Peru and the Galapagos

 

Two iconic destinations. One luxury adventure.

Explore the heart of the Incan Empire then retrace Darwin’s footsteps in Galapagos

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Everything was first class. I couldn’t have asked for better guides. They made the trip memorable and fun.
— Kirt S., San Diego CA
 

Welcome to Perú

Every visit to Peru begins in Lima—the culinary capital of South America—and the repository of some of the finest Incan and pre-Columbian art collections. After a brief taste of Lima, you’ll continue to the heart of the Incan Empire to witness spectacular remnants of this one mighty civilization.  Each day your private expert guide will share with you the history, legends and lore of the Incan civilization as you 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. A variety of hikes and cultural activities can be customized to suit the interests and abilities of you and your companions.

Welcome to Darwin’s Enchanted Isles

Daily naturalist-led shore excursions and snorkeling delight guests with intimate wildlife encounters.

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: Lima | 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 (Thursday) | 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 overnight.

Hotel: Hotel B or similar

Day 2 (Friday) | Lima

Lima is a large city with a population of over 9 million in its metropolitan area. It also has flower gardens, great plazas, huge cathedrals, elegant colonial homes, fine museums, surfing, hopping nightlife, some of the world's finest restaurants, and excellent hotels. You tour historic Lima, including the Plaza de Armas where you'll see elegant carved wooden balconies and colonial architecture.

You visit the National Museum of Archeology, Anthropology and History which has one of the largest collections of Pre-Hispanic art and relics including exceptionally well preserved mummies. From here you proceed to Museo Larco to see an impressive collection of pottery plus gold and silver artifacts.

You'll lunch at the charming Larco Museum café. Located on the museum's terrace, the café is the perfect place to enjoy the Peruvian and international gastronomy in a magical and welcoming atmosphere.

You return to the hotel and have free time to explore the nearby galleries and shops. Dinner is on your own this evening.

Hotel: Hotel B or similar, BL

Day 3 (Saturday) | 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 4 (Sunday) | Chinchero Market - Maras - Moray

This morning, you’ll climb out of the valley to a very scenic 12,000-ft. plain en route to the indigenous market at Chinchero. There will be time to visit the market before you view a weaving demonstration orchestrated by Nilda Challañaupa, the founder, and director of The Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco. This organization is dedicated to preserving ancient textile designs and weaving techniques from all over the Andes. Some designs are more than 2000 years old and were thought to have been lost. Textiles created at the Center may be available for purchase.

You’ll enjoy lunch at a private Restaurant with magnificent views and visit the ancient archeological sites of Maras and Moray

Hotel: Hacienda Urubamba or similiar, BLD

Day 5 (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 6 (Tuesday) | Full day at Machu Picchu, optional mountain hikes

As the site opens at sunrise, you'll have an early breakfast and catch the bus up to the ruins. Mist often shrouds the major peaks and floats onto the valley. The rising sun casts a golden glow into this fantasy land; it is not to be missed at this hour. 

There is an optional (weather-dependent) challenging hike up Machu Picchu Mountain—a 5-6 hour round trip scenic workout! It's a steady climb, gentle stairs all the way up. The view of the site is awe inspiring. Your camera will give you astounding images. It's one of the most spectacular picnic sites you may ever enjoy.

There's another optional hike up a steep trail, hidden in crevasses and bushes that leads to the top of Huayna Picchu+, the slender granite peak that appears in every photo of Machu Picchu. On top, the view of Machu Picchu, the archeological site, the surrounding valleys and snow capped peaks is truly breath taking. The climb is impressive and requires no more than 1.5 - 2 hours, even if you are a very slow hiker. It is a challenging hike, not for everyone, but the reward of reaching the summit is one of the greatest views in the world! The descent is relatively quick and easy, but steep, and leads straight to lunch!

After lunch you'll have the option for further guided exploration of the ruins or you may also hike up to the Sun Gate overlooking Machu Picchu, explore the Inca Bridge.

