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TWIN JEWELS: MACHU PICCHU & GALAPAGOS

TWIN JEWELS: MACHU PICCHU & GALAPAGOS

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On this exclusive Machu Picchu Express, you will enjoy memorable experiences as you explore the richest country in the whole world. On this tour, you will discover the magnificent Imperial capital of Cusco. Here you will experience the magical heritage of our ancestral civilization. Take an adventure to the mystical city of Cusco, wander through the colorful villages located in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, and embrace the mystery of the world-famous Sanctuary of Pachacuteq at Machu Picchu. Within the mountains surrounding Cusco lies a wealth of ancient Incan temples, Spanish colonial towns, and breathtaking Andean vistas.

There is no place in the world that compares with Machu Picchu when it comes to unique spiritual energy and absolutely majestic beauty. Travel aboard the Expedition Train to the historic Seventh Wonder of the World, Machu Picchu. Live the best experience of your life. Come join us on our Peru Express Tour and live your dream.

Discover the wonders of three of the best Galapagos Islands with an entertaining island-hopping experience that will bring you close to giant tortoises, sea lions, iguanas, sea turtles, penguins and other wildlife that inhibit this famous volcanic destination.

 

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  • Departure
    Lima / Peru - Quito / Ecuador
  • Included
    Activities
    Domestic flights
    Land Transportation
    Meals detailed in the itinerary
  • Not Included
    Fees and entrances to parks and museums
    Airport tranfer in & out
    International flight
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DAY 1: LIMA ARRIVAL DAY

At the moment you arrive in Lima, a representative will be waiting for you at the airport and take you to the Costa Del Sol Wyndham Lima Airport Hotel (150 meter from Lima Airport).

Accommodation:  Costa Del Sol Wyndham Lima Airport or similar.

Meals included: none.

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DAY 2: ARRIVAL TO CUSCO - TRANSFER TO SACRED VALLEY

A representative will pick you up from the hotel and take you to the airport where you will take your flight to Cusco! After your arrival to Cusco, your guide will be waiting for you and take you to the sacred valley, lunch in a local restaurant. Then on to the village of Chincheros to the north west of Cusco. This picturesque village was an important Inca center and is known for the traditional Andean weaving techniques still used by its people. Wearing traditional clothes, the people of Chincheros meet in the Main Square to sell local handicrafts to visitors -a colorful and beautiful spectacle. Then spend the remainder of the day at leisure.

Accommodation:  Hotel Augusto Urubamba or similar.

Meals included: Breakfast.

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DAY 3: SACRED VALLEY – AGUAS CALIENTES

We descend 1500 feet to the valley floor, where we find ourselves by the sacred Urubamba River and the village of Pisac. In Pisac, we stop to visit a traditional market, where you can browse and buy some local souvenirs if desired. Then, we drive up to the ruins of Pisac. Here, we explore the extensive ruins whilst enjoying stunning views over the valley. You will be given a guided tour of the Citadel of Pisac, in which we will see temples, homes, altars, carvings, tunnels, caves and the famous Intihuatana, "The hitching post of the sun". We have about 90 minutes to explore the ruins. We continue on towards Urubamba, where we make a stop (45 minutes) for lunch. A 30-minute drive takes us to Ollantaytambo, which is surrounded by the sacred mountains. Here, we will spend about an hour. In Ollantaytambo, we get further exposure to Incan constructions, mainly the amazing temple of the sun, enormous blocks of rock perfectly carved and polished, stone water fountains, stairs and terraces. In the afternoon, transfer to Train Station Ollantaytambo (45 minutes). The train leaves at 03:00 pm (time may change depending on availability and changes to timetable). After a 2 hours journey of majestic views you arrive to Aguas Calientes (Hot Springs Town) where you will spend the night. There will be plenty of time to relax if you want to have a hot bath in the natural springs!/span>

Accommodation:  Casa Andina Machu Picchu or similar.

Meals included: Breakfast.

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DAY 4: AGUAS CALIENTES - MACHU PICCHU - CUSCO

Wake up early for breakfast before our guide will pick you up from your hotel at 05h40 to begin the short bus journey to the gates of Machu Picchu where you will watch the sunrise. After entering the Citadel begin a guided walking tour (approximately two hours) of the citadel complex. After this experience, enjoy some free time to explore the mysterious city at leisure.

