2018: Cruising the Galapagos on board the Santa Cruz II with Peru & Peru's Amazon (ISYE)

17 days from Quito to Lima

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Tour Operator
Monograms
Offer
Offer valid through 12/31/2017
Duration
17 Days
Escorted
Escorted - No
DayDestinationDescription
Day 1QuitoArrive in Quito, where you will be met by your Local Host.
Day 2QuitoYour 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 3Galapagos 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 4Cruising: 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 5Cruising: 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 6Cruising: 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 7LimaDisembark 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 been done to help preserve these ancient creatures. Later, fly to Lima, Peru. (B)
Day 8LimaYour 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 with its eerie burial crypts. (B)
Day 9CuscoFly to Cusco, high in the Andes. Your guided TOUR visits 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. In the Plaza de Armas, see the Cathedral before taking a short drive outside the city to the ruins of SACSAYHUAMAN with its intricate stone walls, amphitheater of KENKO, and the Red Fortress of PUCA PUCARA. (B)
Day 10Sacred ValleyToday, a short drive into the Sacred Valley of the Incas brings you to AWANAKANCHA to learn about the importance of the alpaca (llama) for Inca cultures, as well as the ancient weaving techniques. Continue, to the market town of PISAC, where you can buy handmade rugs, alpaca sweaters, and jewelry at bargain prices. Later, visit OLLANTAYTAMBO and see some of the finest examples of Inca masonry. (B,L)
Day 11Machu 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 12CuscoA morning at leisure allows you to wake up early to see the sunrise over MACHU PICCHU with your second included 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 13Puerto MaldonadoAt Hacienda Concepcion: Fly to Puerto Maldonado, capital of Madre de Dios and the entry to Peru's Amazon Jungle. Embark on a MOTORBOAT for a journey up the Tambopata River to view the exotic wildlife. Arrive at your Amazon Jungle lodge and meet your Naturalist. After settling in, head out with your Naturalist for a WALK along nature trails to learn about primary and secondary rainforest. At dusk, take a CANOE RIDE to learn about the Amazonia river ecosystems, nocturnal animals' behavior, and the southern constellations. (B,L,D)

At Refugio Amazonas: Fly to Puerto Maldonado, capital of Madre de Dios and the entry to Peru's Amazon Jungle. Embark on a MOTORBOAT for a journey up the Tambopata River to view turtles, caimans, monkeys, and river birdlife such as capped herons, black skimmers, and kingfishers. Arrive at your unique Amazon Jungle Lodge where you will meet with your expert Naturalist who will help tailor your time in the Amazon with various included activities. (B,L,D)
Day 14PERU'S AMAZONAt Hacienda Concepcion Day 14: Walk into the TAMBOPATA NATIONAL RESERVE with your Naturalist, then navigate by dugout canoe around LAKE SANDOVAL, a beautiful oxbow lake. Learn about the reserve's conservation efforts and the animals that inhabit this lake, such as the endangered giant river otters, blue and yellow macaws, red howler monkeys, and black caimans. This afternoon, the CANOPY WALKWAY shows you a different perspective 100 feet above ground. After night falls, your Naturalist introduces you to the nocturnal animals of the Amazon. (B,L,D)

At Hacienda Concepcion Day 15: A short boat ride brings you to a NATIVE FARM where farmers use ancient methods to grow crops. Learn about local cultivation techniques and taste some of the produce. This afternoon, visit a CLAY LICK to observe wildlife from a blind to observe the normal routine of the fauna without disrupting the environment. (B,L,D)

