Discover the wild life and the enormous creatures roam freely between the National Park and agricultural areas in Galapagos, walking the islands and visiting them by boat. Finishing this expedition in Machupicchu and on the way visiting the most beautifully places in the area.

 

Duration: 11days / 10nithgs

 

Itinerary: Day 01°. Quito or Guayaquil – Galápagos - Santa Cruz Island. We highly recommend to get Quito or Guayaquil the night before you start the tour, some international connection landed late that make to lose the connection flight to Galapagos. Please be at Quito or Guayaquil airport 2 hours before your flight Galapagos Island. In Baltra, our specialist guide will meet you and take you to the island of Santa Cruz. After lunch, we visit Tortuga Bay (2 km away), which is recognize for its white sand, its crystal waters and waves. During the walk to the beach, we will cross the tropical dry forest with stunning Giant Cacti, only found on the Galapagos, At Tortuga Bay you will find many marine birds such as frigates, pelicans and oystercatchers. Just behind the beach you can rent a kayak to explore the area. Time-permitting, you can visit the Charles Darwin Research Station on your own.

*Accommodations in Tourist Class Hotels at Santa Crus Island

 

Day 02°. Day trip to an uninhabited island. Enjoy a full day trip to one of the uninhabited islands of the archipelago which are easily accessible from Santa Cruz. The boat ride takes 1 to 2 hours each way, depending on the destination. Lunch is served on board. The boats hold 16 to 20 passengers and have a bathroom, sun deck and purified water dispenser. Each of the islands has something interesting to offer in terms of wildlife and landscape. Based on availability, you will visit one of these: Santa Fe, South Plazas, North Seymour or Bartholomew.

*Accommodations in Tourist Class Hotels at Santa Crus Island

 

Day 03°. Highlands – Day tour. This morning you will go to Manzanillo or El Chato farm in the highlands of Santa Cruz. Here, you will have your first glimpse of a Galapagos Giant Tortoise in its natural habitat. These enormous creatures roam freely between the National Park and agricultural areas. This visit offers the ideal opportunity to view these ancient creatures munching on lush green vegetation or wallowing in the mud of the seasonal pools that attract them from the lowlands during the dry winter season. At certain times in the year, migratory shore birds can be seen, too. This guided tour includes a walk through open fields and forest. A basic cafeteria and clean toilets are available on these farms and some offer rubber boots in case of muddy conditions. After lunch, enjoy a bay tour at Lobería and Punta Estrada to snorkel with the sea lions! Then, continue to Tintoreras channel, Canal del Amor, and a short hike to Las Grietas where you can swim in this crystal clear natural crevasse.

*Accommodations in Tourist Class Hotels at Santa Crus Island

 

Day 04°. Bay trip to an uninhabited island. Enjoy a full day trip to one of the uninhabited islands of the archipelago which are easily accessible from Santa Cruz. The boat ride takes 1 to 2 hours each way, depending on the destination. Lunch is served on board. The boats hold 16 to 20 passengers and have a bathroom, sun deck and purified water dispenser. Each of the islands has something interesting to offer in terms of wildlife and landscape. Based on availability, you will visit one of these: Santa Fe, South Plazas, North Seymour or Bartholomew.

*Accommodations in Tourist Class Hotels at Santa Crus Island

 

Day 05°. Santa Cruz – Baltra airport – Quito or Guayaquil. After breakfast, travel to Baltra Airport, visiting en route The Twins which are similar to craters, but formed by a collapse of the earth underneath due to lava flows that passed below it. We will also walk through the scalesia forest to encounter Galapagos fly-catchers and other endemic birds. The tour will end upon arrival to the airport where you will return to Quito or Guayaquil.

We highly recommend to have an overnight in Quito or Guayaquil before head to Lima, the departure flight from Quito or Guayaquil to Lima is late making you arriving to Lima airport around mid-night and have to sleep on the floor waiting for the next connection.

When you have an overnight in Quito or Guayaquil after a great sleep you can go to the airport to get your flight to Lima and finally to Cusco that is easy and comfortable.

*Accommodations in Tourist Class Hotels at Quito or Guayaquil.

