Journey to Brazilian Amazon

This custom adventure explores two of Brazil’s highlights, combining nature’s wonder of the Amazon with the magic of Rio de Janeiro. In Rio, follow in the footsteps of locals and visit the city’s iconic landmarks Corcovado Mountain and Christ the Redeemer Statue, and discover through one of the world’s largest and most accessible urban rainforests. Immerse yourself in the vast Amazon and wake up each morning to the entrancing sounds of the jungle. Canoe through small river tributaries, fish for piranha, hike under lush wildlife-rich canopies, and visit local indigenous communities to see and witness a way of life that’s in harmony with nature.

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Flight to Brazil

Take your flight from your home city to Sao Paulo, Brazil tonight.

Flight: Home city to Sao Paulo

Overnight Aloft

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Sao Paulo to Rio de Janeiro

Welcome to Brazil! Upon arrival to Sao Paulo International Airport, pass through immigrations and customs, then check-in for your connecting domestic flight to Rio de Janeiro (no airport assistance provided).

Flight: Sao Paulo to Rio de Janeiro

After retrieving your luggage, meet your English-speaking guide in arrivals area for your private transfer to your hotel (with English-speaking guide).

Later this afternoon or early evening, our local representative meets you to review and discuss your Brazil itinerary.  Meeting time to be confirmed with your local guide during hotel transfer.

Overnight Fasano Hotel, or Copacabana Palace, or Marina Suites

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Rio de Janeiro

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel this morning, then start your private guided city tour (approx. 6 hours).

Depart the hotel at 9:00AM for a brief stop at a local street market where fresh fruits and vegetables are sold. From there, you continue on to visit Corcovado Mountain and the Christ the Redeemer Statue. The statue sits atop Corcovado Mountain, part of a mountain range covered by the Tijuca Forest. The Tijuca Forest is a secondary forest, and considered to be one of the largest urban forests in the world. Upon arrival at the base of Corcovado Mountain, board a cogwheel train for a 25-minute ride to the summit. Once you reach the top, take an elevator, escalator, or walk the 220 steps to the base of the iconic statue. From the top, admire the Christ the Redeemer Statue, with its arms open to the city below. Descend the mountain and take a brief walk through the Tijuca Forest.

Return to your hotel by 3:00 PM. The afternoon is at leisure to enjoy as you wish.

Activity Options:

For Sundays: The road in front of the beach is closed to traffic on Sundays. These are ideal days to people-watch, enjoy a coconut water and listen to the live music at one of the beach kiosks.

Attend a soccer match, if available. Latin Excursions can facilitate tickets and transfers.

Cycle through Rio's famous Tijuca National Park and urban rainforest

Private art collection tour

Private soccer lesson

Overnight Fasano Hotel, or Copacabana Palace, or Marina Suites

Meals B

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Rio de Janeiro

This morning, sleep in a bit later or enjoy an early morning stroll along the beachside promenade.  Depart the hotel around 10:30 AM to start your selected morning activity.

Meet up for lunch (suggestions offered by guide) followed by a visit to the Rio Botanical Gardens, where you can see flora from around Brasil and other countries. Be sure not to miss the towering imperial palms, a highlight of the gardens.

From here, visit Sugarloaf Mountain. Accessible by a 2-stage cable car, Sugarloaf Mountain has impressive views of the city and bay.  Enjoy the sunset from the mountain and arrive back at the hotel around 6:30 PM.

Activity Options (AM):

One-hour private samba dance lesson at a dance studio in Copacabana

Bike ride along beaches of Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon

Overnight Fasano Hotel or Copacabana Palace or Marina Suites

Meals B

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Rio de Janeiro to Manaus Amazon Jungle

Say goodbye to Rio as you transfer from your hotel to airport this morning (in van with licensed English-speaking guide). The flight to Manaus is approximately four hours.

Flight: Rio de Janeiro (GIG) to Manaus

Following arrival in Manaus, retrieve your luggage and meet your English-speaking guide for your private transfer to Villa Amazonia Hotel. Located in the historical center of Manaus, this charming hotel is within walking distance to the famous Teatro Amazonas, restaurants and pharmacy.

Hotel Villa Amazonia features 30 exclusive apartments, all facing an indoor garden and natural stone pool. The façade, reception and restaurant maintain the historic design dating back to the golden rubber age. Rooms are spacious, modern and sophisticated in design, and include bathtub and balcony. The hotel restaurant, Fitz Carraldo Bistro, offers a contemporaneous menu, blending international classic dishes with the exotic cuisine of the Amazon.

Overnight Villa Amazonia

Meals B

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Anavilhanas Lodge / Afternoon Excursion

At approximately 8:30 AM, transfer with Portuguese-speaking driver (shared) from your hotel to the Anavilhanas Lodge. The van transfer is approximately three hours. Check-in at Anavilhanas and begin your four-day program.

Upon arrival to Anavilhanas, lunch will be served. All meals are included at the lodge, starting from lunch on the first day to breakfast on the final day. Drinks are not included (except for water).

This afternoon, choose from a multitude of activities offered during your stay, from hiking and canoeing to local indigenous community visits. An experienced English-speaking guide accompanies guests on all included activities. Activities are offered on a regular basis (shared) with up to 14 guests per excursion.

Activity Options (PM):

Dryland forest hike

Canoe excursion (paddling)

Local indigenous community visit

Pink dolphins and local artisan market

Nocturnal wildlife excursion

Motorized canoe excursion

Piranha fishing

Overnight Anavilhanas Lodge

Meals B,L,D

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Exploring the Amazon Rainforest

Spend two full days exploring the jungle from the lodge, accompanied by bilingual naturalist guides. The program includes two daily excursions (shared, small group).

Activity Options:

Pink Dolphin Feeding and Craft Shops in Novo Airão (2.5 hours)

Jungle Hike:(2.5 hours)

Anavilhanas Archipelago Tour (2.5 hours)

Piranha’s Fishing (2 hours)

Night Wildlife Spotting (1.5 hours)

Sunrise (1.5 hours)

Canoe Paddling (2 hours)

Local indigenous community visit (2 hours)

Overnight Anavilhanas Lodge

Meals B,L,D

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Manaus to Sao Paulo / Return Flight Home

This morning, take your shared transfer, with Portuguese-speaking driver, from the lodge to Manaus International Airport for your flight to Sao Paulo. The transfer will be approximately three hours.

Flight: Manaus to Sao Paulo or directly to home city (depending on location)

On arrival in Sao Paulo, connect on your own with your overnight international flight back home

Flight: Sao Paulo to Home

Meals B

Journey to Uruguay

Despite being one of the smallest and lesser known countries in South America, Uruguay continues to capture the imaginations and hearts of adventurous travelers who are seeking a unique and secluded destination. The areas surrounding the capital city of Montevideo are the most popular destinations, but Uruguay packs adventure into every one of its small corners. While Uruguay is a “country of experiences,” there is nothing travelers really have to do — just follow your interests and passions, and do as little or as much as you’d like!

Cultural colonial city of Colonia del Sacramento, ideal for boating, fishing and swimming

City of Rivera, capital city of Montevideo and the famous resort destination Punta del Este and Jose Ignacio

Kayaking, cycling and horseback riding

Fabulous food and wine experiences

Relax on the sun-kissed beaches

Retreat to exclusive properties and lodges

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Arrive Uruguay

Welcome to Uruguay!

Upon arrival to Montevideo, you are welcomed and privately transferred to Carmelo (with English-speaking driver), located in Uruguay’s picturesque wine region. Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.

Overnight Narbona Wine Lodge

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Discovering Uruguay’s Wine Region

Start your winery tour in the birthplace of wine in Uruguay. In the XVIII century, the Jesuits established in the north of the Province of Colonia in Uruguay, where they continued their mission and built the national monument “La Calera de las Huerfanas” in 1741.

Afterwards, visit two wineries in the region of Carmelo, about 80 minutes away from Colonia (the selection of wineries may vary due to their open times). Start with a visit to Bodegas Cordano, a small family-run winery which is led by Ana Paula Cordano and her family in the fifth generation. After a warm reception, visit the vineyards and the production areas. Enjoy a tasting of the Cordano wines in a special atmosphere of the Almacen de La Capilla.

Continue to El Legado Winery, a boutique family-owned winery located in the Carmelo region. The winery’s name, meaning “legacy,”was chosen in honor of Bernardo’s father, Luis Mazurca, who bought the land and planted the vines. Bernardo and his family decided to continue the project and produce wines not because of a family tradition in winemaking, because they “fueled by a true passion” in what they do. The visit includes lunch and tasting of two Tannat and Sirah Wines with cheese platters, sausages, chestnuts, among other tasty delights.

Activity Options:

Bike ride between the wineries of Carmelo

Kayak along the widest river in the world

Horseback ride along the pine forest

Polo lessons

Rio de la Plata sunset boat experience

Overnight Narbona Wine Lodge

Meals B,L,D

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Colonia del Sacramento

Today, explore the UNESCO World Heritage Colonia del Sacramento through a city tour: Discover the little stone streets, the old edifications, the fort, port, Spanish and Portuguese houses, downtown and the Rambla, which borders the Old City to the “Real de San Carlos” where the “Plaza de Toro,” the “Hipodromo” and the old harbor can be seen.

Overnight Narbona Wine Lodge

Meals B

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Montevideo

Today, you are met by your guide for transfer back to Montevideo (English-speaking driver). Upon arrival, enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.

Capital and home to nearly half of Uruguay’s population, Montevideo is a vibrant, eclectic city with a rich cultural diversity and 20 kilometers of pristine river beaches along the Rio de la Plata known locally as “La Rambla.”

Activity Options:

Montevideo art tour

UNESCO Awarded Atelier of leather artist

Tango tour

Wineries of Montevideo bike tour

Overnight Hotel Boutique Alma Historica, or Sofitel

Meals B

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Jewish Heritage of Montevideo

Follow the history of the Jewish community in Montevideo on a half-day city tour. Your visit starts in Old Town where Jewish immigrants first settled at the end of the 19th century and beginning of the 20th century. Explore important sites that are related to the Jewish Heritage such as the Sephardic Beth Israel Temple, Ashkenazi Synagogue and the main community center, but also main highlights of the city such as the famous Parliament House (Uruguay’s pride), the Obelisk, and more. Then, enjoy the afternoon at your leisure.

Activity Options:

Montevideo art tour

UNESCO Awarded Atelier of leather artist

Tango tour

Wineries of Montevideo bike tour

Culinary experience of Uruguayan Gastronomy

Horseback riding through the vineyards

Overnight Hotel Boutique Alma Historica, or Sofitel

Meals B

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Montevideo

Enjoy a full-day at your leisure to further explore Montevideo as you wish!

Activity Options:

Montevideo art tour

UNESCO Awarded Atelier of leather artist

Tango tour

Wineries of Montevideo bike tour

Culinary experience of Uruguayan Gastronomy

Horseback riding through the vineyards

Overnight Hotel Boutique Alma Historica, or Sofitel

Meals B

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Pueblo Eden

Visit the charming village “Pueblo Eden,” starting with Lote 8 Olive Oil Boutique Plant to tour their production facilities and to sample their olive oil and a selection of cheeses. Then, head to the rocky outcrops of Pueblo Eden and taste the wines of Viña Eden Winery, including Chardonnay, a typical Tannat Reserva and the Cerro Negro wine. After lunch at the winery, private transfer to your hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.

Overnight Hotel Fasano Las Piedras, or Estancia Vik Jose Ignacio, or a charming boutique hotel

Meals B,L

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Uruguayan Cooking Class

Today, enjoy a private cooking class at the home of a local chef. The experience takes place within an informal atmosphere, accompanied by a glass of good wine. Learn about the traditional local products of Uruguay such as the butia, dulce de leche, olive oil, Uruguayan cuts of meat and other typical local ingredients. Prepare the main course of the proposed menu (menu is pre-selected taking into consideration your personal preferences and any dietary restrictions). Or, if you wish, prepare the complete menu.

Overnight Hotel Fasano Las Piedras, or Estancia Vik Jose Ignacio, or a charming boutique hotel

Meals B,L

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Jose Ignacio

The physical appearance of this small town on the Atlantic coast has changed little over the past decade. For much of the year, the sandy streets of this former fishing village are quiet, the funky and stylish designer houses half-hidden behind modest fishing shacks, and tumbledown cottages shuttered and empty. Over New Years, local aristocrats and A-list celebrities transform the coastline into South America’s most exclusive yet determinedly rustic place to wine, dine and party. It’s a great scene for those seeking to be surrounded a stylish group of people.

Activity Options:

Walk along the beautiful shoreline

Explore the charming village of Jose Ignacio

Horseback riding through the vineyards

Mountain biking through dunes

Overnight Hotel Fasano Las Piedras, or Estancia Vik Jose Ignacio or a charming boutique hotel

Meals B

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Jose Ignacio

Enjoy two full days at your leisure taking advantage of your hotel facilities including the twenty-meter swimming pool, gym, spa, private polo field, golf green, and stable of Criollo riding horses.

At the wooden boathouse, you can find kayaks, kites and wind surfers, canoes, sailboats and fishing equipment to enjoy the arroyo and lake. Nature walks and bird  watching, tennis, cycling and hiking are all part of the activities available. The expansive property is host to riding and polo horses, farm animals, and native wildlife. A game room with pool table, table tennis and a variety of other games is found in the Estancia house.

Activity Options:

Take advantage of your hotel facilities

Walk along the beautiful shoreline

Explore the charming village of Jose Ignacio

Horseback riding

Mountain biking through dunes

Overnight Playa Vik Jose Ignacio, or Estancia Vik Jose Ignacio or a charming boutique hotel

Meals B

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Jose Ignacio

Second full day to enjoy your hotel and surrounding area.

Activity Options:

Take advantage of your hotel facilities

Walk along the beautiful shoreline

Explore the charming village of Jose Ignacio

Horseback riding

Mountain biking through dunes

Overnight Playa Vik Jose Ignacio, or Estancia Vik Jose Ignacio or a charming boutique hotel

Meals B

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Departure

After breakfast this morning, you are transferred to the airport for your return flight home.

Meals B

Journey to Chile’s Atacama and Patagonia

Combine two of Chile’s most spectacular regions – the stark beauty of the Atacama Desert and the glaciers and imposing peaks of Torres del Paine in Patagonia – into one spectacular trip filled with adventurous excursions and luxurious accommodations to relax in after days of exploring. Immerse yourself in the cultural and historical highlights of Santiago, Set out on easy to challenging hikes throughout Torres del Paine National Park, explore brilliant salt lakes and the mysterious Valley of the Moon, and experience high desert 4×4 adventures in style! This custom journey is perfect for adventurous couples, small groups and families.

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Arrive in Santiago

Welcome to Chile! Arrive in Santiago in the morning where you’ll get an airport reception and private transfer to your hotel.

Activity Options:

Private guided city tour of Santiago (approx. 4 hrs)

Get privileged access to Santiago’s historic buildings

Private experience with history specialists

Culinary experience with one of Chile's leading chefs

Overnight The Singular Santiago, or Noi Vitacura, Ritz Santiago, or Lastarria Boutique Hotel

Meals None

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Punta Arenas

Private transfer to Santiago airport for nonstop flight to Punta Arenas in southern Patagonia.

Flight: Santiago to Punta Arenas

On arrival, you are met for a shared/scheduled transfer (without guide) to your hotel in Puerto Natales (approx. 2.5-3 hours away).

Begin your 5D/4N full board program at The Singular Patagonia, which includes: round-trip regular/scheduled transfers from/to Punta Arenas (without guide); full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner a la carte with alcoholic beverages and soft drinks (premium wines and liquor extra); excursions based on regular services with bilingual guide; use of spa facilities (treatments and massages with extra cost).

Overnight Awasi Patagonia, or The Singular Santiago, or Explora Patagonia

Meals B,D

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Patagonia

Three full days of shared guided explorations in Patagonia from your lodge as part of your 5D/4N all-inclusive program.

Activity Options:

Boat excursions

Photography safaris

Birdwatching excursions

Full day of trekking in Torres del Paine

Patagonia Fjords excursion

Torres del Paine by horseback riding

Overnight Awasi Patagonia, or The Singular Santiago, or Explora Patagonia

Meals B,L,D

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Santiago

Spend your morning at your hotel before taking your shared/scheduled transfer to Punta Arenas airport for your return flight to Santiago. Boxed lunch included with transfer.

Flight: Punta Arenas to Santiago

On arrival, you’ll walk to the Holiday Inn Santiago Airport Hotel, right across from the terminal.

Activity Options:

Art gallery experiences with Art specialists

Foodie experiences visiting Santiago's markets

Active adventures from mountain bike rides, horseback riding and skiing during months of July thru september

Overnight Holiday Inn Santiago Airport

Meals B,L (boxed lunch)

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Calama

Walk across the street to the airport terminal and check-in for your nonstop flight to Calama, often referred to as the gateway to the Atacama Desert.

Flight: Santiago to Calama

Upon arrival to Calama airport, airport reception and shared/regular transfer to your hotel in the Atacama.

Begin your 4D/3N Atacama Desert program with full board, open bar, daily shared guided excursions (1 full day or 2 half day outings per day), use of the SPA with Jacuzzi, sauna, pool, and sun deck; use of bicycles, and travel between the hotel and nearby villages during the day.

Activity Options:

Hiking excursion

Miscanti Lagoons

Stellar Sky Astronomic Tour

Arqueological Pukara

Scenic Valley de la Luna (Moon)

Bike Riding Quebrada del Diablo

Lunch excursions to Salar de Tara

Overnight Awasi Atacama, or Alto Atacama, Explora Atacama, Noi Atacama

Meals B,L,D

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Atacama Desert

Enjoy two full days of shared guided explorations in the Atacama Desert, based out of your hotel. Excursions on foot, bike or vehicle will introduce you to the beauty and magnitude of Atacama – witness the majesty of the Andes, see high mountain lakes and check out the Tatio geysers, the highest and third largest geothermal field in the world. Walk through the eerie Moon Valley, see the Atacama Salt Lake, archaeological sites, dried up creek beds and quaint adobe villages.

Activity Options:

Visit El Tatio Geysers

Observe flamingos and visit the Atacama Salt flats

Visit the dramatic landscapes of the Moon valley observing magical geological formations

Overnight Awasi Atacama, or Alto Atacama, Explora Atacama, or Noi Atacama

Meals B,L,D

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Departure

After spending your last morning in the Atacama, take your shared transfer to the Calama airport for your flight back to Santiago.

Flight: Calama to Santiago

On arrival, connect to your onward international flight.

Flight: Santiago to Home (or next destination)

Meals B

Journey to Peru’s Machu Picchu and Amazon

Peru pleases visitors at every stop with its fascinating history, colorful local culture, and superlative culinary scene. Peru has something for everyone: from the beautiful former capital of the Inca Empire, Cusco to depths of the Amazon jungle, and from the mountains, valleys and archaeological ruins of the Sacred Valley, to the greatest Inca archaeological masterpiece of all: Machu Picchu. Like everywhere in Peru, this is a great place for nature lovers to revel in the exotic and abundant wildlife on guided treks through the jungle. In fact, this virgin corner of our world remains not only unspoiled but also largely unexplored. We recommend this particular program to families and couples looking to combine a cultural icon with one of the richest nature experiences on the planet, all in one trip.

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Lima

Welcome to Peru!

Airport reception on arrival and assistance with check-in at the airport hotel, just a few steps away from the terminal.

Overnight Wyndham Lima Airport Hotel

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Cusco / Sacred Valley

This morning, meet your guide in the hotel lobby for your transfer to the airport for your non-stop domestic flight to Cusco in southern Peru.

Flight: Lima to Cusco

Upon arrival in Cusco, your guide and driver meet you for your transfer to the lower altitude of the Sacred Valley. En route to your hotel, visit the Awanacancha Textile and Camelid Center where you can see and interact with four different Andean camelids: llamas, alpacas, vicuña and guanacos. Learn about the traditional dyeing and knitting techniques from local inhabitants. Afterwards, enjoy lunch at the historic Hacienda Huayoccari, followed by Peruvian horseback riding at the hacienda.

Activity Options:

Artisan market - an exhibit and sale of fine woven crafts, colorful tapestries, handicrafts and textiles from Pisaq and nearby villages

Hike or bike through the Sacred Valley

Visit ancient ruins with picnic lunch

Overnight Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba, Sol y Luna, or Casa Andina Private Sacred Valley

Meals B,L

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Sacred Valley

This morning, enjoy a kayaking excursion on Piuray Lagoon, followed by a picnic lunch on shore. Then, return to the hotel for some time to relax and enjoy the beautiful mountain setting. There are also some family-friendly guided excursions on the property that are included in your room rate, which you can partake in this afternoon. Additional excursions may be customized.

Optional Activities:

Inkaterra Ecological Farm: Learn about the harvesting of crops throughout the year, their uses and natural properties

Chicha de Jora: Learn about the ancestral production of Chicha de Jora beverage. Participate in the preparation (harvesting, grinding, fermenting), and tasting your own Inca drink

Twilight Mountain: Trail walk at sunset. Take advantage of the evening to appreciate the magical effect of the sun between day and night. Learn about the importance of astronomy in the Andean world.

Walk along the hillside Huasi Challa: Climb along the hill Huasi Challa (meaning "house of the viewer") looking for the best view of Huayoccari

Birds of Urubamba: Bird watching around the hotel and along various trails in the valley, from hawks to hummingbirds

Overnight Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba, Sol y Luna, or Casa Andina Private Sacred Valley

Meals B,L

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Machu Picchu

Take your private transfer to the Ollantaytambo train station (20 minutes from your hotel), for your Vistadome class train ride to Aguas Calientes at the base of Machu Picchu.

Vistadome train: Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes

On arrival, your guide assists you to the buses and together you take the winding journey up the mountain to see and experience Machu Picchu for the first time. Enjoy a buffet lunch at Sanctuary Lodge next to the ruins, and then take a private guided tour of the citadel; free time in the ruins to follow before you descend to Aguas Calientes by bus when ready. Dinner is included a la carte at your hotel this evening.

Activity Options:

Machu Picchu and hike to Waynu Picchu excursion

Hike to the Inca Bridge

Hike to the Sun Gate or Inti Punku (original Gateway into Machu Picchu)

Overnight Overnight: Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel ­ or Belmond Sanctuary Lodge

Meals B,L,D

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Machu Picchu

Spend the morning at the Machu Picchu citadel with your private guide. If you’d like, hike to Inti Punku, or “Sun Gate,” the original gateway to Machu Picchu that approaches the site along the Inca trail and offers the most superb views of the ruins and the surrounding landscapes. For something less rigorous, traverse the narrow Inca road amid lush vegetation to an Inca bridge.

Alternatively, this morning you can stay back at your hotel to relax or partake in some of the programmed activities at Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel.

Vistadome train: Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo.

On arrival, take a private transfer to your hotel in the historic part of Cusco.

Activity Options:

Three-hour interpretive walk along your hotel’s orchid and bird trails with our resident biologist

Guided orchid excursion to cloud forest

Guided twilight walk

Overnight La Casona, Palacio Nazarenas, Palacio del Inka Hotel, El Mercado, or Quinta San Blas

Meals B,L

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Cusco

Today, enjoy a private guided tour of Cusco and surrounding area. Customize your day based on your interest and energy level.

We always recommend including a visit to Cusco’s Central Market (also known as San Pedro Market) to learn about local Peruvian products and observe the daily rhythm of Cusquenian life. See activity options below for additional excursions.

This evening, enjoy an interactive Andean music instrument experience at the Hotel. See a local musician’s impressive collection of Andean musical instruments from different time periods in Peru, learn about their importance and also how to play them!

