Here is our itinerary for our 3 week trip to Peru and Ecuador.
For this trip, it's just John and me, and in most of our locations, we will have an English speaking guide. This will allow us to set our own pace, with quite a bit of flexibility. Packing has been a challenge, since we will encounter all four seasons, depending on our altitude. I am a bit worried about handling the altitude in the Andes, but since we don't have to adjust to a group, we should be okay – I hope!
We made our travel arrangements through Vaya Adventures, a US-based company that specializes in tourism in South America. They have set up lodging, some meals, guides, some tours, and even a visit to a school.
We head to Lima on 10/28, and then fly to Cusco on the 30th. From there we are transferred into the Sacred Valley until 11/1. Then we'll travel by train to Machu Picchu, for 3 days and 2 nights. After that, we’ll spend 2 nights in Cusco, and on the morning of 11/5, we fly to Quito, but are immediately transferred to El Monte Lodge, a couple of hours away, in the cloud forest. On 11/8, we return to Quito for a couple of nights, and then fly out to the Galapagos Islands on 11/10.
The cruise there is 7 days (11/10-17), and then it's back to Quito, flying home on Nov. 18. In each direction, we'll pass through the airports in Chicago and Miami. Whew!