Discover the Galápagos & Peru with the Amazon 2019

20 Day Cruise Lima to Quito

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Fantastic treasures await you on this river cruise vacation to Peru and the Galápagos Islands. Enjoy a walking tour of Lima; guided sightseeing in Quito, where you can have your photo taken at the “Center of the World,” and also in Cusco, the former capital of the Inca Empire; and an excursion to Otavalo’s famous Indian market, where you can shop for beautiful textiles, artwork, and other unique souvenirs. Also, visit the fascinating Inca constructions of ancient Puca Pucara, which translates to “Red Fortress,” the magnificent Temple of Sacsayhuaman, which overlooks the city of Cusco, the Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo, and mystical Machu Picchu. Then, fly to San Cristobal Island for a fantastic 4-night Galápagos Islands cruise onboard the recently refurbished Treasure of Galápagos. In the company of a local Naturalist, you’ll encounter indigenous plants and animals found only in the Galápagos Islands, such as giant tortoises, Galápagos fur sea lions, and marine iguanas—just to name a few. Also, enjoy an amazing opportunity to snorkel in the turquoise waters and see the colorful fish, sea lions, and perhaps a penguin or shark!

Next, fly to Coca, where you’ll travel by canoe to your lodge in the Amazon Jungle. Spend three nights here and enjoy a rainforest canopy walk, guided night tour to see the wildlife that comes out at night, cruises through the flooded forest, and spend time with the natives on a visit to a local village and school. Ancient ruins, spectacular scenery, an amazing variety of animals in their natural environment, and historic buildings—this cruise vacation has it all!


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Cruise at-a-Glance

Day 1 Arrive Lima, Peru:Welcome to LimaDay 2 Lima:Walking tour; visit San Francisco Monastery; Larco Herrera Museum and welcome dinnerDay 3 Lima–Cusco–Sacred Valley:Visit Awanakancha to see various camelids from the region, and explore Pisac MarketDay 4 Sacred Valley–Machu Picchu:Visit the Ollantaytambo ruins; Take the Vistadome train to Machu Picchu; walking tour of Machu PicchuDay 5 Machu Picchu–Cusco:Enjoy a second included entrance to Machu Picchu; return on the Vistadome train to the Sacred Valley and continue to CuscoDay 6 Cusco:Walking tour of Cusco, visit Santo Domingo Monastery, the Cathedral, and the ruins of SacsayhuamanDay 7 Cusco–Quito, Ecuador:Fly to Quito via LimaDay 8 Quito:Excursion to Otavalo’s Indian market and Peguche; Hacienda lunchDay 9 Quito:Walking tour, visit San Francisco Monastery, La Compania Church, La Ronda Street, a Chocolate factory, and the Equatorial MonumentDay 10 Quito–San Cristobal–Galápagos Islands (Embarkation): Fly to the Galápagos Islands; embark Treasure of Galápagos; visit Cerro Colorado Tortoise Reserve on San Cristobal IslandDay 11 Galápagos Islands Cruising:Española Island: Naturalist-guided walks; snorkelingDay 12 Galápagos Islands Cruising:Floreana Island: Naturalist-guided walks; snorkelingDay 13 Galápagos Islands Cruising:Santa Fé & Santa Cruz Islands: Naturalist-guided walks on each island; snorkelingDay 14 Galápagos Islands (Disembarkation)–Santa Cruz Island–Quito:Disembark Treasure of Galápagos; visit EL Chato Tortoise Reserve; fly to QuitoDay 15 Quito:Full day at leisureDay16 Quito–Coca–Amazon:Fly to Coca; travel by boat and dugout canoe to your Amazon lodgeDay 17 Amazon:Visit a parrot clay lick; guided walk through the jungle; night walk or canoe rideDay 18 Amazon:Cruise on the Napo through the flooded forest; visit a local community, school, and villageDay 19 Amazon–Coca–Quito:Return to Coca; fly to QuitoDay 20 Quito: Your vacation ends this morning

Always Included

You've always forged your own path...with your own distinct perspective of looking at the world. Avalon Waterways presents a river cruise experience with your unique style in mind—offering expansive views and wider perspectives. That's why we've designed a cruise experience that's just a bit different. Here are just some of the features and amenities you'll experience on board.

