Machu Picchu and the Galapagos
The perfect pre-cruise extension to Galapagos
Enhance your Galapagos adventure with a visit to Machu Picchu
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 »
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 »
Day 1 (Sunday) | 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 (Monday) | Sacred Valley of the Incas
A quick flight over the snow-covered Andes brings you to Cusco, your gateway to the Sacred Valley. After a scenic ride through pastoral farmlands, you’ll reach the town of Chinchero, known for its weaving tradition, unchanged since the time of the Incas. Planned visits include a weaving demonstration, the ancient Incan agricultural laboratory of Moray, and the salt terraces of Maras.
Hotel: Hacienda Urubamba or similar, BLD
Day 3 (Tuesday) | 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 (Wednesday) | 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 (Thursday) | 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 (Friday) | 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 (Saturday) | To Baltra, Santa Cruz, and embarkation
You’ll be transferred back to Guayaquil Airport for your 2 hour flight to Baltra, Galápagos. Upon arrival, you will be escorted to the VIP arrivales lounge where staff will collect your passport and facilitate your entrance formalities with the Galápagos National Park. ONce you’ve collected your luggage, you will transfer from the airport across the Itabaca channel to the Island of Santa Cruz for lunch in the highlands and the opportunity to search among the lush grasses for grazing giant tortoises. Time permitting, explore a lava tunnel. Continuing to the town of Puerto Ayora, you’ll visit the Charles Darwin Research Station, stop to check the fit of your wetsuit, before boarding INTEGRITY to begin your cruise.
Days 8 - 13 (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.
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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 14 (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
|Aug 4 - Aug 17||$12,895||West|
|Aug 11 - Aug 24||$12,895||East|
|Aug 18 - Aug 31||$12,895||West|
|Sep 22 - Oct 5||$12,095||East|
|Sep 29 - Oct 12||$12,095||West|
|Oct 6 - Oct 19||$12,095||East|
|Oct 13 - Oct 26||$12,095||West|
|Oct 20 - Nov 2||$12,095||East|
|Oct 27 - Nov 9||$12,095||West|
|Nov 3 - Nov 16||$12,095||East|
|Nov 10 - Nov 23||$12,095||West|
|Nov 17 - Nov 30||$12,095||East|
|Nov 24 - Dec 7||$12,095||West|
|Dec 1 - Dec 14||$12,095||East|
|Dec 8 - Dec 21||$12,095||West|
|Dec 14 - Dec 28||N/A||East|
|Dec 21 - Jan 4||N/A||West|
|Jan 5 - Jan 18||$12895||West|
|Jan 12 - Jan 25||$12895||East|
|Jan 19 - Feb 1||$12895||West|
|Jan 26 - Feb 8||$12895||East|
|Feb 2 - Feb 15||$12895||West|
|Feb 9 - Feb 22||$12895||East|
|Feb 23 - Mar 7||$12895||East|
|Mar 1 - Mar 14||$12895||West|
|Mar 8 - Mar 21||$12895||East|
|Mar 15 - Mar 28||$12895||West|
|Mar 22 - Apr 4||$12895||East|
|Mar 29 - Apr 11||$12895||West|
|Apr 5 - Apr 18||$12895||East|
|Apr 12 - Apr 25||$12895||West|
|Apr 19 - May 2||$12895||East|
|Apr 26 - May 9||$12895||West|
|May 3 - May 16||$12895||East|
|May 10 - May 23||$12895||West|
|May 24 - Jun 6||$12895||West|
|May 31 - Jun 13||$12895||East|
|Jun 7 - Jun 20||$12895||West|
|Jun 14 - Jun 27||$12895||East|
|Jun 28 - Jul 11||$12895||East|
|Jul 5 - Jul 18||$12895||West|
|Jul 12 - Jul 25||$12895||East|
|Aug 2 - Aug 15||$12895||West|
|Aug 16 - Aug 29||$12895||West|
|Sep 27 - Oct 10||$11895||West|
|Oct 4 - Oct 17||$11895||East|
|Oct 11 - Oct 24||$11895||West|
|Oct 18 - Oct 31||$11895||East|
|Oct 25 - Nov 7||$11895||West|
|Nov 1 - Nov 14||$11895||East|
|Nov 8 - Nov 21||$11895||West|
|Nov 15 - Nov 28||$11895||East|
|Nov 22 - Dec 5||$11895||West|
|Nov 29 - Dec 12||$11895||East|
|Dec 6 - Dec 19||$11895||West|
|Dec 13 - Dec 26||N/A||East|
|Dec 20 - Jan 2||N/A||West|
Supplements, inclusions and exclusions
Single supplement: 2019: $2795 | 2020: $2095
$500 discount for children ages 8 to 17
Sanctuary Lodge Upgrade (Machu Picchu)
$890 per person additional
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)
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