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Machu Picchu & the Galapagos Islands

Duration
12 Days
Prices From:
US$ 4,382

This itinerary combines Cusco, the Sacred Valley and then Machu Picchu, the “Lost City” by train with a Quito stopover and a cruise through the stunning Galapagos Islands


This 12 day tour of Ecuador and Peru includes picturesque colonial cities, the majestic ruins of Machu Picchu and the unique wildlife of the Galapagos Islands.

The capital of Ecuador, Quito contains the best preserved and most authentic historic centre in Latin America. Spend a day touring the world’s second highest capital before flying to the jewel in Ecuador’s wildlife crown, the Galapagos. Home to one of the world’s most unique ecosystems, this archipelago has been a haven not just for its wildlife, but for those studying it. Most notable of these was Charles Darwin, whose observations here contributed significantly to his theory of evolution. Naturalist guides take you ashore between cruises through the marine reserve.

Return to Quito for your flight to Cuzco, gateway to the SacredValley and former capital of the Inca Empire. The surrounding area is filled with amazing ruins, including Ollantaytambo, a major religious centre for the Incas, and Pisac, noted for its varied markets. Have a country estate lunch on the banks of the Urubamba, then discover the Maras Salt Pools and the sights of the SacredValley.

Hop the train bound for Machu Picchu, the legendary lost Inca city voted the world’s #1 attraction by Trip Advisor users in 2013. Perched 8,000ft above sea level, this spectacular 15th century ruin has been known to outsiders for just over a century, and much of its purpose within Inca civilization remains a mystery. There are many sites to explore, each with its own story – told with varying degrees of accuracy and imagination! A guided tour will help you get your bearings and take you to all the key sights. With your spare time (and enough energy!) consider a hike to the peak of Wayna Picchu for a truly stunning view.

Click here for the Galapagos Nature Calendar. A complete listing of which species is doing what and when in the Galapagos!


 

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Duration
12 Days
Prices From:
US$ 4,382

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Day 1

Cusco Airport to Cusco Hotel

Duration20 Minutes

Terra Andina Hotel

Terra Andina is a colonial mansion in the historic district of the former capital of the Inca Empire, Cusco, Peru. The hotel is located half a block from the charming Plaza San Pedro, Eiffel's designed San Pedro Market, San Pedro Church and the train station to Machu Picchu and only four blocks from the Main Square. It is a 31-room full service hotel offering comfortable accommodation.

Meal Plan Buffet Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Terra Andina Hotel

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    Terra Andina Hotel



    Terra Andina is a colonial mansion in the historic district of the former capital of the Inca Empire, Cusco, Peru. The hotel is located half a block from the charming Plaza San Pedro, Eiffel's designed San Pedro Market, San Pedro Church and the train station ...

    Terra Andina is a colonial mansion in the historic district of the former capital of the Inca Empire, Cusco, Peru. The hotel is located half a block from the charming Plaza San Pedro, Eiffel's designed San Pedro Market, San Pedro Church and the train station to Machu Picchu and only four blocks from the Main Square. It is a 31-room full service hotel offering comfortable accommodation.

    Facilities

    • Concierge
    • Currency Exchange
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Mail and Postal Facilities
    • Medical Services
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service

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Day 2

Cusco Hotel to Poroy Train Station

Duration20 Minutes

Vistadome train from Cusco to Aguas Calientes

The Vistadome is the ideal train for those who want to be in contact with the environment and appreciate the wonderful journey to Machu Picchu.

Surrounded entirely by glass and wagons with large panoramic windows offering incomparable scenic views and innumerous opportunities to capture amazing pictures, Vistadome travelers feel connected and part of the impressive landscape of Peru. Perurail provide travelers on board personalized and first level service to give them an unforgettable life experience.

The Vistadome has two stations of departure to Machu Picchu: Cusco (Poroy) and the Sacred Valley (Ollantaytambo).

The Vistadome also has air conditioning and heating, leather seats that adjust the body to provide comfort and relaxation during the entire trip.

Duration3 Hours

El Mapi Hotel

El Mapi is located right at the foot of the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu and just across from the train station for Cuzco/Machu Picchu train. This is a very reasonably priced hotel for Machu Picchu with full amenities. While the ruins may be ancient this hotel has all the modern comforts.

