Tours of Peru and Galapagos
Discover the organic marvels for the Galápagos in addition to magnificent social treasures of Peru. Explore the ancient Inca capital of Cusco, hike to ruins when you look at the Urubamba Valley, examine pre-Columbian items at Lima's celebrated Larco Herrera Museum, and witness the sunrise on magical Machu Picchu.
- Walk and snorkel among the list of abundant and fearless wildlife of this Galápagos Islands.
- See time break on the ruins at Machu Picchu from the fabled sunlight Gate.
- Uncover the monumental ancient fortresses for the Sacred Valley of Inca.
- Take-in the splendor of Cusco's design, a rich mix of Inca and Spanish colonial designs.
Day 1 — U.S./Guayaquil, Ecuador
Depart for Guayaquil and upon arrival, transfer to our hotel.
Time 2 — Guayaquil/Galápagos
Today, fly to the Galápagos Islands and board our comfortable expedition ship. During meal, we start our research associated with the countries.
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Times 3 through 8 — Exploring Galápagos
In keeping with the character of a journey, our itinerary is versatile, letting you benefit from this extraordinary wildlife sanctuary. You should have the chance to continue nature walks with regional naturalists; swimming; snorkel; or explore the waters by kayak, glass-bottom motorboat (Endeavour just), or Zodiac.
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Listed below are some of the islands we possibly may check out during our expeditions:*
Walk to the top of Bartolomé's volcanic cone for a wonderful view of Pinnacle Rock and the surrounding white sand beaches. You may are able to swim with Galápagos penguins.
Follow a path along some tide pools and underwater caverns in search of Galápagos fur seals, marine iguanas, sea lions, and Sally Lightfoot crabs.
Isla Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz is home to the Charles Darwin analysis Station, a reproduction station for put at risk local types. Learn about the Darwin Foundation and their huge Galápagos tortoise breeding system. Later on, vacation into the highlands where crazy tortoises forage.
Spend early morning searching for dolphins, whales, sea turtles, while the unusual ocean sunfish, the Mola mola. Explore caverns and hidden lagoons by Zodiac, and snorkel among water turtles.
At Champion Islet, snorkel among ocean lions, or peer into an underwater world in a glass-bottom vessel (Endeavour only) while keeping an eye fixed away for the endangered Floreana Mockingbird. Those interested can see post-office Bay—if the thing is that a letter addressed to someone who life in your area, the custom should deliver it yourself.
Find the marine iguana haven of Punta Espinoza once we hike over lava flows. Galapagos hawks and sea-lion nurseries may found once we explore this island.
See Darwin's finches, boobies, and waved albatross on this birder's utopia. Stroll among vivid green and red marine iguanas, and observe sea lions up close on a pristine white-sand beach.
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Day 9 — Galápagos/Guayaquil/Lima, Peru
Depart Galápagos today and travel to Lima, Peru via Guayaquil, showing up in the early night.
Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima Airport Hotel (B, L)
Day 10 — Cusco/Sacred Valley regarding the Inca
Fly from Lima to Cusco today and drive into Inca site of Moray, believed to have already been an agricultural laboratory where priests would test soils and plants. Enjoy a normal Peruvian meal at parador overlooking the ruins. Visit a colorful regional marketplace before an optional visit to the pottery studio of Pablo Seminario, featuring ceramics made out of ancient Peruvian techniques and styles.
Hotel Sol y Luna (B, L, D)
Day 11 — Sacred Valley regarding the Inca
After breakfast, enjoy a talk by nationwide Geographic grantee Peter Frost*, that has been exploring the Andes for 35 years. In 2001 and 2002, Peter led nationwide Geographic Society-sponsored expeditions into the remote region of Vilcabamba, Peru, choosing and examining the previously as yet not known Inca and pre-Inca site of Qoriwayrachina (National Geographic mag, February 2004). Travel further into the Sacred Valley to Ollantaytambo and explore the huge rock fortress where in actuality the Inca won their best success contrary to the conquistadores. Go to the family-owned hacienda Casa Orihuela for meal, after that look at family's exclusive museum filled with colonial artwork, and experience the fragile dance of paso ponies during a presentation of standard horsemanship. Right back during the lodge, meet nationwide Geographic grantee Nilda Callanaupa, that has assisted protect and restore traditional Inca textiles. Read about the woman ancient craft watching a weaving demonstration. Gather for a captivating performance of folkloric stilt dance tonight.
Resort Sol y Luna (B, L, D)
Day 12 — Sacred Valley/Machu Picchu
Go Machu Picchu today. Join helpful information for an introduction into web site then remain overnight within historical Belmond Sanctuary Lodge—sharing Machu Picchu with just a few site visitors.
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Day 13 — Machu Picchu/Cusco
Before sunrise, hike as much as the Sun Gate, the last checkpoint regarding the Inca Trail, watching day break within the classic damages of Machu Picchu. Spend rest of this early morning wandering through site on your own. After lunch, board the train back again to the Sacred Valley, after that head to Awanacancha, a farm in which llamas and alpacas are bred. Consistently Cusco, a city of astonishing charm and beauty which was after the capital of Inca Empire. Our house here is an exquisite 16th-century monastery simply steps from the city square. Take a stroll inside elegant arcaded courtyard and appreciate the 16th-century collectibles and paintings enhancing the halls before an unique supper with opera vocalists when you look at the vaulted dining room.