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                     Peru and Ecuador: in the heart of the Andes                      

This itinerary combines the best of two countries: the Andes and the Galapagos with Machu Picchu and Cusco. Covering an area so rich culturally and naturally, it's difficult to do better! A must-see taking you beyond borders.

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Itinerary

  • Day 1: Lima
  • Day 2: Lima - Cusco - Lima - Cusco
  • Day 3: Cusco - Sacsayhuaman - Q'enqo - Cusco
  • Day 4: Cusco - Pisac - Ollantaytambo - Pisac - Aguas Calientes
  • Day 5: Machu Picchu - Ollantaytambo - Sacred Valley
  • Day 6: Sacred Valley - Moray - Maras - Moray - Maras - Chinchero - Cusco - Chinchero - Cusco
  • Day 7: Cusco - Puno - Cusco - Titilaka
  • Day 8: Titilaka
  • Day 9: Titilaka - Juliaca - Lima
  • Day 10: Lima - Quito Airport - Quito - Quito Historic Center
  • Day 11: Quito - Quito Historic Center - Quito - Quito Historic Center
  • Day 12: Mitad del Mundo - Quito - Otavalo - Cochasqui - Peguche - Cuicocha Lake - Cotacachi - Otavalo
  • Day 13: Cayambe - Quitsato - Otavalo - Lasso
  • Day 14: Cotopaxi Park - Quito - Cotopaxi Park - Quito - Quito Historic Center
  • Day 15: Quito - Quito Airport - Baltra - Santa Cruz
  • Day 16: Seymour - Las Bachas - Lasso
  • Day 17: Santa Cruz
  • Day 18: Bartolomé - Santiago
  • Day 19: Santa Cruz - Baltra

TRAVEL BOOK

Day 1: Lima

Upon your arrival at the airport Jorge Chávez of Lima, you will be taken to your hotel.

English speaking assistance from airport to your hotel.

Night at the hotel B Art Boutique (Aposento Junior Suite).
Included : private transport, reception with english-speaking guide, room & breakfast

Day 2: Lima - Cusco

Half-day dedicated to the visit of the Peruvian capital. Exploration of the colonial quarters of the city center via the Plaza San Martin and the Plaza de Armas.
Visit of the San Francisco Convent and its catacombs.

You will be transferred to the Lima airport to take your flight.

Flight with destination Cusco.

Reception at Cusco airport and transfer to the hotel.
English speaking assistance from airport to hotel.

Night at the hotel Palacio Nazarenas.
Included : entrance fees, private transport, english speaking guide, guide expenses, transfer departure, domestic flight, airport tax, transfer arrival, reception with english-speaking guide, room & breakfast

Day 3: Cusco - Sacsayhuaman - Q'enqo - Cusco

Departure for a half-day dedicated to the discovery of the ruins around Cusco (Sacsayhuaman and Q’enqo) and of the historical center: Koricancha (Temple of the Sun) and the Cathedral where several paintings of the Cusco School and many gold and silversmithery pieces and precious stone objects are displayed.
Return to the hotel in Cusco.


Night at the hotel Palacio Nazarenas.
Included : entrance fees, private transport, english speaking guide, room & breakfast

Day 4: Cusco - Pisac - Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes

8am departure in a private vehicle to explore the Sacred Valley of the Inca. The first stop is at Pisac in order to visit the impressive Inca ruins and the handicraft market. Then we continue to the Inca village of Ollantaytambo where we will visit the fortress.

Departure for a 2 hours ride by train to Aguas Calientes. The Vistadome's wagons are completely covered with glass for a panoramic view throughout the journey.

Night at the hotel Machu Picchu Pueblo.
Included : private transport, english speaking guide, guide expenses, train ticket, room & breakfast, dinner (no drinks)

Day 5: Machu Picchu - Ollantaytambo - Sacred Valley

In the early morning, direct connection to the shuttle service that will drive you to the citadel of Machu Picchu.
Arrival to Machu Picchu, wonder of the world.

