Why Travel to Peru in 2020?

When people ask me what it’s like to travel to Peru and Machu Picchu for the first time, my response is simple, “Peru is a destination you could explore for the rest of your life and not see the same thing twice; in Peru you can expect a new adventure around every corner.”

With so many extraordinary regions and diverse landscapes to explore in this massively diverse country, choosing where to go for your first visit to Peru can be difficult. For that reason, we add value to our travelers by helping them customize an itinerary tailored to their desires. As an example, a lot of people know Peru mostly because of Machu Picchu, so that is number one on their list. Therefore, we typically recommend taking the classic route to Machu Picchu via Lima, Sacred Valley, Aguas Calientes, and finishing in Cusco on your first visit. At that point, you will be acclimatized to the Andean altitude and ready to adventure further.

Machu Picchu Adventure

“Exploring the Seventh Wonder of the World, Machu Picchu, radiates wisdom and wonder by inevitably making one visualize what life must have been like for the Royal Inca in the Pre-Columbian era while they were secluded from the entire world… in their own sanctuary where every stone and ruin is strategically placed to utilize the natural elements of this environment. If you are a lover of cultural adventures and amazing food, I recommend that you make a visit to Peru as soon as possible”

– Turney Maurer

Insider’s Guide – Travel to Peru in 2020:

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What to do in Peru if You Have Already Seen Machu Picchu?

Peru is a massive country where the Earth’s biggest jungle collides with the towering, ice-capped Andes mountains. Meanwhile, southern Peru has the Nazca Lines, the world’s second deepest canyon—Colca Canyon, and Lake Titicaca—the world’s highest navigable lake that can be seen from outer space. However, there is more! Northern Peru has some of the best waves to surf in the world where you can rest afterwards at a remote beachside wellness retreat. Meanwhile, one of the world’s biggest waterfalls in the world awaits your arrival. Dive further into the northern jungle to find Pre-Inca archaeological sites as big and well-preserved as Machu Picchu which have recently been introduced to tourism with the inclusion of a cable car at Kuelap.

With all of these magnificent sites to see, how are you supposed to choose which ones to see when you travel to Peru in 2020?

Colca Canyon PeruPeruvian Woman Overlooking Colca Canyon

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Where to Go in Peru for Your First Time?

As mentioned previously, let’s get you to Machu Picchu first when you travel to Peru in 2020. Depending on the time you and your group have to travel, your options of regions to visit after seeing Machu Picchu will be limited. It’s important to note, especially if you are arriving to Peru from the United States, your itinerary is going to be 6 Days / 5 Nights minimum in order to see Machu Picchu and spend an evening in Cusco. Altitude sickness is no joke, and if you try to see the Seventh Wonder of the World in a hurry, you are likely to become very ill and ruin many days of your journey. Here is why…

The only main international airport in Peru is in Lima, the seaside capital city. In order to get to Machu Picchu, one must fly domestically from Lima to Cusco, where the altitude is around 12,500 ft.. To prevent altitude sickness, we greet our travelers at the airport in Cusco for a driver and guide take them to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, where the altitude is around 9,800 ft.. Here, spend a few nights at a lovely hotel like Sol Y Luna Lodge & Spa or Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba to become acclimatized and partake in some amazing day tours before continuing to Machu Picchu at around 7,800 ft. elevation.

Salt Mines Peru TourSalt Mines at Maras: A Lovely Experience in the Sacred Valley of the Incas

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Hike or Take a Train to Machu Picchu

Depending on whether you’d like to hike to Machu Picchu or take the train,  you will need to either spend a night in Aguas Calientes or return to Cusco via train. We certainly recommend taking the Hiram Bingham Train (pictured below) for an open bar with appetizers, 3-course meal, and live music along the way in a 1920’s style elegant train. When planning your journey with one of our trip designers, we will help you decide what is best. Check out our Top 8 Treks in Peru blog to learn about more options of hiking to Machu Picchu and other areas of Peru.

Singing and dancing on the Hiram Bingham Train

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What to do After Machu Picchu?

Finally, after exploring Machu Picchu, you will return to Cusco by train and stay the night. At this point of the journey, your body will be fully acclimatized and ready for the next destination when you rise the next day. Some destinations such as Manu National Park, Apu Ausangate (Rainbow Mountains), or adventure activities like white water rafting or mountain biking are a driving distance from Cusco. Otherwise, there are domestic flights to nearly any other region of Peru (some with a layover in Lima — see recommendations at the bottom of this blog). For example, consider flying from Cusco to Iquitos after visiting Machu Picchu for a Peruvian Amazon Cruise aboard the Delfin 1, where you and your loved ones can enjoy exploring the jungle in style.

Best Amazon CruisesA couple enjoying the hot tub on Delfin 1 in Iquitos, Peru

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When Should You Visit Peru?

The peak of the Dry season in Peru is from June – August which attracts the most tourist since you will likely not encounter rain at Machu Picchu. Although, Peru is a very diverse destination and while some areas of the country might be rainy or cold, some coastal areas are perfect to visit. The main takeaway is that the shoulder seasons (March – May) and (Sept-August) are great times to visit Machu Picchu during the transitions of the rainy and dry season. Sure, you might encounter some rain, but you will also experience sunshine and less people at the ancient Citadel.

Plaza de Armas: Cusco, Peru

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What to do in Peru if You’ve Already Seen Machu Picchu?

If you’re like me, after you see Machu Picchu and maybe one or two other regions of Peru, you will be itching to go back for more. Luckily for you, a second or even third journey to Peru can be as exciting or even more wonderful as the first. Below we have compiled a gallery of some of our favorite destinations to see in Peru beyond Machu Picchu.

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Travel to Peru in 2020: Best Destinations Beyond Machu Picchu:

Lima

The Peruvian Amazon Gallery 

Lake Titicaca 

Southern Peru: Islas Ballestas, Pisco Region, Huacachina Oasis, Nazca Lines, Arequipa & Colca Canyon

Northern Peru: Máncora, Tumbes, Chachapoyas, the Lost City of Kuelap, & Gocta Falls

Galapagos Islands & Quito Ecuador

Did you know that visiting Machu Picchu & Galapagos Islands in the same journey is a great way to see both destinations conveniently? Due to direct flights from Lima to Guayaquil or Quito, Ecuador — this multi-destination journey links well. If you ask me, the best way to combine the two countries is by flying from Lima to Quito in the early afternoon, so that you arrive in Quito around 4:00 p.m.. From there, we will organize a private transfer from the airport to your hotel, and book a dinner at ZaZu Restaurant (part of the Relais & Chateaux collection) or similar for a taste of Quito’s finest cuisine. The following day spend a full-day exploring the city or going on a lovely trek with another overnight stay in Quito. The next morning, return to the airport and continue to Darwin’s Archipelago, the magical Galapagos Islands.

In Galapagos you will have to choose whether you want to explore via land, sea, or both? Read more about the Galapagos Great Debate to see which one suits you and your group the best.

Atacama, Chile

Due to a new flight offered by LATAM that runs directly from Lima to Calama (Atacama Desert, Chile), these two destinations are now fantastic to combine. Imagine yourself going from seeing one of the Seven Wonders of the World where ruins are covered in lush green vegetation among a towering mountain surrounded by a flowing river, to feeling like you’re walking on the moon and looking at flamingos in the distance? Sounds nice doesn’t it? If so, let us treat you to this multi-destination combo by contacting us today!

To learn more about this region of Chile, check out our Atacama Desert Experience page and consider staying at Awasi Atacama.

Someone once said, “your journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step.” We encourage you to take the first step by reviewing our collection of itineraries, hotels, villas, and ships to choose from here at Latin Excursions. Then, give us a call for your free, no obligation, trip assessment and to learn why travel experts like Wendy Perrin, Travel+Leisure and others recommend our services for private Latin America travel.

Active Uruguay Journey for Families

Known for its rolling plains that encompass mostly the entire country, to its extensive virgin beaches and rich nature areas to explore, Uruguay has a little bit of something for everyone. When you hear someone mention Uruguay, they likely know it as a ferry-ride over from Buenos Aires or a coastal holiday vacation spot. Well, we are here to tell you there is much more! This family-friendly journey to Uruguay features highlights of the country combined with biking, horseback riding, trekking, and cultural experiences for everyone to enjoy.

Visit our Uruguay Page
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Itinerary

Day1

Uruguay Flag

Day1

Arrival in Uruguay / Colonia del Sacramento

Welcome to Uruguay!

Upon arrival in Montevideo, transfer to your hotel in Colonia del Sacramento. From the hotel, your guide will take you on a walking city tour along the cobbled streets of Old Town. This walking tour will feature visits to Spanish and Portuguese Museums in this Old Portuguese City with artwork dating back to the XVII century – which has been declared Patrimony of Mankind by the UNESCO. Afterwards, enjoy a traditional “Mate” tasting to learn why nearly every local drinks this locally-popular beverage. If time allows, end the day with a bike ride along the riverside Rambla to witness the landscapes of rural colonia full of vineyards, olive plantations and lemon trees and finish at Finca La Primavera with an olive oil tasting.

Overnight Charco Hotel or Similar

Day2

colonia del sacramento

Day2

Colonia del Sacramento / Montevideo

After breakfast, private transfer to the bus terminal of Colonia to board a bus to the capital city of Montevideo. Upon arrival, meet your English-speaking guide and driver for a ride to your hotel with a stop at the lively port market for lunch. After you’ve settled into your hotel room, return to the lobby for a private walking tour of Old City featuring stops at the Carnival Museum to learn about the “murgas” and “candombe.” Although, if you’re in Uruguay during Carnvial season from late Feb to early March, you can participate in a rehearsal or parade! Continue to other sites such as the Cathedral and Cabildo, Columbian Art Museum, and Soils Theater before returning to your hotel.

Overnight Don Boutique Hotel or Similar

Meals B,L

Day3

bike tour montevideo

Day3

MONTEVIDEO / ROCHA, CASTILLOS

Enjoy a morning bike ride of Modern Montevideo including an exclusive invitation to the studio of highly respected drummer Lobo Núñez, who specializes in Candombe, a form of drumming made popular in the 18th century by the descendants of African slaves. It has since become a defining feature of Uruguay’s national identity and Lobo has found special acclaim since being visited by Mick Jagger in 2016. Onward to Estancia Guardia del Monte near Rocha, Castillos where you will spend the next two evenings.

Overnight Estancia Guardia del Monte

Meals B,D

Day4

Best Estancias in Uruguay

Day4

Estancia Guardia del Monte

Rise and shine at Estancia Guardia del Monte, a traditional Uruguayan Estancia for a day of exploration and wonder. Visit the local Ombu Forest and some quality birdwatching along the large area of marshlands and wetlands both of which are teeming with bird life (more than 400 species in this area), otters, coypus and capybaras. After a typical “asado lunch” enjoy some horseback riding to explore the Estancia surroundings. Dinner and accommodation at Guardia del Monte.

Overnight Estancia Guardia del Monte

Meals B,L,D

Day5

Sea Lion Uruguay

Day5

Cabo Polonio

Enjoy one last morning at the beautiful Estancia Guardia. After breakfast meet your local, English-speaking guide who will take you to the small village of Barra de Valzas. Begin a barefoot trek along the coastline and the incredible shifting sand dunes. Climb the “Buena Vista Hill” and appreciate the gorgeous view of the ocean before continuing to Cabo Polonio (3 hours trek). After a delicious lunch at a local seaside restaurant, visit the sea lions reserve (one of the biggest ones in South America!). Afternoon 4×4 truck-drive to the main entrance of Cabo Polonio where you will take a transfer to your hotel in the small town of La Paloma.

Overnight Hotel Proa Sur or Similar

Meals B,L

Day6

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Day6

LA PALOMA / LA BARRA

Today your guide takes you to the lighthouse of La Paloma via private transfer. Upon arrival, begin by biking to the Rocha Lagoon, a semi-freshwater lagoon of 72 km2 (28 sq mi) that happens to be a bird paradise during the winter months. This unique protected natural area is part of the “eastern Biosphere Reserve” which is internationally recognized within the framework of the Man and the Biosphere (MAP) of UNESCO since 1976. After the biking tour of La Rocha, cross the lagoon on kayak or boat for a picnic lunch on the shores of the other side and continue via private transfer to your hotel in La Barra.

Overnight Casa ZINC or similar

Meals B,L

Days7

Uruguay family active travel

Day7

La Barra

Morning tour of Punta del Este to visit Casapueblo and the most important historical and cultural attractions. Afterwards, a picnic lunch will be served followed by the choice of kayaking, horseback riding, or biking for the rest of the day.

Overnight Casa ZINC or similar

Meals B,L

Day8

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Day8

LA BARRA / MONTEVIDEO OR BUENOS AIRES / END OF TOUR

Depending on the location of your departing international or domestic flight, private transfer to the airport for your return home, or onward to your next destination.

Meals B

Hidden Gems in Brazil: Paraty & Pantanal

Start your “Hidden Gems of Brazil” journey by entering the country through Rio de Janeiro and spending a few days enjoying the magic of the people. No other city in the world combines nature, art, and architecture with the city infrastructure quite like Rio. After a few days exploring Rio, the adventure really begins with a visit to Paraty — a true colonial gem! Paraty is ideally located on the tropical rain forest coast between São Paulo (south) and Rio d Janeiro (north) and is incredibly rich in history and food. We combine this city visit with private mountain, ocean, and island tours that will make any photographer jump at the bit. From here, continue to São Paulo, one of the most exciting cities in all of South America where you can explore the city and its artistic treasures before continuing to one of Earth’s most biodiverse regions, Pantanal. Here you will find the best jungle and wildlife safaris in the entire continent, similar to Galapagos Islands in the sense that animals aren’t intimidated by humans, allowing you to get unreal photos to share with your friends and family. By visiting Brazil with Latin Excursions, you are traveling sustainably to help preserve the environment and supporting the local people by providing them with work through tourism. We look forward to seeing you in Brazil!

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Itinerary

Day1

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Day1

Arrive in Rio de Janeiro

Welcome to Brazil!

Upon arrival in Rio de Janeiro, meet your english-speaking guide and driver at the arrivals lounge, followed by a private transfer to your hotel for the evening.

Overnight Janeiro, Rio Fairmont, Palace Copacabana, or Fasano Rio

Meals None

Day2

Christ the Redeemer

Day2

Rio: Corcovado & Santa Teresa

Today your guide will lead you to the electric sky train as you board and hover over lush vegetation with views of the Atlantic Ocean and Rio from above. Afterwards, your private guide and driver will take you to the bohemian and picturesque Santa Teresa neighborhood for lunch at a local-favorite restaurant. After you satisfy your appetite, continue to the historic city centre of Rio to learn interesting historical facts of the region. This day allows you dive right into Rio’s most famous attractions by visiting the Corcovado Mountain and the statue of Christ the Redeemer, one of the 7 Wonder’s of the World!

Overnight Janeiro, Rio Fairmont, Palace Copacabana, or Fasano Rio

Meals B,L

Day3

Best beach in Rio de Janeiro

Day3

A Carioca Day: Beaches, the forest, Samba and the Sugar Loaf

Take a glimpse into the soul of Rio de Janeiro by exploring the beaches, environment, and culture all in one day. Begin by exploring the beaches of Ipanema and Copacabana by bicycle with your private, english-speaking guide before continuing via bike to Rio’s historical Botanical Gardens – recently labeled #1 Botanical Garden in the World by Wanderlust Travel Magazine.

Afterwards, visit “Samba City” for an insider private tour of where the Samba schools prepare and practice for next year’s Carnaval. It’s an extraordinary site to see the enormous floats being assembled and the seamstresses creating the costumes (which you can try on for yourself). To end the day, your guide will take you to catch a sunset from the Sugar Loaf before returning to your hotel.

Overnight Janeiro, Rio Fairmont, Palace Copacabana, or Fasano Rio

Meals B,L

Day4

UNESCO World Heritage Site Paraty

Day4

Rio de Janeiro to Paraty

Today you will meet your english-speaking driver at the hotel lobby for a ~4 hr. private transfer to your hotel in Paraty.

Overnight Literaria or Turquesa

Meals B

Day5

Best places to visit in Brazil

Day5

Paraty: A Day in the Bay

This morning, your guide will greet you at the lobby of your hotel and lead you to the nearby pier where you will board a boat for the day to visit Praia Vermelha along with Cotia and Algodão Islands. Along the way, your captain will give you the option to stop and snorkel or swim at destinations such as Saco de Velha. If time and weather allows, you will have the option to visi Saco do Mamanguá, a tropical fjord and a true hidden gem. For those more adventurous, ask your captain to stop at Pão de Acucar hilltop, a 1 hr steep climb to get an all-encompassing look of the Mamangua fjord. 

Overnight Literaria or Turquesa

Meals B

Day6

cachaca tasting in Brazil

Day6

Paraty: Waterfalls and Cachaça Tasting

Begin the day with a short Jeep transfer from Paraty to visit the Graúna region waterfalls. After a ~20 min. drive you will arrive at the starting point and begin a short 5 min trek to the first waterfall. The second waterfall is about a 20 min. walk, but well worth it! After visiting the falls, your private guide and driver will take you to Engenho D’ouro cachaça distillery (cachaça is a spirit made in Brazil) where the mill is still powered by a waterwheel. The cachaça is made from the local sugar cane field, harvested, naturally fermented and finally distilled, and stored in oak barrels. After tasting the homemade cachaça, continue to lunch at the restaurant Le Gite, which has an on-site waterfall that you can swim in before or after lunch (as long as you haven’t had too much cachaça). After lunch, you will return to Paraty with a stop at another local-favorite seaside cachaça distillery.

Overnight Literaria or Turquesa

Meals B

Days7

bike tour sao paulo

Day7

Paraty to São Paulo

Today you will meet your english-speaking driver at the hotel lobby for a ~4 hr. private transfer to your hotel in São Paulo.

Overnight Tivoli Mofarrej Sao Paulo, Fasano Sao Paulo, Oetker Sao Paulo

Meals B

Day8

beco do batman brazil

Day8

Signature São Paulo Tour

Today your english-speaking guide takes your to the city center to visit important sites such as Patio do Colégio, BOVESPA (the most important stock exchange in Latin America), the Municipal Theatre, and others. Afterwards, you will head to Trianon Park, a little tropical oasis next to Paulista Avenue and visit the MASP (Sao Paolo Museum of Art) a building easily recognized by its suspended glass structure supported by two red paralleled beams. From there, you will head to Ibirapuera Park to explore the lush tropical gardens and visit the MAC (contemporary Art Museum). To end the day, your guide will take you to Vila Madalena, famously known as the “Beco do Batman Alley” where you will find amazing street graffiti, contemporary art galleries and charming shops, cafes, and food stops.

Overnight Tivoli Mofarrej Sao Paulo, Fasano Sao Paulo, Oetker Sao Paulo

Meals B

Day9

Pantanal Birds

Day9

Flight from São Paulo to Pantanal; Onward to Caiman Ecological Refuge

At the arranged time, meet your driver at your São Paulo hotel’s lobby for a private transfer to the São Paulo airport. From here, you will catch your flight to Campo Grande Airport. Upon arrival in Pantanal, meet your english-speaking driver at the arrival’s lounge of the airport for a 3.5 hr. private transfer to Caiman Ecological Refuge (if you prefer to get there faster, we can arrange a private, small plane for an additional cost).

Pantanal is a unique wildlife gem that compares to Galapagos Islands in the sense that animals are fearless of human interaction. That being said, there are many opportunities for animal sightings here from the jaguar to the blue macaw that won’t disappoint. This region is the true safari area of the continent of South America, so get ready to disconnect from the city and reconnect with nature in southern Brazil’s ecological treasure.

Overnight Caiman Ecological Refuge)

Meals B,D

Day10-11

caiman brazil

Day10-11

Caiman Ecological Refuge Activities

Caiman Ecological Refuge is the first ecotourism operation in Pantanal, part of the Mato Grosso do Sul state in Brazil. This property sits on a vast 53 thousand hectare cattle farm and houses three independent lodges in different architectural and décor styles. Accessible by car all year round and by far the most luxurious hotel option in the Pantanal (although still rustic), Caiman boasts well qualified guides and services with all with the basic perks of a top-end country hotel. Some lodges may be rented out exclusively which is ideal for a family or group of friends, making it perfect for VIPs in addition to the fact that we can add private guides, vehicles and chefs for your group.

Enjoy these two days at leisure and partake in the activities/excursions offered by Caiman Ecological Refuge:

  • Photography

  • Safari

  • Walking tour

  • Canadian Canoe tour

  • Night Safari

  • Jeep Safari (4×4 car)

  • Caiman tour

Overnight Caiman Ecological Refuge

Meals B,L,D

Day12

best places to visit in pantanal brazil

Day12

Return Flight Home

At a previously scheduled time, meet your driver at the Caiman Refuge hotel lobby for a 3.5 hr. drive back to Campo Grande Airport (or we can arrange a small plane for an additional cost) then  board your domestic flight to Rio de Janeiro or São Paulo, depending on the airport for your international flight home.

Meals B

IMPORTANT: We reserve the right to omit any part of this itinerary, to change the order of the places visited, or to alter reservations without prior notice due to weather conditions or road closures, safety concerns, national park policies, or other outside forces that may necessitate revisions to the itinerary. These decisions are based on the traveler’s welfare or are made in the interest of conservation. Please travel with an open mind and a willingness to embrace the spontaneity of your adventure.

Overnight The Singular Santiago

Meals B

Insider’s Journey Panama: City, Canal, and Wildlife

From completing the Panama Canal after the French could not continue due to engineering issues and high mortality rates of workers, to helping Panama gain their independence from Colombia, the United States presence in Panama has helped the way we see this country today. Our Insider’s Tour of Panama City takes you through a journey where the past and present intertwine magnificently. Hike Ancon Hill for 360º views of the city and canal, explore historic buildings in Casco Viejo, take an insider’s look at the Miraflores Museum and locks, discover the surrounding rain forest, and take the original Transisthmian train to explore San Lorenzo fort – a fortress built in 1598 by the Spaniards to protect the Chagres River from pirate attacks. All this and more organized into 5 days of rare adventure for a quick escape in Panama.

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to learn a bit about Panama

Itinerary

Day1

Travel Programs Panama City

Day1

Arrive Panama City, Panama

Welcome to Panama! Your private driver will be awaiting your arrival holding a Latin Excursions sign with your last name on it. Continue to the American Trade Hotel for check-in and a night of rest to prepare for you Insider’s Tour of Panama City.

Overnight American Trade Hotel

Meals None

Days2

Miraflores Locks Panama City Tours

Days2

Explore Panama City and The Canal

Begin the day by hiking 200 meters above sea level on Cerro Ancon (Ancon Hill), for a picturesque view of the entire city. Your private guide will explain the historical importance of this unique geographic location and how it allowed the Spanish to invade the Americas further. Continue to the local famous fish market for a ceviche tasting at lunch, and onward to the Casco Viejo neighborhood, a UNESCO World Heritage site founded by the Spaniards in 1673 after the First City of Panama was destroyed, for a privately guided walking tour. Finally, end your full day Panama City Tour at Miraflores Locks of the Panama canal featuring a tour of the Museum and locks to learn the history of this magnificent architectural wonder.

Overnight American Trade Hotel

Meals B,L

Day3

Rain Forest Tour Panama

Day3

Panama Jungle Adventures

Explore beyond Panama City today by visiting the nearby Soberania National Park a 55,000 acre area of protected rain forest where over 525 different species of birds have been identified. When you arrive, your guide will lead you through nature trail to sport howler monkeys, sloths, anteaters, white-faced capuchin monkeys and coatis. If you’re up to it, climb the 40 meter observation tower for a better view of the toucans and famous blue cotinga. After a picnic lunch at the park, continue to Gatun Lake to explore Barro Colorado Island via boat, a nature reserve protected by the U.S. Government since 1923 and one of the most important scientific research regions in the world.

Overnight American Trade Hotel

Meals B,L

Day4

Panama by Train

Day4

Transisthmian Train & Ghery Museum

Travel to the City of Colon on Panama’s Caribbean Coast today via the Transisthmian Train. Built in 1850 to transport goods from ocean to ocean, this railway vehicle eventually went bankrupt in 1877, and was revamped in 1999. Since then, it has improved canal logistics by transporting people and supplies from coast-to-coast efficiently. Upon arrival in Colon (train ride 1 hr.) your guide will help you to your private transfer for a 30 minute ride to San Lorenzo Fort, a fortress built by the Spanish (now a UNESCO World Heritage Site) to combat pirates from entering the Chagres River.

After exploring the fort, return to Panama City via private transfer and stop for lunch at a local-favorite restaurant along the way. Top the day off with a private insider-access tour of the Frank Gehry Biodiversity Museum located at the entrance of the Panama canal. Here, you will learn about the art and science that has influenced Panama and the country’s impact on our planet’s unique biodiversity.

Overnight American Trade Hotel

Meals B,L

Day5

Panama Hat Tours

Day5

Return to Panama City / End of Tour

Depending on the time of your flight, return via boat across the channel to Portobelo town where a private transfer will take you to the Panama City International Airpot for your return flight home, or extend your journey within Panama or other countries in the region.

