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13-Day Discover Ecuador & Peru

Tour Itinerary

Day 1

ARRIVAL IN PERU / CUSCO / URUBAMBA
Your international flight arrives to Lima, where our representative will greet you at the airport and assist you in your connection to the flight to Cusco. In the afternoon, you will get your first taste of both colonial and Incan culture in Peru, as we visit symbolic buildings, such as the Cathedral, the Koricancha Temple and the charming San Blas district with its cobblestone streets and blue painted doors. Later, we drive to the nearby Sacred Valley of the Inca in Urubamba and get settled into our hotel for a good rest before tomorrow’s exciting activities.
Meals: Nil.

Day 2

URUBAMBA
Our day begins with a delicious breakfast and then we’re off to the traditional market of Pisac, driving past the beautiful landscapes that characterize Sacred Valley of the Urubamba River. Forever changing with the seasons, each time of the year has its special feature. We reach the Pisac market and discover many objects that represent great traditional knowledge: a variety of handicrafts, colorful clothing items, and high-quality ponchos that will surely become your treasured companions on chilly evenings at home. From the market, we set out for a truly inspiring visit to the majestic Ollantaytambo ruins, an Incan sun temple which was the only place where the Inca managed to successfully battle the Spanish. From here, we return to the hotel, where you can opt to rest or spend some free time walking around this wonderful city.

Meals: Breakfast, and Lunch.

Day 3

URUBAMBA / MACHU PICCHU / CUSCO
Get ready today for one of the highlights of your trip: Machu Picchu! We set out early for the Ollantaytambo railroad station en route to the town of Aguas Calientes, where we board a bus to reach the ancient city of Machu Picchu. This spectacular site has garnered some of the world’s most important recognitions: in 1981, it was declared a Peruvian Historical Sanctuary; in 1983, it was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site; and in 2007, voters in a worldwide internet poll selected Machu Picchu as one of the 7 wonders of the world. These extensive, well-conserved Inca ruins clearly show the power of the ancient empire: the perfection of its architecture, the effective urban planning, the synergy with the natural environment that surrounds the city. The beauty of this stunning complex never fails to inspire. After a full day exploring the ruins, you will take a train to the Poroy station, and then transfer to the hotel in Cusco, for a well-deserved rest.
Meals: Breakfast, and Lunch.

Day 4

CUSCO / LIMA / QUITO
Today you leave enchanting Peru for another stunningly beautiful Andean nation: Ecuador. In Cusco, our staff will transfer you to the airport and assist you in boarding your flight to Lima, where another one of our representatives will assist you onto your flight to Quito. At the Quito International Airport, our private guide will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel and assist you with your luggage and check-in.
Meals: Breakfast.

Day 5

QUITO / AMAZON RAINFOREST AT LA SELVA JUNGLE LODGE

Sometimes getting to a place is as exciting as visiting the place itself. The journey to La Selva Lodge is just one of those adventures. A private transfer with a guide will pick you up at your hotel in Quito and take you to the airport to connect with your flight to Puerto Francisco de Orellana "El Coca.". A La Selva staff member will meet you in the Quito International Airport’s National departure area to assist you with the check-in process and provide you a short briefing about the journey. After a 30-minute flight to El Coca, a representative will accompany you on your private transfer to the city’s main dock at the
Napo River, where you will board a motorized canoe for an approximately 2-hour scenic ride downriver to La Selva’s main dock, where you will begin your first close encounter with the rainforest on a paddle canoe. This last leg of the journey to the lodge will give you numerous opportunities to acclimate to the local scenery and maybe even see some wildlife, especially birds, so remember to keep your camera equipment – as well as your carry-ons – at hand. Lodge staff will take care of all of your checked luggage. A refreshing juice and a snack await you when you arrive at the Lodge, and the manager will be present to greet you and give you a short briefing with general information about your stay.
Before you set out on your first Amazon adventure, your naturalist guides will provide you with basic information about the amazing place you have reached. La Selva Lodge sits in the heart of the Ecuadorian Amazon and the operation of the Lodge itself is fascinating. With this background knowledge at hand, every activity takes on even greater relevance.
In the afternoon, you will experience your first short hike in the rainforest on the Matapalo Trail, named for the famous Strangler fig (Ficus sp) that can be found on the path. You will also have the chance to see mahogany trees over 400 years old  and to learn about local flora and fauna from your guides. This is the time of day when both diurnal and nocturnal animals begin their daily transitional activities and there is plenty of natural light left to observe them with the help of your guides.
After the walk return to the lodge for a delicious served dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.
Day 6

