13 DAYS | from $3999
DAY 1: LIMA ARRIVAL + NIGHT LIMA TOUR
Arrival and Transfer A representative will greet you at the airport and escort you to you respected Lima hotel.
Today you will discover the beauty of our capital, visiting the main attractions and architectonic monuments beautifully illuminated under the enchantment and tranquility of nighttime Lima. Then enjoy a magnificent buffet dinner and spectacular Peruvian show.
Our excursion panoramically shows you Lima’s impressive Historical Center. Such important attractions as the Grau Plaza, San Martín Plaza, Palace of Justice, French Palace, Lima Cathedral, Archbishop’s Palace, Government Palace, Desamparados Train Station, and San Francisco convent, among others.
You will be able to take unforgettable photos, with all the serenity that Lima offers at night and these beautifully illuminated attractions as a background.
Dinner Following the tour, you will have dinner at the exclusive Rosa Nautica Pier Restaurant.
DAY 2: CUSCO ARRIVAL + CITY TOUR
Welcome to Peru! You will be met at the airport by a representative and taken to your hotel. Once you are settled in, a GOTOPERU tour guide will pick you up to begin your Peruvian journey.
Trip highlights include:
• A guided tour of Cusco.
• Visit to Q’enko, a large amphitheater that hosted ceremonial sacrifices.
• Tour of Cusco Cathedral (Iglesia de Santa Domingo).
• A walk through great Incan monuments including Tambomachay and Sacsayhuaman.
• A brief jaunt to Incan tambo, the traveler’s rest stop of Puka Pukara
DAY 3: SACRED VALLEY TOUR
Get ready to witness the majestic Sacred Valley! After breakfast in your hotel, a GOTOPERU representative will greet you and pick you up for a scenic bus ride through the Andean landscape to the Sacred Valley (El Valle Sagrado).
Trip highlights include:
• Tour through Pisac, a small town rich with Incan architecture and culture. Be sure to stop by the artisan market to view and purchase unique souvenirs.
• Visit to Ollantaytambo, a town and Incan archaeological site that once was the estate of Emperor Pachacutec. During the Spanish Conquest, it served as a fortress for Manco Inca Yupanqui.
A: Train and Overnight to Machu Picchu ( Included in the Price ) After your tour to Ollantaytambo fortress you will have a couple of hours extra to enjoy this small inca town before taking a 1.5hrs train to MachuPicchu Town where a representative will welcome you and transfer you to your confirmed hotel.
B: Overnight at Sacred Valley : you will be transfer to your comfortable hotel surrounded by spectacular landscapes in the Sacred Valley.
C: Return to Cusco : After Ollantaytambo you will enjoy a tour through Chinchero, an Andean village with Incan ruins and a colonial church that produces extraordinary textiles, woven with ancestral tools. After a visit to the Textile Market you will be transfer to your hotel in Cusco later in the afternoon.
DAY 4: MARAS MORAY TOUR
Breakfast and Transfer After breakfast at your Sacred Valley hotel, your tour guide will pick you up in a private bus to begin the full-day tour of the towns of Maras and Moray.
• Rural valley-to-mountain community whose people have carefully preserved tradition and history
• Sweeping vistas of three key summits— Mt. Putukisi (2560m), Mt. Chikon (5530m), and Mt. Veronica (5682m)
• Beautiful blend of indigenous culture and Spanish architecture.
• Ancient Incan community
• Site of incredible agricultural advancement for the Incan culture
• Noted for its sunken concentric rings which served as a greenhouse prototype
Salt Mines of Maras
• Famous salt mines that have been used since Incan times for trade and nourishment
Transfer and Evening at Leisure After your time in these places, you will stay the evening in the Sacred Valley.
Trip Notes: The salt mines of Maras have been used for centuries to harvest this valuable mineral from the mountainside. The collection of 2000 small, shallow pools of water is communally operated and open to the public. The water is regularly drained from the pools so that the salt can crystallize for a few days before being harvested and eventually distributed for use or sale.
DAY 5: TRAIN TO AGUAS CALIENTES + TOUR MACHUPICCHU
After breakfast you will be escort to the train station at Ollantaytambo, next destination: Aguas Calientes.
Once arrival you will be escort to take bus up to Machu Picchu.
• Guide tour of Machu Picchu given by an expert of the region and the culture
• A true history lesson of Machu Picchu and what it meant, what it means, and its significance throughout history
• A lesson on the site’s historic features, such as Sun Temple, the Sun Stone, and the Room of the Three Windows, where you will learn exactly what these locations were used for
• A truly once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunity to capture the picturesque landscape
When your visit to Machu Picchu is over, your actual trip is just beginning.
DAY 6: MACHUPICCHU + MONTANIA - RETURN TO CUSCO
Today you will have the opportunity to re entry Machupicchu , on top of that you will be able to do the trek of Machupicchu Montaña
After Machu Picchu you are going back to Aguas Calientes to take your train back to Cusco. Once arrival ,private transportation will escort you to your confortable hotel.
DAY 7: FREE MORNING CUSCO + LIMA ARRIVAL
Free morning at Cusco + Private transportation to Cusco Airport. Next destination Lima. Once arrival to Lima you will be escort to your comfortable hotel.
DAY 8: ECUADOR ARRIVAL
Private transfer to Lima Airport /Connection to Lima/Ecuador. Next destination Quito –Ecuador. Once arrival transportation to your hotel will be provide.
DAY 10: NORTH SEYMOUR ISLAND
Upon arrival, guests are met by the hotel naturalist guides and accompanied directly to the yacht. Welcomed by captain and staff, guests are briefed about safety issues as well as the National Park regulations. Lunch is served on board, while the yacht sails to North Seymour Island.
