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Galapagos & Machu Picchu

Galapagos, Cusco, Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu
11 days / from $ 5,469
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Visit two of the most sought after destinations in South America. Discover the incredible endemic wildlife in the Galapagos and immerse yourself in the wonder and history of Machu Picchu.
PRESENTED BY KIM MACQUARRIE, PERU EXPLORER & FOUR-TIME EMMY WINNER

Combine Machu Picchu & Galapagos into one trip that will engage all your senses. Embark on a Galapagos cruise and explore the archipelago’s wonders. Snorkel with sea lions, swim with turtles, hike over lava flows, look for marine iguanas and countless bird species. Then, fly to Peru via Lima and journey into the world of the Andes. Admire the mixed Spanish and Inca legacy of Cusco, discover local markets and Inca ruins in the Sacred Valley, and finally, walk through the stone pathways of Machu Picchu.
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Itinerary



Your journey begins with an overnight stop in Guayaquil, gateway to the Galapagos Islands. Our representative will meet you at the Guayaquil airport and transfer you to your hotel to give a short briefing on what to expect during your Galapagos Cruise.

Meander down the Malecon 2000, a boardwalk overlooking the Guayas River or explore the cafes, art galleries, and vibrant nightlife of this tropical Ecuadorian city.



Today you’ll leave Guayaquil and fly to Baltra airport where your guide will be waiting to usher you to your all-inclusive cruise ship. Enjoy lunch as you set sail on your first adventure - a dinghy boat ride to a tranquil lagoon. Bordered by mangroves, you’ll witness pelicans, herons, and egrets feed. While in the calm waters, you’ll see turtles swimming among white-tipped reef sharks. Return to the ship for a relaxing evening at sea.

Note: Our trips are fully customizable, but Galapagos Cruise departure dates are set. This itinerary gives you an idea of your activities by day. Your exact cruise itinerary may vary depending on your travel dates.



Explore the unique landscapes of Sullivan Bay as you admire the Pahoehoe lava flows formed in the late 18th century. You’ll have time to snorkel and swim in the ocean or rest on coral sand beaches.

After returning to your cruise and enjoying a mouthwatering lunch, you’ll have the chance to explore Rabida Island. A small island characterized by its dark red sand and volcanic craters. A dinghy ride will bring you closer to observe nesting seabirds and then you’ll have time for snorkelling off the coast amid the thriving marine life.

Note: Sullivan Bay requires a wet landing so it is recommended to bring waterproof or fast drying shoes with a good tread on this excursion.



Start your day by exploring the volcanic black sand beaches of Urbina Bay as you discover the uplifted coral reef where giant tortoises, land iguanas, and cormorants roam. Submerse yourself into the refreshing ocean waters as you snorkel with sea turtles, sea lions, and tropical fish.

After enjoying lunch and some free time, walk to the saltwater crater lake of Tagus Cove and take in the views of Isabel’s picturesque volcanoes. A dinghy ride in the afternoon will bring you to see colonies of blue-footed boobies and Galapagos penguins.

Note: Urbina Bay requires a wet landing so it is recommended to bring waterproof or fast drying shoes with a good tread on this excursion.



Cross the richly biodiverse Bolivar Channel and land on the rocky shore of Fernandina, the youngest island in the Galapagos. Here you’ll mingle amongst marine iguanas and vibrant sally lightfoot crabs on the lava terrain. Punta Espinosa is one of the best spots to snorkel with Galapagos penguins, sea turtles, and feeding marine iguanas.

After resting, take a dinghy ride to Punta Vicente Roca and observe a spectacular variety of sea and coastal birds. Enjoy deep-water snorkeling in one of the richest marine havens on Earth before relishing a gourmet dinner aboard your cruise.



Disembark in Puerto Ayora for a scenic drive into the Santa Cruz highlands. You’ll have time to walk through the lush green hills to see the giant tortoises that give the Galapagos their name.

Your drive will continue to the Baltra airport as you travel by plane onwards to Lima. Upon arrival at the Lima airport, you will be greeted by our Inca Expert Travel representative. After a transfer to your confirmed Lima hotel and assistance with the check in, you’ll be provided with everything needed in preparation for your upcoming Peru journey.



Fly from Lima to Cusco. Upon arrival at the Cusco airport, be met by an Inca Expert Travel representative. The short drive to your hotel in the historic center will provide you with stunning examples of Cusco’s hybrid Spanish-Inca architecture.

Enjoy your day with some light exploration of Cusco’s main plaza and a cup of coca tea - the local remedy for altitude sickness - while you acclimate on your first day at altitude.



Immerse yourself into the story of Cusco’s past with a private guided tour of its foremost historic sites. Start with a visit to the impressive Cusco Cathedral and Coricancha temple. Then ascend above the sea of terracotta roofs as you visit the monumental Sacsayhuaman citadel.

The afternoon is yours to spend at your leisure. Explore new flavors or pick up souvenirs at the San Pedro Market or wander the cobblestone streets of bohemian San Blas.



After a satiating breakfast your guide will meet you for the scenic private drive through the Sacred Valley. Your private tour will visit the Moray archaeological site and multi-hued salt pans of Maras and delight you with the intellectual legacy of the Incas. The tour ends with a visit to the monolithic fortress ruins of Ollantaytambo but the sightseeing continues. Gaze at the changing landscapes on your comfortable train ride to Aguas Calientes, base town for Machu Picchu.



An early morning rewards you with a momentous day of exploring the “lost city of the Incas”. Your private tour guide will take you through the iconic ruins of Machu Picchu, discussing the mystery and skill of its construction as you absorb the magical landscape that surrounds this important ruin. Return to Aguas Calientes for the train journey back to Cusco where your driver will be waiting at the station to take you to your hotel for some much deserved rest.

Upgrade options:
Climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain for views over the ruins or add an extra day in Machu Picchu for a slower paced option.



Enjoy a final breakfast at your Cusco hotel. Our Inca Expert representative will meet you in time to transfer you to the airport to begin your journey back home. You can also customize this itinerary to continue your exploration of South America’s world wonders!

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Price per person from:

Luxury Superior Comfort
Double $ 7,759 $ 6,409 $ 5,469
Single $ 11,909 $ 9,659 $ 8,059
  • 6 nights of accommodation in stated hotels
  • 4 nights on Galapagos cruise ship
  • Breakfast at all hotels
  • Tours stated in the itinerary with English speaking guides
  • Transfers and entrance fees
  • All meals on the Galapagos cruise
  • Galapagos transit card: $20
  • Flights Guayaquil - Galapagos - Guayaquil
  • Airfare
  • Lunches and dinners (unless otherwise specified)
  • Airport taxes
  • Tips
  • Travel insurance

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