Day 1: Arrive Lima
Day 2: Cusco Tour
Day 3: Sacred Valley Activity Day
Day 4: Machu Picchu Tour
Day 5: Cusco Free Day
After a leisurely breakfast, we take you to Cusco. There you have the morning day free to explore in your own time. Cusco is a great place for souvenir shopping or for exploring the cobbled streets of the bohemian San Blas neighbourhood. In the afternoon, we take you to the airport for your flight to Lima.
Day 6: Lima to Ecuador
Travel from Lima to Guayaquil, Ecuador. There we pick you up and take you to your safe, city-center hotel. Optional tour to Guayaquil´s Nature Park.
Day 7: Galapagos Cruise Day 1
Today we will take you to the airport for your flights to the Galapagos – brimming with plants and animals found nowhere else on earth. You will be met there and transferred to your ship to begin your next adventure - 5 Day Cruise of the Galapagos Islands.
For this Galapagos Family Cruise we especially selected the M/V Santa Cruz ship which caters specifically to families. Here´s why:
Below is a typical cruise program, but exact activities may change depending on local conditions
Your exploration of the Galapagos begins on Santa Cruz Island with a visit to Las Bachas Beach, an important nesting area for green sea turtles. Bachas is a beautiful white sandy beach, ideal for easy off-shore snorkeling. Just off the beach, several lagoons are feeding grounds for wading birds such as flamingoes and stilts.
Day 8: Galapagos Cruise Day 2 - Salvador Island
A great start at brilliantly named Buccaneer Cove. Learn about your Galapagos predecessors here / from whalers to pirates and Charles Darwin as you explore the coast around Santiago (James) Island by small dinghy (panga). Buccaneer Cove is home to a large number of sea birds, sea lions and sealife. The Santa Cruz' special sea guide can help children to learn some techniques for snorkeling here in open water.
In the afternoon, your guide will take your small group to Egas Point for a short walk. Here you can see rocky ground created by lava flows. This is a great opportunity to see land and marine birds. At low tide, marine iguanas graze upon the algae beds and there is a colony of fur-sea lions. Opportunity for snorkelling and swimming from the beach after the walk.
Day 9: Galapagos Cruise Day 3 - Rabida and Bartolome Islands
Take a panga ride to a red-colored beach. Here you can get close to sea lions, marine iguanas, mockingbirds, yellow warblers and several species of Darwin´s finches. This is a great place to snorkel from the beach, both for beginners as well as for experienced snorkelers, due to the unique combination of underwater species and submarine landscapes.
During lunch, you ship will move on to Bartolome Island for your afternoon excursion. Disembark on shore for a hike to the summit of the island and a spectacular view. There is time for a panga ride around Pinnacle Rock then some snorkeling with penguins before heading back on board for dinner.
Day 10: Galapagos Cruise Day 4 - Genovese Island
After a panga ride along the coast, a short walk takes you to the top of the island. A walk here will take you past many Nazca and red-footed boobies, frigate birds and petrels. In the afternoon, walk amidst hundreds of Galapagos birdlife including frigate birds, red-footed and Nazca boobies, gulls, herons, finches and mockingbirds. Choose between a short walk for dramatic views or return to the beach for swimming, snorkelling or a ride in the glass bottomed boat. In the evening, enjoy a special farewell dinner and sunset cocktail.
Day 11: Galapagos Cruise Day 5 - San Cristobal
After breakfast, head into the highlands to see the giant tortoises at Cerro Colorado. Return to San Cristobal´s main town for your final farewell to the Galapagos and your short flight back to Guayaquil or Quito on the mainland and your flight home.
Alan and Judy, Peru & Ecuador
Dave, Peru & Galapagos
Brian S, Peru & Galapagos
The Dietrichs, Ecuador & Galapagos
Darin, Peru & Galapagos
Linda, Costa Rica
Jane and Sue, Peru
Col. Ed Scholl, Peru
Ralstons & Pruesses, Peru
Peru, Eid-Heberle Family
Jake and Alyssa
Ralston Family, California
Lewis Family, Pennsylvania
Sonny & Amanda Punzalan, California
Sue Clark & Family, Washington
Peru & Ecuador, Dec 2012
Mark Stout & Family, Pennsylvania
Machu Picchu & Galapagos, Dec 2012
Bruce Thaler, Philadelphia
Machu Picchu & Galapagos, November 2012
Howard Silberstein, Miami
Galapagos & Ecuador, November 2012
Yau Ru Chen, Los Angeles
Machu Picchu Galapagos, October 2012
Janet Whiteside, Florida
Peru, July 2012
Machu Picchu, Iguazu & Rio, March 2012
Victor Limlingan, Travel Agent – The Philippines
Ecuador, Galapagos & Panama, June 2012
Jennafer Bonello – Washington DC
Peru, June 2012
Hamila Atefi – Washington DC
Peru and Galapagos, May 2012
Chris Leggat – New York
Galapagos & Machu Picchu, June 2012
Rick Velategui – USA
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Mike & Carol Lipischak
Peru, November 2011