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Trip Extensions

Nazca Lines & Paracas

Duration: 3 days

In this coastal desert region you can find traces of ancient cultures, study the mysterious designs of the  Nazca Lines, and watch the sea lions as they frolic in the Paracas National Park.

Colca Canyon Adventure

Duration: 3 days

This short excursion to Arequipa and the Colca Canyon takes you to one of the world’s deepest gorges and the “Cruz del Condor” where you can scan the skies for a glimpse of the majestic birds.

Lake Titicaca

Duration: 3 days

Extend your trip to the famed Lake Titicaca, located in the Andes between Peru and Bolivia. It is the highest navigable lake in the world, and South America’s largest freshwater lake. The trip takes you to the islands of Uros and Taquile.

Lima

Duration: 1 days

If you have time in Lima, enjoy a tour of the city, or venture out a little further for a wildlife boat trip around Isla Palomino.

Peru Amazon Adventure

Duration: 4 days

Tambopata is one of the world's most diverse wildernesses and also one of the best preserved. This 4-day adventure is a unique rainforest experience and a perfect compliment to any trip in Peru.

Anticipated itinerary; actual route may vary.

Day 1: arrive lima

Arrive in the Peruvian capital of Lima, a modern city with charming colonial pockets situated on the coastal desert. You will be met at the airport and proceed to your nearby airport hotel for an overnight before continuing on to Cusco and the Sacred Valley.

Lodging
Costa del Sol

Day 2: cusco/pisac ruins & market

Pisac RuinsPisac Ruins

Return to the airport in the morning, allowing plenty of time for check-in for the flight to Cusco. Your guide will meet you upon arrival at the Cusco airport, and you'll head straight out of the city to the famous market town of Pisac. The village is famous for its market and superb artisan stalls. You can wander and shop or, for the more energetic, climb to the extensive hilltop Inca ruins just outside town. You can follow a circular path along a well defined Inca trail past royal buildings, guard posts, terraces, tunnels and irrigation channels. Depending on time, you may also visit a traditional bakery to try freshly baked bread and learn about the culinary guinea pig practice of Peru.

Have lunch at a local restaurant before heading back to Urubamba, where you'll visit a local pottery workshop and the interesting town centre before checking into your hotel for the night

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Hotel Sol y Luna or similar

Day 3: chinchero/maras and moray/machu picchu

Visit local people of PeruVisit local people of Peru

Today begins with a visit to the Chinchero church and ruins. Chinchero is a village famous for its colorful Sunday market and its incredible weavings, and you will also visit a local cooperative and learn how the locals weave their intricate designs. Then drive across the fertile plain of Chinchero, rich with grain, potatoes and beans. See the labor-intensive local farming techniques along the way.

From Chinchero head further into the Sacred Valley to visit the sites of Maras and Moray. Since Incan times, local people have collected salt from the terraces of Maras. This site is not on the main tourist trail, but the natural formation is spectacular. Wind your way through the salt pans and take an easy walk down to the floor of the Urubamba River Valley. Also see evidence of Incan crop experimentation at the circular agricultural terrace at Moray.

You then have an optional hike (or take the bus) following mule trails that take you to the ancient town of Maras, with its out-standing Spanish door arches and a vast church. Maras is famous for its spies due to its strategic location above the Sacred Valley. Then drop down into the Sacred Valley of the Incas. En-route are some of the most astounding salt-pans covering the whole of the hill-side. These salt-pans were mentioned in conquering Spanish’s chronicles.

Afterwards  take a short journey along the river Urubamba, where in the afternoon you'll visit the Inca fortress town of Ollantaytambo: this was the site of the last big battle between the Incas and Spanish before the remaining Incas rebels fled into the jungles of Vilcabamba. In this lovely, well-preserved village and ruins you can still feel the true magic of the Incas. The hill-top Inca sun temple displays some of the finest stone work in the area. The site was unfinished and some magnificent stones still lie un-erected, providing important clues to the building methods.

In the late afternoon, you take the 1 ½-hour Vistadome train ride from Ollanta to Machu Picchu, the “lost citadel” of the Incas. (Baggage limit on PeruRail is 11 lbs.) 

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Hotel Inkaterra El Mapi

Day 4: machu picchu

Machu Picchu ruinsMachu Picchu ruins

 Stumbled upon accidentally by archaeologists in 1911, Machu Picchu remains a mysterious site. There are no Spanish records, Incan legends, or oral histories which explain its exact purpose. Elegant ornamental stonework hints at the possibility of Machu Picchu's importance as a ceremonial center. This morning you’ll take a short, winding bus ride up to the Machu Picchu ruins, and your guide will lead you through the vast ancient site.  Late in the day, return to Ollantaytambo by train and then continue to Cusco by land transfer.The elevation at Machu Picchu is 7,900 feet.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch
Lodging
Hotel Novotel or similar

Day 5: cusco

Today is the last chance on your adventure to explore Inca ruins, so make the most of it. Your guide will lead you around four extraordinary sites near Cusco: Sacsayhuaman, Qenko, Puca Pucara, and Tambomachay. Cusco was the head of the Incan Empire and was built in the shape of a puma. The city itself is the puma’s body, and the enormous Sacsayhuaman ruins represent the head and teeth. The largest and most impressive of Sacsayhuaman’s original rocks are still in place, though only about 20% of the entire site remains today. Qenko, meaning zig-zag, consists of a large limestone rock covered with carvings with mysterious caves and alters below, and its zig-zag walls and channels are thought to have been used for ritual sacrifices. Puca Pucara, or Red Fort, is a small defensive outpost that appears red at twilight. Tambo Machay, another smaller site, is known locally as “El Baño del Inca,” or the Incan bath, as it has beautiful ceremonial stone fountains and bathing pools.

