Explore two of South America's most important cultural and natural treasures—the World Heritage sites of Machu Picchu and the Galápagos Islands—in one exciting tour! Travel to Peru and venture to Cusco, the Sacred Valley, and the "Lost City of the Incas," then fly to the Galápagos Islands to observe fascinating wildlife, including Blue-footed Boobies, giant tortoises, and sea lions. 

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 Machu Picchu  A pair of Blue-footed Boobies  Quechua woman out for an afternoon stroll Credit: Lola Akinmade  Llama overlooking Machu Picchu   Exploring the renowned stone work of Machu Picchu   The site of Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley  Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu  Terraced landscape of Písac in the Sacred Valley  Town square in Lima  The historic city center of Cuzco  A tortoise and a traveler   Seals and Sally Lightfoot crabs  Mother and baby seal  Seals basking on the beach  A colorful Sally Lightfoot crab  A frigate bird  Iguana on the Galapagos Islands

Machu Picchu and the Galápagos

16 days from $9,293 | includes airfare, taxes and all fees

Explore two of South America's most important cultural and natural treasures—the World Heritage sites of Machu Picchu and the Galápagos Islands—in one exciting tour! Travel to Peru and venture to Cusco, the Sacred Valley, and the "Lost City of the Incas," then fly to the Galápagos Islands to observe fascinating wildlife, including Blue-footed Boobies, giant tortoises, and sea lions. 

or Call 855-330-1542

Tour Details

TOUR BROCHURE

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WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY

Our tour with the Smithsonian to South America [Machu Picchu and Galapagos) was without a doubt one of the most fun, enjoyable, and educational journeys we have taken. Our fellow travelers quickly bonded and we are still in contact with many of them. We look forward to our next adventure with educated and thoughtful people.

- David L.

This is a once in a lifetime trip -- an outstanding travel and learning adventure. 

- Mary H.

I would recommend Smithsonian Tours to anyone, from the novice to the most experienced traveler. Single travelers will certainly feel at home as well. I feel sure I will travel with Smithsonian again.

- Rosalee C.

"This was our first time with a tour group. An excellent experience in every way! The tour directors, expert, and guides were incredibly knowledgeable. I'm so glad we chose Smithsonian Journeys!"

- Steve and Nancy S.

JOURNEYS DISPATCHES

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Accommodations

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Westin Lima Hotel

Lima, Peru

Located in San Isidro, Lima’s vibrant financial, cultural, and shopping district, the 301-room Westin Lima Hotel stands in close proximity to a wide variety of restaurants, boutiques, and art galleries. Hotel facilities include two restaurants, bar, and lounge; fitness center; indoor pool; spa with massage treatments, sauna, and Jacuzzi; Wi-Fi Internet access (charges apply); boutiques; and laundry and dry cleaning services. Air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, mini-bar, TV, and phone.

Number of nights: 2

Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel

Sacred Valley, Peru

The Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel is located on a 17th-century colonial hacienda in the heart of the Sacred Valley, a short drive from Ollantaytambo train station en route to Machu Picchu. A colonial-style lodging, the 115-room hotel’s amenities include two restaurants, bar, and sushi bar; fitness center; spa with hyperbaric chamber and massage treatments; complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access; beauty salon; boutiques; museum; art gallery; movie theater; library; and laundry service. Air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with Jacuzzi tub and hair dryer, in-room safe, ironing facilities, mini-bar, TV, and phone. 

Number of nights: 2

Belmond Sanctuary Lodge

Machu Picchu, Peru

Belmond Sanctuary Lodge is the only hotel located adjacent to this ancient Inca citadel, offering its guests exceptionally easy access. Sit out on a terrace and savour Peruvian cuisine based on produce grown on the Lodge's own plot. This delightful hideaway is the perfect place to relax and unwind in the shadow of the Lost City. The Lodge's interior garden, apart from the beautiful panoramic view, has a variety of local flowers and orchids. Rooms are equipped with a telephone, satellite TV, radio/alarm clock with docking station, minibar, safety-deposit box, hair dryer and private bathroom with shower only. The hotel also offers a laundry service and guests can choose to dine in the privacy of their room.

