Legacy of the Incas with Peru’s Amazon & Galápagos Cruise (SPY)

23 days from Lima to Guayaquil

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Calendar? Astronomy? Alien artwork? None of the above. But the discovery of Peru’s Nazca Lines gave a whole new meaning to drawing a line in the sand. Flightseeing is the best way to see these massive geoglyphs etched into the desert— where the ancient Nazca people likely performed spiritual ceremonies. From the Lost City of the Incas surrounded by the peaks of the Andes to the floating Uros Islands on the highest lake in the world, this vacation to Peru leads you to great heights while also going to greater depths to illuminate its archaeological, historical, and cultural wonders. In addition to two days of exploration at the mysterious and magical ruins of Machu Picchu, you’ll also visit the Sillustani pre-Incan burial ground, cruise to the wildlife paradise of the Ballestas Islands, and frolic through the wonders of colonial and culinary Lima as well as the Inca capital, Cusco. There’s more to squawk about when you combine the wonder of the Andes with the wilderness of the Amazon. Canopy walks, canoe rides, and higher speed motorboat jaunts offer varying perspectives of the macaws, monkeys, and myriad of other rainforest creatures you’ll discover when you start your tour of Peru in the Amazon. When satisfying your inner historian, don’t forget your inner naturalist. Cruise around the famed Galápagos archipelago, where you’ll share the shores with every native species from the blue-footed boobies to the pint-size penguin. A meet-and-greet with a colony of sea lions seals the deal on this wondrous extension to your Peru vacation.

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 DESTINATIONS & SIGHTSEEING

Sightseeing:

PERU’S AMAZON
Enjoy three nights in the Peruvian Amazon

LIMA
Sightseeing with a Local Guide; visit San Francisco Monastery and a [LF] local Peruvian food market; welcome dinner at Casa Garcia Alvarado; farewell dinner

SACRED VALLEY
[LF] Enjoy a special lunch, complete with live Andean music and a Mother Earth Ceremony performed by a shaman; visit Pisac; visit Ollantaytambo and [LF] a local home for a glimpse into rural Peruvian life

MACHU PICCHU
Take the Vistadome train through the Urubamba Valley; sightseeing with a Local Guide and a second entrance to the ruins on your second day in Machu Picchu; Pisco Sour mixology lesson

CUSCO
Sightseeing with a Local Guide; Inca King greeting; visit the cathedral and Santo Domingo Monastery, Kenko Temple, and the Temple of Sacsayhuaman

LAKE TITICACA
Guided sightseeing to Taquile and the Uros Floating Islands

SILLUSTANI
Visit the ruins; [LF] learn about the lives of the local people

PARACAS
Fly over the Nazca Lines; cruise to the Ballestas Islands

GALÁPAGOS ISLANDS
Sightseeing in Quito; 4-night Galápagos Islands cruise

Notes:

  • Participation in this tour requires guest's name exactly as it appears on his/her passport, D.O.B., gender, and nationality at the time of booking.
  • Maximum elevation on tour: 13,000 ft.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Breakfast daily, 11 lunches, 15 dinners

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1

ARRIVE IN LIMA, PERU. Welcome to Lima! Meet your Monograms representative at your hotel.

Day 2

LIMA–PUERTO MALDONADO–POSADA AMAZONAS. LIMA Fly to Puerto Maldonado.
PUERTO MALDONADO Motorboat ride up the Tambopata River to view the exotic wildlife. Arrive at your Amazon Jungle lodge.
POSADA AMAZONAS Nighttime nature walk with your expert Naturalist to search for nocturnal animals of the Amazon.
Breakfast Breakfast Lunch Lunch Dinner Dinner

Day 3

POSADA AMAZONAS. POSADA AMAZONAS Boat ride and nature walk around Oxbow Lake with your naturalist. Explore the rainforest on a Canopy Walkway suspended 100 feet from the ground. This afternoon, visit a local farm to learn about the various crops grown in the region.
Breakfast Breakfast Lunch Lunch Dinner Dinner

Day 4

POSADA AMAZONAS. POSADA AMAZONAS This morning, visit a clay lick to observe wildlife from a blind to see the normal routine of fauna without disrupting their environment. Visit a Brazil nut farm and camp to learn how this nut is sustainably harvested and prepared for consumption. Later, visit a mammal clay lick, where peccary and other large mammals can often be found.
Breakfast Breakfast Lunch Lunch Dinner Dinner

