Amazing Voyages kept track of us every day and we cannot explain how important it was to us to feel that we were in very good hands. Every driver and guide was always on time and very gracious and helpful and our every need was taken care of for us. We really appreciate your professionalism.
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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Arrival to Quito where you will be warmly welcomed by our representative. You will be assisted with your luggage before escorted to your hotel.Day 2: Quito (Breakfast)
After a delicious breakfast, you will be met by your guide as you start your full day’s tour of colonial Quito, declared by UNESCO as a world heritage site in 1978. A visit to the Old Town, including the Plaza de la Independencia. The President still conducts business here, so access to the inside may be limited. It is the home of the tomb of Sucre and also houses interesting 17th and 18th century paintings. A visit to the Parque Alameda that houses the oldest astronomical observatory in South America, as well as an impressive monument of Simon Bolivar.
The Plaza de San Francisco was constructed by the Spanish in 1553, and the church has a high altar made of gold and beautifully carved ceilings. You shall also visit La Compañia, the finest of all Jesuit churches. Damaged through the years by fires and earthquakes, it has since been restored and has a richly sculptured facade and interior. A stop for lunch (not included) in the old city. In the afternoon we head over to the middle of the world monument and its museum just north of the city.
After breakfast, with boarding passes in hand, you will be driven to the airport for your quick-check-in and flight to Baltra Island on the Galapagos Islands. Arrival, reception and welcome. Your Galapagos fee will be collected here. You will collect your luggage before you take a transfer across to Santa Cruz Island and your hotel for four nights.
Enjoy an afternoon tour of the world famous Charles Darwin Research Station. Visit the breeding centre and Giant Tortoise pens located at Puerto Ayora, where you will witness the various stages of development of these world renowned, indigenous tortoises that can easily outlive us. While enjoying a close encounter with these impressive animals you will hear all about their fascinating life history. Return to your hotel.
For these two days, you shall embark upon various day trips to two of the following Galapagos Islands (Bartolome Island, Santa Fe Island, North Seymour Island and Bachas, or South Plaza Island and Punta Carrion), selection of island depends on National Park rules at the time.
Each island is home to a unique selection of endemic animals such as tortoises, iguanas, scores of birds and marine life. For one day you will stay on the main island where you can take a day trip to Academy Bay, Tortugas Bay, Pelican Bay, etc. The tours will be based on small group travel with other passengers. Lunch included.
In the morning, enjoy breakfast before your transfer back to the airport for your midday flight back to Guayaquil and connect with your flight to Lima. As you arrive into Lima airport and exit customs and baggage, you will be assisted with your luggage before driven to your hotel in a private vehicle.Day 8: Lima (Breakfast)
After breakfast, tour of colonial and modern Lima, starting in the centre of this vibrant, metropolis. The tour will include a visit of the cathedral, dating from 1654 which still houses the remains of the conquistador Pizarro in the foyer; the Main Square, with the original bronze fountain built in 1650, the Government Palace where the President has his official residence and the San Francisco Convent, with its famous catacombs.
Lima, known as the city of the kings, was founded in 1535 by Pizarro and after several devastating earthquakes was rebuilt in 1991; the same year that UNESCO declared Lima a world heritage site. One of the very few South American cities that preserve the colonial past, Lima was home to the Spanish viceroy during the time of the Spanish colonial power.