At Refugio Amazonas: During your time in the Amazon, you can choose from over 20 different, included excursions designed to satisfy your personal preferences. Some examples include taking a canoe ride to Oxbow Lake to search for the resident giant river otters, howler monkeys, macaws, and other fauna. Take a walk to the Canopy Tower to observe the forest and river and its inhabitants. Visit a local farm to meet local farmers and learn about the Amazon's crops. You can also learn about the biodiverse flora found here and their medicinal uses on an Ethnobotanical tour. Perhaps, visit clay licks where you can watch from a blind as mammals, parrots and macaws perch to eat clay. At night, be sure to venture out with your expert guide who will help you discover the many nocturnal jungle creatures. Plus many other included options! (B,L,D daily)
Day 15PERU'S AMAZONAt Hacienda Concepcion Day 14: Walk into the TAMBOPATA NATIONAL RESERVE with your Naturalist, then navigate by dugout canoe around LAKE SANDOVAL, a beautiful oxbow lake. Learn about the reserve's conservation efforts and the animals that inhabit this lake, such as the endangered giant river otters, blue and yellow macaws, red howler monkeys, and black caimans. This afternoon, the CANOPY WALKWAY shows you a different perspective 100 feet above ground. After night falls, your Naturalist introduces you to the nocturnal animals of the Amazon. (B,L,D)

At Hacienda Concepcion Day 15: A short boat ride brings you to a NATIVE FARM where farmers use ancient methods to grow crops. Learn about local cultivation techniques and taste some of the produce. This afternoon, visit a CLAY LICK to observe wildlife from a blind to observe the normal routine of the fauna without disrupting the environment. (B,L,D)

At Refugio Amazonas: During your time in the Amazon, you can choose from over 20 different, included excursions designed to satisfy your personal preferences. Some examples include taking a canoe ride to Oxbow Lake to search for the resident giant river otters, howler monkeys, macaws, and other fauna. Take a walk to the Canopy Tower to observe the forest and river and its inhabitants. Visit a local farm to meet local farmers and learn about the Amazon's crops. You can also learn about the biodiverse flora found here and their medicinal uses on an Ethnobotanical tour. Perhaps, visit clay licks where you can watch from a blind as mammals, parrots and macaws perch to eat clay. At night, be sure to venture out with your expert guide who will help you discover the many nocturnal jungle creatures. Plus many other included options! (B,L,D daily)
Day 16LimaFly to Lima, where the remainder of the day is at leisure. (B)
Day 17LimaYour vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
Dates/Pricing

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DatePrice / DescriptionQuote
01/20/2018$6,319.00* (USD) / Land Only PriceQuote
02/17/2018$6,319.00* (USD) / Land Only PriceQuote
03/17/2018$6,319.00* (USD) / Land Only PriceQuote
03/31/2018$6,319.00* (USD) / Land Only PriceQuote
04/14/2018$6,319.00* (USD) / Land Only PriceQuote
04/28/2018$6,249.00* (USD) / Land Only PriceQuote
05/12/2018$6,249.00* (USD) / Land Only PriceQuote
05/26/2018$6,249.00* (USD) / Land Only PriceQuote
06/09/2018$6,249.00* (USD) / Land Only PriceQuote
06/23/2018$6,249.00* (USD) / Land Only PriceQuote
07/07/2018$6,249.00* (USD) / Land Only PriceQuote
07/21/2018$6,249.00* (USD) / Land Only PriceQuote
08/04/2018$6,249.00* (USD) / Land Only PriceQuote
08/18/2018$6,249.00* (USD) / Land Only PriceQuote
09/01/2018$6,249.00* (USD) / Land Only PriceQuote
09/15/2018$6,249.00* (USD) / Land Only PriceQuote
09/29/2018$6,249.00* (USD) / Land Only PriceQuote
10/13/2018$6,249.00* (USD) / Land Only PriceQuote
10/27/2018$6,249.00* (USD) / Land Only PriceQuote
11/10/2018$6,249.00* (USD) / Land Only PriceQuote
11/24/2018$6,249.00* (USD) / Land Only PriceQuote
12/08/2018$6,249.00* (USD) / Land Only PriceQuote
Disclaimer
US$ 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 $1,251. Required intra-vacation air segments: Quito/Galapagos; Galapagos/Lima; Lima/Cusco; Cusco/Puerto Maldonado; Puerto Maldonado/Lima. 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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