Galápagos Highlights & Peru (ISC)

14 Day Package from Quito to Lima

The set: Ecuador & Peru. The characters: You and your friends and family. Scene 1: You—want to put together the perfect vacation for everyone to the Galápagos Islands and some of Peru’s most visited places. Realizing there are just too many things to coordinate and handle, you have a choice: get stressed trying to put it all together or look to Monograms to help. Scene 2: You, your friends and family turn to Monograms to handle the vacation details and instead of getting stressed; all of you can relax and have a glass of wine while discussing your upcoming vacation. Scene 3: Everyone packs their bags and go—and have a wonderful vacation!

This can be your reality. On this 14-day vacation, Monograms has arranged your hotel reservations, sightseeing, and daily breakfast (as well as six lunches and five dinners). Plus, we recognize that South America can be intimidating, so in each city—Quito, Lima, Cusco & Machu Picchu—we’ve arranged for you to have a Local Host®, someone there for you throughout your stay to ensure everything runs smoothly. A one-of-a-kind feature offered only by Monograms, your Local Hosts will answer questions, offer suggestions, and be your “friend in the city.”

Your vacation begins in Quito, where we can pick you up at the airport and take you to your selected hotel. There, your Local Host will meet you with a set of materials to help familiarize you with the city. The next morning, after an included breakfast, we’ll pick you up at your hotel for private, guided sightseeing with a local expert. Be sure to bring your camera, because there will be a lot of photo opportunities, and we’ve scouted out some of the best picture spots! Then you’re off to the Galápagos Islands and the award-winning Finch Bay Eco Hotel, offering a private, seaside location on Santa Cruz Island surrounded by mangroves and a private beach. With the Finch Bay as your home base for four nights, you’ll experience the Galápagos Islands and understand why the islands fascinated Darwin so much. You’ll visit North Seymour Island, with the largest nesting site of the “magnificent frigate birds” in the Galápagos; the highlands of Santa Cruz, where tortoises can be seen grazing and where you’ll visit a local coffee, sugar cane, and cocoa bean farm; Santa Fé Island, where you’ll see California sea lions and a large species of land iguanas; Divine Bay on Santa Cruz, where we’ll keep an eye out for sea turtles, reef sharks, rays, blue-footed boobies, marine iguanas, and more; the Charles Darwin Research Station, established to conserve the natural habitats and protect the famous giant tortoises; and the Twin Pit Craters, geological depressions of volcanic material where Scalesia trees, ferns, orchids, and mosses can be seen. And don’t forget, throughout your stay you’ll be accompanied by Naturalists, experts who know the native flora and fauna and who help bring the experience to life.

The Galápagos experience is so unique, you may think nothing can top it. But alas, Peru is waiting! In Lima, your Local Host will help you get settled and give you a packet of materials to prepare you for your journey. The next morning, after your included breakfast, we will once again pick you up at your hotel for guided sightseeing with a local expert. In Cusco, sightseeing with a local expert features many of the marvelous structures built by the Incas: semi-circular Kenko Amphitheater; Puca Pucara; and the Temple of Sacsayhuaman, a fortress built in the early 12th century with stones weighing more than 350 tons. A short drive will bring you to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, where your sightseeing will include the market town of Pisac, where locals sell their wares at bargain prices, and Ollantaytambo, where you’ll see some of the finest examples of Inca masonry and town planning.

And that’s just the start...we’ve arranged for you to take a train to Machu Picchu, where roughly 1,000 people once lived in 200 structures. Poised high in the jungle, you’ll stand in awe as you witness the ancient ruins surrounded by soaring peaks—one of the most majestic images in South America! With your expert guide, you’ll hear the little-known secrets and insider stories that only a local knows. You’ll even have the chance to witness a sunrise over Machu Picchu with your second included entrance to the ruins, a stunning view indeed!

At Monograms, our goal is to handle all the details for you, so you just have to pack your bags and go. That’s why we’ve arranged all the pieces of this vacation for you—your hotels, your breakfasts, your sightseeing, and your guides. So what are you waiting for? Grab your suitcase and camera, and join us!


Always Included:

Your Choice of Hotels

We've carefully screened and selected the right hotels in the heart of the destination and you can choose your accommodations to match your style and budget.

