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Peru & The Galapagos: Legends & Explorations

14 days & 13 nights, Private Journey

Lima, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Cusco, Quito & Galapagos Islands

Journey from the Andes to the islands as you discover the secrets of the ancient Inca, the patrimony of Peru's colonial heritage and the natural laboratory of the Galapagos Islands, which fueled Darwin's work on the origin of the species. Visit churches and mansions built by Spanish conquistadors, imposing Inca fortresses and the fabled mountaintop Lost City of Machu Picchu. Then marvel at the endemic flora and fauna of the remote, volcanic Galapagos Islands as you cruise in style aboard your comfortable expedition ship.

  • Day 1
    Arrive Lima

    Upon arrival in Lima, you will be welcomed by your Cox & Kings local representative and escorted to your hotel.

    Elite: Belmond Miraflores Park
    Preferred: Casa Andina Private Collection Miraflores - 1 Night
  • Day 2
    To the Sacred Valley (Urubamba)

    Board your flight to Cusco and venture into the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Stop en route at the massive fortress of Sacsayhuaman to admire its monumental stones and the ingenious architecture of the Incas and the charming Pisac market.

    Elite: Belmond Rio Sagrado
    Preferred: Sol y Luna - 2 Nights
    (B, L)
  • Day 3
    The Sacred Valley (Urubamba)

    Enjoy a morning at leisure.

    This afternoon, visit to the local community of Inca Trail porters and Peruvian weavers in Willoq, and connect with the living culture of the villagers. You'll have the opportunity to learn about their traditional way of life. Or visit the fortress of Ollantaytambo to admire this important Inca site.

    Elite: Belmond Rio Sagrado
    Preferred: Sol y Luna
  • Day 4
    To Machu Picchu

    Early this morning, board the Vistadome train to Machu Picchu. Take a guided tour of the citadel's agricultural terraces, royal houses and temples before exploring the ruins on your own.

    In the afternoon, explore the ruins on your own.

    Elite: Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel
    Preferred: Sumaq - 1 Night
  • Day 5
    To Cusco

    Early today, take the opportunity to see the sunrise over the ruins.

    This afternoon, return by train to Cusco.

    Elite: Belmond Palacio Nazarenas
    Preferred: El Mercado Tunqui - 2 Nights
  • Day 6

    Explore the city on a morning tour. After visiting Santo Domingo Monastery, built atop the legendary Koricancha- the most revered Inca temple devoted to the worship of the sun whose walls were plated with sheets of gold- continue to the lovely San Blas neighborhood. On the way back to your hotel, pass by Hatunrumiyoc Street with its famed twelve- angle stone and visit the ornate cathedral at the Plaza de Armas.

    Elite: Belmond Palacio Nazarenas
    Preferred: El Mercado Tunqui
  • Day 7
    To Quito

    This morning, fly to Quito where you are met and escorted to your hotel.

    Elite: Casa Gangotena
    Preferred: Patio Andaluz - 2 Nights
  • Day 8

    Venture outside the city onto the western slopes of the majestic Andes. Savor an exclusive lunch at the home of a local ornithologist in the Tandayapa cloud forest where you will witness a colorful profusion of hummingbirds. End your day with a private chocolate tour and tasting at one of Quito's best chocolate factories.

    Elite: Casa Gangotena
    Preferred: Patio Andaluz
    (B, L)
  • Day 9
    To Baltra / Galapagos Islands Cruise

    This morning, fly to the island of Baltra to board your vessel. Estimated to be some three million years old, the Galapagos Islands are home to fascinating endemic wildlife and flora.

    Elite: M/Y Yacht La Pinta
    Preferred: M/C Ocean Spray - 4 Nights
    (B, L, D)
  • Day 10 - 12
    Galapagos Islands Cruise

    Spend three days exploring these magical islands. Land on the northwest side of Santa Cruz to see the land iguanas of Cerro Dragon. Search for Galapagos penguins on Bartolome Island and ascend to its volcanic summit for incredible views. On Isabela Island, marvel at iconic blue-footed boobies as sea lions laze on the beach.

    Elite: M/Y Yacht La Pinta
    Preferred: M/C Ocean Spray
    (B, L, D)
  • Day 13
    To Quito

    On your final day in the Galapagos, stop at the attractive port of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno and visit the San Cristobal Interpretation Center to learn more about the formation of the islands and their endemic wildlife. Return to Quito this afternoon.

    Elite: Casa Gangotena
    Preferred: Patio Andaluz
    (B, L, D)
  • Day 14
    Depart Quito

    Today you will be escorted to the airport for your onward flight.

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