Meals B

IMPORTANT: The above itinerary reflects an intended program, however, it should be read purely as a guide. This is because weather conditions, wildlife encounters, and any unforeseen circumstances beyond the operator’s control on the day may affect the eventual itinerary, and route.

Overnight The Singular Santiago

Meals B

Panama’s Caribbean by Catamaran

Panama, a destination where the past and present are beautifully intertwined, offers a delightful combination of history, culture, and adventure experiences that you can pack into one week. On this family-friendly Catamaran adventure tour, we invite you to explore the region where English Naval Officer Sir Francis Drake (or El Draque the Pirate as the Spanish called him) blasted his way into Panama to disrupt the Spanish conquistadors search of gold. Starting in Panama City, you will begin with a tour of Old Town for an introduction to the country. The following day, begin your San Blas Catamaran tour for 2 nights until reaching Portobelo. In 1502, this town became the main point of trade for Spaniard ships between Europe and Central and South America who were gathering gold from the Incas and Aztecs as well as trading slaves. After a week of exploring the Caribbean and Panama City, you will have bragging rights for life to be able to say you sailed one of the original entry points to the new world, like the original Pirates of the Caribbean!

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Itinerary

Day1

walking tour casco viejo

Day1

Arrive Panama City, Panama

Upon arrival in Panama City, your private driver and guide will take you to La Concordia Hotel in Casco Viejo for lunch and a private walking tour of the lovely Caso Antiguo neighborhood with an expert, bilingual history guide. Explore multiple historic churches, street vendors filled with brightly colored textiles called molas, and plenty of vibrant colors all set along the Pacific Ocean.

Overnight La Concordia

Meals L

Days2-3

san blas catamaran tour

Days2-3

San Blas Catamaran Tour

After a delightful breakfast at La Concordia, continue via private ground transfer to El Porvenir or Albrook (depending on time of year) to board the Panama Catamaran for 2 nights of exploring the San Blas Archipelago. Lunch and dinner will be served on deck while you calmly sail along 300 islands with healthy coral reef formations.

The San Blas Archipelago, formerly known as “Guna Yala” is a remote region of the Caribbean due to its close proximity to the mainland and shallow water, making it difficult for large vessels to enter. Home to curious and colorful marine creatures such as dolphins, tropical fish, and sea turtles, this San Blas Catamaran tour will make you never want to leave these pristine paradisaical turquoise waters. Get ready for the Guna Yala’s way of life and a chance to disconnect from technology, only to reconnect with nature.

Overnight 40 ft. Catamaran Lagoon 400

Meals B,L,D

Day4

catamaran tours panama

Day4

Sailing from San Blas to Portobelo

After two days of sailing, this day will bring you back to land at one of America’s first Spanish port towns called Portobelo. Here, the Spaniards would trade slaves and gather the gold collected from the Aztecs and Inca before returning to their motherland. Word quickly spread about this small port town and the amount of gold coming through it, so that brought pirates from all over Europe.

The catamaran will drop you off at El Otro Lado, a hotel designed as a “passion project” allowing travelers from around the globe to experience true Portobelo. One of the most unique aspects of staying at this property is that they only hire locals and are focused on protecting the local Congo culture. This evening after dinner, students from a local school in Portobelo will do a Congo Dancing & Drum Performance. 

Overnight El Otro Lado

Meals B,L,D

Day5

Portobelo adventure tour

Day5

Explore Portobelo

This morning you can choose to relax at El Otro Lado and utilize the complimentary stand-up paddleboards, kayaks, pool, two nature trails, or simply read a book in a hammock. If none of those fancy your style then join an interactive art workshop with EOL’s local in-house artist, Anel! Later this morning, board a boat to explore Portobelo Bay and the Rustic Beach where a picnic lunch will be served (weather conditions may vary experiences for this day).

Overnight El Otro Lado

Meals B,L,D

Day6

CANOA EMBERA

Day6

Explore Gatun Lake by Boat & Visit Local Embera Tribe

Today will be a delightful, yet bizarre, change of scenery to Gatun Lake. At one point in time, it was the largest artificial lake in the world and is the reason that the Panama canal can operate to this day. You will board a pontoon boat equipped with kayaks, fishing gear, and birding gear for a day of exploration and scenic navigation. Surrounded by the flourishing rain forest, you can expect to observe and hear a great deal of tropical birds, monkeys, crocodiles, and other exotic animals.

Part of this navigation includes a visit to the Embera Village and community where an indigenous tribe lives and practices their original way of life. It is a promising, life-changing experience to witness for yourself! Afterwards, you will return to El Otro Lado for a final evening in cultural paradise, only to rise to the sound of howler monkeys in the distance.

Overnight El Otro Lado

Meals B,L, D

Day7

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Day7

Return to Panama City / End of Tour

Depending on the time of your flight, return via boat across the channel to Portobelo town where a private transfer will take you to the Panama City International Airpot for your return flight home, or extend your journey within Panama or other countries in the region.

Meals B

IMPORTANT: The above itinerary reflects an intended program, however, it should be read purely as a guide. This is because weather conditions, wildlife encounters, and any unforeseen circumstances beyond the operator’s control on the day may affect the eventual itinerary, and route.

Overnight The Singular Santiago

Meals B

Combined Ecuador and the Galapagos: Best of Land and Sea

Combining the best of Ecuador’s mainland with a land-based tour of the Galapagos Islands is a unique and memorable alternative to the traditional Galapagos cruise options. This combined Ecuador and Galapagos itinerary will first explore the highlights of Quito including its Old Town and equatorial line museum, followed by the pristine Mindo Cloud Forest. Here you can enjoy nature walks, birdwatching trails and elevated viewpoints aplenty as a scenic introduction to what comes next, a land-based Galapagos adventure. Visiting Santa Cruz Island and its closest neighbors North Seymour and Bartolome Island, time will be spent admiring pristine beaches, observing Sea Lion colonies, families of Blue-footed Boobies, Herons and countless other native Galapagos species as well as the depleted volcanic craters, nature reserves and the Charles Darwin Research Center. Then you head back to Mainland Ecuador and the dramatic High-Andean wilderness to meet local communities, visit traditional villages and craft markets, explore stunning valleys and even enjoy the chance to see Giant Andean Condors close-up, before returning to Quito and home.

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Itinerary

Day1

Patio Andaluz

Day1

Arrive Quito, Ecuador

Having been greeted at Quito Airport by your guide on touchdown, a private transfer will take you straight to your hotel in Quito Old Town for check-in; a fitting start to this combined Ecuador and Galapagos vacation. Once here, you are ideally placed to explore the atmospheric streets, bars and restaurants of Old Quito this evening, as well as already being onsite for tomorrow’s walking tour.

Overnight Hotel Patio Andaluz or similar

Day2

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Day2

Walking Tour of Quito

Spend the early morning at leisure, starting with a wholesome breakfast at your hotel before a private walking tour of Quito’s Old Town, which provides a fascinating introduction to Ecuador’s capital. The city’s historical center has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1978, and it’s not hard to see why, with its exquisite colonial architecture comprising sublime churches, the Cathedral, Presidential Palace and Municipal Building. All of this stands proudly alongside cobblestone streets and the grand Independence Square, making Quito Old Town a marvel to behold.

After lunch, a further delve into Ecuadorian life comes this afternoon at the Intiñan Solar Museum. This fun-filled Quito attraction is located on the line of the equator and exhibits artefacts from various cultures and tribes around the country, as well as hands-on science experiments and a planetarium. Here you can also visit the Mitad del Mundo (‘Middle of the World’) Monument and gardens, located on the very spot where a French explorer calculated the equatorial line’s location back in 1736!

Overnight Hotel Patio Andaluz or similar

Meals B

Day3

Rustic looking bridge with a thatch roof crossing a river in a cloud forest near Mindo, Ecuador

Day3

Mindo Cloud Forest

Day three of this combined Ecuador and Galapagos tour takes you to the ethereal Mindo Cloud Forest, a biodiverse haven that’s brimming with birdlife, abundant plant species and fun activities too. The drive to Mindo takes roughly one hour 30 minutes, though it’s a gentle journey along country roads with scenic lookout points along the way.

On arrival, you are treated to one of Ecuador’s natural highlights, a unique ecosystem covering nearly 50,000 subtropical acres that are home to around 400 different bird species, lush trees, orchids and waterfalls. You can visit them all with a guided tour plus time at leisure to explore Mindo’s many nature trails, butterfly gardens, treetop cable cars and, for those brave enough, an adrenaline-packed zip-line adventure.

Overnight Hotel Patio Andaluz or similar

Meals B,L

Day4

Room at Semilla Verde

Day4

Santa Cruz Island

Next up, your Galapagos land adventure package begins, as you fly from Guayaquil on Ecuador’s western coast to Baltra Island Airport, where our guides assist with any luggage, before crossing the crystalline Itabaca Channel to Santa Cruz Island. Your destination is Semilla Verde Boutique Hotel, a homely Galapagos eco-retreat big on yoga, conservation, and exploring the best of the archipelago.

This afternoon is spent at leisure, maybe unwinding on the lawn, strolling along one of the nearby nature trails or trying a spot of yoga. Why not pay a visit to the harborfront streets of Puerto Ayora and the all-important Charles Darwin Research Center? Here, exciting exhibits and interactive displays go together with real-life conservation projects, including Giant Tortoise breeding programs. A suitable start as you witness the legacy left on the Galapagos Islands by Darwin himself.

Overnight Semilla Verde

Meals B

Day5

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Day5

Santa Cruz Island

The Santa Cruz Highlands are a pleasure to explore, with their endemic wildlife, roaming Giant Galapagos Tortoises and, of course, the Los Gemelos craters; two colossal sinkholes which must be seen to be believed. This all makes for a highlight of your Galapagos land-based vacation and provides a great snapshot of the wider archipelago, so is the focus of this morning’s tour. First a pleasant wildlife walk; keep an eye out for Santa Cruz Highlands’ many bird species and varied plant-life. On arrival at Los Gemelos, gaze out over lush foliage filling each of the two huge caverns–one stretching nearly 1,300ft across and 2,300ft deep.

Time can then be spent exploring an eerie world of underground lava tunnels here, or seeking out more of those Giant Galapagos Tortoises for one perfectly captured photograph to take home. After lunch your Santa Cruz tour continues by heading east. First enjoy the verdant Cerro Mesa Nature Reserve where the scenic viewpoints are as impressive as the variety of flora that fills this once active volcanic crater, and later to Garrapatero Beach, where mangroves and coastal vegetation open up onto bright white beaches and crystalline seas.

Overnight Semilla Verde

Meals B,L,D

Day6

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Day6

Santa Cruz Island / Bartolome Island

Today’s Galapagos wildlife tour focuses on Bartolome Island; its lookout spots and rugged coastline. First, moor up at a wooden walkway and begin your ascent to one of the best viewpoints in the Galapagos. The reason is that although Bartolome itself is relatively barren, all volcanic rock and petrified lava flows, from this angle you get a 360-degree panoramic look at the wider archipelago; a completely different perspective on the formation of these islands.

This then makes a Zodiac boat ride–the next part of your excursion–all the more enjoyable, as you glide past families of Galapagos Penguins, Herons and Hawks, before the golden beaches and Sea Lion colony of Pinnacle Rock. The waters which border these sands teem with marine life, making them perfect for snorkeling just off the adjacent ancient lava fields of Sullivan Bay; a real-life Galapagos highlight.

Overnight Semilla Verde

Meals B,L,D

Days7

Blue-Footed Boobies on Grand Seymore Island, Galapagos Islands,

Day7

North Seymour Island / Bachas Beach

Swap land for sea as you board the Sea Finch vessel once more. First up is North Seymour Island, where you can hike through a forest of Palo Santo trees–a favorite nesting place for Blue-footed Boobies–and follow coastal trails that provide a privileged view of Brown Pelicans, Frigate Birds and Yellow Land Iguanas. Then, swim with an astonishing array of marine life, such as Rays, White-tipped Reef Sharks and King Angelfish.

The final stop is at Las Bachas, a pair of impeccable beaches with white coral sands. Watch Blue-footed Boobies patrolling the shore, or Pink Flamingos, Great Blue Herons and White-cheeked Pintails wading the waters of a nearby lagoon. After swimming in warm seas, sail back to the Itabaca Channel and return to Semilla Verde for your penultimate night at this luxury Galapagos lodge.

Overnight Semilla Verde

Meals B,L,D

Days8

Semilla Verde Pool

Day8

Santa Cruz Island

The final day of your Galapagos adventure takes you to the lesser-visited hidden coves and dramatic coastline of Santa Cruz Island, alive as they are with wildlife and easily accessed from Semilla Verde. Begin with the picturesque islets of Daphne Major and Minor. Among other things, these small islands are well-known for their abundance of native bird species including Galapagos Martins, Blue-footed Boobies, Nazca Boobies, Short-eared Owls and Red-billed Tropic Birds.

You can explore the shoreline and coastal nature trails here, keeping an eye out for Sea Lions and Reef sharks in the water, before lunch either onboard the boat or beach, and a final stop at Bahia Borrero, a pristine stretch of chalk-white sands and one of the ultimate places to finish this exciting Galapagos tour.

Overnight Semilla Verde

Meals B,L,D

Days9

Hacienda Cusin Fountain

Day9

Ecuadorian Andes

The diverse landscapes, ecosystems and environments of Ecuador keep coming today, as you first fly back to the mainland before driving towards the serene Ecuadorian Andes in the company of your private guide. On arrival at your rural Hacienda, check-in and enjoy a first afternoon of crisp mountain air in this timeless, beautifully scenic region.

Overnight Hacienda Cusin or Similar

Meals B,L,D

Days10

Haciend Cusin Staff

Day10

Ecuadorian Andes

Day ten of your combined Ecuador and Galapagos land package provides an unforgettable opportunity to admire picturesque, pristine scenery here in the Ecuadorian Andes, as well as visiting some of its traditional highland communities. Driving between stops is a joy in itself, such is the splendor of this mountainous region of towering peaks and sweeping valleys, as can be seen on the way to San Antonio de Ibarra, the provincial capital famous for its incredibly ornate woodworking and tradition of sculpture.

From here, it’s on to Peguche where more local culture and an authentic High-Andean way of life can be glimpsed, such as the town’s markets, traditional weaving, music and dance performances as well as a love for celebratory festivals! Picturesque Peguche is also surrounded by stunning scenery, hidden waterfalls and verdant valleys which, time permitting, can also feature as part of your Andean day trip.

Overnight Hacienda Cusin or similar

Meals B,L,D

Days11

Condor Ecuador

Day11

Condor Park / La Esperanza

A further exploration of the Ecuadorian Andes continues today, as you venture deeper into the landscape to meet some native wildlife as well as the rural communities who dwell here. Begin at Parque del Condor (‘Condor Park’), where not only Giant Andean Condors but Hawks, Owls, Eagles and Falcons are protected and cared for in a semi-natural environment, some of which have been rehabilitated from their perilous position in the wild.

Having seen these impressive native birds first-hand, and witnessed a live flight demonstration too, the next stop on day eleven of your Mainland Ecuador adventure is a visit to the indigenous San Clemente Community in nearby La Esperanza. Here there’s the chance to meet locals and share lunch together, learn the community’s traditions and customs as well as enjoying an informative nature walk with them, to see what life is like living among such wilderness. Finally, make your way back to the hotel for one last evening with your Ecuadorian hosts.

Overnight Hacienda Cusin or similar

Meals B,L,D

Days12

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Day12

Cuicocha Crater Lake / Otavalo Market

As your combined Ecuador and Galapagos land tour draws to a close, there is still time to see one or two more Andean highlights before traveling back to Quito, depending on the exact time of your departing flight. First, some last-minute souvenirs can be picked up from the small town of Cotacachi, a village particularly famous for its fine leatherwork and crafts. Then, a last-minute nature walk through the forests to Cuicocha Crater Lake, a stunning site, the main attraction of the Ecuadorian Andes and well worthy finale to your tour.

Finally, the world-famous Otavalo Market. Otavalo is known across South America for its craftwork, such as weaving and musical instruments, though its most prized asset is their colorful market that has attracted local artisans, buyers and sellers for centuries. It’s a vibrant scene of locals wearing traditional outfits, and stalls topped high with rainbows of fruit, vegetables and textiles. Time permitting, you can pick up some treasures and enjoy lunch here before being driven back to Quito International Airport and home.

Meals B,L

IMPORTANT: We reserve the right to omit any part of this itinerary, to change the order of the places visited, or to alter reservations without prior notice due to weather conditions or road closures, safety concerns, national park policies, or other outside forces that may necessitate revisions to the itinerary. These decisions are based on the traveler’s welfare or are made in the interest of conservation. Please travel with an open mind and a willingness to embrace the spontaneity of your adventure.

Overnight The Singular Santiago

Meals B

Insider’s Tour of Colombia: Cartagena + Colonial Gem

Captivating colonial towns, exotic Caribbean islands and tantalizing cuisine; a luxury cultural tour of Colombia promises to be a feast for all the senses. There’s no end of cultural hotspots to discover across the country, but this sample itinerary focuses on two hubs in northern Colombia so you can really get under the skin of each region. First, spend five nights based in the famous Walled City on the Caribbean Coast, Cartagena, a stunning place that’s awash with brightly colored facades and cobbled streets, where flowers tumble from centuries-old balconies and romance lingers in the air. As well as discovering the city itself, head out on a day trip to the Rosario Islands in the Caribbean Sea and meet fishing communities at La Boquilla, before flying south to the Santander province and using Barichara, a picturesque colonial village, as your base. Here, gentle hikes, coffee tasting, a canyon tour and cookery class await, as well as plenty of downtime in this relaxed corner of culturally-rich Colombia.

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Itinerary

Day1

Luxury Cartagena Trip

Day1

Arrival in Cartagena; Begin Cultural Colombia Tour

Touchdown in Cartagena where your cultural Colombian tour begins. A private transfer will be waiting to take you to the Hotel Charleston Santa Teresa for check-in, before you set off on a private walking tour of Cartagena’s Old Town in the afternoon.

Kaleidoscopic streets painted in a rainbow of colors await in Cartagena’s carefully preserved Walled City, where colonial buildings stand side-by-side down cobblestone streets, just a stone’s throw from the Caribbean Sea. Listen to your guide as they regale you with stories of pirates, conquistadors and battles over 500 tumultuous years, detailing a complex past that can be witnessed through the Old Town’s fortresses, Inquisition Palace and Gold Museum.

Overnight Hotel Charleston Santa Teresa

Meals None

Day2

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Day2

Visit the Bazurto Market

After breakfast this morning, savor the sights, sounds, aromas and flavors of Cartagena’s renowned Bazurto Market; an unmissable experience that few tourists even know about. This hidden gem of a place is buzzing with activity, as market stalls wind their way through a warren of alleys brimming with all manner of wares: from fruit and vegetables to fish and meat, even clothes and artwork. With a private guide by your side, navigate this brilliant bazaar and have your senses aroused by all the bustle of such a traditional, authentic market.

In the afternoon, enjoy time at leisure to either explore more of Cartagena or unwind in your boutique hotel. There’s a host of fine dining restaurants to try out, as well as street food vendors where you can sample local snacks while roaming the city’s beautiful streets.

Overnight Hotel Charleston Santa Teresa

Meals B

Day3

colombia island tours

Day3

Cartagena Island Tours

Having been introduced to beautiful Cartagena, day three of your Colombia culture tour offers something a little different, taking a break from urban delights and immersing you into the splendor of the Caribbean. Step aboard a private motorboat and speed off to the Rosario Archipelago, a cluster of picturesque islands strewn along turquoise Caribbean waters, where swimming, sunbathing and drinking in the exotic scenery is order of the day.

This full-day tour offers the chance to see a few of the Rosario Islands, with a picnic lunch whipped up by your private chef too. Sip cocktails, snack on tropical fruit and finger food–when you’re not snorkeling the coral reef or relaxing on pristine beaches, that is. Later in the afternoon, make the return journey to Cartagena and your city hotel, having relished a slice of the blissful Caribbean.

Overnight Hotel Charleston Santa Teresa

Meals B,L

Day4

Colombia Fishing Tour

Day4

Visit a Fishing Community in La Boquilla

Day four of this fascinating Colombia trip brings more opportunity to see an alternative face of Cartagena, this time at La Boquilla which, although just a short drive from the city center, is a world away from the grand colonial architecture and urban sprawl of town. La Boquilla is an authentic fishing community found amidst the mangroves and swamps east of Cartagena, and you can witness the fishermen’s way of life here by gliding over the waters in a small canoe, even having a go at catching something for yourself! A guide will act as an interpreter between you and the locals, as they explain how to use the fishing line and nets to best capture awaiting shrimp and crawfish. Along the way, learn more about the fishermen’s culture and traditions, which have remained the same for many generations.

After 2-3 hours, hopefully having been lucky enough to make a catch, return to Cartagena and spend the afternoon at leisure.

Overnight Hotel Charleston Santa Teresa

Meals B

Day5

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Day5

Explore Cartagena

Today is yours to enjoy as you please, so why not make time to enjoy the hotel’s spa and rooftop pool? Take a dip while soaking up the sweeping panoramas of Cartagena’s rooftops, while staff bring you fruit and ice cream to help keep you cool under the hot Colombian sun. Stop for lunch at Charleston Santa Teresa’s restaurant, where an open-air terrace invites you to linger over a delectable meal, or take your pick from one of the many eateries found right on your doorstep.

Overnight Hotel Charleston Santa Teresa

Meals B

Day6

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Day6

Bucaramanga / Hacienda El Roble / Chicamocha Canyon / Barichara

This morning, a private vehicle transfers you to Cartagena Airport for a short flight to Bucaramanga in the province of Santander, one hour 20 minutes south of the Colombian coast. From Bucaramanga Airport another transfer and private guide will be waiting to collect you, beginning the next chapter of your cultural Colombian tour.

The first stop is made at Hacienda El Roble in Mesa de Los Santos, where you can see (and taste) first-hand why Colombian coffee is so revered around the world. This picturesque estate is home to a coffee plantation, sprawling for 300 hectares and much-loved by local birdlife, so be sure to take a relaxing stroll and drink it all in. Sit down for a typical local lunch, then bid farewell and hot-foot it to your next destination of the day: Chicamocha Canyon. The best way to view this staggering 2,000m-deep gorge is from the air, so float up in a cable car and lap up the sweeping panoramas as you glide over it; spectacular.

Overnight Casa Barichara

Meals B,L

Day7

Colombia Barichara Tours

Day7

Tour of Barichara and Guane

Wake up in your delightful boutique hotel, Casa Barichara, and tuck into breakfast on their terrace while looking out over the beautiful surrounding valley. Fueled up, it’s then time to embark on a hike to the little village of Guane, by taking the 9km-long Camino Real (‘Royal Road’) from Barichara through pretty countryside. The route–which was carved out in the 19th century as part of a wider network connecting villages in Santander–affords views of the surrounding valley, as well as Spanish moss hanging from trees and cacti lining the path. You might pass the odd local farmer or two, before reaching Guane itself after a couple of hours, where time can be spent feasting on lunch and enjoying the somnolent atmosphere all around.

Then, return to Barichara in a tuk-tuk (a typical means of transport here) and explore the village further on a walking tour. Discover the cobblestone streets, wood-beamed houses and monuments dotted across town; Barichara is a beautiful gem of a place in Colombia, with art and a laidback ambience at the heart of everything.

Overnight Casa Barichara

Meals B,L

Day8

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Day8

Cooking Class in Barichara

This morning, treat your senses to a private cookery class at Casa Barichara, as there’s no better way to delve into local culture than with a taste of traditional cuisine. First, explore Barichara’s food market with a guide, observing the conversations and exchanges between traders and customers while also perusing the tempting produce on display. Then, return to the hotel kitchen and pull on an apron, ready to learn the chef’s secret recipes for traditional local dishes, before savoring each creation at the end; a just reward for your efforts!

After lunch, take the rest of the day at leisure to explore Barichara or unwind at your hotel. There’s a tempting pool to cool off in here, as well as hammocks on the terrace that are perfect for lazing with a book, and perhaps a cup of freshly brewed coffee in-hand.

Overnight Casa Barichara

Meals B,L

Day9

colombia colonial towns

Day9

Bucaramanga / Flight Home

Having relished your last few hours in this charming boutique hotel, at the appropriate time bid farewell to Barichara and head to the airport at Bucaramanga via private transfer, for your flight home.

Meals B

NOTE: The above itinerary reflects an intended program, however, it should be read purely as a guide. This is because weather conditions, wildlife encounters, and any unforeseen circumstances beyond the operator’s control on the day may affect the eventual itinerary, and route.

Galapagos Cruise – Evolution from Baltra Island

Travel aboard the

Evolution

Refreshingly elegant and well-equipped too, the 32-passenger Galapagos Evolution is a real standout cruise vessel, both for its nostalgic appearance and the quality of itineraries it offers, with this particular route beginning from Baltra Island being no different. The Evolution itself boasts two sundecks, a Jacuzzi, lounge bar and modern interiors in addition to its expert crew and guides; plus, throughout this Galapagos tour you’ll also be treated to some truly iconic sights. From Baltra Island and sunset around the Daphne Major Islet on day one, early Galapagos highlights then come in the form of Vicente Roca Point off Isabela Island and abundant wildlife on Fernandina Island. Both of these are known for their populations of Nazca and Blue-footed Boobies, Pelicans and Penguins, then Iguanas and Flightless Cormorants once you reach Fernandina. Panoramic views, snorkeling and plenty of marine life come with voyages between Bartolome, Santiago and Santa Cruz Islands, finishing up on the pristine sandy shores of Gardner Bay on Espanola Island; a classic Galapagos itinerary.

