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Its dry environment hosts salt bushes, prickly pear cactus and palo santo trees, all of which support land iguanas that can occasionally be seen crossing the runway.

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Landprogramme in BALTRA

5NT PRE-CRUISE: MACHU PICCHU GRANDE EXPLORER

5NT PRE-CRUISE: DEVIL'S NOSE AND ANDEAN ADVENTURE

Quintessentially Ecuador, the Andean region (also known as the Sierra and the Highlands) is the most visited region in the country. Enjoy the World's highest active volcano - Cotopaxi and ride the Devil's Nose Train, a hair-raising trip down the rocky slopes of the Andes. Finish up with a panoramic city tour of Cuenca, often hailed as "the hidden treasure of Ecuador and a final stop to the vast El Cajas National park.


Please note: Participants in this program should schedule their arrival flight into Quito, Ecuador.


Please check with your travel professional for details regarding Ecuadorian visas. It is the responsibility of each guest to obtain appropriate visa documents prior to cruising.


DAY 1 - QUITO

Upon arrival in Quito, you are met and transferred from the airport to the J.W. Marriott Hotel. After check-in, the remainder of the day and evening are at your leisure. Lunch and dinner are on your own.


Overnight at the J.W. Marriott Hotel - Quito, Ecuador


DAY 2 - COTOPAXI NATIONAL PARK

After breakfast, check-out and meet at the appointed time.


Drive south from Quito along the stunning Avenue of the Volcanoes, a nickname bestowed by Alexander Von Humboldt, the German scientist who came to Ecuador in the 18th century and gathered valuable information on the biology and geography of the country. The park is named for its volcano, the perfectly cone-shaped Volcán Cotopaxi. One of the highest active volcanoes in the world at 19,356 feet (5,900 metres), Cotopaxi dominates the landscape.


While in the park, walk around the beautiful Laguna Limpiopungo or visit the Salitre pre-Inca ruins. Keep an eye out for wild horses and the endangered Andean Condor.


Lunch is served at Hacienda La Ciénega, a 400 year-old hacienda whose first guest was Von Humboldt himself. Continue to Hacienda San Agustín de Callo for dinner and your overnight stay. This hacienda's origins even predate those of La Ciénega. Originally a 15th Century Inca palace, San Agustín was eventually taken over by colonialists and then the Augustinians. Inca walls are still visible throughout the structure, with additional Colonial and Republican construction from the 18th and 19th Centuries, respectively.


Overnight at Hacienda San Agustín de Callo - Lasso, Ecuador


DAY 3 - COTOPAXI /QUILOTOA / RIOBAMBA

Today you will visit Laguna Quilotoa, a spectacular crater lake in the Andes after breakfast is provided at the hotel.


Drive through a fantastic mountain landscape towards the western side of the Andes. Observe small villages and fields sprinkled with farmers and shepherds along the way. One cannot see the breath-taking, aquamarine Quilotoa until the last few steps approaching the rim. Then the whole lake and its vista appears in all its splendour. All sides of the volcano have a ragged, rugged ridge which drops over 1,320 feet (400 metres) down to the shore.


While in the area, visit the villages of Tigua and Pujilí, each known for their local artisans.


After enjoying a boxed lunch, continue on to Riobamba. Surrounded by spectacular snow-capped peaks such as Chimborazo, Ecuador's highest peak at 20,565 feet, (6,310 metre), Riobamba, the former capital of Ecuador, is known as the Sultan of the Andes.


Tonight's accommodation is at Hacienda La Andaluza, surrounded by the magnificence of the Ecuadorian Andes. This 16th-century hacienda has been declared a Cultural Heritage of Ecuador. Recent updates brought many modern touches which are blended seamlessly with the historic building. For instance, all rooms have specially heated walls to insure you stay warm and cozy despite the brisk Andean nights.


Overnight at Hacienda La Andaluza - Riobamba, Ecuador


DAY 4 - RIOBAMBA / DEVIL'S NOSE TRAIN / CUENCA

Depart early this morning for one of the most beautiful and impressive train journeys on the continent. Today, this classic train ride is run purely for visitors who can enjoy the experience of travelling through the fantastic Andean scenery from Riobamba to Alausi, then the adventure of travelling down the Devil's Nose section of the line which zigzags along the edge of the Andes in a truly exhilarating and exciting ride of a lifetime. This train journey is classed amongst the most spectacular in the world. Learn about the Incas during their short time in Ecuadorian Lands and visit the monuments they left during this time.


Upon arriving in the quaint town of Alausí, board the classic train to the Devil's Nose. Along the way, we encounter breath-taking Andean scenery, the Palmira desert and, finally, the Devil's Nose itself. One of the most unique train routes in the world, and certainly one of the best known in South America, the Devil's Nose is truly an amazing feat of engineering. While constructing the Quito-Guayaquil train line in the early 20th Century, the engineers were faced with a major obstacle - The Andes. With no clear path into and out of the forbidding range, the engineers finally decided to tackle the problem head on. They created a series of switchbacks that allow the train to navigate a 45 degree rock slope while descending over 2,600 feet (800 metres). It makes for a spectacular journey through one of Ecuador's most scenic landscapes. Recently re-opened after years of reconstruction, it is now available to experience just as it was a century ago.


After descending the Devil's Nose, stop to enjoy some refreshments while exploring the beautiful surroundings. There is also a charming museum offering information about local culture, history, flora, and fauna in the area.


