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Incas & Conquistadors + Galapagos Island Stay

Marine iguana, Floreana, Galapagos Islands
La Ronda, Quito, Ecuador
Moray, Sacred Valley, Peru
Sacred Valley, Peru
Sea lions, Galapagos Islands
Frigate bird, Galapagos Islands
Santa Ana lighthouse, Guayaquil, Ecuador
Santa Ana, Guayaquil, Ecuador
Sacsayhuman, Cusco
Misminay, Sacred Valley, Peru
Bartolome, Galapagos, Llama Travel
Sea lions, Galapagos Islands
Rooftops, Cusco, Peru
Cusco, Peru
Plaza San Martin, Lima, Peru
Machu Picchu Inca Citadel
Incl flights, accommodation & transfers
From   £4948 £4648
17 days

Holiday highlights

  • Take in the culture and restaurant scene of Lima.
  • Enjoy the superb mountain scenery, ancient ruins and traditions of Cusco.
  • Visit Machu Picchu, the lost city of the Incas.
  • Visit Quito, the elegant capital of Ecuador surrounded by volcanoes.
  • Discover the Galapagos Islands, earth's most exceptional wildlife destination.
  • Enjoy a relaxed Galapagos visit at the Galapagos Suites, with excursions to nearby islands.
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  • Fly from the UK to Lima, the social and economic heart of Peru. Lima was founded by Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro, who christened it ‘City of Kings’. On arrival you are met at the airport and escorted to your hotel in the fashionable Miraflores district.

    Meals included: Meal on the transatlantic flight.

  • Spend the day getting to know this fascinating city, which you can discover on your own or take our half-day Colonial Lima excursion. The tour includes a visit to the pre-Inca site of Huaca Pucllana, then continue to the historic centre to explore the catacombs of the monastery of San Francisco and the cathedral of Lima where the conquistador Francisco Pizarro is buried. On Mondays, the cathedral is closed to visitors, so the beautiful Santo Domingo church is visited instead.

    Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel.

  • Take a morning flight to Cusco, the historic capital of the Inca Empire nestled in the Andes at 3,400 metres above sea level. Cusco is the continent’s oldest continuously-inhabited city and is known for its many wonderful churches and courtyards and of course the magnificent Inca ruins.

    Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel.

  • Spend the day getting to know Cusco and acclimatising to the altitude. Discover the city’s fascinating Inca heritage on our half-day Inca Cusco excursion, which takes you to several Inca sites in and around Cusco, including the fortress of Sacsayhuaman and Qoricancha, one of the most important temples in the Inca Empire, and to the fascinating San Pedro Market.

    Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel.

  • Spend a further day exploring Cusco, or leave the city behind on our optional full-day Sacred Valley excursion, which takes you about 15km north of Cusco, as the condor flies, to the traditional village and archaeological site at Chincheros, above the beautiful Sacred Valley of the Incas. Then descend into the Sacred Valley and enjoy a good lunch in a country restaurant before continuing to the fascinating ‘living Inca town’ of Ollantaytambo, where you explore some of the most important Inca ruins of the empire. Return to Cusco in the late afternoon, or if you would rather spend more time in the beautiful countryside take the optional Two Nights in the Sacred Valley excursion, where you retire to your beautiful country hotel in the heart of the idyllic Sacred Valley, a perfect place to relax and soak up the tranquil atmosphere.

    Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel, lunch is included if you take the Sacred Valley excursion.

  • The second day of the Two Nights in the Sacred Valley excursion begins with a visit to the 3,000 salt evaporation ponds of Maras for some of the most unusual views in the region, and the vast circular terraces of Moray, used by the Incas for agricultural experiments. After, visit the friendly, traditional Andean community of Misminay, where life in the village goes on much as it would have during the time of the Incas. Enjoy a locally prepared lunch and watch as villagers demonstrate farming techniques, both ancient and new. Return to your Sacred Valley hotel in the late afternoon for another evening of relaxation in the lovely gardens.

    Alternatively, if you have not taken the excursion, you are free to enjoy a further day in Cusco.

    Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel, lunch is included if you take the Two Nights in the Sacred Valley excursion.

  • A visit to the Machu Picchu is the highlight of many peoples’ trip to Peru. We offer various ways of experiencing the iconic lost city of the Incas.

    You can take our optional Machu Picchu excursion, which starts with a magical train ride, followed by a buffet lunch next to the ruins, then a guided visit to the ruins. Board the late-afternoon train to Cusco, arriving in the late evening. If you would like more time at Machu Picchu, you can also take an optional Night at Machu Picchu, where you check into your hotel, with the option of returning to the ruins on the following day.

    Alternatively, if you like the idea of arriving at Machu Picchu on foot but do not want to trek for days to get there, then our optional Short Inca Trail excursion is for you. This one-day, nine-mile hike climbs to the beautiful Wiñay Wayna ruins arriving at the Sun Gate in the late afternoon. You check into your hotel in the valley below and return to Machu Picchu for a guided tour the next day, before returning to Cusco.

    Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel. Lunch is included on both the Machu Picchu and Short Inca Trail excursions. Some hotels in Machu Picchu also include dinner.

  • If you walk the Short Inca Trail, today you return to the ruins and take a guided tour of Machu Picchu before returning to Cusco in the evening.

    If you spent a Night at Machu Picchu after the Machu Picchu excursion, you can either spend a relaxing day in the valley or buy an entrance ticket to enter Machu Picchu again, giving you another chance to explore the site. If you would like something more adventurous, perhaps climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain (tickets must be purchased in advance, please ask us for details). Return to Cusco in the evening.

    Alternatively, spend a free day in Cusco and get to know the city better; explore some of the Inca sites or try one of the many adventure sports on offer.

    Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel.

  • Spend a free day in Cusco. The colonial centre of Cusco is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and has a mix of colonial and Inca architecture, making it a truly fascinating place to visit. Perhaps explore some of the 500 Inca sites around the city, visit one of the many museums or wander the streets of the picturesque San Blas neighbourhood. The city is also an excellent place for shopping, with a huge range of local goods on sale from fine alpaca jumpers to traditional Andean paintings; it is very easy to spend hours wandering around the various market stalls. Alternatively, try one of the many adventure sports on offer.

    Read our blog to find out our Top 8 Things To Do In Cusco. 

    Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel.

     

  • Your flight touches down in the morning, leaving the afternoon free for you to make the most of a second chance to explore the ‘City of Kings’. Go shopping in the fashionable district of Miraflores, perhaps visiting Larcomar on the cliff tops above the Pacific Ocean. Lima today is home to some of the finest cuisine in all of Latin America, and the city has some excellent seafood restaurants, with ceviche being the most famous dish.

    Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel.

  • Fly from Lima to Quito, the elegant capital of Ecuador situated high in the Andes at 2,800m, close to the famous ‘middle of the world’ equatorial line. You are met at the airport and escorted to your hotel.

    Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel in Lima.

  • Fly to the Galapagos Islands, famous as inspiration for Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution. This archipelago off Ecuador’s west coast is home to some of the most unique wildlife in the world, as your stay here will help you discover. Visit the volcanic craters of Los Gemelos and the Giant Tortoise Reserve, both located in the highlands of Santa Cruz. Lunch is provided. In the afternoon, check into your hotel in the small town of Puerto Ayora and your home for the next four nights. Spend the rest of the day relaxing  or walk down to the waterfront.

    Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel. Lunch in the highlands of Santa Cruz.

  • Drive to the north of Santa Cruz Island and board a boat to sail to Bartolome, a volcanic island offering great views of the surrounding islands from the summit. Then snorkel from the beach, where you may see penguins, Pacific green turtles, harmless whitetip reef sharks and reef fish. After lunch on board, visit the black volcanic rock of Sullivan Bay, where lava lizards scurry over the rocks.  Return to Santa Cruz in the afternoon. Please note the excursion on this day will be taken with non-Llama Travel passengers and an island other than Bartolome may be visited. This will be confirmed at the time of booking.

    Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel. Lunch on the Galapagos excursion.

  • Begin the day with a walk through deciduous forest to reach Tortuga Bay on the southern coast of Santa Cruz, a beautiful white-sand beach with marine iguanas, sharks, rays and birdlife. Return to Puerto Ayora for lunch, and then take an afternoon visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station to see the work done in the conservation of the islands. A series of walkways takes you through the captive breeding program where you will see juvenile and adult tortoises from different islands and also the final resting place of the late great Lonesome George, the very last of his species.

    Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel. Lunch in Puerto Ayora.

  • Cross to the north of Santa Cruz Island by road and embark on a boat excursion to the island of North Seymour, home to a large colony of magnificent frigate birds, blue-footed boobies, noddy terns and land and marine iguanas. You have lunch on board the boat, before continuing to Bachas Beach. Here you can swim and snorkel, before returning to Santa Cruz. The excursion on this day will be taken with non-Llama Travel passengers and an island other than North Seymour may be visited. This will be confirmed at the time of booking.

    Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel. Lunch on the Galapagos excursion.

  • Transfer to Baltra airport for your flight to Guayaquil, Ecuador’s largest city located in tropical lowlands.

    Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel. 

  • Depending on your flight time, perhaps spend a pleasant morning strolling across the riverfront promenade or doing some last-minute souvenir shopping in the artisan markets. Then transfer to the airport for your overnight flight to the UK.

    Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel. Meal included on the transatlantic flight.

Accommodation

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Accommodation in Lima

Casa Andina Select Miraflores

Included
Exterior, Casa Andina Select Miraflores, Lima, Peru
Llama Travel Customer Rating
Overall
81%
81%
Service
85%
85%
Location
82%
82%

Standard Hotel: The Casa Andina Select hotel boasts a great location in Lima's Miraflores neighbourhood. It has a modern, functional decor and the rooms are light and comfortable. 

Why stay here: The hotel offers great efficient service and many convenient amenities. Live entertainment is often held in the lobby area.

Hotel facilities

• WiFi access.

• There is a restaurant and a bar.

• There is a gym, sauna, jacuzzi and salon.

About the room

All rooms have ensuite bathrooms, tea and coffee and are light and spacious.

Room types available

Superior room.

