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The Galápagos Islands & Ecuador

10 days Land & Cruise Tours, Nature & Wildlife Tours
Ecuador puts new meaning behind the saying, “good things come in small packages.” In terms of flora, fauna and opportunities for adrenaline-packed adventure (think zip lining through cloud forests and swimming alongside sea turtles), South America’s second smallest country runs the gamut. Journey to Quito for a taste of Ecuadorean culture and Incan legend. Then, island hop through the Galápagos, where you’ll move from mangrove swamps to lava flows to sunny shorelines, encountering scores of exotic creatures along the way.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

Local cuisine with beer or wine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

Local cuisine with beer or wine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 5 nights in handpicked hotels & 4 nights aboard the M/V Galápagos Legend

  • Breakfast daily, 4 lunches, 4 dinners on board the ship, 1 three-course dinner with beer or wine on land

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Select entrance fees

Quito3 nights Hotel info

Day 1

After your flight, arrive late this evening in Quito. A Go Ahead representative greets you as you clear customs, escorts you to your hotel and assists with check-in.

Day 2

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included entrances: Equatorial Monument, La Compañia church

Embark on a guided sightseeing tour of Quito, taking in views of the Tumbaco Valley before passing by the Legislative Palace, Independence Square and El Sagrario Church. Stop to view the 16th-century Monastery of San Francisco en route to La Compañia, the city’s baroque church. After your tour, you’ll head out on an excursion to the Equatorial Monument, where you can stand with one foot on either side of the equator. Meet your fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 3

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in Quito or join your group for a full-day optional excursion to the traditional crafts market of Otavalo, stopping at some of the indigenous villages along the way.

Optional Excursion - Otavalo & Hacienda $95*pp Details

Travel through the colorful Guayllabamba and Cayambe valleys, stopping along the way to sample some of the region’s celebrated fruit and to enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding volcanoes and San Pablo Lake. Then, make your way through the Andes to Otavalo, a traditional market town known for its knitted and leather goods. After perusing the vibrant market and visiting a local musical instrument factory, settle in for a lunch at a historic colonial-era hacienda. Incredible views of lush gardens, winding trails and the property’s roaming llamas make an idyllic backdrop for your meal.

Galápagos Islands4 nights Hotel info

Day 4

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning, fly to Baltra, where you’ll board your cruise. After getting settled in your cabin and enjoying lunch on board, cruise across the narrow channel separating Baltra from Santa Cruz Island. Then, cruise to Black Turtle Cove, where you should keep your eyes peeled for turtles, rays and sharks swimming among the mangroves.

Day 5

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After a wet landing on Santiago Island, spend the morning exploring the extensive lava flows and swimming and snorkeling in Sullivan Bay. Spot flamingos, sea turtles and sea lions, as well as a wide range of coastal and migratory birds. Later, transfer to Rabida Island, where the volcanic geology creates an incredible landscape of unique, dark redsand beaches. Take a dinghy ride along the cliffs to observe nesting seabirds and snorkel.

Day 6

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Begin your exploration of Isabela Island, the largest in the Galápagos archipelago. This morning, set foot on the black sands around Urbina Bay, where you’ll have the opportunity to snorkel with the sea turtles that swim just off shore. Or, stay on land and pay a visit to the giant tortoises that live on the slopes of the nearby Alcedo Volcano. This afternoon, your naturalist guide leads a walking tour near Tagus Cove, where you’ll learn about the geological history of the Galápagos and see the blue-footed boobies that nest here. Your tour of Tagus Cove concludes with a dinghy ride and the option of deep sea snorkeling.

Day 7

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

During this morning’s visit to Punta Espinosa, you’ll witness dramatic lava flows and the millennialong processes that have formed these lands. Be on the lookout for the area’s marine iguanas, Sally Lightfoot crabs and the fearless Galápagos hawk. This afternoon, a dinghy ride brings you to Vicente Roca Point and the Bolivar Channel. If you haven’t snorkeled yet, now’s the time: The cold waters of the Cromwell Current well up in the Bolivar Channel and seasonally attract dolphins and whales to this narrow strait.

Quito1 night Hotel info

Day 8

Included meals: Breakfast

Journey to the Santa Cruz highlands, northwest of Puerto Ayora, to visit a giant tortoise nature reserve. Walk through the humid forest landscape to see these slow-moving reptiles. Later, return to Baltra and board your flight back to the mainland. Once in Quito, you’re free to spend the evening as you like.

Day 9

Included meals: Breakfast

Explore Quito on your own today, or opt to join an excursion to Cotopaxi National Park to view its dramatic volcanic landscapes. Afterward, a Go Ahead representative escorts you to the airport for your overnight flight home. If you’re joining the tour extension to Peru, you’ll fly to Lima where you will spend the night.

Optional Excursion - Volcanic Landscapes: Cotopaxi National Park $95*pp Details

Take a light hike through Cotopaxi National Park, home to the autonymous snow-covered volcano, one of the highest active volcanoes in the world. Keep an eye out for the park’s many bird species and plant life as you make your way around the beautiful landscapes of the Andes. In the distance, you can see views of Limpiopungo Lake and various volcanoes. After your hike, enjoy lunch at Hacienda La Cienega. Please note: Layered clothing and comfortable shoes are recommended for this excursion.

Overnight Flight1 night

Day 10

Arrive home.

Please note: Due to varying flight schedules, some travelers may depart on the morning of Day 10, arriving home later that evening.

Add Peru & Machu Picchu $1,299 pp

Experience Peru in all its diversity. Wander the colonial cities that display the legacy of Spanish conquistadors, explore the ancient Inca capital of Cuzco and visit the lost city of Machu Picchu.

Cuzco2 nights Hotel info

Day 10

Included meals: Breakfast

Fly from Lima to Cuzco, the ancient Incan capital. After settling in to your hotel, the rest of the afternoon is yours to spend as you please.

