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You are cordially invited to experience the mysteries and enchantments of Ecuador and Peru. On this tour we visit the highlands of Ecuador boasting varied and dramatic landscapes; a wonderland of snowcapped mountains, volcanic peaks, lakes, hidden valleys with a rich history and culture that mirrors the diverse landscape. We visit the Galapagos Islands, a living testament to evolution, a naturalist’s Eden million years in the making. Next we travel to Peru where the topography is as epic as its history. This is an “Open-Air Museum” arguably with no equal. Here you will wander around colonial cities, visit the ancient Incan capital of Cuzco, explore the lost city of Machu Picchu and ponder the mysteries of lost civilization.

 

DAY 01: Sunday - Depart the USA, Arrive in Lima

 

Arrival in Lima, the "City of Kings" famous for its Spanish Colonial architecture, extraordinary museums and cuisine. Lima is internationally recognized as the "Gastronomic Capital of the Americas", and its cuisine is considered among the most diverse and exquisite in the world on par with French cuisine. Upon arrival a host will meet and assist you in transferring to the hotel and in registering.

 

DAY 02: Lima City Tour

 

 Breakfast, Mornight leisure .Afternoon tour of Modern and Colonial Lima - This half-day tour visits both the colonial and modern sections of Lima. Colonial sites include the lovely Plaza Mayor, the Government Palace, San FranciscoChurch and the exquisite Torre Tagle Palace modern day seat of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In modern Lima, drive along the exclusive residential areas of Miraflores and San Isidro.

 

DAY 03: Fly to Cuzco

 

Breakfast .This morning, transfer to the airport for your flight to Cuzco, the ancient capital of the Inca Empire and UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 Upon arrival a host will meet and assist you in transferring to the hotel and in registering.

 Tour of Cusco and Nearby Ruins – Visitors are caught up in the excitement of touring the ancient capital of the Inca Empire, a delightful combination of Inca and colonial architecture. The tour visits important landmarks such us Cusco's Cathedral, Santo Domingo Church, Plaza de Armas and Koricancha “The Temple of the Sun”. This tour of the oldest continuously inhabited city in the western hemisphere also includes the nearby ruins of Kenko, Puca-Pucara, Tambomachay as well as the Sacsayhuaman fortress, an imposing example of Inca military architecture

 

DAY 04: Machu Picchu with overnight stay (B,L)

 

Morning train ride through the sacred valley of Urubamba to the "Lost City of the Incas," Machu Picchu. Perched 8,200 feet above the valley, it was hidden by mountains and semi-tropical jungles for 400 years until discovered by Hiram Bingham of Yale University in 1911. Archaeologists believe that the Inca "Virgins of the Sun" took refuge from the Spanish Conquistadors here. Guided tour of the ruins upon arrival. Lunch box, enjoy the most incredible sights on earth, the sanctuary of Machu Picchu. Take as much time as you need to study these magnificent ruins.


DAY 05: Machu Picchu Free Day. Return train ride (B)

 

Breakfast, morning at leisure. Afternoon return train ride.

 

DAY 06:  Fly to Lima-Quito

 

Breakfast .Transfer to the airport for your flight to Quito.

 

 Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure to explore Quito.

 

DAY 07:  Fly  Quito -Baltra

 

Departure from Quito  to Baltra (2 ½ hours flight). Passengers are picked up at the airport by our naturalist guides and taken on a ten minute bus drive to the pier to board the M/V Galapagos Legend.

 PM – Highlands – Pit Craters (Santa Cruz)
Dry landing. A 45-minute bus ride will take us to the Santa Cruz highlands, located to the northwest of Puerto Ayora, where we will find a natural reserve with giant tortoises. These enormous and slow-moving reptiles are responsible for the island’s name and therefore approaching them in their humid and forested abode is always an inspiring adventure. They can weigh between 250 and 300 kg and can live up to 150-200 years. Additionally, travelers can walk inside surprising lava tubes; we also visit Pit Craters created from the collapse of surface materials into chamber fissures underground. It’s a great place spot to spot Vermilion Flycatcher as we walk inside an endemic Scalesia forest. 
Difficulty level: easy
Type of terrain: flat & muddy sometimes (depending on season)
Duration: 45 minutes drive / 1h30 walk

 

DAY 08:   Egas Port/Salt Mines (Santiago)

 

