Vegan Peru and Galapagos Islands Tour – Treasures of South America - 12 Days

Vegan tour of Peru and the Galapagos Islands!

Visit 2 of the most amazing destinations in South America with like minded fellow travelers. Immerse yourself in Peru’s vibrant culture and historic sites like Cusco and Machu Picchu. Then, travel to the Galapagos Islands for incredibly close encounters with the unique and iconic wildlife that makes up the Enchanted Islands. Enjoy first class accommodation and marvel at the vegan version of the world famous Peruvian cuisine! This itinerary is the perfect option for avid travelers interested in history and wildlife observation!

US$5,699.00 per person (double room) / single supplement US$2,244.00

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Overview

  • Absolutely incredible vegan food during the whole trip, a fusion of amazing flavors that you have never before tasted.
  • Handpicked hotels with character featuring great locations, superior service, and all the necessary facilities for a very comfortable stay.
  • Infinity – Galapagos Cruise a fantastic cruise offering great dining & cabins. Exciting excursions for wildlife lovers
  • Discover and marvel at the Incan culture, the Imperial City of Cusco, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Sacred Valley, with attractive colonial towns and home of important Inca citadels like Ollantaytambo. Machu Picchu, the most famous archaeological site on the continent, a must for all visitors to Peru.
  • Make new like-minded friends. Experience this incredible adventure with a group of 18-25 fellow travelers that share your values.

Itinerary

Day 1
October 18th, 2021 Lima: Welcome to Lima, Peru!

After a warm welcome at the airport, we will take you to your hotel for a well deserved rest. During this transfer you will appreciate a safe and modern city that offers beautiful ocean views mixed with bustling city vibes. Your hotel is located in Miraflores district, the main tourist area in the city, where you can some of the best vegan restaurants of the city.

Since most international flights arrive late in the evening, there are no planned activities for this day. If you arrive one or more days before the trip and decide to stay in your own accommodation, no worries, we will drive you there too!

Day 2
October 19th, 2021 Lima: The rising vegan scene in Lima!

We will have our orientation meeting while enjoying a delicious vegan breakfast at our hotel. Here you’ll have a chance to ask any last minute question you may have. In the mid-morning we will go discover the most typical Peruvian flavors in a vegan way. Our 4-hour unique walking tour will take us to taste a diversity of vegan dishes, drinks and products and discover the historical and cultural background behind each of them. In the evening we will have our celebration dinner to get acquainted with our fellow travelers.

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Day 3
October 20th, 2021 Travel from Lima to Cusco, land of the Incas!

After breakfast, we will take the journey back to the airport for our 1h15 flight to Cusco city. Upon arrival, we will be welcomed and taken to our comfortable hotel in the Sacred Valley of the Incas (Urubamba Valley), located between Cusco and Machu Picchu and home to some of Peru’s most interesting pre-Columbian ruins and attractive colonial towns and villages. Due to its lower altitude, staying here helps for a better acclimatization. The rest of the day is to relax and enjoy the breathtaking Andean views of the area from your comfortable accommodation.

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Day 4
October 21st, 2021 The Incan Culture - Maras Salt Flats and the impressive Moray Crop Terraces

Today we will leave our hotel to visit the small town of Maras featuring a number of churches from the colonial era, a few other colonial buildings and the famous salt mines of Maras. Hundreds of years ago locals used stones to section off pools of salt water along the side of the mountain. Once the water evaporates, it leaves behind a glistening patchwork of salt. After this, we will continue to Moray, best known for its terraced pits. Archeologists believe that rain formed these large indentations in the soft soil. Using stones, the Incas divided the depressions into distinct levels, each concentric circle growing smaller toward the bottom. The largest of the pits is 118 feet (36 m) deep. Historians have deduced that these terraced pits aided the Inca’s experimentation with crops. The temperature gradually dips toward the bottom of the pit, protecting plants that need less heat. Using these different elevations, the Inca could experiment to figure out what conditions worked best for which crop.

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Day 5
October 22nd, 2021 The masterful Inca stonework at Ollantaytambo

After breakfast we will depart towards Ollantaytambo town, perched at the northern end of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Here we will visit the Ollantaytambo Ruins that were once the administrative center of the Inca Empire. Inside the complex, we will appreciate the massive Inca fortress that soars above the village’s cobbled streets and then, the monolithic stones of the Temple of the Sun built by Inca Pachacuti in the 1400s.

After a delicious vegan lunch at a local restaurant we will head to Ollantaytambo train station, where we will board our comfortable train to Aguas Calientes, the town where Machu Picchu is located. We will spend the night here.

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Day 6
October 23rd, 2021 The greatness of Machu Picchu, wonder of the world!

We will wake up early to board the bus that will take us to the amazing citadel of Machu Picchu! There, our guide will led us though the main areas of the place such as the main plaza, the circular tower, the cemeteries, the Intihuatana sundial, the royal quarters, the temple of the sun and a few more. You will be amazed at the engineering ingenuity of the Incas which was so far ahead of their time and still partially a mystery today! Without having modern tools or even steel and iron to work with, the people who built this city were genius in organizing this community in a sustainable and beautiful way on the side of a mountain, even bringing water in canals through its streets for the people to use. For those with energy enough, there is the chance to climb Huayna Picchu mountain to get amazing views from the top. After luch in Aguas Calientes, we will take our comfortable train back to Cusco city, where we will spend the night.