Local Host

In Quito, Lima, Cusco & Machu Picchu; Naturalist in the Galápagos

Meals Included

Buffet breakfast daily6 lunches5 three-course dinners

Sightseeing & Activities

Sightseeing with a Local Guide, inside visits, and special features are shown in UPPERCASE

Baggage Handling

Monograms has taken care of porterage at your hotel, so feel free to let the bellman help get your luggage to your room with no tipping required.

Day-By-Day 2017 / 2018

FEATURED HIGHLIGHT

Your Monograms package to Peru includes a train ride to Machu Picchu, one of the most famous ancient ruins in the world. We even give you the opportunity to overnight at Machu Picchu, so you can witness an amazing sunrise over this “Lost City of the Incas!”

DAY
1
Arrive Quito, Ecuador

Arrive in Quito, where you will be met by your Local Host.

DAY
2
Quito

Your private city TOUR showcases the rich legacy left by the Incas and, later, the Spaniards. See Independence Square, dominated by its formidable Cathedral, San Francisco Plaza Church, and the Basilica with its marvelous stained-glass windows.

DAY
3
Quito–Baltra–North Seymour–Santa Cruz

Fly to Baltra in the Galápagos. Upon arrival, board a yacht bound for NORTH SEYMOUR, an island teeming with life. You might have to give way to a passing sea lion, marine iguana, or blue-footed boobies that nest here. As you walk along the shore, see large flocks of pelicans in a dive-bomb feeding-frenzy, and one of the largest nesting sites in the Galápagos of the “magnificent frigate bird.” In the bushes you can see the males up close with their puffed-up scarlet throat sacks. Return to the yacht and begin your journey to the Finch Bay Hotel.

SPECIAL FEATURE: Named after the famous Darwin’s finches abundant in the surroundings, the Finch Bay Eco Hotel offers a private seaside location surrounded by mangroves. Amenities include a bar, lounge, restaurant, outdoor pool, and beachfront access. All rooms offer twin beds, private restroom, and air-conditioning. Guests will enjoy boat excursions to various Galápagos Islands, kayaking, snorkeling, bicycle rides in town, and viewing the local flora and fauna.

DAY
4
Santa Cruz. Excursion to the Highlands

Transfer to the lush highlands of SANTA CRUZ to a farming area called El Manzanillo on the edge of the GIANT TORTOISE RESERVE. Here, tortoises can be seen grazing year-round, along with woodpecker finches, mockingbirds, and flycatchers. After lunch, visit a local FARM where coffee, sugar cane, and cocoa beans are grown, harvested, and prepared. Return to the hotel and perhaps spend time on the beach.

DAY
5
Santa Fé

Board a yacht bound for SANTA FÉ, where you will see the endemic Santa Fé land iguana and the large opuntia cactus forest. The beach area is covered with California sea lions, and the coastline is an excellent location for snorkeling with sea turtles.

DAY
6
Santa Cruz. Excursion to Divine Bay

Today’s adventure takes you to wildlife rich DIVINE BAY on Santa Cruz Island. Marine Iguanas, herons, noddy terns, blue-footed boobies, and tropicbirds are commonly seen here. While some may choose to explore by boat, the more adventurous can take to the sea by kayak. Keep an eye out for sea turtles, rays, and reef sharks as you cruise the tranquil waters. Return to the hotel for lunch, followed by an afternoon visit to the CHARLES DARWIN RESEARCH STATION, established to help conserve the Galápagos’ natural habitats and protect the area’s famous giant tortoises.

DAY
7
Baltra–Guayaquil–Lima, Peru

This morning, depart the hotel and visit the TWIN PIT CRATERS, great depressions of volcanic material. Then, fly to Lima.

DAY
8
Lima

Your included city TOUR focuses on Lima’s rich colonial history as well as the modern city. Lima was the bastion of Spanish South America from its founding in 1535 until the independence of the South American republics in the early 19th century. See the Cathedral, where the remains of Francisco Pizarro are sealed in a wooden coffin and with its eerie burial crypts.

