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Foodie Highlights: Galapagos & Machu Picchu

Galapagos, Cusco, Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu
13 days / from $7,429
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Discover the incredible endemic wildlife in the Galapagos, dine at the exclusive Central and MIL Restaurant, and visit the World Wonder of Machu Picchu. Combine high-end food with Machu Picchu and the Galapagos for a trip that will engage all of your senses.
PRESENTED BY VIRGILIO MARTINEZ, WINNER OF THE WORLD'S TOP CHEF AWARD & OUR CULINARY EXPERT

Embark on an all-inclusive Galapagos cruise and explore the archipelago’s wonders. Dine on gourmet food, snorkel with sea lions, hike over lava flows, look for marine iguanas and countless bird species. Then, fly to Peru via Lima and experience the gastronomic capital of Peru. Dine at Central Restaurant, ranked among the top ten restaurants in the world, before journeying into the Andes. Discover more of top chef Virgilio Martinez’ cuisine at MIL restaurant. You’ll tour local markets, and Inca ruins in the Sacred Valley and finally, walk through the stone pathways of Machu Picchu.
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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.



Start your morning with a gourmet breakfast at your luxury hotel, before visiting the Historic Center of Lima, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

After lunch at one of the top restaurants in Lima, resume your afternoon with a walking tour around the artsy Barranco district. Learn about its history as you gaze at colonial mansions, taste Peruvian flavors, and immerse yourself in its sounds and smells.

Finally, enjoy an epic 11-course tasting menu at Central, one of the top 10 restaurants in the world.



Upon arrival in Cusco, you’ll be met by an Inca Expert representative who will brief you about your trip. Your private driver will then take you through the cobblestone streets of Cusco on the way to the nearby Sacred Valley. As you leave the city, admire the landscapes roll full of lush fields and distant snow-capped mountains.

You’ll have time to stop for an appetizing lunch before visiting the spectacular Maras salt mines. These ancient pools on terraced mountainsides collect natural saltwater that crystallizes and can be harvested. Take in the spectacular views and purchase some of this natural salt at a local market near the site.



After enjoying breakfast at your Sacred Valley hotel, your tour guide will meet you and bring you to the breathtaking Ollantaytambo fortress. Learn about its history and take in the views before being taken to MIL restaurant. Winner of the world’s top chef award Virgilio Martinez created this restaurant to explore Andean ingredients and bring you a delicious food experience with incomparable views: the Incan ruin of Moray.

Enjoy your 8-course lunch at MIL included in your tour package, and then explore this enigmatic site with your expert tour guide.

After a private transfer back to your Sacred Valley hotel, relax and take it easy with spa services or star gazing.



An early morning will reward 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 a mouthwatering lunch before the train journey back to the Sacred Valley. Your driver will be waiting at the station to take you back to your Sacred Valley hotel for some much-deserved rest.

Upgrade options: Climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain for bird’s-eye views of the ruins or add an extra day in Machu Picchu.



After a sublime breakfast with spectacular views of the Andes Mountains, you’ll visit the Pisac ruins with time to visit the famous Pisac Market as you learn about its history and importance. After you’ve had your fill of shopping, your journey continues on to Cusco. After lunch, you’ll visit the Cusco Cathedral and the most important temple of the Inca Empire: Coricancha. Indulge in the flavors and sites of the bustling San Pedro Market where your guide will point out the locally-grown fruits and vegetables, some new and some familiar. Next, head into the San Blas neighborhood to watch artisans at work and purchase some unique Peruvian souvenirs.



Enjoy Peruvian ingredients alongside American breakfast classics at your luxury hotel. Today in Cusco you’ll visit the Inca ruins of Q’enqo and Sacasyhuamán which overlook the city. Explore these enigmatic sites with your private guide who will point out important details and little-known facts about these fascinating sites. You’ll be dropped off at your luxury Cusco hotel after your tour.

Your Inca Expert Travel Advisor will be glad to share personalized restaurant recommendations and tips for how to spend your free time.



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 $ 7,429 $ 8,559 $ 10,579
Single $ 12,179 $ 13,079 $ 16,869
  • 8 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
  • Dinner at Central with 14-course tasting menu. Beverages not included.
  • Lunch at MIL with 8-course tasting menu. Beverages not included.
  • Vistadome Trains: Ollantaytambo – Machu Picchu – Ollantaytambo.
  • Airfare
  • Lunches and dinners (unless otherwise specified)
  • Airport taxes
  • Tips
  • Travel insurance

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