LA SELVA JUNGLE LODGE

Your guides will have explained to you that each level of the rainforest has distinct characteristics. As an example, fauna that lives on the forest floor will often be different from that which makes its home in the treetops. This morning, a 20-minute walk will allow us to observe the canopy from up close, as we climb the 120 ft observation tower and, with our guides’ help, spot the colorful birds of the Amazon, and maybe even certain primates
Back down to ground level, we will return to the lodge via one of two trains. The first option is the Tucaneta Trail, an opportunity to hear your Native Guide’s teaching about some of the traditional medicinal plants still in use today. Your Naturalist Guide will complement this learning with interesting information about general Amazonian ecology and natural history. The other option is to visit beautiful Mandi Cocha lagoon. This is a 1-hour hike that takes you to the lagoon and its Igapo Forest (a forest area that is temporarily flooded with black water). It’s a great place for birdwatching and you might even find some giant otters. You will have lunch at the lodge.
After lunch and a short rest, you will set out on the Charapa trail, a 1-hour loop that begins at the lodge and ends at the lagoon’s edge. This trail offers numerous opportunities for seeing various mammals, monkeys and birds as they generally approach the lagoon at this time of day in search of food. And to top it all off, in the late afternoon, climb into the canoes to watch a perfect Amazonian sunset from the water.
After dinner, you will have a unique opportunity to see the Amazon transform at night. Your guides will take you out on the lagoon with a spot light in order to observe nighttime wildlife in its peak activity. It’s also a great time for star gazing!

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.
Day 7

LA SELVA JUNGLE LODGE

After breakfast, you will set out on a perennial favorite of our guests: a visit to the clay licks! You will ride a motorized canoe on the Napo River to get to see a truly fascinating display with hundreds of parrots and parakeets eating the mineral-rich soil in order to supplement their diet. Make sure you take your binoculars to get the best view.
From here, we will get to share in the cultural life of the local community. An Amazonian Kichua woman will be your hostess at her tribe’s community center and will help you learn more about the everyday experiences of the Kichuas, just one of the indigenous peoples of Ecuador’s Amazonian region. Lunch at the Lodge.
In the afternoon, head to Garzacocha Lagoon, whose idyllic landscape makes it one of the most appreciated lagoons in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Keep your eyes open for unusual bird species such as Hoatzin, toucans or macaws, which can often be seen flying overhead. Your guides will point out as many species as they can, often including commonly-sighted squirrel monkeys, capuchin monkeys, Howler monkeys – whose call carries through the forest – and sometimes even the Pigmy Marmoset monkeys, the smallest monkey species in the world.
After dinner, we yet again set out to discover the creatures and sounds of the nocturnal Amazon jungle. Bring your flashlight and be ready for occasional surprises. Return to the lodge for our manager´s departure briefing.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

Day 8

RETURN TO QUITO

As the manager explained the night before, expect an early wake up call, breakfast and a prompt departure from the lodge. Lodge staff will again assist you with your checked luggage as the motorized canoe takes you upstream back to Coca, where our representatives will transfer you to the airport and assist you with your checked luggage and boarding passes. After a short flight, you will arrive in Quito, where your private transfer will take you to the hotel. Our representative will facilitate your check-in and help with your luggage.

