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Machu Picchu Galapagos Tours

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  • Experience the best of South American history and nature in one unforgettable trip
  • Machu Picchu and Galapagos Tours from 9 days and up
  • 4 day, 3 night Galapagos Islands Cruise
  • Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley and Cusco
  • All itineraries fully customizable

From only US$ 3,595 + Flights

Background to Machu Picchu and Galapagos tours

If you had to pick just two places to visit in South America, there’s no doubt that a tour of Machu Picchu and the Galapagos Islands should be top of your list.

These two destinations are not only unique to South America, but in the entire world. With the Galapagos featuring wildlife found nowhere else on Earth, and the marvel that is Machu Picchu perched atop a forest-clad mountain, together they hold the promise of a life-changing vacation.

All our Machu Picchu and Galapagos tours are fully customizable and can be personalized to fit your own needs and trip duration. The following Machu Picchu and Galapagos tour itinerary suggests a nine-day vacation, but this can be extended as needed.

The tour, in addition to Machu Picchu, includes Cusco, the ancient capital of the Inca Empire as well as the nearby Sacred Valley of the Incas. In the Galapagos, the minimum cruise duration is 4 days, but this can be extended to 5 or 8 days.

Tip: Each cruise ship visits different islands so if you have somewhere in particular on your Galapagos Islands bucket list, be sure to let us know!

Suggested Machu Picchu and Galapagos tour itinerary

  • Day 1: Arrive Lima
  • Day 2: Cusco and The Sacred Valley
  • Day 3: Machu Picchu Private Tour
  • Day 4: Cusco / Lima
  • Day 5: Lima / Guayaquil 
  • Day 6: Galapagos Cruise Day 1
  • Day 7: Galapagos Cruise Day 2
  • Day 8: Galapagos Cruise Day 3
  • Day 9: Galapagos Cruise Day 4 and Home


Day 1: Lima, Peru

We know that you'll be tired from traveling, so we'll meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel.

Day 2: Cusco and the Sacred Valley

Today, you fly from Lima over the Andes to arrive at the Inca capital of Cusco – 11,000 feet above sea level.

Upon arrival, we'll pick you up and take you to the Sacred Valley, located at a lower and more manageable altitude to acclimatize. Along the way, we'll visit some of the spectacular Inca ruins near Cusco including Sacsayhuaman, one of the most sacred Inca sites. Afterwards we’ll explore the colorful market at Pisac, before heading to Ollantaytambo where yo'll have a free afternoon exploring this ancient village, still laid out as it was in Inca times.

Day 3: Machu Picchu by train

You'll catch a train to Machu Picchu, arriving in plenty of time to explore this staggering archeological and engineering masterpiece. After a guided tour you’ll have some time to enjoy the site at your leisure – walking to the Inca Bridge or the Sun Gate, taking more photos, or simply sitting in quiet contemplation. In the afternoon, you'll catch a train back to Cusco.

Option: You can choose to spend an extra night in nearby Aguas Calientes, visiting Machu Picchu again the following day, or to climb the peak of Huayna Picchu.

Day 4: Cusco – Lima

In the morning, you'll have some free time in Cusco to visit the Cathedral or Qoricancha (the Sun Temple). In the afternoon, we’ll take you to the airport for your flight to Lima.

Day 5: Lima – Guayaquil

You fly to Guayaquil, Ecuador for the second part of your unforgettable journey – the Galapagos Islands!

Day 6-9: Galapagos Islands Cruise

After a short flight, you arrive in the Galapagos Islands, whose legendary status in natural history needs little introduction.

You'll be met and transferred to your ship to begin your next adventure – a 4 day cruise of the Galapagos Islands (can be extended to 5 or 8 days). You can choose between larger, more stable vessels that hold 90-100 passengers or smaller, more intimate yachts (16-20 passengers). We’ll help you choose the ship that suits your preferred traveling style.

Whatever your choice, you'll have a comfortable cabin, excellent food throughout and, most importantly, a knowledgeable naturalist guide who will fascinate you with the Galapagos incredible history. Itineraries vary depending on the cruise ship but every day you’ll have two excursions – boarding a panga (motorized raft) to go ashore and walk with your guide through mangrove, cactus forest and beaches.

Typical cruises include:

  • Walking in the highlands of Santa Cruz or San Cristobal with giant tortoises.
  • Snorkeling and swimming with sea turtles, sharks, sea lions and Galapagos penguins.
  • Watching sea lions rolling around alongside land and sea iguanas.
  • Listening to your local expert guide tell strange stories of the early inhabitants of Floreana Island.
  • Spotting flamingoes, albatross and the famous boobies.

Day 9: Final Day Galapagos – Home

After a morning excursion, you head back to the airport to fly to mainland Ecuador and then on to your connection home.