Arriving back in Alausí, head to the Inca ruins of Ingapirca. Before your visit, lunch will be served at a local restaurant. Ingapirca, meaning "The Inca wall" in Quichua, is the most important complex of ruins existing in the country and it was built on top of Cañari constructions which go back to 1200 AD. The site was used as a political and religious centre until the Incas conquered the Cañari and started the construction of a temple in 1460. Upon completion it served as a site for Sun worship and as a calendar for agricultural purposes. The complex also has other important sections such as the ancient residing place of the virgins of the sun, the Inca baths, and more. There is also a small museum on-site featuring artefacts from both Cañari and Inca civilizations.


Drive for about 90 minutes to Cuenca, where dinner and your hotel await.


Overnight at the Mansión Alcázar - Cuenca, Ecuador


DAY 5 - CUENCA / GUAYAQUIL

Rise and enjoy breakfast and check-out of the hotel before embarking on a panoramic tour of the city of Cuenca. Cuenca is considered by many to be the most beautiful city in the country and is often hailed as "The hidden treasure of Ecuador". It was declared a World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999, primarily for having been able to preserve the most valuable cultural and architectural features found in its historic centre.


Drive along Cuenca's cobblestoned streets, visiting flowery plazas and picturesque sites. See Cuenca's famous flower market and its dazzlingly colourful displays of arum lilies, orchids, and roses. Continue to the neo-Gothic 'New Cathedral' and its distinctive blue domes which dominate the skyline. Construction on the New Cathedral began in 1880; it was erected to replace the Old Cathedral (still standing across from the new one), built by the Spanish in 1557, the year the city was founded.


This afternoon, marvel at the diversity of the landscape as you drive from Andean highlands to coastal Guayaquil. During the 3-hour drive, stop at El Cajas National Park, a must-see destination for nature lovers - exotic flowers, rock formations and over 200 glacial lakes make for striking photos. Check-in at the Oro Verde Hotel in the heart of the city. Dinner tonight is on your own.


Overnight at the Oro Verde Hotel - Guayaquil, Ecuador


DAY 6 - GALÁPAGOS

After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport for the onward flight to the Galápagos. Bon voyage!



Program Inclusions:

One night stay in a Deluxe Room at the JW Marriott Hotel - Quito, Ecuador

One night stay in a Standard Room at the Hacienda San Agustín de Callo - Lasso, Ecuador

One night stay in a Standard Room at the Hacienda La Andaluza - Riobamba, Ecuador

One night stay in a Standard Room at the Mansion Alcazar - Cuenca, Ecuador

One night stay in a Deluxe Room at the Oro Verde Hotel - Guayaquil, Ecuador

Meals: Five breakfasts; four lunches (including 1 boxed lunch) and three dinners

Transfers between airports and hotels in air-conditioned vehicles


Please note:

  • This program requires an extensive amount of walking, some of which is on cobblestone paths and unpaved trails, with uneven surfaces. There are many steps to climb. As a result, this excursion is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilize a wheelchair.
  • Altitude sickness may be a problem for guests suffering from palpitations, shortness of breath or severe headaches.
  • This programme involves fairly long drives. All vehicles utilized are the best available.
  • Pack carefully; luggage weight restriction is limited to 50 lb. (23 kg). Warm clothes are necessary; trekking or comfortable walking shoes with non-slip soles are important. Plan on wearing layers of clothing. You will be at higher altitude so sunblock, wide-brimmed, expedition-style hats and sunglasses are necessary.
  • This Land Adventure involves touring outdoors and guests may be exposed to warm, humid and/or wet weather and insects. Bring rain gear and insect repellent.

Luggage Information:

For your convenience we recommend bringing a small suitcase with the necessary items for this program with you (limit: maximum of 50 pounds (23 kilograms). At the JW Marriott in Quito, you can work with the Silversea representative at the Hospitality Desk to leave your larger luggage pieces. They will include your pieces with the group departing the hotel on Saturday morning and you will find them in your suite onboard.


Visa Information:

Please check with your travel professional for details regarding Ecuadorian visas. It is the responsibility of each guest to obtain appropriate visa documents prior to cruising.


Accessibility:

This program requires participants to be physically fit and able to walk through uneven and/or slippery terrain. The sights visited on this program are not well-equipped for mobility-impaired guests; therefore, this tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair.


Vaccinations:

Consult your physician for information regarding vaccinations or medications that may be appropriate for your state of health.




All Land Adventures require a minimum number of participants in order to operate as described. If this minimum number is not met, Silversea reserves the right to offer the programme at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel the specific departure. Silversea's published cruise cancellation policy will remain in effect. All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea. All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable for any reason, within 90 days of sailing. This description is a general overview of this programme. Our local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if local situations, including holidays and weather, require. The programme described in this brochure is provided by independent contractors. Silversea acts solely as ticketing agent. Silversea shall have no obligation or liability of any kind to guests for the business practices, acts or omissions in connection with or arising out of arrangements with independent contractors, including but not limited to airline carriers, ground-tour operators, and hotels since they are neither agents for nor employees of Silversea Cruises. Silversea's liability does not extend beyond the vessel.

4NT POST-CRUISE MACHU PICCHU GRANDE EXPLORER

Indulge your senses with the scenic splendour and unique history of Peru. Board the legendary 'Hiram Bingham' for a picturesque train-ride to Machu Picchu. Upon arrival, explore the 'Lost City of the Incas'. Your overnight stay at the famed Sanctuary Lodge allows you to spend additional time at the historic site wiewer tourists.


