Rainforest, Andes & Islands Photo Expedition: Ecuador & Peru

This combo is available on the May 11, 2018 Galápagos departure only

This photo expedition provides a full curriculum of mind-expanding photo ops in 3 locations: Quito, Galápagos and Peru.

Under the leadership of Ralph Hopkins, this photo expedition provides a full curriculum of mind-expanding photo ops in 3 locations: Quito & Mashpi Ecuador; Galápagos; and Machu Picchu & Peru’s Land of the Inca. May 7 (Mashpi Pre); May 11 (Galápagos); May 19 (Peru Post), 2018.

This combo is available on the May 11, 2018 Galápagos departure only

Day 1 — Home/Quito, Ecuador

Fly to Quito, where we are met by our guide, and transfer to Casa Gangotena on Plaza San Francisco. Most flights arrive in the evening.

Day 2— Quito

This morning, tour the dazzling churches and monuments of old town—largest and best preserved colonial center in the Americas—and visit a revitalized traditional market with a local non-profit. After lunch on your own and the afternoon to relax or explore, gather for a welcome dinner at Restaurant Cedrón at Casa Gangotena, presenting Ecuadorian cuisine with modern flair. (B,D)

Day 3 — 5 The Andes/Mashpi Lodge

Over the several days, we will explore, where options and excursions arranged for us include a ride across the canopy in the aerial tram or innovative sky-bike, naturalist-led walks to waterfalls on well-constructed trails, a visit to the hummingbird feeders, and butterfly farm and the life center. Birds like endemic mountain tanagers, trogons, motmots, hummingbirds flock around the lodge verandas, and the surrounding forest is spectacular. Keep an eye open for the Chocó toucan, one of dozens of spectacular bird species endemic to this bio-region. The bird list tops 400 species. Return to Quito after lunch on Day 5. (B,L,D)

Day 6 — Quito/Guayaquil/Galápagos/Embark

Early this morning, transfer to the airport for the flight to Guayaquil, continuing to Galápagos where we’ll immediately board the ship. (B,L,D)

Days 7 — 12 Exploring the Galápagos Islands

Each day of exploring is crafted to offer you a panoramic experience of the archipelago. Within hours of arriving in Galápagos, you’ll experience an abundance of wildlife. And each day will deliver a new island to discover and explore. And while flexibility is a hallmark of our expedition style. (B,L,D)

Day 13 — Galápagos/Guayaquil/Lima, Peru

Depart Galápagos this morning and fly to Lima, Peru. Overnight at the conveniently located Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima Airport Hotel. (B,L)

Day 14 — Lima/Cusco/Sacred Valley of the Inca

This morning, fly to Cusco then drive to Moray, a visually stunning Inca site believed to have been an agricultural laboratory where Incan priests would test soils and crops. Dine on Peruvian cuisine for lunch at Parador Moray, overlooking the ruins. En route to the hotel, walk through a colorful, typical local market before an optional visit to the pottery studio Pablo Seminario, featuring ceramics made with ancient Peruvian techniques and designs. Check into Sol y Luna Hotel, a Relaix & Chateau property. (B,L,D)

Day 15 — Sacred Valley of the Inca

After breakfast, learn about Peru’s history from National Geographic expert Peter Frost. Visit the massive Inca stone fortress of Ollantaytambo. Visit Casa Orihuela for lunch—a working, family-owned hacienda, then see the family’s private museum filled with colonial artwork and enjoy a demonstration of Peruvian Paso horses accompanied by Marinera dancers and live music. Watch a traditional weaving demonstration by National Geographic grantee Nilda Callañaupa. After dinner at the hotel, watch a folkloric dance performance. (B,L,D)

Day 16 — Sacred Valley/Machu Picchu

Enjoy the views from the valley to Machu Picchu via train with large picture windows. Spend the day exploring Machu Picchu’s different structures with your guide—ceremonial religious, astronomical, and agricultural. Overnight at the historic 31-room Belmond Sanctuary Lodge (formerly the Orient-Express Sanctuary Lodge) with views of the Andes. (B,L,D)

Day 17 — Machu Picchu/Cusco

Hike to the Sun Gate this morning, the ancient final checkpoint to Machu Picchu, and watch daybreak over the sacred ruins. The morning is free to explore Machu Picchu on your own or with your guide. After a train and bus ride, visit Awanacancha, where llamas, alpacas, and vicuñas are bred. En route to Cusco, we’ll stop at Plaza San Cristobal for photos, offering sweeping views of the colonial part of Cusco. Check into the Belmond Monasterio Hotel for two nights (formerly the Orient-Express Monasterio Hotel). (B,L,D)

Day 18 — 20 Cusco/Lima/Home

Explore the Inca Empire’s capital city of Cusco and visit the magnificent 17th-century cathedral and convent of Koricancha, and the vast Sacsayhuaman fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Explore Cusco at your leisure this afternoon. Relax, shop, or visit one of the many churches and museums. Return to Lima on Day 19 and visit the Larco Herrera Museum and stroll the Plaza Mayor. Lunch is in traditional Latin American style. Experience the music of the Andes at a presentation of indigenous instruments. Overnight at the Belmond (formerly Orient-Express) Miraflores Park Hotel. Depart for home on Day 20. Dinner is on your own all 3 nights. (B,L,D)

Cost Per Person*

01 02 03 04 AS BS CS
$14,840 $15,820 $16,620 $17,470 $19,320 $20,160 $20,860
2S 3S
$20,490 $21,490

*All pricing is in U.S. dollars. Please call for AUS pricing.
To be added to your voyage cost.

Cost Includes:
Accommodations as indicated; meals as indicated; excursions; sightseeing; transfers to and from group flights; tips (except to ship’s crew); services of expedition staff, all taxes and service charges.

Not Included:
Air transportation; meals not indicated; personal items such as alcoholic beverages, e-mail, laundry, etc. Gratuities to ship’s crew are at your discretion.

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