DAY
9
Lima–Cusco

Fly to Cusco high in the Andes. Your guided TOUR visits the Santo Domingo MONASTERY, previously the Koricancha Temple, one of the most important temples devoted to worship of the sun. It is said it was covered in gold leaf and filled with golden representations of nature. In the Plaza de Armas, see the Cathedral before taking a short drive outside the city to the ruins of SACSAYHUAMAN with its intricate stone walls, amphitheatre of KENKO, and the Red Fortress of PUCA PUCARA.

DAY
10
Cusco–Sacred Valley

Today, a short drive into the Sacred Valley of the Incas brings you to AWANAKANCHA, where you will learn about the importance of the alpaca (llama) for Inca cultures as well as the ancient weaving techniques. Continue, to the market town of PISAC. Handmade rugs, alpaca sweaters, and jewelry can be bought here at bargain prices. At the other end of the valley is OLLANTAYTAMBO. Here, some of the finest examples of Inca masonry can be seen.

DAY
11
Sacred Valley–Machu Picchu

Board a TRAIN bound for MACHU PICCHU and cut a path through the Sacred Valley to this “Lost City of the Incas,” discovered by American explorer Hiram Bingham in 1911. On a guided TOUR, explore this intact fortress with its temple remains, holy houses, and mile-long aqueduct. For hikers, a brisk one-hour walk leads to the Sun Gate, the ancient entrance used by the Incas.

DAY
12
Machu Picchu–Cusco

A morning at leisure in Machu Picchu allows you to wake up early to see the sunrise over MACHU PICCHU. Return to Cusco, where your Local Host will recommend options for your free time. Perhaps visit the Inca Museum or wander through the artisan district of San Blas.

DAY
13
Cusco–Lima

Fly to Lima, where the remainder of the day is at your leisure.

DAY
14
Lima

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Included Hotels

*The "STARTING AT" price is based on the lowest price available to book. Price is per passenger based on double occupancy and does not include airfare; additional fees/charges are not included. Pricing may vary on this date due to hotel availability. If a price is crossed out, the new price includes a limited time promotional offer(s) – please review current promotions or deals for additional information. Some packages require intra-vacation flights (and in some cases intra-vacation segments must be purchased from Monograms).

Other Hotel

Monograms offers an impressive choice of hotels pre-selected for their location, amenities and service. When booking your package check to see what other hotels are available for your dates. Some hotels may not be available for this package.

Quito
Galapagos Islands
Lima
Cusco
Sacred Valley
Machu Picchu

Hilton Colon Quito

Ave Amazonas N 1914 Y Patria Avenida 1
Quito, Ecuador

Check-in - 14:00
Check-out - 12:00

The Hilton Colon Quito hotel is 10 minutes' walk from the colonial Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This modern hotel enjoys spectacular views of the city. Amenities include a fitness center, spa, outdoor heated pool, 5 restaurants/lounges, laundry service, concierge, florist, barber shop, and gift shop.

Location & Highlights

Just 20 minutes from Mariscal Sucre International Airport and a 10-minute walk from colonial Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Room Amenities

  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Coffee Maker
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Voicemail
  • In-Room Safe
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Internet Access
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Phone
  • Hair Dryer
  • Room Service
  • Alarm Clock
  • Air Conditioning
  • Climate Control
  • Desk
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Mini-bar
  • Television

Hotel Amenities

  • Business Center
  • Pool
  • Currency Exchange
  • Spa Services
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Luggage Storage
  • Parking/Valet
  • Fitness Room
  • Gift Shop
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Beauty Salon
  • Elevator
  • Concierge desk
  • Bar/Lounge
Every room is equipped with cable TV, a alarm clock-radio, two phones, in-room safe, coffee maker, mini bar and hair dryer.

Grand Mercure Alameda

Roca N4-122 and Amazonas Ave
Quito, Ecuador

Check-in - 14:00
Check-out - 13:00

The Mercure Grand Hotel Alameda offers guests comfort combined with contemporary décor. The hotel features a restaurant with regional and international cuisine, bar, laundry service, business center, and fitness center.

Location & Highlights

This hotel is centrally located in downtown and close to many attractions.

