GLOBUS 2018: Legacy of the Incas with Peru's Amazon & Galapagos Cruise (SPY)
23 days from Lima to Guayaquil
Be sure you've packed your camera on this amazing vacation to Peru and the Galapagos Islands, as you'll enjoy magnificent scenery in the Peruvian Amazon, thrilling wildlife in the Galapagos Islands, and amazing ancient ruins in some of Peru's most historic areas. Peru is one of the great originating centers of ancient culture, and on this vacation, you'll discover its archaeological treasures, visit its ancient ruins, and learn about its ancient culture. A highlight of your vacation is a tour to Machu Picchu, where you'll visit this remarkable Inca city. Stand in awe as you witness the ancient ruins surrounded by soaring peaks-one of the most majestic images in South America! Of course, no trip to Peru is complete without seeing the Nazca Lines. Here, you'll wonder why the ancient Nazca people, who thrived here from 200 BC to 500 AD, created illustrations that could only be seen from far above the earth. It's a puzzle that has kept archaeologists speculating ever since they were discovered.Also spend time in Peru's Amazon. Discover the tropical jungle on multiple boat trips and be on the lookout for turtles, caimans, monkeys, river birdlife, and more-not to mention the lush vegetation. Search by canoe for the resident giant river otters, and visit a Parrot Clay Lick to observe the parrots and macaws. In the Galapagos Islands, enjoy a 4-night cruise and watch for blue-footed boobies, frigatebirds, sea lions, land iguanas, flamingos, giant tortoises, and more. For even more fun, consider swimming and snorkeling in search of sea life. From ancient ruins and ancient civilizations to captivating flora and fauna, this tour to Peru and the Galapagos Islands has it all. You'll be sure to arrive home with plenty of photos and stories from this enriching vacation.
|Offer valid through 3/31/2018|
|Day 1||Lima||Welcome to Lima, where you will be met by a Globus representative.|
|Day 2||Refugio Amazonas||Fly to Puerto Maldonado. Embark on a MOTORBOAT for a journey up the Tambopata River to your Amazon Jungle lodge with your expert Naturalist. After settling in, participate in a night WALK with your expert Naturalist to observe nocturnal wildlife. (B,L,D)|
|Day 3||Refugio Amazonas||A boat trip and walk bring you to OXBOW LAKE to search for the resident giant river otters, howler monkeys, macaws, and other fauna. Next, take a walk to the CANOPY TOWER to observe the forest and river and its inhabitants. This afternoon, visit a local FARM to meet local farmers and learn about the Amazon's crops. Your guide will also teach you the medicinal uses of the area's endemic plants. (B,L,D)|
|Day 4||Refugio Amazonas||Visit a CLAY LICK and watch from a blind as parrots and macaws perch to eat clay. Also, visit a Brazil nut FARM & CAMP and learn how this nut is sustainably harvested and prepared for consumption. Later, visit a MAMMAL CLAY LICK, where peccary and other large mammals can often be found. (B,L,D)|
|Day 5||Lima||Return to Puerto Maldonado and fly to Lima, where the remainder of your day is at leisure and you will be met by your Tour Director. (B)|
|Day 6||Lima||This afternoon, your Local Guide focuses on the city's colonial heritage during a walking TOUR. Start at the Plaza de Armas to see the Government Palace and the cathedral. From here, stroll to the venerable SAN FRANCISCO MONASTERY with its splendid 17th-century cloister murals. For a special treat, stop at a [LF] LOCAL PERUVIAN FOOD MARKET to taste some typical Peruvian fruit and experience a bit of everyday life in Lima. This evening, enjoy a welcome dinner with your fellow traveling companions at one of Lima's finest historic homes, CASA GARCIA ALVARADO. (B,D)|
|Day 7||Sacred Valley||Fly to Cusco, the impressive Andean city that was once the capital of the Inca Empire. Head into the Sacred Valley of the Incas, where you will enjoy a special lunch prepared exclusively for Globus guests at a private location. Here, enjoy a live Andean band and experience a mystical [LF] El Pago a la Tierra, or MOTHER EARTH CEREMONY, performed by a local shaman. These ceremonies thanking Mother Earth and asking for good health and safe travels have been practiced in Peru since before the arrival of the Incas. Next, continue to PISAC, an old mountain village where you will have free time to shop for local wares such as alpaca sweaters and blankets, jewelry, or hand-painted ornamental dishes and vases. Stay in the Sacred Valley tonight, and enjoy a special dinner at the hotel. (B,L,D)|
