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Machu Picchu & Galapagos Islands

10 Days - From $3745

 Cuzco, Galapagos Islands, Lima, Machu Picchu

What a better way to learn about Inca culture than traveling to the sites where everything took place? This tour will take you through the most significant archaeological sites in Cuzco where you will receive information from each of our knowledgeable guides. Take advantage of your overnight in Aguas Calientes and rise early for a chance to climb Huayna Picchu mountain and watch one of the most amazing sunrises ever! Then, prepare to be dazzled by the magnificent amount of species of flora and fauna you will find in the Galapagos Islands. Go kayaking around sea lions or scuba dive with giant tortoises. A truly once-in-a-lifetime trip!


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Your itinerary

  • Day 1
    LIMA

  • Arrival in Lima and transfer to your selected hotel.
    No meals included.
  • Day 2
    CUZCO

  • Arrival in Cuzco and transfer to your selected hotel.
    Cuzco City Tour: We will visit downtown area, Main Plaza from where we will see the Cathedral. Then, Santo Domingo convent, Sacsayhuaman Inca Fortress, Quenco and finally, Tambomachay (Ceremonial Center).
    Meal: B.
  • Day 3
    CUZCO

  • Sacred Valley Tour: We will visit Awanacancha, Pisaq Ruins, Pisaq Market and Ollantaytambo Ruins. In the afternoon, train to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu village).
    Meals: B, L.
  • Day 4
    CUZCO

  • Sunrise at Machu Picchu: If you wake up early this morning, you will be able to witness one of the most amazing sunrises ever. Being able to be at Machu Picchu for a while before your tour starts is a priceless experience. Optional: Climb Huayna Picchu, the mountain in the classic photo of the site.
    Machu Picchu Tour: We will visit main areas of the Inca Citadel such as ritual baths, the Palace of the Princess, the main Fountain and the Temple of the Sun.
    Meal: B.
  • Day 5
    LIMA

  • Arrival in Lima and transfer to Lima center.
    Lima City Tour: We will visit downtown area, Main Plazas, Presidential Palace, San Francisco Church and the Catacombs. Then, on to San Isidro District to see main residential neighborhoods and commercial areas. Finally, we will visit the Park of Love in Miraflores District with great views of the Pacific Ocean.
    Meal: B.
  • Day 6
    QUITO

  • Arrival in Quito and transfer to your selected hotel.
    Meal: B.
  • Day 7
    GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

  • Arrival in Galapagos and transfer to your selected boat. Prepare yourself for 4 days of adventure in the Islands that inspired Darwin’s famous theory!
    PM – Fausto Llerena Breeding Center – Charles Darwin Station (Santa Cruz Island): Dry landing. We visit the Station where the Galapagos giant tortoise breeding program takes place as part of our efforts to preserve the fragile Galapagos environment and where the famous Lonesome George (the last surviving specimen of his specie) lived for decades. The program is conducted by GNP staff with the collaboration of scientists from the CDRS. Eggs are brought from the Galapagos Islands of Pinzon, Santiago and Santa Cruz to the station. The eggs are incubated artificially; the “Galapaguitos” (little Galapagos) are born and reared until the age of 5 years, when they can survive the effects of introduced predators (rats, pigs and dogs). Then they are returned to their native areas. Since 1970, more than 2000 “Galapaguitos” have returned to the native areas. Admire a prickly-pear cactus forest and variety Darwin Finches and other land birds. The Darwin Station also works providing environmental education to communities and schools within the Islands, and to tourists visiting the Galapagos Islands. If time permits, you will also have some free time to visit the town and shop for souvenirs.
    Meals: B, L, D.
  • Day 8
    GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

  • Champion / Devil’s Crown / Post Office (Floreana Island): Champion is a small Islet located just offshore Floreana Island, offers great dinghy rides or snorkeling along a nice wall filled with a variety of marine wildlife like the endemic Black Striped Salema, the Blue Lobster, Long Nose Hawk fish, Sea Horses, Coral Hawk fish, Sea Lions, and the famous Red-lipped batfish. Devil’s Crown is considered one of the best sites for snorkeling, here you can watch Galapagos Penguins, Sea Lions, turtles, sharks, dolphins and fish diversity. A wet landing in the north side of Floreana takes to the bay of Post Office, is so-named because in 1793 Captain James Colnett installed a wooden barrel which served as an informal post office for sailors passing through, who would take letters with them to their destinations. Today, our visitors continue the tradition by placing unstamped postcards inside the barrel that should reach their destinations for free. It can take weeks, months, even years, not arrive at all, or even arrive before you! We may also encounter Darwin Finches, Yellow Warbler and Lava Lizards. Great snorkeling opportunities with Green Pacific Sea Turtles as well, this island is best known for its endemic vegetation: Scalesia villosa, Lecocarpus pinnatifidus, and Galapagos milkwort. Snorkelers can practice on the main beach among playful sea lions.
    PM – Cormorant Point: Wet landing on an olivine green sand beach. We hike from the black mangrove beds to a brackish lagoon, which usually holds one of the largest flamingo populations in the Galapagos. This island features some endemic plants such as Scalesia villosa, White and Black Mangrove, and Holy Stick. The trail continues to a beautiful white-sand beach, one of the most important nesting sites of Green Pacific Sea Turtles. It is important to avoid walking in the water due to the Sting Rays that may be hiding in the sand, which can stab or wound humans in self-defense if accidentally stepped on. From the beach one can spot Sea Turtles, Blue-footed Boobies plunging into the water, and small Reef Sharks floating along the shoreline in search of food. This coral sand beach marks the end of our trail, and we head back to the olivine beach we landed on to swim or snorkel amongst Sea Turtles, Reef fish, Sea Lions and, on a good day, White-tipped Reef sharks. A small colony of Galapagos Penguins resides on Floreana and can sometimes be observed as well.
    Meals: B, L, D.
  • Day 9
    GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

