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Luxury Galapagos Extensions & Tours

Extending Your Galapagos Trip

Travelers almost always start planing the Galapagos leg of their trip before planning tours of mainland Ecuador and Peru because cruises have fixed dates, and availability is frequently limited even if reservations are made several months in advance.

After confirming the dates of your Galapagos cruise, you can then plan tour extensions such as day tours of the cities of Quito or Guayaquil, a luxury expedition to the Amazon Rainforest, and a tour of the Andes mountains visiting indigenous markets, historical haciendas and colorful traditional villages.

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City Tours

Visit the most remarkable colonial center in South America

Quito has the largest and best-preserved historical colonial city center in the Americas. It covers most than 300 blocks with colonial houses, buildings, churches, clusters, monasteries, parks and monuments. This colonial city is built over hills, mountains and creeks, and it has become a masterpiece of colonial architecture and engineering. The cobblestoned streets of the city connect dozens of churches - the most lavish examples of the richest Baroque style - which emerged centuries ago when Spanish, Italian, Moorish, Flemish and South American indigenous artistic styles blended.

Guayaquil, on the Pacific Coast, is Ecuador’s largest city. Here we’ll learn about incredible British pirates and French corsairs chronicles that once plundered Guayaquil when the city was part of the Spanish Empire.

Guayaquil was also the cradle of the first and finest cocoa plantations in the world. During the XVII century, the port city experienced a boom when Ecuador became the largest exporter of cocoa, which also contributes with resources to fund Ecuador’s independence war against Spain.
Nowadays, Ecuador offers its unique fine aroma cocoa to the most demanding chocolatiers in Europe and North America and has been consistently the most highly-awarded country in the dark chocolate category at the International Chocolate Awards.

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Quito City Tour and the Equator

Private full-day 8-hour tour, departs daily

We visit Quito, the first city in the world chosen to be on the UNESCO World Patrimony list. This beautiful city includes Colonial Churches built over 400 years ago with many of their interiors and altars covered with the finest gold-leaf, impressive facades carved in stone and baroque style make this place one of those unique corners in the world. Afterwards, we visit the Equatorial Line Monument, the “Middle of the World” and put one foot on each parallel.

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Quito, Valleys and Volcanoes From Above

Private full day 8-hour tour, departs daily

We fly over the immense valley formed as the Andes split into two major ranges: the Western and Eastern Ranges. As we depart, we fly southbound across the Machachi and Tambillo valleys. Several volcanoes that might be spot include Corazon, Illinizas, Cotopaxi, Rumiñahui and Atacazo Volcanoes. The flight also includes a fantastic view of the collapsed Pasochoa caldera, nowadays a wildlife reserve as well as the Pita waterfalls. Our visit continues as we head back to Quito to explore the impressive Colonial quarter churches and buildings. Lunch is included at La Gloria.

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Guayaquil City tour

Private full-day 8-hour tour, departs daily

Our visit starts at the Las Peñas neighborhood, founded 400 years ago by the Spaniards. The area has the last remaining colonial buildings in the city built by wealthy families. Its narrow cobblestoned streets and its location near the Guayas riverbanks expose views and immense local character.

Later, we continue to the Historical Park, a restored area of Old Guayaquil with several buildings. In the XIX century, Ecuador was a major exporter of cacao, which made Guayaquil a very wealthy city. Their staff, dressed with the traditional attire of old times will surely transport you 100 years ago when cacao was a very important part of the people’s daily life. The park has a 4-acre reserve for wildlife. Lunch is included at Casa Julian, a restaurant housed in a restored 19th-century building nearby the Daule River. The menu is inspired by Guayaquil's traditional cuisine and blends fresh seafood with tropical flavors as avocado, coconut, and world-renowned cacao.

