MACHU PICCHU & GALAPAGOS – 14 DAYS / 13 NIGHTS

TRIP SUMMARY
  • 14 days/13 nights
  • Departure: Lima & Guayaquil
  • Immerse yourself in history and culture of Peru’s Inca Empire and the natural wonders of Ecuador’s archipelago.
  • Discover Lima, the City of the Kings; Cusco, the former Inca capital; and the marvelous nature of the Galapagos Islands.
  • Enjoy private services throughout your experience.
  • Accommodations
  • All activity and entrance fees as mentioned in itinerary
  • Guides (EN/SP other languages available on request)
  • All meals as mentioned in itinerary
  • Transportation as mentioned in itinerary

Day 1 International Arrival – Lima

Day 2 Lima – City Tour

Day 3 Lima – Cusco – Urubamba

Day 4 Urubamba – Machu Picchu – Urubamba

Day 5 Urubamba – Cusco

Day 6 Cusco

Day 7 Cusco – Guayaquil

Day 8 Guayaquil

Day 9 Guayaquil – Galapagos

Day 10 Galapagos: Santa Fe Island & South Plazas Island

Day 11 Galapagos: North Seymour Island – Mosquera Islet

Day 12 Galapagos: Genovesa Island: Darwin Bay & Barranco

Day 13 Galapagos: Santa Cruz Highlands – Guayaquil

Day 14 Guayaquil – Home

  1. Lima
  2. Cusco
  3. Sacred Valley
  4. Aguas Calientes
  5. Guayaquil
  6. Galapagos Islands
DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY
  • 14 days/13 nights
  • Departure: Lima & Guayaquil
  • Immerse yourself in history and culture of Peru’s Inca Empire and the natural wonders of Ecuador’s archipelago.
  • Discover Lima, the City of the Kings; Cusco, the former Inca capital; and the marvelous nature of the Galapagos Islands.
  • Enjoy private services throughout your experience.
  • Accommodations
  • All activity and entrance fees as mentioned in itinerary
  • Guides (EN/SP other languages available on request)
  • All meals as mentioned in itinerary
  • Transportation as mentioned in itinerary

Day 1 International Arrival – Lima

Day 2 Lima – City Tour

Day 3 Lima – Cusco – Urubamba

Day 4 Urubamba – Machu Picchu – Urubamba

Day 5 Urubamba – Cusco

Day 6 Cusco

Day 7 Cusco – Guayaquil

Day 8 Guayaquil

Day 9 Guayaquil – Galapagos

Day 10 Galapagos: Santa Fe Island & South Plazas Island

Day 11 Galapagos: North Seymour Island – Mosquera Islet

Day 12 Galapagos: Genovesa Island: Darwin Bay & Barranco

Day 13 Galapagos: Santa Cruz Highlands – Guayaquil

Day 14 Guayaquil – Home

  1. Lima
  2. Cusco
  3. Sacred Valley
  4. Aguas Calientes
  5. Guayaquil
  6. Galapagos Islands

DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY

TRIP OVERVIEW

This South American expedition tour will take you to discover Cusco, the cradle of one of the most enigmatic civilizations in history and home to 11 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the enigmatic Machu Picchu. You will then travel to Ecuador where you will explore the wildlife paradise of the Galapagos Islands. Explore the islands on a catamaran. Visit all the natural and geographical wonders that the archipelago has to offer.

DAY 1: INTERNATIONAL ARRIVAL - LIMA

Arrive at Jorge Chavez International Airport in Lima…

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Monday:

Arrive at Jorge Chavez International Airport in Lima. Upon arrival, a representative will be waiting to greet you at the airport and the transportation service will transfer you to your hotel at the scheduled time. Spend the rest of the day at your leisure in Lima, the capital of Peru and a city steeped in history. During Colonial times, the Historic Center of Lima, known as the ‘Ciudad de los Reyes’ (City of Kings), was the political, administrative, religious and economic center for the Spanish in Peru. The historical center is a UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site. Lima is now a modern metropolis and is currently undergoing an exciting process of cultural and economic change.

Overnight at the selected hotel in Lima.

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DAY 2: LIMA - CITY TOUR (B/L)

Your tour of Lima will start downtown at the…

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Tuesday:

Your tour of Lima will start downtown at the Aliaga House, a beautiful viceregal house delivered by Francisco Pizarro to one of his captains, Jerónimo de Aliaga, after the foundation of the city. The construction of this house started in 1535. This genuine jewel of colonial architecture is currently inhabited by his descendants. You will then get to know the Main Square, where Lima was first founded as “The City of Kings” in 1535. The area was already known by the name of Lima when Peru proclaimed its independence from the Spanish Crown in 1821. Here you will see a panoramic view of the Presidential Palace, the Archbishops Palace and the Lima Cathedral. Next, you will go to Saint Francis Church, which has an enviable collection of old books and an authentic network Then you will go to the Pueblo Libre district to visit the magnificent Larco Museum, founded by Rafael Larco Hoyle in 1926. The museum exhibit will walk you through over five thousand years of development achieved by the cultures that flourished before the Inca Empire. Located inside a viceregal mansion built on a pre-Columbian pyramid of the 7th century, the museum houses the most complete pre-Hispanic collection of gold and silver artifacts as well pieces of erotic art.