This is our standard hotel in Lima for our 2023 departures

Holiday Inn Miraflores

Included

Standard Hotel: Located in the heart of Lima’s stylish Miraflores district, the hotel is in a good location to explore the neighbourhood. The rooms are comfortable and modern, with en-suite facilities and air conditioning. There is a gym, a restaurant, and a rooftop swimming pool   

Why stay here? The hotel offers great efficient service and many convenient amenities. The location is good for exploring the Miraflores district’s shops and cafes.

Hotel facilities 

• WiFi access.

• There is a restaurant, gym and a bar.

• The hotel offers room service, a 24-hour front desk, luggage storage and laundry facilities.

About the room 

All rooms have en-suite bathrooms, tea and coffee, and are light and spacious.

Room types available 

Standard room.

This is our standard hotel in Lima for 2024 departures.

 

AC Miraflores by Marriott

£105
(£105 Single Supplement)
Llama favourite accommodation

***SPECIAL OFFER: Passengers travelling in 2023 have a free upgrade to an Ocean View Room***

Superior Hotel: This 139-room hotel in Miraflores has ocean views and excellent facilities including a European-style bar, rooftop restaurant, cocktail lounge and café. Rooms are stylish and well appointed, featuring luxury bedding and elegant bathrooms. The hotel has a good location in Miraflores, next to the upscale Larcomar shopping centre and nearby several attractions including Kennedy Park, Costa Verde and the Bridge of Sighs. There is a 24-hour fitness centre and high-speed WiFi throughout the hotel.   

Why stay here? This elegant hotel offers a range of great dining options including Lima’s only rooftop restaurant that overlooks the ocean ​​and boasts leadership by one of Peru’s best chefs.

Hotel facilities

  • Free WiFi is available in all areas.

  • There is a European and Peruvian fusion restaurant, rooftop restaurant, cocktail lounge, cafe and deli.

  • 24-hour fitness centre

  • The hotel offers room service, 24-hour front desk, luggage storage, express check-in and shops.

About the room

All rooms have air-conditioning, soundproof windows, WiFi, a TV, a telephone, a coffee/tea maker, a mini bar, a safety deposit box, a hair dryer and en-suite bathrooms.

Room type

Deluxe City View Room*

*NB. Passengers travelling in 2023 have a free upgrade to an Ocean View Room.

Accommodation in Cusco

Los Portales

Included
Exterior, Los Portales, Cusco, Peru
Llama Travel Customer Rating
Overall
69%
69%
Service
81%
81%
Location
85%
85%

Standard Hotel: Located opposite the Inca Temple of the Sun, this comfortable hotel has a restaurant and bar. The rooms are simple but comfortable, with en-suite bathrooms.

Why stay here? This hotel boasts simple but stylish décor and a good location in the historic centre of Cusco.

Hotel facilities

• WiFi is available in public areas and is free of charge.

• There is a restaurant and a bar

• The hotel offers room service, a 24-hour front desk, a tour information desk, luggage storage, a gift shop and laundry facilities.

About the room

All rooms have free WiFi, air conditioning, a TV, a telephone, a safety deposit box, a minibar, a hair dryer and en-suite bathrooms.

Room types available

Superior room

Casa Andina Premium Cusco

£175
(£175 Single Supplement)
Entrance, Casa Andina Premium Cusco, Peru
Llama Travel Customer Rating
Overall
90%
90%
Service
91%
91%
Location
96%
96%

Superior Hotel: This 94-room hotel is located three blocks from the main square. The beautifully restored colonial mansion has lovely public areas and a good restaurant. The comfortable rooms are around the three interior patios.

Why stay here?  This hotel is a lovely colonial building with attractive courtyards where you can get away from the city bustle. The rooms are comfortable, and many of them have colonial features.

Hotel facilities

• WiFi is available in public areas and is free of charge.

• There is a restaurant and a bar and an outdoor terrace area.

• The hotel offers room service, a 24-hour front desk, luggage storage, shops on site, laundry facilities and dry cleaning. There is also an ATM/cash machine on site.

About the room

All rooms have air conditioning, WiFi is available for a fee, a TV, a telephone, a coffee/tea maker, a mini bar, a safety deposit box, a hair dryer and en-suite bathrooms.

Room types available
Superior rooms, Imperial suite

Hotel Aranwa

£280
(£280 Single Supplement)
Courtyard, Hotel Aranwa, Cusco, Peru
Llama Travel Customer Rating
Overall
88%
88%
Service
89%
89%
Location
95%
95%
Llama favourite accommodation

Boutique Hotel: This 43-room hotel is built in an elegant 16th century colonial house with a beautiful central patio. The hotel has a good restaurant and bar. The rooms are very comfortable, and well appointed with oxygen systems and underfloor heating in the bathrooms. 

Why stay here? This hotel is a very beautiful colonial house which makes excellent use of the central courtyard. The rooms are extremely comfortable.

Hotel facilities

• WiFi is available in public areas and is free of charge.

• There is a restaurant, bar and outdoor terrace area.

• The hotel offers room service, a 24-hour front desk, a tour information desk, luggage storage, shops on site, laundry facilities and dry cleaning.

About the room

All rooms have free WiFi, a telephone, a mini bar, a safety deposit box, a hair dryer and en-suite bathrooms.

Room types available

Deluxe room
Classic room

Accommodation in Quito

Reina Isabel

Included
Facade, Reina Isabel, Quito, Ecuador
Llama Travel Customer Rating
Overall
77%
77%
Service
80%
80%
Location
64%
64%

Standard Hotel: This 100-room hotel is located in the Mariscal district of Quito, with many restaurants and bars nearby. There is a restaurant, a bar, a small gym and sauna. The rooms are spacious with good en-suite bathrooms and free WiFi.

Why stay here: This hotel is a good base from which to explore Quito, close to lots of restaurants. The rooms are large and attractive.

Hotel facilities

• WiFi is available in public areas and is free of charge.

• There is a restaurant, a bar/lounge area, gym and full spa service.

• The hotel offers room service, a 24-hour front desk, a tour information desk, luggage storage and laundry facilities.

About the room

All rooms have free WiFi, air conditioning/heating, a TV, a telephone, a coffee maker (on request), a safety deposit box, a minibar, a hair dryer and en-suite bathrooms.

Room types available

Standard room

Casona de la Ronda

£40
(£30 Single Supplement)
Facade, Casona de la Ronda, Quito, Ecuador
Llama Travel Customer Rating
Overall
89%
89%
Service
90%
90%
Location
88%
88%
Llama favourite accommodation

Boutique Hotel: This 22-room hotel is well located on the pedestrian La Ronda street in the historic centre. The hotel is located in an old colonial house, with a good restuarant and great views of the old town. The rooms are comfortable with good en-suite bathrooms.

Why stay here: This is a very well-restored colonial house, with a lovely wooden central patio. The rooms are beautiful and, unusually for colonial buildings, the rooms are outward facing rather than into the central patio, so are bright. The location of the La Ronda street is great as there is often lots going on.

Hotel facilities

• WiFi is available in public areas and is free of charge.

• There is a restaurant and a bar, an outdoor terrace area and a cosy lobby with a fireplace.

• The hotel offers room service, a 24-hour front desk, luggage storage, shops on site and laundry facilities.

About the room

All rooms have air conditioning, WiFi, a TV, a telephone, a coffee/tea maker, a mini bar, a safety deposit box, a hair dryer and en-suite bathrooms.

Room types available

Swiss Business Advantage room
 

Swissotel

£25
(£25 Single Supplement)
Exterior, Swissotel, Quito, Ecuador
Llama Travel Customer Rating
Overall
89%
89%
Service
89%
89%
Location
78%
78%

Superior Hotel: This 250-room hotel is one of the top hotels in Quito, with five restaurants, a spa, indoor and outdoor heated swimming pools, a fitness centre and 13 treatment rooms. The large, comfortable rooms are well appointed with good en-suite bathrooms and WiFi is available for a fee. The hotel is located in one of Quito’s most prestigious areas with excellent shopping nearby.

Why stay here? This is an excellent hotel with all the comfort you would expect from a top city hotel.

Hotel facilities

• WiFi is available in public areas for a fee.

• There are two bar and lounge areas, five different restaurants serving a wide range of cuisines, an indoor and outdoor pool, tennis courts, a gym, a full working spa with a steam bath and jacuzzi.

• The hotel offers room service, a 24-hour front desk, luggage storage, laundry facilities and dry cleaning. There is also an ATM/cash machine on site.

About the room

All rooms have air conditioning, WiFi, a TV, a telephone, a coffee/tea maker, a mini bar, a safety deposit box, a hair dryer and en-suite bathrooms.

Room types available

Standard room

Accommodation in Galapagos Islands

Galapagos Suites

Included
Galapagos Suites, Santa Cruz, Galapagos Islands
Llama Travel Customer Rating
Overall
92%
92%
Service
94%
94%
Location
90%
90%

Standard Hotel: Situated in Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz island, the Galapagos Suites accommodation is simple but more than adequate. It offers light and airy en-suite rooms with private balconies or patios, and air conditioning.

Why stay here: Galapagos Suites provides an affordable option for experiencing the Galapagos Islands, and provides pleasant accommodation in a unique part of the world.

Hotel Facilities

• Breakfast terrace

• Wifi zone

• Complementary biodegradable shampoo, hand wash and body wash

About the Room

All rooms have en-suite bathrooms, air conditioning, safety deposit boxes and private balconies or patios.

Room types available

Standard Room

Accommodation in Guayaquil

Hotel Unipark

Included
Facade, Hotel Unipark, Guayaquil, Ecuador
Llama Travel Customer Rating
Overall
77%
77%
Service
74%
74%
Location
87%
87%

Standard Hotel: This well-located hotel looks onto a park, and is one block from the cathedral and 3 blocks from the promenade on the river. There are eateries in the hotel, a gym and the comfortable rooms have air conditioning and en-suite bathrooms.

Why stay here? This hotel has a great location and very comfortable rooms, making it a perfect base for exploring Guayaquil.

Hotel facilities

• WiFi is available in public areas and is free of charge.

