20 day Grand South America tour with Galapagos Islands, Peru, Machu Picchu and the Amazon Jungle

20 day Grand South America tour with Galapagos Islands, Peru, Machu Picchu and the Amazon Jungle including return international flights, accommodation, breakfast daily, private coach transportation, in-depth sightseeing, tour guides and more.

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  • 20 day Grand South America Tour – Galapagos Islands & Peru with Machu Picchu and the Amazon Jungle
  • 20 day Grand South America Tour – Galapagos Islands & Peru with Machu Picchu and the Amazon Jungle
  • 20 day Grand South America Tour – Galapagos Islands & Peru with Machu Picchu and the Amazon Jungle
  • 20 day Grand South America Tour – Galapagos Islands & Peru with Machu Picchu and the Amazon Jungle
  • 20 day Grand South America Tour – Galapagos Islands & Peru with Machu Picchu and the Amazon Jungle
  • 20 day Grand South America Tour – Galapagos Islands & Peru with Machu Picchu and the Amazon Jungle
  • 20 day Grand South America Tour – Galapagos Islands & Peru with Machu Picchu and the Amazon Jungle
  • 20 day Grand South America Tour – Galapagos Islands & Peru with Machu Picchu and the Amazon Jungle
  • 20 day Grand South America Tour – Galapagos Islands & Peru with Machu Picchu and the Amazon Jungle
  • 20 day Grand South America Tour – Galapagos Islands & Peru with Machu Picchu and the Amazon Jungle
  • 20 day Grand South America Tour – Galapagos Islands & Peru with Machu Picchu and the Amazon Jungle
  • 20 day Grand South America Tour – Galapagos Islands & Peru with Machu Picchu and the Amazon Jungle
  • 20 day Grand South America Tour – Galapagos Islands & Peru with Machu Picchu and the Amazon Jungle
  • 20 day Grand South America Tour – Galapagos Islands & Peru with Machu Picchu and the Amazon Jungle
 

Highlights

 

Immerse yourself in the culture, colour and vibrancy of South America with a 20 day Grand South America tour.

Explore the city of Guayaquil in Ecuador, before setting off to the incredible Galapagos Islands. Learn about the conservation efforts being taken to protect the amazing ecosystems at the Charles Darwin Research Station on Baltra Island. Observe the giant tortoise in its natural habitat, before visiting a locally owned sugar cane farm on Santa Cruz Island.

Snorkel and swim with the local sea lions at San Cristobal Island before catching your flight to Peru. Wander the historical city of Lima, visiting the Cathedral, Francisco Monastery and the Museum Larco Herrera. Fly to Cuzco and roam the local San Pedro market or take a tour of the Chocolate Museum.

Drive through the Sacred Valley and admire the stone fortress of Sacsayhuaman. Take a train ride from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes, before travelling up the winding road to Machu Picchu. Adventure to Puerto Maladonado in the Amazon Jungle and take part in an incredible lodge experience where you will learn and witness incredible displays of nature at its best. Enjoy a final dinner at the lodge before you begin your journey home.  

 Your package includes return international flights, accommodation, breakfast daily, professional English speaking tour guides, in-depth sightseeing and more

See Inclusions for more. 

 
 

Day 1: Australia – airplane-takeoff Guayaquil, Ecuador

Depart Australia for Guayaquil, Ecuador. On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Day 2: Guayaquil (B,D)

Enjoy the morning at leisure before a welcome meeting in the afternoon. After the meeting go on a guided city tour visiting sights including Malecon 2000 & Cerro Santa Ana. After the tour enjoy a welcome dinner with your group.  

Day 3: Guayaquil  – airplane-takeoff– Baltra Island, Galapagos (B)

Take an early morning transfer to Guayaquil airport for your flight to Baltra Island, Galapagos. On arrival, meet you guide and transfer to Puerto Ayora. In the afternoon, visit the Charles Darwin Research Station. This is a great opportunity to learn more about conservation efforts to preserve the unique ecosystems of the Galapagos. You can even get close to giant tortoises which are being raised for the repopulation program.

