From 15 days / 14 nights
San Francisco Convent, Quito
Independence Square, Quito
Macchu Pichu, Perú
Titicaca Lake, Bolivia
Uyuni Salt Flat
Ecuador: Quito and Galapagos, paradise of evolution. Peru: Machu Picchu, Cusco Land of Incas. Bolivia: Titicaca Lake and Uyuni. A great mix of history, culture and gastronomy. A lifetime journey!
Arrival and welcome to Quito, Ecuador. Private transfer to the hotel. Accommodation at a boutique first class hotel.
After breakfast, departing from the hotel, we begin the tour driving to the north of the city to visit the Equatorial monument “Mitad del Mundo” (Middle of the World), situated at 0o0’0” latitude where the French Geodesic Expedition according to planet calculations, designated the center of the world. Visit the museum of the Ethnic groups of Ecuador. After this visit, we will drive back to downtown Quito and have a delicious lunch at a restaurant in the old city, and then we will go to visit the colonial site of Quito and its churches and cathedrals: the gothic Basilica, the Compañía de Jesús, the Convent of San Francisco, among others. We will visit the Plaza Grande where is located the Presidential Palace, the Major’s Office, the Cathedral, and the Archbishop Palace. Return to the hotel.
Roundtrip flight tickets Quito – Galapagos – Quito included. Galapagos National Park entrance fee and Transit Control Card fee. Early in the morning, transfer to the airport for local flight to the Galapagos Islands. We will board a first-class yacht M/Y Seaman or similar on a 4-day cruise that includes accommodation based on double cabin with private bathroom, all meals aboard, naturalist guide, excursions, transfers in Galapagos.
At noon, we will take the flight from Galapagos to Guayaquil, where we will take the international flight to Lima (not included). Welcome to Lima, Peru. Evening arrival.
After breakfast, we will make a tour to the colonial site of Lima that includes a walk at the Plaza de Armas that is surrounded by the beautiful Cathedral, Archbishop’s Palace, the Government and Municipal Palace. We will visit a masterpiece of colonial architecture: the San Francisco Convent with its famous catacombs. Later, we will drive to the modern site of Lima and its beautiful touristic neighborhoods of San Isidro and Miraflores. There you will have a beautiful sight of the Pacific Ocean and the cliffs of Costa Verde. Lunch. Back to the hotel.
Transfer from the hotel to the airport for a short flight through snowcapped mountains to the imperial city of Cuzco, located at 3.399 m. Transfer to the hotel and accommodation.
Breakfast. We begin the excursion with a combined trip by bus, train, and bus. This impressive and colossal site is the most famous attraction of Perú. Hidden in the mountains during 400 years, the ruins were discovered on 1911 by the Northamerican Hiram Bingham. Machu Picchu, adoration and astronomic observation center, was a private shelter of Inca Pachacutec. This is composed of two big areas, one for agricultural purpose and the other for urban purpose, where stands temples, squares, and royal mausoleums that were built with exquisite perfection. Return to Cuzco in the afternoon. Accommodation.
Breakfast. We will drive through fertile fields of the Sacred Valley of Incas to the picturesque town of Pisac, where the indian market has become a touristic attraction. Artisans of nearby towns arrive to Pisac with weavings of alpaca and handicrafts. During this visit, you will have the chance to bargain the different products that they have to offer. Ollantaytambo was also an important administrative center with military functions according to its walls and towers. The town of Ollantaytambo is called “Pueblo Inca Viviente” (Inca living town) because the inhabitants maintain the customs from Inca’s time. Lunch will be served at an old hacienda located on the banks of the river Urubamba. Back to the hotel in Cuzco.
Breakfast. Transfer from hotel to the airport for your flight to Lima, and then take your connecting flight to La Paz, Bolivia. Accommodation.
After breakfast, we begin the trip to the Titicaca Lake driving through the Altiplano. After a 2-hour trip, we arrive to the narrower section of the Lake: the Strait of Tiquina, we will cross it on a rudimentary local ferry towards Copacabana, enjoying the view of Minor Lake (Huyñay Marca - Perú y Bolivia) and Mayor Lake (Chucuito, Bolivia). From Copacabana port, we will get on board of a boat that will take us through the Titicaca Lake to the Sun Island, visit the “Escalinata del Inca” (Inca’s stairs), and to the Fountain of the Three Watersheds. Return to La Paz, arrival to your hotel at night.
Early in the morning, we will take a flight to Uyuni. Visit the Train Cemetery, the town of Colchani, and the amazing Uyuni Salt Flat where you will be able to see fantastic optic illusions (in raining season December-March). At noon, we will reach the “Incahuasi Island” in the middle of the Salt flat with its extraordinary calcareous rocks, cactus, and local fauna. We continue the tour to the north part of the salt flat, visit a local museum, and later we will get to the Salt Flat viewpoint at the foot of the Thunupa Volcano. Return to Uyuni, and accommodation at a hotel.
Flight back to La Paz or Santa Cruz. If you choose La Paz, you could visit the “Witches Road”, San Francisco Basilica, the Presidential Palace, the headquarters of the Congress of the Republic, the panoramic viewpoint, Moon Valley a natural valley filled with stalagmites. Or you can choose the warm weather of Santa Cruz, with its colonial Old Town and the cheerfulness of its people. Accommodation at a hotel.
Transfer from the hotel to the airport for international flight. End of services.
|PLANNED HOTEL or SIMILAR||QUITO||LIMA||CUZCO||LA PAZ||UYUNI|
|FIRST CLASS BOUTIQUE||Anahí Boutique||Casa Andina Miraflores||Terra Andina||Rosario||Luna Salada Standard|
|DELUXE||Hilton Colón||Marriott||Marriott||Casa Grande||Luna Salada de Lujo|
*Additional pre- and post tours are available