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Independent Galapagos cruise aboard the Galápagos Legend with Ecuador's Amazon & Peru 2024

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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

How deep is your love of adventure? Is it deep enough to follow the course of Charles Darwin to discover your own love affair with the wildlife paradise of the Galápagos Islands and the Amazon Rainforest? And, delve further south to soar higher in the Andes and the heart of Peru? If so, this Independence by Globus vacation in South America is pointing you in the right direction. Ignite your independent spirit on a canoe trip downriver from Coca to the comfort of your lodge the Amazon Rainforest, where you’re in good hands with a Naturalist guide to explore the jungle from its rainforest canopy to the forest floor. Be awestruck by the wealth of wildlife that thrives in this tropical wilderness. Next, explore the historic heart of Quito and depart for parts unknown where blue-footed boobies, giant tortoises, and diving iguanas of the Galápagos give new meaning to mind-blowing discoveries. Cruise in luxury on the Galápagos Legend and explore the archipelago in the company of a Naturalist guide. Sail upon pristine waters to discover the perfectly evolved creatures who thrive on this volcanic archipelago. Stroll the sand where sea lions bask and albatross brace against the updrafts above the cliffs. Sail, snorkel, and simply stay in a state of astonishment through the sanctuaries of spectacular species on Bartolomé, Santiago, North Seymour, and San Cristobal Islands. Visit the Giant Tortoise Reserve where conservationists work to protect the gentle giants for which the islands are named. Then, set your compass to the heart of Peru to ignite your independent spirit in Lima, Cusco, and magnificent Machu Picchu to find the “Lost City of the Incas.” Explore ancient ruins that defy explanation and encounter the captivating cultures that live on in the Sacred Valley and Cusco. Timeless temples, textiles, and tantalizing dishes are all on the menu on this free-spirited sojourn in South America. You’ll also find the I-time you deserve to fall in love with adventure again!

  1. Day 1
    ARRIVE IN QUITO, ECUADOR
    Welcome to Quito, where your hotel is available for mid-afternoon check-in.

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  2. Day 2
    QUITO–COCA–AMAZON LODGE

    • Fly to Coca where you will be met by your Naturalist.
    • Travel by motorboat down the Napo River with opportunities to spot birds like herons, kingfishers, and others.
    • Arrive at your Amazon lodge located on the banks of Napo River Lake surrounded by pristine rainforest.
    • Tonight, enjoy a welcome briefing and dinner.

    (B,L,D)

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    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  3. Day 3
    AMAZON LODGE

    • During your stay, enjoy nature excursions with a Naturalist who introduces you to the Amazon. Activities each day vary based on weather conditions.
    • On the suspended rainforest canopy walk, your Naturalist points out many different species of vibrantly feathered birds.
    • Jungle walks show off the immense biodiversity and medicinal plants that have been used by the native cultures for hundreds of years.
    • Take a night walk or canoe ride with your Naturalist to discover creatures that can rarely be seen during the day!

    (B,L,D)

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    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  4. Day 4
    AMAZON LODGE

    • Continue your Amazon exploration.
    • Visit the lodge’s butterfly house, one of Ecuador’s largest.
    • You will also cruise through the flooded forest in search of troops of squirrels, capuchin, and howler monkeys—and maybe even the incredibly well camouflaged 3-toed sloth.
    • After fishing for piranhas, arrive at the Kapok Tree tower, perched 150-feet high. Get close-up views of birds as the sun sets on volcanic Mount Sumaco and the Andes.

    (B,L,D)

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    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  5. Day 5
    AMAZON LODGE–COCA–QUITO

    • Depart your Amazon lodge and fly from Coca to Quito today.
    • The remainder of your afternoon is at leisure.

    (B)

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    Meals:   Breakfast
  6. Day 6
    QUITO

    • Your included private city tour showcases the rich legacy left by the Incas and the Spaniards. See Independence Square, dominated by its formidable cathedral, San Francisco Plaza Church, and the Basilica with its marvelous stained-glass windows.

    (B)

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    Meals:   Breakfast
  7. Day 7
    QUITO–BALTRA (EMBARKATION)–GALÁPAGOS CRUISING: NORTH SEYMOUR ISLAND

    • Fly to Baltra and transfer with your expert Naturalist to the Galápagos Legend for your 3-night cruise.
    • Sail to North Seymour, a landmass formed by a series of underwater volcanic eruptions, which deposited layers of lava on the ocean floor. Take a walk amidst large nesting colonies of blue-footed boobies, magnificent and great frigate birds, and swallow-tailed gulls for an in-depth encounter with sea bird breeding cycles. You will also encounter sea lions, land iguanas and, on a lucky day, you might even come across the endemic Galápagos snake.

