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The Beauty of South America

Make your way to South America and discover these gems…

    • Galápagos Islands – world’s premier wildlife destination!
    • Amazon – world’s most biodiverse tropical rainforest
    • Ecuador – the Andes, Otavalo market, and equatorial line!
    • Peru – Machu Picchu, the Nazca Lines, and Lake Titicaca!
    • Argentina – Iguazú Falls, the Patagonia, and the Tango!
    • Brazil – Rio de Janeiro, fútbol, and the Amazon!
    • Patagonia – the frozen Andes Mountains, featuring Cape Horn!
    • … and MORE! – call us to customize your adventure

Below are sample vacation itineraries.
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Sample Vacations

 
Ecuador & Galápagos Explorer – with G Adventures

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15 days roundtrip from Quito, Ecuador

 Day 1: Quito

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.

 Day 2: Quito & Otavalo

Drive to the highlands with a stop at the community of San Clemente for a local lunch. Continue to Otavalo and visit the famous handicraft market. Stay the night at a historic highlands hacienda.

 Day 3: Otavalo & Papallacta

Continue to the Papallacta Hot Springs Resort for onsite hot springs, optional spa treatments, and hiking excursions. There is plenty of time to soak, relax, and enjoy the mountain views.

 Day 4: Papallacta & Baños

Take one last dip in the hot springs before continuing along the ‘Avenue of Volcanoes’ to Baños where there are numerous optional activities such as hiking, horseback riding, hot springs, and mountain biking.

 Day 5: Baños

Free day to explore Baños.

 Day 6: Baños, Yasuni National Park

Early start in the morning. Drive to Coca, the gateway to the Amazon. Continue by motorized canoe to the luxurious La Selva Lodge. Explore the Amazon jungle with a local guide. Activities can include jungle walks, a canopy tower visit, wildlife viewing, canoeing, and photography. In the evening, enjoy dinner and a drink by candlelight, listening to the sounds of the jungle, before retiring to stylish cabanas.

 Day 7: Yasuni National Park

Choose from plenty of activities that include birding, botany, hiking, canoeing, and photography. Spot monkeys, birds, sloths, caimans, and butterflies, just a short walk or canoe ride away. Overlooking the lake, the recently remodelled lodge is a perfect base for exploration. Relax in the lounge with a cocktail and dine by candlelight. Enjoy exceptional cuisine prepared by a gourmet chef. Sleep well in stylish cabanas. Let the sounds of the rainforest sing you to sleep, and the call of birds wake you in the morning.

 Day 8: Yasuni National Park & Quito

Travel by boat back to Coca and catch the flight to Quito for the final evening.

 Day 9: Quito

Enjoy free time. Spend the day exploring the city of Quito.

 Day 10: Quito, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Early morning, fly to San Cristóbal. Meet the CEO and transfer to the hotel for a first night’s stay in the Galápagos Islands. Following lunch, begin the exploration of San Cristóbal visiting Laguna El Junco, the only freshwater lake in the islands. Also visit Galapaguera de Cerro Colordao to see the giant tortoises followed by a visit to the Interpretation Centre.

 Day 11: Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Isla Lobos

Enjoy a morning snorkel excursion at Kicker Rock and visit to a nearby beach. In the afternoon, transfer to the boat. Afternoon visit to Isla Lobos to visit a sea lion colony.

 Day 12: South Plaza, North Seymour

Morning landing at South Plaza home to the largest population of land iguanas and a walk through the cactus forest. In the afternoon, visit North Seymour for guided walks to observe birds and wildlife, including vast sea lion colonies.

 Day 13: Chinese Hat, Bachas Beach

Visit to Chinese Hat for snorkelling opportunities and to observe the birds and sea lions before taking an excursion to the beach on Las Bachas. In the afternoon, relax on the beach or swim in the crystal waters.

 Day 14: Puerto Ayora, Quito

Visit the Charles Darwin Foundation to see the giant Galápagos tortoises before the flight back to Quito.

 Day 15: Quito

Depart at any time.


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Arranging Your Land & Sea Vacation

Whether it’s your first time on an escorted tour, or prefer to venture out independently, Oddball Escapes has great relationships with top names in the Land & Sea Tour industry: Globus, Cosmos, Trafalgar, Avalon Waterways, G Adventures, Trafalgar, and Monograms. With such a network, Oddball makes it easy to find a Land & Sea Tour that fits your tastes. Contact us to plan your Land & Sea Vacation.

