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Peru and the Galapagos Super Special

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12 Days
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US$ 3,614

Enjoy the best of two countries, Peru and Ecuador. On your Peru vacation, enjoy Colonial Lima, the Sacred Valley of the Incas, the awesome site of Machu Picchu and Cusco, the former capital of the Inca civilization. Then sample the best elements of Goway's Ecuador tours, including Colonial Quito and an unforgettable Galapagos Islands cruise.


Goway’s Classic Itineraries are designed to allow you to first, travel independently and not as part of a group, second, have a prearranged itinerary so that you have everything is reserved for you in advance and third, ensure you see the highlights of the destination. 

Begin in Lima, Peru’s capital, where you will spend your first 2 nights. Lima is a large busy city. The centre or Centro Historico as it is known locally is a UNESCO World Heritage site based on its beautiful pre-Hispanic and Colonial architecture. The following morning brings a tour of the highlights of Lima which include Miraflores situated on the ocean with its many parks and gardens, the modern suburb of San Isidro, the pre-Inca pyramid, Huaca Huallamarca, the Plaza Mayor, the centre of the city, Government Palace, City Hall and the old streets with their stately Colonial mansions. Also visit the recently restored Colonial Santo Domingo Convent and the Archbishop’s Palace.

Next leave Lima and fly to Cusco where you will travel by road to the Sacred Valley, so named because the Incas found it to have the best land. Situated in the Urubamba Valley, it contains numerous archaeological remains. Spend 2 nights here.

Exploration of the Sacred Valley begins with a visit to the Colonial village of Chinchuros with its Inca ruins and typical Andean village houses. Also visit the colourful local market. Then continue to Ollaytaytambo which is laid out as it was in Inca times. It is an old town built over a period of 500 years by the Incas. The Inca ruins here date back to the time when the Incas defeated the Spanish in a battle.

From the Sacred Valley, take the Vistadome train to Aguas Callentes where a short bus ride brings you to Machu Picchu, one of the true wonders of the world. Only discovered in 1911, it is actually a citadel perched high on top of a mountain and was the centre of worship for the Incas. It also served as an astronomical observatory. One can walk freely among the relics which consist of temples, tombs and other structures. Later, travel by bus and train to Cusco, a bustling and atmospheric city, for a stay of 2 nights. It was once the capital of the Inca Empire and as such is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

 


You have a full free day here. Cusco is easy to walk around to get to know this colourful walled city. The beautiful and lively Plaza de Armas in the very centre consists of churches, shops, restaurants and bars. The vibrant San Pedro Market is an excellent place to watch the locals do their shopping. Nearby is Sacsayhuaman which is approximately 2 kilometres/1 mile outside of Cusco. It is something of a climb to reach on foot but well worth the effort due to its ambience and its Inca relics.

Fly from Cusco to Ecuador’s capital city, Quito via Lima. Stay 2 nights in Quito.

The next morning, enjoy a tour of Quito starting with the residential neighbourhoods in the northern part of the city. Stop at the Legislative Palace where the rock murals depict the history of Ecuador. Also spend time in the old Colonial part of Quito.

Later, journey north to the Equator where your guide will show the differences in the gravitational influence either side of the equatorial line.

Fly next to the Galapagos and join your cruise ship on the island of Santa Cruz. Located to the west of continental Ecuador, the Galápagos Islands are an archipelago of volcanic islands on either side of the Equator in the Pacific Ocean. The islands are also a national park and marine reserve. Later, visit the Darwin Station to view the giant tortoise breeding centre.

The next day arrive at the island of Santa Fe, land of the largest iguana as well as sea lions and a number of tropical birds. Enjoy a 2 hour walk through cactus forest to explore the island.

The following morning, land at North Seymour. A 2 hour walk brings you up close to blue footed boobies, frigate birds and swallow-tailed gulls. You will also encounter sea lions, land iguanas and possibly even a Galapagos snake.

Leave North Seymour later and land at the north side of Santa Cruz. The beach here is one of the main nesting sites of sea turtles in the Galapagos. At this site, you will also find the remains of barges that sank long ago, once property of the United States Navy when they operated an airbase.

Your final port of call is Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, capital of the Galapagos Islands. Here visit the Interpretation Centre to learn about the history of the Galapagos Islands.

The Museum of Natural History displays information on the volcanic origins of the islands, their remoteness from the continent, ocean currents, climate, the arrival of the different species and their colonization.

Later, head to Tijeretas Hill which involves a high intensity walk through beautiful landscapes ending with a magnificent view of a large frigate bird colony nearby. After this it’s farewell to the Galapagos as you return to the airport.

 

 

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Duration
12 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,614

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Day 1

Arrive Lima

On arrival into Lima you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

El Tambo Peru

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    El Tambo Peru



    El Tambo Peru is conveniently located just two blocks from the main avenue Jose Larco Miraflores and four blocks from Larcomar. This hotel is also a short walk from the ocean. Make yourself at home in their comfortable and spacious rooms.