Day 4: Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos (B)

Today you will visit the Santa Cruz highlands to observe the giant tortoise roaming in its natural habitat. Afterwards visit a locally owned sugar cane farm. Here the farmers will show us the process in which sugarcane is processed and turned into alcohol. Take the opportunity to try some! The rest of the day is free, so you can explore Puerto Ayora.

Day 5: Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos (B,L)

Today you will go on a full day tour to one of the nearby islands of Bartolome, Seymour, Santa Fe or Plazas. The actual island visited will not be known until arrival and may change due to climate conditions, operations, and availability as per the Parque Nacional Galápagos.

All islands offer stunning natural beauty and the opportunity to get up close and personal to native flora and fauna in their natural habitat. 

Day 6: Santa Cruz Island – cruise-icon – San Cristobal Island, Galapagos (B)

After breakfast, take a private speedboat to San Cristobal island and then transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon, take a short hike to La Loberia, where you can swim and snorkel with sea lions.

Day 7: San Cristobal Island, Galapagos (B,L)

Today begins with a short boat ride to Kicker Rock or Lobos Island. Along the way, observe the abundant marine life that Galapagos is renowned for. We might be able to spot nesting frigates and blue-footed boobies and we might even have the opportunity to swim with playful young sea lions. Here we can snorkel keeping an eye out below for sea turtles, manta rays and maybe the odd harmless Galapagos shark, to name a few. This snorkelling is in open sea and on occasion, the currents can be quite strong so it’s particularly important you are a confident swimmer for this activity. Included lunch today is a packed box lunch on board the boat! Unfortunately, it is against National Park rules to eat on the beach.

Day 8:  Galapagos Islands – airplane-takeoff Guayaquil – airplane-takeoff Lima  (B)

After breakfast, visit the Interpretation Centre to learn about the history of the ‘Enchanted Islands’ and the conservation projects which seek to preserve the unique Galapagos wildlife. You will then be transferred to your hotel for your flight to Guayaquil and then your onward flight to Lima. Welcome to Lima, Peru! On arrival, your local Webjet tour leader will meet you at the airport for your transfer to Miraflores (approx. 45-60 minutes), where you can settle in and recover from the long day of travel.

Day 9: Lima (B)

After a trip briefing this morning your leader will take you on a half-day walking tour of downtown Lima, including the city’s historical centre and Larco Museum.

Flanked by streets of ornate mansions, palaces and churches, Plaza Mayor is the best place to start any exploration of Lima. Take a walk through the old streets to get a feel for colonial life. On one side of the plaza is the Cathedral of Lima, which houses the remains of Lima’s founder, Francisco Pizarro. Visit the nearby San Francisco Monastery, with its catacombs containing some 70,000 human remains. Continue onto the Central market where you’ll take a walking tour. The market has a huge variety of fresh produce on offer, including fruits, vegetables and even guinea pigs.

The City of Lima, like many other capital cities in the world, has spectacular museums that show great collections of treasures of ancient Peru. We will visit the Museum Larco Herrera, which has on display remains that show the world of the ancient Peruvians from around 3000 years ago. Among the most spectaculars remains, we will see the great collection of Ancient Erotic Art, that is, without doubt one of the best attractions in the city of Lima. In addition to this great erotic collection, we also can see galleries with pieces of gold and silver. Unlike other museums, this place is the only one that has over 45,000 archaeological pieces properly classified.

Day 10: Lima – airplane-takeoff– Cusco (B)

This morning take a flight to Cusco. On arrival, take the time to acclimatise to the city’s 3,450 m (11,150 ft) altitude and explore the many Baroque churches and ancient temples that dot the city. Your tour leader will take you on an orientation walk. You’ll visit the facade of Qoricancha temple, the local San Pedro market, the main square, past the 12 Angled Stone, Regocijo Square and San Blas Square. Finally you’ll visit the Chocolate museum where there will be an opportunity to sample a hot chocolate made from local cacao beans. This might be a good opportunity to purchase some gifts or souvenirs. There’s a small store where you’ll find various handicrafts and a variety of artisanal chocolate products. Tonight is free, perhaps head out for dinner with your fellow travellers. Your leader will be able to recommend some good places to eat!