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Itinerary

Day1

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Day1

BALTRA ISLAND / DAPHNE MAJOR ISLET

Having flown in from either Quito or Guayaquil, touchdown on Baltra Island where your guide is waiting at the airport to assist with any belongings and whisk you off to the dock and awaiting Galapagos Evolution cruise vessel. Once aboard, settle into your cabin and prepare for an early introduction to this Galapagos adventure, as the Evolution makes way for the picturesque islets of Daphne Major and Minor. Among other things, these small islands are well-known for their abundance of native bird species including Galapagos Martins, Blue-footed Boobies, Nazca Boobies, Short-eared Owls and Red-billed Tropic Birds.

Day2

Marine iguana with blue footed boobies, booby, Sula nebouxii and Amblyrhynchus cristatus, on Isabela Island, Galapagos, Ecuador, South America

Day2

ISABELA ISLAND / FERNANDINA ISLAND

Snorkeling these crystalline waters is a truly iconic experience, and some of the best in the Galapagos comes at Vicente Roca Point in the Bolivar Channel, Isabela Island. Day two of your Galapagos Evolution cruise begins by traversing the coastline on your way there, on the lookout for nesting seabirds, Nazca and Blue-footed Boobies, Pelicans and Penguins, before entering the ancient volcanic coves of Vicente Roca Point itself. Once here you can swim and snorkel admiring the colorful marine life, tropical fish and Sea Lions as you go.

Next, think Iguanas, Iguanas, and more Iguanas–both of the Land and Marine variety–as you moor up at Espinoza Point on Fernandina Island, a relatively recent volcanic outcrop to the Galapagos Archipelago’s far west, for this afternoon’s nature walk. Despite its barren and dramatic appearance, life does exist here, not only the native Iguana population but also Flightless Cormorants, Galapagos Penguins and Hawks, with a peppering of sturdy cacti and occasional mangroves too; Galapagos wilderness at its primitive best.

Day3

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Day3

ISABELA ISLAND / URBINA BAY / TAGUS COVE

Visiting Isabela Island is often a highlight of any Galapagos tour, awash with varied species and its fair share of natural wonders, rich biodiversity and distinctive, dramatic scenery. This is characterized by its great craters such as Sierra Negra, Volcan Chico, and the charred shores of Urbina Bay which lie in the shadow of Alcedo Volcano, your first stop of the day. A dramatic stretch of dark sand coastline buffeted by volcanic rock and foliage, Urbina Bay is also heavily populated with Land Iguanas and, at certain times of the year, Giant Galapagos Tortoises, which all makes for quite a sight.

From here, head to one of the most atmospheric and iconic Galapagos spots: Tagus Cove, a former pirate hangout which was visited by Charles Darwin, though for very different reasons. Today, Tagus Cove is a great location to hike and snorkel, thanks to an abundance of Flightless Cormorants, Penguins, Finches and Yellow Warblers above ground; Sea Turtles and innumerable tropical fish below it.

Day4

Galapagos Islands. Ecuador. Bartolome Island.

Day4

BARTOLOME ISLAND / SANTIAGO ISLAND / SULLIVAN BAY

Start today at Bartolome Island, navigating wooden walkways to ascend to one of the best lookout points in the Galapagos. From this angle you get a 360-degree panoramic view of the wider archipelago, offering a visual perspective on how these islands were originally formed–particularly Santiago Island, Sullivan Bay and Pinnacle Rock.

This afternoon, the Evolution ventures north to Santiago Island and anchors in Sullivan Bay, an extraordinary place sheltering unusual wildlife and a distinctive Galapagos icon: Pinnacle Rock. Spend the afternoon exploring jet-black lava fields in search of kaleidoscopic Locusts and Lava Lizards, mollugo and cacti plants, before jumping aboard the pangas for a boat safari through waters where Penguins, Eagle Rays and Sea Turtles are commonly sighted. Finally, return to the Galapagos Evolution vessel for another evening under the stars.

Day5

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Day5

SANTA CRUZ ISLAND / RABIDA ISLAND

Having enjoyed another memorable evening aboard the Galapagos Evolution, first up on day five is Santa Cruz Island and Las Bachas, a pair of impeccable beaches with white coral sands found to the north of the island. In this paradise-like backdrop, all manner of creatures thrive, from Blue-footed Boobies patrolling the shore to Pink Flamingos, Great Blue Herons and White-cheeked Pintails wading the waters of a nearby lagoon.

The afternoon takes you to Rabida Island, awash as it is with flaming red sands populated by Blue-footed Boobies, Sea Lions and Starfish. Take a short walk inland to spot more Pink Flamingos gracing the shores of a yellow lagoon and Brown Pelicans nesting, as well as panoramas of the surrounding crimson cliffs. Afterwards, paddle around Rabida’s eastern peninsula by kayak, seeking Sea Turtles, Striped Salemas, Galapagos Sharks and Yellowtail Surgeon Fish.

Day6

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Day6

SANTA CRUZ ISLAND / CHARLES DARWIN RESEARCH CENTRE

Your final full day on this versatile Galapagos itinerary begins, quite rightly, with a visit to the all-important Charles Darwin Research Center at Puerto Ayora. Here, exciting exhibits and interactive displays go together with real-life conservation projects, including Giant Tortoise breeding and rehabilitation programs, allowing you to witness the legacy of Charles Darwin first-hand.

Learn more about these gentle creatures in the Wild Tortoise Reserve up in the highlands of Santa Cruz, a place of dense, green forests awash with moss and lichen. Then, after a nature hike through subterranean lava tunnels and a Scalesia forest frequented by Darwin’s Finches, spend the rest of the day at leisure. As one of the most diverse of all the Galapagos Islands there are many highlights of Santa Cruz to explore, so take stroll along the paradise-like Tortuga Bay, or maybe a bicycle tour in Puerto Ayora, if you’re feeling active.

Day7

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Day7

Espanola Island

Your voyage on the Galapagos Evolution continues in fine fashion today, courtesy of the many nature and wildlife highlights that await you on Espanola Island, beginning at Punta Suarez. Look out for Sea Lions frolicking in the water, Marine Iguanas gripping the rocks, and intriguing bird species such as Masked and Nazca Boobies, Lava Herons, Waved Albatrosses and Swallow-tailed Gulls. The vast array of birdlife here gives Espanola a reputation for extraordinary biodiversity.

This afternoon, the Espanola experience continues at Gardner Bay, a pristine stretch of ivory-white beach. Armed with a snorkel or kayak, swim or paddle through the bay’s blue waters to see tropical fish like Yellow-tailed Surgeon and King Angelfish; larger marine life such as White-tipped Reef Sharks, Turtles and Sea Lions are also known to inhabit the bay. This is one of the most enchanting days of Galapagos wildlife encounters during your Galapagos cruise tour.

Day8

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Day8

SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND / FLIGHT HOME

Your last day in the Galapagos with Evolution involves a visit to San Cristobal Island and the informative Interpretation Center nearby. Then, a hike up Cerro Tijeretas, or ‘Frigate Bird Hill’; a popular nesting site for both the Great and Magnificent species of Frigate.

Afterwards, it’s farewell to the Galapagos as your guides escort you to the airport and assist with any luggage, in plenty of time for your onward flight.

NOTE: The above itinerary reflects an intended program, however, it should be read purely as a guide. This is because weather conditions, wildlife encounters, and any unforeseen circumstances beyond the operator’s control on the day may affect the eventual itinerary, and route.

Galapagos Cruise – Evolution from San Cristobal Island

Travel aboard the

Evolution

Refreshingly elegant and well-equipped too, the 32-passenger Galapagos Evolution is a real standout cruise vessel, both for its nostalgic appearance and the quality of itineraries it offers, with this particular route beginning from San Cristobal Island being no different. The Evolution itself boasts two sundecks, a Jacuzzi, lounge bar and modern interiors in addition to its expert crew and guides; plus, throughout this Galapagos tour you’ll also be treated to some truly iconic sights. Beginning at Isla Lobos, an early taste of Galapagos wildlife comes with this small island’s large Sea Lion population, though Blue-footed and Nazca Boobies are also popular here. Time will be spent exploring the dramatic rocky outcrops of South Plazas Island and Carrion Point, both known for their local birdlife such as Red-billed Tropicbirds and Swallow-tailed Gulls, as well as some fantastic snorkeling opportunities. With James Bay, lesser-visited Genovesa Island, wildlife-rich North Seymour, Santa Fe, Floreana and Santa Cruz Islands also featuring–each with their own species, viewpoints, beaches and volcanoes to admire–this is a truly versatile Galapagos itinerary offered by the Evolution.

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Itinerary

Day1

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ARRIVE SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND / ISLA LOBOS

Following a two-hour flight from Quito, land on San Cristobal Island. This is a fitting place to begin your Galapagos luxury cruise with the Evolution, following in the footsteps of Charles Darwin who stepped ashore here on his infamous voyage to the archipelago in 1835.

The ever-elegant Galapagos Evolution sets sail, traveling north of San Cristobal to reach a tiny islet, Isla Lobos, named after its raucous residents: Sea Lions, who are as playful as they are loud! Snorkel around these friendly creatures, before encountering more native species on a hike along milky-white sands and meandering walking trails on-land, searching for endemic Galapagos shorebirds like Blue-footed and Nazca Boobies. After your exploration of Lobos Island, settle into your luxe cabin back onboard and enjoy your first evening with the Evolution crew.

Day2

Beautiful landscape of Galapagos South Plaza island

Day2

SOUTH PLAZAS ISLAND / PUNTA CARRION / MOSQUERA ISLET

Day two of your Galapagos Evolution cruise begins by sailing to South Plazas, a rocky, volcanic island that is instantly recognizable thanks to the abundance of scarlet-hued sesuvium plants, and a healthy population of cacti. Local birdlife such as Red-billed Tropicbirds and Swallow-tailed Gulls can also be seen nesting on the cliffs as you approach, while Land Iguanas are easily admired during a fun wildlife walk, having anchored just offshore.

Next up is Punta Carrion, a place of tranquil blue waters hosting all manner of marine life including Sharks and Rays, making it an ideal place to swim and snorkel. Today is rounded off in truly iconic fashion at the soft sands of Mosquera Islet. This enchanting stretch of beach, peppered with occasional volcanic rocks, is best known for its families of Sea Lions and Sally Lightfoot Crabs, as can be seen while wandering the bay or snorkeling around its shoreline.

Day3

Closeup of Galapagos Hawk (Buteo galapagoensis). Vulnerable and endemic specie living in the Galapagos islands. Puerto Villamil, Isabela Island, Galapagos, Ecuador.

Day3

SANTIAGO ISLAND / JAMES BAY

Another day, another island, as you explore the highlights of Santiago with its mix of history, wildlife and natural formations. First, enjoy a visit to so-called ‘Chinese Hat’ for a chance to see Galapagos Penguins and Sea Lions, which you can swim and snorkel with or admire the marine life: Octopus, Moray Eels and Galapagos Sharks among them.

More of Santiago Island’s delights come this afternoon on the black beaches of James Bay. From these black sandy shores you’ll hike along a gentle trail joined by Galapagos Hawks, Lava Lizards, Finches and Oystercatchers, though this is also one of the best Galapagos spots to witness Seal and Marine Iguanas in their favored habitat too. A relaxing afternoon here can also include more swimming and snorkeling if you wish, before heading back to the Evolution.

Day4

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Day4

GENOVESA ISLAND / DARWIN BAY / PRINCE PHILIP’S STEPS

Lesser-visited Genovesa Island is as dramatic and intriguing as any island in the Galapagos archipelago, a place of steep cliffs sheltering volcanic craters and home to countless nesting seabirds. It all makes for quite a sight, and one of the more memorable experiences due to the entirely untamed look of the landscape here. Of the many unusual native bird species that can be found on Genovesa, they include Puffball–chicks, Yellow–crowned and Lava Herons and Red-footed Boobies, so boat rides around the coast and intrepid nature walks on-land are always in order, during an entire day exploring the island.

In the afternoon, climb the famous Prince Philip’s Steps. So-called after the British monarch’s visit here in the 1960’s, the path leads up to an open plateau that provides fantastic views of Darwin Bay, which itself can then be enjoyed as Sea Lions lounge on these chalk-white shores. Finally, return to the Evolution for an evening at leisure up on deck.

Day5

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Day5

NORTH SEYMOUR ISLAND / SANTA FE ISLAND

Having enjoyed another memorable evening aboard the Galapagos Evolution, first up on day five is North Seymour Island, where you can hike through a forest of Palo Santo trees–a favorite nesting place for Blue-footed Boobies–and follow coastal trails that provide a privileged view of Brown Pelicans, Frigate Birds and Yellow Land Iguanas. Then, swim with an astonishing array of marine life, such as Rays, White-tipped Reef Sharks and King Angelfish.

This afternoon, visit Santa Fe Island, a sandy haven of iconic coastline, turquoise seas and lounging Sea Lions. Having anchored nearby and disembarked, there’s plenty of walking trails and wildlife observation spots to enjoy here. Every walking route here is a joy, so be sure to make the most of them, as well as spending time on the beach, kayaking, snorkeling or simply admiring the views.

Day6

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Day6

FLOREANA ISLAND / CORMORANT POINT

Today’s Galapagos adventures begin at Post Office Bay, once a pirate’s hangout and home to an 18th century whalers post office, where you can still pop a postcard in the rum barrel box and it will find its way home to this day! Next, the Floreana Highlands and Asilo de la Paz or ‘Peace Haven’, a scenic spot surrounded by Scalesia Trees and Giant Galapagos Tortoises, Frigate Birds and an endemic snail population.

After lunch comes Cormorant Point on Floreana Island, south of Santa Cruz. There are two contrasting beaches here: Papakolea which appears green in color due to its composition of volcanic olivine crystals, and Flour Beach, so-called for its powdery white sands. Keep an eye out for the Flamingos, Pintails, Stilts and other wading birds here, before snorkeling at the foot of Devil’s Crown and Champion Islet, swimming with reef fish, Giant Mantas and Dolphins.

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Galapagos giant tortoise on Santa Cruz Island in Galapagos Natio

Day7

SANTA CRUZ ISLAND / CHARLES DARWIN RESEARCH CENTRE

Your final full day on this versatile Galapagos itinerary begins, quite rightly, with a visit to the all-important Charles Darwin Research Center at Puerto Ayora. Here, exciting exhibits and interactive displays go together with real-life conservation projects, including Giant Tortoise breeding and rehabilitation programs, allowing you to witness the legacy of Charles Darwin first-hand.

Learn more about these gentle creatures in the Wild Tortoise Reserve up in the highlands of Santa Cruz, a place of dense, green forests awash with moss and lichen. Then, after a nature hike through subterranean lava tunnels and a Scalesia forest frequented by Darwin’s Finches, spend the rest of the day at leisure. As one of the most diverse of all the Galapagos Islands there are many highlights of Santa Cruz to explore, so take a stroll along the paradise-like Tortuga Bay, or maybe a bicycle tour in Puerto Ayora, if you’re feeling active.

Day8

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Day8

BLACK TURTLE COVER / FLIGHT HOME

Your last day in the Galapagos brings one final opportunity to marvel at fascinating flora and fauna, this time at Black Turtle Cove, found on the northern shores of Santa Cruz Island. A tangle of dense mangroves, this cove unfolds for nearly a mile inland and is a stomping ground for Sea Turtles, Rays, Brown Pelicans and Herons, which can be spotted from your panga.

Afterwards, it’s farewell to the Galapagos as your guides escort you to the airport and assist with any luggage, in plenty of time for your onward flight.

NOTE: The above itinerary reflects an intended program, however, it should be read purely as a guide. This is because weather conditions, wildlife encounters, and any unforeseen circumstances beyond the operator’s control on the day may affect the eventual itinerary, and route.

Galapagos Magic Camp

galapagos magic camp is one of our preferred hotels when traveling in galapagos

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Stay at the family-friendly Magic Galapagos Tented Camp for some of the best Santa Cruz Highlands’ views, authentic eco-lodge accommodation and easy access to the archipelago’s many wildlife excursions. Dotted around the grassy plains of a private reserve on Santa Cruz Island, and home to a healthy population of Giant Galapagos Tortoises who happily roam the grounds, this laidback retreat is just what you need for a real slice of both excitement and adventure. You’ll find a charming restaurant onsite serving local favorites–surrounded by wooden beams and soft lighting, fully functioning bathrooms connected to each tent, Wi-Fi, an infinity pool, and the ‘Lava Lounge’, where cocktails are savored amidst the petrified remains of ancient lava caves; a true Galapagos experience in itself.

AN AUTHENTIC ECO-EXPERIENCE

For an all-encompassing Galapagos wildlife tour, the Magic Tented Camp is hard to beat. It’s keen environmental ethos, unbeatable watchtower views of the national park, educational guides and excursions, abundance of species such as the resident Tortoises found onsite, and the accommodation itself all serve its purpose to reconnect you right back with nature. Nights here are spent under a canopy of stars or huddled around the fireplace, before waking up each morning surrounded by the pristine Santa Cruz Highlands, native birdlife and ever-popular Galapagos Tortoises simply roaming free. There is truly nowhere like it in the world!

EXCLUSIVE GALAPAGOS ACCOMMODATION

With only nine comfortable tents available, some raised on stilts and others a fully-fledged treehouse, plus a three-bedroom suite for families, the Magic Galapagos Tented Camp is about as intimate as it gets. This works in harmony with the camp’s all-natural setting, as with so few fellow guests the evenings are calm and cozy, excursions feel personal and you know the wildlife is not being disturbed. For each tent, an en suite bathroom (in most), furnished terrace and comfortable bed add a touch of luxury, though generally the earthier approach here is all part of the appeal.

Ideal forFamilies, couples, and small groups.

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highlights

  • Onsite wildlife including Galapagos Tortoises
  • Easy access to the national park and Pacific Ocean
  • Exclusive accommodation, an inviting infinity pool and cozy restaurant
  • Excellent onsite guides and excursions

rooms

  • Luxury Safari Tents: En suite bathroom for most tents (some with private bathroom but shared shower facilities); roll-up canvas windows; furnished terrace; seating area; double or twin beds and a natural décor scheme of canvases and locally produced ornaments. (six raised tents, four unique elevated treehouses).
  • Family Suite: Finished to the same standard as the Luxury Safari Tent, though much larger with multiple bedrooms; a playroom; and expansive terrace.

services

  • Infinity Pool
  • Sundeck and Loungers
  • Observation tower
  • Onsite farm and birding area/li>
  • Kids club
  • Bar + restaurant/li>
  • Communal fireplace and lounge
  • Wi-Fi

Machu Picchu and the Amazon: Explorer’s Dream Destination

With its contrasting landscapes, varied ecosystems and fascinating cultural highlights, an adventure tour to Peru is filled with excitement at every turn. From Machu Picchu to the Amazon, Cusco to the Sacred Valley, this active vacation is perfect for anyone seeking the best adventure experiences in Peru. Arrive in Lima and, if time allows, opt for a guided tour to get to know this cosmopolitan city a little better. Then, continue to the Sacred Valley for outdoor activities like horseback riding, kayaking and hiking, before heading on to Machu Picchu–one of the Seven Wonders of the World and top travel destination in South America. After taking a couple of days to really get to know this iconic citadel, travel on to Cusco, where impressive architecture is met with vibrant culture. From here, fly north to Iquitos for an Amazon River Cruise, or fly south to Puerto Maldonado and enter the Tambopata National Reserve, for a couple of days immersing into one of two Peruvian biodiverse rainforests, enjoying wildlife safaris and canopy walks in the company of passionate, naturalist guides. Incorporating action, culture and wildlife, this Peruvian adventure tour takes you to the highlights of the country while including as many activities as possible, with wonderful Inkaterra hotels in the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and the Amazon.

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Itinerary

Day1

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Day1

ARRIVE LIMA

Welcome to Peru for your Machu Picchu and the Amazon adventure!

Upon arrival, you will be greeted by an English-speaking Latin Excursions representative who will assist you to your nearby hotel located across from the main Lima airport terminal. Mostly every flight from the United States arrives in Lima late at night, and returns to the U.S. on a red-eye route. If you happen to choose a flight that arrives early in the day, we can arrange tours and experiences for that day to make the most out of your time in Lima.

Overnight Wyndham Lima Airport Hotel or Similar

Meals None

Day2

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Day2

LIMA / SACRED VALLEY

After breakfast, your Lima representative will greet you in the lobby with your boarding pass to help you check in for your flight to Cusco. Here, you are met by a private guide and driver, setting off to the Sacred Valley. Along the way to your hotel, stop at the Awanacancha Textile and Camelid Center. Meet the Llamas and Alpacas, while also witnessing local women at work, dexterously weaving the wool into elaborate textiles, which you can purchase from the souvenir store.

To finish this enchanting day, enjoy a delicious home-cooked meal at the authentic Hacienda Huayoccari, a working farm which serves up traditional dishes using whichever seasonal ingredients are grown onsite. The surrounding Sacred Valley views here are simply stunning, tempting you to head out and explore it all on horseback with the hacienda’s guides, but there is so much more to discover on this journey so make sure to save your energy. After lunch, your private guide and driver will take you to your hotel to relax for the evening.

Overnight Sol y Luna or Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba

Meals B,L

Day3

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Day3

SACRED VALLEY

Begin day three of your Machu Picchu and Amazon Tour with a relaxing and scenic kayaking session on Piuray Lagoon, a beautifully tranquil spot surrounded by grass covered plains, native forest and undulating mountains. Your paddle can be taken at a leisurely pace, making the most of your surrounds before a picnic by the lake shore. Afterwards, return to your hotel for the evening to enjoy the tranquility of the Sacred Valley, dine at the delicious restaurants located on-site, or partake in their offered on-site excursions.

Overnight Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba

Meals B,L

Day4

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Day4

OLLANTAYTAMBO / MACHU PICCHU

Today, prepare for the iconic Lost City of the Incas: Machu Picchu, which is even more jaw-dropping in reality than you could ever imagine. A private transfer whisks you off to the train station in Ollantaytambo, where you board the First Class Train by Inca Rail. If you would like to hike to Machu Picchu from Km104 of the railroad, please let your trip designer know and we’ll incorporate it into this itinerary. This journey isn’t your usual train ride, but an immersive experience with dancers, food and spectacular views of the shifting Sacred Valley scenery outside.

Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes, your guide greets you and together make the onward bus journey up from town. Before exploring Machu Picchu properly, take lunch at the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge to enjoy first class food with unbeatable views of the ruins. Then, it’s time to uncover the iconic delights of Machu Picchu, an ancient wonder of the world and top highlight of South America, with a private guided tour. Afterwards, your private guide will lead you to the train station to board your train back to Ollantaytambo. Upon arrival, your private driver will be waiting for you and your guide outside the train station for a ride back to Cusco where you will spend the next two evenings.

Overnight El Mercado, Libertador Palacio del Inka, or Similar

Meals B,L,D

Day5

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Day5

CUSCO CITY TOUR / CHOCOMUSEO & MUSIC WORKSHOP

The charming town of Cusco is a highlight of any essential Peru tour, perched up in the Andes, surrounded by rippling peaks and ruins. Cusco is ancient, dating back 3,000 years, and you can learn all about this magnetic city on a guided walking tour. Begin at the archaeological site of Sacsayhuamán, a vast complex that stands guard over the city. Next, the Cusco’s warren of cobblestone alleys and vibrant markets, the Cathedral of the Virgin of the Assumption on Plaza de Armas and Church of Santo Domingo, home to the original ‘Temple of the Sun’, Qoricancha; the most sacred site of the Inca.

This afternoon, it’s a slight change of pace with a fun-filled chocolate making workshop at the nearby ChocoMuseo before a delicious lunch opposite the central Cathedral in Plazas de Armas, and later, visiting a musical workshop.

Overnight El Mercado, Libertador Palacio del Inka, or Similar

Meals B,L

Days6

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Day6

CUSCO / PERUVIAN AMAZON – TAMBOPATA NATIONAL RESERVE or Iquitos Amazon Cruise

Savor your final breakfast in Cusco before the next stage of your Peru adventure vacation begins, with a private transfer to the airport, and flight to Iquitos for an Amazon River Cruise or Puerto Maldonado to stay at a luxurious jungle retreat. Upon arrival in Iquitos or Puerto Maldonado, you will be greeted by guides and taken to your jungle ecolodge or boat.

Although you are surrounded by the lush greenery of the Tambopata National Reserve, there are still luxuries to be enjoyed at this sublime Amazon ecolodge. Make the most of a jungle spa, generous buffet meals at the rustic chic restaurant, and beautifully designed cabanas bedecked in local wood and crisp white drapes. Don’t hesitate to explore the Inkaterra Ecological Reserve, with 4.5 miles of walking trails. If you decide to go to Iquitos, your options for jungle cruises are the Aria, Delfin I, Delfin II, or Delfin III.

