GT-010 – ECUADOR AND PERU
TREASURES OF THE ANDES


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Quito, Otavalo, Lima, Cusco and Machu Picchu
Eight Days / Seven Nights
Daily Departures from USA
Minimum 2 persons

Valid for travel February 1 to December 10, 2015
(Except during Easter, Inti Raymi festivities and July 28 & 29)

ITINERARY:

Day 1: Arrival in Quito

Welcome reception at the airport and transfer to your hotel. Private services. English speaking guide.
Overnight accommodations at selected hotel

Day 2: Quito

Colonial Quito City Tour & The Middle of the World (B)
Breakfast at the hotel. The tour begins from your hotel with a visit to the Independence Square, where the Presidential Palace, the Cathedral and El Sagrario Church are located. We will also visit the Church of La Compañia (1605), with its amazing gilt altars. This is considered as one of the finest examples of baroque art in America, and the Moorish influence can also be noted in the intricate designs carved on the magnificent red and gold columns and ceilings. Afterwards we will take you to the church and monastery of San Francisco (1535). This is the oldest Ecuadorian church and the main altar inside is a spectacular example of baroque carving. There is also a fine collection of artwork, including paintings, sculptures and furnitures dating back to the 16th century. Finally, we will drive up to the highest viewpoint of the city, “El Panecillo” hill from where we will have a spectacular view of Quito.

After just 30 minutes from Quito is the location of the Equator at La Mitad del Mundo (“the middle of the world”.) After visiting in the morning the colonial and modern areas of the city of Quito, a 30-minute drive will take us to “La Mitad del Mundo” (“the middle of the world”) with its 30-metre-high monument marking the equatorial line, and an excellent ethnographical museum.Entrance fees included.
Overnight accommodations at selected hotel

Day 3: Quito

Otavalo and its colorful native market (B)
Breakfast at the hotel. Driving northwards from Quito, your trip begins in the town of Calderon, where the famous bread-dough figures and decorations (“masapan”) are made. We will then head for Cayambe, where we invite you to try the local specialty: biscuits or “Biscochos” before we arrive in the province of Imbabura, also known as “the Province of Lakes”. As we approach Otavalo, you will have stunning views of the San Pablo Lake with the high peak of Imbabura Volcano behind it. Our next stop is the town of Otavalo, home of the largest indigenous market of its kind in South America. You’ll arrive just in time to bargain for beautiful tapestries, local paintings, hand-knitted wool sweaters, socks and gloves, wood carvings, silver jewelry, embroidered blouses and straw hats, to name only a few of the items on offer.

After lunch (on your own) in one of the local haciendas, we’ll head for Cotacachi, a town renowned for its handmade leather goods. If time allows, we’ll also visit Cuicocha, an ancient, eroded volcanic crater famous for the deep lake found within it. Return to Quito.
Overnight accommodations at selected hotel

Day 4: Quito / Lima (B)

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport in Quito for your flight to Lima. Upon arrival there a host will meet and assist you in transferring to the hotel and in registering. Lima, the “City of Kings” is famous for its Spanish Colonial architecture, extraordinary museums and cuisine.
Overnight accommodations at selected hotel.

Day 5: Lima

Tour of Colonial and Modern Lima (B/D)
Breakfast. Visit both the colonial and modern sections of this “City of Kings”. Colonial sites include the lovely Plaza de Armas with its cathedral and palace; and the exquisite Torre Tagle Palace, modern day seat of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In modern Lima drive through the exclusive residential areas of Miraflores and San Isidro. Dinner and Folkloric Show at Junius. It takes you to a journey where you explore the wonders of the fascinating Peruvian culture through its folklore, presenting an incredible and colorful show of music and dances from different regions of Peru. The delicious buffet is full of flavors from different regions and the best of the Peruvian cuisine.
Overnight accommodations at selected hotel.

Day 6: Lima / Cusco (B)

Breakfast. Early morning transfer from the hotel to the airport for a short but spectacular flight over the snowcapped Andes to the oldest inhabited city in the hemisphere, Cusco, at an elevation of 11,440 feet. Upon arrival a host will meet and assist you in transferring to the hotel and in registering.

