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Galapagos & Peru in 10 Days

Galapagos & Peru in 10 Days

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Discover the amazing Galapagos Islands in this multi-island expedition to observe the birds, iguanas, and sea creatures that make this place very special. Moreover, get to know ancient ruins, colonial architecture, fantastic food, and folk culture in Cusco and the Sacred Valley.

This 10-day trip will take you to the enchanted Galapagos Islands and to the highlights of Peru, including the world-famous Machu Picchu ruins!




Highlights of this Galapagos & Peru Tour:

  • Explore an uninhabited island with endemic species
  • Discover the underwater world of Galapagos while snorkeling with playful sea lions
  • Visit the world-famous Machu Picchu ruins
  • Walk the cobblestone streets of Colonial town Cusco
  • Try the delicious Peruvian cuisine

Tour Plan


Day 1: Transfer to Airport - Santa Cruz Island Highlands - Charles Darwin Station

In the morning you will be taken to the airport for your flight to the Galapagos Islands. Your guide will already be waiting at Baltra airport and take you to Santa Cruz Island. Enjoy lunch at a local ranch in the highlands, followed by the observation of giant turtles in the wild.
Then continue to the port of Puerto Ayora to check into the hotel. In the afternoon, visit the Charles Darwin Station, where scientists from all over the world meet and work together on environmental projects such as water analysis, animal protection, effects of tourism on nature, and more.
Here you can visit the turtle breeding station, where the animals are raised before being released into nature. Land iguanas can be observed here too.
Overnight stay in Puerto Ayora.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight: Puerto Ayora

Day 2: Day Trip to an Uninhabited Island

Ride a yacht to an uninhabited island around Santa Cruz.
Depending on the weather, scheduling, and permissions by the National Park, you'll visit one of the following islands:
Santa Fé, South Plazas, Bartolomé, or North Seymour.
Each island is unique, offering spectacular scenery and opportunities to see rare wildlife up-close. Santa Fé and South Plazas are home to endemic land iguanas, while Bartolomé is known for its beautiful lava sceneries. On North Seymour, look for frigate birds, land iguanas, and blue-footed boobies.
In the evening, return to Puerto Ayora to enjoy some free time.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight: Puerto Ayora

Day 3: Speedboat to Isabela Island - Los Tuneles

Early in the morning you take the public speedboat from Santa Cruz to Isabela (approx. 2-2,5 hours). Afterwards, you will go on an excursion to Los Tuneles, a perfect snorkeling spot. A series of lava flow have produced unique geological formations, like arcs and tunnels underneath and above the water.
In the shallow waters you can find tropical fish, rays, turtles, sea horses, and white-tipped reef sharks! Besides, keep your eyes open to spot penguins sitting on the rocks. In the afternoon you return to Puerto Villamil, where you will spend the next night.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight: Isabela

Day 4: Sierra Negra volcano - Speedboat to Santa Cruz

Today the Sierra Negra volcano is on your agenda. You can walk through spectacular lava landscapes and have views of the northern volcanoes of Isabela and Fernandina Island. The hike to the Sierra Negra Volcano will take place together with other visitors. The views are definitely worth the effort.
You will see the second largest volcanic crater in the world and you will explore different vegetation zones. You will receive a lunch box for the hike. In the afternoon, you will take the speed boat to Santa Cruz Island. Overnight stay on Santa Cruz Island.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight: Puerto Ayora

Day 5: Airport of Baltra Island - Papallacta - Quito

If there is enough free time until your transfer to the airport, we suggest doing some souvenir shopping or taking a last stroll through Puerto Ayora. Your driver will pick you up at your hotel and take you to the Itabaca Channel, which you will cross on a ferry.
For the last part of your trip to the airport, you will take the public shuttle bus. Your driver will accompany you until the check-in area where your program ends with your return flight to the mainland. You will be picked up at the airport in Quito and taken to the thermal springs of Papallacta, where you can enjoy a couple of hours in the warm pools that are fed by the Antisana volcano many miles away.
After that relaxing time, you will be taken back to Quito where you will spend the night at a quiet place not too far from the airport.
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight: Quito

Day 6: Flight to Lima

Welcome to Peru! At Lima Airport you will be welcomed by your driver who will bring you to your hotel in the city center.
Use the rest of the day to explore the city on your own!
Overnight stay in Lima.
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight: Lima

Day 7: Flight to Cusco - Cusco City Tour

Early in the morning you will picked up at your hotel and brought to Lima Airport to take your flight to Cusco. Upon arrival at Cusco, you will be driven to your hotel. In the afternoon, a city tour is on your agenda.
You will visit the Cathedral, Koricancha (Temple of the Sun) and the nearby ruins: Qenqo (Ceremonial and Ritual center, place where sacrifices were made), Puca Pucara (this complex was probably used by Emperor Pachacutec as a tambo), Tambomachay (also called “The Bath of the Inca”) and Sacsayhuaman Fortress (place where the main Inca Festivals, Inti Raymi and Warachicuy take place).
After your city tour, you return to your hotel for the overnight stay.
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight: Cusco

Day 8: Sacred Valley Tour

The Sacred Valley was the spiritual center of the Inca Empire, where all-powerful emperors built private estates, temples, fortifications, and thousands of agricultural terraces.
Join your guide for a jaunt through the Sacred Valley’s remarkable places. Explore the Pisac ruins and shop at the famous artisan market in the village plaza. Scale the heights of Ollantaytambo fortress and be sure to explore the stonelined streets of the village where water still flows through Inca-built channels.
After this tour, you will take a train to Aguas Calientes!
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight: Aguas Calientes

Day 9: Machu Picchu

For 400 years, the “lost city of the Incas” remained hidden atop a mountain ridge until it was revealed to the world on the pages of National Geographic in 1911.
Your day begins with an early morning bus trip up to the ruins. Your tour guide will lead you on an unforgettable walk through Machu Picchu’s stone-lined paths, along the terrace edges, to the base of structures that testify to the extraordinary skill of its builders.
After snapping some final photos, board the shuttle bus back to town and go to train station for your return to Cusco.
Optional: Hike Huayna Picchu to get a bird’s eye view of the ruins or take the Machu Picchu Mountain hike to appreciate more of the surrounding scenery. Permits are limited and must be booked in advance, so let us know asap if you’re up for the challenge.
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 10: Cusco - Lima

Today you will take the plane from Cusco back to Lima, Peru's capital, where your tour ends with the arrival at the airport.
Meals included: Breakfast

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