After breakfast, with boarding passes in hand, you will be driven to the airport for your quick-check-in and brief one hour flight to Cuzco, the ancient Inca capital of the Incas. In Cuzco, you will taken to your hotel. In the afternoon, tour of Cuzco including the Qoricancha temple or temple of the Sun, the Inca fortress of Sacsayhuaman overlooking Cuzco city, Qenko, Tambomachay and Puka Pukara. Return to the hotel in the evening.Day 10: Sacred Valley (Breakfast and lunch)
After breakfast at your hotel, a full-day’s excursion to the beautiful Urubamba, the Sacred Valley of the Incas, situated between Pisac and Ollantaytambo. It is an exceptionally fertile valley that was and remains the larder of Cuzco. You will visit the village of Pisac, founded during colonial times, and set at the foot of a hill crowned by the remains of an ancient Inca city. On Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, you will witness Indians bartering their products in the main square and artisans from around the area sell their woven alpaca wool blankets and ponchos, engraved gourds, antique reproductions, jewellery, etc. After lunch, continue your trip to Ollantaytambo, the only Inca town that was not defeated by the Spanish with an opportunity to explore the ruins which tower above. You will then return to Cuzco after this full day with wonderful memories of the heart of the Inca land. Arrival to your hotel.Day 11: Cusco - Machu Picchu (Breakfast and dinner)
Today you will have an early start and enjoy breakfast before taking the Vistadome train to Aguas Calientes. The train will depart at 06.30am for the 3 ½ hour journey before you arrive to Aguas Calientes train station, gateway to the lost city of the Incas. Check-in to your hotel.
Take the short walk to the bus terminal where the bus will be waiting for the short ride up to Machu Picchu, which will meander through breathtaking mountain scenery up to the ancient Inca citadel. Shortly after, a private guided tour of Machu Picchu, the most spectacular ancient city in the world. Built by the Inca Pachacutec, and comprising stone blocks fitted with masterful precision, Machu Picchu harmoniously blends into the mountain landscape. There are many theories as to the origins behind Machu Picchu but three of the most popular ideas include a temple to the sun, a fortress against the jungle inhabitants or a sanctuary for the Incas. This fabulous city has houses, temples, warehouses, a large central square, all connected by narrow roads and steps, and is surrounded by terraces cut into the mountain side which were used for agriculture. Dinner and accommodation.
Today you will enjoy a free day in Machu Picchu. Return to Cuzco onboard the afternoon train. Welcome and private drive back to your hotel.Day 13: Cuzco - Puerto Maldonado - Posadas Amazonas (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)
After early breakfast, we bid farewell to Cuzco and take a short drive in a private car to the airport for the flight to Puerto Maldonado. Arrival to Puerto Maldonado. Reception and transfer to the Tambopata river port in Puerto Maldonado. Puerto Maldonado is situated at the confluence of the Madre de Dios and Tambopata Rivers. Its principal activities are gold mining, Brazil nut collecting, timber extraction, agriculture and ecotourism. After a brief survey of the town you will depart on a 1 hour ride via Infierno road, followed by a 30 minute boat journey by motorized canoe to your lodge. Depending upon your arrival time, you will have a boxed lunch aboard the boats or have lunch upon arrival at the lodge. During your voyage you may see bird such as: Black Skimmer, Pied Lapwing, Capped Heron, Jabiru Stork, Roadside Hawk, and several species of kingfishers. After arrival, you will unpack and unwind. A short orientation and a complete briefing on the lodge before your afternoon activity, a short trek into the Amazon Rainforest. Return for dinner.Day 14: Posadas Amazonas (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Early wake at dawn for a visit to an oxbow lake. After an early breakfast, departure fifteen minutes from the lodge by boat followed by a 30 minute walk to the lake shore. From here you will take a long, easy canoe ride around the lake looking for giant river otters, turtles, hoatzin, and wading birds. The giant river otters that are seen here belong to a resident family of nine. Return to the lodge for lunch before embarking on your afternoon outing inot the rainforest. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight. Optional night walk to look for amphibians and insectsDay 15: Tambopata Jungle - Cusco (Breakfast)
After an early breakfast departure by boat and bus back to the city of Puerto Maldonado, directly to the airport, for your return flight to Cusco. Overnight accommodation.Day 16: Cusco - Santiago (Breakfast)
After an early breakfast departure by boat and bus back to the city of Puerto Maldonado, directly to the airport, for your return flight to Cusco. Overnight accommodation.Day 17: Santiago (Breakfast)
City tour of Santiago. Enjoy a visit of the different neighborhoods of Santiago. We start with a scenery tour in Providencia and the parks of this district. We then move on to Historical Downtown, where you will have a chance to see Santiago’s traditional architecture.
