Quito, Galapagos, Lima and Cuzco Tour
“Extreme beauty and nature in 10 days !!!”
Tour duration: 9 nights
Prices from: US$3520 per person
Tour code: 164GTAT
Quito is the capital city of Ecuador, and at an elevation of 2,850 metres (9,350 ft) above sea level, it is the highest official capital city in the world. It is located in the Guayllabamba river basin, on the eastern slopes of Pichincha, an active volcano in the Andes mountains. The historic center of Quito has one of the largest, least-altered and best-preserved historic centres in the Americas. A monument and museum marking the general location of the equator is known locally as la mitad del mundo (the middle of the world), to avoid confusion, as the word Ecuador is Spanish for equator.Lima is the capital and the largest city of Peru is located in the valleys of the Chillón, Rímac and Lurín rivers, in the central coastal part of the country, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Together with the seaport of Callao, it forms a contiguous urban area known as the Lima Metropolitan Area. Lima was founded by Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro on January 18, 1535, as Ciudad de los Reyes. It became the capital and most important city in the Spanish Viceroyalty of Peru. Lima is home to one of the oldest higher learning institutions in the New World. The National University of San Marcos, founded on May 12 of 1551, during Spanish colonial regime, is the oldest continuously functioning university in the Americas. Cusco is a city in south-eastern Peru, near the Urubamba and the Valley of the Andes mountain range. The site was the historic capital of the Inca Empire from the 13th into the 16th century until the Spanish conquest. It has become a major tourist destination, receiving nearly 2 million visitors a year. The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is located in the Andes mountain range. The trail passes through several types of Andean environments including cloud forest and alpine tundra. Settlements, tunnels, and many Incan ruins are located along the trail before ending the terminus at the Sun Gate on Machu Picchu’s mountain. The two longer routes require an ascent to beyond 4,200 metres (13,800 ft) above sea level, which can result in altitude sickness. Concern about overuse leading to erosion has led the Peruvian government to place a limit on the number of people who may hike this trail per season, and to sharply limit the companies that can provide guides. As a result, advance booking is mandatory. A maximum of 500 people are allowed on the trail each day, of which only 200 are trekkers, the rest being guides and porters.
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- AIRPORT PICK UP
On arrival at Quito Airport, you will be assisted and transferred to your Hotel. Overnight in Quito.
- QUITO CITY TOUR
After breakfast, your tour begins by visiting Quito`s downtown area, one of the biggest in South America. Our first point is the oldest street of the city, La Ronda that used to be the home of musicians, poets and politics back in time. Here you will discover the traditions of the city by stopping in the gastronomic capsule, and you will have an explanation of the different local spices that are used for the typical Ecuadorian gastronomy. Continuing your journey, you will visit the house of handicrafts made of metal and wood. Most of the furniture is made by hand. Afterwards, you are going to la Ronda and Independence Square. It is surrounded by important historical buildings. Also, you will visit the Cathedral (XVI Century), the Presidential Palace, El Sagrario Church (XVII Century), and La Compañia de Jesus (XVII Century), one of the most beautiful baroque churches in South America. Then, you will visit the Church of San Francisco and Monastery, built a few months after the arrival of the Spaniards (XVI Century). Finally, our guide will drive to the viewpoint at the Panecillo hill, where is located the virgin of Quito. It is the unique winged virgin of the world. You will have a wonderful view over the city and the surrounding mountains and volcanoes. Afterwards, you’ll be taken to 30 km north of Quito, towards the Middle of the World where the equatorial line divides the northern and southern hemispheres. You will visit the main monument built in honor of the French scientific expedition that arrived in Ecuador in the XVIII century to determine the correct location of the equator line. Here you will have the opportunity to visit the Ethnographic Museum, located inside the Equator Monument, which displays the main cultures of Ecuador or visit the Inti Ñan Museum, a scientific and cultural museum, located in the exact crossing of the Equator Line. Return to your hotel. Overnight in Quito.
After breakfast you will be transferred to Galapagos by Boat Cruise.
- FREE DAY
After breakfast you will have free day to explore Galapagos. Overnight in Galapagos. Free Night
After breakfast you will be transferred to Quito by Boat Cruise.
- LIMA CITY TOUR
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the Airport.
Historical City Tour
In the morning, you will be transferred to the airport.
Inca City Tour
- SACRED VALLEY TOUR
Your tour will visit The Sacred Valley of the Incas. The first stop is at Awanacancha, a small complex to admire Andean camelids such as alpacas and llamas. Also, learn from local inhabitants about traditional dyeing and knitting techniques. Later, you will explore the Pisac Market and be able to buy handcrafts, taste some traditional food and stop by the wood ovens. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, your tour continues to Ollantaytambo, a small colorful town and inhabited since Inca times. There, you will visit the main temple used as a fortress during the Inca resistance. Breathtaking views will be seen. Overnight at the Sacred Valley. Free night.
- MACHU PICCHU TOUR
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the train station for an amazing train journey to the famous Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu, the great mountain-top city abandoned by the Inca Empire, reclaimed by the jungle and lost to humanity until its rediscovery in 1911. The legendary ‘Lost City’ is without a doubt one of the world’s most impressive archaeological sites. Built by the Incas on the summit of “Machu Picchu” (old peak), overlooking the deep canyon of the Urubamba river in a semi-tropical area of 120 Km from the city of Cusco at 3,400m. It sits on a mountain site of extraordinary beauty, in the middle of a tropical mountain forest; Machu Picchu was probably the most amazing urban creation of the Inca Empire at its height, with its giant walls, terraces and ramps, which appear as though they have been cut naturally in the continuous rock escarpments. Machu Picchu is also one of the Inca’s best kept secrets, as they did not leave written records and Spanish chronicles make no mention of the citadel, it remains a mystery. Along the way you will enjoy the changing landscape as you travel from Andean highlands to the beginnings of the jungle (“eyebrow of the jungle”), before finally arriving at the town of Aguas Calientes. From here, you will board the bus that will take you on a 20 minute ride up to the citadel of Machu Picchu. A guided tour of the Citadel includes the Main Plaza, the Circular Tower, the Sacred Sun Dial, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows and various burial grounds. Return to your Hotel. Overnight in Machu Picchu. Free Night.
- GOING BACK HOME
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Airport.
End of our service
• Return transfer to and from Airport
• Accommodation as described in the program
• Meals as mentioned
• Tours and activities as described
• Bilingual Guide
• Drinks and food not mentioned in the program
• Phone calls, laundry service, personal insurance
• Visas, tips and extras