Marvels of Latin America Galapagos Islands, Machu Picchu & Easter Islands
15 days / 14 nights.
Arrival to Quito, Ecuador. Welcome and transfer to your hotel.Day 2: QUITO - SAN CRISTOBAL (Breakfast, lunch & dinner)
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for the flight to the Galapagos Islands. Transfer to the port and boarding of your yacht for an unforgettable wildlife adventure. After an introductory talk and lunch, your Galapagos expedition begins with a visit to La Galapaguera to observe giant turtles. The day is concluded with a visit to the Loberia highlands.
Meals: B, L & DDay 3: SANTA FE - SOUTH PLAZAS ISLAND (Breakfast, lunch & dinner)
A visit today to Santa Fe, home to a beautiful turquoise lagoon with two small beaches and where you can view numerous sea lions. Taking a trail along the coast and through an Opuntia Forest where these prickly pear cacti are the largest on the Galapagos. We will also see Santa Fe land iguanas. After the hike, a swim or snorkel in the bay in the company of sea lions. Continue onto South Plaza, one of the smallest islands and only 130 metres wide and just 800 metres long. Here there is a large colony of sea lions, with over 1,000 occupying the smooth rocks. The small cactus forest is populated by land iguanas, where they can be seen sunning themselves or feeding on Opuntia pads and fruits. Along the cliff edge nesting swallow-tailed gulls are the predominant seabirds, along with tropic birds.
Meals: B, L & DDay 4: ESPAÑOLA - GARDNER BAY - PUNTA SUAREZ (Breakfast, lunch & dinner)
A visit to 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 albatros 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 & DDay 5: SANTA CRUZ - CHARLES DARWIN - HIGHLANDS (Breakfast, lunch & dinner)
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, L & DDay 6: SANTA CRUZ - QUITO - LIMA (Breakfast)
Last day on the islands. Transfer to the airport and return to the mainland in time for your flight to Lima. Arrival in Lima. Reception and transfer to your hotel.
Meals: BDay 7: LIMA - CUZCO (Breakfast)
After breakfast, early flight to Cuzco, the ancient capital of the Incas. Transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon, a guided tour of Cuzco will include visits to the Main Cathedral, the Main Square, Inca fortress of Sacsayhuaman, Tambomachay and the Qoricancha temple. Overnight accommodation.
Meals: BDay 8: CUZCO - OLLANTAYTAMBO - SACRED VALLEY (Breakfast)
Today, an excursion to Urubamba, the sacred valley of the Incas with a visit to the ancient Inca market town of Pisac. Time for shopping before lunch. Continue the tour to Ollantaytambo, site of the last undefeated bastion of the Inca Empire before returning to Cuzco and your hotel.
Meals: BDay 9: CUZCO - MACHU PICCHU (Breakfast)
Today, an early start by train journey to Aguas Calientes. After the 3 ½ journey, transfer by bus up to the fantastic ruins of Machu Picchu. A guided tour of Machu Picchu, the most spectacular ancient city in the world. Free time at the site before overnight accommodation in Aguas Calientes.
Meals: BDay 10: MACHU PICCHU - CUZCO (Breakfast)
Today you will have an opportunity to visit this bustling market town or to revisit Machu Picch. Free day before returning to Cuzco aboard the afternoon train. Accommodation in the Inca capital of Cuzco.
Meals: BDay 11: CUZCO - LIMA - SANTIAGO (Breakfast)
After breakfast, return flight to Lima and your connecting flight to Santiago. Arrival and transfer to your hotel.
Meals: BDay 12: SANTIAGO - RAPA NUI (EASTER ISLANDS) (Breakfast, inflight-lunch & dinner)
Our last day on the Enchanted Islands where after breakfast we will visit The Charles Darwin Research Station. 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. Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the mainland. Arrival in Quito, reception and transfer to your hotel.
Meals: B, I-L & DDay 13: RAPA NUI (EASTER ISLANDS) (All meals)
After breakfast, a full day's tour visiting Vaihu, where eight toppled Moai lie, Akahanga, Rano Raraku volcano, where the statues are half buried, Ahu Tongariki, where the largest Ahu (or platform) is located, Te Pito Kura (a large rock believed to have been brought from Tahiti) and Ahu Nau Nau (where the Moai are in particularly good condition).
Meals: All mealsDay 14: RAPA NUI (EASTER ISLANDS) (All meals)
Today, a half day's excursion to Rano Kau volcano, site of ancient petroglyphs and the ceremonial temple of Iorongo, Vinapu (site of meticulous stonework found nowhere else on the islands) along with the Anakai Tangata caves. Free afternoon.
Meals: All mealsDay 15: RAPA NUI (EASTER ISLANDS) - SANTIAGO (Breakfast & inflight lunch)
After breakfast, a half day excursion to Ahu Akivi, the famous seven Moais, believed to be one of the last built around 1460 and measuring 14 feet in height and weighing 12 metric tons. The caves of Ana Tepahu and Puna Pau, a quarry, from where the red hats that are worn by some of the Moai were made is also visited today. Transfer to the airport for the return flight back to Santiago and your connecting flight home.
Meals: B & I-L
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