Day 11

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included entrances: Cuzco ruins, Cathedral of Santa Domingo

Join a local guide on today’s guided tour of Cuzco, which includes visits to the elegant Cathedral and Convent of Santo Domingo. Later, you’ll travel to three Incan archaeological sites near Cuzco, including Sacsayhuaman, Cuzco’s most impressive Incan ruins. In the evening, meet back up with your group for an included Peruvian dinner.

Aguas Calientes1 night Hotel info

Day 12

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Included entrances: Ollantaytambo ruins

En route to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, stop to peruse the colorful stalls of the wide-open Pisac Market, where you’ll find local fare and traditional crafts on display. Next, continue to the ancient Ollantaytambo ruins to explore the area’s still-standing Incan homes. Afterward, board a train to Aguas Calientes, gateway to Machu Picchu.

Cuzco1 night Hotel info

Day 13

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Included entrances: Machu Picchu

Uncover the lost city of Machu Picchu, one of the most spectacular archaeological sites on the entire South American continent. Step back into the days of the Incan empire as you tour the ruins of the ancient ceremonial center. Later, you’ll return to Cuzco for the night.

Lima1 night Hotel info

Day 14

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Fly back to Lima, where you’ll have time to settle in to the capital city before an included dinner.

Day 15

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Cathedral of Lima, Monastery of San Francisco, Huaca Huallamarca

Set out on a guided tour highlighting both the modern and colonial quarters of Lima. The afternoon is free for exploring or resting in your dayroom before your overnight flight home.

Overnight Flight1 night

Day 16

Arrive home.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

Local cuisine with beer or wine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 5 nights in handpicked hotels & 4 nights aboard the M/V Galápagos Legend

  • Breakfast daily, 4 lunches, 4 dinners on board the ship, 1 three-course dinner with beer or wine on land

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Select entrance fees

Quito3 nights Hotel info

Day 1

After your flight, arrive late this evening in Quito. A Go Ahead representative greets you as you clear customs, escorts you to your hotel and assists with check-in.

Day 2

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included entrances: Equatorial Monument, La Compañia church

Embark on a guided sightseeing tour of Quito, taking in views of the Tumbaco Valley before passing by the Legislative Palace, Independence Square and El Sagrario Church. Stop to view the 16th-century Monastery of San Francisco en route to La Compañia, the city’s baroque church. After your tour, you’ll head out on an excursion to the Equatorial Monument, where you can stand with one foot on either side of the equator. Meet your fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 3

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in Quito or join your group for a full-day optional excursion to the traditional crafts market of Otavalo, stopping at some of the indigenous villages along the way.

Optional Excursion - Otavalo & Hacienda $95*pp Details

Travel through the colorful Guayllabamba and Cayambe valleys, stopping along the way to sample some of the region’s celebrated fruit and to enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding volcanoes and San Pablo Lake. Then, make your way through the Andes to Otavalo, a traditional market town known for its knitted and leather goods. After perusing the vibrant market and visiting a local musical instrument factory, settle in for a lunch at a historic colonial-era hacienda. Incredible views of lush gardens, winding trails and the property’s roaming llamas make an idyllic backdrop for your meal.

Galápagos Islands4 nights Hotel info

Day 4

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning, fly to Baltra, where you’ll board your cruise. After getting settled in your cabin and enjoying lunch on board, cruise across the narrow channel separating Baltra from Santa Cruz Island. Then, cruise to Black Turtle Cove, where you should keep your eyes peeled for turtles, rays and sharks swimming among the mangroves.

Day 5

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After a wet landing on Santiago Island, spend the morning exploring the extensive lava flows and swimming and snorkeling in Sullivan Bay. Spot flamingos, sea turtles and sea lions, as well as a wide range of coastal and migratory birds. Later, transfer to Rabida Island, where the volcanic geology creates an incredible landscape of unique, dark redsand beaches. Take a dinghy ride along the cliffs to observe nesting seabirds and snorkel.

Day 6

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Begin your exploration of Isabela Island, the largest in the Galápagos archipelago. This morning, set foot on the black sands around Urbina Bay, where you’ll have the opportunity to snorkel with the sea turtles that swim just off shore. Or, stay on land and pay a visit to the giant tortoises that live on the slopes of the nearby Alcedo Volcano. This afternoon, your naturalist guide leads a walking tour near Tagus Cove, where you’ll learn about the geological history of the Galápagos and see the blue-footed boobies that nest here. Your tour of Tagus Cove concludes with a dinghy ride and the option of deep sea snorkeling.

Day 7

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

During this morning’s visit to Punta Espinosa, you’ll witness dramatic lava flows and the millennialong processes that have formed these lands. Be on the lookout for the area’s marine iguanas, Sally Lightfoot crabs and the fearless Galápagos hawk. This afternoon, a dinghy ride brings you to Vicente Roca Point and the Bolivar Channel. If you haven’t snorkeled yet, now’s the time: The cold waters of the Cromwell Current well up in the Bolivar Channel and seasonally attract dolphins and whales to this narrow strait.

Quito1 night Hotel info

Day 8

Included meals: Breakfast

Journey to the Santa Cruz highlands, northwest of Puerto Ayora, to visit a giant tortoise nature reserve. Walk through the humid forest landscape to see these slow-moving reptiles. Later, return to Baltra and board your flight back to the mainland. Once in Quito, you’re free to spend the evening as you like.

Day 9

Included meals: Breakfast

Explore Quito on your own today, or opt to join an excursion to Cotopaxi National Park to view its dramatic volcanic landscapes. Afterward, a Go Ahead representative escorts you to the airport for your overnight flight home. If you’re joining the tour extension to Peru, you’ll fly to Lima where you will spend the night.