Room Amenities

  • Smoking Rooms
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Alarm Clock
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Room Service
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Air Conditioning
  • Television
  • Phone
  • Mini-bar
  • Climate Control
  • Pay Movies
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Desk
  • Hair Dryer
  • Voicemail
  • In-Room Safe
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Coffee Maker
  • Window Opens
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Internet Access

Hotel Amenities

  • Dry Cleaning
  • Ice Machine
  • ATM
  • Luggage Storage
  • Fitness Room
  • Business Center
  • Parking/Valet
  • Currency Exchange
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Beauty Salon
  • Concierge desk
  • Elevator
  • Gift Shop
  • Bar/Lounge
Accommodations at the Grand Mercure Alameda ensure a good night rest by offering plush bedding and rich textures. The list of amenities include air-conditioning, Pay per view movies, wireless internet and a safe deposit box.

JW Marriott Quito

Avenida Orellana 1172 y Avenida Amazonas
Quito, Ecuador

Check-in - 15:00
Check-out - 12:00

Recognized as one of the best hotels in Quito, the JW Marriott surpasses expectation and meets every comfort a traveler would need. With first-rate amenities, superb service, and exceptional cuisine choices, you can simply relax and enjoy your Quito experience. As it is nestled in the city center, there are also countless activities and conveniences for guests. Take in Quito's lively atmosphere and enjoy this city oasis, leaving the details to Marriott.

Location & Highlights

Located in the heart of Quito on Amazonas Avenue, the JW Marriott is recognized as one of the best hotels in Quito.

Room Amenities

  • In-Room Safe
  • Internet Access
  • Voicemail
  • Television
  • Phone
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Room Service
  • Mini-bar
  • Hair Dryer
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Alarm Clock
  • Climate Control
  • Desk
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Air Conditioning
  • Coffee Maker
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Complimentary Toiletries

Hotel Amenities

  • Concierge desk
  • Gift Shop
  • Spa Services
  • Dry Cleaning
  • ATM
  • Elevator
  • Luggage Storage
  • Fitness Room
  • Ice Machine
  • Parking/Valet
  • Hot Tub
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Business Center
  • Pool
  • Beauty Salon
Comfortable guestrooms feature breathtaking views, high-quality bedding, spacious marble bathrooms, high-speed Internet access, and LCD TVs.

Activities & Excursions

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased).

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)

Lima
Cusco

Lima

Fountains of Lima

Be amazed by the largest electronic water fountain complex in the world. You will enjoy a wonderful show of water, lights, music and images presented in the famous "Parque de la Reserva".

Price Range: $

Cusco

Dinner at Incanto Restaurant

Head to this landmark location in the heart of Cusco for an extraordinary dinner.

Price Range: $$

Insider

Quito
Lima
Cusco
Sacred Valley
Machu Picchu

Quito

Meet Ana Cecilia Cárdenas, one of your Local Hosts in Quito, EcuadorMonograms provides travelers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Quito. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host® about Quito and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host® will share local Quito insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.

Meet a Local Host®

I was born in Quito and lived here most of my life. I always liked to travel and that is why after finishing high school, I decided to study tourism administration. While I was studying at the University, I started to work as a tour guide and found it very interesting. Being a tour guide allows me to meet people from many different places and it took me to incredible places. For a period of time I moved to Argentina where I taught Spanish and English but I missed my family and country, so I decided to come back to Ecuador. When I came back to Quito, I worked as a Key Account Executive for a tour operator, which was a great experience for my career, but after a time, I decided to be a tour guide again. I realized I enjoy being with people outside in the nature more than working in an office, and I am able to have more time for other activities I like, such as painting and working with the children of my church.

Ortega P. & Hijos

Owning a “toquilla hat” means owning a piece of myth and legend. Visit this local outlet for renowned Cuenca hat manufacturer, Ortega and Sons, for the best hats hand-woven in Ecuador since 1899.

Parque El Ejido Arts & Crafts Market

Held every weekend, this market sells everything from handmade jewelry to carved wood. But it’s famous for its paintings depicting Quito’s city scenes. If you want a piece of art to remember your visit to Quito, this is the place to go.

Mercado de Santa Clara

For a true taste of Quito, visit the vegetable, herb, and flower stands of this colorful farmer’s market. You can even purchase a locally woven basket to carry home your loot.

La Querencia

Whether you sit inside by the fireplace or outside by the garden, you’ll enjoy panoramic views of Quito while savoring traditional Ecuadorian dishes like lamb stew and fried bananas.

