Overview

Explore a trio of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in this Galapagos and Machu Picchu tour package! Your journey to Ecuador and the Galapagos begins in Quito, home to the Middle of the World and one of the best-preserved Historic Quarters in South America. Afterward, fly on over to the Galapagos Islands – a biodiversity hotspot teeming with fearless and extraordinary wildlife – for a cruise-based expedition like no other. Following that, head to Peru and delve deep into ancient Inca cultures as you venture across the Sacred Valley, before topping it all off with enigmatic and sublime Machu Picchu!

What you get

  • Airport Transfers
  • 2 nights at Casa Gangotena Boutique Hotel in Quito
  • scenic tour quitoHalf-day Quito's Old Town + Middle of the World Private Tour
  • Roundtrip Domestic Airfare (Quito-Galapagos-Guayaquil)
  • Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee
  • INGALA Transit Control Card
  • 5-day Western Galapagos Islands Cruise aboard the Santa Cruz II
  • 2 nights of accommodation in Lima
  • 1 night of accommodation in Cuzco
  • 1 night of accommodation in the Sacred Valley
  • 1 night of accommodation in Machu Picchu Town (Aguas Calientes)

A Sneak Peek

 

Casa Gangotena Boutique Hotel
Casa Gangotena Boutique Hotel - Plaza View
Cuzco City
Cuzco City - Overview
Lima City
Lima City - Miraflores Neighborhood
Sacred Valley
Sacred Valley - Overview
Western Galapagos Islands
Western Galapagos Islands - Punta Pitt
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Highlights

A professionally guided tour of:

Quito:

  • Quito’s Historic Quarter
  • Middle of the World Monument

Western Galapagos Islands:

  • Baltra
  • Isabela
  • Fernandina
  • Santa Cruz
  • Floreana

Peru:

  • Half-day Cultural Tour of Lima
  • Half-day Walking Tour of Cuzco
  • Full-day excursion of Machu Picchu
  • Tour of the Sacred Valley:
    • Pisac Market and Ruins
    • Awanacancha Textile Center
    • Chinchero
    • Maras Salt Pans
    • Ollantaytambo Fortress

and…

The following aboard the Santa Cruz II:

  • Accommodation in a Horizon Explorer double cabin
  • All meals (designed by a Le Cordon Blue Gastronomic Director)
  • FREE unlimited soft drinks package
  • Island sightseeing with a Naturalist Guide
  • Snorkeling
  • Glass-bottom Boat
  • Kayaks
  • Paddleboards
  • Onboard Medical Officer
  • Luggage Handling
  • Transfers on the Islands

Machu Picchu & Galapagos Islands tour package

Day by Day

Day 1: Arrive in Quito / Transfer to Hotel

Machu Picchu and Galapagos islands tour: Quito, Ecuador

Welcome to Quito, Ecuador! You will be greeted at the airport by a member of our staff who will assist you with your luggage. You’ll take a transfer to your hotel in Quito – Casa Gangotena Boutique Hotel. During the ride, you will receive a brief introduction to Quito and Ecuador along with valuable information regarding your stay in the country.

Day 2: Quito + Middle of the World Tour

Machu Picchu & Galapagos islands: Middle of the world, Quito

Quito’s Historic Center – the largest and best-preserved Colonial Quarter in South America – is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On this day, we will take a stroll through the Independence Plaza, which itself is flanked by the Cathedral, the Presidential Palace, the Municipal Building and the Archbishop’s Palace.

After that, we will visit the La Compañia de Jesús Church and admire its gilded interior before continuing onwards to the San Francisco Church and Convent – one of the largest architectural structures within a historic center in the Americas. Its impressive façade and atrium lead into its equally impressive Baroque interior. After that, we’ll visit one of Quito’s most iconic viewpoints –  El Panecillo Hill!

Afterward, you’ll head to the Middle of the World and get to place both feet on each side of our planet’s equator!

At the end of the tour you’ll be taken back to Casa Gangotena Boutique Hotel. Overnight in Quito.

Day 3: Arrive in Galapagos / Transfer to Boat / Santa Cruz Island

Machu Picchu & Galapagos islands: Dragon hill

On this morning, you’ll be transferred to Quito’s airport to board your flight to the Galapagos Islands!

Baltra Island

Arrive at Baltra Island by plane, transfer to the dock, and board the Santa Cruz II. Following an onboard introductory briefing, we partake in an emergency boat drill. Afterward, receive your cabin assignment and enjoy lunch.

