Islands and Incas - Galapagos… (trip)

Islands and Incas - Galapagos & Machu Picchu

  • Lima Airport, Lima, Peru
  • Culture & Nature
“The Adventure Life Incas and Islands trip was excellent. Every aspect was as good or better than we had hoped.… ”
, Sacred Valley
, Machu Picchu
, Galapagos, Ecuador, Peru, South America

from $6,530* per person16 DaysYear-round
Comfort accommodations Exertion level: 3
Operator: Adventure Life Journeys 12 people max
Explore the Inca ruins and experience Darwin's enchanted islands in this magical two-week Peru and Galapagos tour. While in Peru, tour the great ruins of Machu Picchu and wander through village markets where ancient traditions live on in the hearts of the Andean people. You'll visit the important Inca ruins of Sacsayhuamán, Pisac and Ollantaytambo, and spend two days exploring the lost city of Machu Picchu in this tour. Along your journey you'll explore the witches' market in Cusco, bargain over tapestries in Pisac, and walk off the beaten path in the rural Andes. After that, it's off to the Galapagos on board your yacht for 8 days of natural discovery and incredible wildlife. Come join us for an unforgettable tour!

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Locations visited/nearby

Cusco , Sacred Valley , Machu Picchu , Galapagos, Ecuador, Peru, South America

2 testimonials about this trip

  1. Reviewer: C. Kaptur located in Evergreen, CO Oct, 2006
    The Adventure Life Incas and Islands trip was excellent. Every aspect was as good or better than we had hoped. The Adventure Life contacts were always where they needed to be, pick-ups were prompt, the hotels were very nice, and the tours excellent. I can't say enough good things about Ayul Acuna. He was a superb guide, but perhaps even more importantly, just a wonderful man who obviously took great pride in his country and his culture. He made our tour of Cusco, the Sacred Valley, and Macchu Pichu a tremendous success. Thanks for a great trip!
  2. Reviewer: D. Jones located in Placerville, CA Oct. 2005
    Our Peru leader was excellent! Our guide in Galapagos was exceptional. We got the best from both countries. This was our best vacation ever! Our days in Peru were jammed packed with activities from early am to pm. Our guide in Peru was excellent and spent every day and evening with us. he had the knowledge of a library! The weather gods were with us at Machu Picchu when we arrived for some very good photographing and the sun came out, the next day, after a rainy night, for our hike up the mountain. Such a spiritual country -- we enjoyed every place we went and tried corn beer too! The food was excellent. Onto Galapagos where we were met by our "Samba" tour guide. He was self taught in English and was very well educated about the Islands. Very passionate about the environment and effects of people on the Islands. I appreciated his awareness and great humor! The crew were hard working and friendly and the itinerary was the best! Thanks Adventure Life staff for a great trip of a lifetime. We will definitely return one day.

1 testimonial about the provider, Adventure Life Journeys:

  • Reviewer: S. Cook located in Santa Barbara, CA USA

    Adventure Life is one of the few organizations in the world that get what matters most - customers. Your staff and services were excellent and of quality. It is clear that everyone at Adventure Life loves what they do and do what they love.

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Special information

  • This is a custom departure, meaning this trip is offered on dates that you arrange privately with the provider. Additionally, you need to form your own private group for this trip. The itinerary and price here is just a sample. Contact the provider for detailed pricing, minimum group size, and scheduling information. For most providers, the larger the group you are traveling with, the lower the per-person cost will be.
  • May accommodate certain types of disabilities. Contact the operator for more information.
  • Self-guided (includes hotels, maps, luggage transfer, etc but no guide).


