22-day group trip from Galapagos to Machu Picchu

Tour/Activity , Germany

About this activity

The nature enthusiast will discover Galapagos, the culture enthusiast will discover Machu Picchu.

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Day 1

Transfer

In the morning departure to Quito (2.850m).

Day 2

Half day city tour of Quito

In the morning: Half-day city tour of the Ecuadorian capital, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO: Plaza de la Independencia with government palace and cathedral, the churches of San Francisco and La Compañía. Ascent to the Panecillo with great panoramic views./F

Day 3

Visit the Cotopaxi National Park

In the morning: A ride on the "Road of Volcanoes", the Panamericana, past eleven beautifully formed snow-capped mountain giants into the Cotopaxi National Park awaits you. Short walk at the Limpiopungo Lagoon/FMA

Markets of the region

In the afternoon: Visit one of the colourful and lively markets in the region. In the evening continue to Riobamba (190 km).

Day 4

Nariz del Diablo "Devil's Nose"

In the morning: You drive to Alausí. From there take the train down the spectacular "Devil's Nose" to Sibambe/FM.

Inca fortress Ingapirca

In the afternoon: You drive on to Cuenca with a stop in Ingapirca, where the most important Inca fortress outside Peru is visited (250 day-km).

Day 5

Old town of Cuenca

In the morning: You will make a city tour of Cuenca, center of craftsmanship, where the charm of a picturesque colonial city has been preserved. Main square, historic buildings along the Tomebamba River, flower market, visit to a Panama hat factory.

Panoramic drive through Guayaquil

In the afternoon: You drive to Guayaquil, located in the tropical lowlands. If time permits, you can take a short panoramic drive through the vibrant port city, the country's economic centre (230 km).

Day 6

Start of the cruise

In the morning: You start your flight to Baltra (Galápagos). Embarkation on M/Y TIP TOP II or M/Y TIP TOP III and start of the cruise. /FA

Las Bachas on the island of Santa Cruz

In the afternoon: Pass the Daphne Islands and head to Las Bachas beach with its flamingo lagoon and turtle nests.

Day 7

Sullivan Bay on the island of Santiago

In the morning: Sullivan Bay is a lunar landscape from Pahoehoe lava, which impressively refers to the origin of the archipelago./FMA

Bartolomé Island

In the afternoon: Visit the island of Bartolomé with Pinnacle Rock, the most fascinating landscape ensemble of the whole archipelago. Galapagos penguins and sometimes sea turtles.

Day 8

Darwin Bay on the island of Genovesa

In the morning: The white coral beach measures half a mile (0.75 km) and meanders through mangrove forests home to a variety of land birds. Nazca boobies, red footed boobies and fork-tailed gulls are particularly common. Further down the path there are tidal pools where sea lions romp around. At the end you have a spectacular view from a cliff./FMA

Prince Phillip´s Steps on the island of Genovesa

In the afternoon: The El Barranco cliff, also known as Prince Phillip's Steps, has rocky paths that lead up to the towering cliff walls. From there you have a fabulous view over the sea. Among the Palo Santo vegetation are red footed boobies, Galapagos ear owls, Galapagos swallows and Galapagos pigeons.

Day 9

Puerto Egas on the island of Santiago

In the morning: Today you will land on the west side of the island Santiago at the black beach near Puerto Egas. From here you will hike along a 2km coastline inhabited by sea lions, rock crabs, lava lizards, Galápagos hawks and lava herons. The destination is a rugged lava coast with natural pools where sea lions bathe and herons can be observed. The island is also one of the few places where Galápagos fur seals can be found, although not in large numbers./ FMA

Espumilla Beach and Buccaneer Cove on the island of Santiago

In the afternoon: Espumilla Beach is famous for its sea lizards and red cliff crabs. The crabs attract hunting herons who perform their hunter-prey dance. The rich marine fauna, such as octopuses, moray eels and sharks, make snorkelling a unique experience. Buccaneer Cove is proof that the island of Santiago was once a refuge for British pirates. These pirates have probably moored in this sheltered bay to make repairs and, among other things, to stock up on turtle meat. The steep cliffs, on which hundreds of seabirds settle on the dark red sandy beach opposite, are an imposing place.

Day 10

Punta Vicente Roca on the island Isabela

In the morning: In the morning at Punta Vicente Roca on the largest island Isabela in the far west of the archipelago: sea lions, sea lizards, blue-footed and Nazca boobies, plus Galápagos penguins. /FMA

Punta Espinoza on the island Fernandina

In the afternoon: At Punta Espinoza you will see a large population of sea lizards, as well as flightless cormorants and numerous lava cacti.