After descending past San Cristobal church, built on top of Inca Manco Capac’s Palace and boasting a fantastic viewpoint of Cusco, make your final steps down the streets of San Blas which bring you to the Plaza de Armas where you'll visit the main cathedral and the impressive Quoricancha, the very centre of the Inca empire along with other Cusco city sites.

 

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch
Lodging
Novotel or similar

Day 6: cusco/lima/quito

View of Quito and surrounding mountainsView of Quito and surrounding mountains

At the appropriate time make your way to the airport for your flight to Lima and connection to Quito, Ecuador. Quito is located in a huge valley of the Andes mountains at an altitude of 9,455 feet; it’s a great place to extend your stay to explore the city, the surrounding volcanic mountain range, or possibly an excursion to the fabled Otavalo market or Cloud Forest.

Meals
Breakfast
Lodging
Mercure Alameda or similar

Day 7: quito

Inside the ornate LaCompaniaInside the ornate LaCompania

Today, take a city tour of Quito. Stroll down cobblestone streets and through flowering plazas. Visit the old colonial center of Independence Square, the elegant cathedrals of San Francisco, La Compañía, and San Agustín, Quito’s oldest monastery. Drive through the residential section and past the Legislative Palace (Congress). Panecillo Hill overlooks the city and snow-capped mountains. The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure to explore or relax.

You may also head out of Quito, to the small town of Otavalo, famous for its indigenous market for an optional day tour (additional cost). For more than 4,000 years, Otavalo's market has served as the social and economic heart of the region. Today, it is Ecuador's most popular destination after the Galapagos Islands.  On Saturdays, the usually-sleepy town awakens to a cacophony of chickens, cows, and sheep, and trading of hemp, saddles, vegetables, grains, and textiles among the brightly-dressed Otavalenos Indian population.  Although there are plenty of tourist trinkets to be had, visitors come primarily for the authentic local atmosphere.  

Meals
Breakfast
Lodging
Mercure Alameda or similar

Day 8: san cristobal/cerro colorado

Welcome to the Galapagos!Welcome to the Galapagos!

Early this morning, you will be transferred to the airport where you will collect your tickets for your flight to the Galapagos.

Upon arrival at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal Island, the crew is waiting at the airport to escort you to your anchored yacht.  After the welcome briefing, buffet lunch, and safety drill, you travel by bus into the interior of San Cristobal to visit La Galapaguera Cerro Colorado, where the National Park has established a breeding program for the tortoises and set up an information center for visitors. Along the trail, you may find the San Cristobal (Chatham) mockingbird and Calandrinia plant, both endemic to the island. Here, you will see the terrestrial tortoises living in their natural habitat, and learn about their origin, evolution and threats by introduced animals.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Eric, Flamingo or Letty

Day 9: genovesa/darwin bay/philip's steps

Red-footed boobies on GenovesaRed-footed boobies on Genovesa

Spend the entire day on Genovesa (Tower) Island, considered to be one of the most spectacular islands in all of the Galapagos for its variety and sheer number of birds. This morning, we have a wet landing on Darwin Bay, a coral sand beach where swallow-tailed and lava gulls gather near the tide pools. Enter a forest of Optuntia cactus and mangroves where colonies of great frigatebirds nest. The males inflate their red-throated pouches to attract females as they fly overhead. The trail leads through a rich inter-tidal zone where we find a great diversity of wildlife. This afternoon, we have a dry landing at Prince Philip’s Steps. Red-footed boobies nest here in Palo Santo trees, and Nazca boobies nest near the trail. In an open lava field, we find storm petrels in large numbers. If you are lucky, we will see the elusive short-eared owl. Look for the beautiful Red-billed Tropic bird found in the crevices along the cliff by kayak or Zodiac. You can choose to swim or snorkel from the beach with sea lions in these northern warmer waters or for those with experience, we offer snorkeling in deeper water. 

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Eric, Flamingo or Letty

Day 10: las bachas/cerro dragon

Look for land iguanas at Dragon HillLook for land iguanas at Dragon Hill

This morning you will visit Las Bachas, Spanish for "the barges."  There is a long stretch of a soft white sand beach and interior lagoons where we find the greater flamingo. The snorkeling from the beach here is wonderful. At Black Turtle Cove (Caleta Tortuga Negra) we have a zodiac ride through a series of coves and inlets surrounded by mangroves. Here you can view pairs of mating sea turtles (Sept to Feb), white-tipped reef sharks and golden cow-nosed rays. Located on the northern tip of Santa Cruz is Cerro Dragon (Dragon Hill). Along the trail, we find Darwin Finches, Galapagos Flycatchers, Yellow Warblers, Audubon Shearwater and the endemic land iguanas, orange-yellow in color with large spines along their backs, were once part of the Darwin Station’s breeding program. We find pink flamingos feeding in the salt-water lagoon as well as other lagoon birds; stilts, pintail ducks, sandpipers and more. From the top of the hill, we enjoy a majestic view of the bay island covered in Opuntia cactus, Palo Santo and Cordia Lutea (muyuyu). After the briefing and dinner, we sail toward the western islands and cross the equator line for the second time.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Eric, Flamingo or Letty