Dragon Hill (Santa Cruz Island)

The fascinating landscapes of Cerro Dragón (Dragon Hill) on Santa Cruz’ north shore feature a brackish-water lagoon frequented by shorebirds, ducks and American flamingos. Further inland, iguanas abound as the trail offers beautiful views of the bay and the western islands of the archipelago.

Day 4: Isabela Island / Fernandina Island

Machu Picchu & Galapagos islands: Punta Espinoza

Punta Vicente Roca (Isabela Island)

After breakfast, explore the coast by dinghy while your naturalist guides explain the dramatic geology of the area. This site is a nesting place for flightless cormorants, Galapagos penguins, fur seals, and boobies. Weather permitting, snorkeling alongside the cliffs offers a chance to see rich marine life and, perhaps, green sea turtles and oceanic sun fish (Mola mola).

Punta Espinoza (Fernandina Island)

In the afternoon, explore the archipelago’s youngest island, Fernandina. The complete absence of introduced animals is one of its biggest draws along with marine iguanas, sea lions, Sally lightfoot crabs, hawks, penguins and flightless cormorants.

Day 5: Santa Cruz Island

Machu Picchu & Galapagos islands: Charles Darwin Research Station

Puerto Ayora & the Charles Darwin Research Station

We disembark at Puerto Ayora for a morning tour of the Charles Darwin Research Station–a giant tortoise Breeding Center and prickly-pear cactus forest, home to many land birds. The site hosts many scientific research and conservation efforts, along with National Park administrative offices. Post visit, we will board a private transport to enjoy lunch in the highlands of Santa Cruz Island, which feature an entirely different ecosystem.

Highlands          

Several options are discussed with your Expedition Leader in advance of the afternoon’s activities. Afterward, guests will return to Puerto Ayora and hop aboard the Santa Cruz II.

Day 6: Floreana Island / Champion Islet

Machu Picchu & Galapagos Islands: Post Office

Baroness Tower + Post Office Bay

After breakfast, take a dinghy ride through the north shore of Floreana. Experience Baroness Cove and visit Post Office Bay where you can leave a postcard in the historic barrel or take one left by someone else to hand-deliver to the addressee!

Champion Islet + Cormorant Point

After lunch, explore the wonders of Champion Islet by glass-bottom boat or by snorkeling. This extinct shield volcano is a fascinating underwater spot. Next, head to Cormorant Point for a wet landing on an olivine-crystal beach and a leisurely walk to a lagoon where American flamingos, pintail ducks, common stilts, herons, sandpipers, and other birds tend to gather.

Day 7: Transfer to Airport / Arrive in Lima / Transfer to Hotel

Machu Picchu & Galapagos islands: Guayaquil

Baltra Island

Disembark at Baltra Island and transfer to airport, and fly over to the mainland.

Guayaquil

Once you arrive in Guayaquil’s Jose Joaquin de Olmedo Airport, you’ll have a brief layover before catching your flight to Lima.

Lima

Upon arriving at Lima International Airport, our representative will meet you and you’ll take a transfer to Double Tree El Pardo Hotel where they will assist you with check-in and provide you with all the information and vouchers you will need for your time in Peru. Overnight in Lima.

Day 8: Lima City Tour

Machu Picchu & Galapagos islands: Plaza Mayor, Peru

On this day, you’ll experience a half-day tour of Lima’s historic center: Plaza San Martin, Plaza Mayor, Government Palace, the Santo Domingo Convent, and the Museum of the Central Reserve Bank, which displays various eras of Peruvian art.

The tour continues over at the Larco Herrera Museum and Hacienda, where you’ll get to admire one of the best collections of pre-Columbian art in the country. You’ll also get to walk around the hacienda itself, which was built over a sacred pre-Incan site that is located in the Pueblo Libre District. Afterward, you’ll enjoy a delicious lunch at the museum’s café.

At the end of the tour you’ll be transferred to your hotel. Overnight in Lima.

Day 9: Sacred Valley Tour

Machu Picchu & Galapagos islands: Awanacancha Textile Center

Our representative will meet you in the hotel lobby and it’s off to the airport to catch your flight to Cuzco. Once you arrive in Cuzco, you’ll begin your tour of the Sacred Valley.

Today we visit the Andean textile center Awanacancha, which means, “the palace of weaving.” Here, you’ll learn about the dyeing techniques that have been used for hundreds of years. Next, we’ll head to the Sacred Valley’s Pisac Market, where regional artisans gather to exchange, buy, and sell products. You’ll have plenty of time to explore and barter for all the typical handicrafts from this area.

