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Galapagos & Machu Picchu - Example 16 Day Tour
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Explore the Inca ruins and experience Darwin's enchanted islands on one of our best Peru tours and a Galapagos cruise. While in Peru, enjoy Machu Picchu tours of the great ruins and wander through village markets where ancient traditions live on in the hearts of the Andean people. Visit the important Inca ruins of Sacsayhuamán, Pisac and Ollantaytambo, and spend two days exploring the lost city of Machu Picchu in this tour of Peru. Along your journey explore the witches' market in Cusco, bargain over tapestries in Pisac, and walk off the beaten path in the rural Andes. After that, it's off on a cruise of Galapagos on board your yacht for 8 days of natural discovery and incredible wildlife. Come join an unforgettable tour!

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive in Lima
Day 2 : Fly to Cusco
Day 3 : Sacred Valley
Day 4 : Ollantaytambo and Train to Machu Picchu
Day 5 : Free Day at Machu Picchu | Return to Cusco
Day 6 : Free day to shop and explore Cusco
Day 7 : Fly to Lima | Fly to Quito
Day 8 : Galapagos
Days 9-14 : Galapagos
Day 15 : Galapagos to Quito
Day 16 : Return Home

Highlights

  • Explore one of the most magical archaeological sites - Machu Picchu
  • Visit the Inca agricultural terraces of Moray or the salt mines of Maras
  • Photograph marine iguanas & snorkel with playful sea lions in the Galapagos
  • Wonder at the strange Galapagos landscape of ancient volcanic turmoil

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Activities

Trip Type

  • Adventure Life Exclusive
  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Machu Picchu Clouds My new sea lion friends in the Galapagos! Location, location location! A pair of friendly sea lions Snorkel with sea turtles Cusco, Peru: Main Square The frigate bird in all its glory

Day 1 Arrive in Lima

Arrive to Lima on the flight of your choice today. After picking up your luggage and clearing customs, walk across the street to the comfortable and conveniently located Ramada Costa del Sol Hotel. Settle into your room and rest up for your Peru travel. You have an exciting journey ahead, filled with ancient ruins, local markets and the beautiful Andes Mountains!

Day 2 Fly to Cusco

Andean history comes alive in Cusco. Quechua-speaking descendents of the Incas fill the streets and markets, colonial churches sit atop bases of smooth stonework laid centuries before the Conquistadors, and campesinos (Peru's rural farmers) in colorful dress move busily back and forth across the plazas. In the afternoon, tour Cusco's largest open market and the adjacent witches' market. After tasting a few unique local foods, visit the Center for Traditional Textiles in Cusco, a local organization committed to preserving the region's weaving traditions. (If visiting the Sacred Valley on Sunday, visit their center in Chinchero instead). Enjoy a tour of Peru weavers demonstrating their craft and learn about the history and processes of Peru's most well-known art form.

Day 3 Sacred Valley

Journey into one of the most beautiful areas of Peru. The Sacred Valley often becomes one of the highlights of your trip and you soon see why! Test your bargaining skills with the locals while visiting one of the great textile markets in the area. You may also hike to the inspiring ruins of Pisac or take a short walk through the countryside to the seldom-visited town of Maras, where pre-Columbian salt mines still operate today. Visit the Inca agricultural terraces of Moray, thought to have been a nursery to experiment with and modify different varieties of crops. Eventually, make your way to the living Inca city of Ollantaytambo.

Day 4 Ollantaytambo and Train to Machu Picchu

In the morning, visit the ruins and town of Ollantaytambo. During the Inca Empire, Ollantaytambo served as a royal estate and later a refuge after the Spanish conquered Cusco in 1537. The ruins feature expansive terraces and well-preserved architecture, and the town is still laid out as it was during the Incan empire, allowing its visitors to glimpse the history which still exists within its boundaries.

Board the train and follow the Urubamba River as it rumbles its way towards the Amazon and the sacred city of Machu Picchu. Ancient canals still bring water from the high mountains to the baths used by Inca priests. As visitors, you are welcomed to respectfully dip your hands in the cool water. After the tours of Machu Picchu, return to the village of Aguas Calientes (located at the base of Machu Picchu). Enjoy one of many excellent local restaurants or end your day soaking in the hot springs after exploring one of the most magical archaeological sites in the world.