 Wet landing on a beach of black volcanic sand, visited by Darwin in 1835. The first section of the trail is comprised of volcanic ash (eroded tuff) and the other half of partially uneven terrain is comprised of volcanic basaltic rock lounging the shoreline.
The unique, truly striking layered terrain of Santiago’s shores is home to a variety of resident and migrant birds, including the bizarre Yellow-crowned Night Heron and astounding array of marine wildlife including lobster, starfish and marine iguanas grazing on algae beds alongside Sally Light-foot Crabs. Colonies of endemic fur seals swimming in cool water pools formed by volcanic rocks are also a highlight. 
Snorkeling here offers rarities such as octopus and squid. We organize optional visits to the Salt Mines where you can observe the two species of sea lions: fur and Galapagos sea lions.
Difficulty level: intermediate
Type of terrain: the first part flat and then semi rocky.
Duration: 1h30 walk / 1 hour snorkeling
If Salt Mines is chosen: 
Duration: 2h30 walk / 30 minutes snorkeling

PM – Bartolomé
Dry landing. We discover a fascinating moonscape formed by different volcanic parasitic cones —lava bombs, spatter, cinder cones —as we hike to the summit for impressive views of the surrounding islands, including the eroded tuff cone Pinnacle Rock. We also encounter marine iguanas and lava lizards.
Beach time is a great opportunity to snorkel and see (perhaps swim with) Galapagos Penguins, sea turtles and White-tipped Reef Sharks among a great variety of colorful fish. For many visitors, this may turn out to be the best of snorkeling experiences; the water here is generally clear, without too much surf and full of marine life. Due to its geographical location, the lack of vegetation is immediately noticeable. Pioneer plants are observed, so called because they are the first to establish roots on new ground. They include Tiquilia nesiotica (which is endemic to the island) and Chamaesyce (known as sand mat or spurge in English), lava cactus, and Scalesia bushes. Behind the beach we have dunes covered by mangroves.
Difficulty level: intermediate.
Type of terrain: trail made of steps (370 steps)
Duration: 1h30 walk / 1 hour snorkeling

 

DAY 09: Dragon Hill (Santa Cruz)

 

 Dry landing. We walk by a brackish lagoon where feeding flamingos can be occasionally found. The trail leads across typical dry zone vegetation up to Dragon Hill, an important nesting ground for endemic land iguanas, offering lovely views of the anchorage and neighboring islands. The forest is home to mockingbirds, Darwin’s finches, Yellow Warblers and Galapagos Doves.
Difficulty level: intermediate
Type of terrain: rocky
Duration: 2 hours walk 

PM – North Seymour
Dry landing. This is perhaps one of the busiest tourist destinations on the archipelago. Off of Baltra Island (where the airport is located) and not far from Santa Cruz, North Seymour is the most accessible for day trips out of Santa Cruz’s main port, Puerto Ayora.
An approximately two hour walk amidst large nesting colonies of blue-footed boobies, magnificent and great frigate birds, and swallow-tailed gulls for an in depth encounter with sea bird breeding cycles and as well as sea lions. You will also encounter sea lions, land iguanas, and on a lucky day, you might even come across a Galapagos Snake. 
Difficulty level: intermediate
Type of terrain: rocky
Duration: 2 hours walk .

 

DAY 10:  Baltra airport

 

Breakfast, after you will go straight to the airport for return flight to Quito.

 

 Afternoon your comprehensive city tour includes visits to residential neighborhoods at the northern end of the city, visiting the Guapulo Mirador, passing through the 12 of October Avenue up to the Culture House and the Legislative Palace (Congress) where the rock murals that are related to the history of Ecuador can be appreciated

 

DAY 11:  Depart for the USA

 

Breakfast. Transfer to the airport for your departure flight 

 

 

 

 

  • Tourist
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  • Deluxe

 

*International round trip airfare

*Domestic air Lima- Cusco-Lima

*Domestic air Quito-Baltra-Quito

*Airport transfers

*2  nights in Lima at Girasoles Hotel

*1 night in Aguas Calientes at Presidente Hotel

*2 nights in Cusco at Samay Hotel

*1 Half Day guided city tour of Lima

*1 Tour of Cusco and Nearby Ruins

*1 Full day tour to Machu Picchu on  Expedition Train  with Guided tour, included box lunch and enter fee

*3 Nights in Cruise at Galapagos Legend

*2 Nights in Downtown at Quito Hotel

*All Meals on board

*Half Day guided tour of Quito

*Daily breakfast

*All transfers

*Bilingual licensed tour guide for all tours and excursions

 

*Not Included:
Galapagos National Park entrance fee of $100. (Must be paid upon arrival)

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