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Cruise to Machu Picchu and Galapagos | Itinerary & Tours


Island hopping and an archaeological wonder
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Why you'll love this Cruise to Machu Picchu and Galapagos tour!

This itinerary brings you face to face with the natural diversity of the Galapagos Islands and the authentic highlights of Peru’s Inca Empire.

Your luxurious cruise to Machu Picchu and Galapagos transports you through the spectacular world of the islands, exploring its mind-blowing wildlife. Followed by taking you to the Inca ruins of the Sacred Valley and Cusco, which are perfect for both history buffs and casual visitors.

To top off this unique adventure you’ll experience the breath-taking sunrise at the World Wonder of Machu Picchu.

Our local specialists and tour guides have designed and dialed in all the secret stops that any local would approve of.

What you can expect in every tour:
  • Choose any date, all tours have daily departures
  • Hand picked guides specialized for every excursion
  • 7 regional offices with 24/7 in country support
  • Transfers with English guide to/from all airports
  • Local specialists who live and guide the destination
  • Personal dining recommendations for food lovers
  • Incredibly comfortable authentic accommodations
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14 Day Travel Itinerary

Our tours depart any day of the year, there are no fixed departure dates. It’s really simple, we’ve designed some of the best experiences that cover your “bucket list”, must-see stuff in each destination. You can trust in our 20 years of experience, that everything will run just like clockwork.

Itinerary
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Day 1

GUAYAQUIL: ARRIVA TO ECUADOR

Today you will arrive in Guayaquil. Once there we will be there to pick you up and take you to your accommodation. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Included: Private transfer from the airport to your hotel; Accommodation in Guayaquil. (Meals – None).

Today you will arrive in Guayaquil. Once there we will be there to pick you up and take you to your accommodation. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Included: Private transfer from the airport to your hotel; Accommodation in ...

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Day 2

GUAYAQUIL TO SANTA CRUZ: BEGIN YOUR GALAPAGOS ISLAND CRUISE

This morning you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to the Galapagos Islands. You will arrive at the airport in Baltra, one of the Galapagos Islands. Once there you will be picked up and transferred to the island of Santa Cruz.

You will first cross the Itabaca channel by a ferry boat and then you will continue by car. Your first stop will be at the highlands of Santa Cruz. The Parte Alta (as the highlands are called in Spanish) is very lush and green, and also happens to be the natural habitat of the giant Galapagos tortoises.

Walk between the trees and search for the iconic tortoises that prefer to stay close to the small lagoons. And to fuel your adventure, you will be treated to lunch at the private rancho.

This is also a chance to visit the lava tubes, which are formed when the surface of a lava stream solidifies, but the inside stays liquid and flows out like a river.

After this tour, you continue by private transport to your hotel. Here you will have a meet & greet with one of our staff members who will explain the rest of your Galapagos itinerary to you. Afterwards, enjoy the rest of the afternoon free to explore Santa Cruz at your own leisure.

Note: INGALA Migration card 20 USD; Entrance fee Galapagos Islands 100 USD are not included and must be paid on spot.

Included: Private transfer from the hotel to the airport; Group transfer to the embarkation port, Group guided excursion; Accommodation in Santa Cruz island. (Meals – Breakfast, Lunch).

This morning you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to the Galapagos Islands. You will arrive at the airport in Baltra, one of the Galapagos Islands. Once there you will be picked up and transferred to the ...

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Day 3

GALAPAGOS ISLANDS: SANTA CRUZ & ISABELA ISLANDS

On the third day of your Galapagos and Machu Picchu tour, you will have the morning off to explore the beautiful island of Santa Cruz on your own. In the afternoon you will be transferred from your hotel to the dock of Santa Cruz. From there, you will journey on a lancha (motorized small boat) to the island of Isabela (the price is 1 USD per person and must be paid on spot).

The boat ride will take about 2 hours and depending on the weather, it can be a bit bumpy. Don’t forget your windbreaker! Upon arriving at the dock of Isabela you will be transferred to your hotel.

Included: Group transfer to Santa Cruz dock; Group transfer from Isabela Island dock to your hotel; Accommodation in Isabela Island. (Meals – Breakfast).

On the third day of your Galapagos and Machu Picchu tour, you will have the morning off to explore the beautiful island of Santa Cruz on your own. In the afternoon you will be transferred from your hotel to the ...

