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Discovering Machu Picchu and the Galapagos

Program Number: 20974RJ
Start and End Dates:
11/3/2013 - 11/17/2013; 4/17/2016 - 5/2/2016; 9/4/2016 - 9/19/2016; 10/2/2016 - 10/17/2016; 10/30/2016 - 11/14/2016;
Duration: 14 nights
Location: Galapagos Islands/Ecuador/Peru
Price starting at: $7,199.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; Small Ship Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 36; 12 Breakfasts, 12 Lunches, 12 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

In this amazing South American adventure, walk in the footsteps of the ancient Inca as you experience the history of Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley and notable Incan sites in Cusco. Then, board your expedition ship for a journey that introduces the virtually pristine habitats and incredible wildlife of the Galapagos Islands.

Activity Particulars

Descending and ascending a steep stairway to board Zodiacs in the Galapagos; climbing in and out of Zodiacs; wet landings ashore, snorkeling available; walking on rough, unpaved terrain. The average altitude in the Sacred Valley is 9,515 feet. Cusco is at 11,000 feet of altitude. Machu Picchu is at 9,720 feet of altitude.

Please note that the following itinerary is a representative sample of the islands that you may visit during your week on board. The routing may be revised at the discretion of the Galapagos Islands National Park Service.

Itinerary At-a-Glance

Lima, 2 nights; Urubamba (Peru) Sacred Valley, 2 nights; Cusco, 1 night; Guayaquil (Ecuador), 1 night; embark National Geographic Endeavor, 7 nights; Quito, 2 nights.

Day 1 Arrival Lima (Peru) 2 nights
Day 3 - 4 Fly to Cusco (Peru) / coach to the Sacred Valley:

Begin in Lima, to explore art and history and set the foundation for your journey through Peru's Incan and Colonial history. Walk through Cusco’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites: The Plaza de Armas, the remains of Sacsayhuaman, the Koricancha and the bustling San Pedro Market. Enjoy a lecture on the rise and fall of the Incan Empire, explorations of the Sacred Valley, including the Incan town of Ollantaytambo, unchanged since the days of the Incas. Lodging: Comfortable hotel in Lima's upscale Miraflores disctrict; Four-star lodge in the Sacred Valley.

Days 5: Train to Machu Picchu and Cusco:

Spend a day exploring the ancient ceremonial city of Machu Picchu, rediscovered by the outside world just 100 years ago. Train to Cusco. Lodging: Centrally located hotel.

Day 6: Flight to Guayaquil (Ecuador):

Arrive in Guayaquil and enjoy an introduction to the city. Lodging: Resort hotel near airport.

Days 7: Flight to Galapagos Islands / embark National Geographic Endeavor:

Fly to the Galápagos Islands and board our comfortable expedition ship. Begin an exploration of the islands and their diverse wildlife. The expedition itinerary is flexible to take advantage of this extraordinary wildlife sanctuary. Opportunities include nature walks with naturalists, swim, snorkel or explore the waters by kayak, glass-bottom boat or Zodiac. The following itinerary is an example of a typical expedition.

Day 8: Española:

Explore Española, home to Darwin’s finches, Hood Mockingbirds, and Blue-footed Boobies. See marine iguanas, which develop vivid green and red coloration from their food, coastal seaweed that blooms in iguana mating season.

Day 9: Floreana Island:

Snorkel in Champion Islet, a wonderful snorkeling site home to a large colony of sea lions, and walk on Floreana’s pristine white-sand beach, a favorite nesting site for sea turtles.

Day 10: Santa Cruz Island:

See the local culture and learn about the conservation efforts made by the scientists of the Charles Darwin Research Station. Explore completely different highland ecosystems, where giant tortoises and various Darwin finch species forage among the greenery.

Day 11: Dragon Hill and Guy Fawkes/El Eden and Daphne Major (Santa Cruz Island):

Today you will hike through giant cactus and incense tree forests to reach Dragon Hill, the habitat of the colorful Santa Cruz land iguanas that have been brought back from the brink of extinction. Later you will have the opportunity to snorkel along the steep, invertebrate-coated walls of the islets of Guy Fawkes.