La Ronda

This quiet street in one of Quito’s best-preserved sections winds around 18th-century stucco houses with brightly colored balconies. It offers the perfect spot for a leisurely stroll.

Plaza Santo Domingo

Locals venture to this charming square on the weekends to listen to storytellers and delight in jugglers and mimes.

Museo Fundación Guayasamin

Tucked in a residential area of Quito, this museum features the works of Oswaldo Guayasamin, one of Ecuador’s most famous and prolific modern artists.

La Reina Victoria

A British pub, La Reina Victoria, is practically the only place in Quito where you can get a draft beer. Enjoy a pint and a game of darts.

Café Libro

If you’d like to take home some Ecuadorian literature or photo books, this bookstore carries an extensive collection of books in both Spanish and English.

Plaza Fosch and Plaza El Quinde

Located in Av Fosch between Amazonas and Reina Victoria, you’ll discover lots of good restaurants and cocktail bars here. Sometimes concerts are held in the square.

Lima

Meet Lucho Geldres, one of your Local Hosts in LimaMonograms provides travelers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Lima. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host® about Lima and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host® will share local Lima insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.

Meet a Local Host® in Lima, Peru

Hello my name is Julio Castro and for many years I worked in the Sales Department of a very large International Corporation. There it was always emphasized that we were not supposed to create satisfied customers because that was not enough. What we were required to do was to produce ONLY delighted customers and that has been my personal philosophy ever since. I am eager to show the many wondrous and beautiful features of Lima, Peru with our guests.

Magic Water Circuit

Magic Water Circuit is located at Lima’s Reserve Park, where monumental fountains, laser lights and music are melded in spectacular displays. You will see more than 10 fascinating fountains. It’s the biggest water circuit in the world (a Guinness World Record). (Available from Wednesday to Sunday.)

Huaca Pucllana

Magic Water Circuit is located at Lima’s Reserve Park, where monumental fountains, laser lights and music are melded in spectacular displays. You will see more than 10 fascinating fountains. It’s the biggest water circuit in the world (a Guinness World Record). (Available from Wednesday to Sunday.)

Pedro de Osma Museum

This museum, located in Barranco, has one of the best painting collections in Peru with pieces dating back to the 16th century. The paintings from well-known artists are on linen cloth, metal, wood, glass and leather. Antique pieces of furniture, silver, sculptures and textiles are also part of the collection. The base for the Museum Pedro de Osma came from the personal collection formed by Don Pedro de Osma Gildemeister between 1936 and 1967. He had remarkable knowledge of the Peruvian art and gradually gathered various exquisite objects dating from the 16th to the 19th century. All the pieces were kept in the large family house in Barranco, arranged in a tight exhibition (style of the European palace museums in the 19th century).

Real Felipe fortress

The fortress was built in 1747 to protect the port from pirates and was the last Spanish bastion during the independence of Peru. Today, it houses an interesting military museum.

Bodega and Quadra Museum

This museum is located in downtown Lima and exhibits pieces of the culture of Lima, Inca and Chancay that took place during the colonial and republican period.

Rafael Larco Herrera Museum

The world’s largest collection of pre-Columbian art is housed in this museum. Marvel at the 45,000 pieces of ceramics, textiles, and jewelry from the Moche Dynasty.

T’anta

For a bite on the run, this gourmet market is the place to go. Grab a salad or sandwich to go, or if you have the time, linger over the passion fruit tart in the café.

Canta Rana

Peru is famous for its ceviche—a dish of seafood marinated in citrus juices and served with roasted corn and onions. Canta Rana serves some of the best in Lima.

Killari

For handicrafts made in Peru, this shop in Miraflores offers a unique collection of weavings, ceramics, and silver.

La Posada del Mirador

Peru’s most famous cocktail is the Pisco Sour, made from Pisco, a regional grape brandy. You can enjoy one on the garden patio of this watering hole in the Barranco neighborhood. Occupying an old house overlooking the ocean, the setting is as great as the drink.

Barrio Chino

This neighborhood in Lima holds South America’s largest Chinese community. Visit any number of the neighborhood’s chifas for Chinese cuisine with a Peruvian twist.