Day 11: Cusco – Sacred Valley – Ollantaytambo (B, L)

Today we travel through the Sacred Valley, on the outskirts of Cusco. Known as Wilcamayo to the Incas, this fertile valley has long been the main source of food for the high Andes. At the Sacred Valley, visit the stone fortress of Sacsayhuaman where massive stone blocks that form the walls of this site give you a clear image of how highly developed Inca engineering was. Venture to a community in the valley to learn about the local lifestyle. If your visit coincides with market day (Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday), spend time browsing the stalls in search of hand-painted beads or warm ponchos. Lunch will also be provided by the local community. We then continue to  Ollantaytambo, a short 20 minute drive. Ollantaytambo’s archaeological site is located to the east of the Plaza de Armas. The upper terraces of this site offer great photo opportunities of the squared grid town below. Tonight we spend the night in a hotel in Ollantaytambo town.

Day 12: Ollantaytambo – train-icon – Aguas Calientes (B)

Today tale a train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes, which is nestled in the cloud forest at the foot of Machu Picchu. This journey ensures that we can travel to Machu Picchu as early as possible tomorrow morning.

Optional Activities (additional cost applies): 1-Day Inca Trail – this is a great option for those wanting to experience trekking in Peru, but don’t want to do the full 4 days. This trek starts from the train station known as “Km 104” and after a steep ascent, it follows the last portion of the Classic Inca Trail. Trekkers enter Machu Picchu at the sun gate in the afternoon where there will be some time to take a few photos before taking a short bus ride down to Aguas Calientes to spend the night and re-join the rest of the group.

Please note – this trek must be pre-booked prior to departure from Australia. Please refer to the fine print for pricing.

Day 13: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco (B)

Today we take a bus up the winding road to Machu Picchu (approximately 30 minutes). This is your chance to decide for yourself whether Machu Picchu was built around 1440 as a country retreat for Incan nobility or is an ancient astronomical observatory. Enjoy a guided visit of the incredible site (approx. 1.5–2 hours) with plenty of free time afterwards to wander around the many temples, palaces and living quarters. After taking advantage of the seemingly endless photo opportunities, return to Cusco.

Day 14: Cusco – free day at leisure (B)

Today enjoy free time to relax, shop or explore more of Cusco’s sights. Perhaps head to a cafe on the Plaza de Armas and watch the world go by.

Day 15:  Cusco – airplane-takeoff– Amazon Jungle (B,L,D)

After breakfast, we take a flight to Puerto Maldonado in the Amazon Jungle, where you’ll be staying for three nights on a Amazon Jungle lodge experience! A representative from the lodge will welcome you at the airport. You’ll then make a quick trip to the lodge’s office in town by van. Here you’ll be able to pack the gear you’ll need for the next few days and leave the rest, securely stored, behind. Travel by bus or motorised canoe to the Amazon lodge (approximately 30–45 minutes). Once you arrive, there will be time to unpack and unwind before a short orientation and briefing. Either tonight or tomorrow night, you’ll venture into the jungle for a night jungle excursion!

Please note – rooms at the lodges are simple but comfortable and built using local materials such as bamboo, adobe mud and palm trees. Rooms, don’t have regular doors for the entrance and bathroom, instead traditional curtains are used. Each room opens out to the rainforest, providing a true jungle experience. Rooms are equipped with flushing toilets, showers (cold water only), mosquito nets and kerosene lamps. Electricity and internet are only available in the common areas at designated times.