• There is a restaurant, cafe and sushi bar, and a gym.

• The hotel offers room service and laundry facilities.

About the room

All rooms have free WiFi, air conditioning, a TV, a safety deposit box, a mini bar, a hair dryer and en-suite bathrooms.

Room types available

Standard room

Wyndham Hotel Guayaquil

£35
(£35 Single Supplement)
Wyndham Hotel, Guayaquil, Ecuador
Llama Travel Customer Rating
Overall
75%
75%
Service
76%
76%
Location
84%
84%

Superior Hotel: Situated minutes from the Santa Ana Hill and the Malecon 2000 promenade, this modern high rise hotel overlooks the River Guayas. Accommodation is modern and spacious, and all rooms are en-suite with wifi, digital safes.

Why upgrade: This hotel boasts extremely comfortable rooms in a modern style. There are complimentary perks and the location is very convenient.

Hotel facilities

• WiFi is available free of charge

• Restaurant and a bar

• 24 hour front desk with bilingual staff

• Rooftop pool, as well as a spa and fitness center on site

About the room

All rooms are ensuite with free wifi, digital safes, mini-bars and satellite television. Most rooms have river views.

Room types available

Deluxe room

Accommodation in Sacred Valley (optional excursion)

Hacienda Urubamba

Optional Excursion
Main House, Hacienda Urubamba, Sacred Valley, Peru
Llama Travel Customer Ratings
Overall
96%
96%
Service
95%
95%
Location
94%
94%

Standard Hotel: This fantastic hotel has a picturesque setting in the Sacred Valley, with 36 well-appointed spacious rooms with en-suite bathrooms and beautiful views. There are extensive gardens, a restaurant and bar.

Why stay here: Immersed in the countryside of the Sacred Valley, with sweeping views of the imposing mountains, all rooms boast great views. It is impossible not to relax here.

Hotel facilities
• WiFi 
• Restaurant and bar, with a complimentary pisco sour included
• Afternoon tea and turndown service is included, and there is a 24/7 reception desk

About the room
Rooms are en-suite with a king size bed, and seating area and a small dining area, as well as a scenic terrace. There is also a safe, minibar, and flat screen television.

Room types available
Urubamba superior deluxe rooms

Accommodation in Machu Picchu (optional excursion)

El Mapi

Optional Excursion
Entrance, El MaPi, Aguas Calientes, Peru
Llama Travel Customer Ratings
Overall
74%
74%
Service
71%
71%
Location
89%
89%

Standard Hotel: A good 90-room hotel, located on the main street of Aguas Calientes. The hotel reception is constructed from recycled materials. There is a restaurant, bar, a small garden and a spa. Rooms are comfortable with en-suite bathrooms and free WiFi.

Why stay here?  This is a very good standard hotel, with clean and simple rooms, and it is a great base for visiting Machu Picchu.

Hotel facilities

• WiFi is available in public areas and is free of charge

• There is a restaurant, a bar and a spa

• The hotel offers room service, a 24-hour front desk, a tour information desk, luggage storage, laundry facilities, wake up calls and binoculars are available for rent

About the room

Rooms are simply yet comfortably decorated, in a smart modern style. All rooms have free WiFi, a telephone, air-conditioning, a TV, a safety deposit box, a minibar, a hair dryer (on request) and en-suite bathrooms.

Room types available

Standard room

Machu Picchu Pueblo Inkaterra

Optional Excursion
Eco Center, Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo, Aguas Calientes, Peru
Llama Travel Customer Ratings
Overall
83%
83%
Service
91%
91%
Location
88%
88%
Llama favourite accommodation

Superior Hotel: A beautiful, rustic-style hotel set in five hectares of tropical gardens and orchid trails. The 85 rooms are located in small clusters in the hotel grounds and have en-suite bathrooms. There is a small outdoor pool, spa and free WiFi in the common areas. The price includes a good dinner and a guided nature tour.

Why stay here?  This is our favourite hotel at Machu Picchu, with large attractive rooms. It is worth spending time exploring the beautiful gardens or taking one of the included nature tours. A unique offering is the sanctuary for the endangered spectacled bear, endemic to  the Andes region. 

Hotel facilities

• WiFi is available in public areas and is free of charge.

• There is a cafe, restaurant, bar and garden. There is also a spa and sauna offering various treatments including massages, hot stone treatments and body wraps.

• The hotel offers room service, a 24-hour front desk, a tour information desk, a gift shop, luggage storage, laundry facilities and binoculars are available for rent.

About the room

All rooms are spacious with air-conditioning, separate seating areas, a telephone and en-suite bathrooms. Some rooms also have WiFi and fireplaces.

Room types available

Superior room

Sanctuary Lodge

Optional Excursion
Entrance, Sanctuary Lodge, Machu Picchu
Llama Travel Customer Ratings
Overall
91%
91%
Service
91%
91%
Location
99%
99%

Superior Hotel: This 31-room hotel, located just outside the ruins, is the closest hotel to Machu Picchu. There is a small garden and the views of the surrounding mountains are wonderful. The rooms are comfortable with en-suite bathrooms, and free WiFi. Mountain view rooms are available for a supplement. All meals are included.

Why stay here? The reason to stay here is the amazing location, but the excellent service and attractive gardens mean that a stay here is special in any case. 

Hotel facilities

• WiFi is available in public areas and is free of charge.

• There are two restaurants, including the Tampu, an eatery exclusive to hotel guests, and a bar/lounge area. There is also a spa offering a range of massages and aromatherapy treatments. There are also beautiful gardens with landscape views.

• The hotel offers room service, a 24-hour front desk, a tour information desk, luggage storage, a gift shop and laundry facilities.

About the room

Rooms are comfortable and well equipped. Rooms with views are available for a supplement. All rooms have air-conditioning, free WiFi, a TV, a telephone, a mini bar, a safety deposit box, a hair dryer and en-suite bathrooms.

Room types available

Standard room
Standard patio room
Superior Terrace room
Deluxe room (with mountain view)
Deluxe Terrace room (with mountain view)

Accommodation in Bellavista cloud forest (optional excursion)

Bellavista Cloud Forest Lodge

Optional Excursion
Bellavista Cloud Forest Reserve & Lodge, Ecuador
Llama Travel Customer Ratings
Overall
85%
85%
Service
94%
94%
Location
94%
94%

Standard Lodge: The 21-room Bellavista Lodge is located high in the cloud forest at 2,200 metres, from where there are amazing views. The lodge is in the Tandayapa Valley, where over 330 species of birds have been identified. Accommodation is in either the dome or in one of the attractive adjacent buildings. Rooms are simple, but have electricity and hot showers. All meals from lunch on the first day to lunch on the second day are included at the lodge.

Why stay here? The cloud forest is beautifully atmospheric and a great place for bird and nature enthusiasts. Spending a night here allows you to explore more of the trails surrounding the lodge, which range from easy to challenging. You also have a better opportunity to spot the 16 species of hummingbird which visit the lodge and can be seen at close range at the feeders.

Read our customer's blog to find out what to expect at Bellavista

Lodge facilities

• Meals are served in the lodge restaurant, which has panoramic windows.

• Drinking water is provided.

• The lodge offers a laundry service.

About the room

Heaters and extra blankets are available and rooms have en-suite bathrooms with hot showers.

Room types available

Standard room

Upgrading to a suite room is possible for an extra cost

Accommodation in Mashpi Lodge (optional excursion)

Mashpi Lodge

Optional Excursion
Exterior, Mashpi Lodge
Llama Travel Customer Ratings
Overall
86%
86%
Service
93%
93%
Location
90%
90%

Superior Lodge: The Mashpi Lodge is a sleek, modern hotel designed to make you feel like you are one with the tropical cloud forest surroundings. En-suite rooms all boast floor to ceiling windows, with views of the cloud forest and mountains. There is WiFi, and all meals and soft drinks are included at the on-site fine dining restaurant, and tasteful lounge and bar areas, as well as a spa. There are also numerous activities available at the lodge, from the intriguing sky bike, where you pedal your way across the top of the forest on a cable, to the dragonfly, a relaxing cable system that allows you to enjoy the forest from above.   

Why stay here?  The setting here is second-to-none, with the lodge immersed in the tropical cloud forest, and rooms boasting great views. Furthermore there are so many ways to get to know the forest from the guided nature walks to the unique sky bike.

Hotel facilities

• All meals and soft drinks included

• Fine dining restaurant

• Spa

• WiFi

• Observation tower

• Sky bike & Dragonfly open-top cable car

About the room

All rooms boast fantastic picture windows, en-suite bathrooms with luxury amenities, WiFi and safe deposit boxes.

Room types available

Wayra room

Upgrading to a Yaku Suite is also possible for an extra cost

Excursions

Excursions Package

Machu Picchu Excursion Package Save £71

Take the Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley, Inca Cusco and Colonial Lima excursions together for a discounted price.

from £569
Short Inca Trail Excursion Package Save £41

Take the Short Inca Trail, Sacred Valley, Inca Cusco and Colonial Lima excursions together for a discounted price.

from £709
(£40 Single Supplement)

Colonial Lima

£50
Lima Cathedral, Colonia Lima Excursion
Llama Travel Customer Rating
75%
75%

Discover ‘the City of Kings' on this half-day guided tour of Huaca Pucllana and Lima's historical centre. Located in the heart of Miraflores, lies the pre-Inca site of Huaca Pucllana, an ancient adobe and clay pyramid, dating back to 200 A.D. when the Lima culture began construction. Drive from the site to the centre for a walking tour of the centre of Lima. Delve back in time as you visit the macabre catacombs of the San Francisco Monastery and the ornate basilica cathedral, the final resting place of the conquistador Francisco Pizarro.

