Legacy of the Incas with Peru's Amazon & Galápagos Cruise (SPY) - 2014 / 2015

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23 Day Tour from Lima to Guayaquil


Legacy of the Incas with Perus Amazon & Galápagos Cruise
See the beautiful Lily Pads in the Amazon
See the beautiful Lily Pads in the Amazon
The Santo Domingo Altar is richly decorated with sculptures and paintings
Visit the ruins of Sacsayhuaman, with intricate stone walls
The ancient ruins of Machu Picchu
Experience the wonder of Machu Picchu in Peru
Quito, the capital of Ecuador in South America
Peruvian peasants of the area had always known about the site and gave it its name, Machu Picchu, which means Ancient Peak
A beautiful Blue Butterfly found in the Amazon
The Middle of the World located in Quito, Ecuador

Vacation Overview

Be sure you’ve packed your camera on this amazing vacation to Peru and the Galápagos Islands, as you’ll enjoy magnificent scenery in the Peruvian Amazon, thrilling wildlife in the Galápagos Islands, and amazing ancient ruins in some of Peru’s most historic areas.

Peru is one of the great originating centers of ancient culture, and on this vacation, you’ll discover its archaeological treasures, visit its ancient ruins, and learn about its ancient culture. A highlight of your vacation is a tour to Machu Picchu, where you’ll visit this remarkable Inca city. Stand in awe as you witness the ancient ruins surrounded by soaring peaks—one of the most majestic images in South America! Of course, no trip to Peru is complete without seeing the Nazca Lines. Here, you’ll wonder why the ancient Nazca people, who thrived here from 200 BC to 500 AD, created illustrations that could only be seen from far above the earth. It’s a puzzle that has kept archaeologists speculating ever since they were discovered.

Also spend time in Peru’s Amazon. Discover the tropical jungle on multiple boat trips and be on the lookout for turtles, caimans, monkeys, river birdlife, and more—not to mention the lush vegetation. Search by canoe for the resident giant river otters, and visit a Parrot Clay Lick to observe the parrots and macaws. In the Galápagos Islands, enjoy a 4-night cruise and watch for blue-footed boobies, frigatebirds, sea lions, land iguanas, flamingos, giant tortoises, and more. For even more fun, consider swimming and snorkeling in search of sea life.

From ancient ruins and ancient civilizations to captivating flora and fauna, this tour to Peru and the Galápagos Islands has it all. You’ll be sure to arrive home with plenty of photos and stories from this enriching vacation.

     
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PERU’S AMAZON
Enjoy three nights in the Peruvian Amazon

LIMA
Sightseeing with a Local Guide; visit San Francisco Monastery and a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite local Peruvian food market; welcome dinner at Casa Garcia Alvarado; farewell dinner

SACRED VALLEY
Visit the Kenko Amphitheater, the Temple of Sacsayhuaman, Ollantaytambo, and Pisac; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite visit a local home for a glimpse into rural Peruvian life; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Mother Earth Ceremony with a shaman; dinner and Peruvian Paso Horse Show

MACHU PICCHU
Take the Vistadome train through the Urubamba Valley; sightseeing with a Local Guide and a second entrance to the ruins on your second day in Machu Picchu, Pisco Sour mixology lesson

CUSCO
Sightseeing with a Local Guide; visit the cathedral and the Santo Domingo Monastery

LAKE TITICACA
Guided sightseeing to Taquile and the Uros Islands

SILLUSTANI
Visit the ruins; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite learn about the lives of the local people

PARACAS
Fly over the Nazca Lines; cruise to the Ballestas Islands

QUITO
Sightseeing

GALÁPAGOS ISLANDS
4-night Galápagos Islands cruise

Headsets throughout the tour

NOTE:

  • Participation in this tour requires guest's name exactly as it appears on his/her passport, D.O.B., gender, and nationality at the time of booking.


DAY 1Arrive in Lima, Peru

Welcome to Lima, where you will be met by a Globus representative.

Walk through the beautiful streets of Lima 
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DAY 2Lima–Puerto Maldonado–Refugio Amazonas

Fly to Puerto Maldonado, entry to Peru’s Amazon Jungle. Take a MOTORBOAT journey up the Tambopata River to view turtles, caimans, monkeys, and birdlife such as capped herons, black skimmers, and kingfishers. Arrive at your Amazon Jungle Lodge within the Tambopata National Reserve. As nights falls, head out by canoe to search for nocturnal wildlife. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

A beautiful Blue Butterfly found in the Amazon Amazon rain forest See the beautiful Lily Pads in the Amazon 
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DAY 3Refugio Amazonas

Start your day with a canoe trip around OXBOW LAKE to search for giant river otters—the largest, most endangered of the otter species—and other lakeside fauna. Visit the CANOPY TOWER for views high above ground—look for macaws, toucans, and raptors. Then, visit a local farm and learn about medicinal uses of the area’s endemic plants on a NATURE WALK. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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DAY 4Refugio Amazonas

For more insight into jungle life, visit the PARROT CLAY LICK and watch parrots and macaws perch to eat clay. Also visit a MAMMAL CLAY LICK, where wild rainforest pigs can be found among deer and other animals. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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DAY 5Refugio Amazonas–Puerto Maldonado–Lima

Return to Puerto Maldonado and fly to Lima, where the remainder of your day is at leisure.

