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GALAPAGOS ISLANDS / ECUADOR / PERU

Adventures Afloat: The Best of the Galápagos and Peru: From Enchanted Islands to Machu Picchu

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Program #18484RJ
17 Days | 16 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
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EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
John from Vancouver, BC Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 10/30/14 - 11/15/14
This program is wonderful and I would highly recommend it. The educational component is outstanding. Peru and Ecuador are very interesting countries to visit.

Terrylee from Surrey, BC Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/30/14 - 11/15/14
If you enjoy informative lectures on history, agriculture, geography, moderate physical activity and small group travels you will enjoy this trip . Being comfortable/ proficient with donning/doffing snorkelling equipment and swimming in deeper water would make it more enjoyable. Also if you have problems with motion sickness come prepared with appropriate medications.

Rabel from Urbana, IL Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 10/30/14 - 11/15/14
This program is right for you if you have a keen interest in the Inca Empire and the lost city, have always wanted to lean about the fauna and flora on the Galapagos Islands, and are physically fit for walking on rough terrain and with some experience with ocean snorkeling.

ellen from Murrells Inlet, SC Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/08/14 - 10/24/14
This was a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and I echo my fellow participants' praises below. Our group of 16 (don't go if there are more than this!) was handled expertly by all of our guides, and the land tour restaurants and hotels were very nice. The seven nights on the Tip Top III in the Galapagos was a highlight, with our guide Elizabeth providing us with views and information about all of the wildlife we were privileged to see. Close quarters on the boat, but take your positive attitude and you'll do fine. Regarding Montezuma's revenge, I started taking an OTC pro-biotic a week prior to the trip, and had zero ill effects (but I sure missed lettuce...). All in all, a most memorable trip. My first RS trip, but definitely not my last--worth every penny!

Todd from Reno, NV Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/08/14 - 10/24/14
I am very impressed with Road Scholar in general, and this trip specifically! This was our first Road Scholar experience, and I will say it will not be our last! EVERY detail of this trip was taken care of, with nothing but top flight service and four star accommodations! They also seem to have found the very best in guides and lecturers in each location! This made a much anticipated visit to these two "bucket list" locations truly magical! Do not hesitate, as this is a trip of a lifetime!

Lynn from Sparks, NV Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/08/14 - 10/24/14
The services Road Scholar offers and provides are phenomenal. If you and new to international travel and are a bit intimidated at the thought, book with Road Scholar. You won't regret it. Their staff is very professional, very knowledgeable in their respective fields and are genuinely interested in the success of your trip. I, for one, will look to Road Scholar first for my next travel adventure.

Jane from Vancouver, BC Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/08/14 - 10/24/14
be prepared, of our group of 16, many got travelers diarrhea whilst on the boat... very debilitating and frustrating as one cannot snorkel in a wet suit with frequent diarrhea, and it drains one's energy. so be prepared.

Dorothy from Reno, NV Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/08/14 - 10/24/14
This trip to Ecuador, the Galapagos and Peru was a trip of a lifetime. It was very educational and action packed with trips depicting the local culture. Visiting the Galapagos was a full week lead by a very experienced guide. She made sure we were "up close and personal" with all of the animals and wildlife. Swimming with the Sea Lions was the best! Seeing Machu Picchu and the other Inca sites was breath-taking with the guides providing insight to the history and local culture. It was better than I imagined, they didn't leave out anything!

Melissa from Charlotte, NC Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 08/14/14 - 08/30/14
I loved this trip. Two very different trips in one. Peru and Machu Picchu were beautiful and unique and the Galapagos Islands are amazing. I am so happy that I took the trip that included both of these " must see" locations and would highly recommend this trip. The education, the travel logistics, the food and hotels and the yacht all exceeded my expectations.

Janice from The Villages, FL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 07/25/14 - 08/10/14
This was our first trip with Road Scholar and I will be using them for future travels. The trip was well organized and exceeded my expectations. Food, lodging, tours, and lectures were all excellent!

Lillian from Alliance, OH Number of programs attended: 9
Date attended: 05/23/14 - 06/08/14
This trip was awesome. The program didn't let me down at all. It was every bit what I expected based on the brochure description. I really can't add to the comments made by my fellow travelers below. Being a solo traveler for the first time wasn't intimidating at all, thanks to the friendliness and camaraderie among the group. I really had great fun.

