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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.
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Program No. 18484RJ
Length
17 days
Starts at
7,199
Flights start at
750
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.
Length
17 days
Starts at
7,199
Flights start at
750
Program No. 18484 RJ
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DATES & PRICES

Ship Outside
Accommodation Details

A cabin with a window or porthole to view the outside.

Jan 5 - Jan 22, 2022
Ship Outside 7,699
Itinerary Note

This program date starts in Quito and ends in Lima and sails on the Tip Top V. Cruise Itinerary varies by date. Actual cruise itinerary and islands visited are assigned by the Galapágos National Park and can be changed without prior notice.

Jan 19 - Feb 5, 2022
Ship Outside 7,699
Itinerary Note

This program date starts in Quito and ends in Lima and sails on the Tip Top V. Cruise Itinerary varies by date. Actual cruise itinerary and islands visited are assigned by the Galapágos National Park and can be changed without prior notice.

Feb 3 - Feb 20, 2022
Ship Outside 7,699
Itinerary Note

This program date starts in Quito and ends in Lima and sails on the Galaxy I. Cruise Itinerary varies by date. Actual cruise itinerary and islands visited are assigned by the Galapágos National Park and can be changed without prior notice.

Feb 23 - Mar 12, 2022
SOLD OUT
Ship Outside 7,699
Itinerary Note

This program date starts in Quito and ends in Lima and sails on the Tip Top V. Cruise Itinerary varies by date. Actual cruise itinerary and islands visited are assigned by the Galapágos National Park and can be changed without prior notice.

Mar 2 - Mar 19, 2022
Ship Outside 7,699
Itinerary Note

This program date starts in Quito and ends in Lima and sails on the Tip Top IV. Cruise Itinerary varies by date. Actual cruise itinerary and islands visited are assigned by the Galapágos National Park and can be changed without prior notice.

Mar 3 - Mar 20, 2022
Ship Outside 7,699
Itinerary Note

This program date starts in Quito and ends in Lima and sails on the Galaxy I. Cruise Itinerary varies by date. Actual cruise itinerary and islands visited are assigned by the Galapágos National Park and can be changed without prior notice.

Mar 16 - Apr 2, 2022
Ship Outside 7,699
Itinerary Note

This program date starts in Quito and ends in Lima and sails on the Tip Top V. Cruise Itinerary varies by date. Actual cruise itinerary and islands visited are assigned by the Galapágos National Park and can be changed without prior notice.

Mar 31 - Apr 17, 2022
Ship Outside 7,699
Itinerary Note

This program date starts in Quito and ends in Lima and sails on the Galaxy I. Cruise Itinerary varies by date. Actual cruise itinerary and islands visited are assigned by the Galapágos National Park and can be changed without prior notice.

Apr 20 - May 7, 2022
Ship Outside 7,699
Itinerary Note

This program date starts in Quito and ends in Lima and sails on the Tip Top V. Cruise Itinerary varies by date. Actual cruise itinerary and islands visited are assigned by the Galapágos National Park and can be changed without prior notice.

May 11 - May 28, 2022
Ship Outside 7,699
Itinerary Note

This program date starts in Quito and ends in Lima and sails on the Tip Top V. Cruise Itinerary varies by date. Actual cruise itinerary and islands visited are assigned by the Galapágos National Park and can be changed without prior notice.

May 19 - Jun 4, 2022
Ship Outside 7,699
Itinerary Note

This program date starts in Lima and ends in Quito and sails on the Tip Top V. Cruise Itinerary varies by date. Actual cruise itinerary and islands visited are assigned by the Galapágos National Park and can be changed without prior notice.

Jun 1 - Jun 18, 2022
Ship Outside 7,199
Itinerary Note

This program date starts in Quito and ends in Lima and sails on the Tip Top V. Cruise Itinerary varies by date. Actual cruise itinerary and islands visited are assigned by the Galapágos National Park and can be changed without prior notice.

Jul 7 - Jul 24, 2022
Ship Outside 7,199
Itinerary Note

This program date starts in Quito and ends in Lima and sails on the Galaxy I. Cruise Itinerary varies by date. Actual cruise itinerary and islands visited are assigned by the Galapágos National Park and can be changed without prior notice.

Aug 17 - Sep 3, 2022
Ship Outside 7,499
Itinerary Note

This program date starts in Quito and ends in Lima and sails on the Tip Top IV. Cruise Itinerary varies by date. Actual cruise itinerary and islands visited are assigned by the Galapágos National Park and can be changed without prior notice.

Sep 29 - Oct 15, 2022
Ship Outside 7,499
Itinerary Note

This program date starts in Lima and ends in Quito and sails on the Tip Top V. Cruise Itinerary varies by date. Actual cruise itinerary and islands visited are assigned by the Galapágos National Park and can be changed without prior notice.

Oct 20 - Nov 5, 2022
SOLD OUT
Ship Outside 7,699
Itinerary Note

This program date starts in Lima and ends in Quito and sails on the Tip Top V. Cruise Itinerary varies by date. Actual cruise itinerary and islands visited are assigned by the Galapágos National Park and can be changed without prior notice.

Nov 16 - Dec 3, 2022
Ship Outside 7,499
Itinerary Note

This program date starts in Quito and ends in Lima and sails on the Tip Top V. Cruise Itinerary varies by date. Actual cruise itinerary and islands visited are assigned by the Galapágos National Park and can be changed without prior notice.

Dec 8 - Dec 24, 2022
Ship Outside 7,499
Itinerary Note

This program date starts in Lima and ends in Quito and sails on the Tip Top V. Cruise Itinerary varies by date. Actual cruise itinerary and islands visited are assigned by the Galapágos National Park and can be changed without prior notice.

DATES & PRICES

Ship Outside
Accommodation Details

A cabin with a window or porthole to view the outside.

