Peru


 

But all the Inca sites, none has so caught the imagination of modern peoples as the city of Machu Picchu, which sits perched on the top of the rugged spur, cover with lush vegetation, looking out over the deep valley of the Urubamba River several hundred feet below” From The book “Monuments of civilisation: The Andes”


Remote Island Expeditions will create and customize the expedition of your dreams. Here is one of our most popular expeditions for Peru:

Treasures of South America Expedition

  

Take 13 days to explore Machu Picchu, Quito and The Galapagos Islands.

Package Includes expedition leader, 5 stars hotels and a first class vessel.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 – LIMA

Your “Peru and the Treasures of South America Expedition” begins upon your arrival to Lima International Airport. Our representatives in Lima will meet you and assist your transfer to the Hotel.

 

INCLUDED MEALS: None
ACCOMMODATION: Wyndham Costa del Sol located across from the airport. Double room with two queen-size beds.
SERVICES: Private. Transfer to the hotel.

Day 2 – CUSCO

Once the capital of the Inca Empire, Cuzco was a holy place and not an ordinary city. Over the years different Inca emperors built their own palaces and temples there. Although severely damaged by wars and time, many original buildings still remain, and the street plan of the center is not greatly changed from Inca times. Just as New York City is called “The Big Apple,” Cuzco was, among many names, “The Big Puma.”

Your travel to the capital of the Incas starts in the morning. Please go across to the airport to check in for your flight to Cuzco. We recommend that you check in your bags at 7:30 a.m. at the airport, then return to the hotel for breakfast and check-out.

Your flight to Cusco departs at 9:30 a.m., arriving in Cuzco at 10:25. Upon arrival our representatives will transfer you to the hotel. Note that Cuzco is located at an altitude of 11,200 feet above sea level, and it is recommended to drink sufficient liquids and coca tea in order to acclimatize to the altitude.

Early in the afternoon you will have a guided tour to the two iconic places in Cuzco: Coricancha complex and the Inca ruins of Sacsayhuaman.

Coricancha complex: Coricancha was the physical and spiritual heart of Cuzco. The complex is a Dominican monastery built by the Spaniards over the demolished foundations of the four main Incas temples in Cuzco: one dedicated to the Inti (the sun), one to Killa (the moon), one to Chasca (the stars), and one to Illapa (the thunder).

Sacsayhuaman fortress complex: This huge, ancient hilltop fortress must have been Cusco’s main fortification. From there you will have great views of the city, which was once in the shape of a Puma. Sacsayhuaman is the place where the famous Inti Raymi celebrations take place every year during the winter solstice.

INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch
ACCOMMODATION: Belmont Hotel Monasterio Cusco
SERVICES: Private. Transfer from airport to the hotel. Guided tour.

DAY 3 – THE SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCAS

A 30-minute drive from Cuzco, the “Sacred Valley” was an extremely important area for the Incas because the fertile soils irrigated by the Urubamba River and the warm climate of the region provided the perfect environment to produce the food that the Inca Empire needed to flourish and grow.

At 8:00 a.m. your guide and driver will pick up from your hotel in Cuzco to take you to the Sacred Valley. Your first destination will be the traditional village of Pisac where you’ll visit its well-maintained archaeological site and picturesque Andean market. At the market you’ll be able to observe and appreciate many native customs and innumerable local products.

Afterward we will head for Urubamba, traveling next to the Urubamba River. We’ll have lunch at a restaurant in Urubamba and in the afternoon we will visit the fortress and citadel of Ollantaytambo, built to watch over the entrance to this part of the valley and protect it from invasions from the Amazon. You’ll have the chance to walk the narrow streets and in this way appreciate how this military, religious, and cultural center functioned during the Inca Empire. Finally, we’ll be dropped in our hotel in the valley. The rest of the afternoon will be free for you to relax and get ready for your upcoming adventure.

INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch
ACCOMMODATION: Hotel Rio Sagrado Deluxe Terrace
SERVICES: Private. Transport. Guided tour.

DAY 4 – MACHU PICCHU

Machu Picchu is a sacred place. Isolated from most of the common people, where “only the virgins of the sun could live,” this former royal estate has become a symbol of Inca civilization. The Inca Emperor would go there for special celebrations or for a retreat. According to the historians, Machu Picchu was an agricultural university for the Incas, a place to learn about the stars, use of the land, agricultural seasons, and the planting of different crops in different microclimates. Machu Picchu is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was voted as one of the “New Seven Wonders of the World,”

Today is the big day! This morning at 7:30 you’ll board the train to the town of Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu). The train journey will be a spectacle in itself as we travel a landscape changing from green fields and eucalyptus forests to lush jungle, always beside the meandering Urubamba River. Upon arrival, we’ll take a 20-minutes bus ride up the steep, zigzagging road to Machu Picchu Citadel, located in an impressive mountain setting.

You’ll first have a guided excursion so you can have a better understanding of Machu Picchu and the Inca culture. Our guide will be happy to answer all the questions you may have. Afterward you’ll have free time to continue exploring every corner of the “Lost City of the Incas” at your own pace.
We recommend you visit the watchman’s house and the Inca bridge, or hike up to the Sun gate, known as the Inti Punku.