Optional Excursion - Volcanic Landscapes: Cotopaxi National Park $95*pp Details

Take a light hike through Cotopaxi National Park, home to the autonymous snow-covered volcano, one of the highest active volcanoes in the world. Keep an eye out for the park’s many bird species and plant life as you make your way around the beautiful landscapes of the Andes. In the distance, you can see views of Limpiopungo Lake and various volcanoes. After your hike, enjoy lunch at Hacienda La Cienega. Please note: Layered clothing and comfortable shoes are recommended for this excursion.

Overnight Flight1 night

Day 10

Arrive home.

Please note: Due to varying flight schedules, some travelers may depart on the morning of Day 10, arriving home later that evening.

Add Peru & Machu Picchu $1,299 pp

Experience Peru in all its diversity. Wander the colonial cities that display the legacy of Spanish conquistadors, explore the ancient Inca capital of Cuzco and visit the lost city of Machu Picchu.

Cuzco2 nights Hotel info

Day 10

Included meals: Breakfast

Fly from Lima to Cuzco, the ancient Incan capital. After settling in to your hotel, the rest of the afternoon is yours to spend as you please.

Day 11

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included entrances: Cuzco ruins, Cathedral of Santa Domingo

Join a local guide on today’s guided tour of Cuzco, which includes visits to the elegant Cathedral and Convent of Santo Domingo. Later, you’ll travel to three Incan archaeological sites near Cuzco, including Sacsayhuaman, Cuzco’s most impressive Incan ruins. In the evening, meet back up with your group for an included Peruvian dinner.

Aguas Calientes1 night Hotel info

Day 12

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Included entrances: Ollantaytambo ruins

En route to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, stop to peruse the colorful stalls of the wide-open Pisac Market, where you’ll find local fare and traditional crafts on display. Next, continue to the ancient Ollantaytambo ruins to explore the area’s still-standing Incan homes. Afterward, board a train to Aguas Calientes, gateway to Machu Picchu.

Cuzco1 night Hotel info

Day 13

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Included entrances: Machu Picchu

Uncover the lost city of Machu Picchu, one of the most spectacular archaeological sites on the entire South American continent. Step back into the days of the Incan empire as you tour the ruins of the ancient ceremonial center. Later, you’ll return to Cuzco for the night.

Lima1 night Hotel info

Day 14

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Fly back to Lima, where you’ll have time to settle in to the capital city before an included dinner.

Day 15

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Cathedral of Lima, Monastery of San Francisco, Huaca Huallamarca

Set out on a guided tour highlighting both the modern and colonial quarters of Lima. The afternoon is free for exploring or resting in your dayroom before your overnight flight home.

Overnight Flight1 night

Day 16

Arrive home.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

Local cuisine with beer or wine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 5 nights in handpicked hotels & 4 nights aboard the M/V Galápagos Legend

  • Breakfast daily, 4 lunches, 4 dinners on board the ship, 1 three-course dinner with beer or wine on land

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Select entrance fees

Quito3 nights Hotel info

Day 1

After your flight, arrive late this evening in Quito. A Go Ahead representative greets you as you clear customs, escorts you to your hotel and assists with check-in.

Day 2

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included entrances: Equatorial Monument, La Compañia church

Embark on a guided sightseeing tour of Quito, taking in views of the Tumbaco Valley before passing by the Legislative Palace, Independence Square and El Sagrario Church. Stop to view the 16th-century Monastery of San Francisco en route to La Compañia, the city’s baroque church. After your tour, you’ll head out on an excursion to the Equatorial Monument, where you can stand with one foot on either side of the equator. Meet your fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 3

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in Quito or join your group for a full-day optional excursion to the traditional crafts market of Otavalo, stopping at some of the indigenous villages along the way.

Optional Excursion - Otavalo & Hacienda $95*pp Details

Travel through the colorful Guayllabamba and Cayambe valleys, stopping along the way to sample some of the region’s celebrated fruit and to enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding volcanoes and San Pablo Lake. Then, make your way through the Andes to Otavalo, a traditional market town known for its knitted and leather goods. After perusing the vibrant market and visiting a local musical instrument factory, settle in for a lunch at a historic colonial-era hacienda. Incredible views of lush gardens, winding trails and the property’s roaming llamas make an idyllic backdrop for your meal.

Galápagos Islands4 nights Hotel info

Day 4

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning, fly to Baltra, where you’ll board your cruise. After getting settled in your cabin and enjoying lunch on board, cruise across the narrow channel separating Baltra from Santa Cruz Island. Then, cruise to Black Turtle Cove, where you should keep your eyes peeled for turtles, rays and sharks swimming among the mangroves.

Day 5

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After a wet landing on Santiago Island, spend the morning exploring the extensive lava flows and swimming and snorkeling in Sullivan Bay. Spot flamingos, sea turtles and sea lions, as well as a wide range of coastal and migratory birds. Later, transfer to Rabida Island, where the volcanic geology creates an incredible landscape of unique, dark redsand beaches. Take a dinghy ride along the cliffs to observe nesting seabirds and snorkel.

Day 6

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Begin your exploration of Isabela Island, the largest in the Galápagos archipelago. This morning, set foot on the black sands around Urbina Bay, where you’ll have the opportunity to snorkel with the sea turtles that swim just off shore. Or, stay on land and pay a visit to the giant tortoises that live on the slopes of the nearby Alcedo Volcano. This afternoon, your naturalist guide leads a walking tour near Tagus Cove, where you’ll learn about the geological history of the Galápagos and see the blue-footed boobies that nest here. Your tour of Tagus Cove concludes with a dinghy ride and the option of deep sea snorkeling.

Day 7

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

During this morning’s visit to Punta Espinosa, you’ll witness dramatic lava flows and the millennialong processes that have formed these lands. Be on the lookout for the area’s marine iguanas, Sally Lightfoot crabs and the fearless Galápagos hawk. This afternoon, a dinghy ride brings you to Vicente Roca Point and the Bolivar Channel. If you haven’t snorkeled yet, now’s the time: The cold waters of the Cromwell Current well up in the Bolivar Channel and seasonally attract dolphins and whales to this narrow strait.