Day 11: fernandina/urbina bay, isabela

Iguanas enjoying some sunIguanas enjoying some sun

This morning, we have a wet landing at Punta Espinoza, Fernandina, the youngest and most pristine Island in the Galapagos. Recent lava flows formed by an active volcano stretch their way around the coast. Hundreds of marine iguanas, the largest colony in Galapagos, bask in the sun along the rugged shoreline. Observe sea lion harems with resident bulls carefully guarding their territories. Flightless cormorants build their nests on the point, and Galapagos hawks fly overhead. There is a chance to snorkel here with sea turtles. After lunch, we cross the Bolivar Channel, where we often spot whales and dolphins riding the ship's bow wave. We disembark at Urbina Bay, ISABELA, where we find four miles of its coastal seabed, with marine life exposed due to a dramatic uplift in 1954 when the volcano erupted. The marine remnants of coral skeletons, some of them waist-high, are visited after a wet landing on the beach. Urbina is home to the very large and colorful Galapagos land iguanas, occasionally giant tortoises, Darwin Finches. Brown Pelicans and Flightless Cormorants also nest here. Giant Marine Iguanas are seen along the coast. You may encounter penguins while snorkeling here. At Punta Vicente Roca, a Zodiac ride offers an incredible view of the tuff walls, we can enter the wave-sculpted cave and find sea turtle who frequent this area. You may spot the dorsal fin of a Mola Mola, an odd looking giant sun fish. Return to the yacht for briefing and dinner.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Eric, Flamingo or Letty

Day 12: isabela/elizabeth bay/tagus cove

A frigate birdA frigate bird

Our morning excursion is a Zodiac ride in Elizabeth Bay, Isabela that begins at a secluded cove lined with large red mangrove trees where you will see turtles, rays, and shore birds. We then motor to the rocky islets known as “Las Marielas,” to view colonies of nesting penguins, flightless cormorants, and giant marine iguanas. Isabela was created when six volcanoes flowed together and formed the largest Island in Galapagos. We have a dry landing at Tagus Cove, located on the western Island of Isabela and a favorite anchorage for pirates and whalers over the centuries. Old graffiti dating back to the 1800′s is written on the rocky cliffs. Explore the Coves by Zodiac or kayak to find Galapagos Penguins, Boobies, Pelicans and other seabirds. An uphill hike brings us to a salt-water lagoon, a scenic overlook with a spectacular view of the ocean, lava fields and volcanic formations. An excellent snorkeling site is offered from the zodiac or take out a Kayak and explore the shoreline. After dinner, a sky full of stars beckons to go on deck and observe the galaxy while crossing the equator for the last time.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Eric, Flamingo or Letty

Day 13: santiago/puerto egas/rabida island

This morning, we have a wet landing at Puerto Egas, Santiago. Stroll along the shoreline looking for octopus, starfish, and other sea life caught in the tide pools. At low tide, catch a glimpse of marine iguanas as they feed on exposed green algae. Watch for great blue herons, lava herons, American oystercatchers, and yellow-crowned night herons. Our walk ends at the grottos, deep pools of clear water where we encounter shy fur sea lions once on the verge of extinction. Before returning to the yacht, enjoy some snorkeling and kayaking if you wish. This afternoon, we disembark on Rabida Island, located near Santiago. Rabida sports the most diversified volcanic rocks of all the islands and is considered the geographic center of the Galapagos. The dark red sand beach resulted from erosion of volcanic stones. Follow a trail that leads to a salt water lagoon, and observe Greater Flamingos as they feed. Brown Pelicans nest in the mangroves at the far side of the lagoon. After the walk, there is time for snorkeling.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Eric, Flamingo or Letty

Day 14: santa cruz/darwin station

Visit Charles Darwin Research StationVisit Charles Darwin Research Station

Today after breakfast, disemark for a trip to the Charles Darwin Research Station. Visit all three tortoise corals and the breeding center with new hatchlings and miniature tortoises not yet ready to be repatriated to the islands where they were born. Scientists from all over the globe come to the station to conduct biological research from anatomy to zoology. You will also visit Van Straelen Hall, where there are exhibits and a short video presentation. Visitors can see the tortoise and land iguana corrals. Puerto Ayora is the social heart of the islands with the largest population of 24,000 inhabitants. This evening you have the option to return to your yacht for a buffet dinner or remain in town on your own account. Those who return to the yacht will be provided zodiacs to return to town to shop for souvenirs or stop at an internet café. Zodiacs will be provided for your return to the yachts.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Eric, Flamingo or Letty

Day 15: san cristobal/quito

Bid farewell to your ship and her crewBid farewell to your ship and her crew

This morning, drop anchor in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal. Visit the Interpretation Center, which was opened in 1999. Here, you will gain a more complete understanding of the natural and human history of the Galapagos Islands. Afterwards, spend some time in port before heading to the airport for your noontime Aerogal flight back to the mainland, where you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Meals
Breakfast
Lodging
Mercure Alameda or similar

Day 16: quito/onward

Enjoy breakfast before you are transferred to the airport in time for your homebound flight.

