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PERU HIGHLANDS AND GALAPAGOS ISLANDS 15 DAY TRAVEL


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DAY 1 - ARRIVAL QUITO, ECUADOR
Our representative will greet you at the airport in Quito for the transfer to your hotel.
Overnight in Quito.

DAY 2 - ARRIVAL IN GALAPAGOS ISLANDS
Begin an exciting adventure to the Galapagos. Transfer to the airport and fly to the Galapagos Islands. Meet a cruise representative upon arrival and transfer to the cruise.
In the afternoon, embark on the first cruise excursion on San Cristobal Island. From Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, the capital of the Galapagos Islands, visit the Interpretation Center and learn about the natural and human history of the islands. Then, take a high-intensity walk up Tijeretas Hill. Encounter beautiful landscapes and observe a frigate bird nesting colony along the trail.
Overnight on cruise.

DAY 3 - GALAPAGOS CRUISE
Full day of Galapagos excursions.
In the morning, explore the Espanola Island highlights of Gardner Bay and Osborn Islets. Walk along the coast and see various species, such as Galapagos hawks, lava lizards, and marine iguanas. Then go snorkel and experience the rich marine life.
In the afternoon, explore volcanic formations and a riveting wildlife population during a hike on Espanola Island. Besides the sea lion colonies, Suarez Point is an important site for bird watching.
Overnight on cruise.

DAY 4 - GALAPAGOS CRUISE
Full day of Galapagos excursions.
In the morning, visit Floreana Island's iconic 19th century post office and continue the tradition of placing unstamped postcards inside a wooden barrel, hoping that some other traveler, going to the letter destination, will take it back for free. Observe the mockingbird of the Galapagos, species of Darwin’s finches, yellow Warblers and lava lizards. End the morning with snorkeling.
In the afternoon, visit Cormorant Point on Floreana Island. Hike from the black mangrove beds to a brackish lagoon to see flamingos. Along the route, spot native plants such as Scalesia villosa, white and black mangrove, and holy stick. The trail continues to a white sand beach where Green Pacific Sea Turtles have nesting sites. From the beach, it is possible to observe sea turtles, reef fish, and sea lions. Enjoy more snorkeling.
Overnight on cruise.

DAY 5 - GALAPAGOS CRUISE
Full day of Galapagos excursions.
In the morning, visit the Charles Darwin Research Center, an important site on Santa Cruz Island that helps preserve the fragile native ecosystems and provides environmental education to the communities, schools, and tourists visiting the Galapagos Islands. Next, visit the island’s highlands to observe famous giant tortoises in their natural habitat at a national reserve.
In the afternoon, to go a beautiful green sand cove at the base of Dragon Hill on the west coast of Santa Cruz Island. The beach contains a large amount of olivine crystals of volcanic origin. Enjoy a nature walk through the region and have time to snorkel.
Overnight on cruise.

DAY 6 - DEPART GALAPAGOS TO QUITO
Enjoy a final morning cruise excursion to Carrion Point, Santa Cruz Island. Carrion Point is a rocky cliff where you can explore the marine biodiversity of the Galapagos. Snorkel among a variety of colorful fish, stingrays, and perhaps see white-tipped sharks.
Later, transfer to the airport for your flight to Quito.
Overnight in Quito.

DAY 7 - ARRIVAL TO LIMA, PERU
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.
Overnight in Lima.

DAY 8 - FROM LIMA TO CUSCO
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 in Cusco.

DAY 9 - SACRED VALLEY FULL DAY 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.
Overnight at hotel.

DAY 10 - MACHU PICCHU
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, meet our representative at the train station and walk to the bus station to take the 20-minute ride up to the secluded citadel. Next, take a memorable tour of Machu Picchu with our expert guide and soak in the beautiful scenery around you.
Afterwards, take the return bus transfer to Aguas Calientes to relax for the rest of the afternoon and evening.
Overnight in Aguas Calientes.

DAY 11 - FROM MACHU PICCHU TO CUSCO
After breakfast, go to Machu Picchu for another tour of the amazing Inca construction that UNESCO declared a Historic Heritage Site. Machu Picchu is one of those “once in a lifetime” experiences, so why rush through something that you’ve been waiting so long to see? Touring Machu Picchu two times is something not many travelers get to enjoy.
In the afternoon, take a comfortable train back to Cusco and transfer to your hotel in Cusco for the night.
Overnight in Cusco.

DAY 12 - FROM CUSCO TO PUNO
In the morning, take a comfortable bus ride from Cusco to Puno. The bus will make a few stops for guided visits to important pre-Columbian and colonial sites, including Raqchi and Andahuaylillas. Upon arrival to Puno, meet a representative will meet you and accompany you to your hotel.
Overnight in Puno.

DAY 13 - LAKE TITICACA TOUR
Depart from Puno port to begin your full-day exploration of Lake Titicaca. Step onto the spongy surface of the Uros Floating Islands and learn how islanders use the totora reeds in all aspects of their daily lives. Continue to Taquile Island to see how indigenous people maintain their traditions on a rocky island on the world’s highest navigable lake. In the late afternoon, return to your hotel in Puno.
Overnight in Puno.

DAY 14 - CATAMARAN SAIL FULL DAY
From Puno, take an early land transfer by bus to Copacabana Sanctuary in Bolivia. Here, board a catamaran and enjoy the sailing ride to Sun Island, the legendary birthplace of the Inca Empire. Enjoy onboard snacks (included) and wonder views along the journey. Upon arrival, visit the Inca Garden and the Inti Wata Cultural Complex, including the Ekako Underground Museum, and learn about the traditional practice of Titikaka reed boat construction, among many cultural insights.
Afterwards, return to Copacabana on the catamaran and transfer to Puno, Peru.
Overnight in Puno.
Note: US citizens and other nationalities require a visa to enter Bolivia. Talk with your travel advisor about this visa fee (not included).

DAY 15 - RETURN TO LIMA
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel in Puno and then meet our representative for a transfer to Juliaca airport for your flight to Lima.


PRICES

Single
3 Star 4 Star 5 Star
$ 8,899 $ 10,949 $ 12,929

Double
3 Star 4 Star 5 Star
$ 6,079 $ 7,279 $ 8,439


Would you like to book this tour ? Contact our Travel Advisors

INCLUDES:

  • Galapagos Cruise 5 Days 4 nights
  • Flights from Quito to Galapagos and Galapagos to Quito
  • 10 hotel nights
  • Catamaran Full Day
  • Tours mentioned
  • Meals at Galapagos Cruise
  • Bus from Cusco to Puno

NOT INCLUDE: International & Domestic flights; Lunches and dinners (unless specified otherwise); Galapagos National Park $100 Entrance Fee; Tips; Travel insurance (required for all travel to Ecuador), and Visa Fees.

 



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