Activity Options:

Private tour to Cusco’s highlights with local historian. Have lunch at Pachapapa Restaurant, then stop by the iconic Cusco Cathedral in the Plazas de Armas, which contains one of the city’s greatest examples of 18th century mestizo paintings.

Visit to Sacsayhuaman Fortress, the ruling palace of the Incas, which in Quechua means “satisfied falcon,” and is considered of religious and military significance. The views of Cusco below are spectacular.

Take a private chocolate workshop at the city’s ChocoMuseo to how chocolate is made from bean to bar--and make your own chocolates to bring home with you!

Visit the traditional Andean village of Chinchero. The visit combines Inca archaeological sites, a typical Andean community, colonial church, and a colorful market which on certain days, traditional bartering can be observed

Overnight La Casona, Palacio Nazarenas, Palacio del Inka Hotel, El Mercado, or Quinta San Blas

Meals B,L

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Day7

Amazon

This morning, take your private transfer to the Cusco airport for your flight to Puerto Maldonado in the southern Peruvian Amazon.

Flight: Cusco to Puerto Maldonado

On arrival, begin your 3-day/2-night Amazon program based out of Reserva Amazonica or Hacienda Concepcion or Tambopata Research Center. Here, a range of land and river excursions introduce you to the magic of the rainforest. Arrive by motorized canoe to the lodge and followed by an introduction to property and all it has to offer.

Activity Options:

Jungle trail walk

Canopy walk and bird watching

Afternoon boat ride for flora and fauna observation

Nighttime rainforest walk to observe nocturnal wildlife

Overnight Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica, Hacienda Concepcion or Manu Wildlife Center

Meals B,L,D

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Day8-10

Amazon

Enjoy three days of customized Amazon focused activities.

Activity Options:

Visit Lake Sandoval in Tambopata National Reserve where wildlife surrounds you. Glide in a canoe across a beautiful, mirror-like oxbow lake that is home to the endangered giant river otter, red howler monkeys, macaws, prehistoric hoatzins, also called “shanshos,” point-tailed palm creepers and yellow spotted sideneck turtles.

Inkaterra Canopy Walkways - Unimaginable views are revealed from this network of towers, bridges and platforms. Be on the lookout for different birds, such as toucans, woodpeckers, trogons, among many others, and try to identify them through their songs, while on the observation decks. See giant strangler fig trees, orchids, monkeys and sloths.

Visit remarkable botanical garden with 200 different species of rainforest plants.

Overnight Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica, Hacienda Concepcion, or Manu Wildlife Center

Meals B,L,D

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Departure

After breakfast, return to Puerto Maldonado by motorized canoe. On the way, stop by the Butterfly House (weather pending) to see some of the most unique specimens. Take your flight back to Lima.

Flight: Puerto Maldonado to Lima

Connect, with airport assistance, with your international flight home.

Meals B

Journey to Peru

If you dream of experiencing a world where fish swim through the upper branches of trees, and where long-tailed monkeys occasionally swing by to say hello, then we invite you aboard an Amazon river cruise. The sheer scale is like gigantic “ocean-river,” running through the heart of the Brazilian rainforest from French Guiana to Peru, which will simply blow you away! Enjoy a wide range of active excursions twice a day, from photographing wildlife and canoeing to kayaking and swimming. This journey also features two phenomenal cultural experiences: the colonial city of Cusco and the great Inca archaeological site of Machu Picchu. Beautifully woven together into an eleven-day adventure, these natural and historic icons of Peru will sweep you off your feet and leave you with cherished memories for years to come.

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Itinerary

Day1

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Day1

Lima

Welcome to Lima!

After a meet and greet at the international airport. You’ll arrive at Lima airport, where you will be greeted by your guide and taken to your hotel.

Activity Options:

Culinary experience

Art collection

Hip neighborhoods

Beach scene of Lima

Overnight Wyndham Hotel

Day2

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Amazon

After breakfast this morning, walk to the airport in Lima to catch your flight to Iquitos. Note: If your flight arrives before noon, you can transfer directly to Iquitos on Day 1.

Board your Amazon river boat for your three-night program.

Overnight Aqua, Aria, or Delfin II ­(or similar)

Meals B,D

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Day3-4

Amazon

Enjoy two full day of exploration from your selected river boat.

Overnight Aqua, Aria or Delfin II ­(or similar)

Meals B,L,D

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Amazon to Lima

Disembark in the morning, transfer to Iquitos airport for your flight back to Lima.

Arrive at Lima airport and meet your guide for transfer to your hotel.

Overnight Country Club Hotel, Villa Barranco, or Hotel B

Meals B,L

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Day6

Lima

Explore Lima with a private local guide, with special access to art collections and more.

Insider culinary experiences also available with best tables in the creative food scene.

Activity Options:

Culinary experience

Art collection

Hip neighborhoods

Beach scene of Lima

Overnight Country Club Hotel, Villa Barranco , or Hotel B

Meals B

Days7

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Day7

Cusco / Sacred Valley

After breakfast this morning, transfer to the airport in Lima to catch your flight to Cusco. Check-in assistance.

Upon arrival in Cusco, meet your guide and driver for your transfer to lower altitude in the Sacred Valley. En route to your hotel, visit the Awanacancha Textile and Camelid Center where you can see and interact with four different Andean camelids: llamas, alpacas, vicuña and guanacos. Learn about the traditional dyeing and knitting techniques from local inhabitants.

After lunch, enjoy an excursion of your choice.

Activity Options:

• Artisan market – an exhibit and sale of fine woven crafts, colorful tapestries, handicrafts and textiles from Pisaq and nearby villages

• Hike or bike through the Sacred Valley

• Visit ancient ruins with picnic lunch

• Horseback riding

Overnight Hotel Sol y Luna, Casa Andina Premium , Hacienda Urubamba

Meals B,L

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Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu

Take your private transfer to the Ollantaytambo train station (20 minutes from your hotel), for your Vistadome class train ride to Aguas Calientes at the base of Machu Picchu.

Vistadome train: Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes

On arrival, your guide assists you to the buses and together you take the winding journey up the mountain to see and experience Machu Picchu for the first time. Enjoy a buffet lunch at Sanctuary Lodge next to the ruins, and then take a private guided tour of the citadel; free time in the ruins to follow before you descend to Aguas Calientes by bus when ready.

Dinner is included a la carte at your hotel this evening.

Activity Options:

Machu Picchu and hike to Waynu Picchu excursion

Hike to the Inca Bridge

Hike to the Sun Gate or Inti Punku (original Gateway into Machu Picchu)

Overnight Machu Picchu Pueblo

Meals B,L

Day9

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Day9

Machu Picchu

Spend the morning at Machu Picchu.

Activity Options:

Machu Picchu and hike to Waynu Picchu excursion

Hike to the Inca Bridge

Hike to the Sun Gate or Inti Punku (original Gateway into Machu Picchu)

Following lunch, take the train back to Cusco.

Overnight Hotel Belmond Monasterio, Quinto San Blas or La Casona

Meals B,L

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Cusco

Walking tour of Cusco. Follow narrow streets filled with Inca stonework to sites like the Temple of the Sun, the Plaza de Armas and La Merced or San Francisco cathedrals.

Activity Options:

Explore Sacsayhuamán, which in Quechua means “satisfied falcon,” and is considered of religious and military significance

Explore city highlights in private tour with historian or specialist

Visit the traditional Andean village of Chinchero. The visit combines Inca archaeological sites, typical Andean community, a colonial church, and a colorful market which on certain days, traditional bartering can be observed.

Overnight Hotel Belmond Monasterio ­ Quinto San Blas or La Casona

Meals B,L

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Departure

After breakfast this morning, transfer to the airport in Cusco in time to catch your flight to Lima. If you’d like, njoy one last excursion in the city before your flight home.

Activity Options:

Culinary experience

Art collection

Hip neighborhoods

Beach scene of Lima

Meals B

Journey to Panama

Panama boasts miles of secluded beaches, family-friendly eco-lodges, mountains ensconced in rainforests, a wealth of cultural experiences, and of course, the historic Panama Canal. Panama’s appeal has only continued to grow, as more alluring hotels move in and word continues to spread. However, this skinny isthmus still maintains a very laid-back vibe, with small eco-lodges and boutique hotels serving as bases for adventurous pursuits and beach relaxation. We love this destination because of the array of diverse nature and adventures one can have in a short period of time without needing to move around a lot. For families looking for a nature immersion in rainforests, an understanding the evolution of species, and a wide array of adventures, Panama has a ton to offer.  But “laid-back” doesn’t always mean sacrificing sophistication and style — and that’s where our trip planning expertise comes in!

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Itinerary

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Panama City

Welcome to Panama! Private meet-and-greet at airport with your bilingual guide and transfer to your hotel in the Casco Viejo neighborhood. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Activity Options:

Rainforest and lake tour

Private behind scenes tour of Panama Canal

Explore Fort San Lorenzo and astounding rich natural scene

Overnight American Trade Hotel, La Concordia, or Bristol

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Embera Native Village

Today, enjoy a Embera native village excursion from Panama City. Meet your guide at your hotel for a drive into the Panamanian jungle. Take a canoe ride through the rainforest to reach the village, and visit one of Panama’s seven indigenous tribes on the Gatun River. Learn about their music, traditions and typical dances, and experience the lush flora and fauna of this virgin rainforest. Enjoy a typical traditional lunch with the catch of the day prepared by the women.

Overnight American Trade Hotel, La Concordia, or Bristol

Meals B,L

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Panama Canal / David

This morning, take a private guided tour of Panama City, including a visit to the Panama Canal Miraflores Locks. Then, private transfer to Panama City airport for your non-stop domestic flight to David in the Chiriqui Highlands.

Flight: Panama City to David

On arrival, airport reception by your bilingual guide and private transfer to your boutique hotel on a coffee plantation outside of Boquete, about 1-1.5 hours away.

Activity Options:

Visit the country’s Frank Ghery designed Bio museum

Fly over the Panama canal for a bird’s eye view

Overnight Finca Lerida, or Panamonte

Meals B

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Finca Ceriana Nature Reserve

Experience a full-day private guided visit to Finca Ceriana Nature Reserve, with hiking and gourmet picnic lunch.

Activity Options:

Ziplining

Rafting

Coffee Tour

Kayaking

Overnight Finca Lerida, or Panamonte

Meals B,L

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Day5

Finca Lerida / Boca Chica

This morning, tour the Finca Lerida’s coffee plantation. Learn about the entire coffee production process, with tastings.

This afternoon, take a private transfer to Boca Chica where you are met by staff from the Resort at Isla Palenque for a short boat ride (approx. 15 min) to the private island located in the Gulf of Chiriqui. Begin your 4-night all-inclusive Desert Island Discovery program.

Activity Options:

Ziplining tour

Rafting

Coffee Tour

Kayaking

Overnight The Resort at Isla Palenque

Meals B,D

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Day6-8

Salvador / Isla Palenque

Your four-night all-inclusive Desert Island Discovery program includes three full days of active exploration on Isla Palenque, with daily guided island and ocean excursions (see below). Complement these activities with some beach time and cool off in the hotel’s infinity pool.

Activity Options:

Beach trips

Birdwatching

Fishing

Snorkeling

Jungle hikes

Kayaking

Surfing

Overnight The Resort at Isla Palenque

Meals B,L,D

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Day7

Isla Palenque

Enjoy a full, customized day on Isla Palenque.

Activity Options:

Beach trips

Birdwatching

Fishing

Snorkeling

Jungle hikes

Kayaking

Surfing

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Day8

Isla Palenque

Enjoy a full, customized day on Isla Palenque.

Activity Options:

Beach trips

Birdwatching

Fishing

Snorkeling

Jungle hikes

Kayaking

Surfing

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Day9

Departure

At a previously scheduled time, transfer from Isla Palenque to David airport for your flight back to Panama City’s international airport.

Flight: David to Panama City

On arrival, connect with your onward international flights home (no assistance provided at airport in between flights).

Flight: Panama City to Home City

Meals B

Journey to Cuba

Latin Excursions is a true believer in the unique and intense transformative travel experience that the magical island of Cuba offers. Our Cuba private tours will show you just what we mean! Located in the Caribbean Sea and situated just 90 miles from the United States, Cuba is home to nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites and is rapidly becoming one of Latin America’s hottest destinations for US travellers. Cuba offers amazing coastline with more than 300 natural white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters, colonial cities, picturesque mountain ranges, savannah and numerous lush valleys, a vibrant culture and soulful people. This introductory adventure starts in Cienfuegos, an architectural jewel of the nineteenth century and nicknamed “the Pearl of the South” after its magnificent bay. Continue to Havana to explore the old and new while interacting with highly respected local personalities such as architects, entrepreneurs and artists. During your stay in Cuba´s capital, visit the picturesque Viñales Valley to learn about the tobacco production and drying process. From the moment you arrive to Cuba, you will delve into its diverse culture, colonial gems, impassioned people and natural splendor.

UNESCO World Heritage sites: Iconic Old Havana and picturesque tobacco-growing Viñales Valley

Engaging and inspiring people-to-people encounters with architects, artists, musicians and local farmers

Discover culinary secrets, sampling some of Havana’s top Paladares (new privately run restaurants)

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Itinerary

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Arrive in Cienfuegos

Located on Cuba’s south coast, Cienfuegos is a pleasant colonial gem with pockets that look distinctly like 1950s Floridian suburbia. Its private restaurants, or “paladares,” are known for their seafood. Other attractions include the magical Botanical Gardens and the countless old fashioned facades (don’t miss the Catedral de la Purisima Concepción). The marina here is the embarkation point for many catamaran excursions to the southern Keys near Cayo Largo. On the Paseo del Prado, the longest street in Cuba, people-watching and ice cream seem to be the main events.

Overnight Luxury Apartment, or First-Class Apartment

Meals L,D

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Explore Trinidad

Trinidad is far and away, and arguably the most beautiful town in Cuba, with multi-colored pastel hued terraces and rust-red roofs. This fertile land of mountain and sea has always brought wealth to lucky locals. In the colonial area, especially between 1750 and 1850, sugar cane was its main economic activity and fabulously wealthy Spanish families built gorgeous mansions around Trinidad’s main square. These days, their descendants rent rooms to visiting foreigners. Mountain and sea collide around Topes de Collantes, producing rich soil for crops. And, as produce is bountiful here, home-cooked meals have always been superior, even in bad economic times. The private restaurants and paladares, and even the meals offered by your own casa particular, are above par.

Activity Options:

Tour of city, countryside and beach

Dance lesson

Night music event at Plaza Mayor with canchancharas

Overnight Luxury Apartment, or First-Class Apartment

Meals D

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Transfer to Havana

Any visit to Cuba must include Havana. Her faded beauty is legendary and is, hands-down, the most beautiful city in the Caribbean. It’s also rising from its ruins: a good piece of the tourist money that has hit Cuban coffers over the last two decades has been put towards revitalizing Habana Vieja, the old colonial center.

Activity Options:

Trough el Nicho Natural Reserve and Santa Clara to visit the Che Guevara monument

Dinner: Tropicana or La Fabrica

Overnight Luxury Apartment, or First-Class Apartment

Meals B, (L or D, dependent on activities)

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Havana

Spend a full day exploring this colorful and dynamic city, selecting the activities and excursions that most suit your interests.

Activity Options:

Walking City Tour - Walk through the narrow streets of Old Havana visiting the four beautiful major squares in Old Havana

Overview tour of city, countryside and beach

Night music event at Plaza Mayor with canchancharas

Vintage Car Ride

Music lesson - learn the basics of Cuban rhythms and traditional congas in a class with an accomplished percussionist

Dance lesson - Experience a Rumba lesson delivered by a dancer, professor and leader of aRumba Dance Project, with more than 20 years of keeping alive the heritage of one of the most emblematic dances in Cuba. You will have the chance to interact with locals and experience the contagious spirit of this dance

Lunch or Dinner at La Guarida, a famous restaurant gem

Overnight Luxury Apartment, or First-Class Apartment

Meals B, (L or D, dependent on activities selected)

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Pinar del Rio and Valley of Vinales

To the west of Havana lies the rolling green hills of Pinar del Rio. This is tobacco-growing country, with an old fashioned agrarian economy. Farmers trot down dusty tracks in spurs, plough the rust-red earth with oxen and sow seeds by hand. The valley of Vinales, spiked with limestone peaks, is a hypnotically beautiful Eden and its eponymously named little town is one of the best weekenders near Havana. Here, a functioning private-sector tourist economy means that old-fashioned country Cuban life has been spruced up for international consumption (in a good way): the porches are recently painted, and the locals are especially cheerful. For visitors, biking, caving and horseback riding in the valley are popular activities.

Activity Options:

Visit to the Natural Reserve Vinales Valley

Horseback riding tour including an introduction to tobacco and coffee farming

Tobacco tour in Viñales Valley - visit the tobacco plantations, see the famous drying houses and learn how to roll a cigar. See the real thing

Night event in Havana

Overnight Luxury Apartment, or First-Class Apartment

Meals B, (L or D, dependent on activities)

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Havana

Enjoy another full day exploring Havana. We will custom design the day based on your interests and preferences. Sample activity options outlined below.

Optional Activities:

• Walking City Tour – Walk through the narrow streets of Old Havana visiting the four beautiful major squares in Old Havana!
• Artist Studios
• Museums visits
• Biking tour
• Dinner at Tierra
• Night event Fabrica del Arte – Visit one of the most vibrant meeting spots for the young and eclectic crowd. One of the curators will guide you through La Fabrica introducing you to young artists.

Overnight Luxury Apartment, or First-Class Apartment

Meals B, (L or D, dependent on activities)

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Departure day

Return to the airport for your outbound flight.

Meals B

Extraordinary Journey to Brazil & Argentina

Offering an outstanding introduction to Argentina and Brazil, this journey combines the elegance of Buenos Aires with exotic and flamboyant Rio de Janeiro and awe-inspiring Iguazú Falls, shrouded in mist with its thunders heard for kilometers. This is a trip that combines the best of two very distinct fascinating cultures – one vibrant, musical and intense in both nature and settings, and another much more European with some of the most dramatically beautiful scenery on the planet. We suggest this combination for travelers looking to combine two dramatically different countries that complement one another.

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Visit our Argentina Page
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Itinerary

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Depart for Argentina

Evening flight to Buenos Aires.

Buenos Aires is a vibrant port city of some 13 million people, situated on the west bank of the tawny colored Río de la Plata, the widest river in the world.

This Cosmopolitan city, the “cradle of tango” as it is called, is a superlative introduction to your exploration of Argentina. European in appearance, Buenos Aires can keep any culture-oriented visitor busy indefinitely.

Different aspects of its architecture and the diversity of its districts and suburbs reflect times of grandeur and abundance, cultural influences and migratory waves. Buenos Aires has been a true melting pot of native inhabitants, Spanish, Italian, British, French, German,Central European, Jewish, Arabian, Greek, Japanese and more recently, Chinese and Korean immigrants.

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Arrive Buenos Aires

Morning arrival in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Airport reception and private transfer to your stylish hotel.

Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.

Overnight Palacio Duhau or Faena Hotel or Legado Mitico

Meals B

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Buenos Aires

Today, enjoy an afternoon tour of some of the most interesting and engaging neighborhoods in the city.

“Four Balconies of Buenos Aires” is a half-day, private guided city tour (approx. 4 hr) featuring four parks and plazas of Buenos Aires (Plaza de Mayo, Parque Lezama and La Boca, Plaza San Martin and Recoleta). Your expert guide will introduce you to Argentina’s history, contrasts and contradictions, and the characteristic psychology of the “porteños,” the inhabitants of Buenos Aires. Your tour also includes a visit to Teatro Colon (shared).

• Plaza de Mayo, the heart of the city of Buenos Aires both from the historical and political point of view and the site of its foundation
• San Telmo (Parque Lezama), one of the oldest districts in the city, filled with artists’ ateliers and colorful houses with rambling architecture, antique shops and cobblestone streets
• La Boca district, the birthplace of the Tango, and one of the oldest districts in the city; known for the colorful buildings residents construct from corrugated metal leftover from ships
• Plaza San Martin and Retiro, shows the link between the Old South and the movement to the new residential areas, which occurred at the turn of the 19th century when Buenos Aires became more European
• Recoleta, the sophisticated district in Buenos Aires with a strong French influence which can be seen in the architecture and avenues; known for the world famous Recoleta Cemetery where Evita Peron is buried

Enjoy an evening Tango show or milonga from a menu of options, which we will suggest according to your tango tastes.

Overnight Palacio Duhau, or Faena Hotel, or Legado Mitico

Meals B,L

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Buenos Aires

Today can be enjoyed at your leisure, or you may take a full-day trip to an estancia in the Pampas countryside.

Agriculture and the gaucho are tightly woven into the history of Argentina. One rarely sees this link from a visit only to Buenos Aires. We work with an variety of Estancias close to Buenos Aires to meet the tastes and preferences of our travelers.

Overnight La Bamba de Areco, or Ombu Areco

Meals B,L

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Fly to Iguazú

This morning, fly to the Iguazú Falls to visit the Brazilian side of these magnificent cataracts before crossing back into Argentina. Stay two nights on the Argentina side at a lodge either inside the park or just outside.

Overnight Awasi Iguazu or Belmond Iguazu

Meals B

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Iguazú Falls

Day at leisure to explore the Argentine side of the falls at your own pace. You may take the opportunity to experience the falls at dawn or sunset when the park is closed to other visitors.

Take the ecological train across the National Park, skirting the Upper Iguazu River, to Puerto Canoas (20 minutes). Enjoy a pleasant stroll over the modern catwalks, that span the Upper Iguazu River, to the most breathtaking lookout point right over the Devil’s Throat falls. A water volume of approximately 1,000 m/sec thunders over the falls during the rainy season into the deep canyon. The water force is so great that rising mist prevents you from seeing the bottom. For your return route, you can take panoramic elevator or continue up the trail and stairs 35 ft above to the road, for those who prefer to exercise.

Activity Options:

Helicopter fly-over tour for birds’ eye view of the falls

Boat ride near the falls to feel the amazing force of the water

Explore the many adventure trails inside the rainforest of the Iguazu National Park

Overnight Awasi Iguazu or Belmond Iguazu

Meals B

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Fly to Rio de Janeiro

Transfer to Iguazú Airport for your flight to Rio de Janeiro. Upon arrival, you are met and transferred to your hotel.

Overnight Fasano Rio, or Copacabana Palace, or Windsor Atlantica hotel

Meals B

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Rio de Janeiro

Start your morning with a visit to Corcovado mountain, site of the statue of Christ the Redeemer overlooking the city. Stop at a typical beach juice bar to taste fresh tropical juices and get a glimpse into the cariocas’ way of life (local residents). This afternoon, visit Sugar Loaf mountain by cable car.

Activity Options:

Bike tour along the coastline

Climb the world famous Sugar Loaf mountain

Learn how to play soccer or beach tennis

Overnight Fasano Rio, or Copacabana Palace, or Windsor Atlantica hotel

Meals B

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Rio de Janeiro

For your second day in Rio, select an excursion of your choice, or opt to explore on your own.

Activity Options:

Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden and Tijuca Rainforest eco-tour

Santa Teresa Tour: Explore the bohemian and picturesque Santa Teresa neighbourhood, known for its art and music scene, narrow streets, old homes, and charming little restaurants, bistros and bars. Visit one of Rio's most impressive tourist attractions, the Ruins Park, with one of the most beautiful views of Rio's landscapes.

Overnight Fasano Rio, or Copacabana Palace or Windsor Atlantica hotel

Meals B

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Return Flight Home

Private transfer to the airport for your return flight home, or on to your next destination.