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Indigenous Andean Markets

Learn about new cultures at indigenous markets

For the culture fan, Ecuador's ancestral indigenous heritage of traditional costumes and highland markets will enchant you. Thousands of years ago, our ancestors gathered and traded products such as colorful textiles, animals and unique things like spondylus shells from the Pacific Coast that were used as a currency. Today, the

Otavalo Market and Rose Plantations

Private full-day 10-hour tour, departs daily

Our day starts driving from Quito visiting the historical working farm, Hacienda la Compania, located in the Cayambe valley on the road to Otavalo. The XVIII century colonial hacienda also hosts its own rose plantation. Ecuadorian roses are worldwide known as the finest quality roses in the world.

Arriving to the market town of Otavalo in the northern Andes, we’ll see proud artisan exhibit myriad products in a dazzling array of colors whereby Otavalo has come to be known as the “rainbow market”. Andean designs garnish, hats, scarves, tapestries, rugs, jewelry, ceramic handicrafts and more are all part of the display. For lunch, we head to Piman Hacienda, located in a remote valley between the folds of the northern Andes. This historical XVII property was one of the first Haciendas founded by the Spaniards as they settled in the New World. Therefore, Piman blends both colonial and post-colonial styles. This 5-hectare property is tastefully adorned with gardens, a chapel and a XIX century library.

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Discover the Avenue of The Volcanoes

From the air, train or across the Pan-American road, over 25 snow-capped volcanoes await

The Andean Range extends for 7,000 kilometers over 7 countries: Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Perú, Bolivia, Chile and Argentina. The Ecuadorian Andes are home to Mount Chimborazo, which forms the point on the Earth's surface that is most distant from its center. Ecuador has an amazing 27 active volcanoes in just 257,000 square kilometers. Almost 20% of the territory is National Parks or Wildlife Reserves, which makes Ecuador a very unique country.

The volcanoes, forests and wildlife on their slopes enthralled some of the first scientists that visited the “New World”. The German scientist, Alexander Von Humboldt after crossing the continent from Mexico to Peru, found the Ecuadorian Andes so particularly beautiful that he named the region as The Avenue of the Volcanoes. Most of the snowy peaks you will see while you explore the highlands are above 15,000 ft. high and their summits are most of the time cover by snow. Suddenly if you are lucky, nature can offer you a once in a lifetime view, a volcano erupting in front of you. Off course, you will witness this amazing show from a safe distance!

While the volcanoes rise majestically across the Ecuadorian territory up to the clouds, on their slopes, an unmatched biodiversity has developed due to hundreds of different microclimates. Cloud forests, hot springs heated by the very same volcanoes, seemingly infinite moorlands, deserts and fertile valleys spread along the highlands waiting to be discovered by visitors.

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Cotopaxi National Park and Inca Hacienda

Private full-day 10-hour tour, departs daily

As we head south from Quito, the view from the train or the Pan-American Highway offers an impressive view on a clear day: over 25 volcanoes on both sides of the Eastern and Western Cordilleras, both part of the Central Ecuadorian Andes. Cotopaxi National park was named after the majestic cone-shaped volcano, which rises up to 19.470 ft. above sea level. Cotopaxi is an important shelter for endangered species such as the Andean Condor and the Spectacled Bear.

After exploring the park’s moorlands and lakes, we head to San Agustin Hacienda. This colonial hacienda was built on the site of an Inca palace and many original Inca walls still form the dining room and even in some guest rooms. It is one of the two most important archaeological Inca sites in Ecuador, and the point farthest north from Cuzco where Imperial-style Inca construction is found. This working farm offers an unrivaled glimpse into Ecuador's rich and colorful past. Since the 15th century, San Agustin del Callo has served as Inca fortress, Augustinian convent and temporary home for the French Geodesic Mission whose scientific results helped to determine the true shape of the planet before being converted into a luxurious historical hotel and restaurant.

If operated on Friday, Saturday or Sunday, the first portion is operated by train.

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Avenue of the Volcanoes by air*

Departs daily, 35 to 90 minutes

Maximum 4 passengers per helicopter. Operation is subject to change due to climate conditions. Helicopter departs/arrive from/to Tambillo valley.

The central Andes have always fascinated locals and travelers alike. Majestic conical volcanoes rise in the Andes slopes while their peaks divide the clouds, trying to make their path from the Amazon jungle. Various climatic zones: glaciers with perpetual snow, rain forest, plains, fertile and warm valleys, cities, beautiful national parks and nature reserves make up the Avenue of the Volcanoes. Experience these wonders from above.

