Galapagos & Machu Picchu Highlights

12 days from $8,260 pp (includes domestic airfare)*
  • Sail the world-renowned Galapagos Islands on a 100-passenger yacht.
  • Walk amongst sea lions, giant tortoises and lava flows with a naturalist guide.
  • Enjoy privately guided exploration of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Machu Picchu.
  • Domestic airfare included.
  • Featuring expertly selected hotels.
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Sail the Galapagos Islands on a 100-passenger yacht and explore awe-inspiring Machu Picchu alongside a private guide. This unforgettable adventure highlights two incredible wonders of the world.

Welcome to the planet’s most incredible wildlife habitat, the Galapagos Islands. Explore the time-locked islands on a premium cruise, meeting marine iguanas, giant tortoises and colorful birdlife. Wildlife here have no natural fear of humans, which allows you to have incredible encounters with astounding creatures found nowhere else on earth. With a certified naturalist on board, you’ll uncover the mysteries of Darwin’s paradise by land and sea. Enjoy guided nature walks, and swim with playful sea lions, adorable penguins, peaceful sea turtles and an array tropical fish.

In Peru, explore the nation’s capital on a private guided tour through colonial and modern Lima. Discover ancient Incan capital, Cusco, and the nearby ruins of Sacsayhuaman and Puca Pucara. Enjoy a scenic ride by rail on a glass-ceiling train to reach the mysterious ancient site Machu Picchu, perched in the Andes, which you’ll explore with a private guide. ... Show More »

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Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Guayaquil
    Guayaquil
    • Private Transfer - Airport with Meet & Greet - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Hilton Colon Guayaquil (B) (Deluxe)
  • Day 2 Guayaquil
    Guayaquil
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day City Tour & Historic Park (3 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Hilton Colon Guayaquil (B) (Deluxe)
  • Day 3 Guayaquil to Galapagos to Baltra Island to Bartolome Island to Galapagos Cruise
    Guayaquil to Galapagos to Baltra Island to Bartolome Island to Galapagos Cruise
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Air - Guayaquil - Galapagos [2 hrs] - Economy
    • NOTE: Mandatory Medical Travel Insurance
    • Tourist Transit / Migration Control Card
    • National Park Entrance Fee - 3N or 4N Cruise
    • Shared Transfer - Airport to Port - Coach/Driver
    • Embarkation
    • Lunch on Board
    • Bartolome Island (2.5 hrs)
    • Dinner on Board (Included)
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 4 Plaza Islands to Seymour Islands to Galapagos Cruise
    Plaza Islands to Seymour Islands to Galapagos Cruise
    • Breakfast on Board
    • South Plaza Islet (2 hrs)
    • Lunch on Board
    • North Seymour Island (2-3 hrs)
    • Dinner on Board (Included)
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 5 San Cristobal Island to Galapagos Cruise
    San Cristobal Island to Galapagos Cruise
    • Breakfast on Board
    • Pitt Point & Islet (3-4 hrs)
    • Lunch on Board
    • Cerro Brujo (2 hrs)
    • Dinner on Board (Included)
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 6 San Cristobal Island to Galapagos to Guayaquil to Lima
    San Cristobal Island to Galapagos to Guayaquil to Lima
    • Breakfast on Board
    • Cerro Colorado Tortoise Reserve (2 hrs)
    • Disembarkation
    • Shared Transfer - Airport - Coach/Driver
    • Air - Galapagos - Guayaquil [2 hrs] - Economy
    • Air - Guayaquil - Lima [2hrs] - Economy
    • Private Transfer - Airport with Meet & Greet - Vehicle/Driver/Local Representative
    • Peru - Welcome
  • Day 7 Lima
    Lima
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day Modern & Colonial City Tour (4 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 8 Lima to Cusco
    Lima to Cusco
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Driver/Local Representative
    • Air - Lima - Cusco [1.5hrs] - Economy
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Driver/Local Representative
    • Afternoon Acclimatization
    Breakfast
  • Day 9 Cusco
    Cusco
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day Nearby Ruins & City Tour (With Lunch at Incanto, 3-4 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Single Day Tourist Ticket - Included
    Breakfast
  • Day 10 Cusco to Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
    Cusco to Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
    • Private Transfer - Train Station - Vehicle/Driver/Local Representative
    • Activity - Note on Luggage
    • Train - Cusco - Aguas Calientes [Vistadome (4 hrs)] - Train Ticket
    • Shared Transfer - Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu [Bus up to Machu Picchu (30 min)] - Bus Ticket
    • Private Tour - Machu Picchu Tour (with Lunch, 4 hrs) - Guide/Bus/Entrance tickets
    • Shared Transfer - Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes [Bus down to Aguas Calientes (30 min)] - Bus Ticket
    Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 11 Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu to Cusco
    Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu to Cusco
    • Shared Transfer - Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu [Bus up to Machu Picchu (30 min)] - Bus Ticket
    • Private Tour - Sun Gate Hike with Guide (3-4 hrs) - Local Guide/Entrance
    • Shared Transfer - Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes [Bus down to Aguas Calientes (30 min)] - Bus Ticket
    • Train - Aguas Calientes - Cusco [Vistadome (4 hrs)] - Train Ticket
    • Private Transfer - Train Station - Vehicle/Driver/Local Representative
    Breakfast
  • Day 12 Cusco
    Cusco
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Driver/Local Representative
    • Air - Cusco - Lima [1.5 hrs] - Economy
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Day 1: Guayaquil

