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Galapagos cruise & Christmas in Machu Picchu Tour

Quito - Santiago Island - Cuzco - Machu Picchu - Lake Titicaca
14 days / 13 nights.
Galapagos cruise & Christmas in Machu Picchu Tour
ITINERARY
December 15th. QUITO

Arrival to Quito. Reception and transfer to your hotel.

December 16th. QUITO - SANTA CRUZ - CHARLES STATION - HIGHLANDS

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for the flight to Baltra on the Galapagos Islands. You will be met at the airport for the start of your Galapagos tour aboard the Millennium yacht. 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 Charles Darwin Research Station and the Galapagos National Park offices are also based here. The station is also a tortoise breeding centre, where tortoises of different species are prepared for reintroduction to their natural habitats. The most famous inhabitant is probably Lonesome George, the only survivor of this specific turtle species. The lush green scenery of the Santa Cruz highlands is a welcome contrast to the aridity of the lower islands.

Meals: B

December 17th. SANTIAGO ISLAND - PUERTO EGAS - RABIDA

Today, a visit to Puerto Egas on Santiago begins with a wet landing on the dark sand beaches of James Bay. The visit begins with a walk along the rocky coast giving visitors the opportunity to view some of the Galapagos Island's best tidal pools. Sponges, snails, hermit crabs, barnacles and fish including the endemic four-eyed blenny can be seen. The walk also presents visitors with a variety of shore birds, marine iguanas, sally light foot crabs and sea lions. In the afternoon, a trip to the beach of the small volcanic island of Rabida. A small path will lead to a small lagoon populated with flamingos.

December 18th. TAGUS - VINCENTE ROCA

A visit to Tagus Cove located off the west coast of Isabela Island. After a dry landing we can climb up the trail to oversee Darwin 's Lake. This is below the slopes of Darwin Volcano and is, surprisingly, a salt water lake above sea level. It is said that the salt water is drawn up from below by adsorption through the porous volcanic rock of which this part of the island is formed. The trail also has a monument to a sailor who was lost at sea and there is a large amount of graffiti carved into the rock sides of the cove. The steep cliffs of Tagus Cove bare the names of many of the whaling ships, which hunted in these waters. To the west point of the northern tip of Isabela, lies Punta Vicente Roca, the remnants of an ancient volcano which has formed two turquoise coves with a bay protected from the ocean swells.

The spot is a popular anchorage from which to take a panga ride along the cliff that are the remains of the volcano or explore a partially sunken cave at the water's edge. Masked and blue-footed boobies sit perched along the point and the sheer cliffs, while flightless cormorants inhabit the shoreline. The upwelling of coldwater currents in this part of the Galapagos, give rise to an abundance of marine life which, in combination with the protection of the coves, make Punta Vicente Roca one of the archipelago's sough after dive spots. One cove is only accessible from the sea by way of an underwater passage. The passage opens to calm waters of the hidden cove where sea lions like to laze on the beach having traveled along the underwater route. The entire area of Punta Vicente Roca lies on the flank of the 2600 foot Volcano Ecuador. This is the Galapagos Island's sixth largest volcano. Half of Volcano Ecuador slid into the ocean leaving a spectacular cutaway view of the volcanic caldera.

December 19th. BARTOLOME ISLAND - NORTH SEYMOUR

Before breakfast, we disembark at Bartolome Island for a hike to the summit and a spectacular panoramic view. Later there will be a chance to snorkel with Galapagos Penguins. Continue on to Sullivan Bay, a white coral sand beach and begin your walk over lava that flowed less than 100 years ago. This is the perfect place to see and feel the volcanic origin of the Galapagos. Return to the yacht and head towards North Seymour, an uplifted island which used to be on the ocean floor. Afternoon trip to North Seymour observing bird colonies of blue-footed boobies, frigate birds, and also sea lions and marine iguanas.

Meals: B

December 20th. LEON DORMIDO - QUITO - LIMA A visit to Leon Dormido, the jagged remains of an old tuff cone whose flanks are covered with seabirds before transferring to the airport for the flight to the Ecuador mainland. Connecting flight to Lima Peru. Arrival in Lima and transfer to your hotel.

December 21st: LIMA

After breakfast, full city tour of modern and colonial Lima, declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 1991. Tour in an air conditioned bus with a bilingual guide. The tour includes a visit to the Cathedral, Main Square, San Francisco Convent and its Catacombs, and the residential areas of San Isidro and Miraflores. Lunch at the internationally acclaimed Rosa Nautica seafood restaurant, strategically located on a pier and extending into the Pacific Ocean. After lunch, a visit to the GoldMuseum. Originally from a private collection, the museum houses numerous gold, silver and copper artefacts from several pre-Hispanic cultures. The most precious piece in the collection is the solid gold Tumi (ceremonial knife) belonging to the Lambayeque culture (350AD). Return to your hotel. Free evening.

