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This luxury South American expedition tour will allow you to discover the best destinations in Peru: Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley, and Machu Picchu. Then, you will travel to Ecuador to explore the wildlife paradise of the Galapagos Islands. Visit all the natural and geographical wonders that the archipelago has to offer, transiting aboard a luxury catamaran.
- 14 days / 13 nights luxury tour of Machu Picchu and Galapagos
- Discover Peru’s ancient gems and modern gastronomy, and marvel at the natural wonders of Ecuador’s archipelago.
- Luxury 5-star hotels and cruises
- Private services throughout your experience
- Private tour of Machu Picchu
- 24/7 concierge service to book reservations at the best restaurants, cultural events and more.
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- GUIDE: English-speaking guide.
- ACCOMMODATION: Two nights of accommodation in Lima, two nights of accommodation in Sacred Valley, two nights of accommodation in Cusco, three nights of accommodation in Guayaquil and four nights of accommodation in Alya Catamaran.
- MEALS: Daily breakfast at the hotel from day 2 Lunch on day 2 in Lima, on day 3 in the Sacred Valley, on day 4 in Aguas Calientes, on day 5 in Sacred Valley, on day 8 in Guayaquil and from day 9 to 12 in Alya Catamaran. Dinner from day 9 to 12 in Alya Catamaran. Unlimited purified water, coffee, tea and soft drinks in Alya Catamaran.
- TRANSPORT: Private transfers from and to the airport. Private transfers from and to the train stations. Train to Machu Picchu round trip in Vistadome service (PeruRail).
- ENTRANCE FEES AND ACTIVITIES: Admission to all major monuments and sightseeing attractions mentioned in the above itinerary: Casa Aliaga, San Francisco Church and Larco Museum in Lima; Pisac Ruins, Ollantaytambo fortress, Chinchero, Maras and Moray in Sacred Valley; Machu Picchu on day 4; Coricancha Temple, Cathedral, Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Puca Pucará, and Tambomachay in Cusco; to all the places mentioned in Guayaquil on day 8; all visits and excursions according to the itinerary of Alya Catamaran from day 9 to 13; Snorkel gear; Kayaks and paddleboards.
DAY 1: LIMA ARRIVAL
Arrive at Jorge Chavez International Airport in Lima, where a representative will be waiting to greet you and a private transportation service will transfer you to your hotel. Take it easy and plan the day on your own. If you want to jump straight into it, we can book alternative activities for you. Do you want to visit one of Lima’s top-rated restaurants? We can help you with reservations!
DAY 2: LIMA CITY TOUR
Breakfast at the hotel, before a private transfer takes you from your hotel to downtown Lima where you will visit the most iconic locations of colonial Lima, including Casa Aliaga, the Casona San Marcos, etc.
Then, you will visit Larco Museum, rated one of the top 25 museums in the world. It has an impressive pre-Hispanic collection of gold and silver pieces, as well as erotic art. Enjoy a delicious lunch in its famous Café del Museo Larco (included).
Return to your hotel in a private transportation service. Dinner reservations for Lima’s best restaurants upon request.
DAY 3: SACRED VALLEY TOUR
Breakfast at your hotel, then a private service will take you to Lima’s airport for your flight to Cusco.
Upon arrival, a private transportation service will take you to the Sacred Valley. First, you will visit the archaeological site of Pisac, the largest complex of terraces in the area and a masterpiece of agriculture of the Inca Empire. After lunch, you will visit the town of Ollantaytambo and its great archaeological complex. After the tour, you will be taken to your chosen hotel in the Sacred Valley.
DAY 4: MACHU PICCHU TOUR
After breakfast at your hotel, a private transportation service will take you to the Ollanta Station to board the train to Machu Picchu. Following a scenic journey through the impressive Andean landscape, you will arrive at the town Aguas Calientes and take a short bus ride up to Machu Picchu.
Machu Picchu means ‘Old Mountain’ and was named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. You will explore the ancient citadel in a two hour private tour.
After lunch, you will return to Aguas Calientes where you will take the train back to your hotel in the Sacred Valley.
DAY 5: SACRED VALLEY TOUR
Start the day off with a private tour of Chinchero and its local market. After lunch, you will continue your trip to Maras, an impressive salt mine, and Moray, an archaeological vestige composed of mysterious concentric circular terraces.
After the tour, you will be transferred to your chosen hotel in Cusco city.
DAY 6: CUSCO CITY TOUR
Enjoy a guided tour of this charming city, including the Santo Domingo Convent, a large baroque complex that was built over the Inca Coricancha temple.
You will also visit Cusco’s Cathedral, the Inca fortress of Sacsayhuaman, the temple and amphitheater of Qenqo, and the red fortress of Puka Pukara.
At the end of the tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel in Cusco. If you want to visit Cusco’s top rated restaurants for dinner, we can help you with reservations!