Optional Service: Wayna Picchu – Cost per person $30

There is time for those with enough energy to climb Wayna (Huayna) Picchu (at your own expense). For many people climbing Huayna Picchu is one of the highlights when visiting Machu Picchu. Wayna Picchu is the mountain behind Machu Picchu. The climb itself is interesting as you will see how the Inca did cut out some steps out of the rocks and as you wind around the side of a mountain will see Machu Picchu from different angles.

This afternoon, you will take the bus down to Aguas Calientes for lunch, later we will board the train back to Poroy. Upon your arrival to the train station, we will pick you up and take you back to your hotel in Cusco.

Accommodation:  Costa del Sol Ramada or similar.

Meals included: Breakfast.

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DAY 5: CUSCO OPEN DAY

After breakfast, enjoy a free day to explore Cusco at your own peace. The capital city of the Inca Empire is now the undisputed archaeological capital of the Americas, as well as the continent’s oldest continuously inhabited city.

City Tour with visit to Cathedral – Cost per person $ 30 (Not Incl. Entrance Fee).

We will pick you up at 14:00am from your hotel to start the tour and visiting the following places:

  • The Koricancha: Temple of the sun.
  • Sacsayhuaman: Majestic place with impressive works in stone, some up to 120 tons.
  • Q´enqo: (Labyrinth) a religious center dedicated to the adoration of the Earth.
  • Puca Pucara: (reddish place) that was used as a military control center.
  • Tambomachay: (Temple of the Water) a center of adoration and worship of water.

Classic Cooking Class - Cost per person $ 40.

With an approximate duration of 3 hours, this service starts at 11 am, picking up the user from their hotel on the way to the house of the chosen cook. Once in the place, the tourists receive a brief explanation of the activities they will carry out, and they will receive the appropriate clothing for the class. What we will do next is practical cooking classes where tourists learn the preparation of traditional plates of the city, presented by experienced chefs, who teach various conventional recipes. In this service, all the ingredients are already at home. Lunch/Dinner at the cook's house: We want all the tourist to feel immersed in the local culture, for this, each chef has prepared various stories and experiences that are transmitted in the table and surrounded by local people (the cook and his family) while tasting the food made in the cooking class.

Folklore Show and Dinner – Cost per person $ 25.

Head to the Tunupa restaurant, located just the central Plaza de Armas of Cusco (3 minutes walking from Hotel), and get ready for a fabulous buffet dinner. There is a large selection of typical dishes, meat, fish, vegetables, and desserts; they are amazing and delicious dishes. The night is more enjoyable when the traditional dance show begins, and you can get involved with folk, traditional, classical music, and sweeten your ears with the Andean instruments: Quena, charango, flute, zampoña. If you wish, you can also share the dance floor with the dancers and get a great experience.

Accommodation:  Costa del Sol Ramada or similar.

Meals included: Breakfast.

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DAY 6: CUSCO AIRPORT – QUITO ARRIVAL
This morning you will be picked up from the hotel and transferred to the airport to catch your flight to Quito city in Ecuador. Upon your arrival you will be picked up by an AJ assistance and transferred to your hotel.
Meet your AJ trip leader and group at 18:00pm. At this time, we will discuss the details and questions you may have regarding the adventure.

Accommodation: Swissôtel Quito or similar.

Meals included: Breakfast.

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DAY 7: ARRIVAL IN GALAPAGOS

Today you will be transferred to the airport to catch your flight to Baltra airport in the Galapagos Islands. Upon arrival you will be picked up and transferred to Santa Cruz a nearby island, crossing the narrow Itabaca channel by ferry. From here we will continue by car to our first stop in the highlands of Santa Cruz. The highlands are home to the iconic giant Galapagos tortoises. Here you will visit a private ranch where you will enjoy lunch before heading out for a walk-in search of the giant tortoises. During this visit, you will also visit some lava tubes, which are formed when the surface of a lava stream solidifies. After this tour, you will continue by private vehicle to your hotel. Here you will have a meet and greet with your local guide who will explain the following days itinerary to you. Enjoy the rest of the evening at leisure to relax and introduce yourself to this beautiful Island.

Accommodation: Silberstein Hotel or similar.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch.

