Machu Picchu and the Galapagos

 

The perfect pre-cruise extension to Galapagos

Enhance your Galapagos adventure with a visit to Machu Picchu

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Welcome to Perú

Your Machu Picchu adventure begins with a brief overnight stop in Lima before continuing to Cusco early the next morning. You’ll cross the Urubamba Valley on a privately guided tour to learn the history, legends and lore of the Incan civilization. Along the way to Machu Picchu, you’ll visit both ancient ruins and contemporary villages where daily life has changed little in the nearly 500 years since the fall of the Incan empire. Your guided visit to the iconic Inca citadel will be combined with a variety of hikes that can be customized to suit the interests and abilities of you and your companions. You’ll cap your visit with a stay in Cusco, the ancient Incan capital before continuing on to Ecuador and your Galapagos adventure.

Welcome to Darwin’s Enchanted Isles

You’re now at sea-level where you’ll encounter Galapagos wildlife almost immediately upon exiting the aircraft.

Each day your naturalist guide will lead shore excursions to observe the unique flora and fauna that make Galapagos so unique. You’ll also have an opportunity to snorkel each day to observe marine life and perhaps catch a glimpse of marine iguanas feeding underwater.  Our naturalist guides »

Your Accommodations

Hotels for this adventure are among the finest in Peru. These too may be customized to suit your needs.

Your luxury accommodations have been selected for their authenticity, comfort and unparalleled standards of hospitality. You will enjoy private vehicles and dedicated guides throughout your journey with experiences that can be tailored to your interests. 
More about your accommodation options: Sacred Valley | Machu Picchu | Cusco

The Luxury Yacht INTEGRITY

An elegant base for 16 discerning guests to discover the islands. Stabilized. Comfortable. Spacious.

There is no better way to visit the Galapagos than by yacht. And the best, most luxurious yacht in the islands is Integrity. INCA is the exclusive worldwide representative of Integrity. Nine spacious staterooms accommodate 16 guests in comfort, style and safety aboard a yacht that has never missed a day of service. Stabilized and secure with redundant safety, communications, and engineering systems ensures a smooth, uninterrupted journey.  An abundance of public spaces allow guests to spread out and enjoy quiet time or socialize with companions.  More about INTEGRITY »

Your Itinerary

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Day 1 (Saturday) | Arrive in Lima, Peru

Fly from your home city to Lima, Peru. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to the hotel for check-in and a brief overnight.

Hotel: Wyndham Costa del Sol, Lima Airport

Day 2 (Sunday) | Pisac, Sacred Valley of the Incas

A quick flight over the snow-covered Andes brings you to Cusco, your gateway to the Sacred Valley. Your first stop on the way to Urubamba Valley is at the fountains of Tambo Machay outside of Cusco. After a scenic ride through rich fields of quinoa and amaranth, you descend into the scenic Urubamba Valley, cross the river and drive high above the valley floor to explore the ruins of the Inca Fortress of Pisac.

After the visit to the Fortress, there is a short stop to explore the typical, indigenous village of Pisac. If you are inclined, you may hike down from the Fortress through the terraces to the village where we will meet you.

Hotel: Hacienda Urubamba or similar, BLD

Day 3 (Monday) | Ollantaytambo - Train to Machu Picchu

You begin the day with a visit to the spectacular temple-fortress and village of Ollantaytambo, a site that is little changed from the days of the Incas. You’ll catch a morning train in Ollantaytambo for one of the most breathtaking rail journeys in the world. The rail line follows the river down the impressive Canyon of the Vilcanota to the foot of Machu Picchu.

Your accommodations are at the lovely riverside Machu Picchu Pueblo, a short stroll from the Aguas Calientes train station. Following check-in, you will board a bus and head up to the archeaological site of Machu Picchu. It is an amazing ride including 22 switch backs.

You start your exploration of Machu Picchu with an orientation stroll around the site. This will give a rough sense of the layout of the ruins. After lunch you will enjoy an extended guided walking tour.

Hotel: Machu Picchu Pueblo; Sanctuary Lodge by request, BLD

Day 4 (Tuesday) | Machu Picchu, optional mountain hikes, Return to Cusco

After breakfast, you will explore Machu Picchu once more.  

You have the option for a morning hike up Machu Picchu or Huayna Picchu Mountains for spectacular views of the ruins and river below.  

After lunch, you will transfer to the train station to catch the Vistadome train to Ollantaytambo and connect to Cusco.

Hotel: La Casona or similar, BL

Day 5 (Wednesday) | Cusco, Sacsayhuaman

You visit the bustling Cusco "Mercado Central", a traditional market were you will get a sense of the daily rhythm of Cuzqueño life. From open air stalls, everything from coca leaves, carrots, rubber boots, jeans, padlocks, beef, live chickens and ducks, to cuys, Band-Aids, and a range of familiar and unfamiliar fruits and vegetables are sold -sometimes for cash, sometimes in the traditional manner-barter.

