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Discover the Galápagos & Peru

Discover the Galápagos & Peru

15 Day Cruise Lima to Quito

Vacation overview

04/07/15 8:00 pm

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Itinerary

 

Day 1   LIMA, PERU

Welcome to Lima—Cosmopolitan, Colonial, and Pre-Columbian Culture

Enjoy free time today before your Peruvian Andes and Galápagos adventure begins. Explore the fascinating Peruvian capital—where high-rises tower above ancient temples and colorful colonial architecture.

Day 2   LIMA

Peruvian Treasures, Presidential Palaces, and Pizarro’s Conquests

CLASSIC Take a Guided Walking Tour of Lima—to see the colonial Old Quarter, Plaza de Armas, the presidential Government Palace, and the ornate Cathedral—founded by Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro. Visit the San Francisco Monastery and see its famous catacombs.

DISCOVERY This evening, join a Guided Tour of Lima’s Larco Herrera Museum—on the site of a 7th-century pre-Columbian pyramid. With the world’s largest private collection of pre-Columbian Peruvian art, see 5,000 years of art, artifacts, and archaeological treasures. Enjoy a Welcome Dinner in the beautiful Peruvian café here.

Day 3   CUSCO–SACRED VALLEY

Alpacas, Llamas, and Ancient Andes Villages

Fly to the ancient Andean city of Cusco—former capital of the Inca Empire—on your way to the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

DISCOVERY Take a Guided Tour of Awanakancha to encounter llamas, alpacas, vicuñas, and guanacos and learn about their vital role in Peruvian culture. Continue to the old mountain village of Pisac to browse the local market and colorful stalls for alpaca sweaters, woven blankets, and handmade jewelry.

This evening, enjoy dining on Andean and Western dishes with wine.

Day 4   SACRED VALLEY

Stone Temples and Formidable Fortresses

CLASSIC Join a Guided Tour of the Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo to visit the ruins including the Sun Temple and Princess Baths fountain.

DISCOVERY Join an Escorted Visit to a native Incan home in the village of Ollantaytambo to experience the way of life enduring since the 13th century.

MACHU PICCHU
Andean Heights and Hidden Secrets of the Inca’s Lost City

CLASSIC All aboard the 360° train to Aguas Calientes enjoying spectacular views of the lush countryside of Urubamba Valley along the way from the panoramic windows or the open-air carriage. From Aguas Calientes, take the winding road to Machu Picchu.

ACTIVE Take a Guided Walk of Machu Picchu to explore the “Lost City of the Incas” high atop the Andes. Your Local Guide will bring you closer to the lives and mysteries still hidden in these amazing structures built by the pre-Columbian masters of this sacred land.

DISCOVERY Enjoy your overnight stay at the foot of the mountain with a gourmet dinner including wine.


Day 5   MACHU PICCHU–CUSCO

A Miraculous Sanctuary in a Tropical Mountain Forest

CLASSIC Take a second included Guided Excursion to Machu Picchu. Set out early to see the sunrise over the ruins, and wander through perfectly assembled stone walls and terraces amid the natural landscape as a hidden sanctuary.

After lunch, return to the Sacred Valley by train and continue to Cusco.

Day 6   CUSCO

Conquistadors, Churches, and the Colorful Culture of Peru

CLASSIC A Guided Walking Tour of Cusco reveals more on the struggle between the Incas and the invading Spaniards. Visit the imposing Cathedral and the Santo Domingo Monastery. Next, see the semi-circular Kenko Amphitheater with its stone altars and labyrinth of passages and the ancient site of Puca Pucara before reaching the Temple of Sacsayhuaman, perched on a hillside overlooking Cusco. It remains unfathomable how and when this fortress of gigantic stones—with some blocks weighing more than 350 tons—was built.

DISCOVERY Tonight, enjoy dinner inspired by Peru’s eclectic mix of cultures.

