Galapagos Machu Picchu Package 16 Days Tour

Awe-Inspiring Destinations

Nothing opens your world—and your imagination—like the Galapagos Islands. Sealed off for millions of years, this pristine archipelago is home to foliage and wildlife found nowhere else. Our all-inclusive Galapagos packages offer you the chance to explore these unspoiled islands to the fullest, and it doesn’t end there.

While the Galapagos Islands are Ecuador’s most famous destination, its capital, Quito, is a remarkable place unto itself. At 9,350 feet, this UNESCO World Heritage site offers one of the largest, least-altered, best-preserved historic centers in the Americas. Start your adventure with a pre-cruise tour of Ecuador’s mountaintop capital of Quito, then head for your incredible 7-Night Galapagos cruise. Post-cruise, spend 1 or 2 additional nights in Quito.

Make your Galapagos experience even more unforgettable with a fully guided, once-in-a-lifetime journey to Peru’s iconic Machu Picchu, a lost Inca city nestled stunningly in the Andes. Discover two of the world’s most awe-inspiring destinations on one incredible vacation—and leave virtually every detail to us. Start with a pre-cruise tour of Ecuador’s mountaintop capital of Quito, then head for your incredible 7 night Galapagos cruise. Post-cruise, travel to the Peruvian capital of Lima, then venture deep into the Andes Mountains to visit Cuzco, the stunning Sacred Valley, and one of the most mysterious and inspiring places on earth, famous Machu Picchu. Shrouded in mystery, this Lost City of the Incas will awe you with its beauty and its secrets.

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Machu Picchu & Galapagos at a Glance

When you travel to South America, beautiful landscapes and remnants of storied histories abound. A visit to Machu Picchu and the Galapagos Islands ensures an action-packed South American adventure.

Galapagos

The Galapagos Islands offer an unparalleled exploration of South America’s natural wildlife. You should bring your binoculars along so that you can keep watch for some of the region’s most stunning animals, including marine iguanas, penguins, and giant tortoises. You’ll also uncover the beautiful landscapes of seemingly uncharted territory, such as white-sand beaches and rocky cliff sides. Meanwhile, you can take part in diving, snorkeling, kayaking, and hiking.

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu is considered to be the prized gem of the Inca Empire. This ancient citadel provides insight into how the Inca people lived hundreds of years ago. Its isolation offered the ruins anonymity for hundreds of years. Today, although millions of tourists flock to the UNESCO World Heritage Site each year, it has maintained its beauty and mystique.

Best Time to Visit Galapagos & Machu Picchu

Below, we offer our recommendations on when you should consider traveling to the Galapagos Islands and Machu Picchu to make the most of your trip and sightseeing opportunities.

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June, July, and August are the best times to travel to the Galapagos Islands for most visitors. This is the dry season and the busiest season for visits. During this time of the year, it’s also more likely that you will see whale sharks at the Darwin Islands. These months are also considered to be the ideal travel time for deep-sea divers.

It’s also great to travel to the islands between December and May. This is known as the hot and rainy season. Although mornings may be rainy, mid-day often brings sunshine and warm temperatures in the mid-80s Fahrenheit. These months are the best for hiking and water sports.

Machu Picchu

The best time to visit Machu Picchu is between May and October, which is once the rainy season has passed. Especially from June to September, the days are dry, and the temperatures are mild, offering optimal sightseeing opportunities. While crowds are more significant between June and September, the idyllic weather conditions make up for it.

When possible, travelers should spend multiple days at the ruins so that multiple ascents are possible in the case of inclement weather.

How to get to Galapagos & Machu Picchu

Getting to each of these secluded oases is part of the adventure. You should familiarize yourself with these recommendations to ease your travel to and from each destination.

In order to get to the Galapagos Islands, you must first fly into Ecuador’s major airports in either Quito or Guayaquil. Most tourists will then fly to Baltra Island before transferring to other tourist hubs in Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island.

The best way to get to Machu Picchu is to take a regional flight from Lima to the Andean city of Cusco. From there, travelers can choose to hike the Inca Trail (typically a 2 to 4-day expedition) or travel via luxury train through the Sacred Valley. Most travelers will spend the night in the base town of Aguas Calientes before boarding a shuttle bus to the summit of the UNESCO ruins the following morning.

Essential Experiences in Galapagos & Machu Picchu

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Hiking: You can step foot on some of the island’s most stunning terrain as you trek over dried lava, pass massive craters, and volcanoes.

Snorkeling/Surfing/Kayaking: Water sports are integral to exploration when visiting the Galapagos Islands. You should consider participating in these water adventures in addition to diving for breathtaking views of the island’s marine wildlife.

Volunteering: For those who are looking for a more hands-on approach, you can choose to volunteer with several government agencies, most of which are geared toward land preservation and animal conservation.

Machu Picchu

UNESCO Ruins: The ruins of Machu Picchu offer unparalleled insight into the ways that the great Inca Empire functioned hundreds of years ago. You can explore the ruins on your own or travel alongside an expert guide for an up-close look at the Sacred Rock, Principal Plaza, and Temple of Three Windows.