Overnight Aria, Delfin I, II, or II | Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica, Inkaterra Hacienda Concepcion, or Tambopata Research Center

Meals B,L,D

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Day8-10

PERUVIAN AMAZON – Amazon River Cruise or Explore Tambopata National Reserve

Whether you choose an Amazon Boat Cruise from Iquitos or a Jungle Retreat in Tambopata National Reserve, guided excursions are all included and help you delve deeper into the rainforest. Every day you will have opportunities to kayak, SUP, or hike to spot species such as Giant River Otter, pink dolphins (on the Amazon cruise only!) Red Howler Monkeys, Macaws and Yellow-spotted Sideneck Turtles. No matter what excursions you choose, prepare to fully immerse into the Peruvian Amazon in style.

Deciding what portion of the Amazon to visit in Peru can be a difficult one, but don’t stress, that’w why we are here. Your trip designer will listen to your travel desires and will custom-tailor this private Peru Journey just for you.

Overnight Overnight Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica

Meals B,L,D

Day10

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Day9

PUERTO MALDONADO / LIMA / DEPARTURE

Tuck into a delicious jungle-inspired breakfast this morning before returning to the Puerto Maldonado or Iquitos airport for your domestic return flight to Lima. Depending on the time of your domestic arrival in Lima and your return flight home that day, either relax at the airport before your connecting flight or we can arrange a private transfer and guide for a Lima city tour and final sunset dinner before you depart picturesque Peru.

Meals B

The Ancascocha Trek and Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

You may not have heard of it, but the Ancascocha Trek is a fantastic alternative to the Inca Trail, ranked as one of the top 25 hikes in the world by National Geographic. Latin Excursions is one of the few operators who can take you on the Ancascocha Trek, venturing along the path less visited to reach Machu Picchu. The journey–which feels much more private and exclusive than the Inca Trail–is just as important as the final destination on this Peruvian trek, meandering through verdant valleys and High Andean mountains, encountering rural settlements and ancient ruins along the way. Hike over the course of four days, covering around 36 miles of jaw-dropping Sacred Valley scenery, accompanied all the while by enthusiastic guides who are on-hand to show you the hidden wonders of this lesser-known trek to Machu Picchu.

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Itinerary

Day1

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Day1

CUSCO / QEUNAQOCHA

Day one of the Ancascocha Trek starts with several interesting sites being passed on the journey between Cusco, passing the village of Tomacaya to the Hustacancha region, where the trail begins. An early morning departure is the best way to ensure a scenic sunrise along the way, travelling through remote settlements and rolling hills, until reaching the remarkably well-preserved Inca ruins of Tarawasi.

Having then followed the banks of the Apurimac River, arrive in Hustacancha (10,098ft above sea level), before braving your first steps along the Ancascocha Trail itself, with roughly 7.5 miles of trekking ahead. For the initial three hours, take a gradual ascent through native forest and into more open plains, stalking the Lechería River, past Perolniyoq Waterfall and little-visited Inca ruins. Stop for lunch at Yawar Maqi, before continuing the steady climb towards a well-earned camp and warming meal at Qeunaqocha (14,054ft above sea level), surrounded by dramatic landscapes.

Meals L, D

Overnight Qeunaqocha Campsite

Day2

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Day2

QEUNAQOCHA / LAGUNA ANCASCOCHA

Today is a challenging yet rewarding day, with around 7.5 miles of uphill hiking to conquer, though plenty of picturesque mountain views to keep you company throughout. Expect between six and seven hours of trekking, beginning with a three-hour climb towards Accojasa Pass (15,419ft above sea level), the highest point on your Ancascocha Trek. From this vantage point, enjoy panoramic views of Huayanay and the surrounding mountainscape, before an undulating, isolated section of the trail.

Continue on to the Huayanay Pass (15,147ft above sea level) for further spectacular views of the imposing Mount Salkantay, one of the Ancascocha Trek’s many photo-worthy moments, to be admired as you then descend further into the valley, its trickling streams, waterfalls and grassy plains. Finally, a real highlight of this trail comes upon reaching camp at Laguna Ancascocha (13,776ft above sea level); a foreboding high-altitude lake of deep blue waters.

Overnight Overnight Laguna Ancascocha Campsite

Meals B,L,D

Day3

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Day3

LAGUNA ANCASCOCHA / CAMICANCHA / CHILLCA

Day three of the Ancascocha Trek is the longest, with 8.5 scenic miles to cover. However, it’s mostly downhill and passes ancient agricultural plains, so aerial views and steep climbs are exchanged for remote settlements, river gorges and tree-lined trails. Blissfully, even the occasional farmhouse or herdsman does not detract from feeling fully immersed within the remote Andean wilds; only steep mountain ridges, canyons and the green grasslands of Peru’s Sacred Valley in each direction.

This penultimate day takes you initially to the rural community of Ancascocha. A quick stop is in order to meet friendly locals, before descending further into the Urubamba Valley, crossing the Sillque River towards Camicancha; a small collection of farmhouses surrounded by pristine wilderness. Here, take a moment’s rest and push along sloping trails to the traditional village of Chillca (9,069ft above sea level), home for the night and not a fellow tourist in sight!

Overnight Chillca Village

Meals B,L,D

Day4

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Day4

CHILLCA / OLLANTAYTAMBO / SHORT INCA TRAIL TO AGUAS CALIENTES

An early morning start on day four is well worth it, transferring from Chillca to Ollantaytambo, catching a train bound for Machu Picchu. Disembark at the km. 104 railroad stop to complete a section of the Classic Inca Trail, finishing at the Sun Gate for your first glimpse of the Lost City.

A visit to the Chachabamba Archeological Ruins then sets the scene, and from Chachabamba the last leg of your Ancascocha Trek is one to remember; a four-hour hike along the Classic Inca Trail. One of the Inca Trail highlights is Winaywayna, a stunning hillside complex of stepped agricultural terraces and housing, perfectly preserved with unbeatable views of the Sacred Valley too. Next, the Sun Gate and South America’s most iconic site, Machu Picchu. Admire this wonder of the ancient world from afar, before moving down to the citadel, followed by a bus to nearby Aguas Calientes and an evening at leisure, ahead of tomorrow’s fuller exploration.

Overnight Overnight: Overnight Aguas Calientes Hotel

Meals B,L

Day5

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Day5

MACHU PICCHU / CUSCO

Wake up in your authentic, charming guestroom and enjoy an early breakfast before venturing back to Machu Picchu. Uncovering the delights of Machu Picchu with a private guided tour is the best way to do it, before some leisure time later this afternoon to explore further and find your own quiet spots.

You might want to climb up Wayna Picchu, the citadel’s distinctive jagged peak which is a vertiginous, exhilarating ascent. Or, discover the Inca Bridge, reached via a 30-minute trek along the cliffside. This bridge is in fact a gap of 20ft, disconnecting the pathway so that had any unwelcome visitors approached the citadel, Incans would raise the wooden planks and thus prevent any possible entry to their sacred home. Take it all in during your tour, enjoying that free time afterwards to contemplate Machu Picchu by yourself, before returning to Aguas Calientes by bus and onward to Cusco.

Meals B,L

Galapagos Land & Cruise Tour – Santa Cruz II

Travel aboard the

Santa Cruz II

Combining a land-based adventure and Galapagos cruise in one trip gives you the best of both worlds, with this itinerary being both varied and full of archipelago highlights. So, start your Galapagos Island adventure tour as you mean to go on with VIP service on arrival, before navigating emerald seas towards Santa Cruz Island. Basing yourself at the Magic Galapagos Tented Camp on Santa Cruz, you’ll enjoy nature walks, boat tours, delectable cuisine and dramatic ancient landscapes across various central islands, over two days that pack in more than you might have imagined. Then, a Galapagos Island tour to remember, aboard the supremely comfortable Santa Cruz II. This 50-cabin boat, which accommodates up to 90 people across its five decks, is extremely well-equipped with two Jacuzzis, a sun terrace, lounge bars and restaurants, not to mention their expert naturalist guides. They will be on hand as you explore the wonders and wildlife of Santa Fe Island, San Cristobal, Espanola, North Seymour and South Plazas Islands; all completely different and equally unique. Throughout, expect Galapagos multisport tours encompassing snorkeling, deserted beaches, glass bottom boat rides and panga excursions around the coast, all the while on the lookout for the countless native species which make the Galapagos Islands so special.

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Itinerary

Day1

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Day1

ARRIVAL BALTRA ISLAND / SANTA CRUZ ISLAND

Your Galapagos Island adventure begins as soon as you arrive in the archipelago. Start by transiting through a VIP lounge within Baltra Island Airport, the guides assisting with any luggage, before taking to a stand-up paddle board or canoe, crossing the crystalline Itabaca Channel; a popular waterway separating the islands of Baltra and Santa Cruz. With luck, you may spot the famous Blue-footed Boobies, Reef Sharks, Pelicans and maybe even a Sea Lion colony.

Upon landing, your next stop is a private reserve which surrounds the rustic Magic Galapagos Tented Camp, just outside the national park itself and home for the next two nights. Here, strap on your walking boots and hit the trails, searching for resident Giant Tortoises before nightfall, when starlit skies come blissfully into view.

Overnight Magic Galapagos Tented Camp

Meals L,D

Day2

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Day2

NORTH SEYMOUR ISLAND / BACHAS BEACH / SOUTH PLAZAS ISLAND / SANTA FE ISLAND / BARTOLOME ISLAND / SULLIVAN BAY

Touring these seas on an iconic boat trip is one of the best ways to explore the Galapagos Islands, and the Magic Camp has access to its own private yacht. This means that–depending on which day of the week you visit–the natural wonders of North Seymour Island, Bachas Beach, South Plazas Island, Santa Fe Island, Bartolome Island and Sullivan Bay are all within easy reach and ready to be explored.

If visiting North Seymour Island and Bachas Beach, expect families of Frigate Birds, Herons and Marine Iguanas, even Tiger Sharks prowling the shore. South Plazas is known for its huge populations of Land Iguanas and nesting Seabirds, giant cacti and a rocky coastline, while Santa Fe Island is where abundant Sea Lion colonies line heavenly stretches of golden beach. Lastly, the volcanic hills and lava fields of Bartolome and Sullivan Bay are an otherworldly sight indeed, before heading back to the Magic Galapagos Tented Camp.

Overnight Magic Galapagos Tented Camp

Meals B,L,D

Day3

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Day3

LOS GEMELOS CRATERS / MOSQUERA ISLET

Before the next stage of your combined Galapagos land and sea adventure, there is a chance for one more natural wonder. Hike through a Scalesia forest, frequented by Darwin’s Finches, to reach the Los Gemelos craters: two colossal sinkholes measuring up to 1,300ft across and 2,300ft deep, filled with lush foliage. Then, gradually retrace the trail back and prepare to board the Santa Cruz II cruise vessel.

Having been welcomed by the crew and treated to a delicious lunch, your Galapagos cruise begins, as the captain makes way for the soft sands of Mosquera Islet. This enchanting stretch of beach, peppered with occasional volcanic rocks, is best known for its families of Sea Lions and Sally Lightfoot Crabs, as can be seen while wandering the bay or snorkeling offshore.

Overnight Santa Cruz II

Meals B,L,D

Day4

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Day4

SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND

This morning, moor up near Puerto Baquerizo Moreno on San Cristobal Island, the capital of the Galapagos Province, and transfer to Cerro Colorado Tortoise Reserve in the south-east. Cerro Colorado is an inspirational project to protect Giant Galapagos Tortoises and allow them to thrive in their natural habitat, as the reserve organically weaves its way into the landscape. So, in addition to the Tortoises, you can expect to see all manner of birdlife, rare plants and native species such as the San Cristobal Mockingbird and San Cristobal Lava Lizard.

Next, sail east to one of the most unforgettable Galapagos Island experiences, taking the rare opportunity to spot Red-footed, Blue-footed and Nazca Boobies all occupying the same natural habitat. This all takes place while hiking the rugged, red and green hued terrain of Punta Pitt, still on San Cristobal Island.

Overnight Santa Cruz II

Meals B,L,D

Day5

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Day5

SANTA FE ISLAND / SOUTH PLAZAS ISLAND

The first stop on today’s Galapagos Island tour is Santa Fe Island, a sandy haven of iconic coastline, turquoise seas and lounging Sea Lions. Having anchored nearby and disembarked, there’ll be plenty of walking trails and wildlife observation spots to enjoy. Every walking route here is a joy, so be sure to make the most of them this morning, as well as spending time on the beach, kayaking or snorkeling.

Having conquered Santa Fe, the diversity of your Galapagos cruise continues on South Plazas Island. Nicknamed as the ‘Red Island’, this rocky, volcanic expanse is instantly recognizable thanks to the abundance of scarlet-hued sesuvium plants. The lands of South Plazas are also characterized by a healthy population of cacti, who are joined by a huge colony of Land Iguanas, over a thousand Sea Lions, Red-billed Tropicbirds and Swallow-tailed Gulls.

Overnight Santa Cruz II

Meals B,L,D

Day6

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Day6

SANTA CRUZ ISLAND

Begin the day with a visit to the all-important Charles Darwin Research Center at Puerto Ayora. Here, exciting exhibits and interactive displays go together with real-life conservation projects, including Giant Tortoise breeding and rehabilitation programs, allowing you to witness the legacy of Charles Darwin first-hand.

Learn more about these gentle creatures in the Wild Tortoise Reserve up in the highlands of Santa Cruz, a place of dense, green forests awash with moss and lichen. Then, after a nature hike through subterranean lava tunnels and a Scalesia forest frequented by Darwin’s Finches, spend the rest of the day at leisure. As one of the most diverse of all the Galapagos Islands there are many highlights of Santa Cruz to explore, so take stroll along the paradise-like Tortuga Bay, or maybe a bicycle tour in Puerto Ayora, if you’re feeling active.

Overnight Santa Cruz II

Meals B,L,D

Days7

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Day7

ESPANOLA ISLAND

Your voyage on the Santa Cruz II continues in fine fashion, courtesy of the many nature and wildlife highlights that await you on Espanola Island, beginning at Punta Suarez. Look out for Sea Lions frolicking in the water, Marine Iguanas gripping the rocks, and intriguing bird species such as Masked and Nazca Boobies, Lava Herons, Waved Albatrosses and Swallow-tailed Gulls. The vast array of birdlife here gives Espanola a reputation for extraordinary biodiversity.

This afternoon, the Espanola experience continues at Gardner Bay, a pristine stretch of ivory-white beach. Armed with a snorkel or kayak, swim or paddle through the bay’s blue waters to see tropical fish like Yellow-tailed Surgeon and King Angelfish; larger marine life such as White-tipped Reef Sharks, Turtles and Sea Lions are also known to inhabit the bay. This is one of the most enchanting days of Galapagos wildlife encounters during your tour.

Overnight Santa Cruz II

Meals B,L,D

Day8

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Day8

EDEN ISLET / NORTH SEYMOUR ISLAND

Looping back to Santa Cruz once more this morning, gear up for a panga boat ride to Eden Islet, a pretty little outcrop where one last chance to spot Blue-footed Boobies beckons. The shoreline of Eden is best admired from the panga or kayak, before jumping in to snorkel with the abundant marine life who reside here, including Reef Sharks and countless Dreamfish.

Next up is North Seymour Island. First with a hike through forests of Palo Santo trees–a favorite nesting place for Blue-footed Boobies–before following coastal trails to view Brown Pelicans, Frigate Birds and Yellow Land Iguanas in their natural habitat. To cool off, swap your walking boots for flippers as you dive into the sea and swim with Rays, White-tipped Reef Sharks and schools of colorful King Angelfish, among many others.

Overnight Santa Cruz II

Meals B,L,D

Days9

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BALTRA ISLAND / FLIGHT HOME

As your Galapagos Island tour draws to a close, it’s farewell to the Santa Cruz crew. Your guides will escort you to the airport and assist with any luggage, in plenty of time for your onward flight.

Meals B

IMPORTANT:The above itinerary reflects an intended program, however, it should be read purely as a guide. This is because weather conditions, wildlife encounters, and any unforeseen circumstances beyond the operator’s control on the day may affect the eventual itinerary, and route.

Ecuador Wildlife Cruise: Amazon and Galapagos Islands

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The Anakonda Amazon Vessel &
The Galapagos Legend

This unique Ecuador itinerary is not only a must-do tour for wildlife lovers, but anyone keen to combine two of the best experiences in South America: a luxury Amazon river cruise and voyage around the Galapagos Islands. Ecuador is home to thousands of native and endemic species in each of its varied ecosystems, as seen during this trip. Begin aboard the boutique Anakonda Amazon river cruise, a popular and luxurious 40-guest boat offering the chance to swim in lakes teeming with Piranhas, take early morning birdwatching walks, spot monkeys and Pink River Dolphins during kayaking trips, and listen to the sounds of the jungle at night. Then, after a few days exploring the highlights of Quito, swap the Amazon River for open seas, as you join the comfortable, well-equipped Legend (accommodating up to 100 passengers) for an unforgettable Galapagos Islands cruise. Along the way, visit remote regions in the south-west of the archipelago on San Cristobal and Espanola Islands, as well as some more well-known highlights such as the Charles Darwin Research Center, Post Office Bay and the Santa Cruz Highlands. Throughout this Galapagos Island cruise, cameras at the ready for Sea Lions; Frigate Birds; Blue-footed and Nazca Boobies; Reef Sharks, Giant Galapagos Tortoises; Sea Turtles; Rays; Iguanas and much more besides.

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Itinerary

Day1

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Day1

ARRIVE / QUITO / COCA / NAPO RIVER

An exciting start to your Galapagos and Ecuador Amazon river cruise awaits, as you fly from Quito to the port city of Coca, where you board a boat and get an early taste for life in the rainforest. Set off in the direction of the luxurious Anakonda Amazon, a boutique ship which is tailormade for the mightiest river setting of them all. Along the way, you pass native wildlife including monkeys, lizards or onlooking River Turtles, before arriving at the Anakonda itself.

The welcome party once on-deck includes the Anakonda’s expert guides, some early orientation and refreshments. Then, simply enjoying the sounds, sights and smells of the jungle on the ship’s sundeck, an unforgettable sunset, mouthwatering meal and nighttime wildlife walk.

Overnight Anakonda

Meals D

Day2

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Day2

PANACOCHA BIOLOGICAL CORRIDOR

Nestled between the Yasuni National Park and Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve, today’s destination–the Panayacu River Delta and Panacocha Lake–is like a mini Amazon biosphere in its own right; and provides plenty of fun along the way. Begin with a gentle cruise downstream in search of Squirrel Monkeys, River Turtles and, with any luck, a glimpse of the famous Pink River Dolphins which are known to visit these waters.

Eventually, arrive at Panacocha or ‘Piranha’ Lake, picturesque and perfectly suitable for swimming, though be warned it is called Piranha Lake for a reason and this is one of their favorite hangouts! Whether taking a dip in the lake or not, keep an eye open for White Caiman, giant Catfish and rare Butterflies too.

Overnight Anakonda

Meals B,L,D

Day3

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Day3

WESTERN AMAZON RAINFOREST

Day three of your luxury cruise takes in one of the most iconic Amazon experiences of them all, the so-called Parrot Clay Licks of Western Amazonia, your first outing after breakfast. A kaleidoscope of color, this natural spectacle is a joy as hundreds of Parrots, Parakeets and Macaws line the riverbank, attracted by a build-up of minerals and salts which are then exposed every day.

Next up is the Sani Warmi Kichwa Interpretation Center, where you can learn a little of the Amazon Rainforest’s cultural heritage, the traditions, daily life and long-held customs of native jungle inhabitants courtesy of a women’s cooperative who help run the institution. Then, another great Amazon highlight, the Anangu Observation Tower; a 36-meter-tall canopy lookout point for views that are nothing short of breathtaking.

Overnight Anakonda

Meals B,L,D

Day4

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Day4

Coca / Quito

This morning, disembark the Anakonda and transfer to the airport in time for your flight to Quito, ready for an afternoon at leisure to explore the highlights of Ecuador’s capital at your own pace.
Having checked into your hotel, why not visit the real-life line of the equator for a fun-filled afternoon? Or perhaps the beautifully ornate Compania de Jesus Church, Plaza Grande or Basilica del Voto Nacional, for something more cultural. There are artisan food markets to enjoy, bohemian neighborhoods, galleries and museums aplenty, though if you are simply after a few more fantastic photographs then take the Teleferico sky tram to the top of Cruz Loma, hike a little, and prepare for sublime panoramic views of Quito.

Overnight Swissotel

Meals B

Day5

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WALKING TOUR OF QUITO

Spend the morning at leisure before an afternoon private walking tour of Quito’s Old Town, providing an interesting exploration of Ecuador’s capital, ahead of tomorrow’s onward journey to the Galapagos Islands. The city’s historical center has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1978; and it’s not hard to see why, with its exquisite colonial architecture comprising sublime churches, the Cathedral, Presidential Palace and Municipal Building, standing proud along cobblestone streets and the grand Independence Square. The pastel-hued facades with iron-wrought balconies only add to its charm, while a scattering of museums and galleries invite you to learn more about the city’s art, history and culture, such as the prestigious El Alabado Museum of Pre-Columbian Art.

Overnight Swissotel

Meals B/p>

Day6

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Day6

QUITO / SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND

The next exciting stage of your journey begins on day six with a two-hour flight from Quito to San Cristobal Island, following in the footsteps of Charles Darwin who strode ashore here on his famous voyage to the archipelago in 1835. At the airport, your guide assists with any belongings, whisking you off to the pier and the awaiting Legend vessel for boarding: the beginning of your Galapagos islands cruise.

First, a worthy introduction comes with a visit to the Interpretation Center, where the natural and human history of the Galapagos is vibrantly on show, and later, with a hike up Cerro Tijeretas, or ‘Frigate Bird Hill’. As the name suggests, these verdant cliffs are a popular nesting site for both the Great and Magnificent species of Frigate.

Overnight Galapagos Legend

Meals B,D

Days7

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Day7

ESPANOLA ISLAND

Having sailed south overnight from San Cristobal, wake up in your luxurious cabin and prepare for the many wildlife highlights that await you on Espanola Island, beginning at Gardner Bay, a pristine stretch of ivory-white beach. Armed with a snorkel or kayak, swim or paddle through the bay’s blue waters to see tropical fish like Yellow-tailed Surgeon and King Angelfish; larger marine life such as White-tipped Reef Sharks, Turtles and Sea Lions are also known to inhabit the bay.

This afternoon, the Espanola experience continues at Punta Suarez, looking out for Sea Lions frolicking in the water, Marine Iguanas gripping the rocks, and intriguing bird species such as Masked and Nazca Boobies, Lava Herons, Waved Albatrosses and Swallow-tailed Gulls.

Overnight Galapagos Legend

Meals B,L,D

Day8

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Day8

FLOREANA ISLAND / CHAMPION ISLET

Despite its small size, Floreana has a fascinating cultural history. It has served as a penal colony, pirates hangout, and was the first Galapagos island to be colonized in 1832. It’s also home to an 18th century whalers post office, which you’ll discover this morning at Post Office Bay. Here, you can still pop a postcard in the rum barrel box, and it will find its way home!

From Post Office Bay to Cormorant Point, your guide takes you to two contrasting beaches on Floreana Island: the green volcanic olivine crystals of Papakolea, and Flour Beach, so-called for its powdery white sands. Keep an eye out for Flamingos, Pintails, Stilts and other wading birds that frequent a lagoon sandwiched between these two bays, before visiting Champion Islet for a spot of snorkeling.

Overnight Galapagos Legend

Meals B,L,D

Day9

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Day9

SANTA CRUZ ISLAND

Begin the day with a visit to the all-important Charles Darwin Research Center at Puerto Ayora, where exciting exhibits and interactive displays go together with real-life conservation projects, including Giant Tortoise breeding and rehabilitation programs. Witness first-hand the legacy left on the Galapagos Islands by Charles Darwin, then, learn more about these gentle creatures in the Wild Tortoise Reserve up in the highlands of Santa Cruz.

After lunch, take to the water once more while exploring the rich seas off Ballena Bay in western Santa Cruz, either aboard a panga boat, kayaking or snorkeling the shores. Among the many fantastic Galapagos snorkeling sites, Bellena Bay is particularly impressive thanks to its abundance of species, including King Angel, Sturgeon and Parrotfish, Rays, Sharks and Turtles.

Overnight Galapagos Legend

Meals B,L,D

Day10

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Day10

SANTA CRUZ ISLAND / BALTRA ISLAND / FLIGHT HOME

As your Galapagos Island cruise draws to a close, there is still one last chance to witness a little more wildlife with a panga boat ride down the Itabaca Channel, a popular waterway separating Baltra and Santa Cruz.

Then, it’s farewell to the Galapagos as your guides escort you to the airport and assist with any luggage, in plenty of time for your onward flight.

Meals B

IMPORTANT:The above itinerary reflects an intended program, however, it should be read purely as a guide. This is because weather conditions, wildlife encounters, and any unforeseen circumstances beyond the operator’s control on the day may affect the eventual itinerary, and route.