Nature and Rhythm of Brazil

Curated to deliver an in-depth discovery into Brazil’s fascinating culture, music and nature, this cross-country journey combines the pristine landscapes of the Amazon, the cultural beats of Salvador de Bahia, and the vibrant city of Rio de Janeiro. Embark on an intense journey of the senses as you fall in love with the many colorful sides of Brazil–from rainforest to desert, and from cityscape to seascape.

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Itinerary

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Manaus, Brazil

Upon arrival to Manaus International Airport, meet your driver at arrivals lounge and transfer to the Anavilhanas Lodge, a three-hour drive.

Once at the lodge, settle into your room, then choose from a variety of exciting activities available from the lodge.

Activity Options:

Pink Dolphin Feeding and Craft Shops in Novo Airão (2.5 hours)

Jungle Hike: (2.5 hours)

Anavilhanas Archipelago Tour (2.5 hours)

Piranha’s Fishing (2 hours)

Night Wildlife Spotting (1.5 hours)

Sunrise (1.5 hours)

Canoe Paddling (2 hours)

Local community visit (2 hours)

Overnight Anavilhanas Lodge

Meals L,D

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Exploring the Amazon

Continue enjoying and exploring the Amazon according to the Anavilhanas Lodge program.

Activity Options:

Pink Dolphin Feeding and Craft Shops in Novo Airão (2.5 hours)

Jungle Hike: (2.5 hours)

Anavilhanas Archipelago Tour (2.5 hours)

Piranha’s Fishing (2 hours)

Night Wildlife Spotting (1.5 hours)

Sunrise (1.5 hours)

Canoe Paddling (2 hours)

Local community visit (2 hours)

Overnight Anavilhanas Lodge

Meals B,L,D

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Salvador

This morning, meet your driver in the lobby, transfer to the airport of Manaus and take board your flight for Salvador. Upon arrival, you are welcomed by your driver and transferred to Hotel Villa Bahia. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

Overnight Villa Gale or Aram Yami

Meals B

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Full Day Tour of Salvador

Discover the essential sights of Salvador on a full day tour tracing the development of the city from its simple beginnings to what is now the third largest city in Brazil. Start at the mouth of the huge bay and head via elegant three-lined avenues and bustling streets to the Pelourinho, a UNESCO Heritage site and the largest complex of colonial architecture in South America. Walk from the Municipal Square by the towering Lacerda Elevator, and enjoy the views of the bay stretching out to the lower city. Fishermen work from small canoes, locals collect shellfish at low tide, schooners lie at anchor, all protected by the famous Bonfim church, one of the most important churches of pilgrimage in Brazil. Continue to the Monserrat district with its panoramic view of the city and to Mercado Modelo, a thriving market for local artifacts and souvenirs, and also the place where you can test your bargaining talents!

Salvador is a year round destination. December through March is the peak of summer season and also when carnival occurs.

Additional Tour Options:

Bay Escapes: Explore the bay where the 39 islands around the Bay of all Saints, and more than 30 shipwrecks under its clear waters. Take a boat out into the bay and visit a couple of the islands or beaches further along the coast

Music, art and culinary treasures: Music, art and food are to be seen and experienced everywhere in Salvador, from the streets, to beaches and private venues

Overnight Villa Bahia or Aram Yami

Meals B

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Salvador

Depart the hotel in the morning to visit two of Salvador’s busiest markets. First stop is the fish market, with a variety of seafood and fish from the bay. A short distance away is the largest open market in Bahia, São Joaquim, selling a myriad of products from fruits and vegetables to spare parts for domestic appliances, sacred herbs and religious artifacts of the Candomblé. Here, you’ll find all of the ingredients for Bahia cuisine and later savor the famous moqueca dish is a local restaurant in the city.

In the afternoon, visit a percussion instrument maker’s workshop, and choose from a selection of beats and wondrous instruments.

INCLUDED: Full day tour – Local bilingual guide & car at disposal for 8h, plus all activities mentioned above (except lunch)

Activity Options:

Private tour of the city’s premier art and music scene

Walk through the cobbled streets of the historic center filled with hundreds of majestic baroque churches

African heritage tour

Gastronomy tour

Sailing in the bay

Overnight Villa Bahia ­or Aram Yami

Meals B

Day7

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Rio de Janeiro

Any trip to Brazil should include a visit to Rio. Enjoy your morning at leisure. then transfer to the airport for your flight to Rio de Janeiro.

Upon arrival, meet your driver at arrivals lounge who will take you to your hotel.

Later in the afternoon, your guide and vehicle will pick you up at the hotel and take you to the viewing platform on the hill-side of Leblon, from where you have one of the many iconic views of the city – a complete panorama of Ipanema and Leblon neighborhoods and beaches. Here, your guide explains how the two most glamorous neighborhoods of Rio are organized. Begin your walking tour, choosing between the shopping street or the beach street. Head towards neighboring Copacabana beach and visit the iconic Copacabana Palace Hotel, which has lodged more Kings, Presidents and Celebrities than all other Brazilian hotels put together. Walk or drive down the beach to Copacabana Fort to enjoy a drink at sunset.

Activity Options:

Bike tour along the coastline

Climb the world famous Sugar Loaf mountain

Learn how to play soccer or beach tennis

Overnight Fasano Rio, or Copacabana Palace, or Marina All Park

Meals B

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Rio de Janeiro

Your guide picks you up early this morning to catch the sunrise over Rio and to visit Corcovado Mountain and its famous statue of Christ the Redeemer, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Descend the mountain to charming Santa Teresa, an artsy neighborhood considered to be Brazil’s Montmartre  – a great place to meander down cobbled streets. Enjoy lunch at a cliffside restaurant in area.

Spend the afternoon as you wish; then, return to your hotel by car.

Activity Options (PM):

Historical or art tour Rio’s renovated downtown

Visit the southern areas of Prainha and Grumari; combine with visit to Burle Marx home and gardens

Learn Martial arts (Brazilian style)

Enjoy a taste of Rio’s music scene in a large antique store that transforms into a great music club in the evenings

Overnight Fasano Rio, or ­Copacabana Palace, or Marina All Park

Meals B

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Rio de Janeiro

Do as the Cariocas and start your day with a bike ride along Ipanema, Copacabana, Leme beaches and beautiful Aterro do Flamengo. You may notice that each of these beaches has its own vibe, attracting a different mix of people.

Conclude your ride at Urca Mountain where you catch the cable car to the renowned Sugarloaf Mountain. From the top, take in the breathtaking panoramic view of the city, as well as Guanabara Bay and the neighbour city of Niteroi.

Return to sea level and continue exploring the city with your private guide and choose from a variety of options.

Activity Options:

Visit the Botanical Gardens

Peruse some of the best shopping hotspots

Samba dance lesson

Private tour of Rio’s contemporary Art Galleries and museums

Overnight Fasano, Copacabana Palace or Marina All Park

Meals B

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Departure

This morning is at leisure to enjoy your last moments in this marvelous city. At the pre-arranged time, meet your driver in front of your hotel and transfer to the Galeão International Airport.

Meals B

Journey to Ecuador

Nature lovers can check off everything on their bucket list with this comprehensive two-week adventure of Ecuador’s Andes mountains, Galapagos islands, and Amazonia. What could be better than exploring the Andes–Western World’s highest peaks–then snorkeling with sea lions and experiencing the legendary exotic wildlife and geology that has inspired scientists and naturalists for nearly 200 years. Then conclude with a journey deep into Amazon jungle, where the vast majority of the world’s plant and wildlife species reside – species you won’t see anywhere else, ever.

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Itinerary

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Arrive in Quito

Welcome to Ecuador! On arrival in Quito, you are greeted at the international airport by your local English-speaking guide and privately transferred to your boutique hotel in the historical city center.

Overnight Casa Gangotena, Plaza Grande, or Casona La Ronda

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Quito

Spend the morning at leisure. In the afternoon, you are met at your hotel for a half-day private guided excursion.

Activity Options:

Private tour of Quito’s colonial churches or insiders look at the country’s finest Pre-Columbian art collection

Spectacular horseback riding in high Andes near Quito

2-3 hour hike and birdwatching with Naturalist guide through nearby cloud forest to see hummingbirds and flora

Overnight Casa Gangotena, Plaza Grande, or Casona La Ronda

Meals B

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Galapagos Islands

This morning, take your private transfer to Quito airport for flight to the Galapagos Islands.

Flight: Quito to Baltra, Galapagos (via Guayaquil)

Be met at Baltra airport by your naturalist guide and transfer to embark your boat to begin your 5D/4N cruise through the Galapagos Islands! This afternoon, enjoy your first Galapagos excursion to one of the islands.

Overnight Aboard selected boat such as Ocean Spray, La Pinta, Santa Cruz II, or Coral yachts

Meals B,L,D

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Galapagos Islands

Over the next three days, explore the Galapagos by boat with daily morning and afternoon landings and excursions.

Overnight Aboard selected boat such as Ocean Spray, La Pinta, Santa Cruz II, or Coral yachts

Meals B,L,D

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Galapagos Islands / Lodge Santa Cruz Island

Enjoy your last morning excursion of your Galapagos cruise. While the other cruise guests take their return flight back to the mainland, you are met by your private naturalist guide at Baltra airport and to be transferred across the Itabaca Channel to Santa Cruz Island.

Enjoy lunch in town and visit the Charles Darwin Research Station before transferring to your new home base for your Galapagos land program. Spend the rest of afternoon at your leisure.

Overnight Options:

The Safari Camp has a circuit that takes you up two natural volcanic formations and viewpoints, where you’ll appreciate much of the native flora of the area, including scalesia, guayabillo, and palo santo, and get acquainted with the finches, warblers, fly-catchers, Galapagos Doves, and with any luck, the Galapagos Rail. End the day with a sunset cocktail, followed by dinner.


Pikaia Lodge offers guided tours of their very own wild great tortoise reserve. Or wonder along the white sand beaches, or check into the Sumaq Spa for some relaxation and pampering.

Overnight Galapagos Safari Camp, or Pikaia Lodge, or Private villa

Meals B,L,D

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Galapagos Safari Camp or Pikaiai Lodge

Activity Options:

• Specially custom designed program highlight the interests of your family such as special nature
• Full-day shared scuba diving excursion from Puerto Ayora. Visit two dive sites (TBD), with maximum 1 hour immersion at each
• Visit and tour of farm with two natural volcanic formations where you can observe the native plants and wildlife
• Tortoise Reserve visit to see giant tortoises roaming the ponds; visit nearby lava tunnels as well
• Visit Cerro Mesa that offers dramatic views and has the largest crater on Santa Cruz. After lunch, visit Garrapatero beach: mangroves, black lava, white sand, busy coastal bird life, small pink flamingo lagoon; kayaking and mountain biking excursions also available on request

This evening, return to your lodge for relaxation time and dinner.

Overnight Galapagos Safari Camp, or Pikaia Lodge, or Private villa

Meals B,L,D

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Galapagos Safari Camp or Pikaiai Lodge

Early in the morning, visit a Giant Galapagos Tortoise reserve with your private guide (this is a different reserve from the one visited during cruise). Then, continue to an organic coffee farm to learn more about sustainable farming in the Galapagos and to sample some local coffee. Afterwards, you are driven to the eastern part of the island for a hike at Cerro Mesa. At 490m above sea level, Cerro Mesa Reserve offers spectacular views of the largest crater on Santa Cruz Island, exotic plants, and seven unique subspecies of finch and the elusive vermilion flycatcher. Following lunch, explore Garrapatero Beach, with stunning contrasts of mangroves, black lava, white sand, and turquoise water — including a flamingo lagoon. Kayaking and mountain biking are optional here as well.

Overnight Galapagos Safari Camp, or Pikaia Lodge, or Private villa

Meals B,L,D

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Galapagos Safari Camp or Pikaiai Lodge

Activity Options:

• With your private guide, hike to Puntudo and Cerro Crocker or Media Luna (this is a more demanding hike but offers great views and amazing wildlife; highest point on the island and great for birdwatching). Continue to Puerto Ayora for lunch, followed by snorkeling at Las Grietas or a one-mile walk at Tortuga Bay with swimming and relaxation time.
• Scuba diving excursion
• Sea kayaking or snorkeling excursion with private guide

Overnight Galapagos Safari Camp, or Pikaia Lodge, or Private villa

Meals B,L,D

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Galapagos Islands / Quito

On your last day, have a leisurely morning or take a sunrise walk on the property before transferring to the airport for your return flight to the mainland.

Flight Baltra, Galapagos Islands to Quito (via Guayaquil)

Airport reception at Quito airport upon arrival.

Overnight Wyndham Airport Hotel

Meals B

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Amazon Adventure

Today, begin your 4D/3N Amazon program of your choice. See options below.

Accommodation Options:

La Selva Lodge - one of the leading Amazon lodges


Napo Wildlife Center - lodge inside Tupinini National Park


Sacha Lodge - fabulous lodge for birdwatching and wildlife observation


Mashpi Lodge - Luxury lodge on private 3,000-acre cloud forest reserve (3-day Amazon program only for this option)

Overnight Amazon lodge of choice

Meals B,L,D

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Explore the Ecuadorian Amazon

Spend today exploring the cloud forest around the lodge, with shared naturalist guides.

Activity Options:

Nature walks

Canopy observation tower or sky bike

Visit butterfly farm or bird clay lick

Waterfall hikes

Nocturnal excursions

Overnight Amazon lodge of choice

Meals B,L,D

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Explore the Ecuadorian Amazon

Enjoy a second full day exploring the cloud forest around the lodge, with shared naturalist guides.

Activity Options:

Nature walks

Canopy observation tower or sky bike

Visit butterfly farm or bird clay lick

Waterfall hikes

Nocturnal excursions

Overnight Amazon lodge of choice

Meals B,L,D

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Depart Quito

After lunch at your lodge, return to Quito.

Day use of hotel, or overnight in Quito if your flight departs the following day.

Note: If you select Mashpi for your Amazon program, your return to Quito would be a day earlier (return to Quito on day 14).

Meals B

Journey to Ecuador’s Amazon

Nature lovers can check off everything on their bucket list with this impressive mix of Ecuador’s Andes mountains and the Amazon jungle. What could be better than going directly to the Andes, the Western World’s highest peaks with rich coffee plantations? Then, we take you deep into the Amazon jungle where the vast majority of the world’s plant and wildlife species reside – species you won’t see anywhere else, ever. You can’t help but feel you are at the very center of the natural world.

Stay in historic haciendas

Dine on traditional Ecuadorian cuisine at family-friendly restaurants

Explore vibrant local markets

Explore the rich sights and sounds of pristine jungle from the comfort of an Amazon lodge

Visit a parrot clay lick to view spectacular wildlife such as Giant Otters

View spectacular wildlife in the unparalleled Amazonian rainforest of Yasuni National Park

Ideal for families with tailor-made experiences

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Itinerary

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Quito

Welcome to Ecuador!

Airport reception at Quito Airport upon arrival and private transfer to your hotel in the city’s historical center.

Overnight Casa Gangotena, Plaza Grande, or similar

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Quito

This morning, you are picked up for your half-day private guided tour of Quito, including a walking tour of its historical center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then, the afternoon is at your leisure to spend relaxing or exploring the city further on your own.

Optional Activities:

Private tour of Quito’s colonial churches or insider’s look at the country's finest Pre-Columbian art collection

Spectacular horseback ride in the high Andes near Quito

2-3 hour hike and birdwatching with Naturalist guide through nearby cloud forest to see hummingbirds and flora

Overnight Casa Gangotena, Plaza Grande, or similar

Meals B

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Exploring the Amazon

In the morning, take your private transfer back to Quito airport for your flight to Coca, gateway to the Ecuadorian Amazon.

On arrival in the Amazon, transfer to the dock to embark on a motorized canoe and navigate down the great Napo River (approx. one hour) to board the Anakonda Amazon. An evening walk is organized after sunset to discover the forest’s nocturnal activity and listen to the incessant sounds of nature.

Overnight Anakonda Amazon Cruise

Meals B, D

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Exploring the Amazon

Continue downstream to the Pañayacu River delta; take a canoe trip upriver (1hr) to experience the sights of this fascinating reserve. Seek out pink river dolphins, common squirrel monkeys and much more. The rivers and lakes here are the perfect habitat for the infamous piranha, water monkey fish, and white caiman. After a refreshing swim, enjoy a delicious Amazon-style BBQ meal and refreshing beverages at a nearby camping site. In the afternoon, head out on trails and return onboard for dinner.

Overnight Overnight: Anakonda Amazon Cruise

Meals B,L,D

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Exploring the Amazon

Weather permitting, set out to visit one of the most amazing spectacles this side of western Amazonia known as parrot licks. Unique pools of mud become rich in minerals and attract hundreds of parrots and parakeets every day. Later, visit the Sani Warmi Kichwa Interpretation Center where Kichwa women speak about their customs, cuisine and everyday life. Have the opportunity to buy crafts, local products and souvenirs. After lunch, visit the Yakukawsay Kichwa Interpretation Center before concluding your day with an interesting evening walk through the forest (dependant on accessibility, river water levels and weather conditions).

Overnight Anakonda Amazon Cruise

Meals B,L,D

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Quito / Ecuadorian Highlands

In the morning, disembark the Anakonda and transfer by motorized canoe to Coca (1hr) for your return flight to Quito.

Flight: Coca to Quito (40 min)

Upon arrival in Quito, meet your guide for your private transfer into the northern highlands, where you will spend the next few tranquil days. The drive is approx. 1.5-2 hours and your guide will introduce you to the cultural and historical context of this rich area of the country along the way.

At Hacienda Zuleta, you are welcomed by staff and shown around the property. The afternoon is at your leisure to enjoy some activities on the property.

Hacienda Zuleta offers a great variety of activities and places to visit; however, the specialty is horseback riding. Housing nearly 100 horses, from pure Andalusians to polo horses, horses are the mode of transportation for workers inside and outside the hacienda. Guests enjoy horse tours through the scenic Andean mountains, and a horse drawn carriage for trips on the hacienda grounds. The hotel also offers mountain bikes and knowledgeable guidance on hikes through the surrounding wilderness.

Optional Activities:

Horseback riding

Horse drawn carriage rides

Mountain biking

Hiking / nature walks

Learn about everyday farm activities (i.e. cheese production)

Cooking Class

Embroidery Class

Overnight Hacienda Zuleta, or Hacienda Cusin

Meals B,L,D

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Ecuadorian Highlands

Spend the full day at Hacienda Zuleta, relaxing or enjoying the many activities offered on the property. Hundreds of winding roads through green pastures, pine and eucalyptus groves and native ecosystems make the Zuleta Valley a true paradise for outdoor activities and exploration.

The property is also home to an Andean condor rescue and restoration project, a creamery where artisanal cheese is made, pre-Inca mounds from the Caranqui culture, an organic garden and an embroidery workshop. You are also welcome to experience everyday activities like farming, milking, cheese production, harvest from the organic vegetable garden, and share with the hacienda workers, who will enjoy showing you how to do their chores. At the end of the day, unwind with a glass of wine and some of Zuleta’s homemade cheese near the fireplace.

Optional Activities:

Horseback riding

Horse drawn carriage rides

Mountain biking

Hiking / nature walks

Learn about everyday farm activities (i.e. cheese production)

Cooking Class

Embroidery Class

Overnight Hacienda Zuleta, or Hacienda Cusin

Meals B,L,D

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Ecuadorian Highlands

After breakfast and a leisurely morning, depart the hacienda to visit some highlights of the northern highlands en route back to Quito. Customize your afternoon to your interests. Dinner and overnight at a hotel near Quito airport.

Activity Options:

Visit Inca sites and ruins

Visit the colorful Otavalo artisan market, famous throughout the Andes for its handicrafts, textiles and tapestries

See and learn about the local Zuleta culture and their mastery of a special weaving technique

Visit the country’s foremost Condor restoration project and learn why this is the national bird of the Andean cultures and country

Overnight Overnight: Su Merced ­(or similar)

Meals B,L,D

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Departure

In the morning or afternoon, take your private transfer to Quito airport for your flight home, or continue your trip to the Galapagos or Peru’s Machu Picchu.

Meals B

Argentina & Chile’s Patagonia

In a unique fusion of culture and wilderness, this 12-day journey through Argentina and Chile sweeps you off your feet into a world of enchantment and luxury. Travel through Patagonia, an area known to be one of the most rugged and beautiful landscapes on Earth, while also visiting distinctly charming cities full of culture, performing arts, cobblestone streets and artist ateliers. Luxurious lodges perched at the edge of dramatic landscapes, glacial lakes and primeval forests as well as Tango shows and bohemian wine bars all await.

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Itinerary

In a unique fusion of culture and wilderness, this 12-day journey through Argentina and Chile sweeps you off your feet into a world of enchantment and luxury. Travel through Patagonia, an area known to be one of the most rugged and beautiful landscapes on Earth, while also visiting distinctly charming cities full of culture, performing arts, cobblestone streets and artist ateliers. Luxurious lodges perched at the edge of dramatic landscapes, glacial lakes and primeval forests as well as Tango shows and bohemian wine bars all await.

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Flight to Argentina

Take your international flight to Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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Welcome to Buenos Aires, Argentina

Upon your arrival at the Buenos Aires Ezeiza International Airport (EZE), our representative greets you and privately transfers you to your hotel in the sophisticated Recoleta neighborhood. Enjoy the evening at leisure in your one of a kind hotel, nestled in the French Heritage district of Recoleta, a place rich in art and charismatically defined by European inspired architecture.

Overnight Park Hyatt Palacio Duhau (or similar)

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Explore Buenos Aires

This morning, enjoy a leisurely, privately guided tour of Buenos Aires. Follow your expert guide along charming cobblestone streets through distinct neighborhoods to explore the cultural highlights of the city, leaving you to continue exploring at your leisure for the afternoon.

Tonight, your guide picks you up at your hotel for a Tango show at Faena Hotel+Universe (standard tickets, with shared round-trip transfers included). The Rojo dinner and Tango show is an avant-garde and intimate show coupled with five-star food, top choreography and talented musicians.

Overnight Park Hyatt Palacio Duhau (or similar)

Meals B,L,D

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Buenos Aires to El Calafate

Prepare yourself for a grand adventure this morning, beginning with a private transfer to board a non-stop flight to El Calafate, the gateway to Los Glaciares National Park in the snow-capped Patagonian Andes. Spend the afternoon relaxing and settling into your cosy and luxuriant lodge on an expansive property. Surrounded by tall tufts of golden coirón grass with a view to distant red rock mesas and the vibrant blue Lake Argentino, the country’s largest lake, your lodge is one of a kind, complete with all the amenities you could wish for.

EOLO staff greet you at the airport and transfer to your lodge in the southern Patagonian countryside outside of town. Rest of the day at leisure to relax and enjoy the property.

Undoubtedly the best hotel in the Torres del Paine National Park, Eolo Lodge is a place of exuberant luxury and unparalleled charm. In a pioneering architectural design, majestic views of a nearby waterfall and surrounding mountains that can be enjoyed from the lounge, the restaurant, many of the bedrooms and even the open air jacuzzis.

Overnight EOLO Lodge (or similar)

Meals B,L,D

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Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina

Enjoy a full-day excursion to Perito Moreno Glacier in Los Glaciares National Park, the most well known and impressive glacier of the region. The constant calving of ice blocks into glacial lakes is mesmerizing, filling your senses with otherworldly colors and impressive wildlife. Your tour includes shared mini-trekking (1.5-hour ice trek) on the glacier, round-trip transfers from/to your hotel, entrance fees and a delicious boxed lunch (provided by Eolo).

Overnight EOLO Lodge

Meals B,L,D

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Explora Patagonia, Chile

At dawn your guide greets you at the airport and transfers (shared/regular basis, without guide) you to Explora Patagonia, a stunning hotel of rustic, Scandinavian charm with unlimited comfort. Explora is primely located for an exclusive and tailor made excursions into the Torres del Paine National Park with sensational views of the surrounding lake, mountains and waterfall. Begin your all-inclusive program there with lunch and an afternoon guided excursion of your choice from menu of enticing options.

