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Experience the Galapagos Islands

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Get your pens out people!!! You will be ticking lots of things off your bucket list on this trip…

Experience the Galapagos Islands, Inca Trail & Machu Picchu, and lot more in an expedition of a lifetime this August!

Some people only dream of travelling to the Galapagos Islands, while others can only imagine what it is like to walk the Inca trail and experience the view downover Machu Picchu. Well a lucky group of people from all over Australia will be travelling to South America to experience all of these things and more in one of the most amazing and awe-inspiring trips of a lifetime.

The trip is going in 2 sections with the first section based in Peru which is an optional extension to the Galapagos Live-a-board Expedition. With the extension to Peru we have one option for those who are keen to relax and take it easy, and another for those who are keen to get off the beaten track and do the trek up the Inca train to Machu Picchu.

Check out the itinerary to see what you could be doing in August this year! This is the trekking itinerary.

Galapagos Aggressor

SATURDAY 09 AUGUST 2014
Depart Sydney to Lima in Peru.
Located on the Pacific coast, Lima, the capital of Peru, was founded by Francisco Pizarro in 1535 and became the centre of all Spanish trade and culture in the New World. Today it is a city of contracts, with its colonial churches, old mansions and modern residential areas.
Met on arrival at Lima Airport, for assistance with check-in to your airport hotel located just outside the terminal
Accommodation Details:
Costa Del Sol Ramanda – Standard Room – twin share (1 night)

SUNDAY 10 AUGUST 2014
Breakfast is included today
This morning make your own way back to Lima Airport in time to connect with your domestic flight over the Andes to Peru’s Inca capital of Cuzco.
10:30 Depart Lima on LAN Airlines flight LA-2021 (operated by Lan Peru)
11:50 Arrive in Cuzco
Cuzco is a fascinating city, situated 3,310m above sea level in the high Peruvian Andes. It is remarkable for its many colonial churches, monasteries and convents and for it’s extensive Inca ruins. Many streets are lined with perfect Inca stonework now serving as foundations for more modern dwellings. You will be met on arrival at Cuzco Airport for transfer to yourhotel. The remainder of the day will be free to acclimatize to the high altitude
Accommodation details:
Palacio del Inka– Superior Room – Twin Share (2 nights)

MONDAY 11 AUGUST 2014
Breakfast included today
Day is at leisure to further explore this truly fascinating city. Enjoy to local markets, the people and colour, and shopping for localhandicrafts, weavings, pottery , and more.

Machu Picchu

TUESDAY 12 AUGUST 2014
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included today
This morning your will be met at your hotel and transferred first to Ollantaytambo village, before continuing to the check-in point at Piscacucho to begin the trek. The trail follows the left bank of the Urubamba river beneth the impressive snowcapped Nevado Veronica through cacus gardens and fields of corn. Porters will carry heavy gear; you will be walking withonly a day pack.
Arrive at the imposing sculpted terraces of Inca Llaqtapata (2,650m) in the afternoon and set up camp for the night.
Today’s trek distance approx: 5km
Camp: Llaqtapata – 1 night

WEDNESDAY 13 AUGUST 2014
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included today
Today and tomorrow are the toughest two days of the trek with challenging ascents.
You will leave camp early this morning and continue hiking along the valley gradually climbing until you reach the Indian community ofHuayllabamba (2,945m) the last inhabited village on the trail. From here the path ascents steeply through high Andean woodland towards Warmiwanuska (Dead Woman’s Pass). Along the way the landscape changes from sierra to puna (a dry and high area with little vegetation). Climb halfway up the pass and camp at Llulluchapampa, a large, treeless, grassy plain at 3,850m.
(Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
Today’s trek distance appox: 12km
Camp: Llulluchapampa – 1 night

THURSDAY 14 AUGUST 2014
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included today
This morning, begin hiking steeply uphill for about 2 hours, through fields and forest emerging above the treeline, until you reach Warmiwanuska (Dead Woman’s Pass 4,234m) the first and highest pass. From here you will have spectacular views of the trail ahead to the second pass, and look back to the sweeping snow peaks and valleys of the Huayanay massif.
The trail then descents to Pacaymayo River where after a short rest begins a slow ascent along a paved Inca road to the ruins of Runcuracay and the 2nd pass (3,975m). Descend slowly along a paved Inca road to the ruins of Sayacmarca which have been recently restored. Further on, passthrough a tunnel amid luxuriant cloud forest vegetation, in the afternoon the trial descents via a stone staircase to the ruins of Phuyupatamarca (3,650m) where camp is set up for the night. (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
Today’s trek distance approx: 11.75km
Camp: Phuyupatamarca – 1 nght