The Southern Avenue of the Volcanoes: Waterfalls, Cotopaxi and Antisana Volcanoes

Flying south across the Machachi and Tambillo valleys near the peaks of Corazon, Illinizas, Cotopaxi, Rumiñahui and Atacazo Volcanoes we spot waterfalls and a patchwork of agricultural fields extending into the clouds. Once we land, we depart for Antisana Wildlife Reserve, considered by many biologists to the best location in Ecuador to see Andean Condor, the largest bird of flight in the world.

We have lunch at the exclusive Mucki’s, a famed German-Ecuadorian restaurant in the Chillos Valley near Quito.

Northern and Southern Valley, Cotopaxi and Antisana Volcanoes & waterfalls

For this option, we fly both southbound and northbound passing above Antisana Volcano and its lakes. On our path, we might spot Cayambe volcano – the world’s highest peak on the Equator – with its enormous glacier. We’ll also fly over the Papallacta moorlands, the Equator Monument and the expansive city of Quito, and upon landing, the day ends with lunch at Termas de Papallacta and a relaxing soak at the hot springs heated by Cayambe volcano.

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Scenic Ecuador - Andes & Coast

6-Days exploring Cotopaxi, Banos, Cuenca & Coast

The country is especially rich in culture, traditions and gastronomy. Ecuador was not a land of empires, an extremely rich soil, and almost unlimited natural resources contribute to create peaceful societies called “Cacicazgos”, and therefore a complex social structure to manage these resources was never needed. Ecuador had almost 46 different indigenous nations before the Incas arrived. Around 1460, the Inca emperor Tupac Yupanqui invaded southern Ecuador and annexed the new territories, and the Tawantinsuyo, as they called their lands, became the largest Empire to be scoured by feet. After the Incas were conquered by the Spaniards, Ecuador was a Spanish colony for about 300 years after the country became independent in 1809. A strong mixture of races, culture and traditions, food, religion, art and literacy from regions as far as Middle East, Europe and the southern parts of America created new expressions that influenced almost every aspect of the Ecuadorian people.

Our journey starts in the Central Andes exploring Cotopaxi National Park, reaching the limits of Llanganates, where legends claim Atahualpa’s treasure is hidden. Then we move to the Amazon gateway as we explore Baños and going southern bound across the enigmatic Devil’s nose train, colonial Cuenca and finally reaching the Pacific coast as we finish our path in Guayaquil.

Scenic Ecuador - Andes & Coast

6-Day/5-Night All-inclusive Tour

*For Saturday’s departure, Devil’s nose train is not available. Instead, we offer a visit to the Ice Merchant and Chimborazo National Park.

Cotopaxi National Park & Llanganates (Patate valley)

Starting in Quito, we drive towards the Avenue of the Volcanoes. Named by the famous expedition leader the German scientist Alexander Von Humboldt in the XIX century, here the Andes split in two branches creating a Central Valley offering breathtaking views.

We explore Ecuador’s most famous volcano, the perfectly conical Cotopaxi and have lunch at San Agustin Inca Hacienda where you’ll dine on gourmet cuisine inside Inca walls over 500 years old. Next we head to Papate Valley for overnight at Manteles Hacienda which features impressive views of Tungurahua, Chimborazo and Altar volcanoes. After dinner, we learn more from our guide about the legends of Atahualpa's treasure hidden at the nearby Llanganates National Park.

Llanganates – Baños – Riobamba

Start the day by either exploring over 200 hectares of protected cloud forest and admiring the impressive Tungurahua volcano, active for over 30 years; or going down the mountain to the village of Baños village at the foot of Tungurahua’s slopes.

The Pastaza river flows through Baños on its path from the Andes down to the Amazon basin creating myriad waterfalls. The most famous is Devil’s Cauldron, an impressive 80-meter tall waterfall that produces a deafening sound as water hits the rocks.