DAY 7: GUAYAQUIL ARRIVAL
A representative will pick you up at your hotel in a private transportation to take you to the airport for your flight to Guayaquil.
Upon your arrival you will be taken in private transportation to the 5-star Sheraton Hotel, where you will have a chance to rest or plan a day of leisure on your own. We can also help you book alternative activities for you.
DAY 8: GUAYAQUIL CITY TOUR
You will begin your tour of Guayaquil after breakfast, starting with Las Peñas: the city’s oldest district.
Once you’ve navigated its colorful streets, you’ll be taken to the summit of Cerro Santa Ana for panoramic vistas of the city.
After lunch, you will visit Iguana Park, the modern Malecon 2000, botanical gardens, and the Parque Historico, an ideal site for ecological and archaeological tourism.
A private transportation service will take you back to your hotel.
DAY 9: BLACK TURTLE COVE, SANTA CRUZ ISLAND
Your guide will pick you up in a private transportation to take you to the airport for your flight to Galapagos.
Once you arrive at the Baltra airport, you will be taken to the luxury catamaran where you will be welcomed with ha drink and lunch onboard.
Your first visit will be to Black Turtle Cove, a bay situated in the northern region of Santa Cruz island. The cove is surrounded by mangroves and is accessible only by dinghy. The area is a safe refuge for marine life such as black-tip reef sharks, marine turtles, and a variety of rays.
After your explorations, you will return to the catamaran and will have dinner onboard.
DAY 10: DARWIN BAY & BARRANCO, GENOVESA ISLAND
You will explore Genovesa Island, starting with a wet landing in the coral beach of Darwin Bay. You can take short walks for magnificent photo ops, swim in the bay or do snorkeling. Near the bay is a mangrove swamp where you will find a colony of frigates, marine iguanas, red-footed boobies and mask boobies, the great terrestrial finch, seagulls, herons, and cactus finch. Head back to the catamaran for lunch and refreshments.
After lunch, you will dry land in Barranco. Hike around Prince Phillip’s stairs, followed by a walk on the Barranco path. You will observe tropical birds, petrels, common frigate, red-foot boobies, mask boobies, doves, and finches. Dinner will be onboard the catamaran.
DAY 11: SULLIVAN BAY, SANTIAGO ISLAND & BARTOLOME ISLAND
Begin the day with a wet landing in Sullivan Bay of Santiago Island. Much of the island is covered with uneroded lava flows. You will be able to see lava pahoehoe (basaltic lava that has a smooth, billowy, undulating or ropy surface), hornitos, and mollugo (a lava colonizer). Refreshments and lunch will be served back in the catamaran.
After lunch, discover Bartolome Island. You will take a walk along the path to the top of a formation (114m) where you will see pioneering plants such as tiquilia, chamaesyce, and scalesia. The island has been formed by cones, lava pipes where lava once flowed.
Then, you will do a wet landing on the beach to visit the mangrove swamps and sand dune vegetation. Head back up to the north beach where you can enjoy swimming and snorkeling. From the top of Bartolome Island you can also see the islands of Santiago, Rabida, and Isabela. Finish the tour by seeing penguins in the Rock Pinnacle.
Dinner will be served on the catamaran.
DAY 12: DRAGON HILL, SANTA CRUZ ISLAND & CHINESE HAT, SANTIAGO ISLAND & MOSQUERA ISLAND
Today, discover Chinese Hat, a small islet located near the south-east coast of Santiago. The islet is shaped like a Chinese hat when seen from afar. The area consists of a cone type “splatter” (lava ejected as drops which fall close to where they came from, which form an inclined cone) that forms the summit and many lava tubes that go down to the coast.
On the west side, you can see pillow-type lava formations, which are an indicator that the flows were formed under the sea and have been raised upward, which is why coral heads are found on the lava. The trail is 700m (round trip) and will take approximately 30 minutes. Head back to the catamaran for lunch.
After lunch visit the Mosquera islet, located between Baltra Island and North Seymour. The islet has the biggest sea lion colony and several species of birds.
You will then return to the catamaran for dinner.
DAY 13: CHARLES DARWIN STATION, SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS & GUAYAQUIL
After breakfast aboard the catamaran, we will visit the Charles Darwin Station which is located in the main port of Santa Cruz Island. In the breeding center you will see tortoises and land iguanas in captivity. Thanks to the dedicated work of several institutions, some endangered species are being saved. This was the home of Lonesome George, the famous last survivor of the giant tortoise species found on Pinta Island.
You will be transferred in a private service to the Baltra airport for your flight back to Guayaquil. A guide will be waiting to take you to the 5-star Sheraton Hotel.
DAY 14 : GUAYAQUIL INTERNATIONAL DEPARTURE
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport where a guide will help you with your international departure.