Overnight Explora Patagonia

Meals B,L,D

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Exploring Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

Enjoy three full days of shared excursions in Torres del Paine National Park. Explora Patagonia offers high calibre excursions led by expert, local bilingual guides. Over 30 excursions, including a variety of scenic hikes, longer treks and horseback rides are on offer at Explora and each day you can choose either two half-day excursions or one full-day excursion. An unforgettable icon of Chile’s Patagonia region, Torres del Paine National Park is known for its towering mountains, vibrant icebergs calving from glaciers and golden grasslands that shelter an array of wildlife.

Enjoy three full days of shared excursions in Torres del Paine National Park. The excursions at Explora Patagonia are led by expert, local bilingual guides who accompany you on a variety of scenic hikes, longer treks and horseback rides at varying levels of difficulty. There are over thirty excursions offered at Explora, and each day you can choose either two half-day excursions or one full-day excursion.

Overnight Explora Patagonia

Meals B,L,D

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Punta Arenas to Santiago, Chile

After a leisurely morning, take your shared transfer from Explora Patagonia to Punta Arenas Airport (approximately 4.5 hours) for your non-stop flight to Santiago.

Flight: Punta Arenas to Santiago

Upon arrival, your guide picks you up at Santiago airport and privately transfers you to your hotel in Lastarria, an eclectic and artsy neighborhood filled with bohemian wine bars, fine museums and live performances in the street.

Overnight The Singular Santiago

Meals B

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Exploring Santiago

This morning, you are picked up for private, guided walking tour of Santiago. Over a half-day, or approximately 5 hours, explore a city beautifully situated against the backdrop of the Andes and full of opportunities for cultural immersion and world famous markets. Spend the afternoon at leisure to explore the city more on your own.

Overnight The Singular Santiago

Meals B

Day12

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Depart Santiago, Chile

Early this morning, take your private transfer to Santiago International Airport, Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport (SCL), for your international flight home.

Flight: Santiago to LAX

Meals B

IMPORTANT: We reserve the right to omit any part of this itinerary, to change the order of the places visited, or to alter reservations without prior notice due to weather conditions or road closures, safety concerns, national park policies, or other outside forces that may necessitate revisions to the itinerary. These decisions are based on the traveler’s welfare or are made in the interest of conservation. Please travel with an open mind and a willingness to embrace the spontaneity of your adventure.

Overnight The Singular Santiago

Meals B

Chile, Argentina & Uruguay

This 19-day excursion through Chile, Argentina and Uruguay is an expertly crafted adventure highlighting the ecological majesty, cultural sophistication and eclectic performing arts of South America, all in one memorable journey. Experience the artistic flair and historical significance of cities like Santiago and Buenos Aires, explore the otherworldly landscape of the Atacama desert, taste the subtlety of fine winemaking in the Tuscany of Uruguay and enjoy activities like horse riding or hot air ballooning in the emblematic countryside. Our itinerary is the perfect combination of a diverse cultural immersion into three very different countries, with ample time for relaxation and recreation in luxurious accommodation.

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Itinerary

Day1

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Flight to Santiago

Take your international flight to Santiago, Chile, a mix of sleek new cultural centers, thoughtful museums and gorgeous green parks set in the stunning backdrop of the Andes.

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Arrive Santiago, Chile

Welcome to Chile!

Upon arrival, take a taxi on your own to your hotel in Lastarria neighborhood, an eclectic and artsy neighborhood filled with bohemian wine bars, fine museums and live performances in the street.

Settle into the Singular Santiago, a trendy and warmly elegant hotel and enjoy the rooftop swimming pool for a quick dip and sweeping views of the city. Mid-afternoon, a privately guided city tour leads you through Santiago de Chile’s historic sights, charming cobblestone streets and specific highlights, according to your interest.

Overnight The Singular Santiago

Meals None

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Santiago to Calama (Atacama Desert)

This morning, take a taxi on your own to the Santiago airport for your flight to Calama, gateway to the Atacama Desert.

Flight: Santiago to Calama

Upon arrival, your guide picks you up at the airport and transfers you to your hotel in San Pedro de Atacama. Begin your 4D/3N program at Awasi Atacama with a privately guided excursion in the afternoon.

Inspired by Pre-Inca ruins located outside San Pedro de Atacama, Awasi Atacama’s 10 adobe suites have charming thatched roofs and large bathrooms which open into private solariums with al-fresco showers.

Overnight Awasi Atacama

Meals B,D

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Exploring the Atacama Desert

Enjoy an array of explorations into the Atacama Desert with your private 4×4 jeep and bilingual guide. Choose one full-day or two half-day excursions each day from Awasi Atacama’s menu of excursions, where you will be awed by high altitude mountain lakes and otherworldly landscapes. Highlights include the Tatio geysers, the highest and third largest geothermal field in the world, as well as the eerie Moon Valley, the Atacama Salt Lake, Altiplano lagoons, canyons, hot springs, fascinating archaeological sites and quaint adobe villages.

Overnight Awasi Atacama

Meals B,L,D

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Exploring the Atacama Desert

Enjoy a second day of guided excursions, choosing from an array of incredible options.

Overnight Awasi Atacama

Meals B,L,D

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Awasi Atacama Morning Excursion

Enjoy one last morning excursion from Awasi Atacama (check out is at 12:00PM but hotel facilities are available to you until departure). Return to the lodge for a Chilean lunch of locally crafted ingredients prior to your private transfer to Calama airport for your flight back to Santiago.

Flight: Calama to Santiago

On arrival, pick up your rental car (not included, booked directly) and drive to your hotel in the Lastarria neighborhood.

Overnight The Singular Santiago

Meals B,L

Days7

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Drive to Valparaiso / City Tour / Santiago

This morning, drive to Valparaiso and arrive by 10:00AM. Then enjoy a half-day (approx. 4 hrs) privately guided tour, focusing on the city’s street art/graffiti and iconic hillside ascensores (elevators).

Lunch reservations at Pasta e Vino in Valparaiso (table reservations only, meal to be paid on-site).

Following lunch, drive yourselves back to Santiago and, along the way, visit the sophisticated wineries of the Casablanca Valley.

Overnight The Singular Santiago

Meals B

Day8

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Santiago / Flight to Mendoza

This morning, drive your rental car back to Santiago airport for your nonstop flight to Mendoza in Argentina’s premier wine region.

Flight: Santiago to Mendoza

Welcome to Argentina! On arrival, pick up your rental car (not included, booked directly) at Mendoza Airport and drive yourself to your wine lodge in the Lujan de Cuyo Valley, approx. 50 minutes away. Spend the rest of the day at leisure as you wish.

Entre Cielos is a 16-room luxury boutique hotel set against the awe inspiring backdrop of the snowcapped Andes Mountains and nearly a dozen acres of the Malbec Vineyards of Mendoza. With an ultra-modern design, timeless furniture, rotating art exhibitions and the area’s first true Hamam + Spa, Entre Cielos is the perfect place to unwind and soak up the beauty of the Argentinian countryside.

Overnight Entre Cielos

Meals B

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Enjoying Entre Cielos or Exploring Mendoza

The day is yours to relax and enjoy the hotel facilities at your leisure. The Experience Concierge at Entre Cielos can assist with arranging world-class winery visits, premium wine tastings, and other activities in the area. Mendoza province is home to nearly 1,200 vineyards, ranging from idyllic fincas to renowned major wine growers. Horseback riding through vineyards, hot air ballooning, hiking through the Andes, and biking are also available.

Overnight Entre Cielos

Meals B

Day10

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Full-day Private “Winemakers’ Experience” in Uco Valley

Today’s agenda whisks you away in a privately guided “Winemaker’s Experience” in Mendoza, one of the greatest wine regions in the world. In the renowned Uca Valley, surrounded by the grandeur of the snow capped Andes, visit two vineyards and tour the grounds with the winemakers, participating in the process and sampling biodynamic wines from the barrel. Enjoy a 6-course lunch paired with wines at Andeluna Cellars, a state-of-the-art winery located on 200 acres of vineyards at the foothills of the Andes. There are four separate tasting areas to enjoy, and a stroll in the picturesque grounds is the perfect way to experience the rich history and tradition of the winery with a glass of Argentina’s finest wine in hand.

Overnight Entre Cielos

Meals B,L

Day11

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Optional Morning Excursion / Mendoza to Buenos Aires Flight

Spend the morning in leisure at Entre Cielos, or arrange an additional vineyard visit in the area. You may also drive to Mendoza city to explore and have a delicious lunch at one of the gourmet restaurants that we may personally recommend. After lunch, drop off your rental car at Mendoza Airport and take your nonstop, domestic flight to Buenos Aires.

Flight: Mendoza to Buenos Aires

Upon arrival, your guide greets you at the airport and privately transfers to your hotel in Recoleta. We can assist with making dinner reservations at a recommended restaurant this evening.

The luxurious Four Seasons of Buenos Aires offers a romantic atmosphere in one of a kind suites. Options range from rooms graced by the country decor of France in the adjacent Belle Époque-style mansion to mahogany and leather furnished tower rooms. The hotel even offers a signature Porteno Tango Massage, choreographed to Tango music!

Overnight Four Seasons Buenos Aires

Meals B

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“Four Balconies” Tour of Buenos Aires

Today enjoy a half-day (approx. 4 hr) private guided “Four Balconies” tour of Buenos Aires. Your expert guide leads you through four parks and plazas of Buenos Aires (Plaza de Mayo, Parque Lezama and La Boca, Plaza San Martin and Recoleta), and introduce you to color and character of Argentina, including the rich culture of the “porteños,” the charismatic inhabitants of Buenos Aires. Your tour will include the top highlights of Buenos Aires, including Plaza de Mayo, San Telmo, La Boca and Recoleta. Spend the afternoon at leisure exploring the city further on your own.

Overnight Four Seasons Buenos Aires

Meals B

Day13

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Jewish Heritage Tour of Buenos Aires

This morning, enjoy your half-day privately guided Jewish Heritage tour of Buenos Aires (approx. 4 hrs). Buenos Aires has the third largest Jewish community in the world; this active social group of Argentines has left its traces in its culture from the very beginning. You will follow the traces and traditions while visiting the Jewish neighborhood of Once, and in an informal way you will be in touch with the anonymous Jewish businessmen (mostly owners of the small shops in the area) who will explain to you all of the benefits and turmoil of living in Buenos Aires. This visit will mostly be a sightseeing tour with our guides introducing the lives of this important Argentine community. Then return to your hotel and have the afternoon at leisure to explore the city further independently.

Overnight Four Seasons Buenos Aires

Meals B

Day14

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Explore Buenos Aires / Rojo Tango Show

Spend the full day at leisure in Buenos Aires, exploring the city further independently.
Tonight, enjoy dinner and the Rojo Tango Show at Faena Hotel + Universe, with private round-trip transfers provided. The Rojo dinner and Tango show is an avant-garde and intimate show coupled with five-star food, top choreography and talented musicians.

Overnight Four Seasons Buenos Aires

Meals B,D

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Ferry to Montevideo / Jose Ignacio

This morning, your guide will be privately transfer you to the port in Buenos Aires to take your Buquebus ferry to Montevideo.

Ferry: Buenos Aires to Montevideo (First Class)

On arrival, you will pick up your rental car (not included, booked directly). Drive up the coast to Jose Ignacio (approx. 2.5 hours), stopping along the way as desired.

Suggestion: Stop in Pueblo Eden for lunch, then visit Altos de la Ballena Winery or Viña Eden Winery for a tour and tasting. Continue to the famous “Casapueblo,” built by the Uruguayan artist Carlos Páez Vilaró, in Punta Ballena. The building itself is a work of art but we also recommend visiting the museum, a great place to enjoy a sunset drink or coffee. Afterwards, drive approx. 50 minutes to arrive at Estancia Vik. Settle into your Suite and spend the evening as you please.

Overnight Estancia VIK

Meals B

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Garzon, Uruguay

Today, drive to the sleepy village of Garzon, also known as the “Uruguayan Tuscany”—an oasis of charm and gastronomic excellence. Upon arrival, enjoy a visit to Colinas de Garzon olive plantations and Garzon Winery, with tasting included. Explore the olive plantations and extra virgin olive oil boutique production plant, where you learn about the origin of this product and the elaboration process, while appreciating wonderful views at the same time. Taste rich wines and olive oils, offered with selective cheese and homemade bread. When ready, drive back to Jose Ignacio.

Overnight Estancia VIK

Meals B

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Private Cooking Workshop

Start your day with a private cooking workshop with a local chef, including lunch. The “asador” (local cook specialized in cooking with fire) shares the flavors of local gastronomy in a participatory cooking class for those interested in going beyond mere tasting. The experience takes place within an informal atmosphere, accompanied by a glass of good wine. Learn about the traditional local products of Uruguay, and prepare some or all of the proposed menu, according to interest.

Overnight Estancia VIK

Meals B,L

Day18

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Enjoy Estancia VIK

Today, Enjoy the day at leisure at Estancia Vik, which sits on 4,000 acres of rolling countryside. The Estancia borders the Arroyo and the Laguna José Ignacio, which meet the Southern Atlantic just two kilometers away. Staying at Estancia Vik also grants you access to the facilities at Bahia Vik and Playa Vik on the beach. Relax, stroll along the ocean’s edge, enjoy a massage, or watch polo matches with South America’s best players. If you are feeling more active, take a polo lesson yourself, visit local art galleries, or arrange activities like canoeing, horseback riding, birdwatching, or biking.

Overnight Estancia VIK

Meals B

Day19

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Jose Ignacio / Montevideo to Buenos Aires

Spend the morning at leisure in Jose Ignacio. Then drive your rental car to Montevideo airport (approx. 2 hours away), from where you will take your flight back to Buenos Aires.

Flight: Montevideo to Buenos Aires (EZE)

Upon arrival, connect independently to your international flight home.

Meals B

IMPORTANT: We reserve the right to omit any part of this itinerary, to change the order of the places visited, or to alter reservations without prior notice due to weather conditions or road closures, safety concerns, national park policies, or other outside forces that may necessitate revisions to the itinerary. These decisions are based on the traveler’s welfare or are made in the interest of conservation. Please travel with an open mind and a willingness to embrace the spontaneity of your adventure.

Overnight The Singular Santiago

Meals B

Journey to Chile

Chile is a multi-faceted destination, ideal for the adventurer, culinary connoisseur and art lover. This ten-day adventure will pamper you in luxury and ignite your inspiration with strolls through the charming city of Santiago, expeditions to the fjordlands of Torres del Paine and excursions into the one of a kind landscape of the Alta Atacama desert. A special fusion of history, wilderness and colorful culture, this journey will create extraordinary experiences to cherish for a lifetime.

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Itinerary

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Arrive Santiago, Chile / Santiago City Tour

Welcome to Chile!

Upon arrival your private guide greets and transfers you to your hotel in the cosmopolitan city of Santiago, known for boho wine bars and boutiques, contemporary museums and lively festivals, all surrounded by the majesty of the Andes.

Settle into the Singular Santiago, a trendy and warmly elegant hotel and enjoy with a rooftop swimming pool and sweeping views of the city. Take a private tour of Santiago de Chile’s historic sights, charming cobblestone streets and the spectacular forest-carpeted mountain of San Cristobal Hill, where the towering Statue of Virgin Mary overlooks the city.

Overnight The Singular Santiago

Meals None

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Flight Santiago to Punta Arenas / Transfer to Hotel

After a gourmet breakfast in your hotel’s famed French bistro, join your bilingual guide and transfer to your scenic flight to Punta Arenas in southern Patagonia.

After a three hour drive through stunning landscapes, arrive at the Singular Patagonia for five days in the luxury of a 5 star hotel perched in majestic surroundings. Enjoy a state-of-the-art eco-spa, an award-winning culinary team and a staff dedicated to the utmost and personalized service. More than twenty excursions are on offer, including a journey into Torres del Paine National Park, a near fairytale-like landscape of towering peaks, vibrant icebergs and stunningly clear, calm lakes.

Overnight The Singular Patagonia

Meals B,D

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The Singular Patagonia

Three blissful days in your luxury lodging, primely located on the romantic natural wonder of the fjordlands, are yours to create from a menu of invigorating possibilities. Imagine meandering through glacial waters by private boat, horseback riding through pastoral hills and valleys, trekking past dramatic icebergs, or savoring a sumptuous picnic lunch on a private reserve.

Overnight The Singular Patagonia

Meals B,L,D

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The Singular Patagonia

Whether you choose to embark on a grand adventure or revel in the atmosphere the Singular Patagonia offers, indulging in the spa or perfecting your inner chef with a culinary master class, your stay is bound to be relaxing, awe-inspiring and utterly unforgettable.

Overnight The Singular Patagonia

Meals B,L,D

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Flight Punta Arenas to Santiago

Today fly back to Santiago and spend the night at the Holiday Inn Santiago, conveniently located near the airport. An ideal place to take pause before your next adventure, the Inn is equipped with a swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room, and free Wi-Fi and internet access.

Overnight Holiday Inn Santiago Airport

Meals B,L

Day7

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Flight to Atacama Desert / Transfer to Alto Atacama, Chile

This morning take your flight to Calama, gateway to the Atacama, the driest and arguably one of the most fascinating deserts on Earth. Spend four days at your hotel located just outside of San Pedro and near Pukara de Quitor, a pre-Inca fortress. Your all inclusive program includes an open bar, daily shared excursions as well as use of the spa, jacuzzi, sauna, pool, and sun deck, bicycles and transportation between the lodge and nearby village. The Alto Atacama combines luxury with traditional design in charming terracotta that blends seamlessly with the deep red rock of the surrounding landscape.

Overnight Alto Atacama

Meals B,L,D

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Exploring the Alto Atacama

It may be a challenge to tear yourself away from the Alto Atacama with its natural thermal pools and several swimming pools nestled in beautifully landscapes gardens, but it is worth it! Enjoy the company of other travelers for daily excursions in the breathtaking Atacama desert, where high altitude mountain lakes and otherworldly landscapes take your breath away. Highlights include the Tatio geysers, the highest and third largest geothermal field in the world, as well as the eerie Moon Valley, the Atacama Salt Lake, fascinating archaeological sites and quaint adobe villages.

Overnight Alto Atacama

Meals B,L,D

Day10

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Flight Calama to Santiago

After your final morning at Alto Atacama, take your shared transfer to the Calama airport for your flight back to Santiago.

Connect with your onward international flight back home tonight on your own.

Meals B

IMPORTANT: We reserve the right to omit any part of this itinerary, to change the order of the places visited, or to alter reservations without prior notice due to weather conditions or road closures, safety concerns, national park policies, or other outside forces that may necessitate revisions to the itinerary. These decisions are based on the traveler’s welfare or are made in the interest of conservation. Please travel with an open mind and a willingness to embrace the spontaneity of your adventure.

Overnight The Singular Santiago

Meals B

Colombia in Style

Primely positioned directly over the equator and home to snow-capped peaks and glistening beaches, Colombia is a diverse country teeming with passionate culture. This nine day itinerary immerses you in a spectrum of historical interest, recreational fun and refined artistry. Begin with the top attractions of the nation’s high altitude, colonial era capital of Bogata, including the elegantly memorizing Gold Museum and panoramic views of the famed Montserrate sanctuary. In the rolling green hills of the coffee growing region, explore a variety of outdoor activities and perfect Caribbean cooking. Complete your adventure in magic with a visit to Old Cartagena, a16th century walled city of pastel hued pueblos and cobblestone streets where wandering is like time travel.

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Arrive Bogota, Colombia

Welcome to Colombia!

Upon arrival in Bogata, your guide greets you and privately transfers you to your hotel, the luxury, Spanish colonial style Four Seasons Casa Medina. In one of the most luxurious hotels of Bogota, no two rooms are alike; some feature high beamed ceilings and hand-crafted doors, while others boast details such as aged leather and nail-head trim, reflecting the roots of tradition, yet maintaining a sense of lightness and a contemporary edge. The effect is comfortably residential with the sophisticated polish and all the modern conveniences one expects of a hotel of this calibre.

Overnight Four Seasons Casa Medina

Meals None

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Bogota City Tour

Today, enjoy a full-day private guided tour of Bogota. Your expert guide introduces you the city’s highlights and the social and cultural issues of Colombia. Learn more about the daily life of Bogotanos and sample the best street food and tropical fruits of a South American market. Visit the Montserrate sanctuary, symbol of the Colombian capital, located on the Andes Mountain at 3,152 meters above sea level and offering a unique view of the city. Next, visit the Gold Museum, which houses up to 34,000 pieces of gold from 13 pre-Hispanic civilizations. As you walk the streets of La Candelaria, a traditional neighborhood that has seen the country’s history, admire the works of the greatest Colombian contemporary artist at the Botero Museum.

Overnight Four Seasons Casa Medina

Meals B

Day3

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Bogota to Coffee Region

Privately transfer from your hotel to Bogota airport for your nonstop flight to Armenia in the Coffee Region.

Flight: Bogota to Armenia

Upon arrival, your guide will greet you at the airport and privately transfer you to Hacienda Bambusa (approx. 30 min away). After settling in, enjoy a 2.5-hour welcome hike on the property with a naturalist guide, passing through the cacao plantations and bamboo forest, and including some birdwatching.

Overnight Hacienda Bambusa

Meals B,D

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Exploring the Coffee Region

Spend two full days enjoying activities in the Coffee Region from Hacienda Bambusa with a private guide at your disposal during your entire stay. Enjoy hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking, visit local coffee plantations and villages, go bamboo rafting down the river with a picnic, visit the scenic Cocora Valley, and more! Or simply relax in the stunning natural setting and enjoy the Colombian countryside; mix activities with relaxation time as you wish.

Overnight Hacienda Bambusa

Meals B,L,D

Day6

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Armenia - Bogota - Cartagena

Take your private transfer to Armenia airport for your flight to the Caribbean coast today, via Bogota.

Flight: Armenia to Cartagena, via Bogota

Upon arrival, your guide greets you and privately transfers you to your boutique hotel (about a 15 minute drive) within the historic walled city.

In the afternoon, enjoy a private guided introductory walking tour (approx. 3 hrs) in Old Cartagena, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Overnight Casa San Agustin

Meals B

Day7

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Bazurto Market / Caribbean Cooking Lesson / Leisure Time

AM: Bazurto Market + Caribbean cooking lesson (5 hrs), with lunch.

The Bazurto market is a traditional Caribbean open-air market, barely visited by tourists. Walk through a maze of alleys, where your tour guide will introduce you to different kinds of local fruits, herbs, vegetables, music, fish, seafood and meat. At the end of the tour, learn how to cook seafood, coconut rice and other specialties of Cartagena’s gastronomy. Our chef offers a presentation of ingredients before teaching you how to prepare some typical dishes.

PM: At leisure. Have some time at leisure in the afternoon to explore the city further on your own.

Overnight Casa San Agustin

Meals B,L

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La Boquilla / DAMARTES / Proboquilla

This morning, start your half day tour to explore the fisherman village of La Boquilla and visit the project DAMARTES (‘Women and Mothers of Art’) which began with an association composed of 7 women. These days they produce jewelry, containers, vases, belts and accessories and are the first women of La Boquilla who live with their own incomes. Be invited to a very special workshop and make your own souvenir out of coconut. It is also possible to craft bracelets, keychains, earrings or necklaces. The workshop takes place in a rustic restaurant right on the beach of La Boquilla. Afterwards, visit a local foundation called Proboquilla, founded to provide quality education to children of La Boquilla. A representative describes more about the foundation´s daily challenges and you may possibly interact with some of the children.

