Galápagos Highlights & Peru 2021 - 14 days from Quito to Lima
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Galápagos Highlights & Peru 2021

14 days from Quito to Lima

Starting at $5,729


Destinations & Sightseeing
Itinerary and Meals
Accomodations

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The set: Ecuador & Peru. The characters: You and your friends and family. Scene 1: You—want to put together the perfect vacation for everyone to the Galápagos Islands and some of Peru’s most visited places. Realizing there are just too many things to coordinate and handle, you have a choice: get stressed trying to put it all together or look to Monograms to help. Scene 2: You, your friends and family turn to Monograms to handle the vacation details and instead of getting stressed; all of you can relax and have a glass of wine while discussing your upcoming vacation. Scene 3: Everyone packs their bags and go—and have a wonderful vacation!

This can be your reality. On this 14-day vacation, Monograms has arranged your hotel reservations, sightseeing, and daily breakfast (as well as six lunches and five dinners). Plus, we recognize that South America can be intimidating, so in each city—Quito, Lima, Cusco & Machu Picchu—we’ve arranged for you to have a Local Host®, someone there for you throughout your stay to ensure everything runs smoothly. A one-of-a-kind feature offered only by Monograms, your Local Hosts will answer questions, offer suggestions, and be your “friend in the city.”

Your vacation begins in Quito, where we can pick you up at the airport and take you to your selected hotel. There, your Local Host will meet you with a set of materials to help familiarize you with the city. The next morning, after an included breakfast, we’ll pick you up at your hotel for private, guided sightseeing with a local expert. Be sure to bring your camera, because there will be a lot of photo opportunities, and we’ve scouted out some of the best picture spots! Then you’re off to the Galápagos Islands and the award-winning Finch Bay Eco Hotel, offering a private, seaside location on Santa Cruz Island surrounded by mangroves and a private beach. With the Finch Bay as your home base for four nights, you’ll experience the Galápagos Islands and understand why the islands fascinated Darwin so much. You’ll visit North Seymour Island, with the largest nesting site of the “magnificent frigate birds” in the Galápagos; the highlands of Santa Cruz, where tortoises can be seen grazing and where you’ll visit a local coffee, sugar cane, and cocoa bean farm; Santa Fé Island, where you’ll see California sea lions and a large species of land iguanas; Divine Bay on Santa Cruz, where we’ll keep an eye out for sea turtles, reef sharks, rays, blue-footed boobies, marine iguanas, and more; the Charles Darwin Research Station, established to conserve the natural habitats and protect the famous giant tortoises; and the Twin Pit Craters, geological depressions of volcanic material where Scalesia trees, ferns, orchids, and mosses can be seen. And don’t forget, throughout your stay you’ll be accompanied by Naturalists, experts who know the native flora and fauna and who help bring the experience to life.

The Galápagos experience is so unique, you may think nothing can top it. But alas, Peru is waiting! In Lima, your Local Host will help you get settled and give you a packet of materials to prepare you for your journey. The next morning, after your included breakfast, we will once again pick you up at your hotel for guided sightseeing with a local expert. In Cusco, sightseeing with a local expert features many of the marvelous structures built by the Incas: semi-circular Kenko Amphitheater; Puca Pucara; and the Temple of Sacsayhuaman, a fortress built in the early 12th century with stones weighing more than 350 tons. A short drive will bring you to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, where your sightseeing will include the market town of Pisac, where locals sell their wares at bargain prices, and Ollantaytambo, where you’ll see some of the finest examples of Inca masonry and town planning.

And that’s just the start...we’ve arranged for you to take a train to Machu Picchu, where roughly 1,000 people once lived in 200 structures. Poised high in the jungle, you’ll stand in awe as you witness the ancient ruins surrounded by soaring peaks—one of the most majestic images in South America! With your expert guide, you’ll hear the little-known secrets and insider stories that only a local knows. You’ll even have the chance to witness a sunrise over Machu Picchu with your second included entrance to the ruins, a stunning view indeed!

At Monograms, our goal is to handle all the details for you, so you just have to pack your bags and go. That’s why we’ve arranged all the pieces of this vacation for you—your hotels, your breakfasts, your sightseeing, and your guides. So what are you waiting for? Grab your suitcase and camera, and join us!

