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Aerial view of Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu & Galapagos Island Hopping

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
15 days
From: $ 5,699 $ 380 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Explore Sacred Valley has amazing landscapes of fertile land
  • Machu Picchu
  • Visit the bustling and colorful Indian market where many beautiful crafts are traded.
  • Galapagos Island Hopping
  • Explore Lima, known as the City of Kings
  • Visit Cuzco is a vibrant town, dotted with archaeological sites
  • See the Church of San Francisco at Lima
  • Plaza de Armas (Lima)
  • Drive to The equator and surrounded by ice-capped volcanoes
  • Visit Church of San Francisco (Quito)
  • Stay at Finch Bay Hotel (Galapagos), one of National Geographic’s “Unique Lodges of the World”

Short Description

Machu Picchu & Galapagos Island Hopping

Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Trip Type Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Premium - 4 star
Flights & Transport Airfare included
Start City Peru
End City Quito

Trip Includes

  • Round trip airfare from Miami
  • Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • Intra-South America flights, ground transportation and transfers
  • Accommodations at First Class hotels
  • Galapagos Park fee
  • Comprehensive sightseeing Machu Picchu tours and shore excursions
  • Professional English-speaking tour directors

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Itinerary

Day 1: Depart USA/Arrive Peru

Accommodation: Jose Antonio Bellavista Hotel

Your exciting expedition to Peru & Ecuador begins today as you depart for Lima. This evening, arrive in Peru’s capital, Lima. You’ll be met by your Peru Tour Director at the airport and escorted to your upscale hotel.

Day 2: Lima

Meals: Breakfast

Explore Lima, known as the City of Kings and the center of the Spanish Empire in the New World for three centuries after Pizarro’s conquest. Enjoy a guided afternoon tour of both colonial and modern Lima, founded in 1535 and later dominated by the Inca nation. See the historical center and the San Francisco Church as well as Plaza de Armas and the Government Palace. Later, see the fashionable districts of San Isidro and Miraflores with their beautiful parks and elegant residences facing the ocean.

Day 3: Lima/Cuzco/Sacred Valley

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel Sonesta Posada del Inca Yucay

This morning, depart on a short flight to Cuzco, the fabled capital of the Inca Empire, perched at about 11,000 feet above sea level. On arrival, journey to the nearby Sacred Valley of the Incas. The valley has amazing landscapes of fertile land, mystical ruins and indigenous villages. En route to your hotel, experience a Shaman ceremony and visit Awanakancha, a weaving center which keeps ancient weaving techniques and traditions alive. This center is also home to the “4 camels of South America:” llamas, alpacas, vicuñas, and guanacos and you’ll learn how the precious wool of these animals is dyed with all natural plants. Later, arrive at your hotel located in the quaint village of Yucay and surrounded by lush gardens. This evening enjoy a welcome dinner at your hotel.

Day 4: Sacred Valley

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

On today’s included excursion journey to the town of Pisac located on the bank of the Urubamba River. Here, visit the bustling and colorful Indian market where many beautiful crafts are traded. After lunch at a charming country estate continue to Ollantaytambo and visit the splendid ruins of this massive ancient fortress. The village below is a fine example of the Incas incredible urban planning skills. Return to Yucay later this afternoon.

Day 5: Sacred Valley/Machu Picchu

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: El Mapi Hotel

Embark on a two-day expedition to Machu Picchu. Ride aboard the deluxe VistaDome train through the lush Urubamba Valley passing through stunning scenery. Arrive at “The Lost City of the Incas”, rediscovered by accident in 1911 by Hiram Bingham in the foggy mountain jungle. The beauty of its location and the genius construction make Machu Picchu the jewel of all Inca settlements. With a local expert explore the mystery and beauty of this amazing site and learn about the fascinating story of Machu Picchu. While most visitors leave Machu Picchu in the afternoon you’ll stay in the nearby town of Aguas Calientes and enjoy some free time to further discover the mystical ruins and absorb the beauty of this enchanting site. Enjoy an included dinner tonight at the hotel.

Day 6: Machu Picchu/Cuzco

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Novotel Cusco

Today, return to Machu Picchu for a second guided tour of this lost city. To this day nobody can explain how the Incas managed to transport the huge blocks of limestone for the city’s construction onto the mountain top. This afternoon enjoy train ride back to Ollantaytambo Station. Arrive in Cuzco this evening and transfer to your hotel, superbly located in the heart of the old town.

Day 7: Cuzco

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Cuzco is a vibrant town, dotted with archaeological sites. On a guided morning tour visit the main Inca and Colonial monuments. See the Plaza de Armas, center of the Inca Empire and the impressive 16th century cathedral, built on the ruins of the Inca Palace. You’ll also see the exceptionally crafted and most sumptuous temple in the Inca Empire, the Temple of the Sun in Koricancha. In the old town view magnificently restored colonial buildings. The afternoon at leisure to explore at your own pace. Tonight savor dinner complete with a colorful folklore show.

Day 8: Cuzco/Quito (Ecuador)

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel Hilton Colon or Wyndham Hotel

This morning, transfer to the airport and fly to Lima where you’ll connect with your flight to Quito, the colonial capital of Ecuador, located just 15 miles from the equator and surrounded by ice-capped volcanoes. Enjoy a brief orientation tour en route to your deluxe, conveniently located hotel.