Jan 5 - Jan 22, 2022
SOLD OUT
Ship Outside 9,699
Itinerary Note

This program date starts in Quito and ends in Lima and sails on the Tip Top V. Cruise Itinerary varies by date. Actual cruise itinerary and islands visited are assigned by the Galapágos National Park and can be changed without prior notice.

Jan 19 - Feb 5, 2022
Ship Outside 9,699
Itinerary Note

This program date starts in Quito and ends in Lima and sails on the Tip Top V. Cruise Itinerary varies by date. Actual cruise itinerary and islands visited are assigned by the Galapágos National Park and can be changed without prior notice.

Feb 3 - Feb 20, 2022
SOLD OUT
Ship Outside 9,999
Itinerary Note

This program date starts in Quito and ends in Lima and sails on the Galaxy I. Cruise Itinerary varies by date. Actual cruise itinerary and islands visited are assigned by the Galapágos National Park and can be changed without prior notice.

Feb 23 - Mar 12, 2022
Ship Outside 9,699
Itinerary Note

This program date starts in Quito and ends in Lima and sails on the Tip Top V. Cruise Itinerary varies by date. Actual cruise itinerary and islands visited are assigned by the Galapágos National Park and can be changed without prior notice.

Mar 2 - Mar 19, 2022
Ship Outside 9,699
Itinerary Note

This program date starts in Quito and ends in Lima and sails on the Tip Top IV. Cruise Itinerary varies by date. Actual cruise itinerary and islands visited are assigned by the Galapágos National Park and can be changed without prior notice.

Mar 3 - Mar 20, 2022
SOLD OUT
Ship Outside 9,999
Itinerary Note

This program date starts in Quito and ends in Lima and sails on the Galaxy I. Cruise Itinerary varies by date. Actual cruise itinerary and islands visited are assigned by the Galapágos National Park and can be changed without prior notice.

Mar 16 - Apr 2, 2022
SOLD OUT
Ship Outside 9,699
Itinerary Note

This program date starts in Quito and ends in Lima and sails on the Tip Top V. Cruise Itinerary varies by date. Actual cruise itinerary and islands visited are assigned by the Galapágos National Park and can be changed without prior notice.

Mar 31 - Apr 17, 2022
Ship Outside 9,999
Itinerary Note

This program date starts in Quito and ends in Lima and sails on the Galaxy I. Cruise Itinerary varies by date. Actual cruise itinerary and islands visited are assigned by the Galapágos National Park and can be changed without prior notice.

Apr 20 - May 7, 2022
Ship Outside 9,699
Itinerary Note

This program date starts in Quito and ends in Lima and sails on the Tip Top V. Cruise Itinerary varies by date. Actual cruise itinerary and islands visited are assigned by the Galapágos National Park and can be changed without prior notice.

May 11 - May 28, 2022
SOLD OUT
Ship Outside 9,699
Itinerary Note

This program date starts in Quito and ends in Lima and sails on the Tip Top V. Cruise Itinerary varies by date. Actual cruise itinerary and islands visited are assigned by the Galapágos National Park and can be changed without prior notice.

May 19 - Jun 4, 2022
Ship Outside 9,699
Itinerary Note

This program date starts in Lima and ends in Quito and sails on the Tip Top V. Cruise Itinerary varies by date. Actual cruise itinerary and islands visited are assigned by the Galapágos National Park and can be changed without prior notice.

Jun 1 - Jun 18, 2022
SOLD OUT
Ship Outside 9,199
Itinerary Note

This program date starts in Quito and ends in Lima and sails on the Tip Top V. Cruise Itinerary varies by date. Actual cruise itinerary and islands visited are assigned by the Galapágos National Park and can be changed without prior notice.

Jul 7 - Jul 24, 2022
SOLD OUT
Ship Outside 9,499
Itinerary Note

This program date starts in Quito and ends in Lima and sails on the Galaxy I. Cruise Itinerary varies by date. Actual cruise itinerary and islands visited are assigned by the Galapágos National Park and can be changed without prior notice.

Aug 17 - Sep 3, 2022
Ship Outside 9,499
Itinerary Note

This program date starts in Quito and ends in Lima and sails on the Tip Top IV. Cruise Itinerary varies by date. Actual cruise itinerary and islands visited are assigned by the Galapágos National Park and can be changed without prior notice.

Sep 29 - Oct 15, 2022
Ship Outside 9,499
Itinerary Note

This program date starts in Lima and ends in Quito and sails on the Tip Top V. Cruise Itinerary varies by date. Actual cruise itinerary and islands visited are assigned by the Galapágos National Park and can be changed without prior notice.

Oct 20 - Nov 5, 2022
Ship Outside 9,699
Itinerary Note

This program date starts in Lima and ends in Quito and sails on the Tip Top V. Cruise Itinerary varies by date. Actual cruise itinerary and islands visited are assigned by the Galapágos National Park and can be changed without prior notice.

Nov 16 - Dec 3, 2022
Ship Outside 9,499
Itinerary Note

This program date starts in Quito and ends in Lima and sails on the Tip Top V. Cruise Itinerary varies by date. Actual cruise itinerary and islands visited are assigned by the Galapágos National Park and can be changed without prior notice.

Dec 8 - Dec 24, 2022
Ship Outside 9,499
Itinerary Note

This program date starts in Lima and ends in Quito and sails on the Tip Top V. Cruise Itinerary varies by date. Actual cruise itinerary and islands visited are assigned by the Galapágos National Park and can be changed without prior notice.