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Destination & Sightseeing

Transportation:
As outlined in the day-by-day itinerary and private airport transfers to/from intra-vacation flights; intra-vacation flights not included

MEALS

Buffet breakfast daily; 5 lunches; 5 three-course dinners

ITINERARY

Day 1
Arrive in Quito

Day 2
Your included private city tour showcases the rich legacy left by the Incas and the Spaniards. See Independence Square, dominated by its formidable cathedral, San Francisco Plaza Church, and the Basilica with its marvelous stained-glass windows
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Day 3
Fly to Baltra in the Galápagos. Upon arrival, board a yacht bound for North Seymour, an island teeming with life. You might have to give way to a passing sea lion, marine iguana, or blue-footed boobies that nest here. As you walk along the shore, see large flocks of pelicans in a dive-bomb feeding-frenzy, and one of the Galápagos’ largest nesting sites of the magnificent frigatebird. In the bushes you can see the males up close with their puffed-up scarlet throat sacs. Return to the yacht and continue to the Finch Bay Hotel. (B,L,D) SPECIAL FEATURE: Named after the famous Darwin’s finches that are abundant in the surroundings, the Finch Bay Eco Hotel offers a private seaside location surrounded by mangroves. Amenities include a bar, lounge, restaurant, outdoor pool—and beachfront access. All rooms offer twin beds, private restroom, and air-conditioning. Guests will enjoy daily boat excursions to various Galápagos Islands, kayaking, snorkeling, bicycle rides in town, and viewing the local flora and fauna
Meal Icon BreakfastLunchMeal Icon Dinner

Day 4
Transfer to the lush highlands of Santa Cruz to a farming area called El Manzanillo on the edge of the Giant Tortoise Reserve. Here, tortoises can be seen grazing year-round, along with woodpecker finches, mockingbirds, and flycatchers. After lunch, visit a local farm, where coffee, sugar cane, and cocoa beans are grown, harvested, and prepared. Return to the hotel and perhaps spend time on the private beach
Meal Icon BreakfastLunchMeal Icon Dinner

Day 5
Board a yacht bound for Santa Fé, where you will see the endemic Santa Fé land iguana and the large opuntia cactus forest. The beach area is covered with California sea lions, and the coastline is an excellent location for snorkeling with sea turtles
Meal Icon BreakfastLunchMeal Icon Dinner

Day 6
Today’s adventure takes you to wildlife-rich Divine Bay on Santa Cruz Island. Marine iguanas, herons, noddy terns, blue-footed boobies, and tropicbirds are commonly seen here. You may explore by boat or, if you’re feeling adventurous, you can take to the sea by kayak. Keep an eye out for sea turtles, rays, and reef sharks as you cruise the tranquil waters. Return to the hotel for lunch, followed by an afternoon visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station, established to help conserve the Galápagos’ natural habitats and protect the area’s famous giant tortoises
Meal Icon BreakfastLunchMeal Icon Dinner

Day 7
Depart the hotel this morning and visit the Twin Pit Craters en route to Baltra. These great depressions of volcanic material were formed by a long process of slow sinking of the ground, where exceptional Scalesia trees, ferns, mosses, and orchids can be seen in the surroundings. Then, fly to Lima
Meal Icon Breakfast

Day 8
Your included city tour focuses on Lima’s rich colonial history as well as the modern city. Lima was the bastion of Spanish South America from its founding in 1535 until the independence of the South American republics in the early 19th century. See the cathedral, where the remains of Francisco Pizarro are sealed in a wooden coffin, and the Santo Domingo Convent to see the relics of three famous Peruvian saints—Santa Rosa de Lima, San Martin de Porres, and San Juan Macias
Meal Icon Breakfast

Day 9
Fly to Cusco, high in the Andes. Your guided tour visits the Santo Domingo Monastery, one of the most important temples devoted to worship of the sun. It is said it was covered in gold leaf and filled with golden representations of nature. At Plaza de Armas, see the cathedral before taking a short drive outside the city to the ruins of Sacsayhuaman with its intricate stone walls, the amphitheater of Kenko, and the red fortress of Puca Pucara
Meal Icon Breakfast