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Day 4

GALAPAGOS ISLANDS: PENGUINS, BLUE FOOTED BOOBIES, SEA LIONS, AND MORE!

Today you will embark on a half-day tour to ´Las Tintoreras´. The islet Las Tintoreras is located south of Puerto Villamil, which you will visit in a small boat with a naturalist guide. During your boat ride, you will most likely be able to observe Galapagos penguins, blue-footed boobies, sea lions, and more.

The bay of Tintoreras is connected to a crevice of crystal clear water that’s shallow and makes for great marine life spotting. When the tide is low, the entrance closes. In this crevice, you can see clearly how reef sharks rest and swim.

After half an hour on the water, you will set foot on the islands. Most of the trail is cooled lava, except for a white sand beach and a black stone beach. At the first beach you will come across colonies of sea lions. However, it is also a nesting site for marine iguanas, who reside on land during the nesting season.

Throughout the trail, you will come across many marine iguanas nested against the rocks or under the mangrove roots. Las Tintoreras is one of the few places where the iguanas breed successfully because of the absence of non-native animals that could kill the youth.

After the walk, you can cool off with a snorkel to the bay, while spotting many colorful and unique fish species.

Included: Group guided excursion; Accommodation in Isabela Island. (Meals – Breakfast).

Today you will embark on a half-day tour to ´Las Tintoreras´. The islet Las Tintoreras is located south of Puerto Villamil, which you will visit in a small boat with a naturalist guide. During your boat ride, you will most ...

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Day 5

GALAPAGOS ISLAND CRUISE: RETURN TO SANTA CRUZ

You will have the morning off to explore Santa Isabela at your own pace and leisure. In the afternoon you will be transferred from your hotel to the dock of Isabela. Here you will take the lancha back to Santa Cruz Island, which will take about 2 hours (The price is 1 USD per person and must be paid on spot). Once you have arrived, you will be transferred to your hotel in Santa Cruz.

Included: Group transfer to Isabela Island dock; Group transfer from Santa Cruz dock to your hotel; Accommodation in Santa Cruz Island. (Meals – Breakfast).

You will have the morning off to explore Santa Isabela at your own pace and leisure. In the afternoon you will be transferred from your hotel to the dock of Isabela. Here you will take the lancha back to Santa ...

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Day 6

GALAPAGOS ISLANDS: EXPLORE THE ISLANDS OFF PERU

Today is your day to enjoy an all-inclusive Galapagos full-day tour to North Seymour or Bartolome or Santa Fe or Plazas. Please be aware that you will visit one of these places in your day tour. However, which one you will be visiting will be confirmed nearer the time.

See the descriptions of the day tours below. In all tours, lunch and snorkeling equipment are included.

PLAZAS

Your first stop will be a refreshing one – get ready to be snorkeling at Punta Carrion, where you will see colorful fish and sea turtles. Afterward, you continue to Plazas. There are two islands, Plaza Norte and Plaza Sur.

Only Plaza Sur, the southern bigger island is visited by tourists, given that this island has a lot to offer. The flora and fauna alone will astonish you. And it is mostly known for the many land iguanas that roam around the island.

When you are a little further from the coast, it looks like you’ve walked into the movie Jurassic Park, because you will be eye to eye with beautiful green, yellow and orange land iguanas. And to make things even better, the island is surrounded by beaches, beautiful cacti, and the beautiful blue ocean as the backdrop.

At the coast, there are male sea lions living in peace. The militant lifestyle, which is so often presumed, is only maintainable for males who are in their prime. The elders spend their aging days in colonies, of which one can be found at Plaza Sur. It is sensational to see how the sea lions and iguanas mix. They play together as real pals.

This island also offers a lot to bird lovers and a so-called birdwatchers paradise can be found; a cliff with swallow-tailed gulls, masked boobies, blue-footed boobies, tropical red bill birds, frigates, pelicans and Audubon’s. The gulls, partners forever, are always found here cuddling or nesting.

NORTH SEYMOUR

North Seymour is located north of the island Baltra. The Galapagos island has a surface area of only 1.9 square kilometers and is almost totally flat. At this island, the breeding colonies of the frigates, the blue-footed boobies, and the swallow-tailed gull coexist happily.

