12 Days Wonders of Machu Picchu and Galapagos Islands

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HIGHLIGHTS: Lima - Cusco - Valle Sagrado - Machu Picchu - Cusco / Visiting Orphanages and Shcools and Quito, Galapagos, Galapagos Islands, flight back to Quito or Guayaquil

Explore through two of South America's wonders, Machu Picchu and Galapagos. Traveling through Peru and enjoy the delights of this ancient culture by interacting with friendly locals, and experiencing cities and villages on your way to visiting to the majestic Machu Picchu. Then the travel to the great Galapagos Islands in Ecuador. Discover an amazing wildlife and incredible unique creatures, as well as the Island's outstanding natural beauty by foot and boat. Don’t miss these two amazing destinations and enjoy your vacations by South America.

  • Day 1: Arrival to Lima
  • Day 2: Lima – Cusco & Sacred Valley (Private service)
  • Day 3: Sacred Valley & Visit a school or an orphanage (Private service)
  • Day 4: Ollantaytambo site tour - Aguas Calientes
  • Day 5: Machu Picchu
  • Day 6: Cusco Archaeological
  • Day 7: Departure Cusco & Flight Lima to Quito
  • Day 8: Quito & Middle of the World
  • Day 9 Flight from Quito to Galapagos / Cruise
  • Day 10 Cruises Galapagos Islands
  • Day 11 Cruises Galapagos Islands
  • Day 12 Departure Galapagos (Flight back to Quito or Guayaquil)

Day 1 Arrival to Lima
Arrival at the International Jorge Chavez airport, welcome and transfer to the hotel

Day 2 Lima - Cusco & Sacred Valley
After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport in Lima, to take the flight to Cusco.
When you arrive to Cusco we will be waiting for you at Cusco Velasco Astete Airport. Then you will be transfer to the Sacred Valley, with a stop in Chinchero, where you will meet women from the Andes, showing you the typical and traditional way to weave, with wonderful natural threads and colors. Then you will continue to the Sacred Valley along the urubamba river, to rest and relax the rest of the afternoon in your hotel.

Day 3 Day for meeting local people - Social responsibility project Day for meeting local people - Social responsibility project
After an early breakfast we will pick you up in the lobby of your hotel and bring you to visit a local School of Children, when school is in session you can visit the town around or the project next to who help children in abandonne, and see how it works and how SA Peru has started to help them with your support traveling with us.
For Lunch we will visit a home-hosted from a local family or at Local Native restaurante. Then you will have the opportunity to enjoy one of the locals activities such as making the traditional pottery, or preparing the “Chicha” the typical fermented drink made from corn. Available also other activities.

Day 4 Ollantaytambo Tour - Aguas Calientes
This morning you will visit the archaeological site of Ollantaytambo where we will see the ancient Inca archaeological sites and terraces, relax and explore the town of Ollantaytambo . This village is known for their ancient streets and houses and retains the original city plan of the original Inca City.
At the appropriate time we will bring you to the Train Station for your Expedition Train to Aguas Calientes. The train will follow the Vilcanota River for approximately 1½ hr. When you arrive a representative from you hotel will be waiting to help you with your luggage, escort you to your hotel and assist you with the check in process.
The rest of the afternoon will be yours to rest, relax and explore as you wish. We recommend visiting the local Hot Springs of Aguas Calientes for a dip in the Hot Spring Pools.
Optional:

  • Additional Vistadome Train Service, more comfortable, with panoramic windows located beside and above your seat will bring you close to nature.
  • Additional Belmond Hiram Bingham Train Service, more exclusive and luxurious train, with an elegant dining car and a bar car.

Day 5 Machu Picchu Tour
After breakfast we will meet you in the lobby of your hotel and bring you to the bus station for your train to the citadel of Machu Picchu. You will then enjoy a professional guided tour of one of the Modern Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu, one of the most mysterious and magical places in the world
After your tour you will have some extra free time to Explore before returning to the train station for your train and transfer back to the hotel in Cusco.
Optional:

  • Entrance fee to Hike the Huaynapicchu Mountain or the Machupicchu Mountain

**Machu Picchu is considered one of the most extraordinary examples of landscapes architecture in the world, and it is located at the top of the mountain with the same name at 2,430m where was built the extraordinary city, surrounded by agricultural terraces, water natural springs with stairways and canals carved out of stone are recurrent throughout this remarkable archaeological site.

Day 6 Cusco
Today you will have a free morning to rest, relax and explore in the beautiful ancient capital of the Incas. We highly suggest visiting the San Pedro market, the neighborhood of Artisans of San Blas, or the Central Artesanal where you can find many handicrafts made by the locals.
In the afternoon at the appropriate time we will meet you in the lobby of your hotel and start the tour. We will visit the main square or Plaza de Armas, the Cathedral, the Coricancha or Temple of the Sun. Afterwards we will make our way outside the city to the archaeological sites of Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, PucaPucara and Tambomachay. After a tour of each location we will bring you back to your hotel for a restful evening.

