Celebrating the Holidays in South America

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(Last Updated On: January 9, 2020)

Around Miami

Christmas in Miami (December 25)
Marvelous Miami Deco (December 26)


Arrival (December 27)
Touring in Lima (December 27)
A few thoughts about Lima (December 27)
Introduction to Cuzco (December 28)
Sacsayhuaman (December 29)
A Shopping Trip (December 29)
On our own in Cuzco (December 29)
Along the way to Machu Picchu (December 30)
Machu Picchu in the Rain (December 30)
A Perfect Morning at Machu Picchu (December 31)
Aguas Caliente (December 31)
New Year’s Eve in Cuzco (December 31)
Chincheros in the Sacred Valley (January 1)
Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley (January 1)
Lunch in the Sacred Valley (January 1)
Pisac’s Market (January 1)


Quito (January 2)
North of Quito (January 3)

The Galapagos Islands

To the Galapagos (January 4)

The area where we are waiting for our flight to the Galapagos is fairly small and, although it is still early when we arrive, it is already quite crowded. Luckily, there are a lot of chairs, so we settle in to wait.

Over the next four days cruise along and visit the enchanted Galapagos Islands, where you’ll see a variety of exotic wildlife. Fly from Quito to San Cristobal, the easternmost gateway to the islands. There, you’ll board your first class cruise boat, the Galapagos Explorer II, your base while exploring the islands.

Aboard the Galapagos Explorer (January 4)
The Galapagos: Morning on Espanola Island (January 5)
The Galapagos: Afternoon on Santa Cruz Island (January 5)
The Galapagos: Morning on Genovesa Island (January 6)
The Galapagos: Afternoon at Darwin Bay (January 6)
Leaving the Galapagos (January 7)
Quito’s Basilica (January 8)
A Parade Through Quito (January 8)
Old Town Quito (January 8)
Above Quito (January 8)
To the Cloud Forest (January 9)

The Details

Notes and Comments (January 10)

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