Peru And Galapagos Cruise , Peru

Explore the famous Sacred Valley of the Incas and the Galapagos Islands during this unforgettable 15-day adventure. This trip combines many of our exciting opportunities into one expansive experience. Explore markets and ruins in the Sacred Valley, explore the citadel of Machu Picchu, soak up history among the colonial buildings and Incan architecture of Cusco, tour the political palaces and churches of charming Quito, embark on a luxurious cruise of the beautiful and mystifying Galapagos Islands. The second half of your trip offers a more relaxed pace during which you will be immersed in the exotic environments of diverse and rare wildlife present on the islands.

Day 1 : Lima

Upon arrival in Lima and after clearing Customs & Immigration you will be met and escorted to the Wyndham Costa del Sol Airport Hotel, located adjacent to the terminal.  

Day 2 : Lima - Cusco - Pisac Market, Ruins & Ollantaytambo

Transfer on your own to the domestic terminal.  Check-in for your flight to Cusco.  

You will be met by your guide at the airport and you will set off for a a full-day excursion to the village and ruins of Pisac. After exploring the ruins you will visit the colorful Pisac market where you'll be able to trade with locals for a variety of handicrafts, including woolen sweaters and ponchos. Lunch will be served in Urubamba, followed by a tour of the town and fortress of Ollantaytambo located in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Afterward. you will dropped off at your Urubamba Hotel.

Overnight Hacienda del Valle, daily breakfast included - 2 nights.

Day 3 : Sacred Valley - Flying over the Valley of the Incas

You will be met at your hotel and transferred to the Sacred Valley Zip-Line Adventure. The zip line has six cables, from 100 to 500 meters, for a total of 2000 meters but first you have to climb the Via Ferrata, a system of cables and ladders to that will bring you up to the best views of the valley. No experience required; just a sense of adventure. 

Day 4 : Ollantaytambo - Machu Picchu 

Set off with your guide for Ollantaytambo where you will depart for a scenic train ride through the Sacred Valley, into the lost fortress of Machu Picchu. Watch out your window as the barren mountains grow lush

Upon arrival at Machu Picchu Station in Aguas Calientes, you'll be escorted by your guide to the 25 minute 'zig-zag' shuttle bus up the mountains to the ruins. Explore the walls, stairways, temples and terraces of Machu Picchu with intriguing and detailed information from your private guide.. After a buffet lunch served at the Sanctuary Lodge, you'll be free to explore this enchanting place on your own. Take a walk to the sun gate, or the Inca bridge, and continue to take in the majesty of the ruins. 

After exploring, you will take the bus to your Aguas Calientes hotel. 

Overnight El Mapi Hotel, dinner and breakfast included.

Day 5 : Machu Picchu - Cusco

In the morning you are free to visit the ruins again. Optional activities include the hike up to the Sun Gate or the climb of Huayna Picchu, a daring yet rewarding hike that will test your head for heights. Or for a slightly more tame hike, (yet just as challenging!) the climb up Machu Picchu Mountain for some of the best views of the ruins. 

In the afternoon, return to the Machu Picchu train station for departure to Cusco. From the Cusco train station, you will be transferred to your hotel in the center of the vibrant and historical city of Cusco.

Overnight Maytaq Wasin Boutique Hotel, daily breakfast included - 2 nights.

Day 6 : Cusco City and nearby ruins

You will be picked up by your guide from your hotel and set off on a half day tour of Cusco and the nearby Inca ruins. Cusco, the oldest continuously inhabited city on the continent, was the capital of the Inca Empire and is considered by many Quechua peoples to be the spiritual center of the world. Much of colonial Cusco was built on Inca foundations, and your guide will point out Inca stonework along the many streets. Visit the main square, the Cathedral, Santo Domingo Church, as well as a first introduction to Inca stonework at the ruins of Puka-Pukara, Qenqo, Tambo Machay, and the renowned fortress of Sacsayhuaman overlooking Cusco and the surrounding valley.

Day 7 : Cusco - Lima - Quito

You will be picked up at your hotel and transferred to the Cusco Airport for your flight to Quito Ecuador, with connection in Lima.

From the airport you will be transferred to your Quito hotel.

Overnight Vieja Cuba, daily breakfast included - 2 nights.

Day 8 : Quito City Tour

Depart with your private guide for a drive around one of the most charming cities in Latin America. Enjoy the colonial center of Quito: Independence Square, the Presidential Palace, the Cathedral, La Compañia - the Richest Church of America - with its breathtaking golden altars, The San Francisco Square and Church and the arts and crafts gallery of Tianguez. The tour ends with a trip to the Panecillo Hill, which commands a striking view of Quito, the surrounding valley and the snow-capped mountains.