Day 7 Departure Cusco - Lima - Quito
At the appropriate time your transfer will pick you up and bring you to the Cusco Airport where you will catch your flight to Quito.
Arrival at the International Quito airport, welcome and transfer to the hotel. Night in The Quito city

Day 8 Quito City Tour – The Middle of the world tour
After breakfast you will be picked up from your hotel for a half day tour. Located in a large valley with the snowcapped Cotopaxi Volcano towering over it, Quito is renowned for its old city center one of the oldest on the continent. You will visit Colonial Quito before visiting the Middle of the World Museum. This museum located on the Equator allows you to stand with one foot in each hemisphere.

Day 9 Quito & Galapagos Islands
This morning you will be picked up from your hotel and taken to the airport for your flight to the famous Galapagos Islands. On arrival on Baltra Island you will be taken to your Galapagos cruise ship. After settling in, you will set sail for the some of the most beautiful and special islands on this planet.

Days 10 & 11 Galapagos Islands
These days you will enjoy sailing through these amazing islands and its animal inhabitants. Each day there will be at least two different excursions both on sea and on land. See penguins, sea lions, giant tortoises, iguanas and an incredible diversity of birds. For the enthusiasts it will also be possible to do some scuba diving.

Day 12 Galapagos Islands – Quito
Today we will return to Santa Cruz Island from where you will be transferred to Baltra Island and the airport. From here you can fly either to Quito or Guayaquil depending on your international return flight or possible extensions.
End of our services.

INCLUDED

*Tours, Excursions & Required Entrance Fees : Group & Shared Tours

  • Day 02: Visiting a local community at the Sacred Valley
  • Day 03: Visiting a children’s school or orphanage at the Sacred Valley
  • Day 04: Ollantaytambo archaeological site tour at the Sacred Valley
  • Day 05: Machu Picchu
  • Day 06: Cusco Archaeological
  • Day 08: Quito, the Middle of the world tour
  • Day 09: Galapagos Cruise 4 Days / 3 Nights

*Transfers:

  • Day 01: Lima Airport – Lima Hotel
  • Day 02: Lima Hotel - Lima Airport
  • Day 02: Cusco Airport – Sacred Valley
  • Day 04: Sacred Valley/ Ollanta Hotel – Ollanta Train station
  • Day 05: Ollantaytambo/Poroy – Cusco Hotel
  • Day 07: Cusco Hotel – Cusco Airport
  • Day 08: Quito Airport - Quito Hotel
  • Day 09: Quito Hotel - Quito Airport
  • Day 09: Galapagos Airport - Galapagos Cruise
  • Day 12: Galapagos Cruise - Galapagos Airport

*Train:

  • Expedition Train Round Trip Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo/Poroy

*Flights:

  • Lima - Cusco, Cusco - Lima, Lima - Quito, Quito - Galapagos, Galapagos - Quito/Guayaquil

*Guides

  • Professional Tour Guide English/Spanish speaking in every location

*Lodging

  • 01 Night of accommodation at Hotel in Lima
  • 02 Nights of accommodation at Hotel in the Sacred Valley
  • 01 Nights of accommodation in Aguas Calientes
  • 02 Nights of accommodation at Hotel in Cusco
  • 02 Nights of accommodation at Hotel in Quito
  • 03 Nights of accommodation in a Galapagos Cruise

*Meals

  • 07 breakfast at the hotels
  • 01 box lunch the day visiting Chinchero
  • 01 Lunch with a local family in home-hosted at the Sacred Valley
  • 03 Lunch, 03 Breakfast, 03 Dinner at Galapagos Cruise

**Extra:

  • Personalized assistance by during your whole trip

NO INCLUDED

  • Meals not described on itinerary
  • Travel insurance (highly recommended)
  • Airport taxes
  • Domestic or national and international flights
  • Tips
  • Transfers, Entrance Fees & Tour Guides for The Optionals on itinerary (See Optionals part)
  • Galapagos National Park entrance fee (US $100 per person)

Non Conventional Activities

  • Visiting a Local School or home step
  • Sharing a Lunch with Local Family
  • Traditional activities with a Local Family
  • Sacred offering ceremony to Mother Earth, Pachamama
  • Yoga & Healing
  • Gastronomy & Culinary Tours
  • Vounteering

Adventure and Active activities

  • Long and short Hikes
  • Biking, Rafting, rock climbing, paragliding
  • Horse Riding
  • Via Ferrata

Nature

  • Spotting Whales in the North

Other Activities

  • Classes such as: Cooking, Playing music, Dancing, Pottery, spanish and others.