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Wildlife & Ruins

Departs Saturdays

Just over three weeks of touring visiting the highlights of the most famous sights in the continent including the magical Galapagos Islands, the Amazon and the Inca region.

Departures: Escorted departures 02 Mar, 13 Apr, 24 Aug, 28 Sep’ 2017

This program runs as an independent tour with weekly guaranteed departures, or as an Escorted Small Group tour as per above dates.

Upgrade to Business Class (long haul) for additional $4999 pp.

    Itinerary Summary

  • Day 1: AUSTRALIA - SANTIAGO- QUITO
  • Day 2: QUITO - COCA (AMAZON CRUISE) (B, D)
  • Day 3: MANATEE AMAZON EXPLORER (B, L, D)
  • Day 4: MANATEE AMAZON EXPLORER (B, L, D)
  • Day 5: MANATEE AMAZON EXPLORER - QUITO (B)
  • Day 6: QUITO (B)
  • Day 7: QUITO – GALÁPAGOS ISLANDS (B, L, D)
  • Day 8: GALAPAGOS ISLAND (B,L,D)
  • Day 9: GALAPAGOS ISLAND (B,L,D)
  • Day 10: GALAPAGOS ISLAND (B,L,D)
  • Day 11: GALÁPAGOS ISLANDS – QUITO – LIMA (B)
  • Day 12: LIMA – CUZCO - SACRED VALLEY (B)
  • Day 13: SACRED VALLEY (B, L)
  • Day 14: SACRED VALLEY – MACHU PICCHU (B, L, D)
  • Day 15: MACHU PICCHU – CUZCO (B)
  • Day 16 CUZCO (B)
  • Day 17: CUZCO – LIMA – SANTIAGO (B)
  • Day 18: SANTIAGO (B)
  • DAY 19: SANTIAGO - AUSTRALIA (B)
  • Day 20: ARRIVE IN AUSTRALIA
Day 1: AUSTRALIA - SANTIAGO- QUITO

On arrival you will be met and taken to your hotel.

Day 2: QUITO - COCA (AMAZON CRUISE) (B, D)

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Coca. On arrival transfer to the dock to board the M/V Manatee Amazon Explorer. Over the next three days you will explore the Yasuni National Park, a wild and untamed realm in the heart for the Ecuadorian rainforest, while enjoying the comforts of your floating hotel.

Day 3: MANATEE AMAZON EXPLORER (B, L, D)

 Your rainforest explorations include: canoe rides looking for pink dolphins and caimans, hikes through the jungle while learning about the fauna and traditional medicines, a visit to the impressive parrot clay lick where you can observe hundreds of parrots and parakeets. You will also interact with the local communities and learn about the traditional lifestyle along the Napo river.

Day 4: MANATEE AMAZON EXPLORER (B, L, D)

Your rainforest explorations include: canoe rides looking for pink dolphins and caimans, hikes through the jungle while learning about the fauna and traditional medicines, a visit to the impressive parrot clay lick where you can observe hundreds of parrots and parakeets. You will also interact with the local communities and learn about the traditional lifestyle along the Napo river.

Day 5: MANATEE AMAZON EXPLORER - QUITO (B)

End of your Amazon cruise. Transfer to the airport for your flight to Quito. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Day 6: QUITO (B)

Half day tour of the historical old colonial town and the Middle of the World monument.

Day 7: QUITO – GALÁPAGOS ISLANDS (B, L, D)

Transfer to the airport, fly to Baltra. On arrival board the M/Y Coral I & II for your five-day cruise. With a capacity for 36 and 20 guests respectively, these gorgeous comfortable twin yachts offer a perfect combination of classic beauty and exquisite style. To ensure all passengers have the same experience, these sister yachts sail together.