Meals
Breakfast

Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
$7,550
Flights not included; Cost based on Iguana deck cabin and Northern Route Cabin upgrades are available
Single Supplement:
$3,975
Single supplement for ship cabin is $3000
Arrange your trip around weekly Sunday cruise departures
Ask about upcoming departures

Need to Know

SPECIAL NOTE: Portions of this trip are divided into day tours, and depending on your departure date, you may or may not be in a group consisting of different people each day. Please ask for further clarification if needed.

The Amazon 4-day Adventure Extension
Fly from Cusco to Puerto Maldonado, and spend three nights at a rustic eco-lodge on the Tambopata River. Return to Lima and connect to international flights home.

Other Extensions include:
Lake Titicaca, Nazca Lines & Paracas, Colca Canyon Adventure, Isla Palomino excursion from Lima, and more.

For more details on these extensions please request our Peru extension trip notes or click the Extension links on this page.

Additional per person costs to consider
Domestic flights to/from the Galapagos: approx. $580
Lima/Cusco/Lima flights: approx. $350
Galapagos National Park fees: $120 
International flights
Gratuities
 

 

 

 

 

 

Duration:
16 days
The number of days, or duration, in a destination corresponds with the itinerary as published.
Comfort Level:
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Cozy lodges to comfortable, delightful hotels
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Optional hiking
Group Size:
2-20
The stated range indicates minimum required for guaranteed departure and maximum accepted on the scheduled dates. Exceptions can often be made for private departures.
Terms & Conditions: 

Galapagos Cruise

Please note that this trip operates under different payment and cancellation policies than those described in our complete Terms & Conditions as noted on our website and elsewhere. Please review the complete Terms & Conditions prior to submitting a deposit. 

Expenses covered
Normally, our stated land costs include the cost of all guides, leaders, permits obtained after arrival, lodging accommodations, food and entry fees as specified, and all surface transportation associated with the planned itinerary. We do our best to avoid increasing prices after receipt of your deposit, but, rarely, factors beyond our control might require us to change our prices without prior notice, even after you have signed up. 

Expenses not covered

Costs not included in the price may include: meals not indicated as included in itineraries; meals prior to arrival in starting cities; transfers, if not arriving or departing on the scheduled group flights; soft drinks, bottled water, and alcoholic beverages; medical expenses, costs of hospitalization, or evacuation from remote areas; laundry; airport departure taxes not included on your airline ticket; accommodations en route to starting cities; visas; airfares; gratuities; and insurance. 

Payment and Deposit Schedule​

For reservations requiring 1-2 cabins, a deposit of 30% of the cabin cost is due per person. Balance is due 90 days prior to departure. For reservations requiring 3 or more cabins, a deposit of 30% of the cabin cost is due per person. A second deposit of 30% of the cabin cost is due per person 180 days prior to departure and final payment for is due 90 days prior to departure. All payments are NON-REFUNDABLE. All payments are subject to cancellation if payments are not received by the due dates. Airlines require full payment when tickets are issued. All payments may be made by Visa, Master Card, American Express, or check, and the Reservation Form may be submitted via our website.  *HOLIDAY departures require an increased deposit of 40% from the regular terms and conditions.

Airfare
We can help you secure air travel arrangements to correspond with land travel booked through Journeys International. We work with an airfare consolidator to assist in booking the flights that suit your needs. If you decide to make your own flight arrangements, you must provide Journeys International with a complete copy of your itinerary showing departure and arrival flights and times. You should plan to arrange your own air travel if you are using mileage credit or originating outside North America, but please be in touch with our office before you finalize ticketing so that we can help you to coordinate the correct arrival and departure dates and times.

Insurance

When you make your reservation, we strongly recommend the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance in case of emergency situations. Please contact us for a recommended policy.

Itinerary Change Fee

There will be a $40 fee for changes once an itinerary has been confirmed and approved. Additional cancellation penalties or change fees may apply as per our terms and conditions. The passenger is responsible for such fees.

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Iguanas enjoying some sun
Iguanas enjoying some sun
View of Quito and surrounding mountains
View of Quito and surrounding mountains
Inside the ornate LaCompania
Inside the ornate LaCompania
Pisac Ruins
Pisac Ruins
Machu Picchu ruins
Machu Picchu ruins
Red-footed boobies on Genovesa
Red-footed boobies on Genovesa
Look for land iguanas at Dragon Hill
Look for land iguanas at Dragon Hill

Incas and Islands

Combine Inca Wonders of the Peruvian Andes with a Galapagos Wildlife Cruise

overview

Explore Peru's Andean Quechua culture of today and the Inca civilization of the past. Then fly to the Galapagos for an ecologically-responsible wildlife adventure cruise bringing you face-to-face with many species of birds and other wildlife. Your in-depth exploration will include the city of Cusco and the nearby ruins, the surrounding villages and markets of the Urubamba Valley, and the fabled ruins of Machu Picchu. You will gain a broad view of the vanished cultures of the high Andes through the insights of your native guide and cross-cultural encounters with contemporary villagers. Extend the  Peru portion of your stay with an optional four-day excursion to the Peruvian Amazon or a visit with the indigenous community on Lake Titicaca. 

