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Machu Picchu and the Galapagos

Combine the natural wonder of the Galapagos with the breathtaking ruins of Machu Picchu on this one-of-a-kind tour for
13D/12N Starting at $4790 per person

Explore the famous Sacred Valley of the Incas and the Galapagos Islands during this unforgettable 13-day adventure.

This trip combines many of our exciting opportunities into one expansive experience. Explore markets and ruins in the Sacred Valley, explore the citadel of Machu Picchu, soak up history among the colonial buildings and Incan architecture of Cusco, tour the political palaces and churches of charming Quito, embark on a luxurious cruise of the beautiful and mystifying Galapagos Islands.

Galapagos Marine Iguana

The second half of your trip offers a more relaxed pace during which you will be immersed in the exotic environments of diverse and rare wildlife present on the islands.

  •  1 night Lima
  •  2 nights Sacred Valley
  •  1 night Machu Picchu
  •  2 nights Cusco
  •  2 nights Quito
  •  4-night Galapagos cruise

 

Lost World Adventures itineraries can be tailor-made according to your plans and preferences: budget, hotel selections, travel dates, optional excursions, length of trip, etc.

Day 1: Lima

Upon arrival in Lima, you’ll spend the night at the Wyndham Costa del Sol Airport Hotel, located adjacent to the terminal.  

Day 2: Lima - Cusco - Pisac - Ollantaytambo

After a short flight to the legendary city of Cuzco, you’ll spend a full day at two royal ruins in the Sacred Valley of the Incas—both built by the emperor Pachacutec. The first, Pisac, is a vast residential and military complex, built amid sweeping agricultural terraces and overlooking a quaint market town selling alpaca sweaters and handicrafts. The second, the fortress of Ollantaytambo, terrified the Spanish with its gargantuan parapets, and is set in the only surviving Inca village in the Andes. Afterward, you’ll rest at your hotel in the Urubamba Valley.

Day 3: Sacred Valley 

Bird’s-eye vistas and adrenaline-pumping descents are the agenda for Day 3, as you whiz down 2,000 meters of cable at the Sacred Valley Zip-Line Adventure. Prepare for some gorgeous views—hold on to your hats!

Day 4: Urubamba - Machu Picchu 

However many selfies you’ve seen of that iconic sugarloaf backdrop, nothing can prepare you for the moment when you get to the top of the ridge and actually see Machu Picchu for yourself, with its sun temple, royal quarters, and purling sacred fountains. On this day, you’ll take a luxury train from Ollantaytambo to this New World Wonder, where you can climb to the sun gate and cross an Inca bridge. After your adventure, you’ll overnight at El Mapi Hotel in Aguas Calientes, huddled beneath Machu Picchu Mountain.

Day 5: Machu Picchu - Cusco

Most visitors feel one day at Machu Picchu is too short, so the next morning, you can hike up to the Sun Gate or climb Huayna Picchu, the sacred mountain containing hidden Inca shrines. From there, it’s back to Cuzco, where you’ll rest in Maytaq Wasin Boutique Hotel, just steps from the main square.

Day 6: Cusco city and nearby ruins

Inca walls on every corner; three-tiered fortresses; Quechua women in colorful traditional garb: this is Cuzco, which the Incas considered the spiritual center of the universe. Even today, the city’s energy is unmistakable, as you wander through echoing churches and the most sacred Inca temple of them all, the Qorikancha. You’ll also visit four Inca ruins just outside the city, including Sacsayhuaman, the citadel where the Incas nearly defeated the Spanish in battle—and which is carved from some of the most massive stones on the planet.

Day 7: Cusco - Lima - Quito

Next up: a flight to Quito, Ecuador’s luminous Andean capital, via your connection in Lima.

Overnight Vieja Cuba in the city's Mariscal district.

Day 8: Quito 

“The Florence of the Andes”: such is the locals’ nickname for Quito, and you’ll see just how fitting this moniker is when you tour its Baroque churches, with their soaring domes, indigenous-looking cherubs, and golf leaf everywhere. You’ll also climb the Panecillo, a hilltop Inca shrine to the sun-god that commands a sweeping view of the colonial city—and of snowy Mt. Pichincha in the distance. 

Day 9: Quito - Galapagos

Comfort and style: these are the priorities for your tour of the Galapagos. After a well-deserved rest, you’ll fly out in the morning to these near-mythical islands, where you’ll be picked up by a cruise representative and taken to your luxury yacht. For the next five days, you’ll island-hop with an intimate group of passengers, enjoying air-conditioned cabins with private bathrooms, Jacuzzis, sun terraces, and on-board naturalist guides that help you appreciate the wildlife that comes fearlessly up to you in this magical place.

On your first afternoon, you’ll sail out to Whale Bay, on the Island of Santa Cruz, where you’ll have time to explore the volcanic rocks and green-sand coves before snorkeling in the turquoise waters. Your companions? Marine iguanas, flightless cormorants, and a host of exotic seabirds.

Day 10: Galapagos - Espinosa Point (Isla Fernandina) - Tagus Cove (Isla Isabela)

Rippling lava formations inland, spiny cacti and mangrove beds along the shore. This is Espinosa point, where, on a morning excursion, you’ll have a chance to dive with sea lions, sidle along with colorful Sally Lightfoot crabs, and spot the king of the region’s predators, the Galapagos hawk.

