Northern Galapagos and Machu Picchu Tour – 12D/11N for $7,525 per person (available 2021)
Northern Galapagos Islands and Machu Picchu Tour (12-day package)
Enjoy the otherworldly Galapagos Islands, the mystical ruins of the Inca at Machu Picchu, and so many other marvels in between! Some of the very best that South America has to offer is included in this exciting tour package.
STARTING AT USD 7,525 per person for 2021
Day by Day
The fascinating beauty of South America is on full display as you visit some of the most exciting places on the continent. The adventure begins with a visit to Quito, Ecuador followed by a 5-day tour of the Northern Galapagos Islands aboard the stylish and comfortable Yacht Isabela II. Next up is a trip through neighboring Peru, where you’ll cap off your journey by touring the mystical ruins of Machu Picchu!
Day 1: Arrive in Quito
Arrive in Quito, Ecuador, where one of our team members will welcome you at the airport, help you with your luggage, and take you over to Casa Gangotena Boutique Hotel, in the beautiful Historic Center of Quito.
Day 2: Old Town Quito + Middle of the World
The Historic Center of Quito is the first UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is also the most well-preserved colonial quarter in all of South America. You’ll awake in the heart of it all! Following breakfast at Casa Gangotena, get ready for a day of sightseeing through Independence Plaza, San Francisco Church and Convent, and La Compañía de Jesús Church. Afterward, head out to the Middle of the World and learn about the fascinating importance of the equator!
Northern Galapagos Islands Tour
Day 3: Arrive in Galapagos / Santa Cruz Island / Transfer to Boat
After an early breakfast at Casa Gangotena, you’ll head out to the airport in time to catch your flight to the Galapagos Islands!
You’ll arrive on the island of Baltra, take a short ferry ride across the Itabaca Channel, and be driven over to the highlands of Santa Cruz Island.
Highlands of Santa Cruz Island
You’ll enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Afterward, you’ll visit a sanctuary where you can observe giant tortoises in their element y even explore some interesting lava tunnels.
Transfer to Yacht Isabela II
After wrapping up the visit, you’ll take a ride over to Puerto Ayora. Members of the Yacht Isabela II crew will meet you here and take you over to the ship via panga (dinghy). You’ll be welcomed by the Captain and will have a chance to settle in before sitting down to dinner.
Day 4: Santiago Island / Chinese Hat Islet
Puerto Egas (Santiago Island)
At Puerto Egas, you’ll experience your first wet landing of the trip, arriving at a black, sandy beach by panga (dinghy). You’ll see some amazing species up close, among them the recently-reintroduced land iguanas, alongside a variety of land and sea birds, fur seals, and rocky landscapes forged by lava flows.
Chinese Hat Islet
Chinese Hat Islet is the site you’ll visit in the afternoon. The beach here is crescent-shaped with white sand. You’ll get a chance to do some swimming and snorkeling with Galapagos penguins and even some white-tipped reef sharks! A ¼ mi (400 m) trail offers an additional opportunity to check out the local wildlife.
Day 5: Genovesa Island
Prince Philip’s Steps (Genovesa Island)
Genovesa is sometimes referred to as “Bird Island”. This morning’s visit begins with a panga ride hugging the island’s fascinating cliffs. Once you arrive ashore, a pleasant walk takes you up a steep staircase, which plateaus at the site of large colonies of Nazca and red-footed boobies, storm petrels, and great frigatebirds. If you’re lucky, you may even spot a short-eared owl. Weather permitting, snorkeling and kayaking activities will be made available at this spot.
Darwin Bay (Genovesa Island)
Another exciting spot on Genovesa Island is Darwin Bay. This afternoon offers the chance to view tons of frigatebirds, red-footed boobies, gulls, herons, finches, mockingbirds, and Nazca boobies. The terrain here is quite stunning, particularly as the sun begins to set.
Day 6: Santa Fe & Santa Cruz Islands
Santa Fe Island
A visit to Santa Fe Island means you’ll get the opportunity to observe the Santa Fe land iguana! One of about 15 iconic species in the Galapagos. This golden-colored iguana can only be found on its namesake island. The morning’s walk takes you along an arid trail with numerous prickly pear cactuses, which provide sustenance for the Santa Fe land iguana. Following the hike, guests can take part in aquatic activities along a natural wave barrier or ride along in the ship’s glass-bottom boat.
Punta Carrion (Santa Cruz Island)
This afternoon, it’s back to Santa Cruz for a quick visit to Punta Carrion. A rocky coastline yields curious formations, plant and wildlife. Here, you’ll spot playful sea lions, dozens of reef fish, including surgeonfish, puffers, angelfish, groupers, hogfish, parrotfish, hawkfish, and more! These can all be observed from the water or aboard the glass-bottom boat!
