Day 7: Espanola Island (Hood Island)

Española Island is part of the Galápagos Islands. The English named it Hood Island after Viscount Samuel Hood. It is located in the extreme southeast of the archipelago and is considered, along with Santa Fe, one of the oldest, at approximately four million years. The beach at Gardner Bay offers one of the best beaches to experience “relaxing beach time” in Galapagos. The expansive white sand beach (one of the longest in Galapagos at 2 km) attracts many napping sea lions. Española is probably most well-known for being the sole breeding ground for the entire population of the world’s Waved Albatrosses.

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Brazil is famous for its iconic Rio Carnival festival. Brazil is also known for its tropical beaches, exquisite waterfalls, and the Amazon rainforest.

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Inca Trail & Machu Picchu

The Inca Trail is by far the most famous trek in South America and is rated by many to be in the top 5 treks in the world. In just 26 miles (43km) it manages to combine beautiful mountain scenery, lush cloud-forest, subtropical jungle and, of course, a stunning mix of Inca paving stones, ruins and tunnels. The final destination of the trail just cannot be beaten: Machu Picchu, the mysterious "Lost City of the Incas".

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Rainbow Mountain

Vinicunca, also called Montaña de Siete Colores (Mountain of Seven Colors), is located in the Andes in the Cusco region of Peru. In order to get to the trailhead, it’s a three-hour drive from Cusco. To get to the lookout at 5,200m is about 10Km. The views are spectacular but do be cautious of altitude sickness.

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Spirit of the Andes: A Belmond Train – Puno to Cusco, Peru

Discover the Spirit of the Andes as you journey aboard this luxury train from Puno to Cusco. Let yourself be enchanted by some of South America’s most beautiful scenery as you travel along one of the highest train routes in the world. The Spirit of the Andes journey departs every Wednesday at midday.

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Peru is a country in western South America which is incredibly diverse. From the Amazonian jungle to the iconic Inca Trail leading you to the bucket list landmark of Machu Picchu to smoking volcanoes and condors riding the thermals of Colca Canyon to the ancient and mysterious Nazca Lines to the rugged Ballestas Islands teeming with seabirds and penguins to the man made islands of Lake Titicaca ... this is a fascinating country to lose yourself in....

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Lima, the capital of Peru lies on the country's arid Pacific coast. Though its colonial centre is preserved, it is a bustling metropolis and one of South America’s largest cities. After Cairo, this sprawling metropolis is the second-driest world capital, rising above a long coastline of crumbling cliffs. There is however a mist, the Garúa, which can deposit moisture on the ground.

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Day 6: Santa Cruz Highlands

Areas of the Galapagos with a higher elevation are known as the Highlands. Due to the altitude, Santa Cruz Highlands provide us with a fresh respite from the sun, making this place the perfect habitat for the giant Galapagos tortoises, Galapagos finches and other land animals and plants. The Twin Craters or Gemelos are, geologically speaking, seen as sink holes and its formation is not directly due to volcanic action. They were created as a result of the collapse or sinking of surface materials into cracks or manholes. It’s a great place to spot vermilion flycatchers as we walk inside an endemic Scalesia forest. We also visited lava tubes or tunnels, which are the result of the many eruptions that have occurred on the island since its formation. Island specific highlights include: Giant tortoises, tree & ground Darwin finches, vermillion flycatcher, cattle egrets.

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Day 5pm: Santiago Island

Santiago Island is one of the Galápagos Islands. It is also known as San Salvador, named after the first island discovered by Columbus in the Caribbean Sea, or as James Island. It has the biggest and longest lava flow, which is located in Sullivan Bay. Santiago has some of the most stunning volcanic formations and surreal basaltic lava flows of the whole archipelago. Santiago is also home to Galapagos land birds like Darwin’s Finches, Flycatchers and Galapagos Hawks.

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