11 DAYS MACHU PICCHU & GALAPAGOS CRUISE

From the “Lost City of the Incas,” Machu Picchu, to the Andean paradise of Cuzco and a world of unique, natural wonders in the Galápagos Islands, these are the crown jewels of South America, where the past comes alive and mankind’s collective history is unveiled. Explore UNESCO-designated Spanish colonial cities and stand between two hemispheres at the Equatorial Line. Delve deep into ancient cultures before diving deeper into the mysteries of the Galápagos archipelago on the Santa Cruz II Cruise, where an abundance of natural wildlife recalls Darwin’s theories in a pristine world that’s virtually unspoiled. These are the voyages from Peru to Ecuador, and all of the unforgettable places in between.

*International Flight to Peru – not included

DAY 01: Arrival to Cusco + City Tour (-/-/-)

Upon your arrival to Cusco, we will take you to the hotel and then join your guide for a briefing about the wonderful tour that awaits you. Today, begin the day with a tour of Cusco enjoy the sights of Cusco´s (the capital of the Incas). The indigenous and colonial heritages then spend the remainder of the day at leisure «by exploring Cusco’s nightlife or sampling some of its many typical restaurants.

Afternoon. City Tour with a visit to Cathedral

We will pick you up at 14:00 am from your hotel to start the tour and visiting the following places:

-The Koricancha: Temple of the sun.

-Sacsayhuaman: Majestic place with impressive works in stone, some up to 120 tons.

-Q´enqo: (Labyrinth) a religious center dedicated to the adoration of the Earth.

-Puca Pucara: (reddish place) that was used as a military control center.

-Tambomachay: (Temple of the Water) a center of adoration and worship of water.

Services Included:

Transport: Cusco – City – Cusco (4 hours approx.).

Tour Guide: Spanish/English.

Entrance Fee: General Tourist Ticket, Cathedral & Koricancha.

Overnight: Jose Antonio Hotel. Accommodation in Standard Room with private bath.

DAY 02: Full day Sacred Valley tour (B/-/-)

After breakfast, we will pick you up from your hotel at 8:00am. This is a full day excursion to the Urubamba Valley visiting the colorful Indian market in Pisac where you will be able to appreciate the mixture of color and tradition and have an opportunity to test your bartering skills, interact with the local craftsmen and purchase their hand-made souvenirs. Pisac is located at the entrance of the Sacred Valley. The Valley is (31km)/ (19mi) from Cusco, and at an altitude of (2,970m)/ (9,700 ft.). Followed by Pisac is Urubamba where we have a delicious buffet lunch at Tunupa restaurant then we continue through to Ollantaytambo, the oldest continuously occupied town on the American continent.

The narrow streets of Ollantaytambo, along with their canals, have not changed much from the time of the Inca Empire. They evoke their ancestral inheritance and give you a feeling of what it would be like to live during this time. The last visit will be the Chinchero market. Chinchero is believed to be the mythical birthplace of the rainbow. Its major claim to tourism is its colorful Sunday market which is much less tourist-orientated than the market at Pisac. In the end, we will return you to the Plaza de Armas in Cusco at approximately 6:30 pm.

Services Included:

Transport: Cusco – Sacred Valle (8 hours approx.).

Tour Guide: Spanish/English.

Entrance Fee: General Tourist Ticket.

Overnight: Jose Antonio Hotel. Accommodation in Standard Room with private bath.

DAY 03: Cusco to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu town) (B/-/-)

We will pick you up at 8:00am (to be confirmed) and take you to the train station. The train leaves at 11:50 am (time may change depending on availability and changes to timetable). In Ollantaytambo you will visit the archaeological complex and see, the oldest continuously occupied town on the American continent. The narrow streets of Ollantaytambo, along with their canals, have not changed much from the time of the Inca Empire. After a journey of majestic views, you arrive to Aguas Calientes (Hot Springs Town) where you will spend the night. There will be plenty of time to relax if you want to have a hot bath in the natural springs!

