GALÁPAGOS HIGHLIGHTS & PERU WITH NAZCA LINES - 16 Days

GALÁPAGOS HIGHLIGHTS & PERU WITH NAZCA LINES

16 Day Package from Quito to Lima

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 16-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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* The “Starting at” or listed price is based on the lowest price available to book. Price is per passenger based on double occupancy and does not include airfare; additional fees/charges are not included. Pricing may vary on this date due to hotel availability. Some packages require intra-vacation flights (and in some cases intra-vacation segments must be purchased from Monograms).ISCF

Day 21:
ARRIVE IN QUITO, ECUADOR

Your included PRIVATE CITY TOUR showcases the rich legacy left by the Incas and Spaniards. See Independence Square, dominated by its formidable cathedral, San Francisco Plaza Church, and the basilica with its marvelous stained-glass windows.

Day 22:
QUITO

Your included PRIVATE CITY TOUR showcases the rich legacy left by the Incas and Spaniards. See Independence Square, dominated by its formidable cathedral, San Francisco Plaza Church, and the basilica with its marvelous stained-glass windows.

Breakfast
Hotel
Day 23:
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 largest nesting sites in the Galápagos of the magnificent frigate bird. In the bushes you can see the males up close with their puffed-up scarlet throat sacs. Return to the yacht and begin your journey to the Finch Bay Hotel.

SPECIAL FEATURE: Named after the famous Darwin’s finches 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 boat excursions to various Galápagos Islands, kayaking, snorkeling, bicycle rides in town, and viewing the local flora and fauna.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 09:
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 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.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel
Day 10:
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.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel
Day 17:
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.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel
Day 24:
SANTA CRUZ–BALTRA–GUAYAQUIL–LIMA, PERU

This morning, depart the hotel and visit the TWIN PIT CRATERS, great depressions of volcanic material. Then, fly to Lima.

Day 07:
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.

Breakfast
Hotel
Day 02:
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.

Day 03:
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 (llama) 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.

Breakfast, Lunch
Day 04:
SACRED VALLEY–MACHU PICCHU

Board 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.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 05:
MACHU PICCHU–CUSCO

A morning at leisure allows you to wake up early to see the sunrise over MACHU PICCHU with your second included entrance to the ruins. Return to Cusco by train, where your Local Host will recommend options for your free time. Perhaps visit the Inca Museum or wander through the artisan district of San Blas

Day 25:
CUSCO–LIMA

Fly to Lima, where the remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Day 26:
LIMA–PISCO–NAZCA LINES–PARACAS

Enjoy a scenic drive south along the Pan-American Highway to Pisco, the wine capital of Peru. Have your camera handy today as you board your aircraft for a FLIGHTSEEING over the Nazca plains, which can only be appreciated by air. Your pilot will point out the mysterious markings known as the Nazca Lines, a series of drawings of animals and geometric figures etched into the parched soil—some up to 1,000 feet long! Theories vary, but the most accepted belongs to German mathematician Maria Reiche, who dubbed the land the “astronomical calendar” of the ancient Peruvians.

Day 28:
PARACAS–BALLESTAS ISLANDS–LIMA

Head north to the Bay of Paracas. CRUISE out to the Ballestas Islands, which are inhabited by a wide variety of sea mammals and exotic birds, including boobies, sea lions, and Humboldt penguins. The huge Candelabro, an unexplained candelabra-shaped etching on the Paracas cliffside, can also be seen as you cruise back to shore. Later, return to Lima.

Day 08:
LIMA

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Breakfast

What's Included

  • Local Host In Quito, Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu & Paracas; Naturalist in the Galápagos
  • Buffet breakfast daily; 6 lunches & 5 three-course dinners.
  • Sightseeing & Activities - Private guided sightseeing with your Local Host as outlined in the day-by-day itinerary.
  • Choice of hotels - We've carefully screened and selected the right hotels in the heart of the destination and you can choose your accommodations to match your style and budget.
  • Transportation - As outlined in the day-by-day itinerary and private airport transfers to/from intra-vacation flights; intra-vacation flights not included.