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DAY 8: BAY TOUR EXPLORATION - CHARLES DARWIN RESEARCH STATION

Today after breakfast you will enjoy a half-day tour of Academy Bay. Be sure to pack everything you need for this trip. Optional snorkel equipment will be provided free of charge to anyone who wishes to use it. During the tour, you will take a boat to Academy Bay where you can swim and snorkel with all kinds of exotic fish and marine life, as well as the famous sea lions; they are very curious animals and like to approach to swim next to you underwater. Here you can also see the sought after blue-footed boobies. Afterwards, climb to a nearby viewpoint, and if you are lucky, you can see white-tipped reef sharks swimming in the ocean below.

In the afternoon we will visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to learn more about many of the endemic species seen in the wild, as well as the ongoing conservation and management efforts on the Galapagos Islands.
Accommodation: Silberstein Hotel or similar.

Meals included: Breakfast.

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DAY 9: SPEED BOAT TO ISABELA ISLAND – BREEDING CENTER + FLAMINGO LAGOON – TINTORERAS ISLET
Today we will take a quick boat to the largest island in the archipelago and where the most of the volcanic activity in the Galapagos is reported. The island was formed by six shield volcanoes, Alcedo, Cerra Azul, Darwin, Ecuador, Sierra Negra and Wolf; five of them are still active which makes the island one of the most volcanically active places on earth.
Upon arrival we will visit the giant tortoise breeding center located and the flamingo lagoon to admire this incredible species in their natural habitat.
In the afternoon we will visit Tintoreras Islet located at a short distance from Puerto Villamil and home to a great variety of wildlife. Its turquoise, crystalline waters are inhabited by white-tipped reef sharks, Galapagos Penguins, marine turtles and sea lions. One of its beaches, surrounded by mangroves, is one of the few sites where marine iguanas can reproduce successfully.

Accommodation: Isamar Hotel or similar

Meals included: Breakfast.

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DAY 10: HIKE IN SIERRA NEGRA
After driving up from Puerto Villamil to the trail head, we will prepare our backpacks for the hike into a young forest ecosystem, a world of recent geological history. Our destination is the rim of Sierra Negra Crater, an active volcano which last erupted in June 2018. Upon arrival, we take in breathtaking views and explore the circumference of the massive, lava-filled crater, a caldera that is over six miles across at its widest point. If we feel energetic enough, we can continue our hike to Volcan Chico, a secondary crater that has a wild landscape of puffing fumaroles and colorful lava formations; great examples of the dramatic geological events that have formed the Galapagos Islands over millennia.
In the afternoon you will have time to enjoy the crystalline water of Concha Perla and practice some snorkeling to observe marine wildlife.

Accommodation: Isamar Hotel or similar

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch.

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DAY 11: FLIGHT BACK TO QUITO

After our final breakfast on the Galapagos Island and the last photos taken of sea lions, we have a transfer to Baltra's airport in time to catch the flight back to the mainland.

Accommodation: Swissôtel Quito or similar.

Meals included: Breakfast.

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DAY 12: DEPARTURE

Today our trip will end and you will have your International departures. Take with you your memories and photos and leave a piece of your heart, as you will want to return to Ecuador soon to experience more of this enchanted land. We wish you a "Buen viaje"!

Meals included: Breakfast.

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What's Included?

  • Transportation: Travel comfortably in private land transportation. Domestic Flights to the Galapagos Islands (round trip).
  • Accommodation (based on double occupancy): 5* hotel in Quito, 3+ star hotel in Galapagos, 4-star hotel in Peru.
  • Meals: 12 Breakfasts, 6 lunches and 4 dinners.
  • Staff & Trip Leader: Certified AJ expert English-speaking adventure leader and local guides.

What is not included?

  • My Own Room supplement USD $1 199.

  • Airport transfers (Arrival Day & Departure Day).

  • Flight tickets Lima – Quito.

  • Galapagos National Park fee (USD $100 per person).

  • Transit control card for the Galapagos (USD $20 per person).

  • Wetsuits (available for rent locally).

  • Isabela Island fee (USD $10 per person).

  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary, drinks. Food budget: USD $280 for not included meals.

  • Personal expenses.

  • Tips.

  • Transfers to International flights.

IMPORTANT DETAILS

RECOMMEND FLIGHTS - CONNECTING TO CUZCO - PERU

OPTION 01

  1. QUITO - LIMA: LAN 1449 (Airline Operator: Lan Peru) / Aircraft Carrier: Airbus 319

08:35 (UIO) / 10:50 (LIM) / 1:30 hrs Economy.