Quito1 night Hotel info

Day 8

Included meals: Breakfast

Journey to the Santa Cruz highlands, northwest of Puerto Ayora, to visit a giant tortoise nature reserve. Walk through the humid forest landscape to see these slow-moving reptiles. Later, return to Baltra and board your flight back to the mainland. Once in Quito, you’re free to spend the evening as you like.

Day 9

Included meals: Breakfast

Explore Quito on your own today, or opt to join an excursion to Cotopaxi National Park to view its dramatic volcanic landscapes. Afterward, a Go Ahead representative escorts you to the airport for your overnight flight home. If you’re joining the tour extension to Peru, you’ll fly to Lima where you will spend the night.

Optional Excursion - Volcanic Landscapes: Cotopaxi National Park $95*pp Details

Take a light hike through Cotopaxi National Park, home to the autonymous snow-covered volcano, one of the highest active volcanoes in the world. Keep an eye out for the park’s many bird species and plant life as you make your way around the beautiful landscapes of the Andes. In the distance, you can see views of Limpiopungo Lake and various volcanoes. After your hike, enjoy lunch at Hacienda La Cienega. Please note: Layered clothing and comfortable shoes are recommended for this excursion.

Overnight Flight1 night

Day 10

Arrive home.

Please note: Due to varying flight schedules, some travelers may depart on the morning of Day 10, arriving home later that evening.

Add Peru & Machu Picchu $1,299 pp

Experience Peru in all its diversity. Wander the colonial cities that display the legacy of Spanish conquistadors, explore the ancient Inca capital of Cuzco and visit the lost city of Machu Picchu.

Cuzco2 nights Hotel info

Day 10

Included meals: Breakfast

Fly from Lima to Cuzco, the ancient Incan capital. After settling in to your hotel, the rest of the afternoon is yours to spend as you please.

Day 11

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included entrances: Cuzco ruins, Cathedral of Santa Domingo

Join a local guide on today’s guided tour of Cuzco, which includes visits to the elegant Cathedral and Convent of Santo Domingo. Later, you’ll travel to three Incan archaeological sites near Cuzco, including Sacsayhuaman, Cuzco’s most impressive Incan ruins. In the evening, meet back up with your group for an included Peruvian dinner.

Aguas Calientes1 night Hotel info

Day 12

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Included entrances: Ollantaytambo ruins

En route to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, stop to peruse the colorful stalls of the wide-open Pisac Market, where you’ll find local fare and traditional crafts on display. Next, continue to the ancient Ollantaytambo ruins to explore the area’s still-standing Incan homes. Afterward, board a train to Aguas Calientes, gateway to Machu Picchu.

Cuzco1 night Hotel info

Day 13

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Included entrances: Machu Picchu

Uncover the lost city of Machu Picchu, one of the most spectacular archaeological sites on the entire South American continent. Step back into the days of the Incan empire as you tour the ruins of the ancient ceremonial center. Later, you’ll return to Cuzco for the night.

Lima1 night Hotel info

Day 14

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Fly back to Lima, where you’ll have time to settle in to the capital city before an included dinner.

Day 15

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Cathedral of Lima, Monastery of San Francisco, Huaca Huallamarca

Set out on a guided tour highlighting both the modern and colonial quarters of Lima. The afternoon is free for exploring or resting in your dayroom before your overnight flight home.

Overnight Flight1 night

Day 16

Arrive home.

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Passport & Visa Requirements

In order to enter Ecuador (and Peru on the extension), U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport. The expiration date must extend at least six months beyond the date of your return home. No visa is required for U.S. or Canadian citizens. If you’re not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.

About your Galápagos Cruise

Your Galápagos cruise offers the latest in cruise comfort while also providing an intimate and environmentally safe look at the Galápagos Islands. The yacht features an outdoor pool, observation decks, solarium, library, bar and large restaurant. Choose from a wide variety of activities in your free time—everything from snorkeling to stargazing. Please note: Due to the ship’s itinerary, the order of days in Quito before and after the cruise could change.

Baggage Allowance

Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage. Please contact your airline or refer to its website for detailed information regarding your airline’s checked baggage policies. Bear in mind that your luggage will probably weigh more on your return trip due to souvenir shopping. We allow only one suitcase per person. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 inches (length + width + height). There may be times when you will have to handle your own bags, and you’ll find that lightweight luggage provides a distinct advantage. Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on luggage.

Clothing and Packing Tips

For your Galápagos cruise, casual dress is appropriate. Waterproof shoes or sandals, a bathing suit, sunscreen and insect repellent are essential for your visit to the Galápagos. On land, you’ll want to dress in light, loose-fitting clothing suitable for exploring the sights and pack a sun hat, sunglasses, sturdy pair of walking shoes and rain gear. If you plan to visit an elegant restaurant, you’ll probably feel more comfortable with something more formal to wear. Also, remember that it’s preferable not to visit churches or other religious sites with bare legs and shoulders (and entrance may be denied on this basis).

Health

Travelers to Ecuador should be comfortable in high-altitude conditions. Elevation throughout the country varies widely. The altitude of Quito is close to 10,000 feet (Cuzco on extension is 11,000 feet). Travelers, especially those with heart or lung conditions, should consult with their personal healthcare providers before undertaking high-altitude travel.

Important Health Tips

In order for you to stay healthy throughout your tour, we recommend the following:

* Drink bottled water. Refrain from drinking tap water, including when brushing teeth. * Avoid eating fresh fruits and vegetables unless they are cooked or washed in clean water and peeled. * Bring a small first-aid kit, including antacids, anti-diarrhea medication and any prescription medications.