Absolute Peru – with G Adventures

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21 days roundtrip from Lima, Peru

 Day 1: Lima

Arrive at any time.

 Day 2: Lima & Paracas

Enjoy a free morning in Lima before travelling by bus to Paracas.

 Day 3: Paracas & Nazca

Optional visit to Ballestas Islands before travelling to Nazca. En route, stop at a winery and at the Oasis of Huacachina.

 Day 4: Nazca & Arequipa

Take a guided tour of the Nazca desert cemetery and potter’s studio. Opt for a flight over the Nazca Lines before the overnight bus to Arequipa.

 Day 5: Arequipa

Enjoy a free day in Arequipa. Opt for a city tour or visit to the Santa Catalina Monastery.

 Day 6: Arequipa & Chivay

Travel to Chivay, a village near Colca Canyon, for an optional dip in the thermal baths. Continue on to nearby Colca Canyon for the day.

 Day 7: Chivay & Colca Canyon

Take a guided tour to Colca Canyon to spot condors.

 Day 8: Colca Canyon & Puno

Travel by bus to Puno. Arrive with a little time to wander the markets and explore the city.

 Day 9: Puno & Isla Amantani

Enjoy a guided tour of Lake Titicaca with a homestay in a small village.

 Day 10: Isla Amantani & Puno

Visit the floating islands of Uros before returning to Puno. Opt to visit to Sillustani burial site.

 Day 11: Puno & Cusco

Hop on the bus for a full day’s drive to Cusco.

 Day 12: Cusco & Ollantaytambo

Enjoy a full-day guided tour of the Sacred Valley and Ollantaytambo ruins. Stop at the Planeterra-supported women’s weaving co-op before exploring the Pisac ruins. Stop at the Planeterra-supported Parwa Community Restaurant in Huchuy Qosco for lunch. Finish the day by exploring the Ollantaytambo ruins with a local guide.

 Day 13: Ollantaytambo & Wayllabamba Camp

Depart Ollantaytambo by van to km 82 where the hike begins.

 Day 14: Wayllabamba & Paqaymayo Camps

Start early to climb the long steep path to Warmiwañusca, better known as Dead Woman’s Pass. This is the highest point of the trek at 4,198m (13,769 ft). Most hikers reach camp by early afternoon, with ample time to rest and relax.

 Day 15: Paqaymayo Camp & Wiñaywayna

Cross two more passes and ruins along the way. The first pass is Runquraqay at 3,950m (13,113 ft) where, on a clear day, hikers can catch a glimpse of the snow-capped Cordillera Vilcabamba. Hike through cloud forest on the gentle climb to the second pass of the day, walking through original Incan constructions. The highest point of the pass is 3,700m (12,136 ft). On a clear day, enjoy the spectacular views of the Urubamba Valley.

At 3,650m (11,972 ft), reach the ruins of Phuyupatamarca, the “Town Above the Clouds.” Camp here or go 1.5 hrs further along, near the Wiñay Wayna ruins (Forever Young) located at 2,650m (8,694 ft).

 Day 16: Wiñaywayna & Cusco

The final day of the hike starts pre-dawn to reach the Sun Gate before sunrise. Wake up around 03:30 and walk to the checkpoint. Catch the first views of the breathtaking ruins of Machu Picchu on a clear day. Hike down to Machu Picchu for a guided tour of the site and free time to explore. Opt to visit the Inca Bridge, if time allows.

Catch the bus to Aguas Calientes to meet the CEO and any non-hiking members of your group. Eat and relax before your train back to Cusco in the afternoon.

 Day 17: Cusco

Enjoy a free day to explore Cusco or relax. Opt to go whitewater rafting, horseback riding or mountain biking.

 Day 18: Cusco & Tambopata

Fly to Puerto Maldonado and continue by motorized boat to our comfortable and intimate G Lodge Amazon.

 Day 19: Tambopata

Enjoy guided excursions by expert naturalists to spot wildlife at nearby oxbow lakes and clay licks. Spend some time relaxing in a hammock, enjoying the local swimming hole or visiting a nearby plantation. Go for a caiman-spotting cruise after dinner.