Please note: Participants in this program should schedule their departure flight from Lima, Peru for departure after 10:00PM.


Please check with your travel professional for details regarding Peruvian and Ecuadorian visas. It is the responsibility of each guest to obtain appropriate visa documents prior to cruising.


DAY 1 - SAN CRISTOBAL or BALTRA / LIMA

Depending upon your itinerary, you will disembark in either Baltra or San Cristobal and transfer to the airport. Upon arrival in Guyaquil, the local Silversea representative is on hand to meet you and provide the tickets for your onward flight and a boxed lunch. Once in Lima, you are met and transferred from the airport to the beautiful Miraflores Park Hotel.


Overnight at the Miraflores Park Hotel - Lima, Peru


DAY 2 - LIMA / CUZCO

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel this morning before returning to the airport for the short flight (90 minutes) to Cuzco. Once there, transfer to the hotel. After a quick stop to freshen up, continue on for lunch at a local restaurant. Enjoy some free time this afternoon.


Overnight at the Monasterio Hotel - Cuzco, Peru


DAY 3 - CUZCO / MACHU PICCHU

A light breakfast is recommended at the hotel this morning. Later, transfer to the train station in the Sacred Valley where the Hiram Bingham train awaits. Your rail journey celebrates the spirit of expedition and perseverance that is the hallmark of the railways of Peru, taking its name from the explorer Hiram Bingham who discovered the 'Lost City of the Incas'.


Brunch is served en route. Upon arrival at the site, commence a guided tour of the marvelous Citadel, then take a stroll through this impressive archaeological site on your own. Explore the famous "Lost City of the Incas" and feel its pulse while visualizing the lives of the priests, craftsmen, and servants who lived in this seemingly incredible site. Excavations have only added to the mystery, revealing the skeletons of 173 people along with artifacts and woolen clothing, though no gold.


Afterward, relax with afternoon tea at the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge, the only hotel located within the very grounds of the Machu Picchu Sanctuary citadel. Dinner is served at the Lodge.


Overnight at the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge


DAY 4 - MACHU PICCHU / CUZCO

After an early-morning breakfast at the lodge, depart for an opportunity to witness an incomparable sight (weather permitting); the sun rising over Machu Picchu. Due to the proximity of the hotel to the site, overnight guests have time in the morning to enjoy the citadel with very few other visitors around.


Spend ample time at the ruins this morning exploring on your own. An early lunch is served at the lodge. Then it's time to board the Vistadome train for the return to Cuzco. Upon arrival, return to the Hotel Monasterio. The balance of the day, including dinner, is at your leisure.


Overnight at the Monasterio Hotel - Cuzco, Peru


DAY 5 - CUZCO / LIMA

Breakfast is served at the hotel this morning. Following check-out, begin a city tour of Cuzco and the main sights including the Korikancha Temple, a Dominican church and convent that was built on the foundations of the Korikancha, or palace of gold, the principal Inca religious building, dedicated to the worship of the sun. Continue to the beautiful square surrounded by stone arches and a spectacular arcade constructed during colonial times. Visit the Cathedral, whose construction was begun in 1560 and was consecrated in 1669. This incredible structure exhibits Gothic, Mannerist-Renaissance and Baroque influences.


Your Machu Picchu adventure comes to an end when you arrive at the airport for your homeward-bound flight. Your flight to Lima is scheduled to arrive there at approximately 7:30pm. Please make sure to schedule your onward return flight for departure after 10:00pm.


Program Inclusions:

One-night stay at the Miraflores Park Hotel - Lima, Peru

Two, one-night stays at the Hotel Monasterio - Cusco, Peru

One-night stay at the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge Hotel - Machu Picchu, Peru

Scheduled, Economy-Class flights: Guayaquil/Lima /Cusco/Lima - upgrades to Business Class are available for an additional cost only on the Guayaquil / Lima portion of this trip.

Meals: Breakfast daily; one brunch; two lunches and one dinners

Train: Hiram Bingham - Cusco to Machu Picchu; Vistadome - Machu Picchu - Cusco

Guided tour of Machu Picchu

Transfers between airports and hotels in air-conditioned vehicles

Flight Details:

Day 1 - Guayaquil / Lima - approximately one hour and 55 minutes

Day 2 - Lima / Cusco - approximately one hour and 30 minutes

Day 5 - Cusco / Lima - approximately one hour and 30 minutes

Flight durations may vary due to changes in flight schedules


Luggage Information:

According to Peruvian law, only the following baggage will be allowed on the trains traveling between Cusco and Machu Picchu (Vistadome, Hiram Bingham, etc.):


1 personal item per person (such as a purse)

1 carry-on per person conforming to the following requirements:

· Maximum 5kg/11lbs

· Maximum 157cm/62 inches combined height, length, width


Luggage is restricted to a maximum of 44 pounds (20 kilograms) for domestic flights in Peru. Weight restrictions are very strict on domestic Peruvian flights; at the time of printing, overweight charges are US $35.40 for overweight luggage/ $70.80 per extra piece of luggage. Guests are responsible for any charges imposed by the airlines for overweight luggage. Please pack a small overnight bag to travel to Machu Picchu on Day 3. The remainder of your luggage will be held at the hotel in Cusco.

Visa Information:

Please check with your travel professional for details regarding Peruvian and Ecuadorian visas. It is the responsibility of each guest to obtain appropriate visa documents prior to cruising.