    El Tambo Peru is conveniently located just two blocks from the main avenue Jose Larco Miraflores and four blocks from Larcomar. This hotel is also a short walk from the ocean. Make yourself at home in their comfortable and spacious rooms.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Business Centre
    • Currency Exchange
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Parking
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service

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Day 2

Lima

Lima, Peru's national capital was one of the first to be established in South America by the Conquistadores. It is filled with many amazing colonial buildings and historic streetscapes. Today, after breakfast, you will visit the tourist district of Miraflores, and see the Pacific Ocean from the Love Park. The tour continues with the modern suburb of San Isidro and a visit to the pre-Inca pyramid of Huaca Huallamarca. Then, you will visit the Historical Center, Plaza Mayor ("Main Square"), the Government Palace, the City Hall and old streets with colonial mansions and Moorish balconies

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 3

Lima to Cusco and Sacred Valley

After breakfast you are transferred to the airport for your flight to Cusco. Upon arrival you will be transferred to the Sacred Valley of the Incas which allows for acclimatization due its lower altitude compared to Cusco. The remainder of the day at leisure.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

San Agustin Urubamba

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    San Agustin Urubamba



    The San Agustin Urubamba Hotel & Spa is located near ruins in the Sacred Valley of the Incas such as Ollantaytambo, Pisac and Maras Moray. The San Agustin Urubamba Hotel was an ancient colonial estate, remodelled into a modern hotel with beautiful gardens, outdoor swimming ...

    The San Agustin Urubamba Hotel & Spa is located near ruins in the Sacred Valley of the Incas such as Ollantaytambo, Pisac and Maras Moray. The San Agustin Urubamba Hotel was an ancient colonial estate, remodelled into a modern hotel with beautiful gardens, outdoor swimming pool, and an exclusive spa. The Urubamba Hotel offers 101 rooms and suites. All guest rooms are spacious and comfortable, with patios and balconies to appreciate the immaculate sky of the Sacred Valley.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant
    • Spa

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Day 4

Sacred Valley of the Incas

A full day excursion to the Chincheros and Ollantaytambo. With an early start, you drive through the fertile countryside of the Urubamba Valley to the colonial village of Chincheros. This traditional Andean town is known as 'the birthplace of the rainbow', and it has the full complement of photogenic attractions: Inca ruins, Andean village houses, an elaborate colonial church built on Inca foundations, and of course the lively weekly market. Please note: The main market day is Sunday. Other days the market is open but much smaller in scale.

Continuing down the valley and ever so slightly lower in altitude you head to the impressive archaeological complex of Ollantaytambo. Ollantaytambo is a massive citadel located 50 kilometers from Machu Picchu. The citadel served as both a temple and a fortress and the only battle at which the Incas held off the Spanish. You will then be transferred to your hotel.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 5

Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu return to Cusco

Awaiting you today is by far and away one of the high points in world travel - Machu Picchu!
After breakfast you are transferred from Cusco, via the Sacred Valley to the train station in the Incan town of Ollantaytambo.

Board the train to Machu Picchu - begin the train ride to the city of Aguas Calientes where you will disembark and then board a bus that takes you to the actual Machu Picchu archaeological site. You will definitely have an experience you will never forget. The tour includes every nook and cranny of this New Seven Wonders of the World and UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. You then return to Aguas Calientes for lunch at a local restaurant and, later on, board the train for the return trip to Cusco; you will stop at the Ollantaytambo Station and be picked up and driven to your hotel.

There is an option to upgrade to the Vistadome train. With its glass ceilings offering panoramic views of the valley and surrounding Andes mountains a journey on the Vistadome train moves from a rail connection to a memorable journey unto itself.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Jose Antonio Cusco

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    Jose Antonio Cusco



    Located just a few minutes from the Plaza de Armas, the heart of Cusco, The Jose Antonio Cusco Hotel incorporates modern architecture enhanced with touches of fine colonial details. Located in the heart of the archaeological centre of America's oldest city, Jose Antonio is a ...

    Located just a few minutes from the Plaza de Armas, the heart of Cusco, The Jose Antonio Cusco Hotel incorporates modern architecture enhanced with touches of fine colonial details. Located in the heart of the archaeological centre of America's oldest city, Jose Antonio is a good budget choice.

    Facilities

    • Business Centre
    • Currency Exchange
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Parking
    • Sauna
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi

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Day 6

Cusco

Today enjoy a full day at leisure. You may like to do some additional sightseeing, shopping, or simply relax.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 7

Onward Travels

After breakfast, you are transferred to the airport for your onward travels.

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 8

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 9

Mainland to Galapagos, Fausto Llerena Breeding Center (Santa Cruz)

Today marks your departure from mainland Ecuador to Baltra (approx. 2 and half hour flight). You will be picked up at the airport by your guides and taken on a ten minute bus drive to the pier to board the Corals.

In the afternoon, make a dry landing on Santa Cruz for a visit to the Galapagos giant tortoises breeding program, where the famous Lonesome George (last surviving specimen of Pinta Island) lived for decades. The center is conducted by the Galapagos National Park staff with the collaboration of scientists from the Charles Darwin Station. Here, eggs taken from Pinzon, Santiago and Santa Cruz Islands hatch without the danger of introduced species. After artificial incubation; the "galapaguitos" (newborn tortoises) are reared until the age of 5, when they are released in their native habitats, having the capabilities to survive alone. Since the 70s, more than 2000 specimens have returned to their own islands. In addition, the Darwin Station works in several scientific projects, botanical research, providing environmental education to communities, schools within the Islands and tourists. If there is enough time, it is possible to visit Puerto Ayora.

