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The Plaza Grande in Quito is absolutely fabulous, the Royal Palm in the Galapagos is the best hotel we ever stayed in; the chef is outstanding, his meals are some of the best we ever had. Did you know that Prince Charles stayed there when he visited the islands? We are sure that the service we received was just as good as his. We had a marvelous time in the Galapagos and it was living a dream.
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Tour starts and ends in Cancun Mexico
23 Days / 22 NightsMexico - Belize - Guatemala - Galapagos Islands - Easter Islands
Arrive at Cancun International Airport, meet and greet and transfer to a hotel in Playa del Carmen. After your check-in you can enjoy free time.Day 2: Cancun - Chichen Itza (Breakfast)
After early breakfast, depart to the Chichen Itza site with your guide and arrive before the crowds. Enjoy a fully private tour of this magnificent archaeological site built by the Maya civilization between the 9th and 12th centuries.
Its name means "at the mouth of the well of Itza" and is home to the Kukulkan Pyramid, also known as "El Castillo" (the castle), now one of the new seven wonders of the world. Chichen Itza was the principal ceremonial centre of the Yucatán. The tour will include the Great Ball court, the Temple of the Warriors and the sacred Cenote. After the tour, some private time to explore the site before returning to your hotel in Cancun.
After breakfast at your hotel you will depart to Tulum to visit the archaeological site, located just in front of the turquoise Caribbean Sea. After you’ll continue on to Bacalar, where you will have accommodation for the night. Free time at leisure.Day 4: Bacalar - Kohunlich & Becan - Chicanna (Breakfast)
After breakfast you’ll get on board for the boat tour of Laguna Bacalar, considered the second largest lake in Mexico and named "the lagoon of 7 colours", for the different tonalities of blue and green depending on the depths. Afterwards we will continue on the road boardering Mexico and Belize, to the ruins of Kohunlich, one of the less touristic Yucatan sites and where you can admire Mayan masks 2 meters high. In the afternoon visit to the site of Becan, the capital of the ancient area of Rio Bec, one of the sacred sacrificial altars to the God Kukulkan, represented by a coiled feathered serpent. Transfer to the hotel in Chicanna, and accommodation.Day 5: Chicanna - Calakmul - Chicanna (Breakfast)
Early breakfast and start the most adventurous day of the entire circuit visiting the Calakmul Biosphere Reserve and the amazing archaeological site, fully immersed in the rainforest region of Peten, which extends up into Guatemala. The reserve is home of about 100 species of mammals, including pumas and jaguars and howler monkeys and various bird species. Overnight in Chicanna.Day 6. Chicanna - Tower Hill (Breakfast)
Breakfast in the hotel and start the adventure crossing over into Belize with the visit to Tower hill and a visit to Lamanai. Overnight accommodation.Day 7: Yaxha and Topoxte (Breakfast & lunch)
Breakfast in the hotel and enjoy a tour of the ruins of Topoxté. Tepoxte is a mayan archaeological site located in The Petén, in northern Guatemala. The site has a long history of occupation that dates back to the pre-classic period which was the political capital of the maya Ko woj. Topoxté located on an island in the Yaxhá Lagoon, is very close to the important archaeological site of Yaxhá. Lunch. Return land transfer to Belize City and take a flight to Flores Guatemala. Arrival and transfer to your hotel.Day 8: Flores -Tikal (Breakfast & lunch)
Breakfast in the hotel and visit Tikal. Tikal was the capital of a belligerent state, which became one of the most powerful countries of the ancient maya. The monumental architecture of the site dates back to the fourth century. Lunch in Tikal, and overnight in the hotel.Day 9: Tikal - Chichicastenango (Breakfast & lunch)
Breakfast. Departure to Chichicastenango to visit what is considered by some as the major town of the department due to its cultural, historic and touristic importance. This is where the Popol vuh was found, a cultural narrative that recounts the mythology and history of the K'iche' people who inhabited this area. Lunch and overnight in the hotel.Day 10: Atitlan - San Palopo (Breakfast)
Breakfast. Departure to the Lake Atitlan to visit San Antonio Palopo. Overnight in the hotelDay 11: Atitlan - Antigua (Breakfast)
Breakfast. Departure to Antigua.
The city was designated a world Heritage site by UNESCO in 1979. It is a major tourist destination of Guatemala for its well preserved Spanish baroque architecture with baroque facades of the New World, as well as a large number of catholic church ruins, even after their structures were severely damaged by the neglect in which they were between 1776 and 1940earthquakes. Overnight in Antigua.
Breakfast and pick up and transfer to Guatemala City Airport for the flight to Salvador and connect with a flight to Guyaquil Ecuador. Arrival and transfer to your hotel.Day 13: Guayaquil (Breakfast)
After breakfast your guide will take you on a full day tour of the city of Guayaquil, Ecuador’s largest city. The city tour in Guayaquil consists of various panoramic visits and walks through the city. Our first stop will be the Administration Plaza, around which you will observe the City Hall, the Monument Sucre and finally the Seminario Park, also known as Iguana Park.