Accessibility:

The sights visited on this program are not well-equipped for mobility-impaired guests; therefore, this tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair.


Vaccinations:

Consult your physician for information regarding vaccinations or medications that may be appropriate for your state of health.


Please note: Gratuities to guides/drivers, meals and alcoholic drinks other than those noted in itinerary, and other personal expenses are not included in the price of this tour. Silversea Air Programme guests may be provided flights on LAN Peru in order to participate in this program. Flights are subject to availability, and any changes to the carrier will affect the selling price of the program.


All Land Adventures require a minimum number of participants in order to operate as described. If this minimum number is not met, Silversea reserves the right to offer the programme at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel the specific departure. Silversea's published cruise cancellation policy will remain in effect. All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea. All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable for any reason, within 90 days of sailing. This description is a general overview of this programme. Our local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites or hotels if local situations, including holidays and weather, require. The programme described in this brochure is provided by independent contractors. Silversea acts solely as ticketing agent. Silversea shall have no obligation or liability of any kind to guests for the business practices, acts or omissions in connection with or arising out of arrangements with independent contractors, including but not limited to airline carriers, ground-tour operators, and hotels since they are neither agents for nor employees of Silversea Cruises. Silversea's liability does not extend beyond the vessel.

5+2NT PRE DEVIL'S NOSE AND ANDEAN ADVENTURE

Quintessentially Ecuador, the Andean region (also known as the Sierra and the Highlands) is the most visited region in the country. Its cultural and natural diversity spans grassy highlands (páramo), cloud forests, mountain lakes, active volcanoes, thermal baths, Indian markets, colonial towns and haciendas. The engineering marvel that is the Ecuadorian train system is highlighted by a ride on the so-called "Devil's Nose", a hair-raising trip down the rocky slopes of the Andes through some of country's most breath-taking scenery.


Please note: Participants in this program should schedule their arrival flight into Quito, Ecuador.


Please check with your travel professional for details regarding Ecuadorian visas. It is the responsibility of each guest to obtain appropriate visa documents prior to cruising.


DAY 1 - QUITO

Upon arrival in Quito, you are met and transferred from the airport to the J.W. Marriott Hotel. After check-in, the remainder of the day and evening are at your leisure. Lunch and dinner are on your own.


Overnight at the J.W. Marriott Hotel - Quito, Ecuador


DAY 2-3 - QUITO

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel each morning. You can contact the local operator or the hotel's concierge with assistance with touring plans for Quito today. Lunch and dinner are on your own.


Overnight at the J.W. Marriott Hotel - Quito, Ecuador


DAY 4 - QUITO / COTOPAXI NATIONAL PARK

After breakfast, check-out and meet at the appointed time. Drive south from Quito along the stunning Avenue of the Volcanoes, a nickname bestowed by Alexander Von Humboldt, the German scientist who came to Ecuador in the 18th century and gathered valuable information on the biology and geography of the country.

The park is named for its volcano, the perfectly cone-shaped Volcán Cotopaxi. One of the highest active volcanoes in the world at 19,356 feet (5,900 metres), Cotopaxi dominates the landscape. While in the park, walk around the beautiful Laguna Limpiopungo or visit the Salitre pre-Inca ruins. Keep an eye out for wild horses and the endangered Andean Condor. Lunch is at Hacienda La Ciénega, a 400 year-old hacienda whose first guest was Von Humboldt himself. Continue to Hacienda San Agustín de Callo for dinner and overnight. This hacienda's origins even predate those of La Ciénega. Originally a 15th Century Inca palace, San Agustín was eventually taken over by colonialists and then the Augustinians. Inca walls are still visible throughout the structure, with additional Colonial and Republican construction from the 18th and 19th Centuries, respectively.


Overnight at Hacienda San Agustín de Callo - Lasso, Ecuador


DAY 5 - COTOPAXI /QUILOTOA / RIOBAMBA

Today you will visit Laguna Quilotoa, a spectacular crater lake in the Andes after breakfast at the hotel. Drive through a fantastic mountain landscape towards the western side of the Andes. Observe small villages and fields sprinkled with farmers and shepherds along the way. One cannot see the breath-taking, aquamarine Quilotoa until the last few steps approaching the rim. Then the whole lake and its vista appears in all its splendour. All sides of the volcano have a ragged, rugged ridge which drops over 1,320 feet (400 metres) down to the shore. While in the area, visit the villages of Tigua and Pujilí, each known for their artisans.

After enjoying a boxed lunch, continue on to Riobamba. Surrounded by spectacular snow-capped peaks such as Chimborazo, Ecuador's highest peak at 20,565 feet, (6,310 metre), Riobamba, the former capital of Ecuador, is known as the Sultan of the Andes.


Tonight's accommodation is at Hacienda La Andaluza, surrounded by the magnificence of the Ecuadorian Andes. This 16th-century hacienda has been declared a Cultural Heritage of Ecuador. Recent updates brought many modern touches which are blended seamlessly with the historic building. For instance, all rooms have specially heated walls to insure you stay warm and cozy despite the brisk Andean nights.


Overnight at Hacienda La Andaluza - Riobamba, Ecuador


DAY 6 - RIOBAMBA / DEVIL'S NOSE TRAIN / CUENCA

Depart early this morning for one of the most beautiful and impressive train journeys on the continent. Today, this classic train ride is run purely for visitors who can enjoy the experience of travelling through the fantastic Andean scenery from Riobamba to Alausi, then the adventure of travelling down the Devil's Nose section of the line which zigzags along the edge of the Andes in a truly exhilarating and exciting ride of a lifetime. This train journey is classed amongst the most spectacular in the world. Learn about the Incas during their short time in Ecuadorian Lands and visit the monuments they left during this time.


