Galapagos, Amazon Rain Forest and Machu Picchu

Galapagos, Amazon Rain Forest and Machu Picchu

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An action packed two weeks that will leave you breathless…..Journeys to the heart of the Amazon Rain Forest….a once in a lifetime cruise to the Galápagos Islands, and a grand finale to the wonders of Cusco and Machu Picchu.

Our Honored Guest: Rabbi Heshie Billet, Rabbi of Young Israel of Woodmere, N.Y.

Unravel the mysteries of the Amazon Rain Forest from La Casa Del Suizo, our unique lodge situated in the heart of the forest. Journey on the Amazon tributary on mechanized canoes to discover the natural wonders of the Amazon explained by our expert guides. We will meet with families who live in the heart of the forest without electricity or running water. We will spend shabbatot in Quito and Lima, and tour these fascinating, ancient cities. On to the Galapagos Islands. We will board our ship, the M/V Legend and begin a four day adventure to one of the world’s last bastions of untouched beauty and nature. Our last stop will be in Cusco, where we will explore both the ancient city of the Incas at Machu Picchu and the Sacred and Urubamba Valleys. Our deluxe hotels on this tour include the JW Marriot in Quito, the Country Club in Lima and the Aranwa Boutique Hotel in Cusco.

Learn more about our Galapagos, Amazon Rain Forest and Machu Picchu trip – click ‘Tour Plan‘ above.

For a full printable version of our itinerary click here.

June 30 - July 16, 2019
  • Included
    5 Star Accommodation
    Airport Transfers
    Fully Kosher
    Personal Guide
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Sunday June 30

Arrive at Quito in Ecuador to meet the other members of our group, who will be flying in from all over the world!

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Monday, July 1

City Tour of Quito:

Quito is one of the world’s highest capital cities. The views from it’s high vantage points are stunning. We will make a visit to the Presidential Palace and the Government’s Palace, as well as La Basilica and San Francisco Churches, whose ornate décor and impressive architecture can be marveled.

Finally, we will make our way to Panecillo Mirador, Quito’s most famous hill. Wonder at the juxtaposition of colonial and contemporary as you look out over the capital city. While in Quito we will eat all our meals at the hotel in our own private dining room. All meals under the strict supervision of Rabbi David Shalem.

Overnight at the JW Marriott Hotel, Quito

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Tuesday, July 2 - Friday, July 5

We begin our journey over the Andes Mountain Range to the Amazon Rain Forest, through some of Ecuador’s most awe inspiring scenery. 

We will eat all meals at the lodge…Again under the strict supervision of Rabbi David Shalem. Our lodge, the deluxe, La Casa Del Suizo, will be our home for the 3 nights. Click here to see for yourself the amazing activities that await us. 

In short, these 3 days are action-packed, exciting, educational… and very humid!!

Overnight at the deluxe La Casa Del Suizo.

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Friday, July 5

After breakfast we take our leave of the Amazon Rainforest and head back to Quito.

Before we return to the hotel and free time to prepare for Shabbat, we will visit the ECUATOR LINE in the Middle of the World City – One foot in the Southern Hemisphere and one foot in the Northern Hemisphere.

Overnight at the JW Marriott Hotel, Quito

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Shabbat , July 6

After Shabbat lunch we will take a short, guided walk in the vicinity of the hotel. Before Mincha and Seuda Shlishit, we will learn about some of the history of South America in general and Ecuador in particular.

Overnight at the JW Marriott Hotel, Quito

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Sunday, July 7

Today we will take a full day tour to the Cotopaxi National Park and the Limpiopungo Lagoon.

The Cotopaxi National Park lies 53 kilometers southeast of Quito and is the second most visited national park in Ecuador. Cotopaxi National Park’s main attraction is its still active volcano, which stands at a towering 19,000 feet above sea level, dwarfing the surrounding valleys, rivers and lagoons.

