Latin Icons (Without Inca Trail Trek, start Guayaquil, end Cusco)

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Tick off two of Latin America’s ultimate bucket list destinations in one epic trip. Walk in the footsteps of Charles Darwin in the Galapagos Islands, discover native wildlife and see sea lions and giant tortoises before flying to Peru and the ancient site of Machu Picchu. Adventure and culture awaits, as you make your way through jungles, ancient towns and br...

Overview

Trip type
Group Tour
Lodging level
Basic - 2 star
Physical level
Moderate
Trip pace
Balanced schedule

Highlights

    • Snorkelling experience
    • Wildlife kayaking adventure
    • Explore Kicker Rock
    • Boat cruise and off shore bird spotting experience
    • Galapagos Feast
    • Visit Puerto Grande Beach

What's this trip about?

    Tick off two of Latin America’s ultimate bucket list destinations in one epic trip. Walk in the footsteps of Charles Darwin in the Galapagos Islands, discover native wildlife and see sea lions and giant tortoises before flying to Peru and the ancient site of Machu Picchu. Adventure and culture awaits, as you make your way through jungles, ancient towns and breathtaking scenery.

Details

Itinerary focusOff the Beaten Path
Group sizeIntimate group - 12 max
Age rangeNo age restrictions
Flights and transportN/A
Start Cityguayaquil
End Citycusco

Travel Themes

  • Local Immersion & Homestays

Destinations

  • South America
  • Ecuador
  • Peru

Attractions

  • Aguas Calientes
  • Cusco
  • Galapagos
  • Isabela Island
  • Lima
  • Machu Picchu
  • Sacred Valley
  • San Cristobal

Activities

  • Culture
  • Homestays & Cultural Immersion

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Itinerary

Travel Map

Day 1: Guayaquil to Isabela Island via Santa Cruz

We’ve arrived in Ecuador’s largest city and are ready and raring to conquer it all. Getting out of here pretty early we’ll take to the skies, bound for the glorious Galapagos Islands. Excited much? You should be. On arrival we’ll appease our rumbling stomachs with som...

Day 2: Isabela Island

Well good morning paradise. The ocean is calling, and who are we to resist her? Our wildlife kayaking adventure will see us taking to the seas with beady eyes on the lookout for green sea turtles.

Day 3: Isabela Island to Santa Cruz Island

We’ll wake up hungry for the day this morning (that’s what island life does to you), and for good reason – Santa Cruz is on the horizon. After settling in to the Santa Cruz way of life, we’ll stroll down to the beach and the cosy Tortuga Bay. Wildlife fanatics will b...

Day 4: Santa Cruz Island to San Cristobal Island

Our stint on Santa Cruz wraps up this morning with a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station where one of the island's most famous residents once lived, Lonesome George, the now deceased 100-year old tortoise. The Research Station is something of a mini miracle i...

Day 5: San Cristobal Island

It’s our last day soaking up the natural beauty of the Galapagos, and what a day we’ve got planned. Bird-watching will kick us off, followed by a cruise to the 143-metre Kicker Rock – a natural phenomenon that protrudes from the ocean and is one of the greatest icons ...

Day 6: San Cristobal Island to Lima

We’ll wave goodbye to Ecuador this morning, but the sad faces at leaving this beautiful country won’t last for long. Why? 2 words…Peru, baby! Our included flight will land us in the seaside Peruvian capital of Lima. Arriving late, we’ll nevertheless be pumped at the ...

Day 7: Lima

A new day, a new country – let’s do this! Steeped in Spanish colonialism yet buzzing with modern metro vibes, Lima is sure to ignite your love for Peru. Spend your morning marvelling at lavishly decorated churches and an underground tunnel cemetery overflowing with bo...

Day 8: Lima to Jungle Lodge via Puerto Maldonado

We’ll catch a flight the city of Puerto Maldonado in Peru’s southern jungle. We’ll have lunch on the river as we travel upstream by a traditional Peruvian boat to our Contiki Special Stay Rainforest Lodge in the mighty Amazon jungle, where we’ll try to spot toucans, m...

Day 9: Jungle Lodge

With another day at the jungle lodge, keep your eyes peeled for a wildlife like the giant otter,monkeys, tropical birds, bromeliads and other jungle life, this is the ultimate way to see the jungle.

Day 10: Jungle Lodge to Cusco

Wave goodbye to your jungle home as we're off back to the capital of Peru! Spend today exploring the beautiful city of Cusco - wander the main plaza, visit the Tread Right support weaving centre or feed your sweet tooth with a visit to the chocolate museum. Then get into Cusco's amazing nightlife & join our Illary (Sunrise) Club!

Day 11: Cusco to Sacred Valley

Heading out of Cusco and bound for the Sacred Valley on our private coach, this is where our journey into the ruins and mystique of this land truly begins. But first, llamas. An iconic symbol of Peru, we’ll be stopping off at a llama farm to show some love to these fu...

Day 12: Sacred Valley to Aguas Calientes

For those embarking on our epic 1 day trek, we’ll catch the train to KM104 and the start of a day to remember. With just 3.5 hours on foot and 6-kilometres to cover, the enchanting site that awaits us will make it all worthwhile. Descending into the site we’ll take ...

Day 13: Machu Picchu to Cusco

Excitement levels at an all-time high, the day we’ve all been waiting for is finally here – it’s Machu Picchu time! Built around 1450 at the height of the Incan Empire, Machu Picchu is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the seven wonders of the new world. We’ll b...

Day 14: Depart Cusco

Having bonded deeply over the moving spiritual quest time to say our goodbyes. We'll share one last breakfast together before going our separate ways and continuing on to our next adventure - armed with incredible memories that will stay with us for a lifetime.

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Last Updated: 0/17/2022

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  • Fuel up for days of exploring with delicious fresh breakfast daily. We'll also throw in 3 lunches and 6 delicious local meals, designed to get your mouth watering with local favourites that you just have to experience. All other meals are there for you to roam free, follow your nose to a local restaurant or food cart and get even more local.
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