Day 10
Today, a short drive into the Urubamba Valley, the Sacred Valley of the Incas, brings you to Awanakancha to learn about the importance of the alpaca for Inca cultures, as well as the ancient weaving techniques still in use today. Continue to the market town of Pisac, where you can buy handmade rugs, alpaca sweaters, and jewelry at bargain prices. At the other end of the valley, visit Ollantaytambo to see some of the finest examples of Inca masonry
Meal Icon BreakfastLunch

Day 11
Embark on a train trip bound for Machu Picchu and cut a path through the Sacred Valley to this “Lost City of the Incas,” discovered by American explorer Hiram Bingham in 1911. On a guided tour, explore this intact fortress with its temple remains, holy houses, and mile-long aqueduct. For hikers, a brisk one-hour walk leads to the Sun Gate, the ancient entrance used by the Incas
Meal Icon BreakfastLunchMeal Icon Dinner

Day 12
A morning at leisure allows you to wake up early to see sunrise over Machu Picchu with your second included entrance to the ruins. Return to Cusco by train
Meal Icon Breakfast

Day 13
Fly to Lima
Meal Icon Breakfast

Day 14
Your vacation ends after breakfast this morning
Meal Icon Breakfast

Day 15
ARRIVE IN QUITO, ECUADOR

Day 16
QUITO

Day 17
QUITO–BALTRA–NORTH SEYMOUR–SANTA CRUZ

Day 18
SANTA CRUZ. EXCURSION TO THE HIGHLANDS

Day 19
SANTA CRUZ. EXCURSION TO SANTA FÉ

Day 20
SANTA CRUZ. EXCURSION TO DIVINE BAY

Day 21
SANTA CRUZ–BALTRA–QUITO–LIMA, PERU

Day 22
LIMA

Day 23
LIMA–CUSCO

Day 24
CUSCO–SACRED VALLEY

Day 25
SACRED VALLEY–MACHU PICCHU

Day 26
MACHU PICCHU–SACRED VALLEY–CUSCO

Day 27
CUSCO–LIMA

Day 28
LIMA

Day 29
Breakfast

Day 30
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Day 31
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Day 32
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Day 33
BreakfastLunchDinner

Day 34
Breakfast

Day 35
Breakfast

Day 36
Breakfast

Day 37
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Day 38
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Day 39
Breakfast

Day 40
Breakfast

Day 41
Breakfast

Day 42 ARRIVE IN QUITO, ECUADOR.
Arrive in Quito

Day 43 QUITO.
Your included private city tour showcases the rich legacy left by the Incas and the Spaniards. See Independence Square, dominated by its formidable cathedral, San Francisco Plaza Church, and the Basilica with its marvelous stained-glass windows
Meal Icon Breakfast

Day 44 QUITO–BALTRA–NORTH SEYMOUR–SANTA CRUZ.
Fly to Baltra in the Galápagos. Upon arrival, board a yacht bound for North Seymour, an island teeming with life. You might have to give way to a passing sea lion, marine iguana, or blue-footed boobies that nest here. As you walk along the shore, see large flocks of pelicans in a dive-bomb feeding-frenzy, and one of the Galápagos’ largest nesting sites of the magnificent frigatebird. In the bushes you can see the males up close with their puffed-up scarlet throat sacs. Return to the yacht and continue to the Finch Bay Hotel. (B,L,D) SPECIAL FEATURE: Named after the famous Darwin’s finches that are abundant in the surroundings, the Finch Bay Eco Hotel offers a private seaside location surrounded by mangroves. Amenities include a bar, lounge, restaurant, outdoor pool—and beachfront access. All rooms offer twin beds, private restroom, and air-conditioning. Guests will enjoy daily boat excursions to various Galápagos Islands, kayaking, snorkeling, bicycle rides in town, and viewing the local flora and fauna
Meal Icon BreakfastLunchMeal Icon Dinner

Day 45 SANTA CRUZ. EXCURSION TO THE HIGHLANDS.
Transfer to the lush highlands of Santa Cruz to a farming area called El Manzanillo on the edge of the Giant Tortoise Reserve. Here, tortoises can be seen grazing year-round, along with woodpecker finches, mockingbirds, and flycatchers. After lunch, visit a local farm, where coffee, sugar cane, and cocoa beans are grown, harvested, and prepared. Return to the hotel and perhaps spend time on the private beach
Meal Icon BreakfastLunchMeal Icon Dinner

