Explore the famous Sacred Valley of the Incas and the Galapagos Islands during this unforgettable 15-day adventure. This trip combines many of our exciting opportunities into one expansive experience. Explore markets and ruins in the Sacred Valley, explore the citadel of Machu Picchu, soak up history among the colonial buildings and Incan architecture of Cusco, tour the political palaces and churches of charming Quito, embark on a luxurious cruise of the beautiful and mystifying Galapagos Islands. The second half of your trip offers a more relaxed pace during which you will be immersed in the exotic environments of diverse and rare wildlife present on the islands.
Upon arrival in Lima and after clearing Customs & Immigration you will be met and escorted to the Wyndham Costa del Sol Airport Hotel, located adjacent to the terminal.
Transfer on your own to the domestic terminal. Check-in for your flight to Cusco.
You will be met at the airport in Cusco and driven to Urubamba, in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Driving time around 90 minutes.
Overnight Sonesta Posadas del Inca Yucay, daily breakfast included - 2 nights.
This morning you will be picked up at hotel and depart with your guide for a full-day excursion to the village and ruins of Pisac located 7 miles from Urubamba. After exploring the ruins you will visit the colorful Pisac market where you'll be able to trade with locals for a variety of handicrafts, including woolen sweaters and ponchos. The main colorful market days are Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, although there is a smaller market daily. Lunch will be served in Urubamba, followed by a tour of the town and fortress of Ollantaytambo located in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Lunch is included.
Hotel pickup and transfer to the Urubamba Train Station. Depart on the Vistadome service for the scenic journey to Machu Picchu Station in Aguas Calientes. Upon arrival you'll be escorted by your guide to the 25-minute 'zig-zag' shuttle bus up the mountain to the ruins. Explore the walls, stairways, temples and terraces of Machu Picchu with intriguing and detailed information from your private guide. After a buffet lunch served at the Sanctuary Lodge, you'll be free to explore this enchanting place on your own.
After exploring, return by bus to Aguas Calientes.
Overnight El Mapi Hotel, dinner and breakfast included.
In the morning you are free to visit the ruins again. Optional activities include the hike up to the Sun Gate or the climb of Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain, a strenuous yet rewarding hike that will test your head for heights and provide some of the best views of the area.
In the afternoon, return to the Machu Picchu train station for departure to Cusco. From the Cusco train station, you will be transferred to your hotel in the center of the vibrant and historical city of Cusco.
Overnight Maytaq Wasin Boutique Hotel, daily breakfast included - 2 nights.
You will be picked up by your guide from your hotel and set off on a half day tour of Cusco and the nearby Inca ruins. Cusco, the oldest continuously inhabited city on the continent, was the capital of the Inca Empire and is considered by many Quechua peoples to be the spiritual center of the world. Much of colonial Cusco was built on Inca foundations, and your guide will point out Inca stonework along the many streets. Visit the main square, the Cathedral, Santo Domingo Church, as well as a first introduction to Inca stonework at the ruins of Puka-Pukara, Qenqo, Tambo Machay, and the renowned fortress of Sacsayhuaman overlooking Cusco and the surrounding valley.
You will be picked up at your hotel and transferred to the Cusco Airport for your flight to Quito, with connection in Lima.
You will be met at the Quito Airport and transferred to your Quito hotel.
Overnight Vieja Cuba, daily breakfast included - 2 nights.
Depart with your private guide for a drive around one of the most charming cities in Latin America. Enjoy the colonial center of Quito: Independence Square, the Presidential Palace, the Cathedral, La Compañia - the Richest Church of America - with its breathtaking golden altars, The San Francisco Square and Church and the arts and crafts gallery of Tianguez. The tour ends with a trip to the Panecillo Hill, which commands a striking view of Quito, the surrounding valley and the snow-capped mountains.
This morning you will transfer to the airport for your flight to the Galapagos Islands.
Upon arrival at the San Cristobal Airport you will pass through immigration and baggage claim. You will then be met by Cormorant staff and transferred to the yacht. You will be shown to your cabin where you will have some time to settle in before lunch and a welcome briefing.
The M/C Cormorant (constructed in 2011) incorporates the very best of Galapagos catamaran design. The modern and ample design includes Jacuzzi, huge sun deck, and private balconies for each of the staterooms. The Power Motor Catamaran is 108 feet with a capacity of 16 passengers. She carries a crew of 11 including first class bilingual naturalist guide.
In the afternoon you'll be able to enjoy a dinghy ride and snorkeling around Kicker Rock (Leon Dormido), also known as the Sleeping Lion because of its resemblance. This site is located off the coast of San Cristobal. There are remains of a lava cone eroded by the sea and two vertical rocks rising 500 feet above the ocean which forms a small channel that is navigable by small boats.
This Galapagos Island's natural monument has become a favorite sight for cruises due to the many tropic birds, frigatebirds and boobies that fill the surrounding area. Beneath the sea the crystal waters offer a brilliant sight of colorful tropical fish and invertebrates.
All meals and excursions are included.
Española Island is the southernmost island of the Galapagos and is the breeding site of nearly all of the Waved Albatrosses in the entire world. Española is densely populated with mockingbirds, Blue-Footed and Nazca Boobies, Darwin finches, Galapagos doves, hawks, red and green Marine iguanas and colonies of sea lions.
In the morning, we will begin the day at Suarez Point on a trail where you will have the chance to see Blue-footed Boobies, albatrosses and Nazca Boobies. We will also visit a beautiful site on the ocean front where there is a cliff that large albatrosses use as a launching pad! You'll also have the chance to see the famous blowhole that spurts water into the air. The landscape is great for photography.
In the afternoon, we will visit the spectacular Gardner Bay & Osborn Islet. After landing, you can walk across a lovely white sand beach amongst a busy sea lion colony or dive into the water to swim with sea lion pups. It is also the breeding site of nearly all of the world's 12,000 pairs of Waved Albatrosses.
We will visit two sites on Floreana Island. Floreana is known for its fabulous snorkeling sites, its vibrantly pink flamingos and its black sand beaches. We will head to Cormorant Point in the northern part of Floreana. Here, land on a green colored beach from the olivine crystals it is composed of. Enjoy a hike to a salt-water lagoon which is home to flamingoes and other sea birds. The trail continues to another beach known as Flour Beach because of the very fine white-sand particles it is made of, it is also really important to turtles that nest there. You will also get to swim in Champion, one of the best snorkeling sites in the Galapagos Islands.
In the afternoon, we will visit the famous Post Office Bay and Baroness View Point. You will land on a beach and head to a spot where 18th century whalers once placed a wooden barrel for use as an unofficial mail box. The custom continues to this day with Galapagos visitors. So, don't forget your postcards, and don't be surprised if the post card arrives to its destination before you even get home. Baroness View Point offers spectacular views of the coastline and is a great place to learn more about the endemic Mangroves.
In the morning we start at the Charles Darwin Station - Breeding Center "Fausto Llerena" home to turtles ranging from 4-inches (new hatchlings) to 4-feet long. Here you will observe the various sub-species of turtles interacting with each other, and possibly with you. Many of the older turtles are accustomed to humans, and will stretch out their heads for a pet. The babies are only kept until they are about four years old, or large enough to survive in the wild. These conservation efforts continue to be extremely successful.
After this final visit, you will be transferred to the airport on Baltra for your flight back to the mainland.
In Quito or Guayaquil you will connect with your international flight. For morning departures it will be necessary to spend a night in Quito or Guayaquil.
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We had the trip of a lifetime. All went smoothly without any problems. Connections were seamless, guides and drivers were courteous, friendly, and knowledgeable.
- Lynn G, June 2015