Meal Plan Half Board (Breakfast + Dinner)
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

El Mapi Hotel

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    El Mapi Hotel



    El Mapi is located right at the foot of the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu and just across from the train station for Cuzco/Machu Picchu train. This is a very reasonably priced hotel for Machu Picchu with full amenities. While the ruins may be ancient ...

    El Mapi is located right at the foot of the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu and just across from the train station for Cuzco/Machu Picchu train. This is a very reasonably priced hotel for Machu Picchu with full amenities. While the ruins may be ancient this hotel has all the modern comforts.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service

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Day 3

Vistadome train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo

The Vistadome is the ideal train for those who want to be in contact with the environment and appreciate the wonderful journey to Machu Picchu.

Surrounded entirely by glass and wagons with large panoramic windows offering incomparable scenic views and innumerous opportunities to capture amazing pictures, Vistadome travelers feel connected and part of the impressive landscape of Peru. Perurail provide travelers on board personalized and first level service to give them an unforgettable life experience.

The Vistadome has two stations of departure to Machu Picchu: Cusco (Poroy) and the Sacred Valley (Ollantaytambo).

The Vistadome also has air conditioning and heating, leather seats that adjust the body to provide comfort and relaxation during the entire trip.

Duration2 Hours

Ollantaytambo Station to Sacred Valley Seat in Coach

Duration15 Minutes

La Casona De Yucay

Next to the banks of the Wilcamayu River (Sacred River), you will find our historic and peaceful hotel. It was constructed in 1810 for housing purposes by the illustrious citizen of Cusco, Don Manuel de Orihuela. The beautiful archtiecture of the antique colonial house reflects its history. In it you can find the insignia of Liberator Don Simon Bolivar from 1825, during his campaign for Peru's independence. The room that he occupied is also available to visitors.

Meal Plan Buffet Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

La Casona De Yucay

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    La Casona De Yucay



    Next to the banks of the Wilcamayu River (Sacred River), you will find our historic and peaceful hotel. It was constructed in 1810 for housing purposes by the illustrious citizen of Cusco, Don Manuel de Orihuela. The beautiful archtiecture of the antique colonial house reflects ...

    Next to the banks of the Wilcamayu River (Sacred River), you will find our historic and peaceful hotel. It was constructed in 1810 for housing purposes by the illustrious citizen of Cusco, Don Manuel de Orihuela. The beautiful archtiecture of the antique colonial house reflects its history. In it you can find the insignia of Liberator Don Simon Bolivar from 1825, during his campaign for Peru's independence. The room that he occupied is also available to visitors.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Boutique(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gift Shop
    • Internet Access
    • Massage Treatments
    • Medical Services
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Spa
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi

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Day 4

Moray and Maras Salt Pools

Today you pass through unspoiled and picturesque Andean communities on our way to the Incan agricultural experimental center of Moray, famous for its sunken amphitheatre, made up of four circular terraces, which appear to fade away into the earth like an artificial crater. The site was apparently an Inca agricultural research station filled with fertile earth and watered by a complex irrigation system, designed for experimenting with crops at various altitudes.

Continue onto the impressive Maras salt pools formed by water emerging from a lake inside the mountain in the Urubamba Valley. An amazing view is offered of the evaporating ponds used for the extraction of salt. Learn about ancestral techniques, which are still used, in agricultural, irrigation and salt-recollection tasks, as well as in Andean festivals and rites.

Duration4 Hours
Day 5

Sacred Valley to Cusco Hotel

Duration1 Hour

Terra Andina Hotel

Terra Andina is a colonial mansion in the historic district of the former capital of the Inca Empire, Cusco, Peru. The hotel is located half a block from the charming Plaza San Pedro, Eiffel's designed San Pedro Market, San Pedro Church and the train station to Machu Picchu and only four blocks from the Main Square. It is a 31-room full service hotel offering comfortable accommodation.

