Quito Ecuador and Peru 19 Days

Quito Ecuador and Peru. This Expedition concentrates on Peru’s highlight and Ecuador: This comprehensive 19 days tour gives you an unforgettable introduction to the Sacred Valley, Cusco, and the World Heritage site of Machu Picchu. Quito Ecuador and its Colonials and Inca sites. In each place there is a unique culture and people .You can take this as a regular tour departing daily.

Day 1: Lima
Upon your arrival into Lima you will be met and transferred to the hotel in exclusive zone of Lima in Miraflores for your overnight. (Breakfast)

Day 2: Lima:
In the morning, 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, Plaza Mayor, the Government Palace, the City Hall. 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 the XVIth Century, Moorish arches and underground Catacombs. We visit, the Larco Herrera Museum, founded in 1926, showcases remarkable chronological galleries providing an excellent overview of 3,000 years of development of Peruvian pre-Columbian history. Located in a unique vice-royal mansion of the 18th century built over a 7th century pre-Columbian pyramid, the museum is surrounded by beautiful gardens. The museum features the finest gold and silver collection from Ancient Peru. It also houses the famous erotic archaeological collection, one of the most visited Peruvian tourist attractions. For an unforgettable experience, Larco is one of the few museums in the world where visitors can also choose to enter the storage area with its 45,000 classified archaeological objects. Its masterpieces are considered worldwide icons of pre-Columbian art, after being exhibited in the world’s leading museums and a guided visit to the National Museum of Archaeology, the Gold Museum. Return to the hotel, and transfer to the Bus Station to Paracas and to the hotel (Breakfast)

Day 3: Ballestas Islands
After breakfast, transfer to the port for the boat to the Ballestas islands. These spectacular islands, eroded into many caves and arches, provide shelter for thousands of seabirds and hundreds of sea-lions. Although the islands fall just outside the Paracas National Reserve they are protected by separate legislation. The islands are home to over 150 species of marine bird including the Humboldt penguin, cormorants, boobies and pelicans. Even condors have been known to visit. On the shores can be seen large numbers of sea-lions and in the sea it is possible to encounter dolphins and even whales. After the boat tours, return to the mainland for an excursion to the Paracas National Reserve. Here you will visit several museums showing the natural history of Paracas and also the ancient Paracas culture in addition to the beautiful “cathedral”, a natural rock formation. After lunch return to the Hotel. In the afternoon transfer to the bus terminal for the royal class bus to Nazca (about 3 hours) Arrival and transfer to your hotel (Breakfast and Lunch)

Day 4: Nazca Lines
Flight tour over the enigmatic Nazca Lines; The Nazca lines are geoglyphs and geometric line clearings in the Peruvian desert. They were made by the Nazca people, who flourished between 200 BCE and 600 CE along rivers and streams that flow from the Andes. The desert itself runs for over 1,400 miles along the Pacific Ocean. The area of the Nazca art is called the Pampa Colorada (Red Plain). It is 15 miles wide and runs some 37 miles parallel to the Andes and the sea. Dark red surface stones and soil have been cleared away, exposing the lighter-colored subsoil, creating the “lines”. There is no sand in this desert. From the air, the “lines” include not only lines and geometric shapes, but also depictions of animals and plants in stylized forms. Some of the forms, including images of humans, grace the steep hillsides at the edge of the desert. Transfer to the bus station for the royal class bus back to Lima. Transfer to your hotel. (Breakfast and Lunch)

Day 5: Arequipa
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Arequipa. Upon your arrival reception and transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon City tour of Arequipa, the “white city”, including the 16th century convent which is built entirely of volcanic lava. Return to the Hotel.(Breakfast)

Day 6: Colca Canyon
Early in the morning by tours bus to the north part of Arequipa passing the town of Yura around of Mountain of Chachani, here you have a chance to see the Pampas Canahuas the National Reserve of Vicuna, at the midday arrive to Chivay and the Colca Lodge for lunch (lunch on own) after you will visit the Hot Springs of La Calera, then return to the Colca Lodge for a folk show dinner. Overnight at the Colca Canyon local Lodge.(Breakfast and Dinner)

Day 7: Arequipa
This morning after a hearty and leisurely breakfast we drive a short distance down the side of the Colca Canyon reputed to be the deepest canyon in the world, past megalithic ancient terracing, to Cruz del Condor. Here Andean Condors and other Birds of Prey, roost on inaccessible ledges and once hot air thermals have developed, produced by the burning Andean sun, they circle out gaining height and provide stunning photographic opportunities. The Condors are big and one cannot help but be amazed by these creatures. In the afternoon return to Arequipa and to your hotel. (Breakfast)

Day 8: Cusco
After breakfast transfer to the Airport for your departure flight to Cusco, the ancient capital of the Incas. Upon your Arrival in Cusco, the ancient capital of the Incas, we greet you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel following brief orientation and a cup of traditional coca tea to assist in the acclimation to the 11300 ft. in the Inca Capital of Cusco. In the afternoon City tour of Cusco, including the Cathedral, Qoricancha, temple of the Sun, the most important of Inca ceremonial sites. Later you will continue to the most important site of Sacsayhuaman, Tambomachay, Qenqo and Puca Pucara. We return to the hotel (Breakfast)

Day 9: Sacred Valley
After breakfast we Leave Cusco in the rear view mirror, we travel by bus over a low pass then down into the famous Sacred Valley of the Incas. The scenery is unsurpassable, close and distant snow peaks glistening in the Sun. Visit the Ancient Pisaq market, where many of the local Indians sell their hand made textiles. Lunch at the local hacienda restaurant and continue to Ollantaytambo the major Inca temple / fortress. Probably built by the great Inca ruler, Pachacuti in the 1460s, it was the site of Hernando Pizzaro’s defeat by Manco Inca in 1536. We have ample time to examine the complex and ponder its many mysteries. Return to the hotel (Breakfast and Lunch)

