ECUADOR & PERU 11 days
Immerse yourself in this epic adventure.
Arrival in Lima, a GAGV staff will wait for you at the airport / terminal to take you to your hotel, depending on the time of your arrival. We will have a CITY TOUR and welcome dinner.
Once we have determined your arrival time, we will prepare a tailor-made schedule for you. And your schedule will be followed to the letter, (there are cases of groups with different arrival times) we will also accommodate this.
In the worst case late arrival: panoramic welcome evening walk and welcome dinner.
During dinner we will have a short talk learning all the details about the program.
Wake up early to catch our early morning flight to Cusco.
The idea is that an early arrival in Cusco gives us the opportunity to acclimatize to the high altitude of this town. We will take it easy in the morning with a light walk through the village to the market and some of the churches. Then our first tour in the afternoon this tour will be leisurely allowing us to know the main attractions of the city of Cusco and surroundings, where we will undertake our first step the cathedral in the main square of the city, then we will visit the QORIKANCHA, then we will go to SAQSAYHUAMAN, QENQO, PUCAPUCARA and finally TAMBOMACHAY, at the end of this tour we will return to your hotel.
This day the PICK-UP at our hotel will be at 7:30 am to begin our trip to the Sacred Valley of the Incas and end the day with a two-hour train trip to the town of Machupicchu to spend the night in this city.
We will start our adventure visiting the archaeological center of CHINCHEROS, then we will go to Urubamba where we will have lunch. Then we will go to the Archaeological Center of OLLANTAYTAMBO and ending our tour in this town we will take the train for two hours until we reach the town of Machupicchu (Aguas Calientes), a small town located at the foot of the Inca citadel of Macchu Picchu.
We will stroll around this quaint and gorgeous little town maybe this is your best chance to purchase some souvenirs
This day we will start very early to fully enjoy our tour in MACHUPICCHU, our guide will pick us up from our hotel at 6:00 am to the bus terminal in the direction of the Inca citadel and our day will begin, appreciating the beauty of the tour to get to one of the wonders of the world, after a 30-minute bus trip we will arrive at the entrance to the citadel of Machu Picchu where we will appreciate a dazzling view.
Upon arrival we will learn that there is an optional two miles walk towards the SUN´S GATE on this trail we will appreciate the Quechua´s ingeneering as we pass by many “tambos” The end of this walk is the actual SUN´S GATE the point in which the INCA TRAIL arrives in MACHUPICCHU.
This is an optional low level difficulty walk we will return to the starting point thus starting a 2-hour tour exploring and enjoying the beauty and magic of the actual Inca citadel. After completing our tour we will return to Machupicchu Pueblo, to enjoy a delicious lunch, then we will board the train back to the town of Ollantaytambo, then we will take a vehicle to drive all the way back to Cusco.
CUSCO LIMA GUAYAQUIL
City tour in the afternoon in Guayaquil
DAY 6: One of our guides will take you to the airport to provide airport assitance.
Early departure from Guayaquil to The Galapagos Islands. Arrival at BALTRA airport, a NATURALIST GUIDE will be waiting for you there to start your adventure. You’ll be visiting the HIGHLANDS OF SANTA CRUZ to visit a farm where Giant Tortoises can be found in their natural state. Later a visit to the Lava tunnels. And lunch in a farm. Hotel Check-in Puerto Ayora
DAY 7: Acclimation day: Breakfast in your hotel then A 1.5 miles walk through a cobble-stone trail passing through a Palo Santo and cacti forest, will take you to TORTUGA BAY one of the most beautiful beahces of the archipelago. With two beaches to enjoy; One with rough waves and turquoise waters the other a peaceful cove. Afternoon leisurely paced walk through the town.
DAY 8: The Deluxe Yacht that we work with is waiting to take you to Bartholomew island. It seems that everywhere you go in the Galapagos Islands, you see a postcard-perfect view in all directions especially in Bartholomew Island. The most-photographed of all of these Galapagos postcard views is without a doubt the view from the top of Bartholomew Island. Make sure to bring your camera and snorkeling gear! (you might snorkle with penguins)
DAY 9: Breakfast in your hotel then a short zodiac / small boat ride through the bay and you will go to LAS GRIETAS a natural formation, a high crevasse, half under the ocean water. A great spot for photography And an afternoon visit to the CHARLES DARWIN RESEARCH STATION. Sunset can be witnessed from a beach there.
DAY 10: Deluxe Yacht trip visit to another uninhabited Island SOUTH PLAZA, or NORTH SEYMOUR WEDNESDAY. Both islands will deliver amazing scenery, birds, both marien and land iguanas and sealions.
(The choosing of which will be made with the group)the idea is to try and meet as close as possible the group´s interests.
DAY 11: transfer out and visit THE TWINS a lava formation in the highlands of Santa Cruz. Transfer in to your hotel in Guayaquil
End of services.
We will need to know if you need a night of hotel in Guayaquil to arrange your flight Schedule back home.
Price: $ 6000
We´ll be driving through the Peruvian Andes. We´ll spend the night at 12000 ft above the sea level in Cusco
It is advised to consult with your physician if you have blood pressure issues.
There will be awalk around the cobble Stone streets, there will be a hike thorugh the moorlands so both walking and hiking shoes are recommended.
Also hiking shoes to walk around at the volcanic floor at the Galapagos islands and a bathing suit.