Galapagos & Machu Picchu
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This memorable tour includes two of South America's most popular tourist sites - the breath-taking Galapagos Islands and Machu Picchu, one of the world's seven wonders!
Our trip starts with 6 days to discover the amazing Galapagos Islands with the Red Mangrove Island Hopping Trip. We visit memorable sites on and around Santa Cruz and Isabela Islands including unique endemic wildlife, white-sand beaches, volcanic landscapes and plenty of time to relax too!
Stopping off for an afternoon on the Ecuadorian coast at Guayaquil we then venture down to Peru for the next highlights of the trip - Machu Picchu and Cusco. We have ample time to see both the jaw-dropping ruins of Machu Picchu together with a guide to explain all about the fascinating Inca history of the region, and also the city of Cusco which used to be the centre of the Inca universe.
Note that choice of Galapagos tour is flexible so just ask our sales staff if you prefer to make any changes.
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|1||Arrival to Quito - Our driver will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. Free time to relax and acclimatize to your new surroundings.||-|
|2||Galapagos: Santa Cruz - An early flight to the Galapagos Islands where your English-speaking guide will be waiting for you at the
airport in Baltra. He/she will take you to the port of Puerto Ayora (Santa Cruz Island). In the afternoon y our guide will take you the Giant Turtle Reserve – Rancho El Manzanillo
located in the upper part of Santa Cruz. Here giant tortoises can be found wandering
freely. Lunch at Rancho El Manzanillo.
Afterwards we visit the Charles Darwin Station to learn about the ongoing
conservation efforts on these Enchanted Islands. The Research Station rears endemic
Galapagos plants, land iguanas, and Giant Galapagos Tortoises for educational, scientific and conservation purposes.
|3||Galapagos: Day tour - by Yacht to one of the following destinations:
*Santa Fe Island
After breakfast, you will take a boat ride to one of the islands listed above. All of them offer fascinating insights into the plant and animal life of the Galapagos Islands where your natuaralist guide will explain all about the flora and fauna that you encounter.
Note: The destinations depends on availability.
|4||Galapagos: Isabela - After breakfast we will take the Public speedboat to Isabela Island (7:00 aprox), which lasts
approximately two and a half hours. On arrival at Isabela we will take a brief rest at
the hotel and then head to the Concha de Perla lagoon where you can swim with sea
lions, colorful varieties of fish, and with luck sea turtles.
After lunch we visit Tintoreras Islet - the name of the islet derives from the sharks that live in the waters surrounding the islet that have whit-tipped fins, which are known as “Tintoreras”. The islet is one of the most fascinating places on Isabela Island and in fact all of the Galapagos. In this one area we can see sea lions, marine iguanas, blue-footed boobies, Sally Lightfoot Crabs, sea turtles, pelicans, and Galapagos Penguins. As the island is one of the main breeding sites for the marine iguanas it is an excellent place to see a large community of these creatures close-up. After the hike through the islet we will get back on the boat and cool off by snorkeling in the waters nearby where with luck we may see multicolor fish, starfish, sea-urchins, and with luck manta rays, sharks, and sea lions that may swim with us close up. After this fascinating experience we will return to the hotel for dinner.
Galapagos: Isabela - After breakfast we will prepare ourselves to depart for snorkelling at the Cape Rose Tunnels located 40 minutes by boat southwest of Puerto Villamil. The sighting of birds and marine animals from the lava platform is one of the most important attractions. While snorkeling at this site you may experience up-close encounters with many species of fish, rays, sea turtles, penguins and sea lions.
During the rest of this day you will be able to use the Bicycles of our Hotel. We
suggest visits to the Tortoise Breeding Center and the wetlands on
Isabela Volcanoes - Early in the morning (8:00 am aprox.), after breakfast, we will prepare ourselves for the Sierra Negra Volcano hike by putting on comfortable walking shoes and possibly a rain jacket, making sure to bring sunscreen, water, and hats, and finally by preparing our box lunch at the hotel to take with us. We will then travel approximately 45 minutes by truck or bus to begin the 12 km hike (appx. 3 hours). The hike is long in terms of distance, but not very difficult as the inclines and declines are quite gradual. Sierra Negra Volcano has the second largest crater in the world, measuring approximately 6 miles in diameter and 300 feet deep. We can then continue to see spectacular moon-like terrain of Volcan Chico before heading back.
In the afternoon you have free time to enjoy your last hours on the beautiful Isbalea white-sand beach.
Galapagos, flight to Guayaquil - At 5:00 a.m. we head to the dock to take the public speedboat back to Santa Cruz Island (timing subject to change). From Puerto Ayora we will transport you across the highlands and to Baltra Airport. Depending on the timing of your flights we may have time for a quick visit to the twin crater sunken “holes”. These craters were formed by the collapse of the earth beneath which lava had passed and created giant tunnels, which facilitated the collapse and creation of the craters.