Here are just some of the features and amenities you'll experience on board. See the Ship Amenities Section below for more information about the amenities in our fleet’s unique ships.

Throughout the Ship
Suites & Staterooms
Avalon Choice® Shore Excursions
Dining

Throughout the Ship:

  • Luxurious standards in elegant atmosphere
  • Expedition team of multilingual Naturalists
  • Daily multi-media natural history lectures
  • Observation area to watch local fauna
  • Friendly, English-speaking crew and Cruise Director
  • Air-conditioning throughout
  • Access to resident paramedic
  • Radio and satellite communications
  • Included shore excursions with Local Naturalist
  • On board the Delfin III
    • Deluxe excursion skiffs with cold towel service, fresh fruit, and refreshments
    • Series of cultural performances, educational talks, and cooking classes
    • Small gym
    • Rainforest Spa
    • Refreshing plunge pool on the open-air deck
  • On board the Treasure of Galápagos
    • Complimentary snorkeling gear
    • 24-hour complimentary water, tea and coffee
    • Jacuzzi

Suites & Staterooms:

  • On board the Delfin III
    • Deluxe beds with fine linens & European-style duvets
    • Bedside tables with reading lamps
    • Premium bath amenities
    • Internal communication system
    • Individual climate control and in-room safe
    • Large mirror in bathroom
    • Daily maid service
    • Luxury honeycomb spa robes and slippers
    • Nightly turn-down service
    • Hairdryer
    • Easy under-bed luggage storage
    • Seating area
    • Pillow Menu
  • On board the Treasure of Galápagos
    • Bedside tables with reading lamps
    • Private bathroom with full shower, hairdryer & bath products
    • Individual climate control and in-room safe
    • Twice daily housekeeping
    • Closet for storage
    • Complimentary bottled water
    • Private balcony
    • Small table with two chairs

Avalon Choice® Shore Excursions:

Selection of 3 types of included shore excursions on every cruise:

  • Classic: must-see sights with a Certified Local Guide
  • Discovery: inspiring and interactive activities designed to spark your interest
  • Active: energetic excursions to keep you in motion and on the go
  • Plus independent exploration options and use of our exclusive AvalonGO APP

Dining

  • Innovative menu of traditional Peruvian specialties as well as Western favorites
  • Complimentary regional wines at dinner
  • Complimentary water, coffee, tea, select soft drinks, local beer, and Pisco-based cocktails
  • throughout the day at the bar (Amazon portion only)
  • Open seating for all meals
  • A lounge serving premium spirit cocktails

Day-By-Day Itinerary

(B) = Breakfast   (L) = Lunch   (D) = Dinner

Day 1

LIMA, PERU

Welcome to Lima—Cosmopolitan, Colonial, and Pre-Columbian Culture

Enjoy free time today before your Peruvian Andes and Galápagos adventure begins. Explore the fascinating Peruvian capital—where high-rises tower above ancient temples and colorful colonial architecture.

Day 2

(B, D)

LIMA

Peruvian Treasures, Presidential Palaces, and Pizarro’s Conquests

Classic
Take a Guided Walking Tour of Lima—to see the colonial Old Quarter, Plaza de Armas, the presidential Government Palace, and the ornate Cathedral—founded by Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro. Visit the San Francisco Monastery and see its famous catacombs.
Discovery
This evening, join a Guided Tour of Lima’s Larco Herrera Museum—on the site of a 7th-century pre-Columbian pyramid. With the world’s largest private collection of pre-Columbian Peruvian art, see 5,000 years of art, artifacts, and archaeological treasures. Enjoy a Welcome Dinner in the beautiful Peruvian café here.

Day 3

(B, L, D)

CUSCO—SACRED VALLEY

Alpacas, Llamas, and Ancient Andes Villages

Fly to the ancient Andean city of Cusco—former capital of the Inca Empire—on your way to the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

Discovery
Take a Guided Tour of Awanakancha to encounter llamas, alpacas, vicuñas, and guanacos and learn about their vital role in Peruvian culture. Continue to the old mountain village of Pisac to browse the local market and colorful stalls for alpaca sweaters, woven blankets, and handmade jewelry.