After lunch, we head high into Chimborazo’s moorlands to Andaluza Hacienda, historical property converted into a guest ranch that has witnessed Ecuador’s history from the early stages of the colonial ages to the independence wars and later independence.

Devil's Nose train – Ingapirca Fortress – Colonial Cuenca

The Devil's Nose train awaits us on our last day in the Southern Ecuadorian Andes. This portion of the Ecuadorian railroad is known as one of the most difficult railways in the world due to the many lives the mountain claimed while the railways were constructed. The project found its most difficult challenge outside of Alausi where a huge wall of stone blocked the construction of the railway. The engineers sorted out this problem by designing the railway to make a zigzag going forward then back making its way up the steep mountain.

After lunch we pay a short visit to Ingapirca fortress, the best example of the Inca influence in Ecuador with impressive Inca ruins and walls. At night, we arrive to Cuenca for overnight at Mansion Alcazar, a historical manor from the late XIX century converted into a boutique hotel located in colonial district of the city declared to be a World Heritage site by UNESCO.

Colonial Cuenca – Hacienda La Danesa

The Tomebamba River surrounds the city’s unique environment with its colonial stone bridges, which connect the modern and old areas of the city. The cobblestoned street historical center offers example of the Baroque style, which emerged centuries ago when Spanish, Italian, Moorish, Flemish and South American indigenous artistic styles blended. After exploring the colonial center by foot, we head high over the Andes towards the Pacific Coast through Cajas National Park. The park offers fantastic views with over 230 glacial lakes spread in the moorlands.

We arrive to la Danesa Hacienda near Guayaquil. The property was founded in the late XIX century at the same time the train was built. Nowadays, La Danesa exhibits the Montubio style (“the word for local cowboys”) blended with luxury appointments creating a unique ambiance. The property also has its own teak wood and cacao plantations.

Hacienda La Danesa – Guayaquil

Our guests will visit the cacao plantation to taste some of the world’s finest raw cacao at its different stages in production to become chocolate. Later our exclusive chocolatier will teach us more about cocoa as we prepare the chocolate we harvested. We have lunch at the property and in the afternoon drive to Guayaquil where we arrive to the historical Hotel del Parque.

Built in 1891, the property was formerly located in the center of the city. Later it was moved piece by piece to Parque Historico, a restored historic district next to the Daule riverbanks. Fully restored into a 5-star hotel, it offers a unique experience with two inner patios, an orchid collection and surrounded by an exuberat tropical forest.

Departure

After breakfast, transfer to the Guayaquil airport where we fly to Galapagos.

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Historical Haciendas & Cultural Experiences

Ecuador is a fascinating country. While exploring this beautiful country with high contrast of colors, people, food, landscape and life in all forms, the country will surprise you anywhere at any time.

The kindest of its people have a fundamental roll while seeking life-changing and authentic experiences. Sharing with local communities allows them to preserve their traditions, culture and environment while tourism provides them an “extra income”. Therefore, we believe that better place to visit, are better place to live.

If you are planning to visit Quito before cruising Galapagos, take a weaving class from the keepers of the millenary art of hand embroidery or see how communities within Haciendas play an active role in conservation by introducing captive condors into the wild. And if you decided to touch base at Guayaquil in the Pacific coast, you can taste the world's highest quality cocoa right from a plantation and make you own chocolate bar; or just float down the peaceful river and enjoy the tropical forest sounds.

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Hacienda Zuleta

Daily*, 3N/4D tours, full board and accommodation included. Private service.

Dating from the late XVI century, Zuleta lies in the spectacular Northern Ecuadorian Andes at 9,600 feet above the sea level, and just 2 hour from Quito. A former colonial working farm, Zuleta has over 2,000 hectares. The property has been internationally recognized by Outside magazine as “Top Ten Finds” and by the National Geographic Traveler named as one of the best Ecuadorian haciendas. Zuleta offers experiences as no other hacienda in Ecuador. Take a weaving or cooking class or ride the horse drawn carriage across the hacienda grounds to observe farmers milking or harvesting the land, all framed into the amazing mountain views and the tranquil life of the community. Guests can also visit our Condor Andes rehabilitation program “Condor Huasi Project” that works for the rehabilitation of the majestic Andean Condor.