Day 12: Bartolomé and Santiago Islands:

On Bartolomé, discover enchanting landscape where lava, mangroves and golden sand converge. Search the pools and caverns of Santiago for Galápagos Fur Seals, sea lions, and Sally Lightfoot crabs.

Day 13: Genovesa Island:

On our last full day in the enchanted islands we visit Genovesa Island, the crown jewel of the archipelago. The island has the largest populations of red-footed boobies in the world. We’ll also encounter Frigate birds and nesting Nazca boobies. Enjoy nature hikes, deep-water snorkeling and kayaking at Darwin’s Bay and Prince Philips.

Days 14-15: Disembark / flight to Quito 1 night

Explore Quito's colonial heritage and modern history, including the works of Oswaldo Guayasamin, one of Ecuador’s most important artists. Lodging: Comfortable modern hotel.

National Geographic Endeavour

This premier expedition ship is operated by a company dedicated to environmental conservation. It is fully stabilized, ensuring its 96 passengers smooth passage from one island to the next. Complimentary wetsuits and snorkeling gear are provided for your use and a fleet of Zodiacs, kayaks and a glass-bottom boat bring you closer to shore. Public areas include a lounge, library, fitness center, sauna and pool.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Oscar Oviedo Velasco

Oscar Oviedo Velasco is a native Peruvian with extensive knowledge of his home country and region. He boasts many years of experience as a local expert and group leader. His expertise extends to Peruvian history and culture, and he is fluent in English and Spanish.
Alejandra Cabieses

Alejandra Cabieses has always had an exceptional interest in Peruvian history and a passion for teaching. Instead of pursuing classroom education, she decided to share her passion through guiding education travel to Peru and beyond. Over the past 25 years, her travels have taken her throughout Peru, Europe, Central America and the United States. Greece is next on her list. When she isn’t travelling, Alejandra enjoys reading history and cooking with friends and family.
Meals and Lodgings
   Inkallpa Valle Sagrado
  The Sacred Valley of the Incas, Peru 2 nights
   Casa Andina Classic Koricancha
  Aguas Calientes, Peru
Cuzco, Peru
2 nights
   Hilton Colon Guayaquil
  Guayaquil, Ecuador 1 night
   National Geographic Endeavour
  Galapagos Islands, Ecuador 7 nights
 Inkallpa Valle Sagrado
Type: Three-Star Hotel
  Description: Hotel Inkallpa is surrounded by mountains and silence; it gives you the feeling of being very far away from civilization. Running through the green fields is a small river with fountains and waterfalls. If you come at the right time the fruit trees are in bloom and you can pick your very own fresh peaches, raspberries and few other fruit that grow on the property. At the end of your day you can return to the hotel and we recommended you request a message before returning to your room and enjoying the beautiful sunset that falls over Sacred Valley with a glass of wine. Situated only 20 minutes from the Ollantaytambo train station, from here you can take the train that leaves to Machupicchu.
  Ship Information: n/a
  Contact info: Cuarto Paradero del Centro Poblado
Cuarto Paradero del Centro Poblado
Urubamba,   Peru
phone: +5112754103
  Room amenities: Balcony, Electric Razor Plug-in, Hair dryer - in room, Room Safe, Sofa/Lounge Chairs, Table Lamp, Telephone - Local Only, Toiletries, Wardrobe, Welcome Drink, Bathroom-Private: Shower only Description: All rooms are spacious and are equipped with a king-size bed or two twin beds. The rooms on the second floor have a wooden floor and a balcony, where the rooms on the first floor are carpeted and have a terrace
  Facility amenities: Facilities: * Internet available onsite * Laundry Service available * Meeting Room * Indoor Spa Facilites * Meditation centre Services: * Arrival/departure point transfers (Extra charge) * Daily Housekeeping * Cultural Orientation Recreation: * Board/Leisure Games * Cultural Visits/Tours * Massage Languages Spoken: * English * Spanish
  Smoking allowed: Yes

