I'm a first time traveller planning to be away over christmas and new year. I've done some research and know roughly the direction I want to go but there are a couple of things I need help planning please.
Basically day 1 fly to quito from london or europe.
Days 2 - 5/6 stay quito.
Day 5/6 - Fly to galapagos
Day5/6 to day 12/13 - stay galapagos island hopping and doing day boats etc.
Day 13 fly back to quito
I will chance finding accomodation on arrival, apparently the secret something hostel in quito is amazing. At galapagos I will simply turn up on day and ask for rooms. Excluding accom and food etc (so flights only and local payments) I guestimate about 1300GBP for this section of holiday. Add accom and food and we are prob lookin 1600 to this point.
Days 13-15/16 stay quito and organise onwards to Peru
Day 16 Arrive Peru
Now this is where we get into where timing is essential. I want to do Nazcar, cusco and the inca trail. So what's the best route from quito to take things in starting southerly and working your way back northwards towards ecuador again?
It is essential for me that I arrive on the final day of the inca trail and see machu picchu on christams day.
research suggests I should get to cusco first and venture out from there whilst acclimatising and then after a few days take on the inca trail.
Now after the inca part I want to spend time in the amazon. Should I bother getting the journey back from the trail to cusco and start out again from cusco or should I stop off at Aguas Calientes and move northwards from there?
After this part of the trip it's all about heading northwards to ecuador but seeing as much as I can safely as a solo traveller.
So how to best plan this trip[ so A: I arrive at mnachu picchu on xmas day and B: then head up to ecuador essentially for a return flight from quito to uk/europe.
Where should I avoid as a solo traveller.
If I am to be at machu picchu for xmas day where should I be for new years eve? Practically.
All in all I expect to be away for 4-6 weeks but other than the obvious large expense of getting to galapagos and flying internally I want to do it as cheap as possible whilst maintaining a good level of comfort. I'm not one for travelling in rickety buses etc that are very full and would rather fly or train it between places in relative comfort.
So guys, help me out please. Realistic guestimate of costs for travel and accommodation for a reasonable round trip. Realistic leaving date from uk to achieve the above. Best place to book inca trail making sure I arrive xmas day. Organising an amazon excursion after machu pichhu. then where best to go after working back towards quito!
I'm a culture vulture. whilst I don't mind spendning a couple of hours on the odd afternoon on the beach lazing all in all I want to be learning and exploring.
Epic request no doubt but as a first time traveller I siomply must get this right realistically!