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!
Elevations of 11,000 feet. Ascending and descending many steps without handrails at archaeological ruins. Wet and dry landings by small Zodiac boat. Island activities require 3-5 hours of physical activity per day. 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: www.youtube.com/watch?v=U93d0TxTOQA&feature=youtu.be
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 13 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you’ll…

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

General Notes

Cruise itinerary and islands visited are assigned by the Galapágos National Park and can be changed without prior notice. The park carefully monitors and controls the number of visitors to each site in order to minimize damage to local wildlife and habitats. Some dates of the program run in the reverse, starting in Lima and ending in Quito. 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.
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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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Gustavo "Tito" Leon View biography
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.
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Enrique Castillo View biography
An appreciation for wildlife led Enrique Castillo to work for a zoo in Peru for 12 years. Born in Lima, he earned degrees in both zoology and business administration prior to beginning his career. He enjoys sharing his expertise in Peru’s flora, fauna and culture with Road Scholar participants and other travelers. Enrique’s own travels have taken him to various regions of Peru, other South American countries, the U.S.A. and Europe. He is an avid birdwatcher and likes to collect field guides.
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Maywa Blanco View biography
A lifelong resident of Cusco, Maywa Blanco is a university professor who teaches courses in genetics, the biodiversity of Andean crops and agricultural research. She attended the National University of Saint Anthony the Abbot in Peru and studied English at the Peruvian-North American Cultural Institute. She received a Fulbright Scholarship to study at Michigan State University, earned a master’s degree, and then returned to Cusco to work helping impoverished communities. In her free time, Maywa enjoys cooking, soccer and spending time with her family.
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Jorge Carrera View biography
Jorge "George" Carrera is an accomplished Ecuadorian group leader and a veteran with decades of field experience. He recalls as a child, being drawn to studies focused on history, geography and politics. Later, while studying for a degree in the travel industry, he also developed a passion for art, archaeology, ethnic studies and cultural anthropology. Jorge has traveled extensively throughout Ecuador and spent time in some stunningly beautiful locations, ranging from Andean landscapes to lowland forests and coastal beaches.
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Fernando Icaza View biography
Fernando Icaza was born and raised in Guayaquil, Ecuador’s largest city and main port. He has spent more than 16 years educating visitors about Guayaquil and his lovely country. Fernando is particularly proud of his hometown's miraculous rebirth, transforming itself from a ragged port city to a cosmopolitan cultural center. In his free time, Fernando likes to practice yoga and psychophysical gymnastics, relax at the beach with his family, and enjoy the beauty and peacefulness of nature.
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Lourdes Pesantes View biography
Lourdes "Lulu" Pesantes' love of the Galapagos Islands began while growing up on Santa Cruz, where she attended school and volunteered at the Charles Darwin Research Station and the Galapagos National Park. She attended college in Quito then returned to work at the Galapagos National Park. She saw the fulfillment of a lifelong dream when she qualified as a Galapagos naturalist leader and began leading field trips and teaching about local plants, animals and geology. Lourdes' favorite pastimes include snorkeling, wildlife observation and photography.
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Voyage of the Beagle
by Charles Darwin
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.
The Incas
by Carmen Bernard
Featuring 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 Incas.
Inca Trail: Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley, Cusco Map
by Lima 2000
This fact-filled map shows the whole of the Sacred Valley, from Cusco to Ollantaytambo and Machu Picchu, on one side, and, on the reverse, the area surrounding the sanctuary in splendid, topographic detail (1:50,000). It's the best map for those making the trek from kilometer 88 to the site and an excellent choice for those exploring by bus or train.
Galapagos, World's End
by William Beebe
This wry, wonderfully evocative account of a 1924 scientific expedition includes an excellent chapter on the human history of the Galapagos.
Moon Spotlight Quito
by Ben Westwood
A slim, authoritative guide to Quito and the Ecuadorian Andes. What Moon guides lack in flash, they more than make up for in personable, clear writing, expert recommendations and advice. The text is interspersed with color photographs and maps.
The Heights of Macchu Picchu
by Pablo Neruda
An indispensable contribution to 20th-century poetry, Neruda’s ode to Machu Picchu celebrates the Incan civilization while abhorring that the ancient estate was built by slave labor.
Galapagos Islands Map
by ITMB
This full-color map of the Galapagos at a scale of 1:420,000, printed on water and tear-resistant paper, shows in detail major features, topography and visitor sites. With a large city plan of Quito on the reverse.
Lost City of the Incas
by Hiram Bingham
This first-rate adventure story by the man who brought Machu Picchu to the attention of the world is not just a gripping tale of exploration and archaeology, it also sets the scene for any visitor to the site.
Machu Picchu, Unveiling the Mystery of the Incas
by Richard L. Burger (Editor), Lucy C. Salazar (Editor)
Burger and Salazar vividly evoke the art, architecture, culture and society of Machu Picchu in this illustrated, up-to-date survey. With Hiram Bingham's original report, archival and modern photographs and excellent chapters on recent archaeology at the site.
Understanding Galapagos: What You'll See and What it Means
by Sehoya Cotner, Randy Moore
An excellent introduction to the flora and fauna of the Galapagos and a stellar overview of evolutionary biography on the islands. Accessible for readers from all backgrounds.
Galapagos, A Natural History
by Michael Jackson
This comprehensive guide to the natural history of the Galapagos is practically mandatory reading -- the single best introduction to the geology and climate, habitats, plants, birds, animals, ecology and evolution.
Galapagos, Islands Born of Fire
by Tui De Roy
A stunning celebration of the landscapes, wildlife and habitats of the Galapagos by a photographer who was raised in the archipelago. Tenth anniversary edition.
Insight Guide Peru
by Insight Guides
Panoramic in scope, this illustrated overview brings Peru to life in color photographs and vivid essays on history, archaeology and culture.
Satan Came to Eden
by Dore Strauch
The original memoir of Dore Strauch, early settler to the Galapagos and participant in the fascinating unsolved mystery known as The Galapagos Affair, the subject of a new documentary. First published in 1936, it's back in print after 80 years.
Galapagos Wildlife, A Visitor's Guide
by David Horwell, Pete Oxford
With chapters on visitor sites, history, conservation and habitats, this compact photographic guide introduces birds, reptiles, marine and other life of the archipelago.
Art of the Andes, from Chavin to Inca
by Rebecca Stone-Miller
This authoritative and concise illustrated survey of Andean art and architecture covers not only Machu Picchu and additional Inca monuments, but also Chan Chan, Nasca and other archaeological sites and cultures.
Galapagos, A Novel
by Kurt Vonnegut
In this madcap classic, Vonnegut's narrator lives in a future where the human race has been wiped out -- all except for a small group who boarded the "nature cruise of the century" only to get stranded in the Galapagos.
Peru, Travellers' Wildlife Guides
by David L. Pearson, Les Beletsky
Featuring 500 illustrations of the birds, amphibians, reptiles, mammals and insects of the Amazon, Andes and Pacific Coast.
Galapagos Wildlife
by Pocket Naturalist
A fold-up, laminated card featuring color drawings and short descriptions of commonly encountered birds, mammals and reptiles of the Galapagos.
The Inca Trail, Cuzco & Machu Picchu
by Alexander Stewart
An excellent overview of local culture and history, including chapters on exploring Cuzco, the Sacred Valley and Lima. Fifth edition.
Stone Offerings
by Mike Torrey
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.
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17 days
16 nights
41 meals
16 B 13 L 12 D
DAY
1
In Transit to Program, Check-in
Lima
Casa Andina Select Miraflores