Meals: B & L

December 22nd. LIMA - CUZCO

After breakfast, flight to Cuzco, reception and transfer to the hotel of your choice. Afternoon guided visit of the four ruins nearby; the Sacsayhuaman Fortress overlooking the city of Cuzco, a pre Inca architectural masterpiece; Kenko, a rock sanctuary whose main attraction is the monolithic altar representing a puma, the red Fortress of Puca-Pucara and Tambomachay, a beautiful fountain fed by a spring forming a series of basins continue to the city of Cuzco; the Main Square, the Cathedral and the Koricancha or Temple of the Sun. Dinner and folkloric show in the evening.

Meals: B

December 23rd. SACRED VALLEY

Full-day excursion to Urubamba, the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Visit the village of Pisac, founded during Colonial times. On Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays the Indians barter their products, and artisans from all over the area sell their woven alpaca wool blankets and ponchos, engraved gourds, antique reproductions and jewellery. On Sundays, it is also the meeting place for the local Mayors of the region, who come dressed in their traditional costumes, to attend morning mass. After buffet lunch at the Tunupa Restaurant, a visit to Ollantaytambo, the only Inca town which is still inhabited. Explore the ruins above Ollantaytambo before returning to Cuzco via the traditional market town of Chinchero. Return to your hotel.

December 24th. CUZCO - MACHU PICCHU

An early start by Vistadome train to Aguas Calientes. Guided visit of the most spectacular ancient city in the world. This fabulous city contains houses, temples, warehouses, a large central square; and all connected by narrow roads and steps that are surrounded by terraces cut into the mountain side. After the tour, free time to enjoy this spiritual wonder. Opportunity for a guided trek (approx 1 hour) up to the sungate (Intipunku), which is a part of the Inca Trail, for a magical view of the sanctuary or alternatively an unguided climb to the top of Wayna Picchu, with a magnificent view of the whole Sanctuary (recommended for fit individuals only). Accommodation at the hotel of your choice.

December 25th: MACHU PICCHU - CUZCO

Opportunity to return to the sanctuary for a more personal appreciation of the Eighth wonder of the world. Christmas lunch at the Sanctuary Lodge Hotel located in front of Machu Picchu. Return in the afternoon by train to Cuzco and transfer to the hotel of your choice.

Sanctuary Lodge Hotel

December 26th. CUZCO - PUNO

Spectacular first class train journey aboard the Inca Explorer across the stunning altiplano to Puno. Lying on the shores of Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world, Puno is also the folkloric capital of Peru. Accommodation at the hotel of your choice.

December 27th. ISLANDS OF LAKE TITICACA

Full day excursion to the islands of Uros and Taquile. Uros, a group of islands made entirely of tortora reeds is home to a small community dating back to a pre-Inca culture. The inhabitants of Taquile are more closely related to the Aymara people of Bolivia than the Quechua Incas of Peru. Lunch on the island before returning to Puno and your hotel. Farewell dinner at the Libertador hotel.

Libertador Hotel

December 28th. LIMA

After the tour, transfer to Juliaca airport for the return flight to Lima and onward for your connecting flight home.

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Galapagos cruise & Christmas in Machu Picchu Tour Itinerary Overview:
December 15th. Quito
December 16th. Quito - Santa Cruz - Charles Station - Highlands
December 17th. Santiago Island - Puerto Egas - Rabida
December 18th. Tagus - Vincente Roca
December 19th. Bartolome Island - North Seymour
December 20th. Leon Dormido - Quito - Lima
December 21st. Lima
December 22nd. Lima - Cuzco
December 23rd. Sacred Valley
December 24th. Cuzco - Machu Picchu
December 25th. Machu Picchu - Cuzco
December 26th. Cuzco - Puno
December 27th. Islands Of Lake Titicaca
December 28th. Lima
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WHAT IS INCLUDED / NOT INCLUDED
Our Price Includes:
  • Accommodation in twin/double rooms at recommended hotels with private bathroom, including breakfast and four nights aboard the first class Millennium Galapagos yacht including all meals.
  • All transfers, tours and excursions as per itinerary with local English speaking guides.
  • All meals as per itinerary.
  • Flight tickets: Quito - Galápagos - Quito, Quito - Lima - Cuzco, Juliaca - Lima.
  • Train tickets: Cusco - Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu) - Cuzco in Vistadome class, Cuzco - Puno on the First Class Orient Express.
  • All entrance fees and tips excluding the Galapagos National Park Tax of US$100 per person.
Our price does not include:
  • International air tickets to South America and associated taxes.
  • Meals not specified on the itinerary.
  • All domestic flights require a US$5.00 charge (airport tax), payable at the airport.
  • Personal expenses such as telephone bills, laundry expenses, beverages, etc.
  • Insurance against theft, loss, illness and/or accident.
  • Baggage porterage and other extras not specified
  • Entrance into the Galapagos National Park. US$100.00 per person payable in cash
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