Natural Treasures of South America

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Let us share with you the beauty of these Exciting and Unique destinations. Come and join us for a one-of-a-kind Private Touring Experience featuring Quito and the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador, and in Peru, the wonders of Lima, Cusco, the enigmatic Machu Picchu, and the Amazon, all in 19 days with expert guides and extra time for self-discovery.

 

 

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Day 1 – Fri – May 12 | Welcome to Quito! Transfer to Casona de la Ronda Hotel in Colonial Quito for a 3-Night stay.

Day 2 – Sat – May 13 | Otavalo Market | B.L. Full-day excursion through Guayllabamba and Cayambe for a visit to the Otavalo Craft Market and lunch at a local Hacienda.

Day 3 – Sun – May 14 | Quito City Tour & Middle of the World | B.L. Guided sightseeing excursion of the city and its main landmarks, including the iconic Middle of the World monument and lunch. Afternoon at leisure.

Day 4 – Mon – May 15 | The Galapagos Islands Adventure Begin! | B.L.D. Transfer to the airport and local flight to the Galapagos Islands for a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station and a 5-Day Cruise and Explorations aboard the M/Y Isabella II.

Day 5 – Tue – May 16 | Santa Fe & South Plaza Islands | B.L.D. Two wonderful guided explorations to observe wildlife and enjoy snorkeling, swimming, kayaking, or riding in a glass-bottom boat.

Day 6 – Wed – May 17 | North Seymour Island & Las Bachas | B.L.D. Several bird colonies, from stilts to flamingos, as well as sea lions and marine iguanas will be the highlight of the day.

Day 7 – Thu – May 18 | Bartolome Island & Sullivan Bay | B.L.D. Enjoy the astonishing view from the top of the island and then ride around the colossal Pinnacle Rock. Good opportunity for swimming and snorkeling or exploring the lava trails while observing wildlife.

Day 8 – Fri – May 19 | Baltra Island to Quito | B. Transfer to the airport and local flight to Quito. Transfer to Casona de la Ronda Hotel in Colonial Quito for an overnight stay. Afternoon at leisure.

Day 9 – Sat – May 20 | Farewell Ecuador! | B. Transfer to the airport and check-in for your onward flight.

Machu Picchu Extension 7-Night Program

Sat – May 20 | From Ecuador to Peru | B. Transfer to the airport and flight to Lima, Peru. On arrival in Lima, transfer to Casa Andina Select Miraflores Hotel for a 2-Night stay.

Day 10 – Sun – May 21 | Lima City Tour | B. Guided sightseeing excursion of the city and its main landmarks, including the visit to Huaca Huallamarca, an ancient pre-Inca shrine. Afternoon at leisure.

Day 11 – Mon – May 22 | Lima to Cusco and the Sacred Valley | B.L. Transfer to the airport and local flight to Cusco. Upon arrival, transfer to the Sacred Valley with visits en-route at Awanakancha and Pisac Ruins. Sonesta Posadas del Inca Yucay Hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 12 – Tue – May 23 | Maras, Moray, Ollantaytambo & Train to Machu Picchu | B.L.D. Full-day excursion to explore the hidden treasures of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Afternoon train to the Aguas Calientes Station. 2-Night stay at El Mapi Hotel.

Day 13 – Wed – May 24 | Guided Visit to Machu Picchu | B.L.D. Guided visit of Machu Picchu and lunch at the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge with time at leisure to continue exploring at your own pace.

Day 14 – Thu – May 25 | Machu Picchu & Huayna Picchu / Train to Cusco | B. Second entrance to Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu Sunrise Hike. In Cusco, 2-Night stay at El Mercado Tunqui Hotel.

Day 15 – Fri – May 26 | Sacsayhuaman & Cusco City Tour | B. Half-day deep exploration of Sacsayhuaman Archaeological Park. Afternoon guided city tour with visits to Koricancha and the Cathedral.

Day 16 – Sat – May 27 | Farewell Peru! | B. Transfer to the airport and check-in for your onward flight. If you are leaving us today, you will fly back to Lima to
connect with your homebound flight.

The Amazon Extension 3-Night Program

Sat – May 27 | Cusco / Puerto Maldonado | B.L.D. Transfer to the airport and local flight to Puerto Maldonado. Arrival and transfer to the Posada Amazonas Jungle Lodge for a 4-Day Nature and Wildlife Encounter in the Peruvian Amazon.

Day 17 – Sun – May 28 | Lake Exploration, Medicinal Trail & Night Walk | B.L.D. Boat exploration in search of wildlife on the Tres Chimbadas Oxbow Lake. Visit to Centro √Ďape in a local community to learn about medicinal plants. Night walk to discover the rare gems of the rainforest.

Day 18 – Mon – May 29 | Parrot Clay Lick & Ceiba Trail Hike | B.L.D. Dozens and dozens of parrots and parakeets will be the highlight of this morning nature walk. Explore the Ceiba Trail in search of giant trees. In the afternoon, boat excursion to the Infierno Community to learn about endemic crops.

Day 19 – Tue – May 30 | Puerto Maldonado / Lima / Home | B. Transfer to the airport for your domestic flight back to Lima to connect with your homebound flight. Gracias Amigos y Buen Viaje!

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