From endemic wildlife to ancient Incan ruins, this 11-Day tour will have you visit two of South America’s iconic destinations the Galapagos Islands and mysterious Machu Picchu. Sail among the Galapagos Islands with stops to explore the land and to observe the fearless and friendly wildlife up close. In Peru you will explore colonial and modern Lima before heading toward the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Discover the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu set among the highlands of the Andes after your guided tour you will explore many of its ruins at your leisure.
After breakfast, transfer to the airport to take flight to Galapagos.
Arrival in the Galapagos. English speaking assistance.
Today we arrive on Baltra Island, the gateway to the Galapagos. This tiny island was a military base during the Second World War and hosts the Islands’ principal airport. The airport was built using the most advanced environmental techniques to reduce emissions and energy use, some of which you’ll notice as you transit through the facility. It was the first ecological airport in the world. Ferry to Santa Cruz Island.
Camp with the Tortoises!
Drive to our exclusive giant tortoise reserve where our tented camp is located. Perched high on a hillside overlooking the ocean, Magic Galapagos Tented Camp will be our home for the night. The sounds of nature will be our lullaby in the evenings, and the Milky Way will be our night-light. We’ll be able to feast our eyes on the mountains and forest surrounding the lodge and enjoy the peace of having the entire hillside to ourselves, with the exception of seasonal resident giant tortoises.
Watching the colourful sunset from Magic’s western perch is the perfect segue into evening. Dinners are scrumptious three course affairs, prepared by expert chefs in an open-air kitchen in the main lodge. A favourite post-dinner activity is a short walk to the natural lava tubes on the reserve for a nightcap in the one-of-a-kind ‘Lava Lounge!’ It’s the perfect spot to relax around the fire and share stories from the day’s adventures.
Overnight at Galapagos Magic (double tree house) and optional upgrade to (double tent).
Half-day excursion to Bay Exploration (SIB – shared service)
This morning we will join a Puerto Ayora’s bay exploration, at the main dock we will have a quick 10-minute navigation to la Loberia Island named after a sea lion colony that inhabits there. This small island is a great place to snorkel in amongst sea turtles and a great variety of colorful fish, and for playing with the ever-friendly and inquisitive sea lions.
Our next stop will be a hike to the Túnel del Amor (lover’s tunnel) with a great viewpoint from where if lucky you can watch resting white-tip sharks. On the way back we will visit Punta Estrada’s dock, where we’ll go on a walk to watch marine iguanas.
OPTIONAL FULL DAY EXPERIENCE WITH EXTRA COST: Full Day Garrapatero Beach, Charles Darwin Research Station and visit to a local artisan. (This tour replaces the Bay Exploration. Minimum 2 passengers.)
Overnight in Puerto Ayora
Daily Tour on board a motor yacht (shared basis excursion)
Embark our motor yacht and enjoy of a daily excursion with a welcoming crew members and knowledgeable naturalist guide, and experience the remote islands in comfort and style.
Our daily excursions will take you to experience the Galapagos Islands in a safe and comfortable manner. Check the boat´s weekly itinerary. We may visit North Seymour and Bachas, South Plazas, Santa Fe Island or Bartolome and Sullivan Bay, according to boats’ schedules allowed by the National Park.
** These excursions are subject to availability and change without prior notification.
Overnight at Puerto Ayora.
After breakfast, transfer to Baltra´s airport to board connection flight to Lima-Peru.
Upon arriving in Lima, you will be picked up and taken to your hotel. Our representative will give you a documentation kit with detailed program explanation. Luggage and hotel registration assistance will be offered.
Visit the modern and colonial parts of the city of Lima the “City of Kings”, beginning in the districts of Miraflores and San Isidro. Pass by a Huaca or sacred pre-Inca site. There will then be a stop at Parque del Amor (Lovers Park) in Miraflores for its magnificent view over the Pacific Ocean. The tour also includes the Historic Centre based on the Main Square, where the Presidential Palace, the Archbishop´s Palace, the Municipality of Lima and the Cathedral are located, as well as a visit to one of the largest colonial-era convents.
Upon arrival in Cuzco one of our representatives will meet you and then you will be transferred to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. The Sacred Valley allows better acclimatization due to its lower altitude compared to Cuzco city. Have the rest of the day at leisure to rest and get used to the altitude.
Full day Authentic Sacred Valley Tour.
You will head to Chinchero to visit the PARWA Center, where you can appreciate beautiful textiles and even buy some to take home. After, visit the Chinchero church, which was built by the Spanish in 1607 and remains standing until today. Continue with a visit to the ruins of Chinchero, where you will find an important Inca centre in which terraces and aqueducts were built. Then, you will stop at the Racchi Viewpoint, from where you will have a panoramic view of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant. Afterwards, you will head towards the town of Ollantaytambo, where you will find the imposing Inca fortress that bears the same name. This place is of great historical importance, because it is where Manco Inca defeated the Spanish forces in 1538. Then, you will descend to the town of Ollantaytambo which stands out for still maintaining the Inca urban planning as part of his original urban layout, with some buildings and narrow stone alleys. You can tour the town and visit the local market.
Afternoon train to Machu Picchu *.
(*) Timetables are subject to confirm
Overnight at the hotel in the Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu)
Machu Picchu Tour (SIB)
You are going to visit one of the most important energy centres of the world: Machu Picchu. You will be driven to the archaeological site, the visit of which will be an unforgettable experience, with a professional tour guide to impart to you all the history that surrounds this mysterious and enchanting place. Once the guided tour is over, you will have some free time to explore the site on your own, to relax, or to meditate. At the agreed upon hour, you will descend to Aguas Calientes for lunch and board the train* later that afternoon for the return trip. Once you have arrived at Poroy Station, you will be driven to your hotel.
(*) Timetables are subject to confirm
Overnight at the hotel in Cuzco
Enjoy the charm of this beautiful colonial city that was built upon the remains of amazing Inca buildings. Not to miss: Temple of the Sun (Koricancha), San Blas artisan’s neighborhood, the Cathedral and the Inca Fortress of Sacsayhuaman
OPTIONAL EXPERIENCE WITH EXTRA COST:
PM CITY TOUR, SACSAYHUAMAN, AND NEARBY ARCHEOLOGICAL SITES (SIB)
The afternoon is set aside for a tour of the incredible colonial city, whose buildings the Spanish constructed on top of the foundations of Incan palaces. You begin at Korikancha, the Temple of the Sun, to witness the exquisite stonework achieved by the Incas. Next stop is the Main Square for a tour of the Cathedral to see its fabulous woodcarvings and impressive altars and the lovely Church of La Compañia de Jesus (Society of Christ). Next, head upwards to Sacsayhuaman, a fortress located in a strategic spot high above the city with a view that is absolutely stunning. You will also visit the archaeological complex of Kenko, and you will have a panoramic view of Puca Pucara.
- 10 Nights’ Accommodation at selected hotels
- All meals are as per itinerary (B) Breakfast (L) Lunch (D) Dinner
- Airport Transfers
- Excursions with guides
- Tours and services as per itinerary
- Galapagos Park fee and Ingala fee (approx. U$D120 per person)
- Any items not mentioned as included