Galapagos Adventure Tour: Santa Cruz, Floreana & Isabela

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Overview

Visiting the Galapagos archipelago is always a privilege and a joy, even more so on this island hopping Galapagos adventure tour. Not only does this week-long trip take in the natural wonders of four central/western islands (Santa Cruz, Bartolome, Floreana and Isabela), but affords you enough time on each to get to know them and their wildlife intimately, with stays at the Magic Galapagos Tented Camp, Floreana Lava Lodge, and Isamar Hotel. Along the way, you’re in the safe hands of expert naturalist guides who ensure that nothing is missed, and the experiences are varied: snorkeling, kayaking, remote walking trails, volcanoes, and first-hand encounters with native Galapagos species. You are also treated to some of the most memorable sunsets, extreme landscapes and pristine beaches across the whole archipelago, making this Galapagos active tour just too good to miss.

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Itinerary

Day1

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Day1

ARRIVAL ON BALTRA ISLAND / SANTA CRUZ ISLAND

Your Galapagos active adventure begins as soon as you arrive in the archipelago. Start by transiting through a VIP lounge within Baltra Island Airport, the guides assisting with any luggage, before taking to a stand-up paddle board or canoe, crossing the crystalline Itabaca Channel; a popular waterway separating the islands of Baltra and Santa Cruz. With luck, you may spot the famous Blue-footed Boobies, Reef Sharks, Pelicans and maybe even a Sea Lion colony.

Upon landing, your next stop is a private reserve which surrounds the rustic Magic Galapagos Tented Camp, just outside the national park itself and home for the next two nights. Here, strap on your walking boots and hit the trails, searching for resident Giant Tortoises before nightfall, when starlit skies come blissfully into view.

Overnight Magic Galapagos Tented Camp or Similar

Meals B,L,D

Day2

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Day2

BARTOLOME ISLAND / SANTA CRUZ ISLAND

Today, embark on a grand tour of Bartolome Island; its lookout spots and rugged coastline. First, having crossed the Itabaca Channel and moored up, take to the island’s wooden walkways and begin your ascent to one of the best viewpoints in the Galapagos, affording 360-degree panoramas of the wider archipelago.

This then makes a subsequent Zodiac boat ride all the more enjoyable, as you glide past families of Galapagos Penguins, Herons and Hawks, before passing the golden beaches of Pinnacle Rock, home to a large Sea Lion Colony. The waters also teem with marine life, making them perfect for snorkeling and scuba diving, which you get to do just off the adjacent ancient lava fields of Sullivan Bay; one of the real-life Galapagos highlights.

Overnight Magic Galapagos Tented Camp or Similar

Meals B,L,D

Day3

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Day3

Floreana Island

An early start and scenic speedboat navigation is well worth it this morning, departing Magic Galapagos Camp in the direction of Floreana Island; the least populated of all the Galapagos. On arrival, check into Lava Lodge and either walk, kayak or paddle-board to nearby Black Beach, strolling the sands, maybe working up an appetite with some snorkeling or paying a visit to the hidden caves once used by 19th century pirates.

Lunch at a local restaurant is a just reward, before visiting Sea Lions at La Loberia. This white sand bay is a good opportunity to paddle, kayak or snorkel once more, on the lookout for tropical fish and Sea Turtles. As the sun begins to set, journey back to the lodge for a meal under the stars, anticipating more Galapagos active adventures tomorrow.

Overnight Floreana Lava Lodge or similar

Meals B,L,D

Day4

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Day4

FLOREANA ISLAND

Today is best spent exploring the many hidden treasures of Floreana and learning of its folkloric tales in the company of an expert guide. Wander remote wildlife trails, seeking out birdlife and endemic plant species, hearing plenty of myth and hearsay surrounding the history of Floreana Island, which only adds to its allure. Make for the Floreana Highlands and Asilo de la Paz or ‘Peace Haven’, a scenic spot surrounded by Scalesia Trees and Giant Galapagos Tortoises–who prefer the highland conditions–as well as Frigate Birds and an endemic snail population.

After lunch, the afternoon can be spent completely at leisure, either returning to La Loberia, finding your own secluded spot, visiting the Galapagos’ first ever post office or simply unwinding at the lodge.

Overnight Floreana Lava Lodge or Similar

Meals B,L,D

Day5

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Day5

Isabela Island

Today is best spent exploring the many hidden treasures of Floreana and learning of its folkloric tales in the company of an expert guide. Wander remote wildlife trails, seeking out birdlife and endemic plant species, hearing plenty of myth and hearsay surrounding the history of Floreana Island, which only adds to its allure. Make for the Floreana Highlands and Asilo de la Paz or ‘Peace Haven’, a scenic spot surrounded by Scalesia Trees and Giant Galapagos Tortoises–who prefer the highland conditions–as well as Frigate Birds and an endemic snail population.

After lunch, the afternoon can be spent completely at leisure, either returning to La Loberia, finding your own secluded spot, visiting the Galapagos’ first ever post office or simply unwinding at the lodge.

Overnight Floreana Lava Lodge or Similar

Meals B,L,D

Day6

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Day6

ISABELA ISLAND

Hiking the trails which crisscross Isabela is one of the best ways to uncover the island’s many natural treasures. Set off after breakfast and head in the direction of Sierra Negra Volcano, an otherworldly terrain of undulating lava fields and scorched soil leading to the second largest volcanic crater on earth, a full six miles wide. Along the way, you might spot Lizards, Hawks and Finches.

Next, it’s onwards to Volcan Chico. The lunar-like landscapes continue as you hike, with jagged, red-hued rock formations lining the way; a truly atmospheric Galapagos experience. On arrival at Volcan Chico, stop for a picnic ‘like no other’ with Fernandina, Pinzon and Santa Cruz Islands all visible as you eat, before one final stop on the golden sand beaches of Puerto Villamil; a just reward.

Overnight Isamar Hotel or Similar

Meals B,L,D

Day7

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Day7

BALTRA AIRPORT

As your Galapagos active tour draws to a close, why not enjoy one last Pacific Ocean sunrise before taking the speedboat first to Santa Cruz and later Baltra, in time for a private airport transfer and your onward journey, or home.

Meals B

NOTE: The above itinerary reflects an intended program, however, it should be read purely as a guide. This is because weather conditions, wildlife encounters, and any unforeseen circumstances beyond the operator’s control on the day may affect the eventual itinerary, and route.

Galapagos Cruise and Land Tour Coral I & II

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The Coral I Or Coral II

Combining a land-based adventure and Galapagos cruise in one trip gives you the best of both worlds, with this itinerary being both varied and full of archipelago highlights. So, start your Galapagos Island adventure tour as you mean to go on with VIP service on arrival, before navigating emerald seas towards Santa Cruz Island. Basing yourself at the Magic Galapagos Tented Camp on Santa Cruz, you’ll enjoy nature walks, boat tours, delectable cuisine and dramatic ancient landscapes across various central islands, over two days that pack in more than you might have imagined. Then, a Galapagos Island tour to remember, aboard the supremely comfortable Santa Cruz II. This 50-cabin boat, which accommodates up to 90 people across its five decks, is extremely well-equipped with two Jacuzzis, a sun terrace, lounge bars and restaurants, not to mention their expert naturalist guides. They will be on hand as you explore the wonders and wildlife of Santa Fe Island, San Cristobal, Espanola, North Seymour and South Plazas Islands; all completely different and equally unique. Throughout, expect Galapagos multisport tours encompassing snorkeling, deserted beaches, glass bottom boat rides and panga excursions around the coast, all the while on the lookout for the countless native species which make the Galapagos Islands so special.

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Itinerary

Day1

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Day1

ARRIVAL BALTRA ISLAND / SANTA CRUZ ISLAND

Your Galapagos Island adventure begins as soon as you arrive in the archipelago. Start by transiting through a VIP lounge within Baltra Island Airport, the guides assisting with any luggage, before taking to a stand-up paddle board or canoe, crossing the crystalline Itabaca Channel; a popular waterway separating the islands of Baltra and Santa Cruz. With luck, you may spot the famous Blue-footed Boobies, Reef Sharks, Pelicans and maybe even a Sea Lion colony.

Upon landing, your next stop is a private reserve which surrounds the rustic Magic Galapagos Tented Camp, just outside the national park itself and home for the next two nights. Here, strap on your walking boots and hit the trails, searching for resident Giant Tortoises before nightfall, when starlit skies come blissfully into view.

Overnight Magic Galapagos Tented Camp

Meals L,D

Day2

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Day2

OPTIONAL NORTH SEYMOUR ISLAND / BACHAS BEACH / SOUTH PLAZAS ISLAND / SANTA FE ISLAND / BARTOLOME ISLAND / SULLIVAN BAY

Touring these seas on an iconic boat trip is one of the best ways to explore the Galapagos Islands, and the Magic Camp has access to its own private yacht. This means that–depending on which day of the week you visit–the natural wonders of North Seymour Island, Bachas Beach, South Plazas Island, Santa Fe Island, Bartolome Island and Sullivan Bay are all within easy reach and ready to be explored.

If visiting North Seymour Island and Bachas Beach, expect families of Frigate Birds, Herons and Marine Iguanas, even Tiger Sharks prowling the shore. South Plazas is known for its huge populations of Land Iguanas and nesting Seabirds, giant cacti and a rocky coastline, while Santa Fe Island is where abundant Sea Lion colonies line heavenly stretches of golden beach. Lastly, the volcanic hills and lava fields of Bartolome and Sullivan Bay are an otherworldly sight indeed, before heading back to the Magic Galapagos Tented Camp.

Overnight Magic Galapagos Tented Camp

Meals B,L,D

Day3

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Day3

SANTA CRUZ ISLAND

Santa Cruz is one of the most diverse and intriguing of all the Galapagos Islands, so is well worth spending the extra time to uncover its many treasures. Begin the day with a walk or kayak along the paradise-like Tortuga Bay, an expanse of chalk-white sands, driftwood and sunbathing Iguanas. Next, a visit to the all-important Charles Darwin Research Center, where exciting exhibits and interactive displays go together with real-life conservation projects, including Giant Tortoise breeding and rehabilitation programs. Finally, for anyone keen to pick up last-minute Galapagos souvenirs or simply see some expert local craftsmanship in action, a nearby wooden workshop is the place to do it.

Overnight Magic Galapagos Tented Camp

Meals B,L,D

Day4

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Day4

LOS GEMELOS CRATERS / SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND

Before being taken to San Cristobal Island for your Galapagos cruise, the second half of this Galapagos land and sea package, there is one last natural wonder to explore on Santa Cruz: the colossal sinkhole craters of Los Gemelos. Hike through a Scalesia forest to reach these caverns, measuring up to 1,300ft across and 2,300ft deep and filled with lush foliage, before gradually retracing the trail towards your awaiting transfer. The Coral I and Coral II luxury yachts will be moored up on San Cristobal, a short boat ride away.

From the pier it’s time for boarding, introductions with the crew and an early visit to the informative Interpretation Center nearby. Then, a hike up Cerro Tijeretas, or ‘Frigate Bird Hill’; a popular nesting site for both the Great and Magnificent species of Frigate.

Overnight Coral I or Coral II

Meals B,L,D

Day5

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Day5

SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND

This morning, navigate to the north of San Cristobal Island for a wet landing near Cerro Brujo or ‘Witches Hill’. These imposing black rock cliffs, made predominantly of petrified lava flows, are home to a wide range of species including Black-necked Stilts, Ruddy Turnstones, Whimbrels, Great Blue Herons and Sea Lions. Cerro Brujo is best explored from all angles, discovering the coast on a panga boat ride, snorkeling, then walking along the bay in search of a scenic viewpoint.

Next, sail east to one of the most unforgettable Galapagos Island experiences, taking the rare opportunity to spot Red-footed, Blue-footed and Nazca Boobies all occupying the same natural habitat. This all takes place while hiking the rugged, red and green hued terrain of Punta Pitt, still on San Cristobal Island.

Overnight Overnight Coral I or Coral II

Meals B,L,D/p>

Day6

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ESPANOLA ISLAND

Your voyage on the Coral continues in fine fashion, courtesy of the many nature and wildlife highlights that await on Espanola Island, beginning at Punta Suarez. Look out for Sea Lions frolicking in the water, Marine Iguanas gripping the rocks, and intriguing bird species such as Masked and Nazca Boobies, Lava Herons, Waved Albatrosses and Swallow-tailed Gulls. The vast array of birdlife here gives Espanola a reputation for extraordinary biodiversity.

This afternoon, the Espanola experience continues at Gardner Bay, a pristine stretch of ivory-white beach. Armed with a snorkel or kayak, swim or paddle through the bay’s blue waters to see tropical fish like Yellow-tailed Surgeon and King Angelfish; larger marine life such as White-tipped Reef Sharks, Turtles and Sea Lions are also known to inhabit the bay. This is one of the most enchanting days of Galapagos wildlife encounters during your Galapagos cruise and land tour.

Overnight Coral I or Coral II

Meals B,L,D

Days7

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Day7

FLOREANA ISLAND / CHAMPION ISLAND

From the postcard bays of Espanola Island to Cormorant Point on Floreana Island, south of Santa Cruz. There are two contrasting beaches here: Papakolea, which appears green in color due to its composition of volcanic olivine crystals, and Flour Beach, so-called for its powdery white sands. Keep an eye out for the Flamingos, Pintails, Stilts and other wading birds here, before snorkeling at the foot of Devil’s Crown and Champion Islet, swimming with reef fish, Giant Mantas and Dolphins.

After lunch comes Post Office Bay, once a pirate’s hangout and home to an 18th century whalers post office, where you can still pop a postcard in the rum barrel box and it will find its way home to this day! Finally, the Floreana Highlands and Asilo de la Paz or ‘Peace Haven’, a scenic spot surrounded by Scalesia Trees and Giant Galapagos Tortoises, Frigate Birds and an endemic snail population.

Overnight Coral I or Coral II

Meals B,L,D

Day8

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Day8

SANTA CRUZ ISLAND / BALTRA ISLAND / FLIGHT HOME

Despite its small size, Floreana has a fascinating cultural history. It has served as a penal colony, pirates hangout, and was the first Galapagos island to be colonized in 1832. It’s also home to an 18th century whalers post office, which you’ll discover this morning at Post Office Bay. Here, you can still pop a postcard in the rum barrel box, and it will find its way home!

From Post Office Bay to Cormorant Point, your guide takes you to two contrasting beaches on Floreana Island: the green volcanic olivine crystals of Papakolea, and Flour Beach, so-called for its powdery white sands. Keep an eye out for Flamingos, Pintails, Stilts and other wading birds that frequent a lagoon sandwiched between these two bays, before visiting Champion Islet for a spot of snorkeling.

Meals B

IMPORTANT:The above itinerary reflects an intended program, however, it should be read purely as a guide. This is because weather conditions, wildlife encounters, and any unforeseen circumstances beyond the operator’s control on the day may affect the eventual itinerary, and route.

Ecuador Cultural Highlights Tour and Galapagos Cruise

Travel aboard the

The Galapagos Legend

To tour Ecuador and visit the Galapagos in one spectacular vacation is always going to be a unique and memorable experience, and this itinerary is no exception. The tour takes in the High Andean beauty of Riobamba, Cuenca and the Las Cajas National Park, with scenic drives and one of the most memorable train journeys in the world to look forward to in between. There are colonial towns to visit, local markets to pick up souvenirs and varied landscapes that set the scene throughout your Ecuador and Galapagos adventure. Then, a day exploring the highlights of Guayaquil, swap the Ecuadorian countryside for open seas, as you join the comfortable, well-equipped Galapagos Legend Cruise Boat (accommodating up to 100 passengers) for an unforgettable exploration. Along the way, visit remote regions in the south-west of the Galapagos Archipelago on San Cristobal and Espanola Islands, as well as some more well-known highlights such as the Charles Darwin Research Center, Post Office Bay and the Santa Cruz Highlands. Throughout, cameras at the ready for Sea Lions, Frigate Birds, Blue-footed and Nazca Boobies, Reef Sharks, Giant Galapagos Tortoises, Sea Turtles, Rays, Iguanas and much more besides.

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Itinerary

Day1

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Day1

ARRIVE / QUITO / RIOBAMBA

Touchdown in Quito to begin your Ecuador and Galapagos vacation in style, where a guide is waiting at the airport for a private vehicle transfer to Riobamba, a picturesque colonial town at the foot of Chimborazo Volcano. The journey of roughly 130 miles takes between three and four hours, depending on how many times you decide to stop for photographs, passing natural wonders such as the Cotopaxi Volcano, Refugio de Vida Silvestre Pasochoa and the rolling highlands of central Ecuador.

Depending on the exact time of your inbound flight, you may not have too long to explore the main attractions of Riobamba on arrival. However, the journey south will be scenic and–time permitting–the Museum of Religious Art, Cathedral and central square of Parque Maldonado are all well worth a visit.

Overnight Hacienda Abraspungo

Meals B,L,D

Day2

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Day2

ALAUSI / CUENCA

Today is a day of travel that covers nearly 200 miles of fascinating sights, as the journey south continues towards Cuenca, a 16th century colonial town. Departing your Riobamba hotel after breakfast, the drive begins by passing rural settlements and beautiful Ecuadorian landscapes, rivers and rolling hills. Then, reach Alausi Train Station; the last stop on a line-built in 1902 that leads to the famous ‘Devil’s Nose’ Canyon. Today, this High Andean railway is one of the most scenic train rides on earth, a popular tourist attraction and highlight of any vacation to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands.

Board the train at Alausi and enjoy the trip of a lifetime, as each ascent and switchback provide more and more spectacular views, snaking your way through the ravine and valley below. After this jaw-dropping Devil’s Nose journey, continue towards Cuenca in your private vehicle and on arrival, check into the hotel, relax and enjoy one of Ecuador’s best preserved colonial cities.

Overnight Hotel Santa Lucia

Meals B,L

Day3

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Day3

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A walking tour of Cuenca is a fantastic way to understand and appreciate this culturally significant Ecuadorian city, in the company of an expert local guide. Cuenca’s historic center was established as a Spanish colonial settlement in the year 1557 and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, characterized by its ornate sky-blue domes, columned buildings and wrought iron balconies.

As you pass Cuenca’s terracotta tiled roofs, quaint plazas and parks, cobblestone streets and churches, your private guide will take you to the city’s main attractions. These include the Flower Market, Cathedral, the Inca ruins of Pumapungo, Calderon Park, the Old Church of Cuenca as well as the Museums of Modern and Religious Art; all must see sites before an afternoon at leisure in Cuenca Old Town.

Overnight Mansion Alcazar

Meals B,L

Day4

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Day4

GUALACEO / CHORDELEG

The Ecuadorian towns of Gualaceo and Chordeleg, today’s two stops, offer a side of authentic daily culture that not many visiting tourists will have chance to see. Both are famous for their popular artisan craft markets and setting, dissected as they are by a pretty river and surrounded by High Andean hills. Here, all manner of handmade jewelry, traditional shawls, pottery, iconic Panama hats, woodcarvings and locally-inspired artworks can be purchased, not to mention kaleidoscopic fruit and veg stalls bursting with fresh produce.

Depending on exactly which day of the week you arrive, there will always be something to see and do, whether picking up souvenirs, tucking into the regional cuisine of slow-roasted pork or enjoying a coffee in one of the town’s lovely parks.

Overnight Mansion Alcazar

Meals B,L

Day5

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Day5

EL CAJAS NATIONAL PARK

As you make your way south-west to Guayaquil, today’s journey of 130 scenic miles sees you stop at El Cajas National Park en route. With its 200 glistening high elevation lakes and 70,000 acres of mountainous terrain, the varied landscapes and many species encountered on your Ecuador and Galapagos cruise tour continues.

This area is renowned as one of the top hiking destinations in Ecuador, thanks to its myriad trekking trails, streams and mix of altitudes (ranging from 300 m to 4500 m above sea level). In turn, they attract a great variety of Hummingbirds, Partridges, Giant Condors and Hawks, Spectacle Bears, White-tail Deer, even Tapirs and Llamas, as well as Orchids and Bromeliads peppering the tundra. So, having enjoyed a day in the great outdoors it’s onwards to Guayaquil, staying in a beautiful hacienda just outside of town.

Overnight Hacienda La Danesa

Meals B/p>

Day6

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Day6

GUAYAQUIL

Today, explore the port city of Guayaquil. Often referred to as the gateway to the Galapagos, Guayaquil has its own attractions–many of which can be seen during an insightful walking tour. Founded in the 16th century though now an up-and-coming Ecuadorian city, the highlights of Guayaquil range from chic restaurant districts to the historic harbor area which saw turbulent times, piracy and looting.

The exact walking route may vary depending on your interests, but popular sites include the waterfront Park of Rio Guayas Malecon, the recently redeveloped and ever-colorful Las Penas Neighborhood–a declared Cultural Heritage Site of Ecuador–and busy cosmopolitan street of Avenida 9 de Octubre. So too the Cathedral, MAAC Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology, unique Historical Park and the picture postcard hills of Cerro Santa Anna.

Overnight Hacienda La Danesa

Meals B,L

Days7

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Day7

SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND

This morning, prepare for stage two of your Ecuador tour and Galapagos cruise package, with a private transfer to Guayaquil Airport and onward flight to San Cristobal Island, following in the footsteps of Charles Darwin who strode ashore here on his famous 1835 voyage. At the airport, your guide assists with any belongings, whisking you off to the pier and awaiting Galapagos Legend cruise vessel for boarding.

First, a worthy introduction comes with a visit to the informative Interpretation Center nearby, where the natural and human history of the Galapagos is vibrantly on show, and later, with a hike up Cerro Tijeretas, or ‘Frigate Bird Hill’. These verdant cliffs are a popular nesting site for the Great and Magnificent species of Frigate, though also offer nicely elevated views of a tranquil cove below.

Overnight Galapagos Legend

Meals B,D

Day8

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Day8

ESPANOLA ISLAND

Having sailed south overnight from San Cristobal, wake up in your luxurious cabin and prepare for the many wildlife highlights that await you on Espanola Island, beginning at Gardner Bay, a pristine stretch of ivory-white beach. Armed with a snorkel or kayak, swim or paddle through the bay’s blue waters to see tropical fish like Yellow-tailed Surgeon and King Angelfish; larger marine life such as White-tipped Reef Sharks, Turtles and Sea Lions are also known to inhabit the bay.

This afternoon, the Espanola experience continues at Punta Suarez, looking out for Sea Lions frolicking in the water, Marine Iguanas gripping the rocks, and intriguing bird species such as Masked and Nazca Boobies, Lava Herons, Waved Albatrosses and Swallow-tailed Gulls.

Overnight Galapagos Legend

Meals B,L,D

Days9

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Day9

FLOREANA ISLAND / CHAMPION ISLET

Despite its small size, Floreana has a fascinating cultural history. It has served as a penal colony, pirates hangout, and was the first Galapagos island to be colonized in 1832. It’s also home to an 18th century whalers post office, which you’ll discover this morning at Post Office Bay. Here, you can still pop a postcard in the rum barrel box, and it will find its way home!

From Post Office Bay to Cormorant Point, your guide takes you to two contrasting beaches on Floreana Island: the green volcanic olivine crystals of Papakolea, and Flour Beach, so-called for its powdery white sands. Keep an eye out for Flamingos, Pintails, Stilts and other wading birds that frequent a lagoon sandwiched between these two bays, before visiting Champion Islet for a spot of snorkeling.

Overnight Galapagos Legend

Meals B,L,D

Day10

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Day10

SANTA CRUZ ISLAND

Begin the day with a visit to the all-important Charles Darwin Research Center at Puerto Ayora, where exciting exhibits and interactive displays go together with real-life conservation projects, including Giant Tortoise breeding and rehabilitation programs. Witness first-hand the legacy left on the Galapagos Islands by Charles Darwin, then, learn more about these gentle creatures in the Wild Tortoise Reserve up in the highlands of Santa Cruz.

After lunch, take to the water once more while exploring the rich seas off Ballena Bay in western Santa Cruz, either aboard a panga boat, kayaking or snorkeling the shores. Among the many fantastic Galapagos snorkeling sites, Ballena Bay is particularly impressive thanks to its abundance of species, including King Angel, Sturgeon and Parrotfish, Rays, Sharks and Turtles.

Overnight Galapagos Legend

Meals B,L,D

Days11

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Day9

SANTA CRUZ ISLAND / BALTRA ISLAND / FLIGHT HOME

As your Galapagos Island cruise draws to a close, there is still one last chance to witness a little more wildlife with a panga boat ride down the Itabaca channel, a popular waterway separating the islands of Baltra and Santa Cruz.

Then, it’s farewell to the Galapagos as your guides escort you to the airport and assist with any luggage, in plenty of time for your onward flight.

Meals B

IMPORTANT:The above itinerary reflects an intended program, however, it should be read purely as a guide. This is because weather conditions, wildlife encounters, and any unforeseen circumstances beyond the operator’s control on the day may affect the eventual itinerary, and route.