Meals: Breakfast.
Day 9

GALAPAGOS
FLOREANA ISLAND: Devil´s Crown /Cormorant Point - Baroness’ Lookout/ Post OfficeBay

Today’s first visit, after breakfast, is a prime example of the saying “You can’t judge a book by its cover.” Devil´s Crown is actually an underwater volcanic crater, but due to erosion, only a small portion of the rock formation can actually be seen from above, and this crown formation has given the site its name. The rocks and coral reefs provide a natural home for numerous marine species and many consider this to be one of Galapagos’ top snorkeling sites. You will also have the opportunity to see numerous bird species at this visitor point because it is located in open waters.
If you prefer to stay on land, you will visit Cormorant Point, whose landing site is a green olivine sand beach. Just 100 m (330 ft) away, you will reach a lagoon that is home to numerous flamingos.
In the afternoon, you will again have two choices of activities. You can visit the Baroness’ Lookout (Mirador de la Baronesa); an easily accessible viewpoint located on the north of Floreana Island, which will serve as the backdrop for your naturalist guide to tell the you the local Galapagos legend of the murder of the Baroness. Or choose to stop in at Post Office Bay, home to the legendary post barrel in which whalers historically posted their letters for ships going the other direction to carry to their distant destinations.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

Day 10

GALAPAGOS
SANTIAGO ISLAND: Chinese Hat – NORTH SEYMOUR ISLAND

Start the day with a delicious breakfast and then it’s off to Chinese Hat, a small islet with a maximum elevation of 52 m (160 fts) located just off the south coast of Santiago Island. In spite of its proximity to Santa Cruz Island, to protect the island’s ecosystem, generally only those visitors aboard authorized cruise ships are able to visit Chinese Hat. If your guide determines that conditions are safe, it’s a great place to snorkel with the sea lions!
After lunch, it’s time to discover North Seymour Island, located slightly north of Baltra. This low, flat island provides us with a great glimpse of how submarine lava uplift contributes to the formation of new land in the archipelago. Its low, bushy vegetation provides the perfect home for the largest colony of magnificent frigate birds in Galapagos. A large population of blue-footed boobies is also on hand; if nesting conditions are right, you’ll get to see the birds perform an amusing courtship dance that has endeared them to visitors for decades.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

Day 11

GALAPAGOS
SANTIAGO ISLAND: Chinese Hat – NORTH SEYMOUR ISLAND

Start the day with a delicious breakfast and then it’s off to Chinese Hat, a small islet with a maximum elevation of 52 m (160 fts) located just off the south coast of Santiago Island. In spite of its proximity to Santa Cruz Island, to protect the island’s ecosystem, generally only those visitors aboard authorized cruise ships are able to visit Chinese Hat. If your guide determines that conditions are safe, it’s a great place to snorkel with the sea lions!
After lunch, it’s time to discover North Seymour Island, located slightly north of Baltra. This low, flat island provides us with a great glimpse of how submarine lava uplift contributes to the formation of new land in the archipelago. Its low, bushy vegetation provides the perfect home for the largest colony of magnificent frigate birds in Galapagos. A large population of blue-footed boobies is also on hand; if nesting conditions are right, you’ll get to see the birds perform an amusing courtship dance that has endeared them to visitors for decades.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

Day 12

RETURN TO QUITO
SANTA CRUZ ISLAND: Black Turtle Cove – BALTRA AIRPORT

Your final day in the Galapagos begins after breakfast with an inspiring visit to Black Turtle Cove, located on Santa Cruz Island’s north shore of Santa Cruz. It’s a wonderful place for a real-life demonstration of how mangroves soften the marine environment and generate a rich and unique habitat. Three different species of mangroves cover a large area from the beach to the lagoon, located almost a mile inland. Store up some peaceful Galapagos vibes as you drift on a zodiac through calm waters, searching the water for the diamond formation of diamond shaped mustard rays or spotted eagle rays. Sometimes white-tipped reef sharks glide beneath the boat or you will have the fascinating opportunity of seeing Pacific green sea turtles mating on the surface when they come up for area. And of course, Galapagos birds have found their own space. Keep your eyes open for pelicans, herons and egret as they feed in the cove. Take home some of this island peace and tranquility as a final warm memory of your journey.
Return to the ship and prepare for transfer to Baltra airport for your return flight to mainland Ecuador.
*The operator reserves the right to change the itinerary without previous notice due to weather, National Park regulations or notifications and unforeseeable circumstances.

Upon arrival in Quito, your private transfer awaits to take you from the airport to the hotel. Our representative will assist you with your luggage and hotel check-in.
Meals: Breakfast.

Day 13

DEPARTURE / TRANSFER OUT

After breakfast, our guide will transfer you from your hotel to the airport for your International flight home.

Meals: Breakfast.

From: $3,408 Per person based on double accommodation.

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