To impress the female frigates, the male blows up his red throat bag. To attract more attention they fly around in the surroundings of the female. You can imagine that this is not too easy with a blown-up throat bag, because they lose their balance quicker. It is interesting to watch and not something you get to experience in most other islands in the world.

Afterward, you will navigate towards the beach of Bachas. Use this free time to relax at the beach, follow the trails of the nesting sea turtles and snorkel and swim in the warm waters. There is also a trail leading to a flamingo pool where you might get lucky and see some pink flamingos. On the way, keep an eye out for the shipwreck of Bachas.

SANTA FE

The beauty of this Island is best appreciated from the trail which climbs the fault cliff overlooking the southern half of the bay. This plateau is also the best place to find the large land iguanas, Conolophus Pallidus, that are endemic to Santa Fe Island. The Santa Fe land iguana lives nowhere else in the world and, in fact, on no other Galapagos Island. This is precisely why this island can’t be missed!

A sub-species of the famous endemic Galapagos land iguana, the Santa Fe variety is yellowish-green in color and can grow to over one meter in length.

Back at the beach of Santa Fe, you can observe a sea lion colony and in the bay. There are often rays, white tip sharks, and sea turtles that can be seen, too. At the rocky side of the bay, you will snorkel with colorful fish.

BARTOLOMÉ

This is a day tour and breakfast (in most cases), lunch and snorkeling equipment are all included. Bartolomé is a bit further away than other islands, therefore you get an early start to the day.

The first stop will be another refreshing stop, where you can cool off in the waters. At Sullivan Bay, you snorkel from the boat and you can also relax at the beach. Here you can find, from December until April, green sea turtles that come ashore to lie in the sun. This is special because in other places in the world the turtles only come ashore at night to lay eggs. During the day they are staying in the safe water.

Snorkeling is definitely a must here. With a little luck, you will see the Moorish Idol, which is the most beautiful fish found in the Galapagos.

Afterward, you continue to Bartolome. The island has a surface area of only 1.2 square kilometers and the highest point of the island is at 114 meters. You can reach this point by taking a path through an almost surrealistic landscape and past recent signs of volcano eruptions.

As part of this royal Caribbean Galapagos tour, you will visit the highest point of the island with a spectacular view over the lava which shows off the different colors of the many volcanoes. As well as the deep blue sea as well as the famous Pinnacle Rock.

Included: Day tour to one of the islands in group service; Accommodation in Santa Cruz Island. (Meals – Breakfast, Lunch).

Today is your day to enjoy an all-inclusive Galapagos full-day tour to North Seymour or Bartolome or Santa Fe or Plazas. Please be aware that you will visit one of these places in your day tour. However, which one you ...

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Day 7

SANTA CRUZ TO GUAYAQUIL: ENDING YOUR GALAPAGOS ISLANDS CRUISES

Around midday, you will head to Santa Cruz airport for your flight back to the mainland of Ecuador. Upon arrival at Guayaquil, we will take you to your accommodation so you can have a good night’s rest and be ready for your next adventure!

Included: Group transfer to the airport; Private transfer Guayaquil airport to your hotel; Accommodation in Guayaquil. (Meals – Breakfast).

Around midday, you will head to Santa Cruz airport for your flight back to the mainland of Ecuador. Upon arrival at Guayaquil, we will take you to your accommodation so you can have a good night’s rest and be ready ...

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Day 8

GUAYAQUIL TO LIMA: ECUADOR TO PERU

At the arranged time, you will be privately transferred to the airport for your flight to Peru!

You will be transferred to your hotel and have the rest of the day free to explore Lima, the capital of Peru.

Once you’ve settled and checked in to your accommodation, we recommend going out to explore some of Lima’s colonial beauty. Or venture to one of the many bars and restaurants overlooking the beach and the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy Lima’s wealth of excellent restaurants, including Astrid & Gaston, rated as one of the top 100 restaurants in the world.

Included: Private transfer from your hotel to Guayaquil airport; Private transfer from Lima airport to your hotel with assistance; Accommodation in Lima. (Meals – Breakfast).

At the arranged time, you will be privately transferred to the airport for your flight to Peru!

You will be transferred to your hotel and have the rest of the day free to explore Lima, the capital of Peru.

Once you’ve settled ...

