OverviewVisit two of South America’s greatest treasures—the enigmatic ruins at Machu Picchu and the fascinating Galápagos Islands. Beginning in historic Lima, travel to the magnificent Sacred Valley to explore the stunning “Lost City of the Incas.” An overnight stay at the intimate 31-room Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge offers a rare opportunity to see this breathtaking World Heritage site after all the tourists have departed. Experience this awe-inspiring site for a second time on a special full-day guided tour. You’ll also explore the World Heritage site of Cuzco and Sacsayhuaman, and enjoy lunch with a gracious local family.
Then embark on a four-day cruise of the Galápagos Islands, Darwin’s “living laboratory,” on a privately chartered ship. During guided walks, observe the giant Galápagos tortoises, Blue-footed Boobies, sea lions, iguanas, and abundant bird life. You’ll also enjoy swimming, snorkeling, boat rides, and nature walks. Your adventure concludes in Quito.
Special ValueThis tour is specially designed for a small group of 16 to 18 Smithsonian travelers and offers outstanding travel value. Prices include airfare, airline taxes, fuel surcharges, and departure fees.
Smithsonian ExpertsThroughout this tour, travel in the company of an exceptional Smithsonian Study Leader. Patricia Hostiuck is a popular and respected naturalist who is well-versed in tropical ecosystems. She has led trips to Peru, the Galapagos, the Amazon and Orinoco Rivers, Chile, Costa Rica, Panama, and many other tropical destinations. She has led over 50 trips with Smithsonian Journeys. Patty will lead the May, August, and November 2013 departures. David Clapp is a respected naturalist and teacher who worked extensively in land conservation and habitat management. He spent his professional career working for the Massachusetts Audubon Society and has led Smithsonian Journeys adventures for many years. David will lead the July and October 2013 departures.
Special HighlightsExplore Machu Picchu, the stunning “Lost City of the Incas” including an overnight stay adjacent to the ruins.Tour historic Cuzco and the magnificent Sacred Valley.Discover the Galápagos Islands during a four-day cruise on a privately chartered boat, to experience the amazing flora and fauna and enjoy the opportunities for swimming, snorkeling, and nature walks.
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World Heritage SitesThis tour features the following World Heritage sites in Peru and Ecuador:
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- The Historic Center of Lima
- The Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu
- The City of Cuzco
- The Galápagos Islands
- The City of Quito