-4 star hotels with breakfast included
-Private airport transfers
-Private tours of Cusco & Quito
-Amazing train journey to the famous Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu
-Galapagos cruise 4 days / 3 nights
-Santa Fe Island to visit the cactus forest and a colony of land iguanas
-Observe Galapagos penguins on Chinese Hat
-Panga ride on Black Turtle Cove
Machu Picchu, Cusco, the Galapagos Islands and more…
You’ll explore the best of Ecuador and Peru on this 10-day tour
Explore the animals and adventure of the Galapagos Islands, and so much more
Upon arrival at Cusco’s airport, transfer to your hotel in private transportation with English speaking guide.
After you have checked in you will be picked up from your hotel for a city tour. You will visit the Main Square, known in Inca times as Huacaypata or “The Warriors Square”, this was the scene for many key events in Cusco’s history. The Cathedral, built between 1560 and 1664 with large stones of red granite taken from the Inca Fortress of Sacsayhuaman, is one of the most imposing structures in the city. It also houses one of the most significant collections of gold and silver work of the colonial period, elaborately engraved wooden altars and a beautiful collection of oil on canvas paintings from the Escuela Cusqueña. Koricancha and the Convent of Santo Domingo.
The Convent was built on the spectacular Koricancha (or site of gold), the most important temple dedicated to the worship of the Sun and whose walls were covered with sheets of gold. This Convent was built on a foundation of polished stone structures, the most finely crafted in Cusco, taken from the Inca sanctuary. You will continue to the nearby ruins: Kenko, with its underground galleries and its semicircular amphitheater; Tambomachay or Baths of the Inca is a complex of walls connected by stairways, having water springs which fed a well via channels in which apparently the Inca bathed, for this reason, people believed that they also worshipped the water; Pucapucara or red fortress is situated on a hill, possibly to defend Tambomachay, and Sacsayhuaman Fortress, an impressive example of Inca military architecture, this fortress was built using colossal stone blocks.
After the tour, you will be returned to your hotel.
Today, early morning transfer with your private guide to the train station for an amazing train journey to the famous Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu, the great mountain-top city abandoned by the Inca Empire, reclaimed by the jungle and lost to humanity until its rediscovery in 1911.
The legendary ‘Lost City’ is without a doubt one of the world’s most impressive archaeological sites. Built by the Incas on the summit of “Machu Picchu” (old peak), overlooking the deep canyon of the Urubamba river in a semi-tropical area. Along the way you will enjoy the changing landscape as you travel from Andean highlands to the beginning of the jungle (“eyebrow of the jungle”), before finally arriving at the town of Aguas Calientes.
From here you will board the bus that will take you on a 20 minute ride up to the citadel of Machu Picchu, or Lost City of the Incas, which sits upon the summit bearing the same name, and is one of the most representative and recognized examples of Incan architecture. Your guided tour of the Citadel includes the Main Plaza, the Circular Tower, the Sacred Sun Dial, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows and various burial grounds.
Guided tour of the Citadel of Machu Picchu and climb to Huayna Picchu, a steep climb but well worth it for the fantastic views of the valley and a different perspective of Machu Picchu.
In the afternoon, take the bus back down to Aguas Calientes and the Vistadome train back to Cusco. When you arrive, you will be transferred to your hotel with private transportation and English speaking guide.
Based on your flight time, your English-speaking guide and transport will meet at your hotel and transfer you to Cusco Airport.
Flight Cusco-Quito (Not included in price)
Private transfer from the airport to your hotel in Quito with English speaking driver/guide.
Rest of the day to relax or explore on your own.
Your English speaking driver/guide will pick you up at your hotel for this interesting city tour. You will go through diverse neighborhoods for a look at both colonial and modern Quito, and visits top Quito attractions such as historic plazas, churches and colonial buildings, like the Independence Square, the Presidential Palace, the Archbishop Palace, the Municipal Building (City Hall), and the Cathedral. The visit to Compañia church cannot be missed, one of the most impressive of Latin America, then visit San Francisco Church, one the of great religious buildings of the New World. Finally, head to the most famous hill in Quito, Panecillo viewpoint, where you will notice the contrast between colonial and modern Quito.
In the afternoon, you will continue to the middle of the world, the origins of this place goes back to the First Geodesic Mission, which came to this country for the purpose of study and to determine the exact curvature of the planet. This mission, managed by the French scientist Charles Marie de la Condamine and the Ecuadorian scientist Pedro Vicente Maldonado, determined where the equator crossed.
You will have the opportunity to visit Intiñan museum just 200 meters north of the Mitad del Mundo monument, here is the actual “middle of the world,” marked. This museum showcases what modern-day GPS has proven to be the true site of the equator line. Here your device will actually read zero degrees latitude and zero degrees longitude.
Transfer from your hotel to Quito Airport with English speaking driver/guide.