Cuisine

Food in Ecuador relies heavily on locally grown fruits and vegetables, along with regional seafood and game. You’re likely to find local dishes featuring potatoes, yucca root, bananas and plantains. Seafood, including bass, trout and catfish, is also prevalent and served grilled, fried or marinated as ceviche. Ecuador’s tropical fruit is delicious—specialties include melons, papayas, passion fruit and tamarinds.

Transportation

Round-trip flights arrive in and depart from Quito (or Lima on the extension). The tour also includes a flight to and from the Galápagos Islands and the four-night island cruise. The extension includes internal flights from Quito to Cuzco and from Cuzco to Lima. Most destinations on tour are walkable, including Quito, although local buses are available as well.

Electricity

Ecuador uses 110 volts, the same as in the U.S.

Time Zones

Ecuador falls on a similar time zone to Eastern Standard Time, except it does not observe daylight saving time. Ecuador has the same time as New York from October to April, and is one hour behind New York from April to October.

Currency

The U.S. dollar (USD) is the currency you’ll use in Ecuador. On land, you’ll find that ATMS are widely available. During your cruise, any onboard charges can be billed to your credit card. Please note that U.S. bank notes with denominations higher than $20 may not be accepted in some areas of Ecuador. If you’re joining the tour extension to Peru, you’ll also use the Peruvian sol. Better rates of exchange are usually available in Peru, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive. We suggest that you inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.

Tipping

On your cruise, tipping your waiter, busser and cabin steward is customary if you’re pleased with the service. Gratuities are generally given at the end of the voyage. We recommend $15 per traveler per day, to be divided among your waiter, busser and cabin steward. Separate tips are recommended for the naturalist guides. We recommend $8 per person per day. All cruise tipping can be handled by cash or by credit card. At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity. We recommend tipping in your tour country’s currency, the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver and $6USD/CAD to $9USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director.

How's the weather?

  • Quito, Ecuador
  • Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
  • Cusco, Peru
  • Aguas Calientes, Huanuco
  • Lima, Peru
Temperature Precipitation
  • JAN
  • FEB
  • MAR
  • APR
  • MAY
  • JUN
  • JUL
  • AUG
  • SEP
  • OCT
  • NOV
  • DEC

Passport & Visa Requirements

In order to enter Ecuador (and Peru on the extension), U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport. The expiration date must extend at least six months beyond the date of your return home. No visa is required for U.S. or Canadian citizens. If you’re not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.

About your Galápagos Cruise

Your Galápagos cruise offers the latest in cruise comfort while also providing an intimate and environmentally safe look at the Galápagos Islands. The yacht features an outdoor pool, observation decks, solarium, library, bar and large restaurant. Choose from a wide variety of activities in your free time—everything from snorkeling to stargazing. Please note: Due to the ship’s itinerary, the order of days in Quito before and after the cruise could change.

Baggage Allowance

Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage. Please contact your airline or refer to its website for detailed information regarding your airline’s checked baggage policies. Bear in mind that your luggage will probably weigh more on your return trip due to souvenir shopping. We allow only one suitcase per person. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 inches (length + width + height). There may be times when you will have to handle your own bags, and you’ll find that lightweight luggage provides a distinct advantage. Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on luggage.

Clothing and Packing Tips

For your Galápagos cruise, casual dress is appropriate. Waterproof shoes or sandals, a bathing suit, sunscreen and insect repellent are essential for your visit to the Galápagos. On land, you’ll want to dress in light, loose-fitting clothing suitable for exploring the sights and pack a sun hat, sunglasses, sturdy pair of walking shoes and rain gear. If you plan to visit an elegant restaurant, you’ll probably feel more comfortable with something more formal to wear. Also, remember that it’s preferable not to visit churches or other religious sites with bare legs and shoulders (and entrance may be denied on this basis).

Health

Travelers to Ecuador should be comfortable in high-altitude conditions. Elevation throughout the country varies widely. The altitude of Quito is close to 10,000 feet (Cuzco on extension is 11,000 feet). Travelers, especially those with heart or lung conditions, should consult with their personal healthcare providers before undertaking high-altitude travel.

Important Health Tips

In order for you to stay healthy throughout your tour, we recommend the following:

* Drink bottled water. Refrain from drinking tap water, including when brushing teeth. * Avoid eating fresh fruits and vegetables unless they are cooked or washed in clean water and peeled. * Bring a small first-aid kit, including antacids, anti-diarrhea medication and any prescription medications.

Cuisine

Food in Ecuador relies heavily on locally grown fruits and vegetables, along with regional seafood and game. You’re likely to find local dishes featuring potatoes, yucca root, bananas and plantains. Seafood, including bass, trout and catfish, is also prevalent and served grilled, fried or marinated as ceviche. Ecuador’s tropical fruit is delicious—specialties include melons, papayas, passion fruit and tamarinds.

Transportation

Round-trip flights arrive in and depart from Quito (or Lima on the extension). The tour also includes a flight to and from the Galápagos Islands and the four-night island cruise. The extension includes internal flights from Quito to Cuzco and from Cuzco to Lima. Most destinations on tour are walkable, including Quito, although local buses are available as well.

Electricity

Ecuador uses 110 volts, the same as in the U.S.

Time Zones

Ecuador falls on a similar time zone to Eastern Standard Time, except it does not observe daylight saving time. Ecuador has the same time as New York from October to April, and is one hour behind New York from April to October.

Currency

The U.S. dollar (USD) is the currency you’ll use in Ecuador. On land, you’ll find that ATMS are widely available. During your cruise, any onboard charges can be billed to your credit card. Please note that U.S. bank notes with denominations higher than $20 may not be accepted in some areas of Ecuador. If you’re joining the tour extension to Peru, you’ll also use the Peruvian sol. Better rates of exchange are usually available in Peru, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive. We suggest that you inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.