FRIDAY 15 AUGUST 2014
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included today
The trail decends along a remarkable set of stone Inca steps for approximately three hours to the ruins of Winay Wayna, a beautiful Invasite in the middle of a dense forest. In the afternoon walk for another twohours along the Royal Highway to Inti Punku (the “Gateway of the Sun”) where you will see for the first time the magnificent citadel of Machu Picchu (the sight will take your breath away!). Complete the final leg down the flagstone path and walk through the ruins past outlying shrines and buildings to the exit, stopping briefly to admire the view before taking the shuttle bus down to the little town of Aguas Calientes at the bottom of the mountain. Make your own way to your hotel located on the edge of town a short distance from the busstop.
Accommodation Details:
Inkaterra Machu Picchu – Superior Room – Twin Share (1 night)

SATURDAY 16 AUGUST 2014
Breakfast included today
Early this morning please make your own way to the bus stop for the 20 minute bus ride up to the Machu Picchu ruins to see the sunrise over these magnificent ruins. (2,380m)
For centuries Machu Picchu lay undiscovered in the jungle until, in 1911, the American historian Hiram Bingham stumbled upon it almost by accident. Although little is known about the ‘Lost City of the Incas’, it is obvious by the quality of the stonework and the abundance of ornamental sites that Machu Picchu must have been an important ceremonial centre. After a guided tour and lunch you are free to explore the ruins on your own. Afterwards return to Aguas Calienes by shuttle bus and collect your luggage from your hotel. Make your own way to the station to board the afternoon train to Ollantaytambo. Upon arrival you will be met at Ollantaytambo railway station and transferred toyour charming hotel located on the outskirts of the small village of Urubamba in the Sacred Valley of the Incas
(2,800m)machu-picchu
Accommodation Details:
Sol y Luna – Standard Room – Twin Share (1 night)

 

SUNDAY 17 AUGUST 2014
Breakfast & Lunch is included today
This morning you will depart your hotel early for a full day tour thought the Sacred Valley and to the local markets. First visit the town and the magnificent Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo. In the upper and western part of the city rises a mountain scattered with houses and innumerable pre-Hispanic constructions such as temples and terraces. The archaeologicalcomplex itself was a gigantic agricultural, administrative, social, religious and military centre in the era of the Tahuantinsuya (Inca) Empire. Next visit the Indian town of Chinchero (3,762m) – it boasts a beautiful colonial church with paintings by the famous indigenous artist, Chiwantito – and it’s markets. Then you will visit the bustling Indian market at Pisac where local Indians fromdifferent communities congregate to trade their goods, not only for money but also by barter. You may bargin for and buy some very beautiful Indain handicrafts. And make sure you enjoy some bread at the bakery in Pisac – it’s delicious. *Note: the itinerary may operate in a different order. After thetour, you will be transferred back to Cuzco and dropped off at your hotel.
Accommodation Details:
Palacio del Inka – Superior Room – Twin Share (1 night)

MONDAY 18 AUGUST 2014
Breakfast is included today
Early this morning you will be transferred back to Cuzco airport for your onward flight
09:30 Depart Cuzco on LAN Airlines flight LA-1630
10:55 Arrive in Lima
Upon arrival your will be met at Lima Airport & transferred to your hotel, you will have this morning free to relax. This afternoon you will be met at your hotel and depart on a halfday Tour to visit Lima’s colonial churches, promenades and palaces which illustrate Peru’s Spanish heritage. After passing through Lima’s Republican area, reach Lima’s Colonial centre and visit such highlights as: The Cathedral, “Plaza Mayor” (main square), Government, Archbishop, Osambela and Torre Tagle Palaces, Santo Domingo and St Peter’s Churches and the Monastery of San Francisco.
Also visit the Rafael Larco Herrera Museum – one of the larges private collections, containing a fascinating array of beautifully modeled pottery, unique gold and silver work, mummies and erotic ceramics from the pre-Inca civilizations. There is also an impressive display of ceramic pieces from the Moche culture which brings animals, plants and anthropological deities to life. After the tour, return to your hotel.