 Day 20: Tambopata & Lima

Fly back to Lima for an optional final dinner and night out.

 Day 21: Lima

Depart at any time.


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Arranging Your Land Tour Vacation

Whether it’s your first time on an escorted tour, or prefer to venture out independently, Oddball Escapes has great relationships with top names in the Land Tour industry: Globus, Cosmos, Trafalgar, Brendan Tours, G Adventures, Avanti Destinations, and Monograms. With such a network, Oddball makes it easy to find a Land Tour that fits your tastes. Contact us to plan your Land Vacation.

Patagonia Grand Adventure – with Trafalgar

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14 days roundtrip from Buenos Aires, Argentina

 Day 1: Arrive Buenos Aires, Argentina

Welcome to Buenos Aires! Upon arrival at the airport, a local host will greet you and take you to your hotel (check in time is 3 p.m.). Settle in and take a relaxing siesta, wander the wide boulevard of Avenida 9 de Julio, or explore the narrow market streets of Florida Avenue. Argentina’s sizzling capital is renowned for its international designer boutiques, fine dining venues, museums, cultural pursuits, modern theatres and the famous Teatro Colon.

 Day 2: Buenos Aires Sightseeing

Enjoy a morning on your own, before an afternoon guided tour of the city, beginning with Plaza de Mayo—site of the Casa Rosada—and the heart of Buenos Aires political life. Stroll the colourful La Boca artists’ district where the Argentinian tango was born and visit the resting place of Eva Perón in Recoleta’s extravagant cemetery. Then join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception at an historic and iconic cafe in downtown Buenos Aires.

 Day 3: Bariloche

Fly to Bariloche and get acquainted with this beautiful city and lakeside gateway to Patagonia’s Lake District. Get a glimpse of the city’s strong German infuence at a family-owned craft brewery with a A Local Expert and then enjoy a Regional Meal lunch. Next tour Bariloche and take a chairlift ride up Campanario Hill for striking scenic views.

 Day 4: Bariloche Sightseeing

Experience a more traditional side of Patagonia as you are hosted by a local family at their ranch on the Patagonian steppe where they live on the land they have owned for generations. Learn about their way of life, explore the countryside looking for condors and mount up for a horseback ride and experience this traditional local mode of transportation. Enjoy a delightful A Be My Guest lunch at the estancia (ranch) and later watch a sheep shearing demonstration. Back in town, fnd out about Bariloche’s chocolate connection during a visit to the Chocolate Museum, A Local Speciality. After a presentation on over 2,000 years of chocolate history, view the production area and, of course, sample an array of chocolate treats. Return to the hotel for a free evening.

 Day 5: Patagonia Lake District, Puerto Varas

Today is guaranteed to be one of the top highlights of your Patagonian holiday. Travel through some of the southern hemisphere’s most stunning landscapes, journeying by land and water from Argentina to Chile through the breathtaking Lake District with spectacular scenery of snowcapped Andean peaks, gloriously green forests and azure blue lakes. Start with a cruise on Lake Nahuel Huapi, then drive across the Chilean border to Peulla and enjoy a relaxing lunch. Board another catamaran for the scenic crossing of Todos Los Santos Lake with mighty Osorno Volcano looming in the background. On your way west, stop at the Petrohue River to see the burbling waters of the Petrohue Waterfalls cascade over black volcanic rock. Then arrive in Puerto Varas, one of Chile’s most charming villages, located on the banks of Lake Llanquihue. A light lakefront dinner awaits you at the hotel.

 Day 6: Puerto Montt & Frutillar Excursion

Join a A Local Expert to visit the port city of Puerto Montt founded in 1850. From a viewpoint high above the town, enjoy a magnifcent look at the wide Bay of Reloncavi up to Isla Tenglo and the narrow of the same name. Afterward, head to the harbour to visit the Angelmo Fish Market. Besides unusual fresh fsh, vegetables, cheeses and meats, there are various arts and crafts for sale. A novel way to have lunch at Angelmo is at a Cocineria or ‘Kitchen Restaurant.’ Look for a line of these mini restaurants where you can watch the kitchen and everything happening inside behind a large window. See how the food is prepared, including Curanto en Olla, a stew made with seafood, smoked meat, fowl and sausage. Afterward drive to the lovely village of Frutillar, to see the historical area where houses are surrounded by beautiful gardens similar to those of the German Black Forest region. Back in Puerto Varas, the rest of the afternoon and evening are on your own.