QUITO, ECUADOR

INCLUDED HOTEL: GRAND MERCURE ALAMEDA

The Mercure Grand Hotel Alameda offers comfort combined with contemporary décor. The hotel features a restaurant with regional and international cuisine, bar, laundry service, business center, and fitness center.

Hotel Option

HILTON COLON QUITO

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.

JW MARRIOTT QUITO

Recognized as one of the best hotels in Quito, the JW Marriott surpasses expectation and meets every comfort a traveler would need. With first-rate amenities, superb service, and exceptional cuisine choices, you can simply relax and enjoy your Quito experience. As it is nestled in the city center, there are also countless activities and conveniences for guests. Take in Quito’s lively atmosphere and enjoy this city oasis, leaving the details to Marriott.

SANTA CRUZ

Finch Bay Eco Hotel

Named after the famous Darwin’s finches 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 boat excursions to various Galápagos Islands, kayaking, snorkeling, bicycle rides in town, and viewing the local flora and fauna.

LIMA

CASA ANDINA SELECT MIRAFLORES

This hotel welcomes you to Lima in comfort and style. It is located in the center of Lima’s bustling district of Miraflores, within walking distance of shops, restaurants, bars, and other Lima attractions. The excellent Casa Andina Select Miraflores exudes sophistication and comfort, focusing on personalized service and great amenities.

Hotel Options

CASA ANDINA PREMIUM MIRAFLORES

With its stylish contemporary design, cutting-edge technology and ideal location, the flagship Casa Andina Premium Collection Miraflores hotel is the top of its class in every aspect. Amenities include a restaurant, bar, coffee shop, beauty salon, spa, pool, gym, business center, gift shops, and laundry service.

SWISSOTEL LIMA

An elegant and modern, luxury hotel with finely appointed rooms, Swissôtel Lima is located in the heart of San Isidro, the most attractive business, residential and cultural district of the city. Offering a luxurious Swiss touch with fresh, stylish accommodation complemented by cutting-edge amenities, it boasts special features like the Oro Fit gym and spa, with top-of-the-line gym equipment and pampering body treatments. Whether you’re in the mood for a light lunch made with seasonal ingredients or a leisurely classic meal spread out over several courses, Swissôtel Lima’s restaurants, bars and lounges provide a choice of ambience and delicacies from Peru and around the world. A sumptuous breakfast buffet also offers a wide range of choices to energize your day.

JW MARRIOTT LIMA

The JW Marriott Hotel Lima awaits with a stunning central location, awe-inspiring architecture and magnificent views. Towering above grand, oceanside cliffs in Lima, Peru’s Miraflores district, the JW Marriott Hotel Lima offers sweeping panoramas of the Pacific Ocean from every guest room. The hotel’s 25-story, ultra-modern glass tower makes a grand statement as the most cosmopolitan and contemporary of Lima luxury hotels. Spacious rooms feature new bedding from Marriott with designer duvets and plush pillows. The hotel is home to a 5-star gourmet restaurant, a health club, spa, and fitness center, and a pristine pool. Enjoy the first-class service and facilities that create a haven for relaxation and rejuvenation.

COUNTRY CLUB HOTEL LIMA

The Country Club Lima Hotel is now considered a national monument. It is a truly exceptional expression of authentic Peruvian luxury hospitality. Finely decorated with more than 300 pieces of original artwork and colonial furniture on loan from the famed Pedro de Osma Museum, the Country Club Lima Hotel presents the perfect marriage of architectural charm, history and modern comfort.

SACRED VALLEY

SONESTA POSADAS DEL INCA – SACRED VALLEY – YUCAY

Bursting with character, the Sonesta Posadas del Inca hotel is the leader in boutique hotels in the Sacred Valley. Featuring a rustic ambiance with modern comforts, dynamite local cuisine, and friendly service, it makes for a memorable stay in one of the most remarkable places in the world. The colonial-style former monastery is surrounded by views of the Andes and beautiful gardens – a leisurely and soothing escape.