This evening, enjoy dining on Andean and Western dishes with wine.

Day 4

(B, L, D)

SACRED VALLEY

Stone Temples and Formidable Fortresses

Classic
Join a Guided Tour of the Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo to visit the ruins including the Sun Temple and Princess Baths fountain.
Discovery
Join an Escorted Visit to a native Incan home in the village of Ollantaytambo to experience the way of life enduring since the 13th century.
MACHU PICCHU

Andean Heights and Hidden Secrets of the Inca’s Lost City

Classic
All aboard the Vistadome train to Aguas Calientes enjoying spectacular views of the lush countryside of Urubamba Valley along the way. From Aguas Calientes take the winding road to Machu Picchu.
Active
Take a Guided Walk of Machu Picchu to explore the “Lost City of the Incas” high atop the Andes. Your Local Guide will bring you closer to the lives and mysteries still hidden in these amazing structures built by the pre-Columbian masters of this sacred land.
Discovery
Enjoy your overnight stay at the foot of the mountain with a gourmet dinner including wine.

Day 5

(B, L)

MACHU PICCHU-CUSCO

A Miraculous Sanctuary in a Tropical Mountain Forest

Classic
Take a second included Guided Excursion to Machu Picchu. Set out early to see the sunrise over the ruins, and wander through perfectly assembled stone walls and terraces amid the natural landscape as a hidden sanctuary.

After lunch, return to the Sacred Valley by train and continue to Cusco.

Day 6

(B, D)

CUSCO

Conquistadors, Churches, and the Colorful Culture of Peru

Classic
A Guided Walking Tour of Cusco reveals more on the struggle between the Incas and the invading Spaniards. Visit the imposing Cathedral and the Santo Domingo Monastery. Next, see the semi-circular Kenko Amphitheater with its stone altars and labyrinth of passages and the ancient site of Puca Pucara before reaching the Temple of Sacsayhuaman, perched on a hillside overlooking Cusco. It remains unfathomable how and when this fortress of gigantic stones—with some blocks weighing more than 350 tons—was built.
Discovery
Tonight, enjoy dinner inspired by Peru’s eclectic mix of cultures.

Day 7

(B, D)

QUITO, ECUADOR

¡Bienvenido a Ecuador! South America’s Most Biodiverse Country

Fly to Quito, capital of Ecuador and a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site, and begin the Ecuadorian portion of your vacation.

Discovery
Tonight, enjoy dinner with delicious regional cuisine.

Day 8

(B, L)

QUITO. EXCURSION TO OTAVALO

Traditions Woven through Generations in the Andean Highlands

Classic
Join a Guided Excursion to Otavalo’s Indian market—brimming with colorful woven textiles, traditional Ecuadorean apparel, produce, and craftwork.
Discovery
Visit the town of Peguche—famous for its exquisitely handcrafted weavings. Take an Escorted Tour of local homes to observe the handiwork in creating woven blankets and clothing that are so important to life in the Andes highlands.
Discovery
Enjoy an authentic Andean Dining Experience with lunch served in a local hacienda.

Day 9

(B)

QUITO

A Gold Altar, Artistic Avenues, and Two Hemispheres at One Time

Classic
Take a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Quito that showcases the colonial city’s historic sites, including the impressive Legislative Palace with its enormous sculpted mural of Ecuadorean history. You’ll also see Independence Plaza and visit the 16th-century San Francisco Monastery, and La Compañía Church—the exquisite Jesuit cathedral with its spectacular Spanish baroque architecture—more than 160 years in the making.
Discovery
Take a Guided Walk down Calle La Ronda—one of Quito’s oldest streets—with artist’s workshops and galleries. Later, visit a local chocolate factory to taste for yourself why Ecuador is one of the world’s finest chocolate producers.
Classic
Join a Guided Excursion to the Ciudad Mitad del Mundo—the “middle of the world.” Stand in both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres at the same time at the exact location of the Earth’s Equator.

Day 10

(B, L, D)

SAN CRISTOBAL—GALÁPAGOS ISLANDS (EMBARKATION)

Protected Giant Tortoises and Highly Adaptable Birds

This morning, fly to the remote Galápagos island of San Cristobal where you’ll embark on a five-day cruise on the Treasure of Galápagos.

