Mysteries Of The Inca Empire With Peru's Amazon & Galapagos Cruise

Day 1 - Arrive in Lima, Peru. Welcome to Lima, where you will be met by a Cosmos representative.
Day 2 - Lima - Puerto Maldonado - Tambopata Eco Lodge. Fly to Puerto Maldonado, entry to Peru's Amazon Jungle. Take a MOTORBOAT journey up the Tambopata River to view turtles, caimans, monkeys, and birdlife. Arrive at your Amazon Jungle lodge within Tambopata National Reserve. This afternoon, head out with your Naturalist in search of saddleback tamarins, brown capuchins, agoutis, blue-morpho butterflies, trogons, toucans, and many other species commonly spotted here. As night falls, head out on foot to search for nocturnal wildlife. (B,L,D)
Day 3 - Tambopata Eco Lodge. Enjoy a Naturalist-guided CANOE RIDE & WALK to see the flora and fauna that thrive in the Amazon. After lunch, head back out with your Naturalist to learn about the endemic plants in this region and spot some more wildlife. This evening, venture back out by CANOE with your Naturalist to appreciate the sounds of the jungle at night. (B,L,D)
Day 4 - Tambopata Eco Lodge. For more insight into the Amazon, let your Naturalist know what included adventure you would like to take advantage of today"it's your choice! (B,L,D)
Day 5 - Tambopata Eco Lodge - Puerto Maldonado - Lima. Return to Puerto Maldonado, fly to Lima. Heralded as the "City of Kings" by Spanish conquistadors, Lima retains vestiges of its opulent past with its colonial buildings and world-class museums.
Day 6 - Lima. Sightseeing today focuses on Lima's colonial heritage. Founded in 1535, Lima was once capital of Spain's South American Empire. Visit the baroque 11th-century SAN FRANCISCO MONASTERY, with Spanish and Moorish architecture throughout. Continue to Plaza Mayor, where you will see the Government Palace that houses the presidential palace and was once the home of Francisco Pizarro, founder of Lima and conqueror of Peru. Nearby, see the cathedral where Pizarro's remains are buried. The remainder of your day is free to explore. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant this evening. (B,D)
Day 7 - Lima - Cusco - Sacred Valley. Fly to Cusco high in the Andes and upon arrival, descend into the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Stop at AWANAKANCHA and learn about the importance of camelids (llama, vicuña, alpaca, and guanaco) for Inca cultures. See them up close and learn how their coats are transformed into precious weaving fibers used in ancient weaving techniques still in use today. Continue to PISAC, a charming village with an infamous INDIAN MARKET, where you have plenty of time to browse the many colorful stalls selling handicrafts ranging from alpaca sweaters and blankets to painted vases and sterling silver. Later, arrive at your hotel in the peaceful Sacred Valley. (B,D)
Day 8 - Sacred Valley. Start the day with a visit to the village of OLLANTAYTAMBO and the Inca ruins of the same name. Explore the archaeological site that was the scene of the Inca resistance during the Spanish conquest"the only place ever to resist Spanish attacks. See how the temple area at the top of the terraces was the perfect defensive stronghold, then visit a LOCAL HOME in this Incan town to experience life in a traditional village, which has been remarkably well preserved. Next, visit the SEMINARIO CERAMICS WORKSHOP to learn about Peruvian ancient and modern art. End your day at a local chicheria for a taste of a chicha, a typical Inca drink in Peru. (B)
Day 9 - Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu. Board the VISTADOME train that cuts a path through the picturesque Urubamba Valley bound for Aguas Calientes, the quaint town closest to the "Lost City of the Incas." Ascend the mountainside through tropical forest to the sacred refuge of MACHU PICCHU. Listen as your guide recounts the many accomplishments of the Incas as you tour the terraced ruins dating back to the 15th century. The ruins went undiscovered for nearly 400 years after they were abandoned when the Inca Empire fell to the Spanish. Many mysteries surrounding Machu Picchu remain to this day. (B,D)
Day 10 - Machu Picchu - Cusco. Enjoy some free time this morning to explore the mountain town of Aguas Calientes; perhaps visit the local market, quaint boutiques, or take a walk along nearby trails. Later this afternoon, return to Cusco, former capital of the Inca Empire. (B),L)
Day 11 - Cusco. Embark on a guided sightseeing tour of Cusco that focuses on the city that was once the political, military, and cultural epicenter of the Incas until the Spanish toppled it. In fact, Inca foundations can still be found in Cusco, with the Spanish baroque structures built on top. Visit the SANTO DOMINGO MONASTERY, where these two forms of architecture are melded together with the temple of both cultures atop one another. Also see the CATHEDRAL in the Plaza de Armas, housing a magnificent collection of artwork, including a depiction of The Last Supper that portrays the apostles dining on cuy (guinea pig). Continue to the hillside overlooking Cusco for a visit to the TEMPLE OF SACSAYHUAMAN. Some of the best examples of Inca masonry can be found at this fortress, where stones weighing up to 350 tons are pieced together to form a complex that could house up to 10,000 men. Learn about the ceremonies and battles that took place here, then see the ruins of Kenko and Puca Pucara before returning to Cusco. (B,D)
Day 12 - Cusco - Juliaca - Puno. Fly to Juliaca, then transfer to Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca. Legend says the first Inca, Manco Capac, arose from the waters of the lake by the power of the sun god to found the Inca Empire. (B)
Day 13 - Puno. Excursion To Lake Titicaca. Experience fascinating LAKE TITICACA today as you embark on a motorboat tour of the highest navigable lake in the world and its manmade islands. On TAQUILE ISLAND, see how the local people integrate their Inca and Spanish past. This is evident by the Spanish peasant dresses made of Andean textiles"the islanders make some of the finest in all of Peru. Continue to the UROS FLOATING ISLANDS, a group of approximately 40 artificially made islands. Learn how the Uros Indians construct their islands, homes, boats, and many other resources completely of tortora reed, a centuries-old practice. Enjoy a farewell dinner hosted by your Tour Director this evening. (B,L,D)
Day 14 - Puno - Juliaca - Lima. Return to Juliaca, stopping at the pre-Incan burial grounds of SILLUSTANI en route. See the above-ground tombs, chullpas, in which the Aymara Indians buried their high priests. You will be welcomed into one of the locals' HOMES for an inside look at life here. Later, a short flight returns you to Lima, where you will transfer to your hotel. (B)
Day 15 - Lima - Quito, Ecuador. Board a flight for Quito. (B)
Day 16 - Quito - Baltra (Embarkation) - Galapagos Cruising. Fly to Baltra and visit the highlands of SANTA CRUZ, marked by extinct volcanoes, lava tubes, and astonishing plants. Here witness giant tortoises in a natural reserve and learn about efforts to conserve these ancient creatures. Continue to the port where you will board the Galapagos Legend. (B,L,D)
Day 17 - Galapagos Cruising: Santiago & Bartolome Islands. Wake up at SANTIAGO and Puerto Egas, once a buccaneer supply base and now a prime habitat for marine iguanas, Sally Lightfoot crabs, yellow-crowned night herons, and Darwin's finches. Encounter a Galapagos fur seal grotto, one of the few places in the archipelago where fur seals can be seen. Swim and snorkel in search of octopus, sea horses, starfish, and other sea life. Visit BARTOLOMÉ and see the iconic Pinnacle Rock, marine iguanas, lava lizards, pelicans, blue-footed boobies, and the Galapagos penguin. Bartolome offers some of the best snorkeling in the archipelago too! (B,L,D)
Day 18 - Galapagos Cruising: Santa Cruz & North Seymour Islands. Back on SANTA CRUZ, walk by a brackish lagoon where feeding flamingos are often found. Climb DRAGON HILL, an important nesting ground for endemic land iguanas. At NORTH SEYMOUR, walk amid large nesting colonies of blue-footed boobies, magnificent and great frigate birds, and swallow-tailed gulls. You will also encounter sea lions and land iguanas. (B,L,D)
Day 19 - Galapagos Cruising: Baltra (Disembarkation) - Quito. Your final visit takes you to Bachas Beach on Santa Cruz, where sea turtles lay their eggs. Disembark and fly to Quito. (B)
Day 20 - Quito. Included sightseeing showcases Quito's treasures: Independence Plaza and the 16th-century SAN FRANCISCO MONASTERY, and the Jesuit's LA COMPANIA CHURCH with its stunning golden altars. (B)
Day 21 - Quito. Your vacation ends after breakfast this morning. (B)