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Day 7
October 24th, 2021 Exploring the vegan scene in Cusco on your own!

Today, we will have the entire day free to explore and enjoy the city on your own. All the experiences and information received and digested during the previous days will make this day rewarding. Of course, you will have our recommended places to eat.

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Day 8
October 25th, 2021 Return to Lima and flight to Quito, Ecuador

It is time to continue with our adventure. We will head to the airport for our flight back to Lima where we will connect with our next flight to Quito. We will be welcomed at the airport and taken to our comfortable hotel for a well deserved rest.

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Day 9
October 26th, 2021 Arrival to Baltra, Galapagos Islands

Upon arrival and after passing through immigration and baggage claim we will be welcomed and transferred to the yacht. Welcome by the crew and then we will be shown to your cabin where we will have some time to settle in before the welcome briefing and lunch.

Santa Cruz – Black Turtle Cove is located on the north side of Santa Cruz Island and is only accessible by boat and with a guide. This shallow inlet is surrounded by mangroves and provides natural protection for a variety of marine life, attracting the vulnerable juveniles of many species. Below the surface of the water, you can see both black-tip and white-tip reef sharks, sea turtles, golden cow-nose rays, spotted eagle rays, and an occasional hammerhead shark. Pelicans and Boobies hunt here, diving gracefully into the water.

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Day 10
October 27th, 2021 Galapagos Islands

Prince Phillip Steps (Genovesa): El Barranco is located at the southern part of Darwin Bay and it is also known as Prince Philip’s Steps. Passengers will climb to a plateau that is part of the stretch of land that surrounds Darwin Bay on its eastern side. There is a big population of Masked boobies and Red-Footed boobies in the trees; Storm petrels and Short-eared Owls have found the ideal place for nesting in the lava flows.

Darwin Bay (Genovesa): This bay has origin when the crater of this island collapsed below sea level. The wet landing is on a beautiful white coral sandy beach. This is a favorite island for birdwatchers: red footed-boobies, masked boobies, wandering tattlers, lava gulls, whimbrels Yellow-crowned, black-crowned and lava herons, and yellow warblers can be seen in the area. Continuing on the trail, visitors climb gradually to the edge of the cliff seeing Red-Foots nesting in the Mangrove trees below. Bird watching includes sightings of Sharp-Beaked Finches, Large Cactus and Ground Finches, Galapagos Doves and Swallow-Tailed Gulls. Reaching the end, the trail at the cliff’s edge offers an incredible view of the island and the many birds living there.

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Day 11
October 28th, 2021 Galapagos Islands

Sullivan Bay (Santiago): Santiago, also called James, or San Salvador Island, is located in the west central part of the Galapagos archipelago. It is the fourth largest island in the archipelago (following Isabela, Fernandina and Santa Cruz). Along with some of the large western volcanoes of Isabela and Fernandina, Santiago is also volcanically active, with many young flows and cones to be seen, particularly along the south, west, and east coasts. These may even be seen from the summit of Darwin Volcano and from space. A number of historic eruptions have been reported over the last 2 centuries. Santiago actually consists of two coalesced volcanoes: a typical shield volcano on the northwest end and a low, linear fissure volcano at the southeast end.

Rabida: This Island is unique because of the red color of the rocks and sand. The volcanic material in this island is very porous and external factors as rain, salt water and sea breeze have acted as an oxidizing agent. A short walk along a trail lead us to a coastal lagoon behind the beach, which permits the observation of land birds, such as finches, doves, yellow warblers and mocking birds. At the lagoon there is a colony of flamingos. The beach is often full with sea lions, and there are good snorkeling opportunities.

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Day 12
October 29th, 2021 Flight from the Galapagos Islands back to Quito

Charles Darwin Station, Santa Cruz Island: Although the great majority of Galapagos visitors come here to observe and appreciate natural wonders, it is also interesting to learn how the protection and conservation of the islands are carried out. One of the main attractions are the National Park information center, the Van Straelen Exhibition Hall, the Breeding and Rearing Center for young tortoises, baby tortoises from different islands.

Transfer to Baltra Airport
Your cruise has officially come to an end. We hope you enjoyed your Galapagos Cruise! We will now transfer you to your scheduled departure from Baltra Airport to mainland Ecuador.

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Included

  • 8 hotel nights
  • 3 cruise nights
  • 11 breakfasts (8 at hotels + 3 on the cruise)
  • 8 lunches (5 at restaurants/hotels + 3 on the cruise)
  • 8 dinners (5 at restaurants/hotels + 3 on the cruise)
  • All activities as described in the itinerary
  • All transfers and entrance fees
  • Train to / from Machu Picchu
  • All domestic flights including flight Quito - Galapagos - Quito

Not included

  • International airfare to/from Peru
  • Domestic airfare
  • Tips
  • Travel insurance
  • TAXES:
  • • TCT: $20.00 por pax
  • • Galapagos Park entrance fee: $100.00 por pax (payable there)

Frequent questions

Is this trip 100% confirmed?

This trip is not 100% confirmed and depends on reaching the minimum amount of sign-ups (18 people). The deadline to confirm this trip (or not) will be March 24th, 2021​.

Do I need a visa for this trip?

Travelers from most countries do NOT require a visa for Peru and Ecuador as long as they stay for 90 days or less.

Do I need vaccinations for this trip?

No, vaccinations are not required.

Trip Facts

  • 15 - 20
  • 18 October, 2021
  • 26 October, 2021
  • Lima
  • Quito

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