Land of the Incas with Galápagos Legend East Cruise

Tour Type: Country Explorer
Brochure Type TT Latin America 2024 v2

Explore Incan history like an insider on this epic Peru Tour, visiting Machu Picchu, Ollantaytambo, and Sacsayhuaman, UNESCO-listed Taquile Island and the Lines and Geoglyphs of Nazca. On a guided visit to the Ballestas Islands, you'll marvel at penguins and blue-footed boobies, and on the Galápagos Islands, walk among giant tortoises and swim with manta rays.

Be My Guest
  • Sacred Valley Connect with Locals over a Be My Guest experience lunch, learn about the culture surrounding the production of Giant White Corn. Our hosts will demonstrate the differences between traditional farming techniques and the newer technologies us
Dining Summary
  • 17 Breakfast (B)
  • 1 Welcome Reception (WR)
  • 1 Farewell Dinner (FD)
  • 1 Regional Dinner (RD)
  • 5 Dinner (D)
  • 8 Lunch (L)
Dive Into Culture
  • Paracas Stop at the Regional Museum of Ica where we'll explore the centuries-old cultures of the Paracas and Nazca.
  • Sacred Valley We'll Dive into Culture and meet a Quechua Shaman who will perform a ceremony welcoming you to Peru.
  • Lima Dive into the rich history of Casona San Marcos, an ancient building in Lima now part of the property of a university. Learn to play the ?cajón? (meaning ?box? or drawer?) box-shaped percussion instrument played by slapping the faces with the hands,
  • Paracas Visit Bodega El Catador to learn about and taste the finest pisco in the country.
  • Lake Titicaca Visit the home of Víctor Coila and his wife Mariluz, and their two daughters, Luz Mery and Carla Mercedes. Join the family to try quinoa bread, potatoes with cheese, and chaco - a sauce made with a kind of clay used in cooking and medicine.
Iconic Experience
  • Machu Picchu Soak in every moment of your Machu Picchu tour in style as you descend to the Lost City in the clouds aboard the Vistadome train. Traveling the Inca Trail, you'll traverse dramatic landscapes with a panoramic view of the soaring peaks, river
  • Cusco Join your Local Specialist for a guided walk through Cusco's colonial center, including the nearby 13th century Incan settlement of Koricancha. Here in Cusco's Golden Temple of the Sun dedicated to the Sun God Inti, view the trapezoidal and irregul
  • Sillustani Enjoy lunch alfresco next to Lake Umayo on your way to Sillustani, a pre-Incan burial ground on the shores of Lake Umayo. Join a local specialist and explore its towering chullpas (above ground tombs) that cast long shadows across the landscap
  • Cusco Begin your day at the ruins of the UNESCO-listed Sacsayhuamán fortress overlooking Cusco. With zig zagging walls and ruins of giant stones, see how the shape and harmony of the landscape is similar to Machu Picchu. Stroll through this Incan archite
  • Cusco Enjoy the flavors of chicha, a Peruvian corn beer. Hear about how chicha is brewed by the local indigenous women and its history dating back to the time of the Incas as a favorite drink of the Andes. Learn about the two types of chicha, alcoholic s
  • Lima Take in the highlights of Lima, the 'City of the Kings,' including a panoramic view of the ancient districts. Join a local specialist for a visit to the UNESCO-listed Historic Center. Learn how before it was destroyed by earthquakes in the mid-18th
  • Machu Picchu Learn how to prepare an authentic Ceviche and pour the perfect Pisco sour.
  • Machu Picchu Take a shuttle to the top of the mountain where you'll meet your local specialist for a guided hike of Machu Picchu. You'll learn about Machu Picchu's history and the use of each section of including ceremonial, storage, agriculture, temples
  • Paracas Explore Paracas, a town on Peru's west coast known for its beautiful beaches. Named after the Paracas people who were fishermen and farmers of beans, maize and red peppers, Paracas is now the gateway to the Paracas National Reserve. In this prist
  • Ballestas Islands Connect with nature, cruising around the uninhabited Ballestas Islands, a "mini-Galapagos" teeming with wildlife. See the mysterious Candelabra in Pisco Bay. Gaze up where birds including the guanay cormorant, Peruvian booby and Peruvia
  • Machu Picchu The ruins of Machu Picchu beckon yet again and we enjoy one final opportunity to reconnect with its story. Journey to take in the ruins at sunrise spending some time on your own to explore the hill-top fortress. Soak in every moment at this
  • Cusco Visit the mystical Incan stronghold of Ollantaytambo with a Local Specialist. These famous ruins are a massive Inca fortress made of large stone terraces stretching out across a hillside. Walk among the stone platforms, the sun temple of six monoli
  • Nazca Take to the skies on your Peru tour to see the iconic Nazca Lines, archaeological enigmas scratched in the ground 500 B.C. and A.D. 500. Gaze down in awe of these massive designs and patterns you can only view from above. Your private flight will s
  • Lake Titicaca We cruise the deep blue waters of Lake Titicaca with a Local Specialist, discovering its floating islands constructed from reeds by the Uros Indians
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER
  • Lake Titicaca Arrive at Taquile Island, where we'll embark on a private tour to gain insights into the tradition of Textile Art for which the local villagers-men and women-are renowned. Learn more about the culture of the people living on the island and
  • Cusco During your city tour on the outskirts of Cusco, visit the shop of the social project Mantay, a housing and education project for underage mothers who come to live here and learn a craft or trade. The children are taken care of while the mothers ar
Must-see Highlights
  • Scenic Cruise around Lake Titicaca and the Ballestas Islands
  • Visit the outdoor market at Pisac, Ollantaytambo, two visits to Machu Picchu, Sacsayhuaman, the Uros Islands and Lake Titicaca, enjoy a Casona San Marcos Experience
  • See the other-wordly Nazca Lines from the air
  • Explore Lima and Cusco with a Local Specialist, Learn about Giant White Corn, watch a local Marinera dance performance
  • Scenic Drive through the Sacred Valley
  • Scenic Train Ride to Machu Picchu aboard the Vistadome train
Trafalgar Difference
  • Sacred Valley Enjoy this Stays With Stories, at Sonesta Posadas del Inca Yucay, a former 18th-century colonial-style monastery in the Sacred Valley.
  • Sacred Valley Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness is built along the Vilcanota riverbank, on the lands of an old 17th-century colonial hacienda.
Whats Included
  • On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Tickets for a ride aboard the Vistadome train to Machu Picchu
  • A Trafalgar bonus all Intra-Air Flights Lima to Cusco, Cusco to Juliaca and Juliaca to Lima, including porter service at all airports.
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • Optional Experiences and free time

