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Small Group Tour Highlights
  • Lima touring
  • Historic Cuzco and beautiful Sacred Valley
  • Overnight stay at Belmond Sanctuary Lodge, adjacent to Machu Picchu
  • Two guided visits to Machu Picchu
  • Quito city tour
  • Four-night Galapagos stay at beautiful hotel in lush Santa Cruz highlands
  • Day cruises on privately chartered yacht, plus island-based exploration
  • Expert Galapagos naturalist guide
  • Unique Galapagos wildlife
Day-by-Day Itinerary

Day 1: Depart U.S. for Lima, Peru We depart today for the Peruvian capital. Upon arrival tonight we transfer directly to our hotel.

Day 2: Lima This morning we visit a prominent art museum in Lima. Then we encounter colonial Lima on an afternoon tour, followed by a welcome dinner at our hotel. B,D

Day 3: Lima/Cuzco/Sacred Valley Arriving in Cuzco today, we stop at the important Incan site of Koricancha, dedicated to the Sun God. Then we continue on to Sacred Valley, a region of Inca sites and indigenous villages. We visit the colorful Indian market at Pisac before reaching our hotel late afternoon. B,L,D

Day 4: Sacred Valley Today we explore Ollantaytambo, both a living town and site of massive Incan ruins that still inspire wonder. Then we visit the Incan farming town of Chinchero, where residents live much as their ancestors did and where we see a traditional weaving demonstration. Before dinner at our hotel tonight, we attend a native “Offering to the Earth” ceremony. B,L,D

Day 5: Sacred Valley/Machu Picchu This morning we board a train for the 1½-hour journey to Aguas Calientes, where we transfer by shuttle bus to our hotel for lunch. Then we embark on our first guided visit of the stunning ruins at Machu Picchu, the “Lost City of the Incas.” Thanks to the small size of our group, we will be able to move nimbly through the ruins and have the leisure to absorb both the beauty and the mystery of this impressive site. With an overnight stay here, we have the rare privilege of seeing the ruins after the tourists have departed. B,L,D

Day 6: Machu Picchu/Cuzco This morning before the day trippers arrive, we enjoy our second guided tour of this UNESCO site. Following lunch at our lodge, we return to Aguas Calientes with some free time before our mid-afternoon train to Cuzco. B,L

Day 7: Cuzco Known for its Incan and Spanish colonial heritage, Cuzco is the archaeological “hub” of the Americas and the continent’s oldest continuously inhabited city. This morning we tour this UNESCO site then stop at the ruins of Sacsayhuaman fortress, a masterpiece of Incan architecture. We enjoy lunch today in the home of a gracious Cuzco family. B,L

Day 8: Cuzco/Lima/Quito Early today we fly via Lima to the Ecuadorian capital of Quito, arriving late afternoon. We attend a briefing about our Galapagos adventure then dine at our hotel. B,D

Day 9: Quito Nestled in Andes foothills, Quito boasts a well-preserved historic center, as we see on today’s city tour that includes the Intiñan Museum and the Middle of the World Monument. B,L

Day 10: Quito/Baltra/Santa Cruz Island Today we fly to the island of Baltra then transfer to Santa Cruz, our island-based home for our Galapagos exploration. We reach our beautiful hotel set on 370 lush, unspoiled, and secluded acres in the highlands adjacent to Galapagos National Park in time for lunch. Then we visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to see and learn about the giant Galapagos tortoises. B,L,D

Day 11: North Seymour Island/Bachas Beach This morning we embark on our first excursion aboard the Santa Fe, our privately chartered yacht. We set out for North Seymour, a flat, low-lying island with ample opportunities for close encounters with the wildlife on our naturalist-led walk. After lunch, we head back to Santa Cruz island for a nature walk. B,L,D

Day 12: South Plaza Island/Punta Carrion Today’s destination is the small in size but rich in flora and fauna island of South Plaza. Boasting abundant wildlife and colorful flora, and surrounded by turquoise waters, South Plaza ranks as one of the most popular (and colorful) of the Galapagos Islands. During our nature walk, we are on the lookout for such local residents as land and marine iguanas, bright orange Sally Lightfoot crabs, red-billed tropic birds, Nazca and blue-footed boobies, and a male colony of sea lions (“the bachelors”). Then we cruise to Punta Carrion, where we have the opportunity to snorkel in the calm waters of a shallow cove. B,L,D