Day 9 : Quito - Galapagos

This morning you will transfer to the airport for your flight to the legendary Galapagos Islands.

A cruise representative will meet you at the airport and escort you to the ship. For 5 days and 4 nights you will hop island to island experiencing wildlife like you never have before in luxurious and exclusive style. Each day you will explore different islands on guided excursions and marvel at the spectacular natural phenomena around you.

The comfort, space, and speed of the your boat will make cruising through the Galapagos Islands a delightful experience. With an island full of turtles, birds, seals and other animals, you are sure to have once-in-a-lifetime sightings throughout your cruise.

The M/Y Coral I is 131 feet long, was refurbished in 2006, carries a crew of 10 and 3 multilingual naturalist guides. The Coral I accommodates 36 passengers in 8 Junior cabins, 8 Standard Plus cabins, 2 Standard cabins, all with air-conditioning and private bathrooms, LCD television, music.

The M/Y Coral II is 113 feet long, refurbished in 2006, carries a crew of 10 and 2 multilingual naturalis guides. The Coral II accommodates 20 passengers in 6 Junior cabins, 4 Standard Plus cabins, 1 Standard cabin, all with air-conditioning and private bathrooms, LCD television, music.

Both yachts are equipped with two terraces, dining area, lounge, library, Jacuzzi.

PM – Ballena Bay / Edén Islet  (Santa Cruz)

Wet landing. Whale Bay is a beautiful green sand cove at the base of Dragon Hill on the west coast of Santa Cruz Island. The beach contains a large amount of olivine crystals of volcanic origin. The crystals were formed when the magma was still underground. The content is magnesium, iron and silica.  A small population of tortoises from Pinzón Island lived at the site, but were probably taken by whalers or previous inhabitants. Opportunity to see marine iguanas and sea birds followed by snorkeling.

Difficulty level: intermediate

Type of terrain: rocky

Duration: 1 hour walk / 1 hour snorkeling/swimming

Day 10: Galapagos Islands

AM - Espinosa Point (Fernandina)

Dry landing. Espinosa Point is the only spot that you visit on Fernandina, and from it you can see the island of Isabela across the Bolívar Channel, an area that boasts some of the highest diversity of endemic sea fauna in the Galapagos. The largest, most primitive-looking race of marine iguanas are found mingling with sea lions and Sally Lightfoot Crabs; a wonderful opportunity to encounter Flightless Cormorants at their nesting sites, Galapagos Penguins and the “King” of predators on the Islands, the Galapagos Hawk.   “Pa-hoe-hoe” and “AA” lava formations* cover the majority of the terrain.  Vegetation is thus scarce inland, but we encounter Brachycereus cacti and extensive mangrove beds lining the shores.

Difficulty level: intermediate

Type of terrain: rocky

Duration: 2 hours walking / 1 hour snorkeling 

PM Tagus Cove (Isabela)

Dry landing on Galapagos’ largest island where you will learn about the eruption of the five volcanoes that form it.  The trail leads to Darwin’s salt-water crater Lake and excellent views of lava fields and volcanic formations.  You will return by the same path for a dinghy ride along a shoreline full of marine wildlife, where you will admire a variety of seabirds, such as Blue-footed Booby, Brown Noddy, terns, Flightless Cormorant and depending on the season, a large number of Galapagos Penguins which are only 35 cm. tall; the only penguin species in the world to extend its range into the northern hemisphere along the equator. They are monogamous and lay their eggs in small cracks of lava, on the lower parts of the island near the shoreline not reached by the ocean waves. The population of penguins on the islands is about 2,000 individuals, most of which live on this western portion of Isabela; others are scattered further south on the island. You will have an opportunity to snorkel in deep water. Graffiti believed to have been left by 19th-century pirates is a curious reminder of an intriguing past.  

Difficulty level: intermediate

Type of terrain: flat and steep

Duration: 1 hour walking / dinghy ride 40 minutes / deep water snorkeling: 1 hour 

Day 11: Galapagos Islands

AM - Vicente Roca Point (Isabela)

Thanks to its location at one of the richest marine ecosystems on Earth (Bolivar Channel between Isabela and Fernandina Island), Vicente Roca offers really good opportunities to observe a great diversity of sea and coastal birds as well as a wide variety of marine life.

PM  - Urbina Bay (Isabela)

Wet landing on a volcanic “black” beach. Depending on the season, you may find giant tortoises, land iguanas and the unusual Flightless Cormorant. After a short walk inland, snorkeling time is allotted, giving you yet another chance to swim with sea turtles, sea lions and countless tropical fish. Urbina Bay features a wide variety of plant life that changes depending on the season. You can observe the beautiful colors of plants that attract different insects, birds and reptiles. You will explore the uplifted coral reef that resulted from 1954 volcanic activity, with a spectacular view of Alcedo Volcano.

