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. 

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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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Overview

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.

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.

Itinerary

Day 1-2 — Depart the U.S. for Lima, Peru

Depart today for the Peruvian capital. Upon arrival tonight transfer directly to your hotel.

The next morning, visit a prominent art museum in Lima. Then, encounter colonial Lima on an afternoon tour, followed by a welcome dinner at your hotel. (1B,1D)

Day 3 — Cuzco and Sacred Valley

Today fly to Cuzco and stop at the Incan site of Koricancha, dedicated to the Sun God, before continuing to the beautiful Sacred Valley, a region of Inca sites and traditional villages. After visiting the Indian market at Pisac, reach your hotel late this afternoon. (B,L,D)

Day 4 — Sacred Valley

Explore Ollantaytambo, known for its massive Incan ruins that continue to inspire wonder. Then visit the Incan farming town of Chinchero, where residents live much as their ancestors did, keeping ancient Inca traditions alive. Attend a native “Offering to the Earth” ceremony before dinner this evening. (B,L,D)

Day 5 — Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu

Early this morning travel by train for the 1½-hour journey to Aguas Calientes, where you board a bus for Machu Picchu. Enjoy your first guided visit of the stunning “Lost City of the Incas” late this morning. Due to its small size, your group will move nimbly through the ruins and have the leisure to absorb the beauty and mystery of this site whose original purpose has been lost to time.

Following the tour, check in at the 31-room Belmond Sanctuary Lodge, just steps from the entrance to the ruins. While most visitors see Machu Picchu on a day trip, you have the rare privilege of spending the night and seeing the ruins after all the tourists have left. (B,L,D)

Day 6 - 7 — Machu Picchu and Cuzco

Today before the day-trippers arrive, begin your second guided tour of this World Heritage site. Following lunch at the lodge, return to Aguas Calientes for some free time before your mid-afternoon train to Cuzco.

The next morning, tour this World Heritage site, including a special visit to the Museum of Pre-Columbian Art. Stop at the ruins of Sacsayhuaman, an Incan masterpiece, then enjoy lunch in the home of a gracious Cuzco family. (2B,2L)

Day 8 - 9 — Quito

Early today fly via Lima to Quito, arriving late afternoon. This evening enjoy a briefing and dinner at your hotel. Nestled in Andes foothills, Quito boasts a well-preserved historic center, as you see on a city tour that includes the Intiñan Museum and the Middle of the World Monument. (2B,1L,1D)

Day 10 – Quito, Baltra, and Santa Cruz Island

Fly to the island of Baltra then transfer to Santa Cruz, your island-based home for your Galápagos exploration. En route to the hotel, stop to see Los Gamelos, the huge twin craters formed by volcanic eruptions millions of years ago. Arrive at your beautiful hotel in the highlands adjacent to Galápagos National Park in time for lunch. This afternoon set off to see the giant Galápagos tortoises in the wild, and get an up-close look at how the locals live and work at El Trapiche. End the day with a chance to explore the “lava tunnels” at your hotel: to literally walk through the naturally-formed tube through which lava flowed eons ago. (B,L,D)

Day 11 – North Seymour Island and Bachas Beach

This morning embark on your first excursion aboard the Santa Fe, your privately chartered yacht. Set out for North Seymour, a flat, low-lying island with ample opportunities for close encounters with the magnificent Frigate bird, land iguanas, and lava lizards on your naturalist-led walk. After lunch, head back to Santa Cruz island, weighing anchor off Bachas Beach. Highlights of your nature walk here include flamingos, nesting sea turtles, and Darwin’s finches. Later this afternoon take part in a “Plant a Tree” program at your hotel. (B,L,D)

Day 12 – Santa Fe Island

Today’s destination is small in size but rich in flora and fauna: Santa Fé Island. During your nature walk, you could see such local residents as the Galápagos snake, rice rats, the Santa Fé land iguana, the smaller lava lizards, Blue-footed Boobies, and perhaps even the Galápagos hawk. Then cruise to Punta Carrion, where you have the opportunity to snorkel in the calm waters of a shallow cove teeming with colorful reef fish. (B,L,D)

Day 13 – Santa Cruz Island, Baltra and Quito

This morning explore the “lava tunnels” at your hotel: to literally walk through the naturally-formed tube through which lava flowed eons ago. Then transfer to Baltra for the return flight to Quito, arriving mid-afternoon. (B,D)

Day 14 – Quito

Enjoy a full-day excursion to a rose plantation outside the city of Quito. Here we will see how the flowers are cultivated, and learn what makes Ecuador one of the world’s most prominent rose producers. After our visit to the property, we will have lunch before returning to Quito. Tonight celebrate your adventure at a farewell dinner in a local restaurant. (B,L,D)

Day 15 – Depart for the U.S.

This morning we enjoy a tour of Quito’s Botanical Gardens. These gardens offer a glimpse of Ecuador’s stunning biodiversity; the nation boasts more than 16,000 endemic plant species (more than all of Europe) and over 6,000 endemic species of butterfly. 

After our touring here we move on to the Iñaquito Market, a covered market spanning an entire city block and offering every fruit, vegetable, meat, and seafood option imaginable.  We then return to our hotel where we have time for lunch on our own.  This afternoon is at leisure for exploring, shopping, photography, or simply relaxing in our rooms.  Later this evening we transfer to the airport our overnight flights to the U.S. (B)

Day 16 – Arrive in the U.S.

We arrive in the U.S. this morning and connect with our return flights home.

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