Your train will leave Aguas Calientes at 4:30 p.m. and will continue all the way to Cusco. Upon arrival you will have a transfer to the hotel for overnight.

INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch.
ACCOMMODATION: Belmont Hotel Monasterio Cusco
SERVICES: Private. Train Urubamba–Machu Picchu–Cuzco. Transfer from train station to the hotel. Guided tour.

DAY 5 – FLIGHT FROM CUZCO FOR YOUR CONNECTION TO QUITO, ECUADOR

You will have a transfer to international departures for your flight to Quito.

INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast
ACCOMMODATION: N/A; see Ecuador
SERVICES: Private transfer

Day 5 – ARRIVAL AT QUITO

Isolated in the Andes at 2,818 meters altitude, the city of Quito is spread along the slopes of the Pichincha Volcano and is bordered by the hills of Panecillo and Ichimbia. Founded by the Spanish in 1534 on the ruins of an Inca city, Quito proudly possesses one of the most extensive and best-preserved historic centres of Spanish America.

You will be transferred, with English-speaking guide, from the airport to the Hotel Marriot in Quito.

JW Marriot Hotel Quito has spacious rooms with magnificent views of the city. It is located in one of the most modern sectors of Quito near museums, theatres, malls, and other places of interest.

INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast
ACCOMMODATION: Hotel JW Marriot.
SERVICES: Private. Transfer to the Hotel

DAY 6 – QUITO CENTRE & EQUATORIAL LINE

Today you will have a full-day tour visiting two remarkable areas of Quito: Quito Historic City Centre and the “Ciudad Mitad del Mundo” (Middle of the World City).

During the morning you will visit the historic areas of Quito City Centre including La Compañía Church and the San Francisco Museum.

In the afternoon you will visit “Ciudad Mitad del Mundo,” the Ethnographic Inti Ñan Museum.

“Ciudad Mitad del Mundo” means “The Equator.” Even though the equator runs through many cities around the world, Quito has become famous for it. “Ciudad Mitad de Mundo” consists of one dominant monument, smaller monuments that lead up to it, a small village that has been constructed around the equator site, and a quaint museum. It is a truly fascinating and exciting attraction in Ecuador and is located just about 20 km outside of Quito. The Equator was discovered and mapped out by a French geodesic expedition team that was led by an explorer named Charles-Marie de La Condamine in the year 1736. Even though those early geographers were about 250 meters off the mark, it was an extraordinary feat at the time!

INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch
ACCOMMODATION: Hotel JW Marriot.
SERVICES: Private. Transport. Guided tour, entry to all museums and “Ciudad Mitad del Mundo”

DAY 7 – THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

Welcome on board for this journey of discovery to some of the most beautiful islands in the Galápagos. This itinerary will take you to the true origins of the archipelago, to a world only recently created by the titanic tectonic upheavals of our Earth’s crust, whose volcanic ‘hot spot’ formed the islands in a blink of an eye in geological time.

In the morning you will have a transfer to Quito airport to flight to the Galapagos Islands.

We arrive by plane at Baltra Island and transfer to the dock to board the Santa Cruz II where we receive our welcome introductory briefing, boat drill, and lunch.

In the afternoon we will visit North Seymour Island. The island is a great introduction to the islands and their wildlife, full of bird colonies of blue-footed boobies, two species of frigate birds, swallow tailed gulls, as well as sea lions and marine iguanas. The trail turns inland to reveal the largest nesting site in the Galápagos of the magnificent frigate bird. These huge, dark aerial acrobats have two-meter wingspans, and males, with puffed-up scarlet throat sacks, sit precariously perched in low bushes to watch over their equally large chicks. This is a walking excursion and involves uneven rocky terrain.

INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
ACCOMMODATION: Santa Cruz II 1 Horizon Deck Explorer Twin/Dbl
SERVICES: Private. Transport. Guided tour.

DAY 8 – ISABELA/FERNANDINA ISLANDS


  

Punta Vicente Roca (Isabela Island)

After breakfast, we explore the coast by panga while our naturalist guide explains the dramatic geology of the area, nesting place for a Galápagos highlight: flightless cormorants. If weather conditions are suitable, we can snorkel along the cliffs of this area rich in marine life, seasonally visited by green sea turtles and oceanic sunfish (Mola mola)

Punta Espinoza (Fernandina Island)

The afternoon is dedicated to exploring the youngest island of the archipelago, Fernandina, which, having no introduced mammals, boasts a unique environment with a very high density of marine iguanas, who share their space with sea lions, Sally light-foot crabs, hawks, penguins, and the flightless cormorants.

INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
ACCOMMODATION: Santa Cruz II 1 Horizon Deck Explorer Twin/Dbl
SERVICES: Private. Transport. Guided tour.

