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Andean Highlands and Galápagos Islands

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July 11–20

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Andean Highlands$6,835 per adult, $6,095 per teen, $5,795 per child when sharing with adult

Our journey begins in Quito, Ecuador, set spectacularly in the snow-capped Andes Mountains where we will tour the city's wonderfully preserved colonial sector, a UNESCO World Heritage site. From Quito we'll travel north across the equator through dramatic mountain scenery to our next base, a historic 17th-century colonial hacienda. Here we will visit the famous Otavalo Indian market, hike in the Cotacachi-Cayapas Reserve, explore Cuicocha Lake and nearby volcanoes, and have an opportunity to go horseback riding. Upon our return we will fly to the Galápagos Islands for a four-night cruise aboard a beautifully appointed 40-passenger yacht, the Isabela II. Accompanied by a superb staff of resident naturalists, we'll observe Galápagos giant tortoises, flocks of frigate birds and blue-footed boobies, Darwin's finches and Galápagos penguins, colonies of marine iguanas and sea lions, along with other fascinating sea life. We conclude with a tour of Ecuador's largest city— Guayaquil—and its lovely riverfront.


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    Cary Allyn
    cary.allyn@vanderbilt.edu
    Director of Vanderbilt Travel Program—oversees the Vanderbilt Travel Program, promoting worldwide destinations featuring the company of Vanderbilt's finest faculty that allow alumni to continue their educational pursuits.
    Tel: (615) 322-3673
    Fax: (615) 343-5730

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    celia.s.gregory@vanderbilt.edu
    Program Assistant, Vanderbilt Travel Program—supports the Vanderbilt Travel Program and volunteer tracking.
    Tel: (615) 322-8919
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