Machu Picchu & the Galapagos Islands
The past comes alive as you travel from the Land of the Incas to the Galapagos archipelago.
The past comes alive as you travel from the Land of the Incas to the Galapagos archipelago. This small group tour offers a look into mankind’s collective history. Overnight at the base of mysterious Machu Picchu and take advantage of the chance to explore this “Lost City” twice. Explore the UNESCO Spanish colonial cities of Lima, Quito and Cuzco. Set foot in two hemispheres at the Equatorial Line Monument. After delving into ancient cultures, you’ll connect with one-of-a-kind wildlife as you cruise the pristine Galapagos Islands, made famous by Charles Darwin. Throughout your journey in Peru and Ecuador, you’ll look towards the future and reflect on enchanting days gone by.
Highlights and Inclusions
- See the Sacred Valley of the Incas aboard the Machu Picchu Vistadome Train
- 5 Day cruise of the Galapagos Islands
- 14 Nights hotel accommodations
- 29 Meals
- Architectural tour of Cuzco
- Explore the ruins of Machu Picchu
- Savour an authentic Pachamanca dinner
Day 1 - Tour Begins
Welcome to Peru, one of the treasures of South America. The enduring cultures and breathtaking beauty of the Andes await. Travel through this intriguing land visiting some of the world’s most legendary sites, including Machu Picchu, the "Lost City of the Incas." Arrive late this evening in Lima, the "City of Kings."
Day 2 - Lima
Discover Lima’s fascinating history during a tour through the historic city centre, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Admire the artwork at San Francisco Monastery and enter the catacombs. View the Government Center, the elegant Cathedral at Plaza de Armas, an abundance of colonial architecture, and the fashionable suburbs of San Isidro and Miraflores for insight into the daily life of the Limeños. Then, you will visit the Casa de Aliaga – former house of the conquistador Jeronimo de Aliaga y Ramirez – where the energy of colonial and republican Lima comes to life. This evening, get to know your fellow travellers during a welcome dinner with a tasting menu of artfully crafted Peruvian dishes and drinks; you will quickly discover why Peru has been named the world’s top food travel destination four years in a row. (B, D)
Day 3 - Cuzco & the Sacred Valley of the Incas
Fly to Cuzco, in the heart of the Inca civilization. Journey through the Andes to the majestic Sacred Valley of the Incas, the agricultural centre of their grand empire. Learn the centuries-old methods of spinning, dyeing and weaving traditional textiles during a visit to Awana Kancha, a living museum of the Peruvian Andes. Stop in Pisac village to browse the colourful handicraft market. This evening, settle in at your hotel nestled in the heart of the Sacred Valley. The rest of the evening is yours; perhaps you’ll take this opportunity to discover your hotel’s planetarium to gaze at the stars. (B)
Day 4 - Ollantaytambo
This morning you visit the spectacular Ollantaytambo archaeological site, the only Incan settlement that has been continually inhabited since its inception. A uniquely terraced complex topped with carved stone panels, these ruins reflect ancient Incan architecture and heritage. Then, head to the Pablo Seminario Ceramic Studio where you’ll get first-hand knowledge on this internationally renowned artist's techniques and designs, inspired by ancient Peruvian cultures. By noon you will experience the lifestyle of the modern Andean people and delve into their culture when you travel to a nearby community and interact with the locals. You’ll get a true taste of their daily life when participating in small group workshops that teach you traditional methods of growing, harvesting and weaving. Celebrate their culture as you learn their dances and listen to their musical instruments before enjoying a home-hosted farm-to-table lunch featuring local specialties. Tonight, savour an authentic Pachamanca dinner, a unique process where food is placed on hot stones and buried in the ground to cook. (B, L)
Day 5 - Machu Picchu
Climb aboard the Machu Picchu Vistadome train for breathtaking views through domed windows as you ride through the Andes to the “Lost City of the Incas.” Hidden by mountains and semi-tropical jungle, Machu Picchu is considered the most spectacular sight in South America. Spend the afternoon with your guide uncovering the mysteries of these majestic ruins. Tonight, stay at the base of Machu Picchu for a chance to further soak up its atmosphere. Enjoy an exclusive culinary demonstration before enjoying an award-winning tasting menu at your resort. (B, D)
