Peru & The Galapagos: Legends & Explorations14 days & 13 nights, Private Journey
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Day 1Arrive 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 2To 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 3The 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 (B)
Day 4To 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 (B)
Day 5To 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 (B)
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 (B)
Day 7To Quito
This morning, fly to Quito where you are met and escorted to your hotel.Elite: Casa Gangotena
Preferred: Patio Andaluz - 2 Nights (B)
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 9To 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 - 12Galapagos 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 13To 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 14Depart Quito
Today you will be escorted to the airport for your onward flight.(B)
Generally, road travel in Latin America is reasonably good, however conditions vary greatly between the modern capital cities and the more remote areas. When traveling off the beaten track, roads are frequently narrow, bumpy, pot-holed and have stretches which are not paved, or which are under reconstruction. In Costa Rica, northern Chile and Bolivia particularly, conditions are very dusty and / or bumpy, and the road journeys tend to be quite strenuous. Road conditions change throughout the year and heavy rain and extreme weather patterns can affect journey times. Types of vehicles vary according to the country visited and the numbers on a tour: on escorted groups, transport will usually be in the form of a European-style coach or, for smaller groups, may be by mini-bus. On individual journeys, transport will generally be by sedan car. In destinations where conditions require it, off road driving will be in 4 x 4 vehicles.
Internal Flights / Delays / Insurance: Many countries within Latin America have their own air pass and, wherever possible, our tours will be constructed with the appropriate air pass, which will minimize the costs of the internal flight. Please note that the majority of air passes have restrictions; therefore if you require an itinerary with full flexibility, please contact your tour consultant who will advise the additional cost to provide you with a more flexible ticket. Please also note that in certain cases we may not be able to book internal flights under an airpass. In this event a supplement may be payable.
Because of increased air traffic, government restrictions and/or changing weather conditions, flight delays have become more commonplace. These delays can cause problems with your holiday arrangements, and additional costs may well be involved. This may be in the form of added accommodation costs, transfers and/or onward tickets. If this should occur, everything possible will be done to minimize the inconvenience. Cox & Kings will endeavor to ensure that arrangements go as smoothly as possible. As services are paid for in advance any services missed due to delays and/or schedule changes are non-refundable. Please also bear in mind that many international flight tickets are non-changeable and non-refundable. The insurance policy offered by Cox & Kings is designed to mitigate the costs and effects of such delays in certain circumstances and we strongly advise that you are insured against such eventualities.
Flight Amendments: Flights on these tours are in general quoted separately and use special airfare. These have certain conditions, which normally restrict changes of date, route and airline. Any such change made after a ticket has been issued will normally necessitate the purchase of a new ticket at the passenger’s expense.
Airport Departure Taxes: Most cities in Latin America levy a departure tax for passengers departing on international flights, which have to be paid in local currency or the equivalent in US dollars. Other cities within a country may also levy a small charge for departures on domestic flights. Occasionally, taxes may be included on your ticket and we will advise you accordingly. Since there is no standard charge between countries, and taxes are subject to change, it is not possible to list the taxes in this brochure. We will advise you of the current charge with your final documents, and our local agents will confirm the amount payable on arrival. Please ensure you keep enough local currency or US dollars to cover these taxes.
During some itineraries, it may be necessary to depart for excursions or transfers to the airport very early in the morning, sometimes before dawn. This is normally either due to the flight schedules within Latin America, or in order for us to maximize the opportunities for sightseeing during your tour. A number of flights to Latin America arrive / depart early in the morning and, while we will endeavor to schedule your tour with a flight which arrives / departs at a reasonable time, sometimes there is little or no alternative and early check-in / check-out times may be required.
Accommodation standards vary dramatically throughout Latin America. In the larger cities, the hotels we use are fully modernized and have excellent facilities, unless you choose to opt for the more colonial style property, where facilities may be limited. In some smaller cities and more remote areas, we try to offer the best hotels available. However, these may be quite simple - sometimes small colonial-style properties, in which rooms may vary in size - and often have relatively basic facilities. Please note, all rooms reserved on your tour are standard; however, if you wish to upgrade your room (e.g. to a lake or falls view, deluxe or suite etc.), please speak to your tour consultant, who will be able to advise you about the options and the applicable supplements.
