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Program #18484RJ
17 Days | 16 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
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Elevation Note
11,000 ft Cusco, Peru/at 12,330 ft Chincheros, Peru.

Itinerary for Mar 7 — Mar 23, 2014

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Type: Hotel

Contact info:
Avenida Naciones Unidas y Republica de el Salvador
Quito, 000 Ecuador
phone: +59322970002
web: www.starwoodhotels.com/fourpoints

Room amenities: Air conditioning, coffee/tea maker, iron/ironing board, hair dryer, mini refrigerator, telephone, free newspaper, and cable TV.

Facility amenities: Fitness and spa facilities, laundry/valet service, gift shop, florist, and meeting rooms.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day One: Friday, March 07 - Arrive to Quito.
Note: The new Mariscal Sucre International Airport is located approximately one hour from downtown Quito.

Note: To minimize your chances of experiencing altitude sickness, try to get plenty of rest before you travel, stay hydrated, avoid alcohol and fatty foods, eat high carbohydrate foods, and avoid strenuous exercise at high elevations.

Arrive To: Arrive at the international airport in Quito, Ecuador.

Proceed through Immigrations, Baggage Claim and Customs before exiting the secured area of the airport. The Road Scholar representative will be waiting outside the exit door with a Road Scholar sign (only applies to Road Scholar group flights).

Transfer to the hotel and check-in, followed by time at leisure.

Please note that this is an international travel day; no meals or program activities are scheduled on this day. Hotel check-in usually begins at 3PM.

Lodging: Hotel Sheraton Quito

Type: Hotel

Contact info:
Avenida Naciones Unidas y Republica de el Salvador
Quito, 000 Ecuador
phone: +59322970002
web: www.starwoodhotels.com/fourpoints

Room amenities: Air conditioning, coffee/tea maker, iron/ironing board, hair dryer, mini refrigerator, telephone, free newspaper, and cable TV.

Facility amenities: Fitness and spa facilities, laundry/valet service, gift shop, florist, and meeting rooms.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Two: Saturday, March 08 - Quito – City Excursion & Field Trip to the ...
Breakfast: At the hotel restaurant.


Morning: Orientation to the program.

Visit El Panecillo for panoramic views of Quito.

Before the Spanish arrived, the hill known as El Panecillo (small bread roll) was used by the Inca for sun worshiping. In the early 1800s, the Spanish military took advantage of El Panecillo's strategic location and elevation (9,843 ft), and built a fortress to protect and monitor the city. In present times, the hill is the site of a city monument and lookout point where visitors can get 360° views of Quito. On clear days, it is even possible to spot Cotopaxi's snowy peak in the distance.

Enjoy a walking exploration of Quito's colonial center. Visit the Independence Square with an informative explanation of the Presidential and Bishop Palace, as well as the Cathedral. Visit La Compañía church, one of the most beautiful churches in Quito, legendary for its gold covered interior. Visit the historic San Francisco church and convent, raised up above a wide stone paved court originally known as "Tiangues," a place used by the indigenous inhabitants of Quito to trade products.


Lunch: Lunch at local restaurant including an introduction to Ecuadorian food products and typical Ecuadorian cuisine.


Afternoon: After lunch, we will leave Quito and travel in a northerly direction to visit the Museo Intinan located on the Equator line, near the Middle of the World complex.

The Intinan Museum has a permanent exposition that details the Andean cosmovision of Ecuador's ancestral cultures. Learn about the indigenous calendar and its accuracy. Visit an ancient home to find out about the way of life and traditions of indigenous people more than a century ago. Acquaint yourself with the important rituals of Amazonian tribes as you educate yourself about the cultures of Ecuador's Oriente region.

Lecture: The Past, Present, and Future of Ecuador.


Dinner: Dinner at hotel.

Lodging: Hotel Sheraton Quito

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Other

Description: Built in 1991 and refurbished annually, these identical superior first-class sister yachts accommodate no more than 20 guests and feature three decks of spacious staterooms with polished teak interioiors. Accommodations include ten double outside-facing cabins with a window or porthole view, one double bed or two twin lower beds, fully air-conditioned with private bathroom, bio-degradable soap/shampoo dispensers, hair dryer, closet, drawers, intercom and separate climate controls for your comfort. Dining room, well-stocked bar and conference area with a flat screen TV, library and panoramic picture windows.

Ship Information: Type: Superior first class motor yachts Year Built: 1990-1993 specifically for Galapagos Islands cruising Capacity: 20 exclusive guests in ten double cabins Crew: 11 including your Captain and two naturalist guides Cruising Speed: 8 knots L.O.A.: 83 feet / 25 meters BEAM: 24 feet / 7 ½ meters DRAFT: 6 feet / 1.8 meters GROSS TONS: 240 Engines: (2) 402 HP Caterpillar, 8-cylinder turbo diesel Generators: (1) Perkins 90 KW and (1) John Deere 65KW Water Capacity: 5,000 gallons / 18,921 liters Watermaker Production: 1,200 gallons per day/ 4536 liters per day Fuel Capacity: 5,400 gallons / 20,435 liters Navigational Equipment: 24 mile Furuno radar, Furuno GPS, Electronic compass, magnetic compass, barometer Communication: VHF-DSC CH70 and MF/HF with DSC radios Safety Equipment: Viking 25-person inflatable capsule lifeboat (SOLAS certified) 40 life vests Type I approved with whistles and lights, 6 circular buoys with emergency lights, Portable fire extinguishers, CO2 fix station, smoke detectors, SART (radar transponder) EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicator Radio Beacon)

Contact info:
KM 1.5 Via Samborondón
Edificio Samborondon Business Center, Torre A Piso 3
Quito, Ecuador
phone: +59342839390
web: http://www.ecoventura.com/expeditionyachts.aspx

Room amenities: Spacious staterooms with polished teak interiors. Accommodations include ten double outside-facing cabins with a window or porthole view, one double bed or two twin lower beds, fully air-conditioned with private bathroom, bio-degradable soap/shampoo dispensers, hair dryer, closet, drawers, intercom and separate climate controls for your comfort.

Facility amenities: •20-guest superior first-class motor yacht •10 fully air-conditioned outside staterooms with private bathrooms •Dining room featuring Ecuadorian and international cuisine •Fully-stocked bar •Conference room for briefings with TV, DVD player and library •Observation areas and open sun deck •Three meals daily, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages •Captain’s welcome and farewell cocktail parties •House wine and local beer served during dinner •Guided excursions with English-speaking naturalist •Low guide to passenger radio (max 10 guests per guide) •Complimentary snorkeling equipment, 3mm custom wet suits and kayaks Purchases on board: Every passenger has an open tab at the bar and boutique, which are paid the last day of the cruise. The yacht accepts cash (US Dollars), Master Card or VISA credit cards. Preference of payment is in that order. Wetsuits: Men: XS, S, M, ML, L, XL, XXL, XXXL, Women (US dress size): 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14,16, Children: 10 (S), 12 (M), 14 (L).