Machu Picchu is an ancient Inca city of the fifteenth century in Peru. Abandoned during the collapse of the Inca Empire, Machu Picchu sacred city, forgotten for centuries, is considered as a masterpiece of Inca architecture. It was unveiled in 1911 by the American archaeologist Hiram Bingham.

Together with your english speaking guide, you will start to discover the archaeological complex, still covered by the morning mist, built on top of a ridge and surrounded by precipices. A stunning view that evolves with the progression of the sun! After the guided tour (around 3 hours for the visit), you have the opportunity to discover on your own.

Train back to Ollantaytambo.
Reception at the train staion and transfer to the hotel in the Sacred Valley.

Night at the hotel Sol y Luna.
Included : bus ticket, guide expenses, entrance fees, english speaking guide, train ticket, private transport, room & breakfast

Day 6: Sacred Valley - Moray - Maras - Chinchero - Cusco

In the morning, departure in a private vehicle for a day dedicated to the discovery of the Sacred Valley. First stop at the cultural site of Moray, a former Incan agricultural ‘laboratory’.
Then, continuation of the excursion to Maras: salt mines in the middle of the Cordillera! Visit of the village of Chinchero and its colonial church.
Drive back to Cuzco and transfer to the hotel.

Night at the hotel Palacio Nazarenas.
Included : private transport, english speaking guide, guide expenses, room & breakfast

Day 7: Cusco - Puno - Titilaka

Transfer from your hotel to Cusco's train station by private transport.
Departure for the journey to Puno on the shore of Lake Titicaca, aboard the Orient Express train. Wonderful landscapes along the way.
Note 1: the train operates on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays from November to March. From April to October, it also operates on Fridays. It makes no stops. As for the tourist bus, it operates every day and stops in several locations to allow visits.
Note 2: visitors are not accompanied by a guide on this train journey.
Note 3: journey in first class, ten hours of travel time.

Reception in Puno and transfer to Hotel Titilaka *****, a beautiful Relais & Chàteaux hotel situated on the west shores of lake Titicaca close to the Chucuito Peninsula.

Overnight at Hotel Titilaka.
Included : transfer departure, departure transfer with english speaking guide, train ticket, lunch, room & breakfast, transfer arrival, dinner

Day 8: Titilaka

This day is devoted to the discovery of Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world, among a wide selection of excursions and walks on demand.

You could choose your activity between:
- Explore the Uros islands and Taquile
- Visit the local neighboring communities of Socca or Perka
- Visit the archaeological sites of Sillustani, Inka Anatawi, Juli and Pomata
- Visit to the colonial village of Lampa
Etc.

Selection of the activities upon your arrival at the hotel. Tours are grouped with the hotel guests and leaded bu an English-speaking guide.
Contact us if you want to reserve private tours.
Overnight at Hotel Titilaka.

NB : Note: In Titilaka, all meals are prepared with fresh local ingredients. The evening cocktails are served from 18:30, and followed by a dinner. Taste the house speciality: the "Chilcano of Muña," a combination of Peruvian Pisco and mint.

Day 9: Titilaka - Juliaca - Lima

Transfer from the hotel to Puno station.

Domestic flight from Juliaca to Lima.

Reception at the airport and transfer to the hotel.

Night at the hotel B Art Boutique (Aposento Junior Suite).
Included : domestic flight, airport tax, private transport, transfer arrival, room & breakfast

Day 10: Lima

Three hours before take-off, transfer to Jorge Chavez airport in Lima. Connection with the international return flight.
Included : private transport, transfer departure

TRAVEL BOOK

Day 10: Quito Airport - Quito - Quito Historic Center

Reception at the airport by a English speaking guide.

Private transfer with spanish-speaking driver from Quito airport (to your hotel) and free time for the rest of the day.

You will spend the night at Anahi hotel in Quito.

