Discover the Galápagos & Peru
Fantastic treasures await on this vacation to Peru and the Galápagos Islands. Enjoy a walking tour of Lima; guided sightseeing in Quito and Cusco, former capital of the Inca Empire; and an excursion to Otavalo’s famous Indian market. Also visit ancient Puca Pucara, the Temple of Sacsayhuaman, the Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo, and mystical Machu Picchu. Then, fly to Baltra Island for a fantastic 4-night Galápagos Islands cruise. In the company of a local Naturalist, you’ll encounter indigenous plants and animals found only in the Galápagos Islands. For travelers who want to see ancient ruins, learn about new cultures, and be awed at the amazing natural world, this trip is not to be missed!
Cruise: 4-night cruise in an outside stateroom cruising the Galápagos National Park aboard the Isabela II; Charles Darwin Research Station; guided sightseeing each day with a local NaturalistDay 1 Lima: welcome to South AmericaDay 2 Lima: sightseeing with a Local Guide; visit the cathedral, San Francisco Monastery and Larco Herrera Museum; welcome dinnerDay 3 Lima–Cusco–Sacred Valley: guided visit of Awanakancha, Kenko, Puca Pucara, the Temple of Sacsayhuaman, and the market town of PisacDay 4 Sacred Valley–Machu Picchu: visit Ollantaytambo ruins; Vistadome train ride through Urubamba Valley to Machu Picchu; guided visit of the Machu Picchu ruins with Local GuideDay 5 Machu Picchu–Cusco: second included entrance to the Machu Picchu ruins; train ride to Sacred ValleyDay 6 Cusco: sightseeing with a Local Guide; visit the cathedral and the Santo Domingo MonasteryDay 7 Cusco–Quito: Fly to Quito; dinner at a local restaurantDay 8 Quito: sightseeing with a Local Guide; visit Legislative Palace, San Francisco Monastery, La Compania Church, Workshop & Museum of Oswaldo Guayasamin, and Equatorial MonumentDay 9 Quito: guided sightseeing of Otavalo; visit an ancient Indian market; home-hosted lunchDay 10 Galápagos Islands (Embarkation) Cruising: Fly to Baltra in the Galápagos; Santa Cruz Island, visit Charles Darwin Research Station; embark the Isabela II, welcome cocktail, expedition lectureDay 11 Galápagos Islands Cruising: Floreana Island, Naturalist-guided walks, snorkeling, expedition lectureDay 12 Galápagos Islands Cruising: Española Island, Naturalist-guided walks, snorkeling, expedition lectureDay 13 Galápagos Islands Cruising: San Cristobal Island, Naturalist-guided walks, snorkeling, farewell cocktailDay 14 Galápagos Islands (Disembarkation)–San Cristobal–Quito: Fly to Quito; farewell dinnerDay 15 Quito: your vacation ends this morning
Lima Casa Andina Private Collection Miraflores (D)Sacred Valley Casa Andina Private Collection Sacred Valley (SF)Machu Picchu Sumaq Hotel (MD)Cusco Casa Andina Private Collection Cusco (F)Quito Swissotel Quito (MD)Galápagos Cruise Isabela II
Breakfast (B): American breakfast dailyLunch (L): 8 lunchesDinner (D): 10 three-course dinners including a welcome dinner in Lima and a farewell dinner in QuitoComplimentary wine with all dinners on boardComplimentary coffee, tea, water on board throughout the day
NOTE:Maximum elevation on tour: 11,200 ft.