Islands and Incas : Galapagos & Machu Picchu
note: Applies only towards the Peru segment. Single travelers are automatically given a single room in Quito.
- Machu Picchu
- Sacred Valley
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. You'll 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 you'll 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 us for an unforgettable tour!
- Day 1 Arrive Lima
- Day 2 Fly Cusco
- Day 3 Sacred Valley
- Day 4 Train to Machu Picchu
- Day 5 Explore Machu Picchu
- Day 6 Free day to shop and explore Cusco
- Day 7 Fly Lima. Fly Quito.
- Day 8 Galapagos
- Days 9-14 Galapagos
- Day 15 Galapagos to Quito
- Day 16 Return Home
- Cultural ActivitiesIncludes cultural activities such as a visit to a traditional village or a local market to give a unique perspective.
- Expedition CruisingSmall ships and yachts travel in remote waterways with small-group guided excursions.
- HistoryVisit ancient ruins and historical sites.
- Nature ViewingIncludes intentional opportunity to observe flora or fauna with an experienced guide.
- SnorkelingIncludes opportunity for snorkeling or possibly SCUBA.
- Aranwa Cusco Boutique HotelCasa Andina CuscoCasa Andina Private CollectionCasa CartagenaHotel MonasterioHotel RuinasLibertador Palacio del InkaTaypikala Hotel Cusco
- Casa Andina Private MirafloresCosta del SolCountry Club LimaFaraona Grand HotelJW Marriott Hotel LimaLibertadorMiraflores Park HotelSan Agustin Exclusive
- El MaPiInkaterra Machu Picchu PuebloInti InnSanctuary Lodge
- Casa AlisoHacienda RumilomaHostal de la RabidaHotel EugeniaHotel Plaza GrandeHotel Su MercedLe Parc HotelMansion del AngelRincon de Puembo
- Casa Andina Private - Sacred ValleyEl SauceHotel AranwaPakaritampu
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!
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, you'll tour Cusco's largest open market and the adjacent witches' market. After tasting a few unique local foods, you will 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, you will visit their center in Chinchero instead). Enjoy a tour of Peru weavers demonstrate their craft and learn about the history and processes of Peru's most well-known art form.
This morning, journey into one of the most beautiful areas of Peru. The Sacred Valley often becomes one of the highlights of your trip and you will soon see why! You'll 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, you will make your way to the living Inca city of Ollantaytambo to relax on your Peru vacation.
Follow the Urubamba River as it tumbles 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, you'll 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.
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. Later, you can 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 late afternoon you'll return by train to Cusco with your guide.
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!
Transfer to the airport for your flights from Cusco to Quito. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel and overnight in Quito.
Day 8 Galapagos (D)
An early morning flight from Quito brings you to the Galapagos Archipelago. Upon arrival, you will be picked up and transferred to your yacht -- your home for the next seven nights. This afternoon you'll head to the first island on your Galapagos tour and the beginning of a week filled with mysteries of the natural world.
Days 9-14 Galapagos (6B,6L,6D)
You will 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.
This morning you'll 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.
|$1325||Internal Flights (Lima-Cusco-Lima-Quito-Galapagos-Quito)|
|$120||Internal Flights (Fuel Surcharge)|
|Flight costs subject to change|
For internal flights Lima-Cusco-Lima-Quito-Galapagos-Quito, please add US$1400