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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.
Few other places inspire such wonder and awe as the Galápagos Islands and the Incan Lost City of Machu Picchu. Experience both of these destinations, as well as the UNESCO World Heritage site of Quito in an intimate group setting that allows for optimal time to learn from Road Scholar's acclaimed experts.


Highlights

• Discuss the spiritual significance of Machu Picchu and spend the evening in Aguas Caliente for a longer, more relaxed visit to the site.
• Learn about the biology of giant tortoises and local conservation efforts.
• Swim and snorkel off sandy beaches in search of sea turtles, sea lions, rays and a variety of colorful fish.

Program Notes

Due to the remote nature of the islands, listening devices are not available for the Galapagos Islands portion of the program. The March 6th and March 20th dates are Road Scholar 40th Anniversary programs.

Activity Notes

Quito, Ecuador has an elevation between 9,350 ft and 9,500 ft. Some participants find it helpful to fly into the city a day early in order to have extra time to rest and acclimate to the altitude. It also gives participants an extra day to catch-up to the program if there are unexpected travel delays—especially during busy travel seasons and times of year when bad weather is expected.

Wet and dry landings involve transferring in potentially rough waters from the yacht into a zodiac and stepping into either knee-deep water or onto rocky shores. Daily walks on sharp volcanic rocks and loose stones add another level of difficulty. Please view the Galápagos video "Galapagos Fitness Information - What to Expect" in preparation for your program activities: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U93d0TxTOQA&feature=youtu.be

Itinerary Summary

Arrival Quito (Ecuador), 2 nights; flight to Galapagos Islands, embark vessel, 7 nights; flight to Lima, 1 night; flight to Cusco (Peru), coach to Sacred Valley, 2 nights; train to Machu Picchu, 1 night; train and coach to Cusco, 2 nights; flight to Lima, 1 night; departure.

Our Value Promise To You

You won't find a better value.

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

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4.7
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