 Casa Andina Classic Koricancha
Type: Hotel
  Description: Casa Andina Classic - Cusco Koricancha is located just 4 blocks from the main square of the city of Cusco and extends over 2 large colonial houses with 2 peaceful interior courtyards. Our hotel provides guests with 54 comfortable rooms, a hotel safe, it is central and affordable in an atmosphere of spaciousness and serenity.
  Ship Information: N/A
  Contact info: Portal Espinar 142
Cuszo,   Peru
phone: +5112139739
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Hilton Colon Guayaquil
Type: Hotel
  Description: Elegance, comfort, security and personalized service are just some of the characteristics that make Hilton Colón Guayaquil, a real five-star city resort hotel. The splendid building is located only five minutes away from José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport and dominates the city's new booming commercial and financial zone in Ecuador. Our hotel is surrounded by the main shopping centers and offers easy access to the downtown district area.
  Contact info: Av. Francisco de Orellana Mz. 111,
Guayaquil,   Ecuador
phone: +593-4-2689000
  Room amenities: All of our rooms have A/C with individual control, plasma TVs with cable system, modern work area with three phone sets, answer machine, broadband and wireless internet, hair dryer, mini bar, safe, soundproof windows, sprinklers and smoke detectors.
  Facility amenities: 294 fully renovated rooms Five restaurants and two bars Room service available 24-hours Business center Refurbished meeting rooms, congress, and convention facilities with capacity up to 1800 people Renovated outdoor pool and fitness area with a health spa
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

 National Geographic Endeavour
Type: Cruise Ship
  Description: Don’t let her accommodating public and private spaces, the posh quiet and rich collection of books in her Library, or the lavish observation space on her decks fool you — the National Geographic Endeavour is an expedition ship, designed for discovery and active exploration, not just passing-by. The National Geographic Endeavour heads out equipped with a fleet of Zodiacs, enabling us to make landfall in all the remote and riveting locations that beckon! We offer kayaking opportunities wherever possible and frequent walks or hikes. We can set a pace for more demanding walkers and simultaneously provide a rewarding experience for strollers, too. There’s no age limit to our adventurous opportunities — anyone who feels fit and is interested is welcome to participate. And because navigation is an underlying theme, our “Open Bridge” policy will provide you with one of the more gratifying memories of the many you’ll make. The spontaneity and flexibility that characterizes our expedition style means there is literally something new to experience and enjoy daily.
  Ship Information: Registry: Ecuador Public Areas: Ship is fully air-conditioned. Covered deck with chairs and tables; Doctor's Office; Fitness Center; Global Gallery; LEXspa; Library; Lounge with full-service bar and facilities for films, slide shows and presentations; Sauna and small Swimming Pool. Capacity: 96 guests Meals: Served in single seatings with unassigned tables for an informal atmosphere and easy mingling. Menu is international with Ecuadorian flair. Cabins: All cabins face outside with windows or portholes. Each has private facilities and climate controls. Expedition Equipment: Glass-bottom boat, hydrophone, kayaks, snorkeling gear, Splash-Cam, underwater video camera, video microscope, and Zodiac landing craft. Special Features: Guest internet access and laundry service. A ship's doctor, Undersea Specialist, and Video Chronicler are also onboard. Wellness: The vessel is staffed by a Wellness Specialist and features an outdoor stretching area and a floating massage platform.
  Contact info: N/A
N/a,   Ecuador
phone: + n/a
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
This program begins in the afternoon with the program orientation followed by dinner at the hotel. You will be staying at Inkallpa Valle Sagrado that night.
  End of Program:
This program ends after breakfast on board the Endeavor with departures to the airport in the early afternoon. You will be staying at National Geographic Endeavour the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required. If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, please consult the Ecuadorian consulate or embassy nearest you for visa requirments to enter Ecuador. If a visa is required, you are responsable for obtaining it.
  Parking availability:
We do not recommend driving to this program.
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
To Start of Program
  Location:  The Sacred Valley of the Incas
  Nearest city or town:  Cuzco
  Nearest airport:  CUZ
  Transportation to site: Hotel Inkallpa is situated in a village called Yanahuara, about 20 minutes from either Urubamba or Ollantaytambo and about 1 hour and 15 minutes from Cusco. All participants who arrange their air through Road Scholar and are traveling on the program dates will be transfered to the hotel in the Sacred Valley. The group transfer is currently scheduled for 12:30 p.m. If you did not purchase your air through Road Scholar, you may join this group transfer as long as your flights arrive no later than 11:00am. You may have to wait at the airport for the group flight to arrive. The transfer to the Sacred Valley is approximately 1.5 hours from the airport. Program Only Participants (POP) who are unable to make the group transfer will be responsible for making their own way to the hotel.
  From End of Program
  Location:  Galapagos Islands
  Transportation from site: All participants will be transferred from the ship to the airport in Baltra for flights to mainland Ecuador, continuing on to the United States. When departing Ecuador, all guests will be required to pay an Ecuadorian Departure Tax. Those departing from Guayaquil will be charged $25.00 (subject to change). All fees are in U.S. dollars and must be paid at the airport prior to clearing immigration .
Elevation Note: Cusco Peru is located at 11,152 ft (3,399 meters) above sea level.

