11 Day Ecuador, the Amazon & Peru with Machu Picchu (Sunday Departure)
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DAY 1, Sunday - Depart for Ecuador
Depart for Ecuador and arrive in Quito. The Quito airport is approximately an hour drive from the city. Balance of the day is at leisure.
DAY 2, Monday - Quito City Tour
The morning's tour begins with a visit to the colonial section of Quito to walk along the narrow cobblestone streets and feel the charm of 16th-century Quito. See the Independence Plaza, the Cathedral, Presidential Palace, and the Archbishop's Palace before visiting La Compañia de Jesus Church, with its beautiful gilded interior or the Church and Monastery of San Francisco, one of the great religious buildings of the New World with its impressive facade and atrium. Afterward, visit the Middle of the World Monument, located at a latitude of 0º, and stand with one foot in the Northern and one in the Southern Hemisphere. This evening, enjoy an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager and fellow travelers. Tonight perhaps, dine at one of the restaurants in Quito, offering delectable Ecuadorian cuisine. (Breakfast)
DAY 3, Tuesday - Transfer to Amazon Resort
After breakfast, transfer by bus to La Punta Ahuano on the Napo River where you will board a canoe that will take you to your Amazon lodge*. Enjoy the serene tranquility that the lodge has to offer and prepare to be amazed by both the wildlife and the culture inherent to the Amazon. In the afternoon, visit Ahuano and a local Quechua community interpretation center to learn about their way of life first hand before returning to the hotel. In the evening, dine together at the lodge. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
*Upon arrival the lodge is approximately a 5 -10 minute walk uphill from where passengers will exit the canoe. Passengers are required to transport their own carry-on luggage
DAY 4, Wednesday - Rainforest Hike
This morning, after a canoe ride you can hike in the Misicocha Private Nature Reserve for approximately two hours while viewing the beautiful flora and fauna up-close. The Amazon rainforest is the world's largest ecosystem, so be sure to keep an eye out for the innumerable species of tropical plants and insects. Admire the views as you cross suspended bridges and fly through the jungle on a short zip line basket ride. At the end of the hike*, take a rafting trip on a traditional balsa log raft. Balance of the day is at leisure or, choose to participate in one of the optional tours, including the Butterfly Farm & Balsa Wood Carving Demonstration, Cacao Farm & AmaZOOnico Rescue Center or Canopy Adventure Park. Tonight, savor a “Farewell to Ecuador” dinner with the group at the lodge. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
*This is an active hike and sections of the path include steps. Also, those who participate in the rafting trip will need to step through the water to reach the raft and will get wet during the ride
Optional: Butterfly Farm & Balsa Wood Demonstration
Optional: Cacao Farm & AmaZOOnico Rescue
Optional: Canopy Adventure Park
DAY 5, Thursday - Papallacta, Flight to Lima
This morning, board a canoe for the short trip to La Punta Ahuano, followed by a scenic drive through small towns and villages to Papallacta, tucked away in the Andes Mountains. Relax at the natural hot springs* and have lunch before bidding farewell to your Tour Manager and transferring to Quito Airport for your flight to Lima. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. Balance of the day is at leisure. (Breakfast, Lunch)
*A swimsuit is required to enter the Termas de Papallacta Spa and Thermal Pool
DAY 6, Friday - Fly to Cuzco, Pisac Market, Transfer to Sacred Valley
Transfer to the Lima Airport this morning, for your flight to Cuzco. Upon your arrival in Cuzco, take a scenic drive to Pisac Village. There, explore the town and bargain with vendors on the cobblestone streets of the Pisac handicraft market. Enjoy a cultural blast as the entire town has been converted into a street market. Afterward, continue to your hotel in the Sacred Valley. This evening, attend an orientation meeting with your new Tour Manager, followed by a Welcome Dinner. (Breakfast, Dinner)
DAY 7, Saturday - Discover Machu Picchu
Early this morning, transfer to the Sacred Valley's Ollanta Station and board The Voyager Train for the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu*, a UNESCO World Heritage Site arriving in the early afternoon. Also known as "The Lost City of the Incas", Machu Picchu was built circa 1450 and abandoned only 100 years later. The purpose of this splendid city is still a mystery to modern historians. Enjoy exploring the ancient citadel and marveling at the imposing Temple of the Sun, the House of the Priest, the Sacred Plaza and the intricately carved rock likely used as a sundial by the ancient Incas. The images of this significant archaeological site will be a long-lasting memory. This evening, savor a Peruvian dinner at your hotel. (Breakfast, Dinner)