Upon arrival, an English-speaking guide will greet you outside of Customs holding a sign with your name on it. This representative will direct you to your awaiting private driver and vehicle, and will also accompany you to your accommodation to assist with check-in.

Accommodation: Hilton Colon Guayaquil (B) (Deluxe)

Elegance, comfort, security and personalized service are just some of the characteristics that make Hilton Colón Guayaquil a real five-star hotel. Conveniently placed in Ecuador, a strategic point in South America, the Hilton Colon Guayaquil hotel combines excellent service and a laid-back resort feel with a convenient location only few minutes from José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport. Enjoy your spacious guest room and stay connected with wireless internet access, relax with a movie on the flat screen TV. The hotel is surrounded by the main shopping centers and offers easy access to the downtown district area. Hilton Colón Guayaquil Hotel Features includes renovated rooms, four restaurants, two bars and one delicatessen, room service available 24-hours, and renovated outdoor pool and fitness area.

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Galapagos & Machu Picchu Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -

Day 2: Guayaquil

Beginning at Malecon 2000, the revitalized boardwalk overlooking the Guayas River, you will tour the quaint port city of Guayaquil alongside a private guide. From the Malecon 2000, you will have the opportunity to spot many of the city’s prominent monuments, museums, gardens and fountains. Along the way, visit La Rotonda, a monument commemorating the meeting between Jose de San Martin and Simon Bolivar, who together fought against Spanish rule. A drive down the ever-animated Avenida 9 de Octubre will immerse you in the hustle and bustle of day-to-day life in the city. Next, you will visit Guayaquil Historical Park to learn of the culture, customs and history of the city in particular, and of the country in general. Divided into three unique sections, Wildlife, Urban Architecture, and Traditions, learn about this wonderful country alongside your private guide in this impressive and well-tended park. Upon completion of this tour, you will be returned to your hotel.

Accommodation: Hilton Colon Guayaquil (B) (Deluxe)
Galapagos & Machu Picchu Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Plaza in Downtown Guayaquil
Plaza in Downtown Guayaquil

Day 3: Guayaquil - Galapagos - Baltra Island - Bartolome Island - Galapagos Cruise

You will be privately transferred between Guayaquil Airport and your hotel by a professional driver and English speaking guide.

Board a flight in Guayaquil with direct service to the Galapagos. Approximate flight duration is two hours.

All guests visiting the Galapagos Islands are required to have medical travel insurance. Proof of insurance is required upon entry to the Galapagos Islands, and your insurance policy must be valid for the duration of your stay. Medical Travel Insurance can be purchased through Kensington Tours or independently. Please speak to your Destination Expert for more information.

The mandatory Galapagos tourist transit card is included in your itinerary.

The mandatory Galapagos National Park entrance fee is included in your itinerary.

Please Note: All Galapagos excursions are to be referenced as a guideline only - the route and program are subject to change according to National Park policies and regulations, weather conditions, seasonal changes, safety precautions and estimated wildlife encounters, etc. A fuel surcharge is applicable to all vessels cruising in the Galapagos and all flights to and from the Galapagos. These surcharges have been included in your trip price. Fuel Surcharges are subject to change without notice and additional fees may be applicable at time of travel.

Upon arrival to Baltra Airport, you will be greeted by representatives of the M/V Legend who will direct you to an awaiting coach which will transfer you and other guests to the ship.