Call (256) 891-0888 for more information or to book today! Mention code 18573567

Tour Operator
Trafalgar Tours
Offer
Offer valid through 9/30/2024
Duration
18 Days
Escorted
Escorted - Yes
DayDestinationDescription
Day 1LimaArrive Lima: The Capital of the New World extends a warm welcome on your epic voyage through the iconic and unexpected highlights of Peru. Meet your local host on arrival and transfer to your hotel in the upscale shopping district of Miraflores. This evening, you'll join your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a Welcome Reception at 6 p.m.

Accommodations: Iberostar Hotel Lima
Day 2LimaLima Sightseeing: Start your city tour taking in of the highlights of Lima. Visit Casona San Marcos, where you'll enjoy a snack from a local vendor learn more about the fascinating history of this ancient building from Local Specialists. During a short workshop, learn to play the ?cajón? percussion instrument and get an introduction to the basic steps of ?musica negra?, a dance that originated in Chincha (near Paracas). Continue to the Main Square of Lima for more views and history. Choose to join a walking tour of Miraflores with a local expert highlighting the popular Larcomar shopping center and on towards the Kennedy Parkor for dinner at one of the restaurants in ?Pasaje de Ramón.?

Accommodations: Iberostar Hotel Lima
Day 3Sacred ValleyLima - Cusco - Sacred Valley Dive Into Culture Stays With Stories: We'll fly to Cusco this morning, the gateway to Peru's treasured Sacred Valley, where you will enjoy a local Peruvian lunch with sweeping views of the Sacred Valley. Then we'll Dive Into Culture, meeting a Shaman who will perform a special ceremony to welcome us to Peru. Tonight, you'll stay at our Stays With Stories hotel along the banks of the Vilcanota River, on the grounds of an old 17th-century colonial hacienda. It is great for morning birders and afternoon walks in the gardens.