Meal Plan Buffet Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Terra Andina Hotel

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    Terra Andina Hotel



    Terra Andina is a colonial mansion in the historic district of the former capital of the Inca Empire, Cusco, Peru. The hotel is located half a block from the charming Plaza San Pedro, Eiffel's designed San Pedro Market, San Pedro Church and the train station ...

    Terra Andina is a colonial mansion in the historic district of the former capital of the Inca Empire, Cusco, Peru. The hotel is located half a block from the charming Plaza San Pedro, Eiffel's designed San Pedro Market, San Pedro Church and the train station to Machu Picchu and only four blocks from the Main Square. It is a 31-room full service hotel offering comfortable accommodation.

    Facilities

    • Concierge
    • Currency Exchange
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Mail and Postal Facilities
    • Medical Services
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service

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Day 6

Cusco Hotel to Cusco Airport

Duration20 Minutes

Quito Airport to Hotel

Duration30 Minutes

Hotel Reina Isabel

This chic hotel with spa and brand new gym facilities is situated in the heart of the lively Mariscal district.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Hotel Reina Isabel

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    Hotel Reina Isabel



    This chic hotel with spa and brand new gym facilities is situated in the heart of the lively Mariscal district.

    This chic hotel with spa and brand new gym facilities is situated in the heart of the lively Mariscal district.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Airport Shuttle Service
    • Bathroom with shower
    • Car Rental Available
    • Fitness Facilities
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Television
    • WiFi

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Day 7

Quito Hotel to Airport

Duration30 Minutes

Mainland to The Galapagos Islands, Santa Cruz

This morning, take a flight departing from mainland Ecuador heading to Baltra (2.5 hours). Upon arrival, you will be picked up at the airport and take a 10 minute bus ride to the pier to board the Galapagos Legend.

Dry landing. In the mountains of Galapagos is possible to admire different kinds of birds, such as tree and ground finches, vermillion flycatchers, paint-billed crakes, yellow warblers, and cattle egrets (usually standing on the tortoises' shell). The journey to the reserve offers great opportunities to see the contrasts that the island offers in reference to the variety of ecosystems. The road goes from the coast through the agricultural zone and straight up to the dense humid forests. Often, Galapagos Giant Tortoises are also seen on the way, wandering through pastures in the paddocks. This spot is a bird watchers' haven since almost every land bird present on the island lives or migrates here.

Difficulty level: Easy
Type of terrain: Flat and muddy (depending on season)
Duration: 45 minute drive and 1.5 hour walk

Meal Plan Lunch and Dinner
Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

M/V Legend

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    M/V Legend



    This legendary, 100-passenger, first-class vessel offers all the amenities of a large cruise liner without sacrificing the intimacy you'd expect on a small sailing craft, and consequently allows you to have it all.

    This legendary, 100-passenger, first-class vessel offers all the amenities of a large cruise liner without sacrificing the intimacy you'd expect on a small sailing craft, and consequently allows you to have it all.

    Facilities

    • Auditorium
    • Boutique(s)
    • Embarkation Area
    • Fitness Centre
    • Jacuzzi
    • Medical Facilities
    • Panoramic Views
    • Pool
    • Restaurant

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Day 8

Genovesa - El Barranco and Darwin Bay

This morning visit El Barranco, Prince Philip's Steps. Be marveled at the variety of sea life that uses the crevices of the lava cliffs for shelter. Red-billed Tropicbirds fly overhead, switching between their nests and the bay, and a small colony of fur seals may be found near the landing site. You will be dropped off at a steep stairway that begins on rocks at the foot of a path that leads through a seabird colony full of Nazca and Red-footed Boobies. At the plateau, the trail continues inland allowing you to see more nesting booby colonies in the thin Palo Santo forest. Near the end of the trail, over a rocky lava plain, Wedge-rumped Storm-Petrels can be observed flying in all directions. If you are lucky, you may catch a glimpse of a Short-eared Owl.

Difficulty level: Moderate
Type of terrain: Rocky - Lava
Duration: 45 minute walk

During the afternoon you will disembark onto a small sand and coral beach. A short trail heads west along a tidal lagoon and then up a rocky hill that leads to a point overlooking the cliffs and Darwin Bay. Along the trail near the tidal lagoon, visitors will see pairs of Swallow-tailed Gulls, Lava Gulls, Yellow-crowned and Lava Herons. The trail continues through Palo Santo trees, Opuntia cacti, and Saltbushes inhabited by Great Frigate birds and Red-footed Boobies. This is one of the few places in the islands where visitors are guaranteed to see Red-footed Boobies. It is estimated that more than 200.000 Red-footed Boobies live in the trees and bushes of Genovesa.