You will spend the night at Casa Gangotena hotel (Luxury Room) in Quito.
Included : reception with english-speaking guide, transfer arrival, room & breakfast

Day 11: Quito - Quito Historic Center - Quito - Quito Historic Center

Quito, Ecuador's capital, is a real treasure between the volcanoes of Pichincha, Cayambe and Antisana. At an elevation of 2830 meters, it is the second highest capital in the world.. It was the first city classified by the UNESCO in 1978 and its historic centre is the biggest and best maintained in Latino America. To get a good idea of the city, we will firstly go to the Panecillo, a small hill over the city with a statue of the Quito'Virgen at the top, for a superb view. You will then have a complete visit of Quito's colonial centre: the cathedral, the church of the Compañia de Jesus, the church of San Francisco and its garden and as many baroque art pieces.
You will go to the market of Santa Clara, a typical place where you can fin fruits, vegetables, fish and meat. This is a perfect moment to mee people and discover the local life. You will have lunch at the same place. The "hornado" ( pork slowly cooked in a oven) is really delicious!
And now, exclusively and just for you:
Let’s go to the historical center for going back the past of Quito.
Discover the history of the first "chichera" (special drink made with corn) of La Ronda, with her, let’s find the hidden pre-Columbian treasures.
Your guide, Caridad Navarro, almost coming from a book of History, with her period clothes and sayings, will invit you to discover her History with the visit or the pre-Columbian museum Casa del Alabado, but also emblematic sites like the Plaza Grande, Plaza de San Francisco and the street of the 7 crosses.
Old stones, forgotten traditions and traditional savors will be at the menu of this unic and exlcusive visit of Quito.

And now, exclusively and just for you :
You'll participate to a PACARI chocolates tasting.

You will learn about the process of elaboration of a great cocoa. You'll know why Ecuador is the best country to produce a cacao fino and also learn about the cocoa history in the world. You'll have the privilege to taste 10 different types of PACARI chocolates.

PACARI works directly with small producers and assure a great remuneration for their hard work, in order to preserve the genetic diversity of ecuadorian cocoa.

This cooperative has been rewarded multiple times at an international levek for the quality of the products and the social hlp they have done.

You will spend the night at Casa Gangotena hotel (Luxury Room) in Quito.
Included : entrance fees, english speaking guide, excursion (private), local english-speaking guide , room & breakfast, private transport, guide expenses

Day 12: Mitad del Mundo - Quito - Otavalo - Cochasqui - Peguche - Cuicocha Lake - Cotacachi - Otavalo

You will visit the site of the "Mitad del Mundo" where you can put one foot in the Southern hemisphere and the other in the Northern hemisphere! The different buildings corresponds to different aspects of Ecuador, with the French pavilion being dedicated to the Condamine expedition which determinated the site of this imaginary line in 1736.
Trip to Otavalo, which craftworks made it worldly known.

Visit in the morning the famous Otavalo's Indian market, the most important in the Ecuador's Andes, where you can meet the Otavaleños Indians with their espadrilles, their brown felt hat and blue ponchos. They are the wealthiest indians in Ecuador and excellent sellers.
The main market is on Saturdays with the cattle market just outside town, but others markets are hold on the Los Ponchos square every days.
Visit of the Cochasqui pyramids, classified as World Heritage and considered as the most important archeological site North of the Equatorial Andes. The site is composed of 15 pyramids and 20 funeral mounds built by the Quitus Cara Indians in the IXth century. There are different interpretations concerning the function of the pyramids: ceremony places, houses for important people or even astronomical observatories. The site still keeps many mysteries... which we will try to learn more about.
You will visit the village of Peguche, where you will discover the Andean music instrument fabrication workshops. You may attend to a local music session and the weaving process, an old art well established in the area.
Visit of the Cuicocha lake in the ecologic reserve of "Cotacahi - Cayapas" , one of the most beautiful in Ecuador with a shiny blue water.
At the centre of a former crater at 3064 meters, the nature lovers will enjoy a very various vegetation (orchids, "elephants ears"...) with more than 400 species identified there.
You will make a stop at Hacienda Pinsaqui. This historical sport has been built in 1790 so as to be a textile workshop, employing at that time 1000 persons. This place is an invitation to share its magical and romantic atmosphere. Across the centuries, Pinsaqui received many famous peoples, among them the General Simon Bolivar, Ecuador's libertador, who stayed there for its trips to Colombia. In those times, the peace treaty between Colombia and Ecuador has been signed and is known as the "Pinsaqui treaty". The actual hacienda keeps the genuine character of this period, as well as the antique furniture. It remains a perfect stage for antiques lovers.

