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!
Highlights & Sightseeing
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 Naturalist
Lima: sightseeing with a Local Guide; visit the cathedral, San Francisco Monastery and Larco Herrera Museum; welcome dinner
Sacred Valley: guided visit of Awanakancha, Kenko, Puca Pucara, the Temple of Sacsayhuaman, and the market town of Pisac; visit Ollantaytambo ruins
Machu Picchu: guided visit of the Machu Picchu ruins with Local Guide, and two entrances to the ruins
Cusco: sightseeing with a Local Guide; visit Santo Domingo Monastery and the Cathedral
Quito: sightseeing with a Local Guide; visit Legislative Palace, San Francisco Monastery, La Compania Church, Workshop & Museum of Oswaldo Guayasamin, and Equatorial Monument
Otavalo: guided sightseeing of Otavalo; visit an ancient Indian market; home-hosted lunch
- American breakfast daily
- 8 lunches
- 9 three-course dinners including a welcome dinner in Lima and a farewell dinner in Quito
- Complimentary wine with all dinners on board
- Complimentary coffee, tea, water on board throughout the day
- Maximum elevation on tour: 11,200 ft.