Today you will fly from from Quito to Baltra (Santa Cruz, Galapagos Islands). The air ticket is included.
Flight from mainland Ecuador (Quito or Guayaquil) to Baltra, with Avianca Airlines; arriving at 09:30 a.m. approximately. A guide meets and accompanies you on the bus to the Itabaca Channel, where you cross the channel by barge and then continue to Puerto Ayora by bus.
You board the Tip Top III, where you will be greeted by the crew and offered a light snack. You will then have your first orientation. In the afternoon, you land at the pier for a visit to the Charles Darwin Station and its Interpretive Center. Return to the Port for a walk through the little town to appreciate various handicrafts. Back on board, have a welcome cocktail with the entire crew, and dinner.
Please note that itineraries are subject to change without previous notice due to operational purposes, policies of the Galapagos National Park authorities, weather conditions, and for your comfort.
After breakfast, the Yacht makes a wet landing on Santa Fe Island to visit the cactus forest and a colony of land iguanas native from Santa Fe. Optional: time for those who would like to swim, snorkel and/or kayak.
Return to the Yacht for lunch and sail to South Plaza, where we make a dry landing on the pier of the island, there you can enjoy the antics of the sea lions. A walk through a cactus forest allows you to observe land iguanas and many species of tropical birds. At the end of the afternoon, you return to the Yacht for dinner and your nightly orientation.
After breakfast, the Yacht makes a wet landing on Chinese Hat (Sombrero Chino), a small island off the coast of Santiago Island, you can observe on the rocky shoreline: Galapagos penguins, eagle rays, sea lions and marine iguanas. This is an excellent snorkeling site.
Optional: time for those who would like to swim, snorkel and/ or kayak.
You return to the boat for a delicious lunch. After lunch and a wet landing on Rabida, you will be able to walk and observe marine iguanas and sea lions, pelicans, blue-footed boobies, masked boobies and brown pelicans. You will arrive at a small saltwater lagoon where you can see pink flamingos. Optional: time for those who would like to swim, snorkel and/ or kayak. You will return to the Yacht for dinner and your nightly orientation.
After breakfast, you make an early panga ride on Black Turtle Cove, series of mangrove-surrounded coves and islets; where you can observe white-tipped sharks, marine turtles, spotted eagle rays, and yellow cow-nosed rays. You return to the Yacht for disembarking on the pier at 9:00 am. Your guide accompanies you on the bus ride directly to the airport.
Today you will fly from Baltra (Santa Cruz, Galapagos Islands) to Quito. The air ticket is included.
Private transfer from the airport to your hotel in Quito. The rest of the day to relax or enjoy exploring and shopping.
Private transfer from your hotel to Quito Airport for your flight home.
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Cusco – Aranwa Boutique Hotel Cusco or similar
Aranwa Boutique Hotel in Cusco is the essence of luxury and comfort in the heart of Inca city. Built in a colonial mansion of the XVI century, it displays several paintings of the Cuzco school, colonial sculptures and carvings of previous times.
The elegant hotel rooms are equipped with an oxygen system and heat floor for a great stay. Facilities at the Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel includes complimentary breakfast and WIFI connectivity, a restaurant serving traditional Peruvian cuisine, a bar, as well as room service. The hotel also arranges guided city tours to explore Cusco.
Machu Picchu – Belmond Sanctuary Lodge or similar
A major heritage site, Machu Picchu is a sacred place of ancient stones illuminated by spectacular sunrises and mystical moonlit nights.
Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge is the only hotel located adjacent to this ancient Inca citadel. It offers its guests exceptionally easy access from early morning to late afternoon, when most of the day visitors and buses have left.
Sit out on a terrace and savour Peruvian cuisine based on produce grown on the lodge’s own plot: this delightful Orient-Express hideaway is the perfect place to relax and unwind in the shadow of the Lost City.
Quito – Patio Andaluz Hotel or similar
Patio Andaluz – an elegant boutique hotel several historical monuments and places of interest in Quito. Once a colonial style house built in the late 16th century, the hotel still retains the elegant style of the structure.
Accommodation at the Patio Andaluz is provided in a selection of 21 guest rooms and 11 suites. Its spacious restaurant El Rincón de Cantuña, inside its main patio offers excellent options of Ecuadorian and Spanish flavors and a variety of wines from its recognized wine cellar.
Tip Top III or similar
The Tip Top III can accommodate 16 passengers and offers 10 cabins. The air conditioned cabins feature private bathroom facilities with shower, washbasin and vanity, as well as locker, drawers and safety box. The yacht also features a bar, dining room, lounge and sun deck. Forming part of the Rolf Wittmer Turismo Galapagos Ltd. company, the Tip Top III offers tailor made and special interest tours around Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands.
Note: Limited Availability, some hotels may not be available. Prices are per person.
Tours can be customized for any number of travelers, on any date.