    (B,L,D)

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    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  8. Day 8
    CRUISING: BARTOLOMÉ ISLAND & SANTIAGO ISLAND

    • Wake up at Bartolomé Island to discover a fascinating moonscape formed by volcanic parasitic cones. Hike to the summit for impressive views of the surrounding islands and Pinnacle Rock. You will also encounter marine iguanas, lava lizards, and blue-footed boobies. Bartolomé offers some of the best spots to snorkel, thanks to clear waters and abundant sea life, including sea turtles, white-tipped reef sharks, and maybe even Galápagos penguins.
    • This afternoon, sail to Sullivan Bay on Santiago Island and take a walk on young Pahoehoe lava flows formed during the last quarter of the 19th Century. See the reddish-yellow tuff-cones with various flora growing from the fissures. Walking on the solidified lava gives the impression of walking on another planet. After your guided walk, spend time snorkeling from the white sand beach where you may see penguins, sea lions, sharks and rays.

    (B,L,D)

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    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  9. Day 9
    CRUISING: SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND

    • Arrive at Pitt Islet on San Cristobal and walk to the top of a volcanic tuff to be rewarded with several magnificent viewpoints. This is one of the few sites where the Galápagos’ three booby species (blue-footed, red-footed, and Nazca) can be seen together. You will also find the two species of frigate birds and a sea lion colony. The island waters are excellent for dinghy rides to see a range of seabirds—and a great spot to snorkel!
    • At Cerro Brujo, visit a lagoon where migratory bird species can be seen: black-necked stilts, ruddy turnstones, whimbrels, other sandpiper species, and white-cheeked pintails. Cerro Brujo offers beautiful views of Kicker Rock, the southern part of San Cristobal, and the adjacent coast. Your visit includes time to swim with the sea lions and other marine life.

    (B,L,D)

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    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  10. Day 10
    CRUISING: SAN CRISTOBAL (DISEMBARKATION)–QUITO–LIMA, PERU

    • After breakfast, disembark in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno and visit the Giant Tortoise Reserve on San Cristobal. Learn about the national park’s conservation and breeding programs to protect the endangered tortoise species.
    • Also, visit the port village for a last chance at souvenirs before bidding farewell to the enchanted Galápagos Islands.
    • Transfer to San Cristobal Airport and fly to Quito. Later, fly to Lima, Peru.

    (B)

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    Meals:   Breakfast
  11. Day 11
    LIMA

    • Your included city tour focuses on Lima’s rich colonial history as well as the modern city. Lima was the bastion of Spanish South America from its founding in 1535 until the independence of the South American republics in the early 19th century. See the cathedral, where the remains of Francisco Pizarro are sealed in a wooden coffin, and the Santo Domingo Convent to see the relics of three famous Peruvian saints—Santa Rosa de Lima, San Martin de Porres, and San Juan Macias.

    (B)

    Today’s I-Time Tips
    This evening, you may choose to head over to a nearby park to witness the largest electronic water fountain complex in the world, certified by the Guinness Book of Records. You will enjoy a wonderful show of water, lights, music, and images.


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    Meals:   Breakfast
  12. Day 12
    LIMA–CUSCO

    • Fly to Cusco, high in the Andes, where you will be met by your Local Guide.
    • Your guided tour visits the cathedral in Plaza de Armas and Santo Domingo Monastery, one of the most important temples devoted to worship of the sun. It is said it was covered in gold leaf and filled with golden representations of nature.
    • Take a short drive outside the city to the ruins of Sacsayhuaman, a fortress of gigantic stones—with some blocks weighing more than 350 tons. Followed by the amphitheater of Kenko, and the red fortress of Puca Pucara.

    (B)

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    Meals:   Breakfast
  13. Day 13
    CUSCO–SACRED VALLEY

    • Today, a short drive into the Urubamba Valley, the Sacred Valley of the Incas, brings you to Awanakancha to learn about the importance of the alpaca for Inca cultures, as well as the ancient weaving techniques still in use today.
    • Continue to the market town of Pisac, where you can buy handmade rugs, alpaca sweaters, and jewelry at bargain prices.
    • At the other end of the valley, visit Ollantaytambo to see some of the finest examples of Inca masonry.

    (B,L)

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    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch
  14. Day 14
    SACRED VALLEY–MACHU PICCHU

    • Embark on a train trip bound for Machu Picchu and cut a path through the Sacred Valley to this “Lost City of the Incas,” discovered by American explorer Hiram Bingham in 1911.
    • On a guided tour of Machu Picchu, explore this intact fortress with its temple remains, holy houses, and mile-long aqueduct. For hikers, a brisk one-hour walk leads to the Sun Gate, the ancient entrance used by the Incas.