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  Tour Name   Mysteries Of The Inca Empire With Peru's Amazon & Galapagos Cruise
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  Tour Duration    21 Days
  Start City:   Lima
  End City:   Guayaquil
  Price From   USD $4,989.00   See in Cart
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2017-08-06 USD $4,989.00 See in Cart
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2018-03-18 USD $5,339.00 See in Cart
    Dates & Prices do not include air travel.
    Participation in this vacation requires purchase of the following flights from Cosmos, not included in pricing: (1) roundtrip air from your U.S. gateway and intra-vacation air segments, starting at $1,326 (based on Miami, departure in March, 2017; or (2) intra-vacation air segments only. Required intra-vacation air segments: Lima/Puerto Maldonado; Puerto Maldonado/Lima; Lima/Cusco; Cusco/Juliaca; Juliaca/Lima; Lima/Quito; Quito/Galapagos; Galapagos/Quito. Air prices were effective on July 13, 2016 and their availability is limited. At the time you purchase your tour, air prices may be higher.

    Gratuities for Tour Director, driver, and Local Guides are available for pre-purchase. Any gratuities for extensions cannot be pre-paid.

    Galapagos cruise extension price is based on a Standard Plus cabin on the Galapagos Legend. Cabin upgrades are available; please call for pricing.

    Galapagos cruise extension price includes Galapagos National Park entrance fee, transit card, and ship's fuel surcharge ($170 value)

    Prices based on double room occupancy.

    Single Room Supplement:

    Triple Rooms are not available

    Extra Nights per person in Lima:
    in single room $113; in twin room $63

    Extra Nights per person in Quito:
    in single room $140; in twin room $79

    2018 prices and itineraries are subject to change. Details will be available in July 2017.


  • City Highlights
  • Sightseeing:
    In Lima, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Cusco, Lake Titicaca. Inside visits as shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.
  • Guides
  • Local Guides for sightseeing in Lima, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Cusco, and Lake Titicaca; services of a professional Tour Director.
  • Launch Date
  • 07/12/16 8:00pm
  • Meals
  • 20 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 11 dinners
  • Scenic Highlights
  • Scenic Highlights:
    Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, and Lake Titicaca.
  • Title
  • Mysteries of the Inca Empire with Peru's Amazon & Galapagos Cruise
  • Transportation
  • Transportation:
    Private, deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach while touring.


    PERU'S AMAZON Tambopata Eco Lodge (NP)
    LIMA San Agustin Exclusive (F)
    SACRED VALLEY La Casona Yucay (MF)
    MACHU PICCHU El Mapi Hotel Machu Picchu (F)
    CUSCO Jose Antonio Cusco (F)
    PUNO Eco Inn Puno (F)
    QUITO Grand Mercure Alameda (SF)
    GALÁPAGOS CRUISE Galapagos Legend (F)
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