This afternoon is yours to further explore the city as you wish and at your leisure. Feel free to ask your Latin Excursions travel designer or hotel concierge for things to see, do, and eat!

Overnight Casa San Agustin

Meals B,L

Day9

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Cartagena

Take your private transfer to Cartagena airport for your international flight home.

Thank you for exploring Colombia with us!

Meals B

Overnight The Singular Santiago

Meals B

Ecuador & Galapagos Islands

This 13-day adventure combines the best of mainland Ecuador private tour with colorful artisan markets and mountainous recreation with the mesmerizing wonder of cruising the Galapagos Islands. Begin in the historic center of Quito, Ecuador’s capital perched high in the Andean foothills and constructed on an ancient Incan city. Tour this UNESCO World Heritage site with visits to renowned museums of pre-Columbian art. Retreat to the mountain sanctuary of Hacienda where winding roads through green pastures, pine and eucalyptus groves and native ecosystems make the Zuleta Valley a true paradise for outdoor activities and exploration. The second half of your journey includes a yacht cruise around the Galapagos, bounding with opportunities to snorkel with sea lions and explore volcanic craters, lava tunnels and impressive seabird colonies. This expertly crafted itinerary covers all the highlights in an ambience of romantic luxury, artisanal character and pioneer adventuring.

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Arrive Quito, Ecuador

Welcome to Ecuador!

Upon arrival, your guide greets you at the airport and privately escorts you to your hotel, primely located in the historical center of Quito. The Hotel Plaza Grande is a restored, Spanish Colonial Mansion offering exclusive lodging in lavishly decorated suites.

Overnight Hotel Plaza Grande

Day2

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Walking Tour of Quito

The morning is yours to enjoy at your leisure.

In the afternoon, enjoy a privately guided walking tour of Quito’s historical center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, including a visit to the El Alabado Museum of Pre-Columbian Art.

Overnight Hotel Plaza Grande

Meals B

Day3

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Otavalo Market / Hacienda Zuleta

After a scrumptious breakfast at the hotel, take your private transfer to Hacienda Zuleta in Ecuador’s northern highlands. On the way, visit the traditional artisan market in Otavalo, which is famous throughout the Andes for its handicrafts, textiles, and tapestries. Other highlights are available according to your personal interest.

Lunch is included in the Otavalo area. Upon arrival at Zuleta, representatives will introduce you to the property and all the activities on offer. Take time to relax and explore before a delicious dinner.

Overnight Hacienda Zuleta

Meals B,L,D

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Enjoying Hacienda Zuleta

Spend two full days at Hacienda Zuleta (with private guide), enjoying the property and its array of activities, including hiking, horseback riding (extra cost), biking (extra cost for bike rental) and nature walks. The property is also home to an Andean condor rescue and restoration project, a creamery where artisanal cheese is made, pre-Inca mounds from the Caranqui culture, an organic garden and an embroidery workshop. You are also welcome to experience everyday activities like farming, milking, cheese production, harvest from the organic vegetable garden, and share with the hacienda workers, who will enjoy showing you how to do their chores. At the end of the day, unwind with a glass of wine and some of Zuleta’s homemade cheese near the fireplace.

Overnight Hacienda Zuleta

Meals B,L,D

Day6

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Quito to Baltra, Galapagos Islands

After breakfast at the Hacienda, take your private transfer to Quito airport for your flight to the Galapagos Islands.

Flight: Quito to Baltra, Galapagos

Welcome to the Galapagos!

Guides from the Pikaia Lodge meet you at the airport and take you to the Itabaca Channel for a 7-minute ferry crossing to Santa Cruz Island, followed by a 50-minute scenic trip in private transport to Pikaia Lodge. Check-in at the lodge, then enjoy lunch at Evolution Restaurant or on the Pool Terrace. Take time to relax and familiarize yourselves with the lodge environment and facilities. We recommend walking, jogging or cycling the 3.5km of trails within the boundaries, or taking a swim in the infinity pool. An afternoon briefing will introduce you to the following days’ activities and special features about Pikaia Lodge and the Galapagos Islands.

Overnight Pikaia Lodge

Meals B,L,D

Day7

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Yacht Excursion Aboard Sea Finch

Today, enjoy a full-day yacht excursions to neighboring islands, Punta Carrion and South Plazas, aboard the Sea Finch.

This morning, you have the option of snorkeling in the calm waters of Punta Carrión where you might observe a variety of tropical fish and possibly white tip reef sharks that peacefully rest on the sandy bottom.

Located a few hundred meters away from the eastern coast of Santa Cruz Island, South Plazas and North Plazas islands were formed from uplifted seabed, giving both a uniquely tilted tabletop quality. Disembark on South Plazas where a colony of sea lions greet visitors. Further up the shore a carpet of scarlet sesuvium succulents serves as groundcover for a grove of luminescent green prickly-pear cactus. Yellow-gray land iguanas sit beneath, waiting patiently for pears to drop. The trail gradually leads towards the southern cliff of the island where you may observe nesting swallow-tailed gulls and several sea birds such as tropic birds, Nazca and blue footed boobies.

Overnight Pikaia Lodge

Meals B,L,D

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Land Exploration

Each morning, Pikaia Lodge plans exploration options based on satellite weather imagery, wildlife seasons and tides charts. Depending on conditions, you might visit various beaches, volcanic craters, or lava tunnels; look for giant tortoises and endemic wildlife; visit the Charles Darwin Scientific Research Center at the National Park; or visit organic coffee farms in the highlands to see how settlers live.

Overnight Pikaia Lodge

Meals B,L,D

Day9

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Yacht Excursion Aboard Sea Finch

Enjoy a full-day yacht exploration aboard the Sea Finch to neighboring islands, North Seymour and Bachas Beach.

North Seymour Island was lifted from the ocean floor by a seismic event that created its low lying, flat profile. Swallow-tailed gulls sit perched in cliff ledges that sit only meters above the shoreline and a forest of Palo Santo trees lie just above the landing site. The islands are known for emblematic fauna, including sea lions, land iguanas and blue-footed boobies. As the scenic trail turns inland, dynamically active colonies of both “magnificent” and “great” frigate birds engage in courtship displays. The males sport magnificent and ballooned throats, accentuated by their impressive wing spans, which can reach up to 9 feet!

Las Bachas, a beautiful coralline beach located on the north shore of Santa Cruz Island, is the perfect place for snorkeling, swimming or simply kicking back to enjoy the soft, white sands. Several brackish lagoons lie only a few steps away from the sea are the feeding grounds of various wading birds, from stilts to the iconic flamingos.

Overnight Pikaia Lodge

Meals B,L,D

Day10

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Baltra / Quito, Mainland Ecuador

After a leisurely morning and delicious breakfast, check out of the lodge and take your transfer to Baltra airport for your flight back to the Ecuadorian mainland.

Flight: Baltra, Galapagos to Quito

Upon arrival, your guide will greet you at the airport and transfer to your hotel in Quito.

Overnight Hotel Plaza Grande

Meals B

Day11

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Quito: Half-day Tour

This morning, your guide picks you up for your half-day, privately guided tour in Quito. Begin with a visit to the Guayasamin Museum. This compound is a museum dedicated to one of Ecuador’s most famous artists, Oswaldo Guayasamin. Tour his home, a gallery of his artwork, and a museum depicting life in Ecuador. Afterwards, take the Teleferico (cable car) up the slope of Pichincha Volcano for a spectacular, panoramic view of the city and, on a clear day, the surrounding volcanoes. Your guide drops you off at your hotel where you have the afternoon to relax or explore further at your leisure.

Overnight Hotel Plaza Grande

Meals B

Day12

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Quito / Optional Day Tour

Today is yours to explore Quito at your leisure. Additional day trips to Nono Cloud Forest or the Antisana Ecological Reserve, for example, are available at an extra cost.

In the evening, transfer to Quito airport for your international flights back home.

Meals B

IMPORTANT: We reserve the right to omit any part of this itinerary, to change the order of the places visited, or to alter reservations without prior notice due to weather conditions or road closures, safety concerns, national park policies, or other outside forces that may necessitate revisions to the itinerary. These decisions are based on the traveler’s welfare or are made in the interest of conservation. Please travel with an open mind and a willingness to embrace the spontaneity of your adventure.

Overnight The Singular Santiago

Meals B

Panama in Style

Panama is a country known for its natural beauty of turquoise seas and tropical cloud forests. Home to many Indigenous tribes, diverse plant and animal life and a vibrant music and culture scene, Panama is an eclectic mix of experience perfectly highlighted in this nine-day adventure. Venture on a canoe ride through the Panamanian jungle to visit an Indigenous village, visit coffee plantations and explore a nature reserve with unique bird watching opportunities. Conclude your journey in utter luxury with a full three days on a private island, a true sanctuary of pristine jungle and secluded beaches.

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Itinerary

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Arrive Panama City, Panama

Welcome to Panama!

Upon arrival, your bilingual guide greets you at the airport and transfers you to your hotel where you can spend the rest of your day in leisure in the Casco Viejo neighborhood, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the most desirable area to stay in Panama city.

The luxurious boutique American Trade Hotel combines old world elegance with contemporary design. The property and surrounding area are steeped in local heritage and culture in an area known to be a meeting place for creative visionaries and deeply connected to both the historic Old Quarter and the nascent new Panama City. Enjoy fine dining in the stylish in house cafe, have a drink in the Jazz bar, or simply unwind in your plush suite.

Overnight American Trade Hotel

Meals None

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Embera Native Village

Today, enjoy your Embera native village excursion from Panama City. Visit one of Panama’s seven indigenous tribes on the Gatun River and relish in a traditional lunch prepared by the village’s women. The journey to the village by way of a canoe ride through the Panamanian jungle is an adventure in of itself!

Overnight American Trade Hotel

Meals B, L

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Panama City Tour / Panama Canal Miraflores Locks / David

This morning, enjoy a privately guided tour of Panama City, including a visit to the Panama Canal Miraflores Locks. Then take your private transfer to Panama City airport for your nonstop domestic flight to David in the Chiriqui Highlands.

Flight: Panama City to David

Upon arrival, your bilingual guide greets you at the airport and privately transfers you to your boutique hotel on a coffee plantation outside of Boquete, about 1-1.5 hours away.

Finca Lerida is nestled within a historic coffee farm and surrounded by a private nature reserve with spectacular mountain views. Ideal for romance, the beautifully decorated and deluxe rooms include honeymoon suites with a jacuzzi and hammocks from which to enjoy the tranquility. The grounds are filled with colorful flower beds and are ideal for bird-watching. A cosy library and bar is the perfect place to warm up by the fireplace before dining on the terrace in the gourmet restaurant.

Overnight Finca Lerida

Meals B

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Visit Finca Ceriana Nature Reserve

A full day privately guided visit to the Finca Ceriana Nature Reserve transports you into another world of hiking amongst exotic birds and includes a gourmet picnic lunch beneath the canopy.

Overnight Finca Lerida

Meals B,L

Day5

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Finca Lerida’s Coffee Plantation Tour / Boca Chica

A morning tour of Finca Lerida’s coffee plantation teaches you about the entire coffee production process, with gourmet tastings included.

In the afternoon, your guide privately transfers you to Boca Chica where the staff of the Isla Palenque Resort greet you and take you on a short boat ride (approx. 15 min) to the private island located in the Gulf of Chiriqui. Begin your 4-night all-inclusive Desert Island Discovery program.

Isla Palenque is an exclusive private island resort set amidst 400 acres of enchanting jungle and surrounded by seven secluded beaches. Living up to its name, which translates as “sanctuary,” lavish rooms inspired by island life and a soothing outdoor spa provide a luxurious experience in pristine nature.

Overnight The Resort at Isla Palenque

Meals B,D

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All-inclusive Desert Island Discovery Program, Isla Palenque

Enjoy three full days at Isla Palenque, with daily guided island and ocean excursions as part of your 4-night all-inclusive Desert Island Discovery program. Complement these activities with some beach relaxation and cool off in the hotel’s infinity pool.

Overnight The Resort at Isla Palenque

Meals B,L,D

Days9

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Isla Palenque to David / Flight to Panama City

Carry the serenity of Isla Palenque with you as you take your transfer to David airport for your flight back to Panama City’s international airport.

Flight: David to Panama City

On arrival, connect with your onward international flights home (no assistance provided at airport in between flights).

Meals B

IMPORTANT: We reserve the right to omit any part of this itinerary, to change the order of the places visited, or to alter reservations without prior notice due to weather conditions or road closures, safety concerns, national park policies, or other outside forces that may necessitate revisions to the itinerary. These decisions are based on the traveler’s welfare or are made in the interest of conservation. Please travel with an open mind and a willingness to embrace the spontaneity of your adventure.

Overnight The Singular Santiago

Meals B

Best of Galapagos & Ecuador for Families

World-renowned as Darwin’s playground, the “Enchanted Isles” of the Galapagos are home to one of the most remarkable wildlife viewing experiences on Earth, having evolved with absolutely no fear of human visitors. This expertly crafted itinerary delivers an entertaining, engaging and safe adventure for families of all ages–children to grandparents and everything in between! Discover the Galapagos by land and sea on an immersive land safari and eight-day luxury yacht cruise aboard the 16-passenger Integrity. Spend two nights in the lush highlands of Santa Cruz Island in luxury African-style safari tents; during the day, enjoy personalized excursions into the islands. Then, don your sea legs for a full week of Galapagos exploration by boat, visiting highlights such as Isabela Island (the largest in the archipelago), Fernandina Island (the youngest island); and some of the gems in the Eastern Islands. Snorkel with sea turtles and other marine life; learn about unique flora, fauna and geology; swim with playful sea lions and kayak along wildlife-rich mangroves and into secluded coves. Return to the mainland for an authentic, upscale hacienda experience on a working local farm, brimming with the vibrant culture of the Ecuadorian Andes.

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Itinerary

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Arrive Guayaquil, Ecuador

After a meet and greet at the international airport, transfer with your guide to your hotel, primely situated in downtown Guayaquil, a port city of colorful houses and a waterfront promenade known as the gateway to sweeping Pacific beaches and the famed Galapagos.

The deluxe Hotel Oro Verde is teaming with authentic Ecuadorian hospitality and with five gourmet onsite restaurants, a wide array of culinary delights await. Rooms feature hardwood or tile floors, plush bedding and exquisite bathrooms, all of which make this sanctuary complete with a spa, fitness center and outdoor pool and hot tub, the perfect place to unwind after your flight and prepare for the adventure ahead.

Overnight Hotel Oro Verde or similar

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Flight to Galapagos Islands

After breakfast this morning, you are transferred to the airport in Guayaquil for an exciting flight to the Galapagos Islands, a World Heritage Site full of exotic surprises!

Flight Duration 1 hr 55Ms approximately.

Upon arrival at Baltra airport, your guide will warmly greet you and escort you to your hotel, the Galapagos Safari Camp, where an otherworldly family adventure awaits. Nestled in the wild highlands of Santa Cruz Island with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and the National Park, this stylish camp allows your family to reconnect with nature while enjoying a very flexible and personalized program. Stay in the comfort luxury safari tents, or for added privacy and space, rent out the three-bedroom family suite. A panoramic lodge, an infinity pool under a canapé of endemic trees, a farm and a seasonal kids club makes this the perfect base from which to creating exciting memories for the whole family.

Overnight Galapagos Safari Camp

Meals B,D

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Galapagos Safari Camp Adventures

In an environment characterized by volcanic craters, exotic plants, lava tubes, white sand, turquoise waters, abundant birds and giant tortoises you truly cannot go wrong no matter which adventure you choose. The Galapagos Safari Camp offers an array of activities into this enchanted landscape, including a yacht trip to an uninhabited island, or a day on a private boat with local fisherman, or a naturalist guide to lead you in an exploration of the coastline. Perhaps you fancy snorkeling, sea kayaking or mountain biking, the choice is yours! Arts and crafts activities with a local artist are a great option for crafty kids.

Overnight Galapagos Safari Camp

Meals B,L,D

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Embark Galapagos Cruise

You are already awed by the exotic beauty surrounding you and today it is about to get even more exciting as a private transfer escorts you from the Safari Camp to Puerto Ayora to board your 7-night expedition cruise through the western islands of the Galapagos aboard the yacht Integrity. Like true adventurers, you will retrace Charles Darwin’s route of 1835 on this 8-day cruise to the western islands, including Floreana, Isabela, and Fernandina Islands. At the varied stops, enjoy panga rides to different islands, wildlife watching, kayaking, snorkeling, swimming and hiking.

Superb naturalists explain the history of these islands while pointing out unique wildlife at every turn. Dine on exquisite traditional cuisine, relax on the sun deck or in the jacuzzi, and nestle into your spacious stateroom. With its state-of-the-art stabilizers and engine vibration control system, the Integrity carries you through Darwin’s islands more smoothly than any other yacht.

Overnight Integrity

Meals B,L,D

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Galapagos Cruise: Baltra Island / Santa Cruz Island

The Galapagos is such an ecologically unique place, seeped in the history of Darwin’s discoveries, that an educational visit to the highlands of Santa Cruz islands are an ideal stop-over before embarking on your cruise. Here lies the opportunity to see giant tortoises roaming in their natural habitat of lush vegetation. In a forest of native daisy trees, watch vermilion flycatchers with their scarlet feathers flit against the emerald green backdrop where Darwin’s finches reside.

At the Charles Darwin Research Station and Galápagos National Park headquarters, learn about conservation and research efforts and the refuge for tortoises and iguanas.

Board the Integrity just in time to set sail as you sit for a gourmet meal specially crafted from local ingredients.

Overnight Integrity

Meals B,L,D

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Floreana Island

This morning you will awaken to the green, olivine sand beaches of Floreana Island, next to a large lagoon filled with flamingos and other diverse water birds. Today’s highlights include a short hike to Flour Beach where sea turtles nest and small rays frolic in the surf and a snorkel at Champion Island with curious, playful sea lions. If you are lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of the rare Floreana mockingbird.

Next, stop at the wooden barrel at Post Office Bay that has served as a mariner’s “post office” since the 18th Century. Leave a postcard, or take a postcard to continue the “postmaster” tradition. Afterwards, head into the highlands to visit a collection of tortoises and learn about the island’s ghostly human history at Wittmer Caves. End the day with a walk along Black Beach followed by an onboard barbecue as the sun sets.

Overnight Integrity

Meals B,L,D

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Isabela Island

Today’s adventure begins on Isabela Island at Punta Moreno. Walk along volcanic terrain, over lava flows and past numerous prickly pear cacti. The area is dotted with numerous oases of brackish lagoons containing a wide variety of wildlife, including flamingos, paint-billed crakes, white-cheeked pintails, and common gallinules.

In the golden light of afternoon, a comfortable skiff will carry you through the narrow channels of Elizabeth Bay past mangrove lagoons filled with rays, flightless cormorants, penguins, pelicans, and lava herons. Don’t forget to watch the waters for sea turtles, sea lions, blue-footed boobies, and the many exotic fish inhabiting the lagoons.

Overnight Integrity

Meals B,L,D

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Isabela Island / Fernandina Island

Urbina Bay on Isabela Island is a visually stunning landscape. In 1954, volcanic activity caused a six-kilometer stretch of coral reef to shift upwards of five meters in a matter of hours and this is the legacy. Walk along the skeletal coral gardens, now home to lizards, mockingbirds and large, colorful land iguanas. During certain times of year, encounter Alcedo tortoises from the highlands nest in the warm sands of the bay.

The peninsula of Punta Espinosa on Fernandina Island is one of the most pristine of the Galápagos. Upon landing, an abundance of marine iguanas and brightly colored Sally Lightfoot crabs litter the sands like drops of paint. Walk out onto the lava flow where, along the sandy shore, you can see flightless cormorants, pelicans, and numerous lounging sea lions.

Overnight Integrity

Meals B,L,D

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Isabela Island

Along the western coast of Isabela Island, the largest island in the archipelago, sits to Tagus Cove. Named for a British warship that moored here in 1814, the cove was used as an anchorage for pirates and whalers, whose names are literally carved into the rock. A short, steep hike takes you to Darwin Lake, set within a tuff cone filled with salt water. The cove is an excellent place to view tree finches, Galápagos hawks, yellow warblers, large-billed flycatchers and sometimes even the woodpecker finch.

At Punta Vincente Roca, the large cave and caldera wall are impressive geological formations that provide a beautiful backdrop for blue-footed and Nazca boobies, gulls, storm petrels, and brown noddy terns. A calm, gathering area for sea turtles, the area makes for superb snorkeling full of colorful fish, penguins, sea lions, sea anemones, jellyfish, and a myriad of other sea life.

Overnight Integrity

Meals B,L,D

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Santiago Island

This morning, you will reach a fork in the road! Choose from two trails of Puerto Egas, the first meanders along the coast to an inlet where shy Galápagos fur seals swim amongst the crags and marine iguanas and sea lions abound. The other trail leads inland to a lagoon at the Salt Mine Volcano where flamingos and other birds soar and dance.

Afterwards, sink your toes into the red sands of Espumilla Beach, a sea turtle nesting site. Hike inland to a small lagoon where many land birds fly overhead, including Galápagos hawks. Along the coast, snorkel or kayak Buccaneer Cove, home to amazing underwater geologic formations where sea lions, fur seals, sea turtles, rays, and sharks are to be found.

Overnight Integrity

Meals B,L,D

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Santa Cruz Island / North Seymour Island

Enjoy a quiet and peaceful morning at the exquisite white sands of Bachas Beach.“Bachas” is so named due to the remains of a barge that ran aground decades ago, leaving just a few rusty spines still visible today. More striking are the resident flamingos that reside at the small lagoons just over the dune.

In Caleta Tortuga Negra take a silent skiff ride to where sea turtles feed and mate, an area also home to three species of shark, spotted rays, egrets, and lava herons. This is the perfect last chance to snorkel the Galapagos before landing on North Seymour island to visit the largest colony of magnificent frigatebirds in the area.

Sit back and marvel at your last sunset at sea, glancing back at the iguanas and sea lions lounging on the shores, and you, alive with memory and adventure inside!

Overnight Integrity

Meals B,L,D

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Disembark / Balta Island / Return Flight

Enjoy breakfast onboard the Integrity before returning to Baltra Island, where you will join your flight back to the mainland.

Fly from Baltra to Quito, Ecuador. Duration 3 hours (with short layover in Guayaquil)

Upon arrival at the airport, you are transferred two hours to your lodge.

Dating from the 16th century, Hacienda Zuleta lies in the spectacular Andean mountains range on a charming, private farm. The atmosphere is one of warmth, characterized by antique gardens, cozy living and reading rooms, and a fireplace in each of the tastefully decorated bedrooms. The homey feeling is accentuated by the Plaza family themselves; who welcome you with their natural warmth and hospitality to share life at an authentic hacienda in the Andes of Ecuador.

Overnight Hacienda Zuleta

Meals B,L,D

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Hacienda Activities (near Otavalo)

Miles of meandering roads through lush pasture land, pine trees and a eucalyptus forest make the valley of Zuleta a paradise for outdoor activities, such as hiking and trekking. Hacienda has twenty Zuleteño bred horses, mountain bikes and a horse drawn carriage upon which you can explore the area. Whether it’s bird watching, hiking, mountain biking or a romantic ride in a horse drawn carriage, the choice is yours!

Overnight Hacienda Zuleta

Meals B,L,D

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Quito City Tour

After breakfast, you will be privately transferred to your Hotel in Quito, a world renowned World Heritage Site. A half-day private city tour will lead you to exquisite churches, museums and picturesque neighborhoods filled with cobblestone streets, Spanish architecture and impressive plazas.