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Day 9

LIMA: PERU LIKE A LOCAL

After breakfast, you will have a city tour of Lima. This fascinating walking tour will help you gain a little insight into the local Limeño culture and history. After being picked up from your hotel at 9 am, the taxi will take you to the Miraflores market. Here, Peruvian merchants will enlighten you on the local produce and outline the different types of potatoes, corn, and fruits that can be found in Peru. Feel free to grab some samples and don’t forget to try the coca leaves!

Following a short meander through the market, you will then hop on the public bus ‘Metropolitano’ to the historic center, where you can admire grand colonial buildings. The Historic Center of Lima has been the seat of the Colonial and Republican governments since the Spanish foundation of the city in 1535 and is also an important indigenous center. Until the 1940s, it also housed Peru’s richest and most influential families.

As you stroll through the city center, pay attention to the changing style of architecture and the beautiful interior balconies. Upon arriving at Plaza San Martin, you will taste some delicious Peruvian pastries before heading to the main square. There, you will stop by a small outlet of the ChocoMuseum and will receive fun facts and information about the process of transforming the cocoa bean into the delicious chocolate that you will be savoring.

Following this tasty treat, the tour will proceed to the Cordano Bar, where you will taste a typical Peruvian drink, the Chicha Morada, made from sweet purple corn.

From the market square, you can either grab the Metropolitano bus back to Miraflores or you are welcome to stay in the historic center to continue exploring on your terms.

Included: Private excursion with Guide, Public Transport, Chicha Morada, and Food tasting.; Accommodation in Lima. (Meals – Breakfast).

Note: The entrance to the Cathedral and San Francisco Church are not included. Around USD 8 p.p. The Cathedral is not open on Sundays.

After breakfast, you will have a city tour of Lima. This fascinating walking tour will help you gain a little insight into the local Limeño culture and history. After being picked up from your hotel at 9 am, the taxi ...

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Day 10

LIMA TO CUSCO: INTO THE ANDES OF CUSCO

Today you will be transferred to Lima airport to take your flight to Cusco. Once there we will take you to your comfortable accommodation. If arriving from a lower altitude, we would recommend spending your first day in Cusco relaxing and getting used to the altitude before doing anything overly physical.

Your hotel is located in the historical center and within walking distance of the UNESCO World Heritage site of Plaza de Armas, the main square of Cusco. Cusco is a place that has it all, from busy local markets, grand colonial architecture, rich archeological history to relaxed café’s, beautiful surrounding scenery, and much more. The evening is free for you to spend at your leisure. With many excellent Cusco restaurants to choose from, your taste buds are in for a treat.

Included: Private transfers in Lima and Cusco with assistance; Accommodation in Cusco. (Meals – Breakfast).

Today you will be transferred to Lima airport to take your flight to Cusco. Once there we will take you to your comfortable accommodation. If arriving from a lower altitude, we would recommend spending your first day in Cusco relaxing ...

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Day 11

CUSCO: EXPLORE THE CITY OF THE INCAS

Walk around the Imperial City of the Incas, starting at the local market of Cusco, where you will experience a bit of Peruvian Culture and daily Cusqueño life. In the market, you can find the best variety of vegetables, bread, and fruits in the country. Perfect for your afternoon snack and sweet treat.

Continuing this pleasant walk you’ll visit the impressive Colonial Cathedral in Cusco containing over 400 paintings from the Cusqueña School and several beautiful altars.

Afterward, you’ll visit Koricancha, which is considered a religious center of Cusco, geographical and political. The Temple of Koricancha was where the Inca paid homage to the Sun god called Inti. Qori means goldwork and Kancha means an enclosed space, bounded by walls.

Then you’ll gently walk uphill to enter the artisan quarter of San Blas, where you’ll be able to appreciate a religious painting and many workshops where, if they are available, you can watch artisans in action.

After you’ve gotten your history fix, you’ll return to your hotel.

Included: Walking city tour with San Blas neighborhood and San Pedro market with a private guide and entrance fees; Accommodation in Cusco. (Meals – Breakfast).

Walk around the Imperial City of the Incas, starting at the local market of Cusco, where you will experience a bit of Peruvian Culture and daily Cusqueño life. In the market, you can find the best variety of vegetables, bread, ...

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Day 12

CUSCO TO SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCA

After being picked up from your hotel your tour will start with a brief pit stop at the Mirador de Chorao or Awanacancha before heading up to Pisac.