Activity note: The Jorge Chávez International Airport in Lima, Peru is located approximately 45 minutes from the arrival hotel. Hotel check-in usually begins at 3PM. See your program’s travel details regarding transfers.

DAY
2
Larco Museum, Peruvian Cuisine, Lima City Orientation
Lima
B,L
Casa Andina Select Miraflores

Activity note: Walking up to 1 mile over smooth, flat surfaces.

Breakfast: In the hotel dining room, enjoy a buffet featuring various types of breakfast foods including pastries and fruit, plus water, coffee, and juice.

Morning: 8:30 a.m. Orientation at the hotel. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule and any changes, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. Meals included in our program feature local cuisine. In some cases, they will be plated and served with a set menu; in others, we will have buffets with multiple options. Included beverages are typically coffee, tea, water; other beverages usually available for purchase. Free time is reserved for your personal independent exploration. Evenings at leisure offer opportunities to make the program more meaningful and memorable through personal independent exploration. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. After boarding a bus, we will transfer to the Larco Museum. A presentation by the museum curator will introduce us to Peru's ancient cultures and enhance our museum experience. Following the lecture, the curator will take us through the museum. The privately funded Larco Museum, also known as Museo Rafael Larco Herrera, holds one of the world’s largest collections of Peruvian pre-Colombian artifacts and showcases pieces from lesser known Peruvian cultures such as the Moche, Chimú, and Nazca, as well as the famous Inca. Its name honors the founder’s father, Don Rafael Larco Herrera, a well-known collector of pre-Columbian artifacts and archaeology aficionado. The museum is housed in an 18th century mansion in the Pueblo Libre District of Lima and has 6 exhibit halls, 11 storage rooms, a vault for gold and silver exhibits, a terrace with large stone displays, and a garden with a patio.

Lunch: Welcome lunch at local restaurant including a Peruvian food presentation.

Afternoon: We will explore downtown Lima. The most important church in any town in Peru is usually called La Catedral (Cathedral). In the case of Lima, La Catedral is also the most important church in all of Peru. This beautiful colonial building in the Plaza de las Armas presumably houses the remains of Francisco Pizarro—whether the bones are authentic or not is a matter of conjecture. Lima's historic Santo Domingo Church and Convent was built by the Dominican Order in 1540, on land donated by Francisco Pizzaro. Colorful tiles, stained glass windows, catacombs, religious relics, and attractive courtyards are just some of the attractions at this site. Santo Domingo is located at the intersection of Conde de Superunda and Camana Streets, just a block away from the Plaza de Armas in central Lima.

Dinner: Dinner will be on your own to explore local fare.

Evening: At leisure. Prepare luggage for tomorrow morning’s check out.

DAY
3
Fly to Cusco, Transfer to Sacred Valley, Ollantaytambo Ruins
Yucay
B,L,D
Posada del Inca - Yucay

Activity note: There is a weight limit of 23 kg (approximately 50 lb) for checked luggage on the internal flights in Peru. Elevation in Cusco is approx. 11,000 ft. Elevation in Yucay is approx. 9,375 ft. To minimize your chances of experiencing altitude sickness, try to get plenty of rest before you travel, stay hydrated, avoid alcohol and fatty foods, eat high carbohydrate foods, and avoid strenuous exercise at high elevations.

Breakfast: In the hotel dining room, enjoy a buffet featuring various types of breakfast foods including pastries and fruit, plus water, coffee, and juice.

Morning: Following check-out, the bus will take us to the airport for a morning flight to Cusco. Upon arrival at the Cusco airport we will enjoy a traditional Inca welcome with coca tea. Then we’ll begin our transfer to Ollantaytambo with an en route visit to the Awanakancha Alpaca Center. The Awankancha Alpaca Center is a living museum where visitors can see llamas, alpacas and vicuna. A demonstration will show how the wool from these South American animals is used to make woven textiles. On our way, we will briefly visit the handicraft market in Pisac for a look at locally made crafts from the area.

Lunch: At a local restaurant in Ollantaytambo town.

Afternoon: After lunch, we will stroll through the Ollantaytambo ruins to learn about the engineering genius of the Inca. The Ollantaytambo Ruins are not ruins in the traditional sense. Ollantaytambo is a town with original buildings of Inca construction where the Inca retreated to make their last stand in the highlands against the Spanish. Running water still flows through the town in aqueducts and the agricultural terraces above the town are still in use. The pinnacle above the town is a small burial ground. Next, we'll learn about Andean agricultural techniques and how local farms still use these practices today during a presentation by a local expert. Once at the hotel, we will check in and settle into our rooms.

Dinner: Enjoy a typical two course Peruvian plated meal, juice and water.