Day 16: Amazon Jungle (B, L, D)

Start your day with a boat ride (approximately 30 minutes) followed by a short walk (between 25 and 45 minutes), to arrive at an oxbow lake in the middle of the rainforest – the habitat of a family of giant otters. Along the way you’ll see a variety of jungle fauna – perhaps hoatzins, monkeys, macaws, black caimans, flying parrots, and, if you’re lucky, a family of endangered giant river otters (pteronoura brasilienses). In the late morning, you will head to the parrot clay lick where birds come here to feed on the salt in the clay. The macaws begin by ceremoniously circling the cliff area. Usually the feeding frenzy lasts 20 to 25 minutes. The salt from the clay is thought to detoxify the birds’ fruit diet. After lunch back at the lodge, you’ll head back out to the jungle to take a short walk and learn about the medicinal properties and practical uses of the plants. Return to the lodge once again to freshen up, then enjoy some dinner. After dinner, there will be an optional night walk through the jungle.

Day 17: Amazon Jungle (B, L, D)

Today your Amazon Jungle adventure continues with a visit to a mammal feeding area. The mammals are known to feed at any time of the day or night, and they’re more timid than birds, with less regular routine. As a result, mammals are more difficult to see. This feeding area is visited by white-lipped peccaries, collar peccaries, deer, agouti, squirrels and tapir – see how many of these you can spot. We then head back to the lodge for lunch. In the afternoon, it’s time to visit a Brazil nut farm. Here you’ll be treated to a fascinating demonstration of the entire process of their production, from harvesting to completion. Enjoy a final dinner back at the lodge tonight.

Day 18:  Amazon Jungle – airplane-takeoff Lima (B)

This morning travel back to Puerto Maldonado before taking the flight back to Lima. Once at your hotel, the remainder of the day is at leisure.

Day 19:  Lima – airplane-takeoff Australia (B)

Today at the appropriate time, you will be transferred to the airport as a group for your homeward fights.

Day 20: Australia

Arrive home today.

Please note – some flights may arrive home one day later.

 

Inclusions

 
  • Return airfares with a full service airline including checked luggage
  • All internal airfares and transfers
  • 18 nights twin share accommodation including 5 nights in the Galapagos Islands and a 3-night Amazon Jungle lodge experience
  • Breakfast daily plus all meals while in the Amazon Jungle
  • In-depth sightseeing as per the itinerary
  • The services of a professional English-speaking tour leader
  • The services of English-speaking local guides
  • Small group size of up to 20 people only

Highlights:

  • Spend 6 magical days exploring the Galapagos Islands 
  • See giant tortoises roaming in their natural habitat on Santa Cruz Island
  • Swim or snorkel with sea-life in their natural habitat 
  • Experience a 3-night Amazon Jungle adventure 
  • Discover historical Lima and Larco Museum
  • Explore the many baroque churches of Cusco
  • Tour the Sacred Valley of the Incas
  • Explore the astonishing ancient citadel of Machu Picchu

 

 

Fine Print

 

How To Book:

To book your Tour:

  • Bookings essential
  • Voucher valid for 1 person (must purchase 2 vouchers)
  • Once booked and confirmed, no cancellations permitted
  • Must book by the 65 days prior to departure. 
  • Book early to secure your desired date and time

Deposit Information:

  • A deposit of $699 per person plus any applicable surcharges are due at the time of purchase in order to secure your date. 
  • All peak season surcharges, interstate surcharges (if applicable) and single supplements (if applicable) are also due at the time of purchase and will be reflected at the checkout stage.
  • Final Payment is due 120 days prior to travel. If you book within 120 days of travel, you will be sent an invoice within 7 days for final payment. 
  • Up to 12 Months Interest Free available: https://exclusives.webjet.com.au/up-to-12-months-interest-free/
  • Invoices will be emailed to you in advance and it is your responsibility to ensure payments are made prior to the due date
  • Should payment not be received by the due date, your booking will be cancelled and all prior payments will remain strictly non-refundable. 
  • Your tour is subject to availability at the time of your booking. We advise you to book early to avoid disappointment.

Excludes: Travel insurance, visas, tipping and gratuities, personal expenses, Galapagos National Park fees. 

Galapagos National Park Fees: are not included and must be paid locally in USD as follows:

  • Galapagos National Park Arrival Fee: USD$100 per person
  • Galapagos National Park Transit Card Fee: USD$20 per person 

Single Supplement: $1999 per person in addition to your twin share voucher. Does not include the Amazon Jungle as single rooms cannot be guaranteed. 