Caballero de Fina Estampa

You can’t visit Lima without seeing at least one peña—a show at a criollo music club with inspiring vocal and dance performances. This criollo club, named after a famous Peruvian song, offers a terrific show.

Miraflores Jogging Path

It’s difficult to maintain your exercise routine on vacation. It’s even more difficult in a traffic-heavy city like Lima. The biking and jogging paths along the malecón in Miraflores offer a great way to get some exercise and see the city at the same time.

Country Club Lima Hotel

Experience the grandeur of this 1927 hacienda-style hotel. Enjoy afternoon tea under the light of elegant chandeliers as a pianist offers enjoyable background music.

Museo De La Nacion

Enjoy the National Museum, where impressive halls exhibit the most important aspects in the development of ancient Peru. Exhibits include replicas of archaeological sites, engravings and dioramas, and an extensive collection of ancient material.

Pachacamac Pilgrimage Center

Built around 700 AD as a temple for the worship of the sun god Pachacamac, it housed an oracle that is believed to be one of the main pilgrimage centers in pre-Columbian Peru and on a par with Cuzco. Pilgrims flocked here from far away to worship Pachacamac, who was believed to be the creator of the world and its creatures. The site includes palaces, plazas, and temples that have been painstakingly restored. The on-site museum has a collection of local relics.

Barranco

Every major city has its bohemian district—where all the artists and musicians hang out—and for Lima, this district is Barranco. The advantage of Barranco is that it combines all this with being a fashionable beach resort too. Originally a playground and place to spend the summer for the old aristocracy of Lima, the district is a cluster of houses, shops, and restaurants in and around a ravine near a cliff overlooking the beach. In Barranco, it is relatively easy to find a place to sip a coffee or a beer while enjoying a fine view over the ocean.

Islas Palomino

Sail to the islands of Callao. First see the yachts, warships, and merchant ships at anchor in Callao Bay. Then sail over "El Camotal" into the open sea, and observe sunken and stranded ships. Pass the Isle of San Lorenzo—with its long history going back to pre-Columbian times. There are fishing boats at work and many colonies of sea birds and Humboldt penguins. The farthest point on the trip is Palomino Island, home to a large number of seals and sea lions. In a wetsuit, you can swim among them, as they have no predators—it is an unforgettable and emotional moment. Then start your voyage back through impressively shaped islets and rocks.

Hacienda Mamacona

No more than 25 km to the south of Lima is a little-known hacienda where you can experience nature on the coast, ancestral customs, links with the Inca past, and the incomparable Peruvian paso horse. (Only on Tuesdays.)

Astrid Y Gaston

This warm and chic modern, colonial dining room is hidden discreetly on a busy side street leading to Parque Central in the Miraflores district. The restaurant has high, white-peaked ceilings and orange walls decorated with colorful modern art—the products of local art students. At the back is an open kitchen, where one of the owners, Gastón, can be seen cooking with his staff. The place is sophisticated but low-key—a description that could fit most of its clients, who all seem to be regulars. The menu might be called "criollo-Mediterranean" with a light Peruvian touch.

Cusco

Meet Juan Carlos Nina, one of your Local Hosts in CuzcoMonograms provides travelers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Cusco. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host about Cusco and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host will share local Cusco insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.

Meet a Local Host® in Cusco, Peru

Hello my name is Jorge Malaga. What I like about Cusco is the peace it makes you feel. A tour to the Sacred Valley of the Incas on a sunny day is enough to make you relax and enjoy this peace and harmony, in which its people live every day. I really admire this city and its cultural identity that amazes everyone who visits our archaeological sites.

Quinta Eulalia

Cuzco’s version of the sidewalk café is the quinta—an open-air restaurant with affordably priced Peruvian fare. Quinta Eulalia is Cuzco’s oldest quinta, and it offers a little history with a lot of food.

Restaurante Illary

Restaurante Illary offers a fine-dining experience in the Hotel Monasterio. Savor the alpaca tenderloin in the sacred setting of this former monastery.

Alpaca’s Best

Many will try to sell you what you believe to be 100% alpaca, but you can rest assured that the sweaters, scarves, and blankets at this shop are the real deal.

Carlos Chaquiras

Handmade silver jewelry is an excellent purchase in Cuzco. If you want to know the name behind your special find, purchase a piece from this local craftsman.