You will spend the night at La Mirage hotel in Otavalo.
Included : entrance fees, park conservation fee (vehicle), private transport, english speaking guide, guide expenses, room & breakfast, dinner (no drinks)

Day 13: Cayambe - Quitsato - Otavalo - Lasso

You will stop for about 2 hours in a plantation of roses. Ecuador is one of the first countries that export roses in all the world, and actually the roses of Ecuador are considered to be the most beautiful of the world. They are produced at 2500 meter of altitude, that's what makes them to have such strong and intense colors. The minerals that come from the Cotopaxi and Cayambe volcanoes make the rosebuds to grow enormously.
You will stop at the latitude 0º, where a circular platform of 54 meters of diameter materializes a huge sundial and the equator line. The phenomena observed in the place will be explained to you, as well as how the local peoples used to integrate them in their dayly activities. An opporetunity to reconnect with what is an agriculture agenda, and what it means, between the sky and nature.

Meal at restaurant Balcon 2 Hemisferios, almost on the Ecuador line.
Gourmet menu with typical flavors of Ecuador.
Journey back on the Panamerican road toward the Cotopaxi park through Quito.

You will spend the night at Hacienda San Agustin in Lasso.
Included : entrance fees, lunch (no drinks), private transport, english speaking guide, guide expenses, room & breakfast, dinner (no drinks)

Day 14: Cotopaxi Park - Quito - Quito Historic Center

Horseriding for 2 hours around the San Agustin hacienda property, with the Cotopaxi volcano on the background.
Visit of the Cotopaxi park with Ecuador's second highest summit at 5897 meters. It is also the highest active volcano in the world although it only shows a few fumaroles from its ice covered crater. Walk around the Limpiapungo laggon with stunning view on the Cotopaxi. After driving up to the carpark at 4600 meters you may continue (optionnal, you can stay at the parking level if you consider not being in the proper cphysical conditions to climb) by foot to the José Rivas hut 200 meters higher. The most motivated can also go and reach the snowline.

Road to Quito.
Discover the "Man Chapel" from the Eacuador's artist Oswaldo Guayasamín. This painting of the chapel was designed and partly realised by Guayasamín to honnor Mankind. Several of his art pieces are exhibited there.

You will spend the night at Casa Gangotena hotel (Luxury Room) in Quito.
Included : equipment rental, local spanish-speaking guide, excursion (private), entrance fees, private transport, english speaking guide, guide expenses, room & breakfast

Day 15: Quito - Quito Airport - Baltra - Santa Cruz

Transport with an english speaking driver-guide from your hotel to Quito's airport.
Morning check-in at Guayaquil or Quito international airports. The flight time from Quito to Guayaquil is 40 minutes. There is a 40-minute transit in Guayaquil Airport. Flight time from Guayaquil to the Islands is 1 hour and 40 minutes.
You will have access to the VIP Lounge at Baltra Airport. Our guides meet you and take you from the Itabaca Channel for a seven-minute ferry crossing to
Santa Cruz Island, followed by a 40-minute scenic trip in private transport to Pikaia Lodge.
- Check-in at The Lodge.
- Light lunch at Evolution Restaurant or on the Pool Terrace.
- Briefing with a complementary welcome cocktail is offered at DNA Bar.
- Guests are given a chance to relax and familiarize themselves with The Lodge environment and facilities. We recommend walking, jogging or cycling the 3.5km of trails within the boundaries, or a swim in the pool.
- Guests may participate in a land exploration on Santa Cruz Island.
- Dinner at Evolution Restaurant.

