DAY 1 – ARRIVAL TO LIMA
Pick up upon arrival at Lima’s airport and transfer to the hotel.
DAY 2 – ARRIVAL TO CUSO & CUSCO CITY TOUR
Transfer to the Lima airport for the flight to Cusco (airfare not included).
DAY 3 – SACRED VALLEY TOUR
Set out on a full day guided excursion to discover the highlights of the Sacred Valley. First, visit Pisac, a town with a lively local market and standout hilltop ruins. En route to your next tour destination, stop for lunch (price not included) in Urubamba and then continue onto the attractive little town of Ollantaytambo that’s steeped with Inca heritage.The narrow streets of Ollantaytambo, along with their channels that have not varied from the Inca time, evoke their ancestral inheritance, which your stroll down to the impressive resident archaeological site for a visit.
DAY 4 – MACHU PICCHU TOUR
After an early breakfast, go to the train station and depart to Machu Picchu, a comfortable trip that takes about 2 hours. Witness amazing landscapes in the Sacred Valley along the train ride that transition to lush green foliage as you approach the subtropical region surrounding Machu Picchu. Upon arrival to the train station in Aguas Calientes, the gateway town to the famous ruins, our representative will meet you and accompany you for the short walk to the bus stop. It’s a 20-minute bus transfer up the mountain to Machu Picchu. Then, take a guided tour to important attractions within the Historical Sanctuary, a memorable experience that may very well be the highlight of your trip. Spend time relaxing at your hotel in Aguas Calientes. (B)
DAY 5 – FREE TIME & RETURN TO CUSCO
Enjoy the breakfast served at your hotel and have free time to explore Aguas Calientes. Your travel advisor is happy to offer you recommendations based on your personal interests. Return to Cusco by train in the afternoon. Our representative will greet you at the train station and transfer to your hotel in Cusco for the night. (B)
DAY 6 – ARRIVAL TO QUITO
Eat breakfast at your hotel in Cusco. A transfer will then pick you up to go to the airport for your return flight to Lima, Peru. Then, depending on your ongoing flight details to Ecuador (flight not included in package), you’ll depart to Quito. Our representative will greet you at the airport in Quito for the transfer to your hotel for the night. (B)
DAY 7 – ARRIVAL TO GALAPAGOS
Begin your exciting Galapagos adventure with a transfer to the airport for your flight to the Galapagos Islands. A cruise representative will meet you on arrival and take you to your boat, the Galapagos Legend.
DAY 8 – GALAPAGOS CRUISE
In the morning, visit Egas Port, a black volcanic sand beach, visited by Darwin in 1835. The beginning section of the trail is formed of volcanic ash and turns into an uneven terrain of volcanic basaltic rock. The striking shoreline of Santiago is home to a variety of animals including the bizarre yellow-crowned night heron and marine wildlife including lobster, starfish and marine iguanas grazing on algae beds alongside Sally Lightfoot crabs.
DAY 9 – GALAPAGOS CRUISE
In the morning, arrive to a volcanic black beach. At certain times of the year it’s possible to find giant tortoises, land iguanas, and the unusual flightless cormorant. Take a short walk with your naturalist guide to Urbina Bay to swim and snorkel with sea turtles, sea lions, and countless tropical fish. The uplifted coral reef that resulted from seismic activity is a main highlight of the island.
DAY 10 – GALAPAGOS CRUISE
In the morning, visit Espinosa Point on Fernandina Island. Take a walk to see large marine iguanas mingling with sea lions and Sally Lightfoot crabs. Spot the nesting sites of flightless cormorants, Galapagos penguins and Galapagos hawk. Take time to snorkel in the calm waters.
DAY 11 – DEPARTURE FROM GALAPAGOS
In the morning, set out on your final excursion to the Highlands Tortoise Reserve on Santa Cruz Island. With your naturalist guide, observ famous giant tortoises in their natural habitat at the national reserve. The road from the coast through the agricultural zone and straight up to the dense humid forests of the highlands is where various types of birds live, such as the ground finch, vermillion flycatchers, yellow warblers, and paint-billed crakes.
DAY 12 – QUITO CITY TOUR
After breakfast at your hotel, set out on a guided tour to explore the bustling streets and squares of Quito, the largest historical old town in the Americas. Visit some of its most important churches, such as the majestic La Compañía and iconic San Francisco, repositories of a stunning multi-ethnic artistic and cultural heritage. Next, drive to the Mitad del Mundo (Middle of the World), where a monument marks 0º0’0” latitude.
DAY 13 – DEPARTURE FROM QUITO
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your connection flight to return home. (B)
INCLUDES: All hotel and lodge accommodations based on double or single occupancy. All scheduled land, lake and river transportation. All transfers. All scheduled excursions with English-speaking guide services. All entrance fees. Meals and domestic airfares as specified in the itinerary. B=Breakfast; L=Lunch; D=Dinner.
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
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