After boarding the vessel, take some time to get settled in to your stateroom and to explore the ship. Soon, the M/V Legend will depart.

Following a wet or dry landing (based on conditions), take in what is arguably the most iconic landscape of the entire archipelago; the view from the top of Bartolome Island which overlooks the famed Pinnacle Rock and austere Santiago Island. To say the least, it is well worth the climb up the wooden boardwalk to enjoy this striking view. The volcanic scene along the way has often been likened to a lunar landscape, seemingly desolate, though a closer look reveals Sally Light-foot crabs, marine iguanas and lava herons. The subsequent snorkel off the shores of Bartolome may put you face-to-face with Galapagos penguins, white-tipped reef sharks and playful sea lions.

Accommodation: M/V Galapagos Legend (3N)

This magnificent vessel, with a capacity for 100 guests, has the charm of The Enchanted Islands; small enough for an intimate experience with friends and family and large enough to give a sense of spaciousness. With her three different decks, the Galapagos Legend offers a variety of comfortable social areas without losing its sense of intimacy. Its fantastic open decks allow you to admire the islands’ flora and fauna, enjoy a BBQ at night, or take in some sun at the pool and bar areas. Renovated in 2017, the cabins of the M/V Galapagos Legend are modern, bright and configured to allow guests to travel together in comfort.

Galapagos & Machu Picchu Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Historic Cartagena Streets
Galapagos & Machu Picchu Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Historic Cartagena Streets

Day 4: Plaza Islands - Seymour Islands - Galapagos Cruise

Dry landing on the northern part of the South Plaza Island. The walk begins with an impressive cactus forest surrounded by land and marine iguanas. As you reach its highest point, be on the lookout for tropicbirds, Nazca and blue-footed boobies, swallow-tailed gulls. In South Plaza there is a large colony of the smaller sized land iguanas. The population is approximately 300 individuals. They feed on all kinds of vegetation, but during the dry season survive on the fruits and flowers of Opuntia cacti. Due to their proximity with marine iguanas, this is the only place on Earth where you will find the Galapagos hybrid iguana.

In the afternoon, it’s time to visit North Seymour Island, an important spot to see both magnificent and great frigatebird males courting the females by clicking, bill-clapping, shuddering and flapping their wings, all while showing off their inflated, bright red, gular pouch. Sea lions, swallow-tailed gulls, the crashing surf and distant views of the Daphne Islands cap off the afternoon’s expedition.

Accommodation: M/V Galapagos Legend (3N)
Galapagos & Machu Picchu Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Blue-Footed Boobies
Blue-Footed Boobies

Day 5: San Cristobal Island - Galapagos Cruise

Sea lions laze and play in the sand as you make a wet landing at Pitt Point. Here, lucky guests will set their sights on all three of the booby species; red-foots are found perched in small trees, Nazca’s sit on the cliffs, while blue-foots are found inland. Frigatebirds are also frequently seen as you hike on the rocky terrain. After a demanding hike, take the time to enjoy some time in the water, snorkeling or kayaking off the shores.

In the afternoon, board a panga for another wet landing, this time at Cerro Brujo on San Cristobal Island. On the ride over, take in the immensity of “Sorcerer’s Hill” before arriving at the sandy beaches of Cerro Brujo, where you’ll then have a chance to relax on the beach or walk to a nearby lagoon where you may find black-necked stilts, ruddy turnstones, whimbrels and white-cheeked pintails.

Accommodation: M/V Galapagos Legend (3N)
Galapagos & Machu Picchu Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Frigatebird
Frigatebird

Day 6: San Cristobal Island - Galapagos - Guayaquil - Lima

Found in the highlands of San Cristobal, the giant tortoise breeding center iLa Galapaguerai is the ideal place to witness the most iconic creature of the archipelago in the various stages of life. Here, tortoises wander in a semi-natural habitat which lends itself to good photo opportunities, while employees of the reserve work to restore populations of the threatened San Cristobal tortoise and then release them back into the wild. After your hour-long visit, you’ll have the opportunity to stop in town to purchase local handicrafts and souvenirs.

This morning you'll disembark from the ship and bid a fond farewell to the crew.

A shared coach will transfer you to the airport ahead of your outbound flight.

Board a flight in the Galapagos with direct service to Guayaquil. Approximate flight duration is two  hours. Please note: Flight rates are subject to change without prior notice.

Board a flight in Guayaquil with service to to Lima, Peru. Approximate flight time is two hours.