Full Description:

Get picked up from your hotel for a short transfer to the pre-Inca site of Huaca Pucllana. Nestled in the urban district of Miraflores, the Huaca Pucllana complex is a series of clay pyramids that have been preserved in the region since 200 AD. Learn about how the administrative site was built and the historical significance surrounding the former Pre-Inca indigenous coastal civilisation. You are then driven to the historic centre; one of the most important cities in Latin America during colonial times, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Spend the rest of the excursion on foot, strolling through vibrant squares and streets lined with colonial buildings. Explore the San Francisco Convent, considered one of Lima’s landmarks, where you will find the catacombs, Lima's oldest and most famous cemetery, where skulls and bones of the city are found neatly arranged in geometric figures. Return to daylight and walk towards the Plaza de Armas (Main Square), where you will find the Presidential Palace, the Archbishop’s Palace and the Cathedral. Learn about the famous balconies in downtown Lima, which allowed a safe space for the elite women during the Spanish Colonial rule of the 17th and 18th centuries. The intricate carvings were designed for women to be enclosed behind elegant partitions, allowing them to look out on the streets of Lima without passersby gazing up at them. Explore the cathedral, where Francisco Pizarro, the Spanish conquistador whose expeditions led to the Spanish conquest of Peru, is buried in a chapel with stunning mosaics covering almost every surface.  You then return to your hotel in modern Miraflores. On Mondays, the Cathedral is closed to visitors, so the beautiful Santo Domingo church will be visited instead.

Inca Cusco

£90
Sacsayhuamán, Cusco, Peru
Llama Travel Customer Rating
85%
85%

Start by discovering modern-day Cusco with a visit to the bustling San Pedro Market, a local market where you can sample exotic fruit and soak up the colours, flavours, smells and traditions of Cusco, then step back in time for a guided tour of Cusco’s most interesting ancient Inca sites. Visit Qorikancha, the Inca temple of the sun and explore the incredible citadel and fortress of Sacsayhuaman, which stands above the city and was the location for a vital battle between the Incas and the Conquistadors.

Full Description:

The half-day tour begins with a visit to the San Pedro Market, where you can find traditionally-dressed vendors selling everything from fresh fruit and meats to pachamama dolls, souvenir knick-knacks and coca leaves, thought to help with altitude sickness. Get lost in the labyrinth-like market, where all your sense will come into play. If you’re feeling brave, try haggling for a snack as the local ‘caseritas’ compete with each other to get you to their stall. Continue to Qorikancha Temple, an Inca palace in the heart of the city, dedicated to the worship of the sun god Inti and the most sacred building in the empire. Admire the fine Inca stonework before entering the church of Santo Domingo, which was built on the site of the Inca temple by Francisco Pizzaro after the Conquistadors raided and melted down the gold from the original temple. Continue ascending to the epic Sacsayhuaman fortress, site of an infamous battle between the Incas and Conquistadors, strategically located at the top of a hill with glorious views overlooking the city. When you can tear yourself away from the panorama, take a moment to appreciate the fantastic masonry of the fortress, which is built from enormous stone blocks, some weighing up to 150 tonnes, which the Incas expertly shaped. The tour finishes at the Plaza de Armas, where you have time to take photos of the impressive main square before returning to your hotel.

The Inca Cusco excursion includes the Cusco tourist ticket, which gives you access to many additional sites in and around the city.

Sacred Valley

£90
Chinchero ruins, Sacred Valley
Llama Travel Customer Rating
94%
94%

Discover the Sacred Valley of the Incas, a Peruvian paradise where the bubbling Urubamba River weaves its way between terraced slopes, Inca ruins and dreamy villages with the snowcapped Andes towering above. On this full-day excursion, visit the colonial village of Chincheros and the superb Inca ruins of Ollantaytambo.

Full Description:

The full-day tour of the Sacred Valley departs Cusco in the morning, visiting Chincheros, a small village located high up on the windswept Andean plains. Attend a demonstration where the townsfolk show how to spin, weave, thread and dye fabrics using traditional Andean techniques. Chincheros was believed to be the mythical birthplace of the rainbow, and with the bright bunting strewn across the streets and the colorful attire of the villagers, this will probably be one of the most colourful places you will see in Peru. Perhaps try your hand at weaving the cloth yourself before exploring the archeological ruins in the area and the charming local village. Descend into the Sacred Valley for lunch in a country restaurant, and then travel to the fascinating town of Ollantaytambo, an Inca military, religious, and agricultural hub. Ollantaytambo is now a ‘living Inca town’ and the best surviving example of Inca town planning, with narrow cobblestone streets that have been continuously inhabited since the 13th century. Ollantaytambo is also well known as the site of many fascinating Inca ruins, including the Ollantaytambo fortress on the outskirts of the settlement, where the Incas successfully, albeit briefly, held off the Conquistadors, and the semi complete, but no less impressive, temples of the sun and moon. Explore the superb ruins and old-world town before returning to Cusco in the evening. 

If you would like to spend more time in the Sacred Valley, you can extend your stay by  taking the Two Nights in the Sacred Valley excursion; see below for more details. If you need help deciding,  you can see our blog post Should I take the One or Two Day Excursion Option? 

Machu Picchu

£410
Machu Picchu, Peru
Llama Travel Customer Rating
96%
96%

Rediscovered in 1911, the Inca site of Machu Picchu is one of the great wonders of the world. The archaeological ruins combine perfectly with the incredible mountain scenery to present an unforgettable sight. The Spanish never found and looted the site which explains its excellent state of conservation. Explore the iconic lost city on a day trip to the ruins, returning to Cusco in the evening. You can also spend a night near the ruins to extend your stay.

Full Description:

On the full-day excursion to Machu Picchu, you depart early in the morning, taking a bus and then the Vistadome train, with wonderful views of snowy peaks of the Andes as the train descends the beautiful Urubamba Valley. The vegetation becomes increasingly tropical as you approach the cloud forest below Machu Picchu.

The journey from Cusco to Machu Picchu normally takes around four hours, arriving at around 10am. Then take a shuttle bus for the 20-minute journey up the switch-back road to the entrance of Machu Picchu. You have an early buffet lunch next to the ruins, before entering the site at around midday. You are immediately confronted by a combination of stunning mountain scenery and well-preserved Inca ruins, making this one of the wonders of the world. These were only rediscovered in 1911 after lying abandoned for centuries.

Take a fascinating guided tour of the site, visiting the different temples and structures. Please note, the park authorities determine which parts of Machu Picchu can be visited, and this can be changed at short notice. 

You board the late-afternoon train to Cusco, arriving in the late evening. Alternatively, spend a night at Machu Picchu to give yourself more time to get to know the area.

Night at Machu Picchu

£45
(£40 Single Supplement)
Machu Picchu, Peru

After taking the Machu Picchu excursion, spend a night in the shadow of one of the wonders of the world in a choice of three hotels: the cosy El Mapi; the enchanting Machu Picchu Pueblo; and the sophisticated Sanctuary Lodge, which is sensationally located just outside the ruins. Staying overnight gives you the opportunity to re-enter and further explore Machu Picchu the following day.

Full Description:

After your visit to Machu Picchu, descend to the valley below and check in to your hotel. Llama Travel offers a choice of three hotels you can stay in:

The El Mapi, a comfortable hotel situated on the main street of Aguas Calientes, is included in the excursion price. A stylish and contemporary hotel set among pleasant landscaped gardens, the El Mapi has simple, yet comfortable, rooms which are well-furnished and decorated. There is also a restaurant, bar, and a small garden and the hotel is also conveniently located close to buses that depart for the ruins. The price includes dinner in the hotel.

For a supplement* you can stay in the Machu Picchu Pueblo, a lovely colonial-style hotel set amongst 12 acres of tropical gardens filled with hummingbirds, butterflies and orchids. Rooms are in small clusters in the grounds and are comfortable, spacious and all unique, with lovely views of the forested gardens and a homely touch added by alpaca blankets and comfortable seating areas. There are small outdoor hot tubs and Andean saunas, and the price also includes a good dinner at the restaurant. Guided nature tours of the orchid trails and bird watching tours are also included in the price.

For a supplement* you can upgrade further to the Sanctuary Lodge, sensationally located just outside the Inca ruins, granting easier access to Machu Picchu. Rooms are comfortable and well furnished, there is a small interior garden with a variety of flowers and orchids and stunning panoramic views of the mountains. There are also two restaurants and a bar, and all meals are included during your stay.

After a relaxing night in the valley, you can also purchase a ticket for a second entrance to Machu Picchu, so you are free to make the most of another day in the ruins. Explore the ruins at your own pace, or – for the more adventurous – climb to the summits of either Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain for spectacular views across the lost city.

*Please ask us for details regarding hotel upgrade prices at Machu Picchu

Next Day Entrance to Machu Picchu

£95
Machu Picchu, Peru

Return to Machu Picchu to make the most of your time here, exploring the wonderful lost city of the Incas. Discover the beautiful surrounding area; trek to the lofty heights of Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain for spectacular views.

Full Description:

After a restful night in the valley, return to Machu Picchu to further explore the majestic ruins. Perhaps wake up early to observe the ruins in the soft morning light, or have a lie in and visit later in the morning. No guide is included on this day, so you can explore at your own pace.

For more of a challenge, you can trek to the spectacular summit of Huayna Picchu, Machu Picchu’s iconic sugar loaf mountain. Hike along rocky precipices and up ancient Inca staircases while the lost city majestically unfurls below you. Enjoy the fantastic views before hiking to the mysterious Temple of the Moon, an Inca ceremonial temple of impressive stonework set within an overhanging cave in the mountainside. The climb to Huayna Picchu takes approximately one hour in each direction and involves very steep drops and ladders up cliff faces. The walk to the Temple of the Moon takes approximately two hours each way, and the path is quite narrow with steep drops at certain points. Please note that guides do not accompany you to Huayna Picchu or the Temple of the Moon, and that the National Institute of Culture limits the number of people who are able to climb Huayna Picchu or visit the Temple of the Moon each day, and permits must be bought well in advance. The circuit of Machu Picchu included with Huayna Picchu tickets is more restricted than when purchasing just Machu Picchu tickets.

