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Love a good mystery? This 13-day vacation to Peru is the perfect escape to delve into the world’s most intriguing lost and found story. Featuring not one, but two days behind the misty gates of Machu Picchu, this below-the-equator tour takes you high into the Andes and deeper inside the Lost City of the Incas to unearth its centuries-old secrets. Navigating the cryptic maze of trails, temples, and terraces in the world’s most famous forgotten city is one for the memory books. Other great finds on this tantalizing tour of Peru? Up-close encounters with llamas, alpacas, and other Sacred Valley locals; colorful, handwoven textiles in the former Inca Empire capital of Cusco; bold, multicultural cuisine in the foodie capital of Lima; and a warm welcome inside a traditional family home for an authentic taste of Peruvian hospitality.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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LIMA Sightseeing with a Local Guide; visit San Francisco Monastery; visit a [LF] local Peruvian food market; welcome dinner at a local Peruvian restaurantSACRED VALLEY[LF] Mother Earth Ceremony with a shaman; visit Awanakancha and Pisac; visit Ollantaytambo and [LF] a local home for a glimpse into rural Peruvian life MACHU PICCHUTake 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 PicchuCUSCOSightseeing with a Local Guide; [LF] participate in a celebratory pasacalle (Andean parade); visit the cathedral, Santo Domingo Monastery, Kenko, and the Temple of Sacsayhuaman; farewell dinnerGALÁPAGOS ISLANDSSightseeing in Quito; 3-night Galápagos Islands cruise
Maximum elevation on tour: 13,000 feet.
Breakfast daily, 5 lunches, 7 dinners
Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.
ARRIVE IN LIMA, PERU. Welcome to Lima! Meet your Tour Director upon arrival.
LIMA. LIMA Guided sightseeing includes the Plaza de Armas, the Government Palace, Cathedral, and San Francisco Monastery. Tastings at a [LF] Peruvian food market. Welcome dinner at a local restaurant.
LIMA–CUSCO–SACRED VALLEY. LIMA Fly to Cusco. SACRED VALLEY Participate in an [LF] El Pago a la Tierra (Mother Earth Ceremony) with local shaman. Visit Awanakancha to see a pre-Columbian weaving demonstration, and llamas, alpacas, guanacos, and vicuñas. Free time for shopping Pisac’s famous market.
Breakfast Lunch Dinner
SACRED VALLEY–MACHU PICCHU. SACRED VALLEY Visit to the Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo and a [LF] local Peruvian home. Scenic ride on the Vistadome Train through the Urubamba Valley. MACHU PICCHU Guided sightseeing at Machu Picchu. Dinner at your nearby hotel.
MACHU PICCHU–CUSCO. MACHU PICCHU Second included entrance to Machu Picchu. Afternoon train to the Sacred Valley. Transfer to Cusco.
CUSCO. CUSCO Guided sightseeing includes visits to the Cathedral and Santo Domingo Monastery. Traditional [LF] Pasacalle (Andean Parade) and visits to Kenko Amphitheater and the Temple of Sacsayhuaman. Free time this afternoon before a farewell dinner.
CUSCO–LIMA–QUITO, ECUADOR. CUSCO Fly to Quito via Lima.QUITO Free time this afternoon.
QUITO. QUITO Guided sightseeing includes Independence Square, the Cathedral, and San Francisco Plaza Church.
QUITO–BALTRA–SANTA CRUZ (EMBARKATION)–CRUISING. QUITO Fly to Baltra.SANTA CRUZ Drive to the highlands of Santa Cruz Island and visit the Tortoise Reserve where giant tortoises are found in their natural habitat. Embark the Galápagos Legend for your 3-night cruise.
Breakfast Lunch Dinner
CRUISING: GENOVESA ISLAND. GENOVESA ISLAND Your Naturalist guided tour take you up Prince Philip’s Steps, where you will see large nesting colonies of Nazca and red-footed boobies. Wedge-rumped storm-petrels can be and, if you’re lucky, you may catch a glimpse of a short-eared Owl. After lunch on board, visit Darwin Bay to observe frigatebirds, red-footed boobies, herons, lava gulls, and many other bird species.
Breakfast Lunch Dinner
CRUISING: SANTA CRUZ & SANTA FÉ ISLANDS. SANTA CRUZ ISLAND Guided walk around a brackish lagoon where feeding flamingos are often found. Climb Dragon Hill, an important nesting ground for endemic land iguanas, offering lovely views of the neighboring islands. The forest is home to mockingbirds, Darwin’s finches, yellow warblers, and Galápagos doves.SANTE FÉ ISLAND See a large sea lion colony greets you on its white-sand beach. Walk through a cactus forest in search of the endemic Santa Fe land iguana, the largest in the islands. This island is home to a number of endemic species, including the Galápagos hawk, Galápagos snake, a variety of finches, and one of the four species of Galápagos mockingbirds.
Breakfast Lunch Dinner
CRUISING: MOSQUERA ISLET–BALTRA (DISEMBARKATION)–GUAYAQUIL. MOSQUERA ISLET This flat, sandy island has a large colony of sea lions and is an excellent site for observing shorebirds such as herons and lava gulls. Take a dip in the waters and snorkel to see the abundant sea life. BALTRA Fly to Guayaquil.GUAYAQUIL Free time this evening.
GUAYAQUIL. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
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"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!"
The Sonesta Hotel Cusco, which was built in 1986 and completely renovated in 2010, now features a modern contemporary décor and a fine dining restaurant serving classic Peruvian cuisine. It is within blocks of a handcraft market, Plaza de Armas, shops and restaurants. Amenities include a retsaurant, room service, business center, and bar.
This hotel welcomes you to Lima in comfort and style. It is located in the center of Lima's bustling district of Miraflores, within walking distance of shops, restaurants, bars, and other Lima attractions. The excellent Casa Andina Select Miraflores exudes sophistication and comfort, focusing on personalized service and great amenities.