MAP - Peru Splendors with Peru's Amazon & Galápagos Cruise 2016

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

17 Day Tour from Lima to Gauyaquil

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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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 Destinations & Sightseeing

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 and Pisac; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Mother Earth Ceremony with a shaman; dinner and Peruvian Paso Horse Show; visit Ollantaytambo and Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite a local home for a glimpse into rural Peruvian life
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.

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • City of Cusco
  • Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu
  • Historic Center of Lima
  • Galapagos Islands
  • City of Quito

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Breakfast daily, 8 lunches, 10 three-course dinners including a welcome dinner in Lima and a farewell dinner in Cusco

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1 Arrive in Lima, Peru

Welcome to Lima!

Day 2 Lima–Puerto Maldonado–Refugio Amazonas

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. After settling in, head out with your Naturalist on a nighttime excursion by CANOE to search for caiman and for an introduction to the rainforest and its nocturnal wildlife.

Breakfast Breakfast
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Day 3 Refugio Amazonas

A boat trip and walk bring you to OXBOW LAKE to search for the resident giant river otters, howler monkeys, macaws, and other fauna. Next, a trip to the CANOPY walkway, towering 100 feet in the air, allows you to explore the rainforest from the treetops with your Naturalist. This afternoon, visit a NATIVE FARM to learn local cultivation techniques and taste some of the produce grown here. Also learn about some of the medicinal plants found in the region.

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Day 4 Refugio Amazonas

An early morning excursion brings you to a PARROT CLAY LICK, where undercover in a “blind” you can watch different bird species eat the clay. This afternoon, hike to a BRAZIL NUT CAMP and learn about the rainforest’s only sustainably harvested product. Also visit a nearby MAMMAL CLAY LICK. Tonight, a NIGHT WALK allows you to see different species and their nocturnal routines.

Breakfast Breakfast
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Day 5 Refugio Amazonas–Puerto Maldonado–Lima

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

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 6 Lima

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.

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Day 7 Lima–Cusco–Sacred Valley

Fly to Cusco, the impressive Andean city that was once the capital of the Inca Empire. Head into the Sacred Valley of the Incas, where you will have lunch and 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.

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Day 8 Sacred 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.

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Day 9 Machu 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 Breakfast
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Day 10 Cusco

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. Also visit 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. The remainder of your day is free to explore at your leisure. Tonight, enjoy a special farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Breakfast Breakfast
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Day 11 Cusco–Lima–Quito, Ecuador

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

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 12 Quito

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

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 13 Quito–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.

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Day 14 Cruising: 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.

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Day 15 Cruising: 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.

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Day 16 Cruising: Baltra (Disembarkation)–Guayaquil

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

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 17 Guayaquil

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

Breakfast Breakfast

 Tour Director

With Globus, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

MAURICIO YONFA

Escorting tours for more than 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!

Tour Director - MAURICIO YONFA

 Accommodations

Lima
Puerto Maldonado
Sacred Valley
Machu Picchu
Cusco
Quito
Guayaquil

Lima

Casa Andina Select Miraflores

Casa Andina Select Miraflores Calle Schell 452, Lima,  Peru

Calle Schell 452
Lima, Peru

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

This hotel welcomes you to Lima in comfort and style. It is located in the center of Lima's bustling district of Miraflores, within walking distance of shops, restaurants, bars, and other Lima attractions. The excellent Casa Andina Select Miraflores exudes sophistication and comfort, focusing on personalized service and great amenities.

Hotel Amenities

  • Parking/Valet
  • Luggage Storage
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Beauty Salon
  • ATM
  • Currency Exchange
  • Free WiFi
  • Fitness Room
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Concierge desk
  • Elevator
  • Business Center

Room Amenities

  • Mini-bar
  • Desk
  • In-Room Safe
  • Alarm Clock
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Television
  • Phone
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Air Conditioning
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Hair Dryer
  • Coffee Maker
  • Internet Access
  • Climate Control
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Voicemail

Puerto Maldonado

Refugio Amazonas

Refugio Amazonas , Puerto Maldonado, AMA Peru


Puerto Maldonado, AMA Peru

Refugio Amazonas is the latest addition to Rainforest Expeditions Tambopata portfolio, and an important property in its sustainability. It is becoming integrated to the communities of Brazil nut extractors that surround it, attempting to extend the benefits of ecotourism to the families committed to sustainable forest use. This lodge offers the most superior accommodations in Peru's Amazon and provides and unforgettable brush with nature. It features a dining room with buffet meals, wellness center, kerosene lamps and candles at night, and generator for battery charging. Each guest room is equipped with a private bathroom with hot water, mosquito netted beds, and private verandas.

