Ecuador & Peru 18 days from $4999
PRICES PER PERSON TWIN SHARE AUD Arrive Depart
18 days / 17 nights tour from
$4999 Departing from Australia per person twin share ex Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane & Adelaide
Price Includes: Return airfares from Australia flying to Miami, USA & Lima, Peru. Flying economy class with United Airlines, Delta Airlines, or Virgin Australia & Avianca Airlines of Columbia. Including all prepayable airport departure taxes. 1 night Miami International Airport Hotel standard room, twin share.
Flights Miami-Lima-Quito-Miami Airline taxes & fuel surcharges Intra-flights in Lima and Ecador 16 nights accommodations in your choice of hotels 3 nights Lima 2 nights Urubamba Sacred Valley 2 nights Cuzco 2 nights Puno 2 nights Quito 1 night Otavalo 1 night Papallacta 2 nights Punta Ahuano (Amazon) 1 night Patate All transfers 26 meals: 16 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout Services of English-speaking local guides Entrance fees per itinerary Special Features City Tours of Lima & Quito Trip to Chinchero & Ollantaytambo Ruins Full Day Tour to Machu Picchu with Expedition Train Excursion to the Uros Floating Islands Excursion to the Middle of the World Otavalo Market Rainforest Excursions Cotopaxi National Park
Tour Itinerary: DAY 1, Thursday – Depart Australia for the USA, Arrive in Miami Depart for Miami, USA. Upon arrival in Miami, Florida, transfer to your hotel. Balance of the day at leisure Overnight: Miami DAY 2, Friday - Depart the USA, Arrive in Lima Depart the USA for Peru. Upon arrival in Lima, transfer to your hotel. Balance of the day
at leisure Overnight: Lima DAY 3, Saturday - Lima City Tour In the morning, meet with your guide for an orientation, afterwards depart for a tour of Lima. Enjoy the sights of Peru's capital city with 2000 years of indigenous and colonial heritage before stopping at the San Francisco Monastery, famous for its 17th century architecture and world-renowned library. Spend the remainder of the evening at leisure in the "Gastronomical Capital of the Americas" by exploring Lima's nightlife or sampling some of its many restaurants Optional: Half Day Larco Herrera Museum & Pueblo Libre (PM) Optional: Dinner at La Dama Juana Overnight: Lima Meals: Breakfast DAY 4, Sunday - Fly to Cuzco, Visit Chinchero Market & Ollantaytambo Ruins This morning, transfer to the airport for your flight to Cuzco. Upon arrival, transfer to the Urubamba Sacred Valley to visit the bustling Chinchero market where you can bargain for alpaca wool scarves, jewelry, and other hand-crafted goods. After the tour, enjoy a typical Peruvian lunch before restarting your journey. On the way you will have the opportunity to visit Ollantaytambo, during the Incan Empire, this site was the royal estate of Emperor Pachacuti and served as a town and ceremonial centre. Marvel at the architecture of the Incas before being transferred to your hotel, balance of the day at leisure Optional: Dinner at Local Urubamba Restaurant Overnight: Urubamba Sacred Valley ▲ Meals: Breakfast, Lunch DAY 5, Monday - Full Day in the Sacred Valley Today, enjoy the full day at leisure in Urubamba. The Sacred Valley is scattered with ancient ruins and once served as the gateway to the jungle. Today it is considered one of the most important tourist destinations in Peru, and is popular for activities such as hiking, kayaking, rafting, horse-back riding, and bathing in thermal baths Optional: Full Day Maras and Moray Optional: Dinner with a Local Peruvian Family Overnight: Urubamba Sacred Valley Meals: Breakfast DAY 6, Tuesday - Full Day Machu Picchu Early this morning, transfer to the Sacred Valley's Ollanta Station and board the Expedition Train for Machu Picchu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Spend the afternoon viewing the ancient citadel before boarding the train for your return to the Sacred Valley's Ollanta Station in the evening. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel in Cuzco Optional: Upgrade to Vistadome Train available for $76 per person, or Hiram Bingham Train Overnight: Cuzco Meals: Breakfast DAY 7, Wednesday - Full Day in Cuzco Spend today at leisure in "The Imperial City". The city of Cuzco is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site and once served as the capital of the Inca Empire. Take time to sightsee or shop independently. Cuzco is declared the Historical Capital by the Constitution of Peru and hosts nearly 1 million visitors every year. Visit some of the numerous Inca monuments or investigate the culinary secrets of Andean cuisine Optional: Half Day Cuzco Behind the Scenes (AM) Optional: Half Day Highlights of Cuzco (PM) Optional: Cuzco by Night (PM) Overnight: Cuzco Meals: Breakfast
DAY 8, Thursday - Raqchi & Puno This will be a long and rewarding touring day. The regions you will pass through will provide a view of local Peruvian life in the agricultural fields. You will leave Cuzco early in the morning and travel through the Andes Mountain Range to Puno, located on the banks of Lake Titicaca, the world's highest navigable lake at 12,421 feet above sea level. En route stop at the Incan archaeological site of Raqchi, site of the Temple of Wiracocha, where you will see the temple complex, living quarters, storehouses, fairgrounds, and ceremonial baths. A box lunch will be served on the coach. Arrive to Puno in the evening and check into your hotel Overnight: Puno Meals: Breakfast, Lunch DAY 9, Friday - Excursion to Uros Islands on Lake Titicaca Today begins with a boat trip to the Uros Islands. These islands are completely manmade structures, and their inhabitants, the Uros, continue to maintain them