WHY THIS TRIP
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 each have 2 naturalists on board, meaning your nature walks have fewer travelers to each guide. The Machu Picchu portion visits the best Inca ruins and markets, culminating in the exploration of Machu Picchu Ruins.
For many years, Detour travelers gave their most enthusiastic reviews to the Eric and Letty Galapagos Cruise and our 5-day Machu Picchu cultural explorer programs. We listened, and figured out a way to combine these trips so you get cultural experiences in Peru that match the splendor of the Galapagos environment. The idea is to take the guesswork out of the trip planning and make it simple to have unique tours in both places.
We believe that exciting itineraries and experienced, thoughtful guiding shouldn’t be amenities exclusive to luxury travelers. In Peru, we focus on a mix of world-famous ruins and traditional, Peruvian culture. You visit stunning, lesser-known Inca ruins and small Andean towns along with an in-depth exploration of Machu Picchu and Cusco. After journeying through mountains and ruins, you travel to some of the Galapagos’ most remote and wildlife-dense sites on a 20-passenger expedition yacht. Your guide will show you the underwater world of the Galapagos while snorkeling to find sea turtles, marine iguanas, penguins, and flightless cormorants. On land, in group of 10 travelers or less, you’ll walk up to dancing blue-footed boobies, lounging sea lions, and ancient Giant tortoises.
This program is not for people who like to sit on massive buses, only getting off long enough to snap a picture and cross an item off their bucket list. You’ll be traveling in very small groups, visiting sites overlooked by massive crowds and exploring the most well-known areas in a more personal way. The local guides in each place are exceptionally well-trained and enthusiastic about making a place come to life for each traveler. The groups are kept small so each day’s activities can be a bit more flexible and you can always have time to chat with the guide on your own.
Depending on the time of year you want to go and your particular interests, Detour can direct you to the right tour options for your group.
LOCAL OPERATORS: APUMAYO EXPEDICIONES & ECOVENTURA
Apumayo Expediciones: Apumayo Expediciones specializes in adventure travel and non-conventional tourism with a strong environmental and social agenda. It offers activities and tours for people with disabilities and supports Andean community projects, maximizing the positive effect of local tourism. A local Peruvian company based in the City of Cusco, Apumayo Expediciones combines culture, education and natural history into its adventure trips.
Ecoventura: Since 1990 Ecoventura has been providing thoughtful, fun cruises in the Galapagos Islands. For travelers who appreciate small groups, quality accommodations, ideal guide-to-passenger ratio and eco-friendly, sustainable cruises, a trip on the Eric, Flamingo, or Letty provides a safe, thrilling adventure in which great care is taken to keep the Galapagos biologically pristine. The cruise ships are comfortable, eco-friendly and becoming friendlier in order to further reducing the company’s carbon footprint. The company supports environmental education and marine conservation projects in the Galapagos and Galapagos communities by employing locals, purchasing local supplies and sponsoring a local school and a nonprofit.