DAY 9 – ISABELA ISLAND

Tagus Cove (Isabela Island)

After breakfast, we land at this cove on the northwest of Isabela that once was a favourite anchorage for pirates and whalers. An uphill hike takes guests to the rim of a crater, Darwin Lake, filled with saltwater, and to a dramatic vista. After our walk, we take a panga ride to spot local wildlife, with the possibility of swimming or snorkelling.

Urbina Bay (Isabela Island)

After lunch we disembark at Urbina Bay, the fascinating result of an uplifting of the ocean floor in 1954. Here we can admire corals, shells, and many other calcareous organisms exposed above water. First we enjoy a snorkel from the beach, with the chance of swimming with flightless cormorants. This area is also home to large and very colourful Galápagos land iguanas, and occasionally to giant tortoises. We return back on board to review our expedition plan for Saturday and dinner.

INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
ACCOMMODATION: Santa Cruz II 1 Horizon Deck Explorer Twin/Dbl
SERVICES: Private. Transport. Guided tour.

Day 10 – SANTA CRUZ ISLAND

Puerto Ayora and the Charles Darwin Research Station (Santa Cruz Island)

In the morning, we disembark (dry landing) for our visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station’s Giant Tortoise Breeding Centre within an impressive giant prickly-pear cactus forest that is home to many land birds. These are the headquarters of scientific investigation, conservation, and the National Park administration. Following our visit, we board our transport to enjoy lunch in the cooler highlands of Santa Cruz Island, a completely different ecosystem.

We have several options available for the afternoon, which can be discussed in advance with your expedition leader. At the end of the afternoon’s activities, we return to Puerto Ayora and embark on the Santa Cruz.

INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
ACCOMMODATION: Santa Cruz II 1 Horizon Deck Explorer Twin/Dbl
SERVICES: Private. Transport. Guided tour.

DAY 11 – FLOREANA ISLAND

Post Office Bay (Floreana Island)

A short walk leads us to the historic barrel where postcards are traditionally left for guests from other vessels to hand-deliver to their destinations. We then head back on board for lunch.

Champion Islet and Cormorant Point (Floreana Island)

Following lunch and a siesta, we take the pangas and glass-bottom boat to explore the underwater wonders around Champion Islet, an extinct shield volcano regarded as one of the best snorkelling spots in the archipelago. From there, it’s on to Cormorant Point, beginning with a wet landing on the olivine-crystal beach for an easy walk that includes a brackish-water lagoon where bird species such as greater flamingos, pintail ducks, common stilts, herons, sandpipers, and others gather. We continue our walk over to a white-sand beach where sea turtles emerge from the sea at night to nest (from December to May).

INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
ACCOMMODATION: Santa Cruz II 1 Horizon Deck Explorer Twin/Dbl
SERVICES: Private. Transport. Guided tour.

DAY 12 – BALTRA/ QUITO

We disembark at Baltra Island in order to transfer to the airport to go to Quito.

When you arrive to Quito late in the afternoon you will stay at the Marriott Hotel.

Your flight back home should be scheduled to depart early the next morning.

INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast
ACCOMMODATION: Marriot Hotel
SERVICES: Private. Transport. Transfers.

DAY 13- QUITO/RETURN HOME

SERVICES: Transfer out from hotel to the airport.
FLY BACK HOME
END OF SERVICES


EXPEDITION INCLUSION / EXCLUSIONS

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN PERU

• Hotel accommodations based on double occupancy
• All transfers
• Tours accompanied by an English-speaking guide
• Transportation: train / bus
• Meals when specified in the itinerary
• Entrance fee to ruins in Cusco and the Valley
• Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu.

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN PERU

• Meals that are not specified in the itinerary
• Internal flights
• Alcoholic drinks
• Luggage overweight
• Travel insurance
• Tips and personal expenses.

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN QUITO:

• Hotel accommodations based on double occupancy, 5-star hotel
• All transfers
• Tours accompanied by an English-speaking guide
• Transportation
• Meals specified in the itinerary
• Entrance fee to the places to visit.
• Tour leader.

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN QUITO

• Meals that are not specified in the itinerary
• Alcoholic drinks
• Luggage overweight
• Travel insurance
• Tips, and personal expenses.
• International flights.

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN GALAPAGOS:

• Accommodations Twin share
• All meals
• Island sightseeing
• Naturalist guides and lecture services in English/Spanish
• Snorkelling gear
• Luggage handling
• Medical care on board (but not the cost of medication)
• Taxes
• Transfers in the islands.
• Shared transfers from hotels in Quito to airport for flights to / from Galápagos are included.

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN GALAPAGOS

• Meals that are not specified in the itinerary
• International Flights
• Internal flights to the Galapagos Islands
• Entry to the National Park
• Migration card for the Galapagos Islands
• Alcoholic drinks, soft drinks, gifts, and additional items
• Tips
• Wet suits and snorkel equipment available for rent
• Internet*
* Note: Internet connections on board consist of computer stations and Wi-Fi in the vessel’s social areas; due to the Galápagos’ remote location, Internet connections are intermittent and low-bandwidth

NOTES

• The tour will only run when we reach the minimum number of 12 passengers
• Maximum tour size is 30 passengers
• Price shown is per person twin share. Single supplement is available to request