 Day 7: Punta Arenas, Puerto Natales

Fly from Puerto Montt to Punta Arenas situated in Southern Patagonia. Drive to Puerto Natales before heading to Otway Sound. Here, enjoy the magnifcent view of the almost permanently snow-covered Pinto Mountain Range and Riesco Island. Continue skirting the sound until you reach the caves where the Magellan Penguins nest.

 Day 8: Balmaceda & Serrano Glaciers

Board zodiacs with a A Local Expert and begin an adventurous trip via the Rio Serrano, passing the Southern Icefeld (Campo de Hielo Sur) toward the Serrano Glacier. Upon arrival, explore the impressive glacier and afterward, hike a short 30 minutes through unspoiled, cool rainforest to Seno Ultima Esperanza (“Fjord of the Last Hope”). See the incomparable landscape of Bernardo O’Higgins National Park, Chile’s largest nature reserve with majestic mountain scenery. Then continue through the fjord by boat with views of Balmaceda Glacier in the background.

 Day 9: Torres del Paine National Park

Today see one of the world’s most spectacular scenic regions—Torres del Paine National Park! It covers an area of 436 square miles (1,200 square kilometres) and was declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1978. Your A Local Expert shows you cascading waterfalls, roaring creeks, shimmering lakes and jagged spires of mountains, all of which are just a part of what the national park ofers. En route, visit the legendary and impressive Milodon Cave where a gigantic, prehistoric ground sloth fossil was discovered, and see a replica of it inside of the cave. Visit the viewpoints Los Cuernos and Lago Pehoe, the spectacular Salto Grande (“Big Waterfall”) and Lago Grey, which provides marvellous vistas of the Grey Glacier. Admire the park’s fauna including herds of guanacos, foxes, swans, and several other bird species. Box lunch provided. Dinner is served at your hotel, ofering superb views of Torres del Paine National Park.

 Day 10: El Calafate

Enjoy another chance to revel in the stunning scenery and wildlife of the Patagonian steppe during the drive across the border into Argentina. After stopping at Cancha Carrera, continue your land journey to El Calafate, a charming lakeside town and the gateway to Los Glaciares National Park. For 65 million years, the land here evolved from chaotic volcanic eruptions and massive glaciers, creating a jagged landscape of interconnected fjords, channels and mountainside glacial lakes. El Calafate takes its name from the calafate bush—which locals say eating its berries will ensure your return to this mystical region. You are free to discover its charms as you explore at your own pace tonight.

 Day 11: Los Glaciares National Park

Embark upon a full-day excursion with a Local Expert to Los Glaciares National Park a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Los Glaciares is the second largest national park in Argentina and comprises more than 1,600 square miles (4,400 square kilometres) and nearly 50 large glaciers. These glaciers are fed by a giant ice cap (the largest continental ice extension after Antarctica) that originates in the Andes and occupies well over a third of the park’s total area. Discover the wondrous Perito Moreno Glacier, a pristine marvel towering nearly 200 feet (60 metres) above Lake Argentino. It is named after Francisco Moreno, a 19th century Argentinian explorer who helped resolve his country’s border dispute with neighbouring Chile. The constant, cyclical movement of Perito Moreno’s ice mass often forces the glacier to “calve”—an iceberg “birthing” process in which smaller chunks of ice fracture and break of from the glacier to thunderous noise. This spectacle can occur at any time, so keep your fngers crossed to be lucky enough to witness. However, ice isn’t the only thing you’ll see today: just east of the Icefelds are areas of southern beach forest and windswept steppe. Tonight, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant within walking distance from the hotel.

 Day 12: Ushuaia

Fly to Ushuaia and explore the world’s southernmost city with a A Local Expert. Visit the legendary Jail of Recidivists that has preserved its impressive architecture as well as its notorious history. You will also see the frst settlers’ houses and visit the harbour and Paseo del Centenario—a great spot for you to take in the panoramic view of the surrounding landscape. Afterward, see the Bebán House, once considered the most prestigious in Ushuaia. Later, visit the central part of the city as well as the restricted area of the Naval Base. Your evening is free.

