Experience the lifestyle in the Valles Calchaquies

5 Days / 4 Nights

OVERVIEW

Overview

Guayaquil, Galapagos, Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu

ITINERARY

Itinerary

Ecuador & Peru fixed departures 2021 11 Days / 10 Nights

Transfer in Guayaquil. English speaking assistance. 

*Note that this first night can be changed to Quito for an extra cost.

 

Overnight at Unipark (Standard Room) or similar

Optional Upgrade: Wyndham Guayaquil (Deluxe) or similar

 

Included: transportation, English speaking guide.

Meals: none.

After breakfast, transfer to the airport to take flight to Galapagos. 

Suggested flight (subject to change) from Guayaquil:  XL1413 GYE/GPS   1115-1212 – not included

Suggested flight (subject to change) from Quito: XL1413 UIO/GPS  0935-1212 – not included 

 

***Not Included: Galapagos National Park entrance fee (US $100 per adult/$50 per child under 12), tourist transit card (Ingala) (US $20 per person)

 

Arrival in the Galapagos. English speaking assistance.

 

Today we arrive on Baltra Island, the gateway to the Galapagos. This tiny island was a military base during the Second World War and hosts the Islands’ principal airport. The airport was built using the most advanced environmental techniques to reduce emissions and energy use, some of which you’ll notice as you transit through the facility. It was the first ecological airport in the world. Ferry to Santa Cruz Island.

 

Afterwards drive to our exclusive giant tortoise reserve where our tented camp is located. Perched high on a hillside overlooking the ocean, Magic Galapagos Tented Camp will be our home for the night. The sounds of nature will be our lullaby in the evenings, and the Milky Way will be our night-light. We’ll be able to feast our eyes on the mountains and forest surrounding the lodge, and enjoy the peace of having the entire hillside to ourselves, with the exception of seasonal resident giant tortoises. 

Watching the colorful sunset from Magic’s western perch is the perfect segue into evening. Dinners are scrumptious three course affairs, prepared by expert chefs in an open-air kitchen in the main lodge. A favorite post-dinner activity is a short walk to the natural lava tubes on the reserve for a nightcap in the one-of-a-kind ‘Lava Lounge!’ It’s the perfect spot to relax around the fire and share stories from the day’s adventures. 

 

  

 

*Check in at Galapagos Magic Tented Camp is at 3pm. If guests are arriving earlier, the transfer included in the program will drive them to Puerto Ayora (not to the hotel). Lunch is not included this day, so you can take advantage of your time at Puerto Ayora to explore on your own, and enjoy of a meal in a local restaurant (ask our team for recommendations). Luggage will be stored until the moment of the check in, so guests have time to explore on their own Puerto Ayora and have lunch at town (not included). Later, a taxi will pick them up to be transferred to Galapagos Magic.

**Magic Galapagos doesn’t have an open restaurant. Breakfasts and dinners are included with the stay. Lunch is only available upon request, with previous notification.

 

Overnight at Galapagos Magic or similar (double tree house) and optional upgrade to (double tent). 

**Note: Some departures have limited availability at Galapagos Magic. Whenever unavailable, this night will be changed to your selected hotel in Puerto Ayora and an extra visit to El Chato turtle ranch will be included to round off the experience. In this case, dinner will be on your account. Please, confirm availability at the time of booking. 

 

Included: transport, English speaking guide and lodging

Meals: Breakfast and dinner (*only when lodged at Galapagos Magic).

Breakfast.

 

Half-day excursion to Bay Exploration (SIB – shared service)

This morning we will join a Puerto Ayora’s bay exploration, at the main dock we will have a quick 10-minute navigation to la Loberia Island named after a sea lion colony that inhabits there. This small island is a great place to snorkel in amongst sea turtles and a great variety of colorful fish, and for playing with the ever-friendly and inquisitive sea lions. 

 

Our next stop will be a hike to the Túnel del Amor (lover’s tunnel) with a great viewpoint from where if lucky you can watch resting white-tip sharks. On the way back we will visit Punta Estrada’s dock, where we’ll go on a walk to watch marine iguanas. 

 

OPTIONAL FULL DAY EXPERIENCE WITH EXTRA COST: Full Day Garrapatero Beach, Charles Darwin Research Station and visit to a local artisan. (This tour replaces the Bay Exploration. Minimum 2 passengers.)

 

Overnight at Fiesta hotel (Standard room) or similar 

OPTIONAL UPGRADE: Night at Hotel Ikala Galapagos (Standard Room) or similar

 

Included: local guide, transportation and lodging 

Meals: Breakfast.

Breakfast.

 

Daily Tour on board a motor yacht (shared basis excursion)

Embark our motor yacht and enjoy of a daily excursion with a welcoming crew members and knowledgeable naturalist guide, and experience the remote islands in comfort and style. 

 

Our daily excursions will take you to experience the Galapagos Islands in a safe and comfortable manner. Check the boat´s weekly itinerary. We may visit North Seymour and Bachas, South Plazas, Santa Fe Island or Bartolome and Sullivan Bay, according to boats’ schedules allowed by the National Park.

 

** These excursions are subject to availability and change without prior notification.

Later, drive to Puerto Ayora to spend the night. 