A famed hill town, Pisac is a great place to purchase top quality Andean knitwear at lower prices than you will find in major cities during your trip to Peru. Woven blankets, tapestries, and alpaca garments, such as sweaters and mittens, colorful fabric, and accessories, are found in abundance at the Pisac market. In addition, you’ll find an array of intriguing pottery, jewelry, and other handicrafts.

Up next is a visit to the archaeological site of Pisac. You will go to the ‘Tanqanamarca Cemetery’, where there once existed an estimated 10000 burials, and to the ‘Qantas Raqay neighborhood’ area, for farmers. It is composed of rustic stone buildings built on the edges of the cliffs.

Afterward, you will go for a buffet lunch in the Sacred Valley, set in extensive gardens with beautiful views across the Valley.

Then, you continue to an attractive little town located at the western end of the Sacred Valley, Ollantaytambo. The town has been built on top of original Inca foundations and is the best surviving example of Inca town planning. The temple area is at the top of steep terracing, which once helped to provide excellent defenses. The stone used for these buildings was brought from a quarry high up on the opposite side of the Urubamba River – an incredible feat involving the efforts of thousands of workers.

Included: Sacred Valley tour in group service with entrance fees and lunch; Accommodation in Sacred Valley. (Meals – Breakfast, Lunch).

After being picked up from your hotel your tour will start with a brief pit stop at the Mirador de Chorao or Awanacancha before heading up to Pisac.

A famed hill town, Pisac is a great place to purchase top quality ...

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Day 13

SACRED VALLEY / MACHU PICCHU, PERU / CUSCO: MAJESTY OF MACHU PICCHU

Once you’ve enjoyed your fresh fruit and warm breakfast, your private transfer will pick you up from your accommodation in the Sacred Valley and take you to the Inca town of Ollantaytambo – where the train station is located.

Boarding the train from the Sacred Valley to Aguas Calientes shaves 2 hours off what normally is a 4-hour journey from Cusco, beginning at the most beautiful part of the stretch, leaving from Ollantaytambo.

And now the day has come… Your private guide will accompany you to the Guard Shack at Machu Picchu where you’ll get the best view of this World Wonder, as well as an extended tour and explanation of the history, surrounding areas, and the sacred legend of Machu Picchu.

The Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu keeps a profound essence of sacred and mystery, which harmonizes with the natural landscape, being a place of great scientific and cultural significance as an expression of the architectural development of Inca culture.

After the excursion, you will take the train from Aguas Calientes and you head through the dramatic landscape of the Sacred Valley until you reach Cusco. Having acclimatized to the altitude the last few days, Cusco’s altitude (11,150ft. above sea level) should be no problem at all at this point. This will allow you to get out and enjoy the town this evening, or get some rest at one of our lovely boutique hotels in Cusco.

Included: Private transfer from Sacred Valley to Ollantaytambo train station; Train ticket to Aguas Calientes; Half-day private guided tour of Machu Picchu with transport, private guide, and entrance fees; Train ticket to Cusco; Transfer from the train station to your accommodation in Cusco; Accommodation in Cusco. (Meals – Breakfast).

Once you’ve enjoyed your fresh fruit and warm breakfast, your private transfer will pick you up from your accommodation in the Sacred Valley and take you to the Inca town of Ollantaytambo – where the train station is located.

Boarding the ...

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Day 14

CUSCO: HOMEWARD BOUND

It’s time to hit the road again as you make your way back home. Your private transfer will take you to the airport for your onward trip.

Included: Private transfer from your hotel to Cusco airport with assistance. (Meals – Breakfast).

It’s time to hit the road again as you make your way back home. Your private transfer will take you to the airport for your onward trip.

Included: Private transfer from your hotel to Cusco airport with assistance. (Meals – Breakfast).

Shared Experiences in Cruise to Machu Picchu and Galapagos

We have over 20 years experience building relationships with a short list of some of the best hotels and guides in Central & South America, from 7 regional offices in Latin America. We always aim to offer our tour packages with as little impact with the culture, by using shared transportation and/or private “like a local” excursions using public transportation. Let us know your travel dates and destination preferences, and we’ll match you with YOUR PERFECT Latin America experience. 

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$3,029 /person
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