Later you view an archbishop's private collection of colonial and Indian art. After lunch you will visit the Inca Historical Museum for a fine overview of the history of the Inca Empire from its beginning to its demise.

In the late afternoon you will venture up to Sacsayhuaman to explore the spectacular ceremonial and "parade" grounds used by the Incas for major celebrations, pageants and sporting events. Inti Raymi, the Incan "Festival of the Sun," is still celebrated here on June 24. Cusco fills with colorfully dressed, chicha-drinking Indians from villages all over the Andes, who come for this week-long festival of folk-dance competitions, pageantry and renowned debauchery.

You will be treated to a special ceremony with plants and herbs conducted by a shaman before your return to Cusco.

Hotel: La Casona or similar, BLD

Day 6 (Thursday) | Cusco - Lima - Guayaquil

It’s time to depart Peru and move on to the second part of your adventure. You’ll fly from Cusco via Lima to Guayaquil. This evening, you have free time to relax or explore a bit of Guayaquil on your own.

Overnight: Hotel Oro Verde, B

Day 7 (Friday) | Quito to Baltra and Santa Cruz

After breakfast you’ll return to the airport for your flight to Galápagos. On arrival at Baltra Airport, you'll be welcomed in to the VIP arrivals lounge, where staff will oversee arrival formalities with the Galápagos National Park officials before collecting your luggage. You'll be met and transferred across the Itabaca Channel to the adjacent island of Santa Cruz, where your Galápagos experience commences. Enjoy lunch in the highlands and the opportunity to observe grazing tortoises in the tall grasses.  Your accommodations tonight will be in one of the highland's premier resorts, providing a unique opportunity to ease in to your Galápagos experience.

Day 8 (Saturday) | Puerto Ayora, Darwin Station, embarkation 

This morning, those who wish to practice their snorkeling skills will have an opportunity to spend time with your guide in the hotel pool. You'll descend down into the charming port town of Puerto Ayora for lunch and a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station.  You'll board INTEGRITY in the early evening in time for your first dinner aboard. You'll set sail later that evening.

Days 9 - 14 (Sunday to Friday) | Aboard the yacht

Using INTEGRITY as your home, you'll cruise the islands spending as much time ashore as the Park rules permit. With our licensed, INCA-selected naturalist guides, you'll learn about the birds and animals, geology, marine life and oceanic systems of the Galapagos Islands.
Eastern itinerary »
Western itinerary »

One of the highlights and an integral part of any visit to the Galápagos is the opportunity to swim and snorkel with the marine life—tropical fish, sea lions, turtles and sometimes with penguins!  On most days, you'll snorkel at least once, some days twice. While back on board, you’ll enjoy delicious meals, complimentary WiFi, and weekly laundry service.

Day 15 (Saturday) | Disembark, return to Guayaquil or Quito

From your anchorage in the Baltra harbor, Say "adios" to INTEGRITY and its dedicated crew, and adjourn to the Baltra airport to await your morning flight to the Ecuador mainland. On arrival, you'll transfer to the Hotel Oro Verde (Guayaquil) or Wyndham Airport hotel (Quito) and enjoy a dayroom with extended late check-out for a chance to freshen up  and relax before returning to the airport terminal for your late departing flight. 


Note: This program has been intentionally designed to start in Peru and end in Galapagos. If desired however, you may customize this program to visit Peru after Galapagos, in which case your program would commence with arrival in Quito, Ecuador on a Thursday, and finish in Cusco, Peru on a Thursday.


 

Dates & Prices

Machu Picchu and Galapagos operates round.  All prices are per person, double occupancy unless otherwise specified.

2019 Departures | Scroll down for 2020 departures

Dates Price Route
Jun 1 - Jun 15 $13,395 East
Jun 8 - Jun 22 $13,395 West
Jun 15 - Jun 29 $13,395 East
Jun 22 - Jul 6 $13,395 West
Jun 29 - Jul 13 $13,395 East
Jul 6 - Jul 20 $13,395 West
Jul 13 - Jul 27 $13,395 East
Jul 20 - Aug 3 $13,395 West
Jul 27 - Aug 10 $13,395 East
Aug 3 - Aug 17 $13,395 West
Aug 10 - Aug 24 $13,395 East
Aug 17 - Aug 31 $13,395 West
Sep 21 - Oct 5 $12,595 East
 