Upon arrival to Lima, you will be welcomed outside of Customs by an English-speaking assistant holding a sign with your name on it. This representative will direct you to your awaiting vehicle and driver, and accompany you to your hotel to assist with check-in.

A welcome package containing a city map, tour vouchers, and other useful information will be waiting for you upon arrival to your first hotel.

Accommodation: Casa Andina Premium (Miraflores)

Casa Andina Premium Miraflores provides guests with stylish and contemporary accommodations in the heart of Lima’s trendiest district, Miraflores. Quintessential Limeño flavor is reflected in the exquisite collection of contemporary artists and prized colonial-era antiques found throughout both the public spaces and private lodgings of the hotel. All guestrooms feature complimentary Wi-Fi access, high-quality bedding and air-conditioning. Pairing a strategic location with the facilities, amenities and services expected in a comfortable and purpose-built hotel, Casa Andina Premium Miraflores is an excellent choice for your stay in the Peruvian capital.

Galapagos & Machu Picchu Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Giant Tortoises
Giant Tortoises
Galapagos & Machu Picchu Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Chimpanzee

Day 7: Lima

Founded in 1535 as Ciudad de los Reyes, or the City of the Kings, and named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991, Lima’s history is both fascinating and tumultuous. Discover the Peruvian capital alongside a private guide and driver, beginning with a visit to two of the city’s trendiest barrios, San Isidro and Miraflores. Brimming with modern architecture, world-class restaurants, boutique and brand name retailers, quirky museums and inviting cafés, take in impressive views over the Pacific Ocean along an expansive and cliff-side, coastal boardwalk in Miraflores, then stroll through the well-tended parks and promenades of San Isidro. After being privately transferred to the downtown core, find yourself marveling at centuries-old buildings as the past is brought to light, starting with a stop at the Government Palace and City Hall in Plaza Mayor. In the same square, completed in 1774, is the San Francisco Convent. An impressive example of Spanish Baroque architecture, it remains as striking today as it was in the 18th century despite the multiple earthquakes that have shook its foundation. Extensive catacombs underneath the convent host the remains of an estimated 25,000 individuals who were buried prior to the opening of Lima’s city cemetery; a visit to the aged tombs is one you won’t soon forget.

Accommodation: Casa Andina Premium (Miraflores)
Galapagos & Machu Picchu Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Plaza Mayor
Plaza Mayor

Day 8: Lima - Cusco

You will be privately transferred between your hotel and Jorge Chávez International Airport in Lima by a professional driver and an English-speaking representative.

Board a flight in Lima with direct service to Cusco. Approximate flight time is one hour and 15 minutes.

Enjoy a private transfer between your hotel and Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport in Cusco alongside a professional driver and an English-speaking representative.

The effects of being at high altitude vary from person to person. While some travelers will experience no discomfort, others may find the process of acclimatization more challenging. To ensure an enjoyable experience in the coming days, take some time to rest and allow your body to adjust to the change in environment.

Accommodation: El Mercado Hotel

Warm and rustic, El Mercado is found in the heart of Cusco, just three and a half blocks from the city's main square, Plaza de Armas. A centuries-old building, it was originally part of the historic farmer’s market and this is reflected in its causal decor and spirited, locally-inspired cuisine. With all the amenities expected in a modern hotel, each of the 32 guestrooms balance contemporary comforts with colonial architecture paired with El Mercado’s legendary hospitality to ensure an exceptional stay. 

Galapagos & Machu Picchu Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Afternoon Relaxation
Afternoon Relaxation
Galapagos & Machu Picchu Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Cusco
Cusco

Day 9: Cusco

Even after decades of exploration and study, many mysteries are lost in the lands outside of Cusco. How was the massive complex called Sacsayhuaman constructed? What was the purpose behind the waterfalls and terraced rocks of Tambomachay? Why was Puca Pucara seemingly built in a rush? Was the amphitheater of Kenko used for human sacrifices? Although you may not find the answers to these questions, discover the known history and storied fables surrounding these ancient sites as you explore the ruins near Cusco. Returning to the city, enjoy a delicious lunch at Incanto (included), which specializes in Mediterranean-Andean fusion and is described by Fodor’s Travel as “stylish” and “upmarket.” Refueled for the afternoon, your walking tour of Cusco will begin with a pleasant stroll through the cobbled streets of San Blas where a colonial church notable for its incredibly ornate, wood-carved pulpit will be visited. Onward, proceed to the Koricancha Temple, once walled in plated gold and featuring courtyard statues made of solid gold, Conquistadors described it as “fabulous beyond belief.” Today, the Church of Santo Domingo rests on the site of the original temple, making it an excellent location to learn about both Inca and Spanish culture and architecture from your private guide. Concluding with a visit to Plaza de Armas and Cusco Cathedral, this tour is an excellent introduction to the traditions, history and unanswered questions surrounding Cusco.