Day 5 Free Day at Machu Picchu | Return to Cusco

Today is your chance to watch the sunrise at Machu Picchu and to listen to the spirits of the city's past inhabitants before the hikers from the Inca Trail arrive. You can choose to book a permit to climb the sacred peak of Huayna Picchu, hike to the Sun Gate which overlooks the ruins or take a walk through the lush cloudforest to the Temple of the Moon. In the afternoon, return by train to Cusco with your guide. (Let us know if you would like help arranging entrance fees or hiking permits for today – these are not included and sell out in advance!)

Day 6 Free day to shop and explore Cusco

Today is free to relax and explore with your guide or on your own. You can visit the churches and surrounding ruins, such as the enormous Sacsayhuamán ruins that overlook Cusco (these ruins showcase building blocks the size of pickup trucks). You can also wander through the bustling Plaza de Armas in the heart of Cusco, shop for love potions in the local markets for those on Peru holidays, or people watch from the cafes and restaurants that line these lovely streets. For those bursting with energy, horseback riding, mountain biking, or even whitewater rafting (Class III-IV) can be arranged. The evening is yours to take in some of Cusco's varied and exciting nightlife. Live folk music and excellent food abounds in Cusco!

Day 7 Fly to Lima | Fly to Quito

Transfer to the airport for your flights from Cusco to Quito. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel and overnight in Quito.

Day 8 Galapagos

  • 1 Dinner
An early morning flight from Quito brings you to the Galapagos Archipelago. Upon arrival, you are picked up and transferred to your yacht -- your home for the next seven nights. This afternoon head to the first island on your Galapagos tour and the beginning of a week filled with mysteries of the natural world.

Day 9-14 Galapagos

  • 6 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 6 Dinners
Visit several islands during your unforgettable voyage. Each day you leave the comfort of your yacht and go ashore in your panga (the local word for dinghies, Zodiacs, etc.) to remote areas of the islands for natural history walks through the Galapagos's unique ecology. This is everyone's chance to photograph strange marine iguanas, snorkel with playful sea lions, and just wonder at the strange landscape of ancient volcanic turmoil. Except for a few settlements, the entire archipelago is national park, and the beaches and meandering footpaths invite relaxation and fanciful dreams for all enjoying Galapagos cruises.

Day 15 Galapagos to Quito

This morning say good-bye to Darwin's inspiration. Afterwards, transfer back to the airport for your late morning or early afternoon flight back to Quito. Overnight in Quito.

Day 16 Return Home

Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Pueblo) - Hotels

Cusco - Hotels

Lima - Hotels

Quito - Hotels

Sacred Valley - Hotels

Per person starting at
$6,550

Notes

$670 single supplement
Applies only towards the Peru segment. Single travelers are automatically given a single room in Quito.

Price above based on 8 day/7 night cruise on the Iguana Deck aboard the Letty/Flamingo. Prices from $4,500 - $8,400 depends on the Galapagos yacht.

Exact start date depends on yacht choice.

*Inti Raymi Departures for June 18 and June 22. Please add 1 day to your itinerary and $680 to the tour cost

Included

  • 7 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 7 Dinners
  • 15 Nights Accommodations
    • 8 Nights Hotel
    • 7 Nights Ship
  • 5 Days Private Guide Service
  • 8 Days Locally Hosted Guide Service
  • INGALA Transit Control Card

Excluded

  • Internal Flights
    • $1,475 Lima-Cusco-Lima-Quito-Galapagos-Quito
    • Flight cost is subject to change
  • Both International Arrival and Departure Transfers are excluded.
  • International Flights

Recommended Budgeting

  • $160 Meals not Included
  • $85 Airport Departure Tax
  • $110 Park Entrance Fee
  • $95 Optional Excursions
    • $60 for return visit to Machu Picchu on second day + $20 local bus to ruins
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