Dates Price Route
Sep 28 - Oct 12 $12,595 West
Oct 5 - Oct 19 $12,595 East
Oct 12 - Oct 26 $12,595 West
Oct 19 - Nov 2 $12,595 East
Oct 26 - Nov 9 $12,595 West
Nov 2 - Nov 16 $12,595 East
Nov 9 - Nov 23 $12,595 West
Nov 16 - Nov 30 $12,595 East
Nov 23 - Dec 7 $12,595 West
Nov 30 - Dec 14 $12,595 East
Dec 7 - Dec 21 $12,595 West
Dec 14 - Dec 28 N/A East
Dec 21 - Jan 4 N/A West

2020 Departures

Dates Price Route
Jan 4 - Jan 18 $13,595 West
Jan 11 - Jan 25 $13,595 East
Jan 18 - Feb 1 $13,595 West
Jan 25 - Feb 8 $13,595 East
Feb 1 - Feb 15 $13,595 West
Feb 8 - Feb 22 $13,595 East
Feb 15 - Feb 29 $13,595 West
Feb 22 - Mar 7 $13,595 East
Feb 29 - Mar 14 $13,595 West
Mar 7 - Mar 21 $13,595 East
Mar 14 - Mar 28 $13,595 West
Mar 21 - Apr 4 $13,595 East
Mar 28 - Apr 11 $13,595 West
Apr 4 - Apr 18 $13,595 East
Apr 11 - Apr 25 $13,595 West
Apr 18 - May 2 $13,595 East
Apr 25 - May 9 $13,595 West
May 2 - May 16 $13,595 East
May 9 - May 23 $13,595 West
May 16 - May 30 $13,595 East
May 23 - Jun 6 $13,595 West
May 30 - Jun 13 $13,595 East
Jun 6 - Jun 20 $13,595 West
Dates Price Route
Jun 13 - Jun 27 $13,595 East
Jun 20 - Jul 4 $13,595 West
Jun 27 - Jul 11 $13,595 East
Jul 4 - Jul 18 $13,595 West
Jul 11 - Jul 25 $13,595 East
Jul 18 - Aug 1 $13,595 West
Jul 25 - Aug 8 $13,595 East
Aug 1 - Aug 15 $13,595 West
Aug 8 - Aug 22 $13,595 East
Aug 15 - Aug 29 $13,595 West
Sep 26 - Oct 10 $12,795 West
Oct 3 - Oct 17 $12,795 East
Oct 10 - Oct 24 $12,795 West
Oct 17 - Oct 31 $12,795 East
Oct 24 - Nov 7 $12,795 West
Oct 31 - Nov 14 $12,795 East
Nov 7 - Nov 21 $12,795 West
Nov 14 - Nov 28 $12,795 East
Nov 21 - Dec 5 $12,795 West
Nov 28 - Dec 12 $12,795 East
Dec 5 - Dec 19 $12,795 West
Dec 12 - Dec 26 N/A East
Dec 19 - Jan 2 N/A West

Supplements, inclusions and exclusions

Single Guests

  • Single supplement: 2019: $3295 | 2020: $3595

Children

  • $500 discount for children ages 8 to 17

Sanctuary Lodge Upgrade (Machu Picchu)

  • $890 per person additional

Inclusions

  • Roundtrip airport transfers as specified in itinerary

  • All hotel/lodge accommodations (double occupancy, unless Single purchased) as specified in itinerary

  • All meals as specified in itinerary

  • All non-alcoholic beverages

  • All guides, activities, tours, entry fees and sightseeing arrangements as specified in itinerary.

Exclusions (costs subject to change without prior notice)

  • Not included are any airfare, airport taxes and fees

  • Tips for guides (at your discretion)

  • Alcoholic beverages

  • Laundry

  • Other items of a personal nature

  • Insurance coverage for trip cancellation-interruption, travel accident, travel delay, baggage delay or baggage theft (we recommend you obtain coverage for these items), medical or hospitalization expenses.

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the best time to go?

Perú's winter season (May to October) brings mild temperatures to the coast, and clear skies to the highlands, although it gets a quite chilly in the evenings in June and July.  More on Perú

March through August is referred to as the “wealthy season” in the Galapagos due to increased mating and nesting activity. More on Galápagos

What will I will see? 

This shortened version of Perú and the Galápagos accommodates those who wish to see both countries, but are on a tight schedule. 

This itinerary provides a magnificent introduction to the wonders of Cusco, the Urubamba Valley and Machu Picchu. More on Perú

As far as the Galápagos, what you see will depend on the route. More on Galápagos

How can I be sure this is the right trip for me?

Our Galápagos and Perú combination trip offers a perfect balance of activity, education and pure luxury.  It is recommended that you have a higher level of fitness for Peru as walks and hikes are at elevation and can have uphill elements. More on Perú

Good balance, health and proper footwear are essential for both portions to be the most enjoyable. More on Galápagos

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