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Three: Sunday, March 09 - Galapagos Islands - Flight to San Cristobal ...
Galapagos Islands -
Flight to San Cristobal Island/Board Yacht/Cerro Tijeretas and Leon Dormido.


Breakfast: At the hotel restaurant.


Morning: Transfer to the airport for flight to the Galápagos Islands.
Depart for the Galápagos Islands.

NOTE: There is a 44 lb weight limit for checked luggage on the flights to the islands. Please pack accordingly.


Lunch: A light snack is provided on the flight.


Afternoon: Arrive to San Cristobal.

San Cristobal Island hosts one of the two available airports in the Galápagos Islands. The other airport is located on Baltra Island.

Upon arrival you will be met by your naturalist guide and transferred to the yacht anchored at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Board and set sail.
Enjoy an orientation and a light snack.

Dry landing on San Cristobal's southwestern shore. Walking field trip to Tijeretas Hill.

The leisurely walk to Tijeretas Hill culminates with beautiful views of the bay and the town below. Be on the lookout for Magnificent Frigatebirds and Giant Frigatebirds doing their aerial acrobatics.

Navigate around Leon Dormido (aka Kicker Rock) to view sea birds.

This volcanic rock formation, likened to a sleeping lion or shoe, is a tuff cone (the effect created by magma reacting with water) that eroded into two separate pieces, creating a channel between the main island and a smaller formation that juts sharply out of the water. There is just enough space through the channel to allow small boats to navigate between the sheer rock walls, allowing visitors to get a closer look at this volcanic monument. Although there are no landing sites on the island, it is a good location for snorkeling (advanced level) and for viewing pelagic birds such as frigates, boobies, and tropic birds.

*Please note: Actual cruise itinerary and islands visited are always subject to change by the Galapagos National Park. Itineraries are not guaranteed.



Dinner: On board the yacht.


Evening: Orientation to the next day’s activities.

Lodging: M/Y Eric, Flamingo I, Letty

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Other

Description: Built in 1991 and refurbished annually, these identical superior first-class sister yachts accommodate no more than 20 guests and feature three decks of spacious staterooms with polished teak interioiors. Accommodations include ten double outside-facing cabins with a window or porthole view, one double bed or two twin lower beds, fully air-conditioned with private bathroom, bio-degradable soap/shampoo dispensers, hair dryer, closet, drawers, intercom and separate climate controls for your comfort. Dining room, well-stocked bar and conference area with a flat screen TV, library and panoramic picture windows.

Ship Information: Type: Superior first class motor yachts Year Built: 1990-1993 specifically for Galapagos Islands cruising Capacity: 20 exclusive guests in ten double cabins Crew: 11 including your Captain and two naturalist guides Cruising Speed: 8 knots L.O.A.: 83 feet / 25 meters BEAM: 24 feet / 7 ½ meters DRAFT: 6 feet / 1.8 meters GROSS TONS: 240 Engines: (2) 402 HP Caterpillar, 8-cylinder turbo diesel Generators: (1) Perkins 90 KW and (1) John Deere 65KW Water Capacity: 5,000 gallons / 18,921 liters Watermaker Production: 1,200 gallons per day/ 4536 liters per day Fuel Capacity: 5,400 gallons / 20,435 liters Navigational Equipment: 24 mile Furuno radar, Furuno GPS, Electronic compass, magnetic compass, barometer Communication: VHF-DSC CH70 and MF/HF with DSC radios Safety Equipment: Viking 25-person inflatable capsule lifeboat (SOLAS certified) 40 life vests Type I approved with whistles and lights, 6 circular buoys with emergency lights, Portable fire extinguishers, CO2 fix station, smoke detectors, SART (radar transponder) EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicator Radio Beacon)

Contact info:
KM 1.5 Via Samborondón
Edificio Samborondon Business Center, Torre A Piso 3
Quito, Ecuador
phone: +59342839390
web: http://www.ecoventura.com/expeditionyachts.aspx

Room amenities: Spacious staterooms with polished teak interiors. Accommodations include ten double outside-facing cabins with a window or porthole view, one double bed or two twin lower beds, fully air-conditioned with private bathroom, bio-degradable soap/shampoo dispensers, hair dryer, closet, drawers, intercom and separate climate controls for your comfort.

Facility amenities: •20-guest superior first-class motor yacht •10 fully air-conditioned outside staterooms with private bathrooms •Dining room featuring Ecuadorian and international cuisine •Fully-stocked bar •Conference room for briefings with TV, DVD player and library •Observation areas and open sun deck •Three meals daily, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages •Captain’s welcome and farewell cocktail parties •House wine and local beer served during dinner •Guided excursions with English-speaking naturalist •Low guide to passenger radio (max 10 guests per guide) •Complimentary snorkeling equipment, 3mm custom wet suits and kayaks Purchases on board: Every passenger has an open tab at the bar and boutique, which are paid the last day of the cruise. The yacht accepts cash (US Dollars), Master Card or VISA credit cards. Preference of payment is in that order. Wetsuits: Men: XS, S, M, ML, L, XL, XXL, XXXL, Women (US dress size): 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14,16, Children: 10 (S), 12 (M), 14 (L).

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Four: Monday, March 10 - Galapagos Islands - San Cristobal Island (Ce...
Galapagos Islands -
San Cristobal Island (Cerro Brujo and Punta Pitt).


Breakfast: On board the yacht.


Morning: After a wet landing, disembark at Cerro Brujo's beach on San Cristobal Island's northern shore.

Cerro Brujo has one of the nicest white-sand beaches found in the islands. Walk along the beach trail in search of marine iguanas, colorful Sally Lightfoot crabs and sea lions, or enjoy swimming and snorkeling off the beach.

Return to the yacht and set sail to Punta Pitt.


Lunch: On board the yacht.


Afternoon: Wet landing at Punta Pitt. Join your naturalist guide on a walking exploration in search of local flora and fauna.

