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Wonders of the Galápagos & Machu Picchu - Northern Islands Route 2021


12 days from $12,795 per person

Limited to 18 guests

Discover natural and man-made wonders, from Ecuador to Peru, on a journey that includes a four-night cruise in the wildlife-rich Galápagos Islands, an exclusive visit to a village in the Sacred Valley and a guided exploration of Machu Picchu, the awe-inspiring “Lost City” of the Incas.

A&K Advantages

  • Cruise for four nights in the Galápagos Islands aboard stylish ‘La Pinta,’ a newly renovated, 48-guest expedition vessel that offers comfort and flexibility for exploring
  • Experience some of the most intimate and up-close wildlife encounters in the world, both on land and in the water
  • Explore the Galápagos on twice-daily shore excursions that include nature walks led by a certified naturalist guide, and choose from activities such as kayaking, snorkeling, light trekking or relaxing on shore
  • Discover magnificent Machu Picchu firsthand in the company of a local expert guide, and stay at the only hotel on-site for access to the ruins before most other visitors arrive
  • Meet people of the Sacred Valley of the Incas when you privately visit their remote village to gain insight into their centuries-old weaving and farming techniques

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1
Guayaquil, Ecuador
Day 2
Guayaquil | Baltra, the Galápagos
Day 3
Cruising the Galápagos | Eden & Sombrero Chino
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 Find
Day 10
Machu Picchu | Walk the Spectacular Ruins
Day 11
Cusco | Design Your Day
Day 12
Depart Lima
Customize This Journey

If you would like to customize this itinerary and create a Tailor Made Journey just for you and your companions, click here to inquire, or speak to your travel professional.

PREFER THE EASTERN ISLANDS ROUTE?

View the itinerary for the version of this journey that visits the Galápagos’ eastern islands.

Day 1
Guayaquil, Ecuador

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

Hotel del Parque
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. Continue on to Puerto Ayora and board ‘La Pinta,’ your expedition ship for your four-night cruise through the Galápagos’ northern islands. ‘La Pinta’ is built for adventure, offering spacious cabins, floor-to-ceiling windows and a comfortable atmosphere. The vessel is ecologically sound and comes equipped with pangas (rubber rafts), a glass-bottom boat and sea kayaks that allow for independent exploration. Tonight, dine on board. (Note: On select dates, your cruise follows an alternate route, visiting the Galápagos’ eastern islands).

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

After breakfast, get fitted for your wetsuit and snorkeling gear. Then, Ride Like a Local, boarding a panga for a shore excursion to Eden Islet, a biodiverse enclave secluded off Santa Cruz. Here, observe the island’s iconic blue-footed boobies. Take this opportunity to snorkel the reef or view 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 wilderness trails, swim in a 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. Later, 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. View the island’s cliffs before disembarking 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 to fly to mainland Ecuador, and then, take a connecting flight to Lima, Peru. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel.

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. Then, visit the beautiful Hacienda Sarapampa, where you will enjoy a Chef’s Table experience. Sit down to lunch with the owner, who cordially shares his family’s history in farming and shows you around the farm.

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

Today, visit Moray, a fascinating archaeological site comprising a series of concentric agricultural terraces, some almost 500 feet deep. Then, journey to a remote village seemingly frozen in time, where you experience ancient agricultural methods used for centuries in a challenging Andean mountain environment, on an A&K-exclusive experience. Afterward, stop for lunch at Rancho Wayra, where you are treated to a spectacular equestrian performance of Paso horses, and marvel at the graceful gait of these elegant animals. Return to your hotel to enjoy a relaxing Scenic Sundowner before dinner.

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

Begin your day with a visit to the imposing fortress of Ollantaytambo, with its massive stone terraces that hug the mountain slopes. Next, Ride Like a Local by train, journeying deep into the Andes toward Machu Picchu and 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, Machu Picchu was built in the 15th century at the height of the Inca Empire. Although this “Lost City” was revealed to the rest of the world by American historian Hiram Bingham in 1911, its location was long known to locals. Its original purpose, however, remains a matter of some conjecture, as the Incas left no written records. As you wander amid the age-old stone walls, picture life as it might have been in this mystical citadel, set some 8,000 feet above sea level. Tonight, stay in the only hotel on-site, designed to echo the soaring natural surroundings.

Belmond Sanctuary Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10
Machu Picchu | 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. After your explorations, bid adieu to this “Lost City of the Incas” and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before returning to Ollantaytambo by train, savoring incomparable views of the mountain scenery that surrounds you. On arrival, transfer to your hotel in Cusco, a 400-year-old architectural treasure that was once a monastery. Tonight, relax or stroll this ancient Incan capital on your own.

Belmond Hotel Monasterio
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 11
Cusco | Design Your Day

This morning, discover Cusco on a city excursion 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, visit the well-preserved ruins of Sacsayhuaman, a testament to Incan architectural skill. Compiled from colossal 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. Back in Cusco, stop for lunch at a local restaurant near the plaza. This afternoon, enjoy one of these Design Your Day activities:

Visit the San Blas Neighborhood, a unique, bohemian enclave where you find the workshops of artisans.

Stroll San Pedro Market and Visit the Inca Museum, for a taste of local fruits and cheese, and a glimpse into history.

Join a Photographer in Cusco who helps you capture authentic images of the city’s architecture and people.

Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner at the elegant MAP Café.

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

Relax on a morning at leisure in Cusco. Later today, fly to Lima and connect with your homebound flight.

Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima Airport (dayroom)
Meals: Breakfast
Customize This Journey

If you would like to customize this itinerary and create a Tailor Made Journey just for you and your companions, click here to inquire, or speak to your travel professional.

PREFER THE EASTERN ISLANDS ROUTE?

View the itinerary for the version of this journey that visits the Galápagos’ eastern islands.


Prices are in USD, per person, based on double occupancy.

  • 2021
  • Feb 14 - Feb 25
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  • Apr 11 - Apr 22
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  • Jul 18 - Jul 29
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Journey Details

Internal Air: Economy class from $1,695
Guayaquil/Baltra/Guayaquil/Lima/Cusco; Cusco/Lima

This journey contains some active elements.

Minimum age is 10 years.

First group event: welcome briefing at 9:30 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.

Customize This Journey

If you would like to customize this itinerary and create a Tailor Made Journey just for you and your companions, click here to inquire, or speak to your travel professional.

PREFER THE EASTERN ISLANDS ROUTE?

View the itinerary for the version of this journey that visits the Galápagos’ eastern islands.


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