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Machu Picchu + the Galapagos Cruise (2019 Itinerary)

14 days

Peru and 4 night Galapagos cruise aboard our deluxe expedition ship, La Pinta

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Discover the Land of the Inca + Voyage in the Wake of Darwin

+ Our Complete Machu Picchu Experience includes the artifacts found by Hiram Bingham and a second sunrise visit to the Lost City.
+ We show you more of Ecuador: The Colonial majesty and rich traditions of Quito, the Andean market town of Otavalo, and a family-run rose farm.
+ Delight in all the scenery of a Galapagos cruise with floor-to-ceiling windows in your Upper Deck stateroom!
+ Step ashore with our expert naturalists at seven unique landing sites in the Galapagos and enhance your cruise with free snorkeling gear, kayaks and a glass-bottom boat.
+ Includes an UNESCO World Heritage Site

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You’ll be met and escorted to the deluxe JW Marriott Hotel.

Behold the landmarks of Colonial Lima c and stroll in Barranco, an historic district now home to lively cafés and galleries. Enjoy a special tour and dinner at the famed Larco Museum. Meals B+D

Tour Cuzco’s Colonial landmarks. At the Casa Concha Museum, you’ll see the Machu Picchu artifacts that were returned by Yale University 100 years after their excavation. Overnight in a specially oxygenated room at the Jw Marriot. Meals B

Delight in the timeless scenery of the Sacred Valley as you journey by rail with Yaki, our engaging Andean Trip Leader. Ascend to Machu Picchu c and tour the Lost City as Yaki illuminates the history of the Inca. Spend the night at the exclusive Belmond Sanctuary Lodge, the only hotel adjacent to Machu Picchu! Meals B+L+D

Day
5

Lost City at sunrise

JW Marriott - Cuzco, Peru

With the privileged location of our lodge, you’ll have first access to the Lost City early this morning to experience the mountain citadel before other visitors have even arrived! Return to Cuzco by train and settle in to your oxygenated room at the JW Marriot. Meals B+L
 

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6

Explore Cuzco c from its Colonial landmarks to the Temple of the Sun and Sacsayhuaman. At the Almudena Cemetery and San Pedro Market, Yaki offers rich insight into enduring cultural traditions. Meals B

Day
7

Fly to Quito and transfer to Plaza Grande, our 15-suite boutique hotel. Dine tonight at Belle Époque overlooking Plaza de la Independencia. Meals B+D

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8

Journey to the highland town of Otavalo, stopping at the Middle of the World monument on the Equator. At the Indian Market, you’ll see locals in traditional garb who are here to sell their finely made crafts. Visit a family-run rose farm and enjoy lunch at an authentic Hacienda. Meals B+L

Your tour of Quito c begins with its Colonial-era landmarks. Meet the owners of a family-run millinery that has produced fine Panama hats for generations and visit Chez Tiff, a boutique chocolate shop that makes confections from local cocoa, herbs and fruits. Meals B

Day
10

Embark your Galapagos voyage

La Pinta

Fly to Baltra Island and travel into the Santa Cruz highlands, home to giant Galapagos tortoises. In Puerto Ayora, board our deluxe expedition ship La Pinta for the start of your cruise through the Galapagos Islands c. Enjoy dinner and a briefing with our shipboard naturalists. Meals B+L+D

Day
11

Two uninhabited isles

La Pinta

A morning excursion in our panga boats is a great way to observe the Nazca and blue-footed boobies that nest on the shores of Eden Islet. Reef sharks and frigatebirds also inhabit the area. After lunch, go ashore on Chinese Hat Islet, home to marine iguanas, sea lions and penguins. Meals B+L+D

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12

Ashore on Bartolomé + Santiago Islands

La Pinta

Ascend Bartolomé Island for sweeping views and venture by panga boat around Pinnacle Rock. In the afternoon, explore Sullivan Bay, famous for its sinuous Pahoehoe lava formations. The beach here is ideal for swimming and snorkeling. Meals B+L+D

Day
13

Genovesa Island

La Pinta

Genovesa Island is celebrated for its diverse birdlife including red-footed boobies, yellow-crowned herons, and lava gulls. In the morning, your guided nature walk winds along the trails at Darwin Bay. After lunch, you’ll explore Prince Philip’s Steps, lava cliffs that provide habitat for Nazca boobies, storm petrels and the elusive short-eared owl. Meals B+L+D

Day
14

Fly to the mainland for departure

Disembark for your included flight to Guayaquil or Quito where you can connect to your homeward flight. Or extend your stay with us in Ecuador. Meals B

Extend Your Trip

Add the Nazca Lines

3 days from $1,499

This easy-to-add Pre-Tour includes roundtrip transportation from Lima, 2 nights hotel, daily breakfast and complete sightseeing

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Day
1

Welcome to Lima

Upon arrival at the airport, you'll be warmly greeted and escorted to the Wyndham Aiport Hotel.

Day
2

From Lima to Paracas

Travel overland through the arid and captivating coastal landscapes to Paracas. Then take to the skies in a small plane for a birds-eye view of the Nazca Lines, one of the world’s most intriguing and enduring mysteries. Etched into the dry Earth below and enduring for nearly 1,500 years, these enormous line drawings cover the arid plain below you. Among the enigmatic glyphs that will capture your attention and fire your imagination are a spider, condor, fish and monkey. Back on the ground, you’ll check in to the stylish Hotel Paracas Luxury Collection - our inviting resort overlooking the Bay of Paracas.  Meals B

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Discover the Ballestas Islands + Return to Lima

After checking out from your resort, you’ll embark on a sightseeing expedition off the Pacific Coast. Reaching the rugged Ballestas Islands, part of Peru’s largest coastal wildlife sanctuary, your boat will navigate around the islands rocky shoreline, punctuated by arches and caves. As sea conditions permit, we should be able to get close enough to observe the islands’ inhabitants - including raucous herds of sea lions and a variety of indigenous birds including Guanay cormorants, Peruvian boobies, and enormous colonies of Peruvian pelicans. Humboldt penguins can also be espied in these waters. As we make our way back to the mainland, be on the lookout for a huge 3-pronged geoglyph that stretches close to 500 feet long and more than 150 feet wide. Etched into an arid hill facing the Pacific, its origins are still debated; some link it to the Nazca Lines while others propose that it may have served as a navigational guide for ancient sailors. In the afternoon, journey back to Lima and check in to the lovely JW Marriott Hotel to begin your tour.  Meals B

Private Tour Add-Ons

Arequipa and the Colca Valley

Tour this lovely, Colonial-era Peruvian town and then journey into the Colca Valley, one of South America’s greatest natural wonders and home to the magnificent condor! Enjoy a deluxe hotel in Arequipa and wonderful hot spring lodge in the Colca Valley.

Lake Titicaca

With its pristine beauty and unique indigenous communities, Lake Titicaca is a terrific way to enhance your travels through Peru and South America. We include private airport transfers, a choice of fine hotels & resorts and a full-day, expertly guided excursion across the Lake.

Peru's Amazon Lodges

Discover the remote and pristine Amazon jungles of Peru! We include your choice of eco-lodge deep in the rainforest, roundtrip transportation from Puerto Maldonado and all meals. Then set out with our expert naturalists to explore the unique flora and fauna of the Amazon.

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Don't Miss Barranco:
Lima's Montmartre
 

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