Return to your hotel and spend the afternoon at your leisure. Situated in the heart of Quito’s historical center and surrounded by beautiful colonial buildings, the Hotel Plaza Grande combines vintage taste with modern details. Furnished with fine woods and in a style beckoning Colonial Spanish times, the suites will transport you through time with all the luxury amenities of today!

Overnight Hotel Plaza Grande (or similar)

Meals B

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Depart Ecuador

Today, your visit to the Galapagos and Ecuador comes to an end. Relax and reminisce on your flight home, or perhaps fly onto other adventures if the allure of the unexplored has caught your spirit forever!

Meals B

IMPORTANT: We reserve the right to omit any part of this itinerary, to change the order of the places visited, or to alter reservations without prior notice due to weather conditions or road closures, safety concerns, national park policies, or other outside forces that may necessitate revisions to the itinerary. These decisions are based on the traveler’s welfare or are made in the interest of conservation. Please travel with an open mind and a willingness to embrace the spontaneity of your adventure.

Overnight The Singular Santiago

Meals B

Journey to Peru

Peru is an intoxicating elixir of ancient mystery and adventure, intricate textiles, world renowned cuisine and a diverse of fusion modern cultures with Incan and pre-Columbian roots. This nine day journey treats you to an array of unforgettable experiences, including cooking classes in the artsy capital of Lima, an exploration of Incan fortress ruins, a romantic train ride to Machu Picchu and casual strolls through colorful weaving villages. Your private guide will lead you through the sacred and historical, as well as the exploration and excitement of archaeological wonders, all balanced with luxurious, whimsical, fairytale-like lodges and elegant stone bungalows in tropical cloud forests.

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Itinerary

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Arrival in Lima, Peru

Welcome to Peru!
Upon arrival, your guide will greet you at the Airport and privately transfer you to the trendy neighborhood of Barranco. The evening is yours to relax in your hotel at your leisure. Lima is shrouded in history, full of aesthetic delights and just a hint of what is to come.

Also an art gallery, Arts Boutique Hotel B, is located in a turn-of-the-century, refurbished mansion and is a feast for the senses with its impressive collection of art, twenties charm, rooftop deck with ocean views and impeccable service. Rooms are characterized by hardwood floors, high ceilings and in the “atelier” suites, a private balcony. The restaurant is equally elegant and offers a sumptuous selection of Peruvian and Mediterranean dishes.

Overnight Hotel B

Meals None

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Peruvian Culinary Experience / Lima City Tour

Awaken refreshed and ready for your Peruvian culinary experience, beginning with a visit to the local market for a remarkable glimpse into the daily shopping of limeños. Top chef Yurac will guide you through eclectic stalls to marvel in the sights and immerse the senses in the joy of collecting seasonal ingredients and tasting exotic fruits. A foodie’s paradise, the cuisine of Peru is world renowned as outstanding and unique in its skillful merging of flavors and traditions from the Pacific Ocean, Andes Mountains and Amazon rainforest.

In the afternoon, embark on a guided tour of Lima, a city oozing sophistication yet perched on an expansive coastline of crumbling cliffs and a cultural heritage centuries old with history. Wander through the famous Larco museum where fuchsia colored bougainvilleas tumble over the white walls that house the world’s largest private collection of pre-Columbian art and intriguing artifacts, such as the thousand year old, ceramic, “portrait heads”.

Overnight Hotel B

Meals B,L

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Flight to Cusco / Pisac / Sacred Valley

At dawn you will fly to Cusco, a breathtaking Andean City and former capital of the Inca Empire. A short drive away and tucked under the tawny skirts of formidable foothills, lies the beautiful Río Urubamba Valley, known as El Valle Sagrado (The Sacred Valley), home of attractive colonial towns and isolated weaving villages. Along the way, you will visit the local market and Pisac Archaeological Site, a place of sprawling views, temples, terraces and a collection of Incan tombs.

A memorable lunch at the exclusive Hacienda Huayoccari, full of homemade Peruvian specialties crafted from ingredients grown on the property’s farm, will satisfy and tantalize the taste buds for all the culinary delights still to come.

After lunch, settle in to Sol y Luna Lodge and Spa, a luxury property that runs wild with whimsy and folk art. French-Swiss owned, the lodge will charm you in a playful atmosphere that graces the rooms with carved wooden beds, freestanding tubs and dainty rod-iron chandeliers. Avant-garde circus productions with former Cirque de Soleil artists provide evening entertainment and Peruvian paso horses can be ridden through the countryside by day.

Overnight Sol y Luna Lodge & Spa

Meals B,L

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Pumamarka Ruins / Ollantaytambo Village & Ruins / Moray Terraces

Awaken the adventurer within and allow your imagination to take flight as you explore the spectacular temple-fortresses of Sacred Valley. Your private guide will take you to to the little visited site of Pumamarca ruins and the village of Ollantayatambo, a formidable stone structure of massive terraces climbing to a high peak with panoramic views.

In the afternoon, visit the impressive Moray terraces, a colossal amphitheater and archaeological wonder, believed to mimic 20 different microclimates and ensure the agricultural protection of the empire!

Overnight Sol y Luna Lodge & Spa

Meals B,L

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Chinchero, The Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco / Hike to Huyllabamba

Begin your second day of discovering the Sacred Valley of the Incas in the Andean village of Chinchero, high in the windswept and panoramic plains of Anta. Here in this village where locals move through mud brick adobe houses in their traditional dress, you will visit the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco. Dedicated to preserving ancient textile designs and weaving techniques from all over the Andes, the center features 2000 thousand year old treasures once thought to be lost.

After a beautiful hike over rolling plains and surrounded by the striking Andean snow-capped mountains, you will reach Huyllabamba town, where you may return to your hotel and enjoy the afternoon at your leisure.

Overnight Sol y Luna Lodge & Spa

Meals B,L (box lunch)

Day6

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Vistadome Train to Aguas Calientes / Machu Picchu Tour

The panoramic windows of the Vistadome train will carry you through magnificent landscapes, ample with photographic opportunities to the base of Machu Picchu. After lunch, enjoy a bus ride up the winding mountain for a privately guided tour of the Machu Picchu citadel. One of the seven wonders of the world, the “Lost City of the Incas” is true a marvel, magnificently perched at 2,430 meters / 7,972 feet above sea level.

Dinner is included tonight at your lodging, the stunning eco-lodge Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel which boasts rustic, elegant stone bungalows with exposed beams and cathedral ceilings set in a mini tropical cloud forest. A land of hummingbirds and orchids, bird watching and twilight nature hikes make for popular excursions.

Overnight Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

Meals B,L,D

Days7

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Hike Machu Picchu Mountain & revisit Machu Picchu / Hike to Sun Gate or Inca Bridge / Free Afternoon

Today, your private guide will escort you along the infamous Inca Trail for a three hour hike to reach a summit of 3,000 meters and witness the breathtaking views of Machu Picchu from above.
Enjoy lunch at Sanctuary Lodge and then spend the afternoon at leisure as you wish.

Some programmed activities at Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel are included in your room rate. Dinner is included at your hotel this evening.

Overnight Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

Meals B,L,D

Days8

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Vistadome Train to Ollantaytambo / Transfer to Cusco

Awaken inspired by adventure and enjoy the scenic train ride back to Ollantaytambo. After lunch, you will continue on to Cusco. Enjoy the afternoon at your leisure, exploring the cosmopolitan Inca capital rich in South American heritage, or unwinding at the Hotel Monasterio.

As its name suggests, Hotel Monasterio is a beautifully restored monastery, which dating back to 1952, is considered a national historic monument. The austere beauty of the complex, with lodging even including the original chapel with its ornate gold altar and collection of Cusqueño art, is combined with modern amenities for a luxuriant and atmospheric stay.

Overnight Hotel Monasterio

Meals B,L

Days9

Day9

Flight to Lima / Return Home

After a relaxing morning, your private transfer will accompany you back to Cusco airport for your flight back to Lima.

Flight: Cusco to Lima

Connect with your international flight back home (no assistance provided).

Overnight None

Meals B

IMPORTANT: We reserve the right to omit any part of this itinerary, to change the order of the places visited, or to alter reservations without prior notice due to weather conditions or road closures, safety concerns, national park policies, or other outside forces that may necessitate revisions to the itinerary. These decisions are based on the traveler’s welfare or are made in the interest of conservation. Please travel with an open mind and a willingness to embrace the spontaneity of your adventure.

Overnight The Singular Santiago

Meals B

Peru & Galapagos Islands

This expertly crafted, fifteen day itinerary combines the very best of South America’s most alluring and adventurous destinations, the sacred ruins of Peru and the wondrous enchantment of the exotic Galapagos Islands. Begin in Peru’s electric capital of Lima where you visit the city’s main historical highlights. Next, explore the Sacred Valley of Cusco by way of horseback, the Piuray Lagoon by way of stand-up paddle board, and visit the markets and archeological ruins of Pisac. Hike through the famed ruins of Machu Picchu, wander through Incan museums and enjoy decadent meals in scenic settings. The second half of your trip introduces you to the “Enchanted Isles” of the Galapagos, one of the most unique ecosystems on Earth and home to exotic wildlife found nowhere else, by way of a comfortable yacht. White coral beaches, volcanic summits and seabird nesting colonies, combined with pristine seas full of incredible marine life and premier snorkeling experiences await you in a true journey of a lifetime!

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Itinerary

Day1

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Arrive Lima, Peru / Lima City Tour

Welcome to Peru!

Upon arrival, your guide greets and privately transfers you to your hotel in the San Isidro neighborhood of Lima.

One of the Lima’s loveliest lodging options, Second Home Lima lives up to its name. This century old, Tudor style house is perched on a cliff and surrounded by sweeping gardens and the magnificent sculptures of artist Victor Delfin. Rooms are cosy and charming, with hardwood floors, high ceilings and, in some cases, built into the cliffside with majestic ocean views.

In the afternoon, enjoy a private guided Lima city tour to see the capital’s main historical highlights and destinations.

Overnight Second Home Lima

Meals None

Day2

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Lima to Cusco Flight / Pisac / Hacienda Huayoccari & Horseback Riding

Privately transfer to Lima airport this morning for your nonstop flight to Cusco.

Flight: Lima to Cusco

At dawn you will fly to Cusco, a breathtaking Andean City and former capital of the Inca Empire. A short drive away and tucked under the tawny skirts of formidable foothills, lies the beautiful Río Urubamba Valley, known as El Valle Sagrado (The Sacred Valley), home of attractive colonial towns and isolated weaving villages. Along the way, visit the local market and Pisac Archaeological Site, a place of sprawling views, temples, terraces and a collection of Inca tombs.

A memorable lunch at the exclusive Hacienda Huayoccari, full of homemade Peruvian specialties crafted from ingredients grown on the property’s farm, will satisfy and tantalize the taste buds for all the culinary delights still to come. Following lunch, enjoy horseback riding through the countryside.

After lunch, settle in to Sol y Luna Lodge and Spa, a luxurious property that runs wild with whimsy and folk art. French-Swiss owned, the lodge charms you in a playful atmosphere that graces the rooms with carved wooden beds, freestanding tubs and dainty rod-iron chandeliers. Avant-garde circus productions with former Cirque de Soleil artists provide evening entertainment.

Overnight Hotel Sol y Luna

Meals B,L

Day3

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Exploring the Sacred Valley

Spend a full day discovering the Sacred Valley of the Incas with your private guide: Start with a Stand Up Paddle excursion at the Piuray Lagoon, followed by a picnic lunch.

In the afternoon, visit the Maras Salt Flats, which rest on the precipices of the Andes and have been excavated for many centuries. Then enjoy a privately guided hike (approx. 2 hours) from Maras into the Sacred Valley, followed by short (15-min) drive back to your hotel.

Overnight Hotel Sol y Luna

Meals B,L

Day4

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Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu by Train

Private transfer to Ollantaytambo train station (about 20 min) for your journey to Machu Picchu.
Train: Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes

The panoramic windows of the Vistadome train carry you through magnificent landscapes, ample with photographic opportunities, to the base of Machu Picchu. After lunch, enjoy a bus ride up the winding mountain for a privately guided tour of the Machu Picchu citadel. One of the seven wonders of the world, the “Lost City of the Incas” is true a marvel, magnificently perched at 2,430 meters / 7,972 feet above sea level. A buffet lunch is included at the Sanctuary Lodge, with some time at leisure to explore the ruins further on your own.

Dinner is also included tonight at your lodging, the stunning eco-lodge Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel which boasts rustic, elegant stone bungalows with exposed beams and cathedral ceilings set in a mini tropical cloud forest. A land of hummingbirds and orchids, bird watching and twilight nature hikes make for popular excursions.

Overnight Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

Meals B,L,D

Day5

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Exploring Machu Picchu

This is your second day at Machu Picchu citadel with your private guide, including entrances and permits to hike up Machu Picchu Mountain for spectacular views of Machu Picchu from above.

Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant in Aguas Calientes, and then spend the afternoon at leisure as you wish. Some programmed activities at Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel are included in your room rate. Dinner is included at your hotel this evening.

Overnight Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

Meals B,L,D (box lunch)

Day6

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Machu Picchu to Cusco via Ollantaytambo

Your guide escorts you to Aguas Calientes train station for your train back to Ollantaytambo.
Train: Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
Upon arrival, take your private transfer to your hotel in Cusco. Then visit Cusco’s traditional San Pedro Market, the Inka Museum and the Archbishop Art Collection with your private guide.

Casa San Blas is located just a block away from Cuesta San Blas, the “staircase” street leading up from Plaza de Armas, and could not be more central for sightseeing. Colonial-style furniture, handmade textiles, hardwood floors and wood-beamed ceilings create a cosy atmosphere in this small hotel known for exceptional service. Top-floor suites with sweeping views and family style apartments are available.

Overnight Casa San Blas

Meals B

Days7

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Cusco to Lima Flight / Lima to Quito, Ecuador Flight

This morning, take your private transfer to Cusco airport for your flight to Lima.

Flight: Cusco to Lima

Connect independently with your international flight to Quito, Ecuador.

Flight: Lima to Quito, Ecuador

Your guide receives you at the airport and transfers you to your hotel in the city’s historical center. Patio Andaluz is a beautifully restored colonial mansion, elegantly decorated with many of its original furnishings. Conveniently located close to many of the main historical highlights of colonial Quito such as the San Francisco Church and the Basilica, the hotel also has an exclusive Spanish restaurant and tapas bar.

Overnight Patio Andaluz

Meals B

Days8

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Quito, Ecuador to Baltra, Galapagos Flight / Baltra to Isabela Island Flight

Flight: Quito to Baltra, Galapagos

Private transfer (with guide) back to Quito airport for flight to Baltra, Galapagos.
Upon arrival at Baltra, a representative of Galapagos Safari Camp receives all luggage not being taken to Isabela to safely store until your return.

Flight: Baltra, Galapagos to Isabela Island

Upon arrival, our representative greets you and privately transfers you to your hotel. The afternoon is yours to spend at your leisure, perhaps relaxing on the beach or walking to the Isabela Breeding Center.

La Casa de Marita is a beachfront hotel which truly immerses you in the wonder of nature, while providing a gourmet restaurant of local, organic ingredients and luxury accommodation just steps from the sea.

Overnight La Casa de Marita

Meals B

Days9

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Sierra Negra Volcano / Afternoon at Leisure

Today, enjoy a private guided excursion to the Sierra Negra Volcano, which has the second largest caldera in the world and to Volcano Chico, which is currently active. Return to your hotel around 2:00PM and then spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight La Casa de Marita

Meals B,L

Days10

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Los Tuneles

Start your day with a dinghy ride and snorkeling at Los Tuneles (shared), a marine paradise for the white-tipped reef sharks, manta rays, parrot fish, yellowtail surgeonfish, Galápagos green sea turtle and the Galápagos sea lion.

Return to Puerto Villamil around 2:00pm and enjoy the afternoon at leisure.

Overnight La Casa de Marita

Meals B

Days11

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Day11

Isabela Island to Baltra Flight / Santa Cruz Island Tour / Galapagos Safari Camp

Flight: Isabela Island to Baltra

Private transfer to airport for inter-island flight to Baltra, which departs at 8:00 AM (approx. 30 min flight).

Upon arrival, a representative from Galapagos Safari Camp greets you to begin your 5D/4N shared program. Cross the narrow Itabaca Channel to Santa Cruz Island accompanied by a bilingual naturalist guide who escorts you to a farm in the highlands for a tasty lunch.

Your guide gives you a complete tour of the area, exploring various vegetation zones and microclimates, walking around pit craters, through lava tunnels and getting acquainted with endemic Scalesia and Guayabillo forests. At the Tortoise Reserve, observe the emblematic giant tortoises in their natural habitat and the abundant bird life of the highlands. Your tour ends at Galapagos Safari Camp where you can enjoy a sunset cocktail and dinner.

Overnight Galapagos Safari Camp

Meals B,L,D

Days12

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Day12

Cerro Mesa Reserve / Garrapatero Beach

Land excursion: At 490m above sea level, Cerro Mesa Reserve offers spectacular views of the largest crater on Santa Cruz Island, exotic plants, and seven unique subspecies of finch and the elusive vermilion flycatcher.

After lunch explore Garrapatero Beach, with stunning contrasts of mangroves, black lava, white sand, and turquoise water – including a flamingo lagoon. Kayaking and mountain biking are optional.

Overnight Galapagos Safari Camp

Meals B,L,D

Days13

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Boat Excursions aboard Altamar: South Plazas Island

An early breakfast prepares you for today´s boat excursion. Drive 30 minutes towards the Itabaca Channel to embark the Altamar day yacht and navigate for 40 minutes to South Plazas Island. South Plazas and North Plazas islands were formed from uplifted seabed, giving them a tilted tabletop quality.

After some exploration, lunch and snorkeling, head back to the Safari Camp. Expect to return at Galapagos Safari Camp between 4:00-5:00pm.

Overnight Galapagos Safari Camp

Meals B,L,D

Days14

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Boat Excursions aboard Altamar: Bartolome Island

Early morning finds you driving for 30 minutes to embark the Altamar day yacht. You then navigate to Bartolome Island, this will take approximately 2 hours. Bartolome offers one of the most emblematic sceneries of the Galapagos Islands, it is one of the smallest in the archipelago, with two very different visitor sites. Explore the island, have lunch on board and have the opportunity to snorkel or swim. Return to Galapagos Safari Camp in the early evening before dinner.

Overnight Galapagos Safari Camp

Meals B,L,D

Days15

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Baltra to Quito Flight /

This morning, enjoy the serenity that Galapagos Safari Camp has to offer. Relax, walk or enjoy the sunrise from the observatory. Then take your transfer to Baltra airport for your flight back to the Ecuadorian mainland.

Flight: Baltra, Galapagos to Quito

Connect independently with your flight back home.

Meals B

IMPORTANT: We reserve the right to omit any part of this itinerary, to change the order of the places visited, or to alter reservations without prior notice due to weather conditions or road closures, safety concerns, national park policies, or other outside forces that may necessitate revisions to the itinerary. These decisions are based on the traveler’s welfare or are made in the interest of conservation. Please travel with an open mind and a willingness to embrace the spontaneity of your adventure.

Overnight The Singular Santiago

Meals B

Journey to Brazil

One of the most enthralling countries on earth, Brazil is a kaleidoscope of diverse culture, awe-inspiring wilderness, and eclectic arts. In this 13-day private vacation tour, you will be seduced by samba, lured by ancient mysteries, awed by opulent, gilded churches and pampered in a hilltop spa with breathtaking views. Highlights include visiting Ipanema and Copacabana, enjoying folkloric shows of Bahia, indulging in a Brazilian cooking course, hiking a virgin Atlantic rainforest, and exploring one of the seven wonders of the world.

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Itinerary

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Arrive in Rio de Janeiro / Paraty

Welcome to Brazil!

Upon arrival our representative greets you and transfers you to Paraty in a scenic, four hour drive. Check into your hotel and spend the rest of the day in leisure, exploring the charming, colonial town of Paraty, distinctive for its unique architecture and cobblestone streets that meander along the sea.

Pousada Picinguaba is an enchanting hotel perched on a tranquil bay in the center of a tropical seaside forest known as the Atlantic Forest Natural Park. Ideal for travelers seeking the ultimate escape into peace and ancient mysteries, this luxurious and intimate hotel offers access to secret white sand beaches, unknown trails through the jungle, and an opportunity to meet and learn from the locals.

Overnight Pousada Picinguaba (or similar)

Meals Aloft

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Full day private schooner around Paraty

Enjoy a private schooner cruise through the emerald bay and hundreds of islands surrounding Paraty with carefully selected stops for swimming and snorkeling in glistening waters.

After a day of adventure, take a romantic evening stroll for dinner at one of the local restaurants.

Overnight Pousada Picinguaba (or similar)

Meals B,L

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Paraty city tour / Brazilian cooking class

This morning your guide picks you up for a half-day, private walking tour of Paraty’s historical center, a pedestrian only village full of cobblestone streets and colonial charm.

An afternoon of exploration and relaxation time follows, before a hands-on Brazil cooking class with a local chef, followed by a decadent dinner.

Overnight Pousada Picinguaba (or similar)

Meals B,L

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Paraty to Rio de Janeiro

After checking out of your room this morning, your local guide escorts you on a four hour drive for the seaside city of Rio de Janeiro. Upon arrival in Rio, check in at the Miramar by Windsor hotel, a beautiful location with sophisticated decor, Brazilian paintings and elegantly designed bathrooms.

In the afternoon, your guide leads you to Sugarloaf Mountain to witness impressive views of the city and surrounding bay.

Overnight Fasano Hotel Rio de Janeiro (or similar)

Meals B

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Rio de Janeiro City Tour

In the morning, depart for a half day Rio de Janeiro city tour. The excursion includes a stop at a colorful and local outdoor street market, a visit to Corcovado Mountain and a memorable tour to Christ the Redeemer Statue, one of the seven wonders of the world.

Overnight Fasano Rio (or similar)

Meals B

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Rio de Janeiro

Today is open for you to spend as you wish. You might consider visiting Rio’s Botanical Gardens, check out one of many engaging art museums, rent a bike to soak up the expansive coastal views in style, or just simply relax on the city’s renowned beaches. After sunset, this birthplace of samba comes alive with Brazilian music, creating the ideal ambiance for dancing till the sun comes up!

Overnight Fasano Rio (or similar)

Meals B

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Rio de Janeiro to Salvador de Bahia

After a delicious breakfast, check out of your hotel and join your guide for a short flight to Salvador. Upon arrival, a private transfer will take you to Villa Bahia, a boutique hotel located in the heart of Salvador’s historical center and set in two traditional colonial houses featuring a terrace of panoramic views.

Once the magnificent capital of Portugal’s great New World colony, Salvador is the country’s Afro-Brazilian jewel and a living museum of 17th and 18th century architecture. The evening’s plans will dazzle you with a memorable Bahia Folklore Show, a local attraction unlike any in the world!

Overnight Fazenda Sao Francisco do Corumbau

Meals B

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Salvador de Bahia

Today your guide leads you on a half day Salvador tour, including a stop at the local market and a visit to the Bonfim Church, known globally a place of miraculous healing and colorful ribbons that are said to make wishes come true.

Overnight Fazenda Sao Francisco do Corumbau

Meals B

Day9

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Salvador de Bahia to Txai Resort

After a short flight to Ilheus, your guide escorts you to Txai Resort where you may enjoy the afternoon at your leisure in this sprawling, luxury eco-resort that sits among seemingly endless coconut groves on one of the region’s most beautiful beaches. You may choose to indulge in the hilltop spa or explore the town of Itacaré, which has long been sought out by hippies and surfers mesmerized by wide stretches of virgin Atlantic rainforest, picturesque beaches and reliable surf breaks.

