This incredible nine-day journey introduces you to the unique Galápagos Islands, a nature lover’s dream destination and UNESCO World Heritage site, with a six-night cruise aboard the first-class, small ship Santa Cruz II. This exploration vessel is fully equipped to make your Galápagos experience remarkable, from a fleet of Zodiacs and a glass-bottom boat to certified onboard naturalists and complimentary snorkeling gear. Visit nine 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 wildlife is receptive to up-close human interaction. Snorkel alongside tropical penguins and playful sea lions, and almost touch spiny-backed iguanas. The Pre-Program Option includes three nights in Quito, a UNESCO World Heritage site; see its colonial churches and stand with one foot in either hemisphere at the Equator. The six-night Post-Program Option features Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley, Lima and Cuzco.
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