Galapagos Highlights & Peru

Day 1 - Arrive Quito, Ecuador. Arrive in Quito, where you will be met by your Local Host.
Day 2 - Quito. Your private city TOUR showcases the rich legacy left by the Incas and, later, the Spaniards. See Independence Square, dominated by its formidable Cathedral, San Francisco Plaza Church, and the BASILICA with its marvelous stained-glass windows. (B)
Day 3 - Quito - Baltra - North Seymour - Santa Cruz. Fly to Baltra in the Galapagos. Upon arrival, board a yacht bound for NORTH SEYMOUR, an island teeming with life. You might have to give way to a passing sea lion, marine iguana, or blue-footed boobies that nest here. As you walk along the shore, see large flocks of pelicans in a dive-bomb feeding-frenzy, and one of the largest nesting sites in the Galapagos of the "magnificent frigate bird." In the bushes you can see the males up close with their puffed-up scarlet throat sacks. Return to the yacht and begin your journey to the Finch Bay Hotel. (B,L,D)

SPECIAL FEATURE: Named after the famous Darwin's finches abundant in the surroundings, the Finch Bay Eco Hotel offers a private seaside location surrounded by mangroves. Amenities include a bar, lounge, restaurant, outdoor pool, and beachfront access. All rooms offer twin beds, private restroom, and air-conditioning. Guests will enjoy boat excursions to various Galapagos Islands, kayaking, snorkeling, bicycle rides in town, and viewing the local flora and fauna.
Day 4 - Santa Cruz. Excursion to the Highlands. Transfer to the lush highlands of SANTA CRUZ to a farming area called El Manzanillo on the edge of the GIANT TORTOISE RESERVE. Here, tortoises can be seen grazing year-round, along with woodpecker finches, mockingbirds, and flycatchers. After lunch, visit a local FARM where coffee, sugar cane, and cocoa beans are grown, harvested, and prepared. Return to the hotel and perhaps spend time on the beach. (B,L,D)
Day 5 - Santa Fe. Board a yacht bound for SANTA FÉ, where you will see the endemic Santa Fe land iguana and the large opuntia cactus forest. The beach area is covered with California sea lions, and the coastline is an excellent location for snorkeling with sea turtles. (B,L,D)
Day 6 - Santa Cruz. Excursion to Divine Bay. Today's adventure takes you to wildlife rich DIVINE BAY on Santa Cruz Island. Marine Iguanas, herons, noddy terns, blue-footed boobies, and tropicbirds are commonly seen here. While some may choose to explore by boat, the more adventurous can take to the sea by kayak. Keep an eye out for sea turtles, rays, and reef sharks as you cruise the tranquil waters. Return to the hotel for lunch, followed by an afternoon visit to the CHARLES DARWIN RESEARCH STATION, established to help conserve the Galapagos' natural habitats and protect the area's famous giant tortoises. (B,L,D)
Day 7 - Baltra - Guayaquil - Lima, Peru. This morning, depart the hotel and visit the TWIN PIT CRATERS, great depressions of volcanic material. Then, fly to Lima. (B)
Day 8 - Lima. Your included city TOUR focuses on Lima's rich colonial history as well as the modern city. Lima was the bastion of Spanish South America from its founding in 1535 until the independence of the South American republics in the early 19th century. See the Cathedral, where the remains of Francisco Pizarro are sealed in a wooden coffin and with its eerie burial crypts. (B)
Day 9 - Lima - Cusco. Fly to Cusco high in the Andes. Your guided TOUR visits the Santo Domingo MONASTERY, previously the Koricancha Temple, one of the most important temples devoted to worship of the sun. It is said it was covered in gold leaf and filled with golden representations of nature. In the Plaza de Armas, see the Cathedral before taking a short drive outside the city to the ruins of SACSAYHUAMAN with its intricate stone walls, amphitheatre of KENKO, and the Red Fortress of PUCA PUCARA. (B)
Day 10 - Cusco - Sacred Valley. Today, a short drive into the Sacred Valley of the Incas brings you to AWANAKANCHA, where you will learn about the importance of the alpaca (llama) for Inca cultures as well as the ancient weaving techniques. Continue, to the market town of PISAC. Handmade rugs, alpaca sweaters, and jewelry can be bought here at bargain prices. At the other end of the valley is OLLANTAYTAMBO. Here, some of the finest examples of Inca masonry can be seen. (B,L)
Day 11 - Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu. Board a TRAIN bound for MACHU PICCHU and cut a path through the Sacred Valley to this "Lost City of the Incas," discovered by American explorer Hiram Bingham in 1911. On a guided TOUR, explore this intact fortress with its temple remains, holy houses, and mile-long aqueduct. For hikers, a brisk one-hour walk leads to the Sun Gate, the ancient entrance used by the Incas. (B,L,D)
Day 12 - Machu Picchu - Cusco. A morning at leisure in Machu Picchu allows you to wake up early to see the sunrise over MACHU PICCHU. Return to Cusco, where your Local Host will recommend options for your free time. Perhaps visit the Inca Museum or wander through the artisan district of San Blas. (B)
Day 13 - Cusco - Lima. Fly to Lima, where the remainder of the day is at your leisure. (B)
Day 14 - Lima. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

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  Tour Name   Galapagos Highlights & Peru
  Tour Code  
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  Tour Duration    14 Days
  Start City:   Quito
  End City:   Lima
  Price From   USD $4,619.00   See in Cart
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Globus: Independent Travel

 
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2016-11-26 USD $4,619.00 See in Cart
2016-12-03 USD $4,619.00 See in Cart
2016-12-17 USD $4,619.00 See in Cart
2017-01-14 USD $4,779.00 See in Cart
2017-01-28 USD $4,779.00 See in Cart
2017-02-04 USD $4,779.00 See in Cart
2017-02-11 USD $4,779.00 See in Cart
2017-02-18 USD $4,779.00 See in Cart
2017-02-25 USD $4,779.00 See in Cart
2017-03-04 USD $4,779.00 See in Cart
    Dates & Prices do not include air travel.
    Participation in this vacation requires purchase of the following flights from Monograms, not included in pricing: (1) roundtrip air from your U.S. gateway and intra-vacation air segments, starting at $1775 (based on Miami departure in March, 2016); or (2) intra-vacation air segments only. Required intra-vacation air segments: Quito/Galapagos; Galapagos/Lima; Lima/Cusco; Cusco/Lima. Air prices were effective on July 15, 2015 and their availability is limited. At the time you purchase your tour, air prices may be higher.

    Galapagos package includes Galapagos National Park entrance fee and transit card ($120 value).

    2017 departures are subject to itinerary and price modifications. Details will be available in July 2016.
 

Features

  • City Highlights
  • Sightseeing with a Local Guide, inside visits, and special features are shown in UPPERCASE
  • Guides
  • In Quito, Lima, Cusco & Machu Picchu; Naturalist in the Galapagos
  • Key Differences
  • Your Monograms package to Peru includes a train ride to Machu Picchu, one of the most famous ancient ruins in the world. We even give you the opportunity to overnight at Machu Picchu, so you can witness an amazing sunrise over this "Lost City of the Incas!"
  • Launch Date
  • 07/14/15 8:00pm
  • Location Summary
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  • Meals
    • Buffet breakfast daily
    • 6 lunches
    • 5 three-course dinners
  • Title
  • Galapagos Highlights & Peru
  • Transportation
  • As outlined in the day-by-day itinerary and private airport transfers to/from intra-vacation flights; intra-vacation flights not included
 
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