 Day 13: Tierra del Fuego National Park

Explore Tierra del Fuego National Park with a A Local Expert, stopping frst at the End of the World Train Station where you may take an optional train ride. At the park, observe the most incredible native animals such as red foxes, woodpeckers, steamer ducks, condors, eagles and beavers cohabitating in the most spectacular environment. Explore the park through a combination of touring and nature walks. Diferent from other parks, Tierra del Fuego National Park has it all, the ocean, forests and mountains. Inside the park, fnd the biological richness of Tierra del Fuego Island and its beautiful scenery, and where its forest is made up of valleys of peat and lichens. Ensenada Bay, Roca Lake and Lapataia Bay give colour to this unique place that still holds reminders of its ancestral inhabitants: the Yámanas. Back at your hotel, the afternoon is free to relax at the hotel spa or perhaps take an optional catamaran cruise on the Beagle Channel. This evening, join your Travel Director and new friends to enjoy a Farewell Dinner celebrating your experiences from this unforgettable trip.

 Day 14: Buenos Aires & Departure

Board your flight to Buenos Aires. Upon arrival at the domestic airport, you will be transferred to the Ezeiza International Board your fight to Buenos Aires. Upon arrival at the domestic airport, you will be transferred to Ezeiza International Airport for your fight home, or the Emperador Hotel for those extending their stay in Buenos Aires. Please do not book any fights before 7 p.m.


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Arranging Your Land Tour Vacation

Whether it’s your first time on an escorted tour, or prefer to venture out independently, Oddball Escapes has great relationships with top names in the Land Tour industry: Globus, Cosmos, Trafalgar, Brendan Tours, G Adventures, Avanti Destinations, and Monograms. With such a network, Oddball makes it easy to find a Land Tour that fits your tastes. Contact us to plan your Land Vacation.

14 Nights Around the Horn Cruise – with Royal Caribbean

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14 nights from Buenos Aires to Valparaíso

 Day 1: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Welcome aboard Rhapsody of the Seas. Tango, asados, and European-infused elegance are still part of Buenos Aires. But the cultured capital is increasingly cosmopolitan, as seen in the galleries, boutiques and restaurants in trendy districts like the revitalized Puerto Madero.

 Day 2: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Tango, asados, and European-infused elegance are still part of Buenos Aires. But the cultured capital is increasingly cosmopolitan, as seen in the galleries, boutiques and restaurants in trendy districts like the revitalized Puerto Madero.

 Day 3: Montevideo, Uruguay

European ambiance infuses the Uruguyan capital, from its historic Old City, the leafy Prado neighborhood to districts filled with elegant Art Nouveau, Art Deco and Modernist buildings. Countryside and vineyards are within easy reach.

 Day 4: Punta del Este, Uruguay

Uruguay’s upscale resort town draws an international crowd of jet setters to its beautiful beaches. Beyond the sand, sea and sun, you can explore a rich arts scene, fine dining and great shopping in Punta del Este.

 Day 5: Cruising

Enjoy onboard entertainment at sea. Whether you seek an adrenaline rush or total tranquility, our ships have it all. Try rock climbing, ice skating and surfing 200 feet above the waves. Melt away land-based stress with a spa massage, build a scrapbook of memories or simply relax poolside.

 Day 6: Puerto Madryn, Argentina

Madryn’s varied attractions include incredible beaches, and historic sites steeped in Welsh tradition. From here, you can visit the world-famous wildlife sanctuary on Peninsula Valdes and a penguin rookery in Punta Tombo.

 Day 7: Cruising

Enjoy onboard entertainment at sea. Onboard, dining is about more than just food. Think ambience, variety and the flexibility to decide when and what you savor.

 Day 8: Cape Horn, Chile

For generations of mariners, rounding Cape Horn has been a celebrated accomplishment. As the ship’s captain and crew navigate, you can take in the windswept and rugged terrain of the remote region called “the far end of the earth.”

 Day 9: Ushuaia, Argentina

Ushuaia is the world’s southernmost city, a remote area chartered and explored by the likes of Magellan, Cook and Darwin. Explore its diverse landscapes of mountains, glaciers and subantarctic forests.

