2018: Andean Explorer with the Galapagos on board the Santa Cruz II (ISNC)

19 days from Lima to Guayaquil

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Tour Operator
Monograms
Offer
Offer valid through 12/31/2017
Duration
19 Days
Escorted
Escorted - No
DayDestinationDescription
Day 1LimaArrive in Lima, where you will be met by your Local Host.
Day 2LimaYour 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 San Francisco MONASTERY with its eerie burial crypts. (B)
Day 3Nazca LinesEnjoy a scenic drive south along the Pan-American Highway to the town of Ica. Have your camera handy today as you board your aircraft for a FLIGHT over the Nazca plains, which can only be appreciated by air. Your pilot will point out the mysterious markings known as the Nazca Lines, a series of drawings of animals and geometric figures etched into the parched soil-some up to 1,000 feet long! Theories vary, but the most accepted belongs to German mathematician Maria Reiche, who dubbed the land the 'astronomical calendar' of the ancient Peruvians. (B)
Day 4LimaHead north to the Bay of Paracas. CRUISE out to the Ballestas Islands, which are inhabited by a wide variety of sea mammals and exotic birds, including boobies, sea lions, and Humboldt penguins. The huge Candelabro, an unexplained candelabra-shaped etching on the Paracas cliffside, can also be seen as you cruise back to shore. Later, return to Lima. (B)
Day 5CuscoFly to Cusco, high in the Andes. Your guided TOUR of Cusco visits the Plaza de Armas and its CATHEDRAL and 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. (B)
Day 6Sacred ValleyTake a short drive into the Urubamba Valley, the Sacred Valley of the Incas, to AWANAKANCHA, where you will learn about the importance of the alpaca (llama) for Inca cultures as well as the ancient weaving techniques still in use today. Continue to the market town of PISAC. Handmade rugs, alpaca sweaters, and jewelry can be bought here at bargain prices. At the other end of the valley visit OLLANTAYTAMBO. Here, some of the finest examples of Inca masonry can be seen. (B,L)
Day 7Machu PicchuBoard 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 8CuscoA morning at leisure allows you to wake up early to see the sunrise over MACHU PICCHU with your included second 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 9Lake Titicaca (Puno)Later, fly to Juliaca, where you will be transferred to Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca. (B)
Day 10PunoToday, enjoy a full-day sailing on LAKE TITICACA and take a motorboat to some of the lake's more unique islands. Start with TAQUILE ISLAND, once part of the Inca Empire and one of the last areas of Peru to be conquered by Spain in the 16th century. The Spanish banned traditional dress on the island, which is why the Spanish peasant dress can still be found today. Next, travel to the fascinating UROS ISLANDS, home to the Uros Indians who were forced to live on the lake as the Incas pushed farther into their territory. These islands are completely made from reeds, which are continually added to as they disintegrate to the bottom of the lake. (B,L)
Day 11LimaDepart for Juliaca this morning, visiting the ruins of SILLUSTANI en route. At this pre-Incan burial ground, see where the ancient Aymaras buried their high priests in chullpas, above-ground cylinder-shaped tombs dating back to the 1400s. Your evening in Lima is at leisure. (B)
Day 12QuitoDepart Lima this morning and fly to Quito, Ecuador, where you will be met by your Local Host. Your evening is at leisure. (B)
Day 13QuitoYour 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 with its marvelous stained-glass windows. (B)
Day 14Galapagos Cruising: Santa Cruz IslandFly 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 15Cruising: Santiago IslandArrive 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 16Cruising: Rabida & Bartolome IslandsOn RABIDA ISLAND with its red-colored beach, caused by the unusually high content of iron in the volcanic material, your Naturalist points 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 17Cruising: Genovesa IslandOn 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 18GuayaquilDisembark 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 being done to help preserve these ancient creatures. Later, fly to Guayaquil. (B)
Day 19GuayaquilYour vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
Dates/Pricing

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DatePrice / DescriptionQuote
01/09/2018$7,079.00* (USD) / Land Only PriceQuote
02/06/2018$7,079.00* (USD) / Land Only PriceQuote
03/06/2018$7,079.00* (USD) / Land Only PriceQuote
03/20/2018$7,079.00* (USD) / Land Only PriceQuote
04/03/2018$7,079.00* (USD) / Land Only PriceQuote
04/17/2018$7,079.00* (USD) / Land Only PriceQuote
05/01/2018$7,009.00* (USD) / Land Only PriceQuote
05/15/2018$7,009.00* (USD) / Land Only PriceQuote
05/29/2018$7,009.00* (USD) / Land Only PriceQuote
06/12/2018$7,009.00* (USD) / Land Only PriceQuote
06/26/2018$7,009.00* (USD) / Land Only PriceQuote
07/10/2018$7,009.00* (USD) / Land Only PriceQuote
07/24/2018$7,009.00* (USD) / Land Only PriceQuote
08/07/2018$7,009.00* (USD) / Land Only PriceQuote
08/21/2018$7,009.00* (USD) / Land Only PriceQuote
09/04/2018$7,009.00* (USD) / Land Only PriceQuote
09/18/2018$7,009.00* (USD) / Land Only PriceQuote
10/02/2018$7,009.00* (USD) / Land Only PriceQuote
10/16/2018$7,009.00* (USD) / Land Only PriceQuote
10/30/2018$7,009.00* (USD) / Land Only PriceQuote
11/13/2018$7,009.00* (USD) / Land Only PriceQuote
11/27/2018$7,009.00* (USD) / Land Only PriceQuote
12/25/2018$7,309.00* (USD) / Land Only PriceQuote
Disclaimer
US$ 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 $1,182. Required intra-vacation air segments: Lima/Cusco; Cusco/Juliaca; Juliaca/Lima; Lima/Quito; Quito/Galapagos; Galapagos/Guayaquil. Air prices were effective on July 12, 2017 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 includes Galapagos National Park entrance fee and transit card ($120 value).

2019 departures are subject to itinerary and price modifications. Details will be available in July 2018.
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