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Galapagos Island To Machu Picchu Getaway
- Airport, Ecuador near Quito, Ecuador
- Active & Adventure
|from $3,595* per person||12 Days||Year-round|
|Luxury accommodations||Exertion level: 4|
|Operator: Adios Adventure Travel||16 people max|
Then fly to Peru to discover the culture and heritage of the Andean mountains. In Cusco, you will explore local Incan sites, including Korikancha, Sacsayhuaman and the Sacred Valley on your way to the mystical citadel of Machu Picchu. Includes private, guided tour of the ruins and time to wander on your own.
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Ecuador, Peru, South America
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3 testimonials about the provider, Adios Adventure Travel:
My wife, daughter and I had a wonderful four day hike along the Inca Trail. The guide, cook and porters made every effort to make our experience memorable. Vidal and his staff satisfied our every need from arranging pick-up to accommodations. The personal service was outstanding. In fact, our son who flew from Colorado to meet us in Macchu Picchu was shuttled through Lima, Cuzco and Aquas Calientes and was waiting for us as we descended from the Sun Gate. The smile on everyone's face spoke volumes about "Adios Adventure Travel". We would not hesitate to book through them again.5
Hola Vidal,I have just finished composing a slide show from our trip to Peru. Too bad that it is over. We had a fantastic time! We had a “wow moment” every day and the sights were breathtaking. We would go back to Peru any time and rely on you to make the arrangements. You guys came through on all your promises but also your team has astonished us by the warmth of the relationship and caring. John in Lima, Henry in Arequipa and Ciro in Cusco really spent a lot of time with us, explaining what we would not have noticed in the sculptures or architecture on our own. Washington, the driver in Arequipa, was also very personable, helping us through the trip to Colca and on to Puno (not to mention that he had fixed my suitcase damaged in air transit).We enjoyed the company of young Hubert. He is a bright young man and extremely personable. On top of it, he had a lot patience for my broken Spanish without reverting to English, which he speaks very well. We felt that Hubert really cared about our well-being and coached us how to climb up Tequile Island to its whole 4010 m (at that plazoleta) without expiring of exhaustion. I must say that your travel plan worked out very well. You included a lot of worthwhile places that we would not have seen without you. We loved the chicheria and the game of sapo. Thanks to your travel plan, we acclimatized very well to the heights by the time of reaching Qosqo. We also liked your hotel selection, which were either extremely comfortable (St.Augustin in Lima or Encantada in Cusco) or just convenient (Aguas Calientes), and the ones in Arequipa (Casa de Melgar), Ollantaytambo and Cusco (Encantada) had a lot of character and beauty.
Feel free to give our phone number (613-353-7081) and email to any of your potential clients, we wil be happy to share with them our fantastic experience.
Thank you amigos and see you again.
Hola Vidal,Looking at all our pictures from the trip, we cannot believe how many things we did on this trip to Peru! Thank you for organizing our trip for us! From start to finish we always were picked up on time, and we never had to worry about our hotels and our transportation. What a wonderful way to spend our honeymoon. We think you have a great group working for you from Juan, the best guide ever, to the cooks, Jefferson and Alex and our driver, Joaquin. The tours that you organized for us were perfect and most of the hotels exceeded our expectations. Although we planned a busy schedule, you were willing to help us figure out where to take breaks to slow down. When we arrived in Cuzco we were happy to finally meet you and it was wonderful to spend several days with Juan. We loved his knowledge, patience and willingness to chat with us on all subjects. Learning about the Quecha culture from you and Juan was especially fascinating.
Our special day cooking for the Quecha family in the small town near Pisac was something we will not forget. We felt so welcomed by the family and privileged to be able to eat with them. If Alex has a recipe for the soup we made that he can pass along to us that would be great! If we get back to Peru we want to do a pacha manca meal like we talked about, someday!Keep up the wonderful work with the sustainable tourism, it is why we chose to go with Adventure Holidays Peru. It is great that you try to help the people and the environment of Peru.
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ItineraryDay 1 - Arrive Quito or Guayaquil, Ecuador where we will meet you and transfer you to your hotel for the night.
Day 2 - Ecuador to Galapagos Islands After your Andean breakfast feast, we will transfer you to the airport for your flight to Baltra, Galapagos Island. Your guide will meet you at the airport and transfer you across the Island of Santa Cruz to your comfortable lodge and a luncheon. Snorkel with sea lions, sting rays and baby reef sharks in the shallow, emerald waters of Tortuga Bay, then witness the nesting site of the famous marine iguanas. Welcome cocktail, dinner.
Day 3 - Santa Cruz Island to Floreana Island. Breakfast 8 am. Depart on Tortoise Quest Tour with a trip to the lavish, lush green "Los Gemelos" (The Twins), two enormous collapsed lava chambers - an awe-inspiring visual reminder of the power of nature. Afterwards, we visit a 600-acre private reserve where the giant Galapagos tortoises freely roam, graze and sleep. After visiting the tortoises, we'll take a 5-minute ride to the entrance of a 450 meter (1350 feet) illuminated lava tunnel. Stalagmites, stalactites, sulfur and mineral colored walls all await you on this uniquely Galapagos experience. Return to your lodge for lunch. 2:00 PM departure for Floreana Island. Sailing time is 1.5 - 2 hours. Visit to "Luz del Dia" (Light of Day) Cove, where you will see penguins and sea lions on the steep, rocky shore and rays and tropical fish beneath the crystal-clear waters. Arriving on the dock, be greeted by amazing ruby red and turquoise colored Floreana marine iguanas. 7:30 PM Check in to private cabins and BBQ dinner in home of a local family.