Referred to by the Incas as the ‘Neck of the Moon’, the volcano has had over a dozen recorded eruptions, making it the most volatile volcano in South America. That does not deter the many climbers who attempt to climb it each year. It last exploded in 1877. A visit to Cotopaxi is not complete without a visit to the Limpiopungo Lagoon. No matter what the weather, you are guaranteed to see birds, small finches and wrens hopping up and down the trail itself and larger waterfowl and shore birds in the many small ponds and marshy areas. You are also guaranteed stunning vistas of the surrounding mountains and of wild horses on the paramo.

The trail around the lake takes about 1.5 hours. It is well maintained and practically flat, making it a perfect hike for those that are not handling high altitude well.

Overnight at the JW Marriott Hotel, Quito

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Monday, July 8 - Thursday, July 11

It would be futile to describe the experience of the Galapagos in a few sentences. For an overview please click here

The actual itinerary for the 3 nights/4 days adventure can be seen here.

These few days are an experience of a lifetime!

Overnight at the M/V Galapagos Legend – The Galapagos Islands

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Thursday, July 11

We check in for our flight to Guayaquil, where we will arrive at 1250pm. 

Since we have a few hours before our connecting flight to Lima, Rabbi Tawil will show us Beit Chabad in Guayaquil, and give us a brief talk about the Jewish Community there. We will have lunch at the only kosher restaurant in Ecuador, opened by a local Israeli businessman, and under the hashgacha of Rabbi Tawil.

We will return to the airport for our flight to Lima.

All meals will be at the Shul, and are under the strict supervision of the Rabbi of Lima, Rabbi Shlomo Cohen-Scali.

Overnight at The Country Club Hotel, Lima

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Friday, July 12

Our tour of Lima will provide us with a comprehensive historical oversight of the city, while visiting all the must-see sites.

We will drive along Lima’s first freeway, built during the 1960s and 70s, arriving in downtown Lima, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here we will be able to appreciate the impressive monuments and imposing architecture from the colonial times.

We will visit the 16th. Century Convent of Santo Domingo, one of the best preserved monasteries in the whole of Lima, where we view the magnificent old Lima from its tower. We continue to the Larco Museum, featuring the finest gold and silver collection from Ancient Peru, and the famous “erotic” archaeological collection.

We will be spending Shabbat with the very friendly, but small, Jewish Community of Lima.

Overnight at The Country Club Hotel, Lima

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Shabbat, July 13

After davening we will join the community in their weekly gala Kiddush/lunch. After the Kiddush, Lima’s Rabbi will tell us about Jewish life in Peru…..past and present.

Shabbat afternoon rest and return to Shul for Mincha and Seuda Shlishit.

Motzei Shabbat will take us to the Magic Water Circuit – one of the best in the world.

Overnight at The Country Club Hotel, Lima

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Sunday, July 14

Farewell to Lima, and transfer to the airport for our flight to Cusco.

On arrival in Cusco we will transfer to our hotel, the famous and deluxe Aranwa Hotel. We will take a leisurely walk to acclimatize to the altitude, which is 3,400 meters (for a point of reference, Jerusalem’s altitude is 790 meters!!!).

We will eat lunch at Chabad….a short walk from the hotel. All our meals will be at Chabad during our stay in Cusco.

Our afternoon tour will take us to The Cathedral, the Koricancha(Temple of the Sun) and the nearby ruins…Qenqo(Ceremonial and Ritual Center where sacrifices were made…Puca Pucara, which was used by Emperor Pachacutec as a tambo, Tambomachay and Sacsayhuaman Fortress.

Overnight at Aranwa Boutique Hotel, Cusco

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Monday, July 15

This link will give us a valuable explanation of the history of Machu Picchu.

We will travel to Machu Picchu by the Vistadome Train – an experience in and of itself – with an amazing, colorful, comic fashion show on the return train journey back to Cusco.

Overnight at Aranwa Boutique Hotel, Cusco

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Tuesday, July 16

Departure from Cusco Airport

We will have some free time before our transfer to the airport for our flights to our respective countries and homes.