Galapagos and Machu Picchu are two of the most popular destinations in South America. Your tour begins in Quito, which has a well-preserved colonial center and spectacular views of the Andes and nearby volcanoes. You will then travel to the Galapagos Islands for a five day cruise aboard a First Class Catamaran Nemo II, where you will discover plant and animal species that are found nowhere else on Earth. The final part of your tour will take you to Peru to see Machu Picchu, the spectacular mountain top citadel known as the ‘Lost city of the Incas’.
Lodging and Meals: This tour includes accommodations for 10 nights (2 nights in Quito, 4 nights onboard M/C Nemo II, 2 nights in Cusco, and 1 night in Machu Picchu), and 19 meals (10 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 4 dinners).
Promotional Departure Dats : October & November
Destinations: Ecuador, Galapagos, and Peru.
Interests: Adventure, Culture & History, Expedition Cruising, Sea Kayaking, Snorkeling, and Wildlife Viewing.
Places Visited: Quito, the Galapagos Islands, Cusco, the Sacred Valley, and Machu Picchu.
DAY 1 : Quito
Depart to Quito. After passing through immigration and customs, proceed to the aiport arrivals lobby, where our representative will be holding a board with your name on it. You will be greeted and then transferred to your hotel.
DAY 2 : Quito City Tour and Midle of the World
In the morning, you will have a city tour of Quito. You will explore the bustling streets and squares of the largest historical centre in the Americas, and visit some of its most important churches such as the majestic La Compania and iconic San Francisco, guardians of a stunning multi-ethnic artistic and cultural heritage. You will drive through the traditional neighborhood of San Juan and finish the morning at the Panecillo hillside, with its breathtaking views of the old and modern parts of the city. Following the city tour, you will be driven to the “Middle of the World City” complex, which is located 11 miles north of Quito. Here, you will see the monument of the equatorial line, a 98 ft high stone trapezoidal monument with a brass globe on top. The monument forms the focal point of a park and leisure area with gift shops and restaurants. Overnight in Quito
DAY 3: Quito to Baltra Aiport (GPS) – Begin a 5 Days Cruise
Morning transfer to the airport in Quito for the flight to Galapagos. After arriving at Baltra airport you will be greeted by a representative of the vessel then board the Nemo II, enjoy a welcome drink, and have lunch.
PM: Bachas Beach – wet landing. Activities: hiking.
The name is “Spanglish” for ‘barges’ which were wrecked offshore during the World War II. A common first landing site, there is a delightful swimming beach here, with a lagoon behind, and a longer beach for a stroll and wildlife‐ watching. The saltwater lagoon behind often has great blue herons and small waders such as sander lings and semi‐palmated plovers. Both beaches are nesting areas for green sea turtles, which leave tracks in the sand to the back of the beach, especially from November to February. A wet landing and open area on the beach mean one can explore at leisure.
DAY 4 : Plazas – Santa Fe
Visiting South Plaza begins with a dry landing. The rocky trail circumnavigates the island displaying the combination of dry and coastal vegetation zone. South Plaza has one of the largest populations of Land Iguanas in the Galapagos. The Iguanas seem to be everywhere once you land. These larger than average Yellow‐Brown Land Iguanas feed on the fruit and pads of the Prickly Pear Cactus. South Plaza is also home to Marine Iguanas living along the coast and a Hybrid Iguana whose fathers are Marine Iguanas and Mothers are Land Iguanas. As the walk continues along the sea cliffs Swallow‐Tailed Gulls, Frigate birds, Audubon Shearwaters, Red‐Billed Tropicbirds, Brown Pelicans, Blue‐Footed and Masked Boobies are frequently seen. Beneath along the shore a colony of Bachelor Sea Lions can be seen.
