Inca Trail Machupicchu & Galapagos Island 16 Days
Day 01: International Arrivel in Lima
Assistance on your arrival in Lima and transfer to your selected hotel. Free time to rest and prepare for starting your trip around this unusual city and magical country.
Day 02: Lima City Tours City Tours After breakfast, guided sightseeing tour to the most attractive and important sites in Lima, the " City of Kings ". The tour includes Lima's Historical Centre, passing by Plaza San Martin, The Main Plaza, the Government Palace, the City Hall, the Cathedral and its Religious Art Museum, the Church of Santo Domingo, with the tombs of Santa Rosa and San Martin de Porras, and Lima's Colonial Balconies. We will visit the Convent and Church of San Francisco, the greatest monumental complex of Colonial Art in America and Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The tour includes a visit to the Basilica of 21 altars, Convent of Cloisters, Capitulary and Clementine Rooms, Chorus and Library of the Monks, a Museum showing 11 paintings of the Rubens School, the Sacristy with paintings of Surbaran and Ribera, its great patio decorated with Seville tiles of XVIth Century, Moorish arches and underground Catacombs. We will also visit El Olivar Park with olive trees brought from Spain in the XVth Century, the Central Park of Miraflores and Larcomar, a symbol of modern Lima and a tourist and entertainment centre as well as a privileged site to enjoy an amazing view of the Pacific Ocean. Meals: Breakfast
Day 03: Lima – Cusco: Sightseeing Tour and Nearby Ruins Breakfast.Transfer to Lima airport for your flight to Cuzco upon arrivel transfer to the selected hotel, Morning at leisure. Couple minutes from your hotel can vist on foot San Blass Street This neighborhood housing artisans, workshops and craft shops, is one of the most picturesque sites in the city. Its streets are steep and narrow with old houses built by the Spanish over important Inca foundations. It has an attractive square and the oldest parish church in Cuzco, built in 1563, which has a carved wooden pulpit considered the epitome of Colonial era woodwork in Cuzco.The Quechua name of this neighborhood is Toq'ocachi which means the opening of the Salt
12 - angled Stone The Magic of Inca Stones: Dominating the ancient streets of Cusco are dramatic Inca walls, constructed of mammoth granite blocks so exquisitely carved that they fit together without mortar, like jigsaw-puzzle pieces. The Spaniards razed many Inca constructions but built others right on top of the original foundations. ( Even hell - bent on destruction, they recognized the value of good engineering. ) In many cases, colonial architecture has not stood up nearly as well as the Incas' bold structures, which were designed to withstand the immensity of seismic shifts common in this part of Peru. Apart from the main attractions detailed in this section, a brief walking tour will take you past some of the finest Inca constructions that remain in the city. East of the Plaza de Armas, Calle Loreto is one of the best-known Inca thoroughfares. The massive wall on the left side, composed of meticulously cut rectangular stones, was once part of the Accllahuasi, or the " House of the Chosen Maidens," the Inca emperor's Virgins of the Sun. This is the oldest surviving Inca wall in Cusco and one of the most distinguished. Northeast of the Plaza de Armas, off Calle Palacio, is Hatunrumiyoc, a cobblestone street lined with impressive walls of polygonal stones. Past the Archbishop's Palace on the right side is the famed 12 - Angled Stone ( now appropriated as the symbol of Cuzqueña beer ), which is magnificently fitted into the wall. Originally, this wall belonged to the palace of the Inca Roca. This large stone is impressively cut; the Incas almost routinely fitted many - cornered stones ( with as many as 32, as seen at Machu Picchu, or even 44 angles ) into structures. From Hatunrumiyoc, make your first right down another pedestrian alleyway, Inca Roca; about halfway down on the right side is a series of stones said to form the shape of a puma, including the head, large paws, and tail. It's not all that obvious, so if you see someone else studying the wall, ask him to point out the figure. Siete Culebras ( Seven Snakes ), the alleyway connecting Plaza Nazarenas to Choquechaca, contains Inca stones that form the foundation of the chapel within the Hotel Monasterio. Other streets with notable Inca foundations are Herrajes, Pasaje Arequipa, and Santa Catalina Angosta. Only a couple genuine Inca portals remain
In the afternoon, we will have a guided sightseeing tour of Cusco visiting the Main Square, the Cathedral and the Temple of the Sun or Korikancha Then, we drive out of the City to visit the Inca sites of Kenko, Tambomachay, Puca Pucara and the impressive Fortress of Sacsayhuaman, strategically built on a hill overlooking Cusco and famous for its enormous carved stones, some of them standing over 9m / 30ft high and weighing over 350 tons.
