From Peru’s Sacred Valley and mysterious Machu Picchu to the wildlife-rich GalÃ¡pagos Islands off the coast of Ecuador, enjoy a journey of discovery that includes a visit with an expert Andean weaver. Days 1-2: Arrive Lima, Peru | Artifacts and Archaeology
Arrive in Lima and transfer to your hotel. On Day 2, visit Plaza Mayor, and then tour Larco Herrera Museum and the Huaca Pucllana archaeological site. Enjoy a welcome dinner.
Miraflores Park Hotel | Meals: Day 2, B D
Day 3: Cusco/Sacred Valley | Chef,™s Table Experience
Fly to Cusco, and travel to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. En route, visit a camelid breeding center. Join your chef for a Peruvian culinary experience.
Sol y Luna Lodge & Spa | Meals: B L D
Day 4: Sacred Valley | Inca Fortress and Weavings Techniques
Visit Ollantaytambo, and later, meet expert Andean weaver Nilda CallaÃ±aupa Alvarez.
Stop at the Kuychi Center, supported by A&K Philanthropy.
Sol y Luna Lodge & Spa | Meals: B L
Day 5: Machu Picchu | Explore with an Expert
Journey to Machu Picchu via Vistadome train. Explore from sunrise to sunset, led by your expert guide through this Inca citadel.
Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge | Meals: B L D
Days 6-7: Machu Picchu/Cusco | Spectacular Ruins
Walk the ruins in the early morning mist and then choose from two hiking options to the surrounding area. Return to Cusco. The next day, tour Cusco and explore massive Sacsayhuaman. Visit San Pedro market and, later, enjoy an Andean music presentation by regional expert Tito Leon as well as dinner at the MAP CafÃ©.
Hotel Monasterio | Meals: B L D (Day 6); B D (Day 7)
Day 8: Lima | An Evening at Leisure
Return to Lima for an evening at leisure, perhaps getting in some last-minute shopping.
Miraflores Park Hotel | Meals: B
Day 9: Guayaquil, Ecuador | Prelude to the GalÃ¡pagos
Fly to Guayaquil, Ecuador, to begin your GalÃ¡pagos adventure. Settle into your hotel and relax.
Hilton ColÃ³n Guayaquil | Meals: B
Days 10-14: Guayaquil/The GalÃ¡pagos | On Board ,˜Eclipse,™
After a private welcome breakfast, fly to the GalÃ¡pagos, where you board ,˜Eclipse.,™ Lying about 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador, the GalÃ¡pagos Islands are a haven for some of the world,™s most varied wildlife. It was this diversity that first led naturalist Charles Darwin to propose that species evolved in response to their environment. He also helped alert the world to the need to preserve these amazing islands. Rest assured, your visit adheres to the strictest standards of environmental responsibility. Your itinerary is not set, but two daily excursions are planned to the main sites and islands. Explore landmarks such as Punta Espinoza on Fernandina Island, El Barranco on Genovesa Island, Pinnacle Rock on Bartolome Island and the Charles Darwin Research Station on Santa Cruz Island. Each cruise day begins with an early breakfast, perhaps taken al fresco on ,˜Eclipse,™s,™ spacious deck. You then board a sturdy rubber raft called a panga for the morning shore excursion. Expect to spot flora and fauna (all different depending on the island), take photographs and confer with your naturalist guide. See sunbathing sea lions; skittering Sally Lightfoot crabs; tangles of marine iguanas; penguins, blue-footed boobies overhead and underfoot; even a century-old tortoise diligently trudging over the sand. Return to ,˜Eclipse,™ for a refreshing lunch, followed by time at leisure. Keep your binoculars close by for a possible sighting of whales or seabirds. In the afternoon, return to the pangas for the second excursion of the day, perhaps with an opportunity to swim, kayak or snorkel. You may well come face to face with a water-dwelling inhabitant, such as a curious dolphin or sea lion stopping by to inspect you. Back on board ,˜Eclipse,™ for the evening, there is time to shower and relax before gathering in the dining room for another wonderful meal. In the evening, your time is your own. Attend a lecture on board by one of your cordial, learned guides; explore the mysteries of the night sky with a fascinating astronomy lecture on deck; peruse the ship,™s excellent library; or gather for cocktails in the lounge to cap a day of extraordinary discoveries.
‘Eclipse’ | Meals: B L D
Days 15-16: Guayaquil | Farewell Dinner and Departure
Fly to Guayaquil for a farewell dinner. The next day, depart.
Hilton ColÃ³n Guayaquil | Meals: B D (Day 15); B (Day 16)