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Machu Picchu Peru

Galapagos Islands & Machu Picchu Tour

10 days
From US$4995 per person

Domestic flights included
Discount for Groups

Travel on an unforgettable five-day Galapagos cruise. Our most popular Galapagos itineraries visit the islands of Bartolome, Isabela, Fernandina, Santiago, Rabida, Floreana, Santa Fe, San Cristobal, Santa Cruz and Española – a great combination of marine wildlife viewing, remote visitor’s sites and fascinating volcanic formations. Fly from Ecuador’s mainland to the famous Galapagos Islands. Your ship will be your floating home for the tour – a place to sleep, eat, relax and learn about the fascinating Galapagos Archipelago. During the day explore the different islands that offer an eclectic mix of landscapes, Flora and Fauna. Afterwards head to Peru to visit Machu Picchu, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, as well as Cuzco and the Sacred Valley.

Day 1: Arrive in Quito or Guayaquil.

Day 2: Flight to the Galapagos Islands. Transfer from Galapagos airport to cruise ship and first excursion today.

Day 3-6: Galapagos cruise continues, visiting Isabela, Fernandina, Santiago, Rabida and Santa Cruz Islands. Flight to Guayaquil (or Quito) on day 6. International flight to Lima.

Day 7: Flight to Cuzco. City and ruins tour.

Day 8: Sacred Valley tour – Pisac and Ollantaytambo.

Day 9: Machu Picchu Tour.

Day 10: Flight to Lima, city tour in the morning. International flights may depart any time after 5:00pm.

What’s included in the trip

  • Airport transfers
  • Southern Crossings bilingual guides
  • All other internal transport (excluding transport to optional restaurants, bars, sights and excursions)
  • Four domestic flights – Guayaquil/Quito-Galapagos Islands, Galapagos Islands-Guayaquil/Quito, Lima-Cuzco, Cuzco-Lima
  • One night of 4-star accommodation, four nights of 3-star accommodation, four nights aboard the ship in the Galapagos
  • Breakfast – included with all hotel stays
  • Private Machu Picchu excursion, includes bilingual guide, round trip Vistadome or Executive train fare, transportation to/from ruins/Aguas Calientes, and entrance to the Machu Picchu sanctuary including Wayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain
  • Private Cuzco city tour including entrance fees, private vehicle, driver and professional guide
  • Private Lima city tour with entrance fees, private vehicle, driver and professional guide
  • Private Sacred Valley excursion including entrance fees, private vehicle, driver and professional guide 
  • Five day/four-night Galapagos cruise, including all food, excursions, fuel surcharge of $90.00 and Galapagos National Institute Migration Control Card (US$ 10.00)
  • Galapagos National Park Tax – US$100.00, US$50 for children under 12.
  • 24-hour customer support line while on tour

What’s not included

International flights, pre- & post- tour accommodation, visas, vaccinations, personal insurance, meals except where specified above, drinks, laundry, souvenirs, tips while on optional excursions and other items of a personal nature. Medical travel insurance is not included through Southern Crossings, cancellation insurance is advisable. On the Galapagos Islands tour the following is not included: wet suit – optional (US$ 25.00 for the whole tour), alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages medical services, travel cancelation insurance and tips (optional).

Detailed trip itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Quito or Guayaquil and private transfer to your hotel to get some sleep before embarking on the Galapagos cruise.

Day 2

Galapagos Legend Cruise Itinerary B

(Note: This itinerary is an example itinerary, it may vary depending on your travel dates, cruise length, ship cabin, availability and your ship preferance. Coral I and II also have a slightly different itinerary – click here for details).

Galapagos (Baltra Airport). Departure from Quito or Guayaquil to Baltra (approx. two- and half -hour flight). Passengers will be picked up at the airport by our guides and taken to the pier to board the boat.

Mosquera Islet. Wet landing, Mosquera Islet is located between North Seymour and Baltra Island. This flat, sandy island has a large colony of sea lions. It is also an excellent site to observe shorebirds such as herons and lava gulls. Most of the islet is covered with sand and barren lava rock.

Day 3

Egas Port (Santiago Island). Wet landing. This visitor site located at the northwestern portion of Santiago Island, and of important geologic interest, features extensive lava flows believed to have been formed during the last quarter of the 19th century. Egas Port´s black volcanic sandy beach was visited by Darwin in 1835. The unique, truly striking layered terrain is home to a variety of animals including the bizarre yellow-crowned night heron and marine wildlife including lobster, starfish and marine iguanas that graze on algae beds alongside Sally Light foot crabs. Often you will see colonies of endemic fur seals swimming in cool water volcanic rock pools.