 Day 10: Punta Arenas, Chile

Overlooking the Strait of Magellan, Punta Arenas is the world’s southernmost city. You’ll find maritime history in the port which is also the gateway to nature and wildlife of Chilean Patagonian.

 Day 11: Strait of Magellan

One of the world’s most scenic and challenging waterways, the Strait of Magellan was long the only nautical passage between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

 Day 12: Chilean Fjords

With almost 1,000 miles of islands, channels and fjords, Chile’s Fjords rival the famous fjords of Norway. Have your camera ready as you cruise past the amazing seascapes with views of snow-capped volcanoes and dense forests.

 Day 13: Puerto Montt, Chile

Founded by German colonists in 1853, Puerto Montt is one of Chile’s most important cities. Located at the end of the Pan American highway, it is the region’s transport hub, and the gateway to the mystical terrain of southern Chile.

 Day 14: Cruising

Enjoy onboard entertainment at sea. Check out the casino. When our ships hit the high seas, the excitement of Casino Royale® kicks off. Try your hand at our card tables, spin to win at roulette, and hit it big time with the pull of a slot machine.


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Arranging Your Ocean Cruise Vacation

Whether you’re a first-time cruiser, or checking out a cruise itinerary, Oddball Escapes has great relationships with top names in the Ocean Cruising industry: Royal Caribbean, Carnival Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, and Holland America. With such a network, Oddball makes it easy to find a Cruise that fits your tastes. Contact us to plan your Cruise vacation.

Cruising the Galápagos with Peru – with Monograms

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14 day package from Quito to Lima

 Summary

“Land of Eternal Spring” and “Land of Abundance.” Sounds like paradise, doesn’t it? Those are the monikers for Ecuador & Peru—two places you’ll visit on this 14-day vacation to Quito, the Galápagos Islands & Peru—and Monograms makes it simple for you! We’ve arranged your hotel and cruise accommodations, daily buffet breakfast (plus six lunches and five dinners), sightseeing, and transportation. You also have the services of a Local Host® in each city—Quito, Lima, Cusco & Machu Picchu—so you have a friend in each city that can help you get settled, offer suggestions, answer questions, and help you make the most of your trip.

This vacation covers a lot of territory and would prove difficult to plan on your own, which is why we’ve handled all the details for you. Between the cruise, the hotels, the sightseeing, and transportation we’ve arranged, you just have to show up ready to enjoy!

 Day 1: Arrive Quito, Ecuador

Arrive in Quito, where you will be met by your Local Host.

 Day 2: Quito

Your private city TOUR showcases the rich legacy left by the Incas and, later, the Spaniards. See Independence Square, dominated by its formidable Cathedral, San Francisco Plaza Church, and the BASILICA with its marvelous stained-glass windows. (Breakfast)

 Day 3: Baltra, Galápagos Santa Cruz Island

Fly to Baltra in the Galápagos. Upon arrival, transfer to Santa Cruz Island, where you will embark the Santa Cruz and enjoy five days of cruising among various Galápagos Islands. Visit Las Bachas on SANTA CRUZ ISLAND, where abandoned WWII military barges can be found. Today, it is an important nesting area for the East Pacific Green Sea Turtle. You will also see brackish lagoons just steps away from the sea and the white-sand beach, a feeding ground for various wading birds—from stilts to flamingos. This evening, a lecture led by your onboard Naturalist will prepare you for tomorrow’s adventure. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

 Day 4: Cruising Santiago Island

After breakfast, join your Naturalist for a short panga ride to Espumilla beach on SANTIAGO ISLAND. In the nearby mangrove forest, watch where you step, as this is common nesting area for sea turtles. Also keep an eye out for Galápagos finches, marine iguanas, and sea lions, as well as flamingos and pintail ducks in the nearby lagoons. This afternoon, land at Puerto Egas, known for its black-sand beach and landscape of tuff-stone layers and lava flows. This is a great opportunity to see land and marine birds as well as a colony of fur sea lions and marine iguanas. You have the chance to snorkel or swim from the beach, or ride on the glass-bottom boat. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

