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Discovering Machu Picchu and the Galapagos

Program Number: 20974RJ
Start and End Dates:
2/21/2015 - 3/7/2015; 1/10/2016 - 1/25/2016; 2/21/2016 - 3/7/2016; 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: $8,499.00 - 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; Low Salt; Low Fat; Gluten Free    

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.

La Pinta

Explore the Galapagos on this luxury motor yacht. La Pinta holds a maximum of 48 passengers in 24 cabins – each with floor-to-ceiling, oceanview windows. Across the three public decks you will find such amenities as a fitness room, hot tub, sky bar, boutique gift shop, a Natural History Library, and an observation lounge.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Jean-Jacques Decoster

Jean-Jacques Decoster is a preeminent scholar and expert on the cultural anthropology, ethnology and ethnohistory of the Andes. Born in France, he studied in his native country and the U.S. before relocating to Peru, where he is now professor of Inca history and Colonial history at the Universidad National San Antonio Abad del Cusco. Jean-Jacques’s areas of study include the relationship between native groups and their environment and bilingual education in rural indigenous communities.
Meals and Lodgings
   Inkallpa Valle Sagrado
  The Sacred Valley of the Incas, Peru 2 nights
   Costa del Sol Ramada - Picoaga
  Aguas Calientes, Peru
Cuzco, Peru
2 nights
   Mercure Almeda Quito
  Quito, Ecuador 1 night
   La Pinta Yacht
  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: Paradero Posta
Urubamba,  Cusco Peru
phone: +5116521415
  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 *Please note that personal purchases, such as spa visits, laundry service, or alcoholic beverages are not included in your program price.
  Smoking allowed: Yes

 Costa del Sol Ramada - Picoaga
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Ship Information: N/A
  Contact info: Calle Santa Teresa 344
Cusco, NA  Peru
phone: +084-252-330
  Room amenities: WIFI Cable Television Direct Dial Phones Mini Bar Safe Deposit Boxes Hair Dryer Clock Radio
  Facility amenities: 24 hour room service Laundry Service 110 V and 220 V electric Baggage Storage Bilingual Staff
  Smoking allowed: No

 Mercure Almeda Quito
Type: Hotel
  Ship Information: N/A
  Contact info: Roca E4-122 y Amazonas
Quito, Pichincha, NA EC1701 Ecuador
phone: +59322994000
  Room amenities: LCD television with cable TV radio minibar WiFi two telephones voice mail in room safes spacious bathroom with bathtub hairdryer
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

 La Pinta Yacht
Type: Cruise Ship
  Description: Snorkeling Equipment Wet Suits 24 hour coffee and tea station Natural History Library Gift Shop Fitness Room Hot Tub Satellite internet connection and wireless in designated areas
  Ship Information: - A total of 24 outside cabins on the same deck, with twin or queen size beds. - Three public decks include an ample bar, salon, dining room, natural history library, sky bar, and sun deck. - Jaccuzi and fitness room - Medical Officer on board
  Contact info: Av. De las Palmeras N45-74 y De las Orquideas
Quito, NA  Ecuador
phone: +59322988300
  Room amenities: - Twin or Queen size beds - Central air conditioning with individual controls in each cabin - In-room safe deposit box - Telephone with direct international dialing - Multi channel sound system for closed circuit music and connection for personal iPods, MP3 players - Hair dryer in each cabin
  Smoking allowed: No

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
This program begins in the late afternoon with the program orientation followed by dinner at the hotel in Sacred Valley. You will be staying at Inkallpa Valle Sagrado that night.
  End of Program:
This program ends after breakfast on board La Pinta with departures to the airport in the morning. You will be staying at La Pinta Yacht 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 responsible 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. This transfer is currently scheduled to depart the airport at approximately 12:00 noon (the exact time will be confirmed in the final program mailing, 5 weeks prior to departure). 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 San Cristobal 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
(Saturday, February 21)
 Depart From: Flights depart the US for Cusco, Peru

Day 2: Arrive in Cusco, Peru
(Sunday, February 22)
 Morning: Flights arrive in Cusco, via Lima, Peru. Transfer 1.5 hours to the Sacred Valley.
 Lunch: Boxed lunch provided during your transfer to the Sacred Valley.
 Afternoon: Unpack your belongings and relax before meeting your Study Leader for the program orientation
 Dinner: Orientation and welcome dinner at the hotel.
Accommodations: Inkallpa Valle Sagrado
Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Sacred Valley
(Monday, February 23)
 Breakfast: Buffet at the hotel.
 Morning: Lecture at the hotel with Professor Jean Jacque Decoster: "The Rise and Fall of the Incan Empire"
 Lunch: At a local restaurant.
 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 / Machu Picchu / Cusco
(Tuesday, February 24)
 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: Lunch at the Sanctuary Lodge.
 Afternoon: Take the afternoon train from Aguas Calientes to Cusco. Transfer to the hotel in Cusco.
 Dinner: At a local restaurant.
Accommodations: Costa del Sol Ramada - Picoaga
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Cusco
(Wednesday, February 25)
 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.