at 20.00 p.m evening get ready to enjoy a dinner with a folklore show in a typical restaurant where the musicians play their melodies with Andean instruments of beautiful sounds, while typically dressed dancers will show you different ancient Peruvian dances.
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner Show Folklor
Day 04: Cusco: Sacred Valley of The Incas Early morning excursion to the Urubamba Valley, the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
Visit to the picturesque indian Pisac Market held on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, the shopping paradise of the Andes where barter is still practiced. Enjoy the unique atmosphere during a typical lunch. In the afternoon, passing through the Towns of Calca and Urubamba, we visit the Inca Fortress and Citadel of Ollantaytambo, built to guard the entrance to this part of the Valley, and protect it from possible invasion from the tribes in the Lower jungle. You can walk through the quaint streets of the nearby Town, and get a good idea of what this strategic Mlitary, Religious, and Agricultural Centre was like during the era of the Inca Empire. Evening free. We suggest strolling around the Main Square and enjoy the night atmosphere trying a delicious Pisco Sour in some of the many pubs around the Square of Ollantaytambo Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Day 05: Cusco – Km82 - Huayllabamba
At approximately 6:30 am, our guide will pick you up from your hotel to transfer you by bus to the km 82 where you will arrive at approx. 10:30 am. Here you will meet the team that will join you during the trek, such as the porters, camp assistants and cooks. You will begin the walk, the first day is quite easy and during the first kilometres you will have a beautiful view of the snow peaked Veronica Mountain, walking alongside the Vilcanota River until you arrive at the Archaeological Complex of Patallacta, where you will have lunch and gain energy to reach Huayllabamba, where the first camp is set up.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 06: Huayllabamba - Pacaymayo
After breakfast, the hardest part of the trail begins, with a steep ascent, followed by 3 hours walking until reaching the first step, called Warmiwañusca ( Dead Woman ), up to 4200 m.a.s.l. approximately. You will not only enjoy incredible panoramic views from here but you will also have the satisfaction to have reached the top. After lunch in Vizcachayoc we will descend towards Pacaymayo ( 3500 m.a.s.l.) for dinner and camp.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 07: Pacaymayo - Wiñayhuayna
After breakfast the ascent will begin until the second most important step of the route, up to 3900 m.a.s.l., where you will enjoy a guided visit to the Archaeological Complex Runkurakay and the Inca Citadel of Sayacmarca ( 3,600 m.a.s.l. ). Lunch in Chaqquicocha. Then, you will continue walking towards Phuya Patamarca ( Town in Clouds ), another important archaeological monument. After a brief rest, we will continue walking until arriving at Wiñay Huayna (Always Young), for a guided visit to this spectacularly located Archaeological Complex . Dinner and overnight in the camp. Note: The above are the regular camp sites according to the circuit operated by Enjoy Peru, however, these can vary according to disposition levied by the Machu Picchu Management Unit without previous warning, but which will not affect the itinerary.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 08: Wiñayhuayna – Huaynapicchu – Machupicchu – Cusco
After breakfast ( 05:00 approx.), start walking for one hour by the forest until the Inti Punku ( Door of the Sun ), known like the front door to Machu Picchu, from where we will be able to have an impressive panoramic view of the Inca Citadel.
climbing 6 km of winding road, to the incredible site of Huayna Picchu also known as Wayna Picchu ( Quechua " Young Peak " ) The number of daily visitors allowed to enter Huayna Picchu is restricted to 200 is a mountain in Peru around which the Urubamba River bends. It rises over Machupicchu, the so-called lost city of the Incas, and divides it into sections. The Incas built a trail up the side of the Huayna Picchu and built temples and terraces on its top. The peak of Huayna Picchu is about 2,720 metres ( 8,920 ft ) above sea level, or about 360 metres ( 1,180 ft ) higher than Machu Picchu. According to local guides, the top of the mountain was the residence for the high priest and the local virgins.