Things to do in Aguas Calientes:

– Visit the Machu Picchu ‘Manuel Chávez Ballón’ museum and orchid exhibition. This is open from 9 am to 4.30pm and is a 35-minute walk down the road from Aguas Calientes to Puente Ruinas. It is a very illustrative museum that gives an interesting introduction to Machu Picchu.

– Thermal baths – 20 soles per person.

We recommend you that keep your luggage at the storage room of your hotel in Cusco (Casa Andina Standard Cusco Plaza) and bring the necessary for the visit to Machu Picchu. Casa Andina Standard Cusco Plaza usually storage their guest luggage for free. They also have a safe box for valuable things. You just need to ask for it at the reception / front desk. Train Companies only allow 7 kilos carry-on per person. If you bring more kilos, they will ask you for an additional payment.

Services Included:

Transport: Hotel – Train Station Ollantaytambo (2 hours approx.).

Tour Guide: Spanish/English.

Train Tickets: Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes (Expedition Train – 2 hours approx.).

Overnight: CA Standard MachuPicchu. Accommodation in Standard Room with private bath.

DAY 04: Machu Picchu in its Glory – Big Day! (B/-/-)

Wake up early for breakfast before our guide will pick you up from your hotel at 5:40am to begin the short bus journey to the gates of Machu Picchu where you will watch the sunrise. After entering the Citadel begin a guided walking tour (approximately two hours) of the citadel complex. After this experience, enjoy some free time to explore the mysterious city as you please.

Optional Service:  Wayna Picchu – Cost per person $ 30
There is time for those whit enough energy to climb Wayna (Huayna) Picchu (at your own expense). For many people climbing Huayna Picchu is one of the highlights when visiting Machu Picchu. Wayna Picchu is the mountain behind Machu Picchu. The climb itself is interesting as you will see how the Inca did cut out some steps out of the rocks and as you wind around the side of a mountain will see Machu Picchu from different angles.

Then, you will take the bus down to Aguas Calientes for lunch (not included) later we will board the train back to Poroy. Upon your arrival to the train station, we will pick you up and take you back to your hotel in Cusco.

Services Included:

Bus Tickets Consetur: Aguas Caliente – Machu Picchu – Aguas Caliente (Per route: 25 minutes)

Tour Guide: Spanish/English

Entrance Fee: Machu Picchu City.

Train Tickets: Aguas Calientes – Poroy (Expedition Train – 3.5 hours)

Transport: Poroy Train Station – Hotel in Cusco (30 minutes).

Overnight: Jose Antonio Hotel. Accommodation in Standard Room with private bath.

DAY 05: Departure from Cusco (B/-/-)

After breakfast enjoys your last day at leisure before transferring to the airport for your return flight home via Lima.

Services Included:

Transport: Hotel – Cusco Airport (20 minutes approx.) – Assistant SPS/ENG.

*Flight to Ecuador (Guayaquil or Quito)

The highly advanced Santa Cruz II Galapagos Cruise is an Expedition Vessel specifically designed to operate in isolated regions, making it the perfect fit for exploring the remote Galapagos Islands. Measuring just under 72 meters (235 feet), this ample, five-deck vessel has 50 cabins that sleep up to 90 guests and includes extensive indoor and outdoor social areas where guests can fully enjoy the unbeatable splendor of taking a tour throughout the Galapagos Islands. With some of the latest advances in sustainable sailing, the Santa Cruz II Galapagos Cruise also aims to protect the delicate and beautiful ecosystem that it explores.

DAY 06: Arrival to Guayaquil or Quito (-/-/-)

Upon your arrival, we will arrange a transfer from the airport to the hotel (tourist superior class)

Services Included:

Transport: From the airport to the Hotel

Overnight: Superior Hotel in Guayaquil/Quito. Accommodation in Standard Room with private bath.

DAY 07-11: Galapagos adventure begins!! (B/L/D)

Earlier in the morning, we transfer you to the airport so you can catch the Galapagos Flight, and either join one of the two 5 days itinerary describe below.

