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Galapagos Cruises - Galapagos Holidays

The Galapagos Islands are one of the most iconic wildlife conservation areas in the world, comprising an archipelago of 19 volcanic islands and 40 islets straddling the equator, some 600 miles west of Ecuador of which they are a part.
 
These islands were made famous by Charles Darwin on his historic voyage on the HMS Beagle, after which he developed his famous theory of evolution by natural selection. It is easy to see why he found the wildlife so fascinating, as many of the creatures found here can't be found anywhere else on earth. The birds, reptiles and mammals of the islands also have no fear of humans, making sightings spectacular. Their disregard of human interlopers is strange and almost alien, with visitors having to take care to not to step on them or disturb their nests, whilst observing them up close.
 
Where Africa has its Big 5, the Galapagos has its Big 15. Huge land iguanas, smaller marine iguanas, giant tortoises, penguins, blue-footed boobies performing their mating dance, red-footed boobies diving for fish, fur seals lounging on the beach, scavenging red-throated frigatebirds, waved albatross, flightless cormorants, pink flamingos...the list goes on.
 
When planning a holiday to the Galapagos, you have the choice of an island-hopping cruise (typically from 4 to 7 nights) or a stay on one of the three inhabited islands - Santa Cruz, San Cristobal or Isabela. If you choose a cruise, you need to decide on the size of boat you prefer, as there is a wide selection at different price points -  ranging from 16 to 100 passengers. Smaller boats are more intimate, but they also have less space, fewer facilities and are more susceptible to choppy waters. Having decided on a boat, you then need to choose an itinerary - ie  eastern, western, northern or southern islands - all of which are fascinating and will reveal the unique wildlife of the region. If you are a birder, choosing the best route for specific species is key, as many species are found only on certain islands. We suggest travelling when the waters are at their calmest, or if this is not possible then choose a larger boat where you will be more protected from the elements or a cruise that navigates the more sheltered inner islands.
 
For more information about holidays to the Galapagos islands and Galapagos cruises, contact our expert team on 01582 766122 or by email. Download our Ecuador/Galapagos brochure (PDF 0.4 Mb).
 
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Although the total human population is around 25,000 and there are some fine beaches and towns, this is no island paradise. The landscape is often bare like a moonscape with little vegetation, but you will find it fascinating and thrilling. It is all about the animals, birds and sea-life and the unwavering dedication to keeping them safe and protected.
 
The Galapagos were named by the Spanish after their word for tortoise – galapago. There is a breeding and release programme for the indigenous giant tortoise, the largest of which you can visit at the Charles Darwin Research Station at Puerto Ayora on the island of Santa Cruz.
 
The extraordinary familiarity with human beings is repeated in the sea. This an immense marine reserve with a fantastic mix of friendly sea life. There are a range of exotic sharks, whales, manta and leopard rays, with seals and sea lions, penguins, turtles, barracuda, moray eels, stunning coral and reef fish and all that a diver and snorkeler could possibly wish for. Scuba diving in the Galapagos is all live-aboard and one of the world’s great adventures, either above or below the surface.
 
The best way to see this incredible and unique ecosystem is on one of our Galapagos cruises around the main islands, getting on-shore by zodiac and just walking around. The wildlife will be waiting for you, so prepare to be amazed!
 
Galapagos holidays offer one of the most famous wildlife watching destinations in the world, with Galapagos cruises the most popular way to explore. Sitting more or less on the equator, the islands have a warm climate and each month has its own specific wildlife highlights. During the warmer, slightly rainy season the waters are clear to an extraordinary depth and water temperatures average around 25°C.
 
There are eighteen main islands of which only three are inhabited and the rest belong to the incredible array of wildlife. Some of this wildlife is endemic, with certain bird colonies only breeding on specific islands. Endemic species seen on Galapagos cruises include the Blue-footed booby, Galapagos penguin (the only penguin to live in temperate water), Galapagos tortoise, Galapagos sea lion, three species of iguana, flightless cormorant and of course the famous Darwin finches.
 
The iconic Blue-footed booby can be found in other parts of South America, but over half of the worlds population breeds in the Galapagos. Their mating dance is a special attraction. Colonies of magnificent frigate birds also breed on the islands and are genetically distinct, though again they are also found elsewhere in the world. The male frigate bird inflates its neck pouch to display a huge red breast during courtship.  On Galapagos holidays, the courtship rituals of the waved albatross are another remarkable sight, with the male and female performing an elaborate display of circling and bowing. These birds spend most of their time at sea but breed exclusively on the Galapagos.
 
