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From Peru to Galapagos
|| From $ 4,740 AUD|
||Internal flights included (all flights in South America)|
||Lima (Peru), Cusco – Machu Picchu, Amazonia, Quito (Ecuador), Galapagos|
One of our favourite packages combining the beauties of Peru and Ecuador. The tour is not only for history lovers, but also for nature admirers.
You will board a boat for a cruise to the Galapagos Islands – one of the best safaris in the world. And that´s not all yet. You cannot miss a stay in
the Amazon jungle too and visit to the mystique Inca town high in the Andes, Machu Picchu. Count on a visit to Cusco and Quito too. Don't miss this
Day 1 – Lima
Welcome at Lima. Meet and greet by the English speaking guide – Transfer to the hotel, short time off. Your adventure starts! Depending on the
time of landing, you can relax in the hotel or go into the streets and explore the city.
Day 2 – Lima - Cusco (B)
In the morning you will be driven to the airport for a short domestic flight from Lima to Cusco (1.5 hrs). After landing you will be taken to a hotel
in the city centre. Cusco is located 3200m above sea level. A guided city tour is on the programme for the afternoon. Cusco has a marvellous
historic square with colonial cathedrals, you will visit the Templo del Sol, which was the heart of the Inca empire. The tour includes visit to Inca
ruins, let´s name Sacsayhuaman, Korincancha, Quenqo. In the evening you can taste local Peruvian cuisine in one of the restaurants.
Day 3 - Sacred Valley (B)
We set off for a day-trip to the Sacred Valley of the Incas straight after breakfast. Ancient ruins, gentle mountain slopes and scattered farming towns define the valley. We will take you in the afternoon to Pisac village, renowned for its markets, colourful handmade crafts and souvenirs. All the Cusco surroundings is scattered with Inca ruins. Finally the town and an Inca archaeological site of Ollantaytambo close to Urubamba river will be visited. Overnight in Cusco.
Day 4 - Machu Picchu (B)
You will get on the train to Machu Picchu early in the morning and start the slow 4-hour long zig-zag ride up the peak. The train takes you through wild and beautiful nature to the “Lost City”. The magical ruins of Machu Picchu were rightfully included among the New Seven Wonders of the World. You will be guided through the site. Active tourists may climb the Huayna Picchu with a superb view. At the close of the day you will move to Aquas Calientes, from where a train takes you back to Cusco. Option: extended stay and lodging at Machu Picchu (Aguas Calientes).
Day 5 – Cusco (B)
This day is at leisure. You have plenty of time to buy souvenirs and explore more deeply the town itself or archaeological sites in the surroundings. After sunset there is usually a rich cultural programme on the Plaza de Armas square or you can go for a delicious dinner. Night in a hotel.
Day 6 - Puerto Maldonado, the Amazon Jungle – (B, L, D)
After breakfast, transfer to the airport and flight to the Amazon Jungle region. Then we will take you for a brief sightseeing tour in Puerto Maldonado and afterwards to a river port where we will get on our boat and begin the unforgettable journey through the Madre de Dios River. On the way, you can observe the alligators, turtles, herons and other animals. Arriving to the Ecoamazonia Lodge, you will enjoy lunch. In the afternoon we will visit Monkey Island, hosting different monkey species. Return to the lodge for dinner and night.
Day 7 – The Amazon Jungle (B, L, D)
After breakfast we will start an adventure thought the virgin jungle, we’ll hike into the “Cocha Perdida” (swamp surrounded by lush rain forest), it constitutes an ecosystem that is considered a refuge of a huge variety of animals like nutrias, caimans, turtles, sachavacas, multicolour feather birds, the majestic jaguar (Andean lion) and fish. Then we will arrive to the amazing Amazon observatory, built at the top of the biggest tree. From that location you may observe the magical jungle, and at the same time have a pleasant ride in a canoe around the lake. Then return to the lodge for lunch. In the afternoon a canoe ride though the river and a visit to a typical local family, then return and dinner.
Day 8 – The Amazon Jungle (B, L, D)
Breakfast and then we will start another excursion across the magic jungle where we will sail though the Madre de Díos River to get to the beginning of a hiking trek to the rivers Gamita / Briolo. Born in the heart of the virgin jungle, these two rivers with their winding ways, they form huge sailing channels. We will paddle a canoe, observing closely animals like, turtles, caimans, butterflies and a great variety of insects. Fishing and bathing time will be allowed. Then we will arrive to the lodge, last dinner and overnight.
