This incredible 10-day journey introduces you to the remarkable Galápagos Islands, a nature lover’s dream destination and UNESCO World Heritage site, with a five-night cruise aboard the newly refitted, first-class small ship SANTA CRUZ II. This exploration vessel is fully equipped to make your Galápagos experience complete, from a fleet of Zodiacs and a glass-bottom boat to certified onboard naturalists and complimentary snorkeling gear.
Visit six distinct islands to observe the exotic birds, animals and plants that inspired Charles Darwin, including species unknown anywhere else in the world. With few natural predators on the islands, the abundant wildlife innocently accepts up-close human company. You can snorkel alongside tropical penguins and playful sea lions and almost touch spiny backed iguanas. On mainland Ecuador, enjoy deluxe hotel accommodations in Quito, a UNESCO World Heritage site. See its colonial churches and straddle the Equator with one foot in either hemisphere. The Pre-Tour Option includes one night in Quito and two nights in a private Ecuadorian rainforest reserve eco lodge. The six-night Post-Tour Option features Peru’s “lost city” of Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley, Lima and Cuzco.
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