Classic
Take a Naturalist Led Excursion to the highlands of San Cristobal to visit the Cerro Colorado Tortoise Reserve. Learn about the island’s endangered giant tortoise population and the reserve’s conservation efforts.
Discovery
Your expert Naturalist Guide will point out other wildlife on the island, including songbirds like the yellow warbler, Galápagos large-billed flycatchers, and the Chatham mockingbird (unique to this island), that put Darwin on track of his evolution theory.

Enjoy a Captain’s welcome dinner on board this evening.

NOTE:
The ship’s itinerary may vary according to Galápagos National Park policies and regulations, weather conditions, and seasonal changes to create the perfect cross-section of sites visited.

Day 11

(B, L, D)

ESPAÑOLA ISLAND

Sky-High Ocean Spray and Diverse Life In and Out of the Water

Classic
Take a Guided Excursion with your expert Naturalist to explore the southeastern part of the archipelago. Visit the glistening white coral beaches of Gardner Bay to see Galápagos sea lions, marine iguanas, seabirds, and hawks. Watch for three species of Darwin finches—a hallmark of his research.
Discovery
Enjoy a prime snorkeling spot in Gardner Bay’s pristine waters to spot a kaleidoscope of multi-colored reef fish, reef sharks, and the amazing Pacific green turtles.
Active
This afternoon, your Naturalist Guide takes you to the sheer cliffs of Punta Suárez to witness the spectacular spray from an ocean blowhole. Watch for the blue-footed and Nazca boobies, and other remarkable bird species, including the waved albatross. Be on the lookout for the male Christmas iguana that turns red and green during mating season.

Day 12

(B, L, D)

FLOREANA ISLAND

Pink Flamingos, Gliding Rays, and a Message in a Barrel

Classic
Join a Naturalist Led Excursion to Floreana’s Post Office Bay—with its historic 18th-century whalers’ postal service—consisting of a barrel—to drop mail with the hopes that future travelers will carry it back to the mainland.
Active
Explore the island’s channels by panga boat, or take a swim with playful sea lions. This afternoon, join your Naturalist Guide for an easy hike at Cormorant Point in search of greater flamingos, blue-footed boobies, and sea turtles, or take another opportunity to snorkel with reef fish, turtles, and rays gliding through the crystal shallows.

Day 13

(B, L, D)

SANTA FÉ ISLAND

A Prehistoric Volcano and Prickly Cactus Forest

Active
Take a Naturalist Guided Hike to explore Barrington Bay—home to one of the most ancient volcanoes in the Galápagos, animal species found nowhere else in the world, and a forest of giant prickly pear cacti—mainstay of the land iguana, endemic only to Santa Fé Island. Keep an eye out for other species exclusive to the island, including the Galápagos hawk, snake, and mockingbird.

Take time to enjoy the inviting waters off Barrington Bay to snorkel with sea lions and vibrantly colored fish, before cruising to Santa Cruz Island.

Discovery
You’ll also visit Tortuga Bay for a Naturalist Guided Excursion to Santa Cruz Island—the nesting place of the Pacific green turtle, marine iguanas, and the giant Galápagos tortoise.

This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner served especially for your final night on board.

Day 14

(B)

SANTA CRUZ ISLAND (DISEMBARKATION)

Guarding the Gentle Giants of the Highlands

Discovery
Take a Naturalist Guided Excursion to the highlands of Santa Cruz Island to visit El Chato Tortoise Reserve. You’ll have the opportunity to observe Galápagos tortoises in the wild and learn how these gentle giants are studied and protected across the archipelago.

Continue to the airport for your return flight to Quito.

Day 15

(B)

QUITO, ECUADOR

Enjoy a free day to explore Quito.

Day 16

(B, L, D)

QUITO–COCA–AMAZON

Fly to Coca and travel by boat down the Napo River. Then, take a dug-out canoe to your Amazon lodge. Floating along the narrow river, discover the Ecuadorian Amazon, the world’s largest remaining tropical rainforest, where more life hums, buzzes, chatters, and bubbles than anywhere else on the planet.