Other Hotel Options

HOTEL ARANWA SACRED VALLEY

The riverside lands of an 18-century colonial hacienda have been restored into an exclusive 115-room hotel, comprising rural elegance within the hacienda and minimalist design in modern deluxe rooms. Complete with three restaurants, a 2,500 sq meter spa & wellness center with three hydrotherapy pools, art gallery, on-site museum, orchid pyramid and movie room, this hotel offers superior service and comfort, both inside your room and out of it – the perfect way to spend your time in this mystical part of the world.

CASA ANDINA PREMIUM VALLE SAGRADO HOTEL AND VILLAS

The Casa Andina Premium Collection hotel in the Sacred Valley is a luxurious and satisfying retreat. Combining fine food, comfortable rooms, and personalized attention, it is the Valley’s most complete hotel. In addition to a spa, a fitness center, and romantic dining, this hotel is best known for providing panoramic views of the Andes in every room. This charming mountain chalet-style hotel adds style and comfort to the already stunning atmosphere of Peru’s Sacred Valley.

TAMBO DEL INKA, A LUXURY COLLECTION RESORT AND SPA, SACRED VALLEY

Experience Peru’s Sacred Valley with stunning sophistication and repose. After enjoying the rugged terrain and mystery of Peru, settle into first-class accommodations, striking scenery, and all the comforts a traveler could need. Tambo del Inka is a sanctuary – a peaceful and refined spot designed with luxury and adventure in mind. Between the authentic Peruvian cuisine of the Hawa restaurant, a stylish hotel bar, the luxurious spa, and a pool that allows you the warmth of the hotel and the chance to swim out into the open air of the Sacred Valley, you will be surrounded by the breathtaking beauty of this divine haven of mystery and wonder.

CUSCO HOTEL OPTIONS

NOVOTEL CUSCO

Novotel Cusco, located in the historic city center of Cusco, is in the perfect spot for discovering the Inca civilization. The hotel is in a 16th century building, and is an ideal starting point for visiting the cathedral and other hotspots of Cusco. Guests can enjoy international and local cuisine in La Cave Restaurant, or on the heated patio covered with a spectacular glass ceiling. The bar serves a wide variety of drinks and snacks, and you’ll enjoy modern en suite furnishings with simple lines and restful amenities.

CASA ANDINA STANDARD KORICANCHA

Casa Andina Classic Koricancha is a comfortable and welcoming hotel located just 4 blocks from the Plaza Mayor of the city of Cusco. It extends over 2 large colonial houses with 2 peaceful interior courtyards. Offering a restaurant on site and within walking distance of the Plaza de Armas and Santo Domingo Church, you’ll have access to everything you need to enjoy your time in this great city. Rest peacefully in the hotel’s updated rooms with comfortable bedding and private en suite bathrooms.

JOSE ANTONIO CUSCO

Located in the heart of the archaeological center of America’s oldest city. A few minutes from the Plaza de Armas, this hotel has modern architecture with fine colonial details.

SONESTA HOTEL CUSCO

The Sonesta Hotel Cusco features a modern contemporary décor and a fine dining restaurant serving classic Peruvian cuisine. It is within blocks of a handicraft market, Plaza de Armas, shops, and restaurants.

ARANWA HOTEL CUSCO BOUTIQUE

Luxury in the heart of the Inca city, this hotel is superior in every way. Built on a completely restored 16th century manor, the exquisite rooms, each with a unique feel and architecture surround the elaborate courtyards and lush inner gardens. Mestizo restaurant and tapas bar complete the gastronomic offer. Antique paintings from the Cuzco School, colonial carvings and sculptures with high cultural value line up the corridors, encompassing a design that brings back its grandeur and lets history speak for itself.

