Overview

Explore a trio of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in this all-inclusive Galapagos and Machu Picchu tour package! Begin in Quito, Ecuador, 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
  • Galapagos flights (Quito-Baltra-Guayaquil)
  • 2 nights of accommodation in Cusco
  • 2 nights of accommodation in Lima
  • 1 night of accommodation in Sacred Valley
  • 5-day/4-night Western Galapagos Islands tour aboard the Santa Cruz II

A Sneak Peek

 

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

A professionally guided tour of:

Quito:

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

Western Galapagos Islands:

  • Baltra
  • Isabela
  • Fernandina
  • Santa Cruz
  • Floreana

Peru:

  • Walking City Tour of Cusco
  • Sacred Valley
  • Pisac Market and Ruins
  • Ollantaytambo Fortress
  • Full-day excursion of Machu Picchu

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Day by Day

Day 1: Arrive to 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 City Tour

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

A private scenic tour of Quito and the Middle of the World will be followed by an enjoyable lunch at a nearby spot overlooking the majestic and mesmerizing Pululahua Crater. Overnight in Quito at Casa Gangotena Boutique Hotel.

Day 3: Arrive to Galapagos/ Transfer to Boat/ Dragon Hill

Machu Picchu & Galapagos islands: Dragon hill

Transfer to Quito’s airport, fly to Galapagos, and board the Santa Cruz II (with a 5-Day/4-Night Western itinerary).

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: Punta Vicente Roca/ Punta Espinoza

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 & islas Galápagos: Bahía de Correos

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: Galapagos/ Arrive to Lima/ Transfer to Hotel

Machu Picchu & Galapagos islands: Guayaquil

Baltra Island Airport Transfer + Guayaquil

Disembark at Baltra Island and fly to Guayaquil’s Jose Joaquin de Olmedo Airport. Following a brief layover, catch your flight to Lima.

Transfer Lima Airport / Hotel (private)

Upon arriving at Lima International Airport, our representative will meet you and you’ll take a transfer to your 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

Half day Colonial & Modern Lima City tour (private)

Today features a guided sightseeing tour of Lima’s historic center: Plaza San Martin, Plaza Mayor, Government Palace, City Hall, the Cathedral of Lima and its Religious Art Museum (closed Sundays and Saturday afternoons–on these days, we visit Santo Domingo Convent instead) as well as San Francisco Monastery and its famous underground catacombs.

The Districts of San Isidro and Miraflores follow, amid visits to several parks and a stop at the sacred Incan cultural center of Huaca Pucllana, built in the II Century A.C.

Love Park, located on the cliffs of Miraflores, offers a romantic view of the Pacific at sunset.

Overnight in Lima.

Day 9: Sacred Valley Tour

Machu Picchu & Galapagos islands: Awanacancha Textile Center

Our representative meets you in the hotel lobby and it’s off to the airport to catch your next flight.

Full-day: Awanacancha Textile Center, Pisac Market, Pablo Seminario Ceramic Workshop (private)

Today we visit the Andean textile center Awanacancha, which means, “the palace of weaving”. Here you learn about dyeing techniques used for hundreds of years. Next, head to the Sacred Valley’s Pisac Markets, 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 found in Cusco.

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. Overnight in the Sacred Valley.

Day 10: Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu & Galapagos islands: Machu Picchu tour

Full-day: Excursion to Machu Picchu via roundtrip train (private)

Transfer to the train station and journey to the Citadel of Machu Picchu, the great mountain-top city abandoned by the Inca Empire, reclaimed by the jungle and lost to humanity until its rediscovery in 1911.

A 20-minute bus ride to the Lost City of the Incas is followed by 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.

An afternoon shuttle bus takes you to Aguas Calientes in time to catch your return train.  Our representatives welcome you at the train station and escort you to the hotel by transfer. Overnight in Cusco.

Day 11: Cuzco City Tour/ Transfer to Airport/ Farewell!

Machu Picchu & Galapagos islands: Cuzco city tour

Half-day: Cusco walking City tour (private)

Today, enjoy a guided tour of Cusco, 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 check-out before getting you to Cusco Airport in time to catch your next flight. 

Lima Airport assistance (private)

Upon arriving at Lima International Airport, our representative will assist you with your connecting flight.

Conditions

  • Subject to availability
  • Based on double accommodation in a Horizon Explorer cabin
  • All entrance fees are subject to change without prior notice
  • Rates valid for 2019: except on Inti Raymi dates (June 22/27), Christmas & New Year (December 23/January 03) and any other National or
  • Religious Holidays which may have special rates. Please verify with your Destination Expert.
  • Restrictions apply
  • Galapagos itineraries are subject to change due to weather conditions, logistical reasons, guests´ safety or Galapagos National Park
  • Regulations.
  • *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.
  • *Subject to availability- Luxury double room

Not Included

  • International flights to Quito (Ecuador), to Lima (Peru) and from Cusco (Peru)
  • Domestic flights in Peru (Lima-Cusco-Lima)
  • Beverages
  • Tips
  • Wi-fi onboard (due to the Galapagos’ remote location, internet connection is intermittent and low-bandwidth. An additional charge applies per device you wish to connect).
  • 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