Wonders of the Galápagos Islands Voyage
Sail aboard the Santa Cruz II and discover every nature lover's dream come to life on the Galápagos Islands.
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THE ECUADORIAN RAINFOREST PRE-TOUR OPTION
Discover life "among the treetops" in one of the great ecosystems on the planet, the Mashpi Rainforest Biodiverisity Reserve. The reserve encompasses 3,200 acres of protected rainforest located in the monumental Andes Mountains. Learn about this rich ecosystem during our discussions with native guides and look for multi-hued toucans, tree-nesting kinkajous, electric blue butterflies, and hundreds of species of orchids during naturalist-led day and night trail walks, and while gliding through the understory of the forest on canopy aerial gondolas.
Accommodations for one night are in the first-class Hilton Colón Hotel in Quito and two nights in the deluxe Mashpi Ecuador Lodge, located in the heart of the reserve.
MACHU PICCHU AND THE SACRED VALLEY POST-TOUR OPTION
Enjoy a six-night, once-in-a-lifetime experience featuring Machu Picchu, the “Lost City of the Incas,” the Incan and colonial traditions of Cuzco, and the lush Sacred Valley.
Located high in the Peruvian Andes, Machu Picchu was obscured from humankind for 400 years until Yale Professor Hiram Bingham literally stumbled upon it in 1911. A century of extensive research and study still has not revealed the secrets of its purpose, its residents or its abandonment; nevertheless, this UNESCO World Heritage site has been carefully excavated and preserved.
The rushing Urubamba River flows through the beautiful Sacred Valley, where ancient engineering marvels, such as the fortress of Ollantaytambo, stand as lasting testimony to the powerful and far‑reaching Inca empire. Here, village craftsmen employ age‑old techniques to weave intricate tapestries and sculpt colorful pottery.
In the historic Incan capital of Cuzco, a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Incan stone fortress of Sacsayhuamán and grand baroque- and Renaissance‑style churches provide a fascinating mix of pre-Columbian and colonial influences.