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Galapagos, Easter Island & Machu Picchu

An epic tour of South America to see the Galapagos, Easter Island and Machu Picchu all in one trip.

Itinerary & Prices

16 Day / 15 Night - Galapagos, Easter Island & Machu Picchu
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Welcome to Chile!

Welcome to Santiago, the capital and largest city of Chile as well as one of the largest cities in the Americas. Situated smack bang in the center of Chile’s most densely populated region, Santiago Metropolitan, whose total population is 7 million. Located entirely in the country’s central valley, most of the city lies between 500–650 m (1,600–2,100 ft) above sea level. Founded in 1541 by the Spanish conquistador Pedro de Valdivia, Santiago is rare among South American capital cities in that it has served as the capital city since the colonial occupation.

Downtown and central Santiago is largely made-up of 19th-century neoclassical architecture and winding side-streets, but has smatterings of art-deco and neo-gothic architecture, amongst others. Like many cities in along the Western confines of the continent, Santiago is surrounded by hills as the Andes begin to build behind it. The main river in the city is the fast-flowing Mapocho River, and Santiago is known in South America for being modern, organized, and very safe, as well as a clean, prosperous city with important financial and industrial clout in South America.

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Santiago Chile Skyscraper
Location
Santiago
Day
1 / 16

Welcome to Easter Island!

Today you will begin your day with a  transfer to the airport for your flight to Easter Island! The journey to Easter Island from Chile will take approximately 5 hours, so pack an interesting book! Upon arrival at Mata Veri airport, you will be met by the warm staff of Explora, and transferred to your hotel. We recommend you try and arrive by mid-day so that you can take advantage of an afternoon excursion.

Located 3,700 km ( 2,300 miles) from the continent, surrounded by the intense blue sea and under the watch of its gigantic Moai, Easter Island is a place that contains mysteries that are waiting to be revealed by explorers of all times, and where we take our travelers to discover all its corners. Explora boasts over 30 unique experiences for its guests. The normal procedure is to meet with your guide, and custom design your own adventure which can include hiking, biking, archeology, beaches, snorkeling, Scuba, and much more!

Meals (B, L)

Flying into Rapa Nui
Location
Santiago to Explora Rapa Nui
Day
2 / 16

Hiking and Biking the Moai

Today is a sample itinerary that includes two of the more popular half-day explorations on offer. This day is completely customizable.

Ara Moai hike: We start our hike in Rano Raraku, the moai quarry, among huge statues in different carving stages. After visiting the crater, we continue hiking through one of the old moai transportation routes until we reach a group of abandoned moai. Half-Day ~ 3 hours (Easy). After the excursion, we return to the hotel for lunch.

Akivi bike ride: We leave Explora on our bikes following inland routes, go up a gentle slope, riding by traditional Rapa Nui crop fields. We arrive at Ahu Akivi, the place where seven moai are facing the ocean. Half-Day ~2 hours (Moderate). Afterward, we return to the hotel by van.

This evening, enjoy free time and a sumptuous dinner at the lodge.

Meals (B, L, D)

Location
Explora Rapa Nui
Day
3 / 16

Rano Kau Volcano

Today is a sample itinerary that includes an advanced, full-day excursion, which is a combination of hiking and biking. This day is completely customizable.

Rano Kau Hike & Bike: We start in Ahu Tahira, a construction platform with perfectly overlapping rock structures, from where we begin hiking to the crater of the Rano Kau Volcano and Orongo. Orongo is the ancient ceremonial village where Birdman competitions used to take place. We head down south by bike and ride along the coast visiting several archaeological sites until we reach Explora. Full-Day ~6 hours (Advanced)

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A View of Explora Rapa Nui Easter Island
Location
Explora Rapa Nui
Day
4 / 16

Bird Islands & Bird Cult

Today is a sample itinerary that includes an aquatic activity and an afternoon cultural excursion. This day is completely customizable.

Snorkeling Bird Islets: Van tour from the hotel to Hanga Roa’s cove, where we take a boat to sea caves with views to the cliffs, the Rano Kau crater, and Motus, the famous islets due to the Birdman competition. We can snorkel around the Motus due to unbeatable clear water conditions. Half-Day ~ 1.5 hours (Moderate).  Return to Explora for lunch.

Bird Cult: We take a van towards Vinapu, where we find Ahu Tahira, a construction platform with perfectly overlapping rock structures that are often compared with Inca buildings. Afterwards, we head by van to Rano Kau, the island’s largest crater. We hike around part of the crater where we watch the biodiversity of the wetland within it and continue to the ceremonial town of Orongo, known for the Birdman competition. Then we visit the area of Mataveri with its unique volcanic landscape and its connection with Orongo. Half-Day ~3.5 hours (easy).