|Day 8||Machu Picchu||This morning, visit the Inca Fortress of OLLANTAYTAMBO, followed by the opportunity to visit a [LF] HOME, meet some of the locals, and experience their traditional way of life. Next, board the Vistadome TRAIN for a short journey through the lush Urubamba Valley. Then, transfer to a motorcoach for the ascent to legendary MACHU PICCHU, the 'Lost City of the Incas,' high above the steep valley overlaid with dense tropical jungle. Your Local Guide will bring you closer to the lives and mysteries still hidden in these amazing structures built by the Pre-Columbian masters of this sacred land. Tonight, learn how to mix the perfect Pisco Sour, Peru's national drink, before an exquisite dinner at the hotel. (B,L,D)|
|Day 9||Cusco||Your entrance to MACHU PICCHU is included for a second day. Enjoy the tranquility of the morning, with free time to wander the ruins at your own pace and experience the magic that is Machu Picchu. After lunch, return to the Sacred Valley by TRAIN and continue on to Cusco. (B,L)|
|Day 10||Cusco||This morning, learn more about the Incas and their struggle against invading Spaniards on your Cusco city TOUR, with visits to the imposing CATHEDRAL and the SANTO DOMINGO MONASTERY. During your city tour, you will be greeted by an INCA KING, so have your cameras ready! Also visit the semi-circular KENKO Temple with its stone altars and labyrinth of passages, and see the ancient site of Puca Pucara before the TEMPLE OF SACSAYHUAMAN, perched on a hillside overlooking Cusco. It remains unfathomable how and when this fortress of gigantic stones-with some blocks weighing more than 350 tons-was built. The remainder of your day is free to explore at your leisure. Tonight, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D)|
|Day 11||Puno (Lake Titicaca)||Board a flight to Juliaca, where you will continue to Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca. (B,D)|
|Day 12||Puno Excursion to Lake Titicaca||Today, take a motorboat trip to some of the more unique islands of LAKE TITICACA. Start with TAQUILE ISLAND, which was once part of the Inca Empire and was one of the last areas of Peru to be conquered by Spain in the 16th century. The Spanish banned traditional dress on the island, which is why the Spanish peasant dress can still be found today. Next, travel to the fascinating UROS ISLANDS, home to the Uros Indians, who were forced to live on the lake as the Inca Indians pushed farther into their territory. These islands are completely made by reeds and are continually added to as they disintegrate to the bottom of the lake. (B,L,D)|
|Day 13||Lima||Depart for Juliaca this morning, visiting the ruins of SILLUSTANI en route. At this pre-Incan burial ground, see where the ancient Aymaras buried their high priests in chullpas-above-ground, cylinder-shaped tombs dating back to the 1400s. While here, [LF] spend some time with the locals, see their HOMES, learn how they work, what they eat, and gain a better understanding of their lives. Fly from Juliaca to Lima this afternoon. (B)|
|Day 14||Paracas Ballestas Islands Cruise & Nazca Lines||Enjoy a scenic drive south along the Pan-American Highway to the Bay of Paracas. CRUISE out to the Ballestas Islands, which are inhabited by a wide variety of sea mammals and exotic birds, including boobies, sea lions, and Humboldt penguins. The huge Candelabro, a candelabra-shaped etching on the Paracas cliffside, can also be seen as you cruise back to shore. Continue to the town of Pisco, the wine capital of Peru. Have your camera handy today as you board your aircraft for a FLIGHT over the Nazca plains, which can only be appreciated by air. Your pilot will point out the mysterious markings known as the NAZCA LINES, a series of drawings of animals and geometric figures etched into the parched soil-some up to 1,000 feet long! Theories vary, but the most accepted belongs to German mathematician Maria Reiche, who dubbed the land the 'astronomical calendar' of the ancient Peruvians. Enjoy dinner this evening at your hotel. (B,D)|
|Day 15||Lima||After some free time in Paracas, return to Lima today. Tonight, your Tour Director hosts a memorable farewell dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D)|