The mandatory tourist ticket, necessary for explorations in and around the Sacred Valley, is included. This tourist ticket is valid for one day only.

Accommodation: El Mercado Hotel
Galapagos & Machu Picchu Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Coricancha Temple
Coricancha Temple

Day 10: Cusco - Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu

Enjoy a private transfer between your hotel and Poroy Train Station found just outside of Cusco alongside a professional driver and an English-speaking representative.

Note on Luggage: This morning, your primary luggage will be placed in secure storage in Cusco. You will bring a personal overnight bag aboard the train to Machu Picchu. Upon arrival to Aguas Calientes, you will disembark the train and meet your Machu Picchu guide immediately. This local guide will ensure your overnight bag is forwarded to your hotel in Aguas Calientes via hotel porters. This will allow you to continue directly to Machu Picchu. Upon arrival in Cusco, your primary luggage will be waiting for you.

After arriving at Poroy Train Station, bid farewell to your local assistant and board the iconic Vistadome. Having settled in, the train will depart from high in the mountains along a series of switchback rails, known as The Zigzag, descending into the dale below. Tracing the impressive Urubamba River, enjoy striking views of the dramatic landscape as you begin the voyage into the heart of the Sacred Valley. Pass through the sleepy town of Ollantaytambo which rests beside the imposing Pinkuylluna Mountain where there will be a brief stop to drop-off and collect passengers. Soon the Vistadome will set off on the final, two-hour leg of the journey, before long arriving in the foothills beneath the ancient citadel in the town of Aguas Calientes. Here, your local guide will welcome you together with local hotel porters who will transfer your luggage to your accommodation.

Please note, strict luggage restrictions apply aboard the Vistadome: 1) Only one piece of hand luggage is permitted per guest, weighing a maximum of 11 lbs (5 kgs). 2) Hand luggage cannot be larger than 62 linear inches. Baggage that exceeds weight or measurement restrictions will not be permitted. Please speak to your Destination Expert for more information.

Board a shuttle bus in Aguas Calientes and begin the 30 minute drive to ascend Machu Picchu Mountain on a switchback road carved into the mountainside. Buses depart frequently, leaving Aguas Calientes approximately every 30 minutes.

Steeped in mystery, the mountain citadel of Machu Picchu has dazzled visitors since its discovery by American historian and explorer Hiram Bingham in 1911. Believed to have been constructed sometime around 1450 CE and abandoned just over a century later, it is one of the world’s most prized heritage sites, and for good reason; complementing a fascinating history and incredible architecture are unforgettable views of the surrounding mountain ranges and the wild Urubamba River some 2,000 feet below. With a private guide catering to your personal interests and providing an informative overview of the history and architecture of this ancient citadel, gain a firsthand understanding of – and intimate appreciation for – the pièce de résistance in Peruvian travel. Depending on the timing of your arrival, you will visit the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge, the only hotel found atop Machu Picchu, to enjoy a leisurely lunch either before or after your in-depth tour.

Board a shuttle bus at the entrance to Machu Picchu and make the 30 minute return to nearby Aguas Calientes. Shuttle buses depart frequently, leaving Machu Picchu approximately every 30 minutes.

Accommodation: Inkaterra El Mapi Hotel

Inkaterra El Mapi Hotel is set in the village of Machu Picchu Pueblo, which is more commonly referred to as Aguas Calientes. This contemporary hotel is ideally located so that guests can admire and fully experience this quaint and folksy town. The atmosphere at El Mapi is playful and people-friendly, offering guests an uncomplicated stay. After an enlightening experience at Peru's most famed destination, Machu Picchu, guests can retreat to an ambient environment for deep relaxation and reflection. With a simple and functional concept in mind, rooms at the El Mapi feature eco-friendly amenities, creating a healthy and therapeutic atmosphere for your stay in Aguas Calientes. 

