Galapagos & Machu Picchu
- Duration12 Nights
- StylePrivate Tour with Small Ship Cruise
- When to GoYear round
- Price GuideFrom $7,404 Per Person
At a Glance
- Private airport transfer to your Lima hotel
- Enjoy an afternoon in Lima at your leisure
- Private transfer to Lima Airport
- Flight from Lima to Cusco
- Private Transfer from Cusco Airport to your hotel with stops for tours of Awanacancha & Ollantaytambo enroute
- Private Tour of the Sacred Valley's villages including Moray, Maras, and Chinchero
- Private Transfer from your Sacred Valley Hotel to the Train station
- Vistadome Train to Aguas Calientes
- Private Tour of Machu Picchu including the Temple of the Sun in its Sacred District
- Morning Private Hike to Machu Picchu to take in the stunning views
- Vistadome Train to Poroy Station
- Private Transfer from Poroy Station to your Cusco Hotel
- Half Day Private City Tour including Cusco Cathedral, the Sacsayhuaman fortress & Puca Pucara
- Private Transfer from your Cusco Hotel to Cusco Airport
- Flight from Cusco to Quito via Lima
- Private airport transfer to your hotel with the afternoon spent at your leisure
- Shared Tour of Quito's Old Town including San Francisco Church, La Compañía & Independence Plaza
San Cristobal, Galapagos
- Private Transfer back to Quito Airport
- Flight from Quito to San Cristobal
- Private Transfer from San Cristobal Airport to your Yacht
- Shared visit to Lobos Island for Snorkeling & wildlife spotting
Santa Fe Island
- Spend a day swimming & wildlife spotting on Santa Fe & South Plaza Islands at your leisure
North Seymour Island & Mosquera Islet.
- Spend a day exploring North Seymour Island & Mosquera Islet at your leisure
- Spend a day at your leisure on Genovesa Island exploring both Darwin Bay & El Barranco
Santa Cruz and Baltra Islands
- Private Transfer to Santa Cruz's highlands to observe Galapagos Giant Tortoises
- Private Transfer to Quito Airport for your onward journey
Our Galapagos Cruise Ships
Eco Galaxy Yacht
One of the latest generations of luxury cruise catamarans, the Eco Galaxy was designed to set new standards for eco-tourism with a commitment to sustainability and protecting the environment. She offers first-class accommodation for up to just 16 guests in eight magnificent staterooms with beautiful finishes, works of wildlife-inspired art, and panoramic windows for gazing out at the magnificent passing views. Each one is individually air-conditioned and includes a closet, safe, and phone for internal communication. All are en-suite with private bathrooms featuring high-pressure hot water showers, luxury biodegradable personal care products, and hair dryers. Common spaces include a large sundeck with sofas in the shade and reclining loungers for sunbathing, a fully stocked bar, TV and DVD player, library, and dining room. Following the Eco Galaxy’s sustainable ethos is a kitchen that uses only the finest local ingredients to support the islands’ population, including fresh seafood and organic fruits and vegetables.
Departure Dates: Please note that cruises run weekly - Speak to our team to find out more.
- 8 nights in 4 or 5-star accommodation
- 4 nights on-board a deluxe cruise ship
- Daily breakfast at all hotels
- Full-board aboard your Galapagos Cruise
- All mentioned airport transfers and road transport on a private basis in Air Conditioned vehicle
- All mentioned tours and sightseeing on a private basis with private driver and English-speaking local guides prior to and after disembarkation of your cruise
- All mentioned tours and sightseeing on a shared basis aboard your Galapagos Cruise
- Entrance fees for any mentioned sightseeing, permits, local taxes, etc
- All mentioned regional flights in economy class, inclusive minimum 20kg per person checked baggage
- 24/7 support from our dedicated staff
- Flexible, personalized itinerary based on your interests
What's not Included
- International flights from your country of origin
- Tips or gratuities to guides, drivers, hotel staff
- Any meals, tours, or activities other than those specifically mentioned in itinerary
- Incidental local expenses - souvenirs, laundry, taxis, etc
- Visas for Peru or Equador. Your consultant will advise of any required visas and how to obtain them.
- Travel insurance - we strongly recommend you purchase travel insurance as soon as you have booked your trip.
Day by Day Itinerary
- Day 1
Lima: Arrival into Peru
Your adventure begins with your arrival in Lima, the capital city of Peru. As South America’s unofficial gastronomic capital, if your flight doesn’t get in too late you might want to sample some of the mouth-watering cuisines. Some of the favorites include the national dish, ceviche, and Lomo Saltado, a beef stir fry made with classic Peruvian ingredients. If you’re up for experiencing the lively nightlife, you’ll find plenty of options to do just that or get a good night’s sleep, resting for your journey to the Sacred Valley tomorrow.