Night at Pikaïa Lodge.
Included : departure transfer with english speaking guide, room & breakfast, lunch (no drinks), dinner (no drinks), transfer arrival, equipment rental, excursion (shared), local english-speaking guide

Day 16: Seymour - Las Bachas - Lasso

ISLA SEYMOUR NORTE - PLAYA BACHAS
The yacht cruise is a full day program on board our exclusive PIKAIA Yacht. Private cabins are assigned and full American breakfast served. On arrival at the island, the morning offers hiking, or snorkeling activities, until early afternoon. A lunch buffet is served while the yacht sails to the next point of visit, for an afternoon of hiking, or snorkeling. While sailing, our guests can rest, shower, or freshen up in their air-conditioned private cabins, soak in the Jacuzzi, watch a Galapagos documentary, join a discussion with guides, sunbathe on the sundeck or look out for dolphins.

Return to the hotel for dinner.

NIght at Pikaïa Lodge.

You will spend the night at Hacienda San Agustin in Lasso.
Included : room & breakfast, lunch (no drinks), dinner (no drinks)

Day 17: Santa Cruz

Each morning activity is planned according to satellite weather imagery and tide charts. Guest will join groups of maximum 16 people for a land tour.

LAND ACTIVITIES INCLUDED IN THE PACKAGE : Gemelos & Scalesia Forest, Giant tortoise farm, Volcanic craters and giant tortoises at Cerro Mesa
Lava tunnels, Tortuga Bay Beach, Charles Darwin Scientific Research Center, Garrapatero Beach, Snorkeling at Pikaia II

ACTIVITIES NOT INCLUDED Scuba Diving, Sea Kayaking , Mountain Biking , Catch & Release Fishing

Guests can relax and enjoy their days at The Lodge independently as well. Mountain bikes, helmets, snorkelling equipment and wetsuits are available without charge at the front desk or onboard our yacht. It is recommended to pre-book early to take advantage of any optional third-party activities not included in the package. All extra activities might have an extra cost (e.g. taxis, equipment, guides, depending on activity and time.) Please note that these optional programs are not carried out by the hotel. While we work with wellknown and specialized local tour operators, we cannot accept any responsibility for their activities or services.

7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. : Full American breakfast
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. : Morning exploration program
1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. : Lunch at The Lodge
2:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. : Afternoon excursion
7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. : Dinner

Day 18: Bartolomé - Santiago

ISLA BARTOLOME - SULLIVAN BAY
The yacht cruise is a full day program on board our exclusive PIKAIA Yacht.

Return to the hotel for dinner.

NIght at Pikaïa Lodge.

Day 19: Santa Cruz - Baltra

Hotel check-out time according to flights. Transport to Baltra Island Airport and check-in for return flight to Guayaquil or Quito, assisted by our guides in private service.

Hotel B Art boutique   Lima

Level : 5*
Included : room & breakfast

A place for contemporary explorers of life seeking the intrigues and mysteries of Peruvian culture, geography and nature, Hotel B caters to traditionalists looking for an authentic historic atmosphere and to shrewd urban explorers willing to immerse themselves in the city´s contemporary social and cultural scene.

Belmond Palacio Nazarenas   Cusco

Level : 5*
Included : room & breakfast

After three years of restoration, this urban sanctuary has reopened its doors to turn into one of the most exclusive hotels in Cusco. Offering an outdoor pool, spa, bar and restaurant, the hotel occupies a historic palace and houses walls of Inca stone. Wi-Fi is available and buffet breakfast is included. Suites of the Palacio Nazarenas Hotel have a fully equipped private bathroom, air conditioning, a TV and a DVD player. Each has its own bar with private butler. The spa is specialized in aromatherapy and uses Peruvian ingredients such as flowers and herbs, pink Andean salt, purple corn, honey, avocados, coffee and coca leaf. The Senzo restaurant is specialized in Andean cuisine. The Senzo Bar, located near the pool, serves really excellent cocktails. Fresh fruits and a variety of drinks are offered upon arrival.