Day 7   QUITO, ECUADOR

Bienvenido a Ecuador! South America’s Most Biodiverse Country

Fly to Quito, capital of Ecuador and a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site, and begin the Ecuadorian portion of your vacation.

DISCOVERY Tonight, enjoy dinner with delicious regional cuisine.

Day 8   QUITO. EXCURSION TO OTAVALO

Traditions Woven through Generations in the Andean Highlands

CLASSIC Join a Guided Excursion to Otavalo’s Indian market—brimming with colorful woven textiles, traditional Ecuadorean apparel, produce, and craftwork.

DISCOVERY Visit the town of Peguche—famous for its exquisitely handcrafted weavings. Take an Escorted Tour of local homes to observe the handiwork in creating woven blankets and clothing that are so important to life in the Andes highlands.

DISCOVERY Enjoy an authentic Andean Dining Experience with lunch served in a local hacienda.

Day 9   QUITO

A Gold Altar, Artistic Avenues, and Two Hemispheres at One Time

CLASSIC Take a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Quito that showcases the colonial city’s historic sites, including the impressive Legislative Palace with its enormous sculpted mural of Ecuadorean history. You’ll also see Independence Plaza and visit the 16th-century San Francisco Monastery, and La Compañía Church—the exquisite Jesuit cathedral with its spectacular Spanish baroque architecture—more than 160 years in the making.

DISCOVERY Take a Guided Walk down Calle La Ronda—one of Quito’s oldest streets—with artist’s workshops and galleries. Later, visit a local chocolate factory to taste for yourself why Ecuador is one of the world’s finest chocolate producers.

CLASSIC Join a Guided Excursion to the Ciudad Mitad del Mundo—the “middle of the world.” Stand in both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres at the same time at the exact location of the Earth’s Equator.

Day 10   SAN CRISTOBAL–GALÁPAGOS ISLANDS (EMBARKATION)

Protected Giant Tortoises and Highly Adaptable Birds

This morning, fly to the remote Galápagos island of San Cristobal where you’ll embark on a five-day cruise on the Treasure of Galápagos.

CLASSIC Take a Naturalist-Led Excursion to the highlands of San Cristobal to visit the Cerro Colorado Tortoise Reserve. Learn about the island’s endangered giant tortoise population and the reserve’s conservation efforts.

DISCOVERY Your expert Naturalist Guide will point out other wildlife on the island, including songbirds like the yellow warbler, Galápagos large-billed flycatchers, and the Chatham mockingbird (unique to this island), that put Darwin on track of his evolution theory.

Enjoy a Captain’s welcome dinner on board this evening.

NOTE:
The ship’s itinerary may vary according to Galápagos National Park policies and regulations, weather conditions, and seasonal changes to create the perfect cross-section of sites visited.

Day 11   ESPAÑOLA ISLAND

Sky-High Ocean Spray and Diverse Life In and Out of the Water

CLASSIC Take a Guided Excursion with your expert Naturalist to explore the southeastern part of the archipelago. Visit the glistening white coral beaches of Gardner Bay to see Galápagos sea lions, marine iguanas, seabirds, and hawks. Watch for three species of Darwin finches—a hallmark of his research.

DISCOVERY Enjoy a prime snorkeling spot in Gardner Bay’s pristine waters to spot a kaleidoscope of multi-colored reef fish, reef sharks, and the amazing Pacific green turtles.

ACTIVE This afternoon, your Naturalist Guide takes you to the sheer cliffs of Punta Suárez to witness the spectacular spray from an ocean blowhole. Watch for the blue-footed and Nazca boobies, and other remarkable bird species, including the waved albatross. Be on the lookout for the male Christmas iguana that turns red and green during mating season.

Day 12   FLOREANA ISLAND

Pink Flamingos, Gliding Rays, and a Message in a Barrel

CLASSIC Join a Naturalist-Led Excursion to Floreana’s Post Office Bay—with its historic 18th-century whalers’ postal service—consisting of a barrel—to drop mail with the hopes that future travelers will carry it back to the mainland.