Punta Pitt is located at the northeast end of San Cristóbal Island. This is the only site in the islands where visitors can watch all three species of boobies and two species of frigates nesting in the same area. The abundant supply of food in the area makes it unnecessary for the birds to compete, leading to a peaceful coexistence among the species. Blue-footed Boobies generally nest in the interior areas of the island, while Red-footed boobies nest on bushes, and Masked Boobies nest along the cliffs. The wind-carved landscape of this seemingly barren island is quite breathtaking. A closer look reveals a surprising array of plant life that, against all odds, continues to thrive here. Look for Palo Santo trees, small cacti, saltbush, and red Vesuvius.

Enjoy swimming and snorkeling opportunities.

Return to the yacht.


Dinner: On board the yacht.


Evening: Orientation to the next day's activities.

Lodging: M/Y Eric, Flamingo I, Letty

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Other

Description: Built in 1991 and refurbished annually, these identical superior first-class sister yachts accommodate no more than 20 guests and feature three decks of spacious staterooms with polished teak interioiors. Accommodations include ten double outside-facing cabins with a window or porthole view, one double bed or two twin lower beds, fully air-conditioned with private bathroom, bio-degradable soap/shampoo dispensers, hair dryer, closet, drawers, intercom and separate climate controls for your comfort. Dining room, well-stocked bar and conference area with a flat screen TV, library and panoramic picture windows.

Ship Information: Type: Superior first class motor yachts Year Built: 1990-1993 specifically for Galapagos Islands cruising Capacity: 20 exclusive guests in ten double cabins Crew: 11 including your Captain and two naturalist guides Cruising Speed: 8 knots L.O.A.: 83 feet / 25 meters BEAM: 24 feet / 7 ½ meters DRAFT: 6 feet / 1.8 meters GROSS TONS: 240 Engines: (2) 402 HP Caterpillar, 8-cylinder turbo diesel Generators: (1) Perkins 90 KW and (1) John Deere 65KW Water Capacity: 5,000 gallons / 18,921 liters Watermaker Production: 1,200 gallons per day/ 4536 liters per day Fuel Capacity: 5,400 gallons / 20,435 liters Navigational Equipment: 24 mile Furuno radar, Furuno GPS, Electronic compass, magnetic compass, barometer Communication: VHF-DSC CH70 and MF/HF with DSC radios Safety Equipment: Viking 25-person inflatable capsule lifeboat (SOLAS certified) 40 life vests Type I approved with whistles and lights, 6 circular buoys with emergency lights, Portable fire extinguishers, CO2 fix station, smoke detectors, SART (radar transponder) EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicator Radio Beacon)

Contact info:
KM 1.5 Via Samborondón
Edificio Samborondon Business Center, Torre A Piso 3
Quito, Ecuador
phone: +59342839390
web: http://www.ecoventura.com/expeditionyachts.aspx

Room amenities: Spacious staterooms with polished teak interiors. Accommodations include ten double outside-facing cabins with a window or porthole view, one double bed or two twin lower beds, fully air-conditioned with private bathroom, bio-degradable soap/shampoo dispensers, hair dryer, closet, drawers, intercom and separate climate controls for your comfort.

Facility amenities: •20-guest superior first-class motor yacht •10 fully air-conditioned outside staterooms with private bathrooms •Dining room featuring Ecuadorian and international cuisine •Fully-stocked bar •Conference room for briefings with TV, DVD player and library •Observation areas and open sun deck •Three meals daily, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages •Captain’s welcome and farewell cocktail parties •House wine and local beer served during dinner •Guided excursions with English-speaking naturalist •Low guide to passenger radio (max 10 guests per guide) •Complimentary snorkeling equipment, 3mm custom wet suits and kayaks Purchases on board: Every passenger has an open tab at the bar and boutique, which are paid the last day of the cruise. The yacht accepts cash (US Dollars), Master Card or VISA credit cards. Preference of payment is in that order. Wetsuits: Men: XS, S, M, ML, L, XL, XXL, XXXL, Women (US dress size): 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14,16, Children: 10 (S), 12 (M), 14 (L).

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Five: Tuesday, March 11 - Galapagos Islands - Española Island (Punta S...
Galapagos Islands -
Española Island (Punta Suarez and Gardner Bay).


Breakfast: On board the yacht.


Morning: Dry landing at Punta Suarez on Española Island. A walking field trip will take us through colonies of nesting Blue-footed and Nazca Boobies, near a Waved Albatross breeding colony, and past a blow hole that periodically shoots water more than 10 feet into the air.

Española (aka Hood Island) is the southernmost island in the Galapagos. It is best known as the nesting place of the rare Waved Albatross. In fact most of the world’s population of these majestic birds nest here. Punta Suarez, on the western side, is home to the Galapagos Hawk and is also the best place to see the red form of the marine iguana. In January, marine iguanas adopt bright skin colors to try and attract mates.

Return to the yacht.



Lunch: On board the yacht.


Afternoon: Wet landing at Gardner Bay for walking and snorkeling.

Gardner Bay, located on the northeastern tip of Española, is often called the most beautiful part of the archipelago. Sea lions enjoy basking in the sun along the white-sand beach and green sea turtles come ashore to nest January - March. Three species of Darwin’s finches and Española Mockingbirds, the only carnivorous mockingbird species, may be seen at this site. This site does not include an inland trail and explorations must all be done from the beach.

Return to the yacht.



Dinner: On board the yacht.


Evening: Orientation of the next day's activities.

Lodging: M/Y Eric, Flamingo I, Letty

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Other

Description: Built in 1991 and refurbished annually, these identical superior first-class sister yachts accommodate no more than 20 guests and feature three decks of spacious staterooms with polished teak interioiors. Accommodations include ten double outside-facing cabins with a window or porthole view, one double bed or two twin lower beds, fully air-conditioned with private bathroom, bio-degradable soap/shampoo dispensers, hair dryer, closet, drawers, intercom and separate climate controls for your comfort. Dining room, well-stocked bar and conference area with a flat screen TV, library and panoramic picture windows.

