Galapagos Islands must pay an entry tax to visit the archipelago. The amount of this entrance fee depends on the age and nationality of the tourist. Most foreign tourists including Australians over the age of 12 pay $100 USD per person (approx. $127 AUD). For some, this entry tax may seem a bit high, but it is important to keep in mind that these fees are helping to protect the wonderful islands. On its website, the Galapagos National Park announces that, "Funds from the entry tax for tourists are used to finance the conservation of biodiversity of flora and fauna, terrestrial and marine, and benefits the local community by improving basic services, education projects, sports, health, environmental sanitation, environmental services and services directly related to tourists."
More information can be found here: https://www.galapagosislands.com/travel/transportation/entry-fees.html
 
CLIMATE & AVERAGE TEMPERATURE
Lima:
Lima is usually described as mild and warm throughout the year without noteworthy rain making Lima one of the driest capitals in the world. The average temperatures range from 18°C to 28°C.
 
Cusco:
Cusco has a subtropical highland climate due to its elevation (3500m above sea level). It is generally dry and temperate, with two defined seasons. The dry season lasts from May to August, with abundant sunshine and occasional night time freezes; July is the coldest month with an average of 9.7 °C. The wet season lasts from December to March, with night frost less common; November averages 13.3 °C . Although frost and hail are common, the only snowfall ever recorded was in June 1911. Temperatures usually range from 0.2 to 20.9 °C.
 
Puno:
As Puno is located at such a high elevation (3830m above sea level), it experiences more extreme weather conditions than would be expected for its tropical latitude. The average annual temperature is about 8.4 °C, and the weather never gets overly warm. During the winter months from June to August, night-time temperatures usually drop well below 0 °C. At this high altitude, the rays of the sun are very strong. Most of the annual precipitation falls during the southern hemisphere summer, with the winter months being very dry.
 
Guayaquil:
Between January and April, the temperature is quite hot with rainfalls in the afternoons. The rest of the year (from May through December), rainfall is minimal due to the cooling influence of the Humboldt Current, with usually cloudy mornings and afternoons, and evening breezes. Average temperatures year round are pretty consistent due to equatorial location with a daily mean of 27 degrees year round.
 
Santa Cruz (Galapagos):
No time of year is too hot or too cold to enjoy the Galapagos, but the climate is not exactly the same throughout. June through December are considered the cooler months in terms of both the air and water. This is also the time of the dry season, where the highlands of the major islands are kept lush but the beaches and flat lands receive very little rain. Blue skies interrupted by sparse and sporadic afternoon showers are the norm.
 
TOUR GUIDE VS. TOUR LEADER
Tour Guide: 
Often locals with intimate knowledge of an area, its culture, and history. Their role entails providing commentary, routing the tour, and seeing that people have a good time. They are a licensed, qualified expert who supplies specific information on history, art, architecture and culture of the city/village/attraction in which he or she is guiding the tour. The guide meets the group at the required place and leaves the group at the end of the tour, they do not travel with the group. 
 
Tour Leader: 
An experienced person tasked with ensuring the smooth operation of tours, as well as providing practical support to passengers throughout the whole trip. Their role primarily includes assisting with accommodation, transportation between locations, and communication with tour guides in each stop. A tour leader may provide general guidance around a city or village, and offer information on the place visited on the bus, however they are not required to have specific knowledge on art, architecture, or history. They are not allowed to provide a guided tour or commentary of a city/village/attraction once there and if caught doing so, can be fined. 
 
Please note: Tour leaders/guides are not a standard inclusion in all travel offers. Tour leaders/guides will only be made available when particularly required to enhance the experience of the destination featured. 
  
FLIGHTS
Seat Selection & Frequent Flyer Points:  
 We do not arrange seat selection for this offer. It is important to highlight that some Airlines do not allow pre-selected seats. We strongly suggest you contact the Airline directly with seating allocation requirements and or arrive at the airport earlier to arrange your seating. While we do not add frequent flyer member details to bookings, you can do this directly with the Airline once you have your flight information.
 
Passport Validity:
Customers are required to provide valid passport details either at the time of purchase, or no later than 45 days prior to departure date. Failure to do so may result in cancellation of the booking. In this instance customers will be responsible for any costs and fees incurred.
 