Afterwards, following a gourmet lunch on board your yacht, it’s off to Isabela, the Galapagos’ largest island, where you’ll explore the lava fields and crater lakes formed by the area’s five volcanoes. On the way back, you’ll see graffiti left by 19th-century pirates, before taking a dinghy to see blue-footed boobies, brown noddies, and, season permitting, one of the true stars of the region’s wildlife, the Galapagos penguin. With a population of some 2,000 individuals, these 13-inch seabirds are the only tuxedoed birds found in the northern hemisphere.

Day 11: Galapagos - Vicente Roca Point – Urbina Bay (Isla Isabela)

The cliffs of Vicente Roca and black volcanic beaches of Urbina Bay may look different, but they have one thing in common: spectacular fauna. Here, depending on the season, you may come across giant tortoises, land iguanas, or even killer whales in the serene waters. When you swim among the tropical fish in Urbina Bay, you’ll see the uplifted coral reef that broke out during volcanic activity in 1954.

Day 12: Galapagos - Egas Port – Sullivan Bay (Isla Santiago)

Charles Darwin visited Santiago’s black-sand beaches back in 1835, and you’ll follow in his footsteps as you hike the volcanic basaltic rock that lines the shore. Here the surreal geological formations are home to numerous exotic bird species, including the bizarre yellow-crowned night heron and Darwin’s own favorite, the green warbler finch. During your afternoon snorkeling, you’ll also witness an astounding array of sea creatures, including lobsters, starfish, and rare varieties of octopus or squid. If you’re lucky, fur seals from the area’s cold-water pools will tag along.

Day 13: Galapagos - El Chato (Isla Santa Cruz) - Quito

Rancho Primicias is a private farm for tortoises on Isla Santa Cruz. When you go, you’ll have a chance to experience these iconic animals in their natural habitat. The road to the reserve is also ideal for observing land birds, including tree and ground finches, vermillion flycatchers, and cattle egrets. Transfer to the airport for your return flight to Quito or Guayaquil. Connect with your international departure.

 

Price from $4,790.00 per person, based on double occupancy
Days 13
Nights 12
Includes:

Based on double occupancy for 2 travelers, reduced prices for parties of 3 or more.

  • 1 night Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima Airport
  • 2 nights Sonesta Posadas del Inca Yucay
  • 1 night El Mapi Hotel
  • 2 nights Maytaq Wasin Boutique Hotel
  • 2 nights Vieja Cuba
  • 4-night Galapagos cruise (includes meals, guided excursions, Galapagos National Park Entrance fee, Galapagos Transit Control Card)
  • Daily breakfast at all hotels
  • Pisac Ruins, Market & Ollantaytambo excursion, lunch included
  • Vistadome train tickets 
  • Machu Picchu day excursion (includes shuttle bus tickets, half-day tour with lunch, Machu Picchu entrance fee)
  • Tour of Cusco city and nearby ruins
  • BTC Cusco Tourist Ticket
  • Half-day Quito city tour
  • Airport-hotel transfers

 

Excludes:

International and domestic airfare

Costa Del Sol Wyndham Airport Hotel

Conveniently located adjacent to the airport terminal, this modern hotel features 130 rooms, restaurant, bar, business center, wireless internet.

Sonesta Posadas Del Inca Yucay

A former 18th-century colonial-style monastery located in the heart of the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

Sol Y Luna Hotel

Located in the Urubamba valley, 10 minutes from picturesque town of Yucay. The hotel has 14 bungalows, swimming pool, restaurant and pub.

Belmond Rio Sagrado Hotel

Rio Sagrado Hotel is located in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, among verdant fields and towering mountains.

El Mapi Hotel

El Mapi is a modern, simple hotel located in the heart of Machu Picchu Pueblo (Aguas Calientes), convenient to the restaurants and shops in town.

Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

This unique boutique hotel comprises a "pueblo" of 85 luxurious whitewashed bungalows nestled into the terraced hillside within 12 secluded acres of lush cloudforest.

Belmond Sanctuary Lodge Machu Picchu

The only hotel located adjacent to the ruins of Machu Picchu. It offers guests exceptionally easy access from early morning to late afternoon.

Sonesta Posadas Del Inca Cusco

Conveniently located to the Plaza de Armas. Facilities include fine dining restaurant serving classic Peruvian cuisine.

Aranwa Cusco Hotel

Located 2 blocks from the Plaza de Armas in a colonial 16th-century mansion. Hotel facilities include restaurant and bar.

Belmond Hotel Monasterio

Located close to the main square, this former monastery and national monument since 1592 is one of Cusco's finest hotels.

Patio Andaluz

This upscale, boutique hotel, set in the colonial section of Quito, lies a 3-minute walk from Plaza de la Independencia, and a 5-minute walk from Parque La Carolina.

Casa Gangotena

This newly-restored historic mansion overlooking Plaza San Francisco is a showcase of eye-catching style and contemporary design.

Vieja Cuba

Situated in Quito's best commercial zone in a majestic colonial house.

Hotel Plaza Grande

The Quito boutique hotel is located in what was originally the home of Juan Díaz de Hidalgo, one of the Spanish conquerors who founded the city at the beginning of the sixteenth century.

"We had the trip of a lifetime."

We had the trip of a lifetime. All went smoothly without any problems. Connections were seamless, guides and drivers were courteous, friendly, and knowledgeable.

- Lynn G, June 2015

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