Afternoon Cusco City Tour and Nearby Ruins
Tour of Cusco and Nearby Ruins – Visitors are caught up in the excitement of touring the ancient capital of the Inca Empire, a delightful combination of Inca and colonial architecture. The tour visits important landmarks such us Cusco’s Cathedral, Plaza de Armas and Koricancha “The Temple of the Sun”. This tour of the oldest continuously inhabited city in the western hemisphere also includes the nearby ruins of Kenko, Puca-Pucara, Tambomachay as well as the Sacsayhuaman fortress, an imposing example of Inca military architecture.
Overnight accommodations at selected hotel

Day 7: Cusco / Machu Picchu (B/L)

Breakfast. Morning train ride through the sacred valley of Urubamba to the “Lost City of the Incas,” Machu Picchu. Perched 8,200 feet above the valley, it was hidden by mountains and semi-tropical jungles for 400 years until discovered by Hiram Bingham of Yale University in 1911. Archaeologists believe that the Inca “Virgins of the Sun” took refuge from the Spanish Conquistadors here. Guided tour of the ruins upon arrival. Lunch is at the Orient Express’ Sanctuary Lodge located just a few steps from the Inca citadel.
Overnight accommodations at selected hotel.

Day 8: Depart Cusco (B)

Breakfast. Transfer to the airport for your departure to Lima and your connecting international flight or your next destination. . Arrive home full of great memories of the rich tradition of Colonial Lima and the mystical Land of the Incas.

RATE PER PERSON BASED ON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY: $1,810.00
Quito: Hotel Fuente de Piedra I; Lima: Hotel Casa Andina Select Miraflores;
Cusco: Casa Andina Classic Cusco Plaza
RATE PER PERSON BASED ON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY: $1,810.00
Quito: Hotel Boutique Anahi; Lima: Casa Andina Private Collection Miraflores;
Cusco: Casa Andina Private Collection _

INCLUDES ECUADOR

Three night hotel accommodations at the boutique hotel Anahi or Fuente de Piedra. Private fully escorted day tour of combined colonial and modern Quito and Middle or the World. Private fully escorted day tour to Otavalo and local artisan markets.Private transfers between airport and hotel
Meals as indicated in itinerary

INCLUDES PERU

Air Lima/Cusco/Lima via LAN Peru including taxes. All airport transfers listed in the itinerary.
Baggage handling at airports and at hotels. All tours and excursions indicated in the itinerary.
All bus tickets, train tickets and entrance fees to operate the tours and excursions. Excursion to Machu Picchu is aboard the Vistadome. English speaking licensed tour guide for all tours and excursions.All meals indicated in the itinerary. (B for breakfast, L for lunch. D for dinner).
Hotel accommodation and hotel service charge.

NOT INCLUDED:

Expenses such us beverages on meals, tips, laundry, phone calls and other personal expenses are not included. Local airport departure taxes are not included in Peru (US $7.40 for each local flight within Peru)

Please check with us on the best international air fares to combine it with this tour

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G T TOURS OFFICES:

Plantation, Florida  
13494 NW 7th Street
Plantation, Florida 33325

Miami, Florida 
9930 SW 142 Street
Miami, Florida 33176

Toll Free USA & Canada:
(800) 666 8687
Local Number: 
(305) 436 0933 
Fax:     
(305 436 0843

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G T TOURS OFFICES:

Plantation, Florida  
13494 NW 7th Street
Plantation, Florida 33325

Miami, Florida 
9930 SW 142 Street
Miami, Florida 33176

Toll Free USA & Canada:
(800) 666 8687
Local Number: 
(305) 436 0933 
Fax:     
(305 436 0843

Send us a Message

ENQUIRE NOW

We will be happy to answer your questions or comments.

G T TOURS OFFICES:

Plantation, Florida  
13494 NW 7th Street
Plantation, Florida 33325

Miami, Florida 
9930 SW 142 Street
Miami, Florida 33176

Toll Free USA & Canada:
(800) 666 8687
Local Number: 
(305) 436 0933 
Fax:     
(305 436 0843