Get ready for an incredible South American vacation with this Machu Picchu & Galapagos tour filled with adventure and mystery. Explore famous archeological ruins, historical sites, cultural towns, and the enchanted Galapagos Islands for a closer look at the wonderful things this part of the world has to offer.
This 13-day adventure is one of the best Peru, Ecuador and Galapagos tours for solo travelers, couples, families, or groups alike. You’ll stay in your choice of the best 4-star and 5-star hotels during your tours to Peru and Ecuador and relish the luxurious comforts aboard your Galapagos Islands cruise.
Peru and Machu Picchu
Start your adventure by touring the Peruvian capital city of Lima, a bustling metropolis filled with ancient history as well as modern amenities as the first part of your Machu Picchu Galapagos itinerary unfolds.
From Lima, you’ll venture into the Incan Sacred Valley for a delightful tour of the various towns here, which offer archaeological sites as well as colorful markets to explore. Visit Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Maras, Moray, and Chinchero and learn something unique about each one.
The day finally arrives for your journey to see the famous Machu Picchu, starting with a thrilling train ride through the mountains. Your private guide will lead you through the grounds of this amazing ancient citadel, and you’ll even have the chance to return for a rare second visit the next day.
Before the Peru portion of your tour ends, you’ll experience all the colonial charms the ancient Incan capital city of Cusco has to offer, including its many impressive historical sites and markets.
Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands
From Cusco, you’ll fly to Lima then on to Quito in Ecuador for the next part of your journey. After overnighting in Quito, a short flight takes you to Baltra Island in the Galapagos and to your awaiting Galapagos adventure’s floating accommodations, the high-end catamaran Elite.
The Elite is one of the most beautiful and luxurious ships available here and full of comfortable cabins and social spaces. You’ll stay in one of the nine Golden Suite cabins on board, each with its own hot shower bathrooms, private balconies, and panoramic views. While you may never want to leave your suite, the partially covered sky deck is the place to be for more spectacular views and service by the highly attentive crew on board.
A plethora of daily island visits provide you with chances to learn about and become familiar with the various landscapes and wildlife found here, as well as its unique history. Hike along volcanic craters, see lava tunnels, climb cliffs for incredible views, visit and snorkel in sheltered bays, look for trapped rays or fish in tidal pools, take a thrilling panga ride along the coast, and lounge on one of the pristine beaches.
You’ll feel like you’re on a safari, island-style, as you observe short-eared owls, red and blue-footed boobies, lava gulls, sea turtles, marine iguanas, sea lions, and colorful reef fish, to name a few. The Galapagos Islands are a birdwatcher’s paradise as well, so bring your binoculars and see how many you can find. A highlight of any visit to these isles is the giant tortoises. You’ll have chances to see them in the wild in the highlands of Santa Cruz and learn more about them at the Charles Darwin Research Station.
When it’s time to return to the Ecuadorian mainland, you’ll take with you so many memories of your Machu Picchu and Galapagos cruise to cherish and to share with loved ones back home.