You can purchase your single supplement by clicking here 

Internal flights luggage allowance: baggage is limited to a maximum of 23kg per person 

Triple Share: Not available

Group Sizes: 6 – 20 people

Accommodation: 

Guayaquil – Wynhdam Hotel or similar
Santa Cruz Island – Villa Laguna Hotel or similar
San Cristobal Island – Miconia Hotel or similar
Lima – Los Girasoles or similar
Cusco – Casa Andina Standard Koricancha or similar
Ollantaytambo – Del Pilar Hotel or similar
Aguas Calientes – Inti Punku El Tambo Hotel or similar
Amazon Jungle Lodge – Nape Lodge or similar.

Important Information – Amazon Jungle Lodge: we stay at two different lodges in the same area. The activities may vary slightly according to each lodge, however as both lodges are in the same area of the jungle, you will see the same wildlife and your overall jungle experience will be the same in either lodge. Please note – rooms at the lodges are simple but comfortable and built using local materials such as bamboo, adobe mud and palm trees. Rooms, don’t have regular doors for the entrance and bathroom, instead traditional curtains are used. Each room opens out to the rainforest, providing a true jungle experience. Rooms are equipped with flushing toilets, showers (cold water only), mosquito nets and kerosene lamps. Electricity and internet are only available in the common areas at designated times.

Optional Activity: 1 Day Inca Trail – $399 per person – this is a great option for those wanting to experience trekking in Peru, but don’t want to do the full 4 days. This trek starts from the train station known as “Km 104” and after a steep ascent, it follows the last portion of the Classic Inca Trail. Trekkers enter Machu Picchu at the sun gate in the afternoon where there will be some time to take a few photos before taking a short bus ride down to Aguas Calientes to spend the night and re-join the rest of the group. Please note – this trek must be pre-booked prior to departure from Australia. 

Land Only: To purchase this tour land only please click here 

Travel Insurance: We strongly recommend that all customers purchase Travel Insurance as soon as they make a purchase on our website. Help cover yourself for the unexpected with Webjet Travel Insurance, we highly recommend it. Click here for a quote.

Visas: Visas are not included. It is the traveller’s responsibility to ensure they meet the visa requirements for the country they are visiting. Webjet Exclusives is unable to provide visa advice.

For Visa assistance, please visit Webjet’s Travel Visa Service page

Any deposits paid at the time of purchase are non-refundable.

 

Travel Dates

 

13 April 2019
18 May 2019
1 June 2019
15 June 2019
29 June 2019
13 July 2019
27 July 2019
10 August 2019
31 August 2019
14 September 2019
28 September 2019
12 October 2019

Bookings not accepted when within 65 days of departure

Surcharges may apply to some dates, please see the availability calendar for more details

Availability on Departure Dates listed in Fine Print is subject to change. True availability is shown on the availability calendar after clicking on the BUY NOW button

 

Flight Information

 

Airline: 
  • Return economy airfares departing Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth with LATAM Airlines or similar  
  • Including minimum 23kg of checked baggage per passenger (actual limit is subject to airline).
  • One return airfare is supplied per voucher
  • Names cannot be changed once flights have been booked. 
  • Flights cannot be used one-way only

 Flights:

  • Note that the total length of the package includes time spent in flight as specified in the itinerary
  • Some flights may depart a day before/after, involve up to 3 transits, stopover or a substitute airline. These changes are beyond our control and will be confirmed upon booking.
  • Full names (First, Middle & Surname) as per passport must be provided for ticketing. Passport Details are also required at time of booking in order to confirm your flights.
  • Once your flights are confirmed and ticketed, flights are non-refundable and non-changeable.
  • Flight itineraries will not be provided until 30 days prior to departure, along with final documentation.
  • All flights have been booked to meet minimum connection times as per airline policy and fare rules.