|Day 16||Quito||Fly to Quito, capital of Ecuador. (B)|
|Day 17||Quito||On an included city tour, see INDEPENDENCE SQUARE with its CATHEDRAL and SAN FRANCISCO PLAZA CHURCH, and the BASILICA. (B)|
|Day 18||San Cristobal||Fly to San Cristobal and embark the Seaman Journey for a 4-night CRUISE. This afternoon, visit the GALAPAGOS DARWIN INTERPRETATION CENTER with your expert Naturalist and learn about ongoing conservation of the archipelago, its history, ecosystems, flora, and fauna. (B,L,D)|
|Day 19||San Cristobal Island||Today, visit CERRO COLORADO TORTOISE RESERVE and learn about the island's giant tortoise population and measures taken to help preserve and breed these endangered species. The center includes a large corral, breeding center, and interpretative trail, where it is possible to see different species of native and endemic plants as well as birds, such as the San Cristobal mockingbird, yellow warblers, many species of finch, and the Galapagos flycatcher. This afternoon, explore CERRO BRUJO, offering beautiful views of Kicker Rock and famous for being the first place Charles Darwin visited in the archipelago. Visit a lagoon, home to many migratory bird species, such as black-necked stilts, ruddy turnstones, whimbrels, and whitecheeked pintails. Also, enjoy snorkeling with the sea lions and other marine life. (B,L,D)|
|Day 20||Espanola Island||Today, join your Naturalist for excursions to Gardner Bay and Punta Suarez on ESPANOLA ISLAND, one of the oldest islands in the archipelago. Here, you will see the famous blowhole, as well as unique sea bird colonies, including the waved albatrosses (Apr.-Dec.), Nazca and blue-footed boobies, and Darwin's finches. (B,L,D)|
|Day 21||Floreana Island||Wake up at FLOREANA ISLAND and visit CORMORANT POINT to see a brackish lagoon, which usually holds one of the largest flamingo populations in the Galapagos. The trail continues to a beautiful white-sand beach, one of the most important nesting sites of Green Pacific sea turtles. Enjoy a chance to snorkel among sea turtles, reef fish, sea lions, and even white-tipped reef sharks. This afternoon, visit POST OFFICE BAY, named for the wooden barrel that served as an informal post office for sailors passing through. Here, you may also encounter Darwin's finches, yellow warblers, and lava lizards, and take advantage of another chance for great snorkeling. (B,L,D)|
|Day 22||Guayaquil||After breakfast, disembark and transfer to the CHARLES DARWIN RESEARCH STATION, where the Galapagos giant tortoise breeding program helps preserve the fragile Galapagos environment. Learn how eggs are brought from the nearby Galapagos Islands, incubated artificially until the galapaguitos (little turtles) are born and then at the age of five are returned to their native areas. Fly to Guayaquil. (B)|
|Day 23||Guayaquil||Your tour ends with breakfast this morning. (B)|
|US$ Price Details|
Dates & Prices do not include air travel. Participation in this vacation requires purchase of the following flights from Globus, not included in pricing: (1) roundtrip air from your U.S. gateway and intra-vacation air segments, starting at $2,434 (based on Miami, departure in January, 2018); or (2) intra-vacation air segments only. Required intra-vacation air segments: Lima/Puerto Maldonado; Puerto Maldonado/Lima; Lima/Cusco; Cusco/Juliaca; Juliaca/Lima; Lima/Quito; Quito/Galapagos; Galapagos/Guayaquil. Air prices were effective on July 12, 2017 and their availability is limited. At the time you purchase your tour, air prices may be higher.Gratuities for Tour Director, driver, and Local guides are available for pre-purchase on the base vacation. For vacations that include an extension to the base, pre-paid gratuities only include the base portion. Any additional gratuities would need to be paid on trip. Galapagos cruise price is based on an oceanview cabin on the Seaman Journey. Cabin upgrades are available.Galapagos cruise price includes Galapagos National Park entrance fee and transit card ($120 value)Prices are per person, based on double room occupancy.Single Room Supplement: $3,470Triple Rooms are not available.Extra Nights per person in Lima:in single room $183; in twin room $98Extra nights per person in Guayaquil:in single room $173; in twin room $992019 prices and itineraries are subject to change. Details will be available in July 2018.
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