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Galapagos Hawk: Peru and Galapagos

15 days from £5,692pp

Peru / Lake Titicaca / Ecuador & Galapagos Islands / Galapagos Islands

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Essentials

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Tour Leader

On this tour, you’ll be accompanied throughout the Peru portion of the tour by one of our exceptional Journey Latin America tour leaders. From the moment you land in Latin America until the day the tour leaves Lima, they will deal with all the practicalities, expertly adapting to the circumstances and individual needs of the group. Rather than different guides in different cities, your leader will get to know the group and keep you informed and entertained as you go. In Guayaquil, you will be looked after by an expert local guide, before being handed over to the crew and naturalist guides onboard the cruise around the Galapagos.

Transport

5 flights (longest 2.5 hours); 2 train journeys; 1 road journey (8 hours, including stops); 4 nights on board the Galápagos M/Y Sea Star.

Accommodation

On this tour we use mid-range and upper mid-range hotels. First class 16 person motor yacht in the Galápagos Islands.

Examples of hotels include:
• Lima: Hotel Casa Andina Select Miraflores
• Cusco: Casa Andina Premium 
• Sacred Valley: Hotel Pakaritampu
• Machu Picchu: El Mapi
• Lake Titicaca: Posada del Inca 
• Guayaquil: Hotel Wyndham
• Galápagos Islands: M/Y Galápagos Sea Star

On board the cruise all cabins have lower berth beds, panoramic windows, air conditioning, safes and hairdryers. There is the option to extend your cruise to 9 nights should you wish.

On very rare occasions these hotels can change, however please speak to one of our consultants who can provide full details for each departure if you have any doubts. Address and contact details will be sent out with your final documents.

Meals

Breakfast daily; lunch day 4; full board cruise days 11-14.

Summary Of Nights

15 days, 14 nights: Lima 1; Cusco 2; Sacred Valley 1; Machu Picchu 1; Cusco 1; Puno 2; Lima 1; Guayaquil 1; Galápagos cruise 4.

Optional Excursions

There are optional excursions which are booked locally through your tour leader once you are in Latin America. Not all excursions available will suit everybody, whilst others only operate within certain seasons, with minimum numbers or may not be included due to time constraints. A budget of around $100 should cover participation in the following options, but prices can fluctuate depending on the size of the party and so cannot be provided accurately until travel commences. The list below is only a guideline, so please enquire with your tour leader for any further areas of interest: 

• Machu Picchu: revisit the ruins (additional cost)
• Machu Picchu: climb Huayna Picchu (this excursion must be pre-booked due to availability issues so please let the office know before travel). Please note that this is a vigorous climb, involving very steep steps and uneven terrain. It would not be recommended for anyone suffering from vertigo or with a fear of heights. For more information, please contact your travel consultant
• Lima: city tour
• Galápagos Islands: All your excursions during your cruise are included, although you may choose to do some extra snorkelling or swimming from the boat or beaches

Budget

A budget of around $45USD per day should cover the cost of meals not included in the holiday price, drinks and the odd souvenir.
Your costs for the Galápagos trip will be a $100USD national park entrance fee, which is payable locally and subject to increase.

How To Take It

Cash machines are available in all major cities and towns, and so taking a debit or credit card with a PIN number is the most convenient way of withdrawing money while on your trip, and in most shops and restaurants you can also pay by card. However, since cards can get lost, damaged, withheld or blocked, you should not rely exclusively on a card to access funds.

We recommend that additionally you take a reasonable quantity of US dollars cash (no more than is covered by your insurance), which you can change into local currency in Peru or use as valid currency in Ecuador, and possibly some travellers’ cheques (American Express are the most widely accepted), though these are gradually falling out of use. Dollar bills should be in good condition, soiled or torn bills may be refused. You can take sterling, but the exchange rate is not always competitive or even available, restricting the number of places where you can change money.

Credit cards are not accepted onboard the cruise.