Ship Information: Type: Superior first class motor yachts Year Built: 1990-1993 specifically for Galapagos Islands cruising Capacity: 20 exclusive guests in ten double cabins Crew: 11 including your Captain and two naturalist guides Cruising Speed: 8 knots L.O.A.: 83 feet / 25 meters BEAM: 24 feet / 7 ½ meters DRAFT: 6 feet / 1.8 meters GROSS TONS: 240 Engines: (2) 402 HP Caterpillar, 8-cylinder turbo diesel Generators: (1) Perkins 90 KW and (1) John Deere 65KW Water Capacity: 5,000 gallons / 18,921 liters Watermaker Production: 1,200 gallons per day/ 4536 liters per day Fuel Capacity: 5,400 gallons / 20,435 liters Navigational Equipment: 24 mile Furuno radar, Furuno GPS, Electronic compass, magnetic compass, barometer Communication: VHF-DSC CH70 and MF/HF with DSC radios Safety Equipment: Viking 25-person inflatable capsule lifeboat (SOLAS certified) 40 life vests Type I approved with whistles and lights, 6 circular buoys with emergency lights, Portable fire extinguishers, CO2 fix station, smoke detectors, SART (radar transponder) EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicator Radio Beacon)

Contact info:
KM 1.5 Via Samborondón
Edificio Samborondon Business Center, Torre A Piso 3
Quito, Ecuador
phone: +59342839390
web: http://www.ecoventura.com/expeditionyachts.aspx

Room amenities: Spacious staterooms with polished teak interiors. Accommodations include ten double outside-facing cabins with a window or porthole view, one double bed or two twin lower beds, fully air-conditioned with private bathroom, bio-degradable soap/shampoo dispensers, hair dryer, closet, drawers, intercom and separate climate controls for your comfort.

Facility amenities: •20-guest superior first-class motor yacht •10 fully air-conditioned outside staterooms with private bathrooms •Dining room featuring Ecuadorian and international cuisine •Fully-stocked bar •Conference room for briefings with TV, DVD player and library •Observation areas and open sun deck •Three meals daily, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages •Captain’s welcome and farewell cocktail parties •House wine and local beer served during dinner •Guided excursions with English-speaking naturalist •Low guide to passenger radio (max 10 guests per guide) •Complimentary snorkeling equipment, 3mm custom wet suits and kayaks Purchases on board: Every passenger has an open tab at the bar and boutique, which are paid the last day of the cruise. The yacht accepts cash (US Dollars), Master Card or VISA credit cards. Preference of payment is in that order. Wetsuits: Men: XS, S, M, ML, L, XL, XXL, XXXL, Women (US dress size): 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14,16, Children: 10 (S), 12 (M), 14 (L).

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Six: Wednesday, March 12 - Galapagos Islands - Floreana Island (Punta...
Galapagos Islands -
Floreana Island (Punta Cormorant, Post Office Bay, Devil's Crown or Champion).


Breakfast: On board the yacht.


Morning: A wet landing at Punta Cormorant (Floreana Island) will take us through a beach of greenish sand where sea lions like to congregate. The beach’s unusual color is a result of the olivine crystals present in the sand. From here, a trail leads us to a lagoon where flamingoes can be found wading with other birds such as oystercatchers, and Black-necked Stilt. A white sandy beach near the lagoon is good for swimming and is sometimes used by turtles as nesting site.

There will be an opportunity to snorkel at Devil's Crown or at Champion Islet before returning to the yacht.

Devil's Crown is one of the Galapagos Islands' premier snorkeling sites. The eroded volcanic crater is partly submerged; within its depths exists a small coral reef that attracts rays and all nature of tropical fish.

Champion Islet is another favored location for snorkelers and divers in the archipelago. The site offers opportunities for viewing coral, sea turtles, sea lions, sea horses, and a high diversity of fish.


Lunch: On board the yacht.


Afternoon: Disembark at Post Office Bay on Floreana Island. Visit the barrel used as a mail box and learn about its interesting history. A short walk from the famous barrel will take us to a tunnel formed by laval flows.

The infamous Post Office Bay can be found on the northern side of the island. This is the site where whalers used to “mail” their correspondence. A barrel was used as a postbox, and held letters from sailors across the globe. If a passing ship was heading where the mail was addressed, the captain would collect and deliver it. Although the barrel is no longer the original one, the system still works since visitors continue to collect and drop off mail.

Return to the yacht.



Dinner: On board the yacht.


Evening: Orientation to the next day's activities.

Lodging: M/Y Eric, Flamingo I, Letty

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Other

Description: Built in 1991 and refurbished annually, these identical superior first-class sister yachts accommodate no more than 20 guests and feature three decks of spacious staterooms with polished teak interioiors. Accommodations include ten double outside-facing cabins with a window or porthole view, one double bed or two twin lower beds, fully air-conditioned with private bathroom, bio-degradable soap/shampoo dispensers, hair dryer, closet, drawers, intercom and separate climate controls for your comfort. Dining room, well-stocked bar and conference area with a flat screen TV, library and panoramic picture windows.

Ship Information: Type: Superior first class motor yachts Year Built: 1990-1993 specifically for Galapagos Islands cruising Capacity: 20 exclusive guests in ten double cabins Crew: 11 including your Captain and two naturalist guides Cruising Speed: 8 knots L.O.A.: 83 feet / 25 meters BEAM: 24 feet / 7 ½ meters DRAFT: 6 feet / 1.8 meters GROSS TONS: 240 Engines: (2) 402 HP Caterpillar, 8-cylinder turbo diesel Generators: (1) Perkins 90 KW and (1) John Deere 65KW Water Capacity: 5,000 gallons / 18,921 liters Watermaker Production: 1,200 gallons per day/ 4536 liters per day Fuel Capacity: 5,400 gallons / 20,435 liters Navigational Equipment: 24 mile Furuno radar, Furuno GPS, Electronic compass, magnetic compass, barometer Communication: VHF-DSC CH70 and MF/HF with DSC radios Safety Equipment: Viking 25-person inflatable capsule lifeboat (SOLAS certified) 40 life vests Type I approved with whistles and lights, 6 circular buoys with emergency lights, Portable fire extinguishers, CO2 fix station, smoke detectors, SART (radar transponder) EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicator Radio Beacon)

Contact info:
KM 1.5 Via Samborondón
Edificio Samborondon Business Center, Torre A Piso 3
Quito, Ecuador
phone: +59342839390
web: http://www.ecoventura.com/expeditionyachts.aspx

Room amenities: Spacious staterooms with polished teak interiors. Accommodations include ten double outside-facing cabins with a window or porthole view, one double bed or two twin lower beds, fully air-conditioned with private bathroom, bio-degradable soap/shampoo dispensers, hair dryer, closet, drawers, intercom and separate climate controls for your comfort.

Facility amenities: •20-guest superior first-class motor yacht •10 fully air-conditioned outside staterooms with private bathrooms •Dining room featuring Ecuadorian and international cuisine •Fully-stocked bar •Conference room for briefings with TV, DVD player and library •Observation areas and open sun deck •Three meals daily, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages •Captain’s welcome and farewell cocktail parties •House wine and local beer served during dinner •Guided excursions with English-speaking naturalist •Low guide to passenger radio (max 10 guests per guide) •Complimentary snorkeling equipment, 3mm custom wet suits and kayaks Purchases on board: Every passenger has an open tab at the bar and boutique, which are paid the last day of the cruise. The yacht accepts cash (US Dollars), Master Card or VISA credit cards. Preference of payment is in that order. Wetsuits: Men: XS, S, M, ML, L, XL, XXL, XXXL, Women (US dress size): 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14,16, Children: 10 (S), 12 (M), 14 (L).