Café Ayllu

This bustling coffee shop is famous for its ponche de leche, a beverage made with milk and a shot of pisco, and its lenguas, a flaky pastry with a crème filling.

Barrio de San Blas

If you can make the steep walk from the Plaza de Armas to this charming neighborhood, you won’t regret it. Panoramic views of the city can be seen outside the artists’ workshops that line the streets of this picturesque area.

Artesanías Mendivil

There are many handicraft shops in Cuzco. This one is known internationally for its saint figures with elongated necks.

Museum of Popular Art

Founded in 1937, this museum houses an interesting collection of masks and other carved items. Its most interesting display is its large collection of dolls.

Tambomachay

Cuzco may be the gateway to Machu Picchu, but there are smaller ruins you shouldn’t miss. Water still flows over a system of complicated canals at this amazing site—also known as the Inca Baths.

Inka Museum

Raised on Inca foundations by Admiral Aldrete Maldonado in the early-17th century, this home has a magnificent baroque doorway emblazoned with the admiral’s coat of arms, a large arched patio, and salons with coffered ceilings. It exhibits keros (carved ceremonial goblets), weavings, mummies, and silver and gold figurines, as well as Inca weapons, tools, and ceramics.

Awanacancha

Enjoy this area where South American camelidae are bred. Learn about the superb fibers that come from llamas, alpacas, and vicunas. Also learn about the ancient weaving techniques, which are still in use.

Seminario Ceramic Studio - Urubamba

Pablo Seminario has been dedicated to the discovery of the techniques and design from ancient Peruvian cultures. Mr. Seminario presents a new art expression providing continuity to these cultural inheritances.

Andahuaylillas

Enjoy this pretty town 35 km (1 hour) from Cuzco along the paved highway to Puno. Its unique church, San Pedro de Andahuaylillas, is the biggest attraction for visitors.

Incanto Restaurant

Located a few meters off the Main Square of the fascinating city of Cuzco in an old Inca palace, the new Incanto is definitely worth a visit. Welcoming and contemporary, its varied menu contains more than 80 dishes. The restaurant offers Italian food, pasta, and various specialties from the grill cooked with an original touch and Peruvian ingredients.

Cicciolina

On the second floor of a colonial-era townhouse, this restaurant has a unique personality. La Panaderia serves gourmet breakfasts with breads straight out of the oven. The tapas bar is a perfect relaxing place to enjoy a glass of wine and some tapas. The main dining room offers an unforgettable fusion of Mediterranean dishes made with Andean ingredients.

ChocoMuseum Workshop

Learn about the history of the Cacao and the chocolate, the Cacao’s tree and its small chocolate factory where the products are made. Enjoy a workshop in the Museum: Roasting of the cacao beans, cacao husk removal, grinding of the cacao nibs on a metate with a mano (the way the aztecs did) or with a batang (like Incas here in Peru), refining and conching of the cacao paste in a melangeur.

Tipon and Piquillacta

Tipon is important for its excellent hydraulic engineering work and it is composed by an agricultural group of platforms with long steps and ducts elaborated in limestone. This impressive system of irrigation is still used in agriculture. Some of the fountains in Tipon must have ceremonial purposes. Tipon is considered an Inca temple dedicated to the water cult.

Piquillacta is a national archaeological park with landscapes of great interest. This archaeological Pre-Inca citadel was one of the most spectacular regional centers of the Wari culture. The constructions of Piquillacta are composed by more than 700 structures displayed in a harmonious and symmetric way, with different buildings that should have sheltered a population of about ten thousand people.

Mandor waterfall

It’s located one hour by walking from Aguas Calientes; find lots of butterflies and birds, and maybe even orchids at the right time of year.

Casa Concha Museum

Located in Cusco city, the exhibition of over 360 archaeological pieces from Machu Picchu that were recently returned by the U.S. Yale University will be held at the newly-renovated Casa Concha. You will be able to appreciate ceramics, stone and metal objects, fragments of bones as well as a nearly complete skeleton of a male between 23 and 25 years.

Train Tranvia

A tranvia is a vehicle designed to look like the old mule-pulled streetcars that once traversed Cusco. It offers sightseeing through the main streets in Cusco and visits 40 different places in Cusco city.