Day 17

(B, L, D)

AMAZON

Follow your Naturalist Guide to see parrots, macaws, and parakeets. Walk through the jungle to learn of the medicinal plants and natural biodiversity of the Amazon. Join your guide on a night walk or canoe ride to observe nocturnal creatures.

Day 18

(B, L, D)

AMAZON

Take a Napo River cruise through flooded forest. Watch for indigenous squirrel, capuchin, and howler monkeys, and 3-toed sloths. Next, visit a village community and school to to learn about the native culture and way of life.

Day 19

(B)

AMAZON–COCA–QUITO

Depart by canoe to search for wildlife, including monkeys, giant otters, and rare birds on your return to Coca for your flight to Quito.

Day 20

(B)

QUITO

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Notes

NOTE:

  • Maximum elevation on tour: 11,200 ft.

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Cruise Details

Ship Details

Treasure of Galapagos

Treasure of Galapagos

Seeing the Galápagos Islands on board the 9-suite Treasure of Galápagos goes beyond traditional cruising and allows you a truly intimate experience with a maximum of 16 guests. Chartered exclusively for Avalon guests, the Treasure of Galápagos features spacious suites with balconies and takes you around the archipelago to explore the natural wonders of the region in privacy and comfort. Completely refurbished in October 2017, the Treasure of Galápagos is built to luxurious standards and features an elegant yet relaxed atmosphere, allowing guests to enjoy all that the Galápagos is famous for intimate contact with the wildlife! Delve into this unique world with the Treasure of Galápagos' crew and expert Naturalist, who shares their passion for nature and conservation of this mysterious part of the world. The Treasure of Galápagos' non-smoking interior features elegantly appointed common areas including an indoor lounge & bar, dining area, shaded outdoor lounge, sun deck with Jacuzzi, and an observation area for whale or dolphin watching. Each of the seven outside suites offers a private balcony, which is rare in the Galápagos, air-conditioning, private bathroom, hairdryer, and safe. In addition, the 430 square-foot Master Suite boasts two private balconies as well as a private living area.

Included Amenities

  • Non-smoking interior and staterooms
  • Friendly, English-speaking crew and Cruise Director
  • Multilingual Naturalists
  • Air-conditioned throughout
  • Spacious, open seating restaurant
  • Floor to Ceiling Panoramic Windows
  • Indoor/outdoor Bar & Lounge
  • Free flow house wine with dinner
  • Rainforest Spa
  • Comprehensive shore excursion program
  • Series of cultural performances, educational talks and cooking class
  • Elegant, contemporary design
  • Upscale bar serving premium spirits
  • Multimedia natural history lectures
  • Outside viewing deck
  • Air-conditioned indoor lounge with nightly entertainment
  • Small gym
  • Complimentary coffee, tea, mineral water, select soft drinks, local beer, and Pisco-based cocktails throughout
  • Open-air deck with shade system & premium lounge chairs
  • Outdoor Plunge pool on open-air deck
  • Deluxe excursion skiffs with cold towel service, fresh fruit, and refreshments

Staterooms & Suites

Suite - 215 sq. ft.
Features
  • 5 twin cabins with 2 single beds (cabins 2, 3, 4, 8, & 9)
  • In-room safe
  • Individual climate control
  • Bedside tables with reading lights
  • Private bathroom with full shower, hairdryer & bath products
  • Closet for storage
  • 3 double cabins with 1 queen bed (cabins 5, 6 & 7)
  • Complimentary bottled water
  • Twice-daily housekeeping
  • Private balcony
  • Small table with two chairs
Master Suite - 430 sq. ft.
Features
  • King size bed
  • Complimentary bottled water
  • Twice-daily housekeeping
  • Private bathroom with full shower, hairdryer & bath products
  • Closet for storage
  • Private living area with sofa bed
  • In-room safe
  • Individual climate control
  • Bedside tables with reading lights
  • Small table with two chairs
  • Two private balconies
DECK PLANS

Hotels

Lima
Sacred Valley
Machu Picchu
Cusco
Quito
Coca

 Optional Excursions

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased). Optional excursions are available for purchase on our MyAvalon site 90 days prior to the tour start date.

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)