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Seven: Thursday, March 13 - Galapagos Islands - Santa Cruz (Highlands an...
Galapagos Islands -
Santa Cruz (Highlands and Charlest Darwin Station).


Breakfast: On board the yacht.


Morning: Dry landing at Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz for a field trip into the highlands.

Santa Cruz is the second largest island in the archipelago. It is the administrative center of the islands and the most populated. The National Park Service is based here, but perhaps the most important is the Charles Darwin Research Station, the headquarters of all research and conservation efforts on the islands. Giant tortoises can be spotted on the island at certain times of year and several species of Darwin's finches reside here. A dramatic change in vegetation zones can be seen as one travels into the highland region of the island.

Return to the yacht.



Lunch: On board the yacht.


Afternoon: After lunch, enjoy a field trip to the Fausto Llerena Tortoise Center to learn about their giant tortoise breeding program and repatriation effort in the islands.

The Fausto Llerena Tortoise Center is jointly run by the Galapagos Islands National Park and the Charles Darwin Research Station. The center was first founded in 1965 with a mission to protect the giant tortoise populataion at Pinzon--but it now includes other areas where tortoises are vulnerable. While at the center visitors can observe tortoises in all stages of development--from hatchlings to juveniles to mature adults.

Return to the yacht.



Dinner: Dinner onboard.

Evening: Orientation to the next day's activities.

Lodging: M/Y Eric, Flamingo I, Letty

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Other

Description: Built in 1991 and refurbished annually, these identical superior first-class sister yachts accommodate no more than 20 guests and feature three decks of spacious staterooms with polished teak interioiors. Accommodations include ten double outside-facing cabins with a window or porthole view, one double bed or two twin lower beds, fully air-conditioned with private bathroom, bio-degradable soap/shampoo dispensers, hair dryer, closet, drawers, intercom and separate climate controls for your comfort. Dining room, well-stocked bar and conference area with a flat screen TV, library and panoramic picture windows.

Ship Information: Type: Superior first class motor yachts Year Built: 1990-1993 specifically for Galapagos Islands cruising Capacity: 20 exclusive guests in ten double cabins Crew: 11 including your Captain and two naturalist guides Cruising Speed: 8 knots L.O.A.: 83 feet / 25 meters BEAM: 24 feet / 7 ½ meters DRAFT: 6 feet / 1.8 meters GROSS TONS: 240 Engines: (2) 402 HP Caterpillar, 8-cylinder turbo diesel Generators: (1) Perkins 90 KW and (1) John Deere 65KW Water Capacity: 5,000 gallons / 18,921 liters Watermaker Production: 1,200 gallons per day/ 4536 liters per day Fuel Capacity: 5,400 gallons / 20,435 liters Navigational Equipment: 24 mile Furuno radar, Furuno GPS, Electronic compass, magnetic compass, barometer Communication: VHF-DSC CH70 and MF/HF with DSC radios Safety Equipment: Viking 25-person inflatable capsule lifeboat (SOLAS certified) 40 life vests Type I approved with whistles and lights, 6 circular buoys with emergency lights, Portable fire extinguishers, CO2 fix station, smoke detectors, SART (radar transponder) EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicator Radio Beacon)

Contact info:
KM 1.5 Via Samborondón
Edificio Samborondon Business Center, Torre A Piso 3
Quito, Ecuador
phone: +59342839390
web: http://www.ecoventura.com/expeditionyachts.aspx

Room amenities: Spacious staterooms with polished teak interiors. Accommodations include ten double outside-facing cabins with a window or porthole view, one double bed or two twin lower beds, fully air-conditioned with private bathroom, bio-degradable soap/shampoo dispensers, hair dryer, closet, drawers, intercom and separate climate controls for your comfort.

Facility amenities: •20-guest superior first-class motor yacht •10 fully air-conditioned outside staterooms with private bathrooms •Dining room featuring Ecuadorian and international cuisine •Fully-stocked bar •Conference room for briefings with TV, DVD player and library •Observation areas and open sun deck •Three meals daily, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages •Captain’s welcome and farewell cocktail parties •House wine and local beer served during dinner •Guided excursions with English-speaking naturalist •Low guide to passenger radio (max 10 guests per guide) •Complimentary snorkeling equipment, 3mm custom wet suits and kayaks Purchases on board: Every passenger has an open tab at the bar and boutique, which are paid the last day of the cruise. The yacht accepts cash (US Dollars), Master Card or VISA credit cards. Preference of payment is in that order. Wetsuits: Men: XS, S, M, ML, L, XL, XXL, XXXL, Women (US dress size): 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14,16, Children: 10 (S), 12 (M), 14 (L).

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Eight: Friday, March 14 - Galapagos Islands - Bartolome/Santa Cruz (Pl...
Galapagos Islands -
Bartolome/Santa Cruz (Playa de las Bachas or Black Turtle Cove) or Sombrero Chino.


Note: The 1.2 mile walk to the top of the volcano on Bartolome includes a climb up a long wooden staircase (375 steps) with railings.

Breakfast: On board the yacht.


Morning: Dry or wet landing on Bartolome Island. The 1.2 mile walk to the top of the volcano includes a climb up a long wooden staircase (375 steps) with railings. The views are worth the effort!

Bartolome Island is home to Pinnacle Rock, the "Guardian of the Isles" which rises sharply from the coast. The lunar-like landscape is home to one of the islands' most endearing residents: the Galapagos Penguin. The penguins make their home here, fishing in the waters nearby and going through their courtship rituals in September.

View volcanic formations such as lava bombs, spatter, and cinder cones. Hike to the summit to enjoy a great view of the surrounding islands, including Pinnacle Rock's eroded tuff cone. On the way to the summit, watch for colonies of marine iguanas, lava lizards, tiquilla and various cacti.

Opportunity to snorkel and spot Galapagos Penguins, sea turtles, and white tipped reef sharks (from a safe distance). In September, the penguins can be seen going through their courtship rituals.

Return to the yacht.



Lunch: On board the yacht.


Afternoon: This afternoon we will have the opportunity to experience one of the following sites: Playa de las Bachas, Black Turtle Cove, or Sombrero Chino.