- Day 2
Cusco: Camelids & Ancient Traditions
The private transfer brings you back to Lima’s airport for the flight to Cusco. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel in the Sacred Valley. Along the way, a private guide will lead you on a tour of Awanacancha, a farm and weaving center that aims to keep the tradition of textile arts alive. It involves 14 local active communities, with weaving the primary activity in each one as it has been for centuries. You’ll see guanacos, vicunas, alpacas, and llamas, with the vicunas delicate and small, known for their wool that’s considered the finest of all four camelids. Afterward, visit Ollantaytambo, the oldest inhabited Inca town.
- Day 3
Sacred Valley: Inca Villages & Salt Mines
A private guide brings you to the Sacred Valley where your exploits include visits to the Inca villages of Moray, Maras, and Chinchero, the latter of which rises 12,500 feet, providing fabulous Urubamba Mountain views. It hosts a popular market with an Inca wall bordering it featuring large niches that were once part of an Inca Palace, while an approximately 400-year-old adobe church rises above. At the ancient salt mines near Maras, saltwater springs flow from the hill, where you’ll see Inca-built terraces designed for capturing the water and harvesting the salt. Discover more in Maray, with its massive circular Inca agricultural terraces.
- Day 4
Machu Picchu: Discover the Bucket-List Ruins
Early this morning, transfer to the train station, boarding the Vistadome to Aguas Calientes, a gateway to Machu Picchu. Constructed around 1450, abandoned only a century later during the Spanish conquest, an expert guide will lead you through the site that was forgotten for hundreds of years until historian Hiram Bingham rediscovered it on an archaeological expedition guided by local villagers. One of the New Seven Wonders of the World, you’ll see classical Inca-style buildings like the Temple of the Sun in its Sacred District. Unwind with a cup of locally made coffee and then enjoy pampering treatments at the Unu Spa.
- Day 5
Cusco: Machu Picchu Hike
This morning you’ll head back to the ruins on foot, hiking to see the Huayna Picchu, or the ‘Temple of the Moon’ as it is known locally, one of the three major temples in the Machu Picchu area, nestled on the side of the mountain offering stunning views of the surrounding area. After the 2- to 3-hour trek, you’ll hop aboard the Vistadome train to Poroy Station where our driver will meet you for transfer to your hotel in Cusco, the Inca Empire’s ancient capital. This beautiful city was the epicenter of the famous Inca network of roads that linked all points in the empire.
- Day 6
Cusco: Sightseeing Tour of Cusco, Qenqo, Puca Pucara & More
A guided half-day this morning will bring you to the sights of Cusco, including the Temple of Sun, Korikancha, the most important temple of the Inca Empire which provides a fine example of the Inca’s remarkable stonework. Marvel at the displays of priceless colonial art in the baroque-style 17th-century Cusco Cathedral and then visit monuments in the area that surrounds the city. That includes Sacsayhuaman, a fortress that was built using extraordinary measures with rocks from a quarry located nearby. Finish this memorable tour by visiting Puca Pucara, Qenqo, and the Inca bath of Tambomachay, where a ceremony for the water was held.
- Day 7
Quito: Travel from Cusco to Quito via Lima
After discovering many of Cusco’s delights, it’s time to move on to Ecuador. A private transfer will bring you to the Cusco airport where you’ll catch your flight to Quito with a connection in Limo. Once you arrive at Quito airport, you’ll be welcomed to the capital city by our driver for transfer to your hotel in the UNESCO-listed historic center, one of Latin America’s most well-preserved old towns. The entire city, spread across an Andean valley surrounded by soaring volcanic peaks is enough to make your jaw drop, but the remarkable colonial buildings perfectly complement the striking natural beauty.
- Day 8
Quito: Old Town Tour & a Stunning View over the City
Join a guided tour to see and learn about Quito’s most impressive buildings, gaining an understanding of why it was the first city to be declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Discover priceless colonial treasures and magnificent architecture, including San Francisco Church, as old as the city itself with its 16th-century architecture and museum of religious art that contains some 3,500 works. Marvel at the seven tons of glittering gold in La Compañía and visit the area’s bustling hub, Independence Plaza which hosts Quito’s cathedral and the Presidential Palace. The grand finale is a spectacular view of the city and surrounding mountains from Panecillo Hill.
- Day 9
San Cristobal, Galapagos: Board Your Yacht & Visit Lobos Island
Taking a private transfer back to Quito’s airport this morning, you’ll catch your flight to San Cristobal Island in the Galapagos. Once there, our driver will be there to greet you for a private transfer to the yacht where you’ll begin your exploration of this unique archipelago.