Sacred Valley

Meet one of your Local Hosts in Sacred ValleyMonograms provides traveler’s access to a Local Host, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Sacred Valley, Peru. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host about Sacred Valley and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host will share local Sacred Valley insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.

Meet a Local Host

I'm passionate about working as a tour guide in Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu because it gives me the opportunity to appreciate this wonderful country, its culture, nature and traditions. I love my job because every day I get to show the world how great and unique my home country, Peru is, and my favorite places - Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley.

Hike to Mandor Waterfall (Aguas Calientes)

On this perfect nature walk, you might encounter butterflies and birds, even orchids at the right time of year. A private nature reserve located 4km from Machu Picchu Pueblo (Aguas Calientes), where you can walk into bio diverse gardens to learn and enjoy. You’ll understand and appreciate the restoration, conservation and preservation of the habitat of hundreds of species of flora and fauna in a vulnerable state, due to many factors such as climate change and human impact.

Paso Horse Show

The Peruvian Paso horse has been bred in this region for centuries and they are known for their smooth gait even while traversing the terraced landscape of the Sacred Valley. At Wayra Ranch in the Sacred Valley, see a demonstration on these beautiful horses and traditional folkloric dances performed with the horses. You can even take a quick ride on one of the horses if you are adventurous!

Alpaca Shopping

Peru is known for its Alpaca wool so you really can’t go home without any. Many vendors in Peru will try to sell you what you believe to be 100% alpaca, but you can rest assured that the sweaters, scarves, and blankets at “Alpaca’s Best” are the real deal.

Tipon Ruins

Tipon is an important set of Inca ruins known for its excellent hydraulic engineering work and it is composed by an agricultural group of platforms with long steps and ducts elaborated in limestone. This impressive system of irrigation is still used in agriculture. Some of the fountains in Tipon have ceremonial purposes. Tipon is considered an Inca temple dedicated to the water cult. This is also a great spot to try Cuy, a traditional Incan meal of guinea pig.

Maras Salt Mines

Definitely a must see in the Sacred Valley are the salt mines. A stroll through and you’ll be amazed at how the Incas built this maze of hand-made channels that divert saltwater springs into the exposure of the sun. Once the water evaporates, the salt is collected to be sold – an ancient old tradition still in use today. Beyond the engineering, the views from the mines are breathtaking!

Machu Picchu

Meet Betty Leyva, one of your Local Hosts in Machu PicchuMonograms provides traveler’s access to a Local Host, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Machu Picchu. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host about Machu Picchu and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host will share local Machu Picchu insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.

Meet a Local Host

I'm passionate about working as a tour guide in Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley because it gives me the opportunity to appreciate this wonderful country, its culture, nature and traditions. I love my job because every day I get to show the world how great and unique my home country, Peru is, and my favorite place - Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley.

*The "STARTING AT" price is based on the lowest price available to book. Price is per passenger based on double occupancy and does not include airfare; additional fees/charges are not included. Pricing may vary on this date due to hotel availability. If a price is crossed out, the new price includes a limited time promotional offer(s) – please review current promotions or deals for additional information. Some packages require intra-vacation flights (and in some cases intra-vacation segments must be purchased from Monograms).

Dates & Prices do not include air travel.
Participation in this vacation requires purchase of the following flights from Monograms, not included in pricing: (1) roundtrip air from your U.S. gateway and intra-vacation air segments; or (2) intra-vacation air segments only, starting at $1171. Required intra-vacation air segments: Quito/Galápagos; Galápagos/Lima; Lima/Cusco; Cusco/Lima. Air prices were effective on July 13, 2016 and their availability is limited. At the time you purchase your vacation, air prices may be higher.

Galápagos package includes Galápagos National Park entrance fee and transit card ($120 value).

2018 departures are subject to itinerary and price modifications. Details will be available in July 2017.

* The "Starting at" or listed price is based on the lowest price available to book. Price is per passenger based on double occupancy and does not include airfare; additional fees/charges are not included. Pricing may vary on this date due to hotel availability. If a price is crossed out, the new price includes a limited time promotional offer(s) – please review current promotions or deals for additional information. Some packages require intra-vacation flights (and in some cases intra-vacation segments must be purchased from Monograms).