2020: Cruising the Galapagos on board the Santa Cruz II with Peru, Ecuador's Amazon, Arequipa & Colca Canyon (ISYI)
22 days from Quito to Lima
|Offer valid through 12/31/2019|
|Day 1||Quito||Welcome to Quito. Your hotel is available for mid-afternoon check-in.|
|Day 2||Amazon Lodge||Fly to Coca and travel by CANOE TRIP downriver to your selected Amazon lodge, your home base for the next three nights. (B,L,D)|
|Day 3||Amazon Lodge||At the Napo Wildlife Center: Your time in the Amazon accompanied by a Local Guide includes early morning EXCURSIONS to parrot clay licks; dugout canoe rides in search of river otters, potoos, kingfishers, hoatzins, jacamars, hawks, and monkeys; and walks along the canopy platform to view spider monkeys, aracaris, toucans, blue and gold macaws, numerous species of tanagers, and the red-rumped cacique. In your free time, consider a walk through the jungle in search of interesting plants and colorful or well-camouflaged insects. You are also invited to join families of the Anangu indigenous community on their daily activities, such as harvesting bananas, coco, and manioc. (B,L,D daily)At the Sacha Lodge: During your stay, enjoy NATURE EXCURSIONS with a Naturalist who introduces you to the Amazon. On the suspended rainforest canopy walk, your Naturalist points out many different species of vibrantly colored birds. Jungle walks show off the immense biodiversity and medicinal plants that have been used by the native cultures for hundreds of years. Visit the lodge's butterfly house, one of Ecuador's largest, and take a night walk or canoe ride with a Local Guide to discover creatures that can rarely be seen during the day! You will also cruise through the flooded forest in search of troops of squirrels, capuchin, and howler monkeys-and maybe even the incredibly well camouflaged 3-toed sloth. After fishing for piranhas, arrive at the Kapok Tree tower, perched 135-feet high. Get close-up views of birds as the sun sets on volcanic Mount Sumaco and the Andes. (B,L,D daily)|
|Day 4||Amazon Lodge||At the Napo Wildlife Center: Your time in the Amazon accompanied by a Local Guide includes early morning EXCURSIONS to parrot clay licks; dugout canoe rides in search of river otters, potoos, kingfishers, hoatzins, jacamars, hawks, and monkeys; and walks along the canopy platform to view spider monkeys, aracaris, toucans, blue and gold macaws, numerous species of tanagers, and the red-rumped cacique. In your free time, consider a walk through the jungle in search of interesting plants and colorful or well-camouflaged insects. You are also invited to join families of the Anangu indigenous community on their daily activities, such as harvesting bananas, coco, and manioc. (B,L,D daily)At the Sacha Lodge: During your stay, enjoy NATURE EXCURSIONS with a Naturalist who introduces you to the Amazon. On the suspended rainforest canopy walk, your Naturalist points out many different species of vibrantly colored birds. Jungle walks show off the immense biodiversity and medicinal plants that have been used by the native cultures for hundreds of years. Visit the lodge's butterfly house, one of Ecuador's largest, and take a night walk or canoe ride with a Local Guide to discover creatures that can rarely be seen during the day! You will also cruise through the flooded forest in search of troops of squirrels, capuchin, and howler monkeys-and maybe even the incredibly well camouflaged 3-toed sloth. After fishing for piranhas, arrive at the Kapok Tree tower, perched 135-feet high. Get close-up views of birds as the sun sets on volcanic Mount Sumaco and the Andes. (B,L,D daily)|
|Day 5||Quito||Depart your Amazon lodge and fly from Coca to Quito today. The remainder of your afternoon is at leisure. (B)|
|Day 6||Quito||Your included PRIVATE CITY TOUR showcases the rich legacy left by the Incas and, later, the Spaniards. See Independence Square, dominated by its formidable Cathedral, San Francisco Plaza Church, and the basilica. (B)|
|Day 7||Galapagos Cruising: Santa Cruz Island||Fly to the Galapagos Islands and board the Santa Cruz II. Visit Las Bachas on SANTA CRUZ ISLAND, an important nesting area for the East Pacific green sea turtle. See brackish lagoons just steps away from the sea, a feeding ground for various wading birds-from stilts to flamingos. (B,L,D)|
|Day 8||Cruising: Santiago Island||Arrive at Buccaneer Cove on SANTIAGO ISLAND to explore the dramatic coastline inhabited by a large number of marine birds, sea lions, and inter-tidal organisms. You will also have the opportunity to snorkel and take a ride on the panga or the glass-bottom boat. Later, at Puerto Egas-known for its black-sand beach, tuff-stone layers and lava flows-see land and marine birds, as well as a colony of fur sea lions, marine iguanas, and marine turtles. (B,L,D)|
|Day 9||Cruising: Rabida & Bartolome Islands||Visit RABIDA ISLAND with its red-colored beach, caused by the unusually high content of iron in the volcanic material. Your Naturalist will point out large colonies of sea lions, marine iguanas, mockingbirds, yellow warblers, and several species of Darwin's finches. Very close to the beach, a salt pond occasionally hosts American flamingos. Snorkel from the beach to see the unique combination of underwater species and submarine landscapes. At BARTOLOME ISLAND, hike to the summit for a stunning view of Pinnacle Rock. Take a snorkel or a ride on the glass-bottom boat and possibly see Galapagos penguins in tropical waters! (B,L,D)|
|Day 10||Cruising: Genovesa Island||On GENOVESA ISLAND, take a walk up Prince Phillip's Steps as your Naturalist reveals large colonies of masked boobies, blue- and red-footed boobies, frigatebirds, storm petrels, and short-eared owls. In the afternoon, disembark on a beautiful beach at Darwin Bay to observe frigatebirds, red-footed and masked boobies, herons, finches, and mockingbirds. Return to the beach for snorkeling, kayaking, and swimming. (B,L,D)|