Our first visit will be to the Santa Lucía hill, the site where the conqueror Pedro De Valdivia founded Santiago in the year 1541. From the top of the hill, you will have a panoramic view of the city, while enjoying the hill's vegetation and the architecture of Hidalgo’s Castle.
Our next stop is Downtown Santiago. Here we will visit the beautiful New York Street, the Stock Exchange, the Government Palace (“La Moneda”), and the main historical buildings such as the National Library, the Court House and the former Congress. Afterwards, we visit the “Plaza de Armas” Square. From there we move on to the Cathedral, the Postal Service Building, and the National Historical Museum (the former Royal Courthouse). Return to your hotel.
After breakfast, a full day visit to Valparaiso and Vina del Mar, lying on the coast of Chile. The trip will take you through the wine growing region of Casa Blanca Valley before arriving to the coast.
Valparaiso is the largest port in South America but with a small town feel in the town centre. There is an interesting funicular railway and some marvelous views of the distant Andean Mountain range. The tour continues onto the up market resort town of Vina del Mar. Return to Santiago.
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for the flight to Punta Arenas, at the very base of the South American continent. Arrival and transfer to the bus terminal for the bus to Puerto Natales, located in the fjords regions region of southern Patagonia. Transfer to your hotel for 3 night’s accommodation.Days 20: Chilean Patagonia - Torres del Paine (Breakfast and lunch)
Today, a full day tour to the attractions of Torres del Paine National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site. You will visit the famous Milodon cave, many beautiful lakes and walk through stunning mountain scenery. Return to your hotel.Day 21: Chilean Patagonia - Patagonian Glaciers (Breakfast and lunch)
Today a full day trip to the Balmaceda and Serrano glaciers by boat. Lunch is included in this tour.Day 22: Puerto Natales - Punta Arenas - Santiago (B)
After breakfast, transfer back to Punta Arenas by bus and transfer to the airport for your return flight to Santiago. Overnight accommodation.Day 23: Santiago - Buenos Aires - El Calafate (Breakfast)
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for the morning flight to Buenos Aires and connect with flight to El Calafate. Transfer to your hotel.Day 24: Perito Moreno Glacier (Breakfast)
After breakfast, an excursion to the incredible Perito Moreno Glacier, walking along footpaths and balconies to reach this incredible phenomenon.Day 25: Glaciers (Breakfast and lunch)
Today you will be collected from your hotel and travel for approximately 30 minutes to Puerto Bandera, 50 km to the west of El Calafate, from where the boat will depart. The Upsala Glacier is famous for its rapid retreat and is actually larger than Perito Moreno.
Further on you will arrive at Onelli Bay and continue through forests that cover the area up to the lake. The lake is covered with blue icebergs, each with different hues of blue indicating their different ages. Boxed lunch included before returning to El Calafate.
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Buenos Aires. Reception and transfer to your hotel.Day 27: Buenos Aires (Breakfast)
After breakfast, a city tour of perhaps the most cosmopolitan city in South America. Most of the population is of European descent and the city is reminiscent of Paris. It is situated on the Rio de la Plata, and as its name suggests, it is the city of good winds. The tour will include a visit to the Plaza de Mayo, the hub of the city centre and where many public buildings such as the Catedral Metropolitana can be found. At the east end, you will find the Casa Rosada presidential palace with the famous balcony from which Juan and Evita Peron greeted the masses. You shall also visit La Boca, Buenos Aires’ most colourful neighbourhood. San Telmo, just a few blocks south of Plaza de Mayo is the artist’s quarter, what some believe to be Buenos Aires’ most interesting feature. After the tour, return to your hotel.Day 28: Buenos Aires (Breakfast)
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight home.
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