 

Day 06°. Quito or Guayaquil – Lima – Cusco. Ones you will arrive to Cusco we will be waiting for you at the airport with our car in order to take to the hotel, the best option is to have an easy day just resting and acclimate our self to the altitude.Leisure day by yourown and great chance to explore the city and walk around.

*Our overnight stay will be at Hotel in Cusco.

 

Day 07°. Cusco City & Surrounding. This tour starts at your hotel. Our first stop is the famous Koricancha Sun Temple – a beautiful place that captures the Incas masterful stone masonry. The cathedral is next where you can appreciate the historical Qusquenean art, whilst learning about the links between Incan and Catholic religion. Then it’s time to explore the Incan sites around Cusco city including Sacsayhuaman, Quenqo, Pucapucara and Tambomachay.

*Our overnight stay will be at Hotel in Cusco.

 

Day 08°. Chinchero – Salineras – Maras – Moray – Ollantaytambo. This day is packed with many different Incan sites. We start in Chinchero, a nice town where you can observe the women weaving and even buy a souvenir for you to take home, while enjoying the landscape and farming areas. We will see how local people are growing potatoes, corns and quinoa. We will then visit Maras and its church before continuing to the site of Moray which gives us a true representation of the Incan terraces, then we will visit Sal mines at Salineras a place still being used in the same way before the Incas time, Our final stop Ollantaytambo the Incan place and it’s beautiful and small town (You can combine or choose to do it by car, ATV, Zip Line or horseback riding using our native Paso fino horse).

*Our overnight stay will be at Hotel in Ollantaytambo or Sacred Valley.

 

Day 09°. Ollantaytambo – 01 day Inca Trail – Machupicchu. We’ll begin this tour with a scenic train ride following the Urubamba River for KM104 to the starting point of our hike. We’ll walk approx. 6 hours through the amazing Inca site of Wiñayhuayna, considered one of the most beautiful sites in the area due to its location and architecture. We will visit this magnificent place and enjoy the fantastic surroundings before we continue our hike through the high cloud forest to the famous Sun Gate, or Intipunku, marveling at the stunning scenery that surrounds us. When we arrive at the Sun Gate, prepare to be amazed. From here, you can see the spectacular Machu Picchu and experience the sun setting over the ruins, before taking the bus to Aguas Calientes.

*Our overnight stay will be at Hotel in Machupicchu.

 

Day 10°. Machupicchu – Ollantaytambo – Cusco. After the taste of Machu Picchu at the Sun Gate, you will be raring to go at the beginning of this second day. This is your time to explore these iconic ruins and take that postcard picture. You will meet your guide, and they will tell you the historical aspects as you walk around, and you can experience the life of a true Inca. Afterwards, it will be time to say farewell to the mighty Machu Picchu – an incredible place that is sure to leave an imprint on your soul. But don’t be too sad, as you can enjoy one last beautiful sunset over the Peruvian Andes on the way back to Cusco.

*Our overnight stay will be at Hotel in Cusco.

 

Day 11°. Cusco – Home. . Day at your leisure, according the schedule of you flight we’ll transfer you to the airport or get ready for your next adventure.

 

Included in this tour:

  • Airport transfers in Galapagos
  • Accommodations in Tourist Class Hotels in double occupancy
  • Group tours with English-speaking guides
  •  4 Breakfasts & 4 Lunches in Galapagos
  •  Snorkeling equipment (mask & fins)
  • Round trip flights to Galapagos (from Quito or Guayaquil)
  • Day 1° to 11° Full day tour
  • Peruvian licensed Guide.
  • Private transportation
  • Entrance fees for the places we will visit
  • Entrance fee for Inca trail and Machu Picchu
  • Bus tickets Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes
  • Train ticket Ollantaytambo – Machu Picchu – Ollantaytambo
  • Lunch at the second day
  • Boxed lunch at third day
  • Transfer from Ollantaytambo to Cusco
  • Transfer in & out (the day that you will arrive and leave)
  • Lunch & dinner (Optional)
  • Comfortable Accommodation, 3 or 5 stars hotel (optional)

Not included:

  • Accommodations in Quito or Guayaquil
  • Airport transfers in Quito or Guayaquil
  • Dinners or additional meals
  • Galapagos park fee USD 100 per person
  • Galapagos Transit Card USD 20 per person
  • Travel insurance
  • Drinks with meals
  • Wetsuit rental
  • Tips

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