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These Adventure Highlights have been hand-picked by our overseas Travel Planners, based on their intimate knowledge of the destination and their conversations with our travelers.
Embark on two explorations — including an unforgettable sunrise — over this ancient Incan citadel
Spend five days snorkeling, kayaking, and wildlife seeking on this biodiverse archipelago’s islands
Walk through Lima’s colonial center and watch a traditional cooking demonstration
Ponder the Incan legacy at one of the Sacred Valley’s best-preserved ruins
Visit the intricate baroque churches of Lima, Cusco, and Quito
Observe giant Galápagos tortoises in their natural habitat on Santa Cruz Island
Stand simultaneously on both hemispheres at Quito’s Middle of the World Monument
Learn about astronomy and stargaze in the Galápagos on the m/v Santa Cruz II’s deck
Nab handmade treasures and mingle with locals in Peru’s indigenous markets
Marvel at the ancient capital’s contrasting Incan and colonial structures
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Whether climbing Machu Picchu or snorkeling the wildlife-rich waters of the Galápagos, this active adventure will take your breath away. Here are a few ways you’ll stay active:
Explore ancient tradition and culture in Cusco and Machu Picchu, two lively cultural destinations that will set the stage for your Galápagos explorations. Here are a few ways art and culture come to life on this adventure:
Enjoy an unforgettable voyage among the Galápagos Islands, one of the planet’s most unique and pristine natural areas. Considered one of the world's best regions for birdwatching, you’ll have the opportunity to come face-to-face with many colorful inhabitants as you explore several of the most significant islands
Santa Cruz Island – Traverse the fascinating landscapes of Cerro Dragón (Dragon Hill) during our time on Santa Cruz, where we’ll hike past a brackish water lagoon frequented by shorebirds, ducks, and flamingos.
Isabela Island – Embark on a panga expedition of this beautiful island while our naturalist guide provides insight on the dramatic geology of the area. Watch for the many species that populate the island, from flightless cormorants and Galapagos penguins to fur seals and boobies.
Fernandina Island – Take time to explore the unique environment of Fernandina, the youngest island of the Galapagos archipelago. Here, you'll get to observe flightless cormorants bask in the sun, as well as find a high density of penguins, hawks, and many other fascinating birds.
Floreana Island – During our time on Floreana, we’ll explore Punta Cormorant, where we'll observe the flamingos, nazca and blue-footed boobies, frigate birds, pintail ducks, and other bird species that color the brackish water lagoons.
This cruise is an excellent opportunity to make lifelong memories with your family and friends. Here’s what you can look forward to:
Your journey through the Galápagos Islands will be a memorable cruise through paradise. While tourism plays an important part in guaranteeing these islands’ survival, the human footprint is remarkably small. This ensures that you get a true sense of uninterrupted nature. Known for the diversity of endemic species and distinctive landscapes, you’ll have the opportunity to encounter many colorful inhabitants as you explore five of the Galápagos’s most significant islands:
Culture, architecture, nature — South America undoubtedly has some of the best. On this adventure through two pivotal Andean countries, you’ll encounter people, landscapes, and wildlife that you’ll remember forever. Here are some tips and suggestions to help you make the most of your journey and return home with snapshots you won’t wait to show off:
A cathedral represents a people’s religion, history, and art. You’ll get to experience the incredible architecture, as well as the gorgeous stained-glass windows and interior statues during your explorations. You'll visit Lima's and Quito's cathedrals, as well as several sacred Incan temples, like:
Machu Picchu: Wonder at the spiritual presence of Machu Picchu during two guided tours of this UNESCO World Heritage Site — one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Abandoned after the collapse of the Incan Empire, Machu Picchu was unveiled to the world in 1911. Today, history enthusiasts travel from all over the world to witness this incredible testament to the Incan civilization’s brilliant engineering and architecture.
Sacred Valley: As the heart of the Incan empire, Peru’s Sacred Valley is filled with rich heritage and extraordinary religious sites. We’ll explore the town of Ollantaytambo, where we’ll visit the lower temple’s archaeological site and can climb to the higher Sun Temple.
Lima — Set off on a walking tour of colorful Lima, Peru’s capital and largest city. We’ll take time to explore its historic center — a UNESCO World Heritage Site — soaking in its colonial architecture, storied heritage, and artistic soul.
Machu Picchu — Wonder at the spiritual presence of Machu Picchu during two guided tours of this UNESCO World Heritage Site and of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Abandoned after the collapse of the Inca Empire, Machu Picchu was unveiled to the world in 1911. Today, history enthusiasts travel from all over the world to witness this incredible testament to the engineering and architectural abilities of the Incan civilization.
Cusco — Once the capital of the Incan Empire, Cusco is filled with fascinating heritage. We’ll discover this thriving mecca on a walking tour, absorbing the city’s colonial baroque architecture and Spanish influences. We’ll also marvel at the Incan architecture of Sacsayhuamán, a fortress overlooking the city of Cusco. Composed of three large terraced walls and a circular stone structure, this site is believed to be a solar calendar.
Quito — Explore Ecuador’s capital city, Quito, which was the first city in the world to be declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its breathtaking setting, flanked by volcanic Andean peaks, complements its countless charms. Discover the city’s appeal during a tour that includes Independence Plaza, the Presidential Palace, and the La Compañía de Jesús Temple. We’ll venture northward to straddle the hemispheres at La Mitad del Mundo, or the Middle of the World, where a monument marks where the equator passes through the earth.
Galápagos Islands — Off of Ecuador’s coast lies one of the most unique archipelagos in the world. This UNESCO site is where Charles Darwin first developed his theories on evolution. Spend five days exploring its pristine waters, striking landscapes, and rare ecosystem. Some of the flora and fauna you will witness throughout the cruise only exists in the Galápagos.
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