Fly on to Quito Ecuador, and then to the Galapagos.  Board one of the fleet of three identical first-class motor-yachts, M/Y Eric, Flamingo I, and Letty,  that were custom-designed for Galapagos excursions.  Weekly departures offer tremendous value, superior comfort, and a close-up encounter with the amazing wildlife. Two experienced English-speaking naturalist guides attend to the details of your Galapagos cruise. Each naturalist takes a group of no more than ten passengers on all shore excursions and shares extensive insights into the islands’ diverse wildlife. Stable rubber boats (Zodiacs), locally called pangas, ferry passengers to shore for island visits. These week-long, comprehensive itineraries visit the islands’ most spectacular sites to witness the unique plants and animals that have made these islands famous.

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overview

Explore Peru's Andean Quechua culture of today and the Inca civilization of the past. Then fly to the Galapagos for an ecologically-responsible wildlife adventure cruise bringing you face-to-face with many species of birds and other wildlife. Your in-depth exploration will include the city of Cusco and the nearby ruins, the surrounding villages and markets of the Urubamba Valley, and the fabled ruins of Machu Picchu. You will gain a broad view of the vanished cultures of the high Andes through the insights of your native guide and cross-cultural encounters with contemporary villagers. Extend the  Peru portion of your stay with an optional four-day excursion to the Peruvian Amazon or a visit with the indigenous community on Lake Titicaca. 

Fly on to Quito Ecuador, and then to the Galapagos.  Board one of the fleet of three identical first-class motor-yachts, M/Y Eric, Flamingo I, and Letty,  that were custom-designed for Galapagos excursions.  Weekly departures offer tremendous value, superior comfort, and a close-up encounter with the amazing wildlife. Two experienced English-speaking naturalist guides attend to the details of your Galapagos cruise. Each naturalist takes a group of no more than ten passengers on all shore excursions and shares extensive insights into the islands’ diverse wildlife. Stable rubber boats (Zodiacs), locally called pangas, ferry passengers to shore for island visits. These week-long, comprehensive itineraries visit the islands’ most spectacular sites to witness the unique plants and animals that have made these islands famous.

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Anticipated itinerary; actual route may vary.
  • Day 1: arrive lima

    Arrive in the Peruvian capital of Lima, a modern city with charming colonial pockets situated on the coastal desert. You will be met at the airport and proceed to your nearby airport hotel for an overnight before continuing on to Cusco and the Sacred Valley.

    Lodging
    Costa del Sol
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  • Day 2: cusco/pisac ruins & market
    Pisac RuinsPisac Ruins

    Return to the airport in the morning, allowing plenty of time for check-in for the flight to Cusco. Your guide will meet you upon arrival at the Cusco airport, and you'll head straight out of the city to the famous market town of Pisac. The village is famous for its market and superb artisan stalls. You can wander and shop or, for the more energetic, climb to the extensive hilltop Inca ruins just outside town. You can follow a circular path along a well defined Inca trail past royal buildings, guard posts, terraces, tunnels and irrigation channels. Depending on time, you may also visit a traditional bakery to try freshly baked bread and learn about the culinary guinea pig practice of Peru.

    Have lunch at a local restaurant before heading back to Urubamba, where you'll visit a local pottery workshop and the interesting town centre before checking into your hotel for the night

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Hotel Sol y Luna or similar
    Show on a map
  • Day 3: chinchero/maras and moray/machu picchu
    Visit local people of PeruVisit local people of Peru

    Today begins with a visit to the Chinchero church and ruins. Chinchero is a village famous for its colorful Sunday market and its incredible weavings, and you will also visit a local cooperative and learn how the locals weave their intricate designs. Then drive across the fertile plain of Chinchero, rich with grain, potatoes and beans. See the labor-intensive local farming techniques along the way.

    From Chinchero head further into the Sacred Valley to visit the sites of Maras and Moray. Since Incan times, local people have collected salt from the terraces of Maras. This site is not on the main tourist trail, but the natural formation is spectacular. Wind your way through the salt pans and take an easy walk down to the floor of the Urubamba River Valley. Also see evidence of Incan crop experimentation at the circular agricultural terrace at Moray.

    You then have an optional hike (or take the bus) following mule trails that take you to the ancient town of Maras, with its out-standing Spanish door arches and a vast church. Maras is famous for its spies due to its strategic location above the Sacred Valley. Then drop down into the Sacred Valley of the Incas. En-route are some of the most astounding salt-pans covering the whole of the hill-side. These salt-pans were mentioned in conquering Spanish’s chronicles.

    Afterwards  take a short journey along the river Urubamba, where in the afternoon you'll visit the Inca fortress town of Ollantaytambo: this was the site of the last big battle between the Incas and Spanish before the remaining Incas rebels fled into the jungles of Vilcabamba. In this lovely, well-preserved village and ruins you can still feel the true magic of the Incas. The hill-top Inca sun temple displays some of the finest stone work in the area. The site was unfinished and some magnificent stones still lie un-erected, providing important clues to the building methods.

    In the late afternoon, you take the 1 ½-hour Vistadome train ride from Ollanta to Machu Picchu, the “lost citadel” of the Incas. (Baggage limit on PeruRail is 11 lbs.) 