Tipping

On your cruise, tipping your waiter, busser and cabin steward is customary if you’re pleased with the service. Gratuities are generally given at the end of the voyage. We recommend $15 per traveler per day, to be divided among your waiter, busser and cabin steward. Separate tips are recommended for the naturalist guides. We recommend $8 per person per day. All cruise tipping can be handled by cash or by credit card. At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity. We recommend tipping in your tour country’s currency, the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver and $6USD/CAD to $9USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director.

How's the weather?

  • Quito, Ecuador
  • Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
  • Cusco, Peru
  • Aguas Calientes, Huanuco
  • Lima, Peru
Temperature Precipitation
  • JAN
  • FEB
  • MAR
  • APR
  • MAY
  • JUN
  • JUL
  • AUG
  • SEP
  • OCT
  • NOV
  • DEC

Passport & Visa Requirements

In order to enter Ecuador (and Peru on the extension), U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport. The expiration date must extend at least six months beyond the date of your return home. No visa is required for U.S. or Canadian citizens. If you’re not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.

About your Galápagos Cruise

Your Galápagos cruise offers the latest in cruise comfort while also providing an intimate and environmentally safe look at the Galápagos Islands. The yacht features an outdoor pool, observation decks, solarium, library, bar and large restaurant. Choose from a wide variety of activities in your free time—everything from snorkeling to stargazing. Please note: Due to the ship’s itinerary, the order of days in Quito before and after the cruise could change.

Baggage Allowance

Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage. Please contact your airline or refer to its website for detailed information regarding your airline’s checked baggage policies. Bear in mind that your luggage will probably weigh more on your return trip due to souvenir shopping. We allow only one suitcase per person. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 inches (length + width + height). There may be times when you will have to handle your own bags, and you’ll find that lightweight luggage provides a distinct advantage. Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on luggage.

Clothing and Packing Tips

For your Galápagos cruise, casual dress is appropriate. Waterproof shoes or sandals, a bathing suit, sunscreen and insect repellent are essential for your visit to the Galápagos. On land, you’ll want to dress in light, loose-fitting clothing suitable for exploring the sights and pack a sun hat, sunglasses, sturdy pair of walking shoes and rain gear. If you plan to visit an elegant restaurant, you’ll probably feel more comfortable with something more formal to wear. Also, remember that it’s preferable not to visit churches or other religious sites with bare legs and shoulders (and entrance may be denied on this basis).

Health

Travelers to Ecuador should be comfortable in high-altitude conditions. Elevation throughout the country varies widely. The altitude of Quito is close to 10,000 feet (Cuzco on extension is 11,000 feet). Travelers, especially those with heart or lung conditions, should consult with their personal healthcare providers before undertaking high-altitude travel.

Important Health Tips

In order for you to stay healthy throughout your tour, we recommend the following:

* Drink bottled water. Refrain from drinking tap water, including when brushing teeth. * Avoid eating fresh fruits and vegetables unless they are cooked or washed in clean water and peeled. * Bring a small first-aid kit, including antacids, anti-diarrhea medication and any prescription medications.

Cuisine

Food in Ecuador relies heavily on locally grown fruits and vegetables, along with regional seafood and game. You’re likely to find local dishes featuring potatoes, yucca root, bananas and plantains. Seafood, including bass, trout and catfish, is also prevalent and served grilled, fried or marinated as ceviche. Ecuador’s tropical fruit is delicious—specialties include melons, papayas, passion fruit and tamarinds.

Transportation

Round-trip flights arrive in and depart from Quito (or Lima on the extension). The tour also includes a flight to and from the Galápagos Islands and the four-night island cruise. The extension includes internal flights from Quito to Cuzco and from Cuzco to Lima. Most destinations on tour are walkable, including Quito, although local buses are available as well.

Electricity

Ecuador uses 110 volts, the same as in the U.S.

Time Zones

Ecuador falls on a similar time zone to Eastern Standard Time, except it does not observe daylight saving time. Ecuador has the same time as New York from October to April, and is one hour behind New York from April to October.

Currency

The U.S. dollar (USD) is the currency you’ll use in Ecuador. On land, you’ll find that ATMS are widely available. During your cruise, any onboard charges can be billed to your credit card. Please note that U.S. bank notes with denominations higher than $20 may not be accepted in some areas of Ecuador. If you’re joining the tour extension to Peru, you’ll also use the Peruvian sol. Better rates of exchange are usually available in Peru, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive. We suggest that you inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.

Tipping

On your cruise, tipping your waiter, busser and cabin steward is customary if you’re pleased with the service. Gratuities are generally given at the end of the voyage. We recommend $15 per traveler per day, to be divided among your waiter, busser and cabin steward. Separate tips are recommended for the naturalist guides. We recommend $8 per person per day. All cruise tipping can be handled by cash or by credit card. At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity. We recommend tipping in your tour country’s currency, the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver and $6USD/CAD to $9USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director.