Difficulty level: intermediate

Type of terrain: flat

Duration: 1h30m walk / 1 hour snorkeling 

Day 12 : Galapagos Islands

Egas Port (Santiago)

Wet landing on a beach of black volcanic sand, visited by Darwin in 1835. The first part of the trail is comprised of volcanic ash (eroded tuff) and the other half of the trail is partially uneven terrain, comprised of volcanic basaltic rock that lounges the shoreline. The unique, truly striking layered terrain of Santiago’s shores is home to a variety of resident and migrant birds, including the bizarre Yellow-crowned Night Heron and astounding array of marine wildlife including lobster, starfish and marine iguanas grazing on algae beds alongside Sally Lightfoot Crabs. Colonies of endemic fur seals swimming in cool water pools formed by volcanic rocks.  Snorkeling here offers rarities such as octopus or squid.  Difficulty level: intermediate

Type of terrain: the first part flat and then semi rocky

Duration: 1h30m walk / 1 hour snorkeling/swimming 

PM – Sullivan Bay (Santiago)

Wet landing. This visitor site located at the southeastern portion of Santiago Island, and of important geologic interest, features extensive lava flows believed to have been formed during the last quarter of the 19th-century.

Difficulty level: difficult, 1.5 km path.

Type of terrain: flat volcanic lava

Duration: 1h30m walk / 1 hour snorkeling/swimming

Day 13 : Galapagos - Quito

El Chato (Santa Cruz)

Dry landing. You will reach the Santa Cruz highlands and visit a private farm, Primicias (El Chato), where giant tortoises are found in their natural habitat. The road to the reserve is one of the best places to observe land birds. Tree and ground finches, vermillion flycatchers and Cattle Egrets inhabit the area. Difficulty level: easy

Type of terrain: flat & muddy sometimes (depending on season)

Duration: 45-minute drive / 1h30m walk

Afterward you will transfer to the airport for your return flight to Quito.

One last night in the beautiful city of Quito. Overnight Vieja Cuba, breakfast included.

Day 14 : Int'l Departure

In the morning you will be transferred to the airport in time for your international flight.

Price from $4,990.00 per person, based on double occupancy
Days 14
Nights 13
Includes:

1 night Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima Airport

2 nights Hacienda del Valle

1 night El Mapi Hotel

2 nights Maytaq Wasin Boutique Hotel

3 nights Vieja Cuba

4-night M/Y Coral I/II cruise (includes Standard cabin accommodations, meals, guided excursions, Galapagos National Park Entrance fee, Galapagos Transit Control Card, fuel surcharge)

Daily breakfast at all hotels

Pisac Ruins, Market & Ollantaytambo excursion, lunch included

Vistadome train tickets Ollantaytambo-Machu Picchu-Cusco

Machu Picchu day excursion (includes shuttle bus tickets, half-day tour with lunch, Machu Picchu entrance fee)

Tour of Cusco city and nearby ruins

BTC Cusco Touristic Ticket

Half-day Quito city tour

 

Excludes:

International and domestic airfare

Ramada Airport Hotel

Costa Del Sol Wyndham Airport Hotel

Conveniently located adjacent to the airport terminal, this modern hotel features 130 rooms, restaurant, bar, business center, wireless internet.
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A former 18th-century colonial-style monastery located in the heart of the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
Sol y Luna

Sol Y Luna Hotel

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Rio Sagrado

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El Mapi

El Mapi Hotel

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Inkaterra MP

Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

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Belmond Sanctuary Lodge

Belmond Sanctuary Lodge Machu Picchu

The only hotel located adjacent to the ruins of Machu Picchu.
Sonestas Posadas

Sonesta Posadas Del Inca Cusco

Renovated in 2010 featuring modern décor and a fine dining restaurant serving classic Peruvian cuisine. Conveniently located to the Plaza de Armas.
Aranwa Cusco

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Located 2 blocks from the Plaza de Armas in a colonial 16th-century mansion. Hotel facilities include restaurant and bar.

Belmond Hotel Monasterio

Located close to the main square, this former monastery and national monument since 1592 is one of Cusco's finest hotels.
Vieja Cuba Bedroom

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Patio Andaluz Bedroom

Patio Andaluz

This upscale, boutique hotel, set in the colonial section of Quito, lies a 3-minute walk from Plaza de la Independencia, and a 5-minute walk from Parque La Carolina.
Casa Gangotena Bedroom

Casa Gangotena

This newly-restored historic mansion overlooking Plaza San Francisco is a showcase of eye-catching style and contemporary design.

Peru And Galapagos Cruise

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