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Machu Picchu
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Vistadome Train

Day 11: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco

Board a shuttle bus in Aguas Calientes and begin the 30 minute drive to ascend Machu Picchu Mountain on a switchback road carved into the mountainside. Buses depart frequently, leaving Aguas Calientes approximately every 30 minutes.

High in the mountains near Machu Picchu is a well-trodden, ancient rock pathway that leads the way to the ceremonial and traditional entrance to Machu Picchu citadel, known as Inti Punku (or Sun Gate). This trail is considered by many to be the most essential hike in Peru as it affords stunning vistas of the landscape and culminates in a spectacular view of the Machu Picchu citadel where the entire complex can be appreciated from a single vantage point. Roughly one mile in length, and including an ascent of approximately 1,000 feet, the flat-faced stones laid on the mountainside have been traveled for more than five centuries by a dizzying range of people, from the earliest Inca settlers to the intrepid travelers of the present. Today, with an expert local guide by your side, march in the footsteps of the Inca while enjoying dramatic views of the area, including the Urubamaba River, Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu. Please note: this hike is considered to be moderately difficult, typically takes three to four hours to complete, and is not recommended for guests with mobility restrictions.

Board a shuttle bus at the entrance to Machu Picchu and make the 30 minute return to nearby Aguas Calientes. Shuttle buses depart frequently, leaving Machu Picchu approximately every 30 minutes.

After a fascinating experience in the heart of the ancient Inca world, it is time to depart for the Imperial City, Cusco. Board the Vistadome in Aguas Calientes and relax as you embark on the scenic, four-hour journey to Poroy Train Station near Cusco. The route follows along the Urubamba River, climbing and descending through mountainous terrain utilizing, where necessary, a series of switchback rails. Consider purchasing a light snack or refreshment to make this sojourn through the countryside even more enjoyable. Before long, you will arrive at Poroy Station near Cusco.

Enjoy a private transfer between your hotel and Poroy Train Station found just outside of Cusco alongside a professional driver and an English-speaking representative.

Accommodation: El Mercado Hotel
Galapagos & Machu Picchu Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  En Route to the Sun Gate
En Route to the Sun Gate
Galapagos & Machu Picchu Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Train to Cusco
Train to Cusco

Day 12: Cusco

Enjoy a private transfer between your hotel and Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport in Cusco alongside a professional driver and an English-speaking representative.

Board a flight from Cusco with service to Lima. Approximate travel time between destinations is one hour and 20 minutes.

Accommodation: Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard)

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

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  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
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Hilton Colon Guayaquil (B) (Deluxe): Guayaquil

Elegance, comfort, security and personalized service are just some of the characteristics that make Hilton Colón Guayaquil a real five-star hotel. Conveniently placed in Ecuador, a strategic point in South America, the Hilton Colon Guayaquil hotel combines excellent service and a laid-back resort feel with a convenient location only few minutes from José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport. Enjoy your spacious guest room and stay connected with wireless internet access, relax with a movie on the flat screen TV. The hotel is surrounded by the main shopping centers and offers easy access to the downtown district area. Hilton Colón Guayaquil Hotel Features includes renovated rooms, four restaurants, two bars and one delicatessen, room service available 24-hours, and renovated outdoor pool and fitness area.

M/V Galapagos Legend (3N): Galapagos Cruise

This magnificent vessel, with a capacity for 100 guests, has the charm of The Enchanted Islands; small enough for an intimate experience with friends and family and large enough to give a sense of spaciousness. With her three different decks, the Galapagos Legend offers a variety of comfortable social areas without losing its sense of intimacy. Its fantastic open decks allow you to admire the islands’ flora and fauna, enjoy a BBQ at night, or take in some sun at the pool and bar areas. Renovated in 2017, the cabins of the M/V Galapagos Legend are modern, bright and configured to allow guests to travel together in comfort.

Galapagos & Machu Picchu Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  M/V Galapagos Legend
M/V Galapagos Legend

Casa Andina Premium (Miraflores): Lima

Casa Andina Premium Miraflores provides guests with stylish and contemporary accommodations in the heart of Lima’s trendiest district, Miraflores. Quintessential Limeño flavor is reflected in the exquisite collection of contemporary artists and prized colonial-era antiques found throughout both the public spaces and private lodgings of the hotel. All guestrooms feature complimentary Wi-Fi access, high-quality bedding and air-conditioning. Pairing a strategic location with the facilities, amenities and services expected in a comfortable and purpose-built hotel, Casa Andina Premium Miraflores is an excellent choice for your stay in the Peruvian capital.