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Quito – Hacienda Zuleta

Afternoon departure from Quito across the Pan-American highway. Upon arrival, plan your stay. Explore the hacienda main building while you learn more about Zuleta’s history, the property private library and chapel. Wander through our beautiful gardens. As sun sets it gets chilly at Zuleta, so enjoy some wine and farm made Ecuadorian cheese beside the fireplace while reading our information folders and books, learning more about our foundation, Ecuador's history, our horse breeding business or about the local culture of the Ecuadorian highlands.

Hacienda Zuleta

After an exquisite breakfast, therevisit to the cheese factory and learn more about Zuleta's semi-aged, handmade Ecuadorian cheeses and how the process has changed throughout history. Morning hike, bike or horseback ride to our Andean Condor reserve. You will learn about the foundation’s efforts, see rescued Andean condors in our aviary, and visit the nearby trout farm. Later, we ride between giant ceremonial truncated ramp Caranqui pyramids from the 13th century. In the afternoon you can take a class, buy or order countless beautiful, hand made, colorful embroidery articles from the Zuleta women’s cooperative. Later, take the hacienda horse drawn carriage to visit the foundation run library where local children spend their afternoons, getting help with homework, reading and playing.

Hacienda Zuleta

Visit Zuleta organic garden, where you can learn more about permaculture and see where the ingredients for your menu and our Ecuador cuisine originate. You can explore the farm operation, feed calves, talk to the chagras (local cowboys) or watch our horsemen training. Today we will explore the Zuleta community. In the early afternoon, you can explore the Paramo garden, an interpretative site where you learn more about the rare native plants that grow above the treeline.

Hacienda Zuleta – Quito

After breakfast, we visit Cunro view point for a stunning view of Zuleta valley. While having a little snack you might get the chance to see another condor flying by. Back to the Hacienda for lunch. Afternoon departure back to Quito.

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Hacienda La Danesa

Daily*, 3N/4D tours, full board and accommodation included. Private service.

Located near the beautiful Ecuadorian coast, Hacienda La Danesa offers a mindful approach to luxurious and aesthetic living with privacy and exquisite dining.

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Guayaquil – Hacienda La Danesa

Early departure to Hacienda La Danesa. Guests will visit the cacao plantation where you will have the chance to taste cacao at all its ripening stages and many hands-on activities. Ecuador is known for growing and cultivating the finest cacao available in the world. Guests will learn how chocolate is made from seed to bar all in one tour. After the tour, guests will enjoy a three-course meal at the farm. In the afternoon there will either be a hike or bike along the property.

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After breakfast, horseback riding is available in the hacienda with the Montubios (local cowboys). After the ride enjoy a fresh glass of milk straight from the utter to the cup. Hacienda La Danesa has been recognized for 30 years as the best dairy farm in coastal Ecuador, now a days producing 1,200 liters of high quality milk per day. In the afternoon there will be tubing available among the three rivers inside the property.

Hacienda La Danesa – Guayaquil

Time pending, we’ll take a beautiful bicycle tour around the farm then have lunch before taking transport back to Guayaquil.

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Machu picchu trip

Machu Picchu with Cusco & Sacred Valley

4 Days & 3 Nights
Cusco / Urubamba

Upon arrival of your flight from Lima to Cusco, you will be met by your guide and taken on a tour featuring the best of Cusco including the Koricancha Temple (Temple of the Sun) and the Cathedral with its magnificent chapels and baroque altars and paintings from the Cusquena School.  On our way to the Sacred Valley,  we will visit the ruins of Puca Pucara the massive fortress of Sacsayhuaman, the Inca bath of Tambomachay, and the amphitheatre of Kenko. We arrive to Urubamba, in the heart of the Sacred Valley and spend the night at Tambo del Inka Luxury Hotel.

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Breakfast
Spend the day touring the village of Pisac and explore the local open market where native artisans sell their crafts. We have a buffet lunch at a beautiful restaurant and continue to explore the Ollantaytambo fortress that was built during the Inca empire. Then we spend the night at Tambo del Inka Luxury hotel.