Day 5

POSADA AMAZONAS–PUERTO MALDONADO–LIMA. PUERTO MALDONADO Return to Puerto Maldonado and fly to Lima.
LIMA Meet your Tour Director at the hotel this evening.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 6

LIMA. LIMA Guided sightseeing includes the Plaza de Armas, the Government Palace, Cathedral, and San Francisco Monastery. Visit and tastings at a [LF] Peruvian food market. Welcome dinner at Casa Garcia Alvarado (one of Lima’s finest historic homes).
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 7

LIMA–CUSCO–SACRED VALLEY. LIMA Fly to Cusco.
SACRED VALLEY Lakeside lunch followed by an [LF] El Pago a la Tierra (Mother Earth Ceremony) with local shaman. Visit Pisac village and its famous market.
Breakfast Breakfast Lunch Lunch Dinner Dinner

Day 8

SACRED VALLEY–MACHU PICCHU. SACRED VALLEY Guided sightseeing with a Local Guide to the Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo. Visit a [LF] local Peruvian home. Scenic ride on the Vistadome train through the Urubamba Valley.
MACHU PICCHU Guided sightseeing with a Local Guide. Pisco Sour demonstration and dinner at your nearby hotel.
Breakfast Breakfast Lunch Lunch Dinner Dinner

Day 9

MACHU PICCHU–CUSCO. MACHU PICCHU Second included entrance to Machu Picchu. Afternoon train to the Sacred Valley. Transfer to Cusco.
CUSCO Free time this evening.
Breakfast Breakfast Lunch Lunch

Day 10

CUSCO. CUSCO Guided sightseeing with a Local Guide includes visits to the Cathedral and Santo Domingo Monastery. Inka King greeting and visits to Kenko Amphitheater and the Temple of Sacsayhuaman. Free time this afternoon before dinner.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 11

CUSCO–JULIACA–PUNO (LAKE TITICACA). CUSCO Fly to Juliaca. Scenic drive to the shores of Lake Titicaca.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 12

PUNO. EXCURSION TO LAKE TITICACA. PUNO Scenic boat ride to Taquile and Uros Floating Islands. Guided sightseeing of Lake Titicaca includes a local home visit and lunch.
Breakfast Breakfast Lunch Lunch Dinner Dinner

Day 13

PUNO–SILLUSTANI–JULIACA–LIMA. SILLUSTANI Guided sightseeing with a Local Guide to Sillustani Pre-Incan Burial Ground and a [LF] local home.
JULIACA Fly to Lima.
LIMA Free time this evening.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 14

LIMA–PARACAS. BALLESTAS ISLANDS CRUISE & NAZCA LINES. LIMA Scenic drive along the Pan-American Highway to the Bay of Paracas.
PARACAS Scenic cruise to the Ballestas Islands in search of sea mammals, blue-footed boobies, sea lions, and Humboldt penguins. See the huge Candelabro etching on the Paracas Cliffside.
PISCO Flightseeing over the 500-BC Nazca Lines (mysterious drawings of animals and geometric figures etched into the desert).
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 15

PARACAS–LIMA. PARACAS Scenic drive to Lima.
LIMA Farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 16

LIMA–QUITO, ECUADOR. CUSCO Fly to Quito.
QUITO Free time this evening.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 17

QUITO. QUITO Guided sightseeing includes Independence Square, the Cathedral, and San Francisco Plaza Church.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 18

QUITO–SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND (EMBARKATION)–CRUISING. QUITO Fly to San Cristobal.
SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND Embark the Seaman Journey for a 4-night cruise. This afternoon, visit the Galápagos Darwin Interpretation Center with your expert Naturalist and learn about ongoing conservation of the archipelago, its history, ecosystems, flora, and fauna.
Breakfast Breakfast Lunch Lunch Dinner Dinner

Day 19

CRUISING: SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND. SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND Visit Cerro Colorado Tortoise Reserve and learn about the island’s giant tortoise population and measures taken to help preserve and breed these endangered species. The center includes a large corral, breeding center, and interpretative trail, where it is possible to see different species of native and endemic plants as well as birds, such as the San Cristobal mockingbird, yellow warblers, many species of finch, and the Galápagos flycatcher. This afternoon, explore Cerro Brujo, offering beautiful views of Kicker Rock and famous for being the first place Charles Darwin visited in the archipelago. Visit a lagoon, home to many migratory bird species, such as black-necked stilts, ruddy turnstones, whimbrels, and whitecheeked pintails. Also, enjoy snorkeling with the sea lions and other marine life.
Breakfast Breakfast Lunch Lunch Dinner Dinner