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Hotel Inkaterra El Mapi
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  • Day 4: machu picchu
    Machu Picchu ruinsMachu Picchu ruins

     Stumbled upon accidentally by archaeologists in 1911, Machu Picchu remains a mysterious site. There are no Spanish records, Incan legends, or oral histories which explain its exact purpose. Elegant ornamental stonework hints at the possibility of Machu Picchu's importance as a ceremonial center. This morning you’ll take a short, winding bus ride up to the Machu Picchu ruins, and your guide will lead you through the vast ancient site.  Late in the day, return to Ollantaytambo by train and then continue to Cusco by land transfer.The elevation at Machu Picchu is 7,900 feet.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch
    Lodging
    Hotel Novotel or similar
    Show on a map
  • Day 5: cusco

    Today is the last chance on your adventure to explore Inca ruins, so make the most of it. Your guide will lead you around four extraordinary sites near Cusco: Sacsayhuaman, Qenko, Puca Pucara, and Tambomachay. Cusco was the head of the Incan Empire and was built in the shape of a puma. The city itself is the puma’s body, and the enormous Sacsayhuaman ruins represent the head and teeth. The largest and most impressive of Sacsayhuaman’s original rocks are still in place, though only about 20% of the entire site remains today. Qenko, meaning zig-zag, consists of a large limestone rock covered with carvings with mysterious caves and alters below, and its zig-zag walls and channels are thought to have been used for ritual sacrifices. Puca Pucara, or Red Fort, is a small defensive outpost that appears red at twilight. Tambo Machay, another smaller site, is known locally as “El Baño del Inca,” or the Incan bath, as it has beautiful ceremonial stone fountains and bathing pools.

    After descending past San Cristobal church, built on top of Inca Manco Capac’s Palace and boasting a fantastic viewpoint of Cusco, make your final steps down the streets of San Blas which bring you to the Plaza de Armas where you'll visit the main cathedral and the impressive Quoricancha, the very centre of the Inca empire along with other Cusco city sites.

     

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  • Day 6: cusco/lima/quito
    View of Quito and surrounding mountainsView of Quito and surrounding mountains

    At the appropriate time make your way to the airport for your flight to Lima and connection to Quito, Ecuador. Quito is located in a huge valley of the Andes mountains at an altitude of 9,455 feet; it’s a great place to extend your stay to explore the city, the surrounding volcanic mountain range, or possibly an excursion to the fabled Otavalo market or Cloud Forest.

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  • Day 7: quito
    Inside the ornate LaCompaniaInside the ornate LaCompania

    Today, take a city tour of Quito. Stroll down cobblestone streets and through flowering plazas. Visit the old colonial center of Independence Square, the elegant cathedrals of San Francisco, La Compañía, and San Agustín, Quito’s oldest monastery. Drive through the residential section and past the Legislative Palace (Congress). Panecillo Hill overlooks the city and snow-capped mountains. The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure to explore or relax.

    You may also head out of Quito, to the small town of Otavalo, famous for its indigenous market for an optional day tour (additional cost). For more than 4,000 years, Otavalo's market has served as the social and economic heart of the region. Today, it is Ecuador's most popular destination after the Galapagos Islands.  On Saturdays, the usually-sleepy town awakens to a cacophony of chickens, cows, and sheep, and trading of hemp, saddles, vegetables, grains, and textiles among the brightly-dressed Otavalenos Indian population.  Although there are plenty of tourist trinkets to be had, visitors come primarily for the authentic local atmosphere.  

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  • Day 8: san cristobal/cerro colorado
    Welcome to the Galapagos!Welcome to the Galapagos!

    Early this morning, you will be transferred to the airport where you will collect your tickets for your flight to the Galapagos.

    Upon arrival at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal Island, the crew is waiting at the airport to escort you to your anchored yacht.  After the welcome briefing, buffet lunch, and safety drill, you travel by bus into the interior of San Cristobal to visit La Galapaguera Cerro Colorado, where the National Park has established a breeding program for the tortoises and set up an information center for visitors. Along the trail, you may find the San Cristobal (Chatham) mockingbird and Calandrinia plant, both endemic to the island. Here, you will see the terrestrial tortoises living in their natural habitat, and learn about their origin, evolution and threats by introduced animals.

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  • Day 9: genovesa/darwin bay/philip's steps
    Red-footed boobies on GenovesaRed-footed boobies on Genovesa

    Spend the entire day on Genovesa (Tower) Island, considered to be one of the most spectacular islands in all of the Galapagos for its variety and sheer number of birds. This morning, we have a wet landing on Darwin Bay, a coral sand beach where swallow-tailed and lava gulls gather near the tide pools. Enter a forest of Optuntia cactus and mangroves where colonies of great frigatebirds nest. The males inflate their red-throated pouches to attract females as they fly overhead. The trail leads through a rich inter-tidal zone where we find a great diversity of wildlife. This afternoon, we have a dry landing at Prince Philip’s Steps. Red-footed boobies nest here in Palo Santo trees, and Nazca boobies nest near the trail. In an open lava field, we find storm petrels in large numbers. If you are lucky, we will see the elusive short-eared owl. Look for the beautiful Red-billed Tropic bird found in the crevices along the cliff by kayak or Zodiac. You can choose to swim or snorkel from the beach with sea lions in these northern warmer waters or for those with experience, we offer snorkeling in deeper water. 