Urubamba / Machu Picchu / Cusco

Breakfast
06:20    Pick up at the hotel and transfer to Ollantaytambo train station.
07:20     Departure by Machu Picchu Valley on a train ride across the Andes to Aguas Calientes (2400 m / 7500 ft).
08:48    We board a bus to the entrance of the ruins where our private guided tour of the Lost City of Machu Picchu will start.
Buffet lunch at Machu Picchu Sanctuary lodge restaurant.
16:12     Take the Machu Picchu train back to Poroy train station near Cusco.
19:39    Arrive and transport to Belmond Monasterio Hotel in Cusco.

Cusco / Lima / Out

Breakfast
Transfer to the Cusco airport for your flight back to Lima. Arrival and connection with your international flight either to Ecuador or back home.

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Machu Picchu with Cusco & Lima

4 Days & 3 Nights
Flight to Lima

You will be met upon arrival at the airport and provided transport to your hotel: the Belmond Miraflores Park
Check-in after 2pm.

Lima / Cusco

Breakfast
Transfer to the airport for flight to Cusco. You will be met upon arrival taken to your hotel.

We’ll take an afternoon walking tour of the city including the best of Cusco: the Koricancha Temple (Temple of the Sun) and the Cathedral with its magnificent chapels and baroque altars and paintings from the Cusquena School. You will also witness the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, the Inca bath on Tambomachay, Puca Pucara and the amphitheatre of Kenko.

Overnight at the Belmond Monasterio in Cusco

Cusco / Machu Picchu / Cusco

Breakfast
05:00 Early transfer to Poroy the train station.
05:55 Departure by train to Machu Picchu across the Andes to Aguas Calientes (2400 m / 7500 ft) at the foot of Machu Picchu mountain.
08:48 Take a bus to the entrance of the ruins where the guided tour of the Lost City will begin.
Transfer to Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge restaurant for a lunch buffet.
16:12 Board the train in Machu Picchu Station for the Poroy train Station near Cusco.
19:39 Arrival and transfer to Belmond Monasterio Hotel in Cusco

Cusco / Lima / Out

Breakfast
We take you to the airport for your flight back to Lima. Connection with on your international flight back home or to Ecuador.

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Cusco

Machu Picchu, Cusco, Sacred Valley & Lima

5 Days & 4 Nights
Flight to Lima

You will be met upon arrival at the airport and provided transport to your hotel: the Belmond Miraflores Park
Check-in after 2pm.

Lima / Cusco

Breakfast
Transfer to the airport for flight to Cusco. You will be met upon arrival taken to your hotel.
We’ll take an afternoon walking tour of the city including the best of Cusco: the Koricancha Temple (Temple of the Sun) and the Cathedral with its magnificent chapels and baroque altars and paintings from the Cusquena School. You will also witness the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, the Inca bath on Tambomachay, Puca Pucara and the amphitheatre of Kenko.
Overnight at the Belmond Monasterio in Cusco

Cusco / Urubamba

Breakfast
Full day excursion to the Sacred Valley of the Incas (Private services)

Visit Maras, a salt production center since Inca times, extraordinary spectacle of the terraced white salt mines.  West to the Maras the terraces of Moray are located. The purpose of these terraces is to create different microclimates for different agricultural needs. Then a buffet lunch at a local restaurant. Continue to the north to visit Ollantaytambo, a fortress built during the Inca Empire, excellent sample of military architecture.

Then, Spend the rest of the day touring the village of Pisac and explore the local agricultural open market where native artisans sell their crafts.