Upon arriving in the quaint town of Alausí, board the classic train to the Devil's Nose. Along the way, we encounter breath-taking Andean scenery, the Palmira desert and, finally, the Devil's Nose itself. One of the most unique train routes in the world, and certainly one of the best known in South America, the Devil's Nose is truly an amazing feat of engineering. While constructing the Quito-Guayaquil train line in the early 20th Century, the engineers were faced with a major obstacle - The Andes. With no clear path into and out of the forbidding range, the engineers finally decided to tackle the problem head on. They created a series of switchbacks that allow the train to navigate a 45 degree rock slope while descending over 2,600 feet (800 metres). It makes for a spectacular journey through one of Ecuador's most scenic landscapes. Recently re-opened after years of reconstruction, it is now available to experience just as it was a century ago.


After descending the Devil's Nose, stop to enjoy some refreshments while exploring the beautiful surroundings. There is also a charming museum offering information about local culture, history, flora, and fauna in the area.


Arriving back in Alausí, head to the Inca ruins of Ingapirca. Before your visit, lunch will be served at a local restaurant. Ingapirca, meaning "The Inca wall" in Quichua, is the most important complex of ruins existing in the country and it was built on top of Cañari constructions which go back to 1200 AD. The site was used as a political and religious centre until the Incas conquered the Cañari and started the construction of a temple in 1460. Upon completion it served as a site for Sun worship and as a calendar for agricultural purposes. The complex also has other important sections such as the ancient residing place of the virgins of the sun, the Inca baths, and more. There is also a small museum on-site featuring artefacts from both Cañari and Inca civilizations.


Drive for about 90 minutes to Cuenca, where dinner and your hotel await.


Accommodations this evening are at the Mansion Alcazar - Cuenca.


Overnight at the Mansión Alcázar - Cuenca, Ecuador


DAY 7 - CUENCA / GUAYAQUIL

Rise and enjoy breakfast and check-out of the hotel before embarking on a panoramic tour of the city of Cuenca. Cuenca is considered by many to be the most beautiful city in the country and is often hailed as "The hidden treasure of Ecuador". It was declared a World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999, primarily for having been able to preserve the most valuable cultural and architectural features found in its historic centre.


Drive along Cuenca's cobblestoned streets, visiting flowery plazas and picturesque sites. See Cuenca's famous flower market and its dazzlingly colourful displays of arum lilies, orchids, and roses. Continue to the neo-Gothic 'New Cathedral' and its distinctive blue domes which dominate the skyline. Construction on the New Cathedral began in 1880; it was erected to replace the Old Cathedral (still standing across from the new one), built by the Spanish in 1557, the year the city was founded.


This afternoon, marvel at the diversity of the landscape as you drive from Andean highlands to coastal Guayaquil. During the 3-hour drive, stop at El Cajas National Park, a must-see destination for nature lovers - exotic flowers, rock formations and over 200 glacial lakes make for striking photos. Check-in at the Oro Verde Hotel in the heart of the city. Dinner tonight is on your own.


Overnight at the Oro Verde Hotel - Guayaquil, Ecuador


DAY 8 - GALÁPAGOS

After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport for the onward flight to the Galápagos. Bon voyage!



Program Inclusions:

Three night stay in a Deluxe Room at the JW Marriott Hotel - Quito, Ecuador

One night stay in a Standard Room at the Hacienda San Agustín de Callo - Lasso, Ecuador

One night stay in a Standard Room at the Hacienda La Andaluza - Riobamba, Ecuador

One night stay in a Standard Room at the Mansion Alcazar - Cuenca, Ecuador

One night stay in a Deluxe Room at the Oro Verde Hotel - Guayaquil, Ecuador

Meals: Breakfast daily; four lunches (including 1 boxed lunch) and three dinners

Transfers between airports and hotels in air-conditioned vehicles


Please note:

· This program requires an extensive amount of walking, some of which is on cobblestone paths and unpaved trails, with uneven surfaces. There are many steps to climb.

· This excursion is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair.

· Altitude sickness may be a problem for guests suffering from palpitations, shortness of breath or severe headaches.

· This programme involves fairly long drives. All vehicles utilised are the best available.

· Pack carefully; luggage weight restriction is limited to 50 lb. (23 kg). Warm clothes are necessary; trekking or comfortable walking shoes with non-slip soles are important. Plan on wearing layers of clothing. You will be at higher altitude so sunblock, wide-brimmed, expedition-style hats and sunglasses are necessary.

· This Land Adventure involves touring outdoors and guests may be exposed to warm, humid and/or wet weather and insects. Bring rain gear and insect repellent.


Luggage Information:

For your convenience we recommend bringing a small suitcase with the necessary items for this program with you (limit: maximum of 50 pounds (23 kilograms). At the JW Marriott in Quito, you can work with the Silversea representative at the Hospitality Desk to leave your larger luggage pieces. They will include your pieces with the group departing the hotel on Saturday morning and you will find them in your suite onboard.


Please note:

This program requires an extensive amount of walking, some of which is on cobblestone paths and unpaved trails, with uneven surfaces. There are many steps to climb.

This excursion is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair.