JW MARRIOTT EL CONVENTO CUSCO

In the heart of the city’s historical center, the JW Marriott El Convento Cusco combines the needs of today’s luxury traveler with the design elements of an architecturally stunning archaeological site. History-seekers will find Peruvian cultural artifacts in the hotel’s two exhibition halls. Accommodations are equipped with the latest technology and comfortable features. Designed around a colonial convent, this hotel in Peru features resort-like amenities including a Cusco restaurant with excellent Peruvian cuisine, a bar and a full-service spa offering a relaxation heated pool, sauna, steam room and treatments inspired by ancient techniques

CASA ANDINA PREMIUM CUSCO

A beautifully renovated 18th-century manor house is located 3 blocks from Cusco’s Plaza de Armas. The hotel is distinguished by its 3 interior patios with wooden balconies. The principal patio, featuring a gurgling stone fountain, is one of Cusco’s emblematic colonial courtyards. Amenities include a gourmet restaurant, bar, reading room, room service, gift shop, and laundry service.

MACHU PICCHU

EL MAPI BY INKATERRA

Smart and contemporary are the defining elements of this hotel, amidst the commercial village of Machu Picchu Pueblo. The hotel welcomes a wide range of guests expecting an uncomplicated visit. Hotel amenities include a restaurant, bar, hot-water pond, gift shop, Internet, and laundry service.

Other Hotel Options

SUMAQ MACHU PICCHU HOTEL

The Sumaq Hotel is located at the foot of the Machu Picchu ruins and boasts an Andean health spa, bar, restaurant, gift shop, and business center.

CASA ANDINA STANDARD MACHU PICCHU

This is one of the newest hotels to come to the Machu Picchu area and offers Casa Andina’s fine standards and everything you’ll need for a comfortable stay. Clean lines, modern colors, and friendly staff welcome you as you settle in for your adventures to the ruins. With every part of the hotel brand new you’ll feel refreshed and well cared for during your visit.

PARACAS

INCLUDED HOTEL: DOUBLETREE RESORT BY HILTON PARACAS

The Doubletree Resort is ideally located along beautiful Paracas beach and offers guests a modern facility with a wide range of on-site amenities. This includes two restaurants, snack bar, private beach, fitness center, spa, pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, and business center. The resort also offers a wide array of leisure activities such as aerobics, dance lessons, volleyball, tennis, kayaking, or simply lounging and relaxing to the sound of waves on the beach

Hotel Option

ARANWA PARACAS RESORT AND SPA

The only hotel with its own dock, this unbeatable location close to Bay, is an irresistible invitation to discover the wonderful biodiversity of the Paracas National Reserve. The rich history of this place, where General San Martín started the independence struggle of Peru, and the superior amenities you’ll find here make this resort a must for any traveler. The Aranwa Paracas hotel is a shining example of sustainable tourism, with 115 rooms available to lovers of nature. Offering 2 swimming pools, a restaurant, bar, lounge and a spa offering treatments with marine products, you’ll find dozens of ways to enjoy your time in Paracas.

Local Host – In Quito, Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu & Paracas; Naturalist in the Galápagos.

MEET ONE OF YOUR LOCAL HOSTS

Ana
I always liked to travel and that is why after finishing high school, I decided to study tourism administration. While I was studying at the University, I started to work as a tour guide and found it very interesting. Being a tour guide allows me to meet people from many different places and it took me to incredible places. For a period of time I moved to Argentina where I taught Spanish and English but I missed my family and country, so I decided to come back to Ecuador. When I came back to Quito, I worked as a Key Account Executive for a tour operator, which was a great experience for my career, but after a time, I decided to be a tour guide again. I realized I enjoy being with people outside in the nature more than working in an office, and I am able to have more time for other activities I like, such as painting and working with the children of my church.

WHAT IS THE ROLE OF A LOCAL HOST?
Monograms provides travelers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Quito. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host about Quito and you’ll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host will share local Quito insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.

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