Peru and Galapagos tailor made tour

“On this 15-day tailor-made tour you can fit in the highlights of Peru and then take a boat around Ecuador’s amazing Galapagos Islands.”

Highlights

Lima | Cusco | Machu Picchu | Quito | Galapagos Islands | Private guided tour of Machu Picchu and Quito | Cruise in the Galapagos on a luxury motor yacht | Optional activities include: snorkelling

Description of Peru and Galapagos tailor made tour

If you're travelling all the way to South America, why not take in two of the continent's most iconic destinations, with this Peru and Galapagos tailor made tour? One to satisfy the culture-vulture and history buff in you, and the other to nurture your love of nature.

In an unrushed two weeks starting in Lima, you have five nights in Peru to see Cusco, Sacsayhuaman and Machu Picchu. After two nights to explore the colonial city of Quito in Ecuador, we then fly you to the incredible Galapagos Islands, 600 miles off the mainland coast. Here you have a seven night cruise on a gorgeous yacht, stopping each day on different islands to explore the wildlife and unique habitat.

Day-by-day experiences

Day 1:TO LIMA, PERU. It's likely that you will arrive here quite late in the day, so today we just take you to a hotel to relax after your flight.
Day 2:CUSCO. Today we fly you to Cusco, high up in the Andean Mountains. At 3,300m you might feel the altitude initially, so take it easy today, have a wonder around this lovely old city, and drinks coca tea! Breakfast.
Day 3:CUSCO. A private guide will take you on a trip back into the history of the region this morning as you explore the city and its surrounds. Sights such as Korikancha, the old Inca Temples of the Sun, and the fortress of Sacsayhuaman await you. Afternoon free to explore or chill out. Breakfast.
Day 4:MACHU PICCHU. You take the early morning Vistadome train to Machu Picchu today. The journey itself is lovely as you pass through the Incan Sacred Valley in air-conditioned comfort. At Machu Picchu you have a private guided tour to bring these extraordinary ruins to life before your eyes. We've also included lunch at Sanctuary Lodge by the ruins. Tonight you descend to Machu Picchu village for a night in a good hotel. Full board.
Day 5:MACHU PICCHU. You've come a long way to see this iconic citadel, so today you have another day (unguided) to let the magic of the place get to you. the afternoon train takes you back to Cusco in time for dinner. Breakfast.
Day 6:TO ECUADOR. This morning you will fly back to Lima and on to Quito in Ecuador. Staying at a lovely renovated 18th century house in the old town, you have the rest of the day to relax or wander locally. Breakfast.
Day 7:QUITO. A private guided will take you on a tour of the city this morning. Quito is a Unesco World Cultural Heritage site, and you will visit both the old and new towns, seeing some fascinating old churches, monasteries and palaces. We'll probably end the tour at El Panecillo, with great views of the city. We suggest a bit of retail therapy or more sightseeing this afternoon. Breakfast.
Day 8:TO THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS. It's a 4 hour flight to the islands. you will then join the yacht that will be your home for the next 7 nights. the Beluga is a lovely motor yacht, with great crew and a good naturalist guide. And you're off, served with lunch, you'll head to your first island to explore these incredible environments that are home to wildlife with no fear of mankind. Full board.
Days 9-14:GALAPAGOS CRUISE. Over the next week you will cruise from island to island, taking excursions with your guide to see a variety of habitats and unique wildlife. It is a real privilege to see such amazing sights. You will also have the chance to do some swimming and snorkelling, perhaps with curious seals. Full board
Day 15:LAST GALAPGOS DAY, DEPART FOR HOME. You still have one last morning to enjoy the flora and fauna of the islands. then it's a flight back to the mainland, and you head for home. Breakfast.

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Peru and Galapagos tailor made tour

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.

Environment

In Peru we work closely with our partners who are the commercial arm of a conservation charity. Not only do they conserve large areas of cloudforest and rainforest in Peru, but they aim to protect the wildlife that lives there. Examples of the types of projects they work on would include: Protecting a 54ha area of lowland forest around a spectacular tapir lick, including protecting the wildlife from hunters; also trying to save an area of rare and unique high altitude flora from being chopped down by a tea company.

In the Galapagos Islands, the yacht we've chosen for this holiday was awarded with Smart Voyager certification for its conservation standards of working practices in the islands. This covers various principles of sustainability such as water protection (being careful about fuel spillages, and not polluting the seas), waste management (waste is binned and disposed of on the main island where facilities are available), and biodiversity protection (taking care not to transfer seeds etc from island to island in order to protect the diversity of flora species, not extracting any native/endemic species from any island ecosystem, and protecting the wildlife on each island and in the seas). It also covers the fair treatment of employees and their families, and an active commitment to promote the welfare of the local communities.

The company that organises this holiday is a multi award-winning responsible travel company. We try to ensure that nothing we do at home (in UK) or abroad compromises the environment or wildlife or exploits people. We believe in ensuring that travellers are well-informed, as an informed traveller tend to be a more respectful and sensitive traveller. We also believe in giving back to the country, people wildlife and environments which are affected by tourism.

The UK head office has a good policy of recycling, reducing and re-using (electricity, paper, plastic etc). We also buy only fair trade goods such as tea, coffee, and use biodegradable detergents etc. We also make a point of buying only top eco-rated equipment (eg monitors).

For every person that travels with the company, it plants trees through The Travel Forest initiative. Depending on where they plant and the requirement of the specific area, they plant either indigenous trees or a mix of indigenous and non-native species. Planting non-native seedlings may seem counter-intuitive but doing this can often help any remaining indigenous forest from being cut down (e.g. for fuel) as some non-native trees grow much more quickly than indigenous types. They particularly aim to save ancient or older indigenous forest, through offering an alternative option for fuel requirements of local communities. In addition to this benefit, their Travel Forest initiative helps with such things as planting for water-course retention, soil erosion, shade and even food – all depending on what is planted and where. They have planted almost 100,000 trees to date in various degraded locations including the Andean mountains in Peru, northern Tanzania and Malawi. This has always been done in conjunction with the local communities who plant and then tend the seedlings. Trees are far more important to the health of this planet (and us) than many people imagine. This global Travel Forest initiative can and does make a big difference.

Community

In Peru, our partners work closely with local communities in and near the forest areas they protect. they back them with education infrastructure and teaching materials, offer workshops and classes about the environment, and other community development projects such as arts and crafts courses to help with economic diversification.

We work with partners on the ground in each destination, and only use local guides. We also primarily promote locally-owned services (hotels etc). We are very clear which accommodations have good environmental and social responsibility credentials. This information is used to ensure that any traveller wanting to ensure they are really making a difference, can choose between one property and another on eco-issues.
We also promote community-owned projects and services where applicable and possible.

The company backs a charity with funds and administration. This is a registered UK charity whose principle aim is to relieve the poverty of indigenous communities in areas outside of the UK which are affected by tourism. The charity backs poverty alleviation, education, cultural preservation and conservation projects within these regions. It has backed schools, clinics, micro-business projects and more. They are currently raising funds for 9 different grassroots projects in nine different counties, which travellers are encouraged to donate to if they would like to give something back.

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