Overnight at Fiesta hotel (Standard room) or similar 

OPTIONAL UPGRADE: Night at Hotel Ikala Galapagos (Standard Room) or similar 

 

Included: transport, excursion and lodging

Meals: Breakfast, lunch on board.

After breakfast, transfer to Baltra´s airport to board connection flight to Lima-Peru.

 

Suggested flights (subject to change) via Guayaquil XL1412 GPS/GYE 1255-1547 + LA2415 GYE/LIMA 2040-2245 – not included  

 

Upon arriving in Lima, you will be picked up and taken to your hotel. Our representative will give you a documentation kit with detailed program explanation. Luggage and hotel registration assistance will be offered.

 

Overnight at the hotel of your choice in Lima

Meals included: Breakfast

Breakfast.

 

H/D CITY TOUR (COLONIAL AND MODERN LIMA)

Visit the modern and colonial parts of the city of Lima the "City of Kings", beginning in the districts of Miraflores and San Isidro. Pass by a Huaca or sacred pre-Inca site. There will then be a stop at Parque del Amor (Lovers Park) in Miraflores for its magnificent view over the Pacific Ocean. The tour also includes the Historic Centre based on the Main Square, where the Presidential Palace, the Archbishop´s Palace, the Municipality of Lima and the Cathedral are located, as well as a visit to one of the largest colonial-era convents.

 

Overnight at the hotel of your choice in Lima

Meals included: breakfast

Breakfast. At schedule time transfer to the airport to board the flight to Cusco city.

Suggested flight time: 9/10am - LA2047 LIM/CUZ Departure 0930 – Arrival 1053 – not included

TRANSFER TO THE SACRED VALLEY

Upon arrival in Cusco one of our representatives will meet you and then you will be transferred to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. The Sacred Valley allows better acclimatization due to its lower altitude compared to Cusco city. Have the rest of the day at leisure to rest and get used to the altitude.

 

Overnight at the hotel of your choice in the Sacred Valley

Meals included: breakfast

Breakfast.

 

F/D AUTHENTIC SACRED VALLEY

You will head to Chinchero to visit the PARWA Center, where you can appreciate beautiful textiles and even buy some to take home. After, visit the Chinchero church, which was built by the Spanish in 1607 and remains standing until today. Continue with a visit to the ruins of Chinchero, where you will find an important Inca center in which terraces and aqueducts were built. Then, you will stop at the Racchi Viewpoint, from where you will have a panoramic view of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant. Afterwards, you will head towards the town of Ollantaytambo, where you will find the imposing Inca fortress that bears the same name. This place is of great historical importance, because it is where Manco Inca defeated the Spanish forces in 1538. Then, you will descend to the town of Ollantaytambo which stands out for still maintaining the Inca urban planning as part of his original urban layout, with some buildings and narrow stone alleys. You can tour the town and visit the local market.

 

At proper time you will board the train from Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu. 

(*) Timetables are subject to confirm

 

Overnight at the hotel of your choice in the Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu)

Meals included: breakfast & lunch

Breakfast.

 

MACHU PICCHU (SIB)

You are going to visit one of the most important energy centers of the world: Machu Picchu. You will be driven to the archeological site, the visit of which will be an unforgettable experience, with a professional tour guide to impart to you all the history that surrounds this mysterious and enchanting place. Once the guided tour is over, you will have some free time to explore the site on your own, to relax, or to meditate. At the agreed upon hour, you will descend to Aguas Calientes for lunch and board the train later that afternoon for the return trip. 

 

Board train in Aguas Calientes, to Ollantantaytambo, and transfer back to Cusco.

(*) Timetables are subject to confirm

 

Overnight at the hotel of your choice in Cusco

Meals included: breakfast and lunch

Breakfast.

 

DAY AT LEISURE IN CUSCO

Enjoy the charm of this beautiful colonial city that was built upon the remains of amazing Inca buildings. Not to miss: Temple of the Sun (Koricancha), San Blas artisan’s neighborhood, the Cathedral and the Inca Fortress of Sacsayhuaman. 

 

OPTIONAL WITH EXTRA COST:

PM HD CITY TOUR AND RUINS AND SAN PEDRO MARKET (SIB)

You will visit the city of Cusco, known as the Imperial City and declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Here you will start your tour at the iconic San Pedro market, a local market where you can explore the colors, flavors and traditions of modern Cusco. The visit continues with the Koricancha Temple, an ancient Inca palace and cult center of the Sun God, above which the order of the Dominicans built a church, which remains standing to this day. You will continue ascending to the Fortress of Sacsayhuaman, an impressive example of Inca military architecture. Afterwards, you will explore  Q’enqo archeological site, where important Inca ceremonies took place.  Finally, you will arrive to the Plaza de Armas (main square), where you will visit the Cathedral, the most important temple in the city.

 

Overnight at the hotel of your choice in Cusco

Meals included: breakfast 

Breakfast.

At the scheduled time, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back to Lima.

Suggested flight LA2020 CUZ/LIM Departure 1244 – Arrival 1410 – not included 

Suggested flight LA2074 CUZ/LIM Departure 1439 – Arrival 1605 – not included 

Kindly note that there more options in case you need to fix your international flight to home.

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