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DAY 6Lima

This morning, your Local Guide focuses on the city’s colonial heritage during a walking TOUR. Start at the Plaza de Armas to see the Government Palace and the cathedral. From here, stroll to the venerable SAN FRANCISCO MONASTERY with its splendid 17th-century cloister murals. For a special treat, stop at a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite LOCAL PERUVIAN FOOD MARKET to get a real taste of the lives of the local people. This evening, enjoy a welcome dinner with your fellow traveling companions at one of Lima’s finest historic homes, CASA GARCIA ALVARADO. (Breakfast, Dinner)

San Francisco Monastery in Lima, Peru Walk through the beautiful streets of Lima 
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DAY 7Lima–Cusco–Sacred Valley

Fly to Cusco, the impressive Andean city that was once the capital of the Inca Empire. Spend the day in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, starting with a visit to the TEMPLE OF SACSAYHUAMAN, perched on a hillside overlooking Cusco. It remains unfathomable how and when this fortress of gigantic stones—with some blocks weighing more than 350 tons—was built. While at the ruins, experience an Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite El Pago a la Tierra, or MOTHER EARTH CEREMONY, performed by a local shaman. These ceremonies thanking Mother Earth and asking for good health and safe travels have been practiced in Peru since before the arrival of the Incas. Next, stop at the semi-circular KENKO Amphitheater with its stone altars and labyrinth of passages. See the ancient site of Puca Pucara before continuing to PISAC, an old mountain village where you will have free time to shop for local wares such as alpaca sweaters and blankets, jewelry, or hand-painted ornamental dishes and vases. Stay in the Sacred Valley tonight, and enjoy a special dinner outing with a PERUVIAN PASO HORSE SHOW. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Visit the ruins of Sacsayhuaman, with intricate stone walls The Peruvian village of Pisac 
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DAY 8Sacred Valley–Machu Picchu

This morning, visit the Inca Fortress of OLLANTAYTAMBO, followed by the opportunity to visit a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite HOME, meet some of the locals, and experience their way of life. Next, board the Vistadome TRAIN for a short journey through the lush Urubamba Valley. Then, transfer to a motorcoach for the ascent to legendary MACHU PICCHU, the “Lost City of the Incas,” high above the steep valley overlaid with dense tropical jungle. Your Local Guide will bring you closer to the lives and mysteries still hidden in these amazing structures built by the pre-Columbian masters of this sacred land. Tonight, learn how to mix the perfect Pisco Sour, Peru’s national drink, before dinner at the hotel. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Machu Picchu Legendary Machu Picchu 
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DAY 9Machu Picchu–Cusco

Your entrance to MACHU PICCHU is included for a second day. Enjoy the tranquility of the morning, with free time to wander the ruins at your own pace and experience the magic that is Machu Picchu. After lunch, return to the Sacred Valley by TRAIN and continue on to Cusco. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Experience the wonder of Machu Picchu in Peru The “Lost City of the Incas” Peruvian peasants of the area had always known about the site and gave it its name, Machu Picchu, which means Ancient Peak The ancient ruins of Machu Picchu 
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DAY 10Cusco

This morning, learn more about the Incas and their struggle against invading Spaniards on your Cusco city TOUR, with visits to the imposing CATHEDRAL and the SANTO DOMINGO MONASTERY. The remainder of your day is free to explore at your leisure. Tonight, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. (Breakfast, Dinner)

The Santo Domingo Altar is richly decorated with sculptures and paintings 
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DAY 11Cusco–Juliaca–Puno (Lake Titicaca)

Board a flight to Juliaca, where you will continue to Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Lake Titicana Huts 
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DAY 12Puno. Excursion to Lake Titicaca

Today, take a motorboat trip to some of the more unique islands of LAKE TITICACA. Start with TAQUILE ISLAND, which was once part of the Inca Empire and was one of the last areas of Peru to be conquered by Spain in the 16th century. The Spanish banned traditional dress on the island, which is why the Spanish peasant dress can still be found today. Next, travel to the fascinating UROS ISLANDS, home to the Uros Indians, who were forced to live on the lake as the Inca Indians pushed farther into their territory. These islands are completely made by reeds and are continually added to as they disintegrate to the bottom of the lake. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Lake Titicana Huts Dwellings located on the Floating Islands of Uros 
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DAY 13Puno–Sillustani–Juliaca–Lima