Culture Tour of Peru

Peru is an intoxicating elixir of ancient mystery and adventure, intricate textiles, world renowned cuisine and a diverse of fusion modern cultures with Incan and pre-Columbian roots. This nine day journey treats you to an array of unforgettable experiences, including cooking classes in the artsy capital of Lima, an exploration of Incan fortress ruins, a romantic train ride to Machu Picchu and casual strolls through colorful weaving villages. Your private guide will lead you through the sacred and historical, as well as the exploration and excitement of archaeological wonders, all balanced with luxurious, whimsical, fairytale-like lodges and elegant stone bungalows in tropical cloud forests.

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Itinerary

Day1

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Day1

Arrival in Lima, Peru

Welcome to Peru!
Upon arrival, your guide will greet you at the Airport and privately transfer you to the trendy neighborhood of Barranco. The evening is yours to relax in your hotel at your leisure. Lima is shrouded in history, full of aesthetic delights and just a hint of what is to come.

Also an art gallery, Arts Boutique Hotel B, is located in a turn-of-the-century, refurbished mansion and is a feast for the senses with its impressive collection of art, twenties charm, rooftop deck with ocean views and impeccable service. Rooms are characterized by hardwood floors, high ceilings and in the “atelier” suites, a private balcony. The restaurant is equally elegant and offers a sumptuous selection of Peruvian and Mediterranean dishes.

Overnight Villa Barranco, Hotel B, or Similar

Meals None

Day2

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Day2

Peruvian Culinary Experience / Lima City Tour

Awaken refreshed and ready for your Peruvian culinary experience, beginning with a visit to the local market for a remarkable glimpse into the daily shopping of limeños. Top chef Yurac will guide you through eclectic stalls to marvel in the sights and immerse the senses in the joy of collecting seasonal ingredients and tasting exotic fruits. A foodie’s paradise, the cuisine of Peru is world renowned as outstanding and unique in its skillful merging of flavors and traditions from the Pacific Ocean, Andes Mountains and Amazon rainforest.

In the afternoon, embark on a guided tour of Lima, a city oozing sophistication yet perched on an expansive coastline of crumbling cliffs and a cultural heritage centuries old with history. Wander through the famous Larco museum where fuchsia colored bougainvilleas tumble over the white walls that house the world’s largest private collection of pre-Columbian art and intriguing artifacts, such as the thousand year old, ceramic, “portrait heads”.

Overnight Villa Barranco, Hotel B, or Similar

Meals B,L

Day3

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Day3

Flight to Cusco / Pisac / Sacred Valley

At dawn you will fly to Cusco, a breathtaking Andean City and former capital of the Inca Empire. A short drive away and tucked under the tawny skirts of formidable foothills, lies the beautiful Río Urubamba Valley, known as El Valle Sagrado (The Sacred Valley), home of attractive colonial towns and isolated weaving villages. Along the way, you will visit the local market and Pisac Archaeological Site, a place of sprawling views, temples, terraces and a collection of Incan tombs.

A memorable lunch at the exclusive Hacienda Huayoccari, full of homemade Peruvian specialties crafted from ingredients grown on the property’s farm, will satisfy and tantalize the taste buds for all the culinary delights still to come.

After lunch, settle in to Sol y Luna Lodge and Spa, a luxury property that runs wild with whimsy and folk art. French-Swiss owned, the lodge will charm you in a playful atmosphere that graces the rooms with carved wooden beds, freestanding tubs and dainty rod-iron chandeliers. Avant-garde circus productions with former Cirque de Soleil artists provide evening entertainment and Peruvian paso horses can be ridden through the countryside by day.

Overnight Aranwa, Sol y Luna Lodge & Spa, or Similar

Meals B,L

Day4

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Day4

Pumamarka Ruins / Ollantaytambo Village & Ruins / Moray Terraces

Awaken the adventurer within and allow your imagination to take flight as you explore the spectacular temple-fortresses of Sacred Valley. Your private guide will take you to to the little visited site of Pumamarca ruins and the village of Ollantayatambo, a formidable stone structure of massive terraces climbing to a high peak with panoramic views.

In the afternoon, visit the impressive Moray terraces, a colossal amphitheater and archaeological wonder, believed to mimic 20 different microclimates and ensure the agricultural protection of the empire!

Overnight Aranwa, Sol y Luna Lodge & Spa, or Similar

Meals B,L

Day5

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Day5

Chinchero, The Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco / Hike to Huyllabamba

Begin your second day of discovering the Sacred Valley of the Incas in the Andean village of Chinchero, high in the windswept and panoramic plains of Anta. Here in this village where locals move through mud brick adobe houses in their traditional dress, you will visit the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco. Dedicated to preserving ancient textile designs and weaving techniques from all over the Andes, the center features 2000 thousand year old treasures once thought to be lost.

After a beautiful hike over rolling plains and surrounded by the striking Andean snow-capped mountains, you will reach Huyllabamba town, where you may return to your hotel and enjoy the afternoon at your leisure.

Overnight Aranwa, Sol y Luna Lodge & Spa, or Similar

Meals B,L (box lunch)

Day6

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Day6

Vistadome Train to Aguas Calientes / Machu Picchu Tour

The panoramic windows of the Vistadome train will carry you through magnificent landscapes, ample with photographic opportunities to the base of Machu Picchu. After lunch, enjoy a bus ride up the winding mountain for a privately guided tour of the Machu Picchu citadel. One of the seven wonders of the world, the “Lost City of the Incas” is true a marvel, magnificently perched at 2,430 meters / 7,972 feet above sea level.

Dinner is included tonight at your lodging, the stunning eco-lodge Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel which boasts rustic, elegant stone bungalows with exposed beams and cathedral ceilings set in a mini tropical cloud forest. A land of hummingbirds and orchids, bird watching and twilight nature hikes make for popular excursions.

Overnight Sumaq, Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, or Similar

Meals B,L,D

Days7

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Day7

Hike Machu Picchu Mountain & revisit Machu Picchu / Hike to Sun Gate or Inca Bridge / Free Afternoon

Today, your private guide will escort you along the infamous Inca Trail for a three hour hike to reach a summit of 3,000 meters and witness the breathtaking views of Machu Picchu from above.
Enjoy lunch at Sanctuary Lodge and then spend the afternoon at leisure as you wish.

Some programmed activities at Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel are included in your room rate. Dinner is included at your hotel this evening.

Overnight Sumaq, Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, or Similar

Meals B,L,D

Days8

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Day8

Vistadome Train to Ollantaytambo / Transfer to Cusco

Awaken inspired by adventure and enjoy the scenic train ride back to Ollantaytambo. After lunch, you will continue on to Cusco. Enjoy the afternoon at your leisure, exploring the cosmopolitan Inca capital rich in South American heritage, or unwinding at the Hotel Monasterio.

As its name suggests, Hotel Monasterio is a beautifully restored monastery, which dating back to 1952, is considered a national historic monument. The austere beauty of the complex, with lodging even including the original chapel with its ornate gold altar and collection of Cusqueño art, is combined with modern amenities for a luxuriant and atmospheric stay.

Overnight El Mercado, La Casona, Hotel Monasterio or Similar

Meals B,L

Days9

Day9

Flight to Lima / Return Home

After a relaxing morning, your private transfer will accompany you back to Cusco airport for your flight back to Lima.

Flight: Cusco to Lima

Connect with your international flight back home (no assistance provided).

Overnight None

Meals B

IMPORTANT: We reserve the right to omit any part of this itinerary, to change the order of the places visited, or to alter reservations without prior notice due to weather conditions or road closures, safety concerns, national park policies, or other outside forces that may necessitate revisions to the itinerary. These decisions are based on the traveler’s welfare or are made in the interest of conservation. Please travel with an open mind and a willingness to embrace the spontaneity of your adventure.

Overnight The Singular Santiago

Meals B

Natural Wonders of the World: Machu Picchu and Galapagos Islands

This expertly crafted, fifteen day itinerary combines the very best of South America’s most alluring and adventurous destinations, the sacred ruins of Peru and the wondrous enchantment of the exotic Galapagos Islands. Begin in Peru’s electric capital of Lima where you visit the city’s main historical highlights. Next, explore the Sacred Valley of Cusco by way of horseback, the Piuray Lagoon by way of stand-up paddle board, and visit the markets and archeological ruins of Pisac. Hike through the famed ruins of Machu Picchu, wander through Incan museums and enjoy decadent meals in scenic settings. The second half of your trip introduces you to the “Enchanted Isles” of the Galapagos, one of the most unique ecosystems on Earth and home to exotic wildlife found nowhere else, by way of combining a stay on land with a comfortable yacht. White coral beaches, volcanic summits and seabird nesting colonies, combined with pristine seas full of incredible marine life and premier snorkeling experiences await you in a true journey of a lifetime!

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Visit our Galapagos Page
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Itinerary

Day1

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Day1

Arrive Lima, Peru / Lima City Tour

Welcome to Peru!

Upon arrival, your English-speaking guide greets you outside of baggage claim and takes you to your hotel via private transfer. Most direct flights to Lima from the United States arrive late at night and do a red-eye return, therefore, if you happen to arrive earlier in the day we will help you arrange tours and meals for that day, or you can simply relax at the hotel of your choice.

Overnight Villa Barranco or Hotel B or Similar

Meals None

Day2

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Day2

Lima Barranco Neighborhood Tour

After breakfast at your hotel, your guide will meet you in the lobby to begin a walking tour of the Barranco District featuring stops at the Mario Testino Photography Exhibit, seaside parks, street art, ceviche lunch at a local-favorite spot and more. If you’d like, we can arrange a biking tour instead. In the evening, choose from one of the top restaurants in the world to dine at in Lima, we recommend Central, Maido, AMaz, or Astrid & Gaston (transfer included, but not the cost of the meal).

Overnight Villa Barranco or Hotel B or Similar

Meals B,L

Day3

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Day3

Lima to Cusco Flight / Pisac / Hacienda Huayoccari & Horseback Riding

Private transfer this morning from your hotel to the Lima airport for your domestic flight to Cusco. Upon arrival in Cusco, your English-speaking guide will greet you outside of baggage claim and take you to your hotel in the Sacred Valley via private transfer. A short drive away and tucked under the tawny skirts of formidable foothills, lies the beautiful Río Urubamba Valley, known as El Valle Sagrado (The Sacred Valley), home of attractive colonial towns and isolated weaving villages. Along the way, visit the local market and Pisac Archaeological Site, a place of sprawling views, temples, terraces and a collection of Inca tombs.

A memorable lunch at the exclusive Hacienda Huayoccari, full of homemade Peruvian specialties crafted from ingredients grown on the property’s farm, will satisfy and tantalize the taste buds for all the culinary delights still to come. Following lunch, enjoy horseback riding through the countryside. After lunch, settle into your hotel for the evening and soak in the spirit of the Andes.

Overnight Aranwa, Sol y Luna, or Similar

Meals B,L

Day4

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Day4

Exploring the Sacred Valley

Spend a full day discovering the Sacred Valley of the Incas with your private guide: Start with a Stand Up Paddle excursion at the Piuray Lagoon, followed by a picnic lunch.

In the afternoon, visit the Maras Salt Flats, which rest on the precipices of the Andes and have been excavated for many centuries. Then enjoy a privately guided hike (approx. 2 hours) from Maras into the Sacred Valley, followed by short (15-min) drive back to your hotel.

Overnight Aranwa, Hotel Sol y Luna, or Similar

Meals B,L

Day5

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Day5

Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu by Train

This morning, meet your guide at the lobby of your hotel for a private transfer to Ollantaytambo train station. From here, you will continue via train to Machu Picchu with your private guide (~ 1 hr. 20 mins. one-way). The new First Class Train by Peru Rail will carry you through magnificent landscapes, ample with photographic opportunities, to the base of Machu Picchu. After lunch in Aguas Calientes at a local-favorite restaurant, enjoy a bus ride up the winding mountain for a privately guided tour of the Machu Picchu citadel. One of the seven wonders of the world, the “Lost City of the Incas” is true a marvel, magnificently perched at 2,430 meters / 7,972 feet above sea level. After your tour of Machu Picchu, return via train to Ollantaytambo where your private transfer will be awaiting your arrival to take you to your hotel in Cusco, or ask us about upgrading to the Hiram Bingham Train by Belmond.

Overnight El Mercado, La Casona, Palacio Nazarenas, or Similar

Meals B,L,D

Day6

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Day6

City Tour of Machu Picchu / Return to Cusco

This morning, your guide will greet you in your hotel lobby for a tour of downtown Cusco’s neighborhoods, colonial sites, and more. This afternoon your will have time at leisure to relax at your hotel or explore Cusco on your own.

Overnight El Mercado, La Casona, Palacio Nazarenas, or Similar

Meals B

Day7

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Day7

Cusco to Lima Flight / Lima to Guayaquil, Ecuador Flight

Today your journey in Peru comes to an end while your experience in Galapagos Islands awaits. Your guide will greet you at your hotel lobby for a private transfer to Cusco airport where you will catch your domestic flight to Lima. Upon arrival in Lima, continue to board your flight from Lima to Guayaquil, Ecuador. Once you land in Guayaquil, get through customs and collect your baggage before being greeted by our team for a private transfer to your Hotel Olo Verde or El Parque for the evening.

Overnight Hotel Olo Verde, El Parque, or Similar

Meals B

Days8-10

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Day8-10

Arrival in Galapagos Islands

This morning, return to the Guayaquil airport via private transfer for your flight to Baltra Airport in Galapagos Islands. Depending on the time of year you anticipate visiting Galapagos Islands, your destination upon arrival in Baltra will be determined. From December to June we recommend going to Isla Isabela, and Santa Cruz is preferred year-round. Both islands have plenty of adventure activities and natural wonders to discover, please ask your trip designer what option fits you best when planning your dream journey to Galapagos.

Depending on the destination you choose (Isla Isabela or Santa Cruz) choose from an array of experiences and land accommodations that we offer in this custom-tailored journey to Machu Picchu and Galapagos Islands. Adventure activities can include volcano hiking, snorkeling, scuba diving, wildlife viewing with an expert naturalist, explore lava tunnels and craters, etc..

Overnight Isabela (Dec - June) - Casa de Marita or Iguana Crossing | Santa Cruz (yr-round) - Finch Bay, Safari Camp, or Villa Galapagos 3

Meals B

Days11-15

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Days11-15

Galapagos Cruise from Isabela or Santa Cruz Island

Depending on where you choose the land portion of your journey (Isabela or Santa Cruz Island) your trip designer will help you choose the perfect boat for your Galapagos experience. We recommend the Coral, Golden Galapagos, Petrel, or Ocean Spray.

Overnight La Casa de Marita

Meals B

Days16

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Day15

Baltra to Quito or Guayaquil, Ecuador; Return Flight Home

This morning, enjoy the last Galapagos sunset as you will depart your ship and make your way to the Baltra airport for a return flight to Quito or Guayaquil, Ecuador and a connecting flight to return home.

Meals B

IMPORTANT: We reserve the right to omit any part of this itinerary, to change the order of the places visited, or to alter reservations without prior notice due to weather conditions or road closures, safety concerns, national park policies, or other outside forces that may necessitate revisions to the itinerary. These decisions are based on the traveler’s welfare or are made in the interest of conservation. Please travel with an open mind and a willingness to embrace the spontaneity of your adventure.

Overnight The Singular Santiago

Meals B

Journey to Brazilian Amazon

This custom adventure explores two of Brazil’s highlights, combining nature’s wonder of the Amazon with the magic of Rio de Janeiro. In Rio, follow in the footsteps of locals and visit the city’s iconic landmarks Corcovado Mountain and Christ the Redeemer Statue, and discover through one of the world’s largest and most accessible urban rainforests. Immerse yourself in the vast Amazon and wake up each morning to the entrancing sounds of the jungle. Canoe through small river tributaries, fish for piranha, hike under lush wildlife-rich canopies, and visit local indigenous communities to see and witness a way of life that’s in harmony with nature.

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Itinerary

Day1

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Day1

Flight to Brazil

Take your flight from your home city to Sao Paulo, Brazil tonight.

Flight: Home city to Sao Paulo

Overnight Aloft

Day2

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Day2

Sao Paulo to Rio de Janeiro

Welcome to Brazil! Upon arrival to Sao Paulo International Airport, pass through immigrations and customs, then check-in for your connecting domestic flight to Rio de Janeiro (no airport assistance provided).

Flight: Sao Paulo to Rio de Janeiro

After retrieving your luggage, meet your English-speaking guide in arrivals area for your private transfer to your hotel (with English-speaking guide).

Later this afternoon or early evening, our local representative meets you to review and discuss your Brazil itinerary.  Meeting time to be confirmed with your local guide during hotel transfer.

Overnight Fasano Hotel, or Copacabana Palace, or Marina Suites

Day3

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Day3

Rio de Janeiro

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel this morning, then start your private guided city tour (approx. 6 hours).

Depart the hotel at 9:00AM for a brief stop at a local street market where fresh fruits and vegetables are sold. From there, you continue on to visit Corcovado Mountain and the Christ the Redeemer Statue. The statue sits atop Corcovado Mountain, part of a mountain range covered by the Tijuca Forest. The Tijuca Forest is a secondary forest, and considered to be one of the largest urban forests in the world. Upon arrival at the base of Corcovado Mountain, board a cogwheel train for a 25-minute ride to the summit. Once you reach the top, take an elevator, escalator, or walk the 220 steps to the base of the iconic statue. From the top, admire the Christ the Redeemer Statue, with its arms open to the city below. Descend the mountain and take a brief walk through the Tijuca Forest.

Return to your hotel by 3:00 PM. The afternoon is at leisure to enjoy as you wish.

Activity Options:

For Sundays: The road in front of the beach is closed to traffic on Sundays. These are ideal days to people-watch, enjoy a coconut water and listen to the live music at one of the beach kiosks.

Attend a soccer match, if available. Latin Excursions can facilitate tickets and transfers.

Cycle through Rio's famous Tijuca National Park and urban rainforest

Private art collection tour

Private soccer lesson

Overnight Fasano Hotel, or Copacabana Palace, or Marina Suites

Meals B

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Rio de Janeiro

This morning, sleep in a bit later or enjoy an early morning stroll along the beachside promenade.  Depart the hotel around 10:30 AM to start your selected morning activity.

Meet up for lunch (suggestions offered by guide) followed by a visit to the Rio Botanical Gardens, where you can see flora from around Brasil and other countries. Be sure not to miss the towering imperial palms, a highlight of the gardens.

From here, visit Sugarloaf Mountain. Accessible by a 2-stage cable car, Sugarloaf Mountain has impressive views of the city and bay.  Enjoy the sunset from the mountain and arrive back at the hotel around 6:30 PM.

Activity Options (AM):

One-hour private samba dance lesson at a dance studio in Copacabana

Bike ride along beaches of Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon

Overnight Fasano Hotel or Copacabana Palace or Marina Suites

Meals B

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Rio de Janeiro to Manaus Amazon Jungle

Say goodbye to Rio as you transfer from your hotel to airport this morning (in van with licensed English-speaking guide). The flight to Manaus is approximately four hours.

Flight: Rio de Janeiro (GIG) to Manaus

Following arrival in Manaus, retrieve your luggage and meet your English-speaking guide for your private transfer to Villa Amazonia Hotel. Located in the historical center of Manaus, this charming hotel is within walking distance to the famous Teatro Amazonas, restaurants and pharmacy.

Hotel Villa Amazonia features 30 exclusive apartments, all facing an indoor garden and natural stone pool. The façade, reception and restaurant maintain the historic design dating back to the golden rubber age. Rooms are spacious, modern and sophisticated in design, and include bathtub and balcony. The hotel restaurant, Fitz Carraldo Bistro, offers a contemporaneous menu, blending international classic dishes with the exotic cuisine of the Amazon.

Overnight Villa Amazonia

Meals B

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Anavilhanas Lodge / Afternoon Excursion

At approximately 8:30 AM, transfer with Portuguese-speaking driver (shared) from your hotel to the Anavilhanas Lodge. The van transfer is approximately three hours. Check-in at Anavilhanas and begin your four-day program.

Upon arrival to Anavilhanas, lunch will be served. All meals are included at the lodge, starting from lunch on the first day to breakfast on the final day. Drinks are not included (except for water).

This afternoon, choose from a multitude of activities offered during your stay, from hiking and canoeing to local indigenous community visits. An experienced English-speaking guide accompanies guests on all included activities. Activities are offered on a regular basis (shared) with up to 14 guests per excursion.

Activity Options (PM):

Dryland forest hike

Canoe excursion (paddling)

Local indigenous community visit

Pink dolphins and local artisan market

Nocturnal wildlife excursion

Motorized canoe excursion

Piranha fishing

Overnight Anavilhanas Lodge

Meals B,L,D

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Exploring the Amazon Rainforest

Spend two full days exploring the jungle from the lodge, accompanied by bilingual naturalist guides. The program includes two daily excursions (shared, small group).

Activity Options:

Pink Dolphin Feeding and Craft Shops in Novo Airão (2.5 hours)

Jungle Hike:(2.5 hours)

Anavilhanas Archipelago Tour (2.5 hours)

Piranha’s Fishing (2 hours)

Night Wildlife Spotting (1.5 hours)

Sunrise (1.5 hours)

Canoe Paddling (2 hours)

Local indigenous community visit (2 hours)

Overnight Anavilhanas Lodge

Meals B,L,D

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Manaus to Sao Paulo / Return Flight Home

This morning, take your shared transfer, with Portuguese-speaking driver, from the lodge to Manaus International Airport for your flight to Sao Paulo. The transfer will be approximately three hours.

Flight: Manaus to Sao Paulo or directly to home city (depending on location)

On arrival in Sao Paulo, connect on your own with your overnight international flight back home

Flight: Sao Paulo to Home

Meals B

Extraordinary Journey to Brazil & Argentina

Offering an outstanding introduction to Argentina and Brazil, this journey combines the elegance of Buenos Aires with exotic and flamboyant Rio de Janeiro and awe-inspiring Iguazú Falls, shrouded in mist with its thunders heard for kilometers. This is a trip that combines the best of two very distinct fascinating cultures – one vibrant, musical and intense in both nature and settings, and another much more European with some of the most dramatically beautiful scenery on the planet. We suggest this combination for travelers looking to combine two dramatically different countries that complement one another.

Visit our Brazil Page
to learn a bit about Brazil

Visit our Argentina Page
to learn a bit about Argentina

Itinerary

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Skyline, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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Depart for Argentina

Evening flight to Buenos Aires.

Buenos Aires is a vibrant port city of some 13 million people, situated on the west bank of the tawny colored Río de la Plata, the widest river in the world.

This Cosmopolitan city, the “cradle of tango” as it is called, is a superlative introduction to your exploration of Argentina. European in appearance, Buenos Aires can keep any culture-oriented visitor busy indefinitely.

Different aspects of its architecture and the diversity of its districts and suburbs reflect times of grandeur and abundance, cultural influences and migratory waves. Buenos Aires has been a true melting pot of native inhabitants, Spanish, Italian, British, French, German,Central European, Jewish, Arabian, Greek, Japanese and more recently, Chinese and Korean immigrants.

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Arrive Buenos Aires

Morning arrival in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Airport reception and private transfer to your stylish hotel.

Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.

Overnight Palacio Duhau or Faena Hotel or Legado Mitico

Meals B

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Buenos Aires

Today, enjoy an afternoon tour of some of the most interesting and engaging neighborhoods in the city.

“Four Balconies of Buenos Aires” is a half-day, private guided city tour (approx. 4 hr) featuring four parks and plazas of Buenos Aires (Plaza de Mayo, Parque Lezama and La Boca, Plaza San Martin and Recoleta). Your expert guide will introduce you to Argentina’s history, contrasts and contradictions, and the characteristic psychology of the “porteños,” the inhabitants of Buenos Aires. Your tour also includes a visit to Teatro Colon (shared).

• Plaza de Mayo, the heart of the city of Buenos Aires both from the historical and political point of view and the site of its foundation
• San Telmo (Parque Lezama), one of the oldest districts in the city, filled with artists’ ateliers and colorful houses with rambling architecture, antique shops and cobblestone streets
• La Boca district, the birthplace of the Tango, and one of the oldest districts in the city; known for the colorful buildings residents construct from corrugated metal leftover from ships
• Plaza San Martin and Retiro, shows the link between the Old South and the movement to the new residential areas, which occurred at the turn of the 19th century when Buenos Aires became more European
• Recoleta, the sophisticated district in Buenos Aires with a strong French influence which can be seen in the architecture and avenues; known for the world famous Recoleta Cemetery where Evita Peron is buried

Enjoy an evening Tango show or milonga from a menu of options, which we will suggest according to your tango tastes.

Overnight Palacio Duhau, or Faena Hotel, or Legado Mitico

Meals B,L

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Buenos Aires

Today can be enjoyed at your leisure, or you may take a full-day trip to an estancia in the Pampas countryside.

Agriculture and the gaucho are tightly woven into the history of Argentina. One rarely sees this link from a visit only to Buenos Aires. We work with an variety of Estancias close to Buenos Aires to meet the tastes and preferences of our travelers.

Overnight La Bamba de Areco, or Ombu Areco

Meals B,L

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Fly to Iguazú

This morning, fly to the Iguazú Falls to visit the Brazilian side of these magnificent cataracts before crossing back into Argentina. Stay two nights on the Argentina side at a lodge either inside the park or just outside.