TUESDAY 19 AUGUST 2014
You will be met at your hotel early this morning to be transferred to Lima airport for your international flight to Quito.
12:25 Depart Lima on LAN Airlines flight LA-2588
14:55 Arrive in Quito
At an altitude of 2,850m Quito is the highest capital in South America. The city, which lies in a valley at the foot of Pichincha volcano, was once an Inca city conquered by Pizarro’s army in 1534. The old city is charming with narrow winding cobblestone streets, however, the new Quito is quite different with modern buildings, parks, shops and restaurants.
Upon arrival into Quito you will be met & transferred to your hotel located in the old city.
Accommodation details:
La Casona de la Ronda – Standard Room – (2 nights)

WEDNESDAY 20 AUGUST 2014
Breakfast is included today
Get to know old Quito on your city sightseeing tour. Quito’s old colonial quarter is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the largest and best preserved of South America. The walking tour begins at theIndependence Plaza, flanked by the Cathedral, the Presidential Palace, the Municipal Building and the Archbishop’s Palace. Visit the temple of La Compania de Jesus and its awesome gilded interior. Continue on to the Monastery of San Francisco, one of the great religious buildings of the New World; its impressive façade and atrium that lead to it Baroque interior influenced byMoorish style, with the winged Virgin of Quito at its main altar. Afterwards, drive to the Equatorial Monument, 25km north of Quito, which marks the exact “middle of the world” at Latitude 0° where you can straddle the Equator with one foot in each hemisphere! Visit the Ethnographic Museum inside the monument, which shows the different Indigenous groups living in Ecuador. Beside the monument there is a colonial-styled town, complete with main square, church, post office, bullring, and more. Don’t forget to collect your “Equator certificate”!
Return to your hotel in Quito after the tour.

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THURSDAY 21 AUGUST 2014
Breakfast is included today
This morning you will be transferred to Quito airport for your flight to the Galapagos Islands & your liveaboard trip.We fly to the Galapagos Islands from Mainland Ecuador, arriving in the Galapagos islands mid-day. Guests are met at the airport and taken to the vessel.
Once on board crew will go through a Welcome and then proceed to complete an orientation dive at the North East Coast of Baltra Island.

Friday 22nd August 2014: Santa Cruz
2 morning dives; Punta Carrion and Bartolome Punta. 1 afternoon dive at Bartolome Punta and hike the Bartolome Summit.

Saturday 23rd August 2014: Wolf Island
5 dives today at Wolf Island; 2 morning, 2 in the afternoon and 1 night dive. Evening crossing to Darwin

Sunday 24th August 2014 : Darwin
5 dives today at Darwin; 2 morning, 2 in the afternoon and 1 night dive. Evening crossing to Wolf Island (2.5 hrs).

Monday 25th August 2014 : Wolf Island
4 dives today at Wolf Island; 2 morning and 2 afternoon dives Overnight transit to Isabela Island (15 hours).

Tuesday 26th August 2014 : Isabela Island – Cabo Douglas , Punta Vicente Roca
4 dives today; 2 morning dives at Cabo Douglas then 2 afternoon dives at Punta Vicente Roca. Overnight transit Cousins Rock (8 hours).

Wednesday 27th August 2014: Cousin’s Rock
After a full breakfast, guests will disembark by panga at 8am to shore. A private bus will greet and take everyone to see the Highlands of Santa Cruz Island. This will include Los Gemelos (The Twins, two enormous sinkholes), Scalesia Forest for a scenic view over Santa Cruz, a Tortoise Reserve to see giant tortoises, and Lava Tubes. The tour will end in the quaint town of Puerto Ayora where guests will have lunch onboard the Galapagos Aggressor. In the afternoon guests will visit the tortoise breeding centre Fausto Llerena and the Charles Darwin Research Station and spend time shopping and walking the streets of downtown Puerto Ayora.

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Thursday 28th August 2014 : Baltra/San Cristobal
Breakfast; depart the vessel by 8:00 am transfer back to the airport for flight back to San Cristobal and then back home to Sydney. 

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