Galapagos & Machu Picchu Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Casa Andina Premium
Casa Andina Premium

El Mercado Hotel: Cusco

Warm and rustic, El Mercado is found in the heart of Cusco, just three and a half blocks from the city's main square, Plaza de Armas. A centuries-old building, it was originally part of the historic farmer’s market and this is reflected in its causal decor and spirited, locally-inspired cuisine. With all the amenities expected in a modern hotel, each of the 32 guestrooms balance contemporary comforts with colonial architecture paired with El Mercado’s legendary hospitality to ensure an exceptional stay. 

Galapagos & Machu Picchu Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  El Mercado Hotel
El Mercado Hotel

Inkaterra El Mapi Hotel: Aguas Calientes

Inkaterra El Mapi Hotel is set in the village of Machu Picchu Pueblo, which is more commonly referred to as Aguas Calientes. This contemporary hotel is ideally located so that guests can admire and fully experience this quaint and folksy town. The atmosphere at El Mapi is playful and people-friendly, offering guests an uncomplicated stay. After an enlightening experience at Peru's most famed destination, Machu Picchu, guests can retreat to an ambient environment for deep relaxation and reflection. With a simple and functional concept in mind, rooms at the El Mapi feature eco-friendly amenities, creating a healthy and therapeutic atmosphere for your stay in Aguas Calientes. 

Galapagos & Machu Picchu Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Inkaterra El Mapi Hotel
Inkaterra El Mapi Hotel

Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard): Global Location

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

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We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
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  • Patricia M — May 24, 2019 — South America

    Overall, we were very pleased with the entire experience. Our guides were excellent, knowledgeable, and friendly. We were also amazed as to how well planned the entire trip was and the support we received throughout. For example, the support we received when our flight was delayed was welcomed and greatly appreciated.

  • Lyle I — March 18, 2019 — South America

    Brandi went above and beyond our expectations. This was a bucket list trip for us and it was fabulous. Renee, in Peru, was incredibly attentive and caring. Mariela Zamora was an excellent guide and gave us 110% service. We are very impressed with Kensington and all of their people.

  • Robert S — June 11, 2019 — South America

    This was the second of what will soon be 3 tours with Kensington. The 1st 2 included 17 people. There is absolutely no aspect of the trips that I can find fault with. All the details were carefully dealt with. All of the people from the office to those "on the ground" were professional and pleasant.

  • Lynn N — February 27, 2019 — South America

    Every aspect of our trip to the Galápagos Islands was perfect. Scalesia Lodge and Finch Bay Hotel were both incredible, our excursions were wonderful, our guides were knowledgeable, and our itinerary was planned and executed effortlessly. Best last minute addition: booking a room at the W at the airport in Quito so that we had a comfortable place to nap and relax during our 6-hour layover (especially since our flight back to the States did not depart until 12:45 am).

  • Shelley R — March 24, 2019 — South America

    Kensington Tours planned our trip to Patagonia when we went to visit our daughter in Buenos Aries. Everything worked like clockwork. Flights, transfers and excursions were all well planned with excellent companies and were stress-free. The excursions were varied, and the guides were excellent. Hotels were top notch and very comfortable. This is the second time I have used Kensington to plan a vacation, and they really make it easy. I gave them the places we wanted to visit and our interests and they took it from there. I highly recommend Kensington Tours!

  • Carmen S. — January 20, 2019 — South America

    Thanks to Kensington Tours we had a fabulous, stress free vacation. The Kensington team (Barbara and Jenny) were extremely helpful in helping us decide on sites to visit and planning our airfares connections and always there to timely answer any questions we had. The guides and drivers were always prompt, knowledgeable and accommodating to our needs and we couldn’t asked for a better trip!

  • Gabriele M. — January 10, 2019 — South America

    We had a great time on our trip to Argentina and Chile. The guides were great.

  • Melvin S. — January 31, 2019 — South America

    We enjoyed the experience very much. Our guides in Bogota (Sebastian) and Medellin (Maria) were excellent and very appropriate for those experiences and are highly recommended.

  • Caryl M. — January 07, 2019 — South America

    Sarah Roberts was a joy to work with. She was helpful, responsive and always had a positive can-do attitude. Just fantastic.

  • Ann V. — November 16, 2018 — South America

    It was a trip of a lifetime. Everything worked out perfectly. Thanks so much for all your guidance and help.

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