Afternoon: Rábida Island. Wet landing. Dark-red sand covers these unique beaches with incredible landscape; Rábida Island is considered the epicenter of the Galapagos Islands due to the diversity of its volcanic geology. Nesting Brown Pelicans are found from July through September and nine species of the famous Darwin’s finches can be seen. We will also take a dinghy ride along cliffs to observe nesting seabirds, and snorkel off the coast, where marine life is particularly active. Today you will have the option to go snorkeling.

Day 4

Urbina Bay (Isabela Island). Wet landing on a volcanic “black” beach. Depending on the time of year we may find giant tortoises, large land iguanas and the unusual Flightless Cormorant at their nesting sites and Galapagos Hawks. After the walk inland, snorkeling time is allotted, giving you yet another chance to swim with sea turtles, sea lions, penguins and countless tropical fish. Urbina Bay features a wide variety of plant life that changes depending on the season. We can observe the beautiful colors of plants that attract different insects, birds and reptiles. We will explore the uplifted coral reef that resulted from 1954 volcanic activity, with a spectacular view of Alcedo Volcano.

Afternoon: Tagus Cove (Isabela Island). Dry landing on Galapagos’ largest island where we will learn about the eruption of the five volcanoes that form it. The trail leads to Darwin’s salt-water crater Lake and excellent views of lava fields and volcanic formations.

We will return by the same path for a dinghy ride along a shoreline full of marine wildlife, where we will admire a variety of seabirds, such as Blue-footed Booby, Brown Noddy, terns, Flightless Cormorant and depending on the season, a large number of Galapagos Penguins which are only 35 cm. tall; the only penguin species in the world to extend its range into the northern hemisphere along the equator. They are monogamous and lay their eggs in small cracks of lava, on the lower parts of the island near the shoreline not reached by the ocean waves.

The population of penguins on the islands is about 2,000 individuals, most of which live on this western portion of Isabela; others are scattered further south on the island. We will have an opportunity to snorkel in deep water. Graffiti believed to have been left by 19th-century pirates is a curious reminder of an intriguing past.

Day 5

Espinosa Point (Fernandina Island). Dry landing. Espinosa Point is the only spot that we visit on Fernandina, and from it we can see the island of Isabela across the Bolívar Channel, an area that boasts some of the highest diversity of endemic sea fauna in the Galapagos. The largest, most primitive-looking race of marine iguanas are found mingling with sea lions and Sally Lightfoot Crabs; a wonderful opportunity to encounter Flightless Cormorants at their nesting sites, Galapagos Penguins and the “King” of predators on the Islands, the Galapagos Hawk.

“Pa-hoe-hoe” and “AA” lava formations cover the majority of the terrain. Vegetation is thus scarce inland, but we encounter Brachy cereus cacti and extensive mangrove beds lining the shores.

Afternoon: Vicente Roca Point (Isabela Island). Great deep-water snorkeling at one of the richest marine havens on Earth (Bolívar Channel). We take a dinghy ride along the coast to observe a great diversity of sea and coastal birds; Nazca and blue-footed boobies, noddies, brown pelicans, penguins, flightless cormorants. The upwelling of cold-water currents in this part of the Galapagos gives rise to an abundance of marine life.

Day 6

Highlands (Santa Cruz). Dry landing. A 45-minute bus ride will take us to the Santa Cruz highlands, located to the northwest of Puerto Ayora, where we will find a natural reserve with giant tortoises. These enormous and slow-moving reptiles are responsible for the island’s name and therefore approaching them in their humid and forested abode is always an inspiring adventure. They can weigh between 250 and 300 kg and can live up to 150-200 years.

Return to the Galapagos Legend, check out and transfer to the Baltra airport. Return flight to Quito or Guayaquil. International flight may depart after 5pm today to Lima. Overnight in Lima.

Day 7

A short flight brings us to the famous Inca city of Cuzco. After checking into your hotel, we’ll head out to explore the incredible capital of the Inca Empire. We head to the picturesque Plaza de Armas to the fascinating cathedral to see the colonial influence in the city, and we can admire the stunning architecture of the church and also the native influences subtly woven in into the artwork. Onwards to Qoricancha church, where the colonial and Incan architectures are on display side-by-side directly contrasted with each other. Afterwards we make our way above the city to the imposing fortress of Sacsayhuaman where we can marvel at the incredible stonework and architecture of the Inca civilization. We head back to Cuzco in the late afternoon.