Overnight Txai Resort

Meals B,D

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Txai Resort

After an exhilarating and adventure filled itinerary, enjoy a full three days at Txai resort, enjoying organic Bahian specialities and contemporary cuisine at the restaurant and utter relaxation in your suite or bungalow with sweeping views of the virgin Atlantic rainforest or panoramics of the ocean, depending on your choice.

Additional activities or services such as spa treatments, guided hikes, canoe excursions, capoeira classes, surf classes or tennis lessons are available at extra cost.

Overnight Txai Resort

Meals B,L,D

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Rio de Janeiro / Return Flight Home

After a leisurely breakfast, your English-speaking driver meets you in the lobby for your one hour transfer to Ilheus Airport where you will join your flight to Salvador.

Connect on own with your international flight back home this evening and enjoy reminiscing over your Brazilian adventure!

Meals B

IMPORTANT: We reserve the right to omit any part of this itinerary, to change the order of the places visited, or to alter reservations without prior notice due to weather conditions or road closures, safety concerns, national park policies, or other outside forces that may necessitate revisions to the itinerary. These decisions are based on the traveler’s welfare or are made in the interest of conservation. Please travel with an open mind and a willingness to embrace the spontaneity of your adventure.

Overnight The Singular Santiago

Meals B

Galapagos Cruise – Coral I & II (Southern)

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Coral I & II

Travel to southern Galapagos islands of San Cristóbal, Española, Floreana, and Santa Cruz on a cruise designed for families and explorers of all ages. Multilingual naturalist guides provide exceptional learning opportunities by leading shore excursions twice a day, and delivering talks about geology, history, evolution, flora and fauna of the islands are provided in several languages. The charming Coral I & II boast elegant sea-view cabins and suites, ample outer decks with jacuzzi and pool, and a fine selection of meals from buffet breakfast and gourmet dinners to evening barbecues.

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Itinerary

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San Cristóbal Island

Arrive in the Galápagos where your guides will shuttle you to the pier to board the Coral I & II.

Before boarding, guests visit the interpretation center in San Cristóbal. Learn about the nature and history of the islands, including the Galápagos’ volcanic origins, native species, and colonization. Guests also have the opportunity to hike the Tijeretas Hill. This one-hour high-intensity hike offers beautiful views of the island and ends with a large frigate bird colony including, if lucky, the San Cristóbal mockingbird.

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San Cristóbal Island

This morning, visit Cerro Brujo (Witch Hill), a lava formation surrounded by beautiful white sand beaches. Snorkel, sunbathe, or explore the nearby lagoon, which is home to many migratory birds including black-necked stilts, ruddy turnstones, whimbrels, sandpipers, and white-cheeked pintails. Cerro Brujo also offers gorgeous views of Kicker Rock, an islet off the southern coast of San Cristóbal.

This afternoon, embark on a hike along olivine mineral beaches leading to a steep climb to the top of a volcanic tuff, taking in several magnificent viewpoints. See three of the Galápagos’ rare booby species and two types of frigate birds plus a sea lion colony. Guests can also opt to explore the area on a dinghy ride, kayak, or snorkel the crystalline waters as a wide range of seabirds fly overhead.

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Española Island

Today, step onto one of the most unique and oldest islands in the Galápagos, Española Island. Due to its isolation from the rest of the islands, wildlife and plants are some of the most unique in the region. Hike to the nesting grounds of the Española mockingbird, Nazca boobies, red-billed tropicbirds, Galápagos dove, Galápagos hawk, swallow-tailed gulls, and see the world’s largest colony of waved albatrosses. The mating season, April to December, provides an unequivocal experience for bird enthusiasts. Other unique inhabitants include turquoise marine iguanas, lava lizards, and colorful Sally Lightfoot crabs. Admire the the infamous “Soplador,” a naturally occurring blowhole made from waves rushing into the volcanic sea caves. Water can shoot up to 23 m. (75 ft.) into the air.

Gardner Bay is a beautiful white coral sandy beach guarded by a colony of sea Lions. Here, there are no trails. Explore the shores, spotting Española Island’s many birds, including three species of Darwin finches, the cacti finch, small ground finch, and the warbler finch. Swim and snorkel among king angelfish, creole fish, damsel fish, and parrot fish.

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Floreana Island

Hike through black mangrove beds to a lagoon where the largest flamingo population in the Galápagos lives. Explore the white sand beaches to arrive at one of the most important nesting sites for green sea turtles. Floreana Island features exotic plants only found here, such as Scalesia villosa, white and black mangrove, Galápagos Milkwort, and holy stick. Swim or snorkel among amongst sea turtles, reef fish, sea lions, even white-tipped reef sharks. A small colony of penguins can sometimes be observed as well.

On the north side of Floreana drop an unstamped postcard into the centuries-old post office. A wooden barrel, installed by Captain James Colnett in 1793, served as an informal post office for sailors passing through. Today, visitors place unstamped postcards inside the barrel hoping another traveler, going to the letter’s destination, will deliver it. This side of the island also boasts Darwin’s finches, yellow warblers, lava lizards and fantastic snorkeling opportunities amongst green sea turtles and groups of playful sea lions.

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Santa Cruz Island / Departure

Set off into the mountains of the Galápagos for the Highlands Tortoise Reserve. Admire tree and ground finches, vermilion flycatchers, paint-billed crakes, yellow warblers, and cattle egrets along the way. The road winds through the varied landscape of the island, from the coast through the agricultural zone up to the dense humid forests. Giant Galápagos tortoises are often seen wandering through pastures on the way. This is a birdwatcher’s haven. Nearly every land bird of the Galápagos lives or migrates here.

Following the visit, guests return to the airport for their return flight to Guayaquil or Quito.

NOTE: The above itinerary reflects the intended program, however, should be read as a guide only. The actual itinerary will depend on weather conditions, wildlife encounters, any unforeseen circumstances beyond the operator’s control, as well as to readjustment of National Park policies and regulations.

Galapagos Cruise – Coral I & II (Western)

Travel aboard the

Coral I & II

Travel to the Galapagos western islands of Santa Cruz, Isabela, Fernandina, and Santiago on cruises designed for families and explorers of all ages with naturalist guides providing exceptional learning opportunities. Multilingual naturalist guides provide exceptional learning opportunities by leading shore excursions twice a day, and delivering talks about geology, history, evolution, flora and fauna of the islands are provided in several languages. The charming Coral I & II boast elegant sea-view cabins and suites, ample outer decks with jacuzzi and pool, and a fine selection of meals from buffet breakfast and gourmet dinners to evening barbecues.

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Itinerary

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Baltra Airport / Santa Cruz Island

Arrive in the Galápagos at Baltra Island from Quito or Guayaquil where you’ll be picked up by your guides and shuttled to the pier where you’ll board your ship.

By afternoon, set off into the mountains of the Galápagos for the Highlands Tortoise Reserve. Admire tree and ground finches, vermilion flycatchers, paint-billed crakes, yellow warblers, and cattle egrets along the way. The road winds through the varied landscape of the island, from the coast through the agricultural zone up to the dense humid forests. Giant Galápagos tortoises are often seen wandering through pastures on the way. This is a birdwatcher’s haven. Nearly every land bird of the Galápagos lives or migrates here.

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Isabela Island /Fernandina Island

Start the morning at Vicente Roca Point, a high peak of land made from the remains of a volcanic tuff cone, on Galápagos’ largest island. Two protected turquoise coves surround the point. Snorkel through the Bolivar Channel, one of the richest marine ecosystems on Earth. Spot red-lipped batfish, seahorses, frogfish, nudibranchs, octopus, and the “Mola mola” or ocean sunfish as well as dolphin pods, sea lions, schools of tuna. Take a dinghy ride along the coast where a great diversity of seabirds like noddies, brown pelicans, Galápagos penguins, flightless cormorants, Nazca and blue-footed boobies often feed, especially during the cooler months between May and December. Whales can also make an appearance during this time.

By the afternoon, explore Espinosa Point across the Bolivar Channel. Here, the largest, most primitive-looking marine iguanas mingle with sea lions and Sally Lightfoot crabs. With the exception of mangroves, Fernandina Island’s terrain is otherworldly with its vast volcanic landscape and scarce vegetation. It provides the best opportunity to view flightless cormorants in their nesting sites, as well as Galápagos penguins, the only penguin species in the world to live in the tropics, and the Galápagos’ “King of Predators,” the Galápagos Hawk.

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Isabela Island

Wake up to the island’s volcanic black beaches where giant tortoises, land iguanas, and cormorants have begun their day. Swim and snorkel with sea turtles, sea lions, and countless tropical fish. Urbina Bay features a wide variety of flowers blossoming with fantastic colors attracting different insects, birds, and reptiles. Explore the island’s uplifted coral reef, the result of seismic activity in 1954. Take in the exquisite views of Alcedo Volcano.

This afternoon, continue exploring Isabela Island. Learn about the eruption of the five volcanoes that created it. Hike to Darwin Lake, a saltwater crater lake with excellent views of lava fields. Then, take a dinghy ride along the shore filled with marine wildlife. The greatest population of Galápagos penguins lives on this side of Isabela Island. Graffiti believed to have been left by 19th-century pirates is also an intriguing highlight.

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Santiago Island

Darwin visited Egas Port in 1835. This black volcanic sand beach offers trails formed by volcanic ash and basaltic rock. The striking layered terrain of Santiago Island’s shore is home to a variety of animals, including the bizarre yellow-crowned night heron, Sally Lightfoot crabs, marine iguanas, and colonies of fur seals playfully swimming through volcanic rock pools.

Spend a relaxing afternoon on the southeastern portion of Santiago Island. Extensive reddish and yellow-colored volcanic cones cover the landscape of the island. Mollugo plants, with their yellow and orange leaves often sprout from the center of these volcanic fissures. Walk along the solidified lava beds. Look for evidence of tree molds and other large plants that once lived there.

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Santa Cruz Island / Departure

Spend the morning on the northside of Santa Cruz Island where two flamingo ponds sit just inland from the beaches. This beach is also one of the main sea turtle nesting sites in the Galápagos. Iguanas sunbathe while Darwin finches, mockingbirds, and gulls fly overhead. Search for native plants like red and black mangroves. Snorkel along the reef where remains of barges that sank ages ago when the United States Navy operated a base on Baltra Island during World War II. This beach is so named “Bachas” due to the local people’s term for these sunken barges.

Afterward, guests return to the airport for their return flight to Guayaquil or Quito.

NOTE: The above itinerary reflects the intended program, however, should be read as a guide only. The actual itinerary will depend on weather conditions, wildlife encounters, and any unforeseen circumstances beyond the operator’s control.

Galapagos Cruise – Cormorant

Travel aboard the

Cormorant

Set off for the central and eastern Galápagos islands on the 16-guest Cormorant, a luxury catamaran with kayaking and snorkeling. Offering modern interiors, jacuzzi, sun deck, and elegant staterooms with private balcony, enjoy a high quality, competitively priced Galápagos cruise for the savvy adventurer. This is an excellent cruise to combine with a land program for a more comprehensive Galapagos adventure.

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Itinerary

Day1

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Baltra Island Airport / Santa Cruz Island

Depart from Quito or Guayaquil to Baltra Island. Arrive in the Galápagos where your guides will shuttle you to the yacht. Settle into your cabin before lunch and a welcome briefing.

By afternoon, swim along Bachas Beach on the north shore of Santa Cruz Island. See a historical floating dock from World War II, as well as flamingos, Sally Lightfoot crabs, black-necked stilts, whimbrels, and sea turtles.

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Bartholome Island / Santiago Island

This morning, visit the infamous Pinnacle Rock on Bartholomew Island. The terrain here is almost entirely covered by colorful red, orange, black, even green volcanic formations. Hike to the summit of an extinct volcano to enjoy one of the best views of the islands. Explore a beautiful beach, surrounded by the island’s only lush vegetation. Snorkel the crystal waters and keep an eye out for Galápagos penguins.

This afternoon, trek to the southeast where Sullivan Bay, covered by Pahoehoe lava flows, offers extraordinary photo opportunities. The lava here has hardened into accordion-like shapes. Small glass-like bubbles of lava, called “hornitos,” can be found throughout this area, as well as imprints of vegetation burned into the rock during volcanic eruptions. Wear thick-soled shoes as the lava is very hot in the sun. Cool off with a swim, or snorkel with the playful sea lions that live on the shores.

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South Plazas Island / Santa Fe Island

South Plaza Island is a small island with steep cliffs formed by rising lava. It is now covered by Opuntia cacti. It is also home to one of the largest sea lion colonies as well as colorful yellow and red land iguanas. The Sesuvium plant also flourishes on this island. During the rainy season it’s greenish-yellow and in the dry season (end of June through January) it’s bright red.

Santa Fe Island, formed by a volcanic uplift, has a picturesque bay on the northeast coast where you can hike to a scenic viewpoint atop the cliffs or see a tall prickly pear cactus forest. Swim or snorkel the quiet waters of the bay accompanied by friendly sea lions.

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San Cristóbal Island

Explore Witch Hill, or Cerro Brujo, in the morning. With powdered, soft, white sand, this is one of the nicest beaches in the Galápagos. This area is bustling with life, from blue-footed boobies, egrets, and great blue herons to the turquoise waters teeming with marine life. Hike the many trails or dive in to see for yourself.

By the afternoon, enjoy an easy hike to Pitt Point. Located on the northeastern-most tip, herein lies the only nesting site for all three species of Galápagos boobies. The volcanic tuff formations create a stunning visual landscape to explore and photograph in this wondrous place like nowhere on earth.

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San Cristóbal Island / Departure

This morning visit Lobos Island, a rocky bay just a short walk to Puerto Baquerizo. Exquisitely colored plants cover the island. The beach is home to a large colony of Galápagos sea lions as well as many varieties of shore birds and marine iguanas.

After this final visit, return to to San Cristóbal’s airport in time to catch your flight back to the mainland.

NOTE: The above itinerary reflects the intended program, however, should be read as a guide only. The actual itinerary will depend on weather conditions, wildlife encounters, and any unforeseen circumstances beyond the operator’s control.

Galapagos Cruise – Integrity

Travel aboard the

Integrity

Experience the very best of the Galápagos Islands aboard a luxury yacht, the 16-passenger Integrity. Retrace Charles Darwin’s route of 1835 on 8-day cruises to the western islands, including Floreana, Isabela, and Fernandina Islands. Superb naturalists explain the history of these islands while pointing out unique wildlife at every turn. Dine on exquisite traditional cuisine, relax on the sun deck or in the jacuzzi, and nestle into your spacious stateroom. With its state-of-the-art stabilizers and engine vibration control system, the Integrity carries you through Darwin’s islands more smoothly than any other yacht.

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Itinerary

Day1

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Baltra Island / Santa Cruz Island

Before boarding, jump right into the Galápagos. Visit the highlands of Santa Cruz Island where the infamous giant tortoises rove in their natural habitat. See them up close as these endangered species laze in lush vegetation. Step into a forest of native daisy trees as vermilion flycatchers with their scarlet feathers flit against an emerald green backdrop. Darwin’s finches, particularly the woodpecker finch, also reside here.

At the Charles Darwin Research Station and Galápagos National Park headquarters, learn about the conservation and research efforts taking place on the islands. Several subspecies of adult tortoises, their hatchlings, and iguanas are nurtured here, helping them build their numbers.

Board the Integrity just in time for dinner. Set sail as you sit down to a gourmet meal made especially from local ingredients while the staff and crew welcome you.

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Floreana Island

This morning, find yourself on the green, olivine sand beaches of Floreana Island next to a large lagoon filled with flamingos and other water birds. Take a short hike to Flour Beach where sea turtles nest and small rays frolic in the surf. Snorkel at Champion Island with curious, playful sea lions. Try to catch a glimpse of the rare Floreana mockingbird.

Next, stop at the wooden barrel at Post Office Bay that has served as a mariner’s “post office” since the 18th Century. Leave a postcard, or take a postcard to continue the “postmaster” tradition. Afterward, head into the highlands to visit a collection of tortoises and learn about the island’s ghostly human history at Wittmer Caves. End the day with a walk along Black Beach followed by an onboard barbecue as the sun sets.

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Isabela Island

Today’s adventure begins on Isabela Island at Punta Moreno. Walk along volcanic terrain, over lava flows, past numerous prickly pear cacti. The area is dotted with numerous oases of brackish lagoons containing a wide variety of wildlife, including flamingos, paint-billed crakes, white-cheeked pintails, and common gallinules.

By the afternoon, float through the narrow channels of Elizabeth Bay aboard a comfortable skiff. Pass mangrove lagoons filled with rays, flightless cormorants, penguins, pelicans, and lava herons. Keep an eye out for sea turtles, sea lions, blue-footed boobies, and the many exotic fish so close to touch.

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Isabela Island / Fernandina Island

Urbina Bay on Isabela Island is a visually stunning landscape. In 1954, volcanic activity caused a six-kilometer stretch of coral reef to shift upwards of five meters in a matter of hours. Walk along the skeletal coral garden, now home to lizards and mockingbirds. Large, colorful land iguanas also reside here. During certain times of year, encounter Alcedo tortoises that have come down from the highlands to nest in the warm sands of the bay.

The peninsula of Punta Espinosa on Fernandina Island is one of the most pristine of the Galápagos. Upon landing, an abundance of marine iguanas and brightly colored Sally Lightfoot crabs litter the sands like drops of paint. Walk out onto the lava flow where, along the sandy shore, you can see flightless cormorants, pelicans, and numerous lounging sea lions.

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Isabela Island

Along the western coast of Isabela Island, the largest island in the archipelago, sits to Tagus Cove. Named for a British warship that moored here in 1814, the cove was used as an anchorage for pirates and whalers. You can still find the names of these ships carved into the rocks. A short, steep hike takes you to Darwin Lake, set within a tuff cone filled with salt water. The cove is an excellent place to view tree finches, Galápagos hawks, yellow warblers, large-billed flycatchers and sometimes the woodpecker finch.

At Punta Vincente Roca, the large cave and caldera wall are impressive geological formations that provide a beautiful backdrop for blue-footed and Nazca boobies, gulls, storm petrels, and brown noddy terns. It also forms a calm gathering area for sea turtles, making it a desirable snorkeling spot. See many species of colorful fish, penguins, sea lions, sea anemones, jellyfish, and other sea life.

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Santiago Island

This morning, choose one of the trails to explore Puerto Egas. One meanders along the coast to where the shy Galápagos fur seals swim amongst the crags and swimming inlets. Spy American oystercatchers, marine iguanas and more sea lions. The other trail leads inland to a lagoon at the Salt Mine Volcano where flamingos and other birds can be found.

Afterward, sink your toes into the red sands of Espumilla Beach, a sea turtle nesting site. Hike inland to a small lagoon where many land birds fly overhead, including Galápagos hawks. Snorkel or kayak Buccaneer Cove, home to sea lions, fur seals, sea turtles, rays, and sharks, and amazing underwater geologic formations.

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Santa Cruz Island / North Seymour Island

Enjoy a quiet and peaceful morning at Bachas Beach, an exquisite white sand beach. Two small lagoons just over the dunes often host flamingos. “Bachas” is so named due to the remains of a barge that ran aground decades ago, leaving just a few rusty spines still visible today.

In Caleta Tortuga Negra take a silent skiff ride to where sea turtles feed and mate, and where three species of shark, spotted rays, egrets, and lava herons live.

Make the most of today’s final chance to snorkel the Galapagos before landing on North Seymour Island. The trails here head inland to where the largest colony of magnificent frigatebirds call home.

Catch your last island sunset as the ship travels along the coast, catching one last look at sea lions and marine iguanas on the shores.

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Baltra Island

Enjoy a gratifying breakfast on board the Integrity before returning to Baltra Island for the flight home.

NOTE: The above itinerary reflects the intended program, however, should be read as a guide only. The actual itinerary will depend on weather conditions, wildlife encounters, and any unforeseen circumstances beyond the operator’s control.

Galapagos Cruise – Isabela II

Travel aboard the

Isabela II

Explore the northern Galápagos Islands in comfort aboard the luxury yacht, Isabela II, for a 7-day islands cruise from San Cristobal to Santiago, Fernandina, and Isabela. For an elegant, relaxing adventure, the yacht’s convivial atmosphere leads to an intimate experience of this unique part of the world. With gourmet meals and al-fresco dining created by a Cordon Bleu chef, dine on five-star cuisine aboard this exquisite ship that also boasts flawless service, a hot tub, fitness room, and deck-side bar serving handcrafted cocktails while you sunbathe between island hops.

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Itinerary

Day1

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San Cristobal Island

Arrive on San Cristobal Island in time to transfer to the Isabela II. Settle into your cabin, then gather for an introduction by your guides as you sit down for lunch.

This afternoon, visit the Cerro Colorado Breeding Center at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. The center specializes in saving the highly endangered giant tortoise, as well as many bird species and the native San Cristobal lava lizard.

Return to the ship to enjoy a handcrafted cocktail and a specially prepared dinner as the ship sets off for tomorrow’s destination.

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Genovesa Island

This morning, arrive at Genovesa Island, a bird haven for Nazca and red-footed boobies, great frigatebirds, and storm petrels. On shore, you find colonies of Galápagos fur seals as you explore this dramatic island. Climb Prince Philip’s Steps, a set of stairs built into the rocks, overlooking the turquoise waters. Snorkel or kayak to see the many tropical fish right below the surface.

In the afternoon, walk Darwin Bay, an easy stroll to observe herons, finches, mockingbirds, and more Nazca and red-footed boobies. Take the opportunity to traverse the lava, stepping onto this alien-like terrain, or return to the waters for more snorkeling and swimming in this beautiful natural harbour.

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Santiago Island

After breakfast, find yourself along the impressive beaches of Buccaneer’s Cove, surrounded by sea lions, birds, and tidal pools filled with interesting creatures. Gaze upon tremendous rock formations, such as “The Bishop,” an impressive natural cave. This is a fantastic site to snorkel or hop aboard our glass-bottom boat to float above the wide variety of tropical fish below.

This afternoon, explore Puerto Egas, a landscape filled with volcanic stone and lava flows. At low tide, marine iguanas graze upon the algae beds while birds flock high above.

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Fernandina Island / Isabela Island

This morning, visit Punta Espinoza on the youngest island of the archipelago, Fernandina. A stunning visual landscape, this island has an amazing combination of barren lands contrasted with abundant wildlife. Spot the Galápagos hawk, penguins, flightless cormorants, and many colonies of marine iguanas. Dive into these waters for an up close and personal view of marine life.

After lunch, just across the narrow Bolivar Channel from Punta Espinoza, spend the afternoon at Tagus Cove on Isabela Island. This cove, once a popular anchorage for pirates and whalers, features an uphill hike that takes you to the rim of Darwin Crater, a submerged crater filled with salt water. Take a panga ride or your own kayak around the island to spot local wildlife, or dive right in and snorkel amongst Galápagos penguins.

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Isabela Island

After breakfast, step onto the shores of Urbina Bay, an area with a strange origin. Once the ocean floor, a seismic event in 1954 pushed it to the surface along with the coral reef once living on it. Now, find the remains of those corals and shells leading you to the beach. This area is also home to large and very colourful Galápagos land iguanas, as well as the occasional giant tortoise. Along the shoreline you’ll find flightless cormorants and penguins.

This afternoon, hop into a skiff to explore the beach-less Punta Vicente Roca. Your naturalist guides explain the dramatic geology of the area while you keep an eye out for abundant wildlife. If the weather is right, you’ll have a chance to snorkel along the cliffs in the company of green sea turtles and penguins.

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Rabida Island / Santa Cruz Island

In the morning, lay eyes upon the heart of the Galapagos: Rabida Island, with its red sands and cliffs. Sea lions, marine iguanas, mockingbirds, yellow warblers, and several species of Darwin’s finches live on this red rock. This is a fantastic place to snorkel or hop in a kayak. The glass-bottom boat will also be available.