Day 6 - Cuzco
With leisure time this morning you may return to Machu Picchu on your own or explore the local markets. Return by Vistadome train to the Sacred Valley. Before continuing to Cuzco, a city that blends Inca and Spanish colonial influences, stop at the Sacred Valley Brewing Company. This nonprofit brewery was created to support a local orphanage. Taste these Andean-inspired beers and learn about their determination to support their community. (B)
Day 7 - Cuzco
This morning it’s your choice! Explore Cuzco, the former capital of the Incan Empire, with a local guide on a walking tour of the city. Or, board a coach for a comprehensive tour of the city’s main sites. Whichever you choose, you will journey through this colonial city and experience the architectural legacy visible in the Cathedral, Santo Domingo and the Plaza de Armas; you’ll also stop by the central market. Enjoy the afternoon to explore Cuzco on your own. Later, gather together and travel above the city to discover the important sacred Incan ruins of Sacsayhuaman Fortress. Enjoy a toast at sunset overlooking the city before arriving at your authentic dinner and folklore show in the heart of Cuzco. (B, D)
Day 8 - Quito, Ecucador
This morning we fly to Quito, Ecuador, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and the country’s stunning capital city. (B)
Day 9 - Quito
At the start of your city tour, enjoy a special visit to a Children International community centre. Meet some of the children benefiting from the nutritional support and healthy cooking education that is the focus of this group’s mission. Learn about Quito’s colonial centre on a tour featuring the Presidential Palace and 17th-century Church of La Compañía. Savour lunch overlooking the Pululahua volcanic crater. On a one-of-a-kind experience, cross between hemispheres at the Equatorial Line Monument and Museum at the “Middle of the World.” Spend the rest of the day at leisure discovering Quito’s way of life. (B, L)
Day 10 - San Cristóbal Island, Galapagos
Fly to beautiful San Cristóbal Island, gateway to your Galapagos eco-adventure. After enjoying lunch aboard the m/v Galapagos Legend, arrive at the Port Baquerizo Moreno for an up-close look at the endangered tortoises that call the San Cristóbal Cerro Colorado Tortoise Reserve home. After exploring the island, stargaze from the deck of your ship and toast the wonders of the Galapagos with tropical cocktails. (B, L)
Day 11 - Española Island
Board your panga to visit Gardner Bay. Guarded by a colony of sea lions, the beach is home to Galapagos hawks and endemic finches. Swim and snorkel with the marine life, including manta rays and white-tipped sharks. Continue on and meander through the volcanic terrain of Suarez Point. During your nature walk, watch for hooded mocking birds, lava lizards, Sally Lightfoot crabs and blue-footed boobies. Venture to count Waved Albatross at the world’s largest colony. Finally, visit the spectacular Soplador (blowhole) where water shoots 75 feet into the air. (B, L)
Day 12 - Floreana Island
Land at storied Post Office Bay, named for a barrel left in 1793 by Captain James Colnett as a “post office” for passing sailors. Continue the tradition and leave a letter for a loved one. Snorkel, if you choose, with green sea turtles or set out to search for Darwin’s finches and yellow warblers. Sail to Cormorant Point and its olivine green sand beach. Try to spot stingreys and reef sharks in the emerald waters. Learn about the ecosystem’s unusual plants. You may also observe graceful flamingos or spot a small colony of penguins. Seize another chance to snorkel and swim near playful sea lions! (B, L)
Day 13 - Santa Cruz Island
Visit the famous Charles Darwin Research Station and see the giant tortoises from the station’s breeding programme. Drive/journey through the Santa Cruz highlands to Cerro Chato and find more giant tortoises. Take a break to savour some organic Galapagos coffee before we embark on a walk inside dormant lava tubes to gain insight on how these pristine islands formed. Enjoy time to explore Port Ayora town. (B, L)
Day 14 - Carrion Point & Quito
Garner panoramic views as you circumnavigate Carrion Point. Keep an eye out for marine iguanas, fur seals and crabs teetering along the rocky shore. Bid farewell to the Galapagos and fly back to the magnificent city of Quito. Fall in love with the lights of colonial Quito during a nighttime panoramic tour en route to your farewell dinner at one of the city’s most historic restaurants and sample some of Ecuador’s finest cuisine. (B, L)
Day 15 - Tour Ends
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