For an alternative adventure, the hike to the summit of Machu Picchu Mountain, where Inca priests once performed rituals, is a great option. The views are even more spectacular than from Huayna Picchu, and the although the trekking is longer, it is less vertical. Machu Picchu Mountain is over twice the height of Huayna Picchu and is a more gradual assent and the pathways are wide and well-marked. Machu Picchu Mountain is located to the south-west of Machu Picchu citadel above the Sun Gate, overlooking the Inca site and Huayna Picchu. A round trip will take around four hours but it is definitely worth the effort. The trail to the top of the mountain takes you up ancient stone steps crafted by the Incas, with beautiful vistas of the Urubamba River, the surrounding mountain scenery and spectacular aerial views of the famous Inca ruins. Please note that guides do not accompany you to Machu Picchu Mountain, and that the National Institute of Culture limits the number of people who are able to climb Machu Picchu Mountain each day, and permits must be bought in advance. The circuit of Machu Picchu included with Machu Picchu Mountain tickets is more restricted than when purchasing just Machu Picchu tickets.

The Peruvian Ministry of Culture has introduced regulations controlling entrances to Machu Picchu. There are now hourly slots for each ticket, and it is not possible to enter the site prior to the time stated on the ticket.  There is a maximum stay of four hours in Machu Picchu. The site is open from 6am to 5.30pm, with the last entrance at 3pm. The authorities prohibit re-entry to the site, so once visitors leave the site of Machu Picchu, they will not be able to visit again on the same ticket. A guided visit is necessary for a first visit to the site, although for second entrances the following day, a guide is not required.

Short Inca Trail

£520
(£40 Single Supplement)
Short Inca Trail, Peru
Llama Travel Customer Rating
98%
98%

If you like the idea of arriving at Machu Picchu on foot, after trekking through the Andes, but do not want to walk for four days to get there, our Short Inca Trail is the perfect option. This one-day hike climbs from the Urubamba River Valley to the Inca site of Wiñay Wayna before arriving at Machu Picchu in the evening. You have a tour of the ruins the following day, before returning to Cusco.

 

Full Description:

Travel by road and train to the starting point of the trail at Chachabamba, km 104 of the train line. The first part of the trail climbs steeply, arriving at the spectacular Inca site of Wiñay Wayna in about three hours. The walk offers some wonderful views of the ruins of Choquesuysuy, visible below Wiñay Wayna, and the trail passes a waterfall.

The ruins of Wiñay Wayna are some of the most beautiful in the Inca Empire. The site was mainly agricultural, and the curved terraces on the incredibly steep slope are breathtaking. Apart from the terracing, the site includes a complex of accommodation and ceremonial structures. Next to the structures there is a series of ten baths, joined by small waterfalls. Given the importance of water in Inca ceremonies, this seems to indicate the religious importance of Wiñay Wayna.

After a packed lunch, you continue the trail, the path following the contour of the mountain as you walk from Wiñay Wayna to the Intipunku (Sun Gate), taking about two hours. As you climb the final few steps and arrive at the Sun Gate you are greeted by your first, spectacular view of Machu Picchu. The trail down to the ruins themselves takes about half an hour.

You do not visit the site on the first day, as it is too late. Instead, you descend by bus into the valley where you spend the night in your hotel. Aguas Calientes is named after the hot springs, where you can bathe.

In the morning, take the bus up to Machu Picchu, where your guide will give a tour of the ruins, before you catch the afternoon train and bus back to Cusco, arriving in the evening. Please note, the circuit of Machu Picchu included with Short Inca Trail tickets may be more restricted than when purchasing just Machu Picchu tickets, and the areas permitted to be visited are regulated by the park authorities and can change at short notice.

The excursion includes a professional guide, train, bus and entrance tickets and hotel accommodation. A packed lunch on the first day and breakfast at your hotel on the second day are included. Some hotels also include dinner. An overnight bag will be taken to your hotel in Aguas Calientes while you are on the trail.

The nine-mile long trail climbs rapidly for the first half of the walk, climbing from 2,000 to a maximum altitude of 2,700 metres, so a good level of fitness is required. It may not be suitable if you suffer from vertigo.

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Return flights from the UK; any internal flights; accommodation (bed and breakfast except where indicated); transfers; service of guides and local reps, UK airport taxes.

Prices do not include

Any optional excursions, travel insurance, tips.

Holidays without international flights

The above prices include return international flights from the UK. If you wish to arrange your own flights, we will reduce our prices accordingly. The reduction depends on when you travel, please call us for details.

Departure Airport

Flights are scheduled to be from London. Other airports may be possible, although a supplement sometimes applies.

Holiday Information

All the practical information you need regarding your trip is found here. From how to prepare before you leave and travelling to your destination, to advice on travelling within your country of choice.

About Your Holiday

  • Prices listed are per person and based on two persons sharing a room and include all flights from the UK and within destination, service of guides and reps (please note that tips are not included), accommodation and all transfers and excursions listed in the itinerary. Where applicable, entrance fees, taxes and charges are included in our prices at the rates advised to us at the time of preparation. An adjustment will be made to your price if any of these change before your holiday. UK airport taxes are included.

  • All the flight-inclusive holidays on this website are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. When you pay you will be supplied with an ATOL Certificate. Please ask for it and check to ensure that everything you booked (flights, hotels and other services) is listed on it. Please see our booking conditions for further information or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to: www.atol.org.uk/ATOLCertificate

    For holidays not including any flights, financial protection is provided through IPP: https://www.llamatravel.com/ipp-protection

  • In many cases, the best way to describe our holidays is flexible tours, so you can choose where to visit by combining different extensions and excursions, and which hotels to stay in. In most cases, you will be with other Llama Travellers, but not necessarily the same people throughout. This allows you to get to know like-minded people, but not have to spend all your time with the same group. If we don't have anyone else taking a particular part of a holiday, we will normally operate this just for you.

    In some cases, we operate more traditional tours, with the same Llama Travel group travelling together for the majority of the holiday, which allows land travel from one location to another. This is particularly the case for our European tours, and in this case we may have a minimum number of travellers required to operate the group.

    Excursions are usually taken together with other Llama Travel customers in groups of no more than 18 people. If we have more than 18 booked, we operate two groups. These will usually be in English, although in some places, especially on wildlife excursions, the excursions may be operated by one of our local partners, so you may be with people other than Llama Travel customers and the group may be a mix of English and other languages. In these cases, group sizes can sometimes be larger. If you would like to know the likely situation for your holiday, please ask us and we will be able to check. Transfers may be with more than 18 people.

    We get a wide range of people taking our holidays, with probably the largest group being couples aged in their forties to sixties, or even older. However, we also have a large number of customers in their twenties and thirties, especially for some of the more active holidays. What unites everyone is a sense of curiosity and a desire to discover new cultures, landscapes and wildlife. Although most of our customers travel with friends or family, we also have quite a few single travellers who are happy to mix and match as described above.

    Group Size
    Most holidays can operate with a minimum of 2 passengers, but some holidays have a higher minimum group size. If we have fewer than the minimum number of passengers, we will let you know two months before departure. In this case, we will refund you any monies paid or offer you an alternative option. It may be possible to operate the trip for fewer than 4 passengers for an additional cost.

    All holidays in Europe have a minimum group size of 4 passengers, except Iceland which has a minimum group size of 6passengers.
    All holidays in Namibia or South Africa have a minimum group size of 6 passengers.
    All holidays in Kenya have a minimum group size of 4 passengers.
    All holidays in Costa Rica and Mexico have a minimum group size of 4 passengers.

Booking Conditions

How To Book

  • To book a holiday or discuss your requirements, please call us on 020 7263 3000. We can usually confirm availability immediately, but may need to check with a supplier first.

  • You can pay your deposit by bank transfer, cheque, standard UK debit card or non-premium UK personal Visa / MasterCard credit card. Balance payments can be made by bank transfer or cheque. We do not accept cards for balance payments. We are unable to accept cash.

Before You Go

  • Adequate travel insurance is essential. We do not sell or recommend any specific policy, but good medical insurance should cover medical evacuation and repatriation. If you are going to be taking part in any activity, please ensure your policy covers you for this, especially if this involves high-altitude trekking, such as the Inca Trail.

  • To issue some tickets, we require passport details and ages when you book. If you subsequently change your passport, please let us know as soon as possible.

    Latin America

    Visas are not required in advance for British citizens for any Llama Travel Latin American destination. For British passports endorsed in any way and all other passports, please ask the appropriate consulate.

    If you are flying via another country, especially the US, you need to comply with the appropriate immigration requirements. Please ask us for details.

    You need a full 10 year passport valid for 6 months after your return to the UK. If you renewed your current passport before the previous one expired, extra months may have been added to its expiry date. Any extra months on your passport over 10 years may not count towards the minimum period needed if you are transiting in Europe.

    There is an entry fee to enter Chile for citizens of Australia, the US, Canada and some other countries which must be paid upon arrival. There is also an entry fee for US and Canadian citizens visiting Argentina, which must be paid in advance online.

    If children are not travelling with both parents, some countries require a letter of consent to enter or depart. Please consult the appropriate consulate.

    Africa

    British nationals can enter Morocco, South Africa, Namibia and Botswana for a visit of up to 90 days without a visa. For British passports endorsed in any way and all other passports, please ask the appropriate consulate. You need a passport valid for 6 months after your return to the UK. For South Africa, you need a passport with two blank pages.

    For Zimbabwe, British nationals will be granted with a KAZA Univisa (valid for travel between Zimbabwe and Zambia and day trips into Botswana) visa, for a fee (US$ 50 per person, paid in cash). This is easiest to obtain upon arrival at the airport or border post, rather than via an agency in the UK. For British passports endorsed in any way and all other passports, please ask Zimbabwe consulate. You need a passport valid for 6 months after your return to the UK.

    For Kenya, British nationals require a visa, which must be obtained online in advance, and for which there is a cost. You can apply for single entry and transit visas on the e-visas website. For more information, see the website of the Kenya High Commission. Children aged 16 and below do not require a visa to enter Kenya. For British passports endorsed in any way and all other passports, please ask the Kenya consulate. You need a passport with two blank pages, valid for six months after your return to the UK.

    If children are not travelling with both parents, some countries require a letter of consent to enter or depart. Please consult the appropriate consulate. In South Africa and Namibia, children under 18 must also carry an unabridged birth certificate.

