18484
Galápagos Islands/Ecuador/Peru
The Best of the Galápagos and Peru: From Enchanted Islands to Machu Picchu
The Galápagos and Machu Picchu are two of Latin America’s most renowned icons. Come see for yourself as you discover the unique wildlife and preserved ruins of these two sacred places.
Rating (4.96)
Program No. 18484RJ
Length
17 days
Starts at
7,199
Flights start at
795

At a Glance

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.
Activity Level
Let's Go!
Island activities require 3-5 hours of physical activity daily. Daily walks on sharp volcanic rocks and loose stones. Climbing many steps at archaeological ruins. Wet and dry landing by Zodiac boat. Elevations up to 12,000 feet.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Discuss the spiritual significance of Machu Picchu and spend the evening in Aguas Calientes 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.

General Notes

The Peru Rail line requires an individual’s passport information in order to purchase tickets to Machu Picchu. The tickets are person-specific and must match the bearer’s passport records. Participants should complete their Participant Information Form upon enrollment so that the Program Coordinator can make ticket reservations. If the Program Coordinator does not receive passport information no later than 90 days prior to departure, they may not be able to place a reserve on tickets. Cruise itinerary and islands visited are assigned by the Galapágos National Park and can be changed without prior notice. Some dates of the program run in the reverse, starting in Quito and ending in Lima. Some dates have a 4 night cruise with 3 nights at a lodge at Isabela Island. Please refer to the date-specific detailed itinerary on the Road Scholar website to check on the vessel and visitor sites included in your program. The expedition-style Galápagos vessels hold 16 passengers in comfortable cabins. Due to the remote nature of the islands, listening devices are not available for the Galapagos Islands portion of the program.
Featured Expert
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Gustavo "Tito" Leon
A native of Cusco, Gustavo "Tito" Leon found himself fascinated with the music of the Andean highlands. This affinity led him to devote his life to the research and preservation of Peru's Andean music. His research has focused on the origins of Andean music, its different forms, influences and instruments. Gustavo is a talented musician and an expert on native Andean woodwind, percussion, and string instruments. His interactive style will get your toes tapping as he performs the various song styles and instruments of the Andes.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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