Day 1 - Arrive Quito
Arrive in Quito. You are welcomed at the airport and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Day 2 - Quito
This morning tour offers the best of Quito, with its rich cultural legacy, ornate façades and dazzling gilt altars. Visit Independence Square, the Archbishop’s Palace, the Metropolitan Cathedral as well as other very representative samples of colonial art and architecture. Continue to visit and relive the history of Ecuador’s most ancient cultures in one of the finest archaeological and gold artifact collections in the Americas. There are over 1,800 pieces, beautifully arranged in chronological corridors with explanatory panels and dioramas. (B)
Day 3 - Quito / Baltra - Galapagos Islands Cruise (Monday-Thursday)
You will be assisted and transferred to the airport for your flight to Baltra. Upon arrival, transfer to the pier to board the cruise. (BD)
Enjoy a 4-days/3 nights cruise on board your cruise. ITINERARY: Subject to change due to climatic conditions or National Park regulations
Day 4 - Dragon Hill - Venice, Santa Cruz Island / Cormorant Point, Floreana Island
Day 5 - Suarez Point, Espanola Island / Breeding Center or La Galapaguera, San Cristóbal Island
Day 6 - North Seymour Island / Baltra airport / The Galapagos Islands /Quito / Lima
Arrive in Baltra this morning. Transfer to the airport for your flight back to mainland Ecuador. Upon arrival in Quito, connect with your flight to Lima. (BL)
Day 7 - Lima / Cuzco / Sacsayhuaman
Fly to the oldest inhabited city in the Western Hemisphere: Cuzco. Today, visit several ruins, including Kenko and Tambomachay. Journey to the “Valley of the Incas” to the Sacsayhuaman Fortress. Later, see the hillside fort and Puca Pucara, which most likely served as a lookout post and stopping point between Cuzco and the Sacred Valley. (B)
Day 8 - Sacred Valley / Machu Picchu
Travel aboard the Vistadome train from Cuzco to the archeological wonder of Machu Picchu, built in the late 14th century. Machu Picchu was obviously a well-planned and carefully built city, made up of two clearly different sectors, one agricultural and the other urban. With mountains to one side and a river roaring far below, this solemn fortress is a fascinating remnant of a once-bustling city that was mysteriously abandoned after the middle of the 16th century. Secreted amidst dense jungle vegetation and steep hills, Machu Picchu remained undiscovered by the modern world until 1911. Learn about the many legends and strange truths of these ancient ruins from your local guide. (BLD)
Day 9 - Machu Picchu / Cuzco
Today enjoy the tranquility of the morning. This morning you will have some free time to wander the charming village of Aguas Calientes or pay locally to take the coach up to the Citadel and wander the ruins at your own pace inhaling the magic that is Machu Picchu. After lunch at the hotel, return to Cuzco aboard the “Inca Train.” Sip a cup of tea and enjoy panoramic views as the beautiful greenery of the Urubamba Valley rolls by. (BL)
Day 10 - Cuzco / Lima / Home
Transfer this morning to the airport for your flight into Lima, Peru. You are welcomed and embark on your tour of Lima. Your local expert focuses on the city’s colonial heritage during a walking tour.
Start at the Plaza de Armas to see the Government Palace and visit the Cathedral, where the skeleton of Francisco Pizarro is sealed in a wooden coffin. From there, stroll to the venerable San Francisco Monastery, with its splendid 17th-century cloister murals. Next, stop at Lima’s famous Herrera Museum. This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner at a La Rosa Nautica Restaurant. Later transfer to the airport for your flight home. (BD)
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