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.

 Lunch: At a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: At leisure.
 Dinner: At a local restaurant.
Accommodations: Costa del Sol Ramada - Picoaga
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Cusco / Fly to Quito, Peru
(Thursday, February 26)
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: Early morning transfer to the airport for flights to Quito, Peru via Lima, Peru.
 Lunch: At a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Enjoy a scenic panoramic tour of Quito. Visit downtown Quito to relish in this urban jewel and its treasures of art and architecture. Quito's colonial quarter, the largest and best preserved of South America, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
 Dinner: At the hotel.
Accommodations: Mercure Almeda Quito
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Fly to Baltra, Galapagos Islands / Board La Pinta Yacht / North Seymour Island
(Friday, February 27)

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 La Pinta Yacht. Your airline tickets for the flights between Quito, Peru and the Galápagos are included in the program. PLEASE NOTE: Please remember that on the flight between Quito 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, North Seymour. Following an afternoon disembarkation, we enjoy a walk along the coast and the interior of the beautiful flat island, observing numerous bird colonies as well as sea lions and land iguanas. There are opportunities for coastal exploration by dinghy. Prior to dinner we have our cocktail party and our evening briefing.
 Dinner: On board the ship.
Accommodations: La Pinta Yacht
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Galapagos Islands: Punta Vincete Roca / Punta Espinoza
(Saturday, February 28)

Note: The exact routing for the cruise will depend upon the National Park Service and local weather conditions. The published itinerary is a representation of a typical Galapagos Itinerary.

 Breakfast: On board the ship.
 Morning: Punta Vincete Roca (Isabela Island)

Since there is no landing site at this location, the coastal exploration is by dinghy, while the naturalist guide explains the dramatic geology of the area, with remains of lava flows and tuff stone layers. There is abundant wildlife and, depending on the conditions of the ocean, we'll be able to snorkel along the cliffs, hopefully in the company of green sea turtles.

 Lunch: On board the ship.
 Afternoon: Punta Espinoza (Fernandina Island)

In the afternoon, we visit the youngest and most pristine island of the archipelago. Fernandina, one of many people's all time favourites. Punta Espinoza has an amazing combination of barrenness and abundant wildlife. Highlights include hawks, penguins, the flightless cormorant and astounding views of the surrounding volcanic landscapes.

 Dinner: On board the ship.
Accommodations: La Pinta Yacht
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Galapagos Islands: Urbina Bay / Tagus Cove
(Sunday, March 1)

Note: The exact routing for the cruise will depend upon the National Park Service and local weather conditions. The published itinerary is a representation of a typical Galapagos Itinerary.

 Breakfast: On board the ship.
 Morning: Urbina Bay (Isabela Island)

After breakfast, we disembark at Urbina Bay, on the western side of Isabela Island, the result of an uplifting of the ocean floor. Here you can find corals, shells, and large and very colorful Galapagos land iguanas, giant tortoises (occasionally). navigating the Bolivar Channel, there are good chances of spotting species of whales.

 Lunch: On board the ship.
 Afternoon: Tagus Cove (Isabela Island)

On the northwest of Isabela, secluded Tagus Cove provided a favourite anchorage for pirates and whalers over the centuries, and today makes a great visitor site. An uphill hike takes us to the back of Darwin Crater, filled with salt water. We can snorkel or ride kayaks amid the dramatic landscape before our hike.

 Dinner: On board the ship.
Accommodations: La Pinta Yacht
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Galapagos Islands: Red Beach / Cerro Dragon
(Monday, March 2)

Note: The exact routing for the cruise will depend upon the National Park Service and local weather conditions. The published itinerary is a representation of a typical Galapagos Itinerary.

 Breakfast: On board the ship.
 Morning: Red Beach (Rabida Island)

In the morning, we disembark at Rabida Island's red-colored beach. A stroll along the beach allows us to observe marine iguanas, mockingbirds, yellow warblers and several species of Darwin's finches. This is a great place to snorkel from the beach. For those non-snorkelers, we can ride our glass-bottom boat for a submarine exploration.

