Peru Splendors with Peru's Amazon & Galápagos Cruise (SOY) - 2015

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17 Day Tour from Lima to Gauyaquil


Peru Splendors with Perus Amazon & Galápagos Cruise
Visit the ruins of Sacsayhuaman, with intricate stone walls
Visit the ruins of Sacsayhuaman, with intricate stone walls
The Middle of the World located in Quito, Ecuador
Crops growing on the hillsides of the Andes
Quito, the capital of Ecuador in South America
San Francisco Monastery in Lima, Peru
A beautiful flamingo enjoying the waters of the Galápagos
The Peruvian village of Pisac
An enormous giant tortoise on the Galápagos Islands
Iiripari Lagoon in the Galapagos

Vacation Overview

From its amazing archaeological treasures to its gastronomic delights and from its scenic beauty to its melting pot of cultures, Peru offers visitors a wide array of attractions—and on this tour, you’ll experience its highlights. Plus, you’ll have the thrilling opportunity to cruise through the Galápagos Islands. Start in Puerto Maldonado, gateway to the Amazon Jungle, where you’ll witness pristine primary rainforest and fascinating wildlife. Search by canoe for the resident giant river otter and visit the Parrot Clay Lick to watch parrots and macaws.

In Lima—a cosmopolitan city steeped in history with pre-Columbian ruins, Spanish colonial buildings, and remnants of colonial mansions—see many of its famous sights on your sightseeing tour. High in the Andes Mountains, Cusco is the oldest continuously inhabited city in South America and is sure to please history buffs. Learn about the Incas’ struggles with the invading Spaniards on your tour of Cusco and visit the Temple of Sacsayhuaman, built in the early 12th century with some stones weighing more than 350 tons. Try to figure out how it was built so precisely without the help of modern machinery and technology! Of course, no vacation to Peru is complete without visiting Machu Picchu. Built around 1450 at the height of the Inca Empire, Machu Picchu is located in a gorgeous mountain setting above the Urubamba Valley. Stand in awe as you witness it—it is one of the most majestic images in all of South America!

Not only will you visit the must-see sights, you’ll also have an opportunity to learn about Peruvian life. Experience a Mother Earth ceremony performed by a local shaman, stop at a local Peruvian food market, and visit a home to meet some of the locals and experience their way of life. In the Peruvian Jungle, you’ll learn about medicinal uses of the area’s endemic plants.

Conclude your vacation by cruising through the Galápagos Islands in Ecuador, where you will witness blue-footed boobies, frigatebirds, sea lions, land iguanas, and much more. For even more spectacular beauty and fun, you can swim or snorkel in search of sea life such as octopus, sea horses, and starfish. Afterward, spend time in Quito, where a sightseeing tour shows you its highlights—a perfect conclusion to this thrilling adventure!


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PERU'S AMAZON
Enjoy three nights in the Peruvian Amazon

LIMA
Sightseeing with a Local Guide; visit San Francisco Monastery; visit a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite local Peruvian food market; welcome dinner at a local Peruvian restaurant

SACRED VALLEY
Visit the Kenko Amphitheater, the Temple of Sacsayhuaman, Ollantaytambo, and Pisac; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite visit a local home for a glimpse into rural Peruvian life; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Mother Earth Ceremony with a shaman; dinner and Peruvian Paso Horse Show

MACHU PICCHU
Take the Vistadome train through the Urubamba Valley; sightseeing with a Local Guide and a second entrance to the ruins on your second day in Machu Picchu

CUSCO
Sightseeing with a Local Guide; visit the cathedral and the Santo Domingo Monastery; farewell dinner

GALÁPAGOS ISLANDS
Sightseeing in Quito; 3-night Galápagos Islands cruise

Headsets throughout the tour

NOTE:

  • Participation in this tour requires guest's name exactly as it appears on his/her passport, D.O.B., gender, and nationality at the time of booking.


DAY 1Arrive in Lima, Peru

Welcome to Lima!

Walk through the beautiful streets of Lima 
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DAY 2Lima–Puerto Maldonado–Hacienda Concepcion

Fly to Puerto Maldonado. Embark on a MOTORBOAT for a journey up the Madre de Dios River to view the exotic wildlife. Arrive at your Amazon Jungle Lodge and meet your Naturalist, who will lead a NATURE WALK to observe the forest and its inhabitants. Tonight, a nighttime excursion by CANOE introduces you to the rainforest and its nocturnal wildlife. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

A beautiful Blue Butterfly found in the Amazon Amazon rain forest See the beautiful Lily Pads in the Amazon 
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DAY 3Hacienda Concepcion

A boat trip and walk bring you to OXBOW LAKE to search for the resident giant river otters, howler monkeys, macaws, and other fauna. After lunch, a trip to the CANOPY walkway, towering 100 feet in the air, allows you to explore the rainforest with your Naturalist from the treetops. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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DAY 4Hacienda Concepcion

Visit the CLAY LICK and watch parrots and macaws perch to eat clay. This afternoon, try your hand at piranha fishing and continue the search for the native life in the area. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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DAY 5Hacienda Concepcion–Puerto Maldonado–Lima

Return to Puerto Maldonado and fly to Lima, where the remainder of your day is at leisure.

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DAY 6Lima

This afternoon, 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 Peruvian restaurants with your fellow traveling companions. (Breakfast, Dinner)

San Francisco Monastery in Lima, Peru 
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DAY 7Lima–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 its famous market 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)

The Peruvian village of Pisac Visit the ruins of Sacsayhuaman, with intricate stone walls 
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DAY 8Sacred 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 the Vistadome 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)

Legendary Machu Picchu Machu Picchu 
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DAY 9Machu 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)

The ancient ruins of Machu Picchu Peruvian peasants of the area had always known about the site and gave it its name, Machu Picchu, which means Ancient Peak The “Lost City of the Incas” Experience the wonder of Machu Picchu in Peru 
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DAY 10Cusco

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 11Cusco–Lima–Quito, Ecuador

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

Quito, the capital of Ecuador in South America The Middle of the World located in Quito, Ecuador 
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DAY 12Quito

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

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DAY 13Quito–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 14Cruising: Santiago & Bartolomé Islands

Wake up at SANTIAGO and Puerto Egas, once a buccaneer supply base. Watch for yellow-crowned night herons, Darwin’s finches, iguanas, 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)

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DAY 15Cruising: 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, walk amid 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 16Cruising: Baltra (Disembarkation)–Guayaquil

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

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DAY 17Guayaquil

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

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Breakfast daily, 9 lunches, 10 three-course dinners including a welcome dinner in Lima and a farewell dinner in Cusco


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MAURICIO YONFA

Years of Experience: 15 years

Born in Venezuela and raised in Ecuador, I'm an architect by profession, but a Tour Director by heart. I have worked as a South America lecturer for cruise lines, a guide in Ecuador and the Galápagos, and a Tour Director in South America. My goals are to transform each guest into a Peruvian expert and to encourage them to try and appreciate authentic Incan food. So, let's discover together the mysterious land of the Incas' and maybe even sample roasted guinea pig!

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