Evening: At leisure. Prepare for an early check out and transfer tomorrow. There is a weight limit of 11 pounds for luggage on the Peru Rail transfer to Machu Picchu. Plan to pack an overnight bag for one night in the Machu Picchu area. This bag must weigh no more than 11 pounds and measure no more than 62 inches /157 cm (length, plus height, plus width). Excess luggage can be left with the driver and vehicle, and will be secured until your return to Cuzco.

DAY
4
Aguas Calientes, Machu Picchu, UNESCO World Heritage Site
Machu Picchu
B,L
El MaPi Hotel

Activity note: Elevation in Aguas Calientes is approx. 6,695 ft. Walking approx. 3 hours at ruins over uneven terrain, stone steps and narrow paths.

Breakfast: In the hotel dining room, enjoy a buffet featuring various types of breakfast foods including pastries and fruit, plus water, coffee, and juice.

Morning: Early morning transfer to Ollantaytambo train station. Board a train to Machu Picchu. This scenic journey by rail follows the meandering path of the Urubamba River and provides travelers with spectacular views of the snowcapped Andes. Disembark at the Aguas Calientes Station (6,693 ft) and board a bus that will take you up the mountain to the Machu Picchu Ruins (7,972 ft).

Lunch: At a local restaurant near the ruins featuring a buffet, juice and water.

Afternoon: Walking field trip in and around Machu Picchu ruins. This ancient Inca city was rediscovered in 1911 by Hiram Bingham, a Yale graduate and U.S. senator fascinated with Inca archaeology. Bingham found Machu Picchu, with the help of a local farmer who knew about the ruins, while searching for Vilcabamba and Vitcos. He hypothesized that the site was a "citadel," existing for strategic and defense purposes. He also speculated that the site was a refuge for Cusco's Virgins of the Sun, based upon the finding of skulls there, although not scientifically classified as female. Breakthroughs in archaeology since 1985 have, taken as a whole, supported the emerging view of Machu Picchu as a ceremonial and administrative center for a very populous region. Machu Picchu was built, flourished, and fell into demise within a period of 100 years. Transfer by bus down to the town of Aguas Calientes. Check in at the hotel.

Dinner: On your own for a chance to explore local fare.

Evening: At leisure. Prepare for check out the following morning.

DAY
5
Train to Ollantaytambo, Visit Chincheros, Transfer to Cusco
Cusco
B,L,D
Casa Andina Private Collection – Cusco

Activity note: Elevation in Cusco is approximately 11,000 ft. Participants who plan to return to Machu Picchu this morning should purchase their entrance tickets in advance. Park tickets are sold in Aguas Calientes but availability is not guaranteed. For more information, please refer to the program notes section of your program materials.

Breakfast: In the hotel dining room, enjoy a buffet featuring various types of breakfast foods including pastries and fruit, plus water, coffee, and juice.

Morning: We’ll accompany our Group Leader on foot to explore the town of Aguas Calientes including a visit to the local market. Participants who wish to revisit Machu Picchu are welcome to skip the town excursion and spend the morning at the ruins (at own expense--entrance fee is not included and tickets should be purchased in advance).

Lunch: At the hotel restaurant featuring a buffet of typical Peruvian dishes, juice and water.

Afternoon: We’ll transfer to the train station and then board the early afternoon train to Ollantaytambo Station. Once we arrive at the Ollantaytambo Station, we will board a bus to Cusco with an en route stop in Chincheros. Our field trip to Chincheros town will include a visit to a weaving cooperative, where we will meet with locals and learn about traditional weaving styles and techniques. Weaving is a way of life in Chincheros, as important for preserving ancient traditions as it is for earning a livelihood. Located in the Peruvian Andes on the Inca road between Cusco and Machu Picchu, Chincheros was an early Inca center built by emperor Tupa Inca as his country estate. During Inca reign, textiles were woven and offered to mark special occasions, from peace treaties and sacrifices to marriage ceremonies and puberty rites. In Chincheros, children grow up playing with their mother's spindle and loom. By age six or seven, most children learn to weave by watching their elders. They begin by weaving jakimas, or narrow ribbons, before moving on to more complicated pieces. We'll continue with our transfer to Cusco, then check in at the hotel.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Evening: Time at leisure.

DAY
6
Sacsayhuaman Ruins & Introduction to Cusco
Cusco
B,L
Casa Andina Private Collection – Cusco

Activity note: Walking on cobblestones and some steps. The visitor areas around the Sacsayhuaman ruins have short, grassy ground cover; long stretches of mostly flat land interspersed with gradual inclines.

Breakfast: In the hotel dining room, enjoy a buffet featuring various types of breakfast foods including pastries and fruit, plus water, coffee, and juice.

Morning: Field trip to the Sacsayhuaman Ruins. The fortress of Sacsayhuaman forms the head of the Puma design of old Cusco. It is a wonder of technical achievement and a testament to human will. It is a mystery how it was constructed, since the stones are not found in the region, and most of the blocks weigh more than a ton. The largest rock weighs more than 300 tons. Sacsayhuaman is constructed of huge polygonal blocks which interlock with one another. The stones are so precisely placed that a knife blade cannot be inserted between them. Upon our return to Cusco, we’ll enjoy a walking exploration of some of the city’s historic sites. The center of Cusco is a history lesson. Modern and colonial buildings are built on top of Inca foundations, and colonial churches dominate the central square.

Lunch: At a café in the main plaza where you can enjoy the colonial architecture of the city.

Afternoon: Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to experience the ancient city of Cusco at your own pace. We’ll reconvene at the agreed time and place in preparation for a pre-dinner presentation by local expert on the history of Inca and Andean musical instruments. Then the rest of the evening will be free to do what you like. Your group leader will provide instructions for the best times to arrive back to the hotel.

Dinner: Dinner on your own for a chance to explore local fare.

Evening: Time at leisure. Prepare luggage for an early check-out and international travel.