Apart from being an important nesting site for sea turtles, Playa de las Bachas (Santa Cruz Island) is also a great place to view migratory and aquatic birds. The name of this location dates back to WWII, when the U.S. army abandoned two barges on the beach. Locals found it hard to pronounce the word "barges" in English; over time, the common mispronunciation of the word became the norm, resulting in the name Playa de las Bachas.

A dinghy ride into the mangrove shrouded cove at Black Turtle Cove (Santa Cruz Island) reveals a quiet spot frequented by sea turtles, spotted rays, 3 species of shark, and a variety of sea birds.

Sombrero Chino can be seen a short distance from Santiago Island’s southeastern tip. The name, meaning Chinese hat, describes the volcanic cone’s unique hat shape. A cove on the northern side of the island offers good conditions for swimming and snorkeling; it is also a favored sea lion hangout. Because of very tight restrictions on the number of visitors allowed to this site, it is oftentimes not included in most cruise itineraries in the Galápagos.

Return to the yacht.


Dinner: On board the yacht.


Evening: Orientation to the next day's activities.

Lodging: M/Y Eric, Flamingo I, Letty

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Other

Description: Built in 1991 and refurbished annually, these identical superior first-class sister yachts accommodate no more than 20 guests and feature three decks of spacious staterooms with polished teak interioiors. Accommodations include ten double outside-facing cabins with a window or porthole view, one double bed or two twin lower beds, fully air-conditioned with private bathroom, bio-degradable soap/shampoo dispensers, hair dryer, closet, drawers, intercom and separate climate controls for your comfort. Dining room, well-stocked bar and conference area with a flat screen TV, library and panoramic picture windows.

Ship Information: Type: Superior first class motor yachts Year Built: 1990-1993 specifically for Galapagos Islands cruising Capacity: 20 exclusive guests in ten double cabins Crew: 11 including your Captain and two naturalist guides Cruising Speed: 8 knots L.O.A.: 83 feet / 25 meters BEAM: 24 feet / 7 ½ meters DRAFT: 6 feet / 1.8 meters GROSS TONS: 240 Engines: (2) 402 HP Caterpillar, 8-cylinder turbo diesel Generators: (1) Perkins 90 KW and (1) John Deere 65KW Water Capacity: 5,000 gallons / 18,921 liters Watermaker Production: 1,200 gallons per day/ 4536 liters per day Fuel Capacity: 5,400 gallons / 20,435 liters Navigational Equipment: 24 mile Furuno radar, Furuno GPS, Electronic compass, magnetic compass, barometer Communication: VHF-DSC CH70 and MF/HF with DSC radios Safety Equipment: Viking 25-person inflatable capsule lifeboat (SOLAS certified) 40 life vests Type I approved with whistles and lights, 6 circular buoys with emergency lights, Portable fire extinguishers, CO2 fix station, smoke detectors, SART (radar transponder) EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicator Radio Beacon)

Contact info:
KM 1.5 Via Samborondón
Edificio Samborondon Business Center, Torre A Piso 3
Quito, Ecuador
phone: +59342839390
web: http://www.ecoventura.com/expeditionyachts.aspx

Room amenities: Spacious staterooms with polished teak interiors. Accommodations include ten double outside-facing cabins with a window or porthole view, one double bed or two twin lower beds, fully air-conditioned with private bathroom, bio-degradable soap/shampoo dispensers, hair dryer, closet, drawers, intercom and separate climate controls for your comfort.

Facility amenities: •20-guest superior first-class motor yacht •10 fully air-conditioned outside staterooms with private bathrooms •Dining room featuring Ecuadorian and international cuisine •Fully-stocked bar •Conference room for briefings with TV, DVD player and library •Observation areas and open sun deck •Three meals daily, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages •Captain’s welcome and farewell cocktail parties •House wine and local beer served during dinner •Guided excursions with English-speaking naturalist •Low guide to passenger radio (max 10 guests per guide) •Complimentary snorkeling equipment, 3mm custom wet suits and kayaks Purchases on board: Every passenger has an open tab at the bar and boutique, which are paid the last day of the cruise. The yacht accepts cash (US Dollars), Master Card or VISA credit cards. Preference of payment is in that order. Wetsuits: Men: XS, S, M, ML, L, XL, XXL, XXXL, Women (US dress size): 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14,16, Children: 10 (S), 12 (M), 14 (L).

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Nine: Saturday, March 15 - Galapagos Islands - South Plaza Island and N...
Breakfast: On board the yacht.


Morning: Dry landing on South Plaza Island.

Walking field trip to explore local flora and fauna. Follow the trail to a cactus forest to get a close look at land iguanas and their habitat before continuing our hike in search of local sea lion colonies. Sea lions usually give birth from August - November and females begin mating within weeks of having their young.

The small island is a great place to view seabirds in flight. A walk along the cliff offers good views of Red-billed Tropicbirds, frigatebirds, pelicans, Swallow-tailed Gulls, and other pelagic species.

Return to the yacht.


Lunch: On board the yacht.


Afternoon: Dry landing on North Seymour Island.

North Seymour Island is conveniently located next to Baltra Island. North Seymour has a major nesting colony of Blue-footed Boobies and Magnificent Frigate Birds. During April-May the Blue-footed Boobies can be spotted performing their comical mating dance. Blue-footed boobies oftentimes nest very near the trails, giving visitors the opportunity to get a closer view during the walks. From August-November sea lions are giving birth and it is possible to view pups of all sizes. Just remember to stay at a safe distance as females tend to be very protective of their young. A walk near known iguana nesting sites offers a good opportunity to view marine iguanas and land iguanas.

Return to the yacht.



Dinner: On board the yacht.


Evening: Orientation to the next day's activities.

Lodging: M/Y Eric, Flamingo I, Letty

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Oro Verde Hotel Guayaquil is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World in Ecuador. Strategically located in the downtown commercial and banking heart of the city and only eight minutes from the José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport. Oro Verde offers 230 luxury rooms, three restaurants, bar, delicatessen, room service, a luxurious Club Floor, swimming pool, fitness and business center, casino and shops.

Contact info:
9 de Octubre Street
Guayaquil, Ecuador
phone: +593-4-2327999
web: www.oroverdehotels.com/gye

Room amenities: Equipped with a mini bar, radio, direct dialing telephone, safe for valuables, cable TV, broadband Internet connection, reading light over each bed, a remote control air conditioner, and hair dryer.

Facility amenities: Internet, 24 hour room service, laundry/dry cleaning, safety deposit boxes, and meeting rooms.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Ten: Sunday, March 16 - Guayaquil - Interpretation Center/Flight fro...
Guayaquil -
Interpretation Center/Flight from San Cristobal Island to Guayaquil/Walk Along the Malecon.


