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2017 Machu Picchu & the Galápagos

Peru: Lima, Cuzco, Machu Picchu • Ecuador: Galápagos, Quito

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16 Days from only $6395 including international airfare

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Galapagos

Witness the drama and beauty of animal life in the Galápagos.

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Peruventure

Tap into the vibrant pulse of the Peruvian landscape and people in this moving portrait of daily life.

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My City: Bogota

Catch a glimpse of contemporary Bogota, where centuries-old tradition meets modern flair.

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A Secret Waterfall: Gocta

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

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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.

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Our Activity Level rating system ranks adventures on a scale of 1 to 5 to help you determine if a trip is right for you. See the descriptions below for more information about the physical requirements associated with each rating.

Activity Level 1:

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Easy

Travelers should be able to climb 25 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 1-2 miles over some uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last at least 1-2 hours at a time. Altitude can range from zero to 5,000 feet.

Activity Level 2:

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Moderately Easy

Travelers should be able to climb 40 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 2-3 miles over some uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for at least 2-3 hours at a time. Altitude can range from zero to 5,000 feet.

Activity Level 3:

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Moderate

Travelers should be able to climb 60 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 3 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 3 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 5,000 to 7,000 feet.

Activity Level 4:

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Moderately Strenuous

Travelers should be able to climb 80 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 4 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 4 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 7,000 to 9,000 feet.

Activity Level 5:

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Strenuous

Travelers should be able to climb 100 or more stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 8 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 4 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 10,000 feet or more.

Accommodations

Main Trip

Galápagos Small Ship

Our 16-passenger Galápagos small ship is chartered exclusively for our O.A.T. group. The ships we use are 85-95 feet long and can maneuver easily among the islands. All ships feature lounge areas, a bar, sun deck, and a dining room serving local and international cuisine. The simply appointed cabins have twin beds, a porthole or window, and a private bath with shower.

Main Trip

Antigua Miraflores

Lima, Peru

Located in Lima's Miraflores district, the Antigua Miraflores is a charming colonial inn located within walking distance of the Parque Miraflores, the Larcomar shopping district, and the seaside. Each of its 35 comfortable rooms features air-conditioning, private bath, direct-dial telephone, minibar, and cable TV.

San Agustin Urubamba Hotel

Urubamba, Peru

In the Sacred Valley, we stay at the 72-room San Agustin Urubamba Hotel, located on the landscaped grounds of a former colonial estate and just a short drive from the Inca sites of Ollantaytambo and Pisac. Each room features cable/satellite TV, telephone, wireless Internet access, and private bath with hair dryer.

El Mapi Hotel

Aguas Calientes, Peru

During our exploration of Machu Picchu we spend two nights at El Mapi Hotel in Aguas Calientes, a very small town near the site. Each room is simply appointed with modern amenities. During your stay, enjoy the hotel bar, café, and common areas. 

José Antonio Cuzco Hotel

Cuzco, Peru

The 126-room José Antonio Cuzco Hotel is situated in the historic center of Cuzco, just a short walk from the Plaza de Armas. Services available on-site include a restaurant serving Peruvian cuisine, a currency exchange, a souvenir shop, and a hairdresser. Each room features a minibar, cable TV with DVD player, direct-dial phone, safe, and Internet access.

Mercure Grand Hotel Alameda

Quito, Ecuador

In Quito we stay at the Mercure Grand Hotel Alameda, located in the city center one kilometer (0.6 mile) from the Casa de la Cultura concert hall and El Ejido Park. Each of the 148 air-conditioned rooms features cable TV, minibar, telephone, safe, and private bath. The hotel has a restaurant and a bar on-site.

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Antigua Miraflores

Lima, Peru

Located in Lima's Miraflores district, the Antigua Miraflores is a charming colonial inn located within walking distance of the Parque Miraflores, the Larcomar shopping district, and the seaside. Each of its 35 comfortable rooms features air-conditioning, private bath, direct-dial telephone, minibar, and cable TV.

Explorama Lodge

The Amazon, Peru

Shrouded by lush rain forest vegetation, the Explorama Lodge complements its remote natural setting with 50 rooms in palm-thatched bungalows connected by torchlit paths. Covered walkways connect the bar, dining room, sun porch, and hammock houses. All rooms have ceilings, screened-in windows, private baths, electric outlets, and wireless Internet is available in common areas. Electricity runs in the rooms from 5AM-11PM, when flashlights are provided.

Please note: Accommodations in the Amazon are rustic. At Explorama Lodge, rooms have private baths but may not have hot water, and electricity only runs in the rooms from 5AM-11PM, when flashlights are provided. There is electricity in the dining area that can be used to charge batteries.

Ceiba Tops

The Amazon, Peru

Located on the banks of the Amazon River, Ceiba Tops offers air-conditioned rooms with private bathrooms and free wireless Internet in the heart of the rain forest. Lodge amenities include an outdoor pool with water slide, elaborate gardens, hammock house, and lounge.

Plaza Hotel La Paz

La Paz, Bolivia

The Plaza Hotel is centrally located in La Paz near the Plaza Murillo, museums, shops, and restaurants. Each of the 200 rooms features cable TV, telephone, Internet access, minibar, refrigerator, coffee- and tea-making facilities, and private bath. Hotel facilities include a health club with a heated indoor swimming pool, a bar, and two on-site restaurants.

Hotel Rosario del Lago

Copacabana, Bolivia

The cozy, red-roofed Hotel Rosario del Lago sits perched overlooking Lake Titicaca, offering not only splendid views but easy walking access to the lake itself. The 25 rooms each offer a private bathroom, hair dryer, cable TV, and telephone, and the hotel’s comforts also include a restaurant, terrace grill, and common-area fireplace.

Hotel de la Opera

Bogotá, Colombia

Housed in Bogotá's La Candelaria district, the 29-room Hotel de la Opera boasts traditional Spanish-style architecture, two on-site restaurants, a bar, spa, fitness center, heated pool, and Jacuzzi. Each room features high-speed Internet access, and a private bath with a hair dryer.

Hacienda Abraspungo

Riobamba, Ecuador

Located on manicured gardens within the village of Riobamba, Hacienda Abraspungo offers 38 guestrooms, each names for one of Ecuador's mountains. The on-site amenities include a restaurant serving Peruvian cuisine and bar.

Hotel Carvallo

Cuenca, Ecuador

The Hotel Carvallo is located in the historic center of Cuenca. This contemporary hotel, built in a restored colonial house, provides updated amenities and personalized service. Each of its 30 rooms includes a telephone, cable TV, minibar, and private bath with hair dryer.

Mercure Grand Hotel Alameda

Quito, Ecuador

In Quito we stay at the Mercure Grand Hotel Alameda, located in the city center one kilometer (0.6 mile) from the Casa de la Cultura concert hall and El Ejido Park. Each of the 148 air-conditioned rooms features cable TV, minibar, telephone, safe, and private bath. The hotel has a restaurant and a bar on-site.

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