Altitude sickness may be a problem for guests suffering from palpitations, shortness of breath or severe headaches.

This programme involves fairly long drives. All vehicles utilised are the best available.

Pack carefully; luggage weight restriction is limited to 50 lb. (23 kg). Warm clothes are necessary; trekking or comfortable walking shoes with non-slip soles are important. Plan on wearing layers of clothing. You will be at higher altitude so sunblock, wide-brimmed, expedition-style hats and sunglasses are necessary.

This Land Adventure involves touring outdoors and guests may be exposed to warm, humid and/or wet weather and insects. Bring rain gear and insect repellent.


Luggage Information:

For your convenience we recommend bringing a small suitcase with the necessary items for this program with you (limit: maximum of 50 pounds (23 kilograms). Your main cruise luggage can be stored with the bell staff at the JW Marriott and retrieved when you return there on the final nights.


Visa Information:

Please check with your travel professional for details regarding Ecuadorian visas. It is the responsibility of each guest to obtain appropriate visa documents prior to cruising.


Accessibility:

This program requires participants to be physically fit and able to walk through uneven and/or slippery terrain. The sights visited on this program are not well-equipped for mobility-impaired guests; therefore, this tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair.


Vaccinations:

Consult your physician for information regarding vaccinations or medications that may be appropriate for your state of health.



All Land Adventures require a minimum number of participants in order to operate as described. If this minimum number is not met, Silversea reserves the right to offer the programme at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel the specific departure. Silversea's published cruise cancellation policy will remain in effect. All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea. All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable for any reason, within 90 days of sailing. This description is a general overview of this programme. Our local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if local situations, including holidays and weather, require. The programme described in this brochure is provided by independent contractors. Silversea acts solely as ticketing agent. Silversea shall have no obligation or liability of any kind to guests for the business practices, acts or omissions in connection with or arising out of arrangements with independent contractors, including but not limited to airline carriers, ground-tour operators, and hotels since they are neither agents for nor employees of Silversea Cruises. Silversea's liability does not extend beyond the vessel.

6NT POST-CRUISE: AMAZON EXPLORER

Travel to a destination where new species are still being discovered. A destination that few travellers can lay claim to. Explore the Peruvian jungle in a luxury that few would expect to find.


Please note: Participants in this program should schedule their departure flight from Lima, Peru for departure after 10:00PM.


Please check with your travel professional for details regarding Peruvian and Ecuadorian visas. It is the responsibility of each guest to obtain appropriate visa documents prior to cruising.


DAY 1 - BALTRA OR SAN CRISTOBAL / LIMA

Disembark in Baltra/ San Cristobal and transfer to the airport. Upon arrival in Guayaquil, you are provided a boxed lunch and assisted with your transfer within the airport for the flight to Lima. Once there, you are met and transferred from the airport to the Westin Hotel. After check-in, the remainder of the evening is at your leisure. Dinner this evening is on your own account.


Overnight at the Westin Hotel - Lima, Peru


DAY 2 - LIMA

Enjoy breakfast this morning at the hotel. The morning is at your leisure and lunch is on your own. This afternoon you will embark on a city tour beginning with a visit to the Plaza Mayor, the official centre of the city and the original site upon which Lima was founded. Visit the historic Cathedral, which is an architectural masterpiece. From the Cathedral, walk past the Presidential Palace where the soldiers guarding the palace offer an excellent photo opportunity, and on to the Church of San Francisco and its library and collection of fine paintings and frescoes. Then, leaving the historic centre, you are driven through modern Lima to visit the residential districts of Miraflores and San Isidro.


Return to the hotel at the end of the tour. The balance of the day, as well as dinner, is at your leisure.


Overnight at the Westin Hotel - Lima, Peru


DAY 3 - ABOARD THE M/V ARIA

Following breakfast, enjoy the morning at your leisure. You may wish to take some time to visit the Larco Museum. Housed in a former mansion, itself built on the site of a pre-Columbian temple, the museum offers a varied collection of 3,000 years of ceramic, textile and precious metal artifacts. There are also mummies that show off the different ways ancient cultures, including the Incas, preserved their dead. This is one of the rare museums that permit visitors into their store rooms to see items that are not on display.


Shortly after you enjoy lunch on your own it's time to depart for the airport for the flight to Iquitos. Upon arrival, you are met and transferred to the town of Nauta, 95 km away. Here, the m/v Aria is waiting. As you begin your voyage, enjoy the fantastic view from the upper Deck. You are embarking on a spectacular adventure, to a place visited by only a few of even the most experienced world travellers.


This evening participate in the safety drill and introductory briefing before dinner is served in the Dining Room. Afterward, you may wish to enjoy a nightcap on the Upper Deck, under the stars, before retiring.


DAY 4 - ABOARD THE M/V ARIA

Enjoy an early breakfast this morning before you disembark the ship. Activities for today vary slightly by season with December to May considered the 'high water' season and June to November as the 'low water' season. Though the excursions are relatively similar all year long, during the high-water season you are able to explore further afield in the launches while in the low-water season you're on the ground hiking along trails.


In the morning, climb aboard the launch to explore a beautiful section of the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, known as the "Forest of Galleries", where two eco-zones come together allowing the sightings of different species of birds and monkeys. This area is very rich in flora. You have the opportunity to see a great diversity of bromeliads and learn more of the amazing ecosystem generated in their leaves. Sightings may include parrots, macaws, monkeys, and, with luck, one of the many hawks in the area.