Schedule Changes: 

  • Airline schedule changes or cancellations can happen from time to time and are beyond our control. The customer is responsible for reviewing their flight schedule prior to their departure. Webjet Exclusives endeavours to assist customers where possible, however should any change or cancellation occur, please contact your Travel Insurance provider to check whether you are covered by your policy.

Flight Variations:

Option 1: Flexi Flights – Arrive early and/or extend your stay with no fees post tour with the promotional airline

  • Please select how many days you want to arrive early and/or extend your stay by on your Booking Form. 
  • Flights will arrive into the city as per the tour itinerary and depart from the city as per tour itinerary. Customers cannot choose another airport or city for their arrival and/or departure.
  • All flights will be booked with the promotional airfare available at the time of booking – for your choice of preferred airline or cabin class, please see below.
  • Your fight request is subject to availability and if the promotional airfare is not available, you will be quoted the fare difference.
  • Your varied flight itinerary will not be provided in advance of ticketing and once your flights have been ticketed, no further changes can be made.
  • If you are wishing to arrange internal flights, this must be arranged at your own expense. Webjet Exclusives cannot assist with the purchase of additional flights outside of the itinerary.
  • Webjet Exclusives are unable to provide any additional accommodation outside of the tour itinerary and this will need to be arranged at your own expense. By extending your departure date, you will also forfeit the included airport transfer (if applicable) and will need to make your own way to the airport at your own expense.

 Option 2: Upgrade to Premium Economy or Business Class (where available)

  • A flat fee of $350.00 per person, plus additional airfare and taxes will be quoted if choosing to upgrade your flights to another cabin class.
  • Please select your preferred cabin class from the drop down box on the booking form at the time of making your purchase.
  • If you have a preferred airline for your upgrade quote, please mention this in the Special Request field of your Booking Form. If no specific airline is requested, the best available fare will be quoted to you.
  • Your quote will not be provided immediately and will be processed in departure date order only after final payment has been paid.
  • The quote will be sent via email only and will include clear instructions on how to make payment. Failure to pay by the stipulated date and time will cause the quote to expire, by which Webjet Exclusives will proceed to book the promotional airfare included in your packages.
  • If also choosing to arrival early and/or extend your stay, this will be quoted to you in conjunction with your preferred airline request.

 Should you be unsatisfied with the quote provided for your cabin upgrade, you can opt to:

1. Travel with the group as per the tour itinerary on the promotional airfare or;
2.Take the package as Land Only and receive a refund of the Land Only discount, if available.

Once your flights have been confirmed and ticketed, no further changes can be made and your booking will remain non-refundable.

Option 3: Choose an alternative airline

  • A flat fee of $350.00 per person, plus additional airfare and taxes will be quoted if choosing to travel with a premium airline for your tour.
  • Please specify your preferred airline in the Special Request field of your booking form.
  • Your quote will not be provided immediately and will be processed in departure date order only after final payment has been paid.
  • The quote will be sent via email only and will include clear instructions on how to make payment. Failure to pay by the stipulated date and time will cause the quote to expire, by which Webjet Exclusives will proceed to confirm your flights as per the tour itinerary.
  • If also choosing to arrival early and/or extend your stay, this will be quoted to you in conjunction with your preferred airline request.

Should you be unsatisfied with the quote provided for your airline preference, you can opt to:

1. Travel with the group as per the tour itinerary on the promotional airfare or;
2.Take the package as Land Only and receive a refund of the Land Only discount, if available.

Once your flights have been confirmed and ticketed, no further changes can be made and your booking will remain non-refundable.

 

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Package Inclusions
  • Return flights with a full service airline 
  • Arrive early or extend your stay fee free with Flexi Flights
  • All internal airfares and transfers
  • 18 nights twin share accommodation including 5 nights in the Galapagos Islands and a 3-night Amazon Jungle lodge experience
  • Breakfast daily plus all meals while in the Amazon Jungle
  • In-depth sightseeing as per the itinerary
  • The services of a professional English-speaking tour leader
  • The services of English-speaking local guides
  • Small group size of up to 20 people only

 

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