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Wonders of Peru & the Galápagos (2016)
Limited to 18 guests
Days: 16 | From: $13,590
Day 1: Arrive Guayaquil
Arrive in Guayaquil, Ecuador, where you are met and transferred to your hotel.
Days 2-6: Guayaquil/The Galápagos | On Board ‘Eclipse’
Today, fly to the Galápagos, where you board eco-friendly ‘Eclipse’ to begin your five-night cruise. Your itinerary is not set, but two daily excursions are planned to the main sites and islands. Following an early breakfast each day, board a sturdy rubber raft, called a panga, for the morning shore excursion. Expect to spot flora and fauna (all different depending on the island), take photographs and confer with your naturalist guide. See sunbathing sea lions; skittering Sally Lightfoot crabs; tangles of marine iguanas; penguins; blue-footed boobies overhead and underfoot; even a century-old tortoise diligently trudging over the sand. Return to ‘Eclipse’ for lunch. In the afternoon, embark on your second excursion of the day, perhaps with an opportunity to swim, kayak or snorkel.
'Eclipse' | Meals: B L D
Day 7: Quito, Ecuador | En Route to Peru
Disembark ‘Eclipse’ and fly to Quito, Ecuador, and transfer to your hotel, where you enjoy dinner.
Hotel Plaza Grande | Meals: B L D
Days 8-9: Quito/Lima, Peru | Plazas and Museums
Set out on a city tour of colonial Quito in the morning. After lunch at leisure, fly to Lima, Peru, and transfer to your hotel. The next morning, receive a briefing and a short lesson in Spanish. This afternoon, visit the cathedral and San Francisco Convent before continuing to Casa Aliaga, where you enjoy insider-access made possible by Abercrombie & Kent. Next, tour Larco Herrera Museum, with its diverse exhibits of pre-Columbian arts, and then enjoy a delightful dinner at Huaca Pucllana, overlooking Incan ruins.
Belmond Miraflores Park | Meals: B (Day 8); B D (Day 9)
Day 10: Cusco/Sacred Valley | Chef’s Table Experience
Fly to Cusco, and travel to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. En route, visit a camelid (llamas, alpacas and more) breeding center. Tour the innovative new Inkariy Museum, before settling into your luxurious casita. Join your chef for a Peruvian culinary experience.
Hotel Sol y Luna | Meals: B L D
Day 11: Sacred Valley | Andean Village Visit and Horse Show
Travel to a remote village to interact with local Andean people. Proceed to a private hacienda for lunch. Return to your hotel for a private lecture by a renowned and lettered Inca historian.
Hotel Sol y Luna | Meals: B L D
Day 12: Sacred Valley | Ascent to Machu Picchu
See the terraced ruins of Ollantaytambo before boarding the Vistadome train for the ride up to Machu Picchu, transferring to a coach for the final ascent. Check in to your hotel, the only one on site, before exploring this inspiring Incan citadel, led by a highly knowledgeable expert local guide. Tonight, dine at your hotel.
Visit the Kuychi Center, a school supported by A&K Philanthropy.
Belmond Sanctuary Lodge | Meals: B L D
Days 13-14: Machu Picchu/Cusco | Sacsayhuaman
Continue to explore Machu Picchu. Later, depart by train for Cusco. The next day, visit Sacsayhuaman and Cusco, ending with a Peruvian music demonstration followed by a farewell dinner.
Belmond Hotel Monasterio | Meals: B L (Day 13); B D (Day 14)
Days 15-16: Lima | In the Barranco Neighborhood
Fly to Lima and visit the Barranco Neighborhood. The next day, transfer to the airport and depart.
Belmond Miraflores Park | Meals: B L (Day 15); B (Day 16)
Please note: 'Eclipse' is not a luxury vessel. A&K believes it is the best available.
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