Number of nights: 1

Belmond Hotel Monasterio (formerly Hotel Monasterio by Orient-Express)

Cuzco, Peru

Originally constructed over 300 years ago as the San Antonio Seminary, the Belmond Hotel Monasterio (formerly Hotel Monasterio by Orient-Express) is a museum hotel providing all the comforts and quality of a modern property. The guestrooms reflect their origins as the home for the Jesuit seminarians, decorated in a combination of modern and traditional Spanish colonial styles. Set in the center of town, the hotel is surrounded by convenient shops where you can find local handicrafts, textiles, and jewelry. Belmond Hotel Monasterio also offers a business center and two excellent restaurants. Enjoy breakfast in El Tupay, the original refectory of the monastery, or a refreshing beverage in the Lobby Bar. There is also 24-hour room service. All rooms are equipped with telephone, mini bar, in-room safe, cable TV, and hairdryer. Laundry service is available 24 hours a day. A limited number of oxygen enriched rooms (to help minimize the effects of altitude) are available at an additional cost.

Number of nights: 2



Swissotel Quito

Quito, Ecuador

The 275-room Swissotel Quito is located near Quito's old town, close to shopping, restaurants, and cultural attractions. Hotel facilities include five restaurants; indoor and outdoor swimming pool; fitness center; squash, racquet, and tennis courts; spa with Jacuzzi, sauna, and massage treatments; and laundry and dry cleaning services. Air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access, mini-bar, tea- and coffee-making facilities, ironing facilities, in-room safe, TV, and phone.

Number of nights: 3

Royal Palm Hotel Galápagos

Santa Cruz, Galápagos Islands

The Royal Palm Hotel is a secluded hideaway nestled in the lush Miconia highland forests of Santa Cruz in the heart of the Galápagos. This property is a spacious and exclusive 480-acre private estate, only a 20 minute drive from the bustling port town of Puerto Ayora.  With just eight casitas (little house) and 13 exclusive villas, guests can enjoy privacy, space, and quiet seclusion. This peaceful hotel is equipped with a restaurant, piano bar, small gym, and outdoor pool. Air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, ironing facilities, mini-bar, TV, and phone.

Number of nights: 3

Tour Extension

Amazon Rainforest Pre-Program Option –  4 Days, 4 Nights 

Discover the Amazon’s amazing flora, fauna, and even villages on this exceptional tour. Your tour extension price includes:

  • Round-trip air transportation Lima/Iquitos
  • 4 nights’ accommodations: 1 night in Lima at the Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima Hotel (First Class); 3 nights in the jungle at Ceiba Tops Lodge & Resort (Superior First Class)
  • 10 meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Extensive sightseeing, including guided canopy walkway tour and visit with ribereños (Amazon river people)
  • Fully escorted by an Amazon-born naturalist guide as your tour representative
  • Private vehicle transportation
  • Gratuities for tour representative, dining room servers, airport and hotel porters, and all drivers

Accommodations: 

Wyndham Costa Del Sol Lima Airport
Located at the Lima International Airport, the 192-room Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima Airport Hotel features woodwork and walls bearing the coats of arms of Lima and Pizarro Larcomar. The hotel has a restaurant serving both local and international cuisine, a bar, complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access, fitness center, spa, indoor pool, hair salon, gift shop, and laundry and dry cleaning services. Each air-conditioned guest room offers private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, mini-bar, TV, and phone.

Ceiba Tops Lodge & Resort
This secluded 74-room jungle lodge is situated 25 miles down the Amazon River from Iquitos. Lodge facilities include a swimming pool, complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access in public areas, bar and patio with hammocks, and an indoor/outdoor dining room offering both local and international cuisines in a buffet-style atmosphere. All guest rooms are air-conditioned with full private bath.

