MACHU PICCHU & GALAPAGOS
This tour combines South America`s man made wonders with its natural ones. The itinerary starts with the human history; you`ll visit the world famous Machu Picchu and explore the Sacred Valley of the Incas; before moving on to soak up the continent`s natural past on the Galapagos islands – home to animals that can`t be found anywhere else on the planet.
HighlightsLima, Cuzco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Quito, Galapagos Islands
Trip StyleHistory & Culture, Wildlife
IncludedBuffet lunch in the Sacred ValleyAll BreakfastsHotel nights as per the itineraryTravel InsuranceTrain to/from Machu Picchu24/7 SupportEntrance feesAccredited Tour GuidesTours and Transfers
Not IncludedDomestic airfareTipsMeals not mentionedInternational airfare
Day 1: LIMA
Arrive in Lima and catch your private transfer to your selected hotel.
No meals included.
Day 2: LIMA
Today, a guided tour will give you the opportunity to turn your camera on spots like the main plaza, Presidential Palace, the bone blanketed catacombs at San Fracisco Church, and the Park of Love at Miraflores.
Day 3: CUZCO
Arrival in Cuzco and private transfer to your selected hotel.
Later, embark on a city tour. Your guide will give you the 411 on sights like the UNESCO World Heritage Main Plaza with its Colonial cathedral, the Santo Domingo Convent and the Incan sites of Sacsayhuaman, Quenco and Tambomachay.
Day 4: CUZCO
Roam into the Sacred Valley where the ancient Incas lived and farmed. Your guide will walk you along the area`s time line, taking you from Awanacancha to the ancient ruins of Ollantaytambo and Pisaq.
In the afternoon, you`ll catch the train to Aguas Calientes; the gateway to Machu Picchu.
Meals: B, L.
Day 5: CUZCO
Wake early to watch day break over Machu Picchu.
Later, take a tour of the ancient citadel. Your guide will show you the ritual baths, the Palace of the Princess and the Temple of the Sun. You can pay a little extra to climb Huayna Picchu; the mountain that stands sentry over the far end of the citadel.
Day 6: QUITO
Arrival in Quito and private transfer to your selected hotel.
Day 7: GALAPAGOS ISLANDS
Venture to the Galapagos Islands by boat. Nature had a field day in this part of the world. The islands are home to thousands of different species of plants and animals.
In the afternoon, you`ll visit Fausto Llerena Breeding Centre at the Charles Darwin Centre on Santa Cruz Island, where a breeding programme for the Galapagos` giant tortoises is run. These animals, with their shells that look like huge army helmets, can weigh up to 417 kilograms.
Just so you know, the activities you can experience today will depend on the time of year you visit.
Meals: B, L, D.
Day 8: GALAPAGOS ISLANDS
Today you`ll feel like you`ve fallen into the pages of National Geographic, as you continue to explore the Galapagos Islands. The morning revolves around Floreana Island. There will be a chance to snorkel around the Floreana`s satellite islet of Champion; where blue lobster and sea horses share the sea; and Post Office, where there`s a good chance of swimming with sea turtles.
In the afternoon, you`ll visit Cormorant Point, where you can hike to the brackish lagoon where thousands of lipstick pink flamingos congregate.
Meals: B, L, D.
Day 9: GALAPAGOS ISLANDS
Continue to discover the islands that inspired Darwin`s theory of evolution. In the morning you`ll visit Espanola Island. Snorkel with sea lions at the islets of Osborn and Gardner and keep an eye out for species like white-tipped reef sharks and manta rays.
In the afternoon, you`ll drop by Suarez Point. The endemic animal sightings come thick and fast here. Lookout for sea lions, Nazca boobies, mocking birds, and red billed tropic birds as you hike around the area. If you`re here between April and December, you`ll be in time for the mating season of the Waved Albatross.
Meals: B, L, D.
Day 10: GALAPAGOS ISLANDS
This morning you`ll boat over to Daphne, where you`ll have the opportunity to wear out your camera battery by snapping the likes of Darwin finches, blue-footed boobies, Nazca boobies, red-billed tropic birds and brown noddies.
Then it`s homeward bound.