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

Day 7 (Wednesday) | Machu Picchu, train to Cusco

This morning, you'll board the morning train to Ollantaytambo where you transfer by van to Cusco—the Center of the Inca Universe  (alt. 11,200 feet). Inca means "ruler," or "king" - an equivalent to the Roman Caesars.

After check-in, you begin your walking exploration of Cusco, walking along streets where the Incas and later the Spaniards walked.

In the course of the day you will visit Coricancha, the partially restored Temple of the Sun at the center of the Inca Universe, where the gold-covered walls were stripped by the Conquistadors. Along narrow cobblestone streets, you pass walls of stone so precisely fitted that they remain in superb condition centuries later, even after many earthquakes. You may look into the University, churches and shops that face onto the Plaza de Armas.

Hotel: El Monasterio del Cusco or La Casona, BLD

Day 8 (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: El Monasterio del Cusco or La Casona, BLD

Day 9 (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 del Parque, B

Day 10 (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 11 - 16 (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 17 (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 Sunday.


 

Dates & Prices

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

2019 Departures | Scroll down for 2020 departures

Dates Price Route
Oct 31 - Nov 16 $14,395 East
Nov 7 - Nov 23 $14,395 West
Nov 14 - Nov 30 $14,395 East
Nov 21 - Dec 7 $14,395 West
 
Dates Price Route
Nov 28 - Dec 14 $14,395 East
Dec 5 - Dec 21 $14,395 West
Dec 12 - Dec 28 N/A East
Dec 19 - Jan 4 N/A West

2020 Departures

Dates Price Route
Jan 2 - Jan 18 $14995 West
Jan 9 - Jan 25 $14995 East
Jan 16 - Feb 1 $14995 West
Jan 23 - Feb 8 $14995 East
Jan 30 - Feb 15 $14995 West
Feb 6 - Feb 22 $14995 East
Feb 13 - Feb 29 $14995 West
Feb 120 - Mar 7 $14995 East
Feb 27 - Mar 14 $14995 West
Mar 5 - Mar 21 $14995 East
Mar 12 - Mar 28 $14995 West
Mar 19 - Apr 4 $14995 East
Mar 26 - Apr 11 $14995 West
Apr 2 - Apr 18 $14995 East
Apr 9 - Apr 25 $14995 West
Apr 16 - May 2 $14995 East
Apr 23 - May 9 $14995 West
Apr 30 - May 16 $14995 East
May 7 - May 23 $14995 West
May 14 - May 30 $14995 East
May 21 - Jun 6 $14995 West
May 28 - Jun 13 $14995 East
Jun 4 - Jun 20 $14995 West
Dates Price Route
Jun 11 - Jun 27 $14995 East
Jun 18 - Jul 4 $14995 West
Jun 25 - Jul 11 $14995 East
Jul 2 - Jul 18 $14995 West
Jul 9 - Jul 25 $14995 East
Jul 16 - Aug 1 $14995 West
Jul 23 - Aug 8 $14995 East
Jul 30 - Aug 15 $14995 West
Aug 6 - Aug 22 $14995 East
Aug 13 - Aug 29 $14995 West
Sep 24 - Oct 10 $13995 West
Oct 1 - Oct 17 $13995 East
Oct 8 - Oct 24 $13995 West
Oct 15 - Oct 31 $13995 East
Oct 22 - Nov 7 $13995 West
Oct 29 - Nov 14 $13995 East
Nov 5 - Nov 21 $13995 West
Nov 12 - Nov 28 $13995 East
Nov 19 - Dec 5 $13995 West
Nov 26 - Dec 12 $13995 East
Dec 3 - Dec 19 $13995 West
Dec 10 - Dec 26 N/A East
Dec 17 - Jan 2 N/A West

Supplements, inclusions and exclusions

INTEGRITY Owner’s Suite upgrade

  • Stateroom upgrade to the Owner’s Suite is $2400 ($1200 per person)

INTEGRITY Single Stateroom supplements

  • Dedicated single stateroom is $1800

  • Single use of a double occupancy stateroom is 1.95 x the per person cost

  • Single use of the Owner’s Suite is 2 x the per person cost, plus the suite upgrade

  • Land single supplement is $5395

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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