Day 9: Quito

Meals: Breakfast

On a guided morning tour of Quito learn about its colonial past, history and culture. Visit the old town and see the Church of San Francisco, the first religious building constructed in South America by the Spanish. See the facade of La Compania, the city’s most ornate church. Admire the spectacular views of the Valley of Tumbaco. On a clear day, you’ll see the impressive volcanoes surrounding the city. Afterwards, drive north to the Equator and experience the Intiñan Museum, which features interactive exhibits on indigenous ways of life as well as interesting middle of the world experiments like balancing an egg on a nail. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 10: Quito/Galapagos Islands: Santa Cruz Island

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Finch Bay Hotel

After an early breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to the Galapagos Islands. Arrive in Baltra and board the ferry bound for the other side of Santa Cruz Island. During your transfer right through the highlands of Santa Cruz, see the enormous change in vegetation that ranges from dry areas full of cacti to rainforest and fern zones. This afternoon visit the Charles Darwin Research Station and see how the conservation of the islands is conducted, and learn about the huge efforts that scientists, park rangers, and others undertake to preserve this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant on your own. This evening enjoy dinner at a local restaurant and relax at your hotel, named one of National Geographic’s “Unique Lodges of the World”.

Day 11: Galapagos Islands

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Today, enjoy a full-day boat excursion to one of the following islands: North Seymour, South Plazas, Bartholomew, Santa Fe, or the Dragon Hill. Each of these islands has its own unique beauty to offer. North Seymour is a flat Island and home to magnificent frigate birds like the Blue-Footed-Boobies. South Plazas Island is home to a large colony of sea lions and offers excellent examples of the typical flora like towering cacti “trees” which form the principal diet for land iguanas and cactus finch. Bartholomew Island is a tiny island which boasts one of the most spectacular views of the Archipelago from Pinnacle Rock. Climb to the peak at 114 meters to enjoy this stunning view. Santa Fe is one of the oldest islands of the Galapagos and in its tranquil bay, one can find green sea turtles and spotted eagle rays while sea lions bask in sun on the beach.

Day 12: Galapagos Islands: Highlands of Santa Cruz

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Today, explore the highlands of the Santa Cruz. Along the way, stop in Twin Craters, located one in front of the other on both sides of the road connecting Puerto Ayora to Baltra. These craters were formed as a result of the collapse of the crust and there are many craters of this type in the area which. The vegetation in this area is dominated by Scalesia Trees, making the site a beautiful green landscape. Visit a lava tunnel, and observe the famous giant tortoise in its natural environment.

Stop at the Cerro Mesa viewpoint where, on a clear day, you can look over Santa Cruz and the surrounding islands. Afterwards, relax on the beautiful el Garrapatero beach. Here you’ll enjoy a beautiful landscape and the adventurous may have an option to rent a kayak.

Day 13: Galapagos Islands

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Today, enjoy a full-day boat excursion to one of the following islands: North Seymour, South Plazas, Bartholomew, Santa Fe, or the Dragon Hill. Each of these islands has its own unique beauty to offer. North Seymour is a flat Island and home to magnificent frigate birds like the Blue-Footed-Boobies. South Plazas Island is home to a large colony of sea lions and offers excellent examples of the typical flora like towering cacti “trees” which form the principal diet for land iguanas and cactus finch. Bartholomew Island is a tiny island which boasts one of the most spectacular views of the Archipelago from Pinnacle Rock. Climb to the peak at 114 meters to enjoy this stunning view. Santa Fe is one of the oldest islands of the Galapagos and in its tranquil bay, one can find green sea turtles and spotted eagle rays while sea lions bask in sun on the beach.

Day 14: Galapagos Islands/Quito

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel Hilton Colon or Wyndham Hotel

This morning is at your leisure. Later, transfer to the airport for your flight to Quito. Upon arrival in Quito, you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel. This evening, enjoy a Farewell Dinner.

Day 15: Quito/USA

Meals: Breakfast

This morning, say “adios” to Ecuador and transfer to the airport for your return flight to Miami.

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Optional Activities

Machu Picchu and Galapagos Island Hopping Optional tours below are the details:

Lima: Larco herrera museum tour

Flights & Transport

Airfare included

Group Size:

Standard Group

Accomodations

Nights 1-2: Lima: Jose Antonio Bellavista Hotel

Calle Bellavista 133

Miraflores, Lima 18, Peru

Nights 3-4: Sacred Valley: Sonesta Posada del Inca Yucay Hotel

Plaza Manco II 123 Yucay

Urubamba, Cusco, Peru

Night 5: Machu Picchu: El Mapi Hotel

Av. Pachacutec

Aguas Calientes, Peru

Nights 6-7: Cuzco: Novotel Hotel

Calle San Augustin

Nights 8-9: Quito: Hilton Colon Hotel

Amazonas N 1914 Y Patria Avenida 1

Quito, 1701-3103, Ecuador

Quito: Wyndham Hotel

Parroquia Tababela SN Via A Yaruqui

Quito, 170183, Ecuador

Nights 10-13: Galapagos: Finch Bay Hotel

Punta Estrada

Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island,

Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Night 14: Quito: Hilton Colon Hotel

Amazonas N 1914 Y Patria Avenida 1

Quito, 1701-3103, Ecuador

Quito: Wyndham Hotel

Parroquia Tababela SN Via A Yaruqui

Quito, 170183, Ecuador

Cancellation Policy:

Charges per person are:

Up to 90 days before departure: $300

89-60 days before departure: $1000

59-45 days before departure: $1500

44-30 days before departure: $2000

29 days or fewer before departure: No refund.

All cancellations must be received in writing.

Trip ID#:

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Trip Excludes

  • Passport and visa fees
  • Excess baggage charges, baggage
  • Personal insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Optional tours, beverages, other items and expenses of personal nature

Meals Included:

14 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 5 Dinners

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