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1 / 5

1 / 5

Traveled On: 9/8/2014

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: AZ

Tour Director: 1 / 5

Tour Value: 1 / 5

Worst trip ever - a complete and utter disappointment

I went to Peru (with Edwin as our Tour Director) a few months ago and it was absolutely fabulous (I posted a 5 star review on this site). I was so excited that I booked this trip two months later. Unfortunately, it was the worst trip ever and was a complete disappointment. I'd give it zero stars if I could. I am very sad to post this review. Our Tour Director had literally NO experience as this was her first tour. Not only did she not know much about the history and culture of Ecuador, she miscounted and left one person behind at a rest stop (thankfully, his spouse noticed and stopped the bus). I travel alone and could have easily been left behind for hours without anyone noticing as it was early on in the trip and I hadn't met many people yet. We were several hours away from our hotel and my cell phone did not work there. She did not let us stop and shop with the locals but said to wait for the Otavalo market. Unfortunately, she did not cancel the tour to Otavalo market which was a complete waste of time because there was a recent earthquake so none of the indigenous vendors could get there due to the highway being blocked. (She did let us vote and or course we wanted to go because we did not realize the impact of the earthquake on the market because she did not know or explain it to us.) The market was tiny and disappointing and there were few if any handcrafted goods there. (Another tour group we met later on the ship said their company cancelled the trip and they spent the day in Quito instead which was an excellent use of their time.) We were charged extra for this excursion, wasted an entire day, and spent 9 hours on the bus for this market when we could have easily spent the day in the old city and gone to the museum instead. Worse yet, our Naturalist on the Galapagos Legend was a complete jerk and was extremely rude and condescending to our group. He was assigned to our group for the entire time in the Galapagos and made it quite miserable as we had two outings a day with him. He kept saying to us, "I can't believe you asked that question" when someone would ask a very good question, or rudely retorted, "I'll answer that question when the rest of the group catches up" which is fine but why be so nasty? I asked one question and he retorted, "I don't know and you wouldn't understand it anyway" (I am an MD and have an MBA and went to vet school for 3 years and don't think I am stupid.). On top of that, he gave us WRONG information about basic information about the Galapagos (such as the number of species of Giant Tortoises and about Charles Darwin's contributions), etc, etc. etc. He disappeared completely on one of the shore snorkel excursions, leaving me and a few others to yell at the other tourists who were literally stepping on baby sea lions to take photos of them. Last, the previous reviewer is correct about the snorkeling (no, the issue had not been corrected). I am a seasoned snorkeler and there is no one to assist. (Thankfully, I brought my own wetsuit and gear.) They do not use a buddy system (which is the first rule of snorkeling), the deep water snorkeling gear is unsafe as some of the life vests did not hold air and did not have emergency whistles, and it is difficult snorkeling due to the cold water and rough current. On our last deep water snorkel trip, our Naturalist swam very quickly ahead of the group as "it was his favorite snorkeling spot". I had to swim very fast to keep up with him and I am a good swimmer. One person had some sort of problem so raised their hand to get help (which they told us to do) and non one responded because the Naturalist was so far head of the group! The rest of us saw her and started waving as well. I told my snorkeling buddy to blow the whistle which she did and our Naturalist finally swam back to help. I am a physician and I became very alarmed when I learned that some life vests did not hold air and some did not have whistles. They are very lucky that no one has drowned or had major issues as this is not easy snorkeling and the safety equipment is faulty. Six of us left for home and did not do the Peru extension. The minute I got home after my red eye flight home, I dropped my bags on the floor and called and Go Ahead to let them know of the problems we had. One other person had already called to complain. Another passenger called within a day or two to complain. It was supposed to be the trip of a lifetime, Instead, it was so ghastly that 50% people called to complain within 1-2 days. It was that bad. It was a complete waste of a LOT of money. After an extensive review of the situation which took several one hour phone interviews and prolonging the misery of this trip by asking us to rehash it again and again, Go Ahead offered a tiny discount off my next trip. This experience was so bad that I don't think I'll be using them again. The quality of their trips is almost completely dependent on the Tour Director so if you get a bad one, you're stuck on a miserable (and possible unsafe) trip. It's too expensive to take that kind of risk as there is no quality control of the Tour Directors, and they don't assign them until one month before the trip so you can't count on who you are going to get. I was hoping to do two international trips a year for the next 10 years with Go Ahead but I refuse to use them again, as did several other people I met on this trip. We are researching other tour companies that are more reliable and dependable and whose quality is more dependable.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/16/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NV

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best Tour

The tour that Go Ahead Tours coordinated was excellent: wonderful accommodations, wonderful itineraries, wonderful guides and wonderful transportation. We were very disappointed that American Airlines lost our very expensive cameras on the first leg of air travel. From what we could determine, Go Ahead Tours did not seem to work at helping us locate the lost baggage: that is something we had expected from an excellent tour company. However, your local tour guide did try to assist. Since we were in a foreign country, it was almost impossible for us to do much of anything.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/16/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NV

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Wonderful Tour

The tour that Go Ahead Tours coordinated was excellent: wonderful accommodations, wonderful itineraries, wonderful guides and wonderful transportation. We were very disappointed that American Airlines lost our very expensive cameras on the first leg of air travel. From what we could determine, Go Ahead Tours did not seem to work at helping us locate the lost baggage: that is something we had expected from an excellent tour company. However, your local tour guide did try to assist. Since we were in a foreign country, it was almost impossible for us to do much of anything.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 7/14/2014

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: MI

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Galapagos: Wow!

Simply stated, this was the best travel experience I have had to date. Ecuador is a beautiful country, and Quito is a very interesting city infused with history and surrounded by the natural beauty of the Andes. For how much I enjoyed Quito, it could not compare with the Galapagos. I'm still in awe that such places exist in the world -- from the red sand beaches and playful sea lions of Rabida, to the thousands of marine iguanas populating the lava flows and white sand beaches of Punta Espinosa, this is a truly spectacular archipelago that left a lasting impression. I've pinned up a map of the islands in my cubicle at work, and every time I glance at it, I'm reminded of the wonderful experiences, and I look forward to the day when I can return. And I fully intend to! Contributing to the great trip was our outstanding tour director Rodrigo, as well as our excellent naturalist guides Emil and Valerio. All three were knowledgeable, personable, and highly entertaining. I also elected to go on the extension to Peru -- and while I was ultimately glad I got to see some of the country, I was not entirely satisfied with the itinerary. I agree with previous comments that more time at Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu, with an optional excursion to either Apu Machu Picchu or Wayna Picchu, would have been preferred to the extra time spent in Cusco or especially Lima. Overall, the experience was outstanding, and I would highly recommend the trip to anyone who enjoys nature and wildlife. If you want to see art and museums, look elsewhere. If you want to see the beauty of our natural world, look no further.

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4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 7/14/2014

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: PA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Amazing!!