Day 13: Santa Cruz Island Today we explore Santa Cruz itself, the second largest of the Galapagos Islands. We see the giant Galapagos tortoises in their natural habitat; the huge twin craters of Los Gemelos; and Garrapatero, a secluded white-sand beach where we see an abundance of marine and terrestrial wildlife. B,L,D

Day 14: Santa Cruz Island/Baltra/Quito This morning we transfer to Baltra for the flight to Quito, arriving mid-afternoon. Tonight we celebrate our adventure at a farewell dinner in a local restaurant. B,D

Day 15: Quito/Depart for U.S. This morning we visit Quito’s Botanical Gardens, featuring an orchidarium with more than 1,200 species of orchids; and Iñaquito Market, a colorful riot of fresh produce and spices. Then we return to the hotel for an afternoon at leisure before tonight’s transfer to the airport for our overnight flight to the U.S. B

Day 16: Arrive U.S. We arrive in the U.S. this morning and connect with our return flights home.

Please note: This trip involves considerable walking on uneven terrain. Also, there are both wet and dry landings in the Galapagos. You should be in good physical condition to enjoy the tour to the fullest. In addition, Cuzco’s high altitude (11,150 feet) could pose problems for travelers with certain health conditions. Please consult your physician if you have concerns.

B = Breakfast included L = Lunch included D = Dinner included

Tour Price Includes
  • Round-trip air transportation from listed cities; all flights within itinerary
  • 14 nights’ accommodations in Deluxe and Superior First Class hotels
  • 34 meals: 14 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 10 dinners
  • Extensive sightseeing as described, including all entrance fees; Galapagos National Park fee of $100
  • Services of local Odysseys Unlimited Tour Directors; plus, experienced naturalist guides while in the Galapagos
  • Private motorcoach transportation throughout your trip
  • Luggage handling for one bag per person
  • Gratuities for local guides, dining room servers, airport and hotel porters, and all drivers
  • $100 frequent traveler credit towards your next Odysseys Unlimited tour ($200 after 3 tours; $300 after 10 tours)

 

Tour Dates & Prices

2019 Tour Dates & Prices
including international airfare and all taxes, surcharges, and fees

Jan 22
Feb 19
Nov 19
Nov 26
Dec 3
Mar 19
Apr 2
Apr 16
Apr 23
Nov 5
May 7
May 14
May 21
Sep 10
Sep 24
Oct 1, 8
Oct 22
Jun 4
Jun 18
Jul 2
Jul 16
Jul 30
Aug 13
Aug 20
Miami$7,793$7,993$8,093$8,193
Orlando, Tampa$8,193$8,393$8,493$8,593
Atlanta, Balt, Bos,
Char, Chi, Cinc,
Cleve, Houston,
Minn, New York,
Phil, Wash, DC
$8,293$8,493$8,593$8,693
Dallas, Denver,
Detroit, Los Ang,
Phoe, Port (OR),
San Fran, Seattle
$8,393$8,593$8,693$8,793

Please call if your city is not listed or for land only prices. Prices are per person based on double occupancy in a Casita at the Royal Palm Hotel and include airline taxes, surcharges, and fees of $698, which are subject to change until final payment is made.

Single travelers please add $2,495. Your $375 deposit is fully refundable up to 95 days before departure. All 2019 tour prices above (excluding airline taxes, surcharges, and fees) are guaranteed.

Upgrade to a Highland Villa at the Royal Palm Hotel: $295 ($495 single)

A visa is not required for this tour.

Accommodations
    Westin Lima Hotel, Lima / Days 1-2 / Superior First Class

    Located in San Isidro, Lima’s vibrant financial, cultural, and shopping district, the 301-room Westin Lima Hotel stands in close proximity to a wide variety of restaurants, boutiques, and art galleries. Hotel facilities include two restaurants, bar, and lounge; fitness center; indoor pool; spa with massage treatments, sauna, and Jacuzzi; complimentary internet access (public areas only); boutiques; and laundry and dry cleaning services. Air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, mini-bar, TV, and phone.

    Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel, Sacred Valley / Days 3-4 / Superior First Class

    The Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel is located on a 17th-century colonial hacienda in the heart of the Sacred Valley, a short drive from Ollantaytambo train station en route to Machu Picchu. A colonial-style lodging, the 115-room hotel’s amenities include two restaurants, bar, and sushi bar; fitness center; spa with hyperbaric chamber and massage treatments; complimentary Wi-Fi internet access; beauty salon; boutiques; museum; art gallery; movie theater; library; and laundry service. Air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with Jacuzzi tub and hair dryer, in-room safe, ironing facilities, mini-bar, TV, and phone.

    Belmond Sanctuary Lodge, Machu Picchu / Day 5 / Superior First Class

    A mere 20 yards from Machu Picchu’s entrance and situated amidst beautiful gardens, the 31-room Sanctuary Lodge is the only hotel located at the remote Incan ruins. The Orient-Express hotel features such amenities as a restaurant, cafeteria overlooking the ruins, bar, and Internet access. It also has a wellness center with massage, and yoga sessions. Though basic, all rooms are clean, comfortable, and equipped with private bath with hair dryer, safe, TV, and phone.

    Belmond Hotel Monasterio, Cuzco / Days 6-7 / Deluxe

    A former monastery dating to 1592 and National Historic Landmark, the intimate Hotel Monasterio is well located adjacent to Cuzco’s main square. The hotel’s décor features gilded antiques, traditional religious art, Inca masks, hand-carved pillars, beamed ceilings, and floors of cobblestone, brick, and terracotta that enhance its colonial Renaissance style of three levels surrounding a central courtyard. The 126-room Monasterio also houses an 18th-century chapel with gold ornaments, intricate carvings, frescoes, and Inquisition-era paintings. Modern amenities include two restaurants, bar, Internet access, and laundry and dry cleaning services. Colorful guest rooms feature Inca-style textiles, private bath with hair dryer, mini-bar, safe-deposit box, TV, and phone.

    Swissotel Quito, Quito / Days 8-9, 14 / Deluxe

    The 275-room Swissotel Quito is located near Quito’s old town, close to shopping, restaurants, and cultural attractions. Hotel facilities include five restaurants; indoor and outdoor swimming pool; fitness center; squash, racquet, and tennis courts; spa with Jacuzzi, sauna, and massage treatments; and laundry and dry cleaning services. Air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, complimentary Wi-Fi internet access, mini-bar, tea- and coffee-making facilities, ironing facilities, in-room safe, TV, and phone.

    Royal Palm Hotel Galapagos, Santa Cruz, Galapagos Islands / Days 10-13 / Superior First Class

    The Royal Palm Hotel Galapagos comprises a secluded 480-acre private estate set in a lush Miconia forest in the highlands of the Galapagos’ central island, Santa Cruz.  Along with rainforest-like gardens, the property has extensive lava tunnels onsite.  Designed with a blend of colonial and traditional island elements that complement the natural surroundings, the hotel offers a restaurant and piano bar, outdoor swimming pool, sauna, massage treatments and whirlpool, gym, tennis courts, art gallery, and laundry and dry cleaning services.  Accommodations consist of 21 separate casitas and villas, all of which have a garden-facing front porch and provide air conditioning, private bath with hair dryer, complimentary Wi-Fi internet access, mini-bar, tea- and coffee-making facilities, ironing facilities, in-room safe, TV, and phone.

    Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima Airport Hotel, Lima / Extension / First Class

    Opened in 2007 at Lima International Airport, the 130-room Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima Airport Hotel has a restaurant serving both local and international cuisine, bar, internet access, gift shop, laundry and dry cleaning services, fitness center, spa, hair salon, and indoor pool. Air-conditioned guest rooms offer private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, mini-bar, TV, and phone.

    Ceiba Tops, Iquitos / Extension / Superior First Class

    This secluded 74-room jungle lodge is situated about 45 minutes down the Amazon River from Iquitos. Lodge facilities include an indoor/outdoor dining room, bar and patio with hammocks, and swimming pool. All units are air-conditioned with full private bath with hot water, twin beds, lights, fan, window screens and rainforest or Amazon River view.

Ratings are based on the Hotel & Travel Index, the travel industry standard reference.
Pre-Tour Option

Amazon Rainforest

4 days/4 nights for $1,195 total price
Single Supplement: $235

Discover the Amazon’s amazing flora, fauna, and even villages on this exceptional – and comfortable – tour.

