Machu Picchu and Eastern Galapagos Islands Tour – 12D/11N for $8,310 per person
Peru and Galapagos Tour aboard La Pinta (12-day package)
Experience the absolute best of the Galapagos Islands and Ecuador followed by a dazzling trip to Peru where you will visit Cuzco, the Sacred Valley and, of course, the amazing ruins of Machu Picchu.
Starting at $8,310 per person for 2020 and $8,449 for 2021
Day by day
This tour offers you the very best of Latin America: a total of three stunning UNESCO World Heritage sights, coupled with stays at some of the finest hotels in the region (and the world!), as well as a full itinerary aboard the elegant La Pinta Expedition Vessel. If you ever dreamed of experiencing Latin America in all its glory, this is the closest thing you can do in one go! We start in the amazing city of Quito…
Day 1: Quito
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
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: Galapagos, South Plaza Island
Our adventure begins with a morning flight to Baltra Island and immediate transfer to the dock to board Yacht La Pinta. There’s a welcome introductory briefing, boat drill, cabin assignment and then lunch. We weigh anchor and start sailing for our first afternoon outing.
South Plaza Island
The turquoise waters of the channel here contrast brilliantly with the white sand and black lava of the shoreline. Populated by yellow-grey land iguanas, South Plaza island offers some of the best hiking in the archipelago. Along the coastline you’ll see sea lion colonies, while sea birds play with the thermals that form along the cliffs of this small but spectacular island.
Day 4: Santa Fe Island|Cerro Colorado
Santa Fe Island
We take the dinghy over to this idyllic sandy-white beach populated by colonies of sea lions. Galapagos hawks are often easily observed, perched atop salt bushes. The Santa Fe land iguana, unique to just this island, might be spotted during the walk. Following the walk, we can snorkel and swim along a natural wave barrier or ride the glass-bottom boat.
Cerro Colorado Tortoise Habitat.
After lunch, we disembark at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, the island’s capital, and drive 40 minutes to the island’s southern shore. At Cerro Colorado, you’ll visit the breeding center for highly endangered giant tortoises in the midst of a fantastic deciduous forest, home to dozens of bird species, including the San Cristobal mockingbird, and the San Cristobal lava lizard, both island endemics.
Day 5: Punta Pitt|Cerro Brujo
Punta Pitt (San Cristobal Island)
You’ll land at the eastern tip of San Cristobal Island this morning. The trail that ascends from the beach provides spectacular views of the shoreline; you can observe frigates, plus a colony of bachelor sea lions. After the walk, if conditions are favorable, you may swim and snorkel if you wish.
In the afternoon following lunch on board, a dinghy ride along the shores of tuff-stone layers takes us to Cerro Brujo’s expansive, white coral beach, great for walking, with rewarding bird-watching featuring seabirds and land birds. Also, look out for sea lions! These are the same shores that Charles Darwin walked upon, back in 1835.
Day 6: Punta Suarez|Gardner Bay
Our morning outing at Punta Suarez provides an exciting walk on lava/boulder terrain to visit its unique sea bird colonies, including the Galapagos albatross (April – January), boobies, swallow-tail gulls, and the famous “blowhole” lava formation. Also, look for red-green-black marine iguanas. Many regard this site as the best in the Galapagos. Back on board for lunch.
In the afternoon, we set down at this beautiful, white coral beach for a short walk to observe the sea lions, mockingbirds, finches, or enjoy the beach. There is great snorkeling in this area, or else there’s time to kayak or ride the glass-bottom boat.
Day 7: Charles Darwin Research Station| Lima, Peru
Charles Darwin Research Station (Santa Cruz Island)/ Baltra Airport
Disembarking in the morning, we visit the Charles Darwin Research Station and the captive rearing program for the giant tortoises. Here we witness the efforts and results of Galapagos fieldwork and study done in the name of science. We transfer via bus across Santa Cruz Island and a short ferry ride to Baltra. Our journey ends at Baltra Island, where we transfer to the airport to take the flight back to the mainland. Baltra’s flat substrate (due to its uplifted origin) is the reason why the island was chosen back in the 1940s as the construction site for an airport.
Day 8: Lima City tour
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.
Day 9: Sacred Valley Tour
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: Mara Salt Pans
During this day, you’ll visit the town of Chinchero. Amaze yourself with breathtaking views of the Andes Mountains. The main plaza of the town usually becomes a hub for artisans to sell their wares.
Following that, you’ll head to the Maras Salt Pans. This place is made up of countless salt terraces. Here, you’ll be able to purchase the famous Pink Salt of Maras!
After a delicious lunch buffet at the Tunupa Restaurant in the Sacred Valley, you’ll head to the Ollantaytambo Fortress. This fantastic site was constructed atop the valley and offers a breathtaking view.
After this visit, you’ll begin your journey to Machu Picchu Town (Aguas Calientes) via rail.
Day 11: Machu Picchu
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.
An afternoon shuttle bus takes you to Aguas Calientes in time to catch your return train.
Day 12: Cuzco City Tour
Half-day: Cuzco walking City tour
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 Cuzco Airport in time to catch your next flight.
Upon arriving at Lima International Airport, our representative will assist you with your connecting flight.
Starting at $8,310 per person for 2020 and $8,449 for 2021
What is Included:
- Airport Transfers
- 2 nights at Casa Gangotena Boutique Hotel in Quito
- Half-day Quito’s Old Town + Middle of the World Private Tour
- Domestic Airfare (Quito-Galapagos-Guayaquil)
- Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee
- INGALA Transit Control Card
- 5-day Northern Galapagos Islands Cruise aboard Yacht Isabela II
Easter Galapagos Islands:
Aboard Yacht La Pinta:
- All meals
- Bilingual naturalist guides
- Talks and lectures
- Visits to the islands mentioned in the itinerary
- Transportation to/from the airport in Galapagos on cruise arrival and departure dates
- Snorkeling equipment
- Onboard Medical Assistance
- Luggage handling
Plus, site visits to:
- South Plaza Island
- Santa Fe Island
- Punta Pitt
- Punta Suarez
- Gardner Bay
- Half-day Cultural Tour of Lima
- Tour of the Sacred Valley:
- Half-day Walking Tour of Cuzco
- Full-day excursion of Machu Picchu
- Does not apply to other promotions
- Spaces are subject to availability
- Exclusively for direct customers
- International flight Guayaquil-Lima not included
- Domestic flight Lima-Cuzco-Lima
- Single supplement will apply
- All entrance fees are subject to change without prior notice
- Rates valid for 2021, except on Inti Raymi dates (Jun 22-27), Christmas & New Years (Dec 22-Jan 02) and any other National or Religious Holidays that may have special rates; please verify with your Destination Expert.
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