Accommodations: Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness
Day 4Sacred ValleySacred Valley Connect with Locals: Connect With Locals over a Be My Guest experience lunch, learn about the culture surrounding the production of Giant White Corn. Our hosts will demonstrate the differences between traditional farming techniques and the newer technologies used today. Revel in the romance of the local Marinera dance and local musicians. The marinera is the best-known couple dance on the coast of Peru. It is characterized by the use of handkerchiefs, steps of great elegance and rhythmic music similar to the Aragonese jota, the zamacueca and the Chilean cueca, but with its own Peruvian identity that flaunts the Hispano-indigenous-African miscegenation. For the same reason, over the years Andean and highland versions have emerged. This evening, meet Local Specialist, Peter Frost, a writer, photographer and independent scholar who has explored the Andes and Amazon for 47 years, locating and investigating the previously unknown Inca and pre-Inca site of Qoriwayrachina. He currently resides in Peru and works as an accompanying expert for National Geographic Expeditions.

Accommodations: Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness
Day 5Machu PicchuSacred Valley - Machu Picchu: Visit the mystical Incan stronghold of Ollantaytambo, en route to Machu Picchu, a village in the Sacred Valley, set on the Urubamba River amid majestic mountains. It's known for the Ollantaytambo ruins, a massive Inca fortress with large stone terraces on a hillside. Then, ascend to the Lost City in the Clouds aboard the Vistadome train (light snack included) traveling along the Inca Trail, where you can view hikers and porters along the way. Here you will delve into the mysteries of this once-great civilization, joining your Local Specialist for an exploration of the temples, palaces and terraces whose construction defy imagination. Visit the iconic great Temple of the Sun, the House of the Priest, the Sacred Plaza and the intricately carved Intihuatana, most likely used as a sundial centuries ago. We return to our hotel where we will learn how to prepare an authentic Ceviche and pour the perfect Pisco sour.

Accommodations: SUMAQ Machu Picchu Hotel
Day 6CuscoMachu Picchu - Cusco Dive Into Culture Stays With Stories: The ruins of Machu Picchu beckon yet again and we enjoy one final opportunity to reconnect with its story, spending some time on our own to explore the hill-top fortress. Next, we'll journey back to the Sacred Valley by train, stopping en route to Cusco to MAKE TRAVEL MATTER and learn about the natural dyeing techniques used by native weavers. Visit the Pisac handicraft market followed by sampling the sweet flavors of chicha, savoring the favorite drink of the Andes. Then a Stays With Stories tonight, in what was once an old, colonial Hacienda located in the historic center of Cusco.

Accommodations: Hotel Novotel Cusco
Day 7CuscoCusco Sightseeing: Begin your day at the ruins of the UNESCO-listed Incan Sacsayhuaman fortress overlooking Cusco. Admire the massive, sacred stonework before your Local Specialist guides you through Cusco's colonial center. During your city tour, visit the shop of the social project Mantay, a housing and education project for underage mothers to live here and learn a craft or trade. Later, you'll join another Local Specialist who will reveal insights into the nearby 13th-century Incan settlement of Qoriwayrachina. The afternoon is free to join an optional experience including a visit to the Chocolate Museum, Cusco off the beaten track or the greenhouse and salt wells of Maras & Moray.

Accommodations: Hotel Novotel Cusco
Day 8Lake TiticacaCusco - Juliaca - Lake Titicaca: Fly to Juliaca and meet a Local Specialist to learn about daily life on the Peruvian altiplano. After an included al fresco lunch, visit Sillustani, a pre-Incan burial ground on the shores of Lake Umayo where striking chullpas (stone tombs) are scattered across the landscape, inviting you to step back in time. Then travel via Puno along the shores to Lake Titicaca, the birthplace of the sun. Here you'll Dive Into Culture visiting the home of Víctor Coila, his wife Mariluz, and their two daughters for a meal of quinoa bread, potatoes with cheese and authentic chaco sauce.