Day 10: Machu Picchu
Early in the morning after breakfast we pick you up at your hotel and take you to the railway station for the tourist class train to Machu Pichu. The 3 hour train journey passes through picturesque Andean scenery, passing traditional villages, Inca ruins and rushing rivers. We’ll descend 1300 meters through the Sacred Valley of the Incas and follow the Urubamba river until the final stop at Aguas Calientes. Afterward we’ll take the 20 minute bus ride up to Machu Picchu, perched 600 meters above the river. Our guide will explain you the history and the myths that surround this archeological wonder MACHU PICCHU! The famous lost city of the Inca is one of the most magical and mysterious places on Earth! Stand 2,430m above sea-level in the middle of a tropical mountain forest. In an extraordinarily beautiful setting, it was probably most amazing urban creation of the Inca Empire at its height, its giant walls, terraces and ramps seen as, if they have been cut naturally in the continuous rock escarpments. The natural setting on the eastern slopes of the Andes, encompasses the upper Amazon basin with its rich diversity of flora and fauna, the site is frequently shrouded in misty clouds pierced by the powerful equatorial Sun. Afterwards we take the bus for your return to the Aguas Calientes for lunch. Then we will take the train for your return to Cusco. After your arrival to Cusco train station transfer to the hotel (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

Day 11: Quito Ecuador
In the morning transfer to the Airport for your departure flight to Lima for the connecting flight to Quito Ecuador. Transfer to your hotel (Breakfast).

Day 12: Quito Ecuador
After breakfast our tour begins with the parliament building and continues with a walking tour around the old town included Independence square, the Cathedral and the 16th century churches of La Compania de Jesus and San Francisco. We continue to Panecillo hill, opportunity for a panoramic view of Quito (north, center and south). We will continue to the colonial center ( De la ciudad or San Francisco museum) and the Banco Central museum at Casa de la Cultura . Lunch at “La Cueva del Oso”. After lunch be ready to visit the Equatorial monument site, unique opportunity to straddle both hemispheres, visit the ethnographic museum and The Middle of the World Colonial City Representation, full of handicrafts and souvenir shops. Finally, we return to your hotel.(Breakfast and Lunch)

Day 13: Otavalo
A full day visit to Otavalo Saturday outdoor market, some 95 km from Quito Ecuador. The market dates back to pre-inca times when jungle products from the east were traded with highland products. Traditional dress is observed throughout the market. Return to Quito. (Breakfast)

Day 14: Cotopaxi
Fabulous journey south to Latacunga, passing beautiful, mountainous landscapes. Transfer to your hotel (Breakfast).

Day 15: Cotopaxi
Full day trip to the Cotopaxi National Park. Climb to the base camp of one of the highest, active volcanoes in the world (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner).

Day 16 – 18: Mishualli
Journey to Mishualli, in the Amazon region of Ecuador for a four day jungle tour. The lodge is located on the banks of the Misahualli River, a tributary of the Napo River which forms the Amazon River in Peru. Jungle tours with a bilingual guide include canoe rides, jungle treks and an opportunity to visit the local jungle Quichua community. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

Day 19: Quito
Return to Quito Ecuador and onward for your flight home.(Breakfast)

FINANCIAL ARRANGEMENTS: Prices start from $UPON REQUEST per person in double occupancy from Lima, Peru. This includes all meals from Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, accommodations as stated in the itinerary, accommodation in 3* & 4* hotels along with a jungle lodge, domestic airfare, Flights from Peru to Ecuador, Vistadome Train in Peru, ground transportation during the tour, and guide services provided by our tour guide. It does not include airfare from your home to Lima and return from Ecuador, airport departure taxes, alcoholic beverages, special gratuities, phone calls, laundry, or items of a personal nature.
The single supplement for this tour no apply you will be charged a single supplement if you desire single accommodations.

TOUR REGISTRATION: To register for this tour, complete the Tour registration form and return it with a deposit of 50% per person. If registering by phone, the deposit must be received within 10 days or the space will be released. Full payment of the tour fee is due 60 days prior to the tour departure date.

AIR INFORMATION: Sun God Expeditions Tours E.I.R.L is a full-service travel agency and we will be happy to make any domestic or international air travel arrangements from your home and return. Please feel free to contact us to confirm your air arrangements.

CLIMATE: Weather conditions can be extremely variable on this trip due to the wide range of habitats and elevations visited. Peru The coast is generally sunny and hardly ever receives any rain, but from April to November there is a heavy sea mist. The highlands have a wet season (October to April) and a dry season (May to September), when the days are clear and sunny but very cold at night especially at altitude. Ecuador’s geography has endowed the country with a variety of microclimates. The coast is hot all year, with a humid rainy season between December and May. In the mountains climate depends on altitude, becoming cooler the higher you go. The Amazon region is hot, humid and wet while the Galapagos Islands are dry with a steady year-round average temperature of 77?F (25?C).

DOCUMENTS: For U.S. citizens, a passport valid for at least six months beyond your planned departure is required. Non-United States citizens should check with their local Peruvian consulate or embassy. A visa is not required; a tourist card will be issued by the airline. To Ecuador, most nationalities do not require a visa for stays less than 30 days, but please consult your embassy for current requirements

Before booking, it is important to have read and understood the Terms and Conditions. Please bear in mind that significant price reductions are available for groups

 

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