Day 7: Airport on Baltra Island / Lima
Baltra Island is your final stop along this cruise. Here, you’ll transfer to airport and fly onward to the mainland.
A short layover at Guayaquil’s José Joaquin de Olmedo Airport, and you’ll catch your next flight to Lima, Peru.
One of our team members will greet you at Lima International Airport. From there, you’ll head over to the Double Tree El Pardo Hotel. Our team member will help you check in. They’ll also hand you the information and vouchers you’ll need during your time in Peru.
Day 8: Lima City Tour
A half-day tour of Lima’s beautiful historic center awaits! Along the way, you’ll visit a number of sites including the Plaza Mayor, Government Palace, Central Bank Reserve (museum), Plaza San Martin, and Santo Domingo Convent.
You’ll also get a chance to view some remarkable pre-Colombian art at the Larco Herrera Museum and Hacienda. The hacienda was built on a sacred pre-Inca site, situated in the Pueblo Libre District. The museum’s café is where you’ll enjoy a lovely lunch before heading back to your hotel.
Overnight in Lima.
Day 9: Sacred Valley Tour
Today, you fly from Lima to Cuzco and make your way to the Sacred Valley. A team member will pick you up at the hotel lobby and drive you to the airport. The flight to Cuzco is short. Upon arriving at the airport, you’ll meet another of our team members, and then drive a little ways to Sacred Valley!
A visit to the Awanachanca (“the palace of weaving”) textile center gives you the chance to learn about different centuries-old dyeing techniques. Another stop you’ll make on this day is at the Sacred Valley’s Pisac Market, a place that is home to dozens of artisans and tons of their handicrafts.
The last stop before heading over to your hotel is Pablo Seminario’s Ceramic Workshop where a renowned local artist (Pablo Seminario), has his year-round studio.
Finally, you’ll be dropped off at the Tambo del Inka Hotel.
Box lunch is included on this day. Overnight in the Sacred Valley.
Day 10: Sacred Valley Tour
Today, you’ll keep exploring Sacred Valley, against the backdrop of the stunning Andes Mountains that surround you. These mountains are filled with life and there is also an abundance of art! Our first stop is Chinchero Town, which boasts a plaza that serves as a hub for many artisans who survive by selling their creations to countless visitors.
The Maras Salt Pans are a series of terraces carved into the mountainside where salt is produced and harvested. This spot also features breathtaking views of the surrounding valley.
A buffet-style lunch follows at Tunupa Restaurant. Afterward, it’s off to Ollantaytambo Fortress, which was constructed created centuries ago as a bastion for thwarting invasions from neighboring tribes. Here, you’ll learn some more about the Inca Empire, its rich cultural and societal history.
In the afternoon, say goodbye to Ollantaytambo and hello to the train that will take you closer to majestic Machu Picchu. The town where you’ll be staying is called Aguas Calientes, though many folks simply refer to it as Machu Picchu Town. You’ll be welcomed to Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel, where you can rest up and prepare for the following day, which promises to be a big one!
Overnight in Aguas Calientes.
Day 11: Machu Picchu
Following an early morning breakfast, a short 20-minute bus ride takes you to Machu Picchu.
Once you arrive, you’ll take a guided tour of the Citadel’s Main Plaza, Sacred Sun Dial, Temple of the Three Windows, Circular Tower, and Royal Quarters.
A buffet-style lunch, served at Belmond Sanctuary Lodge’s Tinkuy Restaurant, is included as part of this package.
In the afternoon, you’ll catch a shuttle back to Aguas Calientes. From there, your next train ride takes you to Cuzco. One of our team members will be there to welcome you and take you over to Cuzco Palacio del Inka hotel.
Overnight in Cuzco.
Day 12: Cuzco City Tour / Transfer to Airport / Farewell!
Peru still has more to show you, and before you head home or onward to your next destination, a guided tour of Cuzco, the Imperial City provides the opportunity to see some of the best examples of Inca culture, history, and architecture. After all, this place is known as the archaeological capital of South America!
One of our associates will meet you in the hotel lobby in the afternoon, assist you with check-out, and drive you over to Cuzco Airport.
STARTING AT USD 7,525 per person 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
Northern Galapagos Islands:
Aboard Yacht Isabela II:
- 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
- Internet (via Computer Station, low-bandwidth)
- Onboard Medical Assistance
- Luggage handling
Plus, site visits to:
- Santa Cruz
- Chinese Hat Islet
- Genovesa Island
- Santa Fe
- Half-day Cultural Tour of Lima
- Tour of the Sacred Valley
- Pisac Market and Ruins
- Awanacancha Textile Center
- Maras Salt Pans
- Ollantaytambo Fortress
- 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 not included
- 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.
- Restrictions and conditions apply, we’ll send complete information in a quote.