Overnight Awasi Iguazu or Belmond Iguazu

Meals B

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Iguazú Falls

Day at leisure to explore the Argentine side of the falls at your own pace. You may take the opportunity to experience the falls at dawn or sunset when the park is closed to other visitors.

Take the ecological train across the National Park, skirting the Upper Iguazu River, to Puerto Canoas (20 minutes). Enjoy a pleasant stroll over the modern catwalks, that span the Upper Iguazu River, to the most breathtaking lookout point right over the Devil’s Throat falls. A water volume of approximately 1,000 m/sec thunders over the falls during the rainy season into the deep canyon. The water force is so great that rising mist prevents you from seeing the bottom. For your return route, you can take panoramic elevator or continue up the trail and stairs 35 ft above to the road, for those who prefer to exercise.

Activity Options:

Helicopter fly-over tour for birds’ eye view of the falls

Boat ride near the falls to feel the amazing force of the water

Explore the many adventure trails inside the rainforest of the Iguazu National Park

Overnight Awasi Iguazu or Belmond Iguazu

Meals B

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Fly to Rio de Janeiro

Transfer to Iguazú Airport for your flight to Rio de Janeiro. Upon arrival, you are met and transferred to your hotel.

Overnight Fasano Rio, or Copacabana Palace, or Windsor Atlantica hotel

Meals B

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Rio de Janeiro

Start your morning with a visit to Corcovado mountain, site of the statue of Christ the Redeemer overlooking the city. Stop at a typical beach juice bar to taste fresh tropical juices and get a glimpse into the cariocas’ way of life (local residents). This afternoon, visit Sugar Loaf mountain by cable car.

Activity Options:

Bike tour along the coastline

Climb the world famous Sugar Loaf mountain

Learn how to play soccer or beach tennis

Overnight Fasano Rio, or Copacabana Palace, or Windsor Atlantica hotel

Meals B

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Rio de Janeiro

For your second day in Rio, select an excursion of your choice, or opt to explore on your own.

Activity Options:

Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden and Tijuca Rainforest eco-tour

Santa Teresa Tour: Explore the bohemian and picturesque Santa Teresa neighbourhood, known for its art and music scene, narrow streets, old homes, and charming little restaurants, bistros and bars. Visit one of Rio's most impressive tourist attractions, the Ruins Park, with one of the most beautiful views of Rio's landscapes.

Overnight Fasano Rio, or Copacabana Palace or Windsor Atlantica hotel

Meals B

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Return Flight Home

Private transfer to the airport for your return flight home, or on to your next destination.

Nature and Rhythm of Brazil

Curated to deliver an in-depth discovery into Brazil’s fascinating culture, music and nature, this cross-country journey combines the pristine landscapes of the Amazon, the cultural beats of Salvador de Bahia, and the vibrant city of Rio de Janeiro. Embark on an intense journey of the senses as you fall in love with the many colorful sides of Brazil–from rainforest to desert, and from cityscape to seascape.

Visit our Brazil Page
to learn a bit about Brazil

Itinerary

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Arrival in Manaus, Brazil

Upon arrival to Manaus International Airport, meet your driver at arrivals lounge and transfer to the Anavilhanas Lodge, a three-hour drive.

Once at the lodge, settle into your room, then choose from a variety of exciting activities available from the lodge. Adventure options such as canoeing, sunset kayaking, visit indigenous communities, and more.

Overnight Anavilhanas Lodge

Meals L,D

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Exploring the Amazon

Continue enjoying and exploring the Amazon according to the Anavilhanas Lodge program. Some additional adventures to choose from include: visit the meeting of two rivers, hear the amazing orchestra of natural sounds in the amazon, see the rare pink dolphin, and more.

Overnight Anavilhanas Lodge

Meals B,L,D

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Manaus to Salvador

This morning, meet your driver in the lobby, transfer to the airport of Manaus and take board your flight for Salvador. Upon arrival, you are welcomed by your driver and transferred to Villa Bahia or Fasano Salvador. Activities to be defined or rest of the day is at your leisure.

Overnight Villa Bahia or Fasano Salvador

Meals B

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Full Day Tour of Salvador

Discover the essential sights of Salvador on a full day tour tracing the development of the city from its simple beginnings to what is now the third largest city in Brazil. Start at the mouth of the huge bay and head via elegant three-lined avenues and bustling streets to the Pelourinho, a UNESCO Heritage site and the largest complex of colonial architecture in South America. Walk from the Municipal Square by the towering Lacerda Elevator, and enjoy the views of the bay stretching out to the lower city.

Salvador is a year round destination. December through March is the peak of summer season and also when carnival occurs.

Overnight Villa Bahia or Fasano Salvador

Meals B

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Immerse Yourself in the Senses of Salvador

Depart the hotel in the morning to visit two of Salvador’s busiest markets. Visit the largest open market in Bahia, São Joaquim, selling a myriad of products from fruits and vegetables to spare parts for domestic appliances, sacred herbs and religious artifacts of the Candomblé. Here, you’ll find all of the ingredients for Bahia cuisine and later savor the famous moqueca dish is a local restaurant in the city.

In the afternoon, visit a percussion instrument maker’s workshop, and choose from a selection of beats and wondrous instruments.

Overnight Villa Bahia ­or Fasano Salvador

Meals B

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Salvador to Rio de Janeiro

Flight to Rio de Janeiro

Visit a complete panorama of Rio’s neighborhoods and beaches. Here, your guide explains how the two most glamorous neighborhoods of Rio are organized. Begin your walking tour, choosing between the shopping street or the beach street. Head towards neighboring Copacabana beach and visit the iconic Copacabana Palace Hotel, which has lodged more Kings, Presidents and Celebrities than all other Brazilian hotels put together. Walk or drive down the beach to Copacabana Fort to enjoy a drink at sunset.

Overnight Fasano Rio or Copacabana Palace or Windsor Atlantica

Meals B

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Rio's Magic

Catch the sunrise over Rio and to visit Corcovado Mountain and its famous statue of Christ the Redeemer, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Descend the mountain to charming Santa Teresa, an artsy neighborhood considered to be Brazil’s Montmartre  – a great place to meander down cobbled streets. Enjoy lunch at a cliffside restaurant in area.

Overnight Fasano Rio or Copacabana Palace or Windsor Atlantica

Meals B

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Rio's Spectacular Views

Do as the Cariocas and start your day with a bike ride along Ipanema, Copacabana, Leme beaches and beautiful Aterro do Flamengo. You may notice that each of these beaches has its own vibe, attracting a different mix of people. Conclude your ride at Urca Mountain where you catch the cable car to the renowned Sugarloaf Mountain. From the top, take in the breathtaking panoramic view of the city, as well as Guanabara Bay and the neighbour city of Niteroi.

Overnight Fasano Rio or Copacabana Palace or Windsor Atlantica

Meals B

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Return Home

This morning is at leisure to enjoy your last moments in this marvelous city. At the pre-arranged time, meet your driver in front of your hotel and transfer to the Galeão International Airport.

Meals B

Journey to Cuba

Latin Excursions is a true believer in the unique and intense transformative travel experience that the magical island of Cuba offers. Our Cuba private tours will show you just what we mean! Located in the Caribbean Sea and situated just 90 miles from the United States, Cuba is home to nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites and is rapidly becoming one of Latin America’s hottest destinations for US travellers. Cuba offers amazing coastline with more than 300 natural white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters, colonial cities, picturesque mountain ranges, savannah and numerous lush valleys, a vibrant culture and soulful people. This introductory adventure starts in Cienfuegos, an architectural jewel of the nineteenth century and nicknamed “the Pearl of the South” after its magnificent bay. Continue to Havana to explore the old and new while interacting with highly respected local personalities such as architects, entrepreneurs and artists. During your stay in Cuba´s capital, visit the picturesque Viñales Valley to learn about the tobacco production and drying process. From the moment you arrive to Cuba, you will delve into its diverse culture, colonial gems, impassioned people and natural splendor.

UNESCO World Heritage sites: Iconic Old Havana and picturesque tobacco-growing Viñales Valley

Engaging and inspiring people-to-people encounters with architects, artists, musicians and local farmers

Discover culinary secrets, sampling some of Havana’s top Paladares (new privately run restaurants)

Visit our Cuba Page
to learn a bit about Cuba

Itinerary

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Arrive in Cienfuegos

Located on Cuba’s south coast, Cienfuegos is a pleasant colonial gem with pockets that look distinctly like 1950s Floridian suburbia. Its private restaurants, or “paladares,” are known for their seafood. Other attractions include the magical Botanical Gardens and the countless old fashioned facades (don’t miss the Catedral de la Purisima Concepción). The marina here is the embarkation point for many catamaran excursions to the southern Keys near Cayo Largo. On the Paseo del Prado, the longest street in Cuba, people-watching and ice cream seem to be the main events.

Overnight Luxury Apartment, or First-Class Apartment

Meals L,D

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Colonial Trinidad, Cuba

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Explore Trinidad

Trinidad is far and away, and arguably the most beautiful town in Cuba, with multi-colored pastel hued terraces and rust-red roofs. This fertile land of mountain and sea has always brought wealth to lucky locals. In the colonial area, especially between 1750 and 1850, sugar cane was its main economic activity and fabulously wealthy Spanish families built gorgeous mansions around Trinidad’s main square. These days, their descendants rent rooms to visiting foreigners. Mountain and sea collide around Topes de Collantes, producing rich soil for crops. And, as produce is bountiful here, home-cooked meals have always been superior, even in bad economic times. The private restaurants and paladares, and even the meals offered by your own casa particular, are above par.

Activity Options:

Tour of city, countryside and beach

Dance lesson

Night music event at Plaza Mayor with canchancharas

Overnight Luxury Apartment, or First-Class Apartment

Meals D

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Transfer to Havana

Any visit to Cuba must include Havana. Her faded beauty is legendary and is, hands-down, the most beautiful city in the Caribbean. It’s also rising from its ruins: a good piece of the tourist money that has hit Cuban coffers over the last two decades has been put towards revitalizing Habana Vieja, the old colonial center.

Activity Options:

Trough el Nicho Natural Reserve and Santa Clara to visit the Che Guevara monument

Dinner: Tropicana or La Fabrica

Overnight Luxury Apartment, or First-Class Apartment

Meals B, (L or D, dependent on activities)

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Havana

Spend a full day exploring this colorful and dynamic city, selecting the activities and excursions that most suit your interests.

Activity Options:

Walking City Tour - Walk through the narrow streets of Old Havana visiting the four beautiful major squares in Old Havana

Overview tour of city, countryside and beach

Night music event at Plaza Mayor with canchancharas

Vintage Car Ride

Music lesson - learn the basics of Cuban rhythms and traditional congas in a class with an accomplished percussionist

Dance lesson - Experience a Rumba lesson delivered by a dancer, professor and leader of aRumba Dance Project, with more than 20 years of keeping alive the heritage of one of the most emblematic dances in Cuba. You will have the chance to interact with locals and experience the contagious spirit of this dance

Lunch or Dinner at La Guarida, a famous restaurant gem

Overnight Luxury Apartment, or First-Class Apartment

Meals B, (L or D, dependent on activities selected)

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Pinar del Rio and Valley of Vinales

To the west of Havana lies the rolling green hills of Pinar del Rio. This is tobacco-growing country, with an old fashioned agrarian economy. Farmers trot down dusty tracks in spurs, plough the rust-red earth with oxen and sow seeds by hand. The valley of Vinales, spiked with limestone peaks, is a hypnotically beautiful Eden and its eponymously named little town is one of the best weekenders near Havana. Here, a functioning private-sector tourist economy means that old-fashioned country Cuban life has been spruced up for international consumption (in a good way): the porches are recently painted, and the locals are especially cheerful. For visitors, biking, caving and horseback riding in the valley are popular activities.

Activity Options:

Visit to the Natural Reserve Vinales Valley

Horseback riding tour including an introduction to tobacco and coffee farming

Tobacco tour in Viñales Valley - visit the tobacco plantations, see the famous drying houses and learn how to roll a cigar. See the real thing

Night event in Havana

Overnight Luxury Apartment, or First-Class Apartment

Meals B, (L or D, dependent on activities)

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Havana

Enjoy another full day exploring Havana. We will custom design the day based on your interests and preferences. Sample activity options outlined below.

Optional Activities:

• Walking City Tour – Walk through the narrow streets of Old Havana visiting the four beautiful major squares in Old Havana!
• Artist Studios
• Museums visits
• Biking tour
• Dinner at Tierra
• Night event Fabrica del Arte – Visit one of the most vibrant meeting spots for the young and eclectic crowd. One of the curators will guide you through La Fabrica introducing you to young artists.

Overnight Luxury Apartment, or First-Class Apartment

Meals B, (L or D, dependent on activities)

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Departure day

Return to the airport for your outbound flight.

Meals B

Journey to Ecuador

Nature lovers can check off everything on their bucket list with this comprehensive two-week adventure of Ecuador’s Andes mountains, Galapagos islands, and Amazonia. What could be better than exploring the Andes–Western World’s highest peaks–then snorkeling with sea lions and experiencing the legendary exotic wildlife and geology that has inspired scientists and naturalists for nearly 200 years. Then conclude with a journey deep into Amazon jungle, where the vast majority of the world’s plant and wildlife species reside – species you won’t see anywhere else, ever.

Visit our Ecuador Page
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Itinerary

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Arrive in Quito

Welcome to Ecuador! On arrival in Quito, you are greeted at the international airport by your local English-speaking guide and privately transferred to your boutique hotel in the historical city center.

Overnight Casa Gangotena, Plaza Grande, or Casona La Ronda

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Quito

Spend the morning at leisure. In the afternoon, you are met at your hotel for a half-day private guided excursion.

Activity Options:

Private tour of Quito’s colonial churches or insiders look at the country’s finest Pre-Columbian art collection

Spectacular horseback riding in high Andes near Quito

2-3 hour hike and birdwatching with Naturalist guide through nearby cloud forest to see hummingbirds and flora

Overnight Casa Gangotena, Plaza Grande, or Casona La Ronda

Meals B

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Galapagos Islands

This morning, take your private transfer to Quito airport for flight to the Galapagos Islands.

Flight: Quito to Baltra, Galapagos (via Guayaquil)

Be met at Baltra airport by your naturalist guide and transfer to embark your boat to begin your 5D/4N cruise through the Galapagos Islands! This afternoon, enjoy your first Galapagos excursion to one of the islands.

Overnight Aboard selected boat such as Ocean Spray, La Pinta, Santa Cruz II, or similar boats

Meals B,L,D

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Galapagos Islands

Over the next three days, explore the Galapagos by boat with daily morning and afternoon landings and excursions.

Overnight Aboard selected boat such as Ocean Spray, La Pinta, Santa Cruz II, or similar boats

Meals B,L,D

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Galapagos Islands / Lodge Santa Cruz Island

Enjoy your last morning excursion of your Galapagos cruise. While the other cruise guests take their return flight back to the mainland, you are met by your private naturalist guide at Baltra airport and to be transferred across the Itabaca Channel to Santa Cruz Island.

Enjoy lunch in town and visit the Charles Darwin Research Station before transferring to your new home base for your Galapagos land program. Spend the rest of afternoon at your leisure.

Overnight Options:

The Safari Camp has a circuit that takes you up two natural volcanic formations and viewpoints, where you’ll appreciate much of the native flora of the area, including scalesia, guayabillo, and palo santo, and get acquainted with the finches, warblers, fly-catchers, Galapagos Doves, and with any luck, the Galapagos Rail. End the day with a sunset cocktail, followed by dinner.


Pikaia Lodge offers guided tours of their very own wild great tortoise reserve. Or wonder along the white sand beaches, or check into the Sumaq Spa for some relaxation and pampering.

Overnight Galapagos Safari Camp, or Pikaia Lodge, or Private villa

Meals B,L,D

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Galapagos Safari Camp or Pikaiai Lodge

Activity Options:

• Specially custom designed program highlight the interests of your family such as special nature
• Full-day shared scuba diving excursion from Puerto Ayora. Visit two dive sites (location is determined by weather conditions the day prior), with maximum 1 hour immersion at each
• Visit and tour of farm with two natural volcanic formations where you can observe the native plants and wildlife
• Tortoise Reserve visit to see giant tortoises roaming the ponds; visit nearby lava tunnels as well
• Visit Cerro Mesa that offers dramatic views and has the largest crater on Santa Cruz. After lunch, visit Garrapatero beach: mangroves, black lava, white sand, busy coastal bird life, small pink flamingo lagoon; kayaking and mountain biking excursions also available on request

This evening, return to your lodge for relaxation time and dinner.

Overnight Galapagos Safari Camp, or Pikaia Lodge, or Private villa

Meals B,L,D

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Galapagos Safari Camp or Pikaiai Lodge

Early in the morning, visit a Giant Galapagos Tortoise reserve with your private guide (this is a different reserve from the one visited during cruise). Then, continue to an organic coffee farm to learn more about sustainable farming in the Galapagos and to sample some local coffee. Afterwards, you are driven to the eastern part of the island for a hike at Cerro Mesa. At 490m above sea level, Cerro Mesa Reserve offers spectacular views of the largest crater on Santa Cruz Island, exotic plants, and seven unique subspecies of finch and the elusive vermilion flycatcher. Following lunch, explore Garrapatero Beach, with stunning contrasts of mangroves, black lava, white sand, and turquoise water — including a flamingo lagoon. Kayaking and mountain biking are optional here as well.

Overnight Galapagos Safari Camp, or Pikaia Lodge, or Private villa

Meals B,L,D

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Galapagos Safari Camp or Pikaiai Lodge

Activity Options:

• With your private guide, hike to Puntudo and Cerro Crocker or Media Luna (this is a more demanding hike but offers great views and amazing wildlife; highest point on the island and great for birdwatching). Continue to Puerto Ayora for lunch, followed by snorkeling at Las Grietas or a one-mile walk at Tortuga Bay with swimming and relaxation time.
• Scuba diving excursion
• Sea kayaking or snorkeling excursion with private guide

Overnight Galapagos Safari Camp, or Pikaia Lodge, or Private villa

Meals B,L,D

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Day11

Galapagos Islands / Quito

On your last day in Galapagos Islands, have a leisurely morning or take a sunrise walk on the property before transferring to the airport for your return flight to the mainland.

Flight Baltra, Galapagos Islands to Quito (via Guayaquil)

Airport reception at Quito airport upon arrival.

Overnight Wyndham Airport Hotel

Meals B

Day12

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Day12

Amazon Adventure

Morning transfer from your Quito Airport Hotel to the Quito airport for your flight to Coca (Ecuadorian Amazon airport), beginning your 4-day Amazon program of your choice. We will help choose the right Amazon program for you.

Accommodation Options:

La Selva Lodge - one of the leading Amazon lodges


Napo Wildlife Center - lodge inside Tupinini National Park


Sacha Lodge - fabulous lodge for birdwatching and wildlife observation


Mashpi Lodge - If you prefer not to fly, but are seeking a cloud forest experience, this luxury lodge on private 3,000-acre cloud forest reserve (3-day Amazon program only for this option)

Overnight Amazon lodge of choice

Meals B,L,D

Day13

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Day13

Explore the Ecuadorian Amazon

Spend today exploring the surrounding Amazon rain forest around the lodge, with shared naturalist guides.

Activity Options:

Nature walks

Canopy observation tower or sky bike

Visit butterfly farm or bird clay lick

Waterfall hikes

Nocturnal excursions

Overnight Amazon lodge of choice

Meals B,L,D

Day14

Lodge Canoeing

Day14

Explore the Ecuadorian Amazon

Enjoy a second full day exploring the Amazon around the lodge, with shared naturalist guides.

Activity Options:

Nature walks

Canopy observation tower or sky bike

Visit butterfly farm or bird clay lick

Waterfall hikes

Nocturnal excursions

Overnight Amazon lodge of choice

Meals B,L,D

Day15

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Depart Quito

After lunch at your lodge, return to Quito.

Day use of hotel, or overnight in Quito if your flight departs the following day.

Note: If you select Mashpi for your Amazon program, your return to Quito would be a day earlier (return to Quito on day 14).

Meals B

Journey to Panama

Panama boasts miles of secluded beaches, family-friendly eco-lodges, mountains ensconced in rainforests, a wealth of cultural experiences, and of course, the historic Panama Canal. Panama’s appeal has only continued to grow, as more alluring hotels move in and word continues to spread. However, this skinny isthmus still maintains a very laid-back vibe, with small eco-lodges and boutique hotels serving as bases for adventurous pursuits and beach relaxation. We love this destination because of the array of diverse nature and adventures one can have in a short period of time without needing to move around a lot. For families looking for a nature immersion in rainforests, an understanding the evolution of species, and a wide array of adventures, Panama has a ton to offer.  But “laid-back” doesn’t always mean sacrificing sophistication and style — and that’s where our trip planning expertise comes in!

Visit our Panama Page
to learn a bit about Panama

Itinerary

Day1

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Panama City

Welcome to Panama! Private meet-and-greet at airport with your bilingual guide and transfer to your hotel in the Casco Viejo neighborhood. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Activity Options:

Rainforest and lake tour

Private behind scenes tour of Panama Canal

Explore Fort San Lorenzo and astounding rich natural scene

Overnight American Trade Hotel, La Concordia, or Bristol

Day2

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Day2

Embera Native Village

Today, enjoy a Embera native village excursion from Panama City. Meet your guide at your hotel for a drive into the Panamanian jungle. Take a canoe ride through the rainforest to reach the village, and visit one of Panama’s seven indigenous tribes on the Gatun River. Learn about their music, traditions and typical dances, and experience the lush flora and fauna of this virgin rainforest. Enjoy a typical traditional lunch with the catch of the day prepared by the women.

Overnight American Trade Hotel, La Concordia, or Bristol

Meals B,L

Day3

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Panama Canal / David

This morning, take a private guided tour of Panama City, including a visit to the Panama Canal Miraflores Locks. Then, private transfer to Panama City airport for your non-stop domestic flight to David in the Chiriqui Highlands.

Flight: Panama City to David

On arrival, airport reception by your bilingual guide and private transfer to your boutique hotel on a coffee plantation outside of Boquete, about 1-1.5 hours away.

Activity Options:

Visit the country’s Frank Ghery designed Bio museum

Fly over the Panama canal for a bird’s eye view

Overnight Finca Lerida, or Panamonte

Meals B

Day4

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Day4

Finca Ceriana Nature Reserve

Experience a full-day private guided visit to Finca Ceriana Nature Reserve, with hiking and gourmet picnic lunch.

Activity Options:

Ziplining

Rafting

Coffee Tour

Kayaking

Overnight Finca Lerida, or Panamonte

Meals B,L

Day5

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Day5

Finca Lerida / Boca Chica

This morning, tour the Finca Lerida’s coffee plantation. Learn about the entire coffee production process, with tastings.

This afternoon, take a private transfer to Boca Chica where you are met by staff from the Resort at Isla Palenque for a short boat ride (approx. 15 min) to the private island located in the Gulf of Chiriqui. Begin your 4-night all-inclusive Desert Island Discovery program.

Activity Options:

Ziplining tour

Rafting

Coffee Tour

Kayaking

Overnight The Resort at Isla Palenque

Meals B,D

Day6-8

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Day6-8

Salvador / Isla Palenque

Your four-night all-inclusive Desert Island Discovery program includes three full days of active exploration on Isla Palenque, with daily guided island and ocean excursions (see below). Complement these activities with some beach time and cool off in the hotel’s infinity pool.

Activity Options:

Beach trips

Birdwatching

Fishing

Snorkeling

Jungle hikes

Kayaking

Surfing

Overnight The Resort at Isla Palenque

Meals B,L,D

Days7

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Day7

Isla Palenque

Enjoy a full, customized day on Isla Palenque.

Activity Options:

Beach trips

Birdwatching

Fishing

Snorkeling

Jungle hikes

Kayaking

Surfing

Days8

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Day8

Isla Palenque

Enjoy a full, customized day on Isla Palenque.

Activity Options:

Beach trips

Birdwatching

Fishing

Snorkeling

Jungle hikes

Kayaking

Surfing

Days9

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Departure

At a previously scheduled time, transfer from Isla Palenque to David airport for your flight back to Panama City’s international airport.

Flight: David to Panama City

On arrival, connect with your onward international flights home (no assistance provided at airport in between flights).

Flight: Panama City to Home City

Meals B

Argentina & Chile’s Patagonia

In a unique fusion of culture and wilderness, this 12-day journey through Argentina and Chile sweeps you off your feet into a world of enchantment and luxury. Travel through Patagonia, an area known to be one of the most rugged and beautiful landscapes on Earth, while also visiting distinctly charming cities full of culture, performing arts, cobblestone streets and artist ateliers. Luxurious lodges perched at the edge of dramatic landscapes, glacial lakes and primeval forests as well as Tango shows and bohemian wine bars all await.