After lunch, find yourself on Dragon Hill, Cerro Dragón, on Santa Cruz Island. Take a leisurely walk past a lagoon frequented by flamingos, ducks, and stilts. Further along, the trail brings you to the nesting area of land iguanas, and finally it opens up to a beautiful view of the bay and the western islands.

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Baltra Island

Today, the journey ends back at Baltra Island where your guides will transfer you to the airport for your flight home.

NOTE: The above itinerary reflects the intended program, however, should be read as a guide only. The actual itinerary will depend on weather conditions, wildlife encounters, and any unforeseen circumstances beyond the operator’s control.

Galapagos Cruise – La Pinta (Northern)

Travel aboard the

La Pinta

For luxurious cruises in the Galápagos, climb aboard the expedition ship, La Pinta. Spend 5 days touring the northern islands of Santa Cruz, Genovesa, Santiago and others aboard this brand new yacht marked by an upscale design with plush cabins that feature air conditioning and gorgeous wrap around floor-to-ceiling windows. The ship also boasts an outside bar, observation lounge, gym, sun deck, and jacuzzi. New engines are of the highest quality, designed to cut emissions and reduce environmental impact. Explore the islands on foot, kayak, and glass-bottom boat while on board delighting in an exquisite cuisine of Ecuadorian and international dishes prepared by a Cordon Bleu chef.

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Itinerary

Day1

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Balta Island / Santa Cruz Island

Following your morning arrival at Baltra Airport, you’ll transfer to the Itabaca Channel where a small ferry takes you to the north shore of Santa Cruz Island. Your naturalist guides detail Santa Cruz’s unique ecosystems and wildlife as you travel to the Santa Cruz highlands where you’ll stop for lunch at a local restaurant.

After lunch, a short ride to Santa Cruz’s nature reserve brings you into contact with the endangered giant tortoise. In their natural habitat, the tortoises are easy to spot, lumbering around, eating grass and leaves, and wallowing in small pools. You’ll also have the chance to explore several underground lava tunnels before a short bus ride takes you down to Puerto Ayora to board the La Pinta.

Settle into your cabin, explore the observation deck, enjoy a handcrafted cocktail made from exotic fruits and local liqueur. Dine on a specially prepared dinner al fresco under the setting sun.

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Santa Cruz Island

After breakfast, hop aboard a panga that takes you to Eden Islet, just off the Santa Cruz coast. Explore the volcanic terrain, filled with stunning volcanic cones and eroded lava flows. Observe blue-footed boobies diving into the water, reef sharks, and frigates. Dive in yourself, snorkel, or tour the shallows in a glass-bottom boat.

Next, visit the tiny island of Sombrero Chino, named for its resemblance to a traditional Chinese hat. Walk along its crescent-shaped white sand beach. The cove here offers excellent swimming and snorkeling opportunities amid white-tipped reef sharks and Galápagos penguins.

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Bartolomé Island / Santiago Island

Start the day with a climb up Bartolomé Island. At the top of a wooden staircase catch the view of surrounding islands and the iconic Pinnacle Rock. Get closer in a dinghy ride around this colossal rock formation. Then relax on the beach, snorkel amongst tropical fish, or take a ride in the glass-bottom boat.

After lunch, land at Sullivan Bay on the east coast of Santiago, a white coral sand beach perfect for swimming and snorkelling. Hike a trail over a lava field that flowed less than 100 years ago. This is a beautiful place to see and feel the volcanic origin of the Galápagos while observing its wildlife.

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Genovesa Island

Start the day with an easy stroll along the beach, observing marine and land birds. Take the chance to hike over lava fields before returning to the beach to swim and snorkel in this spectacular natural harbour. This area’s calm waters make it a perfect spot to kayak and tour the cliffs looking for birds nestled in the cracks.

This afternoon, take a panga ride along the cliffs before stepping out for a short but steep climb up Prince Philip’s Steps, a wooden staircase. At the top of the stairs, where the land is flat, take a captivating walk to the other side of this small island where you’ll find large colonies of Nazca boobies, frigate birds, storm petrels, and the elusive short-eared owl.

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Baltra Island

Return to Baltra Island where you transfer to the airport for your flight back home.

NOTE: The above itinerary reflects the intended program, however, should be read as a guide only. The actual itinerary will depend on weather conditions, wildlife encounters, and any unforeseen circumstances beyond the operator’s control.

Galapagos Cruise – Legend (Western)

Travel aboard the

Legend

Adventure deep into the Galápagos for a 5-day cruise to the western islands of Santiago, Isabela, Fernandina, and Santa Cruz aboard the luxury expedition ship, Legend. This boutique vessel was designed specifically with comfort in mind. With 52 ocean view, air-conditioned cabins, balcony suites, and an option to connect suites, families and friends can stay close together. With two daily excursions onto the islands, you’ll have the chance to snorkel, swim, kayak, and hike through the wilds before returning to the ship. Boasting three decks, there are spacious social areas and room to enjoy an outdoor BBQ, dine on the restaurant’s five-star gourmet cuisine, soak in the pool, or stargaze from the jacuzzi while sipping a handcrafted cocktail.

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Itinerary

Day1

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Baltra Airport

Arrive in the Galápagos at Baltra Island from Quito or Guayaquil where you’ll be picked up by your guides. After just a ten-minute bus ride to the pier you’ll board the Galápagos Legend.

This afternoon, explore Mosquera Islet, between North Seymour and Baltra Island. This flat, sandy island has a large colony of sea lions. It is also an excellent site to observe herons and lava gulls. With no trails, the islet calls you to forge your own across the wide open sands and barren lava rock. Keep an eye out for the little sea purslane, a reddish herb that grows in the sand.

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Santiago Island

This morning, step onto the black volcanic sand beach of Egas Port on Santiago Island. Visited by Darwin in 1835, the first part of the trail is formed of volcanic ash and basalt rock. This island’s unique, layered terrain is truly striking. Home to a variety of animals including the bizarre yellow-crowned night heron, lobster, starfish, marine iguanas grazing on algae, and scarlet-colored Sally Lightfoot crabs. Fur seals swim playfully in the volcanic rock pools.

Touch down on the heart of the Galápagos, Rabida Island, with its red sands and cliffs. Sea lions, marine iguanas, mockingbirds, yellow warblers, and several species of Darwin’s finches live on this red rock. This is a fantastic place to snorkel where the marine life is particularly active, or take a dinghy ride around the cliffs to observe nesting seabirds.

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Isabela Island

After breakfast, walking along the visually stunning landscape of Urbina Bay. In 1954, volcanic activity caused a six-kilometer stretch of coral reef to shift upwards of five meters in a matter of hours. Walk along the skeletal coral garden, now home to lizards and mockingbirds. Find giant tortoises, land iguanas, and the unusual flightless cormorant on the volcanic black beach. See a wide variety of colorful exotic flowers that attract insects, birds, and reptiles. After a short walk inland, snorkel alongside sea turtles, sea lions, and countless tropical fish.

As you travel from Urbina to Tagus Cove, your next stop, you can often spot whales, especially between May and December. This cove, named for a British warship that moored here in 1814, was used as an anchorage for pirates and whalers. You can still find the names of these ships carved into the rocks like graffiti. Hike to Darwin Lake, set within a tuff cone filled with salt water. See tree finches, Galápagos hawks, yellow warblers, large-billed flycatchers and sometimes the woodpecker finch. Take a dinghy ride along the shoreline to admire blue-footed boobies, brown noddies, terns, flightless cormorants, and Galápagos penguins. The largest population of penguins in the Archipelago live on this part of Isabela.

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Fernandina Island / Isabela Island

This morning, walk along the lava-covered Espinosa Point on Fernandina Island, an area that boasts some of the highest diversity of marine species in the Galápagos. The largest, most primitive-looking marine iguanas mingle with sea lions and Sally Lightfoot crabs. Encounter flightless cormorants at their nesting sites, Galápagos penguins and the “King” of predators on the islands, the Galápagos hawk. Vegetation is scarce inland, with just a few cactus and mangroves along the shoreline growing out of the rope-like lava that covers most of the island.

After lunch, dive into the waters surrounding Vicente Roca Point on Isabela Island for tremendous deep water snorkeling. The upwelling of cold water currents here attracts more species of marine life than any other in the Galápagos. This area, known as the Bolivar Channel, is only accessible by water. Take a dinghy ride along the coast to observe Nazca and blue-footed boobies, noddies, brown pelicans, penguins, and flightless cormorants.

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Santa Cruz Island / Baltra Island Airport

After breakfast, take a tour into the mountains of Santa Cruz Island to the Highlands Tortoise Reserve. Along the way, witness tree and ground finches, vermilion flycatchers, paint-billed crakes, yellow warblers, and cattle egrets, the birds usually standing atop giant tortoise shells. This island is a convergence of the coastal zone that passes through agricultural lands and then gives rise to the dense humid forests. The reserve brings you into contact with the endangered Galápagos giant tortoise. In their natural habitat, the tortoises are easy to spot, lumbering around, eating grass and leaves, and wallowing in small pools.

Following the visit, you’ll return back down the mountain for the trip back to the airport for your return flight home.

NOTE: The above itinerary reflects the intended program, however, should be read as a guide only. The actual itinerary will depend on weather conditions, wildlife encounters, and any unforeseen circumstances beyond the operator’s control.

Galapagos Cruise – Legend (Southern)

Travel aboard the

Legend

Adventure deep into the Galápagos for a 5-day cruise to the southern islands of San Cristobal, Española, Floreana, and Santa Cruz aboard the luxury expedition ship, Legend. This boutique vessel was designed specifically with comfort in mind. With 52 ocean view, air-conditioned cabins, balcony suites, and an option to connect suites, families and friends can stay close together. With two daily excursions onto the islands, you’ll have the chance to snorkel, swim, kayak, and hike through the wilds before returning to the ship. Boasting three decks, there are spacious social areas and room to enjoy an outdoor BBQ, dine on the restaurant’s five-star gourmet cuisine, soak in the pool, or stargaze from the jacuzzi while sipping a handcrafted cocktail.

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Itinerary

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Baltra Island / San Cristobal Island

Arrive in the Galapagos at Baltra Island from Quito or Guayaquil where you’ll be picked up by your guides. After just a ten-minute bus ride to the pier you’ll board the Legend.

This afternoon, explore Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, the capital of the Galápagos Islands. Wander through this quaint port town filled with local souvenir shops, or stop at the Museum of Natural History to learn about the islands’ volcanic origins and its incredibly unique species of wildlife and plants that only live here.

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Española Island

This morning, wake up to the beautiful white coral sands at Gardner Bay. Visit the colony of sea lions that live on the beach. Spot Galápagos hawks, American oystercatchers, Galápagos ground doves, Hood mockingbirds, yellow warblers, lava lizards, marine iguanas, and three species of Darwin’s finches. Swim and snorkel amongst king angelfish, Creole fish, damsel fish, parrotfish, manta rays, and white-tipped reef sharks.

After lunch, explore the volcanic formations and riveting wildlife at Suarez Point, like the Española mockingbird, Nazca boobies, and the spectacular red-billed tropicbird. Cross paths with iguanas, lava lizards, and the scarlet-colored Sally Lightfoot Crabs. Hike up to the nesting grounds of Nazca and blue-footed boobies. You’ll also witness the world’s largest colony of waved albatross, an unequivocal highlight between May and December, mating season. Admire the island’s dramatic backdrop, featuring the famous “Soplador,” a natural blowhole that shoots water up to 23 m (75 ft) into the air.

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Floreana Island

After breakfast, find yourself at Post Office Bay on Floreana, an island with a colorful history of pirates, whalers, and convicts. In 1793, Captain James Colnett installed a wooden barrel that served as an informal post office for sailors passing through. They’d take letters with them back to their destinations. Today, you can partake in this tradition. Drop a postcard into the barrel, take a postcard from the barrel, and deliver it. You will also encounter Darwin’s finches, yellow warblers, and lava lizards. Snorkel with Pacific green turtles and playful sea lions. Hike through the island’s unique flowers, like the longhaired scalesia, yellow wing-fruited leocarpus, and the Galápagos Milkwort.

By the afternoon, walk along a green olivine beach at Cormorant Point. Hike through black mangrove beds to a lagoon where the largest population of flamingos in the Galápagos resides. The trail continues to a beautiful white sandy beach where Pacific green turtles nest. Swim or snorkel amongst sea turtles, reef fish, sea lions and a small colony of penguins.

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Santa Cruz Island

This morning, go ashore to Santa Cruz Islands, into the highlands to visit the Charles Darwin Research Station. The Station runs a breeding program for the endangered Galapagos giant tortoise and also provides environmental education to the communities, schools, and tourists. You will have some free time to visit the town of Puerto Ayora and shop for souvenirs.

You’ll get the chance to see more giant tortoises at the Tortoise Reserve in the mountains. Along the way, spot many different kinds of birds, like tree and ground finches, vermilion flycatchers, paint-billed crakes, yellow warblers, and cattle egrets, which are usually standing atop the tortoises themselves. The journey to the reserve takes you from the coast, through the agricultural zone, and up to the dense humid forests where you’ll find the tortoises wandering through pastures and pools, lumbering freely through the expansive acreage of the reserve.

After lunch, explore Ballena Bay, meaning Whale Bay, a beautiful green sand cove at the base of Dragon Hill on the west coast of the island. The beach contains plenty of olivine crystals, a mixture of magnesium, iron, and silica, created by underground magma. Take the opportunity to snorkel with marine iguanas while seabirds fly overhead.

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Santa Cruz Island / Baltra Airport

Following an exquisite breakfast, spend a relaxing morning at Carrion Point, snorkeling amongst the colorful fish and rays, soaking in your final hours in the tropics.

NOTE: The above itinerary reflects the intended program, however, should be read as a guide only. The actual itinerary will depend on weather conditions, wildlife encounters, and any unforeseen circumstances beyond the operator’s control.

Galapagos Cruise – Islander

Travel aboard the

National Geographic Islander

Spend 10 days aboard the 48-guest National Geographic Islander, fully equipped with elegant, spacious accommodations and five-star cuisine. Indulge in this highly specialized, in-depth itinerary under the sure guidance of three top-rated naturalists, including a NatGeo certified photo instructor and an undersea specialist who’ll share undersea video footage everyday during cocktail hour. Snorkel, hike, paddleboard, and cruise by Zodiac, exploring the islands and all of its wonders on this once-in-a lifetime opportunity.

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Itinerary

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Guayaquil, Ecuador

Arrive in Guayaquil by late evening. Miami tends to be the most convenient gateway to the Galápagos from the US, but there are alternatives. If you take the non-stop American Airlines group flight from Miami, departure is in the early evening with a flying time of approximately 4 hours. Upon arrival in Guayaquil, you’ll stay at the exclusive Hotel del Parque, a restored 19th-century building nestled within the secluded haven of Parque Histórico’s lush botanical gardens.

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Guayaquil / Galápagos / Embark

Take the short hour and a half flight to the Galápagos, after which you’ll immediately board the ship.

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Exploring the Galápagos Islands

This is a sample of the islands you may visit during your week on board:

Bartolomé:
An enchanting landscape where lava, mangroves, and golden sand converge. Great walks and views abound with a chance to snorkel with Galápagos penguins.

Santiago:
Santiago offers close encounters with Galápagos fur seals along with an opportunity to study the inhabitants of the island’s countless tide pools.

Santa Cruz:
Home to the Charles Darwin Research Station and the Galápagos National Park Service, learn about their breeding program for endangered species of Galápagos giant tortoises and see these incredible creatures in their natural habitat.

Isabela:
A small black sand beach offers wonderful morning swimming. Enjoy a more challenging hike over rugged shoreline and a shorter walk within an iguana colony. Kayak along the shores or deep water snorkel amongst the colorful varieties of tropical fish.

Fernandina:
This is the youngest island in the Galápagos and one of the most pristine tropical islands left on earth. Hike over relatively recent lava flows and spot marine iguanas, flightless cormorants, and scarlet-colored Sally Lightfoot crabs.

Floreana:
Snorkel among sea lions in the clear waters off Champion Islet. You may also find flamingos, pintail ducks, and various shorebirds. Hike to a pristine white sand beach, a favorite nesting site for sea turtles.

Española:
The exclusive home to waved albatross (seasonal) and particularly colorful marine iguanas, Española is also a paradise for Darwin’s finches, sea lions, and the famous blue-footed boobies. Snorkel and stroll along the island’s lovely beaches.

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Galápagos / Disembark / Guayaquil

Disembark the vessel and fly to Guayaquil. The late afternoon and evening is yours to explore the city. Spend one last night at Hotel del Parque.

NOTE: The above itinerary reflects the intended program, however, should be read as a guide only. The actual itinerary will depend on weather conditions, wildlife encounters, and any unforeseen circumstances beyond the operator’s control.

Galapagos Cruise – Ocean Spray

Travel aboard the

Ocean Spray

A cruise in the Galápagos Islands aboard the Ocean Spray is essential for the eco-friendly adventurer. Indulge in a 5-day excursion aboard this luxury mega catamaran. Featuring spacious cabins with private balconies, a huge sundeck, Jacuzzi, cozy lounge, and al fresco dining, the chef will spoil you with five-star locally inspired cuisine at every meal. Kayak, snorkel, and hike every day, guided by well-informed, bilingual naturalists. Get up close with marine iguanas, albatross, giant tortoises, baby sea turtles, flamingos, and spectacularly colorful fish.

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Itinerary

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Arrival / Bartolomé Island

Arrive on Baltra Island where your guides will greet you and take you to the yacht. Settle into your cabin followed by a welcoming lunch.

This afternoon, explore the area around Bartolomé, including the infamous Pinnacle Rock. Of all the islands, this is the most photographed. It was also featured in the 2003 movie “Master and Commander.” Pinnacle Rock is an intriguing formation, a volcanic cone formed by lava from an underwater volcano. Along its beach you can see a small population of green sea turtles and Galápagos penguins. You’ll have the opportunity to swim amongst colorful schools of fish and curious sea lions.

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Genovesa Island

After breakfast, step onto Genovesa Island, a horseshoe shaped island with large, sloping lava flows. Also known as “Bird Island,” you’ll find it lives up to this name with its unusually dense variety of birds, including the rare red-footed booby. Over 200,000 red-footed boobies live in the Palo Santa forest of Genovesa.

By the afternoon, climb El Barranco, better known as Prince Phillip’s Steps, a steep and rocky path that passes through a tremendous bird colony and leads to a cliff with marvelous views.

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Santiago Island

In the morning, you’ll step onto the white sands at Buccaneer’s Cove. Santiago Island, once a refuge for pirates, whalers, and convicts, and the second island Charles Darwin visited, today it’s one of the most visited islands. With its beautiful beaches and stunning underwater formations that attract many different species of fish, this is one of the top snorkeling destinations in the Galápagos. You’ll have the day to bask in these turquoise waters and swim amongst the marine wildlife.

After lunch, you’ll be at Egas Port, also known as James Bay. Snorkel through the grottos amongst fur seals, or stroll the beaches crossing paths with quick-footed lava lizards.

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North Seymour & Highlands / Santa Cruz Island

After breakfast, adventure onto the unique landscape of North Seymour Island, formed by uplifted submarine lava. Home to a vast colony of land iguanas and large populations of sea lions, you’ll find blue-footed boobies, common noddies, frigatebirds, as well as the largest colony of magnificent frigatebirds.

By the afternoon, tour the highlands of Santa Cruz filled with rich wildlife, hills, ferns, volcanoes, and lava tubes. Explore underground lava tubes near the Charles Darwin Research Station’s historic giant tortoise restoration program. See these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat where they lumber calmly through the dense, humid forests or grassy pastures amongst many varieties of birds, particularly the cattle egret that often sits atop these gentle giants.

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Mosquera Islet / Baltra Airport

Explore Mosquera Islet, a reef of rocks, coral, and a great white sand beach. See the largest population of sea lions anywhere in the Galápagos, as well as several species of shorebirds, and if you’re lucky, orcas.

Return to Baltra Airport to catch your flight home.

NOTE: The above itinerary reflects the intended program, however, should be read as a guide only. The actual itinerary will depend on weather conditions, wildlife encounters, and any unforeseen circumstances beyond the operator’s control.

Galapagos Cruise – Origin (South Central)

Travel aboard the

Origin

Take luxury cruising to the next level aboard one of the most eco-friendly yachts in the Galápagos, the 20-guest Origin. Embark on an 8-day cruise to south-central Galápagos, exploring San Cristobal, Española, Floreana Islands and others on this decadent yacht specially designed for comfort. Featuring spacious staterooms with panoramic windows, world-class cuisine, elegant sundeck with daybeds and hammocks, jacuzzi, bar, boutique, and fitness room, Origin takes you on an unforgettable adventure. Each day, take the opportunity to kayak, stand up paddleboard, or snorkel these crystal waters alongside sea turtles, penguins, sea lions, pelicans, and more under the guidance of your expert naturalist guide.

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Itinerary

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San Cristobal Island

Arrive in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno on San Cristobal Island. Take a short bus ride to the dock where a boat transfers you to the Origin. Settle into your cabin after a welcome briefing and safety drill, then sit down to a delicious buffet lunch.

In the afternoon, tour Cerro Tijeretas, or Frigatebird Hill, one of two sites where you’ll find nesting colonies of the two species of frigatebird, the Great and the Magnificent. Walk the trail to Punta Carola for scenic views, crossing paths with lava lizards, the medium ground finch, and the San Cristobal mockingbird. Return to the Origin for the Captain’s welcome cocktail party and specially prepared dinner.

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San Cristobal Island

Go ashore this morning to Punta Pitt, considered one of the best sites to see the many types of Galápagos birds nesting inside this volcanic formation. See blue-footed, red-footed, and Nazca boobies, both types of frigatebird, swallow-tailed gulls, storm petrels, shearwaters, and brown pelicans. Snorkel or swim with sea lions off Pitt Rock where you’ll also encounter colorful fish such as the king angelfish and surgeonfish.

After lunch, spend your afternoon at Cerro Brujo, or Witch Hill. This breathtaking white coral beach features expansive views and more birdwatching. Take a peaceful walk along the beach, swim with sea lions, or use the kayaks or stand up paddle boards to take yourself on a tour of the island. Enjoy a zodiac ride through the mysterious cave called The Cathedral before returning to the ship for dinner and later, take a dip in the jacuzzi under the starlit sky.

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Española Island

Disembark at Punta Suarez on Española Island, home to the greatest number of native species in the Galápagos. Sea lions and curious mockingbirds greet you on the beach while colonies of blue-footed boobies engage in an aerial show. From April to December you’ll have the chance to see the waved albatross, found only on this island. In addition, spot Darwin’s finches, Galápagos doves, red-billed tropicbirds, Galápagos Hawks, and fiery-colored marine iguanas and Sally Lightfoot crabs. Follow a trail to the uniquely created blowhole that sprays ocean water through the volcanic rocks.

By the afternoon you’ll be in Gardner Bay on a seemingly endless white sand beach. Take a leisurely stroll on the beach watching for the Galápagos hawk or Hood mockingbird. Swim with the playful sea lions from the beach or snorkel near Tortuga Rock where a colorful array of underwater life is on full display. Explore the bay and islets by kayak or take a Zodiac ride to explore the caves covered with starfish and other marine wildlife.

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Floreana Island

After breakfast go ashore to Punta Cormorant on Floreana Island, where the olive-colored mineral beach is alive with the sounds of sea lions, lava herons, yellow-crowned night herons, blue-footed boobies, and penguins. Hike to a lagoon where Bahama ducks, stilts, Galápagos flycatchers, yellow warblers,