The Galapagos and Ecuador trip was incredible. Our tour director, Rodrigo, was phenomenal! He was so much fun, well-organized, and helpful. My only complaint was that he didn't come to Peru with us! Galapagos was definitely the highlight and I can't wait to go back, but Quito was a really cool city. We did the optional excursions in Quito, both were great, but I wish we had had another day just to explore in Quito. Definitely the best trip I have ever taken! The reason I gave this trip 4 stars instead of 5 is that I was disappointed in the Peru extension. We added the Peru extension to see Machu Picchu. This part of the trip was not as great as our first part. We only had 3 hours in Machu Picchu. The guide only takes you through a small bit of the ruins. We ditched the guide so we could explore on our own. I think we should have had a lot more time there. We couldn't climb Apu Machu Picchu, nor Wayna Picchu. I think these should have been offered as optional excursions. Most people are here once in a lifetime, and a morning there is really disappointing. There was an entire free day in Lima that could have been shortened to give us more time in Aguas Calientes and/or Machu Picchu. Overall, this was a trip of a lifetime! Quito and Galapagos were everything I heard they would be and so much more! I can't wait to go back one day.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 7/14/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Another check on my bucket list

Five years ago, my husband and I booked a trip to the Galápagos Islands and our tour was canceled when a "celebrity" chartered the ship. When the Go Ahead opportunity arose, we jumped at the chance to see where Darwin collected his specimens and where nature is at its best. From being met at the airport by Rodrigo to our transfer to the hotel in Quito, everything was streamlined. The Galapagos Legend is an older ship with comfortable accommodations. The tours of the islands were excellent. From swimming with penguins and marine iguanas to trekking over volcanic ropes, seeing birds not afraid of humans, land tortoises and lava lizards, penguins, boobies and magnificent sea life, this trip exceeded all of my expectations! Our tours to Otovalo market and Mitad el Mundo were indeed thrills for me and my husband and I know we would do it all again if there weren't so many more places I this beautiful world to explore!

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3 / 5

3 / 5

Traveled On: 6/16/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: IL

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

It's the snorkeling

The land portion of the tour was very good, with a knowledgeable and diligent guide named Fabrizio. Ecuador is a beautiful, interesting and welcoming place. The Galapagos part of the tour was disappointing. Of necessity to preserve the islands, movements on land is very restricted. There is no time allowed for serious photography or observation of animal/bird behavior. I understand this. The worse part of the boat experience is that so much of what is to be seen depends on snorkeling and so little help is available to inexperienced snorkelers. There was absolutely no instruction on snorkeling and the staff was too busy to offer any meaningful help. Distribution of equipment is like a bargin-basement frenzy from bins on the top deck of the ship, with no assistance in selecting equipment that actually fits. There was no instruction or help available for adjusting the equipment or even advise on what is supposed to be the objective. Tourees tried to help each other but very few actually knew what they were doing. After a terrible experience in the water, swallowing lots of the sea, and spending our energy trying to figure out snorkeling, we and several others finally gave up in utter frustration. Deep-water snorkeling was out of the question. We had to wait on the boat while others who knew how to snorkel enjoyed the waters. We had no alternative activity or anything to do other than a brief and interesting visit to the bridge. Snorkeling is an important part of what is offered by this tour. Unfortunately, snorkeling is not well handled by the company or the staff, and if you are not previously experienced, this may not be the tour for you.

 

Dear Bob, We appreciate you taking the time to review your recent tour of The Galapagos Islands & Ecuador. We’re sorry to hear about the lack of guidance on the snorkeling excursions. I will be following up on this issue to be sure that future travelers are more adequately instructed. I have passed along the information to our operations department so that our agent in Ecuador is better informed of the needs of all of our travelers.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | August 04, 2014

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 2/24/2014

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

One more off the bucket list!

We did the Ecuador and Galapagos Islands tour with the extension to Peru and Machu Pichu. The whole trip was fabulous, well planned, saw and did alot. It was all we expected and more. Had a great ship, good accomodations and great food. Our tour director was with us every step of the way (as well as 2 Go-Ahead employees!) . Our naturalist guide was very knowledgable and helpful on all our outings. Did the extra excursions around Quito...they were great too. The city is huge, so getting from point A to point B took time. Our buses were comfortable and we were well supplied with water every day. We had a large group (44), but Juan Carlos did a fabulous job of keeping us together and moving! Our extension trip to Peru was equally good, great trour director there also (only had 17 on the extension). He even put together an extra outing for us in Cuzco, which was very good. The night in Aqua Calientes was great...wished we had one more night there. That was an exhausting day... being at Machu Pichu at 6am, then the long train and bus ride back to Cuzco. All in all...fabulous...highly recommend this trip!

3 / 5

3 / 5

Traveled On: 6/2/2014

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: TN

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Juan Carlos best tour director

WOW! What we saw was amazing and MAYBE worth the money and torture of the trip. It is not a trip for the weak or faint at heart. At least 7 flights, 7 check in and out of hotels not including the check in for cruise. Lots of repacking and early departures. Even without the physical activities, it was exhausting. Surely there is a more efficient way to see these sights. We spent a couple of days in Quito adjusting to the altitude and then went to sea level in Galapagos so when we came back to Quito, we had to start over with the altitude. challenge. They warned us to drink lots of water and then would not give us what we needed. Arriving at hotel after long day at Machu Picchu, found no water provided, and when I called the tour director he said," "no water tonight, I'll give it to you tomorrow on the way to the airport". We didn't need it then. We needed it NOW so had to drag out to the store at 8PM and buy water. I would only recommend this tour with lots of warnings about the difficult logistics.

3 / 5

3 / 5

Traveled On: 5/19/2014

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: PA

Tour Director: 3 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

physically challenging

Overall, the tour was fine but there were times that I was wondering if I could continue climbing and walking, given the terrain, heat and incline. I feel that the experience was a good one but a bit pricey for what we received.

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