Day 9 – Lima – Quito (Ecuador) (B)
The Amazon adventure draws to an end. We will take you after breakfast to the Puerto Maldonado airport for return flight to Lima. In the afternoon you continue from Lima to the Capital of Ecuador, Quito. Here you will be driven to the hotel for overnight.
Day 10 – Quito City Tour (B)
We will take you after breakfast to this magnificent city for an excursion. The tour starts on the city's central square (Plaza de La Independencia) and a show-around in the Cathedral. Then we continue to the Presidential Palace, Archbishop Cathedral and an old town hall. A bit further well-known La Compaňía de Jesus with its beautifully decorated interior will enchant you. Church and Convent of St. Francis is our next stop. Here you can admire unique frescoes, the atrium and baroque interior. This old "downtown" is the historical center where there are beautiful works of architecture. Our last visit is to Panecillo, a hill that is a natural lookout having an impressive panoramic view of Quito and the surrounding valleys. Return to the hotel.
Day 11 - Quito – Galapagos (B, L, D)
Flight to the Galapagos to Baltra Island where you aboard the yacht after a short drive to the harbour. Welcome to the Galapagos Islands of volcanic origin! Your cruise starts with lunch and the first excursion to the Black Turtle Cove. It is on the north side of Santa Cruz. You have to go by panga (motorized canoe) to reach it and see its mangrove swamp where there are nesting marine turtles during certain seasons of the year, and also sharks and rays.
Day 12 - Bartolome Island, Santiago Island (B, L, D)
You continue today to the Bartolome Island. It offers the possibility to climb to the summit, from where visitors can observe a variety of volcanic formations including lava bombs, spatter and cinder cones, lava flows and lava tubes. The moon like landscape provides one of the most scenic panoramas in the archipelago. And you also have the chance to relax on a beautiful beach, which offers great snorkelling opportunities. Multi –coloured fish and occasionally penguins and sea turtles have been here. After lunch a panga ride in Sullivan Bay is waiting for you. You will have plenty of time for observing birds and local lava creations.
Day 13 – Sombrero Chino, Puerto Egas (B, L, D)
You will admire unbelievable beauty of the Santiago Island. Chinese Hat (Sombrero Chino) - is a tiny island just off the south-eastern tip of Santiago Island and is less than a quarter of 1 sq km in size. It is a recently-formed volcanic cone and its descriptive name accounts for the fact that it appears to take the shape of a downward-facing Chinese hat. Opposite Sombrero Chino, on the rocky shoreline, Galapagos penguins and eagle rays are often seen. The island is home to a large sea lion colony and plenty of marine iguanas who cover the volcanic landscape. There are some excellent snorkelling opportunities in the cove. Afterwards, the excursion to Puerto Egas with its black sand beaches leads to one of the most rewarding visits of the Galapagos. The island was the site of a small salt mining industry, one of several unsuccessful attempts to commercialize the Galapagos. A hike inland to the salt crater is an excellent opportunity to see land birds such as finches, doves, and hawks. A walk along the rugged shoreline, especially at low tide, will allow us to observe many marine species as iguanas bask on the rocks and sea lions laze in the tide pools. At the end of the trail there is a series of grottoes or sea caves where fur seals and night herons are regularly found resting on the shady ledges. For many, this is the only opportunity to see the Galapagos fur seal, once thought to be on the verge of extinction.
Day 14 – Santa Cruz – Quito (B, L)
We will take you to Santa Cruz inland to observe giant turtles. In the afternoon you will say goodbye to these magnificent islands where it seems that time has stopped and you will be taken to the Baltra airport for your return flight to Quito. Here you will be transferred to the hotel for overnight.
Day 15 – Quito – departure (B)
We will take you after breakfast to the airport for your flight back home. End of our services.
All services, transfers and excursions detailed in the program; Local English speaking guide during tours; All Nights accommodation in a 3-star hotel, lodge or on a boat; Meals detailed in the program (B: Breakfast L: Lunch D: Dinner); All flight tickets; 4 Days long cruise at Galapagos Islands incl. full board; 4 Days long stay in Amazonia incl. full board; Taxes.
Price per person, 2 people in a double/twin room.
Meals and services not detailed in the program; Tips; Personal expenses; Optional Excursions; Entrance fee to the Galapagos National Park USD 100
Supplements and optional extras
Single accommodation supplement - contact us for details
Extended stay in Amazonia by 1 day
Galapagos cruise extended by 1 or 4 days
Upgrade to 4* hotels and boat
The price is subject to availability and actual airfare costs.
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