Peru Splendors With Peru's Amazon & Galapagos Cruise

Day 1 - Arrive in Lima, Peru. Welcome to Lima!
Day 2 - Lima - 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. After settling in, head out with your Naturalist for a WALK along nature trails to learn about primary and secondary rainforest. At dusk, take a CANOE RIDE to learn about the Amazonia river ecosystems, nocturnal animals' behavior, and the southern constellations. (B,L,D)
Day 3 - Hacienda Concepcion. Walk into the TAMBOPATA NATIONAL RESERVE with your Naturalist, then navigate by dugout canoe around LAKE SANDOVAL, a beautiful oxbow lake. Learn about the reserve's conservation efforts and the animals that inhabit this lake, such as the endangered giant river otters, blue and yellow macaws, red howler monkeys, and black caimans. This afternoon, the CANOPY WALKWAY shows you a different perspective 100 feet above ground. After night falls, your Naturalist introduces you to the nocturnal animals of the Amazon. (B,L,D)
Day 4 - Hacienda Concepcion. A short boat ride brings you to a NATIVE FARM where farmers use ancient methods to grow crops. Learn about local cultivation techniques and taste some of the produce. This afternoon, visit a CLAY LICK to observe wildlife from a blind to observe the normal routine of the fauna without disrupting the environment. (B,L,D)
Day 5 - Hacienda Concepcion - Puerto Maldonado - Lima. Return to Puerto Maldonado and fly to Lima, where the remainder of your day is at leisure and you will be met by your Tour Director. (B)
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 [LF] 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. (B,D)
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 [LF] 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 AWANAKANCHA to meet local families who preserve the ancient technique of Pre-Columbian weaving using South American camelid fibers. Here is your chance to get up close to the various camelids, including alpaca, llama, guanaco, and vicuña, indigenous to the region. Continue 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 at the hotel. (B,L,D)
Day 8 - Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu. This morning, visit the Inca Fortress of OLLANTAYTAMBO, followed by the opportunity to visit a [LF] 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. (B,D)
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. (B,L)
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. A [LF] special treat is in store for you when you are greeted by a group of Andean musicians dressed in colorful Inca textiles. They will escort you on a PASACALLE through Cusco while playing traditional music and performing ancient dances - an experience you won't soon forget! Also visit the semi-circular KENKO Amphitheater with its stone altars and labyrinth of passages, and 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. (B,D)
Day 11 - Cusco - Lima - Quito, Ecuador. Fly to Quito, where the remainder of the day is at leisure. (B)
Day 12 - Quito. On a city tour, see INDEPENDENCE SQUARE with its CATHEDRAL and SAN FRANCISCO PLAZA CHURCH, and the BASILICA. (B)
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 Galapagos Legend for your 3-night CRUISE. (B,L,D)
Day 14 - Cruising: Santiago & Bartolome 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 Galapagos 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. Bartolome offers some of the best snorkeling in the archipelago, thanks to clear waters and abundant sea life. (B,L,D)
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 Galapagos 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. (B,L,D)
Day 16 - Cruising: Baltra (Disembarkation) - Guayaquil. After breakfast, fly to Guayaquil, where the remainder of the day is at leisure. (B)
Day 17 - Guayaquil. Your tour ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

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  Tour Name   Peru Splendors With Peru's Amazon & Galapagos Cruise
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  Tour Duration    17 Days
  Start City:   Lima
  Price From   USD $5,269.00   See in Cart
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2018-01-10 USD $5,629.00 See in Cart
2018-01-24 USD $5,629.00 See in Cart
    Dates & Prices do not include air travel.
    Participation in this vacation requires purchase of the following flights from Globus, not included in pricing: (1) roundtrip air from your U.S. gateway and intra-vacation air segments, starting at $2,030 (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/Quito; Quito/Galapagos; Galapagos/Guayaquil. 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 on the base vacation. For vacations that include an extension to the base, pre-paid gratuities only include the base portion. Any additional gratuities would need to be paid on trip.

    Galapagos cruise price is based on a Standard Plus category cabin on the Galapagos Legend. Cabin upgrades are available.

    Galapagos cruise 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:
    from $1,645 to $2,205

    Triple Rooms are not available.

    Extra Nights per person in Lima:
    in single room $131; in twin room $71

    Extra Nights per person in Guayaquil:
    in single room $191; in twin room $106

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

Features

  • City Highlights
  • PERU'S AMAZON
    Enjoy three nights in the Peruvian Amazon
    LIMA
    Sightseeing with a Local Guide; visit San Francisco Monastery; visit a [LF] local Peruvian food market; welcome dinner at a local Peruvian restaurant
    SACRED VALLEY
    [LF] Mother Earth Ceremony with a shaman; visit Awanakancha and Pisac; visit Ollantaytambo and [LF] 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 Galapagos Islands cruise
    Headsets throughout the tour
  • Launch Date
  • 07/12/16 8:00pm
  • Meals
  • Breakfast daily, 8 lunches, 10 three-course dinners including a welcome dinner in Lima and a farewell dinner in Cusco
  • Notes
  • 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.
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  • Peru Splendors with Peru's Amazon & Galapagos Cruise
 
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