PM – Ballena Bay/Eden Islet
Wet landing. Ballena (Whale) Bay is a beautiful green sand cove at the base of Dragon Hill on the west coast of Santa Cruz Island. The beach contains a large amount of olivine crystals of volcanic origin. The crystals were formed when the magma was still underground. The content is magnesium, iron and silica. A small population of tortoises from Pinzon Island lived at the site, but were probably taken by whalers or previous inhabitants. Opportunity to see marine iguanas and sea birds followed by snorkelling.
Dinner is provided.
Day 8: GALAPAGOS ISLAND (B,L,D)

AM – Vicente Roca Point (Isabela Island)

Wet landing. This point is a promontory with two protected turquoise coves on either side of the remains of a tuff cone, one of them accessible from the sea only through water filled subterranean passages, so it is a marine -only visitor site with really great opportunities for a deep-water  snorkeling thanks for its locations at one of the richest marine ecosystems on Earth (Bolivar Channel.  It’s common to observe groups of dolphins, Sea Lions and tunas feeding here. The geological formations here are very impressive, a sheer cliff provides the perfect setting for a dinghy ride along the coast to observe a great diversity of sea and coastal birds:Noddies, Brown pelicans, Galapagos Penguins and Flightless Cormorants. Marine birds such as Pelicans or Nazca and Blue-footed boobies are often seen feeding all at once in these waters. There are whale-watching opportunities during the cold season (May-December) while navigating from Vicente Roca Point to Espinosa Point.
Lunch is provided
PM – Espinosa Point (Fernandina Island)
Dry landing. Espinosa Point is the only spot that we visit on Fernandina, and from it we can see the island of Isabela across the Bolivar Channel, an area that boasts some of the highest diversity of endemic sea fauna in the Galapagos. The largest, most primitive-looking race of marine iguanas are found mingling with sea lions and Sally Lightfoot Crabs; a wonderful opportunity to encounter Flightless Cormorants at their nesting sites, Galapagos Penguins and the “King” of predators on the Islands, the Galapagos Hawk. “Pa-hoe-hoe” and “AA” lava formations cover the majority of the terrain. Vegetation is thus scarce inland, but we encounter Brachycereus cacti and extensive mangrove beds lining the shores.
Dinner is provided.
Day 9: GALAPAGOS ISLAND (B,L,D)
AM – Urbina Bay (Isabela)
Breakfast is provided.
Wet landing on a volcanic “black” beach. Depending on the season, we may find giant tortoises, land iguanas and the unusual Flightless Cormorant. After a short walk inland, snorkelling time is allotted, giving you yet another chance to swim with sea turtles, sea lions and countless tropical fish. Urbina Bay features a wide variety of plant life that changes depending on the season. We can observe the beautiful colors of plants that attract different insects, birds and reptiles. We will explore the uplifted coral reef that resulted from 1954 volcanic activity, with a spectacular view of Alcedo Volcano.

 

Lunch is provided.
PM – Tagus Cove (Isabela Island)
 
Dry landing on Galapagos largest Island where we will learn about the eruption of the five volcanoes that formed it. The trail leads to Darwin salt-water Crater Lake and excellent views of lava fields and volcanic formations. This is a great site to see landbirds such as Galapagos Hawks, Ground and Tree finches, Large-billed flycatchers and Yellow warblers. We will return by the same path for a dinghy ride along a shoreline full of marine wildlife, where we will admire a variety of Seabirds such as Blue-footed booby, Brown Noddy, Terns, Flightless Cormorant and, depending on the season, a large number of Galapagos Penguins which are only 35 cm tall; the only penguin species in the world to extend its range into the northern hemisphere along the Equator. They lay their eggs in small cracks of lava, on the lower parts of the island near the shoreline not reached by the ocean waves.  We will have an opportunity to snorkel in deep water.
Dinner is provided
Day 10: GALAPAGOS ISLAND (B,L,D)
AM – Salt Mines / Egas Port (Santiago Island)
Breakfast is provided.
Wet landing a beach of black volcanic sand, visited by Darwin in 1835. Salt Mines visitor site has an important history, on 1683 William Ambrose Cowley visited this place, it was he who gave the English name of James to the Bay and the Island.The first part of Egas Port trail is comprised of volcanic ash (eroded tuff) and the other half of the trail is partially uneven terrain, comprised of volcanic basaltic rock that lounges the shoreline and take you to the best tidal pool areas in the Galapagos that are populated byFur Seals and Sally Lightfoot crabs.

The unique, truly striking layered terrain of Santiago’s shores is home to a variety of resident and migrant birds including the bizarre Yellow-crowned Night Heron, the Galapagos hawk is often observed in this area as well. Snorkeling in this place is a highlight, astounding array of marine wildlife including Lobster, Starfish and Marine iguanas grazing on algae beds alongside Sally Lightfoot Crabs. Snorkeling also offers rarities such as Octopus or Squid. At this visitor site you can observe the two species of sea lions: Fur “seals” and Galapagos Sea Lion. Colonies of Endemic Fur Seals swimming in cool water pools formed by volcanic rocks can be seen.

