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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

Courtesy Dariusz Sepiolo
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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Find the Adventure That’s Right for You

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.

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  • Area: 496,225 square miles

    Capital: Lima

    Languages: Spanish and Quechua are the official languages; Aymara, and a large number of minor Amazonian languages are also spoken.

    Location: Peru is bordered by Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, and Ecuador.

    Geography: Peru is the third-largest country in South America. Topped by towering Andean peaks, its landscape also includes a portion of the Amazon River Basin and an extension of Chile’s Atacama Desert along the coast. Three of Peru’s largest cities—Lima, Trujillo, and Chiclayo—are in the coastal desert region. The city of Iquitos (population 400,000) is the capital of Peru’s Amazon region on the eastern slope of the Andes. It is accessible only by airplane and Amazon riverboat.

    Population (2007 estimate): 29,132,010

    Religions: Roman Catholic 81.3%, Evangelical 12.5%, other 3.3%, unspecified or none 2.9%

    Time zone: Peru is on Peru Time, which is the same time zone as U.S. EST. When it is 6am in New York, it is 6am in Lima.

  • Area: 109,483 square miles

    Capital: Quito

    Languages: Spanish is the official language; Kichwa is also spoken.

    Location: Ecuador is bordered by Colombia and Peru.

    Geography: Ecuador is roughly the size of the state of Washington and straddles the equatorial line. Because of this geographical feature and combined with its different altitudes, Ecuador has a striking diversity of landscapes for a country of its size. Tropical rain forests in the Amazon Basin dominate its eastern section, the Oriente. The Eastern and Western Cordilleras of the Andes make up the Sierra region that bisects the country, topped by the towering peaks of Cotopaxi (19,347 feet) and Chimborazo (20,702 feet). The Costa is the Pacific tropical coastal plain, which constitutes about one-quarter of the country.

    Population: (2007 estimate): 14,310,500

    Religions: Roman Catholic (80%)

    Time zone: Ecuador is on Ecuador Time, which is the same time as U.S. EST. When it is 6am in New York, it is 6am in Quito.

  • Capital: Sucre

    Languages: Spanish, Quechua (both official); Aymara

    Population: 10,118,683

    Religions: Roman Catholic 95%, Protestant 5%

    Time zone: Bolivia is 1 hour ahead of Eastern Time. When it is noon in New York, it is 1:00pm in Bolivia.

    Geography: Despite the fact that it is a landlocked nation, Bolivia is home to an incredible diversity of ecological zones. The rugged Andes in the west surround an arid highland plateau, or Altiplano. In the north lie the tropical lowland plains and rain forests that stretch into the Brazilian Amazon. Bolivia’s capital, La Paz, is the highest capital city in the world at 11,910 feet above sea level. The city rests in a geological bowl-like formation, with many of its streets climbing to great heights. Bolivia shares Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world at 12,507 feet, with Peru.

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