Huayna Picchu: Huayna Picchu is the magnificent peak that sits at Machu Picchu’s rear and is often photographed alongside the ruins. You can choose to marvel at the peak from afar or climb to the top alongside your guide for breathtaking views of the ruins and Andes Mountains.

Aguas Calientes: In the evening, after a full day of hiking and sightseeing at the UNESCO ruins, you can settle into the sleepy mountain town at the ruins’ base. Here, you can indulge in a three-course meal of Peru’s very best cuisine before basking in the medicinal hot spring for which the town gets its name.

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16 NIGHTS, GALAPAGOS CRUISE – MACHU PICCHU, PERU ITINERARY

Day 1 - Quito Arrival

On the first day of your journey, you’ll be greeted at the airport by a  Cruise representative and transferred to the JW Marriott hotel. Enjoy free time to relax and settle in.

Day 2 - Quito

Breakfast is served at the hotel. During your guided tour of the capital of Ecuador, situated at an altitude of 9,350 feet, you’ll stand on the equatorial line at the Intiñan Solar Museum, and marvel at the monastery of San Francisco and la Compañia Church. Your Tour Director will escort you throughout your Quito stay, and serve as your personal concierge. Lunch with a spectacular view of the city, and enjoy a welcome dinner at a local gourmet restaurant.

Day 3 - Quito/Baltra Island

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Baltra, Galapagos. During World War II, Baltra served as a U.S. military base protecting the Panama Canal from enemy attack. Now the cactus-strewn landscapes of Baltra are home to the region’s main airport and where you will meet the ship. From the airport, it is just a short bus and zodiac ride to the ship for embarkation.

Daphne Island

Daphne is a satellite volcanic cone located north of Santa Cruz Island. The crater floor is an important breeding site for blue-footed boobies. The cliff shore of the island is home to sea lions, pelicans, blue-footed boobies, and tropic birds which can be observed during the circumnavigation of the island

Day 4 - Egas Port, Santiago Island

With its sandy beach and black –rock, blue-water grottos, this stop offers a taste of the Galapagos geology, some great snorkeling, and an opportunity to see shorebirds and Galapagos fur seals. Excursion options: long walk along the shore to the grottos to see fur seals, followed by optional swimming and snorkeling or a shorter coastal walk.

PM – Rabida Island

A small island south of Santiago, Rabida is best known for its red sand and eroded volcanic landscape. A nesting colony of pelicans makes its home here, along with sea lions and some sea birds. Excursion options: coastal exploration, short walk, swimming, and snorkeling from the beach.

Day 5 - Elizabeth Bay, Isabela Island

Elizabeth Bay is one of the westernmost points in the Galapagos. A scenic coastal exploration along this sheltered inlet offers the view of a wide variety of wildlife and a wonderful mangrove ecosystem.

PM – Tagus Cove, Isabela Island

Historically an anchorage for pirates and whalers, this site offers a breathtaking view of Isabela, its volcanoes, and a saltwater lagoon. Along the shore, seabirds, penguins, sea lions, sea turtles, and nesting flightless cormorants can often be found. Excursion options: coastal exploration, walk, snorkeling and kayak.

Day 6 - Bartolomé Island

Bartolomé Island offers one of the region’s most photographed views and is a spectacular geological setting. Its barren moon-like volcanic landscapes, spatter cones, and pinnacle rock makes for a unique stop. It is also home to the endemic Galapagos penguin and provides an excellent opportunity for snorkeling. Excursion options: hike up some 368 stairs “To the Top” of the volcano, a coastal exploration, and an optional beach swim or snorkel.

Day 7 - North Seymour Island

A small island just north of Baltra, North Seymour is home to the largest colony of frigate birds in the Galapagos. While keeping an eye out for male frigates trying to impress potential mates with an inflated red neck pouch, you may also see blue-footed boobies dancing in a timeless courtship ritual. Sea lions and large land iguanas also roam about this rocky terrain. Excursion options: a long rocky walk, zodiac ride and short easy walk; or simply a scenic coastal exploration tour along the coast to view wildlife and the geology of the area. Experienced snorkelers will also have an option of deep water snorkeling.

Day 8 - Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal Island

Visit the small waterfront town of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, the administrative capital of the islands. Excursion options: a tour of a local interpretation center and time for shopping or a fast-paced long walk to view scenic vistas, followed by a visit to the interpretation center.

PMP – Unta Pitt, San Cristobal Island

Thought by many to be the most spectacular site in San Cristobal, Punta Pitt allows for the rare opportunity to visit one of the few locations in the Galapagos where you can observe all three species of boobies–Blue, Red, and Nazca–and two species of frigate birds nesting in the same area. You will have an opportunity to explore its volcanic terrain as well as beach swimming. Excursion options: zodiac, hike, and swim.

Day 9 Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island

The main population center of the islands, Puerto Ayora is home to the National Park Service tortoise-breeding center and the Charles Darwin Research Station. You will be able to visit the breeding center and walk through the Research Station. You will also have the opportunity to take a bus ride to the highlands to observe giant tortoises in the wild and walk through a lava tunnel. In addition, you will have an exclusive opportunity to participate in the Scalesia reforestation project.

