12 Nights / 13 Days
Embark on an adventurous journey that combines a cruise expedition to a world of natural wonders and a visit to the ancient culture of the Inca Empire. The trip starts in Quito where you have the chance to visit the beautiful city and the Equatorial Monument. From there you fly to the Galapagos Islands, one of the world’s great wildlife destinations. After your 4-day cruise the journey continues to Peru, touring Lima, Cusco and Machu Picchu.
- SACRED VALLEY
Welcome to the colonial city of Quito! Upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel.
The sightseeing tour takes you to visit the historic old town, declared a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO, because of its wealth of Spanish, Flemish and Moorish architecture. Visit the Congress building with its intricate stonework façade, the monastery of San Agustin, the church of San Francisco as well as the Independence Square, which is surrounded by the Government Palace and Cathedral. Continue on to Panecillo Hill topped with a statue of Quitos Winged Virgin Panecillo Hill from which a sight of colonial and modern Quito can be seen. You are welcomed by spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and the city below before culminating your tour with a visit to the Equatorial monument – an irresistible opportunity to straddle both hemispheres.
Depart for a 2-hour drive north to the verdant slopes and lakes of the volcanic highlands, to the famous Otavalo. This is one of the most famous Indian Markets in the Americas. The market is held every day but on Saturdays hundreds of artisans from the surrounding communities congregate in the Plaza de los Ponchos to display their textile works, produced using techniques that date back to colonial times. Here you will have the chance to purchase all sorts of beautifully handmade items fashioned and sold by local inhabitants. After lunch in a typical hacienda you will return to Quito where you will have to time to prepare for tomorrow’s adventure: The Galapagos Islands
Flight to the Galapagos Islands. Upon arrival you will be welcomed in the airport by your guide. A ten minute bus ride takes you to the pier to board the M/V Galapagos Legend.
Please take note that although the cruise leaves on Monday the itinerary varies according to the date of departure.
Itinerary according to the selected cruise..
Itinerary according to the selected cruise.
Itinerary according to the selected cruise.
Flight to Guayaquil and upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel.
Flight to Lima and upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel.
Your sightseeing tour explores Miraflores and San Isidro, the modern districts of Lima as well as its historic center, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The Renaissance, Baroque and Neoclassic movements touched Peru and a handful of well-preserved buildings offer a glimpse of this past and present that characterize the capital. One of the best examples included in your tour is the cathedral (16th century) containing the remains of the Spanish conqueror Pizarro. Another stop will be at the Santo Domingo Monastery, where the San Marcos University, the first in South America, was founded in 1551. In addition to its notable Baroque architecture and art pieces the monastery offers a 360 degree city view from its 46-meter bell tower.
Flight to Cusco. Arrival and transfer to your hotel.
Your comprehensive city tour includes the beautiful Koricancha or Sun Temple, the Cathedral as well as the Fortress of Sacsayhuaman, a most remarkable Inca building, the amphitheater of Kenko. This is followed by a visit to PucaPucara, a strategically located ‘red fortress’ that dominates the entire area before visiting Tambomachay, with its two distinctive aqueducts that to this day, continue to provide clean water to the area.
This morning you will be picked up from your hotel for your tour to the Pisaq market in the Sacred Valley. Originally a place where people from remote communities used to barter their products, Pisaq has evolved to be one of South America’s most famous souvenir markets. Make sure to sample some ’empanadas’ baked in traditional clay ovens. Lunch will be served in a local restaurant.
In the afternoon, visit the fortress of Ollantaytambo where the Temple of the Sun (formed of six gigantic monoliths, whose total weight exceeds 50 tons) and the Terrace of the Ten Niches stand out.
Transfer to Ollanta train station (approx. 20 min drive from your hotel in the Sacred Valley). The 1½ hour train journey takes you through the Sacred Valley of the Incas up to the legendary ancient citadel in Machu Picchu. Upon arrival a small coach takes you up the steep roads to the entrance of the citadel. For centuries Machu Picchu remained undiscovered by the Spaniards and has only been found in 1911 by the American explorer Hiram Bingham. During a guided tour you will experience the uniqueness of the location and the genius that went into its construction, making this Inca site one of the seven new wonders of the world.
Afterwards you will return to the town of Aguascalientes to spend the night.
Morning of leisure. After breakfast you have the remainder of the morning to roam around the majestic site of Machu Picchu and climb Wayna Picchu (at 3000 m) totake some panoramic pictures from Machu Picchu.
In the afternoon you will head back to the Ollanta station by train to be transferred to you hotel in Cusco by coach (unescorted).
Morning of leisure.In good time you will be transferred to the airport for your international flight (via Lima).
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|Private services with local English speaking guide, except services in Galapagos that are shared with other travelers with English/Spanish speaking guide|
|Train ticket: Ollanta – Machu Picchu – Ollanta in Vista dome Class (Superior Class)|
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