Day 46 SANTA CRUZ. EXCURSION TO SANTA FÉ.
Board a yacht bound for Santa Fé, where you will see the endemic Santa Fé land iguana and the large opuntia cactus forest. The beach area is covered with California sea lions, and the coastline is an excellent location for snorkeling with sea turtles
Meal Icon BreakfastLunchMeal Icon Dinner

Day 47 SANTA CRUZ. EXCURSION TO DIVINE BAY.
Today’s adventure takes you to wildlife-rich Divine Bay on Santa Cruz Island. Marine iguanas, herons, noddy terns, blue-footed boobies, and tropicbirds are commonly seen here. You may explore by boat or, if you’re feeling adventurous, you can take to the sea by kayak. Keep an eye out for sea turtles, rays, and reef sharks as you cruise the tranquil waters. Return to the hotel for lunch, followed by an afternoon visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station, established to help conserve the Galápagos’ natural habitats and protect the area’s famous giant tortoises
Meal Icon BreakfastLunchMeal Icon Dinner

Day 48 SANTA CRUZ–BALTRA–QUITO–LIMA, PERU.
Depart the hotel this morning and visit the Twin Pit Craters en route to Baltra. These great depressions of volcanic material were formed by a long process of slow sinking of the ground, where exceptional Scalesia trees, ferns, mosses, and orchids can be seen in the surroundings. Then, fly to Lima
Meal Icon Breakfast

Day 49 LIMA.
Your included city tour focuses on Lima’s rich colonial history as well as the modern city. Lima was the bastion of Spanish South America from its founding in 1535 until the independence of the South American republics in the early 19th century. See the cathedral, where the remains of Francisco Pizarro are sealed in a wooden coffin, and the Santo Domingo Convent to see the relics of three famous Peruvian saints—Santa Rosa de Lima, San Martin de Porres, and San Juan Macias
Meal Icon Breakfast

Day 50 LIMA–CUSCO.
Fly to Cusco, high in the Andes. Your guided tour visits the Santo Domingo Monastery, one of the most important temples devoted to worship of the sun. It is said it was covered in gold leaf and filled with golden representations of nature. At Plaza de Armas, see the cathedral before taking a short drive outside the city to the ruins of Sacsayhuaman with its intricate stone walls, the amphitheater of Kenko, and the red fortress of Puca Pucara
Meal Icon Breakfast

Day 51 CUSCO–SACRED VALLEY.
Today, a short drive into the Urubamba Valley, the Sacred Valley of the Incas, brings you to Awanakancha to learn about the importance of the alpaca for Inca cultures, as well as the ancient weaving techniques still in use today. Continue to the market town of Pisac, where you can buy handmade rugs, alpaca sweaters, and jewelry at bargain prices. At the other end of the valley, visit Ollantaytambo to see some of the finest examples of Inca masonry
Meal Icon BreakfastLunch

Day 52 SACRED VALLEY–MACHU PICCHU.
Embark on a train trip bound for Machu Picchu and cut a path through the Sacred Valley to this “Lost City of the Incas,” discovered by American explorer Hiram Bingham in 1911. On a guided tour, explore this intact fortress with its temple remains, holy houses, and mile-long aqueduct. For hikers, a brisk one-hour walk leads to the Sun Gate, the ancient entrance used by the Incas
Meal Icon BreakfastLunchMeal Icon Dinner

Day 53 MACHU PICCHU–SACRED VALLEY–CUSCO.
A morning at leisure allows you to wake up early to see sunrise over Machu Picchu with your second included entrance to the ruins. Return to Cusco by train
Meal Icon Breakfast

Day 54 CUSCO–LIMA.
Fly to Lima
Meal Icon Breakfast

Day 55 LIMA.
Your vacation ends after breakfast this morning.

Accommodations

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Hilton Colon Quito
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Ave Amazonas N 1914 Y Patria Avenida 1 Quito Ecuador

The Hilton Colon Quito hotel is 10 minute walk from the colonial Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This modern hotel enjoys spectacular views of the city. Amenities include a fitness center, spa, outdoor heated pool, 5 restaurants/lounges, laundry service, concierge, florist, barber shop, and gift shop.
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