On arrival to Guayaquil our driver will meet you at the airport for a transfer to your hotel. The rest of your afternoon is free.
|8||Guayaquil to Lima - After breakfast enjoy a morning tour of the highlights of Guayaquil including the old town area and the impressive malecon waterfront. In the afternoon fly to Lima where you stay at an airport close to the airport in preparation for an early start tomorrow.||B|
|9||Cusco - In the morning your flight to Lima and to Cusco. If your flight arrives early to Cusco you will have time to explore the many sites of Cusco by yourselves such as the local handicraft markets, the wonderful array of museums, electric nightlife or to just wander around the scenic streets. In the afternoon a comprehensive morning tour showcases the best sites of Cusco: the beautiful Koricancha or Sun Temple, the Cathedral as well as the Fortress of Sacsayhuaman, a most remarkable Inca building, the amphitheatre of Kenko. This is followed by a visit to Puca Pucara, a strategically located 'red fortress' that dominates the entire area before visiting Tambomachay, with its two distinctive aqueducts that to this day continue to provide clean water to the area.||B|
|10||Sacred Valley - This morning you will be picked up from your hotel for your tour to the Sacred Valley. We make a stop in ’Awana Kancha (weaver's palace in Quechua)’, a breeding centre of South American camels (guanacos, llamas, alpacas and vicunas). Artisans will demonstrate weaving and dyeing ancient Andean techniques from 12 communities still in use today. Continue with the visit of the Pisaq market. Originally a place where people from remote communities used to barter their products, Pisaq has evolved to one of South America's most famous souvenir markets. Make sure to sample some 'empanadas' baked in traditional clay ovens. En route you will also visit the ruins of Pisaq, a site set high above a valley by patterned fields and rimmed by vast terracing. The stonework and panoramas at Pisaq's Inca citadel are magnificent. In the main ruins you will find temples of the sun, moon, rain, rainbow, and stars, as well as a few Inca crosses rising from the ground. The cross represents the different levels of existence: The lower level signifies the underworld, and snake god; the higher level, human existence, represented by the jaguar or puma god; and the highest level, the celestial plane, represented by the condor. Afternoon visit to the fortress of Ollantaytambo where the Temple of the Sun (formed of six gigantic monoliths, whose total weight exceeds 50 tons) and the Terrace of the Ten Niches stand out.||BL|
|11||Aguas Calientes & Machu Picchu - At proper time, transfer from your hotel in the Sacred Valley to Ollanta train station (only transportation). The train ride takes you through the Sacred Valley of the Incas up to Machu Picchu (unescorted). Upon arrival a small coach takes you up the steep roads to the entrance of the citadel. For centuries Machu Picchu remained undiscovered by the Spaniards and has only been found in 1911 by the American explorer Hiram Bingham. During a guided tour you will experience the uniqueness of the location and the genius that went into its construction, making this Inca site one of the seven new wonders of the world. Accommodation in Aguas Calientes.||BD|
Aguas Calientes - Aguas calientes to Cusco - Morning at leisure OR optional second visit to Machu Picchu citadel (at extra cost, must be booked in advance). In the afternoon, return by train from Aguas Calientes to the station of Poroy (or Ollanta) (unescorted). Arrival and transfer to your hotel (only transportation)
|13||Tour end Cusco – In the morning transfer to the airport in Cusco, or you may wish to stay extra time in Cusco to explore the city more.||B|
This program can be adapted to your personal needs - just let our sales team know of any changes you would like to make, and they will be happy to help!
Past Clients Feedback
“The two things I most wanted to see in South America both packed into one 2 week trip was really cool!” (Tom Plueser, USA)
“Both Galapagos and Machu Picchu surpassed our expectations making this a wonderful vacation.” (Florence and Bill Johnson, USA)
"I initially contacted Happy Gringo to help with planning our excursions to the Galapagos Islands and the Ecuadorian jungle. My emails with Maria were so helpful that I asked her to work on the rest of our trip to Ecuador and Peru. We normally make our own arrangements, but this time I turned over our entire 5-week adventure to Maria and Happy Gringo and we could not be more pleased. Our guides and drivers have all been prompt, courteous, helpful, knowledgable, and fun. The hotels have, for the most part, been better than I would have booked on my own. I enjoyed not having to deal with car rentals or driving and leaving the details to someone else. All we had to do was have our bags packed and be ready to leave at an agreed upon time. We spent today touring Macchu Picchu and are nearing the end of a great trip. Thank you Happy Gringo!" (The Todd Family)
AVAILABILITY: This tour is available throughout the year.
START DATES: flexible to start on any day of the week that you prefer to travel.
Prices (per person)
|# OF PASSENGERS||2017 PRICE|
|2||$3695 standard / $4395 comfortable||Request this Tour|
|3||$3495 standard / $4195 comfortable||Request this Tour|
|4||$3415 standard / $4095 comfortable||Request this Tour|
|5||$3365 standard / $4050 comfortable||Request this Tour|
|6 or more||$3335 standard / $4025 comfortable||Request this Tour|
- Accommodation in double / twin
- Private transportation and driver in Peru
- Meals as listed in itinerary
- Activities as listed in itinerary (private tours except Cusco tour)
- All airport transfers (except in Lima where hotel is 20 metres from airport)
- Entrance fees
- Train tickets
- English-speaking guide at Machu Picchu
- Air fare Quito-Galapagos-Guayaquil
- Excursions with a Freelance English speaking Naturalist guide provided by the Galapagos National Park.
- Snorkeling gear at Galapagos
- International flights to arrive to Ecuador and leave Peru
- Flights from Guayaquil to Lima
- Domestic flights Lima-Cusco-Lima
- Optional 2nd entrance fee to Machu Picchu (approx $101 per person)
- Single supplement (applies for a single room for somebody travelling within a group). If you are travelling alone then please ask our staff for a solo traveller price quote.
- Airport taxes
- Personal Expenses
- Meals not listed as part of itinerary
- Entrance fee to the Galapagos National Park ($100 International visitors)
- Transit Control Card ($10).
- Alcoholic Beverages