This morning's activities have surely piqued your appetite and the chef is happy to introduce you to the finest of Peru's cuisine. Following lunch, take some time for a siesta or simply relax on deck with a good book (and your binoculars!).


Late in the afternoon, debark from the ship for a guided walk and a visit to a local village. Native people engage in subsistence farming and are happy to show how they learned to cultivate wild plants and trees for income. A Walk deeper into the jungle as your guide points out several important trees and plants still used for medicinal purposes.


Dinner this evening is another delight-filled adventure. Later, relax on deck and look up at the sky, where the feast continues, with millions of sparkling stars set against the deep black night or perhaps a full moon that lights up the entire river.



DAY 5 - ABOARD THE M/V ARIA

An early start to the day is scheduled for all guests. Today, you have your choice of excursions:


Option 1 is a full-day guided hike with a naturalist through the jungle. Spend today at the very heart of the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, by far the largest protected wetland reserve in the world. Filled with lakes, palm swamps, and streams, the reserve becomes a flooded forest in the rainy season. As the launch navigates the waterways, watch for parrots, macaws, toucans, kingfishers, black collared hawks, southern swallows, white winged swallows, and manikins. Search for different species of monkeys, such as small family groups of red howler monkeys, the largest in the Amazon basin, with its bright rust-colored fur and long prehensile tail.


A generous picnic lunch is served in the forest at mid-day. As the day starts to heat up, continue along the shores of the Pacaya River, spotting huge ceiba or kapok trees, mahogany trees, strangler figs, epiphytes such as bromeliads and orchids, palm trees and woody vines.


Option 2 offers two different experiences. In the morning your guide provides an explanation of various sustainable resource management projects in Amazonia. Visit one of these projects where villagers are planting palms from which to draw palm oil. Then, your guide accompanies you on a walk in the forest where you can learn about the numerous plants that grow so abundantly in this pristine environment. Many are used by local peoples for traditional medicine. Keep an eye open for a wide variety of birds and monkeys.


Return to the ship for lunch and some free time. An afternoon siesta is a time honoured tradition in South America! As the afternoon comes to a close, depart the ship for a second excursion that focuses on the caiman population in this area. Though smaller than their North American cousins, the caiman is important to maintaining the balance of nature in the Amazon.


All guests return to the ship in the early evening where, once again, the chef and his team have prepared a very sophisticated meal in the midst of the jungle. Relax and enjoy the evening as the ship continues on its course.


Day 6 - ABOARD THE M/V ARIA

Board the launch as dawn breaks over the jungle. As the light comes up, a host of wildlife including parrots, macaws, toucans and monkeys join in a raucous greeting. A 'bag breakfast' of light sandwiches and fresh juice is served on board. The highlight of the morning is the stop near a popular dolphin feeding spot.


Return to the m/v Aria for lunch.


In 'high water' season, the launch takes you straight to Lake Charo. Once there, it's time to break out the fishing gear to fish for piranhas and other species. These small, sharp-toothed carnivorous fish have a big reputation for being scary. Imagine the 'fish tales' you'll be able to tell when you get home!


In 'low water' season, this afternoon's excursion sees you navigating from the Amazon River through the Huaysi Canal to explore the dark waters of the Tahuayo River. Lifejackets, ponchos, rubber boots and freshwater are provided. Keep your binoculars handy to see the abundant wildlife: sparrows, hawks, monkeys and sloths that share this marvellous location with you. Spend some time fishing in Lake Charo before heading back to the ship.


Your farewell dinner is served back on board the ship.


Day 7 - AMAZON/ LIMA

An early breakfast is served again this morning. This allows you a final opportunity to board the launches and meet visit the lively riverside community of Belen, near Iquitos. Learn about the local culture and traditions as you visit the local food market.


As the morning comes to a close, return to the m/v Aria. A special lunch menu that highlights the best of Amazon cuisine is served.


Finally it's time to disembark the ship. But, if time permits, there is one more special experience in store before you reach the airport. A quick stop at the Manatee Rescue Center will introduce you to these gentle giants and you may actually be able to feed one if you like.


Check-in at Iquitos Airport for the flight to Lima. Once there, you should make your connection for your international flight home.


Please Note: Do not schedule your international departing flight for any earlier than 10:00 PM. The flight from Iquitos to Lima is scheduled to land in Lima at approximately 7:30PM. Flight delays are quite common and any additional expenses incurred as a result are the responsibility of the guest.


Program Inclusions:

Two-night stay in a Deluxe Room at the Westin Hotel - Lima, Peru

Four-night stay aboard the m/v Aria, First Deck Suite Accommodations

Scheduled, Economy-Class flights: Guayaquil/Lima/Iquitos/Lima - upgrades to Business Class are available for an additional cost only on the Guayaquil / Lima portion of this trip.

Meals: Six breakfasts; three lunches and four dinners

Transfers between airports and hotels in air-conditioned vehicles


Flight Details:

Day 1 - Guayaquil / Lima - approximately one hour and 55 minutes

Day 3 - Lima / Iquitos - approximately one hour and 40 minutes

Day 7 - Iquitos / Lima - approximately one hour and 45 minutes

Flight durations may vary due to changes in flight schedules


Luggage Information:

Luggage is restricted to a maximum of 44 pounds (20 kilograms) for domestic flights in Peru. Weight restrictions are very strict on domestic Peruvian flights; at the time of printing, overweight charges are US $35.40 for overweight luggage/ $70.80 per extra piece of luggage. Guests are responsible for any charges imposed by the airlines for excess or overweight luggage.