After lunch navigation to Santa Fe
Visit to Santa Fe Island, home to one of the most beautiful coves in all the Galapagos, Santa Fe is located in the southeastern part of Galapagos, 2 1/2 hours from Santa Cruz and 3 hours from San Cristobal. Santa Fe was formed from an uplift (rather than a volcano) giving the island a relatively flat surface rather than the typical conical shape of the other islands. Visits to Santa Fe begin with a panga ride across the lovely turquoise lagoon. Once ashore you are brought into contact with of the many sea lion colonies in the Galapagos. Bulls vie for the right of beach master while cows laze in the sun. The loop trail around the islands leads past the salt bushes where Galapagos Hawks can easily be approached. Santa Fe is home to endemic Land Iguanas. These iguanas are the largest in the islands and they are beige to chocolate brown in color and resemble small dinosaurs. Reaching the summit there is a stunning view of the cove beneath.
Dinner and navigation to San Cristobal
DAY 5 : Brujo Hill – León Dormido – Lobos Island (San Cristobal)
AM: San Cristobal, Cerro Brujo – wet landing. Activities: hiking, panga explorations, snorkeling
One of the first sites visited by Charles Darwin, Cerro Brujo is a beautiful white sand beach where brown pelicans, blue‐footed boobies, sea lions, and marine iguanas are all found. An onshore version of nearby Kicker Rock, Cerro Brujo is a very striking, eroded tuff cone.
AM: San Cristobal, Kicker Rock – no landing. Activities: panga explorations, snorkeling
Also known as León Dormido these rocks are located off the coast of San Cristobal. It is the remains of a lava cone eroded by the sea, the two vertical rocks rising 500 feet from the ocean form a small channel that is navigable by small boats. This natural monument has become a favorite sight for cruises due to the many tropicbirds, frigates and boobies that fill the surrounding air. Beneath the sea the nearly crystal waters offer a brilliant show of colorful tropical fish and invertebrates.
PM: San Cristobal, Lobos Island – dry landing. Activities: hiking, panga explorations, snorkeling.
Lobos Island, as its name suggests is famous for its population of sea lions and fur sea lions. You will also encounter a nesting ground for the great frigate bird and a small number of blue footed boobies BREEDING CENTER; here it is explained, in a simple manner, the natural phenomena that created the Galapagos Islands. They explain the series of natural processes, such as volcanic eruption and marine current locations that have led to the amazing islands that you are now visiting.
Dinner and Navigation to Espanola Island
DAY 6 : Suarez Point – Gardner Bay – Gardner Islet – Osborn Islet (Española)
AM: Española Island, Punta Suarez – dry landing. Activities: hiking
Arrival to Española Island, in the morning Punta Suarez, found on the western tip of Española, Punta Suarez offers great wildlife such as Sea Lions, sea birds and the largest Marine Iguanas of Galapagos. This is one of the best sites in the Galapagos. The amount of wildlife is overwhelming. Along the beach there are many Sea Lions and large, colorful Lava Lizards and Marine Iguanas. As you follow the trail to the cliff’s edge Masked Boobies can be found nesting among the rock formations. As you follow the trail to the cliff’s edge Masked Boobies can be found nesting among the rock formations. After a short walk down to a beach and back up the other side Blue‐Footed Boobies are seen nesting just off the trail.
PM: Española Island, Gardner Bay, Gardner Islet, Osborn Islet – wet landing. Activities: hiking, panga explorations, snorkeling, swimming
Visit to Gardner Bay, this bay is a 45‐minute boat ride from Punta Suarez. It has a white sand beach and there is a small colony of sea lions. The possibilities for swimming or scuba diving are excellent here. Visitors find migrant, resident, and endemic wildlife including brightly colored Marine Iguanas, Española Lava Lizards, Hood Mockingbirds, Swallow Tailed Gulls, Blue Footed and Masked Boobies, Galapagos Hawks, a selection of Finch, and the Waved Albatross. Snorkel and go on a panga ride at Gardner Islet, and at Osborn Islet snorkel once ore.
