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zMachu Picchu and the Galapagos - MV Galapagos Explorer

14 days

14 day small group escorted tour

Small Group Discoveries for our World Travelers

  • Discover Lima’s surprising diversity... like treasures of antiquity in the famed Larco Herrera Museum and the lively Bohemian district of Barranco!
  • A second morning visit to Machu Picchu affords the luxury of unhurried exploration without the crowds.
  • Delight in the Colonial majesty of Quito and dine atop Itchimbia Hill, with commanding city views.
  • Explore one of the archipelago’s most pristine islands… Genovesa is a haven for diverse birdlife including red-footed boobies and great frigate birds and off-shore snorkeling is often rewarded with sightings of Hammerhead sharks!
  • Step ashore with our experienced Naturalist Guides and never more than 16 guests for up-close wildlife encounters at 8 unique landing sites on 4 islands.
  • Discover 5 UNESCO World Heritage Sites c

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Day
1

Welcome to Lima

Check in to the inviting Casa Andina Private Collection Hotel.

Day
2

Explore Lima c

After a free morning to rest, enjoy a guided exploration of the city’s Colonial architecture and the Bohemian district of Barranco. Tour the extensive pre-Columbian collection of the Larco Herrera Museum. Meals B

Day
3

Fly to Cuzco... Meet your Andean Trip Leader, Sergio Prieto

Fly to Cuzco and check in to the Aranwa Hotel. A walking tour with Sergio includes the historic Cathedral and other Colonial-era landmarks. Meals B

Day
4

A scenic journey through the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu c

Ride the Vistadome train to Machu Picchu and explore the ancient ruins as your Trip Leader illuminates the extraordinary history and accomplishments of the Inca. Overnight at the charming Inkaterra El Pueblo Hotel. Meals B,L,D

Upgrade to the Hiram Bingham Train… Travel roundtrip between Cuzco and Machu Picchu aboard the luxurious Hiram Bingham Train. Enjoy brunch en route to the legendary Lost City of the Inca as your travel in style through the beautiful Sacred Valley on this Orient Express Train. After departing Machu Picchu on the afternoon of Day 5, cocktails and a sumptuous dinner will be served onboard the train as you journey back toward Cuzco. For $630 per person.

Day
5

Sunrise at Machu Picchu for Early Risers

Enjoy a return visit to Machu Picchu this morning. The paths can be slippery with dew, requiring caution. Return to your hotel in Cuzco. Meals B,L

Day
6

In-depth sightseeing in Cuzco c

Your city tour with Sergio includes Cuzco’s Colonial highlights – the Temple of the Sun and the Incan fortress of Sacsayhuaman. Gain fascinating insight into Andean traditions at the Almudena Cemetery and San Pedro Market. Meals B

Day
7

Onward to Quito c, Ecuador

Fly to Quito and transfer to the 5-star JW Marriott Hotel. Tour the historic Colonial district and dine atop Itchimbia with stunning city views. Meals B,D

Day
8

Experience the true colors of Ecuador!

Travel into the picturesque highlands of Ecuador to the charming mountain town of Otavalo, nestled in a peaceful valley under the watchful gaze of two mighty volcanoes. In the main square, you'll have time to explore Otavalo's world-famous market, where residents and nearby villagers (many dressed in traditional clothing) come to sell their finely made handicrafts… woven rugs, jewelry, clothing, stone carvings, paintings, musical instruments, pottery and more. Return to Quito where the evening is at leisure. Meals L

Day
9

Fly to the Galapagos Islands c

Transfer to the airport for your included flight to Baltra Island where your deluxe ship awaits. Later this afternoon, step ashore on Santa Cruz Island to explore Dragon Hill. A guided hike across both beach and lava field is rewarded with your first wildlife sightings, including flamingoes, migratory birds, Darwin finches, blue footed boobies and lava lizards. At trail's end, you'll have fine views of the island's rugged interior and Rabida Island to the west. Tonight's dinner onbard is accompanied by complimentary wine and beverages. Then join our engaging naturalists for the first of your informative shipboard briefings - a nightly introduction to the myriad wonders that await you the following day. Meals B,L,D

Day
10

Genovesa Island

With little rainfall, Genovesa Island’s vegetation is unique and characteristic of an arid environment. Except for Marine iguanas, reptiles are few – but the island is a paradise for sea birds including large colonies of red-footed boobies, masked boobies, Galapagos storm petrals and great frigate birds. With hardly any “introduced” species, Genovesa Island is one of the most pristine in all of the Galapagos. On your morning excursion on Genovesa you’ll explore Darwin Bay on the southern side of the island. This bay offers excellent swimming and snorkelers have a good chance of seeing Hammerhead sharks. In the afternoon, you’ll visit the El Barranco landing site.  Meals B,L,D