Activity Level

Activity Level 3:  Moderate / Active


Expectations: Most trips will feature long touring days, many full-day excursions, and a full and active itinerary with a faster pace and longer distances. Some tours may have activities with higher intensity and more active choices/options. Excursions require standing and walking for extended periods of time over more difficult terrain (cobblestones, city hills, stairs without handrails, limited or no access to elevators, muddy/slippery walking/hiking trails), and walking to city centers where coaches are prohibited. Specific itineraries may feature hiking, use of local transportation, extended overnight train travel, extensive use of Zodiac crafts or other smaller ship conveyances, or multiple internal plane rides. Some itineraries may require early morning departures and later evening returns. Travelers may be in remote and/or rugged regions, and may be touring at higher altitudes with steep ascents/descents. Leisure time may be limited (sometimes only in the later evenings). Certain tours feature more active excursions (such as moderate hiking, swimming, snorkeling, canoeing, bicycling, rafting, or kayaking), though another choice may be offered for an alternate skill level. Walking/hiking tours may feature up to six-mile walks/hikes.  

Appropriate for: Travelers who are physically fit, lead active lives, are comfortable participating in long days of activities, and expect some physical exertion. 

Testimonials

WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY

Our tour with the Smithsonian to South America [Machu Picchu and Galapagos) was without a doubt one of the most fun, enjoyable, and educational journeys we have taken. Our fellow travelers quickly bonded and we are still in contact with many of them. We look forward to our next adventure with educated and thoughtful people.

- David L.

This is a once in a lifetime trip -- an outstanding travel and learning adventure. 

- Mary H.

I would recommend Smithsonian Tours to anyone, from the novice to the most experienced traveler. Single travelers will certainly feel at home as well. I feel sure I will travel with Smithsonian again.

- Rosalee C.

"This was our first time with a tour group. An excellent experience in every way! The tour directors, expert, and guides were incredibly knowledgeable. I'm so glad we chose Smithsonian Journeys!"

- Steve and Nancy S.
Reading List

Highly Recommended

Lost City of the Incas (Phoenix Press)
By: Hiram Bingham
A special illustrated edition of Hiram Bingham's classic work captures all the magnificence and mystery of the amazing archeological sites he uncovered. Early in the 20th century, Bingham ventured into the wild and then unknown country of the Eastern Peruvian Andes--and in 1911 came upon the fabulous Inca city that made him famous: Machu Picchu. In the space of one short season he went on to discover two more lost cities, including Vitcos, where the last Incan Emperor was assassinated.
Turn Right at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time
By: Mark Adams
THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!What happens when an unadventurous adventure writer tries to re-create the original expedition to Machu Picchu?In 1911, Hiram Bingham III climbed into the Andes Mountains of Peru and “discovered” Machu Picchu. While history has recast Bingham as a villain who stole both priceless artifacts and credit for finding the great archeological site, Mark Adams set out to retrace the explorer’s perilous path in search of the truth—except he’d written about adventure far more than he’d actually lived it. In fact, he’d never even slept in a tent.Turn Right at Machu Picchu is Adams’ fascinating and funny account of his journey through some of the world’s most majestic, historic, and remote landscapes guided only by a hard-as-nails Australian survivalist and one nagging question: Just what was Machu Picchu?
The Voyage of the Beagle
By: Charles Darwin
In 1831, Charles Darwin embarked on an expedition that, in his own words, determined my whole career. The Voyage of the Beagle chronicles his five-year journey around the world and especially the coastal waters of South America as a naturalist on the H.M.S. Beagle. While traveling through these unexplored countries collecting specimens, Darwin began to formulate the theories of evolution and natural selection realized in his master work, The Origin of Species. Travel memoir and scientific primer alike, The Voyage of the Beagle is a lively and accessible introduction to the mind of one of history's most influential thinkers.
DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Peru
By: DK
Moon Ecuador & the Galápagos Islands (Travel Guide)
By: Pitts, Bethany

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The Beak of the Finch: A Story of Evolution in Our Time
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24x36 World Wall Map by Smithsonian Journeys - Tan Oceans Special Edition (24x36 Laminated)
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