Ultimate Luxury Latin America Tour
23 days / 22 nights.
Flight to Quito, Ecuador. Welcome and transfer to your hotel, the Casa Gangotena.Day 2. QUITO
Free morning. In the afternoon, enjoy a private tour of Quito including the Park Alameda, Capilla del hombre and Guayasamin museum.
5 DAY/ 4 NIGHT GALAPAGOS CRUISE ONBOARD THE LUXURY LA PINTA YACHT (All meals included) - www.yatelapinta.com Itinerary subject to change
Meals: All mealsDay 3. QUITO - BALTRA (Breakfast, lunch & dinner)
Transfer to the airport for the flight to the Galapagos. Following our morning arrival at Baltra Airport, we transfer to the Itabaca Channel, taking a small ferry across the Channel to the north shore of Santa Cruz Island. We board our bus to the highlands of Santa Cruz Island, where we'll learn about the unique montane ecosystems and biodiversity. Lunch is served at a local restaurant.
Note: please dress with comfortable shoes and clothes, bring a small backpack with any medicine you might be taken, sunblock, insect repellent and anything you need during the excursion as you will go onboard Yacht La Pinta and the end of the day.
Highlands (Santa Cruz Island) After lunch, we travel by bus to the highlands of Santa Cruz, one of the best places in the archipelago to see giant tortoises in their natural habitat. The tortoises are easy to spot, lumbering around, eating grass and leaves and wallowing in the small pools. There are several lava tunnels in the reserve, too. A short bus ride takes us down to Puerto Ayora to board Yacht La Pinta.
Meals: B, L & DDay 4. GALAPAGOS ISLANDS (Breakfast, lunch & dinner)
Eden Islet (Santa Cruz Island)
After breakfast, a panga ride takes us to Eden Islet, located off the coast of Santa Cruz, where we can observe blue footed boobies diving into the water, reef sharks and frigates. There's a chance to snorkel and, if weather condition permits, ride in the glass-bottom boat.
Sombrero Chino Islet The tiny island of Sombrero Chino gets its name from its appearance: a Chinese hat. This islet, only formed fairly recently, makes a beautiful visit as one explores the wildlife along its 400-metre long trail, which begins at a crescent-shaped white sandy beach. The cove offers excellent swimming and snorkeling opportunities with white-tipped reef sharks and Galápagos penguins.
Meals: B, L & DDay 5. GALAPAGOS ISLANDS (Breakfast, lunch & dinner)
This morning, a Galápagos icon awaits: Bartolomé Island. A great way to start the day, with a steep climb up a wooden staircase: the view from the top is worth the effort! Following the walk, we take to the dinghies for a ride around colossal Pinnacle Rock, followed by time to enjoy the beach and some snorkelling. We can also ride in the glass-bottom boat for great views of the underwater world.
Sullivan Bay (James Island) After lunch, we board the pangas to land at Sullivan Bay on the east coast of Santiago, a white coral sand beach great for swimming and snorkelling, and with a trail over a lava field that flowed here less than 100 years ago. This is the perfect place to see and feel the volcanic origin of Galápagos while observing its wildlife.
Meals: B, L & DDay 6. GALAPAGOS ISLANDS (Breakfast, lunch & dinner)
Darwin Bay (Genovesa Island)
In the morning, we begin our exploration of this island with an easy stroll to observe marine and land birds. There is an optional walk over sharp lava and uneven terrain for dramatic views, or else we can return to the beach to enjoy swimming and snorkelling at this beautiful natural harbour. The more adventurous can snorkel along the cliffs or paddle sea kayaks. Prince Philip's Steps (Genovesa Island) The afternoon starts with a very interesting panga ride along the cliffs before we disembark for a steep climb up some stairs. Once at the top of the stairs, the land is flat, allowing for a captivating walk of about a mile to the other side of this small island, observing large colonies of Nazca boobies, frigate birds and storm petrels and the elusive short eared owl.
Meals: B, L & DDay 7. GALAPAGOS ISLANDS - QUITO - LIMA (Breakfast)
Our journey ends at Baltra Island where we transfer to the airport to take the flight back to the mainland in time for your flight to Lima. Arrival in Lima. Reception and transfer to your hotel, the Miraflores Park Hotel.
Miraflores Park Hotel | Meals: BDay 8. LIMA (Breakfast & dinner)
Free morning to relax after yesterday's journey. In the afternoon, enjoy a private city tour including the Cathedral and the Main Square. In the evening, dine at one of the best restaurants in South America, Astrid & Gaston.