    (B,L,D)

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    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  15. Day 15
    MACHU PICCHU–SACRED VALLEY–CUSCO

    • A morning at leisure allows you to wake up early to see the sunrise over Machu Picchu with your second included entrance to the ruins.
    • Return to Cusco by train.

    (B)

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    Meals:   Breakfast
  16. Day 16
    CUSCO–LIMA

    • Fly to Lima today.

    (B)

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    Meals:   Breakfast
  17. Day 17
    LIMA

    Your vacation ends after breakfast this morning.

    (B)

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    Meals:   Breakfast

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Inclusions

For your overnight stays in the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu you will only be allowed to bring an overnight bag weighing no more than 11 pounds due to luggage restrictions on the train. Your main luggage will be stored at the Cusco hotel where you will return.

Maximum enjoyment of this vacation requires walking on cobblestone streets, uneven pathways, and climbing stairs. Elevations exceeding 10,000 feet can make even modest exertion a challenge. Maximum elevation on this tour is 12,000 ft. In the Galápagos, there will be “wet landings” meaning guests will need to be able to jump in the water, out of the boats/zodiacs and walk a couple of meters to the beaches. Terrain is rocky and uneven. Galapagos Islands itineraries are fully subject to change.
Meals:
Buffet breakfast daily; 8 lunches; 7 three-course dinners

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Accommodations

This vacation includes the following Intra-Vacation Air segments in the vacation price: Quito/Coca; Coca/Quito; Quito/Galápagos; Galápagos/Quito. All other flights are not included in the vacation price and can be purchased.

Galápagos package does not include Galápagos National Park entrance fee and transit card ($120) but are additional and mandatory. These fees will be added to your Vacation Estimate.

Quito: Hilton Colon Quito (SAT)
The Hilton Colon Quito hotel is 10 minute walk from the colonial Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This modern hotel enjoys spectacular views of the city. Amenities include a fitness center, spa, outdoor heated pool, 5 restaurants/lounges, laundry service, concierge, florist, barber shop, and gift shop.
Address:
Ave Amazonas N 1914 Y Patria Avenida 1
Quito , Ecuador
Coca: Napo Wildlife Center (SAT)
The Napo Wildlife Center Amazon Lodge is the ultimate alternative luxury eco-hotel in Amazonian Ecuador. Amenities include a restaurant, bar, two parrot clay licks, two canopy towers, boutique, library, Internet, and laundry service.
Address:
Río Yaupi N 31-90 y AV. Mariana de Jesus
Coca , Ecuador
Lima: Hotel Pullman Miraflores
The Pullman Miraflores hotel combins lifestyle and design for business and leisure. Located in the exclusive Miraflores district, near the Pacific Ocean, this hotel is not far from Larcomar shopping center. With over 236 rooms, Plural lounge restaurant, gym, pool and a spectacular Rooftop Bar the Pullman Miraflores offers an amazing place to stay and relax.
Address:
C. Juan Fanning 515 - 525
Lima , Peru
Cusco: Casa Andina Premium Cusco
A beautifully renovated 18th-century manor house is located 3 blocks from Cusco's Plaza de Armas. The hotel is distinguished by its 3 interior patios with wooden balconies. The principal patio, featuring a gurgling stone fountain, is one of Cusco's emblematic colonial courtyards. Amenities include a gourmet restaurant, bar, reading room, room service, gift shop, and laundry service.
Address:
Plazoleta Limacpampa Chico 473
Cusco CUS, Peru
Sacred Valley: Casa Andina Premium Valle Sagrado Hotel and Villas
The Casa Andina Premium Collection hotel in the Sacred Valley is a luxurious and satisfying retreat. Combining fine food, comfortable rooms, and personalized attention, it is the Valley's most complete hotel. In addition to a spa, a fitness center, and romantic dining, this hotel is best known for providing panoramic views of the Andes in every room. This charming mountain chalet-style hotel adds style and comfort to the already stunning atmosphere of Peru's Sacred Valley.
Address:
5to Paradero Yanahuara
Urubamba Valley CUS, Peru
Machu Picchu: Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel
The Sumaq Hotel is located at the foot of the Machu Picchu ruins and boasts an Andean health spa, bar, restaurant, gift shop, and business center.
Address:
Av Hermanos Ayar Mz 1 Lote 3
Machu Picchu CUS, Peru

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Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

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