This afternoon you will have the opportunity to explore Lobos Island, a small islet that sits adjacent to San Cristobal. Despite its size, Lobos Island is brimming with wildlife, particularly sea lions or “lobos marinos” in Spanish. As you step ashore, groups of sea lions will welcome you, while male frigatebirds with inflated red balloons will be perched on bushes and trees. A small colony of blue-footed boobies, which often nest along the trail, will give you the chance to witness their renowned courtship dance.
Lobos Island is an excellent snorkeling location where you can witness the sea lions show off their swimming skills while playing with divers. The calm waters also provide a chance to see sea turtles and rays resting in the sandy bottoms.
- Day 10
Galapagos: Santa Fe Island
Today’s landing spot at Santa Fe is surrounded by towering Giant Prickly-pear cactus and stark, barren lava rocks. Situated within one of the most stunning bays in the Galapagos, this location boasts white sand beaches and turquoise waters. As you explore the island, keep your eyes peeled for native Santa Fe land iguanas scurrying along the ground, and Galapagos hawks perching atop the cacti, scouting for prey. Once your hike is complete, you can choose to kayak or snorkel in the calm waters of the bay. Take a swim with adorable sea lion pups and graceful reef sharks, while keeping a lookout for sea turtles, rays, and a wide variety of tropical fish, such as surgeonfish and parrotfish that swim in large schools.
Once you are back aboard your next stop is South Plaza Island, with its remarkable array of wildlife. As you journey along the trail, you will come across a sizable sea lion colony, where you can watch playful pups frolicking in the tide pools and formidable, territorial males guarding their domains. The path will lead you to a cliff, affording you a stunning vantage point to observe numerous seabirds, including frigatebirds, red-billed tropicbirds, boobies, swallow-tailed gulls, and pelicans.
- Day 11
Galapagos: North Seymour Island & Mosquera Islet
Today’s destination is North Seymour Island, a haven for impressive colonies of both magnificent and great frigatebirds, where you can observe their unique mating rituals, including displaying their bright red throat sacs to attract a mate. Swallow-tailed gulls can be seen perched on the cliff edges, while land iguanas are a common sight inland. Near the shore, you can spot marine iguanas basking on the rocks alongside playful sea lions that enjoy riding the waves. With an abundance of marine life, North Seymour is an excellent location for snorkeling, providing an opportunity to see a diverse array of fish, as well as sea lions, sharks, eels, turtles, rays, and much more.
This afternoon, head to Mosquera Islet. A leisurely stroll along the beach offers the opportunity to observe adorable sea lion pups frolicking in the surf and enjoying the tide pools. Keep an eye out for the endemic lava gulls, which frequently soar above the beach while searching for food. If the waves are not too rough, you can go snorkeling at the island’s northern tip or at one of the small, sheltered beaches.
- Day 12
Galapagos: Darwin Bay/ El Barranco
Start your day in Genovesa, a paradise for birdwatchers, with huge colonies of seabirds inhabiting the island. As soon as you step onto the beach, you will be greeted by the sounds of hundreds of boobies, gulls, and frigatebirds flying overhead, perching on bushes, or nesting in the sandy terrain. Enjoy an unforgettable wildlife experience, with animals at every turn – sea lions and marine iguanas near the shore, night herons, lava and swallow-tailed gulls, Darwin finches, Galapagos doves, mockingbirds, and more inland. Darwin bay also offers numerous snorkeling spots, ranging from deep waters along the cliffs to shallow waters by the beach.
Next stop is El Barranco, located in the southern part of Darwin Bay at Genovesa Island, featuring cliffs made of fragile fractured lava, which is an ideal nesting place for storm petrels. On today’s nature walk, you will find abundant red-footed and Nazca boobies, Galapagos fur seals, and various species of seabirds. Snorkeling along the cliffs will offer you a chance to see many fish and potentially sharks, rays, and sea lions.
- Day 13
Galapagos: Santa Cruz and Baltra Islands & Departure
After disembarking from your 4 night cruise a shared transfer will transport you to the highlands, stopping at one of the reserves to explore the verdant forests. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to observe Galapagos Giant tortoises in their natural habitat, grazing and lounging in freshwater ponds. This area also boasts a rich variety of avian species, including finches such as tree, woodpecker, and vegetarian finches, as well as flycatchers and multiple types of water birds, which are seldom seen in the lowlands. Afterward, another shared transfer brings you to the island’s airport to catch a flight to Quito followed by a connecting flight home. If you’d prefer to extend your journey, our travel experts can help make it happen.
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