Day
11

Ashore on North Seymour and Santa Cruz Islands

After breakfast, make a dry landing on North Seymour Island, home to sea lions and large colonies of resting marine iguanas. A pleasant hike to the interior of this flat island brings you to a small forest with Prickly Pear cactus and numerous nesting sites of Blue-footed boobies. In the afternoon, you’ll have an excursion into the interior highlands of Santa Cruz. A one-hour hike through the lush and dense vegetation brings you to a remote area where you will be able to observe a variety of giant Galapagos tortoises in their natural habitat. Meals B,L,D

Day
12

Morning and afternoon excursions on San Cristobal Island

This morning’s excursion explores Punta Pitt on the eastern side of San Cristobal Island. Here, a scenic guided hike takes you across diverse terrain encompassing both beach and volcanic tuff. This is the only place in the Galapagos where you can see all three species of boobies and the Frigate bird nesting in the same area. In addition to blue-footed, red-footed and masked boobies, sea lions add their raucous presence to this pristine environment. After lunch onboard, your captain will navigate to the Junco Volcano. This unique fresh water lagoon is located inside a volcanic crater and its water level is entirely dependent upon rainfall. A scenic motorcoach ride followed by an invigorating hike to the lagoon is rewarded with breathtaking views and an opportunity to espy numerous bird species including Bahamas ducks, Frigate birds and Galapagos finches. Meals B,L,D

Day
13

Ashore on San Cristobal Island and back to the mainland

Go ashore on San Cristóbal Island this morning to visit the Galapagos Interpretation Center before your included flight back to the mainland. Upon arrival in the vibrant Pacific port of Guayaquil, you’ll be met and escorted to the deluxe Hilton Colon Hotel where the balance of your time is free. Meals B

Day
14

Farewell to Ecuador

Your tour with us finishes this morning. Meals B

Extend Your Trip

Extend your Galapagos Cruise

4-Day Cruise Extension from $1,500

Enjoy 3 extra nights onboard and visit two more islands with shore excursions at five new landing sites. We include port charges; additional meals, drinks & ship’s gratuities; and one night hotel in Guayaquil.

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Day
13

Ashore on San Cristóbal Island

Go ashore on San Cristóbal Island this morning to visit the Galapagos Interpretation Center. This afternoon, step ashore with your engaging naturalist to explore Frigatebird Hill, one of the few places in the Galapagos where two different species of Frigate birds are known to nest in the same colony. The terrain here is rocky but fairly flat and your first island walk is rewarded with beautiful scenery and a panoramic view of the oft-photographed Kicker Rock.  This evening’s dinner back onboard ship is accompanied by complimentary wine and beverages. Afterwards, join our top-notch naturalists for the first of your informative nightly briefings – a great introduction to the myriad wonders that await you the following day.  Meals B,L,D

Day
14

Morning and afternoon landings on Española Island

Call upon Gardner Bay where your sharp-eyed guide will point out a wide variety of birds and animals including Hood mockingbirds and the Galapagos hawk. This morning, you also have the option to snorkel at Osborn Islet. In the afternoon, go ashore at Punta Suarez where a rocky coastline is home to Nazca boobies and colored marine iguanas. Meals B,L,D 

Day
15

Puerto Ayora Town and Plazas Island

Visit the Charles Darwin Research Center in Puerto Ayora to learn about the important work being done to preserve the islands’ natural heritage. After lunch, go ashore on Plazas Island for up-close encounters with Sally Lightfoot crabs, land iguanas and maybe even the magnificent frigate bird. Meals B,L,D

Day
16

Disembark and fly to Guayaquil

Disembark your ship on Baltra Island and transfer to the airport for your included flight back to the mainland. Upon arrival in the bustling Pacific port of Guayaquil, you’ll be met and escorted to the deluxe Hilton Colon Hotel where the balance of your time is free.  Meals B

Day
17

Farewell to Ecuador

Your voyage with us ends this morning.  Meals B

Private Tour Add-Ons

Arequipa and the Colca Valley

Our 3-day FreeStyle Tour includes a choice of fine hotels, daily breakfast, in-depth sightseeing and airport transfers.

Lake Titicaca

Our 3-day FreeStyle Travel package includes a choice of fine hotels, 3 meals, chauffeured airport transfers and in-depth sightseeing

Peruvian Amazon Eco Lodges

Our 3 and 4-day FreeStyle Adventures include your choice of Amazon lodge, roundtrip transfers from Puerto Maldonado, all meals and naturalist-guided rainforest excursions throughout your stay.

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Ask about international air service on LAN, including business class. See your travel agent or call us for current international airfare associated with this program. We offer both economy and business class fares. Prices are in U.S. currency and are per person based on double occupancy, unless otherwise noted. Availability is limited.

Extra nights are available before or after your tour.

Family + Friends

Travel is one of  life's most rewarding experiences, perhaps even more so when it's shared with those you love! Combine our limited-time pay-in-full discount with our Family & Friends offers and save even more:
  • Save $50 more per person when 3 guests go
  • Save $100 more per person with 4 people
  • Save $150 more per person with 5 people
  • Save $200 more per person with 6 or more people!

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