Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands

Galapagos Islands & Machu Picchu

Highlights

Galapagos Islands - Quito - Cusco - Machu Picchu - Lake Titicaca - La Paz

Introduction

Outline Itinerary

Day
1. Arrive Quito, afternoon city tour.
2. To Galapagos Islands.
3 - 8. Galapagos Islands cruise.
9. Return to Quito.
10. To Lima, afternoon city tour and visit to the Gold Museum.
11. To Cusco, afternoon city tour.
12. Visit Sacsayhuaman, afternoon at leisure.
13. Sacred Valley - Pisac and Ollantaytambo.
14. Train to Machu Picchu.
15. Morning at Machu Picchu, return to Cusco.
16. To Puno.
17. Lake Titicaca to Taquile and Uros islands.
18. To La Paz, Bolivia.
19. Morning city tour, afternoon at leisure.
20. Depart Bolivia.
21. Arrive UK.

Cost

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Description

You are sure to be enchanted as you cruise the Galapagos Islands in a small, comfortable vessel. For nature lovers this is a supreme place to visit as you can come eye to eye with sea lions and iguanas, watch frigate birds display their bright red chests and the courtships of blue-footed boobies and albatross. The wildlife of these islands, that supported Darwin's theories of evolution, has been isolated for so long that it still shows little fear of mankind.

Cusco and Machu Picchu are in a different world. The old, Spanish colonial city of Cusco is a wonderful place to explore. A journey to Pisac and Ollantaytambo introduces you to the Incas before you take the train winding through the mountains to visit Machu Picchu. This most important Inca city was so well hidden that it has only been known to the west since 1911. Perched on a ridge and surrounded by the high Andes it is a spectacular site to explore. The landscapes of the Andes are magnificent as you journey to Lake Titicaca. This fabled lake is home to the isolated Uros peoples who still live on the floating totora reeds. The hilly island of Taquile also offers the chance to wander the market and meet the local people. Your tour continues to La Paz where you can explore the markets and colonial heritage of the world's highest capital city.

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