    You need a full 10 year passport valid for 6 months after your return to the UK. If you renewed your current passport before the previous one expired, extra months may have been added to its expiry date. Any extra months on your passport over 10 years may not count towards the minimum period needed if you are transiting in Europe.

    To issue some tickets, we require passport details and ages when you book. If you subsequently change your passport, please let us know as soon as possible.

    Asia & the Middle East

    To visit Jordan, you need a full 10 year passport valid for 6 months after your return to the UK. You will need a visa to enter Jordan. The Jordan visa is included in the price of your holiday. On arrival in Amman our representatives will meet you prior to immigration and this will be provided to you free of charge. For British passports endorsed in any way and all other passports, please ask the Jordanian consulate.

    All visitors to Sri Lanka, including British nationals, require an electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA), which must be obtained online in advance, and for which there is a cost. You can apply for single entry and transit visas on the ETA website. For more information, see the website of the Sri Lanka High Commission. For British passports endorsed in any way and all other passports, please ask the Sri Lanka consulate. You need a passport with two blank pages, valid for six months after your return to the UK.

    All visitors to India, including British nationals, require a visa, which can be obtained online in advance, and for which there is a cost. You can apply for single entry and transit visas on the e-visa website. For more information, see the website of the India High Commission. For British passports endorsed in any way and all other passports, please ask the India consulate. You need a passport with two blank pages, valid for six months after your return to the UK.

    Visitors from 13 countries, including the UK, can travel to Vietnam visa-free for stays  up to 15 days. For stays longer than 15 days, a visa is required at a cost. This can be applied for online on the e-visa website. Stays longer than 30 days are not permitted. You need a full 10 year passport valid for 6 months after your return to the UK. For British passports endorsed in any way and all other passports, please ask the Vietnamese consulate.

    To visit Cambodia, a visa is required at a cost. This can be applied for online on the e-visa website. You need a full 10 year passport valid for 6 months after your return to the UK. For British passports endorsed in any way and all other passports, please ask the Cambodian consulate.

    Europe

    You need a full 10 year passport valid for 6 months after your return to the UK. If you renewed your current passport before the previous one expired, extra months may have been added to its expiry date. Any extra months on your passport over 10 years may not count towards the minimum period needed.

     

  • In many destinations, you can arrange adventure activities, either through Llama Travel or through Llama Travel. If you are interested in taking any of these, please make sure you are covered by your travel insurance.

  • Some countries have strict regulations regarding the entry and exit of children under 18 when not travelling with both parents, or if the child has nationality of the country you are visiting. If you are travelling with children who are not entering or leaving the country with both parents, or if the child has nationality of the country you are visiting, please contact the consulate of the country you are visiting to check requirements.

    Countries in Africa have particularly strict requirements regarding children travelling, and in both South Africa and Namibia, children need to carry an unabridged birth certificate. Additionally, in Namibia, adults travelling with children where they are not the biological or legal guardians of those children, should be in possession of an affidavit statement from the child’s parents giving consent for their travel.

    Such requirements do change from time to time, and although we try to keep abreast of such changes and update this information, if you are travelling with children, we suggest you check current requirements carefully.

  • You will receive tickets approximately 10 days before departure, along with information on accommodation, transfers and excursions. Our agents in destination will give you final details for hotel and excursions when you arrive. Please check airline tickets carefully in case timings have changed after we issued your confirmation.

  • Cards are widely accepted in most hotel and restaurants, and cash machines are common in most destinations. However, when travelling to remote areas, it is advisable to take cash, as it is difficult to withdraw or change money. Travellers cheques are no longer widely used, so it may be inconvenient to take these.

    It is always recommended to inform your bank that you are travelling abroad and to which countries. This will allow them to authorise money withdrawals from your account when you are away. Some banks say that this is not necessary, however we would still recommend contact with your bank as in some cases people have had difficulty in withdrawing currency.

    More information on the situation regarding money, budgeting and tipping in specific countries is in the country information below.

When Your Are Travelling

  • For all wildlife excursions, please always follow the instructions of your guide, both for the animals’ welfare and for your safety. Staff are experienced at dealing with wildlife, but by their nature, excursions involving exposure to wild animals will always carry some risk.

    If you take a safari in Africa, you will be with an experienced guide at all times, who is usually unarmed. All of the game drives run according to schedule, although unexpected delays can occur, which the guide will deal with as quickly and safely as possible. Being in the wilderness means that the environment is unpredictable, so the unexpected can happen. For any excursions taken on foot, there will be a safety briefing to inform you of the possible dangers.

  • Most people who travel to the countries where Llama Travel operates experience no problems on holiday. However, as is the case anywhere in the world, crime can be a problem, especially in large cities. Tourists can appear attractive targets to criminals. To minimise the risk, use common sense. Do not display signs of wealth, such as expensive looking jewellery or cameras. Avoid empty streets, especially on your own. Take a taxi after dark. By taking sensible precautions, you should have a trouble-free holiday.

    Each country has its own standards for health and safety, but these are often not as good as in the UK. We take this into account when selecting hotels and request that they comply with all local regulations, but cannot guarantee that these are equivalent to British standards. Please take reasonable precautions to protect yourselves whilst on holiday, e.g. by locating fire exit routes.

    Please also check the Foreign Office travel advice for the countries you are visiting at www.fco.gov.uk.

  • Attitudes towards lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) travellers around the world can be very different from those in the UK.

    In Latin America and Europe, attitudes can sometimes be more conservative than in the UK, but there are not usually problems.

    In some African countries, including Morocco, Zimbabwe and Kenya, same sex relationships are illegal and conservative attitudes prevail. However, hotels and lodges do not discriminate and same sex couples can share rooms. In much of Africa and the Middle East, public displays of affection may attract negative attention, especially with LGBT couples, although the majority of people are friendly to visitors, irrespective of gender and sexual orientation. In South Africa, the authorities have introduced legislation which bans any discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

    In most of Asia, attitudes to same sex relationships can be conservative, but there are not usually any problems. In Sri Lanka, same sex relationships are illegal, but hotels do not discriminate and same sex couples can share rooms.

    The UK Foreign Office has information LGBT travel on their travel advice for individual countries, found at www.fco.gov.uk.

Health & Fitness

  • Please consult your GP or a travel clinic about health and vaccination requirements. Advice for travellers is available at www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk.

    When travelling, stomach illnesses are not uncommon due to changes in diet. We suggest you only drink bottled water and avoid ice in drinks. If you are unsure if salads and fruit have been washed in purified water, it is best to avoid them.

    If you suffer from a disability or condition and are worried whether this will affect the enjoyment of a holiday, please call us. We will do our best to help. We recommend that you bring any medicines you require from the UK.

    If you have any health problems on holiday, please speak to our local agents or hotel staff. They will arrange for a doctor or hospital if necessary. If you do experience any problems, please seek appropriate medical attention.

    Outside of major cities, medical facilities can be basic, meaning a lengthy transfer if hospital attention is required.

    Latin America

    Yellow fever and / or malaria precautions are recommended for visiting the jungle, Iguazu Falls and some parts of Colombia, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Brazil, Peru and Ecuador. Yellow Fever certificates are sometimes required if you have recently visited a country with an infected area. Children under 6 require proof of vaccination against polio to enter Brazil. Some GPs do not recommend yellow fever vaccinations for travellers over 60 years old. If you are pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant, please speak to your GP about zika. Please seek medical advice before you travel.

    Parts of South America are at high altitude. Most visitors do not suffer major problems. However, shortness of breath is common and we advise you to take things calmly during your first day at altitude. If you suffer from a heart or lung condition, or think that you may suffer due to the altitude, please consult your GP.

    Africa

    Malaria precautions are highly recommended when visiting the Kruger National Park in South Africa, Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, the north of Namibia, including Etosha, Botswana and Kenya. Yellow Fever vaccination is highly recommended for Kenya. Travellers entering many African countries, including South Africa and Kenya Africa, coming from a yellow fever zone must have a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate. Some GPs do not recommend yellow fever vaccinations for travellers over 60 years old.

    Asia

    Malaria precautions are not usually advised when visiting the areas that Llama Travel offers in India, Sri Lanka, Vietnam or Cambodia, although malaria is present in some other parts of these countries. If you have visited a country with yellow fever recently, you will usually require a valid yellow fever certificate to enter. Please be aware that Dharamashala in the Himalayas in India is at a moderately high altitude, so we recommend you take things calmly during your first day at altitude. If you suffer from a heart of lung condition, or think you may suffer due to the altitude, please consult your GP.

  • For most of our holidays, age is not a concern. However, a reasonable level of fitness is required, as most holidays require some walking, sometimes on uneven ground. Even relatively mild activities can be strenuous at altitude. High altitude trekking is more strenuous than an equivalent length walk at low altitude.

Getting There

  • Air fares vary from date to date and between airlines. Our holidays are scheduled to use the most advantageous air fare. You can choose which airline you prefer, we will let you know if a supplement is payable. Levels of onboard service and facilities, such as entertainment, vary by airline and route. Please ask us for details. Flights are sometimes operated by another airline in the appropriate airline alliance.

  • Many airlines offer the option of flying from regional airports in the UK, avoiding the need to make your own way to London. Due to the timing of flights, in some cases this may involve an overnight stop in London or another intermediate airport. There is usually a supplement for regional departures. Please note that most of our flights depart from London.

  • You can upgrade to business class or premium economy on most airlines. Call us for prices for the route and airline you are interested in.

    Premium Economy

    Some airlines offer Premium Economy cabins, which provide more comfortable seats which recline further and have more legroom. There are better meals and a bar service.

    Other airlines offer standard economy class seats with extra legroom for an additional cost.

    Business Class

    Many airlines have long-haul business class cabins with seats that convert into full flat beds and often have a privacy screen.

    Business Class within Europe is often similar to economy class seating, but with better meals, and middle seats are often left empty.

  • Most scheduled airlines have a baggage allowance of 23kg per passenger for international flights, but internal flight allowances can be less. Exact limits can be found on airline webpages. Please bear this in mind when packing, as carrying excess baggage will normally incur an expensive additional cost payable at check in. Additionally, certain excursions have a limited baggage allowance. Where this is the case, we will advise you in advance. Llama Travel accepts no responsibility for the delay, loss or damage of luggage.