|Day 11||Lima||Disembark at the north shore of Santa Cruz Island for a visit to a TORTOISE RESERVE in the highlands. Here you will see and learn about the Giant Galapagos Tortoises living in the wild and what is been done to help preserve these ancient creatures. Later, fly to Lima, Peru. (B)|
|Day 12||Lima||Your included CITY TOUR focuses on Lima's rich colonial history as well as the modern city. Lima was the bastion of Spanish South America from its founding in 1535 until the independence of the South American republics in the early 19th century. See the Cathedral, where the remains of Francisco Pizarro are sealed in a wooden coffin and with its eerie burial crypts and visit the Santo Domingo CONVENT to see the relics of three famous Peruvian saints -Santa Rosa de Lima, San Martin de Porres, and San Juan Macias. (B)|
|Day 13||Cusco||Fly to Cusco, high in the Andes. Your guided TOUR visits the Santo Domingo MONASTERY, previously the Koricancha Temple, one of the most important temples devoted to worship of the sun. It is said it was covered in gold leaf and filled with golden representations of nature. In the Plaza de Armas, see the Cathedral before taking a short drive outside the city to the ruins of SACSAYHUAMAN with its intricate stone walls, amphitheater of KENKO, and the Red Fortress of PUCA PUCARA. (B)|
|Day 14||Sacred Valley||Today, a short drive into the Sacred Valley of the Incas brings you to AWANAKANCHA to learn about the importance of the alpaca (llama) for Inca cultures, as well as the ancient weaving techniques. Continue, to the market town of PISAC, where you can buy handmade rugs, alpaca sweaters, and jewelry at bargain prices. Later, visit OLLANTAYTAMBO and see some of the finest examples of Inca masonry. (B,L)|
|Day 15||Machu Picchu||Board a TRAIN bound for MACHU PICCHU and cut a path through the Sacred Valley to this 'Lost City of the Incas,' discovered by American explorer Hiram Bingham in 1911. On a guided TOUR, explore this intact fortress with its temple remains, holy houses, and mile-long aqueduct. For hikers, a brisk one-hour walk leads to the Sun Gate, the ancient entrance used by the Incas. (B,L,D)|
|Day 16||Cusco||A morning at leisure allows you to wake up early to see the sunrise over MACHU PICCHU with your second included entrance to the ruins. Return to Cusco, where your Local Host will recommend options for your free time. Perhaps visit the Inca Museum or wander through the artisan district of San Blas. (B)|
|Day 17||Arequipa||Fly to Arequipa, located in the Chili River Valley and flanked by three snowcapped volcanoes: Misti, Chachani, and Pichu Pichu. Known as the 'white city,' Arequipa definitely does justice to its nickname, as its buildings are made of sillar, a white volcanic rock found throughout the area. The stone embellishes the facades of the city's homes and churches. Upon arrival, a PRIVATE CITY TOUR of Arequipa shows off the Plaza de Armas and the Cathedral before visiting the Jesuit CHURCH, considered the best example of the mestizo baroque style. Continue to the residential districts of Yanahuara and Chilina, where you enjoy a magnificent view of Arequipa's countryside and the Mount Misti volcano. (B)|
|Day 18||Colca Canyon||Depart for Colca Valley Drive across Pampa Canahuas within the Aguada Blanca National Reserve, the habitat of vicunas and a variety of birds Admire beautiful pre-Columbian terraces still being cultivated by native Collaguas Stop for lunch in the town of Chivay This afternoon, relax at LA CALERA hot springs. (B,L)|
|Day 19||Colca Canyon||Today is free for independent exploration. Colca Canyon is an impressive geological formation carved out by the river as it descended between the mountains (made of largely volcanic materials) over millions of years. More than twice as deep as the Grand Canyon, Colca Canyon is one of the deepest in the world. Observe the spectacular terracing, considered among the most extensive in southern Peru. These terraces, which allow cultivation and meticulously controlled irrigation of the steep slopes of the canyon, were built by Collagua and Cabana ethnic groups between the 9th and 14th centuries. (B)|
|Day 20||Arequipa||Proceed to CONDORS' CROSS, an observation point where you can view these majestic Andean birds and enjoy the impressive panorama of the COLCA CANYON, one of the deepest in the world. Next, visit the towns of Yanque, Maca, Achoma, and Pinchollo. In the afternoon, return to Arequipa. (B,L)|
|Day 21||Lima||Transfer to the airport for your return flight to Lima. (B)|
|Day 22||Lima||Your vacation ends after 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 Monograms, not included in pricing: (1) roundtrip air from your U.S. gateway and intra-vacation air segments; or (2) intra-vacation air segments only, starting at $1,590. Required intra-vacation air segments: Quito/Coca; Coca/Quito; Quito/Galapagos; Galapagos/Lima; Lima/Cusco; Cusco/Arequipa; Arequipa/Lima. Air prices were effective on July 10, 2019 and their availability is limited. At the time you purchase your vacation, air prices may be higher.Cruise pricing is based on a Horizon Deck Explorer cabin on the Santa Cruz II. Cabin upgrades are available.Galapagos package does not include Galapagos National Park entrance fee and transit card ($120) but are additional and mandatory. These fees will be added to your Vacation Estimate.2021 departures are subject to itinerary and price modifications. Details will be available in July 2020.
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