Accommodations: GHL Hotel Lago Titicaca
Day 9Lake TiticacaLake Titicaca Excursion Connect with Locals Dive Into Culture: Connect With Locals as you cruise the deep blue waters of Lake Titicaca, passing floating islands constructed by the Uros people. Next, in the midst of South America's largest lake lies Taquile Island, where we'll Make Travel Matter and embark on a private tour to gain insights into the tradition of knitting and weaving for which the local villagers - men and women - are renowned. Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity" by UNESCO. This experience aligns with UN's Global goal 10, reduced inequalities. Enjoy a lunch here and learn more about the islanders' unique way of life upon islets make of totora reeds, which grow in the lake, and are attached to sticks driven into the bottom of the lake. Tonight, we indulge in a Regional Dinner at our favorite local restaurant in Puno.

Accommodations: GHL Hotel Lago Titicaca
Day 10ParacasLake Titicaca - Juliaca - Lima - Paracas: Return to Lima this morning, then continue your journey to the coastal playground of Paracas. Discover what life is like in Peru's rural countryside before arriving to Paracas for dinner at your seaside hotel and an evening at leisure. Perhaps there's even time for a stroll along the Malecon.

Accommodations: Spa Hotel Aranwa
Day 11ParacasParacas - Nazca Lines Flight Dive Into Culture: Take to the skies, soaring above the coastal desert to see the enigmatic Nazca Lines, gigantic geometric designs viewable only from the air. Next, stop this afternoon at our Dive Into Culture, the Regional Museum of Ica, where we'll explore the centuries-old cultures of the Paracas and Nazca. Later, we will once again Dive Into Culture during a visit to Bodega El Catador to learn about and taste the finest pisco in the country. The rest of the day is free.

Accommodations: Spa Hotel Aranwa
Day 12LimaParacas - Ballestas Islands - Lima: This morning, connect with nature with a Local Specialist, cruising around the uninhabited Ballestas Islands, a 'mini-Galapagos' teeming with wildlife. See the mysterious Candelabra in Pisco Bay, then return to Lima where this evening, we'll visit the Larco Museum with a Local Specialist. Our journey almost at its end, we'll indulge in a festive Farewell Dinner in the museum's garden restaurant.

Accommodations: Iberostar Hotel Lima
Day 13QuitoTravel to Quito: Transfer to the airport for your onward flight to Ecuador (flight not included in holiday price). Enjoy a warm welcome in Quito where you will be greeted at the airport and taken to your hotel.

Accommodations: Sheraton
Day 14QuitoUncover Historic Quito: Visit the historical center of Quito, which was the first place in the world to be designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and travel to the 'Middle of the World' to stand on the Equator. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

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Day 15Bartolome IslandSea Lions and North Seymour Island: Discover a land that inspired Darwin to form his Theory of Natural Selection. On arrival at Baltra airport, transfer to the M/V Galápagos Legend. Set sail to North Seymour Island, an important spot to see magnificent frigatebirds, blue-footed boobies and sea lions.

Accommodations: M/V Galápagos Legend
Day 16North Seymour IslandBartolome and Santiago Island: Our first destination today is Bartolome Island, hiking to its summit for soul stirring views, then enjoying snorkelling and an opportunity to see the famous Galapagos Penguins.

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Day 17San Cristobal IslandUncover San Cristobal Island: We journey to Pitt Point this morning, ascending to a high point on the steep volcanic tuff hill to see if we can spot all three of the booby species simultaneously. Cerro Brujo's coral sand beach is our next destination, where we can connect with the resident sea lions or snorkel in the shadow of Witch's Hill.

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Day 18QuitoDepart San Cristobal Island: Enjoy a first-hand encounter with the giant tortoises of La Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado, a tortoise reserve that protects the island's tortoise population. Your Galápagos exhibition at its end, transfer to San Cristobal Airport for your return flight to Quito. Airport arrival time in Quito will be at 7 p.m.; please be aware when booking your flights.

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    Tour Type: Country ExplorerBrochure Type TT Latin America 2024 v2Explore Incan history like an insider on this epic Peru Tour, visiting Machu Picchu, Ollantaytambo, and Sacsayhuaman, UNESCO-listed Taquile Island and the Lines and Geoglyphs of Nazca.

 
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