Ecuador, Galapagos Cruise & Peru
Lima, Cusco hotel & visits, Machu Picchu, Galapagos cruise -all inclusive- full board Quito, 2-day Otavalo market, train ride, Magdalena stay Transfers
Day 1: Lima, Peru
Arrival any day-transfer to the hotel. Overnight.
Day 2: Lima - Cusco (B)
City tour of Cusco which was the capital of the Incan Empire. It includes the main square, the Cathedral, its extremely sober renaissance façade contrast with the baroque and plateresque style of its interior, and Koricancha, a famous temple dedicated to the sun. Overnight.
Day 3: Cusco - Machu Picchu - Cusco (B,L)
Guided visit to Machu Picchu, “Lost city of the Incas” UNESCO World Heritage Site. Machu Picchu was built in the classical Inca style, with polished dry-stone walls fitted with masterful precision. Its primary buildings are the Intihuatana, the Temple of the Sun, and the Room of Three Windows. Overnight.
Day 4: Cusco - Lima - Quito, Ecuador (B)
Transfer to Cusco - Lima. Flight Lima - Quito. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight.
Day 5: Quito (B)
Colonial city tour, bustling streets and squares in the largest historical old town of the Americas, a multiethnic, artistic and cultural heritage destination. Overnight.
Day 6: Quito - Peguche - Cotacachi - Magdalena Karanki Community (B,D)
Visit the village of Peguche with its traditional looms, and its Andean instruments. Then go to Magdalena, the Karanki community inhabit a paradise lost in time amongst llamas and condors, peaceful lagoons and Imbabura Volcano.
Admire the beauty of their embroidery, share their everyday shepherding and harvesting activities and stand face-to-face with people untouched by the urgencies of modern life. Share a comfortable room with private facilities, hot water and taste their food. The natural realm of this hidden mountain niche can be absorbed in optional activities such as horseback riding, mountain biking, or hiking up to the nearby hills. Overnight.
Day 7: Magdalena Karanki Community Train Ride - Salinas (B,L)
Visit the Otavalo market where craft fairs can be found, then drive to Ibarra to take the train that crosses mysterious tunnels through the mountains, astonishing bridges spanning wide gullies and a unique biodiversity. Arrive in the Afro-Ecuadorian community of Salinas whose inhabitants are well-known for their agricultural activity. Back to Quito. Overnight.
Day 8-11: Top Quality Galapagos Cruise m/y Coral I & II or m/v Galapagos Legend (B,L,D)
Domestic flight to Galapagos. All-inclusive 3-night top quality cruise. Only a special few have the chance to travel to this paradise, sailing on a charming ship, with nautical interior décoration of wood and brass featuring ample outer decks, sea view cabins and suite, jacuzzi or pool, bar and more. See prehistoric iguanas, giant tortoises, exotic birds, plants, beautiful landscapes of volcanoes
Swim and snorkel in the clear waters among tropical fish, manta rays, sea lions, sea turtles and other marine wildlife. Multilingual naturalist guides lead shore excursions twice a day to a place unlike any other, full of wildlife that has no fear of man. Daily lectures explain the geology, history, evolution, flora and fauna of the islands in several languages. A fine selection of meals will delight you, ice cream festivals, and evening BBQ. Back to Quito or Guayaquil. Overnight.
Day 12: Quito or Guayaquil (B)
Transfer out. End of services.