After climb Huaynapicchu we go dow to Machupicchu ruins, you will have a guided tour of the ruins and monuments, such as the Main Square, the Circular Tower, the Sacred Solar Clock, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows and the cemeteries. Free time to stroll around the Citadel and then meet the rest of the group to be transferred by bus to Aguas Calientes for lunch (not included). In the afternoon return to Cusco by train. Upon arrival in Cusco, transfer to your selected hotel. Machupicchu Every morning before sunrise, the high priest with a small group would walk to Machu Picchu to signal the coming of the new day. The Temple of the Moon , one of the three major temples in the Machu Picchu area, is nestled on the side of the mountain and is situated at an elevation lower than Machu Picchu. Adjacent to the Temple of the Moon is the Great Cavern, another sacred temple with fine masonry. The other major local temples in Machu Picchu are the Temple of the Condor, Temple of Three Windows, Principal Temple, " Unfinished Temple ", and the Temple of the Sun, also called the Torreon. Then we'll participate in a guided tour of the Citadel, visiting the Main Plaza, the Circular Tower, The Sacred Sun Dial the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows and various burial grounds.
Garden Waterfall of Mandor - Hot Spring - Ollantaytambo Afternoon Excellent opportunity to wake up early and enjoy a beautiful sunrise as well as a stroll through the Town of Aguas Calientes and visit its Hot Springs Thermal Waters. Then, You will have time to perform some of the following activities:
Mandor Waterfalls. Visiting Mandor Waterfall is an unforgettable adventure. It is an area of lush forest surrounding the town of Machu Picchu. You just have to follow the railway line from Machu Picchu Pueblo for a 45 minute-hike. You will reach a railway crossing, from which you will see a small group of houses whose dwellers will tell you how to reach Mandor Waterfall
Hot Spring Is a distance of 800 m. east of the town of Machupicchu, there are under ground hot sulfur springs wich bubble up from the rocky under ground at varying temperatures. The especially – Built pools at this resort are the basis of its use as hot mineral baths. The hot spring offer natural resources for medical therapy, and also is a great treatment for Rheumatism. It help to rid of stress and toxins, anhance your metabolism and avoid high blood pressure. The average temperature of the water runs from 38° to 46°C. There are also changing rooms, bathrooms sand and a small snack bar.
at 19.00 p.m train back to Ollantaytambo & Cusco upon arrivel transfer to your selected hotel for overnight. Meals: Breakfast
Day 09: Cusco - Lima - Guayaquil ( Ecuador ) Time required transfer to Cusco Airport for your fligh to Lima and go on to Tumbes border between Peru & Ecuador upon arrivel transfer to Guayaquil in Private car and Guide on arrivel transfer to the selected hostel or hotel Meals: Breakfast
Day 10: Guayaquil - Baltra Rancho Primicias & Twin Craters Upon arrivel in Baltra Airport transfer to Santa Cruz, a guide will be waiting for You to take to the hotel, where You can leave your luggage. We will seize the morning to visit the Rancho Primicias in the island’s highlands where we will be able to see Giant Turtles in their habitat
Then we go on to Lava Tunnels “ There are eight lava tubes on Isla Santa Cruz “ The largest lava tubes in the Galapagos are on Santa Cruz Island, it’s estimeated that the last eruptions occurred around a million and a half years ago. There is a gigantic lava tunnel that is over 2000 meters long on the Island that many tourist visit and walk through
Los Gemelos ( Twin Craters ) are located in the highlands of Santa Cruz Island. They are not actual craters caused by impact, but are sink holes that were created when the volcanic roof of empty magma chambers collapsed from tectonic shifts and erosion over time. This area has very different climate from other parts of the island and are surrounded by scalesia ( scalesia pedunculata ) forests, which our tour guide kept calling “broccoli trees.” It is the habitat for bromeliads, orchids, mosses, lichens and many birds. Here, you are able to find the famous vermillion flycatcher, 8 species of Charles Darwin finches, and every so often short - eared owls. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 11: Grietas & Tortuga Bay After breakfast we will Hike through a forest of enormous cacti and over rugged lava rock formations to one of the most unique swimming holes in the Galapagos Islands. Las Grietas, which translates literally to mean " The Cracks, " is a series of volcanic crevices that were formed during the cooling of molten lava. The porous lava stone of the island allows water to filter down from the highlands into Las Grietas where it mixes with sea water filtering in from the ocean. The resulting azure waters are crystalline and refreshing Las Grietas is a popular swimming destination for locals and visitors alike. Float blissfully in the cool water -- or get your adrenaline pumping by jumping from the new wooden platform. A Naturalist Guide is not required to visit as the trail has been improved, but it is not recommended to travel alone as the jagged lava rocks en route can be tricky.