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  • Day 10: las bachas/cerro dragon
    Look for land iguanas at Dragon HillLook for land iguanas at Dragon Hill

    This morning you will visit Las Bachas, Spanish for "the barges."  There is a long stretch of a soft white sand beach and interior lagoons where we find the greater flamingo. The snorkeling from the beach here is wonderful. At Black Turtle Cove (Caleta Tortuga Negra) we have a zodiac ride through a series of coves and inlets surrounded by mangroves. Here you can view pairs of mating sea turtles (Sept to Feb), white-tipped reef sharks and golden cow-nosed rays. Located on the northern tip of Santa Cruz is Cerro Dragon (Dragon Hill). Along the trail, we find Darwin Finches, Galapagos Flycatchers, Yellow Warblers, Audubon Shearwater and the endemic land iguanas, orange-yellow in color with large spines along their backs, were once part of the Darwin Station’s breeding program. We find pink flamingos feeding in the salt-water lagoon as well as other lagoon birds; stilts, pintail ducks, sandpipers and more. From the top of the hill, we enjoy a majestic view of the bay island covered in Opuntia cactus, Palo Santo and Cordia Lutea (muyuyu). After the briefing and dinner, we sail toward the western islands and cross the equator line for the second time.

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  • Day 11: fernandina/urbina bay, isabela
    Iguanas enjoying some sunIguanas enjoying some sun

    This morning, we have a wet landing at Punta Espinoza, Fernandina, the youngest and most pristine Island in the Galapagos. Recent lava flows formed by an active volcano stretch their way around the coast. Hundreds of marine iguanas, the largest colony in Galapagos, bask in the sun along the rugged shoreline. Observe sea lion harems with resident bulls carefully guarding their territories. Flightless cormorants build their nests on the point, and Galapagos hawks fly overhead. There is a chance to snorkel here with sea turtles. After lunch, we cross the Bolivar Channel, where we often spot whales and dolphins riding the ship's bow wave. We disembark at Urbina Bay, ISABELA, where we find four miles of its coastal seabed, with marine life exposed due to a dramatic uplift in 1954 when the volcano erupted. The marine remnants of coral skeletons, some of them waist-high, are visited after a wet landing on the beach. Urbina is home to the very large and colorful Galapagos land iguanas, occasionally giant tortoises, Darwin Finches. Brown Pelicans and Flightless Cormorants also nest here. Giant Marine Iguanas are seen along the coast. You may encounter penguins while snorkeling here. At Punta Vicente Roca, a Zodiac ride offers an incredible view of the tuff walls, we can enter the wave-sculpted cave and find sea turtle who frequent this area. You may spot the dorsal fin of a Mola Mola, an odd looking giant sun fish. Return to the yacht for briefing and dinner.

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  • Day 12: isabela/elizabeth bay/tagus cove
    A frigate birdA frigate bird

    Our morning excursion is a Zodiac ride in Elizabeth Bay, Isabela that begins at a secluded cove lined with large red mangrove trees where you will see turtles, rays, and shore birds. We then motor to the rocky islets known as “Las Marielas,” to view colonies of nesting penguins, flightless cormorants, and giant marine iguanas. Isabela was created when six volcanoes flowed together and formed the largest Island in Galapagos. We have a dry landing at Tagus Cove, located on the western Island of Isabela and a favorite anchorage for pirates and whalers over the centuries. Old graffiti dating back to the 1800′s is written on the rocky cliffs. Explore the Coves by Zodiac or kayak to find Galapagos Penguins, Boobies, Pelicans and other seabirds. An uphill hike brings us to a salt-water lagoon, a scenic overlook with a spectacular view of the ocean, lava fields and volcanic formations. An excellent snorkeling site is offered from the zodiac or take out a Kayak and explore the shoreline. After dinner, a sky full of stars beckons to go on deck and observe the galaxy while crossing the equator for the last time.

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  • Day 13: santiago/puerto egas/rabida island

    This morning, we have a wet landing at Puerto Egas, Santiago. Stroll along the shoreline looking for octopus, starfish, and other sea life caught in the tide pools. At low tide, catch a glimpse of marine iguanas as they feed on exposed green algae. Watch for great blue herons, lava herons, American oystercatchers, and yellow-crowned night herons. Our walk ends at the grottos, deep pools of clear water where we encounter shy fur sea lions once on the verge of extinction. Before returning to the yacht, enjoy some snorkeling and kayaking if you wish. This afternoon, we disembark on Rabida Island, located near Santiago. Rabida sports the most diversified volcanic rocks of all the islands and is considered the geographic center of the Galapagos. The dark red sand beach resulted from erosion of volcanic stones. Follow a trail that leads to a salt water lagoon, and observe Greater Flamingos as they feed. Brown Pelicans nest in the mangroves at the far side of the lagoon. After the walk, there is time for snorkeling.

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  • Day 14: santa cruz/darwin station
    Visit Charles Darwin Research StationVisit Charles Darwin Research Station

    Today after breakfast, disemark for a trip to the Charles Darwin Research Station. Visit all three tortoise corals and the breeding center with new hatchlings and miniature tortoises not yet ready to be repatriated to the islands where they were born. Scientists from all over the globe come to the station to conduct biological research from anatomy to zoology. You will also visit Van Straelen Hall, where there are exhibits and a short video presentation. Visitors can see the tortoise and land iguana corrals. Puerto Ayora is the social heart of the islands with the largest population of 24,000 inhabitants. This evening you have the option to return to your yacht for a buffet dinner or remain in town on your own account. Those who return to the yacht will be provided zodiacs to return to town to shop for souvenirs or stop at an internet café. Zodiacs will be provided for your return to the yachts.

