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Wonders of the Galápagos & Machu Picchu 2019


12 days from $11,895

Limited to 18 guests

Cruise for four nights in the fabulously diverse Galápagos Islands, getting up close with iconic species like giant tortoises and Nazca boobies, and explore the Andean treasures of Peru on a journey that culminates at the lost Incan citadel of Machu Picchu.

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Journey by land and sea from Ecuador to Peru, exploring the region’s greatest natural and man-made wonders

Cruise for four nights aboard ‘La Pinta’ — a stylish expedition vessel — in the Galápagos Islands

Discover the Galápagos on twice-daily shore excursions that include nature walks led by a certified naturalist guide

Choose from island activities such as kayaking, snorkeling, light trekking or simply relaxing on shore

Discover the magnificent ruins of Machu Picchu firsthand in the company of a local expert guide and stay at the only hotel on site

Meet the farmers and children of the Sacred Valley in their village and gain authentic insight into their centuries-old customs

Stay at a former 16th-century monastery-turned-luxury hotel

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1
Guayaquil | Ecuador
Day 2
Guayaquil | Baltra, the Galápagos
Day 3
Cruising the Galápagos | Eden & Sombrero Chino Islets
Day 4
Cruising the Galápagos | Bartolomé & Santiago Islands
Day 5
Cruising the Galápagos | Genovesa Island
Day 6
Guayaquil/Lima, Peru | Begin a Peruvian Adventure
Day 7
Cusco | Sacred Valley
Day 8
Sacred Valley | Like a Journey Back in Time
Day 9
Machu Picchu | Bingham’s Stunning Discovery
Day 10
Machu Picchu/Cusco | Walk the Spectacular Ruins
Day 11
Cusco | The Immense Stone Marvel of Sacsayhuaman
Day 12
Depart Lima
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Day 1
Guayaquil | Ecuador

Arrive in tropical Guayaquil, gateway to the Galápagos, where you are met and transferred to your hotel.

Hotel Oro Verde Guayaquil
Day 2
Guayaquil | Baltra, the Galápagos

Fly to the remote Galápagos island of Baltra, where you join your naturalist guide for the ferry ride to Santa Cruz Island. Disembark and drive up into the island’s mist-shrouded highlands in search of giant tortoises. Next, delve below the island’s surface to explore the lava tunnels that run beneath this volcanic archipelago. Continue on to Puerto Ayora and board ‘La Pinta,’ your Galápagos expedition ship for the next four nights. After settling in, attend an introductory briefing. Dinner on board this evening is followed by a summary of the next day’s shore excursions. Because weather, water and wildlife conditions are subject to constant change, your islands itinerary is not fixed, but two daily excursions are planned to the top sites and islands.

'La Pinta'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3
Cruising the Galápagos | Eden & Sombrero Chino Islets

After breakfast, get fitted for your wetsuit and snorkeling gear before boarding a panga (small open boat) for a shore excursion to Eden Islet, a biodiverse enclave secluded off Santa Cruz. Here, observe the island’s iconic blue-footed boobies against a backdrop of cinder cones and semi-eroded lava flows. Take this opportunity to snorkel the reef or observe marine life aboard a glass-bottom boat. Back aboard ‘La Pinta,’ cruise onward to Sombrero Chino, yet another secluded islet of the Galápagos archipelago. Disembark your panga to hike Sombrero Chino’s wilderness trails, swim its sandy cove, and snorkel among white-tipped reef sharks and Galápagos penguins.

'La Pinta'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4
Cruising the Galápagos | Bartolomé & Santiago Islands

Disembark on Bartolomé Island to hike the volcanic terrain leading to its summit. After a panga ride to visit the penguins of Pinnacle Rock, snorkel the reef, relax on the beach or take in the local marine life aboard a glass-bottom boat. Then, embark by panga to swim or snorkel along the white coral sand beach of Sullivan Bay.

'La Pinta'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5
Cruising the Galápagos | Genovesa Island

This morning, hike and snorkel Genovesa Island, a birdwatcher’s paradise. Explore Darwin Bay, snorkeling along the cliffs or paddling out in sea kayaks. After a panga ride exploring the island’s cliffs, disembark to climb the steep, rocky pass of Prince Phillip’s Steps. Your ascent leads to a clifftop frequented by Nazca boobies, frigate birds, storm petrels and the elusive short-eared owl.

'La Pinta'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6
Guayaquil/Lima, Peru | Begin a Peruvian Adventure

Disembark ‘La Pinta’ at Baltra Island, where you transfer to the airport for the flight back to mainland Ecuador, and then connect to your flight to Lima, Peru. Upon arrival, you are met and assisted to your hotel strategically located within Jorge Chávez International Airport.

Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima Airport
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 7
Cusco | Sacred Valley

Fly to Cusco, located more than 11,000 feet above sea level, where you are met and transferred to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. En route, visit Awana Kancha, a center where South American camelids, such as llamas and alpacas, are bred. Learn about the valuable fibers created from their coats, and feed these iconic animals. Then, visit the beautiful Hacienda Sarapampa to learn how the Incas developed unique varieties of corn and how their ancestral techniques survive along with the modern production methods, and discover the importance of corn to the local economy.

Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8
Sacred Valley | Like a Journey Back in Time

Today, visit a remote village seemingly frozen in time, where you experience ancient agricultural methods used for centuries in a challenging Andean mountain environment. Then, visit Moray, a fascinating archaeological site comprised of a series of concentric agricultural terraces, some almost 500 feet deep. Enjoy lunch at Rancho Wayra, where you are presented with a spectacular equestrian performance of Paso horses. Marvel at the graceful gait of these elegant animals as they move to the rhythm of live Marinera music.

Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9
Machu Picchu | Bingham’s Stunning Discovery

En route to the train station, visit the imposing fortress of Ollantaytambo, a formidable structure of massive stone terraces that hug the mountain slopes. Next, journey deep into the Andes toward Machu Picchu by train, gazing out at the spectacular Peruvian countryside. Once on site, explore the magnificent ruins of Machu Picchu, guided by a local expert. Overlooking the Urubamba River and discovered in a hidden tangle of trees atop a mountain by American historian Hiram Bingham in 1911, Machu Picchu forever holds the secret of its passing — its Incan inhabitants left no written records of its purpose. Built in the 15th century at the height of the Inca empire, it was most likely the estate of an emperor. Curiously, excavations here have revealed skeletons, artifacts and woolen clothing, but no gold. As you wander, sense the majesty of the age-old stone walls and picture life as it might have been for the leaders, warriors, priests and craftsmen who once inhabited this Incan citadel some 8,000 feet above sea level. Tonight, rest easy in your accommodations, designed to echo the soaring natural surroundings.

Belmond Sanctuary Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10
Machu Picchu/Cusco | Walk the Spectacular Ruins

Rise with the sun and join your expert guide to walk through Machu Picchu in the early morning mist before the crowds arrive. You may opt for a hike to Inti Punku (Sun Gate), entry point to the ruins from the Inca Trail, or steep Huayna Picchu. After your explorations, bid adieu to this “Lost City of the Incas,” enjoy a lunch at the hotel and return to Cusco by train, savoring incomparable views of the mountain scenery that surrounds you. On arrival, transfer to your hotel, a 400-year-old architectural treasure that was once a monastery. Enjoy your evening at leisure, free to explore this ancient Incan capital.

Belmond Hotel Monasterio
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 11
Cusco | The Immense Stone Marvel of Sacsayhuaman

Discover Cusco on a city tour that includes the Cathedral on the Plaza de Armas and the Santo Domingo Temple, a Dominican church built on the foundations of the Koricancha, the Incas’ principal religious building. Later, explore the well-preserved ruins of Sacsayhuaman, a testament to Incan architectural skill. Compiled of massive stones, the largest of which may weigh as much as 200 tons, the walls were cut and placed together with incredible precision and without a single drop of mortar to hold them in place. This afternoon is at your leisure. Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner at the elegant MAP Café.

Belmond Hotel Monasterio
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 12
Depart Lima

Enjoy the option to visit the San Pedro Market, where you will discover the unique artisanal traditions of local Cusco with the expert guide. Stop for an early lunch at your hotel’s restaurant. Later today, fly to Lima and connect with your homebound flight.

Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima Airport (Dayroom)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
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  • Mar 03 - Mar 14
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  • Mar 31 - Apr 11
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  • Apr 14 - Apr 25
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  • Apr 28 - May 09
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  • May 12 - May 23
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  • May 26 - Jun 06
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  • Jun 09 - Jun 20
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  • Jul 07 - Jul 18
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  • Jul 21 - Aug 01
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  • Sep 01 - Sep 12
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  • Oct 13 - Oct 24
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  • Oct 27 - Nov 07
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  • Nov 10 - Nov 21
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Journey Details

Internal Air: Economy class from $1,535

Guayaquil/Baltra/Guayaquil/Lima/Cusco/Lima

This journey contains some active elements.

Minimum age is 10 years.

First group event: welcome briefing at 7:30 a.m. on Day 2.

Last group event: return to Lima airport in the afternoon on Day 12.

Departures are guaranteed to operate with a minimum of 2 guests.

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