The best way to see as much wildlife as possible is on a Galapagos cruise that takes in a number of the islands. There are plenty of boat options and the cruise length can vary between a few days to two weeks. The smaller boats are usually cheaper, with medium-sized boats having more extensive communal areas and facilities. Mid-sized boats also tend to be smoother in the water and preferred by those without strong sea legs. In general, the larger the boat the longer it takes to disembark.
 
Galapagos Holidays are increasingly popular and all boats operate under strict ecological rules and regulations.
Ecuador: Quito + Galapagos Islands Cruise
ERA8Q
8 NIGHTS
FROM £3,795
Per person sharing
International flights quoted separately
Combine a visit to historic Quito in the Andean Highliands, with an expedition cruise through the pristine Galapagos Islands. The wildlife here is quite unaffected by people and you can walk among nesting blue-footed boobies, see giant tortoises, iguana, frigate birds and so much more. Dive options also available. Galapagos flights, marine fees & all transfers included.
ecuador and galapagos islands cruise holiday - see land and marine iguana
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Quito
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Otavalo
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Galapagos Cruise
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North Seymour Island
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Punta Vicente Roca
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Isabela Island
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Fernandina Island
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Santa Cruz Island
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Charles Darwin Station
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Floreana Island
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Quito
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Otavalo
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Galapagos Cruise
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North Seymour Island
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Punta Vicente Roca
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Isabela Island
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Fernandina Island
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Santa Cruz Island
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Charles Darwin Station
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Floreana Island
Ecuador: Avenue of Volcanoes + Galapagos Cruise
EPV12Q
12 NIGHTS
FROM £4,795
Per person sharing
International flights quoted separately
Galapagos Cruise Ecuador: This classic holiday combines the history & cultures of mainland Ecuador with an amazing cruise through the Galapagos islands. Visit the old Inca capital of Quito & explore the landscapes of the Avenue of the Volcanoes, including a train ride down the dramatic 'Devils Nose'. All transfers, marine park fees & specified sightseeing with English guides included.
Galapagos Cruise Ecuador
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Quito
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Centre of World Monument
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Avenue of Volcanoes
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Devils Nose Train
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Cuenca
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Guayaquil
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Baltra Island
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Giant Tortoises
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San Cristobal Island
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Galapagos Cruise Ecuador
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Quito
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Centre of World Monument
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Avenue of Volcanoes
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Devils Nose Train
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Cuenca
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Guayaquil
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Baltra Island
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Giant Tortoises
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San Cristobal Island
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Galapagos Cruise Ecuador
Essential Peru & Galapagos Cruise
PPE16Q
16 NIGHTS
FROM £5,295
Per person sharing
International flights quoted separately
See the highlights of Ecuador and Peru in one visit, on this fabulous holiday that included historic Quito in the Andean Highlands, the markets of Otavalo and a Galapagos Cruise with glorious wildlife. Then fly to Cusco in Peru to visit Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley of the Incas & the famous lost city of Machu Picchu. English speaking city guides, all transfers & excursions included.
Ecuador & Peru Highlights - Blue footed boobie
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Quito
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Otavalo excursion
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Andean Highlands
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Galapagos Islands
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Santa Cruz Island
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Lima
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Cusco
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Sacred Valley
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Ollantaytambo
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Machu Picchu
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Quito
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Otavalo excursion
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Andean Highlands
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Galapagos Islands
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Santa Cruz Island
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Lima
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Cusco
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Sacred Valley
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Ollantaytambo
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Machu Picchu
Galapagos in depth: Expedition Cruise & Santa Cruz Island
EPG10L
10 NIGHTS
FROM £5,495
Per person sharing
International flights quoted separately
This thrilling Galapagos Cruise explores the birds & marine life of various islands, followed by a stay at Finch Bay on Santa Cruz Island - with daily yacht & land excursions, including a visit to Manzanillo Tortoise Reserve to see the giant tortoises of Ecuador in the wild. All transfers & specified sightseeing with English-speaking guides included. Diving options on request.
Galapagos Cruise Birds Finch Bay Santa Cruz Island Tortoises Ecuador
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Ecuador
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Quito Colonial Quarter
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Centre of World Monument
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TelefériQo (cable car)
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Galapagos Cruise
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Birds & Marine Life
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Santa Cruz Island
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Giant Tortoises
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Finch Bay Yacht Excursions
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Charles Darwin Research Centre
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Ecuador
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Quito Colonial Quarter
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Centre of World Monument
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TelefériQo (cable car)
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Galapagos Cruise
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Birds & Marine Life
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Santa Cruz Island