NOTE: Please check the departure date to see what itinerary will be available on your dates:

WESTERN ITINERARY

NORTHEN ITINERARY

DAY 11: Departure from Baltra (B/L/D)

You will disembark at Baltra Island in order to transfer to the airport to take your flight back to the mainland.

You will be arriving in Guayaquil or Quito around 14:00 – 17:00 so you can catch your international flight back home.

Note: If you want to add more activities or more days in Ecuador please let us know

END OF SERVICES

PERU – INCLUDED:

Transfers as mentioned.

Accommodation as mentioned.

Meals as mentioned.

All national park fees, entrance fees, taxes, permits and vehicles as applicable to the above itinerary.

Services of professional English-speaking guides at all times.

24/7 support and emergency line available throughout the itinerary.

PERU – NOT INCLUDED:

International and local airfare

Evacuation: in the event of a serious medical injury, we will coordinate with your travel insurance company to arrange evacuation.

Meals and drinks other than those mentioned in the itinerary.

Tips and gratuities.

Optional excursions.

Items of a personal nature such as souvenirs and telephone calls.

Travel insurance.

GALAPAGOS – INCLUDED:

Accommodation

All meals

Activities

Bilingual naturalist guides

Conferences and lectures

Visits to the islands mentioned in the itinerary

Transportation to/from the airport in Galapagos on cruise arrival and departure dates

Snorkeling equipment

Kayaks

Glass-bottom boat

Paddleboards

Onboard Medical Assistance

Luggage handling

Transfer from and to airport Guayaquil/Quito

GALAPAGOS – NOT INCLUDED:

Airline tickets to/from Galapagos*

Galapagos National Park entrance fee (US$100 per person)

Transit Control Card for Galapagos (US$20 per person)

Wetsuits (available for rent)

Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages*** (you can also ask your destination expert to include a drinks package in your quote. Ask us about all the available options we have for you!)

Tips

Gifts and additional items

Fuel surcharge

Laundry

Wi-Fi internet (Intermittent and low-bandwidth. Available for an additional fee)

*We can help to book the correct flight for your itinerary, the boat operated with Latam flights.

The tour starts in Peru in the following dates:

2019

DEPARTURES SANTA CRUZ II  ITINERARY
2nd Nov 5/4 Western
16th Nov 5/4 Western
30th Nov 5/4 Western
4th Nov 5/4 Northern

2020

DEPARTURES SANTA CRUZ II  ITINERARY
28th Dec 2019 5/4 Western
1st Jan 5/4 Northern
11th Jan 5/4 Western
15th Jan 5/4 Northern
25th Jan 5/4 Western
8th Feb 5/4 Western
12th Feb 5/4 Northern
22nd Feb 5/4 Western
27th Feb 5/4 Northern
7th Mar 5/4 Western
11th Mar 5/4 Northern
21th Mar 5/4 Western
25th Mar 5/4 Northern
18th Apr 5/4 Western
22nd Apr 5/4 Northern
2nd May 5/4 Western
6th May 5/4 Western
20th May 5/4 Northern
30th May 5/4 Western
3rd Jun 5/4 Northern
17th Jun 5/4 Northern
1st Jul 5/4 Northern
15th Jul 5/4 Northern
25th Jul 5/4 Western
29th Jul 5/4 Northern
2nd Aug 5/4 Northern
22nd Aug 5/4 Western
26th Aug 5/4 Northern
5th Sep 5/4 Western
9th Sep 5/4 Northern
23rd Sep 5/4 Northern

Contact one of our agent to check the avalibity for the departures.

2019

Price $3199 p.p minimum of 2 people.

Single supplement $190p.p Peru – ask for a single cabin for Galapagos Cruise to our agents.

2020

Price $4199 p.p minimum of 2 people.

Single supplement $190p.p Peru – ask for a single cabin for Galapagos Cruise to our agents.

*Ask for a last-minute discount – applies 45 days before the departure date.