Day 4 - Floreana Island to Isabela Island Breakfast 8:00 AM. Open-air bus will transport you to the highlands of Floreana for a lesson in local history, like no other. Walk up to see the Asilo de la Paz (Peace Asylum) an artisan spring that attracted pirates, whalers and later settlers to Floreana. See the Cueva de los Piratas (Pirate's Cave) where pirates carved temporary shelter out of the soft stone. Cerro Pajas (Bird Hill) truly lives up to its name with a multitude of Floreana Finches. Visit a tortoise reserve where you can watch many of the giant tortoises up close and personal. Departure at 11:00 AM for Isabela Island. Sailing time is 1.5 - 2 hours. MID-DAY: Weather and tides permitted, as we approach Isabela by sea, we will cruise by Isla Tortuga loaded with frigates, blue-footed boobies and other birds that live by the sea. Arrive in Isabela between 12:30 and 1:00 PM to a port with stunning green and turquoise waters so clear, you can see sea turtles, sea lions and penguins as though looking through glass. Check-in to sea-side lodge for lunch. 2:30 PM departure to Las Tintoreras and Bay Tour. Walk through a jagged 'AA' lava field, passing abundant colonies of marine iguanas, to see a small canal full of resting white-tipped reef sharks. The black, treacherous lava field, the emerald green sea, the forest green mangrove and the cloud-capped volcanoes of Isla Isabela is the sort of afternoon backdrop you will not soon forget. Once you return to the dock, you can snorkel in the warm, shallow bay surrounded by mangrove, for an opportunity to see white-tipped reef sharks, sea lions, penguins and more. Relax, Dinner 7:00 PM
Day 5 - Isabella Island to Santa Cruz Island Breakfast. 8:00 AM. Our tour begins with a drive out of town along the most beautiful, white sand, palm lined beach in all of Galapagos, Long Beach. This beach, straight from the cover of a travel magazine, stretches on for 3 kilometers before the National Park where we walk up the trail for astounding views from the top of Cerro Orchilla. Visit the "Muro de Las Lagrimas" (Wall of Tears), a unique backbreaking-contruction built by prisoners of a penal colony centuries ago. The path to the Wall of Tears is abundant with lava lizards, the males are larger and striped and the females red-throated.
On your return to town, you will visit a breeding center for the giant Galapagos Tortoises and the only place to view the rare, remaining flat-backed (so-called 'tabletop' shells) Galapagos tortoises, many of which still bear the scars of volcanic activity from Sierra Negra. 11:00 AM, depart Isabela for Santa Cruz. Sailing time is 1.5 - 2 hours. Arrive in Puerto Ayora 12:30-1:00 PM. Check in at lodge for lunch. Depart 3:00 PM for guided tour of the fascinating Charles Darwin Research Station.After the Darwin Station, there will be some free time to shop for souvenirs or browse the shops along Charles Darwin Avenue. Dinner 7:00 PM at the Lodge.
Day 6 - Santa Cruz - Quito/Guayaquil Depart 3 hours before your flight in order to arrive back at the Baltra Airport the requested 1.5 hours before your flight. Transfer and guide included from the hotel to the airport. Upon arrival in Ecuador, we will meet you and transport you to your hotel to enjoy dinner in Quito or Guayaquil at restaurant of your choice.
Day 7 - Ecuador to Lima, Peru - Lima to Cusco Following breakfast, we will transfer you to the airport for your flight to Lima, Peru. After clearing customs, you will board your domestic flight to Cusco where your guide will greet you at the airport and transport you to your hotel. Once settled and if time permits, you will enjoy a walking tour of Cusco followed by dinner in the restaurant of your choice.
Day 8 - Cusco- Sacsayhuaman Ruins - Cusco You continue your exploration of the complex urban center of the Incan empire and visit the famous stonework of Sacsayhuaman, the amphitheater of Qenco, the spring-shrine of Tambomachay and the fortress of Pukapukara above the city center. Back to Cusco for dinner and overnight.
Day 9 - Cusco - Sacred Valley - Ollantaytambo Your day starts with the usual Peruvian buffet breakfast before we start our van ride to explore the Sacred Valley. We'll visit an artisan market and enjoy lunch in a local restaurant before stopping at Maras to see the terraced salt ponds, where each pond is owned by a different family and a stop at Moray, the ancient experimental agricultural center, before we arrive at our hotel in Ollantaytambo. Dinner will be in a local restaurant.
Day 10 - Ollantaytambo - Machu Picchu Our day begins with a stop at the ruins of Ollantaytambo before we board the train. The two-hour ride follows the Urubamba River through several micro-climate zones and we arrive in Aguas Calientes, where we catch a bus to travel up the switch-backs to the entry of the Machu Picchu National Park. Your guide assists you into the park and escorts you through the ruins while telling amazing stories about the history and lore of the plants, animals and culture that once inhabited the sacred space. You'll have time to wander alone before you make your way back to the buses and return to Cusco for the night.
Day 11 - Cusco to Lima, Peru The morning will be free before we transfer you to the Cusco airport where our services conclude. You will fly to Lima for international flight connections. Assistance with additional services in Lima is available upon request.
Day 12 - Arrival in home country
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