Difficulty level: Easy
Type of terrain: Flat
Duration: 1.5 hour visit

Meal Plan Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Day 10

Dragon Hill (Santa Cruz) and Bartolome

In the morning, walk by a brackish lagoon to see flamingos. The trail leads across a typical dry zone vegetation. Keeping up until Dragon Hill, there will be an important nesting ground for endemic land iguanas, offering lovely views of the anchored boats and neighboring islands. The forest is home to mockingbirds, Darwin's finches, yellow warblers, and Galapagos doves.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Type of terrain: Rocky
Duration: 2 hour walk

This afternoon make a wet landing to discover a fascinating landscape formed by different volcanic parasitic cones -lava bombs, spatter, cinder cones - that resembles the moon. Going up to the summit there will be an impressive view of the surrounding islands, including the eroded tuff cone Pinnacle Rock. We also encounter marine iguanas, lava lizards, and blue-footed boobies.

Beach time is a great opportunity to do snorkeling and see the famous Galapagos Penguins, sea turtles and White-tipped Reef Sharks among a great variety of colorful fish. For many visitors, this may turn out to be the best snorkeling experience. Crystal clear water is the perfect spot to appreciate the incredible marine life it has to offer.

Due to its geographical location, the lack of vegetation is immediately noticeable however, there are pioneer plants including the endemic Tiquilia nesiotica and Chamaesyce (known as sand mat or spurge in English), lava cactus, and Scalesia bushes.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Type of terrain: Trail made of 372 steps
Duration: 1.5 hour walk / 1 hour snorkel

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Day 11

Rabida and Santiago Islands

This morning you will explore Rabida, also known as Jervis Island in English, one of the most diverse in terms of volcanic activity as it lies at the very heart of the archipelago's volcanic origin. In this deep red beach, surrounded by cliffs and steep slopes of volcanic cinder cones it is usual to find nesting colonies of brown pelicans, as well as, nine species of Darwin finches, fur seals, and Nazca boobies.
Snorkel off the coast, where marine life is particularly active and colorful.

Difficulty level: Easy
Type of terrain: Sandy
Duration: 1.5 hour walk / 1 hour snorkel / 1 hour dinghy ride

During the afternoon, you will visit Buccaneers Cove / Espumilla Beach in Santiago Island.

This is an amazing location, featuring the remains of an eroded shoreline that is home to seabirds, fur seals and the playful sea lions. Its different shapes have been made throughout a process caused by erosion of the waves and the wind. Espumilla Beach is a white-sandy beach in James Bay and is a popular place among visitors. There are mangroves and a small palo santo forest that lead to salty-water lagoons that are home to wading birds like flamingos. In the upper dunes are a nesting site for sea turtles. A good place to snorkel to see rays.

Difficulty level: Easy
Type of terrain: White sand
Duration: 1 hour walk / 1 hour snorkel / beach time

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Day 12

Black Turtle Cove (Santa Cruz) and Return to Mainland

This morning enjoy a dinghy ride on the north shore of Santa Cruz Island, accessible only by sea, where four species of mangrove crowd form an internal lagoon. Turtles visit the calm waters, peaking their heads above the surface, while the fish and rays circle below. White-tipped reef sharks can be seen beneath the boat, plus seabirds including pelicans, herons, and egrets feed from the cove.
This cove has been declared as a "Turtle Sanctuary".

Difficulty level: Easy
Type of terrain: None
Duration: 1 hour dinghy ride

Later, transfer directly to Baltra Airport for your return flight to mainland Ecuador.

Meal Plan Breakfast

Quito Hotel to Airport

Duration30 Minutes

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DEPARTURES:

2017: Oct 21

PRICE INCLUDES:

Moderate accommodation in Quito and Peru, shared transfers and excursions as mentioned in the itinerary, entrance fees, english speaking guide, Cusco city tour, Machu Picchu visit, all airport transfers, 4 day Galapagos Cruise on board the M/Y Coral I or II. (M/V Legend on Mar. 12 departure), Galapagos park fees and visitor tickets, return airfare from Quito to the Galapagos Islands, Meals as indicated by the itinerary

PRICE EXCLUDES:

International and Peru domestic airfare, Travel insurance, items of a personal nature and drinks. Limited seats, subject to availability

OTHER INFORMATION:

Group size for the Peru section 30. Galapagos group size is based upon vessel choice and can be from 16 to 90.

TERMS & CONDITIONS:

Savings are based on per couple land only. Hotels are of the 3 star level. Guaranteed to depart with minimum of 2 people. Single supplement available on request. Subject to availability. Canadian rates based on current exchange rates and subject to change. Cannot be combined with other Peru or Ecuador offers. Exact Galapagos Islands cruise itinerary and vessel may vary depending on the date chosen. Galapagos vessel upgrades available. 

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21 Oct 2017
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