    There may be additional luggage restrictions for specific countries. In this case, details of this will be in the country information below.

  • Many airlines now charge a fee to select your seat prior to checking in for your flight, even when travelling in premium economy or business class. Alternatively, you may choose your preferred seat free of charge when online check-in opens 24 hours prior to departure or at the airport. Please ask us about the options available at time of booking.

    We all want a comfortable journey, particularly on long haul flights. If you would like a seat with some extra leg room or a larger recline please let us know. Airlines have introduced a range of “economy comfort” seats that may be purchased in advance. In some cases, these seats may only be purchased online directly with the airline once Llama Travel has issued your ticket approximately 30 days prior to departure.

    For internal flights, and for connecting flights in Europe, it is usually only possible to select seats when you check-in online or at the airport.

                        

    It may not be possible to always use online check-in systems, especially when using a codeshare flight. On occasion, your preferred seat may be changed by the airline for operational reasons such as a change of aircraft or to facilitate a disabled passenger on the day you fly and as such, Llama Travel cannot guarantee specific seats.

  • Depending on the route and the airline, if you would like to break your journey to or from your final destination, and add a stopover to your holiday, this may be possible. Please ask us for information.

  • If you are interested in arranging your own international flights, this is sometimes possible. Please ask us for details of this and any discount we can arrange for removing international flights. Please do not book your flights until we have reconfirmed all services with our suppliers and you have checked the confirmation invoice.

  • All people transiting in a third country need to make sure they comply with any immigration requirements for that country.

    This is especially the case when in transit in the US when flying to Latin America. In this case, you must comply with US immigration requirements. It is your responsibility to ensure that you comply with these requirements before you travel. Failure to do so may result in you being denied boarding on your flight to the US and, at best, a last-minute and probably expensive re-routing avoiding the US. It is important, therefore, that you follow these procedures carefully.

    If your flight to Latin America involves a stop in the US, you will be subject to US immigration control upon entry to the US. If you qualify for the US Visa Waiver Program, you are able to avoid the need to apply for a visa, but still need to enter your details online on the US State Department website. If you do not qualify for the US Visa Waiver Program, you must apply in person at a US embassy for a US visa. Please make sure that you do this in good time.

    If you are a UK citizen and have a UK passport, you may qualify for visa-free travel. You will require a machine readable passport to qualify for the ESTA Visa Waiver Program (so you do not require a visa to enter the US). A machine readable passport has the holder's personal details (name, date of birth, nationality and passport number) contained in two lines of text at the bottom of the photo page. This appears as two lines of letters, numbers and chevrons (">>>>>") printed across the long edge of the photo page. It must be also include an integrated circuit chip capable of storing the biographic information from the data page, a digitized photograph and other biometric information.

    Please note, holders of passports indicating that the bearer is a British Subject, a British Dependent Territories Citizen, British Overseas Citizen, British National (Overseas) Citizen or British Protected Person do not qualify for travel without a visa. A passport which states that the holder has Right of Abode or indefinite leave to remain in the UK does not quality for visa-free travel.

    If you have visited certain restricted countries, including Cuba, you may not qualify for visa-free travel.

    If you have been arrested, even if the arrest did not result in a criminal conviction, or if you have a criminal record, you will need a visa.

    If you have any doubts about whether you qualify for the Visa Waiver Program, please check with the US embassy. Full details can be found on the US embassy’s UK website at: http://london.usembassy.gov/vwp3.html

    Many European, Australian and New Zealand passport holders also qualify for the Visa Waiver Program as long as the passport is machine readable and complies with the relevant criteria. Please see the US embassy website for a list of countries which qualify for the Visa Waiver Program. It is important that you check the website of the US Embassy in the country of passport nationality for any further changes before you travel.

    Details of the ESTA Visa Waiver Program can be found on the US State Department website at

    https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov.

    In addition to the Visa Waiver Programme, the US Transportation Security Authority requires anybody flying through the United Sates to supply specific passenger information prior to their international flight.

Peru

Travelling in Peru

  • The currency in Peru is the Nuevo Sol (approximate exchange rate: S/.3 = US$1). Most items in Peru are priced in Nuevo Soles, but the US dollar is used in some cases. Travellers should take US dollars and not UK sterling, which is not widely accepted in any form. Credit and debit cards can be used in many shops and restaurants, and can also be used to withdraw money from cash machines. These dispense both Nuevo Soles and US dollars. Please note that it can be difficult to use US dollar notes which have even the smallest tear. When changing US dollars into Nuevo Soles, always use a reputable place to change: banks, hotels or exchange shops. Do not change money on the street if you can avoid it.

    When travelling to some of the more remote areas (e.g. the jungle, Machu Picchu, Colca Canyon), it is advisable to take cash, as it is difficult to withdraw or change money or change travellers cheques. If taking travellers cheques, a high commission may be charged, especially if changing directly into dollars (this is often less if changing into Nuevo Soles). Some hotels do not change travellers cheques so you may need to change them in a bank or exchange shop, therefore, please bear in mind opening hours.

    It is always recommended to inform your bank that you are travelling abroad and to which countries. This will allow them to authorise money withdrawals on your account when you are away. Some banks say that this is not necessary, however we would still recommend contact with your bank as in some cases people have had difficulty in withdrawing currency.

  • If you receive good service, you may want to leave a tip. This is completely at your discretion. For general excursions, if you want to tip guides, US$2 – 3 per person per day is usual if you are in a group. Approximately US$1 is usual for drivers or transfer staff. As tipping is not necessarily normal in restaurants, please give any tips directly to the person you would like to tip to ensure that they get it.

    For the four-day Inca Trail, tipping is normal as the guides, porters and cooks usually provide an excellent service. We recommend tipping around US$40 -60 per trekker for the whole trail, depending on the size of the group. For small groups (fewer than 6 trekkers), tipping per trekker is usually higher than for larger groups (more than 10 trekkers), as the number of support staff per trekker is higher.

    For the Short Inca Trail, around US$15-20 is normal for the two-day excursion.

    If you would like to tip your guide in the jungle, approximately US$10 per person per day is recommended.

  • Lima is the culinary capital of Peru, and possibly of all South America, and the city is full of good places to eat, ranging from the cheap and cheerful, to among the best, and most expensive, in all the Americas. Many serve traditional Peruvian food, as well as the standard international restaurants. Seafood is among the best choices. There are many restaurants serving good value set lunches, especially around Parque Kennedy in Miraflores. Most of the best restaurants are in Miraflores, San Isidro and Barranco.

    Most of the restaurants in the centre of Cusco offer a range of international and Peruvian food, and cater for tourists as well as locals. Many local dishes are based on highland crops, such as potatoes and quinoa, and there are many excellent soups. You may want to try an ancient Inca delicacy – guinea pig! This is usually served in picanterias, which are restaurants specializing in local dishes. Prices in restaurants aimed at tourists generally range from around $10 - $20, although even upmarket restaurants often have good value set lunches.

    The hotels on the shore of Lake Titicaca offer a good selection of highland and international food. Additionally, there is a wide range of restaurants in the city of Puno, especially on Jr. Lima near the main square.

    Arequipa has a strong culinary tradition, and there is a wide variety of local dishes available. Soups are particularly popular. Additionally, Rocoto Relleno (stuffed spicy pepper) is another local favourite well worth trying, although make sure you specify if you do not want it too spicy. Most picanterías (restaurants serving traditional Arequipeño food) are outside of the centre, and a taxi should be taken. There are several restaurants on the balconies in the Plaza de Armas giving fine views of the Plaza.

  • All hotels include breakfast, and other meals are included on some tours and excursions. However, generally, you will need to arrange your own lunches and dinners. We recommend budgeting approximately US$15 – 20 for a meal, although many restaurants have excellent value set lunches for less than this. Hotel restaurants, especially in superior hotels, can be more expensive. Additionally, there are many upmarket restaurants, particularly in Lima and Cusco, where you should expect to pay up to US$50 per person, or possibly more. However, these still offer excellent value for money compared to equivalent restaurants in the UK, and we find that many of our customers treat themselves to a special meal in Lima at the end of their holiday.

    Bar prices are similar to the UK and a small bottle of beer usually costs around US$2-3 in a hotel bar. Wine, particularly imported wine, can be quite expensive.

    We find that many people take advantage of the excellent crafts markets in and around Cusco, so please allow for this if you are likely to buy such items. The prices vary significantly depending on the quality of the items, and detailed crafts can be expensive.

    There are also many excellent shopping opportunities in the cities, with excellent alpaca clothing and jewellery shops. These generally take credit cards, although a discount is sometimes possible for cash payments.

  • In Cusco and the highlands of Peru, daytime temperatures tend to be around 20 degrees centigrade. However, night time temperatures drop rapidly, sometimes to below freezing. The coast can be warmer, although night temperatures can be cool, especially between May and September. The jungle is usually hot and humid, although between May and September there are sometimes cold fronts, and temperatures can drop to 5 degrees. Therefore, a variety of clothing, suitable for warm and cold weather is advisable. Rain is possible throughout the year, so waterproofs are also recommended. Lip balm is recommended and insect repellent is advisable, especially for jungle areas and around Machu Picchu.

    Electricity in Peru is 220V, and plugs are of the flat two-pin type.

    It is a legal requirement to carry identity documentation when in Peru. Therefore, having a copy of your passport with you at all times is recommended.

    Please bring any medication you may require from the UK.

    You require your passport when visiting Machu Picchu. Please make sure you bring this, otherwise you may not be able to enter the site.

    If you are walking the Inca Trail or the Short Inca Trail, please take the passport that you had when you initially booked if this has changed since booking. Otherwise you will not be permitted to start the trail.

Galapagos & Ecuador

Travelling in Galapagos & Ecuador

  • All hotels include breakfast, and other meals are included on some tours and excursions. However, generally, you will need to arrange your own lunches and dinners. We recommend budgeting approximately US$15 – 20 for a meal, although many restaurants have excellent value set lunches for less than this. Hotel restaurants, especially in superior hotels, can be more expensive, as can meals in restaurants on the Galapagos Islands. Additionally, there are some upmarket restaurants in cities where you should expect to pay up to US$50 per person, or possibly more. However, these still offer excellent value for money compared to equivalent restaurants in the UK.

