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Galapagos & Machu Picchu - Example 15 Day Tour
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Explore the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu and the the enchanted islands of Galapagos on one amazing all-inclusive tour. While in Peru, tour Machu Picchu, eploring the massive ruins then 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. Contact one of our Peru and Galapagos travel specialists to custom design this tour to your precise interests, schedule & budget. 

Day-by-Day Summary

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

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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Trip Snapshots

Llama at Machu Picchu ruins My new sea lion friends in the Galapagos! Exploring Machu Picchu ruins A pair of friendly sea lions Location, location location! Snorkel with sea turtles Cusco, Peru: Main Square
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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 Wyndham 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 descendants 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 Ruins | Train to Machu Picchu

In the morning, visit the under-rated ruins of Ollantaytambo before the larger groups of tourists arrive. During the Inca Empire, Ollantaytambo served as a royal estate and later a refuge after the Spanish conquered Cusco. The ruins feature expansive terraces, giant building blocks and well-preserved architecture.  Even the town itself is still laid out as it was during the Inca empire, allowing its visitors to glimpse the history which still exists within its boundaries.

Board the train late this morning and follow the Urubamba River as it tumbles its way towards the Amazon and the sacred city of Machu Picchu, Peru.  After checking into your hotel and enjoying lunch in Aguas Calientes, enter Machu Picchu and begin exploring this amazing site - the former retreat of Inca kings. Walk along ancient canals that 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 walking amongst the massive complex of ruins, receiving a guided tour 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.

Day 5 Free Day at Machu Picchu | Return to Cusco

Today you can return to the ruins at Machu Picchu for further exploration.  Depending on your preference in permits, return early with the hope to watch the sunrise at Machu Picchu or arrive in time to hike to the top of Huaynapicchu for incredible views of the entire area. Other options within the citadel include the ability to walk the relatively easy routes to the Sun Gate or the Temple of the Moon.  Alternatively, just walk among the vast expanse of ruins and listen to the spirits of the city's past inhabitants.   (This basic re-entry permit is included in the cost of this tour.  Further permits may require additional costs.)

Once you've had your time in the ruins, return to Aguas Calientes to catch an afternoon train toward Cusco.  Settle into your hotel or head out on a famous Cusco culinary adventure.

Day 6 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 Fly to 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. 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 afternoon head to the first island on your Galapagos tour and the beginning of a week filled with mysteries of the natural world.  Click here for more details about the Eric/Letty.

Day 9-14 Galapagos

  • 6 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 6 Dinners
Continue to the next of several stops on your multi-island Galapagos voyage. 

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. 

Connect with your flight home, or add more time to explore Ecuador.
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Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Pueblo) - Hotels

Cusco - Hotels

Quito - Hotels

Sacred Valley - Hotels

Wyndham Costa del Sol

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Flexible Departure Policy
For new bookings made from March 30, 2020, forward pay 2020 prices for 2021 departures, with the flexibility to change travel dates free of charge through December 2021. Some restrictions may apply. Contact us for more details.
Applies to all departures up to Dec 31, 2021

Per person starting at
$6,668

Notes

Select a Date
Applies only towards the Peru segment. Single travelers are automatically given a single room in Quito. Price based on the Iguana Deck aboard the Eric/Letty. Contact us for different Galapagos yacht and start date options.

Included

  • 1 Lunch
  • 7 Nights Accommodations
  • 5 Days Locally Hosted Guide Service
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Professional, bilingual guide service as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed
  • Please note that your cruise has an open bar policy which includes white, red and sparkling wine, beer, spirits, juice, sodas, coffee and tea 24/7. 
  • Bilingual Naturalist Guide 
  • Adventure Life Pre-departure Services and In-Country Assistance (Quito Representative)
  • Shore Excursions, Swimming and Snorkeling 
  • Transfers and Baggage Handling in the Galapagos
  • Snorkeling and kayaking equipment is included in the cruise cost and available for your use on board.
  • Wetsuits are available free of charge on a first come, first serve basis. Reserve a suit for your exclusive use for $25
  • Entrance Fee: Cathedral 
  • Park Entrance Fee
  • Round Trip Vistadome train
  • Entries to Machu Picchu - 2 Daily Entrance Fees
  • INGALA Transit Control Card

Excluded

  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • INGALA Transit Control Card $20
  • Galapagos Park Entrance Fee: $100 per adult, $50 per child under 12
  • Internal Flights: Mainland Ecuador - Galapagos - Mainland Ecuador: $475-675
  • Optional Excursions - $20 for hiking passes at Machu Picchu on second day
  • Internal Flights - Lima-Cusco-Lima-Quito-Galapagos-Quito
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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