South America is filled with legendary culture and landscape edging the mystical, with no greater stories than those of the Inca in the Andes and the enchanting islands in the Galapagos Archipelago. Gigantic stones continue to adorn the summits of surreal mountaintops. Sea iguanas dive into crystal clear waters, and sea lions bask on powdery-white beaches. Discover the thrilling peaks of Peru; bask in the colonial charm of Quito and enjoy breathtaking scenery and abundant wildlife on Ecuadorian...
Lima – Colonial Squares to Seaside Cliffs
Lima is a city of intrigue and historical splendor, contemporary lifestyle and capital charm. Your flight lands at Jorge Chavez International Airport, where your private transfer greets you upon arrival. The city extends from the shores of the Pacific to the rising hills around the Rimac district. The aroma of freshly squeezed lime emanates from the central market. The alluring aroma drifts out of cevicherias, seafood restaurants, offering bowls of fresh seafood, brimming with crab and sea bass. Street vendors grill choclo, large kernel corn, and spread a spiced sauce called aji over the edges.
You check into the comforts of your luxurious hotel overlooking the charming waves splashing against the seaside cliffs of the Miraflores neighborhood. Your guide meets you in the lobby, eager to introduce you to the variety of districts in the city, each containing a distinctive connection to the city’s rich culture, whether from the Andes in the south, the desert to the east, or the nearby coastal plains. Walk along the Malecon, seaside boardwalk, to enjoy the stunning view of the cobalt waters. A statue of young lovers known as “El Beso,” decorates Love Park. A fragrant sea fills the air as parasailers circle the sky over Antonio Raimondo Park.
Lima – At the Heart of Lima
Cuzco – Allure of the Andean City
Cuzco – History of the Sacred
Machu Picchu – In the Light of the Andean Sun
Cuzco – Morning on the Mountain
Quito – Colonial Enchantment
Quito – Finding Pleasure in the Past
Baltra Island – On the Edge of Natural Wonder
Santa Fe – Elegant Shores and Unforgettable Waters
Punta Suarez – In the Company of Sea Lions
San Cristobal – Between You and the Receding Sea
- Embrace the unique biodiversity of the Galapagos Islands on a multi-day cruise showcasing the wide variety of life on land and sea
- Snorkel with curious wild sea lions off the coast of Gardner Bay in the Galapagos archipelago
- Traverse the Andean hills and Sacred Valley to find the breathtaking stone city of Machu Picchu
- Witness the preserved lifestyle and antique architecture of the once Incan village and stronghold of Ollantaytambo
- Indulge in the mixture of heritage and contemporary lifestyle in Peru’s capital of Lima
- Wander along the high-altitude cobblestone streets of Cuzco, the capital of the Inca Empire, to see the massive stones of the Sacsayhuaman Fortress
- Stroll along the cobblestone streets and Old World colonial charm of Quito’s Old Town
- Explore the historic baroque aesthetic of Quito’s Monastery and Church of San Francisco
Your 12-day tour of South America highlights the distinctive qualities of Andean heritage and Incan persistence, Spanish colonialism, and eclectic scenery. The adventure begins with your arrival in Lima. Your private transfer meets you at the airport and escorts you to a luxurious hotel overlooking the Pacific Ocean at Miraflores. Enjoy an introductory tour of the city to learn about Peruvian culture and the melting pot of traditions inside the contemporary neighborhoods of Lima. The following day, your guide escorts you through the remarkable remnants of the colonial squares and fabulous spirit of the past and present in the neighborhoods of San Isidro and the Central Market.
Next, you have a brief flight into the Andes to reach the former Incan capital, Cuzco. Your private transfer leads you into the heart of the city for a fabulous tour around the undulating cobblestone streets and preserved antique architecture, culminating at Sacsayhuaman Fortress. Afterward, you venture into the Sacred Valley with your guide to visit the vibrant towns of Pisac and Ollantaytambo. The latter contains the remains of a magnificent fortress where the Inca held their final stand against the Spanish. Travel across the Sacred Valley with a scenic train ride to Aguas Calientes, the town located at the base of Machu Picchu. Continue onto the plateau for an exciting historical tour of the once lost Incan city.
In the morning, you return to Machu Picchu to continue wandering amongst the ruins. Climb Huayna Picchu or visit the hidden temples before returning to Cuzco with the remainder of the day at your leisure. Your private transfer escorts you to the airport for your flight north to Quito, the capital of Ecuador. After settling into the comforts of your luxurious hotel in Old Town, you have a brief walking tour to explore the colonial architecture and Basilica del Voto Nacional. Your guide leads you on an in-depth tour of the city, taking in the historic facades and plazas, along with the artwork on display in the Museo Guayasamin. Then, you fly to Baltra Island to begin your cruise of the Galapagos Archipelago. Visit the La Galapaguera Turtle Reserve for your first view of the exceptional wildlife around the islands.
Traverse the bay of Santa Fe to find sea lions and iguanas. Sail to South Plaza to witness the large sea lion colony and avifauna along the cliffs. Next, venture to Espanola and Gardener Bay, at which you can snorkel to view stingrays and Galapagos sharks. At Punta Suarez, you search the sky for hawks and the shores for marine iguanas and lava lizards before witnessing the blowhole erupt with water. On the final day, you return to San Cristobal, where your private transfer escorts you to the airport for your flight home.
$8,995 per person (excluding international flights)
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