Capture the mystery and grandeur of one of the most iconic places in the world on this full journey of the Inca Empire—Peru, then venture north to Ecuador and its fascinating Galápagos Islands. Starting with a city tour of Lima, you’ll gain a sense of the colonial heritage of the Peruvians with its world-class museums and Spanish colonial architecture. Then, head to Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley, two of the most stunning and mystical places on Earth. Glimpse the ancient history and culture, and enjoy the unique opportunity to stay overnight in both the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu, where you’ll have two included entrances to the site, visit a local Inca home, and traditional Indian market. From the charming city of Cusco, where you’ll have a full-day introduction to the city and the Temple of Sacsayhuaman, you’ll head to fascinating Titicaca, a lake of floating islands, maintained over centuries by the local Indians who build their islands and homes from the continuously sinking reeds.</BR></BR>Finish your vacation by flying to Ecuador and its Galápagos Islands for a cruise unlike any other. Just like Charles Darwin, you’ll be able to see many species of animals and birds that call the Galápagos their home. On your 4-night cruise, watch for blue-footed boobies, frigatebirds, sea lions, land iguanas, flamingos, giant tortoises, and more. For even more fun, consider swimming and snorkeling in search of sea life.</BR></BR>This well-rounded exploration of Peru and Ecuador’s famed Galápagos Islands is sure to leave you with memories for a lifetime.
Sightseeing: In Lima, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Cusco, Lake Titicaca. Inside visits as shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.
LIMA San Agustin Exclusive (F)SACRED VALLEY Hotel Inkallpa (F)MACHU PICCHU El Mapi Hotel Machu Picchu (F)CUSCO Jose Antonio Cusco (F)PUNO Eco Inn Puno (F)QUITO Grand Mercure Alameda (SF)GALÁPAGOS CRUISE Santa Cruz II (F)GUAYAQUIL Unipark Hotel Guayaquil (SF);
17 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 9 dinners
Transportation: Private, deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach while touring.