Introduction
Now you can fulfill two of your biggest travel dreams on one amazing vacation. From eye-level encounters with the wildlife of the Galápagos to a soaring visit to Machu Picchu, there are almost too many high points to count! First, the Galápagos Islands off the Ecuadorian coast. Your naturalist-guides will introduce you to giant land tortoises, sea lions, blue-footed boobies and other creatures found nowhere else on earth—often in extreme close-up. You’ll have abundant chances to walk, kayak and snorkel, and you’ll stay in exceptionally-sited waterfront boutique hotels, rather than being marooned on a cruise ship. The contrasts couldn’t be more extreme as you make the seamless transition to the mainland and ascend to Machu Picchu. Your first view of the famed ruins will give you the shivers just like you knew it would. On this unforgettable journey, you'll spend two days at the site. Plus you have leisurely exposure to the rest of Peru with its conquistador-tinged history, indestructible Inca architecture and spectacular geography. And your guide is a native Quechua who'll make you as comfortable in Cusco as you'll be among mountain villagers and llama herders.
Itinerary at a glance
DAYS 1-2 - SANTA CRUZ
Your Galápagos getaway begins on Santa Cruz Island. Giant, 500-pound tortoises are the stars here, and you’ll walk among them in their natural habitat in the highlands at El Chato Reserve. You'll join your guide to boat to Santa Fe Island for a day of snorkeling and barbeque. The island is a non-stop photo op with plenty of chances to spot an incredibly wide variety of wildlife, from sea lions and sea turtles to Galápagos hawks, Nazca boobies and so much more.

DAYS 3-5 - ISABELA
On Isabela Island, you'll take to the water to kayak with sea lions, green sea turtles and marine iguanas while keeping your eyes sharp for blue-footed boobies in the trees along the shores as well as watching how they hover over the sea and dive for fish. Next day, a walk through otherworldly volcanic terrain takes you to the awesome caldera of Volcán Chico and a very civilized picnic. An afternoon flight returns you to the mainland for a leisurely evening in Guayaquil.

DAYS 6-9 – SACRED VALLEY / MACHU PICCHU
The Incan glories of Peru take center stage as soon as you land in Cusco. You’ll begin with a guided exploration of the imposing ruins of Sacsayhuaman. For close-up looks at Peruvian culture, you’ll visit a bastion of ancient weaving techniques that are also a breeding center for llamas, alpacas and vicunas, visit children in a tiny village, and meet the locals in the Incan village of Ollantaytambo. A cinematic train ride lifts you up to Machu Picchu for a 2-day visit. You’ll experience the legendary site with experienced guides, and have time to wander on your own or go bird-watching in the surrounding rainforest. You’ll want to be sure to be in place to watch the first rays of the morning sun strike the site. On your final day, you’ll return to Cusco to experience the grand colonial city and maybe do a little shopping.
Picture yourself...
  • Going nose-to-nose with the iconic wildlife of the Galápagos
  • Exploring miraculous Machu Picchu on a leisurely visit
  • Satisfying two bucket list wishes on one vacation
Galápagos & Machu Picchu
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Starting Point: Baltra Airport - on arrival of flight from Quito

Ending Point: Cusco Airport


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Tour Dates & Prices
Tour prices are per person based on double occupancy. Single supplement is only applicable if you are traveling solo and/or have a room to yourself.
TOUR DATES
TOUR PRICES
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
Mar 29-Apr 6, 2020$8995.00$1195.00
October 18-26, 2020$8995.00$1195.00
Dec 27, 2020-Jan 4, 2021$9195.00$1195.00
Mar 28-Apr 5, 2021$8995.00$1195.00
June 20-28, 2021$8995.00$1195.00
July 18-26, 2021$8995.00$1195.00
October 17-25, 2021$8995.00$1195.00
Dec 28, 2021-Jan 5, 2022$9195.00$1195.00


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Internal Air
We will arrange flights between Quito, the Galápagos and Peru for approx. $1120 per person, including the Galápagos entrance fee & transit card.
What's Included
  • Accommodations for 9 days and 8 nights
  • Support vehicle(s)
  • Trip literature
• All breakfasts, 6 lunches and 3 dinners
• Full-time experienced guide
• All activities in the itinerary, including gear for snorkeling and kayaking in the Galápagos
• Admissions to tastings, historic sites and other scheduled events as noted in the detailed daily itinerary
• Gratuities for hotels, meals, and baggage
• All land transportation during the trip
Above & Beyond Benefits
  • Invisible Check-In
    When your group arrives, we whisk you and your bags to your room immediately. No waiting – no tipping.
  • Privileged Access Events
    One-of-a-kind access to remarkable people, places and activities arranged just for you.
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The weather in the Galápagos can be unpredictable but typically remains consistent throughout the year with an average year-round temperature of 78 degrees Fahrenheit. The weather in Cusco and Machu Picchu are also consistent year-round. Generally, the highs during the day are in the 60s and the lows at night reach into the 30s. It’s important to bring warm layers because even some of the finest hotels don’t have central heating.


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Accommodations
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Angermeyer Waterfront Inn

Built of native lava rock and driftwood, this first-class hotel is situated right on the waterfront. Guests enjoy peace and total privacy, plus a perfect chance to experience what the owners call the true 'Galápagos spirit'.

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Iguana Crossing

The ocean laps at the front door. There’s nothing but National Park (with a live volcano) out the back. This hotel is cool, very close to nature and eco-minded. Amenities include a swimming pool, a roof-deck Jacuzzi and its own excellent restaurant.

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Wyndham Guayaquil

Situated just steps from the historic Santa Ana Hill and its famous Lighthouse, this luxury high-rise hotel offers an ideal location near Guayaquil’s many attractions.

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Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba

This contemporary hotel with colonial inspiration was built in the heart of Urubamba Valley, among flowers, mountains and trees. From the comfort of this luxurious Andean property, you can discover the history, nature and charm of the Sacred Valley.

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Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel

Located in the Machu Picchu historic sanctuary, this gracious family hotel offers sumptuous and spacious guest rooms. Views of the rainforest and Vilcanota River are spectacular, and facilities include a gourmet restaurant as well as a spa.

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