*Approximate time spent at the ruins of Machu Picchu is 3 hours
DAY 8, Sunday - Return to Cuzco
This morning, spend time at leisure before departing Aguas Calientes for your return to Cuzco. Upon arrival in Cuzco, transfer to the hotel. Remainder of the evening is at leisure. (Breakfast)
DAY 9, Monday - Full Day in Cuzco
Spend today independently discovering the "Imperial City" of Cuzco, once the capital of the Inca Empire and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This lively city, rich in history, reveals remains of both the Incan and the Spanish presence. Take time to explore some of the city’s stunning sights, or, shop for some of the finest handicrafts and textiles in all of Peru. Participate in the optional Cuzco "Behind the Scenes" tour, offering a glimpse into the other side of life in Cuzco. On this tour, visit a local market and taste fresh-baked Chuta bread. Stop at the Cuzco cemetery to learn more about Andean life and death and meet with a local "shaman" (holy man). After the cooking demonstration, enjoy a delicious meal. In the afternoon, join the optional Highlights of Cuzco excursion that takes you to the impressive Colonial Cathedral with its collection of over 400 paintings, the Temple of the Sun and the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, which took over seven decades to complete. (Breakfast)
Optional: Half Day Cuzco Behind the Scenes (AM)
Optional: Half Day Highlights of Cuzco (PM)
Optional: Highlights of Cuzco & Cuzco Behind the Scenes Combo Package
DAY 10, Tuesday - Fly to Lima & City Tour, Farewell Dinner
Morning transfer to the airport for your flight back to Lima. Upon arrival, embark on a city tour of Lima, with its 2000 years of history. Begin at the colonial center of the city, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its historic buildings surrounding the splendid Plaza Mayor. View the impressive Palace of the Archbishop with its fine carved balcony, the opulent Government Palace, the official residence of the President, and the 16th-century Cathedral of Lima whose first stone was laid by Pizarro. Continue to the 17th century Monasterio de San Francisco complex with its magnificent tiles, ornately carved ceilings, exceptional paintings and world-renowned library. After the city tour, check into your hotel. Spend the last evening in Peru with the group and say goodbye to your Tour Manager and fellow travelers at the Farewell Dinner. (Breakfast, Dinner)
DAY 11, Wednesday - Depart Peru
Your vacation ends today after breakfast. (Breakfast)
Transfers depart the hotel approximately 4 hours prior to flight time.
Due to the high elevation, travel in the Ecuadorian Andes and the Peruvian highlands may cause some passengers to experience the temporary effects of altitude sickness. If you have any concerns about traveling to higher than your accustomed elevation, please consult your healthcare provider.
All This Included
All intra-flights: Quito-Lima, Lima-Cuzco & Cuzco-Lima
10 nights accommodations
Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
18 meals: 10 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5 dinners
Sightseeing per itinerary in modern motor coach
Services of English-speaking tour managers throughout
Services of English-speaking local guides
Entrance fees per itinerary
Visit Colonial Quito and walk through its cobblestone streets
Stand at the Middle of the World monument, located at a latitude of 0º
Stay in the Amazon region and visit a Quechua community interpretation center
Discover the astonishing ancient citadel of Machu Picchu via The Voyager Inca Rail Train
City Tour of Lima with its 2000 years of history
Quito: Mercure Hotel Alameda
Amazon: Casa del Suizo
Lima: Casa Andina Select Miraflores
Sacred Valley: Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness
Aguas Calientes: El Mapi Hotel
Cuzco: Hilton Garden Inn Cuzco
Lima: Casa Andina Select Miraflores
Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers, but does include flights Quito-Lima, Lima-Cuzco & Cuzco-Lima.
Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight datesTriples at the Hilton Garden Inn Cuzco will be accommodated in a twin and single room.
This moderately active trip covers a fair amount of ground each day. Expect from three to four hours walking every touring day. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. Early wake-ups are necessary on some mornings to cover the territory. Due to the high elevation, travel in the Ecuadorian Andes and the Peruvian highlands may cause some passengers to experience the temporary effects of altitude sickness. If you have any concerns about traveling to higher than your accustomed elevation, please consult your healthcare provider. Some hotels in Quito, Amazon and Aguas Calientes are built in the traditional local style and have no air-conditioning. During heat waves, these hotels can become uncomfortable, even at higher elevations. This is a Classic program.
Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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