Equipment Requirements: Binoculars are highly recommended. Snorkeling equipment will be provided, but participants may want to bring their own.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Daily Schedule

Day 1: US Departures
(Sunday, November 3)
 Depart From: Flights depart the US for Cusco, Peru

Day 2: Arrive in Cuzco, Peru
(Monday, November 4)
 Morning: Flights arrive in Cuzco, via Lima, Peru. Transfer 1.5 hours to the Sacred Valley.
 Lunch: Lunch will be served upon arrival.
 Afternoon: Unpack your belongings and relax before meeting your Study Leader for the program orientation.
 Dinner: Welcome dinner at the hotel.
Accommodations: Inkallpa Valle Sagrado
Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Sacred Valley
(Tuesday, November 5)
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: Lecture at the hotel with Professor Jean Jacque Decoster: The Rise and Fall of the Incan Empire.
 Lunch: At the hotel.
 Afternoon: Visit Ollantaytambo fortress, one of the few Incan sites that was not built over by the Spanish, maintaining it's original layout. Learn about the history of Ollantaytambo as the site of one of the greatest Inca victories against the Spanish. The site, which overlooks the historic community of Ollantaytambo itself, was predominately a temple.
 Dinner: At the hotel.
Accommodations: Inkallpa Valle Sagrado
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Sacred Valley / Train to Machu Picchu / Cusco
(Wednesday, November 6)
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: This morning board the train for Machu Picchu. Visit Machu Picchu, the most iconic site of the Inca World, and a great renowned UNESCO World Heritage Site. With your guide, visit this ancient ceremonial city, explore the agricultural and urban sides of Machu Picchu and learn the history of the Incan abandonment of the city and its construction during Spanish conquest in the sixteenth century.
 Lunch: At the Sanctuary Lodge.
 Afternoon: Take the afternoon train from Aguas Calientes to Cusco. Transfer to the hotel in Cusco.
 Dinner: At the hotel.
Accommodations: Casa Andina Classic Koricancha
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Cusco
(Thursday, November 7)
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: Walk the Plaza de Armas of Cusco- the capital city of the Incas and now itself a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Observe the layers of history where colonial architecture rests atop Incan foundations.
 Lunch: At a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Visit above the city the ruins of Sacsayhuaman (a steep 15 minute walk from the Plaza- taxis are available). Large stones seamlessly built into walls and terraces provide views of the valley to the Southeast and once formed a protective fortress guarding the city.
 Dinner: At the hotel.
Accommodations: Casa Andina Classic Koricancha
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Cusco / Fly to Guayaquil, Ecuador
(Friday, November 8)
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: Early morning transfer to the airport for flights to Guayaquil, Ecuador.
 Lunch: At a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Panoramic tour of Guayaquil: Continue to the Centennial Plaza that honors the heroes of Guayaquil's independence, and then along 9th of October Boulevard to the heart of the business district. Here you will see the Plaza of the Administration and the striking Government and Municipal Buildings. A short stroll takes you to the famous Moorish Clock Tower and Bolívar Park, with an equestrian statue of South America's liberator, Simón Bolívar. The latter is also called "the park of the iguanas", as here they roam undisturbed and perch on the treetops, blending perfectly with the green leaves. Beside the park is the neo-gothic Metropolitan Cathedral. Then drive to the southern end of Guayaquil's ravishing Malecon 2000 to see the Crystal Palace, the Integration Square, the Plaza of the Flags and the Plaza Olmedo, which are together, at the beginning of a 2.5 km. (1.5 mile) waterfront, running parallel to the River Guayas and featuring historical, cultural and entertainment areas. An easy walk past decorative elements featuring the four elements: earth, fire, water and air, leads to La Rotonda, which commemorates the meeting of Simon Bolivar and Jose de San Martin, the liberators of South America. Then on to Barrio Las Peñas, one of the oldest neighborhoods of Guayaquil, whose wooden constructions have been beautifully restored, housing many art galleries. Drive past Guayaquil's cemetery with outstanding marble sculptures by famous Italian artists on to Urdesa residential area to end at Malecón del Salado, the latest urban regeneration project of the city.
 Dinner: At the hotel.
Accommodations: Hilton Colon Guayaquil
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Fly Guayaquil to the Galapagos Islands / Board the National Geographic Endeavour
(Saturday, November 9)