Our last stop is Pablo Seminario’s Ceramic Workshop, where you can observe the ceramics process and perhaps meet artist Pablo Seminario, as this is his year-round studio.

Box lunch is included on this day.

At the end of the tour you will be transferred to Tambo del Inka Hotel. Overnight in the Sacred Valley.

Day 10: Sacred Valley Tour

Maras Salt Pans in the Sacred Valley of Peru

This day begins with a tour of Chinchero Town. Here, you’ll get to amaze yourself with the picturesque views that surround this authentic slice of the Andes Mountains. On weekends, the main plaza of the town becomes a hub for artisans to gather and sell their wares.

Following that, we’ll head to the Maras Salt Pans. This impressive site offers visitors breathtaking views that consist of countless terraces where salt (which is extracted from nearby springs) is produced. It takes about a month for the terraces to produce thick, crystalized salt that varies in color.

After a delicious lunch buffet at the Tunupa Restaurant in the Sacred Valley, we’ll head onwards to the Ollantaytambo Fortress. This fantastic site was constructed with the purpose of guarding the valley and preventing invasions from other tribes. Here, you’ll get to learn about some of the most important aspects of the Inca Empire’s history and culture.

After this visit, we’ll transfer you to the train station where you’ll begin your journey to majestic Machu Picchu.

When you arrive in Machu Picchu Town (Aguas Calientes), we’ll transfer you to Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel. Overnight in Aguas Calientes.

Day 11: Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu & Galapagos islands: Machu Picchu tour

On this morning, you’ll hop aboard a bus that will take you on a 20-minute ride to Machu Picchu.

Once you get there, you’ll begin a guided tour of the Citadel’s Main Plaza, Circular Tower, Sacred Sun Dial, Royal Quarters, and Temple of the Three Windows.

A buffet-style lunch is included at Belmond Sanctuary Lodge’s Tinkuy Restaurant.

In the afternoon, a shuttle bus will take us back to Aguas Calientes in time to catch your return train. Our representatives will greet you at the train station and transfer you to Cuzco Palacio del Inka hotel in Cuzco. Overnight in Cuzco.

Day 12: Cuzco City Tour / Transfer to Airport / Farewell!

Machu Picchu & Galapagos islands: Cuzco city tour

Today, enjoy a guided tour of Cuzco, the Imperial City, and admire the finest examples of Inca history and architecture. Walking along the city’s stone streets is perhaps the best way to discover why this is regarded as the archaeological capital of South America.

In the afternoon, our representative will meet you at the hotel lobby and assist you with checking out before taking you to the Cuzco Airport for you to catch your flight back home.

Safe travels!

Conditions

  • Subject to availability
  • All entrance fees are subject to change without prior notice
  • Rates valid for 2020: Except on Easter Week, Labor Day, National Holidays, Christmas, and New Years (December 15th, 2020 – January 10th, 2021) which may have special rates. Please verify with your Destination Expert.
  • $500 deposit per person is required
  • Credit card payments are exempt from additional fees
  • Breakfasts and taxes are included for Quito Hotel
  • Rates based on double occupancy, for a single quote please contact your destination expert.
  • Rates listed are for adults. Please ask your Destination Expert for rates for children under 12 years old.
  • Galapagos itineraries are subject to change due to weather conditions, logistical reasons, guests’ safety and/or Galapagos National Park Regulations.
  • All entrance fees are subject to change without prior notice
  • Restrictions may apply
  • Please be aware that you can combine this Package with any of our Galapagos Cruise itineraries. Our Destination Experts will customize the package based on your request and send you a quote.

Not Included

  • International flights to Quito (Ecuador), to Lima (Peru) and from Cuzco (Peru)
  • Domestic flights in Peru (Lima-Cuzco-Lima)
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Tips
  • Wi-Fi aboard the Santa Cruz II (due to the Galapagos’ remote location, internet connection is intermittent and low-bandwidth. The cost for accessing Wi-Fi is $40 + taxes/per device)
  • Wetsuits
  • Personal expenses (late checkout, laundry, gifts, etc)
  • Meals not described in the program

Testimonial

“I just experienced an amazing trip on the Santa Cruz II. The staff is exceptional… it’s all top-notch. For our first cruise experience, it feels like we started at the top… so many amazing memories. This is a 5-star experience.” ~Noeau Kamakani