Hotel Amenities

  • Spa Services
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Gift Shop
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Luggage Storage

Room Amenities

  • Window Opens
  • Internet Access
  • Daily Housekeeping

Sacred Valley

Posada Del Inca Yucay

Posada Del Inca Yucay Plaza Manco 11 De Yucay 123, Sacred Valley,  Peru

Plaza Manco 11 De Yucay 123
Sacred Valley, Peru

Bursting with character, the Posada Del Inca Yucay is the leader in boutique hotels in the Sacred Valley. Featuring a rustic ambiance with modern comforts, dynamite local cuisine, and friendly service, it makes for a memorable stay in one of the most remarkable places in the world. The colonial-style former monastary is surrounded by views of the Andes and beautiful gardens - a leisurely and soothing escape.

Hotel Amenities

  • Gift Shop
  • Currency Exchange
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Parking/Valet
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Business Center
  • Luggage Storage

Room Amenities

  • Internet Access
  • Television
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Phone
  • Voicemail
  • In-Room Safe
  • Air Conditioning
  • Room Service
  • Alarm Clock
  • Climate Control
  • Wake-Up Calls

Machu Picchu

El Mapi Hotel Machu Picchu

El Mapi Hotel Machu Picchu Av Pachacutec 109, Machu Picchu,  Peru

Av Pachacutec 109
Machu Picchu, Peru

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

Smart and contemporary are the defining elements of this hotel, amidst the commercial village of Machu Picchu Pueblo; it welcomes a wide range of guests expecting an uncomplicated visit. Hotel amenities include a restaurant, bar, hot-water pond, gift shop, Internet, and laundry service.

Hotel Amenities

  • Business Center
  • Gift Shop
  • Pool
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Luggage Storage
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Elevator
  • Parking/Valet
  • Free WiFi
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Concierge desk

Room Amenities

  • Mini-bar
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Climate Control
  • Hair Dryer
  • Television
  • Internet Access
  • In-Room Safe
  • Voicemail
  • Alarm Clock
  • Air Conditioning
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Desk
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Phone

Cusco

Sonesta Hotel Cusco

Sonesta Hotel Cusco Av. El Sol 954, Cusco, CUS Peru

Av. El Sol 954
Cusco, CUS Peru

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

The Sonesta Hotel Cusco, which was built in 1986 and completely renovated in 2010, now features a modern contemporary décor and a fine dining restaurant serving classic Peruvian cuisine. It is within blocks of a handcraft market, Plaza de Armas, shops and restaurants. Amenities include a retsaurant, room service, business center, and bar.

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar/Lounge
  • Business Center
  • Gift Shop
  • Parking/Valet
  • Elevator
  • Luggage Storage
  • Currency Exchange
  • Free WiFi
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Fitness Room
  • Concierge desk

Room Amenities

  • Room Service
  • Mini-bar
  • Climate Control
  • Smoking Rooms
  • In-Room Safe
  • Alarm Clock
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Phone
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet Access
  • Voicemail
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Desk
  • Hair Dryer
  • Television

Quito

Hilton Colon Quito

Hilton Colon Quito Ave Amazonas N 1914 Y Patria Avenida 1, Quito,   Ecuador

Ave Amazonas N 1914 Y Patria Avenida 1
Quito, Ecuador

The Hilton Colon Quito hotel is 10 minutes' walk from the colonial Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This modern hotel enjoys spectacular views of the city. Amenities include a fitness center, spa, outdoor heated pool, 5 restaurants/lounges, laundry service, concierge, florist, barber shop, and gift shop.

Hotel Amenities

  • Business Center
  • Pool
  • Currency Exchange
  • Spa Services
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Luggage Storage
  • Parking/Valet
  • Fitness Room
  • Gift Shop
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Beauty Salon
  • Elevator
  • Concierge desk
  • Bar/Lounge

Room Amenities

  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Coffee Maker
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Voicemail
  • In-Room Safe
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Internet Access
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Phone
  • Hair Dryer
  • Room Service
  • Alarm Clock
  • Air Conditioning
  • Climate Control
  • Desk
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Mini-bar
  • Television

Guayaquil

Oro Verde Hotel

Oro Verde Hotel (SAT) 9 de Octubre y Garcia Moreno, Guayaquil,  Ecuador

9 de Octubre y Garcia Moreno
Guayaquil, Ecuador

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

A five-time winner of the World Travel Awards, the Oro Verde offers an exquisite combination of European experience and Ecuadorian hospitality. The hotel is conveniently located, tastefully decorated, and offers a unique and full list of amenities, making your stay in Guayaquil as easy and comfortable as possible - while still adding a touch of elegance.