Note: The exact routing for this cruise will depend upon the National Park Service of the Galapagos and local conditions. The published itinerary is a representation of a typical Galapagos itinerary, however the order of the islands visited may vary.

 Breakfast: Early breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: After breakfast at the hotel this morning, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to the Galapagos Islands. Upon your arrival, you will immediately embark the National Geographic Endeavour. Your airline tickets for the flights between Ecuador and the Galápagos are issued in Ecuador. PLEASE NOTE: Please remember that on the flight between Guayaquil and Galápagos, your checked luggage may be weighed and cannot exceed 40 pounds (per person). This regulation is not always enforced, but you should be prepared.
 Lunch: On board the ship.
 Afternoon: You will have time for lunch and to settle into your cabins before arriving at your first stop, Cerro Brujo. You may choose to swim or snorkel from the lovely white sand beach, enjoy the first kayaking opportunity of the expedition or just stroll along the shore looking for marine iguanas and sea lions.
 Dinner: On board the ship.
Accommodations: National Geographic Endeavour
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Galapagos Islands
(Sunday, November 10)
 Breakfast: On board the ship.
 Morning: BARTOLOME ISLAND: This morning you will visit Bartolomé, an enchanting landscape where lava, mangroves and golden sand converge. You will have the opportunity for an early morning hike to the summit of the cone, with stunning views of the famous Pinnacle Rock and the surrounding volcanic landscape. Later in the morning, you will enjoy some wonderful snorkeling from the beach, where you might encounter sea lions, small reef sharks and even Galápagos penguins.
 Lunch: On board the ship.
 Afternoon: Galapagos Islands exploration continues.
 Dinner: On board the ship.
Accommodations: National Geographic Endeavour
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Galapagos Islands
(Monday, November 11)
 Breakfast: Brakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: SANTIAGO: Santiago offers close encounters with Galapagos fur seals along with an opportunity to study the inhabitants of the islands countless tide pools. Explore some of the small islets just off the coast of Santiago Island, this time a small volcano called “Sombrero Chino”, due to its resemblance to a Chinese hat. The stark lava flows form tubes and caves that are an important nesting area for Galápagos penguins, and the waters bathing the shore are rich in fish life. Options include time ashore, deep-water snorkeling and Zodiac rides to take in the other-worldly landscapes.
 Lunch: On board the ship.
 Afternoon: Galapagos Islands exploration continues.
 Dinner: On board the ship.
Accommodations: National Geographic Endeavour
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Galapagos Islands
(Tuesday, November 12)
 Breakfast: On board the ship.
 Morning: SANTA CRUZ: Look for blue footed boobies, pelicans, sea lions and more. Enjoy walks in the highlands and encounter giant tortoises in the wild. Santa Cruz is home to the Charles Darwin Research Station and a highly successful captive breeding program for endangered species of Galápagos giant tortoises and land iguanas. You’ll learn about the science and conservation work undertaken in the islands. Later, you’ll travel into the lush highlands where wild tortoises forage, to explore some very different ecosystems to those encountered in the lowlands.
 Lunch: On board the ship.
 Afternoon: Galapagos Islands exploration continues.
 Dinner: On board the ship.
Accommodations: National Geographic Endeavour
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Galapagos Islands