Day 10 - Disembarkation- Baltra-Quito-Lima Arrival

Enjoy breakfast on board before disembarking and heading to the Baltra airport for your flight to Quito and on to Lima. Upon arrival at the Quito airport, a Celebrity representative will be on hand to assist you with your Lima flight check-in. For your convenience, they will provide an entry voucher to the airport VIP lounge in Quito. Upon your arrival in Lima, and clearing customs and immigration formalities, you will be greeted by a Celebrity Cruises representative at the airport. A detailed schedule of events will be provided. Dinner and overnight at the Westin Lima.

Westin: Grande Deluxe Room

Day 11 - Lima, Peru

This morning you will have the opportunity to sleep in, perhaps enjoy a massage* in the hotel’s renowned spa, or go for a swim in the indoor pool, the choice is yours. Around noon, your guide will pick you up to start the afternoon tour with a culinary twist. You will visit Surquillo, the local food market, enjoy lunch at one of Lima’s gourmet restaurants, and visit the Bohemian district of Barranco. After lunch, learn how to make traditional cocktails at a mixology class in a trendy Lima spot.

You will be back at the hotel in the late afternoon with ample time to get ready for the next day’s early departure to Cuzco.

Westin: Grande Deluxe Room

Day 12 - Lima / Cuzco - Sacred Valley, Peru

After breakfast at the hotel, your guide will transfer you to the airport for your Lima/Cuzco flight. Lunch is served at Casa Hacienda Orihuela in The Sacred Valley, where the Orihuelas, a family of great art collectors, will be your hosts.

Dinner and overnight at the Tambo del Inca Luxury Collection hotel in The Sacred Valley.

Tambo del Inca Luxury Collection Hotel: Deluxe Terrace

Day 13 - The Sacred Valley

After breakfast at the hotel, head to the Urubamba Valley, The Sacred Valley of the Incas. Tour the impressive ruins, featuring terraces carved into the hillside and a temple designed for worship and astronomical observation. Tour the fortress of Ollantaytambo. Followed by lunch at Wayra Ranch, a feast led by the prominent Chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino and Nacho Solis, as you delight in stunning equestrian Peruvian Paso horse entertainment. After lunch, visit the Pablo Seminario workshop, showcasing utilitarian and artistic objects. Dinner and overnight at Tambo del Inca Luxury Collection.

Tambo del Inca Luxury Collection Hotel: Deluxe Terrace

Day 14 - Sacred Valley / Machu Picchu

After breakfast at the hotel, you will be transferred to the Ollantaytambo rail station for your departure on the Vistadome train. Tour the almost perfectly preserved buildings and the mysterious passageways underlying the city. Lunch will be served at the Sanctuary Lodge in Machu Picchu. After lunch, you will have the option for a second visit to Machu Picchu in the afternoon (time permitting). Prior to departure, tea time is offered at the Sanctuary Lodge. You will board the world-famous Belmond Hiram Bingham train in the late afternoon for your journey back to Cuzco. Onboard enjoy welcoming aperitifs, dinner, and a selection of wines as well as live local music, dancing, and Pisco sours.

Overnight at Belmond Palacio Nazarenas in Cuzco.

Palacio Nazarenas: Studio Suite

Day 15 - Cuzco, Peru

After breakfast at the hotel, enjoy a scenic tour of the Coricancha, also known as the “Temple of the Sun,” before touring the Sacsayhuamán fortress and the Cathedral, one of the most splendid Spanish colonial churches in America, housing about 400 colonial paintings from the Cuzco art school, impressive goldsmith, silversmith, and precious stone works. Lunch is served at a local gourmet restaurant.

Dinner and overnight at the Belmond Palacio Nazarenas.

Palacio Nazarenas: Studio Suite

Day 16 - Cuzco / Lima, Peru

After breakfast at your hotel, you will head to the airport for your morning flight back to Lima. Once in Lima, you will visit Lima’s historical downtown, where lunch is served at a local gourmet restaurant. You will enjoy Peru’s Capital and its 2000 years of history and colonial wealth. Experience the artistic and contemporary traditions of its residents, making a stop at Saint Francis’ Convent, a masterpiece of colonial architecture to visit its beautiful courtyards and catacombs.

Dinner and overnight or day room at Westin Lima Hotel.

PM – Lima Departures

Your departure and accommodations (day room or hotel night) will be scheduled based on your return flight schedule.

Note: *Massage services available at an additional cost.

During the rainy season (January 1st – April 30th) the train service between Machu Picchu and Cuzco adopts a bimodal route due to weather. During this time all trains conclude their journey in the Ollantaytambo station upon return from Machu Picchu. Guests traveling during this period will disembark in the Ollantaytambo station and will spend an additional night at the El Tambo del Inca hotel in the Sacred Valley. After breakfast, guests will continue their journey to Cuzco as scheduled. All site visits and services remain the same. Please note this change does not add additional nights to the program and is offered for the safety and comfort of our guests.

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