Breakfast: On board the yacht.


Morning: Dry landing at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, capital of the Galapagos Islands for a visit to the Interpretation Center.

The Interpretation Center features interactive displays that provide information about the volcanic origins of the islands, the arrival and colonization of plant and animal species, ocean currents, and human history in the archipelago.

Transfer to the airport to board a flight to Guayaquil.



Lunch: Light lunch on the flight.

Afternoon: Arrive in Guayaquil and transfer to the hotel.

Late afternoon excursion to the Malecon (river walk).

A revitalization project in the 1990s reshaped Guayaquil, turning it into a beautiful and vibrant city with many tourist attractions. The two mile river walk along the Guayas River, known as the Malecon, has become a favorite spot for locals and tourists to take a stroll and visit restaurants, art galleries, stores, and museums.

Return to the hotel.

Dinner: At the hotel restaurant.


Lodging: Hotel Oro Verde

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Country lodge built on the site of a 350 year old monastery.

Contact info:
Plaza Manco II de Yucay 123
Yucay, 0000 Peru
phone: +518-420-1107
web: www.sonesta.com

Room amenities: Heating, direct dial telephones, and in-room safe.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar, business center, meeting room, gift shop, and luggage storage.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Eleven: Monday, March 17 - Sacred Valley - Flight to Cusco via Lima a...
Sacred Valley -
Flight to Cusco via Lima and Transfer to the Sacred Valley/Introduction to Machu Picchu & Market Day at Pisac.


Breakfast: Early breakfast at hotel.


Morning: Transfer to the airport for morning flight to Lima, Peru to connect with your flight to Cusco.

Arrive to Cusco.

Transfer to hotel in the Sacred Valley with en route market visit at Pisac.

Pisac is a small, sleepy town nestled in an Andean valley along the Urubamba River. The traditional produce market is held on Sundays, when people from surrounding communities converge on the tiny central plaza to buy and sell produce and other supplies. During other days of the week, the town hosts a handicrafts market where all nature of locally made crafts can be seen on display.



Lunch: Box lunch en-route.


Afternoon: Arrive at hotel and check-in.

Lecture: Introduction to Inca Culture.



Dinner: At the hotel restaurant.


Lodging: Posada del Inca - Yucay

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Country lodge built on the site of a 350 year old monastery.

Contact info:
Plaza Manco II de Yucay 123
Yucay, 0000 Peru
phone: +518-420-1107
web: www.sonesta.com

Room amenities: Heating, direct dial telephones, and in-room safe.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar, business center, meeting room, gift shop, and luggage storage.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Twelve: Tuesday, March 18 - Sacred Valley (Yucay) - Chincheros Town an...
Sacred Valley (Yucay) -
Chincheros Town and Ollantaytambo Ruins.


Breakfast: At the hotel restaurant.


Morning: Excursion to Chincheros town including a visit to a weaving cooperative, where you will meet with locals and learn about traditional weaving styles and techniques.

Weaving is a way of life in Chincheros, as important for preserving ancient traditions as it is for earning a livelihood. Located in the Peruvian Andes on the Inca road between Cusco and Machu Picchu, Chincheros was an early Inca center built by emperor Tupa Inca as his country estate. During Inca reign, textiles were woven and offered to mark special occasions, from peace treaties and sacrifices to marriage ceremonies and puberty rites. In Chincheros, children grow up playing with their mother's spindle and loom. By age six or seven, most children learn to weave by watching their elders. They begin by weaving jakimas, or narrow ribbons, before moving on to more complicated pieces.

Visit to local farms.
Lecture: The Agriculture of the Incas.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Enjoy a leisurely stroll through the ruins at Ollantaytambo, accompanied by a guide who will highlight the engineering genius of the Inca.

The Ollantaytambo Ruins are not ruins in the traditional sense. Ollantaytambo is a town with original buildings of Inca construction where the Inca retreated to make their last stand in the highlands against the Spanish. Running water still flows through the town in aqueducts and the terraces above the town still are farmed. The pinnacle above the town is a small burial ground.



Dinner: At the hotel restaurant.


Lodging: Posada del Inca - Yucay

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Smart and contemporary are the defining elements of this hotel, amidst the commercial village of Machu Picchu Pueblo (Aguas Calientes). The newly remodeled El MaPi (formerly Machu Picchu Inn) provides a wonderful location from which you can admire and interact with the quaint folksy town and get a different perspective

Contact info:
109 Pachacutec Ave.
Machu Picchu Pueblo
Aguas Calientes, Peru
phone: +51.84.211011
web: www.elmapihotel.com/

Room amenities: •8 Superior Deluxe Rooms (30 sq.m./322 sq.ft.) - twin beds or king bed, sitting area and complimentary mini bar. •40 Superior Rooms (20 sq.m./215 sq.ft) – twin beds or king bed. Each room is equipped with blackout curtains, 100% cotton sheets, down duvets, hypoallergenic pillows, cotton bath robes, natural herbal amenities, 32" flat screen TVs and tight-focus reading lights.

Facility amenities: Services Included: - Assistance between Machu Picchu train station and the Hotel - Luggage storage - Personalized Wake up calls - 24/7 reception - Nutritious Buffet breakfast - Welcome signature refreshing lemongrass lemonade - House blends Happy Hour Pisco Sours 5-7pm - DirecTv - Complimentary Wi fi - Turndown services between 6pm- 8pm (local seasonal fruit) - Self guided fern walk - Oxygen upon request - Check-in 1:00 p.m. / Check-out 11 a.m. - Express checkout - Hot Water Pool 6AM – 10PM: Open for adults and supervised children under 12 only. - Gift Shop 8AM – 8PM: The shop offers a wide selection of T-shirts, alpaca knits, outdoors gear and basic travel needs. - Computer Room Two desktop computers and printer available, open 24/7 with complimentary internet

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Thirteen: Wednesday, March 19 - Machu Picchu (Aguas Calientes) – Excursion t...
Machu Picchu (Aguas Calientes) –
Excursion to UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Note: There is a weight limit of 11 pounds for luggage on the Peru Rail transfer to Machu Picchu. Plan to pack an overnight bag for one night in the Machu Picchu area. Your bag must weigh no more than 11 pounds and measure no more than 62 inches /157 cm (length height width). Excess luggage can be left with the driver and vehicle, and will be secured until your return to Cuzco.

Breakfast: At the hotel restaurant.


Morning: Board a train to Aguas Calientes/Machu Picchu. The train ride follows the Urubamba River and offers spectacular views of the Andes.