North Seymour was lifted from the ocean floor by a seismic event, and its origins as a seabed give the island its low, flat profile. Cliffs only a few meters high form the shoreline, where swallow-tailed gulls sit among the ledges and rocks. A tiny forest of silver-grey Palo Santo trees stand just above the landing, usually without leaves, waiting for the rains to burst into bloom.
This island is teaming with life! You might have to give way to a passing sea lion or marine iguana; blue-footed booby nests sit beside the trail where mating pairs perform their courtship dance. Further along, the rocky shore is interspersed with white sand, while large flocks of pelicans mass for a dive-bomb feeding-frenzy, painting a tableau from ages long past for us. The trail turns inland to reveal the largest nesting site in the Galapagos of the “magnificent frigate bird.” These huge, dark acrobats have two-meter (6-foot) wingspans, and males, with puffed up scarlet throat sacks, sit precariously perched in low bushes to watch over their equally large chicks. This is a walking excursion and involves uneven rocky terrain. Dry landing.
After the visit, the yacht sails to Itabaca channel, from where we cross by bus faster over Santa Cruz Island to reach the south shore (42 km by bus is shorter and faster, than 50 km by boat), where the Finch Bay Hotel is located.
DAY 11: EL MANZANILLO AND HIGHLANDS OF SANTA CRUZ
AM: After a relaxed breakfast, our guests will leave Academy Bay by bus 15 km up to the lush highlands of Santa Cruz Island. From there a short drive across the farming area will lead us to El Manzanillo, a site recently opened to visitors at the northern edge of the Giant Tortoise Reserve.
Manzanillo is on the natural path tortoises take every year as they either migrate to higher moist locations during the garúa season (June-September), or when they descend to the warmer lowlands during the wet season. Year round, tortoises can be seen grazing on the surrounding vegetation, or wallowing in muddy banks or in a small red-coloured pond (impressively colored by surface red pond-weeds). The area is teeming with life: chirping vegetarian-, small-tree, large-tree and woodpecker finches, mockingbirds and flycatchers, as well as ducks, herons and gallinules make this an exciting morning visit.
Lunch is served in the cooler highlands, with the stunning views of Santa Cruz Island.
After lunch, we visit a small farm, where coffee, sugar cane and cocoa beans are grown, harvested and prepared – all organic and sustainable. We have the chance to taste the products while learning about the artisanal way to burn island spirits! We then return to the hotel to enjoy the its pool, beach, or ask for suggestions for activities.
DAY 12: DIVINE BAY
This is the magic of Galápagos: a short distance away from Academy Bay and the bustle of Puerto Ayora, lies the quiet and wildlife-rich Divine Bay. Named after one of the islands first settlers, this cove is protected from the swells by natural volcanic reefs on one side, by a gallery of mangrove trees on the other and cliffs created eons ago by the uplift of the lava plateau. The whole provides a wonderful natural shelter for wildlife.
Every morning, hundreds of herons cross Divine Bay on their daily foraging trips, to return before sunset to perch amid the trees. Noddy terns use the natural burrows in the cliffs for nesting, while Galápagos brown pelicans prefer the evergreen mangroves, under the watchful eye of non-breeding blue footed boobies perched along the cliffs.
Beneath the sea, sea turtles graze on sea weed, hundreds of reef fish species swim about the lava crevices, and young reef sharks and rays employ the brackish streams as havens from large predators while they mature.
We can explore this lovely cove by boat while more adventurous guests could take the tandem, sit-on-top kayaks straight from the hotel’s beachfront. The morning’s visit includes snorkeling on a calm, but active, sector of the cove. This is next to a wooden dock we use to explore Punta Estrada. A dry landing and a short walk (0.5 km) will lead us to the south shore of the island, to a small beach called “Playa de los Perros” (Dog Beach). This is a great place to see intertidal organisms and learn about marine iguanas in their nesting sites. Also, there’s a nearby natural terrace from where young white tipped reef sharks can be observed from above as they swim about the lava crevices.
After this morning’s visit we return to the Finch Bay Hotel for lunch. Afternoon visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station and the giant tortoise breeding programme, with time to enjoy the town, or the hotel’s facilities.
DAY 13: DEPARTURE
After breakfast we leave the Finch Bay Hotel and on the way to Baltra, stop at the Twin Pit Craters, great geological depressions of volcanic material, formed by a long process of slow sinking of the ground, where exceptional Scalesia trees, ferns, mosses and orchids can be seen in the surroundings. Then, overland transfer to the airport in Baltra to take the flight back to the continent.
DAY 9: QUITO CITY TOUR
We visit downtown Quito to relish in this urban jewel and its treasures of art and architecture. Quitos colonial quarter, the largest and best preserved of South America, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We will stroll at the Independence Plaza, flanked by the Cathedral, the Presidential Palace, the Municipal Building and the Archbishop's Palace. We will visit also the temple of *La Compañía de Jesús and its awesome gilded interior. We continue on to the Monastery of San Francisco, one the of great religious buildings of the New World; its impressive façade and atrium that lead to its Baroque interior influenced by Moorish style, with the winged Virgin of Quito at its main altar.
Then we will continue to the Equatorial Monument, 25 Kms. (16 miles) North of Quito, which marks the exact Middle of the World, latitude 0º, where we can stand with a foot on each hemisphere. We will visit the Ethnographic Museum inside the monument, which shows the different Native American groups living in Ecuador. Beside the monument there is a colonial-style town, complete with main square, church, post office, bullring, cafeterias, restaurants and many gift shops with postcards and souvenirs. A certificate for having crossed the Equator will be given at the end of our tour.
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