 

Your Tour Price Includes
  • Round-trip air transportation Lima/Iquitos
  • 4 nights’ accommodations: 1 night in Lima at Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima Airport (First Class); 3 nights in the jungle at Ceiba Tops Lodge (Superior First Class)
  • 10 meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Extensive sightseeing, including guided Canopy Walkway tour and visit with ribereños (Amazon river people)
  • Fully escorted by an Amazon-born naturalist guide as your Odysseys Unlimited representative
  • Private vehicle transportation
  • Gratuities for dining room servers, airport and hotel porters, and all drivers

Land only guests: $1,295 total price per person

Please see the Accommodations tab for hotel information.

Tour Directors for this Journey
Ramon Andrade

“ … managed the tour professionally and [was] always empathetic to individual needs and concerns … exceptionally competent and very knowledgeable.”

Thomas & Patricia Geddy
Houston, TX

Francisco Arriz

“Francisco is outstanding at his job. He really went above and beyond to make sure everyone was happy/taken care of.”
Paul Hirsch
Chicago, IL

Marco Ayala

“I cannot say enough about how wonderful Marco was. His concern about our welfare and his helpfulness on places to go and where to find things was invaluable.”
Jean Marshall
Albuquerque, NM

Romy Bustamante

“ … showed much love of country … very knowledgeable about history and sites.”
Jeff & Candy Tyler
Coronado, CA

Sheila Carpio

“Based on our prior experience with Odysseys, we expected excellent service. Sheila surpassed even our high expectations. Not only was she informative and personable, she was extremely attentive.”
Chris Kollenberg
Houston, TX

Victor Colunga

“Victor Colunga was a superb tour director. He had the amazing ability to see a potential problem and step in before it became a concern. His quiet concern and helpfulness to the individual tour members was marvelous. You can be very proud of him.”
Mrs. Dwight Pounds
Bowling Green, KY

Ofelia Larco

“Ofelia was amazing! Her attention to detail and excellent customer service was highly commendable. She found ways to find each of us special. She is a gem!”
Jim & Linda Wyatt
Arlington Heights, IL

Juan Carlos Nina

“ … managed the tour professionally and was always empathetic to individual needs and concerns … exceptionally competent and very knowledgeable!”
Thomas & Patricia Geddy
Houston, TX

Oscar Oviedo

“Oscar was great – can’t say enough good things about him. He made our experience in Peru perfectly wonderful.”
Larry & Juanita Ferguson
Durango, CO

Tomas Palma

“Tomas was the best tour guide I ever had!”
Charles H. Meng
Columbus, OH

Isabel Ramos

“Isabel Ramos was excellent. Good commentary on Ecuador. Excellent communication … She’s great!”
Carl E. Martin
Denver, CO

Ernesto Riedner

“Ernesto was the best we have ever had. He was more like a Peruvian friend than a company tour guide. A wonderful person, organized, caring, knowledgeable.”
John & Dola McNown
Overland Park, KS

Efrain Vidalon

“Efrain was fantastic. He was well-informed and did everything possible to make our tour ‘special.’ He was very attentive and seemed to connect with the whole group.”
Martha Schaffert
Kingswood, TX

Fabricio Yepez

“Fabricio was very knowledgeable and very good on all sides—excellent.”
Charles and Genevieve Patterson
Charlotte, NC

Robby Delgado

Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director

Willian Arevalo

Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director

Destination Insight

Suggested Reading

Hiram Bingham
Lost City of the Incas
This first-rate adventure story by the man who brought Machu Picchu to the attention of the world is not just a gripping tale of exploration and archaeology, it also sets the scene for any visitor to the site.

Carmen Bernard
The Incas
Featuring archival drawings and photographs, a chronology and chapters on Atahualpa, the Conquistadors and Hiram Bingham, this handy book illuminates the daily lives, monuments and history of the Incas.

Richard L. Burger (Editor), Lucy C. Salazar (Editor)
Machu Picchu, Unveiling the Mystery of the Incas
Burger and Salazar vividly evoke the art, architecture, culture and society of Machu Picchu in this illustrated, up-to-date survey. With Hiram Bingham’s original report, archival and modern photographs and excellent chapters on recent archaeology at the site.