DAY
7
Flight to Quito via Lima
Quito
B,D
Sheraton Quito Hotel

Activity note: The Mariscal Sucre International Airport is located approximately one hour from downtown Quito. Elevations in Quito range from 9,223 ft - 9,883 ft. To minimize the chances of experiencing altitude sickness while in Quito, try to get plenty of rest before travel, stay hydrated, avoid alcohol and fatty foods, consume high carbohydrate foods, and avoid strenuous exercise at high elevations.

Breakfast: Early, at the hotel.

Morning: Check out of the hotel and transfer to the Cusco airport to check in for flight to Quito (via Lima).

Lunch: On your own. There will be opportunities for lunch at the Lima airport.

Afternoon: Upon arrival to Quito, we will go through Immigrations, Baggage Claim, and Customs. Our Quito Group Leader will be waiting outside the restricted area, in the Arrivals Hall. After boarding the bus we’ll transfer to the hotel and check into our rooms. Our Quito group leader will review the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. Then we’ll enjoy an expert presentation on the past, present, and future of Ecuador.

Dinner: At the hotel restaurant, featuring a two-course meal including water. Additional beverages available for purchase.

Evening: Time at leisure.

DAY
8
Quito Orientation, Casa del Alabado, Capilla del Hombre
Quito
B,L,D
Sheraton Quito Hotel

Breakfast: In the hotel dining room, enjoy a buffet featuring various types of breakfast foods including pastries and fruit, plus water, coffee, and juice.

Morning: After breakfast we will travel by bus to Quito's colonial section. Accompany the group leader in a walking exploration of the historic UNESCO World Heritage Site. While walking through the narrow streets, we will learn about Quito’s rich history going from pre-Hispanic times, through the Colonial Period, to the Republican Era. We will have the opportunity to study the architectural styles of local buildings and the uniqueness of religious art pieces from the famous Quitenian School of art that combines the European Renaissance and Baroque styles with the indigenous and mestizo influences. After our city explorations we will enjoy a visit to the Museo Casa del Alabado to learn about pre-Columbian art. The art museum is housed in a two-story, renovated 17th century Spanish colonial residence in Quito’s historic downtown area. Unlike most museums which arrange displays in chronological order, the Casa del Alabado has organized its exhibits based on Andean cosmology. The approximately 5000 artifacts showcased in this impressive space include 500 pieces that belong to the museum’s permanent exhibit.

Lunch: At local restaurant with an introduction to Ecuadorian food products and typical Ecuadorian cuisine.

Afternoon: After lunch, we'll pay a visit to Guayasamin's Capilla del Hombre. Quito’s Bellavista neighborhood is home to some important spaces dedicated to the works of Ecuador’s beloved artist, Oswaldo Guayasamin (1919-1999). The Guayasamin Foundation features various pieces from the artist’s private collection as well as a large exhibit of his paintings. A few blocks from the Guayasamin Foundation, on a hill overlooking the city, stands the Capilla del Hombre. This monument, chapel, and museum was designed by Guayasamin (he died before its completion) as a cultural space dedicated to the plight of Latin American people—from pre-Columbian times until the present—a subject featured prominently in the artist’s work. Next, we will return to the hotel and attend an expert presentation that will introduce us to the geology of the Galápagos Islands.

Dinner: At the hotel restaurant featuring a two course plated meal, including water.

Evening: Prepare for check out and flight tomorrow. There is a 50 lb weight limit for checked luggage on the flights to the islands. Please pack accordingly. Extra luggage can be stored at the hotel in Quito.

DAY
9
Flight to Baltra, Board Yacht, Mosquera Islet
Galápagos Islands
B,L,D
Tip Top V

Activity note: Actual cruise itinerary and islands visited are determined by the Galápagos Nat'l Park. The cruise itineraries, field trips and excursions are subject to change without notice based on sea and weather conditions. Therefore, the cruise itinerary should always be regarded as provisional. The operators reserve the right to change the content of field trips and excursions without prior notice. Wet landing and easy walking on beach and swimming and snorkeling activities.

Breakfast: Early, at the hotel.

Morning: After breakfast, we'll transfer by bus to the airport in preparation for our flight to the Galapagos Islands. Our Group Leader will assist us with check-in procedures at the airport. After saying a fond goodbye to our Quito Group Leader, we will proceed through security and get ready to embark on our flight. Upon arrival to the Galápagos Islands, we'll deplane and walk across the tarmac to the airport building and follow the arrival signs to Immigration. With passport in hand we will stop at the Immigration counter for an inspection of our travel documents before we can proceed to the baggage claim area. After collecting our luggage, we will board a bus that will drive us a short ways to the pier where we will board a panga and transfer to the boat. Once on board, we'll take part in a welcome orientation and a safety drill as we sail to our first visitor site in the Galápagos. All routes, field trips, and excursions are subject to change as weather and sea conditions may affect the itinerary. Sea conditions could affect the progress of the ship, making it run late and sometimes miss activities because it is not safe to dock. Because of this, the cruise itinerary should always be regarded as provisional. The operators reserve the right to change the content of field trips and excursions without prior notice. Thank you for your understanding.

Lunch: Aboard the yacht, we’ll enjoy a light meal, plus juice and water. Other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: After lunch we will navigate a short distance to Mosquera Islet. It is one of the smallest islands in the Galapagos Islands, located between North Seymour and Baltra, but is home to one of the largest colonies of sea lions in the archipelago. Plenty of other species of marine life can be seen here too; pelicans, blue-footed boobies, masked boobies, brown pelicans and sally light-foot crabs. We will land on Mosquera and there will be time to swim and snorkel before returning to the yacht.

Dinner: Aboard the yacht. After enjoying a welcome cocktail with the boat crew, we'll sit down for a plated meal with dessert, juice and water. Other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: Orientation to the next day's activities.

DAY
10
Santiago Island, Sullivan Bay, Rabida Island
Galápagos Islands
B,L,D
Tip Top V

Activity note: Sullivan Bay: wet landing and moderate difficulty due to rocky, volcanic terrain. Good walking shoes are a must, as the volcanic terrain is sharp and rough. Rabida Island: wet landing, easy to moderate trail conditions due to hills and sandy terrain.