Upon arrival, continue with a bus transfer to the Machu Picchu ruins.

Train journey from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes/Machu Picchu takes approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes. The bus drive from Aguas Calientes Town to the Machu Picchu ruins takes about 20 minutes (3.7 miles).


Lunch: Lunch at local restaurant near the ruins.

Afternoon: Full afternoon guided field trip in and around Machu Picchu ruins.

This ancient Inca city was rediscovered in 1911 by Hiram Bingham, a Yale graduate and U.S. senator fascinated with Inca archaeology. Bingham found Machu Picchu, with the help of a local farmer who knew about the ruins, while searching for Vilcabamba and Vitcos. He hypothesized that the site was a "citadel," existing for strategic and defense purposes. He also speculated that the site was a refuge for Cusco's Virgins of the Sun, based upon the finding of skulls there, although not scientifically classified as female. Breakthroughs in archaeology since 1985 have, taken as a whole, supported the emerging view of Machu Picchu as a ceremonial and administrative center for a very populous region. Machu Picchu was built, flourished, and fell into demise within a period of 100 years.

Dinner: Dinner on your own for a chance to explore local fare.

Lodging: El Mapi Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Converted from an 18th century colonial house, the hotel is located 3 blocks away from Cusco’s main square.

Contact info:
Plazoleta de Limacpampa Chico 473
Cusco, Peru
phone: +51-84-232610
web: www.casa-andina.com

Room amenities: 100 rooms with heat, cable television, safe deposit box, direct-dial telephone, coffee making facility and private bathroom with hairdryer. Oxygen available upon request.

Facility amenities: Restaurant and bar, Wi-Fi Internet access, PC with internet access, laundry service, room service, medical assistance and currency exchange.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Fourteen: Thursday, March 20 - Cusco - Orientation to Aguas Calientes/Tra...
Breakfast: At the hotel restaurant.


Morning: Guided excursion around the town of Aguas Calientes. Visit the local market.

Participants who wish to revisit Machu Picchu are welcome to skip the town excursion and spend the morning at the ruins (at own expense--entrance fee is not included and tickets must be purchased in advance).

Note: Machu Picchu park tickets are not sold on site and must be purchased in advance. Please contact the program coordinator at 1-800-866-7111 or roadscholarprograms@holbrooktravel.com if you are interested in buying Machu Picchu entrance tickets.


Lunch: At the hotel restaurant.


Afternoon: Transfer to train station.
Board the early afternoon train to Ollantaytambo Station.

Arrive at the Ollantaytambo Station and board a bus for your transfer to Cusco.

Arrive in Cusco and check-in at hotel.

Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to enjoy Cusco at your own pace.


Dinner: Dinner on your own for a chance to explore local fare

Lodging: Casa Andina Private Collection – Cusco

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Converted from an 18th century colonial house, the hotel is located 3 blocks away from Cusco’s main square.

Contact info:
Plazoleta de Limacpampa Chico 473
Cusco, Peru
phone: +51-84-232610
web: www.casa-andina.com

Room amenities: 100 rooms with heat, cable television, safe deposit box, direct-dial telephone, coffee making facility and private bathroom with hairdryer. Oxygen available upon request.

Facility amenities: Restaurant and bar, Wi-Fi Internet access, PC with internet access, laundry service, room service, medical assistance and currency exchange.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Fifteen: Friday, March 21 - Cusco - Sacsayhuaman Ruins & Introduction t...
Breakfast: At the hotel restaurant.


Morning: Field trip to the Sacsayhuaman Ruins.

The fortress of Sacsayhuaman forms the head of the Puma design of old Cusco. It is a wonder of technical achievement and a testament to human will. It is a mystery how it was constructed, since the stones are not found in the region, and most of the blocks weigh more than a ton. The largest rock weighs more than 300 tons. Sacsayhuaman is constructed of huge polygonal blocks which interlock with one another. The stones are so precisely placed that a knife blade cannot be inserted between them.

Excursion through the city of Cusco.

The center of Cusco is a history lesson. Modern and colonial buildings are built on top of Inca foundations, and colonial churches dominate the central square.


Lunch: Lunch at a café in the main plaza where you can enjoy the colonial architecture of the city.


Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure.

Pre-dinner presentation by local expert on the history of Inca and Andean musical instruments.


Dinner: Dinner on your own for a chance to explore local fare.

Lodging: Casa Andina Private Collection – Cusco

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Description: The Casa Andina Select hotel is located in Lima's trendy Miraflores neighborhood, within easy access to restaurants and local attractions. The newly constructed hotel has 155 rooms with modern installations and various amenities meant to satisfy the needs of both leisure and business travelers.

Contact info:
Calle Schell 452
Miraflores, Lima, Peru
phone: +51-1-2139739
web: www.casa-andina.com

Room amenities: Comfortable rooms with private baths, hair dryer, AC, safety deposit box, minibar, soundproof windows, direct dial phone, and cable TV.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, Spa, gym, sun terrace with Jacuzzi, conference rooms, business center, high-speed Wi-Fi Internet access, laundry service, valet service, currency exchange, 24 hr front desk, luggage storage, and souvenir shop.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: Subject to availability.
Please contact the Program Coordinator, Holbrook Travel, at 1-800-866-7111 or roadscholarprograms@holbrooktravel.com for information on availability and rates.


Day Sixteen: Saturday, March 22 - Lima - Orientation to Lima/Presentation on...
Breakfast: At the hotel restaurant.


Morning: Morning flight from Cusco to Lima.

Arrive in Lima.

Transfer to local restaurant for a presentation on Peruvian cuisine by a local culinary expert.


Lunch: Farewell lunch at local restaurant.


Afternoon: Transfer to the hotel and check-in.

Free afternoon to explore Lima on your own.



Dinner: Dinner on your own for one final chance to explore Lima's culinary delights.


Evening: Depending on flight schedules, some participants will transfer to the airport this evening for a late night/early morning flight to the U.S.

Lodging: Casa Andina Select

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day Seventeen: Sunday, March 23 - Depart from Lima/Flights to the U.S. Arrive...
Breakfast: At the hotel restaurant (dependent on flight time).


Morning: Transfer to the Jorge Chávez International Airport in Lima for flight to the U.S.

Note: Participants with independent travel arrangements and/or scheduled on later flights can keep their hotel rooms until check-out time on this day. Except for breakfast, all other meals are on your own on this day.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

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Included
at no additional cost on this date ...
16 nights of accommodations
42 meals: 16 breakfasts, 15 lunches, 11 dinners
6 Expert-led lectures
25 Field trips
4 Flights during the program

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