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Giant Tortoises
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Finch Bay Yacht Excursions
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Charles Darwin Research Centre
Costa Rica + Galapagos Islands Cruise + Quito
RRG18S
18 NIGHTS
FROM £5,495
Per person sharing
International flights quoted separately
This wonderful holiday combines the turtles, sloths, tropical birds & rainforest wildlife of Costa Rica, with a Galapagos islands cruise & the colonial city of Quito. Visit the Tortuguero wetlands; impressive Arenal Volcano; Monteverde cloud forest & Manuel Antonio. Then fly to Ecuador & complete your vacation with a once-in-a-lifetime cruise in the Galapagos Islands. All transfers, park fees & sightseeing included.
Holiday Wildlife Costa Rica Galapagos Islands Cruise Quito Vacation
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Costa Rica & Galapagos Islands
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San Jose
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Tortuguero Wetlands
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Arenal Volcano
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Monteverde Cloud Forest
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Sloths, Turtles & Tropical Birds
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Manuel Antonio
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Quito Vacation
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Galapagos Islands Cruise
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Holiday to see Wildlife
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Costa Rica & Galapagos Islands
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San Jose
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Tortuguero Wetlands
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Arenal Volcano
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Monteverde Cloud Forest
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Sloths, Turtles & Tropical Birds
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Manuel Antonio
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Quito Vacation
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Galapagos Islands Cruise
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Holiday to see Wildlife
Wildlife of Ecuador: Cloud Forest + Amazon + Galapagos Cruise
ERC15Q
15 NIGHTS
FROM £5,995
Per person sharing
International flights quoted separately
Combine the wildlife of the rainforests of the Ecuadorian Amazon with a Galapagos cruise to see the incredible marine life and birds that inhabit these islands (or land-based island stay if preferred). Without any fear of humans, close up viewing is assured. Galapagos flights, all transfers & marine fees included. Diving options available on request.
Santa Cruz island Galapagos Hotels Finch Bay Amazon
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Quito
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Centre of the World
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Otavalo Markets
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Amazon Rainforest
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Yasuni National Park
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Clay Licks
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Santa Cruz Island
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Giant Tortoises
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North Seymour Island
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Charles Darwin Centre
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Quito
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Centre of the World
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Otavalo Markets
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Amazon Rainforest
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Yasuni National Park
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Clay Licks
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Santa Cruz Island
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Giant Tortoises
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North Seymour Island
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Charles Darwin Centre
Grand Ecuador: Amazon + Galapagos Cruise + Crucero Train
EPC15Q
15 NIGHTS
FROM £6,795
Per person sharing
International flights quoted separately
This fascinating Grand Tour of Ecuador explores the country in depth. Travel by boat into the rainforests of Yasuni National Park in the Amazon; experience the landscapes & cultures of the Avenue of Volcanoes on the Tren Crucero train; and enjoy a fabulous expedition cruise through the marine-rich waters of the Galapagos Islands. Galapagos flights, all transfers & marine fees included.
Grand Tour Ecuador Amazon Galapagos Islands Tren Crucero Train Quito
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Grand Tour of Ecuador
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Quito
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Centre of World Monument
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Amazon Rainforest
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Yasuni National Park
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Galapagos Islands
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Expedition Cruise
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Tren Crucero Train
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Avenue of Volcanoes
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Cotapaxi National Park
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Grand Tour of Ecuador
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Quito
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Centre of World Monument
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Amazon Rainforest
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Yasuni National Park
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Galapagos Islands
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Expedition Cruise
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Tren Crucero Train
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Avenue of Volcanoes
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Cotapaxi National Park
Wildlife of Peru & Ecuador + Galapagos Cruise
PPF26L
26 NIGHTS
FROM £6,995
Per person sharing
International flights quoted separately
Combine the wildlife & birds of the Peruvian Amazon & Ecuadorian Cloud Forest, with an Expedition Cruise through the extraordinary Galapagos Islands. Enjoy the highlights of these two countries, including the giant condors of Colca Canyon, the cultures of Lake Titicaca, Machu Picchu & the Spanish colonial city of Quito. All transfers & specified sightseeing with English guides included.  
Photo Ecuador Galapagos Amazon Cloud Forests Peru Bird Watching Cruise
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Lima
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Cusco
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Sacred Valley
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Ollantaytambo
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Machu Picchu
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Guayaquil
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Galapagos Cruise
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Santa Cruz Island
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Quito
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Centre of World Monument
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Lima
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Cusco
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Sacred Valley
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Ollantaytambo
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Machu Picchu
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Guayaquil
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Galapagos Cruise
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Santa Cruz Island
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Quito
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Centre of World Monument
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