Breakfast: Aboard the yacht enjoy a selection of hot and cold dishes, plus juice, coffee and tea.

Morning: Wet landing at Sullivan Bay, followed by a walking field trip led by our naturalist leader. During this activity we'll be able to get a good look at the island's unique geological features. Good walking shoes are a must--the volcanic terrain is sharp and rough! Santiago (a.k.a. San Salvador) is the fourth largest island in the Galápagos. A volcanic eruption that took place in the early 1900s formed huge lava flows in the area that is now Sullivan Bay. As the lava cooled off, it solidified into a black sheet of interesting shapes and textures that made its way to the sea. The rope-like lava seen on this island is called pahoehoe lava. Other interesting formations include lava bubbles and tree shapes, ghosts of Santiago's past. Few plant species have been able to root in this harsh environment. Although the volcanic formations on Santiago have the obvious spotlight, keep an eye out for American Oystercatchers nesting along the coast (July) and Galápagos Hawks performing their acrobatic courtship rituals (August). We will have the opportunity to swim and snorkel before returning the yacht.

Lunch: Aboard the yacht.

Afternoon: Boarding a panga to Rabida Island, we'll make a wet landing on its red sand beach. This afternoon, we'll get to spend time on one of the most colorful and volcanically varied islands in the archipelago. Rabida Island's famous red sandy beach and stunning lookouts provide wonderful landscapes, and the snorkeling is great. The island is also a birdwatcher's delight. Some of the rarest species are in abundance, such as nine varieties of finches, Large-billed Flycatchers, Galápagos Hawks, and Brown Pelicans. Next, we will head to a small saltwater lagoon for a chance to glimpse pink flamingoes. Return to the yacht.

Dinner: Aboard the yacht.

Evening: Lecture and orientation to the next day's activities. (Please note that the day/time of lectures is subject to change)

DAY
11
Fernandina Island, Punta Espinoza, Elizabeth Bay
Galápagos Islands
B,L,D
Tip Top V

Activity note: Punta Espinoza: dry landing, moderate trail conditions due to slippery rocks at low tide and uneven terrain. Good walking shoes are a must for the 1.2 mile walk on sharp volcanic rocks. Elizabeth Bay: an approximately 2 hour panga ride along mangroves and islets.

Breakfast: Aboard the yacht.

Morning: We will make a dry landing at Punta Espinoza and then walk on local trails in search of the resident sea lion colony and Flightless Cormorant nesting sites. Fernandina has some of the most dramatic landscapes found in the archipelago and is also one of the best places to see the lava cactus. The aa and pahoehoe lava formations create a unique landscape and provide visitors with a great chance to study lava flows and the forces which gave birth to the Galápagos Islands. Return to the yacht.

Lunch: Aboard the yacht.

Afternoon: This afternoon we will enjoy a panga ride in and around the mangroves and islets of Elizabeth Bay to look for shore birds, marine turtles, rays, sea lions, and more. Return to the yacht.

Dinner: Aboard the yacht.

Evening: Orientation to the next day's activities.

DAY
12
Isabela, Urbina Bay and Tagus Cove
Galápagos Islands
B,L,D
Tip Top V

Activity note: Urbina Bay: strong waves can make disembarkation tricky at this site. Use a zip-lock bag to protect cameras and binoculars from splashes during the wet landing. Please take steps to remain hydrated during this approximately 2-mile hike.

Breakfast: Aboard the yacht.

Morning: After breakfast we will make a wet landing at Urbina Bay and begin our walking exploration of this unique site. Urbina Bay is situated approximately two fifths of the way along Isabela’s western coast. The flattened area of the bay exhibits signs of a coral reef on land; proof that the flat land we see today in that area was once uplifted from the sea. Cormorants, pelicans, marine iguanas, and Flightless Cormorants frequent this site in addition to marine turtles and rays which are sometimes seen swimming in the bay. Opportunity for swimming and snorkeling before we take a panga ride to the yacht in time for lunch.

Lunch: Aboard the yacht.

Afternoon: We'll take part in a scenic Zodiac ride along the shoreline in order to spot wildlife and view Tagus Cove's historic graffiti, which was left behind by sailors, some as far back as the 1830s. Sea lions, Flightless Cormorants, marine iguanas, Blue-footed Boobies, and Galápagos Penguins are frequently spotted at this site.

Dinner: Aboard the yacht.

Evening: Lecture and orientation to the next day's activities. (This lecture may take place on another evening of the cruise.)

DAY
13
Santiago Island, Puerto Egas, Bartolome Island
Galápagos Islands
B,L,D
Tip Top V

Activity note: Puerto Egas: wet landing and easy to moderate walking conditions. Bartolome: dry landing. The 1.2 mile walk to the top of the volcano includes a climb up a long wooden staircase (375 steps) with railings.

Breakfast: Aboard the yacht.

Morning: A short panga ride will take us to Santiago Island in preparation for a wet landing at Puerto Egas' black sand beach. As we explore local trails, our naturalist leader will help to point out local wildlife. Puerto Egas, located on the northwestern side of Santiago Island, has black volcanic formations that provide shelter to a number of creatures. Here it is possible to see marine iguanas sunning themselves on the rocks while sea birds fly overhead in search of food. Brightly colored Sally Lightfoot crabs live in the rock crevices and tide pools; a sharp contrast to the black lava formations they call home. Galápagos fur seals enjoy the inlets along the western shoreline and have been known to swim with visitors from time to time. Opportunity for swimming and snorkeling before returning to the yacht in time for lunch.

Lunch: Aboard the yacht.

