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2017 Machu Picchu & the Galápagos

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16 Days from only $5995 including international airfare

Lima • Cuzco • Machu Picchu • Galápagos • Quito

Courtesy David Conover
The Shamans of Peru

Meet Peru’s shamans and learn how they dedicate their lives to ancient rituals in an increasingly modern world.

Courtesy of Dylan Thuras
A Secret Waterfall: Gocta

Meet the locals who preserve the land around Peru’s Gocta waterfall, but won’t step foot on it.

Courtesy of David Conover & Paul Villanova
Travelogue: Ecuador 1949

In 1949, amateur filmmaker Watson Kintner traveled to Ecuador and captured raw footage of Quito. See the timeless scenes that endure even today, and notice the hints of global culture that were arriving in Ecuador even then.

Courtesy Richard Sidey
Wild Galápagos

View the diverse Galápagos wildlife—from playful sea lions to iguanas lounging in the sun.

Courtesy Ke Nguyen
Cuzco, Peru

There's something magical about Peru—allow the locals and landscapes of Cuzco to cast a spell on you.

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Post-trip: NEW Colombia: Villa de Leyva & Bogotá

4 nights from: $1395 Single Supplement: FREE

Experience the colonial gems of Colombia in two contrasting cities ... from the cobblestone village untouched by time, Villa de Leyva, to Bogotá—the urban, cultural soul of the country. Wander past whitewashed buildings peppered with preserved fossils and discover the colonial architecture of Raquira. Then explore the pulsing markets and graffitied streets of Colombia's capital city. 

It's Included:
Airfare from Quito to Bogotá
Accommodations for 2 nights in Villa de Leyva and 2 nights in Bogotá
8 meals—4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 2 dinners
8 small group activities
Services of a local O.A.T. Trip Leader 
Gratuities for local guides, drivers, and luggage porters
All transfers
    • Meals included:

    Having concluded our Machu Picchu & the Galápagos adventure, we depart Quito this morning for our flight to Bogotá, Colombia. Upon arrival in Bogotá, we’ll continue on Villa de Leyva, stopping along the way for lunch at a local restaurant. We resume our overland transfer, making a stop first at el Puente de Boyacá, located in the department (region) of Boyacá, and known as the symbol of South American independence from Spain. It was at this bridge in 1819 that Simón Bolívar's forces captured over 1,600 Spanish troops and commanders—forcing their surrender—and ending the Battle of Boyacá. This defeat led to great historical consequence, as it soon spurred the first autonomous governments in Colombia, Venezuela, Peru, Ecuador, and Bolivia.

    We’ll arrive in the colonial village of Villa de Leyva later this afternoon, where we’ll become better acquainted with the area. Dinner tonight is on our own.

    • Meals included:

    After breakfast this morning, we’ll begin our exploration of Villa de Leyva with a walking tour of this 16th century colonial village. Due to the semi-desert climate of this high-altitude (7,050 feet) valley, there are no agricultural resources, and therefore the village has had very little development within the last 400 years.  Much of the original colonial architecture still remains, as the enormous town plaza gives way to uneven, cobblestone streets and whitewashed buildings with red tile roofs and balconies adorned with potted flowers. Villa de Leyva’s history beyond the 16th century is also on display. The valley is riddled with fossils dating back to the Cretaceous era, and it’s not uncommon for them to be embedded into plaster walls, or ancient carvings to flank the front doors of a home.

    Later this morning, we’ll venture to Raquirá, a town located 15 miles from Villa de Leyva. Known as the pottery capital of Colombia, we’ll stop for a clay demonstration before continuing on our walking tour of the town. Lunch this afternoon will be enjoyed at a local restaurant. The rest of this afternoon is at your leisure to make your own discoveries in Villa de Leyva. Dinner is on your own this evening. 

  • This morning we depart Villa de Leyva for Bogotá. Along the way, we’ll stop in the town of Sutatausa, where we’ll see varied landscapes of the Cundiboyacense region of Colombia.

    We then continue on to Bogotá, where we’ll enjoy lunch at a downtown restaurant and begin our walking tour of the capital and largest city in Colombia. Originally a settlement known as Bacatá by the indigenous people who inhabited this area on the high plains of the Andes, the site became a full-fledged Spanish colonial outpost by 1550. Bogotá remained under the control of the Viceroyalty of Peru until 1717, when it became the capital of the Viceroyalty of New Granada, a vast stretch of land encompassing the modern countries of Colombia, Panama, Ecuador and Venezuela. Since then, the city has served continuously as a political and social center; today this bustling capital city has a population of more than eight million people.

    We’ll check into our hotel and have the rest of the afternoon at leisure. Before dinner on our own, we’ll enjoy a talk about the Guerrillas and infamous drug cartel leader, Pablo Escobar’s effect on the city’s history. 

  • After breakfast, we’ll visit Paloquemao, Bogotá’s oldest local market. Within this massive daily market lives smaller markets selling flowers, vegetables, fresh fish, and fruit. After our exploration, we’ll have the afternoon at leisure to make our own discoveries in the city, with lunch on our own. 

    Early this evening we’ll embark on a graffiti tour of Bogotá. The city has a casual attitude toward graffiti, which has resulted in the exterior walls of Bogotá covered in everything from tags and amateur scrawls, to elaborate murals. Later this evening, we’ll gather for our Farewell Dinner. 

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    After breakfast, we’ll transfer to the airport for our flight home.

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