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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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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.
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.

Francis from Virginia Beach, VA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/16/13 - 11/01/13
Wow; you guys are good. I really can't think of a single detail that was overlooked, over or understated, or not delivered. Wish I had known about Road Scholar years ago.

Margaret from Prince George, VA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 09/18/13 - 10/04/13
I found my trip to the Galapagos and Peru to be all and more than I had expected. I was great and I would recommend it to anyone.

Barbara from Elmwood Park, NJ Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 08/09/13 - 08/25/13
I traveled as a single woman on my first Road Scholar trip. Definitely out of my comfort zone. The other participants were very helpful. I felt that everyone looked out for each other. I had an awesome experience i am looking forward to my next trip with Road Scholar

Chari from Dallas, TX Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 07/24/13 - 08/09/13
The trip was a delightful adventure

Robert from Morgan Hill, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 06/23/13 - 07/09/13
An exciting learning experience with water and land adventures for healthy and active seniors.

Daniel from Boca Raton, FL Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 05/05/13 - 05/21/13
Our trip to Ecuador, Galapagos and Peru, Machu Picchu, exceeded our expectations in most every way. The guides and program content were excellent. The love of the guides for their work/subject-matter made the content even more compelling. Highlights were experiencing Galapagos, Machu Picchu, and Lake Titicaca; listening to the lectures; and enjoying the company of the guides and other tour participants. Accommodations and meals were excellent (buffets are less than gourmet, but they save a lot of time and the food was well above average.) We had a laptop computer in our group and many participants uploaded their photos and videos to the laptop. We then gathered as a group at the end of most every day and reviewed photos and videos while enjoying a recap of the day's activities. This seemed to add to our overall enjoyment. It was especially nice on the boat because we could project from the laptop to TV monitor in the common area (the boat had an HDMI cable that was used to project from the laptop).

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16 nights of accommodations
42 meals: 16 breakfasts, 15 lunches, 11 dinners
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