Legacy of the Incas with Peru's Amazon & Galápagos Cruise


  • 23 days

  • Peru

tour : SPY

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£8,952pp

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£8,495pp

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Calendar? Astronomy? Alien artwork? None of the above. But the discovery of Peru’s Nazca Lines gave a whole new meaning to drawing a line in the sand. Flightseeing is the best way to see these massive geoglyphs etched into the desert— where the ancient Nazca people likely performed spiritual ceremonies. From the Lost City of the Incas surrounded by the peaks of the Andes to the floating Uros Islands on the highest lake in the world, this vacation to Peru leads you to great heights while also going to greater depths to illuminate its archaeological, historical, and cultural wonders. In addition to two days of exploration at the mysterious and magical ruins of Machu Picchu, you’ll also visit the Sillustani pre-Incan burial ground, cruise to the wildlife paradise of the Ballestas Islands, and frolic through the wonders of colonial and culinary Lima as well as the Inca capital, Cusco.

There’s more to squawk about when you combine the wonder of the Andes with the wilderness of the Amazon. Canopy walks, canoe rides, and higher speed motorboat jaunts offer varying perspectives of the macaws, monkeys, and myriad of other rainforest creatures you’ll discover when you start your tour of Peru in the Amazon.

When satisfying your inner historian, don’t forget your inner naturalist. Cruise around the famed Galápagos archipelago, where you’ll share the shores with every native species from the blue-footed boobies to the pint-size penguin. A meet-and-greet with a colony of sea lions seals the deal on this wondrous extension to your Peru vacation.

Small Group Discovery

Each Globus South America tour is limited to an average of just 20 guests per departure. There’s always room to roam with extra space between you and other travelers—while still getting up close and personal to the experiences you’ve been dreaming of. Small-Group Discoveries include all the features of a traditional Globus escorted vacation, complete with expert Tour Director, Driver, and Local Guides who ensure that your health and safety is our top priority. A Small-Group Discovery vacation is the perfectly sized tour—without the crowds.

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2021 Tour itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Total meals included:

  • 22 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 15 dinners

ARRIVE IN LIMA, PERU.

Day
1

Welcome to Lima! Meet your Monograms representative at your hotel.

LIMA–PUERTO MALDONADO–POSADA AMAZONAS.

Day
2

LIMA Fly to Puerto Maldonado.
PUERTO MALDONADO Motorboat ride up the Tambopata River to view the exotic wildlife. Arrive at your Amazon Jungle lodge.POSADA AMAZONAS Nighttime nature walk with your expert Naturalist to search for nocturnal animals of the Amazon.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

POSADA AMAZONAS.

Day
3

POSADA AMAZONAS Boat ride and nature walk around Oxbow Lake with your naturalist. Explore the rainforest on a Canopy Walkway suspended 100 feet from the ground. This afternoon, visit a local farm to learn about the various crops grown in the region.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

POSADA AMAZONAS.

Day
4

POSADA AMAZONAS This morning, visit a clay lick to observe wildlife from a blind to see the normal routine of fauna without disrupting their environment. Visit a Brazil nut farm and camp to learn how this nut is sustainably harvested and prepared for consumption. Later, visit a mammal clay lick, where peccary and other large mammals can often be found.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

POSADA AMAZONAS–PUERTO MALDONADO–LIMA.

Day
5

PUERTO MALDONADO Return to Puerto Maldonado and fly to Lima.
LIMA Meet your Tour Director at the hotel this evening.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

LIMA

Day
6

LIMA Guided sightseeing includes the Plaza de Armas, the Government Palace, Cathedral, and San Francisco Monastery. Visit and tastings at a LF Peruvian food market. Welcome dinner at Casa Garcia Alvarado (one of Lima’s finest historic homes).

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

LIMA–CUSCO–SACRED VALLEY

Day
7

LIMA Fly to Cusco.
SACRED VALLEY Lakeside lunch followed by an LF El Pago a la Tierra (Mother Earth Ceremony) with local shaman. Visit Pisac village and its famous market.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

SACRED VALLEY–MACHU PICCHU

Day
8

SACRED VALLEY Guided sightseeing with a Local Guide to the Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo. Visit a LF local Peruvian home. Scenic ride on the Vistadome train through the Urubamba Valley.
MACHU PICCHU Guided sightseeing with a Local Guide. Pisco Sour demonstration and dinner at your nearby hotel.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

MACHU PICCHU–CUSCO

Day
9

MACHU PICCHU Second included entrance to Machu Picchu. Afternoon train to the Sacred Valley. Transfer to Cusco.
CUSCO Free time this evening.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

CUSCO.