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Easter Island Snorkeling Excursion
Location
Explora Rapa Nui
Day
5 / 16

Back to the Mainland

Bid farewell to Easter Island as you enjoy your final breakfast before being transferred to the airport for your return flight to Santiago.  Upon arrival, you will be collected and transferred to the conveniently located airport hotel, for a good night’s rest before your adventure continues.

Meals (B)

Day tour to visit the Moai
Location
Explora Rapa Nui to Santiago
Day
6 / 16

Welcome to the Land of the Incas

Today is largely a transit day, in which you will fly from Chile to Lima, and then connect to the Sacred Valley. Be sure to get plenty of rest and to stay hydrated, because you will be traveling from Santiago into the Andes of Peru.

Your first flight takes you to Lima, where you will clear customs and immigration. Schedules permitting, you will then catch a connecting flight to Cusco, where you are met and transferred to the Sacred Valley for the evening.

Meals (B)

 

Traveling to Sacred Valley from Chile, Andean Fruits
Location
Santiago to Cusco's Sacred Valley
Day
7 / 16

Maras, Moray and Chinchero

The Maras salt mines were an important part of the economy of the Inca culture and to this day the salt produced in these mines, recognizable by its pinkish hue, is amongst the most sought-after and expensive in the world. From there, we take you to the picturesque archaeological site of Moray which is a huge expanse of concentric terraces which the Incas used a botanical laboratory. Once finished with this leg of the tour, we enjoy a typical Andean lunch at the Casa de Barro restaurant.

Our next stop is at the PARWA Center in Chinchero, where you can learn about the centuries-old traditional textile making so important to the Andean people. You will have the chance here to buy traditional textiles and other souvenirs for your loved ones back home. Remaining in Chinchero we take in the 17th Century church built by the Spanish invaders and then the surrounding ruins, aqueducts, and agricultural terraces that sustained the local people hundreds of years ago.

Meals (B, L)

Maras Salt Mines
Location
Sacred Valley
Day
8 / 16

The Grandeur of Machu Picchu

Today is the big day! Get ready to tick one of the New Seven Wonders of the World off your list as we head to Machu Picchu Citadel. Leaving the Sacred Valley by train, we enjoy a peaceful snake through the mountains, uphill to Aguas Calientes, situated at the foot of Machu Picchu. The views on the way to Machu Picchu itself are an intrinsic part of the trip itself and worth savoring. Built in the mid 1400’s it acted as a royal estate to two different Inca rulers, Pachacutec Inca Yupanqui and Tupac Inca Yupanqui. After 80 years of occupancy, it was abandoned, possibly due to Spanish infiltration in other parts of Peru, and remained abandoned until the early last century when efforts Hiram Bingham brought its existence to world attention.

Machu Picchu is divided into two sectors, the urban and the agricultural. Our expert guide will take you through both and show you the key spots in the ancient citadel such as the Temple of the Sun and the Room, the Intihuatana Stone, and the Room of Three Windows. The residential buildings feature exquisite stonework with no cement or mortar and are characterized by small trapezoid windows that face the morning sun. After our extensive tour, we put you back on the train to your hotel in either Cusco or the Sacred Valley.

Meals (B, L)

Machu Picchu Terraces
Location
Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu
Day
9 / 16

Ancient Inca Capital City

Today, we pick you up at your hotel for your tour of Cusco and its most important archeological sites. Cusco, known as the Imperial City, and declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, is home to Inca structures with a smattering of colonial influence. You start your tour at the iconic San Pedro market, a local market where you can explore the myriad colors, flavors, textures and traditions of modern Cusco.

The visit continues with the Koricancha Temple, an ancient Inca palace and cult center of the Sun God, above which the order of the Dominicans built a church. It remains standing to this day. Still standing to this day, this temple/church really is a remarkable building and an amalgamation of the two cultures. From there, we ascend to the Fortress of Sacsayhuaman, an impressive example of Inca military architecture. Afterwards, you will explore Q’enqo archeological site, where important Inca ceremonies took place before moving on to the Plaza de Armas, home to the Cathedral, and the centerpiece of the city.

Meals (B)

Sacsayhuaman Cusco Incan Ruins
Location
Cusco
Day
10 / 16

Welcome to Ecuador!

After breakfast, at the scheduled time, you will be picked up from your hotel and privately transferred to Cusco airport, ready to board your departure flight to Quito! You will take two flights connected via Lima,  re-boarding here for your flight to Ecuador.

Arriving in Quito, you can take the evening to rejuvenate and re-charge before your trip to the islands the following morning! Your Galapagos cruise awaits…

Meals (B)

Quito Colonial Housing
Location
Cusco to Quito
Day
11 / 16

Departing Quito & Cruise Embarkation

Your day starts with an early flight to the Galapagos Islands!