Day 20

CRUISING: ESPAÑOLA ISLAND. ESPAÑOLA ISLAND Join your Naturalist for excursions to Gardner Bay and Punta Suárez on Española Island, one of the oldest islands in the archipelago. Here, you will see the famous blowhole, as well as unique sea bird colonies, including the waved albatrosses (April-December), Nazca and blue-footed boobies, and Darwin’s finches.
Breakfast Breakfast Lunch Lunch Dinner Dinner

Day 21

CRUISING: FLOREANA ISLAND. FLOREANA ISLAND Visit Cormorant Point to see a brackish lagoon, which usually holds one of the largest flamingo populations in the Galápagos. The trail continues to a beautiful white-sand beach, one of the most important nesting sites of Green Pacific sea turtles. Enjoy a chance to snorkel among sea turtles, reef fish, sea lions, and even white-tipped reef sharks. This afternoon, visit Post Office Bay, named for the wooden barrel that served as an informal post office for sailors passing through. Here, you may also encounter Darwin’s finches, yellow warblers, and lava lizards, and take advantage of another chance for great snorkeling.
Breakfast Breakfast Lunch Lunch Dinner Dinner

Day 22

CRUISING: SANTA CRUZ (DISEMBARKATION)–BALTRA–GUAYAQUIL. SANTA CRUZ Visit Charles Darwin Research Station, where the Galápagos giant tortoise breeding program helps preserve the fragile Galápagos environment. Learn how eggs are brought from the nearby Galápagos Islands, incubated artificially until the galápaguitos (little turtles) are born and then at the age of five are returned to their native areas.
BALTRA Fly to Guayaquil.
GUAYAQUIL Free time this evening.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 23

GUAYAQUIL. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
Breakfast Breakfast

 Tour Director

With Globus, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

MAURICIO YONFA-ESTUARDO

Escorting tours for more than 20 years

"Born in Venezuela and raised in Ecuador, I'm an architect by profession, but a Tour Director by heart. I have worked as a South America lecturer for cruise lines, a guide in Ecuador and the Galápagos, and a Tour Director in South America. My goals are to transform each guest into a Peruvian expert and to encourage them to try and appreciate authentic Incan food. So, let's discover together the mysterious land of the Incas and maybe even sample roasted guinea pig!"

Tour Director - MAURICIO YONFA-ESTUARDO

 Accommodations

CUSCO

CASA ANDINA PREMIUM CUSCO

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

GUAYAQUIL

HILTON COLON GUAYAQUIL

Hotel as shown or similar
Moderate Deluxe
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

LIMA

WYNDHAM COSTA DEL SOL LIMA AIRPORT

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

MACHU PICCHU

SUMAQ MACHU PICCHU HOTEL

Hotel as shown or similar
Moderate Deluxe
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

PARACAS

DOUBLETREE RESORT BY HILTON PARACAS

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

PUERTO MALDONADO

POSADA AMAZONAS LODGE

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

Posada Amazonas opened its doors in 1998 and has become a major attraction for those looking for a short stay in the rainforest with the promise of an authentic eco-tourist experience. The lodge is situated within the community's private reserve. Using local materials and architecture combined with modern expertise, Posada Amazonas is community built and as such is a testament to workmanship and endeavor. Posada Amazonas is a 30 bedroom lodge owned by the Community of Infierno and managed with Rainforest Expeditions. Thanks to its accesibility, excellent wildlife observation opportunities, cultural context and comfortable accommodations, Posada Amazonas is ideal for a three night introduction to Amazonia´s richest rain forests.

PUNO

GHL LAGO TITICACA

Hotel as shown or similar
Moderate First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

QUITO

HILTON COLON QUITO (SAT)

Hotel as shown or similar
Superior First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

The Hilton Colon Quito hotel is 10 minutes' walk from the colonial Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This modern hotel enjoys spectacular views of the city. Amenities include a fitness center, spa, outdoor heated pool, 5 restaurants/lounges, laundry service, concierge, florist, barber shop, and gift shop.

SACRED VALLEY

CASA ANDINA PREMIUM VALLE SAGRADO HOTEL AND VILLAS

Hotel as shown or similar
Superior First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

 Optional Excursions

Contact your Travel Consultant for more information.
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