Lunch is provided.
PM – Sullivan Bay (Santiago)
This visitor site located at the southeastern portion of Santiago Island, and of important geologic interest, features extensive lava flows believed to have been formed during the last quarter of the 19th century. Walking on the lava is breathtaking, this flow is geologically very young, the magma formed is flat but the movement of underground lava, the rapid cooling,and other eruptions make it look like it just solidified.Dinner is provided.
Day 11: GALÁPAGOS ISLANDS – QUITO – LIMA (B)
AM – El Chato (Santa Cruz)
Dry landing. We will reach the Santa Cruz highlands and visit a private farm, Primicias (El Chato), where giant tortoises are found in their natural habitat. The road to the reserve is one of the best places to observe land birds. Tree and ground finches, vermillion flycatchers and Cattle Egrets inhabit the area.
End of your cruise.
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Lima via Quito. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Day 12: LIMA – CUZCO - SACRED VALLEY (B)

Hay day city tour of colonial and modern Lima. Afternoon transfer out for your flight to Cuzco.
On arrival transfer to your hotel located in the Sacred Valley, a key area of the settlement of the Incas.

Day 13: SACRED VALLEY (B, L)

Full day tour of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, visiting the ruins of Ollantaytambo and the colourful Pisac market.

Day 14: SACRED VALLEY – MACHU PICCHU (B, L, D)

Start your two day trip to the unforgettable ruins of Machu Picchu with a train journey through spectacular mountain scenery. On arrival at Aguas Calientes town, shuttle bus to the mountain where you will be guided through this beautiful forgotten citadel, home of an incredibly advanced civilization.

Day 15: MACHU PICCHU – CUZCO (B)

Free morning to explore the ruins on your own. Afternoon return by train to Cuzco and transfer to your hotel.

Day 16 CUZCO (B)

Half day tour of the ancient Inca capital of Cuzco, visiting the Inca ruins of Sacsayhuaman, Puca Pucara and Kenko.

Day 17: CUZCO – LIMA – SANTIAGO (B)

Transfer to airport for your flight to Santiago. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Day 18: SANTIAGO (B)

Half day panoramic tour of Santiago’s cultural and historical monuments, artistic districts and San Cristobal hill, its tallest peak, for a fantastic view of the city.

DAY 19: SANTIAGO - AUSTRALIA (B)

Transfer to airport for your flight to Australia.

Day 20: ARRIVE IN AUSTRALIA

Arrive in Australia.

*Prices can change on more than one factor such as accomodation, availability, etc.

Low Season 15 Jan - 25 Nov 2017 Single Twin / Double  
Tourist class hotel $17,648.00 $13,044.00 / person
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First class hotel $19,305.00 $13,705.00 / person
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High Season 26 Nov 17 - 14 Jan 18 Single Twin / Double  
Tourist class hotel $17,910.00 $13,306.00 / person
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First class hotel $19,817.00 $14,217.00 / person
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Wildlife & Ruins - Land & *Internal Air Only * Ex Quito Single Twin / Double  
Tourist class hotel $15,848.00 $11,244.00 / person
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First class hotel $17,755.00 $12,155.00 / person
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Includes

• Flights ex SYD in economy class (Prices ex MEL/BNE add $150pp)
• All internal flights based on LATAM air-pass which requires arrival into South America with LATAM. If using another carrier, price will differ.
• Accommodation at selected hotels with private facilities
• Meals as indicated (18 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 8 dinners.)
• Return Vistadome train to Machu Picchu
• Transport by air conditioned vehicles
• Comprehensive sightseeing English speaking local guides
• Meeting service and airport transfers
• Tour escort on escorted departures (minimum 10 people booked)
Upgrade to Business Class (long haul) for additional $4999 pp.

Excludes

Airport taxes and fuel surcharges (approx $965 pp)
• Tips or porterage charges
• Galapagos islands entrance fee and Ingala transit card (approx USD120)

* Surcharges apply for Easter & New Years * Taxes excluded

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