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Witness astonishing wildlife in the Galapagos, fascinating Spanish colonial towns, the majesty of the Andes, volcanic scenery on the Andean páramo, and a rich cultural & culinary heritage.


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Combining Ecuador with Peru provides the quintessential South American experience. From astonishing wildlife in the Galapagos, fascinating and spectacular Spanish colonial cites and towns, the incredible majesty of the Andes, volcanic scenery on the Andean páramo, and everywhere a rich cultural and culinary heritage. This extraordinary journey delivers an intimate experience with nature, culture and history. Come face to face with the fearless and endemic wildlife of the Galapagos where giant tortoises, blue footed boobies, albatross, marine iguanas and playful seals thrive. Stroll over incredible lava flows and snorkel amongst rich marine life or view from a glass-bottomed boat. In the Ecuadorean highlands explore small market towns where indigenous communities maintain their rich culture and visit the World Heritage Cities and colonial masterpieces of Quito and Cuenca.

In Peru we discover Lima, the gastronomic capital of South America and Cusco, the archeological capital of South America. From Cusco to the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu – the legendary ‘Lost City’ overlooking the deep canyon of the Urubamba river from an elevation of 3,400m (11,155ft).

This trip can be combined with time in Chile discovering the wilds of Patagonia.

JourneyHighlights

~ Discover the rich Incan and colonial history and architecture of Quito, the highest capital city in the world
~ Explore the Galapagos Islands in supreme comfort aboard the yacht MY La Pinta
~ Come face to face with an astonishing array of friendly and endemic wildlife
~ See the gorgeous but bizarre blue footed booby and amazing marine iguanas
~ Visit the World Heritage site of Machu Picchu and the capital of the Incan Empire, Cusco
~ Travel high into the Andes to meet with local Incan villagers and learn about their culinary heritage and culture

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