Machu Picchu and Galapagos: Wonders of the World

16 Days / 15 Nights

OVERVIEW

Overview

If what you like most to do is travel, then you won’t want to miss out on two of the most attractive destination on the planet: Machu Picchu – Historic Sanctuary, World Heritage, and one of the new 7

ITINERARY

Itinerary

Machu Picchu and Galapagos: Wonders of the World 16 Days / 15 Nights

You will arrive in the city of Lima.
Lodging in Lima.

The morning starts off with an excursion to historic center of Lima, an UNESCO World Heritage Site, with stops at the most important sights: the Main Square and then on to the Santo Domingo Convent, where you will learn a little something about the city’s two patron saints: Rose of Lima and Martin of Porres. Afterwards, you will continue the excursion to the city’s modern sectors: the exclusive district of San Isidro, with a tour of the Huallamarca Pyramid, and then Miraflores, with a stop at the "Parque del Amor" (a sort of lover’s lane) and its incredible view of the Pacific coast.
Lodging in Lima.

Cuzco: City Tour, Sacsayhuaman, and ruins

Arrival at Cuzco. This day is set apart for a tour of the Imperial City, a cosmopolitan metropolis yet heir to a grand past. It begins at the Santo Domingo Convent, built overtop the ruins of the Koricancha, an ancient Incan palace dedicated to the sun god. Next landmark is the Main Square, upon which sits the cathedral and the lovely Church of La Compañia de Jesus (Society of Christ). Following that will be a stop at the Sacsayhuaman Fortress, an imposing example of Incan architecture. Then, you will travel northeast of Cusco to visit the Qenko, Puca-Pucara, and Tambomachay archeological sites.
Lodging in Cusco.

Sacred Valley of the Incas: Pisac Market and Ollantaytambo

Today you will set off for the Urubamba Valley, also known as the "Sacred Valley of the Incas". It’s a charming location, full of tradition and ringed by typical small towns, like Pisac, which you will stop by to go shopping at its traditional market, the perfect spot for finding a souvenir to remind you of your journey. Lastly, you will visit the town of Ollantaytambo, a lovely village constructed by the Incas that has kept its past nearly intact in the form of stone streets and walls.

Machu Picchu: "Lost City of the Incas"

You are going to visit one of Peru’s most incredible icons: the mysterious outpost of Machu Picchu, a World Heritage Site and Historic Sanctuary. You will ride the train to the town of Aguas Calientes and from there ascend by bus to the archeological site. There will be a guided tour and, afterwards, free time for you to explore the ruins on your own. At the agreed upon time, you will return to Aguas Calientes to catch the train back to the city of Cuzco.
Lodging in Cusco.

Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands Extension Program onboard the Galapagos Explorer cruise ship.
6 days / 5 nights

The beginning of this adventure is a tour of the city of Guayaquil, visiting the neighborhood of Las Peñas, traveling to the top of Santa Ana Hill, and more.
Lodging in Guayaquil.

The departure for the Galapagos Islands National Park and UNESCO World Heritage Site is onboard the luxury cruise ship Galapagos Explorer II. Experienced naturalist guides will lead the land excursions in search of the wildlife. During your stay, you will visit Cerro Brujo Beach, known for its exotic animals and home to sea lions and marine iguanas. You can also go swimming in the Pacific and take advantage of the free time to enjoy the area.
Lodging on the Galapagos Explorer II.

Suarez Point and Gardner Bay (Hood Island)

Morning: Suarez Point, Hood Island
Hood Island is your destination today, the oldest of the islands and refuge for the Christmas iguana, a species of marine iguana whose skin turns red and green during the mating season. There is also Suarez Point, the best and only place on the archipelago for seeing the Galapagos pelican and the odd Christmas iguana. After this, you will head off towards the cliffs of the Blowhole, where enormous jets of water are spouted off towards the sea. Last stop is Gardner Bay, a beautiful beach, ideal for swimming and snorkeling.
Lodging on the Galapagos Explorer II.

Charles Darwin Station (Santa Cruz Island) & Rabida Island

The day begins with a visit to Santa Cruz Island and then onwards to Puerto Ayora. The Charles Darwin Science Station is located in this town, and you will visit it to learn more about the conservation efforts underway on the islands and their surroundings. Later that day, you will have the chance to see Rabida Island. It boasts a lagoon filled with flamingos and a hiking trail from which you have excellent views of the island’s volcano and the turquoise colored ocean beneath you.
Lodging on the Galapagos Explorer II.

Morning: Bachas Beach – Santa Cruz Island
You will go to Bachas Beach in the morning and marvel at its beautiful white sand and see marine turtle nests. It’s another excellent spot for swimming in the sea and observing the local wildlife. Later that day, you will board your flight for the return to Quito. Upon arrival, you will take a tour of the best this city has to offer, named the Culture Capital of the Americas in 2011.
Lodging in Quito.

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