ACTIVE Explore the island’s channels by panga boat, or take a swim with playful sea lions. This afternoon, join your Naturalist Guide for an easy hike at Cormorant Point in search of greater flamingos, blue-footed boobies, and sea turtles, or take another opportunity to snorkel with reef fish, turtles, and rays gliding through the crystal shallows.

Day 13   SANTA FÉ ISLAND

A Prehistoric Volcano and Prickly Cactus Forest

ACTIVE Take a Naturalist Guided Hike to explore Barrington Bay—home to one of the most ancient volcanoes in the Galápagos, animal species found nowhere else in the world, and a forest of giant prickly pear cacti—mainstay of the land iguana, endemic only to Santa Fé Island. Keep an eye out for other species exclusive to the island, including the Galápagos hawk, snake, and mockingbird.

Take time to enjoy the inviting waters off Barrington Bay to snorkel with sea lions and vibrantly colored fish, before cruising to Santa Cruz Island.

DISCOVERY You’ll also visit Tortuga Bay for a Naturalist Guided Excursion to Santa Cruz Island—the nesting place of the Pacific green turtle, marine iguanas, and the giant Galápagos tortoise.

This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner served especially for your final night on board.

Day 14   SANTA CRUZ ISLAND (DISEMBARKATION)

Guarding the Gentle Giants of the Highlands

DISCOVERY Take a Naturalist Guided Excursion to the highlands of Santa Cruz Island to visit El Chato Tortoise Reserve. You’ll have the opportunity to observe Galápagos tortoises in the wild and learn how these gentle giants are studied and protected across the archipelago.

Continue to the airport for your return flight to Quito.

Day 15   QUITO, ECUADOR

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Vacation Highlights

Day 1 Arrive Lima, Peru: welcome to Lima

Day 2 Lima: walking tour; visit San Francisco Monastery; Larco Herrera Museum and welcome dinner

Day 3 Lima–Cusco–Sacred Valley: visit Awanakancha to see various camelids from the region, and explore Pisac Market

Day 4 Sacred Valley–Machu Picchu: visit the Ollantaytambo ruins; take the 360°Train to Machu Picchu; walking tour of Machu Picchu

Day 5 Machu Picchu–Cusco: enjoy a second included entrance to Machu Picchu; return on the 360°Train to the Sacred Valley and continue to Cusco

Day 6 Cusco: walking tour of Cusco, visit Santo Domingo Monastery, the Cathedral, and the ruins of Sacsayhuaman

Day 7 Cusco–Quito, Ecuador: fly to Quito via Lima

Day 8 Quito: excursion to Otavalo’s Indian market and Peguche; Hacienda lunch

Day 9 Quito: walking tour, visit San Francisco Monastery, La Compania Church, La Ronda Street, a Chocolate factory, and the Equatorial Monument

Day 10 Quito–San Cristobal–Galápagos Islands (Embarkation): fly to the Galápagos Islands; embark Treasure of Galápagos; visit Cerro Colorado Tortoise Reserve on San Cristobal Island

Day 11 Galápagos Islands Cruising: Española Island: Naturalist-guided walks; snorkeling

Day 12 Galápagos Islands Cruising: Floreana Island: Naturalist-guided walks; snorkeling

Day 13 Galápagos Islands Cruising: Santa Fé & Santa Cruz Islands: Naturalist-guided walks on each island; snorkeling

Day 14 Galápagos Islands (Disembarkation)–Santa Cruz Island–Quito: disembark Treasure of Galápagos; visit EL Chato Tortoise Reserve; fly to Quito

Day 15 Quito: your vacation ends this morning

  • Maximum elevation on tour: 11,200 ft.
  • Small Group Discovery - We never allow more than 16 passengers on our Small Group Discovery vacations, allowing you to truly immerse yourself in the destination and local culture.

No Excursions are available at this time.


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