Visa Information:

Please check with your travel professional for details regarding Peruvian and Ecuadorian visas. It is the responsibility of each guest to obtain appropriate visa documents prior to cruising.


Accessibility:

This program requires participants to be physically fit and able to walk through uneven and/or slippery terrain. The sights visited on this program are not well-equipped for mobility-impaired guests; therefore, this tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilize a wheelchair.


Vaccinations:

Consult your physician for information regarding vaccinations or medications that may be appropriate for your state of health.



Please note:

  • Due to the exclusivity of the M/V Aria, this land program imposes strict payment and cancellation penalties. A $500 per person non-refundable deposit must be made in order to confirm your reservation.
  • Families & Children: 7 year old age minimum.
  • Arrival & Departure: The m/v Aria Amazon Luxury cruise begins and ends in Iquitos, Peru. Embarkation aboard M/V Aria is at approximately 6:00pm on Day 3 (Monday) of the itinerary above. Disembarkation is at 4:00pm on Day 7 (Friday). Please plan your international flights to depart from Lima after 10:00PM.
  • We highly recommend our travellers protect their investment with travel insurance.
  • Gratuities to guides, drivers and shipboard staff, and meals other than those noted in itinerary, are not included in the price of this program.
  • Individual, personal expenses are not included in the price of this program.
  • Charges for alcoholic beverages, spa treatments and other personal expenditures aboard the m/v Aria are the sole responsibility of the guest.
  • Silversea Air Programme guests may be provided flights on LAN Peru in order to participate in this program. Flights are subject to availability, and any changes to the carrier will affect the selling price of the program.

All Land Adventures require a minimum number of participants in order to operate as described. If this minimum number is not met, Silversea reserves the right to offer the programme at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel the specific departure. Silversea's published cruise cancellation policy will remain in effect. All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea. All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable for any reason, within 90 days of sailing. This description is a general overview of this programme. Our local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if local situations, including holidays and weather, require. The programme described in this brochure is provided by independent contractors. Silversea acts solely as ticketing agent. Silversea shall have no obligation or liability of any kind to guests for the business practices, acts or omissions in connection with or arising out of arrangements with independent contractors, including but not limited to airline carriers, ground-tour operators, and hotels since they are neither agents for nor employees of Silversea Cruises. Silversea's liability does not extend beyond the vessel.

Hotels in BALTRA

POST-CRUISE SIMPLY HOTEL: Hotel Oro Verde

WHERE EUROPEAN SERVICE MEETS WARM ECUADORIAN HOSPITALITY

Welcome to the Hotel Oro Verde in Guayaquil, Ecuador, where elegant service in a timeless European service is our promise. This full-service, downtown hotel offers the ultimate in sophistication and comfort for business and leisure travelers alike.

The hotel's superb location in the Guayaquil commercial and financial district means you are within walking distance of popular tourist attractions, entertainment and shopping, and cultural and historical sites.

POST-CRUISE GRANDE HOTEL: Hotel Oro Verde (Club Rooms)

WHERE EUROPEAN SERVICE MEETS WARM ECUADORIAN HOSPITALITY

Welcome to the Hotel Oro Verde in Guayaquil, Ecuador, where elegant service in a timeless European service is our promise. This full-service, downtown hotel offers the ultimate in sophistication and comfort for business and leisure travelers alike.

The hotel's superb location in the Guayaquil commercial and financial district means you are within walking distance of popular tourist attractions, entertainment and shopping, and cultural and historical sites.

PRE-CRUISE GRANDE HOTEL: Casa Gangotena

Situated in a newly-restored historic mansion overlooking Plaza San Francisco, the three-story Casa Gangotena Boutique Hotel 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.

Beyond its doors, the world heritage wonders of Quito, as well the vastly-different and diverse worlds of Ecuador itself, await. Sophisticated and eclectic, historic yet contemporary, at Casa Gangotena style, passion and service blend seamlessly and delightfully.

PRE-CRUISE SIMPLY HOTEL: JW Marriott Hotel Quito

The JW Marriott Hotel Quito, located in the oldest city in the Western Hemisphere, attracts visitors from all countries to enjoy our churches and the 16th Century European architecture as well as natural sanctuary like rain forests and the highest active volcano of the world.

GALAPAGOS SIMPLY HOTEL

Our Simply Hotel selection is the perfect choice for those who want a centrally located setting from which to discover - or rediscover - the city. Rooms in these 4.5 and 5-star properties are generally Standard Double or King rooms that provide comfortable accommodations and superior service for those who wish to extend their trip with a cultural or shopping experience in some of the world's most iconic cities.

For your convenience, we can easily organize transfers between the airport and hotel or between the hotel and the pier so that you only have to decide how much or how little you wish to do.

Hotel brands that we consistently feature include Intercontinental, JW Marriott, Fairmont or the Conrad Group.

An Introduction to Silversea Expeditions

“Voyage of a lifetime” does not even begin to describe a Silversea Expedition experience. Imagine the comfort and intimacy of our ships, coupled with the most intriguing, far-flung destinations on earth. With over 590 destinations on all 7 continents, this is expedition cruising at its finest. Our uniquely curated itineraries with excursions adapted to individual ability and interest cater to all, while our knowledgeable and enthusiastic experts lead the way. Butler service, highest crew to guest ration in the industry and all-inclusivity make a Silversea Expedition cruise like nothing you have ever experienced.