Day 8

This morning we take a short and scenic ride in our private transport to Pisac and Ollantaytambo, two important Inca ruins in the Sacred Valley. After visiting the site of Pisac, we’ll head down to the colonial town below and visit its famous crafts market. We then continue on to Ollantaytambo. Besides the huge and fascinating ruins above the town, Ollantaytambo is the only Inca village still inhabited today. Walk its narrow streets and peer through huge Inca doorways into courtyards where life has changed little in over 500 years. Afternoon train to Aguas Calientes, below Machu Picchu where we’ll spend the night.

Day 9

Sunrise at majestic Machu Picchu! Known as one of the greatest architectural achievements in the world, this historic sanctuary is considered one of the seven manmade wonders of the world. After a guided Machu Picchu tour, take your time and enjoy this magnificent place. During peak visiting hours (10-2), try a hike on one of the surrounding Inca trails on Wayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain. Return by train and car to Cusco in the evening.

Day 10

Morning flight to Lima, where upon arrival you set out on your city tour. The city tour lets you explore the wonders of the colonial capital, you visit the famous Plaza de Armas, as well as the impressive Cathedral in the Plaza and the beautiful San Francisco church. You also get a chance to take in some beautiful views of the coast at Parque de Amor. After the city tour, you will be transferred to the airport for your international flight. International flights may depart any time after 5pm.

Extra Accommodation

We will gladly arrange additional accommodation for you before or after your trip, just ask.

Accommodation Upgrades

This tour includes 3- and 4-star hotels and an internal standard cabin on the ship. We would be happy to give you an upgrade to all 4- or 5-star accommodation or an upgraded cabin.

Is this trip for me?

Machu Picchu & Galapagos is a is a ten-day tour which includes cruise on a ship, walking around ruins and during city tours. As always, a certain patience is required for the inconsistencies and occasional delays of developing-world travel.

Joining the tour

On all Southern Crossings tours you are met at the airport by one of our representatives (holding a Southern Crossings placard) who will accompany you to our joining hotel. No bargaining or being swindled by airport taxis.

Pre-trip planner

Required documents

All travelers to Peru and Ecuador are required to have a passport valid for at least six months from date of entry. Visas are not required for E.U., U.S., Canadian, Australian or New Zealand passport holders. For other nationalities, please consult the nearest embassy or consulate. An onward ticket and proof of funds may also be required at entry and should be available to show to immigration. Traveler’s checks, currency or a bank statement from the bank or printed off the internet are sufficient for proof of funds.

Required immunizations

No immunizations are required of travelers to these areas of Ecuador or Peru. Travelers may wish to receive hepatitis vaccinations and should be current on all other standard vaccinations. No areas visited on this trip are malaria or yellow fever risk zones. Please consult your physician or local health department for more information.


The climate in sites you will visit is as follows: Rain is possible at any time of year, especially in high mountains and cloud forest, and one should always be prepared. Quito and Cuzco: days are warm if sunny, slightly chilly if cloudy. Nights are chilly. Rain always possible. Temperatures can vary between 40° to 70° Fahrenheit or 5° to 21° Celsius. Machu Picchu: similar to Cuzco, but warmer. Lima: warm to hot days, cool evenings, almost never any rain. Guayaquil and Galapagos Islands: hot and humid, rain always possible. Galapagos can have a cooler, more moderate climate depending on current conditions. One should come prepared for outdoor activity with temperatures ranging from 70° to 90° Fahrenheit or 21° to 32° Celsius and for extremes of sun and the possibility of rain.

Money guide

The unit of currency in Peru is the nuevo sol. The unit of currency in Ecuador is the US dollar. Automatic cash points are available in Lima, Cusco, Quito and Guayaquil. Credit cards and cash are accepted on the Galapagos cruise and in Puerto Ayora. Visa, MasterCard, Plus, and Cirrus are the most common usable types of cards. Traveler’s checks (American Express is best, but you may be charged 5-8% to cash) or a Visa or MasterCard for cash advances are also options. Do not bring Money Grams or International Money Orders, as they are extremely difficult to exchange. Banks and exchange houses are available in Lima and Cusco. For currency, U.S. dollars are recommended and most easily exchanged. Please note that in Peru cash must be untorn. It can be older looking but even the slightest tear on an edge will make it unchangeable. Acceptable bills come out of the ATMs in country. Expect to spend about US$5-12 on a meal, US$2 on a beer, water or soft drink in Peru. Artisan market prices are usually lower than people expect. Alpaca sweaters for example can cost between $5 and $30. Ecuador is about 20% more expensive than Peru and the Galapagos are about 20% more expensive than the rest of Ecuador, although most things you would need to spend money on are included within your cruise package. Currency Converter