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Peru and Galapagos

20-day adventure

Combine two of the world's wonders in one adventure: Peru and the Galápagos Islands. In Peru we visit Lima's museums, walk Cuzco's Incan streets, explore the Urubamba Valley's towns and ruins of Pisac, Ollantaytambo and Chincheros, and then spend 3 days and 2 nights at Machu Picchu.

After Peru, we head to Ecuador for a 10-day Galápagos adventure aboard either 16-guest yacht Integrity or Reina Silvia. That's an ultimate nature and cultural experience!

Although we offer a shorter Galapagos and Machu Picchu itinerary, we have found that due to travel times, altitude changes, airfare, and all there is to see and do, this Peru and Galapagos adventure provides a lot more Peru than any shorter trip. The additional days in Peru provide just enough time for you to begin to savor Peru's cultures, history, and vast, diverse, and stunning landscapes.

This itinerary is guaranteed to make you glad you opted for a longer Peruvian visit.

 

 

Machu Picchu Citadel. Photo Wes Walker

Top: Sea Lions snoozing on Gardner Beach, Española Island, Galapagos. (Nicole Churchill)
Above: Machu Picchu in all it's glory. (Wes Walker)

 

Highlights

Museums and ceviche in Lima

2 days Cuzco, 2 days Urubamba Valley El Monasterio del Cuzco, Sol y Luna or equiv.

3 days Machu Picchu Machu Picchu Sanctuary or Machu Picchu Pueblo

2 days Santa Cruz Island Royal Palm or Puerto Ayora hotel

8-day Galapagos cruise on yacht Integrity or Reina Silvia

Itinerary Summary

Day 1

Fly to Lima, Peru. Overnight in Lima.

Day 2

Tour historic Lima with visits to the National Museum of Archeology and the Larco Museum. At lunch experience the exquisite flavors and variety of Peruvian cuisine.

Day 3

Fly to Cuzco, walking tour of historic Cuzco, dinner of typical Cuzqueñan specialties.

Day 4

Visit Central Market, Inca Museum, and Archbishop's Palace. Afternoon visit to Sacsayhuaman with a private ceremony with Shaman right in the ruins.

Day 5

En route to the Urubamba Valley, visit ruins of Tambo Machay. In the Urubamba Valley explore Pisac village and its ruins.

Day 6

Full day exploration of Ollantaytambo and the ruins of its fortress and visit to Chinchero market with tradiitonal weaving demonsration.

Day 7-9

Spectacular train ride to Machu Picchu for a three day visit (an INCA exclusive) of the ruins. You'll have a guided exploration of the site, take optional hikes with the guide to Machu Picchu Mountain and to Huayna Picchu, and have time to ponder the mysteries of this spot, take photos, or just "hide out" while trainloads of day-trippers make midday cameo appearances. Return by afternoon train to Cuzco on Day 9.

Day 10

Fly to Quito, Ecuador via Lima. Overnight in Quito.

Day 11

Fly to Galápagos Islands. Visit Santa Cruz Island Highlands. Overnight at The Royal Palm Resort (Integrity) or in Puerto Ayora (Reina Silvia).

Day 12

Visit Charles Darwin Research Station. Tour Academy Bay. Board our yacht at dinnertime.

Day 13-18

Live aboard the yacht and spend as much time exploring the islands as park rules permit. We have at least two shore visits each day, timed to avoid the large cruise ship groups. We have several chances to swim and snorkel during our week. Each night we travel on to another unique island.

Please see Our Galápagos Cruising Routes for a list of islands visited on the Western and Eastern routes.

Day 19

Breakfast on board the yacht, then disembark and fly back to Quito for dinner and overnight.

Day 20

Depart for home, or on to other adventures.

For a deeper look at this adventure, please read the Detailed Itinerary.

Departures • Peru and Galapagos

e = Eastern Route w = Western Route

Please see Our Galápagos Cruising Routes for more on the Western and Eastern routes.

2014

Integrity

Dec 24 - Jan 12 w

Jan 7 - Jan 26 w

Jan 21 - Feb 9 w

Feb 4 - Feb 23 w

Feb 18 - Mar 9 w

Mar 4 - Mar 23 w

Mar 18 - Apr 6 w

Apr 1 - Apr 20 w

Apr 15 - May 4 w

Apr 29 - May 18 w

May 13 - Jun 1 w

May 27 - Jun 15 w

Jun 3 - Jun 22 e

Jul 1 - Jul 20 e

Jul 22 - Aug 10 w

Aug 5 - Aug 24 w

Oct 7 - Oct 26 e

Oct 28 - Nov 16 w

Nov 11 - Nov 30 w

Nov 25 - Dec 14 w

Dec 16 - Jan 4 e Ω

2014

Reina Silvia

Dec 24 - Jan 12 w

Mar 18 - Apr 6 w

Apr 1 - Apr 20 w

Jun 3 - Jun 22 e

Jul 1 - Jul 20 e

Dec 16 - Jan 4 e Ω

Key

e Eastern Route | w Western Route — See Galápagos Cruising Routes

Easter | Ω Year-End Holiday

Santa Cruz Hotels

Santa Cruz Island accommodations are at Galapagos Safari Camp, Finch Bay Eco Hotel or Royal Palm Hotel. Please inquire with the INCA office to find out which hotel has been confirmed for a specific trip date.

Prices & Supplements • Peru and Galapagos

2013

Integrity

$11,495

$11,895 | Easter/Spring

Ω $12,295 | Holiday

Reina Silvia

$10,595 double, $9,795 triple on yacht only

Ω $11,395 double, $10,595 triple on yacht

only | Holiday

2014

Integrity

$11,695

$12,095 | Easter/Spring

Ω $12,495 | Holiday

Reina Silvia

$10,795 double, $9,995 triple on yacht only

Ω $11,595 double, $10,795 triple on yacht

only | Holiday

Suites

Integrity

Owner’s Suite:

$1800 per person

Reina Silvia

Main Deck Suite: $500 per person

Upper Deck Suite: $700 per person

Single

Land Single Supplement: $2650

Integrity Single Stateroom Supplement: $1800

Triple option

The Reina Silvia has the option for a triple stateroom upon request. The triple price is for three people sharing a stateroom, and will apply only when there are three guests in the stateroom. Otherwise, the stateroom will be considered a double.

Small Group

A Small Group Supplement applies if there are fewer than four travelers on your trip.

Notes • Peru and Galapagos

Included

Roundtrip airport transfers as specified in itinerary, all yacht and hotel accommodations in Peru and Ecuador (double occupancy, unless Single purchased) as specified in itinerary; all meals while on yacht and as specified in itinerary; all non-alcoholic beverages and all draft beer (Integrity only) while on yacht; all guides, activities, tours and sightseeing arrangements as specified in itinerary; use of kayaks and snorkel equipment while on yacht as specified in itinerary.

Not Included

Not included are any airfare, airport taxes and fees; Galapagos National Park Fee; Galápagos yacht Fuel Surcharge; tips for yacht crews, guides or naturalists (at your discretion); wetsuits; excess baggage charges, or other items of a personal nature.

Price also excludes any 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.