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Machu Picchu to the Galapagos Islands

April 3–18, 2018

Tour Operator: Odysseys Unlimited

Activity Level: Moderate

They rank as two of South America’s greatest treasures: the enigmatic ruins at Machu Picchu, where you’ll overnight at an intimate onsite hotel, and the fascinating Galapagos Islands, Darwin’s “living laboratory.” Explore ancient Incan architecture. A private yacht whisks you from the Andes to the islands where you’ll encounter exotic birds and animals.


Day 1
Depart for Lima, Peru

Arrival in Lima and transfer directly to your hotel.

Day 2

This morning visit the Larco Herrera Museum, which houses a ceramics collection including a renowned set of pre-Colombian erotic figures. Encounter colonial Lima on an afternoon tour, followed by a welcome dinner at your hotel.

Day 3
Lima/Cuzco/Sacred Valley

Arriving in Cuzco today, you’ll visit the important Incan site of Koricancha, dedicated to the Sun God and continue on to Sacred Valley, a region of Inca sites and indigenous villages.

Day 4
Sacred Valley

Explore Ollantaytambo, both a living town and a site of massive Incan ruins that still inspire wonder. Visit the Incan farming town of Chinchero, where you’ll enjoy a traditional weaving demonstration and attend a native Offering to the Earth ceremony.

Day 5
Sacred Valley/Machu Picchu

Board your train to the ruins of Machu Picchu for your first guided visit of the “Lost City of the Incas.” With an afternoon at leisure and an overnight stay here, you’ll have the rare privilege of seeing the ruins after the tourists have departed.

Day 6
Machu Picchu/Cuzco

This morning, enjoy the second guided tour of Machu Picchu and then return to Aguas Calientes with some free time before your mid-afternoon train to Cuzco.

Day 7

Explore Cuzco, the archaeological “hub” of the Americas and the ruins of Sacsayhuaman fortress, a masterpiece of Incan architecture. Enjoy lunch today in the home of a gracious Cuzco family.

Day 8

Fly to the Ecuadorian capital of Quito, arriving in the late afternoon. Attend a briefing about your Galapagos adventure then dine at your hotel.

Day 9

Nestled in Andes foothills, Quito boasts a well-preserved historic center considered the finest in Latin America. Today’s city tour includes the Intiñan Museum and the Middle of the World Monument.

Day 10
Quito/Baltra/Santa Cruz Island

Fly to the island of Baltra then transfer to Santa Cruz, where you’ll settle into your hotel set on 370 lush and secluded acres in the highlands adjacent to Galapagos National Park. Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to see and learn about the giant Galapagos tortoises.

Day 11
North Seymour Island/Bachas Beach

Embark on your first excursion aboard the Santa Fe, a privately chartered yacht. Set out for North Seymour and Santa Cruz islands, weighing anchor in the calm waters off Bachas Beach. Highlights include flamingos, nesting sea turtles, and aquatic and migratory birds, including Darwin’s finches.

Day 12
South Plaza Island/Punta Carrion

Today’s destination is South Plaza, which ranks as one of the most popular (and colorful) of the Galapagos islands. Cruise to Punta Carrion, where you’ll have the opportunity to snorkel in the calm waters of a shallow cove.

Day 13
Santa Cruz Island

Explore Santa Cruz, the second largest of the Galapagos islands, and Garrapatero, a secluded white-sand beach where you’ll see abundant wildlife. Walk through “lava tunnels,” a naturally-formed tube through which lava flowed eons ago.

Day 14
Santa Cruz Island/Baltra/Quito

This morning transfer to Baltra for the return flight to Quito and celebrate our adventure at a farewell dinner in a local restaurant.

Day 15
Quito/Depart for U.S.

This morning you visit Quito’s Botanical Gardens and Iñaquito Market. Then you return to the hotel for an afternoon at leisure before tonight’s transfer to the airport for your overnight flight to the U.S.

Day 16
Arrive U.S.

You arrive in the U.S. this morning and connect with your return flight home.

Optional Pre-Tour Extension

Spend five days and four nights in the Amazon Rainforest.

Program itinerary is subject to change. See final brochure for complete details.

Cost Details

Land Only: $7,495
With Group Air from Seattle: $8,493
Single Supplement: $2,495

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This tour exceeded our expectations! We could not have been more pleased with the tour directors, naturalists, accommodations, and our UW Alumni host.
Dawn and John, ’73, ’75, Phipps

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