Currency

The unit of currency in Peru is the sol and in Ecuador is the US dollar.

Tipping

Tips are expected and local guides often rely on their tip as a significant proportion of their income. We recommend approximately $2 per person per day for guides and r drivers. 

Most service industry workers will expect a tip of some kind and so it is useful to have spare change for hotel porters, taxi drivers and the like. It is common to leave 10 – 12% in restaurants.

On your Galápagos cruise, there is often a single ‘kitty’ tip organised for all on board. The convention is usually $15 per person, per day, although this is a suggestion, and tipping is of course a personal choice. You will be given specific guidance on board. 

If you would like to show your appreciation to your Journey Latin America tour leader, who you may feel has exceeded your expectations, a discretionary gratuity would be gratefully received. As a guideline we recommend an amount of between $4 and $6 per person, per day. You are obviously free to tip more or less as you see fit, depending on your perception of service quality.

Insurance

Travel insurance is essential. Details of our recommended policy can be found on our Travel Insurance page.

Given the limited facilities in the islands and the costs related to air evacuations, visitors to the Galápagos are strongly encouraged to obtain travel insurance which includes air ambulance services.

Airport Taxes

International departure tax from Lima and Guayaquil is usually included in the ticket.

Journey Grade

There are some very early mornings and a couple of long days of travel on this trip. All walks are optional, and you can discuss with your tour leader which are suitable for you around Machu Picchu. The streets in Cusco are cobbled and steep and you must be cautious at altitude. Whilst on the Cruise, to visit the islands you will have to transfer onto smaller ‘Zodiac’ crafts. The crew will be there to assist.

Climate

The rainy season in the Andes runs between November and April when there are showers most afternoons. The dry season is in June, July and August when the sun is strong during the day, but at night the temperature drops dramatically (from freezing point to 10°C). May, September and October are less predictable, with both rainy and sunny spells.

Lima is covered in a dull grey mist for much of the year, although the sun does break through between November and March. It almost never rains in Lima, and temperatures are moderate. 

In Cusco and the highlands, June to September can be very cold at night, but days are usually extremely clear with sun. November to April are the wettest months of the year – note that rains tend to be in short, heavy bursts, rather than continual showers, with rains clearing towards the end of April. Nights are cold throughout the year at altitude.

In the Galápagos, from January to April it’s hot and the sun is strong, with some sudden showers. May to July, and October to December is cloudier; August and September it’s often cloudy and cool, and a stiff breeze makes the waters choppier. High and Low seasons reflect demand rather than the best time to go. Many boats are in dry dock in September

Visas

Holders of a full British passport do not require a visa, although passports must be valid for at least 6 months after the trip begins. Anyone with a different nationality should enquire with us or check with the relevant consulate.

If flying to the US, or via the US you will need to fill in your online ESTA application.

Altitude

Your stay in Cusco, the Sacred Valley and Lake Titicaca is at high altitude (2,800-4,000m). A small minority of visitors may suffer temporarily from altitude sickness. Symptoms vary; most common are mild headaches, slight nausea and breathlessness. If you don’t recover in a day or two speak to your tour leader; in very rare instances it is necessary to descend to lower altitudes. Most people are unaffected and if you drink plenty of water and allow your body to acclimatise (don’t exert yourself or drink alcohol) in the first couple of days after arrival, you will minimise your chances of suffering any symptoms.

Please refer to our Briefing Dossier for further information.

Clothing And Special Equipment

For day-to-day wear you should go prepared to encounter all seasons. Both warm clothing and a sun hat are essential at altitude; a light fleece jacket and a Gore-Tex outer shell makes a good combination. Trousers, skirt or shorts made from light, quick-drying synthetic materials work well on the Galápagos Islands. Long-sleeved shirts will protect you from insects. 