Check-in & Check-out Times: For all group and individual tours, hotel check-in / out time is normally 3:00 pm, but this does vary between hotels.
Jungle Lodges & Remote Areas: Accommodation in some wildlife lodges in the Amazon rainforest, are not comparable to the better properties found in parts of Africa and Asia. Accommodation is often reached via narrow and unpaved roads, or by boat, and can be a long way from other civilization. Even when you travel off the beaten track with Cox & Kings, you can be sure that your accommodation is the best available; however sometimes the best hotel may be the only hotel, which may be very modest. In these cases, we feel that the inconvenience of such accommodation is outweighed by the experience of staying in these more remote areas.
Currency: US Dollar
Official Language(s): Spanish
Ecuador has something for everyone: from snow-capped volcanoes in the high Andes Mountains and tropical rainforest in the Amazon to the coastal banana plantations and the famous wildlife of the Galapagos Islands. In the highland towns there is still a dominant Inca culture and although lesser known than those in neighboring Peru, there are some interesting sites to visit and colorful authentic market towns to see.
What To See
For most people, Ecuador is considered to be the gateway to the Galapagos Islands. The islands offer visitors the chance to see species that cannot be found anywhere else and at an incredibly close distance. The best way to see the islands and all they have to offer is by boat. There is a wide range of boats of all sizes and styles offering 3, 4 and 7-day cruises each with slightly different itineraries. For those who prefer to sleep on dry land, there are several hotels from where you can then take a boat out each day to some of the islands located close by.
On mainland Ecuador, the capital Quito is located high up in the Andes surrounded by mountains. In the north, the town of Otavalo has a fantastic daily market selling traditional handicrafts and colorful hand-woven textiles. On Saturdays the locals descend on the town to buy and sell fruit, vegetables and livestock.
The lodges in the Ecuadorian Amazon give perhaps the most authentic Amazon experience in South America. There are some fantastic deluxe lodges accessible only by light aircraft and river but the journey along the tributaries does offer a chance to spot interesting flora and fauna.
When To Go
For Quito and the Andean towns the best time to visit is the dry season between April and November. The Galapagos are an all year round destination: it is drier between June and December but the water is warmer between December and May. The water can get rougher in September. The drier season in the Amazon is from May to September.
Currency: Peruvian Sol
Official Language(s): Spanish
Peru offers a superb combination of stunning scenery, fascinating history and colorful local culture. It is a place where the Inca culture feels very much alive, in the wonderfully preserved remains and in the Quechan language and colorful weavings of the Andean people. It also has more than its fair share of unforgettable sights, from the mysterious Nazca lines to colonial cities and pre-Colombian sites.
What To See
First on the list for any visitor to Peru must be the magical Machu Picchu, high up in the Andes and a scenic train journey from Cusco. The industry of the Incas amazes elsewhere as well, with the precise masonry at Sacsayhuaman near Cusco, and the agricultural terraces in the Sacred Valley. Cusco retains a magical atmosphere with its clash of Incan and Spanish colonial architecture. The whole of this region is set against a backdrop of lush green mountains, and is what sets Peru apart from any other Latin America country.
When To Go
In the Andes region, the green season lasts from November to March, though January and February are the wettest months. The rain is not constant or regular but there can be heavy downpours. In the dry season, between April and September, days can be sunny and warm while spring and autumn can be quite mixed, with plenty of sunny days but chance of rain. Nights are cold year round, due to the altitudes. The coast has a dry climate all year round. Cool winds from the coast produce an almost ever present mist, called 'Garua'. Temperatures remain warm throughout the year, although the low cloud can often give the feeling of light drizzle.
Peru & The Galapagos: Legends & Explorations
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