Machu Picchu Pueblo Inkaterra   Aguas Calientes

Level : 5*
Included : room & breakfast, dinner (no drinks)

Situated underneath the citadel of Machu Picchu, Machu Picchu Pueblo extends over a tropical garden of five hectares with hiking trails surrounded by ferns and orchids. Each "casita" has its private garden. You will enjoy the cosy comfort and authentic charm of the villas and also the natural spa treatments and a delicious quinotto ( "risotto" made from quinoa) in the restaurant of the hotel overlooking the river. You will have the opportunity to bathe in the hot springs of the site and enjoy the excursions offered by the establishment to discover surrounding jungle.

Hotel Sol y Luna - Relais et Châteaux   Sacred Valley

Level : 4*
Included : room & breakfast

Sol y Luna hotel is set in Urubamba, at 2800 meters above sea level and close to the main archaeological sites of the Sacred Valley. Installed in a decor with bright colours, the Sol y Luna is a gateway to the Inca civilization which celebrates the virtues of the Sacred Valley. The architecture mixes avant-garde and primitive spirit. The materials - stone, beams and bricks - are from the Valley. the hotel exhibits at the same time modern artwork and traditional peruvian art. Each cottage offers a privileged space to enjoy the luxurious nature of the Valley.

Titilaka Hotel Relais et Châteaux   Titilaka

Level : 5*
Included : room & breakfast, transfer arrival, dinner

In the heart of the highest navigable lake of the world, the Titilaka lodge runs on a private peninsula on the west coast, near the villages Quechua and Aymara. Ideally located under cover of the beaten track, it allows you to discover the lifestyle and traditions of local communities. The Titilaka offers a splendid view from each room, contemporary design which has integrated local heritage in direct contact with the surrounding wilderness.

Anahi hotel   Quito

Level : 4*
Included : room & breakfast

Anahí Boutique Hotel is a charming and stylish property that places the highest priority on the twin principles of traditional hospitality and excellent service to cater to the most discerning of travellers.The underlying philosophy of hotel fits its urban environment in Ecuador’s capital city: it is both modern and stylish, yet at the same time distinctively Ecuadorian.

Casa Gangotena   Quito Historic Center

Level : 5*
Included : room & breakfast

Situated in a newly-restored historic mansion overlooking Plaza San Francisco, the three-story Casa Gangotena harbours 31 rooms, a showcase of eye-catching style, contemporary design, antiques, fine furnishings, modern technologies and quintessential comforts. Beautifully- and eclectically-appointed, the hotel invites its guests to explore and to relax, whether in the dining room, glassed-in patio, garden redolent with the perfume of native flowers, wood-panelled library, or else atop its panoramic third-floor terrace.

Le Mirage Hotel   Otavalo

Level : 5*
Included : room & breakfast, dinner (no drinks)

Perched on an Andean Hillside a one and a half hour drive north of Quito, Le Mirage is a contemporary resort built on the grounds of 200 year old Hacienda.

Hacienda San Agustin   Lasso

Level : 4*
Included : room & breakfast, lunch (no drinks), dinner (no drinks)

One and a quarter hours from Quito, capital of Ecuador, stands the beautiful and little known colonial Hacienda of San Agustín de Callo. Built on the site of an Inca palace, one of the two most important archaeological Inca sites in Ecuador, and the point furthest north from Cuzco of Imperial style construction, this working farm offers an unrivalled glimpse into Ecuador's rich and colourful past.

Pikaïa Lodge   Baltra

Level : 5*
Included : room & breakfast, lunch (no drinks), dinner (no drinks), transfer arrival, equipment rental, excursion (shared), local english-speaking guide

Pikaia Lodge is a new concept in luxury land-based eco-adventure in the Galapagos Islands, offering the highest levels of comfort and a once in a lifetime experience to our guests. The design of Pikaia has been overseen by Swiss hospitality experts, for a world-class service for the discerning traveler. The Lodge will also be highly advanced in environmental management and the first 5-star facility in Ecuador to become carbon-neutral.

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