Machu Picchu & Galapagos Islands
Machu Picchu & Galapagos Islands
Few romances can ever surpass that of the granite citadel on top of the beetling precipices of Machu Picchu, the crown of Inca Land.
- Hiram Bingham -
This journey is the perfectly balanced, neighbouring country Peru and the Galapagos Islands present a fascinating combination of unforgettable experiences. From the ancient islands and the unique animal life of the Galapagos (to be explored together with a naturalist by expedition ship with great grandeur), to Peru’s extraordinary Inca ruins and historical colonial cathedrals. Dive with hammerhead sharks, observe the amazing ocean life in the Pacific waters, explore the islands in search of the Galapagos tortoises and get up close to endemic birdlife during the cruise.
In the Sacred Valley of the Incas witness a spectacular equestrian (horseman) performance of Paso horses and marvel at the graceful gait of these elegant animals during a phenomenal Peruvian barbeque. This Journey is designed to inspire you.
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€ 8 825
Day 1 (Arrival):
Arrive in Cusco (Peru) where you will be transferred to your hotel and greeted with a welcome cocktail.
Day 2 (Cusco):
Travel to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. During your travels you will visit the museum where South American camelids are bred and learn about the importance of these essential animals. Understand how the local community developed their production methods.
Day 3 (Sacred Valley):
The day to travel around the Valley, visit imposing fortress that stopped in time and discover the ancient agricultural methods. Enjoy a traditional Peruvian barbecue while experiencing an equestrian performance of Paso horses.
Day 4 (Machu Picchu):
Travel through the majestically Andean countryside to the ancient city on the Incas, Machu Picchu, with the Hiram Bingham train.
Day 5 (The Sun Gate):
Awake with the sun and walk through Machu Picchu in the morning before the crowds arrive, hiking to the Sun Gate for numinous sceneries.
Day 6 (Baltra Island):
Travel to Baltra Island in the Galapagos Islands and join your Galapagos naturalist for your cruise through the magical Galapagos Islands, go in search of the giant tortoises aboard La Pinta yacht.
Day 7 (Sombrero Chino Island):
Take a panga ride down to Eden Islet to observe the blue-footed boobies, reefs sharks and frigates. Dive among the beautiful reefs alongside whitetip sharks and witness the Galapagos penguins on the white sand beach fronts of the Chinese hat Islet.
Day 8 (Bartolome & Santiago Island):
Time for an iconic and postcard worthy Galapagos feature awaits on the Bartolome & Santiago Islands. Walk around the colossal pinnacle rock and follow a trail that goes over a lava field that flowed less than 100 years ago, while observing its wildlife.
Day 9 (Genovesa Island):
Begin your exploration of the Genovesa Island with a stroll to observe marine and land birds, paddle along the cliffs of this beautiful natural harbour. Along the way check out the large colonies of Nazca boobies and the elusive short eared owl.
Day 10 (Back Home):
Travel back to Baltra Island, to take your transfer back to the airport and start your journey back home.
(1) Price per person based on double occupancy
(2) Detailed itinerary to be shared after first interactions with your Personal Travel Advisor