Day
10

CUSCO Guided sightseeing with a Local Guide includes visits to the Cathedral and Santo Domingo Monastery. Inka King greeting and visits to Kenko Amphitheater and the Temple of Sacsayhuaman. Free time this afternoon before dinner.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

CUSCO–JULIACA–PUNO (LAKE TITICACA)

Day
11

CUSCO Fly to Juliaca. Scenic drive to the shores of Lake Titicaca.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

PUNO. EXCURSION TO LAKE TITICACA

Day
12

PUNO Scenic boat ride to Taquile and Uros Floating Islands. Guided sightseeing of Lake Titicaca includes a local home visit and lunch.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

PUNO–SILLUSTANI–JULIACA–LIMA

Day
13

SILLUSTANI Guided sightseeing with a Local Guide to Sillustani Pre-Incan Burial Ground and a LF local home.
JULIACA Fly to Lima.LIMA Free time this evening.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

LIMA–PARACAS. BALLESTAS ISLANDS CRUISE & NAZCA LINES

Day
14

LIMA Scenic drive along the Pan-American Highway to the Bay of Paracas.
PARACAS Scenic cruise to the Ballestas Islands in search of sea mammals, blue-footed boobies, sea lions, and Humboldt penguins. See the huge Candelabro etching on the Paracas Cliffside. PISCO Flightseeing over the 500-BC Nazca Lines (mysterious drawings of animals and geometric figures etched into the desert).

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

PARACAS–LIMA.

Day
15

PARACAS Scenic drive to Lima.
LIMA Farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

LIMA–QUITO, ECUADOR.

Day
16

CUSCO Fly to Quito.
QUITO Free time this evening.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

QUITO.

Day
17

QUITO Guided sightseeing includes Independence Square, the Cathedral, and San Francisco Plaza Church.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

QUITO–SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND (EMBARKATION)–CRUISING.

Day
18

QUITO Fly to San Cristobal.
SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND Embark the Seaman Journey for a 4-night cruise. This afternoon, visit the Galápagos Darwin Interpretation Center with your expert Naturalist and learn about ongoing conservation of the archipelago, its history, ecosystems, flora, and fauna.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

CRUISING: SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND.

Day
19

SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND Visit Cerro Colorado Tortoise Reserve and learn about the island’s giant tortoise population and measures taken to help preserve and breed these endangered species. The center includes a large corral, breeding center, and interpretative trail, where it is possible to see different species of native and endemic plants as well as birds, such as the San Cristobal mockingbird, yellow warblers, many species of finch, and the Galápagos flycatcher. This afternoon, explore Cerro Brujo, offering beautiful views of Kicker Rock and famous for being the first place Charles Darwin visited in the archipelago. Visit a lagoon, home to many migratory bird species, such as black-necked stilts, ruddy turnstones, whimbrels, and whitecheeked pintails. Also, enjoy snorkeling with the sea lions and other marine life.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

CRUISING: ESPAÑOLA ISLAND.

Day
20

ESPAÑOLA ISLAND Join your Naturalist for excursions to Gardner Bay and Punta Suárez on Española Island, one of the oldest islands in the archipelago. Here, you will see the famous blowhole, as well as unique sea bird colonies, including the waved albatrosses (April-December), Nazca and blue-footed boobies, and Darwin’s finches.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

CRUISING: FLOREANA ISLAND.

Day
21

FLOREANA ISLAND Visit Cormorant Point to see a brackish lagoon, which usually holds one of the largest flamingo populations in the Galápagos. The trail continues to a beautiful white-sand beach, one of the most important nesting sites of Green Pacific sea turtles. Enjoy a chance to snorkel among sea turtles, reef fish, sea lions, and even white-tipped reef sharks. This afternoon, visit Post Office Bay, named for the wooden barrel that served as an informal post office for sailors passing through. Here, you may also encounter Darwin’s finches, yellow warblers, and lava lizards, and take advantage of another chance for great snorkeling.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

CRUISING: SANTA CRUZ (DISEMBARKATION)–BALTRA–GUAYAQUIL.

Day
22

SANTA CRUZ Visit Charles Darwin Research Station, where the Galápagos giant tortoise breeding program helps preserve the fragile Galápagos environment. Learn how eggs are brought from the nearby Galápagos Islands, incubated artificially until the galápaguitos (little turtles) are born and then at the age of five are returned to their native areas.
BALTRA Fly to Guayaquil.GUAYAQUIL Free time this evening.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

GUAYAQUIL.

Day
23

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Things to note

Maximum elevation on tour: 13,000 ft.

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