Day 1 Arrive Lima lodge

Arrive to Lima on the flight of your choice today.  After picking up your luggage and clearing customs, walk across the street to the comfortable and conveniently located Ramada Costa del Sol Hotel.  Settle into your room and rest up after your travels.  You have an exciting journey ahead, filled with ancient ruins, local markets and the beautiful Andes Mountains!
Day 2 Fly Cusco lodge

Andean history comes alive in Cusco. Quechua-speaking descendents of the Incas fill the streets and markets, colonial churches sit atop bases of smooth stonework laid centuries before the Conquistadors, and campesinos (Peru's rural farmers) in colorful dress move busily back and forth across the plazas. In the afternoon, you'll tour Cusco's largest open market and the adjacent witches' market. After tasting a few unique local foods, you will visit the Center for Traditional Textiles in Cusco, a local organization committed to preserving the region's weaving traditions. (If visiting the Sacred Valley on Sunday, you will visit their center in Chinchero instead). Watch weavers demonstrate their craft and learn about the history and processes of Peru's most well-known art form.
Day 3 Sacred Valley (L) lodge

This morning, journey into one of the most beautiful areas of Peru.  The Sacred Valley often becomes one of the highlights of your trip and you will soon see why!  You'll test your bargaining skills with the locals while visiting one of the great textile markets in the area. You may also hike to the inspiring ruins of Pisac or take a short walk through the countryside to the seldom-visited town of Maras, where pre-Columbian salt mines still operate today.  Visit the Inca agricultural terraces of Moray, thought to have been a nursery to experiment with and modify different varieties of crops.  Eventually, you will make your way to the living Inca city of Ollantaytambo where you can relax for the night.
Day 4 Train to Machu Picchu lodge

Follow the Urubamba River as it tumbles its way towards the Amazon and the sacred city of Machu Picchu. Ancient canals still bring water from the high mountains to the baths used by Inca priests. As visitors, you are welcomed to respectfully dip your hands in the cool water. After your tour of Machu Picchu, you'll return to the village of Aguas Calientes (located at the base of Machu Picchu).  Enjoy one of many excellent local restaurants or end your day soaking in the hot springs after exploring one of the most magical archaeological sites in the world.
Day 5 Explore Machu Picchu lodge

Today is your chance to watch the sunrise at Machu Picchu and to listen to the spirits of the city's past inhabitants before the hikers from the Inca Trail arrive. Later, you can climb the sacred peak of Huayna Picchu, hike to the Sun Gate which overlooks the ruins or take a walk through the lush cloudforest to the Temple of the Moon. In the late afternoon you'll return by train to Cusco with your guide.
Day 6 Free day to shop and explore Cusco lodge

Today is free to relax and explore with your guide or on your own.  You can visit the churches and surrounding ruins, such as the enormous Sacsayhuamán ruins that overlook Cusco (these ruins showcase building blocks the size of pickup trucks). You can also wander through the bustling Plaza de Armas in the heart of Cusco, shop for love potions in the local markets, or people watch from the cafes and restaurants that line these lovely streets. For those bursting with energy, horseback riding, mountain biking, or even whitewater rafting (Class III-IV) can be arranged. The evening is yours to take in some of Cusco's varied and exciting nightlife.  Live folk music and excellent food abounds in Cusco!
Day 7 Fly Lima. Fly Quito. lodge

Transfer to the airport for your flights from Cusco to Quito.  Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel and overnight in Quito.
Day 8 Galapagos (D)

An early morning flight from Quito brings you to the Galapagos Archipelago. Upon arrival, you will be picked up and transferred to your yacht -- your home for the next seven nights. This afternoon you'll head to your first island and the beginning of a week filled with mysteries of the natural world.
Days 9-14 Galapagos (6B,6L,6D)

You will visit several islands during your unforgettable voyage. Each day you leave the comfort of your yacht and go ashore in your panga (the local word for dinghies, Zodiacs, etc.) to remote areas of the islands for natural history walks through the Galapagos's unique ecology. This is everyone's chance to photograph strange marine iguanas, snorkel with playful sea lions, and just wonder at the strange landscape of ancient volcanic turmoil. Except for a few settlements, the entire archipelago is national park, and the beaches and meandering footpaths invite relaxation and fanciful dreams.
Day 15 Galapagos to Quito (B) lodge

This morning you'll say good-bye to Darwin's inspiration. Afterwards, transfer back to the airport for your late morning or early afternoon flight back to Quito. Overnight in Quito.
Day 16 Return Home

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