  • Osborn & Gardner Islets / Gardner Bay (Espanola Island): Osborn and Gardner Islets are great places for snorkeling with the chance of having Sea Lions joining you, and allow you to observe Parrot fish, Butterfly fish, Manta Rays, Whitetipped Reef Sharks, and probably Red-lipped bat fish. Wet landing in Gardner Bay, on a beautiful white coral sand beach guarded by a colony of Sea Lions. There are no trails, so we stay along the shore where we can spot Galapagos Hawk, American Oystercatcher, Galapagos Dove, Hood Mockingbird, Yellow Warbler, Lava lizards, Marine iguanas, and three species of Darwin Finches: a subspecies (Geospiza fuliginosa) of the Large Cactus Finch, which is similar to the large ground finch, the Small Ground Finch (Geospiza fuliginosa) and the Warbler Finch (Certhidea olivacea) which is another endemic subspecies. Swimming and snorkeling offers a great variety of Galapagos marine wildlife: King Angelfish, Creole fish, Damsel fish and Parrot fish.
    PM – Suarez Point (Espanola Island): Dry landing. An island of geological interest being one of the oldest in Galapagos, it has a high percentage of endemism because it is also one of the most isolated in the archipelago. This, and the great number as well as variety of wildlife found make this site one of the most attractive in the Galapagos. We explore volcanic formations and a riveting wildlife: large colonies of Sea Lion and seabirds including Española mockingbird, Nazca boobies and the spectacular Red Billed tropic bird. You will also encounter singular Marine iguanas that have a turquoise color with red in the breeding season, Lava lizards, and the colorful Sally Light Foot crabs. A somewhat lengthy hike will bring you among Nazca and Blue-footed boobies, right up to nesting grounds that sometimes overlap the trail. Other birding favorites include Galapagos Dove, Galapagos Hawk, Swallow-tailed gulls and the world’s largest colony of Waved Albatross, an unequivocal highlight during mating season (April-December). Admire the island’s dramatic backdrop, featuring the famous “Soplador”, a seaward blowhole that shoots water at some 23 m. (75 ft.) in the air.
    Meals: B, L, D.
  • Day 10
    GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

  • Daphne: We circumnavigate the islet of Daphne, an eroded tuff cone formation that was created by successive volcanic activity, for an opportunity to see Darwin Finches, Blue-footed boobies, Nazca boobies, Red-billed tropicbirds, Swallow-tailed gulls, Brown Noddies.
    Departure: As you head for home, you will be looking back to the great memories you made on this trip and anxious to share them with friends and family!
    Meal: B.

Pricing & Accommodation

$3745 per person

LIMA

Casa Wayra

CUZCO

Corihuasi

MACHU PICCHU

La Cabaña

QUITO

Vieja Cuba

GALAPAGOS CRUISE

Coral / Galapagos Legend

$3830 per person

LIMA

Mariel Hotel

CUZCO

Torre Dorada

MACHU PICCHU

La Cabaña

QUITO

Hotel Quito

GALAPAGOS CRUISE

Coral / Galapagos Legend

$4050 per person

LIMA

Dazzler Lima

CUZCO

Esplendor

MACHU PICCHU

El Mapi (by Inkaterra)

QUITO

Hilton Colon

GALAPAGOS CRUISE

Coral / Galapagos Legend

$4760 per person

LIMA

JW Marriott Lima

CUZCO

JW Marriott El Convento

MACHU PICCHU

Sumaq

QUITO

JW Marriott Quito

GALAPAGOS CRUISE

Coral / Galapagos Legend

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Things to Know

  • This tour is fully customizable
  • Flights for this tour are quoted separately
  • Fixed dates for the Galapagos Cruises (let us know if your dates are not flexible)
  • Longer cruises available
  • Luxury cruises upon request
  • Contact us for more itineraries to choose from!

Inclusions

  • Tours and transfers
  • Accredited tour guides
  • Train to/from Machu Picchu
  • Entrance fees
  • Galapagos Taxes
  • 4-day Cruise on board the Coral I or II
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personalized service through our 24/7 Help line

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