Sheryl from Dolores, CO Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 05/23/14 - 06/08/14
This was a wonderful experience with a wide variety of activities. There is something for everyone - archeology, culture, nature, marine life, hiking, snorkeling. The tour was well-organized with extremely knowledgeable and personable guides. I can't say enough about how fun it was to make many new friends among our fellow travelers. You can't go wrong with this trip!

Elizabeth from Arlington, MA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 05/23/14 - 06/08/14
This program covers two very different countries in South America. Peru focuses on the Incan culture and their influence on past and current societies. The Galapagos Islands in Ecuador has natural environments where there are many observations of unusual animals and birds. The ship is comfortable and the crew is attentive. Both programs offer wonderful local guides and amazing experiences, with lifelong memories.

Susan from Villa Hills, KY Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 04/13/14 - 04/29/14
Wonderful program. If you love animals then the Galapagos is for you. Multiple hiking, boat-riding, and snorkeling opportunities mainly focused on seeing the animals in their natural habitats.

Brenda from Edmonton, AB Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 03/07/14 - 03/23/14
If you want a top quality experience led by competent guides, this trip is for you! Come prepared to snorkel, hike, take photos and have the time of your life.

Isabel from Boca Raton, FL Number of programs attended: 13
Date attended: 03/07/14 - 03/23/14
A great program. Bring your hiking boots and sticks, relax and enjoy!

Jim from Warren, RI Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 02/07/14 - 02/23/14
This posting is for 18484 Galapagos, Machu Picchu 2/7 - 2/23 2014. This trip was outstanding 1 week cruise in G'pos to see all the major islands, land and sea life. We swam with the iguanas, sharks, sea turtles, sea lions, rays and much more. G'pos is a very bizarre fascinating place. Went on the MV Legend - 300' boat with good amenities and comfort. The weather was delightful there. The 2 cities where more time was spent were Quito and Cusco - both interesting - 9 and 11000 feet respectively. The travel to and from Machu Picchu was of splendid Andean grandeur. This was supposedly the rainy warm season - the other season is dry cool - but we had virtually no rain and MP day was glorious sunshine and spectacular. Besides, in rainy season the jungle around MP is lush and the river raging. So, if you want to get rid of 17 days of North American winter like me, go Dec to March. The physical demands are significant because of altitude and activity each day that is basically sustained from early AM to late afternoon both in G'pos and mainland. The interpretive guides and lecturers were outstanding. This trip is suited for those used to sustained daily activity as part of their lifestyle. There is little down time unless so chosen. Well worth the money.

Jeanne from Warren, RI Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 02/07/14 - 02/23/14
I loved our recent trip to Galapagos and the Andes in Peru due to not only the amazing places we visited but the outstanding guides and the great group of fellow travelers!

Steve from Ann Arbor, MI Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 01/22/14 - 02/09/14
This program was wonderful, and as advertised, was physically challenging - not so much as to the individual activities, but more so as to the daily pacing of activities. We were moving all the time, and actually lost weight despite eating every meal in sight.

Mark from Studio City, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 01/10/14 - 01/26/14
One would think that the inherent appeal of the locales could not be enhanced. This was proven to be an incorrect assumption because the informed, caring, compassionate, and flexible demeanor of our guides provided us with a truly unforgettable experience. Thank you for bringing so much into our lives.

Carol Ann from Koloa, HI Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 11/22/13 - 12/08/13
Peru was as wonderful as I always thought it would be…Machu Picchu and the Heavenly Valley high up in the Andes were a thrill of a lifetime. Ecuador…Galapagos…fabulous wonderful week long boat cruse for 14 people all of whom were great-snorkeling and long hikes with more birds and animals than I have ever seen. Our trip with 4 days in Quito in the fabulous Hotel Quito at 11.500 feet in the Andes where we discovered a fabulous world class contemporary art museum featuring the wonderful South American artist, Oswaldo Guayasamin, and his La Capilla Del Hombre (chapel of Man)….Quito is a beautiful city and worth the trip to South America alone. I now have to sort through the 4000+ photos I took and get a slide show together for other members of our group. A wonderful trip that compares with my trip to East Africa.

Elise from Boston, MA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 11/15/13 - 12/01/13
This program is a bucket list itinerary, and is a great way to be active and outdoors while visiting both of these iconic destinations!

Leona from Augusta, MO Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 10/16/13 - 11/01/13
I had a wonderful time all the guides were informative and the group was great. Could not have asked for more.


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