Strong, comfortable footwear is essential and you should bring insect repellent, sun block, hat and sun glasses. You should take swimwear for ocean swimming (Galápagos). You can hire snorkelling equipment but may prefer to bring your own. Aqua-socks or rubber sandals are useful for embarking and disembarking on wet landings. Bring a light waterproof jacket in case of rain. For June to November departures, wetsuits are recommended (which can be hired), as the waters can be chilly for snorkelling.

Don’t forget your binoculars, camera, charger and cards.

Due to luggage restrictions on the train to Machu Picchu, you will leave the bulk of your baggage in the Sacred Valley, which will be waiting for you on your return to Cusco. You can take up to 5kgs per person on the train. An overnight holdall is recommended to separate your luggage for the time spent away.

Please get in touch with the office before departure if you have any doubts. Good equipment is very important and hard to come by in South America and Galápagos.

Vaccinations

Preventative vaccinations are recommended against the following: typhoid; polio; tetanus; hepatitis A. You should consult your GP for specific requirements, including advice on yellow fever and malaria tablets. You can also find helpful information on the Masta Travel Health website.

What's included in the price

  • Services of Journey Latin America tour leader (Peru)
  • Naturalist guides in the Galápagos Islands and a local guide in Guayaquil
  • All land and domestic air transport
  • Accommodation as specified
  • Use of snorkel and fins in the Galápagos
  • Meals as specified with full-board in the Galápagos (excluding all drinks)
  • Excursions as specified

Included Excursions

  • Cusco: city tour and Sacsayhuamán
  • Sacred Valley: tour of ruins and villages
  • Machu Picchu: guided tour of the ruins
  • Lake Titicaca: Uros Islands and Sillustani
  • Guayaquil: city tour
  • Galápagos Islands: guided island visits and snorkeling

What's not included in the price

  • Tips and insurance
  • Meals other than specified
  • Optional excursions
  • Wetsuit for snorkelling ($7USD a day)
  • Galápagos Islands entrance fee $100USD

What's included in the price

  • Services of Journey Latin America tour leader (Peru)
  • Naturalist guides in the Galápagos Islands and a local guide in Guayaquil
  • All land and domestic air transport
  • Accommodation as specified
  • Use of snorkel and fins in the Galápagos
  • Meals as specified with full-board in the Galápagos (excluding all drinks)
  • Excursions as specified

Included Excursions

  • Cusco: city tour and Sacsayhuamán
  • Sacred Valley: tour of ruins and villages
  • Machu Picchu: guided tour of the ruins
  • Lake Titicaca: Uros Islands and Sillustani
  • Guayaquil: city tour
  • Galápagos Islands: guided island visits and snorkeling

What's not included in the price

  • Tips and insurance
  • Meals other than specified
  • Optional excursions
  • Wetsuit for snorkelling ($7USD a day)
  • Galápagos Islands entrance fee $100USD

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  • Ben Line
    Ben Line - Travel Consultant

    Ben fell in love with Latin America on a six month backpacking trip from Colombia to Mexico in 1995. Since then he has explored most of South America, including living in Peru for a year. He is now Manager of the Tailor-made Department.

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    Hannah Donaldson - Travel Consultant

    Having spent part of her childhood in Colombia and worked in Brazil and Costa Rica, Hannah's ties to Latin America run deep. Hannah is an invaluable part of our Group Tours team.

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    Evie Oswald - Travel Consultant

    It’s hard to believe that Evie has had time to cram so much in to her life so far. Having lived as a child in the Americas and Europe she found herself immediately attracted to Latin America.

  • Chris Rendell Dunn
    Chris Rendell-Dunn - Travel Consultant

    Anglo-Peruvian Chris grew up in Lima and spent much of his adult life in between London and Cusco as a tour leader, before settling permanently in our Sales team.

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    Lina Fuller - Travel Consultant

    Lina's passion for the continent where she was born really took off when she moved to Córdoba to study, spending the holidays travelling between Argentina and her native Colombia.

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    After graduating in Computer Science, Paul spent seven months travelling from Colombia to Argentina and came home hooked on Latin America.

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