Tour: SOE - 2013 (SOE) - 2013 / 2014

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Itinerary

DAY 1Arrive in Lima, Peru

Welcome to Lima!

Walk through the beautiful streets of Lima 
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DAY 2Lima

This morning, your Local Guide focuses on the city’s colonial heritage during a walking TOUR. Start at the Plaza de Armas to see the Government Palace and the cathedral. From here, stroll to the venerable SAN FRANCISCO MONASTERY with its splendid 17th-century cloister murals. For a special treat, stop at a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite LOCAL PERUVIAN FOOD MARKET to get a real taste of life for the local people. This evening, enjoy a welcome dinner at one of Lima’s finest historic homes, CASA GARCIA ALVARADO, with your fellow traveling companions. (Breakfast, Dinner)

San Francisco Monastery in Lima, Peru Walk through the beautiful streets of Lima 
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DAY 3Lima–Cusco–Sacred Valley

Fly to Cusco, the impressive Andean city that was once the capital of the Inca Empire. Spend the day in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, starting with a visit to the TEMPLE OF SACSAYHUAMAN, perched on a hillside overlooking Cusco. It remains unfathomable how and when this fortress of gigantic stones—with some blocks weighing more than 350 tons—was built. While at the ruins, experience an Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite El Pago a la Tierra, or MOTHER EARTH CEREMONY, performed by a local shaman. These ceremonies thanking Mother Earth and asking for good health and safe travels have been practiced in Peru since before the arrival of the Incas. Next, stop at the semi-circular KENKO Amphitheater with its stone altars and labyrinth of passages. See the ancient site of Puca Pucara before continuing to PISAC, an old mountain village where you will have free time to shop for local wares such as alpaca sweaters and blankets, jewelry, or hand-painted ornamental dishes and vases. Stay in the Sacred Valley tonight, and enjoy a special dinner outing with a PERUVIAN PASO HORSE SHOW. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Visit the ruins of Sacsayhuaman, with intricate stone walls The Peruvian village of Pisac 
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DAY 4Sacred Valley–Machu Picchu

This morning, visit the Inca Fortress of OLLANTAYTAMBO followed by the opportunity to visit a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite HOME, meet some of the locals, and experience their way of life. Next, board a TRAIN for a short journey through the lush Urubamba Valley. Then, transfer to a motorcoach for the ascent to legendary MACHU PICCHU, the “Lost City of the Incas,” high above the steep valley overlaid with dense tropical jungle. Your Local Guide will bring you closer to the lives and mysteries still hidden in these amazing structures built by the pre-Columbian masters of this sacred land. Tonight, stay at a nearby hotel. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Machu Picchu Legendary Machu Picchu 
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DAY 5Machu Picchu–Cusco

Your entrance to MACHU PICCHU is included for a second day. Enjoy the tranquility of the morning with free time to wander the ruins at your own pace and experience the magic that is Machu Picchu. After lunch, return to the Sacred Valley by TRAIN and continue on to Cusco. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Peruvian peasants of the area had always known about the site and gave it its name, Machu Picchu, which means Ancient Peak Experience the wonder of Machu Picchu in Peru The “Lost City of the Incas” The ancient ruins of Machu Picchu 
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DAY 6Cusco

This morning, learn more about the Incas and their struggle against invading Spaniards on your Cusco city TOUR, with visits to the imposing CATHEDRAL and the SANTO DOMINGO MONASTERY. The remainder of your day is free to explore at your leisure. Tonight, enjoy a special farewell dinner at a local restaurant. (Breakfast, Dinner)

The Santo Domingo Altar is richly decorated with sculptures and paintings 
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DAY 7Cusco–Lima

Bid farewell to your Tour Director in Cusco and board a flight to Lima. Meet a Local Guide and transfer to your hotel. The afternoon is at leisure to explore the city. (Breakfast)

Walk through the beautiful streets of Lima 
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DAY 8Lima–Guayaquil, Ecuador

Fly to Guayaquil, where the remainder of the day is at leisure. (Breakfast)

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DAY 9Guayaquil–Baltra–Santa Cruz (Embarkation)–Cruising

Fly to Baltra and transfer to SANTA CRUZ Island and the highlands. While here, visit a private farm where giant tortoises are found in their natural habitat. You can also explore lava tubes and pit craters. Board the Galápagos Legend for your 3-night CRUISE. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Look for giant tortoises while in the Galapagos 
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DAY 10Cruising: Santiago & Bartolomé Islands

Wake up at SANTIAGO and Puerto Egas, once a buccaneer supply base. Watch for yellow-crowned night heron, Darwin’s finches, iguana, and Sally Lightfoot crabs. Encounter a Galápagos fur seal grotto, one of the few places in the archipelago where fur seals can be seen. From here you can swim and snorkel in search of octopus, sea horses, starfish, and other sea life. After lunch on board, visit BARTOLOMÉ to discover a fascinating moonscape formed by volcanic parasitic cones. Take a hike to the summit for impressive views of the surrounding islands. Bartolomé offers some of the best snorkeling in the archipelago, thanks to clear waters and abundant sea life. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

This large Marine Iguana is only found on the Galapagos Islands 
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DAY 11Cruising: Santa Cruz & North Seymour Islands

Back at SANTA CRUZ, walk by a brackish lagoon, where feeding flamingos are often found. Climb DRAGON HILL, an important nesting ground for endemic land iguanas, offering lovely views of the neighboring islands. The forest is home to mockingbirds, Darwin’s finches, yellow warblers, and Galápagos doves. At NORTH SEYMOUR, take a walk amidst large nesting colonies of blue-footed boobies, magnificent and great frigatebirds, and swallow-tailed gulls for an in-depth encounter with sea bird breeding cycles. You will also encounter sea lions and land iguanas. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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DAY 12Cruising: Baltra (Disembarkation)–Quito

After breakfast, fly to Quito, where the remainder of the day is at leisure. (Breakfast)

The Middle of the World located in Quito, Ecuador Quito, the capital of Ecuador in South America 
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DAY 13Quito

On a city tour, see INDEPENDENCE SQUARE with its CATHEDRAL and SAN FRANCISCO PLAZA CHURCH, and the BASILICA. (Breakfast)

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DAY 14Quito

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

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