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Ecuador Tours: The Best of Ecuador and Peru

Highlights of this Tour: Quito • Otavalo • Galapagos Islands • Lima • Cusco • Sacred Valley • Machu Picchu

Duration: 15 Days / 14 Nights

Days of Departure: Daily, the day of departure will depend on your Galapagos Islands Cruise.

This popular travel itinerary combines the best of Ecuador and Peru: Quito, the Galapagos Islands, Cusco, Machu Picchu and more. The itinerary below is based on a 4 night Galapagos cruise, but it can be custom designed to include any other cruise duration. If you prefer to start your tour in Peru, we also offer this tour in reverse. See our Best of Peru and Ecuador Tour.

Sample itinerary

quito city tourDay 1 | Arrive in Quito
On arrival in Quito, an English-speaking guide will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Hotel.

Day 2 | Quito City Tour
Morning at leisure. Afternoon city tour of modern and colonial Quito. Among the highlights of this three-hour tour are: the Legislative Palace, Sala Capitular, Independence Plaza, Government Palace, Archbishop’s Palace, La Compañia Church, San Francisco Church. And finally, drive up Panecillo Hill for a panoramic view of the city before returning to town. Afternoon at leisure to visit museums, galleries or take the new cable car to the top of Pichincha Volcano. Hotel. (B)

otavalo tour Day 3| Full day in the Otavalo Region
Early morning departure from the hotel for a full-day tour of the Otavalo region. This tour travels north of Quito where you will: cross the equator at Cayambe; stop in Calderon, famous for its bread dough figure dolls; shop in Cotacachi for leather goods; and visit the grand Otavalo market. The Otavalo Indians are one of the most prosperous groups in Ecuador and have maintained their cultural identity and traditional dress for many generations. After lunch at a country inn, you will visit San Antonio de Ibarra, a wood carving centre. Return to Quito in the late afternoon. Hotel. (B,L)

Day 4 | Quito to Galapagos
Transfer from the hotel to the airport for your flight to the Galapagos Islands. Cruise is not included. (B)

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lima city tourDay 8 | Galapagos to Lima
Fly from the Galapagos Islands to mainland Ecuador and connect to the flight to Lima. Reception at the Lima airport and transfer to your hotel. Hotel.

Day 9 | Lima
This morning, you embark on 3 hour sightseeing tour of Lima. You will see Lima's most imposing colonial churches and mansions such as the Government Palace, the Plaza Mayor, City Hall, and the San Francisco Monastery and its catacombs below the cathedral. Continue to the fascinating Archaeological Museum, which features magnificent collections from the Chavin, Nasca, Mochica and Chimu cultures. Hotel. (B)

cusco city tour Day 10 | Lima to Cusco
Morning transfer to the airport for your morning flight to Cusco. In Cusco, you are greeted by our representative and transferred to your hotel. Rest and acclimatize for a few hours before your afternoon tour of Cusco and the nearby Sacsayhuaman ruins. Hotel. (B)

Day 11 | Pisac and Ollantaytambo
Morning departure from Cusco for a drive through the valley to Pisac, where you will have the opportunity to bargain with the vendors at the typical market. After lunch at a local inn, visit Ollantaytambo, the Inca fortress, and walk through the quaint streets of the nearby town. Overnight in the Sacred Valley. [On days when the Pisac market is not open you will visit the extensive Pisac ruins]. Hotel. (B,L)

machu picchu tourDay 12 | Cusco to Machu Picchu
Early morning transfer to the Cusco train station. Train service to Machu Picchu, “The Lost City of the Incas”. Guided tour of this marvelous citadel. You’ll visit the main plaza, the royal quarters, the Temple of Three Windows, the circular tower and the sacred Sun Dial and burial grounds. Hotel. (B,L,D)

Day 13 | Machu Picchu to Cusco
We suggest you rise early this morning to admire Machu Picchu at sunrise, a truly mystical experience. Morning at leisure to continue exploring or perhaps attempt climbing Huayna Picchu. Afternoon train to Cusco. Transfer from the Cusco train station to your hotel. Hotel. (B)

Day 14 | Cusco to Lima
Morning transfer to the Cusco airport for the flight to Lima. In Lima, we can arrange optional sightseeing or a day room until your connecting overnight flight back to North America. Overnight flights begin departing around 11pm.

Day 15 | Arrive Home
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No prices are mentioned here as there are many variations on hotels and excursions in each area. Contact our South America Travel Specialists to discuss details or to request a quote for a custom private tour of Ecuador.


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