Meals: B & DDay 9. LIMA - CUZCO (Breakfast)
After breakfast, flight to Cuzco, the ancient capital of the Incas. Transfer to your hotel, the Palacio Nazarenas. Free day to acclimate.
Palacio Nazarenas Hotel | Meals: BDay 10. CUZCO (Breakfast)
Today you will enjoy a private guided tour of Cuzco with visits to the Main Cathedral, the Main Square, Inca fortress of Sacsayhuaman, Tambomachay and the Qoricancha temple. Overnight accommodation.
Meals: BDay 11. SACRED VALLEY-PISAC-OLLANTAYTAMBO (Breakfast & lunch)
Today, a tour of the Sacred Valley including Pisaq market and Ollantaytambo.
Meals: B & LDay 12. CUZCO - MACHU PICCHU (All meals)
Today, take the luxury Hiram Bingham train journey to Aguas Calientes. Enjoy lunch onboard before arriving to Aguas Calientes. Transfer by bus up to the fantastic ruins of Machu Picchu where your hotel, the Sanctuary Lodge will be located. A private guided tour of Machu Picchu, the most spectacular ancient city in the world. Free time at the site before overnight accommodation and dinner at your hotel.
Sanctuary Lodge Hotel | Meals: All mealsDay 13. MACHU PICCHU - CUZCO (All meals)
Today you will have an opportunity to revisit Machu Picchu before returning to Cuzco aboard the Hiram Bingham train. Enjoy dinner and cocktails onboard the train. Arrivla and transfer to your hotel, the Palacio Nazarenas.
Palacio Nazarenas Hotel | Meals: All mealsDay 14. CUZCO - LIMA - SANTIAGO (Breakfast)
After breakfast, return flight to Lima and your connecting flight to Santiago. Arrival and transfer to your hotel, the Ritz Carlton.
Ritz Carlton Hotel | Meals: BDay 15. SANTIAGO (Breakfast)
After breakfast, private city tour of Santiago including a visit to the Government Palace, the Main Square, the Cathedral and a visit to the Cerro San Cristobal viewpoint for a beautiful panoramic view of the city. A visit to the former home, and now a museum of Nobel Poet Pablo Neruda.
Meals: BDay 16. SANTIAGO - RAPA NUI (EASTER ISLANDS) (Breakfast, inflight-lunch & dinner)
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for the flight to Rapa Nui, otherwise known as the Easter Islands. The flight will take approximately 5 hours. Arrival, traditional welcome and transfer to your hotel, The Explora Rapa Nui. Rapa Nui is the most isolated, inhabited island in the world.
Located 2000 miles (3200 km) west of Chile and over 4000 km from Tahiti, it was discovered by the Dutch in 1772, Admiral Jacob Roggeween landed there on Easter Sunday and gave the island its present name. He was the first European to describe the unusual statues carved from the volcanic rock from Rano Raraku. Standing as tall as 18 ft (5.5 m) and weighing up to 100 tons, the statues are known as moai, and each are supposed representations of clan chieftains. These moais, were placed on top of platforms called ahu, which in turn served as a family burial vault.
Meals: B, I-L & DDay 17. 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 18. 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 19. RAPA NUI (EASTER ISLANDS) - SANTIAGO - IGUAZU (Breakfast & in-flight lunch)
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for the return flight back to Santiago and connecting flight to Iguazu. Reception and transfer to your hotel, the Sheraton Iguazu.
Sheraton Iguazu Hotel | Meals: B & LDay 20. IGUAZU (Breakfast)
Meals: BDay 21. IGUAZU (Breakfast)
After breakfast, a visit to the fabulous UNESCO World Heritage Iguazu falls, the most voluminous falls in the world and more than three times the width of the Niagara Falls. The Argentinean side of Iguazu allows for a close appreciation. Set in a subtropical rain forest reserve of over 180,000 hectares, Iguazu is home to jaguar, puma, caiman and over 400 species of bird. The tour will also include the Aventura ride, an exhilarating boat ride on the Parana River, heading towards the Iguazu falls themselves. Return to your hotel.
Meals: BDay 22: IGUAZU (Breakfast)
Today you will cross the border into Brazil for an excursion to appreciate a wider view of the falls. The falls lie on the three borders of Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay. Return to your hotel in Argentina.
Please note, all US and Canadian passport holders require a visa for this trip to Brazil.
Meals: BDay 23: IGUAZU - BUENOS AIRES (Breakfast)
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your return flight to Buenos Aires and connecting flight home.
We can add some time in Buenos Aires if preferred, please ask
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Ultimate Luxury Latin America Tour
Galapagos Islands - Machu Picchu - Easter Islands & Iguazu Falls
23 days / 22 nights.
7 day Luxury 5 star
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