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Explore the best of both worlds!

When it comes to visiting South America, the phrase, “too much to see, too little time” applies for most travelers. We’ve attempted to remedy that by designing an itinerary that includes two of the best of our South American adventures, stretching from Peru’s ancient Inca cities of Cusco and Machu Picchu to the enchanting Galápagos Islands! Enjoy guided tours in both of these special places, and experience them in a variety of ways. You’ll hike, snorkel, train, fly, and yacht through spectacular nature, culminating with the rare, endemic wildlife of the Galápagos. Our expert guides and luxurious accommodations are some of the best available. You won’t find this level of quality with any other company!

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TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Make the most of your time visiting two of Latin America’s crown jewels, true wonders of the world
  • Begin with the rich Andean culture and deep history of iconic Cusco and Machu Picchu
  • Cap your journey on a private yacht, immersing yourself in the tropical paradise and Garden of Eden that is the Galápagos

Duration: 14 days Start Location: Lima, Peru End Location: Guayaquil, Ecuador

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  • Day 1 : Arrive in Lima, Peru and continue to Cusco, Peru

    Arrive in Cusco, Peru. After transferring to the hotel, enjoy a three-hour guided tour of the old city and Inca ruins, or unwind in the hotel. Meet for a welcome dinner tonight.


    INCLUDED MEALS: Lunch/Dinner
    LODGING: Libertador
  • Day 2 : Morning walking tour of nearby Inca ruins & Afternoon in Urubamba Valley

    Private morning tour of spectacular Inca ruins of Puka Pukara, Kenko, Tambo Machay, and the famous fortress of Sacsayhuaman. Afterwards, drive through the Urubamba Valley to Ollantaytambo, a living Inca village, virtually unchanged from ancient times. Overnight in Ollantaytambo. Dinner on your own.


    INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast/Lunch
    LODGING: Sol y Luna - Sacred Valley
  • Day 3 : Train to Machu Picchu and Visit Ruins

    Breakfast at the hotel. Continue exploring the valley before transferring to the railway station. Board train for the scenic 2 hour trip through the Urubamba Valley to Machu Picchu. From the Machu Picchu train station at Aguascalientes, a short bus ride on steep, winding switchback roads will take you up to the “Lost City of the Incas.” Machu Picchu, nestled between striking peaks high above the Urubamba Valley, exists as an incomparably well-reconstructed ruin of staircases, terraced hillsides, altars, temples, fountains, and vistas. A guided tour of the ruins will follow, after which you have lunch at the Sanctuary Hotel, then more time to explore with your guide. Return on the short bus ride to Aguascalientes for dinner and overnight at the Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel (subject to availability).


    INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    LODGING: Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel
  • Day 4 : Machu Picchu Ruins & Train back to Cusco

    After breakfast, take the 15-minute bus ride to the ruins. You have an early morning tour with your guide before the train arrives with day visitors. If you wish, you can climb Huayna Picchu (9,000') for dramatic vistas of the ruins, the Urubamba Valley, and the Cordillera Vilcabamba, or hike up to Intipunku (the “Gate of the Sun”). Lunch at the Pueblo. Descend by bus around 1:00 p.m. to catch the train to Cusco (about a 4- to 5-hour ride). Dinner on your own in Cusco. Overnight in Cusco.


    INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast/Lunch
    LODGING: Libertador
  • Day 5 : Depart Cusco and connect to Ecuador

    After breakfast at the hotel, you will have a private transfer to the Cusco airport for departing flight to Lima. Connect with an international flight to Guayaquil, Ecuador. A Mountain Travel Sobek representative will meet you outside the customs and immigration area at the airport. He or she will answer questions, brief you on the immediate arrangements, and escort you to your hotel.


    INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast
    LODGING: Hilton Colon
  • Day 6 : To the Galápagos Islands

    After breakfast at the hotel we have an early transfer to the airport. Fly from Guayaquil to the island of Baltra in Galápagos Islands (cost of flight not included). Board boat and begin a delightful week of exploration and relaxation.


    INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    LODGING: The Reina Silvia
  • Days 7 - 12 : Cruise, Hike, Kayak and Explore among the “Enchanted Islands"

    Each day of your Galápagos cruise contains magical moments of discovery, with a naturalist guide by your side to show you all of the wonders of each of the islands. Every Galápagos cruise itinerary varies, but you'll visit a combination of islands: Plazas, North Seymour, Genovesa, Santiago, Bartolomé, Fernandina, Isabela, Santa Cruz, Española, and Floreana. Each has its own special highlights, be it the soft, powdery sands, blue-footed boobies, and waved albatross colony at Española; the great snorkeling and a volcano hike on Bartolomé; the tide pools and fur seals on Santiago; the giant tortoises in the highlands of Santa Cruz; or the flightless cormorants and hordes of marine iguanas on Fernandina!


    INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    LODGING: The Reina Silvia
  • Day 13 : End Cruise and Return to Guayaquil

    Motor back to port. Transfer to the airport and fly to Guayaquil arriving in the late afternoon. The evening is free to take in the last of Guayaquil’s sites or to pick up some last-minute souvenirs before heading home. You could fly home on a late "red-eye" flight.


    INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast
    LODGING: Hilton Colon
  • Day 14 : Fly Home!

    Transfer to the airport for your homeward-bound flight, or join one of our extensions.


    INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast
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DATES: Best time to go: January - August, November - December Departures: Jan 5 - 18, 2015 Onboard the Reina Silvia Jan 12 - 25, 2015 Onboard the Galaxy Feb 9 - 22, 2015 Onboard the Reina Silvia Mar 9 - 22, 2015 Onboard the Reina Silvia Mar 30, 2015 - Apr 12, 2015 Onboard the Reina Silvia Apr 6 - 19, 2015 Onboard the Eco-Galaxy May 4 - 17, 2015 Onboard the Reina Silvia May 18 - 31, 2015 Onboard the Reina Silvia Jun 1 - 14, 2015 Onboard the Reina Silvia Jun 8 - 21, 2015 Onboard the Galaxy Jun 29, 2015 - Jul 12, 2015 Onboard the Reina Silvia Jul 6 - 19, 2015 Onboard the Galaxy Jul 27, 2015 - Aug 9, 2015 Onboard the Reina Silvia Aug 3 - 16, 2015 Onboard the Reina Silvia Aug 10 - 23, 2015 Onboard the Galaxy

PRICING:

2015 PRICES
$7,195 (10+ members)
$7,595 (7-8 members)

Flight Lima-Cusco-Guayaquil not included and estimated at $600.
$535 Internal airfare for Galapagos – subject to change
$100 Galapagos National Park fee
$10 Transit Control Card

Single Supplement: call for details

Children 10 and up are welcome.

NOTE: For detailed itineraries on specific departure dates including day-by-day details, please call us at 1-888-831-7526 or email us at info@mtsobek.com

  • Libertador

    Located in front of the Koricancha, or Sun Temple, in the cradle of the Inca Empire, Cusco's Hotel Libertador offers adventure just outside its doors. Stroll the city's narrow streets and visit Machu Picchu, the main square, the cathedral, or the artisan neighborhood of Saint Blas. Or simply steep in the hundreds of years of history while you enjoy the comfort and luxury of the hotel's many amenities.

  • The Reina Silvia

    At 90 feet long, the Reina Silvia was recently renovated and redesigned to create a pleasant atmosphere for groups of 12-16 guests. The yacht is fully air-conditioned and all cabins have en suite bathrooms with shower, vanity and lavatory. The yacht features up-to-date security, navigational and communications equipment. There is a spacious open-air lounge on the top deck, a swimming platform, kayaks, inflatable tenders, and snorkeling equipment.

    More information and deck plan.

  • Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

    A luxury boutique hotel just steps from the train, but a secluded natural paradise. Located in the small town of Aguas Calientes on the banks of the Urubamba River, the Pueblo Hotel was rated by Travel + Leisure readers  as a top 500 hotel of the world in 2006. Rustic elegance distinguishes the private bungalows, each with its own fireplace, and the lush gardens are home to orchids, exotic birds and other flora and fauna.

Properties shown are representative of the accommodations we use on this trip, may not be inclusive of all accommodations we use, and are subject to change.

Expert leadership is the key to an exciting, unforgettable experience. Our trips feature gifted leaders for whom leading trips is a true vocation. Besides showing you wonders you’d never find on your own, they make sure everything runs smoothly and safely without a hitch. They are knowledgeable about all aspects of your trip, and take great pleasure in sharing their insights with you. More than just guides, they positively elevate your experience by being teachers, companions, and the best of friends. You’ll be in good hands with them every step of the way.

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Many activities are optional and involve fairly easy travel. Trips may include short hikes of two to three hours or optional walks at low elevations. Includes less demanding sea kayaking and river rafting trips with Class I-II rapids.

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More active trips involving hiking over moderate terrain, usually - but not always - with vehicle support and at elevations less than 10,000 feet, or trips with long hiking days, multiple sea kayaking days, wilderness camping, or other invigorating activity. On many trips, you can elect to skip a day's activity, depending on logistics. Includes more demanding sea kayaking trips and river rafting trips with Class III rapids.

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Jan 5 - 18, 2015 Onboard the Reina Silvia Jan 12 - 25, 2015 Onboard the Galaxy Feb 9 - 22, 2015 Onboard the Reina Silvia Mar 9 - 22, 2015 Onboard the Reina Silvia Mar 30, 2015 - Apr 12, 2015 Onboard the Reina Silvia Apr 6 - 19, 2015 Onboard the Eco-Galaxy May 4 - 17, 2015 Onboard the Reina Silvia May 18 - 31, 2015 Onboard the Reina Silvia Jun 1 - 14, 2015 Onboard the Reina Silvia Jun 8 - 21, 2015 Onboard the Galaxy Jun 29, 2015 - Jul 12, 2015 Onboard the Reina Silvia Jul 6 - 19, 2015 Onboard the Galaxy Jul 27, 2015 - Aug 9, 2015 Onboard the Reina Silvia Aug 3 - 16, 2015 Onboard the Reina Silvia Aug 10 - 23, 2015 Onboard the Galaxy
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