Afternoon: Dry landing at Bartolomé Island. After disembarkation we will accompany our naturalist leader on a hike up Escalera Hill. On Bartolomé Island we will be able to view volcanic formations such as lava bombs, spatter, and cinder cones. From the summit it is possible to see surrounding islands as well as Pinnacle Rock's eroded tuff cone. On the way to the summit, watch for colonies of marine iguanas, lava lizards, tiquilla and various cacti. Bartolomé is one of the best places to find Galápagos penguins. Return to the yacht.

Dinner: Aboard the yacht.

Evening: Orientation to the next day's activities.

DAY
14
Santiago, Sombrero Chino and Santa Cruz Island, Cerro Dragon
Galápagos Islands
B,L,D
Tip Top V

Activity note: Sombrero Chino: wet landing. Cerro Dragon: dry landing; easy to moderate trail conditions due to rocky, uneven terrain.

Breakfast: Aboard the yacht.

Morning: We will start the day by navigating around Sombrero Chino to observe its resident wildlife and lava formations. We may also make a wet or dry landing and undertake a short hike around the island (depending on water conditions). This small island can be seen a short distance from Santiago Island’s southeastern tip. The name, meaning Chinese hat, describes the volcanic cone’s unique shape. A cove on the northern side of the island offers good conditions for swimming, snorkeling and kayaking; it is also a favored sea lion hangout. Other species frequently seen in and around the island include American Oystercatchers, Brown Noddys, Galápagos Hawks, Sally Lightfoot crabs, spotted eagle rays, whitetip reef sharks, Galápagos Penguins, marine iguanas, Lava Herons, lava lizards, and Brown Pelicans. Return to the yacht.

Lunch: Aboard the yacht.

Afternoon: After a panga ride and a dry landing, we will walk to the lookout point on Cerro Dragon. Cerro Dragon ("Dragon Hill"), located on a northwestern corner of Santa Cruz, was named after a colony of land iguanas that inhabited the site in the 1970s. We’ll also visit a lagoon where we can observe flamingoes, common stilts, pintail ducks, and other species of birds. Returning to the beach, there will be time to snorkel and swim. Return to the yacht.

Dinner: Aboard the yacht.

Evening: Orientation of next day's activities.

DAY
15
Santa Cruz, Wild Tortoises, Charles Darwin Station
Galápagos Islands
B,L,D
Tip Top V

Activity note: Driving approximately 1.5 hours throughout the day. Highlands: Walking approx. 1.5 hours; flat, grassy terrain and unpaved, often muddy trails.

Breakfast: Aboard the yacht.

Morning: We will disembark on Santa Cruz and will board a bus for a drive into the highlands. Once in the highlands, we’ll stop en route to view Los Gemelos (The Twins) pit craters and walk in the surrounding scalesia forest. This unique type of forest is only present in higher elevation, humid zones of the Galapagos. Despite Los Gemelos' resemblance to volcanic craters, they are in fact giant sinkholes. We will also have the chance observe wild tortoises in their natural habitat during a stop at a local highland ranch. The Galapagos’ tortoise is one of the islands' most famous residents. These creatures, which were endemic to each of the big islands; Española, Fernandina, Floreana, Pinta Pinzón, San Cristóbal, Santa Cruz, Santa Fe and Santiago now exist only on three islands as a result of exploitation and volcanism. The average lifespan for a tortoise is more than 100 years and the largest tortoise recorded weighed over 880 lb.

Lunch: At a local ranch in the highlands.

Afternoon: Board the bus and return to Puerto Ayora to visit the Charles Darwin Research Station and its Interpretive Center. The Charles Darwin Research Station (CDRS) is a biological research station operated by the Charles Darwin Foundation. The objective of the CDRS is to conduct scientific research and environmental education to promote conservation of the islands' unique environments. The Station has a team of over a hundred scientists, educators, volunteers, research students and support staff from all over the world. Return to the yacht.

Dinner: Aboard the yacht.

Evening: Orientation to the next day's activities. Prepare for disembarkation and flight tomorrow.

DAY
16
North Seymour, Flight to Quito
Quito
B,D
Hotel Rincon de Puembo

Activity note: North Seymour: dry landing; moderate/difficult trail conditions; uneven terrain.There is a 50 lb weight limit for checked luggage on the flights to and from the islands.

Breakfast: Aboard the yacht.

Morning: After a dry landing, our naturalist will lead us on a 1.5-mile walk on local trails. North Seymour Island is conveniently located next to Baltra Island. The island has a major nesting colony of Blue-footed Boobies and Magnificent Frigatebirds. During April-May the Blue-footed Boobies can be spotted performing their comical mating dance. Blue-footed Boobies oftentimes nest very near the trails, giving visitors the opportunity to get a closer view during the walks. From August-November sea lions are giving birth and it is possible to view pups of all sizes. Just remember to stay at a safe distance as females tend to be very protective of their young. A walk near known iguana nesting sites offers a good opportunity to view marine iguanas and land iguanas. Besides boasting abundant fauna, North Seymour Island is dotted with the endemic Palo Santo tree (Bursera graveolens). Return to the yacht and gather your personal belongings for disembarkation. Transfer to the airport and bid farewell to your Galapagos Group Leader. The flight to Quito makes a stop in Guayaquil; passengers remain on board.

Lunch: On your own, at the airport. Sandwiches, empanadas and snacks are available for purchase after going through security.

Afternoon: Late afternoon arrival in Quito. Time at leisure to finish packing or relax before joining the rest of the group for dinner.

Dinner: At the hotel. During a farewell dinner, share your favorite experiences with new Road Scholar friends.

Evening: At leisure. Prepare for check out and international flights to North America. Participants with international flights departing very late this evening/before dawn next morning will check out of the hotel and transfer to the Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO) in preparation for airline check in.

DAY
17
Program Concludes
In Flight
B

Activity note: Participants with independent travel arrangements and/or scheduled on later flights can keep their hotel rooms until check-out time on this day. Except for breakfast, all other meals are on your own on this day.

Breakfast: At the hotel (dependent on flight times). This concludes the program. If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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