Overnight at Urubamba Valley

Urubamba / Machu Picchu / Cusco

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Cusco / Lima / Out

Breakfast
Transport to the airport for flight back to Lima. Arrival and connection on your own with international flight

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Machu Picchu, Cusco, Sacred Valley & Lima

06 Days & 5 Nights
Lima

You will be met upon arrival at the airport in Lima and transferred to your hotel.
Overnight at Belmond Miraflores Park

Lima / Cusco

Breakfast
Transfer to the airport for flight to Cusco.
Upon arrival, meet and transfer to selected hotel.
Afternoon tour of the city including the best of Cusco: the Koricancha Temple (Temple of the Sun) and the Cathedral with its magnificent chapels and baroque altars and paintings from the Cusquena School.  The tour also includes the surrounding ruins: the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, the Inca bath of Tambomachay, Puca Pucara and the amphitheatre of Kenko (Private services).
Overnight at Belmond Monasterio

Urubamba / Machu Picchu

Breakfast
06:20     Pick up at the hotel and transfer to Ollantaytambo train station.
07:20     Departure by Machu Picchu train ride across the Andes to Aguas Calientes (2400 m / 7500 ft) at the foot of the mountains.
08:48     Arrival and short transportation to the entrance of the ruins where the guided tour of the Lost City will start (Private services).
Buffet lunch at Machu Picchu Sanctuary lodge restaurant. (Guide returns to Cusco after lunch)
Overnight Belmond Sanctuary Lodge.

Urubamba / Machu Picchu / Cusco

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Machu Picchu / Cusco

Breakfast
Morning at leisure (Including an optional 2nd entrance and 2nd round trip bus to Machu Picchu) without guide.
16:12     Take the Machu Picchu train back to Poroy train station.
19:39     Arrival and transfer to your hotel
Overnight at Belmond Monasterio

Cusco / Lima / Out

Breakfast
Transfer to the airport for flight back to Lima. Connection on your own with international flight

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Important note:

  • Please take note that Hiram Bingham luxury coach includes the service of a shared English speaking guide only for the passengers of the Hiram Bingham coach. Includes entrances and bus ticket to the ruins.
  • Hiram Bingham luxury coach operates only from Monday to Saturday.
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Inca trail to Machu Picchu

04 Days & 3 Nights

Perhaps the most famous trek on the planet, the Inca Trail to the Sacred Inca City of Machu Picchu combines the visit of mysterious archaeological sites, amazing mountain scenery and lush cloud forest rich in Andean flora and fauna. Machu Picchu is reached at sunrise on the fourth day of high-altitude trekking. The number of trekkers on the Inca Trail is strictly limited and reservations must be made months in advance, especially for the high season from June to September. Contact us to reserve your spot this unique, upscale guided trek to Machu Picchu.

Cusco to Wayllabamba

Starting in Piskacuchu (2700m/8856ft), a community located on the 82nd kilometer of the Cusco –Machu Picchu railroad, we begin our hike by crossing the bridge over the Urubamba River gradually climbing for about five hours until we reach the community of Wayllabamba (3000m/9840ft), where we set our first camp.

Total distance:12 km (7,47 miles)
Estimated walking time:5-6 hours
Maximum altitude point:3,000 m (9,840 ft)
Campsite altitude:          3,000 m (9,840 ft)
Wayllabamba to Pacaymayo

The most difficult part of the trek, which consists of a steep ascent that stretches for 9 km climbing above the clouds to over 13,000 feet (4000 m).

Total distance:11 km (6,84 miles)
Estimated walking time:6-7 hours
Maximum altitude point:4,200 m (13,776 ft)
Campsite altitude:          3,500 m (11,480 ft)
Pacaymayo to Wiñaywayna

This day is the longest but also the most impressive and the most interesting due the number of archaeological sites and the lush cloud forest area that we cross.

Total distance:16 km (9,94 miles)
Estimated walking time:8 hours
Maximum altitude point:3,900 m (12,792 ft)
Campsite altitude:          2,650 m (8,692 ft)
Wiñaywayna to Machu Picchu

On this fourth and last day we get up early and climb to the Intipunku, or The Sun Gate where we may see the sunrise over the sacred citadel of Machu Picchu. From Intipunku we descend into Machu Picchu, and enter the ruins from the highest point through the ¨House of the Guardians¨.

Total distance:4 km (2,49 miles)
Estimated walking time:2 hours
Maximum altitude point:2,700 m (8,829 ft)
Campsite altitude:          2,400 m (7,872 ft)

Difficulty degree of this program: Moderate to very challenging

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