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2017 Christmas Peru and New Years Galapagos Tour

Lima - Cuzco - Machu Picchu - Sacred Valley - Pisac - Ollantaytambo - Lima - Quito - Galapagos - Floreana - Punta Cormorant - Punta Suarez - Leon Dormido - Santa Cruz - Quito
13 days / 12 nights.
2017 Christmas Peru and New Years Galapagos Tour
ITINERARY
Day 1: December 22 . LIMA

Arrival to Lima, reception at the airport and transfer by private vehicle to your hotel in Miraflores Lima.

Day 2: December 23. LIMA - CUZCO (Breakfast)

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Cuzco, the ancient Inca capital of the Incas. After the one hour flight, reception and transfer to your hotel. Free morning to acclimatise.

Meals: B

Day 3: December 24. CUZCO - MACHU PICCHU (Breakfast & dinner)

Enjoy a good night's sleep before boarding the train to Aguas Calientes. Arrival to Aguas Calientes, assistance with your luggage and check-in to your hotel before boarding of the bus for the short ride up to Machu Picchu, the ancient Inca citadel. Shortly after, a guided tour of Machu Picchu, the most spectacular ancient city in the world. Built by the Inca Pachacutec, and comprising stone blocks fitted with masterful precision, Machu Picchu harmoniously blends into the mountain landscape. There are many theories as to the origins behind Machu Picchu but three of the most popular ideas include a temple to the sun, a fortress against the jungle inhabitants or a sanctuary for the Incas. This fabulous city has houses, temples, warehouses, a large central square, all connected by narrow roads and steps, and is surrounded by terraces cut into the mountain side which were used for agriculture. Dinner and accommodation at your hotel.

Meals: B & D

Day 4: December 25. MACHU PICCHU - CUZCO (Breakfast & lunch)

Free day in Machu Picchu. Time for some private reflection before returning for breakfast. Today no guide is provided as we feel that Machu Picchu requires a certain amount of self discovery to be fully understood. Take any of the several paths around various parts of the site (we will provide a map to help you), trek up to Wayna Picchu or walk down to the Inca's bridge. Let Machu Picchu unfold all its mysteries for you, take in the breathtaking cloud forests and jagged mountains, or marvel at the extraordinary Masonic precision of the ancient Incas. Either way, your day of self discovery will be a day never to be forgotten. Return to your hotel for lunch before returning to Cuzco.

Meals: B & L

Day 5: December 26. CUZCO (Breakfast)

Today, enjoy a guided tour of Cuzco including the Cathedral, Qoricancha temple, the Inca fortress of Sacsayhuaman overlooking Cuzco, Qenko and Puka Pukara. Cuzco's history extends back to before 1000 BC when the Marcavalle Culture was the dominant power; indeed organized life in the City began practically with them. In the second phase of its history, around 800BC, Cuzco was home to the Chanapata culture and later developed several regional states. What is traditionally known as the Inka civilisation began around 1200 AD in its initial phase, with the first Inka, Manko Capaq and Mama Ocllo. It is also suggested that Pachakuteq, the ninth king, elaborated another foundation in 1438 which is also known as the expansive phase. Inca builders hereafter laid out the city in the form of a puma, with the fortress of Sacsayhuaman as the head.

Meals: B

Day 6: December 27. SACRED VALLEY - PISAC - OLLANTAYTAMBO (Breakfast & Lunch)

Full-day excursion to the beautiful Urubamba, the Sacred Valley of the Incas, situated between Pisac and Ollantaytambo. It is an exceptionally fertile valley that was and remains the larder of Cuzco. Visit the village of Pisac, founded during colonial times, and set at the foot of a hill crowned by the remains of an ancient Inca city. On Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, Indians barter their products in the main square and artisans from around the area sell their woven alpaca wool blankets and ponchos, engraved gourds, antique reproductions, jewellery, etc. On Sundays, it is also the meeting place for Mayors from all the villages in the region, dressed in their traditional costumes to attend morning mass. After a buffet lunch, a visit to Ollantaytambo, the only Inca town that was not defeated by the Spanish with an opportunity to explore the ruins which tower above.

Meals: B & L

Day 7: December 28. CUZCO - LIMA - QUITO (Breakfast)

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for the flight to Lima and connecting flight to Quito. Transfer to your hotel.

