Visit the mystifying ruins at Machu Picchu then travel to the fascinating Galápagos Islands to observe abundant wildlife, including giant tortoises, Blue-footed Boobies, and sea lions.

Starting at: $8,593 * Includes airfare, taxes & all fees Make a Reservation Ask Us A Question or Call 855-330-1542
 Historic Sanctuary of 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  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

Machu Picchu and the Galápagos

16 days from $8,593 | includes airfare, taxes and all fees

Visit the mystifying ruins at Machu Picchu then travel to the fascinating Galápagos Islands to observe abundant wildlife, including giant tortoises, Blue-footed Boobies, and sea lions.

or Call 855-330-1542

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- Mary H.

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Save $200 *per person when you book by January 26, 2018! Use promotion code LASTCALL online or when speaking to our travel specialists to secure these savings.

• March 3, 2018

• April 28, 2018

*Offer valid on new bookings only.


This tour is specially designed for a small group of no more than 19 Smithsonian travelers and offers outstanding travel value. Prices include airfare, airline taxes, fuel surcharges, and departure fees.


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South America is home to many unique and amazing sites, and this favorite tour features two of its most popular cultural and natural treasures—the World Heritage sites of Machu Picchu and the Galápagos Islands. Journey first to Cuzco and the Sacred Valley to learn about ancient Inca culture and ascend into the Andes, where you’ll experience the enigmatic site of Machu Picchu. Then immerse yourself in the fascinating world of the Galápagos Islands. During three magical days, explore the unique wildlife that Charles Darwin encountered during the early 1800s.

Highlights Include

  • Cuzco and the Sacred Valley: Venture to the World Heritage site of Cuzco where you’ll visit the Museum of Pre-Columbian Art and Sacsayhuaman and meet a local family during a traditional meal. Come to understand the Inca culture, both past and present, during excursions to Pisac, Chinchero, and Ollantaytambo.
  • Machu Picchu: Explore the stunning “Lost City of the Incas.” Absorb the beauty and mystery of Machu Picchu as your small group moves nimbly throughout the site. Plus, by staying overnight at the nearby Belmond Sanctuary Lodge, you’ll experience Machu Picchu without the crowds—allowing you to feel its true spirit.
  • The Galápagos Islands: Immerse yourself in a fascinating landscape showcasing unique natural wonders during an exciting three-night stay on Santa Cruz Island. Here you’ll settle into a beautiful hotel in the lush highlands and visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to see and learn about the giant Galápagos tortoises. During excursions on a privately chartered yacht you’ll also explore other islands, including North Seymour and Santa Fé.
  • Active Adventure: Experience the natural wonders of the Galápagos while swimming and snorkeling and during nature walks and boat rides.
  • Wildlife: In addition to giant Galápagos tortoises, observe sea lions and iguana, aquatic and migratory birds (such as Blue-footed Boobies, flamingos, and Frigate birds), and reefs teeming with colorful fish. 

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)