DURATION: 10 Days and 9 Nights.
DEPARTURE: Daily departures
ACTIVITIES: The best of 2 countries
AIRFARE: NOT INCLUDED, can easily be included in the package upon request
CUSTOMIZABLE: YES, feel free to ask for extra services or modifications
DAY 1 – ARRIVAL IN QUITO
Our representative will greet you at the airport in Quito for the transfer to your hotel. (no meals)
DAY 2 – ARRIVAL IN GALAPAGOS
Eat breakfast at your hotel and take a transfer to the airport for your flight to the Galapagos Islands. On arrival, a cruise representative will meet you and escort you to your cruise.
In the afternoon, take an excursion to the Charles Darwin Research Station plays an important role to preserve the fragile ecosystems in the Galapagos and provides environmental education to visitors. Among many important programs, the research station has a successful Galapagos giant tortoise breeding program. Have some free time to visit the town of Puerto Ayora and shop for souvenirs. (B, L, D)
DAY 3 – GALAPAGOS CRUISE
In the morning, visit a lagoon to see flamingos and then continue on the trail to Dragon Hill, a key nesting ground for endemic iguanas. The terrain is also home to mockingbirds, Darwin’s finches, yellow warblers, and Galapagos doves.
In the afternoon, set out on an excursion to appreciate the fascinating landscape made up of volcanic formations and impressive views of the surrounding islands at the summit, including the eroded tuff cone Pinnacle Rock. Wildlife here includes marine iguanas, lava lizards, and blue-footed boobies. Following your walk, spend time at the beach and go snorkeling – you might come across Galapagos Penguins, sea turtles and White-tipped Reef Sharks. (B, L, D)
DAY 4 – GALAPAGOS CRUISE
In the morning, visit unique dark red sand beaches of Rabida Island that are home to sea lion colonies. Take a dinghy ride along marine cliffs so you can better observe the nesting seabirds, including brown pelicans and 9 species of the famous Darwin’s finches. Snorkel off the coast to observe the particularly active marine life.
In the afternoon, Appreciate the unique eroded shoreline that is home to seabirds, fur seals and playful sea lions. Go to Espumilla to enjoy the white-sandy beach in James Bay, popular among visitors. The island is home to mangroves, a small palo santo tree forest, and upper dunes that sea turtles use as a nesting site. Catch a glimpse of rays when you go snorkeling. (B, L, D)
DAY 5 – DEPARTURE FROM GALAPAGOS
On the north shore of Santa Cruz Island, accessible only by boat, four species of mangrove crowd and form an internal lagoon. This cove is a declared sanctuary for turtles. During your visit, watch out for resident turtles peeking their heads above the calm waters as well as fish, rays, white-tipped reef sharks, and an array of sea birds.
Later, transfer to the airport for return flight to mainland Ecuador and transfer to your hotel for the evening. (B)
DAY 6 – ARRIVAL IN LIMA
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Lima, the capital of Peru. Our representative will be there to greet you and take you to your hotel for check-in. Enjoy free time to explore. (B)
DAY 7 – ARRIVAL IN CUSCO & CUSCO CITY TOUR
In the morning, take a flight to Cusco. Our representative will greet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Take it easy as you adjust to the altitude of the high Andean region and rest up for your afternoon tour.
Later, set out on an afternoon guided tour of the highlights of Cusco. Visit the amazing archeological sites in and around the city, including the Cusco Cathedral in the Plaza de Armas, Koricancha (Temple of the Sun), and the fortress of Sacsayhuaman. Overnight at your hotel in Cusco. (B)
DAY 8 – SACRED VALLEY TOUR
The Sacred Valley was the spiritual center of the Inca Empire. After breakfast, meet your guide at your hotel and set out for a full day tour of the Valley. Visit the ruins and artisan market in Pisac, stop for lunch (not included) in Urubamba, and later, in the afternoon, explore the impressive fortress of Ollantaytambo. After the tour, return to your hotel and have time to relax. (B)
DAY 9 – MACHU PICCHU TOUR
Your day begins with an early morning train ride to Machu Picchu. Aboard the train, you’ll witness the mountain landscapes of the Sacred Valley transition to lush subtropical foliage that surrounds the famous Inca ruins. Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes, the gateway town to Machu Picchu, you will be met at the train station and accompanied to the bus station for a 20-minute ride up to the secluded citadel. Next, take a tour of Machu Picchu with our expert guide and soak in the beautiful scenery around you.
In the afternoon, take a comfortable train back to Cusco and transfer to your hotel in Cusco for the night. (B)
DAY 10 – DEPARTURE FROM CUSCO
After breakfast, meet your transfer to the airport for your journey home or on to your next destination. (B)
INCLUDED: 6 nights of accommodation in stated hotels and 3 nights on Galapagos Cruise; Flight to/from Galapagos; Breakfast at all hotels; All meals during Galapagos Cruise; Tours stated in the itinerary with English speaking guides; Ground transportation and entrance fees Galapagos $20 INGALA/transit card.
IMPORTANT: For a better service, the company informs you that it has autonomy to change the Hotels mentioned in the itinerary with another one of similar category if therefore sees it by advisable taking into account justifiable availability of spaces or other reasons, if this it is the case you will be notified ahead of time.
NOT INCLUDED IN THE FEE
International & Domestic flights; Lunches and dinners (unless specified otherwise); Galapagos National Park $100 Entrance Fee; Tips; Travel insurance (required for all travel to Ecuador).