Meals: B

Day 8: December 29. QUITO - GALAPAGOS ISLANDS (All meals) - Itinerary subject to change

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for the flight to Baltra. Welcome by the crew of the yacht before a visit to the second largest island in the Galapagos, Santa Cruz. With six different zones of vegetation: Coastal, Arid, Transition, Scalesia, Miconia, and Pampa Zones. The lush green scenery of the Santa Cruz highlands is a welcome contrast to the aridity of the lower islands.

Meals: B, L & D

Day 9: December 30. FLOREANA - PUNTA CORMORANT (All meals)

Punta Cormorant offers two highly contrasting beaches; the landing beach is of volcanic origin and is composed of olivine crystals, giving it a greenish tinge. At the end of the short trail is a carbonate beach of very fine white sand, formed by the erosion of coral skeletons; it is also a nesting site for green sea turtles. Between these two beaches is a salt lagoon frequented by flamingoes, pintails, stilts, and other wading birds. An old eroded volcanic cone called Devil's Crown is a popular roosting site for seabirds such as boobies, pelicans, and frigates and it is not uncommon to see red-billed tropicbirds in rocky crevices. The center of the crown is an outstanding snorkeling spot full of sea lions and colourful fish.

Meals: B, L & D

Day 10: December 31. ESPAÑOLA - GARDNER BAY - PUNTA SUAREZ (All meals)

Today, we will visit the isolated Española where there is a high percentage of endemic fauna. Gardner Bay, on the eastern shore has a magnificent beach. The beach is frequented by sea lions, and is a major nesting site for marine turtles. Around the small islets nearby, snorkelers will come across many species of fish, turtles and perhaps even sharks. On a trail leading to the western part of the island, several nesting sites of the waved albatross will be encountered. These huge birds nest here from April to December. Finally at Punta Suarez, along with many nesting seabirds there are mockingbirds, Galapagos doves and Galapagos hawks. Several types of reptile, including the marine iguana and the lava lizard, are also inhabitants of the island. Here you may also see a spectacular blowhole, which shoots spray 30 metres into the air.

Meals: B, L & D

2017 Christmas Peru and New Years Galapagos Tour Itinerary Overview:
Day 1. December 22 . Lima
Day 2. December 23. Lima - Cuzco (Breakfast)
Day 3. December 24. Cuzco - Machu Picchu (Breakfast & dinner)
Day 4. December 25. Machu Picchu - Cuzco (Breakfast & lunch)
Day 5. December 26. Cuzco (Breakfast)
Day 6. December 27. Sacred Valley - Pisac - Ollantaytambo (Breakfast & lunch)
Day 7. December 28. Cuzco - Lima - Quito (Breakfast)
Day 8. December 29. Quito - GALAPAGOS ISLANDS (All meals) - Itinerary subject to change
Day 9. December 30. Floreana - Punta Cormorant (All meals)
Day 10. December 31. Española - Gardner Bay - Punta Suarez(All meals)
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WHAT IS INCLUDED / NOT INCLUDED
Our Price Includes:
  • Accommodation nights in twin/double rooms at selected hotels including breakfast and service taxes and 4 nights is aboard a Galapagos cruise yacht
  • All meals as specified on the itinerary
  • Transfers, tours and excursions as per itinerary with local English speaking guides in small group
  • Domestic Flight tickets: Lima - Cuzco - Lima, Quito - Galapagos - Quito
  • International Flight tickets Lima - Quito
  • Train tickets in Vistadome class Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu) - Cuzco
  • Entrance fees excluding Galapagos fee
Our price does not include:
  • Galapagos National Park Tax (payable in US$ cash once you arrive on the island) US$100.00 per person and monitoring fee ($10 per person)
  • Meals not specified on the itinerary
  • US$32.00 tax for all international air departures
  • All domestic flights require a US$6.00 charge (airport tax)
  • Personal expenses such as telephone bills, laundry expenses, beverages, etc
  • Insurance against theft, loss, illness and/or accident etc
  • Tips, baggage porterage and other extras not specified
2017 Christmas Peru and New Years Galapagos Tour - 13 days / 12 nights.

2017 Christmas Peru and New Years Galapagos Tour

Lima - Cuzco - Machu Picchu - Sacred Valley - Pisac - Ollantaytambo - Lima - Quito - Galapagos - Floreana - Punta Cormorant - Punta Suarez - Leon Dormido - Santa Cruz - Quito
13 days / 12 nights.

For current availability contact us at info@amazingperu.com and we will send you the relevant trip dossier along with a 90 day fixed quote, terms and conditions. Please bear in mind that significant price reductions are available for groups.

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