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Machu Picchu and Galapagos

Fantastic trip through the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu, then out the the Galapagos for a once in a lifetime journey.

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Rabida
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James Storey
Long day in the airports - now to do laundry and sort through 1279 photos!
Rabida
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James Storey
The last stop, but a good one. A large colony of nesting frigate birds. Lots of males puffing up their red chests to show off. We also see quite a few boobies on eggs and get close up views of the …
Santa Cruz
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James Storey
Wet landing today on the beach at Punta Cormorant. We leave our diving gear on the sand and take a walk across the island. There is an inland lagoon with flamingos feeding and nesting. We get …
Dragon Hill - Santa Cruz
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James Storey
We start the day at Punta Suarez. Lots more blue-footed boobies - many mating and nesting. The highlight of the morning is the colony of Waved Albatrosses. We see them soaring , nesting, with chicks …
Sacsayhuaman - Cusco
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James Storey
Changover day. While some of our new friends are transferring off the ship, a private tour of the Highlands is given to the couple from France and us. We go to a "ranch" where scores of …
Machu Picchu
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James Storey
Beautiful Island. Gold sand beach. First there is a 376 step climb up to the summit over a lava landscape that looks like the moon. At the top you are rewarded with a spectacular 360 degree view of …
Machu Picchu
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James Storey
Another world! Black lava flows with lava cactus. Flightless cormorants, penguins and a couple rays in the surf. We head after lunch towards Darwin Lake, but snorkle along the rocky shore first. The …
Ollantaytambo
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James Storey
We make our first wet landing on Rabida. Can't believe all the sea lions and the various birds. Pelicans, lava herons, hawks, blue footed boobies. Many with young in nests. We snorkle off the beach …
Ollantaytambo
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James Storey
We start our Galapagos adventure flying from Quito to Baltra, then transferring to our ship, the Coral I. Great group of people - some Americans, a couple from France and a group from the UK - about …
Maras salt mine
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James Storey
Up early, we fly back to Lima, then to Quito. See many volcanoes in the city. We walk the town and find the Artisan Market. Back at Mansion del Angel, we have afternoon tea by the fireplace, and …
Moray
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James Storey
We spend the morning touring Sacsayhuaman, a large Inca fortress above Cusco. In the afternoon, we visit the Inca Museum and the Museo de Art Precolombino.
Pizac
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James Storey
A fairly quiet day. We wander through gardens and see loads of hummingbirds. There is a festival in town - they're selling guinea pigs, but we don't go for that for lunch. Later we take the train …
Sacred Valley
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James Storey
We start the day with a tour of the ruins at Ollantaytambo. This was originally twice the size of Machu Picchu and is the site of the only major Inca victory over the invading Spanish. We get a good …
Folk dancing
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James Storey
We leave Cusco with Teddy and our driver - just Robin and me. What service! Reach an elevation of 12000' while driving. We headed first to Pizac, seeing the ruins there then browsing through the …
Monastery on old Inca foundations
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James Storey
Up bright and early! We arrive in Cusco late morning and are picked up by Teddy our guide. We're staying at the Del Prado Inn, right on the Main Square. We stretch our legs, have lunch on a porch …
Main square Cusco
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James Storey
Arrived Lima late at night. A long day of traveling but all flights on time. We're getting picked up at 0630!

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