All our tours are customized and leave on any day. Please contact us for your own personalized tour program.

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Trip Reviews

First, we had a wonderful time and the trip was fun and interesting. We managed not to get sick and did not have any altitude

Alan and Judy, Peru & Ecuador

Hi Max, I can't tell you pleased we were with what you arranged for us. We, I had a great time and the fact that

Dave, Peru & Galapagos

Hey Donovan - the overall trip exceeded our expectations.  We would definitely recommend the trip, even though it was a bit expensive for our friends,

Brian S, Peru & Galapagos

HI Max and Donovan,I would like to thank you for a lovely Trip.  The Coral staff did an awesome job making our vacation spectacular.The DietrichsEcuador &

The Dietrichs, Ecuador & Galapagos

Max,Just wanted to touch base and you let know how great our trip went.  Other than AA losing Jill’s bag (which caused a bit of

Darin, Peru & Galapagos

Hi Donovan the trip through Costa Rica was fabulous. Once again you did an outstanding job giving us a trip to remember. Our guide, Charlie

Linda, Costa Rica

We had the best time ever, just an exceedingly wonderful whirlwind tour of Peru and the Galapagos. Your tour guides were so careful and aware

Jane and Sue, Peru

I had contracted with Ideal South America (ISA), after checking with eleven other travel agencies.  If you plan on a trip to South America I

Col. Ed Scholl, Peru

Max, The trip was fantastic and you put together a very nice itinerary.  The guides were very knowledgeable and the lodging was great, the flights

Ralstons & Pruesses, Peru

As promised, a while back, I am sending you some pictures from our trip to Peru. As I mentioned previously, we had an amazing time!

Peru, Eid-Heberle Family

I wanted to take a moment and thank you and your staff for planning and delivering an incredible trip! Alyssa and I had an amazing

Jake and Alyssa

We are back we had a great time. Thanks for your careful planning. The Andes were spectacular, the yacht was terrific … the Galapagos amazing.

Schreibers, Florida

"We had a wonderful time on our trip. Everything went really smoothly and we enjoyed all of our excursions. It was the trip of a

Ralston Family, California

Our trip was wonderful! Everything was well organized, hotels were great, and the weather was close to perfect.

Lewis Family, Pennsylvania

Jan 2013

...the places we saw exceeded our expectations. Machu Picchu is way better than the pictures show. The Galapagos trip is also great. I guess the

Sonny & Amanda Punzalan, California

Dec 2012

The trip to Ecuador and Peru were great! We felt that all of the guides, drivers, and transfers were excellent. Everything went well

Sue Clark & Family, Washington

Peru & Ecuador, Dec 2012

We had the best time and wanted to let you know that every hotel, transfer, guide, connection, tour, mode of transportation, and cruise were perfect.

Mark Stout & Family, Pennsylvania

Machu Picchu & Galapagos, Dec 2012

Thanks for the ideal trip. Everything worked out perfectly. Loved having somebody with name card at every airport to pick us up and give

Bruce Thaler, Philadelphia

Machu Picchu & Galapagos, November 2012

It was marvelous and the trip of a lifetime. If I searched for a fault in the trip I could not find one to complain

Howard Silberstein, Miami

Galapagos & Ecuador, November 2012

Thank you guys for planning our Galapagos and Machu Picchu trip. We had a great time! The transfers were punctual, and the guides

Yau Ru Chen, Los Angeles

Machu Picchu Galapagos, October 2012

Thanks for arranging such an awesome trip for the Whiteside family when in Peru this week. The guides were absolutely superb

Janet Whiteside, Florida

Peru, July 2012

The experience from beginning to end was excellent. The combination of Sacred Valley, Iguazu ending in Rio is great

Paul Jones

Machu Picchu, Iguazu & Rio, March 2012

We just returned from our South American trip with fond memories and no hitches. Thanks to your planning and foresight.

Victor Limlingan, Travel Agent – The Philippines

Ecuador, Galapagos & Panama, June 2012

...we were so pleased with your services and will be booking with you again for our South American travel in the future!

Jennafer Bonello – Washington DC

Peru, June 2012

We had a wonderful trip. everything went well and all the guides were super nice and helpful.

Hamila Atefi – Washington DC

Peru and Galapagos, May 2012

I just wanted to say thank you for all of your hard work planning my trip. It was all appreciated, and provided us with

Chris Leggat – New York

Galapagos & Machu Picchu, June 2012

Just back from one of the most enjoyable and well put together vacation trips we have ever experienced! Thanks for putting it all together for

Rick Velategui – USA

Peru, Galapagos, Oct 2011

The hotels, guides & drivers were first class & we could not have expected anything more than what was delivered. Thank you again

Mike & Carol Lipischak

Peru, November 2011

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