Explore ancient ruins off the beaten path in the Sacred Valley, visit local villages and a women's weaving co-op, take in mountain views on the scenic train to Machu Picchu, three nights cruising and exploring the Galápagos National Park aboard the Queen of Galápagos, snorkel with sea lions and sea turtles
Please note, these local payments are not included in the price of this tour.+10.00 USD (Transit Control Card)+100.00 USD (Galapagos Park Fee)
Experience two wonders of the ancient world on one comprehensive trip full of culture, discovery and exploration. Begin in the “Lost City of the Incas” – the ideal place to unleash your inner historian – and journey through majestic ruins and local villages bursting with culture, with an optional one-day hike up the Inca Trail. Then set off for the Galápagos island chain to see the incredible archipelago wildlife in the company of an expert naturalist guide. In the evenings, return to the comfortable Queen of Galápagos to reflect on the day’s adventure under a canopy of stars. Retire to air-conditioned cabins with exclusive lower berths and private bathrooms.
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Arrive at any time (arrival transfer included).
Early flight to Cusco then on to the Sacred Valley where we spend two days exploring with a local guide. We visit the Ccaccaccollo community and the Planeterra-sponsored Women's Weaving Co-op. Visit the Planeterra-supported Sacred Valley Community Restaurant in Huchuy Qosco, an indigenous village for lunch. Explore the Pisac and Moray ruins and visit the local handicraft market. Also visit the pre-Incan salt pans of Las Salineras and enjoy a traditional Pachamanca-style dinner of local specialities.
Early transfer to Ollantaytambo where we explore the ruins before catching the scenic train journey to Aguas Calientes with option to visit the market. Those who have chosen the option in advance for the single-day Inca Trail hike will disembark the train at 104km (65 mi) and trek to the Sun Gate and Machu Picchu before rejoining the group at Aguas Calientes for the night.
Enjoy a guided tour of the Machu Picchu ruins. Free time to explore on your own or take an optional visit to the Inca Bridge before returning to Cusco by train.
Today is free to explore Cusco's historic streets, museums and local markets. Active options include whitewater rafting, horseback riding, and mountain biking.
Fly back to Lima and explore the "City of Kings."
Fly to Quito. Flight is unescorted and included in the price of the tour.
Early flight to San Cristóbal island in the Galápagos. Meet your guide and transfer to the ship. Visit Isla Lobos in the afternoon.
Land at South Plaza in the morning for wildlife spotting opportunities and a walk through the cactus forest. In the afternoon, visit North Seymour for guided walks to observe birds and wildlife, including vast sea lion colonies.
Visit to Chinese Hat for snorkelling opportunities and to observe the birds and sea lions before taking an excursion to the beach on Las Bachas in the afternoon to relax on the beach or swim in the crystal-clear waters.
Disembark in Puerto Ayora and visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to see giant Galápagos tortoises. Fly back to Quito.
Depart at any time.