Difficulty level: Moderate
Type of terrain: Sand and Lava
Duration: 2.5 hour walk

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 9

Dragon Hill (Santa Cruz) and Santa Fe

This morning, make a dry landing. Walk by a brackish lagoon where feeding flamingoes 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 neighbouring 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

In the afternoon, make a wet landing at Santa Fe. This island shows white sand beaches surrounded by sea lion colonies. Through the island path, an endemic cactus forest is passed, home of the Santa Fe land iguanas (the largest in the islands). This island is the habitat for a number of species, including the Galapagos hawk, Galapagos snakes, rice rats (one of the few endemic Galapagos rodents), a variety of finches and one of the four mockingbird species of the archipelago.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Type of terrain: Rocky
Duration: 1.5 hour walk / 1 hour deep water snorkeling

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 10

Mosquera Islet and Return to Mainland

Early this morning you will have a wet landing at Mosquera Islet, located between North Seymour and Baltra Island. This flat, sandy island has a large colony of sea lions. It is also an excellent site to observe shorebirds such as herons and lava gulls. There is no trail on the islet, the visitor can enjoy the open area. Most of the islet is covered with sand and barren lava rock. Very little sesuvium portulacastrum plants grow on the sand.

Difficulty level: Easy
Type of terrain: Sandy
Duration: 1.5 hour walk and snorkel

Later, you will go straight to the airport for your return flight to mainland Ecuador where your tour concludes.

Meal Plan Breakfast

Quito Airport to Hotel

Duration30 Minutes

Hotel Reina Isabel

This chic hotel with spa and brand new gym facilities is situated in the heart of the lively Mariscal district.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Hotel Reina Isabel

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    Hotel Reina Isabel



    This chic hotel with spa and brand new gym facilities is situated in the heart of the lively Mariscal district.

    This chic hotel with spa and brand new gym facilities is situated in the heart of the lively Mariscal district.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Airport Shuttle Service
    • Bathroom with shower
    • Car Rental Available
    • Fitness Facilities
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Television
    • WiFi

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Day 11

Quito City Tour and Equator Line with Lunch

A wonderful tour through the streets and main squares of Quito's Historic Centre, the first city in the world to be declared by the UNESCO as "World Cultural Heritage" site.

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. This is where the rock murals that depict the history of Ecuador can be appreciated. The tour will then continue through the Gran Colombia Avenue to the Basilica Church. Be delighted by the delicate and unusual beauty of the colonial Convent Treasures at the Chapels of El Rosario and Pompeya whose walls and columns are decorated in gold with an original blend of vegetable and anthropomorphic figures - a vivid example of the world famous Quito School of Art. The Convent of Santo Domingo displays colossal doors and ceilings covered with oil paintings and gold leaf. Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant of the area.

Next you will stop at the "San Juan Mirador" where you will experience beautiful views of Colonial Quito. Journey north to the equator where your guide will show the differences in the gravitational influence either side of the equatorial line as well as a brief overview of indigenous cultures.

Duration6 Hours
Day 12

Quito Hotel to Airport

Duration30 Minutes

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DEPARTURE:

Departure days / dates are based on the choice of vessel for the Galapagos portion of the itinerary and the ships relevant sailing day / date

PRICE INCLUDES:

11 nights accommodation, Quito to Galapagos flight return, guided tour of Machu Picchu, Ollantaytambo ruins tour, Quinto city tour, entrance and transportation fees, and meals as indicated.

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • International and domestic flights and airport taxes
  • Travel insurance
  • Transfers on days before or after official start / end days
  • Tours listed as optional
  • Drinks and items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are “from” per person and based on twin share based on current exchange rates and subject to change. Single rates available on request. Subject to availability, limited seats available, seasonal surcharges may apply.

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14 Aug 2018
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