Traveling to the Galapagos Islands and exploring Machu Picchu are probably both on your bucket list (and they definitely should be!), but did you know you can visit both in one South America trip? Even though the two destinations are in two separate countries, it is quite easy to visit both in one trip to South America. They go together like peanut butter and chocolate, or better yet, high cacao content Ecuadorian chocolate and Peruvian Pisco (two tastes you will want to sample on your trip)!
For a great trip combing the two destinations, you’ll need to have close to two weeks to travel, but this will be one of the most memorable trips you’ve ever taken. The Galapagos Islands is well-known for its amazing endemic wildlife, most of which has no fear of humans. Machu Picchu, Cusco, and the Sacred Valley of the Incas (you have to pass through Cusco and the Sacred Valley to get to Machu Picchu) are incredible destinations for history, culture, and spectacular views.
Below you will see some fantastic trips that we have put together to make it easy for you to experience both amazing destinations in one trip. Alternatively, we can combine any Galapagos trip and any Peru trip together to give you your own custom Galapagos and Machu Picchu experience.
Learn More About Traveling To The Galapagos Islands and Machu Picchu: Read Our Guide To Combining the Galapagos and Machu Picchu.
The Eric and Letty Galapagos Cruise and Machu Picchu trip offers the best of each destination: great wildlife viewing in the Galapagos, and amazing culture and history in Peru. The First Class Eric and Letty yachts each have 2 naturalists on board, meaning your nature walks have fewer travelers to each guide. The Machu Picchu portion visits the best ruins and markets, always trying to avoid the crowds and to show the best off-the-beaten path sites that truly enhance your trip. Trip Length: 14 Days Destination: Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley, & Cusco, Peru / Galapagos Islands, Ecuador Lodging: Boutique hotels / First Class Yacht Activities: Inca ruins, indigenous markets, wildlife viewing, naturalist walks, snorkeling, kayaking, SUP
If you like to discover the wonders of your destination by biking, hiking, rafting, and snorkeling, rather than by taking bus tours, the Galapagos and Machu Picchu Multisport is for you. In Peru your daily adventures will get you off the beaten path to visit remote ruins, see spectacular views, and experience local culture, culminating with hiking the last day of the Inca Trail to arrive in Machu Picchu on foot. In the Galapagos you will paddle, hike, snorkel and bike to different landscapes in search of the Galapagos' iconic wildlife. Trip Length: 14 Days Destinations: Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, & Galapagos Islands Accommodations: 3-Star hotels & camping Activities: Raft, bike, kayak, hike, snorkel, wildlife viewing, Inca ruins
This is the ultimate active Galapagos Islands and Machu Picchu adventure for the adventurous families. In 14 days you will experience the very best of Machu Picchu and the Cusco area with an itinerary built for families, including hiking, biking, chocolate making, participating in traditional barbecues, and visiting remote Inca ruins, including arriving on foot into Machu Picchu on the 1-Day Inca Trail trek. Next, you fly to the Galapagos Islands and the Machu Picchu to hike, bike, sea kayak and snorkel your way across 3 different islands. Trip Length: 14 Days Destination: San Cristobal Island, Isabela Island and Santa Cruz Island in the Galapagos Islands, and Cusco, the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, and the 1-day Inca Trail in Peru Lodging: 3-star and 3-star plus hotels Activities: Day hikes, sea kayaking, biking, snorkeling, Inca ruins, stand up paddle boarding, wildlife viewing
Explore three unique islands in the Galapagos by kayak, Stand Up Paddleboard, snorkel, and hiking on a 5-day land-based Galapagos adventure. Combine that with hiking the best trails around Cusco and the Sacred Valley of the Incas, plus a hike to Machu Picchu on the 1-Day Inca Trail Trek, while overnighting in comfortable lodges, and you have a perfect 12-day Galapagos and Machu Picchu adventure. Trip Length: 12 Days Destination: Cusco, the Sacred Valley, & Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Peru, & the Santa Cruz, South Plazas, and Isabela Islands, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador Lodging: 3- and 4- Star Hotels and Rustic Lodges and Permanent Tented Camp Activities: Day hikes, Inca ruins, wildlife viewing, biking, sea kayaking and snorkeling
Experience the best Inca sites on day hikes around Cusco, the Sacred Valley of the Incas, and Machu Picchu, spending the night in comfortable, local boutique hotels. You will experience Peru like no other tourists and you will even get to hike the last day of the Inca Trail to arrive to Machu Picchu on foot via the Gate of the Sun, just like the Incas did centuries ago. Then relax on a Galapagos Islands cruise, exploring the islands like Darwin and observing the amazing wildlife. A beautiful sailboat with wooden decks, the Cachalote is a top choice for those looking for a great Galapagos experience, with great itineraries, guides, and service, but who don’t need, or want to pay for, luxurious cabins and shared spaces. Trip Length: 13 Days Destinations: Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley, & Cusco, Peru; and Galapagos Islands, Ecuador Lodging: Boutique & charming hotels, and a cabin on a tourist superior yacht Activities: Day hikes, Inca ruins, wildlife viewing, snorkeling, & optional kayaking
The Galapagos Multisport and Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is a fantastic active adventure exploring both of these incredible destinations in a 16-day journey. Trek the Inca Trail in style, with high-comfort camping, great food, and top guides on a 5-day Inca Trail itinerary that gives you extra time to explore ruins along the trail and at Machu Picchu, before experiencing three distinct islands in the Galapagos to walk, bike, snorkel, and paddle with all of the Galapagos' iconic wildlife. Trip Length: 16 Days Destinations: Santa Cruz Island, Isabela Island, San Cristobal Island, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Inca Trail, & Machu Picchu Accommodations: 3-star hotels in the Galapagos, 3-star plus hotels in Peru, & comfortable tent camping on the Inca Trail Activities: Wildlife viewing, snorkeling, hiking, optional surfing or boogie boarding, optional Scuba diving, optional kayaking, optional stand up paddle boarding, multi-day trekking, Inca ruins
For those who want to see and do a lot, but don’t have a ton of time, this adventure combo is perfect. Hike, SUP, bike, kayak and snorkel your way across 3 diverse islands in the Galapagos Islands on this action packed 6-day multisport adventure, checking out the Galapagos’ iconic wildlife all along the way. Then explore the history of the Incas in Cusco, the Sacred Valley of the Incas by whitewater rafting, hiking, and mountain biking before finally hiking the last day of the Inca Trail to arrive to Machu Picchu on foot through the Gate of the Sun. Trip Length: 13 Days Destinations: Santa Cruz Island, Isabela Island, San Cristobal Island, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Royal Inca Trail, Machu Picchu Lodging: 3-Star Hotels in the Galapagos, 3-Star Plus Hotels in Peru Activities: Wildlife viewing, snorkeling, hiking, optional surfing or boogie boarding, optional Scuba diving, optional kayaking, optional stand up paddle boarding, Inca ruins, markets, cultural experiences