After Lunch we will walk to Tortuga Bay It’s located o nthe Santra Cruz Island, about a 20 minutes walk from the main wáter taxi dock in Puerto Ayora, The walking path is 1.55 miles ( 2,490 m ) and is open from 06.00 to 18.00 p.m evening, we must sing in and out at the start of the path with The Galapagos Park Service Office, Tortuga Bay has a gigantic, perfectly preserved beach, that is forbidden to swimmers and is prerserved for the wildlife where many Marine Iguanas, Galapagos Crabsand Birds are seen dotted along the Volcanic Rocks. There is a separate cove where You can swim and where it’s common to view White Tip Reef Sharks swimming in groups & on occasion Tiger Shark The Genus , Galeocerdo, is divided from the Greek galeos, which mean Shark and The Latin Cerdus, The Word for the hard hairs of Pigs. It is often colloquially called the Man – Eater Shark. The Galapagos Shark a top other species of Shark that are found in The Galapagos Islands, There are always a large variety of small fish and Birds Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 12: Santa Cruz Island to Isabela Island ( Flammingos Lagoon & Sea Kayaking with Pinguins ) a.m. Transfer to The Pier to catch the speed Boat to Isabela Island, It’s the largest Island of The Galapagos with an area of 4,640 square kilometers ( 1,790 sq mi ), and length of 100 kilometers ( 62 mi ) almost four times larger than Santa Cruz, the second largest of the archipelago. It was named after Queen Isabela of Spain. It was originally named Albemarle after the Duke of Albemarle. The island strides the Equator. Isabela is also interesting for its flora and fauna. The young island does not follow the vegetation zones of the other islands. The relatively new lava fields and surrounding soils have not developed the sufficient nutrients required to support the varied life zones found on other islands. Another obvious difference occurs on Volcan Wolf and Cerro Azul; these volcanoes loft above the cloud cover and are arid on top.Isabela’s rich animal, Bird and Marine life is beyond compare. Isabela is home to more wild Tortoise than all the other islands. Isabela's large size and notable topography created barriers for the slow - moving tortoises; apparently the creatures were unable to cross lava flows and other obstacles, causing several different sub - species of Tortoise to develop. Today, Tortoises roam free in the calderas of Alcedo, Wolf, Cerro Azul, Darwin and Sierra Negra
Arrive in Isabela transfer to the selected hostal or hotel after checking we will walk around to Flamingos Lagoon an expansive coastal lagoon that serves as one of the primary breeding grounds for Flamingos
In the afternoon we take our ocean kayaks and paddle out to the pier of Isabela, a set of small islets within Isabela Bay. The islets are filled with wildlife and are home to the Galapagos penguin, the only penguin that lives in equatorial region. We will also see sharks, marine turtles, sea lions, Blue Footed Bobies and much more wildlife as we explore its many small coves and beaches. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 13: Tunnels & Wall of Tears After breakfast we will go to the pier for a 45 minute fibra ( a small boat ) ride to a place where Lava flow impacted with the oceans waves to form the stunning tubes and bridges of Los Tunnels. Los Tunneles is a marine paradise for the White tipped Reef Shark, Manta Rays, Parrot Fish, Yellowtail Surgeon Fish, Galápagos Green Sea Turtle and the Galápagos Sea Lion. This site is one of the most is one of the most spectacular places for snorkeling in Isabela as the water is shallow, clear and calm. This marine sanctuary is characterized by its unique geologic formations. A series of lava flows have produced a number of arches and tunnels both under and above water, where you find a number of animal species that have taken up residence in these magnificent formations. As soon as you get to the intertidal starting point you will be released to snorkel through astoundingly beautiful site.