  1. LIMA -CUSCO: LAN 2043 (Airline Operator: Lan Ecuador) / Aircraft Carrier: Airbus 319 13:20 (LIM) / 14:40 (CUZ) / 2:30 hrs Economy

  OPTION 02

  1. QUITO - LIMA: Lan 1481 (Airline Operator: Lan Ecuador) / Aircraft Carrier: Airbus 319

20:15 (UIO) / 22:13 (LIM) / 1:30 hrs Economy.

  1. LIMA -CUSCO: Lan 2117 (Airline Operator: Lan Peru) / Aircraft Carrier: Airbus 320

04:25 (Next Day) (LIM) / 05:45 (Next Day) (UIO) / 2:30 hrs Economy

ITINERARY DISCLAIMER: It is our intention to adhere to the itinerary described; however, due to our travel style, on occasions, it may be necessary or desirable to make small changes. Weather conditions and unpredictable local circumstances may lead us to make alterations to the route and/or travel times. Hotels and flight schedules might change according to availability. Any mention of specific wildlife in the itinerary or trip details is not a guarantee that it will be seen during the trip.

 DRIVING TIME: From 1 to 2 hours driving average from place to place.

SEASON: All year except February.

PROVINCE: Pichincha, Galapagos, Cusco, Lima.

TERRITORY: From Galapagos Islands to Andeans secrets, mountains in Peru included the Secret Valley and Machu Picchu.

ALTITUDE: From sea level to 4200m (up to 13800 ft).

AVG. TEMP.: Day 15-34ºC / 59-93ºF; Night 12-17ºC / 53-62ºF.

DIFFICULTY LEVEL: Moderate to challenge. This program will run from Galapagos Island, included short hikes to volcanoes and snorkeling for 1 or 2 hours, to the Andean mountains of Peru where we will trek the Inca Trail for 4 days, including 6 to 8 hours of hiking per day.

ADVENTURE GEAR: Snorkeling gear, Kayak for 2 people, hiking sticks, Sleeping bag, Comfortable tents for 2 people.

SAFETY: Guides are certified as Wilderness First Aid Responders. We carry a complete first aid kid.

  ACCOMMODATION: All prices are based on double-occupancy. If you are traveling solo, you will be matched with another participant of your same sex. If you prefer to have a single room, please contact AJ prior to your departure to arrange your accommodation at an extra cost.

MEALS: Traveling with Adventure Journeys you will have the possibility to experience and taste local food and snacks. Your guide will help you identify typical food and suggest the best places to enjoy it. Some meals are not included in order to give you some flexibility about where, what and with whom to eat. You have the option to share these meals with the group, however there is no obligation to do this. If you have any allergies or food restrictions, please inform AJ prior to your departure.

Vegetarians, Vegans and Gluten Free people are very welcome in our trip, our guides are always ready to coordinate with chefs and restaurants for substitute meals for them, as Ecuador is very well known for its great diversity of gastronomy.

YOUR TRIP LEADERS AND GUIDES: All AJ guides and trip leaders are highly experienced, licensed from the Tourism University to operate in Ecuador and certified as Wilderness Adventure First Aid respondents. They all have approved several extra training courses for kayaking, rafting, biking and horse riding, besides this they all are Ecuadorian and have a fantastic personality. We always carry a complete first aid kit in our trips. In some locations and for some activities, local guides join the trip leaders to provide an added service and make sure we practice sustainable tourism involving local indigenous people in our operation.

In the Galapagos Islands, minimum 4 participants for the AJ trip leader service are required.

SUSTAINABLE ECO AND CULTURAL TOURISM: Clients receive interpretation and education about the ecology and conservation of the Andes, Amazon rain forest and Galapagos Islands, and learn about the factors that threaten it. We aim to promote long-term conservation of both local people cultural identity and the environment. We transport out and recycle all non-organic garbage and we prefer to work with local suppliers. Your visit will encourage the local communities to support responsible eco-tourism as a sustainable alternative for their living.

HEALTH INFORMATION: Please inform AJ of any existing medical conditions (i.e. pregnancy, diabetes, etc). Yellow fever, Hepatitis B vaccination and Malaria Medication are recommended when traveling to the tropics. Please ask your doctor for advice.