After, we will take private transport to the Southern Malecon 2000 where you will appreciate the Integration Plaza with its famous Southern Marketplace and then continue on to the Olmedo Plaza, very important for its monument to Jose Joaquin Olmedo, a recognized poet of Guayaquil and ex-president of Ecuador 4 DAY/ 3 NIGHT GALAPAGOS CRUISE ONBOARD A TOURIST CLASS YACHT (All meals included) Itinerary subject to change.
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for the flight to the Galapagos Islands. Transfer to the port and boarding of your yacht for an unforgettable wildlife adventure. After an introductory talk and lunch, your Galapagos expedition begins with a visit to La Galapaguera to observe giant turtles. The day is concluded with a visit to the Loberia highlands.Day 15: Galapagos Islands (Breakfast, lunch & dinner)
A visit today to Santa Fe, home to a beautiful turquoise lagoon with two small beaches and where you can view numerous sea lions. Taking a trail along the coast and through an Opuntia Forest where these prickly pear cacti are the largest on the Galapagos. We will also see Santa Fe land iguanas. After the hike, a swim or snorkel in the bay in the company of sea lions. Continue onto South Plaza, one of the smallest islands and only 130 metres wide and just 800 metres long. Here there is a large colony of sea lions, with over 1,000 occupying the smooth rocks. The small cactus forest is populated by land iguanas, where they can be seen sunning themselves or feeding on Opuntia pads and fruits. Along the cliff edge nesting swallow-tailed gulls are the predominant seabirds, along with tropic birds.Day 16: Galapagos Islands (Breakfast, lunch & dinner)
A visit to the isolated Española where there is a high percentage of endemic fauna. Gardner Bay, on the eastern shore has a magnificent beach. The beach is frequented by sea lions, and is a major nesting site for marine turtles. Around the small islets nearby, snorkelers will come across many species of fish, turtles and perhaps even sharks. On a trail leading to the western part of the island, several nesting sites of the waved albatros will be encountered. These huge birds nest here from April to December. Finally at Punta Suarez, along with many nesting seabirds there are mockingbirds, Galapagos doves and Galapagos hawks. Several types of reptile, including the marine iguana and the lava lizard, are also inhabitants of the island. Here you may also see a spectacular blowhole, which shoots spray 30 metres into the air.Day 17: Galapagos Islands - Guayaquil (Breakfast)
Last day on the islands. Transfer to the airport for the return flight to the mainland and transfer to your hotel.Day 18: Guayaquil - Santiago (Breakfast)
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for the 11am direct flight to Santiago. Arrival and transfer to your hotel.Day 19: Santiago - Rapa Nui (Easter Islands) (Breakfast & inflight-lunch)
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for the flight to Rapa Nui, otherwise known as the Easter Islands. The flight will take approximately 5 hours. Arrival, traditional welcome and transfer to your hotel. Rapa Nui is the most isolated, inhabited island in the world.
Located 2000 miles (3200 km) west of Chile and over 4000 km from Tahiti, it was discovered by the Dutch in 1772, Admiral Jacob Roggeween landed there on Easter Sunday and gave the island its present name. He was the first European to describe the unusual statues carved from the volcanic rock from Rano Raraku. Standing as tall as 18 ft (5.5 m) and weighing up to 100 tons, the statues are known as moai, and each are supposed representations of clan chieftains. These moais, were placed on top of platforms called ahu, which in turn served as a family burial vault.
After breakfast, a full day's tour visiting Vaihu, where eight toppled Moai lie, Akahanga, Rano Raraku volcano, where the statues are half buried, Ahu Tongariki, where the largest Ahu (or platform) is located, Te Pito Kura (a large rock believed to have been brought from Tahiti) and Ahu Nau Nau (where the Moai are in particularly good condition).Day 21: Rapa Nui (Easter Islands) (Breakfast & lunch)
Today, a half day's excursion to Rano Kau volcano, site of ancient petroglyphs and the ceremonial temple of Iorongo, Vinapu (site of meticulous stonework found nowhere else on the islands) along with the Anakai Tangata caves. Free afternoon.Day 22: Rapa Nui (Easter Islands) - Santiago (Breakfast & inflight lunch)
After breakfast, a half day excursion to Ahu Akivi, the famous seven Moais, believed to be one of the last built around 1460 and measuring 14 feet in height and weighing 12 metric tons. The caves of Ana Tepahu and Puna Pau, a quarry, from where the red hats that are worn by some of the Moai were made is also visited today. Transfer to the airport for the return flight back to Santiago and transfer to your hotel.Day 23: Santiago - Cancun (Breakfast & inflight lunch)
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for the flight to Cancun via Bogota. Arrival into Cancun at 19.25.
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