The Wall of Tears ( Spanish: El Muro de las Lágrimas ) is a historical site 5 km west of Puerto Villamil on Isabela Island in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador. It was constructed between the years of 1945 and 1959 by prisoners in the Penal Colony on the island, which had been established by President Jose Maria Velasco Ibarra in 1944, using infrastructure left by the US military after World War II. The wall is about 25 m ( 65 ft ) tall and is said to have been the cause of thousands of deaths during its construction. Locals call it the wall of tears because it is said to emanate eerie cries and have a heavy energy surrounding it. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 14: Sierra Negra Volcano - Free day Early morning around 07.00 a.m. we will have a tours to Sierra Negra Volcano it’s one of the five volcanoes on the island of Isabela, and boasts the second largest volcanic caldera in the world ( Yellowstone National Park in the United States is the largest in case You were wondering ). On the sierra Negra Volcano You hike to the rim of the six miles wide crater and then trek across an alien landscape of lava fields and fumaroles. The Sierra Negra is one of the most active volcanoes in the Galapagos, with the last eruption in 2005 Though You probably won’t’ see any lava flowing, You will have the opportunity to explore thermal vents and other fascinating geologic features before stopping for a snak near volcán Chico. The vistas from this spot are among the most breathtaking in Isabela and on clear afternoons afford views of the northern volcanoes on Isabela and Fernandina. A savory hot lunch at Campo Duro rounds out this challenging but rewarding day Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 15: Free day or Fishing tour optional Isabela Island free day or Fishing tour optional approximately 6:00 am You will be on your way to the eastern side of the Galapagos which is known as one of the best fishing areas in the archipelago, you can expect to catch Striped, Blue, and Black marlin, depending on the season, however since the water temperature in the Galapagos is pretty much constant all year around you can find bill - fish pretty much every month of the year. You will spend the night in one of the nicest hotels in town. Meals: Breakfast
Day 16: Isabela Island - Baltra Airport - Guayaquil – Home a.m. After Breakfast transfer to Isabela Airport for your fly to Baltra and go on to Guayaquil – Home, we recommend You seat next to The Pilot for nice pictures on air Meals: Breakfast
In Lima: Sightseeing Tour.
In Cusco: Sightseeing Tour and Nearby Ruins; Dinner including Folklore Show.
In the Sacred Valley of the Incas: Excursion to Pisac and Ollantaytambo. Lunch included.
In Machu Picchu: Inca Trail + Climb Huaynapichu & Guided visit of the Citadel
In Ecuador. Tours 7 Days to Galapagos Island
• 15 Nights accommodation
• All breakfasts and meals as described in the programme
• All entrance tickets applicable
• All transfers and land transportation
• Airfare Lima - Cusco – Lima - Tumbes
• Daily tours with all bilingual guided tours ( English - Spanish ) as described in the itinerary
• 1 Train ticket Machu Picchu – Ollantaytambo and go on by bus to Cusco
• Entrance fee to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu
• Bus ticket from Machu Picchu- Aguas Calientes
• Porters for equipment and cooks service
• All Meals as indicated on the itinerary
• Camping equipment including tents, Sleeping Bagmattresses, kitchen tent, lunch tent, etc
• Sleeping Bag
• Private transportation and guide Tumbes to Guayaquil 5 hrs drive
• Airfare Guayaquil - Baltra ( Galápagos Island ) - Guayaquil
• Speed Local Boat ( Inter Yacht ) Santa Cruz to Isabela Island
• Airplane Isabela Island to Baltra Airport
• Kayaking Equipment
• Snorkel Gear
• All applicable taxes
• International flights
• Airport taxes ( $30.25 for international flights and $6.05 for domestic flights )
• Alcoholic drinks, soda or bottled mineral water
• Personal expenses
• International or National personal telephone calls
• Meals not mentioned
• Galápagos national Park 100USA
• Transit Card 20$USA
• Entrance to Isabela Puerto Villamil 10$USA