    Bar prices on the mainland are similar to the UK, or slightly cheaper, and a small bottle of beer usually costs around US$2-3 in a hotel bar. Wine, particularly imported wine, can be quite expensive. On Galapagos boats, bar prices are usually higher than on the mainland, particularly for wine.

    We find that many people take advantage of the excellent crafts markets in and around Quito, so please allow for this if you are likely to buy such items. The prices vary significantly depending on the quality of the items, and detailed crafts can be expensive.

  • Quito has many good restaurants with a wide range of national and international cuisine. Many of the best restaurants are located in the new town. Ingredients from the jungle, the Andes and the coast allow for an interesting mix of dishes. Sometimes, traditional restaurants are only open from noon to 3pm.

    Although it does not have as many options as Quito, Cuenca has a good variety of restaurants and cafes serving both local and international cuisine. The locals are fond of sweet food, particularly ice cream, and there are many good cafes near the main square catering for this market. There are also a number of restaurants in central Guayaquil and on the promenade, although many of the best restaurants are located in the malls and entertainment centres away from the centre.

  • In Quito, daytime temperatures tend to be around 20°C and night time temperatures around 10°C. The weather in the Avenue of the Volcanoes, Riobamba and Cuenca is similar to Quito. Temperatures in the jungle and Guayaquil tend to be hot and humid year round, although cold snaps are also possible. Therefore, a variety of clothing, suitable for warm and cooler weather is advisable. Rain is possible throughout the year, so waterproofs are also recommended. Insect repellent is advisable, especially for the jungle, the Bellavista cloud forest and for the Galapagos Islands.

    Sturdy footwear is advisable for the Galapagos Islands, as some paths can be rocky and uneven. If you are visiting the Bellavista cloud forest, the trails can be muddy and sometimes they are slippery. Therefore, please take appropriate footwear.

    The hottest months in the Galapagos Islands are usually December – May, when temperatures can rise above 30°C, although it tends to be wettest then. Sea temperatures are also at their warmest, around 25°C (although the temperature can vary significantly between different islands). From June – December, temperatures are usually cooler (around 25°C), but it rains less. It is often misty at this time of year. Sea temperatures also tend to be cooler, around 20°C. Dress on board the cruise boats is informal, so formal dress is not required.

    Electricity in Ecuador is 110V, and plugs are of the flat two-pin type.

    Having a copy of your passport with you at all times is recommended.

    Please bring any medication you may require from the UK.

  • The official currency in Ecuador is the US dollar. Travellers should take US dollars and not UK sterling, which is not widely accepted in any form. Credit and debit cards (both Visa and MasterCard are generally accepted) can be used in many shops and restaurants, and can be used to withdraw money from cash machines. It can be difficult to use dollar notes which have even the smallest tear. Some places do not accept US$100 bills, so it is best to take smaller denomination notes. When travelling to some of the more remote areas (e.g, the jungle), it is advisable to take cash, as it is difficult to withdraw or change money. If taking travellers cheques, a high commission may be charged. Some hotels do not change travellers cheques so you may need to change them in a bank or exchange shop, therefore, please bear in mind opening hours.

    It is always recommended to inform your bank that you are travelling abroad and to which countries. This will allow them to authorise money withdrawals on your account when you are away. Some banks say that this is not necessary; however, we would still recommend contact with your bank as in some cases people have had difficulty in withdrawing currency.

    On most small boats in the Galapagos, you can only pay in cash. Some larger boats also take credit cards.

  • If you receive good service, you may want to leave a tip. This is completely at your discretion. For general excursions, if you want to tip guides, US$2 – 3 per person per day is usual if you are in a group. Approximately US$1 is usual for drivers or transfer staff. As tipping is not necessarily normal in restaurants, please give any tips directly to the person you would like to tip to ensure that they get it.

    Tipping your Galapagos boat crew and guides on board is expected and is usually well deserved. For yachts up to 16 passengers, and the Hotel Finch Bay tours, approximately US$15 – 20 per person per day is recommended. For larger yachts, US$23-25 is normal.

    If you would like to tip your guide in the jungle, approximately US$10 per person per day is recommended. This is divided between the guides and the staff.

About the Galapagos

  • The Galapagos Islands are in the Pacific Ocean 1,000km west of Ecuador. Flights to and from Quito take 3 hours, with a brief stop in Guayaquil.

  • The Galapagos can be visited year round and wildlife can be seen all year. Between January to May the weather is hotter, but wetter, and the sea temperature tends to be warmer. During this time the average daytime temperate is between 27-31°C and the sea temperature is around 25°C. June to December is drier, but cooler. The average daytime temperature ranges between 21-26°C and the sea temperature is around 21°C. It is often overcast at this time of the year, especially in July and August. The seas around the Galapagos tend to be fairly calm all year around, however the choppiest time to visit is around September. Some birds are only present at certain times of the year; if you would like to see a specific bird, please ask us for details.

  • •Lightweight clothing, including shorts and t-shirts. Long-sleeved shirts and trousers are useful on board as there is air conditioning.

    •Swimming costume.

    •Sandals and trainers.

    •Prescription snorkelling mask if required.

    •A sun hat.

    •Waterproofs (a plastic poncho is often the best thing).

    •Sunglasses.

    •Binoculars/camera gear.

    •Water bottle.

    •Sun cream and insect repellent.

    •Day pack for island excursions.

    •Ear plugs for night-time sailing.

    •Biodegradable soap and shampoo are provided. If you would like to use your own, please ensure this is also biodegradable.

    Read our blog to find out what to pack for the Galapagos. 

  • The Galapagos National Park entrance fee of US$100 and the transit tax of US$20 are included in all our holidays. 

  • All boats Llama Travel works with have excursions carried out in small groups (maximum 16 passengers) led by a naturalist guide.

    Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in the dining area, and drinking water, tea and coffee are provided. There is also a bar service available.

    Electricity onboard is 110V and plugs are of the flat two-pin type. There are small safes in each cabin or in the captain’s cabin. There are no hairdryers in cabins on most boats.

    Smoking is not permitted inside the boats and is only permitted on deck.

    Dress on board is informal on all boats.

  • Itineraries are fixed by the Galapagos authorities and usually cannot be varied. However, these are subject to change by the park authorities at short notice and can be affected by local conditions, airport closures or other factors. The activities at each site specified in the itineraries may vary and will be determined by the guide. Some longer cruise itineraries are made up of 2 shorter cruises, and so some guests may start or end their cruise on these changeover days. On all cruise itineraries, you visit a range of different islands, allowing you to see the land and marine animals and birdlife. The Finch Bay itinerary includes visits to several visitor sites in the central islands.

  • All guides in the Galapagos Islands are registered with the National Park. All Llama Travel holidays include experienced naturalist guides who speak English.

  • For many people, the highlight of the visit to the Galapagos is snorkelling among the sea life, including sea lions, turtles, penguins, rays and sharks. Snorkelling equipment is available for rent,
    or you can take your own. If you need a mask with prescription lenses, it is best to get this before you leave. Wetsuits are also available for hire. Please ask us if you are interested in hiring a wetsuit. If you do not want to snorkel, it is sometimes possible to remain on the beach on the island. However, at some sites visited on cruises this is not possible, in which case you will stay on board your boat.

  • You explore the visitor sites, seeing the wildlife, flora and geology at very close quarters. Most excursions require some walking, often on rocky and uneven surfaces, so a reasonable level of fitness is required. To reach the islands it is necessary to go from your boat in a panga, a small dinghy. On a dry landing, you will step out of the panga onto rock. On a wet landing, you will step out of the panga into about a foot of water, from where you will wade to land.

  • Sailing between the islands is usually done in the early morning or late evening. However, for some of the longer distances, the journey can be made at night. In this case, there is usually more movement and the noise of the motor can be heard.

  • On the smaller yachts, you can only pay in cash. On the larger boats, you can usually pay by cash or credit card. Travellers cheques are not widely accepted on any of the boats. There are banks and cash machines in both Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz and Puerto Baquerizo Moreno on San Cristobal.

  • Tipping the boat crew and guides on board is usually well deserved, and expected. If you feel you have received good service, the following are the suggested tipping levels per passenger per day: San Jose and Galapagos Beagle, approximately $15 - 19. MV Santa Cruz II and La Pinta, approximately $25. Galapagos Odyssey, approximately $20 - $22. Hotel Finch Bay, approximately $19.

  • There is a small boutique shop on board the larger ships and there is also the chance to shop at Puerto Ayora or Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. However, it is best to buy anything that you will need before visiting the islands.

  • Entertainment on board is quite limited, although the larger ships have bars and may have music at times. It is sometimes possible to disembark in Puerto Ayora or Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, where there are restaurants and bars.

  • Airport transfers are included to your Galapagos cruise. If you are landing at Baltra airport, an excursion to the Santa Cruz highlands is often included. This is usually prior to boarding your boat, so we recommend having appropriate footwear and clothing handy for this excursion, as your main luggage will usually be taken straight to your boat.

    Transfers are also included for hotel stays in Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz. These are with a driver only, usually with limited English.

    It is sometimes possible to get a Galapagos stamp in your passport when you arrive at the Galapagos airport, so please ask for this if you would like this.

  • No specific vaccinations further to those required for Ecuador are required for visiting the Galapagos Islands. However, please consult your GP or a travel clinic for up-to-date medical advice. As you may feel the movement of the boat, we recommend you bring any sea sickness medication you will require. We recommend bringing any painkillers or medication for upset stomachs and rehydration sachets in case you have a problem on board, as these can be hard to get in the Galapagos Islands.

    Although the excursions are not physically demanding, they do require walking on uneven surfaces, and this can be under the hot sun. Therefore, a reasonable level of fitness is required.

    Larger ships (48 passengers and up) usually have a medical officer on board, although facilities and treatments are quite simple. Smaller boats have basic first aid. If you require more serious medical attention, there are hospitals on the islands of Santa Cruz and San Cristobal.