Overnight at the selected hotel in Lima. Lunch included.

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DAY 3: LIMA - CUSCO - URUBAMBA (B/L)

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Wednesday:

Start the day with breakfast at the hotel, then a representative and the transportation service will transfer you from your hotel to Lima’s airport.

Flight to Cusco (Not included) – We recommend arriving in a flight until 09:00am

Upon arrival, you will start your tour visiting the archaeological remains of Pisac which is the largest complex of terraces in the area and a masterpiece of agriculture of the Inca Empire. After lunch at the agreed restaurant drive to the town of Ollantaytambo located 60 kilometers from the city of Cusco. This is a typical example of urban planning of the Incas, which is still inhabited as in the past. Pachacutec (1438 – 1572) captured the town, destroyed it and built a new one absorbing it as part of his empire. It bears in its slopes a great archaeological complex called “tambo” (“fortress”), which was a resting place with accommodation for long distance travelers. It is without doubt one of the most monumental works of the empire. After the visit return to your hotel in the Sacred Valley.

Overnight at the selected hotel in Sacred Valley. Lunch included.

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DAY 4: URUBAMBA - MACHU PICCHU - URUBAMBA (B/L)

After breakfast at the hotel, a transportation service will pick you up and transfer you to the Ollanta Station…

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Thursday:

After breakfast at the hotel, a transportation service will pick you up and transfer you to the Ollanta Station to board the train to Aguas Calientes, the nearest town to Machu Picchu. Following a scenic journey through dramatic Andean landscapes, arrive at the station in Aguas Calientes. Board a bus for a 25-minute ride to Machu Picchu. The ‘Lost City of the Incas’ is believed to have been built in the 1450s by Inca emperor Pachacuti as a holiday retreat, yet within a century the city would be abandoned following the Spanish conquest. The Spaniards never found it, so it was spared the destruction they brought on other Inca sites. Instead, it was slowly swallowed up by the jungle and hidden from harm. A guided tour explains the origins behind this awe-inspiring citadel and its most prominent landmarks such as the monumental Main Square, the Royal Quarters, and the Temple of the Three Windows, the Circular Towers, the Sacred Sun Dial and the Burial Grounds. Return to Aguas Calientes for a tasty lunch at Sanctuary Lodge. In the afternoon, transfer to the Aguas Calientes station to take the train back to the Ollanta station, where you will be taken to your hotel in Sacred Valley.

Overnight at the selected hotel in Sacred Valley. Lunch Included.

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DAY 5: URUBAMBA - CUSCO (B/BL)

You will start the tour in the town of Chinchero, which was one of the most important villages…

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Friday:

You will start the tour in the town of Chinchero, which was one of the most important villages during the Inca Empire. Then you will have lunch and continue your trip to the archaeological vestiges of Maras and Moray. Maras is a surreal view. It’s near Moray and is an impressive salt exploitation complex. Its huge salt deposits were used to trade them for other products with other parts of the empire. The Moray archaeological vestiges are composed of mysterious concentric circular terraces which, according to some scholars, would be an agricultural research center. The higher external terraces would be at a higher temperature than the inner ones and could simulate the conditions of the different ecological strata of the Empire. Then you will be transferred back to your hotel in Cusco.

Overnight at the selected hotel in Sacred Valley. Box Lunch included.

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DAY 6: CUSCO (B)

Enjoy a guided tour of this charming city, which was the capital of the Inca Empire…

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Saturday:

Enjoy a guided tour of this charming city, which was the capital of the Inca Empire. The tour starts with a visit to Santo Domingo Convent, a large Renaissance-baroque complex, which was built over the Inca Coricancha temple. It was one of the most important temples dedicated to worshipping of the sun, and its foundations are still prominent at the base of the convent. Ancient chronicles say the temple was covered in gold leaf and filled with golden representations of nature. Then, visit the Cathedral, the most imposing monument of the Main Square. Head to the hills above Cusco to visit the remains of the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, whose imposing ramparts offer a stunning panoramic view of Cusco, and the ruins of the temple and amphitheatre of Qenqo, where it is believed the Incas practised agricultural rituals. Admire Qenqo and then finally visit Puka Pukara (‘Red fortress’ in Quechua) an Inca military complex located on a prominent hill. Its dwellings squares, bathrooms, aqueducts, walls, and towers can still be appreciated. Afterwards, return to your hotel.

Overnight at the selected hotel in Cusco.

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DAY 7: CUSCO – GUAYAQUIL (B)

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Sunday:

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