Depart for Juliaca this morning, visiting the ruins of SILLUSTANI en route. At this pre-Incan burial ground, see where the ancient Aymaras buried their high priests in chullpas—above-ground, cylinder-shaped tombs dating back to the 1400s. While here, Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite spend some time with the locals, see their HOMES, learn how they work, what they eat, and gain a better understanding of their lives. Fly from Juliaca to Lima this afternoon. (Breakfast)

Walk through the beautiful streets of Lima 
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DAY 14Lima–Paracas. Ballestas Islands Cruise & Nazca Lines

Enjoy a scenic drive south along the Pan-American Highway to the Bay of Paracas. CRUISE out to the Ballestas Islands, which are inhabited by a wide variety of sea mammals and exotic birds, including boobies, sea lions, and Humboldt penguins. The huge Candelabro, a candelabra-shaped etching on the Paracas cliffside, can also be seen as you cruise back to shore. Continue to the town of Pisco, the wine capital of Peru. Have your camera handy today as you board your aircraft for a FLIGHT over the Nazca plains, which can only be appreciated by air. Your pilot will point out the mysterious markings known as the NAZCA LINES, a series of drawings of animals and geometric figures etched into the parched soil—some up to 1,000 feet long! Theories vary, but the most accepted belongs to German mathematician Maria Reiche, who dubbed the land the “astronomical calendar” of the ancient Peruvians. Enjoy dinner this evening at your hotel. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 15Paracas–Lima

After some free time in Paracas, return to Lima today. Tonight, your Tour Director hosts a memorable farewell dinner at a local restaurant. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Walk through the beautiful streets of Lima 
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DAY 16Lima–Quito, Ecuador

Fly to Quito, capital of Ecuador. (Breakfast)

The Middle of the World located in Quito, Ecuador Ecuadorian farmers market Inca Ruins of Ingapirca Quito, the capital of Ecuador in South America 
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DAY 17Quito

On an included city tour, see INDEPENDENCE SQUARE with its CATHEDRAL and SAN FRANCISCO PLAZA CHURCH, and the BASILICA. (Breakfast)

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DAY 18Quito–San Cristobal (Embarkation)–Cruising

Fly to San Cristobal and embark the Santa Cruz for a 4-night CRUISE. This afternoon, arrive at PUNTA PITT, the easternmost point in the islands. A somewhat difficult trail leads you to the only place in the archipelago where all three types of booby exist, nesting next to both types of frigates. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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DAY 19Cruising: Santa Fé & South Plaza Islands

Wake up at SANTA FÉ Island, where you are met by sea lion harems and the endemic land iguana. The beach offers great snorkeling. At SOUTH PLAZA, wildlife includes sea lions, land iguanas, and hybrid iguanas, which are the result of a cross between male marine iguanas and female land iguanas. This is also a bird-watcher’s paradise, where you will see nesting swallow-tailed gulls, masked and blue-footed boobies, red-billed tropicbirds, frigatebirds, pelicans, and Audubon’s shearwaters. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

See marine iguanas in the South Plazas and Punta Carrion Islands Visit Santa Fé to see the endemic land iguana 
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DAY 20Cruising: Santa Cruz Island

Today begins with a visit to the CHARLES DARWIN RESEARCH STATION, established to help conserve the famous giant tortoises. Next up: the highlands of SANTA CRUZ, marked by extinct volcanoes and astonishing plants. Here you are likely to see Galápagos rails, cattle egrets, and flycatchers. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Look for giant tortoises while in the Galapagos 
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DAY 21Cruising: Española Island

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

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DAY 22Cruising: Baltra (Disembarkation)–Guayaquil

After breakfast, disembark and fly to Guayaquil. (Breakfast)

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DAY 23Guayaquil

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

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Cruise extension not available on the April 6 departure.

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Breakfast daily, 11 lunches, 15 three-course dinners including a welcome dinner at a historic home and a farewell dinner in Lima


With Globus, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

FERNANDO CASARIEGO

Years of Experience: 21 years

Born and raised in Buenos Aires, I studied English in London, French in Paris, Italian in Siena, and Tourism with the focus on the American market in Rio de Janeiro. I have been a Tour Director for many years, and enjoy helping guests better understand the customs, cultures, and people. The friendships that are created within each group lead to an energy that revitalizes me, bringing happiness and satisfaction to the end of each tour.



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UNESCO World Heritage Sites


The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on the Legacy of the Incas with Peru's Amazon & Galápagos Cruise:

  • Cusco
  • Machu Picchu
  • Historic Center of Lima
  • Nazca Lines
  • City of Quito
  • Galapagos Islands