South America is a bountiful continent and its marvels are many. We take you to two very special and protected gems of the continent. One is a group of volcanic Islands regarded as one of the World’s most unspoiled and important sites for wildlife-viewing and the other is a secret ancient Kingdom hidden within the lush Peruvian mountains. One is a marvelous showcase of biodiversity and the other is a top archaeological hotspot. What you are going to experience here, is a pure rarity.
We first explore the Galapagos islands of Ecuador, one of the few last places on Earth where life forms grow and prosper without the fear and intrusion of the human hands. An alien panorama, a land whose species once inspired the theory of evolution by Charles Darwin. These islands are so isolated and rare, that they are known to be home to a diversity of plant and animal species that you won’t find anywhere else on Earth.
After our excursions at sea level, we fly to Peru to enter an ancient secret kingdom snugged within the Peruvian mountains, one of the few well-preserved remnants of the Incan civilization in the world. Machu Picchu is a stone city that was built in the mid 15th century and abandoned around 1,00 years after it was built. The structure stands tall for over 5,00 years which clearly makes it an astonishing testament to the Inca’s incredible engineering feat and power. Get ready because we are going to explore the home of one of the largest empires of America, the Incan Empire.
Day 1: Guayaquil
Transfer to the hotel in Guayaquil. Overnight stay will be arranged at Unipark (Standard Room). You can also opt for an optional upgrade and stay at Wyndham Guayaquil (Deluxe Room).
Day 2: Guayaquil, Galapagos (Santa Cruz Island)
Transfer to Guayaquil’s airport to take our flight to Galapagos. Arrive at Baltra Island which hosts the islands’ principal airport. We take a ferry to Santa Cruz Island and drive to an exclusive giant tortoise reserve. Perched high on a hillside overlooking the ocean, Magic Galapagos Tented Camp will be our home for the night. Our stay will be surrounded by picturesque mountains and forest and we’ll have the entire hillside only to ourselves and the resident giant tortoises.
Watch the beautiful sunset from Magic’s western perch and then head for a scrumptious three-course dinner, prepared by expert chefs in an open-air kitchen. Post dinner, you can also stroll around the natural lava tubes on the reserve in the one-of-a-kind ‘Lava Lounge’. It’s the perfect spot to unwind and reflect on the day around the fire.
Day 3: Galapagos
We get on the motor yacht and head for our daily excursions to explore the Galapagos Islands. Welcoming crew members and knowledgeable naturalist guide will keep you company to help you experience these remote islands in the best way possible, with comfort and style. After our daily dose of exploration, we drive to Puerto Ayora to spend the night.
Overnight stay will be arranged at the Fiesta Hotel (Standard room). An optional upgrade of stay at Hotel Ikala Galapagos (Standard room) is also available on this night.
Day 4: Galapagos
This morning, we embark on Puerto Ayora’s bay exploration. A quick 10-minute navigation will take us to la Loberia Island which is named after a sea lion colony that inhabits there. This small island is a great place to Snorkel in amongst sea turtles and colorful fish and for playing with the ever-friendly and inquisitive sea lions.
Our next activity will be taking a hike to the Tunel del Amor, also known as the ‘lover’s tunnel’, known for its striking viewpoint from where if you’re lucky you might be able to spot resting white-tip sharks. On your way back, you will make a stop at the Punta Estrada’s dock, where you can go on a stroll to watch the marine iguanas.
Overnight stay will be at Fiesta Hotel (standard room), with an optional upgrade available for Hotel Ikala Galapagos (standard room).
Day 5: Galapagos - Guayaquil
Transfer to Baltra’s airport to take the flight back to the continent and continue to take international connection.
After arriving in Lima, you will be picked up, taken to your hotel and be given a documentation kit with detailed program explanation.
Overnight stay will be arranged at the hotel of your choice. Luggage and hotel registration assistance will be offered.
Day 6: Lima
We head for a city tour covering the modern and colonial parts of Lima, also known as the ‘City of Kings’. We pass by a Huaca, a sacred pre-Inca site. We also make a stop at Parque del Amor (Lover’s Park) in Miraflores for the exquisite views it has to offer, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Our exploration will also include 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.
Overnight stay will be arranged at the hotel of your choice.
Day 7: Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley
Post breakfast, at the scheduled time there will be a transfer to the airport to board the flight to Cusco city. Once you arrive in Cusco, one of our representatives will meet you and you will be transferred to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Due to its lower altitudes, the Sacred Valley offers better acclimatization as compared to Cusco city. Relax, rest and get used to the altitudes.
Overnight stay will be arranged in the Sacred Valley, at the hotel of your choice.
Day 8: Sacred Valley, Aguas Calientes
A visit to the quaint and exquisite Andean village of Chinchero. We enter the home of a textile artisan to see some of his original work and learn about his techniques and unique creative process. We then head out to see the significant Inca ruins dating back to the end of the 15th Century, along with a visit to a beautiful traditional church. We take the road to Ollantaytambo and stop at a viewpoint while en route, for one of the best views of the Sacred Valley. We enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and head to Ollantaytambo, which is one of the most representative complexes of the Inca Empire and also the site of one of the Spanish Conquistador’s rare strategic defeats. Known for its terraced fields, Ollantaytambo was a very effective fortress and also a religious center.
At the scheduled time, we will board our train for Machu Picchu. The train will arrive in Aguas Calientes, the closest town to Machu Picchu. Overnight stay will be arranged at the hotel of your choice in Aguas Calientes.
Day 9: Machu Picchu, Cusco
You will be driven to the archaeological wonder of Machu Picchu which also happens to be one of the most important energy centers of the world. You will be assisted by a professional tour guide who will impart to you all the history surrounding this mysterious and fascinating place. Once the guided tour is over, you will have leisurely time to explore the magnificent site on your own and relax. At the pre-decided time, we will descend to Aguas Calientes for lunch and board the train in the afternoon for the return trip. Once you arrive at Poroy station, you will be driven to your hotel.
Overnight stay will be arranged at the hotel of your choice in Cusco.
Day 10: Cusco
Enjoy the beauty of this stunning colonial city which was built upon the remains of amazing Inca buildings. The Temple of Sun (Koricancha), San Blas artisan’s neighbourhood, the Cathedral and the Inca Fortress of Sacsayhuaman are some of the highlights.
Overnight stay will be arranged at the hotel of your choice in Cusco.
Day 11: Cusco, Lima
We will have breakfast and at the scheduled time you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back to Lima.
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