Charles Darwin
Voyage of the Beagle
The wide-eyed tale of a young man on a five-year voyage that changed his life — and our way of thinking about the world. First published in 1839, it is still a marvelous introduction to the wildlife, nature and allure of South America.

Michael Jackson
Galapagos, A Natural History
This comprehensive guide to the natural history of the Galapagos is practically mandatory reading — the single best introduction to the geology and climate, habitats, plants, birds, animals, ecology and evolution.

Lima 2000
Inca Trail: Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley, Cusco Map
This fact-filled map shows the whole of the Sacred Valley, from Cusco to Ollantaytambo and Machu Picchu, on one side and, on the reverse, the area surrounding the sanctuary in splendid, topographic detail (1:50,000).

ITMB
Galapagos Islands Map
This full-color map of the Galapagos at a scale of 1:420,000, printed on water and tear-resistant paper, shows in detail major features, topography and visitor sites. With a large city plan of Quito on the reverse.

Insight Guides
Insight Guide Peru
Panoramic in scope, this illustrated overview brings Peru to life in color photographs and vivid essays on history, archaeology and culture.

Ben Westwood
Moon Galapagos Islands
Based in Ecuador, Westwood writes with insight in this brief guide to the pleasures and practicalities of visiting Galapagos.

Alexander Stewart
The Inca Trail, Cuzco & Machu Picchu
An excellent overview of local culture and history, including chapters on exploring Cuzco, the Sacred Valley and Lima. Fifth edition.

Jason Wilson
The Andes
Starting out in Cuzco, heart of the Inca Empire, Wilson spreads north and south along the Andes, including excerpts from South American literary giants, travelers and his own impressions.

William Beebe
Galapagos, World’s End
This wry, wonderfully evocative account of a 1924 scientific expedition includes an excellent chapter on the human history of the Galapagos.

Mike Torrey
Stone Offerings
Torrey captures the dramatic setting, solitude and intricate construction of the Inca site of Machu Picchu in 100 striking color photographs taken over a few days at summer and winter solstice.

Henri Michaux, Robin Magowan (Translator)
Ecuador, a Travel Journal
A brief, querulous and entirely wonderful narrative of the modernist painter Michaux’s travels with the poet Gangotena, strong on color and personality. Its many pleasures include an unbeatable description of Quito’s accursed mountain weather.

Pablo Neruda
The Heights of Macchu Picchu
An indispensable contribution to 20th-century poetry, Neruda’s ode to Machu Picchu celebrates the Incan civilization while abhorring that the ancient estate was built by slave labor.

Edward J. Larson
Evolution’s Workshop
A vivid history of the Galapagos and the role of the islands as a crucible of evolutionary ideas, written by a Pulitzer Prize winner. Larson covers Darwin and the discovery of the islands, the visits of Hancock and Beebe, the influence of the United States during WWII and the establishment of the national park.

Tui De Roy
Galapagos, Islands Born of Fire
A stunning celebration of the landscapes, wildlife and habitats of the Galapagos by a photographer who was raised in the archipelago. Tenth anniversary edition.

Jonathan Weiner
The Beak of the Finch
This Pulitzer Prize-winning work is an accessible look at the modern debate on the mode and rhythm of evolution, using the story of Peter and Rosemary Grant and their ground-breaking field work on Daphne Major as an example.

Paul D. Stewart (Director)
Galapagos, the Islands That Changed the World
Also available on Blu-Ray, this stunning BBC documentary captures the rugged beauty, allure, wildlife and history of the archipelago like never before. 150 minutes.

Henry Nicholls
The Galapagos, a Natural History
Editor of the Galapagos Conservation Trust magazine and author of Lonesome George, Henry Nicholls charts the human and natural history of the archipelago from its fiery origins through famous visitors and current conservation challenges.

Pocket Naturalist
Galapagos Wildlife
A fold-up, laminated card featuring color drawings and short descriptions of commonly encountered birds, mammals and reptiles of the Galapagos.

Julian Fitter, Daniel Fitter, David Hosking (Photographer)
Wildlife of the Galapagos
A compact identification guide to Galapagos nature and wildlife, featuring over 650 color photographs, an overview of the history, climate, evolution and geology of the islands, and helpful full- color visitor site maps.

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