as they have since pre-Columbian times, using totora reeds from the lake to build not only the islands, but also their houses. Return to your hotel later in the day and enjoy the balance at leisure Optional: Half Day Sillustani Tombs (PM) Overnight: Puno Meals: Breakfast DAY 10, Saturday - Fly to Lima Transfer to the airport for your flight back to Lima. Tonight, enjoy a Peru farewell dinner and a trip to the Magical Water Fountains at the Parque de la Reserva. Due to the colour, lighting, and music, the 13 ornamental fountains provide a great spectacle for both young and old and create an atmosphere of tranquillity and harmony Overnight: Lima Meals: Breakfast, Dinner DAY 11, Sunday - Fly to Quito Transfer from hotel to the airport for your flight to Quito. Arrive in Quito and transfer to your hotel. Balance of the day at leisure Overnight: Quito Meals: Breakfast DAY 12, Monday - Quito City Tour & Visit to Middle of the World In the morning meet with the tour manager for an orientation. The morning's tour of Quito begins with a view of the Congress Building, whose outside stone mural records Ecuador's history. Continue to Quito's colonial section to walk along the narrow cobblestone streets and feel the charm of 16th-century Quito. See the Independence Plaza, the Cathedral, Presidential Palace, and the Archbishop's Palace before visiting La Compañia Church or the Church of San Francisco**. Afterward, see the Middle of the World Monument, located at a latitude of 0º, and stand with one foot in the Northern and one in the Southern Hemisphere. This afternoon, transfer by bus to Otavalo **Please note that the itinerary may vary slightly based on local conditions and holidays, therefore La Compañia Church may be replaced with a visit to the Church of San Francisco Overnight: Otavalo Meals: Breakfast, Dinner DAY 13, Tuesday - Otavalo Market, Transfer to Papallacta This morning, enjoy a tour of the market in Otavalo, one of the largest in South America and run by the local Otavaleño Indians. Here, enjoy the lively market atmosphere and browse the various stalls for traditional goods such as hand-woven clothes and rugs, jewellery, fruits, vegetables and more. Then, visit the surrounding towns of Cotacachi, known for its leather handicrafts, and Peguche, known for its beautiful waterfall. This afternoon, transfer to Papallacta located in the Andes Mountains. The balance of the day is at leisure to explore Papallacta's spas and hot springs, for which it is famous
Optional: Termas de Papallacta Spa Package Overnight: Papallacta Meals: Breakfast DAY 14, Wednesday - Transfer to Amazon Resort After breakfast, transfer by bus to La Punta Ahuano on the Napo River where you will board a canoe that will take you to your Amazon lodge. Enjoy the serene tranquillity that the lodge has to offer and prepare to be amazed by both the wildlife and the culture that the Amazon has to offer. In the afternoon, visit Ahuano to have the opportunity to meet a local Quechua family and learn about their way of life first hand before returning to the hotel **Please note upon arrival the lodge is approximately a 20 minute walk uphill from where passengers will exit the canoe Overnight: Amazon Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner DAY 15, Thursday - Full Day Amazon This morning, you can hike to the Napo river for approximately two hours while enjoying the beautiful flora up close. The Amazon rainforest is the world's largest ecosystem, so be sure to keep an eye out for the innumerable species of fauna living in this region too. At the end of the hike, enjoy a rafting trip and learn how to make a traditional balsa log raft. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure. Consider a visit to the Butterfly farm **Please note this is an active hike and you will need to step through the water to reach the raft Overnight: Amazon Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner DAY 16, Friday - Baños & Patate This morning, board a canoe for the short trip back to La Punta Ahuano and transfer to Patate via motor coach. En route, stop in the towns of Puyo, nicknamed "City of the Clouds, and Baños, noted for its thermal springs and beautiful highland scenery for a short tour of each. In Baños, you will be treated to a demonstration on vegetable ivory, a traditional craft that utilizes palm nuts to make jewellery and animal carvings. Along the way, you will have the opportunity to view El Pailon del Diablo or "The Devil's Cauldron", one of Ecuador's most beautiful waterfalls. In the late afternoon, check into your hotel in Patate. Enjoy the balance of the day at leisure Overnight: Patate Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner DAY 17, Saturday - Cotopaxi National Park Today enjoy a visit to Cotopaxi National Park, home to some of the highest altitude volcanoes in the world. Cotopaxi Volcano is one of the highest active volcanoes in the world and dominates the scene. The park is also home to a wide variety of local wildlife including wild horses and the elusive Andean Condor. Passengers have the opportunity to take an hour-long hike around Limpiapungo Lake and take in the beautiful scenery of the surrounding plains and volcanoes, followed by a visit to the park's Interpretation Centre. Following the excursion, continue to Quito, nestled high in the Andes Mountain **Please note the hike length at Cotopaxi National Park is subject to weather conditions Overnight: Quito DAY 18, Sunday - Depart for the USA & Australia Transfer to the airport for your departure flight to the USA and back to Australia. Tour Concludes & memories Begin. Meals: Breakfast
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