WHY THIS TRIP
Explore both Machu Picchu and the Galapagos Islands on the same trip, while experiencing the best active adventures in each location. Hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu on a 5-day trek that allows you to get away from the crowds and that allows more time to explore ruins both along the trail and at Machu Picchu than on the traditional 4-day trek. You will also explore Santa Cruz, Isabela, and South Plazas Islands on your 5-day adventure trip in the Galapagos Islands. Upon arrival to the Galapagos you will immediately embark on a kayaking / Stand Up Paddleboarding / Snorkeling excursion, then will spend 2 nights in a private tortoise reserve in the Santa Cruz highlands, and two nights in a beach front hotel on idyllic Isabela Island. Sunday departures start with the Galapagos, Saturday departures start with Peru.
These two tours complement each perfectly in quality, activity level, and comfort — providing for a full-on adventure in these two world-class destinations.
Upon arrival to the Galapagos, while most other travelers are boarding a bus or a boat for a long journey towards their first Galapagos experiences, you will change into swim suits right in the private VIP lounge at the Baltra airport, and within minutes you will be paddling a kayak through the pristine waters of the Itabaca Channel. In the turquoise colored water there you will most likely see sea lions, blue footed boobies, pelicans, herons white-tipped reef sharks, rays, fish and sea turtles. Take a break from kayaking to plunge into the water to explore while snorkeling.
From the Itabaca Channel you will drive a short ways up into the highlands of Santa Cruz to a private giant tortoise reserve to your home for the next two nights at the Galapagos Magic Tempted Camp, high on a hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
The next day you will board the very comfortable Sea Finch yacht for a journey to remote Punta Carrion where we will snorkel with tropical fish and graceful rays in the spectacular water, then we journey on to South Plazas Island, one of the more scenic islands in the Galapagos. Here we will encounter a colony of sea lions, and we can also see land iguanas, tropic birds, and Nazca and blue footed boobies in the tall prickly pear cacti. Later upon return to Galapagos Magic you will have the option to head to Puerto Ayora to visit the Charles Darwin Research Station and check out the town.
After another great night at the Galapagos Magic tortoise reserve, you will board a boat for the two hour journey to Isabela Island, where the town os Puerto Villamil is a tropical paradise built on a white sand beach. First you will explore the islets of Tintoreras, home to penguins, boobies, pelicans, sea turtles, white tipped reef sharks, marine iguanas, rays, fish, and many other species.
Your second day on Isabela you will hike up to the crater of the massive Sierra Negra volcano, and then onwards to the rim of the Volcan Chico, before returning to town to relax in the hotel or on the beach.
In Peru, your trip starts high in the Andes in the ancient yet cosmopolitan city of Cusco. Enjoy a couple days checking out the ruins surrounding Cusco and the Sacred Valley and then, now fully acclimatized you embark on the 5-day trek along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. The 5-day trek sets you on a different pace than the vast majority of 4-day trekkers, making it feel like you have the trail to yourself and affording you a full day to enjoy the main attraction: Machu Picchu.
These set tours allow you to travel with like-minded adventurers but maintain the flexibility and fun of a small group trip. The accommodations are a mix of very comfortable tent camping and small boutique hotels with local flair; it’s nothing fancy, but definitely very comfortable throughout. Private tours can also be arranged for those who want maximum flexibility and perhaps upgraded accommodations.
LOCAL OPERATORS: Amazonas Explorer & Tropic, Journeys in Nature
For more than three decades Amazonas Explorer has led high-quality trips and alternative adventures throughout South America. Based in Cusco, its professionally trained guides, cooks and support crew bring their passion and skills to the travelers they serve and, in turn, build rewarding careers for themselves. This talented staff of local experts is focused on providing you with safe and comfortable adventures, all centered on making your holiday as memorable as possible.
Tropic, Journeys In Nature creates trips with cultural interaction that are beneficial to both locals and travelers. Clients can expect great service from Tropic, Journeys in Nature while enjoying an authentic, specialized, and active eco-tourism adventure with memorable cultural interactions across Ecuador’s Andean region, the Pacific coast region and the Galápagos Islands. The entire staff and its highly qualified guides are focused on safety and committed to providing top-quality personal service and a mind-expanding array of meaningful trips.