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!
- 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, EcuadorDownload Detailed Itinerary
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Day 14 : Fly Home!
Transfer to the airport for your homeward-bound flight, or join one of our extensions.
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
Flight Lima-Cusco-Guayaquil not included and estimated at $600.
Single Supplement: call for details
Children 10 and up are welcome.
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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.
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.
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