MACHU PICCHU & GALAPAGOS
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!
HighlightsLima, Cuzco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Quito, Galapagos Islands
Trip StyleHistory & Culture, Wildlife
IncludedBuffet lunch in the Sacred ValleyAll BreakfastsHotel nights as per the itineraryTravel InsuranceTrain to/from Machu Picchu24/7 SupportEntrance feesAccredited Tour GuidesTours and Transfers
Not IncludedDomestic airfareTipsMeals not mentionedInternational airfare
Day 1: LIMA
Arrival in Lima and private transfer to your selected hotel.
No meals included.
Day 2: CUZCO
Arrival in Cuzco and private 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).
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 in 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.
Machu Picchu Tour: We will visit main areas of the Inca Citadel such as the ritual baths, the Palace of the Princess, the main Fountain and the Temple of the Sun. Optional: Climb Huayna Picchu, the mountain in the classic photo of the site (subject to availability and an additional fee).
Day 5: LIMA
Arrival in Lima and private 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 the main residential neighborhoods and commercial areas. Finally, we will visit the Park of Love in Miraflores District for great views of the Pacific Ocean.
Day 6: QUITO
Arrival in Quito and private transfer to your selected hotel.
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! Please kindly note that activities are subject to change depending on your travel date, unfavorable weather conditions and/or National Park regulations.
PM – Fausto Llerena Breeding Center – Charles Darwin Station (Santa Cruz Island): 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. Admire a prickly-pear cactus forest and variety Darwin Finches and other land birds. 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
AM – 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. 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. Great snorkeling opportunities with Green Pacific Sea Turtles.
PM – Cormorant Point: 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.
Meals: B, L, D.
Day 9: GALAPAGOS ISLANDS
AM – 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.
PM – Suarez Point (Espanola Island): 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. 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. 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).
Meals: B, L, D.
Day 10: GALAPAGOS ISLANDS
AM – 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!