 Day 5: Cruising Rábida & Bartolomé Islands

Disembark at RÁBIDA ISLAND on a red-colored beach, formed from the unusually high content of iron in the volcanic material. Here, your Naturalist points out large colonies of sea lions, marine iguanas, mockingbirds, yellow warblers, and several species of Darwin’s finches. This is a wonderful place to snorkel from the beach, due to the unique combination of underwater species and submarine landscapes. At BARTOLOMÉ ISLAND, hike to the summit for a stunning view of two beautiful bays and fascinating formations of lava flows and spatter cones, including iconic Pinnacle Rock. You will also have the chance to snorkel and possibly see Galápagos penguins in tropical waters and even some sharks! (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

 Day 6: Cruising Genovesa Island

Upon arrival at GENOVESA ISLAND, your visit to Prince Philip’s Steps begins with a scenic panga ride along the cliffs to see the large number of shore and seabirds nesting in the cliffs’ ledges. Disembark at the base of Prince Philip’s Steps and climb up the stairs to a trail where birdlife abounds. A walk with your Naturalist reveals large colonies of masked boobies, blue-footed boobies, frigatebirds, storm petrels, and even short-eared owls. In the afternoon, disembark at Darwin Bay to observe thousands of birds—mainly, frigatebirds, redfooted and masked boobies, gulls, herons, finches, and mockingbirds. Return to the beach for swimming and snorkeling in this beautiful natural harbor. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

 Day 7: Cruising & Lima, Peru

After breakfast, depart for Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, where Charles Darwin first set foot in the Galápagos back in 1835. This island is home to seabirds like blue-footed boobies, Nazca boobies, herons, frigatebirds, and various shore birds. Also watch for the Chatham mockingbird and Chatham lava lizard—both species are endemic to this island and seen nowhere else in the Galápagos. Head to the airport for your return flight to Lima to begin the Peru portion of your vacation. (Breakfast)

 Day 8: Lima

Your included city TOUR focuses on Lima’s rich colonial history as well as the modern city. Lima was the bastion of Spanish South America from its founding in 1535 until the independence of the South American republics in the early 19th century. See the Cathedral, where the remains of Francisco Pizarro are sealed in a wooden coffin and with its eerie burial crypts. (Breakfast)

 Day 9: Cusco

Fly to Cusco high in the Andes. Your guided TOUR visits the Santo Domingo MONASTERY, previously the Koricancha Temple, one of the most important temples devoted to worship of the sun. It is said it was covered in gold leaf and filled with golden representations of nature. In the Plaza de Armas, see the Cathedral before taking a short drive outside the city to the ruins of SACSAYHUAMAN with its intricate stone walls, amphitheatre of KENKO, and the Red Fortress of PUCA PUCARA. (Breakfast)

 Day 10: Sacred Valley

Today, a short drive into the Sacred Valley of the Incas brings you to AWANAKANCHA, where you will learn about the importance of the alpaca (llama) for Inca cultures as well as the ancient weaving techniques. Continue, to the market town of PISAC. Handmade rugs, alpaca sweaters, and jewelry can be bought here at bargain prices. At the other end of the valley is OLLANTAYTAMBO. Here, some of the finest examples of Inca masonry can be seen. (Breakfast, Lunch)

 Day 11: Machu Picchu

Board a TRAIN bound for MACHU PICCHU and cut a path through the Sacred Valley to this “Lost City of the Incas,” discovered by American explorer Hiram Bingham in 1911. On a guided TOUR, explore this intact fortress with its temple remains, holy houses, and mile-long aqueduct. For hikers, a brisk one-hour walk leads to the Sun Gate, the ancient entrance used by the Incas. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

 Day 12: Machu Picchu, Cusco

A morning at leisure in Machu Picchu allows you to wake up early to see the sunrise over MACHU PICCHU. Return to Cusco, where your Local Host will recommend options for your free time. Perhaps visit the Inca Museum or wander through the artisan district of San Blas. (Breakfast)

 Day 13: Lima

Fly to Lima, where the remainder of the day is at your leisure. (Breakfast)

 Day 14: Lima

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)


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Arranging Your Land Tour Vacation

Whether it’s your first time on an escorted tour, or prefer to venture out independently, Oddball Escapes has great relationships with top names in the Land Tour industry: Globus, Cosmos, Trafalgar, Brendan Tours, G Adventures, Avanti Destinations, and Monograms. With such a network, Oddball makes it easy to find a Land Tour that fits your tastes. Contact us to plan your Land Vacation.