COACH TOUR
Meals:
Daily breakfast is included in the tour, for all other meals; lunches and dinners the tour leader (when available) will offer assistance with reservations, suggestions and directions to local restaurants. You can also enquire about any allergies and food and if necessary advise meals to be to be prepared with any medication you require.
 
Luggage:
You will be responsible for all your personal belongings whilst on the tour. With regards to luggage, you must carry your own luggage from the coach to the hotel room and back to the coach. The driver will assist with the uploading and off-loading of the luggage from the coach.
 
Gratuities:
Gratuities (tips) are not included in the tour price for services throughout the tour. The recommended tipping for the tour leader is approximately $10 USD per person per day, which will be collected on tour. Tipping for other services provided on tour such as tour guide’s on optional tours, drivers, porters etc is always a matter of personal discretion and is recommended at approximately $1-3 USD per service provided dependent on the service provided. Gratuities may be paid in local currency or US dollar equivalent where accepted. Please be aware that tipping is considered by many locals to be a part of their normal remuneration and some may approach you for additional "compensation." There is no need to be intimidated by the request, nor should you feel pressured to pay more than recommended.
 
Fitness Level Required / Mobility:
Our vehicles are not equipped with wheelchair access, so unfortunately our tours are currently not suitable for wheelchair users and those less mobile. This tour will require some walking during tours and up in Machu Picchu visiting the ruins. Walking tours will be no longer than 2 hours at any one time.
 
High Altitude Illness: Altitude illness occurs when there is a lack of oxygen in the air at high altitudes. Altitude illness will affect some travellers, with no apparent regard to age, gender or physical condition. 
If you have any concerns please consult your healthcare provider prior to purchase/travel. 
 
Please note: inoculations may be required to enter the country visited, along with re entry into Australia after your visit. It is your responsibility to consult with your travel doctor for up to date medical travel information well before departure.
 
Sightseeing:
Please note: In the event entrance to a site is affected by changes in operating hours or public holiday closures, your itinerary will be adjusted to ensure you do not miss out on the experience.
 
Shopping:
Shopping overseas can be a daunting and confusing experience, especially when there is a language barrier. Please be very cautious when foreign currencies and prices are involved. If paying by credit card, please pay close attention to the amount you are being charged and keep all of your receipts. Do not make any purchases you are not comfortable with or feel pressured into. If you are uncertain or need assistance with the language barrier, please seek assistance from your Tour Guide/Leader. Please refer to our Terms and Conditions in regards to shopping for further information. 

VISAS

 
A tourist visa for Peru is not required if travelling on an Australian Passport.
Please note: Passengers who are not Australian citizens must check with the respective consulate or a visa agency to determine what their visa requirements are and what personal identification is required.
 
Please note: Customers choosing the Stopover package post-tour will require to pay a Chilean Reciprocity Fee of approximately $117 USD (subject to change) per person paid at airport customs in Chile. This fee is paid in US dollars and we recommend customers carry sufficient US dollars in cash to pay this fee as credit card facilities may be unavailable. This does not affect customers who do not choose to take the stopover package.
 
Please note: Passengers who are not Australian citizens must check with the respective consulate or a visa agency to determine what their visa requirements are and what personal identification is required.

INSURANCE

 We are proud to offer a range of travel insurance products - please ask your Travel Consultant for more information.

SCHEDULE OF FEES

 Voluntary Changes
This includes booking changes requested by you, including but not limited to those changes requiring airline ticket or a Purchase Confirmation reissue.
 
· 1st Change - $100.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/ cruise company/ other travel provider.
· 2nd Change - $150.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/ cruise company/ other travel provider.
· Subsequent changes - $250.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/ cruise company/ other travel provider.
· Changes within 30 days of departure $350.00 person + any additional charges applied by the airline/ cruise company/ other travel provider.
· Changes within 14 days of departure $500.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/ cruise company/ other travel provider.
 
Name Changes Due To Passenger Error
· If the incorrect name has been advised to Ucango, charges of $150.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/ cruise company/ other travel provider will apply.
 
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