Day 11

Urbina Bay on the island of Isabela

In the morning: In Urbina Bay there is an impressive number of land iguanas and - with a bit of luck - even Galápagos giant tortoises./ FMA

Elizabeth Bay on the island of Isabela

In the afternoon: Elizabeth Bay is located on the east coast of Isabela Island. There are many small islands in the bay which can be visited by a boat. On these rocky islands penguins and blue footed boobies can be seen. The abundance of marine life and clear water make this a perfect place for snorkelling. Colourful schools of fish, sea lions and possibly even sharks make this trip an extraordinary experience.

Day 12

Island Las Tintoreras

In the morning: We go to Las Tintoreras in the southeast of Isabela. Once on the island, you hike through bizarre lava formations populated by large iguana colonies. Watch out for the small bay where whitetip reef sharks rest. Drive to the highlands and hike to the crater rim of the active Sierra Negra volcano, the oldest of the six volcanoes on Isabela and with a diameter of over 9 km one of the largest craters worldwide. /FMA

Arnaldo Tupiza breeding station on the island Isabela

In the afternoon: The Arnaldo Tupiza Centre has a breeding programme for giant turtles. After the visit you will walk for about 30 minutes through the Humedales. This place is characterized by sandy beaches, rocky coasts and mangrove forests. The area has a number of hiking trails where you can find all four types of Galapagos mangroves. You can also see migratory birds, curlews, sandpipers and terns. At the end of the day you will visit the Wall of Tears, a point of interest about 7 kilometres west of Puerto Villamil. The approximately 150 meter long and 10 meter thick wall was built in the 40's under cruelest conditions by convicts of the penal colony "Porvenir".

Day 13

Highlands of Santa Cruz Island

In the morning: you drive through the highlands of the main island Santa Cruz with a lava tunnel and the twin craters Los Gemelos, alternatively visit the Charles Darwin research station in the Academy Bay /F.

Transfer

Transfer to Baltra and return flight to the mainland to Quito.

Day 14

Transfer

You fly to Lima and continue to Cusco (3.300m). Afterwards drive to the Urubamba Valley, the "Sacred Valley of the Incas" /F.

Visit of the ruins

In the afternoon: You will visit the ruins of Sacsayhuamán, Qenko and Tampu Machay. Overnight in a country hotel directly in the Sacred Valley.

Day 15

Visit of Machu Picchu

In the morning: By train you descend into the Urubamba valley, to Machu Picchu. Extensive visit to the "Lost City of the Incas", a site embedded in the imposing mountain landscape with temples, palaces, fountains and terraces, which was rediscovered in 1911. /FA

Overnight

In the afternoon: Overnight stay at the foot of the mountain

Day 16

Second visit to Machu Picchu

In the morning: In the morning an almost "private visit" of Machu Picchu awaits you, because the tourist groups with the train from Cusco arrive a little later. Possibilities to climb the Wayna Picchu mountain (depending on the weather), to go for a short hike to the sun gate Inti Punku or to visit the new Machu Picchu museum.

Transfer

In the afternoon: By train it goes back to Ollantaytambo and by bus further to Cusco.

Day 17

Visit of the market of Pisac

In the morning: You make a trip to Pisac and visit the market, where the merchants of the surrounding villages sell their goods. /F

Old town of Cusco

In the afternoon: You will take a city tour through Cusco, the former capital of the Inca Empire. Visit the cathedral, the sun temple Coricancha with the monastery Santo Domingo as well as other Inca buildings.

Day 18

Lake Titicaca near Puno

All day: You start the train journey from Cusco to Lake Titicaca, the cradle of the Incas. First you pass dreamy villages in the valley of the Vilcanota river, then over the Altiplano with the La Raya Pass (4.319m) as highest point and with Lama and Alpaca herds as companions. The hotel is located directly at Lake Titicaca (380 km)/FM

Day 19

Islands of the Uros

In the morning: Today a full day exploration of Lake Titicaca awaits you: first you visit the floating islands of the Uros, which, like their boats, are made of Totora, a rush species. /FM

Llachón Peninsula

In the afternoon: Continue by boat to the Llachón peninsula, where the local Quechuas have preserved much of their ancient traditions.

Day 20

Visit to the Sillustani necropolis

In the morning: You will visit the former necropolis of Sillustani on the shore of Lago Umayo. There ancient burial towers from the pre-Inca period (Chullpas) have been preserved. /F

Transfer

You drive to the airport Juliaca and fly back to the Pacific coast to Lima.

Day 21

Old town of Lima

In the morning: You make a city tour through the Peruvian capital: Colonial Old Town with Plaza Mayor, Cathedral and Government Palace, the "new" city center of Miraflores. Finally you visit the Larco Herrera Museum with an impressive collection of pre-Columbian ceramics and art objects. /F

Transfer

In the evening you fly back via Madrid.

Day 22

Transfer

Arrival in Madrid and onward flight to various German airports.

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