At night, Dinner and navigation to Santa Cruz
DAY 7 :Santa Cruz – Baltra – Guayaquil
AM: Santa Cruz, Highlands – dry landing. Activities: hiking
The highlands of Santa Cruz have incredible zones of vegetations. There you will visit the private finca “Las Primicias”. This reserve offers you one of the best possibilities to see the huge tortoises of Santa Cruz Island in their natural habitat. You can observe them from very close.
After the visit, you will be transferred to Baltra Airport for the flight to Guayaquil. After passing through immigration and customs, proceed to the reception area, where our representative will be holding a board with your name on it. You will be greeted and then transferred to your hotel. Overnight in Guayaquil
DAY 8 :Guayaquil – Cusco – City Tour
Early morning transfer to the airport for the flight to Cusco. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel. Because of the high altitude (10,912 feet above sea level), we recommend that you rest for a short period. In the afternoon, you will have a city tour that includes a walk-through of the Cathedral, the Koricancha (‘site of gold’), typical streets, and the four ruins that surround the city: the Sacsayhuaman Fortress, Kenko, Puca Pucara, and Tampumachay. Overnight in Cusco
DAY 9 :Cusco – Sacred Valley – Pisac Market – Ollantaytambo – Machu Picchu
Today you will have a full-day excursion to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. The tour begins at Awanakancha, a living museum of the Peruvian Andes, where you can observe traditional textile dyeing and weaving techniques and the four types of camelids that are native to the region. You will also visit the Indian artisan market in Pisac and have lunch at a local restaurant (included). The last stop is the impressive Inca ruins of Ollantaytambo that served as both a fortress and ceremonial center, and is the site of a short-lived victory by the Incas over the Spanish. At 19:00 pm we are going to take the train from Ollantaytambo to Machu picchu town (Aguas Calientes), where our representative will be holding a board with your name on it. You will be greeted and then transferred to your hotel. Overnight in Aguas Calientes
DAY 10 :Machu Picchu – Cusco
Early in the morning you will take a touristic motorcoach to Machu Picchu ‘the Lost City of the Incas’ (7,900 feet). This mountaintop citadel, which served as both a center of worship and an astronomic observatory, is located in the middle of the cloud forest overlooking the Urubamba River. There are both agricultural and urban areas constructed with the precision stonework that the Incas are known for. The agricultural area consists of terraces and food storehouses, and the urban area contains temples, squares, and royal tombs. After a tow and a half guided tour free time to explore the Magestic place by yourself or climb the Huayna Picchu.
In the evening, you will depart from Machu Picchu by train to Ollantaytambo train Station in the Sacred Valley, and then be taken to your hotel in Cusco. Overnight in Cusco.
DAY 11 :Cusco – Lima
Transfer to the airport for your flight back to Lima and your final destination. Depending upon the time of your departure flight from Lima, you can choose to leave Cusco on a mid-afternoon flight to Lima and stay at the airport until your flight departs.
- Vacations’ expert pre-departure planning services.
- South America Airport/hotel transfers .
- Hotel accommodations including service fees and taxes.
- Accommodations on board the M/C Nemo II.
- All meals scheduled on board and others as indicated on the itinerary.
- Daily excursions to the islands conducted by English-speaking naturalist guides.
- Use of snorkeling equipment.
- Evening briefings and lectures.
- Excursion to Machu Picchu including overnight stay and transportation .
Price Does Not Include
- International airfare.
- Galapagos National Park entrance fee ($100).
- Transit control card ($20).
- Meals not indicated on the itinerary.
- Gratuities to ship crew and guides (suggested $20/day for the crew and $10/day for the guide).
- Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.
- Gifts and personal items.
- Travel and Medical insurance.
Price per Person
Category 2 to 5 persons 6 to 11 persons 12 to 16 persons 3 Star $ 3,869 $3,819 $3,779
** The prices shown above are in U.S. Dollars. See the cost of this tour in your currency here.
- The above prices are valid until December 07, 2018.
- The Double prices are based on a Standard Cabin.
- Room/cabin upgrades and additional nights in each destination are available upon request.
- Holy Week, Inti Raymi Festival, and Christmas week surcharges may apply.
Every other Friday throughout the year.