 Lunch: On board the ship.
 Afternoon: Cerro Dragon - Dragon Hill (Santa Cruz Island)

The north shore of Santa Cruz hosts the fascinating landscapes of Cerro Dragon (Dragon Hill). Our walk includes circling a brackish water lagoon frequented by lagoon birds, while further inland, the trail offers a beautiful view of the bay and the western islands of the archipelago, as well as the chance of observing land iguanas.

 Dinner: On board the ship.
Accommodations: La Pinta Yacht
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Galapagos Islands: Charles Darwin Research Station / Twin Craters
(Tuesday, March 3)

Note: The exact routing for the cruise will depend upon the National Park Service and local weather conditions. The published itinerary is a representation of a typical Galapagos Itinerary.

 Breakfast: On board the ship.
 Morning: Charles Darwin Research Station (Santa Cruz Island)

The morning visit heads to the Charles Darwin Research Station and the giant tortoise pens within an impressive giant prickly-pear cactus forest. These are headquarters of scientific investigation, conservation and the National Park administration.

 Lunch: On board the ship.
 Afternoon: Twin Craters Highlands (Santa Cruz Island)

After lunch, we wind up to the highlands of Santa Cruz Island by vehicle. This is a great place to look for the brilliant Vermillion Flycatcher and the endemic Scalesia trees. From December to mid-April and July to December a visit to observe giant tortoises in the wild may be included, if weather conditions allow.

 Dinner: On board the ship.
Accommodations: La Pinta Yacht
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Galapagos Island: Post Office Bay / Punta Cormorant & Champion Inlet
(Wednesday, March 4)

Note: The exact routing for the cruise will depend upon the National Park Service and local weather conditions. The published itinerary is a representation of a typical Galapagos Itinerary.

 Breakfast: On board the ship.
 Morning: Post Office Bay (Floreana Island)

After breakfast, we land at Post Office Bay to visit the historic barrel that has served as a post office within the archipelago for over two centuries. Panga rides along the maze of channels on Floreana's north shore can also be enjoyed. There's great snorkeling from the beach as well.

 Lunch: On board the ship.
 Afternoon: Punta Cormorant (Floreana Island)

Before disembarking at Punta Cormorant we can snorkel or ride our glass-bottom boat along the coast of an extinct cone called "Champion Islet". Our visit to Punta Cormorant takes in an olivine-crystal beach for an easy walk by a brackish water lagoon where bird species like greater flamingos may be observed. On the other side of the island, we come to a white sand beach where sea turtles come out at night to nest.

 Dinner: On board the ship.
Accommodations: La Pinta Yacht
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Galapagos Islands: Santa Fe / South Plaza
(Thursday, March 5)

Note: The exact routing for the cruise will depend upon the National Park Service and local weather conditions. The published itinerary is a representation of a typical Galapagos Itinerary.

 Breakfast: On board the ship.
 Morning: Santa Fe Island

We take the dinghy over to this idyllic sandy white beach populated by colonies of sea lions. Galapagos hawks are often easily observed, perched atop salt bushes. The endemic land iguana, unique to this island, may be spotted during the walk. Following the walk, we can snorkel and swim along a natural wave barrier.

 Lunch: On board the ship.
 Afternoon: South Plaza Island

The turquoise waters of the channel here contrast brilliantly with the white sand and black lava of the shoreline, while a carpet of scarlet sesuvium succulents serves as groundcover for a grove of luminescent green prickly-pear cactus beyond, populated by yellow-gray land iguanas. Along the coastline one finds sea lion colonies, while sea birds play with the thermals that form along the cliffs of this small but amazing island.

 Dinner: Farewell dinner on board the ship.
Accommodations: La Pinta Yacht
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Galapagos/ Departures
(Friday, March 6)
 Breakfast: On board the ship.
 Morning: After breakfast aboard the ship, we transfer to the airport in San Cristobal, Galapagos for flights returning to North America. If you arranged your own air for this program, you are welcome to join this transfer. All passengers must disembark the ship by 9 am.
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 15: Flights Arrive in the U.S.
(Saturday, March 7)
 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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Stone Offerings

Author: Mike Torrey

Description: Torrey captures the dramatic setting, solitude and intricate construction of the Inca site of Machu Picchu in 100 striking color photographs, taken over a few days at summer and winter solstice.

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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