The Galapagos & Machu Picchu

The Galapagos & Machu Picchu
Go to the center of the earth. Then walk in the footsteps of Darwin, and see centenarian giant tortoises around a volcanic archipelago. Just when you get your head around the theory of evolution, take a mind-blowing hike in the cradle of Incan civilization.
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Day 1 Start tour
Meet your tour director and check into hotel
Day 2 Hola Quito
Quito guided sightseeing tour
Independence PlazaGovernment PalaceSan Francisco Church visitMitad del Mundo visit
Details: Quito guided sightseeing tour
Explore Ecuador's beautiful capital on this guided tour of Quito's downtown. Visit sites dating back to Spanish colonization, and continue to Panecillo where you will find an impressive panoramic view of the city and the surrounding valleys. Jump from the southern to northern hemisphere in an instant at Mitad del Mundo - the Equator Monument that marks the equinoctial line.
Day 3 Quito--Galápagos
Fly to Santa Cruz
Primicias Ranch visit
See giant tortoises
View lava tunnels
Transfer to Isabela Island via boat
Details: Primicias Ranch visit
The Galapagos giant tortoise is the largest living tortoises in the world, can weigh up to 660 pounds and can live as long as 150 years in the wild. The wild population of these amazing creatures has dropped sharply since the seventeenth century due both to excessive hunting and the introduction of predators and humans. For a rare chance to see these amazing endangered tortoises roam free in the natural habitat, head to Primicias Ranch.
Day 4 Las Tintoreras & Cape Rose excursion
Cape Rose full-day guided excursion
Travel to Cape Rose via boat
Las Tintoreras visit
See marine iguanas, Galapagos penguins & Sally Lightfoot crabs
Snorkeling adventure
See green sea turtles, white tip reef sharks, rays & multicolored fish
Details: Cape Rose full-day guided excursion
Prepare yourself for one of the best days of your trip! After navigation aboard a typical fisherman boat for an hour and a half from Puerto Villamil, you will reach Cape Rosa or Finado Bay on the western side of the island. This is one of the most beautiful places nature has bestowed upon humankind. Here you can walk over the connected lava tunnels situated in the blue sea waters.
Details: Snorkeling adventure
Graceful gliding rays, frolicking seals, colorful iguanas, and vibrant tropical fish – see all of these and more as you snorkel around Lobos Island.
Day 5 Isabela Island--Santa Cruz Island
Giant Tortoise Breeding Center guided visit
Flamingo Lake walk
Transfer to Santa Cruz Island via boat
Darwin Research Station guided visit
Day 6 Santa Cruz Island--Quito
Transfer to Baltra Island via Itabaca Canal
Twin Craters visit
Fly to Quito
Day 7 Quito--Cuzco
Fly to Cuzco
Cuzco guided sightseeing tour
Tambo Mach'ay, Qenko, Puca PucaraSacsayhuaman Fortress visit
Details: Cuzco guided sightseeing tour
Colorful Cuzco was an important Inca center, and sites surrounding the town testify to the power of the empire. Begin your tour at Tambo Machay, the ritual baths probably used by nobility. Underground water bubbles up over the intricately carved stone platforms, creating a shower as it tumbles over the edge. The impressive stone at Qenko had a slightly less cleansing purpose -- each year, priests would pour llama blood over the top and watch its progress through the complicated zigzag pattern to determine the luck for the coming planting season. Puca Pucara was likely a hunting lodge or vacation home for the emperor; from its high position, you can gaze out at the glaciers in the south.
Day 8 Cuzco--Machu Picchu
Sacred Valley full-day sightseeing tour
Train ride to Machu Picchu
Day 9 Machu Picchu--Cuzco
Sunrise at Machu Picchu
Transfer back to Cuzco
Details: Hike to Intipunku
Climb the steep stairs up to Intipunku, or “The Gate of the Sun”, for a gorgeous aerial view of Machu Picchu below.
Day 10 Cuzco--Lima
Fly to Lima
Lima guided sightseeing tour
Government PalaceCity HallCathedral of LimaMirafloresSan IsidroSan Francisco Convent visit
Details: Lima guided sightseeing tour
Experience the vibrant culture and breathtaking architecture of this capital city overlooking the Pacific Ocean. See the vast neo-colonial Governmental Palace, the towering Cathedral of Lima with its 14 side doors and main “door of forgiveness”, go past the upscale San Isidro district and visit the San Francisco Convent.
Details: Fly home
In most cases, your flight home is overnight. You will return home on Day 11.
Day 11 Return home
Map of the Galapagos & Machu Picchu Tour | Explorica Educational Travel
Tour Includes:
  • Round-trip airfare
  • 8 overnight stays in hotels with private bathrooms
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
  • Full-time services of a professional Tour Director
  • Internal flights
  • Guided sightseeing and city walks as per itinerary
  • Visits to select attractions as per itinerary
  • Changes in the regulations of the Galapagos National Park may result in changes to the itinerary
  • Tour Diary™
  • Note: Tour cost does not include airline-imposed baggage fees, or fees for any required passport or visa. Please visit our Fees FAQ page for a full list of items that may not be included in the cost of your tour.
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