(Wednesday, November 13)
 Breakfast: On board the ship.
 Morning: ISABELA: A small black sand beach offers wonderful morning swimming. Enjoy a more challenging hike over rugged shoreline and a shorter walk within an iguana colony. Kayaking and deepwater snorkeling opportunities are on offer.
 Lunch: On board the ship.
 Afternoon: Galapagos Islands exploration continues.
 Dinner: On board the ship.
Accommodations: National Geographic Endeavour
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Galapagos Islands
(Thursday, November 14)
 Breakfast: On board the ship.
 Morning: FERNANDINA: This is the youngest island in the Galapagos and one of the most pristine tropical islands left on earth. Look foward to hikes over relatively recent lava flows, and spot marine iguanas, flightless cormorants and Sally Lightfoot Crabs.
 Lunch: On board the ship.
 Afternoon: Galapagos Islands exploration continues.
 Dinner: On board the ship.
Accommodations: National Geographic Endeavour
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Galapagos Islands
(Friday, November 15)
 Breakfast: On board the ship.
 Morning: FLOREANA: Floreana's Champion Islet, just off the eastern shore of Floreana, is a wonderful snorkeling site and home to a large colony of sea lions. You may hike to a pristine white-sand beach, a favorite nesting site for sea turtles. You can take a zodiac ride to Post Office Bay – tradition states that if you find a letter there addressed to your hometown, you must take it home with you and hand-deliver it to its recipient.
 Lunch: On board the ship.
 Afternoon: Galapagos Islands exploration continues.
 Dinner: On board the ship.
Accommodations: National Geographic Endeavour
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Galapagos/ Departures
(Saturday, November 16)
 Breakfast: On board the ship.
 Morning: Morning transfer from the ship to the airport in Baltra for return flights to North America.
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 15: Arrivals in the U.S.
(Sunday, November 17)
 Morning: Flights from Ecuador arrive in the U.S.
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

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The Beak of the Finch

Author: Jonathan Weiner

Description: This Pulitzer Prize-winning work is an accessible look at the modern debate on the mode and rhythm of evolution, using the story of Peter and Rosemary Grant and their field work on Daphne Major as an example.

The Heights of Machu Picchu

Author: Pablo Neruda, Nathaniel Tarn (Translator)

Description: Machu Picchu and the Inca civilization inspired this celebrated epic hymn to the Americas by the great Pablo Neruda. Bilingual edition.

The Inca Trail, Cuzco & Machu Picchu

Author: Alexander Stewart

Description: With an excellent overview of culture and history, and chapters on exploring Cuzco, Lima and Machu Picchu.

The Incas

Author: Carmen Bernard, Paul Bahn (Translator)

Description: Featuring hundreds of archival drawings and photographs, a chronology and chapters on Atahualpa, the Conquistadors and Hiram Bingham, this handy book (previously published as "People of the Sun") illuminates the daily life, monuments and history of the Inca.

The Machu Picchu Guidebook

Author: Ruth M. Wright, Alfredo Valencia Zegarra

Description: With maps and site plans, a section on new discoveries, a wildlife section and a fold-out full color painting of the city as it may have looked during a solstice celebration in 1530.

Voyage of the Beagle

Author: Charles Darwin

Description: The wide-eyed tale of a young man on a five-year voyage that changed his life -- and our way of thinking about the world. First published in 1839, it's still a marvelous introduction to the wildlife, nature and allure of South America.

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