Visit our Argentina Page
to learn a bit about Argentina

Visit our Chile Page
to learn a bit about Chile

Itinerary

In a unique fusion of culture and wilderness, this 12-day journey through Argentina and Chile sweeps you off your feet into a world of enchantment and luxury. Travel through Patagonia, an area known to be one of the most rugged and beautiful landscapes on Earth, while also visiting distinctly charming cities full of culture, performing arts, cobblestone streets and artist ateliers. Luxurious lodges perched at the edge of dramatic landscapes, glacial lakes and primeval forests as well as Tango shows and bohemian wine bars all await.

Visit our Argentina Page
to learn a bit about Argentina

Visit our Chile Page
to learn a bit about Chile

Itinerary

Day1

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Flight to Argentina

Take your international flight to Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Day2

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Day2

Welcome to Buenos Aires, Argentina

Upon your arrival at the Buenos Aires Ezeiza International Airport (EZE), our representative greets you and privately transfers you to your hotel in the sophisticated Recoleta neighborhood. Enjoy the evening at leisure in your one of a kind hotel, nestled in the French Heritage district of Recoleta, a place rich in art and charismatically defined by European inspired architecture.

Overnight Park Hyatt Palacio Duhau (or similar)

Day3

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Day3

Explore Buenos Aires

This morning, enjoy a leisurely, privately guided tour of Buenos Aires. Follow your expert guide along charming cobblestone streets through distinct neighborhoods to explore the cultural highlights of the city, leaving you to continue exploring at your leisure for the afternoon.

Tonight, your guide picks you up at your hotel for a Tango show at Faena Hotel+Universe (standard tickets, with shared round-trip transfers included). The Rojo dinner and Tango show is an avant-garde and intimate show coupled with five-star food, top choreography and talented musicians.

Overnight Park Hyatt Palacio Duhau (or similar)

Meals B,L,D

Day4

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Day4

Buenos Aires to El Calafate

Prepare yourself for a grand adventure this morning, beginning with a private transfer to board a non-stop flight to El Calafate, the gateway to Los Glaciares National Park in the snow-capped Patagonian Andes. Spend the afternoon relaxing and settling into your cosy and luxuriant lodge on an expansive property. Surrounded by tall tufts of golden coirón grass with a view to distant red rock mesas and the vibrant blue Lake Argentino, the country’s largest lake, your lodge is one of a kind, complete with all the amenities you could wish for.

EOLO staff greet you at the airport and transfer to your lodge in the southern Patagonian countryside outside of town. Rest of the day at leisure to relax and enjoy the property.

Undoubtedly the best hotel in the Torres del Paine National Park, Eolo Lodge is a place of exuberant luxury and unparalleled charm. In a pioneering architectural design, majestic views of a nearby waterfall and surrounding mountains that can be enjoyed from the lounge, the restaurant, many of the bedrooms and even the open air jacuzzis.

Overnight EOLO Lodge (or similar)

Meals B,L,D

Day5

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Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina

Enjoy a full-day excursion to Perito Moreno Glacier in Los Glaciares National Park, the most well known and impressive glacier of the region. The constant calving of ice blocks into glacial lakes is mesmerizing, filling your senses with otherworldly colors and impressive wildlife. Your tour includes shared mini-trekking (1.5-hour ice trek) on the glacier, round-trip transfers from/to your hotel, entrance fees and a delicious boxed lunch (provided by Eolo).

Overnight EOLO Lodge

Meals B,L,D

Day6

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Day6

Explora Patagonia, Chile

At dawn your guide greets you at the airport and transfers (shared/regular basis, without guide) you to Explora Patagonia, a stunning hotel of rustic, Scandinavian charm with unlimited comfort. Explora is primely located for an exclusive and tailor made excursions into the Torres del Paine National Park with sensational views of the surrounding lake, mountains and waterfall. Begin your all-inclusive program there with lunch and an afternoon guided excursion of your choice from menu of enticing options.

Overnight Explora Patagonia

Meals B,L,D

Days7-9

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Exploring Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

Enjoy three full days of shared excursions in Torres del Paine National Park. Explora Patagonia offers high calibre excursions led by expert, local bilingual guides. Over 30 excursions, including a variety of scenic hikes, longer treks and horseback rides are on offer at Explora and each day you can choose either two half-day excursions or one full-day excursion. An unforgettable icon of Chile’s Patagonia region, Torres del Paine National Park is known for its towering mountains, vibrant icebergs calving from glaciers and golden grasslands that shelter an array of wildlife.

Enjoy three full days of shared excursions in Torres del Paine National Park. The excursions at Explora Patagonia are led by expert, local bilingual guides who accompany you on a variety of scenic hikes, longer treks and horseback rides at varying levels of difficulty. There are over thirty excursions offered at Explora, and each day you can choose either two half-day excursions or one full-day excursion.

Overnight Explora Patagonia

Meals B,L,D

Day10

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Punta Arenas to Santiago, Chile

After a leisurely morning, take your shared transfer from Explora Patagonia to Punta Arenas Airport (approximately 4.5 hours) for your non-stop flight to Santiago.

Flight: Punta Arenas to Santiago

Upon arrival, your guide picks you up at Santiago airport and privately transfers you to your hotel in Lastarria, an eclectic and artsy neighborhood filled with bohemian wine bars, fine museums and live performances in the street.

Overnight The Singular Santiago

Meals B

Day11

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Day11

Exploring Santiago

This morning, you are picked up for private, guided walking tour of Santiago. Over a half-day, or approximately 5 hours, explore a city beautifully situated against the backdrop of the Andes and full of opportunities for cultural immersion and world famous markets. Spend the afternoon at leisure to explore the city more on your own.

Overnight The Singular Santiago

Meals B

Day12

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Depart Santiago, Chile

Early this morning, take your private transfer to Santiago International Airport, Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport (SCL), for your international flight home.

Flight: Santiago to LAX

Meals B

IMPORTANT: We reserve the right to omit any part of this itinerary, to change the order of the places visited, or to alter reservations without prior notice due to weather conditions or road closures, safety concerns, national park policies, or other outside forces that may necessitate revisions to the itinerary. These decisions are based on the traveler’s welfare or are made in the interest of conservation. Please travel with an open mind and a willingness to embrace the spontaneity of your adventure.

Overnight The Singular Santiago

Meals B

Land of Fire & Ice: Journey to Chilean Patagonia

Combine two of Chile’s most spectacular regions – the stark beauty of the Atacama Desert and the glaciers and imposing peaks of Torres del Paine in Patagonia – into one spectacular trip filled with adventurous excursions and luxurious accommodations to relax in after days of exploring. Immerse yourself in the cultural and historical highlights of Santiago, Set out on easy to challenging hikes throughout Torres del Paine National Park, explore brilliant salt lakes and the mysterious Valley of the Moon, and experience high desert 4×4 adventures in style! This custom journey is perfect for adventurous couples, small groups and families.

Visit our Chile Page
to learn a bit about Chile

Itinerary

Day1

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Day1

Arrive in Santiago

Welcome to Chile! Arrive in Santiago in the morning where you’ll get an airport reception and private transfer to your hotel.

Activity Options:

Private guided city tour of Santiago (approx. 4 hrs)

Get privileged access to Santiago’s historic buildings

Private experience with history specialists

Culinary experience with one of Chile's leading chefs

Overnight The Singular Santiago, or Noi Vitacura, Ritz Santiago, or Lastarria Boutique Hotel

Meals None

Day2

Explore remote Patgonia

Day2

Punta Arenas

Private transfer to Santiago airport for nonstop flight to Punta Arenas in southern Patagonia.

Flight: Santiago to Punta Arenas

On arrival, you are met for a shared/scheduled transfer (without guide) to your hotel in Puerto Natales (approx. 2.5-3 hours away).

Begin your 5D/4N full board program at The Singular Patagonia, which includes: round-trip regular/scheduled transfers from/to Punta Arenas (without guide); full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner a la carte with alcoholic beverages and soft drinks (premium wines and liquor extra); excursions based on regular services with bilingual guide; use of spa facilities (treatments and massages with extra cost).

Overnight Awasi Patagonia, or The Singular Santiago, or Explora Patagonia

Meals B,D

Day3-5

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Patagonia

Three full days of shared guided explorations in Patagonia from your lodge as part of your 5D/4N all-inclusive program.

Activity Options:

Boat excursions

Photography safaris

Birdwatching excursions

Full day of trekking in Torres del Paine

Patagonia Fjords excursion

Torres del Paine by horseback riding

Overnight Awasi Patagonia, or The Singular Santiago, or Explora Patagonia

Meals B,L,D

Day6

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Santiago

Spend your morning at your hotel before taking your shared/scheduled transfer to Punta Arenas airport for your return flight to Santiago. Boxed lunch included with transfer.

Flight: Punta Arenas to Santiago

On arrival, you’ll walk to the Holiday Inn Santiago Airport Hotel, right across from the terminal.

Activity Options:

Art gallery experiences with Art specialists

Foodie experiences visiting Santiago's markets

Active adventures from mountain bike rides, horseback riding and skiing during months of July thru september

Overnight Holiday Inn Santiago Airport

Meals B,L (boxed lunch)

Day7

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Day7

Calama

Walk across the street to the airport terminal and check-in for your nonstop flight to Calama, often referred to as the gateway to the Atacama Desert.

Flight: Santiago to Calama

Upon arrival to Calama airport, airport reception and shared/regular transfer to your hotel in the Atacama.

Begin your 4D/3N Atacama Desert program with full board, open bar, daily shared guided excursions (1 full day or 2 half day outings per day), use of the SPA with Jacuzzi, sauna, pool, and sun deck; use of bicycles, and travel between the hotel and nearby villages during the day.

Activity Options:

Hiking excursion

Miscanti Lagoons

Stellar Sky Astronomic Tour

Arqueological Pukara

Scenic Valley de la Luna (Moon)

Bike Riding Quebrada del Diablo

Lunch excursions to Salar de Tara

Overnight Awasi Atacama, or Alto Atacama, Explora Atacama, Noi Atacama

Meals B,L,D

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Atacama Desert

Enjoy two full days of shared guided explorations in the Atacama Desert, based out of your hotel. Excursions on foot, bike or vehicle will introduce you to the beauty and magnitude of Atacama – witness the majesty of the Andes, see high mountain lakes and check out the Tatio geysers, the highest and third largest geothermal field in the world. Walk through the eerie Moon Valley, see the Atacama Salt Lake, archaeological sites, dried up creek beds and quaint adobe villages.

Activity Options:

Visit El Tatio Geysers

Observe flamingos and visit the Atacama Salt flats

Visit the dramatic landscapes of the Moon valley observing magical geological formations

Overnight Awasi Atacama, or Alto Atacama, Explora Atacama, or Noi Atacama

Meals B,L,D

Days10

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Departure

After spending your last morning in the Atacama, take your shared transfer to the Calama airport for your flight back to Santiago.

Flight: Calama to Santiago

On arrival, connect to your onward international flight.

Flight: Santiago to Home (or next destination)

Meals B

Brazil: Adventure of the Senses

One of the most enthralling countries on earth, Brazil is a kaleidoscope of diverse culture, awe-inspiring wilderness, and eclectic arts. In this 13-day private vacation tour, you will be seduced by samba, lured by ancient mysteries, awed by opulent, gilded churches and pampered in a hilltop spa with breathtaking views. Highlights include visiting Ipanema and Copacabana, enjoying folkloric shows of Bahia, indulging in a Brazilian cooking course, hiking a virgin Atlantic rainforest, and exploring one of the seven wonders of the world.

Visit our Brazil Page
to learn a bit about Brazil

Itinerary

Day1

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Day1

Arrive in Rio de Janeiro or Sao Paulo/Paraty

Welcome to Brazil!

Upon arrival our representative greets you and transfers you to Paraty in a scenic, four hour drive. Check into your hotel and spend the rest of the day in leisure, exploring the charming, colonial town of Paraty, distinctive for its unique architecture and cobblestone streets that meander along the sea.

Pousada Literaria is an enchanting hotel perched on a tranquil bay in the center of a tropical seaside forest known as the Atlantic Forest Natural Park. Ideal for travelers seeking the ultimate escape into peace and ancient mysteries, this luxurious and intimate hotel offers access to secret white sand beaches, unknown trails through the jungle, and an opportunity to meet and learn from the locals.

Overnight Pousada Literaria (or similar)

Meals Aloft

Day2

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Full day private schooner around Paraty

Enjoy a private schooner cruise through the emerald bay and hundreds of islands surrounding Paraty with carefully selected stops for swimming and snorkeling in glistening waters.

After a day of adventure, take a romantic evening stroll for dinner at one of the local restaurants.

Overnight Pousada Literaria (or similar)

Meals B,L

Day3

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Paraty city tour / Brazilian cooking class

This morning your guide picks you up for a half-day, private walking tour of Paraty’s historical center, a pedestrian only village full of cobblestone streets and colonial charm.

An afternoon of exploration and relaxation time follows, before a hands-on Brazil cooking class with a local chef, followed by a decadent dinner.

Overnight Pousada Literaria (or similar)

Meals B,L

Day4

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Paraty to Rio de Janeiro

After checking out of your room this morning, your local guide escorts you on a four hour drive for the seaside city of Rio de Janeiro. Upon arrival in Rio, check in at the Miramar by Windsor hotel, a beautiful location with sophisticated decor, Brazilian paintings and elegantly designed bathrooms.

In the afternoon, your guide leads you to Sugarloaf Mountain to witness impressive views of the city and surrounding bay.

Overnight Fasano Hotel Rio de Janeiro (or similar)

Meals B

Day5

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Day5

Rio de Janeiro City Tour

In the morning, depart for a half day Rio de Janeiro city tour. The excursion includes a stop at a colorful and local outdoor street market, a visit to Corcovado Mountain and a memorable tour to Christ the Redeemer Statue, one of the seven wonders of the world.

Overnight Fasano Rio (or similar)

Meals B

Day6

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Day6

Rio de Janeiro

Today is open for you to spend as you wish. You might consider visiting Rio’s Botanical Gardens, check out one of many engaging art museums, rent a bike to soak up the expansive coastal views in style, or just simply relax on the city’s renowned beaches. After sunset, this birthplace of samba comes alive with Brazilian music, creating the ideal ambiance for dancing till the sun comes up!

Overnight Fasano Rio (or similar)

Meals B

Days7

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Day7

Rio de Janeiro to Salvador de Bahia

After a delicious breakfast, check out of your hotel and join your guide for a short flight to Salvador. Upon arrival, a private transfer will take you to Villa Bahia, a boutique hotel located in the heart of Salvador’s historical center and set in two traditional colonial houses featuring a terrace of panoramic views.

Once the magnificent capital of Portugal’s great New World colony, Salvador is the country’s Afro-Brazilian jewel and a living museum of 17th and 18th century architecture. The evening’s plans will dazzle you with a memorable Bahia Folklore Show, a local attraction unlike any in the world!

Overnight Villa Bahia (or similar)

Meals B

Day8

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Salvador de Bahia

Today your guide leads you on a half day Salvador tour, including a stop at the local market and a visit to the Bonfim Church, known globally as a place of miraculous healing and colorful ribbons that are said to make wishes come true.

Overnight Villa Bahia (or similar)

Meals B

Day9

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Day9

Salvador de Bahia to Txai or Uxua

After a short flight to Ilheus, your guide escorts you to Txai Resort where you may enjoy the afternoon at your leisure in this sprawling, luxury eco-resort that sits among seemingly endless coconut groves on one of the region’s most beautiful beaches. You may choose to indulge in the hilltop spa or explore the town of Itacaré, which has long been sought out by hippies and surfers mesmerized by wide stretches of virgin Atlantic rainforest, picturesque beaches and reliable surf breaks.

Optional change: Fly to Porto Seguro. Stay at Uxua or similar in Trancoso

Overnight Txai or Uxua (Trancosco)

Meals B,D

Day10-12

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Txai or Uxua (Trancosco)

After an exhilarating and adventure filled itinerary, enjoy a full three days at Txai resort, enjoying organic Bahian specialities and contemporary cuisine at the restaurant and utter relaxation in your suite or bungalow with sweeping views of the virgin Atlantic rainforest or panoramics of the ocean, depending on your choice.

Additional activities or services such as spa treatments, guided hikes, canoe excursions, capoeira classes, surf classes or tennis lessons are available at extra cost.

Optional change: Fly to Porto Seguro. Stay at Uxua or similar in Trancoso

Overnight Txai or Uxua (Trancosco)

Meals B,L,D

Day13

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Return Flight Home

After a leisurely breakfast, your English-speaking driver meets you in the lobby for your one hour transfer to Ilheus Airport where you will join your flight to Salvador. If you are coming from Uxua, transfer to Porto Seguro. Connect in Rio, Salvador, or Sao Paulo for your international return flight.

Connect on own with your international flight back home this evening and enjoy reminiscing over your Brazilian adventure!

Meals B

IMPORTANT: We reserve the right to omit any part of this itinerary, to change the order of the places visited, or to alter reservations without prior notice due to weather conditions or road closures, safety concerns, national park policies, or other outside forces that may necessitate revisions to the itinerary. These decisions are based on the traveler’s welfare or are made in the interest of conservation. Please travel with an open mind and a willingness to embrace the spontaneity of your adventure.

Overnight The Singular Santiago

Meals B

Journey to Ecuador’s Amazon

Nature lovers can check off everything on their bucket list with this impressive mix of Ecuador’s Andes mountains and the Amazon jungle. What could be better than going directly to the Andes, the Western World’s highest peaks with rich coffee plantations? Then, we take you deep into the Amazon jungle where the vast majority of the world’s plant and wildlife species reside – species you won’t see anywhere else, ever. You can’t help but feel you are at the very center of the natural world.

Stay in historic haciendas

Dine on traditional Ecuadorian cuisine at family-friendly restaurants

Explore vibrant local markets

Explore the rich sights and sounds of pristine jungle from the comfort of an Amazon lodge

Visit a parrot clay lick to view spectacular wildlife such as Giant Otters

View spectacular wildlife in the unparalleled Amazonian rainforest of Yasuni National Park

Ideal for families with tailor-made experiences

Visit our Ecuador Page
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Itinerary

Day1

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Quito

Welcome to Ecuador!

Airport reception at Quito Airport upon arrival and private transfer to your hotel in the city’s historical center.

Overnight Casa Gangotena, Plaza Grande, or similar

Day2

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Day2

Quito

This morning, you are picked up for your half-day private guided tour of Quito, including a walking tour of its historical center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then, the afternoon is at your leisure to spend relaxing or exploring the city further on your own.

Optional Activities:

Private tour of Quito’s colonial churches or insider’s look at the country's finest Pre-Columbian art collection

Spectacular horseback ride in the high Andes near Quito

2-3 hour hike and birdwatching with Naturalist guide through nearby cloud forest to see hummingbirds and flora

Overnight Casa Gangotena, Plaza Grande, or similar

Meals B

Day3

Anakonda Cruises by Maryna Marston

Day3

Exploring the Amazon

In the morning, take your private transfer back to Quito airport for your flight to Coca, gateway to the Ecuadorian Amazon.

On arrival in the Amazon, transfer to the dock to embark on a motorized canoe and navigate down the great Napo River (approx. one hour) to board the Anakonda Amazon. An evening walk is organized after sunset to discover the forest’s nocturnal activity and listen to the incessant sounds of nature.

Overnight Anakonda Amazon Cruise

Meals B, D

Day4

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Exploring the Amazon

Continue downstream to the Pañayacu River delta; take a canoe trip upriver (1hr) to experience the sights of this fascinating reserve. Seek out pink river dolphins, common squirrel monkeys and much more. The rivers and lakes here are the perfect habitat for the infamous piranha, water monkey fish, and white caiman. After a refreshing swim, enjoy a delicious Amazon-style BBQ meal and refreshing beverages at a nearby camping site. In the afternoon, head out on trails and return onboard for dinner.

Overnight Overnight: Anakonda Amazon Cruise

Meals B,L,D

Day5

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Day5

Exploring the Amazon

Weather permitting, set out to visit one of the most amazing spectacles this side of western Amazonia known as parrot licks. Unique pools of mud become rich in minerals and attract hundreds of parrots and parakeets every day. Later, visit the Sani Warmi Kichwa Interpretation Center where Kichwa women speak about their customs, cuisine and everyday life. Have the opportunity to buy crafts, local products and souvenirs. After lunch, visit the Yakukawsay Kichwa Interpretation Center before concluding your day with an interesting evening walk through the forest (dependant on accessibility, river water levels and weather conditions).

Overnight Anakonda Amazon Cruise

Meals B,L,D

Day6

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Day6

Quito / Ecuadorian Highlands

In the morning, disembark the Anakonda and transfer by motorized canoe to Coca (1hr) for your return flight to Quito.

Flight: Coca to Quito (40 min)

Upon arrival in Quito, meet your guide for your private transfer into the northern highlands, where you will spend the next few tranquil days. The drive is approx. 1.5-2 hours and your guide will introduce you to the cultural and historical context of this rich area of the country along the way.

At Hacienda Zuleta, you are welcomed by staff and shown around the property. The afternoon is at your leisure to enjoy some activities on the property.

Hacienda Zuleta offers a great variety of activities and places to visit; however, the specialty is horseback riding. Housing nearly 100 horses, from pure Andalusians to polo horses, horses are the mode of transportation for workers inside and outside the hacienda. Guests enjoy horse tours through the scenic Andean mountains, and a horse drawn carriage for trips on the hacienda grounds. The hotel also offers mountain bikes and knowledgeable guidance on hikes through the surrounding wilderness.

Optional Activities:

Horseback riding

Horse drawn carriage rides

Mountain biking

Hiking / nature walks

Learn about everyday farm activities (i.e. cheese production)

Cooking Class

Embroidery Class

Overnight Hacienda Zuleta, or Hacienda Cusin

Meals B,L,D

Day7

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Day7

Ecuadorian Highlands

Spend the full day at Hacienda Zuleta, relaxing or enjoying the many activities offered on the property. Hundreds of winding roads through green pastures, pine and eucalyptus groves and native ecosystems make the Zuleta Valley a true paradise for outdoor activities and exploration.

The property is also home to an Andean condor rescue and restoration project, a creamery where artisanal cheese is made, pre-Inca mounds from the Caranqui culture, an organic garden and an embroidery workshop. You are also welcome to experience everyday activities like farming, milking, cheese production, harvest from the organic vegetable garden, and share with the hacienda workers, who will enjoy showing you how to do their chores. At the end of the day, unwind with a glass of wine and some of Zuleta’s homemade cheese near the fireplace.

Optional Activities:

Horseback riding

Horse drawn carriage rides

Mountain biking

Hiking / nature walks

Learn about everyday farm activities (i.e. cheese production)

Cooking Class

Embroidery Class

Overnight Hacienda Zuleta, or Hacienda Cusin

Meals B,L,D

Day8

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Day8

Ecuadorian Highlands

After breakfast and a leisurely morning, depart the hacienda to visit some highlights of the northern highlands en route back to Quito. Customize your afternoon to your interests. Dinner and overnight at a hotel near Quito airport.

Activity Options:

Visit Inca sites and ruins

Visit the colorful Otavalo artisan market, famous throughout the Andes for its handicrafts, textiles and tapestries

See and learn about the local Zuleta culture and their mastery of a special weaving technique

Visit the country’s foremost Condor restoration project and learn why this is the national bird of the Andean cultures and country

Overnight Overnight: Su Merced ­(or similar)

Meals B,L,D

Day9

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Day9

Departure

In the morning or afternoon, take your private transfer to Quito airport for your flight home, or continue your trip to the Galapagos or Peru’s Machu Picchu.

Meals B

Chile, Argentina & Uruguay

This 19-day excursion through Chile, Argentina and Uruguay is an expertly crafted adventure highlighting the ecological majesty, cultural sophistication and eclectic performing arts of South America, all in one memorable journey. Experience the artistic flair and historical significance of cities like Santiago and Buenos Aires, explore the otherworldly landscape of the Atacama desert, taste the subtlety of fine winemaking in the Tuscany of Uruguay and enjoy activities like horse riding or hot air ballooning in the emblematic countryside. Our itinerary is the perfect combination of a diverse cultural immersion into three very different countries, with ample time for relaxation and recreation in luxurious accommodation.

Visit our Argentina Page
to learn a bit about Argentina

Visit our Chile Page
to learn a bit about Chile

Visit our Uruguay Page
to learn a bit about Uruguay

Itinerary

Day1

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Day1

Flight to Santiago

Take your international flight to Santiago, Chile, a mix of sleek new cultural centers, thoughtful museums and gorgeous green parks set in the stunning backdrop of the Andes.

Day2

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Day2

Arrive Santiago, Chile

Welcome to Chile!

Upon arrival, take a taxi on your own to your hotel in Lastarria neighborhood, an eclectic and artsy neighborhood filled with bohemian wine bars, fine museums and live performances in the street.

Settle into the Singular Santiago, a trendy and warmly elegant hotel and enjoy the rooftop swimming pool for a quick dip and sweeping views of the city. Mid-afternoon, a privately guided city tour leads you through Santiago de Chile’s historic sights, charming cobblestone streets and specific highlights, according to your interest.

Overnight The Singular Santiago

Meals None

Day3

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Day3

Santiago to Calama (Atacama Desert)

This morning, take a taxi on your own to the Santiago airport for your flight to Calama, gateway to the Atacama Desert.