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  • Day 15: san cristobal/quito
    Bid farewell to your ship and her crewBid farewell to your ship and her crew

    This morning, drop anchor in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal. Visit the Interpretation Center, which was opened in 1999. Here, you will gain a more complete understanding of the natural and human history of the Galapagos Islands. Afterwards, spend some time in port before heading to the airport for your noontime Aerogal flight back to the mainland, where you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

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  • Day 16: quito/onward

    Enjoy breakfast before you are transferred to the airport in time for your homebound flight.

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Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
$7,550
Flights not included; Cost based on Iguana deck cabin and Northern Route Cabin upgrades are available
Single Supplement:
$3,975
Single supplement for ship cabin is $3000
Arrange your trip around weekly Sunday cruise departures
Ask about upcoming departures

Need to Know

SPECIAL NOTE: Portions of this trip are divided into day tours, and depending on your departure date, you may or may not be in a group consisting of different people each day. Please ask for further clarification if needed.

The Amazon 4-day Adventure Extension
Fly from Cusco to Puerto Maldonado, and spend three nights at a rustic eco-lodge on the Tambopata River. Return to Lima and connect to international flights home.

Other Extensions include:
Lake Titicaca, Nazca Lines & Paracas, Colca Canyon Adventure, Isla Palomino excursion from Lima, and more.

For more details on these extensions please request our Peru extension trip notes or click the Extension links on this page.

Additional per person costs to consider
Domestic flights to/from the Galapagos: approx. $580
Lima/Cusco/Lima flights: approx. $350
Galapagos National Park fees: $120 
International flights
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Duration:
16 days
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Optional hiking
Group Size:
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Terms & Conditions: 

Galapagos Cruise

Please note that this trip operates under different payment and cancellation policies than those described in our complete Terms & Conditions as noted on our website and elsewhere. Please review the complete Terms & Conditions prior to submitting a deposit. 

Expenses covered
Normally, our stated land costs include the cost of all guides, leaders, permits obtained after arrival, lodging accommodations, food and entry fees as specified, and all surface transportation associated with the planned itinerary. We do our best to avoid increasing prices after receipt of your deposit, but, rarely, factors beyond our control might require us to change our prices without prior notice, even after you have signed up. 

Expenses not covered

Costs not included in the price may include: meals not indicated as included in itineraries; meals prior to arrival in starting cities; transfers, if not arriving or departing on the scheduled group flights; soft drinks, bottled water, and alcoholic beverages; medical expenses, costs of hospitalization, or evacuation from remote areas; laundry; airport departure taxes not included on your airline ticket; accommodations en route to starting cities; visas; airfares; gratuities; and insurance. 

Payment and Deposit Schedule​

For reservations requiring 1-2 cabins, a deposit of 30% of the cabin cost is due per person. Balance is due 90 days prior to departure. For reservations requiring 3 or more cabins, a deposit of 30% of the cabin cost is due per person. A second deposit of 30% of the cabin cost is due per person 180 days prior to departure and final payment for is due 90 days prior to departure. All payments are NON-REFUNDABLE. All payments are subject to cancellation if payments are not received by the due dates. Airlines require full payment when tickets are issued. All payments may be made by Visa, Master Card, American Express, or check, and the Reservation Form may be submitted via our website.  *HOLIDAY departures require an increased deposit of 40% from the regular terms and conditions.

Airfare
We can help you secure air travel arrangements to correspond with land travel booked through Journeys International. We work with an airfare consolidator to assist in booking the flights that suit your needs. If you decide to make your own flight arrangements, you must provide Journeys International with a complete copy of your itinerary showing departure and arrival flights and times. You should plan to arrange your own air travel if you are using mileage credit or originating outside North America, but please be in touch with our office before you finalize ticketing so that we can help you to coordinate the correct arrival and departure dates and times.

Insurance

When you make your reservation, we strongly recommend the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance in case of emergency situations. Please contact us for a recommended policy.

Itinerary Change Fee

There will be a $40 fee for changes once an itinerary has been confirmed and approved. Additional cancellation penalties or change fees may apply as per our terms and conditions. The passenger is responsible for such fees.

Trip Extensions

Nazca Lines & Paracas

Duration: 3 days

In this coastal desert region you can find traces of ancient cultures, study the mysterious designs of the  Nazca Lines, and watch the sea lions as they frolic in the Paracas National Park.

Colca Canyon Adventure

Duration: 3 days

This short excursion to Arequipa and the Colca Canyon takes you to one of the world’s deepest gorges and the “Cruz del Condor” where you can scan the skies for a glimpse of the majestic birds.

Lake Titicaca

Duration: 3 days

Extend your trip to the famed Lake Titicaca, located in the Andes between Peru and Bolivia. It is the highest navigable lake in the world, and South America’s largest freshwater lake. The trip takes you to the islands of Uros and Taquile.

Lima

Duration: 1 days

If you have time in Lima, enjoy a tour of the city, or venture out a little further for a wildlife boat trip around Isla Palomino.

Peru Amazon Adventure

Duration: 4 days

Tambopata is one of the world's most diverse wildernesses and also one of the best preserved. This 4-day adventure is a unique rainforest experience and a perfect compliment to any trip in Peru.

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