You will arrive at Baltra Island in the morning. After passing through immigration and baggage claim, you will be met by a Cormorant I staff member and transferred to the yacht. You will be shown to your cabin where you will have some time to settle in before lunch and a welcome briefing.

PM: Located on the north shore of Santa Cruz, Las Bachas is a swimming beach. One of the few remnants of the U.S. World War II presence in the Galapagos, a floating pier, can be seen here. You may see flamingos, Sally Lightfoot crabs, hermit crabs, black-necked stilts, and whimbrels. Sea turtles also nest off the beach. Highlights include World War II remnants, Sally Lightfoot crabs, hermit crabs, black-necked stilts, whimbrels, and sea turtles.

Meals (B, L, D)

Sun Deck and Jacuzzi Cormorant
Location
Quito to Cormorant Galapagos Cruise
Day
12 / 16

El Barranco & Darwin Bay

AM: El Barranco, also known as Prince Phillip’s Steps, is a steep, rocky path that leads up a high cliff rock face. A marvelous view can be appreciated from here. This site is also home to Palo Santo vegetation as well as red-footed boobies, short-eared owls, Galapagos storm petrels, and Galapagos doves.

PM: Visit the white-sand coral beach of Darwin Bay which includes a half-mile trail (0,75km) that winds through mangroves filled with land birds. Nazca boobies, red-footed boobies, and swallow-tailed gulls, which can easily be spotted here. Further down the path, we’ll find tidal pools where sea lions swim playfully. At the end is a spectacular view of a cliff.

Meals (B, L, D)

Darwin Bay Boobies
Location
Cormorant Galapagos Cruise
Day
13 / 16

South Plaza Island & Santa Fe Island

AM: In the morning, you will head to South Plaza Island. This small island with steep cliffs was formed by rising lava and is now covered by Opuntia cacti. It is also home to one of the largest sea lion colonies as well as colorful yellow and red land iguanas. The most characteristic plant is Sesuvium. During the rainy season, its color is greenish to a yellowish tone, and in the dry season (June – January) a bright red. Highlights include land iguanas, sea lion colony, Audubon´s shearwaters, swallow-tailed gulls, Nazca boobies, and amazing cliff landscapes.

PM: Santa Fe (Barrington) is home to the small picturesque bay and anchorage on the island’s northeast coast. The bay has two visitor trails, one leading to a scenic viewpoint atop a cliff, and the other spanning from a small beach to a tall prickly pear cactus forest. Highlights include Land Iguanas and giant tunas.

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Zodiak Excursion Galapagos
Location
Cormorant Galapagos Cruise
Day
14 / 16

Pitt Point & Witch Hill

AM: Pitt Point, situated on the north-eastern tip of the San Cristobal island, hosts frigate birds, storm petrels, and all three types of booby birds: the Nazca, blue-footed, and red-footed boobies. A steep trail goes up a cliff and through a ravine, leading visitors to an area with an abundance of birds.

PM: Located on the northern coast, this eroded hill and its surroundings present one of the most picturesque beaches in the Galapagos with its white powdery sand and the abundance of animals. Wildlife includes sea turtles, rays, and various types of booby birds. The clear water provides an excellent opportunity for enjoying swimming and snorkeling.

Meals (B, L, D)

Island panorama with hill Galapagos
Location
Cormorant Galapagos Cruise
Day
15 / 16

Disembarkation

AM: The David Rodriguez Breeding Center “La Galapaguera”, in Cerro Colorado, is a new visitor site in the southeast part of San Cristobal Island and can now be reached in roughly one hour by road from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. On the trees and shrubs surrounding the site, you may see land birds like warblers, finches, and mockingbirds. Giant tortoises can be observed along the trail. They live there wildly but in a protected area to ensure their survival, sealing them off from introduced predators like pigs and goats.
After this final visit, you will be transferred to the San Cristobal airport in time for your flight back to the mainland.

Meals (B)

Couple on Galapagos Beach
Location
Return Home
Day
16 / 16
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Accommodations

Cruises & Lodges

Cormorant ship Galapagos

Cormorant I

Perfect for honeymoons, couples, or groups of friends, the luxury catamaran Cormorant is a real gem.
16 Guests
8 Cabins
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Hotel Options

Boutique

Holiday Inn Santiago Airport

Santiago
Boutique

Explora

Easter Island
4 Star

Casa Andina Premium Valle Sagrado

Sacred Valley
4 Star

El Mercado

Cusco
5 Star

Wyndham Quito

Quito
Boutique

Singular

Santiago
5 Star

Tambo del Inka

Sacred Valley
5 Star

Belmond Monasterio

Cusco
4 Star

Hacienda Urubamba

Sacred Valley
Boutique

El Retablo

Cusco