Hotel Amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Luggage Storage
  • Elevator
  • Gift Shop
  • Fitness Room
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Pool
  • Business Center
  • Concierge desk
  • Dry Cleaning
  • ATM
  • Parking/Valet
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa Services
  • Beauty Salon
  • Currency Exchange

Room Amenities

  • Mini-bar
  • Coffee Maker
  • Phone
  • Voicemail
  • In-Room Safe
  • Climate Control
  • Hair Dryer
  • Window Opens
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Alarm Clock
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Television
  • Internet Access
  • Air Conditioning
  • Desk
  • Room Service
  • Pay Movies
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Complimentary Toiletries

 Optional Excursions

The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be offered. Whether it's a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.

Quito
Guayaquil

Quito

Middle of the World
Middle of the World

Middle of the World

Travel to the Equatorial Monument, 25 Kms. (16 miles) North of Quito, which marks the exact Middle of the World, latitude 0, where you can stand with a foot on each hemisphere. Visit the Ethnographic Museum inside the monument, which shows the great diversity of Ecuador's native groups. Beside the monument there is a colonial-style town, complete with main square, church, post office, bullring, cafeterias, restaurants and many gift shops that sell postcards and souvenirs. At the end of the day you'll receive a certificate for having crossed the Equator! PRIVATE EXCURSION: The standard price listed is for a private excursion which means you will not be joining others on this adventure.

Approximate value: $56 USD per person

Panoramic Quito by Night with Dinner (Private Excursion Only)
Panoramic Quito by Night with Dinner (Private Excursion Only)

Panoramic Quito by Night with Dinner (Private Excursion Only)

Drive into the old Colonial city for views of the romantic plazas and the impressive public and religious buildings. Quito is particularly splendid in the evening when illumination adds a special drama and mystery to its baroque architecture. Then, to one of the hills surrounding the city for a panorama of twinkling lights covering the valley below. Enjoy a leisurely dinner at one of the finest selected restaurants of the city.

Approximate value: $110 USD per person

Teleferico (Private Excursion Only)
Teleferico (Private Excursion Only)

Teleferico (Private Excursion Only)

Take a ride in the highest cableway in South America and get to know this amazing city, Quito, in a totally different way. As the cableway is built right in the skirts of the volcano Pichincha, you have the opportunity to walk around on soft trekking routes or you may just relax in a nice cafe on the top. The cableway rises from 9,680 feet up to 13,285 feet of height. Don't miss this terrific view over the whole city. Take warm clothes!!

Approximate value: $65 USD per person

Guayaquil

Guayaquil City Tour
Guayaquil City Tour

Guayaquil City Tour

On this city tour, get to know the most interesting parts of this tropical and busy metropolis. Visit the Parque Simon Bolivar and the cathedral to learn about its history and the fire that destroyed a lot of the city. Only the small quarter Las Penas was preserved from this fire and is now the oldest and last picturesque vestige of colonial Guayaquil. Get a glimpse of the artist-quarter, where daily small open-air exhibition of paintings and sculptures can be seen, and visit the beautiful promenade. Finish the city tour at the cemetery, where a fascinating display shows the difference between wealth classes throughout Guayaquil's history.

Approximate value: $52 USD per person

Guayaquil City Tour & Municipal Museum
Guayaquil City Tour & Municipal Museum

Guayaquil City Tour & Municipal Museum

On this city tour, get to know the most interesting parts of this tropical and busy metropolis. Visit the Parque Simon Bolivar and the cathedral to learn about its history and the fire that destroyed a lot of the city. Only the small quarter Las Penas was preserved from this fire and is now the oldest and last picturesque vestige of colonial Guayaquil. Get a glimpse of the artist-quarter, where daily small open-air exhibition of paintings and sculptures can be seen, and visit the beautiful promenade. Finish the city tour at the cemetery, where a fascinating display shows the difference between wealth classes throughout Guayaquil's history. Following the city tour, you will visit the municipal museum. In carefully designed displays, it will reveal the rich history of Guayaquil and its surroundings, from the first settlements to the terrible fires that nearly destroyed the entire city.

Approximate value: $64 USD per person

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